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“Good beats upon the damned incessantly as sound waves beat on the ears of the deaf, but they cannot receive it. Their fists are clenched, their teeth are clenched, their eyes fast shut. First they will not, in the end they cannot, open their hands for gifts, or their mouth for food, or their eyes to see.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce I SEE DEAD PEOPLE!!! Yes , you read that right, and no, I have not started to commune with the spirits,; and yet every day I see hordes of “Walking Dead” aimlessly wander in ever decreasing circles of nihilism and hopelessness in their frenetic search for purpose. The greatest Killer of the modern age is SPIRITUAL NECROSIS. For those of you who have never heard of it, here’s the definition” the death of most or all of the cells in an organ or tissue due to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply.” It is a particularly repugnant malaise, as it is cumulative and progressive,; thus if one is unfortunate enough to contract it , then symptoms start out quite benignly, but quickly progress. The first symptom is a “numbness” often in ones extremities, for example the toes- left untreated, this spreads out along the foot, leg etc. Eventually “Rot” sets in, accompanied by increasing levels of pain and an unbearable stench. As the parts of the body affected “blacken”, the only remedy available is AMPUTATION. If this does not happen in time then the infection will spread and consume tissue and organs until death occurs. So let’s assume a person after being examined by their doctor is diagnosed with necrosis- it is beholden on that physician to give a the best treatment advice possible Firstly the risk factors which contributed to this malaise must be identified and eliminated from the person’s life- for example no more cigarettes Secondly, the body must be repaired and the onslaught of this invasion must be fought with proper medicines especially antibiotics Lifestyle changes are mandated and must be immediately introduced to one’s daily routine- walking, running, swimming Dietary measures must also be incorporated to defend the body against further attack The person should be provided with a list of Support organisations where they can “fellowship” with survivors who are fighting the same plight. OR The doctor could LIE to the individual and tell them that they’re fine and should continue smoking, drinking whatever makes them happy. For sure , in the short term the person will be relieved and fall back into the old routine- in essence they are laying the tracks for the “bullet train” that will one day (sooner rather than later),run them over. OR The doctor could put aside conventional medicine and recommend the Middle Age “cure” of attaching LEECHES to the affected body parts , in the hope of “sucking out “ the poison and rendering that person back to good health. Such a doctor would be a QUACK. Need I labour the obvious allegory with leading the Christian life? 1) You must accept the Axiom that “YOU ARE SICK”. YES, you; that thoroughly nice person who wouldn’t harm a fly and is secretly quite pleased with your “niceness”. Unless you are honest with yourself and realise that ALL of us are unworthy of God’s mercy then you have not accepted the need for a Saviour. Just continue on being a nice person and your good works will build the bridge to Heaven. No it won’t. Repentance is the antibiotic that neutralises the necrotic rot that is attacking your soul. “Sorry seems to be the hardest word”- but unless you see your sins for what they truly- self- administered cuts, ; then you will bleed to death Repentance is an acknowledgement of this fact. You can choose your fate. Will it be “Death by a thousand cuts” or “A new Life – becoming born again with the price for admittance your precious sanctimonious perverse self-satisfaction. 2) The damage wrought to your soul must be repaired- this can only be accomplished by accepting the medicine that is His Word from the greatest healer of them all Jesus Christ. You can’t heal yourself is the message of Jesus Christ. “I AM THE WAY,THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE” One of my brethren was telling me about her struggle with leading a good life. At one point she blurted out “Pastor G, I need SEX”. Having recovered my composure sufficiently, I told her that her perception was the problem, not her carnal desires. She looked at me with great scepticism. Thus I had to begin with first principles- Who “made” sex? God, of course But just as important a question is “WHY did he do it?” Firstly for the propagation of humanity, and secondly to give Him glory. We need to unpack this answer. When one MAN and one WOMAN join together in holy matrimony- they become ONE flesh. They have been born again into a single new entity. Our Creator in His wisdom has deemed marriage to be the ONLY place where sexual relations are blessed. Thus if you accept this command, you are already giving God glory through obedience. What about the aforementioned lady who needs “sex”? The simple answer is No, she doesn’t. Notice the words used “I”, “need”- Who’s missing from this equation- GOD- the one who put that desire in her. God wants her to be happy- but the path does not run through the swamp of self-satisfying indulgence; rather, the high mountain of obedience. Her need is not for sex, but to find a suitable husband and form a sacred bond that will delight and honour God by giving Him glory and by a process of osmosis satisfy not only her carnal desires, but her spiritual ones too. As I have said many times before, Christianity gives us new eyes and in the process changes our perceptions. If you just “need sex” then your perceptions are consciously narrowed down to parameters that will aid you in that particular endeavour- these factors are extrinsic and shallow and focus on external things- looks, wealth and so on. Thus you have corralled yourself into a ghetto where you will undoubtedly find your carnality satisfied, but your soul starved. You are like a thirsty person in a desert who has her eyes fixed on a beautiful oasis and has been daily racing towards it’s promise of limitless cool water, only to discover that this promise was a mirage that tantalised her senses as it’s empty well burgled her bank of hope. If you take God at His Word and realise your need for sex can only be satisfied fully within the sacrament of marriage, then your perceptions are not only widened but immensely changed. The focus is not on You anymore but on something more precious. You are now searching for a life partner who will be soul-mate, husband and father. Imagine you are using one of those holiday search engines to find a bling- tastic hotel for your holidays and it just keeps throwing up no star FLEABAG dives. The fault lies with your filter settings- Set it to 5 star and it will throw up the desired results. A core tenet of Christian matrimony is the concept of two becoming one flesh. That means that the old you will be no more, however you MAY become something infinitely more precious. Note I use the term “MAY”. If your fiance is not a real Christian, then this transformation cannot occur- it is like purposefully grafting a cancerous tumour onto an otherwise healthy organ- the tumour will cannibalise the healthy tissue. God will not be a “Father-in-law” to someone who worships other gods, most notably the god of this world, Satan. Thus when seeking a soul mate, extrinsic factors which are by their very nature quixotic, shifting and shallow; are eschewed in favour of the permanent solid “bricks” of Faith, selfless love and obedience. With God at the centre of such a partnership which sets out from the start to worship him- the real transformation can now take place. We’ve all heard the maxim that two heads are better than one (try telling that to Siamese twins) - So are two souls if they are both fixed on God; because then by a blessed alchemy these two imperfect souls are joined and transformed from leaden broken vessels into a golden receptacle capable of holding the precious Blood and reflecting some of that blessed light back to The Father. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl_SZjWNSaw
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2 Peter 3:1-13 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. https://youtu.be/ehC7ar0e4L4 #endtimes #enddays #Tribulation #Eschatology #dayoftheLord
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“Good beats upon the damned incessantly as sound waves beat on the ears of the deaf, but they cannot receive it. Their fists are clenched, their teeth are clenched, their eyes fast shut. First they will not, in the end they cannot, open their hands for gifts, or their mouth for food, or their eyes to see.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce I SEE DEAD PEOPLE!!! Yes , you read that right, and no, I have not started to commune with the spirits,; and yet every day I see hordes of “Walking Dead” aimlessly wander in ever decreasing circles of nihilism and hopelessness in their frenetic search for purpose. The greatest Killer of the modern age is SPIRITUAL NECROSIS. For those of you who have never heard of it, here’s the definition” the death of most or all of the cells in an organ or tissue due to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply.” It is a particularly repugnant malaise, as it is cumulative and progressive,; thus if one is unfortunate enough to contract it , then symptoms start out quite benignly, but quickly progress. The first symptom is a “numbness” often in ones extremities, for example the toes- left untreated, this spreads out along the foot, leg etc. Eventually “Rot” sets in, accompanied by increasing levels of pain and an unbearable stench. As the parts of the body affected “blacken”, the only remedy available is AMPUTATION. If this does not happen in time then the infection will spread and consume tissue and organs until death occurs. So let’s assume a person after being examined by their doctor is diagnosed with necrosis- it is beholden on that physician to give a the best treatment advice possible Firstly the risk factors which contributed to this malaise must be identified and eliminated from the person’s life- for example no more cigarettes Secondly, the body must be repaired and the onslaught of this invasion must be fought with proper medicines especially antibiotics Lifestyle changes are mandated and must be immediately introduced to one’s daily routine- walking, running, swimming Dietary measures must also be incorporated to defend the body against further attack The person should be provided with a list of Support organisations where they can “fellowship” with survivors who are fighting the same plight. OR The doctor could LIE to the individual and tell them that they’re fine and should continue smoking, drinking whatever makes them happy. For sure , in the short term the person will be relieved and fall back into the old routine- in essence they are laying the tracks for the “bullet train” that will one day (sooner rather than later),run them over. OR The doctor could put aside conventional medicine and recommend the Middle Age “cure” of attaching LEECHES to the affected body parts , in the hope of “sucking out “ the poison and rendering that person back to good health. Such a doctor would be a QUACK. Need I labour the obvious allegory with leading the Christian life? 1) You must accept the Axiom that “YOU ARE SICK”. YES, you; that thoroughly nice person who wouldn’t harm a fly and is secretly quite pleased with your “niceness”. Unless you are honest with yourself and realise that ALL of us are unworthy of God’s mercy then you have not accepted the need for a Saviour. Just continue on being a nice person and your good works will build the bridge to Heaven. No it won’t. Repentance is the antibiotic that neutralises the necrotic rot that is attacking your soul. “Sorry seems to be the hardest word”- but unless you see your sins for what they truly- self- administered cuts, ; then you will bleed to death Repentance is an acknowledgement of this fact. You can choose your fate. Will it be “Death by a thousand cuts” or “A new Life – becoming born again with the price for admittance your precious sanctimonious perverse self-satisfaction. 2) The damage wrought to your soul must be repaired- this can only be accomplished by accepting the medicine that is His Word from the greatest healer of them all Jesus Christ. You can’t heal yourself is the message of Jesus Christ. “I AM THE WAY,THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE” One of my brethren was telling me about her struggle with leading a good life. At one point she blurted out “Pastor G, I need SEX”. Having recovered my composure sufficiently, I told her that her perception was the problem, not her carnal desires. She looked at me with great scepticism. Thus I had to begin with first principles- Who “made” sex? God, of course But just as important a question is “WHY did he do it?” Firstly for the propagation of humanity, and secondly to give Him glory. We need to unpack this answer. When one MAN and one WOMAN join together in holy matrimony- they become ONE flesh. They have been born again into a single new entity. Our Creator in His wisdom has deemed marriage to be the ONLY place where sexual relations are blessed. Thus if you accept this command, you are already giving God glory through obedience. What about the aforementioned lady who needs “sex”? The simple answer is No, she doesn’t. Notice the words used “I”, “need”- Who’s missing from this equation- GOD- the one who put that desire in her. God wants her to be happy- but the path does not run through the swamp of self-satisfying indulgence; rather, the high mountain of obedience. Her need is not for sex, but to find a suitable husband and form a sacred bond that will delight and honour God by giving Him glory and by a process of osmosis satisfy not only her carnal desires, but her spiritual ones too. As I have said many times before, Christianity gives us new eyes and in the process changes our perceptions. If you just “need sex” then your perceptions are consciously narrowed down to parameters that will aid you in that particular endeavour- these factors are extrinsic and shallow and focus on external things- looks, wealth and so on. Thus you have corralled yourself into a ghetto where you will undoubtedly find your carnality satisfied, but your soul starved. You are like a thirsty person in a desert who has her eyes fixed on a beautiful oasis and has been daily racing towards it’s promise of limitless cool water, only to discover that this promise was a mirage that tantalised her senses as it’s empty well burgled her bank of hope. If you take God at His Word and realise your need for sex can only be satisfied fully within the sacrament of marriage, then your perceptions are not only widened but immensely changed. The focus is not on You anymore but on something more precious. You are now searching for a life partner who will be soul-mate, husband and father. Imagine you are using one of those holiday search engines to find a bling- tastic hotel for your holidays and it just keeps throwing up no star FLEABAG dives. The fault lies with your filter settings- Set it to 5 star and it will throw up the desired results. A core tenet of Christian matrimony is the concept of two becoming one flesh. That means that the old you will be no more, however you MAY become something infinitely more precious. Note I use the term “MAY”. If your fiance is not a real Christian, then this transformation cannot occur- it is like purposefully grafting a cancerous tumour onto an otherwise healthy organ- the tumour will cannibalise the healthy tissue. God will not be a “Father-in-law” to someone who worships other gods, most notably the god of this world, Satan. Thus when seeking a soul mate, extrinsic factors which are by their very nature quixotic, shifting and shallow; are eschewed in favour of the permanent solid “bricks” of Faith, selfless love and obedience. With God at the centre of such a partnership which sets out from the start to worship him- the real transformation can now take place. We’ve all heard the maxim that two heads are better than one (try telling that to Siamese twins) - So are two souls if they are both fixed on God; because then by a blessed alchemy these two imperfect souls are joined and transformed from leaden broken vessels into a golden receptacle capable of holding the precious Blood and reflecting some of that blessed light back to The Father. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl_SZjWNSaw
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2 Peter 3:1-13 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. https://youtu.be/ehC7ar0e4L4 #endtimes #enddays #Tribulation #Eschatology #dayoftheLord
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