Paul's Passing Thoughts

European Terrorism, Protestantism, and the Anti-Justice of Under Law

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on May 24, 2017

ppt-jpeg4I am presently working on a couple of series and one is about the two biblical realities of mankind; under law and under grace. In part one, I have begun to describe the reality of under grace that is defined by God’s love and worldview. “Grace” is a state of being that experiences life through the mind of God. One experiences grace to the degree that they are like God. “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1Pet 1:16 KJV).

I usually try to avoid being distracted by trending news, but once again we see the passive response of European leaders regarding the most recent terror attack in Manchester, England. In fact, European leaders are beginning to, in essence, say the following: get used to it; it is what it is…just part of life. German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently commented that Germany is becoming Muslim and the German people need to get over it and move on.

Wow! What in the world is going on? And what does this have to do with being “under law”?  Let’s also include the church’s penchant for a lax attitude towards justice. Doesn’t it seem strange that those under law would have an aversion to justice? This is an area that I am not going to address to any degree in the series so let me take opportunity here.

As we will examine in the series, those under law are under condemnation, and under the fear of judgement and death. People primarily fear death because of God’s judgement. Sin, death, law, and judgment are closely related in the Bible. For purposes of this post, we will note that condemnation is the water in which those under law swim. This includes condemnation from induvial conscience, others, and self. Most people commit suicide because they have condemned themselves; this would seem rather evident. ALL mental illnesses are associated with fear; that’s not my opinion, that’s what the experts say when you examine the listed symptoms of every mental illness.

In the Bible, justice is associated with life-value. Traditionally, a popular and ancient notion for those under law is the idea of the total inability of man. And, supposedly, the all-wise are those that know man is unable. Furthermore, some higher power appoints those who know that they don’t know to rule over those who think they know, viz, the great unwashed. This is the issue of individualism versus collectivism; this is the issue of statism.

Does the state exist to serve the individual’s pursuit of wellbeing and happiness, or does the individual exist to serve the state because man needs to be protected from himself? Mankind’s propensity to condemn others and self feeds the latter notion.

So now the question is begged; to what degree can terrorism hurt a state? This is a question of attrition versus cost to the state. How much does it hurt the state when its children are slaughtered versus the cost to prevent the slaughter? It depends on the numbers. And, what if Germany does become, to some great degree, Muslim? Will that effect the elitist ruling class? The answer for Germany is found in Merkel’s mentality…no. The ruling elitist class care little about the variety of people they rule over just so they are ruling over people in general.

At this point we can add a biblical nugget about the very essence of sin; it possesses an ardent desire to rule over others (Gen 4:7). Why? Because that’s what sin does. It can well be argued that total inability/total depravity is just a theological/metaphysical excuse to fulfill a lust to rule over others. The condemnation playbook executes this scheme: “Since you are totally depraved and unable, you need a ruling class to take care of you and think for you, and we need to be richly rewarded for saving mankind accordingly.” This has always played well with the masses in the condemnation realm albeit with ongoing disastrous results…for the individual. By the way, this is also an unfortunate working dynamic in marriages as well.

You can also see the church through the same prism. Individuals are expendable for the sake of the institution whether children or the elderly. Be sure of this; the church’s pseudo righteous indignation towards abortion is for purposes of benefiting the church institution in some way. If you think the church really cares about individual unborn babies you are egregiously naïve. Why does the church fight against abortion? Follow the money/power.

Per Plato, the real god of Western thought, “justice” is defined by societal unity around any given belief system propagated by the ruling state. This is why you hear so much ado about “unity” in the church and the bemoaning about our “divided nation.” Nevertheless, this is where America parted with history in its definition of justice; it protects the dignity and value of the individual. In this way, America was founded on Christ-like principles via the “one in 99.”

Matthew 18:12 – What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish (NIV).

Why is Europe and the church that came out of it so willing to lose a few children? Because they still have 99 to rule over and the cost of finding one is too high. This is a collectivist mentality that goes hand in hand with statism, and those under condemnation are all too often willing to accept it because of their supposed unworthiness.

“Since you are totally depraved, you need to humble yourself and let us rule over you for your own sake.”


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  1. Andy Young, PPT contributing editor said, on May 24, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    “America was founded on Christ-like principles via the ‘one in 99.'”

    Wow, as many times as I have considered that passage, I never thought of it in terms of individual vs. collective! That is really something to think about!


  2. John said, on May 24, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    Ya, I’m waiting for the meaningless “I AM Manchester” T-shirts, Facebook, Twitter and other redundant social media platforms/posts. Gee, a lot of money to be made out of an evil slaughter, huh? And then tomorrow…all back to normal.
    How one can get “used” to terrorism, and tell your country that is beyond me (having lived through it). Then again, Merkel is a snake in disguise.

    Paul, you write, “The church’s pseudo-righteous indignation towards abortion is for purposes of benefiting the church institution in some way.” That is scary stuff, as one can substitute “abortion” with just about any cause/thing, like “hunger” or…the “gospel.”



  3. republican mother said, on May 25, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    I’ve always marveled at the pastor preaching a generic sermon to a small church. It says I don’t care to learn about you folks individually, I just know how to regurgitate some other guy’s sermons. When I worked in children’s ministry, I always allotted time to get to know the kids so I could better craft lessons that would be beneficial to them. Discipleship is a one-on-one type of thing. God made us as individuals and saves us individually. As the mom of seven children, I think about how different they all are and how hard it is to keep up with what they all need individually. Then I think how God can keep track of billions of people and love each of them individually and will judge everyone individually.

    A Venn Diagram could be drawn uniting Calvinists, Islamists, and the liberal SJWs uniting them in their Manichean Gnostic worldview. Abortion is the evangelical trigger word that automatically unites them against something bad. The church is so institutionalized that individuals who have a sincere desire to help in this or other specific areas feel that they must go through some department, etc. However, individuals helping individuals is where true love and compassion are shown. As you stated in your previous post, home fellowships are better suited to help abused women because they can really and truly know the circumstances and sift the grifters from the truly needy. But no one ever got rich in religion from one on one discipleship, did they?


    • John said, on May 25, 2017 at 9:22 AM

      “But no one ever got rich in religion from one-on-one discipleship, did they? (Include the anti-biblical ACBC “counseling” here too).

      There; what a truth and great observation!


    • lydia00 said, on May 29, 2017 at 3:53 PM

      Republican mother, I thought you knew government (it’s bureaucrats with guaranteed pensions far away) can only provide true compassion and help to indiv…….err….. faceless groups. (Wink)

      It is so strange what becomes people’s normal.


  4. Susan said, on May 27, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Your analysis is something I have never heard nor considered before. What you write makes logical and rational sense. Apparently, this “total depravity thing” really means that some people are more depraved than others. It is like the animals on the farm — they are all equal, but some are “more equal” than others. Obviously, the ruling class, including the clergy, are less depraved than the “unwashed masses”. And the politicians, likewise, are smarter and better decision makers than the public who elected them. We know what is good for you, and if you don’t like it …. well, that’s where the power of the police state comes in.

    There may be something else at play here too. Distraction: what are we not paying any attention to as the media and the world focuses on Manchester England? The murder investigation of Seth Rich and his connections with WikiLeaks? The bombing of Syrian troops by the US air force and proxy forces? Billions of dollars in US arms sales to Saudi Arabia? The attacks on civilians in Yemen? The starvation of the people and the riots/ civil unrest occurring in Venezuela? (Fill in the blank …. )

    I do not believe the invasion of the Muslim hordes (i.e., mainly military aged men) is by mistake. It is planned and encouraged. It will not end well. It seems the politicians and the elite care nothing about the people. It is all about money and power (theirs). And history will repeat itself when the people rise up and overthrow their evil, corrupt and out of control governments. If enough of these Islamic terrorist attacks occur, I fully expect that there will be massive blow back on the part of the public. If the government can’t and/or won’t act to stop the attacks, well, at some point people will take matters (and justice) into their own hands.

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    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on May 27, 2017 at 8:34 PM

      Good observations. I would only note that it isn’t so much that the ruling class think they are smarter or more moral, but have a grasp on true reality more than the common man. This determines who should rule, not moral fitness or even intellectual fitness. Protestant elitism actually propagates the idea that fitness for ministry is determined by understanding the depths of man’s depravity which includes them as well. Hence, wisdom is measured by the depths of one’s disdain for humanity. Whether Communism or Catholicism or Protestantism the inability of man is the ruling presupposition which necessarily calls for statism. Therefore, people exist for the sole purpose of supporting the state, and moreover, parishioners exist for the sole purpose of supporting the church and will be rewarded with salvation if they do such sufficiently.


    • lydia00 said, on May 29, 2017 at 4:11 PM

      And what were the MSM worried about? Victims? Victim families? No. They were worried about people being mean to Muslims. Their assumptions tell us everything we need to know about them. You are not safe with people who think like that.


  5. Susan said, on May 28, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Paul, the Church and the State seem to merge into one and the same. The liberal social justice warriors in the church are pushing state agendas. I had no idea that to be a Christian I needed to endorse and embrace:

    Climate change and carbon taxes (reduce, reuse, recycle … buy a Prius while Al Gore jets around the world)
    Disarmament/ Anti-Gun laws
    Socialist philosophy and practice … the redistribution of wealth
    Liberation theology (war against poverty …. no one in the world should suffer poverty)
    Open borders and sanctuary cities and sanctuary churches
    Pro-choice (I wouldn’t have an abortion, but I support your right to kill as many unborn babies as you wish)
    Love, tolerance, inclusion and unity …. the only things not tolerated are “intolerance” and “truth”

    And the list goes on and on. It makes me thoroughly disgusted. Not one single penny. The Pope is a Marxist. All the major denominations are in bed with the government with respect to this “refugee resettlement” deal.


    • lydia00 said, on May 29, 2017 at 4:16 PM

      “Paul, the Church and the State seem to merge into one and the same. The liberal social justice warriors in the church are pushing state agendas. I had no idea that to be a Christian I needed to endorse and embrace:”

      This made me think of this:

      I about had a cow when I saw that article. I had been telling a friend of mine for years the left views government as a religion. The micromanaging of people’s lives, political correctness, anti free speech, hate speech, taxes as tithes, etc, etc.


    • lydia00 said, on May 29, 2017 at 4:24 PM

      “All the major denominations are in bed with the government with respect to this “refugee resettlement”

      Do some digging and you will be astonished at the money from Feds and UN on resettlement. At one point I read 10,000 per person to say, Catholics Charities groups (might be same for Lutheran’s and Baptists) which is their fee. Add to that Federal Housing, Food stamps, healthcare. Then add additional grants for ESL and other training. Then add to that infrastructure swelling on schools, health services etc. Denver just redid their public defecation laws to make them less harsh because the problem is now mainly refugees doing it (it’s going on here, too)

      Culture matters. So we change our culture to better fit them? It makes no sense.


  6. Anonymous said, on May 29, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    “At this point we can add a biblical nugget about the very essence of sin; it possesses an ardent desire to rule over others (Gen 4:7). Why? Because that’s what sin does.”

    Yes! That is the essence of sin and the motivation to control others. When adults are independent, they are harder to control. And some folks get their self worth/ power from others being oppressed. Some even believe it makes them look compassionate. IOW, they need for people to stay poor/oppressed/dependent.


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on May 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM

      For years as a pastor I was perplexed by this often-heard statement during marriage counseling; “He’s a…/she’s a…control freak.” Now looking back I understand what was going on.


    • Susan said, on May 30, 2017 at 7:50 PM

      The Daily Wire article is instructive. Yeah, it sure describes what is happening. But I would add one thing: the conservative Republican side has its own “religious ideology” and “sacraments” and “governance”. Red pill or blue pill, I have come to believe the D’s and the R’s are merely two sides of the same coin.

      Yes, I have done some digging about the refugee resettlement and monies being given to religious charities. It is not a good thing on so many different levels. I am astounded that people are buying into it and not stopping it. As a country we are being destroyed from with. And that same thing is happening in Christianity too.

      Compassion for the victims of the Manchester bombing attack (or any of the Islamic terrorist attacks) — there is none. The government and media narrative needs to be spun so that any public outrage or protest or demand for accountability is “Islamophobia”. And remember too, there is no such thing as “radical Islamic terrorism.”

      We live in such confusing and disorienting times (evil times/ the days of Noah). Good is evil. Up is down. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. George Orwell’s 1984 has become prophesy and an instruction manual. He was just a few decades shy of the actual time frame of when his vision of the future would become a reality.


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