I love it when a blog post lands in my lap like this one from R. C. Sproul Jr. (not like I really need any help finding new material, this spiritual abuse business is pretty backlogged).
A little background from wikipedia:
After working with Ligonier Ministries for some years, Sproul founded Highlands Ministries (formerly Highlands Study Center) in Bristol, Virginia, in 1996, which he still heads. In the same year, he planted Saint Peter Presbyterian Church in Bristol and until 2001 served as its senior pastor and then until 2010 as its Associate Pastor of Education. He is also a teaching elder of Heritage Presbyterian Church (Centerville, TN). Sproul serves as executive editor of Every Thought Captive, a bimonthly magazine published by Highlands Ministries. 2009-2010, he worked as a teacher for Veritas Press, which specializes in Christian educational texts.
In 2010, Sproul was appointed a Teaching Fellow and Assistant Professor of theology, philosophy, and apologetics at Ligonier Academy in both the Bible college and D.Min. programs. He has spoken at a number of conferences and is a vocal supporter of homeschooling, traditional family roles, Biblical patriarchy and limited government.
DING< DING< DING< DING: key words: biblical patriarchy and limited government. These are key words which jive with the Reconstructionist teachings. Please be sure to look up my previous posts on Reconstructionists.
Here’s the deal. This guy is a pastor, teacher, author of numerous books (he also has been defrocked for spiritual abuse, but I’ll let you look that up, you should be able to find it quickly with a Google search).
Imagine being in this guy’s church and you have medical condition where a doctor says getting pregnant could jeopardize your health. How would a comment like this coming from the pulpit make you feel? Would it make you feel like you were in sin if you took any form of birth control? Maybe so . . . . And the sad thing is, I think he believes it is a sin.
You see, it doesn’t matter what the mom’s medical state is, it is a sin to waste that beloved seed which could become a human being, especially when in his mind women are supposed to be popping out as many babies as their bodies will allow them to pop out. After all, these babies will become Christians who must take over the world. This is classic full-quiver mentality, part of Reconstructionism.
One thing about Reconstructionists I’ve noticed. They don’t call themselves Reconstructionists. Their churches aren’t labeled as Reconstructionist. They know it, but don’t say it. I find that weird. Well, I’ll help them out: R.C. Sproul, Jr., is a Reconstructionist promoting his Reconstructionist agenda with this kind of tweet. As soon as I hit publish, I will respond to his tweet. I can only sit on my hands for so long.
Calgon . . .. take me away . . . . . . .