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What is What is ecumenicalism?

Discussion in 'Other Christian Denominations' started by sister christian, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. sister christian

    sister christian New Member

    Apr 6, 2008
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    What is ecumenicalism? How is it dangerous to fundamentalism?
  2. Linda64

    Linda64 New Member

    Jul 31, 2004
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    Ecumenical means worldwide universal. The goal of ecumenicalism is to bring all religious groups together into one worldwide entity.

    Various aspects of the Ecumenical Movement are:

    The World Council of Churches
    The National Council of Churches
    Parachurch organizations, such as Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth for Christ, Youth with a Mission, Lusanne Committee for World Evangelism, and World Evangelical Fellowship.

    The unscriptural traits of the Ecumenical Movement are:

    downplaying doctrinal purity and refusing to practice biblical separation
    downplaying the role of the local church and exalting the inter-church, interdenominational relationships.
    substituting social and political endeavors for Christ's command of world evangelism (Matthew 28:19-20) and church planting.

    The Ecumenical Movement is dangerous to Fundamentalism because it is based on a man-made unity, not a biblical unity. True Christian unity is God-made, not man-made.

    Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
    Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
    Ephesians 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
    Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
    Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
    Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

    John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
  3. Tom Butler

    Tom Butler New Member

    Dec 20, 2005
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    Well done, Linda.

    I would go even further and say that not only is doctrineal purity downplayed, it is also just plainly ignored.

    What kind of fellowship can we have with those who hold to salvation by grace plus baptism?
  4. Gold Dragon

    Gold Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2005
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    Non Baptist Christian
    Some excellent scriptural quotes that I believe oppose your points. Where is separation from the doctrinally impure suggested in these verses?
  5. swaimj

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    Jul 20, 2000
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    The ecumenical movement is a movement to develop unity among Christians by willingly and willfully denying basic Christian doctrine. Once liberals openly denied the truth, it was not hard for them to unify. Since fundamentalists continue to affirm truth, they cannot join in with the ecumenists.