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Christian identity and church unity

C. F.C. Coetzee
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 40, No 1 | a337 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v40i1.337 | © 1970 C. F.C. Coetzee | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 July 2006 | Published:

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C. F.C. Coetzee, School of Ecclesiastical Sciences, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

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After centuries of Christianity the theme of “Christian identity” is still relevant and even more diverse than ever before. In this article this theme is discussed from a Reformed perspective with the focus on a specific ecclesiological facet, that is, the viewpoint of church unity. Christian identity has to do with faith in Christ and a specific view of Scripture – a point of departure as manifested in confessional unity. In accordance with this viewpoint the issue of church unity cannot be discussed without taking into account one’s presuppositions as found in Scripture and the Reformed Confessions. In order to fulfil our calling as churches in obedience to the “last will” of our Lord (John 17), the Confessions should function as the living belief of the churches, and we should strive and pray untiringly for the unity of the church.


Christian Identity; Church Unity; Confessions Of Faith; View Of Scripture


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