I’ve been pretty busy lately. What’s more, I intend to be pretty busy for the rest of the week. I don’t mean that I’m any busier than anyone else. What I do mean is that my blogging has been slow, and that there will be more time to interact with Mr. Stellman’s claims in time.
Even so, this post from Jason Stellman was brought to my attention. I thought it warranted some attention. To be sure, there will be many more publications to come from Mr. Stellman. He will do his best to undermine sola scriptura et sola fide… let God be true and every man a liar.
One thing that Mr. Stellman wants to make clear is that he was REFORMED before his move to Rome. This is, or course, part of the polemic. Protestant Christian, rest assured that Jason Stellman KNOWS your position better than you do. HE WAS TOTALLY REFORMED. In Mr. Stellman’s words:
I was as happy and comfortable in my confessional Presbyterian skin as anyone, and the trust I had earned from many well-known and respected Reformed theologians, as well as having graduated with honors from one of the most confessionally staunch and academically rigorous Reformed seminaries in the nation, should be sufficient to dispel any notions that I never really understood Reformed theology in the first place or that I was always a Catholic in Protestant clothing.
This is the uniform pitch from the boys at Called to Communion. They were more Reformed than you. After all, did you graduate from Westminster… the bastion of Reformed verity?! You might think you know the Bible and Reformed theology, but these boys at CTC know Reformed better than you do, cuz they were totally Reformed. This is one of the aggravating aspects of this discussion. Now, listen: I graduated with a 3.9/4.0 (I earned two degrees) at just as fine a Reformed seminary as Mr. Stellman did. Does that make me “Reformed”? Of course not. A degree is a paper that testifies that coursework was completed. My continued conviction makes me Reformed; the same makes me catholic. Wisdom is justified by her children.
Mr. Stellman is an intelligent man, as are the other men at CTC. Francis Turretin and Robert Bellarmine were both exceedingly smart. That does not mean, however, that Turretin understood Romanism nor that Bellarmine understood Protestantism. Just because a man used to be “Reformed” does not mean that he had a firm grip on what “Reformed” is. The flip side of this is that just because a man (like me) remains in the Reformed sub-camp of catholicism doesn’t mean that he know what it means to be “Reformed.” The truth of God, the Word of God will must lead us. Again, wisdom is justified by her children; let God be true and every man a liar.