I’ve always wanted to ask Doug Wilson…

Do you have a question that you’d like to ask Pastor Wilson? If so, we’d love to hear it. While we don’t anticipate being able to get to them all, we’ll grab selected questions each week and see what he has to say. The more your question asks for principals (rather than situation specific advice), the more helpful it will be to a broad audience and therefore the more likely we are to throw it at Doug.  So go ahead, ask by submitting a comment to this post (and feel free to leave the contact info blank – it is not required)…



  1. Clark says:

    Pastor Wilson,
    What would you recommend a pastor to do if they were looking into or interested in becoming an ordained Presbyterian pastor?

    ( I am a very conservative SBC pastor who affirms the Doctrines of Grace. I also read your book “To a thousand generations” and find it very thought provoking.)

  2. Brett says:

    I heard James White explain that, historically, through infant baptism people were taught that they entered into relationship with God through something that happened which was totally separate from their own act of will. And the result of that teaching was nominalism which contributed to events such as the crusades. I had never heard that connection between infant baptism and the crusades made before; is that accurate or more of a revisionist look with a Baptist bias?

  3. Tyler says:

    Pastor Doug, is it permissible for Christians to use Federal Student Aid?

  4. Brent says:

    Pastor Wilson, were the Pilgrims justified in inviting themselves onto a land that was already settled, and consequently owned, by Native Americans? You have often stressed the importance of respecting private property. How was this not a violation of that principle?

    • Brian Marr says:

      That’s a good question! Sorry that we’ve been behind again, but our camera-crew has been quite busy doing some exciting things.

  5. Damaris says:

    Pastor Wilson,

    My question:
    What do you say to someone who maintains that the book of Revelation was written about 96 AC? Could someone still be a postmillenialist if this date were proved to be the right one?

    My background:
    I am currently reading “Heaven misplaced”, and though I would love it to be true, find myself challenged from all kinds of theories and sources. I have also watched your evening of Scathology with Piper and so on, which gave me a brief idea about the different positions about the last times, but for example the date of Revelation was not discussed there.


  6. Brent says:

    Pastor Wilson, I am currently reading Herodotus and noticed that he often connects historical events with oracles predicting such events. Does a Biblical worldview allow us to acknowledge that oracles like these really could predict the future? If so, were they assisted by God or by demons?

  7. Cole Strehlow says:

    Does Dave Ramsey teach a Biblical approach to finances?

  8. Janna Loar says:

    Dear Doug,
    First, Hats off! to the worthy work you are doing to further God’s Kingdom! My family has engaged in numerous lively debates and gathered to listen to your sermons, read your books, and they’ve dubbed me as “your biggest online stalker”. For all, we give our hearty thanks!

    Question. One of our newer family members was taught as a youth that the Old Testament definition of OUR NEIGHBOR was more like a FAMILY CLAN or a group of people living in a close community that depended on one another to provide various necessary skills. For example, one neighbor may provide the dairy, another the vegetables, and so on, and these were NEIGHBORS that made up what we call a CLAN. Consequently, we often rub up against “Who is this NEIGHBOR we are commanded to love?” I was raised to love all of God’s creation, because God commands it. Are there some in God’s creation that we are called NOT to love?

    Again, my entire CLAN thanks you!!


  9. Wei Wang says:

    Did Jesus preach the gospel to the dead? (I Peter 4:6) Thank you Pastor Doug!

  10. Ty says:

    Pastor Wilson, would you respond to what Pastor John Piper says on gun ownership? http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/are-you-opposed-to-people-owning-guns

  11. Julian says:

    What are your thoughts and comments on N.T Wright’s new book Simply Good News? Would your recommend it to people in your church? Of a all the current books on the gospel which do you find the most helpful and which books concern you (Explicit Gospel, King Jesus Gospel, Real Lost Gospel etc)?

  12. Zach says:

    Pastor Willson ,

    I was wondering if you could give me an synopsis of the “old earth ” and “young earth ” debate ? Old Earths clam , that God uses gradual process to create the world via. evolution. And , they make this basis on the gender of literary form of Genesis. What evidence, to they have in to come to these conclusions ? and how are we to interpret the evidence in scripture , with the seemingly perplexing genera of Genesis ? or , simply what is the hinge that these two counter perspectives swing on ?

    • Brian Marr says:

      Not only is this a good question, but we’ll be doing the next Grace Agenda conference on this topic. If we do it as we did this year, it will be free.

  13. Noah says:

    Pastor Wilson,
    What would you say is the best way for a Christian
    filmmaker/fiction writer to have an impact for the Kingdom
    without explicitly making reference to Christ and thus putting
    the work in a niche market?

  14. MAJ Richard Centner, Army, ret says:

    Will there be a CD version available of the Wilson-Sullivan debate?

  15. Cory says:

    Pastor Wilson,
    What’s your take on Messianic Congregations? Do they drift toward the same errors of the New Testament Judaizers to greater or lesser degrees?

  16. Brent says:

    If someone you’re witnessing to decides to believe in Jesus, how would you counsel them to begin their walk? How would you recommend to begin reading the Bible? What is the first non-Biblical book you would recommend them reading?

  17. Mal says:

    What does the bible say about the use of the sword? The bible passages on this subject seem to be very contradictory.

  18. Mark Evans says:

    Pastor Wilson,
    Why are you really strong on advent before Christmas but not so much into Lent before Easter? If one is not doing lent for any sort of merit, but merely taking a season of fasting, with the broader church, why do you object, or do you?

    • Brian Marr says:

      Mainly because Advent is culturally a time of celebration, while Lent has become a time of Lenten naval-gazing. He has a video here.

    • Brian Marr says:

      Good question. Mainly because Advent is culturally a time of feasting, while Lent is culturally a time of introspective naval-gazing. He addresses that here.

  19. Brian says:


    I was wondering if you might be able to speak briefly as to the place of classical education in non-western cultures such as Asia or Africa. With such a strong emphasis being placed on western culture/history it appears that it might not have a 1-of-1 applicability (lest we run into similar problems as were demonstrated in colonialism).

    The humanizing benefits of such an academic modality would appear to transcend nationalities, and with a correct understanding of its place in the context of the the Christian life, it would appear prudent that we intentionally employ it in missionary endeavors. However, while we embrace our “western heritage” it may not be prudent to force it upon someone living in Japan.

    There are numerous Christian school initiatives in places all over the globe, and yet they are all most certainly “progressive” in nature. If we as Christians have no interest in applying classical education globally, then it would appear that we are attempting to “repair the ruins” of America, only to participate in missionary programs overseas which often export our broken and destructive “progressive” education unto their ruin.

    Thank you very much,

    Brian Cook

  20. Chad Haygood says:

    I drink coffee every morning. Should I be considering if I have created a dependency on caffeine? Is it wrong for me to drink a cup of coffee every morning to help me wake up or have I created an addiction to caffeine that should be considered akin to a cigarette addiction? Should the church be confronting one another on such “addictions”?

  21. Edward says:

    Pr. Wilson: What are Christian academics to do? Should we invest our efforts in building up institutions of Christian learning or should we go into the secular academy?

  22. Sara F. says:

    Should we lead our children in a sinners’ prayer to ask Jesus into their hearts? If so, should we celebrate this as a ceremonial moment in their lives?

  23. Gary McCullough says:

    How should parents treat covenant children who get themselves pregnant or arrested or into some similar position? And how is it to be managed on social media sites like Facebook?

  24. Brent says:

    Was the Holocaust God’s judgment on the Jews?

  25. Ty says:

    Pastor Wilson,
    Do you think pro-life atheists, like Christopher Hitchens for example, are inconsistent with their own materialist worldview? If so, how do we argue that their view is inconsistent with their worldview while defending the rights to the unborn? (i.e. I don’t want them [the atheist] to say “you know what, your right, I don’t care if a women has an abortion. The universe doesn’t care.)

  26. ness says:

    Can you walk us through 1 corinthians 11:1-16?
    with the main question regarding head covering for women.
    is my hair my head covering? Or am I needing to rethink this passage?
    Thank you.

    • Brian Marr says:

      We’re busy and getting a lot of questions. Ben Merkle walks through this in the Q & A for his talk Submission as Glory. Listen here.

  27. Mark Evans says:

    Hi again Pastor Wilson,
    Would you explain your view of Reconstructionism and Theonomy and how you understand the Old Testament law coming to bear on politics today?

  28. Andrew Thorpe says:

    Dear Mr Wilson,
    Should a Christian wear a cross or not? I am thinking as an act of witness, especially in the workplace. I have to write that I am, at best ambivalent on this issue, coming from a Protestant background. Do I want to be considered a Catholic? However, is it a public square issue? Is it a question of “nailing colours (or colors) to the mast? On the other hand, our light is supposed to shine anyway…our good works are supposed to point unbelievers to the Lord…
    Hope this doesn’t sound daft.
    With many thanks and every blessing,
    Andrew Thorpe

  29. Joy Love says:

    My question is concerning Excommunication. What sins are worthy of excommunication? …

  30. I am a youth pastor who would like to stay up to date with current events and current schools of thought that are permitting our culture. How much time should a pastor spend reading news and blogs? How do you know which books and which authors I should be following?

  31. Mark says:

    Doug, would you consider attending an homosexual wedding to be worthy of church discipline for a church member? also what about an elder who did the same? If I am “lucky” enough to get an answer please ‘show your work’ logic wise. Many thanks

  32. Nicol Warn says:

    [Not a comment–a question rather]:

    What would you recommend as reading/audio etc. on the subject of paedocommunion? (Thinking of something to give to a paedobaptist but hasn’t yet seen the carry-through.)

    Nicol Warn

  33. Mason says:

    In “Lilies That Fester” C.S. Lewis argues that “Those who read poetry to improve
    their minds will never improve their minds by reading
    poetry.” Do you agree? Why or why not?

  34. Mason says:

    Pastor Wilson,

    In C.S. Lewis’ essay “Lillies That Fester” he argues that “Those who read poetry to improve their minds will never improve their minds by reading poetry.” Do you think it is beneficial for someone to read “classic” literature for the purpose of enriching their mind?

  35. Bill says:

    Can you put the Romans series on the app? Thanks

  36. Sara F. says:

    Should we lead our children in a sinners’ prayer to ask Jesus into their hearts? If so, should we celebrate this as a ceremonial moment in their lives?

  37. anonymous says:

    Pastor Wilson,
    We have listened to many of the answers already given regarding nonbelieving relatives and homosexuals. We have a non-believing, relative who is in a “mirage” to his homosexual partner for many years. … Every Christmas gathering he and his partner would come to another relative’s house. … How do we minister to them, yet keep our young children safe? While we shouldn’t be homophobic, should be not be concerned with health safety when touching others, sharing food, and bathrooms who are engaged in sexual immorality? How do we love them as family by going to family gatherings, yet at the same time not show “koinonia” as you mentioned?

  38. Ty says:

    Pastor Doug,
    I see a lot of similarities between you and Tim Keller. You both adhere to Reformed theology, you both are Presbyterians, you both engage in the so-called “culture wars,” you both are well read and have fruitful ministries, you both are friends of John Piper…etc,etc. So, you both believe a lot of the same things. However, you have some serious differences. Tim Keller is part of the so-called evangelical intelligentsia, while you are called a fundamentalist. Tim Keller doesn’t use satire while you do. There is the difference about evolution and human origins. There is a difference in overall ministry philosophy…etc, etc. What do you like and don’t like about Tim Keller. Why do you think Tim Keller is well received in New York?

  39. Scott says:

    Pastor Wilson
    My wife and I have six children we are very passionate about children (both born and unborn), we have always said that we want to leave the size of our family up to God and trust that His plans for us are better than ours. However there are a few new challenges we are facing after the birth of our last child (he is 4 months old) my wife has severe pain in her hips that has increased with each pregnancy, we also feel that we are at capacity. Do we have biblical support to pursue a vasectomy?

  40. Mark says:

    Pastor Doug,
    would attending a homosexual mirage celebration, or baking a cake/providing flowers/providing photography for it be sufficient reason for church discipline, and if yes how would one approach carrying it out?

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