Recently, a pastor in Rochester, NY posted a screed on Facebook accusing the brave Canadian pastors who stood against C-19 measures of “act[ing] foolishly.” The pastor who posted it is an older, experienced man who had been in ministry for many years, and was Adam’s pastor for nearly six years.
The words he used were inexcusable, his charge utterly rancorous, and the implications end up being that men like James Coates and Artur Pawlowski have not been faithful to their duties. These men have stood up in the face of impending tyranny, which since Pastor Ferguson’s Facebook post has only become more obvious and brazen.
I will not go into a detailed defense or history of what has gone on in Alberta and throughout Canada, or how these men have bravely decided to refuse compliance. I will rather focus on this screed on Facebook, and the man I know, who sadly wrote it.
Let his calloused cruelty to his brothers be a warning to all of us: great learning and experience in ministry is no guarantee of sound judgment, even late in life. We are all susceptible to launching attacks for our own justification, which is what I suspect happened here. Beware your own heart.
The question comes at the end.
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Don’t be afraid of clown world.
Doom is all around us. News stories, personal stories, churches dissolving, politics, conspiracies: there are 10,000 reasons a day to give in to a sense of doom. Why wouldn’t we?
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The damaged of society are:
- Running everything, from the governments, to the schools, to every institution with responsibility for shaping the future,
- increasing in number as our collective policies of Safety Above All Things® continues to grip our lives, and
- convincing the rest of us that we must sacrifice anything and everything to gain marginal scraps of Safety.
The Christian answer to this idolatry of Safety (under the guise of “love of neighbor’), is that there is no safety in following the deception of the world. The churches CANNOT keep the people safe by uncritically following the edicts of a God-hating state.
Here’s how it looks when we see through the Health and Safety® charade (or should we call it a maskquerade?) and a man of God tells the beast to flee the house of the Lord:
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen (1 Pet 5:8-10).
The world that we have been used to – the long stability of the West – is shaking to its foundation. You may be worrying that nothing will remain if the shaking continues.
I tend to be afraid of this. I can’t imagine a world in the future where the Western nations have been subjugated to Islam or Communism, but it is possible.
Yet we are Christians. We ought to fear God alone, and accept His judgments in history, knowing it is HIS-story that we live within. He will get glory, no matter what Bill Gates or George Soros do.
Remember what God’s Word says, meditate upon it, and rejoice in our conquering Savior, who laid down His life to redeem us from this present evil age:
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12).
We are almost at the four-year mark of the show, and I need time, maybe lots of it, to sit quietly within my own, local life without regard to producing content or maintaining relationships abroad through the net.
If you’ve never seen the several modern Star Trek series from the ’80s and ’90s, look up “the Borg” and then read the rest of this. Their famous line is “we are Borg, you will be assimilated, resistance is futile.” Even though the producers and writers of ST are well-known progressives and atheists, they told the truth about themselves and their empty worldview. The Borg are the incarnation of the spirit of the modern world. Powerful, assimilating every culture it contacts, creating a dull, gray sameness in every place it has colonized.
But it is the realm of mind and spirit where the real tragedy lands. Those who are assimilated (am I now talking about the Borg or modernistic progressivism?) lose their ability to think for themselves. A powerful hive collective mentality takes hold. The spirit of the individual is snuffed. The Borg receive cranial implants that regulate the individual’s thoughts. The progressive hive mind creates spiritual implants and slavery through the lures of satisfaction, fulfillment, and happiness if we will simply identify with the collective, praise its glories, and submit to its ends.
And in this episode, Adam brings along a traveling companion to offer our resistance. It begins a little off key, but we straightened up and flew right. Hope you enjoy it and find something rich to remember.
What is the mission of the Christian man? Are we to simply focus on the teaching of Bible passages, work toward personal holiness, and go about doing works of charity? Or does the Bible direct and energize us toward a greater scope of mission, to include a drive toward influencing and creating culture?
And really, isn’t it both, in harmony?
Adam and Scott team up for a third interview, this time responding to a bit of criticism received after the last episode featuring Scott. The two men hope you are edified and challenged by this discussion, and welcome further questions and comments here.