SO... what is wrong with this?
Talking to someone about Christ is not imposing a human mediator any more than counseling someone after church.
Perhaps the way the ad was run may have been hokey....but what is wrong with the concept? Could this not be done by a Reformed church?
I am sure that if an Arminian did the commercial there are flaws, but I applaud the concept.
A lot of people "feel" their sins and a lot of people are miserable. Whether it is a church sign, a radio ad, a newspaper article or friend to friend, these all seem to be legitimate ways of showing Christ to a dying world.
The sad part is (1) The receivers of these calls are probably all Arminians (maybe 'cause no Calvinists would do it), and (2) Most calvinists are so fearful of looking like an arminian that they would rather read another volume of Calvin than look for neighbors in need and practically help them.
Now that makes MY blood boil!
As for the idea of a reading of the WCF into the phone, that IS really funny. If someone is receptive enough and feels their need enough to call a number looking for spiritual counsel, it is a poor stewerdship not to put a live person on the other end to interact with them.
Sorry, but maybe all the nonsense in the other threads about what Presbies should and shouldn't do and who Presbies should and shouldn't hang out with has got me in a foul mood.
"If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?"
-- David Livingstone