Multiculturalism and theological anthropology – a mystery in Ephesians 3

Multiculturalism and theological anthropology: Should human beings advocate multiculturalism in local churches, based on the musterion of Ephesians 3?
The objective is the examination of theological anthropology and multiculturalism for local churches in the light of the musterion of Ephesians 3. McGavran and Winter reacted to a nationalistic understanding of ethne. Ethne, when translated as “nations,” sounds like a political or geographic grouping. That is its most common English usage. They proposed reaching “people groups” in missiology and “homogenous” groups in church planting. In the post-modern world the “global village” increasingly joins the local church. As multiculturalism increases some homogenous cultures may be tempted to withdraw. The knowledge gap was to find further Scriptural direction for local churches undergoing cultural transitions and demographic changes.
The research method was a qualitative analysis of Biblical texts, as applied specifically in a global multicultural urban setting.
The significance should assist anthropologically with the cultural transitions of churches from homogeneous, local churches into culturally heterogeneous, local churches. Further questioning the Homogeneous Unit Principle (HUP) in the light of Scripture, especially Ephesians.
The results demonstrate the musterion in Ephesians 3, indicating the Holy Spirit’s preconception of multicultural local churches in the midst of nationalist anthropologic tendencies. Musterion was part of the witness of the church in this world and cosmically.
With a Biblical understanding of the mystery pointing to multiculturalism from Ephesians 3, this understanding could be used to address prejudice and social anxiety. Further research is recommended into addressing the fears of globalisation in local churches.
The contextual frame of reference addresses affected local churches in a post-modern world as many local churches around the globe experience globalisation. These findings affect possible blind-spots in theological studies in the New Testament, cross-cultural care in Practical Theology, Missiological findings for church growth and church planting, along with sociological and anthropological findings in multiculturalism.

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