One of the issues that we are facing in real life is the need to be discreet. The vaccine pass is ubiquitous, and to say, anywhere in public, that our leaders and pushing us to destruction is likely to get you shamed and hated in social media, and complaints made to amenable authorities. The sensible people are silent. Many people I have talked to over the Christmas break are talking about leaving the city, selling up, going where the houses (and by implication, rents) are more reasonable.
That there is more to life than one’s net indebtedness.
We are finding a deep need to worship that is not met by being asked to participate in a canned service on Youtube. This is taking us to some places we would not normally go: I’m fairly crunchy in my Calvinism but it is at times the more liberal branches that have ignored the edit of no pass no worship. I believe this will fail, as the liberal project failed among the mainline prots and is failing among the catholics.
The lies are too great to stomach and the consequences too severe to live with.
He lies to the face of the dignitaries of the Eastern Churches, without blushing, when he praises highly their richness of liturgical rites in Cyprus, while at the same time his executors work to radically eliminate the richness in rites of their own Church. In a word, whereas prior to Francis the question “Is the pope Catholic?” was merely a not-so-funny joke, today it is an expression of oppressive anxiety for many Catholics. And more and more often it finds the answer that, in any case, one is not bound in conscience to follow the ideas and the orders of such a pope if they conflict with tradition.
In this context, those who are faithful to tradition often refer to the reflections of the 16th century saint-scholar Robert Bellarmine, who said, “Just as it is legitimate to resist a pontiff who attacks the body, so it is legitimate to resist a pope who attacks souls and causes disturbance in the civil order…” It is little known that besides St. Bellarmine, numerous other classical theologians have dealt with this problem, reaching quite similar conclusions. Prof. Michael Fiedrowicz has collected a number of relevant evidences and published them under the heading “When the shepherd becomes a wolf, the flock must defend itself.” It is well worth the read.
We all need discernment. Many of the bishops, moderators and pastors in this world are not guarding the flock but destroying it. They are converged with the spirit of the age.
Expect those who are converged to be offended by any warning that the times are evil.
1 Hear this word which I take up for you as a dirge, O house of Israel:
2 She has fallen, she will not rise again—
The virgin Israel.
She lies neglected on her land;
There is none to raise her up.
3 For thus says the Lord God,
“The city which goes forth a thousand strong
Will have a hundred left,
And the one which goes forth a hundred strong
Will have ten left to the house of Israel.”
4 For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel,
“Seek Me that you may live.
5 But do not resort to Bethel
And do not come to Gilgal,
Nor cross over to Beersheba;
For Gilgal will certainly go into captivity
And Bethel will come to trouble.
6 Seek the Lord that you may live,
Or He will break forth like a fire, O house of Joseph,
And it will consume with none to quench it for Bethel,
7 For those who turn justice into wormwood
And cast righteousness down to the earth.”
8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion
And changes deep darkness into morning,
Who also darkens day into night,
Who calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the surface of the earth,
The Lord is His name.
9 It is He who flashes forth with destruction upon the strong,
So that destruction comes upon the fortress.
10 They hate him who reproves in the gate,
And they abhor him who speaks with integrity.
11 Therefore because you impose heavy rent on the poor
And exact a tribute of grain from them,
Though you have built houses of well-hewn stone,
Yet you will not live in them;
You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great,
You who distress the righteous and accept bribes
And turn aside the poor in the gate.
13 Therefore at such a time the prudent person keeps silent, for it is an evil time.
14 Seek good and not evil, that you may live;
And thus may the Lord God of hosts be with you,
Just as you have said!
15 Hate evil, love good,
And establish justice in the gate!
Perhaps the Lord God of hosts
May be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
16 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts, the Lord,
“There is wailing in all the plazas,
And in all the streets they say, ‘Alas! Alas!’
They also call the farmer to mourning
And professional mourners to lamentation.
17 And in all the vineyards there is wailing,
Because I will pass through the midst of you,” says the Lord.
1 Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,
To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: 2 May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.
3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. 4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
5 Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day, 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.
8 Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. 9 But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. 12 These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.
14 It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” 16 These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.
Jude paints an unflattering, indeed offensive, picture of the apostate. The apostate does not seek himself that way. He instead nurtures his pride, calls it self esteem, and despises discipline. This world does not encourage discipline, but instead license.
But we need to discipline ourselves: not merely for ourselves but for others.
Without any discipline, a child grows up to be a feral adult, chafed at following any type of authority, whether human or divine, developing a level of pride that is even higher than God Himself. It’s no shock that males grown up in single-mom households, where discipline is often lacking, grow up to be derelicts and criminals, and while I saw my father weekly after my parents’ divorce, I did not receive discipline from him, and went on to become a derelict myself and cause incredible damage to the world by enabling tens of thousands of men to commit sin. In my case, “Spare the rod, spoil the child” became “Spare the rod, watch your child become a demon.”
Imagine a woman who wasn’t disciplined as a child. She was always treated like a princess and trained to develop self-esteem, self-confidence, and masculine aggression. She did not obey her parents to not get those tattoos and she certainly doesn’t obey God, but one day she will faithfully obey a man who becomes her husband. Hah! Such an assertion only exists in the mashed potato mind of the lustful man who wants to passionately possess her body. She will put on the veneer of obedience so that he falls in love with her and gives her a fairy tale wedding, enhancing the narrative in her mind of a woman who is worthy of a man’s devoted love, but how long will that pleasantness last before she morphs into a terror? Five years… one year… maybe one month?! If a woman doesn’t obey God, her Creator, she will not obey a mortal man for long, no matter how attractive or rich he is.
The only way you can influence your grown children is by showing that you can reform your life. That you are accountable. That you will own your faults. That you will change, live soberly, and structure your days around habits of Godliness. Talking matters less than doing.
And even then, most won’t believe you: because they won’t believe the Spirit of God, that is driving you to the habits of Godliness, and away from the dangers of false asceticism or false indulgence.
Vox notes that our society is set up to ban the righteous: when you say truth you can be destroyed by society. He is correct.
This underlines the total futility of telling people about anything. They either don’t believe you, or they simply don’t care, until it actually happens to them. They figure you must have deserved it somehow, for being an extremist, right up until the moment they discover that they, too, have been deemed extremists unworthy of participation in corporate society.
But it’s the reason that it’s so important to participate in, and prioritize, the parallel economy. Because if you think it’s bad now, just wait until they start imposing these restrictions directly through government agencies rather than just the most converged corporations.
There will be ways around this. You may not like the changes being forced on society, but those who are doing the pressuring — the government agencies and the corporations — forget that they don’t have a monopoly on thought. That evil will end: either by the people finding their senses and turning to God, or that the agencies and corporations are conquered, or that the models of government run out of other peoples money, food and land, collapsing under their own weight.
Like it or not, you are a warning if you are not completely in agreement with the agenda of this age of thoroughgoing evil.
And every time you show the light of God, they will want to punish you, though there is no law against your actions.
But the lies of this world leave to slavery and despair. It is in Christ that we have joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness and above all love. Leave the hate to the woke. We have to discipline ourselves. So that we will be more like Christ.