Our Triune God
We affirm that the triune God is the archetype of all covenantal relations.
The problem with this is archetypal theology is specifically not communicable to ectypal theology.
As the Waters Cover the Sea
This section is fine, but the reader is encouraged to read Iain Murray’s The Puritan Hope for a healthier presentation.
The Next Christendom
Again, not really a problem and neither is this what the FV is about.
Scripture Cannot Be Broken
We affirm further that Scripture is to be our guide in learning how to interpret Scripture, and this means we must imitate the apostolic handling of the Old Testament, paying close attention to language, syntax, context, narrative flow, literary styles, and typology—all of it integrated in Jesus Christ Himself…We deny that the Bible can be rightly understood by any hermeneutical grid not derived from the Scriptures themselves.
Why don’t you say what you really mean? Go ahead and say those who hold to the Covenant of Works self-consciously seek not to be guided by Scripture. No one rejects these propositions, so you are actually dealing from the bottom of the deck.
The Proclamation of the Word
Some words about rejecting specialized language, but since they are too scared to say specifics, there isn’t much I can do with this.
Creeds and Confessions
This section is tricky. On one hand, no Reformed person would disagree with the propositions. On the other hand, the CREC view of Confessionalism is loaded with self-contradictions.
The Divine Decrees
We deny that the unchangeable nature of these decrees prevents us from using the same language in covenantal ways as we describe our salvation from within that covenant.
Here is the problem. Western Christendom, whether Protestant or Catholic, has always said the decrees of God are as immutable as God’s essence. So, you can say “covenantal” all you want to, but at the end of the day, if you hold to the correct doctrine of God, you must agree with me.
We affirm that membership in the one true Christian Church is visible and objective
It’s hard to say yes or no on that. What do they mean by “objective”? I think I have an idea, but that’s the problem. It’s loaded language which the average reader won’t catch.
We affirm that justification is through faith in Jesus Christ, and not through works of the law, whether those works were revealed to us by God, or manufactured by man. Because we are justified through faith in Jesus alone, we believe that we have an obligation to be in fellowship with everyone that God has received into fellowship with Himself.
It’s interesting to note which phrase wasn’t used. Again, these propositions aren’t wrong, but I am left in the dark concerning:
- What is the ground of my justification?
- What is the instrument?
Covenant of Life
I’m too tired to deal with this one. They say that Adam was in a faith-alone relationship in the pre-lapsarian covenant. True, on one hand God condescends to us by covenant, and covenant isn’t something we deserve, but the principle in the law is “Do this and live.” Federal Vision fails to preserve these clarities.