My name is Sean Gerety. I am a Christian Scripturalist. For those who don’t know, a Scripturalist is a person who subscribes to the epistemological and apologetic position of the late Christian theologian and philosopher, Gordon H. Clark.
I am co-author along with Dr. John Robbins of Not Reformed At All, which is a response to and refutation of Douglas Wilson’s book, “Reformed Is Not Enough: Recovering the Objectivity of the Covenant.” Here is a brief description of the book:
Wilson is a spokesman for both the Classical-Christian school movement and the Neolegalist movement, which makes one’s salvation depend on one’s performance. In his book, “Reformed” Is Not Enough, Wilson invents a new covenant, which he calls the “objective covenant”, and denies the Covenant of Grace taught in Scripture.
The American Presbyterian Church in their review of the book said:
This is a great book. Lately, we have reviewed a number of books on this site dealing with the current controversy over justification by faith alone. If you only have either time or money for one; this is the one. It is a thorough, systematic, logical, Scriptural, and confessional refutation of Douglas Wilson’s book, Reformed is Not Enough. He utterly obliterates Wilson’s arguments and leaves him not a single confessional statement or Scriptural proof text on which to hang his errors. Actually, they are more than errors; they are heresies, for Wilson proclaims another gospel, which is no gospel, but the bad news that faith is not enough and rather than trusting in the perfect righteousness of Christ imputed by faith, our only hope is adding our own covenant faithfulness to our faith.
This book is a significant achievement. I recently purchased a copy of Wilson’s book to read for myself what he had to say. I got less than half way through it and it left me totally confused as to what Wilson actually believes. I found it a confusing, contradictory, vague work, where Wilson desperately attempts to sound Reformed and orthodox, all the while making statements and suggestions that undermine what he has just professed. Robbins and Gerety have unerringly been able to go to the heart of the matter, cut through the confusing doubletalk, define what Wilson means by the terms he uses, and systematically demonstrate what he is actually teaching. And once they have focused in on his beliefs, they annihilate them from Scripture and Confession. Wilson’s bluff, that his position is both the Scriptural and Confessional one, is called and shown to be fraudulent in the extreme.
This book is also an excellent exposition and defense of the true gospel of Jesus Christ and will renew the readers in their convictions with respect to salvation by faith alone as taught in the word of God.
However, my favorite review of the book to date, and the one that says it all, was from Doug Wilson who said it was “atrocious.”
Trinity Foundation was also nice enough to publish The Evisceration of the Christian Faith, which pretty much sums up why I’m not a Van Tillian — and why no Christian should be. The article is a response to something I had been gnawing on since first coming to the Reformed faith when a friend asked me to read John Frame’s “The Problem of Theological Paradox.” More recently John Robbins asked me to write a companion piece to his booklet on the state of the OPC dealing with the PCA, Can the Presbyterian Church in America be Saved? You can read a review of this book here.
The Trinity Foundation also published Janus Alive and Well: Dr. R. Scott Clark and the Well-Meant Offer of the Gospel where I review WSC professor Dr. R. S. Clark’s contribution to The Pattern of Sound Doctrine where he defends the inherent contradictions and implicit Arminianism of the so-called “well-meant offer” of the Gospel.
Beyond that, I’m the husband to an incredibly beautiful former Nebraska native named Tracy and we have three great children Erin, Meaghan and Conor. God has indeed blessed me.
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