The current issue of Tabletalk is on “Drawing the Line: Why Doctrine Matters.”
These two articles are particularly worth reading:
- DeYoung, Kevin. “Where and How Do We Draw the Line?” Tabletalk 36:7 (July 2012): 13–14. (Also on Kevin’s blog.)
- Trueman, Carl R. “Why Do We Draw the Line?” Tabletalk 36:7 (July 2012): 21–22.
DeYoung suggests and explains “seven steps we ought to pursue in establishing doctrinal boundaries”:
- Establish what are the essentials of the faith.
- Listen to the communion of the saints.
- Distinguish between landing theology and launching theology.
- Distinguish between the explicit teaching of Scripture and the application of scriptural principles.
- Distinguish between church existence and church health.
- Avoid foolish controversies.
- Allow for areas of disagreement, especially in dealing with “conversion baggage.”
My favorite line: “Some doctrinal disputes are worth dying for, others are just dumb.”
Trueman challenges the popular concept of evangelicals emphasizing the center-image but not boundaries.
Related: Doctrinal Boundaries