[I have a guest post up at Julie Anne's blog Spiritual Sounding Board. Below is an excerpt, and I hope you click over to her place to read the rest.]
Discernment Among the People of God
A few years ago Voddie Baucham made the outlandish claim that shyness is a sin. Then he said that he knows how to fix that kid’s sin.
Let me give you an example, a prime example. The so-called shy kid, who doesn’t shake hands at church, okay? Usually what happens is you come up, ya’ know and here I am, I’m the guest and I walk up and I’m saying hi to somebody and they say to their kid “Hey, ya’ know, say good morning to Dr. Baucham,” and the kid hides and runs behind the leg and here’s what’s supposed to happen. This is what we have agreed upon, silently in our culture. What’s supposed to happen is that, I’m supposed to look at their child and say, “Hey, that’s okay.” But I can’t do that. Because if I do that, then what has happened is that number one, the child has sinned by not doing what they were told to do, it’s in direct disobedience. Secondly, the parent is in sin for not correcting it, and thirdly, I am in sin because I have just told a child it’s okay to disobey and dishonor their parent in direct violation of scripture. I can’t do that, I won’t do that. I’m gonna stand there until you make ‘em do what you said.
You see, it’s all about obedience: you better make that child obey or everyone’s a sinner!
I first read Baucham’s extreme claims at Julie Anne’s blog in June but it came back to mind because of an article Dr. John Piper published a couple weeks ago.
Where Baucham is concerned about all those people sinning – kids, parents, Baucham himself dragged into it as bystander – Piper sees more concrete problems: If you don’t make your children obey you, you have only yourself to blame when they end up laid out on a slab in the morgue because they got shot dead.
There is so much wrong with this nonsense. …
[Click here to read the rest.]