Thursday, 24 March 2011

Not That New After All

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

I am reading, "Between Two Worlds" by John Stott. The book was published in 1982, and in it he tells of something that happened in 1968; both dates well before I became a Christian;
I remember vividly how at the fourth Assembly of the World Council of Churches at Uppsala, Sweden, in 1968, one of the Geneva secretariat proposed to the section on 'mission' that they include this sentence in their report, 'In this dialogue Christ speaks through the brother, corrrecting our distorted image of the truth.' At first hearing it sounded innocuous, until you realized that 'the brother' meant the non-Christian partner in the dialogue. If this sentence had been accepted, it would have been the only reference in the section report to Christ speaking, and it would have up-ended evangelism into a proclamation of the gospel by the non-Christian to the Christian! (p84)

Unfortunately it is a sentiment that has become all too real in many 'churches' today.

Take Care

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