Yes it is a good article.
Btw. I’ve been working through Pastor Dilday’s 23 sermons on Church Unity. He makes interesting points, Sermon #18 has a particular church description I find useful. The second half of the sermon gives good perspective on the Scottish church.
His previous sermons, clarified the terms, Invisible, Visible and Particular when used to describe The Church. And he often refers to old the Westminster Standards. He repeatedly emphasizes the idea that Unity must form around both Truth (in Biblical doctrine), and Love. And he deals with the idea of Essential and Secondary issues often.
He also frames addresses question of the denominational model, vs. what he sees as a Biblical regional model of particular churches.
It’s a little tedious to work through his sermons as he is often repetitive, and quite detail I usually do it while driving or on long walks….rather than listening to Podcasts or Talk Radio!
Our own church MVPC is part of the EPC denomination, they have an extensive Essential Tenets Statement, which is pretty good, and if you read it you see it begins with the Bible and closes with the Westminster.
Later it says:
Unfortunately, it also makes the statement:
In Essentials … Unity
In Non-Essentials … Liberty
In All Things … Charity
Of which the first and third are true, but the 2nd leaves the door open to expanding or redefining Non-Essentials, although I would contend that even the explicit connection tying detail essentials to the Westminster Confession is not well understood, or not adequately taught, enhancing this confusion.
Anyway, back to Pastor Dilday’s discussion.
If a Particular Church is going to be united, two questions must be asked and answered. What is our Particular Church? What are its attainments?
This link should work….
Dr. Steven Dilday holds a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Campbell University, a Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), and both a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Puritan History and Literature from Whitefield Theological Seminary. He is also the translator of Matthew Poole’s Synopsis of Biblical Interpreters and Bernardinus De Moor’s Didactico-Elenctic Theology.
Btw he is another good discussion of division in the church.
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