A Fruit of the Spirit? The other day in response to a humorous remark I made on facebook about my being irenic, someone asked, also in a humorous vein, if curmudgeonliness is a fruit of the Spirit. I have thought about it and concluded that it is not. It belongs I think to the realm of common grace. It is a fruit of rationality. How could anyone who is rational consider the state of the world and the church and not be a curmudgeon? How long can it be till people heed Howard Beale’s call, stick their heads out of their windows, and yell, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”? I don’t recommend you stick your head in the church window and yell that at the praise team, but perhaps, something along the lines of, “How did it ever come to this?!”
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Police Got Him
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Shall the Transformationalists Win? I know I am in a rather small minority who believe the that the kingdom and the church are the same (WCF XXV:2) and that the mission of the kingdom, aka church, is spiritual (WCF XXV:3, XXXI:5). This view gets scoffed at as a retreat (from what? I am tempted to ask), as a denial of Christ’s Lordship, as inconsistent with Reformed history and theology, as - well unorthodox. As a recovering transformationalist myself, who like all recovering persons can’t understand why others can't admit their problem and go to a meeting or something, I sometimes worry about my minority status and about what would become of me if the transformationalists win. But, then I remember there are so many kinds of transformationalists that transformationalists are unlikely to transform much of anything. There are theonomic-reconstuctionist transformationalists, compassionate conservative transformationalists, Keller transformationalists, neo-Calvinistic transformationalists, Covenanter transformationalists, Kennedy-Falwell transformationalists. And those are just varieties of Reformed transformationalists. Can you imagine if the people of this country tired of the current liberal insanity and asked Reformed transformationalists to see what they can do? I have worried that, if that ever happened, I might be in trouble as revolutions tend to “deal with” those who are in their camp (or big tent) but not sufficiently orthodox. What would they do with me? Stone me as as the judicial law would require? Use a modern equivalent like a firing squad? Imprison me at the hard labor of planting Christian flags on every square inch of the prison yard? Torture me by making me listen to Christian bands around the clock with ? Put me in a reeducation camp to get my mind right by reading Rushdoony? Compassion me to death with help? Do reparative therapy by having me watch old Coral Ridge videos? Put me to work in a soup kitchen? Worse yet, make me attend a Christian aerobics class? Pass the hemlock please. However, I now think that before they got to me and other 2-Kers, there would be transformationalist internecine war. I could go underground for years before they started looking for me.