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The Purpose of FCM
The Fellowship of Concerned Mennonites is a coalition of like-minded Mennonites whose concerns focus upon the basic biblical tenets of faith which have been the foundations of the sector of the Reformation of the sixteenth century known as the Anabaptist Movement, with special interest in that segment of Anabaptism called Mennonite.
The Fellowship has been called into being because certain of those basic biblical tenets of faith long held as foundational currently are being questioned, modified, even negated, and, because, by general acknowledgement, the Mennonite Church membership contains a wide range of conservative elements on the one hand, and liberal elements on the other, with the latter seemingly gaining the ascendancy, and, because at issue is the control of thought through the schools and through the publication of literature, and, because in the present confusion of ideas there is need for a fundamental, distinctive, uniform, and consistent expression of faith.
The Fellowship is open to any and all who shared the concerns defined in the paragraphs under affirmations and objectives. Those who identify with the Fellowship are encouraged to support it by prayers and funds.
The following affirmations form the basis of concerns:
- We affirm an adherence to the Christian faith as expressed in the historic Mennonite confessions, and more recently in the Statement of Faith adopted by the Fellowship of Concerned Mennonites.
- We affirm a belief in doctrines that currently are being neglected, rejected, or under direct attack, including the blood atonement of Christ, the inerrancy of Scripture, the biblical account of creation and the scriptural teaching of the sanctity of life, of marriage, of human sexuality, and the prohibition of homosexuality and lesbianism.
- We affirm an unwavering devotion to Jesus Christ, the great Founder and Head of the Church, by promotion of personal discipleship and valid expressions of church life in accordance with the teaching of the Bible.
I. It is the objective of the Fellowship:
A. To call the church to repentance and full obedience to the Scriptures.
B. To urge the church to pattern her life more faithfully after New Testament teaching with special emphasis on the leadership and teaching ministry;
C. To commend and encourage all who with dedication and determination endeavor to preserve and promote the true doctrines and practices of the biblical faith;
D. To identify and clarify the issues in the midst of the pluralism, tolerance, and confusion among Mennonites caused by the inroads of worldly philosophies and liberal theologies;
E. To promote more scriptural structures of the institutions of the church in education, publication, and mission.
II. It is also the objective of the Fellowship:
A. To be a community of believers mutually supporting each other in holding the profession of the faith once delivered to the saints;
B. To assist one another in discipleship and in discerning those deviations from the faith within the church which lead to apostasy;
C. To strengthen the church of Christ by conducting Bible conferences and producing literature with a strong content.
III. It is further the objective of the Fellowship:
To assess those deviations it may discern and to address those officers, boards,
and committees who hold responsible leadership roles in the Mennonite Church, and to alert the entire membership of the church of its assessment.
The FCM Story
In the July/August '03 issue of the FCM Informer, Chairman Todd Neuschwander wrote the story of how FCM began.