by Tim Bayly from Bayly Blog – Vice President Pence and the Billy Graham Rule
Editor’s note: First we start with the Billy Graham quote of the rule Vice President Mike Pence recently publicly cited that made everyone not familiar with the strange toxic world of Evangelicals, Fundamentalism and Quiverfull lose their collective minds. Most everyone can see what a shameful and blaming piece of theology this is. It’s another example of the sex-based abnormal rules in that world that shocks anyone outside of the cult. The emperor indeed is stark naked but cannot see it. So of course Tim Bayly with his bizarre obsession with masculinity is too threatened by the idea of being along with a woman he’s not married to. These guys make me sick.
First the Billy Graham quote that started this mess:
Billy Graham: I decided there were three areas that Satan could attack in—pride, morals, and finances. Over the years I tried to set up safeguards against the dangers of each…
Concerning morals: I’m sure I’ve been tempted, especially in my younger years. But there has never been anything close to an incident. I took precautions. From the earliest days I’ve never had a meal alone with a woman other than Ruth, not even in a restaurant. I’ve never ridden in an automobile alone with a woman. Those kinds of precautions can lead to some misunderstandings. There was a time when Ruth thought I was too cold to women. But I always had this in the back of my mind. There is always the chance of misunderstanding.
Tim Bayly and his bloviating on the subject:
So now, watching the media slam Vice President Pence for observing the same rule and accusing him of viewing every woman as a “temptress,” we must ask ourselves if we live in a different time when such rules are unrealistic or unneeded?
No. Adultery is everywhere and these rules are merely basic protections for keeping our vows and the marriage bed pure. Years before I read this interview with Billy Graham, Dad had told me never to be alone with a woman in a car unless the woman was my wife, Mary Lee. He also told me never to counsel a woman alone in my office without having another woman in the office with us. This has always been my practice and the practice of the pastors of our churches.
Only idiots think they can become emotionally intimate with someone other than their husband or wife without risking committing adultery. And in our day, this is not just true of opposite-sex friendships, but also same-sex friendships. Does this mean men today should not travel alone in car with a boy or another man; that women should not dine out alone with another woman?
Seriously? Sharing a friendly meal or car ride with the opposite sex leads to emotional intimacy? What century is this?
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