On May 5, 2007 Rev. John M. Otis, author of 'Danger In the Camp: An Analysis and Refutation of the Heresies of the Federal Vision' was invited by a Reformed church in Grand Rapids, Michigan to give four lectures on the heresies of the Federal Vision. This first message deals with the call to elders of the church to be true shepherds of Christ's church in silencing heresy. It is the call to be warriors for truth against the heresies of the Federal Vision
Great Sermon! Pastor Otis: Thank you for your help in understanding The Federal Vision. I have e-mailed your web-site to the Elders of my church (i.e., Rockford Springs Community Church), a congregation of the OPC.
Thomas M Sullivan (5/14/2007)
Excellent Lectures. If only I would have known this conference was here in Grand Rapids and I could have attended and asked questions. Such as - what were the roots of the Federal Vision and Auburn Avenue Theology? It appears possibly they went astray starting with Mark Horne's critique of Greg Welty's paper on paedo-baptism. Horne indicated even then that persons could fall out of the covenant of grace. And yet his paper was called, "...an original contribution in the areas of Covenant Theology, election, perseverance, and soteriology. Original, YES, and it has gone downhill from there. That paper is online at http://www.reformed.org/sacram entology/index.html
Thomas M Sullivan (5/8/2007)
Thanks for this audio! I am glad these were added here. I listened to the first three today. It is interesting to trace the history of the way a few men have drifted in a short time. I mean like Steve Schissel and Mark Horne. Horne's pilgrimmage especially has intrigued me. The red flags were raised in my mind when he thought he rediscovered a great old theologian - John W. Nevin. But Princeton had warned about Nevin 150 years ago. Now Horne, Schissel and others are embracing Auburn Avenue Theology and the Federal Vision and N T Wright. The decline has been a warning to me. It has been even worse than I originally feared it would be.
John M. Otis received a Masters of Divinity degree and a Masters of Christian Education degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS in 1979. He was ordained as a minister of the gospel by Westminster Presbytery (PCA). In 1990, he transferred his membership from...