Paul's Passing Thoughts

The Future of New Calvinism is Political

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on November 6, 2012

I have learned much about Reformed theology in the past five years. As I compile facts that point to logical conclusions, those logical conclusions are usually confirmed and lead to additional information. In other words, when you see a duck walking across a field, it is safe to assume he is looking for a body of water, or already knows where one is, and headed in that direction.

And though there is very little information to be found regarding the idea, it is safe to assume that New Calvinism is headed towards a marriage with the government. It’s what Reformed ideology does—it’s who they are. And the fact that John Piper et al continually espouse the position that they think such is a bad idea—there assertion shouldn’t be taken seriously. If ducks could talk, what would you think if one told you he thought ponds were a bad idea? Exactly.

Cooperation with state to enforce “truth” with the sword is a strong Reformed tradition that is all but completely absent in our day except for the remnants of it in Europe where it was spawned. There are actually Reformed political parties there that hold a few seats in parliaments and other branches of government. While calling their confessions, counsels, and creeds “subordinate” truth, they also refer to it as “orthodoxy.” Sure, orthodoxy is subordinate to the Bible, but the dirty little secret is the fact that only the “Divines” can really understand the Bible, and therefore interpret it for the totally depraved ignorant masses. The masses readily concur that orthodoxy is subordinate to the Scriptures, but that agreement has no practical implications for their lives other than the idea that orthodoxy is the only truth they can understand. It might as well be Scripture, and is treated as such. A prime example is the following excerpt:

But the fact remains Reformed Christians are a part of a confessional heritage. Our confessions are summaries of what [we] believe the Word of God teaches.

As confessional Christians, we must stand on our confessions as the principles of our Christian life. Below is the opening paragraph of Article 36 of the Belgic Confession of Faith, Dr. Beeke’s primary subordinate standard:

“We believe that our gracious God, because of the depravity of mankind, hath appointed kings, princes, and magistrates, willing that the world should be governed by certain laws and policies; to the end that the dissoluteness of men might be restrained, and all things carried on among them with good order and decency. For this purpose He hath invested the magistracy with the sword, for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well. And their office is, not only to have regard unto and watch for the welfare of the civil state, but also that they protect the sacred ministry, and thus may remove and prevent all idolatry and false worship, that the kingdom of antichrist may be thus destroyed, and the kingdom of Christ promoted. They must, therefore, countenance the preaching of the word of the gospel everywhere, that God may be honored and worshipped by everyone, as He commands in His Word.”

How can such a high and glorious view of a magistrate in subjection to the gospel be confessed as an article of faith and then pragmatism be promoted as the application of that confession? (Online source: http://gentlereformation.org/2012/11/03/why-the-word-of-god-will-not-let-me-vote-for-mitt-romney-a-gentlemanly-response-to-dr-joel-beeke/).

The Reformed ideology of Plato’s Republic with its philosopher kings (church elders and Divines), soldiers (the government) and its producers (society at large) runs deep and long in the Reformed tradition.

We don’t see it now, but we will.

paul

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  1. paulspassingthoughts said, on November 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Reblogged this on Clearcreek Chapel Watch.

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  2. mike and brandy said, on November 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    God, Save us from a New Calvinist ‘Geneva’ Experiment…
    -mike

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    • paulspassingthoughts said, on November 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Mike,

      They will at least try. My guess is that they are somehow working towards it presently. There has been some stink raised about their work with the UN, especially Mohler and Dever. Is that a part of it? I don’t know, but we must remember that Plato’s Republic is their fundamental mindset. Much of the present Christian landscape is the fallout from them improvising without the soldiers of state.

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