Several folk concerned over the issue covered in the previous post contacted me before and after its publication, and then Nicholas referred to that post in his Friday Miscellany. Two of his musings appear below, and it seems he discerned some points at the back of my mind but implicit in my text.
Moreover, Matthew 6:33 had turned up twice last weekend: On Sat 9th Dr Sharon Stone referred to its application as vital to prophetic strategy for blessing communities with new business developments and opportunities. Also, our church’s associate minister referred to that verse’s meaning in his Sunday message!
The Cost of the Kingdom
In His “Sermon on the Mount”, Christ talks about the cost of following Him. In my thoughts on our closeness to the return of Christ and the inception of the Millennium, I have been thinking about the cost of getting involved in God’s preparation work. Yesterday I read a post at Richard’s Watch that warned of the danger in opposing God’s work. It would be a shame if a Christian were to miss the opportunity to be involved in the great events of the end of the age. There are all sorts of barriers and obstacles that get in our way. Thinking along the lines of virtue epistemology, it seems to me that we must have an attitude of openness but not naivety. We should listen to things that are presented to us in just the same way as a court is impartial; then we should test the spirits to see if the message is of God.
Tools of the Enemy
The Enemy seeks to prevent the advance of the Kingdom of God. The more people he can keep in darkness, the more will end up in Hell. He knows that when Christ comes, he will be thrown into the Abyss for a thousand years, and then judged. So it is in Satan’s interest to forestall, if he can, the return of Christ, which is hastened by the efficacious work of the Church, empowered by the grace and Spirit of God.
One of the Enemy’s tools is causing division. He splits us by supporting and creating ideologies that fan the fire of man’s sinfulness, pitting group against group, and individual against God. Various -isms could be listed that have turned Christians against each other, and the world against the Church. The poor are turned against the rich; women against men; children against parents; the state against private individuals. If we are to overcome the Enemy, we must follow the course set out for us in Revelation: the blood of Christ and the testimony of our faith. We must find unity among true believers.
MODERATION OF COMMENTS
The strategic tools Nicholas refers are behind my rationale when moderating comments submitted to this site.
Fifty years ago I witnessed first-hand divisions across the body of Christ. Unlike today, cooperation and fellowship between churches was a rarity. As a teenager I questioned why denominations believing in the same Jesus Christ were so opposed to one another, especially as Jesus had commanded believers to love one another. Also, they did not work miracles similar to those of Jesus, as He said they would. So, churches failed on both counts to live up to their founder’s commands. I treated Christians with contempt for such hypocrisy and headed towards ‘New Age’ ideals.
Therefore, as a sinner rescued by Jesus in person thirty years ago, my preference is to encourage unity in faith and not be seen to promote ‘bashing’ with a Bible or any unduly contentious conflict. This does not, however, obviate readers’ need to be well-versed in scripture and, thus, to investigate, analyse and weigh ALL matters with the Lord. Also, as time is precious it’s necessary for me to steer away from debate.
WordPress enables site administrators some flexibility in processing contributions. My initial preference was for all comments to appear online without the need for approval, which enables contributors’ subsequent items to appear free from any moderating.
Once this blog’s presence became noticed a few unwelcome remarks got deposited. The first came from a ‘bible basher’ who’d correct and argue against some material. To close his activity I had to set every comment to be approved before it could appear on the blog, which meant all regular contributors needed approving too.
To avoid repetition I set the moderation requirement to new commentators only, and any subsequent comments from them would be approved automatically. Also, I introduced the ‘Comments Caveat’ to the Home Page.
The second came from a Muslim chap with whom I had interesting dialogue elsewhere, but after his first comment here he submitted monologues. So, for a short time I had to revert to the unnecessary, time-consuming task of approving every comment .
The tell-tale sign of such submissions is the use of an alias and not a person’s own, true identity!
So ‘reds026’, I appreciate your lengthy remarks submitted over the weekend and accept your deep concern, but I hope this detailed explanation will help you understand why it seems they’ve been ignored and not published – so far. Also, I was in lengthy debate on PTUK in late 2017 about this. More material on this issue has arrived, and so all may get summarised in another post.