Chapter 20, Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience, opens with a thunderclap:
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are, in anything, contrary to His Word; or beside it, if matters of faith, or worship. So that, to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands, out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience: and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also. (WCF 20:2)
This statement throws down the guantlet of Christ’s Lordship. It is a demand of genuine fealty, pronouncing all legal positivism and obedience thereto to be the creeds of foreign gods.
Per Blackstone, this is the same basis on which all Christian civilization subsists:
This law of nature, being coeval with mankind and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this: and such of them as are valid derive all their force and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original. . . .[D]ivine providence . . . hath been pleased, at sundry times and in divers manners, to discover and enforce its laws by an immediate and direct revelation. The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the holy scriptures.
Though preoccupied with the civil law, Blackstone’s theonomy presupposes the same moral law as proclaimed by the confession. And as respects custom and taboo, all the sordid fetishes of political correctness are, with all other forms of humanist nomology, condemned. Derived nowhere of God’s law, egalitarianism, abolitionism, pluralism, White guilt, critical race theory, and all permutations of cultural Marxism which our churchmen posit today in place of Christian ethics are anathema. So says the confession, so says Scripture.
The chapter concludes with these words:
And, for their publishing of such opinions, or maintaining of such practices, as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity . . . or, such erroneous opinions or practices, as either in their own nature, or in the manner of publishing or maintaining them, are destructive to the external peace and order which Christ has established in the Church, they may lawfully be called to account, and proceeded against, by the censures of the Church. (WCF 20:4)
Egalitarianism, abolitionism, integrationism, liberationism and all guises of Alienism are, by their illogic, and manifest harm to Christian society, clearly contrary to the ‘light of nature’. Plainly, no two people — let alone peoples — are precisely equal. Nor can any case be credibly derived from God’s law for ‘equal rights’, because the law is inherently patriarchal, hierarchical, familist, tribalist, nationalist, and unavoidably racialist. And by virtue of all egalitarian and liberationist perspectives being dreamt up well after the confession, and only gaining advantage in the churches as of the last few decades, they clearly contradict ‘the known principles of Christianity’ as understood by the divines too.
When it comes to things ‘destructive to the external peace and order’, nothing compares to racial integration. Whether we look to America’s precipitous moral decline or the corollary refurbishment of doctrine underway in our churches, nothing has proven a stronger catalyst to these ills than the civil ‘rights’ revolution; of which desegregation was the centerpiece.
That demographics is the best barometer for forecasting violence, profligacy, and crime in general is incontrovertible. And nothing brings more of those ills on White communities than the introduction of ‘diversity’. Even where Blacks claim the Christian creed at ratios of 90%, the lived ethics of that community are hardly distinguishable from darkest heathenism.
We today stand witness as the scant minorities in Reformed orbits and self-hating Whites collaborate in the holistic renovation of the Christian faith to accommodate their covetousness and revanchism. Referred to alternately as ‘racial reconciliation’ and the ebonic slang ‘woke theology’, this movement is nothing but a shakedown. And it’s what the PCA’s 43rd and 44th General Assemblies were all about. Moreover, according to the new clerisy in that denomination, it is nowhere near enough. As such, the upcoming 45th is slated to further the same work. Thus the PCA has joined the PCUSA, RCA, CRC, SBC, and most others in entirely reimagining the Christian faith in terms of liberationist heresy.
The truth is, it will never be enough; not until all the worst forebodings of reverends Dabney, Thornwell, Machen, Gillespie, Smith, and all our orthodox fathers come to pass, the whole doctrinal edifice being rendered unrecognizable and Whites driven out by those whom they artificially elevated over themselves.
Fact is, all these mounting ‘woke’ overtures from our denominations are not ‘reconciling’ anything. They are repudiating the White church, which is to say historic orthodoxy and the divines themselves. Which entails recasting all our heroes as villains and all the villains as heroes, as well as a repudiation of the Calvinist framework, and a general rejection of Reformed theology. Because, as covered, they revile all basic Reformed thought on election, national covenants, providence, and the exclusively European cultural context in which God ordained Christian theology to be crystallized, not to mention European man’s ordained role in disseminating the gospel to the dark tribes thereafter.
As such, nothing could more merit the censures of the church than the thanatotic doctrine of Alienism, because even whilst they hold sway over church government, Alienism is at war with every fiber of the Church and the Faith.
But we also read in chapter 21, Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day:
But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is . . . so limited by His own revealed will, that He may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, . . . under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed in the holy Scripture. . . .[T]hat [prayer] may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son, by the help of His Spirit, according to His will, with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance; and if vocal, in a known tongue.
Prayer is to be made for things lawful. (WCF 21:1, 3, 4)
Though we will all fall short of it in some ways, and though Presbyterians are often derided by other communions as ‘the frozen chosen’, the particulars of the regulative principle of worship outlined in the confession are, to Blacks and Mestizos, deepest offense. And make no mistake — they emphasize that that offense is of a categorically racial nature. As a rule, they denounce Westminsterian worship as ‘soulless’, ‘spiritually dead’, and other times just ‘White man’s religion’.
They insist the orderliness of the regulative principle of worship, and even orderly expressions of the normative principle, are merely the “White worship style” based on White cultural norms. And this they resent because they regard those norms within the church as stultifying and repressive of Black and Brown spirituality, which are viscerally charismatic. Of course, some Alienist will object to my stereotyping them so, but they know I’m speaking truth nonetheless.
We could no doubt wax long in proving these points inductively by anecdote, but for the sake of economy, I trust my stating the case is sufficient.
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