Michael S. Horton is a professing reformed Calvinist and the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California since 1998. He is editor-in-Chief of Modern Reformation (MR) magazine, and President and host of the nationally syndicated radio broadcast, The White Horse Inn. Both Modern Reformation magazine and The White Horse Inn radio broadcast are now entities under the umbrella of White Horse Media which has attained a great deal of respect and influence in the church.
So, What’s the problem?
Michael Horton Fail #1
Horton endorsed and promoted “Extravagant Grace” (P&R Publishing, 2013), written by Barbara Duguid, who heavily promotes the “hypergrace” understanding of the gospel, completely undermining the regenerative power of a believer’s transformation into a new creature in Christ and rejecting the new man with new desires, empowered by the Holy Spirit to walk in newness of life. Enslavement to sin is promoted and even glorified in this book. Duguid is a protégé’ of Tim Keller, as the Duguids lived with the Kellers while her husband attended Westminster Seminary and it was during this time that she was personally mentored by him: The gospel according to Duguid is basically the gospel according to Tim Keller. http://reformedforum.org/ctc301/
Michael Horton Fail #2
Horton, a reformed pastor and teacher whose ministry is named “The White Horse Inn: For A Modern Reformation,” has a glowing, written endorsement praising a book by Scott Hahn, a former Presbyterian who defected to Rome, on the theology of Pope Benedict XVI:
“In this remarkable book [Covenant and Communion: The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI], Scott Hahn has drawn out the central themes of Benedict’s teaching in a highly readable summary that includes not only the pope’s published works but also his less-accessible homilies and addresses. This is an eminently useful guide for introducing the thought of an important theologian of our time.” Michael S. Horton
This “reformed” Westminster Seminary professor and editor-in-chief of “Modern Reformation” magazine may want to check his confession:
“There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ: nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition, that exalts himself in the Church against Christ, and all that is called God.” (1646 Westminster Confession of Faith 25:6)
The Trinity Foundation issued a stern warning about Horton’s organization 12 years ago: http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=245
“For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?” (1 Cor. 14:8)
Michael Horton Fail #3
More recently, White Horse Media is promoting the idea of “SSA” (same-sex attracted) Christianity, publishing an interview with, Rachel Gilson, one of the leading voices in the movement to gain full acceptance of celibate, homosexual “Christians” in the Lord’s church. https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/i-thought-christians-were-stupid-bigots?fbclid=IwAR30eAzZGBEXVXQmq9EU_U8RWAxxCt8vzOzHSLD3tnXQcLbRldZZjsge9aA
Excerpts from the article clearly illustrate that this dangerously unbiblical concept is a direct refutation of the transforming power of the supernatural gospel of Christ. Although manipulative language, when cloaked in biblical terms, can be very deceptive and confusing, this particular article is a blatant rejection of scripture in every way.
The interview takes place in a restaurant and starts out with Rachel Gilson sensualizing her menu choices:
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
“..as she looks at the menu she makes a joke about ordering chicken breasts, which she later decides is too trashy to include in this write-up. The joke works, it turns out, because it was Rachel’s sexuality that was one of the reasons she became totally opposed to Christianity as a teenager.”
Gilson admits that upon reading Mere Christianity by the highly compromised and ecumenical C.S. Lewis, she began to really like the idea of Jesus and was coming to believe that she would need to trust him to be saved. This interview can be summed up as follows:
-She needs to somehow “get connected” to Jesus.
-She really needed to “take this deal”– she would “never get another deal like this!”
-The first years after her conversion were “littered with” bad decisions and lesbian relationships.
-There has never been any change in her perverted, sexual desires.
-Her homosexual desires are her “identity.”
-Her homosexual desires are “fundamental to her sense of self.”
-Her homosexual desires are “a very deep part of her.”
-Her homosexual relationships (plural) are “something very valuable” that she is “giving up.”
-Not having sex is a “severe thing” for her but she is “willing to give it up!”
-She gave up some “significant sexual relationships” for Jesus!
In stark contrast to Gilson, the bible warns repeatedly that homosexuality is detestable. Not “valuable” or “significant” but ABOMINABLE! Not “fundamental to one’s sense of self,” No. Homosexuality is an abominable sin, but you would not know it by listening to Rachel Gilson! This is outrageous.
In conclusion Gilson declares:
“The reason that most people aren’t Christians is either because they think that Jesus isn’t really real or that he isn’t really worth it.”
Wrong. The Holy scriptures give one reason only that all people everywhere, in every age reject Christ, and it is this:
19 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” John 3:19-20
Please note that Rachel Gilson is no novice at this game, as she has been peddling this false message for quite some time:
From her personal blog-spot with the heading “Born Again This Way” https://rachelgilson.com/
Through The Gospel Coalition (she is a regular contributor) where she scolds the church for not being a “safe space” for homosexuals: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/safe-space-for-ssa/
Through many news outlets, such as Christianity Today, where Gilson admits that she never became straight because that was never really God’s goal! (https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/october/i-never-became-straight-perhaps-that-was-never-gods-goal.html
Gilson admits in the CT article that “slowly, I came to understand that ‘making me straight’ wasn’t the answer. There is no biblical command to be heterosexual.” She “identifies” as a lesbian who forcibly abstains from the true desires of her heart (which is sexual relations with women), even going so far as to marry a man; of whom she admits:
“I reminded him that I’d slept with more women than he ever would and I wrestled. I was not sexually attracted to him, but I did admire his goodness, his warmth, and our shared priorities. I saw that he loved me and felt we could experience genuine physical love, albeit more learned than natural.”
Gilson is convinced that her perverted sexual desires are perfectly natural……
26 “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is unnatural.” Romans 1:26
Rachel Gilson is just one of many casualties of this powerless, false gospel that pervades the professing church, and is now being promulgated by influential churchmen, including Michael Horton. This is a travesty, and all who grieve for self-deceived, false converts should mourn this.
Mark, avoid and warn!
“Numbers of easy-minded people wink at error so long as it is committed by a clever man and a good-natured brother, who has so many fine points about him. Let each believer judge for himself; but, for our part, we have put on a few fresh bolts to our door, and we have given orders to keep the chain up; for, under color of begging the friendship of the servant, there are those about who aim at robbing the Master.” Charles H. Spurgeon (Sword and Trowel, August 1887)