The Eastern Church is evangelical but not Protestant. It is orthodox but not Jewish. It is catholic but not Roman. It is not non-denominational but pre-denominational. Since the Day of Pentecost, Orthodoxy has believed, taught, preserved and defended the faith of the Apostles and early church in a continuous, uninterrupted tradition.
“Everything in this life passes away—only God remains, only He is worth struggling towards. We have a choice: to follow the way of this world, of the society that surrounds us, and thereby find ourselves outside of God; or to choose the way of life, to choose God Who calls us and for Whom our heart is searching.” — Fr. Seraphim Rose
Look, brethren, look what the devil is doing, has done and will do, leading the mind of man from the spiritual heaven to material things, chaining the heart of man to earth and earthly pursuits and occupations!
Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov