The Society of Phineas – Three Years, Three Hundred Posts

It’s the three year anniversary of this blog. And the rumours of my demise are greatly exaggerated.

There’s always a degree of pontification when one looks back. One grows, one changes, one starts to see things. As I wrote previously, I talked about how one can notice an evolution in what you want to write, and the audience’s expectations. As a iron rule, the ones that are the most successful in any media are the ones telling their audience exactly what they want to hear. This is true of every “successful” blog, in the manosphere or otherwise. One thing to be sure is that I’ve never been about prostituting myself in the name of success.

If one follows, the manosphere has gotten decidedly blue-pill. In other words, it decidedly favors the “traditional feminist” pattern of marriage, which involves the submission of men to women, and especially the subservience of men to women. You can even see this in the conflicts going on in the more red-pill portions of the manosphere (namely the MGTOW section) where the blue-pill “manosphere” is undertaking attacks upon it. In a way though, these attacks are good as they are revealing the blue-pill, “one blowjob away”, supplicators to women in the manosphere (via Game or other means) for who they are when they comment on MGTOW. When the women come into the manosphere to gather their slaves back to the plantation with the promises they will be kinder and gentler slave masters, there are unfortunately a number of men that are just submitting like good little boys. For instance, not seeing this for the hamster droppings that it represents reveals much.

This extends to many other topics which I’ve commented on recently, and others. So many of them are so evident that they only take one sentence to reveal themselves and cause you to stop, so I really haven’t bothered to blog on them. I considered writing on Eliot Rodger’s manifesto as many others did, but got to the second sentence and it told me all I needed to know:

All I ever wanted was to fit in and live a happy life amongst humanity, but I was cast out and rejected, forced to endure an existence of loneliness and insignificance, all because the females of the human species were incapable of seeing the value in me.

Then there’s Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood from the feminist thinkers at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. All it takes is getting to Page 29 to see this (as it appears in text, minus my bolding for emphasis):



Naturally, traditional feminism shows itself through both quotes: Men were put on this earth as a chattel class in order to provide and protect women, their betters. Consequently a man’s value is wrapped up in the validation and approval of women, and his measure as a “good man” is how well he submits to woman and proves himself “worthy”. I see this again and again in the manosphere in all quarters, even in the nonsense they cook up which always falls when submitted to scrutiny. Complete blue-pill traditionalists like these quotes, the ones talking red-pill but promoting blue-pill activities (purple-pills) like most of the manosphere. I keep reading and reading things consistent with the CBMW definitions. “The value of a man is how often his dick gets wet.” “The value of a man is whether he is yoked to a woman in slavery.” After all, remember much of the world, including the manosphere, would tell us that men would just wallow in their own crapulence if there wasn’t a woman in the general vicinity to bark orders to him. And I wouldn’t be surprised, if pushed, that the majority of the manosphere acceepts the CBMW definition.

Perhaps, that, coupled with my evolution towards focusing on the feminist elements of traditionalism in my writing has caused me to see much more of these things over the last year. Just tumbling deeper down the rabbit hole on the quest for truth… It’s interesting that three years of thinking on the topics of this blog have revealed to me that 3/4 of Keoni’s list (that I’ve read) are blue-pillers that I would consider feminist bloggers. Who would be like Cypher and want to go back knowing the truth of female domination?

Most of the topics I have in mind in the future when the time presents itself (I can’t sit around researching blog posts and chattering on blogs and Facebook all day every day like many) involve many of the things I’ve already spoken of on comments here and there.

Onward and further down the rabbit hole . . .

Nobody Wants To Die

The true state of man, even after the acceptance of Christ, is never taught and never realized by a large constituency of Churchians. This subtle shift in the true nature of the believer has caused many problems with respect to doctrine. We are reminded that “It’s Not About Me”, and are told that “It’s About Jesus”.

Yet so many churches, and books choose to reduce discipleship to relationship and reduce the problem of evil to a passion problem. It is a requirement to recognize what we are before the Lord, before we can truly come before the Lord with a broken spirit, and a humble and contrite heart. (Psalm 51:17) In other words, it never is made to be about us, before we make it about Christ. Or it’s not recognized that death must occur before a resurrection can happen. Much like lessening the power of the Lion of Judah, our typical arrogance puffs ourselves up in pride.

The whole premise of the personal Jesus, and their view of love and grace, would never allow the truth to come out. A romantic relationship where the bride is seen as disgusting, and is expected to “do everything I say” to express love is one that isn’t too appetizing.

While Kyle Idleman falls far short of his stated goal, he makes an interesting statement:

I will talk more about repentance than forgiveness, more about surrender than salvation, more about brokenness than happiness, and more about death than life. (1)

It is also a true statement. To summarize it, we need to come to an ultimate recognition of bankruptcy of self before the Lord. We can’t bring anything other than what we truly are before Him to receive mercy.

A Call to Repentance is Required For Forgiveness
God links repentance with forgiveness in Scripture. Churchians are easy to claim blanket forgiveness upon themselves by forgetting the requirement of repentance.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. (Acts 3:19)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Our human nature removes these unpleasant conditionals out of our consciousness. We don’t want to see what “us” really is, and what grace really represents. The unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:21-35) is a reminder of such things. Our recognition of forgiveness for a debt stems from the grace we receive from the Lord for our debts. We are not on good ground without the recognition of those debts (Matthew 18:26). It is better to seek out your own repentance. When we humble ourselves in this way, forgiveness of others will come.

To Finish The Race, It Is A Requirement to Surrender
There are those who object to the word salvation given its nature, but the requirement stands for us to surrender our lives in return for salvation. Churchians would have us believe that salvation is once-and-for-all event with no follow-up in faith required, leaving men in their sin and making the life in Jesus an easy thing. We are told to run the race (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Hebrews 12:1-2) and lay aside every weight and every sin.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:24-26)

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Surrendering means giving up trying to get things done your way. Salvation is found in no other device of man. Not man’s wisdom or knowledge. Not by the names of other men or other gods. Only by the name of Jesus. To finish the race requires you to recognize what “you” really is and reject it.

Seek Brokenness, Not Happiness
When we recognize that our devices won’t cut it, brokenness comes. It is better to focus on what we are, than be happy in the Personal Jesus. We stop valuing these things that we previously held onto, and find better things. The Kingdom of God is blocked in our lives by holding onto the things of the flesh and the things of the world. The Churchians would focus on having “your best life now” instead of recognizing the value of this life and making the best life later through believing the promises of God.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21)

The Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18:18-26) and The Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21) come to mind as examples. Do you take stock in what you have in this life and lay up treasures here or do you lay up treasures in the life to come?

The Christian Embraces Death And Not Life
The world and the Churchians resist this idea. When you recognize what you are, you recognize that you are a rotten corpse. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), but to get life in Christ Jesus requires that we die to this life in surrender to Christ, and reborn as a new creature in Christ.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (Luke 9:24)

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Our righteousness is as filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) We are rotten to our very cores. What the Churchians get wrong is that we are any different after the “salvation moment” than before. The difference comes in action dictated by faith, for salvation is by faith. This is running the race. This is seeing how disgusting we are, being repelled by the sin within us. This is being renewed of mind (Romans 12:1-2), for God hates sin and wants nothing to do with it.

We are told these things in Romans 6 as part of the description of baptism, another beautiful physical representations of a spiritual reality, when it’s done right (The Greek baptizo implies immersion). Into the water, represents being buried in death with Christ. Coming out of the water represents being raised up to life to walk in the new.

However, this is not a set event, but a decision made out of faith to live in that new life each day. The remission of sin is not the elimination of sin. We are just as disgusting to God coming out of the water. That’s the sin nature. It is arrogance to think any more of ourselves. It always requires repentance, surrender, and brokeness. It requires to see the rotting corpse that you really are, and see it as so. For Jesus to put what we bring to the table in terms of death should drive home this fact.

I could quote a whole legion of Scriptures telling us what we are when not in Christ. You will never hear any of them preached in the average church today. The decision has been made to put other factors over true discipleship. Simply put, people don’t want to hear the negatives about themselves. They only want to feel good walking out the door with those warm fuzzies, excited about the next Churchian event. Jesus bids them to come and die so they might live in Him, but they simply do not want to do so.

But praise be to God that I don’t have to show up before Him in my old disgusting rags, and have my life known for what it is. I’m sick and tired of what I really am. The Lord has extended mercy by executing justice on His Son instead. I have put on the robes He gives me. I am made alive, transformed, living that new life in Christ as a living image of Christ, as a new creation in Christ Jesus. That is what I am now, but I know that isn’t me, but Christ in me. I know today’s church is not reflective of Jesus, but know that doesn’t change who Jesus is or what He can do. That new life can be yours, too. All it takes is accepting it.

(1) Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman p15

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