A.J. Castellitto
June 26, 2017
Seminaries and denominations on trial: a look back at the Peter Enns controversy
By A.J. Castellitto

"The problem for biblically centered Christians is that the Bible, right in the very beginning, tells us clearly that God created all life forms with a simple 'Let there be ...' No common descent, natural selection, or billions of years required. So if Darwin was right, the Bible was wrong.'" – Peter Enns *

Peter Enns was a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary who seemingly secretly held to the errancy of scripture when he fully outed himself with the release of his book Inspiration and Incarnation. His stint at Westminster would ultimately come to an end with his suspension and ultimate dismissal almost 10 years ago, following the publication of this controversial book.

Prior to his tenure at Westminster, Enns had graduated from the ultra liberal Harvard University with a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. We must question why he would want to teach at a seminary that held to the inerrancy, inspiration, and infallibility of scriptures. There are plenty of liberal seminaries and denominations where he and his ideas could have easily integrated; why did he choose an orthodox seminary to infiltrate with his problematic positions? It makes you wonder if the whole episode was by design? In fact, the conspiracy theorist in me wonders if guys like Enns are actually planted in these seminaries to bring them down and ultimately compromise truth.

As a professor at Westminster Seminary, Enns took an oath to uphold the Westminster Confession of Faith. So why was Enns so careless and reckless in his instruction to the extent that he would undermine the core standards he swore to uphold? Was this a calculated move on his part or did he merely unconsciously fall into heresy?

Our faithful standards did not ask to be reformed. What degree of arrogance must have this man, his supporters, and his enablers maintained to attempt such an assault on our religious foundations?

The Rockefellers and their National Council of Churches -a UN affiliated group committed to the liberalization, falsification, and perversion of Christian orthodoxy- would be more than happy to have Enns on board. Nothing defines heresy better than the discrediting of Christian fundamentals in exchange for a utopian social-justice style repackaging of Biblical faith. So many churches, denominations and seminaries have fallen thus far. We must preserve the few truly faithful institutions we have left.

"And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." – John 20:30-31

* http://creation.mobi/the-sin-of-certainty

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A.J. Castellitto

A.J. Castellitto is a freelance writer who resides in NJ with his wife and five children. He holds a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton and his writings have been published at The Center for Western Journalism, The Christian Post, Intellectual Conservative and Reformed Perspective Magazine.

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