World Evangelical Alliance Calls on the Pope for a New Era in Evangelical/Catholic Relations
Speaking in October at Lausanne III: Congress on World Evangelization, the head of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) called for a new era in Evangelical/Catholic relations. Addressing his comments to "Pope Francis and distinguished representatives of the Roman Catholic Church," Geoff Tunnicliffe said: "Evangelicals are a very diverse group that includes peoples and churches from Pentecostal traditions, Reformed, Baptist and independents. ... As we seek to obey Christ, we see this time as a new era in Evangelical/Roman Catholic relations. ... The World Evangelical Alliance, its senior leadership and staff are eager and committed to building collaboration with organizations and institutions of the Roman Catholic Church at all levels. We do this out of obedience to the Gospel and as a concrete response to Jesus' prayer that through our witness the world will see our mutual love, and through our love, the world will see Jesus" ("To Pope Francis: A New Era," The Christian Post, Nov. 6, 2014). This shows just how far the "one-world church" has progressed in the past 40 years since Billy Graham chaired the first Lausanne conference in Amsterdam in 1974. It shows how spiritually blind "evangelicalism" has become. Christ did not pray that His people would join hands with unbelievers, idolators, and those who hold a false gospel, a false christ, and a false spirit. How can such a nutty thing be "obedience to the Gospel"?!
(Friday Church News Notes, November 14, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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