What’s the Minimum Doctrinal Requirement (MDR) for Christians to live together and serve side by side?

Many churches, ministries and Christian schools have statements of faith to which members, staff and students must agree. I understand the need for a common core of beliefs, but what belongs in that core?

The most recent addition to many evangelical statements of faith has to do with the inerrancy of Scripture, added as a result of the Modernist-Fundamentalist debate of a century ago. The Bible isn’t just inspired, it’s infallible in the original documents.

Even musicians must now pass muster on this nascent issue, as this recent story shows:

Dove-Award Winning Gungor Rattles Christian World With Revelation That They Don’t Believe the Bible Literally 

The Christian music world has been abuzz in recent days about the unorthodox theology of celebrated Dove-award winning musical artists Michael and Lisa Gungor, known for popular worship songs like “Dry Bones” and “Beautiful Things.”

The Gungors, however, have never really concealed their evolving theological position. In a blog post titled “What Do We Believe” in February, the couple asserted that they simply no longer literally believed in stories from the Bible on such topics as creation and the flood.


Can the Gungors worship acceptably—and lead others in worship—without sharing a particular view of Scripture—one not specified in the creeds or earlier confessional statements?

Can Christians allow for diversity on some issues and stay in fellowship?

We can if we reduce our MDR to something as simple as 1 Corinthians 15:1-6 and John 13:35.


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