Skip to comments.Christian unity ≠ going along to get along
Posted on 05/05/2009 1:08:25 PM PDT by lightman
Christian unity ≠ going along to get along
Jaynan Clark Egland
Note to the Reader: The following is something I felt inspired to write down while meeting with the ACRAssociation for Church Renewalin Washington, D.C., earlier this month. ACR is a gathering of leaders from reform movements across the mainline denominations. The traditions represented at the meeting included Presbyterian, Methodist, Reformed (U.S. and Canadian), Lutheran, and Disciples of Christ. Many present have been meeting together for decades, WordAlones vice-president, Mark Chavez, has been attending for the last eight years. I felt it was timely for me to attend and was personally blessed by the experience and therefore felt moved to record and share with the group my impression of what was and is happening among us. I am sharing these comments with all of you as they were spontaneously jotted down and read to the gathering. Im hopeful that they will help each reader come to an understanding that true ecumenism and unity are not human achievements but gifts from God and that consensus is spontaneously achieved when the Word of God is authoritative over participants whose collective conscience is bound to that very Word. All present energetically gave a verbal thumbs up.
Recognizing and celebrating all the historic differences that make us who we are in our varied, faithful expressions of the Christian faith we realize true unity in our common confession of the ecumenical, historic creeds of the Christian Church. We join in one voice in the midst of these turbulent times and for the sake of engaging in the true ministry of the church, which is the telling of the story, evangelism and delivery of the promises of God to a world in need; we affirm and confess the following together:
+ That Jesus is the only way, the whole truth and life itself. That Jesus Christ, Crucified and Raised from the dead is the Lord of the church in which we gather in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
+ That the Holy Bible is the written Word of God and the source and norm of all of faith and life and it has authority in and of itself as it stands over us all interpreting the life of the church, its message and each individual engaged by this Word.
+ That the historical critical method for studying the scriptures was meant to be a tool but has been used as a weapon when it diverges from the Christian understanding of the Words authority.
+ That the declining basis of faith and the diminishing nature of all denominations are results of church leaders actions that have systematically rejected the basic teachings of the Christian faith: Jesus lordship (Christology); the authority of the Bible as the Word of God; the definition of sin, repentance and forgiveness; the basis for marriage and family; the reality of miracles and spiritual warfare; and the primary mission of the Church.
+ That the primary mission of the Christian Church is evangelism in the name of Jesus Christ whom we are not ashamed of and not social activism, political correctness and justice apart from the Christian story.
+ That we are saved by the grace of God in Jesus Christ and not by works of the law, moralisms, legalisms or spiritual disciplines of any kind.
+ That what the North American church and globally the Christian church are experiencing is not about merely an attack or changes in any one denomination or human institution or even individual attacks on specific churches but rather we are witnessing a redefining of the entire Gospel, the rewriting and reshaping of the Christian faith and the denial of the theology of the cross and Christ Crucified and Risen from the dead.
+ That the current issues pressing every mainline denomination are only symptoms of churches abandoning their basic teachings on the created order, the definition of marriage and family, human sexuality and the elevation of self-expression over self-restraint resulting in a new ministry that engages in unsinning sin rather than forgiving repentant sinners and preaches acceptance and inclusion rather than forgiveness and salvation.
+ That historic and traditional definitions of sin, freedom and conscience have been changed significantly confusing both pastors and people in the pews in a new form of religion that finds its foundation in inclusivity and relativism of basic teachings of the faith.
+ We reject the notion that the tenets of the Christian faith can be systematically changed by consensus or contemporary majority votes of small delegations of any one denomination. Therefore, as Protestants, we stand together in proclamation and in protest against all church leadership that actively leads astray Jesus flock in the name of love, which is not the Christian love passed down for 20 centuries and recorded in the Holy Scripture. We actively affirm, confess and teach the love of Christ Jesus that addresses human suffering and sin and gives the gifts of forgiveness and salvation to this 21st century world so much in need of hearing the true Gospel and its good news for all ages.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
The HC method is liberalism in the guise of scholasticism. HC views the Bible as liberals view the Constitution; a living document. + That the primary mission of the Christian Church is evangelism
Nope, wrong again buffalo breath. There is no solution other than absolution. WAN is heterodox and not worthy of Christian attention.
I sincerely doubt that Orthodox Christianity will sign on to this distinctly Western and Protestant declaration, though I doubt the author expects us to.
Considering that WordAlone is characterized by episcophobia (fear of Bishops) I doubt that any who uphold the New Testament pattern of the threefold office of ministry would be welcome.
It is for that reason that I am no great fan of WordAlone but there are times when “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.
Which part do you think we'd object to K? Maybe "Therefore, as Protestants, we stand together.." LOL!
Interesting, and positive, I suppose... (How’s that for an endorsement?!)
ACRAssociation for Church Renewal = Apostates