Examining Ecumenism

11 01 2008

There was a meeting at the Singapore National Stadium recently that saw the reconciliation of the Evangelical Conservatives and the Charismatic groups and two pastors on each side washing each other’s feet as an act of love and reconciliation. Those who were present, there wasn’t any protest, neither was there any argument on doctrinal or theological issues at hand. It was kind of solemn and respectful. This is not an ecumenical act.

To understand what’s Ecumenism?

The word ecumenism (also oecumenism, œcumenism) is derived from Greek ”” (oikoumene), which means “the inhabited world”, and was historically used with specific reference to the Roman Empire

Ecumenical on the whole, in today’s context is a concerted effort move to bring all faith into unity with the Roman Catholic Church. Should we Christians strive to bring unity to the body of Christ? Yes we ought to, but the question remains, how do we define Unity in the Church, and who is defined as the Church? It is true, that within Protestant Christianity, there are many denominations, and the only thing that how we drew the line of denominations is in the secondary doctrinal issues between the Baptist, Pentecostal, Anglican, Presbyterian, Charismatic, etc, and not the fundamental doctrines in the Gospel, the central focus of Jesus Christ. Where with the Roman Catholic Church, it is not the case. We do not worship Mary, nor practise Marian Worship, and that in our beliefs, is of the Devil and the pit of Hell. Nor do we endorse the Pope as the only channel where God speaks through. Nor can we compromise on the Roman Catholic Church practises on Sacraments. Now, these are the Fundamental Doctrines that separates the Protestant Christian World with the Roman Catholic Church.

The Assemblies of God Church Council has spoken on the issue of Ecumenism

The General Council of the Assemblies of God RE-EMPHASIZED a bylaw of long standing in their biennial meeting in St. Louis in 1995. Article IX, Section 11, states: “The General Council of the Assemblies of God disapproves of ministers or churches participating in any of the modern ecumenical organizations on a local, national, or international level in such a manner as to promote the ecumenical movement because:

    •  We believe the basis of doctrinal fellowship of said movement to be so broad that it includes people who reject the inspiration of Scripture, the deity of Christ, the universality of sin, the substitutionary atonement, and other cardinal teachings that we understand to be essential to biblical Christianity.

    • We believe the emphases of the ecumenical movement to be at variance with what we hold to be biblical priorities, frequently displacing the urgency of individual salvation with social concerns.

    •  We believe that the combination of many religious organizations into a world superchurch will culminate in the religious Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18.”

Therefore it is in my conviction, that we can never, and will never ever share a common table with the Roman Catholic Church, nor can we compromise on the TRUTH, and the FREEDOM we have in Christ, and prostitute ourselves with the Roman Catholic Church, but let us continue to keep in vigilant prayers for the lost in the Roman Catholic Church that they will know the Truth and be set free.

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21 02 2008
mel

i agree with you. seems asthough many churches and para church organizations are going with the ecumenical flow…lets pray for them too.

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