Paul's Passing Thoughts

Why Going to Church is Disobedience Against God

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 13, 2016

eec5c9fa7c36e18aa5f7da878d739c1bGoing to church violates a plethora of biblical commandments, but this post will focus on a particular three: Philippians 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:6, and Hebrews 10:24, 25.

Granted, the point being made by this post was arguable twenty years ago when Protestants were confused for the better, but since the Neo-Protestant resurgence is in full swing and has taken over the vast majority of evangelical churches in our day the point is now valid.

The displayed image with this post illustrates the crux of authentic Protestant sanctification. Notice that the focus is our sin, and the idea that we are a bottomless resource of unexposed sin. The downward trajectory is the focus in order to glorify God (the upward trajectory) and “make much of the gospel” (the bigger cross).

Problem is, the apostle Paul instructed us to “dwell” on what is honorable and good, not evil; ie., sin. See Philippians 4:8. Furthermore, and this addition is for free, Romans 6:6 states that in the saved person the body of sin has been brought to nothing. If that’s true, how is an application of the bottom downward trajectory even possible?

Secondly, Protestant worship at church is predicated on the official Reformation doctrine of mortification and vivification. As we repent in lieu of the sin-sniffing required at church (mortification), we once again rejoice in the saving mercy of Christ (vivification). This is facilitated by the praise and worship music presently popular in contemporary churches. In fact, the praise and worship construct of today’s evangelical churches is specifically geared towards vivification. In other words, the popularity of praise and worship music in our day didn’t just happen for any reason; it came into vogue as a result of the Neo-Protestant resurgence. This is how one John MacArthur Jr. colleague explains it:

“Progressive sanctification has two parts: mortification and vivification, ‘both of which happen to us by participation in Christ,’ as Calvin notes….Subjectively experiencing this definitive reality signified and sealed to us in our baptism requires a daily dying and rising. That is what the Reformers meant by sanctification as a living out of our baptism….and this conversion yields lifelong mortification and vivification ‘again and again.’ Yet it is critical to remind ourselves that in this daily human act of turning, we are always turning not only from sin but toward Christ rather than toward our own experience or piety” (Michael Horton: The Christian Faith; mortification and vivification, pp. 661-663 [Calvin Inst. 3.3.2-9]).


“God gathers his people together in a covenantal event to judge and to justify, to kill and to make alive. The emphasis is on God’s work for us – the Father’s gracious plan, the Son’s saving life, death, and resurrection, and the Spirit’s work of bringing life to the valley of dry bones through the proclamation of Christ. The preaching focuses on God’s work in the history of redemption from Genesis through Revelation, and sinners are swept into this unfolding drama” (Christless Christianity p. 189).

So, Sunday “worship” is a “dying and raising.” We die to self via sin-sniffing resulting in the exaltation of vivification facilitated by gospel praise and worship music. We go in lowly and humble resulting in a resurrection of rejoicing.

What scripture does this violate? 1 Corinthians 13:6 which informs us that love does not rejoice in evil. In contrast, the Protestant doctrine of mortification and vivification results in a joyful resurrection from dwelling on sin.

And lastly, going to church for this reason, is in contrast to the biblical purpose for gathering together as stated by Hebrews 10:24, 25—to encourage each other unto good works.

What is the alternative? Get a Bible and assemble together weekly with like-minded believers for that very purpose, not dwelling on things that have been brought to nothing through Christ’s death on the cross.


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  1. John said, on October 13, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    A Calvinist/Reformed puppet is not able to surprise anyone (should one want to play hide-and-seek with one, for some weird reason), as one can hear the mile-long ball and chain attached to the puppet days away. These protestants go to church to be punished, willingly, aren’t they? And then they go home and punish their families (wives, children, etc.) because it’s Sola Eldera.

    The thing is, I still love and pray for those whom are unknowingly trapped in these doctrines of disgrace/damnation/consternation with all its fancy, pretentious words. I am not stupid; many in that cult know exactly how the land lies.

    Really, just hearing the names MacArthur, Sproul, Calvin, Augustine, White, Pink, Mahaney, Mohler, Platt, etc., makes me want to eat sushi with my eyes closed.

    “Sergeant Pepper’s lowly worm’s club cult, meeting this Sunday in a synagogue near you. Dress code: pharisaical. No salvation or joyful fellowship offered, but be prepared to be flogged mentally and emotionally until you realize you hate God, that God hates you, and that happiness in Christ are for those intellectually inferior retards who believe the biblical Gospel.”


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 14, 2016 at 6:57 AM

      Thinking back to my church experience of the past everything was always about sin and the “gospel.” Now I know why.


  2. John said, on October 14, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Yes, I understand (I grew up in one of those, against my will but within God’s will, of course; and then accidentally stepped into one—can’t call it a church—years later. This one pretended not to be Calvinist but it was taken over effortlessly and cunningly by MacArthur’s acolytes behind the scenes. I left before one could say “not tithing is a sin, you lowly, useless sinner and dead wood passenger”). The phone calls, threats, gossip, slander, and edifying curses upon my life I subsequently received were so lovely and uplifting. I think the words “hell,” “lost,” and “big mistake” came up a few times. Yes, and “our church is the only true way” came up like tulips all over the place.

    You (and a younger me, and thousands of others) were being “saved” and “justified” and kept part of the “elect” week after week, after being put down week after week after week; you know the story. Seriously, should someone dare stand up during one of their gatherings of the lowly worms (Sunday “service”) and try to share the biblical Gospel (the one you present on PPT, not the by invite-only monstrosity ), one may not make it to one’s vehicle in one piece.

    All that cult is missing are armed guards at the door—not to prevent you from entering the tabernacle, but to prevent you from leaving. But it’s all for “god’s glory.” Don’t. Forget. That. Oh, and for Calvin— peace be upon him.


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