A misnomer is "a wrong name or inappropriate designation".
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Because I am a half-blooded Viking (which probably explains a lot ), I have always been intrigued by Nordic countries. I find two of them – Iceland and Greenland – to be particularly fascinating. Have you ever realized that these two countries have been wrongly named? "Iceland" suggests a place that is icy, which today is known to be untrue, while "Greenland" suggests a place that is mostly green, which today is know to be untrue. According to Wikipedia, "About 81% of Greenland's surface is covered by the Greenland ice sheet." (link) However, in Iceland "the warm North Atlantic Current ensures generally higher annual temperatures than in most places of similar latitude in the world." (link) Yes, the names of these countries appear to be misnomers.
As we have been investigating spiritual topics during the past three years, we have noticed what we consider to be misnomers in the Calvinista world. For example, Together for the Gospel (T4G) kicks off tomorrow in the Calvinista mecca known as Louisville, Kentucky. When the last T4G Conference occurred, we wrote a post called Together for the Gospel – Really?
Here is how that post began:
"We have some questions for those headed to Louisville for T4G. Just how accurate is the conference name “Together for the Gospel”? Why would we even ask such a question? Here’s why…
What percentage of the speakers and attendees are “reformed”? Would it be accurate to say one hundred percent?
Would someone who is a committed Christian but less than a five-pointer feel comfortable at T4G?
How many women attend T4G? After all, at least half the population is made up of women. How many women are there in our churches? Do they have any input beyond flower arrangements?
How many other than Reformed Baptists attend T4G? What is the breakdown between denominations represented at the conference (Southern Baptist, PCA, SGM, etc.)?"
We also made the following points in that post, which we wish to emphasize again:
"From all outward appearances, Together for the Gospel is a select group of pastor-types with an extremely narrow theology, which we call “Neo-Calvinism”, which is NOT the same theology as traditional Calvinism.
Quite frankly, we find the slogan Together for the Gospel to be an arrogant concept. It implies that those who don’t abide by the Calvinista theology are somehow not interpreting or perhaps not contending for the Gospel correctly.
Is this just another forum for larger than the Gospel personalities? Is there ever an attempt to invite obscure people who are contending for the Gospel to speak? In fact, are the only ones speaking just the same old, same old? And if so, why?"
Check out these two clips featured on the T4G website that clearly demonstrate what brings this group 'together' and what divides them from the rest of Christendom.
In this video, Ligon Duncan explains that one of the most critical remarks he hears regarding T4G has to do with complementarianism. He affirms that if they had left that out, they would have attracted so many more people. Panelists emphasizing the importance of complementarianism are: John Piper, Russell Moore, Greg Gilbert, Ligon Duncan.
We have a fairly good idea which inerrancy issue will be emphasized since Al Mohler is on this panel – the Historical Adam. Mohler has written and spoken extensively on his new hot button topic, which he considers to be of doctrinal importance. Not all of Mohler's colleagues share his view on creationism. Tim Keller is an old earth creationist, as was R.C. Sproul until his recent conversion to young earth creationism. (We believe his son R.C. Sproul, Jr. – Doug Phillips' BFF (and others) convinced Sproul to change his mind). Here is another resource that lists theologians who sharply disagree with Mohler's narrow view of creation:
"Young Earthers say that any credence given to old earth science fatally undermines the authority of Scriptures. But its worth noting that prior to Charles Darwin there were many (if not most) Biblical scholars who considered the days of Creation to be periods of time rather than 24 hour calendar days. This included, Charles Hodge and Benjamin Warfield. Today, such scholars as D.A. Carson, Gleason Archer, Norman Geisler, and Walter Kaiser espouse an Old Earth view. Some leading pastors have now come out from the pack and declared that they too are Old Earth in their Biblical understanding. These include Bill Hybels, Jack Hayford and Ron Wilson (past President of AOG Tasmania). These men see no undermining of Scriptural authority (sola scriptura) by regarding that the Creation days as periods of time rather than 24 hour periods. Rather than regarding science as the enemy of Scriptural revelation that see it as complementary to it."
On a different note, I guess the T4G blogmaster got so excited in promoting this topic that he added another "n" to "inerrancy". Since I majored in English (and Economics) in college, misspelled words are a pet peeve! It is ironic that the word inerrancy - which means "exemption from error" – is spelled incorrectly, resulting in a grammatical "error".
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One pastor who has been outspoken about T4G elevating complementarianism to a first tier doctrinal position is Wade Burleson, who has written the following post:
Here is an excerpt from that post:
"There is a modern tragedy within the evangelical conservative movement called Together for the Gospel. The men, pictured above, have wonderful objectives. They desire to fellowship around "the joyous declaration that God is redeeming the world through Christ, and that He calls everyone everywhere to repent from sin and trust Jesus Christ for salvation." Amen. We can all agree. Our theological heroes, however, have within them a fatal flaw. They have defined their gospel movement as having "a theological anchor defined by four points." The third major theological point is their fatal flaw. They have insisted that the gospel demands 'complementarian relationships.' This is theological lingo for 'men should always lead and women should always follow.' The absolute absurdity of making this view a major theological tenet is seen in the video answer that John Piper gives to the question, "Should a woman submit to abuse by her man." Watch the video and you will see the fatal flaw within these men. Conservative, evangelical Christians like myself--people who might otherwise fellowship with these men around the gospel of Jesus Christ--find ourselves running from them as fast as possible. The intended desire of these men (fellowship around the gospel) has created the opposite results. Conservative Presbyterians have already put on their spiritual tennis shoes and sprinted away fast. It is only a matter of time before others do so as well."
A critical issue at the Together for the Gospel conference upon which we can definitely stand together is Celebrity Pastor - Indecent Exposure? C.J. Mahaney will "serve" as a panelist.
Mark Dever mentions in the complementarianism clip that 10 percent of T4G attendees this time are women. I guess that's how he defines "togetherness" of the sexes. I wonder how many of those female attendees are married to pastors...
Speaking of Mark Dever, I find his book Nine Marks of a Healthy Church to be somewhat of a misnomer. Is Capitol Hill Baptist Church spiritually healthy? We're not so sure.
Another misnomer among the Calvinista crowd is the concept of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Who gets to define "Biblical" or "Gospel" for that matter? Yes, The Gospel Coalition definitely comes to mind. Then we have the Young, Restless, and Reformed. We know pastors and colleagues who are "Reformed" in their theology, and they don't belong with this crowd! Not even close!
There are other examples of misnomers in the Calvinista crowd. Please feel free to share those here. Sadly, some of these terms have been hijacked and assigned extremely narrow definitions that fit the Calvinista mold. It's time to call a spade a spade, and we no longer accept their misnomers or their definitions of "biblical", "gospel", etc. The Calvinistas have been putting God in their oddly shaped box, and we say enough is enough!
It's past time to move beyond the narrow theology of the Calvinistas. To help you think outside the box, here are some funny Things to Ponder: (feel free to add to the list)
Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?
Why is it that when you transport something by car, it's called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship, it's called cargo?
Why does "cleave" mean both split apart and stick together?
If the front of your car says 'DODGE', do you really need a horn?
Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?
Why is it called a TV "set" when you only get one?
Why does your nose run and your feet smell?
Is there another word for synonym?
How can there be self-help "groups"?
Is there another word for thesaurus?
What was the best thing before sliced bread?
Why did God give men nipples?
As I was listening to the news today, I heard the name "Angela Corey" several times in reference to a high-profile case in Florida. I want to praise my co-blogger Dee for her excellent work shortly after we began blogging. She was investigating the Tom Rich situation and placed a phone call to Florida State Attorney Angela Corey. Here is an excerpt from our post Subpoena This Blog.
"Recently, Dee had the honor and privilege of speaking with Florida State Attorney Angela Corey. How did this conversation come about you are probably wondering. Dee called the State Attorney’s office, concerned about the freedom to dissent for religious bloggers. The State of Florida is blessed to have such a responsive representative of the law! Angela Corey spent a lengthy amount of time explaining her understanding of this case."
Let me assure you, there's never a dull moment in preparing posts here at The Wartburg Watch. We were BORN TO BLOG!!!
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