Some of the terminology and phraseology is new. I’d admit that. But again, this should be no problem. That’s one of the great things about “system” confessional subscription. We don’t bind ourselves to a particular forms of words, just to the overall content. So we have freedom to reformulate biblical truth for the context in which we’re called to minister. I learned this view of theology from Dr. Jones at Covenant Seminary when he made us read John Frame’s Doctrine of the Knowledge of God. This was a formative book in my theological development. His definition of theology as “application” means that our theology will always be “new” as we apply the unchanging Word of God to genuinely new situations. I think that’s what’s happening today. To insist on using archaic terms, phrases, and language to communicate God’s Word to today’s world is a kind of idolatrous refusal to live in and serve the world God has given us at his moment in time. Living in the past, escaping into our own romantic conceptions of 16th or 17th century church life has always been a temptation to Reformed people.
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