Christ Together? Part 1

I received this from a friend informing me of a meeting to be held next month. It sounds interesting. I desire to see Christians uniting together for evangelism. It all “sounds” good. The ad says, “The Whole Church Bringing the Whole Gospel to the Whole Nation”. What Christian doesn’t want that? Before I jump I want a few terms defined:

What do they mean by “The Whole Church”? Does this include Roman Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, etc…  I think they mean Evangelicals, because they do provide a statement of faith of sorts called “our beliefs” at the website;   The statement is a little LITE for my tastes, such as “Though God created us to live in a harmonious relationship with him, we turned away from him.”   I mean, that is one way of putting it. The real story is a bit more drastic and very serious. Because of SIN, Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden; seperated from the Presence of God. Adam comitted a serious TRANSGRESSION. It was not merely a “turning away”. They make it all sound so harmless and vanilla. I mean why would a loving God send people to the Lake of Fire with Satan and his fellow demons merely for “turning away”?

The next question I would ask is what do they mean by “the Whole Gospel”? Since they advocate the use of the Alpha Course as a way for churches to do evangelism I have my concerns. The Alpha Course is designed to be ecumenical and multi-denominational. It all sounds so good. Here is one site I found that is very balanced in it’s discussion of the positives and negatives of the Alpha Course; If Dan Weyerhauser and the others are partnering with Roman Catholics then they are watering down the Gospel, which as Paul says in Galatians 1:7a – “which is really no gospel at all”.

I have a whole host of questions I would like to ask these “leaders”.  I will attempt to go to them privately (Galatians 2:2), but since I am firm in my freedom I will not give in to them (Galatians 2:5). They are well known pastors with large followings and have made names for themselves among the famous; I saw a few of them at a Louis Palau event on stage with him. “As for those who seemed to be important – whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance” (Galatians 2:6).

It sounds like I am judging. I am not. I am very concerned though, as I am with nearly all of the visible church. In the quest for Unity the natural tendency is “compromise”. While I always extend Grace to fellow believers I am firm on where I stand and will discuss the Truth in Love for as long as it takes. Stay tuned. There will be a part 2 and possible part 3 to this ongoing saga.

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