The Christian faith is not “kept alive” or “advanced” by mere repetition of normative doctrines or use of standard expressions—important as these may have been in the past and significant as they may continue to be in certain localities and situations and/or among certain people today. There is in the proclamation of the Christian gospel the need to be (1) constantly in continuity with the biblical revelation, both OT and NT, (2) continually in conversation with all the various presentations of that biblical revelation of both the past and the present—especially where a “sense of center” is retained, and (3) always endeavoring to contextualize that biblical revelation and its Christian message today in different localities, within differing cultural situations, and among people of diverse ideological perspectives.

Richard N. Longenecker, The Epistle to the Romans: A Commentary on the Greek Text, ed. I. Howard Marshall and Donald A. Hagner, New International Greek Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2016), 188.

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