Paul's Passing Thoughts

Why Deathbed Terror is a Reformed Family Tradition

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 1, 2014

“Now we must consider the huge problem with Reformed theology and a tradition of deathbed terror among them—especially the Puritans…The Bible is not flipped by the new birth from death to love. There is only ONE law of condemnation.” 

The Bible states that the source of death’s fear is judgment.

1John 4:18 – There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Hebrews 10:19 – Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?

The big contrast here is love and judgment: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love….”  The Christian life is all about love. The Bible is the law of the Spirit that teaches us, counsels us, and instructs us on how to love God and others. Christ died on the cross for one primary purpose: TO END THE LAW. Same law, but until we trust in Christ’s death on the cross, we are “under law” and not “under grace” (Rom 6:14).

Christians do not sin in respect to justification because there is NO law to judge us, and the old us who was formally under the law died with Christ. Our major concern is love, NOT judgment. Christians should totally associate fear of death with being under the law and judgment. Fearing judgment in this life as a consequence for sin is another consideration altogether.

1Corithians 15:56 – The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ ended the law for righteousness on the cross, and where there is no law there is no sin, and where there is no sin, there is NO sting of death, and where there is no law, sin has no power over us.

Now we must consider the huge problem with Reformed theology and a tradition of deathbed terror among them—especially the Puritans. It’s not complicated: the Reformed gospel keeps “Christians” under the law. This is why Calvinism needs to be totally rejected out of hand as an egregious false gospel. The Bible is not flipped by the new birth from death to love. There is only ONE law of condemnation.

The Reformed notion of double imputation keeps people under law with the selfsame need for ambiguous absolution found in the Catholic Church…there is no difference, and lots of fear.

My friends, it’s not about election, Calvinism is a false gospel and the reason is very simple—we are not under law, but under grace.


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  1. Carmen S. said, on October 1, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Our Lord said plainly that His work in the world was to DIE. I have been justified through His blood. Through the Spirit He offered Himself without blemish unto God. He must be a spotless Lamb….for sacrifice.

    Not only must Christ’s blood be shed in expiation of our guilt, but we had to die with Christ.

    We were connected with the Old Adam and the old man—all we had and were in Adam must be crucified—if we were to be “joined with Another, even to Him that was raised from the dead.” Theological teaching that never sets forth clearly our utter end in death with Christ at the Cross leaves the Law as claimant over those in Christ: for, “Law has dominion over a man as long as he liveth” ( Romans 7:1).

    Unless you are able to believe in your very heart you have died with Christ, that your old man was crucified with Him, and that you were buried, and that your history with Adam the first came to an utter end at the Cross, you will never be free from the claims of the Law on your conscience.

    I have no connection with a Christ on earth and under Law. I am in union with the Risen Christ.

    Have you died with Christ?

    The gospel of the resurrection is a new gospel….a gospel of life. It is truly Good News.


  2. Carmen S. said, on October 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM


    Christian righteousness begins with the death and resurrection of Christ. The risen Christ is our righteousness, not Christ fulfilling the Law in our place. What was the one act of obedience He came to do? He came to die on the Cross.

    Perhaps you haven’t noticed my previous comments on this blog. You are assuming I embrace Calvinism because I placed the emphasis on the Risen Christ? I mention the death of Jesus and the Cross, and your verdict is “this is PURE Calvinism, like 10000% pure”. I mention He said He came only to die, and “it’s essentially Gnosticism”?

    The Apostles preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


  3. Carmen S. said, on October 3, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    What did Jesus Christ do that is salvific? What did He do that redeems and justifies?


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