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4 Dec 19

There is a church in my town that was given this scripture when they were challenged about expanding into a new building. They saw that they needed to get bigger so more people would come in and find Christ.

This world would see us barren, and they have examples of the liberal endgame, where we have mere rituals of wokeness.

And no, I’m not going to post the blasphemous to pornographic “Art” that is now on their altarpiece. My standards may be low, but the exist.

When I was young the church my mother made me attend seemed to be about nothing. The pastor gave these long, vague, pointless sermons, or so it seemed. And a lot of the parishioners seemed to be old people who just wanted to hang around in a room for a while and feel sort of vaguely holy.

The whole thing failed in time, not from convergence but from disinterest. Currently the building is rented out for wedding ceremonies.

What seems odd to me about this Swedish church is that anybody bothers to attend. If they knew only a little scripture they would know that celebrating sexual weirdos is hostile to the doctrines presented by Jesus. And that is what this is. It is not inclusiveness, it is celebrating the weirdos.

We are told we are dead, buried, irrelevant and should just converge, then die. But the prophet says we are beloved by God, and we will produce fruit that will glorify God. But in this time we need to stand, and like Theodon of Rohan rejected Grima Wormtounge and the message of Sauron, we should separate ourselves from these globalist preachers of Babylon.

54 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
    break forth into singing and cry aloud,
    you who have not been in labour!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
    than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
    and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
    and strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,
    and your offspring will possess the nations
    and will people the desolate cities.
“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;
    be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
    and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
For your Maker is your husband,
    the Lord of hosts is his name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
    the God of the whole earth he is called.
For the Lord has called you
    like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,
like a wife of youth when she is cast off,
    says your God.
For a brief moment I deserted you,
    but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing anger for a moment
    I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
    says the Lord, your Redeemer.
“This is like the days of Noah[a] to me:
    as I swore that the waters of Noah
    should no more go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you,
    and will not rebuke you.
10 For the mountains may depart
    and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
    and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

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