Posted by: reformedmusings | October 11, 2007

Around the Net

I will be pretty sparse for the next week, so I thought that I’d take you on a quick cruise around the blogosphere and see what’s new. I found some gems, of course.

First, continue to pray for GreenBaggins. He apparently still has a nasty virus that keeps him from enjoying his family, church, and the keyboard. May God return him to full health and blogging soon.

I discovered The Reformed Reader (H.T. Heidelblog) which has a great post contrasting Rich Lusk and Theodore Beza, Calvin’s successor. That post highlights the stark contrast between Federal Vision and orthodox Reformed theology’s view of justification. I look forward to reading this blog more in the future.

Speaking of the Heidelblog, Dr. Clark informs us about new books from Dr. R. C. Sproul and Darryl Hart/John Muether. He also pointed out the new third volume of The Confessional Presbyterian Journal.

Mark T. notes an interesting anniversary in Moscow, ID. I posted on these issues some months back, but could not provide the local flavor that Mark does since he lives in the shadow of the great theonomic empire. As a born and bred Philadelphia boy, I continue to be astounded that anybody believes that stuff. One verse, Exodus 21:16, blows their entire argument away:

Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death. (ESV)

This carries through to the New Testament in 1 Tim 1:10:

8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound  doctrine,  11 in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. (ESV) [my emphasis]

Slavery, including in the imaginary lost paradise of prominent Federal Vision leaders Steve Wilkins and Doug Wilson, is based on kidnapping people and selling them to other men, and the Bible clearly requires that the sellers and buyers be put to death. Hardly sounds like God condones this activity, but with some Federal Vision magic exegesis, I’m sure that Ex 21:16 really means that we should feed the covenant squirrels on Wednesdays. I see no caveat in Ex 21:16 or surrounding verses concerning how the kidnapped individuals are treated, which real historians say wasn’t nearly as ideal as Wilkins and Wilson’s publications let on. Anyway, Mark T. has some great links that deal with the subject in much greater detail. To this day, neither Wilkins or Wilson have retracted one word of their writings on this subject.

Over at Semper Ubi Sub Ubi, Todd is up to his sixth post on John Owen and Justification. This latest entry covers the roles of the covenants of works and grace in the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to the believer. Todd does an excellent job with this series and Owens is always a delight.

Lastly, I always like to know from whence someone is coming before I read their material. That way, I can put their thought processes into proper context. In that regard, I’ve found each blogger’s link list to be particularly enlightening. I’ve also noticed that even some Federal Vision blogs link to GreenBaggins, which is quite a compliment to Lane.

Well, that will have to hold you for a short time.



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