German Evangelical leaders to begin 8-city tour promoting unity

( [email protected] ) Apr 22, 2004 02:47 PM EDT

Evangelical leaders will go on tour through eight German cities beginning Saturday, April 24. The tour is aimed to urge Christians to stop infighting and increase cooperation across denominational lines.

To promote Christian unity, the German Evangelical Alliance (GEA), which represents approximately 1.3 million evangelicals, is starting The Impulse Tour, a new drive to encourage Christians not to publicly criticize fellow believers with differing theological views. "Self-centeredness and dogmatism threaten the unity among Christians," said Chairman Peter Strauch.

During the tour, Christians will be invited to commit themselves to a fair exchange of views and refrain from degrading one another. "How can we expect people to believe in God when Christians are always fighting one another?" Strauch asked. The commitment to refrain from infighting should, however, not lead to a tolerance of false teachings, he said. "The Bible remains the only authority, but one ought to distinguish between [primary issues such as] Christ as the only mediator between God and man, and secondary issues such as the different practices of baptism." But as Christianity is a religion that emphasizes unity and reconciliation, those aspects will be emphasized the most during the tour.

The Impulse Tour starts in Hanover Saturday, April 24.