I think the churchian elite would reject Jesus joining them.

Donald Sensing linked to this, and so did Dalrock, but they missed the key point. The elite of a liberal Methodist denomination (The connectional table) wants to dissolve connectivity and church discipline because tolerance. But they quoted the wrong part.

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The correct part to quote is this: these liberals would reject Christ.

And in regard to the “we think that this will allow everyone to still be at the table” in our church, I’m afraid not. It won’t for example, allow Jesus to sit at our table who told us quite directly and explicitly that marriage is an act where God brings a man and woman together in a one flesh union that can turn men and women into husbands and wives with the potential to become fathers and mothers through that one flesh union between them. Gay marriage has no such possibilities. Jesus also was equally clear that if one is not gifted to be part of a heterosexual monogamous marriage then the other option was indeed celibacy in singleness, which is exactly what being a eunuch for the Kingdom implies (see Mt. 19)! Not coincidentally, this very passage of Scripture is the basis of our social principle about ‘fidelity in marriage, and celibacy in singleness’.

I’m afraid that the historical Jesus himself would be quite ashamed of the Connectional Table for this short-sighted and unBiblical piece of guidance in preparation for the General Conference. What is equally problematic is that a pronouncement like this a year before General Conference can only prejudice the tone and character of the discussion going forward and especially in Portland a year from now. I would remind us all that currently only the General Conference speaks for all of us, and only its decisions are binding on the whole church. If we were in fact to enact this very recommendation, it would cease to be true that only the General Conference, and only once every four years, can speak for us in important matters such as marriage or ordination. Farewell not only connectionalism, but farewell as well to both the Biblical standards of marriage and for ordination (‘an elder must be the husband of one wife’– see the Pastorals), and farewell to what John Wesley himself said on these matters in his little treatise ‘Thoughts on Celibacy’.

So to be correct the elite want us to abandon our saviour. May this never be. Do not join the elite. Do not be them. Do not be like them.

Trolls feed the Honey Badgers.

I think the first rule of law is only fight when you can afford to. Have your people supplied. The second rule is not to attack where people are strongest. The left ignore both, and fail.

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Nerds have bulldozed Hollywood’s monopoly on culture, and rendered it all but completely dependent on them for what little revenue stream their fetish for innovation and efficiency will allow Hollywood’s outmoded business models.

And it’s not just Hollywood. Academia has come under assault, too, with some of the most powerful voices for reform of higher education coming from the tech sector. California venture capitalist Peter Thiel has been probably the most outspoken assailant of academia, and has even taken to literally paying promising STEM students not to attend college and instead giving them money to get into business. Unless you’re an elite school with a well-established and deep pocketed alumni network, or a tech school, or both (as in the case of MIT), this is going to cut into your capacity to attract alumni who might actually make money.

Furthermore, the crisis of student debt has cast serious doubt as to whether the modern university, with its endless studies departments, safe spaces, and speech codes, can provide any actual value to students in exchange for its exorbitant tuition rates. Add in the fact that STEM-oriented gadflies are some of the most vocal and successful critics of squishy postmodernism in the humanities, and you can see where traditional academe would be threatened by the rise of that group’s status. Most tech workers and STEM people still have college degrees, of course, but that probably produces even more resentment among their classmates hawking Pumpkin Spice lattes at Starbucks.

In short, the rise of Silicon Valley, geek chic and focus on STEM has seen an attendant decline in status and economic viability for America’s most inefficient, politically correct, conventionally Left-wing sectors. The hipsters are dead; long live the nerds.

The sense of outrage and the use of a murderous bastard is typical of the hipster.
The sense of outrage and the use of a muderous bastard is typical of the hipster.

How did this happen? The answer is long and complicated, but to put it simply, no person with a knowledge of political history should ever bet against the nerds. For all the sneers of the New York Times and their fashionable partners in the media elite about the “hyper-whiteness” of the nerd identity, the fact is that those forged in the crucible of anti-intellectual injustice simply will not break. Alex Jones is wrong about almost everything, but he is right to label nerds “the most dangerous people in this country, because they end up running things.” And indeed, today more than ever, to be an intelligent, creative, free-thinker is to be the type of person who ends up on top of the heap.

The latter-day Carrie Nations opposing them should have seen this coming. When comic books were first labeled dangerous, nerds spearheaded their rush to acceptance and broke the censors. When role-playing games were vilified by histrionic, uneducated mothers looking for scapegoats to cover their own lack of parenting, it was nerds who blew the whistle on their ignorance and fraud. The United States was founded by its most highly educated, and the same class built the progressive era in the early 20th century before undoing it in the 80’s through finance, and then ushering in the information age through computers. They put a man on the moon, Silicon Valley on the map, and the world on the internet. You have to get up very early to put one over on an intellectual elite, and it’s dubious whether those who have tried to do so this time ever stop hiding from imaginary triggers in their beds. Small wonder they are losing so badly.

It is not just America where this is happening. Globally, the left is in retreat. David Cameron has crushed the lisping avatar of contentless teenage angst known as Ed Miliband, while Benjamin Netanyahu has frozen out his enemies with the cold reality of geopolitics. Soon, the only place that is left (in both senses) will be your average college campus, and it won’t be long before men like Peter Thiel snatch all their prospectively wealthy students away to innovate, leaving only the army of baristas and mental hypochondriacs that populate the various “Studies” departments. And the more the media caters to them, the more irrelevant it will be.

And the tears flow, because the hipsters, the SJW, know not how things work, and want to control that which they do not understand.

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So far the activists have gelded and made irrelevant the world council of churches, most political parties, most publishers, almost all TV, and most of hollywood. They have almost destroyed comics. They are losing with science fiction and gaming. And… when they try to regulate the internet one corporation at a time the conversation just shifts to another platform. They add not to the signal. They are just seen as noise, and they will pass.

But truth will get through.

Granite, not sandstone [II Cor 1]

There is heresy in the church. There has always been heresy in the church. We have always been under pressure to compromise with the world, and become good citizens: in this time this means that we become good feminists and social justice warriors,, even if it destroys the church we belong to.

And it does. It does. I know liberal congregations, and there this bloke, who is now in his mid 50s, is young. We have forgotten eldership is something you give to men with experience, and who can lead.

I’ve never attended a church in which any MEN under the age of 45 or 50 were elders. Generally, about half of the elders were retired men, often over the age of 70. Men whose children are grown simply have more time to serve, and more life experience as well.

When I was a Presbyterian, the elders set a rather aspirational budget each year, and if the tithes and offerings fell short at the end of the year, I’m pretty sure they made up the difference out of their own pockets. Very few single women under the age of 35 would be of any use whatsoever in that situation. In what sense is anybody under the age of 35 an elder? A person that young isn’t old enough to be principal of a high school.

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One of the reasons that you want the older people is that old farts, a status I pray I achieve, no longer care as much for themselves. Their kids are grown and gone: their wives have daughters and sons to stay at. My old man says that he may be jailed… and his only fear is for Mum. He’s bolder than I am, but he’s now in his eighties. The young think about their mortgages.

Thinking about the challenges facing the church today, it occurs to me that the Gospel Coalition crowd and similar groups are not a very effective spokesmen for Christianity. Why? Precisely because they are too secure. People like John Piper and Tim Keller are rock stars and presumably quite wealthy. (Even if they haven’t monetized their fame, they easily could). Also, some of the older crowd are clearly sailing into the sunset of retirement. In short, these guys have little at risk personally, so they have no credibility when they tell Christians to stand up and be counted and to take tough stands.

By contrast, the apostles were on the front lines of persecution. Paul literally wrote some of his letters from prison. When a guy who’s been stoned, beaten, etc. and who is in jail tells you to stand firm, he’s got credibility doing it.

So in my view it’s critical for pastors who aren’t famous and who aren’t financially set to speak out. By publicly laying it on the line and putting their trust in God, not the size of their bank account, that’s how they earn credibility in speaking out (with help from the Holy Spirit of course).

Our role is to stand fast. to not move. To let the sea of our society break against us, and be broken. We are to be granite: the surf must break on us, not sandstone, which the surf will erode.

And this takes experience. Paul was writing from Prison, for he had planned to visit the Corinthians, and considered a letter a poor substitute for a meeting. And in this we see some important theology. From the context, it’s clear that he had, again, been jailed.

For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand—just as you did partially understand us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you.

Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace. I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea. Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

(2 Corinthians 1:12-22 ESV)

We are to be simple, and clear and plain. We are not to be of the world. Our church is not either the progressives nor the Tories at prayer. We are to speak the gospel, particularly the bits we don’t like. We are not to be like the world.

This is getting easier. The world is embracing evil, and any person who can remember what truth, and beauty, and honour is now stands out.

So do not fall into the use of progressive langauge nor the heresies of the progressives. You can spot this by their lies, and their language.

As the Church of Jesus Christ enters its third millennium, women continue to heed the call to transform the Church and the world in the name of the One who names us and claims us all for witness, mission and earth-shaking transformation.

As much as he was a product of his era-one admittedly marked by gender, class, religious, and community exclusion — Jesus Christ brought to us a ministry of transformational invitation. The Living Christ invited — and still invites — to a common table of grace, justice, and power, people who had never before been invited to the religious power tables, including women, cultural and religious minorities, social outcasts, and disreputable community sinners.1 And women, in claiming their voice in the new faith movement ignited by the Messiah, became leaders in expanding that movement and in pushing further for inclusion of Gentiles in what was then viewed as Jesus’ renewal of Judaism.

The above is heresy, and an official document of the US Methodists, which is a church that has cut itself from the gospel. Firstly. look at the language. All the neo-Marxist dog whistles are there: Gender, class, the idea (an old lie) that this time we can be new because it is a new century or new millennium.

Then the lies. That Christ had women as disciples is true. That he had notorious sinners repent, also true. But they were no longer whores or tax collectors. And the apostles were… male. All of them.

And the final lie: that Christ was limited by his culture and time. It is akin to saying the cross only spoke to Jews, or peoples of the Roman empire, or that the words of God are relative. It is heresy piled on heresy, disguised by the modern version of polite speech. By worshipping the current gods of inclusion, diversity, and the powers of this time the church is no longer salt, no longer light, but a pitiful, flavourless instrument of damnation.

It may have the form or religion but lacks all saving power. So men with balls and a backbone have left it to the girls. And now, I predict, the girls will be leaving, for they know their need for succour, healing, repentance and reconciliation is not there.

We cannot be part of this power structure. We cannot be part of this world. We must not be the ocean, we must be the rock.

So leave those congregations that preach progressivism. Find the churches which cling to the gospel. They now are unfashionable and called cultic. You will be warned against them.

For this elite will pass. Do not join them.

Unnatural authority silence needs. [It cannot cope with competition].

There is an old comment from the 1930s which starts “First they came for the Jews”. Well, the Jews have left. The SJW are just past peak power, and in the US they have hubris, and want to remove the old ways of doing things.

The goal, the long term goal, is to criminalize any outward signs of orthodox Christian beliefs. Anything that is an orthodox Christian belief will be targeted if it conflicts with modernist sensibilities. Nothing is sacred, and nothing is safe. In fact, it won’t stop there. Christians may well be affirmatively required in some circumstances to express views that conflict with core tenets of the Faith.

I called this particular post “Enforcing Silence” because silencing Christians is the main goal. But even silence may not be enough for some. Those who refuse to parrot acceptable slogans might will find themselves under suspicion. Christians who hold to orthodox beliefs will find it increasingly difficult, as time passes, to work within the general confines of society. Their silence will not be overlooked.

Ultimately, I suspect that those who hold to orthodoxy will have to isolate themselves from greater society. Think the Amish. While it may not be enforced at the point of a gun, it will be the only way to be safe from the intrusions of the State. Of course, this might well only work for a time. The Amish have been tolerated for some time, and those who join them in isolated Christian communities might be tolerated as well. But modernists (and especially SJWs) are relentless and totalitarian. There is a very good chance that they would turn their eyes upon those communities given enough time, and without other, more pressing distractions. The real question is whether the system will last that long.

There are reasons to subvert what is orthodox, what is natural, what is beautiful, what is true and what is right. It is because democracy and the idea that we are all equal in all things is not natural, it is not true, and calling the untruth right does not make it natural. It is a utopia, bought to earth, and enforced by both bribery and the sword.

Unnatural authority is not necessarily bad, per se, but because it is unnatural, it has higher bar to clear when it comes to legitimacy and it is more likely to be dysfunctional. Legitimacy flows from God and from the people; it is not the will of the people, but the people ruled by an authority must recognize the legitimacy of an authority. Natural authority by default confers legitimacy: children do not question the right of the father to rule them until these child naturally grows to an age to rule themselves, and even then, children still accept their father’s advice and guidance. The biggest threat to natural authority is the abuse or neglect by the authority. In cases where a natural authority is abusing or neglecting his duties, legitimacy breaks down and the ruled will rebel to be replaced by either anarchy or a new legitimate authority.

Unnatural authority does not automatically confer legitimacy. Legitimacy comes through either earned merit or persuasion. Intellectual leaders and recognized experts generally gain their legitimacy as authorities in their domains through the demonstration of knowledge and skill related to their specific domains. Business leaders and the rich earn their authority through performance in the free market. Democratic leaders gain their legitimacy through persuasion, using the methods propaganda and bribery, hence the omnipresent state and state instruments in any democracy constantly trumping the virtues of democracy and providing bread and circuses. The main problem with unnatural authority is that it is much easier to persuade than it is to earn. A bribe or a piece of propaganda is easier than decades of labour excelling at an area of expertise. So, unnatural authorities will tend to drift towards manipulation over merit to obtain legitimacy.

As humans, we self organize. We fall for each other, in lust or love, and without contraception in most heterosexual relationships that leads to families. Motherhood is a full-time job: the husband has to work sufficiently to provide for not merely himself but children. Husbands form bands: wife form networks. Knowledge is transmitted both by formal precept and law and informally by apprenticeship and mentoring. Families form communities, often driven by ties of blood. In the wilderness, you cannot stand alone: you need more than one couple in the homestead, and more than one homestead in the village. The most competent and experienced (which in extreme situations, often is the same thing) people lead.

It takes wealth to be dysfunctional, to not need to work 12 hour days to ensure there is sufficient food and fuel for winter. To forget that winter is coming. To assume that the church or lord of the manor will provide if the crops fail, so we survive. It takes great wealth to decide to systematically remove earnings from the productive and have a non productive caste in addition to the inevitable caste of soldiers and civil servants any state spawns. And great wealth is not the usual state for humanity.

The elite, who have an ideology that all will be equal and all will be damned (for they cannot allow God to save one if he chooses not to save all), cannot bear Christ. Nor anything that may point to Christ. Aristotle and Plato cannot be taught. Logic cannot be taught. And those philosophers of Christendom, from Augustine to Milton, must not be read. Their books must be locked up. The language they used must be removed from our vocabulary. Even the Tao, or the Buddha, or the Hindu scholars must be kept silent, for they seek truth, and discuss beauty, and those things may draw someone to the divine, and thus a traitor make.

And if that truly is our state, let our speech be sedition, and our acts traitorous. For we must obey the eternal, and all tyrants are ephemeral.

We must never be nice and tame among the pagans. [II Cor 1]

There is a post coming about hubris, and linking to Free Northerner on authority. In this passage we can see what the cost of spiritual leadership is. Another passage today talks about Christ saying if we are not prepared to hate our mother and brothers and sisters and even our life for the gospel’s sake we are not fit to be Christ’s followers.

For our family may not be prepared to pay the cost.

Paul was. He considered his life disposable. He was glad if he was placed in chains — for it sheltered the early church, and glad when the church gave him comfort. For he had been in a hard school, and relied of Christ. Together with prayer.

Maniototo, yesterday: no, we were not going to stop in a blizzard.
Maniototo, yesteday: no, we were not going to stop in a blizzard.

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.

For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

(2 Corinthians 1:1-11 ESV)

What power we have in Christ. The pagans can think they destroy and kill and silence, but we can pray. And those prayers can lead to others yet to come thinking about the circumstances we find ourselves in a praising God for their redemption, even though we may have suffered greatly through that period.

The elite can try to shut us down: but they have not as yet. And they cannot stop our prayers. When we have nothing to give and no energy and are physically broken, prayer still remains.

At this time I pray particularly for our leaders. That they may have discernment: the church is seen as irrelevant, without authority, and accused of the blackest abuse. There have been false leaders who have assuaged their lusts on the bodies of those who should be under their care: Christ was pretty scathing about such, saying something about millstones and seas. Now we have some who say that the voice of the people is the voice of God, and we need to roll over and be good little pagans, losing whatever power we have.

“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 14:34-35 ESV)

We are not supposed to be the religious arm of our society. Our church is not a national church, nor a church for the people. It belongs to Christ. If the people walk away, via referenda, or are led away by the evil desires of the elite, we need to remain. The way of Christ is hard. We need to obey Christ. We need to keep our vows, and choose to live, regardless of our status, for the glory of God, doing what is needful this day for him.

And let not this world interfere with our prayers or regulate our righteousness. This period in society will end, and sooner than many think. But the church is of Christ. and the gates of Hell cannot prevail against it.

Musical interlude: Wreckers, Lone Justice, and Carbon Fibre Cellos.

Needing to get some work done. The weather has turned to cold, and snow may be on the way. Music on high rotation just now.

This is my favourite song by Lone Justice, but is very hard to find, and this is the best version I can find on youtube.

The final video has had a lot of play. I hope they were putting plastic cellos in the water — those carbon fibre cellos cost a fair bit.

The spirit of God [Pentecost Sunday]

This morning we got to Batch for Pentecost Sunday, where there was no sermon. Instead we had a report from a man who had gone to Vanuatu to repair and rebuild after a cyclone, and from one of the city missioners on his work with those who fall out of our society. Dunedin may be pretty, but there is a bleak side, and we have casualties from our society, and those madness takes.

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But today the lectionary helps us. For the spirit of a man is the only part that has full knowledge: none of us can read the minds or intentions of another. In the same manner, the spirit of God knows both God, and is able to search us. And guide us not merely to be more like Christ, but more like ourselves, how we ought to be [1].

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

(1 Corinthians 2:1-13 ESV)

It is worth considering that the rulers of this world use propaganda: mass marketing, rhetoric, rehearsal. Paul knew these things. Instead he talked of Christ plainly: and not with power or authority, but in weakness.

It is the Holy Spirit that bought us to Christ. It is same spirit that preserves our salvation: it is not our doing, for we are weak and faithless. We lack both the strength and the ability to keep our oaths.

And without the spirit of God the words of the gospel, the teaching of the apostles, are not understood, taken in, acted upon. The church grows by the spirit, and for not the glory of the leaders, but for God.

As the reformers used to say: Sola dei Gloria, for the glory of God alone. And the church exists as the medievalists said. Ad majoriam gloria Deo [2]; for the the greater glory of God.

Some call this day Pentecost Sunday and the birthday of the church. It is true that it is Pentecost: it is true that on that day the spirit moved and Peter spoke with confidence. But, in this time, let us not imitate the world, for that will fade away. Let us instead pray with great fear, with trembling, and in weakness, that the spirit will lead us in what we say and do and proclaim, unless we, all too human as we are, take the cheap way to popularity and think that if we appease this time the church will grow.

For we are not responsible for the church: it is Christ’s, and he will preserve it. We are simply called to be obedient to the plain words of God. And most know that by themselves this is not possible. It is the spirit that preserves us and preserves our congregations.

Let us abide with the spirit of God. For otherwise we are of this world.

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1. Yes, I am paraphrasing C.S. Lewis.
2. I am a poor Latinist: a better scholar will produce more grammatical Latin and a better translation.

Anti offence rules are hate speech.

This is going to be very short. My thesis is that the tendency to try to tiptoe around the sensitivities of people will not work.

It will not work because there are systems of theology and philosophy that are antithetical to each other, and Hegel got it wrong. There is no synthesis: there is just antithesis.

Consider the following.

Orthodox Serb: “There is but one way to be saved, and that is through Jesus, who is God incarnate and his church, which is empowered by the Holy Spirit”
Igor the Bosniak: “Allah is the only God, and his prophet is Mohammet, and your Jesus is but a prophet that points to him

“Academic freedom is declining. The belief that free speech rights don’t include the right to speak offensively is now firmly entrenched on campuses and enforced by repressive speech or harassment codes. Campus censors don’t generally riot in response to presumptively offensive speech, but they do steal newspapers containing articles they don’t like, vandalize displays they find offensive, and disrupt speeches they’d rather not hear. They insist that hate speech isn’t free speech and that people who indulge in it should be punished. No one should be surprised when a professor at an elite university calls for the arrest of ‘Sam Bacile’ [who made the YouTube video The Innocence of Muslims] while simultaneously claiming to value the First Amendment.”

On today’s campuses, left-leaning administrators, professors, and students are working overtime in their campaign of silencing dissent, and their unofficial tactics of ostracizing, smearing, and humiliation are highly effective. But what is even more chilling—and more far reaching—is the official power they abuse to ensure the silencing of views they don’t like. They’ve invented a labyrinth of anti-free speech tools that include “speech codes,” “free speech zones,” censorship, investigations by campus “diversity and tolerance offices,” and denial of due process. They craft “anti-harassment policies” and “anti-violence policies” that are speech codes in disguise.

What the petunias (which will soon be counted as a hate crime word) forget is that these disagreements are not a matter of politeness, but of faith, salvation, blood and fire. The Islamist considers that his religion spreads by war, and conquering infidels is a duty, or he does not take his faith seriously. The Christian believes the gospel should be preached to all people or the commands of his saviour he ignores.

And to say that we will mature out of this into some kind of anodyne politeness, with the form or religion, is to deny the power of religion. It is to hate those with faith. (Which to the leftist, is, of course, acceptable).

Let there be freedom of speech. It is far better to argue with words than bullets. And we are not children nor should we be childlike: our faith we should be able to defend.

Finally, to both the Leftist and the Islamist I say this: brothers and sisters, your sins will bear witness against you and damn you unless you turn to the cross. There is but one way to salvation, and that is through Christ. Leave the path you are following. Do not consider this crimethink.

Change, and follow Christ

Be afraid when you are praised [Luke 11]

There are a group of people who see all things as false flag: that the elite train the terrorists who then atrocities make so that they can increase the control of the populace. That border incidents are manufactured. It makes for good fiction. Reality is far more messy.

At this time there is a blasphemy. That Christ is of Darkness, and he is casting out demonic powers by pulling rank and doing good to deceive. The only truth in this is that many will say they do good or what they are doing is for the benefit of all: and like Ultron, bring peace by making a desert.
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Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

(Luke 11:14-23 ESV)

There are two warnings here: one is to do (what the Pharisees were not doing) and turn to the evil side in the hope it will do good. But leaving that alone, we have a reverse warning: that those who are of Christ are against Christ.

That those who hold onto the form or religion and deny the reality are scattering, not gathering. Those who look for a new gospel make dust and ashes. I have seen churches accede to the spirit of the age and I have seen them become irrelevant.

We should be afraid and cautious about demons and the spiritual. It is a profound error not to think such things exist, but (paraphrasing Lewis) a bigger error to see all as demonic, and not the evil within our hearts. For me, the obviously evil is a lesser danger than when we are praised by all, and told we are doing good. For this world is not of Christ, and that not of Christ has destruction on their agenda.

In this we need to seek wisdom. Let us praise God that he grants that freely.

In love with easeful death.

The modern state considers the removal of its existence, and reducing the land to waste: to some fantasy where humanity have left but noble ruins, as a good thing. For they know that they cannot continue as they are.

When you have the dynamic — of continually subsidizing the official victims — continuing (and I write this at a time when the Tories in NZ have just increased the dole for the poor, despite being in deficit), then you are setting up a Ponzi scheme that will fail.

Evemtually. And this is a feature, not a bug.

The current Progressive State cannot possibly endure because it totally demotivates the productive classes who the State needs to keep paying for its own perpetuation. But it is clear from Greece and Venezuela that the Progressive State will take everything and everyone down with them rather than admit they were wrong. I don’t know what that spells for the next 10-20 years in what was formerly a free republic. But it took 70 years for the USSR to collapse. Although I always maintain that the Soviet Communist Party did not “collapse” – it just moved to the US.

It is not enough to subsidize the feckless. We must, in this rush to destruction, remove all sense of traditon and fairness. Because equality. Even if this cripples us.

I would suggest that, instead, many of those people who are well-paid and intelligent aren’t really all that motivated or dedicated to keeping the show going, when the show pays out less and less, and expects more and more bizarre behavior and prolific expressions of belief from the people dedicated to upholding it.

The focus should more be on demoralizing the higher order, ordinary, mercantile defenders of Progress, rather than the highly motivated, underpaid, but religiously devout progressives. The focus tends to be on people like the Social Justice Warriors, most of whom make little money, contribute little materially to the state, and are themselves repulsive to the enormous numbers of normal people who are otherwise loyal to the established order of things.

And this now leads to the reuntroduction of that evil doctrine of the NSDAP: that some lives are not worth it. That it far better to ease people into death. As if this life is but all there is, and there is no more: no accountability, no judgement.

And if we can micromanage and control our circumstances from birth to that final lethal injection.

An entire Country sinks into the deepest pit of atheism, and a chap who apparently has the title of bishop finds he must go to the press to express a purely secular grievance: that this army of atheists runs some risk of not going to hell in sufficient comfort.

The article – published in a Catholic weekly, and therefore not suspect of having kept out the spiritual part – has only the vaguest mention of “spiritual care”, but the fact that the vast majority of people doesn’t ever think of dying with any sort of sacrament – real, or Protestant – or even the slightest sort of preparation (as in “forgive me, Father, because I have sinned”) does not register at all with the bishop. Does he have idea of how many people die in utter atheism? Of course he has! He just doesn’t care! But look, that chap there died suffering! How horrible!

It all makes sense, of course. If the bishop believes in God, it is obvious he has no thought of hell. If you are not worried about hell the immense drama of all those people dying in their atheism is just nowhere to be found; but let an ombudsman whose existence many of us did not even know make some noise with some extreme and isolated cases, and there you have the man on the barricades.

The bishop complains people can’t die well anymore. What he does not say is that in order to die well you need to think well; which is something he is unable to do in the first place, but demands from other that they get it out of he does not say what; because hey, damnation and hell are taboos in modern Catholic publications.

But hell is exactly the matter: once upon a time people knew how to die because they accepted the brutal reality not only of life after death, but of an irrevocable judgment to be passed immediately after death. This obvious knowledge coloured their entire existence, and obviously greatly influenced their way of dying.

The bishop asks people to die better, but does not even mention what radical re-thinking is necessary in order to be able to do so. Worse still, he sinks himself into the same pit of wordliness by making of a purely wordly concern the main reason of his intervention.

Mundabor (who I have just quoted) is a faithful son of the Roman Church. He’s not a knuckle-dragging Calvinist who looks somewhat like an Orc, as your bloger is. So I say, in commentary: is this Bishop Catholic? Is he a Christian?

For I signed up to Medicine and took those oaths not to kill people, but to cure them. Not to destroy their existence, but to comfort: I’m appalled by abortion (knowing full well that my birth mother had a most inconvenient pregnancy) and disgusted by the suggestion that we should medicalize suicide. I spend a fair amount of my days persuading the despairing to live. For many interventions I do, I look at the death rate — by suicide — as an ‘outcome’ — noting that this is reduced by this medication and not that.

But the SJW and the state honour not the bleak courage of the mad, nor allow one to die as a Christian. It’s cheaper to encourage euthanasia: which is suicide dressed akin to an angel.

In this, for the sake of your soul, go not. Do not fall in love with easeful death. Reserve, instead, your wrath for that last enemy, and rage against the minions of death, who the spirit of this age encourages.