Paul's Passing Thoughts

When is Enough, Enough? It’s Time for Churchless Christianity

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 15, 2016

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Let me begin this post by noting this week’s Protestant rock star that got caught with both hands in the cookie jar: Darren Patrick. Like Tullian Tchividjian, after preaching anti-moralism for years to the sounds of “amen” coming from masses of adoring followers, he was forced to resign for a “historical pattern of sin.” Is there anything more confused than a Protestant? At least Catholics know what they believe and their doctrine is reasonably consistent though wrong.

Also, note the cause of Patrick’s demise: “historical pattern of sin.” That means everybody in the upper caste system knew for years, but keeping Patrick in the limelight became bad for business. In the case of Mark Driscoll, his tyranny was common knowledge for years; yet the supposed reason for his termination. We will probably never know the real reason he was thrown under the bus, pun intended. While Protestants vehemently deny their serial man-following, the demise of these leaders invariably results in the collapse of the ministry empires founded on their names.

And again, while extolling the total depravity of the saints and demanding a “lifestyle of repentance” from the herd, ministries seek to cover-up the sins of their patron gods like in the case of RC Sproul Jr. A well-known friend of RC Sproul Sr., John MacArthur Jr., once demanded that Stuart Scott resign as pastor because Scott’s emancipated children were misbehaving. This is why Scott is now plying his biblical counseling snake oil trade in Louisville KY rather than California. But of course, we will hear no similar demand from MacArthur in regard to the iconic RC Sproul Sr. Why? Because like all Protestant popes, MacArthur is a serial hypocrite.

Well, enough of that as there is only one thing that could ever rival the number of these instances in the Protestant church; the sands of the seas and oceans. If you doubt that, spend a day surfing the discernment blogs.

This brings us to a worthy thought: the problem with Bible interpretation is not its supposed depth and mystery, but rather its utter simplicity. Bless your heart, are you confused by “all of them-there big theological words”? Jesus tried to make it very easy for everyone; even those who are lazy thinkers: “By their fruits you will know them.” Got that? How hard is this? At what point do you ask yourself what the real problem is in all of this?

Which brings us to the main point of this post. I am writing this post about a trending Protestant event; this is a criterion that I abandoned some time ago because evil in the Protestant church is no longer newsworthy. However, though we tire of the business-as-usual evil reported on the local news, at times, there is an eruption of evil that really gets our attention.

Yes, this week, one such eruption of evil occurred at the bi-annual T4G (Together for Gospel Contemplationism) “pastors” conference in Louisville KY. CJ Mahaney, who has been under fire for the exact same leadership sins as those aforementioned, was a keynote speaker at the event. The caste overseers have seen fit to salvage him for whatever their reasons are, but belaboring the double standard would be a gross overstatement.

And of course, Protestant evil rarely yields at the local news level: the not-so-circumstantial evidence points to the fact that CJ Mahaney was complicit in covering up multiple instances of child rape. Apparently, the victims have an attorney that is the last person you would ever want coming after you legally and the litigation is ongoing.

Whatever happened to an elder being “beyond reproach”? Here at PPT, the following fact is a broken record, but here we go again: the Protestant Reformation denied a grammatical interpretation of the Bible. Sure, grammatical interpretation is used in sentences that lead to a metaphysical redemptive outcome which these snake oil salesmen fail to mention while picking your intellectual pockets, but this is why they don’t see their decision to invite Mahaney as any kind of biblical anomaly whatsoever. Few of their followers have any idea how these guys actually interpret reality itself. There is a reason why they act in direct contradiction to a grammatical interpretation of the Bible, time, after time, after time. It’s simple; that’s not the way they interpret the Bible…or reality.

Let’s pause for a moment to consider the good people in the Protestant church. Seriously, they are little different from the clueless lot that supported Nazism by default. “You mean Hitler really meant what he said when he said it? And when he did what he did, my assumptions about the appearance thereof of were mistaken? Someone who seemed so together could really be that evil?” Yup.

Whatever the assumptions are in regard to what the T4G gang were thinking when they invited Mahaney, let’s look at what they actually did. Inviting Mahaney is one thing, but Dr. Albert Mohler actually mocked the rape victims. He used his intellectualism and humor to do so subtly, but the points were not hard to miss. In light of the quality of attorney and zeal in seeking Mahaney’s head, this displays a stunning level of arrogance on Mohler’s part. I mean, for example, how many national sports titles have been lost by trash talk that ginned up the competition’s resolve? So, in light of the tenacity already displayed by the victims’ legal team, Molher scoffs because he places confidence in the power of the evangelical industrial complex paid for by the good well-meaning Protestant herd. Remember, this guy is President of Southern Theological Seminary; the flagship seminary of the largest Protestant denomination in the world.

The Protestant herd is complicit in the evil. A good example is John Owen’s pathetic protest in regard to the Protestant church-state executing “heretics” before the American Revolution came along: “If state physicians think otherwise, I say no more, but I am not of the college.” Gee whiz, I bet those on death row awaiting execution by the Protestant church-state really appreciated that uncompromising attaboy from Owen. At any rate, it is an apt example of the same mentality coming from the Protestant herd who think they are saved by church membership and thereby putting themselves under the “authority of godly men.”

Telling on this wise is video recorded of the SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [or Protestant popes]) protest at this year’s T4G. The organization had requested that Mahaney be removed from the speaking schedule. In the video, thousands can be seen walking past the protestors with complete indifference.

Ironically, the theme of this year’s T4G conference was “We Are Protestant: The Reformation at 500” highlighting the Protestant protest against the Catholic Church which also excels in covering up child rape. In spite of Pope Francis’ hardcore rhetoric, the cover-ups and reinstatement of rapist priests continue unabated (SNAP continues to document case, after case, after case). And regardless of this, the Catholic Church is presently experiencing historical growth in numbers.

How can this be? It’s not the least bit complicated; it’s all about salvation via the church institution. Whether organizations like SNAP or discernment blogs, the goal is to save the salvific institution because that’s our only way to heaven. But one must ask: how can the T4G popes ignore a plea like this one with cold indifference? Because those confronting T4G have no idea what Protestantism is really about. If it seems like the Protestant popes have some sort of other-than-normal view of reality—it’s because they do.

Even if one finds a “good church,” separation from directly or indirectly supporting the overall evangelical institution is impossible. Besides, more than anything, the root problem is the institutionalization of Christ’s body that began in the 4th century and became the Catholic Church. Protestants can call themselves “protestants” all day long, but in the final analysis, the Reformation was just a continuation of the same old pagan-state caste system that monopolized world history until the American Revolution.

Despite the outcry for hundreds of years it’s business as usual in the Catholic Church, and as Protestantism continues to bring its true roots more into focus, it will catch up with the monster that birthed it…Roman Catholicism. The fruits of child rape are the same because they both believe in the same caste logic. Theological debate between the two is just bickering among reprobates who dress well.

Go to church if you will, but obviously, if something bad happens, you are totally on your own and without recourse. It has now come to the point where Protestant leaders are openly mocking rape victims. Trust me, others will receive even more disdain. In addition, why would it be acceptable for these things to be taking place as long as it doesn’t happen to you? And why are you funding it?

But God was way ahead of the curve in regard to all of this drama. He left us a true model for Christian fellowship in the New Testament. Everything after that is church history full of religious wars and unspeakable brutality. This is unacceptable; Christ made His expectations clear in letters to seven assemblies (Revelation).

That’s why it is time for churchless Christianity.

paul

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  1. jeff said, on April 16, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    As much as I am disturbed by all the bad news you mentioned above, leaving the church doesn’t seem like the answer (unless I’m reading your conclusion incorrectly). I think the new trend will be to smaller churches again, getting away from the megachurch celebrity stuff. The church is way off, won’t argue that. But there has always been a remnant. No church equals no spiritual growth, according to Ephesians 4. If it weren’t for that passage and those like it, I would have checked out long ago. The fact that big name people are morons and other morons support them, doesn’t mean the whole church is moronic. At least, that’s the hope I hang onto!

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    • Andy Young, PPT contributing editor said, on April 16, 2016 at 9:26 AM

      Jeff,

      No, you are reading the conclusion correctly. And yes, the answer IS leaving the church…at least the “church” as it has been institutionalized since the 4th century and now manifests itself in protestantism and all its strains. “Church” IS the problem with church because it is predicated on authority, and the results are a matter of record. But God’s “assembly” is a BODY that is predicated on fellowship, where spiritual growth and edification happens as believers fellowship together and exercise their spiritual gifts. I can tell you for certainty that the best thing I ever did was get my family out of “church”!

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  2. republican mother said, on April 17, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Love your blog!
    Believe in your cause!

    Isaac Newton said the only denomination not to be part of Rome was the Baptist one. Was it Vernon McGee who said the church began in the home and it will end in the home? It would be poetic for the church to come back to where it started.

    I’m about to pack up mt kids to my brick and mortar church around the corner. It’s a small outfit with good people, but they’re clueless about the Augustinian junk that is infiltrating our literature. Might just drop some truth bombs today!

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    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on April 18, 2016 at 10:32 AM

      RM,

      I will have to Google the possible VM citation–that would be a keeper. Sure, Susan and I have thought that maybe getting some location somewhere and at least teaching a true gospel would be huge, but right away out of the gate you are pressured to get people there to pay the rent and light bill. Not good. Straightaway spiritual priorities are focused on infrastructure. It’s ALL about the authority aspect. A body, not an institution; leadership, not authority; fellowship, not membership; the priesthood of believers, not Protestant popes.

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    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on April 18, 2016 at 11:47 AM

      J. Vernon McGee predicted, “the Christians met in homes. I used to hold the viewpoint and I still do . . . that as the church started in the home, it is going to come back to the home.”

      ~ J. Vernon McGee, Thru The Bible: Philippians and Colossians (Nashville: Thomas
      Nelson, 1991 ), p.190

      https://www.ntrf.org/articles/article_detail.php?PRKey=50#_ftn24

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