3 December 2020: Let us return to the LORD.

I said to Kea that the passages this morning were easy to understand. They are hard to do in practice. For repentance is not a one time thing. It is daily turning from folly, turning to the LORD.

It is the practice of the disciplines. It is dealing with your weaknesses and frailties. The West has moved to a state of effeteness, and taken much of the world with it [1].

And it will not cease until you are no longer here. We have but a few decades to Glorify God. Use the time wisely.

Psalm 85:8-13

8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
but let them not turn back to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him
and make his footsteps a way.

Hosea 6:1-6

6 “Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
3 Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;
his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth.”
4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes early away.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets;
I have slain them by the words of my mouth,
and my judgement goes forth as the light.
6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-10

2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Let us turn to Brother Roosh, who reminds us that faith is increasing, and that effective faith changes you.

A question I’m commonly asked is if I believe faith in Christ is increasing or decreasing. Is the Holy Spirit active in growing the faith of the flock or is Satan getting closer to achieving the end times with the introduction of his Antichrist? I believe the answer is that both good and evil are growing at the same time.

The clearest sign that evil is on the march is Drag Queen Story Time, a program whereby men dress up as women to read books to little children in public libraries, a taxpayer-funded institution. Why do children need to be read by grotesque men dressed up in makeup and colorful wigs via a quasi state-sponsored program? To desensitize them to the sort of person who is most likely to molest and rape them. The parents of these children essentially bring them to slaughter in a government-backed grooming program to aid in the future sexual abuse of children and the destruction of their innocence. It’s just but one example of the increase of Satan’s activity that includes the normalization of sodomy, blatant government corruption, and the breakup of the family unit.

How about faith? Since evil is obviously growing, shouldn’t that mean that faith is dying? Not so. You’re reading the words of a man who turned to Christ in 2019, well after Drag Queen Story Time and transgender kids became a national phenomenon. I went on tour that year and talked to hundreds of men, many of whom confessed that they are also making their way out of the darkness and into the light of Christ. I’ve lost count how many emails I’ve received from both men and women who are new to professing the faith and turning away from the evils of the modern world.

It’s tempting to look at surveys and polls and lament the decreasing number of self-identifying Christians, but a human body present in the pews is not necessarily faith. There may be 10,000 souls in a megachurch, but if true repentance is not found there, and their faith ends as soon as they walk out of their rock concert experience, it may be more pleasing to God if a lone monk recited the Jesus Prayer, because if your faith doesn’t re-orient your body away from worldly things, should it be counted in national surveys that attempt to quantify the faith, or does it belong in the box of “other,” of something New Age, in between true good and true evil but leaning more toward evil than not?

Let us turn to the Lord.

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1. Nikolai, is is not the nation that matters but a community of faith. Live with them. The state has not been our friend since it elevated itself about the Church with the Treaty of Westphalia.