I haven’t read the book yet, but I really loved this interview. Listeners will be encouraged and edified!
Shane Lems writes about The Federal Vision and Union With Christ.
“But apart from sloppy equivocation, purposeful ambiguity, or outright lying, there is no way to harmonize these two positions. Either union with Christ is inseparable or it is not. The Federal Vision says it is not. The Reformed Confessions say it is. This is one of many reasons why historic Reformed churches have collectively and publicly spoken against the Federal Vision (for two examples, see the Orthodox Presbyterian Church’s Report on Justification and the URCNA’s Report of the Synodical Study Committee on the Federal Vision and Justification, among others).”
The Federal Visionists try to escape the contradiction by claiming the “decretally elect” will remain united to Christ as the Confessions describe. So we’re left with two elections and two unions – The intial stages of which unions are identical and carry the same redemptive blessings of Christ. This is the confusing mess that claims to follow the Reformed tradition?
HT: Jason Punches of Somerset Reformed Fellowship
Robert Purnell, in his No Power but of God, offers comfort and encouragement to believers, answering the question, To what have we been restored in Christ?.