Lutheranism is considered a newer shrewder form of iconoclasm. Alongside with this heresy, Luther also wrote many more and his despise for the cult of Saints is absolutely unacceptable and offensive in the East. Iconoclasm is an important thing in the East, especially since its appearance during Emperors Leo III and then his son Constantine Copronymos (Constantine V) - years 700s AD - created tensions between the East and the West and some consider fertilized the ground for the great Schism that happened 3 centuries later. Constantine V managed to get adepts between Orthodox priests, he used the soldiers against the monks priests or anyone who favored icons. It is said the soldiers were coming to churches with axes to remove the body of Christ from the Cross. The Cross had to be simple. The emperor had a vision in which he was sure this is what God wanted. Because of this, the Ecumenical Patriarch earned a higher role trying to convince the iconoclasts of their heresy and when the papal legates arrived from Rome at the council invoked to combat iconoclasm they felt the authority of Rome was being challenged. The tensions grew also because the Emperor was violently suppressing the cult of icons in the West also and the idea of the “bad Greek emperor” became a trend.
So I think that Ecumenism only makes historical sense in the way of suppressing iconoclasm which is now represented by the Protestants. And its presence within the Church has created only defilement.
I even read that Luther went so far as to encourage his followers to help the Turks so that they attack and destroy Rome. But I am not sure if this is accurate.
Luther’s stubbornness and self-claim of the purity of his faith is another sign he was deceived.
I don’t say that Protestants aren’t good people, do not hate them as persons and make no claim of knowing if they can be redeemed or not, that is God’s judgement not ours. But their ideas based on Luther, Calvin and the others, cannot be accepted. And they regard him as a saint and this is also unacceptable.
Many fear at the World Council of Churches the only ecumenism that happened by interacting with the Protestants is that they influenced everyone with their ideas. It’s sad when you think of the argument between Christians, but I just don’t understand where is their love and charity in relation with others? They always claim to be right, they expect apologies, what are the signs that the Holy Spirit is present in their congregations? I mean the theologians, the ones who lead the interaction, not people. People are nice, they are being lead. The Protestant leaders - where is their charity if their Luther is such a saint? Where is his spirit taking them?