Monday, 15 January 2018

Musclemen.

                                  

What is described on the Internet as muscle worship is none other than love.

The great desire that men feel for beautiful musclemen is love.

We are filled with impossible desires.

But rather than appealing to his ego or his dark side, perhaps we should appeal to his big heart.

Tears melt the heart.

So, rather than a response of fear - fear of peer pressure, fear of emasculation, fear of ridicule - we should try to win his sympathy and trust.

Then by demonstrating that our great desire is love perhaps we could win his heart.


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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Powers and Authorities.

                            

The problem, as I see it, is that the powers and authorities which rule our world do not reflect the Nature or the Will of God.

These powers and authorities, which include most of the Churches, are hard-line right-wing conservatives.  They invoke harsh penalties to keep humanity in line.

Not only does this reflect a negative view of humanity but a negative view of God as well.

They have little faith in the benevolence of God.
And they certainly don't reflect the Love of God.

Humanity is wicked, they believe, and needs to be threatened to keep them from hell.

Many have suggested that this approach has nothing to do with God and everything to do with maintaining power.

This may well be the case.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

But God is loving.

He treats us like His children.

He forgives us.

He always gives us another chance.

What could be further from our experience of power and authority in this world?

So when religious people talk to you about authority be sure you know which kind of authority they are talking about. 

For the ultimate authority is Love.


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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Signs of Life.

                            

Is Christianity dead?

When I was a child I attended Church services in our local Anglican church and it seemed to me that the Church was dead.

Repeating the same words by rote week in and week out did not seem to me to have life.  And none of those present seemed to practise Christianity outside of Sunday services.

The Church was part of the conservative establishment.
It taught obedience to worldly authorities.
It was bound by creeds and dogmas.

So is Christianity dead?

Not quite.

There are signs of new life.

The intellectual honesty and courage being shown by the Progressive Christian movement has life.

A willingness to embrace change and take risks is a sign of life.

But the Church is dragging its feet.
Many are resisting change.
And as yet there are no Progressive Churches.

So Christianity is locked in a life and death struggle.

Will the powers allow Progressive Christianity to grow?

Will the Church stop its institutional naval gazing and give to the community?

Will we stop thinking of ourselves and think of those in need?

Time will tell.

But there are signs of life.


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Friday, 12 January 2018

What They Need.

                            

Instead of thinking all the time about what we need we should be thinking about what they need.

So, as a Church, we should not be thinking we need more young people in our church we should be thinking what do young people need.

Young people need positive messages which are not based on materialism or commercialism.
They need ideals and spiritual principles.
But most of all they need love.

In a world that is driven by power and profit people need understanding and consideration.

So, instead of trying to impose our beliefs on others, we should be trying to understand others and meet their needs.

Modern people experience alienation, loneliness, isolation, depression, hopelessness, despair, some may even have a death-wish.

But the Church will only be able to help if we can be agents of love, if we can show them the Love of God.

"We love because he first loved us."  1 John 4:19 (NRSV)


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education  of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Negatives.

                            

Satanism in our popular culture stresses the negatives of each generation and each individual.

Not only this but they constantly tempt religious people to manifest the negatives of religions: judgement, hate, violence, war, moralizing, legalism, hypocrisy.....

They corrupt political leaders and captains of industry.

They play the blame game.

And they harden hearts.

This is why the world is colder; darker; more brutal, unjust, unforgiving, and unequal.

Evil hides in the darkness.

Open your eyes!


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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Blame.

                            

What Satanists in our popular culture are doing is sowing negativity and hatred by triggering the worst aspects of religion and then slamming the Churches with the blame.

This is done in rock music.

At the same time the stars whitewash their own image and pose as saviors and messiahs.

Much of this is subliminal and works on the collective unconscious.

So be careful before you blame the Churches for the ills of the world.

You might just be following Satanists.


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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Exonerated.


It is my firm belief that those rock stars and celebrities who have turned against God and His Church and embraced modern Satanism will be exonerated.

The reason that I believe this is because they were sold a false image of God by their priests and ministers.  They were told that God was a harsh judge and a heartless dictator.

No wonder they turned against Him.

So when they meet God face to face He will exonerate them and accept them into His Love at last.


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