This post is meant in the sincerest attempt at Christian charity (assuming, of course, I am a Christian, since I am outside the “Church”). If you follow these steps, you will have more success at communicating your faith to Protestants. Please do not respond with fired-from-the-hip reductios on whether Protestants can give an account of the canon. That’s irrelevant to the current discussion.
1. Forbid converts from writing annoyingly triumphalistic convert stories. It’s annoying when Rome does it; why would it be better when Moscow does it? As an orthodox convert friend told me, “The only interesting convert stories are written by former prostitutes and hit-men. Saying, ‘I used to believe that, but now I believe this’ is boring.
2. Understand where Luther (and by extension, we) are coming from. Perhaps Luther was wrong to “reject his bishop” (which is an ironic claim, since you by definition also reject Roman Catholic bishops), but Luther was also dealing with the fact that poor Germans were spiritually enslaved and giving all of their money (and thus starving) to buy a horsehoe from some dead saint’s horse in order to get a few million years taken off of some dead aunt in purgatory. Simply sitting still and being quite is worse than sin. Councils did try to reform Rome, but they failed. Should we just sit quietly in spiritual darkness?
3. I posed that question to some convertskii on Facebook, and they snidely responded, “Well, why didn’t Luther just become Orthodox?” I imagine one probably won’t become Orthodox if a) you know very little about it; b) you have to travel 700 miles on dirt roads through bandit-infested woods to come to a communion that doesn’t understand you nor your background. It just ain’t gonna happen.
3a. And he would have had to go to Russia, not Greece. Since the Patriarch of Constantinople was completely dominated by the Turk.
4. Drop the line that we don’t have any authority within our churches, supposing that every man reinvents the tradition as he sees fit. The Magisterial reformation acknowledges the distinction between ministerial and magisterial authority. Church courts, etc., are the former. The Bible is the latter. Now, you might not like this distinction and you may say it doesn’t work. Great. At least deal with it and quit supposing that every Protestant’s view of authority is simply like a Baptist business meeting.
5. Western Rite is good, but most of it is simply a “de-Filioquized” form of the Book of Common Prayer. Seriously consider the ancient rites of pre-schism Western Europe.