The Lady is a Welterweight

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The Siouxlands Presbytery of the PCA has found Greg Lawrence not guilty of the Federal Vision charges brought against him. You can read more about it here. In related news, the Northwest Presbytery of the PCA has found Peter Leithart not guilty of the Federal Vision charges brought against him. You can read more about that here. This is good news on both counts.

It is not yet clear to me whether the acquittals were based on the defendants not holding the views they were alleged to be holding, or if they found that they did hold to them, but that those views are within the pale of confessional orthodoxy. I suspect the former, but we will have to wait for more information.

In the meantime, I do not propose that we do what our opponents did when various pronunciamentos were released by various Reformed denominations, denouncing what they thought were the tenets of what they thought was something called the Federal Vision. What that tactic was consisted of announcing that the whole thing was now settled, that all legit Reformed denominations were taking this stand, united in the true gospel, and that the only thing for us troublemakers to do was to shuffle off, suitably abashed. That wasn’t legitimate for them to do then, and it is not legitimate for us to do now. The only lady who has sung to this point is a welterweight. We need to wait to see if these decisions are appealed and, if they are, to see what the national PCA does about it.

But as this works its way out, we are at least now within shouting distance of a truly odd resolution — which is that a few years ago, the PCA fought off a serious heretical challenge to sola fide, a heresy that turns out to be held (in the PCA) by no one in particular. We shall see.

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