Paul's Passing Thoughts

Fear and Love

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 20, 2017

ppt-jpeg4Fear dominates humanity. In fact, it saturates every level of human existence. Individually, it plagues us with thoughts of uncertainty, lack of confidence, and fear of an unknown future. Fear is not only a very poor prognosticator, but a deliberate liar; very little of what we fear comes true. Medically, in almost every case, fear is present as an agitator delighting in torment if not the primary culprit itself. And fear is always the weapon of choice for those who want to control us.

Fear is also accepted as a natural experience that has a cosmic right to be present. From there it plies its ability to compound itself and debilitate. No foe dumbs down human potential and a positive life experience more than fear.

According to the Bible, the formula is simple: condemnation leads to death/judgement and all fear flows from this dynamic. God’s law, the Bible, not only defines all of these realities, but creates certainty as set against fear’s uncertainty. The Bible states that ALL sin worthy of condemnation is imputed to the law. God created the law to define sin; apart from the law, there is no sin.

Then Christ came to end the law. Say to all dominated by fear: “Embrace Christ, and there is no law to judge you.” The apostle Paul stated it this way: “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.”

Many want to control us through fear by presenting God in a certain way. How do you control people who are under no law that can condemn? You cannot; they are free souls. This is what slander is all about; if they have nothing on you to condemn, they will make something up, and since people who are under law have a tendency to feel guilty to begin with, slander is a very effective tool for controlling people.

However, those who embrace Christ are still under a law. The Bible calls it, “under grace.” The word “grace” simply means, “love in action, or help.” In every single place we see the word “grace” in the Bible, the word “love” fits in the context. Grace speaks to God’s love in action.

This now involves God’s dual purpose for the Bible. For the imputation of all sin that condemns, and the standard for loving God and others; it is a law that brings death for those not of Christ, and a law that brings life and love more abundantly for those in Christ.

Christ’s death and resurrection established the gateway to this salvation; the new birth. How certain should you be that you are not condemned in Christ? “Where there is no law there is no sin.” Those in Christ stand in no court that can condemn eternally. Even if a believer where to be taken to such a court, the judge has no law, and would say…

“There is no fear in love, but mature love casts out fear. Depart in peace, there is no condemnation for I have no law that condemns you.”

paul

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Sin, Reality, Politics, Religion, and Fairness

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 10, 2017

ppt-jpeg4How should we interpret the wacky world we live in? One example: regardless of clear historical evidence that our economy thrives under lower taxes, Democrats are hell-bent on raising taxes. But why?

Another example: life was just fine in the 80’s and 90’s when everyone thought racism was behind us. Then, during the historical exclamation point on this; ie., the election of President Barack Obama, racism came back with a vengeance. Seemingly, that makes no sense at all.

Now, everything is about race. So, as someone who didn’t hear anything about race for 20 years and thought little about it, neither did I give it a second thought while watching the women’s U.S. Open Tournament until I was remined that “everyone in the finals are women of color, and this is historic.” Uh, ok, whatever, I was just enjoying the tournament and never gave race a thought because you know, it’s tennis.

In addition, we can examine how people who have benefited greatly from Americanism are anti-American. Huh? Seriously, I have been scratching my head on this since I was a 6-year-old sitting in front of a black and white TV set watching the Huntley-Brinkley report back when news was really news. From a commonsense perspective, liberals have been driving me nuts for almost 60 years.

Then the hub of what explains all of this madness was revealed to me while reading the Bible:

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it” (Genesis 4:6,7).

Herein, among other places in the Bible, we are introduced to “sin.” We find that sin is “crouching” like a predator waiting for the right moment to subdue prey. And for us, what is that moment? When we do something wrong.

Also note the essence of sin: a desire…to control. And what does sin use to control us? Guilt. Shame. Condemnation. It goes something like this: “Look what you just did. We can now add that to the list of your failures and awful things you have done. You are a bad person and very unwise; therefore, you need to let someone who is worthy rule over you.”

God’s exhortation to Cain follows: you must not let sin control you; you must control sin, and you must not give sin a beachhead by giving into sinful desires. If you do what is right, you will be “accepted” and not condemned. The footnote to this is Christ’s death on the cross to end the law’s ability to condemn. When the ability to condemn was taken away, sin was stripped of its power. Yes, NO law to condemn you is very good news. By believing on Christ, you eliminate the possibility of standing before any judge that has a law in which to convict you. The apostle Paul stated it this way: “Where there is no law, there is no sin.” Christ came to end condemnation and strip sin of its power to condemn and control.

The new birth not only changes the jurisdiction of the law for the believer, it changes the believer’s attitude towards the law. Once indifferent to the law, the believer loves the law. Therefore, the believer does not use the new identity to indulge in sinful desires because condemnation has been ended; that is counterintuitive for the new creature in Christ.

Sin isn’t all about bad stuff people do; most of what sin is about concerns the control issue. Sin is the grandmaster of enslavement and freedom’s greatest enemy. People serve sin by controlling others and robbing them of their freedom. Sin is the heart and soul of tyranny. And from it all types of slavery and bondage flow. Sin inclines one to control everything and everyone in their environment, and this applies to every stratum of reality from government to a parent reading their child a bedtime story. The control discussion has a place in every human behavior. In one example among myriad, being in a position to decide if someone lives or dies is the ultimate control experience.

In regard to Western culture, the definition of sin as applied to societal models is mostly defined by Socrates. He believed that sin is defined by ignorance. People sin because they are unknowledgeable. This is why prisons in our day focus on education as the centerpiece of rehabilitation. Socrates believed that all knowledge is intuitive in everyone and is drawn out through dialogue, that is, moral knowledge that makes one a moral citizen. This is what got him killed because that ideology levels the playing field; remember that 90% of the culture in that day were slaves to some degree or another.

His primary understudy, Plato, adopted a more Eastern approach of caste. In other words, a caste system that separated those who could comprehend reality and those who cannot. Plato believed that the perfect society is mirrored by the soul of man; those who know (philosopher kings), those who know that there are knowers and those who don’t know, and the health of any given society is dependent on serfs submitting to those who know (the warrior class), and of course, those who can’t know or comprehend reality. In the soul of every person these three elements are intuitive, but one is dominant in each person determining what class they belong to in the caste-system pecking order. A person’s class is determined by lineage and lineage is determined by predestination. The fruit falls not far from the tree; this is why the Puritans forbade upward mobility and deemed upward mobility as not honoring one’s mother and father according to the ten commandments.

Aristotle, Plato’s understudy, returned to Socrates’ model of knowledge. It is still a caste system, but is based on upward mobility. One’s position in society can be earned through formal education. However, don’t miss this; in Aristotle’s caste system, those who obtain upward mobility should rule over those who don’t. This is why expertism plagues our present society. “Educated” people can propagate the most absurd notions and many will buy into them because the propagators have a string of titles after their name. Nevertheless, it is striking to note that this half-right view of reality that didn’t go far enough, and is still half pregnant with tyranny led to the Enlightenment era which led to the birth of the greatest nation in human history…America.

But along with the Enlightenment era came the concept of Capitalism and free markets. This enables the common man to beat the Aristotelian caste system…

…and that ain’t fair.

“I was in school for eight years and paid $150,000 for a Doctorate degree and that welder makes as much money as I do. This means our economic system is unfair. He’s an uneducated beer drinking hillbilly and probably the product of inbreeding, and I am of the upper crust of society. Something needs to be done about this.”

This is why people who benefit from American Capitalism are against it; they have to share their status with serfs and other unworthys. It just ain’t fair. And, remember, money empowers people. This is the crux of the issue; Capitalism levels the playing field and disregards caste, but because of sin, people love caste—caste is a control mechanism. This is why high taxation is in vogue; it takes away more money from the individual because money empowers.

Look about us in our politically correct society, it is saturated with guilt, guilt, and more guilt, and shame, shame, and more shame. The list is endless beginning with, “white privilege.” Why is racism making a comeback? Because sin seeks to control through condemnation. This is where politics and religion kiss. The two were partners in tyranny before the advent of Americanism.

Perhaps an unintended result of Americanism was Capitalism which truly frees the individual to bring what they want to the table. It makes the individual the only judge over the sum and substance of one’s own life with the sole purpose of government being the protector of this endeavor.

In the final analysis, it draws a line in the sand of reality. On one side, you have predestination, caste, bondage, death, tyranny, total depravity, collectivism, socialism, and condemnation. On the other side, you have freewill, freedom, life, ability, the image of God, cooperation, individualism, and I dare say…

…true fairness.

paul

The Church Doubles Down on its Last-Days Antinomian Gospel via New Movie

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 8, 2017

ppt-jpeg4It’s good that we call church, “church” because it is distinct from family, specifically, God’s family. Declaring myself a Dohse doesn’t make me a Dohse, being born into the Dohse family makes me a Dohse. Though there is legal adoption, there is only ONE way into the literal family of God; new birth through the one-time baptism of the Spirit established by Christ’s resurrection.

Church is an institution, and like all institutions, it can’t replace family. A good example is what I do for a living: skilled nursing facilities can take care of people who can’t care for themselves; but we cannot by any means replace family. Residents who have an involved family do demonstrably better mentally and physically than residents who don’t have an involved family.

However, unlike most institutions that aide families in being better families (in other words, they are a supplement) the church is an institution we can liken to gangrene—gangrene is an infection that eats away tissue undetected for a period leading to necessary amputation of limbs. One example among many ills we can liken this to is the “fallen pastor” epidemic. A church like Apex in Dayton, Ohio can seem to be soaring to new spiritual heights until it’s discovered the pastor was involved in a ten-year illicit affair. No one saw it or felt it coming, but amputation became necessary to save any credibility the ministry ever had.

Is it possible the epidemic could be a result of the church’s gospel? Gangrene doesn’t ask such questions.

What is the difference between church and the literal family of God? Two gospels. The church gospel is justification by faith; the family-of-God gospel is justification by new birth. These are two different gospels; one false, the other true.

A new movie, “The Heart of Man,” produced by the church will seek to further the justification by faith false gospel. Simply stated, what is that gospel? Answer: you are justified by faith in what you know alone, but not by any change in your state of being. Yes, yes, I know the church talks about the “new creature,” but again, you are a new creature because of what you know and perceive, not because you are a changed person resulting in different behavior.

In fact, attempts to please God through behavior is what the church is trying to save itself from, and this movie is the latest effort accordingly. The assumption, actually, what we call “assumptive deception” (allowing people to assume certain things in the process of deception) follows: this constant drumbeat heard in the church speaks against a salvation PROCESS of good works. Deceived churchians are allowed to assume that the church denies a salvation process, but this has never been true. The church’s gospel, Protestantism in particular, is a progressive justification and always has been.

When salvation is NOT a one-time miraculous act of God alone resulting from faith alone, a works salvation is the only thing that can follow. When we are living in the midst of a salvation process, our participation is unavoidable. We must participate by doing something, whether actually doing something, or doing nothing with intentionality, which is doing something. When you decide to do nothing, that’s a decision, and a decision is doing something.

But we could also talk about participating in the “means of grace” found only at church. Again, folks are allowed to assume that the “means of grace” only pertain to mere “blessings” enjoyed by churchians. Nope. The “blessings” being referred to is salvation itself. You go to church, and obey the church, to get more and more Jesus, viz, salvation. The progression of assumptive deception within the church has now reached the point where the who’s who of evangelicalism now say this in broad daylight with little or no ambiguity.

Recently, at a fellowship, Susan saw a book laying on a table and began to thumb through the pages. It was a newly published work by a former SBC president. She brought it to me and pointed out progressive justification, literally, on every other page. However, if you don’t know what to look for, you aren’t going to see it. A caveat that will help is reading the word, “grace” for what it is really intended to mean in church-speak, “salvation.”

Christ specifically names the false gospel of the last days: “anomia.” In the English rendering we call it, “antinomianism.” When you attempt to discuss the specific last-days false religion called out by Christ with churchians you will be accused of “using big theology words to bring glory to yourself.” Apparently, any word with more than four letters qualifies for such among this dumbed down horde.

But at any rate, what is anomia (anti-law)? According to church orthodoxy, it is the rejection of the law as the standard for justification. So, the standard for righteousness (justification/salvation) is perfect law-keeping lest you be called, “antinomian.”

In contrast, what is the true biblical definition of antinomianism? Answer: it is the removal of love from the life of the “believer” and makes all loving acts performed by Christ (or the Spirit) and not the “believer.” This is because church orthodoxy only has one perspective or definition of law; ie., the standard for justification. Hence, only those who can keep the law perfectly are just, and since no person can, the perfect law-keeping of Christ must be continually applied to the “saint” in order for the saint to remain saved, and this is accomplished by participating in the “means of grace.” Get the picture?

But the true new birth obtained by faith alone and through the Baptism of the Spirit changes the believer’s relationship to the law. How? It completely removes the condemnation of the law and makes the law a manual for love. It completely removes the death of the law, and makes it a law of life for the believer. It completely removes the bondage of the law, and makes it a law of liberty.

Therefore, is a proper understanding of Romans 8:2 paramount to understanding the whole Bible? absolutely.

Key to having life, and having it more abundantly is an aggressive endeavor to apply the law to one’s life as a way to love God and others with no fear of the law’s former condemnation. The true new birth transforms one from the death of the law to the life of the law. Nothing here has ever changed; in regard to the law, Moses exhorted us to “choose life.”

Back to the movie. It’s based on the Bible parable of the “Parodical Son.” Supposedly, this parable is meant to demonstrate the futility of attempting to keep the law for God’s approval. Well yes, if you are still under a single perspective on the law, and therefore still, “under law.” In other words, the church’s definition of “under grace” is being under law except that Jesus fulfills the law (think, “love”) for us as long as we partake in the “means of grace,” which, of course, can only be found in the church, which, of course, insists that we tithe at least 10% every week, which, by the way, is another “means of grace.” Just perfect; who knew?

In the promotion of the movie, premiering September 14th at selected theaters, we read:

It’s a story inviting us to leave behind our broken, moralistic and religious way of thinking and relating to God and to others. Once we begin to know who God is (and as a result who we are), we have something to invite the world into. Freedom from performance. Freedom from managing our behavior so we appear acceptable to God.

And by the way, Pastor Tullian Tchividjian, like so many others, was the sultan of this gospel and we know what his life ended up being about, right?

Well, far be it from the truly born-again to be free from the performance of love. And as true children of God, why would we attempt to appear acceptable to God when we are His children to begin with? Do we love our parents to gain their acceptance? No, we love them because they’re our parents, and we love other Christians because they’re our brothers and sisters.

True antinomianism removes the born-again perspective of the law from the sanctification of the believer and substitutes it with Jesus’s perfect law-keeping which is imputed to our account through ritualistic traditions of men. This is EXACTLY what the Pharisees were guilty of. No, truly born-again believers who obey the law of love are not Pharisees, the church is.

Also indicative of ills associated with this false gospel is an utter lack of justice in the church. Since we cannot love and are only saved by substituted love found in grace, we should “forgive the same way we were forgiven.” We find a hint of this in the movie promo as well:

It reveals the antidote to shame — grace. The grace of the Father for his children and the grace we can have for each other…in the midst of our darkest moments.

And trust me, the church has its share of “dark moments.” In fact, almost all wars recorded in human history flow from religious ideology. Historically, Protestants have murdered millions who refused to forgive the way they were forgiven.

And FYI, pedophilia also qualifies as a “dark moment” experienced by many. After all, “sin is messy, and churches are full of sinful people with messy sinful lives.” In contrast, the true household of God “walk[s] circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. ”

How close are we to the return of Christ? If the rampant anomia in the church is any indication, close. And remember, residual details aside, the church’s disdain for individualism expressed in its total depravity doctrine shares a commonality with many other religions and secular politics.

paul

New Revision of the 47

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 4, 2017

Home Fellowship Distinctives Will Continue to Develop

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 3, 2017

As TANC ministries launches into a focus on alternatives to the church this year, a major one was brought to the forefront this week. Andy Young, our contributing author, gave permission to address the attached letter sent to him recently. Andy himself will have much more to say about this letter in the coming days.

Before I address the letter, let’s review some developing distinctives. First, the fact that we meet in homes is a statement of our gospel. It says we are a literal “household of God,” and not an institution. We are a literal family; that is important.

Meeting in homes with an intentional avoidance of institutional religion proclaims the new birth. Institutions function by law and top-down authority. Home fellowships proclaim justification by new birth and not perfect law-keeping. We deny the supposed double atonement of Christ which is not an atonement to begin with; Christ came to end sin, not merely cover it up. The true gospel is not a cover-up.

Hence, home fellowships function as a cooperative body and not a top down authority. In contrast, those who meet in purpose build sanctuaries deny that individual members of Christ’s body are God’s temple in and of themselves.

Furthermore, the denial of individual bodies as God’s temple also denies the ability of the true saints to use their bodies to offer living sacrifices to God in all matters of life.

We deny, with extreme prejudice, that men appointed by virtue of buying seminary degrees have authority over our salvation. This is another home fellowship distinctive; the authority of Christ alone as the head of His one body. One authority, and one body.

In the attached letter, it is clear that these men believe they have authority over Andy’s salvation. This is a Protestant distinctive whether Baptist, Methodist, Charismatic, or any other stripe that came out of the Protestant Reformation.

In home fellowships, body members do not wait for permission to use their holy temples to offer living sacrifices to God in all matters of life, and the love we perform is from our own temples and not a substitution.

Keep in mind, by virtue of stated orthodoxy, a love performed by the “saints” themselves would deny the Protestant doctrine of double imputation.

paul

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