Last night Heresolong made this comment, which I've shortened a bit. In Canada hate speech is the new blasphemy, and you shall comply.
In British Columbia, Canada, there is a small but growing movement to establish commissions that would start to investigate what kind of “hate speech” the churches are preaching. Growing to the point that a letter to the editor in a local paper touting the idea was not met by outrage and disbelief.
The reality that those of Christ are commanded to obey the secular authorities is missed. Completely. We obey until we are mandated to deny that Christ is the LORD. Then we ask for the courage of those who have gone before.
Let us not forget that the faith we have is sealed by the blood of martyrs, who died as a witness. The woke want another crop of these. I pray that we will have peace and good providence.
But I see war, strife and persecution. It is not a time to converge. It is not a time for cowardice. It is a time for truth, and for courage.
who never failest to help and govern them
whom thou dost bring up in thy steadfast fear and love;
Keep us, we beseech thee,
under the protection of thy good providence,
and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
22 “‘This is what the Lord God says: I myself will also take a young branch from the top of a cedar tree, and I will plant it. I will cut off a small twig from the top of the tree’s young branches, and I will plant it on a very high mountain. 23 I will plant it on the high mountain of Israel. Then it will grow branches and give fruit and become a great cedar tree. Birds of every kind will build nests in it and live in the shelter of the tree’s branches. 24 Then all the trees in the countryside will know that I am the Lord. I bring down the high tree and make the low tree tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree grow. I am the Lord. I have spoken, and I will do it.’”
12 But good people will grow like palm trees;
they will be tall like the cedars of Lebanon.
13 Like trees planted in the Temple of the Lord,
they will grow strong in the courtyards of our God.
14 When they are old, they will still produce fruit;
they will be healthy and fresh.
15 They will say that the Lord is good.
He is my Rock, and there is no wrong in him.
14 The love of Christ controls us, because we know that One died for all, so all have died. 15 Christ died for all so that those who live would not continue to live for themselves. He died for them and was raised from the dead so that they would live for him.
16 From this time on we do not think of anyone as the world does. In the past we thought of Christ as the world thinks, but we no longer think of him in that way. 17 If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new!
26 Then Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is like someone who plants seed in the ground. 27 Night and day, whether the person is asleep or awake, the seed still grows, but the person does not know how it grows. 28 By itself the earth produces grain. First the plant grows, then the head, and then all the grain in the head. 29 When the grain is ready, the farmer cuts it, because this is the harvest time.”
We do not understand the love of God who chose us and called us to be his own. To us, it is a mystery. No farmer can with complete confidence predict that this seed will germinate and produce a crop and that one will not. He works by planting many seeds, and at times many crops.
There are those who think that our process to salvation can be planned and become a method: I think it is better to say that the methodist movement was a revival that saved England. Despite its theological weaknesses, which the wormetounges exploited, rather than have the courage to confront their evil and repent. As the SDL points out.
Conquering one's instinctive behavioral patterns is always difficult. They will always be there to be reverted to in times of stress, defeat, and failure. But they can be suppressed and surmounted with sufficient effort. Persistence is the key. Even when you slip - and you will - don't spend the next six weeks in denial, rationalization, and self-justification.
Just admit the error, dust yourself off, and force yourself to start treading the right track again.
The trick here is to admit the error. Something our progressive elite don't want to do. Their policies will end poorly. They have not chosen well.
There is considerable pressure on you to fall into the narrative of this world. Do not do so: Trust God and not this elite. Follow God and not the regulations we have given to us.
And pray, always, that the nation will admit their error and with gritted teeth walk the path of correct living, which we have before us in the words of Christ.