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Middle East Council of Churches!

The Middle East Council of Churches

A collection of ecumenical movements growing out of the Middle East proper as well as originating from other areas outside of the Middle East with the Middle East at its focus. It’s very easy to understand why there’s a global interest among Christians about the health of the church in the Middle East. Let’s not dance around the issue.

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Christianity

Christianity is under a tremendous amount of strain and pressure in the Middle East.

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Thanks to local current events and developments on the ground.

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Faith to the Lord

It’s becoming more and more dangerous to profess faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this part of the world.

There is really no avoiding this issue. Due to regional conflicts as well as sectarian violence that sometimes comes in waves, it is easy to see why historic populations of Christians in the Middle East, in particular the area of the Levant and the area historically known as Babylon, has gone through massive changes. A lot of those individuals will not come back.

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Middle East

This really is very alarming because of the historic DNA of Christianity that is found in the Middle East. This is, after all, the area that Christ and His disciples walked. This is the area where the Lord Jesus spread the gospel originally. It was from this area that His immediate apostles, referring to the original 12, spread the good word. It was only after the conversion of the apostle Paul to the gospel did this otherwise small and seemingly insignificant Jewish sect explode to all areas of the Mediterranean.

Roman Empire

In a historically short period of time, Christianity extended far from Judea all the way to Greece, Asia Minor, Rome and Spain. Its spread, as the Roman empire started to collapse, is nothing short of phenomenal and it was not a very easy journey either. It started out as a persecuted sect. In fact, it was only after around 30 years after Christ’s execution that the first concerted suppression of Christians began under the Roman emperor Nero.

Bishop

In those days, the bishops of local churches were in equal standing to each other. The bishop of Alexandria, for example, was of equal stature and theological authority to the bishop of Antioch which in turn was of the same stature as bishops in Rome and other places. Without going into any theological divergences as to the nature of authority as well as schisms.

History

It is within this historical context that the Middle East Council of Churches bases its advocacy. We have always understood that the role of the church is to act as a global council of other independent churches in the area and geographic areas beyond. We are also firm believers in the council-based authority of the original church as were reflected in the letters of the apostle Paul.

Christian

We could all agree as Christians who share the same grave concern for the health of our shared faith in the Middle East that it’s very important to keep the outreach and conversation as well as comfort to fellow Christians in the Middle East alive.

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We could all agree as Christians who share the same grave concern for the health of our shared faith in the Middle East that it’s very important to keep the outreach and conversation as well as comfort to fellow Christians in the Middle East alive.

Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

We are facing really challenging times as far as fellow believers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are concerned in the geographic Middle East. We’re not just focused on the relatively healthy state of the church in Lebanon or certain parts of Israel. Instead, we are also looking at preserving the church to the extent possible in places like Iraq, Yemen, Syria and other places. Due to the Syrian civil war, this has been far from easy. In fact, getting reliable communication to and from that part of the world has been very, very challenging.

the Middle East Council of Churches stands as a beacon of moral

Be that as it may, the Middle East Council of Churches stands as a beacon of moral, if not financial and physical support, to Christian churches regardless of theology or denomination based in the Middle East. We are of the firm belief that due to the historic nature of the church in the Middle East that it is the cradle of our shared Christian faith.

Regardless of the specific sect, theology or spiritual traditions you come from as a believer, we hope that you can join us in our shared advocacy for supporting churches in the Middle East to keep safe and to keep spreading the word. This is not always easy considering differences in state policies regarding proselytizing and conversions and evangelism. Still, we stand firmly on evangelism or simply getting the word out to be understood.

Instead, we believe that the best testimony any real Christian has to the rest of the world is based primarily on how they live their lives. Just by looking at how you live your life, people can get a clear understanding of what you truly believe. This is the key to the Christian experience. This is the key to living out Christ’s word in a bold, firm, yet respectful way.

Thomson Polan, CEO @ Caramal Digital Studio

We understand and respect local laws regarding evangelism, but we also insist that the true measurement of Christian belief is not the words coming out of that person’s mouth. You don’t have to evangelize by quoting the Bible or making a great speech regarding how people should live. There’s enough of that in the world.

Thomson Polan, CEO @ Caramal Digital Studio

We respect local traditions in the Middle East. We definitely respect local laws. But we also are firm Christians and believe in outreach, support, and building up of remnant Christian churches in this part of the world. Join us in our mission. At the very least, please join us in daily prayer for our brothers and sisters from this part of the world. May they continue to grow in the faith. May they continue to strengthen their walk with Christ and may this connection with the Holy Spirit embolden them to live fearlessly day after day, not for themselves, not for their children, not for their loved ones, but for the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Thomson Polan, CEO @ Caramal Digital Studio

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