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International – Back-pedalling on the Reformation

November 2017

A global coalition of Reformed churches has signed up to an ecumenical statement with the Roman Catholic Church to ‘overcome divisions’ from the time of the Reformation.

The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), representing 80 million Christians, signed a joint declaration on the doctrine of justification, at a church in Wittenberg, the town where Luther nailed his 95 Theses to a church door.

A statement from the WCRC, said, ‘The declaration stated mutual condemnations pronounced by the two sides during the Reformation do not apply to their current teaching on justification’.

According to the WCRC, although the joint statement does not ‘cover all that either church teaches about justification’, the document encompasses a ‘consensus on basic truths of the doctrine of justification’.

This comes as a letter by an ‘evangelical’ adviser to the Trump administration was sent to the pope in August, stating: ‘We have looked upon your appointment with great gratitude to God’. The letter also called on the pope to choose when and where to set up a meeting between American Catholic and Evangelical leaders.

Readers are invited to weigh such tragic developments against the teaching in October 2017’s special ‘Reformation 500’ issue of Evangelical Times.

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