Monday, February 12, 2007

Reformed AND Evangelical

It seems that the word "evangelical" has fallen on hard times. In the media-games it is instantly tied to Ted Haggert, "Religious Right," and other scary inneuendos. Yet the Greek word "euanngelion" -- Good News, is a word often used in Scripture. Even more often is the verb form of that word "to proclaim." This was the activity that Jesus and the apostles were passionately engaged in during their ministries.

So don't throw the baby out with the bath water! Despite "spin-zone" associations, this is a good, Biblical term to describe the orthodox and apostolic church . To be orthodox is to be evangelical. Part of growing in Christ-likeness is to grow in certainty of, and speaking about the "faith once for all delivered to the saints." Let's aspire to be a church Reformed in our theology and Evangelical in our outlook. We are a people-centered church. That means souls are more valuable than theological axes. But souls are saved by believing doctrinal truths. You can't have love without truth. Or truth without love. They go together "like a horse and carriage" or "love and marriage." This is the vision of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Keep up the good work, brothers.