Houston Mayor Demands that Pastors Live Up to Their Own Theology
I am not surprised by Parker’s actions. She is a moral pervert, after all, an open rebel against God, and we should expect her to be consistent with her perversion in all, including her acts as a public official. What is inconsistent – and even openly hypocritical – is the outrage and the actions of the pastors. For over 100 years they and others like them have preached a theology that made it possible – and actively led to – the surrender of political power and cultural dominance in the hands of moral perverts. Suddenly, when that theology produced a political and cultural practice that came around to harass them personally, they are so outraged.
I wonder, whatever happened to “You can’t legislate morality”? The argument has been used from the pulpits and in the seminaries in this country against Theonomy for over 40 years now. The Law of God was to remain separated from public policy because politics was supposed to remain neutral from moral and religious influence. Isn’t that what Parker did with her ordinance about public restrooms? The old rule – or ordinance, or legislation, or cultural habit – of gender-separated restrooms was in fact “legislating morality.” The new ordinance just freed an area of legislation from some enforced morality. Why the outrage?
Then, whatever happened to “We are here only to preach the Gospel, and the Gospel is very simple, ‘Jesus died for your sins’”? What does that have to do with who is allowed to enter what public restroom? Why would the pastors be worried about it? Does it affect anyone’s salvation, or is it something only temporary, that won’t have any significance to our eternal lives?
If those pastors have promised to “only preach the Gospel” and have gotten their 501(c)3 status based on that, what is the problem if a government agency wants to verify they are “only preaching the Gospel”?
Those ordinances about who can enter what restroom, aren’t they a cultural issue rather than a salvific issue? If so, why are the pastors involved in a cultural battle? Whatever happened to “We are not trying to build a Christian culture,” an argument used by almost all churchian celebrities in the US, including John MacArthur, Al Mohler, Franklin Graham, and many others? Whatever happened to “We can’t force religion down people’s throats”? Wasn’t Christianity to remain a religion of our inner hearts only? Does the Houston City ordinance force anyone to violate their religious convictions? Does it force anyone to go into a restroom against their will? Why are the pastors so up in arms against it?
Whatever happened to the Two Kingdoms theology? Does the church have anything to say about public restrooms? Are they part of the “redemptive kingdom”? If they are not, can pastors preach redemption to restrooms and who enters them? Certainly not, if David VanDrunen says that “God is not redeeming the kingdom of common grace.” So can Christians – as Christians – say anything about public restrooms that would have any validity in the “common grace kingdom”?
Whatever happened to the “natural law” as the source of ethics for that “common grace kingdom,” as opposed to the Law of God (Theonomy)? Are there any gender-separated bathrooms in nature? Why are now the pastors a party to a court trial involving ordinance on public restrooms? Do they want to “trample on the authority of the common kingdom institutions,” to borrow another of VanDrunen’s arguments?
As Joel McDurmon pointed out, subpoenas by the City’s attorneys to get all the information relevant to the upcoming trial are something normal and within the standard legal practice of the civilized West. It is a principle of Christian jurisprudence – as opposed to the legal practices in the pagan world – that the courts should not allow anonymous accusers. This applies to all the information about the accusers: Once you decide to file a case against another person, you are not protected by privacy laws.
But even if the case was not such; even if the Mayor really wanted to control the sermons as far as seditious or rebellious content is concerned, why would that be a problem for the pastors given their professed theology? Whatever happened to the dominant interpretation of Romans 13: “Obey the government no matter what”? Didn’t Paul say those words about the most pagan and corrupt government in history? Why would the pastors now object and resist a government which is much less corrupt and cruel and barbarous than the Roman government?
Whatever happened to “Christians shouldn’t get involved in politics,” as MacArthur and Franklin Graham liked to say? Isn’t this whole issue a political issue? Whatever happened to the “last days apostasy”? What is expected by this campaign, better things to come, a reversal of the growth of evil? Whatever happened to “You don’t polish the brass on a sinking ship”? Why are the pastors so concerned about the restrooms in a world which – by their own eschatology – is going to hell in a hand basket? If Jesus comes tomorrow, will He find those pastors arguing about bathrooms?
For 40 years now, Christian Reconstructionists have been proclaiming the duty of all Christians to enter and win the cultural war, and have been presenting theology, social action, legal theory, economics, education principles and practices, political theory, etc., based entirely on the Law of God, to engage the enemies of God in the cultural war and restore America. For 40 years the opponents of Christian Reconstruction have proclaimed the above arguments from the pulpit, and have [mis]led their flocks to remain passive in the face of the advancing forces of evil. That Houston has a Mayor who is a moral and sexual pervert can be blamed entirely on the false theology that has crippled and paralyzed the American church.
And now, when the pastors are personally affected by the results of their own theology, they are suddenly alarmed and start acting like covert Christian Reconstructionists, ignoring their own theology. Too late, and the hypocrisy is too obvious. They should have started decades ago, when the Federal Reserve was founded, when the IRS was founded, when the Ponzi Scheme called “Social Security” was started, when the heroes of Operation Rescue were being arrested and tortured on the streets of their cities, when the different levels of civil government established confiscatory levels of taxation, when the public schools system was being established and property taxes were imposed on home owners, when the police departments started acquiring military equipment to wage wars on their own citizens and started murdering and robbing law-abiding citizens with impunity, when governments made it impossible to travel without your papers anywhere in this country and abroad, etc., etc., etc.
But they didn’t start back then. For most of these years they preached a truncated Gospel, a separation of government and legislation from morality, a tyrannical interpretation of Romans 13, and a derogatory view of the Law of God as it applies to culture and government. And only acted now, when they experienced some personal inconvenience. That is, when they were forced to live up to the theology they have been feeding to their flocks for decades now.
In view of this obvious hypocrisy, I have no compassion for those false shepherds. Not that I agree with the moral pervert that the Mayor of Houston is. But moral perversion can’t be fought with theological perversion and hypocrisy. Until these men are kicked out of the pulpits, and a true Black Robed Regiment takes their places, Christians deserve all they will get from moral perverts in power. And it won’t be persecution; it will be just judgment from God on His rebellious children.