Monday, December 9, 2013

The PCA and Federal Vision Theology, Part I of the Jeff Meyers' Case

This last year has been a bit tough for those wishing that the PCA get tough in dealing with Federal Vision theology.  Two cases involving two ministers in different presbyteries, ended up with no action being taken against the ministers, even though both have signed the A Joint Federal Vision Statement (here).

Over at the Heidelblog, R. Scott Clark, of Westminster Seminary in California interviews .Rev. M. Jay Bennet, one of those who were involved with the Jeff Meyers' case in Missouri Presbytery.  After Missouri Presbytery conducted an investigation and concluded no presumption of guilt, Rev. Bennet filed a complaint because, in his opinion, the presbytery was biased in its finding.  That complain eventually went to a panel of the Standing Judicial Commission.  They reviewed the evidence and determined that there was a strong presumption of guilt and recommended a trial.  When the trial was held Rev. Bennet served as one of those prosecutors.

You can listen to the interview here.  Part two will follow.


Ruling elder Bob Mattes has written a nice piece over at Green Baggins.  Not only did he sign the original letter of concern (as I did) but he was called to be a witness at the Meyers' trial.  He provides some helpful insight into the actions of Missouri Presbytery as this trial unfolded.  


Gary said...

We orthodox Lutherans are THRILLED to see the rise of the "Federal Vision" in Reformed circles. However, we Lutherans have another term for it: Lutheranism!

God be praised that the Reformed are coming back to accepting "Repent and be baptized...for the forgiveness of sins" as EXACTLY what God meant and not a mistranslation by Catholic/Anglican/Lutheran translators.

Luther, Baptists, and Evangelicals

Dave Sarafolean said...


That's the problem in a nutshell: people who profess to believe what is contained in our confessions but in practice affirm other things. We would be happy if they left our churches and joined a Lutheran denomination. Do you want them?

Seriously, you wouldn't tolerate Calvinists in your pulpits. We don't want men in ours who cannot affirm what our confessions teach. It is a pretty simple concept.