Alienists are Neo-Docetists Who Deny The Paliggenesia of Christ
Alienist critics of Kinism, such as the vocal pastor Brian Schwertly, being neo-Docetists, deny the Regeneration, or Paliggenesia, of Christ by their derogation of materiality, and further deny the orthodox biblical Doctrine of Nations, in their opposition to the ontological status of “families” of men, an error which also partakes of the logical fallacy of continuum.
When Paul writes of the creation “groaning together in the pains of childbirth”, this birth is not a birth of pure spirit, but a birth of the renewed creation in which is the entelechy of the perfect confluence and unity of spirit and flesh. Thus Paul relates in 2 Corinthians 5:4 that this renewal is not so that we might be “unclothed” (pure spirit) but that what is mortal (flesh) may be swallowed up in life (made imperishable, unlike cursed, mortal flesh). Flesh is particularistic, and this particularism is what Kinists celebrate. If flesh possesses no haecceity, then there is no necessity for each thing to have its own “tent,” as it were. The differentiation of the flesh corresponds to that of the spirit. We know that men are saved as differentiated spirits, since God has elected to save many men, and the “you” that God knew before the formation of your “tent” is also possesses a “this-ness”, a particularity, or the salvation of a plurality of men is wasted energy, imperfection, and is the equivalent of God denying his own divinity.
1. Schwertly is the pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Waupaca County, a member institution of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in America (WPCUS), a small denomination formed in 2006 in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and, according to their website, based on objection to the spread of Federal Vision theology in their original denomination and what was perceived as latitudinarian departure from the regulative principle of worship (RPW). Pastor Schwertly has been a vocal and tireless (if not entirely ingenuous) critic of Kinism. Several of his sermons are available at SermonAudio.com
2. “For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” 2 Corinthians 5:4