Whither the World Council of Churches? This is a question which has been in the minds of many for a considerable time. Is the WCC aiming at the goal of a single massive uniform World Church? Is it seeking unity at all costs, especially at the cost of truth and spirituality? Is it, in fact, Christian mainly in a superficial sense rather than in depth? It is quite proper that questions such as these be asked—and that they be asked in all seriousness by those who are intimately involved in the WCC no less than by those who may be classed as spectators. The movement is beset by dangers. For example, the temptation is ever present to make, for the sake of unity, the common doctrinal denominator as low as possible. It is not difficult to deceive oneself into confusing uniformity of order with unity in faith, whereas, as Church history has constantly shown, the latter is not at all dependent on the former. The meetings of the Commission on Faith and Order and of the Central Committee of the WCC in St. Andrews, Scotland, this summer have therefore been of special interest to the Christian world.

Whatever else these meetings may have revealed, they have certainly shown that the WCC is not standing still. It is a genuine movement, the impulse of which is an earnest longing that the true oneness of Christians in Christ may be visible as well as invisible, to the end that the world may believe (John 21:21). As the movement increases in size, however, so the machinery of organization is also necessarily increased, the staff is expanded, and the peril grows of degeneration into an ecclesiastical bureaucracy and of that stagnation which the shadow of the impersonal hand of officialdom so readily induces. If this peril is to be avoided it ...

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