Wednesday, July 9, 2008

“That’s Doug”

A couple of months ago a friend called to observe that Pastor Douglas Wilson of Christ Church, Moscow, has successfully conditioned people across the country to create a special category, just for him, to accept his sin with a wink and nod, instead of delivering to him the appropriate biblical response. This is an excellent point that deserves everyone’s undivided attention, and I submit yesterday’s post to you as Exhibit A to help establish that this special category exists.

The Moscow–Pullman Daily News quoted Doug Wilson ascribing the word “nigger” to the Son of God because, according to Wilson, the Lord Jesus was using a racial insult to make a point or else He was simply using a racial insult.

If this front-page story had appeared with any other pastor’s name attached to it, the Christian church and the general population would have risen up with a unanimous voice to condemn the reprobate responsible for the blasphemy. And make no mistake: twisting Scripture to place a racial slur on the lips of the Savior of the world is blasphemy:

Question 113: What are the sins forbidden in the third commandment?
Answer: The sins forbidden in the third commandment are . . . misinterpreting, misapplying, or any way perverting the Word, or any part of it, to profane jests, curious or unprofitable questions, vain janglings, or the maintaining of false doctrines . . . the maligning, scorning, reviling, or anywise opposing of God’s truth, grace, and ways; making profession of religion in hypocrisy, or for sinister ends; being ashamed of it, or a shame to it, by unconformable, unwise, unfruitful, and offensive walking, or backsliding from it.

But when Wilson blasphemes, people shrug their shoulders and say, “That’s Doug,” as though those two words justify and account for what would be intolerably reprehensible behavior from anyone else.

I have more evidence to support this theory of the “special category,” which is part of a larger post. For now, however, I simply wanted to feed the hamster in your brains. And don’t get me wrong, as disgusted and appalled as he makes me, I take comfort knowing that “the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain . . . especially because he will be so far from acquitting and sparing the transgressors of this commandment, as that he will not suffer them to escape his righteous judgment, albeit many such escape the censures and punishments of men.”

Thank you.