6 August 2020

Today’s message is bought to you by the cowards in cassocks. (Yes, I know I’m reformed, but there are plenty of Presbyterian ministers who love the titles and playing dress up. This is repulsive, and one reason I’m relaxed about our preachers wearing jeans). Not that they did not get involved in social distancing, and moving to virtual worship. The statistician to the stars, who is Catholic, put it this way.

What strikes the average Friday fisheater is how quickly, and even eagerly, our spiritual leaders embraced coronadoom restrictions. They didn’t protest when the government said to shut down public masses. Even though they could have. Our dear prelates and priests could have said, “No way we’re stopping the worship of God. Come get us if you have to, but we’re doing it.”

They likely would have won that fight. But, with practiced somber faces, they instead came to the microphone and said, “You can’t even go to the funeral of your mother. Safety First.”

There are two ways in which the authorities attempt to destroy the people of God and it depends completely on how much temporal power they have right now.

If they think they are strong, then they kill. Jezebel had managed to kill the prophets of God: and Obadiah, who served her husband as he was loyal to Israel and the king, obeyed a greater command and hid the prophets at great risk. When in power, this leads to struggle sessions, show trials, and a river of blood.

When there is less power and authority (ie you can’t get the army or judiciary to kill for you) you instead invoke riots. In the hope that there will be a reaction, and a shut down.

Anger and fear are in these situations good things for the rulers. The last thing the want is courage, discernment, and a prayerful search for the truth.

1 Kings 18:1-16

18 Now it happened after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the face of the earth.” 2 So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria. 3 Ahab called Obadiah who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly; 4 for when Jezebel destroyed the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water.) 5 Then Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the valleys; perhaps we will find grass and keep the horses and mules alive, and not have to kill some of the cattle.” 6 So they divided the land between them to survey it; Ahab went one way by himself and Obadiah went another way by himself.

7 Now as Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met him, and he recognized him and fell on his face and said, “Is this you, Elijah my master?” 8 He said to him, “It is I. Go, say to your master, ‘Behold, Elijah is here.’” 9 He said, “What sin have I committed, that you are giving your servant into the hand of Ahab to put me to death? 10 As the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent to search for you; and when they said, ‘He is not here,’ he made the kingdom or nation swear that they could not find you. 11 And now you are saying, ‘Go, say to your master, “Behold, Elijah is here.”’ 12 It will come about when I leave you that the Spirit of the Lord will carry you where I do not know; so when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have feared the Lord from my youth. 13 Has it not been told to my master what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord, that I hid a hundred prophets of the Lord by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water? 14 And now you are saying, ‘Go, say to your master, “Behold, Elijah is here”’; he will then kill me.” 15 Elijah said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.” 16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

Acts 17:10-15

10 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men. 13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then immediately the brethren sent Paul out to go as far as the sea; and Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Now those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left.

I thank God that I’m not on the pastoral staff anywhere. I have enough burdens as a pew sitter{ I have the solemn duty of discerning from scripture if the words preached to us are true, and if not, what to do. Like Obadiah, my prime duty is not to what man or the state think, but to God.

The FIRST Commandment is to love God above all other loyalties, even above family, and specifically above those “loyalties” that have banned Christianity: banning church attendance, banning Communion, banning baptisms, banning hymn-singing, banning fatherhood and banning obedience to any authority other than the globalist agenda.

If you care more about your neighbor’s health than worshiping God in the ways He decreed then you are an enemy of God and will surely rot in Eternal Hell

No, this is not about science. Science is hard, bloody hard. Reading detailed game manuals or writing them is easier. But posturing rhetorically about what you don’t understand — is common, particularly at this time, when many take what they think the science is and make a sacred cow out of it.

We are chosen by God. The command we have is to love the LORd with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, and love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Christ gave us a new commandment: love those in the church as Christ loves them.

All the rest is micro-regulation, and in this time where you need to show your papers in the village of the damned to get to work, we should not trust the church at all when it comes to love. They do not have a comprehension of love. They only know force, fear, and envy.

Do not be like them.