Why receiving the Grace of an Orthodox baptism is a matter of salvation ?

~I confess one baptism for the remission of sins~

-why receiving the Grace of an Orthodox baptism is a matter of salvation-

(The testimony of our Holy Orthodox Church)

(Inasmuch as it is possible that some may not watch this entire video and may therefore form misunderstandings; I urge everyone to read the entire text-including the closing text of Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky concerning the various rites of reception into the Orthodox Church)

“Unless one should be born of water and of the Spirit, he is not able to enter into the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5)

“The one who believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16)

~An Orthodox baptism is filled with God’s Grace; a non-Orthodox baptism grants nothing~

Canon XLVI of the Holy Apostles: “We order any Bishop or Priest, that has accepted any heretic’s baptism or sacrifice be deposed…”

Canon XLVII of the Holy Apostles: “If a Bishop or Priest baptize anew anyone that has had a true baptism, or fail to baptize anyone that has been polluted by the impious, let him be deposed, on the ground that he is mocking the Cross and Death of the Lord and for failing to distinguish priests from pseudo-priests.”

Canon XXXII of the holy and regional Synod held in Laodicea (A.D. 364)-[this set of Canons is] confirmed indefinitely by Canon I of the 4th Ecumenical Synod and Canon I of the 7th Ecumenical Synod, and definitely by Canon II of the 6th Ecumenical Synod; and by this confirmation they acquire a force that is ecumenical in a way: “That one must not accept blessings of heretics, which are rather more absurdities rather than blessings.”

St. Basil the Great: “…those who had apostatized from the Church had no longer on them the Grace of the Holy Spirit, for it ceased to be imparted when the continuity was broken…they who were broken off had become laymen, and, because they are no longer able to confer on others that Grace of the Holy Spirit from which they themselves are fallen away, they had no authority either to baptize or to ordain.”

From the Rudder: “…when any member is cut away from the body, that member immediately becomes dead owing to the fact that the vital force is no longer imparted to it, and in like manner after they have once split off from the body of the Church they become dead immediately and have lost the spiritual grace and activity of the Holy Spirit, since that grace is not imparted to them…”

St. John Chrysostom: “Let not the systems of the heretics fool you, my dear listener: for they have a baptism, but no illumination; accordingly, they are baptized, it is true, with respect to the body, but as respects the soul they are not illuminated.”

St. Leo the Great:”No heretics confer sanctification through the mysteries.”

St. Ambrose of Milan: “The baptism of the impious does not sanctify.”

St. Gregory the Theologian: “If you are still limping and are not prepared to lend full credence…seek someone else to baptize you, or, rather to say, to drown you in the baptism, since I have no permission…to make you dead at a time when I ought to be regenerating you through baptism, so that you can have neither the gracious gift of baptism nor the hope which is born of baptism…”

St. Firmilian: “But who, though he has attained to the acme of perfection and of wisdom, can maintain or believe that merely the invocation of the three names of the Holy Trinity is sufficient for the remission of offenses and for the sanctification of the baptism, even when, that is to say, the one baptizing is not an Orthodox?”

Saint Simeon of Thessaloniki: “Therefore the innovators are blaspheming and are far away from the Spirit, by blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, hence everything of theirs is graceless, inasmuch as they have violated and have demoted the Grace of the Spirit…which is why the Holy Spirit is not among them, and there is nothing spiritual in them, as everything of theirs is new and altered and contrary to Divine tradition.”

From the Canon of the Third Holy Synod held in Carthage in the time of St. Cyprian (A.D. 258): “Ordaining this also now, which we have been strongly and securely holding throughout time, we declare that no one can be baptized outside of the catholic Church, there being but one baptism, and this being existent only in the catholic Church…For the water must first be purified and sanctified by the priest, in order that it may be able to wipe away with its baptismal efficacy the sins of the person being baptized. But how can one who is unclean himself purify and sanctify water, when there is in him no Holy Spirit…How can anyone that has been unable to deposit his own sins outside the Church manage in baptizing another person to let him have a remission of sins?…We are saying nothing else than that it can be given in the catholic Church, but that among heretics where there is no Church it is impossible to receive a remission of sins…But it is necessary for anyone that has been baptized to be anointed, in order that, upon receiving the chrism, he may become a partaker of Christ. But no heretic can sanctify oil, seeing that he has neither an altar nor church. Not a drop of chrism can exist among heretics. For it is obvious to you that no oil at all can be sanctified amongst them for use in connection with the Eucharist…lest anyone, having been sidetracked and led astray from the straight way, be anointed by the heretics, who are opponents of Christ…Through the holy Church we can conceive a remission of sins. But who can give what he has not himself? Or how can one do spiritual works that has become destitute of Holy Spirit?…For to sympathize with persons who have been baptized by heretics is tantamount to approving the baptism administered by heretics…If he was able to baptize, he succeeded also in imparting the Holy Spirit. If he was unable, because, being outside, he had no Holy Spirit, he cannot baptize the next person. There being but one baptism, and there being but one Holy Spirit, there is also but one Church, founded by Christ our Lord…And for this reason whatever they do is false and empty and vain, everything being counterfeit and unauthorized. For nothing that they do can be acceptable and desirable with God.”

Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky: “…heretics and schismatics are without grace, which is only received by them on being united to the Church…Every mystery has two sides—the visible and the invisible. The second is administered only within the true Church by faith and sincere prayer…And the same thought is found also in the teaching of St. John Damascene. For those who are baptized without faith “the water remains water” only. Heretics and schismatics, having the visible side of baptism, chrismation and holy orders, are entirely devoid of those gifts of grace which are bound up with these mysteries for believers within the true Church. Therefore, certain of them, for the alleviation of the rupture in their spiritual life and for “the edification of many,” are permitted to enter the Church without the visible side of the mysteries of baptism or holy orders (that is, by the second or third rite-chrismation or penance), but through the operation of another sacramental act in which they receive the grace of baptism, chrismation and holy orders…Thus the adoption of one or the other mode of reception for those of other confessions who enter the Church (that is, heretics or schismatics) depends on ecclesiastical economy, on the judgment of the local bishops and the Councils, and on the existence of the outward form of the mysteries of baptism, chrismation and orders in the communities from which the applicants come.”

Variety of texts: Gregor Isiopili

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