Welp. I coulda said I told you so, but if you want proof that The Gossip Coalition has lost their marbles, look no further than a post that basically PRAISES Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James. “The Gospel Coalition: The Polluted Waters of 50 Shades of Grey” [editor’s note: as suspected but not hoped, the Gospel Coalition took down the offending post. In it’s stead, I offer a link to the PDF version here: The Gospel Coaltion on 50 Shades of Grey/Rape
According to Reformed “theologian” Doug Wilson,
“Men dream of being rapists, and women find themselves wistfully reading novels in which someone ravishes the “soon to be made willing” heroine. Those who deny they have any need for water at all will soon find themselves lusting after polluted water, but water nonetheless.”
Oh, and let’s not forget the ever-colonizing pleasure seeking Reformed Christian Hedonist manly man:
“A man penetrates, conquers, colonizes, plants. A woman receives, surrenders, accepts. This is of course offensive to all egalitarians, and so our culture has rebelled against the concept of authority and submission in marriage. This means that we have sought to suppress the concepts of authority and submission as they relate to the marriage bed.”
This is what it means to be a God-centered church folks, it’s not god-centered at all, it PHALLUS-CENTERED.
Doug Wilson is not the sanest thoroughbred in the stall; he openly advocates supported for the enslavement of black folks, and the righteousness of the Confederate cause!
“Sex is not just about the physical act – which is is being described here, it seems. I would know. But, what derails the physical act is the psychological phenomena – the reality of the act. For instance, eating. One could, say, eat an apple. That is fine. One could eat an apple that is poisonous due to disobedience. The act itself is not evil but the experience of the moment it. That is what 50 shades of grey does… it makes the act of sex and the experience of sex into exactly what the Gospel Coalition sees sex as – the conquering of a woman – the use of a woman by a man not in equality, but in domination. The GC is more like 50 Shades than they realize…”- Joel
I really can’t say how not shocked I am, cuz I am not, but here is my case for marriage as a nonviolent sacrament of mutuality between one man and one woman. The TGC article has to be one of THE WORST defenses of 50 Shades, ever. Condoning rape as a fantasy is horrifying, and should not be endorsed. The Gospel Coalition and Doug Jones’ worldview go against everything that our Savior taught us, including the need for self-control (thank you Apostle Paul!):
“The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”-1st Corinthians 7:4-5
Looks like Paul is talking about mutuality there…… 😉
So, there are certain people, who will gounnamed who note that I am ever so quick to comment skeptically on this trend or a quote, or whatever happens to be on my mind that day. I think I am just blessed with a skeptical and critical mind, so I do not have to go out and believe everything that I am told. Dare I say it, but I am a notoriously skeptical Christian, oh but not in a nihilistic or illiberal sense since I do not want to get labeled a sectarian or tribalist by the establishment. But there are a range of concerns I have pertaining to how society works and functions, and that leads me to ask the hard questions.
So last Friday afternoon, when I was craving to ask one controversial inquiry, imagine my Glee when I saw Brazos Press, from the Bakers Publishing Group, give its readers the opportunity to ask any question to James K A Smith about his new book, Letters to a Young Calvinist: An Invitation to the Reformed Tradition. So, on the facebook page, I asked in the most politically correct manner that I could muster, “In terms of ecclessiology, could you address the role that Calvinist theology, the New Calvinists and Neo-Calvinism can play in working to create a more racially inclusive church here in the United States?” Me, being informed by my own skepticism and personal history with Calvinism and Calvinists, held disbelief, never considering the actual possibility that my question would receive an answer. That is, until today, when I returned home this afternoon, I found in my facebook inbox a surprise, that James K A Smith would answer my question next week, and that I will be receiving a free copy, which I will gladly give a review.
I am not saying I ridding myself of my skepticism, but perhaps attempting to be less so. I look forward to Smith’s response. Psssssssttttt: my reply to his reply could coincide with my book review of John W. DeGruchy’s Liberating Reformed Theology