An American Protestant Perspective on Doctrine and Worship Practices

Freakishly similar to the situation in some quarters of the Oriental Orthodox Communion today – just swap “Lutheran” for “Oriental Orthodox” in the following quotation from the mouth of a proponent of the Charismatic Movement:
“Though only a small percentage of Lutherans could be classified as charismatics, many Lutheran congregations have been affected by the charismatic movement in some way.  When they sing a song such as “Shine Jesus Shine” or “Seek Ye First,” they draw on charismatic music.  When they hold an Alpha Course, they draw on Anglican charismatic education. When they string together praise and psalm songs in their “contemporary” worship services, they draw from Pentecostal worship. When they hold a men’s group meeting, odds are it is a strong part of (or a response to) Promise Keepers, which was created by Pentecostalists. When they become part of a Cursillo activity, they draw on Catholic charismatic practices.  When they attend a “Concert of Prayer” or get involved in a “city reaching” urban mission, they take part in movements started by Pentecostalists. These innovations didn’t come from Lutheran charismatics. Time and time again, they came from outside the Lutheran church. In those other traditions, charismatics are always coming up with new ways to help the typical congregation fill the gaping holes in congregational life and personal devotions.
- Robert Longman (a Charismatic), “Lutheran Charismatics – Renewal or Schism?”

Proponents of Evangelical Protestant “praise and worship” often claim that they are following the historic Orthodox practice of “inculturating” the Church’s worship using the music of the lands to be evangelised.  However, this video verifies Orthodox priest Fr Stephen Freeman’s claim (http://returntoorthodoxy.com/mission-worship-father-stephen-freeman/) that “If the Tradition of the Church is followed it will certainly mean that worship will be liturgical (which is not foreign to American culture)”.  Moreover, the Protestant (Lutheran) speaker explains why Christianity is much more than just mentally assenting to a list of doctrinal statements – for it requires the practice of correct worship (Orthodox liturgy) and a rejection of all other ‘styles’ of pseudo-worship.  This agrees with Orthodox priest Fr Andrew Stephen Damick’s assertion that “Doctrine (“teaching”) includes not just dogma, but every teaching and true tradition pertaining to union with the Holy Trinity—worship, asceticism, hierarchy, canonical tradition, and so forth. Doctrine is what we are taught and what we teach” (http://blogs.ancientfaith.com/orthodoxyandheterodoxy/2012/06/05/doctrine-matters/).