As I’ve continued to watch the kerfuffle over Tullian Tchividjian’s antinomian streak play out on Chris Rosebrough’s Facebook wall, I’ve noticed something peculiar.
There are two questions that for whatever reason Chris won’t answer directly:
- “How is Dr. Mark Jones defining ‘salvation’ when he writes ‘good works are necessary for salvation’?”
- “Could you demonstrate that you comprehend all of the terms and distinctions that Jones uses in his book?”
Chris has been asked these two questions is dozens of varied forms, and in every case, he hasn’t given a direct answer. And answering these two question correctly (especially the first one) is crucial in this debate. Why won’t Chris answer the question?
But even more troubling is what I can only call a clear case of prejudice against Dr. Jones prior to the interview being aired.
Here’s an example of what I mean:
Leading up to the interview that Tchividijian interview, this is the sort of thing that was already being posted on Chris’s personal Facebook site. When this started showing up in my timeline, my stomach dropped; how could I expect to hear an unbiased interview with Tchividijian with this sort of commentary already appearing?
Not only is this sort of thing prejudicial and highly inflammatory, it’s also one of the clearest examples of constructing a straw-man that I’ve ever seen! I dare Chris to demonstrate that these quotes are at all accurately reflective of the position held and articulated by Dr. Mark Jones, Rev. Rick Phillips, or Rev. Dr. Carl Trueman.
What Chris has demonstrated repeatedly during this kerfuffle is that he continues to judge Mark Jones, et. al., not by the standard of Scripture, nor by the standards of the Reformed Confessions to which Mark Jones, et. al., subscribe, but by the Lutheran Formula of Concord.
Chris, as a discernment blogger and radio host, has long said that no one is beyond having their work checked.
So then why is it that now that he is receiving significant criticism for folks who, unlike Chris, are actually Reformed, he refuses to listen to that criticism?
Could it be that the shoe pinches now that it’s on the other foot?