I am vaguely familiar with Calvin Knox Cummings, who came into the OPC in its infancy when orthodoxy meant something special and was committed to objective, absolute truth vs. multi-perspectivalism and the hermeneutic of truth that dominates the OPC today.

As you doubtless know, I believe I stand in that "somewhere between" area. I'm a modern Puritan, one could say I guess. I firmly embrace experimental Christianity vs. easy believism and fluff evangelism and I firmly believe that those truly called by God through the sovereign and secret work of the spirit will not only experience conviction of sin and guilt but a certain knowledge of God's inexorable holiness which brings them to Christ. That coming to Christ also draws the now child of God out of this world into the kingdom of God where holiness is sought and loved which is defined by Scripture as is all of life (Rom 12:2). And, perhaps the most important is that not only is the true believer's life is more and more transformed into the image of Christ as they partake of His divine nature (2Pet 1:4) but that this new life in Christ (Jh 10:10) is expressed in true spiritual worship of God (Ps 51:17, 66:18; Isa 57:15; Matt 15:8,9; 2Cor 1:12; Heb 12:28 Jh 4:23,24). ALL who truly come to Christ and cling to Him to so because of the work of the Spirit in them working regeneration; conviction of sin/sinfulness and creating in them true saving faith and infallibly drawing them to Christ. God has no grand children (children of believers). ALL are born under the just judgement and wrath of God and need to repent and believe upon Christ by God's efficacious grace. I agree with you that the quest to "get people saved" has brought about some disastrous and shallow practices in the church in recent times. And as I have too many times expressed over many years, these type of heretical doctrines and practices have nearly destroyed the visible church for the result is churches being filled with and led by unregenerate sinners who are assured they are Christians. Corinth has been revived in the modern church, IMO and it is in dire need of reformation and cleansing from within (Mk 11:17; 1Pet 4:17).

Lastly, I recommend to those who aren't afraid of reading things that requires effort Jonathan Edwards treatise on the requirements for church membership. It's about 60+ pages, which when you are done feels like 1200 pages giggle. But it is meat that speaks truth which brings growth not only to one's mind but to one's soul. Edwards was ousted because of his biblical understanding of what a true Christian was and how important it was to maintain membership in the church was for believers only, as best as we are given to discern. The standards of church membership today are minimal at best and a "credible confession of faith" has been changed to the point that it no longer exists. Note how a member here unabashedly took pride in the fact that the church of which he was a member allows those who embrace semi-Pelagianism (and who knows what other damnable heresy(s)) to be communicate members. rolleyes2


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