InterVarsity's Evangelistic event promoting sodomy: news not fit to print (part IX)...

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(Tim: this is ninth in a series of posts [one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine] responding to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's promotion of sodomy at an Indiana University campus forum they sponsored the evening of Monday, March 28, 2011.)

One man wrote a week ago to thank us for our series on InterVarsity's promotion of sodomy in the Name of Jesus Christ, saying he wished he'd known about the commitments of the individuals mentioned some time back when he made a decision to financially support one of the InterVarsity staffers. There are many good things that happen when evil is rebuked, publicly. Sadly, the church is no more tolerant of it today than it ever has been. For instance...

An interesting sidenote to the articles is the refusal of the editor in chief of one of the major Evangelical magazines to publish any news about InterVarsity's failure here at Indiana University. This same publication did stories on the faithfulness of InterVarsity at Tufts University over a decade ago, but now chose not to say a word about IV's betrayal of the Word of God here at Indiana University.

This is a common failure of Evangelicals. Through the years I've noticed this magazine (like many others) saves its prophetic word for unbelievers, the business world, Hollywood, and government, while running puff pieces about Christian organizations. With them, judgment may only begin outside the household of God.

It's similar with preachers...

We're prophets at a distance, exposing the sin and error of the world while preaching endlessly on grace to those who sit under our ministry. Of course, this has the benefit of keeping the mess somewhere else. But it has the failure of betraying our calling and rejecting the Word of God which commands us:

For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? (1 Corinthians 5:12)

For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17)

What good is it to write long articles opposing homosexual marriage initiatives in government if our editors can't bring themselves to write simple articles about InterVarsity's promotion of sodomy here on the campus of Indiana University? There's only one possible explanation and it doesn't commend us: we don't worry about rebuking those we don't know who aren't listening to us, but we can't bring ourselves to rebuke and warn and exhort and admonish believers--those who actually claim to submit to Scripture and are listening to us--because telling them the truth will make them our enemies.

This is a theme I've seen across my lifetime, starting with my own father when he exposed the serious sin of Bill Gothard in his leadership of the Seminar in Basic Youth Conflicts. After his Gothard piece, Dad flew to Dallas to keep a chapel speaking engagement at Dallas Theological Seminary. He was met at the airport by a friend who, during the drive to the seminary, said, "I'm sorry, Joe, but the seminary has double-scheduled the chapel service you were to speak in and we're not going to be able to use you."

Dad asked, "Was it because of my criticism of Bill Gothard?"

"Yes," his friend responded.

If Evangelical magazine publishers and editors are able to stand against any evil at all, their gift should be used first to purify the Church--not the world. And if they can't bring themselves to admonish their own subscribers, they should resign. The church doesn't need more puff pieces about diaconal work, articles against Planned Parenthood, and sermons about how graceful God is to His Own. If I can say this without being misunderstood, we have too, too much of those good things.

What the people of God really need are men of God whose calls to repentance and faith are directed inward, to the Household of God.

To you and me.