NCCG and Ecumenicism
NCW 8, January 1994
Q. Would NCCG be willing to join an ecumenical council?
The Church is not interested in any formal membership of, or participation in, any ecumenical council. Though noble in initial conception, the experience of history has shown us that these councils eventually become politicised and inevitably are manipulated by sectarian interests. Prior to the fall of communism, the World Council of Churches was heavily manipulated by the Soviet KGB which installed representatives from the communist controlled "official" churches. Its purpose was to create a more favourable environment for the acceptance of communism by influencing theological development along humanist-marxist lines. And even though communism has now collapsed, the marxist-inspired "Liberation Theology", which has been used to justify Christians joining the armed struggle to overthrow undemocratic (and even democratic) régimes, the same thinking remains in place. Moreover, it has now definitely adopted much New Age doctrine.
As with the merger of different denominations into one, ecumenical organisations tend in the process of time to evolve liberal theological systems that blur the moral and eschatological cutting edge of the Gospel by "re-interpreting" the Word of God to suit modern tastes and norms.
The Church is, of course, willing as assist with charitable projects as and when the need demands and will naturally dialogue with groups -- religious or secular -- for the organisation of such projects.
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