Liberal Dordt Board of Trustee member Richard Mouw, President Emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA is scheduled to be a leading speaker at a Dordt conference this coming April misleadingly named, The Prodigal Love of God. The Andreas Center at Dordt is hosting the event. The Andreas Center is directed by Dr. David Henreckson, a graduate of Doug Wilson’s New Saint Andrews College, Moscow, ID. More on that later.
This conference is misleadingly named the Prodigal Love of God, as the prodigal son’s love was rooted in God’s saving love of him which bore the necessary fruit of repentance of his wasteful (prodigal) living. “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’” Yet the conference agenda says the Synod of “Dort should be remembered….also [for its] profound theological truths that continue to inspire many ecumenical conversations across Christian traditions.”
When it comes to the sin of homosexuality most of the scheduled speakers are not known for adherence to the profound theological truth found in Article 3 of the First Main Point of Doctrine of the Canons of Dort, which declared, “By this ministry people are called to repentance and faith in Christ crucified.” Nor are they known to adhere to Article 5 of The Second Main Point of Doctrine, The Mandate to Proclaim the Gospel to All: “Moreover, it is the promise of the gospel that whoever believes in Christ crucified shall not perish but have eternal life. This promise, together with the command to repent and believe, ought to be announced and declared without differentiation or discrimination to all nations and people, to whom God in his good pleasure sends the gospel.”
Such broad definitions of unbiblical ecumenicism most often mean inclusion of unrepentant homosexuals. Consider Mouw’s – who is well known for his work in Christ-exclusive broad ecumenicism, – position on such things. Men like Mouw have mastered a lexicon of probing forward, backing away, firm doctrine discretely qualified, ‘dialoguing’, and double-speak to the point of maddening confusion. This is all with a kind and loving demeanor and his trade-mark grin that often yields frustration and acquiescence. This rhetorical style is designed to wear down young faithful Christians and the doors to modernism and apostasy swing wide open.
Notice his statement here says nothing about the sins of pride, fornication, adultery, abortion, divorce, et al that are so often at the root of tearing apart our Christian marriages and families. He co-wrote, “As President and President Emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary, we lament and reject the disgrace that hateful words and actions by some evangelicals have heaped specifically upon people of color, immigrants, women, Muslims, and LGBT persons in our nation, as we uphold the dignity of all persons made in the image of God.”
Notice that he leaves no room for upholding the dignity of all persons created in the image of God while calling them to repent of their rejection of Christ, their sodomy lifestyles, their pro-abort feminism? Such acts of true love are often fashioned by such unprincipled ecumenicists as “hate”, thus joining themselves with the Christ-hating media and so many others who truly are haters of Christ!
Mouw served as President of Fuller Theological Seminary from 1993 thru 2013. Fuller goes beyond the Christian Reformed Church’s great error on homosexual orientation (mostly written in the early 1970s by homosexual Calvin Seminary professor Marten Woudstra) and openly endorses the LGBT community on their campus the same year he took on the President-Emeritus status and went back to teaching there.
It really isn’t any surprise to PRI that it is Dordt Trustee Richard Mouw who declared one of Dordt’s pro-gay marriage Dean of Chaplain Aaron Baart’s sermons spoke to his soul.
The most dangerous teaching of all, though, coming from Richard Mouw is found at the 25:25 thru 25:45 mark on this debate video. First Mouw says he rejects the idea of universal salvation. Then he proceeds to endorse the very Christ-less tools of achieving universal salvation when he says, “Perhaps, for all we know much, ‘not all’ of what we now think of as common grace may in the end time be saving grace. That may be an overstatement.” Or it may not?!
Mouw’s seduction of his audience into theological error and apostasy has a well-worn tactical style. Dialoguing, conversations, equivocation, boldly pushing heresy, retreating, double-mindedness, affirming sound doctrine, probing further into false teaching (all with a grin on your face), etc. These are all the common tools of the modernist, ecumenicist apostate. In the end, the ill-equipped young person often yields to the universalism and the ‘god of nature’ which such maddening confusion produces!
To be clear, the result of believing that ‘common grace’ is sufficient for our salvation is the complete rejection of the Bible. Man becomes his own God! Nature, science, experience, emotions, relationships, and many more ultimately become the route we seek our salvation!
The idea that such a man is on the Board of Trustees of Dordt College should alarm all Dordt supporters. Faithful Christian Dordt supporters need to contact Hoekstra and object! He can be reached at 712-722-6002 or email at Erik.Hoekstra@Dordt.edu.
To Be Continued.