Paul's Passing Thoughts

Blank Check Forgiveness Equals Zero Sum Life

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Young, PPT contributing editor on June 13, 2018

Originally published May 2, 2016

Completely absent from forgiveness mania among dumbed-down Christians is any kind of understanding in regard to how justice figures into the forgiveness equation. While insisting that “we forgive others the way God forgave us,” the formula presented for doing so is in no way, shape or form indicative of how God in fact forgives us. This is just one more example in the midst of myriad in considering how confused and illogical evangelicals are. While clamoring about with much indignation in regard to abortion’s devaluing of life, Christians witlessly ply blank check forgiveness and its default zero sum life equation.

Again, the contradiction is justice—justice only exists for the sake of life value. Invariably, injustice and zero sum life walk together hand in hand. It is no surprise that blank check forgiveness comes from the Protestant tradition as the Reformers believed that injustice only occurs between man and God. They considered horizontal injustice (injustice between people) a metaphysical anomaly. Hence, one never gets what he/she deserves in this life as everybody deserves eternal hell. And, to not forgive automatically makes you better than the person you are not forgiving. This is also where moral equivalency, blank check forgiveness, injustice, and zero sum life are all members of the same motley crew.

Blank check forgiveness devalues life by not holding people accountable for sinning against you or others. We don’t hold dogs accountable because they don’t know any better as animals of mostly instinct. And in essence, the same reasons are given for blank check forgiveness among people; they are “totally depraved” and enslaved to sinful instincts. In fact, John Calvin deemed humanity as nothing more than “worms crawling on the ground” while Martin Luther thought that description too charitable in regard to human nature.

Withholding forgiveness keeps the sin of the offender ever before them, and upholds life. Remember, sin is framed as a life/death paradigm in Scripture. This does not mean we do not leave revenge to the Lord, it means we uphold life by demanding repentance from each other. The opposite of revenge is loving our enemies, but in many instances, blank check forgiveness is the opposite of love.

It often reflects our view of others and the value of life in general.

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Mysticism

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on June 13, 2018

How Much Will Men Pay For Their Salvation?

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Young, PPT contributing editor on June 12, 2018

The Church Lie And the Biblical Alternative: Introduction

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on June 10, 2018

abandoned-church-milfordChurch is a lie. Christians must come to grip with this reality for their good and the good of God’s kingdom. If we want to make the most of the opportunity God has given us presently, if we’re going to leave personal legacies before God that we will not regret, church must be dissected from our contribution to this life. Like a song with a sweet melody and evil lyrics, we must not endorse the evil ideology by humming the tune.

This indictment against the church includes a complaint about every element of its existence; it is a plenary indictment against the entire body of church thought and is not complicated nor hidden to any degree. The only thing that hides its plenary elementary error is a failure to glance in the right direction. This work merely points to what can be seen in broad daylight along the main street of life; it addresses the reasons we do not look and insists that we do for all that is at stake.

We do not look past the pastor’s expertise. To do so would question the competence that we trust so dearly and relieves us of our responsibility to think for ourselves. As coined by author John Immel, “Thinking is hard.” Sure, glaring problems are so evident that we stumble on them from time to time, but since the pastor is not concerned with it—it must not be significant. We do not look past the authority of church because this authority, as we have come to believe, is an authority over our eternal wellbeing. We do not see past church because it is the only way to heaven regardless of any and every fault. Supposedly. Neither will we look past our inability because though there seem to be severe problems with church, it must be our over-concern based on failure to understand. These reasons for not looking are a fallacy.

The time has come to throw the baby out with the bathwater because the problem with the water is the baby. Both need to go. The paramount excuse for not looking can be likened to a tree. All the branches are different, and none of the fruit thereof shares exact shape and size, but overall, they are the product of a basic root system. Church is the same tree, but the diversity of its branches and fruits supply the chief excuse for its evil; “Our church doesn’t believe that.” “That’s what the Baptists believe, we are Presbyterian.” “Gee, that sounds like a cult, and of course, our church isn’t a cult because it’s a church.” “Oh my, that sounds like a ‘high controlling church,’ not us.” Really? No, the church tree has a basic root system that results in the same evil. ALL churches share the same basic ideology that results in its evil fruit. Christ addressed this same issue often by stating that a tree is known by its fruit. Regardless of the fruit, the masses still embrace churchism. How can this be?

Did you happen to know that Western culture is immune from mass deception? It is a sarcastic question but seems to be our arrogant mindset regardless of black and white history. We need to look no further than Germany and its Nazi fiasco. Germany has always been the epicenter of Western intellect, but in no wise lacking in a history given to absurd mysticism and superstition. Concerning shocking words and actions coming from the church fathers, we hear, “They were men of their time.” These excuses, and this one, in particular, remind us of the genius we expect from Deity; the growth history of a tree at any specific point doesn’t redefine what evil is nor excuse it. If the fruit is rotten, the tree was bad from the beginning and will be to the end.

Church is a lie, and all elements of its matter are a lie, but can we pinpoint the dominant lie among its lies? Probably. We could say that the supreme lie is the proposition that church is the product of literal Bible interpretation. Most Christians believe this, and it is not true in the least. We often hear that “The Bible is our authority for truth.” This is but one star of propaganda in the church universe and will be addressed thoroughly in this work.

By the way, is the Bible an “authority” to begin with?

Suppose that we would consider the second place lie, what would that be? It would be the idea that church is the subject of the New Testament and what we see in the book of Acts. Every Christian believes this, but it is not true. And likewise, regarding the rest of the indictment, the evidence for this article of the charge is not hard to find.

This causes us to return to the subject of why we do not look past the expertise of the pastor and add more guilt; we heavily invest in the lie to the point that we cannot bear the thought of leaving it. To do so leads to painful admissions. No one wants to believe they have been misled for so many years; no one wants to think they invested in a lie and wasted their time on a lie. But the bad news gets worse as will be revealed in this work; the lies are not strong deceptions. As aforementioned, the lies are elementary; they bear no elevated level of genius.

Yet, there is a human reality that does offer some excuse for being misled. Something can sound good in the beginning while establishing a mental prism that we begin to see all reality through. We can read our Bible through such a lens and think it agrees with the church while that isn’t what the Bible is saying at all. Most Christians confess that the Bible is hard for them to understand or they do not understand it at all. This is because church presuppositions contradict what the Bible is saying overall. Most Christians carry their Bible as a token statement while relying entirely on the pastor for truth. EVERYTHING that happens is the result of logic. Catholics do not bring a Bible to church at all while Protestants bring their Bibles and focus entirely on the pastor’s words while the Bible remains closed on their lap. Regarding Protestants, this is a contemporary trend, and we will examine the evolution of it.

Church is among the great deceptions of world history while having one of the more anemic propaganda machines. The secular world rightly assesses those of the church stripe as egregiously illogical. While citing Noah’s deluge as a warning against the everybody is doing it mindset, this is the very excuse used for the horrifying history of the church regarding its tyrants being “men of their time.” Yes, the church fathers were either blood thirsty tyrants or shameless lackeys, but during those days everyone lacked civility. If a tree is known by its fruit, church is rightfully condemned by its history alone. Therefore, this work will often state the obvious in compelling people to merely look to the left and right to see what is there.

Furthermore, church orthodoxy, when seen for what it is, befuddles one that it is even taken seriously as truth much less endowed with gargantuan infrastructure and holy folklore. Indeed, church orthodoxy is built upon utter nonsense that contradicts the plain sense of Scripture and God-given common sense.

Nevertheless, while its orthodoxy is ridiculous, the havoc it wreaks upon humanity must be addressed. This is the fruit that coincides with its history. Church orthodoxy makes up the ideology that results in the fruit while its “good works” are ways of “helping” its victims. As we will see, the church is all but an exact reflection of the religious institution that Christ fustigated during His ministry on earth. It likewise travels land and sea to make people twice the child of hell that it already is.

With all of this said, the real New Testament body of Christ will be articulated from the plain sense of Scripture along with its intended mode of operation. The church is NOT the body of Christ; the genuine article will be observed.

Moreover, the bankruptcy of the church is no excuse to coast with our lives in neutral until Christ returns. We must know the real New Testament body is meant to do things on earth beyond what we could ever imagine.

This work is for those who have always known something is wrong with church and want to do something about it. This work is for those who wish to redeem the time because the days are evil.

Because only truth sanctifies (John 17:17).
Paul M. Dohse

Marriage As Enslavement Under Law

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on June 9, 2018

ppt-jpeg4There are only two people groups in the world; those under law and those under grace. These are not only two categories of existence, but two different mindsets. Primarily, under law will focus on not doing bad things against the law. Under grace will have a positive focus on loving God and others. It asks, “Did you love today,” not “Did you sin today?” One will focus on whatever people are doing against the law, viz, fault finding, the other will focus on people’s positive points. The under grace mindset will weigh a person’s contributions against faults and focus on the contributions. Under law focuses on faults. The problem with fault finding under law follows: people have a tendency to add their own laws to all other laws that exist leading to an impossible standard for living. Unfortunately, the wellness of most marriages are evaluated by the degree of which a spouse breaks any number of laws and categories of laws. Under the law mindset, in many cases, personal preference will become a law of higher significance than God’s law or any other law. Murder is often the sentence for violating someone’s personal law too many times.

The reason religious people under law focus so much on not breaking the law is because they are also under the condemnation of the law which is not a good thing. The focus is escaping condemnation, not loving. If you focus on love, condemnation is piling up in the background. So, it’s a life driven by fear of condemnation. Those under law are enslaved to sin and a futile endeavor to escape it. This is why Christ came to end the law and its condemnation: law-keeping doesn’t fulfill the law; only love fulfils the law. Our goal is love, not law-keeping to prevent condemnation.

Church, whether Protestant or Catholic, and all stripes that flow out of both are under law. Protestantism is primarily predicated on what is called, “Covenant Theology.” What’s a covenant? Right, it’s a law. Unbelievably, according to this theology and in overt contrast to Pauline theology, the relationship between Adam and God was based on a “covenant of works.” Once broken, Christ came under the “covenant of grace” to restore the original covenant (law) broken by Adam. It’s purely law-based in opposition to “the promise” given to Abraham and Christ.

Accordingly, everything about church is remaining just before God by keeping covenants. In the keeping of these covenants, Christ in turn fulfills the covenant of grace in our stead as a way of restoring the original covenant of works. The lesser covenants that invoke Christ to keep us just by fulfilling the major covenant of grace in our stead varies according to various church traditions. In other words, the lesser covenant of Catholicism is going to differ from the lesser covenant of Protestantism. In either case, these lesser covenants predicated on the horizontal traditions of men are referred to as “the means of grace” or the means of salvation. If people would stop long enough to ponder this notion on its face value, it would be revealed for what it is: in-your-face works justification.

Hence, as Protestant orthodoxy comes full circle in our day, prominent evangelical leaders are openly stating that being part of the body of Christ is synonymous with being faithful to a covenant with a local church; i.e., formal church membership and probable signing of a “church covenant.” This is a lesser covenant efficacious for salvation. The keeping of this lesser covenant, the church covenant, involves being faithful to the “means of grace.” Again, this is overt law-based salvation by works.

And marriage, one of the church covenants, is fulfilled by either remaining in the covenant or not remaining in the covenant…period. Whether the church covenant or the marriage covenant, the covenant is fulfilled, leading to Christ fulling the covenant of grace, by remaining in the covenant REGARDLESS OF ANYTHING. If you listen carefully to what the churched say in various and sundry situations, these elements are continually confirmed by what proceeds out of their mouths. Furthermore, judgement (condemnation) is pronounced on all those who supposedly break these covenants that are not valid to begin with. God never made a covenant with Adam. In every case where God makes a covenant with anybody—it’s called a covenant specifically. The covenant of grace is based on Genesis 3:15, but in that passage, God is speaking to the serpent!

What happens in a church or in a marriage is almost entirely irrelevant; faithfulness to the covenant is all that matters. And folks get the message; how is it possible that churches still exist regardless of their rotten fruit? Because the rotten fruit is irrelevant while covenant keeping (law-keeping) is the bottom line. It’s an exact reflection of the very same religious system that Christ railed against when He ministered on earth.

Those under grace are not under law and are not enslaved to the law and its condemnation. In our day and church culture, this is particularly relevant to wives. Church culture demands that they be keepers of the home and children with home schooling being part of the package. Large families are encouraged resulting in the wife being consumed with nothing but being a homemaker. Not only is she condemned if she leaves the church covenant and marriage covenant, but she would have to leave multiple children behind. Not only is mega-birthing encouraged to increase the church army, but it further enslaves the wife who rarely owns anything individually.

She is trapped and enslaved. At this point, a church husband can treat her anyway he wants to and there is not anything she can realistically do about it. She can’t leave with six to ten children, she has no car, no house, no education, no money…no nothing.

However, according to the apostle Paul, any marriage not built on oneness is an illegitimate marriage. Marriages under law are not valid; in the context of this post, the husband is an unbeliever who is not pleased to dwell with the wife for legitimate purposes. The wife, if she is under grace, may divorce.

She is not in bondage to law, particularly the lesser covenants based on the traditions of men, and the church has no authority to condemn her.

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