The question we are facing is how we manage ourselves when the times are evil. Over the last few days I’ve been putting up quotes and pictures about what is happening in the local and international scene. The problem I am having is that these things tend to leak into the lectionary post. I was phoned from work yesterday — I had to tell people (yet again) that I have been stood down, because I don’t agree with stances the government has taken. They are evil.
And this is clear in the examples we are seeing.
The old “agree with the culture” stance because that’s what “Jesus did.” More like falling away from sound doctrine to what sounds good to itching ears.
I honestly cannot recall one single thing that Jesus agreed with the culture on. He was always call out the religious leaders and the cultural understandings (“you have heard it said…” in his sermons) to root out the destructive tendencies where people thought they were honoring God but their hearts were far from Him. Same with all of the epistles from the various apostles. Always calling out what was wrong in the culture and instead how to flee from sin and honor God.
This to me is similar to the trap that many Christians who encounter the manosphere fall into. They try to assimilate what they know into some type of “Red Pill Christianity” instead of going back to the root of all things (God’s creation) and understand why some particular observations ring true from how God created human nature.
We can never be of the culture. We can influence the culture, and we do: simply because we tend not to terminate pregnancies. The culture has influenced us overmuch. But the laws we now have are evil. Julia du Fresne has written an open letter to the head of the Catholic church in NZ that is well worth reading, and that analysis would be confirmed by most Western Christians.
First off, we see how tinny is the much-vaunted Vat II notion of “community” (or “communidy” as Stalinda says). Cathnews makes it painfully evident that this ‘Catholic’ e community is expendable, one to be busted wide apart with impunity from on high, at the diktat of the hierarchy. Is this not clerical abuse, which acting in obedience to men – and godless men and women, at that – deprives the faithful not only of their right to Communion on the tongue, to the Traditional Latin Mass, even to holy water?
Second, it would be nice to think that “expressed concern about how to manage entry criteria” really means that many Novus Ordo Catholics were saying among themselves (if not to his Excellency) that they did not like the idea of turning fellow parishioners away from Mass, not one little bit. So his Excellency says to them, “Don’t worry, I’ll write out a set of instructions for you to follow, and then you can quote me.” Job’s done: any incipient rebellion is quelled and his Excellency’s real master (or mistress, rather) can be assured that his Excellency’s instructions will be carried out.
This, by the way, is called “a friendly, warm but if necessary firm approach”.
The arrogance of this elite, saying they are kind when they are removing people from their employment, destroying their income and lives, is foul.
They forget we have a God of justice, and that he has commissioned the church.
4 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the Lord of armies, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branches. 2 But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and frolic like calves from the stall. 3 And you will crush the wicked underfoot, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I am preparing,” says the Lord of armies.
4 “Remember the Law of Moses My servant, the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.
5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and strike the land with complete destruction.”
9 Now He called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all the demons, and the power to heal diseases. 2 And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. 3 And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics. 4 And whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that city. 5 And as for all who do not receive you, when you leave that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 And as they were leaving, they began going throughout the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
There are a pile of other things happening — but they don’t belong in the lectionary post. The church has been here before. We can learn from those times. Here are two things to remember in these times.
God is just: he knows when the laws of the land are evil, and there will be recompense. He tells us to leave it to him. It is a fearful thing to be in the hands of an angry God.
It is a reasonable observation in this time that the wickedness of the elite is no longer restrained, for we have offended God as a nation, and this leads to distress and despair among the people.
There are in the souls of wicked men those hellish principles reigning, that would presently kindle and flame out into hell-fire, if it were not for God’s restraints. There is laid in the very nature of carnal men, a foundation for the torments of hell. There are those corrupt principles, in reigning power in them, and in full possession of them, that are seeds of hell-fire. These principles are active and powerful, exceeding violent in their nature, and if it were not for the restraining hand of God upon them, they would soon break out, they would flame out after the same manner as the same corruptions, the same enmity does in the hearts of damned souls, and would beget the same torments as they do in them.
Secondly, we do not need anything to do the will of God but God. Christ sent the disciples out without even a spare shirt: I went through three shirts yesterday working with Kea around the place. We need Christ, and nothing else.
We can see this as the church returns to home groups: we will see it as the pastors are arrested (Brian Tamaki is the first locally, but he won’t be the last).
In this time we have one mission. To preach the gospel, until arrested or taken down.
And this elite? They are doomed for destruction. May our leaders repent. May revival come.
And may the church arise, and break down the hellish gates that have been legislated.