Women Deacons, then Elders, then Pastors, then Gay Pastors, then…
… Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim Pastors?
The slippery slope argument is not a usually a good argument. It’s illustrated by the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy in this way: “Suppose someone claims that a first step (in a chain of causes and effects, or a chain of reasoning) will probably lead to a second step that in turn will probably lead to another step and so on until a final step ends in trouble.” Its fallacy, as pointed out by logicians, is that there can be a middle ground or stopping point that doesn’t lead to the next step.
I thought about this argument as I read a couple of articles about what’s happening with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) where there is no let up in the push for ordination of “deaconesses.” I can clearly see “slippery slope” in the descent of the PCUSA from its Biblical, Reformed beginnings to its apostate condition today, denying the perfections of Scripture and salvation in Christ alone, and ordaining women and homosexuals.
Here in the Philippines, I was raised in an evangelical denomination called United Evangelical Church of Christ, founded in 1932 with the help of American Presbyterian missionaries. In the 1960s, they already had deaconesses. Today, they have women elders and women officebearers called “assistants to the pastor.” It’s only a matter of time before they ordain women pastors. Who knows if they’ll go the way of the PCUSA as well?
In David Wegener’s post, “PCA debate over woman deacons: Itâ€™s about rebellion–not exegesis…” he argues for exercise of church discipline against those who are in rebellion against the church order:
Tim Bayly’s blog has an update on what’s happening in the PCA concerning deaconesses. As a backgrounder, here’s what he wrote back in October 2008 about those who advocate women deacons:
So Bayly says that now, in the PCA,
Tim Keller and Philip Ryken are two of the most revered “megastars” in the Reformed world, not only in the PCA, and yet, they are at the forefront of the deaconess campaign. If the PCUSA is not the best example of a church going down the “slippery slope,” I don’t know what is. The Unida denomination in the Philippines is well on its way. And the PCA has already launched itself down the same slope.
To be sure, the OPC in the 1930s and the PCA in the 1970s were able to stop the slide down the hill. But as the PCUSA folks have found out, once the sled is started down the hill, there is almost no way of stopping it.
I propose an alternative, Biblical version of the slippery slope argument: the Idol Factory Slope. This was coined in the 16th century by you know who, who said, “Manâ€™s nature is a perpetual factory of idols.” Nothing will stop us from being idolaters except the Word and Spirit. Even the Apostle James has his own version of the Idol Factory Slope:
This is why every self-respecting Reformed believer must adhere to the Regulative Principle of Worship:
No, I’m not talking about John Frame’s RPW deformation.
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