I am still a little confused about obedience and authority in the Orthodox Church. I understand that the Orthodox Church looks to councils for authority and has a hierarchy similar to that of the Catholic Church (without the Pope of course). But what I still don’t understand is what level of obedience is required for Eastern Orthodox followers to remain in the Church. In the Catholic Church, it’s very clear because you have certain doctrines that require the full assent of faith and are considered to be infallible and others that do not. Because the Catholic Church claims to be infallible on certain teachings, it’s easy to see how and why they would require obedience to those issues.
Because the Orthodox Church does not believe in Church infallibility and does not have an infallible Pope, I don’t understand how it can ask its followers to unequivocally do specific things that were not addressed in the Bible directly or in a council. Further, even if something was in a council, I don’t understand how the Orthodox Church requires its members to assent to these certain doctrines unequivocally because they don’t believe those doctrines possess infallibility anyway.
I guess the overall question I am asking is: Does the Orthodox Church believe all of its teachings are infallible teachings that must be followed or do they believe that their teachings are as close to infallible as you can get that should be followed but aren’t completely required?