Paul's Passing Thoughts

Coronavirus Effect: Church Mindlessness on Full Display

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on March 21, 2020

ppt-jpeg4I am so numb to Church foolishness that it takes a whole lot of it to provoke a post. In this case, a worldwide pandemic did the job. This isn’t a post about some outrageous church scandal that is trending, that stuff is business as usual, and according to Churchians, just more proof of how much people need church because we are “all just sinners saved by grace” and church is the grace breadline overseen by “men of God.” Of course, “men of God” fall into sedition, but that’s not the point; their deep knowledge of warranted anti-humanity ideology is the point.

First, these people who supposedly have a high view of God, continually give God credit for anemic misguided judgements. And, on top of that, “the Bible is our authority” they say. Yet, the book of Revelation makes this clear: when God wants to make a point in regard to judgement, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that God did it. On an individual level, a king that was ruling the whole world at the time offended God by something he said and immediately became a cow. Another king was immediately eaten from the inside out by worms on the spot. When God makes a point, there is no serious debate about whether he did it or not.

And then there is the always-present church tyranny which is by far the most annoying. America did away with the church-state, so apparently, God is enforcing church orthodoxy via plagues. The Coronavirus has hit because people are not living the way church people say we should live and they know how we should live because they were told by pastors who were told by seminary professors who were told by church counsels where Christ wasn’t present. This from the consummate child unsafe zone. The following recent statement is typical:

With the Corona virus pushing a lot of women back into their homes with their children (which is a good thing, in my opinion), here are some ideas to help you not be bored at home while being productive too!

Of course, all of this flows from the idea that God’s kingdom is presently on earth, and since a kingdom is an institution, the appointed institution to oversee the kingdom, and consequently, the only place salvation can be received on the installment plan, is church. But, supposedly, God’s kingdom really has difficulty competing with the world’s institutions and other kingdoms. Christ is the king of the church institution, but he can’t seem to whip things in shape. In fact, he can’t even keep his own ministers in line. And, as far as exposing their crimes against children and other injustices, he needs the world’s help to do it. I see.

God couldn’t do much about America breaking up his church-state, so he is using plagues to protest; that, and his displeasure about the church not supporting Marxist ideology, which apparently is his preferred government model.

God’s kingdom is NOT presently on earth. If it was, new meaning would be given to, “There’s a new sheriff in town.” That’s a proper commonsense view of God.

Apparently, God is also a poor planner. Worship can only be conducted at church, but he sent a pandemic as a judgment that also prevents people from worshipping him. Perfect. Don’t forget, so-called “church worship” or the “worship service”  is the primary means of receiving the “ordinary means of grace.” That better reads, “the ordinary means of salvation.” This is the virtual shutting down of salvation gas stations that keep the church bus moving down the salvation road to “final justification.”

Of course, debate is going on among church leaders concerning what should be done about this. Some say we should “trust God’s will” and show up at church anyway. Others say we should “obey the governing authorities,” and will resume preaching that church attendance is efficacious for salvation when all of this is past tense. Yes, a judgment has come because people don’t go to church, so they darn well better start when this is all over.  It’s all steroidal cognitive dissonance.

Many in the church point to the benefit of God’s latest slap on the wrist this way: “It reminds us that the church is the people and not a building.” One new T-shirt inspired by all of this reads, “The Church has left the building.” As propagated often in church-speak: words have dual meanings in their doublespeak dictionary of paradox. “Church” and the concept of church, is part and parcel with institution, and institutions speak of authority through its infrastructure. Obviously, church success is measured by its infrastructure and always has been, but yet, when this kind of verbiage is tossed around mindless pew-dwellers bob their heads up and down. Most all churches in our day are incorporated.

News flash: a corporation is not a family. A corporation is not a person. A corporation is not a living organism. A corporation is not a living body. A corporation is an institution used by humanity to execute authority.

When it is all said and done, whether intended by God or not, if this pandemic is anything, it is a big, fat, Donald Trump I told you so on many different levels such as trade, borders, outsourcing, and China. Maybe God has fired the church and hired Donald Trump Inc.  instead.

We know that church was never meant to be God’s model for fellowship or his vessel for spreading the gospel. Clearly, church doesn’t come for 300 years after Christ’s ascension, and with excessive political intrigue and bloodshed following.

It’s all a lie, and the mindlessness that flows out of it like an endless tsunami is indicative of that fact.

paul

 

 

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  1. Ken B said, on March 21, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    I think this pandemic has enabled me to see, from this side of the Pond, more of what you are getting at with the idolisation of “church”, which I would consider much more an American problem than a European one. In particular, those who argue that “divine service” should continue regardless of the danger of spreading infection. Most people will recover, but the elderly and those with existing medical conditions may not. I live in central Europe, and we are very aware of the tragedy that is happening in Italy at the moment, and hope it will not reoccur nearer home. A temporary lock-down is not persecution of the church.

    It is extraordinary to see apologists I respect (somewhat less now) arguing the right to disobey govt strictures on not meeting together because of the virus. Romans 13 not relevant? What sort of a Christian witness is that? A watching world looks and thinks ‘your religious activities are so important that it doesn’t even matter if it leads to grandma’s funeral’. With the requisite “church” funeral, of course! Isn’t this an assertion of personal autonomy that such apologists would decry when they see it in more secular behaviour and morals.

    Another thread I saw was bothered with lack of communion services because elders could not be present. Why do you need elders for a communion service if you believe in every-member ministry and regard it as more of a symbolic family meal? Where is this prescribed in the NT? Isn’t the attitude of the participants what counts, rather than the correct institutional formulation? Judgment at unworthy participation is based on ‘not discerning the body’, not failure to discern an institutional organisation.

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  2. lydia00 said, on March 22, 2020 at 7:22 AM

    Excellent! The only problem is now Democrats are going to save the institutional church by shaming or forbidding free assembly! hopefully there are some people left to understand our civil liberties are being pounded into the ground. They have already trampled our fourth amendment.

    Now, the new virtue signal is that they are better because they stay home and are not selfish by going out.

    I guess I am selfish by trying to get takeout and such from small business that will probably go under if this last another month. Of course our Democratic party Governor could care less about that.

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  3. lydia00 said, on March 22, 2020 at 9:06 AM

    “Apparently, God is also a poor planner. Worship can only be conducted at church, but he sent a pandemic as a judgment that also prevents people from worshipping him. Perfect.”

    Lol. They are worried sick about money. Mostly older people tithe consistently whether at church or not. For the most part others give when there. I learned a lot in the megachurch world. The largest percentage of money came from people in seats at a service.

    It’s been interesting to see the strategies they are using to stay relevant. From Podcast the sermon and emailing a link to members to dispensing advice on not being selfish by quarantining yourself. Seems they forget that people, especially small business owners, are always a month away from going out of business.

    The handling of this situation is the biggest power grab I have ever seen in my life. And the lemmings are gladly handing over their civil liberties thinking the government will save them. And worse, these virtue signaling so called Christians are bragging about how selfless they are for staying home. So we know when they say that they are not hourly workers or small business owners.

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    • Andy Young, PPT contributing editor said, on March 23, 2020 at 7:45 AM

      You just watch, with all the people live-streaming church from home people are going to be less likely to “tithe”. Don’t be surprised if churches respond to this by accepting PayPal, installing merchant accounts on their web pages to accept credit card payment, or even convince the laity to allow the church to make automatic withdrawals directly from their bank accounts….now THERE is a truly frightening proposition!

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  4. lydia00 said, on March 28, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Oh dear. Wade’s explanations for his decisions, beliefs and behaviors are always so convoluted and cognitive dissonant. I think the Babylon Bee struck a nerve with him.

    https://www.wadeburleson.org/2020/03/dont-confuse-501-c3-non-profit-with-his.html?m=1

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