Why Calvinist Husbands are Pathetic Cowards
In order to shorten the title, I would like to also include husbands who function like Calvinists while denying the doctrine intellectually.
First, they deny the very gospel they proclaim and deny it with their lives. They would say “amen” to the whole idea that God removed the partition between the outer room and the Holy of Holies to give them free access to the throne of God without fear of condemnation, but they will not enter that room without the elders present or without permission from the elders. While saying “amen” to the whole idea of “one mediator between God and man,” they will hardly try any new thing in bed without permission from the elders, much less teach their wives something from their own God-given mind.
Nor will they enter that room alone with their own thoughts and gifts on behalf of their wives who they are responsible to sanctify with the water of the word. They will not accept God’s invitation to meet face to face without hiding behind the elders for fear of being wrong about something. They do not approach the alter boldly on behalf of their wives, but rather bring other men to think for them and speak for them. They enter the room cowering behind the elders holding only what was originally given after digging it up in the back yard. They are under condemnation and therefore know that they always invest errantly—except when they obey the elders.
And when their wives demand that they be real men and deliver on what they expected when they agreed to marry them, they run to the elders and have their wives brought up on church discipline which is NOT in Mathew 18 by the way. Nor or the elders by the way.
And by the way, that’s pathetic.
Nor will they defend those who have the courage to believe that Christ is the only mediator between God and men. They will stand by and watch injustice because they have given their souls to the elders. They clearly fear men more than God.
And, for those who have wives who want mindless cowards for husbands, they fear their wives more than they fear God, in addition to the elders also. Who do they love more, and who are they really one with? If they are to leave parents and cleave to the wife, how much more should they leave the elders?