Friday, January 18, 2008

The Federal Vision Heats Up

A recent blog article at the Green Bagginses points to some comments that James Jordan has made on this blog. Many of the comments by Jordan have been deleted, but a few are still there at the original site. Either way, Andy Webb from the Green Bagginses has them posted on his site.

Now, before reading anymore, you must read Jordan's comments. Some of them are so outrageous that my commentary will be of little help if Jordan's remarks are not squarely in view.

Go read it...

Did you read it???

Good, you can proceed.

There are two main thoughts that come to my mind in this situation. The first is that we have moved way beyond discussing the issues and have clearly moved into the ad hominem phase of this controversy. Now clearly not everyone involved in this controversy is 'throwing mud.' There are men on both sides of this issue who are handling this with great respect and integrity. One such man is Dr. Guy Waters. It seems that everyone feels like he is the 'whipping boy' of the TR's. At every turn people are taking shots at him. The recent article in the Westminster Theological Journal that reviews his book on the FV is a great example of this. But despite all the attacks against him, I have never heard, see or read him say anything negative about the so-called 'FV guys.' Sure he has said thing about their views, but there has never been one personal attack that I am aware of. I am sure that he has not said anything close to the level of James Jordon's most recent comments. I think that everyone in this debate could learn a few things from Dr. Waters. If you agree with his views or not, he has constantly shown Christian character throughout this controversy.

The second thought I have is that I am, on one level, glad that Jordan said what he did. Before you jump on me for this comment, let me explain. There are many on the FV side of this issue that seem to think (and the repeat over and over) that the TR's are the only ones 'throwing mud.' Clearly Jordan is not the first FVer to lower to this level, but those who are sympathetic to the FV always find a way to see their guys in a positive light and the TR's in a negative light. With these comments by Jordan, there is no way that they can be spun to not look like mud throwing.

Now given the big picture, I wish all sides, including Jordan, could carry this discussion on with Christian character. Remembering that the greatest of these is Love. When I first read Jordan's comments, I was truly saddened by them. I was saddened to see the discussion come to this level. But to Jordan's credit, it appears, that he did delete many of the comments. This may be the lowest point in the debate, but it could be on a up swing. We can only watch and pray.

8 comments:

  1. I'm a little surprised at the vitriolic nature of Jordan's denouncements. Losing your cool like that really does keep alot of onlookers from taking your position seriously. On the Baginses blog, everyone is asking why he doesn't leave the PCA, and I can't help but wonder the same thing.

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  2. I do not know much about FV. Is there a good site I can go to, or a good book to read that would shed light on this subject for me?

    I do not know much about FV, but I do know that Jordan's comments should be seen as unacceptable by the Christian community.

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  3. Baird,

    I did a post at the end of December that might be of some help. http://bringthebooks.blogspot.com/2007/12/for-those-of-you-new-to-whole-federal.html


    Also, is this the James Baird?

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  4. Oh please say it's THE James Baird. My heart would be full of joy. But if it's not THE James Baird... well, you're still welcome here!

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  5. This is The James Baird, if by that you mean the James Baird who was GCU with you. I do not make any claims to being the only James Baird, or to being superior to any other James Baird there might be. Thank you Josh, I will go check out your blog on that.

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  6. Awesome!

    You know, Baird, you should get in contact with Josh or myself. Do you have one of our phone numbers?

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  7. Awesome!

    You know, Baird, you should get in contact with Josh or myself. Do you have one of our phone numbers?

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  8. If Josh still has the same number he did about 7 months ago, than I do have his number, though I do not have the pleasure of having yours.

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