This link is months old, and the discussion stale, but it’s an interesting read anyways.
The 2007 General Assembly was notable, not only for its debate and subsequent vote on the FV report, but also for several mésalliances forged in the lead-up to that vote. On one side, the middle-aged lions of the Keller/Redeemer/hipster/missional party provided some support for the FV camp. On the other side, the old lions of the southern/tall-steeple/rich/broadly Reformed party provided some support for the Truly Reformed (TR) conservatives of the PCA.
When the heat of battle passed, though, both the hipster middle-aged lions and the rich old lions woke up to strange bedfellows. Neither alliance could last. Redeemer hipsters may hobnob with FVers for a day or two, but there’s only a finite number of sentences that begin with the words “Wright is right, you know….” Similarly, tall-steeple broadly Reformed rich men may hobnob with TRs for a couple hours in the morning, but then the country club calls and TRs don’t know the dress code, can’t come up with the green fees, and never got an invitation to join anyway.
Neither alliance lasted longer than GA. But what were the rationales behind those alliances?
The post goes on to describe a sociology among various facets of the PCA; I find it fascinating to see the PCA through this perspective, and understand a little more about us. And as interesting as that is, the post presses past the sociology to make a point, and a rather pointed point at that:
FV theology remains the whipping boy of PCA conservatives. With the exception of a few conservative voices, Wright’s influence among Redeemer/Missionals and at Covenant Seminary is simply ignored.
That this approach is short sighted is obvious. That it’s the result of cowardice is increasingly clear as well. It’s easy for conservatives to attack the FVs: they’re powerless, everyone’s against them, they can’t hit back. But conservatives have given the Redeemer/Missionals a desperately wide berth in their march to war against the FVs for reasons that should be obvious.
Dealing with Redeemer/Missional powers such as Covenant Seminary and Tim Keller jeopardizes a continued presence at the PCA feeding trough. Those who oppose such men and institutions of power may never again get voted onto the leading comittees of the denomination, never again be able to hobnob with pastors of 5000-member churches at GA. Attack such targets and you’re not nibbling at the margins, you’re attacking the PCA’s moneyed, prestige-seeking, cultured heart.
If you find that intriguing, you should pop over to the post to read the seven reasons FV should be treated as less of a threat than Redeemer/Missional elements, leading to the conclusion:
A denomination that rejects the orthodoxy of Doug Wilson out of hand while embracing Tim Keller unquestioningly is a denomination which has lost sight of what Reformed theology is all about. No one bears greater responsibility for this sad state of affairs than the conservative TRs of the PCA who have made a virtue of turning a blind eye to the wealthy and powerful even as they attack the marginal and disenfranchised with a vehemence bordering on fanaticism.