The Evangelical Free Church of America recently defended the denomination’s decision to remove the word “premillennial” from their statement of faith, arguing that it was not an “essential” teaching.
In June, delegates at the EFCA Conference voted overwhelmingly to amend their Statement of Faith to remove the word “premillennial.”
Premillennialism is the belief that the Second Coming will bring forth a millennium-long reign by Jesus Christ on earth, as described in the Book of Revelation.
In an interview with National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson on Sunday, EFCA President Kevin Kompelien explained an important part of the process of changing the Statement of Faith was to “clarify what’s not changing.”
“In this most recent discussion about premillennialism, as people shared their concerns,” explained Kompelien, “it was helpful for us to go back to the Article in our Statement of Faith on the Scriptures, which is rock solid and wasn’t changing at all.”
Kompelien said church leadership took the process seriously and actively engaged members and churches about the decision, with 22 different question-and-answer events across the United States.
Executive Director of Theology & Credentialing of EFCA Greg Strand told Anderson that the change does not alter the denomination’s distinctive of being “unified around the central truths of the gospel.”
“In history there have been various views and understandings that are considered evangelical and orthodox. So for some, it may have changed our distinctive,” said Strand.
“The sense was that there is an undergirding distinctive in the Free Church, and in some ways it’s that we’re not so distinctive. We focus on the essentials of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that is reflective of who we are.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski