Evangelicals Call for Inter-Denomination Reconciliation
A recent conference of the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians (FEET) has concluded with a call for the body of Christ to become reconciled once again.
The conference held at Pragueâ€™s International Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS) brought together 70 theologians from 15 countries to focus on the issue of reconciliation between God and man.
According to Mennonite theologian Johannes Reimer, Professor of Missiology at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, the churches are failing in their calling by God to foster reconciliation in society because of their inability to overcome their differences....
Neil, to carry the subject a little further, doctrine is very important. It defines the Devine from the secular. I'm surprised that any Menonites would have anything to do with this conference, but there are some Menonite groups that are very liberal.
Anyway, some sermons by Gil Rugh on the subject of doctrine and a short commentary by Spurgeon on the same topic,
Several points: #1: Many fundamentalists are seriously lacking in a desire for legitimate Christian scholarship. The idea that scholarship produces an intellectual appraoch to Scripture which in turn leads to a "Neo-Evangelical" approach is true in some instances, but not enough to create the "Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it" backwater approach that takes Scripture out of context, ignores original language nuances and creates faulty hermaneutics. #2: The "issue of reconciliation between God and man" is simple. It is through Jesus Christ and Him A L O N E ! Reconciliation between church traditions would be nice (if possible) but is irrelevant as far as man getting right with God. Any church that does not see that is not worthy of being reconciled with me. #3: John Stott, although a brilliant theologian, is a proponent of "annihilationism" which is the concept that there is no hell. In his opinion the unsaved just cease to exist at death. That makes Christ either A) a big joker, B) a liar, or C) ignorant. Either of which makes Him NOT GOD. This belief totally negates Stott as of any value regardless of his brilliance.
1Cor 11:19 "For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you"
2] The Bible says therefore God says....
2Pet 2:1 "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3] The bible says therefore God says. (in the words of Jesus)
Matt 7:21 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you"
Matt 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen"
These neo-evangelicals complain about those "religious wars" between Protestants, "Orthodox" and Roman Catholics. Have they never read the Words of our Lord Jesus "I have not come to bring peace but rather a sword..." The Holy Spirit and the Word of God will always bring division between light and darkness, between truth and lie, between those that serve God and those that serve Him not. The evangelical churches of Europe are looking every day more like their harlot-mother, the "church" of Rome.