Beware of Douglas Wilson: Part 4

Listening to this critique of Roman Catholicism is like listening to a critique of Wilson’s  Federal Vision theology.  Like Romanism, the Federal Vision teaches initial salvation by water baptism and final salvation by a lifetime of works.

One way Douglas Wilson attempts to escape the charge that he teaches salvation by works is to redefine the meaning of  “works.”

In a blog posting, Wilson, after quoting one of his critics, writes:

“But here are some terms that one ought not be allowed to interchange as though they were synonyms obedience and works. Not one of us believes that the WCF was wrong to say that Adam had to obey. He disobeyed, and here we are in a sinful world.


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Beware of Douglas Wilson: Part 3

Roman Catholicism and Douglas Wilson’s Federal Vision theology are essentially the same in their perversions of the Gospel.

In part two, we covered Douglas Wilson’s interview with Christian Renewal where he equates saving faith with works.  This was not a unique incident.

In vol. 15, issue 5, of his magazine Credenda/Agenda, he states:

Now this fides salvifica does not cause obedience in the way that a billiard ball striking another one causes it to move. It is not mechanical. Rather, it brings about obedience organically, the way life in a body causes that body to breathe. As a body without the spirit is dead so faith without works is dead (Jas. 2:26). This is why saving faith necessarily lives and actsOne of the principal acts performed by such saving faith is the act of trusting in Christ alone for both justification and sanctification.

Douglas Wilson, “A Pauline Take on the New Perspective,” Credenda/Agenda vol. 15, issue 5 (2003): 8.

(For a refutation of Wilson’s interpretation of James 2:26, see “Does James 2 contradict Romans 4?,” by John MacArthur.)


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Beware of Douglas Wilson: Part 2

This video refutes the claim of Wilson and other Federal Vision proponents who hold that faith must be equated with works, or else it is the faith of devils.

In part one, we covered Douglas Wilson’s equating of law and Gospel.  In not distinguishing between the two, he equates saving faith with works, justification with sanctification.  This is a denial of the Gospel.

An example of where Wilson equates saving faith with works is in an interview with Christian Renewal magazine.

During the interview, Wilson says, “What drives apostasy is unbelief, and the engine that drives salvation is faith and only faith.”

The interviewer then asks, “But not ‘faith only’?” Wilson replies:


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Beware of Douglas Wilson: Part 1 (updated)

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:

  1. Many influential and respected Christians promote him and his works.  How can he be dangerous if such respected Christians promote him?
  2. 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?
  3. 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.)