Ecumenism is a term that must first be defined to be discussed. It has many modern nuances. The dictionary says that ecumenism is “the principles or practice of promoting cooperation or better understanding among differing religious faiths.” This has been extended to include more of a “unifying” meaning. The media has proposed that “the three great religions all worship the same god.” Even beyond this somewhat plausible concept–on the surface–is the suggestion that “there are many ways to God and all religions end there.” Let us look at several different dimensions of modern ecumenism.
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I am a successful attorney in the Grand Rapids, MI area. My wife Renae and I have been faithful tithers all of our lives. The Lord has tremendously blessed us financially on every side. We have always given God the glory for his blessings on us. But it seemed to me that something was missing.
While serving with Operation Mobilization in India in 1967, tuberculosis forced me into a sanitarium for several months. I did not yet speak the language, but I tried to give Christian literature written in their language to the patients, doctors and nurses. Everyone refused; some politely, some rudely.
Presented at Good Shepherd Community Church by Barry Arnold
If you had the option of participating in an activity that would incontrovertibly and directly contribute to increased crime; thefts, robberies, embezzlement, bankruptcies, child abuse, domestic violence, and suicide, would you go ahead and participate in that activity?
If there was a possibility that the entertainment you chose today, could, 15 years from now, destroy your daughter’s marriage, contribute to her conviction for writing bad checks, if your entertainment might result in your son’s incarceration for embezzlement, or lead him to abandon his children, would you go ahead and ...