I saw Andrew’s and Tim’s recent comments pointing out Canon Press’ unfaithfulness in translation. It called to mind a debate I remember watching/listening to several years ago between Doug Wilson and Andrew Sullivan about gay marriage. Today, I took the time to look the debate up on YouTube. See link below.
Fast forward to the 2hr and 4 minute mark (2:04:00). Listen to the young lady’s question about what you would do if your son came out to you. Doug’s answer is adequate. Then, Sullivan asks Doug a followup: what would you do if your son told you he was gay, but had never engaged in the sexual act. Where’s the sin there? Doug’s straightforward answer: I do not believe that homosexual orientation is a sin.
This debate took place in 2013. This was before Obergefell, before some of these controversies became hot. My memory is that Doug has since taken the opposite position, close to Warhorn’s position, after the Revoice controversy. I may be wrong. I’m not trying to cover for Doug’s bad answer. I’m simply pointing to the timeline, and where I believe his position did change.
Since Canon is Doug, his shift may have created some uncertainty that led his translators to make this move under his nose. It makes sense to me.
The debate is about 2 hours long. I did not re-listen to the whole thing. I remembered the bad answer was in the Q/A section, and I wanted to double check before charging ahead with it. I like Doug’s faithfulness to quote Scripture in a public policy debate, to not be ashamed of God’s Words. This is where Doug has been very helpful to me personally. And yet, there were times as I listened that Doug seemed too libertarian. His demeanor toward Sullivan seemed too much like Bill Buckley’s in his debate with Hugh Hefner on the old Firing Line. That’s not meant to be a flattering comparison. Look that one up on YouTube.
I know it’s easy for me to criticize Doug’s doing it when I have not done it. And yet the bad answer and the libertarianism and the Buckleyite pose seem relevant now. I’m aware Doug has denied that he’s a libertarian. I’ve never bought it. I’ve read too much Doug Wilson to buy it.
It’s common for celebrity pastors to be disingenuous unintentionally. This is Doug with libertarianism and theonomy. Doug denies both, but, Doug is actually both.