Think about the facts:
1. In 2006, we appointed a PCA Study Committee on the Federal Vision theology. Their findings were overwhelmingly adopted by the GA [at the 2007 General assembly]. One thing that strict and “good faith,” conservative and progressive PCA folks seemed to agree on was that the Federal Vision represented a serious threat to the essence of the Gospel.
2. Peter Leithart has been a strong public advocate of Federal Vision theology for many years. His views are well known and a matter of public record in books, articles, conference addresses, etc. The list of nine resolutions on the Federal Vision adopted by the PCA GA in 2007 reads like a point-for-point condemnation of Leithart’s theology.
3. Many of Leithart’s colleagues in the Federal Vision movement withdrew from the PCA after the 2007 GA, men whose views are identical to Leithart’s. Leithart, rather than withdraw when his theology was point-for-point condemned in an overwhelming vote at GA, decided to stay and fight a battle of equivocation.
4. Leithart’s tactic in defending himself in trials has been to deny that the language he uses means what everyone for hundreds of years has agreed that it means. When he was called out for teaching baptismal regeneration and basically every single point condemned in 2007, he responded by saying that every significant theological term he uses (justification, union with Christ, regeneration, covenant, etc.) means something different when he uses it than when anyone else has ever used it in history.
5. Even the Pacific Northwest Presbytery cautioned Leithart that his use of language was confusing and unwise. Yet the books have been written and published, many people have been led astray into a sacramental/Roman Catholic-style “Gospel” and even more people are still more confused than ever following the trials.
6. The SJC overwhelmingly supported Pacific Northwest Presbytery’s decision to clear Leithart and leave his PCA teaching elder credentials intact, despite a long record of writing and teaching things which have, at best, caused massive confusion and which, in fact, have been specifically condemned by the PCA.
Collect of the Day
O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Over at the Aquila Report an article has appeared about the recent abscondence of the Presbyterian Church in America on its responsibility to discipline heretics in its ranks. The Federal Vision error is something worse than Arminianism because it teaches what can only be called a blatant confusion of faith and works and the idea that membership in the visible church is what saves. All this is due to the influence of another wolf in sheep's clothing named Tom Wright. The man is openly promoting pelagianism under the guise of the New Perspectives on Paul.
R. Scott Clark and the rest of the "orthodox" Presbyterians are strangely silent. We wouldn't want to make too many waves, would we? Let's keep this thing quiet so we don't let truth divide the church. Well, actually, it is heresy that is supposed to divide. But in this case, the remnant of true believers and conservatives have been marginalized and run over roughshod.
Jason A. Van Bemmel comments:
Posted by Charlie J. Ray at 10:47 PM