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Protestant Pastors Must Resign If They Make the Cross Too Big Which Begs the Question…

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 27, 2016

TT6Tullian Tchividjian is a good example of Protestant pastors who must resign when their “Glorious Ruin” becomes too ruinous. Tchividjian recently wrote a post on a website devoted to pastors who got caught with both hands in the cookie jar.

Apparently, the only logical conclusion to be drawn from the post is that while Tullian was a “celebrity pastor” he was not free until he got caught. Hence, thousands of Protestants were following after a man who by his own estimation was in bondage.

He also wrote a very popular book titled, “Jesus + Nothing = Everything.” According to his own testimony in the post, during the time that thousands, perhaps millions were falling all over each other to follow him he had everything, but only now is free since he has lost it all because he got caught.

And as the purpose of expastor.com unfolds so does a very familiar pattern: most of these guys are restored to the ministry. Is this over the top or what? Tullian is all but telling people outright that he duped them, but like all of these guys, they get back into ministry by waving the magic Grace wand. Seriously, the word “grace” seems to put Christians en masse into some kind of catatonic trance. However, what it really boils down to is authority as truth. Since God does not make mistakes, and his past celebrity status confirms that he was originally God’s anointed, the fix is in.

But it begs a question that we will ask soon. By his own testimony, Tullian confesses that he preached the following gospel for years:

I never pretended to have it all together. In fact, one of the reasons people listened to my sermons and read my books and came out to hear me speak when I was traveling is because I was honest about my brokenness and the amazing grace of God that covers us at our worst. I was known for saying that God loves bad people because bad people are all that there are. So I knew I was bad. I just didn’t know I was THAT bad.

The truth is, though, that we are very good lawyers when it comes to our own mistakes, but very good judges when it comes to the mistakes of others. As one of my counselors told me early on, circumstances don’t create the condition of the heart. Rather, circumstances reveal the condition of the heart. And what was revealed to me about my heart in the fiery hotness of dire circumstances was scary and destructive.

This brings us to the illustration we often use here at TANC Ministries to explain the Protestant gospel. This is a Reformed illustration, not one formulated by this ministry. Note the primary role of the believer; sin-sniffing and “finding the sin under the sin.”

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Tullian’s case in the post goes like this:

How did I get to this point of total desperation? How did I arrive at that dark place where I actually wanted to kill myself?

What I see now that I couldn’t see then is that this explosion had been building for a few years. The shift from locating my identity in the message of the Gospel to locating my identity in my success as a messenger of the Gospel was slow and subtle. It came on like the slow creep of the tide rather than a sudden tidal wave. I painfully learned that the more you anchor your identity and sense of worth in something or someone smaller than God, the more pain you will experience when you lose it all.

My confidence was severely misplaced: Confidence in status, reputation, power and position, the way I spoke, the praise I received, financial security and success. In other words, confidence in things that were smaller than God and his grace—confidence in things that were unstable and fleeting and easily taken away. Because I had existentially located my significance in things smaller than God, my loss did not simply usher in grief and pain and shame and regret. It ushered in a severe identity crisis. Without these things and people that I had come to depend on to make me feel like I mattered, I no longer knew who I was. I felt dead. Therefore, I might as well be dead.

In other words, he stopped focusing on the downward trajectory that makes the cross bigger and people smaller. According to him, fame did this, but note who he subtly blames for that; his followers who showered him with cash and praise—it’s their fault. Look, Protestants fall for this every time.

But now we get to our question. At what point in the downward trajectory is a pastor disqualified? While making the cross bigger, does he invariably disqualify himself? And, is the question really whether or not he acts on what he sees? So, in other words, it’s ok if this stuff is in his heart but he doesn’t act on what he sees in his heart? By the way, the Bible states that it is impossible to not act on what is in our heart unless we repent and take action against it. But wouldn’t that make the cross smaller?

Is all this ridiculous much? It begs yet another question: Is there anything goofier than a Protestant?

paul

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  1. John said, on October 27, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    About Tchividjian (American Protestant Idol, Season 238). “He’s made narcissism (the song; what a cliche) his own. He believed he could fly; he believed he could touch the sky,” said one of the judges, not I.

    This false teacher is so in love with himself: He is an amorous, elitist, and malignant narcissist. Watch him make a comeback, and watch the sheep drool over it. His defenders (fellow Reformers and Calvinists) will tell you, “You know, the sin that’s in him is the same sin that’s in the various women he had sexual relations with as a pastor.” Rubbish; that’s a cop-out; a cheap one, a mean one…the type of excuse you pull out of your hat as though it’s cute little fluffy “grace” rabbit. Tchividjian is,after all, just a “broken vessel,” the type God uses most and best to lead a flock, despite what the Bible says. He’s just a lowly worm; God’s favourite type of moral leader. He is just an actor in a play; it was not his fault. Rubbish. Times three.

    Protestant pastors should resign en masse (Reformation Day, 31 October, would be a wonderful time to do the world that favour), and I think there should only be one reason for these resignations: to set people free from the perpetuating evil these “men of god” have spat forth from the power houses they themselves have built.

    Paul, your final question, “Is there anything goofier than a Protestant?” No, perhaps only one who believes another Protestant.

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  2. steeliedave said, on October 29, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    “they get back into ministry by waving the magic Grace wand. Seriously, the word “grace” seems to put Christians en masse into some kind of catatonic trance.”

    Loved this. I used to be catatonic now I’m apoplectic over the whole ruse…great post Paul

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    • John said, on October 30, 2016 at 7:31 AM

      Ya, steeliedave, but isn’t it just most convenient that they wave that magic, fluffy “grace” wand when they are the ones knee deep in the roasted potatoes? If it were you or I; oh boy, “Sinner! You got what you asked for, mocker of God! Out into the darkness with you while we reveal your supposedly confidential sins to the paying audience. I bind it: you’re not saved anymore, and so it’s bound in heaven too. You know, all power in heaven has been given to me…yak-yak-yak…”
      Come, Lord Jesus, and end this charade and evil travesties that are taking place in your name.

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      • steeliedave said, on October 30, 2016 at 9:42 AM

        Brother, I know whereof you speak. Having been shunned and excommunicated because I was unrepentant (really I just couldn’t find a job…2008 recession killed my career. But irony of ironies I found a job the very next day after I got the sanctified boot…), I am most delighted to wear the moniker they have fashioned for me in their twilight zone/alternate reality/bizzaro world. Their krypton items are to no avail anymore since I quit playing the game…and I’m supremely happen for it. God bless the truth!

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      • steeliedave said, on October 30, 2016 at 9:44 AM

        So so happy to wear that moniker of sinner.

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  3. Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 30, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    One can take great comfort in that tyrants always set you free in their misguided attempts to enslave you.

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    • John said, on October 30, 2016 at 10:05 AM

      The irony is so sweet. The day I left the “church,” I could physically hear the chains fall to the floor. The next day, they called me (the pastor-god) and put more curses on me than a Greyhound bus could hold, and he promised me I would get nowhere without “them” (nothing about God, but all about “them.”)
      A month or so later, that same “church” turned into a full blown cult when one of Big Mac’s strange-and-somewhat-perverted boys took over.
      As I said, irony is so sweet sometimes.

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