An interesting link on the multitudinous varieties of beetles:
[Adapted (in part) from a certain poet]:
You were the coolest one I knew — most distinguished of the pack.
But now you bug with beetles and invest in something wack;
Pharisaic Calvinist boasts in dung, confounds Cyanide with Similac.
Some related Scripture:
“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Philippians 3:1-9).
“Let your ears be deadened to the screaming of beetles and all the mess that they tread in.” Here’s some of that “mess:”
“Therefore, Christ having suffered for us in the flesh, also you arm yourselves with the same thought, because he having suffered in the flesh has been made to rest from sin, for him no longer to live in the lusts of men, but to live the remaining time in the flesh in the will of God. For the time of life having passed is sufficient for us to have worked out the will of the nations, having gone on in wantonness, lusts, drunkenness, parties, carousings, and lawless idolatries; in which they are surprised, you not running with them into the same overflow of unsavedness, blaspheming; who will give account to Him having readiness to judge the living and dead” (1 Peter 4:1-5).
“Ever since Ive been finding stuff from Zwingli and Bullinger, Ive been wondering about Outside the Camp. I wonder how Marc Carpenter’s group is doing. Its been a few years. Someone needs to update is [sic] hall of shame files. I mean, given that Luther, Melancthon, Oecolampadius, Zwingli, Bullinger, Musculus, Vermigli, and Calvin, down to Ursinus, Paraeus, and many others, all held to an unlimited expiation, with a limited application (in one form or another), along with all the Medieval Scholastics, starting with Augustine (along with men like Ignatius, Jerome, John of Chrystostem, Cyprian, Ambrose et al), and including many pre and post-WCF puritans like Howe, Charnock, Bunyan, including the founding fathers of American Calvinism, that means the entire church age has to be reprobated except for the small outside the came [sic] group.
We can include folk like many highs here as being reprobated because, remember, they never said Arminians are not saved, or that any moderates are not saved. I mean, you cant even include men like Owen and Turretin for both clearly allowed Arminians to be saved, and both held completely to common grace. That means the gospel was lost but for a handful of men in the late 20thC early 21st century have been saved. Thats pretty stunning. I always wonder how long it will take outside the camp to finally implode upon this realisation [sic] — The Dung Beetle
I think The Dung Beetle is basically saying this:
“Not any from the rulers or from the Pharisees believed into Him have they? But not knowing the Law, this crowd is cursed” (John 7:48-49).
Well, except for the “this crowd is cursed” part, since it’s doubtful this Pharisaic Dung Beetle would have the “spine” to judge us lost based on whatever standard he may be using. To slightly paraphrase something Marc wrote (see: http://www.outsidethecamp.org/efl284.htm):
We’re judging the spiritual state of the well-known “Christian leaders/theologians” based on whether or not they believed the gospel (essential gospel doctrine). Men like The Dung Beetle are judging the spiritual state of the well-known “Christian leaders/theologians” based on their reputation as being well-known “Christian leaders/theologians” whether or not they believed the gospel (essential gospel doctrine). Which method actually accords with Scripture?