Federal Vision

“These men have bent minds and hearts and so they produce bent disputes.”

What Paul says about koinonia reformation is healthy — wholesome. But some don’t consent to it (v. 3). The false teacher’s empty head does not keep him from being full of himself (v. 4). His heart and tongue are tangled — he has questions and verbal clashes. These produce envy, quarrels, verbal hostility, and jumping to conclusions about the motives of others. These men have bent minds and hearts and so they produce bent disputes. They think that piety is supposed to be a means of personal advancement, particularly theirs (v. 5). Get away from such people. This is a wonderful picture of the rabid revolutionary of the early nineteenth century, and it is a vivid picture of some of the people we had to deal with on our slavery controversy.
Douglas Wilson

The Only Litmus Test

“But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”
Deuteronomy 18:20–22

Wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 |

The Federal Division Part 7

“prophetic rebukes . . . seasoned prophets”

The creed of death

“I believe that true biblical balance in such things is the fruit of wisdom, and that such balance is not usually found in hot-headed young men, who do not know what spirit they are of (Luke 9:55). Consequently, prophetic rebukes should come from seasoned prophets, from men called to the ministry of guarding the Church of God. The work should be done by men of some age and wisdom, and not by novices, firebrands, and zealots.” —Douglas Wilson Continue reading

Monday, February 13, 2017 |

The Federal Division Part 6

“Shew Me a Token”


“Athanasius is not against the entire Christian world now (contra mundum) precisely because he was willing to be in that position then.” —Douglas Wilson Continue reading

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 6

The Federal Division Part 5

“A Handy Guide for Navigating Theological Controversies”

walking the plank

“Folks who want me to shut up about the PCA sure aren’t acting like they want me to shut up about the PCA.” —Douglas Wilson Continue reading

Monday, February 6, 2017 | 4

The Federal Division Part 3

“in the middle of a saloon brawl”


“Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous.” — 1 Timothy 3:3 Continue reading

Friday, February 3, 2017 | 1

The Federal Division Part 2

“Heretics are slippery with words”


Douglas Wilson’s problem isn’t a failure to use clear terminology. His problem is his willingness to use clearly deceitful terminology. Continue reading

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 1