Just speak the whole truth

I recently finished John MacArthur Jr’s excellent book Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church becomes like the World.  Written in 1993, it is as relevant today as ever.  A brief snippet:

Like the modernists a century ago, churches in the user-friendly movement have decided that doctrine is divisive and that peace is more important than sound teaching.  Wanting to appeal to a modern age, they try to frame their message as a friendly, agreeable, and relevant dialogue.  Unfortunately, it is often the most “relevant” topics that the church can ill afford to agree on.  The pet doctrines of our modern age – radicalism, abortion, feminism, homosexuality, and other politically charged moral issues – pose the most obvious problems for user-friendly churches.  Their undefined theology and seeker-sensitive philosophy do not permit them to take a firm biblical stance on such matters, because the moment they defy the spirit of the age, they forfeit their marketing appeal.  They are therefore forced to keep mum or capitulate.  Either way, they compromise the truth.

If a church is not even willing to take a firm stand against abortion, how will that church deal with erosion of crucial doctrine?  If a church lacks discernment enough to condemn such overt errors as homosexuality or feminism, how will that church handle a subtle attack on doctrinal integrity?

More than 25 years later I think we can see the answer to the above questions.  The erosion of Christianity in the West has been the greatest contributor to the downfall of the West.  We have turned a blind eye to our moral compass and have sown at least one full generation that is spiritually bankrupt.  Where has it gotten us?  Can anyone honestly say we are better off today than we were just one or two generations ago?

Evil will constantly try to infiltrate and disrupt.  It requires constant attention and weeding.  Too many churches became friendly with the world.  It always starts slowly and seemingly harmlessly enough.  Eventually the wizardry begins, that is when some of those hot topics spoken about above are broached.  People are shamed to keep silent on what they know to be true.  Those evil spirits try to bend the word, trying to confuse and mask.  How many times have you heard someone say that because God is all-loving surely homosexuality must be ok?  Or that everyone will be saved, etc etc etc.

No.  Too many churches turned soft.  The Joel Osteen-types only talk about the feel-good mush with nothing about the hard work or dire consequences for those who do not repent.  MacArthur talks about the pragmatic approach too many churches take today.  Churches that use attendance as the almighty metric of church health.  Is a church really healthier if you’ve perverted or obfuscated the word to attract a few more people?  Of course not.

I do believe the pendulum is swinging back though.  There are many hard times ahead, and hard times wake people up.  And with that reality check people are also realizing they thirst for something deeper and more fulfilling than the superficial nonsense some will spout.  The Word does not require sugar coating, or clever marketing ploys, or any of that other nonsense.  The Word speaks for itself.  The Word, in its pure unadulterated form is what is needed.  Sometimes that can be hard to swallow.  Sometimes you may wrestle with it.  That can be a good thing.  Better to wrestle with actual spiritual nourishment than conforming to the world and all its perversions as many do today.  And frankly as more go back to Christianity and the Bible you will see a revival in the Churches too.  Nobody can honestly say that softening the word has helped at all.  Compare it to Islam now.  Islam hasn’t exactly softened their message at all and they are growing at a noticeably faster rate.

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The West will likely not survive in its current form.  The wars that will inevitably come as a result of the immigration and multicultural onslaught of the past few decades will result in a rise of nations and like-minded people living closer together and in the end being stronger for it.  Christian nationalist nations will rise.  Even though some of our churches are lost are on the down-grade, to use a term coined by Spurgeon, those institutions can be taken back too.  All is not lost, so do not be demoralized.

 

Birth rates continue to plummet in the West

They have declined across the board, save for women over 35.  The entire report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics can be found here.  Here’s a snippet from the results:

The provisional number of births for the United States in 2018 was 3,788,235, down 2% from 2017 and the lowest number of births in 32 years.  The general fertility rate was 59.0 per 1,000 women aged 15-44, down 2% from 2017 and another record low for the United States.  The total fertility rate declined 2% to 1,728.0 per 1,000 women in 2018, another record low for the nation.  Birth rates declined for nearly all age groups of women under 35, but rose for women in their late 30s and early 40s.  The birth rate for teenagers aged 15-19 was down 7% in 2018 to 17.4 births per 1,000 women; rates declined for both younger (aged 15-17) and older (aged 18-19) teenagers.

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While the birth rate overall dropping tells a story, what’s actually important is the birth rate by race.  Babies born in America aren’t magically a new race that is “American” so the total birth rate doesn’t really matter if a large portion of the country does not want to adhere to the standards and principles the country was founded on anyway.  Non-hispanic whites continue to lag behind, exacerbating the problem of what will soon be a majority non-white country.  But the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 won’t change the demographics of the country, right?  Not surprisingly, they don’t give the race statistics in the same way as every other statistic they cite.  Instead of telling us the birth rate by race, they simply supply the raw numbers.  This is a ploy.  Non-hispanic whites had more overall births, just over twice as many births as Hispanics, but when you consider non-Hispanic whites make up about 65% of the population and Hispanics just under 20% that tells quite a different story on who is breeding in larger numbers, by a noticeable margin.  People will continue to pretend they do not care or that this does not matter.  Just remember that when the percentages flip.  And remember where these people came from and how they ran their governments in their home countries.  This is what we have to look forward to.

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In an age where we are told to live for today, who cares about tomorrow, YOLO, etc, it is not surprising to see birth rates continue to drop in the West.  Christianity, which instills a mentality of planting seeds today for trees under which you will never enjoy the shade, has continued to be attacked and removed.  This, perhaps more than any other factor, has decimated birth rates too.  We have grown fat and lazy, indulge way too much in entertainment and other useless vices, and have grown complacent.  It is easy to see the mentality of “who wants the responsibility of kids” when there’s so much other entertainment and distraction out there.  Couple this with back-breaking taxes and the near impossibility of buying a house that won’t steep you in debt for 30 years and it only gets worse.  The only people who benefit from having more kids are those on welfare, further sucking the financial life out of hard-working people.

Sadly, the other factor nobody wants to talk about is the declining birth rate as women become more educated and work more.  One would hope we could have both, but clearly that is not happening.  If people were willing to have an open and honest conversation about this, perhaps something could be done about it.  Men and women age-wise might be better off taking different approaches to education and a career.  Might it not make more sense for women to marry and have kids before investing 10+ years in higher education and establishment in the workforce?  Is it even possible to wonder if this is a possibility without some people flipping out?  Just throwing it out there.

These birth rate trends cannot, and will not, last.  When the economic system finally becomes overloaded due to the combination of increased debt spending, yoking earners with ever more financial responsibility for those sucking off the government tit through welfare programs, and the demographic flip, the collapse will not be pretty.  And the longer it is put off the more it will hurt.

While this all sounds dour, there is hope.  At least for Christians.  That is one of the many beautiful things about Christianity; hope.  We are long overdue for a major correction.  It will come in the form of economic collapse and war.  Over 100 million immigrants and their descendants have come here since 1965 slowly eroding away the fabric of the country.  Eventually it will break.  Now is the time to move to a place and around people you can associate with and build strong communities.  Christians need to band together.  The inevitable loss of entertainment and “easy times” will help pave the way to higher birth rates, and honestly would it be such a bad thing to not be so globally connected and lost in our smart phones all day?  Strong, local, communities will spring up.  New nations will rise.

It wasn’t ever going to be easy

Doth that man love his Lord who would be willing to see Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, while for himself he craves a chaplet of laurel?  Shall Jesus ascend to His throne by the cross, and do we expect to be carried there on the shoulders of applauding crowds?  Be not so vain in your imagination.  Count you the cost, and if you are not willing to bear Christ’s cross, go away to your farm and to your merchandise, and make the most of them; only let me whisper this in your ear, “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”

-Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Strong words.  But as true today as when uttered over 100 years ago.  As Christians we should know that the narrow way was never going to be easy.  The Church will always be attacked, and our beliefs will constantly be challenged.  We will be ridiculed.  They will try to shame us to conform to today’s ever changing standard of what is acceptable.  To blatantly tolerate evil.

Look around you.  It is everywhere.  Western Civilization has already ceded so much ground being tolerant to the world.  Can anyone honestly say we are better off for it?  Of course not.  But let us not be demoralized; it is so easy to do so when we are constantly bombarded by negative news.  We have the Lord on our side.  Stand firm to your convictions.  Do not cede ground to the world.  Stand up for what you believe in.  It may be hard now, but it is eternally worth it.

A Nice Reminder

This serves as a nice reminder, and is especially appropriate given Christ’s Resurrection and in this year’s festivities.  In this context, Apostle Paul was stern here, pushing back against those who may have doubted His raising from the dead.  All of 1 Corinthians is well worth a read again now and then, but this serves as a nice reminder today for us.

33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”[d] 34 Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

1 Corinthians 15:33-34 (ESV)

They can’t even say the word

Easter worshippers.  They can’t even call them Christians.  Easter worshippers.

Compare how Obama and Hillary treat the horrible Sri Lanka Easter attacks to that of the New Zealand shooting.

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One could look at this as more proof that evil exists and the only counter to evil is Christianity.  These worshippers of Satan can’t even say the word.

Christianophobia will never become a thing.  Muslims will never be called out when they attack Christians.  Look at how they used the New Zealand shooting to a – defend Islam, b – push an anti-gun agenda, and c – attack white people.  They don’t even try hiding their blatant hate for Christianity anymore.  And any time they can pin something bad on whites they will do so.  Yes Hillary, “white supremacist terrorists” and their “murderous hatred” are the real problem here.  Right.  Why aren’t you using similar language for the suicide bombers who killed at least 4 times as many Christians and injured hundreds more?

Christians massacred on Easter

Christ is risen!  As hard as they want to try, they cannot take away His ultimate victory.  Sadly, more than 200 Christian lives were taken and hundreds injured in attacks on several Christian churches and a few hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries after a series of blasts devastated three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

The targets were Catholic worshippers attending Easter Mass and guests at high-end hotels popular with foreign tourists.

Two of the blasts were suspected to have been suicide bomber attacks, according to one official who spoke to the Associated Press (AP) on condition of anonymity.

Reports now indicate a seventh explosion in the Sri Lankan capital has killed two people. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said the blast hit a hotel in the southern Colombo suburb of Dehiwala.

Worshippers and hotel guests were among the fatalities, the official said, in the biggest violence in the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago. Nine foreigners were among the dead, officials confirmed.

The three hotels hit were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo and the Cinnamon Grand Colombo.

In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of the Sri Lankan capital, more than 50 people were killed, a police official told Reuters, with pictures showing bodies on the ground, blood on the pews and a destroyed roof.

The war against Christianity has escalated recently.  And make no mistake about it this is a war.  This is the second high profile blatant attack against Christians during the holiest week of the Christian calendar.

Christians need to wake up.  Many are awake, and more awakening, but on the whole some of the larger institutions (many being converged) are not viewing this as seriously as they should be.

As always, the mainstream media is doing a full court press to downplay any potential terrorist attacks.  While pretty much all signs point to a Muslim attack or a deep state false flag, that is never their story.  Compare the coverage of the New Zealand shooting to these attacks against Christians and their institutions.  The response from New Zealand has been a gun grab and more BS about toleration.  Have you heard any MSM criticism or allusion to Islam?  Will Christianophobia ever become a thing like Islamophobia?  Of course not.

Pray for the victims and their families.  Christians around the world need to band together and start to get serious about attacks against them.  People are waking up.  The pendulum is swinging back.  This just pushes the inevitable response that much closer.

Bach – Mass in B Minor performed in Notre Dame de Paris

One of music’s greatest achievements played in one of the West’s most prized locations.  Christianity inspired both.  Here’s one way the piece was described:

The Mass was described in the 19th century by the editor Hans Georg Nägeli as “The Announcement of the Greatest Musical Work of All Times and All People” (“Ankündigung des größten musikalischen Kunstwerkes aller Zeiten und Völker”).[41]

Update: Well, they took down the one performed in Notre Dame.  Censoring seemingly everything about Notre Dame hard.  Even classical music.  Awesome.  Here’s another version of the same piece.  Unfortunately not the same venue.

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The official speculation from mainstream media is that it has something to do with the renovation work going on.  That alone should tell you it’s probably something else.  The odds of one of the most prominent symbols of Christianity burning in the holiest week on the Christian calendar seems like a stretch.

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Who knows if the truth will ever actually come out.  It is completely fair to speculate that it could absolutely have been done intentionally by someone or a group of people who may not share the Christian values that France once had as part of the West.  Speculate all you want.  And given that there was 875 of France’s churches vandalized last year alone it is entirely justified to wonder if that is the culprit here too.

Sadly, this is a very fitting image to describe what’s going on in the West right now.  Christianity is under attack.  Our values are under attack.  The question is when will the tide completely turn and when will people start pushing back?  And how hard?  You can already feel the pendulum swinging back culturally a little bit, but it has a long way to go.  It wouldn’t shock me at all if they discovered this was the result of Muslim terrorism, and it wouldn’t shock me at all if they completely buried that story either.  There might actually, finally, be enough outrage to boil over and start to take back what is rightfully theirs.  Paris is not the Paris you remembered even 10 years ago.  It is completely overrun.  That’s the same story in much of the West.  And unless people start to stand up for their convictions, they will only continue to get bolder.

Of course, with any tragedy, you will have true scum who will try to insert their own agenda.  Enter the worm that is Ben Shapiro.

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Literally NOTHING about Notre Dame has to do with Judaism.  It is one of the most prominent Catholic structures on Earth.  There is no such thing as Judeo-Christian values, morality, whatever.  It is a lie.  A nonsense term.  A Judeo-Christian is a Jew who converts to Christianity.  Other than that the term is meaningless.  Well, not entirely meaningless.  The intent of the term is to obfuscate the truth.  To somehow make it sound like Jewish values had anything to do with the building of the West.  Ben goes into this lie in far more detail in the book he released last month which uses that term quite a lot.  Ben Shapiro is controlled opposition.  He is propped up to appear like he is an ally of “the right” when in fact he is anything but.  I single him out specifically here because he is a charlatan and it seems like a lot of people on the right think he is an ally.

Christians around the world have a right to be upset and mad about what happened in Paris today.  If there is any silver lining on this, it could be if Christians rally to start to fight back and stand up for what they believe in.  To take back their faith from those who have infested various churches and fundamentally altered Christ’s teachings for their own nefarious purposes.  The number of churches converged today is staggering.  And if it ever does come out that this was a hate crime, it would do France and the West a lot of good to start expelling those who have no interest in Western values, and no intention of assimilating.  Otherwise, if you let the wolf in the front door, you only have yourself to blame for what happens next.

The Triumphal Entry

Luke 19:28-44 (ESV)

The Triumphal Entry

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

California: A Degenerate Playground for Adults

California may be the epicenter for the societal decay going on in the West right now.  California is a perverted version of Neverland for adults.  Nobody there wants to grow up.  The pursuit of pleasure and escape from reality is the main motivator for far more adults there than many would think.

People are waiting longer and longer to get married, if they get married at all.  California has the 7th highest age for women to get married, behind other liberal dens of degeneration like New York, Massachusetts, and Washington DC (though not a state, this was the highest age for all women, at 30).  You may wonder why that matters.  Well, when women put off child-rearing that late, the chances they will even try to have kids at all surely declines the older a woman gets.  Couple that with the phenomena of “dog moms” and you have a recipe for generational disaster.  What’s a dog mom, you ask?  Peruse any dating app in California and you are inevitably inundated with dog moms, or women who own dogs and proclaim themselves as dog moms.  They call them their babies.  You can see women stop each other on the street fawning over each other’s dogs the way mothers used to do this with babies.  It’s almost as if they’re trying to satiate an innate urge deep down…but what do I know.  Biology is a social construct, right?  My theory on this is they have that motherly urge, but having a child is too much responsibility in their eyes, and plus who wants to put on all that extra weight, amirite?  It’s so much easier to be a career woman and only have to walk and take care of a dog when you get home from work anyways.  This may sound harsh, but this is the state of things.

Guys aren’t any better.  You can see dudes over 40 years old skateboarding everywhere in the coastal California cities.  Grown adults of both genders zip around on those electric scooters and bikes.  Then after a long day of work, if one has a job, what better way to relax and unwind than smoking a bowl on the beach maaaan?  “It’s 4:20 somewhere” is a common billboard you’ll see everywhere.  Marijuana billboards dot the landscape.  Advertising to adults to smoke weed to help…your hangover.

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Again, many will say “are all these things really that big a deal?”.  “Why does it matter?”

Yes, it does matter.  When you’ve raised a whole generation or two to endlessly pursue only pleasure, in the YOLO generation, it does effect the fabric of society.  We may not feel it right away, much like we didn’t feel the effects of tolerating all sorts of perversion and bad behavior right away, in a still largely Christian society, but we are starting to see and feel it.  The pursuit of pleasure as an ultimate endpoint is empty.  It is not gratifying.  More young adults are on anti-depressants than ever before.  Single women, if not dog moms, buy cats to fill that empty void.

I’m sure California isn’t the only place with this issue of adults who never really grew up, but in a place with near perfect weather and cushy benefits to those who do not work, the problem is probably worse there than most other places.  Perfect weather, the epicenter of the porn industry, lax drug laws, and a liberal mentality that takes all responsibility off of the people of the state, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Not to beat a dead horse here, but it does require constant reminding, and the idea needs to spread in general, that Western civilization fundamentally depends on Christianity.  Without it, we do not have a western society.  Connect the dots.  Contrast the ultimate aim of a Christian to that of one who feels there is no higher purpose and that there is nothing beyond this life.  Without that higher calling, it is easy to see how one could fall into the “you only live once” mentality.  Christians fundamentally have longer time preferences.  Longer time preferences enable the ability to delay gratification.  Christianity encourages family building (go forth and multiply).  When you have a family, and you have children who depend on you, your purpose becomes greater than yourself.  You want to leave the world a better place than the way you inherited it so your children can live better lives.  And this is passed on from generation to generation.  It sounds so simple, so obvious, but look how far we’ve strayed from this.  It’s no wonder there are more homeless people today and more people on welfare today than ever before.  California cities are filthy.  San Diego sidewalks reek of piss everywhere.  You can download an app to report human feces in the streets of San Francisco.

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Liberal paradise

When you have nobody but yourself to live for, what point is there to save up money if you aren’t going to pass it on to anybody?  Who cares if you suck off the tit of the state?  And when you take no responsibility for your actions, and don’t care about future generations because “whatever, I won’t be alive for it anyway”, it is easy to see how people could vote for policies that literally kill off future generations (look up how many abortions have been performed) and be okay with allowing anyone and everyone to come into the country unchecked, legally or illegally.  If you think there’s nothing beyond this life it becomes awfully easy to justify bad behavior.  So yes, it does matter.

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