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Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on May 25, 2017

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European Terrorism, Protestantism, and the Anti-Justice of Under Law

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on May 24, 2017

ppt-jpeg4I am presently working on a couple of series and one is about the two biblical realities of mankind; under law and under grace. In part one, I have begun to describe the reality of under grace that is defined by God’s love and worldview. “Grace” is a state of being that experiences life through the mind of God. One experiences grace to the degree that they are like God. “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1Pet 1:16 KJV).

I usually try to avoid being distracted by trending news, but once again we see the passive response of European leaders regarding the most recent terror attack in Manchester, England. In fact, European leaders are beginning to, in essence, say the following: get used to it; it is what it is…just part of life. German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently commented that Germany is becoming Muslim and the German people need to get over it and move on.

Wow! What in the world is going on? And what does this have to do with being “under law”?  Let’s also include the church’s penchant for a lax attitude towards justice. Doesn’t it seem strange that those under law would have an aversion to justice? This is an area that I am not going to address to any degree in the series so let me take opportunity here.

As we will examine in the series, those under law are under condemnation, and under the fear of judgement and death. People primarily fear death because of God’s judgement. Sin, death, law, and judgment are closely related in the Bible. For purposes of this post, we will note that condemnation is the water in which those under law swim. This includes condemnation from induvial conscience, others, and self. Most people commit suicide because they have condemned themselves; this would seem rather evident. ALL mental illnesses are associated with fear; that’s not my opinion, that’s what the experts say when you examine the listed symptoms of every mental illness.

In the Bible, justice is associated with life-value. Traditionally, a popular and ancient notion for those under law is the idea of the total inability of man. And, supposedly, the all-wise are those that know man is unable. Furthermore, some higher power appoints those who know that they don’t know to rule over those who think they know, viz, the great unwashed. This is the issue of individualism versus collectivism; this is the issue of statism.

Does the state exist to serve the individual’s pursuit of wellbeing and happiness, or does the individual exist to serve the state because man needs to be protected from himself? Mankind’s propensity to condemn others and self feeds the latter notion.

So now the question is begged; to what degree can terrorism hurt a state? This is a question of attrition versus cost to the state. How much does it hurt the state when its children are slaughtered versus the cost to prevent the slaughter? It depends on the numbers. And, what if Germany does become, to some great degree, Muslim? Will that effect the elitist ruling class? The answer for Germany is found in Merkel’s mentality…no. The ruling elitist class care little about the variety of people they rule over just so they are ruling over people in general.

At this point we can add a biblical nugget about the very essence of sin; it possesses an ardent desire to rule over others (Gen 4:7). Why? Because that’s what sin does. It can well be argued that total inability/total depravity is just a theological/metaphysical excuse to fulfill a lust to rule over others. The condemnation playbook executes this scheme: “Since you are totally depraved and unable, you need a ruling class to take care of you and think for you, and we need to be richly rewarded for saving mankind accordingly.” This has always played well with the masses in the condemnation realm albeit with ongoing disastrous results…for the individual. By the way, this is also an unfortunate working dynamic in marriages as well.

You can also see the church through the same prism. Individuals are expendable for the sake of the institution whether children or the elderly. Be sure of this; the church’s pseudo righteous indignation towards abortion is for purposes of benefiting the church institution in some way. If you think the church really cares about individual unborn babies you are egregiously naïve. Why does the church fight against abortion? Follow the money/power.

Per Plato, the real god of Western thought, “justice” is defined by societal unity around any given belief system propagated by the ruling state. This is why you hear so much ado about “unity” in the church and the bemoaning about our “divided nation.” Nevertheless, this is where America parted with history in its definition of justice; it protects the dignity and value of the individual. In this way, America was founded on Christ-like principles via the “one in 99.”

Matthew 18:12 – What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish (NIV).

Why is Europe and the church that came out of it so willing to lose a few children? Because they still have 99 to rule over and the cost of finding one is too high. This is a collectivist mentality that goes hand in hand with statism, and those under condemnation are all too often willing to accept it because of their supposed unworthiness.

“Since you are totally depraved, you need to humble yourself and let us rule over you for your own sake.”

paul

Understanding the World Through Under Law and Under Grace: Part One; Grace

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on May 23, 2017

ppt-jpeg4The Bible states that there are but two kinds of people in the world: lost and saved; or in other biblical words, under law and under grace.

“For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

I have come to believe that most things that happen in the world flow from this reality; especially what people say and the ideas they propagate.

“Grace” is a word much tossed about without any real understanding of what it means. In Protestantism, “grace” is synonymous with “salvation.” Protestant scholars come unhinged when you launch this accusation, but their denial is disingenuous. Interpreting “grace” as salvation fits the Protestant false gospel of progressive justification.

For months, I have tried in vain to nail down a definition of “grace.” The word has many synonyms making a definitive definition impossible. It’s not like the word, “cat” that can replaced with “feline.” It’s not like the word “car” that can be replaced with “automobile.” It’s more like the word “world” which encompasses so many different meanings—such is the case with the word “grace.”

Grace is a state of being that perceives the world in the same way that God does. Grace thinks about the world with “the mind of Christ” (1Cor 2:16). The one word that best synonymizes grace is “love.” In almost every case biblically, the word “love” will fit contextually in a Bible sentence when used to replace “grace.”

“Under grace” is a reality that perceives life in a certain way; it is a state of being that is radically contrary to the former life of “under law.” Truly, “all things are new” (2Cor 5:17). Understanding this begins to open-up the Bible to clearer understanding; for example, those “under grace” are also “in Christ” (Col 1:27) and “Christ is in you” (Rom 8:10). You are one with Christ and His body. To be under grace is to also be under hope, and under peace, among many other adjectives.

“Under grace” has a defined hypostatic state of being with a defined normality or compos mentis. A right-headed Christian will be defined by, hope, peace, boldness, and confidence. This is what the born-again Christian is called to. Under grace may also be defined by its antithesis, “under law.” Under grace is everything under law isn’t and vice versa. The two are radically differentiated. Sanctification is defined by its apartness from “under law.” For those under grace, experiencing tenets of under law is the warning light on the dashboard. You are not properly putting off the old you and putting on the new in all areas of life (Eph 4:24).

Be sure of this: this is not a mere declaration; this is life itself, and life more abundantly as opposed to death. Under grace is life, and under law is death. This is perhaps the paramount demarcation between the two. Sanctification is defined by what has been left behind for that which is in front—the “high calling” (Phil 3:12-16).

Paul, in his treatise to the Ephesians, shared that he bowed his knees to the Father and prayed that we would understand this:

Ephesians 3:14 – For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Notice the emphasis on love which best defines grace, but has a vast definition all its own (see 1Cor 13). Paul’s oft greeting, “grace to you,” is a wish for others that encompasses all of the aforementioned prayer.

Hence, in the same way you must understand the particular worldview of a psychiatrist (there are approx. 200 different schools of thought in psychology) to really understand what he or she is saying or attempting to relate, you must determine if the one you are listening to is under law or under grace or at least functioning and thinking like they are under law. Keep in mind that most Protestant scholars are at least functioning and thinking like they are under law. Before you protest that Protestantism is by “faith alone” and not law, please know what the biblical definition of “under law” is.

“Under law” is to be under condemnation (Rom 8:1), and under death (Rom 8:2). Also, among the other “under(s)” that define “under law,” the one under law is “under sin” (Rom 3:9). In part two, we will define “under law.” In the process, we will bring the meaning of grace into sharper focus as well.

paul

Calvinist Gospel Sexy Time is a Longstanding Reformed Tradition

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

A Challenge to Protestant Pastors: Your Gospel is False and What You Should Do About it; Part 1

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on May 18, 2017
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