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What Is Talbotism? Another ISM In the Making
We must first ask what makes an "ism" within theology? For LuthernISM, CalvinISMi, or ArminianISM. All of the men these "isms" were named after certainly would rather had their names not become an ISM. So, why did they? They didn't use those terms to describe their views; although these terms help us to quickly sum up a perspective or at least get the general idea.
However, the "isms" come along especially when an advocate begins to propose perspectives they often claim are "their" teaching or "their" view.
Talbotism is still in the making but it is a perspective around the teachings and practices of a man named Kenneth Talbot. Talbot and some of his followers like to deride people for pointing out the rise of his own personal "ism" and his own "followers"; who have been called "Talbotites", "Talbotians", and "Talbotists". But the fact remains, Talbot is making his own personal "ism". This is especially evident in the fact that Talbot has created his own denomination, his own seminary, and his own church. This far exceeds what Martin Luther and John Calvin did in personalizing their perspectives; so if those men have had their names turned into "isms", certainly Talbot's name is more a candidate.
Further, Talbot creates entire personalized "ologies"; such as his own personalized eschatology he calls "Realized Preterism". (hear him say it in this 5 second audio clip). If that isn't enough to convince the reader that Talbot is either knowingly or unknowingly creating his own "ism", it should be said that Talbot also produced 89 hours worth of lectures on just his personalized eschatology. Let's put that in perspective. If you read aloud the entire Bible at a normal pace, it would take you approximately 72 hours to complete. However, Talbot has created 89 hours worth of droning monologue on merely one aspect of the Bible. If this isn't evidence of a man creating a personalized "ism" I don't know what is. Only the most devoted of Talbot followers would defend this kind of thing.
Next, if not already through the fact of creating his own denomination, his own seminary and own church, Talbot has declared he is somehow better than the average person when it comes to all things theological.
There is clear evidence that Talbot is concertedly advancing a personalized theology; ie. an "ism" of his own making. To respond to this evidence with claims I am trying to "smear" or "slander" Talbot, is simply being blind to the facts of the matter.
This idea of Talbot being cultish did not originate with me. The first mention I have found of Talbot as the leader of an "ism" as a cultic manifestation was noted by Dr. Thomas Roche, Teacher of Classical Languages at Aquidneck Island Christian Academy (see his impressive credentials here).
Dr. Roche said of Talbot and his behavior:
In September of 2011 I contacted Dr. Roche to see if he was still of the opinion that Talbot was cultic. His response at the time, without revealing too much of his private email message was:
So, a Talbotite is the person who tends to follow the teachings of Talbot, even to the point of actually listening to 89 hours of lectures (that would be like listening 8 hours a day for 11 days straight). A Talbotite is a person that is somehow beholden to Talbot, via Talbot being a chairman on the board of their "ministry" as Talbot is on several (American Vision.com, NiceneCouncil.com) or having been given free or discounted tuition at his seminary as Talbot offered me before I wised up and began opposing his personalized "ism". Or a Talbotite is a person who spends inordinate amounts of time promoting anything Talbot. For example, as evident from this avid Talbot follower during a promotion of 700 hours worth of audio by Talbot. Look at how it is being promoted:
EXAMPLE OF TALBOTISM'S EFFECTS
Note first of all, how Talbot's teachings are called a "goodiebox" and a "gold mine". Granted, many deceased persons are so esteemed and a fair amount of living persons as well. But taken along with all the other evidence, this is telling. It is even admitted within this promotion, that the material was only previously available to "members" and people who asked for it. What was it that Dr. Roche said about an aspect of a cult is its "in-group vs out-group" mentality?
But the issue is more profound when you realize that the entire promotion is...cultic. Here we have Talbot partnering with Talbot to promote Talbot; since in fact Talbot's church and WhitefieldMedia, and the website are ALL part and parcel an arm of Talbot.
Modern Christians may not recognize the blatant heresy Talbot is advocating but here is some more documentation as to why the Church has historically considered what Talbot is saying as heresy.
Whether the reader considers Nestorianism a heresy or not, one thing is for certain; what Talbot is advocating is NOT a Reformed doctrine. The main reason Talbot gets away with his faulty teachings is because he has no real "peers" that could hold him accountable. Most if not all of his so-called peers are actually underlings either through Talbot's self-made denomination, his self-made church, his self-made seminary or through Talbot holding a position on the "board" of their ministries. No one will dare correct Talbot so instead he falls into age-old heresies like Cerinthianism and Nestorianism.
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