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Bleak Theology: Hopeful Science

The heretics are the ones praised by the World.

We have heretics running our churches. They talk of many things, but what they preach is Tikkun Olam: the idea that we can redeem this world. This is false, this world will not be redeemed. It will be replaced. And those who are not of Christ will not be part of the new world. For Christ is a dividing line, and the new, feminized, weak, cuckolded faux church are not prepared to say his name, Instead they refer to a new set of doctrines that they, or their masters, made up.

So the church is no longer the gospel, but a praying narrative.

If no space is provided for words to be spoken, for grief to be expressed, for remembering to be encouraged, then how does reconciliation happen? Can reconciliation occur if opportunity for healing is denied? If the names and the faces of those lost or victimized are not acknowledged, then how can there possibly be closure? Where is the hope?

Presbyterian World Mission wrestles with the challenge of putting into practice the values inherent in the initiative Reconciliation in Cultures of Violence, Including Our Own. We recognize that reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel message and that we are called to build ministries of reconciliation in our broken world. But what does that look like for communities impacted by war? How does reconciliation happen when not everyone is willing to admit that atrocities happened? We know healing doesn’t happen overnight — maybe not even in our lifetime. Perhaps, though, we start by standing in the gap and hearing the voices of those long silenced. We work hard to create places where memorials may be held, and we provide spaces for tears that must be allowed to flow. Each space reflects the truth that every community has a culture of its own that needs to be respected. In that space there is no attempt to replace or exchange cultural beliefs with those of others, such as replacing African cultural views with European views or assuming that American views can be superimposed on South Asian views.
Mienda Uriarte, Asia-Pacific Area Coordinator, Presbyterian World Mission, PCUSA

The trouble is that the PCUSA left the gospel a long time ago. The expelled the Calvinists — for heresy — in the 1930s. They no longer have a reformed theology, or any form of evangelicalism. They promote social action instead of the gospel.

And they are dying, because they are not connected to the vine. They only have one use left: they are a warning to all, for letting in those who preach ecology and social justice instead of the gospel, who talk of interfaith instead of missions, will destroy a congregation.

Besides, you will know them by the scandals they create, as surely as UNICEF or Oxfam.

Christianity is the only hope for both Christendom and Mankind. The false and wholly secular Judeo-Islamo-Churchianity that celebrates migration and global government, and promises that men will be like gods because science, is the long-predicted evil straight out of Hell.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Judeo Christ is Antichrist. Immigration and inclusivity are his weapons.

And there is nothing Christian about the Churchians that have taken over and converged the formerly Christian churches of the West. Merely talk to one of those self-professed “Christian” priests or pastors and it won’t take five minutes before the stink of sulfur begins to assail your nostrils. It’s remarkable to see how many of them are made visibly uncomfortable by the name of Jesus Christ and how they try to avoid using it.
VD, Vox Popoli

I do not find the gospel being preached much on official church websites. They are either inclusive or signalling virtue. As if virtue matters.

For God did not choose us to please the world and be called virtuous by the world. He chose us to be salt, light, and cause correction and confrontation merely by living with righteousness in this time and the time to come.

1 Corinthians 1:20-31

20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

26Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, 29so that no one might boast in the presence of God. 30He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

The church is here to do two things. Firstly, to preach the gospel, so that those chosen by God will hear and repent. For God does not want any to be damned. Secondly, it is here to make disciples and train us in holiness. In doing this, we will make microcultures that should act as a correction to the culture around us, and lead to more people being bought to the cross.

Christendom has never been a community of saints, but there were enough saints that there was a herd immunity against insanity. And in such a world, we can then safely discuss theology.

Try to ignore today’s Calvinism culture—the Spurgeon beards, the craft beer, and leather boots. Help me see the objective, doctrinal slips and cracks. I can understand its culture being stupid, but its doctrine is biblical. No true Calvinist became one because of tobacco pipes and whiskey.

I don’t mind calling myself a Calvinist because it seems like the most consistent, helpful, biblical theology.

Some argue that Calvinism doesn’t carry near as much weight as the gospel message. Of course! That’s a no brainer! Calvinism doesn’t substitute the biblical gospel; it helps to explain it.

Because it’s not required for salvation doesn’t mean we tuck it away. Calvinism is helpful. It’s a resource to better articulate the biblical gospel and sovereignty of God.
How did you become alive?

Here’s a question worth honestly asking—how did you become saved? Most people can easily acknowledge that regeneration is a complete work of God.

We took no part in becoming born-again believers. We played no part in our physical birth. Likewise, we played no part in our spiritual birth. It came from above. It came from God by his grace as a gift. And it happened because God chose us to be saved.

But this is not that world. In this world, anyone who believes Jesus Christ is LORD is my brother. Though they may say I’m wrong, that one should be Catholic or Orthodox, or , far worse, Methodist. Because it is Christ who makes us one.

And the ineffective, broken, dying and damned administrators of Church who worship the instituion and not Christ need to turn to Christ and repent.

Then resign, and let those who will preach the Gospel stand in their place.

For otherwise, their souls will burn.

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