Monday, January 14, 2008

The Unjust Knows No Shame

The LORD is righteous in her midst,
He will do no unrighteousness.
Every morning He brings His justice to light;
He never fails,
But the unjust knows no shame.
— Zephaniah 3:5

You know, if seven Reformed denominations of the Christian church thoroughly repudiated my theology, I hope I would have the humility to take a few moments for self-examination. I know, I know, morbid introspection is so gooey and pietistic, and pietism is a byproduct of the Gnosticism that infected the modern church during the post-Enlightenment period, making it Baptistic, revivalistic, and lots of other bad istics, I am sure.

But I’m also sure that the apostle Paul wrote, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Cor. 13:5.) And if there’s ever a good time to examine yourself, it’s after your denomination indicted your presbytery because you allowed them to run interference for you instead of urging them to try your theology and prove it in the broad daylight of a court trial. Seriously, if you really believe you know (ginosko) the Westminster divines’ original intent, then prove it. Otherwise we must conclude that you’re just another twenty-first century Gnostic who claims his own peculiar higher knowledge.

I note these things because last week the Cajonroos turned their Auburn Avenue Pastors Conference into another occasion to demonstrate exactly how seriously they take their faith, which is to say, not at all. If you look at Pastor Jeffery “Braveheart” Meyers’ blog, you’ll see that the high-church Bozos baptized their conference gumbo with a little duck soup. According to the photographs on Braveheart’s site, the Federal Visionists donned cheap Groucho Marx look-alike masks to complement their dog collars during the Federal Visionist pastors’ conference. Braveheart called the post “Masters of Disguise”; pretty funny, eh?

But the most obvious thing about this so-called prank is that it assumes, and therefore concedes, the pranksters’ guilt because of its reference to a “spy,” which alludes to my fully documented anonymous-attack post “Bag o’ Snakes” where I republished an email thread from their yahoo group Biblical Horizons — a public group that posts top-secret emails on the worldwide web. Yahoos, indeed.

Either way, the FVists once again showed their profound inability to blush for their sins and at the same time they exemplified their contempt for decency. Even worse, they demonstrated their resolve to corrupt everyone within their reach by distributing masks to all of the so-called pastors who attended the conference, so they could join hands with the wicked in thumbing their noses at the world they claim to be “reforming.” Great message: scoff at those who expose your hypocrisy. But as always, even hypocrites prove the Scripture true, for the prophet said, “the unjust knows no shame.”

Thank you.

5 comments:

Towne said...

Psalm 1, verse 1 should cause shudders of fear on behalf these poor blokes, when we note the progression of sin pictured in that verse, from walking in the counsel of the ungodly, then standing in the way of sinners, to at last sitting in the seat of scoffers. The ungodly were those who dabbled in sin; sinners were those living in it, and the scoffers, by their being seated, can be culturally understood as teaching evil and encouraging others in it. (Jewish teachers typically sat when they taught.) Scoffers seek to drag others down with them. May God have mercy on us all.
-Towne

Anonymous said...

You call it a "yahoo group", rather than a "Yahoo! group". I think it's more appropriate your way. ;)

cib said...

You posted this twice, once here & then also under "Spaceship Moscow." Any reason?

Mark T. said...

CIB,

I woke up this morning, checked my email, made some small edits, and ran out the door. But in editing I plugged the amended text into the wrong post. OOOPS! So I just fixed “Spaceship Moscow” from memory and I intend to write on it some more later because Dr. Roche is a genius.

Sean Gerety said...

Now that they all have new faces, perhaps they can all find new denominations too.

I heard of one in Moscow looking for new members. Perhaps they all should go there.

. . . Oh, yeah, sorry, then the joke would be on you.