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Westminster Seminary California Faculty Response to John Frame
W. Robert Godfrey

All of us on the faculty of Westminster Seminary California are shocked and saddened by John Frame’s book, The Escondido Theology.  Several of us were colleagues with John and several had been his students.  We have appreciated particularly over the years his teaching of the apologetics of Cornelius Van Til, his critique of open theism, and his strong defense of the doctrine of biblical inerrancy.  (The statement of Andrew Sandlin on p. xxxi of this book claiming that John had been a polemicist against inerrancy is surely a mistake.)

 
 
 
Christianity and Politics: Kennedy and Romney
W. Robert Godfrey

When Jesus was accused of challenging Roman authority in Israel, he told Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). The essence of Christianity is apolitical. It is about Jesus creating a new people: forgiven, renewed and promised eternal life. Nevertheless from the beginning Christians have found that their religion has implications for their relationships with their governments. 

 
 
 
Harold Camping and the End of the Word: Part 5
W. Robert Godfrey

Harold Camping has not only deserted the church, he seems also to have deserted Christ and his Gospel. In his online book The End of the Church…and After, he began to reject a number of teachings on salvation common in Reformed churches. Consider this strange amalgam of biblical truths and errors all of which Camping rejects as errors so serious that Christ has ended the church age because of them: “Such conclusions that there can be divorce for fornication, baptismal regeneration, our faith is an instrument that God uses to bring us to salvation, a future millennium, women can pastor a church, universal atonement, our acceptance of Christ as a requirement for salvation, are typical of many doctrines solemnly adopted by churches.” In this statement are indications of serious confusion on the doctrine of salvation.

 
 
 
Harold Camping and the End of the Word: Part 4
W. Robert Godfrey

Camping’s calculations and allegorical readings eventually led him to a truly heretical conclusion: that the age of the church was over and that all Christians were required to separate themselves from all churches. I had rather admired him over the years for not making himself a minister without proper education. I had never dreamed that he would instead abolish the pastoral office and the church.

 
 
 
Harold Camping and the End of the Word: Part 3
W. Robert Godfrey

Camping’s knowledge of Bible verses and confidence led many to follow him as their only leader and teacher. He had become their guru. It is interesting how often people seek someone to follow unquestioningly. This reality has been called the Fuehrerprinzip or the leader principle. Whether a false prophet or a political leader or an intellectual authority, many people want someone whom they can follow simply and blindly. For some listeners to Family Radio, Camping became their leader or guru.