So as not to draw any more attention to a site which no longer is fertile ground for actually producing any real change in the abuse/authority structure of the Calvinist juggernaut in the church today, I will be speaking in this post of the blog site, TWW. Which stands for…The West Wing “survivor” blog.
The blogging queens who moderate it are Dolly and Dotty.
Their e-pastor is a “reformed” (i.e. “loving and kind”) Calvinist known as Wayne.
Recently, I was banished to The West Wing’s solitary confinement over in the Perpetual Moderated Comment Corner for Bad Little Boys with Smart Mouths Who Obviously Did Not Spend Enough Time On the Urinal Cake Cleaning Committee Learning Submission to Pastor Wayne.
But, in spit of this, I did not allow myself to concede that I’m dealing now not with those who seek truth but with the Ministry of Defense for Pastoral Authority. So, like an idiot, I continued to comment anyway. Like a fool. Oh yes, all but admitting that I am the very slobbering barbarian who must be compelled by the “altruistic” dictators of sound doctrine like Wayne…much like the fools neo-Calvinist gnostic “authorities” take most laity for, even after my banishment into perpetual moderation bad-little-boy time-out for daring to question the divine knowledge of the “great one”, Wayne, I attempted to be the humble and prostrate one–showing indeed that I was one of the precious “elect”–before the gnostic divines.
All because I wanted to help other people think about truth. But I didn’t actually know that I had a fat chance in hell of that happening.
You don’t question the pastors. No matter how nice the are, in the end, you NEVER question the pastor. Wayne will not suffer confrontation; how dare I demand he defend his ideas.
Yes…I am bitter.
I’m sorry. Does that offend someone’s poor little sound doctrinal sensibilities? Awwww. Well, truly, how wonderfully convenient for them. It is convenient to engage in hypocrisy and unwarranted vengeance and then decide that when the inevitable reaction occurs by the other party you can merely appeal to the pretentious platitude “You know, a goooood Christian wouldn’t be bitter. He would thank God for the privilege of being “corrected” by the perpetually morally superior. And didn’t even Jesus “turn the other” cheek? Now, now…is that a piece of wood I see sticking out of your eye?”
By the way, which cheek was Jesus turning when He declared the Pharisees a brood of vipers and the Sadducees utterly ignorant of God’s truth?
I’m not saying Christ was a hypocrite. I’m saying that, as always, context is everything…and is also everything denied by those who run blocker for doctrinal tyranny. Turning the other cheek is not quite the best option when confronted with rank despotism under the guise of “sound doctrine” and the “enlightened traditions of men”.
That’s the point.
Anyway…in the midst of trying to play nice and wear my dunce cap all neat and straight and tidy in the corner, and with all the humility and navel gazing one would expect from a good little lay person trying to play nice in the neo-Calvinist sandbox (which they fill with broken glass)…yes, it was then I notice that mommy and mommy and daddy have a very convenient way of dealing with little boys that they’d quite rather ship off to a foster home.
You see, getting the left boot of fellowship from a site like West Wing must be done with all due deference to the subliminal. It can’t be quite that overt, what with the standing on ceremony and waxing eloquent about all the unjust excommunication of people from neo-Calvinist dictatorial collectives for daring to question the “sound doctrine” of the ecclesiastical Marxists.
And…in case you don’t’ remember, this is, in my opinion, precisely what got me put in the corner there. Yes, under the red herring and hypocritical guise of “tone”–which is just about as broad, vague and nebulous as one can make an excuse for essentially getting rid of someone questioning the “authority” of the Pastor–I was sent away to think about the evil I had done by making some grown-up bloggers cry (who post freely of their own volition, and who are obligated to defend the ideas that they willingly offer) and for being a big meanie to Wayne, who ALSO is frankly on the hook for defending his publicly stated doctrinal beliefs, like Total Depravity, and who apparently is only trying to help people see that the violence which is Calvinism isn’t always so blatantly violent; that there is in fact a nice way of bludgeoning people with sound doctrine.
I guess I got the nice bludgeoning. That was fun!!
And I submit this is just what happened. The beginning of the end for me was when I finally decided that Wayne was simply another Calvinist “authority” in Mr. Rodgers clothing. And I began to demand he answer for his irreconcilable rational larceny.
So what happened? Simple. As promised, I was put into “immediate moderation”. Okay…that’s fine; I can take my Blog Queen spanking like a big boy. I’m not gonna run from it. Their blog; their rules. It’s a free country and I’m all for private property rights. I made nice with my “tone” and understood I’d have to wait a bit to see my name in “lights” over there.
But what they didn’t mention was that my comments would be put in moderation for hours and hours and hours and hours on end. Whether on purpose or not I cannot say, but I suspect that Dolly and Dotty are seasoned enough bloggers to recognize the outcome of such a maneuver. Leaving my comments in moderation for six, seven, eight hours on end, even when I noticed that they were online and blogging and commenting, is certainly long enough for the thread to have moved a million miles from my comment, to where my questions or comments were no longer relevant, and/or were so far away from the actual time I made them that they couldn’t be seen. This of course had the convenient effect of neutralizing me, without actually having to say: yes, we BANNED him because we didn’t like what he had to say.
No…they couldn’t quite do that without making the hypocrisy as glaring as the morning sunrise on Mercury. Plus, that would have required a LOT of cardiovascular stamina for all the backpedaling required to cover up their long history of decrying other blogs for doing that very thing.
The whole point of my little diatribe here is to simply say that once again that wise and rascally metaphysician, John Immel, proves himself right and much more experienced than I. Whenever someone “warns” you about your “tone”, you must deny it. They are liars. Tone is nothing. Words matter. Anyone blogging comes there of their own free will. They are on the hook for defending their ideas; and you are NOT on the hook for conceding, through “tone” that they could be right. That is ridiculous.
For “tone” is the last desperate death cry of a neo-reformed shill who has come face to face with one whom cannot and will not be bludgeoned with ludicrous, false, and destructive pretenses of “sound doctrine” or “orthodoxy”, no matter how great the appeal is to delicate sensibilities. It is the Calvinist’s version of unleashing of the Kracken of egregious false gnostic and moral superiority upon the barbarian masses in order to maintain control and power over them. If they can’t get you on the logic, they’ll get you on your “tone”. And that’s what they got me on. Sentenced to banishment for “improper tone”.
Now, if that doesn’t sound like good old fashioned Calvinist tyranny and thought-control, I don’t know what does.
My opinion is that someone runs that blog over there at West Wing, and I don’t think its Dolly and Dotty any longer. Rather, it is merely the same “sound doctrine” which runs unopposed ever more and more in Christendom these days, and pushed by overtly despotic and “altruistic” Calvinists alike. The false humility of appeals like “we just need to love and understand everyone” has lead Dolly and Dotty straight back to the vomit which they, for a while, were so commendably trying to flee. But approach a Calvinist pastor, nice-guy or not, with “yes, we just need to love one another”, and that stuff is like catnip to these pastors’ remarkable skills of doctrinal manipulation. And wiz-bang-shazamm!!!…the next thing you know you are conceding that “tone” is the real problem in church today. Ahaaahaaaahaaaa! LOLOLOLOROTFLMAO!!!!!. See…we have a NICE Calvinist here with us. All is well. And finally it has been revealed: your ATTITUDE is the problem.
Yes…I’ve time-warped back into Sovereign Grace Ministries hell.
Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.
Oh, Dolly and Dotty. It was all for naught. How quickly we surrender to oppressive ideas when they are presented as angels of light. How quickly and easily we fall in our hubris: we just need the right men forcing the rest of us in our depravity.
Oh, how quickly we forget that men kill IN THE NAME OF ideas, not in the name of themselves. It is the doctrine which is the pit. No matter how nice the guy is who is pushing you into it, if he concedes that the pit is where God says you must go, that is where you will go.
Well, recently at TWW there was a post on Extra Terrestrial life submitted by a guest blogger, who is a self-described “old experimental physicist”, and who uploaded his article and then proceeded to engage the comments section with about as little enthusiasm and time as my children spend eating cold oatmeal.
But hey! One useful thing I learned was that, as an experimental physicist, you can choose not to answer questions you deem “theoretical”. And since, by definition, any question of physics is “theoretical” because the whole science is pretty much founded on theoretical concepts, it makes not answering really easy when confronted with questions you can’t answer without actually having to admit that you can’t answer them. And which I submit is exactly the same reason NO physicist has ever entertained my questions.
One such example of one such question being this here, submitted on TWW blog, and, seeing as how it showed up three hours later (which was comparatively short, with respect to the norm) was never answered because no one saw it. But anyway, this question forms the basis of my next post; a post which will show you how to have fun messing around with both Young and Old Earth apologists by dismantling BOTH arguments as arrogant presumption when aligned with philosophical belief systems such as Christianity.
Here it is:
“If time and space were created at the Big Bang, then it would be impossible to assign a “where” and a “when” to that event, right? Therefore, how do you define its beginning? You can’t really say it happened however many billions of years ago, because, by definition there can be no WHEN (and by extension no WHERE) to its “beginning” since time and space didn’t exist until AFTER the big bang. And so, it is impossible to tell ultimately then how old the universe is…indeed, you cannot even say it had a beginning, because something that is absent a time or place cannot be said to have a beginning.”