"Round them heaps of corpses rotting away"...

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First you will raise the island of the Sirens,
those creatures who spellbind any man alive,
whoever comes their way. Whoever draws too close,
offguard, and catches the Sirens' voices in the air--
no sailing home for him, no wife rising to meet him,
no happy children beaming up at their father's face.
The high, thrilling song of the Sirens will transfix him,
lolling there in their meadow, round them heaps of corpses
rotting away, rags of skin shriveling on their bones...
Race straight past that coast! Soften some beeswax
and stop your shipmates' ears so none can hear,
none of the crew, but if you are bent on hearing,
have them tie you hand and foot in the swift ship,
erect at the mast-block, lashed by ropes to the mast
so you can hear the Sirens' song to your heart's content.
But if you plead, commanding your men to set you free,
then they must lash you faster, rope on rope.  

- Odyssey 12.45–6 (Fagles)

 Honestly, it must be the water. We've always pointed out how the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is more concerned about being nice guys than defending the Faith, and now we see Russell Moore playing nice with the womyn paid by Christianity Today to run their feminist blog, HER.meneutics. Here's a snippet...

HER.meneutics: Complementarians sometimes say that a feminist or egalitarian reading of the Bible owes more to our own cultural prejudices than to a faithful reading of Scripture. Is this true?

RM: I do not believe that egalitarian Christians are evil, Bible-destructing people. Most of them are trying to reconcile some things they find in Scripture (Jesus’ affirmation of women, for instance) with others that seem to contradict these (the teachings of Paul and Peter on the church and family, for instance).

I do think there’s a tendency for all of us to read the Scripture around our own “plausibility structures.” Paul obviously can’t mean that women aren’t to teach men, we conclude, because the very idea seems absurd, so he must mean something else. I think that’s a mistake.

This is not unique to egalitarians by any means. For example, American Christians have a great deal of difficulty hearing Jesus and his apostles on issues of wealth and poverty. We seek to make Bible elastic enough to allow us to pursue our dollars and follow Jesus simultaneously.

When complementarians argue that we shouldn’t conform the Bible to our cultural expectations, we are not saying that this is unique to egalitarianism. We’re saying, across the board, that we should let the Bible be as countercultural as it is.

Yes, yes. Egalitarian feminists aren't "evil." They're good. Egalitarians aren't "Bible-destructing" (it's a Baptist thing). They're good Christian people.

So goes the battle against heresy, today.

In another part of the interview, Moore argues that young men like him who are "under forty" are more attracted to feminism than older men. He's wrong, of course. Feminism has been de rigueur for decades and is no more attractive and profitable now than it was thirty years ago when Russell was just out of diapers and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary issued a campus-wide printed warning that the minority of students who believed women should not teach or exercise authority over men were to be quiet because they were hurting the feelings of the majority of the campus who were committed feminists. It was not loving or Christian to speak or write in such a way that other Christians complained of their feelings being hurt, so stop it! Just stop it!

This was thirty years ago when Russell was in the back yard playing in the sandbox.

Clive Lewis explained that men of our age lack chests because we've made them geldings. Many of us thought Russ was better than that, but then HER.meneutics explained that the very day of the interview Russ had assumed the presidency of the Council on Biblical Modulation and Woosiness (otherwise known as "CBMW").

Speaking as the Council's former Executive Director, it all became clear. Russ drank their Kool-Aid and he's now a company man playing nice for the cameras. Very sad. I know quite well the blandishments they offer but it's not worth the cost.

Across church history heresy has been defeated by men who were more concerned about guarding the good deposit and protecting the sheep and killing the wolves than saving their own lives and careers and influence and reputations as nice guys. Heresy has been defeated and the precious souls of Christ protected by men committed to fighting those the Apostle Paul warned us about: "savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them." Humbly giving themselves to battle, these men have been shipwrecked, stoned, ejected from their pulpits, divorced, defrocked, beaten, exiled, imprisoned, burned at the stake; and some even have had their bones dug up from their grave to be cremated years after their death.

But today, we can't quite screw up the courage to be thought less than progressive and maybe a little bit too zealous.

Where are the men who love Jesus and His Sheep more than they love their public image? Who see the destruction of souls all around us and grab their whip? Who tremble at the Word of God and not at the questions hissed at them by the hussies and shrews on the payroll of Wheaton's big money?

Russ has been my hero in the past, and I hope he'll be restored to that position soon. But it'll take some work--the sort of work that the Apostle Paul did every single time he opened his mouth and took up his pen for the cause of Christ.

In our postmodern world, you can't fight the war against the wolves loose within the congregation spreading heresy that destroys souls, families, and churches and still be respected and honored and named president of CBMW and go out on the lecture circuit making a haul in honoraria and royalties. Someone once warned that wealth is deceitful.

Hebrews 12 to Russ: the Sirens are calling. Quick, get some beeswax and plug your ears!

(TB, w/thanks)