There are a few places in the Bible where God reveals Himself in all His glory in pretty magnificent ways. The chief one is the Resurrection, and there is Creation for sure. There are a number of places in Revelation that are pretty major, the Transfiguration in the gospels is a good one, Ezekiel had visions that were pretty spectacular, and Jesus was as brilliant as the sun in confronting Paul on the Damascus road. There may be really good examples elsewhere that I missed.
One of the most compelling to me is not only how God introduces Himself to Isaiah in his sixth chapter, but what He says right after that, something that is repeated in all four gospels, in Acts, and again in the letter to the Romans.
After Isaiah is overwhelmed by the glory of God in contrast to his own sinfulness, he tells Him that he is willing to carry out any task God gives him. Here's the task: "Tell these people, the people of My nation: 'You could understand, but don't. You could see, but don't. You could listen, but don't. You could be healed, but your hearts are too hard.'" Yes, this is not a literal translation, but go see for yourself, that's cool. This is pretty much it.
Now in the context of the gospel accounts of Jesus' reference to this charge, it makes perfect sense. People are too stupid to get that everything they want is right in front of them. Essentially, "I'm here to heal you and save you and give you life, but, eh, you don't want it, and that does break my heart, but, well..."
The "Well..." part is simply that God isn't going to give us all the beauty and wonder and joy that is His Kingdom unless we see it for what it is, not in the abject reprobation of our sin. As long as we refuse to see it, we will only want to destroy it. We must come to God on His terms, not ours. We can only come to the Tree of Life by the blood of Christ and in His righteousness, not by our feeble counterfeits.
This is precisely why, after Isaiah asks God, "So, for how long should I tell them to continue to be stupid?" (really, that is what this is about) God replies, "Until they look and get it. And the only way they can is if they see..." — and here it is, right from the King James —
Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, and the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
Now certainly this applied to those in Judah, who were about to be summarily dispossessed at the hands of the Babylonians, I got that. And I note that the chapter closes with the promise of a returning remnant, I know. But it wouldn't have been mentioned so much in the New Testament if it wasn't a significantly relevant message for us today.
You will continue to be stupid unless you let God show you the breadth of your destruction, and then firmly decide to take in healing and restoration and salvation in Him.
I watched one of the most frightening horror films I've ever seen a couple weeks ago. It is the perfect metaphor for this very prevalent, prominent, and quite present human condition.
It was Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, and really, it was a horror film. It wasn't just that a whole bunch of people were hypnotically captivated by an immature sideshow salesman (now serving a six-year prison sentence), it was that so many people, mostly Millennials, paid gobs of money merely on the insatiable desire not just to have fun but to neurotically virtue-signal through social media as the most masterful partier ever.
All of them, the whole batch of them, worshipping the god that is their stomach. Just like the slasher-film victim of the marauding chainsaw wielder was the Bahamian restaurateur who wept for all she did for this defrauder — humbly, willingly, industriously — only to receive massive bills to pay and the most crushing ingratitude. I really wonder about those people involved in the debacle and interviewed for the film — what were they thinking when beholding the expanse of the desolation that was Fyre? Really, what are they thinking?
Can they not see the need for Someone Who Is Truth to come and not only share with them both truth and grace but courageously defend those things with His very life?
For you see the Fyre incident was the smallest microcosm of the way things are going out there in the real economic, commercial, political, and social world. Those who got scammed by the whole Fyre thing?
There are millions more just like them. Calcified in their benighted lifestyles clutching empty promises of the most dazzling attention in cyberspace. Captured in an endless loop of the most grotesque plausibility disconceptions. Convinced there is no devil laboriously offering his services as their top "influencer."
This last point, the one about the devil as influencer? It is not hard to tell who is helping them dismiss the devil as a real, live, personal entity who speaks through powerful interests to keep as many in the infernal gulag as possible. Recently the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuit Order of the Roman Catholic Church, announced that the devil is not real, and that he is only a symbol of the evil that is out and about in some people.
It is one thing to dismiss the devil as fantasy and get a Fyre Festival, what about all the other horrific things propped as solutions to the abjection?
Recently Facebook announced it will put out a currency of its own, hey — bitcoin can't get all the cred. It is called Libra, a splendidly fitting name as it is the scales for keeping everything even and just. "Honest weights and measures" can't be more secure! Excccept...
Facebook is already in hot water because of its obsessive desire to gaze into private lives, but that is precisely what autocratic potentates do. Whuh? Facebook isn't a government is it? Well, yes it is. In fact it is more than that. It is a nation. With all the blithering about whether or not Facebook is actually a private company and permitted to do what it wants with its business affairs, or a public utility and subject to regulation such as that required for municipal electricity and water service, no one identifies its true nature.
It is a nation, all unto itself. It has a citizenry and a list of laws and bylaws to which every citizen has acceded. Its army is comprised of the brilliant tech wonks sauntering through the highest levels of corporate power using the best Sun-Tzuan tactics to bend its citizens' will to its purposes. With information technology the way it is today, national borders are practically obsolete and virtually obliterated. You may be dual citizens in any number of nations, Google, Apple, Amazon also among them. The tricky part is that nations are still subject to the perfect judgments of God, and unless they acknowledge Him and His eminent reign over all things, they will be doing their work outside of His presence as divisions of Cain's legacy. Whatever the case, all are footstools of God, set out to fulfill His purposes in the ways He directs.
It is funny, I recently came across a web writing that has gotten some attention, and no wonder with a title like, "The Most Important Problem in the World." Hmm, what could that be? The most important problem? No, the most important problem is when people stridently insist that the devil isn't real. That's really the one. Sure there are problems and issues and incidents and sometimes the most horrifically tragic events. But it is the devil who convinces people he's not deeply involved in gripping you tightly in a vicious stronghold and pulling you far away from a God who wants to grab you and hold you and embrace you like a Father no matter what happens to you.
Anyway, this widely experienced power-broking fully embedded insider, James Gamble is his name, says the most important problem today is that there are quite a few evil people on corporate boards. Yeah, that's it. Please know I'm not saying I'm surprised by this — what I am noting is that so many others are surprised by this. We see a mortifying graphic depiction of a goofy music festival gone awry at the hands of some youthful Svengali — what would it look like if the cameras were on the behavior of those board members?
Oh no worries. This guy's got it all down, the piece is rather lengthy. We also see it sometimes in the newspapers, can't miss it. But because those people are given so much sway over our lives we give them a pass. Hey, they do have to sell us a decent product. They do have to make us believe they are actually behaving on the up-and-up, I mean, our middle-class life of convenience depends on them, our jobs depend on them — my retirement depends on them.
So we're really too fascist (technically: too much corporate power) — then in come the enraged marauding socialists to rescue us yay! Or yeah! Maybe we're actually too socialist (technically: too much "public" power, but with nice smiley autocrats helping out, you know) — then coming on over are the exceedingly patriotic seething crusaders to, to, um, to...
Just before Gamble's section titled "The Seduction is Viral" — I still look at this in amazement and wonder why these people dismiss the power of the devil... whupp, well, wait, they are so readily seduced by the Father General, and it is quite viral, what else could "Catholic" entail?... so yeah, it does make sense — anyway, Gamble bleats the pathetically typical "They're only interested in the bottom line" talking point, then adds:
Corporate persons live among us and exert a powerful influence over how we see and interact with the world. The decision not to address morality and fairness at the corporate level infects real people and contributes to the self-centered actions of individual and society at large.
Does he have the slightest clue about who's influencing them?
So how about more law? "Let's just make better laws!" is always the gleefully hopeful conclusion of System pundits such as Gamble, I never see any other. Sure enough: "We could create corporate conscience directly through a legal requirement that all..." yada yada. "The first act... is the drafting and adoption of an ethical code..." bappity boopity. Don't get me wrong, laws are very very very good things, but only so we can fully recognize what intractable assholes we are, nothing else. At that point we need Someone to save us from ourselves, period. Lesseeee — mention of Christ, mention of Christ... mnnn... yeah. Didn't think so.
We can even peek a bit at Facebook exec David Marcus' comical appearance before Congress on Libra to get the best feel for how ridiculous it is, ultimately, to just worship the law — oh, every World inhabitant does it, they must. Naturally almost every question he was asked was about how Facebook would regulate the currency so it would actually, truly, really, in actual true reality be an honest weight and measure of people's productive value.
He hemmed and hawed and shared how zealously Mark Zuckerberg and company were on board with Caesar's enforcement apparatus, but in the end he could only waffle — it was painful to watch. Don't misunderstand, the gold standard and the PhD standard are just as exploitive as the algorithm standard. As you cannot get blood from a turnip you cannot get righteousness from the law. When it gets down to it only dissembling, equivocation, and confusion spews from attempts to rationalize this idolatry. From the comprehensive Los Angeles Times piece on the hearing, Marcus merely "alluded to the regulatory gray area that Facebook's digital coin could occupy."
These guys are about to roll out the accepted standard currency issue for their superpower nation, and they don't even have a clue about what they're doing. They may insist they'll get it all down, I mean, come on, they've got all the latest fat protocol protections lined up, please!...that's gotta be good!
Deaf and staying deaf. Blind and staying blind. Dumb and staying dumb. As God told Isaiah about them, quite sadly it must be that way.
Until they allow Christ to open their eyes and ears and minds.
As you may have grasped from previous elements of this work, I enjoy periodically stopping by the public libraries in my area and browsing the new stacks. It has become so much less gratifying because the thought and exposition in most volumes is getting so much more vain and vapid. Quite disappointing. But what can one expect with legions of entrenched World inhabitants spewing drivel with so little grasp of the verities in God's word.
I would like to share with you one recent occasion when I saw these five books, pictured on the right, placed just like this, as the only ones on this particular shelf.
The first is Prepared, and all I saw was the title and the subtitle on the cover. From what I gather it is yet another tome describing the ways one should bring up their children, to prepare them for the adult world. I know nothing about its substance — it may be Scriptural or secular, it may be pious or prosaic. It may have many splendidly helpful suggestions in it, it may indeed. Volumes of these kinds of things have been around for eons, however — my mother read Dr. Spock, millions of moms did.
The second is American Epidemic, and sure enough it is about the opioid medication addiction ravaging the country. There is certainly a crushing amount of pain out there, and it isn't just physical. I've mentioned often before, Benjamin Franklin once said, "Nine men in ten are suicides." There is so much in that observation dismissed so perilously by so many.
The other three, however, overwhelm the field of vision here. They are typical paeans to sodomist behavior, and the world is now overrun by the idea that you must celebrate someone's commitment to sexual impropriety or immorality or you are the worst pariah on the planet. You cannot avoid it, it is now so entrenched in the American psyche that you may even be lawfully prosecuted for your justifiably righteous censure of such massive dissipation.
After a bit of a presently non-threatening skin cancer scare and a new encounter with the reality of my mortality, I've thought more about this place we call home — this planet, the lives of those around me, my nation and its future — especially with regards to the livelihoods of my children and grandchildren. My true home is heaven, but I still care about those who clutch these places with some manic fervor. In looking at life through what is called the ROE Filter, I've realized that the programs of socialism, racialism, and sodomism are quite legitimate ways God has authorized potentates to govern the reprobate populace who refuse to dwell richly in the Kingdom by Christ.
The World System was set into motion to constrain people who'd incessantly live in rejection of Him, for the purpose of allowing people the opportunity to see the evil for what it is and in turn discover Him and embrace Him and revel in the Kingdom He gives us to overflow.
I've spent much webzine and blog space elucidating the horrors of socialism, racialism, and sodomism. My latest consideration of socialism is that it merely allows Cain's minions to bellow, "Look at how good I am, look! I will use my power to rescue you, even if it means committing human sacrifice against others to do it." It really isn't much more complicated. As much as one feverishly clenching the capitalist creed rails against it, socialism works. It is brilliantly utilized as a tool in the ministry of condemnation, something God says is perfectly fine for such purposes — look there in the third chapter of the second letter to the Corinthians.
Racialism is a way for government to prosecute unrepentant sinners by making the hatred they have for one another all about race — it is so much easier to adjudicate that way. You may not actively hate, but all sin is separation from God and His Kingdom, so it makes no difference. All whites are guilty, all persons of color are victims — nice and tidy culture war conflagration to concuss with all due prejudice.
Sodomism is the key thing, in my view, that leaves the largest swath of destruction, at so many different levels. This is another form of "Look at how good and wholesome and righteous I am by cheerfully giving you permission to express yourself in ways that are so radically unconventional that not only will you overcome that aggravating self-awareness of your insecurities but you'll be deliriously applauded for the courage you've had to affirm it so brazenly."
At its core anything related to LGBTQ+ involvement or approval is the ruthless disengagement with that which truly gives one relational meaning — family. Even God wants to adopt you and be your Father making you as His son or daughter an heir to all that is truly meaningful. Note how the people running the most stridently expansive sodomist organizations labor valiantly to try to make themselves the replacement for those most vital and vibrant relationships we may have. They even employ the various strands of government to engender and disperse their disinformation about the nature of sexuality and identity.
Cain so wants to be his brother's keeper.
Want out? You're spinning your wheels if you are bent on upending what some desperately crave — furiously conducting assassination plots and disruptive crusades to sabotage his devices. Such violent remonstrations only bring the worst trial and turmoil. He loves it. In thousands of different ways he gushes, "Bring it on!"
Really, I so want to get much more into all of this idea, but it is too much to tackle in one home page piece. I've done a bit of it a number of times previously. Here I just want to introduce a page with a profound elucidation about much of how all this coalesces into the way things really are. It is something Tupper Saussy wrote just after the 9/11 tragedy in 2001, what I consider not only the seminal part of his "Abiding in Religious War" but really his entire work. It features what I call the ROE Filter Engine, the key to understanding how Rome justifies its use of those tools to regulate the affairs of those interminably "in need of salvation."
I invite you to look around, peruse this webzine for a bit more. This has only one purpose and one purpose only:
That you may find that bountiful, beautiful salvation in Him.
Before you take a look-see at The Engine, I'd like to share an anecdotal story that adds a bit of booster fuel to the machinery. We like to pass through Palm Springs in our travels and one time while strolling through the art faire we crossed the street to browse in this shop, the one pictured. Inside were all the trappings of the most robust sexual immorality you could imagine, very upscale though, very tasteful mind you. A sample of its offerings is in the other image on the right, it is quite comprehensive.
What was so striking was among all the books for expert instruction in making your concupiscence that much more sublime was a shelf of books about the Roman Catholic Church. They were the more hip ones, you know, more about the fashionably spiritual aspects of the craft. But you'll note, as you can see for yourself in the photograph, that they were distinctly about Rome.
Why? I didn't have the wherewithal at the time to ask the proprietor, maybe I will step in again to do so next time we pass through. It could certainly be that the Palm Springs clientele and those like-minded are very committed to the best ways to have absolution when they misbehave, I got that — I mean after all, Pope Francis is the best Jesuit confessor there is. But could it also be that they're firmly acknowledging the impetuous truth that so desperately in need of salvation, they sincerely recognize where they must go for the most proficient management of their evildoing?
Moms and Dads are the earthly ministers of Christ's love to their children. It isn't even that for those without earthly parents there aren't people who love with Christ's love to be the caretakers, caregivers, care-overwhelmers — there very much are those people. But if these rich soul-lovers don't step up and do it, Cain will always replace them with his people, and it is always brutal. As socialism racialism sodomism are further employed in this task, as legitimate as this is, the world will get darker, more sinister, more destructive of body and soul — even in the depths of all the "Things aren't so bad right now!" bleating. Scripture emphatically warns when everyone is saying "Peace and safety" — watch. Just watch.
Ironic, isn't it, that opioids are dished out as the antidote to pain and they cause so much more of it. The deliverance from whatever is causing the pain is Jesus Christ, and until people start identifying the forces that keep them going, "Nah, it isn't Him — gimme another pill," they will never find the contentment they seek, much less the joy that can only be found in Him. I can't help but add how extraordinarily sorrowful it is that a number of the books on that Palm Springs shop's lower shelf were about death — also quite telling, I think.
I just saw an article in the Los Angeles Times, right as I was finishing up this home page, about suicide hotlines now losing their callers in droves because the helpline organizations are now required to play that ubiquitous "This call may be monitored for quality assurance purposes." Makes sense. Why would you spill your heart when everything you say will be analyzed by Big Brother? Even still, why should callers trust counselors who aren't being held accountable for the things they may share?
Why in the world are these people expected to replace a mother and a father who, grounded in Scripture, may bring up their children with the most rigorous and righteous understanding of the way things truly are even in and around the most gruesomely wrenching fear?
I want to close with a transcription of a scene from the rather well-known dystopian feature film Soylent Green.
After one of the protagonists, Sol Roth, joins with a number of other "Books" (scholarly elderly people) to discover the secret that the Soylent Corporation uses new human corpses to produce food products, he says this.
One of the Books responds, "What 'God,' Mr. Roth? Where will we find Him?"
Roth replies, "Perhaps at home. Yes, at home."
To Roth this meant going to a euthanizing facility and expediting his desired entry to heaven.
As I watched this scene I thought of home in the more immediate sense: a place where a true, real, caring and giving and sacrificing family reside, a father and mother sharing the love of Christ with their children. With Cain taking over that role, no wonder we're starting to see the result of that condition, spoken of in Scripture: "A man's enemies will be the members of his own household." This from the tenth chapter of Matthew, something Jesus said — and I know of fewer things that are more harrowing.
Yes, Jesus also said we should love God even more than a mother or a father, but He never said don't love them! He emphasized that we should love each other with the same passion, but if it is authentic agape it means self-sacrifice — that is truest love. Other-sacrifice is the way of the World, and if you use this test you can tell the Living Word from the institutional winepress...
The Kingdom from the World.
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This page was originally posted by David Beck at yourownjesus.net on December 3 2019