Source: Musings from Two-Sheds Gomer
Comments: Brendt comes up with a new acronym (QR) to go alongside the TR-label.Â While he doesn’t name names (he’s most often too polite for that), it is rather obvious who some of the folks are being skewered…
â€œQRâ€ is short for â€œQuote Reformedâ€, i.e. those who claim to be theologically reformed, but (by any honest definition) arenâ€™t really. While there is a great overlap between TRs and QRs, I think itâ€™s necessary to better define QRs, as they are the Rs with which I am most concerned.
QRs often run watch-blogs. While I have come to the conclusion that watch-blogging is â€” in one sense â€” pointess, I also have to re-iterate that incessant focus on the problems of the church (which is all that watch-blogging is about) â€œbelies a fatalism which, in turn, belies a very low view of God and His powerâ€œ.
Also tied into the GBA idea is that QRs often put many humans above God. Implicit to GBA is the assumption that (the afore-mentioned) person A is 100% reliable and everything he says or writes should be taken as gospel. (That is, until he quotes person B and the QRs throw him under the bus. Then mysteriously, he somehow goes from demi-god to persona non grata in 3 seconds). But until he messes up in the QRsâ€™ eyes, they see no need to be Acts 17:10-11" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2017%20:10-11;&version=50;">Berean about person Aâ€™s statements or writings. This is â€” quite simply â€” idolatry. Last time I checked, that was a bad thing.
Partially in response to Michaelâ€™s post, Glenn Lucke notes another fallacy/irony among TRs that is just as applicable among QRs. Many QRs see epistemological humility as a lack of faith or simply down-right relativistic and heretical. As Glenn hints at (and Michael very plainly says), there is significant irony in this idea. QRs claim to ascribe to the total depravity of man, yet somehow believe that they can totally understand all truth on this side of heaven. In a sense, QRs are even exalting themselves to be (at least) equal with God. And we all know Isaiah 14:12-14" target="_blank" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2014:12-14;&version=50;">how well that worked out for Lucifer.
(Did I just equate QRs with Lucifer? Out loud, even? Oh, thatâ€™s gonna get me in trouble.)
Earlier, I implied that QRs at least buy into Godâ€™s sovereignty when it comes to salvific ramifications. In retrospect, I have to back off of that implication. Whether itâ€™s the watch-blogsâ€™ snarky addition of quotation marks around the word Christian or simply outright denial of the salvation of others, many QRs claim to have a divine knowledge of who God has saved. This is nothing short of putting oneself on an equal plane with God.
(Did I just equate QRs with Lucifer again? Iâ€™d better quit while Iâ€™m ahead. Thereâ€™s a part of my flesh that longs to be reviled by the QRs as much as Michael is reviled by the TRs. But thatâ€™s pretty high aspirations for a mere tavern lackey.)