Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Hopeless and helpless
The Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith seems to get worse every time I look at it. Perhaps it's just that I'm becoming slowly more confessional, I don't know. But it's wholly inadequate and not remotely up to the task when it comes to protecting against heresy and aberrant opinion, and it does not celebrate great and glorious gospel truths. Let me give you a run-down of the worst of the heresies and heterodoxies I managed to sneak past it with only an hour's effort.You could be a Monophysite with a little trouble, a Nestorian with great ease, an outright semi-Pelagian, an easy-believist, seven shades of legalist or even a Perfectionist. You could deny the deity of each Person of the Holy Trinity, the historic Protestant definition of the canon of Scripture, the historicity of Adam and Eve, the doctrine of original sin or what Luther beautifully termed "the Great Exchange" (or double imputation). And that's excluding the ones which would only be aberrant at worst, or else which may not be mentioned because "the EA isn't a church", an excuse which has done far more damage than you'd think over the years. You could do all that (there are even legalistic easy-believists, dontcherknow) and still be called 'Evangelical'.For the record, the statement of faith for Affinity, the conservative evangelical equivalent, is only moderately better. Evangelicalism still has its "seven thousand" who remain true to historic Protestant orthodoxy on these matters, but one does just wish that in one's own local congregation it wasn't so hard to get people to see the importance of confessing these things as true.