Paul's Passing Thoughts

“Tell Me the Words” Why the Protestant Empire Must Not be Allowed to Stand Against Children

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

ppt-handleIt dawned on me two days ago that all is well. Yes, regardless of life’s insistence that doom awaits us at every turn and our final destiny with God is unsure, from time to time, I stop to ponder a real vision of who God is and all of life’s threats vanquish.

It is a vision of hope and love that promises that this present life has no hint of the glory to come for eternity in God’s presence. It beckons the memory of what the apostle Paul wrote: “What can this world do to us?”

It didn’t surprise me that this, in a manner of speaking, “vision,” or better stated, remembrance, came via my 6-year-old grandson; but I am struck that his words have impacted my life more than anything else I can remember save a few other experiences.

Recently, we have been attending my son-in-law’s Saturday night fellowship gathering around food, fellowship, the Bible, and prayer. David, and my daughter Heather have a table at the gathering where free items are offered. My grandson Blayne picked a Bible from the table and approached me while holding it up and saying, “Tell me the words grandpa, tell me the words.”

Understand this. We don’t talk to Blayne about God. Certainly, he sees the theme of our life while he is with us, but we have never made it a point to “preach the gospel” to him or “hit him over the head with the Bible.” From time to time we have answered questions about God that he initiated, but we have never been focused on indoctrinating him or taking him to church every Sunday when he is with us because we don’t go to church.

And, we don’t go to church because it is a lie. Yes, the whole shebang is a big fat lie. Please, save me the whole, “There are good churches out there” because that’s not true. Besides, during World War II there were good Germans in Germany, so what’s your point? However, I will grant you this: the more confused a church is about authentic Protestant orthodoxy the better they are as far as “better” goes. In fact, I would almost consider going to a church that is confused enough because they might accidently tell some biblical truth now and then…almost. Herein is the problem; the Neo-Protestant movement has taken over the vast majority of churches and this is a return to a refined understanding of authentic Protestantism. Hence, even accidental love and truth is in short supply if not absent in church altogether. I mean, do you pay any attention to the news at all?

I was reminded that life is an astounding thing when the words of a 6-year-old struck me more than any words I have ever read or heard in seminary. The request of this child to me proclaimed many truths in the Bible that came from nowhere but his very own heart. This is intuitive knowledge that God creates in the heart of every human being born into the world. Children lack knowledge and the errant interpretation of life experience that pushes back against that intuitive knowledge. And nothing pushes back against that knowledge more than church.

In church, children are bored, and subjected to the same formal structure that they experience in school all week long. Incredibly, parents trust institutions to tell their children how to think all week long, and then take their children to the institutional church on the weekend to do the same in regard to spiritual matters lest parents would do anything but feed/cloth their children and deal with the fallout of vile ideologies based on group think.

Sorry, but unchurched children seek God because God creates it in their hearts to do so naturally. And, if you don’t go to church, you will have the opportunity to exclude the following information: they are totally depraved, can do no good work, and regardless of what happens to them or others in church, it is the only way to obtain heaven. And by the way, God selects some for salvation while excluding others so God may or may not love any particular child. Maybe God loves you; maybe He doesn’t. Those are all really, really, bad ideas. Also, you can add general confusion because the church will deny they teach children this…while clearly doing so. You see, you only think you are being taught what you are being taught because you are ignorant, and as the notable Protestant scholar Albert Mohler has said, “Pastors are God’s ordained agents to save His people from ignorance.” Children don’t like confusion, unlike many adults, they want to “know the words.”

As a formally pathetic individual, I would have taken Blayne to an expert mediator (pastor) other than Christ to be told the words. How’s that working for ya? Most churched children are indifferent to God and basically dysfunctional. I believe many young adults opt out of college because education is boring and they get sick of being told how to think and what to think. Then they go to church on the weekend and get the same thing.

Your family is not an institution, and God’s family is no more an institution than any other family, and your family doesn’t function in an institutional setting. In a home setting children thrive, experience love, and ask questions about God that will astound you. Families thrive when they function as families, not institutions. Ability to contribute is not determined by authoritative caste systems that drive institutionalism, but body life. Healthy bodies function as each part fulfills its purpose. Institutions necessarily deny literal family life and the biblical new birth that brings people into a real family life. Functioning in an authoritative institution demonstrably denies literal family life and the new birth. Like any other corporate jingle, “When you are here you are family,” such is “family” defined by church. When you are there you hear a lot of family-speak, but try leaving for a while.

And if you don’t think children sense all of this, you are clueless.

We meet in homes as a family the way “the way” did for 300 years before Augustine came along because that’s what families do, and that is a message that children will hear loud and clear resulting in a true belief that they are really part of God’s family and were literally born into it. As I began telling Blayne “the words” on his bedside with Susan’s helpful input, I perceived that Blayne was having trouble grasping the concept of new birth into God’s family. But you want to know something? It might have been easier for him to grasp if I would have used the living example of my son-in-law’s home fellowship and why God’s people meet as a family. Children relate to what they experience in real life; adults use education and the thoughts of others to partake in cognitive dissonance. This is what makes adults less teachable.

Also note another intuitive notion found in children: family is where you find answers to questions about life. Blayne didn’t ask for a phonebook, he came to grandpa. What do parents normally do? They take the child to an expert because the church has taught them that they themselves are unqualified concerning spiritual matters. This is why our culture is utterly unable to think for themselves and are easily led to the slaughter like a dumb ox.

Another way I fell short is explaining to Blayne from actual Bible texts why these things are in his heart. How does he know in his heart that the Bible has “the words”? This would validate the Bible in confirming how he is experiencing life. In contrast, church will teach children that they can’t know anything in their heart (intuitively) because they are totally depraved. If you “know” what the church wants you to know, well, that means that you were preselected to understand it. Any knowledge that comes from within your totally depraved self is false.

FYI, no Protestant parent has a right to expect anything from their children but corruption based on the whole “sinners saved by grace/total depravity” motif. In fact, an inability to see or display such evil suggests that their “eyes have not been opened to the gospel.” Yet, regardless of witnessing this proclamation to their children week after week, they seem perplexed when their children behave like little despots. And plenary confusion of the like is not missed upon the children as well.

It makes me wonder: are children and the knowledge they are born with the single greatest threat to the future of the church? The church invests huge resources in children’s programs such as The Gospel Project and The Bible Project which teach children the historical-redemptive hermeneutic on their level. What’s that? It presents the Bible as a tool for self-condemnation in order to keep children at the foot of the cross. Supposedly, Bible “stories” are not “moral examples,” but rather examples of how totally depraved we are resulting in deeper gratitude for our ongoing need for salvation.

Right, teach children that…brilliant.

Of course, the institutional goal is the same as with most institutions; control, and many would do well to remember Christ’s warning about hindering children from their natural inclination to seek God’s kingdom. This warning also pertains to the unwitting actions of parents who relinquish their responsibility before God to teach their own children. In the final judgment, being duped like Eve will be no excuse; there is only one mediator between the human race and God, viz, Christ, not a myriad of men certified to think the thoughts of other men.

And as far as independent home fellowship networks being susceptible to cultism, remember that the very definition of a cult is the fusion of authority and faith which ALWAYS results in authority as truth. Home fellowships are predicated on body life, and life that creates the oneness of family, not authority. Home fellowships are a cooperative body seeking more and more unity around the mind of Christ, not a church caste system determined by men who buy authority through seminary degrees.

This whole matter of explaining the words to our children from our own independent study like good Bereans is a new endeavor, and we will get better with practice. Don’t worry, as we supply a free family atmosphere where these questions are encouraged, the children will lead us, and in return…

…we will stand against the Protestant empire’s onslaught against what our loving God instilled into the hearts of our children when He knitted them together in the womb.

paul

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  1. John said, on June 27, 2017 at 7:05 AM

    So-called Sunday School (or whatever it is called these days) is an indoctrination station. I remember (growing up in a Reformed/Calvinist control nutjob) how I had to memorize “certain” verses and HAD to go to church before the time where I would be given a colored little card (a different color for each week, so that you don’t cheat, 6 years old or not). And boy, beware your soul had you failed to attend big church.

    Teaching our kids, grandkids is our job; our responsibility. And this beautifully written article by Paul brought back some other memories for me too. I remember how my kids came to my ex-wife and me and asked these deep questions about Jesus; yes, even at a very young age too. It was such a lovely experience to explain (tried to) God’s wonderful truths, and especially about God’s plan of salvation for ALL who call on His name.

    And although I grew up in a Calvinist/Reformed cult, I always asked my parents questions at home, and they always answered despite being in that Calvinist cult themselves. I appreciated that. I never asked the pastor/elder zilch back in my schooldays: they were rude, know-it-alls, and condemned left, right, and center before even knowing all the facts. Meantime, back at the holy sanctuary….

    Thanks for a good one, Paul. I guarantee that Blayne will spread the true gospel sooner than later. I have this good feeling that the sheep are waking up to the lies of Protestantism (yes, way too many are still going through that revolving doors, Susan). I can see it in my city. One of the biggest obstacles is ignorance. People simply do not want to take the time to think for themselves.

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  2. lydia00 said, on June 27, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    “Your family is not an institution, and God’s family is no more an institution than any other family, and your family doesn’t function in an institutional setting. ”

    Truth bares repeating.

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  3. lydia00 said, on June 27, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    John, what is really sad is that “Sunday school” was originally started by saints in order to teach child workers in England’s Industrial Revolution how to read. It. Was their only day off work.

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    • Republican mother said, on June 27, 2017 at 11:10 AM

      I worked in one of the oldest Baptist churches in Tennessee that had one of the first Sunday School programs circa 1830s. You were grouped not by age, but reading ability, for the purpose of it was making sure everyone could read their own Bible. The curriculum consisted of reading primers, not watered down Bible stories.

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