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I’m sorry, but I think Powlinson’s response is mostly self-serving babble. He doesn’t cite any Scripture; he doesn’t mention sanctification; he brings up a 500-year-old discussion that isn’t relevant; and he recommends counseling and buying his book.
Augh. The more I think about this the more I want to scream.
Powlison? I have actually only seen the first part of the video.
I assume you meant the Powlison video….
What?? Seven and a half minutes to say “I dunno”? Let me say it for him: He dunno.
Did anyone notice that he never mentioned at all, what is the “sexual sin”? Heck, is it simply a matter of “wishing & wanking”, or is it persistent affairs, or rape, or snuff fantasies, or burning people with cigarettes, or reading Hustler, or ogling coworkers, or is it pimping his cousins?
Am I the only one who finds it bizarre (yet unsurprising.) that could never happen among ordinary humans; it could only happen in Church-dom.
(Yeah, yeah, I know what everyone is gonna say)
Remember at the start he said “if you put a gun to my head…yes, he’s saved. BUT….”?
It would actually BE “helpful” (a word our Reformed friends are fond of using) if Powlison said what the guy was referring to.
I’m assuming it’s sexual fantasies mixed in with p0rn.
Indeed, thou illustrious Brian D. IF a gun were put to his head he would have a mere opinion to state, an opinion of how GOD should judge his own servant. This reminds me that our Reformed friends have one word they are not much inclined to use: “dunno”. (No, this is not unique to Reformies.) :-))
In fact, one cannot answer this question either way without confounding their own theology. Therefore, he IS saved BUT… So, he is saved BUT he is joyfully pimping his cousins year after year? Got a problem there, Houston. Or conversely, he is facing the eternal blowtorch because he is playing with himself in the shower? Oops, now you have a different problem.
The truth is we do not have to know. Not you, not me, not even Powlison (whom I highly regard.) Men are saved by knowing and following Jesus, not by threading theological needles (and still less by sitting on Jesus’ throne to preempt his judgment.) Our life’s work is not to wiggle through the eye of a needle, it is to know and serve Jesus. THAT is how we find eternal life, not by working a vast Westminster or Dallas or Tulsa puzzle.
Polwison is right about one thing. It’s time to fess up to someone and choose purity over corruption. And above all else, that means learning to love the neighbor as the self, even IF that neighbor has the goodies we want but cannot have.
Merry Christmas Brian D.
I just have to to tell you something funny, at least to me. 🙂
Earlier I was reading, and reading another blog thinking it was yours, and did not know it wasn’t! As I kept reading, I was thinking, wow, what has happened to BD? Sure enough, I was on the wrong blog. Thank goodness!! Just had to share that, hope you and your family had a good Christmas.
Thanks for the encouraging links and the updating of your site. It truly is a ministry brother and you are rocking it out.
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