Friday, December 30, 2005

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

"Silence, unbeliever!! Our weapons are fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the pope, and nice red uniforms" - Michael Palin as Cardinal Ximinez in the famous Monty Python sketch.

Want a touch of Spanish Inquisition to go with your New Year?

Well, all of us who:

  • have been thinking hard over the issues thrown up by Tom Wright's particular spin on the Pauline 'New Perspective',
  • and those of us who have been concerned, out of faithfulness to scriptural teaching, to reassess the biblical foundation of the doctrine of imputed-righteousness, etc.
can now safely put our pens down!

For good.

Yea, I bringeth thee news from the wells of Puritan Truth. For one hath cometh unto us with the very oracles of theological exactitude. Yea, I speaketh of the recent ecumenical pronouncements of the Rev. Dr. C. Matthew McMahon, of A Puritan's Mind:

"Wright is a heretic. A heresiarch. He will forever burn under God's righteous wrath and under the solemn and scornful gaze of the Lamb of God for all eternity if he does not change his theological views before he dies, or rather, his lack of good theology! He is a false teacher, and one of the most influential heretics of the century because he affected people at the seminary level - where pastors are trained and scholars born - and has infected a good number of churches, right down to the layman and youth of the day."
The rest of this delightfully unbalanced and infuriating post can be found here.

Ahh, breath the free-air fellow bloggers. It's stuff like this that should make us glad to be members of the world-wide community of faith.

Thanks to Alastair for bringing my attention to this.


At 12/30/2005 5:43 AM, Blogger Ben Myers said...

"[Wright] will forever burn under God's righteous wrath."

Presumably this chap doesn't have much time for "imputed" or "forensic" righteousness. He obviously thinks that if you have a faulty theological opinion about something, it's straight to the Lake of Fire....

At 12/30/2005 9:20 AM, Blogger Michael F. Bird said...

This is why my proposed book on Paul has a section entitled "Would only a Sith Lord like NT Wright?"

At 12/30/2005 2:05 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Brilliantly funny post Chris- I was right to take you for a Pythonite!

At 12/30/2005 4:11 PM, Blogger James Crossley said...

That has well and truly made my Christmas.

Mike: what are you saying,do Sith Lords like Wright, even Dooku?

At 12/31/2005 12:17 AM, Blogger Ben Myers said...

Well, if Tom Wright is in hell and the Rev Dr McMahon is in heaven, then I sure as hell know where I want to go when I die....

At 12/31/2005 2:45 AM, Blogger olympiada said...

That sure was funny. A good comedy to balance out tragedy. Thanks. I didn't know Wright was a heretic. I rather like him myself. ;)

At 1/01/2006 11:33 PM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Thank you all for your comments.

When I first read McMahon, I must admit I was furious.

But after a while, the funny side of such things tends to come into focus. Thankfully.

At 1/04/2006 4:23 PM, Anonymous Joseph M. Gleason said...


I am the one who started that N.T. Wright thread on the Puritanboard.

Thank you for posting this on your blog.

I do love Dr. McMahon. He is very helpful in many ways. But it deeply hurts me to see him anathematize N.T. Wright, Douglas Wilson, etc., because they are all brothers in Christ, whether they like it or not!

God is gradually conforming both McMahon and Wright to the image of Christ. Let us all pray for God's mercy, that he would fulfil Ephesians 4, and bring us all to the unity of faith, no matter how long it takes.

Let none of us curse a brother in Christ, who clearly believes in the Deity of Jesus, and in His substitutionary atonement for us!

At 1/04/2006 4:46 PM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Hi Joseph,

Let us all pray for God's mercy, that he would fulfil Ephesians 4, and bring us all to the unity of faith, no matter how long it takes.

Yes, 'Amen' with all my heart!

Thank you so much for this kind and gracious comment. I hope my post did not cause offence.

Blessings in Christ,


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