I have to agree with Dr. Francis Beckwith – the posting of such a list of approved denominations suggests a culture of consumerism in modern Protestantism.
Dr. Olsen has given us a list of his approved denominations, as if a clothing rack we may choose from depending on how hot or cold the weather is.
Dr. Beckwith responds,
The Catholic (or Orthodox) is, or ought to be, more concerned with the Church approving him rather than him approving it. At the end of the day, the whole idea of “church shopping” sounds like a brief for ecclesiastical promiscuity, which, in my experience, always leads to unsafe sects, no matter the advertised effectiveness of one’s theological prophylactic.
But you know… when you look at the number of denominations Olsen lists… so very many, you come to realize that so many are nothing more than a hair’s space a part, but because of one personality or another, they split into two… and two begot three, and three four and so on.
Is this what Zwingli, Luther, and Calvin foresaw?