Accountability in the CREC...

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The following comment was left under this post and I wanted to respond to it here on the main page. So here's the comment, followed by a response:

COMMENT: You're missing the irony. Aren't the feminists critics doing exactly what Wilson has done for years - - demonizing people in their blogs while making themselves unaccountable to anyone? Both groups are rebels.


Dear (brother),

First, Doug Wilson doesn't demonize people, and only rarely criticizes them. He argues with them.

Postmodern men have a terribly difficult time seeing this distinction. To a narcissist, every single thing is personal.

Second, Doug has never sought to avoid accountability. Regularly he offers to meet with those publicly opposing him, to answer their charges. He would have been happy to meet with Lig Duncan and his committee. More than once he's publicly offered to meet with that man down at Escondido who flames out now and then. There are others he's sought to answer.

After three decades of membership in PC(USA) and PCA presbyteries, it's my considered opinion that Doug has had more accountability in the CREC than he'd ever have had in either of these two larger Presbyterian denominations. I've attended meetings of CREC presbyteries and their national judicatory and seen accountability far beyond anything I've ever seen in either the PC(USA) or the PCA—and this particularly in the all-important matters of pastoral faithfulness.

The CREC has been inspiring to me precisely at the point where you claim otherwise. Meanwhile, I've been very disappointed in the unwillingness of PCA presbyteries to apply their national commitments on the local personal presbytery level.

Over the next few years, I expect to see more work of correction within the CREC for those tending toward the sacramentalist/Lutheran error than I could ever hope for in the PCA.


Tim Bayly

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

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