15 Themes, Topics or Foci
The Australian, April 5, 2012 (cf. *2)
whoever seeks to save his life, will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for My sake, will find it ...
This becomes for Australia, an Easter Message.
For more, see sermons for April 1 and DV April 8.
Australia is a nation greatly desired by many. It has comparative peace amid the nations; comparative attention to justice, as is the case with some others; it has for the moment, some wealth, rapidly being dissipated currently and in prospect, by ideologues, whether racist, one-worlders, big-brother addicts or by other sources of rapid if not rabid alternation of the nature of our national nature.
This land has long been assaulted by the importation of international fallacies, which for a time, deceived many, but now, in logical and even empirical terms, become passť except in some governmental and educational premises (cf. The gods of naturalism have no go!). It has subjected young students to deplorable indoctrinations, with all the fervour of any other idolatry. It has toyed with subservience to that in much oil-dominated UN, with a multitude of representations in one aspect of the Middle East conflict, one religious grouping, and just one delegate of the other, with some variable support. The whole has proceeded in the area, then, with a rather predictable facility, and small effect, except for the blessing of the bulk, and the minimisation of goodwill to the single delegation. It has not been very united; but it has been many nations.
It has considered potted morals, with no logical base, from the neutralised UN*1, and has pondered their flavour, not always with pleasure, but always without wisdom. Grabbing morals out of the void is no more wise than grabbing a replacement heart out of the ground. You need to have reason, and in the end, revelation, for without God, it is mere preference, dependent on WANTS. That is merely one indication of the barrenness of atheism, which lives and dies by imagination, in reductionistic degradation of reality*1A .
Reduction, however ? this seems precisely what many desire. There seems a growing volume of desire-units who want
NO morals (except desire
expressed as law),
NO responsibility (except
what a tamed and good big brother,
NO duties (except what law
makes you perform,
NO reason (except the
reason that one wants the item in view),
NO principles (to be
unprincipled is the colt kicking its heels,
NO concerns about national
security (except perhaps
Wholly private, or blatantly public wishes and thoughts, populate an increasingly confused body of much manipulated people, decreasingly susceptible to any awakening. Some keep their religion to themselves, as often before, since life is quieter that way, and others bathe society with it, since it needs something! but this becomes popular, very often, almost as if in proportion to its unvalidated licence, eccentricities or bold manoeuvring. The Bible is held in the same kind of scorn, by many, which they might otherwise reserve for scrappy bosses, intolerable governments or too often injured sportsmen. In the eyes of many, the Bible ? It is THERE, but must not be read, far less implemented.
While one politician now talks of earthians (comics might have earthlings before), as if some other sites in the universe had been discovered with other-siters, or otherians in them, even David Cameron*2, with far more sense of the basis and background of his nation, and wherein has lain its power and wonder, than now shown by many here for ours, exalts Jesus Christ in no uncertain terms. While not as far as noticed, acknowledging His deity, there is no notable public denial; and he earlier spoke of some sort of religious desire in which, assailed by doubts, one nevertheless holds on in his church.
It was far more honest than some appear to be; and if it lacks a comprehensiveness which would enable his identification as a committed, converted, regenerated disciple of Christ, it yet is far from being either adverse to Him, or to His influence, or from minimising His input into British life. In this, he is a realist, and one hopes for much more, since action does not seem far from a lively sense of responsibility in him
Even such a lead as that, in terms of foundations, seems far from our own country, founded by a Protestant nation in its current culture, appeal, advantages in many institutions and principles. On the other hand, revolt into anything-ness, the last resort of outraged and disquieted voters, is pulsing like the feverish beats in the veins of the afflicted.
As a pagan take-over threatens, with many major Churches, biblically substantially sound in the not distant past, now eroded to the point of being a hole where a mound once stood, by biblical definition, there is an increasing sense of that vacuum into which, first much hissing, and then scampering airs, rush in. What is it that has this inrush ? It is whatever seems to be 'around', and now not least are those oddments of incandescent immorality, in biblical terms, which vaunt themselves and appear to smirk with 'liberation'. These items flourish like perspiration on a very hot day.
Life however smiles back. It did not make itself before it was there to do it, any more than did nature, and the One who DID make it, made it according to specifications, and with intimations, it is readily possible to ignore, as if coming of age, including the drunken parties of disregard of all things, and the current thrill. There is an afterwards, to these, whether in finance or defence or culture or peace's removal, or take-over by other nations and like,while spending as if inebriated during wealthy times. In a bald world or nation, where reason is dead and disregard becomes passion, this is readily followed by intimidation by the might or laceration by debt. There is indeed an aftermath which is not resisted by dreaming. Further, there is a future beyond this testing ground, the mortal earth, which runs down as does the human genome*3, at a goodly rate.
It is never less than grievous to see highly-potentiated youth decline like the setting sun before its day is well begun; and the same is no less true of nations. Our current civilisation in this land is young; but already heavy marks under the eyes of this people are beginning to show, as its children, speciously taught by irrational formulae, with vast pretence*4, and multitudes all but bowing to the TV and other modes of communication, from an early age, bring out in their older years, much of that travesty instead of truth diet, to which they were admitted.
It is never less than delicious, on the other hand, to see the opportunity in the midst of muddle, moral decline, social scatter and reckless innovation, of the impact of the Gospel. Doubtless, the evil one, according to type, will seek to REMOVE, if not from statement, at least from presentation in the mode of the Biblical commands, this very Gospel and the commandments of Christ which with it, are required of all Christians, not only to do, but to forward (Matthew 28). THAT is called the Great Commission, and any wantonry worthy of its name will HAVE to seek to remove liberty in this field, preferably by some specious means. It would in effect be in terms (at first, there is always a hook), of a social sovereignty (rather like the dictatorship of the proletariat in Communism, the worst mockery and fraud one could well imagine, when facts are consulted). The social side,at first at least partly a consultancy, would in the hands of ideologues, soon fade, as is the norm, when power is found and grabbed hard. The generalised becomes the particularised, and the emptiness of the first approach may then be exploited to the utmost.
It is not the first time that the liberty to preach and teach the Bible has been threatened; it was hard times for it during the Roman Empire's first centuries A.D.. The challenger, the devil, can be very exacting, and the Lord permits testing according to His will; for what is precious does not disdain test, but rather relishes it. This the apostles did (Acts 5:40-41), rejoicing to have been found worthy to suffer shame and pain for the sake of Christ (whom in the process, they greatly honoured and fearlessly attested).
Australia is at the cliff's edge, ready for take-over, like a rich tourist on parade in the Malacca Straits, or in select sections of African waters. It is not just the wallet (already under attack), it is the life which is in view.
LIST OF THEMES, TOPICS OR FOCI
THE PAGANISATION OF AUSTRALIA, Volume 208,
( a horrendous dabbling with the dazzlingly unclear, an invisible but disastrous domination,
rapidly becoming more obvious, as when distant objects now draw near)
THE TIME IS COMING ... Ch.
(it is not only a person who can lose all character, and become abandoned;
with Australia, by using tags and flagons of confusion,
there is even some rejoicing in its follies,
rather as in the last verses of Romans 1; and on this,
there is a point made by a US Supreme Court Judge.)
TEDIOUS TORTURERS ... AND THE TRIUMPH OF TRUTH
(the epitome of racism is now drawing closer, in the name of its opposite: epitaph to folly)
OF THE EARTH, EARTHY, OR CELESTIAL IN CHRIST
(Australia's parallel to Israel's Egyptian entanglement of Isaiah 30:1-7,
that morally baseless UN)
THINGS OLD AND NEW ... Appendix I
(Itemising the a specious source of the
slavery of the soul, being imported, like other drugs:
the UN here the un- body of dislodgement and of drift)
JOY COMES IN THE MORNING, Ch. 2, not omitting. *1A
(violation of the Australian Constitution
becomes merely a passing part
of the de-licensing of liberty of speech)
7. NOT ONLY IS GOD GREAT, BUT GLORIOUS Ch. 4
A State Attorney- General becomes most
understandably concerned, on the free speech issue,
in terms of current Commonwealth aspirations to control it.
THE PITTER-PATTER OF PROPHETIC FEET
(terrestrial and celestial perspective, with application to Australia)
9. THE BOUNTIFUL, THE ACCOUNTABLE AND THE SURMOUNTABLE Ch. 5
(moving toward a 41% reported
Australian approval rate for the anti-design, anti-biblical*5,
minimally protected, propagation nullified dismissal of differential sex marriage as the only form, together with favour for protection of the anti-design option: same sex marriage, with this mooted to become an institutionalised violation of this race's continuation to this point).
BE GOD Ch. 4, *3
(Australian multi-culturalism a spurious coup, a misnamed assault,
in its popular mode, highly explicit in South Australian Government education)
BEAUTY FOR ASHES Ch.
(Australian caning paralysis extravaganza)
CHRIST NOT CULTURE ... Ch. 4
(The Bolt case, and the
proposed Authority over Freedom of speech for news media, rouses points:
mind-reading or evidential reality, in judgment ?
and the perilous steps from liberty to handling the truth,
with almost godlike authority, but not divine wisdom:
whether legal or political,
the harassment of liberty appears not only in history abroad, but to be growing insidiously in our own contemporary national home)
POSSESS YOUR POSSESSIONS Volume 8, Appendix
(unromantic romanticising when God is left
SECULAR MYTHS AND SACRED TRUTH
(8 tilts against truth, with significant Australian involvement, in a world setting)
REDEMPTION OR REVOLT
(a parallel with ancient Israel, apt for meditation, lest there be no more mediation).
See for example:
Things Old and New, Epilogue, It Bubbles ... Ch. 11, Overflight ... Ch.1,
Comfort Ye, My People! Ch. 9.
On this topic, see for example, the list provided below.
A Convenient list
of volumes for coverage in creation, truth, design, deficiencies of pretensions, and realisation of reality can be found in such volumes as:
News 19, The Lights and Perfections of the Lord 9,
Repent or Perish Ch. 7,
Dizzy Dashes, Heady Clashes and the Brilliant Harmony of Inevitable Truth Ch. 6,
Dig Deeper ... Ch. 1,
The Bible ... Ch. 4,
History, Review and Overview Ch. 5,
Glory, Vainglory and Goodness Ch. 1.
In addition, systematic coverage of truth in relation to such things is found in SMR, TMR, Deity and Design ... and
LIGHT DWELLS WITH THE LORD'S CHRIST
Who Answers Riddles
And Where He is, Darkness Departs
A report of this occurs in The Australian, April 5, 2012. The heading: Testament of the Faith of David Cameron. He is reported declaring: "This is the time when, as Christians, we remember the life, sacrifice and living legacy of Christ. The New Testament tells us so much about the character of Jesus, a man of incomparable compassion, generosity, grace, humility and love."
The bold is added.
See Waiting for Wonder Appendix.
See for example, God
is not only Great but Glorious, Epilogue
and Ch. 5,
with TMR Ch. 8, and Beauty for Ashes Ch. 3.
The Bible condemns even same-sex cohabitation, far more its acknowledgement (cf. Romans 1:28-32), defining the former as unnatural. It is seen as against sound doctrine, in a list including father slayers and kidnappers, in I Timothy 1:9-10, just as, in the days of the theocracy, direct government under the commands of God for the State of Israel, it was met with the death penalty, like adultery (Leviticus 20:10 and 13). While this focusses sexual perversion, as biblically condemned, it ALSO does no less to adultery: both if not repented of; for God is merciful, but has standards of design and purity, and reprobation of defilement and rejection. If you do not try to run a factory by some flat contradiction of design, how much less so sensitive, dynamic, multiply gifted a personal creation as man! You CAN do many things, for we were given such choice; but as with mortgages, payment is required (Romans 6:23).