"That They May Be One: Conservatism, Cooperation, and the Center of Christian Unity"
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The gospel is the boundary of Christian fellowship and cooperation, but the degree to which we cooperate with others who believe the gospel will be necessarily affected by the degree to which there is agreement in important secondary matters because those secondary matters affect the gospel and our worship of God. This is the idea of fundamentalism, an idea that may be waning in popularity, but one that I believe must continue to be defended and articulated.
What I have attempted to demonstrate today is that what we believe about culture, beauty, and worship is one of the most important secondary matters since it affects how we communicate the gospel, how we express biblical truth, and most significantly, how we approach God in worship.
Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is director of doctoral worship studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.