April 2013

Error message

Chris Broussard on Jason Collins...

The question is whether Jason Collins is right to claim the Christian faith in support of his sexual immorality? ESPN's Chris Broussard gives a straightforward Biblical answer. True, he makes no appeal to natural law, but this sort of witness is commendable and Reformed men should support it. (Thanks, Steve M.)

God never stops speaking (although we wish He would)...

Dear brothers and sisters, would you please read this? And don't get discouraged by confusion in the first half; persevere to the very end.

The heart of our opposition to R2K...

Here on Baylyblog, David and I are pastors first, second, and last. Thus it is our purpose to call men and women who are former gays or lesbians, fornicators and adulterers, those unbiblically divorced alongside gossips and materialists growing old with their first wife to be witnesses to their neighbors and thus to fulfill the law of love.

Sincere Christians willing to obey their Lord in this matter of loving their neighbor by being salt and light ought not to be ridiculed and shamed into silence by professional intellectuals claiming the Name of Christ. We aim to protect them from this abuse. By exposing the Biblical and spiritual—not to mention theological, legal, and historical—errors of R2K, it's our purpose to create a safe space for faithful men and women of God to witness to their Lord without fear of...

Tom Van Dyke and the SCOTUS Amen Corner...

Tom Van Dyke admonishes us not to criticize or work against whatever happens to be the latest, faddish pronouncement of the U.S. Supreme Court. He writes:

“For the record, the 2003 Supreme Court case

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_v._Texas

declared that bans on sodomy are unconstitutional.  That decision will not be reversed, and no new legislation could pass constitutional muster.  

That issue is over.”

Imagine if prior generations had shared his fatalism and capitulation to the Supreme Court of the United States' (SCOTUS) exercise of raw judicial power.  

Mark Dalbey, the new president of PCA's seminary...

My friend Mark Dalbey is the unanimous selection of the Board of Trustees to replace Bryan Chapell as president of the PCA's Covenant Seminary. For many years Mark and I worked alongside one another as members of Great Lakes (and then Ohio Valley) Presbytery. David and I wish him wisdom and strength in his new position. 

Tags: 

Theological critique of Escondido Two Kingdoms Theology (IV): Sexual sin kills...

(NOTE: This post is part of a series showing the errors of so-called Two-Kingdom Theology. We refer to it as "so-called" Two-Kingdom Theology because what the church historically has meant by "Two-Kingdoms" bears little resemblance to what Escondido Theology men mean when they write it today. Thus sometimes we write "Two-Kingdom Theology," but more often we write "Radical Two Kingdom," "Rigid Two Kingdom," or "R2K.")

The heart of R2K is their intense work to keep the civil magistrate's authority out of the Christian church and God's authority out of the public square. Some might quibble with the way this is worded but it's undeniable R2K is all about the rigid policing of the boundaries between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of man. Thus "R2K" is an abbreviation for Rigid-Two-Kingdom or Radical-Two-Kingdom.

To most of us it sounds helpful to guard the church against usurpations of ecclesiastical authority by the civil magistrate. John Calvin fought against this in sixteenth century Geneva. He was willing to die in the cause of protecting the authority of the officers of the Church over the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper from Geneva's civil magistrates.

No one wants Hitler's SS guards enforcing the use of patriotic hymns of the Third Reich in Lord's Day worship. No one wants today's public school teachers leading their classrooms in prayer. Like Dad before us forty years ago, David and I don't believe in school prayer because any prayer to any deity among our pluralistic pantheon of gods would be a prayer no orthodox Christian could join in. The melting pot has done its work starting with religion. School prayer has long been dead.

Similarly, David and I don't want the Indiana or Ohio State Police forcing single mothers to baptize their newborn infants as a condition of receiving WIC coupons. We don't hope for the day water cannon are used by Army National Guard...

Good church in the St. Louis area?

A reader writes asking if there's a good non-R2K NAPARC Reformed church in the St. Louis area—preferably one that's not in the liberal wing of the PCA. Any ideas?

Thanks.

So happy together...

We've had the joy this week of Mom Taylor being with us. This has been a warm afternoon. Grandma Mary Lee was out weeding the raspberry patch with Granddaughter Alison and they decided to take a break. They came up onto the deck where Great Grandma Taylor was doing needlework. Alison's mother, Heather, just left for home so there are only three of the four generations in the pic.

Now a few minutes later, Alison has been replaced by...

Understanding R2K...

Covert ops have uncovered an official R2K strategic flow chart...

 

 

Natural law and homosexuality...

The irony of R2K (Radical Two Kingdom) proponents accepting legalization of homosexual acts and unions on the basis that natural law is the only source of authority in the public square is exquisite. Why? Because the Bible, if it teaches natural law anywhere, teaches it in regard to homosexuality:

Romans 1:26-27 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 indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

But, of course, advocates of R2K cowardice can't call Christians to speak against homosexual unions in the public square as unnatural because it's the Bible that says so and they've severed Scriptural authority from the public square. 

What a wonderfully circular system of logic that declares only things revealed by nature to be legitimately proclaimed by Christians in the public square, but when Scripture says nature reveals a thing, argues that the thing can't be proclaimed to the world by the Church because the declaration that nature teaches it is found in Scripture. 

Imagine the mess Jonah would have found himself in if he had lived by R2K strictures in Nineveh's public square....

Theological critique of Escondido Two Kingdoms Theology (III): Privatizing God's Creation Order...

(NOTE: This post is part of a series showing the errors of so-called Two-Kingdom Theology. We refer to it as "so-called" Two-Kingdom Theology because what the church historically has meant by "Two-Kingdoms" bears little resemblance to what Escondido Theology men mean when they write it today. Thus sometimes we write "Two-Kingdom Theology," but more often we write "Radical Two Kingdom," "Rigid Two Kingdom," or "R2K.")

Back a couple years ago, David and I wasted too much time responding to R2K heckling on Baylyblog. Here's a good example of that waste of time. In this particular case, Darryl Hart piled on and you may easily take the measure of his method of debate through his words. Rereading it just now doesn't make me angry. Just weary—what a waste of time. Then Westminster Seminary-Escondido's R. Scott Clark shows up...

Note the mocking and scorn for God's Order of Creation being applied to anywhere other than the private life of Christians in the church and the home.

This has so often been the way of tithe-their-mint-and-cummin Reformed intellectuals. They make a show of submitting to the Creation Order when it's safe and private while denying that Creation Order out there in God's Creation. Anyone who points out their refusal to acknowledge God's Created Order out there in the public square where affirming and teaching it might cause shame before unbelievers is excoriated.

Ask yourself why Reformed men refuse to state that father-rule is God's Created Order and therefore applicable to all men in all places across all time? It's really no big danger to them to issue a statement...

Howard Phillips, 1941 - 2013.

Howard Phillips died this past Lord's Day. May he rest in peace.

A Jewish convert to Christianity, Phillips was that rare politician who refused to abandon the Constitution of these United States or his Christian faith to pragmatism or cynicism. I was introduced to Phillips by the esteemed Joseph Sobran. In thirty-five years of reading Sobran, I never found him more respectful of a man than he was of Phillips—both his political philosophy and his Christian character. And Sobran wrote of him with obvious affection.

In 2000 when Phillips was nominated by the Constitution Party as their Presidential candidate, he selected Sobran as his Vice-Presidential running mate. Joe seemed both tickled pink and flummoxed by this honor. He couldn't imagine why they would want his help. By then Sobran had been consigned to the Gulag by the Lutheran convert to Roman Catholicism at First Things (I am a charter subscriber) and the patrician over at National Review. They didn't like Sobran questioning America's foreign policy toward Israel. As the patrician put it to him at lunch, "Joe, we n$$d these guys!"

Joe wouldn't be bought so they smeared him with the "anti-Semitic" label and that patrician fired Joe from National Review by means of a fax. It was an ignominious end.

Bringing a man back from the Gulag...

Pages