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WTS Suspends a professor…..

….with good cause.

http://theologica.blogspot.com/2008/03/peter-enns-of-westminster-theological.html

and the issues that led up to it:

http://theologica.blogspot.com/2008/01/enns-vs-helm-vs-beale.html

I just put this post up on Holy Culture Radio as a commentary to all of this:

http://hcr.fm/forum/showthread.php?t=27750

One person commented that it seemed like WTS made the right move.  I commented:
Yep. The language that unorthodox folk use in academia is getting more slippery to nail down…..but that’s normally the case with heresy. It sneaks in sounding legit and sounding open, ‘broad’, loving and friendly. They also have a tendency to try and paint orthodoxy as closed, confining and constricting.

Praise God for WTS-PA being on the ball. I’ve been worried about them for a while now. Prayerfully, this will mark the beginnings of a move back to strict confessional orthodoxy for them.

C.S. Lewis nailed this very issue almost 60 years ago when he penned the Great Divorce. One of the conversations going on is reflective of the same issue here:

Ghost: ‘But you must feel yourself that there is something stifling about the idea of finality ? Stagnation, my dear boy, what is more soul-destroying than stagnation ?’

White Spirit: ‘You think that, because hiterto you have experienced truth only with the abstract intellect. I will bring you where you can taste it like honey and be embraced by it as by a bridegroom. Your thirst shall be quenched.”

Ghost: Well, really, you know, I’m not aware of a thirst for some ready-made truth which puts an end to intellectual activity in the way you seem to be describing. Will it leave me the free play of mind ? I must insist on that, you know.’

White Spirit: “Free, as a man is free to drink while he is drinking. he is not free to still be dry.”

The ghost seemed to think for a moment. ‘I can make nothing of that idea’, it said.

‘Listen!’ said the White Spirit. ‘Once you were a child. Once you knew what inquiry was for. There was a time when you asked questions because you wanted answers, and were glad when you had found them. Become that child again: even now.’

Ghost: ‘Ah, but when I became a man I put away childish things.’

White Spirit: ‘You have gone far wrong. Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth. What you now call the ‘free play of inquiry’ has neither more nor less to do with the ends for which intelligence was given you than masturbation has to do with marriage.’

For those who may miss the simple truth here in the exchange between the Ghost and the White Spirit:

Sometimes, people, in the use of the intellect which God gave them, spend more time questioning (even orthodoxy) for the sake of questioning orthodoxy as to appear intellectual and deep through the constant use and re-use of their intellect. That’s not the purpose of our intellect. Intellectual pursuit for the sake of intellectual pursuit is an idol and useless – a WASTE of the intellect, if you will. The intellect was given to us to find truth, and that truth being found in Christ and His word, being held onto tightly and not deviated from or left.

So while there may be many in the sub-orthodox community who denigrate any strict attempts to return to orthodoxy, Jesus has reminded us that it’s always the BROAD road that will lead to hell, not the narrow one.

Don’t be fooled by smooth sounding words.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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