26 May 2020

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There are, I think, three kinds of way the world ends. Firstly, we can die. This is not a bad thing. As one of my friends told me when one of his mates was dying — he was going to heaven, where he will know all, and will not need books. The second end is that Christ comes, and this time of trials and pain will end. We look to that time.

For Christ has called us, and in him alone we are saved from purification to come.

The third death is that we become apostate, and choose to enslave ourselves to another God because feelings.

Oh really? Then what’s with all of the killing of us infidels then? Why not just “revert” us? Seems a bit like propaganda to me. You know, the subtle kind. Well done ABC, the taxpayer funded broadcaster to the tune of a cool billion.

Adam Piggott (yes I’ve linked to the post twice)

I should add that the woman who left her pagan feminism for Islam now wants an arranged marriage. She will abandon her name and her hope of salvation for… attention. She does not understand. Islam is a one-way ticket: they kill those who convert to Christ. No, not hate speech: I used an ikon of the martyrs of Algeria for a reason — they give their life for Christ in the last decade.

The spirit of this age loves it some Islam, for it is a false comfort, a false God, and a false salvation. But we shall not follow such. Instead we shall cling to the true God and the cross on which we were saved, For the end is nearer than when Peter wrote his letters.

1 Peter 4:7-11

7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving [d]by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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Sound judgement includes coping with the current situation. We are currently exhausted: we did our duty during the hard lockdown and were hospitable to people who do not respond to such. We are now “catching up”, and the emotions we have can at times overwhelm. A detachment from our emotions can help, but loving each other helps more.

Having the prayers of others helps.

Praying for others helps.

For in this time, when we are told we can only meet by regulation and no more than 100 (as of Friday, and this is sold as a great concession to the “faith communities”: our government has passed beyond hubris to cats).

But the house church will grow. God is refining us. We will not lose hope.

The end may be near, but we are not afraid of this. For nothing, not death itself can separate us from the love of God. Let us abide in him. It is the pagans, followers of the crescent as much as Steven Pinker, who should fear.