Interaction with URCNA Report on FV (9): Interesting Usage of the Word "Full"

On p.19, the report misrepresents the teachings of FV folk by curiously repeating the word "full" as in: "the claim of FV authors that all covenant members without exception . . . enjoy a full and saving union with Christ." Then later, "since the baptism of the children of believers effectively unites them to Christ and grants them full participation in His saving work."

This seems to be the exact opposite of what FV folk say. FV folk stress that a person can apostatize. Whatever blessings and privileges baptized folk enjoy -- and the apostle Paul thinks there are many--- there are obviously some things those who apostatize lack. How can you apostatize if you have a full and saving union with Christ?

I repeat what Doug Wilson says in his Presbytery examination.

69. If a person apostatizes, does he lose salvation---justification, sanctification, etc---or does he demonstrate that he was never saved?

"He does not lose something that was never his personal possession to begin with. This means he does not lose the imputed obedience of Jesus Christ, which he never had."

I would think that full participation in Christ's saving work would mean at least 'having' the imputed obedience of Jesus Christ. Wilson is asserting that the baptized member who apostatizes never had it.

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