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Justification By New Birth Versus Justification By Faith Part 5

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on July 15, 2019

A Mass Grave Named Megan Rapinoe

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on July 10, 2019

megan-rapinoe-X159570_TK1_0834Megan Rapinoe represents a mentality that is at the core of every mass grave located in the world. This post is not about any of her lifestyle choices which are little or no concern of mine; this post is about her ideology. Her kind of ideology, if not circumvented in some way, always ends up in the venue of oppression and mass death. Sorry, you will have to use a thinking exercise and read the whole article to understand how I come to this conclusion. At any rate, a present mass grave somewhere in the world or a future one should be named after her.

Our outline follows: predeterminism; freewill; division; death. First, a definition of a mass grave: “Graves where two; three; six; or ‘a large’ number of bodies are buried together. Graves where bodies were buried with no respect for each individual person. Graves where bodies are buried very closely together, packed tightly, without the dignity of a regular burial. Group graves of people who were killed or executed without a trial, or without doing anything wrong.” The way mass graves are orchestrated speaks to the ideology that results in mass graves. More on this as we work through the outline.

God’s order of things are predetermined. How things work are predetermined by God. What you choose to believe about God’s order of things, and how you choose to operate within that order is totally your choce and a matter of freewill. Knowing how gravity works, you can choose to jump off a cliff or a ten-story building for your own purposes. The gravity is predetermined, the choice to jump is yours; that’s a matter of freewill. God did not predetermine your jump; He may have known about it ahead of time, but that part is not predetermined. Likewise, God’s means of salvation are predetermined, but the choice is yours. Hence, good ideas work well with God’s order of things. I hardly ever tell people they are “sinning.” In contrast, I prefer to say sin is never love, and always a bad idea.

That takes care of predestination and freewill, let’s move on to division. The world is divided at every level of existence because of sin. Sure, you can say that sin is lawbreaking and that would be true, but also intrinsic is sin’s desire to control others. According to the Bible, sin is within everyone and results in a desire to control others. And if everyone has a desire to control others to one degree or another, you may expect division. The antithetical goal of holiness is unity around good ideas that coincide with God’s order of things. There is nothing immoral about commonsense.

According to the Bible, sin uses condemnation to control others. It goes something like this: “Since you are a bad person, a sinner, or not as intelligent as I am, or not well-bred like me, or not preordained by God like me, you should let me control you for your own good and everyone else.” Sin within everyone seeks any excuse to control others and uses condemnation to do so. The following is definitive according to the Bible: the power of sin is condemnation, and when condemnation is removed sin is stripped of its power. Though the law of God is good, and informs people regarding God’s order of things, religion uses it to control people. Religion uses the law to condemn people so they can be controlled. Church isn’t about learning how to use God’s word to be better people, It’s about using God’s word to condemn for purposes of control. If my self-worth and self-esteem are in the tank, more than likely, I will let you control me because I am unworthy. Sound familiar? You should obey me because I am a man and you are of the weaker sex. You should let me control you because I am high-bred and you are low-bred. I am better than you because I am mentally disciplined and you aren’t which is apparent because you are overweight (body-shaming).

But this also cuts both ways: “You are immoral because you make more money than me for the same job, or sport.” “Though I refuse to aknowledge commonsense regarding the way the world works, you are immoral if you disagree with me.” “Man-boy love is the highest form of love (Plato), and if you disagree with that, you are unenlightened and immoral.” Since this article focuses on Megan Rapinoe, let’s point out her condemnation ploys that occurred this week. She stated in the press that women’s soccer could not win a World Cup without lesbians. What’s that saying? Obviously, straight athletes are inferior to lesbian athletes, at least in regard to women’s soccer. And, the verbal intimidation towards the other teams during the tournament wasn’t merely an embarrassment for America and lacking class, it was specifaclly designed to denegrate the spirits of the other teams to make them less competitive. And frankly, I think it worked. While shaming the very country they were supposedly representing, America, their celebrations after goals openly mocked the other countries. The message? Apperently, no country is worthy of them. Why? Because the whole world endorses unequal pay for men and women soccer players, and also assume that lesbians are not superior women. Therefore, the whole world is unworthy. We are the champions; us against the world, because the world is unworthy.

This brings us to death, the last part of our outline. While control lust wars against souls on every level of existance, the plenary caste system has its major league and minor leagues. Slavery was the major league of caste, while things like schoolyard bullying is the little league. And while she doesn’t know it, Rapinoe is in the minor league of shaming and a useful idiot for the big league condemners. Useful idiots like Rapinoe rarely understand the big picture of sin’s goal of world domination. In other words, they think equal pay for men and women soccer players is actually a real issue that world leaders care about. And these kinds of ignorant musings are reinforced when politicians “honor” them in the “Parade of Champions” that occurred today during which Rapinoe et al made total fools of themselves.

How powerful are the concepts being written about here? Many political experts credit “white guilt” with electing Barack Obama in both the 2008 and 2012 elections. In other words, America was shamed into electing him; to not vote for Obama was racism, and America needed to elect him to pay for its past sins of slavery. This is big league shaming, and the Rapinoe’s of the world are mere naïve pawns for the big dogs.

But in the end, when the big league control freaks gain power through, in part, the use famous musicians, artists, and athletes, these useful idiots are the first to be dismayed to find out their petty victimhood was a ploy to shame a culture into submission. So, Socialism, Fascism, and Communism are merely the manefestation of sin’s tyranny. God created us to be free individuals; sin opposes God’s predetermined order of things and seeks to enslave humanity. Hence, the mass graves of Socialism reflect its disdain for individualism: “Graves where bodies were buried with no respect for each individual person.” And, the utter rejection and disdain for anyone who would dare question the state: “Group graves of people who were killed or executed without a trial, or without doing anything wrong.”

Ironically, once the big league shamers are done with the useful idiots, historically, they are the first to be executed and tossed into a pit with everyone they shamed on behalf of the tyrants and despots. This is the narrative that has played out over and over and over again throughout human history. Though it may be unlikely that the Socialist narrative will have a curtain call in America, a mass grave somewhere in the world should be named after Rapinoe for the role she is presently playing.

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Our Gospel; Plain and Simple

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on July 9, 2019

“The following seems to be the issue: no one wants to say in no uncertain terms that the new birth infuses the righteousness of the Father into believers. In other words, believers are not merely declared righteous; they are righteous. Believers are righteous as a state of being” (Clouds Without Water, p. 27. TANC Publishing 2015).

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The Gospel of Individualism Stands Alone Against All Other Religions, Politics, and Statecraft

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on July 7, 2019

ppt-jpeg4It’s not about you. It’s all about the group, the collective, and anything else is selfishness, narcissism, moralism, etc. It takes a village to raise a child, that is, a village properly overseen by a good philosopher king or queen. And how much selflessness is enough? If you have a proper “worldview,” the totally depraved never sufficiently eradicate self, which also includes our individual ability to reason. However, nothing is more obvious that when we stand before God one day, it is very much an individual affair. Whether politics or religion, the masters we served will not be standing with us to help plead our case. The following of men as superior beings uniquely gifted with an ability to reason is by far the biggest scam ever perpetrated on humanity. America is unique for one reason and one reason only; its founders were the first men in history to say, “No more!” to Elitism.

This post was inspired by something Andy posted on our FaceBook page this morning that drew some good responses.

Traditionally, the need for Protestants in general to understand interpretive principles would be unnecessary, and as a result, Protestantism functions that way this very day. People are simply taught to think other men’s thoughts. This is exactly why hundreds of thousands of Christians can sit in church week after week and not know the first thing about how to share the gospel with someone…because they have no clue about what they themselves believe!

I would add that though this is true, they think they know. Why? Because they know all of the talking points. Even with everything this ministry has learned in the past ten years, Susan and I were discussing this morning how lame we are at presenting the gospel to people. Indeed, my friends, the Protestant Dark Age is a deep, deep darkness that we are climbing out of slowly but surely. While claiming to cast light on the darkness of Catholicism, it actually compounded the darkness. The “facts” of the Protestant Reformation are rank propaganda through a rewritten history that can be discredited by a cursory observation. What sparked the Reformation was the Catholic Church’s inclination towards enlightenment ideas beginning in the 12th century. Those are the real facts.

What about the talking points being logically inconsistent? That’s irrelevant. That’s totally irrelevant. But why? Because, though the talking points state that truth is paramount, truth really doesn’t matter at all, that is, a logically consistent truth. Full stop. Take a moment to think about this. Many, many people in religion and politics think they know what the rules are. They don’t. I rarely watch or listen to Fox News anymore. Why? It’s a constant clamoring about the symptoms of the problem which appear to be insane, while the real problem is never addressed. Tucker Carlson gets close when he coins it, “group think,” but stops short of asking what drives group think to begin with.

I will start to make my case via a young man that Susan and I used to mentor. The last church we went to, that is, the last one before we wrote church off completely, turned him against us because of our “dangerous ideas.” What made them dangerous? They couldn’t find a celebrity evangelical who shared the same ideas. Anyway, he ended up converting to Catholicism from being Baptist. And by the way, that’s a very common phenomenon in our day. The following is a paraphrase of his explanation to me regarding why he converted to Catholicism.

Paul, if everyone would simply follow the Catholic Church all of the world’s problems would be solved. Lack of unity under a single authority is the problem, that’s why we have all of these denominations. And, what church was around 1500 years before Protestantism? Of course, the Catholic Church. The Protestants rebelled against God’s anointed church. If everyone would simply unite around the Church, all would be well in the world.

Well, take note, that’s the very thesis of Plato’s Republic. Plato defined social justice as unity around any given ideology. The ideology doesn’t matter, just the unity around it. And why is a universal objective truth irrelevant? Answer: truth can’t be known anyway. The philosopher kings of the world, whether religious or political, have never claimed to know what truth is. Sure, they use the word, “truth,” but that’s just another talking point. In fact, the very confession that they don’t know truth makes them the experts on reality. You will notice an egregious arrogance about those who share this philosophy as they disdain earth-dwellers who think they can know truth. That is, people who have the audacity to think they can discover truth empirically through the five senses. In essence, the definition of being born again in all religion is the obtaining of that sixth sense that allows you to endeavor in a progressive realization of what you don’t know. One of Martin Luther’s favorite Bible citations was “knowledge puffs up.” Luther wasn’t talking about the misuse of knowledge for self-aggrandizing, he was talking about, knowledge…period.

Now we have to make sense of that. Earthy knowledge and spiritual knowledge are two different things according to this ideology that has dominated world history from the beginning. Sure, sure, empirical knowledge can be used to manipulate the cells and atoms of the filthy material world, but that has nothing to do with the spiritual world, or the good, true, and beautiful; known as “Plato’s Trinity.” Another favorite citation of Luther was referring to this as “knowledge from below rather than knowledge from above” even though he otherwise rejected the book of James. The Reformation was founded on Luther’s “Theology of the Cross” which involved “the glory story,” or reality as a story and that story being about man, or the “cross story,” which is a reality narrative about God’s redemption. And of course, if all reality is a metaphysical narrative prewritten by God, it necessarily calls for a dedication to predeterminism. How can you say an author wrote a story and the story is not predetermined? And why would God write such a story with the pen of reality? Well, for his own glory, of course.

So, all bets are off; God’s prewritten narrative calls for seers, those written into his story and preordained by him, to “save God’s people from ignorance.” And so it goes. Look at what’s going on in the SBC right now and most evangelicals are totally perplexed by the runaway train of compromise. They don’t get it; truth doesn’t matter, and it never did.

But there is a big problem. As the story goes, church counsels decided who the valid seers are, but God was never present at any of the counsels. Should we take their word for it? That is, “this is what God clearly wants because we say so.” I think not. Sorry, God wasn’t there, and I am next to kin, and He never said anything to me about it. Furthermore, wars, at least before Americanism, were wars between philosopher kings out to save the world from itself, by force, if necessary. Islam is said to be a religion of peace; of course it is, the world will be at peace when its totally under Islam’s rule and there are no foes to war against. Now, individual peace is another topic altogether. World unity has NEVER concerned itself with individual happiness…NEVER!

When I was still in church, I ran a ministry that evangelized Jehovah’s Witnesses. The goal was to undermine their authority. Few JWs, if any, know the history behind the “House of Princes” and other scandalous historic facts concerning the JW church. In the 50s, JWs where anti-blood transfusions which led to the deaths of many children. Later, they changed their position. Few JWs, if any, are aware of this. Our theory followed: if JWs were confronted with this information which included copies of the actual Watch Tower articles from the 20s through the 50s, they would immediately repent and become Protestants. Not. Why? Because truth is not the issue at all, authority is. JWs have a doctrine they call, “Bright Light” based on Proverbs 4:18. It’s basically progressive revelation. Hence, they are intellectually unaccountable for anything they teach, which isn’t the issue anyway because it’s truth because their authority makes it truth. But, I might add, Protestantism has the exact same doctrine known as “Semper Reformanda” or “always reforming.” Likewise, the Protestant church is not accountable for anything they teach. It’s a like doctrine based on progressive knowledge. And in regard to what’s going on in the SBC, the outcry is indicative of how ignorant Protestants are regarding Protestantism.

Group think necessarily has a group leader. The group gets its ideas somewhere. “But Paul, what are we supposed to do? Just tear down all the guardrails and let individualism rule the world?” You just made my point for me with your apparent rhetorical question. Why all the fear about individuals running the world? I thought we were all created in the image of God? Yes, there is a balance; it’s called, “limited government” and the following should be added to it…limited religion.

Both are for the purpose of supporting individualism, not the other way around.

paul

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