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Dr. Cecil M. Robeck Jr.

Professor of Church History and Ecumenics

Fuller Theological Seminary

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Pasadena, California 91182

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Cecil M. Robeck, who represents ... [cached]

Cecil M. Robeck, who represents Pentecostals in high-level discussions with other churches, including Catholics and Anglicans, said the response from his friends and colleagues "has been remarkable."

"It's going everywhere. I've probably sent it out to 50 people or more," said Robeck, a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. "They keep writing back and saying, 'we have to spread this.'"
Pentecostalism, which includes established denominations as well as independent churches, is considered the world's fastest-growing faith tradition. Among the movement's ranks are charismatics - members of mainstream Christian churches deeply influenced by Pentecostal spirituality, including charismatic Catholics, who have had their own struggle for recognition by local bishops and the Vatican. (Francis has said that in the 1970s and '80s, before he grew to understand and value charismatic Catholics, he told them they "confuse a liturgical celebration with a samba school.")
"I think what he was saying," Robeck said of Copeland, "is that things are changing in Rome and we have to watch."

Assemblies of God, Roman Catholic Church & World Council of Churches Together [cached]

But the WCC insisted in response to my question that Dr Robeck is not officially representing either the Assemblies of God or the Pentecostal churches in these discussions."

Dr. Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. is Professor of Church History and Ecumenics in the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary . Dr. Robeck appears to be spearheading the ecumenical movement in the Pentecostal churches, having attended WCC conferences for several years.
The web site of Pentecostal Charismatic Theological Inquiry International provides information on the ecumenical initiatives of Pentecostals and, specifically, Dr. Robeck. In 1996, Dr Robeck led a team of Pentecostal scholars to dialogue with the apostate World Alliance of Reformed Churches, initiating a five year International Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue .
The WARC now permits member denominations to dispense with the traditional requirement for clergy to affirm the central doctrine of the Christian faith - that salvation is through "Christ alone. Instead, WARC general secretary, Dr Milan Opocensky, maintains that churches and their members must be made to understand that their "salvation is at stake" if they refuse to reject unjust economic structures. (ENI 2/13/98) Based on the newly adopted social gospel, the WARC is seeking full communion with the Lutheran World Federation, which is in the process of uniting with the Roman Catholic Church.
Pentecostal ministers have been meeting with the World Council of Churches since 1994. At a conference held that year, Dr. Robeck framed the discussion of Pentecostalism by taking issue with its "insensitive" approach to evangelizing (Robeck calls it "proselytizing") those who already profess to be Christian, and in particular by insulting high ranking clergy by inquiring if they know Jesus Christ as Savior.
Dr. Robeck is also the author of "Mission and the Issue of Proselytism" -- a document critical of efforts by Pentecostals to convert Roman and Greek Catholics under the assumption that such persons are not of the Christian faith.
Dr. Robeck's choice of words is unfortunate and diminishes the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Robeck has made demonstrable progress in leading Pentecostals to repentance for offending professors of Christianity with the gospel. The following statement was issued in 1996 by Pentecostals attending a Costa Rica World Council of Churches meeting:
"In this meeting with the WCC, we have discussed and debated a number of mutual concerns. We were challenged, for instance, to consider how Pentecostals have sometimes proselytized other Christians. This has brought offense to the Gospel as well as to them."
Laying the groundwork with Dr. Robeck for ecumenical unity between Pentecostals and members of the World Council of Churches is theologian, Juan Sepulveda, author of The Andean Highlands: An Encounter with Two Forms of Christianity (WCC Publications).
Cecil Robeck, Jr. Represents Fuller/AOG at Vatican Jubilee Celebration
Cecil M. ("Mel") Robeck, Jr. (M.Div., '73; Ph.D., '85), professor of church history and ecumenics and Fuller's "ambassador to the church worldwide," participated in two historic meetings during the Christmas and New Year holidays, one in Israel, the other at the Vatican. As cochair of the International Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue , cochair of the local Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, and consultant to the Commissions on Faith and Order of the National and World Councils of Churches , he is an apologist for all evangelicals as well as for the Pentecostal tradition.
Dr. Robeck also serves as a representative of Fuller to international church dialogues and forums. After receiving an invitation from Cardinal Edward Cassidy, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on behalf of Pope John Paul II, Robeck attended the ecumenical Jubilee Celebration at the Vatican last January.
"The ceremony and worship service at St. Paul's Outside the Wall were very moving experiences," says Robeck.
"Those who participated in the celebration acknowledged that while we, as Catholics, Orthodox, evangelicals and other Protestants, may not be in full communion with one another, we desire to be on the way to having greater relationships with one another," explains Robeck. "By coming together at this event, we were saying that we would like to enter the new millennium with a renewed commitment to work with one another," he adds.
Robeck had just returned from another historic meeting that took place last December, when members of the Secretaries of Christian World Communions had audiences with the Greek, Armenian, and Latin Patriarchs, as well as the bishops of the Anglican and Lutheran churches in Jerusalem. Since Christians (most of them Palestinians) constitute only two-and-one-half percent of the population, they try to maintain relations with both Muslims and Jews. But they often find themselves squeezed between members of these two communities...
"Fuller has always believed in making a positive contribution to the churches worldwide," continues Robeck. "We expanded that commitment in the '80s and '90s to include not simply the evangelical churches and Protestantism, but also Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism ..."
UPDATE 2002 Cecil Robeck Jr. Represents AOG at Vatican-sponsored Assisi Peace Conference
Protestant bodies will be represented by Konrad Kaiser, the secretary-general of the World council of Churches; Anglican Bishop Richard Garrard of Rome; Setri Nyomi of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches; George Freeman of the World Methodist Council; CECIL ROBECK OF THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH ; Alvin Jackson of the Disciples of Christ; Theodor Angelou of the European Baptist Federation; and Bert Beach of the Seventh-Day Adventists.

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These included Dr. Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Assemblies of God, Dr. Leonard Lovett of the Church of God in Christ, Dr. William Turner of Duke University and the United Holy Church, and Dr. Vinson Synan of Regent University and the Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Another milestone of the day was the unanimous adoption of a Racial Reconciliation Manifesto that was drafted by Bishop Ithiel Clemmons, Dr. Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Dr. Leonard Lovett, and Dr. Harold D. Hunter.

--Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Professor of ... [cached]

--Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Professor of Church History and Ecumenics, Director of the David du Plessis Center for Christian Spirituality, Fuller Theological Seminary

Worthy Christian witness - the difference between proselytism and true evangelism with integrity [cached]

Fuller Seminary's Cecil Robeck commented in a 1996 column that the problem is that "those who use the term (proselytism) have defined it for Evangelicals rather than with Evangelicals."

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