Statement from the Board of Directors and the President of G3:
We have now published the sermons from the 2020 G3 Conference. Dr. Derek Thomas preached on Luke 9:28-36, the passage dealing with the transfiguration. During the sermon, Dr. Thomas labored a point regarding Jesus’ humanity that we felt was far too close to a historic theological error known as Kenosis.
We want to be completely clear that Dr. Thomas did not cross the line of heresy, however, he did make specific statements that caused us to reflect on our responsibility as a ministry and the need to guard against theological error. For that reason, we have made the decision to not publish the sermon. We may be criticized for being too conservative on this issue, but we believe it to be the proper decision.
We have made this known to Dr. Thomas in private and the purpose of this statement is to inform you as to the reason why we will not be publishing his sermon. We believe Dr. Thomas is a faithful servant of Christ, a gifted pastor, and while he maintains his position that his sermon was preached within the Chalcedonian framework, we believe it came too close to the edge resulting in our decision to not publish the sermon. We likewise have a commitment to providing the highest level of resources for the glory of God and a heart for the local church that prevents us from publishing this sermon resource. Thank you for understanding. For more on this issue, we would encourage you to read the following from the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith in section 8.2 on the nature of Jesus’ humanity and deity:
The Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity, is truly and eternally God. He is the brightness of the Father’s glory, the same in substance and equal with him. He made the world and sustains and governs everything he has made. When the fullness of time came, he took upon himself human nature, with all the essential properties and common weaknesses of it1 but without sin.2 He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit came down upon her, and the power of the Most High overshadowed her. Thus, he was born of a woman from the tribe of Judah, a descendant of Abraham and David in fulfillment of the Scriptures.3 Two whole, perfect, and distinct natures were inseparably joined together in one person, without converting one into the other or mixing them together to produce a different or blended nature. This person is truly God and truly man, yet one Christ, the only mediator between God and humanity.4
Dr. Josh Buice
- John 1:14; Galatians 4;4.
- Romans 8:3; Hebrews 2:14, 16, 17; Hebrews 4:15.
- Matthew 1:22, 23; Luke 1:27, 31, 35.
- Romans 9:5; 1 Timothy 2:5.