As a result of works, faith is completed...

Error message

In a post earlier today Tim quoted from an interview in Christianity Today's feminist blog, Her.meneutics, with Russell Moore, new president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Moore is asked:

HER.meneutics: Complementarians sometimes say that a feminist or egalitarian reading of the Bible owes more to our own cultural prejudices than to a faithful reading of Scripture. Is this true?

Russell Moore: I do not believe that egalitarian Christians are evil, Bible-destructing people. Most of them are trying to reconcile some things they find in Scripture (Jesus’ affirmation of women, for instance) with others that seem to contradict these (the teachings of Paul and Peter on the church and family, for instance).

If egalitarian feminism is not "Bible-destructing," it follows, arguing from the lesser to the greater, that neither is it soul-destroying. This attitude has long been reflected in CBMW's genteel, comrades-in-the-faculty-row approach to feminist heresy.

But Tim has already addressed this point in his excellent post below.What must be added is the observation that only in a Reformed Protestant world where the biblically-taught union between faith and works has been decisively severed could a man argue that a heresy which leads to significant rebellion against the Word of God is not an immediate threat to human souls.

You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was completed. James 2:22 

The only explanation for Russell Moore's make-nice rhetoric in Her.meneutics is that being such a thorough child of modern Evangelical/Reformed culture, he is incapable of drawing the kind of connection between works and faith that Scripture routinely and explicitly makes. Imagine: a false teaching that has been a significant force behind the rise of pornography, the proliferation of homosexuality, women claiming authority in the church, abortion, and false views of the Trinity, yet it's not "Bible-destructing"?

The greater tragedy is Russell Moore's impoverished view of the connection between faith and works. This is the soft underbelly of modern Evangelical and Reformed theology; only under the influence of such false belief could the danger of feminist theology be portrayed as anything less than soul-destroying.

(DB)