We are living in very ecumenical times right now as it relates to Christian ministry. I am interested in receiving feedback on the issue of positional doctrine. Since being ecumenical calls for persons and churches, of different denominations to fellowship, (and fellowship amongst believers is good), I'm curious to know, if and when, are ecumenical relationships bad and/or unhealthy?

In Romans 12:16, we are admonished to be of the same mind, in
1 Cor. 1:10, we are admonished to have no divisions among us, in
Eph. 4:14, there are doctrines that are the results of tricky of deceitful men, and in 2 Tim. 3:16, all scripture is inspired by God, yet we are sharply divided in many areas of doctrine:

Carlton Pearson has a very divergent doctrine, Benny Hinn has a unique doctrine, the Full Gospel Fellowship (Paul Morton) has a doctrine, PAW has a doctrine, Dr. James Cone has a doctrine, Southern Baptist have a doctrine, COGIC has a doctrine, Methodist (AME, CME) have a doctrine, Creflo Dollar & Kenneth Copeland share a doctrine, T. D. Jakes has a doctrine, Dr. Tony Evans has a doctrine, Joel Osteen has a doctrine, Bishop College had a doctrine (the doctrine of Harry S. Wright, Manuel L. Scott, Sr., C.A.W. Clark, Sr., E.V. Hill, E.K. Bailey, etc.)

Can any two churches of divergent believes about Jesus, the Holy Spirit, salvation, eternal security, and the Holy Bible truly worship together and is it healthy?

In a purely doctrinal conversation, what do Dr. Harry S. Wright and Bishop Paul S. Morton have in common, if the following is true: the hold divergent views on about salvation, function and purpose of the church, the Holy Spirit, and the superiority and authority of the Holy Scripture?

What do Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. Ralph D. West, and Dr. Joel C. Gregory (Group A) have in common with Bishop T. D. Jakes, Creflo Dollar, and Benny Hinn (Group B) if the following is truth: these two representative groups hold divergent views about the Trinity (the Triune God).

Amos 3:3 (KJV) Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

All feed back is welcomed.

P.S. - Poll Question:

Would it be healthy for my congregation to hear Ralph D. West, Joel Osteen, Carlton Pearson, Paul Morton, Jeremiah Wright, T. D. Jakes, and William Shaw all in the course of one week?

(Please respond to this question with a simple yes or no, thank you)

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Of the aforementioned ministers of the gospel there is not much difference save that of Carlton Pearson (Gospel of Inclusion). And any congregation who would assemble these men together would most assuredly greatly profit from "doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" and be "thoroughly furnished unto all good works". Most of what we say divides us is of no real consequence. People are dying and going to their eternal reward every minute of every day. If they die without the salvation that only "knowing Jesus" offers they are in HELL! Carlton does not agree, I know -and that would be unhealthy for a congregation of Christians (it's certainly was for his). But, one thing that Bishop Pearson would have greatly to offer to the rest of Christendom is that WE must accept people "as they are and for who they are". "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." The HOLY SPIRIT alone is qualified to determine who must change and what they must change about their person hood "For WE MUST ALL appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that EVERY ONE may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." We have artificially created these divisions/schisms when we do not care for each other; accepting each other for the gifts that we are to the whole body, choosing rather to look at the packaging that the gift is wrapped in or even what the label on the package says. . Heed the warning of the Apostle Paul when he says... "And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another."


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