The Gray Empire

1Kings 19:21

“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.”

Choose this day whom you will serve,” Joshua commanded the people, and be aware that you are going to serve somebody whether you like it or not. The daily choices you make will be based on your worldview, that is, what you believe about the world around you. If you believe that the “world,” and I include all the known universe in that expression, only exists in what you see, touch and sense, and in how you feel about it, then your choices will reflect a sensual reality. That, however, is a very narrow view. It’s a view that refuses to believe that evil exists as an intelligent entity. It’s a view that refuses to believe, or even allow for the belief, that the world you see and feel and sense could have been created by intelligent design. It’s a view that cannot, and will not consider that there is a spiritual dimension to this world that is ever present and has functional influence over our thoughts, our perceptions, and thereby, the choices that we make each and every day. It is a view that is blind to the battle that rages around us in contest for our temporal minds, and our eternal souls.

As Morpheus informs Neo in the movie, The Matrix, “it is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.” or, as in the case Lt. Daniel Kaffee, in “A Few Good Men,” “You can’t handle the truth!” You have become like Pontius Pilate,  unable to see the truth that is standing right in front of you. The result of this blindness is that you create, in your mind, a mythology I call, “The Gray Empire.” The Gray Empire is an imaginary world where there are no absolutes, no black or white to choose, no truth and, thus, no lie. There is only gray and, therefore, no need to choose. The trouble is, as they say, “to not choose, is to choose not to.” The question, of course, is, choose not to what?

In the case of The Matrix, it is to choose the blue pill and go back to sleep denying the slavery of sin. In the case of A Few Good Men, it is to deny the very existence of evil thus the need for a wall. In the case of Pilate, it is to deny Christ, the light that has come into the world and the promise of eternal life in Him. To live in the Gray Empire is to deny all three, that is the choice that is made by not choosing. So, you decide. Will you take the blue pill and accept the dark lie, or will you take the red pill and know the harsh light of the truth? You are free to decide, but choose you must because the Gray Empire is no more than a mythical reality, it is the matrix, nothing more than a lie perpetrated by the world of men. I implore you, choose this day whom you will serve.

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A Voice Crying in The Wilderness


Some May Find This Post Disturbing, Please Use Discretion.

The science cited in this post is not 100 percent, but it is very solid.

Jesus spoke often about the future, warning His followers that being a sojourner behind enemy lines would not be an easy life to live. It is, rather, if truly lived, a life filled with danger, suffering and the many difficulties associated with the Narrow Way. On the occasion of sending out the twelve to spread His gospel of love, Jesus gave this surprising revelation: “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” Mat. 10:21-22

I have been terribly concerned lately for all the division being sown among us on a worldwide basis, division of every kind, religious, political, moral, philosophical, division among families and a widening divide between genders. I clearly see our enemies sowing the seeds of division and doing it with the help of our own leaders, using our educational systems, our courts, our free press and every kind of entertainment media. By their efforts, every bond of nature and of men is being broken. I attribute this wide-spread assault to the work of Satan, and perhaps that’s true, but I’ve come to see that, just as in the Garden and again at the Cross, Satan has been duped or perhaps compelled, to carry out God’s plan, a snare set by God that Satan has freely walked into by the power of his own will.

Christianity seems to have lost sight of God’s true purpose in creating a temporal world, a purpose that will forever be a mystery to the lost but ought to be understood within the church. You see, in the end, God must know who among us are with Him and who among us are against Him. In the end, He must separate the wheat from the chaff. In the end, the world must be so divided that there can be no question about an individual’s relationship to Him, for our distinct destinations in eternity are at stake. That is why Jesus, speaking to His followers, gave them some of the most troubling words ever to come from the lips of a savior.

He said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to “set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’” Mat. 10:34-36

That time has come upon us, the time for God to prepare the Earth for its destined finale. In Genesis when God came to observe the people of the post-diluvian world, He watched as they used illicit knowledge to construct a city and a tower in defiance of Him. As He observed, He commented on their activities, “Indeed the people are one together and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from that place, over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building their city,” …at least for a time.

God’s action was a delaying tactic to prevent the people from destroying themselves before God’s appointed time has come. All these thousands of years later, standing atop our new tower of science and technology, with the Hubble telescope and many other tools at our disposal for observing the universe, we can see how near Earth is to its literal end. As our solar system passes out of a dense, and highly magnetic, hydrogen cloud, a protective cocoon that has enveloped us for the past fifty thousand years, we find that the earth’s destruction could come as soon as within the next century. Our small planetary system is traveling through the Milky Way Galaxy at a speed of approximately 1.5 billion mph so that it will very soon sling-shot us out of the protection of the hydrogen cloud’s magnetic shields and into the void of deep space. At the same time, the protection we receive from our own star’s already failing magnetic shields will be greatly reduced. In addition, the Earth’s own ever-shifting magnetic shield will also begin to weaken. The result of all this will leave the earth exposed to the brutal onslaught of powerful, tsunami-like waves of interstellar radiation that continually surge through deep space. Add to all this the much-reduced protection we will have from the million mph solar wind produced by our own star, and in a very short time, Earth’s atmosphere could be stripped away and the earth become a barren, lifeless red planet like Mars.

Of course, God knew all this from the beginning. He has warned us time after time about the coming end of all things temporal, and the imperative we have to prepare for a new life in eternity. Today, in the twenty-first century of Christ, standing atop our high tower of defiant knowledge, we can actually see the literal end coming, and we are shocked to find that it is not far off. Just a few years ago scientists thought that we had ten thousand years or so to prepare, and now we find that there may be only a couple of hundred or less.

The question is, what will we do with all this terrible knowledge? Will we continue to deny God, deny His existence, deny His hand in creation, deny the benefit of His moral law, deny His son, His sacrifice of blood, His death, His resurrection? Or will we, in all wisdom, voluntarily cease building what Augustine referred to as “The City of Man,” with its lofty tower of illicit knowledge. Will we instead, fall on our knees, beg His forgiveness and turn to Him for our salvation, denying our sinful selves as His son commanded. The choice is yours of course but bear in mind that what’s at stake is where you will spend the rest of your eternal life. God is on the move. He is moving from darkness to light. Don’t let human pride cause you to be left behind.

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Sin Is Not A Verb


Why I Support the Death Penalty

I was recently schooled by a Catholic friend on the subject of the Pro-Life Movement. She insisted that Pro-Life included banning the death penalty. Her argument was, to be honest, very Pro-Life, along with being high minded and idealistic of a world we might all love to see and live in. She implied that the death penalty was not God-like, not demonstrative of His loving-kindness or the forgiveness that we, as Christians should demonstrate in our own lives. She quoted Pope John Paul and Pope Francis and she concluded that we all have a right to life and that, taking the life of a convicted killer cuts him, or her, off from the opportunity for repentance and salvation. These are all beautiful thoughts and somewhat reflective of a Kingdom of Heaven ideal, I suppose. The trouble is that the mirror she’s seeing this reflection in is a dark and dirty glass that is distorting her view.

Her beautiful thoughts, unfortunately, are born of an ignorance of the scriptures, and thereby ignorance of God. The “right to life” she mentioned is in the constitution, not the Bible, and therefore dependent on the whims of government and despots, not the promises of God. In fact, the Bible, God’s Holy word and the revelation of Himself, says just the opposite. The Bible informs us that we are all deserving of death, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” His word goes on to say that, “The wages of sin is death,” but to truly understand these words requires that one correctly understand the concept of sin.

We have all been taught to believe that sin is a verb, that it is defined by the things we do while under the influence of certain sinful emotions such as pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. But sin is not a verb, it’s a noun and the things we do are the fruit of sin, not sin itself. Sin is an intrinsic part of who we are and who we have been since the day Adam fell prey to the temptation of Satan in the Garden. On that day, everything changed and the man and the woman who were made in God’s image became defiled. They were literally changed by what they did, mind, body, and spirit. Let me rephrase the words of the Bible to make this better understood, “All have sin and all fall short of the glory God intended.” In other words, we have become a great disappointment to God in the same way that Satan and his fallen angels have. In the course of time, God has become “grieved that He made us.”

Think for a moment about the gravity of that truth. The God who created us, the Holy God for whom sin is a form of Kryptonite that must never touch or come close to Him, the same God who was forced to cast the rebelling angels from His presence in Heaven, was also forced to cast Adam and Eve from the purity of the Garden He had created for them. Only purity can stand next to God, only purity can walk with Him in the Garden of His Kingdom. Sin has forever separated us from God our Father and from the Kingdom He created us for.

I say all this to establish a background, a foundation for what follows because, without this understanding of who we are in the eyes of God, it will be impossible to understand the world that we live in today. What followed the Great Flood in which God expressed His grief, was a binding law to regulate human behavior, a standard by which all men should live and be judged within The Father’s moral will. This law, this standard of morality and ethic calls for a penalty of death in almost every instance of violation. His law stands in force to this day. Jesus said of it, “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”

How can that be, if we live in the age of God’s grace if Christ shed His blood for the forgiveness of sins? The answer is simple, “Free Will.” Each of us is free to choose to obey the law or not. The overwhelming evidence provided by the Bible and supported by secular history indicates clearly that we are not very good at obedience. The biggest part of our sin nature has made us selfish and irresponsible. The proof of it became obvious the very day that God confronted Adam about his disobedience. In his new, sinful nature, Adam pointed to Eve and said, “it was the woman,” he then pointed to God and added, “that you gave me.”

That sinful tradition continues to this day and lies at the very heart of sin. First, the self-awareness that led to rebellion and then the selfish irresponsibility that leads to all manner of wickedness. The rise of wickedness compelled God to destroy the life He created on the earth by means of a flood. Only by His grace did he preserve a future for mankind. And now, seeing wickedness rise again, He will destroy the earth once and for all by fire as He demonstrated at Sodom and Gomorrah. In the meantime, we are free in God’s grace or mercy to choose our own way in this world. We may choose to live our lives in God’s permissive will, free of all moral constraints, lawless and defiant of God or denying Him altogether. In such a case we live our lives under God’s mercy, but we are without His grace, unforgiven if you will, and subject to all the penalties of the law including and especially death.

Most of us rather choose to live in God’s moral will where God gives the state authority over life and death. In this case, we live our lives according to the law, by God’s mercy, but also lacking His grace. Other than having a fixed standard of morality according to God’s will, there is often little perceptive difference between the people who spend their lives in His moral will and those who live in His permissive will. History and the Bible have well proven that people are incapable of living according to an external standard. We are all born of a criminal mind and of those who will be judged by God, many will be compelled to account for the things they did in His name.

Finally, there is God’s specific will. That is a life lived in God’s grace, forgiven and filled with the Holy Spirit so that the law is written on one’s heart by the blood of Jesus Christ. For such as these, there is no sin, all is forgiven. There is only one law for those who live by the power of the Holy Spirit, and that is, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (Luke 10:26, 27)  Such people do not commit crimes against their neighbors and thus are not subject to the penalties of either the law or of sin. On rare occasion, when this general rule is broken and harm is done in the flesh, then what is done in the flesh, outside the power of the Holy Spirit, is subject to the law of the flesh.

In short, people are free to choose to live by the Spirit or to live by the law and all must be held accountable according to their choice. When you choose to act in the flesh you can expect to be judged by the law and punished accordingly. The Apostle Paul makes this very clear in Romans 13. In verse four of that chapter, he tells us, “For government is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it (the state) does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong.” Then, in 1 Corinthians 15:56, “Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.” In other words, to live by the law can only lead to death, there is no other way for a life lived outside of God’s specific will. As long as people choose to live and act outside of God’s specific will, they will be subject to the law. That choice requires the state to build prisons and authorizes Government to decide who will live and who will die, as stated by Pilate in John 19:10, when he said to Jesus, “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” Indeed he does and he gains that authority from God.




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Our Suffering World

“Do you not comprehend that, as you stand on the earth, you are standing at the very conjunction of Heaven and Hell, the gate of which lies before you.”

(B. James Wilson, from “Kingdom of Light”)

Who among you, who publicly confesses faith in Christ, has not been challenged by the plaintiff question, “If your God is so loving, why would he let this happen?” (“This” being the latest earthbound suffering, or perhaps even some suffering from the past.)

It seems to me there is an enormous misunderstanding among both believers and non-believers regarding the nature of suffering in the world, and the nature of God’s will and purpose in that suffering; so much misunderstanding in fact, that the question itself requires serious examination. First, in the case of the non-believer, the question is more rhetoric, an accusation against God that is best answered with the question, “Indeed, why?”.

In the same way, Jesus was also challenged, but He answered them not. Instead, “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. ” (Isaiah 53:7)

As it is for the Teacher, so it will be for the disciple. In such cases, it is better to pray for that person than to give an answer, because the question is not a question at all, but a premise for debate, a challenge to God’s sovereignty and authority in the world. Their rhetoric is intended to sow the seed of doubt in the same way as the serpent in the garden. In its very nature, the question, asked in this way, becomes an illustration of the problem. It is the heart of rebellion against God, the very heart of sin and not deserving of the knowledge or the mystery of His grace and mercy.

Sometimes, however, the question is truly a plaintiff cry, that is, a wounded heart crying out to God seeking an answer, seeking understanding. In this case, the best answer is simply the gospel of God’s love for the individual. Not a defense of His authority, or sovereignty, but an outpouring of His love and compassion through the believer, His ambassador on Earth. As God points out in Job 5:18, “For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole.”

It is important to note here that God accepts responsibility for Job’s suffering. Such is the nature of a great king, the seal of sovereignty, accepting that “the buck stops here.” God has never been shy to announce His involvement in human suffering. He clearly accepts responsibility for the Great Flood, for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, even for the destruction of the cities of His people in Israel and Judah and their exile. Through Amos God says, in 3:6, “If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it?”

This reality may be shocking to some, but God has a purpose in human suffering, just as He had a purpose in the suffering of Christ Jesus, His own son, whom He sent to die on a cruel cross, saying through Him, In John 10:17-18 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

In these words of Jesus, lies the key to our misconception of suffering and death. You see, as much as you may not like to hear it, God does not place the same value on our temporal lives as we do. As Jesus points out to us, He has the power to lay down life and to pick it up again. He proves it over and over, from creation to Ezekiel’s valley of the dry bones, and from Jonah’s rescue to Lazarus,  of whom Jesus said, In John 11:14-15 “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless, let us go to him.””

I repeat the words of our savior, “that you may believe.”

You see, what is important to God is your faith, not your life; not that life is not precious to God; it is, and He has plenty to say about that, but your life here, on temporal Earth, is not as precious to Him as His purpose for it. So the proper question to be asked is not, “Why would God allow this suffering,” but, “What is God’s purpose in this suffering?”

Believers suffer too, and, like Job, they cry out to God wanting to understand the reason for it. The answer today is the same as it was for Job, in his day. That answer lies, veiled, in the opening scripture of Job’s story, that Satan, a fallen angel, leader of a rebellion against God, is free within God’s permissive will, to challenge your faith, by bringing suffering upon the faithful. What we, the faithful, fail to understand and what we fail to teach, or even speak of in our churches, is the fact that we are the subjects of a war, an invisible war that surrounds us every day; a war in which we are forced to choose one side or another. The truth of that is well put in the song, “You’re Going to Serve Somebody“, written and performed by Bob Dylan, but more importantly, pointed out by God Himself in Joshua 24:15.

We are free each day, in joy or suffering, to choose between God, or Satan, between goodness, or evil, between darkness, or light. The Gray Empire in which the world lives, hiding from our true purpose, hiding from our Creator, that empire is the real mythology. It is, in effect, the Matrix of movie fame. Unfortunately, our fallen nature makes us more likely to properly respond while in suffering, than we would in times of joy, so sometimes God allows us to suffer in order to draw us to His side. At other times, as noted in Job, chapter one, we suffer because of an attack on our righteousness. In such a case, however, our suffering is limited by God’s decree. Sometimes our suffering is part of a pruning process, a way for God to use us to produce more and better fruit for Him, but most often our suffering is our own, the coincidental result of the fallen world in which we live.

For those of us who believe, and recognize the spiritual battle that permeates our lives here, on Earth, the refrain, “onward Christian soldier, marching as to war,” actually means something beyond the words of an old hymn. Paul reminds us of this purpose for our lives in his letter to the Ephesians, when he says, in 6:14-18 “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

This is our draft notice and marching orders, our declaration of war. As with any war there will be suffering, especially for the “innocent”, those who are lost and confused, those who think that the Gray Empire actually exists and will be caught up in the battle, unaware of the truth, when the Matrix collapses.

In the end, as difficult as it may be to accept, God allows us to suffer when we deserve to suffer, or when our suffering can turn us to Him, or when our suffering can prepare us to serve Him. The patterns of suffering in the Bible clearly demonstrate that when God’s people are living according to His will, that is His moral and specific will, suffering in their world is greatly reduced by His mercy. The opposite is true when the situation is reversed. So what is God’s purpose? It is to put an end to the rebellion that has torn His Kingdom apart and, through sin, brought suffering to the world He created. More importantly, however, is God’s will in all of this. His will clearly demonstrates that His love is the driving motivation behind all of His actions, from creation to the fact that He sustains us each day, from breath to breath. His perfect will is that all people should be saved and none should be lost at the end when the Gray Empire finally collapses. “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all,” (1 Timothy 2:3-6.)

Therefore take joy in all your suffering, for in it lies the perfect will of God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.”

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The Time Has Come!

The time has come for the crumbling church to rise up and take back what has been lost, but so many who sit in the pews each Sunday are too sick to join the fight. I’m not talking about physical illness, the kind that permeates the prayer list each week. I’m talking about spiritual illness, an anemia that causes blindness, apathy, and complacency. The persons I’m referring to may have attended worship services every Sunday since they were a child. They may be an active member of a Sunday School class, who knows the Bible from front to back, but in their daily life, they live in disobedience, deaf to God’s voice because they are not listening to Him. Instead, their heads are filled with all the distracting voices of this world calling to them every day of the week. How is it that, so often, a person’s walk and their talk do not line up?

Recently I was asked, by a man whom I’m discipling, how it could be that a person could confess a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, yet still, “walk with the Devil.” He was speaking of his own walk and he was deeply troubled by what he was experiencing. I explained to him that he is not alone in his experience, but the struggle he described is not the same thing as spiritual apathy, in fact, it is quite the opposite. If you feel sometimes, as the old wise man once said, that, “there are two dogs fighting a battle to the death inside you,” then count yourself blessed that you sense it and see it, few people do. None-the-less, for all who take their discipleship seriously, an invisible battle truly rages around you, in you and over you, each day. It is a battle for your mind, and your will. It is a battle being waged between the Holy Spirit and Satan’s forces of dark depravity, a struggle between darkness and light. It is the spiritual equivalent of the challenge that Joshua faced when he led The people of God into the Promised Land. He was given a command from God to drive out the sinful nations that had previously occupied that place. So it is for we who have been born again, that we, led by Christ Jesus, cross over into the Promised Land to do battle with the strongholds of sin that have occupied our lives, and to make room for the Holy Spirit.

Oh, listen to me, church! This journey with Christ is not a transcendental quest for peace, or happiness, neither is it for wealth or good health. The pursuit of those things is the way of the Sadducees, the false prophets of the priesthood, wolves in sheep’s clothing. Nor is the Way of Christ a quest for self-righteousness under law, that is the religion of Pharisees, self-appointed enforcers of a morality that they have defined themselves. They stand at the doorway to the Kingdom of God, refusing to enter in and preventing others from doing the same. The Way of Christ is also not a utopian struggle for an imagined, perfect world. Utopia is the religion of despots and dictators, of false prophets such as Mohamed and Karl Marx. It is the way of brutal men, like Joseph Stalin and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, men who believe that the end justifies the means.

The Way of Christ is not an aesthetic journey to find inner peace and tranquility to be found through a multitude of ritual practices, as so many of the Eastern Religions teach. That way amounts to a search for self, a quest that is born of the original sin and rooted in the religion of Satan, who, as Lucifer, thought to place his throne above that of God.

Jesus said, “It is not peace that I bring, but a sword.” Your God, your Savior, and your King is calling you to the front lines of a battle for the souls of men. Unfortunately much of the church, perhaps most, are living what I will call, Sponge Bob Christianity, a form of discipleship that is shallow in its commitment, confined to Sunday mornings when toothless, baby believers gather together, selfishly seeking to be filled with the milk of the gospel rather than the meat of obedience to God’s commands. The milk sustains them just long enough to spend another week wasting the power of the Spirit and the Word by neglecting the command of their Savior to “Go into the world.” They are, in effect, Monday morning atheists, living the rest of the week as if God didn’t exist, allowing the Power they have been entrusted with to evaporate into the air instead of using it to advance God’s Kingdom.

Jesus said, “If you are my disciple, pick up your cross daily and follow Me.” He means that we should die to “self” at the start of each day, then march forth to do His bidding right where we live in the world. Too often, however, we are like frightened soldiers hiding in the relative safety of the trenches while the enemy consumes the ground we were sent to defend. The time has come for the church to rise up, to fix bayonets, (that is the Sword of Truth), and charge out of the trenches to take back the ground that has been lost to the enemy over centuries of error, remembering all the while, that our battle is not with flesh and blood, “but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

The battle begins with prayer and victory comes through obedience to the work that The Lord puts before you each day. So, put on the whole armor of God and, when you leave your pew on Sunday, join the battle for the Kingdom, a battle that rages around you each and every day of the week.

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Changing Our Paradigm of Death

Some religions celebrate death, certainly Christianity is one that should.

I know of a religious sect that mourns the birth of a child and celebrates the death of a member with feasting and great joy. As Christians, we could learn something from this small sect. Instead, our paradigm of death is one of grief and sorrow; believe me, I’ve had my share. As painful as it may be, the truth is that our grief is all about us, it’s selfish. When we grieve, we are mourning our loss, our attention is focused on what has been taken from us, not what our loved one has gained and attained, if they are a true believer.

“Believer” is a key word in this scenario. When Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha of Bethany, died, Jesus wept. We can imagine first that he was grieved by his own loss of a dear friend, but scripture indicates to me that he wept in sympathy, feeling the depth of Mary and Martha’s grief. In my mind I can picture the scene where Martha runs to greet him as he approaches the village. She runs to him with tears streaming down her cheeks, falling into his arms, sobbing at the sight of him, accusing him in her anger, then begging him in her desperate need for solace. Then Jesus takes her tear-stained face in his hands, looks deeply into the windows of her soul and utters the powerful words we have all heard before, but, perhaps, not understood; “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (Jn. 11:25)

Do you? Do you believe this? I mean do you truly believe? In Mark 9:24, a man, the father of a child possessed by evil spirits, says to Jesus,  “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

Perhaps we all believe with a reserve of doubt, a shadow of “unbelief,” that prevents us from experiencing the full power of Jesus’ promise to us when he said to the repentant thief, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Our assurance lies in Jesus’ words found in Mat. 24:35, where, in giving his disciples the parable of the fig tree, he says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”

This prophesy contains a powerful promise to us, but what did Jesus mean by, “my words will by no means pass away.” On the face of it, he means that nothing in time or creation can alter or negate the promises he has made to us, but our assurance of this lies in the underlying principle of the law of the Medes and the Persians found in the book of Daniel. In chapter six of Daniel lies the story of how King Darius’ advisors tricked him into condemning Daniel to the lions den. When King Darius realizes their deception, they inform him that it is too late for him to save Daniel, by reminding the king of “the law of the Medes and the Persians,” found in Daniel 6:15, “Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be altered.””

Thus it is for God also, The King of Kings, that what is decreed cannot be altered, or withdrawn. It is a principle that is as true for the promise as it is for the curse. It is the reason that Jesus died on the cross in order to satisfy the requirement of the law, that sin deserves death. He died there for all sin, for all time, for all people, because the law can never be altered or withdrawn. (Ref. Mat. 5:18) What is true for the curse is also true for the promise and though we cannot find the proof of it in his promise to the thief, we can be assured of it in his own resurrection, that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. In John 10:18, Jesus assures us that, “No man takes (my life) from me, but I lay (my life) down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

What is spoken cannot be altered, or withdrawn. We are assured, not only by the promise, but by the principle, by the law of the Medes and the Persians. Take heart, brothers and sisters in Christ. Celebrate, find joy in your loss, that the one you love is in the arms of God, that they have not died, but have at last found life; that Christ Jesus holds their face in his hands and looking deep into the windows of their soul, has said, “I Am the way, the truth and the life.” Welcome home.

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Notes on “The Abolition of Man”

Chapter One:

Men Without Chests

Bruce Jenner says of his condition, “I just couldn’t continue living a lie.” What he means is that he perceives his physical, birth gender to be a lie. That perception implies that the truth lies in his feelings about his sexuality, rather than the physical reality of it. This kind of depraved thinking is exactly the concern that C.S. Lewis expressed so eloquently in his book entitled, “The Abolition of Man.”

What Mr. Lewis refers to as The Green Book is a representation of the flawed thinking being taught in our educational systems. Mr. Lewis uses the illustration of an high school grammar book to point out how easily the system can be used by those who have an agenda beyond simple education to manipulate the cultural thinking of future generations.

C.S. Lewis wrote “The Abolition of Man” as a warning to society about a coming depravity instituted by an insidious plot to negate the power of descriptive words by relegating their meaning to subjective feelings, rather than their true, objective definition. He identifies the evil plot in a simple line of text in which the authors suggest to the student, using the story of “Coleridge at the waterfall,” that the words, “sublime” and “pretty,” have no objective value, but are instead, only subjective expressions of the men’s feelings. Mr. Lewis describes the flaw thus, “The schoolboy, [or girl] who reads this passage in The Green Book will believe two propositions: firstly, that all sentences containing a predicate of value are statements about the emotional state of the speaker, and, secondly, that all such statements are unimportant.” Unimportant because their value is only relative, that there is nothing absolute in their expression.

He goes on to warn that what the schoolboy, or girl, has learned from the example presented in the book, is insidious and subconscious in nature, that it will grow subconsciously to effect the child’s thinking in ways that extend beyond grammar, to philosophy and that, if enough children fall victim to this kind of thinking, it could completely alter cultural norms.

Mr. Lewis had to extrapolate the possible effect into an imagined future which he expressed in his novel, “That Hideous Strength.” From the future, which he could only imagine, we can now see the very real outcome, as if it were a prophecy. As I speak from the year 2017, the destruction is near complete. Bruce Jenner and millions like him in a forceful, activist community known as LGBTQ, are the proof of Mr. Lewis’ greatest fears. Thus, when the power of words to discriminate value is negated by philosophy, the result can be devastating. Words are important tools that require our care and respect, though I recognize that every generation distorts their meaning as a way of confounding the generation before them.

For the Authors of The Green Book, men he refers to as Gaius and Titius, Mr. Lewis had some rather unkind words. “Let us suppose for a moment that the harder virtues could really be theoretically justified with no appeal to objective value. It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous. Without the aid of trained emotions, the intellect is powerless against the animal organism. I had sooner play cards with a man who was quite skeptical about ethics, but bred to believe that “a gentleman does not cheat,” than an irreproachable moral philosopher who had been brought up among [cheaters].”

He goes on to say, “The operation of The Green Book and its kind are to produce what may be called, Men without Chests, (that is men without moral compass, or conviction). It is an outrage that they, (Gaius and Titius), should be commonly spoken of as Intellectuals. This gives them to say that he who attacks them attacks intelligence. It is not so.” “…It is not excess of thought, but defect of fertile and generous emotion that marks them out. Their heads are no bigger than the ordinary: it is the atrophy of the chest beneath that makes them seem so.”

In the news, almost daily, the hypocrisy of one protest or another demanding truth and morality from our government and its functionaries, those who rule over us rather than for us, demanding that our systems of education, our social structures, even our speech conform to the fluid standard of their feelings. Lewis said of it, “And all the time – such is the tragic comedy of our situation – we continue to clamor for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more drive, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or creativity. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate [then] bid the geldings, be fruitful.”

Chapter Two:

The Way

In this chapter, Mr. Lewis focuses his attention on the source of moral thinking in a universal sense. He points out that in every civilization, in every age, there is a standard of social behavior that promotes social order. He calls the source, the Tao. It is that unseen force of infinite wisdom that leads to moral and ethical codes of behavior common to all mankind and central to the survival of any successful civilization. The Chinese refer to it as the Chi, in the Hindu belief, Prana, in other religious systems, Mana, Orenda, Vayu, and so on. In Christianity we know this mysterious force of creation as the Logos, or, the Word. All of these names, however refer to a force of knowledge that is common to the spiritual sensitivity of every civilization, and from it they draw similar conclusions.

When men, however, ignore these conclusions, relegating truth and objective value to a subjective standard of relative feelings, they step onto a slippery slope that can only lead to a muddy fall. Lewis put it this way, “The practical result of education in the spirit of The Green Book must be the destruction of the society which accepts it.”

That’s a very powerful condemnation of our system of education and, in my mind, well deserved. I point out to you that today, the curse of The Green Book extends all the way from Kindergarten through College. The Green Book philosophy suggests that our social standards, our standards of behavior and morality, can be found in our instincts rather than the Tao. With regard to “instinct” being a motivation to act in support of posterity, Lewis says, “What is absurd is to claim that your care for posterity finds its justification in instinct and then flout at every turn the only instinct on which it could be supposed to rest, tearing a child almost from the breast to …kindergarten in the interest of progress and the coming race.”

In other words, the only system of values that can be expected from a value system based on instinct is one of self-preservation, survival of the fittest and a “kill, or be killed” philosophy of life. Those are the values of instinct, a system that is willing to sacrifice its own children to an indoctrination that insures the same empty values, that the same fate will be passed on to the next generation, and the next, making them slaves to progress alone, with no regard for morality, or humanity.

In a footnote of this chapter, Lewis wrote,  “If Good= “whatever Nature happens to be doing,” (as Dr. C.H. Waddington suggests), then surely we should notice what Nature is doing as a whole; and Nature, as a whole, I understand, is working steadily and irreversibly toward the extinction of all life, in every part of the universe, so that Dr. Waddington’s ethics, stripped of their unaccountable bias towards such a parochial affair as tellurian biology, would leave murder and suicide our only duties” to one another. In fact, Dr. Waddington’s legacy includes promoting the genetic engineering that produced “Dolly.”

If Truth is relative and there are no absolutes, as generations of our children have been taught, then every axiom of social ethic and morality becomes superstition. Lewis put it this way, “What purport to be new systems, or ( as they call them today) “ideologies,” all consist of fragments from the Tao itself, arbitrarily wrenched from their context in the whole and then swollen to madness in their isolation, yet still owing to the Tao and to it alone, such validity as they [may] possess. If my duty to my parents is a superstition, then so is my duty to posterity. If justice is a superstition, then so is my duty to my country or my race. If the pursuit of scientific knowledge is a real value, then so is conjugal fidelity. The rebellion of new ideologies against the Tao is a rebellion of the branches against the tree: if the rebels could succeed, they would find that they had destroyed themselves. The human mind has no more power of inventing a new value than of imagining a new primary color, or, indeed, of creating a new sun and a new sky for it to move in.”

Chapter Three:

The Abolition of Man

Looking to the future, one can feel a sense of hopelessness, unless we remember, daily, that in Christ Jesus, there is no such thing. For, no matter what men do or accomplish in this world, on this planet, or another, these three remain, “Faith, Hope, and Love.”

In this third and final chapter Lewis writes about “Man’s Conquest of Nature” through science and technology. He posits the question, “…is man the possessor of increasing power over nature?”  Then he looks at three specific examples of man’s technical progress, travel, communications, and medicine. For travel he chooses the airplane, for communication, the wireless, (radio), and for medicine he chooses contraceptives. He points out, “Any or all of the three things… can be withheld from some men by other men – by those who sell, or those who allow the sale, or those who own the sources of production, or those who make the goods. What we call Man’s power is, in reality, a power possessed by some men which they may or may not allow other men to profit by.”

Today, scientists all over the world cause us to worry, as they do, about our utter extermination by some natural and unavoidable event of Nature. They scan the skies for the terminal asteroid that the Bible calls “Wormwood.” They lay the ground with instruments to measure the movement of the earth, concerned about earthquake and the possibility of a super volcanic eruption such as Yellowstone. They plan interplanetary travel and colonization for fear that the earth will not long be capable of sustaining its human population. They know, as I do, that a simple shift the earth’s magnetosphere could doom the planet to destruction, just as it did Mars, their unfortunate choice for colonization. Biologically, science worries about pathogens and the possibility of pandemic that could wipe out the entire human population if not thwarted by scientific advance. The fact is that Man’s Conquest of Nature is a complete myth, an errant religion we shall call Scientism. The fact is that “Nature,” at any given moment, could completely annihilate the entire planet in any number of ways. Science must worry about such things because they have no Creator God to sustain them in His mercy. They must rely on human endeavor, on science, on Progress, but Progress, like any other human endeavor, comes at a cost. “For every action there is an equal and, opposite reaction.”

I love the song, “One Thing Leads to Another,” by The Fixx, because it so well expresses the reality of human life. For every advance, for every security, every convenience, every comfort, there is a price to be paid, another scar on our planet, a certain loss of individual freedom, the enslavement of the body, mind, and soul. C.S. Lewis put it this way: “Man’s Conquest of Nature, if the dreams of some scientific planners are realized, means the rule of a few hundreds of men over billions upon billions of men. There neither is nor can be any simple increase of power on Man’s side. Each new power won by man is a power over man as well. Each advance leaves him weaker as well as stronger. In every victory, besides being the general who triumphs, he is also the prisoner who follows along behind the triumphal car.”

The truth is that Man’s Conquest of Nature is really man’s sinful need to be his own god and that sinful need is the result of Satan’s express desire to rule in God’s place, he who declared “I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.” “…I will be like the Most High,” has condemned the sons of Adam to follow along with him and, unless we choose, individually, to do otherwise, we are cursed to progress alone, without God’s mercy, into an uncertain future. A planet spinning out of control in a universe who’s Nature is to bring all life to extinction. Man’s new religion is Science and the priests and acolytes of that temple of Satan are sorely determined to dominate the earth with their godless ways and doctrines. You and I are compelled in every way and in everything to serve somebody, to serve one or the other. To serve God, or to serve the evils of This World.

In conclusion, just seventy three years since C.S. Lewis penned this warning to mankind, the intent of The Green Book has been more than successfully fulfilled. The destruction that it promised, that Lewis warned us about, can be seen everywhere around us, in every corner of the globe. Soon, the Puppet Master will make himself known and man’s fate upon the earth, his doom will be sealed. But I implore you, “Now is the time of God’s favor, today is the day of salvation.” So, “Choose this day whom you will serve …as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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