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Although the ETS Amendment proposal was shot down by an embarrassing 130 to 47 vote (which means only 177 people of the 4000+ even showed up to vote), Denny Burk still claims it was a success. It appears that he thinks it is a success basically because although his particular amendment was rejected, he believes the issue will be taken more seriously by the Society now. Read his thoughts here.
Late news to most bloggers, but in case you missed it, the ETS Amendment proposal I blogged about before ETS meetings was “unanimously” rejected. I’m glad for several reasons. But the main one is this: I believe the term “evangelical” should be applied to all those who believe in the true evangel (i.e. the gospel). And I don’t believe that all the doctrinal convictions distinctive of the evangelical movement are essential to that gospel. Thus, I would love to see a broader evangelicalism that would allow for all true gospel-lovers to be considered of like mind and spirit with the evangelical movement (even if they don’t share all the other non-gospel convictions that have been identified with the evangelical movement). It’s good to be historically aware of the distinctives of a movement, but it’s OK to get beyond them too, and not allow ourselves to be defined by the past.
——————————-HT: Christianity Today——————————–