A Federal Vision or Just the Same Old Nonsense
A controversy arose in 2002 after an annual pastor’s conference held at the Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church in Monroe, Louisiana. The controversy centered around the subjects of baptism, justification and salvation. The men who were invited to speak at this conference included Steve Wilkins, pastor of Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church; Douglas Wilson; R C Sproul, Jr; Carl Robbins; John Barach; and Steve Schlissel. The theological views presented by these men soon came to be known as Federal Vision Theology. In September of the same year, under pressure to defend the views they presented, the Auburn session approved a 13-point summary statement of their views.
I wish I could say these 13 points represented a new threat to the gospel, but they didn’t. Sadly, most have been present and even cherished in reformed/Calvinistic/Presbyterian circles for decades and sometimes even centuries. The only thing new about them is the way they were…
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