D.G. Hart takes Federal Visionist Peter Leithart to task for engaging another typical bout of FV word-wrangling, this time over J. Gresham Machen’s taking comfort in the imputation of Christ’s active obedience. The PCA evidenced itself as being willfully blind by not giving Leithart the left foot of fellowship when they had the chance.
Aside from a certain amount of reverence for Machen, can Leithart really be that tone deaf? This has nothing to do with kicking a man when he’s on his death bed. It does have to do with trying to obfuscate a relatively simple Reformed belief (which is what those of us who observed Federal Vision always thought their MO was — to raise enough questions, debate enough definitions, cite enough biblical texts to wear out their opponents).
If you take seriously the guilt of sin and its ongoing influence in the life of the believer, you would be inclined to take great comfort in the active obedience of Christ.