Complicity and Crucifixion

Blog & Mablog | 3/14/2018 | Douglas Wilson
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In the aftermath of Monday’s post on Rachael Denhollander, when my Twitter feed filled up with the customary vitriol, I thought that two things really had to be done. The first is that we need to explain and understand the depth of this animus, which can only be accounted for in terms of complicity, and secondly, as a preacher of the gospel, I needed to present, as plainly as I could, the only possible salvation from our universal complicity. Our condition is desperate; like the man that Jesus healed, we are “full of leprosy” (Luke 5:12).

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“And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him” (Mark 15:13–14).

Here its guilt may estimate.

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If we want to understand the inexplicable wrath of man against anything that remotely smells like the gospel (2 Cor. 2:16), we must come to terms with the very present wrath of God.


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It is unfortunately possible for Christians who possess the gospel to present it in a way that compounds our generation’s central error. We are tempted to dab around the edges of the wound, healing the wound of the people lightly (Jer. 6:14; 8:11). It is possible to primly say that we like sheep have gone astray—and yet somehow convey the impression that we should be going northwest, but have unfortunately gotten on to north by northwest. When we call for repentance, we come off like we are urging a slight course-correction. But our real situation is one of high rebellion and impudent insolence.

“Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: Come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; For their wickedness is great” (Joel 3:13).

For any of this to be put right, we...
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