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Calvinism and Communism: A Comparison; 13 minute video

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 25, 2014
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Justice, and Why Christians Leave Church

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 25, 2014

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“It’s not about injustice, It’s about Jesus.”

~ Producer of “Unearthed”

Justice: One Reason People Don’t Go to Church: Romans 13:1-7

1. Romans 13:1-7

A. What does this have to do with people not going to church?

b. Everything.

2. “Unearthed” video clip.

A. Seems to be EVERYTHING Christians would agree on as well as all moral people.

a. “You can’t legislate morality; you have to change people’s hearts.”

b. It calls men to stand up and be moral, and therefore circumventing the demand for porn.

c. Tim Keller

  • A man’s “sense of justice.”
  • The men are victims too; they are slaves.
  • The gospel is the key. (the collective soul will be explained).

d. Mark Driscoll

  • It hurts EVRYBODY, not just the man enslaved to porn.

†    Voice of reason; man is an island is a misnomer hurtful to society.

††  The collective good.

e. It’s the “portal”; soft porn ultimately leads to sex trafficking.”

f. You can’t keep picking the fruit (ie, stop the behavior), you have to cut off the root.

g. If we do this, it is hard telling what society will “look like” versus BE like.

h. We want move beyond the problem and make a film about the solution.

  • Title: The Hearts of Men.
  • Christ moves beyond symptoms and deal with the HEARTS of men.

†    Interpretive question: what is the “heart.”

i. Action.

  • Primarily pray for the victimizers as well as the victims.
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3. What is really going on here?

A. Their definition of the gospel is the societal collective Psyche.

B. Their definition of the heart is the soul of man.

4. The construct defined.

A. Image #1

a. The collective psyche is the root.

b. All things progressing toward restoration is the fruit.

c. Image #2—the tree in the video.

d. Church historian and author John Immel

  • Image #1
  • The root is IDEAS.
  • The fruit is what society “looks like” as a result of the ideas.

B. The soul.

a. Like a tree, the “heart” has a root and fruit.

b. This is the Heart Theology of Neo-Calvinism.

  • Pastor rant: “I am sick of the “root and fruit gospel”
  • What is it? Image #3
  • Man is totally depraved/incompetent, therefore, his root ideas must be supplied for the collective good of society.
  • Moreover, his ideas should be compelled by force for the betterment of society.
  • What man thinks is what society is.

† This is the collective soul making the collective psyche resuting in the ideal society.

  • This is Plato: man’s soul is a mirror image of society; society is a tree of fruit and root, and man’s soul is a tree of fruit and root.
  • Image #4
  • Compare to Image #1
  • Image #5

c. The video NEVER states that man changes; it states, like communism, that society is the manifestation of man’s thinking, and that man does not know what to think, and must be compelled to think the right things through being educated by the enlightened, and for the betterment of society, by force if necessary.

d. Man is too incompetent to be a problem, bad ideas are the problem. The Neo-Calvinist therefore deems him as someone who should be prayed for, and at times agrees with the state that he/she should be executed if they refuse to repent of their own ideas—for the collective good of society. It’s nothing personal, it just so happens that your body is the bearer of bad ideas that are hurtful to society. No man is a bad person per se, ideas are the problem.

5. Justice: the story of two realities.

A. The justice of Romans 13:1-7 versus the justice of Plato’s Republic.

a. Government is a gift to man by God and is His servant for the good of man.

b. God exhorts man to have a sense of justice and to follow Him, and man is capable of doing so, and has a free will to do so.

c. However, when injustice takes place via the choices of men, God warns Christians and the unregenerate alike (throughout the New Testament) that the government is His servant to enforce justice and punish injustice. Hence, God is pleased with the natural flow of justice, but warns that He will enforce justice sooner or later; presently by government, or in the future via His White Throne Judgment.

d. Man is without excuse because he is created with a conscience—Paul exhorts Christians to live by their consciences.

B. Plato’s Republic insists that ALL justice comes from the root because man is incapable of knowing good and reality. Therefore, it does NO good to enforce behavior, what man believes is what must be enforced, and this root will result in societies fruit.

Conclusion

History tells us that Plato’s construct does not work. And because it has become the premise of the church’s Heart Theology, church doesn’t work. Hence, people stop going to church for the same reason that people do not move from America to Russia.

“It’s not about injustice, It’s about Jesus.”

~ Producer of “Unearthed”

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Society. Individual

Mom Wants to Know: Why I Don’t Like Mike Huckabee (and Other Adorable People)

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 10, 2014

ppt-jpeg4I am very busy and need to combine eight posts into one which is not difficult because it’s all related. I need to write about Mike Huckabee, Joni Eareckson Tada, Boz Tchividjian, K-Love, stuff happens theology, plumbing, Communism, and of course John Calvin, but not necessarily in that order.

Let’s start with a conversation that occurred over at my mom’s house about former Governor Mike Huckabee. Susan and I were over at her house overseeing the repair of her furnace. My study of medieval religion has given me a robust appreciation in regard to American ingenuity and technology. A working furnace is critical for someone my mom’s age in sub-zero weather. The furnace was repaired by a competent young man within hours of us calling, and let me add that he also laughed at my jokes.

Plumbing

When all was accomplished, Susan and I said farewell to mom and then received a call on my cellphone about four miles from her house; she reported a funny hissing sound in the kitchen. We returned, and concluded that a frozen water pipe had broken under the kitchen floor. This was totally unrelated to the furnace repair. There we were, the day well spent, and a broken water pipe shooting out gallons of water by the minute underneath the shallow crawl space of the kitchen.

Another competent repair man to the rescue, even at that hour? Maybe, but my mom is long retired and lives on a limited income. I went down to the basement and turned off the main water supply to the house and also observed the following: much cost was spared in installing shutoff valves, but the kitchen was an isolated run of two copper pipes easily accessible before entering the long and shallow crawl space under the kitchen. It became apparent that those two pipes could be sealed off and the rest of the house would have water until the broken pipe was fixed. The trade of a dishwasher and one faucet for flushing toilets etc. in the rest of the house would be a good trade indeed.

I have some past limited background in plumbing, so Susan and I drove to the nearest Lowes to buy sand paper, a propane torch, two copper end-caps, solder, flux, a small brush, a hack saw, and inner pipe brush. Then we talked to a delightful young man that informed me that American plumbing had indeed changed since fifteen years ago when I was dabbling in it here and there as a builder. He informed us that we would only need two “push fittings” and a mini pipe cutter, and about five minutes.

“Uh, let me get this straight. I just cut the pipe, and push this thing on the end of it, and I am done? ‘Right.’”

Now visualize me looking at the guy like he is the Lowes version of John Calvin as he explained how the simple contraption worked. Remember those weaved tubes that we used to put on our friends’ finger when we were kids back in the days of extreme political incorrectness? The tightness of the device around the finger increased with pull. It was the initiation ceremony of choice for all neighborhood club houses. In this case, the pipe is the finger and the water pressure is the sadistic adolescent.

Huckabee

All of this is why I don’t like Mike Huckabee. After the plumbing repair, we hung around awhile and watched the Mike Huckabee show on the Fox news channel. I informed mom and Susan that I don’t like the guy. Like many, they were astounded that anyone of Christian stripe could dislike that cornball.

“Why don’t you like Huckabee?!”

I really didn’t have an answer at the time. But I thought about it all night and realized that the answer was right under my nose the whole time—so I hereby write.

Tada

Huckabee had the mega storied Joni Eareckson Tada on his show. Both of these people are impressive and adorable. Tada has been a paraplegic since her teen years, but her life accomplishments are over the top. Both are the epitome of American pie and conservative Christianity. The reason Huckabee had Tada on his show was to discuss the “Academy’s rescinding of its Oscar nomination for ‘Best Original Song,’ which appeared in the inspirational American colonial epic, ‘Alone Yet Not Alone,’ when it discovered that the composer, Bruce Broughton, had sent a short email bringing the song to the attention of Oscar voters.” Tada was the vocalist.

Christians en masse stand in awe of Tada, and Huckabee added to her mystique with his mainstream Christian appeal. And this is the problem with Huckabee: he doesn’t get it. Huckabee is the poster child for the Christian metaphysical treadmill. Tada is very much a part of the New Calvinism movement which is a return to authentic Reformation ideology.

Communism   

It is nothing more or less than Communism dressed in Bible verses. This is where the Huck doesn’t get it; as a political/religious conservative, he is representative of many in Christianity who allow their principles to fornicate with contrary ideology. This leads to a never ending endeavor to change society while unwittingly giving credence to the very ideologies that are the source of the problem.

In the same show, Huckabee, prior to Tada’s segment, criticized the opening ceremonies at this year’s winter Olympics in Moscow which promoted the virtues of Communism. He commented that Lenin’s murderous legacy was conveniently left out. Meanwhile, in the next segment, here comes Joni Eareckson Tada who represents a return to John Calvin purism. Granted, Tada’s extensive education came from seminaries that don’t teach the significance of how philosophy progressed through history and how that applies to the doctrine she embraces. Long story short, this leads to a contradictory motif in her own life as she benefits from an array of technological advances that has made much of her success possible (more on that later), but the larger point is that Reformation theology and Communism came from the exact same ideological source along with its presuppositions concerning mankind.

Hence, Huckabee partakes in the same hypocrisy that he criticizes. The Reformers were NO LESS murdering despots than Lenin—that’s conspicuous history plain and simple. In fact, in most cases, Lenin had people shot in the head while the Reformers wouldn’t have tolerated such a quick and painless departure by those whom they disagreed with. Huckabee is the epitome of the well-polished American do-gooder that refuses to come to terms with the fact that the Pilgrims, the Puritans, and the Reformers are not part of the ideology that made America; they are in fact part and parcel with Communist ideology. Putin needs ratings no less than Huckabee does.

The progression of philosophy and how it affects humanity is magnified in the differences between America and Russia. Huckabee, again, in the same show, pointed to the poor quality of life in Russia that is hindering the Olympics. What he doesn’t realize is that it would be much worse if it wasn’t for America. You have to have technology to eventually destroy the Great Satan, but if Russia ever succeeds, technology goes bye-bye, and the mass graves become filled with the Joni Eareckson Tada’s of the world because they can’t “contribute to the greater good of the group.” This is why Russia’s technology will never rival that of American ingenuity: Communists see technology as a necessary evil, Americans see technology as a means to accomplish good.

Really, this can be summarized in the living contradiction that is Joni Eareckson Tada. While promoting Luther’s worm theology and making one statement by God to the apostle Paul the whole enchilada, she continually pontificates, “God’s power always shows up best in weakness.” Communism asserts that the masses are hapless and incompetent; Reformation theology asserts that man defaces the glory of God through his own accomplishments. Both share the same presuppositions in regard to mankind. Tada points to her disability as set against her accomplishments as proof of Reformed doctrine while completely dismissing God’s use of technology invented by those who in many cases could care less about God. Tada has a lot of education in regard to what others told her is in the Calvin Institutes, and conveniently missing are Calvin’s vast discussions of Plato and Aristotle. I dare say that the Reformation had more to do with those two men than “justification by faith alone.”

And by the way, the Reformation wasn’t about that either; it was about cutting man completely out of the salvation process because of Plato’s philosophical presuppositions concerning mankind. This later morphed into Gnosticism.

Stuff Happens Theology

Can we summarize this dilemma with T-shirt theology? “S— Happens.” No, stuff doesn’t just happen (there is a logic that drives everything). And that’s how Huckabee functions because of his metaphysics: stuff happens and you have to relentlessly address that stuff until all of the stuff has been refuted. No, you have to stop fornicating with the logic that creates the stuff. The apostle Paul stated it this way: “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” If Huckabee wants unleavened bread, he needs to take some culinary philosophy classes. And if you don’t like what you learn, stop criticizing the Communists for editing history.

And by the way, what scares the bejeebers out of me is that the average Communist on the street understands these issues as opposed to American Christians. They know exactly why their country stinks; because mankind and life stinks. Get with the caste program or it will stink even worse. It’s about the best world hospice care possible. The fray between Americanism and Communism really began when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. That’s where the rewriting of history for us began as well; “Pilgrim” is a soft term for “Puritan.” These are people who saw the likes of Benjamin Franklin as troublers who stir up the anger of the gods with their big ideas. Now they have to use those same ideas to put an end to the egregious idea that man has worth. That’s Joni Eareckson Tada metaphysics.

Hence, supposedly, technology doesn’t enable us to do more ministry. It would have been better to replace my mother’s furnace with a wood burning stove. It would have been better if my mother would have had to write me a letter about the broken water pipe instead of calling me on my cellphone. See, if we were like the Russians, we wouldn’t need plumbing anyway. For Tada, technology is a necessary evil to spread the word that we all suck. If she thinks that is an absurd evaluation of her metaphysics, she should stop promoting men who believe just that in no uncertain terms. She would know this if her reality wasn’t completely formed by the likes of John MacArthur Jr.

The Republican Party and Mike Huckabee in particular need to wake up to a new reality: New Calvinism has made the American church the New Communist Party. Again, stuff just doesn’t happen; there is a reason why many well-known New Calvinist pastors voted for Obama. Sure, they don’t agree with his stance on abortion and other issues, but there is agreement on the bigger issue at hand: mankind needs the best hospice care possible; unfortunate collateral damage can be dealt with when Calvinism is back in bed with the state. This is why the institutional church is the institutional church and partakes in many things institutional like movie production, formal education etc., etc., ect. The state gave it birth, and it will always gravitate back to its mother. This is why Christ’s assembly was never an institution.

The Boz

Let’s continue now with stuff happens theology and the adorable Boz Tchividjian aka the Boz. The Boz is another impressive guy. How can we criticize the Boz? For crying out loud, he left his station as a district attorney who prosecuted child abusers to start G.R.A.C.E, an acronym for, Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment. The Boz bemoans “the continued culture of silence and protection [for child abusers] in American Evangelicalism.” This is a reality—stuff happens. No, stuff doesn’t just happen. Read the history for yourself. Seriously, people have actually written this ministry and stated, “Evangelicalism is beginning to look like Catholicism in regard to child abuse.” This is stuff happens theology.

Catholicism was founded on Platonism, and Protestantism came from Catholicism, and never left it. Augustine, an avowed Neo-Platonist, is both the father of Reformed theology and a Doctor of Grace in the Catholic Church. Later, Baptists became Protestants when the issue of infant baptism became a “secondary” issue. Apparently, after all of the Anabaptists of the home church variety were executed by a joint effort of Catholics and Protestants, the institutional breed of Baptist was accepted. After all, they paid the tithe tax. In regard to Catholics and their bastard children, there is no heresy more egregious than tax evasion. Evangelicalism became a necessary addition to Protestantism when people could no longer be compelled by force to attend church and tithe.

Again, we criticize the Communists for propaganda, but yet colonial America was a Puritan theocracy that executed people for being theologically incorrect and jailed people for not attending church and tithing. The Puritans were the first to bring slaves to America at Jamestown. The American Revolution was a pushback against colonial tyranny. While the Boz seeks to rectify the child abuse stuff in “Evangelicalism,” he holds fast to the same presuppositions concerning mankind and the divine right of kings that flows from it. He wants to rid “Evangelicalism” of the behavior, but continues to fornicate with the ideology that produces it.

This ministry, which understands Reformed ideology, has therefore continually stated that G.R.A.C.E. cannot help victims of child abuse in the church. This is because the Boz, like all of those in a Calvinist mindset, sees all of humanity as being in the same boat. Peruse if you will all of the G.R.A.C.E . literature, I was not able to find the word, “justice” anywhere. And yet, didn’t the Boz come from a justice system? Though God himself demands justice for the maltreated, Calvinism holds justice in contempt because it assumes humanity deserves NOTHING more than eternity in hell.

I have written extensively on the problem of dealing with abuse in the church with Reformed ideology. The difference is the mindset that puts as much value on one life as it does all of life versus collectivism which sees the individual as expendable for the benefit of the group. This is known as collectivism. This is a big player in the Reformation’s Platonist roots. This is about philosophical metaphysics—not the Bible. While the Boz deplores the behavior of child abuse, his remedy requires that the victim and the abuser both recognize that we are all just “sinners saved by grace.” In at least one sense, he believes that the abusers would repent if the victims would admit that they are no better than their abusers. Example: while the Wartburg Watch blog portends to be an advocacy for the spiritual abused, they partner with Pastor Wade Burleson, a Calvinist, who suggested that abuse would be greatly reduced if the church was not guilty of failing to pray for abusers. Here we have yet another example of attempting to bake unleavened bread while adding leaven to the dough.

Furthermore, discernment blogs, like the Boz, have a common goal of purifying the institutional church. This gets right back to collectivism which is always dependent on the state. Plato’s Republic was about the best hospice care for humanity: government must own man and truth so that humanity can be as comfortable as possible while dying. To the contrary, Christ said He came to give eternal life and life more abundantly in the here and now. And the Christian has no fight with those who believe in a limited government that assures humanity’s right to freedom and the pursuit of happiness. This is closer to the priesthood of believers that devalues church as an institution. This is why the New Testament church was primarily home based before being driven underground in oppressive countries by necessity. To the contrary, the American church functions primarily in institutional venues: higher learning; corporate expression; missionary organizations; political organizations; and even movie making. Discipleship and citizenship to the glory of God is barely on the radar screen.

Therefore, the institutional church will always be one step away from a liaison with state. The institution is what the institution does—it collects taxes and tithe, and doesn’t much care for those who don’t contribute to the group.

Yes, all of the above is why I was able to predict the inevitable outcome of G.R.A.C.E.’s involvement in the Bob Jones University abuse scandal months beforehand. It’s a Reformed institution investigating a Reformed institution. Don’t be fooled by the good cop bad cop routine. They are all cops when it is all said and done. BJU’s final sentence of their statement in regard to firing G.R.A.C.E. after the smoke was clear says it all:

We grieve with those who have suffered abuse in their past, and we desire to minister the grace of Christ to them. Our prayer for the abused is that God will be their refuge and strength.

Yes, they ministered G.R.A.C.E. to them alright, and that message is loud and clear lest the discernment bloggers and victims cannot yet see it:

Justice isn’t the issue; who in the hell do you think you are? You think you deserve justice? If you had a smidgen of spirituality you would seek refuge in God and not the justice of men! How dare you threaten the institution wherein salvation is found because you will not accept the will of God! You were raped, big deal! Jesus hung on the cross for your sins! You are the unmerciful servant who received forgiveness but will not forgive!

K-Love

 …is a radio station that plays contemporary Gnostic Christian music. Here is what my missionary son in law posted on Facebook a couple of days ago:

We have been listening to the newest Christian music on K-Love as we travel and I am noticing an odd trend: there are several songs that ask for God to break someone or make them lonely with the expected result of being a better person. Having been broken and very lonely a couple times in life I am pretty sure they are not really aware of what they are asking for. You don’t have to be broken in order to listen to God’s voice and indeed if you learn to listen to His voice you will not break or be broken even when you do face difficult times.

It’s not odd really, but is part of the whole all reality than can be perceived with the five senses (which of course includes us) is evil and only the invisible spirit realm is good metaphysics dressed up in Bible verses. We have to understand the ideology that drives all of this stuff and stop focusing on the stuff. It explains the madness behind the music, why a pastor would vote for Obama, why someone like Tada endowed with all sorts of technical power and influence would glory in her “weakness” while being far more empowered than most Americans, and for that matter, why a Buddhist monk would set himself on fire just to make a statement.

John Calvin

…is the epicenter of all that is going on in Christianity right now, and the key to understanding the significance of Calvin and his cultural impact has little to do with the Bible and everything to do with the fact that his ideology is the premise that drives a lot of stuff across the spectrum of life and society.  Focusing on the stuff will only delay the inevitable. And per the usual, people will continue to focus on the stuff, because stuff happens, and we like to talk about it—it’s like rubber necking to get the best view that we can of a traffic accident—it’s like flirting with the voluptuous vampiress that just might bite our necks and suck all of our blood. There is no thrill in solutions like traffic safety or a silver bullet.

And what would Mike Huckabee talk about on his show? But others have a choice; we don’t have to strive in baking unleavened bread while allowing leaven. We don’t have to give mere platitudes to the suffering…

we can set them free with real truth, and be a blessing in our own little corner of the world. And when you stand before Jesus, as we all will, it’s better that way. Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of the little ones we do unto Him. With Jesus, love is about the individual—not the collective good.

paul

Calvin’s Blood Feud Against “This Little Light of Mine”

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on March 5, 2013

ppt-jpeg4The contra Reformation clarion call could very well be: “Give me my little inner light or give me death.” Liberty is important, but liberty is always the natural result of recognizing that man can understand reality. Tyranny’s mother is adamant that the only thing that mankind can understand is that he can’t understand. And even with that, he lacks the “humbleness” to admit such so every means possible must be utilized to save him from himself. Those who think themselves capable of good ideas should be neutralized for the sake of the whole. The idea that man can have ideas is the most dangerous idea. In the mind of the tyrant, ideas coming from the common man are the cause of every drop of blood that has been spilled on the earth.

Whether by God or Mother Nature, the enlightened few have been preordained to rule over the unenlightened masses, and nothing strikes more fear in their heart than hearing the voices of children singing somewhere in the distance….

I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine,

I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine,

I’m gonna let it shine

Let it shine,

Let it shine,

Let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel? No!

I’m gonna let it shine

Hide it under a bushel? No!

I’m gonna let it shine

Hide it under a bushel? No!

I’m gonna let it shine

Let it shine,

Let it shine,

Let it shine.

John Calvin dressed ancient spiritual caste in biblical garb. Some of these spiritual caste systems even took the idiom, “They’re at the bottom of the food chain” literally. Reformed theology is predicated on the emptiness of man. Salvation is only granted to those who understand our emptiness. Those who believe salvation cures emptiness are in a worse condition than they were before; “the gospel is an objective truth outside of us.” This is explained well by Martin L. Cary who witnessed the rise and fall of the father of neo-Calvinism, Robert Brinsmead:

….said Brinsmead:

“The righteousness by which we become just in God’s sight, remain just in His sight and will one day be sealed as forever just in His sight, is an outside righteousness. It is not on earth, but only in heaven…only in Jesus Christ.”

True sanctification looks away from self and flows from the finished, objective work of Christ…. For many Christians, the glory of the crucified Christ is not their focus; instead they seek internal experiences that eclipse the cross. The Awakening rightly opposed the subjective, human-centered emphasis found among some groups within Christianity.

Wrongly, they reacted with a cerebral, spiritless gospel. Brinsmead strongly opposed the Charismatic movement’s emphasis on experiences as a return to the theology of Rome. However, going to another extreme, Present Truth magazine decried “the false gospel of the new birth,” and offered a new birth that was merely a corporate, objective blessing, not an individual experience.

Brinsmead’s Awakening movement and the subsequent Australian Forum project articulated authentic Calvinism and launched it into present-day New Calvinism. Cary’s description is Calvinism to a “T.” It is the secular co-op to the idea that individualism and private ingenuity is a threat to the overall wellbeing of the group. But on the spiritual side, it disavows the idea that God’s ideas will better the world when used by believers and unbelievers alike. Believing that man is born free, capable, and endowed with such by the creator, and applying that idea to life is pragmatism because it is not done with the pure motive of glorifying God. If God isn’t being glorified, the difference between 10,000 slain and 6,000,000 slain is neither here nor there.

Thus, America as idea and the good that it has done in the world is neither here nor there to the Calvinist. This is where Calvin and Stalin embrace passionately. Stalin despises the individual and his supposed threat to the group—a secular objective truth outside of us; Calvin concurs with the object gospel outside of us and deems any “good” apart from God’s glory as “mere iniquity.” If it’s not the cross story, its man’s glory story; hence, the more slain unmercifully the better. Susan and I dined with some Christian couples last night and one expressed surprise that a professor of a local Christian university was a strong supporter of Barak Obama. I know who this professor is. He is a Calvinist and therefore this should not surprise us at all.

In the past election, all Christians who stayed home because Romney is a Mormon are functioning Calvinists whether they know it or not. Like Calvinists, they believe Romney’s American idea about man is pragmatic, and the good that could come of it is neither here nor there. God will not use a good idea in the milieu of life because He is not getting all of the glory. Hence, an unbelieving Boy Scout saving the proverbial elderly women from being run over by a car is irrelevant because the Boy Scout doesn’t have the right biblical doctrine. This is amusing because most Christians don’t understand doctrine anyway except for, “Romney has bad doctrine because he is not a Baptist.” Not a Baptist =’s wrong doctrine while the vast majority of Christians don’t understand the difference between justification and sanctification to begin with.

All of this can be seen through the classic blood feud between Calvinist Puritans and the Quakers. The latter’s soteriology and church polity was a direct pushback to what the Quakers had experienced in Europe during the first and second “reformations.” These two groups represent the two extremes of inner-nihilism and existentialism. Like all good American Christians and ignorant liberals, they will not make any choice between the two regardless of the fact that Quakers were not given to hang, drown, or burn people for differences of opinion. To Christians, those damn Quakers have bad theology because they aren’t Baptists, and to the liberals, those damn Quakers are probably Republicans. How can we argue with Plato’s philosopher kings when they say mankind has a limited ability to interpret reality? We don’t even understand how good ideas and ethics fit into metaphysics!

That’s why Nazis were incredulous that they were being hung for following orders. Bewilderment was their only companion on the short trip down to the end of  a  rope. That’s often the result of lazy thinking and the status qua. In the blogosphere, bloggers contend against spiritual abuse while supporting Calvinist E-churches!  Liberals still vote democrat while not understanding that religiosity and secularism are the interchangeable body parts of the Mr. Potato Head communist tyrant. While a Quaker will probably not pass a law legalizing gay marriage, it is also true that he will probably not hang you for being gay. At least vote Libertarian. It’s far less bloody. In the realm of ideas, there is no fundamental difference between a Calvinist, a Communist, and Islam. All three reject individualism and the idea of an inner light.

This is even the crux of the little frays that occur in Christianity such as the “asking Jesus into our hearts” SBC controversy. Calvinists in the SBC say that this idea is unbiblical. Sure they do, if Jesus is inside of us, it could incite a good idea. When people think Jesus is inside of them they come up with all kinds of ideas that are not “group focused.” Neo-Calvinists also deceive by claiming that they believe in an “inner life” via Dr. David Powlison’s heart theology. But all that’s a theological system for better understanding the darkness that is in us, not any kind of light or good. It is inner-nihilism theology.

You like a simple gospel? Well, now you have one. There are only two: infused grace that enables, or one that glories in our inner darkness as a way to bring more glory to God.

But perhaps the most important distinction is the songs that our children will sing. “John Calvin, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm,” or “This little light of Mine.”

paul

 

 

Part 1: New Calvinism, Gnosticism, and Communism

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on August 22, 2012
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