Sunday 4th July 2021

If July 1 was Canada day, today is American Independance Day. Both countries are consequences of the American Revolution: the Tories at the end of the Revolution were "encouraged" to move into the British Territories of Upper Canada, now Ontario.

Down here there is a new post colonial holiday: Maratriki, the Maori new year. It is being propagandized as a time of thankfulness and looking to the future. For other reasons (COVID lockdowns and scheduling) we are visiting one of our sons in Wellington, the capital, who has turned this into a fortnight of festivities now the pride month has gone away.

The spiri of the town is smug confidence. This is the capital: people virtue signal, look prosperous, and pay high mortgages. Kea says that it was the same when she was in high school here about tree decades ago.

But there is no room fo Christ in this porgressive pagan relition. Wellington sits on a fault line: the town hall is boarded up because of earthquake damate, and the new ugly art is dronwning out the old good stuff.

Not just here. In Canada, the old statutes are toppled, but woe betide if you topple a totem pole. The churches are burning. The hatred of Christ is now obvious.

God will not be mocked.

COLLECT ONE

Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee,
that the course of this world
may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance,
that thy Church may joyfully serve thee
in all godly quietness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ezekiel 2:1-5

2 And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” 2 And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. 4 The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ 5 And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them.

2 Corinthians 12:2-10
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2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. 3 And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— 4 and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. 5 On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— 6 though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. 7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Mark 6:1-13

6 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.
And he went about among the villages teaching

I think that many people reject Christ because they think that being saved from their sin is not needed: it is old news. They want to reject any sense that they are fallen -- they want to turn to the old Gods, and the propaganda of this world leads this way.

Wherever I went in the United States on my grand tour, I repeatedly observed archetypes of the same individual. The atheist enthroned to lust on the West Coast is similar to his counterpart on the East Coast. The lukewarm Christian who fell for the prosperity Gospel in the South is the same as one in the Midwest. Even the same corporations were present nationwide, meaning that everyone consumed the same products, and since very few people seek out old books to add variety to the modern propaganda their brain receives, most Americans seem to be converging into one standard type of human, and this applies even to both sexes which are converging upon an androgynous form that denies the very basis of nature.

  1. Roos you don't do a grand tour o the USA. It is fallen, corrupt, and the main vector of debasesment in this time. It has bought in too many people and become Babylon. You go to somewhere old. A pilgrimage in Poland would do more good.
  2. God will not be mocked. The coming inflation is making the mainstream, which means it is too late to profit from it: we need to get through it. Simiarly, the Kiwi government is very good at making grand five year plans but then does not implement them. The promises are made: the mone is nt spent. This has never ended well, and it won't end well now.
  3. There are glories above us we cannot understand in this time and with this body. Do not let the smart boys tell you that there is a new way to be righteous. There is not: there is only repentance, and then accepting Christ's completed work. Our salvaion is not ever our work.
  4. In the end people are what matter. Invest in your children -- and pray for those you are catteed, for travel in the time of COVID is much harder.

May God bring revival to the West, May it begin, I selfishly pray, in my nation. But may the fire sweep the English speaking peoples, and the West. God did a miracle in Russia. May he do a miracle with us.

And Mataraki?

Not my faith.

Not my people.

Not the faith of the Maori who signed the treaty either.