Editorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 094:375 (Jul 1937)
Article: Editorials
Author: Anonymous


Unificationists and Separatists

While the tide carrying the urge for the unification of various divisions of professing Christendom is running high, the opposite phenomenon, separation into additional sectarian groups, is also in progress. At the present moment these movements of separation are only small eddies in the backwash of the unification tide. In noting this fact, no reflection upon the principles involved is intended. It is now a historical fact that the stage is being set for the open manifestation of an organized apostate Christendom which will ultimately fulfill the consistent testimony of the New Testament concerning conditions related to the closing days of the present world order.

That there cannot be a semblance of unity amongst the widely diverse sects of Christendom without drastic and far-reaching compromises concerning the doctrines of Biblical Christianity, is clear enough to all who know what the “faith which was once delivered unto the saints” is. This was recognized, as far as the necessity for a common platform of required beliefs in concerned, by the leaders of the Second World Conference on Faith and Order which convened at Edinburgh the first week of August, which in turn followed an earlier conference at Oxford, the personnel and pronouncements of which came far from receiving the endorsement of the conservative forces in the Christian Church at large. How can a common ground of required beliefs be established between Unitarians and Trinitarians, between Conservatives and Liberals, between Fundamentalists and Modernists? The secret lies in the expressed hope of the liberals that “the conference will succeed in eliminating theological difficulties and show the way to a world-wide church.” Precisely. Banish theology grounded in the teachings of the Scriptures and

anything in the realm of religion and morals may develop, excepting the truth as it is in Christ.

The Liberals attack Biblical Christianity within the organized church, while the Humanists pour ridicule upon it from outside. At a conference held at Williamstown, Mass., August 29th, under the auspices of the Institute of Human Relations, one Professor T. V. Smith of the University of Chicago and a State senator of Illinois, said that the “demagogues, plutogogues and theogogues are the greatest enemies of the democratic process...a fearful trinity constituting the very diabolus of democracy.” We are not concerned here with his conception of demagogues and plutogogues which may be surmised from the connection. His definition of a theogogue, however, is revealing. It lays bare the prejudice he entertains against the revealed things of Christianity. He is reported to have said: “The theogogue is to...

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