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I'm working to build a better world, a world that blesses Christ and is blessed by Him. I hope that you're doing the same!

“How I found Freedom from Lust”

This is a good word of advice, here directed to young Christian men and the older boys.

The young Christian women and girls, like the geezers — even the married ones! — of both sexes, have their own distinct problems in the same area.

I think the asexuals have it easiest. But really, I suspect that they would just have a different set of issues to contend with, from pride to envy to fear.

Snakes are sneaky things. Clever, too.

Time to nail it to a tree, as Moses did.

Numbers 21:4-9, ESV

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

Because of man’s perversity, the Israelites started to worship the snake on the pole, so God had that bronze serpent – once something good, corrupted into an evil idol – destroyed.

II Kings 18:1-4, ESV

In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah, king of Israel, Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done. He removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it (it was called Nehushtan).

Serpents are twisty things.

As for our evil sins, crucified on a tree? That will have to wait, for a later time.

Only then would victory be attainable, in our hearts and over the world.

Galatians 5:16-24, ESV

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Ministers

From:

Systematic Theology – Church
Ministers
R.J. Rushdoony

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Let us bow our heads in prayer.

O Lord God of our fathers, who by thy sovereign grace and mercy didst call us, make of us a people, blessed us above all nations, be merciful unto us for our waywardness and for our sins. Other lords besides thee have had dominion over us. O Lord our God, make us again a faithful people, confessing no other lords, obeying thee in word, thought, and deed, and overthrowing the power of all things that exalt themselves against thee and thy kingdom. Bless us this day as we give ourselves to the study of thy word. In Jesus name. Amen.

Our scripture this morning is Mark 10:42-45, and our subject is Ministers. We are continuing our studies of the doctrine of the church. “But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

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That the key of ministering: serving others.

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Much thinking concerning the doctrine of the church is traditional, not biblical. People think in terms of the tradition of their church, and so their thinking will reflect Presbyterian history, Catholic history, Episcopal history, Baptist history, Congregational history, Methodist history, and the like. This is true also of specific aspects of the doctrine of the church, such as the ministry. Protestants tend to pride themselves for their purity here, but they, too, are faithful to their tradition. 

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The traditions of men rear their ugly head. Again.

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Now, what I have to say about the word “minister” is not original with me. It is centuries old. In particular, I have followed the analysis by Joseph Mede in a discourse on 1 Corinthians 4:1 published in 1772 in England. It was written well before then, and none of it was new to him, and yet it is surprising that, although the English speaking world has known very well what Joseph Mede taught, it has paid all too little attention to it. There are three words in the New Testament Greek which are translated in the English Bible as minister, or ministers. The first of these words is one which we have in English in “liturgy.” One who performs a public work, a public service. This term is most used of Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 8:2, we are told that he is the minister of the sanctuary, the sanctuary in heaven. We are told again in Hebrews 1:7 that angels are ministers in this sense. In Romans 15:16, Paul says that he is a minister of Christ, offering up the Gentiles as a living sacrifice, like an Old Testament priest. The word is also used of Epaphrodites’ ministry to Paul as the representative of the Philippians. We have it also used of civil authorities, in Romans 13:6 with respect to their calling by God. God has called them to a public work. Now in Romans 13, the normal word used for civil authorities is another word, which we have as deacons, diaconis, but in this case, this word is used.

Then second, we have another word which means literally, under rower, someone who is rowing under the direction of someone else. It is very often used of assistance in pastoral work, as of John Mark in Acts 13:5. In Acts 26:16, Paul modestly applies it to himself.

However, the third word is the main term used in the Bible, in the New Testament, for ministers. It is diaconis, or we have it as deacons. It means “a servant, a deacon, a minister, an attendant, one who waits on tables.” 

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Again: a minister is a servant.

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Now, as Mede points out very clearly, there are two ecclesiastical orders: presbyters and deacons. All other offices are diverse degrees of these two. The term presbyter we have translated as bishop, presbyter, and elder. Never once in the New Testament, as Mede points out in detail and very carefully, are ministers ever spoken of as ministers of the church, and yet, this is our most common usage. A minister is never a minister of the church. They are spoken of as ministers of God in 2 Corinthians 6:4, and 1 Thessalonians 3:2, as ministers of Christ in 1 Corinthians 4:1, in 1 Corinthians 11:23, and Colossians 1:7. As ministers of Jesus Christ, 1 Timothy 4:6. As ministers of the New Testament, 2 Corinthians 3:6, as ministers of the Gospel, Ephesians 3:7, and Colossians 1:23, as a faithful minister of Christ, Colossians 1:7. To call them ministers of the church is to make them ministers, servants, of men, which they are not. They are ministers of God.

One possible instance of such a use is a deceptive instance, because when Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:3 speaks of himself as a servant of the Corinthians, he uses the word “doulas,” slave, or servant sometimes, but he first calls Jesus Christ “Lord over all,” himself and the church, and he is their servant in certain things for Christ’s sake. So that he is under Christ, not under them. 

Now, as Mede pointed out, the word ministers came into popular use in English to avoid the word “priest,” but let me read his comment to you, “But if it be well examined, priest is the English is Presbyter, and not of sacerdos, there being in the tongue no word in use for sacerdos. Priest, which we use for both, being improperly used for sacrificer, is the name whereby the Apostles call, both themselves and those who secede them in their charge. For who can deny that our word priest is corrupted of presbyter. Our ancestors, the Saxons, first used preoster{?}. Whence, by a farther contraction, came presta{?} and priest. The high and low Dutch have priestar, the French Presbtre, and Italian, Priete{?}, but the Spaniards only speak full presbytero.” In other words, our English word “priest” is a contraction of the Greek word presbyter.

Now, this is the biblical term for the clergy. To call the clergy ministers is to confuse deacons and pastors. Lay officers are called elders, which is the higher term, or presbyter, bishop. Now, the word presbyter, elder, bishop, is a translation of presbyterion, and as Mede said, “Howsoever, when they call us ministers, let them account of us as the ministers of Christ and no of men, not as deputed by the congregation to execute a power originally in them, but as stewards of the mysteries of God.”

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“The term presbyter we have translated as bishop, presbyter, and elder. Never once in the New Testament, as Mede points out in detail and very carefully, are ministers ever spoken of as ministers of the church, and yet, this is our most common usage. A minister is never a minister of the church. They are spoken of as ministers of God.”

Religious institution steals God’s ministers, and claims them for their own.

This is wrong. And, it will be punished.

Indeed, we are being punished for this this very day.

From Adam & Eve onwards, humans love to steal. We need to stop this.

We don’t need ministers of the Church.

We need ministers of God.

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Now, to go further beyond Mede’s points, a minister is a servant, a deacon. He waits at tables, this is the basic meaning. He is a minister in the house and a servant of the head of the household. The word is also used of Satan’s ministers as in 2 Corinthians 11:15. Some men become ministers of sin, Paul tells us in Galatians 2:17. IN our scripture, we have, in Mark 10:42-45, our Lord’s use of the term. The word is diaconis. It is used in the nominative form in verse 26, and in the verb for in verse 28. Our Lord makes clear that every believer is called to the ministry, in this sense. To be a minister to the house of God, to minister to the needs of Christ’s family. 

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Every believer is called to ministry.

Every believer is called to serve.

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Now, our Lord, in these words summarizes what the Old Testament law teaches about the ministry. He says we are to minister to the needs one of another. When he spoke so, everyone understood because they had been brought up in terms of the law, what he was talking about, and in various other passages, our Lord and the Apostles speak of these things. Let me summarize these things.

There was to be no interest on loans to fellow believers in need. Christians were to help one another. There was to be a release of debts on the seventh year. They were to be mindful of widows and orphans, and to regard them as under the care of the church, and to be ministered unto. They were to be mindful of their neighbors, of sojourners, of the poor, of the needy, of the defenseless, of servants and of workers, of the aged, and the poor were to be remembered in special tithes, and by means of gleaning. They were also to be remembered in our rejoicing.

Now, the Lord alludes to all of these and summarizes these for the covenantal household. Let me cite some other passages from our Lord which reinforce this fact. For example, in Luke 14:13-14, our Lord says, “But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” These are words from the King of kings, and yet the church pays no attention to them. There was a time, however, when in Christendom, when this was done. In the first thanksgiving, whom did the pilgrims invite but the Indians? They were mindful of others. Again, our Lord says in the parable on judgment, Matthew 25:34-36, “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” 

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“For example, in Luke 14:13-14, our Lord says, “But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” These are words from the King of kings, and yet the church pays no attention to them. There was a time, however, when in Christendom, when this was done”

A disobedient church is a cursed church.

It is time for us to obey God, and replace these curses with blessings!

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Again, Paul declares in Acts 20:35, “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak.” Now, Paul says here, “I have gone over everything that our Lord has taught you and that God, in his word before the coming of our Lord has taught you, how that so laboring, ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus Christ how he said it is more blessed to give than to receive.” What is Paul saying? “I’ve taught you all what the Old Testament and what our Lord himself have declared concerning the need of caring one for another in the household of faith.” Now, this is the ministry as our Lord uses the word. The ministry to which every believer is called. It is not the ministry just for the pastor, the elders, or the deacons, and to limit it to a particular class is a form of Phariseeism. This ministry can be institutionalized, but it must still be personal.

What do I mean by the institutionalization of this ministry? We see it today in Christian schools, and what Christian schools do to minister to the children of their fellowship, including those who cannot afford it. We see it in homes for delinquents, and for the homeless aged, as Dr. Lester Olaf{?} does it. The ministry to prisons as Charles Colson is now carrying on. These specialized ministries are important and necessary, and we should have a part in them. A great deal can only be accomplished by institutionalization, but the necessity is laid upon us to do these things also personally. As members of a household, we have duties one to another. The church and its members must be a family. This is the meaning of the ministry in the scripture. 

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Not just the institution, but the person, matters.

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Thus, to limit as the modern world has done, the idea of the ministry to a special class, or to say it must belong to the presbyters and to the deacons alone, is a radical falsification of scripture. We have a great many people today who complain about what the world has become, a world of totalitarianism, of statism, where all power is delegated to the state, and the state grows more powerful daily. Why shouldn’t it when Christians who should be the salt of the earth in their private lives, have delegated everything to someone else to do, saying, “That’s none of my concern. Let the state do it. Let welfare do it. Let this or that agency do it.” At one time, the church created the institutions, the Christian household, the household of God, which ministered to every need, health, education, welfare, and more. We must again reestablish such a ministry. The government, Isaiah tells us, is upon his shoulders, Christ’s shoulders, and the government includes these things, these ministries. When our Lord speaks of this ministry, he says, ‘Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and their great ones exercise authority upon them,” what is he saying? In the world at large, everything is done in terms of sovereignty by the state, by taxing and saying, “We’ll do this.” Bread and circuses, as in Rome, and we would be the greatest of fools if we imagined when our Lord said this, he didn’t know what was going on in Rome. Rome governed the whole of the world, and Rome’s authority over the Mediterranean world, which was the world of that time to all practical intent, was a world in which the state took care progressively, of everything. 

So, when our Lord says, “This is what the Gentiles do,” he was talking about the Roman Empire. He was therefore, talking about what the United States, and the State of California, and the State of Florid, Illinois, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Missouri, and every other state do today. Is there a problem? Well, let’s tax and do something, and our Lord says, “But so shall it not be among you.” It’s a different kind of government because it has as its fundamental premise, that we are all to be ministers, servants of the household of God, ministering one to another. “But whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Before the church can truly be the church of Jesus Christ, it must take up this ministry. Let us pray.

Lord, thou hast spoken the word. Give grace unto thy people to hear and to obey it, to be a ministering people and a ministering church, to take rule and authority away from the hands of the Caesars of this world, and to render it unto thee, and to replace with claims of sovereignty thy ministry, and our ministry in thy name one to another. Bless and prosper us in this task, we beseech thee. In Jesus name. Amen.

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“Thus, to limit as the modern world has done, the idea of the ministry to a special class, or to say it must belong to the presbyters and to the deacons alone, is a radical falsification of scripture.”

Smash the Guilds!

“We have a great many people today who complain about what the world has become, a world of totalitarianism, of statism, where all power is delegated to the state, and the state grows more powerful daily. Why shouldn’t it when Christians who should be the salt of the earth in their private lives, have delegated everything to someone else to do, saying, “That’s none of my concern. Let the state do it. Let welfare do it. Let this or that agency do it.””

We decided not to serve… and so, we no longer lead.

Time to change course.

Time to become ministers.

Time to serve.

Time to obey God.

Time to win.

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[Audience] I’m not sure I understand the relationship between the last part of what you’re saying, the ministers to one another in the name of the Lord, and the first part where you talked about ministers of the Gospel or ministers of Christ, quoting from Paul’s letters. 

[Rushdoony] Yes. The church has presbyters whose duty is to expound the word of God. The presbyter and the minister are different things. The deacons are a specialized ministry created by the church, but all of us are called to this ministry which has nothing to do with the preaching of the word, but the application of the word. We’re all a part of that ministry, but it’s the presbyters who are the ministry of the word, or the proclamation of the word. Now, I have not discussed today the calling of the presbyters insofar as the teaching of the word is concerned, but I’ve dealt with the fundamental meaning of ministry, which has been so misused in our day, and of course, this was Joseph Mede’s point, that we had confused the nature of the church by applying a word, “minister,” to the clergy, simply because of a reaction against the word “priest.” If they didn’t like the word priest, the people of the day could have chosen presbyter, the original form of it. Does that help clarify that point? Yes?

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Rushdoony has a point: I’d back the return of the word presbyters, or elders.

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[Audience] How do people in their little local communities go about finding poor families to take care of? Should they leave it up to the church, or say, the Goodwill or Salvation Army only?

[Rushdoony] It can be done, and should be done, in every which way. We, as individuals, where we see needs, in our own fellowship, can minister to them. Then, as a fellowship, we can. Some of us have rendered help, for example, to Lester Olaf’s ministry, and to other efforts like that, as our way of trying to minister to such people. We have set up and hope to have in time a good loan fund, so that we can help one another, as the scripture provides, without interest. We have a Christian school, and we need to support every such activity. This is the kind of thing that enables us to do it institutionally. Yes?

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Helping poor families is the command. How it is done, is up to us… but WE are to help the poor.

Not that thieving fake god, the State.

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[Audience] I’ve sometimes felt that perhaps churches should get a list of say, widows and others that would be willing to give so many hours a week, and if there was some elderly person, they could take shifts, or a mother that had just had a baby, or a crisis, or whatever, so that they’d be prepared to donate so many hours a week as a work of the Lord, and go in and make it possible for a person to stay home or get by, whatever, and I don’t think, I don’t know of any churches that do that, but probably if they had a little organization, there are quite a number that would be perfectly willing to do it.

[Rushdoony] The order of widows that Paul speaks about had precisely that function among others, and it was once commonplace. These are the kinds of things that the church has to return to in order to be meeting the requirements of the ministry. We’ve specialized the term and we’ve gone astray at that point. Any other questions or comments?

[Audience] I perceive that this is based on scripture, that this ministry, this care-taking as we call it, is exclusive to the women, is that correct?

[Rushdoony] No, there are certain things that the order of widows in the New Testament did, but there were other things that the deacons took charge of, too. So it was not limited to women. It was shared in by both men and women. For example, one of the things that we totally have forgotten. We have all kinds of nonsense in film and television about the pioneers and the settlers. The fact is that people moved westward, whether it was the first settlements along the Atlantic Coast, or over the mountains into the Midwest, the plains, the intermountain country and the West Coast, in sizeable groups. They tried, before they assembled a group, to get every kind of talent represented. People who were blacksmiths, people who were carpenters, people who had knowledge of various trades. Then, when they arrived, it was two years at a minimum before anyone could make a living, because they had to have enough capital to survive while they cleared the ground, put up houses, and barns and the like, and it was done, all of this, as a community effort. So, they started that way, with someone taking charge of putting up the houses for everybody, and all working. Each task was a community effort. Then, subsequently, as problems developed, again it was a community effort, I can still recall days of horse and buggies when, if a barn caught on fire and burned down, there was a barn-building thing, a community effort, everyone pitching in to help, and in a number of ways, this kind of thing done by the men. So, it was not exclusively an activity on the part of women. It was a routine thing on the part of a community to do this kind of work, one for another. It’s tragic that this has disappeared. 

I’ve no doubt in some parts of the country remnants of this still survive. Any other questions or comments? I do believe we are going to come back to this and everything across country indicates a growing interest in reviving what was once commonplace to Christian community life. It won’t come overnight, but I believe in two or three generations, if we could look down history, would be amazed at how much of it would have revived. Yes?

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Some good thing that have been forgotten, should be remembered.

And put back into service.

A Better Start for Christian Boys

Training Programs for the Next Generation: A Matter of Inheritance by Gary North

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My father, born in 1917, was an avid Boy Scout. He made Eagle Scout. He was clearly dedicated. He did what he could to get me interested. I wasn’t interested. He forced me to join. He could not force me to perform. He finally gave up. That was wise.

Half a century ago, the Scouts were still an influence. I see few references to the program these days. The outfit still exists, although urbanization has forced changes. My son was in the Scouts almost 20 years ago. He liked scouting as a social activity, but he never got beyond second class. His interest was based more on the Scout leader, who was a real influence on teenagers.

So, where do teenagers and young men go today for leadership training? This is a serious problem, yet we seldom see references to it.

The churches have youth programs, but they tend to be more about fun and games than commitment. They reflect the church in general.

The influence of the public schools is waning.

The gangs provide leadership in the inner cities and ghettos. They are well organized. They have hierarchies. They provide a sense of brotherhood. Is there some equivalent in the world of the middle class? If so, I don’t see it.

There is the military for young men and young women. But this is too late in the process of reaching adulthood.

As the bonds once provided by neighborhood have disintegrated, this leaves the old standby: race. But even this has faded among the Anglos, who are not in fact Anglos.

There are organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters. They function as support centers for collapsed families and neighborhoods. But what about the standard middle-class family?

Where do teenage boys come into social contact with adult males? Hardly anywhere.

This is why apprenticeship is important for young men — the earlier, the better. Apprenticeship offers opportunities to work. This is important training. Boys see what it takes to work in an adult world.

The Amish see this. They have leadership models. We “English,” as they call us, do not provide on-the-job training. Their young men learn a trade early in life. They don’t have to attend school beyond the eighth grade. They get into an adult world early.

I am interested in hearing of any national organizations that offer this kind of training for teenagers.

The lack of such leadership hampers our society. For only a few students is high school a challenge. Students bump along, getting by, but they do so in a social bubble that is separated from the world of work and commitment. High school substitutes exam-taking for meeting a market. It produces bureaucrats, not young adults ready to assume responsibility. Then they go off to college, where they learn nothing for two more years. Then it’s upper division, then graduation (for under 50%), and jobs that a high school graduate can do. Meanwhile, they accumulate $20,000 in student debt.

Where is their leadership to imitate?

Leaders train leaders. Subordinates learn by observing and imitating.

Business has imitated the priethood, where entrance is by higher education. The military has made the same mistake: an officer corps that is screened by college examinations. Business sorts out the leaders under fire, beginning at age 22 or older. The military also sorts out its leaders — under fire in wartime, but bureaucratically in peacetime, usually with more schools, more exams.

The substitution of formal degrees and exams for apprenticeship was a major mistake. It is now widespread.

There are DVDs on entrepreneurship. I am for this. But it takes personal contact from an experienced man to say, “That won’t work. Here’s why. Try this instead.” There is no one to do this any more. Laws against child labor eliminate such opportunities. So do minimum wage laws.

Our young men are the big losers.

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We must avoid the mistake of the Certified Priesthood and their Sophisticated Seminaries…

(which basically led the Western Christian Church to slaughter),

and the Certified Guilds.


The Master Class does not like us very much.

Therefore, it is essential that Christians – boys as the future family earner, especially – be able to get a firm grasp of both the work world and entrepreneurial attitudes early.

It will be a fight. Fortunately, it is a fight we can win.

Especially if OUR young men are learning to manage their money and learn the humility and diligence needed to master a well-paying trade, taking their job seriously, and (hopefully) starting out on their own profitable business, while THEIR young men are wasting five years in diversity indoctrination.

THEY get a massive debt load. WE get the down payment for a house.

THEIR sons follow Esau, who sells their birthright for a bowl of porridge: immediate pleasure, right now.

OUR sons follow Jacob, who claims our birthright, and — after passing trials and building their strength — inherit the future.

We will not steal tax money to build the Kingdom of God. We will earn our money, by our own labour.

If we want to win, we can.

Let’s win.

Also: Smash the Guilds!

“Nerds of a Certain Age”

(A repost from the other blog.)

M T
Another important distinction between ‘nerds of a certain age’ and the woke brigade is that ‘nerds’ kept our interests in the face of, often intense, social pressure to recant them. In the 80’s being the kid who played dungeons and dragons in the math room at lunch wasn’t a positive thing. Being a girl who played dungeons and dragons in the math room at lunch meant you were the bottom of every possible social pyramid. We know from those early experiences what bullies and bullying looks like – and if they couldn’t intimidate and harry us into compliance when we were children, what chance does this new manifestation of would-be tyrants have of succeeding now we are adults? The woke, whose weaponry is social ostracism, face resistance from a people who have already proved immune to their tactics and do not bow to gain acceptance – and we know the lore.

kateris1976
I’m a straigh white woman and, believe me, I’m sick to my stomach with all that is happening and the destruction of culture that’s taking place right now. You’d expect a woman to be happy with all the “girl power” and “force is female” stuff but no. Hell no. I’m in my 40’s and I grew up with Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones and so on. I want female heroines like Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor for heaven’s sake, women who embrace motherhood and allow men in their lives. I want to watch movies that inspire me, not make feel bad because I’m a white straight european (that will never happen). I have reached a point where if a woke leftist calls me a fascist I consider it an honor because it means that I’m doing something right..

Who knew that Nerds of a Certain Age would become such a social focal point?

Sara Lotti
They shall not pass.

As usual with storywriters, it’s the oddball in the back… the race of short, peaceful gardeners… the farmboy in the outer reaches… the endlessly infighting low-tech world on the edge of the Grand Empire of the Stars… the band of fishermen and labourers, led by a carpenter… some foggy island on the primitive edge of a supercontinent.. that makes all the difference.

“We know the lore.”

Indeed.

The problem with The Powerful Unified Univocal Consensus is that God – and a lot of sub-creators! — take great delight in shattering The Powerful Unified Univocal Consensus.

I call it idol-toppling, myself.

The initial video:

I never really saw myself as a man-child, or even as a real “creative”. Just a man who likes to draw out the future, and extend current patters into the future, to better understand the present.

Responsibility is more interesting to me than play. Building businesses, building nations, building families, building communities, building knowledge networks and books and wisdom.

(At play? Building worlds and societies, building star empires and histories, building monarchies and governments, building starships, building beliefs and ways of life…)

But, I have no problem with men who truly are creative, so long as they remember their responsibility to their family, their neighbours and to God. Once today’s work is done, you can go out and play – physically or spiritually, with stories or with guns, machines or oil paints or mathematical equations.

God smiles on good play, and leverages it to expand, enhance, and strengthen our world, physically and spiritually.

Our Betters dislike this growth and uncontrolled change, this movement of the Holy Spirit. They want to slap their slave chains on it, break it and tame it and kill it.

Dead things don’t challenge the Authority of Powerful Men, after all.

But we should serve the Living God.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1, ESV

The bold is mine. But the words are of God.

Black History, Black Massacres

I don’t have any faith in public schools.

I don’t even believe that White Americans should be forced to learn of the suffering of Black Americans. Free people should make their own decisions, on how to teach their children: White or Black, Christian or Jew, English- or Spanish- or Chinese-speaking.

All that being said… Black Americans would be exceedingly wise, to make sure their children remember where they came from.

Don’t let the suffering of your forefathers be in vain, forgotten by their heirs.

Don’t be Esau, selling his birthright for a mess of pottage.

Be Jacob.

Law & Love

I believe in the Law, and Justice, and Restitution.

Also, that evil things should be called evil.

Quite so… but, Love saves lives, not Law, which only inhibits evil.

And when it’s a good-hearted woman, pretending to be an evil witch, for good reasons, then judgement should be carefully rendered, not hastily proclaimed by Christians for superstitious reasons, or because of their own childhood fears.

Days Long Gone

There really was a time when most Liberals weren’t merely atheists and collectivists in sheepskin, but were worth hearing out. Maybe a bit confused, but honestly so, not as a tactic or a stratagem.

And sometimes, they even got it right! At least, in part.

That’s a time long gone.

Things have changed: placing the love and compassion of men above the explicit commandments of God is just another form of humanism, and thus just another form of lawless tyranny. Things naturally grow and develop over time: the tares become ever more easy to separate from the wheat – and ever more poisonous, as well.

Any political statement made today, by any politician or candidate, can be answered thus: “We don’t believe you.” 

We Don’t Believe You, by Jeff Deist

The Progressives have been in the power position in American society since Theodore Roosevelt, and thus bear primary responsibility for this massive loss of political legitimacy.

A responsibility that they will never accept, for any reason. Of course.

So with the sowing of the wind, comes the whirlwind – and the devastation that it leaves behind.

Reconstruction and Memory

We will have to clean up the ruins, and take responsibility for fixing what the Progressives have destroyed (and will never accept responsibility for destroying, or pay any cost to fix.)

Assuming that covenant-keeping Christians do the work God has assigned to them, the Law of God is rather likely to be returned to a position of authority. Even of great authority, in a way unimaginable today. (Just as no Puritan could have imagine what their elevation of feelings over law would have resulted in today.)

When that day comes, it’s important that we remember the lessons God has taught us.

  • There is no substitute for Law, or Justice, or Holiness, or Truth.
  • We need to see the whole story, in order to Judge properly.
  • Love is greater than Law.

And finally

  • The State makes a poor God: and it’s best not to trust the Powerful Men.

The Law will return. And rightly so.

But Love is still greater than Law.

Assuming there is truth and humility and self-sacrifice in that Love.

Rather than the mere self-adoration of Men, protecting their sin and corruption from the just and proper judgement of God.

“If computers can have minds, why can’t the Sun?”

(Partial repost from the sci-fi blog.)

From Uncommon Descent, At Mind Matters News: Panpsychism: If computers can have minds, why can’t the Sun?

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Rupert Sheldrake’s argument that the Sun is conscious cannot be dismissed out of hand by those who insist that computers can become conscious:

Recently, biologist Rupert Sheldrake asked at the Journal of Consciousness Studies, “Is the Sun conscious?” It’s the sort of question that people might have asked before the dawn of modern science (and the usual answer was yes).

Sheldrake is pretty controversial but he is likely right to note a “recent panpsychist turn in philosophy.” Prominent philosopher David Chalmers, who coined the term the “Hard Problem of consciousness,” has also said “We’re not going to reduce consciousness to something physical … it’s a primitive component of the universe.”

But Sheldrake might have added that there is a panpsychist turn in science as well. After all, a mainstream neuroscientist recently argued in a science publication last year that even viruses are intelligent And he’s hardly the only prominent panpsychist in science. Even New Scientist, long a bastion of materialism (naturalism), offers a sympathetic account of panpsychism.

But at what point do we distinguish between panpsychism and animism the ancient belief that everything has a spirit (which must, in many cases, be placated)?

News, “Panpsychism: If computers can have minds, why can’t the Sun?” at Mind Matters News (August 1)

Takehome: If the Hard AI people are right, animism — the belief that inanimate objects (whether the Sun or a computer) can have minds — has been unjustly dismissed.

You may also wish to read: Why panpsychism is starting to push out naturalism. A key goal of naturalism/materialism has been to explain human consciousness away as “nothing but a pack of neurons.” That can’t work. Panpsychism is not dualism. By including consciousness — including human consciousness — as a bedrock fact of nature, it avoids naturalism’s dead end.

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I am utterly confident that Western Materialists would, if cornered, shift to pantheism, panentheism, or outright sun worship — or even old-school Babylon worship of the Host of Heaven (worshipping all the stars) — before worshipping the God of Jacob.

The stars issue no commandments to interfere with the Will of Powerful Men, after all.

Perhaps we will have to wait a generation before we start seeing Darwinian converts to Hinduism or Shinto, with its senior sun goddess Amaterasu. Or maybe a bit less time: Carl Sagan himself backed it, after all.

Note that there are interesting historical links between Hinduism and Shinto. And plenty of Hindus worship the sun — “The soul of the universe” — when it rises in the morning.

[Sci-fi bits, where the cyclical view of history is mentioned, snipped.]

Unless, of course, you believe in the progress of history, and the knowledge of the God of Jacob will cover the world — “worlds” in this case — as the waters cover the sea. As opposed to the cyclical view of history: returning to an Emperor and polytheism, for example.

In contrast to the Hindu view of reincarnation and the cycle of existence, the evidence points to time only going forward, and continued growth and development until we read the endpoint of history.

And then, the Judgement of God.

The very Judgement that Powerful Men strive to avoid.

For understandable reasons.

Russian Rapes, At Home and Abroad

Governments are occasionally at war with foreign governments and foreign peoples.

But, they are continually at war with the own people.

And what happens at home influences what happens on the battlefield. As the Ukrainians could demonstrate.

From the BBC story Ex-inmates reveal details of Russia prison rape scandal by By Eye Investigations & Olga Prosvirova & Oleg Boldyrev

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Lawyer Yulia Chvanova, who specialises in representing victims of torture, says the primary motivation for the organised abuse of prisoners is the authorities’ focus on confessions, regardless of guilt. As a result, officials responsible for investigating crime are the primary instigators of torture in Russian jails, she says.

“Confessions [are put] first and foremost.”

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The bureaucracy demands that the proper forms are filled.

There and here: google “plea bargain” sometime.

(Granted: prison rape is not as widely used as a torture tool here. Not even close.)

Also: Master ain’t satisfied, until the slave agrees with the master on his guilt. Regardless of the facts of the case.

“Power justifies all things.”

Christ said:

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:28, ESV

This is still true.

But note that the spirit is also a target of our Collectivist Masters, as noted in 1984: at times, even more than the flesh.

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“[Investigators] decide who to interrogate, which witnesses and what investigations to conduct… They then contact the prison staff with instructions: ‘I need a confession from a particular individual.”

Pokusaev says the persecution was relentless.

“The abuse went on for almost three months every day, except weekends.”

He says staff were involved in the torture sessions.

“They laughed, ate fruit… A person is being raped with all sorts of objects… And they just laugh, they enjoy it.”

The BBC asked the Russian prison service to comment on the allegations about torture and rape in the country’s jails and detention centres. It did not respond.

Human rights activists estimate at least 350 prisoners were tortured after the riots.

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Note that things in Russia are still way better than in the time of Stalin.

Just as life for Black Americans are way better than in the time Jim Crow, never mind slavery days.

But weaker forms of evil and perversion are not to be tolerated, merely because today is objectively better than yesterday.

Christ’s victory is to be a complete victory.

There, and here.