Why is the EC promoting the para-church creed, Affirmation 2010, which seeks to ‘win the widest possible agreement’ in ‘various church bodies and constituencies’? This aim is doomed from the start as the twenty-four subscribers to date obviously represent different theologies and denominations and are dodging and dumbing down doctrinal issues. Their views of the Trinity, redemption, atonement, the gospel, law, justification, sanctification and the Church alone can be ranked from sub to anti Reformed and several subscribers’ views of the Scriptures are Barthian and Liberal. They have found unity in signing the same document, but there the unity ends. Indeed, the separate publications of the subscribers show what a farce the unity behind Affirmation 2010 is.
Space merely allows for two comments. The doctrine of justification is expressed in modern Liberal terms of a mere legal declaration or verdict which was far from our Reformers’ hearts and minds when they spoke of justification by faith. Behind this Liberal doctrine is the modern idea that the atonement, justification, righteousness and imputation are mere metaphors and imagery which holders refuse to spell out in concrete terms.
Coloured histories of splitter-groups do not belong in a Declaration of Faith and the generalised praise of the politically rebellious bands, leagues, brigades and armies of the Covenanters shows how confused the subscribers are. These most questionable groups, who often fought one another, covered the entire range of religious, political and criminal action. One could find saints within them but also murderers, highway robbers and bandits. Their political allegiance often changed overnight and their vast mercenary forces were prepared to serve anyone with a big enough pocket and chances of plunder. Indeed, we find the same covenanters now fighting for the Stuarts, now for those who rebelled against them and now for the Holy Roman Empire.
Affirmation 2010 is a deceitful attempt to create a New Orthodoxy in which Reformed doctrines are ignored. Those who have rejected Biblical and Reformed principles concerning the Trinity, the Word, Revelation, the Atonement and God’s absolute sovereignty in salvation have cobbled together their own orthodoxy so that they may be thought to be evangelical Christian leaders and pioneers of para-church unity. However, what is wrong with the great Reformation creeds? The Affirmation subscribers tell us they are despised. I guarantee that any of them would, even today, find thousands of subscribers more than their wishy-washy Affirmation 2010!
The editor refused to publish the letter on the grounds that my adverse criticism would merely confuse the issue.