There is a real danger, often cited, that we will pursue unity with Christians at all costs. We will sacrifice orthodox Christian faith in order to find a way to “get along.” Indeed, this is the most common objection to ecumenism I receive from conservative Christians. They are rightly concerned that theological compromise can harm the witness and faithfulness of the Christian Church.

But unity and truth are not binary opposites. They are complementary truths, truths that can and should be maintained side-by-side. To compromise unity is to compromise truth, and vice versa. This is why I believe we begin with the Apostles’ Creed. It is a simple, accepted way of confessing our baptismal and common faith together. It includes those truths that are genuinely central to common Christianity. It does not address every biblical doctrine but if we begin here we can move into other areas with more confidence and hope.

This week’s video addresses this issue.

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  1. John Metz December 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    John, I have to admit that this is another post in which I am disappointed that there are not comments made by your readers. The oneness of the believers in the Triune God is a truth. If we as believers care for the truth, we must honor, cherish, and treasure the truth of oneness.
    As you often mention, this is the matter the Lord Jesus prayed about on the eve of His crucifixion. This alone shows the value He placed on this matter.
    Of course, as you point out, the real problem is how to practice oneness and how to do so without compromising other aspects of the truth and without bringing in other things that eventually damage oneness. Thanks for your post.

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