Mark Driscoll and gay worship leaders...
First, two of my favorites:
Q: How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: That's NOT funny!
Q: How many worship leaders does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Does it HAVE to be a LIGHT BULB?
Yet again, my friend Mark Driscoll has been shamed into pulling in his horns. This time he committed the crime against hermanity of updating his FB status (did you join me in switching to Google + this past week?) with this question:
So, what story do you have about the most effeminate anatomically male worship leader you’ve ever personally witnessed?
All the queens of Evangelicaldom had hissy-fits over Mark's sexism, so they called in the women who took a vote, and it was unanimous: Mark was to be conveyed in chains to the town square, then locked in stocks where the old maids would pelt him with zuchini and rotten tomatos.
One Denver Seminary prof in high dudgeon brought the weighty charge against Mark that...he was "disempowering" women.
Then the prof added:
Driscoll has a macho swagger that is repulsive and un-Christ-like.
To which I commented:
To live today is to be effeminate. Men who abdicate their God-delegated authority and responsibility are the norm in Western culture. The biological and psychological and (especially) spiritual bifurcation of sex has been replaced with the infinite continuum of "gender," so who would even think to condemn womanly men or manly women? Although Scripture condemns men who are "women" (e.g. Nahum 3:13), we're quite precious in our conceit that we've arrived at a time and place when, finally, we've evolved to the point that we're less sexist and kinder than the Holy Spirit. We'd never be caught dead calling any man "womanly" or "effeminate!"
For two decades, now, I've kept track of the loss of 'effeminate' from contemporary English usage--not just the word, but more the concept. When men attack and destroy God's wonderful diversity; when men rebel against God's Creation Order by promoting androgyny; it becomes quite difficult for anyone to see that effeminate soldiers, professors, fathers, judges, presidents, worship leaders, elders, and pastors are God's curse. "O My people! Their oppressors are children, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray And confuse the direction of your paths" (Isaiah 3:12).
Really, the failure of Pastor Driscoll was not his use of the BIblical concept of effeminacy, but that he neglected to point out that it is sin.
Go back a century or so, prior to our decadent time, and our fathers in the faith condemned womanly men all the time, often using the word 'effeminate." Here's one of my favorites:
Indeed it is appropriate to repeat here once again what I mentioned before, that fault must not always be found with the servants of Christ, if they are driven with violent force against professed enemies of sound doctrine, unless one is perhaps disposed to accuse the Holy Spirit of lack of moderation. ... the vehemence of holy zeal and of the Holy Spirit in the prophets was like that, and if soft, effeminate men think it stormy, they do not consider how dear and precious God's truth is to Him. - Calvin on Acts 13:10
So when Doug Groothuis smears Pastor Driscoll claiming he's a sinner who has "a macho swagger that is repulsive and un-Christ-like," what he really means to say is that he's a soft, effeminate man who thinks Pastor Driscoll "stormy."
(TB: By the way, I substituted "gay" for "effeminate" because "gay" often is used by high school jocks the way "effeminate" used to be employed.)