This article argues that it is possible to declare a status confessionis on account of ethical issues.
Discussions of the last 50 years confirm this. The article clarifies under what circumstances a status
confessionis may be declared. It is always necessary to indicate clearly that the confession of the
church is affected by the ethical situation in question. It is not sufficient to give a general reference
to the gospel or to the teaching of Christ as the reason for declaring a status confessionis.
This article is a reworked
English version of
the original German
paper presented at a
meeting of the Joint
Team of the Reformed
Churches of Germany
and South Africa, held at
Germany, 26–30 May