I just noticed that the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) finished their study report on the Federal Vision, Auburn Avenue Theology, and New Perspectives on Paul. I was delighted to see that the committee declared that these ideas were out of accord with the Westminster Standards.
However, the report said something which I was surprised to see:
"The committee also affirms that we view NPP and FV proponents in the PCA as brothers in Christ. Thus, we take their published statements and writings seriously."
As I mentioned, I was surprised to see this. This raises a lot of questions in my mind. Many of these men are denying the imputation of Christ's active obedience, but more than that, many of them are denying justification by faith alone. (They do not like the term "alone" when it comes to justification.) Many of them speak as Shepherd does, openly affirming a "final justification" and a present justification by "faithfulness."
You can read the PCA Committee Report by clicking on this link:
I was furthermore surprised to see that Ligon Duncan was on the committee, yet he considers them brothers.
This raises another question: Are we to consider Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox our brothers too?
Is not justification by faith alone the article on which the church stands or falls?
It is time to start asking ourselves these tough questions.
Readers, what do you think?
Readers, please comment on the following questions:
(1) Do you think we should consider proponents of the FV and NPP our brothers in Christ? Why or why not?
(2) If you answered "yes" to question 1, then do you think we should consider Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox our brothers?
(3) If you answered "yes" to question 1, then what is the gospel? What does it mean that in the gospel a "righteousness from God" is revealed? What is the "righteousness of God"?
(I know what I believe; just curious as to what you believe. It seems like many Reformed folks are afraid to come out and say what they think on this. I couldn't get an answer from Guy Waters even, and he wrote a book critiquing the FV, and another critiquing the NPP.)