Misty Irons is the wife of Lee Irons, who was a pastor of the conservative Orthodox Presbyterian Church. In January of this year, she was a featured speaker at a conference for GCN — the Gay Christian Network — which is an organization as wicked and as unbiblical as its name conveys. It does not consist of support or modification for Christians who are penitent of their sexual sins and wish to become “ex-gay,” but is instead a haven for those who profess Christ while approving of activities that St. Paul says bar men from the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9).
Misty’s talk covers the article which she wrote a decade ago defending civil sodomite marriage (though she does not advocate for such marriages in the church) and the resultant ecclesiastical reaction. It is filled with the maudlin sentimentalism which is contrary to Scripture and which in practice morally approves of sodomy, searing her listeners’ consciences. (Why else would a pro-gay organization seek a woman who even claims that “same-sex sexual relations [are] not biblical” as a featured speaker?) Her weeping at the end of her talk seeks to further cast perversion-lovers as innocent victims, since moral indignation is permissible in our culture only if it arises from liberal and egalitarian principles.
At one point in her presentation, she draws the applause of her homosexual audience by mentioning how she transformed the thought-structure of her church’s culture, causing those who approved of same-sex civil unions to be moderates rather than liberals. And this points to the motivation which surely underlies her own willingness to so flagrantly and publicly support leftism against the position of orthodoxy: her desire for the limelight. It is not often that the wife of a pastor whose denominations harbors theonomists1 (defined in this context as “people who take Leviticus 20:13 seriously”) would ever have the propensity within her to publicly seek affirmation from quasi-Christians who egregiously disobey explicit commandments of Scripture. But she did. She was willing to deride the use of the term “sodomite,” mock God’s law in the Old Testament, and nevertheless proclaim her shoddy view as grounded in “reason, the gospel, and the love of Christ.”
Misty is a great example of the importance of creating appropriate spheres of influence in which her selfish and destructive behavior would have manifestly negative incentives. Towards that end, she presently ought to be despised by the church of our day until she repents. Harshness towards sins as injurious as hers is crucial to maintaining societal holiness and keeping undue desires for applause in check.
Misty also is a great example of the connection between radical two-kingdom thought and cultural Marxism. By denying the authority of Scripture over the realm of civil government, “R2K” thought gives legitimacy to the most spurious of pluralist arguments and thus must cede on all points to egalitarian dogmas. Misty’s explicit approval of sodomite marriage – before an audience of sodomites and sodomite-lovers, no less – is the clearest of examples anyone could request for the ugly affinity between the two schools of thought.
- It is important to note that Lee Irons left the OPC after this debacle ten years ago. But the point still stands. ↩