I have been pondering a question lately. I know an Evangelical whom I am great friends with. Socially, our beliefs are almost identical except when it comes to the ‘prosperity gospel’ and other such beliefs I think should be condemned.
Here is what I like about Evangelical Protestantism:
- They agree with us on social issues such as abortion, homosexuality etc.
- They are often willing to form allegiances with us due to our similar social views.
- They hold onto the basic tenets of the faith and unlike mainline Protestants seem to be firm in stating their beliefs.
- They often do great work for the poor.
Things that I disagree with:
- They take the beliefs of the ‘reformers’ too far.
- They can be very anti-Catholic and often try to evangelise us.
- Despite their work for the poor, many believe in the awful ‘prosperity gospel’.
So, in general, is Evangelical Protestantism overall a force for good? I think it is, because in this secular world they are willing to stand with us against social evils and despite their very flawed theology and ‘surface level interpretation’ of scripture, they do bring many to Christ.
So, any opinions? Do you think that Evengelical Protestantism is a force for good?