Paul's Passing Thoughts

Calvinism: The Root of All Evil in the American Church

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 6, 2019

The Church and Evil, Page 110

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 3, 2019

Two things, unless you have been away on another planet for some time, are evident: church consumes a great deal of the earth’s landscape while exhibiting a significant share of the world’s evil. Few know what to make of it. This work seeks to supply key answers to those who care the most: those who haven’t given up hope in God but are disenfranchised from church. This is a massive exodus involving two groups of people referred to as the Nones and the Dones.

Secondly, those who have remained in the church, but are confused and isolated, if not in downright misery and turmoil. Thirdly, those who believe the church represents God. This work will challenge that notion for good reason; if the church is the best God has to offer, who exactly is He? And fourthly, those who are perplexed because they cannot find justice in the church. Why is justice such a foreign concept to the church? Why does it seem to be optional? Isn’t justice important to God?

Some overdue clarification; at least for purposes of this work, “church” refers to the Roman Catholic Church and its offshoot, the Protestant church, and the latter’s many, many offshoots. Church, by and large, refers to these two institutions and their claim to represent God’s affairs on earth. This work is timely because until circa 2008, evil in the church was thought of primarily as a Catholic problem.

However, though true regarding general publicity of the 19th and 20th century, that is, a more virtuous Protestantism, the big picture of history does not reinforce that perception. Whether Catholic or Protestant, from the abuse and molestation of orphans to the deprivation of liberties on an international scale, the church has never left any vestige of virtue undisturbed. Yet, tradition still points to these institutions as the representation of good on earth. How can this be? Regardless of perpetual bad publicity, evil in the church is thought of as some kind of anomaly. Myriads boldly claim that the world is lost without the church while being sat upon by the proverbial elephant in the room.

Head versus Heart?

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 3, 2019

We Are All Sinners Saved by Grace

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 3, 2019

The Two Laws

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 2, 2019

ppt-jpeg4“Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” A peculiar verse in the Bible. But if you think about it, we also know a group of people who feel no shame when they are naked; children, that is, until they grow older and become modest. If mom gives her two-year-old boy a bath, no one involved or that knows about it thinks of it as being strange. However, there is going to be a point in the child’s age where the same would be frowned upon.

What’s going on there? The child’s conscience develops. Andy Young is right, man’s problem isn’t sin, per se, but rather the law. We contend that all children go to heaven if they die because they are not yet accountable to the two laws. That is, God’s law, and the law written on the hearts of every person born into the world:

Romans 2:12 – For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

When it gets right down to it, Christ came to establish the new birth which makes a different use of the law possible. That is the crux of the problem for those Paul is writing about in Romans 2. When the law is the standard for righteousness, everyone concedes that the law cannot be kept perfectly and a religion to fulfill it is established. This always leads to antinomianism in sanctification because true law-keeping from love is replaced with the traditions of men.

However, when righteousness is by new birth, those born again show themselves righteous by keeping the law out of love which fulfills the law. Hence, I must conclude logically that those who interpret law and sin from a single perspective will be judged under two laws resulting in a greater condemnation. This speaks to the sacramental atonement religions that define church. No, Christ is not some avatar that came to appease the law as a fourth member of the Trinity, the law cannot give life. Only the Father can give life through the Spirit by the new birth. The Promise to Abraham and Christ is that Christ would be the firstborn of many brethren.

Genesis 3:6 – When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

This is where law entered into the world; this is when sin entered into the world along with it. Something happened within Adam and Eve, and conscience was born. God then unfolded a plan of salvation with many grand elements of which the understanding of law is central.

These are the basic building blocks for a vast untapped knowledge kept locked-up over time by church orthodoxy. These treasures will only be found by a collective effort of God’s family members apart from academic caste. The truth sets us free, not those who are filled with authority lust.

paul

 

 

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