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“Pastor” Steve McCoy’s Tweet Begs the Question: Whatever Happened to the Bible?

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on July 14, 2013

ppt-jpeg4Many American Protestants understand Calvinism is wrong, but they really don’t understand why. It’s hard for Protestants to figure out why Protestantism is wrong because the source of their information is Protestant orthodoxy and not the Bible.

Baptists are Protestants, and some don’t like Calvin. Really? If you would note, the name refers to those who protested something. That would be Luther and Calvin et al. And here we go again; a New Calvinist pastor has tweeted something that other Protestants think is outrageous:


Outrageous? That is merely Protestant theology to a “T.” Americans are ignorant in regard to church history other than the Protestant propaganda taught to all of our pastors in the seminaries, but let’s talk Bible.

Protestant theology is antithetical to Scripture in the extreme. McCoy’s tweet is just one example of that. The Achilles’ heel of Protestantism is its anti-biblical view of law. Few Christians understand the Pauline theology of under law versus under grace.

But let’s talk about total depravity; the “T” in the TULIP acrostic. Some 500 years later, Christians still don’t know, most Calvinists in particular, that this also pertains to the saints. Hence, McCoy’s tweet.

But if Christians knew Pauline theology like they should, they would know that unbelievers are not even totally depraved, much less believers.

First of all, everyone born into the world has the works of the law written on their hearts with a conscience that either accuses them or excuses them. Unbelievers are able to listen to their consciences and often do (ROM 2:12-16).

Secondly, the difference between the lost and the saved is the position of two dynamics: slavery and freedom. This denotes a life direction, not perfection. The lost are enslaved to sin, but free to do righteousness. That’s why lost people do righteous things; they are free to do such. But the overall direction of their life is enslavement to sin. On the other hand, Christians are enslaved to righteousness, but are free to sin. That’s why Christians still sin. So, the Christian is not perfectly righteous, and the sinner is not perfectly sinful; in both cases, it’s the direction and not the perfection. The apostle John calls it, “practice.”


Now, how this all results in Christians being truly righteous in the here and now takes an understanding of Pauline law/gospel; ie., under law versus under grace.

A. There is no room to get into all of that here.

B.  Start studying your own Bible and stop listening to men.


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  1. […] “Pastor” Steve McCoy’s Tweet Begs the Question: Whatever Happened to the Bible?. […]


  2. BD said, on July 14, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Hi Paul,

    Very good explanation! I hear this a lot up here. That is why, I think, most Calvinists I know try to evangelize the church. The constant drumbeat is nauseating.


  3. lydiasellerofpurple said, on July 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    The irony is that telling children they are deeply broken is exactly what you will get as a result for most of them. And a bigger problem is that Calvinist parents have no fix for the brokenness so it is hopelessness as they wait around for Jesus to change them or believe Jesus is obeying for them. Now, it could be different for the children of the elites in the church. It usually is. It is the pew sitter children I worry for the most.

    So McCoy looks young and like most young pastors in this movement (see his blog, Reformissionary as he is typical YRR who loves TGC, etc), I never listen to their advice concerning children. I would at least like to see the adult product of their teaching. There are blogs dedicated to now adult children of these movements who were raised in this paradigm who are now agnostics or atheists. There are blogs dedicated to now adult children of the homeschooling patriarchal movement who are telling their stories of growing up in that bizarre world.

    What kills me is his attitude in being questioned on this tweet. He is a typical YRR bully.


  4. A Mom said, on July 14, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    This is just disgusting. And even more telling, they proclaim it from the rooftops. At least the good people of the world have been informed. I hope statements like these go viral and get the attention they deserve.

    My loving wise Dad taught me, “You may be 100% right, but you might be dead right”. Wisdom & love are more important than right facts/knowledge/rules/creeds. For example, a pedestrian in a cross-walk has the right of way, but if a car is coming at full speed, wisdom says (self-love first = love yourself more than rules) wait to cross until the car stops or speeds through. I know people that will step into the crosswalk without looking and they are completely 100% right, even if they die the next second. I’ve explained my Dad’s saying, and instead of a lightbulb moment, they got angry with me. Rules are easier than thinking or love, but without love disaster awaits. My humble Dad was smarter than most church leaders. I’ve tried to remember the big picture, love always comes first.

    Not only are these guys wrong, but they’re dead wrong. There is no love, just theology. Wisdom is lacking in this day among church leaders. They continue to substantiate John Immel’s claim that they preach a “Cult of Death”. John Immel is not a fortuneteller. He does not have foreknowledge. He warned in his book that this mindset and behavior simply is a result of evil doctrines throughout history. They’ve gone largely unchecked in this country for years by Christians. Well, we know children are fair game. We must find our voices and stand up. Proverbs 1: Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, wisdom raises her voice in the public square.

    Children are not deeply broken. This is a lie. They are created in the image of God. I believe there is an age of accountability, as Jews do (Bar/Bat Mitzvah). They are not born full of sin. They do not understand sin as babies. I do not believe they are damned to hell if they die or need to be infant baptized for salvation. They grow in their understanding of right and wrong, grow in conscience, and grow based on what they are taught. Even our legal system of justice understands this, and treats juveniles differently.

    Children are a blessing from God. They are to be loved lavishly = hugged, spent time with, listened to, consistently/constantly instructed, protected, made to feel important, and taught their rights and the rights of others, taught consequences. And of course about the loving God of the Bible. Justice is a form of love.

    Lydia, I checked out his tweets, fully agree. What an arrogant, know-it-all bully. May he gain wisdom, fear God’s justice, repent and spend the rest of his days following Jesus’ teachings.


  5. james jordan said, on July 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    If everyone really was born “deeply broken” then why would they need to be brainwashed and indoctrinated into believing it? If it were true, it would be obvious. Yet it requires so much brainwashing to convince people of it. Kinda strange, isn’t it?


  6. freegracefull said, on July 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”


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