16 September 2021

There are times that one has to say the truth, but that comes with a cost. There are times when you go back and correct things. There are times you have to undo much work because it has not been correct.

This is known. This is obvious. To dissent in this time, from the narrative of lies, takes courage. It is not, in my experience, something that happens out of a sense of prophetic faith and confidence that one is invulnerable.

Instead you do you duty, though you are terrified[1]. The Karens will rage. You have taken their virtue signals away, and left them the raw facts.

And they want their delusions back, so they will be comfortable in their damnation.

Psalm 54

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”

54 O God, save me by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
2 O God, hear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
3 For strangers have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life;
they do not set God before themselves. Selah
4 Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
5 He will return the evil to my enemies;
in your faithfulness put an end to them.
6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
7 For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

2 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

There is no way, at all, that I would compare myself with Paul the Apostle. He had a personal revelation of this ministry from Jesus, he reached most of the Near East and Greece for the gospel, and he gave is life as a witness.

But he trembled as he spoke. He did not use rhetoric — and he had been trained as a rabbinical preacher: when dealing with the council of Jews he was able to use precedent and tradition with precision.

Because of the gospel, yes.

But also because there is no season to preach truth to those who have chosen instead the praise of their fellow man.

Let us do our duty. Let us attend to the worship of our Lord and Saviour. Let us build families. Let us stand and keep the faith.

But let us not forget that this has never been easy. Nothing worthwhile is.

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1. Yes, personal circumstances here. Cannot give details.