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Convergence Ecumenism

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Definition:   The quest for visible religious unification by focusing on areas of agreement and minimizing doctrinal differences. This type of ecumenism became popular with the formation of the World Council of Churches, and is reflected in many ecumenical documents. The method is utilized in the “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification” (JDDJ) between the Lutheran World Federation and Roman Catholicism, the ECT document “The Gift of Salvation” and the documents seeking unification of Anglicanism and Catholicism (ARCIC).

Discussion: The effect of convergence ecumenism is that true biblical doctrines are diminished to promote a false unity. The participants in ecumenical discussions develop carefully “wordsmithed” statements that are just vague enough to support both sides of an argument. The consciences of the parties are seared as a result of these lying statements. The importance of doctrine and God’s truth is diminished. Unity without veracity is conspiracy.

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