Paul's Passing Thoughts

So Goes the Church—So Goes the Culture?

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

ppt-jpeg4I received an email today that reminded me of something that needs to be addressed; this whole idea that the church is the moral compass of society. Viz, so goes the church—so goes the culture

Not only does history fail to bear this out, it’s not a biblical idea.

Let’s begin with some good-old-fashioned common sense. It never fails; pastors point to society’s decadence and blame it on a departure from that society’s faith, and of course, commitment to the church which is supposedly God’s representation on earth.

There is only one problem with that: the church has had 1800 years (“church” was never around until circa 330 AD) to make its case, and when it is all said and done, all we ever hear is the decrying of a great falling away. Regardless of the time and massive resources invested to make the case, society is still going to hell in a handbasket because of a weak church. Supposedly. This makes heavily funded colossal failures like LBJ’s Great Society look like a minor mishap.

Secondly, and supposedly, if society does not get with the church program, God will judge our nation. Susan and I recently talked to a man who shared why he is not going to vote in November: “It’s a waste of time because our nation is under God’s judgement anyway.” I have even heard this recently from the likes of Pastor John MacArthur Jr.

Say, would somebody please tell when and how God announced that? Did He hold a press conference that I missed? America is under God’s judgement because the church big dogs say so? Really?

Thirdly, this is clearly fearmongering for the purpose of manipulation and control.

Fourthly, in all of history, especially medieval times, the darkest days have always been during the times in history when the church ruled over government. In fact, the uber virtuous Protestant Reformation spawned more wars, disease, and death than any other single event in human history. In contrast, Pax Romana ushered in 200 years of unprecedented peace and prosperity….before the church came about sometime in the 4th century.

Fifthly, Christ NEVER issued a mandate to transform any given society. This idea, that He did, is predicated on the false notion that God’s kingdom is presently on earth and its administration is through the church. Not.

No, Dominion theology is unbiblical.

God’s people are to function as a family, because that’s what we are, and make disciples—not transform any given society.



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  1. John said, on September 15, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Yes, and to spread the Gospel as Jesus has asked us so that this family of God can grow. By the way, who is calling the shots in the world today? Society or the Church? Society; it’s all around you. Jesus himself was not interested in taking over the government when he was on earth and has never asked us to either.
    Fine little piece, Paul. Much thanks.


  2. BARBARA MCINERNEY said, on September 16, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Good morning Paul! I always knew it was wrong! Fearmongering! People who think they are above us will say the darnedest things! Hillary even claimed to know lots about the recent hurricane and we should all beware because “there are more to come.” Think of what we are to believe about global warming! The philosopher-kings of the church use the powerful tool of Fearmongering to capture, possess and enslave. I am having aha moment…Thank you Paul, keep on shining those beams of light my way.

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on September 16, 2016 at 8:14 AM

      Hey Barb, it’s amazing what becomes obvious when you take a peek for yourself. John’s, I think, second session at TANC 2012 outlined how the Protestant Reformation totally set Europe on fire with wars, plague, and political intrigue.


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