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Could it be a matter of supply and demand that drives business model Christianity?!
I did a little experiment last evening, and picked a random You Tube video - some preacher I'd never heard of before, and listened. He used all sorts of descriptors, like "difficulties" and "things people are challenged by", but never once used the word "sin," nor "self," (let alone that really old fashioned idea - Satan!) as the culprits they really are, with the application of denying oneself and taking up one's own cross to follow Jesus as the "remedy." It was very interesting to hear how he danced around the good old fashioned Bible terminology, and instead substituted psycho-babble.
It's important to HEAR what we listen to, and pray for discernment.
Ear tickling charlatans (suppliers of religious falsehood) must have ears that want to be tickled (demand), who want a feel good message. The latter ("customers") must not be offended by the word "sin", as that message doesn't generate the fiscal means to support the extravagant lifestyles of the suppliers, or those who want to be like them. Demand and supply, supply and demand.
Whatever happened to presenting the "Law" first to bring conviction of sin, followed by the Good News of what Jesus Christ has brought into our reality to deliver us from that? As one old pastor I knew used to say, "The Gospel means both afflicting the comfortable, and then comforting the afflicted."
Contemplating the collapse through burning of the Notre Dame steeple has me wondering if it’s the Lord’s signal that the end has come to the “Christo-Babylonian” hegemony over the true saints of God. This heralds the time of the defeat of all falsehood and wickedness, and there will be no turning back.
God has made it clear even from of old that He does hot dwell in temples made by men’s hands. This emphasis on real estate and structure is no longer being given a pass. Much is about to change inwardly and externally in the church(es) and in the world - after a time of turmoil and tribulation and testing. The false will be replaced by the true, although many lies will be spread to make it seem as if the exact opposite is happening.
The false is being revealed and supplanted by the true in Christ Jesus alone! Nothing will stop this process. Men may try to rebuild these structures and even try to shore up the false constructs religious hierarchies have spun into the minds and hearts of men, but it will be to no avail and an exercise in futility. They will continue to attempt to put out fires with a water pick, but to no avail, and attempt to get the buy in of devotees to support the work as well.
What will now be seen is the toppling in domino like effect of every physical structure and construct of mind that has tried to supplant the simple truth of Christ and the Lord’s plan for Humankind since the beginning.
Simultaneously, all that is IN Him is being now revealed, revived, resurrected, and restored.
2 Peter 3:7-13. “But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.”
The following hymn is one that deeply expresses these truths and has been a favorite since childhood for this writer:
"Built on the Rock the Church Doth Stand"
by Nicolai F.S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872
Translated by Carl Doving, 1867-1937
1. Built on the Rock the Church doth stand, Even when steeples are falling; Crumbled have spires in every land, Bells still are chiming and calling, Calling the young and old to rest, But above all the soul distrest, Longing for rest everlasting.
2. Surely in temples made with hands, God, the Most High, is not dwelling; High above earth His temple stands, All earthly temples excelling. Yet He whom heavens cannot contain Chose to abide on earth with men, Built in our bodies His temple.
3. We are God's house of living stones, Builded for His habitation; He through baptismal grace us owns, Heirs of His wondrous salvation. Were we but two His name to tell, Yet He would deign with us to dwell, With all His grace and His favor.
4. Now we may gather with our King, E'en in the lowliest dwelling; Praises to Him we there may bring, His wondrous mercy forthtelling. Jesus His grace to us accords; Spirit and life are all His words; His truth doth hallow the temple.
5. Still we our earthly temples rear, That we may herald His praises; They are the homes where He draws near And little children embraces. Beautiful things in them are said; God there with us His covenant made, Making us heirs of His kingdom.
6. Here stands the font before our eyes Telling how God did receive us; The altar recalls Christ's sacrifice And what His table doth give us; Here sounds the Word that doth proclaim Christ yesterday, today, the same, Yea, and for aye our Redeemer.
7. Grant then, O God, where'er men roam, That, when the church-bells are ringing, Many in saving faith may come Where Christ His message is bringing: I know Mine own, Mine own know Me; Ye, not the world, My face shall see. My peace I leave with you. Amen.
(Beginning verse 5, it seems to lapse back into the idea of "brick and mortars" - and that may not be problematic if we see them as the place where the living tabernacles converge together. Yet it seems that throughout history, man’s tendency toward idolatry always lends itself to the shift in emphasis from the spiritual to a temporal reality.)
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"And I will set My face against you, so that you will be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee when no one pursues you." Leviticus 26:17.
This is what happens to a nation that legitimizes slaughter of the unborn and the newborn, along with other unspeakable ungodliness with its laws. The USA these days is "Christian" in name only. How are we deluded to believe that we should be the exception? Where's the "fruit" of a living relationship with Christ? Perhaps Abba is about to take us out behind the barn and give us what we've got coming. Bodily discipline to save the soul.
There is the opportunity to come into "4 part harmony" with God. It goes like this (notice the 4 parts): "IF my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14.
What? "We The People" called by His name have "wicked ways?" how dare anyone suggest that, since we're under grace and not law? Go back and study your Scriptures. Read them all. No cherry picking. Rightly divide. Understand the relationship between "Law" and "Grace".
Don't expect politicians or presidents to save you.
Don't expect to be "raptured" out of here either (thoughts for another day).
Today's post aims at a wake up call as to how pervasive this is and what is required to provide real solutions. There's a little homework required - viewing a video and an article, both linked below.
This TEDxTalks video brings up some interesting perspectives, about which we ought to all start to think. Personally this writer thinks it will take more than "having a talk" with a pedophile, or even encouraging psychological counseling, to bring something equal to the task of "fixing" this horror that has been unleashed on our society.
The fact that there are so many thumbs down on this is probably a good sign that there may be hope - not everyone has swallowed the soft psycho-Babylon Kool Aid.
This problem cannot be fixed by laws or psycho-babble. It is a spiritual one, where surrender to the inner transformation of a new heart must be received through the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Pedophilia is demonic; that's why the speaker in this video has no solutions for it. Nor will law enforcement fix it, except to keep pedophiles in check, and thank heaven for that.
But - It's beyond the scope of what she offers. Nearer the beginning of her speech, she says pedophiles are not mentally ill, but toward the end of her talk she says it's a mental health problem requiring all our help. So which is it - mental illness or not? But her solution is a weak one: always take the psychology route. This does not touch the issue at its source.
Watch your children like a hawk. This agenda is everywhere.
So the question is, Are you OK with "normalizing" pedophilia as a "sexual orientation"? See article:
It seems our society is well on its way down the flusher. Young kids ought to be allowed the innocence of childhood where their creativity is encouraged in simple and innocent play where they are not bothered by this input at all. Especially in school where they are bombarded with sexualization at an early age where they are not ready for this!
Parents also should not have to be uneasy about their children being allowed to run freely in the neighborhood. But it's not like that anymore.
Beware of who you leave you kids with, even in church. Do you ever wonder why there is this push to have "children's church", separating little ones from their parents? Your kids ought to be sitting next to you in the pew - learning how to worship and honor God from YOUR example, and how to be still and reverent, not shunted off to some room down the hall where who knows what kind of indoctrination or activity is being foisted on them!
Think it can't happen? Think again. The radical left where all this originates has its tentacles in every organization, including religious.
If you were Satan, wouldn't that be your first target? Think about that.
So, we need a solution equal to the problem. There are many problems that cannot be "fixed" on the same level they are manifesting. Human psychology and law enforcement can do their part in identifying and bringing down the full force of the law.
But if we actually want it stopped, then the source of it must be addressed, and that is in the spiritual realm, the unseen.