To be healthy spiritually and to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, both are needed.
We need boundary markers that tell us which areas that is good pasture and we need that good pasture to feed us.
Where we break up the big herd (so to speak), is that while some of us see one great big pasture with fences off in the distance, others fence in part of the pasture for themselves and believe it the only good forage.
Now, I believe the early church set up the fences in the early creeds and confessions of the church.
These defined the Trinitarian and Christological orthodoxy of the church without defining a host of other issues, many of which separate the church today.
They gave us and broad and generous orthodoxy, one with real boundaries, but also with an expansive pasture.
Because of this, I can roam about in the pastures of the Orthodox, the Lutheran, the Reformed, the Roman Catholic, and the evangelicals feeding on what is good and leaving behind that which isn’t suited to my taste.
Some folks are not comfortable with such a large pasture and low fences.
They want high fences (which often turn into walls) and they only want to feed inside that small area with a like minded herd.
It’s still good pasture.
Some of us thrive on a varied diet, so of us don’t.
We still belong to the same herd under the same Shepherd.
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