Most of you are familiar with this abstract value hierarchy, or some variation of it:
With the meteoric resurgence of Calvinism in our churches today we find that the abstract value hierarchy has been expanded as:
And at the neo-Calvinist church I attended until recently, I noticed that the abstract value hierarchy had been, not expanded, but significantly altered to become thus:
Notice the change? Of course you do. You notice how the “church” has risen up the ranks, promoted to its new office by those who have conceded that the “group”, which in this case is the “church”, is that which defines the life of the individual in all its aspects. That is, the “church” is the Christian version of the Marxist collective from which individual man derives all of his mortal AND spiritual value.
Which is what makes the church collective among the most dangerous kinds, and why it is that when we hear the word “cult” we immediately think of mysticism. As opposed to, say, the “cult” of Nazism or the “cult” of tribalism. “Cult” has specific spiritual connotations, and they all lead squarely back to the implicit collectivism found in religion. Even and especially Christianity, which forsook its Jewish philosophical traditions to play the harlot with Greek gnosticism starting most prominently and significantly with Augustine. Who was, as you well know, NOT a protestant, but a Catholic.
What this means is quite simple and obvious. In terms of philosophical roots, there is no practical distinction between Protestantism and Catholicism. What Luther’s reformation was all about was merely a fight over who had the right to own everybody else; it had nothing to do with the altruism of freedom from tyranny. Nothing whatsoever. Luther had was under no illusion that mere man possessed any kind of inherent worth or ability to apprehend truth on his own, apart from a duly and divinely appointed ruler. Luther simply thought that a different philosopher king was needed, instead of the Pope. Why? Well, from what I can tell, for no other reason than because HE decided, in contradiction to his own theological assumptions, that HE just didn’t happen to agree with the Pope. Which is an act of pure arrogance even by his own doctrinal standards.
But notice that the metaphysical assumption remained unchanged: man still needed a philosopher king. Man still needed someone to force him into right thinking and behavior through violence mandated by God. He just thought it shouldn’t be the Pope any more. Of course, one can easily discern that once the need of a ruler who must inevitably resort to violence to compel the depraved and unwashed masses into “holy” compliance is conceded, further arguments concerning who gets to be ruler are merely superfluous. The “who” doesn’t really matter. It becomes nothing more than a pissing contest amongst tyrants. But practically speaking it spells the same thing when all is said and done:
The masses are fucked.
Now, in my last post on the topic of abstract value hierarchies (and, as a side note, when I use the word “abstract”, know that “subjective” is also assumed concomitantly) I spent a goodly amount of time discussing the first reason for this, which is the natural and inevitable fusing of the Church with God, Himself. (The second reason will come in my next post, where I will examine the Marxist assumptions in the hierarchy). This is a perfunctory evolution. Quite predictable, really. Anytime man is told that he is fundamentally flawed at the root of his existence (the neo-Calvinists/Reformed call this Total or Pervasive Depravity) the inexorable assumption must be that he is also epistemologically flawed. Epistemology deals with how man knows what he knows. Epistemological failure thus means that man is utterly incapable of knowing TRUTH, and as such, he is incapable of any moral behavior, because he is by extension incapable of knowing GOOD. In this sense, man cannot possibly be in any position to have any sort of efficacious or relevant relationship with God as an individual. Thus, the Church then (which is the leadership…there are MEN who must proclaim themselves the incarnation of the collective) has no choice but to step in as God’s proxy…as “standing in the stead of God”…which is an egregious statement, granted, but I assure you is not unheard of in today’s Protestant churches, and indeed is utterly assumed by those who concede Reformation theology. And thus, to the laity, there is no distinction to be made between the Church (i.e. the human leadership, culminating in the Senior Pastor) and God, Himself. And if this is taken to its logical conclusion…well, it’s not hard to see how this fares for your run-of-the-mill pedestrian in society. If you are not “called” to lead, you are “called” to follow. And this is merely a euphemism for “owned”. The Church owns you as far as God is concerned. Which means that the cover charge for entry into the only place salvation is offered is, by definition, the DEATH of the SELF. Which…it seems odd that DEATH and Salvation, literal opposites, can be part of the same existential equation, but there you go. Welcome to today’s Protestant church. It is a dreadfully dangerous place.
And as far as civil authority goes? The church wants it, and wants it bad. Mark my words. The next evolution in the abstract value hierarchy is indubitably:
And God/Church/State should be assumed to comprise one big, indivisible juggernaut of AUTHORITY, which is force, which is violence. There can be and will be NO distinction made between these three spheres. And this, incidentally, can be assumed for any totalitarian form of government. Fascist, socialist, or communist. Once the state assumes “divine” (absolute) authority, it IS God. It is the singular author of all truth and all creation. This is why religion is outlawed in communist regimes. The State is God and the Church. They just don’t make the hypocritical distinctions in their abstract value hierarchies like the Reformed Christian church does. In this sense, they are much more honest; once again proving the curious irony that the secular despot has more scruples than the mystic one. But, the point is that there is little and will be little difference between any Christian theocracy (theo-marxist entity) and a rank communist republic.
The natural assumption of any leader who assumes it is their divine right to compel by mandated violence the thinking and behavior of everyone else–to God’s glory, of course; and can there be a more noble goal?– is the right of absolute civil authority. After all, this is the very reason they love to quote the Apostle Paul in the Bible as declaring that civil government has been instituted by God to wield the sword of justice and righteousness; to bring all evildoers to the reckoning. And who better to do that than those called by God to stand in His stead?
Thus, be very wary of anyone running for office on the platform of his or her “good Christian values”. That person is quite possibly the Grim Reaper…the devil in disguise.
In fact, it is a good rule of thumb to be wary of any man or woman in any context who puts God or Church or Work or Family or State or anything else before individual SELF. That man or woman is a full on collectivist (Marxist), and what they are really proclaiming is that the death of the SELF is the key to TRUTH. And thus is the key to GOOD, which means it is the key to LIFE. And the concession of this impossible contradiction in terms is inevitable despotism and destruction. They are proclaiming that you are not really YOU. And as such, you cannot possibly exist to YOURSELF; for YOU are an illusion. The SELF, which no matter how we try to deny it…no matter how we “if”, “and”, or “but” our way around it, no matter how egregious an affront it might be to our “good Christian” humility or our “social justice” or our “sound doctrine” or the “loving of our neighbors”…yes, the SELF is the inexorable, infinite and singular source of anything that exist to you, meaning that YOU, YOURSELF is the absolute prerequisite to ANYTHING which exists, to anything which you proclaim is good or bad or right or wrong or falsehood or lie or up or down or this or that. Unless YOU are YOU first, then nothing can exist to you. Which means, practically and relevantly speaking, nothing can exist period. Thus, to proclaim that YOU are a direct product or function of something NOT you is in fact the categorical proclamation of your death (i.e. NOT you) as the root of being.
It is the single greatest contradiction in terms and full on rejection of the Creator to proclaim that TRUTH is a function of that which is wholly outside yourself, be it God, or Church, or any collective or group or ideal or abstraction of any kind. For the denial of SELF in the metaphysical, epistemological, and moral sense in service to that of any “other” is a full on denial of your Creation. And if you were not created you could not have had a Creator. You cannot know God because you are an illusion.
Thus, you have rejected God and have supplanted Him with a transient impostor. A liar. A charlatan who has seized God’s place by lies and fiat. And how do you intended to answer for this crime of existence before the judgement throne? Hm? How are you going to mount a defense or appeal to your “Savior” as dying on a cross for you when you have categorically rejected your own existence…when you have no answer for God when He asks you simply, “Who are you?”. If by your philosophy you have rejected your SELF, I ask you…who in the fuck is God supposed to save? There is no YOU standing before Him, by your own admission! All of your hope rests in the notion that if you deny your creation you can somehow receive God’ salvation. But does that make any sense? Will it make sense to God? Of course not. Because God is not an idiot. And He certainly is no liar. When He calls Himself the Creator of you, that means He created…YOU!
And thus you shall suffer the same fate as whatever collective to which you have sacrificed yourself. You will suffer the same fate as anyone who cannot answer the question “What is man?” Or worse, anyone who answers the question with full on hypocrisy and in blasphemous prose, “Man is nothing.”
If you are nothing, then nothing is what you shall get from God.