By Pastor James Brown Jr.
Recently, a lady left Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity with a 1 star review (the lowest possible rating) on our church Facebook page which said:
"Wow what a hate filled Pastor A racist A bigot and his congregation has so many Trump cultist. Hate filled vile coming out of these so called Christians...Shut this evil church down. Especially the pastors…"
When asked if she had ever been to our services and to explain her accusations she responded:
"I would never go to your services.. I know who preaches there and would not associate with bigots and racists and Trumpsters."
These comments are obviously designed to smear us and are void of any logic. To call our church a Trump cult is absurd beyond reason. Yet, that is exactly the Postmodern mindset. Postmodernists do not believe in discussion or debate because they do not believe in reason, logic, or conversation. It is an authoritarian worldview that tells everyone else to shut up and do as they say under the guise of diversity, love, and tolerance.
Their strategy consists only in spewing out their emotionally-driven, hate-filled, and mindless condemnations until their opposition cowers in fear or breaks down under the pressure.
Christianity, on the other hand, is evangelistic. We say, “Come now, and let us reason together (Isaiah 1:18). As a matter of fact, we are told in 1 Peter 3:15 that we are to honor Christ the Lord in our hearts and be prepared to give a reasoned defense of the hope that is in you.
Many confuse this meekness with weakness and patience with tolerance. As Christians we need to make sure we do not mistake or redefine these things in such as way lest we end up cowering or succumbing to the pressure. Jude tells us that we are to be contenders for the faith (Jude 1:3) and not simply cheerleaders for the faith. We are called to be on the field of battle engaging in spiritual warfare.
Nevertheless, although we are called bigots by those whose only desire is to close down the discussion, we are the ones who desire discourse. We understand that the “one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17). Therefore, we say to those who object to our worldview, “Set forth your case; bring your proofs” (Isaiah 41:21).
Postmodernists do not desire this kind of light to be brought upon any subject because they really have nothing to offer. This is why they resort to slander, name-calling, and coercion. But isn’t this what our Lord warned us about?
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God". –John 3:19-21
With that said, we will take the time to briefly answer the implications of the name-calling slander spewed out toward us. I do not care about being called names. I have been called everything in the book and do not lose any slept at night because of it. However, these comments carry implications that are directed against Christ, His Word, His Church, and the wonderful saints at Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity.
First is the charge of hate. Hatred of whom? Hatred of what? This charge has no meaning or context and one can only be left to wonder what she is referring to because the gospel we proclaim is a gospel that, once you have established God’s holiness and man’s sinfulness, begins with “For God so loved the world” (John 3:16). This gospel proclaims that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
So, we really do not have a reference point to understand her accusation unless she means that we are filled with hate because the gospel message of salvation is based upon God’s terms and conditions: one of which is that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and no man comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).
Perhaps it is because we will not accept the false premise that man is naturally good and will be accepted by God based upon his goodness and/or good works. The reality of man’s condition is that he is fallen due to the free choice of man’s rebellion in the garden. Because God is holy, He cannot abide with sin and unless your sin is remedied, you are condemned by your own failure to do what is pleasing to God. Because God is holy and just He will not overlook sin but will judge sinners just as any judge does to those who break the law.
Whether it is the message of the exclusiveness of salvation through Christ, the necessity of faith and repentance, or one of the other cardinal doctrines of Christianity, it is likely that this charge of hate against us is coming from someone who hates God and refuses to submit themselves to His authority. Therefore, it is really about their objection to the God of the Bible.
Second, is the charge of racism, and maybe this is the connecting factor to the charge of hate. Either way, this only reveals the ignorance of the accuser and the accusation. We believe that God sent Jesus into the world to save sinners because He loves all people groups. The gospel we proclaim is a gospel for all races and/or ethnicities. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not the White man’s religion, but the only true religion that saves sinners be they Caucasians, Negroes, Native Americans, Asians, or any other racial and/or ethnic category anyone may come up with.
|Pastor Fredrick Boyd, Pastor James Brown, and Rev. Carl Kelley|
According to Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, racism is the “belief that race is the primary determination of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” We categorically denounce this view. Unfortunately, with what we are seeing in the Social Justice Movement, what could be driving this unfounded charge is that we denounce it in all forms and in its entirety no matter who is ascribing their racist views to or against.
If race is not the primary determination of human traits then what is? It is that we are all connected and identified in Adam, therefore, Original Sin is the primary determination of human traits. This is what the opponents of Christianity cannot accept. They hate the Doctrine of Total Depravity.
The third charge is that of bigotry. Again, we must define this term and according to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, it is one who is “unreasonably wedded to a particular religious creed, opinion, practice or ritual.” In spite of the baseless charge, we say, “Plead your cause; bring forth your proofs and let us reason together.” So, how are we the bigots when we desire dialogue, debate, reason, discussion, and examination?
We ask you to honestly examine which side it is that is being unreasonable? Which side is it that is attempting to silence the other?
The reason why our opponents do not want reasoned discussion is because they do not have anything reasonable. They are void of any reasonable ability to prove their worldview and instead of using reason resort to denigration, mockery, and coercion.
The fourth charge, and the most absurd, is that of being a Trump cult. This is just weird since I do not know of an actual Trump supporter in our congregation. There may be some things he has done that we have supported, but there are many others things we do not support. Our allegiance is to the Lord Jesus Christ and not President Donald Trump. In any area where he might govern according to the Word of Christ we will support it, but make no mistake about it, in anything that does not align itself with the Word of Christ we will oppose it.
In summary, notice in her own language she is accusing us of what she is actually guilty of—hatred and bigotry. She wants us silenced, not through reason, but by coercion. Her statements reek with hatred, unreasonableness, emotion that is out of control, and a prejudice that because we are white we must be part of a Trump cult.
There is a reason why historical Protestantism is hated with this much passion. It has nothing to do with us and everything to do with their hatred of Christ. Don’t you think it is time to stop playing religious patty-cake with false teachers and denominations who continue to enable the mad rush into this Postmodern dystopian nightmare? This is our future, and much worse, unless we return to the faith once delivered unto the saints.