Statement By Protestant Signers To ECT
We Protestants who signed ECT, took this action to advance Christian
fellowship, cooperation, and mutual trust among true Christians in the
North American cultural crisis and in the worldwide task of evangelism.
The same concern leads us now to elucidate our ECT commitment by
January 19, 1995
We make these applicatory clarifications of our commitment as supporters
of ECT in order to prevent divisive misunderstandings of our beliefs and
- Our para-church cooperation with evangelically committed Roman
Catholics for the pursuit of agreed objectives does not imply acceptance
of Roman Catholic doctrinal distinctive or endorsement of the Roman
Catholic church system.
- We understand the statement that we are justified by grace
through faith because of Christ, in terms of the substitutionary
atonement and imputed righteousness of Christ, leading to full assurance
of eternal salvation; we seek to testify in all circumstances and
contexts to this, the historic Protestant understanding of salvation by
faith alone (sola fide).
- While we view all who profess to be Christian—Protestant and
Catholic and Orthodox—with charity and hope, our confidence that anyone
is truly a brother or sister in Christ depends not only on the content
of his or her confession but on our perceiving signs of regeneration in
his or her life.
- Though we reject proselytizing as ECT defines it (that is sheep
stealing for denominational aggrandizement), we hold that evangelism
and church planting are always legitimate, whatever forms of church life
are present already.
- We think that the further theological discussions that ECT
promised should begin as soon as possible.
William R. Bright
Charles W. Colson
Kent R. Hill
James I. Packer