Ecumenism Vs. Sound Doctrine-3u8813

News-and-Society The term "ecumenical" was derived from the Greek oikumene. The original meaning was the entire inhabited world. At the dawn of the 20th century, though, it was assigned a new meaning. Ecumenical (and its derivative, ecumenism) came to mean a process of reconciliation between all branches of the Christian faith. More recently, it has been applied to relationships / negotiations between Christian and non-Christian faiths. Early in the process, a slogan was adopted by some participants, Service unites but doctrine divides. Is this slogan true? Does doctrine actually matter? If so, just how important is doctrine? Should we abandon doctrines on which other peoples of faith dont agree? What is Doctrine? Doctrine is accurate teaching in simplest terms, you could say Spiritual Doctrine is absolute truth about a spiritual concept. Even if we can agree on the definition, though, we may not agree what constitutes sound doctrine. John 18:38a (KJV) reports that Pontius Pilate asked this question during the trial of the Lord Jesus: Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? We should note that Pilate was not in search of truth. He was attempting to dismiss a topic that he didnt want to face. That technique is still used today hence the above mentioned slogan (about service / doctrine)! The Apostle Paul wrote: For the time will .e when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. – 2 Timothy 4:3-4 NKJV What REALLY Matters? The thrust of Pauls teaching is that sound doctrine is crucial. Paul showed no doubt how to recognize sound doctrine. He did not advocate consulting with an ecumenical council. He didnt suggest that the church take a vote on doctrine. He left no room for Political Correctness. Pauls directive was clear: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be .plete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus… – Romans 16:17-18a NKJV So, Ecumenism or Sound Doctrine? What did Jesus say? In Mark 9:38-41, the Lord Jesus rejected sectarianism, stating in verse 40, he who is not against us is on our side. At no time though, did the Lord .promise doctrine. You and I would be well advised to scrupulously obey sound doctrine, as defined in scripture. So, we should work with each other as best we can while being sure to hold to sound doctrine. About the Author: 相关的主题文章:

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