One of the problems facing us in this age is the accuser. Those who will dig through everything that has been written and find something that offends. Those who accuse us of being sinners, evil.
For they are convinced of their own righteousness, and any tactic to cause division they consider justified. Such are blots in our conversation. We have tools to block them and monitor them: everyone has verbal and written tells that make others think that they wrote this. (A skilled writer can imitate, true, but most of us are not that good).
So one of the questions we must ask is how do we tell the word of God? How do we tell good counsel? How do we know that we are within a true church? Here one has to be cautious. For tradition can grow, precept on precedent, until what was the true reformed faith is but a shadow without even the form of the gospel.
One test is that the false denies sin. Their sin in particular. Those of Christ are quite aware of their sins, and in that we find compassion: for when we preach against evil we preach as much to ourselves as to anyone else.
The second is that when the Spirit is among us, there will be power. We will not be in the room, huddled, feeling oppressed. We shall see feilds of souls, surrounding us, ripe for harvest.
1In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
It is worth noting that those who will attack only go one way: they follow Chulthu, who always swims left. They will allow any perversion if the person is one of their cadre, but hold us to high standards. I won’t link to Gunn’s tweets directly: Mike Cernovich has covered this well. It was not one joke about molesting children, it was hundreds.
One tweet can be used to bring a reactionary down. But thousands of evil comments must be forgiven of those who are progressive.
In addition to Pratt, Saldana and Diesel, the Gunn supporters include Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker and Pom Klementieff. The open letter says the cast has been “encouraged” by fans and some members of the media “who wish to see James reinstated” as director of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3. Disney axed the director on July 20 after his old tweets joking about pedophilia and rape were sent around the web by conservative bloggers. Gunn is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.
The GOTG cast isn’t alone in wanting Gunn back: A Change.org petition demanding his re-hiring has been signed by 335,588 people as of this posting.
The cast’s open letter begins, “We fully support James Gunn. We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss. In that time, we have been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of Volume 3 as well as discouraged by those so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories surrounding him.”
The cast members specifically point out that while they are “not here to defend his jokes of many years ago,” they want to “to share our experience having spent many years together on set” and decry the “court of public opinion.”
But this is not how it should be. The measure you use to judge your enemies will be the one used against you.
It is much, much, better to see them as people yet to be bought to Christ. And protect your family from them regardless. For these times are fallen, and the fall is being celebrated, from those who hate the church outside, and those within the church who hate Christ.
Do not align with the trolls in our pews. Do not be like them.