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Is The Baptist Tithe Nothing More or Less Than a Catholic Indulgence?

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 20, 2018

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Calvinism’s Repenting Your Way Into Heaven and the Folly of the Election/Freewill Debate

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 20, 2018

Repentance is Works Salvation?

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 18, 2018

 

Live Home Fellowship Bible Study Romans Chapter 16

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 17, 2018

Sin, Racism, and Mass Shootings

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 15, 2018

We sin when we do naughty things, but the Bible  has much more to say about sin. The biblical explanation concerning sin explains a lot that goes on in the world that would ordinarily be perplexing. In the devil’s endeavor to be God’s coequal, or perhaps even superior to God, he created sin, but sin is nobody’s slave. The event (creation of sin) is like a Frankenstein movie where the mad scientist creates something that he cannot control. Sin stands alone as God’s paramount enemy apart from the fallen angels. Curiously, while the debate rages as to whether or not God created evil, the Bible clearly states that sin is the offspring of the devil.

Sin is described as a master that seeks to destroy through condemnation. Sin’s ability to enslave is grounded in condemnation resulting in ongoing deaths ending in eternal death. Sin seeks to exacerbate mortality. Control lust, condemnation, fear, and death are sin’s primary characteristics exemplified by those under its enslavement.

The Bible also states that sin uses desires to tempt and bring about death. Present death on the installment plan can be described as a multifaceted subtraction from wellbeing. What the Bible calls “sinful desires” vary from person to person and can take on many different forms. Sometimes we are suddenly struck with a disturbing thought or desire that may leave us a little shell shocked and wondering what kind of person we really are. That’s sin at work. Self confident people who like themselves are difficult to control. What does sin use to create these desires? That would be a worthwhile study to pursue, but lastly on this point, the perpetual fulfilling (practice) of these desires leads to an increased intensity of the desire coupled with habit. This is what we commonly refer to as an “addiction.”

Christ, in contrast, also presents himself as a master. This is how the Bible explains the reality of all of this in human terms. The sin master pays death wages only, while Christ only pays life wages. Christ is a master that, in specific Bible terminology, enslaves us to righteousness. This also means that those enslaved to sin and those enslaved to righteousness can do good AND bad alike, but in the end, this only determines the degree or amount  of wages paid by each master. It means more or lesser life wages, or more or lesser death wages. Those who belong to Christ through the new birth have the wisdom to discern good desires (the desires of the Spirit) versus sinful desires and the power to say “no” to those desires. We are defined by the desires we have and the practice of them. The conscience created by God in every human (the works of the law written on the heart) born into the world also plays into this but will not be addressed in this post.

Let’s first apply this to racism. Sin, in its endeavor to control, will use ANY excuse to do so. This can certainly include anything different. Sin looks for an opportunity to control in every circumstance; so, if you are different in some way, that equals inferiority which means we need to control you for the betterment of mankind. Since you are inferior, your best contribution to society is to know your place and do what the upper crust of society tells you to do. And in some cases, intermingling with superior races can bring all of civilization to a lower  state of being, and perhaps threaten the very existence of mankind. We call this, “genocide.”

So, we now know that former President Barack Obama is a hardcore racist. How do we know that? He commissioned an artist to do his formal presidential portrait who has painted depictions of angry looking black women beheading white women. It goes without saying that this is totally unacceptable. Where is the collective outrage? A populous that has been effectively shamed will keep its silence. Hence, despots can do anything while the commoners best know their place and keep silent.

But is so-called “racism” the core problem? Not really, what this really means is that Obama is a despot at heart. His racism only seeks to control by shaming white people because some were despots in the past. This whole Black Lives Matter and other business like it is an overt attempt to control through shaming and condemnation. Does it work? Well, sure it does; Obama shamed his way into being elected by guilty white people. So, apparently, it is someone else’s turn to enslave others. And what is the final solution for those unable to fulfill sin’s control-lust? Murder, of course, as depicted by other paintings from Obama’s selected artist.

I am a big fan of TV shows like Forensic Files etc. A common theme you hear often in these shows concerns motives. Often, the culprits themselves confess that they murdered in order to experience the ultimate control high; deciding whether or not someone lives or dies. In other cases, they murder because someone would not submit to their wishes. Shunned lovers who can longer control a girlfriend or boyfriend also make the cut; “If I can’t have you, nobody will!” And in many cases, killers confess that they wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone. In other words, they DESIRED to fulfill that particular curiosity.

Do I think this dynamic is largely behind the mass shootings that we see in our day? I do. Frustrated with a life spiraling out of their own control, they partake in the ultimate act of control. When these people enter a no gun zone armed to the teeth, they feel like god; at that moment, they decide who lives and who dies. Do I think they are willing to trade in their whole lives in order to be god for maybe 20 minutes? I do.

None of these current events surprise me or perplex me; it is merely the dynamic of sin’s control lust at work. And if you look for it, you can see it at work in every level and venue of life.

paul

 

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