"In small table groups, we listened, took notes, and discussed each theme. What an experience it was to listen as my fellow pilgrims-United Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics, Lutherans, and Baptists, wrestled with how to apply each topic to life. We demonstrated our insights with posters, charts, skits, songs, and poems". -Clergyman from Indiana
The Emmaus Walk is accepted in theological approach in many different churches holding to many diverse belief systems. Emmaus structures room for a great variety of people in all different denominations and belief systems who seek to grow, share, and give themselves to a three-day walk with the Christ of their denomination. Emmaus is a common meeting ground for the great diversity of belief systems identifying themselves with "Christianity" in the churches who celebrate their unity in Christ and feel they can learn from one another. It matters not if they be traditionalists, evangelicals, liberals, conservatives, activists, charismatics.
Emmaus is for fostering unity in Christ, and not for theological debate and arguments about denominational belief systems. Emmaus tries to foster appreciation and openness to the "different faith-perspectives" of the participants. If you cannot bring a spirit of "Christian tolerance" and charity toward others, including members of other denominational belief systems, and "if you cannot affirm your unity with other kinds of people that carry the Christian label, and if you tend to define Christianity narrowly and legalistically or are intolerant of those who see and believe things differently, then Emmaus is definitely not for you."
If you can NAME THE NAME OF JESUS you are welcome to participate in the "Walk to Emmaus", be you one who believes that Christ needs the help of a woman (Mary) and a bunch of dead people (prayers to canonized Roman Catholic saints)for your salvation, and be you one who believes that WATER washes away your sin (i.e. Church of Christ) rather than the BLOOD of CHRIST and even if you believe that you, too, will one day become a god (Mormons) you are welcome to participate in this WALK. You can walk all the way to hell if you want to, as the "Walk to Emmaus" is of the "broad road" spoken of in Matt 7:13.
WHY do I speak this way?
Well, I believe I may be allowed to quote scripture without being accused of being bitter and legalistic. Anyway--here goes!
2 Cor 6:14-18 "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
The Walk to Emmaus is like unto the Promise Keepers who are more that happy to unite "light with darkness" even if the "light" they have, has had his blood diluted so with water that it has lost it's power of salvation. Even if their "light" needs the help of "creatures" to save the people. If their god is so powerful, why couldn't he have paid the penalty for sin ALONE, without the help of "church sacraments". IF he is that weak and so shortsighted that he needs "our" help and "our" prayers and "our" suffering in a place called Purgatory and "our" good works as if "his" good works don't mean that much--well, I'd hate to trust in "him" for my salvation. AMEN?
The churches of today want unity and they are working towards this unity in hundreds of "programs" or "movements" and it is about impossible to report on them ALL. I will have to take advantage of "fellow workers" in Christ and use some of their valuable material to help me out.