The Bible Dogmatic Rank and a Statement of Faith - Election

How do we determine what is a major doctrine?
By Ernest Manges

One of the most well-known sayings of our Free Church movement is this, “We major on the majors, and minor on the minors.” This phrase is often repeated but raises the question: how do we determine between major and minor doctrines? I propose we ask six diagnostic questions.1 But before that, let it be clearly said: we do not subject any part of Scripture to these six questions. All of Scripture is God’s inerrant and authoritative Word. No, the matters we subject to these six questions are theological formulations that arise out of, but are not part of, Scripture. An obvious example is our EFCA Statement of Faith. We trust it is solidly biblical, but we acknowledge it is not the Bible.