Writing at the Acton blog, Dr. Anthony Bradley explains how the “missional” and “radical” emphases are becoming a new legalism within Evangelical Christianity. The only thing that I would add to his observations is that these are not “slowly becoming” legalism, as he originally wrote, but have been decidedly legalistic from the beginning. There are better and worse representatives, of course, and I’m sure they would be willing to adjust when confronted with the problem, but I have yet to see any such proponents who are familiar with and supportive of the classical doctrine of vocation. This is yet another issue where it seems that Evangelicals could stand to un-invent the wheel or, in this case, the church.
By Steven Wedgeworth
Steven Wedgeworth is the associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a Director for the Davenant Institute.View Archive →