Adrian Warnock announced in the middle of the night that a website that is definitely not for me is now open: FREE The Gospel Coalition Network from The City NOW OPEN.
So here is The Gospel Coalition. Theologically this is a network which is focused as you might expect around the issues that Adrian finds important:
- male headship
- inerrancy in scripture
- penal substitution as the only model of atonement
- American city culture
So I won’t be joining.
But if you want to join a bunch of American men trying to build a Church Network free of women then feel free.
You can see their key foundational documents without joining.
- The Gospel Coalition | About lists their council which consists of 49 men. One is from Canada, one from the Cayman Islands and the rest (that is 47) from the United States of America. Clearly this is not a global movement in any way, it ignores all but North America and ignores all women (oh and don’t expect a welcome if you are either GLBT or a supporter).
- Foundation Documents: Theological Vision for Ministry makes it clear that essentially they stand against postmodernism.
- In their Foundation Documents Confessional Statement we notice the (expected) very detailed views on scripture and (expected) minimal views on Baptism. This is typical of their approach. Key members don’t agree on baptism so they ignore those differences and present a very weak theological statement on baptism. However, as very conservative evangelicals that variation is swept under the carpet where in other areas such as the view of Scripture and Atonement where they agree no other view but their own is allowed.
As always there are huge areas of Christ’s ministry that are completely ignored in their statements. Just three straight off the top are non-violence, justice (it is only seen in individual relationships) and being Pharisaic about religion.
In terms of our Christian discipleship in the world today there are also the usual big gaps such as climate change (nothing at all), war (nothing at all), reconciliation between nations (nothing at all), trade justice (nothing at all), and global crises in health, education & poverty (nothing at all).
There are also the areas of silence where reading through the lines their views are clear but unstated. The two really obvious ones are male headship (obvious when you look at the make up of their council) and sexuality (they are not going to stand for any GLBT rights).
Summary, just more attempts by this group of extreme Christian leaders to redefine Evangelical Christianity in their own narrow way. Best keep away.