Take a look at the picture of the Marine at left. Do you know who it is? Its Rev. Jeremiah Wright. He's angry and he says cooky things but he did serve our country in the Corps (2nd Mar. Div.) and as a Navy Corpsman.
I was honored to participate as chaplain in the retirement ceremony of my old friend, Master Sgt. Ruy Pena. Ruy put in 24 years in the Marine Corps and we served together when we were both young NCO's. His adult children were there and I felt very old. Time most certainly flies!
I remember back in my seminary days with all the FV stuff blowing up and how some out West thought not focusing on a meritorious Covenant of Works would lead to a denial of the Gospel. Well, after almost two years of pastoring a growing new church, guess how many times I have preached on the Covenant of Works, meritorious or not? Yep, not once! Of course Adam and his relationship to God lies underneath THE STORY but I'm so busy teaching people about the life of Christ and the Kingdom he established that I don't have time to sweat systematic minutiae. If your church spends a lot of time on stuff like this you probably look like that dude in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Lady in the Water” who has a puny body but a huge, muscular right arm.
Do you really think your congregation wants to spend time categorizing condign, congruous and pactum merit?