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A dialog between a complementarian, a feminist, and a patriarch...

What does the word 'complementarian' mean?

Complementarian is a new word invented to point to the fact that the sexes, male and female, were created by God to complement each other. Dictionaries define ‘complement’ as “something that fills up, completes, or makes perfect.”

Back in the eighties, a group of scholars began to refer to themselves as “complementarians” in order to give a positive statement to the church that, in the matter of sexuality, tended towards conservatism. They talked and wrote about the mutual benefit of man and woman living together in such a way as to show God’s beautiful design of each sex. ‘Complete’ is the root of ‘complement,’ and thus Man complements woman as woman complements man. Their neologism, then, was "complementarianism."

Of course, the man who identifies himself as a “complementarian” has two problems...

Here I sashay, I cannot do otherwise...

…no opinion can be either more pernicious or more absurd than that which brings truth and falsehood upon the same level, and represents it as of no consequence what a man's opinions are. On the contrary, we are persuaded that there is an inseparable connection between faith and practice, truth and duty.  (Preliminary Principle Number Four, 1788 Synod of New York and Philadelphia, 1789 General Assembly)

When the Reformed men who founded the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (ACE) decided to include Lutherans in their parachurch organization, their compromise was a harbinger of things to come. So, for a couple decades now, Reformed academics looking for a place to make their name, not content to rehearse the history of the Westminster divines forever, have turned toward the importation of Lutheran doctrine and practice to the Reformed church.

The popularity of Federal Vision and Lutheran emphases concerning the sacraments, liturgy, sacerdotal (priestly) accoutrements, the repudiation of the Reformed doctrine of the perseverance of the saints, and so on, all viewed alongside other contributing factors such as the kissing-cousin relationship of the PCA's Covenant Theological Seminary and the LCMS's Concordia Seminary—both in St. Louis—have produced a growing number of bright young pastors enamored with the neo-Lutheran project. But sadly, because their credentials reside in churches and denominations confessionally Reformed and Presbyterian, they haven't been willing to raise the "Lutheran" flag or adopt a name as forthright as "Neo-Lutherans."

When asked about their Lutheranism they're quick to list several things that cause them to prefer Presbyterian credentials. They defend their doctrinal, sacramental, and liturgical innovations within Reformed churches as being merely "Biblical." But this is rather disingenuous. It's as if a Marine corporal were to watch as, patrol after patrol, his squad were being wounded and killed by enemies wearing the uniform of the United States Marine Corps; and complaining to his Platoon Commander, he were to get the response, "Look, uniforms are out...

UW-Madison's ninny-nannies...

Did you know "alma mater" means "nursing mother"? My own alma maters include tooo many schools, but I must mention University of Wisconsin (Madison).

It was UW-Madison that gifted Donna Shalala to President Clinton's cabinet where she served alongside It-Takes-a-Village Hillary Clinton and It-Takes-Tanks-and-Napalm Janet Reno. Before leaving for D.C., Shalala was UW-Madison's chancellor and, during her tenure there, she channelled her maternal instinct by passing a speech control policy so safe that English profs were left with three books still allowed on their reading lists: Pat the Bunny, Velveteen Rabbit, and Love You Forever. Under the heading "Unprotected Expressive Behavior Subject to Discipline," Shalala threatened verbal bullies and gesticulators thusly...

A faculty or academic staff member's expressive behavior in an instructional setting may be the basis for discipline if ...the behavior is commonly considered by persons of a particular gender, race, cultural background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or handicap to be demeaning to members of that group, and ...the conduct makes the instructional setting hostile or intimidating, or demeaning to members of the group of average sensibilities.

Shalala declared her come-to-mommy-and-let-me-kiss-your-owie rules would be enforced in both "instructional" and "noninstructional settings." UW-Madison employees were left with precious few places to exercise the freedoms granted by our Bill of Rights. Since the adoption of Shalala's rules in the late eighties, Madison's speech police have been filing charges, collecting evidence and witnesses, holding trials, making pronouncements of guilt, carrying out censures, and implementing disciplinary actions. 

Still today UW-Madison profs are trying to repeal Shalala's schoolmarmish hate-speech rules, but it hardly matters since President Obama is busy remaking all of America into a "safe place." Speaking of which, UW-Madison is at it again. Earlier this year administrators and faculty adopted policies requiring profs to become even more sensitive. The new policy statement was introduced with...

Lawless judges...

Recently, U.S. District Judge Richard Young struck down Indiana's lawful democratic ban on sodomitic marriage, joining a cabal of federal judges intent on defying God's Moral Law and violating their vows to submit to the Constitution of these United States. Vengeance belongs to God. Notwithstanding God's Ownership of vengeance, though, the citizens of these United States are our Constitution's stewards and defenders. In fact, we may properly say that the authority of the Constitution is every citizen's authority and thus the defense of the Constitution and the duty to discipline civil magistrates who rebel against it properly lies with every citizen of these United States.

Whether it's caused by lethargy or the stupefaction of R2K casuistry, Christian citizens who abdicate our duties to be our Constitution's guardians deserve the wickedness which has already corrupted our children and will corrupt our grandchildren even more. God made us stewards of the authority exercised by our civil magistrates and...

Who is responsible for the sexual torture of our children...

Headlines today tell of another massive arrest of child-corrupters, this one over in the United Kingdom resulting in charges against 660 men and women for what the Brits delicately refer to as trafficking in images of "child abuse." Over 800 properties and 10,000 computers are being searched for evidence, and what? We're supposed to feel secure that our law enforcement officers are diligent to protect our children? Really?

One article reports: 

The NCA (dubbed the ‘British FBI’) reported that the operation has guaranteed the safety of 400 children, and that the police forces were dealing with an “unprecedented” increase in reports of sexual abuse of children.

This is a lie carefully crafted to further the displacement by civil magistrates of children's natural sovereigns. Police men and women can never ever "guarantee the safety" of even one child, let alone 400, 40,000 or 40,000,000. God is the Father of all men and He placed children in the safety of the marriage of one man and one woman, covenanted together as husband and wife for life...

Lebron James to (gasp) Cleveland...

Everyone was sick of the drama. Now it's over and it's a real shocker. To see a man loyal to his roots despite the intense acrimony surrounding his departure four years ago makes me think better of Lebron James. 

What hurdles did he face as he considered returning to Cleveland?

His wife and mother. James told Sports Illustrated:

To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough.

To paraphrase Vladimir Putin, maybe toughness is not the worst quality for a mother. But why would James's wife or mom object to returning to Cleveland?

Again, James explains:

God's protection...

Scripture tells us God gives men over to adultery. Note also it is God Who protects us from this terrible sin. It was God Who kept Abimelech from touching...

Diversity in the PCA: enforcing peace rather than forging unity...

"...until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man..." (Eph. 4:13)

The fifth key area identified by the PCA's Cooperative Ministries Committee was "Practicing diversity well in the PCA" (first, here; second, here; third, here; fourth, here):

Practicing diversity well in the PCA – particularly, theological diversity within our confessional parameters, ethnic diversity, generational diversity, urban-suburban-small-town-rural diversity, worship style diversity, philosophy of ministry diversity, etc.

"Diversity" is one of those words that makes an alarm bell go off in my head. The same goes for Stanford professor Thomas Sowell:

If there is ever a contest for words that substitute for thought, “diversity” should be recognized as the undisputed world champion. You don’t need a speck of evidence, or a single step of logic, when you rhapsodize about the supposed benefits of diversity.

"Diversity" is not a Scripture-word...

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