Why Does TANC Confront Churches?
As recovering Protestants it is important to reevaluate what we do and why we do it from time to time. As an alcoholic craves liquor, Protestants crave guilt and condemnation; so, unhealthy introspection will continue to be with us to some degree. Not only that, we struggle with the guilt of doing things for the Lord without elder approval. There seems to be a little voice whispering in our ear, “What if they are the Lord’s anointed?” followed by balmy hands and rapid, shallow breathing. I understand.
So, let’s reevaluate why TANC Ministries confronts abusive evangelical churches publically. Sure, the basic reason is Matthew 18:15-20, but in most cases Protestant elders are going to reject the use of that process from the perspective of an offended congregant. That doesn’t fit their authority motif. Elders don’t answer to the peasantry even though the peasantry pays their way.
Here are some reasons why we do it. The Neo-Calvinist movement is returning the Protestant church back to its medieval traditions. Remember, the founding orthodoxy of Protestantism was structured around the church-states of that time. After the American Revolution the Protestant church no longer had the state at its disposal to enforce orthodoxy, so they improvised with manipulation and mind control. This is the cradle of cultism. This is where the concept of cult was born. Americanism also gave birth to Communism. These two, Cultism and Communism filled the void of America’s eradication of the church-state.
Therefore, what we are seeing in our day is Protestantism as cult. When we publically confront these closed societies, we are educating people at large, and warning others away from the danger of brainwashing. That’s not only a duty before God, it’s a civic duty. Moreover, it’s evangelism: Protestantism has become one of the largest venues for evangelism in our day as its false gospel of progressive justification is the tree that bears its cultish fruit of control-lust.
Why are so many false religions like Protestantism so heck-bent on justification by the law even though in this case Jesus supposedly keeps it for us? This whole idea of “The righteous demands of the law.” The Bible tells us. Sin is fed by the law’s condemnation. When a person is under the condemnation of the law, somehow, sin is able to use that to create sinful desires within the person. The continued obedience to that desire results in enslavement to any given sin otherwise dubbed, “addictions.”
In a born again believer sin yet dwells in our mortality, but because Christ ended the law’s condemnation on the cross its ability to enslave us is ended. The Bible explains the results of the new birth: it’s a reversal of freedom and enslavement. Those under the condemnation of the law are free to do good but enslaved to unrighteousness; those who have been born again are free to sin but enslaved to righteousness. In the unbeliever, desires become so intense that they are unable to say “no” to them. But those who are no longer under the condemnation of the law are able to say “no” (Titus 2:12) to sinful desires. Because we are “weak” we will fail at times to say no, but the ability to do so for the right motive is present because of our change of being…not a mere “legal declaration.” Don’t be misled by the piety of some Protestant leaders; a desire to control people is no less a sinful desire than murder.
Remember what Protestants did in the beginning under church-states if you disobeyed them. And take note in regard to how present-day Protestant scholars give John Calvin et al a pass accordingly. They were supposedly, “men of the times.” Right, during the times of church-states. To assume the same wouldn’t happen today without American jurisprudence is egregiously naive.
That’s why we do what we do. It is an opportunity to show people how to be under the law of love as opposed to the law of sin and death.