Fact Finding Committee on Koinonia

Once again, their work was completed nearly forty years ago, but if we will listen, we will find that much of the preliminary discussion has already been held.  The FFC report to the president notes as divergent teachings at the seminary:

The confessions contain “Theological constructions” which need not be taken as a part of doctrine.

No distinction is made between theology and doctrine.

This can be seen in the BRTFSSG proposal to add a statement to Art II of the constitution regarding our confession, which would then serve as a minimalist statement of faith, as opposed to the larger body of doctrine, as found in Scripture and the Confessions.  According to this view, faith unites, doctrine divides.  So, we can be united in faith with all Christians, (faith being defined only as acceptance of a reduced Gospel) while disagreeing on certain doctrinal points (the presence of Christ in the sacrament, etc.)  This was the essential position of Zwingli, who saw no impediment to unity, simply because of a disagreement over one half of one doctrinal article.  Luther rejected his position, because it is hogwash.

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