I’ve already mentioned this week that it’s biblically impossible to be “biblical,” but there’s something else that’s impossible for evangelical Christians: unity as intellectual uniformity. Authors/speakers/bloggers often lament that the church could truly be unified if only we could all agree on “X.”…
Since evangelicalism took shape largely around a common vision of sharing the Gospel, there’s a glimmer of hope that perhaps we can find unity again. However, it will never come about by signing a piece of paper or all subscribing to the same blog.
There will be evangelicals who disagree on the existence of hell.
There will be evangelicals with vastly different views of God’s power and sovereignty.
There will be evangelicals with dramatically different views of the atonement.
There will be Democratic, anarchist, apolitical, and Republican evangelicals.
There will be evangelicals with very different views on homosexuality.
There will be evangelicals who permit women to teach and those who don’t.
There will be vastly different evangelical approaches to church leadership.
It’s all a mess, and we’ll never line up every doctrine just right. If we’re waiting for someone to “come around” to our perspective, we may be doomed to frustration and disappointment.