Maricopa Yeah But
This is not the article I wanted to read on the Maricopa County audit. In the first place, I wanted the audit to blow the lid off of a massive fraud. But since that didn’t happen, I was hoping for an article that took seriously the fact that the audit didn’t uncover a conspiracy. It actually verified the results, and that comes from the chief Cyber Ninja himself, via his interview on CrossPolitic.
You are not applying the principles of presumed innocence. You’re hand waving them away, suggesting that those only apply when it comes time for someone to personally face jail time. This is nonsense. We are all morally bound not to treat accusations, whether of individuals or of institutions, as if they were verdicts nor to transform allegations into conclusions. The fact, and it is a horrible fact, that our country is one big walking sham lately is sufficient to question everything, but it is insufficient to conclude anything.
There is such a thing as getting away with it in this life. And there is sometimes a responsibility to pronounce “not guilty” about a situation we will find disturbing for the rest of our lives. We have a duty in these things, and sometimes our duty is to lose, to admit failure, to leave room for God to sort it out.
I am certain that you know all this, as you’ve written plainly and instructively about it in other situations. I hope you’ll give us a good example of how to speak about a situation one feels strongly about but lacks sufficient evidence to claim certainty.
We both know your opponents won’t be satisfied with that either.
Nathan, thanks for the sober and responsible push back. I do know the principle, and not only pursue it other situations, but I seek to pursue it in other electoral situations. A bad outcome in an election does not equal a crooked outcome in an election, and I was (and am) prepared to acknowledge that here. But the question mark remains hovering over this particular election because of the behavior of those defying the subpoena, for example. I did not keep the question mark in play—that was accomplished by others. In the meantime, I would strongly urge you to get that Chronicles article I mentioned.
As a resident of Maricopa County, I need to say, first, thanks for your careful thinking on the issue. I’ve heard “There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud” uttered too many times at too high a volume to just buy it outright. I do need to point out, however, that the Maricopa County of the previous 72 years is no more. This Maricopa County is the recipient of California’s “Blue Flight.” This Maricopa County voted in an open-borders senator. This county has been subverted by the left for years now.
Stanley, thanks and point taken. But the most relevant comparison is to just four years ago, and you have to factor in the strong Republican gain in the last four years.
Gotta Get Out of This Place
How do I unsubscribe? I repent of receiving your newsletter. I pray that you repent for not holding men accountable to love their wives as Christ loves the church. Douglas Wilson, you do have a lot to answer for but not to me. You will answer to your Lord Jesus Christ. God have mercy upon your soul.
Christie, you unsubscribe the same way you got in. There should be a button at the bottom of an opened up blog post. God bless.
I just sent a similar letter in another area but it looks like this is the proper place for this inquiry.
My husband and I are faithful listeners and subscribers to Canon Press and we love all the great information. So when someone at church tiled me that there is a current sex scandal at Christ Church which involved the leadership of the church, I was shocked and heartbroken. So as we are commended to do, in Scripture, I’m going to the source to find out if this is true or just awful gossip. I hope this is not true. After the Ravi Zacharias, we have to be above reproach. Please put this issue to rest.
Connie, thanks for checking. Not everybody does. There is no sex scandal involving the leadership of the church.
Is Evil Decreed?
I finished watching your debate on ‘Does God Decree All Evil’ and it was very eye-opening.
My question is; does this mean atheists actually have a point when they say, ‘If God is real, then why did He make me an atheist?’
It seems that God did, in fact, make them an atheist (at least for the moment) and God also wrote that catchphrase, as well.
Am I understanding this correctly?
Love your work. May His grace be upon you.
Myles, yes. God decrees all things that come to pass, and since atheists come to pass, He decrees that also. But when it comes to human agency, God not only decrees what men will do, He decrees that they will do it freely, and as responsible moral agents. So the atheist is right that God decreed his impudence, but wrong that he is therefore not to blame for it.
I’m a civilian working for the Department of Defense. I’m curious about your thoughts on how a Christian should consider the current vaccine mandates. I have no religious objection to the vaccine and also believe them to be the best choice medically for many individuals. I swore an oath to the Constitution, not a president. My military leadership is set on enforcing the order (while acknowledging behind closed doors the order may not be legal). I may or may not become “fully vaccinated” by the deadline. I am having a hard time justifying spending my productive years serving a country that is trending more and more authoritarian. I would be leaving a very good career and don’t know what my next job would be. I have 5 children and a wife to provide for. Several of my peers have contacted me for advice as well. I look forward to any advice or perspective you may offer.
Michael, my best advice here would be that you follow your conscience. At the same time, if you can help it, you don’t want to be all alone in it, and this is a moment when you are most likely to have good company.
Your ministry has been a big blessing to me, and has changed my life in many ways. Thank you for your efforts. I have a question. We here in my town are starting a new church. One of our struggles is figuring out where to start when it comes to eldership, membership, and things of that nature. We have people coming from lots of different church backgrounds because we are the only ones willing to defy lockdowns. Everyone has different views on these leadership and structural issues. How do we avoid putting carts before horses? We don’t want to be alienating people by rushing into an elder-led structure before people are okay with it. How can a church leadership be all things to all men? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much,
Rhys, if you are worshiping together now, you have a default government, a default way of making decisions. And whatever that is will become the norm by the time this is all over. If you are good with that, let it be. If you are not good with that, then I would have the hard debates now.
A suggestion concerning those Christians and Christian organizations—churches and schools, etc.—who are eagerly and enthusiastically enforcing the pointless state masking (and now even vaccine) mandates: I don’t have time to write the essay, and you’d do it infinitely better in any case, but I can offer the title. It should write itself, really:
‘A Masquerade in Stockholm’
Feel free to use it–no attribution necessary.
Bryan, too late. If I do that, this is your attribution. Great title.
I received an email from my company yesterday asking all of its employees to self report their vaccination status. They have not said they are going to mandate employees be vaccinated, but they said they will be complying with federal and OSHA standards. My question is there any reason not to report to them that I am not vaccinated?! Would there a viable reason not to report? I am attaching a portion of the email(see below)
“You are required to provide accurate information about your COVID-19 vaccination status. If you decline, we will be required to treat you as unvaccinated for purposes of the new federal vaccine mandate that is now applicable to our workforce. Additional, pertinent information about our efforts to comply with the new federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be shared as we receive it.”
Do you have any thoughts?
Ryan, right now your response could be that there is no federal mandate to that effect.
You’ve been a beacon of light in these times. I’d love to hear you address your take on COVID testing in the workplace in one of your blogs. I work at a Christian university (along the coast of CA) that is requiring weekly COVID testing for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. This really rubs me the wrong way. I feel like I’m losing my integrity to comply with this requirement b/c I feel like I’m participating in the hysteria of it all. It feels like allowing myself to be enslaved. Would love your thoughts here!! Thanks!!
Kelly, this is the sort of thing that would strike me as tedious also. It is also revelatory, in that it shows that those Christian educators who are ostensibly providing students with a Christian worldview don’t have one themselves. But I wouldn’t put it in the same category as mandated vaccines.
After listening to your various commentaries on the subject of Christian vaccination evasion, and when it is proper to engage in these activities, I have been approached by the military to submit a questionnaire to apply for my religious exemption from this exercise of tyranny. In your post On Humming “A Mighty Fortress” Through Your Masks, you mention that we Christians should not, according to Westminster, give up the convictions of the Holy Spirit on any matter. As I am well convicted participating in the mass vaccination effort by the painted faces behind the curtain is an affront to freedom and Christian liberty, how ought I best to answer the myriad of confusing questions sent to me by my chaplain? If possible, I would like to send the document itself, if that would aid you in providing a thorough and informed response should you chose to. Thank you for your work in the Lord, may He continue to bless you as you bless others.
Michael, I believe that we can refuse the vaccine out of conscience, but I don’t think we need to consider “answering questions about our conscience” as a matter of conscience. We should be ready to explain, ready to answer, ready to testify.
Interesting VAERs Stats
Year CSV File Size
2021 480.51 MB (Jan – Sept 2021)
2020 42.23 MB
2019 41.38 MB
Of all the 2021 data – 97% of the adverse reactions are related to COVID vaccines – with symptoms of Death in 1.01%
A Sad Situation
First, I want to thank you for your sound Bible teaching. I have been greatly blessed by reading your blog. I have a problem and I don’t know where else to turn, so I’m hoping you can help me.
I am a 71-year-old widow. My husband did not leave me anything so I live from hand to mouth. I have an adult son who is doing very well financially. Unfortunately he is a sodomite who lives with his partner. I did not raise him that way and I am so ashamed; my heart is broken and I pray for God to deliver him night and day.
Anyway, he takes care of me but he won’t give me any money because he knows that I tithe, and he doesn’t want any of “his money” going to churches that preach the truth about sodomy. So he pays my bills directly, takes me grocery shopping, and buys me things if I need them, but he will not give me money. That’s just for background so you know what I’m dealing with.
My health is beginning to decline, and I’m afraid I won’t be able to live on my own for much longer. I have asked him to put me in an assisted living facility when the time comes. He says why should he pay for an assisted living facility when he has a big house with lots of room where I can live for free. So I’m afraid that I’m going to end up living with two sodomites, which I don’t think I can stand.
His partner is a complete piece of work. Every time I try to tell them what the Bible says about homosexuality, he gives me a patronizing kiss on the forehead, says, “You’re very silly,” and changes the subject. I don’t want him anywhere near me.
So what do I do? I literally have no one else. Thank you for any advice you can give me.
SW, I am very sorry to hear all this, and it really is a tragedy. I would encourage you to stop trying to persuade them verbally, which is likely to make them want to double down. I would adjust Peter’s instructions to wives (1 Pet. 3), and take what the Lord sends to you without a word. Having said that, I would pour out all the words you have to the Lord, pleading for deliverance.
I enjoy & appreciate listening to the content put forth by you & your family. Which edition of Brewer’s Dictionary did you read? I want to order one for my brother.
The edition I am reading is the 17th. I hope your brother enjoys it as much as I have.
Re Episode 209. Only one question. Has your philodiction “habit” brought you to Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary? My guess would be “soytenly” (as Moe would say).
Bob, yes. I have read Bierce multiple times.
I am not writing in about any specific post, but with a request. I know you and Dr. James White are good friends, and I have been waiting for y’all to sit down and have a debate on baptism. As someone who is a little up in the air on the issue, I would love to see y’all come together and argue your sides as brothers in Christ and friends. Has this been discussed or put in the works? Would y’all consider having a friendly debate on the topic?
Levi, thank you. Something is in the works.
The Mark of the Beast
What is your take on the Mark of the beast and where we going from here. We are in New Zealand and a lot of fear is been broadcasting all over.
We must stand on Christ, we need encouragement Brother. We have changed our outlook about all hell will break loose into a more positive future. Where Jesus is bringing rule and peace more and more.
What is your take on these days we are living in right now?
Brother in Christ!
Dear brother in Christ. I don’t think any of this is the mark of the beast from Revelation, but I do think that over the centuries beasts have a tendency to think in remarkably similar ways. But the beast of Revelation was Nero—and we are still here, and he is all gone.
Vice and All That
Greetings, Pastor Wilson. I just read your well-written response to the Vice brouhaha. While I’m saddened that so much vitriol is sent your way—both from pagans and “kinsfolk” in Christ—you’ve done a good job of responding with grace. I’m also glad you included the Gospel. My prayers are with you all.
Grace and peace…
Michael, thank you.
What a marvel and joy to watch a warrior of Christ capably pluck a twisted, haphazardly launched arrow from his shield, whittle the extraneous bent wood down to always-straight heart wood, then fit the reclaimed wood with a broad tip of surgical precision to answer a specific task. What beauty it was to witness the once crooked arrow, expertly fashioned a weapon of war, driven into the heart of the threat. Christ’s soldiers courageously answer threats with no more and no less force needed to subdue the enemy using resources at hand. Well done servant
Nicole, thank you, and thank the Lord.
“But in general, take my advice, when you meet anything that is going to be Human and isn’t yet, or used to be Human once and isn’t now, or ought to be Human and isn’t, you keep your eyes on it and feel for your hatchet.”—LWW, C.S. Lewis Praying for you and the whole extended fam. I would send you a bottle of wine (the cost of which corresponds to the amount of flack you’re receiving), but all of my discretionary income is tied up in canning supplies and ammo. Joking . . . not joking.
Onward and upward my friend…
Chris, thanks. Just name a box of ammo after us, and that should suffice.
Would you mind elaborating on your assertion about church leaders voicing “solidarity or sympathy” with the Vice piece being “DQ’d”? I frequently have great conversations regarding your posts here, but that particular paragraph created more heat than light, as they say. The sticking point seemed to be your use of the word “sympathy” in that context.
The thrust of your argument seemed to me to say that if a church leader is so eager to seek approval from the social media mob through dissociation and/or so quick to assign guilt (on the testimony of a witness like Vice, no less) that it amounts to a character unfit for leadership. As far as “sympathy” is concerned, we can and should have sympathy (“feelings of sorrow for someone else’s misfortune”) for victims of sexual abuse insofar as their stories are accurate. Conversely, we should not have sympathy (“agreement or approval of an opinion or aim”) with the author of the Vice article outside of determining that her conclusions are valid.
Can you settle this “once and for all”?
Michael, yes. I was talking about sympathy with the allegation, not with a particular person. I probably expressed it poorly, but I was talking about Christian leaders who would not be relieved if they found out the allegations were entirely false.
With regard to “Like a Tabloid Tarantula”, may I suggest that the following belongs on a plaque or a testimonial page (or something of the sort) for Doug :
“. . . A Christian philosopher-king . . .” —VICE
Nathaniel, that’s the spirit . . .
Please tell me you have another fiction book ready?!?!?
Ryan, I am working on another one, yes. The first draft is a little over half done.
Just wanted to let you know I just finished my third Douglas Wilson book (Ecochondriacs) and I have enjoyed all three books very much (Flags Out Front & Evangellyfish). My only complaint is that they need to be longer. I have to slow down my reading so I can continue to look forward to reading some of the book each day!
Gary, thanks very much. Part of learning how to write fiction (in my case anyway) has to do with pacing. But when the horse sees the barn, he heads for it.
Patriarchal and Then Some
Hello! I was virtually eavesdropping on a recent Twitter exchange and it sparked a question I hope you could answer. I’ve seen this particular person make this argument before, and it always felt a bit off to me. So, in a nutshell: This woman, we’ll call A, a patriarchal anti-feminist Christian, believes that wives may not correct or rebuke their husbands’ sins. At all. The husband has authority in the relationship and therefore only he may correct her, she may not correct him. Woman B is also a patriarchal, anti-feminist Christian, and pushed back. If your husband is falling into sin, a wife may and perhaps is obligated to call him to repentance. She mentioned that of course don’t be a nag on every little mistake he makes, and when you do confront him do it respectfully and lovingly. She brought up the verse about if a brother sins against you go to him about it. Woman A disagreed, and said that verse is only referring to men correcting men, women do not have that authority (hence brothers). She did cede that if your husband wants to correct him you can, but you should only phrase it as a suggestion. And a man who jumped in said that men should have friends and elders to correct them, not their wives. B brought up that this then leaves a wife with the only option of running around to ‘tattle’ when her husband falls into sin, which obviously wouldn’t fly with A and the other man either because it undermines the husband. So really . . . a wife has no options to correct/rebuke/confront/call to repentance—whatever you want to call it—when her husband sins (it seemed that the semantics may have been a factor in the disagreement. A seemed to view correcting and rebuking as reading the riot act, rather than ‘honey, I love and respect you but you need to repent.’).
So….what is the answer? Does a wife has the right to lovingly and respectfully confront her husband over sin, or does she just keep her mouth shut and hope his friends or elders notice?
Anonymous, as long as the qualifiers that you mentioned are remembered (respectfully, lovingly, not over trifles), Wife B is absolutely correct. On more than one occasion I have wished that wives married to Nabals were more like Abigail.
That Wilson Character
I do not know if you will be comfortable answering this or not. If not, no big deal.
My family and I recently found, and began attending, a faithful OPC church. It is not a stretch to say that we have been looking for this church for years. The worship is well ordered and scripturally faithful. The preaching is true to the text. Christ is the central focus in all of it. The people are genuinely friendly. The elders are all, near as I can tell, qualified and godly men.
Our family is in the category of what one might playfully call “Doug Heads.” We stop pretty well short of offering fruit at the feet of golden statues, but we really appreciate you and yours. Now, you may or may not be aware, but you are a semi-controversial figure in much of the Reformed world. Really. I hope you were sitting down when you read that. Here’s the situation.
I knew that it was not beyond the scope of possibilities that your name would eventually come up in conversation at some point. So I decided to send a private email to the pastor, telling him of my appreciation for much of your material, etc. His response was very gracious, essentially saying that he doesn’t care for your shenanigans, but that my personal appreciation for your writing, teaching, etc, would not be an impediment to our continuing through the membership process or to friendship between him and me.
He did ask that I not promote any Doug Wilson/Moscow related material at the church, to which I happily agreed. There are many glorified saints who lived and died, never having heard of Doug Wilson. So, no problem. However, he did express openness to sitting with me and talking about the issues involved at some point, to which I responded that I would be very willing to do so, but that I don’t feel like I absolutely need to. I don’t think it is necessary to try to convert everyone to my view of everything and everyone.
In one of his emails he briefly mentioned several of the undying, but as I have come to see it, canardic charges that swirl around the internet (plagiarism, toleration of sexual sin, fuzziness on sola fide, and so on). What I wonder is this: If he and I were to ever sit down and discuss the troubler of Moscow, is there any advice you might have as to how I, as one who desires to show respectful submission to those in authority over me, yet as one who believes very strongly that you have been grossly slandered, might approach such an interaction? If he is open to looking at counter-evidence, are there maybe two or three articles, lectures, books, sermons that I might show him? I do have the Blog & Mablog controversy library in the holster already. But if you were to offer a defense of yourself to an open minded Reformed pastor, what might you want him to hear or see?
I don’t plan to push anything and this conversation may never happen. I refuse to jeopardize our relationship with what is truly a very good church, which I often despaired of ever finding, over this, and I am sure you wouldn’t want me to. But, my question stands. In the event of a meeting and an willingness on my pastor’s part to re-examine things, what might you encourage me to bring to his attention?
I am not leaving a name in order to maintain confidence. I am sure you understand.
X, my advice would be this. Tell the pastor that you agree to all his stipulations (which you have already done), and that you would like to sit down to discuss these thing after you and your family have been members for a year. That way, he can see that you did not just promise to not make trouble, you actually did not make trouble. With that as the backdrop, I would then suggest that the way you have lived in their midst has been, in part, a fruit of the ministry here.
The Savage Gods
RE: Savage Gods As sometimes happens, though thankfully not often, I came to the end of this without much understanding of what you were saying.
The next day I went at it again, and it all fell into place.
And so I write for my brethren who may be similarly slow on the uptake- hang in there, it’ll always be worth the effort. II Peter 3.15-18
Steve, thank you for persevering . . .
Your piece, “Preparing for the Savage Gods” brings conviction to my heart about the common idols that need to be dethroned, and leave me fearful of the possibility that I may have idols that must be torn down. I will be seeking the Holy Spirit’s conviction in this regard. Thank you for this prompting. I would like to comment on the idea that the gospel is apolitical. Based on your evaluation, they who hold to an apolitical gospel are wrong. The triune God has a people, a polis, set aside for Himself. That being true, the gospel is political. The reasons why our culture, even our brethren in some cases, want it to be apolitical is so that it won’t get into their politics and start tearing down, oh, say, Molech, or Asherahs. The gospel is political, we humans just keep trying to find a new party to try to avoid what it requires while trying to steal what if offers.
Preparing for the Savage Gods
Holy smokes, man. Great post. Thank you very much.
Matthew, thank you.
And Abraham Piper . . .
Never argue with a fool, because from a distance…
As of a few weeks ago, I didn’t know who Abraham Piper was . However, per the Canon weekly emails, I have since been made aware of his existence (and have been reminded of it, more than once).
After watching one of your responses to him, I ended up looking him up.
I read a tweet of him mocking the individuals “responding” to his videos as if he was one giving a doctorate dissertation, and not simply some jackass who is on YouTube.
I thought about it, and realized that he had a valid point . . .
Look, I get it that John Piper is one of the most highly regarded theologians of this century, and that Abraham is the son of John Piper. However, being John Piper’s son doesn’t make Abraham an individual with authority. He is nothing more than a troll (and a troll who openly admits this). The more you talk about him, the more air you blow into his balloon. Sure, if his balloon gets REALLY big, it might nudge some clicks toward your online content, but is that really the type of clicks you desire to get? I think a Zero Point Energy approach might be better. If you don’t give him attention, he doesn’t draw the narcissistic energy he craves to pull from you.
Surely, he’s got a lot of followers on TikTok, and seems to be making a nice little nest egg for himself. However, not a single thing in the world could get a guy like him a more sustainable measure of attention (criticizing Christianity in the way he does), other than the most significant theologians of our day making a fuss over him.
He has no authority, and likely never will have authority. However, if you keep making arguments to his videos, people might get confused about this.
So many times I’ve been filled with joy over the last few years with your use of Chesterton quotes. So many times, I’ve been encouraged by your eschaton. However, last week I was so disgusted to see you (again) speak of this individual that this week, I was unable to stomach to open the Canon email that came to me. So, I figured I’d write you and let you know.
Regarding Abraham Piper, I think you should revisit some of your own recent posts, and the advice which is contained within…
“Let Caesar have what is Caesar’s,” and “Don’t take the bait.”
Sincerely, And With All Due Respect,
Daniel, Abraham appears to be steeped in his sin. But he has millions of followers, and I am speaking primarily to them.