While driving from Portales to Amarillo this past week for meetings, and with a little over two hours to kill, I had forgotten that I had put a John Robbins lecture on my Sansa Clip (the anti-iPod) dealing with the justification controversy. This particular lecture, and one I hadn’t heard before, zeroes in on the aberrant and deadly theologies of Richard Gaffin and Norman Shepherd. The Federal Vision Connection.
That being said, I agree with what Gerety has said in regards to the Federal Vision controversy in the article linked above. The fact of the matter is that the Presbyterian Church in America and most of the Reformed seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary (various campuses), Westminster Seminaries (PA and CA), Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and other so-called conservative Reformed denominations and seminaries/colleges, have bascially sold out the fundamentals for a neo-orthodoxy that has no propositional revelation left.
This morning I heard Dr. Don Sweeting, a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida give a sermon surveying the Bible in 45 minutes. Dr. Sweeting affirmed the Bible as meta-narrative and never once mentioned propositional or logical revelation, plenary verbal inspiration, or biblical inerrancy. It was truly disappointing. Further, Dr. Sweeting talked about the fall of Adam and the curse of sin as if they just happened out of the blue and had nothing to do with God's decrees. The text read for the sermon was Ephesians 1:3-12. That's a great passage but not once did Dr. Sweeting even mention the doctrine of predestination. Any deist or Arminian could have preached the sermon I heard today at River Oaks Presbyterian Church, Lake Mary, Florida.
The problem is that biblical illiteracy is everywhere. The post modernist de-emphasis on logic and rationality is part of the problem. But Sean Gerety and Don Sweeting are just as bad because neither of them are consistent with the system of theology revealed in propositional form in the Holy Scriptures. That is just my opinion. But if Dr. Gordon H. Clark were around today, I think he would agree.