This so-called "criticism" of the Confessing Movement is the usual liberal spin without a doubt! The presuppositions upon which these liberal assertions are based are biblically, traditionally and historically unsound! If he knew what was being advocated today in the movement he founded, John Wesley would turn in his grave!
OK - hang on to your seats, people!
With some comments already being circulated about that Critical Challenge matter signed by Sample et al--
At least one plain statement in Scripture (horror upon horrors -- I am quoting from that Book!) most certainly applies as to what we are dealing with:
In 2 Cor. 6 these words ----------
Ah, I will not pursue the coming out and being separate thing, except to say, the history of Methodism bears out the fact that Wesley did spell out some very basic doctrinal truth -- it's a matter of record. At least a few of us still believe that still stands and we attempt to identify with it -- the other bunch is left outside on that -- so who should stay, and who should go and organize their own modern version of a Canaanite religious monstrosity which more accurately portrays their theological (term used loosely) system of beliefs?
The apostates (let's identify them for what they really are) have done everything and continue to do everything they can to twist, distort, deny, ignore, alter, change, and overturn all that's basic to a committed faith centered in a living Savior and His holy purposes for His redeemed ones!
The Divine Surgeon needs to excise the spiritual cancer from the body of Methodism if there is to be healing and restoration! This thing of discussion and dialogue (with that bunch) won't do it! Ah, anyone willing to pray to that end? Check out Psalm 141:5 for a launch pad!
All for radical "surgery" in Laurel Highlands of PA
It doesn't surprise me that Tex (Not a Texan) Sample signed on to this.
"Life-denying christocentrism"? Give me a break. The author obviously doesn't know Christ.
It's hard for me to believe one can be that blind and ignorant. There were times reading the article when I said, "He's lying and he knows he's lying." Like when he misrepresented the historical record concerning the Articles and Confession. Wesley DID set out a number of Articles as doctrinal standards for the Methodists. The Confession IS a confession.
The most telling characteristic of Liberal theology is that they use BIBLICAL diversity to excuse and justify THEIR diversity. Biblical diversity is guided by the Spirit in fulfillment of the words of Christ. Their diversity is made up of whole cloth, imported from worldly philosophy sewn together with pop political culture. You know, not all apples are the same. Some are tart, some are sweet. Some are round and smooth, some are longish and fluted. Some are even green! But no apples are oranges. And no one who signed that thing is a Christian.
Yours in Christ,
Michael D. Hinton, M.Div. Pastor
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