Questions to Help Determine the
Worldview of Protestant Pastors and Elders
November 20, 2023
by Stuart DiNenno
Below is a list of questions that can be presented to the pastors or elders of any Presbyterian or Reformed church to help determine if they are conforming to the anti-Christian world, have accepted Cultural Marxist concepts of morality (i.e., “political correctness”), and are compromised on important matters pertaining to Christian living (and, if so, to what degree). This list also can be an aid to finding out what the church leaders are doing, if anything, to stand against the most destructive doctrines and practices of our age:
Do you accept the validity of the concepts expressed in the following terms: racism, sexism, antisemitism, homophobia, and xenophobia? In your mind, are any or all of these things sinful or do you see them as non-biblical pseudo-sins? If you do consider some of them sinful, which ones do you consider sinful, on what biblical basis do you consider them sinful, and would you be in favor of church discipline against any member of your church who you see as guilty of some or all of these things?
What are you and your church doing to stand against the tide of egalitarianism? By the term egalitarianism is meant all of the movements that are trying to level and blend mankind into one undifferentiated and equalized mass — such as the movements to: deny differences between men and women, blend away distinctions between the races, equate sexual deviancy with normal sexuality, eliminate borders between nations, etc. The false teachings of equality have largely destroyed American society, and are in the process of destroying our churches. What are you and the other church elders doing to expose the evil of egalitarian doctrines and those who promote them?
What are your views on the application of biblical law in modern society? Should the civil government punish violations of the moral law expressed in the Ten Commandments? Should it punish both first and second table violations? If so, should the punishments be done according to the biblical prescriptions, such as the command to administer the death penalty to sodomites and adulterers?
What is your view of Christian nationalism? Do you believe it is appropriate for a nation to constitutionally declare itself Christian, and favor Christians and Christianity in any way, or do you believe that the civil power and its governing documents should be neutral in terms of religion and its practice?
Where do you stand on religious toleration? Should the civil authorities tolerate the public preaching and practice of false religions, such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.? If you believe they should not, what should be done to those who publicly preach these religions? Is capital punishment ever appropriate in such cases, according to the biblical law regarding false prophets?
What is your position on contraception (i.e., “birth control”)? Do you believe it is a violation of the Sixth Commandment? Do you oppose it or allow it? If you oppose it, do you proactively speak against it or do you only comment about it when you are asked privately? Would you have church members brought under discipline if they openly admit to practicing it or if they advocate for the acceptance of the practice?
Where do you stand on miscegenation (i.e., racial intermarriage)? Should it be allowed or forbidden? According to your belief, if a white woman and a black man marry are they sinning? Or if a white man forbids his daughter from considering any black man for marriage, would you consider that to be sinful?
Have you read much of Robert L. Dabney’s works or any of the writings of the 19th century Southern Presbyterians? What do you think of their statements defending the system of slavery in the American South? Do you believe that it is ever permissible for a man to hold another man in bondage as a slave or do you believe that it is always sinful to do so?
Do you believe it is wrong for a man to have an affinity and a loyalty to his own ethnic group, (white Southerners, for an example) to the extent that he would, if it were in his power, exclude others from residing in his region of America? Or if a white man desires to be separate from non-whites and exclude them from his business, his home, his neighborhood, or all of these places, such as was done in the segregated Southern states up until a few generations ago, do you believe that this is a sinful desire and wicked for him to advocate it?
What are the roles of women in the family, the church and the civil sphere? And what should be forbidden to them? Do you believe women ought to be permitted to vote in church matters or have any say in the government of the church beyond discussion with their husbands? Do you believe it is acceptable for women to vote in civil elections? Do you believe it is acceptable for women to hold political office, become judges in the legal system, or be police officers? Do you believe it is acceptable for married women to pursue careers outside the home, apart from motherhood, and beyond the authority of their husbands? Would you have such women and their husbands disciplined by the church? Do you believe it is acceptable for women to deliberately remain single if they have opportunities to marry and for them to pursue careers instead of seeking marriage? Would you have such women disciplined by the church?
When, in your view, is it appropriate for a Christian man to go to war? If a man joins the U.S. army, is sent overseas, and kills people in their native land who were no threat to him, his family, his local community, or his nation, would you consider him to be guilty of murder or would you consider him to be free from guilt because he killed under orders from civil government authorities?
Do you believe it is ever appropriate for Christians to oppose tyranny with violent force? For example, if the life of an innocent person is endangered by government officials or others acting with authorization from the state, but they are clearly acting against the law of God, do you believe individual Christians may use violent force to oppose them and even take their lives in some circumstances, or do you believe that it is always sinful to use violent force against government officials when they are acting with authorization from the state?
Do you believe it is appropriate for Christian men to become local, state, or federal police officers under the present system of law in the USA? Do you believe there are things in police work that are sinful for Christians to do, such as protecting abortion clinics or enforcing laws forbidding discrimination against sexual deviants, or do you believe that Christians may do such things without sinning?
What is your position on Christians sending their children to be educated in the public schools, all of which teach “secular” (i.e., anti-Christian) concepts of morality and a godless worldview? Do you believe it is sinful for them to do so when they could be home schooling their children? If you believe it is sinful, would you bring parents under church discipline for doing so?
What is your view of those among us today who call themselves Jews? Who are they? Are they the descendants of the Israelites? Are they the synagogue of Satan mentioned in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 “which say they are Jews but are not”? Is their religion biblical, except for the fact that they have not recognized the true Messiah and the changes instituted under the New Testament, or is it something altogether different from the biblical religion? Should they be allowed to publicly preach their anti-Christian religion? Should they be allowed to hold positions in civil government? Should they be allowed to hold any position of power over Christians?
Are you aware that Jews, far beyond the proportion of their numbers in the general society, have played prominent roles in founding, promoting, and managing almost every anti-Christian movement you can name, whether it be pornography, feminism, infanticide, contraception, miscegenation, multiculturalism, mass immigration of non-Christian foreigners, fraudulent money, unjust wars, and other things? If you are aware of some or all of this, are you speaking out against them? If you are not aware of any of this, are you going to take the time to educate yourself about any or all of it?
What do you think about the statements below regarding the so-called Jews made by Samuel Rutherford during the Puritan era, Martin Luther during the Protestant reformation, and John Chrysostom during the early centuries of Christendom?
“To tolerate Jews openly blaspheming Christ, or to receive them in the Commonwealth, cannot be allowed, or to suffer them to have Synagogues, in regard they blaspheme the God we are in Covenant with, and do no less deny him, than Goliath and Sennacherib did.”
— Samuel Rutherford
“I had made up my mind to write no more either about the Jews or against them. But since I learned that those miserable and accursed people do not cease to lure to themselves even us, that is, the Christians, I have published this little book, so that I might be found among those who opposed such poisonous activities of the Jews and who warned the Christians to be on their guard against them. … Where you see or hear a Jew teaching, remember that you are hearing nothing but a venomous basilisk who poisons and kills people merrily, … and with all this, they claim to be doing right. Be on your guard against them!”
— Martin Luther
“The Jews sacrifice their children to Satan. They are worse than wild beasts. The synagogue is a brothel, a den of scoundrels, the temple of demons devoted to idolatrous cults, a criminal assembly of Jews, a place of meeting for the assassins of Christ, a house of ill fame, a dwelling of iniquity, a gulf and abyss of perdition.”
— John Chrysostom
Do you believe that Christian churches should be actively opposing evil in a public way? That is, should their ministers and members be standing against such things as infanticide, sodomy, and false religion by protesting and preaching at abortion clinics, “pride parades,” and the meeting places of Jews, Muslims, Roman Catholics, etc.? If so, is your church doing any of these things?
Is it acceptable in your church to hold views of history that are at opposition with what is taught in the mainstream? For example, if someone were to publicly advocate his views that the Allied leaders and not Adolf Hitler were responsible for starting World War II, and that the so-called Holocaust which supposedly killed six million Jews never really happened, would this bring him under any condemnation or discipline from the elders of your church?
Are you aware that the Church of Scotland during the Puritan area considered it sinful for ministers to remain silent regarding the corruptions of the time (see this document), and that those ministers who failed to speak out would be subject to church discipline? In other words, it was not enough to teach accurate theology but a minister also had to stand against the prevailing wickedness in the society around him. Are you strongly speaking against the many evils in modern America, such as those that are named throughout this post you are now reading, or are you only addressing them occasionally in passing, or perhaps not at all?