Old Testament Studies Blog on Various Topics From Early Marriage to Sexual Sin to Evangelical and Baptist Propensity to Make an Idol Out of Family Marriage and Parenthood Etc Etc
I’m not necessarily in agreement with all views of the guy behind this blog, the OTSB (Old Testament Studies Blog).
For one, he seems to be a Calvinist, and I disagree with Calvinism.
OTSB guy discusses some of the same issues at his blog that I discuss here on mine. It looks as though he has not made a new blog entry since October 2013.
Blog’s Main Page:
(Link): Old Testament Studies
(Link): The Dark Side of Evangelicalism-A Response to Accusations on the Boundless Blog
(Re: Christians denigrating singlehood and idolizing marriage)
- The case in point is a recent radio podcast put out by the folks over at Boundless. Steve and Candice Watters were in Louisville, Kentucky for the Give me an Answer conference at Southern Seminary.
While they were there, they interviewed Albert Mohler for their podcast.
During the podcast, the following dicussion took place. I want you to read this carefully, and ask yourself if what Dr. Mohler says in the bold portion is consistent with scripture! It begins at 24:15:
Candice- Are you encouraged by Mark Regnerus and others who are encouraging early marriage, and do you think that this movement will gain traction?
Dr. Mohler- Well, I’ve been at that a long time, and I can tell you its extremely controversial whereas throughout most of human history that would be the mormal expectation.
I am encouraged…It’s going to be a counter-revolution. We are literally going to have to stand against the kind of demographic tide that is coming at us, and say…you know, here is the question.
I just want to ask you this honestly. I talk to young guys about this more than probably any other subject when they bring it up and say, you know, here is the issue: How are you going to be holy without marriage?
And that’s a tough question to answer, unless, you know, if God has called you to missions, if God’s called you to special service and deployment in this area, then the word is going to compensate for that, but, for most guys, the big issue is just this now long wait.
(Link): Famliolatry on Display Again
- I think we as a church have boughten into a form of gnosticism which I will call “marital gnosticism.” We seem to think that the way to the higher Christian life is through marriage, and, although single people are a part of the church, they simply are not as “enlightened” as those who are married.
Hence, we need to encourage, and even shame single people into getting married, so that they will become “enlightened” like the rest of the married people. It is gross, ridiculous, gnostic thinking.
Not only does it not work [marriage cannot change the heart; only Christ can], even worse, it alienates singles. Singles who see this kind of behavior know that they are not part of the “enlightened” gnostic group, and thus, they are pushed further and further away.
(Link): Albert Mohler is at it Again (re: delayed marriage)
Can’t say as though I appreciate the tone of this next blog page he made, because he seems to be bashing any and all single women who want to get married:
(Link): Female Success, Getting Married, and The Purposes of God
(Link): Dr. Mohler Contradicts Himself
(Link): Pastors as Singles
Maken is a “marriage mandater.” She basically teaches that being an adult single is sinful:
(Link): Debbie Maken – A Stubborn Refusal to be Corrected
I’m actually sympathetic to some of the points he quotes Watters on here (I have criticized her before on my own blog), but here, I think she’s partially right.
In the quotes the blogger below provides, Watters explains how single Christian women who want to get married get accused by married Christians of “making an idol out of marriage,” and that gets real offensive and that attitude acts as an impediment to any woman who wants a spouse:
(Link): Candice Watters, Marriage, and Food