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Revised Control Diagram Used By New Calvinists

Posted in Uncategorized by pptmoderator on March 12, 2015

A Review of Dr. Jay Adams’ Message to the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary Student Body

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on March 2, 2015

On February 24, Dr. Jay Adams was the presenter for the student chapel service at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. The message was about 25 minutes long and can be observed here: https://vimeo.com/120670699. The get to the point, make the point, and get out of town approach has become sort of a calling card for Adams in recent years, perhaps due to his age (86). On the other hand, he has written articles on the importance of only using the amount of words necessary to make a point.

The practice of reviewing books and sermons is something I gave up about a year ago because this ministry is past evaluating symptoms, and is focused on resolving the problem. For all practical purposes, it can be assumed that all Protestant sermons are going to be driven by progressive justification, Luther and Calvin’s false gospel. The Reformed deny this; apparently, in 3.14 of his Institutes, Calvin didn’t really mean to say that justification is progressive when he said it is progressive.

If we would only read every literary drone Calvin ever wrote we would understand that “progressive” really doesn’t mean “progressive” in the progressive sense. Justification and progressive sanctification are “never separate, but distinct.” Distinct? How? Well, sanctification is “justification in motion,” or as the brilliant Dr. Lou Priolo states it, “justification is always running in the background” like your Windows program is always running in the background. Thanks Lou. As one Reformed pastor told me, “Any idiot should know that the basis of something isn’t necessarily a progression.” And like Voddie Baucham told me personally, “That road out there is done, but we still use it.” In the exchange, something became very apparent to me: Voddie is a very large man, and not well acclimated to being challenged, so I left it there.

In other words, thou ignorant lay person, thou grasper of material shadows, something “running” isn’t really progressing when you see it in Luther’s “gospel context.” It takes a real metaphysical idiot to think a cat that is running is progressing. Just shut up and put your money in the plate, thou artisan.

So, why write a review on Dr. J’s message at Mid-America? Because he is one of the few pastors, if not the only one left in the institutional church, that is different. Apparently, Mid-America is friendly to Dr. J’s counseling construct and respects him enough to invite him to speak to those who are charged with indoctrinating. This means I must see Mid-America as different from all other seminaries: they are at least road kill that is still moving.

Furthermore, I believe Adams fathered the only real revival that the institutional church has ever seen since the Reformation. And excuse me, but a civil war isn’t a revival, and people executed for treason are not martyrs even if executed by a church state. A heretic executed by a heretic doesn’t make a martyr. What about the “Great Awakening”? That was spawned by the ideology of the American Revolution, not European political refugees. Sorry.

Even though Adams’ groundbreaking biblical counseling construct didn’t go far enough, it was predicated on the idea that Christians can actually do something along the lines of learn and do. Even flirting with the idea that Christians are empowered by obedience unleashed life and light in this Protestant Dark Age. In one of the most profound historical ironies of all time, the movement that returned the institutional church to authentic Protestantism began in the same year that Adams’ groundbreaking book Competent to Counsel was published. As both movements grew at breakneck speed, a contention between the two camps was inevitable.

The contention led to the unmerciful disparaging of Adams who has unfortunately given his entire life to the institutional church. All of his accomplishments are prefaced with the “but…second generation counseling’” from narcissistic, Platonist, psychopathic liars dressed up in Bible verses. And that’s not enough words, or the best words to describe them, but are the most tempered ones. Remember, his crime was to suggest that Christians can do something beyond gospel contemplationism.

I witnessed firsthand the results of the rise and fall of “first generation biblical counseling.” I saw the before and after at a NANC counseling center where I was an elder. The difference between first generation biblical counseling and second generation biblical counseling is the difference between a counselee handing the counselor a razor blade that was going to be used for suicide and a counselor drawing a map of the counselee’s life and then saying, “Here is where you are located in the gospel narrative” lest imperatives be used in counseling. I hope the Mid-America kiddies knew what they had sitting in front of them on Tuesday, but I doubt it. I am sure they would think that my description of second generation biblical counseling is the overuse of exaggerated words. That’s unfortunate. If people think there is something they can do about their situation, and even better yet, that God will help them, we call that “hope.”

And that brings me to the actual content of the message. Adams expounded on Ezra 7:6 and 10: “this Ezra went up from Babylonia. He was a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses…For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” The message was pretty straightforward; as elders, they are to be diligent to learn God’s word through independent study, live the word out in their own lives, and teach others the same. This is no different on any wise in comparison to what Jesus said in His introduction to the Sermon on the Mount.

The fact that an 86-year-old man of God is still actively preaching is in and of itself very powerful, and the need for complete follow-through with the word of God powerful as well, but in our day and age, the message, especially in that venue, lacked additional words.

HOW should one in our day study the word of God? Is every verse about justification? And if sanctification is not the “running” part of justification, how then should our Bibles be read and studied? Sure, seminary students should study the word of God for the right motive, viz, life application, but what do we mean by “life application”? According to the leading evangelicals in our day, we are to only expound on the word of God, and…don’t miss this, “the Holy Spirit applies it” which implies that we don’t actually do the word, it’s done for us. “It’s NOT about what you do, it’s about what Jesus has done.” Do we apply the word ourselves with the help of the Spirit, or are we sanctified by contemplative justification?

In addition, these are clarifications that determine how we will teach others to apply the first two.

My conclusion. Anytime Adams is allowed to come out and play in the institutional church, road kill is closer to not being completely dead, and there is a chance that they will learn to look both ways before they cross the road, but more words are needed.

paul

New Calvinism’s Beef With Teaching Children to Ask Jesus Into Our Heart and Voddie Baucham’s Reformed View of Children

Posted in Uncategorized by pptmoderator on October 23, 2014

Originally published July 11, 2012

Now look, I believe children are born sinful, and I also believe children not properly reared can grow up to be monsters, but we need to also remember that every human being is born with the works/law of God written on their hearts and their consciences either excusing or accusing them. That’s why I don’t go for this total depravity stuff along with the dirty little secret that this also supposedly applies to believers. Man is by nature sinful, but if you go through life looking at the unregenerate as nothing more than barely a step above the animal world, they will know that and it will create issues in your life to say the least.

New Calvinism will die a social death.  Authentic Calvinism always does because five things finally come home to roost:

1. Folks finally take a stand against the tyranny it produces.

2. Folks finally catch on to the fact that authentic Reformed theology is Gnosticism (Neo-Platonism) dressed up in Bible verses.

3. Folks grow weary of its pessimistic mindset/outlook on life that came from Plato and Augustine.

4. Folks get bored with the constant recycling of Christology as if that is the only subject in the Bible (Susan and I are hearing this a lot lately).

5. As a result of 1-4, people’s lives start going to hell in a hand basket. Authentic Calvinism always ends up yielding very bad results as it did in Geneva and Salem MA.

But for the first time since the conception of Reformed theology, there has never been a resurgence of it that has been this well systematized and funded (ie, New Calvinism). And, there has never been a time when American parishioners were dumbed down like they are in our day; so, number 2 is going to take a while.  In other words, the former resurgent movements haven’t left enough damage for people to remember, and dots usually aren’t connected (ie, the Salem witch trials were an identical event to what took place in Geneva under Calvin’s reign of terror).  So, every hundred years or so it makes a comeback and then dies out again. The goal is to limit the carnage and educate to prevent another resurgence.

Now back to my original point about children. New Calvinists get this Reformed, abysmal view of man from Plato and Augustine. And the following quote by New Calvinist Voddie Baucham depicted in the illustration should be all that needs to be said.

Keep New Calvinists away from our children.

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

New Calvinism’s Beef With Teaching Children to Ask Jesus Into Our Heart and Voddie Baucham’s Reformed View of Children

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on July 11, 2012

Now look, I believe children are born sinful, and I also believe children not properly reared can grow up to be monsters, but we need to also remember that every human being is born with the works/law of God written on their hearts and their consciences either excusing or accusing them. That’s why I don’t go for this total depravity stuff along with the dirty little secret that this also supposedly applies to believers. Man is by nature sinful, but if you go through life looking at the unregenerate as nothing more than barely a step above the animal world, they will know that and it will create issues in your life to say the least.

New Calvinism will die a social death.  Authentic Calvinism always does because five things finally come home to roost:

1. Folks finally take a stand against the tyranny it produces.

2. Folks finally catch on to the fact that authentic Reformed theology is Gnosticism (Neo-Platonism) dressed up in Bible verses.

3. Folks grow weary of its pessimistic mindset/outlook on life that came from Plato and Augustine.

4. Folks get bored with the constant recycling of Christology as if that is the only subject in the Bible (Susan and I are hearing this a lot lately).

5. As a result of 1-4, people’s lives start going to hell in a hand basket. Authentic Calvinism always ends up yielding very bad results as it did in Geneva and Salem MA.

But for the first time since the conception of Reformed theology, there has never been a resurgence of it that has been this well systematized and funded (ie, New Calvinism). And, there has never been a time when American parishioners were dumbed down like they are in our day; so, number 2 is going to take a while.  In other words, the former resurgent movements haven’t left enough damage for people to remember, and dots usually aren’t connected (ie, the Salem witch trials were an identical event to what took place in Geneva under Calvin’s reign of terror).  So, every hundred years or so it makes a comeback and then dies out again. The goal is to limit the carnage and educate to prevent another resurgence.

Now back to my original point about children. New Calvinists get this Reformed, abysmal view of man from Plato and Augustine. And the following quote by New Calvinist Voddie Baucham depicted in the illustration should be all that needs to be said.

Keep New Calvinists away from our children.

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