14400Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Is This just sour grapes?
- Mar 19, 2006Dear Fred,I have been reading Douglas Wilson's blog for some time now. If he is defending a de-frocked minister, then I know nothing of that. Even if he were doing this, the principles in the article are sound, imho.I think we need to be careful to read source material as opposed to people's opinions of what is going on. Otherwise it is too easy to make mistakes about what people actually said or what they actually are. Reg Barrow is a case in point. He is neither a minister nor a ruling elder.Yours and His,Cheryl----- Original Message -----From: Fred blahousSent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 9:22 AMSubject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Is This just sour grapes?G'day Cheryl,
I would be weary of anything coming from cult-leader Doug Wilson. He
wrote this stuff to try to justify a defrocked minister deposed by
the RPC-GA, and is now trying to get him into the schismatic CRE,
which he founded to blend Independents, Anabaptists, and Episcopals
with so-called Presbyterians.
His atrocious defense of Chattel slavery, unconfessional embrace of
Auburn Avenue, idolatrous blending of dark and light, covering up of
dope dealing, and illegal casinos, combined with constant
villification of everyone who disagrees with him (including Pastor
Reg Barrow) has caused much dishonor to Christ's name in Moscow,
All the best,
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Cheryl Grenon"
> I don't know about this guy, but here is a blog post from Douglas
Wilson that I posted and linked to on my blog concerning the
tendency of people to shoot their mouth off on the internet...
Could be that his words apply here.
> From Douglas Wilson's blog
> Trial By Internet Topic: A Justice Primer
> The Bible tells us that the man who is able to tame the tongue is
able to deal with anything. The tongue is a restless evil, he says,
full of poison. It sets the world on fire, and is set on fire by
hell. As long as sin has been in the world, this has been true, but
whenever new means of communication are developed, sin eagerly
rushes in often before cultural sanctification and manners catch up
> The printing press was invented, and was gloriously used by God to
spread the availability of the Scriptures. But the same printing
press made scurrilous broadsheets and pamphlets possible, and those
applications were not slow in coming. The telephone was invented,
and made many wonderful things possible, but gossip and time-wasting
chatter were right there as well.
> Now we are dealing with the internet and email, and all the
warnings that St. James gave us have to be taken to heart in new
ways. We are dealing with the electronic tongue, and we have not yet
learned how to deal with the electronic tongue. To the extent that
pastors talk about the internet in sermons at all, it tends toward
concerns about pornography. This is far from being an unreasonable
concern, because porn is a big problem. But I think Scripture also
encourages us to address the sins that are commonly and routinely
committed by people in front of other Christians. Christians who use
porn almost always sneak off to do it alone, in secret. But
disgraceful web sites are set up for the whole world to see, and it
is not recognized for what it is. We are so much in the grip of
radical individualism that as long as someone is advancing something
that they call their perspective or "point of view," we think in
First Amendment terms rather than in Second Greatest Commandment
terms. But points of view are not self-authenticating. They are not
autonomous. And to apply Dilbert to this, "When did ignorance become
a point of view?"
> With this in mind, let me just note a few sins of the electronic
tongue. They are all particular applications of principles found in
Scripture, revealed to us long before the day of ones and zeros. But
we have to remember that we are creatures of habit in our virtues
and vices, and this means that people will often do in a new setting
something they would never dream of doing in an older, more familiar
setting. This is because the older, more familiar setting was
governed by a set of manners that were seeking (sometimes rightly,
sometimes wrongly) to govern that behavior. But when the setting
changes, all bets are off. In a previous era, pietistic churches
often had rules against going to the movies in a theater, which used
to be the only place you could see them. But with the advent of
television, the VCR, and then the DVD, members of such churches can
watch movies without a twinge in their conscience. Men who would
never dream of buying a pornographic magazine will visit
pornographic web sites. And bringing us to the point of this post,
people will type things at a keyboard that they would never dream of
> So here are just a few things to watch for:
> Trial by Internet: we have been covering the principles of justice
in this series. Those principles are to be applied by individual
Christians who are faithful members of churches, sessions of elders,
faithful presbyteries, and councils of Christians. They are all to
be dealt with in an incarnational way, settled and applied by people
who live with one another, and love one another in three-dimensional
ways. When someone's reputation is being dragged through the mud, we
have to remember to give an attack web site the same authority (i.e.
none) that we would give a xeroxed nasty-gram tacked to a telephone
pole. Scurrilous sites are easy to identify, and Scripture requires
us to ignore them completely. Not only should we ignore them
completely, we should ignore those who do not distance themselves
from everyone engaged in that kind of thing.
> Other sites are not scurrilous, and make a great show of putting
on a dignified air, but they are still trying to try the case in the
wrong place. Jesus did not say, "And if your brother does not hear
you, I hear blogspots are fairly inexpensive."
> Speed Is Not Synonymous With Truth: we used to equate a "fast
talker" with a greater likelihood of falsehood. This suspicion ought
to remain with us. What the Internet does is enable us to circulate
our ignorance around the globe at a high rate of speed. The fact
that I can click a button, and people in Australia can read what I
wrote a few seconds later, does not make it right. Jesus said of the
Pharisees that they made a great business of crossing over land and
sea to make a convert, and when they made one, he became twice as
much a son of hell as themselves. You sell what's on the shelves.
You export what you produce. You say what's in your heart. Now if
what you have is a pack of lies, or poorly-researched slanders, or
plain old-fashioned folly, then that is what goes up when you click
> The Internet Is Not Private Space: many who sit behind keyboards
make the same mistake made by a toddler who hides by covering his
eyes. If he can't see others, they must not be able to see him.
There is truly a weird phenomenon going on here. A few years ago, a
couple who worked for an establishment made some home-made
pornographic material and posted on the web. Their employer found
out about it and dismissed them. They, in turn, sued the employer
for invading their privacy. Now think about this for a minute.
Another illustration of this kind of a strange mind-bend is the
phenomenon of what should be called the Narcissistic Blog. A private
diary is a private diary, and people can have private pity parties
in them. But a narcissistic blog is not private, and cannot by any
stretch of the imagination be considered private. But on more than
one occasion I have known of young people surprised that their
elders knew about something. "How did you know that?" "Well, you
posted it on the world wide web." I have sometimes thought (not
quite in jest) that larger churches ought to bring an elder on staff
whose sole job would be to monitor the blogs of the young people in
the church. As Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot by just
> Courage Is Personal: when you have something against your brother,
or your brother has something against you, buy him a beer and talk
to him about it. Commit yourself to it over time. Do everything you
can to deal with problems the way a courageous man would, if he were
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Crazy Calvinist
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> Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 4:17 AM
> Subject: [Covenanted Reformation] Is This just sour grapes?
> Of an irate and indignant individual? Someone (the person
involved in the dispute) posted the link on my website last night.
And have heard bad things about the PCA at times in this group, and
this link (which claimes the PCA is a cult) was kind of confusing.
Though it may be meaning just the one specific church belonging to
the PCA, but was kind of hard to follow.
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