Posted by: chuckbumgardner | January 9, 2008

ETS Doctrinal Statement

In an interesting development, the Evangelical Theological Society will be voting on whether a proposed 11-point doctrinal statement will replace their current 2-point “doctrinal basis” (“The Bible alone, and the Bible in its entirety, is the Word of God written and is therefore inerrant in the autographs. God is a Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each an uncreated person, one in essence, equal in power and glory.”)  Here is the statement:
  1. God is a Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each an uncreated person, one in essence, equal in power and glory.
  2. God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
  3. The Bible alone, and the Bible in its entirety, is the Word of God written and is therefore inerrant in the autographs. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behavior.
  4. Since the fall, the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
  5. The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son, is fully God; he was born of a virigin; his humanity is real and sinless; he died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth.
  6. Sinful human beings are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of their representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between them and God.
  7. Those who believe in Christ are pardoned all their sins and accepted in God’s sight only because of the righteousness of Christ credited them; this justification is God’s act of undeserved mercy, received solely by trust in him and not by their own efforts.
  8. The Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in Jesus Christ.
  9. The Holy Spirit lives in all those he has regenerated. He makes them increasingly Christ-like in character and behavior and gives them power for their witness in the world.
  10. The one holy universal church is the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong.
  11. The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person, to judge everyone, to execute God’s just condemnation on those who have not repented and to receive the redeemed to eternal glory.
Presently, the executive committee is not in approval of this move at this time, preferring to address with the society the question of whether it ought to move from a “doctrinal basis” to a “confession of faith.”  This episode ought to be an interesting window into the theological non-definition of evangelicalism.
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  1. I was a member of ETS until the Francis Beckwith situation. Also, the refusal of ETS to expel Boyd et al, was also reason that I decided to withdraw. Too much confusion within ETS and now this compounds it further and confirms my decision to withdraw!


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