In light of the preceding essays on this topic, let’s answer the following discussion questions taken from the Christian Marxist primer we are currently examining (p. 26, 27, Community: Your pathway to progress; North Point Ministries, 2008). We will answer them in full accordance with the principles of protestant “biblically sound” doctrine.
[NOTE: For a full appreciation of the answers I have given, I recommend you review the previous essays in this series. I know its been a while since I’ve posted.]
1. What do you want to be known for?
Devoting the entirety of my life and property to the church collective, as this is my God-ordained metaphysical and moral obligation. And by this axiom, I grant full ownership of all my property–material, physical, intellectual, or otherwise–to the ecclesiastical authority which God has sovereignly appointed to act in His complete capacity, while admitting that I cannot distinguish between the two (God and the ecclesiastical authority), and because I can have no access to God directly, as I am infinitely depraved and perfectly consumed with sin and madness as a direct function of my very existence.
[Note: One would think God-men wouldn’t be so grammatically indigent. “For what would you like to be known?” is the proper rendering of the question. But I suppose autocrats don’t really need to fuss about with fancy book-learning, what with the power to bind people in hell for eternity and all that.]
2. What are the ways in which you practice image management?
By pathologically lying to everyone and God; because I am wickedness personified–a senseless brute, habitually claiming that up is down and black is white and, naturally, that evil is good. And I further confess that any good in my life which I may claim, be it my family or education or occupation or profit or good health, was achieved entirely by manipulation and deception, theft and fraud, at the expense of God and my fellow man. I cannot be trusted with anything of value, which is why I confer all of my possessions, to the very bowels of my savings, as well as the very lives of my wife and children, to this church collective, for which God, in His sovereign mercy, has determined me…er, even though He wants nothing to do with me, and never did, because I’m an infinite affront to Him. Therefore it is logical to assume that it isn’t I that God cares about, but the God-men to whom He has (somehow) given a moral and epistemological dispensation (and to me as well, but only in the capacity of admitting my absolute moral failure and infinite need to be coerced and ruled). And this is why they are entitled, without objection or criticism, to all of me and mine.
3. Read James 5:16. Who in your life knows about your struggles?
No one of any relevance–which is to say, no one at all–until I met all of you fine people.
Why is it important to have people in our lives that know what is going on and can pray for us?
Ah…you almost got me with this trick question, you sneaky geniuses! It isn’t about getting prayer, its about being compelled by overseers who are forced to use rank coercion and manipulation in order that I may act rightly before God…which is to say, before my Pastors. Further, prayer and knowledge is fully irrelevant when the one known and being prayed for is totally depraved. Force is the only instrument with any efficacy when it comes to a perfect monster, such as I.
4. Read Romans 15:7. What does it mean to accept someone?
To recognize that they cannot help but be terribly, terribly evil, because they are not really themselves, but are rather a mere mask of infinite depravity; and therefore they need this group–this body collective–as much as do I and the rest of the world.
I must realize that everyone I meet is a liar, a murderer, a God-hater, and a thief, not to be trusted, but committed to the power of the depravity-exempt pastorate, who shall justly rack and pillory them until they comply with the full measure of the pastorate’s divine authority. And by this they shall have God’s salvation and peace, even though they shall be incapable of any frame of reference for such salvation and peace. But that’s besides the point, and beyond our tiny, evil minds, and so it shall not be pondered.
5. Read Hebrews 10:24-25. How can we balance accepting each other where we are with encouraging each other to be all that God wants us to be?
Well…I think you are trying to trick me again, you wizards of God’s omniscience! LOL But you’ve taught me too well. Clearly what God wants me to be is irrelevant, since I am totally depraved…which means absolutely; which means infinitely. Which means that I cannot change, by definition, since I am not really myself, but an extension of infinite, determinative evil. So “acceptance” refers to conceding my metaphysical definition, which is EVIL. Period. Full stop.
And “encouraging each other to be all God wants us to be” merely refers to encouraging the collective to accept the iron fist of violent coercion and virulent manipulation of the pastorate as it seeks to enhance its own power and wealth at the expense of those God has sold into slavery on its behalf.
However, if this is not a trick question (because…how would I know; my mind is the mind of raw selfish instinct) I would answer this way: By encouraging and insisting upon more and more and more group time, so that our hands are never idle but are always pursuing the ends of the group, except when we are working at our occupations, of course, for the sole purpose of procuring more material resources for the collective to dispose of as the leadership sees fit.
6. What would keep you from being transparent in this community group?
I cannot help but deceive, and rebel against the group because that is my nature. Therefore, FORCE–threats, violence, fraud and manipulation–is the only thing which can effect any transparency on my behalf. So…the dereliction of the leadership in its authoritarian duty is the only thing that would prevent transparency. And, convenient for them, the culpability for this dereliction must rest squarely upon the laity they rule, because the leadership is above reproach–above failure and insufficiency, above any lack of intellect or talent, because there is no distinction to be made between it and God.
Thank you dear leaders. I hope I have been found worthy in your sight; I hope I have satisfied your divine egos, and have answered well. And if I have, it is thanks entirely to you. And if I haven’t, it is thanks entirely to me.