Opinion on "Reformed is not enough?"

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Todd Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 10:37 AM

Wilson's goal in his book is to defend the view that baptism is the core defining mark of the the membership of the church, rather than profession of faith. For him, this means allowing communion for all baptized members including small children who are unable to articulate their faith.  (I'm sure this summary is insufficient, but that's the gist).

The ideas are controversial in Reformed circles and are associated with the Federal Vision movement.  Read it if you are interested in understanding that viewpoint.  A PDF version can be found for free on the web. There are also several reviews available on the web if you are interested in reading an opposing view (J. V. Fesko's review is fairly concise).

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Alan Macgregor | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 11:38 AM


The writings of Thomas Boston include much of the basis for much federal, covenant theology. Todd is right in saying that the views are controversial, particularly since the views are muddied in some Presbyterian churches by a Universalist theology which also argues that children of members are "fit to receive communion".

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Mike Pettit | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 12:27 PM

If it were not for his Federal Vision chums that really push it too far Douglas Wilson would be much less controversial than he has become, I think that he is pretty orthodox and is a necessary counterbalance to the pervading influence of Baptist thinking.

He is undoubtedly making some very important points that need to be considered, whether you agree with them or not. 

watch some of his videos online, he is a clever and balanced guy who is a delight to engage with, albeit he takes no prisoners with ensuring that he is consistent in his theology which makes some uncomfortable, I find his honesty refreshing.

And this is from someone who sees the Federal Vision as verging on the heterodox (and going over the boundary in some instances).  

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