There Are No Nonessentials

Friday, 30 Jun 2017

Rupertus Meldenius famously said, “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” The great strength of evangelicalism has been to unite Christians from diverse theological traditions around the central articles of the creed. But it’s often the case that strength comes with corresponding weakness. There have been recent debates on whether or not certain biblical concepts such as baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and church government are “gospel issues.” It’s true that not everything in the Bible is of equal weight. But I am worried that we have drawn too stark a line between “essentials” ...

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