The Goal of Ecumenism: A Unified Witness

Carl A. Volz

Article Type: Face to Face

Publication Date: 1/1/1992

Paired Article (Face to Face): The Goal of Ecumenism: A Celebration of Differences

Issue: Luke-Acts (Vol. 12, No 1, Winter, 1992)

It is a simple goal: to recognize Jesus Christ in other churches, to acknowledge that people are fully justified regardless of the church in which they confess their faith, that one can be “saved” within any “expression” of the gospel, and in making this recognition, to offer a more unified and therefore credible witness to the world. The God who created the cosmos, who called forth the big bang from a subatomic particle, who directs the expanding universe with its billions of entities—stars, galaxies, black holes, anti-matter—must surely cry more than laugh as he views the posturing and certitudes of his people, flailing away at each other over the nature of truth while the rest of this speck of dust called earth is quickly going to perdition. It is time to join together as God’s agents of salvation.

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