In light of Doug Philips’ resignation, one thing to keep at the forefront of our minds, and I’m sure Mr. Philips would concur, is that our
faith rests on the shoulders of the Almighty, flawless, faultless Christ. Let God be true, and every man, including you and I and Mr. Philips, a liar. God’s Word is the word we build on, not the example of the flawed vessels which God has condescended to fill!
I heard it said that God’s people are blameless, not flawless. We are, none of us, the perfect representation of God’s nature. Jesus Christ is the exact image of the glory of God. Now, two responses are necessary by the church community:
1. Since Mr. Philips has confessed and repented of his sin, and done so in as noble and honorable a way as possible (under the circumstances), we ought to allow him the dignity of making things right with his wife, family, ministry and culture. The irony here is that though the world will certainly mock this man, the world is twice guilty. One for being just as sinful. Two, for not repenting!
2. Moral failures are cultivated over time, and thus we must allow the Spirit of God to search our hearts and try our reins to see if there be any wicked way in us. Our sins might not be as public, but they are just as lethal and odious. Let the bony finger of conviction poke US in the chest. May the grief, burden and disappointment of this situation drive us to freshly acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s rightful role within our lives; which is that of convicting us of sin, righteousness and judgement (John 16:8-11).
Doug Wilson, wrote a response to this news as well, and I think he did a fabulous job of articulating how we ought to respond in such circumstances. May the judgement begin at the house of God, and may we be willing to have that bright hot searchlight aimed at us.