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Fr Josiah Trenham on Eastern Orthodox Theology, Catholicism, and the Reformation

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  • Want to learn more about Eastern Orthodoxy? In this video Fr. Josiah Trenham shares his story of converting to the Orthodox Church including why he thinks Protestantism and Catholicism fall short of the fullness of the faith. Additionally, Fr. Josiah shares an Orthodox perspective on Scripture, Tradition, Salvation, and much more. Fr. Josiah talks about the "achilles heal" of Protestantism, the gap between official Catholic teaching and everyday practice, as well as the problems of papal infallibility as well as the Filioque. Of particular interest for Catholics and Orthodox alike might be his discussion of what it would take for the Orthodox and Catholic churches to unite. For Protestants, of particular interest might be Fr. Josiah's appraisal of the Reformation, its pros and cons, and what he calls "the heresy of Sola Scriptura."
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    Reason and Theology Interview: • A Catholic and Orthodo...
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    Hey! My name is Austin, and I'm a 21 year old guy with a passion for people. I believe the good news is that God is better than we could've ever hoped, and I love sharing this message of grace and love with anyone that will listen. I'm the former Digital Marketing and Video Production Coordinator at a large, evangelical church in Frederick, MD, and I'm currently a student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. When I'm not writing papers or making TH-cam videos, I do freelance work as a Wedding Photographer/Videographer and social media consultant. On any given day you can find me with my nose in a book or a guitar in my hands. Want to get to know me more? Follow me and say hi on Instagram at: @austin.suggs
    Video Stuff:
    Camera: Canon 80d
    Lens: Sigma 17-50 F2.8
    Edited in FCPX
    Bowmans Root - Isaac Joel
    00:00 Introduction
    01:15 Fr. Josiah's Conversion
    08:09 Why not Catholicism?
    21:00 Reunification Between East and West
    28:50 Orthodox Perspective on the Reformation
    40:10 Scripture and Tradition
    45:57 Sola Scriptura
    51:32 Salvation in the Orthodox Church
    54:13 Conclusion

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  • @john.f8726
    @john.f8726 3 หลายเดือนก่อน +39

    We are all Orthodox. Some just don’t know it yet.
    Father Josiah was one of the biggest influences in my journey to Orthodoxy. April 19 it will be 10 years. ☦️🙏🏻❤️

  • @Jess-cw6tf
    @Jess-cw6tf ปีที่แล้ว +158

    I'm a reformed presbyterian and I feel the call to the Orthodox church.

    • @voievod9260
      @voievod9260 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      Hey, Im Eastern Orthodox. I can help with questions if you want to.
      I can help you with your questions. I'm not a theologian but any question Im unable to answer, I take it to my parish father. I have a discord where we can talk if you have a microphone. If you are interested please say so, and I will post my discord info so that you can add me.

    • @70AD-user45
      @70AD-user45 11 หลายเดือนก่อน

      Alright...what's the Orthodox doctrine on biblical eschatology (study of biblical last days, second coming, judgement day, etc). Make it a written reply.

    • @t-bonet-bone713
      @t-bonet-bone713 11 หลายเดือนก่อน +1

      I am to. I’ve been investigating for almost a year. Some things I wrestle with but the overall theology/teaching are deeper and wider more beautiful and makes more sense than evangelical, Baptist etc.

    • @t-bonet-bone713
      @t-bonet-bone713 11 หลายเดือนก่อน

      @@70AD-user45 eschatology in the Orthodox Church, as you think of it (maybe, if you believe in the eschatology, that these end time pedalers profit from), I believe is not existent. The todays eschatology theory/ story is a more recent belief. It’s only been around for 100-150 years.

    • @70AD-user45
      @70AD-user45 11 หลายเดือนก่อน +1

      The rapture was invented in 1820 by John Nelson Darby. The Orthodox view on eschatology is Amillennialism. The Orthodox Church believes the 2nd coming will be at the end of the New Covenant church age. The New Testament describes something different. The New Testament says Covenant Eschatology is true. The 2nd coming was at the end of the Old Covenant age, meaning it was fulfilled in 70 AD.

  • @vaiosnicki
    @vaiosnicki 3 ปีที่แล้ว +762

    I was born in Greece, born orthodox and raised as orthodox but listening about the journey of the non Greeks and non orthodox into the Orthodox faith and Church gives me chills. I am learning so much about my faith form the converts!!!

    • @tmcc1647
      @tmcc1647 3 ปีที่แล้ว +79

      I am a convert to Orthodoxy. My family heritage is Slav/Irish. However, I decided to take the name of a Greek, Μάρκος Ευγενικός, when I was Chrismated.
      I am so happy us converts can teach you things about the faith, but also remember, you have much to teach us as well. Together, we form a much stronger whole.
      I also want to visit Greece so bad! My wife went several years ago when she was in college. But that was before she was Orthodox as well, and she said she never got a chance to fully appreciate it. God-willing, we will go there in the next few years. Hopefully I can even get a chance to go to Mt. Athos.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +22

      Thanks for sharing that!

    • @biljanamiljkovic4646
      @biljanamiljkovic4646 3 ปีที่แล้ว +43

      People who were born in Orthodox environment do not appreciate this gift of love fully, we take it for granted. That is why these " stories" of our brothers and sisters who had to go through hard times to get there where we were from the start (but did not know), are also very useful for us. Thank you and God bless you all and your work! IC XC NI KA

    • @maryaigler7651
      @maryaigler7651 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@biljanamiljkovic4646 ppl

    • @user-vn3fc7iv6s
      @user-vn3fc7iv6s 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      @@tmcc1647That is so cool!!

  • @cmoberg2036
    @cmoberg2036 3 ปีที่แล้ว +728

    The best thing I have done is convert to the Orthodox church..what a blessing.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +37

      Thanks for sharing!

    • @evans3922
      @evans3922 3 ปีที่แล้ว +32

      You are absolutely right.. Praise the Lord... God's blessings

    • @juliae4222
      @juliae4222 3 ปีที่แล้ว +15


    • @benhinton4613
      @benhinton4613 3 ปีที่แล้ว +20

      Me too!

    • @richardbenitez7803
      @richardbenitez7803 3 ปีที่แล้ว +49

      I am practicing catholic .... but i have suddenly in last 6 months or so paid close attention to orthodox channels. There are a lot a very good orthodox priests, bishops and speakers on Orthodox faith and Christian faith. They are very inspiring

  • @evertaj2438
    @evertaj2438 3 หลายเดือนก่อน +31

    Born in South Africa, raised in the Dutch Reformed Calvinist Church, and now converting to Orthodoxy. Praise be to God

  • @StMark2411
    @StMark2411 8 หลายเดือนก่อน +34

    I’m Catholic and Father Josiah hits the nail on the head when he talks about modern Catholicism. He will be the reason I convert to Orthodoxy

    • @theguyver4934
      @theguyver4934 8 หลายเดือนก่อน

      Just like biblical and historical evidence proves that jesus and his apostles were vegatarians biblical and historical evidence also proves that the trinity, atonement, original sin and hell are very late misinterpretations and are not supported by the early creed hence its not a part of Christianity I pray that Allah swt revives Christianity both inside and out preserves and protects it and makes its massage be witnessed by all people but at the right moment, place and time
      The secred text of the Bible says ye shall know them by their fruits
      So too that I say to my christian brothers and sisters be fruitful and multiply
      Best regards from a Muslim ( line of ismail )

    • @SpookyOwl23
      @SpookyOwl23 5 หลายเดือนก่อน +5

      I am Roman Catholic and I have been exploring Eastern Orthodoxy online since a Protestant friend sent me a link to a video by Father Spyridon, an Anglican convert to the Russian Orthodox Church in England. His videos are short (under 10 minutes) , spiritually strengthening, and calming to the soul. Like Father Josiah, Father Spyridon speaks the truth and does not sugarcoat the road the salvation. I am seriously considering conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy, and my next step is to visit a Greek Orthodox church less than two miles from my home. My main reason for dissatisfaction with Catholicism is there seems to be less reverence during the Mass now than during the 1970s. I desire a more liturgical and reverent worship of God. He is most worthy and deserving of this.

    • @David-we3sb
      @David-we3sb 5 หลายเดือนก่อน +3

      Wait until you find out that EO has their own conflicts and schisms as well. Confront yourself

    • @The_WatchList
      @The_WatchList 2 หลายเดือนก่อน +1

      ​@SpookyOwl23 I was raised agnostic or non-denominational. At my first Divine Liturgy, that reverence is exactly what made me immediately realize I was home and convert to the Orthodpx Church. I understand what you feel. I wish and pray for the best on your journey, God bless you and your family

    • @HungryManticore
      @HungryManticore 2 หลายเดือนก่อน

      ​@@theguyver4934 nice try. Get your dawah out of here.

  • @Andrew-sj9tr
    @Andrew-sj9tr 3 ปีที่แล้ว +357

    I love how Father Trenham just speaks the truth. He has no desire to people please at all.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +62

      While also being charitable. He’s a rare mix with that

    • @hughmccann919
      @hughmccann919 3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      And in the latter, he succeeds, Andrew D

    • @theturtwig50
      @theturtwig50 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      Nobody who calls a group of people offensive names is a friend in my book. You can preach against homosexuality without calling them petty, hurtful names.

    • @hammerheadms
      @hammerheadms 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      @Irina Popa ah yes, feel good Catholicism. As a Catholic myself, this is one of the most distressing things happening right now. The heresy of modernism has infected the highest levels of the Roman curiae, and I fear it could potentially lead to another schism. Modernism starts out sounding altruistic, but quickly becomes all-corrupting. Traditional Catholics are quickly becoming one of the most persecuted "classes" of people, and it's because we dare to criticise the churches erosion of values and the diluting of her oldest traditions. There are movements happening as we speak to restore the old tradition, and I think things are starting to turn back around, thanks be to God. My Orthodox brothers and sisters have the right idea with preserving the deepest expression of worship in the Devine Liturgy. When Rome attempted to make changes to make Liturgy more "relatable" or to create more "congregational involvement", it opened Pandora's box and allowed the smoke of Satan to obscure the most beautiful expression of worship. And praise Jesus, recent years have begun to bear fruits in regard to the restoration of tradition. We now have the Tridentine rite again which includes the traditional Latin Mass and the old Liturgical calendar as an acceptable alternative to the Novis Ordo. Along with the Eastern church rites Catholics have plenty of opportunity to fulfill their need to express their traditional values. I pray these values will be the medicine to modernism, and draw more Catholics to back to pure worship.

    • @jimcasey1975
      @jimcasey1975 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      Irina Popa o

  • @PintsWithAquinas
    @PintsWithAquinas 3 ปีที่แล้ว +352

    To all Fr Josiah said about the Catholic Church “on the ground.” Amen, amen, and amen! God have mercy on us and may the heretics in our leadership be dealt with ASAP!

    • @tmcc1647
      @tmcc1647 3 ปีที่แล้ว +49

      What is your main reason for not becoming Orthodox?
      I remember when you visited my old Byzantine Catholic Church near Dallas. I am Orthodox now. Not because of scandals in Rome (even though there are many), but because I could no longer convince myself that you could be “Orthodox in communion with Rome.” There is much in the Orthodox faith that is incompatible with current Roman Catholic teachings (especially Vatican I & II).
      I pray for unity. But it must be born out of truth and not compromise.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +67

      Hey Matt! Love your show. It was really the first way I was introduced to the more intellectual side of the Catholic faith. Thanks for that! I appreciate you being able to recognize the validity of some of his concerns here. It's always refreshing when people can critique their own "side." Hearing his critiques also reminded me of how lucky I am that my first real experience with the Catholic Church has been at St. John Cantius. In any case, thanks for all you're doing, and thanks for taking the time to watch and comment! God bless

    • @PintsWithAquinas
      @PintsWithAquinas 3 ปีที่แล้ว +77

      @@tmcc1647 The papacy, for one. I accept it. The chaos you see on the ground in Catholicism (which I readily grant) is seen all throughout Orthodoxy at a structural level. The Moscow-Constantinople schism, for example.

    • @PintsWithAquinas
      @PintsWithAquinas 3 ปีที่แล้ว +45

      @@GospelSimplicity Oh wow, awesome. Thanks so much!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +39

      My pleasure! I suppose I could also say I have you and your show to thank/blame for some restless nights and complicating my life by making me wrestle through these things, but I am grateful that you opened up this world of questions for me.

  • @CrossingFist
    @CrossingFist 3 ปีที่แล้ว +336

    Father Josiah is one of the biggest reasons that I left Lutheranism and am now attending an Orthodox Church.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +18

      Thanks for sharing! I’m sure he’d be honored to hear that

    • @St.Raphael...
      @St.Raphael... 3 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      Amen and likewise!

    • @j.g.4942
      @j.g.4942 3 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      maybe I'll have to buy that book, because his description of salvation and use of tradition is similar to what I've been taught as a Lutheran. It still sounds to me that the Lutheran reformers and Orthodox patriarch mainly had a difference of understanding in language (wasn't translated well) and difference of context (west/Roman abuses, east/Islamic conquest).
      I still can't really see what the fundamental difference was, though now after the abuses of 'dead orthodoxy', excessive 'pietism', the influence of the enlightenment, the calvinistic English vocabulary and the Americanised liturgies, now I can see differences.

    • @TheRealRealOK
      @TheRealRealOK 3 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      @@j.g.4942 Buy the book. The differences are profound.

    • @GrislyAtoms12
      @GrislyAtoms12 3 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      Father Josiah Trenham is a Champion of the Christian faith. His dialogue is so edifying for me that I wish I'd found his ministry sooner!

  • @Christisking1911
    @Christisking1911 2 หลายเดือนก่อน +15

    I am so excited to become Orthodox! I start the process to join in just two days, and I have never been so excited for anything in my life. The worship and temple are so beautiful, and you can tangibly feel the presence of God. I truly believe Orthodox Christianity is the best kept secret in America/the west.

    • @MentholCiC
      @MentholCiC 2 หลายเดือนก่อน

      And once you receive your Holly Communion remember our Lord’s words. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Therefore we become One and remain within each other. Welcome my brother!!

    • @walkerburmeister
      @walkerburmeister หลายเดือนก่อน

      Glory to God! ☦️

  • @gabrielnicodemos5147
    @gabrielnicodemos5147 3 ปีที่แล้ว +196

    Simply wonderful, we Orthodox in Brazil are very grateful to have the immeasurable prestige of hearing the words of Fr Josiah!! God bless!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Glad you enjoyed it!

    • @bellingdog
      @bellingdog ปีที่แล้ว +1

      My wife is Brazilian and she becomes Orthodox on our daughter's birthday/baptism, which is the Saint day of St Thais. A very Brazilian name, so that will be our daughter's baptism name. You have a beautiful biscopo there as well.

  • @daviddd739
    @daviddd739 3 ปีที่แล้ว +193

    Hi guys, from Romania, as an orthodox! Here, more than 90% of our people are orthodox, and the fact that our country and tradition still live today, is because of the Church mainly. So glad to see how you guys love the Orthodox Church and appreciate it's real value. Love you guys and let's learn more and more about the truth of Orthodoxy!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +10

      Thanks for sharing that!

    • @frankherbert6476
      @frankherbert6476 3 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      Our Sponsor and daughter's God-mother are Romanian-can't wait to visit there!

    • @joshuaharmening7750
      @joshuaharmening7750 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Can I move to your town?

    • @tabiripetrovich517
      @tabiripetrovich517 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      My family is from romania too, but from transylvania and catholic hungarians

    • @kostadinrizoski
      @kostadinrizoski 2 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      Greetings from Orthodox Macedonia ☦️

  • @braziliannigga
    @braziliannigga ปีที่แล้ว +31

    I went from Roman Catholic to orthodox 4 years ago, since then I've taken 5 friends with me.
    The BEST DECISION I've ever made.
    All that most serious catholics need to convert to orthodoxy is to actually get to know it.

    • @MrPisster
      @MrPisster ปีที่แล้ว +6

      Honestly, it's the same for "serious protestants". I pray that one day all the fractured branches return home. The one Holy Catholic and Apostolic, Church.

    • @LorenzoMasterConnector
      @LorenzoMasterConnector 9 หลายเดือนก่อน +1

      Serious Catholics stay in the church. And I actually have been attending Josiah’s church for the past 2 years. I love Orthodoxy as well.

  • @samuelcarver1343
    @samuelcarver1343 2 ปีที่แล้ว +33

    I’m an Anglican but I feel like I’m a spiritual journey to the Orthodox Church

    • @louishurr393
      @louishurr393 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Run, don’t walk. Time is short.

    • @MrPisster
      @MrPisster ปีที่แล้ว +1

      One of our local priests was originally Anglican and runs a Western Rite parish. Great guy. Look up "Fr. Elija ROCOR western rite" and email him your questions.

    • @edrash1
      @edrash1 8 หลายเดือนก่อน


  • @SaltyTribeCo
    @SaltyTribeCo 3 ปีที่แล้ว +309

    I’m obsessed with your channel. As a Catholic convert who was previously protestant (before that atheist and before that raised Muslim), I just find these videos so fascinating and enjoyable to watch and grow and learn. 🤍

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +15

      Thank you so much for sharing that! I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying it. God bless!

    • @austinadams9464
      @austinadams9464 3 ปีที่แล้ว +24

      That’s interesting. How’d you go from Muslim, to atheist, to Protestant? I’d love to hear your story.

    • @meusisto
      @meusisto 3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      @@austinadams9464 I would love to hear more too.

    • @memememememe515
      @memememememe515 3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      waw! what a journey!

    • @tenebrisrex333
      @tenebrisrex333 3 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      Damn brother, you've been run through the ecumenical mill I'm surprised you weren't Jewish at some point to with Buddhist tendencies. Lol

  • @mainzat409
    @mainzat409 3 หลายเดือนก่อน +8

    a baptist here whos feeling a strong calling to the orthodox church

  • @robbratcher4675
    @robbratcher4675 8 หลายเดือนก่อน +9

    I was raised protestant, fell away from church, came back into the evagelical church world - for 10 years - then was called to Holy Orthodoxy in 2019. Becoming an Orthodox Christian is the greatest thing thats ever happened to me.

  • @johnmathew8711
    @johnmathew8711 3 ปีที่แล้ว +93

    This is such a beautiful description of the Orthodox faith. Greetings from The Orthodox Church of India.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      Glad you enjoyed it!

    • @theguyver4934
      @theguyver4934 8 หลายเดือนก่อน

      @@GospelSimplicity Just like biblical and historical evidence proves that jesus and his apostles were vegatarians biblical and historical evidence also proves that the trinity, atonement, original sin and hell are very late misinterpretations and are not supported by the early creed hence its not a part of Christianity I pray that Allah swt revives Christianity both inside and out preserves and protects it and makes its massage be witnessed by all people but at the right moment, place and time
      The secred text of the Bible says ye shall know them by their fruits
      So too that I say to my christian brothers and sisters be fruitful and multiply
      Best regards from a Muslim ( line of ismail )

    • @Abk367
      @Abk367 7 หลายเดือนก่อน

      ​​@@theguyver4934ok then show me this " early " creed that apparently predates the gospel and writings of Paul. And that apparently disproves the things you brought up .and regarding Jesus and his followers being vegetarians well the gospel contradicts that.

  • @hunterricks9003
    @hunterricks9003 3 ปีที่แล้ว +141

    YES!!!!!!! Super excited for this one! - current Orthodox Catechumen

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      Hope you enjoyed it!

    • @elijahc.brooks3493
      @elijahc.brooks3493 3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      Great job @Hunter R! I got catechized this year August 16, 2020. I was raised as a Pentecostal Christian. I’m also part of the Greek Archdiocese of America. What were you raised as? What archdiocese are you in?

    • @hunterricks9003
      @hunterricks9003 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      @@elijahc.brooks3493 I am in the Antiochian. I was raised Word of Faith/Charismatic/Pentecostal “I followed people such as: Kenneth E. Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Andrew Wommack, Benny Hinn, Todd White, Robert Morris, Keith Moore, etc”

    • @elijahc.brooks3493
      @elijahc.brooks3493 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      @@hunterricks9003 Yeah, I never felt home because my family and I kept moving church to church every 4 years. The last pastor of mine was Jentezen Franklin at Free Chapel. No offense to modern Christianity, but it ain’t for me. Thank God you and I found the Eastern Orthodox Church. Lastly, it’s an awesome thing that I love history. What prevented you from becoming Roman Catholic?

    • @hunterricks9003
      @hunterricks9003 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      @@elijahc.brooks3493 Indeed! There were a few things that prevented me from becoming Roman Catholic. 1. The Orthodox have issues here and there because men are involved “whom are imperfect”, but their issues pale in comparison to the Roman Catholics.Their biggest problem appears to be secularism but that is one of the hundreds. 2. They have detached themselves from the early church via new doctrines and Vatican Two. Of course, the Orthodox are still the early church. Not only have they detached themselves from the early church, but they have lost their very soul “as a church” with the Novus Ordo mass “Vatican 2” which is extremely stripped down. 3. I was first introduced to a Western Rite Orthodox Priest “who was also trained in the Greek” before I was ever introduced to a Catholic Priest. So, I learned to appreciate the Orthodox faith/life in a western setting which helped my transition. 4. The Pope makes me a little eery. He has done many things throughout his tenure that should greatly alarm the faithful Catholic; especially the Orthodox. 5. The thinking of the Orthodox, even within the Western Rite “which is just solely the original and very Orthodox Gregory mass; matins; etc being utilized”, is very different because it is eastern “which I think helps us understand the Faith better; especially since the faith was originally Eastern”. I heard this analogy from an Antiochian Deacon Ezra “Oklahoma City”: If you go to a westerner and tell him to find out everything there is to know about trees, he/she will find a great tree, cut it down, and study the rings “and from this he can tell the seasons, age, etc”. If you go up to an easterner, they will instead grow a tree and after 30-40 years of growing that tree he/she will be able to tell you everything there is to know about it.

  • @glof2553
    @glof2553 3 ปีที่แล้ว +35

    Catholic here. Fr. Trenham is the man.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      He's great

    • @KristynLorraine
      @KristynLorraine 3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      I'm Catholic too and I think Fr. Trenham is a joy to listen to

  • @Ettoredipugnar
    @Ettoredipugnar 3 ปีที่แล้ว +72

    Raised A Catholic, received into the fullness of the Orthodox Church 30 yrs ago . Never looked back.

    • @WhiteBraveheart1
      @WhiteBraveheart1 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      Bless you (as a Roman Catholic brother).

    • @Ettoredipugnar
      @Ettoredipugnar 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@WhiteBraveheart1 I am not you’re latin brother.

    • @WhiteBraveheart1
      @WhiteBraveheart1 3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      @@Ettoredipugnar "Whatever you do for the least of my brethren, you do for me" -- Jesus Christ

    • @Ettoredipugnar
      @Ettoredipugnar 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@WhiteBraveheart1 what did I do other than correct you’re correct you’re understanding of my original post ?

    • @WhiteBraveheart1
      @WhiteBraveheart1 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      @@Ettoredipugnar Sure.
      What did you mean by, "I am not you're Latin brother?"
      God Bless

  • @tensionkc8679
    @tensionkc8679 3 ปีที่แล้ว +120

    Born and raised Roman Catholic, and grateful for the foundation it set in my life. I was Chrismated into the Orthodox Church, a year n a half ago. 🙏☦

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      I'm sure that was quite the journey!

    • @ciprianolopez7559
      @ciprianolopez7559 ปีที่แล้ว

      What drew you to your new faith I find my self want to know more about it

    • @Aristyliousas
      @Aristyliousas ปีที่แล้ว

      Being Chrismated is not enough to be a true orthodox you need to be immersed in the water that’s what Baptism means thrice in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit

    • @Theoretically-ko6lr
      @Theoretically-ko6lr ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Glory to God❤

    • @tensionkc8679
      @tensionkc8679 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      @Aristy Liousas My Chrismation was approved by his Emenice, Biship Isiah, of the Greek Archdiocese of America. I'd show you my certificate, but your approval is not needed. Was the thief on the cross baptized? I'm certain he made it to paradise. To be a Christian is imitate Christ. I'll pray for you.

  • @scottgarrison9617
    @scottgarrison9617 2 ปีที่แล้ว +58

    I just watched this. I have to say that Fr. Josiah is compelling in how he presents the Orthodox faith. His unequivocal truth telling is wonderful. As a former Protestant pastor who converted to the Catholic Church, he gives me much to consider. Like Fr. Josiah, my desire is to be part of the faith once for all delivered to the saints.

  • @Stanley.1977
    @Stanley.1977 3 ปีที่แล้ว +17

    I was raised in a Polish/Italian-American Catholic family. My dad was even a Catholic priest before meeting my mother. I know many Catholics who are wonderful Christians, but I feel the Catholic church, as a whole, has strayed from Christianity in many ways. My dad, who passed away in 2014, had never abandoned Christianity, but had not really attended Catholic church regularly since the early 1990s, while my mother, to this day is very involved in the Catholic church.
    My wife came from a conservative Southern Babtist family -though she mostly grew up in Las Vegas, and did not attend church as a child; not that her mother lost her Baptist roots, but worked many hours as a police officer, including on the weekends (though my in-laws now attend a NC Baptist church, but I digress...)
    I have been interested in learning more about Christian Orthodoxy, and my wife and I are both looking for a Church that sticks to the scriptures. We both believe that it is only through Christ that we will find salvation. We live in the Chicago area, and wish to learn more about the Orthodox church.
    Please pray for us that we find the right Chuch; *NOT a Church that "suits us,"* but rather a Church that helps *us* to better serve Christ.
    My prayers and blessings to both of you, as well as to everyone in the comment section.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      Wow, what an interesting story! Thanks for sharing that. I wish you and your wife the best of luck in this journey.

  • @thegracecast40
    @thegracecast40 2 ปีที่แล้ว +18

    As a Protestant I appreciate Fr. Josiah’s charitable dialogue even if we disagree on things

  • @Anna-yx5bo
    @Anna-yx5bo 3 ปีที่แล้ว +101

    As a past Moody student, who converted to Orthodoxy, this is very interesting to listen to, and I enjoy watching your videos on Orthodoxy. Fr. Josiah is a wonderful priest!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      That's awesome to hear! I bet that's quite the story

    • @Anna-yx5bo
      @Anna-yx5bo 3 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      @@GospelSimplicity I left Moody in 2019, Fr. Alexander at Holy Trinity Cathedral is a very holy priest. I would recommend talking to him. That was my home parish while I was up there.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      @@Anna-yx5bo I’ll check it out! I’ve been to Christ the Savior a few times and have two videos coming out from there

    • @samuelneville3150
      @samuelneville3150 2 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      @@Anna-yx5bo Man, that's so nuts! I left Moody in 2019 after doing my first year online and ended up becoming Orthodox. My experience there was so disorienting that I started studying the formation of the Canon and it led me to the Church.

    • @David-we3sb
      @David-we3sb 5 หลายเดือนก่อน

      I went to Moody as well and became Catholic in my 3rd year. I left Moody early as it is wrong to take free tuition from donors expecting me to minister in the protestant faith. I dabbled in EO for a bit but found the Catholic faith to be the truth and still alive today.

  • @pontification7891
    @pontification7891 3 ปีที่แล้ว +65

    I want to say this:
    The fact that you actually saw the genius of Kevin's interview skills, says a lot about your quality and insight.
    You managed with minimum input to get amazing content from this priest, although I've been following him for years now.
    Terrific job!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate that. It’s a new skill I’m working to develop, and I’m trying to learn what I can. I was amazed by Kevin’s quality

    • @mamafortuin
      @mamafortuin 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      Who is Kevin?

  • @markschmitz5038
    @markschmitz5038 3 ปีที่แล้ว +31

    Fr Josiah is a wonderful ambassador of Orthodoxy. Thanks for having him on.

  • @masonthompson3284
    @masonthompson3284 3 ปีที่แล้ว +70

    This trend of Christian TH-cam towards understanding, balancing, maybe even healing this Catholic-Orthodox-Protestant divide has been such a blessing to see!
    It may take some time before this reaches the top of our respective hierarchies, but thanks for facilitating the conversation ✊🏾

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      It’s my pleasure! I love seeing this trend

    • @matrixlone
      @matrixlone 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      @@GospelSimplicity have you read T F torrance? I like reformers like him..

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      @@matrixlone Torrance is one of my greatest theological influences

    • @irishrose1048
      @irishrose1048 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      Catholic-Orthodox need healing and reconciliation. Only Jesus can do this. The current pope is not teaching according to the 2000 year tradition or dogma. One day though. I can't wait!! I was raised Byzantine and love Orthodoxy and Pre-Vatican Latin Mass!! Protestants, there is only One faith given by Jesus and passed down through the apostles (Apostolic Succession) through the laying on of hands. One day, One Faith, One Communion in ChristJesus!!!

    • @firingallcylinders2949
      @firingallcylinders2949 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      I recommend Truth Unites YT channel. He's very gracious in his discussions and breakdowns.

  • @bridgetbold6867
    @bridgetbold6867 9 หลายเดือนก่อน +4

    What an excellent and intelligent well informed humble protestant interviewer, interviewing an excellent articulate learned and humble orthodox priest. Magnificent. Most informative.

  • @eliascalisto7247
    @eliascalisto7247 3 ปีที่แล้ว +107

    Fr Josiah Trenham is great. His book "Rock and Sand" is a must read. I'm glad people like you are making this type of content but be careful because once you start this journey it's hard to remain protestant! God bless you and if your ever end up Catholic or Orthodox I'll be happy for you. Took me three years of this to finally commit to Orthodoxy.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +13

      It's a great book! Ha, I was just having a long conversation about that dynamic

    • @innocentgreen1338
      @innocentgreen1338 3 ปีที่แล้ว +16

      So true! 😆
      When Protestant friends ask me, "What happened?" and why I'm so different (in a good way) now I tell them, "Careful how many questions you ask because you may get answers." 😁🙏

    • @BrianJonson
      @BrianJonson 3 ปีที่แล้ว +6

      I agree with your comment on “Rock and Sand”. I read it twice. It is essential for all interested in the subject

    • @Chrisc-sn6uh
      @Chrisc-sn6uh ปีที่แล้ว +1

      I am very new to the orthodox christian faith. What book would you recommend i read.

    • @eliascalisto7247
      @eliascalisto7247 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      @@Chrisc-sn6uh you could probably start with Welcome To the Orthodox Church by Frederica Mathewes-Green. It has an audio book version read by her too in case you're into audio format too. It gives you an overview of the Orthodox Church in a nutshell.
      After that maybe go check out a vesoers service or a Liturgry. The parishioners are always welcoming and will be happy to answer your questions.

  • @sallycole8880
    @sallycole8880 3 หลายเดือนก่อน +3

    I follow you on TH-cam
    I am Catholic and I truly love your discussions
    It’s organic and genuine

  • @Milkman12345
    @Milkman12345 5 หลายเดือนก่อน +5

    As a Catholic I love my orthodox brothers and sisters

    • @billyhw5492
      @billyhw5492 หลายเดือนก่อน

      They don't love you back.

    • @kyriakosaronis4872
      @kyriakosaronis4872 23 วันที่ผ่านมา

      It is unfortunate we were one Church not withstanding from the very beginning Rome had always problems within the Roman Patriarchate. With all the changes the Heresies and Roman Inventions. Years ago i had asked a roman catholic bishop if he sees a way for the two churches to unite again and again to my surprise he yelled NEVER 🥲🥲

  • @TheTijuT
    @TheTijuT 3 ปีที่แล้ว +62

    Dear Fr. Josiah and Austin, lots of appreciation from an Eastern Catholic here.
    I just wanted to clarify - filioque is not recited in liturgy in Eastern and Oriental Catholic rites; they are all however in union with Church of Rome. We also have Catholic Patriarchs for each of our Particular churches (representing the East and Orient), all in union in Church of Rome.
    Also synodality is seen in the way Canon law is laid out. The Catholic canon for East and Orient is consistent with their own tradition and histories. They is hence pluriformity within the Catholic Church.
    Now may God continue to aid and bless your work of bridge building, and mutual understanding :)

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +17

      Thanks for sharing! Hoping to set up an interview and tour with an Eastern Catholic priest at some point

    • @TheTijuT
      @TheTijuT 3 ปีที่แล้ว +25

      @@GospelSimplicity Thank you for your work, Austin. Through you, may many hearts be moved to onenness and union.
      In Kerala, where I have my roots; I have seen the Orthodox and Catholics demonstrate fraternal ties. Many priests from both worlds, work and teach together on several occasions.
      Orthodox sacraments are all considered valid among Catholics. Also Orthodox can take sacraments in Catholic Church.
      May all of this be just the beginning of visible signs of oneness. Also let us hope for an increase in charity and joy within the hearts of all people! I suspect fraternity and unity would be natural in a world filled with such people :)
      Keep up your spirit, Austin. May our Triune God be with you in your personal journey towards him.

    • @TheTijuT
      @TheTijuT 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      @stopaskingmynamegoogle Dear Friend in Christ, thank you for sharing your thought and experience.
      May I suggest that you read the Eastern Orthodox philosopher David Bentley Hart, and his approach to filioque. That will help you see why these articulations - Orthodox and Catholic - though marginally different - are not irreconcilable. Also Orthodox Metropolitan Timothy Ware's recent writings and lectures on this could help too.
      May you receive the peace of Christ, and may some day we be one in him who made us.
      With best wishes

    • @quayscenes
      @quayscenes 3 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      Thank you for making this point. I was hoping someone would clarify this. I am sympathetic to the Orthodox position on this. I feel, however, that too rigid a stance is taken by some. There must be an openness in understanding both perspectives. At the highest levels, when the Pope meets with Patriarchs, it does not feel like this is a barrier to unity. I would also say that unity can take many forms, very much like the relationship of the Roman Catholic Church to her Eastern Rites (and those Anglicans who entered into communion with Rome).

    • @mikealrodriguez6907
      @mikealrodriguez6907 3 ปีที่แล้ว +18

      How is it that Roman Catholics find it acceptable to confess multiple creeds? Unity of faith is meant to be the meaning of the word 'catholic.' If you confess different creeds, how can you have the same faith? Why is this not hugely problematic for the average Roman Catholic?
      In peace,
      a genuinely confused Orthodox Christian

  • @primusnocturn
    @primusnocturn 2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I like listening to Fr Josiah.
    I'm a Catholic and not going anywhere.

  • @mattbellacotti
    @mattbellacotti 3 ปีที่แล้ว +32

    Fantastic interview! Orthodoxy has a lot to offer, and while of course I hope you one day become Orthodox, I think it’s great you’ve been exploring Christianity and stepping outside of what’s familiar to you. Don’t let anyone pressure into anything, trust God and keep up the amazing work.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      Thank you so much. Your approach really means a lot. God bless

  • @keshab9533
    @keshab9533 3 ปีที่แล้ว +134

    Oh WOW! This will be a great conversation! I'm not Orthodox yet( looking into it) and father Josiah Trenham was the one who peeked my curiosity into Orthodox started with his interview based on his book Rock and sand (I could be wrong on the title). I really really enjoy listening to him great speaker and he says things that make me dig into scripture. I'll definitely will be watching this interview. God bless your ministry (Gospel simplicity) praying for you on this journey brother🙏❣️ This is exciting 😊

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +6

      You got the title right! We talk about that book here. Hope you enjoy the interview!

    • @forevermore6065
      @forevermore6065 3 ปีที่แล้ว +10

      The interview about his book also was significant to me. It was one of several important moments that moved me towards Orthodoxy. As a former Protestant, listening to someone that has travelled the road you are standing at the crossroads of is very impactful because you can relate so closely to the same questions and struggles. At the crossroads I chose to change my trajectory and headed east. I could no longer ignore what I’d learned of the historical church (which I had never been taught!). I became orthodox in July.

    • @forevermore6065
      @forevermore6065 3 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      @@keshab9533 it is so important I believe to have the attitude you have, to seek the truth wherever it leads. Take your time, I was Protestant for 45 years. Orthodoxy is a change in mindset and practice in many ways, not change of core beliefs It is an expansion or maybe one way to describe it as explosion of beauty of faith, worship and prayer. Go to a church that is in English and experience the Devine Liturgy. You will have sensory overload but that’s ok as is so different from what you’re used to, do don’t worry about it. I will give you a link to some amazing orthodox primer videos. Basically made to prepare you for what you will see in church plus some on other basic orthodox topics to help you. They are very short but awesome .

    • @keshab9533
      @keshab9533 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@forevermore6065 Thank you

    • @forevermore6065
      @forevermore6065 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      @@keshab9533 one of the most significant stops on my journey to orthodoxy that got me seriously considering orthodoxy, was a DVD series offered at the Orthodox Church I attended a year ago called “A journey to fullness” with Father Barnabas Powell(former pentecostal). This is Very good. Perhaps a Orthodox Church near you may be offering this ? Here is a promo video: th-cam.com/video/ozefTDtJ5V0/w-d-xo.html but if you aren’t able to find this, Father Barnabas recorded a more informal series “orthodoxy 101 boot camp” which is pretty good: th-cam.com/play/PL13QsE9UAcgyaEOc8FYZ-_V1uSxRmk_c8.html

  • @rachel.wilson
    @rachel.wilson 2 หลายเดือนก่อน +2

    What an excellent chat 🙏🏻

  • @justinaprima9495
    @justinaprima9495 2 ปีที่แล้ว +15

    I am a convert to the Orthodox Church from Catholicism and went through the period of Vatican II. When I first walked into an Orthodox Church was at the funeral of St. John Maximovitch of San Francisco. Crossing the threshold I knew I was home. It was the first time my soul was truly awakened.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Wow! That's quite the first experience

    • @unmaskscience111
      @unmaskscience111 11 หลายเดือนก่อน

      My experience entering my local orthodox ministry church (a year ago last mother's day) was the same. The feeling was immediate and palpable. Undoubtedly a holy place.🙏. All glory to our beautiful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

  • @tracycameron5099
    @tracycameron5099 7 หลายเดือนก่อน +3

    Such a wonderful expositor, with great questions. Thajk you. Anglican, to Protestant evangelical to Catholic now going to pursue Eastern Orthodox. Niagara Falls Canada

  • @walrusking148
    @walrusking148 3 ปีที่แล้ว +117

    Father Josiah is great spring of wisdom. He’s real “lion” of Orthodoxy, and you can feel that when he speaks. He’s definitely a bit rough around the edges though and doesn’t mince words 😆.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +25

      He's great. I really enjoyed getting the chance to talk with him. He's definitely a straight-talker, but I found him to be quite charitable as well

    • @pontification7891
      @pontification7891 3 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      @@GospelSimplicity indeed - I share your opinion. He's a real man, but doesn't go about carelessly with his words.
      He's neither left, nor right, but very much on the Royal Road.

    • @strugglingathome
      @strugglingathome 3 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      “Rough around the edges”? By any worldly standard, I’m sure.

    • @CrankyGrandma
      @CrankyGrandma 3 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      His being direct is a blessing. He was not uncharitable. But he knows to speak Christ in or out of season. God bless him! I hope God moves to reunite us. We need each other

    • @mikkis668
      @mikkis668 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      @@strugglingathome If you listen to some of Fr. Josiah's teachings, to his own church, about Catholics and Protestants, you'll have to agree with walrus king 14. Fr. Josiah are at times rather hostile towards "non-Orthodox Churches".
      Though, here he did an excellent job.

  • @grdsinclairgrd
    @grdsinclairgrd ปีที่แล้ว +9

    I am learning a lot from our brothers and sisters of The Orthodox Church. It helps me a lot in my spiritual journey and growth in my relationship with God. God Bless you all!!!

  • @TheLincolnrailsplitt
    @TheLincolnrailsplitt 2 ปีที่แล้ว +8

    Fr Trentham is a terrific teacher and apologist for Eastern Orthodoxy.

  • @nickgazaryan4089
    @nickgazaryan4089 2 ปีที่แล้ว +13

    This Austin fella is one of the best interviewers I’ve ever seen. Excellent follow up questions, excellent questions in general. Very impressed with that young mans high level ability to interview.
    Great discussion overall. Well done.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate that

  • @jaytea4390
    @jaytea4390 3 ปีที่แล้ว +11

    I'm an Anglican, but the Eastern Orthodox Church and its theology really helps to strengthen my faith. God bless my beloved brothers and sisters in the Church

    • @theguyver4934
      @theguyver4934 8 หลายเดือนก่อน

      Just like biblical and historical evidence proves that jesus and his apostles were vegatarians biblical and historical evidence also proves that the trinity, atonement, original sin and hell are very late misinterpretations and are not supported by the early creed hence its not a part of Christianity I pray that Allah swt revives Christianity both inside and out preserves and protects it and makes its massage be witnessed by all people but at the right moment, place and time
      The secred text of the Bible says ye shall know them by their fruits
      So too that I say to my christian brothers and sisters be fruitful and multiply
      Best regards from a Muslim ( line of ismail )

  • @strugglingathome
    @strugglingathome 3 ปีที่แล้ว +37

    Austin, this is a fantastic interview. You are eloquent and incisive.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Thank you so much!

    • @strugglingathome
      @strugglingathome 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      @BEES MNS srsly can’t tell if ur srs

    • @beautifulspirit7420
      @beautifulspirit7420 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      @BEES MNS this is ridiculous and why Gender Ideology is insane. People who don't fit stereotypes are not the opposite gender!

  • @liiviiosa
    @liiviiosa 3 ปีที่แล้ว +13

    fr trenham's voice is so relaxing

  • @nuns8126
    @nuns8126 ปีที่แล้ว +15

    This is a wonderful video. I was RC for 62 years & converted to Russian Orthodox Church by baptism & Chrismation 14 years ago. It's the best thing I have ever done.

  • @DarrylWoody
    @DarrylWoody 3 ปีที่แล้ว +57

    This interview could have gone on for hours and I would have watched all of it haha. Great episode. Loved his breakdown of how scripture and tradition are inseparable.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      Thanks! Man, I could’ve gone on too! Grateful for the time that he took though to do this interview. Hopefully we’ll be able to do another one!

    • @GrislyAtoms12
      @GrislyAtoms12 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      Agree with you, Michael W! It was so edifying.

  • @BasedLeifEriksson
    @BasedLeifEriksson 3 ปีที่แล้ว +27

    I’m a lifelong Protestant on my way home to the Orthodox Church! I regret not investigating sooner!

    • @pitsinokaki
      @pitsinokaki 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1


    • @BJARRGH12
      @BJARRGH12 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      God bless you!

  • @mauriciorocha5360
    @mauriciorocha5360 3 ปีที่แล้ว +30

    I am fascinated by your humility Austin, great work!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +2


    • @richardbenitez7803
      @richardbenitez7803 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      Mauricio Rocha - thanks for mentioning this about Austin. He is a very good listener and is very respectful of the priests from other faiths. His humility does show. For a young guy starting out on significant bible and theology study, Austin shows a great deal of respect for others in their endeavors.

    • @fimoreira8455
      @fimoreira8455 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      @@richardbenitez7803 Glory be to God! Very good observations!

  • @trevorwright2
    @trevorwright2 3 ปีที่แล้ว +42

    Father Josiah is great priest! My cousin goes to st Andrew's. You .just visit a liturgy. That is thee ONLY way to experience Orthodox Church! ☦🕊

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      He's great! I've actually been going every week for the past three weeks

    • @waterbeefly
      @waterbeefly 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      So true, experience is everything.

  • @HolyProtection3
    @HolyProtection3 3 ปีที่แล้ว +36

    Dude this is gonna be EPIC!!!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +2


    • @HolyProtection3
      @HolyProtection3 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      @@GospelSimplicity seriously, brother. So glad I found your channel. Very awesome content and it’s really cool how open your are in the search for truth. God bless you and yours. Christ have mercy. ☦️

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@HolyProtection3 grateful to have you here! God bless

  • @bryanwalters9574
    @bryanwalters9574 3 ปีที่แล้ว +57

    Best interview yet! Loved this conversation! I only wish it could be a few hours longer!

  • @stephenchelius7461
    @stephenchelius7461 3 ปีที่แล้ว +38

    A very concise and well spoken presentation of the orthodox point of view. I looked into the Orthodox faith for many years before finally becoming Catholic. You mentioned Michael Lofton's interview. His channel is good for getting an accurate portrait of the differences and discussions between Orthodox and Catholic believers. I appreciated Fr Josiah's firm but charitable presentation of the Orthodox view's against the Catholic. I disagree in the end with many of his conclusions, especially his historical analysis. But the manor in which he communicates is the manner that these discussions should be had, with unapologetic truth and charity. Thank you for this interview, very well done.

  • @timrichardson4018
    @timrichardson4018 3 ปีที่แล้ว +31

    Ah! You briefly mentioned the three tenses being used to speak of salvation. I came to that realization on my own at the age of 14, having been raised Baptist and believing "once saved, always saved." I noticed the scriptures say it all three ways. You were saved. You are being saved. You will be saved.

    • @frankherbert6476
      @frankherbert6476 3 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      Yep, and it really depends on a perspective of what salvation really is and what it means....what its purpose....deep stuff

    • @johnathanrhoades7751
      @johnathanrhoades7751 2 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      This. This is something that we Protestants just seemed to miss.

  • @sackettsnodgrass9260
    @sackettsnodgrass9260 3 ปีที่แล้ว +31

    I have an utmost high respect for Fr. Josiah. I’ve listend to his book, “Rock and Sand”, on Audible at least 3 or 4 times. I’m a Catholic who is also seeking out the Orthodox Church, and let me tell you...it is as diverse of an argument that you can get. On the Catholic side, the Orthodox only have to accept the papacy. On the Orthodox side, the Catholic have to reject all of the doctrines that are contradictory to the Faith.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      He's great. It really is complex

    • @strugglingathome
      @strugglingathome 3 ปีที่แล้ว +10

      The Orthodox accepting the Pope is just short for accepting all of the Latin heresies. All those heresies are denounced in the Orthodox Church because they are real impediments of salvation.

    • @KurtGodel432
      @KurtGodel432 3 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      The Orthodox Church is in schism and teaches heretical things such as divorce and remarriage (which is contrary to Our Lord’s words in the Gospels!). The Filioque is not a teaching that the Orthodox reject (unlike what this priest presents), because the Eastern Church fathers themselves taught it!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +12

      @@KurtGodel432 the orthodox most certainly reject the filioque...

    • @KurtGodel432
      @KurtGodel432 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Gospel Simplicity unless they reject the words of a multitude of the Church Fathers and of the Athanasian Creed of course. Not every Orthodox Christian shares the opinion of this priest on the question.

  • @kristinagacesa8085
    @kristinagacesa8085 ปีที่แล้ว +5

    As an Orthodox Christian I thank you Fr. Josaih. So informative. I'm always learning.

  • @vsevolodtokarev
    @vsevolodtokarev 2 ปีที่แล้ว +8

    What an unusual prospective into Orthodox faith you helped to provide, Austin. Thank you. After almost 30 years of conversion from atheism, I still have much to discover and learn.

  • @xaviorjimenez2227
    @xaviorjimenez2227 3 ปีที่แล้ว +20

    Thank you so much! I'm an Orthodox convert as well, so I really appreciate the content. I think Father Josiah did a good job going to bat for holy Orthodoxy.

  • @swenner64
    @swenner64 3 ปีที่แล้ว +15

    See I told you that you needed to consider the Orthodox faith. Not only can you marry that girl and become a priest, but you get the Church that really hasn't compromised. I am also a Moody Grad and am in the process of joining the Orthodox Church. I have two degrees from Moody a BA and MA so I am leaving that all behind. Blessing Brother.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      Haha thanks! I find a lot to commend in the Orthodox church. I really respect what a big step that must be for you. God bless!

    • @dourtandouar1318
      @dourtandouar1318 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      Become a priest and still get to take a wife. Best of both Worlds! What's holding you back!

  • @TheDonovanMcCormick
    @TheDonovanMcCormick 2 ปีที่แล้ว +6

    I don’t know how I missed this talk with Fr Josiah. This man is gift to us all, from Christ.

  • @christopher-seraphim-craig9983
    @christopher-seraphim-craig9983 3 ปีที่แล้ว +17

    Glory to God for using you and Fr. Josiah to share the Orthodox faith on this platform. There's nothing like it, when I became orthodox after years of wandering in Hinduism and Protestant "denominations" I found the church. All I can say is once I was joined to the body of Christ I felt like I was at the wedding at Cana "Every man serves the good wine first, and when the guests are drunk, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now".
    Through the prayers of the holy father, lord Jesus Christ have mercy on us and save us.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Thanks for sharing some of your story! God bless

    • @dmy_tro
      @dmy_tro 3 ปีที่แล้ว


    • @christopher-seraphim-craig9983
      @christopher-seraphim-craig9983 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@dmy_tro Yes the lacking I found in Protestantism led me to fall away to look for God in other religions. I came away with a mixture of the two with a warped christology and soteriology “universalism”. I had been dabbling in things like yoga and esoteric nonsense, which in hindsight damaged me on a deep level. Glory to God for his great mercy!

    • @genesiskeglar6372
      @genesiskeglar6372 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      Hey man, I love how you made the connection between Christ serving the best wine last, and you yourself finding the orthodox faith at last. I will be 40 in about a week, and I have spent 40 years in the wilderness. Truly. I want to be in the promised land too. Very badly.

  • @otelders
    @otelders 3 ปีที่แล้ว +24

    Thank you for your efforts!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว

      It's my pleasure! Hope you enjoy the interview!

  • @tmcc1647
    @tmcc1647 3 ปีที่แล้ว +33

    YES! I am so pumped for this. I wish I could like this 1,000 times, haha!

  • @GlobeHackers
    @GlobeHackers ปีที่แล้ว +4

    This was an excellent conversation focused on central and essential issues concerning the Church. Fr. Jasiah is a treasure. Thanks much.

  • @asiapeach2387
    @asiapeach2387 3 ปีที่แล้ว +32

    This is so good. I plan to listen to as much Father Josiah content I can get my hands on.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      Thanks! He’s great

    • @perrylc8812
      @perrylc8812 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      May I suggest that you get the app PNP "patristic nectar".

    • @martinkent333
      @martinkent333 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      Brainwashing and choirboy rape, sign me up!!!!

    • @artdanks4846
      @artdanks4846 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@martinkent333 Why the axe to grind?

    • @martinkent333
      @martinkent333 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@perrylc8812 Do you eat them after your Christian ecstasy?

  • @scops2169
    @scops2169 2 ปีที่แล้ว +14

    Wow this is such a blessing to me, I am so thankful to have stumbled across your content! I was raised Pentecostal and gave my life to Jesus when I was 7, but when I turned 21 I became disenfranchised with the prosperity gospel (to quote so many people who left the church I was in at that time, "I used to love that church and think it was amazing, but then I started reading my Bible"). So I ended up reading a lot of reformed theology, which I felt was tugging me back towards a spiritual home I hadn't yet found, but still felt that they weren't quite where my soul belonged. I ended up going to university as a mature student to read theology, and I've found myself in the Anglican tradition for the last few years, and I've really love my church's commitment to prayer. My vicar has been trying very hard to push me towards ordination within the Church of England, but for a long time I've still felt like something isn't quite right and I don't see myself staying with the Anglicans for the rest of my life. It's almost like a spiritual pit-stop while I catch my breath! What Fr Josiah said about his Episcopal bishop allowing him to remain there on a temporary basis nearly reduced me to tears because it was so touching how humble his bishop was to do this. I think what's really been gnawing at me for some time are those false dichotomies that were discussed, especially between scripture and tradition (I was raised on the NIV and that explains so much!) and faith versus works. It's so hard to remain true to "faith alone" and still hold true to the book of James! Thank you both so so much, there's a lot for me to chew on here, but I found that discussion so nourishing to my soul. I'm not usually one to comment on TH-cam videos but this really touched me so thanks once again. Bless you both!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  2 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      I'm glad this video was so impactful and nourishing for you!

    • @Rivershines
      @Rivershines 2 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      Hello Sarah! I have a similar story. I’m going to visit a local Orthodox Church soon for the first time.

    • @bellingdog
      @bellingdog ปีที่แล้ว +1

      ​@@Rivershines hi Claire. How did your visit go? I'm intrigued, as I was raised Pentecostal and am now Orthodox. I have never felt so home even though my family was so adamant about me joining the Orthodox Church that I was not allowed to bring any of their teachings into our family home. This was a while ago and my family has relaxed a lot now, especially as they become disillusioned with the Pentecostal tradition.

    • @Rivershines
      @Rivershines ปีที่แล้ว

      @@bellingdog Hi Corey, I have been attending an Orthodox Church now for a year! It is so funny to remember how scared we were to attend, and how foreign all the icons were, I was so uncomfortable! But in the Vespers service, which was attended by the two members of the choir, the priest and one devout man, me and my daughters, God spoke to us and welcomed us home. I felt such a joy and delight in my soul which continues to this day! I am soon to become a catechumen and can see our baptism coming up. Like you my family is mistrustful, but I am so grateful that my two youngest daughters are also joining the church with me . Praise the Lord, Christ Is Risen!

    • @MegaTechno2000
      @MegaTechno2000 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Paul was talking about the works of the Jewish law, not Good Works... Protestants got it all wrong.

  • @Andrew-sj9tr
    @Andrew-sj9tr 3 ปีที่แล้ว +60

    I never knew that the NIV version of the Bible deliberately used different words for “traditions” in the Bible to make them look bad. That’s dishonest and extremely concerning.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      Nor did I

    • @BodilessVoice
      @BodilessVoice 3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      We can't trust Protestants with such matters.

    • @redimerfortitudo
      @redimerfortitudo 3 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      It's not just the NIV. KJV and ESV, as the most prominent Protestant translations do the same thing with other matters. For example, it's pretty obvious that the Psalms have been heavily edited with Reformed theology in the ESV. I don't even bother with the other Protestant translations

    • @HickoryDickory86
      @HickoryDickory86 3 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      @@BodilessVoice Protestant translations are generally more trustworthy than not, because they often are produced ecumenically, employing the work of numerous translators from many different denominations, and sometimes also from non-Protestant traditions (like Catholic, Orthodox, and Messianic Jews). This typically means one translator's personal biases, or one denomination's particular doctrines, don't easily end up in the finished product. It's not a fool-proof guarantee, but it is a good and reasonable safeguard. Often times, the biases that make it into the final translation are more incidental than intentional. When a majority of the translators are Protestant, then the majority will naturally be blinded to their particularly Protestant biases.
      I wish more translations in general would have a fairly equal mix of Protestant, Orthodox, Catholic, and Messianic translators to help lessen these biases overall.
      This example of παράδοσις is, however, an example of quite a strong bias and intentional manipulation that should have been called out and countered somewhere along the process. It has not persisted into the newer updates and revisions of the NIV, thankfully.

    • @jmjaquinas7298
      @jmjaquinas7298 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      redimerfortitudo That’s unfortunate. I wonder how that got through the Augustine Institute’s editing of the new Catholic ESV

  • @angelapandazis6512
    @angelapandazis6512 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    Such a great interview.
    Fr.Josiah has sound Orthodox knowledge and Austin is one of the nicest maturest young men that knows how to interview. Very respectful and intelligent.
    We are from the traditional calendar Orthodox church.

  • @carakerr4081
    @carakerr4081 10 หลายเดือนก่อน +1

    I was saved in 2013 at age 39 and God has asked me to learn more about Greek Orthodoxy. Thank you for this information!

  • @gerardcosloy6946
    @gerardcosloy6946 2 ปีที่แล้ว +6

    Austin you are a great interviewer. You really truly provide a neutral presentation space for people whose ideas may or may not coincide with your own to present their ideas free of criticism. Very well done.

  • @sanqingtemple6404
    @sanqingtemple6404 ปีที่แล้ว +4

    Great to hear someone who knows what they believe and why.

  • @konstantinospsarras7676
    @konstantinospsarras7676 3 ปีที่แล้ว +6

    So touched to see people from all over the world experiencing the Orthodox Church and our God's never-ending love.
    May the God's help and bless be with all you sharing our Faith.
    No matter how big the obstacles of evil will be , our God's help will surpass them all.
    -Try repeating this small pray as many times as you can. Kirie Isou Christae Eleyson Mae( Κυριε Ιησου Χριστε ελεησον με)
    Saint Joseph the Hesychast

  • @PiperMcPhersonTheWren
    @PiperMcPhersonTheWren 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

    Love Fr. Trenham, been watching him for years now. Good work!

  • @midshot
    @midshot 3 ปีที่แล้ว +9

    As a Catholic. Watching so much videos related to this, taught me:
    Christ binds himself to sacraments
    But is not bound only to them.
    God will judge us in the end. Love your videos Bro!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Thanks for this perspective!

    • @midshot
      @midshot 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      @Patrick McNamara
      I concur Bro. That being said, it surely is a challenge for a billion member religious community.
      We need to act in a priestly/fatherly manner and fulfill what was poorly cathecized to us. Starting with our outlook and actions that naturally inspires people around us.

  • @quayscenes
    @quayscenes 3 ปีที่แล้ว +16

    Dang... This guy... I will have to watch this one several times!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      He’s great!

    • @bpowell7999
      @bpowell7999 3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      Look up The Arena for his sermons on any podcast platform. He's a great orator.

    • @quayscenes
      @quayscenes 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      @@bpowell7999 Thx!

  • @Andrew-sj9tr
    @Andrew-sj9tr 3 ปีที่แล้ว +18

    20 minutes in and this is amazing. God Bless this Priest

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Glad you're enjoying it! Fr. Josiah is wonderful

  • @marybee1594
    @marybee1594 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

    Father Josiah is very good preacher, it's esentiall for America to have preachers like that, greetings from first century Ortodox Serbian Church, founded also by Apostole Paul, We are fighting with Ecumenism that poisoned us, but We still have this first century spark.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว

      Thanks for sharing! What do you mean by Ecumenism that poisoned you?

    • @marybee1594
      @marybee1594 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@GospelSimplicity not in sence of ecumena at first, but in todays sence modern day ecumenism that uses this positive name from past when Christians were all the same in whole Europe and Middle East. Ecumenism of today is one world religion that is preparing path for Antichrist, that religion wants to proclaim every religion or secta is road of salvation, current pope and all before him are opsessed to drag in Ortodox Church in this Union of Churches of the world, at first seems like a peaceful idea, but remember what is written in Revelation about this, We are warned, for now our main Churches both Russian and Serbian are ecumenical, only parts of them are fighthing to stay true to Gods Word, and to wows they made to Holy fathers of our churches that they will never change anything under any circumstances, Greeks in large part gave up to ecumenism long ago, only the brave one resist, yes Christians are persecuted even in Greece,look documentary rebelious monks of Esfigmenou monastery by VICE, Russians have Russian Beyond border Church that is last damn against ecumenism in Russia, We gather under Episkop Artemius who keeps Ortodox tradition alive in Serbia,katakombs exist again, percecution begins slowly but surely again, this morninig our Patriarch passed away from covid, he was ecumenist by his own words,we don't hope to anyone chosen by God any time soon, last one was by man chosen, beware of this One world religion it's name is ecumenism, and it's not ecumenism in early Christian sence 🙂May God enlight you in the way which is best for your salvation

  • @Maine-Life
    @Maine-Life 3 ปีที่แล้ว +8

    It's amazing how fast an hour can pass.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว

      Time flies when you're having fun!

    • @martinkent333
      @martinkent333 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      Brainwashing is like that. Hypnotic and a great tale! It's too bad 6 billion folks don't believe in fairytales.....

  • @SearchingTheArchives
    @SearchingTheArchives 3 ปีที่แล้ว +21

    I'm Catholic now but Fr. Josiah was instrumental in my understanding of Apostolic Christianity. I'm thankful to God for placing Fr. Josiah in my path.

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      He’s a wonderful teacher

    • @keshab9533
      @keshab9533 3 ปีที่แล้ว


    • @HolyProtection3
      @HolyProtection3 3 ปีที่แล้ว


    • @timothyfreeman97
      @timothyfreeman97 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@gk7754 truth always trumps.

    • @SearchingTheArchives
      @SearchingTheArchives 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      @@gk7754 I was heavily "seeking" - I was raised non-denominational and fell away from Christianity for many years. Two years ago I became convinced of the truths of Christianity in this heavily secular world. I very seriously considered Orthodoxy, I even read Fr. Josiah's book Rock and Sand. In the end I had an experience with the Holy Eucharist at a Catholic Mass that made me feel at home. God bless you on your journey, God will help you.

  • @lpetarp3915
    @lpetarp3915 2 ปีที่แล้ว

    Thank you, this brought me so much peace

  • @bradsmith4875
    @bradsmith4875 2 ปีที่แล้ว +3

    I'm a graduate of The Church of God (now Pentecostal) Theological seminary who is looking at Orthodoxy. The theology and spirituality just enrich me so much.

  • @gwentong9715
    @gwentong9715 ปีที่แล้ว +4

    Thanks to here about your journey, as a Bible student, I strongly feel that God has guided me on this search to be closer to Apostles Paul and John travels.

  • @erikamohrmann7986
    @erikamohrmann7986 3 ปีที่แล้ว +7

    I needed this so much!

  • @autumnangel8004
    @autumnangel8004 3 ปีที่แล้ว +8

    I’m really taken with the spirit of respect and brotherly/sisterly dialogue in these comments! So refreshing in these times and a testament to the Christian spirit, wherever God currently has us! 🙏

  • @petrosmarkantonis2418
    @petrosmarkantonis2418 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    This was a super interesting interview. Gospel simplicity thank you for arranging it!

  • @rockwall6
    @rockwall6 3 ปีที่แล้ว +11

    Austin, I want to WARN you about Orthodoxy because it is like a magnet that puls one in by its visual beauty, the beauty of its theology as the most loving expression of God, its reverent worship when heaven and earth come together to worship as One undivided Body of Christ.
    I wish you God's love and protection on this dangerous spiritual journey!!!! You are doing well to continue!

    • @GospelSimplicity
      @GospelSimplicity  3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      Haha, this didn’t go the way I thought it was going to, but it was a pleasant surprise. Thanks

    • @ThomasG_Nikolaj
      @ThomasG_Nikolaj 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      They had us in the first half

    • @xrt783
      @xrt783 3 ปีที่แล้ว

      The future nation of the world will be the Boer nation of South Africa. It will become the only Christian nation during World War 3 and the most blessed nation in the world after World War 3. This prophecy was made by a Calvinist prophet named Nicolaas Van Rensburg. Beware of orthodox christian propaganda and fallacies and leave the USA as long you can. South Africa will be one of a few save havens for protestant christians during ww3. Greetings from Germany. God keep you and bless you.

  • @kimberleyjabbour4293
    @kimberleyjabbour4293 2 ปีที่แล้ว +3

    This is so great! I’ve watched it 3 times! And will again!

  • @areopolitis1
    @areopolitis1 11 หลายเดือนก่อน +3

    Ευλογημένος από τον Κύριο Ιησού Χριστόν είναι ο πατήρ Ιωσίας ! Ευχαριστούμε πολύ και τους δύο ! Αδελφικούς χαιρετισμούς από την Σπάρτη / Ελλάδα.
    Father Josiah is blessed by Lord Jesus Christ ! Thank you so much both of you !
    Brotherly greetings from Sparta / Greece.

  • @GregDinAZ
    @GregDinAZ 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    Great interview! ❤️ I love Father Josiah!

  • @clispybeace
    @clispybeace 8 หลายเดือนก่อน +1

    The truth is secure, never insecure. Praise God for you and your channel, it is a beautiful blessing for those of us with a never ending roster of questions and a zeal for the truth. Father Josiah answered a lot of questions I had!

  • @Melvin_Thoma
    @Melvin_Thoma 3 ปีที่แล้ว +9

    Thank you so much Austin for this conversation ❤🙏

  • @philmonk4159
    @philmonk4159 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

    Father Josiah Trenham is a blessing to listen to. Thank you Austin for setting this up 👍

  • @tc-3
    @tc-3 ปีที่แล้ว

    Amazing interview. Thank you!

  • @eetuerrenor5757
    @eetuerrenor5757 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    Thanks, Austin! Great video, and to-the-point questions, I think you are going places.

  • @tidvrlarvt1023
    @tidvrlarvt1023 3 ปีที่แล้ว +7

    God bless you Father Joshiah.. Greetings from Indonesian Orthodox

  • @MIZ932
    @MIZ932 3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

    That was a great interview, thank you

  • @bettypang4971
    @bettypang4971 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    Thank you 🙏 I am grateful for your wonderful videos. And yes! The St. John Cantius tour was a beautiful experience for me. May God bless you richly !

  • @sugarloaf10
    @sugarloaf10 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    Loved the interview and you are a gracious host / keep up the great content, it’s so refreshing!