Ps Tim Cairns is the Senior Pastor of the Vines Community Church. He posted a comment on my Facebook Page recently on Gradualism. I invited him to submit a blog on the topic. Here it is:
Gradualism is a process where small, imperceptible changes are made to reach a goal that might not be approved of if the change was made in one revolutionary action. It is a process relied on by the political ideology of social liberalism. Social liberalism believes the good of the community is harmonious with the freedom of the individual.
Take, for example, the issue of bathroom (includes showers, and change rooms) use by transgender individuals. Social liberalism says that giving these individuals the freedom and the right to choose which bathrooms they use will benefit the community as a whole.
It wasn’t that long ago when an 18-year-old student with male genitalia, changing or showering with 12-year-old girls would have been charged with indecent exposure, at the very least. Now, many of the people who would have dragged the person out of the shower are shouting that the person should be able to choose. And they will shame, insult and denounce anyone who says differently.
This is proof of the effectiveness of gradualism as used by social liberalism. Somehow, society has had its eyes taken off the rights of the majority, not to be exposed to inappropriate sexual images, and placed on the rights of the individual to shower where they feel most comfortable.
Our society is changing, but each of those changes is small, subtle and barely noticeable. It’s not until we look back and see what we’ve changed from that we can notice how large the overall change is. I know a guy who, 50 years ago, if he saw a homosexual, would have bashed him. Just a few years ago, he and his wife went to Sydney to enjoy the spectacle of the gay and lesbian Mardis Gras. Over 50 years he was changed from open, violent hostility toward homosexuals to open support for them.
Some of the changes our society has gone through are good, necessary changes. It’s never OK to bash a person just because you don’t like their lifestyle. That’s a good change. Some of the changes are not good and many, small, not good changes over a long time period can take us places we never thought we would go.
We don’t know all the power brokers of the social liberalism movement. We don’t know what their agenda is. We don’t know where all the changes will take us. It is somewhat scary to read, though, that an influential member amongst the gay rights activists, Gary Dowsett, wrote the article found here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/304946253/Gay-Information-Spring-1982.
In the article Professor Dowsett outlines three goals he believes social liberalism should achieve through gradualism: “custody rights for gay men and lesbians; the legal right of paedophiles and their young loves; and finally the sexual right of children as a whole.” He says that the “current paedophilia debate then is crucial to the political process of the gay movement: paedophiles need our support …”
The term “paedophiles” refers only to people with a sexual attraction to pre-pubescent children. It is clear that the professor is referring to these children since he says that a parent cuddling, breastfeeding, and bathing their child is very similar to a paedophile/child relationship in terms of love and nurture.
I’m sure that none of us would ever support the legal right for paedophilia. But then, how many Germans ever thought they would be supporting and participating in the death of six million Jews when they first supported Hitler?
We support small changes that we believe are good but we don’t know the real agenda of the power brokers. How do we draw a line when all someone wants to do is give someone else the same rights as another person? How do we say no to a change when we have already accepted it, just in a slightly different scenario? How do we stop the loss of the innocence of our children when our focus is on protecting the rights of the individual who will be the one to take that innocence away?
This blog is not about the rights or wrongs of homosexuality or transgender bathrooms. It is to help people become aware of the changes that have been wrought by gradualism. It is to open our eyes to the changes that social liberalism will bring through gradualism. Hopefully it will help us draw a line before it is too late to say no.
Ps Tim Cairns.