This week, I delivered a project of mine to the Office of Interinstitutional and International Relations of my university (As told in the post about IFB churches, I want to contribute so much to my university and country), and also postulated to the university research office to make a research project about Autism and Faith Communities. Beside of this, I began classes on Friday, so if you are a prayer warrior, you must pray so the Good Lord guides my academic way, my college works, as well as for the two projects I have for my university.
But, what is the fact about delivering a project to the Office of Interinstitutional and International Relations?, well, that’s a good question, as the title of this entrance says: The Latin American Confessing Movement/Latin American Church Renewal Initiative.
There is not so much information about the Confessing Movement (do not confuse with the German Confessing Church of Dietrich Bonhoeffer) circulating on the internet, social media. However, a 2007 Wikipedia article says a little about this conservative Christian movement, that is the project I have sent to the OIIR:
“The Confessing Movement is a lay-led conservative Christian movement that opposes the influence of liberalism and progressivism within several mainline Protestant denominations and seeks to return to its orthodox doctrine”1
Even though the project is called “International Alliances and Agreements [the name of the university will remain anonymous]”, the project is also called “Latin American Church Renewal/Latin American Confessing Movement”. But sir, what do you want to reach with an initiative that is as unusual as it is?, that’s a good question to make me when contacting me, so I would need counsels and advices when contacting me.
As you noted, the U.S. conservatism differs very much from the Colombian and Latin American conservatism, and I feel so identified with the U.S. right-wing politics, wanting to bring those ideals to my country’s conservative values. But sadly, the right in here is corrupt, and even more, disrespecting to the people. Protests amongst Colombians are very common, and most of all, you may have heard about the so-called “Paro Nacional”, that was due to a tax reform imposed by the president of my country that sought to increase the taxes and IVA to the familiar basket to specifically fund buildings, schools and infraestructure, however, there was a misunderstanding from the Colombians that incited to protest against the “Reforma Tributraria”. As the same way, there are Christian churches with liberal ties as well as those with conservative ties; and Protestant churches tend to be more liberal thanks to the Liberal Theologia, and is that in Latin America, there exist the Liberation Theology, a theology working for the poor (or social gospel in the U.S.). All that said, I dare myself to be involved within the Confessing Movement and create the Latin American Confessing Movement.
The LACM is perhaps the Latin America chapter of the American Confessing Movement, but not, it is not, even though the confessing movement is similar to this drafted movement. There are indeed conservative churches inside denominations affiliated with the World Council of Churches (my university is ecumenical in nature). Unfortunately, Christian universities of this type tend to be more liberal in the Latin American sense. As Latin America was a region characterized by the conservative Catholic branch of theology, so Protestant universities tend to be liberal. As a matter of fact, there exist small bible institutes and local bible institutes affiliated with a certain branch of Christianity (I exclude Catholic seminaries because there are many of them here), and insist that the Catholic Church (as most of the evangelical churches are anti-Catholic) has been infiltrated to the public higher education as well. But I must assume that there should be an evangelical movement within the Latin American Protestant churches.
The LACM/LACR is more than the LA chapter of the Confessing Movement
Having said this, I must assert that there are several churches inside Colombia that tend to be ecumenical, but a few of them are of this type; indeed, there is something differentiated between ecumenism and interdenominationalism.
Wikipedia has defined in a short article about interdenominationalism, is evangelical in nature, while ecumenism is an interfaith movement.
Churches that are ecumenical tend to be leftist, and I am sorry for saying this, that are pro-abortion, and frequently partner with atheist organizations. They also compare biblical Christianity to Christian nationalism (I disagree with this, even though Romans 13 says the opposite). In other words, I am afraid of being sued by the government, to getting trouble within government agencies, and disrespecting government would take me to prison. It is the same for the church, during my school years in Bogotá, I never saw legalism or even the so-called Christian nationalism within my Christian school. To the contrary, I saw some students that were not my classmates reading Harry Potter (Although the Christian school supposedly banned that kind of literature); some going to the university, and even more, some drinking alcohol after graduating from the school. But wait, that doesn’t mean the legalistic way of a Christian school or even a Baptist church, it depends on the testimony of the believer and disciple. From that is about the Latin American Confessing Movement (but what about a testimonialistic movement within Christianity), so you know now what’s going to be the LACM aside of being the regional chapter of the Confessing Movement!
Well, I would love to make a bible study regarding the Confessing Movement, but I lack of literature, not only the Bible, but general literature. Some conservative theologians tend to be open-minded, but some are extremist. I am not that kind of person, So a serious bible study about my movement will be linked to the “Projects and writings” tab.
Back to the focus, I want to bring the Confessing Movement to Latin America, and convert my university’s theology program into the Latin America Confessing Movement’s headquarters.