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I have a bunch of people who write to me, communicate by various social media, and encourage. I appreciate their emails, and even more their prayers. They are part of the faithful remnant that is always there, though their churches are corrupt and the times are those of convergence. I cannot say “thank you” enough to such people.

But some of these people are Orthodox. Some are Bapticostals. Some are Presbyterians. Some are Catholic. Some are Reformed. Some are Kiwis. Some Brits. Some Canadians. Some Aussies… and there are visitors from many places.

We are united in Christ. We are not united in our church traditions or nations: they differ, or races: they also differ. We live and work in our communities with those who do good.

And we do not let the offense of others stop us. Being offended has always been a tactic from the pit of hell. The mature just get on and do the hard work required, draining sewers included.

Romans 16:17-27

17I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep an eye on those who cause dissensions and offenses, in opposition to the teaching that you have learned; avoid them. 18For such people do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded. 19For while your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I want you to be wise in what is good and guileless in what is evil. 20The God of peace will shortly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

21Timothy, my co-worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my relatives.

22I Tertius, the writer of this letter, greet you in the Lord.

23Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.

25Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith – 27to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.

Acceding to those who are offended: be it for cultural superstitions, the worship of false Gods, or the current progressive neuroses, is never going to work. The straw ban is going to make more people hate the green police. And the department of conservation scores own goal after own goal.

I would stay on the track in Northland — where there are Kauri dying back — because their roots are close to the soil surface and can be damaged. But I have stood on the head of many a crag.

I care as much for the ancient Gods of the Maori as the Aztecs or the Ba’al Mohammad worshiped. If they bring in theology, I will fight with theology, and ignore their offense.

Last week, two young men who call themselves RoadRebelz posted the video, including drone footage, of their climb on the spectacular maunga at Whang?rei Heads.

Along the way, the men took stunning footage showing Manaia and its surrounds in the best possible light.

But much to to the horror of the Department of Conservation, the video showed the men leaving the track, tramping through bush, scrambling up rock faces, climbing above the platform where the track ends to the very summit and posing on the steep, narrow precipice.

The video received around 70,000 hits on social media within hours of going online, and the Department of Conservation was concerned it would lead to copycat behaviour.

The visitors broke several rules, operations manager/senior ranger John Donaldson said.

Donaldson said people should not go beyond the viewing platform reached by a staircase at the top of the track. Nor should anyone leave the clearly marked track.

As well as safety issues in the rugged terrain, people leaving the track could trample sensitive areas and spread kauri dieback disease through soil movement, despite a footwear wash station at the track’s start which everyone should have used.

The mountain was considered a sacred ancestor to local hapu and was therefore tapu, in particular its summit, or head.

That was the main reason the Department of Conservation worked with Ngatiwai some years ago to have the trig station which once stood there removed, Donaldson said.

NZ Herald, archived

Removing at Trig point makes navigation using map and compass more dangerous. It should have been left.

Those who are offended will campaign against you. I am quite aware that this blog gives offense, and many hate that it quotes scripture, and gives it the authority it deserves. They want to live a lie. Truth needs no defense.

Do not use those tactics in the church. They have always caused division. Do not be them, and do not be like them.

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