On Tuesday I posted the first of three excerpts from a charitable thread discussion with Pastor Will Dudding at the Religious Affections Ministries blog. If you have not read the opening exchange please return to Part 1 of Threading the Framework to bring yourself up to speed. Let’s continue with Part 2 in the on-going discussion.
Thanks for the gracious, thoughtful reply to my previous. Our interaction is going to be much briefer than I would prefer. A thread does not allow for a thorough discussion and we are staying from the subject matter of the article. I’ll post my final thoughts here in two segments.
Clarifying my use of “ecumenism” is in regard to setting aside and/or tolerating (major) theological differences to (“mingle”) work in cooperation towards mutually shared goals. The kind of alliance the Scriptures clearly forbid. For example, Al Mohler and Ligon Duncan formally mingled with liberals and unbelievers through the Manhattan Declaration. The MD is the fifth of five known and documented examples of ecumenical compromise in *Mohler’s resume. They are:
∙Naming the SBTS School of Evangelism after, and in honor of Billy Graham
∙Chairman of the 2001 (Louisville) Billy Graham Crusade
∙Dedicated a new SBTS pavilion in honor of past president Duke McCall- a rank liberal
∙Original signatory to the Manhattan Declaration
∙Board member- Focus on the Family
You asked, “How can I teach separatism to them if they don’t know I exist and even care about them?”
Brother Will, the Scriptures have taught evangelicals “separatism.” Those passages are clear; they are not unknown to the evangelicals. None of us can improve on what the Lord has taught, but we can exemplify what He has taught, give Him the preeminence by believing and obeying Him in this regard. Demonstrate biblical separatism to them and admonish them to do likewise. Do so because you care first about absolute fidelity to the biblical mandates and that you care enough for the evangelicals to call on them to believe and obey the Lord’s mandates also.
Earlier I cited 2 Thess. 3:6, 14-15. Briefly, the passage has to do with those, “working not at all, but are busybodies.” Then surely when we are faced with believers who engage in ecumenical cooperation with unbelievers and liberals (like that of Duncan & Mohler’s examples) the charge to “admonish” and if rejected then “withdraw from” must be our response; right? Ecumenism as I defined it, and unrepented of, is “disorderly;” isn’t it?
Here is Dave Doran from his series Gospel-Driven Separation,
“For the sake of the clarity of the gospel, believers and churches must separate from those who compromise the faith by granting Christian recognition and fellowship to those who have denied essential doctrines of the faith (Rom 16:17; Phil 3:17-19; 2 Thess. 3:6-15).”
Please continue to Part 3 in this series.
*For complete documentation of the above, see- Al Mohler Signs the Manhattan Declaration: Was This a First Time Foray Toward Ecumenism? Confirmation of Mohler’s long time board membership at Focus on the Family was ascertained after publication of the article.