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If evangelicalism were more evangelical, it would be more about the gospel (the evangel), and less about what divides those who sincerely believe in this one gospel, though they differ on many other issues.
(read, gospel = incarnation, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ)
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——————————–