COTK, CREC, & Tyranny: Part 6
Let me call your attention to one of the public censures documented on Dr. Morin’s website, to draw parallels between it and the recent scandal involving COTK. I refer to the resolution unanimously adopted by the fourteen churches of the OPC’s Presbytery of the Dakotas, which states,
A motion, presbytery directed its clerks to send copies of the correspondence read by Mr. Wallace to all OPC presbyteries with the warning that the attached correspondence illustrates some grave dangers with the practices of Douglas Wilson and Christ Church, Moscow, ID. They undermine the discipline of Reformed churches and refuse to support it, assuming that it is unbiblical without even hearing the case. On motion, presbytery will also send the material to the 69th general assembly and overture the assembly to forward it to their denominations and ecclesiastical fellowship. (April 3, 2002)
Even though the OPC furnished no details of their cause of action, the language of this warning — and it is a warning — is clear and unambiguous. This public caution clearly affirms “grave dangers with the practices of Douglas Wilson and Christ Church. . . They undermine the discipline of Reformed churches and refuse to support it, assuming that it is unbiblical without even hearing the case.”
Now compare the OPC’s concise statement with the language found in COTK’s unabridged explanation for their withdrawal from the CREC. After describing a church split, COTK wrote,
Rev. Wilson pressed the COTK elders to support the disgruntled group in forming a new CREC church, and he irresponsibly assisted that group in plotting a course to accomplish this goal. . . . despite the fact that we had implored Rev. Wilson not to go over our heads as the duly chosen leaders of the local flock. Rev. Wilson disregarded nearly every one of our pleas. . . . Throughout this ordeal, Rev. Wilson repeatedly dismissed our concerns and seemed to assume that, at a far distance, he knew the situation much better than we elders did. . . . Again and again we asked Rev. Wilson to notify us whenever individuals from the disgruntled group contacted him, but he consistently ignored our pleas. On several occasions he portrayed the COTK elders negatively before this group. . . When we implored Rev. Wilson to stop his undermining our pastoral efforts with this group, he persistently ignored our requests and continued to do so behind our backs. The desires of our local leadership were of little evident interest to him, in that he ignored us so completely. . . . Throughout our protracted exchanges, Rev. Wilson did not adhere to courtesies and Christian ethics common among church leaders. . . . Our church has been damaged by the actions of Rev. Wilson. (emphasis added)
Accordingly, between the two cases, we see that as Wilson “undermined the discipline” of the OPC, so he “undermined” the discipline of COTK: “We implored Rev. Wilson to stop his undermining our pastoral efforts with this group.”
We also see that as Wilson “refused to support” the OPC, so he “pressed the COTK elders to support the disgruntled group,” which is tantamount to “refusing to support” COTK — a CREC church in good standing.
And we see that as Wilson acted contrary to the OPC’s discipline “without even hearing the case,” so he “seemed to assume that, at a far distance, he knew the situation much better than we elders did” at COTK.
This brief comparison leaves us with three lessons.
First, any CREC church that continues to ignore the OPC’s warning about Douglas Wilson, as COTK disregarded it, has no grounds to complain when Pope Doug interferes with their duly constituted government and wreaks havoc. The OPC fulfilled their charge before God to “mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Rom. 16:17). They “marked” Douglas Wilson and Christ Church with the words “GRAVE DANGER.” And if the OPC’s warning is not enough, then COTK represents the first test case that proves the CREC has granted Pope Doug the authority to impose his will wherever & however he wants, after they rubberstamped his decrees ex post facto and essentially granted him powers ex cathedra.
Second, no church is safe from Douglas Wilson’s aggression now that the CREC has set precedent authorizing him to act willy-nilly. If you feed a monster, he will grow — and his appetite will increase proportionate to his size. Therefore, as the CREC fed COTK to Pope Doug, so they will have to feed him all the other churches on his menu, regardless of his un-Christian behavior. Either that or they’ll have to reverse themselves, which will never happen. Hence, it’s just going to get worse. Monsters can’t control their hunger. They must devour.
Finally, it is important to remember that while Pope Doug beats his chest calling down curses on all his enemies, God is not mocked. For just as the OPC’s resolution continually warns all churches to beware of Douglas Wilson, so the growing list of public rebukes on Dr. Morin’s website faithfully warns Douglas Wilson to consider his ways. And though the CREC may amend its constitution to accommodate his sin, they cannot rescind the law of God: “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Prov 29:1).
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