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The spirit of this age chooses death.

It appears that the exit polls were correct and that the Irish have rejected the church and ordinary decent morals so that they can have access to termination of pregnancy. That the idea that this is a woman’s right, and the child is not of value, which was made out of whole cloth by a corrupt set of American Judges, has taken over.

And the people rejoice, for they can now kill the inconvenient. For Babies are hard work, and pregnancy has its risk. It is far better that we look to our own interests, feed our own addictions, look to our spiritual improvement, and let society corrupt around us. So would preach those who argue that the church should return to the monastory, and that Benedict had it right.

What I see is a great falling away that started when the priests thought they could cheat on their vows with their boyfriends. Marriage was never the issue for such: chastity was, honour was. Ian Paisley, that great stirrer and Free Presbyterian, is now more Catholic than the Irish republic, for he preached and lived a moral Christian life. He, however, is damned by this society because of his sectarianism, and his belief that the Pope was a whore of Babylon.

The very popes he opposed and bishops of the Irish Catholic Church he despised can now be connected to the national grid: they are spinning in their graves.

But the spirit of this age is the spirit of Satan, who sees his coming demise, and wants us to converge with his fate.

Revelation 19:4-16

4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who is seated on the throne, saying,

     “Amen. Hallelujah!”

5 And from the throne came a voice saying,

     “Praise our God,
all you his servants,
and all who fear him,
small and great.”

6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying out,

“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7   Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready;
8   to her it has been granted to be clothed
with fine linen, bright and pure”

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse! Its rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name inscribed that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, wearing fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

Romans 8:12-17

12So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh — 13for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ — if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

 

Christ will judge the nations, and they will be held accountable. We need therefore, to pray for our politicians, particularly the ones we don’t like, because they will be held accountable. We will get true justice, and we will see true righteousness. It will be terrible.

For those who rely on the flesh — on their good works, their public acts of hypocrisy, their progressive status — the law will require that they pay the due penalty. It is because Christ has adopted us in and his death has redeemed us. It is here that we need to stand: there is no other hill on which we can rely but Calvary.

Our bodies are not our own. Our lives are not our own. They are Christ’s.

The lawmakers and leaders can make all kinds of rules and regulations. We do not need to comply with them: Abortion, like homosexuality, adultery, and fornication are sins regardless of the regulations and laws. They are not mandatory.

Let the elite rejoice that they won a referendum that will encourage the degeneration of Ireland. But we should not be like them.

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