So far we’ve learned that entering into structured relationships…
[Wrong…everyone knows that according to the doctrine of Total Depravity, truth must be bestowed, because it cannot be learned…human beings are intellectually incapable of learning truth by nature.]
…is critical for spiritual progress and those relationships need to be open, honest, and accepting.
[Traits, again, by nature impossible for those who are TOTALLY depraved.]
That’s the kind of environment that encourages us…
[Actually terrifies us, but we are too “re-educated” to know the difference.]
…to become all that God wants us to be.
[And apparently, God wants us to be DEAD, because the crux of this doctrine–and make no mistake–is the CATEGORICAL sacrifice of the individual SELF to the collective as ruled by His human proxies, which the unredeemed masses cannot, AGAIN, BY FUCKING NATURE, and shall not, distinguish from the real thing.]
But the journey from here to there will be far from smooth. The propensity to drift…
[Your “sin nature”…which, which the Bible never defines to my satisfaction, if I’m being honest.]
…is in all of us. That’s another reason to live in community.
[Er…let me get this straight. The reason to live in community is so that a bunch of totally depraved God-hating reprobates–who all have an equal measure (absolute measure) of the “propensity to drift” residing within them–will somehow, simply by being herded under one soaring, ostentatious roof with a giant LED screen in front with Big fucking Brother babbling on and on about our sacred duty to navel gazing and self-loathing, magically transmogrify into a fluffy, glittering pure white mist of of sweet-smelling holiness acceptable to God? My word…I cannot believe people fall for this codswallop; that I fell for it. Crimey…He must be sick with laughter. I mean, this is undeniable proof that human beings could not possibly have been created by God in the premeditated, determined sense. Who could worship a God who determines man to actively and methodically seek his own destruction? For indeed, to purposely dismantle and consign to nothingness that which one purposely creates to in fact be something which is NOT nothing, is, I submit, impossible for God. God cannot create something that is purposed to be nothing! Which is what the doctrine of Total Depravity screams! He is NOT omnipotent thus, because He simply cannot do such a mad thing and rationally impossible thing; and this for the simple fact that God is neither insane nor a fucking idiot].
When we start to get off track…
[Inevitably, it is assumed…see? “When”, not “if”. Speaks volumes. I mean, really, this is Marxism 101 shit. People are fuck-ups by nature, so we need to control them; compel-force-threaten–terrify–blackmail–them into “right” thinking and behavior. And to whom this task falls is a cosmic lottery, so to speak. So who become these lucky royals and debs? Why, those who are called by the Primary Consciousness (that which “divinely” bestows the enlightened “Word”…the gnosis), of course.]
…,when commitment and conviction…
[To the ecclesiastical “authority”, who make a living pretending to be God.]
…start to wane, we need to be surrounded by people who will be there to pull us back.
[And since all the laity is Totally Depraved, even after salvation, the only ones in a position to “pull us back” are, again, the elders (or pastors, or priests, or whatever the fuck they call themselves these days in the protestant cults…whatever makes the totalitarianism easier to swallow) who ominously warn, “You better watch out; you better not cry; you better not shout; and you better damn tithe.]
Now, here is the quote without the (much warranted) heckling from moi.
“So far we’ve learned that entering into structured relationships is critical for spiritual progress and those relationships need to be open, honest, and accepting. That’s the kind of environment that encourages us to become all that God wants us to be. But the journey from here to there will be far from smooth. The propensity to drift is in all of us. That’s another reason to live in community. When we start to get off track.”
(p. 31, Community: Your pathway to progress; North Point Ministries, 2008).
Keeping with the Total Depravity theme, and continuing with the most excellent and infinitely amusing pastime of bashing this bullshit doctrine to smithereens, let’s hone in on this manipulative doozy:
“The propensity to drift is in all of us.”
Bullshit! How the fuck do they know?! Have they met everyone in the whole world?!
Of course not. They are appealing to the mysticism which passes for “theology” in the Christian religion today (and, pretty much ALL days since, at the very least, Augustine). The idea is that they have this “special knowledge” that is measured only by the yardstick of “infallible scripture”…which is really just an appeal to a particular interpretation of said scripture which they do not wish to defend, because it utterly defies reason and rational argument and they fucking know it:
“I know, let’s tell them our opinions are not really ours, but the Bible’s, which is code for “God’s”, which is code for “infallible”, which is code for “don’t disagree…don’t you dare”, which is code for… “die, heretic!”.”
All of this is first and foremost predicated upon the lie you are fed bit by bit from the day you were born until this: that you are metaphysically and thus epistemologically insufficient for apprehending and appropriating goodness or truth. And this is the sum and substance of the doctrine of Total Depravity. And it is used, to great and terrible effect, upon all men in all places of all creeds and all kings.
Thus, alakazam! Poof! (As John Immel says.) DISCIPLINE, PUNISHMENT, FEAR, COERCION!. Which translated for the unreformed rebels among us is: COMMUNITY, ACCOUNTABILITY, AUTHORITY, COVERING! Which gets a full lathering and a fresh coat of calcimine in pretty little Marxist primers like “Community: Your pathway to progress.” Sent out to quiet suburban neighborhoods everywhere. Devils as angels, and so it goes.
Welcome to the Christian Orthodox Ideal, circa United States, 2015.
Happy fucking new year. Same as the old year.