grace, but only for the reformed

Posted: March 3, 2013 in NSFE

We’re so quick to cut slack for people on our team:

The Bible is clear that a distinguishing characteristic of Christians is to be our love for one another. John 13:35 says it plainly: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Love for other Christians is the great test of our commitment to Christ and our likeness to him. This love is put to the test in a unique way in the midst of trouble and disagreement.

This situation is unfolding before a watching world that loves nothing more than to see Christians in disunity, accusing one another, fighting one another, making a mockery of the gospel that brings peace. You and I are responsible to do well here, to be above reproach in our thoughts, words and actions. We are responsible to be marked by love whether evaluating a difficult situation or taking appropriate action. We can make the gospel look great or we can make it look insignificant.

Very good thoughts from Tim Challies on how Christians need to react regarding the issues and accusations surrounding C. J. Mahaney.

He goes on to caution Christians to not pass judgment too hastily. Patience and sobriety are the keys in his estimation and I have to say that I agree with him.

He also notes that the less skin a person has in the game (and notes that he has very little), the less all this should matter to that person, anyway. Again, I have to agree.

Now rewind the tape about 10 months.  Chuck Colson has been dead for three days. Reviews of his life and his life’s work have been positively glowing from all corners of the Godblogosphere.  Well, almost all corners.

One writer said the following:

  • Colson’s ECT movement “made little of the gospel”
  • With ECT, the Manhattan Declaration, and other ways, “Colson undermined the gospel”
  • Colson had a “willingness to tamper with the purity of the gospel”
  • Colson worked “against the Lord’s church”
  • Colson “labored for outright sinful causes”

Hardly keeping with Challies’ call for Christian love in the midst of disagreement.

And, as I noted, Colson’s body hadn’t even hit room temperature yet, and the writer was questioning the glowing obituaries by others, saying: “I am not convinced that we are doing right here.”  He even admitted that “[p]erhaps there are rules that govern these things, and I am violating them”. All in all, hardly in keeping with Challies’ call for patience and sobriety.

The only skin that the writer had in the game with Colson was that some of the writer’s heroes had spoken against ECT and the Manhattan Declaration and refused to sign the latter. Hardly in  keeping with Challies’ reminder that less skin should mean less concern.

So who was this writer who disagreed so vehemently with Tim Challies?

Tim Challies.

So, I’m wracking my brain trying to figure out why Mahaney gets kid gloves while Colson now has no jugular and an extraneous defecatory orifice.. And the only difference I can see in the men — besides which side of the earth’s crust their bodies reside on — is that Mahaney (like Challies) is reformed, whereas Colson wasn’t.

I know I said that I’d be cussing on this blog, but I can’t waste a perfectly good f-bomb on such outrageous hypocrisy.