Sunday 31 October 2021

One of the few good things about the stupid, irrational pandemic — and the stupid, it hurts — is that there will be no kids going around trick or treating in NZ. Halloween is an American thing, along with Pumpkin Spice, and I’m not American. What is going to affect kids is that all the Santa parades have been cancelled, the swimming pools closed, because of social distancing.

We are being strongly encouraged to get jabbed. With the mRNA one. This coercion is leading to people who know the side effects taking the risk so they can pay the bills. To stand for the true and right is getting harder, day by day. Bruce Charlton notes:

For instance; if any individual, group or institution stands against the global leftist programme – especially the Litmus Test issues of birdemic-peck, antiracism, climate change and sexual revolution – then they will be made to suffer. And if significant numbers of people stand against what The System wants; then The System will ensure that things-in-general will get worse – over the short term.

What this amounts to is that we can – for a while – delay suffering and death by conformity; and dissent will bring a swift punishment. There is also the possibility of having suffering delayed by active and enthusiastic service to evil.

But – whether we resist or comply, and whether we are slave-masters or slaves – in the end we will all be immiserated, punished and damned.

This is why belief in Heaven and following Jesus are so important – because if we believe-in and want only to optimize this mortal life, it is very difficult (and perhaps irrational) Not to comply with evil.

To dissent, resist, and adhere to Good in the coming days, weeks, months and (few) years – we need to look beyond our mortal state – look forward to something better.

What matters is where your loyalties are. Who you obey. For this world works completely by coercion and fear. As if they have the power of God.

But God works by love.

Collect One

O God, our refuge and strength,
who art the author of all godliness;
Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear
the devout prayers of thy Church;
and grant that those things which we ask faithfully
we may obtain effectually;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

6 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.

4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Hebrews 9:11-14

11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our[c] conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Mark 12:28-34

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbour as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

One of the things we have to do right now is plan. Not that we know what is coming, but we know the spirit of this age and the spirit of God. If we don’t align with the spirit of this age, we will be gradually shunted out.

The damnation of effective churches is happening. The opposition of Godly ministers is condemned. Because the state is jealous, and will have no gods before them. Their approved scribes did not write this as praise but as a condemnation.

Regardless of what we have done. Regardless of leadership, of status. Regardless of who is in power, for those who love this world are possessed with self righteousness and consider they can damn those who are not as debased as them.

The values he talks about are not Pentecostal. Pentecostalism is new. The values are ancient. Charlton noted that without the ability to discern the spirit of this age, and the spirit of God, none will stand.

Specifically, Pentecostal values are a religious response to the pandemic and a spiritualisation and demonisation of the virus. This goes directly to the Pentecostal obsession with the Holy Spirit.

Pentecostalism is defined, above all, by its intense experientialism. More than any other Christian variant, it is concerned with saturating human existence in otherworldly power.

The Pentecostal vocabulary is not one of ritual, liturgy or structure, but of ecstasy, surprise, miracles and wonder.

From this standpoint, any stricture, rule or earthly imposition that impedes a life in the Spirit is, by default, suspect and anathema. This sets up an overall opposition between the spiritual and the worldly that helps define the difference between good and evil or God and Satan.

The current conflict is not political: it is spiritual. It is a consequence of our rulers abandoning God. They preach a cod existentialism: that this world is random, your actions and freedom are all that matter, that there is no consequences, no judgement, no afterlife, and the only sin is intolerance.

But they cannot tolerate those who live righteously.

For they rule by fear, compulsion, force.

But the kingdom of God is not that kingdom. The Kingdom of God is a kingdom of love: for God, for our families, and for our neighbours.

In this crisis, we need to pray that we are not led into temptation, but that we are delivered from evil. So that the kingdom of God will be shown to this fallen generation.

And so we will repent, and revival come. God, let revival fall.