I knew there was a problem with the old school Protestant System of theology! I knew it!
For years I have said that this system, in various forms, essentially turns back to the old covenant for its foundation. It is as though Christ is not enough.
Now, as I am reading Doug Campbell’s Deliverance of God, I see the arguments laid out with an incredible depth and clarity. This old school system is bankrupt and lacks clear biblical warrant. Indeed in some ways, it promotes another gospel.
I know this may sound shocking, but I challenge anyone to read/study/discuss this book along with me and come away with a hearty approval of the fundamental Protestant system. Now, that does not at all mean that I am endorsing or approving Roman Catholicism either. No, the issues are far deeper than an “either this or that” conclusion.
Indeed, there is nothing new in trying to grasp the truth and depth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Read Galatians or Hebrews and we see the early church struggled with how truly liberating it is.
But, those who know me recall my Reformed phase not too many years ago, and how I walked away from that system for one primary reason: it is grounded in the old covenant. It affirms Christ, yet reaches back for the chains of the old system. And let’s be honest, folks, that denies Christ in many, many ways.
I still have quite a bit of respect for the Reformers. But, Campbell’s book certainly lays out a solid argument that this system of thought should at least be questioned and at best be replaced.
I read on…and will post more as I go!