Things I Think
1. Last week I posted the amended lawsuit against Sovereign Grace Ministries that alleged sexual abuses and the coverup of the same. Since then much of the suit has been thrown out on grounds of the statute of limitations. Recently,one of the defendants released a statement denying the charges and proclaiming his innocence.
We don’t believe him.
The question before the house is this…is that unbelief righteous? Is it always righteous and fair to believe accusations against clergy before all the facts are heard? Do those of us in online media have a responsibility to be as zealous in pursuing the truth on both sides of an issue as we are in advocating for victims? Why or why not?
2. The goal of church discipline is always rehabilitative and restorative, not retributive. The church isn’t in the business of being punitive. If yours is, you’re in the wrong church.
3. The reason homosexuality is poised to become an even bigger issue in the church is that this is the first time that the culture has declared an established tenet of the faith to be potentially illegal.
4. Any liturgy that speaks of people as “worms” doesn’t understand the biblical doctrine of adoption.
5. The SGM mess isn’t an indictment of Calvinism…it’s a reflection of what happens in any denomination when there is no mechanism for justice and the power is centered in a network of a few.
6. I do wonder if the complete stifling of any female voice adds to the institutional problems in places like SGM and CC…
7. “It is important to tell at least from time to time the secret of who we truly and fully are – even if we tell it only to ourselves – because otherwise we run the risk of losing track of who we truly and fully are and little by little come to accept instead the highly edited version which we put forth in hope that the world will find it more acceptable than the real thing….” – Frederick Buechner
8.“For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”(2 Corinthians 1:8–11 ESV)
For those of you (like myself) who find ourselves being crushed on every side, listen up. You need to stop relying on yourself and rely on God…who has the power to raise dead dreams and dead hopes as well as dead people.Those resurrections happen…and are happening and will certainly happen. The more of us who pray for each other, the more people who will be giving thanks when God answers.
9. There is no amount of power or money that could move me to cover the abuse of a child. Period.
10. Nobody in the last 500 years of Western culture has a more undeservedly bad reputation than John Calvin. The reason for this is that two of his enemies wrote scathingly slanderous books about him and those books have been quoted as gospel ever since. How much more power do we have today to build and destroy a persons reputation in a world where once something is online it is online forever?