Perhaps I shall explain the title of this blog. By outlaw presbyterian I do not mean someone who is in rebellion with a Presbyterian church yet holds to Presbyterian doctrines. Rather, it is a hat tip to the old Dukes of Hazzard television series, arguably one of the greatest TV series of all time. I would encourage people not to read too much into beyond that.
Others have claimed that I’ve “shifted” too much too often in the past ten years. That’s not entirely true. I’ve remained in full communion with NAPARC churches for the last nine or ten years; before that I was Southern Baptist (Reformed). A Spurgeonite, if you will. Yes, for the past three years I’ve written some stuff on the Trinity and Bible that has caused some consternation to some Presbyterians (though it was fully in accord with the Cappadocian Fathers and St Maximus the Confessor). For what it’s worth, though, I never denied justification by faith alone. Many Presbyterians cannot make that claim.
But what about your teachings on sola scriptura? Didn’t you deny that? Depends on how you are formulating it. If by sola scriptura you mean the stuff published by Zondervan and Crossway, then yes I denied sola scriptura, and more power to me for doing so! I was doing the Reformed church a favor by teaching them not to rely on 10th grade arguments. To rub salt in the wounds, many “ultra-Confessionalist” pastors in R2K school also deny sola scriptura (and that’s why Jason Stellman went Romanist). But if by Sola Scriptura you mean the heritage of Reformed Scholasticism, then no, I didn’t deny that. I tried to find arguments against it but ended up admitting they were right all along.
(Today I finished reading Calvin through for the third time.)
I’ve given my reasons for why I can’t go Orthodox. I can give a lot more, if one wants. The person-nature distinction is important, but if pushed too far it collapses the entire project. If you apply that (ala Maximus the Confessor) to John 6, it ultimately turns back on itself. But I really don’t want to spend a lot of time criticizing Eastern Orthodox guys. I’ve benefited a lot from their triadology and prefer to leave it at that.
Back to the “Outlaw” tag.
I am a loyal Prebyterian because I hold to the Confessional standards. I am an “outlaw” Presbyterian because I read and advocate men whose thought, if pushed consistently, would not be welcome among mainstream Presbyterianism (Dabney, Thornwell, John Knox, the Covenanters). Another reason for the Outlaw tag is that as the American government gets more violently anti-American, anti-Traditionalist, and anti-Christian, we shall all be outlaws.