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.

Steadfast despite the church “Ladies” (For E.)

This place has got fairly bleak, and times are getting darker. The social media are being censored, Within the church it is becoming more and more hard to stay faithful to your roles and your vows without the church ladies giving you the look. Elspeth gives us a good example of what happens when one does their duty in the modern church.

Somehow the conversation turned to a familiar refrain

: how hard it must be for my husband to live in a house full of women. How he must always be twisting himself to keep us happy, how much we cost, the typical *stuff*.

My daughter replied to one of the jokes:

“Not really. He doesn’t obey us. We do what he tells us to do.”

One of the women corrected her:

“No, not all of you have to do what he says. You and your sisters have to do what he says. Your mother is grown.”

My husband, as is his nature, remained silent as the scene unfolded, as did the other men in attendance.

Sigh. That’s what I did on the inside. I’m increasingly being faced with these moments; moments where I am left to decide whether to remain silent or speak up. I spoke up:

“That’s not true. God’s word commands me to obey my husband, so I must obey my husband.”

You could hear a pin drop. Men walked off, my husband somehow remained stoic, and I was treated to three variations of this look[1]

The church women are wrong. E. is correct. We are told to remain faithful to the rules of our faith, to be steadfast in the face of opposition.


James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ
, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

(James 1:1-15 ESV)

I would go further. If you are not wise, if you are confused, you are disobedient. You will not get wisdom until you seek to obey God. Not perfectly: if that was the case I would be the biggest hypocrite in creation.

The reason us men are silent is not because we agree to the bitchiness and frank disobedience that is now happening among the church ladies. It is because we have no interest in an emotional meltdown, and we want to remain faithful to the word, despite the feminists who have tried to ruin the church.

And this is our trial: to remain faithful while our society is faithless, and (secondarily) to teach our children the same thing. James was writing to a persecuted church. Let us pray this church revives before persecution again has its season.
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1. E. had a perfect example of the look at her blog. Then she had a pile of commentators pile in on her. Probably best I do not go ovah and correct them… or I will make breakfast first. :-)

The cost of revival [in a great depression].

I am no prophet, but I think I know when to quote one. Now is such a time. Joel was prophesying a famine, a time of economic hardship. Such a time is on us now: we are in the middle of a great depression that started with the implosion of the mortgage market in the USA about eight years ago and has not yet resolved itself.

Some countries have managed to weather the storm so far: NZ is one of them. But NZ is but a chip in the ocean, and as China moves into a property bubble and economic collapse we are finding the prices for the agricultural products we make are falling, and our economy is contracting.

And heaven help those who make electronic goods, or toys. The rich can (and will) afford them: but you cannot eat an iphone or a camera lens.

Joel tells us what the duty of the church is at this time, and it has nothing to do with saying things are nice or right, or increasing our self esteem.

It is about revival: you know this has happened when the local men, with power, are weeping and confessing their sins. In public.

“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God?

Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.

Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and say, “Spare your people, O LORD, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”

Then the LORD became jealous for his land and had pity on his people. The LORD answered and said to his people, “Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.

(Joel 2:12-19 ESV)

Revival begins with horror. With shame. With a deep awareness of how far we have fallen, and a recollection of where we once were. It is a fruit of the spirit: Joel could preach as much as he could, but it took the rulers of the nation to proclaim a fast, to rend not their garments as a form of political theatre, but their souls.

To confess their wrongdoing and plead for God’s mercy. To see this economic troubles as just and fair: we exploited the poor with an encouragement they mortgage their lives for a cheap house and cheaper education, and now we are shocked that these people, under a great burden of debt, choose not to pay for they would rather their families are fed.

Now, I see the collapse of the next bubble coming, and that will be one of federal and local debt: the US is mightily in debt, but so is the EU, and China is trying to hide the collapse of a property market right now. I look in my inbox and the spam has increased, as has the number of sales from companies I have used previously. They are getting louder: they are finding it harder to shift inventory. I am seeing shops close and not reopen.

What should we do in this time? Get our debt as low as possible, yes. Keep our jobs as long as possible, yes. But we should be praying and reforming ourselves, in the hope that there will be revival, and the West will reform itself, as it has done previously.

But we should not delude ourselves. Revival never feels nice, because we have surrounded ourselves with so many pretty lies, and the Spirit strips them away. And what we see then should repel us, and drive us to our knees.

Avoid tertiary education if possible.

I went to the boys prizegiving this week. While the Rector was pontificating (and to avoid my ex, who had travelled from Auckland to be there) I was talking with Kevin[1]. He is, according to the sons, the best English teacher in the school. He is also a fan of C.S. Forrester and David Weber. So we were talking Science Fiction and how he managed to avoid Postmodern English Theory by the skin of his teeth. We then talked about student loans: he has just paid his off.

He has been renting and driving a crappy car. He has no mortgage. But Inland Revenue are off his back, for the loan has gone.

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He is 37. So when Matt Forney says do not go to University unless you are trying to get training in a hard science or engineering, he’s correct. What he forgets to add is that if you get out of the USA you can avoid prerequisites, which mean you never need to deal with professors like this.

Imagine a black man who willingly puts himself in an environment where he’s called the n-word every day and told he’s an inferior, evil person because of the color of his skin. You’d think he was insane, right? Yet men are still choosing to attend universities where their Marxist, leftist, feminist professors preach hatred against men in general and straight white men in particular. To be a man in college is to be blamed for everything that’s wrong with the world, from poverty to colonialism to environmental degradation. If I wanted to be picked on, I’d go see an insult comic.

Not only that, but while your professors and administrators assert themselves as infallible moral authorities, they’re engaging in degeneracy on a level that would make Caligula blush. Beyond professors tearing up political signs they disagree with and helping fabricate “hate crimes,” both they and administrators are complicit in wide-scale academic fraud.

For example, most professors and administrators are well aware that many of their students are going to degree mills and passing in work that is not theirs. They do nothing because if they actually started expelling students for plagiarism (like the college syllabus says they’re supposed to), that would mean fewer tuition dollars for the school and no money to pay their bloated salaries. If you’re too much of a wuss for war, education is a pretty damn good racket.

The only reason to go to college if you have the talent and drive to major in a high-earning, math-centric degree such as computer engineering. Anything else is a waste of your time and money.

He is correct, and I say this as someone who works in a tertiary institution. The rhetoric about male violence, male predation is constant. The amount of practical things done — minimal. The main harm reduction that my university has done is buy up the local pubs and redevelop them. With continual internal assessment in First year, there is no time to drink anyway.

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So what is college? Particularly American College? EW argues that it remains a selector for (moderate) intelligence and conscientiousness, particularly for women.

First, college does screen out the dumb, just less than it used to. Which one reason why employers insist on bachelor’s degrees for entry-level jobs…it is still a proxy, albeit a weak one, for intelligence and conscientiousness. Second, intelligence is heritable–about 50%, if memory serves–thus smart parents have smarter children on the whole. Yes, the IQ of smart peoples’ children will regress toward the mean, but the mean itself will rise over time. Third, intelligent people are more likely to make choices to get married and stay married, which itself confers many benefits to children born of the union, to include greater wealth, success, lower criminality (itself an indicator of higher intelligence) and a greater propensity to get and stay married.

Thus, I submit that the assortative mating theory does have validity, and that it does spawn a cognitive and social elite.

And if you want to be in that elite, to college you should go. What EW misses is that the US system is inefficient. It requires all people get a general education. The Commonwealth, which specialises at Batchelor’s level not Master’s is far more selective. This inefficiency, when combined with compulsory post modern Marxism, encourages women not to breed, or not yet, and may be causing a dysgenic trend for higher IQ women. This would fit with my observation of PhD colleagues: most of them are not that happy, and not that child orientated. Those who are happy and child orientated, interestingly, are married not to fellow PhDs, but tradesmen. (The same applies to female medics. Many of these are marrying men with trades, not fellow medics. My generation tried two medico marriages, and most of these failed, mine included).

Heartiste’s recognition of the relevance of credentialism is similarly perspicacious:

Conflating runaway credentialism with IQ misses the fact that today’s paper pushing woman with a communications degree was yesterday’s equally competent secretary with a high school degree, and perhaps even yesteryear’s farmhand mother with sharp instincts for survival.

Indeed, even many wise men fail to grasp this. Education is a far stronger predictor of female fertility than IQ is. Intelligence and educational attainment are correlated, of course, but once educational attainment is controlled for, there’s very little difference in fertility across the intelligence spectrum. This isn’t just the case at the national level; it’s descriptive power is global in scope.

So, young man, what to do?

Firstly, accept that boys are not good at being faux girls. The education system, until graduate level, rewards those who are neat, diligent, unquestioning and recite back what they are taught. At graduate level, being questioning and a geek helps (I know this for this is how I earn my money.) If you do not have the self discipline to learn despite the biases against you, then do not get tertiary education.

Secondly, college costs a lot of money, and graduate school more. So do not waste your time studying something that will not pay. Consider college as trade school for geeks. Unless you are independently wealthy, avoid hobby courses — art, music, literature — and any course that aims to make you a well-rounded individual. Shop around, including internationally: there are top 200 universities in Australia and NZ that are a lot cheaper than some state schools in the USA (and have less required courses). An alternative in the USA is to join the ROTC and get the military to pay: the military do generally treat young people with some respect (because you may have to die to fulfil your oath).

Thirdly, go to work first. There are exceptions to this: getting into medical school in NZ is best done just after leaving school. But if you don’t know what to do, go work on a farm, sling burgers, make cars. You will discover motivation. If you are young and single, go where the jobs are: the oilsands in Canada, the dairy farms in Southland…

Finally go for trades. The university degree is degraded. Plumbing however… remains. Women look for those who can provide as husband material. You will not have as much debt. Your job cannot be outsourced. Yes, it is dirty, physical, technical and hard. And the trades are the last area where the apprenticeship system — which works for men — continues.

Young man and young woman, do not go automatically into debt to be poorly educated. Do not take the default position. You do not need a mortgage before you marry, you do not need to spend your thirties paying your debt down, and you do not want to find yourself disqualified from meeting your dream because the federal bank demands payment.

A university generalist education is a luxury good. Like a supercar. Leave it to the rich, or fools.

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Pay the price required to be salt.

I am sitting looking at photos and feeling convicted. To a certain extent this is a continuation of yesterday, and the main part of the text is not that God gets angry (he does, and there is scripture to show this: this was in today’s lectionary but it is throughout the Bible.

God gets angry because we provoke him. By our rebellion and disobedience. And I am quite aware that I do my fair share of provoking. And he is merciful to us despite this. Do not read the Psalm extract as a proof text that you will be automatically blessed. I left out the rest of it, where Ephriam loses the leadership of Israel, and Joel, who is preaching during a famine, and predicts an army with severe discipline conquering Israel.

Therefore, when the LORD heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob;
his anger rose against Israel, because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power.

Yet he commanded the skies above and opened the doors of heaven,
and he rained down on them manna to eat and gave them the grain of heaven.

(Psalm 78:21-24 ESV)

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I think we need to look again at what Christ said. He was very clear in his teaching that there was a very high chance that you would lose everything: and by everything he means all. Your wife will hate you and leave you. Your children will abandon the faith. You will be denounced to the zampolit, the SJW of this time. And money? Do not put your trust in it, for if your family does not take it the taxman will.

There is a cost in following Christ, and it can be your life itself.

Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

“Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

(Luke 14:25-35 ESV)

Most preachers talk about bearing one’s own cross, and the discipline of resisting the temptations of this life is a real issue, a real discipline. We are not immune from temptation. We have to be in this world — but the world influences us, at times overmuch. And this is wrong. We are supposed to influence the world. If we are of the world we are useless. Will S. commented yesterday on this.

And to leave any churches and denominations that in any way, shape or form, whether in one’s local congregation or in others in the denomination, promote any aspects of the prog, SJW, agenda.

Locally on the issue of this time — the progressive agenda — my Kirk has stood firm on the issue of sexual morality: much to the horror of the progressive congregations who are now under direct orders to not promote faux marriages, and to keep the eldership for those who are chaste — either in godly celibacy or holy matrimony. We are much less discerning when it comes to the political process: the progressives want us to hate Israel (and Jews) while loving Palestine (and Islam) — which to my mind, is the wrong way to see this: we need to pray that they all find Christ.

In particular, we need to stop putting people in holes. Categorizing them by skin colour, disability, who they sleep with (or not) how much money the have (or not) their occupations (with a special note that the Stayathomemomma versus Workingwoman fight seems to continue, without any acknowledgement that most women have times at home with kids, and times when they have to work (with kids). Or homeschooling vs. Cooperative vs. church school vs. secular school).

We need to be different. We have been given a structure — in the writings of Paul and of Christ, in scripture, and there are clear rules for both men and women, with some differences: for men and women are different (thank God). Let the rest of the world try to become faux eunuchs. Let us instead, pay the cost required to be salt.

On wrath swinging the pendulum.

This is a time of peak progressivism, when the SJW consider that they speak from a position of authority, and they can impose their views on anyone. One can see this in the response within the church: the SJW infiltrate and report on (in this case the Southern Baptist Convention).

And they are still called haters, even when the SJW trumpet that they have the power. Because they do not resile from the word of God, they are haters.

One pities the poor bloody Gay Southern Baptist; dealing with his proclivities in as chaste a life as he can have (just like the frivorced) but unlike the single and divorced straight brothers, being forced into the front line of the culture wars, if he wants this or not. Because the SJW has no underrstanding of any person apart from their label, apart from their place in their neo socialist plantation.

The Convention itself recognizes that its influence over society is waning. Mohler was the first of many to use the phrase “moral minority,” signalling that the days of the “Moral Majority” are over. “The disappearance of cultural Christianity, like a morning mist,” he said in his opening remarks, “is a reminder to us that it was cultural and not Christianity… We are accustomed to ministry from the top side of the culture, not from the underside. We are accustomed to speaking from a position of strength and respect and credibility, and now we’re going to be facing the reality that we are already, in much of America, speaking from a position of a loss of credibility, speaking from the underside, speaking from the wrong side of the moral equation.”

Nevertheless, the reach of the Southern Baptist Convention remains wide, not only among its member churches but among the many independent evangelical churches who might still look to it for guidance. Understanding how these church leaders are discussing LGBT issues is essential to the ongoing work of increasing LGBT acceptance in society, not only under the law, but culturally. In a series of posts, ThinkProgress will take a discerning look at how the ERLC conference revealed the struggle in evangelical Christianity to address LGBT issues and the gap between the love with which they are ministering and the hate they are perceived as reinforcing.

I must admit the self-righteous priggery of the left makes me nauseous. But this is combined with a certain anger at their continual monitoring of what one says and thinks, in case they are offended, hurt, misguided or in any way held to account. it’s not a nice combination, but it has a name, and that is wrath.

One of the things that tens to happen in the political system is that people get really angry when politicians over reach. One saw this with the Bush Administration, and one is now seeing this with the Obama administration. The wiser presidents understand this, and work with all people of goodwill to ensure the republic continues to be guided wisely. (And yes, the parliamentary system is a republic, but a sensible one. Because we do not elect a king, but instead drafted a family, we have generally a king who would have rather stayed in the navy or army, and a much cheaper system).

The less wise retreat into ideology and become perplexed as to why the people no longer trust them. It generally comes down to this: you have interfered overmuch. You have tried to make us better.

And that is not the role of the government. The Church itself is too wise to legislate this, but instead turns to prayer. It takes God to turn a man around.

We have forgotten our Descartes: nothing human is alien to us. W all hold within us desires which harnessed, lead to love, art, beauty and courage… but allowed to rot lead to lust, greed, envy, malice and destruction.

Last night I rewatched Serenity. One of the things that happened in the movie is that the elite doped a populace with “Pax” to make them less aggressive. It had two responses. About one percent of the population became murderous savages, killing and eating all around them. The other 99% lay down and died. Rest became sloth and that was fatal. The hero commented that his sin was wrath.

But the pagan who wrote this missed one point: wrath may be counted among the deadly sins by the clerics, but a sin it is not. There is a time for anger. There is a time for righteous justice.

And when SJWs try to regulate the church, that time is now. We cannot afford to move into the slumber that the elite want us to enter.

It is time to reform ourselves, cast out the impious, stop trying to be liked, and let our feral show. It is time for wrath aid let that anger push back at the SJW. IT is time to mock them, to confront them, to not be silent: to not let them rule, It is time to take the leadership of the west back, and let the kirk again guide the civil magistrate.

Or it is time to let this civilisation fall, and leave it tor rot.

The Athenians knew what was right… but did not do it.

I am not very good at hospitality. Partially because I spend most of the working week with the poor, crippled and lame. But more because (In Real Life) I am not that outgoing, not that social. I’m quite introverted, and my sons are fairly similar.

But this passage is not about that. It is about the use of feasts, in part as a power play, in part as a way of cementing alliances. I lived for many years within the Overseas Chinese Community, and I understand precisely what these banquets mean.

And we are told to invite the poor in. Unless our business keeps us from the gospel.

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”

(Luke 14:12-24 ESV)

Now, the passage seems obvious, but Calvin draws the meaning out fairly clearly. It is worth noting that Calvin commented on all three synoptic gospels as if they were one, hence the comparison with Matthew and Luke.

The kingdom of heaven is like a human king As it was long ago said by a Spartan, that the Athenians knew what was right, but did not choose to practice it; so Christ now brings it as a reproach against the Jews, that they gave utterance to beautiful expressions about the kingdom of God, but, when God kindly and gently invited them, they rejected his grace with disdain. There is no room to doubt that the discourse is expressly levelled against the Jews, as will more plainly appear a little afterwards.

Matthew and Luke differ in this respect, that Matthew details many circumstances, while Luke states the matter summarily, and in a general manner. Thus, Matthew says that a king made a marriage for his son: Luke only mentions a great supper The former speaks of many servants, while the latter refers to no more than one servant; the former describes many messages, the latter mentions one only; the former says that some of the servants were abused or slain, the latter speaks only of their being treated with contempt. Lastly, the former relates that a man was cast out, who had gone in to the marriage without a wedding garment, of which Luke makes no mention. But we have formerly pointed out a similar distinction, that Matthew, in explaining the same thing, is more copious, and enters into fuller details. There is a remarkable agreement between them on the main points of the parable.

God bestowed on the Jews distinguished honor, by providing for them, as it were, a hospitable table; but they despised the honor which had been conferred upon them. The marriage of the king’s son is explained by many commentators to mean, that Christ is the end of the Law, (Romans 10:4.) and that God had no other design in his covenant, than to make him the Governor of his people, and to unite the Church to him by the sacred bond of a spiritual marriage. I have no objection to that view. But when he says, that the servants were sent to call those who were invited, these words are intended to point out a double favor which the Jews had received from God; first, in being preferred to other nations; and, secondly, in having their adoption made known to them by the prophets. The allusion is to a practice customary among men, that those who intended to make a marriage drew up a list of the persons whom they intended to have as guests, and afterwards sent invitations to them by their servants. In like manner, God elected the Jews in preference to others, as if they had been his familiar friends, and afterwards called them by the prophets to partake of the promised redemption, which was, as it were, to feast at a marriage It is true that those who were first invited did not live till the coming of Christ; but we know that all received an offer of the same salvation, of which they were deprived by their ingratitude and malice; for from the commencement, God’s invitation was impiously despised by that people.

In this time, we have to be concerned that we are as one with the Jews. In the West, we have the witness of a thousand years (if not more) of Christianity: the very fact that I can easily find the relevant passage, written by a Frenchman exiled in Geneva some 500 odd years ago (and translated from Early Modern French) gives you an idea of how rich our knowledge base is.

As a people, as a society and individuals, we were once taught what is right, and chose not to do it: that witness still stands. This is one reason why the elite try to silence the Kirk, for it preaches what is true and right, but the elite want error proclaimed with one voice.

We should be a confessing church, proclaiming the gospel. and I praise God when we are. But we also need to remember to respond to the call of God, and not reject it. I like the expansion of the analogy that Calvin makes: we are not invited to the table of our Lord, to his Kirk, to his feast randomly. We are invited by name. We are called by those who he sends in our way to bring us to him, often from the business of life.

But at certain time you put your pen and your clinic aside. When your daughter weds, you are there. When your family grieves, you are there. Priorities exist.

And in our business, let us not shut those who love us out, particularly Christ.

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Envy is idolatry.

One of the things that Deists do not like to think about is an active God. They have a bit too much of the Theist in them: they do not want to be accountable to a living and active God that is involved in all that happens, and intervenes actively in the world. This is an error that most Christians know about. However, most do not see the other error. We are forgiven yes, but we worship a living and active God who reigns and intervenes in our lives and will weigh what we do.

Paul says that all we do will be tested by fire. That which is worthy will remain, and that which is dross will disappear. We should build with things that are fireproof, not with that which can burn. For we know that only three things will abide: faith, hope and love. All else will fail.

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And we know that out God does reign.

The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.
Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!

Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.

(Psalm 93 ESV)

WHen we are looking at these things, we need to remember both that what we does matters, and that it is not sufficient for salvation. We need to remember that God is sovereign, and encourages us to pray for that which we need, that we will have peace in our troubles. We need to recollect that there is no division or qualification for salvation: it is for all people. male and female, young and old, the simple and the wise.

And we must not compare our works with another’s, but to spur us to greater and better acts.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the labourers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ So the last will be first, and the first last.”

(Matthew 20:1-16 ESV)

A denarious, or a penny, was the standard wage for a day’s work: it would buy enough food for a family for a day. Most of the time, in most of the Roman world.

Classical historians often say that in the late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire (~27BC) the daily wage for an unskilled laborer and common soldier was 1 denarius (with no tax deductions) or about US$20 in bread. During the republic, legionary pay was 112.5 denarii per year, later doubled by Julius Caesar to 225 denarii, with soldiers having to pay for their own food and arms. In contrast, centurions received considerably higher pay; under Augustus, the lowest ranking centurion was paid 3,750 denarii and the highest ranking, 15,000 denarii.

The silver content of the denarius under the Roman Empire (After Nero) was about 50 grains, 3.24 grams, or 1?10 (0.105ozt) troy ounce. In June 6, 2011, this corresponded to approximately US$3.62 in value if the silver were 0.999 pure.

The fineness of the silver content varied with political and economic circumstances. From a purity of greater than 90% silver in the first century A.D., the denarius fell to under 60% purity by the end of the second century A.D., and plummeted to 5% purity by the end of the third century A.D.[11] By the reign of Gallienus, the antoninianus was a copper coin with a thin silver wash

The master was paying a fair wage. Christ has paid more than a fair wage for our sins, for our transgressions: he has taken all the penalty upon himself: not merely dying, but dying in a way reserved, throughout history, for the most grievous crimes: for crucifixion is not merely torture, but used as a warning: betray us and you too will die in a week of pain.

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There is much in this world we can celebrate. There is beauty, glory even, in nature, in the ingenuity of our fellow scientists, and in the sacrifice our those who have served Queen and country. Indeed, our Queen is an example of how to live: attending Remembrance Services despite plots against her.

But jealousy and comparisons? Do not go there. There is nothing but pain, anger, and envy there. Glory in the achievements of others. And let those examples drive you on.

We are heading for Babylon, and the fall.

One of the things I keep on saying here is to not be the elite, not like them. Those who consider a marriage that which you get in your late 30s, once passion is spent, and when you need to secure alliances and education for your children. Those who preach licence but practice restraint. For the elite of this world sit on the throne of Babylon, so do not do what they preach, but how most of them act.

Most of them. For the damage from liberal parenting is a cancer, and it affected the poor, and now is affecting the elite. The elite generally, and this is starting to break down, delay first intercourse, marry later, stay married, raise children, educate them, and use the functional partnership and support two people bring together to increase the emotional and financial wealth within the family. They use the nuclear family model because it works.

But we are heading for Babylon, and the fall.


After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven
, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. And he called out with a mighty voice,

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
She has become a dwelling place for demons,
a haunt for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
For all nations have drunk
the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,
and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,
and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,

“Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
for her sins are heaped high as heaven,
and God has remembered her iniquities.
Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,
and repay her double for her deeds;
mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
since in her heart she says,
‘I sit as a queen,
I am no widow,
and mourning I shall never see.’
For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
death and mourning and famine,
and she will be burned up with fire;
for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”

And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say,

“Alas! Alas! You great city,
you mighty city, Babylon!
For in a single hour your judgment has come.”

And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo anymore, cargo of gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all kinds of articles of ivory, all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble, cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and slaves, that is, human souls.

“The fruit for which your soul longed
has gone from you,
and all your delicacies and your splendors
are lost to you,
never to be found again!”

(Revelation 18:1-14 ESV)

We are clearly to separate ourselves from Babylon. So we need to know what the the qualities of this place, so we know when to leave, and when we are to remain.

  • Babylon is wealthy. Or it appears to be wealthy. It imports many goods. The merchants of the world use it as their marketplace. It does not make, it pays others to make for it. It outsources.
  • Babylon is sexually perverse. I think the text about sexual immorality is to be taken literally. The people of Babylon do not stick to marriage vows: one wonders if they make them. The metaphorical idea that they corrupt the rulers of the age by exporting their agenda to other parts of the world is clearly seen at present with the USA diplomatic corp advocating homosexuality and being deeply hurt when a nation (be it Russia, or Uganda) rejects these ideas.
  • Babylon is culturally powerful and hegemonic. Immorality is not merely sexual. The corruption of Babylon has pervaded the world.
  • Babylon considers itself secure. There is a denial of mortality, of aging: particularly among women, who tell themselves they will never be poor or a widow. They will always be able to snare a man. They will always be provided for. There will be no grieving, no mourning.
  • Babylon trades slaves. I used to think that this was a metaphor, for slavery is past. I do not consider that any more: with the open enslavement and sexual defilement on the non Islamic (Kuffar) by the Islamic state, Slavery again exists on this planet. Babylon is not averse to this trade, and the degradation of souls.

I think we will be driven out of Babylon, the way that Christians have had to flee from the Islamic State: we will be silenced. For the PostModern ideas have made their way into the culture, and there is no acceptance that truth, beauty or duty exist. At least for those in Babylon: the exist for the elite only.

We will be silenced. Some of us will witness by our death. If the Orthodox call the neomartyrs those who died under the Ottoman and Soviet yoke, they will need a new term for this time.

And when we are silenced, killed and murdered, Out of Babylon we must go.