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Rock Music Has Always Provided More Spiritual Truth Than Protestant Church Music

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 24, 2017

ppt-jpeg4Hopefully, the home fellowship movement will create a music awakening among Christians. Right now, whether contemporary “Christian” music or church hymnals, the lyrics, for the most part, represent lies in general and a false gospel in particular. The vast majority of all music in the church venue propagates progressive justification. Consequently, going to hell has never sounded better.

Point in case: the 60’s Rock song, “Get Together,” calls for a choice between love and fear in a spiritual sense. That’s the dichotomy between under law and under grace  that the Bible highlights. The song also mentions the one who has left us behind to preach this distinction. Good stuff.

What does Protestantism advocate for sanctification? Luther and Calvin taught that fear was the primary fuel that drives sanctification. Also, according to Protestantism, sanctification is the progression of justification (salvation). Hence, the same fear that saved you also sanctifies you, viz, keeps the salvation process moving forward. Since we are “all [saved and unsaved alike] sinners saved [being continually saved] by grace (salvation),” of course we should fear condemnation because we are supposedly still under law. According to Luther and Calvin, no fear of damnation would denote sinlessness.

Per Protestant assimilation using deception through the assumption of word meaning, “We are all sinners saved by grace” should be stated this way if stated honestly: “The saved are still totally depraved and are continually saved by returning to the same gospel that began our salvation.” That’s Protestantism, and it’s not arguable. And this doctrine defines its music in every church venue.  

I have documented the citations regarding these facts with thousands of articles, but I would recommend the book, “It’s Not About Election” which goes into Protestantism’s sabbath sanctification in painstaking detail.

We may also mention what will be absent from Rock music because of its separation from church; Jesus is My Boyfriend lyrics. Jesus is my romantic lover music comes from the Protestant historical-redemptive hermeneutic. Since every verse in the Bible is about Jesus and His salvation, well then, the Song of Solomon must be about Jesus and the church and not romance on a horizontal level because the Bible is strictly about the vertical. Hence, James MacDonald’s “Vertical Church” claim to fame.

If you want good and practical music about horizontal life that doesn’t include Protestant mysticism, look for it in Rock music or other secular venues that have commonsense lyrics.  

Again, I have documented the citations regarding these facts with thousands of articles, but I would also recommend the book, “The Gospel Transformation Bible; a Tool for Keeping Our Salvation?” in reference to the historical-redemptive hermeneutic. 

If you leave your address in the comment section along with a request, I will edit your address out of the comment and send you either or both of these books for free while supply lasts, or a pdf file.

So it’s Sunday, and a good day for listening to some good spiritual music…enjoy.  

 

 

John Piper Proclaims “Christians” Condemned and in Need of Continued Salvation

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Young, PPT contributing editor on September 24, 2017

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One of the major truths that will be emphasized in the present TANC book project is that the Protestant Reformation was NOT based on the Bible. The Protestant kerfuffle with Rome concerned differences in world philosophy—not theology. Sola scriptura is a blatant falsehood. Martin Luther concocted a contending worldview in opposition to an increased influence of Thomism in the Catholic Church. Luther then dressed up his philosophy in Bible verses. Actually, to be more specific, he dressed up Neo-Platonism in biblical garb. This is hardly some deep, dark secret; a cursory observation of church history reveals this, unless you get your church history from a Protestant seminary.

Since the Protestant Reformation was really based on Plato’s Republic, the necessary theological fit was/is progressive justification for those who are preselected and the last to know if they are really selected or not. They get the news at the final judgment. Until then, EVERYBODY is presently under condemnation and in need of continued justification because we have “present sin.” In order to be perpetually rejustified, we must “preach the gospel to ourselves every day,” obey the pastors, and be a faithful church member.

Due to the fact that sola scriptura is a farce, the present-day expression of authentic Protestantism via New Calvinists routinely contradicts the plain sense of Scripture in insane fashion, and nobody blinks an eye. Moreover, cowardly pastors who know better even as confused Protestants allow the New Calvinists to be named and quoted among their sheep.

Let’s talk about one example, the one that prompted this post. On August 22, 2015, John Piper prayed at a Christian anti-abortion rally at a Planned Parenthood location in St. Paul, Minnesota. In that prayer, he stated:

“And we acknowledge in the face of your holiness and power that we are sinners. Everyone standing here in this gathering is a sinner in desperate need of salvation that you offer in Jesus Christ. We know that our conscience condemns us, and if our own consciences do, how much more your holy law. So we have not lived up even to our own standards, let alone to your standards. And we confess our sins corporately before you as individuals.”

In direct conflict to the Bible’s clear definition of a believer, Piper proclaimed everyone at the gathering as condemned under the law; this is the Bible’s succinct definition of a lost person. In addition, Piper clearly proclaimed in the prayer that Christians are still in need of salvation.

How does he get away with this and stand as one of the most beloved evangelicals of our day? Because he supposedly has authority, and we the believers have no real ability to perceive truth. Clearly, if it comes down to what we understand our Bibles to say versus what John Piper says, he will win the day every time.

So then, for all practical purposes, he speaks for God.

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It’s Not Complicated

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 23, 2017

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Right, that’s the Protestant gospel, and that’s why it’s false. If we must repeat the same way we “became” a Christian in our ongoing lives, that is obviously progressive justification per John Calvin’s chapter stating such in his Institutes of the Christian Religion (3.14).

In other words, Calvin clearly advocated a progressive salvation in that chapter which shouldn’t surprise us because that’s what Protestantism is. And, the favorite cover for this is the subtle exchange of “salvation” for “grace,” and in this case, “we became a Christian” as well. You can restate the meme this way: “We live by faith ALONE to keep ourselves saved.” It’s clearly perpetual salvation through living by faith alone.

By the way, anything we do with intentionality, no matter how passive, or whether active or passive to keep ourselves saved is a form of works salvation. Keeping ourselves saved by doing nothing with intentionality is still a works salvation. If salvation is not presently complete as apposed to Protestantism’s “final justification,” we must DO something to keep ourselves saved. An unfinished salvation is mutually inclusive with works salvation in every case; this is unavoidable.

And this is is nothing new; James wrote a treatise against faith alone in the Christian life, “faith without works is dead, being alone.” Rather, we live by “faith working through love” (Gal 5:6).

paul

The Problem With Institutional Love

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 22, 2017

ppt-jpeg4“… the drunkenness of control-lust hardly seeks to advocate the law of individual conscience.”

Truism’s make us feel better and supply cover for living a lie in various venues of life. “The church isn’t a building, it’s the people.” Right. That one is only rivaled by the laugher in my line of work: “It’s about resident care, not personal agendas.” Right.

The problem with institutional caring, love, if you will, is that institutions are intrinsically related to authority. God, who is love, of course, has all authority, but is not an authoritarian. That fact is apparent; God is not presently in control of all things. That’s future; ie., the Millennial Kingdom. Even then, folks have freewill and things are not yet perfect, that comes via the “new heavens and new earth.”

Love has little to do with authority. True love flows from freewill and pure motives. Where authority is present, one is compelled to mimic love, especially when it is being paid for as a service. I am not sure there is a better example than the Nurse Aide line of work; those who receive immense satisfaction in caring and those who are just there for a paycheck are not hard to sort out. And when a resident knows they are being cared for by a clock-puncher, and trust me, they know, it is perhaps the most grievous form of abuse, but yet legal.

And in the Nurse Aide business, clock-punchers don’t like lovers because the lovers shine a light on their clock-punching. Certainly, institutions can cultivate a true love culture, but that is hard work and institutions are notorious for lazy management. Hence, nursing facilities are fraught with steroidal politics and loving aides pose a threat of challenging work for management. Mediocracy is easier to manage, but cultivating a culture of love is very hard work.

Well, they think mediocracy is easy to manage, but it is really misery on an installment plan. Primarily, facilities are notoriously shorthanded for the following reason; lazy management. Again, cultivated the right aide culture is hard work…initially, that is. But if the path of least resistance is the policy (because it seems that it is the least resistance), aides that love what they do who get in by happenstance will create all kinds of conflict leading to pretense-driven politics of the highest order. And how do aides who love what they do get in? Their presentations of themselves are assumed to be pretense or they appear to be clock-punchers because they don’t talk about what they do, they just do it after the fact. But if their actions raise the bar, Katy bar the door.

You can’t legislate love or the motives of the heart. Here is the thing about authority; it can’t make any person do anything. Sure, you can execute someone, but you can’t make them do anything they don’t want to do. They may capitulate to authority, but that’s not love, and in fact, one may reject some forms of authority out of pure love. This is where freewill is an obvious metaphysical fact. God Himself created mankind with the built-in impossibility of making anybody do anything they don’t want to do; He will eventually punish them for not doing what they were created to do in His image, but mankind is inherently a freewill creature.

God is love, and we are created in his image. People are able to love. God is presently in the love business, and when it is time for His authority, that will be very evident. His authority guarantees the outcome that He wants; it guarantees a happy ending for all who love Him and His ways of love, but He presently seeks those who will glorify Him through love.

Institutions attempt to accomplish things through authority which translates into a lack of love. When love takes place in an institution, it is a freewill individual act that can’t come from authority. Institutions, though absolutely necessary, have a very limited role in actual goodness and are intended to free goodness and individualism by force if necessary. In other words, institutions should free the individual to love, but are unable to produce that love.

To illustrate this from a biblical perspective, sin uses law to create desires within people to reject said laws. Laws, though necessary, assume the worst about humanity and reject the ability of individual conscience, and the ability to cultivate an individual conscience to produce more love. This is why institutions with authoritative high standards will end up being bastions of hypocrisy; conscience is legislated rather than assumed. If you tell people they are evil as illustrated by “necessary” laws to restrain such evil, they will act according to expectations.

In contrast, if the “Here is why we do it this way” is presented rather than “You better do it this way, or else,” coupled with the initial hard work of cultivating a culture of true love, employees will function more from personal conscience which determines their actions anyway. Institutions cannot replace personal conscience which is the only true source of love to begin with. Wise institutions, that is, as much as they can be wise, seek to create an atmosphere where consciences flourish, not conformity to pseudo-utopic laws.

This is why I am convinced of the following: the called-out assembly of Christ is meant to function as a cooperative body in a family-of-God setting rather than an authoritative institution. This is in addition to the fact that the Bible explicitly states such.

Institutions are God’s ministers to free the individual conscience according to what is evident to all, because God created conscience in all people according to His image. But institutions cannot produce love. Instead, unless their purpose and limitations are known, they incite the sinful tendency to control others within caste systems full of class-envy-lust where individual self-importance can be purchased through credentials, political skill, drugs, and sex. Invariably, the mentality that institutions are the endgame will produce a quagmire of political intrigue. And, the drunkenness of control-lust hardly seeks to advocate the law of individual conscience.

Only the individual conscience can produce love.

paul

Fear and Love

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 20, 2017

ppt-jpeg4Fear dominates humanity. In fact, it saturates every level of human existence. Individually, it plagues us with thoughts of uncertainty, lack of confidence, and fear of an unknown future. Fear is not only a very poor prognosticator, but a deliberate liar; very little of what we fear comes true. Medically, in almost every case, fear is present as an agitator delighting in torment if not the primary culprit itself. And fear is always the weapon of choice for those who want to control us.

Fear is also accepted as a natural experience that has a cosmic right to be present. From there it plies its ability to compound itself and debilitate. No foe dumbs down human potential and a positive life experience more than fear.

According to the Bible, the formula is simple: condemnation leads to death/judgement and all fear flows from this dynamic. God’s law, the Bible, not only defines all of these realities, but creates certainty as set against fear’s uncertainty. The Bible states that ALL sin worthy of condemnation is imputed to the law. God created the law to define sin; apart from the law, there is no sin.

Then Christ came to end the law. Say to all dominated by fear: “Embrace Christ, and there is no law to judge you.” The apostle Paul stated it this way: “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.”

Many want to control us through fear by presenting God in a certain way. How do you control people who are under no law that can condemn? You cannot; they are free souls. This is what slander is all about; if they have nothing on you to condemn, they will make something up, and since people who are under law have a tendency to feel guilty to begin with, slander is a very effective tool for controlling people.

However, those who embrace Christ are still under a law. The Bible calls it, “under grace.” The word “grace” simply means, “love in action, or help.” In every single place we see the word “grace” in the Bible, the word “love” fits in the context. Grace speaks to God’s love in action.

This now involves God’s dual purpose for the Bible. For the imputation of all sin that condemns, and the standard for loving God and others; it is a law that brings death for those not of Christ, and a law that brings life and love more abundantly for those in Christ.

Christ’s death and resurrection established the gateway to this salvation; the new birth. How certain should you be that you are not condemned in Christ? “Where there is no law there is no sin.” Those in Christ stand in no court that can condemn eternally. Even if a believer where to be taken to such a court, the judge has no law, and would say…

“There is no fear in love, but mature love casts out fear. Depart in peace, there is no condemnation for I have no law that condemns you.”

paul

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