We find it coincidental that the former chairman of Dordt’s Theology department, Dr. Benjamin Lappenga resigned late in the summer of 2018 for “personal reasons.” We have to wonder if any of Dr. Lappenga’s personal reasons impact his theological and ethical training of Dordt students who took his classes? Does the Board of Trustees need to ‘look into any damage he may have taught?
In 2014 Lappenga received his PhD at the same Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA where Richard Mouw served for years. One wonders if Mouw played any role in getting Lappenga hired at Dordt.
Gay Marriage Supporting UCC “pastor” also to speak at Dordt!
Another speaker Dordt’s Andreas Center is bringing to their Prodigal Love of God conference is UCC ordained “pastor” Marilynne Robinson, also of the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop (IWW). Historical sidebar: The IWW was founded on CIA money and this scholar in the Journal of Higher Education said it has succeeded in “flattening” literature in America. Some of Robinson’s material looks theologically flat to us, too!
Robinson is also a firm advocate for gay marriage. In her interview Robinson employs the time-honored canard of failing to make distinctions between OT moral law and the ceremonial law. Once lumped all together it appears to the ignorant that the moral law has no authority.
But she also mentions something most telling in this interview. “There has never been a period in world history where same-sex relationships were more routine and normal than in Hellenistic culture at the time of Christ. Does Jesus ever mention the issue?”
Since this is a conference about one of the Three Forms of Unity, shouldn’t we look further demonstrating that we are not just “red letter Christians” and that we must consider all of scripture as inspired, not just those statements of Christ often printed in red text.
And we previously brought Charge 8 (I.e. Jesus never said) against Aaron Baart here, we wrote, “Consider the following analogy: Both the rule book and the referee both agree that the players must stay in bounds, there is a clearly defined line. Aaron is saying “the referee didn’t say anything about jumping up on to the stands while keeping the ball in play so it must be O.K.”
The rule book is the Bible, and Jesus is the referee, both say that sexual purity of heart, mind and actions is God’s standard. By this logic because Jesus, nor anyplace in the New Testament bestiality mentioned as a sin, then it must be ok as well. Maybe not “ideal” but maybe “God isn’t finished speaking on bestiality” either, Baart’s logic would necessarily conclude!
As Reformed believers we are not “red letter” Christians. See BCF 3, 4, 5, and 7. It is false teaching to imply that because Jesus didn’t speak on a particular issue that it is not a clear salvation issue expressed infallibly through the apostles and prophets in another portion of scripture. This is a common tactic of antinomians.
Jesus did speak explicitly about sexual immorality in general and the nature of marriage. He denounced the former (e.g., Matt. 5:28; 15:19) and defined the latter according to Genesis 2:24: “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh” (Matt. 19:5 AT; par. Mark 10:7–8).
Jesus affirmed the covenanted union of one man and one woman as the only normative expression of human sexuality. It is an arrogant diversion to suggest that these words from Jesus have no bearing on the question of homosexuality, which the OT Law clearly condemns.
What is more interesting, though, is the Hellenistic culture she refers to is what Reformed presuppositional scholar Gary North once warned that New Saint Andrews’ style of classical education would ultimately produce. And that this would lead us back to syncretism and universalism. Remember, the director of Dordt’s Andreas Center, Dr. Henreckson is a graduate of New Saint Andrews.
Greek homosexual Hellenism, universalism, and syncretism! Is this the path away from Biblical Reformed faith and scholarship which President Eric Hoekstra and the majority board members of Dordt are taking the school on?
Faithful Christian Dordt supporters need to contact Hoekstra and object! He can be reached at 712-722-6002 or email at Erik.Hoekstra@Dordt.edu