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3 Main Bodies in Christianity Reach 'Historic' Agreement in Evangelism Ethics
Christian Post ^ | 06/29/2011 | Katherine T. Phan

Posted on 06/29/2011 7:38:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The three main bodies in Christianity, representing about 90 percent of Christians worldwide, released a "historic" agreement Monday on how Christians should conduct themselves when witnessing in a religiously diverse context.

Leaders from the World Evangelical Alliance, the World Council of Churches and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council on Inter-religious Dialogue were in Geneva on Monday to launch the document entitled, "Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct."

The document, a result of five years of cooperation, provides a biblical mandate for evangelism and outlines a set of ethics on Christian conduct in missions.

It is the first time that bodies representing evangelicals, mainline Protestants and Catholics have joined together to endorse a major document.

"This is a historic document, a historic moment and a time for Christians to awake once again to our calling to mission and unity, always bearing in mind the ways in which Jesus calls us to do so," the Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the WEA, said at a press conference at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva.

The top evangelical leader also said the document was a "major achievement" because it shows the world that Christians across different backgrounds and traditions can work together.

There are three main parts that make up the Recommendations for Conduct.

The first part provides a biblical basis for Christian mission, asserting that Christians should follow the "example and teaching of Jesus Christ and of the early church" in their witness and that "conversion is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit."

The second section outlines 12 principles Christians are called to follow in witnessing of Christ in a manner consistent with the Gospel. These include: acting in God’s love; living with integrity, compassion and humility; rejecting any form of violence; and offering respect to all people.

The document concludes with six recommendations to all Christians, church bodies, mission organizations and agencies.

They are: study the document; build respect and trust with people of all religions; strengthen religious identity and faith while at the same time deepening knowledge and understanding of different religions; advocate justice and respect for the common good; call on governments and representatives to ensure religious freedom for all people; pray for the well-being of neighbors, recognizing prayer is integral to the Christian life and of Christian mission.

The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC, commented, "We send this document to each of our constituencies with the hope that they will see these recommendations as an inspiration to design their own codes of conduct, relevant to their own particular contexts."

Christian leaders involved in the language of the document said it is in part a response to the accusation that the Church and missions seek to “unethically” convert non-Christians. The text seeks to resolve some of these misunderstandings, they said.

Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, president of the PCID, said the recommendations "will help us reduce unnecessary tensions and to present the truth of God in a credible way to the world around us."

"Conversion cannot be imposed on anyone," Tveit stressed. "I hope this is a clear message [we convey] through this document."

Tauran added that there was "no hidden agenda" behind the spirit of renewed missionary activity embodied in the document but rather it is to "encourage people in a pluralistic world to live together in a better climate of mutual dialogue and respect and sincere friendship."

The team comprised of consultants from the WEA, WCC and PCID first met in Lariano, Italy, in May 2006 to discuss the document. The text was finalized during a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, in January of this year.


TOPICS: Catholic; Evangelical Christian; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: christianity; ethics; evangelism

1 posted on 06/29/2011 7:38:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What a waste of time. Just read your Bible and you’ll know.


2 posted on 06/29/2011 7:42:39 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: SeekAndFind
World Evangelical Alliance, the World Council of Churches

Somehow Mystery Babylon comes to mind!

3 posted on 06/29/2011 7:49:03 AM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: SeekAndFind

Marching ever more rapidly toward a one-world religion.


4 posted on 06/29/2011 7:49:35 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: Outlaw Woman

EXACTLY! That’s what the ecumenical movement is!


6 posted on 06/29/2011 7:55:00 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would have thought that those few basic things would be known to the greenest of disciples yet here these leaders are saying it took years, YEARS!, to work them out.

Anyhow, great work fellas, you’ve produced a document. Get it bound in red leather and put it on the shelf.


7 posted on 06/29/2011 8:00:54 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: arderkrag

Have you heard anything about Rick Warren trying to merge Islam and Christianity together=chrislam?

I read that on a thread the other day. It was talking about Jack Van Impe’s departure from TBN because of an episode on Islam and that.

Anyway, it’s interesting (and stunning) how these things are taking place. I expect Islam or a morphed version of it to be the final result of these mergers.


8 posted on 06/29/2011 8:02:49 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: svcw
I am tired of being told because I am a Christian I should be meek

When someone pulls that on me, I remind that person that Jesus was meek yet he could, and did, get mad at times. Righteous indignation is not a sin.

9 posted on 06/29/2011 8:03:14 AM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: count-your-change
I would have thought that those few basic things would be known to the greenest of disciples yet here these leaders are saying it took years, YEARS!, to work them out.

Tell me about it, you'd think that this bunch had never cracked open a Bible before. This just makes me want to roll my eyes at these morons and ask them when was the last time that they actually studied under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is basic Discipleship 101 stuff, I wonder how long it would take them to accomplish something on the doctrines of Salvation or Justification or anything else which actually requires some serious study.

10 posted on 06/29/2011 8:11:39 AM PDT by paladin1_dcs (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Actually chrislam was founded by Tela Tella in the 1980s in Nigeria. Rick Warren is just a “useful idiot”


11 posted on 06/29/2011 8:12:41 AM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: SeekAndFind; Colofornian; Elsie; FastCoyote; svcw; Zakeet; SkyPilot; rightazrain; ...

Ping


12 posted on 06/29/2011 8:13:34 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (My God can't be bribed by money or good works or bound by manmade "covenants". Romney's can.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I would question the 90% number. I did agree with most of the first statement though. Conversion is ultimately work of the Holy Spirit."

'The first part provides a biblical basis for Christian mission, asserting that Christians should follow the "example and teaching of Jesus Christ and of the early church" in their witness and that "conversion is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit."'

The second has problems. When Paul spoke to Agrippa I sure respect was given, but the today people seem to equate respect with not being nonconfrontational and sniveling.

The second section outlines 12 principles Christians are called to follow in witnessing of Christ in a manner consistent with the Gospel. These include: acting in God’s love; living with integrity, compassion and humility; rejecting any form of violence; and offering respect to all people.

I did read much of the last point. I saw where they were going and I didn't wan to ruin my day.

13 posted on 06/29/2011 8:17:32 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This makes no sense to me whatsoever.

The "Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue" is charged with relations between the Church and non-Christian religions. Not for relations between different groups of Christians. That is the responsibility for the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

I have looked through the document on the WCC Website and see that it is dealing with missionary activity. That would fall under the aegis of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples or the Pontifical Mission Societies. And there is nothing mentioned on either of those two websites either.

Likewise, there is nothing discussed in any of the Vatican press offices, either the new portal, the Vatican Information Service, or Radio Vatican.

If there is a document signed, the Vatican would be crowing about it and I see silence. So this does not make sense to me at all.

14 posted on 06/29/2011 8:31:48 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: SeekAndFind

Anyone who claims to speak for the Evangelical community is a charlatan.

It doesn’t work like that, Sparky.


15 posted on 06/29/2011 8:34:26 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: paladin1_dcs
Tut-tut...Can't be bothered with minor stuff like that...there are so many documents to produce...studies to be made....phrases to be polished and buffed unto utter darkness.
16 posted on 06/29/2011 8:35:16 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Former Fetus; Outlaw Woman

At least they’re not Galatians or Ephesians!

This Baptist knows that there’s only one church made up of all the children of the Lord. I pray that we never forget that our true enemy is not a Christian.


17 posted on 06/29/2011 8:41:40 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://www.LifeEthics.org (I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.) (RIAing)
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To: paladin1_dcs; count-your-change

It’s a good Biblical tradition: just think how long it took Paul, Peter, Barnabas, Mark, Appollus, Timothy and all the rest of those brothers to agree on circumcision, “unclean food,” new moons and whether to preach to the Gentiles!


18 posted on 06/29/2011 8:44:59 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://www.LifeEthics.org (I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.) (RIAing)
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To: hocndoc
It’s a good Biblical tradition: just think how long it took Paul, Peter, Barnabas, Mark, Appollus, Timothy and all the rest of those brothers to agree on circumcision, “unclean food,” new moons and whether to preach to the Gentiles!

But that's the point, it's already been agreed upon and settled. This bunch of yahoos is reinventing the wheel and claiming that it's some great accomplishment on their part.

19 posted on 06/29/2011 8:51:13 AM PDT by paladin1_dcs (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Leaders from the World Evangelical Alliance, the World Council of Churches and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council on Inter-religious Dialogue were in Geneva on Monday to launch the document entitled, "Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct."

Does this reporter really think that the "World Evangelical Alliance" represents, in any meaningful sense, the world's evangelicals?

20 posted on 06/29/2011 8:58:15 AM PDT by Lee N. Field ("He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea." Isaiah 27:1)
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To: SeekAndFind
World Council of Churches is a communist front........

8:}

21 posted on 06/29/2011 9:07:55 AM PDT by AwesomePossum (I have never looked this forward to a Novembr II........)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think it’s important not to just use our experience to understand this. In the US, the problem can be that people are too “nice” and wishy-washy. But in places like Africa and other Islam and pagan environments, this civilized approach to conversion reaffirms the distinction between the freedom of Christianity and the coercion inherent in conversion to some other religions, such as by the sword in Islam, or by means of fear and manipulation, as with cults and occult practices. The poor and ignorant around the world need to see clearly that real Christians don’t use hard-sell, manipulative tactics on them, or against each other.


22 posted on 06/29/2011 9:11:49 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Former Fetus

Jesus was so meek he drove religious and political leaders to beat and murder him in the most despicable manner possible.


23 posted on 06/29/2011 9:33:34 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This IS my blog site.)
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To: Former Fetus

“World Evangelical Alliance, the World Council of Churches”
“Somehow Mystery Babylon comes to mind”

“Vatican’s Pontifical Council on Inter-religious Dialogue”

Why did you the Vatican’s participation out of your comment?

Just curious


24 posted on 06/29/2011 9:45:03 AM PDT by Bruinator (God is Great.... God is Good....Evil is Real.)
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To: SeekAndFind
World Evangelical Alliance, the World Council of Churches and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council on Inter-religious Dialogue

Leftist, Leftist, and ???

25 posted on 06/29/2011 9:53:04 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: hocndoc
These “3 Main bodies” are like an elephant that with great effort, gives birth to a mouse.

If now they just begin to understand these things, what have they been doing all these past years? Political activism, environmental issues, human/animal rights protests, anti-nuclear power?

27 posted on 06/29/2011 10:13:29 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Elsie

Only in the Biblical quote, not as a reply.


28 posted on 06/29/2011 10:24:10 AM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Religion Moderator
Like this: 1 Ki 16:11 And when he was king, and sat upon his throne, he slew all the house of Baasa, and he left not one thereof to piss against a wall and all his kinsfolks and friends.
29 posted on 06/29/2011 10:51:31 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: markomalley

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2741585/posts?page=14#14

My thoughts exactly. Something is askew here.


30 posted on 06/29/2011 10:55:26 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Former Fetus

Oh no kidding...I hadn’t heard the term before that article I read. (I guess I’ve really led a sheltered life)


31 posted on 06/29/2011 10:56:02 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: Louis Foxwell
That was exactly my point! Jesus Himself said He was meek ("learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart" Matt. 11:29)but he was not a doormat.

I think we tend to misunderstand the meaning of meek. William Barclay translates the Greek word "proates" to have 3 basic meanings: (1)One who has the right kind of temper (2) A person in control of ones life, responsive to God (3)Knows ones limits and accepts them.

So, yes, Jesus was meek and He drove the religious and political leaders to murder Him. His was strength (power) under control, submitted to the will of the Father

32 posted on 06/29/2011 11:29:58 AM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Bruinator

Ok, I ‘fess up! I personally include the Vatican in the list of heirs from Babylonian mysticism, and therefore a possible candidate for Mystery Babylon (actually I think it’s second, behind Islam). I just wasn’t up to stirring an ant hill! You called me out, and in a way I’m glad you did!


33 posted on 06/29/2011 11:43:19 AM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: ThomasThomas

“Offering respect to all people” will be confused with ACCEPTING all beliefs as somehow equally valid...wait and see. The P.C. movement and its first cardinal rule - “tolerance” has run amok.


34 posted on 06/29/2011 11:50:43 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: SeekAndFind

I looked up the WEA...never herd of them, nor of the NAE (National Assoc of Evangelicals). Looked thru the latter’s newsletter, and it looks like they need to spend more time reading the Bible and less time worrying about ‘social justice’ - which somehow always seems to end up being politically liberal.


35 posted on 06/29/2011 12:10:49 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Poor history is better than good fiction, and anything with lots of horses is better still)
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To: SeekAndFind

I looked up the WEA...never heard of them, nor of the NAE (National Assoc of Evangelicals). Looked thru the latter’s newsletter, and it looks like they need to spend more time reading the Bible and less time worrying about ‘social justice’ - which somehow always seems to end up being politically liberal.


36 posted on 06/29/2011 12:11:18 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Poor history is better than good fiction, and anything with lots of horses is better still)
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To: Religion Moderator

It was a test...

;^)


37 posted on 06/29/2011 2:15:04 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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