The difference between a person telling someone that they love them and forgive them because they have inherent worth as a human being, and a person telling someone that they love them and forgive them because what they did or do doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of God’s sovereign plan is the difference between Christ’s love and John Calvin’s “sound doctrine”.
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Liked this comment of yours when I first saw it on TWW.
Getting a real kick out of your blog. You’re hilarious and so refreshing. Thank you for writing.
Hi, Oasis. Welcome! Thanks for visiting.
Thank you for your kind words. Yes…I once was too terrified to speak up. Now, I…er, don’t much mind it, as you can tell. I used to be so in fear of these guys…all their dire warnings about pride and judgment, all of their appeals to their own divine power to proclaim this or that or the other thing on behalf of God. I used to think it was all me…I was the problem, that these o-so-holy men surely had the TRUTH on their side.
Now I understand real truth. That for these guys, its all about authority and the business of doing church. Their doctrine is wholly in service to their own economics. Economics of control, and just economics in general. As one SGM pastor said to my face…I don’t like controversy; you know, this IS a business.
So I have no concern about poking them in the eye. When they say something silly, I call it silly…I mock it, because to me, it is so absurd (case in point: Christianity has a “masculine feel”; I mean what in the HELL does that even mean…it’s so stupid). And when they proclaim some tidbit of “sound doctrinal” truth that has no basis in objective or logical reality, I demand they explain just how they can arrive at such a conclusion.
The moral of the story is: before I accept ANYTHING these neo-reformed oligarchs say, they must find a way to under gird it with a truth that benefits ALL men and women, not merely themselves. And that has yet to happen.