Edmund Clowney on Norman Shepherd's Distinctive Theology.

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  1. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks to Pastor Wes White for this blog. I received permission from him to repost his blog post here.

    Here is the link to Pastor White's blog...

    Pastor Wes White posted this on his blog and I found it most excellent. It defines the good theology in the first part and then exposes Dr. Norm Shepherd's departure from solid biblical doctrine concerning the Covenants.

    Wes did a good thing in posting this. I didn't even know it existed.

    Edmund Clowney on Norman Shepherd’s Controversial, Distinctive Theology « Johannes Weslianus

    Sorry if this is long but I am going to post Dr. Clowney's report.

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  2. moral necessity

    moral necessity Puritan Board Junior

    Thanks for that, Randy! Very useful!
  3. lynnie

    lynnie Puritan Board Graduate

    I finally had time to read this. What a great essay. I wish I had read this years ago. You note that Clowney exonerates him on the charges of teaching justification by works, and heresy, and correctly points out how wrong some of the accusers handled the whole thing. I was familiar with that, and with Gaffin's defense of him for a long time. I was also exposed to some of the anti Shepherd material a while ago that was positively antinomian sounding, and seemed to have no grasp of necessary obedience and "living faith" vs "dead faith".

    But this explanation of Covenants and the second Adam and where NS departs from traditional Reformed theology is beautifully written and makes perfect sense, and I finally understand what the problem is and why the concern about his influence.

    It is too bad that those against Shepherd did not do such a careful job of detailing what he really said (and it wasn't justification by works) and what the real problem was. I can see now how seriously problematic his views are. I can see how his position badly undermines the doctrine of perseverance.

    By the way my husband also said this is the best thing he ever read on this, and the first thing that helped him see clearly what the NS errors are. Hub was on NS/Gaffin's side back when the whole mess started.

    Thanks again for a great post.
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