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.
Pastor Lane Keister comments on a recent post by Doug Wilson and asks, “Is the FV Controversy Dead?“
Sean Gerety points out what should be an obvious link between the paradox theology of Cornelius Van Til, Karl Barth, and The Federal Vision.
Hear that sound? It’s the PCA’s death knell. Pastor Lane Keister reports on The Leithart Verdict.
Former Leithart Prosecutor (now defected to Rome) Jason Stellman believes that because of this verdict, the Roman Catholic “gospel” is now acceptable in the PCA. In the comments section, he writes:
Of course, I am out of accord with the PCA on other, non gospel-related issues (which is why I stepped down). But if that were not the case, and I held the exact same view of the basic biblical gospel that I do now as a Catholic, I probably could have stayed.
Stellman wrote a post of his own: Crap, I Should Have Just Stayed in the PCA!
TurretinFan has written a Response to Jason Stellman, the prosecutor in the recent Peter Leithart trial, who has recently resigned as a PCA Teaching Elder and is joining the Roman Catholic Church.