Learn to discern – taking a closer look at a response to the Doug Phillips sex abuse scandal
Not long ago, I found a comment on a public Facebook page by a man named Paul Dorr. He was responding to a well-written article entitled, “How Silence Enables Abuse,” by Jordan Muela. Apparently, Jordan Muela was an intern for Doug Phillips. Having worked closely with Phillips makes the article even more significant.
The article does not name Doug Phillips, but it is understood that the article is referring to the Doug Phillips scandal and the response to the abuse. You can find the article here.
Below is the comment by Paul Dorr which was posted beneath the aforementioned article. Mr. Dorr’s name is new to me, but it’s fairly clear from the comment that he is of the full-quiver, homeschool movement crowd. At first glance, you can read a righteous anger in Mr. Dorr’s response, and that is good, but there’s more.
For some reason, this comment refused to leave my brain alone. Let’s tear it apart, shall we?
Paul Dorr Due to the tremendous harm Doug Phillips has caused the Kingdom of Christ among some of the most hopeful warriors, my suggestion is that his Lt. Colonel’s (those little pretend secret service agents who ran around with him and treated him like royalty) and the peers of Doug Phillips all must issue their letters of repentance for their blindness and acquiescence to his vain pride. A pride which was clear for many to see from a distance years ago. Then fall silent for a year or two. Stop pretending you have something to offer in leadership until you truly humble yourselves.After a personal two-day experience with my former friend Howard Phillips (before he betrayed Christ and the pre-born) and his son Doug, in Harrisonburg, VA about ten years ago, I came home and told our 11 children that pride goeth before destruction and that we must stay clear of VFM. Our home-school children used to literally laugh at the self-promotion and make believe “manliness” seen over and over in his product catalog.
The material produced by my old child-hood playmate, Geoff Botkin, ranks a close second in the ‘gag factor’.
The betrayal of Doug’s brother Brad is far worse, though. Hundreds of Sudanese Christians lost their lives so that Brad could profit off a video he stole.
My sons and I have been fighting spouse abuse in Reformed and Presbyterian churches for a long time. We’ve even lit-dropped a church parking lot where a conservative Reformed Synod was meeting and exposed the fraudulent elders and stopped their pending attempt to excommunicate the wife/victim of yet another elder. We had her prepared enough that when she later sat at a table and faced 40 elders at the next Synod meeting, they accepted every charge she made against her church elders without question, and then turned on them. We must take spouse abuse seriously, as God’s Law does. It’s acceptance dishonors God, the wife, marriage and gives complete legitimacy to wicked federal programs like VAWA. Rushdoony is right, it is time to take such men and drag their bare rump through the briar patch.
Reformed theonomy has mostly been an intellectual game over the last 30 years which has yielded it’s own [sic] kind of pietism. If anyone wants to get in the fight where it’s dirty and challenging and sacrificial and often frightful (from a human perspective), and certainly not royalty and not ‘make believe’ but sees real advancement of the Kingdom of Christ then one place you can go is to check my FB page.
Am I angry at a whole host of Christian leaders? Yes! Is my anger based on anything more than the righteousness of Christ? No, as I am but a worm apart from His grace. It is Christ so many of these people have publicly dishonored.