I’ve been pushing the Office Hours podcast so aggressively lately I’ve forgotten to Heidelflog RRC. The writer of The Writer and the Muse has been reading RRC, however, and hit on something really important. One of the goals of RRC was to try to communicate to FV folk and those tempted by the FV is that there are orthodox, confessional(ist) alternatives to both the revivalism that drives them (and me) crazy and to the FV. It has long been apparent to me that some, perhaps many, FVists become FVists because they’re so disgusted with the state of American evangelicalism and with its pervasive influence in the Reformed churches. They want a churchly, sacramental theology. Along comes the FV and offers what seems to be a churchly, sacramental theology and it seems the only alternative to revivalism and quasi-pentecostalism.
Well there is an alternative: plain old-fashioned Word and sacrament ministry in a real, honest-to-goodness local church. I admit that it’s not easy to find such and I get emails regularly complaining about how hard it is to find a congregation where the minister is content to be a minister of Word and sacrament, where the law and the gospel are understood and preached rightly and where the divinely instituted means of grace are given their due place in the administration of the church. If you’re tempted by the FV because you’re worn out by modern evangelical busy-ness, if you’re looking for a churchly theology, for a theology, piety, and practice with roots, it exists and it exists apart from the FV movement, which, judged in light the the Reformed confession (defined broadly and narrowly) is just another QIRC-y fundamentalist movement.