Politically correct at any cost [Deut 10, Heb 3]

Last night I posted a picture which summed up the entitled underclass that has replaced the starving and miserable. As one of the commentators noted, in the West we no longer have the poor, with parents eating every second or third day so their children do not starve, and children not developing their brains or full height because of poor nutrition. There was a reason the aristocrats had a duty to lead: they were not only generally bigger, but they had an IQ on the ideal range — not dropped 20 points by recurrent starvation: their families had less madness because their women were not under calorific restriction when pregnant (as happened to the Dutch at the end of WWII and the Chinese during the Great Leap Forward).

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The current oppressed do not starve, true. But they are entrapped in the proletariat, from which their votes are farmed: the elite wish that they look no further that their sponsor. As if any human can be God.

And as if any man can provide peace, joy and rest.

Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

(Hebrews 4:11-13 ESV)

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good? Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Yet the LORD set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn. For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the LORD your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear. He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen. Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.

(Deuteronomy 10:12-22 ESV)

There are some words in these passages that no one wants to hear. Shame. Guilt. We will have our excuses stripped away, and be held to account. The laws given to us are simple, clear, and for our good. I think the Rabbis say there are about 660 commands in the Torah: they could summarize them in two. In this fallen age, the legislation passed each year runs to volumes, and no one can read them, or know what it takes to comply.

And we no longer accept that shame, fear and guilt are part of being human. That they are signals: you are doing wrong. Do right instead.

What has not yet dawned on feminists is that men not complaining didn’t mean men got a better deal than women. It is just that men are far less likely to complain. Most men understand that bitching, moaning, and being miserly with love is ugly. On the other hand, complaining about anything, everything, and even nothing is at the core of feminism.

Not surprisingly, Rodman sees confession sites like Scary Mommy as hallmarks of feminist progress. Let it all hang out is the new slogan for motherhood, and being true to yourself is now the ultimate maternal virtue. She is delighted at the thought of her daughters growing up to not be ashamed to be terrible mothers, liberated from the feminist arch-enemy, guilt.

But, there are consequences. Your children see this. Your habits, as you become older, are graven on your face. The fear of God has kept many a young person strong in the face of temptation, and the self-discipline they developed helped them when it came to the heavy lifting of raising children and keeping social welfare away from the children and the mortgage paid.

Our society is failing. And until we are prepared to talk about this, we are walking towards a cliff, wearing blindfolds that we ourselves put on, lest we see, and warn. For we would be politically correct at any cost.

Slaves of ideology, less than human.

Utu is a very useful word: it is borrowed from Maori. It has two meanings: revenge and reciprocity. It is the law of the talon writ large: being generous to your friends but justification of destruction for enemies.

And it is the main mode of the SJW, Islamic or secular. Roosh is wrong to call them merely a left-wing form of stupidity. The stigmata of the SJW is a sense that they will destroy all if they can push their agenda through, in the hope of a perfectly tolerant state, or perfectly Islamic state; both of course are various forms of Hell.

I would not apologize for being brown.
I would work my ass off to not be fat and poor.

[This is another thing that gets me. There are minorities that have been historically enslaved or oppressed and who have appalling social deprivation. They suffer. But people who are paler than this AngloCelt].

If you deny the existence of shame and do not work on your faults, however, your hatred leaks out, and shows it in your actions. Nothing new here; the Jacobins and Bolsheviks had the same evil psychodynamic processes in place, to make them less than human.

Social justice warriors believe in an extreme left-wing ideology that combines feminism, progressivism, and political correctness into a totalitarian system that attempts to censor speech and promote fringe lifestyles while actively discriminating against men, particularly white men. They are the internet activist arm of Western progressivism that acts as a vigilante group to ensure compliance and homogeny of far left thought.

Even though on the surface it seems like a widespread hatred of masculinity…deep down it’s a widespread hatred of femininity. Just ask any woman who thinks loving her husband, raising children, and taking care of a home how much grief she gets from WOMEN.

I mean if women hate men so much…why do they want to be just like them.

The trouble is that these people are nonproductive. They want to manage the process, but not solve the problem. They follow Pournelle’s Iron rule of the NGO: the first generation want to solve the problem but the second generation want the problem to continue because the NGO will then survive.

As if NGOs feed anyone. Or SJWs, for that matter: they need the state to give them power to regulate, or they will die.


Feminism can’t possibly exist in a vacuum
. Because with feminism, nothing gets done. I learned that first hand. Feminism is a parasite that sucks off its patriarchical host of productivity, order, purpose, and authority. We can not have feminism in the absence of the patriarchy. So long as there are men who are willing to work, be controlled, take orders, and get things done, feminism has an opportunity to seize some portion of that surplus productivity and wealth creation for its own self-centered ends. Take away that wealth creation, feminism ceases to exist

There are some times to go Galt, and this is one. Give not the SJW oxygen. If you get one trolling, start with scorn and escalate to the banhammer. Keep your website self-hosted, and consider where it is hosted.

And remember, punishing those who have truth while letting evil flourish is a feature, not a bug, of the imperial republics that try to rule the Western Hegemony, while Killing those who tell the truth is the standard procedure in the Islamic opposition.

We should no part in either. Let them be slaves of their ideology. We will not be less than human.
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Update.

I found this later. Do not be like this, unless you want to live in a particularly mauve form of hell
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Pray for him. Do not be like him.

Confidence not fear [Ps 42, Jn 3]

Down in Dunedin this has been a time of struggle and pleasures. Last night was one of the later evenings: the photog and I managed to find a very geeky bargain, and on the way back from doing that I saw the sunset. Out came the only cameras on us — the cellphones, and one of these was “autoawesomed” by Google and found a use this morning.

And on the way back I talked about how when I feel I hear the voice of God I doubt. Because I have great difficulty working out what is my wishes, what is temptation masquerading as good, and what is true prediction. I have heard many people say they have words from God. I’m not that bold: and the idea of being a prophet scares me.

So I blog the lectionary. This time is Chaotic. We need to recall that God does have control, and that control is to redeem this world, not reduce it to slag.

Therefore we need to have confidence, not fear.


To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah
. According to Alamoth. A Song.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
(Psalm 46 ESV)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

(John 3:16-21 ESV)

I have said this before: this blog is more of a discipline than a ministry. It forces me in two ways: to read systematically scripture, for all verses within the Bible are read within the cycle, and to think about what they say.

It also forces me to write, and I find writing clarifies things, and brings a modicum of precision. The written word solidifies thought. For many of us, the blogs provide communication and ministry in a way that social media cannot.

But for some, that time will end, and Elspeth is wise to obey where she is being led.

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As an administrative aside: if blogs stay up, they remain in the link list, and if a blog is there is is not necessarily an endorsement. Some of the useful fools I admire, and some of the nutraditionalism and kirk people I disagree with.


I’m not one of those christians who hears
the Holy Spirit speaking to her all the time. It’s just not my experience. There have been three times in the past 20 years since I got serious about my walk when I was sure I’d experienced it, and last week was number four.

I have been in what can best be described as a state of spiritual stagnation, and it’s something I have been praying about. Hearth recommended I read a book, The Bondage Breaker, and I was getting into the study and praying I felt in my heart as if one of the things I need to do to move forward is stop writing here. As if it’s time to strip away some of the things that are a distraction from the most important things.

And so, this is my last post for the forseeable future. I’m not going to delete the blog or start another anywhere else. I don’t anticipate vanishing away completely, either. it’s just time to realign my priorities and this blog no longer fits in. I don’t imagine there’s anything I can say that I haven’t already said between the two blogs so the archives will always be there to bless anyone who might stumble upon them.

God is our refuge and strength. In him we have refuge. In him is our security. He is the person we need to obey. Not the audience, not the crowd: for if we appease them we lose any use, and whatever blessings we have turn to dust.

May that be not so.

Avoid the progressive endgame [Hebrews 3]

This is one of those difficult passages: It challenges us on ‘Once saved always saved’. Or does it. For the idea that all are saved within the church visible is a fundamental error. There are those in the church who want to form of religion but deny the power of it.

And the sacraments of the faith will not save alone. They are external acts, that should symbolize an internal change. The Churchian assumes that religion is about comfort, but those of Christ know that the church is not about religion, nor about comfort, but instead Christ.

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Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said,

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

(Hebrews 3:12-19 ESV)

We live in a society and a generation that has rebelled: the children of the overtly Christian war generation — which progressives such as Orwell railed against, but included Schaeffer, Stott, Lewis and Solzintysn — were the hippies and Gramscian socialists who destroyed morals and religion in the name of “liberation” and with an agenda that there would be nothing but the state.

As if God made us not good enough, not capable enough, and we can engineer a world before the fall, and go back to the Garden. As if this world is not fallen, and that this generation has no evil to fight.

I find about what the Islamic State is doing on twitter. The local paper has the left united that NZ should not put troops into Iraq to help in an anti Islamic State Coalition, as is our treaty obligation.

The left want us impotent against the enemy (the parallels with Labour during the last intergenerational crisis are obvious) or counting Russia as the enemy, as if ordinary European power politics in the context of a failing socialist experiment — and yes, I mean the EU — is more important that fanatics who kill their co religionists and torture to death those of the faith.

For the socialist and progressive agenda of the elite — with their edicts on tolerance and political correctness, their mistrust of the family, and their hatred of the moral, let alone the religious — is reaching the end game. Keeping their society going requires extensive medical intervention: IVF (for the aged couple, and the lesbian who wants to have children with her wife), surrogacy (for the gay man who wants children with his husband, and the aged couple who have ovaries but not the time or health to carry the child).

Not to mention contraception and abortion, so the young do not connect sex with children or commitment, and let our biological programming work so we marry young, go at it like rabbits, and have children with minimal medical interference.

Brad,

I would agree with Boxer and others on this one. Surrogacy is far from the ideal being presented here. Using the Romney name likely only helps for IBB (perhaps), not most of us who just see them as a bunch of rich people who likely think they know better for the rest of us.

Basically, what this is, is women renting out their bodies (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for nine months) for a price. $$$$. Ladies, welcome to the free market.

What I think we are going to see here Brad (in the next 10 years) are college aged girls (who don’t have tuition money, scholarships, and don’t want to take loans) that are willing to “host” another woman’s fertilized egg in her body for money, big money. If it is enough money it might even cover a year or two of tuition. This will be the avenue more and more MC and UMC couples will take if they get married later and later in life.

I mean seriously, if she is an executive vice president of ‘something’ and is 43 years old, and he is 40 to 50 (or whatever) and they have no children because they just got married, they are going to seriously consider this. Money will not be an object for these people, only time and her health will be the objects. They create time and don’t risk her health going the surrogacy route.

Now having said that, let me say this: I have not said whether or not I think this is a good idea. I am only saying that this will happen. The political will is there. The people (who want children but are too old to have them) have largely voted that they want science and medicine to play God.

Watch the messages of this world: the overt message to young women that they need credentials so they need not depend on a man, and the covert message to men that they should not marry because they will be ruined in about ten years by the divorce courts as the woman they committed to dumps them and attempts to trade up.

The entire system around this — with the family court industry, transfer payments,. and increased damage to children (step fathers and thug boyfriends do hit children or worse, their biological father generally does not) is the rancid fruit of saying to society that you can follow your lusts and not God. That your hearts can be evil, and this liberating.

We need to repent. We need to pray for revival. Or we will have societies who have been destroyed for their evil — from the Amorites to the Mayan — accusing God of injustice. The end game of the progressive period is upon us. Do not be part of their agenda.

Graphism and administrivia.

Firstly, the graph, and what is wrong with it. If you look at this, you would consider the Muslims to be young and educated, similar to Jewish orthodox, and the reformed to be at about my age, and less educated.

While tha mainstream church is older a much more educated than the assemblies of God, Baptists, and Historically black churches.

There is one problem. Percent of college graduates is no longer a useful proxy measure of above-average intelligence: the need for credentialing has meant that far too many people go to university, and (after five or six years of struggle, and significant debt) graduate to unemployment, Their parents — my age — went into trades. This is going to change, but as it does the use of education as a measure of intelligence will give perverse results: the most astute young men are avoiding university (particularly American College) unless they need it for a professional school.

Now for the administrivia. I have adjusted some of the linkage here (as sites go silent they are removed, and when the reappear they get added). I’m trying to add at least the chapter of the lectionary readings to those posts. And, finally, the university year has started here… which means, for me, not drinking (as the students do) or blogging but deadlines. The lectionary posts will continue, but the linkage and quotage posts may become less frequent.

Your self esteem angers God [Deut 9: John 2]

One of the difficulties with dealing with the lectionary and blogging on it is that you get the parts of scripture that no one teaches and no one likes. So, as a way of introduction, a story.

The Son was talking about the prosecutors in the US indicting various politicians. I commented that in the US almost everyone commits a felony a day. He asked, would they indict Christ. And my response was that they would indict him, and the churches would cheer it on.

Christ was not comfortable. People pretend that Christ was peaceful, and that we have a better sense of morality: we are civilized. Well, Moses challenges our morality, and Christ whips the bankers out of the temple, probably breaking one of the multiple anti terrorist regulations that the US congress has passed and the TSA tries to inflict on the world.

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Do not say in your heart, after the LORD your God has thrust them out before you, ‘It is because of my righteousness that the LORD has brought me in to possess this land,’ whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out before you. Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the LORD your God is driving them out from before you, and that he may confirm the word that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

“Know, therefore, that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stubborn people. Remember and do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day you came out of the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD. Even at Horeb you provoked the LORD to wrath, and the LORD was so angry with you that he was ready to destroy you. When I went up the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the LORD made with you, I remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water. And the LORD gave me the two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them were all the words that the LORD had spoken with you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. And at the end of forty days and forty nights the LORD gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant. Then the LORD said to me, ‘Arise, go down quickly from here, for your people whom you have brought from Egypt have acted corruptly. They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them; they have made themselves a metal image.’

(Deuteronomy 9:4-12 ESV)

The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

(John 2:13-22 ESV)

The key phrase the first passage is that we should not think our righteousness has saved us. It has not. For we are all fallen, we are all broken. Now, I can hear people shutting down, thinking that I am a a misanthrope, and my theology is far too bleakly reformed. The first is an argument against the person (and a logical fallacy) and the second a truism of the gospel: we cannot earn our way to God. Peter knew this: he was a fisherman (and a successful one) when Christ met him, and his immediate response was to ask Christ to leave, because the very presence of the incarnate God convicted him.

But we instead believe that we are the prize, that we are all princes or princesses, and that we must never have our feelings hurt. This leads to the distortions of our life, and the misery that attends upon them.

We believe what we think are pretty lies. But they are ugly, really ugly.

Parents of daughters (generally, not in all cases, just generally) don’t give a d-mn what their future prospective son-in-laws want from their daughters. If he wanted a virginal wife (and can never get that from their buttexxed-desouled daughter) well, that is just too bad, he will have to take her just the way she is and learn to love her and well, thats the end of it! They see their daughters as prizes to be worked for and won in marriage, (the daughter can ALWAYS do BETTER than any man that she eventually marries.) The parents feel he must EARN her and jump through all these hoops to get her. That is the way the feminist imperative marital market economics of this “works” in the MC and UMC. That was even the crap I had to deal with (growing up) from my own folks because (right out of the gate) they thought every gf I had could simply DO BETTER than ME by virtue of the fact that they were female. They were blue-pill brainwashed too.

The man can NEVER-EVER!!!! be the “prize.” In every marriage, someone must ALWAYS be getting the better end of the deal in marriage and the only way feminism works (in marriage) is if the man thinks that his wife could have done better than him BUT there is ZERO CHANCE that he could have ever have done better than her. That is how he “won” the “prize.” She HAD to have “settled.” He MUST love her more than she could ever love him. It can not work the other way. Ever. Because if it is the other way around then…. well…. (given unilateral divorce laws) he’ll just frivorce her (eventually) when he can trade up. And no parent wants that.

Outside the church, it is ugly, and within the church it is not that much better. We have people pleading for sacrificial giving so they can drive a Mercedes or similar “for the Glory of God” or so that they can build a stadium and call it a sanctuary — when I would argue it is better to divide, and school halls make perfectly adequate places to worship. (If we want to go big, and have a massive multi-congregational worship service (please. no.) then my town is lumbered with an international class enclosed rugby ground: that can be hired),

Within the church we provoke the person who is our Lord and who will rule us. We are stubborn. And when he places us under discipline, we whine like little children. We want to preserve a sense that we are righteous and precious, regardless of what we have done, to the point that we stand among the casualties of our pride, those we have damaged, and call it good.

But it is not. And our God is just.

So this is not taught, not preached, not mentioned. It is consigned to a silence, As if scripture is not inspired by God, and profitable for teaching and correction.

God preserve us, for we are foolish: we have forgotten that it is a terrible thing to be in the hands of a living God.

Hate your lusts, its subversive.

We say that we are the children of God, that we were chosen from before time, that we are the elect, members of the church invisible, and that our hope relies on him. And that we have not forgotten Christ. But if we forget his commandments, if we have let our conscience be seared, forgotten him we have. And here, I look at my own failures when it comes to temptation and consider if that is happening.

Church yesterday: beginning of Lent.
Church yesterday: beginning of Lent.

Christ reduced the Law to but two axioms, from which all falls logically: to love the LORD with all your heart and soul and strengths, and to love your neighbour as you do yourself. This was standard Rabbinical teaching by that time, and he endorsed it.

He then added another commandment, that we love each other as Christ did: being prepared to die on their place.

In Christ, it is never about us.

“Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.

(Deuteronomy 8:11-20 ESV)

My church does follow the calendar, and yesterday was the start of Lent. We know it is an artificial idea. a tradition, from the scholars, but we are not that afraid of tradition. And the children’s talk was abou temptation… talking about taking sweets. (in a bowl, on the table…. and they would not tempt me because my fillings do not like caramel chews).

But we need to continually recall the state we were in before Christ called us, and ask that his spirit will work within us. So some old quotes, on the wrong day, that should speak to us.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O, if my soul were formed for woe,
How would I vent my sighs!
Repentance should like rivers flow
From both my streaming eyes.

Twas for my sins my dearest Lord
Hung on the cursed tree,
And groaned away a dying life
For thee, my soul, for thee.

O, how I hate those lusts of mine
That crucified my God!
Those sins that pierced and nailed his flesh
Fast to the fatal wood!

Yes, my Redeemer, they shall die,
My heart has so decreed;
Nor will I spare the guilty things
That made my Savior bleed.

Whilst, with a melting, broken heart,
My murdered Lord I view,
I’ll raise revenge against my sins,
And slay the murd’rers too.

Hymn 103. (Isaac Watts)

Let the Peoples of this world hate us. Let the nations rage: as the Ukrainian Crisis deepens and the Islamists explore the subhuman depths of their ideology in their fascist Caliphate, we need to recall that we are no better, no more wise, and no more clear-sighted than the liberals and fascists whose errors we can see through.

We need to return to the word of God, and test our traditions and our practices. The lusts we have we need to put away: a continual struggle for us all, but as the Orthodox say, hatred of one’s sins is no sin and is needful.

For we do not live in a perfect world, where we all just get along. In Tasmania, a Scripture Union Chaplain facebooked that homosexuality is not normal… and lost his job: until he recanted, disobeying both the Law of God and ignoring the scientific data — on gheys being victims of violence [1] and having higher health risks. The pagans demand we sacrifice to their idols, and that we cannot do.


This story shows why it is so important
for Christians to go for STEM degrees in college, to save their money, and to write under an alias. It is a different world today, and you have to be ready when you get called on the carpet by the other team. I don’t condemn this chaplain for recanting. I might be tempted to do the same, even though I am prepared for it. But I do think it serves as a warning for those who think that God is waiting to save us when we have to stand up for what we believe. Don’t expect him to save you. The world is not a Disney movie, and Christians are not Disney princesses. Do not follow your heart. Do not listen to people who urge you to follow your heart. Especially when you and your advisors have made poor decisions in the past.

Your ability to be who you are in Christ is partially dependent on your ability to survive a financial crisis. Your ability to be who you are in Christ is partially dependent on your debt / savings balance. What you study in school matters. What jobs you take matters. How fast you pay off your debts matters. How well you save your money matters. Your ability to protect yourself, your family, and your friends in the face of challenges to your faith like this one is directly proportional to your past life decisions. If you are guided by your feelings in your decision-making, you are exposing yourself to dangers that could lead to apostasy. That is not a popular message, but it is a true one. The Bible gives no evidence that our lives will be free of confrontation and judgment.

We are all tempted. We all fail. We need to pick each other up, and encourage each other to continue, to stand for Christ on our crutches or with shaking legs. For neither the apostate West nor the Islamist East love God and obey him. But we are commanded to do both, as a witness to the world and a subversion of the powers of this age.

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1. Homosexuality is as human a behaviour as theft. Both will change your brain (any activity will) and both will have conseuqences on your life and ethics. Neither are moral. Both are within the range of behaviour where many are tempted.

However, teh gheys have been drafted as shock troops for the SJW, to subvert all traditions and health within society, and bring the time of peace, not realizing that if men are not masculine women will go to where they are, and they can submit and serve.

At the moment that is not as much being the lover of a butch woman (which is acceptable to the SJW) but either desiring to be the heroine in 50 shades or converting to Islam (which is less so to the SJW).

Wisdom will not suffice [I Cor 1:17-32]

I was having pizza last night with those who are accounted wise: there was a person talking about a book lauch with the author, and a discussion about protesting aluminium smelters, and if World War III is starting in Russia. Or if it is the Islamic state. And then someone said “but the intelligent question everything and have doubt, the morons are confident”. And another said “that explains religion”.

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I live in a university town. It teaches you, quite rapidly, that certification does not correlate with skill, and status does correlate with wisdom. I know many learned fools: some of them are my friends. Whom I should pray for more.

Wisdom does not show itself in qualifications but right choices made under stress, in clear eyes, assessing people without distortion, and in gracious words and acts. You judge people not by their erudition or scholarship, but by how they influence those around you.

This the ancients knew. They respected wisdom: we still refer not merely to Aristotle and Plato, but to the neo Stoics such as Aurelius, and the medieval scholars who followed. As we should: for wisdom does not come with an expiry date.

But the Gospel is more powerful, and Paul preached it plain.

For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

(1 Corinthians 1:17-31 ESV)

Ir ia not as if our leaders and elite are particularly wise or insightful at the moment. They are not: the progressives in particular are blinded, which could be their use, for we all need examples of what not to do. It is that Christ’s death and resurrection offends us. It takes an idea that life is a game, and with enough wisdom points we can gain enough power to do good and earn salvation.

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It subverts the noble despair of the stoic, saying life is fleeting and an illusion, and the correct response is to disengage. As if we can. God kicked in the door of the materialist hut, thinking of death as a final sleep and that there was no other life, and pulled someone out of the grave, offending all the naturalists and those who consider that the laws of nature are written for ever.

And even the wise do not what to contemplate what it means to be in front of a living God, who is righteous. When they turn to reformed discussions, they see merely a low self-esteem, forgetting that self-esteem is merely another word for pride, and that there is no association between self-esteem and right living, let alone wisdom.

But that is not the worry of this time. It is that the twits who run this world are not merely offended by Christ, but by wisdom. Because white male privilege.

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As if that matters. Go back to the text. We were not chosen by Christ because we are the great and good. We were not chosen because we are the oppressed and despised either: that would be a misreading that will lead to liberation theology and damning another generation of children. Instead Christ chose the ordinary to shame the wise. It is the way that we live that allows one to judge.

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The Photog and I talked after the pizza. About how the terms around professional privilege had been raised, and how professionals had a pass on their behaviour. Which I am aware of and blind to. For in the end, the boy who was raised on the wrong side of the tracks is still there, who grew up avoiding both the gangs and the police, who remained good not because of moral virtue but from a deep awareness that his family would do what they could, but rescuing was not within their power.

The wise are supposed to judge rightly. And the congregation of believers, by the very way they live, should be bringing them to a realization that they have an error in their assumptions. In correcting this, they find Christ, not a stumbling block or foolishness, but live and salvation. But if we live as this world, we cannot shame, and if the wise disavow shame they are damned: the misery these people have in this life is readily apparent, as instead of building they mystery and spirituality that they say they possess, they make their lives hell on this earth.

Do not be that: my fear in the church is we can be like that.

And not be unfruitful [Titus 3].

Over the last three days I have blogged consistently from one book — Titus — and as a result (together with doing it fast, which means a half hour, not an hour) seen the traffic drop.

This world is broken and the hypocrisy we are seeing is nauseating. But there is nothing new here. Nothing new. The Romans were corrupt: the reason they preached virtue and increased the number of ceremonies they had is the same as we have now: we are afraid that people are without virtue so we make our oaths more elaborate, and micromanage their lives more, treating those who should be grown as infants.

But we are not supposed to be infants. We are grown men and women. We do not expect anything of infants but that they grow. We expect men and women to act and to influence other’s lives for good, to do good works, to build not break down.

And to not waste time on disputation, when a dike has to be built against the coming flood.

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith.

Grace be with you all.

(Titus 3 ESV)

I blog. On the link list there are some very staunch Roman Catholics (Mundabor and Alte, who needs to blog more) some orthodox (Scott and Mychael) evangelicals (Hearthie and Elspeth) and a couple of really ultra reformed people (Will S, take a bow: you are far more productive than I am). We have large theological differences. But I will back them, even as Mundabor tells me I’m a heretic and need to convert. Because our models of God are not God, our theological understanding is partial.

I like a good theological argument as much as anyone, but I don’t want to break unity. In my church, I accept practices that are in error, for no church is perfect, I am not perfect, and we need to work together.

And Paul told Titus to remove the litigious and disputatious: in modern language, not to let the trolls remain, and to not feed them. We have enough difficulty living a godly life in this fallen age.

Paul wrote a handbook for that to Titus. With the aim that we be fruitful: let the elite seethe, but we will follow our LORD. If I can learn about this from my catholic and orthodox brethren, I will. For wisdom has no odour.

And I can find no command telling me to waste my time and life on meaningless trifles, and priggishly insisting of compliance to finer and finer rules. We need to hold the best interests of others ahead of us, and love our God. That is terrifying enough, and task enough for this life.

For we are not measured by what we say, but how we influence the lives around us. So do not be decadent, as the elite are. Be instead fruitful.

A woman to avoid.

This is from a comment at Dalrock’s. The comment is about the need to guard one’s heart: if male from the visual and if female more from romance, for both are read for arousal, both glorify sexual desire overmuch, and Dalrock calls them porn, with good reason.

But the comments are about a case, and I am going to edit it and make comments. It is a bit like the situation in Proverbs where a man being seduced is described as akin to an ox blindly walking to the slaughterhouse. Now, if you consider all women are special snowflakes and none are ever evil, I suggest you look away.

I am also going to redact a fair amount of the comment

I know anecdotal evidence is not really evidence, so please take this with the proverbial grain of salt, but in my experience,,,, the sexual hypocrisy of females can be breathtaking.

Well, yeah, we are all hypocrites.

… a young single mom in our congregation. One night during fellowship, she claims several of our male members were looking at an attractive girl walking by. She publicly called out the men on their sin, and told us that she could no longer fellowship with us because of how sinful the men were. The men were mystified, and all claimed that they were not even looking at the passing girl. The single mom agrees to stay, provisionally. Sometime later, it came to light that the same single mom had accused a young man outside the congregation of molesting her teenage daughter. It turns out the teenaged daughter had been flirting with the young man by sitting in his lap–no other contact etc etc. The daughter even told us that nothing even remotely happened and that “my mom likes drama to make her life more interesting.”

In my trade, this is called projection. It is accusing others of the very thing that you are afraid of: alternatives to this, such as reaction formation (preaching against the very sin you are committing) or undoing (giving monies to the poor because you have been overly sharp in your business practice) are altogether common.

After further due diligence (the single mom even confessed that there had been no “genital contact”) we asked the single mom to make things right for the young man (she had told his parents and was threatening legal action, etc). She refused and said things like this “blow over.”

One of the clear signs you are dealing with someone who is going to hack your emotions is that they will refuse to accept any accountability or blame. They will either minimise distress (which is what happened here) or find a quasi-legalistic method of justifying their actions (such as “raising consciousness”).

Church discipline was practised, and we asked her to leave the fellowship until she was ready to approach the young man’s family and set the record straight. Two months later, she is pregnant out of wedlock with a non-christian, bears the child, gets child support in the thousands per month in addition to the father’s swanky San Francisco condo.

By your actions you can pick them. There are two points to note here: one is that she managed to get herself linked up with a sperm donor, and then rips him off (yes, sex does not get you a swanky condo, nor does bearing a child. She manipulated him, then left him) and secondly she cannot abide confrontation, so left the church.

Now the warning.

Sad story on so many fronts (poor baby raised by single mom! Poor dad!), and a travesty that the entire legal-military complex stands behind her, ready to destroy any man who dares to stand up for a shred of justice.

I teach my sons three things.

  1.  Christ called us to righteousness, and fidelity in marriage. Keep it zipped until then.
  2. If you don’t you better be prepared to raise any children that result… and…
  3. Do not marry or cohabit or live in a country with unjust laws that allow for alimony and swingeing child support. For that reason, no matter how cute they are and how righteous they seem, do not date an American or British Woman. For their courts are poison.

And from them, we all need to stay far away.