Last week 21 brothers in Christ met him face to face sooner than expected due to the evil that is ISIS.
It was an incredible event in modern times, but one of many that do not make the news. ISIS is not just killing Christians, but Muslims as well. All these events are awful and painful and worthy of war, whether ISIS kills Christians, Muslims, Jews, or atheists.
Most Southern Protestant Christians that are posting about the event and sharing such grief, however, would not have called Coptic Christians their brothers and sisters before the events of last week. Now it is convenient to lay claim to the loss, but before last week, they would have told you Coptic, like Catholics, were not saved. As the Coptic belief is:
"Coptic Christians remaining in Alexandria, but most are located elsewhere. Estimates of the current population of the Coptic Church range from 10 million to 60 million members worldwide. Theologically, Coptic Christianity is very similar to Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. They profess to be genuine followers of Jesus Christ and a part of His worldwide Church. But, as with Catholicism, they tend to emphasize meritorious works in salvation along with liturgical ritual rather than salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ." (Got Questions Ministries)
It is clear and true, that faith in Christ brings salvation - confession and belief so says Romans 10.
Most Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Protestants accept this truth with variations on Cooperative Grace. Even most Protestants, while incapable of articulating it well, believe in some form of Cooperative Grace.
Cooperative Grace has long been a debate in Christianity. Let us not forget that Luther wanted the Book of James removed from the Bible so as to eliminate an expectation of works.
Coptic, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Protestant all profess confession and belief, therefore, it is acceptable to attribute brother and sister to all.
Here's the point: We did lose 21 brothers of the faith, and we would do well to act as one holy catholic church long before such tragic events. Our denominational lines are dangerous, let us hold to the Truth and not our brands.