Andrew Wilson, teaching pastor at King’s Church, London, has offered an incisive parody of the arguments being used by defectors from loyalty to God these days to justify their embrace of the new sexual revolution. Those familiar with the (already tired) line of arguments used in these contexts will find his little piece spot-on. Like any parody about deadly serious things, it would be funny if it weren’t so true.
Wilson borrows the framing terminology of the religious left, and carries the reader through one fallacious argument after another, to the inevitable (or is it?) conclusion.
Reflecting on these fallacious arguments and rhetorical flourishes, and many others used the same contexts, I am reminded of the basic irrationality of defection from loyalty to God. When former evangelicals cross these lines they tend to explain it along logical lines, but end up with an embarrassing series of fallacies–as Wilson showcases. Defection is driven by emotivism, not reason–because reason is on God’s side, while “The heart is deceitful above all things” (Jer. 17:9, NIV).
When you turn away from God, the source of all light and wisdom, you are asking for the darkening of your mind.