A few years ago, a concern was raised by a member of a local Mennonite congregation about the use of citations from the Shepherd of Hermas. At the time, the concern was alleviated when it was mentioned that the Mennonite council endorsed its use as a secondary text.
Recently, the concern was raised again. This time the member would like a citation or reference in order to substantiate either the endorsement, repudiation, or neutrality toward this text by Mennonite Bretheren.
Does anyone have a cite or reference that discusses whether and to what extent the following extra-biblical sources are considered appropriate for teaching and instruction for Mennonite congregations?
- Epistle of Barnabas,
- The Shepherd of Hermas
- The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians,
Any citation or reference either supporting or repudiating these texts from a Mennonite denomination or organization is requested.