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Another Two Cents’ Worth (from me)

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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. –Ephesians 6:12

Yesterday “Unknowable” urged me, “Think about the atrocious matters which you report on daily.” I’m thinking, I’m thinking…

The question is, Does Satan truly rule this world? Well, first look again at that “Let’s all worship Satan” T-shirt. I’ve been kind of concentrating, in my reporting, on spiritual wickedness in low places. I can’t get at the rulers of darkness, but all this other stuff is right out in the open where we can all see it: the lust for power over others, the denial of God’s absolute authority, the cruelty, the wickedness, and the sheer stupidity of it all. To me it always looks like the jerks who want to rule the world are just–well, jerks.

As Christians we try to extend Christ’s Kingdom, wherever we happen to be–at home, at work, in the public square. At the same time, the jerks labor feverishly to extend the Kingdom of Man, the state. Some of you think they do it because they’re satanists. I think most of them have no idea they’re satanists: they think they’re doing it for themselves. Some of them even think they’re doing it for us, and it infuriates them when we don’t seem to appreciate their efforts.

From whence come those atrocious matters which I report on daily? I think they sprout from the seed of Original Sin. And from the seed of moral idiocy. From a culture that grows more depraved by the day. It gets that way because people work to make it so.

They’re proud of it. They think they’re the bee’s knees. R.J. Rushdoony cites a European Union poster that says, “This time we will make it work.” Uh-huh. Yeah. This time their insane follies, which have failed abjectly again and again and again, will work. Because they’re so smart, it’s all bound to work.

I don’t think Satan needs people to worship him consciously. I think he gets a bigger kick out of them thinking it’s all their own brilliant ideas. The Kingdom of Man can be satanic without a lot of black masses and yahoos in black robes dancing around a fire. In fact, it probably is a lot more effective when it’s coming from smart-sounding people sitting in offices and claiming to be guided by Science.

It’ll be up to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God and King of Kings, to toss the powers, principalities, and rulers of darkness into the lake of fire where they belong. Meanwhile, here on earth, God has not given Satan the power to compel us to worship him.

The Lord commands us, “Occupy until I come” (Luke 19:13). That’s what we’re to do, in as many different ways as we can think of. All we can do, as the old hymn puts it, is “Trust and Obey.”

When you think of it, that’s really quite a lot for us to do.


‘Christ vs. Satan’ by R.J. Rushdoony (2003)

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R.J. Rushdoony’s ministry, which he has passed on to us at Chalcedon–and to all who wish to take it up–centered on the extension of Christ’s Kingdom: and in this, every Christian can take part. It’s work for all of us.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/christ-versus-satan

I think he saved the best quote for last: “Every Christian and his home is a part of this extension of Christ’s Kingdom.”


‘If We Were God’ (2015)

This was originally written as a Christmas message, but it’ll serve for any time of the year.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/12/18/if-we-were-god/

Think about it! Aren’t you glad God’s not a human being?


Jesus: Deepening River, Blinding Light

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(“From the President,” Faith For All of Life, March 31, 2018: by Mark Rushdoony)

In Jesus, the Deepening River and the Blinding Light, Mark Rushdoony follows Our Lord to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles in John Chapters 7 and 8, and ties Jesus’ words and actions to prophecies by Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Zechariah. Really, there was no excuse for misunderstanding His claim to be the Christ.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/jesus-the-deepening-river-and-the-blinding-light

I found this an illuminating essay, even as I helped edit it. There are Christians who don’t pay much attention to the Old Testament; but in so doing, they miss much of the meaning of the New Testament.

Please visit our recently (and very extensively!) revamped website, http://www.chalcedon.edu/, and spend a few minutes browsing. Theology, history, sermons, Q&A sessions, homeschooling, commentary, book and movie reviews–we’ve got it all.


A Truly Prolific Murderer

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When Tamerlane, aka Timur, died, he had inscribed on his tomb, “When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble.”

Tamerlane died in 1405, by which time he had succeeded in killing some 17 million people in Central Asia, the Middle East, India, and China–about 5% of the people on the planet at the time. Well, you can’t re-create Genghis Khan’s Mongol Empire without breaking a few million eggs. That Tamerlane’s methods included what we would call extreme sadism did not seem to diminish his luster as “the Sword of Islam.” In fact, he’s venerated today throughout the Central Asian Muslim world–although the descendants of Muslims in other countries that he ravaged are somewhat less than nostalgic for him.

It is a dynamic of history that from time to time a conqueror rises up and tries to devour the human race. Alexander the Great, Pyrrhus, Genghis Khan, Hitler, Tamerlane–and we’re only counting the ones who actually got somewhere. Maybe Napoleon has the excuse that his wars might be called exigencies of self-defense: although that excuse wouldn’t have seemed too convincing while he was burning Moscow.

Dynamics of history don’t go away. People wish they’d go away, people think they’ve gone away: but they remain. Unless history itself ends, somewhere in the future is another Tamerlane. Meanwhile, we have to be content with the present globalist movement–they, too, want to rule the world, but their methods are much subtler than Tamerlane’s.

But there is only One Person who has the right to that throne: Jesus Christ, the Son of God. All the others are usurpers.

 


Love Is Hard

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The two great commandments, we were reminded every week in church, are to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. God we cannot see, and our neighbor is a pain in the butt.

Only God knows how hard it is for us to keep those commandments. And don’t even try to count the times we fail.

So we pray–to God whom we cannot see, for the power to love persons whom we don’t really want to love. It’s easier, even, to ask God to love them and to bless them, than it is to ask for the grace that would enable us to do that.

It’s a good thing He understands us so well.

That’s why He sent us His Son to be our savior. He knew we couldn’t do it on our own. By works of the flesh no one shall be saved.

Jesus Christ, who did all those things that we are not able to do–He is our righteousness and our salvation.

And our sanctification, too (I Corinthians 1:30). So that, in time, we can at least do better.


‘Behold the Mountain of the Lord…’

 

Behold, the mountain of the Lord in latter days shall rise, proclaims this ancient Scottish hymn. The glory of this message starts tears in my eyes. How we long for that day! When Christ shall reign in Heaven and on earth.

Sung by Godfrey Birtill.


Cast thy burden upon the LORD!!

From Kristi Ann’s blog… We are not alone.     –LD

 

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Trust in the LORD Jesus-Yeshua with all Thine HEART and SOUL!!

( Psalms 55:22 KJV ) “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and HE shall sustain thee: HE shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”!! 

Matthew 11:28-30 KJV ) “Come unto ME, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I Will Give you Rest. Take MY Yoke upon you, and Learn of ME; for I AM Meek and Lowly in Heart: and ye shall Find Rest unto your Souls. For MY Yoke is Easy, and MY Burden is LIGHT.”!! Jesus-Yeshua Yoke is LIGHT!!

Matthew 7:7-8 KJV  ) “Ask, and it shall be Given you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be Opened unto you: For every one that Asketh Receiveth; and he that Seeketh Findeth; and to him that Knocketh it shall be Opened.”!!

II Timothy 2:15 KJV ) “Study to shew thyself approved unto GOD, a workman (…

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Jesus Is The Resurrection

Maybe I should’ve reblogged this for Easter Sunday–but when’s a bad time to be reminded of what Our Lord can do?    –LD

 

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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, John 11:25

At this moment life seemed hopeless for Lazarus family; he had been dead for over four days already. A whirlwind of emotions had been going on , Martha was angry with Jesus, if he had only been here sooner, she said. Jesus was overcome with emotion,  he wept as he saw Lazarus motionless body and the mourning of his family.

and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this? John 11:26

But Jesus said anyone who believes in him will never die, he was about to perform a miracle that nobody could dispute who Jesus really is. Before Jesus arrived he told his disciples that this sickeness would not be the end of Lazarus (John 11:4) His disciples at the…

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‘Mary Magdalene on Easter Morning’ (2015)

I have tried, via the imagination, instructed by the Holy Scriptures, to capture the feel of that first Easter morning.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/04/05/mary-magdalene-on-easter-morning/

I decided to let the atheist comment remain. It shows why we need a Savior, and reminds us that we have one: Jesus Christ, the Son of God.


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