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Mistrust the elite prophet.

Caiaphas is called a prophet by John, who says that what he said is true: Christ would die for the Jewish nation and for many others. But Caiaphas was the enemy of the gospel, and one of those who engineered the death of Christ, and for that he will be called to account.

The elite have to speak enough truth to make their lies palatable, and at times the speak truth inadvertently. Caiaphas was more than prepared to kill an innocent to encourage the Jewish people to turn from the Messiah, for he feared the Romans more than God.

He is not an example. But he did utter true prophecy.

The current elite mistrust prophecy. Prophets speak the truth, and that is unreliable. Far better to have engineered lies, and call all else hate speech. Preaching is again becoming a risky calling.

John 11:45-54

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.

Why must we not have truth? Why must everything converge into propaganda? It is because the narrative of this age is a lie, and cares less for us than Caiaphas cared for Christ. Their work is ugly and unpopular, so it must be promoted: their lies are clearly stupid and untrue, so they must be shouted more loudly.

And they know this. The very reason all speech is regulated and there must be silence is that they know it. The populace no longer trust them, and they know it.

To circle back to where we started, a century ago America could have a raucous and combative press corp, along with razor-tongued columnists like Mencken, because the people in charge were confident. Today’s ruling class is so culturally disconnected from the North American economic zone that they live in fear of what is brewing below the cloud line. They hire armies of propagandists and censors to police the Dirt People for deviationism. The result is a commentariat that speaks to no one for no one.

It’s easy to get down over the endless censorship and obnoxious proselytizing we see in ads and entertainment. It’s important to keep in mind that they are not doing this because they are confident. They are doing it because they are afraid. If their product could sell itself, it would not need enforcers and pitchmen. The Cloud People in their castles are living in fear that the natives may becoming aware. Otherwise, they would have no reason to be pushy dragoons to attack anyone who dares question the orthodoxy.

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Mistrust all prophets. Test them. Not all who call themselves speakers for God speak true. Some are deluded, and need our care, but far more are paid or sponsored, and need to be cast out of the pulpit. Not all who speak truth are those who claim to be of Christ.

And truth needs no defense.

One test is that if the official spokespeople and their sponsored minions are offended with you, you are probably closer to the truth. Liars hate truth. And the spirit of this age has always been that of the Devil, who lied from the beginning, for that was his nature.

Do not be him, or like him, or his prophet.

Cling instead to Christ, who died for all nations.

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