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I weighed in some time back when Wheaton fired a philosophy professor who converted to Roman Catholicism but who said, in spite of what the President of Wheaton thought, that he could sign the doctrinal statement in all good faith. Now my alma mater, Cornerstone University, has fired a Roman Catholic – but the person worked in technology and was not a professor. So the newspaper reports. Correct me if I’ve got anything wrong. I hope President Rex Rogers has an explanation for this somewhere. (Scroll down to “21 Feb o6 Students respond to firing of Grave.) (HT: Greg Mutch.)
Or read it here:

Students respond to firing of Graves, WOOD-TV 8 story
Sarah Heth 21.FEB.06
There has been a lot of talk around campus about the IT staff member fired, allegedly, because he was Catholic. Reactions have been angry, upset, disappointed, and unbelieving. One might wonder, what with so many Protestant students on campus, what the Catholic students on campus think about all of this. The Herald caught up with six such students to get their response on the now infamous event.
Alex Marzolino, a Cornerstone sophomore who grew up in the Catholic church (although he would not consider himself a practicing Catholic now), and whose family is still Catholic, first reacted with disbelief. “When I first heard about it, I didn’t believe it,” he said.
When he realized it was not a joke, Marzolino was not happy. “I don’t think it’s right. It’s still a Christian religion. Other schools hire people of different denominations-why can’t we?”
He was not alone in those feelings. Ashlee Ducat agreed. “I don’t think it was right, because if he’s a practicing Catholic, he’s going to church, and that’s what he put down on his application.” She went on, “There are a handful of Catholic students here. What are they going to do, kick us out next? I just didn’t think it was fair.”
Jason Binder, a senior, was also disappointed in the affair. “In a nutshell,” he said, “I feel like the school often times doesn’t think about how some actions play out in the future. I don’t think they realize this affects the value of each student’s degree.”
Andrew Lindquist, a junior at Cornerstone, wasn’t angry because they fired him, but that they hired him first. “I wouldn’t be mad if they had said first off that he couldn’t have a job,” he said. “I’m more mad that after two days, they said ‘you have to give up your church attendance.’ I thought maybe they’d have looked at it and picked up on it before they hired him.”
Another junior, Kate Fedoruk, had similar thoughts. “I…feel like, if it was something that was such a big deal, they should have noticed it first off,” she said.
Sami Jo Greiner, a sophomore, felt that because he got hired, this was actually a personnel problem. “I take it for what it is: a guy who was hired when he shouldn’t have been. It’s not his fault, it’s the fault of the person who hired. We need not discuss our policy, but we need to discuss the person who did the hiring, and why something like that slipped through,” she said.
Most of the students felt that the man’s denomination (Catholic) shouldn’t matter. Laura Carlson is a freshman who, like Marzolino, grew up in the Catholic church, has a family that is Catholic, but would not consider herself a practicing Catholic anymore. “I really thought that it was just ridiculous because you can’t know a person’s true faith by simply their denomination,” she said. “There can be Catholics that have just as great of faith as Protestants.”
Fedoruk, who is “not Catholic anymore, but I still respect it,” said “If he wasn’t a Christian, that would be a different situation, but if it’s simply a different denomination, then it shouldn’t matter. They both believe in the same God, so I don’t see what the big deal is…Your worship style is different than mine, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t still love you and respect you.”
One big thing some of the students had a problem with was the fact that he was a technology staff member. “He’s only a web designer,” said Fedoruk. “He’s not teaching theology. That’s what I can’t get over.”
Lindquist agreed that he had a problem with “the fact that he didn’t have any interaction with the students.” Carlson felt the same way. “Especially because it’s a tech position,” she said, “and his faith isn’t going to affect as many people.”
The students also felt that they have not gotten all the information about the situation. “I guess I’d like to see the school say something more about it,” Binder said.
“We don’t have all the facts,” Greiner said. “We just have to wait for the facts to come to us.”

Here’s the earlier story:

Katie Stanfield & Luke Stier 14.FEB.06
Late last week, WOOD-TV 8 ran a news story accusing Cornerstone University of firing Tony Graves because of his Catholic faith. The WOOD-TV 8 report aired on Thursday, Feb. 9 during the 6 p.m. news and again Sunday, Feb. 12. During that report, Graves said that Cornerstone University officials gave him an ultimatum: “I was told to deny my religion, change my religion, or get fired,” Graves said.
WOOD-TV 8 acquired a tape recording from Graves of the meeting in which he was fired. On the recording played during the news report a man, who Graves claims is a university official, said, “You could opt to change your church attendance to one that falls within that definition of a theologically conservative and evangelical, biblical church.”
Graves had applied for a job in the Information Systems department at Cornerstone. Because of school policy, which requires all staff and faculty to attend an “evangelical, biblical church,” all applicants are required to list the name of the church they attend as well as sign the Cornerstone confession of faith. Although Graves listed a Catholic church, the name of which has not been disclosed, on his application, the Cornerstone official who hired him failed to see this until two days after he had been employed at the university. The Herald was unable to learn the name of this official.
Once the church attendance issue had been discovered, Graves was told that he would have to change his religious affiliation or the university would have to terminate his employment. On the recording of that meeting, the same voice can be heard telling Graves, “You would not have been hired in the first place because of the church attendance policy requirement.”“I chose to stick with my religion.” At that time, after only two days on the job, Graves was fired by Cornerstone University.
Jeff Herman, director human resources, said, “We have a process we go through [when hiring new employees]. We try to follow it as best we can. It is a process.” Herman felt that overall the university handled the situation in a “professional, appropriate way. We are who we are.”
WOOD-TV 8 reported that Graves had filed an employment discrimination lawsuit with the Kent County Circuit Court. The case was, however, settled out of court and because of a settlement noindisclosure agreement between the two parties reached this past January, neither side can talk specifically about the case. However, Rex M. Rogers, president of Cornerstone University, told The Herald that the timing of the situation was “relatively recent.” WOOD-TV Target 8 investigator Henry Erb said that the interviews conducted with Graves were from last June and at no point during the story would Cornerstone officials talk to the station.
Although law prohibits hiring discrimination based on religious beliefs, there are rights set forth to protect religious organizations in these cases. According to Timothy Visser, attorney and adjunct business law professor at Cornerstone University, the school falls into this category. “A religious organization like the college has a religious right,” he said.
Rogers said that he was pleased with the way the situation was handled once the error had been discovered. “Our people handled this matter professionally and appropriately with a Christian spirit,” he said. “They did a very good job.” He also cautioned the Cornerstone community from jumping to conclusions about the situation. “When you hear or see something on the news you’re getting a very limited piece of information, or even misinformation,” he said.
Commenting on e-mails he had received from members of the CU community, he said, “I cautioned those I wrote back to about making snap judgments. They don’t have all the details.”
During an interview with The Herald, Rogers stressed that the university’s employment policies are a matter of self-definition, not judgment. “What we don’t want to imply is that because we’ve defined ourselves a certain way that means we’re pointing fingers at somebody else,” he said.
Other Christian colleges, such as Calvin, have similar hiring standards for faculty members, but the standards for staff members at some of these institutions are more lenient. When asked why Cornerstone holds the standards it does, Rogers said, “A staff member at this institution can be just as influential in modeling and teaching a biblical worldview, and ministering to and counseling a student as any faculty member. We want all of our community to be involved in our mission and thoroughly supportive and committed to the same belief system.”
When asked why these principles do not apply equally to students, why, for example, Catholic students are invited to attend the university, Rogers said, “Students are receivers of the product, not the deliverers of the product.”
Rogers said he sees the situation as the university being true to its core values and beliefs. “If the message someone takes away from it is that Cornerstone is faithful to its faith, then OK,” he said.



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Greg

posted February 28, 2006 at 8:22 am


Scot: My wife pointed out another article that gives more detail from the administration’s side. That article is also posted on the main page that you posted and found under the title “CU Employee Fired because of Faith.” It should help your readers fill in some blanks.



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Joel Richardson

posted February 28, 2006 at 8:38 am


Scot,
I hope that this is not oo of topic here. Well it is, but it isn’t… What is your take on the unity prayers of John 17 and Ephesians 4:11 ish where Paul says that the various offices of pastor prophet etc were given “Until” we reach the unity of the faith and the full stature of the man Christ Jesus etc. Do you think there is room for an eschatological expectation this side of Christ’s return of a unity that Paul spoke of and Jesus prayed for? Of course, I guess it depends on how we define unity, but no matter how we define it, one thing is for certain, it doesn’t exist today. Whatd’ya think?
Joel



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danB

posted February 28, 2006 at 10:17 am


“Jesus wept.”



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rachael

posted February 28, 2006 at 11:53 am


you know, this is really disturbing and upsetting.
i can understand Cornerstone being selective in hiring – that’s their prerogative; but in that light i agree with the students who felt he should never have been hired to begin with.
i also agree with the students who are shocked that catholicism is not acceptable as a church choice. there is something deeply troubling about that.



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rick

posted February 28, 2006 at 1:34 pm


Hearing this makes me feel sad. I think we have so much to learn from our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters.
Having studied in seminary with many RC professors I was left humbled(once again) by my ignorance.
Their love for Jesus, spirituality, and even evangelism blew me away. I had no clue about their faith. Since then I have met numerous folks who have converted to RC.
Thaks for the story.



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anonymous-julie

posted February 28, 2006 at 2:54 pm


The school expresses by this policy; if your worship doesn’t look the same, and your prayer doesn’t sound the same, and your experience of God is not the same, then it is not legitimate.
I am disgusted and saddened.



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Steven Harris

posted February 28, 2006 at 5:15 pm


Maybe something has been lost in translation that stops me understanding this from a UK perspective – is it actually even legal for someone to be fired on the basis of their faith?!?!? You can be imprisoned/fined for doing that in Europe.
Legal matter aside, I think this is a really tragic incident. Sometimes the body of Christ seems to have an uncanny tendency to self-harm.



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Ted Gossard,

posted February 28, 2006 at 5:41 pm


I understand Cornerstone’s rule they’ve set on this. And it wasn’t caught until two days after he was hired. It was made known to him and they did give him the opportunity to change churches (ha). But it does sound like on that one report that the university did try to carry it out in a Christian manner.
For myself, I would like to live in a world in which we could work together and learn from each other in spite of (and often because of) differences. And becuause of our common bond in Christ.
Notre Dame has opened it up, while Wheaton and Cornerstone keep their doors closed to faculty not in their tradition of Christianity.
Does any (especially prominent) evangelical school hire Catholics or any Christians outside the evangelical tradition?



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Anonymous

posted February 28, 2006 at 5:58 pm


andersonfam.org » Questionable motives @ CU

[...] My sister-in-law Michelle is currently a sophomore at Cornerstone University, so this article really caught my attention when it came across my RSS aggregator. Though the details aren’t exactly clear, it appears that Cornerstone fired a recent hire in their IT department on account of his Catholic faith. The man that was fired, Tony Graves, fully disclosed on his application that he attended a Catholic church. They hired him anyway. Shortly after his hire, they (re)discovered that he didn’t attend a “biblical, evangelical” church and informed him that he must change his church affiliation or be canned. [...]



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Rich

posted February 28, 2006 at 6:05 pm


Talk about sectarianism. Fears of Roman Catholicism continues.



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Bryan Hodge

posted February 28, 2006 at 7:29 pm


I’m sure the Reformers would be saddened by this move since they all understood that Roman Catholicism was just another Christian denomination and not a threat to the Gospel. But then again they actually understood why the RC isn’t just another Christian denom, and apparently no one else on this blog does. I knew the Christian form of relativism was well on its way through evangelicalism for some time (via the essential/non-essential thing it always proclaimed), but via the pomo church it has turned into aburdity. Does anyone know why the policy was set in place to begin with? If you’re not really Protestant, then don’t claim it. Call yourself a disfellowshipped Roman Catholic. Either way, to talk about the RC as though its just another expression of Christianity, rather than a perversion of it, is to recant the Protestant position.



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Scott L

posted February 28, 2006 at 8:17 pm


Bryan, are you saying that Roman Catholicism is a perversion of Christianity? And if so, where is Catholicism’s perversion? Is it in its definition of the Trinity? Is it in its proclamation of the hypostatic union of Christ? Is it in its compilation of the Scriptures? Or is it in its moral strength concerning its statements on life or of its doing justly toward the poor, the naked, and the sick?
If so, consider this my recantation.
Sorry about the off-topic comment, Scot.



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Bryan Hodge

posted February 28, 2006 at 8:25 pm


Scott L, since we’re not saved in Scripture by our formulations of the Trinity or the Incarnation (the Jews in Jesus’ day had the right God), our canon (the Jews in Jesus’ day had the right canon), or our works (this is the zeal the Jews in Jesus’ day had without knowledge), then RC is perverted in that which is most important: the doctrine of salvation. Would you like to show me how the RC doctrine of salvation is the same as that of the Biblical (or even Prot) one?
Gal 1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is [really] not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!



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Bryan Hodge

posted February 28, 2006 at 8:28 pm


This reminds me so much of my unbelieving friends in regard to Christianity: Everything gets a fair shake, but the truth.



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Scott L

posted February 28, 2006 at 8:38 pm


Catholics believe they are justified by grace alone through faith. Do they need to believe they are justified by faith _alone_ in order to be saved? James 2.24 says that we are not saved by faith alone (the only place, by the way, that the exact phrase “faith alone” occurs in the Scriptures). So it seems to me that their faith is biblical.
Also, are we justified by faith, or are we justified by our belief in justification by faith?



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Bryan Hodge

posted February 28, 2006 at 8:46 pm


Scott L, we’re justified by faith in distinction to works. That is clear from Romans. James is talking about what kind of faith we are justified by, not that we’re justified by works (unless you believe he’s contradicting Paul). JW’s believe that we’re justified by grace through faith too, but when you ask what that means, it’s quite a different story.
SO I ask you:
Are we justified by a prevenient grace given to us to then take with the spark of good we have in us and use to bring our salvation to a head, or are we justified by grace through a faith given to us because nothing man can do (since there is no spark of good in him) can merit anything before God? Does the RC position believe that one can merit anything before God? Does the Bible say that we are justified through merit? Time to read some Trent and then maybe some Bondage of the Will.



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rick

posted February 28, 2006 at 8:56 pm


Sorry Scott for this comment…
one of the worst thngs that ever happened to the church is the protestant reformation… and it seems to continue to this day. I do not blame anyone for not wanting to have anything thing to do with the Church. look at us…
this has nothing to do with God, Jesus or love… nothing.
I am sorry, but that is what I was feeling as I read some of the comments.



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John

posted February 28, 2006 at 8:59 pm


If I were Tony Graves, I would kick the dust off my shoes and thank GOD for saving me from such a place. In that environment, he would always have been a second class citizen
John



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Scott L

posted February 28, 2006 at 9:12 pm


I agree with you that James is talking about the kind of faith we are justified by. And here’s the point – there is no faith without works.
Catholics believe they are justified by faith, isn’t that orthodox? I certainly don’t believe we need to be Calvinists in order to be saved.
Regardless, this is taking up way too much of Scot’s blog – e-mail me if you want to continue the conversation elsewhere. sweptover [at] gmail [dot] com



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Rich

posted February 28, 2006 at 10:41 pm


Scott L.
I’m Lutheran so I’m a big believer in Justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. I disagree with Luther that the book of James is a book of straw though. I actually love the book of James. I see works as the fruit or evidence of faith and not the cause of it. God is the source of saving faith not me. It’s a living not a dead faith.
I hate that there is schism between Rome,Eastern Orthodox, Lutherans, Reformed, and other Protestants.



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kerry doyal

posted February 28, 2006 at 10:59 pm


Ah h h, the silence of Scot . . .



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2006 at 11:10 pm


Kerry,
What do you want me to say … I posted my disagreement. Schools have a right to protect their theology; I can’t see that theology having a place for those in technology.



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Glenn

posted March 1, 2006 at 12:44 am


Scot – Thanks for this article! It is much needed example of what hypocrites we evangelicals can be (myself included). I am blown away by these same evangelicals who support political figures like Clarence Thomas, Senator Brownback, Senator Santorum; love to quote Henri Nouwen or Brennan Manning; base their apologetics on the arguments of Peter Kreeft and yet God forbid we tolerate a Catholic who works in our college IT department. In recent days I’ve also seen attacks on Mark Knoll for accepting a position to teach at Notre Dame. Don’t evangelicals know Billy Graham allowed Catholics to participate in his evangelistic crusades? If they did know this he would no longer by the most admired man evangelicalism has produced? I’m positive there will be more examples like this in the years to come. With all the strides evangelicals and Catholics have made in recent years this is only the beginning of things to come. Just ask J.I. Packer and Chuck Colson.



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Greg Mc

posted March 1, 2006 at 10:52 am


Bryan; Your comments are right on the mark. Luther’s own assessment was that the Bondage Of The Will was his most important writing. The issue today is the same as it was 500 years ago. Does God and God alone save (Monergism) by imputing to us the righteousness of Christ, or does God infuse us with just enough grace (Synergism) for us to save ourselves? Sadly most of the responses here have been entirely on a emotional level. The truth is most evangelicals are closer to Rome than than they realize.



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bob smietana

posted March 1, 2006 at 1:59 pm


This story, and the Wheaton story, seem like anachronisms; throwbacks to the time when voting for a Catholic like JFK was an enormous issue. It does seem a case where legalism has trumped wisdom or even common sense. it appears that the Cornerstone presidents sees a Catholic as some kind of virus that would destroy the school’s identity. The wise thing to do here would be to rethink the policy, or at least to make an execption. Graves was honest in his application–he didn’t hide his Catholic identity–and the school overlooked it in the process; so what would be the harm in keeping him. The school if nothing else, acted unwisely and unprofessionally.
Randall Balmer made an interesting observation about American evangelicals in his book, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: in his opinion, Evangelicals have abandoned the doctrine of justification by faith. He argued that an emphasis on holiness and ironclad theology have created a new kind of works righteousness. For man evangelicals it appears, a confession of faith in Jesus and acceptance of his grace is not valid unless it happens in a bible-believing church that adheres to specific theological doctrines. In doing so, evangelicals are making the same mistake that Luther accused the Catholic church. The best sermon I’ve heard in years on justification by faith came from the Catholic writer Brennan Manning.



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Bryan Hodge

posted March 1, 2006 at 2:24 pm


“Evangelicals have abandoned the doctrine of justification by faith.”
That’s why so many aren’t alarmed by an RC at a Prot Seminary, and why so many see the RCC as just another expression of the same Christianity (a Christianity which one has through piety and devotion, but not through adherence to the Gospel).
“He argued that an emphasis on holiness and ironclad theology have created a new kind of works righteousness. For man evangelicals it appears, a confession of faith in Jesus and acceptance of his grace is not valid unless it happens in a bible-believing church that adheres to specific theological doctrines. In doing so, evangelicals are making the same mistake that Luther accused the Catholic church.”
Luther’s problem wasn’t that the RCC taught you had to believe certain things to be saved. It was that the RCC was teaching either explicitly, or by way of implication, that one could merit his salvation through what he believed or did. That’s a big difference than what this is all about. I therefore fail to see the parallel.



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bob smietana

posted March 1, 2006 at 4:09 pm


Bryan
Correct me if I am wrong, but by your comments, it appears that in your view we are justified by faith in the theology of utter depravity. There , our justification is based on adhering to a specific theological position–thereby earning salvation by theological correctness.



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Scot McKnight

posted March 1, 2006 at 4:31 pm


Greg and Bryan,
God saves, in his mercy, those who trust him (Trinitarian faith implied), not those who believe the right doctrines — not meaning that proper knowing what we are believing is uninvolved.
Both of you need a healthy does of Pietism.



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Scot McKnight

posted March 1, 2006 at 4:36 pm


To sweep all RCs into the same corner as the indulgists of the Reformation is unwise, uncharitable, and wrong-headed.
What about Augustine? He was Roman Catholic. Now, let’s say, you will take all Roman Catholics with a sense of sin and atonement like Augustine; then you’ve just made the distinction that I am making: we are saved by (obedient) faith in Christ not by having all the right elements of theology figured out.
Bryan and Greg, are you also ruling out G.K. Chesterton? He was RC. What about the American RC theologian, Scott Hahn, a former evangelical?
My point is this: you are damning all RCs. This is wrong. And once you don’t, you’re back with the rest of us: salvation is personal engagement with the God who makes redemption possible in Jesus Christ.



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kerry doyal

posted March 1, 2006 at 5:15 pm


A h h h , Scot speaks. That is what I was refering to – commenting on comments.
By the way, can you say Spring Training!? ;-)



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Greg Mc

posted March 1, 2006 at 5:26 pm


“God saves, in his mercy, those who trust him (Trinitarian faith implied), not those who believe the right doctrines — not meaning that proper knowing what we are believing is involved.”
Scot: The first part of your reply implies the need to hold a correct understating as well as having the correct object of faith to be saved, but then you seem to contradict yourself by negating the need to believe right/true doctrines. What troubles me is that it also seems to imply that we posses the desire and ability to believe in the first place when we are biblically portrayed as being “dead in sin” and actively hostile to God.
As for some pietism: Just a half a piece; I’m watching my figure. :)



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Joel Richardson

posted March 1, 2006 at 5:33 pm


“”God saves, in his mercy, those who trust him (Trinitarian faith implied””
Does this include T.D. Jakes an anti-Trinitarian Modalist?
Food for thought.



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Greg Mc

posted March 1, 2006 at 5:43 pm


I am not sweeping anyone anywhere. The question is does the RC Church proclaim a gospel that saves – not is every member of the RC saved. There are many people in good churches that are not saved and there may very well be people associated with the RCC that are. I love Chesterton’s wit, but I have never heard him give a gospel presentation so I have no idea what his understanding was. I also liked Mark Twain but we are not saved by pithy and wit, we are saved by faith ALONE in the Son of God who died for our sins and rose again from the dead.
I don’t think redemption was only a possibility, but I would love to see your exegesis of John 6:35-44.



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Bryan Hodge

posted March 1, 2006 at 6:51 pm


Scot, you of all people should know that to call any Church Father “Roman Catholic” is anachronistic. Everyone is “Catholic” if they are orthodox. “Roman Catholicism” officially does not exist until Trent (under which the bad theology of the Middle Ages was adopted and solidified). Before that there was just a host of people under the creeds and confessions of the Church. I define the RC by its official doctrine, not by a physical body that believed various things with no official statement other than what I just mentioned. So Augustine is not Roman Catholic.
Secondly, there’s a little too much pietism around here as it is. Both creedalists and pietists are in error because they deform Christianity into ONLY being made up of one part from the whole. We worship and know God through the truth (pietists don’t get that). Our relationship with God through the truth then should change our lives and character if it is genuine (creedalists don’t get that). But to assume the position of Erasmus in the debate against Luther (which was that doctrine doesn’t matter concerning salvation as long as one obeys Jesus) is to forget Luther’s answer that a man must know what to do in order to do it (i.e., how can a man walk the path of salvation as opposed to the path of destruction via a false Gospel if he doesn’t know what the true path of salvation is?)?
I second with Greg that I am talking about Roman Catholicism, not certain RC’s that despite the Church’s teaching, believe the truth. I also believes there are Mormons who are saved, having met many who don’t have a clue what the church teaches, but despite it believe the truth (although its probably more rare than a Catholic believer). But RC’s who are confronted with the truth and then reject it, I would not hold in this light.
Scot, here’s the issue that you are assuming and Luther himself points out to Erasmus:
You say, “we are saved by (obedient) faith in Christ not by having all the right elements of theology figured out.”
Please define “obedient faith” so I can be saved by it. How can I exercise it if I don’t know what it is? Can I place within it circumcision as a merit as long as I say it’s for Christ? Obviously Paul has a problem with that since he states that we have fallen from grace when we do that. So how is it alright to just say we follow Jesus in obedience and then pour whatever we wish into that? Doesn’t Galatians give us an example that we can’t define faith in whatever way we want? That to trust in anything of our own merit is to believe another gospel, annul the cross of Christ and fall from grace? And this regardless of whether we just say it’s all grace and faith in and from Jesus.
BTW, if you do define faith, Scot, you’re automatically siding with us because the other side is saying that there is no need to define it correctly in order to be saved.
AND
“God saves, in his mercy, those who trust him (Trinitarian faith implied), not those who believe the right doctrines — not meaning that proper knowing what we are believing is uninvolved.”
I agree with Greg that this statement is one which we would affirm, but seems to contradict the rest of what you said. Can you clarify? How is trusting in our own works and merit before God trusting in Christ?



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bob smietana

posted March 1, 2006 at 7:03 pm


Bryan
Pietists realize the truth that theological hairsplitting is a waste of time, and unwise practice for Christians. We know God and worship God through a person–Jesus Christ–and not through “truth.” We trust in Christ and not the merit of our theological positions.
As you put it, “to trust in anything of our own merit is to believe another gospel, annul the cross of Christ and fall from grace.” That includes thinking our correct theology will save us.



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Bryan Hodge

posted March 1, 2006 at 7:16 pm


Bob, I guess Jesus stands corrected.
John 4:22 “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”
The Scripture from Sinai to the New Kingdom is clear: We worship and know God through the truth. Apart from it, we worship what is false through our lies. Pietism is a false religion.



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Bryan Hodge

posted March 1, 2006 at 7:17 pm


BTW, why is everyone arguing a strawman? No one here said anything about correct theology saving anyone. But false theology (especially in the area of salvation) leads one away from the Person of God and His salvation, not toward Him.



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Scot McKnight

posted March 1, 2006 at 7:37 pm


Bryan,
Somehow you got this discussion off what I posted about, and perhaps got it to what you want to talk about — the post is about firing a person because he is RC. This led you to to comment about it being just what the Reformers fought for — and no one was contesting that sort of thing.
What is being contested is the wisdom of firing a person who (1) told the truth about his church and (2) was fired because he is RC. His personal faith was not the issue.



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Scot McKnight

posted March 1, 2006 at 7:45 pm


Bryan,
I think you weighed in — you think it is OK for the school to fire him. You think so because they should be able to maintain their theological standards. And it is OK in your mind to extend this to people who don’t work in classrooms.



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Bryan Hodge

posted March 1, 2006 at 7:50 pm


Scot, just to clarify: I have known an RC on Trinity’s campus who worked in the financial aid department. Non-classroom, right? He converted tons of the young people in the undergrad to RC as he came into contact with them. I think Cornerstone, like any community of God, is simply obeying the edict in John’s epistle to not even greet such a one into the house church, not to mention employ him. I realize it is not the same as a secular college, but Cornerstone never claimed to be secular or ecumenical.



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Scot McKnight

posted March 1, 2006 at 8:11 pm


Bryan,
Thanks for this comment; I consider it to the point and about the post. But “tons of the young people”? Reminds of Thomas Howard, perhaps? Robert Webber creating a big Anglican connection at Wheaton? I taught there 11 years and didn’t hear about this once. (If you’re talking about Trinity here in Chicago.)



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Bryan Hodge

posted March 1, 2006 at 8:43 pm


Hi Scot, you weren’t there when it happened, and it happened under the radar. I only knew of it because I knew the people involved. The profs or administration knew nothing of it.



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Bryan Hodge

posted March 1, 2006 at 8:45 pm


And “tons” is obviously hyperbolic. I just mean there was more than just one or two people, and the people I knew may have only been representative since he was active in telling everyone how great Catholicism is. Because evangelicalism is so devoid of deep theology, the RC was tempting for a lot of undergrads who didn’t know better.



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