Mouneer H. Anis has written a nice article on bridging (rather than widening) the gap between evangelicals and the traditional churches, and Michael Bird was kind enough to link to it. Bishop Anis says,
This “widening of the gap” happened as a result of rejecting many ideas and practices, simply because they belonged to the traditional churches. The main focus of our reformed churches was directed towards the study of the Scriptures, mission and evangelism. As a result many generations emerged that are grounded and rooted in the apostolic teaching as written in the Scripture, but that are disassociated from the apostolic traditions which form the context in which the Scriptures were written and lived out.
Today, many Protestant Christians have forgotten that the traditional churches, especially in North Africa, shaped the Christian mind during the first millennium and guarded the faith by shedding their blood. Indeed, as Tertullian said, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” For centuries, faithful traditional churches were able to pass on the apostolic faith and tradition to us. These churches continue to thrive today.