(HT Albino Hayford) Maybe this will help explain my advice for Frank Valenti that seems to have confused so many.
Sez WCF X.IV:
Others, not elected, although they may be called by the ministry of the Word, and may have some common operations of the Spirit, yet they never truly come unto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved: much less can men, not professing the Christian religion, be saved in any other way whatsoever, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature, and the laws of that religion they do profess. And to assert and maintain that they may, is very pernicious, and to be detested.
Sez Tony Campolo:
I am saying that there is no salvation apart from Jesus; that’s my evangelical mindset. However, I am not convinced that Jesus only lives in Christians.
Jesus is the only Savior, but not everybody who is being saved by Him is aware that He is the one who is doing the saving.
What I am trying to say is that Jesus who incarnated God 2,000 years ago is mystically present and waiting to be discovered in EVERY person you and I encounter…I do not mean that others represent Jesus for us. I mean that Jesus actually is present in each other person.
going to heaven is like going to Philadelphia….There are many ways….It doesn’t make any difference how we go there. We all end up in the same place.
Now that’s “very pernicious, and to be detested”!
In contrast, sez WCF X.IV:
Others, not elected, although they may be called by the ministry of the Word, and may have some common operations of the Spirit, yet they never truly come unto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved.
Sez Frank Valenti:
The elect are those who are faithful in Christ Jesus. If they later reject the Savior, they are no longer elect — they are cut off from the Elect One and thus, lose their elect standing. But their falling away doesn’t negate the reality of their standing prior to their apostasy. They were really and truly the elect of God because of their relationship with Christ. — Steve Wilkins, Federal Vision, p. 58
That’s not “very pernicious, and to be detested” — according to the definition set forth in WCF X.IV. Hence I am jokingly advising Frank Valenti to protest “I’m not very pernicious! Stop detesting me!”
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