I was in church today. Not socially distanced. With a bunch of people. The preacher started talking about that Aussie Church Hillsong. He’d been in a meeting listening to their head pastor — who has not had anay one of their campuses open since COVID-19 began. And so he was asked, what does he do? And he said I’m preaching faith, home and life.
Not fear. Not looking at what the world is telling us is happening. And not death. The rest of the sermon was about Paul and being stuck drufting in a hurricnane for a fortnight.
But from this we should note that we are not to live in fear. As the Didact says before his NSFW morale boost, we are breathing and the battle is not over.
Nonetheless, we have time. Trust in the process, trust in the God-Emperor and his team, and above all, trust in the Lord above. There is something at work behind the scenes that we do not yet know and cannot possibly understand. I can feel it every time I pray at night, asking the Lord for wisdom and guidance and hope in these dark times. I don’t pretend to know what’s happening, but, to paraphrase Lord Winston Churchill, great forces are on the move in the world, and we are rapidly learning that we are spirits, not animals, and we are all subject to a call that, whether we like it or not, spells “DUTY”.
So be of good cheer and light heart. We need warriors to stand and fight in the battles ahead. The fight isn’t over, not by any means.
David knew this. The only thing we know about the person who led to this psalm being written about is that he was called Cush and that he was of the tribe of Benjamin. We don’t know what the musical term meant.
But we know if’s pretty bad when your name leads to that noble king calling to God for vengeance.
A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.
7 O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,
2 lest like a lion they tear my soul apart,
rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,
if there is wrong in my hands,
4 if I have repaid my friend with evil
or plundered my enemy without cause,
5 let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,
and let him trample my life to the ground
and lay my glory in the dust. Selah
6 Arise, O Lord, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.
7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you;
over it return on high.
8 The Lord judges the peoples;
judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.
9 Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
and may you establish the righteous—
you who test the minds and hearts,
O righteous God!
10 My shield is with God,
who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
and a God who feels indignation every day.
12 If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword;
he has bent and readied his bow;
13 he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,
making his arrows fiery shafts.
14 Behold, the wicked man conceives evil
and is pregnant with mischief
and gives birth to lies.
15 He makes a pit, digging it out,
and falls into the hole that he has made.
16 His mischief returns upon his own head,
and on his own skull his violence descends.
17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
I have said before that there is no such thing s a pure church. I know grous who say that they are pure — but in ultra-calvinism, ultra-orthodoxy there is too ofthen a legalistic death and the chair pf Peter, like the chair in Canterbury, generally promotes error not the gospel.
We need to obey God. This is easy to say, and hard to do. That may mean that the apostates with Holy Orders seethe.
Charlton is correct in his description of the modern church. he’s wrong in his solution.
With the Christian churches having ‘converged’ actively to embrace one or all of the priorities of secular leftism (in 2020 these are the birdemic, antiracism and climate change – long-term it also includes the developing subversions/ inversions of the sexual revolution); and now that these Christian churches have de facto closed and/or all-but ceased their core activities — we are in a situation where serious Christians Must go-it-alone… that, or else give-up being Christian.
But as a Romantic Christian, I would assert that this is what Christians ought to be doing anyway, as their primary mode of faith. I mean that we ought to be taking primary responsibility for our religion by personal revelation and discernment – by intuition of our real and divine Selves.
This, rather than – as in earlier eras – accepting our Christianity from external sources such as institution, tradition, scripture or theology.
Now, obedience will not suffice as the first duty of a Christian; because that which was obeyed is corrupt and/or absent.
Charlton is wrong in his solution because we have in scripture a series of instructions and commands. We have notes on how to work through them. The letters of Paul and Peter and James help. Many do not preach that. They would rater juse faith, home ahd life as slogans, and not say that the faith we have is in Christ, the love we have is in Christ and the life we have is in Christ.
For he loved us first.
We don’t live in fear and we ignore the modern religious regulations of the neo-sins of fearing the virus, not being one of the approved races or variations of perversion, or not doing as we are told.. because of Christ.
The correct question to ask all these people is if Jesus is Lord. for my intuition can be completely off. Every intuition and every spirit has to be tested, and every work said must conform to scripture.
For we cannot glorify him if we are frightened of models that don’t reflect the reality we see.
1, Overly correct theology often is a worship of theology and not Christ. The good theologians stick closely to scripture, and keep their speculative mind firmly in check. But lots of people have fallen into the ultra-Calvinist rabbit hole. A similar one exists in the Orthodox branch of the vine.
2. The seat of Peter has an apostate on it and it is thus vacant. If canon law reflected the spirit of God, this would be clear.