On Being Ecumenical
Full Definition of ecumenical
: worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application
a : of, relating to, or representing the whole of a body of churches
b : promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation
It has been noted on these pages recently that I am “ecumenical”.
Some note this with approval, others as an accusation.
The word itself has been hijacked by separatists and prophecy wonks as a term of derision and scorn.
It’s applied to folks that they believe are trying to bring about the New World Order and a one world religion, and are basically tools of the anti-Christ.
My goals are not guided by those ambitions, but by the words of Jesus.
““I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”
(John 17:20–23 ESV)
I believe that orthodox Christians can have fellowship centered on the person of Christ and guided by the creeds and confessions the entire orthodox church accepts as marks of orthodoxy.
In other words, if you profess Christ and agree to what the church has defined as orthodox doctrine, you’re family to me.
We can disagree on all manner of secondary doctrines and you’re still family to me.
There’s one simple reason why I choose to believe this.
I could be wrong.
My personal beliefs line up with those of Reformed Anglicans.
That doesn’t mean I can ignore the work that other Spirit filled believers have written for over 2000 years.
There is “truth” that I can learn in all the different orthodox traditions.
It doesn’t mean I’ll affirm all that any group teaches, it means I respect the work of the Spirit among them.
It doesn’t diminish the differences…the distance between Rome and Geneva is more than geographic.
It does mean that we accept the confession of faith in Christ and treat each other as brethren made in the image of God.
My faith life has been a journey toward truth, not a one time deposit of it.
My views have changed on many things over the years.
They may change yet again…because I could be wrong.
Make your own application…