Whine With Their Cheese

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The men of the Federal Vision need Jesse Jackson. Of course, being mostly portly white men, the teachers and defenders of the Federal Vision may not have recourse to the “race card,” but playing the victim has become good businesses. Consider this from a recent blog from FV pitchman and guard dog Doug Wilson:

. . . I have proven over and over again that I have been misrepresented and misunderstood. I have done it in person, and I have done it in writing. I have a standing offer on the table to debate these issues in a public forum with any acknowledged representative of the FV critics. If such a debate were to occur (no longer am I holding my breath, incidentally), my principle line of argument would be that I do not hold what you claim that I hold, and here is a stack of published materials that proves that assertion. So don’t come around saying you haven’t seen proof . . . Then we could put the proof on YouTube, and it would be impossible to pretend any more that it wasn’t there.

First, as a man who has been debated at length and ad nauseum, most recently at De Regno Christi, where he was backed by his FV homeboys like PCA pastors Peter Leithart and Jeffery Meyers, not to mention the godfather of FV soul, James Jordon, and again almost daily on Lane Keister’s Green Baggins blog, he is one man who can’t complain that he is being ignored. So, and for the record, I think it’s time for Wilson to finally shove that debate offer under the table and back into his trousers where it belongs. Maybe he likes to see his face on Youtube, but I really don’t need to see Wilson mugging for the camera to understand the heretical particles floating around his mind. Note to Doug: we’ve read your books, we’ve read your blogs, we even suffer through copies of Credena Agenda on occasion. We know what you believe. Seeing your face on the Internet isn’t going to change anything. Trust me. Besides, it might scare the kids.

Second, as someone who has come under fire for “misrepresenting” Wilson (see here), the idea of “proof” in Wilson’s FV lexicography takes on a completely different meaning. Along with words like “election,” “justification,” and “faith” — particularly the alone variety — proving something doesn’t necessarily mean logical argumentation. When Wilson says he has “proven” something “over and over” it simply means he has asserted it over and over, and with this I agree. Yet, how long do we have to listen to this same tired dodge from Wilson and his poor misunderstood buddies?

For seven years the powers that be at Westminister Theological Seminary defended Norman Shepherd claiming he was just being misunderstood. Then when it finally dawned on even the most hardheaded WTS administrator and disbelieving board member that he really did mean what he was saying all along, his defenders said he “could have been clearer.” Not that Shepherd wasn’t clear as a bell all along, but it was good strategy for Shepherd’s defenders to take advantage of the “Christian charity,” and, more importantly, the gullibility of his opponents.

Well, when that charity card was played out, although a good bit of that gullibility remained, instead of holding Shepherd to account for corrupting the minds of countless students now in various ministries, pulpits, and positions of power within the OPC, PCA and elsewhere, the OPC let him leave as a pastor in good standing so he could continue to teach and preach his false gospel unmolested in the CRC.

Now Shepherd’s step children find their advantage in playing the perpetual victim card. As evidence, look at how fast the FV men scrambled to their blogs complaining how they didn’t “see themselves” in the PCA Committee report as if Committee members were analyzing the writings of aliens. We even had men like assistant pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, Ken Christian, providing an impassioned plea from the floor of the GA claiming the PCA would be even guilty of “grave corporate sin” if the report passed. Why? Because, said Mr. Christian, FV men needed to be on the Committee to ensure that Committee members actually understood what they were reading. Condescending slams against the intellectual competence of Committee members notwithstanding, what Mr. Christian and others really meant was that the FV men needed to be on the Committee so that they might have a chance to put their spin on what they have written so that their heterodoxy might sound more orthodox.

Christian was shortly followed by his boss, New Life’s senior pastor, Wally Sherbon, Jr. Sherbon wanted to know if the FV men cited in the report “were contacted and did they agree with the report?” TE Dr. Paul Fowler explained that some committee members had spoken at length to some FV men prior to meeting as a committee, but that the committee worked primarily from the volumes of books, papers and blogs the FV men have produced defending their doctrines. Dr. Fowler even assured pastor Sherbon that this was no paltry fare, but rather consisted of a huge stack of materials sitting on his desk most produced by FV men. Not satisfied, pastor Sherbon repeated his question this time in the form of an objection complaining that the FV were never contacted to see if they agreed with the report and walked away in disgust.

You see, just reading what these men have written in defense of their views, citing their own words and drawing valid conclusions from them is never enough. It’s not even enough if entire denominations agree with those conclusions. The FV men have to tell you whether or not they agree with your conclusions before they can be considered valid. Call it the FV seal of approval. Arius and Arminius never had it so good.

So, after hearing this same song and prattled for so long, it really does start to get nauseating. No matter how many denominations spit out reports condemning FV teaching as being outside of Confessional bounds and heretical; no matter how many books and papers are published demonstrating the anti-Christian nature of the FV’s attack on the biblical doctrine of justification; no matter how many times the words of these FV men are cited back to them as if in a mirror, no one ever really hears what these FV men are saying. It’s starting to sound like a cheesy remake of the old B.B. King classic only this time retitled: “Nobody understands me except my momma, but I think she’s jivin’ too.”

It’s time for the FV men within the PCA to start singing a different tune. Instead of the blues, might I suggest the1970’s pop classic, “I’m Leaving On a Jet Plane”?

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One Comment on “Whine With Their Cheese”

  1. rgmann Says:

    The men of the Federal Vision need Jesse Jackson. Of course, being mostly portly white men, the teachers and defenders of the Federal Vision may not have recourse to the “race card”

    O ye of little faith! You soooo underestimate the good “Reverend” Jackson! Trust me, Jesse (“Hymietown”) Jackson and Al (“White folks was in caves while we was building empires”) Sharpton can always play the “race card” — even for “portly white men” if they thought it would benefit them in some way!

    Yet, how long do we have to listen to this same tired dodge from Wilson and his poor misunderstood buddies?

    That’s their story and they’re sticking to it!

    The FV men have to tell you whether or not they agree with your conclusions before they can be considered valid. Call it the FV seal of approval.

    Brilliant! You see, that way they can never lose an argument! Just because a guy sticks a loaded gun in your back and says “give me all your money” doesn’t mean he’s mugging you. Come on, Sean, don’t be so simple minded! 🙂

    It’s time for the FV men within the PCA to start singing a different tune. Instead of the blues, might I suggest the1970’s pop classic, “I’m Leaving On a Jet Plane”?

    Or… “Hit the road Jack, and don’t ya come back no more, no more, no more, no more, Hit the road Jack, and don’t ya come back no more.”


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