The Gospel or The Coalition?

November 11, 2011 — Leave a comment

Over at The Pyromaniacs blog, Phil Johnson raises an interesting concern about the whole Elephant Room controversy. In his conclusion, speaking of a video James MacDonald released, he says:

But in the above video, he repeatedly insists (in rather dogmatic terms and with an emphatic tone) that all ER participants are indeed his “brothers.”

That, I think, is why MacDonald and the ER pose a major problem for the Gospel Coalition. He is a council member of TGC and an influential spokesman for the movement. And the first point inTGC’s confessional statement is “The Tri-une God.”

So is biblical and historic Trinitarianism an essential tenet of Gospel truth, or is it not? If yes, then TGC needs to hold its own council members to the implications of that. If not, one wonders what was the point of the organization in the first place.

Or to put it another way: The collective leadership of TGC are going to have to decide which is more important: the Gospel, or the Coalition.

Read the rest here.

Remembering the quote I shared from Vanhoozer’s The Drama of Doctrine seems apt:

The doctrine of the Trinity, far from being a peice of abstract speculation, is actually the inevitable conclusion to which the church was driven by the logic of theo-drama. The church fathers soon came to realize that the integrity of the gospel is fatally compromised if either the Son of the Spirit is not fully God. If the Son were not God, he could neither reveal the Father nor atone for our sin. If the Spirit were not God, he could unite us neither the Father and Son nor one another. The gospel, then, requires a triune God. The God of the gospel reveals and redeems precisely as Father, Son, and Spirit.


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