Paul's Passing Thoughts

Answering the Baby’s Question

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on March 30, 2015

10653321_364310293770077_4897802152678323822_nThe answer to the Baby’s question, according to Protestantism and all its various and sundry stripes including the Baptists is “yes.” Since the law is the standard for justification and Christians cannot keep the law perfectly, yes, Christ supposedly came to keep the law perfectly in order to fulfil it, and then died for all of our past sins. Instead of the resurrection being a prelude to our own resurrection and a totally different relationship to the law, Christ’s resurrection is said to “confirm that God was satisfied with His sacrifice.”

Hence, if “Christians” live their life by “faith alone in the same gospel that saved them,” the perfect obedience of Jesus will continue to be credited to our account in order to keep the “righteous demands of the law satisfied,” and we will receive continued forgiveness for “present sin” that violates the same law. So, according to Protestantism, Christ didn’t come to end the law for justification, He came to fulfill it through obedience so that His obedience and sacrifice can continue to be applied to our lives by faith alone. Therefore, His justification work is not finished. Yes, they concur that it only happened once, but the one act must be continually reapplied to the “believer’s” life.

Let’s evaluate this according to the new birth since it’s a baby asking the question. In this system, Christ’s resurrection is not imparted to the new believer, but was merely a confirmation that God was satisfied with Christ’s sacrifice. Technically, Christ’s death and obedience continues to be imparted to the “believer” IF they continue to live by faith alone in the same gospel that originally saved them. Now you know why there is so much emphasis on “the gospel” at “church” and why sanctification has always been so weak in the institutional church.

Protestantism is about keeping yourself saved by faith alone in the same gospel that saved you. Rather than honoring God with a mature life as one of His literal children, the attempt is to spend our whole lives honoring God by what He did to save us. It’s all about what “He did, not anything we do.” But not emphasizing what we do is actually denying the new birth and jettisoning our responsibility to love others back onto Christ.

And by the way, this efficacious reapplication of the same gospel that saved us, according to Protestant orthodoxy, can only be found and applied in formal institutional church membership.

What is the true gospel? Christ came to end the law for justification. As the law was increased, more and more sin was imputed to it. Violating the law is the very definition of sin. So, when Christ paid the penalty for our sins on the cross it also effectively ENDED the law. When a person believes on Christ’s death, they literally die with Him, and all sins they committed against the law are vanquished. They were “under the law” of “sin and death.”

On the other hand, the believer is also resurrected to a completely new life (under grace). Christ was NOT resurrected to validate His sacrifice; He was resurrected so that we could also be resurrected after dying with Him. This is the significance of also believing in His resurrection—not that it was a confirmation, but that we are also resurrected with Him as completely new creatures where “all things are new.”

This now places the resurrected believer under a different relationship to the law. What used to be the “law of sin and death” is now “the law of the Spirit of life.” In other words, instead of the law condemning us, the Spirit of life uses the law to change us (John 17:17). It is our responsibility to obey the law with the aid of the Holy Spirit, and that is the very definition of how we love God and others: “If you love me, keep My commandments.”

To define our obedience as an attempt to “justify ourselves” shirks what should be our natural desire to love God and others through obedience which is a result of the new birth. It is eerily reminiscent of the parable of the talents. The whole convoluted Protestant system that supposedly sanctifies our obedience lest it be works is a denial of the new birth and a false assessment of law/gospel.

When Protestant soteriology is accurately assessed, we should expect to find the following in the institutional church: weak sanctification; an overemphasis on the gospel to the exclusion of personal obedience; convoluted theories on how Christ’s obedience is imputed to our lives; overall doctrinal ignorance in regard to wise and powerful living; poor testimonies; a lack of genuine love; cliques; an overemphasis on following men; total dependence on extra-biblical writings; a laity/clergy caste system,  and efforts to protect the institution at all cost.

And that is exactly what we find.


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  1. Michael said, on March 30, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    False… James ch 2 tells us clearly that IF we actually DO have that faith (the faith bestowed upon us by God Himself (eph2:8-9), then we WILL naturally by the Spirit act in a way that validates our rebirth. The fact that people in the church aren’t living lives obediently to Christ is not because of protestantism, it’s because the weight of the Gospel is not taught, people may not actually be born again, or people may not be living a surrendered life to the one who bought their ransom. These things aren’t taught not because the protestant reformation was wrong, but because we’ve mishandled it. I think you and I actually agree that we should be moved to obedience… but I believe it is our changed heart and heartfelt love and understanding of the weight of the sacrifice that causes this, as well as the recognition that it is the power of the blood of Christ that freed us and washed away our sin, rather than a compulsion because “we know we should”. The protestant reformation was the greatest thing since the formation of the church, and should not be blamed. It’s poor preaching and a watered-down gospel proclamation that has caused this current state (as well as not addressing sin or teaching about sanctifcation through submission. God bless you!


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on March 30, 2015 at 2:04 PM

      Micheal, Michael, Michael, Michael,

      The “weight of the Gospel” and the “weight of the sacrifice” has been hammered home in the church since the 1970 Protestant resurgence and presently dominates at least 90% of Protestantism in America. And Michael, we don’t “surrender our lives” to Christ, we believe that we died with Him and are resurrected with Him. Did you not read the article? Protestantism claims that the resurrection was an affirmation that Christ kept the law good enough to be a sacrifice acceptable to God, not something that actually happens to the believer. If you don’t know that, you have no idea what the Protestant Reformation was about. And Michael, we are not “moved to obedience” because of the “weight of the gospel.” We are moved to obedience because we are born into God’s family and are His literal offspring. We glorify God by living as children He is proud of and not ashamed of, not a journey to come to grips with the full weight of His sacrifice. The article states clearly what the progressive justification of the Reformation was, and how it distorts biblical law/gospel. What is unclear about this to you? Again, did you not read the article?


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