Friday, April 16, 2010

FV Friday: Reply to the Joint FV Profession, Part 8

The Joint Federal Vision Profession, written by Douglas Wilson and signed by PCA Pastor Jeff Meyers, denies the historic Protestant distinction of law and Gospel. It says:

We deny that law and gospel should be considered as hermeneutics, or treated as such. We believe that any passage, whether indicative or imperative, can be heard by the faithful as good news, and that any passage, whether containing gospel promises or not, will be heard by the rebellious as intolerable demand. The fundamental division is not in the text, but rather in the human heart.

This is a blatant denial of the law/Gospel distinction. They do not believe it is in the text itself.

This denial of the Biblical distinction between law and Gospel is basic to the whole Federal Vision system. They believe that the law and Gospel are fundamentally the same. As Steve Schlissel said, "The law as God gave it is the Gospel" ("The Monroe Four Speak Out," pp. 1-2). This has also been confirmed by Doug Wilson:

When we say that all of God's word is perfect, converting the soul. When we don't divide it up into law and gospel, when we don't say law over here, gospel over there, when we say it's all gospel, it's all law, it's all good ("Visible and Invisible Church Revisited", p. 21).

Thus, there is no law/Gospel distinction except in the way that people may take the passages. It is not in Scripture itself, though they admit there's a difference between the Old and New Testaments.

The Reformed View [continued here]

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