Chapter

Ecumenism

Allan Anderson, Michael Bergunder, André Droogers and Cornelis van der Laan

in Studying Global Pentecostalism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266612
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947504 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520266612.003.0015
Ecumenism

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This chapter discusses ecumenism. Ecumenism is a topic that many Pentecostals find difficult to discuss. This is in part because most Pentecostals know very little about the subject, often just enough to condemn it. It is time for Pentecostals to take their rightful place at the table of the church. In order for them to do so successfully, they need to change the ways they have traditionally viewed other Christians. Such a change calls for humility and openness before the Holy Spirit. To aid in this regard, Pentecostals who desire to serve the church through an ecumenical vocation need to adopt a methodology that takes seriously the efforts that have been made by others to bring about greater unity and yet reflects the Pentecostal promise to dream the impossible dream: One Church of Jesus Christ, visibly united in such a way that its call for reconciliation to God and neighbor through Jesus Christ no longer falls upon deaf ears.

Keywords: ecumenism; Pentecostals; church; Jesus Christ; reconciliation

Chapter.  10655 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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