Mike O’Fallon joined us to talk about the Rome/Greece/Israel cruise and the fact that our low group rates will end in just a few days (2/1). Then we looked at Joe Biden’s amazing assertion that transgender rights are “basic human rights,” and the worldview that now pervades the leftist movement in the West. Then we took at look at Tim Keller’s tweet asserting that the Son “lost the infinite love of the Father,” and we discussed the theology behind an accurate understanding of the cross. Finished up looking at a bit more Doug Wilson derangement syndrome material from Facebook and Twitter. Mentioned we hope to have some debate announcements and dates for everyone on the next program.
Covered a wide variety of things including a little bit about the miracle of baby August, possible conversations with family members over Christmas regarding the Bible (taking from Sye’s debate with Matt Dillahunty), and a brief discussion of Pope Francis’ comments concerning Mary as co-redemptrix with Christ. We plan on doing programs on Wednesday and Friday as well.
Took the time to go through the entirety of David Allen’s section on Romans 8:32-34 from both of his published books and to interact with his claims regarding particular redemption. Then we moved on (after about an hour) to talk about Doug Wilson, Federal Visionism, and related topics. About 95 minutes today.
Does Trinitarian baptism join you to the New Covenant? Does it join you to Christ? Does it make you a brother or sister in Christ with everyone else who has likewise been baptized, even if you hold to a false gospel? Are Roman Catholics our brothers and sisters in Christ by baptism, but not by confession of faith? These are the issues debated by Douglas Wilson of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho and James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries. (2 Hours 48 Minutes)
Since returning from Little Rock I’ve been working at preparing for Edmond, OK this weekend and the debate in LA. Just a few representative Federal Vision quotes in passing. Doug Wilson wrote:
Our duty is simply to accept this. And this means we must maintain that there is a union with Christ that all baptized Christians share, whether those Christians are reprobate or not. In this sense, there is no covenantal distinction between the elect and the reprobate within the covenant. But it also requires us to maintain that there is a decretal distinction between the elect and the reprobate within the covenant. This decretal distinction is then manifested in history by means of covenant members who either keep or break covenant. The covenant is kept by grace through faith, and the covenant is broken through unbelief. When the covenant is kept, it is kept by faith in the only One who kept covenant perfectly, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only true covenant keeper, and we keep covenant through faith in Him and that faith is a gift, lest any boast. Unbelief that causes the covenant to be broken is unbelief in Jesus Christ, either through rejection of the covenant, or through attempts to keep covenant on our own apart from Him.
Galatians 3:28 and Romans 3:28 are verses which have oft been extorted from their contexts, stripped of their author’s intent, dressed in the style of their captors, and reduced to servitude in contrived systems. If anyone should speak of restoring the verses to their original settings, the taskmasters scurry to their battlements and snipe. That’s understandable, I suppose. After all, it’s hard to find good servants; their lords are loathe to let them go.