I’ve heard it said that every family is dysfunctional in its own special way – perhaps an aunt with too many cats, a cousin with the metal plate in his head. You get the idea.
The Reformed family is no exception. But, it seems that we have now identified the crazy uncle of the Reformed family. You know the one, right? The one who has too much wine with Thanksgiving dinner and begins spouting off __________ (foil-hat conspiracies worked up in grandma’s basement, insults to everyone who thinks the moon landing really happened, his newest collection of racist jokes, etc. You pick).
Regardless, Uncle Scott (yes, let’s call him Scott) ends up offending much of the family and leaving the rest to pick up after his drunken and senseless ramblings.
Coincidentally, it seems that the crazy uncle of the Reformed family is also named Scott and one of his senseless and, given the content, hopefully drunken rants of recent days compares at least one of the pastors in the CREC with infamous cult leader Jim Jones.
You can read his post here, though the comments section has recently been removed and closed. You can also read Doug Wilson’s (the target of Clark’s rant) response to it here. Note the multitude of witnesses to the comments from Clark’s post. In those comments, Uncle Scott plainly insinuates (that is, does a poor job of insinuating and essentially states) that Doug Wilson is his target.
The argument hinges on “charismatic leadership,” agreement with a “social program” (undefined by Clark), and a “utopian eschatology.” Cutting through it, Clark compares Doug Wilson with Jim Jones because he is an effective and enjoyable communicator (which draws people), his church has established schools and promoted ideas that people agree with, and he is a postmillenialist.
What would Clark’s solution be? Have boring, “uncharismatic” leaders, no “social programs” (or at least ones no one cares about), and pessimistic eschatology? One could argue that the Reformed family has a plethora of all three.
Let’s recap. R. Scott Clark, professor at Westminster Seminary in California, compares a CREC minister with a mass-murdering cult leader, then silences all discussion of whether it was appropriate and uses as weapons those things we should actually applaud in a minister.
Lay off the hooch, Uncle Scott.