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Whitefield Theological Seminary Continues To Validate Heresy
In October 2008 I wrote to Whitefield Theological Seminary (WTS) and to its president and founder, Kenneth Talbot concerning its relationship with then hyperpreterist leader Samuel M. Frost. Frost had long boasted that he in part arrived at his heretical position via the tools provided him by WTS and Frost had made a point of claiming he was accepted by Talbot as a Christian brother. This is confirmed by Talbot constantly calling Frost and other hyperpreterists, "brother" and validated by the FACT that Talbot was purportedly utilizing Frost to help develop the student Hebrew program for WTS. All of this while Frost was still hot and heavy into the heresy.
My inquiry to WTS and Talbot's surprisingly rather unChristian response (see full details), caused me to distance myself from the so-called "anti-hyperpreterist" community (and the feeling was mutual, as the anti-hyperprets saw in Talbot, a new champion despite his validation of heresy).
My contention then and now is unwavering; that a Christian or a Christian institution should NEVER appear to be validating known heresy. It doesn't matter if the institution is not the Church proper, it still wears the label of "Christian" and when a known heretic can use that institution's credibility to proffer him or herself as accepted within Christianity -- perhaps even as Christian -- then that Christian institution has done a great disservice to the Faith.
Well, the issue has come to the forefront again as another hyperpreterist has declared his association with WTS. Larry Siegle, long self-professed "seasoned teacher" within the hyperpreterist movement announced his application and seeming acceptance to WTS (see here). Now, it is interesting what Siegle says about OTHER seminaries which he investigated attending:
Yet it appears from what Siegle is saying, that WTS neither declined his admission nor required him to sign a compliance with the basic tenets of the Christian Faith. It seems the other seminaries better understand that the action of letting a known heretic gain a degree from their seminary, validates the heresy and suffers their reputation as a Christian institution.
Long time anti-hyperpreterist, Dee Dee Warren said of the matter:
Interesting, since this is a VERY cause of the initial rift between Dee Dee Warren and I. WTS and Talbot's specific apparent validation of known heresy, despite his words to the contrary. Actions speak louder than words.
THE HYPERPRETERIST REACTION
How did Siegle's fellow hyperpreterists react to his news?
As you can see, even Anderson understands that Talbot's words contradict his actions. WTS essentially AGAIN is lending to the idea that hyperpreterism is acceptable and allowable to thrive within Christian circles.
Another hyperpreterist, often considered the MOST CONSISTENT advocate of the view, "RiversOfEden" had this to say:
Remember what Siegle said in his original announcement:
Hyperpreterist Dave Green, understanding that there is contradiction between the words and actions of WTS/Talbot replied:
Yet Talbot's long time protege, Sam Frost attempts to defend WTS/Talbot's decision.
Wait a second!!! Despite the fact that yes, some "Christian" seminaries will let anyone in without qualification ($$$?), do you see what Frost just said??? "it’s not like WTS is hiring Larry for ministry!". So, what of the issue when Frost WAS a hyperpreterist and WAS being utilized by WTS/Talbot in a "ministry" position? It is "ministry" to develop a student Hebrew program for a "Christian" seminary isn't it? Amazing how this hypocrisy is coming round-about.
Needless to say, WTS and Talbot are furthering the perception that WTS/Talbot (and his fellow "anti-hyperprets") only oppose the heresy in word but not in actions. This has been my issue with the "anti-hyperprets" for sometime now; from Phil Naessens who does a podcast with hyperpret Mike Loomis and allows himself to be depicted as Loomis' Christian brother, to now Talbot allowing a known hyperpreterist to attend WTS without "pressuring" Siegle to reconsider his heretical position.
Ultimately, maybe Siegle will repent of hyperpreterism but WTS appears to need to compromise to do it; much like a person who might claim they want to evangelize to drunkards so they go into a bar and drink alongside the drunks to do it. Jesus never sinned or validated sin to reach sinners.
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