Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Rev. Dr. Kenneth Talbot of Whitefield Theological Seminary is known for his devoted followers who while they admit they don't often actually speak with Talbot; they tend to hang on his every word. They listen to his over 700 hours of sermons (p.s. You could read the entire Bible aloud at a moderate pace in just 72 hours).

But those who follow Talbot either from a far or near, are perhaps unwittingly exposing themselves to an age-old heresy.

Talbotism is a type of Cerinthianism or Nestorianism
In short, these taught that Jesus the man and The Christ were distinct. In a 2011 sermon where Talbot was expounding on his personalized eschatology that he calls Realized Preterism, Talbot said this:

"Jesus of Nazareth is NEVER a part of the Trinity. He is the body that was prepared by God to receive the Son through the incarnation of the virgin birth. Those two exist in that hypostatic union, in which they're never blended. The trinity is one thing. The Godhead of the Trinity is spirit, does not have body and parts like man. The man Christ Jesus is a man." -- (wav file)

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.


Nestorianism is a Christological heresy which originated in the Church in the 5th century out of an attempt to rationally explain and understand the incarnation of the divine Logos, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity as the man Jesus Christ. Nestorianism teaches that the human and divine essences of Christ are separate and that there are two persons, the man Jesus Christ and the divine Logos, which dwelt in the man. Thus, Nestorians reject such terminology as "God suffered" or "God was crucified", because they believe that the man Jesus Christ suffered.

The problem with Nestorianism is that it threatens the atonement. If Jesus is two persons, then which one died on the cross? If it was the "human person" then the atonement is not of divine quality and thereby insufficient to cleanse us of our sins.

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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