Ethics must adorn our doctrine

Published December 21, 2023

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Separating doctrine from ethics is the pathway to theological liberalism

Christianity in the West is facing a theological crisis.

This crisis represents nothing less than the integrity of the gospel in western Christendom. The crisis is this—the severing of Christian doctrine from Christian ethics.

In recent months, we have seen this error surface within both Protestant evangelicalism and Roman Catholicism.

This fall, popular Atlanta megachurch pastor Andy Stanley hosted a conference, and sermons in defense of the conference, that amounted to the plausibility of “gay Christianity.”

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EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society and sound government. A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Dr. Walker’s academic research interests and areas of expertise include natural law, human dignity, family stability, social conservatism, and church-state studies. The author or editor of more than ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel and their contributions to human flourishing and the common good. His most recent book, out in May 2021 from Brazos Press, is titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age.

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