Indigenizing Principle: "Church history has always been a battleground for two opposing tendencies; and the reason is that each of the tendencies has its origin in the gospel itself. On the one hand, it is of the essence of the gospel that God accepts us as we are, on the ground of Christ's work alone, not on the ground of what we have become or are trying to become. But, if he accepts us ‘as we are ’that implies he does not take us as isolated, self-governing units, because we are not. We are conditioned by a particular time and place, by our family and group and society, by “culture” in fact. In Christ, God accepts us together with our group relations; with that cultural conditioning that makes us feel at home in one part of human society and less at home in another."