Rotting in our Graves

Just as the resurrection is the hope of an individual, the Millennium is the hope of nations as entities in their own right.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

-Revelation 20:4

When we really begin to look at the small details of life and set them alongside the big picture, we see a great need for evangelisation and for the return of Christ. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are longing to see Christ ruling from Jerusalem over the nations. They long to see the death of Babylon the Great and the destruction of the Beast and the False Prophet. Ultimately, they desire the imprisonment and judgment of Satan, our enemy. The rot, the corruption is everywhere to see.

We may note that there has always been failure and evil in the world; we are fallen beings and there are fallen spirits at large. That does not mean that evil will always have sway over the human world. The earth belongs to God – He has the right to rule it as He sees fit, and He will step in at some point in history to free the earth from despotic governors.

Corruption of the State

The state was ordained by God to ensure civil harmony and as a defence against foreign invasion. These are legitimate aims, and are most easily observed in the acts of the police, the criminal courts, and the army. The state is not entitled to interfere in all aspects of life, however.

We see the corruption in the big controversies on front pages of newspapers and blogs:

  • redefining marriage;
  • redefining gender;
  • hampering free speech; and
  • permitting abortion.

But the rot is seen in the small things, the boring aspects of our everyday lives:

  • Inheritance tax;
  • Capital gains tax;
  • Some aspects of income tax;
  • Corporation tax;
  • Politicisation of education;
  • Excessive regulation for businesses; and
  • Quantitative easing.

The fingers of the state are in practically all aspects of our lives these days, and our ancestors would find this strange. Roger Scruton, talking about the free market, once remarked that one of the pillars of true conservatism is that we reserve some things from the market. These things we keep for family and church, and so forth. Similarly, we might remark that some things ought to be reserved from the state. The state has no right to interfere in private transactions, in matters of family life and personal expression. Conservatives are horrified by the vision of the state conjured up in Plato’s Republic; we ought to be asking ourselves whether those phantoms are present now even in so called “moderate” and “centrist” states. Where is the liberty our ancestors protected?

Corruption of Culture

If the state has signs of corruption, it inherited the disease from its people. Our legislatures, executives, and judiciaries are staffed by real, fallen human beings. As dangerous values perfuse the populace, they will inevitably find their way into the institutions that govern the people. The rise of leftism is evidence of this: even so called “conservative” parties show signs of the infection in their unquestioning approval of the expansion of the state. When small-government people ask questions or make observations, others around them look at them as if to say, “Are you out of your mind? Why shouldn’t the state be involved in X?” Few it seems are willing to ask the fundamental philosophical question of what the limits of state competence should be.

We have neo-conservatism to blame, in part, for this. Its constant use of the word “democracy” as a buzzword, as a sacred chant, has blinded people to the dangers of democracy and statism. It takes great effort now to introduce people to the ideas of classical liberalism and to show that the Founding Fathers of the United States of America were wary of the excesses of democracy they understood from their study of ancient Athens. A further contributing factor in the rise of this corruption is the decline of classical studies, which would reveal once again what the Founding Fathers knew from their childhood days. Were classical studies to become popular again, they would also need to be taught in a level manner – the leftist tendencies of revisionism would need to be exposed.

Corruption of the Church

The problems in the Church are increasingly being exposed for all to see across all traditions: Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, and evangelical/dissenting. Some of the most striking are:

  • Pederasty;
  • Ephebophilia;
  • The “Prosperity Gospel”;
  • National divisions within the Church (e.g. in the Ukraine);
  • Annihilationism;
  • Universalism;
  • Gay marriage;
  • Financial mismanagement;
  • Full preterism;
  • Ecumenism; and
  • Inter-faith dialogue.

These issues not only deter outsiders from the Gospel, but they also cause issues of governance and participation within the Church. There is now a choice facing Christians in all these traditions: do we try to remove the corruption from our ranks or do we go elsewhere? This is not an easy decision. There are good reasons to stay, the principal reason being to witness to those who are not Christ’s in the hope that they will repent. Catholics will of course argue that as theirs is the one, true Church, they cannot flee Catholicism itself: such would be apostasy or schism or both. They have “underground” options to consider, however – though these are more common in places of overt persecution than in the West.


I am aware that this post is largely assertions rather than argumentation. Such is required given the space of a single post, but it is worth discussing the reasoning behind these claims in the comments below as well as providing examples in evidence.

The Wrath of God

And said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

Revelation 6:16-17

The wrath of God is not a popular subject for preaching in large parts of the Church. If we are remain true to the principle of objectivism, we must preach the wrath of God, regardless of how uncomfortable it may make us feel. It is a significant part of the counsel of God, found throughout the bible, not merely in Revelation. For this reason, those with preaching authority and responsibility should cover it every so often.

A number of errors are common in explorations of this topic:

  1. Confusing the wrath of man or the spirits with the wrath of God;
  2. Confusing suffering in Gehenna with the wrath poured out upon the earth;
  3. Concluding that the wrath of God was exhausted in the past (e.g. in 70 AD) and will never come again; and
  4. Spiritualising language to such a point that physical realities are denied.

Other than the appearance of this theme in the bible, why should Christians preach the wrath of God? One reason is that this message reveals an aspect of God’s character. If we claim to know and love the Lord, then we must love His whole personality, not merely the parts that appeal to our need for forgiveness. The wrath of God tells us how God feels about sin; the Jesus who forgave our sin also had harsh words to say about it. God did not intend our world to be dominated by sin. Sin was permitted because it was entailed as a contingent eventuality in the decision to give creatures free will. A time is coming when God’s wrath will cleanse the earth, making it a place fit for righteous inhabitants. The Book of Revelation declares that the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ during the time of God’s wrath, at the Seventh Trumpet (Revelation 11:15). God’s wrath is thus an instrument of deliverance and a declaration of the wickedness of sin.

The wrath of God is also a suitable topic for preaching whose aim is to provoke repentance. While it is desirable that people should be drawn to Christ by His love, repentance presupposes first an acknowledgement of our sin. If we were not sinners, we would not need to repent. The wrath of God is a reminder that sin exists and that it merits punishment. If we are to escape punishment, be reconciled to God, and learn true righteousness, we must turn to Christ. He is the only way to the Father. Apart from Christ, the Lord of Life, there is only death – only death.

Lastly, a literal interpretation of the wrath of God makes it a series of real events that are to befall the earth following the resurrection and gathering of God’s people to meet Christ in the air (Matthew 24:31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). Those who are not part of God’s people at this time will endure horrendous suffering. The suffering earth-dwellers are presented in Revelation as unrepentant -but it is possible that some will repent at this time. (Indeed, premillennial theology presupposes that a subset of these people will populate the earth following the wrath of God.) This picture of stubborn resistance to God tells us that the time for repentance is NOW. Do not leave it to the future, because that future may never come.





The term “atheism” is a charged one, defined in a variety of ways and used loosely in ordinary conversation. By this term, a person can mean:

  1. belief that there are no divine beings, including the Creator;
  2. belief that there is no anthropomorphic deity, but that some divine essence exists;
  3. belief that there are (currently) no reasonable grounds for believing the existence of God; and
  4. belief that God exists accompanied by a refusal to worship and/or publicly acknowledge Him.

In classical Athens, atheism appears to have meant simply a refusal to worship the gods recognised by the state, rather than a belief that there are no divine beings. Indeed, it is conceivable that in Roman times, the Greek-speaking parts of the Empire might have referred to Christians as atheists over their refusal to worship the emperors.

The terms “divine” and “god” are themselves confusingly used in English, which has led to many English speakers misinterpreting the terms “el”, “eloah”, and “elohim” in Hebrew, and their cognates in Aramaic. These terms indicate the world in which the beings they refer to live, and not the contingency or necessity of those beings’ existence.

“Belief” is also a confusing term. Epistemologists have debated whether belief is a component of knowledge. One can use the term belief to mean assent to the proposition that X exists. In addition, it is often used to refer to trust in X, which of necessity presupposes that X exists.

Consider the following example. A Catholic once asked me, “Do you believe in our Lady?” How was I to respond to this? Did he mean that I prayed to her in a manner that presupposed she could hear me and that she was in a position to do something about my requests? Did he mean that I believed she was a virgin when she gave birth to Christ? Did he mean that I believed she remained a virgin perpetually thereafter? All of the above (and more)? I gave a qualified answer: “I believe that she was a virgin when she gave birth to our Lord.”

Belief is a funny thing. Sometimes we just “know” things without being able to consciously give good reasons for that knowledge. Not only do we hold such-and-such a proposition to be true, but often we rely on it; we let it influence our thinking. How many readers of this post “know” that something in the world changed recently, something shifted, and yet are unable to adequately explain it?


The Hour of Darkness

But this is your hour, and the power of darkness. 

-Luke 22:53

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

-1 John 2:18

This is my hour. Do you not know Death when you see it?

The Return of the King, The Siege of Gondor

The confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh is wonderful news. God has broken through, as He said He would. He has kept His promise and is casting the crowns of the rulers of darkness down to the dust. The light on the hill has not been snuffed out. God has honoured the prayers of the righteous around the world and in the United States, the voices clamouring for the rights of the unborn to be vindicated. Judgment Day is assuredly coming.

But the battle is not over yet, and the darkness is often greatest before the dawn. Christ went through the crucifixion before He was glorified in the resurrection. One day He will sit on the throne of glory in Jerusalem, but on Good Friday the King of the Jews was nailed to a cross like a common criminal. The Church as the mystical Body of Christ must also pass through its crucifixion period before Her glorious resurrection.

…we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

-Acts 14:22

Even as the Church shines, it shines in the darkness. Antichrist is coming, and there will be struggles throughout the earth. Even if one posits that he will not have a global empire (as I myself do), this does not entail that nations that resist him will be entirely safe.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

-Psalm 2:1-3

In the borders of the Anglophone countries there are plenty of people who will violently oppose the Gospel, and times of economic and political uncertainty can drive formerly restrained people to desperate measures. The task ahead of the Church is to continue proclaiming the Gospel, including the message that Jesus the King will one day return and pour out the wrath of God on the wicked inhabitants of the earth. They will not want to hear this message – but those who repent before that time will be spared God’s wrath, even if they are not spared the Devil’s persecution.

God will vindicate the words of His faithful followers – but those who refuse to hear will be taken by diabolical deception; they will believe the lie. We must preach the Truth in faith that there are still those who will receive Him. To those that do, God will grant the right to become children of God.

We have seen the work of lies in the UK and USA, and it is natural that two countries that bequeathed the common law and liberty to the world should become targets of corruption. As we give thanks to God for this breakthrough in appointing an originalist Justice, let us reflect on the need to resist falsehood in all its forms. The truth will pierce the darkness like a blade and the world will be divided.


Postscript: this post by no means endorses all judgments or opinions voiced by Associate Justice Kavanaugh, but it does take the line that abortion is a species of murder and no court of law has the moral authority to declare murder acceptable. Nor does this post advocate that the kingdoms of this world are the Kingdom of our God and His Christ – but they will be one day, when Christ returns and the times of the Gentiles cease. Then the Church will reign with Christ over the Gentiles and they will confess that He has loved His Bride.


Who is this man?

“Rich man, poor man, Beggar man, thief, Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief.” 


“Narcissist, Feminist, Wiccan in Chief, Globalist, Marxist and Papal Thief.”


He keeps us guessing doesn’t  he? Kissing muslim feet on Holy Thursday, cozying up to Jeffrey Sachs and the Italian abortionist, hugging a defrocked gay priest and his new male “marriage partner”, covering for Uncle Ted McCarrick, silence on the dubia and the sex scandals, annihilation of souls etc. etc. etc.

And of course we had the lovely crucifix on the hammer and sickle routine and now we have the Pope at the Youth Synod carrying around a Wiccan stang instead of a crozier and saying Mass with that occult item as well. Is there anything this man will not do to scandalize the faithful?

See these links:

Satanists Manifesting: Antipope Bergoglio Carries a Stang – the Ritual Staff of Witchcraft


Wiccan Stang Given to Antipope Bergoglio By Woman Wearing Wiccan Red String Bracelet


What is that? #Synod2018 – UPDATED – EXPLAINED and EXPLAINED MORE

Is this another completely innocent thing that he is being unjustly accused about? Hmmm . . . I wonder what everybody thinks about this.


Saul the Apostate – Part II

I decided to reblog this on All Along the Watchtower knowing that Nicholas here is quite interested in 2nd Temple Judaism. The author doesn’t appear to be getting a whole lot of critique on his work, as it appears many of his readers are of the non-theist variety.

However, I stated in a previous comment on the mission of Paul and the mission of Christ are completely different for obvious reasons. To quote Christ’s teaching on the greatest commandment and oversimplify Paul’s entire message in (1 Cor. 15) is a non sequitur in my opinion because of the goal in the strictness of their own respective narratives. Nonetheless, what is the overall theme in Christ’s message in the greatest commandment? It’s love. “Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.” And the author asks does Paul teach this? He answers, “No.” So, even though Paul’s overall message is how do those new followers become a part of a new covenant as stated by the author’s example, we’re to assume that Paul doesn’t teach on love? What about just before that particular passage the author quotes in 1 Cor 15. ?

“If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.” (1 Cor. 13:3)

Naturally, we’ll compare it to the small part from Jesus in Mark: “The second is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself, there is no greater commandment than these.”

To say that these two do not reflect each other when one says having no love that one is nothing and that loving your neighbor is one of two greatest commandments is an extreme stretch.

The author writes:
“Those who practiced this two-fold Mosaic concept better than the Pharisees, Jesus taught, would be saved from judgment when evil (Rome) was overthrown and the Son of Man soon returned within one or two generations, tops. In other words, approximately in 80 CE to perhaps 140 CE. That was what Jesus promised (Matt. 18:11-12, 18:8-9; Luke 13:28-29, 14:15-24) ”

If I were making this argument I would have used Mt. 24:32 and Lk 21:32 because nothing here that the author quoted indicates Jesus promising anything about generations in those particular passages; however, in the two that I referenced it at least speaks to some degree of what generations shall witness. Nonetheless, using many of these parables and then making a leap that that’s what Jesus claimed is absurd to the degree that there simply isn’t any context to make the claim in those passages, even if I was inclined to want to believe the author’s overall thesis, I’d find this evidence to be highly suspect.

Taking a look at the graph on his other post with the dating of the sources, I’m going to bow out of the conversation, out of politeness, I don’t think the author and I could move any further within the context of his assertions within the sphere of historicity. We’re fundamentally dealing with two separate schools of thought with the dating of the New Testament. However, as he is usually a polite ole’ chap I wanted to give one final comment. The only thing I’d be curious about is the process of selecting sources The author quoted Ehrman; however, much like Ehrman’s work, others who’ve challenged his position like NT Wright, Larry Hurtado, James Dunn, and Richard Bauckham–who is arguably the leading English speaking scholar on early Christian history is missing. Of course, I could rehash their arguments in the comments here, but it is too time-consuming and I wouldn’t change his mind. Nonetheless, I find it suspect when I encounter a thesis with these rebuttals missing; why not present the best arguments against your position? Another example that I’ve presented is that NT Wright argues that Paul’s zeal, in fact, is founded in a heavily Jewish upbringing and Wright is probably the most approachable and easily refutable comparative to the other scholars and his work is simply missing…?

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Did Saul and Jesus teach two fundamentally different religions?

This is the question I pose to anyone who professes belief in the Christian canonical New Testament. When one closely compares Saul’s epistles and “Christ” — six epistles which are probably not authored by Saul — with the Jewish-Jesus and the Gospel-Jesus, the differences will shock many Christians. If one made a list of everything Saul denotes Jesus did, stated, and experienced from birth to death, they would indeed be shocked by just how little Saul mentions; it’s near nothing. Yet, that isn’t really the controversy. The shock is about what Jewish-Jesus and Gospel-Jesus taught about his God and His coming kingdom and whether that aligned with what Saul taught about his God and His kingdom.

Saul’s “Christ” vs. the Jewish-Jesus

As I expounded in the previous post Saul the Apostate – Intro to Part II, a necessary…

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To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life.

-2 Corinthians 2:16

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

-1 Corinthians 3:19

And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

-Acts 26:24

While the charity of true Christians provokes admiration from the world as a testimony to God’s love, much of what Christians do and believe seems like madness in the eyes of the non-believer. Empiricism, with its emphasis on data mediated by the senses, cannot grapple with Christianity’s belief in things unseen. That is not to say there will not be sensory confirmation of Christian propositions (“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him”, Revelation 1:7); however, Christians believe in such things before the confirmation comes, whereas philosophical scepticism withholds belief until after the confirmation. Christ said, following His resurrection encounter with doubting Thomas, “blessed they who have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29).

As the West tramps along the path of leftism, Christianity’s moral stances also appear like madness – and yet, in former times, they would have been acknowledged as wisdom derived from experience. The truth of some moral propositions may be known by reason alone: where two propositions are mutually exclusive, a person cannot hold both simultaneously and claim that he is upholding truth. Of course, there are those who deny Truth altogether – but they are ensnared in a contradiction and cannot stand; nor can they validly persuade others to accept their viewpoint, for there is no shared objectivity to form a bridge between the parties.

Christians receive truth not only from reason and experience, but also by revelation. This is truth by testimony: God is a faithful witness; therefore, when He speaks to us, we may rely on His word. The difficulty comes in knowing the identity of the one who speaks to us. John the Apostle tells us to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1), and the Apostle Paul tells us that as we renew our minds, as we draw close to God, we will learn to recognise what is His will and differentiate it from what is not (Romans 12:2).

Drawing close to God requires humility and trust: we acknowledge who God is and who we are, and we trust in His love for us, even when life seems to be hard and grievous. The problem of evil does not retire, but love and trust find a way through it. If we are to believe that God is truly sovereign, then we must accept the proposition that He allows adversity to befall us, even if He is not the author of it. The non-believer has no trust to bridge that gap. When we stand away from God, no amount of intellectual argument about free will can really heal the hurt we feel that God permits evil to befall us. Only by keeping one’s eyes on the love of God seen in the face of Christ can one make it through the darkness of that vale.

Truly, in the world’s eyes, we are mad. We see not with our eyes, we distrust the feelings of our hearts, and trust in a world of treachery and deceit. How are such things possible? With man they are impossible, but with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

Assortment of thoughts

As we go into the weekend, I decided to post an assortment of unconnected thoughts that may be worth pondering at this time.


Judge Kavanaugh

The great opposition to installing an originalist judge on the Bench of the United States Supreme Court assures me of one thing: the Devil is determined to resist the Kingdom of Heaven. At this time of crisis for America the clash between the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of Darkness is great; but God will have the victory. The battle is the LORD’s and no one can conquer Him. God works through spirits and through humans; we can give political and tactical reasons why the Republicans are pulling together to put this man on the Bench, but these reasons are not the whole story. The Kingdom of Darkness will not rule on this earth forever; we are approaching the time when the Saints and the angels of heaven will cry, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15). Things look precarious now; the battle is not over. Nevertheless, we must have faith the God will prevail.

The Law and Toleration

Righteousness is the true basis of law, and righteousness is of God. No man has the right to do what is evil and be free of the consequences. Man has the right to choose, but he must live with his choice. In appealing to God as the source of our laws, we must acknowledge His righteousness, for righteousness cannot be separated from God. The United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have drifted from God’s righteousness – we have all fallen short of the glory of God. Our societies have gone from tolerating things that are wrong to calling what is wrong right and accepting a plurality of choices as equally valid when reason, conscience, and revelation tell us that they are not.

To use an example from John Locke, the father of classical liberalism, he believed that Roman Catholicism should be tolerated not because it is right, but because it is a matter of conscience, and to prosecute a man for following his conscience when he has not committed a significant offence would be disproportionate. I make no comment about Roman Catholicism itself, except to say that I believe a man’s religious choice is, among other things, a matter of conscience. But I would like to take Locke’s principle in the context of sexual morality and sexual ethics. It was right for us to tolerate certain behaviours and beliefs under law because prosecuting them would be disproportionate and hypocritical. Toleration allows citizens to stand on an equal footing before the law. But declaring things to be right that are demonstrably wrong goes beyond toleration and is an affront to God. When we do this, we lose the link between our laws and their foundation in God’s righteousness. To then appeal to God for deliverance, though in true repentance, is not to exercise a right – for such rights were forfeited when we departed from the law of God. That God should choose to restore us is a sign of His grace, not of our worthiness. For God to produce lasting prosperity with us, we must be humble first – else in our exercise of free will, we shall waste His good efforts. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

The turn in fortunes in America and the UK, resisted by the Devil and his followers, is a sign of God’s grace and humility and penitence among those who love God. Through God all things are possible: He can work through His believers to bring cultures of righteousness to the nations. When men are righteous, they have little need of laws, because the laws of God are written on their hearts.


Holiness and righteousness, though overlapping, were distinct concepts in the mind of Old Testament believers. The Levitical sacrifices dealt with purity, a holiness issue, while the “secular” laws guided men on how they should think and behave. Animal sacrifices could not take a man’s sins away: only the blood of Christ could do that. They were there to grant a limited ritual purity, so that man, in the form of the High Priest, could enter the presence of God. Jesus’ blood also dealt with this issue: through His blood, the Holy Spirit, God’s presence, can live in man. The presence of the Holy Spirit, is a promise of the resurrection: cleansed from our sins (immorality) and from our impurity (death, transience, and decay) by the blood of Jesus, we will enter eternity to live with God as He desires – but we must first believe in Jesus.

The miracles of Christ’s day and in the time of the Apostles were a demonstration of what life in the Millennium and eternity is like. In those days there will be life and not death, health and not decay, joy and not sorrow, wholeness and not brokenness. There is a life to come beyond judgment day, and it is the task of Christ’s followers to invite the rest of humanity to partake of the good things that God wills to give us. We must humble ourselves to enter into life, but God will welcome us as a father his children, and we will have peace and joy.

The Word and the Spirit

Smith Wigglesworth prophesied of a time when those of the Word and those of the Spirit would come together and God would bring revival to the UK. Both the Word and the Spirit require humility and holiness from us, and the coming together of both also requires as much. The Word shines a light on our motives and on our deeds. The Spirit gives us light and life and power to do the will of God. The Spirit is present when miracles of the Kingdom of Heaven are performed. He testifies to the truth of the Gospel message.

“Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. He was crucified under Pontius Pilate to take away our impurity and our guilt. He rose again the third day, glorified, the firstfruits of the resurrection. He ascended to the Father and will come again to judge the living and the dead. Those who put their faith in Him will by no means be put to shame. God is love.”