Over and over again critics of FV selectively ignore FV defenses and vindications from scholars and in preferences, point to incredibly biased groups, and then mock “FVers” for claiming “no one understands us.”
A group of ten ministers has written a “pastoral letter” concerning the Federal Vision study committee report releasedto be considered in June at the PCA’s General Assembly in Memphis, TN. More details at http://www.reformednews.com/.
Shouldn’t you state that a group of ten ministers, sympathetic to the Federal Vision, have written a letter?
Well, there you go. Van Til had it right, except that he applied his metaphor to unbelieving scientists rather than sectarians: The FV critics say our net catches all the fish in the ocean–all the Reformed people analyzing FV. The question: But what about that one that got through your net? The answer: Whatever our net does not catch is not a fish.
So, even while they refuse to acknowledge how much support FV gets (not agreement, since it is not a “position” anyway, but defense against misrepresentation and against narrow impositions of party positions that pretend to speak for the whole of the Reformed heritage), they continue to expand their picture of the vast FV conspiracy which now seems to have spread everywhere. I doubt they will be able to stop at a mere eighty-five churches.
It is a presupposition that interprets reality: there can be no Reformed FV defenders, only “sympathizers” that are themselves part of the problem.