The Case for a Deliberated Ecumenism — Part 4

[Revised Dec. 3, 2018, for updated self-identification of beliefs] Parts 1-3 of this series have dealt with the history, current situation, underlying theology and Scriptural contexts of Christian ecumenism. This final Part 4 will conclude the subject at hand with additional biblical perspectives, guidelines and a personal statement for navigating a deliberated ecumenism. Additional Perspectives …

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The Case for a Deliberated Ecumenism — Part 3

Part 1 of this series surveyed the history of Christian ecumenism from the 1st Century A.D. up until the 1930’s. “History never really proves anything,” my critics may say. To which, I respond, Not to know what happened before you were born is to be forever a child. –Deepak Mehta (The Emperor’s Club, 2002) Moreover, part 1 disclosed the dramatic historical …

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The Case for a Deliberated Ecumenism — Part 2

In part 1 of this series, Lamb’s Harbinger reviewed the history of Christian ecumenism. In the early 1930’s, evangelicalism appeared to have rescued itself from a very disengaged, isolationist fundamentalism. But, the evangelicalism of the mid-to-late 1930’s was not the evangelicalism hoped for. Something happened in those initial 6-10 years which corrupted the “engagement without …

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The Case for a Deliberated Ecumenism — Part 1

Ecumenism is perhaps the hottest button in the contemporary church. As I have written before, I have no trouble with a biblical unity. It is “false unity”–love at either the expense or perversion of essential biblical doctrine–that causes me to wince, cry out or run. Ecumenism in the Beginning Ecumenism is nothing new. Ecumenical councils have taken place since …

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My Story: Entrenchment in & Escape from an IFB Cult

Chapter 1, The Juggling Act Chapter 2, Not God’s Fault  Chapter 3, False Dichotomy Chapter 4, In a Child’s Mind Chapter 5, Out of the Frying Pan… Chapter 6, …Into the Fire Chapter 7, Blessing, Crime & Punishment Chapter 8, Summons & Complaint Chapter 9, Broken. Free. Chapter 10, Healing Addendum–the How of My Healing …

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Where Wheaton Went Wrong

First, a few Headlines: Wheaton prof’s suspension reignites debate: Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? @MiroslavVolf chimes in https://t.co/oocjk3cAVx — Christianity Today (@CTmagazine) December 19, 2015 Wheaton College Suspends Hijab-Wearing Professor After ‘Same God’ Comment http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/december/wheaton-college-hijab-professor-same-god-larycia-hawkins.html “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the …

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Exposing the Convergence Movement in Time to Revive

There is a strong connection between Time to Revive (Kyle Martin) and the widely ecumenical Convergence Movement. Kyle Martin attended Gordon-Conwell in order to obtain his doctorate. Gordon-Conwell is home to church historian professor emeritus, Richard Lovelace. In Sept. 1984, Richard Lovelace wrote an article in Charisma Magazine on the Convergence Movement titled, “Three Streams, One …

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Time to Revive… The Ecumenical Spirit

The Roman Catholic Church works diligently to acquire all sects, including Evangelicals, in the name of unity. Perhaps that comes as no surprise to those who are aware of 1994’s Evangelicals and Catholics Together. Yet, the more recent agenda of the Vatican comes as a result of Benedict’s declaration in 2010 that it is “time to …

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Denouncing Time to Revive & What I Mean by Non-Denominational

[last update May 26, 2015 12:40pm] When some people and religious leaders say, “Non-denominational,” they mean something like: ‘all denominations together, regardless of doctrine.’ When I speak of myself as ‘non-denominational,’ I mean: “a refusal to acknowledge those denominations which deny Christ, the essentials of the Christian Evangel, and/or create carnal divisions based on extra-biblical, …

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