among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who
bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
Desiring God 2012 Conference for Pastors will include heretic Doug Wilson (Federal Visionism). He'll be speaking four times.
(Also note Emergent Darrin Patrick will also be speaking. DG continues to promote him.).
More on Federal Visionism at Flock Alert.
As Flock Alert reported, here is the declaration that was " Adopted unanimously by Covenant Presbytery, Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States, June 22, 2002" (The Presbytery is the governing body of the Presbyterian churches--so their own leadership are pronouncing them as heretics too), which states in part:
“Covenant Presbytery of the RPCUS declares that the teaching presented in the 2002 Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Pastors Conference involves afundamental denial of the essence of the Christian Gospel in the denial of justification by faith alone....
“That the teaching of the various speakers: Douglas Wilson, Steve Schlissel, John Barach, and J. Steven Wilkins, has the effect of destroying the Reformed Faith through the introduction of false hermeneutic principles; the infusion ofsacerdotalism; and the redefinition of the doctrines of: the church, the sacraments, election, effectual calling, perseverance, regeneration,justification, union with Christ, and the nature and instrumentality of faith....
“That baptismal regeneration constructed upon the principle of linking the sign and the reality in effect differs little from Roman Catholicism.
“That the doctrine that maintains union with Christ is an external position and place in the church confounds regeneration, union with Christ, and the outward ordinances....
That the maintenance of the language of Calvinism in these speakers is superficial and misleading: theirdoctrine of perseverance is made to deny effectual calling; their doctrine of corporate election is made to deny particular redemption; and the native depravity of man is made to be removed in the outward administration of water baptism which thereby sufficiently qualifies the recipient for the Lord’s Supper.
Whole article here.“We therefore resolve that these teachings are heretical. We call these men to repentance.
This is clear when he says:
"The new covenant is not like the covenant that was made with our fathers at Mount Sinai. As a covenant, it still has blessings and curses, but as a new covenant, the blessings are high blessings, and the curses are high curses." ~ "The Objectivity of the Covenant"
[Bold, red,my emphasis.]
There is a lot of error Wilson has in the article where the above quote is taken, and frankly it would take too much time to go through. Besides, others have done a far better job, so my goal isn't to go through the whole thing. I would recommend some of the articles I've linked to for a fuller treatment. Daniel Chew is quite correct, when he shows how Wilson plays with words, I really see that myself ("elect" isn't really elect or believers according to Wilson for example) .
In contrast Scripture states:
Gal 3:8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU." 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.
Gal 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us--for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE"-- 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Abraham was in the Covenant not based on his works, but based on God's promise. It was a unilateral promise. And we see that despite Abraham's sin, he was saved as we see in Genesis and also in Romans 4 and Galatians 3 and Hebrews 11.
the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
Heb 10:10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Heb 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, 16 "THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM," He then says, 17 "AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE."
Heb 13:20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord,
"And yet many contemporary Calvinists persist in saying that while apostasy was a possibility in the old covenant, it has now been rendered impossible in the new. They create a distinction between the covenants at just the point where the New Testament writers explicitly draw parallels. Many Jews fell in the wilderness, and Christians need to take heed lest they fall in exactly the same way."
His view of the New Covenant is NOT in line with the book of Hebrews which states its by the blood of Christ, not an infant sprinkling rite nor being born of a Christian parent. He clearly plays with words; where you have "grace" extended to the believers in Scripture, Wilson makes up another kind of grace, "persevering grace". Is that any different than what the synergists do when it comes to "prevenient grace"? So really,now we have three types of grace? No, when "grace" is used in Scripture, its in regard to the Christian, not everyone, not the world, not the wicked. Just the Christian.
More in-depth analysis of the FV by Daniel Chew regarding Justification by Faith Alone.
It should be stated that one doesn't have to be a Reformer to begin to see the problems of Federal Visionism (and New Perspective On Paul)...it has to do primarily with biblical doctrines such as Justification by Faith alone, but also eternal security and the New Covenant. The problem with Covenant Theology and thus Infant sprinkling is what, I believe, a factor that lead this heresy. Granted some Baptists have now climbed on board but they are not the majority nor to my knowledge the early teachers of this (Historic Baptists for example, have held to the church (assembly of called out believers) being visible and being made up of believers (thus baptizing only believers), but the Body of Christ is invisible). Nowhere in all of Scripture does it state that children are placed into the New Covenant by birth OR by water sprinkling. Only believers in Jesus Christ are to be baptized, which is to day, immersed in water, in the name of the Triune Godhead (Matt. 28:19).
and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from
Here is a good article on the doctrine of separation and unity--also here and here. Both of these are specific to separating from teachers like Piper who endorse heretics like Rick Warren and Doug Wilson. I highly suggest reading these two. The only disagreement I have is that I believe all of Piper is to be rejected because his ecumenical and mystical views started early on and therefore a tree that continues to bear bad fruit proves the tree itself is bad. There are plenty of other authors one can read in good conscience.