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Reality Itself Disproves the Church’s Doctrine

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on November 11, 2015

project-2016-logo-4From the Huffington Post in 2013:

Citing the “serious sins” of its leader, a Texas-based ministry that promotes home schooling and “male patriarchy” has been shut down by its board.

Doug Phillips wrote on Oct. 30 that he would step down as president of Vision Forum Ministries and stop his speaking engagements after acknowledging an extramarital relationship.

His public admission proved to be a fatal blow for the ministry he headed. Vision Forum was geared for a segment of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians who profess a traditionalist understanding of Scripture, sexuality and gender roles.

In light of the serious sins which have resulted in Doug Phillips’s resignation from Vision Forum Ministries, the Board of Directors has determined that it is in the best interests of all involved to discontinue operations,” according to a statement on the Vision Forum website.1

What happens in reality continues to disprove the doctrine of the Catholic Church and its offspring, viz, Protestantism and its various stripes thereof. Between the two, Protestantism offers the more glaring contradictions and confusion.

Let’s just take Vision Forum as a prime example. Doug Phillips was often fond of referring to himself as a “sinner.”2  Likewise, Tullian Tchividjian, who also recently resigned due to marital infidelity,3 once boasted that he has never done one good work and stakes his assurance of salvation on that fact accordingly.4

Just how insane is church? People give their whole lives to the church and its sinners saved by grace gospel. This is the message they come to hear week in, and week out; yet, when a leader sins, he must resign to save the ministry’s credibility and subsequent financial support. What in the world is going on?

What is going on follows: the institutional church has been trying to save humanity from reality for over 2000 years. The problem with reality is mankind is basically good. Now, please note: I didn’t say that man’s basic goodness will save him, but nevertheless, man is wired for basic goodness. Why does this surprise us? Perhaps because of our Christian insanity. On the one hand, we are created in the image of God, a fact that Christians verbally toss about frequently, but on the other hand we are totally depraved? Which is it?

The case for basic goodness is stated plainly by what’s trending of late: the lost nor the saved will ultimately tolerate sinning leaders in the church or politics. This is because the world pins its hope on basic goodness. That’s a problem for the institutional church; if man is basically good, he doesn’t need the institutional church to find God and have a relationship with Him, and the church needs to be needed. If man is basically able, he doesn’t need institutional religion as an additional mediator other than Christ. That’s bad for business. 

Let’s pause for a reality check; clearly, there is evil in the world, but if man is basically evil, what would the world really look like? And in context of this post, if the function of parishioners was consistent with the message that they pay good money to support, no sinning leader would need to resign, and no ministry would lose support. There is a clear disconnect between reality and the “amen” echoed from the church pews.

And frankly, at pastors conferences and closed-door elders meetings, I think this disconnect is seen as the problem. The institutional church is trying to sell a difficult package, but nevertheless, it is a package they believe in. Resignations are primarily fiscal considerations that sometimes fail to save a given part of the institutional church industrial complex. Many church leaders, whether Catholic or Protestant, see resignations as indicative of the hard work that yet remains in striving for saints to really “understand grace.” However, progress is being made; one example would be the ministry of Pastor Jean F. Larroux, III5 in Presbyterian circles with perhaps the best example being Jack Hyles in Baptist circles:

What better example than pastor Jack Hyles who remained in the pulpit till his death in 2001. Hyles pastored the largest Baptist church in the US, boasting a membership of 100,000 and Sunday attendance approaching 20,000. Till this day, the Sunday School operates 250 school buses. Hyles was the personification of the first gospel wave that emphasized getting people saved and had very little emphases on life changing discipleship. And then there is this:

‘Hyles had also become known for his alleged immorality, specifically his behavior with his secretary (the wife of a deacon in the church)…. Besides Hyles’ own church and schools being scandalized with immorality and pedophilic activity (numerous FBCH men have been charged or convicted of child molestation), Hyles spawned a number of “ministries” (there are approximately 200 independent Baptist churches nationwide that hold Hyles and his teachings in high regard) that have been scandalized in the same manner. For example, seven Hyles-affiliated churches from 1984-1993 were rocked by child molestation scandals.

David Hyles, Jack Hyles’ son, had affairs with at least 19 different women at Miller Road Baptist Church in Garland, Texas, during the time he pastored there. (He was dismissed when a janitor found photos of Hyles having sex with a deacon’s daughter.) Back in the Chicago area (Bolingbrook, IL), and after David’s divorce from his wife, David was cohabitating with a woman by the name of Brenda Stevens. Brenda posed for pornographic pictures in Adam and Chicago Swingers magazines (in an advertisement for group sex) during the time she and David were living together. After David married Brenda, Brenda’s 17-month-old son by a previous marriage was found battered and dead at the Hyles’ home. The police still consider the case a murder and continue to view David and Brenda as prime suspects.’”6

This post is an idea for TANC Ministries’ 2016 project and is not meant to be an in-depth look at this hypothesis, but I want to close with another thought that is related: ministries that are fed by the following of men. Vision Forum is one example among many. So goes the man, and so goes the ministry. In contrast, the Bible makes it clear that any ministry founded on the following of a man has no credibility whatsoever and is false on its face value. Yet, most Protestant denominations are founded on some man’s teachings. Baptists would seem to be the exception except for those who claim a “bloodline” to…you guessed it…John the Baptist.

Project 2016 seeks to explore the extreme cognitive dissonance of the institutional church, and we hope to have the final product of this research available at the TANC 2016 conference in August.

paul

6Paul M. Dohse: The Truth About New Calvinism; TANC Publishing 2011, pp. 128, 129.

Discernment Blogosphere Cover-up? Doug Phillips being Called Everything but a “Calvinist”

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on December 2, 2013

ppt-jpeg4There is an interesting trend emerging from the articles being written about the fall of Doug Phillips. I have read several, and there will be many more to come as that beagle puppy is just beginning to learn how to hunt.

The expected came today with this post. Everyone knew there is way more to this story, but everyone continues to be dismayed that a “sinner saved by grace” would act this way. Apparently, unlike the testimony of Webster’s Dictionary, we don’t expect “sinners” to sin very much. Doug Phillips, the sinner who “needs grace just as much as he did the day he was saved,” isn’t getting much. No one gave it a second thought when the guy continually introduced himself as a “sinner,” until he acted wickedly, now he is “narcissistic,” “cultish,” “a hireling,” “a hypocrite,” “a control freak,” “an abuser,” etc., etc., etc.

This is a total disconnect between doctrine and behavior, and the idea that the new birth is strictly an experience and people really don’t change is uniquely Calvinistic. Doug Phillips continually referred to himself as a sinner because that’s what Calvinists believe. According to Calvinists, biblical imperatives serve as guardrails to restrain our total depravity, but more than anything speak to what Jesus has done for us—not anything we do. Keep in mind: a lot of discernment bloggers sit under this same hyper-grace nonsense every week at their own churches.

Nevertheless, this blogger makes a big point of the fact that Phillips covered for a “cougar” that was on the prowl in the church he pastored. For certain, other bloggers will follow with this same point, while themselves covering for the fact that Phillips was first, and foremost a C-A-L-V-I-N-I-S-T.

Why the cover? Answer: many “discernment” bloggers are themselves Calvinists, associate with “respectable” Calvinists, are completely ignorant of Reformed history, and have no idea what Calvin really believed. As far as the appalling abuse of church discipline practiced by Doug Phillips, that’s right out of Calvin’s playbook. Abuse? Calvin routinely burned women at the stake, executed adolescents for disrespecting their parents, had people jailed for talking in church, executed two men for fighting in the street, and according to Martin Luther, all disagreements in Geneva were “settled by sentence of death.”

Yet, what was the evil idealism that Phillips was associated with? The patriarchy movement. Again, this is just a symptom of Calvinist ideology—discussing that issue apart from Calvinism is disingenuous. The whole movement is intrinsically connected to Reformed tradition…

…and the fruit never falls far from the tree.

paul

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Why Doug Phillips is Just and Noble

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on November 14, 2013

ppt-jpeg4Former (?) pal of Voddie Baucham and president of the now defunct Vision Forum is just and noble.

Society defines madness as an inability to properly evaluate reality. In other words, a mad person’s interpretation of normative reality is an anomaly. Communication with the mad subject cannot be constructive; they perceive reality differently. In some cases, their perception of reality can be somewhat appealing, but unfortunately not real; that’s why we don’t let them drive. That’s why we don’t let them babysit little Johnny.

The contemporary Protestant church is the essence of sanctified madness. We can partake in madness, and it appears to be perfectly normal. Isn’t it good that there is outrage over Doug Phillips’ fall? Isn’t the “I didn’t see that coming” responses perfectly normal?

I don’t know, which reality are we in? “Well, Doug Phillips is a Calvinist.” Ok, let’s look at it from that reality: he is just and noble.

Of course, this means that we now have to communicate in the Calvinist reality in which the terms have different meanings. To the discernment blogosphere that continues to focus on the horrors of the mass graves, and ever found wanting in explaining how the bodies got there, this terminology would seem to be madness. But be advised, I am talking Calvinist to Calvinist here. Let me pause and speak as a Calvinist talking to those in the other sphere:

“Well, I am sure glad you haven’t sinned today (snicker, snicker).”

“Yes, this is disappointing, but we are all sinners saved by grace.”

Now, let me talk in the Calvinist to Calvinist sphere:

“(While wagging the head in exasperation) man, the totally depraved just don’t get it. They are sooooo UNJUST. Yes, here we go again, the unjust railing against the just. Woe unto them on the day of judgment!”

As you can tell, the term “just” has a different meaning in each sphere. For instance, Nazism during WWII was completely predicated on Plato’s Republic. By the definition of “just” according to Plato, Hitler was/is just. Why? Because he focused on his own societal calling as a philosopher king. He stuck to his own business and nobody else’s. He focused on natural division and his responsibility to his part of it (tR 2.374c).

To Plato, societal justice equals UNITY at all cost (tR 1.351,2a). From there, Plato borrowed the Hindu concept of the Bhramin (preist), Kshatria (warrior), and Sudra (commoners). This is the trifold soul of man in both Platonism and Hinduism. In each individual, the soul is predicated by one of these three which determines the person’s class of citizenship. The soul mirrors societal function and need.

Every person possesses reason (philosopher king), a zeal for a unified society (warrior), and ability to build (artisan). But each individual has a soul shaped by one of these characteristics. The one who attends to this natural calling, and no other calling, and contributes to society with the calling, is a JUST individual. To attempt any other calling is “the extreme of wrongdoing” (tR 4.434c).

Now, the artisan is necessarily dominated by appetite, lack of temperance, and a propensity to interpret reality by the material. They build things, so obviously their soul will have a special kinship to the material. Their appetite and lack of temperance drive them to excel in building things. However, the just artisan recognizes that the appetite must be controlled by the reason part of his/her soul, but for the artisan soul, reason is not intuitive because they can only comprehend the material world, so the just artisan relies on the wisdom and dictation of the philosopher king, and is motivated to do so by the fear of the one who enforces the dictates of reason, the warrior. Fear of the warrior is evidence of the warrior part of his/her soul, and the zeal for reason to be upheld.

In contrast, the philosopher king, whose soul is predicated by reason, has an intuitive ability to study the material world in order to progress to the true reality of forms. All material elements are shadows of reality, but pure reality cannot be accessed with the five senses. Artisans are enslaved to interpreting reality via their five senses, but that’s ok because they primarily build things. But the philosopher king accesses true ideas which are invisible, immutable, and eternal. The material world is temporary, untrue, and mutable.

This is the Hindu Absolute, and Plato’s objective forms, his trinity of the true, good, and beautiful. The forms are objective, the material world is subjective. Man cannot experience the objective true forms; he can only experience the shadow world subjectively. The philosopher king endeavors, through reason and ideas, to access the true forms as much as possible and apply them to society for an improved subjective life; ie., a progressively improved shadow life.

Unity among the philosopher kings and warriors depends on social engineering and pure marriages dictated by the state (tR 5.460-464). The Nazi SS was the warrior souls in this construct and partook of this patriarchy playbook to a “T.” The SS dictated who their soldiers married to assure thoroughbred warriors who enforced the dictates of their philosopher king, Adolf Hitler.

This ancient construct is the basis of mythology. It is Plato’s “noble lie” and the Hindu “deliberate mythology.”  It is designed to keep the artisan content in their role, and also reflects the upper class’ assumption that the artisans will believe anything because of their inability to reason. Such is not the case completely, but it appears that way because the mythology is dictated to those who know better by force. The Nazi mythology was the Arian Ice Kingdom. Oh, and by the way, the swastika is a Hindu symbol. But, those artisans who don’t buy the mythology, often buy the idea that to be just is to mind your own business and put complete trust in the elders philosopher kings. That way you can be “just” while preventing any unfortunate church discipline visits from the warriors.

Furthermore, UNITY is the epitome of justice, and in the individual, unity of soul is complete trust in the philosopher kings and tending to the form of your own soul and nobody else’s.

Behavior is completely beside the point. The definition of justice is the point. This is Western thought, and Protestantism in particular. Why are churches willing to sweep evil of every sort under the rug for the sake of unity? That’s why. Why do politicians think we are dumb enough to believe their mythology? That’s why. And be sure of this: Calvin’s total depravity is sourced in the sudra and the artisan, and nowhere else. Calvin and Augustine’s endearment to Plato is hardly obscure history.

There is still hope for the American church because by and large organizations like Vision Forum cannot survive when the likes of Doug Phillips get caught. But unless Christians get a grip on reality, that will change. Remember, GARB churches were totally willing to throw the ABWE Missionary Kids under the bus for the sake of GARB societal unity—because that’s the definition of justice for them as opposed to the victims. The whole ABWE debacle boils down to the church’s definition of justice.

Phillips isn’t a hypocrite by Calvinist standards. He is a just man who told noble lies. Flail away at this “injustice” and “hypocrisy” till the moon turns blue.

They don’t hear you. They think you are insane. Come out from among them and build a solution. Behavior is just a symptom of their madness.

paul

The Doug Phillips Fall and the New Calvinist Before and After Gospels

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 31, 2013

Douglas W. Phillips is a Calvinist Christian speaker and author. He is the son of Peggy (Blanchard) and U.S. Constitution Party leader Howard Phillips and president of Vision Forum Ministries. He advocates Biblical patriarchy, creationism, homeschooling, Quiverfull and Family Integrated Church.

~ Wikipedia

Regardless of what was at stake, Phillips finds himself in the following situation:

Yesterday, Doug Phillips resigned from Vision Forum citing an emotional affair with a woman other than his wife. He did not identify the woman, but has not only resigned from all leadership positions but has also cancelled all speaking engagements. Former fundamentalist homeschool mother Julie Anne describes Phillips’ role in the Christian homeschooling world like this:

Doug Phillips has been very influential in the sub-culture of the Homeschool Movement.  He was a popular keynote speaker at state-run homeschool conventions, speaking on topics of Biblical manhood, Patriarchy, men taking spiritual leadership of the home, creationism, a proponent of family-integrated churches and full quiver lifestyle.  He and his wife, Beall, have eight children.  We heard him speak numerous times.

~ Patheos .com

Doug Phillips is not the point. Christians devouring each other is not the point. Giving Phillips a “grace break” is not the point. The fact that none of us are perfect is not the point.

Calvin’s false gospel is the point.

In the first sentence of Phillips’ biography on the Vision Forum website we read:

Doug Phillips is a sinner, saved by grace.

That’s Calvinism. Let me interpret this often used Protestant mantra with an expanded version:

Christians still sin as a lifestyle (that’s what a “sinner” is), and are still enslaved to sin. We also continue to be saved from the sins we commit as Christians by the same grace that saved us originally. If we believe we can do no works that please God as Christians, Christ’s death will continually be applied to future sins and his perfect obedience will be perpetually applied to our Christian lives until we get to the final judgment. When we stand at the final judgment, we will be found in the doing and dying of Christ, not anything we do (or don’t do) if we live by the same gospel that saved us by faith alone in our Christian lives.

To withstand the final judgment, we must believe that we remain sinners in our salvation. We must believe in Luther’s simul justus et peccator… at the same time saint and sinner. New Calvinists continually proclaim that Christians are, present tense, “enemies of God,” “haters of God,” “dead in trespasses and sins,” etc. Calvinism rejects the new birth. I’m not saying they don’t use the term, “new birth,” I am saying Calvinism rejects the biblical new birth.

So, Doug Phillips, the sinner, had an affair. Who knew? In reality, and if Calvinists had any honesty, the response would be, “Uh, ya, I had an affair, and your point is what exactly?”

But New Calvinism hasn’t taken over enough of Christianity yet, so when these guys get caught, they revert to the gospel that most Christians think they believe. The other gospel; the one that “thinks the cross is for salvation and the new birth is for sanctification.” They fall on their sword for the sake of the rest of the movement. Hence, Phillips’ response is not even in the same ballpark with authentic Reformed doctrine:

I thought too highly of myself and behaved without proper accountability. I have acted grievously before the Lord, in a destructive manner hypocritical of life messages I hold dear, inappropriate for a leader, abusive of the trust that I was given, and hurtful to family and friends.

Look friends, other Calvinists have stated plainly that such a mentality is “trying to be the gospel rather than proclaiming the gospel.” And this Protestant overemphasis on grace cuts across denominational lines and Calvinism/Arminianism. The new birth is either devalued by Protestant Light or outright rejected by Calvinism.

That’s the Protestant family tradition.

paul

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