NCCA - is it a good thing?

According to this breaking news on Anglican Media Sydney, 15 churches in Australia have been united (claiming the world first) under the banner of National Council of Churches in Australia (NCAA), making a Covenant to reaffirm their commitment to one another as partners on the ecumenical journey, join prayer with each other and care for each other, and pledge that they would explore further steps to make more clearly visible the unity of all Christian people in this country.

The 15 churches include most major denominations of Protestant, Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches, with notable absence of Baptist churches. I cannot find Charismatic, Pentecostal and many smaller independent denominations listed either. However, it still gathers a broad spectrum of theology and doctrine under one roof.

Take The Religious Society of Friends for example, who is part of the 15 listed denominations. In their statement of faith and practice, it stated:

Quakers believe that each person can know God from personal experience and that this spiritual experience is a source of growth, enlightenment and love.

Quakers began as a radical Christian sect, but they do not believe inspiration is confined to one sacred book or that Truth can be defined by a creed. Many Quakers see Jesus as an example of life guided by God, and find that Jesus can show us how to live and love.

That certainly does not sound like Christianity to me.

That makes me wonder, how should an evangelical Christian look at an organisation like this, who try to unit congregations of different believes? Seeing the Anglican Church of Australia, a denomination that the church I currently attend happens to be belonged to, is also enlisted, I wonder why the guy who sits right up there would make such decision. With commitment to joint prayers, I am not sure how a prayer meeting can be carried out, when one would pray to God the Father, other would pray through Mary, yet another through the pigeon symbol of peace and Holy Spirit.

Some would think that it is a victory by churches in Australia to establish such covenant. I think it is yet another defeat to liberalism.

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