I've heard that Old Believers are also called Orthodox. Is it so? I have seen on the Internet that there is a Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church?


Answer from: Tatiana B.:
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Old Believers are a schism, as far as I know, they have no dogmatic differences with the Orthodox Church.
But at the same time, they cannot be called Orthodox. Because it is not canons and not dogmas that make a person Orthodox, but belonging to the once established Church.
God said: "I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against Her."(Mt. 16: 18)
God has set up the Church as the lamp of Truth that shines to the whole world: "You are the light of the world. The city that stands on top of the mountain cannot hide."(Mt. 5: 14)
Old Believerism is essentially an ethnic schism that claims that the rest of the world essentially has no Orthodoxy. And God said the Church would be an international community:
Mal.1:11
For from the east of the sun unto the west shall my name be great among the nations, and in every place shall they offer incense unto my name, a pure sacrifice: great shall my name be among the nations, saith the Lord of hosts.


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