Paul's Passing Thoughts

Man’s Inner Court and The Protestant Total Depravity Lie

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 26, 2017

ppt-jpeg4Protestantism is a unique religion in that nothing of it is true. It even lacks a body of facts used in the commission of lies. It has redefined every biblical definition regarding the meaning of words; more than likely, there is no other religion that possesses such plenary falsehood. Nothing exemplifies arrogant confusion more than a Protestant. 

Moreover, its orthodoxy is the essence of sin because it seeks to control people through condemnation. That’s how sin is presented in the Bible. It is posed as a master that enslaves people through condemnation. In this process, Protestant scholars will spare no heartless lie that tramples the love of God underfoot in its lust to control others.

One such lie is limited atonement. Because Protestantism also distinguishes itself as God’s counselor, this doctrine reminds God that He wouldn’t be stupid enough to die for people that He hasn’t chosen. This vandalizes the beautiful picture of Christ’s lordship. He is the Lord that has purchased the servants of the Sin master with His own blood. They are now free to flee to a new Master whose yoke is light. Christ himself said that He didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save it.

So, in all of their scholarly splendor, Protestants claim that John 3:16 refers to “all kinds of men” rather than the whole world. Therefore, John 3:17 must refer to God sending His Son “into” (for crying out loud, it’s a preposition) all kinds of men rather than the material world through the virgin birth. Really? Brilliant. If you are sent into a place to save a place that must include everyone in the place. Obviously. But you know, you must believe these demonic shills because they wear round wire rim glasses and bowties with tweed jackets.

Oh, and by the way, they also remind God that He is sovereign in all things because, well, they say so. Hence, God is reminded that His gospel is a “gospel of sovereignty.” Don’t you know, the announcement that you might be chosen is good news…for you, if you are chosen. And if you think you are, that’s nice, but the “good news” gets even better; you have no way of knowing whether God has chosen you to persevere till the end. Happy yet?     

Reality and the nature of man must be redefined lest salvation be found at the gates of any other religion or heaven itself. When one decides to write a post about Protestant lies, you pick a book off the orthodoxy shelf and turn to any page first, and then examine any sentence comprised of redefined words. Limited atonement (by the way, atonement isn’t salvation to begin with) lacks interest for me this morning, and apparently, we have stumbled upon perseverance as well, but let’s talk about total depravity instead.

Total depravity, also known as total inability, posits the idea that nothing within man enables him to choose God. According to authentic Protestant orthodoxy, it also posits the idea that no person, lost or saved, can do a good work that merits any favor with God. The fact that Protestant orthodoxy states this unequivocally is irrefutable.

Though a cursory observation of the Bible contradicts this view on many points, it may be noted that every person born into the world has the “works of the law” (God’s law) written on their hearts. Furthermore, every person born into the world has an inner judge that either “excuses” or “accuses” the individual based on that law. In history, we see tyrants brought to justice according to a standard that is common and self-evident to mankind in general apart from any universal written law. The Nuremberg tribunal is a good example of this. This fact is difficult to reconcile with total depravity.

Secondly, John 16:8 states that the Holy Spirit, “when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.” Again, defining “world” as a place Christ was sent to for a purpose, and a place that the Spirit comes to, as opposed to a group of people, we find that the purpose of the Holy Spirit is to “convict the world.” What we are talking about here is the use of a collective noun. In some cases you can claim a sweeping generalization in regard to a collective noun like, “All Americans are idiots,” but when a collective noun is used in regard to a purpose, it is not a generalization. If God’s stated purpose was to destroy the world that would certainly include everyone in the world. Likewise, if the Spirit’s stated purpose is to convict the world that includes everyone in the world, and it means all people are cable of being convicted which means they aren’t totally depraved.

It also means that humanity is convicted inwardly by God’s law and the inward judge, and the Holy Spirit, and hopefully Christians evangelizing with the word of God which is sharper than a two-edged sword. So, we are asked to believe that this threefold front is a purposeless endeavor unless individuals are preselected. It also requests that we believe the following: the purpose of the Holy Spirit to convict everyone will only be effective for those preselected by God. Now, it’s one thing to say that we don’t know who is elected, but to include the Holy Spirit in that is, well, a little unreasonable. Again, the purpose of the Holy Spirit is not a sweeping generation, but an endeavor that includes everyone described by the collective noun. The Spirit, it would seem, would not try to convict those who can’t be convicted.

Like trying to avoid Protestant error in the same way you try to avoid horse patties in a confined horse stable, we accidently step in the error of “irresistible grace.” Supposedly, regardless of the conviction experienced from God’s threefold purpose, man is unable to choose God unless smitten with “irresistible grace.” This excludes conviction as an act of grace. You have the Holy Spirit flying around convicting everyone while not being privy to who the elect are, but God forbid that Christ would die for those convicted of sin who do not seek God for relief from condemnation and fear of judgement to come.

But to be fair, the Reformed do have an answer for this. God is glorified equally by those who deny Him. The eternal damnation of those who reject God is a “sweet savor” to Him rising up from hell for all eternity. This is the double joy of those God elects for salvation and damnation. In fact, Jonathan Edwards wrote that we will rejoice with God for eternity while watching family members suffer in hell.

Do you feel the love yet?

Lastly, regarding total depravity and the idea that man can earn no merit with God whether lost or saved, the Bible is pretty clear that there are degrees of punishment in hell. Clearly, this means God deems some people deserving of more punishment than others. This necessarily requires merit though in a negative context. But it also means God deems some people better than others according to their deeds.

Funny, the go-to argument by the Reformed against man’s ability to choose follows: “If you chose God and the other guy didn’t, that makes you better than him.” But according to lesser or more punishment, isn’t that a reality recognized by God?

But hold on, are we now talking about election or total depravity? I seem to be lost in the Protestant maze of error.

paul          

  

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  1. John said, on April 26, 2017 at 12:22 PM

    Serious stuff that still made me laugh.

    I think God knows He is sovereign; I think God knows why He sent Jesus; I think God knows that “all” means all. And Jesus said (John 6:37…another verse that Calvinists have raped) that whoever comes to Him He will not drive away/turn away/cast out. The Bible nowhere teaches that God has chosen millions (or even some) to be damned; if someone perishes, it’s that person’s own will/fault/blame.

    Jonathan Edwards wrote that we will rejoice with God for eternity while watching family members suffer in hell. This Edwards liar was seriously under the influence of the dark side…willingly and a serial sadist. Washer shares similar sentiments, and he is a very dangerous figure, especially among the “manly” disciplinarian men of that cult.

    Total depravity…sigh…so those hospitals and laboratories, built by evil people; and all those evil people who are working in there trying to eradicate deadly viruses are doing it…why again? Because they are evil just because they are here? Because God created them to destroy them? What have Calvinists given the world? The ESV, 500 years of trying its utmost to keep people away from the Biblical Jesus, the deplorable ACBC, and laughable fashion.

    How do they even breathe? Or is that a “work” too? Don’t laugh; I heard a prayer similar to that once…

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  2. Susan said, on April 27, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Calvinism is not the gospel and the gospel is not Calvinism. Thank God. I am certain God is well aware of His Sovereignty and He doesn’t need man to guard and protect it for Him. How in the world did these people go from “God is not willing that any should perish” to “we should be grateful that God saves any”? There will be no rejoicing as the evil ones are cast into hell. There will be weeping and great sadness and sorrow. The god of the Calvinists is nothing short of a monster. I would be atheist before I would believe their diabolical lies.

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    • John said, on April 27, 2017 at 2:57 PM

      That’s why those outspoken, well-known atheists have such a field day attacking and tearing apart the “Christian God.” It’s not the Biblical God they are attacking, but the Calvinist/Reformed monster “god.” Can you blame those atheists? I can’t; it’s only when they encounter (through born-again believers and the love we have for lost souls, etc., or when they get a clue of the real Jesus through the work of the Holy Spirit), that many atheists start to think twice. Even they, in all their hatred, realize there are various “gods” in what poses as Christianity.

      Susan, your deduction is correct: The one “god” is the antithesis of the other. Fortunately, there is only one way to God the Father, and that’s through His Son, Jesus Christ (see Paul’s great gospel piece here: https://paulspassingthoughts.com/2017/04/27/what-is-the-gospel-2/

      Calvinism is not the gospel. Calvinism is evil…right down to its smallest component. And its inventors are evil too…all of them. Read Matthew 12:30 in its context and you’ll see it.

      Thank God you’re not an atheist, Susan.

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  3. republican mother said, on April 27, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    It is interesting to note that the word sovereign does not appear one time in my KJV Bible. This idea that sovereign means total control also shows ignorance of what the word even means. I have sovereign authority along with my husband in our home, but the kids still color on the walls! I can’t control the minutia of everyone’s lives, nor would I want to. These poor kids of Calvinists are going to wind up really screwed up and associate the One True God with their parents’ manipulative and phony god.

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    • John said, on April 28, 2017 at 11:25 AM

      RM, to the Calvinist, “sovereign” does mean total control (not IN control, as you rightly describe your home). Total control ties up with total depravity. They believe they are just rocks waiting to be called to be alive by a monster and phony “god”, and then they, and this “god” cheerfully and for “his” glory damn the rest of humanity to hell. Short version of their fairy tale horror story.

      Blessings!

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