Sunday 31 Jan 21

Let us accept that this is a time of crisis, and that the rule of law is now broken. It is very clear that this leads to bloody consequences. We can learn from history.

If you take away the ability to work, and require that all align with their great reset, there will be pushback. This is a time of trial: evil thinks it has power, and as usual their hatred of all things of Christ comes through. but at this time there remains a witness and te word of God. Ignore the word of God at your peril.

Distort or add to it and you will find yourselves in the hands of an angry God.

Which is reflected in the texts for this Sunday. The Old theologians knew what they meant when they said we would be frail under pressure. But God is not.

COLLECT ONE
O God,
who knowest us to be set
in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright;
Grant to us such strength and protection,
as may support us in all dangers,
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or[a] who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

111 Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
3 Full of splendour and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures for ever.
4 He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant for ever.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy;
8 they are established for ever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant for ever.
Holy and awesome is his name!
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practise it have a good understanding.
His praise endures for ever!

Psalm 111

8 Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge”. This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. 2 If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

4 Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence”, and that “there is no God but one.” 5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

7 However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 9 But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? 11 And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 12 Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

1 Corinthians 8

The very first thing we need to reform is our whsipin of knowledge and hits bastard stepchild, credentials. I have a fair few certificates in strage, and af air few books, mostly read. But that means nothing if I don’t have love for thtose around me.

The second thing we need to understand is that the symbols matter. People have been arrested for memes I am finding good sources of such at /rel/, but watch for the ones you are expected to have, such as the rainbow version of your employer’s logo, or your social media profile supporting this or that woke cause.

We are expected to say slogans without thinking, as an act of solidarity.

And Idols being sacrificed to? the number of versions of Buddha or the avatars of Krishna of sale locally is increasing, as are the various pagan temples. Don’t eat food there.

For though you can justify your actions, you may break the faith of another. And fo that you will be held to account.