I am not an "evangelical" by the current definition, and I have never been one.
I mean: if the spirit that I have been denouncing for decades, and now through this site, defines the meaning of the term "evangelical", then I am not really an evangelical.
Nevertheless, even not being an “evangelical”, I cannot deny that I am an Evangelical, and that I strongly rise against the “evangelical” practices once I am an Evangelical in my soul, and I can’t deny it.
He who lives by the truth of the Gospel is an Evangelical. But He who is an “evangelical” is not an Evangelical and probably does not live by the truth of the Gospel.
There is an incompatibility between the spirit that defines the meaning of being an “evangelical” and the spirit of the Gospel.
He who seeks the renewing of the mind by the truth of the Gospel is an Evangelical. But he who seeks the conformation to the pattern of the “church” is not an Evangelical since the Gospel determines that the experience of the good news be renewed and applied during the days of the existence for the person to be deemed an Evangelical.
Thus, I am an Evangelical because I live by the truth of the Gospel, and I am not an “evangelical” for the same reason.
May God genuinely bless the Evangelicals and save the “evangelicals” from this prison disguised of Christian Nativity Scene.
Original Title: "Deus abençoe os Evangélicos e salve os 'evangélicos'".
Tradução: Wanda de Melo
Correction: F. R. Castelo Branco (JUN/08)