Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Fatwa of Church Discipline?

There are a few disturbing remarks that cannot pass without criticism. It is one thing to disagree with the practice of bringing the Federal Vision proponents upon trial in the church courts. It is another to call that practice a ‘Fatwa.’ Sadly, it appears this description of Presbyterian pastors who oppose the Federal Vision as Islamic Terrorists or Suicide Bombers is one that is growing in popularity.

This comparison is disgusting on so many levels that it makes my head hurt. Are these men really trying to say that the Central Carolina Presbytery, who has brought charges against Rev. Wilkins, and the Louisiana Presbytery are the equivalent of Osama Bin Laden? Do they really want to compare a church trial to the destruction of the Twin Towers and the deaths of thousands of people? Do they want to compare those who oppose the Federal Vision to those who blow themselves up in marketplaces and buses? I would hope not.

What makes it worse is that this is same crowd that was calling for tolerance and a level-headed debate not too long ago. Now they are the ones killing serious discussion. I suppose the need for restraint and respect only goes one way.


The Wittenberg Door said...

This is a sad development in an already sad doctrinal trend. Thank you for exposing this error.