Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Creed Code Cult

The following quotation is from the opening statement of the prosecution in the Peter Leithart trial in the Pacific Northwest Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America. I have to heartily agree with the prosecution that truth matters more than relevance, ecumenicalism, or unity:

Yet another red herring that we may hear presented (one that this presbytery has heard before) concerns the danger in which we may place our denomination if we proceed to remove a man like Peter Leithart from our ministry. “Conservative Presbyterians already represent but a minute sliver of all professing believers,” it is said. “Do we really want to erase the tiny circle we have drawn around ourselves only to draw an even smaller one?” This is a compelling argument to make, for who wants to deliberately become more and more obscure, and less and less relevant? Who wants to forfeit the vibrancy and outward-focused evangelistic zeal we so admirably display in the PCA? Certainly not the prosecution (nor anyone else in this room I would imagine). But beware of being distracted by this, another non-issue, and please pay careful attention to what such a line of reasoning is really suggesting. The whole “fear of obscurity” defense would have us believe that putting a man like Dr. Leithart on trial like this accomplishes nothing but contributing to our own eventual demise. But such a position obviously begs the question, for if Leithart’s theology undermines the very gospel of Jesus Christ as understood through the lens of our Reformed system of doctrine, then how can duly and properly addressing this issue in the courts of our church possibly contribute to our eventual demise as a denomination? Wouldn’t it be the case instead that a failure to act on such a matter is what would lead to our demise? In other words, the spine-tingling predictions of the many FV doomsday prophets are only relevant if they are allowed to assume what they should be trying to prove, namely, that their theology is traditional and benign, and that it poses no threat to anyone (despite the official reports of the PCA, the OPC, the URC, the RCUS, and the RPCNA). But until this fringe movement (and that is exactly what it is) is able to convince the rest of the Reformed world, virtually all of which rejects their views, that their views aren’t really what they seem to be, then the appeal to obscurity or the threat of irrelevance is itself completely irrelevant. Lots of things we believe serve to marginalize us in the public square (the resurrection of Christ from the dead is one doctrine that comes to mind), but should our desire to be a broad and big-tent denomination mean that we should just sacrifice truth for unity? There are advantages to the broad way, to be sure, but when it comes to churches and denominations, it is not the concern to preserve the doctrines of grace, but the broad way, that leads to destruction.

It seems to me that keeping the trial secret from the public reveals that the Northwest Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America had already decided that Leithart was to be found not guilty and that the NWP wanted to convince the world that the Federal Vision error is really not an error at all. The whole world seems to have gone over to the heretics. But the disciples of Christ are more than willing to upset the whole world for the cause of Christ. (Acts 17:6).

To read more of the excerpts from the Leithart trial click here:

Creed Code Cult

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