…and he has hit the nail on the head yet again today. Go read this post, and then come back over here for a chat. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
The quote I want to comment on is here:
He added, however, it should not be a question of trying to set limits to the pastor’s beliefs. “It is very difficult to precisely state the boundaries,” said Heetderks, who is due to end his term of office as synod chairperson at its meeting on 19 April.
I would respectfully suggest to Mr. Heetderks that the boundaries were stated in the fourth century, to whit:
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
As far as I am concerned, if you can’t say the creed without crossing your fingers, you have no business being in Christian ministry. Period.