Wayne Grudem has written a short article on when it is appropriate to draw new doctrinal boundaries. He writes:
“Christian groups usually have doctrinal statements that define the ‘boundaries’ of their organizations. How can they know whether to add new topics to their doctrinal statements from time to time?”
Grudem goes on to ask and answer four questions:
1. Why draw boundaries at all?
2. Why draw new boundaries?
3. When should we draw new boundaries?
4. How do we discern when new boundaries are needed?
Grudem concludes with this:
“We look back with admiration and thanksgiving on those from previous generations who defended many important doctrines of our faith, but with disappointment and shame on those who failed to take a clear stand. Now God has entrusted us with a stewardship in this generation. Now the choice of whether to do something or nothing about false doctrine is up to us.”
There is some needed food for thought in this essay—especially in light of the effort to amend the doctrinal basis of the ETS.