The “Seven Sacraments” of Russian Baptists

Constantine PROKHOROV

Abstract


This paper addresses the Orthodox impact on the ecclesiology of the ECB brotherhood and especially on the doctrine of church ordinances (sacraments). The author shows that in the RussianUkrainian Baptist brotherhood, any symbolic interpretation of the “church ordinances” covertly surrenders to the idea of sacrament, which makes the general picture of the ecclesio logical views of the Russian Baptists deeper and far from trivial. Whereas Western Protestants usually distinguish only two ordinances, water baptism and the Lord's Supper, Russian Baptists not infrequently went further, seriously considering the “seven sacraments,” which has drawn them noticeably closer in their beliefs to Eastern Orthodox sacramentology. It is noteworthy that these trends were typical
for both the official (AUCECB) and illegal (CC ECB) Baptists.


Keywords


Баптисты; Русские баптисты; Церковные таинства

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