So in the last couple years I’ve noticed a number of controversies erupt within our “orthodox” circles. At first glance there seemed to be some good points and some interesting questions, but as the drum beat rolled on, it really caused me to question the motives and ask the question I often ask myself when reading the secular news; “why are they telling me this(?), what do they want me to believe that I purportedly don’t believe already(?)”. So here’s a few more questions.
Not an exhaustive list, but…one controversy seemed to be the drum beat surrounding the eternal subordination of the son, in its relation to complimentarianism. Another was federal guilt, in relation to social justice and past occurrences of racism. And the popular one lately has been justification by faith alone, in relation to FV/theonomy/holy living.
I understand that those three things are not exactly analogous, but it seems like there are trends and motives unknown to us, and will we be able to discern what from what before we are sitting in a pot of boiling water?
Is our concern over the eternal subordination of the son, bigger than our concern over egalitarianism? Isn’t one issue much clearer than the other? Is our concern for our Samaritan neighbors, greater than our concern for our freedom in Christ? What does that do to the Gospel? Is our concern for Federal Vision or even theonomy, greater than our concern of antinomianism?
How much of these concerns are legitimate, how much of the indignation is a smoke screen?
Do you think the same people tend to land on the same side of each of these controversies?
Sorry for the million questions but am I off base thinking these controversies are connected?