Volume 16, Issue 5: Sharpening Iron
Value is determined by rarity. Or, so we're told. No one else grows blue
veins of mold through their torso from this particular cave. That would make
us special. And French. Also expensive.
But if we want to be truly valuable, we can hardly compare ourselves
to Roquefort. Too much of it around.
Perhaps we are the whale's cheese. The narwhal that is. The
milking process is extremely difficult and also banned by international treaty.
The narwhal is not harmed. But despite our best attempts, the narwhal milk will
not give us a cheddar as sharp as we like. We are very rarely creamy. The
cheese is rare enough, but hardly metaphorically representative.
Buffaloes are attractive animals. But as far as cheese goesm they are
already cliche. Nobody wants to imitate the Italians. They glean what they
consider to be the only real mozzarella from water buffaloes.
Cat milk? Didn't even try. Mongolian mare's milk? Close, but still
off. Thought we had something with grizzly milk. At least in theory. It tastes
and smells sort of like limburger, but more like a dumpster.
Back to the aquatic. Milk from the blind dolphins of the Ganges was
rare enough but horribly unhealthy. But the Amazon is a much cleaner river,
not being considered holy.
We are pink Amazonian dolphin cheese. Sharp enough, with a taste
as disconnected from reality as the creature it come from. This
cheese makes us feel special. Fantastic with any wine that isn't also pink, and cramps
the cheeks only slightly. The only downside comes on nachos or grilled
cheese sandwiches. It just won't melt right. But we're not sure that we do either.
And we're the same color, when our shirts our off.
Nathan Wilson, your articles are getting boring and you need to be
quiet for a while.
Eldorado Springs, MO
Nathan Wilson replies: Thanks. Let me know when I can
come back off my nap rug.
Just received and read the issue, "Minds and Mammon." In the Cave
of Adullan there is a reference to the worship leader of Thomas
Road Baptist Church learning how to work a crowd from Wayne Newton. As
a former Baptist myself, it would appear that that is simply a cover story
to explain why someone recognized him in the casino. Gambling is not OK,
while being someone's disciple IS OK.
Rev. David O. Jones
Editor's reply: You know, I can't see how we missed that.
We were just re-reading an old Christmas issue of
C/A [14.5]. The article "Mary Bursting" by
Douglas Jones is one of the very best articles I have ever read. Just thought he
may like to know.
WHY THE CULDESAC?
My computer monitor sits on my desk and glows with the black type
of your magazine that has opened wide its pages to sing the joys of the Lord's
Day, to frown at the menace of pietism, etc. I have smiled to see such wisdom
written. Why then does such wisdom end at the dinner table, living room, workbench?
My computer moniter has an eye-tearing blurrrr in its middle. The
Rev. Wilson I know is clear, witty, wise. . . Why then this Auburn Avenue
stuff? The new covenant is with God's elect only. No one burns who was chosen
to the new covenant. All bought by the blood of the new covenant go
to Heaven. Faith grows in a regenerate heart only. It can never die. The seed
of God's word grows up tares on a hard heart, in a thorny heart. No
works. Dead faith. Withered stalk. Fruitless vine. Judas was a false brother. A
man pretending to be a husband cannot commit adultery against his
pretended wife. A gold ring and a verbal promise to fidelity do not a lawful
marriage make! (See Massachussetts. See Herod of JTB fame. See one who puts away
his wife to marry another. See Romans 7.) Baptism is the sign and seal of
union with Christ, which is only by God-given eternal election unto God-given
faith, unto God-given justification, unto God-given fidelity, unto God-given
resurrection of the just at our Lord's Coming again. The church is born from
Christ's side, not the sign of Christ's side. Baptism is the sign of the
covenant made, not the making of the covenant. Was Abraham in the covenant of
grace before or after circumcision? Was Abraham in union with Christ before
or after circumcision? Baptism brings no man into union with Christ, but rather
is the sign and seal by which God confirms His covenant to all in union with
Christ. Some receive baptism but not union. This is objective. Not all who say
Lord, Lord objectively will go to heaven objectively. Not all who bear the
mark of the washing of sins by Christ's blood and Christ's Spirit are clean! This
is objective. What is hidden now will be naked to all. What is seen in a
glass darkly will be seen in the light of glory of the Son of God in our flesh. Leave
the tares until harvest, that the wheat may grow. Apostasy and regeneration
are water and oil. A man falls into Hell through the baptismal font, but a
man born of water and the Spirit can never die. There are no exceptions. This is
the objective meaning of baptism. Of all
God has given Christ, He loses none. All born again God has sealed
forever. If you agree with all this, then I do not understand the clouds. If a Christian
is anyone who says "Lord, Lord," then a Christ is anyone who says "I am
He." The church needs Rev. Wilson. We need him to preach the covenant
as faithfully as he preaches creation, married life, childrearing,
education, politics, courtship, the history of the Incarnation, Psalm-singing, the
Trinity. You are my fathers and my brothers. Why this road to nowhere?
Craig L. Phelps
Douglas Wilson replies: It is hard to know how to differ because I
agree with so much of this. But suffice it to say that everything you say
about members of the new covenant, I would say about the elect
members of the new covenant. The one place where we clearly differ is
in the marriage illustration. If we agree (as we do) that there
are such things as spurious marriages (e.g. Massachusetts), it does
not follow that every marriage in which adultery was committed must
never have been a true marriage to begin with.