This is an age of lies, where only the old geezers and depolrables read history, because it is full of inconvenient facts. I don't know my USA history becausse I'm not from there, but the worke have never considered that New Zealand was almost an American, or worse, French colony. The French did settle in Akaroa and American whalers used Russell as a base. Well before any treaty.
There is no understanding that the Maori or English or Indians of that time were intelligent, and they fought for a future for their children and grandchildren. Nothing came easy. If thing continue as into destruction and degradation, we will be there again.
The woke have subverted all symbolts and history but for baptism. They hate baptism. They hate the church. Which is why baptisms are important. My Bapticostal church does them monthly. We don't need to worry too much about infant baptism because most Kiwis are now pagans, and their parents never bothered with this -- in fact for a number of them, including our PM, thye didnot bother getting married.
The theology of the flood leads to baptism, and it makes te pagans seethe.
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted of Satan: Make speed to help thy servants who are assaulted by manifold temptations; and, as thou knowest their several infirmities, let each one find thee mighty to save; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
One of the things that is happening to me at present is that as external temptations are more resisted -- not that I am anything near perfect -- and I do my job as a husband there are attacks. That I am a failure. That my flaws are fatal. That I should just give up.
We are left with fear. There is division in society, and a woke cadre who would damn us. We can only do so much. We are in this world ti bear witness.
Confessing our attacks to each other helps, This is a burden all spouses have to share.
When, therefore, they [demons] come by night to you and wish to tell the future, or say ‘We are the angels,’ give no heed, for they lie. . . . But if they shamelessly stand their ground, capering, and change their forms of appearance, fear them not, nor shrink, nor heed them as though they were good spirits.
For the presence either of the good or evil by the help of God can easily be distinguished. The vision of the holy ones is not fraught with distraction: ‘For they will not strive, nor cry, nor shall anyone hear their voice’ [Matt 12:19]. But it comes quietly and gently such that an immediate joy, gladness, and courage arise in the soul. For the Lord who is our joy is with them, and the power of God the Father” -
St Anthony the Great 251-356
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
This is a time of state intrusion into all aspects of live. We have autitors ferreting out racim and homophobia so our employers can get the "rainbow tick". We lose time and effort in mandantory classes in soviet raising conscuscousness when we should be working. And we wnoder why there is still lead in the water, and the blood tests show high lead among kids.
We are witnessing a massive, tragic deterioration of the lived experience and the feeling of freedom, including religious freedom, and democracy. This will leave permanent damage that will be very difficult to remove as it makes our societies easy prey of prophets of gloom with a hidden, likely Marxist, likely godless, most likely controlling and authoritarian agenda.
Like the people of South Vietnam, we are at risk of losing our freedoms, including the religious one, because – collectively speaking, of course – we have stopped caring enough for it.
Beware of every ingerence of Big Government into our life.
Your freedoms, including your religious one, is more endangered than you think.
If we think about temptations, there is the lust of the eyes, true. there is wrath. There is the need for power. All are insidious. But this temptation is nastied. It is that we give up our salvation for safety. We let the state -- no friend of the church throughout my life -- regulate us.
That the gospel is not preached, in liturgy, worship and word.
That a generation instead is distracted by social media and their Playstation.
May we be protected. Lead us not into temptation, Lord. And when we go there anyway, Lord, give us the means to escape. .