Monday, 13 November 2017

Rotting Foundations

Holy Separation Long Overdue

It is being reported that the secularist paradise of the South Pacific is going to remove all references to Jesus Christ, the King of all kings, from the Parliamentary prayer.  

This would serve to bring the Parliament into line with official truth as it is declared daily in our government run schools.  What should Christians think of this?  Our view is that it is a move long overdue.  Let us be clear why.

We do not mean to suggest that the Lord Jesus Christ ought to have no place of honour, lordship, or kingship over our Parliament.  Quite the contrary.  It is precisely because He is the King of kings that our Parliament and government in general is duty bound to remove all references to Him.  For our governing authorities and our rulers long ago rejected the Christ and entered into a programme of rebellion against Him.  Therefore, to live denying Christ with every breath, whilst praying to Him in a vacuous, mindless way at the commencement of Parliament is the acme of hypocrisy.  It is a perilous course.

If we need reminding what the King thinks of such perversity, let us remind our readers of the seven woes pronounced by our Lord upon the established authorities of Israel.

But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.

Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? . . . .

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? . . . 
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’  [Matthew 23]
We should all fear to take the Name of the Lord upon our lips--especially rulers--for their judgement and condemnation will be the greater.

One of our local scribes has commended removing references to Christ from the Parliamentary prayer.  He prefers a vague abstraction--the kind of prayer where everyone can pour into the words whatever content he or she wishes.
If there is to be a parliamentary prayer it should be one that all religions can subscribe to, not just one religion.  [Kiwiblog]
This would have to be a zenith of idiocy. To have an official prayer in Parliament into which atheists and Islamists and devotees of Wotan can all pour the content of their particular beliefs is beyond folly.

But all of this svelte atheism, secularism and materialism comes with a price tag.  There is now no belief compass, no measure of true north.  Man is the master of all things, and nothing human is foreign to us.  Meanwhile our secularist paradise is rotting, literally.

More children are needing to go to hospital for dental decay, with the burden falling disproportionately on poorer families, data shows. Photo / NZDA

A question is begged: why would parents in New Zealand fail to take care of even the most basic hygiene for their children? How could parents and families manifest such dereliction of duty, such systemic irresponsibility?   But this is not to be wondered at.  It's what one would expect in an atheistic, secularist paradise.  The family is a Jewish and Christian institution after all. 

The mouths of our neglected children become a living symbol of a nation bereft of even the most basic moral foundations.  We are glad that the name of the King of kings will no longer be associated with our secular, atheistic paradise.

But what ought those few Christians do who remain in our Parliament when the atheistic devotions are trotted out?  They must refuse to participate.  We come from a long line of people who refused to burn incense to Caesar whilst being enlisted in the armies of the King of kings.

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