Evangelicals – or evangelicalism – is a term that encompasses a broad number of people. While these people and groups disagree over secondary doctrinal matters (church government, mode of baptism, role of the gifts of the Spirit, role of women in ministry, divorce and remarriage, whether or not God “speaks” today, soteriology, eschatology, etc.), there are some basic, orthodox beliefs that evangelicals agree upon. That broad agreement looks something like this:
· The deity of Jesus Christ.
· The exclusivity and necessity of salvation in Christ.
· The authority of the Scriptures (different terms are used by different groups to describe this).
· The call from God to the Great Commandment, the Great Commission, and the Cultural Mandate.
· The return of Christ.
· The eternal nature of humanity.
· The distinction of male and female.
· The marriage union consisting of one man and one woman.
· The gift of sex as something to be enjoyed within the boundaries of Christian marriage.