The Case for a Deliberated Ecumenism — Part 4

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 and Guidelines God never intended “denominations,” sects or cliques …

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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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