Feast of St Hilarion the New
ECUMENISM is often seen as a positive attribute of individuals, churches, and denominations. But for strong fundamentalists it is a word that brings shock and horror. Why is ecumenism seen as such a terrible thing by fundamentalists? This is the question to be addressed in this paper.
The strong separatist teaching within fundamentalism has many factors, but this presentation will focus on one that fundamentalists claim to be the only reason one should believe or teach the doctrine of separation: the Bible. It will not attempt to address cultural, historical or personal factors that may have contributed to the development of the doctrine. The presentation will go through a very brief outline of the doctrine of separation and then provide the most commonly used passages by fundamentalists to prove the doctrine. This will not be exhaustive, but it will give those present a good understanding of why some brothers and sisters in Christ who often extend Christian love and comradery in so many other ways choose to do ministry alone and even at times exhibit a feeling of contempt for those with different doctrinal convictions.
Joel Schroeder is the Pastor at Sunnyside Baptist Church in Wichita, KS and is currently working on his PhD at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Gladstone, MO. Pastor Schroeder received his undergraduate, Master of Arts, and Master of Divinity from Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny, IA.