On the other hand, a denomination that rejects the orthodoxy of Doug Wilson out of hand while embracing Tim Keller unquestioningly is a denomination which has lost sight of what Reformed theology is all about. No one bears greater responsibility for this sad state of affairs than the conservative TRs of the PCA who have made a virtue of turning a blind eye to the wealthy and powerful even as they attack the marginal and disenfranchised with a vehemence bordering on fanaticism.Whether the Baylys are right about this or not, I don't necessarily want to comment on. What I do want to share was a very insightful comment made by a friend of mine from church named Ben Franks. Here is what he had to say about the PCA:
To me the other overarching issue that's at stake is the question of identity. We are able to clearly deal with the FV issue because we can attain a certain unanimity and agreement about things like justification and imputation. But the (in some ways deeper) divides that we face as a denomination are far harder to deal with because we don't have a clear or uniform understanding of what exactly the PCA is about. The tent is undoubtedly broad, but we can't even agree on whether or not that's a good thing, much less on how to deal with everything underneath the tent. I think the reason that we can't deal as quickly or decisively with Keller etc.. is because it requires a degree of soul searching that the FV doesn't demand.We can come together over something like Justification because we know that we need to. How strongly do people feel, however, about the misc. seemingly smaller issues surrounding Redeemer PCA? I like what TurretinFan had to say, however:
I think there is work already in progress to deal with the Tim Keller situation. One reason for prioritizing the FV as something to be addressed first would seem to be the allegation that the FV is denying justification by faith alone. Whether or not that accusation is true, such a denial would seem to be a more central error than the errors associated with Tim Keller by his detractors.