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James Jordan has proven time and time again that he is grossly ignorant of Reformation history and classic Reformation doctrine, as the following quotation from Jordan aptly illustrates,
About a century later, however, came what those who liked it called the 'Second Reformation' in Scottish, English, and Dutch Calvinism. Supposedly this reformation completed what was lacking in the original one. In fact it was to a considerable extent a Medieval reaction against the Reformation. (Biblical Horizons, No. 177: FV, NPP, PCA, AAPC, ETC., emphases added)
Such confusion is astounding and could not be further from the truth. The Second Reformation represents the pinnacle of biblical attainments thus far in history (after the time of the Apostles), regarding doctrine, worship, government and disciple. This can be seen, for example, in the original Westminster Standards, which were produced to help fulfill the Solemn League and Covenant, as well as in the in great body of Second Reformation source documents and literature which is still being published, read and studied to this very day. To call the Second Reformation "a Medieval reaction against the Reformation" exhibits a wondrous level of nonsensical absurdity. It is little wonder, given Jordan's egregiously erroneous writing about the Second Reformation, that he has become a ring-leader among the Federal Vision heretics. The Puritan Hard Drive contains a massive number of First and Second Reformation source documents that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that James Jordan and other Federal Vision leaders are not in accord with biblical Reformation teaching. They are simply the blind leading the blind -- and they are leading their blind followers away from the narrow path of biblical Reformation truth into a wide ditch, of heresy and lies, dug long ago by the Papal Antichrist (at the behest of Satan).
- Dr. Reg Barrow, President of Still Waters Revival Books
This MP3 series by Brian Schwertley is a much needed study refuting the nonsense, idolatry and heresy of James Jordan. More refuting James Jordan the can be found at http://www.swrb.com/newslett /freebook/refworsh.htm (search for "Jordan"). The following quote, from Kevin Reed's, The Canterbury Tales (at the URL above), is apropos,
"In a Lutheran/Anglican posture, Mr. Jordan is asserting that the church has been granted broad discretionary power to establish means of worship. This is similar to the Anabaptist notions, which allow the 'moving of the Spirit' to govern the present activities of the church, without any direct appeal to the law of God. In both cases, the church has the power to worship God according to the devices of men. However, the Anabaptist opts for subjectivism (due to an emphasis on individualism); the other opts for traditionalism (with an emphasis on the corporate consensus). Yet, the law of God rejects both a subjective appeal (Deut. 12:8), and an appeal to the consensus (Deut. 12:30-31). Rather, the biblical admonition directs men to the scriptural pattern of worship (Deut. 12:32)."
This whole MP3 series contains very important messages about how Satan is corrupting the worship of God in our day, using men (like James Jordan, John Frame, Doug Wilson, Steve Schlissel, Jeffrey Meyers, Vern Poythress, et al.) who claim some connections to the Reformed faith, but who, in reality, teach principles of worship much closer to Rome and the Papacy than to the Reformation and the best Reformers. To find out why John Calvin would have excommunicated both John Frame and James Jordan, given the idolatrous nature of their beliefs and public teaching regarding worship, please see http://www.swrb.com/newslett/a ctualNLs/frameexc.htm. The free article, "A Warning Against the False and Dangerous Views of James Jordan Concerning Worship," by Dr. Reg Barrow, will also expose more about the heresy and idolatry noted throughout Brian Schwertley's "must hear" MP3 series entitled "Liturgical Antinomianism."
"By the National Covenant our fathers laid Popery prostrate. By the Solemn League and Covenant they were successful in resisting prelatic encroachments and civil tyranny. By it they were enabled to achieve the Second Reformation... They were setting up landmarks by which the location and limits of the city of God will be known at the dawn of the millennial day... How can they be said to go forth by the footsteps of the flock, who have declined from the attainments, renounced the covenants and contradicted the testimony of "the cloud of witnesses"... All the Schisms (separations) that disfigure the body mystical of Christ... are the legitimate consequences of the abandonment of reformation attainments — the violation of covenant engagements. This is sound doctrine and historical truth combined. Again our author puts the important question, 'Is it not unfaithfulness to reject the obligations of the covenants of former times?' Yes, we think so, when their objects are not yet reached; and moreover, that 'Confession of sin, and especially the sins of covenant breaking should always accompany the renewal of our obligations.' This is well said. Was it thought of at Pittsburgh, 1871? To good purpose he adds, 'In the renewal of covenants there should be no abridgment of former obligations' (All these excellent sentiments seemed to have been totally forgotten or wholly disregarded when the time came for their practical use and appropriate application. Some said, 'We have all we want' and we strongly suspect too many wanted none of the former obligations — 'in this free country.') And can this be denied? Once more we quote, — 'The opposition is not so much to covenanting, as it is to the covenants of our fathers, and to the permanence of their obligations.' Then the author says emphatically and somewhat prophetically, 'The church never will renew her covenants aright until she embraces in her obligations all the attainments sworn in the covenants, National and Solemn League. This was done in the renovation at Auchensaugh, in Scotland.'" - Reformed Presbytery, A Short Vindication of Our Covenanted Reformation, 1879, pp. 38-39.
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