Prayers for John
I received a letter (below) from Trinity Foundation concerning John Robbins’ battle with cancer and his upcoming (fourth) surgery. For those unfamiliar with Dr. Robbins or the work of Trinity Foundation please go here. As for my two-cents, aside from keeping virtually all of Gordon Clark’s books in print (which alone is deserving of my lifelong admiration and indebtedness), John has been tireless in fighting the rise of the neolegalism of the Federal Vision and New Perspectives in P&R churches for more than a decade. I know he has put a number of important projects aside in order to focus his efforts on exposing these false teachers and was sounding the alarm — and sounding it loudly — when most folks now getting into the fight still had their heads deeply buried in the sand.
In addition to authoring a number of books, including an essential critique of the philosophy of Ayn Rand, and hundreds of essays (many which can be found at the TF website), Dr. Robbins was Chief of Staff (1981-1985) for current presidential contender and the only person fit to hold that office, Congressman Ron Paul.
Not surprising, at least not surprising given his association with Paul, John is also a brilliant free-market economist and philosopher and his recent publication, Freedom and Capitalism: Essays on Christian Politics and Economics, is absolutely must reading for . . . well, everyone. His lectures on biblical economics, available free for download at the TF site, are equally essential. It has been my desire for a number of years that he would work those lectures into another volume and it is my prayer that the Lord will give him the time to complete this work and the many other projects he put aside in order to expose the heretics of the FV and now to battle this insidious disease. I’m sure his family are praying for these things too and so much more.
The church needs John around for a very long time, if for no other reason than just to irritate his critics.
Here’s the letter and some specific things to be praying for:
As you may know, Dr. Robbins, the President of The Trinity Foundation, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer more than two years ago. Since then he has had three major surgeries and received three rounds of chemotherapy. He showed no evidence of disease for about a year before his cancer recurred in April 2007.
He is scheduled for his fourth liver surgery November 16 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. This is the most serious and complex operation he has had yet, and we ask that you pray for him, for his surgeon, Dr. Michael Choti, for his wife Linda, and for their daughters and their families.
God has brought Dr. Robbins through this trial in a most remarkable way, blessing him with a very supportive family and expert doctors. We pray that God will make this surgery successful and that once again there will be no evidence of disease in his body.
Thank you for your concern and your prayers.
The Trinity Foundation
The Bible alone is the Word of God.
November 7, 2007