Paul's Passing Thoughts

The Four Types of Protestant Gnostic Dualism and Their Life Application

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 25, 2017

The Reformation made the Bible accountable to world philosophy. For the most part, Plato was clearly their authority and prism for Bible interpretation. There are four models for how Protestant dualism is applied to life. Andy Young explains one of them here, and aptly explains the right alternative, so I will not have to duplicate that here. Simply stated, this dualism either takes place inside of man or outside of man, and with ability or non-ability. The model explained by Andy takes place inside of man via two natures coupled with an ability to partake in a struggle between the two natures.  

First, let’s define dualism. Dualism is the basis for all world religions and was introduced in the garden by the serpent. This shouldn’t surprise us too much if you think about it. Boiled down to the least common denominator, it teaches that God’s creation is evil. It calls that which is good, “evil.” God supposedly created evil to make a cosmic point about His glory. To make His goodness known, He created a contrast to compare it with. Everything material is evil, and everything invisible is good.

Let’s look at the second type of dualism. The “new creature” is given the inner ability to “yield,” and the dualism is two realms that pressure him/her from the outside. At any given point, the “believer” YIELDS to one realm or the other.

The third type is closer to the authentic Reformation philosophy which by the way has rare understanding in Protestant circles. Per the usual, the “believer” remains unchanged, but the Holy Spirit works inside of the believer. So, two of the models have ability to act by the “believer,” and two exclude any ability of the believer to act, but only “see” or perceive. In this third model, everything done that is pleasing to God is performed by the indwelling Spirit. Other than the actions performed by the indwelling Spirit, the “believer” is merely performing his/her usual evil activity. Even in cases where the “believer” seems to do something good there are selfish or evil motives involved.

In the fourth type that is authentic Protestant ideology in its purist form, everything is outside of the “believer” and like the third model the person has NO ability to act, but only to perceive. “Faith” is defined as an ability to perceive the model while denying that any good work can be done by any person lost or saved. In this model, humans are passive in the material realm until acted upon by the invisible realm. This is where all the “we are dead” verbiage comes from. Everything that exists and moves in the material realm is evil, and the only good that takes place is an action by the invisible realm. Regarding good works we are passive until acted upon from the invisible realm. Martin Luther described it as man being like water; it just sits there dormant until acted upon by temperature or gravity. Man is dead in trespasses and sin until God acts.

Of course, Protestant views that attempt to make the believer’s life by faith alone are the epitome of a steroidal salmagundi monstrosity. Once salvation is an unfinished event that must be completed under the auspices of some earthly authority, the downward spiral of confusion begins because it’s like trying to fit a round peg in a square whole. Because salvation is not finished and is a work by God alone, and we are living in the unfinished process, we have to figure out a formula for living a good life without doing anything lest it be works salvation.

paul  

Additional information: the three basic models of Gnostic epistemology; not to be confused with application. This is the difference between how the information is supposedly known and how it is applied.  

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  1. John said, on April 25, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    A living nightmare in a madhouse. That’s Protestantism. It makes as much sense as a tricycle on the Autobahn, except that it’s going to get you killed.

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