Over on the Reformed Baptist Blog, Keith Troop confronts two errors about church and family. In the second part of the article, he deals with the error of the “Family Integrated church” and the “Patriarchy” movements’ use of the terminology that the church is a “family of families”.
“So we have a situation in which two of the leading voices of the FICM recognize the problem with the “family of families” terminology, but sadly neither are really willing to stop using it. I find this deeply troubling, since the phrase is clearly not just problematic because it leads guys like me to misunderstand them as making a statement about the nature of the Church when they really don’t intend to do so, as Baucham suggests in the defense posted above. Rather it leads to problems among FICM advocates themselves, a number of whom I have encountered in pastoral ministry and who have clearly seen the term “family of families” as describing thenatureof the Church. And, frankly, I can understand why they have thought so, since this is a hard conclusion to avoid given the nature and grammar of the phrase when tacked onto the sentence “The Church is.” Thus, when they have consistently heard the mantra, “The Church isa family of families,” how does itnotsound like an expression about thenatureof the Church? And how, by the way, was such a problem with the language not foreseeable? I think we all know how a slogan can take on a life of its own, and this one has definitely done so.”