Just made aware of the story of Rachael Slick; Matt Slick’s daughter from the Christians Apologetics and Research Ministries (I’m WAY behind on the news). Here’s her “apostasy testimony” –
2 Thoughts regarding Matt Slick:
1. I don’t know Matt Slick and I don’t know the situation, but from what Rachel reports, it sounds like he started his own “ministry” and forgot that his main ministry was his family. No matter your gifting, no matter your sense of “calling”, you do what you do at the expense of what you do, not at the expense of your family. The fact that they haven’t spoken since she ran away from home when she was 17, and he apparently just “let her go”, makes me have a whole lot of questions for Matt. I can imagine it must tear his heart out, but the Bible still says what the Bible says with regards to men and their households (i.e. 1 Tim 3:3-5).
2. There’s a good reason God made the defense of the faith a commission to the elders of local churches (Titus 1:9-11). The older I get, the more and more skeptical I get of all the “apologetics” ministries that aren’t a “ministry” of any actual specific church (which is, well, almost every single one). You can have all the structures and whatnot in place, but if you’re not doing God’s business his way, you are on SCARY ground. If you’re not an elder of a church working under and on behalf of a church, you’re taking up a job that isn’t offered to you. The only reason I’m not a professional apologist right now is because my church hasn’t given me that commission and my conscience won’t let me.
2 Thoughts about Rachel:
1. She didn’t leave Christianity because she couldn’t get the answers she wanted (and 1 John 2:19 says she didn’t actually “leave” Christianity, only the morality taught her in her upbringing). I have a lot of friends who’ve abandoned Christianity, and I’ve never even seen an exclusively rational departure from Christianity; nobody says “well, Christianity is a load but I’ll still keep living the way I was living”. Everyone leaves Christianity because they want to sin, and Rachel was no different. She searched for an unanswerable question because she wanted to sin but couldn’t get past her biblically informed conscience without overthrowing the Bible. Notice how she explains her time immediately following her”departure from the faith” by talking about how long it took her to sleep with her boyfriend without feeling guilty…i.e. “I had to beat my conscience with a rake for a year before I could sin without guilt”. That’s commitment.
Beyond that, look at how she describes “freedom” – “freedom from a life centered around obedience and submission, freedom to think anything, freedom from guilt and shame, freedom from the perpetual heavy obligation to keep every thought pure.”
i.e. – Freedom to sin her head off.
She maybe is fooling the “desperate to disbelieve” atheist crowd, but she’s not fooling any biblically informed Christian.
2. Her reason is feeble. Here’s the quote:
“If God was absolutely moral, because morality was absolute, and if the nature of “right” and “wrong” surpassed space, time, and existence, and if it was as much a fundamental property of reality as math, then why were some things a sin in the Old Testament but not a sin in the New Testament?”
Well, morality isn’t absolute apart from God. It’s absolute because it’s an expression of God’s absolute moral nature. It’s not a “fundamental property” of reality; it’s a fundamental expression of the internal moral consistency of God.
As for the Old and New Testament question, that’s also easy. The Old Testament law was given to the nation of Israel, not the world. The Philistines sinned against God’s universal moral law as revealed in nature and the conscience (i.e. Rom. 1), where as Israel sinned against God’s revealed moral law to Israel alone (i.e. Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). In the New Testament, God’s revealed moral law to the Jew/Gentile church was different than his revealed moral law to national Israel, though there was much overlapping because both were expressions of his universal moral law. That’s why some things were sins in the OT and not the NT. The specific moral law given to Israel was kept in Christ and Christ gave a new moral law to the Church.
– Family first, pastors.
– Get a biblical office, “apologists” (and meet the requirements of that office).
– Your kids need to hear and understand the gospel, not theology.
– Nobody ever leaves the faith for rational reasons.
Just some quick thoughts. My heart does go out to Matt Slick, and I pray that he does whatever he needs to do to work things out with his daughter, and I pray that the Lord grants Rachel a return to her senses.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Praying daily for my little ones too” Unger