~ SO ANYWAY, is it true that the great divide in Christianity is between “Just The Bible” groups and “all those human traditions” churches?
As even Luther had to admit (he who invented the 5 Solas), the idea of Sola Scriptura (The Bible Alone) quickly became SOLO Scriptura, as the radical “reformation” and countless sects, groups, split-off preachers and a doctrinal & Biblical chaos ensued. EACH ONE (as today) proclaimed themselves as the true interpreters of the Bible, including those who deny that “Sola Scriptura does not mean that Scripture is the only authority.”
Ask each Christian group what “This is my body” means, or “Those whom you forgive are forgiven in heaven”, or any other contested point of post AD 1500s interpretation of the Bible. My question is always “By what (final) authority?” Pretending that the protestant groups don’t have their own replacement magisteria & interpretations, “Just The Bible“? Misinformed & possibly disingenuous.
In 1600s Scotland, the Calvinists engaged in the brutal civil war against King and non-Covenanters cried “Jesus and No Quarter“, interpreting their opposition (especially Scots Anglicans, or Scots & Irish Catholics) as not just wrong, but evil– Amalekites, Canaanites, Babylonish sub-humans to be arrested, mistreated, executed, and exterminated at will.
~ TOMORROW is the Feast of the Annunciation (and 9 months before Christmas), when the archangel Gabriel was sent to a young woman of Nazareth to ask if she would be willing to let God bless her with the Incarnation of the Word, Jesus Christ the Son of God.
However, Saint Gabriel also shows up in the Book of Daniel [ 9:20-27 ], where he tells the prophet about what God is going to do (send the Anointed Messiah Christ), and how long until that happens.
This does not mean “See? You can’t do anything about anything, because God predetermines it!” The divine plan proceeds by His providence, and you can be part of His work by grace & faithful obedience, or by fighting the plan and being part of the works of darkness.
The details revealed to Daniel by Saint Gabriel also illustrate why the Jews after Daniel and in the times leading up to the New Testament (such as Simeon & Anna in the Temple, in St. Luke’s Gospel) were fully expecting and looking for the promised Messiah to come when God had promised unto Daniel.
Happy Annunciation (tomorrow) and St. Gabriel’s Day (today)!
@SqueakySqueakSqueak — Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
What things? How many? Some? A few?
ALL includes redeeming/ making new and FULFILLING (Remember the pagan Wise Men) all things which may be redeemed. Art, music, architecture, culture, writing, poetry, literature, urban planning, education, medicine, public health.. ALL of it.
When the pagans of Europe were first evangelized, the preachers didn’t come and start wrecking and changing and condemning things. They took what was, and redeemed it, and gave it a totally new meaning in Christ.
So Germanic pagans sacrificed people on or under trees at the Winter Solstice (Dec 21-22). Do you start yelling at them and telling them how wrong & stupid they are?
The missionaries said: you know of blood sacrifice.. I will tell you of the One Sacrifice Once for All, and His name was Jesus. You put a precious thing under the tree to satisfy the gods? I will tell you of the Wise Men who were led by a star to Holy Bethlehem, where the Holy God-Man from heaven was born, sent from the Father to save us all. You have a holy place? God’s Son Jesus has come to make us holy, by obeying and serving Him, who died upon the Cross and Rose Again to give us eternal life. Let us remove your wooden idols, and put up a wooden cross, that we may glorify Him.
I must insist that there’s no such thing as “Pagan Cooties” which stick to everything pagans ever said or did, unless you’re literally talking a place of human sacrifice, magic, or the like. Pagans used knives.. shoes.. words.. fire.. buildings.. they ate food, they sang songs and told stories.. are these all forever poisoned by pagan cooties? Or else is Jesus Christ the Lord of All so weak and flawed that He cannot redeem all the things, and make all things new? ALL.
And contrary to your comment, I am a Christian, a Pureblood, and remain unconvinced by your rhetoric.
Canadian combat vet & YouTube comedian/ commentator Jeremy MacKenzie is being persecuted by the Federal & several provincial governments, plus the RCMP & other police forces. He’s been held in jail without bail for nearly 2 months. He sends the message below from his jail cell in Saskatchewan to all his fans, supporters, and concerned people.
“Phillip” is one of his comedy characters, a goat statuette who he says is drug-addicted, evil, psychic, and who interferes in world affairs. It’s a JOKE. A MEME, just like “Diagolon”, which the hateful Canadian Anti-Hate Network spun up into a terrorist cabal.
Contrast Jeremy’s treatment with that of a Canadian woman who recently committed an actual murder on camera.. and is now out on bail.
~ I love Canada. I really do. Some of my pre-Loyalist ancestors arrived here in the 1760s as pioneers and settlers, in what was then Nova Scotia, but what is now New Brunswick.
Loving the kind of globalist Gulag which Trudeau & minions (and many predecessors) are creating? Not loving that, no not a bit.
Meet Jeremy MacKenzie
He’s a YouTuber, blogger, Canadian combat veteran (combat injured, PTSD) who is irritated and outspoken on the state of Canada, C0VID, the world. He names names and researches the rest of the story. He can be a bit rough & ready, but no more so than a lot of other people online. He made up a joke/ meme about a country called Diagolon, stretching from Alaska to Florida– for this, he’s on a no-fly list as a terrorist, and one of the greatest current threats to Canada.
Examples Must Be Made!
Corrupt cruel official Canada is conducting it’s own secretive Jan6-style political persecution/ imprisonment of dissenters and loud protesters & critics of the Trudeau regime. Legal, political, and police harassment is out of control in this country– but only if you’re of the wrong political stripe.
The Canadian government is dogpiling Mr. MacKenzie with legal wrangling & “experts”, leaving him to rot in prison without bail because… uh… #Wrongthink #BigLies #CorruptTrudeau #FreedomConvoy #MemeCountryDiagolon.
That Canadian AntiFa-guy who tried to run over and kill Freedom Convoy people in his truck? Out on bail 4 days after.
Just for posting this information, your humble host may be surveilled by the RCMP, CISIS, CSEC, the Liberal Party of Canada, and be considered a Very Dangerous Threat to Canada.. maybe deserving of harassment & jail. Well, truth must be told, and it’s MY Canada, and OUR Canada, not just THEIR Canada.
Please repost, and pass this along. Some links to learn up about his situation:
“And where sin abounded, grace did more abound.” D-RV, Romans 5:20 —
“Thank you for this word of hope & trust in God, Mr. Kennedy. IMHO, despair is presumption & sin, claiming to know ahead of time how it all works out, to see inward secrets (false gnosis) that “Prove” it’s all going into the dumpster. That is, despair claims to know all of God’s works, secret counsels, providence, saving will, prevenient, present, and following graces. Despair claims to know God’s will better than God Himself does.
Such despair– in countless ages of the Church– would have counselled that It’s All Over, as if Christ’s dying words form the cross “It is accomplished” was a giving up, rather than a realization and statement of utter victory. Thus:
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
~ THERE ARE an awful lot of twigs in a forest. Everywhere on the ground, and on the trees, too. In the recent discussions about Bible verses allegedly mysteriously changing [Mandela Effect], I think we’re missing the trees for the twigs, and then seeing trees but not the whole forest.
All of Isaiah, teaches Jesus, is ultimately about & fulfilled in Him. He applies a reading from Isaiah’s prophecy in 61:1-2 as being fulfilled there and then in Himself, in the famous Gospel scene in his hometown synagogue in Nazareth.
Looking more closely to Isaiah, in Chapters 7 & 9 we have well-known passages:
“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son” (7:14)
and exactly Who this Child? Further verses elaborate this in chapter 9:6–
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
A child, born of a virgin, who is God, even ‘Emmanuel’, God-With-Us. He is born for us, one of us, to love & save us. “For the Son of God became man so that we might become God,” says St. Athanasius, in his De Incarnatione, 54:3.
Therefore, the ‘controversial’ Chapter 11 is properly read in light of these earlier two passages in chapters 7 & 9, as teaching about the coming Messiah, born of a virgin, who is also God, The Prince of Peace. Read Chapter 11 here:
That is, leaving aside the supposed weirdness in 11:6 about wolf/lion & lamb, the ENTIRE first 10 verses are entirely about the character and work of the coming Messiah/ Christ/ anointed one.
V.1 – He comes from David’s line (stem of Jesse of Bethlehem, who was King David’s father).
V. 2 – The spirit of the Lord is upon him, he has wisdom, counsel, knowing and fearing God rightly.
V. 3-4 He will execute perfect judgment, his words will judge and slay the wicked.
V. 5 – He shall be just and righteous in himself, and completely faithful & trustworthy.
V. 6-9a – In His making all things new, even the cruel instincts of nature red in tooth and claw shall be transformed in His new creation.
V. 9b-10 – The Good News of God’s Messiah will go out into the whole earth, the Root of Jesse will be like a battle-standard, visible everywhere, even unto the Gentiles, Whom He will also save.
Got A Point, Binks?
Now, we know Satan is a gamma idiot, but if he’s trying to “confuse the Scriptures”, he’s clearly done a poor job of it, leaving chapters 7-11 intact, which God revealed unto the Hebrews by His servant the prophet Isaiah. I don’t care if verse 11:6 referred to the squid and the pangolin dwelling together, the overall Messianic and Christ-proclaiming message remains, fulfilled in Jesus, by His words and works, his dying, rising again, and ascending into heaven.
I’d rather try and focus on the big picture first– the forest and the trees– and less on the supposed oddness of one twig. What better way to frustrate the Devil than to love the Scriptures more, to really learn them, to give glory and honour unto the Virgin-born Lord, Prince of Peace, the preacher of Good News and healing, even Jesus Christ Our Lord.+
~ SO ANYHOW.. after the 7-day block, then a mysterious out-of-the-blue 90-day block (not yet ended, by my calculations), the other day I went to check on the status of my FB page and… it’s disabled. Perma-ban. Enemy Of The Narrative Status: CONFIRMED.
“Just make another account!” Well, you mean after the previous effort to make 3-4 previous accounts which were banned by FaceBook? I only have so much energy in a given day.
For great Canadian reading on WW2– written by a veteran who lived it– look no farther than the trilogy by George G. Blackburn: Where the Hell Are the Guns?: A Soldier’s View of the Anxious Years, 1939-44, and The Guns of Normandy: A Soldier’s Eye View, France 1944, and The Guns of Victory: A Soldier’s Eye View, Belgium, Holland, and Germany, 1944-45
For a great Canadian multi-part video series, look up Norm Christie’s For King and Empire (WW1), and For King & Country (WW2) here on YouTube.
As I write, and remember, Canada is being threatened with death, along with the West. We are masked, and locked down, and told what to do, and what not to do. We are under threat and direct attack from Global Reset Globalism, a popular and pernicious new form of the very same old totalitarianism we fought last century as Nazis, Japanese Nationalism, and Communism. #UtopiaNow!