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Coronavirus and the Under Law State of Being

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on March 28, 2020

ppt-jpeg4“Salvation is a transformation from one state of being to another.” 

The Bible makes it clear that there are only two groups of people in the world: under law and under grace. According to most church doctrines, you are both if you are saved. You cannot be both, you are 100% one or the other. Clearly, Protestantism, in particular, teaches that you remain under law as a state of being, while your state of being is covered by being under grace. Under grace is a mere “legal declaration” or “positional sanctification.” No, both under law and under grace are states of being and you are one or the other; you cannot be both. Salvation is a transformation from one state of being to another.

With that said, we become habituated with under law thinking even though we have a new state of being that is practiced with under grace thinking. One state of being is driven by law, while the other state of being is driven by love. Those under grace should retrain their minds to live according to under love (grace) thinking.

One example is the way we perceive people. Do we see the big picture of their life, or do we see them through the prism of a handful of faults? The latter is under law thinking. If someone faults us, do our minds immediately take an inventory of their other faults, or do we find patience in the list of their positives as set against the fault? The latter here is under grace thinking.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t any law in love. For example, the Old Testament Sabbath law was a law of love. How so? It demanded a day off for slaves and beasts of burden like oxen that plowed the fields. Those under law practiced that because it was the law, while those under grace (love) practiced it because they wanted to, out of compassion. For those under grace, the law informs them regarding love. Those under grace learn from the Bible because it informs their propensity towards love. God also uses the law to compel those under law to do what is right; this is God’s way of loving humanity in general, also known as “justice.”

What us justified by new birth folks ought to do is keep a manual of examples we see daily and document them. I will submit one accordingly; the present-day Coronavirus pandemic.

First, in order to articulate this example, we will need to note another element of under law thinking: sin’s desire to control others, and the subject of authority. There is a problem with the recent pandemic. Some simpleton decided to try taking some hydroxychloroquine of the shelf to treat the virus week one, and the results were amazing. Others followed in using it and the results continue to be amazing. So, it would seem, a silver bullet has emerged early on. Love loves it when that happens.

The experts do not like that. If the solution is that easy, why do we need them? Though hundreds of firsthand medical testimonies on the ground strongly suggest a knockout blow in the first round in our fight against Coronavirus, this does not bolster the cult-like worship we have regarding medical bureaucrats and their lust for controlling our lives. Regardless of overt cause and effect testimonies, medical bureaucrats are dismissing these testimonies altogether because the results don’t come from “controlled studies” that can take up to one year.

This is a classic case of under law thinking. And it is interesting how control, authority, and death are always part of under law thinking. It would be much better for people to die unnecessarily than for medical bureaucrats to have their usefulness invalidated to any degree.

It’s a good example, and those justified by new birth should always be on the lookout for more examples.

paul

“I Told You So” Says The Bible

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on March 27, 2020

ppt-jpeg4The Old Testament book of Daniel is a kissing cousin to the New Testament book of Revelation. Daniel wrote that “knowledge will increase” in the last days and people assume that refers to technology. No, it’s not referring to technology, it’s referring to knowledge of the Bible. There is little doubt that the unfolding of history lends understanding to what has been in the Bible for about 10,000 years.

First, let us understand what the so-called “Bible” is, which is a word that is not in the Bible. God has been content in the past with his truth being a collection of letters, books, oral tradition, and the commonsense we are all born with. Living life God’s way is also like a stone memorial of sorts regarding his truth. It was the church’s idea, in the 4th century, to compile God’s documents in a book and it was eventually dubbed, “The Bible.” Of course, the church also claimed authority over these documents, which is laughable.

The interpretation of oral tradition, books, letters, the teachings of prophets, and later, the apostles, was an individual endeavor practiced in private homes considered to be “households” of God because families live in households. Here is what Jesus NEVER said to the apostles:

Ok guys; so, what we need to do is document everything I am teaching in one book and distribute the book among purpose builds where followers of our religion will gather to get more and more salvation on the installment plan. The Bible will be used for that purpose; to show everyone what I have done that they cannot do in order to drive them back to the cross to get more salvation at church. And see, your authority over salvation on my behalf is going to be passed on to an institution called “the church.”

Apparently, though this was Jesus’ plan from the beginning, it took the church 300 years to get the plan in place.

Not.

Nevertheless, the Bible does contain what God wanted documented to some extent. But remember, in the Bible, God warns that no one should take away from God’s word or add to it. What does that tell us? Right, it’s going to happen. But, the Bible also states that we have a way of knowing the difference through study and discernment. Did God superintend what is in the Bible? Not to the point of excluding our participation in discerning truth individually.

So, all of God’s people, through a series of events, ended up in Egypt for like 400 years. When they went to Egypt, they were a clan, but they became a nation that didn’t assimilate into the culture so the Egyptians made them slaves.

So, God led the Hebrews out of Egypt as a nation. Along the way to the land where he wanted them to live, he regulated what they were allowed to eat and not eat. People see Old Testament dietary laws as things thundered from heaven by God who apparently has control issues. Now we know why God regulated the types of animals that could be eaten and not eaten. It’s very much about the transmission of diseases.

Also, the Old Testament is a wealth of information regarding many reasons that globalism is a very bad idea, and not “racist.” Because other countries have really, really bad ideas, and America was founded on Enlightenment ideas which encourages guiding our lives according to what is “self-evident” (God-given individual commonsense), we really need to have a CIA version of something that would watch for the beginning of pandemics. Name one pandemic that started in America. The beginning of most pandemics are caused by what people in other countries eat.

The Bible told us so.

God also addresses sex ideas in the Bible extensively. Again, we see these regulations given to Israel as coming from a divine killjoy. The problem here is a God that doesn’t know how to party. Actually, God throws the most awesome parties you could ever imagine. But his party favors are good ideas. Those are in the Bible also. But, God tells us in the Bible that multiple partners and having sex with animals is generally a bad idea. So, people didn’t listen to God’s counsel on sex, and we have things like HIV.

The Bible told us so.

The ideology of anti-humanity is emerging more and more in these last days. By the way, according to the Bible, what is the “last days” and are we in the last days? According to the Bible, the last days begin with the ascension of Christ and end at a time only God knows. So, yes, we are in the last days. At a time known only to God, a rapture will occur described as the imminent disappearance of all Christians on earth followed by seven years of God’s wrath on the earth. That seven years will be followed by Christ doing government right from David’s throne in Jerusalem.

During my recent research on a book project, my eyes have been opened to the recent emergence of anti-humanity movements particularly expressed by the environmentalist movement. The ancient practices of worshiping creation and animals as opposed to God are grounded in that ideology.

The Bible told us so.

God has pushed back against that ideology. The Bible says that God so loved humanity that he gave his only Son that we may have everlasting life. The Bible says the demarcation of all reality is love/life versus hate/death. There is no neutral ground; you either stand with the haters, though unwittingly, or you stand with those who know how to love life according to God’s knowledge.

Christ, through his family and acting diplomats on earth, preach no different message in our day than Moses: “Choose life!.” He is coming back unannounced and pleads with you to be ready for his return.

The Bible tells us so.

paul

 

Democrats Seen From the Eyes of a Child

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on March 24, 2020

I grew up between two political parties, that is, Democrat and Republican. My parents were Republicans residing in a Dayton, Ohio suburb, and my grandparents, who I was very close to, were staunch Democrats living in the Shawnee Forest region of Southern Ohio. My grandfather was president for the boat doc operating engineers union. They were the guys who unloaded barges going up and down the Ohio river and delivered the contents to factories and steel mills. As a young boy, I spent a lot of time during the summer going to work with my grandfather and was dubbed, “the grandchild.” Later in life, right after graduating from high school, I went to work for my grandfather and was still referred to as “grandchild,” which was my official nickname.  I literally grew up with the men that worked there. Whenever I went to work with my grandfather during my childhood, I would ride with the cement truck drivers for awhile, then the tug boat guys, and sit with the heavy equipment operators in their cabs as they unloaded the barges. Near lunchtime, I stood on top of the levy waiting for the first dump truck driver to appear at the top of the hill. The first one would stop and open the passenger door and I would make the long climb up the cab ladder to enter. This always meant a free lunch at McDonalds or Burger King, food my grandmother considered to be a vice like smoking and drinking. The lunch she packed for me would end up being fish food in the Ohio River. All the workers who adopted me for the day took opportunity to proclaim their opinions about life, women, and politics. And so my summers were.

Meanwhile, my winters were spent in the upscale suburbs of Dayton, Ohio with my elitist Republican parents. I was 9 years old when they had a Barry Goldwater party and my older brother’s band played “Louie, Louie” and other 60s hits. I remember those attending complained about the drummer being too loud. I remember Goldwater lost because he ran on a war plan that would destroy North Vietnam inside of a week and put an end to its aggression towards South Vietnam. Goldwater didn’t like Communists, and promised to make North Vietnam a “mudpuddle.”

This made Americans afraid of a nuclear war with Russia who was backing North Vietnam. Nevertheless, carpet bombing with B52s brought North Vietnam to its knees, but incredibly, instead of using that as a means to end the war, North Vietnam was allowed to use it as a bargaining chip for “peace negotiations.” Thus began the politically correct idea that winning a war is immoral. Lyndon B. Johnson won, and Goldwater lost because the fear card was played. Johnson did not run for a second term because he had no chance of winning due to his abysmal job as president. During his administration, the Democrats passed a law that allowed the government to borrow money from the Social Security trust fund and use it for social programs to buy votes, an overt criminal act. Thus began the two-tier legal system in the USA. In contrast, if you are a CEO that borrows from a company pension fund, there is no faster track to being locked up in prison.

Whenever my parents would drop my little brother and me off for the summer, there would be a political argument in the living room. I remember one night very well; it was pretty ugly. So, my grandfather retreated to the basement to add more coal to the furnace. Per the usual, I went with him. I remember that basement well; it was where my brothers and I watched grandpa and his friends “clean” (butcher) the spoils of their hunting trips. I see that night so clearly; as my grandfather shoveled coal into the furnace, I asked what all the fuss was about. He said, “Democrats are for the working man.” My age was a single digit, but regardless of how much I adored my grandparents, I knew better, and you should to.

My logic as a child was peculiar; I totally related school yard bullies to Communists, and figured if Democrats didn’t even know that, neither did they know anything about money. When I went to Shoup Mill elementary school in Dayton, the Democrats legislated forced integration through busing from inner-city schools to suburban schools. Except, during that time in Dayton, the only “inner-city” was the West side of Dayton, now all of Dayton is considered inner-city. This has been the result of Democrat leadership of Dayton throughout the years. I have a property in Dayton once appraised at 76,000 dollars; I would be lucky to get 40 for it presently despite the fact that it was built in 1993, the same year that conservative Mayor Mike Turner was elected mayor of Dayton.

Montgomery county liberals made his life absolutely miserable regardless of the fact that he returned Dayton to its former glory of the 40s, 50s, and 60s when it was known as the “Gem City.” Turner eventually lost to Democrat Rhine McLin in 2001. McLin was known to be a drug addict and utterly corrupt. During city council meetings aired on cable TV, she was overtly inebriated. She narrowly defeated Turner with the usual weapon of identity politics. Yes, Dayton was returned to its former glory by Turner, but guess what? Right, the less fortunate “working class” had been left out. Sound familiar? Well, since making sure the less fortunate have received their fair share since 2001, what is the state of Dayton today? The whole city is a ghetto with boarded up residential properties and businesses on every side of the city.

But, back to busing. It’s hard to believe today, but the North side of Dayton where Shoup Mill elementary was located, was once considered affluent. Several children arrived to attend school with us from the West side to partake in our white privilege. Actually, the school became a hotbed of racism with both sides being equally guilty. Yes indeed, elementary children were burdened with the politcal conflicts of their parents. I had a freind who was a mild mannered child, and also huge for his age. We stuck together and avoided the mainstream fray of things, until tyranny came looking for us because I guess silence is taking sides. I was shocked at the violence my freind delivered on those who misinterpeted his kindness as weakness. Regardless, I made the equation in my mind: my freind was a Republican and the rest were Democrats.

And here we are today. How can it be? Almost 60 years later, Democrats are using the same exact pair of tactics: fear and identity politics. Let me tell you a fact: racism was not on the cultural radar screen in the 80s and 90s. I was in my twenties during the 80s, and interracial dating was commonplace and nobody thought a thing of it. Also during the 80s, at one point of time when my brother and I owned a business together, everyone of our technicians were black and no one thought a thing about it. Everyone was enjoying the prosperity of the Ronald Reagon years and didn’t have time for drama. Certainly, race issues were not trending. When Barak Obama was elected, racism began to dominate our culture once again. In the 80s and at least part of the 90s, the prevailing thought was that America had grown out of the issue. Think about this: in the very year that America elected its first black president, racism made a comeback.

Enter the Coronavirus pandemic. Once again, Democrates have made everything about fear and identity politics. The virus stimulous package, as any child can see, should be focused on what it is intended for: to give financial relief to Americans who are suffering just because Asians like to eat everything they can find crawling and walking while alive. For some reason, the bill won’t pass. Why? Here we go again, “The Republican bill only benefits corporate America and not…’the working man (or woman).'” I have had to suffer this mantra from the time my grandfather said it to me in that basement until now. When will this mindless charade end?

There are three things that are different. Conservative news reporting, real hate, and Donald Trump. Because of conservative news reporting, last night, what is really going on with the Democrats was revealed. Their version of the bill included funding for many, many, many other things than financial relief for those effected by the Coronavirus. In fact, EVERY pet project they have tried to pass unsuccessfully in the past two years was included in their bill. Yet, they are stating that the working people of America are left out of the Republican bill and accuse the Republican version of being a corporate slush fund.

No, that’s not true, the issue is the carte blanche passing of several other bills without due process. The issue involves another Democrat mainstay: making use of every tragedy to forward an agenda. Before the advent of conservative news outlets in the 90s the Democrats could get away with it. Even a child can see this, and the continuing use of the same old 60 year old mantra by the Democrats does not speak well to the average Democrat’s ability to think.

The second thing is real hate. I remember, like yesterday, sitting in my second grade classroom when the announcement came over the intercom that President Kennedy had been assassinated. Be sure of this: Democrats and Republicans alike were in mourning. Everybody was an American first and a Republican or Democrat second for a long time after that. Not so today. Be equally sure of this: if President Trump were assassinated, the Democrats would be celebrating in the streets.

Thirdly, about Trump. Since that evening in my grandfather’s basement, I have waited for a Republican like Trump. I knew America needed a Republican like my elementary school friend. My friend was kind, fair, and a likable person to be around, until a bully showed up. Yes, I was shocked at how much my friend hated bullies, but I came to understand that love for freedom and fairness can be exhibited in an equally emotional defense for it.

When I was a child and young adult, I loved my Democrats in Southern Ohio as much as my Republicans in Dayton, Ohio.  Democrats were once well-meaning liberals; but they have become freedom hating tyrants who cannot be reasoned with.

Even a child can see it.

paul

 

Coronavirus Effect: Church Mindlessness on Full Display

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on March 21, 2020

ppt-jpeg4I am so numb to Church foolishness that it takes a whole lot of it to provoke a post. In this case, a worldwide pandemic did the job. This isn’t a post about some outrageous church scandal that is trending, that stuff is business as usual, and according to Churchians, just more proof of how much people need church because we are “all just sinners saved by grace” and church is the grace breadline overseen by “men of God.” Of course, “men of God” fall into sedition, but that’s not the point; their deep knowledge of warranted anti-humanity ideology is the point.

First, these people who supposedly have a high view of God, continually give God credit for anemic misguided judgements. And, on top of that, “the Bible is our authority” they say. Yet, the book of Revelation makes this clear: when God wants to make a point in regard to judgement, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that God did it. On an individual level, a king that was ruling the whole world at the time offended God by something he said and immediately became a cow. Another king was immediately eaten from the inside out by worms on the spot. When God makes a point, there is no serious debate about whether he did it or not.

And then there is the always-present church tyranny which is by far the most annoying. America did away with the church-state, so apparently, God is enforcing church orthodoxy via plagues. The Coronavirus has hit because people are not living the way church people say we should live and they know how we should live because they were told by pastors who were told by seminary professors who were told by church counsels where Christ wasn’t present. This from the consummate child unsafe zone. The following recent statement is typical:

With the Corona virus pushing a lot of women back into their homes with their children (which is a good thing, in my opinion), here are some ideas to help you not be bored at home while being productive too!

Of course, all of this flows from the idea that God’s kingdom is presently on earth, and since a kingdom is an institution, the appointed institution to oversee the kingdom, and consequently, the only place salvation can be received on the installment plan, is church. But, supposedly, God’s kingdom really has difficulty competing with the world’s institutions and other kingdoms. Christ is the king of the church institution, but he can’t seem to whip things in shape. In fact, he can’t even keep his own ministers in line. And, as far as exposing their crimes against children and other injustices, he needs the world’s help to do it. I see.

God couldn’t do much about America breaking up his church-state, so he is using plagues to protest; that, and his displeasure about the church not supporting Marxist ideology, which apparently is his preferred government model.

God’s kingdom is NOT presently on earth. If it was, new meaning would be given to, “There’s a new sheriff in town.” That’s a proper commonsense view of God.

Apparently, God is also a poor planner. Worship can only be conducted at church, but he sent a pandemic as a judgment that also prevents people from worshipping him. Perfect. Don’t forget, so-called “church worship” or the “worship service”  is the primary means of receiving the “ordinary means of grace.” That better reads, “the ordinary means of salvation.” This is the virtual shutting down of salvation gas stations that keep the church bus moving down the salvation road to “final justification.”

Of course, debate is going on among church leaders concerning what should be done about this. Some say we should “trust God’s will” and show up at church anyway. Others say we should “obey the governing authorities,” and will resume preaching that church attendance is efficacious for salvation when all of this is past tense. Yes, a judgment has come because people don’t go to church, so they darn well better start when this is all over.  It’s all steroidal cognitive dissonance.

Many in the church point to the benefit of God’s latest slap on the wrist this way: “It reminds us that the church is the people and not a building.” One new T-shirt inspired by all of this reads, “The Church has left the building.” As propagated often in church-speak: words have dual meanings in their doublespeak dictionary of paradox. “Church” and the concept of church, is part and parcel with institution, and institutions speak of authority through its infrastructure. Obviously, church success is measured by its infrastructure and always has been, but yet, when this kind of verbiage is tossed around mindless pew-dwellers bob their heads up and down. Most all churches in our day are incorporated.

News flash: a corporation is not a family. A corporation is not a person. A corporation is not a living organism. A corporation is not a living body. A corporation is an institution used by humanity to execute authority.

When it is all said and done, whether intended by God or not, if this pandemic is anything, it is a big, fat, Donald Trump I told you so on many different levels such as trade, borders, outsourcing, and China. Maybe God has fired the church and hired Donald Trump Inc.  instead.

We know that church was never meant to be God’s model for fellowship or his vessel for spreading the gospel. Clearly, church doesn’t come for 300 years after Christ’s ascension, and with excessive political intrigue and bloodshed following.

It’s all a lie, and the mindlessness that flows out of it like an endless tsunami is indicative of that fact.

paul

 

 

Troubling Signs for Democrats Concerning Coronavirus

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on March 16, 2020

ppt-jpeg4As I wrote yesterday, Trump impeachment 3.0, the Coronavirus “crises,” is going to end up being a disaster for Democrats at the polls in November. Most Democrats have to admit that their party isn’t going to give Trump any credit for doing anything right, which is unrealistic in and of itself, but allowing this virus to be blown out of proportion has had a profound effect on American lives and will continue to do so.

It is indeed a good idea to error on the side of caution with this virus, but the positive results will be credited to Trump, especially when compared to how the Democrats reacted to the Swine Flu in 2009. They played down the threat resulting in 16,000 American deaths while Joe Biden was rebuked by the Obama administration for suggesting travel restrictions. Barak Obama didn’t have to worry about any fatality rate connected to his response; he knew the media had his back.

Moreover, the virus crisis is going to highlight Trump’s accomplishments. Where would we be with this pandemic if Trump would have backed down on open borders advocated by the Democrats? While the economy is Trump’s greatest ally for the 2020 elections, hopes that the virus will destroy the economy may also backfire. Democrats also own businesses and depend on Wall Street for their retirement, but if this crisis blows over quickly, Democrat business owners and those who lost their jobs are going to be much slower to forget, especially if they think TDS had anything to do with it.

TDS is ok with many people, until the overplaying of TDS prevents your family from experiencing a once in a lifetime experience. Case in point regarding my neck of the woods: Dayton, Ohio; the Dayton Flyers being rated 3rd in the nation and having a shot at the NCAA national title will probably be something that will not happen again for a very long time, if ever. If the lost opportunity is chalked up to excessive TDS, Democrats are not going to forget it at the polls. TDS is great for political theater until it hits close to where people live.

Our local news did a report from UD arena tonight (Where opening games for the NCAA tournament were to be played) and thought they were dissing Trump by contrasting the vacant arena with news that the final touches were being applied to a Coronavirus drive-thru testing center in the UD arena parking lot. My first thought was, “Wow, that’s going to be a reality already?” Only a week ago, experts were saying that this country was not set up for anything like that at all.

However, locally, the most interesting sign arrived via the cancelling of First Fridays in Xenia, Ohio. This is a huge citywide event that takes place on the first Friday of May, June, and July. But, they are only cancelling May. Why? Obviously, they think the Coronavirus scare is going to be over by June. It is also being reported that more than half of those infected to date have recovered. It was also reported today that a vaccine for Corona is in testing stage.

Last, but certainly not least, this crisis highlights what Trump has been saying about China and globalism from the beginning of his candidacy, not to mention the outsourcing of critical medical supplies to China happened way before his watch. Who outsources 96% of their antibiotics to a sworn enemy? Just who in the hell has been running this country until Trump came along?

All of this adds up to Trump having way too much ammunition against the Democrats. In fact, I am going out on a limb here, but I predict they will avoid the presidential debates to avoid a landslide and perhaps hold on to the House. There is one exception: if Biden picks Hillary Clinton as his running mate, she is way too delusional to accept the fact that this thing is beyond over.

And we can’t forget about a major theme we have seen among Trump’s following: the invoking of God’s help which seems conspicuously missing among Democrat ranks. I think the gravity of the job has caused Trump to welcome this, and I think it is a huuuuge factor…pun intended.

paul

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