Coming Out of The Ecumenical Closet
As Jackie said; ‘he’s out of the ecumenical closet”.
It is fascinating (in a sick way) that this group equates ecumenicism with something they consider to be among the most vile of sins.
In fact, it is comparing love of the brethren with sodomy.
Equally fascinating is the fact that Jackie has read this blog for many years and knows I’ve never been in the closet about my ecumenicism …or anything else.
Let me be very clear.
I believe in the universal, catholic, church.
I believe in the unity of the Spirit across lines of tradition and denominations.
The Holy Scriptures demand that I love all those who have a common faith in the birth, death, resurrection, ascension, and return of Christ.
It does not demand that I agree with them on all secondary and tertiary issues.
It also demands that my ecumenicism be confined to the Body of Christ…it does not mean that I affirm faiths and traditions outside of it.
Let me clarify further…I am not bound to love all the institutional manifestations of the Body of Christ.
I do not affirm the Roman Catholic church, but I affirm all those within it who confess the name of Christ despite what I believe are the serious errors of the institution.
I have Roman Catholic friends that extend the same courtesy to me.
Let me take this a step farther.
“Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
(1 John 2:7–11 ESV)
These prophesy wonks, believing they are the true light bearers, are in truth in the darkness and are leading others into the darkness with them.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
(1 John 4:7–11 ESV)
If you have an issue with it, take it up with the author of those Scriptures.