Help out Private Man.

Reblogged from Cappy Capitalism.

Some of you know him, some of you don't, but The Private Man recently underwent the removal of one of his eyes due to eye cancer.  He's recovered and trying to get back into the working world, but the delay between recovery (and obvious medical expenses) has left him low on cash.  He needs some to tide him over till he starts his job and for all the work he's done to help out the younger men out there, I can't think of a more deserving person to toss a couple bucks.  Anyway, the paypal donation image can be easily found on his site.

Do not medicalize shame. And music.

I despise the overly sensitive. Because they turn everything into a diagnosis as if that means that they have won their show trial and that things should change.

I have seen real PTSD. I have heard the stories. From war: from refugee camps, from accidents. I have nightmares from some of them (and I have lived through road crashes where I witnessed broken pelvises and death: I have my own nightmares that resonate with these things).

And being butthurt is not PTSD. Shame is not PTSD. Shame means you have a conscience, and the hounds of the Spirit may still encourage godly sorrow that leads to repentence.

But that is not allowed in this time’s ideology: it must all be someone else’s fault.

This denies our humanity: for we are no longer moral agents. We are not allowed to consider how our opponents think and feel, instead we are commanded to shriek, to hate, and to destroy.

But this hatred and shrieking is not merely noise that deafens, it dulls our sensitivity, blunts our intelligence, and makes our statements ridiculous.

Of course, social justice isn’t the only option if you’re stuck, emotionally, at age 17. No disrespect to Our Lord and Saviour, but the church used to be a good career choice for sociopaths who get off on abusing other people. In many cases, the swooshy frocks and the free incense sealed the deal.

But if you hate yourself and you want to take it out on rest of the world, these days, you’re better off getting a job at Gawker. Today, it’s all about self-esteem, not self-indulgence, and nothing satisfies the ego like the warm glow of satisfaction you get after putting someone else down.

The impulse to cut has metastasised into the self-righteousness of social justice. Self-loathing has been externalised: rather than hurting ourselves, we hurt other people who look like us. Hence the social justice warrior’s hatred for his own ethnic group, straight white men. “Kill All White Men” is the new “Where’s the cheese knife?”

The culture around teen angst has dissolved accordingly. Gone are the long dark nights of the soul as embodied by emo icons Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. These days it’s all about hollow chest-beating affirmation from the likes of Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, which satisfies the Millennial’s constant requirement for mood fixes.

Honestly, things were better in my day, when we got the self-obsession and hatred off our chests by the time we hit 18, for the trivial price of a few white lines under our Omega Seamasters that stubbornly refuse to tan. 

Personally, never saw the need to cut myself. Instead one can listen to the old stuff: predating anything Milo would have heard, the blues neat and without extra flavour. No, I won’t inflict much Byzantine Chant or Latin music on you today.

Whether antipodean (the song’s not written by Eddie, but by David Seymour, an Aussie

Or postmodern, with full emo,
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/27/im-worried-not-enough-teenagers-are-self-harming/

But eventually I am bought back to worship, away from anger, the self loathing and projection. As should we all be.

Against spiritual “Health and Safety” [Mark 7]

We all have traditions: we all have things that we are taught — either by the state, by the media, by our parents or by our schools that you do not do these things if you are right and proper.

“Do not smoke nicotine, but marijuana is OK”
“Dp not judge anyone because that is unloving but hate those who teach that something is wrong”.
“Vote Labour because that is what we have always done”
“Vote Tory because that is what we have always done”

“Stick to the rules of the assembly and our traditions because that keeps us as a witness against society and a righteous community”

The Pharisees followed not merely the 700 odd commands in the Torah but had put rules and regulations around these. They were spiritual Health and Safety people. And they are called out on it.

	Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,

	“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;
	in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
	
		You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”

	And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)—then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

	And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

(Mark 7:1-23 ESV)

I should add that I have a personal hatred of the culture of health and safety, where all forms are ten pages long and in triplicate, and filling in the form is a substation for looking at the weather and the terrain and assessing if your group can get where you want to go today, or if you should spend another day in camp. Much of what we do involves risk, and complex paperwork does not alter that risk one jot. It may make it worse, because we have “done the Health and Safety” and thus we feel immune to the risks.

There is a risk, a great risk, that we will spend too long on process and certification and governance that we will not say to others that it is their lusts and greed and gossip that defile them, not their keeping of the paperwork. That we will forget our purpose — to bear witness to the gospel and bring glory to Christ — in the concerns about the regulations that people of good will have lumbered our institutions with.

We may have rebelled against indulgences, but carbon taxes are mandated.

For at the end, we will stand before the throne of God, and we will be found to be defiled. All of us. It is Christ who will save us from damnation, for his blood will cover our offenses. Be more concerned about that than the traditions of the elders or the demands of the SJW.

Free the enslaved. Get Beaten, Go to Jail. [Acts 16]

I am suspicious of those who talk about spirituality. I am more suspicious of those who talk about spiritual warfare, and powers, and boast of their gifts: who celebrate the prophets and let such speak without the leadership vetting their words.

I mistrust the spectacular.

THis may be my natural bleakness and misanthropy, but I think it is more than that. Christ worked many miracles, and died on a cross. And Paul silenced the demons that tortured a slave girl.

As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.

	But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. They advocate customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practice.” The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

(Acts 16:16-24 ESV)

When I look at the twitter streams of the churches I see a lot of talking points. About funding ministers to go to the Papists to learn how to worship.

About racism, guns, women becoming leaders, old church buildings… new Air conditioning, saving archives.

I am hearing noise. I am not seeing or hearing us doing things which make us called un Roman, un-American, because we are not teaching the customs of this land, or living the way that the media requires us to live.

Hat tip Keoni Galt, Hawaiian Libertarian.
Hat tip Keoni Galt, Hawaiian Liberterian.

And I am not seeing our leaders arrested and put into the stocks. If we preached the gospel, and the life that follows it, we would be so offensive: sexist for we would call Planned Parenthood for the murdering scum they are, racist because we would confront Jesse and Louis, those hucksters who preach collective enslavement and remaining as a nice voting bloc for the Democrats, and homophobic for we would help those struggling with their illicit attractions, the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric association be damned [1].

For there is money in being a social justice activist. There is power. There is exploitation. There is profit from those oppressed.

And as Paul freed this slave girl from the thoughts that bound her, so should we. Society strictures be damned: we must do our duty.

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1. It has been deemed unethical to help the faithful struggling with homosexuality. By all psychiatric and psychology groups, including the craft group I have to belong to so I can work. THis work has not got to be done within the church, by the lay, and not called therapy.

Not a time for rest, heresy trials included [Mark 6]

The disciples had been sent out and returned from a time of ministry. And Jesus knows they are tired and need a time of rest.

Which they do not get. Instead, when they depart to the wild country, away from the farms, away from the markets and water, the crowds follow. And Jesus teaches them. All day. Now the disciples are saying (a) it’s late and there is no food, send them away!

The disciples are tired. They are now hungry. And they wanted a quiet time to recover, instead of a further time of service. But Christ instead feeds five thousand.

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The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

	Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

(Mark 6:30-46 ESV)

After the people ate, Christ dismissed them. I’m not sure if there is a parallel with what we do each week in Kirk, where the spiritual food of the word of God proclaimed and the table of remembrance should be given so we are fed and renewed before we are dismissed into the world.

I do know that we need to feed true food and not false. The church has to be confessing. The Jews did not leave their villages and synagogues to travel into the wild for something that conformed to the systems of that world and supported them, but instead something new, something else. Christ was in public ministry, but this was no state sponsored cultus: that was the Sadducees.

And in this time our public religion is Atheist socialism.

The religion of liberalism is the default degenerating influence in the absence of explicit religions. It is the religion we live under today, and it isn't 'private' at all. It's public, brazen, and will destroy your life in a heartbeat....

This is what your society sometimes looks like if you want to not have things degenerate into a democratic hellhole where a woman or a homosexual's word is worth twice yours. Sorry, but it's the price you pay. The 'Golden Years' as you put them were what Peter Hitchens called the 'afterglow' and they were always ephemeral. Any culture not explicitly religious will eventually succumb to the implicit religion of liberalism. Thus, your priesthood today are not the gentlemen in robes mediating to divine forces, but rather the angry feminists with purple hair telling you how bigoted you are.

Secularism doesn't exist. You will always have a state religion. The question is, do you want mutating liberalism as your state religion with different doctrines every hour, or a static tradition where you will believe the same things that your great grandchildren will believe. I choose the latter.

NOw, there is a time for rest and recovery: it is probably at a later time than most people expect and less than most people would want. Most people do work sixty to eighty hours a week, not forty: they take work home or lose a day in the weekend. Because the alternative is not being employed. This is normal, it has always been normal. It will always be normal.

[This is also why traditional societies divide labour with the husband working these kind of hours either for a salary or in two jobs with overtime… while the wife concentrates on keeping the home going and the kids raised, Which used to be forty to fifty hours a week before electric ovens, vacuum cleaners, and washing machines). The husband went hunting, the wife kept the hearth. You still see this in farming families: the wife concentrates often on the home, and works the farm during lambing and the harvest. Along with the kids — though locally the corporate nature of large farms means this way of life is ending].

In the service of God, we can rest when we are dead. Yes, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Yes, we should look at the beautiful when we can find it. Yes, we should take comfort in our fellowship.

But we need to confess the true gospel and confront error. An example.

 Becker’s heresies stem from two fundamental intellectual commitments, which are related.  One is a higher-critical view of Scripture, and the other is a rejection of natural law.  These views result in a denial of the authoritative and unified witness of both the Church and creation.  Christianity then becomes subject to the whims of the day, and the Church must consistently stick Her finger in the wind to determine whether Her teachings are acceptable in the light of popular morality and popular science. 

So it predictably follows that Becker has been a promoter of women’s ordination, the ordination of homosexuals, and same-sex marriage.  He also denies that the Bible is accurate when it plainly says things that make liberals uncomfortable.
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Terry Forke who took the necessary step of charging Becker with false doctrine, and backed it up by supporting  a resolution against Becker (passed by delegates) at the Montana District’s recent convention.  Following the convention, Becker was finally asked by his own District President (Paul Linnemann) to resign.  Becker nobly refused (“I thought such a decision would lend credence to the accusations of my accusers in the Synod, namely, that I have indeed acted improperly and taught falsely"), and DP Linnemann responded by filing his own charges and requesting Becker’s expulsion from the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.  Becker refused to appeal, and is now heading for his true home among the tattooed priestesses on the clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (sic) in America.

Not exactly a “heresy trial.”  But it is a triumph, nonetheless.

Liberal onlookers will never understand or accept the public and decisive condemnation of heresy, because they hate Christian doctrine with the zeal of a fundamentalist.  It is not enough for them to mock the Bible and its teachings; they cannot fathom the continued existence of a millennia-old religion that, when pressed, refuses to embrace everything it has always opposed.  They clutch their pearls and express surprised horror whenever a conservative church body like the Missouri Synod expels someone for repeatedly and openly violating its clearly stated beliefs.

If this Rainbow Summer has taught us anything, it is that the liberals are winning in the public square.  But they can never win in our churches, so long as faithful clergy and laity stand up to them boldly, decisively—and swiftly, before damage is done.

This is not a time for rest. We are facing opposition. The secularists are out and proud. Appeasing them will not work. It is time for a confessing church, and that will require that we reform ourselves, heresy trials included.

Not power, not socialization, the gospel.

Aaron Clarey has religion but, like most preachers kids, it got injected the wrong way. And he comments on the US situation and the dilution of the gospel into some form of corporate marketing and socail service club.

This reformed geek agrees with him on where much of the US church is: and I know plenty of Catholics who whould agree with him about the spiritual status of the current Bishop of Rome.[1]

Be it the never ending empiricism of science, the freedom of thought secularism grants you, the leftist movement of the 1960’s, or feminism railing against the “religious right,” people started leaving the church. And like corporations cannot abide decreasing profits, churches cannot abide decreasing attendance.

And so in an effort to stem the flow of congregants leaving the church, the church started diluting itself, sacrificing its standards to appeal to a larger market and therein save all those religious leaders their jobs.

In my town alone there is the church that actually baptizes animals. It’s right next to another church where (20 years ago) I listened to a long haired hippie preacher rail against the evils of capitalism. Which is only one of about a gazillion churches that fly gay banners outside their steeple.

And let’s not forget about the score of female pastors I’ve seen. And you Catholics have GOT to realize your pope isn’t a pope, but a leftist purposely chosen to win a popularity contest with the young and naive generation.

What Aaron cannot see as well as I can, from across the pacific, is that the church as an institution still has a function in US civic society. It does not in NZ. It does not. Most people ignore the church: like marriage, salvation and religion are seen as nice to have but not essential. The moderator of the Presbyterian Church, the Archbishop of the Province of New Zealand and the Pacific (who is anglican) and the Catholic cardinal (who lives in the capital) have as much power as the local pastor of the Bible Baptist Church in Timaru, (who faithfully preaches to about eighty souls). That is none at all. Our current PM is a nonobservant Jew, the previous one a fervent member of the fourth socialist international.

The people who are left are those for whom the gospel is life and death. Not those who want a good social club. And definitely not those who want riches or power.

I see the US church, particularly the mainline, as craven. I cannot understand where the lost their brains, let alone their spine and ovaries. Particularly when they produce beautiful peices of prose like this. Because this bastard does not even realize he is assuming that all whites have a middle class upbringing.

When I taught White Privilege studies to a class of Masters of Divinity students at Eden Theological Seminary, the assignment I left the students with every day was this: "Tell me what you see." There is a passage in my sacred texts that reads: "Let those who have eyes to see, see." There is so much more to be seen than what white men will let there eyes take notice of.

I invite the white men of America with me on this journey of discovery. Ask those who don't share your privilege to tell you what they see. It may not have escaped your attention that whether we are talking about Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, what whites see and what blacks see are not the same thing. There is a reason for that. Privilege comes at a price -- and the price is the loss of a vision that admits facts that make accepting the privilege uncomfortable.

Therefore, I extend an invitation to a seeing that engenders the kind of discomfort with privilege that creates the space necessary for real justice to emerge. Don't worry about carrying the burden of solving this pervasive injustice: for good reason, you and I won't be entrusted with that work. But only when we see what others are more than happy to show us about ourselves will we be open then to hearing what they have to teach us about what will be required for true equality to emerge.

The acceptance of this invitation, and the resulting years of work it will take us all to open our eyes to that we have been conditioned to ignore for the sake of our privilege, is the first step in the proverbial journey of a thousand miles. White men in America, I invite you to walk this road with me

You racist bastard [2].

You see me in my congregation with my kids and assume they are white when their great grandmother paid a poll tax and their father grew up in the parts of Auckland people who had priveledge thought needed their service to enlighten. (Yes, direct comment from a lovely young girl on first day at medical school — in a class where at least ten people came from her school (of 180) and four came from the third of Auckland I grew up in). You assume that because I am white I am responsble for US slavery when I don’t even have any ancestry there — and the people of my lineage, who did not rebel from the King, got rid of slavery before you and without a fight. You see everything as racist and nothing as the gospel.

I much prefer my Dad’s Bapticostal church. Chinese, Indian, Samoan, and Kiwis, Aussies and Yarpies all worshipping together. Because in Christ we can be each other’s shelter. And in Christ we have something more than social status and seeking power.

For our status and power do not follow us to the grave, while Christ from the grave saves us.

1. Yes, I commented.
2. Yes, I commented.

Not perfect. Effective. [Acts 15]

We are called hypocrites by the enemy. They look and see division, arguments, disunity. And they tell us we should be one. There should not be anything but unity. Paul himself taught that we should be one, and that circumcision matters not.

But there are divisions, and there is politics. There are times to fit in. Paul wanted to preach in the synagogues as he traveled as well as to the gentlies. Timothy has a Jewish mother but had not been circumcised.

SO Paul Circumcises him, so he fits into the synagogue. When this is not needed, and he tells Gentiles that if they trust on this they are condemning themselves.

So many would call him a hypocrite because of what appears to be tactics.

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	And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

	Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.

(Acts 15:36-16:5 ESV)

In this world we are fallen. We are flawed. Although we wake up each day and attempt to be righteous and holy and good and great, we fail. If we do not lust, we snark. And if we are gentle, we are gourmands, or think about material things too much.

But you say, this is not me: I am righteous. Yet this is how the advertising agencies work: making us desire what we do not need because of our basic sinful desires.

Paul and Barnabas fell out. This is not a myth where the companions are perfect: it is a history of the early church. And there were disagreements, there were compromises, and one can suggest that Paul should have done differently.

But this we know. Paul left a legacy of Churches that existed until Ataturk killed all the Greeks in the 1920s (He warmed up by slaughtering the Armenians, then tried to kill all the other Orthodox communities, so that Turkey was completely Turkish). Paul was not perfect. He was effective.