The breadth of evangelical participation in the U. S. Congress on Evangelism still was not wide enough to encompass two out of four kinds of evangelicals. Both the Minnesota Baptist Convention and the American Council of Christian Churches urged their constituencies not to cooperate with the Congress. In endeavors of this nature, obvious non-participants are the many evangelicals (perhaps a majority?) who view their own denominational distinctives as so important that they are not able to cooperate even in limited ways with those from other denominational families. Countless Baptists (including those in the MBC), Calvinists, “Christians” (members of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ), Lutherans, Mennonites, and others from less well-known traditions practice virtually total separation from other evangelicals even though there is only partial disagreement. Believers can hardly be expected to alter their convictions on disputed matters without due cause. We do urge, however, that everyone make a greater attempt to distinguish between those beliefs that separate Christians from non-Christians and those that divide Christians among themselves. In a world that seems to be increasingly indifferent to the claims of Jesus Christ, can we afford to continue the luxury of complete internal fragmentation when there is only partial disagreement?
Yet among those evangelicals who have realized the need to cooperate in certain matters across denominational barriers there are still the distinct kinds, one of which does not usually participate in such nondenominational ventures as the Congress on Evangelism. This kind includes brethren like those in the ACCC (which includes Baptists, Presbyterians, Wesleyans, and members ...1
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