While we can certainly make the case that not every problem facing any one denomination is a problem for all Christians, it would be foolish to not be aware of the problems that other denominations are facing. It would be foolish to state that because x is a problem that has arisen in, say, Presbyterian churches, then this means that the problem is a Presbyterian problem and not a problem for all churches who believe and teach and defend the Gospel of God. Sadly, however, this is something that I’ve heard over the years.
For instance, when the Federal Vision controversy was raging over the internet and in many publications I heard some non-confessional and confessional baptists claim that because the Federal Vision doctrine was a deviant form of Presbyterianism it was no real concern to baptists. These individuals believed that they could continue on in unbroken fellowship with Federal Visionists like Doug Wilson because the whole Federal Vision debacle was something the Presbyterians needed to hash out. Those who spoke like this apparently didn’t care enough to learn about Federal Visionism to denounce it as heresy and to warn others about it, or they were harboring a similar – but baptistic – view of justification and salvation (see, John Piper).
Years later, as I scroll through my various social media feeds, I see many confessional and non-confessional baptists citing, siding with, and defending Doug Wilson as a fellow combatant against the ensuing forces of socialism and secularism in America. Federal Vision was a problem for the Presbyterians, in other words, but one of its most notable proponents has become a favorite among baptists. This is so much the case that one baptist apologist has coined the phrase “Doug Wilson Derangement Syndrome” to describe Wilson’s many critics, be they solid Reformed brethren or not. So was the Federal Vision heresy really limited to the Presbyterians? No, it wasn’t. The Federal Vision heresy is not merely dealing with the subject of covenant theology, but essentially is undermining and attacking the doctrine of sola fide. While it is true that the Federal Vision heresy is in part a paedobaptist problem, because it affects the Gospel itself it is a problem of which all Christians should be aware.
The Present Problem
If you’ve followed my blog and articles over at BiblicalTrinitarian.com, you are likely aware of my stance against the current social justice-ism trend in evangelicalism. This brief blog post is meant to encourage you to think beyond the local source of the social justice trend, to think of its anti-Christian roots in the philosophical speculations of men and women opposed to the Scriptures and all they teach; and it is intended to urge you think of how the social justice trend will affect all Christians if it is accepted by Christians in any denomination. I’ve written quite a bit on the subject, and so have others. But it is still a problem that needs more attention. You can begin by checking out my list of resources here.
Until next time –
Soli Deo Gloria