Friday, March 17, 2017

Al Mohler and Carl Truman: Reformers Obey Rome's Siren Call

2Co 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.

Al Mohler had an interview with Rod Dreher, author of "The Benedict Option". Dreher is a Romanist in the guise of EO:
" I came to Christ as an adult through the Roman Catholic Church in my mid-20s...I’m no longer Catholic; I’m an Eastern Orthodox Christian, and our churches are not necessarily any better. But I think it’s a temptation for intellectuals who love to talk about ideas and read books of theology and philosophy to think that this is what we’re going to encounter at the local church, and it’s just not so. That’s not to say that everybody needs to sit around and, you know, be at the Diet of Worms, you know, talking about theology and arguing about heresy and things like that. That’s not real life. But our pastors and teachers and we ourselves have starved ourselves for generations, and now we have given our kids stones when they need bread." - Dreher
Theology and arguing about heresy isn't real life? This IS the very heart of the problem with men like this. Doctrine is connected inseparably to life--if it's sound doctrine, one will have a sound life; if it's unsound doctrine, one will have an unsound life. What Dreher said is nothing but a satanic attack on the Truth.
The problem is that intellectuals might sit around and talk about doctrine but they don't believe the true biblical doctrine as absolute truth--to them it's a matter of personal opinion, not something that convicts them to the point of a changed heart, mind, and behavior, and a willingness to die on the hill for it. They treat doctrine trivially, blaspheming it as a result. It's the modern day version of phariseeism.

Dreher is promoting the original Benedict Monk and that is promotion of Roman Catholic's mysticism, despite Mohler trying to white wash it. Dreher went on with his goal of inter-faith: "What I call the Benedict Option is sort of a blanket term referring to Christians, the choice that we all have to make now to be countercultural, to quit trying to shore up the imperium and instead focus on building new forms of local community, churches, Christian schools, things like that that will thicken our relationship to each other and make our roots go deeper in the gospel, in the Christian tradition, so we can survive these dark ages to come...What I hope happens with the publication of this book is that serious Christians who can read the signs of the times, again Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox, will come together within their own communities and even across denominational lines and say, “Hey, we’re in a bad situation. How can we build the structures now that will enable us to live out the faith even under persecution and not lose it, keep it alive until such time as the dark age we’re entering now is over?”"

The problem of course is that the RCC and EOC are not Christian at all, they are of the devil with a works-righteousness that can't save. Dreher looks to the flesh to save his religion. But for the true Christian, we know that Christ Himself preserves HIS church and it's not through a collaboration with other religions until the "dark age is over". The days are indeed growing darker because the end of all things is near. Christ is about to return to gather His own to Himself and then He will return as King and Judge. Things won't get better. They are getting worse as Scripture says they will. Revelation talks about this very thing.

Carl Trueman, another Reformer also embraces Dreher as a Christian:

I have been accused of defeatist and separatist views myself, within my small Reformed subculture. Certainly Rod and I share a number of convictions. We both believe that the culture war is over and that “our side” has lost. We both believe that it is pointless simply to shout Bible verses louder, or to base arguments on the private religious convictions of the Founding Fathers, or to huff and puff that we must be taken seriously because Christianity was important way back when. And we both believe that the language of exile is appropriate for the imminent condition of Christians in the USA. But these beliefs do not logically demand that we withdraw into the mountains, dress in animal skins, and live on locusts and wild honey. Rod and I both still believe that Christians should be involved in their communities, cast votes in elections, and be “in the world but not of it.” '

Roman Catholicism and it's daughter, Eastern Orthodox are not Christian. Why can't these intellectuals understand that? These are different religions entirely, antithetical to the one Gospel and one Christ Jesus and all His doctrine. What I said about Mohler goes for Trueman too. Considering Dreher's claims and statements in the Mohler interview, his desire for inter-faith cooperation--should be enough to realize that Truman (who purports to have read about Dreher and what he's written) has no discernment and is a traitor to Christ and HIS sheep.
2Co 6:14  Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 
2Co 6:15  Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 
2Co 6:16  Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 
2Co 6:17  "Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 

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