Moderation: not a good word for an evangelical to be associated with, given its unfortunate history in the church. However, 21 years ago John Nicholls* took up this word in an article published at the inception of the EPCEW entitled “Holy Moderation”. Its about how to handle difference while seeking unity. Unfortunately you can’t find it on our EPCEW website (note to self – I must get on to our pubs cttee about this!) but you can find it as a pdf at First Pres, Jackson (PCA) on this page, or directly from this link. It is well worth a read. Here is a quote from a letter from Calvin to Farel found therein:
I entreat you, my dear brother [Farel], in so great iniquity of the time in which we live, that you will do your utmost endeavor to keep together all who are in any way bearable.
“In any way bearable”! What an excellent word…
*John Nicholls is now Director of the London City Mission and is doing excellent work in promoting church planting by presbyterians and others.