London, England, Feb 1, 2017 / 20:07 pm
An umbrella grouping of evangelical Christians in the United Kingdom has issued a statement marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which reaffirms that movement's "enduring importance" for them.
"It is clear that many of the core distinctions that developed between Luther's understanding and that of the Roman Catholic Church remain between modern-day evangelicals and Catholics," Evangelical Alliance's statement said. "In certain areas, however, there have been significant attempts to foster deeper understanding of the theological and ecclesiastical differences that distinguish each tradition, and to develop this understanding in a less conflictual way."
The evangelicals also noted that particularly with regard to "evangelism and social and medical ethics" there has been "genuine collaboration and co-operation towards agreed ends."
The Evangelical Alliance works with 81 denominations and 600 organizations in the United Kingdom which identify themselves as evangelical Christians, and aims to help them listen to and be heard by government, media, and society.