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Why Christians shouldn't abandon the term 'evangelical'

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If you were to ask members of my church how they identify, you’d probably not hear the word “evangelical.” They’d probably tell you “I’m a Bible-believing Christian,” or “I’m a born-again follower of Jesus,” or “I attend a Southern Baptist church.”

Evangelical is a term that rank-and-file evangelicals don’t walk around calling themselves. It’s a term used more by religion reporters, historians and as an identifier for cross-denominational institutions that adhere to a core set of beliefs.

Increasingly, however, there's a deliberate attempt to distance from the term, given how loaded it has become in recent years, a kind of catch-all term for a political affiliation that, in some circles, is seen as inconvenient or even toxic.

And yet, there are good reasons to hold on to the term evangelical.

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First, historically, the term “evangelical” is used to describe folks who are heirs of the Protestant Reformation.........


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