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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?

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“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.

Against Divorce, again.

This is a passage I avoided yesterday. But I have got a day ahead in the readings, and going back I cannot see where the gap is. So that leaves a divorced man looking at the condemnation of divorce.

For we have an epidemic of divorce within the church. Most of it is not for licit reasons: there are a few: adultery (and when the priest is warned about ceasing to love the wife of his youth this is could be one of the reasons) and abandonment despite the clear warning and counsel of the elders to return. If I have read the foundational documents of the reformed faith, that is it: there are no other grounds.

Now if one has had a spouse leave and abandon the kirk and walk away from the faith, that person is free. When the first theologians of the reformed church looked at scripture, and tried to teach the plain meaning, they were aware that these rules could expand.

And they have: many people within the church teach that one can leave if your spouse looks at another woman (porn included) or does not allow for your spiritual growth (for that is violence) or is abusive. The Roman Kirk did not go down that path: they said marriage is for life and accepted their priests would have to deal with unhappy spouses. Regularly. But the canon lawyers have found more and more scruples that allow them to annul, which leads to a worse situation.

And this is something we have to repent of, Corporately. For it will lead to violence within the family, and unrighteousness within the church.


“And now, O priests, this command is for you
. If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung on your faces, the dung of your offerings, and you shall be taken away with it. So shall you know that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi may stand, says the LORD of hosts. My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity. For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. But you have turned aside from the way. You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts, and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but show partiality in your instruction.”

Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? Judah has been faithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the LORD, which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. May the LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob any descendant of the man who does this, who brings an offering to the LORD of hosts!

And this second thing you do. You cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

(Malachi 2:1-16 ESV)

God;s plan is clear. Fall in lust, head over heels, as a young man and young woman, marry, and stay married. There are things you can do to preserve this: Husbands you should lead (in the home and in the church) and keep yourself in shape: women should learn how to love your husband, cleave to him, and stay in shape. There is much written about this, and much good advice.

But that is not the issue for the church at the moment. We have many, many divorced people within the church, often in places of good standing. We have people who have never married, but instead had children with the man of the hour, teaching within the church.

And we are told it is hateful for us to condemn them.

We have people teaching that divorce is acceptable, and we do not stand against them. Well, as a casualty of this churchian corruption, I hate divorce: having been through that wringer once, and spent some years trying to remedy the damage done to my children, I have no interest in doing this again.

And I do not hear any teaching on this from the pulpit, apart from “Man up and Marry these Good women”. Well, I accept that if one is licitly divorced remarriage is an option. I’m quite aware that I am not a good monk. And I’m quite keen on a local photographer. But, marriage needs to be approached with caution. For divorce causes more violence, and there are children involved. I’m fairly convinced that the answers in are Corinthians (where we are commanded to marry unless celibacy comes easy to us, and to use the marital bed for the purpose it was designed for) but those of us who have had our marriages shattered by the false doctrine of this and the last couple of generations need guidance on these issues.

I have but two pleas. The first is that we start confronting the sexual sin within the heterosexual 97% to 99% of the congregation, and stop pretending it is not happening. The second is that as the congregants seek guidance about how to move forward, that the Kirk prays for us, and guides us into reconciliation or remarriage.

For most of us are not designed to be apart, and this society manufactures damaged souls, comforted by moggies alone.

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The Kirk should not care about GDP.

Our society worships many things, but greed is one of the largest things. Says me, who has Gear acquisition Syndrome — something one of my sons is also afflicted with. We can spend hours drooling over… catalogues. (Computer parts for one of us, lenses for the other). And I am not averse to earning money. I’ve been poor and rich: rich is more fun.

But no money can buy beauty. Beauty exists everywhere, and one has to open your eyes.

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That photo was taken with the product of my semi obsessive collecting of old cameras, that are no longer fashionable. One does not need much in this life.

Moreover, those who are quite rich often got there by cheating, by defrauding, and by exploitation. And for that we are called to repentance.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.

(James 4:13-5:6 ESV)

There are many things that we should care about and pray about. We need to consider the issues of justice in this life, and in our society. We need to protect our young men from the predations of the SJW and our young women from the same group, for they feed women sweet poison and introduce them to the thug life while removing any traces of masculinity from men who produce: the thugs they desire are drones at best.

We need to be thinking that our plans can change at any time: it has been my experience that every 10 year plan I make breaks down because of the needs of people. And people are more important than plans. One does not know: I could not survive today — if a road crash does not take me, my job does have a risk (at least one psychiatrist is killed most years by a patient somewhere in the world) and illness can take us at any time.

James reminds us that we are mortal, and we have to account our possessions and plans as mere tools. This is a harsh correction to those of a geeky bent, like me, who enjoy writing study plans and processing photos, or planning hikes in detail. And for those things (as it would be for any business) planning is required to prevent failure.

But the plans have to be abandoned if life gets in the way.

And in Christ our success is not measured in toys. Or the size of our pensions. The righteousness of the nation is not measured by the GDP. And if we say that, or believe it, or teach it, we are falling into error.

Instead, consider prosperity a trial and trap. Being well off allows a society to be stupid, to subsidize people’s idleness, and puts us all under trial. For when we are rich we assume that our daily bread will just be there.

And it is far worse when you rely on this weeks wages to feed and clothe your family, but your leaders tell you that we are prosperous, we are rich, and that we are secure. Those statements are a lie: you are but one blood clot (in your heart or brain) away from losing your job, or indeed one statement from being hounded from the same by the protests of the perpetually offended.

We are called to far more than increasing the profit of a corporation. We are more, as a society and nation, than our GDP. The measure of how we are doing is the teaching of righteousness and the protection of the vulnerable.

And on those measures, the societies of the late 20th century, regardless as to if they are capitalist, social democrat or overtly socialist, have failed. For we rejected the creator that made us, and disavowed our frailties, in the hope we could, make people better.

That is hubris: we cannot. Deciding that the inconvenient should simply die, by termination of pregnancy or the Liverpool protocol, compounds this and adds to our guilt.

And unless we repent, the judgement will be terrible.

The turning of the worm.

This world is wonderful, and every day there are more cool and creative things done. We should celebrate them, but instead we moan and complain because they do not fit entirely within our world view. This is most apparent in social media, such as Twitter, where the SJW are now censoring streams because their world view is fading, as the cycle turns, and the next generational shift is upon us.
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Grerp does not say very much, but when she speaks it is generally a good idea to listen. She is talking in part about the SJW warfare, and how it has backfired on the clickbait merchants, particularly Gawker, that deliberately inflame the internet in the hope that you will go to their site and see all the advertisements while your ears are tickled with the latest scandal, the latest false outrage.

People who are active online should know that it’s not a safe place, and it’s not only unsafe in the sense that there are pedophiles waiting to talk to kids in chatrooms. It’s unsafe in the sense that everything is archived and can be called up to use as a weapon in any future conflict. And there are apparently thousands of mean or mentally unstable people waiting impatiently for the right opportunity to do just that.

What is Twitter? If you consider the hundreds of millions of people every day who tweet things via this medium – most of it is nothing but air. It’s the equivalent of bar conversations, only every conversation is public, not in the sense that it’s being “heard” in real time, but that it’s recorded, and can be played back, minus any context at any future date.

But I find the process of this fascinating. It is like watching a horror movie: it is horrible and fascinating all at the same time. The children of the elite, told that nothing matters but their feelings, are finding that this does not work. And when people argue back, they cannot handle it. The irony is that I was reading apologetics earlier this evening, and that is nothing but logic, reason, appealing to facts, and not digging into the morass that is postmodern thought.


My only sensible theory at this point
is that there’s a massive wave of cognitive dissonance running through the special entitled ones. After years of the rest of us being polite and not calling them out on either their stupidity or their assumption that the rest of the world should conform to their idea of how things should be, we’ve had enough and we’re telling them to stop. Worse, we’re telling them where they can put their entitled belief (Slice. Sideways, and without lube).

They, who have been taught that all that matters is the feels and that logic and facts are the tools of the patriarchy – and as a result lack the ability to realize that without those “tools of the patriarchy” most of their world simply goes away. The computers: they run on logic. All the technology we take for granted: built on observation, logic and experiment – have no way to handle being smacked in the face with anything that doesn’t support their worldview.

To some extent I pity them. This has to be hellishly traumatizing for them. But at the same time, their nonsensical beliefs are destroying everything I value, so I can’t be merciful. That’s my choice, and my penance. I just hope I won’t have to go to the blood in the streets level to defeat them.

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But these people have to be confronted for their own sake. We all make our own hell, bu making one out of snobbery, priggishness and sheer hatred is horrid, and all should be spared that. (And I assume Zanax is some form of zombie benzodiazepine)

The SJWs say they stand for equality. Only they don’t. That’s a smoke screen. They are champions of diversity, provided that everyone is diverse in exactly the same approved manner. At their core they are petty, vengeful, tyrannical thought police, who simply can’t abide someone sinning. They’re an unholy cross between puritans and communists, with a heavy dose of Zanax, and severe self-esteem issues.

Social Justice Warriors are control freaks. Nothing more. Their bizarre antics have given true feminists a bad name. Their mad accusations of racism against anything and everything causes real racism to get lost in the background noise. By accusing well meaning, good intentioned individuals of horrible crimes, they legitimize and empower the real criminals.

Gamergate, and the loss of sponsorship of the most snarky sites, is the start of the turn. Expect more. The next turning will not be progressive. And being like the SJW will be increasingly bad for your health: if you follow them the mad will consider you a fool, for they recollect what it is to be sane, and you have thrown it away.

SJW want to teach because ex cathedra exists.

One of the questions I have to face is if a blogger is a teacher. I am no elder, no presbyter: I’m not qualified. I warm a pew. However, one of the parts of my profession is teaching: for that reason I have been on various media, for that reason I was entering lecture times in my 2015 diary. And the question as to if there is error on a blog or tweet remains.

Particularly since I tweet and facey. Besides, my discussions (offline) can be incredibly scathing. In private. James tells us to weigh our thoughts: I would add particularly when preaching doctrine. The term “ex cathedra” comes from the chair the bishop (or presbyter) sits in while expounding doctrine. Most people will take that seriously. Even among the reformed, we tend to accept the words of previous theologians without too much testing of scripture. (Calvin would recoil in horror, for people take his commentary, or Schofield notes, as gospel. They are aids to the text, not the text. And the text is of God, not our commentary.

I think James is talking to us, but not just us.


Not many of you should
become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

(James 3:1-12 ESV)

I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me.

Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

(Habakkuk 3:16-18 ESV)

Why not just us? Well, mainly because of the amount of bullying and silencing that is happening in our society. We should speak truth, yes. But without a certain freedom of speech, we cannot correct error. The SJW hack this, and want to silence correction.
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And they make everything to revolve around feelings. Look, feelings matter little: anyone who has raised a child knows that the kid can and will irritate you, make you grieve and worry, but your love for the child remains. For love is not infatuation, love is putting another first. Which is lost on some.
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Now, I have to watch myself here. Snarky self-righteous prigs annoy me, particularly since I have had to squelch the prig inside on many occasions. And sarcasm, like swearing, is instinctual.
However, confrontation of error is a mercy for the person in error. Wise people accept correction: wiser people check with other sources to confirm their findings are correct. (This should happen in a scientific paper: how your results fit in with those published, and in theology it is a rule attributed to Valentine — that the practices in all times in all churches are orthodox, variations on these need to be questioned).
But the place of doctrine remains with the theologians and bishops of the church. Those who are accountable to the hard rod of scripture and to the people of the faith.
Not to interlopers turning up and screeching, giving offense, and saying anyone who criticises them should be silenced. The SJW are a blight on our society. Do not be them, and do not be like them.