Ecumenism Without Compromise

As I thought about how I would introduce my blog to the world I figured there would be no better way than to allow someone else to speak (and better than I ever could) about the ultimate goal that this blog hopes to accomplish: unity. Here is a awesome lecture by the great teacher and speaker, Dr. Peter Kreeft, speaking about how we as Christians will never achieve unity unless we firstly conform ourselves to Christ. No argument, no statistic and no compromise will ever achieve unity as fully as what Christ can simply do Himself. I must admit that in the past I listened to this lecture with the hope to find arguments, however I realize now that I was missing the whole gist. I challenge you to take a listen and in doing so pray for unity within Christ’s body, just as He did in His high priestly prayer in the garden:

That they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me.

John 17:21-23 RSV

» Ecumenism Without Compromise by Dr. Peter Kreeft

» Quotations:

“When both Protestants and Catholics become saints they will become one. For a saint means only an “alter Christos,” another Christ, a little Christ, and Christ is not divided. Christ’s body is not divided.”

“But I suggest that if Protestants make just one single adjustment in their vision, they will see the possibility of reunion. Not just theologically, but more deeply religiously and spiritually, without any compromise at all. And that one adjustment is not to see Christ in any different way at all, but to see the Church in a different way. Not as an obstacle between us and Christ, not even as an intermediary between us and Christ, but as the very body of Christ Himself.”

“All spiritual gravity, including ecumenical gravity is through Christ. All return, all homecoming, all reconciliation, all mutual understanding, all healing of wounds in the body of Christ, is through the gravity of grace in the body of Christ.”

“I think this ecumenical unity must wait… until they see the same Christ, until [Catholics] have what you might call “evangelical intimacy.”