Gelded discourse

If Paul had to deal with postmoderns...

Dear “Brother” Paul:

I’m finding it very difficult to write this letter to you since I know how you’ll respond. But I choose not to think about that. You’ve mentioned me in two of your allegedly “private letters” to brother Tim and I feel I must respond.

In the first you claim that I’ve rejected the faith and a good conscience. And, as if that was not bad enough, you accuse me of blasphemy. How would you feel if someone said those kinds of things about you? Have you ever thought of that? I thought you...


"Historical" claims lacking fruit...

Reading the likes of R. Scott Clark, Michael Horton, and Matthew Tuininga, one walks away with the impression that all of the problems within Evangelicalism stem from our failure to respect history and toe the line of our Confessions in history (as revised in more recent history); and an infatuation with the new along with the desire for success as measured by the world. And their solution?

Go back.

It's a tempting critique because it rings with a certain amount of truth, but continue reading these men and you'll find that, after wagging the chin about historic Reformed orthodoxy a bit, other cards start slipping into the deck...


Losing the forest for the trees...

In response to the post "The death of motherhood..." in which I cited 1Timothy 2:15 ("Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty."), some have asked how 1Timothy 2:15 applies to men, fathers, singles, or barren wives? To which I respond:

First, it is Scripture that declares woman will be saved through childbearing. How and in what ways is debatable, but the statement is there.

May men be saved?

Of course—the Apostle Paul was a man and he was saved. May single women be saved? Of course. Childless wives? Of course.

Those who do not bear children, whether men or women, are not saved through the bearing of children, but this does not mean they aren't saved because they don't bear children. There are many means of grace.

But what about married women who are fertile and wholly or partially repudiate childbearing? Are they saved through childbearing?

It might be better to ask whether their repudiation of childbearing is rebellion against God and places their souls in jeopardy? The answer is...


Wheaton announces homosexuality is not sin...

The distinction between the condemnation of homosexual behavior versus homosexuality is what Jones said is the critical nuance about the Community Covenant.

- Stanton L. Jones is Provost of Wheaton College

Now comes Wheaton College announcing it has "evolved" in its views on sexuality and has come to see the distinction between "homosexual practice" and "homosexuality." You know, that ever-so-popular "critical nuance" distinction between getting it on and getting your flame on. Stanton Jones has been studying sexuality for "thirty years" and he's learned the Apostle Paul was wrong to condemn the effeminate and what's really needed is a cell group on campus where they can be affirmed in their effeminacy. Who cares what the Apostle Paul says?

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. - 1Corinthians 6:9, 10

What on earth was the Apostle Paul thinking to speak this way? Had he never heard of being gay? Was he so callous as to exacerbate the deep angst and alienation experienced by those different from himself?

Who knows.


The Oracle of Delphi (er, rob bell) comes out for sodomite marriage...

It's called Grace Cathedral and the "Interlocutor" (I kid you not) is "The Very Reverend Doctor Jane Shaw." She tells Rob Bell she and her butchered sheep are "passionate about the arts," so you can see this is a pretty typical city church that's "in the city and for the city." There are all the usual suspects in all the usual ways.

Anyhow, there at Grace Cathedral in response to Ms. Shaw's interlocutions, the great conniver Rob Bell issues mists and vapors in a certain cloudy direction he tells us is transcendent. Then at the 37' mark, he starts to get excited when he gets an opportunity to kick and stomp on God and His Church with his jackboots.

Start listening around the 37' mark. Note the emphasis on "MY" and "MY" near the 40' mark. At 42:30, he bows the knee to sodomite marriage.

From the beginning this man has been wicked and it's a tribute to the death of true Christian faith in America that in Grand Rapids, home of Baker and Zondervan and Eerdmans and Calvin and all things Reformed, he packed them in each Lord's Day morning...


Don Carson's promotion of gender-neutered Bibles...

One reader e-mailed asking if I was being fair in this prior post where I listed Don Carson with Gordon Fee and Roger Nicole as being guilty of the "betrayal of the Word of God's authority?" The short answer is Don Carson was paid to do so-called "translation" for the production of the New Living Translation in which thousands of words with male meaning components (adam, aner, adelphoi, etc.) were deleted in order to pacify the itching ears of our feminist culture. Carson's NLT also deleted a number of occurrences of the words 'Ioudaios' and 'Ioudaioi' in order to pacify Jews working to get Bible publishers to remove Anti-Semitic "Christ-hatred" from John's Gospel.

After being paid to do this work, Don wrote a book defending gender-neutered Bibles.

Now for the longer answer...


Humble is as stupid does...

Recently Jared Wilson of The Gospel Coalition put up a quote from Doug Wilson's book Fidelity. The post (not the book) was meant to be an explanation of why women today are reading books like Fifty Shades of Grey, which include pornographic BDSM content. The simple version says it's because when we deny that authority and submission play any role in sex, we are lying to ourselves. Authority and submission are built into our nature, and rejecting them doesn't get rid of them. They just end up coming back to us in a "pathological form." Oh yes, and the quote also said, "This is of course offensive to all egalitarians." 

Then those who claim to be true sons of Abraham, but are in fact of their father the Devil, went on the attack. They were, quite appropriately, led by a woman in this battle--


John Ploughman on robes and gowns...

[This is contributed by Pastor Jacob Mentzel. It's been in the queue awaiting publication for many weeks, now, and I've delayed at least partly out of respect for the dead. I've not wanted the Prince of Preachers to get his comeuppance when he's nowhere able to to defend himself. But then there are some things here worth considering. Note particularly his urgency against Rome. We have none of that, now. Also his dig at the effeminacy of it all. He's right on both counts.

Please don't be offended by Spurgeon's vehemence. We need more of it in our day when the Gospel preaching most admired by Reformed men is hedge words, suggestions, and drab tonality in the service of grace patter. - TB]

. . . Forever away with surplices and gowns and all those nursery doll dresses—men should put away childish things...


Now THAT'S a good question...

One good reader noticed I'd been gauche, using the male inclusive in the title of the post, "Three cheers for the men of Wisconsin...". So he commented, asking "Did all the women vote for the recall?! Sorry, a bit of snark." To which I responded:

Dear sibling/person/human,

You should congratulate me for maintaining Biblical usage in the face of the whole world. When I was a child, I spoke as a child. My girlfriend (now my wife) carefully instructed me never ever to use the word 'girl,' and being the son of an author and editor, I was careful to appear sufficiently progressive in all other matters. Thus repudiation of the male inclusive was what I did best. When I was a child.

But now I've put away childish things. It's become clear to me that language is a battleground, and thus that anguage is one of the most vital places to confess our faith. So I make a point of using the male inclusive in the face of all the snickers because...


Love the sinner, hate the sin...

Here is a man who loves the sinner and hates the sin. The world doesn't see it that way. One of our Clearnote men writes, "If you don't know Ron, he's an assistant football coach at the University of Nebraska.  I had the privilege of meeting Ron when he spoke at my high school prom some years ago.  He is a dear brother who continually risks his worldly comforts to promote God's Kingdom.

(TB, w/thanks to Taylor and Andrew R.)


Bullying no, but is that it? Nothing more to say? Really?

Not just educational apparatchiks, but Russel Moore. For an earned doctorate Christian spokesman to fail to distinguish between condemnation and shame and bullying in an article like this is an indication of not yet being ready for prime time. Or rather, of allowing prime time's baubles to get to you.

Tell me, good Russell, precisely what sorts of things do you think Christian students should say about sodomy on public campuses? Or is the very name 'Sodomite" off limits because it hurts? Is it "rhetorical pornography?"

(TB, w/thanks to Kamilla)


Gentleman farmers and preaching...

This is funny. I've know a couple gentleman farmers who are a little better at it than P. J. O'Rourke.

The boarding stable where P. J.'s daughter's pony now lives does, in fact, have someone who deals with the (stuff) his daughter preferred to avoid. For several years in junior high school I worked cleaning a boarding stable's stalls. Here's a proverb I love:

Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. (Proverbs 14:4)

Faithful ministry always gets us dirty. It's unavoidable. Anyone contending for God's Truth should first roll up his pants legs and shirt sleeves...


Pastor Doug Wilson to speak at Indiana University (part 4)...

(TB w/thanks to Michael F. and Jason C.) On April 13th Pastor Doug Wilson will give two lectures here at Indiana University on what it means that God made man in His Own Image, and that he made us both male and female. Wilson's two-part lecture titled Sexual by Design is hosted by ClearNote Bloomington's campus ministry, JesusatIU.

This is the fourth and final promo video created for the event:


Pastor Doug Wilson to speak at Indiana University (part 3)...

(TB w/thanks to Michael F. and Jason C.) On April 13th Pastor Doug Wilson will give two lectures here at Indiana University on what it means that God made man in His Own Image, and that he made us both male and female. Wilson's two-part lecture titled Sexual by Design is hosted by ClearNote Bloomington's campus ministry, JesusatIU.

This is the third of four promo videos created for the event:

 


Pastor Doug Wilson to speak at Indiana University (part 1)...

(TB w/thanks to Michael F. and Jason C.) On April 13th Pastor Doug Wilson will give two lectures here at Indiana University on what it means that God made man in His Own Image, and that he made us both male and female. Wilson's two-part lecture titled Sexual by Design is hosted by ClearNote Bloomington's campus ministry, JesusatIU.

This is the first of four promo videos created for the event:


Bob Zaltsberg's <i>Herald Times</i> can't allow Christians freedom of expression, you understand...

If anyone's still wondering why newspapers aren't doing so well, did you all notice Gannett Blog reports 25 of its impartial journalists working at Wisconsin papers violated Gannett's Principles of Ethical Conduct for Newsrooms by signing petitions to recall Governor Scott Walker? We're shocked, aren't we?

Add to that our own Bloomington Herald Times banning Scott Tibbs for doing precisely what Editor Bob Zaltsberg demanded he do. The issue was the paper's paper-thin sensitivity about precisely how its readers would be allowed to refer to the slaughter of unborn children carried out just up the street from Zaltsberg's office, at Planned Parenthood's abortuary. So they gagged Mr. Tibbs for a time, then restored his commenting privileges this weekend sending Mr. Tibbs the following announcment that his punishment was over...


Citizen's arrest! Citizen's arrest!

Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh. (Galatians 6:12, 13)

Sin is not what Reformed men do. Everyone knows that. It seems stupid to say it. Reformed men have enough money and class to keep their hands clean. We're scrupulous and the worst we can be accused of is not yet having attained the vocabluary necessary to be proficient at teaching doctors, lawyers, engineers, pharmacists, professors, architects and their husbands in our churches' adult discipleship programs. Maybe occasionally bad doctrine seeps in, but never bad practice and never ever bad motives which led to that bad practice. And don't you ever forget it!

It's not simply David-and-Bathsheba-pregnancy-and-murder public sins which have left the earth on UFOs. We don't even sin privately and we can't remember the last time we had to examine our hearts. All our motives are pure--that one you had better get. Don't ever make the mistake of questioning a Reformed man's motives or you'll pay for it; especially if he's an elder or pastor. "How dare you question my motives! What gives you the right? Who are you to talk? Judge not lest you be judged!"

Then his fellow presbyters chime in...


Apostle Paul, trouble-maker...

This received from a pastor Saturday night helped me much in the work of the pulpit Lord's Day morning. (TB)

I was studying for my sermon tomorrow and read Calvin's commentary on Acts 17:6 where Paul is falsely accused of being a trouble-maker...


Civil discord...

Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God. Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. (Acts 20:26-31)

Read this statement of the Apostle Paul and it's clear shepherds today are unwilling or unable to mount the sort of serious campaign our fathers in the faith mounted in defense of their flocks. Wolves are devouring sheep and their blood is on our hands... 


The words of man and the words of God...

At the beginning of our initial post two weeks ago were these words: "The Words of God are gone--deleted, that is--but the words of man are intact." So, to repeat ourselves, the MacArthur NIV 2011 Study Bible is two things: the Word of God and the words of man explaining the Word of God. Which one is more important? Which one should be guarded most carefully?

Before John MacArthur made the decision to yoke his study notes with the NIV 2011, he submitted his notes to the publisher for approval and was pleased they kept his words intact. Thus this...