More than you might think. In a stunning new development which may prove embarrassing to theologians in both camps, a recent report claims that paedobaptists and pre-tribulational dispensationalists often use the same form of argumentation for their respective positions. Co-authored by Rich Ryan and Chris Pixley of Expository Thoughts, this report claims that rather than relying on clear exegetical evidence for their views, many paedobaptists and pre-tribulationalists often rely instead on inferential arguments based on their ecclesiology. See the comment thread under this post for what many believe was the original catalyst for this study by Ryan and Pixley.
Expository Thoughts founder Paul Lamey was said to be inconsolable when confronted with the findings of the report. “It just can’t be,” Lamey mumbled, sipping his coffee at the breakfast table and staring blankly at a fax from Pixley. “Maybe I need to rethink this whole issue.” Sources close to Lamey and his thriving Alabama church say the young pastor was due to preach 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 this Sunday morning, but the elders have contacted Tim LaHaye to fill the pulpit in Lamey’s absence.
Meanwhile, the report is said to have caused “shock waves” in the reformed community, leading some paedobaptists to a new openness regarding the possibility of a pre-tribulational rapture. Rumors out of Florida say that R.C. Sproul has found the report “interesting,” and that he was recently seen tucked away in a corner of the library at RTS in Orlando reading Hal Lindsey’s The Late Great Planet Earth. According to one eyewitness, Sproul was nodding with what appeared to be “thoughtful but cautious approval.”