Paul's Passing Thoughts

The Christocentric Redemptive Historical Hermeneutic and “Touchdown Jesus”

Posted in Uncategorized by pptmoderator on January 30, 2016

OHMONjesus1_lintelmanOriginally posted February 19, 2013

When you are Reformed, you have to get to heaven by faith alone. It’s easy being saved by faith alone, but how do you live the Christian life by faith alone? It would seem that there is stuff in the Bible that God tells us to do. But if we obey, that’s works salvation. What to do?

So the Reformers came up with a way to get to heaven by faith alone via being continually/perpetually saved by faith alone. Hence, we must “preach the gospel to ourselves every day.” Self-serve perpetual salvation. So, that necessitated making the whole Bible about salvation. Instead of reading the Bible for instruction on kingdom living, the Bible became a way to live by the same gospel that saves us until the end.

How do we pull that off? Well, we make every verse in the Bible about Jesus’ “personhood.” Hence, “He’s not a precept, He’s a person.” “It’s His-story.” “It’s not about what we do—it’s about what Jesus has done” etc. So, how do we make every verse in the Bible about Jesus? Just “look to Jesus.” There is no better example of how this works than the infamous “Touchdown Jesus.” I explain in another article:

The Bible is full of symbolism and rich imagery—more so than most literature. And that presents a grave danger. We don’t have the liberty to go into the Bible with the bull of our imagination in a china shop. Imagery and ambiguous verbiage can become idols that are a god of our own making because variances of interpretations are myriad. You merely pick the one of your own imagination and preference, or the same from the musings of others. So here is the point: we can make passages like Exodus 25-27 a tool for creating truth of our own making. In fact, whole denominations are formed based on interpretations of the imagery in these chapters.

What better example than the infamous “Touchdown Jesus” that was an icon of a church in Monroe, Ohio. The statue of Jesus was 60ft. high and was merely a couple of hundred ft. from I-75. That is, until it was struck by lightning. The flames could be seen for miles in the night and the pictures thereof can be best described as apocalyptic. The next day, it was the talk of the nation. But telling was the hundreds of testimonies recorded on the news and in newspapers; i.e., “what the image meant to me.” Yikes! The hundreds of different interpretations were staggering, and the statue never spoke one word! Most interesting was a comment by an unbeliever who worked in the Monroe area: “Obviously, God did it.” Often, there is a disconnect between the secular mindset and the Christian mindset which involves the disintegration of common sense that is a natural endowment; mysticism often abandons the matter and faith becomes a license for mindlessness.

The appeal of idols is the supposed objective prism that leads to subjective “truth.” That’s the appeal; we can make idols speak the truth of our own preference. When a verse of Scripture has to be about Jesus, whatever our imagination comes up with is correct because it’s about Jesus, and if it’s about Jesus, a Jesus outcome must be correct.

It’s a Touchdown Jesus approach, and is the taking away and adding to the word of God on steroids. Good luck to those who propagate it.


The “That’s Cool!” Hermeneutic and Discernless Christianity

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 25, 2011

The above video is all the rage among Christians on the net and Facebook. “Cool!” “Awesome!” “Beautiful!” And of course, theological commentaries that cannot be backed with Scripture in the least. At last weekend’s Crowns concert, they thought it would be “cool” to do the same thing. Is this not the standard for truth in our day? Coolness. Oh, and I have a problem that maybe someone can help me with: there is a verse of Scripture in either Psalms or Proverbs that speaks of the mind that is an open door to everything.  The person just opens the door and invites in everything that knocks. Got to find that verse! (free book for anyone who finds it).

While the talent can be appreciated, I just don’t know what part of Exodus 20:4 Christian’s don’t understand. By the way, Church on the Rock in Monroe, OH is in the process of rebuilding the giant Jesus that is the laughingstock among unbelievers in Ohio (according to unbelieving locals, God struck the first one with lightning and burned it down). Christians need more focus on what Jesus said and not what he supposedly looked like. Sorry to be a party-pooper.

‎”In the form” and “anything” seems clear to me. But of course, Moses was talking about idol worship, right? So, shouldn’t Jesus always be the focus of our worship? Or is the exception when we make images of Him? Idol worship isn’t idol worship when we make a form of Jesus? But He is in heaven, right? I’m I just putting too much stock in nouns, verbs, and prepositions?

Also, in a contemporary Christianity that is falling all over itself to “make much of Jesus,” do these drawings really exemplify His glory? Why would we want to lower Him to such images? And drawing Him upside down? Geez, what’s that all about?!

‎”To exemplify the artist’s talent.” Exactly.

And at the end where he throws and splatters paint all over the finished product, which is Jesus—I know that’s accent, but dunno, makes me uneasy.

And by the way, why are all of these pictures ALWAYS of a suffering Jesus looking down with a crown of thorns on His head? What about the Jesus that returns on a white horse dressed in a vesture soaked in blood and a sword that He will use to smite the nations? Still waiting for that one.


A Passing Thought: Three Forms of Idol Worship

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on August 9, 2011

Graven Images

The famous “Touchdown Jesus” in Monroe, Ohio is perhaps the best illustration we have of contemporary idol worship. The icon of a Charismatic church, the sixty-foot high statue of Jesus was, according to the opinions of the local unregenerate, “Burned down by God” about two years ago. Comments by Christians who were interviewed by local news organizations immediately following the event were instructive; the image meant many different things to many different people. And that’s the crux of idol worship: the image portrays the truth of your own desires.

Christian Rock Music

Like graven images, the nebulous lyrics of contemporary Christian music can be interpreted according to ones preference. For example:

“And all your words fall to the floor and break like China cups

And the waitress grabs a broom and tries to sweep them up

I reach for my tea and slowly drink in

Cause it’s not the way that it has to be

Don’t trade our love for tea and sympathy”


Nebulous Preaching/Teaching

Or, fill in the blanks yourself preaching/teaching. What God said is not the issue—supposedly, what it means to you is the issue. After all, “Christ is not a cognitive concept that we apply as a formula for life, he comes to us as a person.” And with all persons, people will have different opinions about them. And, “Christ isn’t a quiz, He’s a person.”


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