Welcome Back Jim!
I want to extend a big thank you to Dr. Jim Westfor rebooting his blog. For those of you who don’t know, some evil person was able to hack into his wordpress account and delete his entire blog. Jim is obnoxious and opinionated and one of the coolest biblobloggers around. I disagree with him on just about every issue that he takes a stand on which keeps it a very stimulating blog to read. A few weeks ago I had to fight off referencing Jim just because his name was beginning to appear in every single post. So way to go Jim.
But just because I simply cannot read anything Jim West writes without disagreeing with something, I have to call attention to his faulty logic. He writes on Tilling’s blog:
With all my denunciations of total depravity and my constant assertions concerning the reality of Divine Providence, it would be hypocritical were I surprised to be the victim of the one and the servant of the other. Perhaps this ‘closed door’ is best after all.
Now the deletion of Jim’s blog is certainly evidence for the depravity of one foul individual, but it is no indication that God has ‘closed a door’ so to speak. This is the big trap of reformed theology, at least at the popular level. People think that because God allowed something to happen that it is an indication of His will for the future. If all events are part of God’s providence, then the restart of the blog was just as providential as its initial deletion. So the tragic event of the blog’s deletion simply cannot be taken as a sign that Jim was supposed to throw in the towel. Reformed theology does not allow this kind of reasoning.
And frankly Jim is too smart to miss this. I have to assume that this was just a joke. But to my mind it highlights why Reformed Theology is stupid and why Arminius and Wesley were right on the money.
It does, however, seem like Divine Providence is reminding us all to start backing up our blogs. So how do you do that anyway?