I looked at the passage last night, and then one of the bloggers I read frequently commented on a link about the collapse of the Lutheran Churches he knew growing up in the American Canada. I have seen the same thing happen with uniting and united churches.
It’s no wonder all of these churches in Minnesota are dying. They have abandoned the Word of God so the Holy Spirit has left the building and people can sense it.
Once a Christian church goes Churchian, accepts women as leaders, and begins to preach the Gospel of Emma Lazarus and Martin Luther King, it begins to die. Every single time. I find it absolutely astonishing that so few Christians appear able to recognize the very clear and undeniable pattern of church decline and demise.
VD, Vox Poppoli
Yesterday I met with a mate, who has moved from the church we both belonged to — and he now is feeling challenged and is growing. Because the spirit is there. We are sitting in a new congregation, and hoping that our old church will gain a pastor, strong leadership, and return to the faith, because it has gone social gospel, and that is death.
The Pharisees were strong on charity and social gospel. And they were damned. Because they were hypocrites. Because they forgot that they had been broken by sin.
27“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 28So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, 30and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors. 33You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell? 34Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, 35so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36Truly I tell you, all this will come upon this generation.
37“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38See, your house is left to you, desolate. 39For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'”
The question I was left with is why? Most ministers I know went into the ministry with a fervent love of God and his gospel. They did not go in to cause social change, but to preach the gospel and do good. I wonder if doing good has become weaponized, and we are now concerned about the new sins of hypocrisy: racism and the environment. As the Pharisees continually repented of the death of the prophets, we are required to repent of slaveholding.
There has not been a slave in NZ since the Treaty of Waitangi, signed in 1840 — 1842 between the crown and the confederated chiefs of Aoteoroa. There has not been slaves in the USA — well, legal ones — since the end of the civil war. But it is still a wedge issue.
The Southern Baptist Convention has been moving this way for years. As R.L. Dabney pointed out, this “conservative” denomination has followed in the shadow of its more progressive counterparts. Like other Leftist organizations, it also does not hesitate to devour its own former leaders, such as in 2012 when it booted Moore’s predecessor, Richard Land, for stating inconvenient truths. Sadly, the gentleman in question made a public confession like all good goyische victims of communism have in the past.
The denomination’s about-face on race is intentional. Like its fellow Southern-born church denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America, the SBC was created of, by, and for Southern people who believed that slaveholding and acknowledging racial differences were morally innocent according to Scripture. In order for the SBC to try to attain greater stature in an actively egalitarian, race-mixing era, SBC leaders have pushed steadily to move away from, denounce, and purge every vestige of its own foundational beliefs from its system.
Such beliefs were purged from the SBC standards years ago, but beliefs don’t possess power by being written down. They emanate power because they reside in the bodies and minds of men who live accordingly.
Ergo, to neutralize that power, SBC leaders are carrying out their own Inquisition to boot authentic, non-self-hating, white Christians from their ranks.
To the SBC the love of one’s own ethnic kinfolk is a sin - when the person and folk in question are white.
It is Christ who sets us free, and we are made free so that we can help others. Those who would invent new sins, new regulations, are under the law, and their preaching of tolerance has curdled into a micro regulation of all behaviour.
It is OK to love your kin and kinfolk. To be proud of the good they have done. There is nothing virtuous in this race or that — we can leave that error to the British preachers of evolution during the Victorian times — but to deny the natural affection for your family and kin is wrong.
I want strong african, asian and european nations. I want them to be different. And I want them all to repent and be with Christ.
For if we walk away, his spirit will leave. Do not be like that.