Ally vs. Co-Belligerent
I have two words which I would recommend to anybody…and they are “ally” and “co-belligerent.” An ally is a person who is a born-again Christian with whom I can go a long way down the road…now I don’t say to the very end, because I am a Presbyterian and I might not be able to form a church with a Baptist…but we can go a long way down the road–and that’s an ally. A co-belligerent is a person who may not have any sufficient basis for taking the right position but takes the right on a single issue. And I can join with him without any danger as long as I realize that he is not an ally and all we’re talking about is a single issue.
Dr. Francis Schaeffer