Monergism's Bias

 

Please Read

The popular online book seller Monergism recently notified many if not all of their customers that they will not make available Gentry and Wellum’s “Kingdom Through Covenant” (Crossway) because in their opinion, “KTC” is not a “Christ-centered biblical theology,” which they believe their own Reformed/Covenant theology reflects.
May we ask a simple question?
How is it that a system derived through a man-made theological construct of the covenants can make their brand of theology more of a “Christ-centered biblical theology,” when it has artificially created a “covenant of works” and a “covenant of grace” at the expense of the two major biblical covenants as defined by II Corinthians 3 and Galatians 4:21-31?
This is all quite sad given that Monergism has served for many years as a respected source for many within the New Covenant Theology and Progressive Dispensational communities.
Our Opinion
Why would you purchase from Monergism if they continue to sell works that do not properly define the two biblical covenants?
Given Monergism’s own faulty reasoning customers who do not embrace Covenant Theology ought to think twice before supporting this online ministry.
[Update: Over at the Gospel Coalition Matt Smethurst wrote, “I corresponded with Gentry and Wellum about their proposal, ironic similarities between the two dominant systems, recent accusations, and more.” Most interesting was what he wrote with regards to TGC’s plan for the near future. “Soon TGC expects to publish a forum featuring responses to this proposal by Darrell Bock, Michael Horton, and Douglas Moo.” It’s rather ironic that Monergism’s refusal to sell “Kingdom Through Covenant” has in all probability generated a greater amount of exposure and sales for this super work by Wellum and Gentry. – Moe] [learn_more caption=”Read Monergism’s Statement Here”] — Begin Quote —
“PLEASE READ”
As most of you already know. Monergism Books is dedicated to upholding a Christ-centered biblical theology, which we believe, Reformed/Covenant theology most closely reflects. If you have been following us for any amount of time you should know that we try, by the grace of God, to carefully choose books and resources to promote and warn visitors about books with theological problems. This is one of those times. We believe that Kingdom through Covenant both misrepresents Covenant Theology and promotes an unbiblical alternative. Of course we are not trying to decide for you what to buy, but rather, encourage you in the right direction when you have a choice in the books you read. Some might be under the false impression that we oppose the theology in this book because it is Reformed Baptist. But this is not the case. Kingdom through Covenant is not a Reformed Baptist work or Reformed at all. Historically Reformed Theology has been synonymous with Covenant Theology. So—called New Covenant Theology is actually a reaction against confessional Reformed Baptists, Presbyterians and Covenant Theologians in general. We are not against it because it is Baptist. by no means. In fact, We carry and encourage you to purchase Baptist Greg Nichols excellent work of covenant theology because we think that it accurately represents classic Covenant Theology from Baptist perspective. Just to clarify, we will not be selling Kingdom through Covenant or making it available. We regard “New Covenant Theology” as a significant theological error but of course you are free to purchase it elsewhere. We appreciate your understanding that we are taking a stand on this issue and we do appreciate your business even though it may not be for his particular book. So we recommend Sacred Bond and Nichols book over Kingdom through Covenant. — end quote — [/learn_more]

Which Stack of Paper… Controls You?

Wrong Question!

The truth of the matter is: Neither.

The well intentioned illustrator got it wrong. The Bible, God’s written word, by itself cannot control a person.  The illustrator should have compared the love of money to love for God.
The problem for mankind is that we are totally incapable of knowing and submitting to God and unless God by his Spirit makes us alive to Him we will never be able to know and submit to his perfect revealed will.
We believe this is why it is important for a theology of the New Covenant to have a right understanding of Pneumatology (A Doctrine of the Holy Spirit). If we fail to understand pneumatology’s centrality to the believer’s doctrine of the New Covenant then we are no better off than the man who looks to the Bible with its leather bound covers and paper pages to make him holy in God’s eyes.
You and I can read the Bible from cover to cover and never know God anymore than a picture of George Washington on your currency can enslave you to greed.
So you see my friend, even if you are a theologian you can know about God yet never really know God. Union with God requires a life giving miracle. Of this miracle the apostle Paul wrote;

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.   But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.   If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. – Romans 8:9-11

So the question is simply this;  what or who controls you?
God’s Word testifies to the truth that a man or woman to be truly free they must walk (live day in and day out – all the time) empowered by the Spirit of God. It’s the only way for us to have victory over the sinful appetites of our flesh. God’s written word in our Bibles speaks to this very truth.

The Free Walk by the Spirit of God

Unlike others who look in every direction to find their help except to the Spirit of God I will tell you plainly, the Spirit of God guarantees to the one who seeks his aide victory over the desires of their flesh.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.  – Galatians  5:16-17

It’s high time for God’s saints to lose their language of defeat by looking to God for the victory he’s promised. So look to God. His written word tells you to. Your love for God will be evidenced by your dependence upon God’s Holy Spirit to fulfill his perfect will.