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Evangelicals, Ecumenicals Mark 'New Beginning for Common Mission'
Leaders of the ecumenical and evangelical movements stood side by side at the opening of the historic Edinburgh 2010 conference Thursday and reaffirmed their commitment to witnessing to Christ as one.
Addressing some 300 leaders from across the Christian denominations and traditions, the international director of the World Evangelical Alliance, Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, said it would be â€śfoolishâ€ť to think that all the issues that have traditionally divided the different streams of the church would be resolved during the four-day conference.
He appealed to delegates, however, to listen to one another with â€ślove and respectâ€ť and to â€śbuild bridges rather than create chasmsâ€ť during the conference....
Baptism is more than just a question about immersion, which IHCC practices and other techniques of baptism, Baptism: Truth or Tradition. Baptism has absolutely no efficacy towards one salvation, to say such is suggest "works" salvation. It should be noted that we can't agree on Martin Luther's Sacramental Gospel.
Woteth wrote: John this is an excerpt fromn the original 1910 version of the event. Some things never change! Although denoms were of stronger convictions in those days compared with today.
Yes, apparently the differing denoms in those days were at least united in the gospel, if nothing else. It's a great shame that Christianity became fragmented into ten thousand splintered groups, which is harmful to the body of Christ.
But what do you do, when two elders want to sprinkle not only converts but also babies of believers, and the other two elders want to baptise by immersion, only real converts?
But the splintering of believers has probably done more harm to the cause of Christ than would reaching an agreement on baptism by some sort of compromise. I don't think heaven would have shaken if I'd been baptised by effusion instead of immersion.
But the churches will major on minors, and leave the important thing - THE GREAT COMMISSION - on a back burner. And now what do we have? Anyone evangelising is regarded as odd, especially those who do it on home soil.
2 Timothy 4 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths. 5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.---NASB
John this is an excerpt fromn the original 1910 version of the event. Some things never change! Although denoms were of stronger convictions in those days compared with today.
"of the 92 British memÂbers about half are Anglicans, about a quarter Presbyterians, the remaining quarter being Congregationalists, Baptists, and Wesleyans in about equal proportion. There are 55 laymen and 14 women; of the remaining 96 ordained members, eight are bishops of the Anglican comÂmunion, two of them American, and there are two Moravian bishops and one bishop of the American Methodist Episcopal Church. A very large number of them have extensive and intelligent acquaintÂance with the mission field all over the world, and many are or have been misÂsionaries. Four other classes are also represented, viz. leaders of the Church, responsible officials of missionary societies, statesmen and Empire-builders abroad, and students of missionary subjects at home. Each Commission is in touch with several hundred "corresponding members," mostly missionaries of long experience and prominent "native Christians," as we call them for lack of a happier phrase" 1910 conference
[Edinburgh 2010 is taking place this week to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the World Missionary Conference held in the Scottish capital in 1910. While participants at that gathering came largely from the Protestant mission movement in North America and northern Europe, Edinburgh 2010 is being joined by representatives of all mainline churches and traditions, including Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Pentecostal, and Christian leaders from Africa, Asia and Latin America.]
I expect there'll even be some Christians in that gathering. I just hope that as they listen to the preaching, the Holy Ghost will make them feel so that they walk out and never go back.
Full marks to the ecumenical movement for subtilty, deviousness, deceptiveness, and plenty of other words used to describe the works of the devil.