I stumbled across an astounding blog post on John Macarthur’s comments that is a strange blend of Social Justice Warrior and chivalry. The post is by Mark Beuving, and is titled John MacArthur’s Disgusting Comment: Go Home, Beth Moore. Beuving is literally shaking:
But—oh my gosh—I just heard an audio recording in which John MacArthur demeans and dismisses Beth Moore. I’m shaking. If I conjure up every ounce of optimism and benefit-of-the-doubt-ness I possess, I still can’t find a way to describe it as anything other than disdainful and mean-spirited. If I try to give an honest assessment of how it sounds to me, I think I have to say his words sound hateful and anti-Christ.
This is really striking because it was written by a man. He claims he is making a biblical case against MacArthur’s comments, but all that comes out is a lengthy description of how MacArthur’s words make him feel. Not only is he shaking, he also has the dry heaves:
This is absolutely disgusting. I’m seriously doing the theological equivalent of dry heaving right now. Once more I find myself pleading: Stop treating Beth Moore like garbage!
This is ironically the best indictment of MacArthur Beuving offers, albeit unintentionally. This kind of Leave Britney Alone! emoting is evidently what he learned in MacArthur’s seminary (emphasis mine):
This is a weird post for me to write. Maybe I should first tell you that I graduated from John MacArthur’s seminary…
…[John MacArthur] states with absolute confidence and condescension that no one can argue otherwise. And yet I’ll stand here as a graduate of his seminary, as someone who still employs the hermeneutical tools and methods I learned at his seminary, and make a strong argument to the contrary.
Taking this at face value, Beuving must have learned that Christians make strong arguments by having meltdowns, and focusing on their own feelings. Not only do MacArthur’s words make Beuving shake and have the dry heaves, they make him gag and die!
And that’s where I died. Those words are so condescending. They seem calculated to wound. To dishonor. To destroy. When I close my eyes and try to picture Jesus saying words like these, I gag.
Yet by the same standard, the Apostle Paul would clearly be anti Christ. Surely 1 Cor 14:34-35 (ESV) must make Beuving dry heave:
34 the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. 35 If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
Likewise Titus 2:3-5 (ESV) must leave Beuving shaking!
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
And 1 Tim 2:11-15 (ESV) can only make Beuving gag and die!
11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.
Here is the Apostle Paul telling Beth Moore to be silent and go home! This violates both chivalry and feminism, and I strongly suspect it will leave our brother Beuving with a tummy ache.