Why is it today that Christ followers seem more concerned about popularity with ecumenical movements? Most would say that it is not a concern for popularity, but a concern for ministering to people. At some level that may be true. Many evangelical churches are becoming increasingly involved in cooperation with ecumenical (non-evangelical) churches. I am sure that part of this is the result of evangelical churches in the past not dealing with the issue in a Christ-like manner (more tact could have been used in certain situations, I am sure).
But, I would more likely believe that the other (more dominant) reasoning would be that evangelical churches are being squeezed by the culture. The world has looked in on some disputes that churches have had and have not been impressed (in many cases for good reason). But, there have been times when evangelical churches have stood firm on issues of doctrinal agreement (for good reason) and the world was not very impressed at all (since they do not believe the teachings of the Word of God). It seems that many evangelical churches are no longer interested in the importance of doctrinal issues. I am not talking about issues of preference (which most times have nothing to do with clear doctrinal teaching). I am talking about clear biblical teaching! This is a sad occurence and dangerous for future generations. I did not know it was a biblical teaching that you could sell truth for popularity (but then again since biblical standards have been modified to please all church audiences, it does not matter).
Recently in a discussion with a leader in a non-evangelical church I attempted by the grace of God to explain that neither myself, nor my church could be involved with an ecumenical movement in the community, I was again reminded of the above discussion. When I mentioned the matter of theological differences, the person responded, “Oh yes! Absolutely there are theological differences!” So I said that is a major reason that we could not be involved. She then responded, “Well, if we asked the question, ‘what would Jesus do?’ Then all of the theological differences would fade away.” My question for you reading this blog, is that a true statement? Does having the mind of Christ mean that theology doesn’t matter????
Jude 3 gives us good instruction at this point, “contend for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” Then take a good look at verse 4. Beware Christ followers of popularity and doctrinal indifference.