Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Kenneth Talbot - The Hypocrite

Dr. Kenneth Talbot, president of Whitefield Theological Seminary has a history of compromising with the heresy of Hyper-Preterism. This history started when he utilized hyperpreterist leader, Sam Frost to help develop student materials for the seminary.  Next, Talbot has been documented as calling hyperpreterists; "brothers".  But perhaps the worse affront to the Christian Faith is when Talbot knowingly enrolled hyperpreterist leader; Larry Siegle into Whitefield's "minister's" program.  To whom does Talbot intend the hyperpreterist to minister with his Whitefield validated degree?

Maybe all of this wouldn't matter if Talbot presented himself as a liberal, "ecumenicist" -- we would expect such a "pastor" to be a compromiser but not only does Talbot present himself as Reformed but also as extremely orthodox.  This behavior from Talbot is disillusioning to Christians and makes it worse that Talbot's followers; in a sense of loyalty to him, help to cover up for him or even help to attack those who would dare point out what Talbot is doing.

What makes Talbot an even bigger hypocrite and one that even the hyperpreterists should point out; Talbot's self-made denomination, RCPGA released a statement in 2010 condemning hyperpreterism:

"Whereas, these views represent an attack upon and undermining of the holy catholic faith once delivered unto the saints,
Therefore, in the certain Hope of the Resurrection, at the Second Coming of Christ, and the Final Judgment at the end of history, the Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly does hereby find that Full Preterism, Hyper-preterism or any other Eschatological System promoting any one or all of these errors is errant, heretical, and apostate, being therefore contrary to evangelical orthodoxy." -- http://www.rpcga.us/SiteContent/65/documents/Against%20Unorthodox%20Eschatology%20(RPCGA%20Approved).pdf
Why does Talbot on one hand coddle Frost for 10 years, use him to help develop student materials for his supposed "Christian" seminary, enroll a hyperpreterist into a "minister's" program with intent to bestow a degree on him, call hyperpreterists "brothers", and even say his own eschatology is "akin" to David Chilton's (Chilton who was a documented hyperpreterist -- ref), and lastly we have this picture of Talbot and his wife eating dinner with Siegle, Frost and their wives.

Talbot is the man on the far front right, Siegle is behind Talbot and Frost is at the back left.  In light of 1 Cor 5:11 which says:

"But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person."
Compared to Talbot's own denomination's statement that says "[Hyperpreterism] represents an attack on and undermining of the holy catholic faith".  If that isn't the definition of REVILER, I'm not certain what is.  Talbot is even more guilty since he is documented as accepting hyperpreterist's as "named a brother".  Maybe it would be different if Talbot REALLY considered hyperpreterists as heretical, non-Christian, apostates; but from all evidence except the contradictory statement from his denomination, Talbot appears to not only accept hyperpreterists as brothers in Christ, but he treats them as such.

To make matters worse, Siegle posted this picture on a hyperpreterist website and included the comment:

"It was expressed that even when there are theological disagreements people can remain brothers and sisters in Christ." -- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PretCosmos/message/28529

Really? Is that a sentiment shared by Talbot? Does he believe Siegle is his "brother in Christ"?  If this is the kind of example Talbot sets for his students and his followers; I want nothing to do with ANYTHING Talbot produces and would warn other Christians to consider their relationship with Talbot and anything he is part of.


Roderick_E said...

P.S. Since Talbot has created his own denomination and church, and seminary -- to whom could/should I appeal Talbot's affront to the Christian Faith? Talbot has single-handedly and person did much damage to my faith over the years but I have no recourse. Even Talbot's so-called "peers" are beholden to him as most if not all of them either work at his seminary or have degrees from there.

Talbot is truly rouge and unaccountable.

Charlie J. Ray said...

I would attribute Talbot's "ecumenicalism" to his commitment to theonomy and reconstruction. That's also why he likes hyperpreterism so much. It's all about the here and the now and transforming society rather than preparing souls to meet their Maker in eternity.