- A genuinely repentant man in such circumstances must confess everything, fully and completely, and this would include any crimes he has not been charged with. The chances are good that the authorities do not know everything he has done. He must plead guilty in court to any crimes he committed, publicly declare that he has sought God’s forgiveness, and ask for forgiveness from the families of the victims. . . A repentant man who had done these things would evidence his repentance in his whole-hearted desire to be executed. . . .
- If in substance he manifests repentance this way, that repentance should be accepted by his brothers and sisters in Christ, and he should willingly go to his death a communicant member of Christ Lutheran Church. If he does not do these things, if his declared repentance is only an emotional sorrow that does not bear the marks of true repentance, then he should be excommunicated from his church.
If a policeman is gentle with the rapist, he is harsh with the rapist’s victim. If a shepherd is gentle with wolves, he is being harsh with the sheep. We must learn when and how we are to be gentle (for we are to be gentle people), and we must also learn when and how we are to be hard (and as pointed) as nails.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master — that’s all.”
— Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
HT: Rich Gall
The penalty for rape is death for the rapist.
I'm writing a sequel to "Reforming Marriage": "The Glory of State-Approved Line-of-Sight Chaperones in Covenant Homes."
— Not Doug Wilson (@KirkCEO) August 17, 2016
- Have you ever participated, whether experimentally or otherwise, in any sexual perversions? Homosexuality? Molestation of children? Bestiality?
- Have you ever been in any kind of trouble with the law?
There's no father hunger like the cravings of a pedophile who hasn't been allowed to touch his son in a year.
— Not Doug Wilson (@KirkCEO) August 16, 2016
But on the other hand, if we make the mistake that many other Christians make — that of confounding forgiveness and trust — we will throw open the doors of the church blindly ‘because Jesus,’ and will unwittingly create a climate that favors the creepers, and which excludes and punishes the vulnerable. Churches that do this are really good at blaming the vulnerable whenever something goes wrong — because the vulnerable are the only ones who will put up with that crap. Churches that specialize in superficial reconciliation do this in numerous ways — demanding that the spouse who was sinned against pay all the practical consequences (‘no divorce, sorry’), or, on the basis of one ‘sorry about that’ email, requiring a molested niece to look at her uncle continuing to serve communion.
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company discovered that one of their authors committed plagiarism in his contributions to one of their commentary sets. Rachel Miller has the details Christian Publisher Addresses Plagiarism Allegations, Withdraws Books from Print. Rachel has too much class to say this — but I don’t. Eerdmans conducted an investigation into the charges and did not declare the messenger guilty of personal animosity against the plagiarist or the publisher. They owned responsibility for their error and didn’t rail against anyone. Then again, Eerdmans is actually a Christian publisher.
New Saint Andrews College offers NSA credits for a Logos Online course that requires students to use Omnibus Volume VI, which contains massive amounts of plagiarized text. Shameless hacks, every one of them.
“So when a convicted sex offender is brought into fellowship with the rest of the congregation, it must be done in such a way that no parent has any reasonable cause to be worried about what could happen.” — Douglas Wilson Continue reading