On Evangelical Fascism
RE: The Crisis Regarding “Evangelical Fascism”
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2020 Well done. This “I feel” instead of “I think” is dangerous and part of the feminizing of our culture. I’m old enough to remember when feeling was no substitute for thinking but now it is much preferred.
BTW, I had to check my calendar and make sure I hadn’t gone through a worm hole into November.
David, the bad guys are trying to make it always November and never Christmas.
Today’s blog post, “The Crisis Regarding ‘Evangelical Fascism'” is timely and helpful, but I think needs to be tempered a bit by John Frame’s recent post on Gentleness. I think if we can attain to gratitude, confidence, joy, AND gentleness (where appropriate—Jesus was not ALWAYS gentle) in our fight, we’d be really well set.
Scott, thanks for the reference.
What should a faithful man do if he believes his church is falling victim to the sentiments you describe here? Well intended as the elders may be, it concerns me. Should I gather the evidence leading me to my hypothesis and present to the elders? How can I ring the alarm bell and demonstrate respect at the same time without undermining authority.
Tim, it depends on whether you are picking up a vibe, or whether there is concrete evidence. If there is evidence, then you absolutely must submit what you see to the elders. If one of the Sunday School classes is going through some awful book, then yes. Submit your concerns. But go straight to the elders — which is how you demonstrate your respect.
Or Maybe Romans
I have a friend who is a marginal Catholic, he is always dealing with the fact he feels like he never measures up, and has severe depression. He is the father of two and is constantly feeling like his prayers don’t go farther than the ceiling. So I was shocked that he asked me to do a Bible study with him. My question for you, is where do I start? What would be your starting place? I was thinking 1 John, but is there a better book to study together?
Thank you in advance.
Jonathan, I would do a book like Galatians. You want something that is gospel heavy, in a high octane “no condemnation” form.
I am a Christian in the first year of my undergrad at a state school in Georgia and I want to teach post-secondary education at a non-religious school (history or philosophy in particular). However there are some difficulties: I believe in God, I believe in the Bible as His inspired Word, and I also believe that men are men and women are women. Taking all this into consideration, is the idea of someone that I have just described teaching at a secular institution laughable? Is my pursuit of a career in higher education worth-while in any way? I would appreciate any resources or information you could point me to!
Grace and Peace,
Justin, the way things are going, the pickings are going to be pretty slim. Honestly.
This is actually in regards to your “Reformed Basics” video on Amazon Prime. Where might I find some solid resources and books on postmillennialism?
Wayne, as an introduction I would recommend Keith Mathison’s Postmillennialism. A more detailed treatment would be He Shall Have Dominion by Ken Gentry. And if you wanted to make me happy, you could get my book on it, Heaven Misplaced.
My name is Dennis and I’m a christian blogger from Germany.
I have a question: Would it be possible that I translate some of your blog posts into German and publish the translation on my blog?
Of course, I will refer to your website and set a backlink. Thus it will improve your domain authority at Google and indicate who is the origin author.
Are you okay with that?
Dennis, absolutely. Have at it.
What to Do?
Re: Rabshakeh, Chief of the Pronoun Police
Posted on Friday, November 29, 2019 So I’m reading your post thinking, “Great, Wilson is gonna tell me how to deal with this lunacy.” Like, do you use the preferred pronoun or not and in what circumstances, and if not, then how to navigate it without going to jail or being murdered.
I already have my own ideas on how to handle it if (when) the need arises. But anyway, I get to the end of your post and decide, “Rats, I guess I’m gonna have to read the link.” So I did. Not very satisfying. Please, tell us what to do.
David, sorry for leaving you hanging. I do need to write more about it. I believe that Christians can use the new proper name that someone has adopted, but that we should refuse to adjust on the nouns and pronouns. If a man changes his name to Heather, that really is his name now. But he has done nothing in God’s world, which is what the pronouns refer to. I believe that Christians should simply refuse to comply.
Sweater Vest Question
I just finished the sweater vest dialogues and very much enjoyed the conversation. There were some enlightening moments for me, specifically differentiating between eternal and incarnate and how we view God the father and God the son in relationship. Thanks so much for doing these videos. I am however unaware of the “controversy” this talk came from. Can you point me to what you and James were referring to that started this?
Jordan, here is a rundown on some of it.
Headcoverings Once More
A few weeks ago you received a few questions about head coverings in I Cor 11. You dismissed the commandant as either cultural or not required b/c of verse 15. But the command of the head covering was universally practiced in the early church and widely practiced across church history up until recently modern times. So if it was cultural or not actually required, why was it practiced for so long? What happened in the late 19th and 20th centuries that made not wearing acceptable? Then I read this from you today, “… the end result is that such a person finds himself seeing what nobody else wants to see, and saying things that nobody wants to hear.”
My assessment is that pastors aren’t willing to preach I Cor 11 straight down the middle, because they know there would be a roughly 0% acceptance in roughly 100% of American churches. They can’t see the text clearly because they know what it would mean for them if they became convinced that it is a command. The pastor would immediately be labeled as a legalistic and kook. But isn’t that the call of pastors? To “see what nobody else wants to see, and say things that nobody wants to hear.”
Roger, thanks. But I think you may have misunderstood me. I don’t believe it is a cultural thing at all (like foot washing). Paul teaches us that the very nature of things requires women to have their heads covered. I believe that the requirement is very much in force today.
Theonomic Hard Edges
Modern Day Theonomy I’d like to know what cherem laws (Deuteronomy 13:3-11) are supposed to look like for us today alongside the idea of how only an explicitly Christian settlement can truly protect the religious liberties of a people, more so than any other religion.
In your post “Moses and the Modern World” you state . . .”to say that something in the Old Testament fell under the cherem ban does not mean that it does not apply to us today. Rather, this principle affects how the cherem penalties should be applied.”
If a Christian government were operating according to it’s full function, would the death penalty eventually be instituted for those who practiced false religions?
And if did not require death or penalize their worship of false God’s in any other way, would a Christian government eventually want to change it’s constitution to prohibit non-Christians from obtaining any position of magistrate? How else would you preserve itself?
Since all societies are inescapably theocratic, this question comes from a place of belief, not doubt. Just seeking remedy my ignorance. You’re thoughts are always a good for that.
Rope, okay, for instance. I believe that in a consistent Christian republic, church bells would be legal, but minarets would not be. At the same time, I don’t believe it would be in any way illegal to be a Muslim. The severe cherem penalties are fulfilled in Christ. But then Christ told us to disciple the nations, teaching them obedience. That part of it is done via gospel, not via sword.
Do you know of any good books about our cultural fixation on youth / fear of aging? I’ve looked but I didn’t find anything except cutesy devotionals and self-help trash. I’m only 26 but I’m already getting upset about my receding hairline, pining after my old college days, etc. But I don’t want to become one of those pathetic 40 year old men who’s dressing like he’s 20. I want to learn how to leave behind youth and embrace manhood. Any advice or resources about this?
Ryan, sorry, no, I don’t. And that’s a shame because it would be a most helpful resource to have a book like that. The only resource I know of is Bruce Springsteen’s song Glory Days.