Friday, May 25, 2007

One of the things I love about the Three Forms of Unity is that they provide a big tent under which Reformed confessors can argue theological points with each other. E.g., TFU subscribers can either believe there is such a thing as a covenant of works or that there isn't, and have the room under the tent to discuss it. TFU subscribers can hold to either the Puritan or the Calvinian view of the NT application of the 4th commandment and have room within the tent to discuss it. This, alone, makes the TFU superior to the Westminster Confessions, which insist--to use the aforesaid examples--that one hold to the covenant of works doctrine and the Puritan understanding of the 4th commandment. IMO, the TFU gets it right. They exclude RC, Anabaptist and Arminian heresies and errors, but don't kick fellow Reformed confessors out of the tent. The recent spate of papers produced by synods, assemblies and seminaries (not CANREF, thankfully!) is doing this grievous thing--kicking Reformed confessors with whom one has a theological difference out from under the tent, into the cold and the rain. Grievous.

4 comments:

Stuart said...

That's a really good point. I think the big difficulty is trying to find out whether someone is actually under the umbrella or not. But that is probably what makes it fun.

Anonymous said...

PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL!

sOMEONE WHO IS 'SEARCHING' CANNOT FIND 'LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF' IN THIS BLOG.

WE SHOULD ALL LOOK AT THE MESS IN OUR OWN BACK YARD; BEFORE LOOKING AT THE MESS IN OUR NEIGHBORS!!

Agricola said...

And your anonymous shouted judgmentalism is "love your neighbour as yourself"? I see...

Stuart said...

To my searching eyes, it's all over this post. the TFU have more room in them to have neighbours which you can love as yourself without having to change them into yourself. Not that the Westminster is necessarily 'closed,' mind you.

To find it here, you need to look properly. You won't find the kind of love that is so open its brain falls out, but you will find a love that is founded on and dependent on the truth of God's word.

I'll say it again: good post.