"Then watch me choose Jesus..."

Again and again, I trust that the flock under my care gives their eyes and attention to Doug Wilson. For Christians in America, reading Doug is part of the hard work needed that will yield the Christian's ability to discern between good and evil.

Today he teaches us how the Apple Pie/Motherhood/Stars and Stripes patriotism of the past has had "Hate is not a family value" patched into its fabric, and thus has turned to hatred of Christians who refuse to bow their knee to sodomy.

Faithful Christians, that is—not the quivering silent and saltless ones. Doug writes:

Force me to choose between Jesus and America, and then watch me choose Jesus.

The problem with the spirituality of the church men today is that no one is able to watch them choose Jesus. In fact, within many Reformed circles it is now a principle that the man out there in public visibly choosing Jesus has failed to think properly about, and appreciate sufficiently, that American value commonly referred to as "separation of church... {C}and public witness." Er, I meant "separation of church and state," didn't I?

Anyhow, read Doug's wise piece and guard your Christian witness. The day is evil and many ashamed of the Gospel are falling silent.

And if anyone still is wondering why I oppose the R2K aberration so explicitly and forcefully, read this excerpt from Doug's post and realize that many of the enemies of Christian witness are within the Church. It's always been that way.

This is why pastors have a particular and pressing duty here. If this despotic modern state is the idol of our age — and it is — then pastors have a pressing duty to prepare their parishioners to resist it. We have a duty to prepare our people to refuse to bow down when they hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer (Dan. 3:5). Those instruments seem odd to us today, and so does Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, but you may depend upon it — at the time, bowing down to that statue to that music at that time was about as mainstream as you could possibly get, and the only people left standing were the extremists and weirdos.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.

Comments

It is unfortunate though that many reformed pastors are grossly ignorant of the world around them or they are willfully refusing to acknowledge what they see.

And forgive me for being harsh, but I find no other way to say this but that many today will refuse to do what Doug Wilson is cautioning because they do not have the boldness that God demands.

What many pastors and church members don't realize is that the persecution that is already here, is really a persecution against Jesus. When Jesus converted Saul to Paul in Acts, Jesus never mentioned Saul's attacks on his followers, but only mentioned (twice) about how Saul was persecuting Him.

When we have churches and individual Christians refusing to be involved, we are affirming that it is acceptable for Christ to be persecuted.

If this were really acceptable in the eyes of God, Saul would have never been rebuked and then converted.

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