The grave was open [Lk 23].

I should leave such a key passage of scripture to the theologians. And this is key: if Christ did not rise from the grave our hope is vain and Christianity cannot save. It is another form of ancestor worship, acknowledging the wisdom of an ancient teacher.

But he rose indeed. This was unexpected, shocking: the women went to do their duty and tress the body, not expecting an empty tomb. And the men did not believe them when they were told about it.

Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

(Luke 23:56-24:11 ESV)

I have said this often, but fear and feeling completely surprised are hallmarks of the work of God. When the glory of God is revealed (and these were women we now call saints: these were women forgiven by Jesus who had been his disciples) we feel small and hopeless and filthy.

And dirty not in a good way: mud from a day’s hard work or play can be washed off if physical.

And, again, at that time and indeed now, we are told not to fear. The world worships its traditions and dead idols. Marx is buried in a London: Lenin in Moscow, and Mohammed in Arabia. Christ is not in a tomb. We worship a living, resurrected God, who will call us to him, and who is jealous of his church.

The nations conspiring against God is akin to three year olds trying to negotiate with a parent.

And on Christ the church is founded. And Christ broke the gates of hell/ This is the endgame: the opposition is getting angry and violent.

For their time is short.

Parasites now killing their host: what to do?

Being told you are special and owed a living by the general public is bad for you. Being told, particularly, that this is due to your race or blood is very bad for you. There is a reason the house of Windsor sends all the sons into the military: they need to be under the discipline of a good drill sergeant until they learn discipline, and learn that they are not owed a living, but have a duty to serve.

But that lesson died during the American revolution: the most snobbish and unthinking elite in the world is in Washington, D.C.

I would also add that you cannot take money from those who are dead or have no money. Which is the situation that the progressives, with their progressive tax system, are now in.

The truth is this really has nothing to do with race. This is 100% psychology, psychopathy, cowardice, and self-loathing. These professors, who by their own “profession,” are unconsciously admitting they do not care to be real men and women in this society, are the true and genuine fools in this world. They are the weaklings that would rather enslave themselves by paying danegeld to perceived-future vikings than lifting weights, taking up arms, and training to fight them off. They are the modern day incarnations of “Bob” who would rather bribe the parasitic masses than refuse them, fight them, or face them. And sadly, they are the true racists for deep down inside they believe their own leftist, hate-filled propaganda that there’s some kind of race war brewing or (more idiotically) “whites should commit suicide” when in reality most minorities and whites get along just fine and we’d miss some friendships and loved ones if half the population just up and killed itself.

So do yourself a favor.

Don’t pay the danegeld.
Don’t pay the protection money.

Well, yeah. But the good cappy misses out on one thing: if you, as a country, pay your way and continue to do so, you will be punished. Particularly, as in NZ, if you offer real interest rates. We have cut our official bank rate recently to reduce the cost of our currency, and it has worked. All too well.

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This is getting interesting. The US dollar is fragile. The Pound is also somewhat fragile. The Aussie and Kiwi are, even together too small. And only a fool trusts Russian and Chinese figures on their economy.

At the risk of paraphrasing others who do this better than me, what to do? Well, what will I do?

  • Get cash flow positive. I have increased hours of work, , and avoiding buying new toys.
  • Make yourself essential. Part of this trip was about learning a new skill set (which I think I am one of the few people in my country who understand) and I intend to negotiate more training out of my employer.
  • Do some private work. You cannot rely on one employer, and be a good socialist drone working for the noble corporation, state owned or otherwise. There is too much political correctness around. Get some private income: if things get difficult you may need to rely on that.
  • Do not be an asshole. There are plenty of people who will try to blind side you at work: do not let them. I have worked on the three strikes rule: if you flake out on my projects once I will be cautious in working with you again, but twice and you are gone. But be professional, and absolutely correct when it comes to HR. It is better to work around the known traitors or incompetents than sack them and have to work out the new hires. Besides, like Ellen Pao, the incompetents will sue you.
  • Keep to your deadlines. Whenever possible. If you cannot, say so.
  • Support the ladytrack. This has two parts to it (a) allow women to work part time and (b) do not promote a woman to a job where she is essential if she has the chance to be a mother. Because most women want to be mums, and part time work seems to be the way that they function best and are happiest.

Ignoring or devaluing reproductive instincts is a huge part of what is wrong with feminism, IMO. Feminists want women to not love, crave and adore babies and families. They find all of that icky and will chastise women who, no matter what their accomplishments, want babies and husbands. The happiest women in the world work part time at jobs they find interesting, and have plenty of time to spend with children, partners and friends. When Forbes surveyed working women in the US, 84% of them expressed the desire to not work at all, and surveys consistently reveal that the vast majority of women would prefer to work part time, and have the happiness Dutch women have. Denying women’s reproductive instincts has led to deep unhappiness for American women, but that’s only part of the problem. Feminism insists that women should care about economic productivity more than reproduction, and it has convinced a great many women that men are assholes, who do not deserve the basic compassion, kindness and respect all humans deserve, until those humans demonstrate otherwise.

Finally, do not let your integrity be destroyed by a job. Be prepared to walk away. You may have to: another reason to have two or three ways to make an income and to monitor your net worth more than your credit rating.

For when the host is sick, the self reliant will survive, and the parasites (from managers to SJWs) will die.

Do not be with them.

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It is Monday here: Tuesday is tomorrow and I lose Wednesday, leaving Canada on Tuesday and arriving in New Zealand on Thursday. I hope to blog in airport lounges, but normal service may be lost until then.

The cost of our salvation.

No really intelligent comments today. It would be akin to gilding a Lily.

Christ died for our sins. It was public, it was witnessed, the place he was buried was known, and he was definately dead.

He was also innocent.

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.

On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

(Luke 23:44-56 ESV)

Never forget that the one man who has walked on this earth and obeyed the Law, was truly righteous, died. For us. One of the most painful ways to go, by crucifixion.

He died for my sin.

So let us live for him.

Aganst filth, odure, and those who say these are right. [Mt 22]

I am going hut crazy. One walk with the air pollution that exist in Manitoba now and I was flat on my back with breathing difficulties. Something there set off my hayfever. I want to get some photos taken today, and I’d really like to get to a service but (a) the only church where i am is the military chapel and (b) I don’t drive in Canada. So I am looking at the text for today, and wondering what the robes we have to be clothed in.

I think it is righteousness. I think it is not something we necessarily want to wear. It is a bit like wearing a suit in high summer when you would rather wear shorts and Jandals. And I do not think, despite modern theology, that we can set the conditions for our salvation. That we can legislate that this is good or that is bad.

God owns the church and he will make it his.

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”

(Matthew 22:1-14 ESV)

We are told that life must be easy, and that we must live in a way that makes us comfortable. That everything will be happy ever after. That the world is controlled by Disney, and regardless of what you do all will be forgiven.

I am not so sure. Today, I am shamed by Grerp, who is hanging through the living hell of severe mental illness in her spouse. Who feels that all are mocking her, for she is failing: her husband does not work, se cannot walk down a fashion show runway, she struggles with her moods and like many introverts, withdraws into herself.

Pray for her.

And note this comfort from Cecil, who speaks wisely here

Its easy to say, but please do not despair. Remember your marriage is a) bigger than either spouse b)held together by husband, wife and God.

Many people are in similar hardships, and strangely even with decent jobs things are difficult economically for many. The MSM will never show this–its not profitable.

I didn’t see this at first, but our society and civilization is under satanic attack. The enviousness, the coveting, the grasping after attention, power, manipulation of others, tearing them down. This is prevalent– often delivered with a smile. Don;t let it get you down: look past it, keep moving.

The anti-family, anti-white, anti-male and anti-Western denigration of everything people hold dear is meant to destroy your faith. Government encroachment and control of every aspect of people’s lives is destroying freedom.

This is a spiritual battle, this attack on a whole people. Do not doubt that. Its saddens and angers me–but we will win.

Do not focus on those who are negative, engage in envy and schadenfreude for your problems. Look for the good, and head towards it, Let God guide you.

What worries me is that I will be too clever. I will think that I am clothed in righteousness and have an invitation to the feast of the lamb when I am living in grievous sin and damning not merely myself. And I see the consequences of liberal education up close, personal, and the progressive poison while I am with my daughter — who I did not raise — and with my grandchildren, who are too bright to fit into the straightjacket which is the Manitoba educational system.

If we forget that Christ calls us to purity and righteousness, we lose a great truth. It is true that our salvation is not our work. It is the work of God. But it is also true that we see the salvation of others not in what they say but what they do.

So I pray that we do our duty today. Lest we turn up to the wedding feast at the last day clothed in filth and ordure.

Babylon on July 4th. [Acts 9].

For those who do not know, there is an air quality warning in Manitoba at present. Its morning, and I’m sitting at the kitchen table partially deafened by one of the two portable aircon units my son in law has retrofitted into his house (the landlord has bigger concerns) and read this text.

The text horrifies me. i do not want to think of my daughter as doomed to destruction. And I do not want to consider that my grandchildren — the youngest of which will have his 4th birthday soon — will be killed.

Remember, O LORD, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem,
how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare, down to its foundations!”
O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us! Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!

(Psalm 137:7-9 ESV)

Particularly when you have the middle kid tell you that he loves you… This leads to you praying fervently that his nation is not akin to Babylon and not doomed for destruction. Which has a certain dissonance: I’m in Canada, which is not my nation, but the nation I live in, vote in, work in and will die in is New Zealand.

And both have rejected the Law of God for a thing called tolerance. On this anniversary of the US revolution (and the rejection of lawful authority[1]) in the USA we must ask if Babylon is the West, and if we are doomed as surely as Edom was.

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We may have been the hand of God, and done his work in the past, but I am not sure of this now. We seem to be exporting a progressive poison: we have drunk it to the point of destruction and we want to share it. Yet we should not despair. For God is soveriegn. He drafts people. Eeventhouse who are actively opposed to the gospel and have killed the ministers of the word of God.

Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened.

For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus.

(Acts 9:10-19 ESV)

If I have read Kings correctly, the elite of Israel, the kings and princes, either supported the worship of God almighty and reformed the temple, removing the corrupt and idolatrous, as did Josiah, or encouraged the worship of idols, including at the most evil the ritual child sacrifice of Molech. The people, most of them, will follow the lead of their rulers.

And when the leaders do not have the trust of the people, for the people consider that they are being led falsely, then society will crumble. The quote below is from Rasmussen: I do not consider that the voice of the people is the voice of God, but the warning is there.

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Most voters have long believed that the Supreme Court justices have their own political agenda, and they still tend to feel that agenda is more liberal than conservative.

A plurality (47%) of voters continues to believe the federal government has too much influence over state governments, and 54% think states should have the right to opt out of federal government programs that they don’t agree with. Even more (61%) think states should have the right to opt out of federally mandated programs if the federal government doesn’t help pay for them.

The Declaration of Independence, the foundational document that Americans honor on the Fourth of July, says that governments derive their authority from the consent of the governed, but just 25% believe that to be true of the federal government today.

Only 20% now consider the federal government a protector of individual liberty. Sixty percent (60%) see the government as a threat to individual liberty instead.

Now, yes, I know that today is US independence day and many people are celebrating gheys can marry as if that is a new civil right and being married is merely a chance for a party or sex. [2] As if marriage is about romance. The trouble is that the end of that rainbow is the fact that you will fade into irrelevance, then die.

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The trouble with this elite is they deny that after we have died it is appointed that we are judged. They consider that they are immortal: or that there is nothing else, and all that matters is their sensitivity.

Which brings me back to the horror of the psalm. It may be hyperbole: it is a description of what happened when a city was sacked (along with mass murder, looting and rape). But this passage corrects our preciousness, our sense that we should be allowed to be in comfort and not challenged. It corrects our sense that our nation is perfect because it is rich and powerful.

Babylon was both.

So ignore this elite. Let them fade into irrelevance, or the topic of jokes.

Look not to their approval, or that of any woman or man,. Seek God and obey him.

Bo not follow this elite. Do not be them, or like them, lest you also find yourself dated by your desperate seeking of a fashion-forward ethical state. Therein your soul will be destroyed.

And that you will be held accountable for.

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1. Calvin respectfully but firmly reminded the king that a true sovereign is the minister of God. Any ruler who does not make his reign subservient to God is not a king, but a robber. Rulers are ministers of God to punish those who do evil. Calvin instructed that magistrates must constantly remind themselves that they are the ministers of God, and in so doing, they will be forced to exhibit a “kind of image of the Divine Providence, guardianship, goodness, benevolence, and justice.”
But this responsibility did not and does not establish the king or any other authority as the head of a state-sponsored religion. The Westminster Confession of Faith states, “The civil magistrate may not assume to themselves the administration of the Word and Sacraments; or the power of the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”

2. Nothing against sex per se: tend to avoid parties.

The judicial lubrication of the slippery slope.

Well, as the Knight of Winter noted, this did not take much time. I would note that what the pagans do is not a concern of the church. However, it is a concern for society: and who society listens to matters for the nation.

The Montana trio argue that under Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision recognizing same-sex marriage across the country as legal, their polygamous relationship should be legally recognized and guaranteed the same rights as heterosexual and homosexual marriages. “If you read the justice’s statement, it applies to polygamists,” Collier said.

He’s referring to the dissent by Chief Justice John Roberts, who argued that the reasoning for giving same-sex couples the right to marry “would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.”

Spurred by Roberts’ words, the three decided to go to the courthouse Tuesday armed with the Supreme Court ruling. County clerks initially denied to give a marriage license upon learning that Collier’s marriage with Victoria had not been dissolved. But the clerk returned afterwards, saying that they would refer to the county attorney’s office before making a decision.

This is a slippery slope. Given that historically you could marry at 12 and 13, will people soon demand the right to marry or predate the underage? May that never be. For the religious, it matters not a whit what the court says: we have the Bible, and we should have church law that is based on the Bible. The liberals, who see nothing but the ability to consent, have far more problems.

It is worth noting that the two authors this columnist discusses argue against polygyny because it reinforces the Patriarchy. And that SJW is demolished neatly.

But we don’t prohibit marriages between those who have adopted traditional gender roles. “Part of liberalism is tolerating illiberality,” Mr Freiman rightly says. In the absence of credible evidence that plural marriage in America today would be any more inegalitarian or socially harmful than the old-fashioned patriarchal monogamous marriages that millions of Americans already have, it’s hard to justify, at least on liberal grounds, our legal prohibition against more than two consenting adults freely entering into a marital arrangement. As I’ve argued before, many of the unseemly and unhealthy aspects of existing American polygamous “marriages” are a side-effect of our having made them illegal, and a target for disgust and contempt, much as homosexuality was within living memory.

Perhaps there are other, excellent arguments against legalising plural marriage. But for now, not even extremely sophisticated liberals are making them. Messrs Rauch and Macedo’s claims about the harms that would ensue from legalising plural marriage have the same speculative character as some conservative arguments against legal gay marriage. This ought to pique some concern.

Well, at the risk of going all Thomistic, if you deny an argument from nature, or an argument from tradition or the argument of universal practice, you remove the ability of the universal grace that has been given us to work in your conscience and keep you judicial system working correctly.

You either depower the judges — which is what Parliament in NZ has done, refusing to allow a constitution and requiring all such changes go through parliament, as the King-in-parliament is sovereign, or by limiting the power of the state itself and judges within the state to make such choices, or you watch them smear the slippery slope to romantic and ethical barbarism with the most effective lubricants money can buy.

Tradition is a bulwark, but tradition, like the laws of nature, point to God. It appears that we can tolerate a lot of evil before we consider that we may have erred, and mocked he who will judge the dead.

Our nation matters not a whit. [Luke 23].

This follows on from yesterday’s second post, which was written while waiting for the final flight of the day.

When you look at the comment of Christ to the women of Jerusalem it makes no sense unless you understand that the actions we have done have consequences. That God is allowed to be angry with injustice and evil and to grieve when his people walk away. That our models of God, or our theology, is not God.

I think the rot comes from the top.

All of the mainstream denominations have clergy who are in fact Unitarian Universalists. It’s what is being taught in seminaries and you simply can’t graduate without parroting it. Look for words like “inclusiveness,” “inviting,” “welcoming”, “hospitality” (or worse, “radical hospitality”), and so on. This terms have theological meaning quite at variance with the Gospels. The so-called Covenant of Hospitality is not just non-Gospel, it is a 180 degree reversal of taking the message to the world. The theologians of mainstream denominations have explicitly rejected the Great Commission in favor of taking the world into the church, with observable results today.

The Anglican/Episcopal and Methodist churches share a lot of common history. It’s therefore not surprising to me that they share a common present.

And so we drop into some form of haze, where we walk confused, for there is nothing to guide us. The Anglicans had for guidance not as much the creeds (though they do exist) but instead the Book of Common Prayer. Their strength was liturgy: you may have had difficulties with the formulae, but the formulae got into you. And there liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer was written by those who wer both poets and theologians.

Not now. Instead, the liturgy stinks.

The same thing has happened in the credal churches. Among the reformed churches, the need for reformation — which is supposed to be about self-examination and repentance both personally and as a congregation — has become the need to continually reinvent heresies so that the social goal of inclusiveness is met.

As if social goals and the nation matter. Which they do not.

And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

(Luke 23:26-31 ESV)

The women of Jerusalem were mourning for Christ. They were protesting, if you will, the decisions of the elite. They were not the elite: they had not damned Christ.

They were of his nation. Yet he prophesies that the nation will be destroyed, and the barren will be thought to be blessed, for she will neither see her children starve (as in Jerusalem) nor have to cut their throats (as in Masada).

The Romans were genocidal, and thorough. When they finished with a rebellious nation, a desert was left. Better a desert than a rebellious people: such was deemed to be a peace by the Romans. Palestine was emptied and resettled by Titus.

What does all this mean? Well, firstly, the kind of white nationalism that exists (mainly in the USA) leaves me cold. Even though I’m white. And Maori nationalism (15%), black nationalism (12%) and La Raza (10%?) I deem as stupid. Almost every male can fight if taught: can these people not count? Have they not learned from either Dixie or the Broderbund? If you are the less populous group in a tribal war, you will lose, even if the other side is less educated, less trained: unless the society you are fighting is rotten.

Secondly, I expect that we will, again be persecuted. Unless we fold. I expect the mainstream churches to fold: I pray that my church does not.

And finally, if the church rots, society soon follows, and rotten societies fall. The decline should not be enjoyed. It should be warned against, and we should rage at the declining of the light.

Perhaps, just perhaps, then a remnant will repent.

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For those who follow the blog I am in timezone hell: wordpress says it is 3 AM on Saturday, where I am it is 10 AM on Friday. I will be back on NZ time at the end of next week.

Disaster follows those who scorn God.

The old theologians and teachers have utility. Hat tip to Ann Barnhardt, for linking to this. In referring to Nature, Leo XIII is referring to a natural order or state of general grace where good things, such as truth, honour and justice, are in the community for all.

This was written in 1890: during a time of great confidence in the progress of Mankind and that war was no longer an issue: it was unneeded but to conquer and colonize, bringing the benefits of civilization.

I’d quibble about the true religion: I’d also add that they came for the evangelicals before the papists this time as the evangelicals had less of a cultural and power base in the minds of the elite.

But his words remain as a warning. And should be beeded.

Nature did not form society in order that man should seek in it his last end, but in order that in it and through it he should find suitable aids whereby to attain to his own perfection. If, then, a political government strives after external advantages only, and the achievement of a cultured and prosperous life; if, in administering public affairs, it is wont to put God aside, and show no solicitude for the upholding of moral law, it deflects woefully from its right course and from the injunctions of nature; nor should it be accounted as a society or a community of men, but only as the deceitful imitation or appearance of a society.

As to what We have called the goods of the soul, which consist chiefly in the practice of the true religion and in the unswerving observance of the Christian precepts, We see them daily losing esteem among men, either by reason of forgetfulness or disregard, in such wise that all that is gained for the well-being of the body seems to be lost for that of the soul. A striking proof of the lessening and weakening of the Christian faith is seen in the insults too often done to the Catholic Church, openly and publicly – insults, indeed, which an age cherishing religion would not have tolerated. For these reasons, an incredible multitude of men is in danger of not achieving salvation; and even nations and empires themselves cannot long remain unharmed, since, when Christian institutions and morality decline, the main foundation of human society goes together with them. Force alone will remain to preserve public tranquillity and order. But force is very feeble when the bulwark of religion has been removed, and, being more apt to beget slavery than obedience, it bears within itself the germs of ever-increasing troubles. The present century has encountered memorable disasters, and it is not certain that some equally terrible are not impending. The very times in which we live are warning us to seek remedies there where alone they are to be found-namely, by re-establishing in the family circle and throughout the whole range of society the doctrines and practices of the Christian religion.

Without religion, the state has no accountability.

And without rules, we start to implode as a society. Which cannot last: which will not last. This is obvious, even to the pagans.

Anyhow, the bottom line is that all this “mass equalization” that is currently running riot over the West will eventually, (and as the evidence begins to demonstrate much sooner rather than later), corrode and ultimately destroy the very values, moral codes, and even behaviors that were responsible for the West’s rise as a civilization and shining city on the hill.

Get ready for a tumble back into the gutter from whence we once ascended.

A State that overtly rejects the law and God and stands against religion is going to end up ruling by force, and without that force its days are numbered. But the state is not the nation. A nation without hope dies: it simply does not breed.

Any elite left are ruling over wilderness and ruins. And if the Vicortians Popes warned against disaster, this warning should be twice as loud now: for the doctrine of the romans is that the Pope, speaking from hsi chair of authority, is infallible.

Thw current pope clearly disagrees with this part of doctrine. without getting into the disagreements with the Romans that this Reformed blogger has, one must acknoeldge that the Roman system of doctrine is clear and ooherent. And the current pope ignores it all.

In the hope that by being inclusive the churh will grow.

Which it sill not. Inclusive churches become apostate congregations, and die. To turn your back on God damns your soul: and for the leadership of a nation to do so spells disaster.

Pray therefere, that we repent, and that our leaders — both secular and spiritual — repent also.

Beer, Evangelism and Heathrow. [Acts 8].

It was hot yesterday, and the ritual of visiting the Eagle and Child — after staying in Merton[1], where JRR Tolkien was a fellow, to visiting where the Inklings met, the suggested pint of their local was needed.

The draught beer at the Eagle and Crown. Merry: What is that which makes you happy? Pippin: it is called a pint. Merry: I'm having one of those.
The draught beer at the Eagle and Crown.
Merry: What is that which makes you happy?
Pippin: it is called a pint.
Merry: I’m having one of those.

It was hot yesterday. For England. It was in the thirties, and I had been humping my pack — which is designed for rough and cold weather — through Oxford. (Yes, I could have afforded a Taxi, but walking was quicker, I had the time, and you can take photos and honour Tolkien on foot). It was so hot that all the trains had to slow down because of buckling rail tracks, and there were long delays between trains.

So I had another conversation. With a Zabra: who had spent some days dealing with a problem with the software her company had sold to a client, and was heartily sick of being hot, and wanted to be in air conditioning, with her children, and most of all through security at Heathrow… her flight was but three hours away. Which is not enough time to get through Israelis security.

She had a good job, but missed her kids. I had heard great talks by eminent people on the lat day of the conference, but enjoyed the beer in quiet more.

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.

(Psalm 131 ESV)

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Today’s passage relates to travel. There are parts of this which are not understandable if you make no allowance for the supernatural. The ancients were more comfortable with the idea of angels than trains, let alone air travel: the idea that this blogger is in a hotel next to an airport before flying to Manitoba today would beyond their comprehension.

But note: The eunuchs were generally feared and despised: there is no difference here between the ancient Romans (who considered this well beneath them, and effeminate) and the Chinese (who truly feared the eunuchs of the imperial court, with good reason).

Yet Philip preached to this eunuch. In Christ, there is no group which is disbarred from hearing the gospel.

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.”

And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

(Acts 8:26-40 ESV)

Philip was preaching during a time of persecution. Saul and his colleagues were attempting to purify the people of Israel by purging them of these people of the way, these heretics. Stephen was the first martyr: he was not the last in that persecution. ‘

Yet he preached. Everywhere. To anyone. Regardless of the cost.

Regardless of where he was, and regardless of local rulings. For our loyalty is to the kingdom of God, and not to our rulers. It matters not what the laws of the land are: we must meet our mission.

Which is to make disciples in all nations, baptizing in the name of the trinity, and proclaiming the Gospel. As Stephen did. Until this period of time ceases.

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1. Hat tip to Bike Bubba. The fact some arrogant Brooklyn Hipster was calling it the Bird and Bastard, when the real name for the pub is the Bird and Baby, is besides the point. Better photos will go up on the photo blog. Later.

Monthly stats (changing to statcounter)

I have changed the public way of recording numbers this month, statcounter has replaced sitemeter. So those numbers are partial.

I’m not the only person who is having problems. As the compiler of the Kiwi Blog rankings notes:

The problems with SiteMeter are even worse this month. No data could be obtained for about 50 blogs using SiteMeter. People have also reported strange results. So if you wish to query the information in the table I suggest you check out the data in the SiteMeter pages.

If you are using SiteMeter, and especially if you find you page isn’t included this month, I suggest you consider transferring to a more reliable counter like StatCounter. Have a look at the NZ Blog Rankings FAQs if you need help with this.

Google gives this on my dashboard…

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And statcounter is now only keeping the last 500 hits, which means about one day’s data. This is a feature in my mind, not a bug.

Next month we should have reliable numbers.