The trouble with the word of God in this time is that it is true. As a righteous prophet of God informs us of what is to come, so the word of God allows us to teach, correct and grow. It is not God. It is not the mind of God. It is what we can handle.
And that should suffice. Adam speaks truth here -- I've stripped out some of the context, as I don't want to get distracted into marriage advice. To quote Elspeth, a woman should listen to their husband, and the only woman I am husband to is Kea.
More than that, we do not wish to know God’s heart or mind. It is a burden enough dealing with our own.
Within this context it should be radically clear just how demonic the modern concept of equality is. The coordinated propaganda for men to ‘get in touch with their feelings’ via their female counterparts is not merely self-defeating; it is damning. ... There is no theoretical ideal, as such a whimsy fantasy leads men directly to disaster. We need to grow up and be resolute on this. Leaders lead. They do not seek the soft reassurance of underlings to moisten their egos. To do such a thing is weakness, and women abhor weakness. As indeed we would do if it were ever presented to us from above.
This does not mean we men should not listen to our wives. Kea and I have been talking. She feels -- viscerally -- that bad things are about to happen. I agree, and then we discuss, plan, and work on what we can do to deal with this.
Because I don't think New Zealand is more specail than Israel and Judah, and when they gagged the prophets the nation was destroyed.
6 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Israel,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
because they sell the righteous for silver,
and the needy for a pair of sandals—
7 those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth
and turn aside the way of the afflicted;
a man and his father go in to the same girl,
so that my holy name is profaned;
8 they lay themselves down beside every altar
on garments taken in pledge,
and in the house of their God they drink
the wine of those who have been fined.
9 “Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them,
whose height was like the height of the cedars
and who was as strong as the oaks;
I destroyed his fruit above
and his roots beneath.
10 Also it was I who brought you up out of the land of Egypt
and led you forty years in the wilderness,
to possess the land of the Amorite.
11 And I raised up some of your sons for prophets,
and some of your young men for Nazirites.
Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel?”
declares the Lord.
12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine,
and commanded the prophets,
saying, ‘You shall not prophesy.’
13 “Behold, I will press you down in your place,
as a cart full of sheaves presses down.
14 Flight shall perish from the swift,
and the strong shall not retain his strength,
nor shall the mighty save his life;
15 he who handles the bow shall not stand,
and he who is swift of foot shall not save himself,
nor shall he who rides the horse save his life;
16 and he who is stout of heart among the mighty
shall flee away naked in that day,”
declares the Lord.
2 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
There are many lies out there, and there are many people who want to get us distracted. Because if we call the truth out there -- calling the sin what it is without euphemism -- we will perhaps find shame, guilt, a godly sorrow and repentance. Of course, many would rather be deluded. They would rather assume they are what they claim to be, rather than putting in the hard work to be what they ought.
Men today live a lifestyle of a Pomeranian dog and want to have the testosterone of a German Shepard. You can inject the fluffy Pomeranian with as much testosterone as you want, and it will bark more frequently as it perceives it has become tougher, and it may even develop bulging biceps that it vainly admires in the mirror throughout the day, but it will never be able to defend its master’s house like the German Shepard. The solution is to accept who you are in the times you are in as God created you with humility and repentance instead of rushing to the shamans and witch doctors of our times to change it,
If there are no shortcuts to getting strong, how much more so are there no shortcuts to doing the work of God? It is consistency that matters. Every time you avoid temptation the next time it is easier: this is the converse of every time you sin it becomes easier as your conscience is abraded to offend God.
If someone tells you that you won't have to struggle with temptations until Christ calls you to him or comes again, he is a liar. None of us is perfect. Not one. We all have sins, and we all will continue to sin. In my experience, the most saintly and godly of men are those who are most convicted of their sin, and consider themselves as not worthy of emulation. I would never put myself in their company.
What Paul is trying to do is something we now also do. He knows he will never see these people. The days of easy travel and unregulated speech died somewhere between "be kind" and "we will have to go door to door to get everyone vaccinated". There is now a Pravda, an official narrative. It sounds plausible, but it is a lie. Within the church and without.
I pray that we may all be given the discernment we need from God. As this time reaches a point of crisis.
But know this: God put you here for such a time as this.