Examples Of Biblical View On Ecumenism

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IV. Biblical view on Ecumenism
According to Cloud, “…the Ecumenical philosophy is widespread, but it also patently unscriptural” for the following reasons:
First, ecumenical philosophy is refuted by the Bible’s teaching on doctrine. 1Tim 1:3 states “As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach NO OTHER DOCTRINE.” In other words, there is only one true apostolic Christian faith and we have been given the Holy Spirit so that we know that there is only one true faith we believe in and shall teach
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Second, the ecumenical philosophy is refuted by the Bible’s warning of false teachers who preach heresies. This is manifested through Paul’s warnings about false teachers. Not only did Paul do this but so did John, Jude, and most importantly, Jesus Christ. Jesus had warned
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John 17:21 that has been taken as one of the theme verses for modern ecumenism, states, “I pray that they may all be one Father! May they be in us, just as you are in me, and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world will believe that you sent me.” It claims that unity which Christ prayed is an ecumenical unity of professing Christians that disregards biblical doctrine. In John 17, the Lord plainly state that the unity for which He was praying is a unity based on salvation and truth and separation from the world. There is also nothing in Christ’s prayer that man is to do anything whatsoever to create the unity herein. John 17 is not a commandment addressed to men; it is a High Priestly prayer that was addressed to God the Father, and the prayer answered. It describes a spiritual reality that was created by God among genuine born again saints who are committed to the Scriptures, not a possibility that must be organized by man. It may also be seen that biblical unity is first of all a matter of having one mind in 1 Corinthians

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