I’m going to be honest. I find it very difficult to maintain a respectful tone here. I am absolutely disgusted and profoundly confused as to why you have allowed Doug Wilson to post at Desiring God.
Let’s be clear, I’m not fan of yours. I think your teachings are damaging, your beliefs are an abuse of Scripture, and your personal bias is so glaringly subconscious that you are completely blind to how it clouds your hermeneutic. And yesterday you proved this for me. You showed your concern is more with preserving your boy’s club than with pursuing the Gospel of the crucified God, Jesus the Christ.
Unfortunately, this isn’t really surprising. You project God’s wrath onto the cross in an attempt to shield yourself from the implications of a crucified God. In fact, the staples of your theology – Christian hedonism and strict complementarity – betray the fact that the crucified Jesus terrifies you. You are afraid of putting the last first (Matt 20). You are afraid of a God who washes feet (John 13), touches lepers (Mark 1), and had female apostles (Luke 10, Rom 16). You are certainly afraid of a God who demonstrates himself in weakness, in defeat, who subverts the privilege and power of a broken world and declares an ethic of self-emptying and self-sacrifice (1 Cor 1-2, Phil 2, Rev 5).
Most of all, you are afraid of losing the empire you have built because of the constant failures of friends who espouse your beliefs. You have taught that God causes everything to happen for a reason. You have stated that natural disasters are acts of wrath specifically targeted at sins. You have argued that God takes delight in even the most difficult circumstances, that our suffering is still his joy. God delights in wrath because takes glory from it. Heck, all of humanity glorifies God because he is working with absolute providence in all situations for his own glory. So it stands to reason that God delights, takes glory even in our sin.
And so, you support Doug Wilson. The same Doug Wilson who has publicly shamed victims of rape and sexual abuse, telling a young girl and her family it is all their fault. He has even stood beside the abuser, the rapist, in court and stated his actions – grooming a 13 year old girl and carrying on a sexual relationship with her – do not qualify as sexually predatory behavior.
The same Doug Wilson who stood beside a man who was a known sexual predator and petitioned for his life sentence to be commuted, for leniency from the court. Even when the man was arrested six weeks after parole for an act of voyeurism, using binoculars to look through a neighbor’s window while masturbating, Doug stood beside him. He introduced him to a young woman in his church because he believed a healthy sexual relationship with a woman would somehow heal his deviant behavior. Now, this man has had a baby with this woman, yet he is not allowed near his child because he has admitted to masturbating to the thoughts of molesting his own baby. The authorities are now investigating whether that man has actually molested his child.
The same Doug Wilson denies spouse rape. He has said the act of marital sex cannot be egalitarian, that it is not about the pleasure of both partners. Instead, the man must “penetrate, conquer, colonize, and plant” and a woman must “receive, surrender, and accept” this treatment. Again,the man is permitted to do as he pleases. It is the wife’s fault if the man must take, because she has clearly not been submissive, requiring him to “conquer” her sexually.
This is the Doug Wilson who objectifies women. He calls women “lumberjack dykes” and “biddies” for not agreeing with his opinions. He openly admits to eyeing a number of women to determine that Christian women are prettier. He states that women can be seen to be godly by their physical beauty, which is the crown of their man and the glory of God.
This Doug Wilson, despite all this, claims he is innocent. He stands with the victimizer against their victims. He shames rape victims. He demonstrates that he will not be held accountable, he will not repent. He will not seek justice. He will only do what is best for him, what maintains his privilege.
And in the wake of repeated controversy, I am fairly certain you know full well this is where your theology leads. We’ve seen the way Driscoll imploded. We’ve seen the way Mahaney failed. We know about the Duggars. We know about R.C. Sproul, Jr. I could go on and on, but you already know these things. Your theology cannot speak into the brokenness of this world precisely because it preserves the status quo. It creates men who feel they are above it all, untouchable and unaccountable to everyone – even to God himself as revealed fully in Christ.
You must embrace Wilson because you know complementarianism and neo-calvinism created the monster. You can’t speak against him without speaking against yourself, so you open your arms and allow a mysogynist, a man who promotes hatred and abuse, to speak to your audience about “Love and Respect.”
In this act, you have demonstrated a disturbing truth. You’re theology is not centered in Christ. You cannot center the crucified Christ in your beliefs because doing so would bring the whole theological system down on your head. Instead, you circle the wagons, you preserve privilege, and you denigrate anyone who would dare stand up to you. I feel I must remind you of the teachings of the Bible you claim to hold in such high esteem.
Jesus claimed his ministry was to “set the captives free” (Luke 4). He died beaten, abused, spit upon, rejected, and damned to accomplish that. The God of the universe submitted himself to humiliating, crushing defeat. He died that we might live and he was raised by the Spirit that we might conquer even death. But this places him in line with the victims.
As Isaiah 52-53 state, he bore all our sufferings on the cross. 2 Corinthians reminds us he died the embodiment of all sin. Yahweh himself became weak, humble – guilty and abandoned that we might be adopted and justified (Phil 2). Again and again, Scripture reminds us God is on the side of the oppressed, the victim, the abused, the marginalized and that his people had better humble themselves before him and follow that example (Mal 6)!
In closing, I want to remind you of Jesus words in Matthew 18:6-9.
“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes! If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into the hell of fire.”
The time has come to make your choice. Is it Doug Wilson or the crucified Christ? You can’t choose both God and Privilege (Mammon: Matt 6).
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