The National Association of Evangelicals was formed in 1942, and built into the mandate of such an Association was a distinct way of understanding what it meant to be an evangelical and Christian.
Such an organizational vision (and those who defended it) formed what can be called the Evangelical Sanhedrin. Those who dared to differ with such a vision were not granted a seat with the elders of the tribe. Needless to say, the meaning of ‘evangelical’ has varied since 1942 (as it did before 1942), but there are tendencies that are still held with utmost tenacity. The Sanhedrin, like threatened yaks, will circle round one another if their agenda is questioned. But, does the evangelical Sanhedrin adequately, faithfully or comprehensively reflect the fullness of the Great Christian Tradition?