This blog post — Shifting Evangelicalism — and the comments following it put into words a trend I have been sensing in the world of Evangelicalism for the past couple decades. The rise of hard-line-ism and attempts to find reasons to exclude various sub-sets of believers from the church is troubling if not un-Scriptural.
Call me old-fashioned but I can’t let go the vision I caught in my younger years of what the author calls “Big-Tent Evangelicalism”, where we agree on the authority of Scripture and allow for differences in understanding. The ‘new Evangelicalism’ seems to want to force all believers into the same mold and call it ‘unity’. Forget about ‘liberty’ and ‘charity’.
If Jesus is true then we need to find ways to bring people INTO the kingdom, not ways to keep them out. And we shouldn’t be wasting time trying to figure out (as if we had the right to) who’s going to make it into heaven and who isn’t.
Thanks to author Scot McKnight for his insights and to Mark for posting the article to FB.