Paul's Passing Thoughts

Protestantism

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on March 7, 2017

Worldview

Its worldview is dualism; everything is either 100% evil or unable to know reality, or 100% good and all-knowing. All of reality is interpreted by defining all elements of reality as 100% evil or 100% good. This worldview displays itself in Protestant preaching on Sunday mornings as the message will move from one isolated standalone point to the next to draw specific conclusions. All points will be presented categorically as evil or good leading to a desired conclusion. On these points a tacit nod may be given to some perceived goodness in something being categorized as evil followed by “but….” The “but” will point out that even the goodness in the evil distracts from the 100% good which makes the perceived good evil as well. This is known as the “emphasis hermeneutic.” It is used to nuance the strict dualism.

Interpretation

All of reality is interpreted and defined by metaphysical narrative. This is history and reality as a story written by a superior being or force. In Protestantism, this is the historical-redemptive hermeneutic. God wrote a story about His self-love revealed through salvation. All of reality is this story. All characters and history are written into the plot for the sole purpose of glorifying God in the story. Everyone’s life is a mere part of the gospel story for the sole purpose of glorifying God. Every person’s fate is sealed from the beginning according to how God wrote them into the script. Therefore, the gospel is “sovereign.”

Life Application

The life application is caste. “Believers” submit themselves to those God has preordained as ministers of the gospel narrative. The church’s role is to “show forth the unfolding of the Divine drama” through corporate worship. Life application is the plenary forfeiture of self-existence to the authority of the church.

The Doctrine of Salvation

The theological definition is progressive justification. One’s salvation unfolds per the Divine drama. In fact, because all of reality is a gospel story, everything in reality is also progressing towards “final justification” including the material world.

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  1. Argo said, on March 7, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Paul, sorry if this question is not directly relevant to this post, but…

    Would you consider it accurate to say the Protestants, particularly the Reformed, consider Christ the incarnation of the Law as opposed to the incarnation of God?

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    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on March 7, 2017 at 11:09 AM

      No, they don’t go that far; it is more accurate to say that they make the law a fourth member of the Trinity that can give life. This is set against Paul’s exact argument in Galatians three. There is only “one seed.” If justification is by the law, regardless of who fulfills it, the law is an additional seed (offspring). This is Paul’s specific argument in that chapter.

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  2. John said, on March 7, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Protestantism is like Roman Catholicism but with double beds in the confessionals.

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  3. Argo said, on March 7, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    That makes sense. They give it the power of the Trinity while making a distinction; the “fourth member” of a trifecta…so they never will ACTUALLY call it that but will practically apply it as such. This way they can’t really be called “legalists”.

    Very sneaky.

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    • Andy Young, PPT contributing editor said, on March 7, 2017 at 11:28 AM

      I think people are keenly aware of the cognitive dissonace this creates. The leaders will “say” one thing but it will present itself as otherwise in practical outworking. The result is that you have people who are in a constant state of confusion about works and obedience and “legalism”, whether or not they are really saved, am I sinning because I feel good about something good I did? Etc.

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  4. lydia00 said, on March 8, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    “I think people are keenly aware of the cognitive dissonace this creates. The leaders will “say” one thing but it will present itself as otherwise in practical outworking. The result is that you have people who are in a constant state of confusion about works and obedience and “legalism”, whether or not they are really saved, am I sinning because I feel good about something good I did? Etc.”

    Andy, I think you nailed it. One thing I noticed with those not making a living from Calvin but only followers is they had a hard time practicing it. It was sort of this constant confusion over whether they should focus on their sin more or do something. This usually plays out obeying the leaders— to be safe. They eventually equate obeying leaders with obeying God.

    This is especially obvious in a church taken over by YRR. Within a year, you can feel the strain, tension, chaos going on. At first all the emotionalism of what horrible sinners we are seems purifying but eventually it just wears people down and turns them quite petty.. Pretty soon, people see sin in some of the most obscure words or behaviors that would have gone unnoticed before. The sin sniffing culture has ensued without people even realizing it. Yet they still smile and pretend all is well.

    The most interesting part is the leaders become like Teflon above the fray. Nothing sticks to them. Any mention of a problem is gossip so they control the message and information. This environment makes people easier to control. It really is insidious. And it’s cultic.

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