Are Women Biblically Required to “Cry Out” During Rape?


Yesterday we looked at Gothard's advice for young women in how to repel a "moral" attack (i.e., what to do if you are sexually assaulted). I want to take another look, for two reasons. First, Gothard actually misquotes the Bible, mashing verses together in such a way as to make the Bible say things it directly doesn't. I do not understand how he can do this and yet be so revered by so many as a man who loves and teaches the Bible. Second, Gothard isn't the only one to use apply these verses to … [Read more...]

By Faith Alone? The Boundaries of Evangelicalism


Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name. Amen. This is often referred to as the "sinner's prayer." Indeed, most evangelicals believe that once you're saved, you're always saved. There is nothing you can do to lose your salvation.But.If you prayed the sinner's prayer … [Read more...]

Beware the Wayward Woman

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When I read Sarah Moon's post on Potiphar's wife, all I could think of was the wayward woman. This has been on my mind for a while, actually. My mother read several chapters of the Bible aloud to us children after breakfast every day, and for quite some time she read a chapter of Proverbs every day, because there are 31 chapters, which made it perfect to read over again every month. Proverbs 2: 16-19---Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her … [Read more...]

“We Are in No Position To Judge His Actions”


I read every issue of World Magazine growing up, and one common advertisement in that publication was for Worldview Academy. I recently took a look at what they teach, and was struck by this: God is the creator and we are part of his creation. As a result, we are in no position to judge His actions. He reveals Himself to us, and we have an obligation to love and obey Him. I never attended Worldview Academy, but there was a time when this made sense to me. It's the message I received at my … [Read more...]

That’s Disgusting! Drumming Up Old-Fashioned Homophobia


Conservatives are losing their stand against LGBTQ rights, and they know it. With the growing number of LGBTQ individuals who are "out" about their sexual and gender identities, it's an increasingly rare person who doesn't know one---and it's harder to oppose the rights of someone you know than to oppose the rights of someone you don't know. The focus on marriage equality has also led to a public relations campaign aimed at shaping public perceptions of LGBTQ individuals, presenting them as … [Read more...]

The Bizarre Libertarian/Christian Reconstructionist Alliance


Ron Paul has just announced a new K-12 curriculum for homeschooled students---The Ron Paul Curriculum. It is comprehensive---history, economics, math, science, literature, Bible---and focuses on the "biblical principle" of self responsibility and the history of liberty. It advertises itself as incredibly academically rigorous---such that a student who makes it through will test out of the first two years of college.All of this honestly sounds like standard fare for these circles---not unlike … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson’s Race Problem


Abortion is at least as great an evil for black culture as slavery was. And with that line, Doug Wilson strikes again.There are all sorts of parallels drawn between slavery and abortion in the so-called pro-life movement, some implicit and some explicit. I've heard pro-life speakers call for a second civil war, in fact, in order to "rid the country of the evil of abortion." The problem, though, is that Wilson isn't just saying that abortion is at least a great an evil for black people as s … [Read more...]