At 7:08 ET on this 31st day of July, 2012, the leading text on the Google news page is from ABC News: "The firestorm ignited last week after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said that those who support gay marriage are 'inviting God's judgment on our nation,' is not over."
Indeed, the firestorm is not over, but it's not the firestorm ABC News is fulminating over.
The people of these United States call evil good and good evil. We have hands covered with the blood of our own and our neighbors' unborn babies and elderly parents. Our conferences and megachurches multiply offerings and mission trips. Yet there is no fear of God in our Land.
In just such a time, the prophet Isaiah bore this message...
Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing shameless deeds and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. (Romans 1:24-27)
Shame is a gift from God with a mission-critical function within His creation. For immoralities to increase in a culture, shame must be repudiated. Today there's precious little left.
Back in 1950, the pagan anthropologist, Margaret Mead, saw it all coming when the pagan zoologist, Alfred Kinsey, released his Kinsey Report. Mead condemned Kinsey's number-crunching approach to human intimacy, pointing out that all the talk about sexual perversion would lead to shamelessness:
In every society sex patterns depend on a careful and meticulous balance between ignorance and knowledge, sophistication and naïveté. (The Kinsey Report) has upset the balance …between the things we don’t mention, and the things we do. And it may be expected to have considerable effect in our society for that reason. Quite a good deal of our virtue has depended upon people not knowing what other people were doing (in their bedrooms).
In the past, it was said, “It is better to marry than to burn.” Now we translate, “It is better to have an outlet of some sort, because you’ve got to have an outlet of some sort.” …so it’s just a question of which outlet and (this) suggests no way of choosing between a woman and a sheep.
Sixty years on, the most basic distinctions God gave us in the Garden of Eden prior to the Fall we call "male" and "female" are being obliterated by postmoderns. This precious diversity is being destroyed before our eyes.
Yesterday, my three oldest grandsons and I went on an expedition to southwest Indiana. I'm big on I-69 and wanted them to see progress progressing. Gov. Mitch Daniels is way ahead of schedule building the Evansville to Bloomington segment, and so there are a number of places where the work is being done within eyesight of other roads. We watched the men and machines and it was just drop-dead georgous.
Then we stopped at the Daviess County Produce Auction. I gave my eldest grandson, Jonathan, my auction card so he could bid on some okra and cucumbers. He did a fine job, getting the okra for $1.50 per pint and the cukes for $5 per peck...
Almost thirty years ago, the administration and faculty of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary sent a copy of these letters to every student in an attempt to shut down discussion of womens ordination on campus or in the classroom. When the letter went out, I had finished my M.Div. the previous May, but my brothers David and Nathan were still finishing theirs up. The environment had already been stultifying, but this letter made it even worse.
This is always the way of the destroyers. At first they claim they want dialog, but once they've gotten rid of God's Truth, they're notoriously intolerant of dialog and shut down any voices of diversity. Only perversity is allowed.
Keep in mind that this is the seminary not just of the Bayly bros, but also of Scott Hahn and Marcus Grodi and Tim Keller. And if you think that's ironic, imagine John Piper at Fuller...
Those of you who, with me, wish you could have been there to hear the big bang of David's recent post, "Happiness on the Fourth of July," have to watch this video from a recent Texas Ranger's game. God thundered from heaven and the men on the field dropped to the ground or ran for the dugouts. Minnesota Twin Denard Span tweeted...
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign that works for (sodomite) marriage, said Thursday that Chick-fil-A "has finally come clean" after cloaking its positions for years. "While they may have been in neutral, kicking this fight into overdrive now allows fair-minded consumers to make up their own minds whether they want to support an openly discriminatory company," Griffin said in a statement. "As the country moves toward inclusion, Chick-fil-A has staked out a decidedly stuck-in-the-past mentality." (link at bottom of post)
May I give you a hint? If someone refers to your "mentality," it's no compliment. Such men are quite confident their bachelors degree has lifted them to the higher echelons of human existence and they enjoy peering down at the fools. But I'm off subject...
Every thought and action of our lives witnesses to our loving submission to God or our bondage to Satan. We're either slaves of God or slaves of the Devil, as Jesus made clear to the Westminster Standard Presbyterians of His time known as the Pharisees. Thus even while we protest to the world that we have no desire to be the ones to determine whether or not state and national law should pressure citizens into showing their approval for sodomite marriage--and make no mistake, that is the issue--our very statement that such matters are above our pay grade and we have no desire to make them...
As Tim prepared for his recent appearance on WTIU's In Focus panel discussion on same-sex marriage, a number of men corresponded over different aspects of marriage law in Indiana. One pastor wrote the following:
'[You] should know that the assumption in Indiana (& most states) is that each parent is equally responsible for the support of the child, up to the limit of his or her capability. The law expects that each will be employed. So, for example, if a stay-at-home mom with four kids is divorced and gets physical custody of her children, the law will expect her to be employed and will set child support on that basis. If she is not employed, the law will impute to her the income the judge thinks she could be earning. At the least that will mean 40 hours weekly at the minimum wage level. The only major exception is if either the parent or one or more children is disabled.
'The law follows our society's assumption that child rearing is a hobby, like stamp collecting.'
In further correspondence, another pastor (who will remain anonymous given the personal nature of his testimony) gave his take on why this is the case, what it could mean for godly, stay-at-home moms, and how it relates to the larger question of sodomite marriage. We believe that his testimony and insight will be instructive and helpful to BaylyBlog readers. He writes:
As a teacher of theology I knew a fair bit about Charles Hodge, generally speaking, but reading Paul Gutjahr's biography gave me an inside view.
I knew Hodge used Turretin's text for his theology courses and didn’t publish his own Systematic Theology until the 1870s. Why did he wait so long? Gutjahr fills in the details. It turns out Princeton Seminary's governing board asked Hodge not to take his three-volume systematic theology into print because they thought it would cause a decline in enrollment if anyone could buy his theology text.
I knew his Systematic Theology was thin on the doctrine of the Church. I didn’t know ...
If people haven't noticed, when the identity of a commenter is unknown to readers, I've started putting their names inside quotes to make it clear that readers don't actually know who they are. (This is not true of names like "Fr. Bill" and "Kamilla" for obvious reasons.)
I'm not doing this to be obnoxious, but to make a point of the anonymity of most of what goes down on the web.
This is not to say anonymity is not sometimes required. We had a case recently where someone identified with Baylyblog was threatened with termination at his annual evaluation because his identity could be traced to this blog. Please pray for our brother's protection. Still, we are convinced we should each do our best not to try to avoid shame over our idenitification with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
One further matter: we have men who consistently lie about their identities, and almost always they are the ones whose comments are viciously personal and lie about God and His Word...