Love trumps power.

I am sitting in a hotel room, post academic meeting, somewhat jet lagged: it is 2 PM here had my body thinks it is time for dinner. And I am puzzled by the texts for today, and the way they differ.

Now I consider dispensationalism a heresy. There is no fine division between one age and another, and the covenant of God does not change. What is happening in the first passage is that the people have honoured the covenant given to Moses: and in the second passage the congregation are clearly obeying the commands of Christ.

Which brings us to signs, wonders, and errors: contrasted with love, provision and caring.

And on that day, declares the LORD of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more. And also I will remove from the land the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness. And if anyone again prophesies, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD.’ And his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through when he prophesies.

“On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies. He will not put on a hairy cloak in order to deceive, but he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a worker of the soil, for a man sold me in my youth.’ And if one asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your back?’ he will say, ‘The wounds I received in the house of my friends.’

(Zechariah 13:2-6 ESV)

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

(Ephesians 1:15-23 ESV)

Paul prays that the congregation will be given a spirit of wisdom and knowledge, for they have shown their faithfulness by the love they have for each other. Not by any arcane symbols or statements of power or ostentatious poverty (the hairy shirt or hair shirt of a prophet).

And in that wisdom and discernment those who treat religion as a long con game are called out. Those who preach signs and wonders and seek power or authority: those who want the titles and he aub, chausible and to be standing in front of the altar, but do not love.

For without the spirit guiding us and enabling us the Bible twists in our hands and confirms our error, as we conform to the spirit of this age, wither, and die. For the idols of this generation will die with it: as the music of the 1970s is dated at best, so has the ideologies of the liberation movement from that time been found wanting. [The way that music became worse at the end of the punk era and the Marxist became Gramscian Socialists — and again failed, makes the same point].

The most dating thing you can try to be is relevant, young and hip. Including if you are young. Far better to seek the truth, seek beauty, and seek the good. For they do not change, and there is no law nor covenant against these things.

 

Chosen from the beginning.

The apostles teach us to do good things, and that we will be held accountable. This has led many to think that what you does matters, and it does matter. But the balance to this, particularly as we think not of the good we have done but that which is not, is that Christ is in control.

And he has chosen us from the beginning, that we will be found holy and blameless before him.


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

(Ephesians 1:3-14 ESV)

The noise of this world and the troubles of this time tend to make us forget this. The Holy Spirit is the seal of our salvation, and our guarantor. It does not depend on us.

For if it did, we would fail.

A prayer for White Ribbon Day.

I have had the people come around and ask me to wear a ribbon to stop male violence. I refused: I do every year. A voice for men has put up a series of posts, including an examination of white ribbon Australia’s funding — which does not go to battered women, but to keeping themselves afloat (And they are making losses despite 2.5 million Ozbucks income).

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This is taken from the comments at that post.

Lord Jesus, today is White Ribbon Day and for many of us who are battered men, it is a very bad day. It is the day when we are reminded of how society blames us for being abused – either it automatically views us as the abusers based on our gender, downplays the scars we endured or blames us for “allowing ourselves to be abused” – sometimes a combination of the three. According to the ways of the world, the worst thing that I and other men can be, is a victim of abusive women; the worst thing we can have is scars from that abuse; the worst thing we can do is allow those scars to be visible.

Lord, you often spoke of how your ways and thoughts were above the ways and thoughts of the world. You spoke of the lost sheep, the parable of the Good Samaritan, your herald, John the Baptist, was murdered by the acts of an abusive woman and your very crucifixion was the embodiment of male vulnerability and victimhood.

Lord, I beg you as a battered man, to come to me in my hour of need and to come to my battered brothers in their hour of need and remind us that your love, your compassion and your justice transcends the bigotry of the world. I beg you to open the hearts, eyes and minds of those in society, that they may see that all abuse is serious and wrong regardless of gender, that they may know that gender shouldn’t determine whether justice and compassion are given and that their heart may pour out compassion for the male victims of female abusers, who are invisible to so many.

I humbly beg these things in your name.

Amen.

Yep. On behalf of all those who have suffered under this current system, Amen.

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Preach discomfort, not contempt.

The Kirk requires reformation. People and Priest, Elders, Presbyters, the moderator, the Assemblies, and the Schools of Ministry. For we have become too clever by half: too subtle. We are careful with our interpretation of the word, bringing in context, and in doing so we have not merely the risk of subverting the plain teaching of God, but holding those who read the word and make valiant efforts to obey it in contempt. Screenshot - 251114 - 07:31:36


A Song of Ascents.

To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us.

Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt. Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.

(Psalm 123 ESV)

We have lost our way. As our brothers and sisters are dying under the yoke of a resurgent Islamism, in both our allies and in those we account as enemies, we are far too busy worrying about being politically correct and non judgemental.

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Forgetting that the only way to get people to live rightly is to teach them what this is, and correct they when that is wrong. The Holy Spirit will do its work, yes. We need to be careful and discerning in what we see and read, yes. And what is good and truthful and honourable and beautiful is from God, true.

But the role of those in leadership is to lead, not follow. To preach truth, particularly when it is uncomfortable and challenging. To be gentle with those who have been broken by our society, yes, and encourage them to reform, yes.

For our God is merciful. This passage is many things, but one of them is a warning.

Thus said the LORD my God: “Become shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter. Those who buy them slaughter them and go unpunished, and those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be the LORD, I have become rich,’ and their own shepherds have no pity on them. For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of this land, declares the LORD. Behold, I will cause each of them to fall into the hand of his neighbor, and each into the hand of his king, and they shall crush the land, and I will deliver none from their hand.”

So I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to be slaughtered by the sheep traders. And I took two staffs, one I named Favor, the other I named Union. And I tended the sheep. In one month I destroyed the three shepherds. But I became impatient with them, and they also detested me. So I said, “I will not be your shepherd. What is to die, let it die. What is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed. And let those who are left devour the flesh of one another.” And I took my staff Favor, and I broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with all the peoples. So it was annulled on that day, and the sheep traders, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the LORD. Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver. Then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD, to the potter. Then I broke my second staff Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

Then the LORD said to me, “Take once more the equipment of a foolish shepherd. For behold, I am raising up in the land a shepherd who does not care for those being destroyed, or seek the young or heal the maimed or nourish the healthy, but devours the flesh of the fat ones, tearing off even their hoofs.

“Woe to my worthless shepherd,
who deserts the flock!
May the sword strike his arm
and his right eye!
Let his arm be wholly withered,
his right eye utterly blinded!”

(Zechariah 11:4-17 ESV)

If we, as a society, reject God, his patience will run out. If we, as a church, reject the gospel, we will wither, die, be wounded, be broken.

People and Priest.

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Our leaders are, in this issue, accountable. As we are. We ine pews have a duty of prayer and cooperation with out leaders. This includes, at times, correction. The tradtition of the educated lay person, working through their theology with fear and trembling, is ancient.

For sometimes the professionals forget that this is not about a job, but life and death.

So let us not silence our conscience, or deny its existence because it makes our postmodern life uncomfortable, or call it a trigger warning, or PTSD. Instead, let it lead us to godly regret, to repentance, and to turn again to tour brothers and sisters, and ask them (and God) for forgiveness and mercy. For at this time such is given.

For the end is not yet, and now is the time to preach salvation.

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On stumbling.

Janet Bloomfield said something interesting which I quoted yesterday. That we are all at times ferally nasty: violent. (She was talking about the walking disaster which is our family violence laws and the Duluth model).

To deny that we naturally are angry, violent, lustful, envious, jealous and will generally choose the past of least effort is to miss something about humanity. We are not perfect. We are not naturally good.

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But extending this is important. For within the church there are the broken: by the wrathful, the lustful, the greedy. And sometimes the person doing the offence is ourselves.

For we all stumble. None are holy in this life.

And we need to confess our sins before the almighty most days. It is a mercy to help a brother[1] deal with the evil in their life, and live with the consequences of it.

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.

Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

(Galatians 6:1-10 ESV)

Now, there is no holiness in this life: the Holiness movement is a heresy. We will be continually needing to reform our lives. And we need to at times ask forgiveness and reform what we are doing.

And here we need wisdom. For the memes of this world will encourage the flesh: there is profit in Gluttony, Gambling and Lust, to say nothing of the “entertainment press” which used to be called, far more accurately, Gossip. We live in this world, and this world affects us.

What to do? Firstly, turn to the word of God. Secondly, be in relationship with the brothers and sisters in Christ. Thirdly, live against the culture, when it comes to diet, family, and fidelity, the older rules work and the rules of “liberation” have been a disaster.

Yet we will stumble. And we will have to live with the consequences of this. Although we may be restored to the congregation of faithful, our lifestyle may have to be limited. We will have to carry the consequences of our actions as a burden.

And the burden we should not concentrate on, but doing good and loving each other[2]. For that will lead also to consequences in our life.

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1. Brothers is inclusive. It includes men and women. Women are not off the hook here.
2. Love is caring for the best for the other; most of the time (as in being a parent) it has nothing to do with romance, nor should it.

No speech should have a trigger warning.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked about the hiring of a new medico, who has been as abrasive as I am politically, but bats for the other team: if I am heterosexual, conservative and religious: he is none of those things. My comment that was that it is immaterial. The question is can he do the job. For regardless of your orientation and whatever axes you decide matter, you will offended by patients. And it is your duty to suck that up and do your job.

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Quotas? Discrimination. I usually write “New Zealander” in the ethnicity form, or refuse to answer [1]. But it looks like affirmative action is crippling Google. Which is stupid, for almost all geeks have a binary opinion to their co workers; their code is good or ungood. And if ungood, their programming needs to be purged from the meme pool.

SJWs don’t have principles, they have allies. Yes, they’re basically mindless robots, but their prime directive isn’t what you seem to think.

They’re not going to throw any tantrums for your or my benefit. A retarded hate-crazed left-wing dingbat can pretend to be an Indian all day long. A sane productive normal American isn’t going to get much help from those clowns.

At the cutting edge of any enterprise, the real issue is competence. It matters not a whit what colour you are. It does not matter if you are a team player, or liked. What matters is you carry your task out. The more the politically correct infest society the less this happens, and the more the competent flee, leaving but the effete lying on couches, and demanding that they are never challenged.

This is what those censorious Cambridgers meant when they kept saying they have the ‘right to be comfortable’. They weren’t talking about the freedom to lay down on a chaise longue — they meant the right never to be challenged by disturbing ideas or mind-battered by offensiveness. At precisely the time they should be leaping brain-first into the rough and tumble of grown-up, testy discussion, students are cushioning themselves from anything that has the whiff of controversy. We’re witnessing the victory of political correctness by stealth. As the annoying ‘PC gone mad!’ brigade banged on and on about extreme instances of PC — schools banning ‘Baa Baa, Black Sheep’, etc. — nobody seems to have noticed that the key tenets of PC, from the desire to destroy offensive lingo to the urge to re-educate apparently corrupted minds, have been swallowed whole by a new generation. This is a disaster, for it means our universities are becoming breeding grounds of dogmatism. As John Stuart Mill said, if we don’t allow our opinion to be ‘fully, frequently, and fearlessly discussed’, then that opinion will be ‘held as a dead dogma, not a living truth’.

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No, we are supposed to be silent. And as a another person who is no friend of the kirk points out, if we dehumanize one group, we dehumanize all.

One of the most frustrating things about watching feminists deny that women can be and are violent in their personal relationships is that feminism is in essence denying that women are fully human. In order to perpetuate the narrative that men are violent monsters who must be controlled by women lest we all end up chained in basements, feminists deny the full humanity of men and women. The goal is undoubtedly to create a climate of fear that discourages women and men from creating loving, trusting relationships with one another beyond the control of the state or an ideology. But in dehumanizing men, feminism also dehumanizes women. Men are left with strength, power, agency and responsibility (which of course they abuse), and women are left with weakness, powerlessness, resignation and defeat.

The Duluth Model—which emphasizes that no matter what injuries a woman has inflicted on a man, the man should be considered the perpetrator—also reinforces the idea that women are equivalent to children who must not be held responsible for their actions because they lack the maturity and rationality to understand what they are doing. You don’t arrest a child for kicking her mother, but you do arrest a mother for kicking her child. When it comes to domestic violence, feminists consider the women children. Gee, that’s not infantilizing at all. The trouble with being human is that sometimes humans suck and they act like deranged, violent assholes and, sorry, feminists, but men do not have the market cornered on that at all

We are human. We are not angels. (And it is worth noting that angels. which have moral agency, also can rebel against God. Emphasized in Christ’s teaching about separating people into sheep and goats, but generally not preached about, because as humans we need to think about how we treat the vulnerable and broken, not as much about what fallen angels feel).

We cannot be made better by propanganda and legislation.

That is the role of true religion, and the worship of the Almighty is a human act, a human experience, in which one of the things we have to do is confront how we have violated the very laws of God.

But apparently that is now banned, because that involves guilt, and that means it is a trigger. As if we are still infants, ruled by our feelings.

Oh, I forgot. For the elite, infants we still are, and infants we must remain, lest we seek salvation, and forswear our idolatrous worship of their current ideological totems and fetishes.

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1. If they want all my affiliations… well English (Father) English, French, Polish, (Mother — who is a fourth generation NZer), Irish (birth mother), Chinese (20 year marriage and children who are Eurasian). Most English, like me and almost all New Zealanders, are mutts. We marry whom we love, and marry across ethnic divides. The question is stupid, but not as much as Hispanic/Caucasian/Black/Asian in the USA which lumps the Chinese and Indians (who hate each other) together.

Christ is the King.

One of the great issues that I struggle with is keeping accounts short and my conscience clean. If I am righteous in one area, another turns around and bites me: if I am able to control my fleshly appetites and not give quarter to gluttony and lust, wrath consumes me.

And now, having confessed what is my triad of weaknesses, I am thinking of the email we got that today is Christ the King Sunday: the feast the Romans made during the 20th century for they considered that the ideologies of the age were displacing the worship of God.

Christ the King, above all, is a correction to idolatry. It is a reminder that the Church is not ours, but it belongs to God. And he will make us pure. He will take our tears. He will purify us, if we like it or not.

Or we will not be part of his kingdom, and remove ourselves from his church.

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

(1 Peter 3:13-22 ESV)

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Now, I am not that enamoured with the church calendar. The congregation I belong to follows it, and I do not think that is sufficient a reason not to worship with them: on times and seasons we should respect those who honour such, and not be confrontational. For both observance, and holding all days as equally righteous, is permitted. [1]

But we need to watch for ideologies. Things that can look good can take over. We are encouraged to wear white ribbons against this, or pink ribbons against that, but woe will follow if one slaps a cross onto one’s shirt (unless you are a padre).

For our ideology should be Christ. The issues of this day — well we need to do good, and discern what is evil, power plays, masquerading as righteousness. One test is if the group will acknowledge Christ as Lord, or if they see Christ as part of the power structure they are subverting. And in doing this, one needs to look beyond words to actions.

And, saying that, I better get the kids up for Kirk.

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1. This was a point of bloody contention between the Reformers and the Romans. Both needed to read their Paul.

Do not despair.

I am starting today by quoting the author of the Jargon file, Eric Raymond, who is not a friend of the Christian. But he is accurate in his analysis of the current elite: they have become what Stalin would call useful idiots. We will get onto why the Cathedral they built will burn when we get to Malachi, but first a list of their false teaching, their false memes.

In a previous post on Suicidalism, I identified some of the most important of the Soviet Union’s memetic weapons. Here is that list again:

  • There is no truth, only competing agendas.
  • All Western (and especially American) claims to moral superiority over Communism/Fascism/Islam are vitiated by the West’s history of racism and colonialism.
  • There are no objective standards by which we may judge one culture to be better than another. Anyone who claims that there are such standards is an evil oppressor.
  • The prosperity of the West is built on ruthless exploitation of the Third World; therefore Westerners actually deserve to be impoverished and miserable.
  • Crime is the fault of society, not the individual criminal. Poor criminals are entitled to what they take. Submitting to criminal predation is more virtuous than resisting it.
  • The poor are victims. Criminals are victims. And only victims are virtuous. Therefore only the poor and criminals are virtuous. (Rich people can borrow some virtue by identifying with poor people and criminals.)
  • For a virtuous person, violence and war are never justified. It is always better to be a victim than to fight, or even to defend oneself. But ‘oppressed’ people are allowed to use violence anyway; they are merely reflecting the evil of their oppressors.
  • When confronted with terror, the only moral course for a Westerner is to apologize for past sins, understand the terrorist’s point of view, and make concessions.

As I previously observed, if you trace any of these back far enough, you’ll find a Stalinist intellectual at the bottom. (The last two items on the list, for example, came to us courtesy of Frantz Fanon. The fourth item is the Baran-Wallerstein “world system” thesis.) Most were staples of Soviet propaganda at the same time they were being promoted by “progressives” (read: Marxists and the dupes of Marxists) within the Western intelligentsia.

Now to the prophet. For there is nothing new in all this: it has been said before. Including that God is obsolete. Malachi had to deal with this: his comments are as true then as now.

Your words have been hard against me, says the LORD. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the LORD of hosts? And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’”

Then those who feared the LORD spoke with one another. The LORD paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and esteemed his name. “They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts.

“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”

(Malachi 3:13-4:6 ESV)

Yes, I am aware that there is a historical fulfilment of this. For John Came, and Christ, and within a generation Israel was no more: the remnant of the nationalist army was dying at Masada and the head priests were being strangled at the end of a Titus’ triumph. Israel was impoverished.

But the observant recovered, and grieve for the temple. For if we measure our success merely with prosperity, and see not truth but agendas there will be no vision. And without the vision the people perish. Here, again, the hatred of those who are named by the almighty is a sign.


Jew-hatred seems most virulent in countries where national extinction is a palpable presence
on the horizon, and almost nonexistent in countries confident of their own futures. Anti-Semitism is relatively rare in the United States, India, and China. Hungary among the Western nations is the least likely to succeed, and correspondingly the least hospitable towards Jews. Last year a member of parliament for the Jobbik Party, Zsolt Baráth, revived the 1882 Tiszaeszlár blood libel against Hungary’s Jews — the allegation that Jews slaughtered a 14-year-old girl to obtain blood to make Passover matzos. The Jewish defendants were acquitted of the preposterous charges, but Baráth “claimed the judge had proof of the defendants’ guilt but succumbed to pressure to acquit them to avoid seeing Hungary bankrupted by international financiers,” as the AP reported on April 5, 2012. To the rest of the civilized world, it stamps you indelibly as evil clowns.

Some months before the incident I visited Budapest, a city that seems inhabited by more statues than people. It was built as an imperial capital to rule an area of 25 million people, but now serves a country of fewer than 10 million. It is more mausoleum than metropolis, filled with marble images of long-forgotten heroes of independence battles that soon will pass out of human memory. In some ways, that is a shame. The stuffed carp in aspic with a cherry-and-horseradish sauce served at one of the town’s two surviving kosher restaurants is a revelation to Jews who have suffered with the insipid paste claiming to be gefilte fish. Except for the stuffed carp, Budapest is one of the most depressing venues in the world, a reminder of generations of past suffering and obsession that have come to naught.

The latest Hungarian census shows that more than half of Hungarian families have no children (against a fifth in the United States). A quarter of families have just one child, and just 15% have two. The proportion of dependent elderly rose to 38% from 32.5%. And Hungary’s terrible slide into demographic extinction has just begun.

I have said this before: those who are of faith have kids. It is a good proxy measure for us of the faith as to if a congregation is faithful and the Spirit of God is there: look for children. If they are there, so is the spirit. Christ’s comments that we need to come to faith as if a little child has more levels of meaning as one thinks further about it.

It is our job to be faithful. Not to be rich, not to measure our nation by its GDP. And to not despair.

Horatius was no Socail Justice Warrior.

Ken White (Popehat) is writing verse. This is a bad sign.

XXVII

Then out spake prim Horatius,
The Censor of the Gate:
“To every persyn upon this earth
Butthurt cometh soon or late.
And how can we do better
When facing fearful speech,
Than shut down all discussion,
And stop the crimethink’s reach?

XXVIII

“As for the tender mother
Who knits a woolen toy,
Best send the cops to brace her
Although it gives her joy,
It matters not what we think,
We privileged with some sense,
Call the cops if anyone
May somehow take offense.

This is, naturally, a pastiche of Thomas Babington’s Poem… which I will quote but a portion of.

Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the gate:
“To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late. 220
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his gods,

“And for the tender mother 225
Who dandled him to rest,
And for the wife who nurses
His baby at her breast,
And for the holy maidens
Who feed the eternal flame,— 230
To save them from false Sextus
That wrought the deed of shame?

“Hew down the bridge, Sir Consul,
With all the speed ye may;
I, with two more to help me, 235
Will hold the foe in play.
In yon strait path a thousand
May well be stopped by three:
Now who will stand on either hand,
And keep the bridge with me?” 240

Then out spake Spurius Lartius,—
A Ramnian proud was he:
“Lo, I will stand at thy right hand,
And keep the bridge with thee.”
And out spake strong Herminius,— 245
Of Titian blood was he:
“I will abide on thy left side,
And keep the bridge with thee.”

“Horatius,” quoth the Consul,
“As thou sayest so let it be,” 250
And straight against that great array
Went forth the dauntless three.
For Romans in Rome’s quarrel
Spared neither land nor gold,
Nor son nor wife, nor limb nor life, 255
In the brave days of old.

Then none was for a party—
Then all were for the state;
Then the great man helped the poor,
And the poor man loved the great; 260
Then lands were fairly portioned!
Then spoils were fairly sold:
The Romans were like brothers
In the brave days of old.

How we have fallen, when the Pagans would shame us. For the SJW morons shatter the unity of our tribe, and cause division within the nation. For the lack of offense. They critique the very rough men who, by standing against our enemies, allow the very freedom to speech they trample on.

This used to be taught to every schoolboy, so in times of trial they would consider they were facing fearful odds for home, hearth, and family. WIthout such training, men have no spine, and requesting leadership is an impossibility. A return to a more stable society, which understands what is in the riches of our literature and art, would help.

But this is not what the elite currently advise.

Do not accept any substitutes (with a side dose of #SJW intolerence)

I firmly believe that the Church will survive beyond the end of this age. Those who proclaim the death of the church are mistaken, and those who oppose it will fail. For the Church is not a work of man, but of God: it does not belong to man, but is described as the bride of Christ.

But the church will need reform. Again. We have tolerated sin within and without: both as individuals and as congregations. The hard work of purification may beyond us. Particularly when we let the leaven of illogic into the Kirk, and deny any freedom of speech, and questioning of results

We learn that feminists on the left are opposed to free speech. Once they decide something, they don’t want to have to consider alternatives or hear evidence contrary to what they feel is right for them. It doesn’t matter what is morally right or respectful of the rights of others – the selfish desire for happiness is absolute, and to help with personal responsibility. And if free speech has to go in order to prevent anyone from harassing them with pesky facts, then so much the worse for free speech.

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We learn that feminists on the left
are opposed to free speech. Once they decide something, they don’t want to have to consider alternatives or hear evidence contrary to what they feel is right for them. It doesn’t matter what is morally right or respectful of the rights of others – the selfish desire for happiness is absolute, and to help with personal responsibility. And if free speech has to go in order to prevent anyone from harassing them with pesky facts, then so much the worse for free speech

And this is one of the reasons that when God appears we fear. For he is not one of us, but he is pure, and good, and sees truly. We can stand none of these things.


“Behold, I send my messenger
, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
(Malachi 3:1-4 ESV)

But what are we to do? Some would argue that Malachi refers to the coming of Christ and John the Baptiser, and it is true that he was scouringly harsh to the religious authorities of that time. it is also true that Jewry has not turned from the law of Moses from the fall of Jerusalem to the collapse of this time, and even in this day those who hold to the Law are a growing population while liberals decline. For the Law of Moses is a covenant with the Almighty, it is good, and obedience in it would lead to salvation.

If any of us could do such a thing.

But we are under the new covenant, and we also now wait for the return of our Lord. Delayed for two millennia: but for any of us the time we have in this world is short, and the fashions of this world ephemeral.


Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord
. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

(James 5:7-12 ESV)

The teaching here is simple. Do not be fashionable. Be irrelevant, in the eyes of this world. Live truly, love well, keep the covenants. Love God and your brother in Christ. Honour the King. Do your duty.

And do not let any twit with a hashtag stop you. In times of decadence, those with honour are vilified.

What we need to do is stop apologising. Stop letting activists and monomaniac define the agenda, and what is acceptable in our society. Free speech includes harsh speech, offensive speech: It’s a relief when one is dealing with an old school atheist because most of the time they believe in logic and reason, and reason leads to the law, and the law to Christ.

Which is why the modern elite mistrust reason and call it evil. Their teaching is poison, and it will fade: they are more ridiculous by the day.

Do not obey them. Do not be them, Do not be like them. Our obedience, our loyalty, is to Christ and his Church. Do not accept any substitutes.