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O Believer Art Thou…

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O believer, art thou in poverty and straits? There is an incorruptible treasure in that house.

Is thine honour in the dust? A crown for thy head and a sceptre for thy hand await thee there.

Art thou shut up in solitude? There you shall enjoy eternal converse with God, the angels, and the saints.

Is your life full of bitterness? You will find rivers of pleasures there.

Are you weak and sickly? There grows the tree of life, whose leaves are for the healing of the nations.

Are you groaning under the tyranny of sin? There you shall walk in the glorious liberty of the sons of God.

Are defiled garments making you hang down your heads? You shall there shine in spotless robes of holiness.

Is fighting hard work? In that house ye shall for ever triumph.

Are you weary and almost fainting under the labours of the…

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Posted by on March 19, 2020 in religion, spirituality, Theology

 

Rusty’s right

Caesar doesn’t have any right to that which belongs to God alone.

God is in charge of the Church, not Caesar.

 

Latter Day LDS geopolitical prophet?

Back in November, Dr. Bruce Charlton predicted that something big was going to happen in months.

Now he says this is it, and basically his take is that the pandemic is, for all intents and purposes, a grossly exaggerated hoax, an excuse for a power grab by governments.

I’m someone who is skeptical both of wide-scale secret plots and those who completely pooh-pooh the possibility of such.

I’m keeping an open mind, though I lean more towards explanations that correlate with governments tending to be less competent rather than more, at carrying out their desired objectives.

I note with interest and concern Charlton’s pointing to government regulation during a crisis like this of Christian religious worship, and we do observe the Italian government trying to enact this and the Vatican initially going along with it, and Boris Johnson’s British ‘Conservative’ government apparently considering doing likewise

One thing that will be interesting to observe will be whether Western governments en masse start having their civil servants all telecommuting over the next few weeks to ‘flatten the curve‘ through social distancing, as all are talking about, or whether they won’t enforce it upon their functionaries. If they do not, one may well wonder why not, given how much fuss, officially, they are making over this so-called pandemic, whether it’s because they don’t believe in it themselves or whether they feel their work is so important it requires face-to-face work despite the ostensible great risks.

We are indeed living in interesting times, as per the apocryphal Chinese curse that we may do so…

 

China will rewrite the Bible to ‘reflect socialist values’

And the Koran, though I don’t care about that:

China will rewrite the Bible and Quran to ‘reflect socialist values’ amid crackdown on the country’s religious groups, a report has revealed.

New editions must not contain any content that goes against the beliefs of the Communist Party, according to a top party official. Paragraphs deemed wrong by the censors will be amended or re-translated.

Though the Bible and Quran were not mentioned specifically, the party called for a ‘comprehensive evaluation of the existing religious classics aiming at contents which do not conform to the progress of the times’.

The order was given in November during a meeting held by the Committee for Ethnic and Religious Affairs of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which oversees the ethnic and religious matters in China.

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The meeting was supervised by Wang Yang, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Mr Wang stressed that religious authorities must follow President Xi’s instructions and interpret the ideologies of different religions in accordance with ‘the core values of Socialism’ and ‘the requirements of the era’, French newspaper Le Figaro reported yesterday.

He urged the officials to build ‘a religious system with Chinese characteristics’.

The officials agreed with Mr Wang’s directives, adding that the mission ‘is the choice of history’.

They also claimed that by ‘re-evaluating’ religious books, they would prevent ‘extreme thoughts’ and ‘heretical ideas’ from eroding the country.

Pray for our brothers and sisters there…

 

Southern Baptists going Woke, it seems

 

Chick-fil-A is in fact donating now to an explicitly pro-LGBT charity; apparently in 2017 they also donated to the $PLC

Chick-fil-A Sends Sin Tax to LGBT-Linked Groups

Covenant House boasted about its participation in NYC’s Gay Pride Parade in March 2019, saying, “Celebrating PRIDE! This past Sunday our youth, staff and volunteers enjoyed the large crowds, rainbow colors and festive music at New York City’s Pride Parade. Pride is all about love, acceptance, celebration. … We encourage kids to be exactly who they are and we celebrate their uniqueness and individuality.” (For more pictures go herehere, and here.)

Every one of its 16 U.S. and Canadian Covenant House programs has undergone the assessment of Cyndi Lauper’s LGBT-fascist “True Colors” to insure they are fully on board with the entire homosexual and transgender agenda. To work there, one must affirm transgenderism and homosexual practice as part of a young person’s “authentic self.” “Even though we are educating staff and think they are on the same page, they may not be,” said Renee Trincanello, associate executive director at Covenant House Florida.

What do we know of Covenant House’s partner “True Colors”? True Colors “creates a welcoming environment for LGBTQ youth by using visual cues like safe space stickers, all gender restroom signs, and pronoun buttons.” That’s right, first-order business at Covenant House is everyone declaring the pronouns by which they want to be known, thereby coercing all others to accept faux transgender identity through mandatory speech. There can never be too much coercive indoctrination when pushing LGBT ideology.

Covenant House proudly declares on its website that “LGBTQ young people” should not only be kept “safe, housed,” but also “celebrated … not just accepted … for who they are” (emphasis theirs). So Chick-fil-A is not remaining neutral in the culture war but is siding with organizations that promote what God views as abhorrent. Yet CFA’s Vision Statement says the company exists first and foremost “to glorify God.”

Covenant House is also hardly a cash-strapped organization. According to GuideStar, it had gross receipts of $108.6 million in 2018, with donors including Walmart, Delta, PayPal, and the National Basketball Association. That doesn’t include all its various chapters in different states, provinces, and cities in the U.S. and Canada.

The New York chapter alone had gross receipts of $23.4 million, for instance, and California had $15.8 million. It has been raking in this kind of money for decades. Did CFA feel bad that Covenant House was raking in only this kind of dough, or was this a public relations outreach to mollify LGBT bullies?

And:

Chick-fil-A Donated To Anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center

Tax records show Chick-fil-A donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 2017, an anti-Christian group that lists any organization disavowing same-sex marriage as a “hate-group,” including churches, according to Townhall.com.

According to the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s 2017 IRS 990 form, the fast-food corporation gave $2,500 to the SPLC. It was the SPLC that motivated a terrorist shooter in 2012 to launch an assault on the Family Research Council with a semi-automatic pistol, 100 rounds of ammo, and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches.

“Southern Poverty Law [Center] lists anti-gay groups. I found them online,” said the shooter in an interrogation video made public by the FBI, adding that his plan was to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-fil-A sandwiches in victims’ faces, and kill the guard.”

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council condemned the donations to SPLC and called for a Christian boycott of Chick-fil-A.

“Not only has Chick-fil-A abandoned donations to Christian groups including the Salvation Army, it has donated to one of the most extreme anti-Christian groups in America. Anyone who opposes the SPLC…is slandered and slapped with the ‘extremist’ label or even worse, their ‘hate group’ designation,” Perkins said. “It’s time for Christians to find a fast food alternative to Chick-fil-A.”

So…

 

 

If You’re Complaining About How Little Housework Your Husband Does, You’re Doing Marriage Wrong

If You’re Complaining About How Little Housework Your Husband Does, You’re Doing Marriage Wrong

Hear, hear!