So here I am writing the 500th post on this blog! The first post is dated November 25, 2014 and titled “Opening Thoughts.” My first paragraph is:
This blog will focus on my sense of sojourning through a foreign land as an orthodox, Reformed Christian. This sense has been a longstanding one with regard to the popular culture here in the United States. I am by no means isolated from this country’s entertainment, political and business cultures. In fact, I am an active participant in them all. Though many aspects of these cultures are troubling, I am accustomed to dealing with the challenges and benefits that they provide.
Looking back 499 posts later I’m reasonably comfortable with my adherence to this framework. That being the responses of an orthodox Reformed Christian to a wide variety of issues within the United States.
I am shocked by the speed that this “foreign land” has expanded over these mere four and a half years. At the start my sense of alienation was clear but not central. Now I find myself fundamentally alienated from my Christian denomination, the culture and the political environment. Therefore this blog has transformed from one centered on exploration to one focused on identifying and exposing the myriad of insane ideas that are driving our civilization towards destruction.
Thus what began as an exploration focused on the PCUSA has expanded into areas such as environmentalism, philosophy, economic systems, politics, heresy, literature, abortion and anti-Semitism, among many others. I have published three eBooks, all focused on topical issues addressed through Biblical exposition and meditation. Most recently I have added satire as a means of communicating my concerns.
I have identified the prime driver of civilizational destruction to be Progressive ideology as practiced by both secular and religious institutions. Therefore I have focused strongly on a critique of this ideology’s foundations, strategies and results. Some of the major themes of this critique are:
I’ve also attempted to understand and then explain the philosophical underpinnings of the Progressive project (e.g., postmodernism, nihilism, Marxism, multiculturalism, intersectionality, pacifism, Gnosticism, identity, etc.). My goal is to enhance our ability to counter their positions and to unmask the shocking evil that hides beneath that wafer-thin veneer of moral and intellectual posturing (many people who parrot the Progressive ideology have no idea what they are actually supporting).
Although I have expanded my scope far beyond the PCUSA, I still maintain a regular focus on this my denomination. The only way that I can maintain my Christian conscience is by a posture of opposition and rejection. Yes, there remain many faithful pastors, elders, deacons and members in the denomination. However, the theology and behavior of the dominant Progressive leadership has been so outrageously apostate and dishonorable that to remain silent is tantamount to support. My voice is small, yet I will not choose silence. So, as long as I’m in this denomination I will speak out as necessary.
I’m currently working on a new eBook provisionally titled A Denomination’s Debacle. The book pulls together much of the PCUSA information and associated commentary from this blog with the addition of new material to fill-out the story. It’s currently over 300 pages long, which is almost twice the length of my previous longest eBook. It troubles me that through exclusive use of publicly available information such a substantial case for the PCUSA elite’s apostasy and corruption can be made.
The “God is Dead” Christian Elite
Throughout this blog’s existence I have occasionally paused to discuss why our elite Christian leadership believes and behaves as it does. Along these lines I have explored postmodern Christianity, the Social Gospel, Gnosticism and raw power politics, among others. However, identification of a single unifying principle for this phenomena has to this point eluded me.
Perhaps the foundational principle is that these “Christian” elites agree with Nietzsche that belief in “God” as a reality upon which Western Civilization can base its religious/moral world view, “is dead.” Let’s think through the consequences of this hypothesis.
Let’s say that you are a pastor or elder who has personally lost faith in the Christian God (or any god for that matter). And, you find that there are many others in the church who hold similar views. So, you all find yourselves in an organization (i.e., the church) whose fundamental reason for existing has, in your opinion, vanished. Yet the church has many remaining members and wields moral power in the civilization. What then to do?
Well, you could work to dissolve the church by openly arguing that it has become obsolete and useless. However, given that tens of millions still (foolishly in your opinion) believe in God’s existence you would likely fail and be expelled. Therefore you would have to create a new organization to advance your philosophy. That’s a very heavy lift with a small likelihood of success. Far better to remain in the church but work for its transformation into an institution that does “social good.”
Of course, if “God is dead” and the Bible is thus null and void, how to find the social good to pursue? The answer was found in the most aggressive, organized and presumptive human ideology supposedly pursuing the “social good,” that being what we now call Progressivism (which has its roots in Marxism, as contemporary Progressives are finally admitting). Thus the elite Christian leadership of Mainline Denominations turned their churches from the Gospel of Jesus Christ to “the gospel of social change and justice” as defined by the secular Progressive political project.
For decades this stealth-coup was hidden behind multiple complex theological smoke screens that orthodox Christians had great difficulty penetrating. However, with the advent of gay ordination and marriage the chasm between orthodoxy and heterodoxy became so vast that no amount of smoke could obscure it. Thus we have seen the parting of ways where so many orthodox members and churches have exited.
Yet some orthodox members and churches have so far decided to remain. If they do so with the clear understanding that they are missionaries to a now pagan, post-Christian denomination then perhaps they can successfully maintain their orthodox Christian identity.
However, if they pretend that they remain part of a “Christian” denomination then they will almost certainly be eventually converted and then absorbed. This will occur because they grant legitimacy to the denomination’s dominant post-Christian ideology and thus will increasingly fall prey to its influence. If that be their end then they have no excuse, for they have been warned and their consciences will testify against them at the time of accounting.