Tullian Tchividjian, the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian and the grandson of Billy Graham, was kicked out of the Gospel Coalition blogging community for what the GC folks are calling a doctrinal issue over sanctification. Others claim other reasons, including Rev. Tchividijian’s criticism of how other GC members handled a sexual abuse scandal. But I take the official statement from the Reformed organization seriously.
As we have posted, Rev. Tchividijian discovered the distinction between Law and Gospel in some Lutheran writers who helped him through a personal crisis in his ministry. The complaints about “anti-nominanism,” being weak on sanctification, and downplaying the role of moral improvement in salvation sound like common Calvinist misunderstandings of Lutheranism. [Read more...]