Jeff Durbin is cool. His beard runs long and red, making me simultaneously goose-bumpy and green with jealously. I wish was Jeff Durbin cool. Other than a few things like his love for the Gospel and his general coolness, I can’t claim to really know much about him. I think I’ve listened to one Apologia radio broadcast. It was a doozy. Steve Camp went completely bonkers in it, and Durbin handled it with respect and grace. You should totally check it out.

Don’t throw nasty cyber tomatoes @ me

I know that Jeffery is a theonomist and I am not. I see a clear distinction between Israel and the Church in Scripture, whereas Jeff believes it is the church’s task to preach the Gospel and conform the culture to OT ordinances, which will eventually usher in the Kingdom. The promises of Israel are swallowed up in the church — they’re re-interpreted.

I don’t believe the promises given to Israel in the Old Testament are re-interpreted or nullified by New Testament revelation (Romans 11). I believe the New Testament gives further revelation regarding Old Testament prophecies, but they never contradict them. I believe Jesus will rapture his Church prior to the tribulation. I believe Israel will continue in unbelief until “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. (Ro. 11:25)” Then Daniel’s 70th Week will commence, the time of “Jacob’s Trouble” (the Great Tribulation, Jer. 30) commences, Israel will repent and look on Him whom they pierced, Jesus will return to save them, will crush their enemies and will fulfill the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants for Israel by ruling all nations from Jerusalem. God won’t back out on His promises to that nation. His Word is sure.

So what?

*catching my breath* Okay, now that I’ve shown my cards and will have gross cyber tomatoes thrown at me, I will proceed to tell you why this matters.

I  think I understand why Durbin wants this late night show to be a thing. He wants to “take late night shows back from the culture.” He wants to Christianize it, for dominion’s sake. This is another step in which God makes that Kingdom happen. I get it. He’s being consistent within his theological framework.

I have no desire to stir up controversy for clicks. I don’t want to embarrass anyone, because, God knows, deserve to be called out and embarrassed every. single. day. I’m forgetful, ungracious, short-sighted, unkind. My flesh is nasty, which is why I have to kill it every day by renewing my mind, or I screw all kinds of things up. Whenever I bring myself into things, I fall short of His glory.

As I gaze at Christ through His Word, through His Holy Spirit, I’m reminded to die to myself and walk by faith in His life. I have to abide in Him, because pleasing God is impossible without Him living through me.

I sin. I repent. I rejoice. I repeat.

That’s what Christians do, and what Jeff Durbin, the Theonomist does. That’s not what the unregenerate do. Sinners gonna’ sin. “All they do is sin, sin, sin no matter what” in the words of DJ Khaled.

What I liked about it

Jeff Durbin, like I said, is cool. He carries himself well and is fantastic at the classic “Charlie Rose” interview. His sit-down with the dude who did the abortion documentary thing was extremely insightful and informative. This made me even more aware of the need to stand up for the unborn. Abortion IS murder.

What I didn’t like

Aside from the cheesiness (yes, it was über cheesy), and the “Hey Haters” vibe from Durbin during his hipster and mean tweets segments, my main issue: the show is built around mocking our mission field.

I knew it would be. You totally have to POWN people to get clicks these days, and, unfortunately, that’s primarily what it was all about: pot-shots at millennials, pot-shots at the LGBTQ sinners, pot-shots at trolls. Yeah, they do really, really dumb things and have really really stupid opinions, but their minds are darkened, their hearts are like stone — they have no light of life in them. Not only that, like I wrote above, aside from the grace of God, Jeff would be in that same place. He has no reason to boast. No reason to finger point.

John Calvin once wrote, “The whole life of man, until he is converted to Christ, is a ruinous labyrinth of wanderings.” 

This is easy. This is like a parent making fun of their kid because he doesn’t know how to balance a checkbook. Like I wrote yesterday, I enjoy some good, hearty laughter, but not at the expense of people I’m earnestly trying to reach with the Gospel.

I really, truly believe Jeff Durbin wants to reach as many people as he can with the truth of God’s salvation in Christ. I’m not being a hater. I really respect the dude. However, the monologue was surprisingly dirty, the jokes were lame (his writer worked for Jimmy Fallon?), and its audience: only 700 people tuned-in for the live show, dropping off steadily after the first ten-minutes. It’s future: folks that are already devouring Durbin’s stuff will watch it.

However, unsaved people won’t touch it (why would they want to endure that), and if Christians want political pot-shots at liberals, they’ll just watch Tucker Carlson.

I’m done writing about Next Week with Jeff Durbin. The lesson is clear: Christian, stay in your lane. You’re not created in Christ to one-up the culture, just preach Christ crucified.

 

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One thought on “Final Thoughts RE: “Next Week with Jeff Durbin”

  1. beccaj says:

    Good article Justin, thanks. I just have a few thoughts on it and the preceding one.

    The crude “humor” in the first segment was simply rotten, worldly, good-for-nothing fruit. I too turned it off after the first ten-minutes, and only watched that little bit to confirm what I knew I’d hear before watching it. Sadly, that is a way of many in professing Christendom today; make light of that for which Christ was crucified, and consequently, making fun of the poor, lost souls still in bondage to it.

    That behavior is directly related to certain serious errors in Reformed theology that provide, among other things, excuses for it. For example, “The Law is a rule of life for believers.” The message of the Cross teaches us that we “died to sin” and we “died to the law” with Christ and that Reformed teaching is clearly opposite to it. Consequently, it leads Christians to treat others (including themselves and fellow Christians) in unjust, ungracious, legalistic ways; I’ve experienced it first hand from every Reformed believer I met on Twitter, even though I didn’t do or say a thing to warrant it. Truly, it’s heartbreaking.

    If Christians don’t take God at His Word and obey Him, especially in regards to how we are to treat one another, what’s the point in ministering to the lost or unreached?

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