I know that at least some of you are aware of CARM, and his position on Progressive Revelation as it effects our Theology. Not long ago I posed these questions to him regarding his statement of faith
CARM opposes the position that a person’s security before God is maintained through his good works since this would be works of righteousness.
Me — Here I would say that our works of obedience are necessary fruits of a man who has been made righteous by God to be a pleasing aroma unto God. Jesus says if you love me you will obey my commandments.
Within CARM’s statement of faith I notice that they don’t speak to — the bride of Christ, the remnant of Israel, the new covenant or any of these as progressive acts of the triune God.
In their position they use “this age” which is a different “this age” from the age Jesus spoke of as being “this age”?
In my opinion a Scriptural progression must speak to these things within the development of that progression in order to be true to progressive revelation that occurs within scripture itself. Our terms must be scriptural terms, with scriptural meaning.
Also they seem to imply that it is up to their statement of faith to approve certain contradictory positions as to their orthodoxy just because they have taken place somewhere within church history. Using this position on “free will” that it does not necessitate that we can chose between good and bad (evil), then why would it be that we can allow any contradiction of truth (which is bad or evil) within the progression of God’s truth as it is presented within His Word (which Word is always true)? And for that matter is the Word of God His final word to us in this age, or is it still progressing throughout this age? That question must be answered by every believer.
CARM seems to give credence to both dispensational and reformed theology, yet, is promoting progressive theology. So what is the point of adopting Progressive theology? Is it just another alternative for truth and does it not matter to which one, one conforms? Truth is truth, or at least it used to be.