UPDATE: added to the two Heidelcast episodes audio clips from the video linked below.
These episodes grew out of the decision Desiring God Ministries to invite the de facto leader of the self-described Federal Vision movement to speak at the 2009 DGM conference. Part of the justification for the decision was the claim that the FV doctrine is the natural result of being presbyterian (and baptizing infants). Since, by that time, most all of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council had repudiated the FV doctrine (including the heart of the error, “in Christ by baptism, stay in by works”) root and branch some sort of response seemed necessary.
One of my concerns about the original invitation has been justified in the years since. I worried that those who don’t know what the FV is would conclude that there must not be much to it since, some reason, DGM would never invite a speaker who is not trustworthy. First, that simply doesn’t follow. Organizations make mistakes (sometimes more than once). Popes and councils err. A regional synod in Jerusalem acquitted the heretic Pelagius, who was later condemned by the ecumenical Council of Ephesus (431) and by the entire Western Church afterwards (including all the Reformed Churches). Second, more than one person has said to me since 2009, “Well, DGM invited this person to speak so the FV can’t be that serious.” Again, non sequitur but that response illustrates the danger of misunderstanding the FV and its proponents and it illustrates the necessity of reminding people continually that yes, it’s a serious error that corrupts the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Here is the original post. The feedback on that post indicated that more explanation was necessary so I recorded these two episodes.
Heidelcast episode #2: A Gentle Rebuke to Brother John (pt 1)
Here’s an introduction to the FV movement.
Here’s the video to which I referred above.