Paul's Passing Thoughts

I Repent of Supporting Calvinism

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on June 16, 2015

Yes, I have seen the light, and will now repent of supporting Calvinism. It’s funny how one’s search for the truth is highlighted with lightbulb moments here and there along the way. The most recent drama trending among the discernment blogs is the story reported by Fox News here.

When the couple shared what the church did, and the fact that they were looking for a new church, the lightbulb moment occurred. By “exposing” what the church did, and announcing that they were looking for a new church, they are sending a clear message that the problem is with that particular church, and not the ideology that led to the behavior.

In case anybody hasn’t noticed, there is a whole bunch of misbehaving going on in the Protestant institutional church. By focusing on the behavior, which by the way is both similar and rampant, we facilitate the survival of the ideology that is causing the abuse. It would seem that all of these churches are behaving according to the same playbook; that’s because they are.

Said another way: by separating the behavior from the doctrine, the doctrine that is causing the abuse is getting a pass. Like all discernment blogs, I am guilty of this as well. I have two blogs that detail what happened to me and my family at Clearcreek Chapel. I now see that those blogs are actually promoting Calvinism.

How? The blogs point the finger at Clearcreek Chapel and not the ideology. Really, it was all a misunderstanding; I thought I was a Protestant, and really didn’t know what a Protestant is. By thinking I was a Protestant and hanging out with Protestants, I found out the hard way what a Protestant is.

How we underestimate the power in Jesus’ words: “Beware of the traditions of men.” Ya, no kidding.

It’s the tradition, stupid, not the behavior. Stop supporting Calvinism.


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  1. A Mom said, on June 16, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    “It’s the tradition, stupid, not the behavior. Stop supporting Calvinism.”

    I think it’s both & ALL of it needs to be looked at in the light of day – the tree, the root & the fruit. I don’t think you need to apologize for examining fruit. You also realized, over time, the tree & root itself was bad. And you are helping others come to this conclusion by presenting your research.

    It is right to alert & warn others to bad behavior & abuse. Just as necessary: The tree & roots need to be identified… and dug up…. in order to stop the poisonous fruit from falling into our yards & wreaking havoc each season.

    It is right & logical to go beyond the behavior to look at the tree & root, to look at the beliefs that excuse & promote behavior that disgust even unbelievers.

    I’m very glad fruit is being exposed. It’s necessary. Occupants in a smoking house NEED to be alerted so they can get out. AND then the work begins to find out why. That work to identify why is extremely important.

    I have noticed that the arsonist fire marshals are getting too much coaching & kind advice on how to “smooth things over”. Good grief! In the secular world, arsonist fire marshals would face real consequences. What’s wrong with that?


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on June 16, 2015 at 1:33 PM


      I concur, but a focus on the fruit alone, or an overemphasis on the fruit clearly gives the doctrine a pass. Hence, I firmly believe WWatch has clearly contribution to abuse by propagating the idea that the behavior alone is the problem. There is no problem with the doctrine at all, no, no, we must merely call out the bad apples. Well, the bad apples come from the tree, and the tree is fed by the roots.


  2. lydia00 said, on June 21, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    My take is that at some point, the idea of “if we just find the right leaders” OR worse, “If our leaders would just repent and act like Christians” all will be ok——is horribly shallow but sadly a typical step toward actually questioning the beliefs behind the behavior. I have yet so see anyone discussing spiritual abuse not go through this. Yes, some stay there.

    At some point people either accept it or they acknowledge that all behavior is driven by what one thinks and believes. That can take YEARS. It did for me because I had bought into a totally abherrent understanding of forgiveness. I was paralyzed by this false doctrine taught in so many seeker churches which are really not that different from Calvinism—-Protestant theology—- where they separate the person from their behavior. It is not even logical.

    You know what really kills me about this? They don’t usually raise their kids this way. So what they excuse in adults they would not necessarily advocate for their own kids.

    Oh, it is ok if you hit mommy all the time. I will just keep forgiving you as you do it. You are not responsible for your behavior. You are a sinner saved by grace so just go ahead. If you say sorry each time I will believe it even when you keep on hitting me….blah,blah

    They expect better behavior from their own kids than they do their “Christian leaders”. It is uncanny.


  3. Ryan said, on June 25, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Lydia, that idea of “if we just find the right leaders” is exactly the excuse used by devoted communists when they are confronted by the horrific history of death and misery perpetuated by the vile ideology they believe in. A few years back, a Romanian Marxist professor who had fled Romania after the fall of the Ceausescu regime told the class I was in the exact same thing. Some sick stuff.


  4. Ryan said, on June 25, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    God, I also repent of supporting Calvinism and its underlying philosophies. Amen.


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