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.

On Faith, works, and Faggots.

Well, I don’t think I have offended people for a while, but here we have one of those passages that caused people to be burned at the stake during the reformation: particularly under the reigns of Henry and her bloody daughter Mary. (My Catholic friends can add Elizabeth if they want: the Tudors used religion as an ideology).

For the Romans say that the second passage means that what you do matters, while the Reformed say that one must live by faith. James corrects us both, and since I am not a Papist I’m going to argue from that position.

For I do not believe that words or rituals save. We do them out of obedience. Being Baptised is a work of covenant faith by parents, or a work of faith among those who now believe. It is not the communion that saves us, (it can instead condemn us if we partake in an unworthy manner — see Corinthians)

And it is not the good we do that saves us. There is no liberal theology of works, nor is there liberation theology. Instead we are saved by faith alone, and our works are the consequence of that.

I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

“Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.

(Habakkuk 2:1-4 ESV)

We are not to let our souls be puffed up. We are not to listen to the flattery of the eilte, that we are justified by following their advice. It’s generally wrong.

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Our forebears were burned for their faith. (Which is the Faggots in the title) — the war between Protestants and Catholics started when Luther nailed 95 theses to a Cathedral door and did not end until peace in Northern Ireland. What has happened since is that we have allied: for we find that if they come for the Protestants with shunning, fire and sword, then the Catholics are next: if they come for the Catholics, the Prots follow.

And we have found that the mainstream churchians have got on their knees in worship of the elite, forgetting the faith in a hope they are popular. And this elite is generally in error.

What we do, what campaign for, should be consequence of what we believe and it will be seen as a result of what we believe. By this we will be shown that we are the followers of Christ, that we obey his command, which is to love one another. And we need to show that in practical ways.


What good is it, my brothers,
if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

(James 2:14-26 ESV)

Building too much of a theology on this is unwise. Doing what is right, and is good would be. And that is counter-cultural in this time and age. Do not follow this culture. Do not let them ease you into the pit of hell. Do not do their works.

Do not be them, and do not be like them.

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Update… the picture took over the facebook crosspost. Which is going to really offend some people.

Diddums.

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Leaving behind what we can.

It is Sunday Morning at Casa Pukeko and both boys are asleep. The idea of making 10 AM service is sliding away (for it is but a quarter hour to that) so we will probably go and hang out with the reformed. At 11. For my Kirk had to worship on Friday, as the hall we used was hired for a school fair today. There are consequences for not owning your owh place. (And on Friday, by the time I had finished work, Kirk had started).

Among other things, you cannot put stuff like this in a space unless you control it.

Instead you put things into storage. You have to bring them out, and put them up at various times. The Kirk I will attend today has the same issue: they have no meeting place, but instead hire a bowling club.

But these things are immaterial. What matters is that we push on in our faith. That we improve. Having a nice building is… nice. However, with modern issues it is better to own a space that is more multipurpose: built like a shed. Where you can set up for worship in various ways. I know of plenty of abandoned churches that are now homes, or being left to ruin, in part because they no longer meet building regulations. A shed generally does.

Onto the text. The first text applies within the church, and also without it.


“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites
! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.

“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it. And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!

(Matthew 23:13-24 ESV)

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

(Philippians 3:13-4:1 ESV)

The best argument for iconoclasm, abandoning our statutes and gilded rooms, built by people of faith, is not the statues or the gilt. Even though they distract me. It is that we may have to run, and these things will hold us down. However, the more important impediment is not anything that is physical, but within our heads.

This society does not build beautiful statues, to its shame. instead we build ideologies, and bow down and worship models of reality, which have flaws and a are not beautiful.

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The pagans were wiser, for they worshipped nature, which has beauty and truth within it. But those need to be denied if they do not fit within our ideology. We need “safe spaces” so we can be reconfirmed that our ideology is correct when it is challenged by raw reality, and we need regulations to make our wishes correct.

This we should not do, for we have seen the truth, and we should worship God, who made all that is good. This will put us at opposition with the Peoples of this world. Let us therefore clear our mind of those temptations that hold us back, and the ideologies we have made icons, and run the course before us.

I like Morlocks (concerning a shirt).

I really have to thank my Papist friends for clueing me into this. Julian O’Dea, who has been watching the comment land, and Elisabeth Scalia, who takes the SJWs down with her usual verve.


Anyone who knows (and loves) techno/science geeks knows a couple of things:

  1. They are generally sweet-natured people who are preoccupied with techno/science geeky thoughts.
  2. Because they are preoccupied with such thoughts, they are neither fussy, nor vain. Food is merely fuel, and clothes are mere bodily covering. They generally are not thinking about what they are eating, or wearing.
  3. A comet scientist who has just helped to land a probe on to a comet is unlikely think think, “oh, I’m going to be interviewed, so I’d better take off this inappropriate-but-geeky shirt full of sexy-women-with-guns on it, which was designed by a female friend.”
  4. Because techno/science geeks are sweet-natured, if a tweeting malcontent urinates on a great moment for science because she doesn’t like the inappropriate-but-geeky shirt, they will quickly and — unfortunately — tearfully apologize for giving offense.
  5. Because techno/science geeks rarely-unto-never set out to demand attention, declare victimhood for themselves or deliberately offend their fellow humans, they don’t really understand that there are some people in the world who live to take umbrage, find things to be offended about, and make people cry.

Yes, and the SJW forget that almost everything they eat, use or do is supported, made, or maintained by geeky men. Farm Geeks, Industrial manufacturing geeks, systems administrators. The people the Eloi cannot bear. Morlocks.

But I like Morlocks. All of them, including the ones who wear Hawaiian shirts, shorts, socks and sandals. Provided I don’t have to share their dress sense.


I for one am ecstatic that society
doesn’t depend on the PC crowd for advancement or we’d still be living in caves using stone knives and naked (wearing bear skins, after all, would not be PC). And if anyone is stupid enough to pay attention to your and your ilk’s whining, we may find ourselves back in caves.

As a Woman With A STEM Career–if a guy’s shirt puts you off “science”, that just means you weren’t really interested in doing it in the first place.

Those who can, do; those who can’t, complain about the clothing those who can happen to be wearing when they manage to do what those who can’t don’t.

Do not be an Eloi, and do not be like them. Do something significant instead.

Socail Justice Warriors err, for they choose favourites.

The problem with James is that he does not shun from application, and here we have a clear one. We are not supposed to show partiality, to give favours, to have a favourite class, to either suck up to those in power or tell people to check their privilege. Yet we do so: it is interesting how people treat you differently when they find out what you do.

Particularly when you do not meet their expectations. Some years ago I was speaking with a female colleague about balancing raising children with getting papers written. One of her female colleagues raised an eyebrow: “ What is H. doing talking to this bloke? This psychiatrist? This male person who holds us down?” To be fair, she did have some shame when H. said “ Chris is a solo father. He gets it “.

Now, the times are dark at present: some would say that they are always dark. The temptations of this time are different to previous ones: the people of the 1930s rejected sexual licence (and the decadence of Berlin) for the “cleaner” racism that lead to Treblinka. We deceive ourselves over-much, and we forget that our natural tendency, to sin in our favourite manner, remains after salvation: indeed it is one of the crosses we bear.

Your argument regarding external influences on women is interesting. James’ epistle indicates that temptation to sin is external, but the inclination resides within the individual.
While I’m not sure I’d agree with everything you wrote to Elspeth @ 1:48, your comment brought to mind the first chapter of Romans 1. Toward the end, Paul listed a host of perverse behaviors and even cited lack of “natural affection”. He traced the root cause back to spiritual darkness which resulted from a refusal to honor and give thanks to God. Regardless of how many individual feminine falls you count, the only real cure can be found in spiritual restoration…which does eventually lead back to the point you made about love being a better motivator than fear.

If we get too partial, and spend all our times seeking favour and advantage, we cannot love nor can we care. Most of the time, loving another will inconvenience us and stymie our goals. And we need to remember that our goals are not the goals of our Lord. The inconveniences that we see are probably in God’s agenda.

And the poor, the shabby and broken may be those who bear witness against us.


My brothers, show no partiality
as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonoured the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

(James 2:1-13 ESV)

I have been suspicious of those who judge harshly, who have no mercy for errors: the irony is that those who have standards and talk about sin overtly tend to be those who understand the need for mercy. For they are fully aware of their own sin: I find when I talk about these things my conscience reminds me that most of the time the error I am talking about is one I have done.

I find it is the liberal, the professionally perverse, and the Social Justice Warriors who judge viciously. Who do not show mercy. It is the liberal churches that have made it very clear — as a solo father — that I am not welcome. Particularly since I am white, and the children clearly have Asian ancestry.

Now, I don’t care about the man’s bowling shirt — made by his GF — and I don’t think that techs need to wear suits and have a dress code. But snarking about the pinups printed on the fabric when the European Space Agency has landed a probe on a comet is so trivial. Reducing a tech to tears and making him apologize is an insult to the woman who made the shirt.

It is like those who expect me to wear a suit. The only people I listen to on fashion are my beloved, my sisters and mother and my daughter: for I trust that they have my best interests at heart. But disowning greatness for trivia is at least being foolish. And the elite want us to be nicely in our little plantations, arguing with each other. Instead of supporting each other, and doing great things together.

Do not be them, and do not be like them.

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Update:

The GF who made the shirt tweeted back. The blowback on this has been huge.

Do not follow the memes of this time. Visit widows and orphans.

I have just spent about ten minutes looking at a few places for examples to add to this. That was a mistake. James preaches plain doctrine. The problem we have with James is not one of comprehension. It is one of acceptance.
I believe that all good things are from God, and should be accepted with thanks. God is merciful. He gives us rain so the grass grows, the cows can be milked, and we can sell milk powder to the world. He is the person that allows us to be courageous, to act, to do good.
And we are his children: in our actions we should be like him.


Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers
. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

(James 1:16-27 ESV)

A quick word on widows and orphans. Many argue in this time that these people are single mothers: those who are divorced, those who have children out of wedlock. Not so. The death rate for men has always been higher than for women, and throughout most of history husbands died or were crippled — if not in agricultural accidents or in factories, in war.

For it was the duty of all citizens to fight for their city (and it still is: one of the reasons for male universal suffrage is that all men can, have, and will be conscripted into the army. As cannon fodder). It is the widows who particularly need our support: financially, and in finding a new way forward.

But the teaching is that these women should, generally, remarry after a time of grief, Paul recommended that the roll of widows have no woman under 60 on it because he expected them to he celibate: if they burned again with desire he advised them to marry the widowers: death was common and neither sex was immune.

This is harsh to modern ears, but children do better, are safer, and generally have a more secure childhood if their parents are married and stay married. The epidemic of divorce is destroying Godly families, and even when it is justified, it causes huge damage. Part of being unsullied is not accepting this tendency within society to make that which should be a binding contract fungible.