Touchstone, A Journal of Mere Christianity, is an ecumenical publication put out by the Fellowship of St. James. According to Wikipedia, the subtitle, A Journal of Mere Christianity replaced the older subtitle, A Journal of Ecumenical Orthodoxy. According to the FSJ website,
The Fellowship of St. James was founded in 1976 to promote fidelity to Jesus Christ, encourage greater Christian unity, and defend traditional Christian doctrines and moral teachings. The Fellowship and its publications serve Protestant, Evangelical, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians who come together on the basis of shared belief in the fundamental doctrines of the faith as revealed in Holy Scripture and summarized in the ancient creeds of the Church.
and similarly, Touchstone Magazine’s page says:
Touchstone is a Christian journal, conservative in doctrine and eclectic in content, with editors and readers from each of the three great divisions of Christendom —Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox.
The mission of the journal and its publisher, The Fellowship of St. James, is to provide a place where Christians of various backgrounds can speak with one another on the basis of shared belief in the fundamental doctrines of the faith as revealed in Holy Scripture and summarized in the ancient creeds of the Church.
Any true Bible-believing Christian who knows anything at all about the doctrines of Catholicism, and Eastern Orthodox “christianity” knows that Biblical Christianity shares absolutely nothing with these two counterfeit religions in the most fundamental doctrine of the faith–salvation. In fact, these two religions consistently deny many of the “fundamental doctrines of the faith as revealed in Holy Scripture” in preference of their traditions. Many of their doctrines, such as sacramental, or works-based salvation, idolatrous forms of Mary and Saint veneration, Purgatory, Papal infallibility, and transubstantiation of the Eucharist, just to name a few, are extremely dangerous doctrines that turn people away from the truth of the Scriptures. The Scriptures clearly and consistently tell us to have nothing at all to do with these false doctrines, rather expose them (Eph 5:11). These false religions are the works of darkness. They are designed by the ultimate deceiver to counterfeit the true Christian faith, and they lead people to Hell. True Christians are to have no fellowship with darkness, as it is written:
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? – 2 Cor 6:14-15
Yet once again, who do we find meddling around in these dark corners, not as salt and light, calling unbelievers to repentance, but as a messenger of unity, watering down the divisions between the truth and error? You may have guessed, none other than the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission President, Russell Moore. Russell Moore is a Senior Editor of the ecumenical magazine, Touchstone, and his writing fit right in with his agenda.
Dr. Moore has written many articles over the years for Touchstone, and most of them are cultural in nature, and focus upon what he believes to be a “shared interest” between Evangelicals, and apostate forms of Christianity. But why is he so caught up in Ecumenism? Clearly he can articulate the Biblical Gospel as well as any believer can, but how seriously does he take it? One can only speculate as to why he doesn’t see the importance of drawing clear, distinct doctrinal boundaries between Biblical Christianity and apostate forms. Yet he continues to cross these lines in the name of culture building. I do, however, wish he would just answer these questions, and face his criticism, yet, he just decides to block me instead, and only engage with those who are on board with him.
Other articles concerning Russell Moore and his ecumenical agenda that may be of interest.
- Russell Moore’s ERLC: Change Agents of the United Nations February 20, 2015
- Russell Moore: Advancing Socialism ”starts with the Church.” February 16, 2015
- Why ‘Racial Justice’ is NOT a Gospel Demand January 30, 2015
- The Problem With the ERLC and Interfaith Coalitions June 1, 2015
- Russell Moore signs Ecumenical Defense of Marriage Statement April 27, 2015