Paul's Passing Thoughts

A Green Food Warmer, A Prayer Worth Less Than $5, The Joy of No, The Conscience of the Totally Depraved, Pondering God Freely, and Cheap Love

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 5, 2017

ppt-jpeg4Xenia, Ohio is a church community, and nothing brings out church-speak more than a benefit sale for someone in a trial on a sunny afternoon. After thinking for ourselves on these issues for the better part of ten years based on the idea that God gave us a brain for a reason; primarily to reason, and to be reasonable, we admit that we don’t have it all figured out, but have figured out that the churched are the most confused brainwashed people walking the face of the earth.

Don’t confuse that with our God-focus, church doesn’t = Christian, and families are not institutions, and love has nothing to do with authority because mandates and love are mutually exclusive.

That’s the introduction to a classic conversation I had yesterday with a Xenia church lady. If you know me very well, you know that I am a 60’s scavenger. I love the furniture of that era and the whole cultural motif. Susan and I came across a food warmer from that era in all of its avocado green splendor and decided to donate it to the sale for the reasonable price of $15.

The church lady wanted the warmer for $10, and I said “no.” It is said that “no” is the first word that we say as infants because, you know, in our total depravity it is an expression of our rebellion towards authority and the Bible says that babies “come forth from the womb speaking lies.” More than likely, it’s the first word we speak because, you know, it’s the simplest of words probably heard the most among moms and other siblings. Yet, I must admit that speaking the word makes me feel better than any other word I speak, and yesterday was no exception.

Well, the church lady informed me that she only wanted the warmer enough to pay $10 for it, then began to ask for whom the benefit is for, and the details concerning the plight. I informed her while thinking, “Oh boy, here we go.”

The grammatical religious vomit I expected poured forth almost word for word. “It’s Gawd’s will, we only have Gawd, all we can do is pray, blah, blah, blah, blah, add unlimited gagetry.

I have some patience for confused Protestants, but this lady was a fully credentialed churchian; otherwise, I would have given her a $5 credit for the warmer in exchange for her prayer, but in this case, the prayer is hardly worth $5.

You see the irony in all of this, right? It’s a benefit, so why not pay a little extra and get something you are interested in to boot? I can answer that. She asked if we are a “church,” to which I answered, “No (while once again experiencing the joy of saying the word), we are a home fellowship.” So, you see, the dichotomy comes in her rejection of our sale as a legitimate benefit because we are not a real church “under the accountability of Gawdly authority.” Hence, the condescending offer of prayer for the whole lot of us outside the gates of heavenly Jerusalem. Add gagetry.

Contrast that with a fellow presently unchurched poorer than dirt totally depraved visitor to the yard sale outside the camp. They bought a few items and gave $10 over and above, and you can bet it was $10 that these people don’t have laying around. That’s what happens when the totally depraved have more conscience than they have money.

Truly, having your conscience replaced with the traditions of men is an ugly and dreadful thing.

James explained it this way: “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

In all of this, please note: what is a legitimate opportunity to give according to church because said organization is a religious authority? Organizations like Samaritan’s Purse where the director makes almost 1 million dollars a year. Go figure.

This is an opportunity to consider giving power that doesn’t pay for salaries and massive infrastructure, and is not compelled to give by some authority, and worse yet, the purchase of salvation in the name of love.

That is the cheapest love of all.


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  1. John said, on October 5, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    Gagetry added.


  2. Andy Young, PPT contributing editor said, on October 5, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    It is a pitiful commentary on “the church” when unsaved people know how to love better than those who call themselves “christians”.


    • John said, on October 5, 2017 at 10:18 AM

      I wonder what her reaction would have been had Paul told her he was from the Church of the Poison Mind? A 100 dollars, then and there.

      Yes, Andy, it is heartbreaking, but it exposes “the church” for what it is…at least. If only they would whack themselves awake and start thinking, but I guess many of them are too far down Satan’s chimney already and kinda stuck. Knowingly and willingly, of course. Always.


  3. Republican mother said, on October 5, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    When a churchian disdainfully says, “I’ll pray for you…”, and you say, “I’d rather you not.” The shock and horror on their face is priceless.


    • John said, on October 5, 2017 at 6:45 PM

      And it’s your right. There are three stadiums of “gawts” out there, some of those, one in particular, wants nada to do with you in the first place because he has not chosen you, and that’s probably the one she has on her mind to pray for. RM, you’re a fave sis of mine, a real punch-em-in-the-face woman, 7 kids and all. And I mean it in with my tongue somewhere in my cheek. Ha! You show ’em!


  4. republican mother said, on October 8, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Thanks John. That’s actually a tip I picked up from my Orthodox friend on how to deal with evangelical churchians. They don’t know how to take me on account of the large family and homeschooling, but yet some are in public school and I am disdainful of all their celebrity “itchy ear” pastors. I knew a homeschooling family years ago that had ten kids. I was surprised when I learned that they did not attend church. Fast forward and now I understand, completely!


  5. Susan said, on October 10, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    To be fair, Paul, I believe that near 1 million dollars comes from two separate organizations — Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. But nevertheless, it is still outrageous. You hit the nail squarely on its head, but I assure you that none of the folks within the Institutional Church system have the slightest clue. I am loving the response of “I would rather you didn’t pray for me.” Can we spell “condescending”?


    • Andy Young, PPT contributing editor said, on October 10, 2017 at 10:32 PM

      Yes, the condescension sickens me. We were at a graduation party this past summer. The daughter of our neighbor across the street goes to the Wednesday night youth group at the last church we attended, so we unwittingly ran into some people we knew from that church at this party. Anyway my wife was talking to this one lady from this former church, and I was kind of just “hovering” nearby waiting to leave, and this woman says, “We really miss you guys.” As we walked away, I said to my wife, “You know, if she misses us so much how come she never once picked up the phone or emailed us in the three years since we left? She doesn’t miss us. What she really means is we miss you at our church.”

      It was all I could do at the time to not tell this lady to take “we miss you” and stick it you-know-where!


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