Paul's Passing Thoughts

You Be The Judge

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Young, PPT contributing editor on May 17, 2017

Was Jesus talking about the Pharisees and other Jewish religious leaders, or reformed/protestant pastors and elders?

~ Andy

“For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.” ~ Matthew 23:4-7

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  1. John said, on May 17, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    He was talking about reformed/protestant/calvinist “pastors”. No one else fits that description.


  2. Susan said, on May 17, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    Ah yes, 2000 year later and little (if anything) has changed. Can I get an “amen” and a “preach it brother” from the congregation? I truly believe if Jesus were physically present today, he would have a booming business of clearing churches with braided whips. (Or is the modern day equivalent “tear gas” and “pepper spray”?)


    • Andy Young, PPT contributing editor said, on May 17, 2017 at 1:12 PM


      • John said, on May 17, 2017 at 1:23 PM

        But Andy, the “godly” Calvinist/Reformed men to this (flipping tables and whipping people, especially family members) in their homes already, don’t you know it? All for the sovereign gawt’s glory and pleasure, and because there’s a verse hidden in the ESV somewhere (in a secret c-o-d-e) that says they can do it. That it is glorifying gawt.


    • John said, on May 17, 2017 at 1:19 PM

      No, Susan, it would be Molotov Cocktails….ummm; no, wait, wrong religion altogether.
      I don’t think, honestly, Jesus would set foot in one of these Calvinist/Reformed fake grace/salvation filling stations. It would be like visiting the local church of Scientology or the Church of the Poison Mind, whichever comes first if there were to be a race.


  3. lydia00 said, on May 17, 2017 at 2:19 PM

    At least the Pharisees were more obvious. The deception in Neo Calvinist circles to take over churches and control people is downright evil.


    • Andy Young, PPT contributing editor said, on May 17, 2017 at 2:24 PM

      They may or may not be more deceptive, but more and more people are starting to see it for what it is, as evidenced by the activity that Paul and I see here on this blog. We may not be too big of a threat to them (or ever for that matter), but once it begins to hurt them in the bottom line, that is when these deceivers will stand up and take notice.


      • John said, on May 17, 2017 at 5:10 PM

        There is a definite “awakening” to the evils of (Neo) Calvinism worldwide, but as Lydia is suggesting, the devil also knows that and has been upping the ante and is going about his business craftily. Fortunately, with incoherent people like Piper, smiling deceivers and double-talkers and thumb sucking prophets like MacArthur and his cult (including the rude shoeshine boy Johnston and the ever rude James White) and other players like the all-knowing and super boring Grudem, the imputed possessed and blasphemer Sproul ,the (neo) Calvinist movement has begun to hurt itself. People are taking notice and in many places, membership numbers have fallen. Praise God!

        It’s as though people suddenly realize they have been lied to (on purpose); it’s as though they are beginning to realize that God has given us each a mind to think with…for ourselves.

        Ah, but Satan and his cohorts won’t take this lying down…watch out for more conferences, more lies, more cover-ups, more promises, more focus on how wrong it is to go against the “sovereign god” or his holy appointed people who have been raised up for “a time like this.”

        Lydia is right, and Andy is right. Ten years ago, we were fighting a losing battle; today, there is Light at the end of this tunnel. Any person with a mind will/should realize that man is fallible and not to be trusted to “get you into heaven.” There is one mediator between God and us…Jesus Christ.

        Even the biggest building can fall, whether it’s 500 years old or not. And the cracks are there, and as long as we proclaim the simple gospel like this, for instance: than the devil and his coworkers can go to hell.

        I always appeal that we pray for those who are trapped in Calvinist/Reformed/Protestant nonsense. Let’s speak to our loved ones in there; let’s pray boldly that the grip that Satan has over the precious few saved ones in there be broken and let them leave that cult behind.

        I personally know many folks who have seen the light about the Protestant cult, and they all agree that they can’t believe that they could have been so stupid (their words, not mine) to fall for man’s doctrines and ways and empty threats.

        Andy, the bottom line is burning. And yes, the (neo) Calvinists ways are pure evil…like their father, the father of lies.


  4. lydia00 said, on May 19, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    The leaders of the Neo Cal resurgence already know the glory days are waning. It didn’t fail but it is not growing by leaps and bounds, either. But it is sufficiently ingrained in a generation of young pastors to do significant damage for years. The new focus is social justice. I find that ironic considering it is repeating history. Calvinism in its purist form wears itsel out. It happened with the Puritans and later again with the Presbyteries (excerpt for a few smaller tribes) until this latest resurgence from the SBC Founders. I think the new focus has more to do with money. One can only navel gaze contemplate their sinful selves for so long and they probably aren’t buying as many books. Churches yhey split are not really growing, many church plant failed and they pretend never happened. IOW, the money is not flowing as freely. The true believers will find themselves outside the outer inner ring they were reaching for. The gurus are moving on and grooming a new crop of SWJ’s.

    So they need a new focus. The first big wave of mass indoctrinated YRR are reaching 40. Don’t think for one minute the gurus are not looking at data and trends. Mega churches live by such things and adjust accordingly. Sovereignty is being replaced with race baiting and xenophobia. But it’s perfect, really. It’s still tribal, hierarchical in its facism and they have an instant enemy in anyone who does not sign on to their method, and there are those perfect nasty labels while they scream for unity.


    • John said, on May 20, 2017 at 2:03 PM

      Yes, Lydia, they are dedicated followers of fashion (they mimic the world and Calvinize it: the “looks”, the coffee, the diplomas, certificates, and degrees, the material things, etc. The modern synagogues (using snotty, Calvinist architects) with all its amenities, the cult members’ mansions (the rich ones never stay in one mansion too long; it’s not fashionable), the top of the range vehicles; the global traveling–where Paul “walked”, visits to Mars Hill where Paul spoke and reasoned. (Who is Jesus?) Even the worldly music is inside their ugly-looking worship malls. Yes, the money. It is the money and what goes with it. Their “churches” are mini malls…pathetic. And it has been shaking, but that does not deter them. They love their wealth because God has decided they should have it. Case closed. Someone cough me up a dollar.

      And Jesus is nowhere. The Holy Spirit is nowhere, only their strange “god” who hates and condemns the very thing (mankind) that He created.

      You are very in tune, Lydia. Where I am, xenophobia is milked like a cash cow, and race-baiting is well addressed in that movement (it may be a good topic for PPT to cover). The deceiver and false teacher Platt has started with his social justice gospel years ago, and TGC and other Calvinist and Reformed conferences focus on it. But the love of money remains; the love for worldly things remain.

      I love your input and have seen and experienced this latest “elitist” attack on all levels myself. This cult will find something (mimic the world) to keep those who are now in their forties, early fifties…watch this space. It will involve wealth and a personal love of some kind, some self-important move, like becoming counselors or someone with “special” knowledge, anything to keep the rich’s money in the cult. The Bible, I’m sure, addresses it too: 2 Timothy 3:2-5. But the world, as godless as it may be according to this cult who has no God (ironic, or what?), has eyes and the ability to think. Calvinism (old, new, reinvented, whatever) will wane. Big time. It is going to go boom, bam, gone!

      Galatians 1:8 for them. Let them be accursed! Here are two songs for them (one actually backfires on them).

      First song:–s (This attempt of a parody song fails miserably; you’ll see why. Read the YouTube comments, No.2, I think.)

      But, here is their (the Calvinists/Reformed/Protestants) current song, the one they’ll be singing tomorrow all day long:

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