Association of Evangelical Mennonites
The Association of Evangelical Mennonites (AEM) was founded at Wilmot, Ohio, in 1983 by a group of pastors and lay leaders concerned about "the damaging liberal drift in theology and the consequent erosion of faith and of our Anabaptist biblical orthodoxy in the Mennonite Church, Conferences and Institutions. " AEM is not a conference, but a tax-exempt religious organization dedicated to promote faithfulness to the "inerrant and divinely inspired Scriptures as originally held by our Anabaptist forefathers."
An eight-point statement of doctrine or polity was adopted which (1) affirms the separation of church and state, and allows qualified civil disobedience; (2) rejects abortion, and affirms the right of the state to exercise capital punishment; (3) affirms the use of grammatically masculine pronouns to refer to God, and the traditional roles of male and female in leadership and the family; (4) affirms the priority of soul and spirit without neglecting the secondary needs of the body; (5) advocates congregational autonomy and (6) the priesthood of believers as a key to witness; (7) affirms the chastity of single men and women and heterosexual marriage; and (8) advocates a witness against apostasy and the misuse of the Scriptures. Its headquarters in 1987 were in Sugarcreek, Ohio. The organization was no longer listed in the 1993 Mennonite Yearbook.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 42. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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