| In the novel, Eponine is known for being the unblessed fruit |
of the crooked innkeepers, the Thenardiers.
|Dr. Lito Cruz and I are fans of Lea Salonga,|
who played Eponine in the singing production of Les Miserables.
|Dr. Lito Cruz is a Lutheran pastor, mathematics PhD.|
His wife Lynne is an international Katie Luther.
When I observed that Eponine's solo in Les Miserables reminded me of UOJ, Mainline, and Fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible, Dr. Lito Cruz asked if the term to use should be Eponine Theology. I quickly adopted it as useful and descriptive of the Biblical fantasies imposed on people by three groups that have one thing in common - ignoring the plain, clear language of the Scriptures.
Fundamentalism is a term employed with such sloppiness today that it no longer has any clear meaning in the media. The term came from a series of pamphlets - The Fundamentals - funded by a wealthy man, defining the basic doctrines of the Christian Faith. Reuben Torrey wrote them. So Fundamentalism is often defined by advocacy of the inerrancy of the Bible, but true Fundamentalism is Calvinistic and rejects the Sacraments and therefore the efficacy of the Word.
I once owned a number of those booklets named The Fundamentals and gave them to Jay Webber, who collected more publications than he read. In the media today, Fundamentalist is used for Muslims and Christians, but more often for the followers of Islam. Fundamentalist Muslim makes no sense at all, but the media uses it with alacrity.
|Bill Gothard posed with the Duggar girls in this photo.|
He has never served time for his crimes.
Today the Fundamentalist leaders are known for their fake degrees - similar to WELS and Missouri - and their long list of abusive crimes, another parallel.
Eponine Theology accurately describes the Fundamentalists because they will pick out a Biblical text and use it however they wish. Star power is their authority, so do not question them, or they will say, "Touch not the Lord's Anointed." I annoyed a Babtist professor for mentioning that his hero, Andy Stanley, is an advocate of gay marriage. Soon after I learned that the stars in Fundamentalism are just as bullet proof as they are in Synodical Conference. They cannot be wrong, so we must adjust our understanding of the Scriptures to fit the new insights.
Mainline Liberal Doctrine
Denying the plain meaning of the Word of God is the mainstay of mainline, liberal doctrine. Like the Fundamentalists and UOJists, they do not blatantly deny their rejection of the Scriptures, but play around with words and side-step the issues. Paul Tillich did that best when he began a short essay about the Nativity and switched the narrative to the miracle of childbirth. The Lutheran magazine loved that bait-and-switch so much, they reproduced it in their Christmas issue.
UOJ in WELS-ELS-LCMS-CLC (sic)
I shocked a WELS pastor's wife by describing what that synod teaches about Justification by Faith.
Here are samples from 2011 -
|This is clearly a lie.|
Gausewitz did NOT teach UOJ, but Justification by Faith.
Gausewitz was WELS and the head of the entire Synodical Conference.