Parts of the confessional Reformed world in North America are in the midst of a controversy over whether it is biblical, confessional, and historically Reformed to teach that the Mosaic covenant was, in some sense, a republication of the covenant of works. Last week we took a 30 minute trip through the history of Reformed theology in the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, in the British Isles, Europe, and the USA and found orthodox a wide range of Reformed writers teaching various versions of republication. If, e.g., Perkins, Witisus, Boston, the Westminster Confession, Hodge, Shaw, and Berkhof taught some or part of what is now considered, by some, to be a controversial notion—even that Israel’s tenure in the land was contingent upon their obedience—and they aren’t regarded as anything but orthodox, why is the the doctrine of republication so controversial right now? Chris Gordon, pastor of the Escondido URC and host of Abounding Grace Radio joins me to work through the theological, pastoral, and ecclesiastical issues.
You will want to stay tuned for episode 50 for the conclusion of our discussion.
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