Paul's Passing Thoughts

More Musings on TANC 2014: Somebody Has to Do it

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on June 27, 2014

green-logo3I am swamped with responses from this year’s conference and unfortunately, I can’t respond to all of them. Some people sense that I could use a little cheering up, so thanks for the dog video. Some have offered services, I will get to you at some point, trust me; I don’t forget free stuff. Bless you.

But I was struck by one email that reminds me of why we are here. We are here for those who want to know what is going on in the cognitive dissonance reality created by the Neo-Platonists of our day. Traditionally, for about 500 years now, these Neo-Platonists are otherwise known as “Protestants.”

We are not going to completely upset 500 years of tradition, but it is our intention to be there for people who want to know why church is getting really weird. We want to be there for people who want to learn how the Protestant hierarchy has reinterpreted every aspect of biblical nomenclature that exists. We want to be there for people who are figuring out that Protestantism is nothing more or less than an institutional political organization dressed in Bible verses.

Be sure of this: in the near future, the Neo-Platonists will make a significant move that will bring them closer to closing the gap between church and state. Many conservatives in the Republican Party hold to Calvinistic Dominion/Reconstructionist theology. I believe that a significant move would have already been made by the Neo-Calvinist T4G crowd if the Mahaney scandal hadn’t become public. A new denomination? A political party? I don’t know, but something.

That’s where your money is really going: to help Protestantism go back to its roots, to find the whore that originally gave it birth; the marriage of church and state, the marriage of faith and force, a government that will enforce their orthodoxy. First, and clearly, they tell you that they have the authority to eliminate your just standing (salvation)—Calvin did not mince words on this fact. For those not buying that package, you must be compelled for the sake of the collective. They will not relent on that goal—it’s a control lust that they have never been able to resist.

And fear this: they will side with a Muslim who understands God’s “sovereignty” long before they will side with a half-pregnant grammarian evangelical. In the mass of information that supporters send us, I understand that the Presbyterian Church of America has pulled all of its investments out of Israel in defense of Palestine. Events like this taking place in the church no longer perplex me. In this case, you see the kinship between the Protestant and the Muslim…

…man has no right to exist. We exist at the behest of a god that seeks only the glory that is due him. That’s Plato; that’s Augustine; that’s Luther; that’s Calvin; that’s John Piper et al. And that is all encompassed in the word…

…sovereignty. Much more on that this Sunday: “The Gospel of Sovereignty.”

The direness of the problem was alluded to in the same email:

I don’t know if you ever listen to Janet Mefferd, at, but on her program today, June 26th, she interviewed a Dr. Joel R. Beeke about his new book, “A Puritan Theology.”  It’s a 1,000 page book on the Puritans and he gave a totally different view.  I would love to hear your take on the interview if you are so inclined to listen.

Janet Mefferd represents the mainstream, and Dr. Joel R. Beeke is the contemporary personification of the most radical form of medieval Puritan mysticism. Mefferd is clueless in regard to what she is promoting. And as far as I can tell, no alternatives are being articulated for those who seek something else and love the truth. Again, that’s where we think TANC is important.

Come now, let’s be honest. What’s the difference between this…


And this…


I didn’t ask you which of the two sounds better or looks better; I asked you what the real difference is in the final analysis.


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  1. Lydia said, on June 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    The terms Republican, Democrat, Conservative, Liberal…..really have no meaning. Strip the labels away that people think mean something and what you are left with are leaders of all factions who want to take away your choices because it is about power. They know best for you. The church is the same way.

    People do not want to be independent thinkers anymore. They want someone to tell them what to believe and give them security. But it does not work that way. They will have say over your life in many areas. You end up with an illusion of freedom of choice in how to manage your own life. Only those who are stinking rich will have choices. Just like Congress mandating our health care but exempt themselves. Look at how many Americans don’t even realize that or care if they do. They really honestly believe these people care about them.

    The Sovereignty issue fits in nicely with this Oligarch government. But we will be labeled as wackos until it becomes too obvious. Same as Churchill who was thought to be a war monger while the masses really believed Hitler wanted peace.


    • paulspassingthoughts said, on June 27, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      All too true. “Cool–our god says your sovereign as well–who knew? For sure we should hook up.”


  2. Carmen S. said, on June 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    I listened to the Mefford interview of Beeke. Sin, sin, sin, and more sin. Sovereignty was mentioned a few times. Afflictions bring you closer to God. He gushed emotionally when he mentioned the Puritans LOVED going to church. The Puritans had large families “for the good of the commonwealth”, unlike today where couples decide how many children to have for individualistic reasons. When asked why the Puritan movement died, Beeke said it was because the second generation didn’t appreciate what they had been given. Everything he said comes from reformed pulpits in 2014.

    Carl Trueman spoke at the 2013 Michigan Presbytery Family Camp and said that he personally had met very few members of the OPC who were there because of doctrine. Rather it was because family and friends were members.


  3. A Mom said, on June 29, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Carmen S,

    Their focus is the negative, created beings NEED negative, bad, afflictions, tragedy. When suffering abounds, it is good. It’s from God.

    The truth is beauty, nature, love, kind acts bring us close to God. That is conveniently missing in their teachings. You must suffer, suffering is good, is what they want us to believe. What is the next step for those who believe it?

    And Beeke may be right about church in 2014. It seems reformed doctrine has infiltrated most denoms. And much of secular thinking as well.


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