„Therefore, ‘Come out from their midst and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you“ (2 Cor 6:17)
Whom can the faithful church of God legitimately partner with in ministry? That question has been a point of contention among professing Christians for the past 100 years. And that’s been illustrated by what is known as the ecumenical movement, the history of which we surveyed last week.
And the principal dogma of the ecumenical movement of the 20th century was that anyone who called themselves a Christian was to be regarded as a Christian. It didn’t matter if they were a theological liberal who denied the bodily resurrection of Christ or penal substitutionary atonement, or if they were a Roman Catholic who denied the Gospel of justification by faith alone. The important thing was that those who called themselves Christians, and held somewhat to a “Christian” view of morality, were able to unite together in order to show strength in numbers, and therefore to compete in the culture wars for larger societal influence. Whether it was religious liberty, the unborn child’s right to life, race relations, a free-market economy, or improving education—all good things!—winning the battle over these social issues became more important to these people than the doctrine that divided them. So they downplayed the importance of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith in order to partner together on these issues.
Again, this is always done in the name of seizing influence, which, it is always assumed, is absolutely necessary for successful evangelism and for revival. It’s a fundamentally man-centered concept of salvation, because [continue reading here!]
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- The Gospel (1) – Ecumenical vs. Evangelical
- The Gospel (2) – Idolatry, Demons & Ecumenism
- The Gospel (3) – Unequally Yoked
- The Gospel (4) – The Radical Difference between Believers and Unbelievers
- The Gospel (5) – Do we have forgotten that the way is narrow?
- The Gospel (6) – Samuel Davies – He preached his own funeral sermon
- The Gospel (7) – John Bunyan – The infernal Dungeon of Hell
- The Gospel (8) – The Great Exchange
- The Gospel (9) – The Heart of the Gospel explained in two Minutes (by John MacArthur)
- The Gospel (10) – Jesus, the Son of God, IS the Gospel – even for Muslim
- The Gospel (11) – The Parable of the Sower and bad Evangelism
- The Gospel (12) – The Non-Negotiable Gospel
- The Gospel (13) – Can Truth survive in a postmodern Society?