Douglas Wilson is part of the extremely heretical Federal Vision movement. This movement has already spread like gangrene in Presbyterian circles, and no thanks to John Piper’s endorsement of him, threatens to do the same in Baptist circles.
(We respect Piper, but his endorsement of Wilson is a dangerous mistake.)
Many Christians are honestly confused about Wilson. Those who don’t know any better are likely to assume Wilson is a godly man since:
- Many influential and respected Christians promote him and his works. How can he be dangerous if such respected Christians promote him?
- Wilson defended Christianity by debating the rabid atheist Christopher Hitchens. How can he be dangerous if he defended the faith against one of America’s greatest enemies of Christianity?
- Wilson is so winsome. How can someone so friendly and soft-spoken in his speech be so dangerous? (Of course, Wilson has a very snide and sarcastic side as well.)
Watching wolves hunt down and devour their prey is instructive to the dangers of false teachers (which the Bible considers wolves), who hunt down and devour their prey with deceitful doctrine and smooth speech. But most professing Christians today would rather let false teachers devour their prey than sound a warning and appear to be “unloving.”
The Bible warns that wolves (false teachers) (Acts 20:26-31) will arise among the flock. And yet, under the pretext of “love,” American evangelicalism condemns pointing out these wolves.
But let’s see if this reasoning holds up. If a dangerous wolf (the animal kind), waiting to devour people, was in the neighborhood, would it be unloving to warn others about it?
Of course not. It would in fact be unloving, and even hateful, not to warn others.
While many of today’s professing pastors claim to take the teachings of the Apostle Paul seriously, the fact that they refuse to protect the flock by not calling heresy heresy belies their claim.
The arguments in the following fictional letter written by the Trinity Foundation reflects the very arguments these so-called pastors often make when a member of their congregation dares to identify false teachers.
A Letter to Paul the Apostle
Presbyterian Church in Asia Minor
Committee on Missions
Paul the Apostle
c\o Aquila the Tentmaker
We recently received a copy of your letter to the Galatians. The committee has directed me to inform you of a number of things, which deeply concern us.
First, we find your language to be somewhat intemperate. In your letter, after a brief greeting to the Galatians, you immediately attack your opponents by claiming they “want to pervert the gospel of Christ.”