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Danger in the Camp Paperback – October 10, 2005
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I did not write the review he is referring to. I have removed it from this site encouraging the one who wrote it to send it in under his email address. What has happened is that the gentleman who wrote the review in question sent me his review to have me post it on Amazon, which I did. But in doing so, Amazon automatically put my name (John Otis) as the reviewer since it was my email account. This gives the definite impression that I am the reviewer when I am not.
This is simply a clarification of what happened. It is very unfortunate, and the review he is referring to has been removed. Again, I have sent word to the actual reviewer to re-submt his review. I have personally contacted Mr. Jordan and explained to him what happened.
I am sorry for this confusion.
What you will not get is: an overview of Federal Vision thinking on all topics; a study of theological sources and influences on the FV (about which Otis seems to be in the dark); an explanation of who the FV writers are vs. who the sources and fellow travellers are; an explanation of the differences between the ecclesiology of Schlissel and the institutional and ritual orientation of the FV movement; examples from the writings of some of the seminal FV authors, such as Jordan, Meyers and Leithart; and an explanation of how views of reason and revelation feed into the movement, and how the older Vantillians compare to the younger post-modernists.
There are also quite a few peculiarities in the book. To support his analysis of how the Reformed view of merit compares to other theologies Otis uses Homer Hoeksema for several pages, without appearing to realize that Hoeksema, as a member of the Protestant Reformed Church (PRC), rejects the Westminster system of covenant theology (specifically the Covenant of Works and Christ's meritorious obedience as the Second Adam) just as much as the Federal Vision does.Read more ›
To have a clear understanding of the differences in doctrinal positions, we need to go back to the Reformation. Did Luther and Calvin, the great reformers of the Protestant Reformation, have it all wrong when they taught doctrines that were contrary to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church? Were they wrong for teaching that man is justified by grace through faith in Christ alone? Their teachings, championed the doctrines of Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, and Sola Christo, and were the rallying cries for the Reformation. They sought to put the Bible in the hands of the laymen while at the same time refuting the heretical teachings of the Roman Church.Read more ›
In the light of such grave dangers, we should be thankful to Almighty God that he has raised up men like John Otis and his brethren in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States (RPCUS) - who were the first denomination to condemn the Federal Vision - in order to warn the Lord's people about the heresies of Auburn Avenue Theology. With extensive quotes from Federal Visionists, Rev. Otis clearly proves that Auburn Avenue Theology is at odds with historic Protestant and Calvinistic doctrine, as he analyzes their teaching in the light of both Scripture and the Reformed Confessions.Read more ›