Christian-Unity is possible.
Organic Unification of the World Wide Christian Church is Needed
Rome is the Historic Center of Church Unity
Christian-Unity is possible Christian churches world wide can join together in organic union. The Roman Catholic Church recently invited Anglican Christians, congregations and clergy to unite with Rome. The congregations can keep their married clergy and continue to worship in the forms and ways most familiar to them.
For many Reformation Christians the issue that caused the rift between Rome and other centers of Christian belief is settled. The issue is known as the Doctrine (Teaching) of Justification. It is a central element in the theology of Christianity.
Why is the doctrine of Justification no longer seen as a cause for separation? Because Christians perceive that Secularism threatens such damage to the Christian church that continued separation between the churches is no longer an option. Many Christians feel that the threat from Secularism is more dangerous than anything else. Many say that it is either unite or die.
Seeing Secularism increase in strength, many Reformation Christians have actively sought ways to heal the wounds of the sixteenth century and restore Christianity to being the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
The barriers in the way of unification are several. Not the least is the acculmulation of various distinctly Reformation teachings that have adhered to that of Justification. Additionally, there are organizational practices within the Reformation churches that make the divide between them and the Roman Catholic church wider. Two significant ones concern the clergy, firstly, that clergy in Reformation churches are allowed to marry; secondly, that the Reformation churches have female pastors and bishops.
While far removed from the central doctrine of Justification, the organizational issues have been more problematic. Because these practical issues derive from doctrine, they are more about function than about doctrine.
However, many leaders within the churches of the Reformation believe that the separation of the Churches is draining away the energy from crucial programs like evangelism and missions. They say that debate about a theological issue such as Justification is no longer worth the price of separation. They feel that the growing strength of Secularism is a crisis.
And regarding the practical issues of female clergy, married clergy and gay and lesbian pastors? Well, hopefully, these troubles will be subjected to the greater good to be gained from world wide Christian organic union.
Their answer? Three words, "Get over it."
Their advice to the churches?
Accept that the core teachings of the various denominations are identical (or as close as they can get) and therefore, the reason for continued separation of the Churches is to be overcome by organizational unity.
The logical center of that unity? Rome.
Amazingly, and with great generosity, his Holiness Pope Benedict has issued an Apostolic Constitution that will bring such unity into reality very quickly. And while it only concerns Anglicans, there is no reason why it would not apply to others, (Lutherans) who also enjoy a greater (rather than lesser) degree of theological unity with Rome.
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