To say that the Bayly brothers have a one track mind would be to traffic in innuendo. I do not know them well enough to speculate on their sexual desires. I presume that as ministers of the gospel and as husbands their sexual passions are properly regulated.
But in a sense they do have sex on the brain, not in the sense of your average beer sipping NFL fan, but in the sense of menâ€™s and womenâ€™s roles and sexual relations that produce offspring. After all, if you have a web page at Amazon dedicated to the ten best and worst books on sex, people might properly conclude you have women on the brain.
Beyond book lists and blog categories, Tim Bayly gave a good example of the borderline obsessiveness that he and his brother have about keeping men men and women women and never the twain shall meet except . . . well, . . .this is a PG blog. When news came out that the Presbytery of Missouri had exonerated the Federal Vision pastor, Jeff Myers, Doug Wilson posted a short notice that led to a rather moderate number of comments. Responses were chugging along about the merits and ties of Federal Visionaries, with an occasional distaff iteration when Tim decided to weigh in â€“ not about Federal Vision, its theology, or merits â€“ but about whether or not women should be discussing such matters at a public forum like a blog. To one female writer, Tim wrote (with love, of course):
it might be best for you to limit your comments when the subject matter here is the discipline of ordained officers of Christâ€™s Church and the application of Godâ€™s Word to that discipline. If thereâ€™s ever a time when it might be good for women to limit their online contributions, this would be a good candidate for careful consideration.
When another woman rose to the rebuked womanâ€™s defense, especially because of a recent personal loss, Tim, to his credit, conceded that he should have been more circumspect and offered comfort.
But in further explanations, Tim reminded readers about the need for women to respect church officers like Doug Wilson. He wrote:
Weâ€™re not talking about submission, here, but the public rebuke of teaching elders on a matter of doctrine by a woman who does so, publicly, and with some considerable invective. Read what she said about my dear friend, Doug Wilson (who by the way is one of the more humble pastors Iâ€™ve met), and ask yourself if itâ€™s seemly for a Christian woman to address a pastor in such a way at all, let alone in public?
Feminine deference is not â€œsubmission,â€ nor is a teaching elder â€œall men.â€
For some reason, the public rebukes that he heaps out on ruling elders and pastors is fine. But the little ladies need to watch out for men and especially for the ordained ones.
I do wonder if Tim realizes the propensity he displays to view almost every issue according to what women are doing as sexual beings. We were once having a very nice conversation at Old Life about Presbyterian justice when Tim had to intervene and censor us for not talking about abortion even though that was not the subject. Now he interjects femininity into a discussion of a controversial and potentially damaging teaching like Federal Vision. Does Tim think that our society and churches would be fine if we could put the genie of womenâ€™s spunk back in the bottle of Calvinâ€™s Geneva?
Update: I forgot to add this: when will the Baylys notice that Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia has two pastors with feminine names? Shocking.