Have you noticed people nearly paralyzed in their Christian lives because, try as they might, they get no assurance of their salvation? Or, at the opposite extreme, are you troubled by the rampant antinomianism in contemporary Christianity?
As you’ve puzzled over these issues, you’ve heard that some Christian leaders, speaking at the 2002 and 2003 Auburn Avenue Pastors’ Conferences, have come up with ideas about covenant theology, the objectivity of the covenant, the sacraments, and the relationship of faith and obedience that they believe will address both errors afflicting the presumptuous and comforting the afflicted.
But you’ve also heard that other Christian leaders have charged those men with errors about the gospel, justification by faith, and fidelity to their denominational confessions.
WHAT ARE YOU TO THINK?
Here you can read papers exchanged and discussed by seven proponents of the Auburn Avenue Theology/Federal Vision and seven of its critics and judge for yourself.
E. Calvin Beisner (PhD, University of Saint Andrews) is the Founder and National Spokesman of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, an adjunct fellow of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty; an adjunct scholar of the Committee For a Constructive Tomorrow; a fellow of the Institute on Religion and Democracy; and a member of the advisory board of the Templeton Freedom Awards program of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.