Paul's Passing Thoughts

Church and Gospel Truth are Mutually Exclusive

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 19, 2021

Few in our day, particularly church-goers, care about gospel truth. Bottom line: the vast majority of professing Christians seek a good ending of their lives through church membership. I have seen many things on social media this week that remind me of that. In addition, I am reminded that church-goers are the most illogical people walking the earth. The Bible predicts wholesale apostasy in the end times, yet, church-goers accept the premise that anointed teachers of God are everywhere to be found, particular through numerous conferences featuring 70+ speakers each. The list of celebrity pastors is innumerable, and the airwaves are supposedly saturated with mighty men and women of God bellowing out gospel truth 24/7. On this one point alone, we know that professing church-goers could give a rat’s behind about anything the Bible states. What matters is what spiritual authorities say. And by the way, they are authorities because they say they are authorities. Jesus was NEVER present at ANY church council to appoint any man as an authority or to state any apostolic succession.

So, how is this so deeply imbedded in the psyche of church-goers? Because church was created in the midst of a church state and for the express purpose of a church state. Church itself was a distortion of Christ’s ekklesia in an attempt to replace the longstanding pagan state. Hence, when the church succeeded in replacing the Roman pagan state with itself, its orthodoxy became law. Furthermore, all governments were based on collectivism, or, the total depravity of mankind who needed to be compelled to do good by government authority. Church did not get its primary orthodoxy from the Bible, but rather Platonist collectivism that was the driving force behind statecraft for centuries.

Among many other footprints of this I stumbled across this week, Dinesh D’Souza and his daughter decried a statement by the president of the SBC that the church’s goal is not to “save America.” They also discussed other anti-American sentiment expressed by the church. Their confusion stems from a fundamental misunderstanding regarding what church is really about. Some churches remain confused because of Americanism, but still function according to the collectivist ideology that drives church in general. However, more and more churches are becoming overtly Marxist, which is the like collectivism that church was founded on.

Hence, the church gospel must deny any notion that people are recreated by God through the new birth, which makes them His literal offspring, and they most certainly do. The church gospel MUST stay true to collectivist principles, and it does. Therefore, of course we are “all sinners saved by grace” and of course we have “no righteousness of our own.” The church gospel must fit the narrative that all people are totally depraved and must be compelled to do good by an authority, and it does.

The church’s false gospel, like any other false gospel, creates bad behavior resulting in people grasping for alternatives. The most annoying one is the Christian Messiah movement. It’s the same under-law still under condemnation false gospel, only clothed with Jewish idioms and traditions. A video I saw on social media espousing the teachings of “Yeshua,” was calling for a commitment to “40 days of holiness” in which participants “fight sin” in unique ways for a 40 day period. This is not unlike the Reformed “lifestyle of repentance.” As in all under-law still under condemnation with sin only being covered through church ritual and not ended, the focus is sin, sin, and more sin. So-called “Christians” are yet indebted to sin, not love. The so-called teacher in the video says that real Christians “fight sin.” So, per the usual with all under-law church gospels, the focus is fulfilling the law by not sinning rather than fulfilling the law with a focus on love. The apostle Paul made it clear what we are to focus on: whatever is honorable, good, and lovely, not sin, nor does love keep a record of sin.

And of course, social media is littered with petty theological debates about predestination and other topics argued and debated by people who don’t even know what the true gospel is.

But, the one that struck me the most was an article about doubt using the testimonials of seven church icons. The article was titled “Seven Prominent Christian Thinkers Who Wrestled With Doubt” and posted in Relevant online magazine. I only wish to use one example from the article that is the most striking. Charles Spurgeon, the “Prince of preachers,” used the testimony of Protestantism’s founding father to make a point about his own doubt: “The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy … The life of Luther might suffice to give a thousand instances, and he was by no means of the weaker sort … His very deathbed was not free from tempests, and he sobbed himself into his last sleep like a great wearied child.” This also echoes the series my wife did on the Puritans who were oftentimes in terror on their deathbeds.

Again, few Christians are the least bit troubled with how these testimonies contradict the plain sense of Scripture. Why? Because an individual interpretation of Scripture with the reason God has given us is clearly not the authority, but instead, those who have installed themselves as authorities over God’s truth and salvation.

paul

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  1. aPerson said, on October 20, 2021 at 6:07 AM

    I am glad you mentioned hebrew roots movement. It is mindless. As if saying certain Hebrew words (most of whom don’t know any Hebrew) like a useless mantra and doing certain festivals is some sort of liberation from apostate Christianity. Its such a cult. Meanwhile the institutional church sprouts out some valid criticisms of the movement while people sit from their pews and carry on the stand up sit down rituals while the preacher bangs on “its all about grace” you don’t need to do x y z while telling everyone to do t u v. And then at the end of the sermon ask “so are you relying on Jesus or your own strength?

    “And of course, social media is littered with petty theological debates about predestination and other topics argued and debated by people who don’t even know what the true gospel is.”

    One thing I appreciate about this site. It is nice to see “lay people” ripping into calvinist mantras on YT and all. And the arguments against TUPLIP have become stronger lately from such people. Its good to see the celebrity preachers who looked so sophisticated with the mantle of “defender of truth” being humiliated by average joes. But inasmuch as you can see the problems of determinism in theology and its affect, John Immel speaks a lot about it in his book. But a lot of calvinists are not that interested in TUPLIP. Generally it is all about being “Gospel centred”. They seem to pull in out when they need it for control or something to agree on. But GC is the mantra and focus. This is all persuasive now – I was there.

    Actually I was utterly blown away when I read your connection of GG (Aus Forum) to the movement – and how he went to the US. I say this because while I was observing NC several years back and wondering about it – I then came to the conclusion there is (was) the US stream, the UK stream (Tim Chester, New Frontiers, Crowded house) and the Aus stream (GG, Sydney Anglicanism). It makes so much sense now looking back when I used to listen to White Horse Inn (Horton). Even back then when I was agreeing – I recall thinking how he reduced everything to you are at all times a wretch and there is nothing good in you. And at times it felt gnostic/new agey the way he would say “you need to look outside yourself for a righteousness not your own”. But I was distracted by the polemic and “truth commitment”. His antinomianism had appeal to me so I ironically thought his emphasis was more attractive.

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    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 20, 2021 at 6:34 AM

      Yes, Horton was a closet disciple of Robert Brinsmead and Company.

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