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Should traditionalist congregations rent space from organizations we otherwise find problematic?

In the Reformed tradition of which I am a part, many if not most of our churches have their own buildings, but some rent space for worship and/or midweek church activities in other spaces, of various kinds; sometimes in school gymnasiums (sometimes from Christian schools but other times from secular, public schools); other times in ethnic community halls, or service club / fraternal organization halls (e.g. Lions or Rotary; or Shriners / Masons, Orange Order, etc.). And other times, congregations rent church buildings belonging to other denominations, sometimes evangelical churches but more often than not old mainline Protestant churches; sometimes these are hardly used at all any more by the denominations to which they belong; other times they are still used regularly, and so our service times have to be planned to be sufficiently separated from their own, if possible, so you don’t have overlap of cars in the parking lot (space limitation issues), etc.

And I know this is not only true for my tradition, but for other Reformed denominations / federations, and not only, but there are many other cases of various denominations renting space in other churches. (For that matter, a Reformed church I previously belonged to had an Asian evangelical congregation renting space in it. And that scenario, of newer ethnic congregations renting older churches’ buildings, is fairly common.)

Returning to the specific subject of conservative, traditionalist churches renting space in church buildings belonging to often heretical, if not outright apostate, mainline Protestant denominations, or to secular public schools (which already get government money, and which all too often attack the beliefs we hold, and those students in them that are faithful believers), fraternal organizations we may find problematic (whether Freemasons or Orangemen or other lodges), part of me wonders: should we be giving them regular financial support this way, week by week? I mean, I understand the way elders in our churches must be looking at it: simply as an economic transaction. They have a space they’re not using or not using all the time at least; we need a space, therefore let’s rent from them. I get that, but OTOH, when I’ve been part of a congregation meeting in, say, a mainline Protestant church building, and I see their sign out front reading ‘Minister: Rev. Jane Smith’; their ‘inclusive’ songbooks or worse, ‘inclusive’ ‘Bibles’ in the pews (even though we’re not using them), their stupid multiculturalism-and-‘diversity’-promoting banners on the walls, and I think, many of these congregations are or would likely be struggling but get regular life-saving injections of money from us traditionalist conservative confessional orthodox Protestants, I wonder why the hell we are subsidizing our enemies. Same with when we meet in a secular, public school gymnasium; we’re giving more money to a beast that already has its own means of financing, including against our will, in the form of our tax dollars, and is often teaching godless, atheistic secular humanist anti-Christian worldview prog agitprop, against everything we believe; why should we give them one red cent more than is extorted from us by the State through our taxes?

If we can’t afford our own buildings at a particular time, shouldn’t we at least find a space to rent space from that either supports something we believe in (e.g. a Christian school gymnasium) or at least something we’re neutral towards (e.g. a Lions Club International or Rotary International hall)? Wouldn’t that be the most godly use of our money, even if it isn’t necessarily the cheapest place to rent? Would not God be more honoured by such a decision, rather than giving money to our enemies?

I mean, surely it’s one thing to buy an old building outright from an apostate / heretical mainline Protestant denomination that isn’t using it, giving them a one-time injection of wealth, then owning the building for ourselves thereafter; it’s another to regularly financially support those who oppose the true Triune God and His ways and His people and what we believe in, stand for, and practice, in our day to day lives, voting, etc.

Of course, until we have our own buildings, we could alternately meet in each others’ homes – like the early church did (see here, here, here, and here). (I’ve myself belonged to churches that have done this, and have found it a blessing.) I don’t know why that alternative isn’t more popular, given that it is directly Biblical…

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2017 in religion, spirituality, The Kulturkampf, Theology

 

A Happy and Blessed Easter, to all!

Hallelujah, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth, Hallelujah! The Kingdom of this world is become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever, Hallelujah! King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and he shall reign for ever and ever, Hallelujah!

(Revelation 19:6; 11:15; 19:16)

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2017 in good news, religion

 
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Good Friday

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2017 in religion

 

A Christian’s job interview


(Note: if you can’t play the video, you can read a synopsis of the sketch here.)

 

Witches cast ‘mass spell’ against Donald Trump; evangelicals over-react, freaking out in fear

Double, double toil and trouble,. Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!

Most of Donald Trump’s opponents believe they will have to wait four more years to see him leave the White House.

But America’s witches are more optimistic.

That’s the spirit! The can-do attitude that built America, and made it great!

At the stroke of midnight on Friday, followers of witchcraft across the US performed a mass spell designed to remove the president from office.

Clearly, it must have worked! Wait, no; Trump is still President, progs! Better try again…

A Facebook group devoted to the ritual has attracted over 10,500 likes, and coined the hashtag #magicresistance.

Ooh, a Magic Resistance! Now you see them; now you don’t! Amen! 😉

The development has sparked fury among Christian conservatives, who have accused the witches of “declaring spiritual war”.

Idiots. Witches have always been at spiritual war with our Lord; now they’ve merely extended their war into the temporal realm, against a head of state; in theory, at least: doesn’t look like their spell worked. But if at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again, prog witches!

Writer Michael Hughes, who describes himself as a “magical thinker” posted a version of the spell online, saying he had seen multiple versions on private witchcraft groups.

Ooh, Magical Thinking! What progs are known for…

In it, he suggests using a stubby orange candle, an unflattering picture of Mr Trump, and a Tower tarot card.

Wouldn’t you want to build a Tower of Tower tarot cards, to make it bigger and more powerful? Make Witchcraft Great Again! 😉

Followers of magic are told to carve the president’s name into the candle using a pin, recite an incantation, and then burn his picture in the flame.

The words of the spell include a plea to the Wiccan deities to “bind Donald J Trump, so that his malignant works may fail utterly” and so that he “shall not break our polity, usurp our liberty, or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair”.

They needn’t worry; their minds are already filled with hate, confusion, fear and despair. (Too bad about the hate, but I’m sure enjoying their confusion, fear and despair, and you should, too! 🙂 )

Mr Trump’s supporters don’t escape either, as the spell asks that their “malicious tongues” be curbed too.

Well, have we deplorables been silenced? Nope! I guess our God is bigger than their Wiccan deities. 🙂

Mr Hughes suggests that instead of the normal closing line, “So mote it be!”, witches could burn the former Apprentice host’s image with the words, “You’re fired!”

Using Trump’s own words against him; so cute! Too bad it didn’t work. 🙂

The writer said he published details of the spell because he felt “it would be very welcome to a lot of people”.

Under the tenets of witchcraft, a “binding spell” does not wish harm on its target, but aims to stop them from doing harm themselves.

And yet they’re burning his picture in effigy. Doesn’t add up, does it?

MaryPat Azevedo, who took part in the ritual in Arizona, said she saw the ritual as “a unity prayer”.

She told the BBC: “A true witch would never cast a spell on anyone without their permission. This prayer is for wellbeing and peace for all beings.”

And did the Donald grant you his permission? Or are you not a true witch? D’Oh!

Ms Azevedo said she hopes to see “physical, emotional, and spiritual changes in Donald Trump and American politics”.

Me too. I’d love to see in Trump physical changes (him becoming even healthier, so that he may have a long, healthy and productive presidency), emotional changes (becoming thicker-skinned), and spiritual changes (hey, I’d love to see him become a faithful, orthodox, mature Christian). And I’d love to see all different manner of various changes in American politics, in a reactionary direction, of course.

Participating witches plan to repeat the spell on days when there is a waning crescent moon, until Mr Trump leaves the Oval Office. The next ritual is set for 26 March.

I’m sure President Trump is quaking in his boots!

Perhaps unsurprisingly, some of the president’s followers are less than thrilled.

Maybe a handful; the rest don’t know or care! 🙂

Joshua Feuerstein, an evangelical pastor who has previously condemned Starbucks for taking Christmas symbols off its seasonal red cups, issued an “urgent warning”, saying “millions of witches” were trying to curse the president.

“Their bippity-boppity-boo isn’t more powerful than the name of Jesus!” he declared in an online video.

Exactly, so relax, bro; the Lord has got this. Chill out!

The Christian Nationalist Alliance, a conservative religious group, named 24 February a “day of prayer” to counter the magical fraternity.

I’m sorry, under what authority do they declare the right to dictate to the rest of Christians to suddenly follow this festival / fast / whatever? They’re not a church governing body, but go nuts guys, if it makes you feel better.

In a post online, it called the witches “occultists” who want to summon dark spirits against Mr Trump.

True dat.

The group said it will urge people to pray every time the spell-casters reach for their candles.

People should always pray. They don’t need to think of this as some sort of contest where the side that prays the hardest will beat the other.

Thus far, Mr Trump has failed to comment on the battle between Bible and broomstick.

No, but he has disinvited you, BBC, to press briefings; that should give you an idea of what he thinks of your reporting and coverage overall, much less individual prog-straw-grasping-, silly ‘stories’ like this.

 

Pope and Change

Dreher reports and reacts:

A Catholic priest sent in this shocking, outrageous AP story from Rome. Excerpts:

Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope’s own advisers question.

One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received the pope’s clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12. The Rev. Mauro Inzoli is now facing a second church trial after new evidence emerged against him, The Associated Press has learned.

The Inzoli case is one of several in which Francis overruled the advice of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and reduced a sentence that called for the priest to be defrocked, two canon lawyers and a church official told AP. Instead, the priests were sentenced to penalties including a lifetime of penance and prayer and removal from public ministry.

In some cases, the priests or their high-ranking friends appealed to Francis for clemency by citing the pope’s own words about mercy in their petitions, the church official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the proceedings are confidential.

“With all this emphasis on mercy … he is creating the environment for such initiatives,” the church official said, adding that clemency petitions were rarely granted by Pope Benedict XVI, who launched a tough crackdown during his 2005-2013 papacy and defrocked some 800 priests who raped and molested children. [Emphasis mine — RD]

Note well:

Francis scrapped the commission’s proposed tribunal for bishops who botch abuse cases following legal objections from the congregation. The commission’s other major initiative — a guideline template to help dioceses develop policies to fight abuse and safeguard children — is gathering dust. The Vatican never sent the template to bishops’ conferences, as the commission had sought, or even linked it to its main abuse-resource website.

And so, the precious concept of mercy becomes a byword for perpetuating clericalism and injustice, swaddling it in a slanket of sentimentality.

I’ve noticed, at The American Conservative in the past, and again in a comment on this piece, some people comparing Pope Francis to Trump; seeing him as a maverick, coming in, breaking rules, changing things, etc.

I contend the comparison is invalid; that Pope Benedict was more like what Trump is: someone who tried to drain the swamp, and truly go against the grain of what had been (and unfortunately is, again). In the comments, Leon Podles (yes, that onenoted:

Ratzinger’s hard line against abuse (which was ignored by John Paul II) is being undone by Francis, all in the name of “mercy.”

So, Benedict was the maverick, the radical reactionary who came in and tried to fix things, only to find himself blocked, and his efforts undone by his successor.

The better comparison, IMO, for Pope Francis, is in fact to Obama; he is changing some things, in a negative direction, while trying to undo the good that Benedict wrought.

As Podles went on to further observe:

Francis supporters want him to legitimize divorce and remarriage and silence his critics; if it also means tolerating pedophiles, well, what’s a few kids as long as Francis goes long with the Sexual Revolution in the Church.

Just as, in politics, progs loved Obama for radically pushing their agenda, and didn’t care about any other considerations, like increased Islamic immigration and resultant terrorism, the alienation of poor and working-class heartland whites, increased black militancy and racial strife actually resulting rather than improved racial harmony, etc.

Of course, the difference is, the order is exactly backwards between the Roman Catholic Church’s Trump and Obama pope analogues, in terms of the prog following the maverick conservative trying to actually fix things. I can relate, as a Canadian, because, for all the issues I had with our last Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, he actually tried to and did accomplish some good, much of which is being undone by Justin Trudeau, prog Canadians’ ‘hopey-changey’-wet-dream, selfie-mad leader. (Though I’m happy with the Brexit and Trump votes, and the trends we are appearing to see in France, the Netherlands, and Germany, and for that matter Kellie Leitch’s theme in her campaign to be the next Tory leader, I’m frustrated that my fellow Canadians chose to embrace our own Obamesque, hopey-changey figure at precisely the time when the rest of the west is turning in a nationalist and populist direction. {Sigh}…)

 

Polygamy will be legalized; traditionalist Christians will likely be the only religious group to oppose it

Remember the Law of Merited Impossibility: It will never happen, and when it does, you bigots will deserve it.


From the comments, we can see one group who won’t join with traditionalist Christians in opposing it:

And no doubt members of any faith which still accepts polygamy won’t oppose its legalization.

(As for other non-Western religionists: did they vocally join in opposing SSM? No. ‘Nuff said.)

Will trad members of The Tribe stick their neck out and join us in opposing it? As with the aforementioned commenter (and as he pointed out), their ancestors used to practice it; I doubt they care that much. And with their more liberal brethren like the author above making the case for it, they’re even less likely to get involved.

Other than some individual allies here and there, we’ll likely be largely alone in our opposition.

Same as we have been, mostly, in all the other culture war battles. (And Democrat-/Liberal-voting racial and ethnic minority Christians are useless, because notwithstanding their personal opinions, they never let such affect their continued solidarity voting for parties which most ardently fight on the other side in the culture war. So it’ll mostly be white Christians fighting the good fight, without even Моrmons on our side in this case.)