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James White is historic

Narcissists often caricature themselves unknowingly...

[Note: I agree with White on pretty much everything but his views - aggressively stated views at that - on the manuscripts issues. On the latter he comes off as nigh Romanist, if not an actual Counter-Reformation Jesuit. Get the Word of God wrong and it really doesn't matter what else you have right. Also, when you have a view of the Word of God that makes you look down on it as something that needs you more than you need it it is difficult to see how it could ever regenerate you in the way we are regenerated, when we are, by the Word and the Spirit; but I'll leave that between him and God.]


Reformed leaders and educators mocking the supernatural

Lately in several Reformed environments (not just liberal, so-called Reformed like Peter Enns and company) I've been witnessing more and more Christian leaders and educators and just rank and file coming out as not believing in the supernatural.

Out of one side of their mouth they will insist they believe in the supernatural, yet out of the other side of their mouth they will debunk (often in mocking or condescending tones) anything to do with the supernatural.

They are always tactically - it seems - quiet about things like the resurrection of Jesus, or any of the other supernatural events of the Bible they couldn't very well get away with mocking, at this moment in history anyway, give them time. (If pressed I supposed they fall back on saying, yes, but that is only God, or only an inspired prophet, or that is limited to that dispensation or time or era...or what have you).

What they really seem to love to mock to no end is anybody who suggests they believe in the existence of angels or demons.

This again is their unconscious Marxist ideological indoctrination shining through, being the good Pavlovian students they always were in their culturally Marxist institutions of higher learning.

Goethe said most human beings wouldn't know the devil if he had them by the throat. In the case of Christian academic leaders and educators they wouldn't know the devil when he has them by the throat, his tongue in their mouth, and his tail up their ass.


Thinking from ideology rather than from understanding

When we think of people who think from ideology rather than from understanding we tend to think of people in a political/social context but never in a theological context.

Pretty much all major institutions of higher learning in the western world have been infiltrated, subverted and downgraded by Marxism for many decades now. Even if it's low level cultural Marxism at this point it is still that Devil ideology permeating entire institutions. Some individuals can see it, feel it, and know that that way lies death; and thus they don't go that way. The less developed among us naively saunter into the Devil's den and swallow everything whole not having a clue what they are being fed. Then they walk out almost zombie-like in their inability to get real understanding of themselves and the world around them, not to mention getting understanding of the spiritual battlefield.

When you think from ideology rather than from understanding then facts, reality, truth itself have no effect on what you think or believe if those things contradict your ideology. If you have adopted a position, for instance, that the Christian faith is absolutely objective (i.e. not subjective in any way), that it doesn't effect individuals but only a collective, and that it involves doing nothing, only recognizing what has been done for you, and you hold to these ideas against any experience or teaching or insight disabusing you to the contrary then you are thinking from ideology rather than from understanding.

Consider this a note for whomever the shoe fits, but also more directly to the faculty of Westminster Seminary California and any they have influenced over recent years.