Thursday, 17 October 2019

Good Works.


Many older people in the Church do good works in order to earn a place in Heaven.

This is usually inspired by fear of hell or a misplaced sense of obligation - which is fear.

But true religion is centered in the heart.

A warm and compassionate heart is what God desires for us.

So we may still do good works but they will no longer be inspired by fear of hell or desire for Heaven but will flow from a warm and loving heart.


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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Jesus' Teachings.


"Thus says the Lord God: Ah, you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves!  Should not the shepherds feed the sheep?  You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the sheep.  You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured, you have not brought back the strayed, you have not sought the lost, but with force and harshness you have ruled them."  Ezekiel 34: 2-4 (NRSV)

This passage from Ezekiel where God criticizes the shepherds of Israel contains not only the seeds of Jesus' criticism of the Pharisees but the source of many of his teachings.

Healing the sick, The Parable of the Good Samaritan, The Parable of the Prodigal Son, The Lost Coin, The Lost Sheep, "Feed my sheep" and more.....

Much of Jesus' teaching derives from the Old Testament.

In fact one Jewish scholar claimed that Jesus said nothing new - it was all in the Old Testament.

This may be true.

But Jesus brought a new perspective to Old Testament writings. 


[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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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

How Dare You!

                           

Reports today that the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davis has called for gays and lesbians to leave the Church are unbelievable.

With so many people leaving the Church he is telling faithful Christians they are not welcome!

And this from a representative of Jesus on Earth.

How dare you!


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A Gentle, Humble Heart.


Jesus said: "'for I am gentle and humble in heart'"  Matthew 11:29 (NRSV)

You may ask how we can live as gentle, humble people in a world filled with violence and fear.

Brainwashing, coercion, intimidation, force, torture, persecution, and violence confront us daily.

We are constantly at war.

How can we not retaliate?

How can we not defend ourselves?

How can we not become tough and cynical?

The answer comes from Jesus:

"'Do not resist an evildoer.  But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek turn the other also.'"  Matthew 5:39 (NRSV)

"'Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.'"  Matthew 5:44 (NRSV)

So we can remain non-violent in the face of violence.

And we can remain gentle and humble in heart.

If we practise forgiveness and unconditional love.

And maintain a loving heart.

Then whenever others threaten to overwhelm us we can cry out to God for help.

He will hear.

And deliver us.


[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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Monday, 14 October 2019

The Meaning of Life.


The meaning of life is love.

We exist here on Earth in order to learn how to love.

But once we have learned this ultimate lesson we do not cease to suffer altogether and our lives are not devoid of trouble.

There are only two things in the world: love and fear.

And because we have learned how to love we are constantly in love.

This makes us feel O.K..

But it does not entirely overcome the fear around us.

And this fear can cause us to suffer and create trouble in our lives.

So we have to formulate a policy towards those around us who are still driven by fear.

Jesus said to love your enemies and pray for those who abuse us.

He also said that the Good News can bring persecutions.

This is fear.

And we still have to deal with fear.

But knowing the cause of trouble - fear - we can forgive those who abuse us and pray for them.

Something they have experienced in their childhood or their adult lives has caused them to act in a way that is harmful to others and themselves.

This is common.

And the attitude that love takes to them is understanding and a desire to help them overcome the fear that has imprisoned them.

And so we can forgive them and pray for them to overcome their fear.

The infinite Love of God can help us to love our enemies.

If we love God and love our neighbor.

And if we understand that our neighbor has been abused by the world in the same way that we have.

Then we can forgive even the most heinous of sinners.

As God does.


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Sunday, 13 October 2019

Invisible Light.


"Even the darkness is not dark to you, the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you."  Psalm 139:12 (NRSV)

The spectrum represents the range of light visible to our human eyes.

But there are forms of radiation outside of this visible spectrum that can be seen using special equipment.

Infra-red, ultra-violet etc..

This is invisible light.

Which to us is darkness.

But is bright as day to the Lord.


[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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Saturday, 12 October 2019

The Lords of Light.


Krishna is the Hindu Lord of Light.

His Light brings compassion and love.

He is the eighth avatar of Vishnu the Preserver.

When the Earth is in darkness, chaos, and evil Vishnu manifests on Earth  as an avatar.

The avatars correspond to the ages of evolution.

And the most recent is The Buddha - the ninth avatar of Vishnu.

One more remains in this cycle of life - Kalki who sits on a white horse with a blazing sword - this manifestation of Light will appear when the Earth is in chaos, persecution, and evil.

Kalki bears a striking resemblance to the rider on the white horse in the Christian Bible's final Book of Revelation. 

Madam Blavatsky claimed that this derives from the Hindu prophecy.

But I do not subscribe to the theology of violent suppression of evil.

In fact this is proscribed by Jesus himself.

"'You have heard that it was said: "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."  But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer.  But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.'"  Matthew 5:38,39 (NRSV)

In my experience God - the author of Light - is non-violent.

And the Light is all about the development of the heart - mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and love.

So do not expect a violent agent to reverse our descent into darkness and evil.

Corruption, violence, and evil are caused by fear.

When the Light comes we see that we have nothing to fear  from God.

With that evil ends and we are free.


[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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Friday, 11 October 2019

Free at Last!


AIDS is over!*

Gay men are free at last!

No one can say we deserve death.

No one can say we are evil.

No one can say we are going to hell.

God loves gay men.

We are His gay sons.

And a Good Father will not reject His gay sons.

Heaven awaits us.

AIDS is over!

We are free at last!


[* Doctors can stop HIV from developing into AIDS, HIV when treated is undetectable which means you can't pass it on, and there's PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) - a pill which can stop you catching HIV.]

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Thursday, 10 October 2019

Truth and Reconciliation.


God forgives us.

But if we will not admit what we have done wrong how can we be absolved?

Some may think that they can lie to God.

That they can get away with what they have done.

It has been said that the best form of repentance is to refrain from the offending behavior.

But how can we do this if we will not admit that it is wrong?

In the end we must face what we have done.

And ask forgiveness from God.


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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

New Reads.


When I get the new book releases on the Internet I am always surprised at the number of books about night, darkness, evil etc..

Most of them are written by women.

This is Satanism in literature.

Women sells their souls and write dark fantasies in the hope of becoming famous and rich.

The extreme example of this is J. K. Rowling.

So don't just take everything for granted.

What you are reading may be Satanic poison designed to turn you to evil and kill you spiritually.

Their ultimate aim is to damn your soul to hell.

Leave then behind.

There are better things to read.


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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Equals.


All are equal in the sight of God.

Each of the generations is equal.

Each generation has its positive and its negative characteristics.

Each generation has its virtues and its vices.

It then becomes a matter of degree.

It is a psychological fact that we condemn others in order to make ourselves feel good.

But if we see this in others it is not for us to turn the tables and condemn them.

It is up to us to forgive others.

What keeps us from forgiving?

Fear.

Fear that we won't be good anymore.

Fear that others will attack us.

Fear of being hurt.

Fear of ridicule.

Fear of condemnation.

Fear of God.

But God will not condemn us.

God will forgive.

So we must forgive each generation.

And let them live.


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Monday, 7 October 2019

Rainbow.


"God said,'This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.'"  Genesis 9:12,13 (NRSV)

God promises never again to try to destroy all flesh.

This rainbow is also the symbol of the gay community.

And now that AIDS is over it symbolizes the covenant between God and gay people.

And all the peoples of the Earth.


[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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Sunday, 6 October 2019

You Can't Make Them.


You can't make people change.

You may shame them into doing something once or twice but they will inevitably go back to what they were doing before.

So all you can do is pray for them to see more clearly and open their hearts.

This involves overcoming fear.

God has ways that we do not understand.

He can help if we pray.

We can continue to spread the light in the hope that people will see.

But ultimately we must hope to touch their hearts.

Then the world will change. 


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Saturday, 5 October 2019

Drugs.


People take drugs because they don't feel O.K. most of the time.

The Buddha called life dukkha - unsatisfactory.

We are looking for something to make us feel better.

A high, a buzz, a hit.....

This was the answer pushed on us by Satanists in the rock music industry.

It was fashionable.

It was cool.

But drugs lead to addiction, degradation, criminality, mental illness, and suicide.

They ruin you.

They are not the answer.

What we are looking for is love.

When there is love we feel O.K..

So if we open our hearts and give love to others we feel O.K. all the time.

And we don't need drugs anymore.


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Friday, 4 October 2019

The Heart.


Most religions are centered in the mind as a set of beliefs or moral principles.

This can become hard and intractable.

It is this that Jesus criticized in the Pharisees.

But true religion is centered in the heart.

And this will make concessions according to understanding.

This is much closer to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.

And it explains his setting aside of the Law in certain circumstances.

"What does your heart say?"

It is this that matters.


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Thursday, 3 October 2019

Dirty Deeds.


The cultural influences that have derived from rock music since the 1960s are poisoning our world.

Sex and drugs and rock and roll has ruined two generations of youth.

And the negative influences in entertainment and sports have spread to all aspects of society.

Drug addiction and divorce alone account for untold suffering of parents and children alike.

And make no mistake this evil influence was deliberately created by rock musicians who sold their souls in the traditional fashion and made pacts with the devil to do his dirty deeds in the world.

Or so they thought.

The black moods and morbid lyrics of their songs poison our minds and curse our souls.

Even upbeat songs contain negative and malicious lyrics.

Rock music is a curse.

Drug culture, addiction to pleasure, self-destructiveness, depression, anti-social behavior, criminality, mental illness, suicide.....

All these things derive from rock music.

So unplug your earphones.

And throw away your C.D.s.

It is time to sweep away the pall of death which overshadows us all.


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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Joker.


The new movie Joker represents a new low in movie madness.

The movie gets under your skin and infects your spirit with evil.

The depiction of a comic book character as some sort of disaffected human is ridiculous to begin with.

But suggesting that evil is an answer to human alienation and isolation is evil in itself.

The film is spiritually subversive.

It tries to make you identify with the protagonist who then turns to evil and violence.

Unlike most I believe that the makers of these movies have sold their souls and deliberately try to turn people to evil.

The Joker is the devil.

We do not need a movie celebrating him.


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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

The Powers.


In his book Engaging the Powers Walter Wink says that the powers of the world are fallen.

This would suggest that there was a time when they were not fallen.

This reflects the myth of Adam and Eve and the Fall of Man.

But I do not believe that the myth of Adam and Eve is true literally or metaphorically.

And I do not believe that the powers are fallen.

Rather I would say that the powers are undeveloped, unenlightened, crude, brutal, and captives of fear.

This is in line with the theory of evolution and the science of anthropology.

There was no time in our past when humans were perfect.

The powers themselves are manifestations of imperfection.

They are captives of existentialist fears.

Fear of poverty, fear of failure, fear of challenge, fear of justice, fear of the masses, fear of loss, fear of death.....

"God has forsaken the Earth" they say.

"We are masters now."

But the powers are not gods.

They are human beings like you and I.

And they are prey to the same fears.

If they had faith they would know that God provides and they need not guard so jealously their wealth.

As if they never had enough.

So pray for them.

Pray that they will overcome their fears and open their hearts to their workers - their sons and daughters.

Only then will the world change. 


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Monday, 30 September 2019

Corrupt.


Deregulation depends on self-regulation.

And self-regulation is no regulation.

In this environment the management of multi-national corporations have corrupted themselves and lied to everyone.

Without government regulation the temptations of power and money are too great for them.

This can be clearly seen in the Report of the Royal Commission into Banking in Australia.

Corruption and kick-backs were rife through all of the major banks.

And the Commissioner's Report recommended strong regulation.

And make no mistake this corruption spreads throughout the whole of the business community.

It will take prosecutions and jail terms to stop them from taking advantage of everyone.

To save them from themselves.


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Sunday, 29 September 2019

Moral Ease.


Hitler said that the creation of a scapegoat provided Moral Ease for the majority.

By blaming the scapegoat for any evils in society the majority feel morally superior.

They are good because the scapegoat is bad.

So you will find negative propaganda about minorities: Muslims, immigrants, gays and lesbians.....

Because this diverts anything negative away from the ruling elite.

This is done in order to hide what the elite are doing.

In fact the evils of society are caused by the ruling elite.

But because these evils are blamed on the scapegoat the ruling elite appears blameless, even saintly.

So be aware that if you are comfortable with the world as it is then you are being manipulated.


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Saturday, 28 September 2019

Downfall.


When Generation X rose to prominence in the 1980s they set out to drag the Baby-Boomers down to their level and destroy their ideals.

Generation X were bad.

And they succumbed to the temptation to use violence, hatred, and evil to win.

Disguised as bringing the Baby-Boomers down to earth they plotted their defeat and downfall.

And this was condoned by the older generation who, roused by Ronald Reagan, shamed the Baby-Boomers for their opposition to the Vietnam War and their promiscuous sexual practices.

They blamed Liberalism for all the evils of the world.

This was an unexpected boon for Conservative politicians and Capitalists who grabbed the deadly dagger with glee.

Promptly they announced The End of History with the demise of Communism in Russia.

But because something is successful does not make it good.

The methods and objectives of those generations were basically evil.

Jealousy, hatred, violence, and lust for power motivated their actions.

They succumbed to the temptations set before them and whitewashed their actions with Churchianity.

But in the end truth is not relative.

The high ideals of the Baby-Boomers were closer to the Will of God than the veneer of moral purity practised by the Fundamentalists.

The Fundamentalists misused their knowledge and power to win.

And they conspired with rich corporations to gain power.

But power corrupts.

And that is what we see.

A tree is known by its fruit.

The world is not a better place for all their propaganda.


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Friday, 27 September 2019

Praise the Lord.


God is worthy of our praise.

Not because He is mighty and powerful.

Not even because He is glorious.

But because He is wholly benevolent, wholly good, and wholly loving.

There is no anger. vengeance, or violence in God.

He is transcendent - beautiful and sublime.

His Salvation is a gift.

And His Peace is everlasting.


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Thursday, 26 September 2019

How Do They Do It?


90% of the world's people want something done about climate change.

90% of the world's people want something done about corporate tax evasion.

90% of the world's people want peace.

So how do governments who deny climate change, cut corporate taxes, and wage war keep getting elected?

The answer is that they control people's thinking.

This is done through corporate owned media and their Satanic allies in popular culture.

The media controls our conscious perceptions and Satanism controls our unconscious perceptions.

They then conduct negative campaigns about the left's handling of money and hate campaigns that work on our fears and prejudices to get elected.

Most of this is lies.

Joseph Goebbels said: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually believe it."

And this is what they do.

But you will not be able to understand it unless you realize that our rock music and entertainment are riddled with covert Satanism.

I know you don't believe me.

That's how they do it. 


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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Sex is Love.


What has gradually happened over the last 30 years is that sex has been divorced from love and become an end in itself.

But sex without love leads to emptiness and misery.

It is not an end in itself.

Sex is the physical expression of our love.

And to deny that love is the objective is to strip sex of its purpose.

Rock music and popular entertainment have conspired to make the objective of our relationships sex alone.

There is no understanding that we are looking for love.

Even romance has become a slave to sex.

Sex needs to be returned to its rightful place as the consummation of our love.

For love is our ultimate purpose.


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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Pope John Paul II.


Not only did Ronald Reagan use Satanism in rock music but he also used Pope John Paul II in his campaign against Communism in Russia.

Ronald Reagan was quoted as saying: "Christianity contains unconventional weapons".

And this statement betrays his motivation.

Rather than embracing Christianity as a spiritual path he used it as a political weapon.

And the "unconventional weapons" he used were: demonization of your political opponent, damnation of your enemies, and sanctification of himself and his allies.

The conservative media henceforth portrayed Ronald Reagan as a hero and savior.

They even romanticized his relationship with Nancy.

But the truth will out.

They conspired with evil to achieve their ends.


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Monday, 23 September 2019

Politics.


When Ronald Reagan discovered that rock stars had sold their souls to the devil he used this knowledge for political advantage.

Instead of treating the Hippies and Baby-Boomers as the victims of covert Satanism he called them "unconscious agents of the devil".

And by doing this he succumbed to the temptation to use the knowledge which came from God for his own advantage.

And not only that but he tempted the members of the Religious Right and his allies in the Conservative political parties and in the corporations to corrupt themselves as well.

This can be clearly seen in the media practices of Fox News and their allies.

They did not seek to end the evil influence which came from rock music but in fact perpetuated it for their own advantage.

This is why, despite the fact that the Religious Right have known about Satanism in rock music for 50 years, the influence has not decreased but is in fact worse than it was before.

When they decided to use Satanism for political purposes they in fact became agents of evil themselves.

This is why, despite the fact that Conservative politicians know about Satanism in rock music, they do not expose it.  It is too useful to them.

But the influence of Scorpio, which rules hidden things, is over.

We may now see the truth at last.

And that is that the Religious Right, Conservative politicians, and Corporate Plutocrats have succumbed to the temptation to use evil, lies, and violence, even hatred to achieve their ends.


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Sunday, 22 September 2019

The Olive Tree.


After church on Sunday one of our choir members, whose name is Olive, sang The Olive Tree.

This song is a hope for peace.

A peace that dwells in a land beyond the Earth.

But the song reflects our hope for peace on Earth.

And our longing for a better world.

Some may say that this is a naive and childish hope.

But hope is an attribute of the Divine.

We are not to abandon it for expediency.

So we persist.

We hold the hope for peace in our hearts.


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Saturday, 21 September 2019

Out of Egypt.

       

"Out of Egypt I called my son."  Hosea 11:1 (NRSV)

The symbol for Aquarius is the Egyptian hieroglyph for water.

And the pictogram is a man carrying a water jar.

The Egyptian hieroglyph for the jar means the heart.

This is the key to enigmatic symbols of Aquarius.

The water is the Water of Life which is love.

And it pours from the jar which is our heart.

Giving Life to all around us.

But Aquarius is an air sign.

It governs our concepts.

The concept of unconditional love is a doorway to the heart.

For it is our hearts that will save us.

"'Out of Egypt I have called my son.'"  Matthew 2:15 (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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Life!


In ancient Egypt the Ankh was the symbol of Life!

It was often held to the nose to represent the Breath of Life.

It had none of the modern connotations of sexual promiscuity.

But it was a gift of the gods.

It was also shown in the afterlife to indicate life after death.

So we can look upon the ancient Egyptians as worshippers of Life.

And know that they too have their share in Eternal Life!


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Friday, 20 September 2019

Millennials.


After 35 years of economic deregulation and workplace reform Millennials are faced with a job market which expects them to work for nothing, pay for their own education, work on short-term contracts with no sick leave or annual leave, work overtime without pay, be on call 24/7, and forgo lunch breaks and holidays out of fear.

Millennials have copped the full brunt of the draconian changes brought in by the conservative politicians who do the will of their corporate masters.

This situation was largely brought about by the refusal of Generation X to support unions in the workplace.

Their mass defection has resulted in the loss of wages and conditions experienced by everyone since 1984.

This is why the Millennials are politically active.

They should be encouraged to support their unions if they wish to have any rights at all in the workplace.

Let's hope they are more intelligent than Generation X.


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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Change.


The time has come for the sleeping generation to awake.

The Baby-Boomers were betrayed by their rock stars and reconstructed by their enemies.

They have put their idealism and their activism to sleep.

They are diverted and distracted.

Holidays, sports, tickets, shopping, watching, listening, following.....

These things divert them from their purpose.

But since Socialism became a dirty word they are too scared to assert their political vision.

They have been blamed and shamed.

But the time has come to rise from the ashes and recreate the idealism of the 1960s.

Peace and love and the redistribution of wealth are dormant objectives that can be resurrected.

With the demise of the Religious Right in America and the rise of the politically aware Millennials the atmosphere is ripe for a resurgence of left-wing ideals.

The Baby-Boomers can step into the power vacuum and set the world on a different course.

The result of the conservative counter-revolution conspired by Ronald Reagan and Generation X is a world that is brutal, corrupt, dark, unjust, hard, cold, indifferent, deceitful, and evil.

We have had enough.

And we hope that the new direction will deliver us from war and inequality.


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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

God Still Loves You.


God still loves you.

Even if you have failed.

Even if you have done something wrong.

Even if you have been wrong.

Or said the wrong things.

God still loves you.

He will accept your apology.

He will accept your prayers.

Humble yourself and ask for forgiveness.

God will forgive you.

God still loves you.


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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Religious Objections.


Now that AIDS is no longer a death sentence religious objections to homosexuality are severely compromised.

Christians cannot now invoke death as justification for their prejudice.

And if AIDS was proof of God's disapproval then what does the curing of AIDS mean?

It can only be a sign of God's Blessing.

And this is my experience.

God does not discriminate.

He accepts gay men and women as we are.

And He loves us as He loves all His children.

So those who still cling to religious objections should now take another look at the issue in the light of contemporary knowledge.


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Monday, 16 September 2019

The Odd Man Out.


Now that AIDS is virtually cured what remains is entrenched homophobia.

And the majority of this is in Generation X.

Because Generation X were teenagers when AIDS hit they are the most homophobic demographic.

But now they are the odd man out.

The older generation is dying.

And the Baby-Boomers and Millennials are much less homophobic.

So the hard-line prejudice shown by Generation X is a diminishing minority.

Once they realize that they are the odd man out, and they can be shown that it was fear of disease and death that inspired their prejudice, we may be able to re-educate them.

I pray for that.


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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Is AIDS Over?


With the development of treatments that can stop HIV from developing into AIDS.

And with the new drug PrEP (Pre- Exposure Prophylaxis) which can protect gay men against HIV.

Is AIDS over?

These new treatments have seen the diagnoses of AIDS plummet in the last 5 years.

So is AIDS over?

Recent developments mean AIDS is all but cured.

Gay sex is safe again.

It now remains to re-educate the public about gay sex and homosexuality itself.

Most people are stuck back in the 1980s which saw a whole generation turn against homosexuals out of fear.

The time has come to liberate homosexuality from the prison of AIDS and restore it to equal status with heterosexuality. 


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Saturday, 14 September 2019

The House of God.


In church we said these words:

"Here is a place of refuge. Welcome
this is the House of God.
Here is a place of belonging. Welcome
this is the House of God.
Come and rest. Welcome
this is the House of God."

These are lovely words but do they reflect the reality?

Refuge, belonging, and rest are aspects of a loving God but are they what we experience in church?

All too often Church people are: intolerant, ignorant, prejudiced, racist, homophobic, sexist, abusive, intimidating, and hateful.

They may put up a front of friendly amicability but underneath they can be spiteful and threatening.

So your experience of church may not match the words that they mouth during the services. 


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Friday, 13 September 2019

The Feel-Good Factor.


Some people, when they hear the Good News of God's Love, are seduced by the feel-good factor.

The beautiful words and concepts that God has given us inspire feelings of goodness and love.

But it is no use just bathing in this atmosphere of goodwill.

We must put our words into action.

We must not merely mouth God's Words of Love we must act them out.

This is the litmus test.

Are we doing it?

Or are we just saying it?

Because after we have got the preaching right there remains the acting out of our faith.

So do not get hooked on the feel-good factor.

We must put our words into action.


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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Drunk.


Fundamentalist religious leaders are drunk.

Drunk on power!

And power corrupts.

They enforce absolute power over their converts and expect absolute obedience.

And absolute power corrupts absolutely.

"We shall be as gods." - the first temptation.

Pray for them to see.

See that God's representatives on Earth are not powerful potentates but humble lovers of humanity.


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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Habakkuk.


"O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen?
Or cry to you 'Violence!' and you will not save?
Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble?"
Habakkuk 1:2,3 (NRSV)

"Moreover, wealth is treacherous, the arrogant do not endure.
They open their throats wide as Sheol; like Death they never have enough."  Habakkuk 2:5 (NRSV)

Does this sound familiar?

Habakkuk could be speaking today!

With him we cry "How long?"

But you won't hear this preached in church too often.

Unless it is to push some End Times agenda.

But it is consistent with the Old Testament prophets whose social justice message is seldom heard.

Fox News would call God a Marxist.

And His prophets Commies.

But money deals with dissent violently.

As many protesters have discovered.

If not with a bullet then with a hate campaign.

"For there is still a vision for the appointed time."  Habakkuk 2:3 (NRSV)

That time is now!

The vision of God is breaking into history.

And we are blessed to be its agents.

Pray for the Light to dawn upon us and dispel our fears and terrors.

For God will not deal with us violently.

His mercy and forgiveness will prevail.

No one will perish.

Give up your fears.

And open your heart!


[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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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The Heart of God.


Deep within us.

In our heart of hearts.

There is a longing.

A longing for union with another.

This is the part of us that loves.

It is in fact our soul.

And it is this soul that finds completion in God.

The Beloved.

This is the Ultimate Reality.

Man was made for love.

And we find this love in the Heart of God.


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Monday, 9 September 2019

Gay Spirituality.


Is God gay?

Before you dismiss this question out of hand it may be profitable to consider the facts.

God is our Mother/Father.

And as such He embodies both female and male characteristics.

In this way He is like a gay person.

Also the relationship to God of His chosen ones is a love relationship.

And most of these chosen are men.

So God loves men.

In this way He is like a gay man.

So the search that every gay man embarks on, which is the search for a loving father, is a search for Him.

God is The Beloved.

And as such He represents the perfect lover.

For a gay man this is a 36 year old father-figure.

So the urge that every gay man feels - to find his perfect lover - is in fact a search for God.

And when we establish this loving relationship with God we love all men.

Because God is everyone.

And everyone lives in Him.


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Sunday, 8 September 2019

The Role of the Fathers.


Coinciding with the emergence of the Millennial Generation there will be a change at the top.

Most of the older generation are dead or retired and the power void on boards and in corporate management will be taken up by Baby-Boomers.

This is significant because the Baby-Boomers have a different attitude towards power.

They have Pluto exalted in Leo.
This means a creative use of power.

Also they are the first generation to embrace the prophecy of the Age of Aquarius.

Now Leo is the sign opposed to Aquarius in the Zodiac.
And opposite signs often manifest a strong relationship to each other.

Leo represents: leadership, creativity, enlightenment, magnanimity, generosity, courage, and the heart.

So they may be more cooperative with the emerging Age of Aquarius.

The goals of which are: humanitarianism, altruism, greater equality, conservation, freedom, liberalism, humanism, technology, universal brotherhood, and unconditional love.

They also have Neptune in Libra which represents: love, peace, diplomacy, harmony, balance, art, literature, and partnerships.

The United Nations was formed during the same period so we may see a resurgence of power and activity in the world body.

This is all quite promising.

But there are many obstacles to overcome before these things can come to pass.

The potential is there.

It's up to us what we make of it.


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Saturday, 7 September 2019

The Third Temple.


Fundamentalist Christians in America believe that the Third Temple must be built before the end comes.

The First Temple was built by King Solomon in the 10th Century BCE.

This Temple was destroyed by the invading Babylonians in 586 BCE.

The Second Temple was built by Nehemiah in the 5th Century BCE.

This Temple was destroyed by the occupying Romans in 70 CE.

I believe that the Third Temple was the Old Saint Peter's Basilica which was built by Emperor Constantine over the tomb of Saint Peter in Rome in the 4th Century CE.

And as the End Times refers to the end of the ancient world the Third Temple was built shortly before the fall of the Roman Empire.

So it has already happened.

The Third Temple was built and the end came.


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Friday, 6 September 2019

The Kingdom of God.


The Kingdom of God is not a physical place but a state in which people accept God as their King.

As opposed to the rulers of the world:
The corporate plutocrats and their political allies.

Accepting God as your King entails practising: honesty, non-violence, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, charity, and unconditional love.

So the Kingdom of God can be interspersed within the kingdoms of the world and co-exist with them.


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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Demonization.


Why do the Religious Right say that Hippies and Gays are evil?

The answer is that it suits their political purpose.

This is the practice of demonization.

It is not true.

Despite the fact that Satanism exists in the rock music played by Hippies and gay venues they are no more evil than anyone else.

The evil influence of Satanism is everywhere.

It is on T.V., in sports, and entertainment, even in the news.

It is not restricted to Hippies and Gays.

The right-wing political forces in our world have succumbed to the temptation to use their knowledge of Satanism in rock music to demonize their political enemies.

And this is their sin.


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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

The Beatles.


Is it hard to believe that people sell their souls to the devil when told that The Beatles did it and The Rolling Stones did it and all the famous legends of rock music have done it?

And is it hard to believe that their music and videos are stacked with Satanic suggestion?

A closer inspection will reveal the malice and evil hidden in their music.

"Sympathy for the Devil", "Helter Skelter", "Celebration of the Lizard", "Toad", "Blackbird", "Ashes to Ashes", "Hotel California", "Ben", "Bad", "The Devil Inside", "Dancing With the Devil" to name a few.

Did you ever wonder what these blots on music are?

They are Satanic curses strategically planted to cause hellish hallucinations.

They tempt you and lead you astray.

They ruin you and try to kill you.

They damn your soul to hell.

This is the dark secret of rock music.

We would be better off without it.

But far from being mere poetry it sabotages and curses its listeners.

It is like a subtle spider web which draws you into evil.

And make no mistake this was its purpose from the beginning.

It is evident in other Beatles songs.

And in rock music in general.


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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Satanism.


When I tell people that rock music and entertainment and sports contain covert Satanism most people presume I am suffering from some kind of delusion.

And when I present evidence of Satanism hidden in music, entertainment, and sports they deny it and explain it away.

Some presume that I am a Fundamentalist Christian who believes in the devil and practises Spiritual Warfare.  I am not

Others just ignore it.
They think it can't be happening because there is no devil in reality.

And while I don't think that there is a real being called Satan I do believe that rock musicians and others do believe in a real Satan and follow people like Aleister Crowley.

They think their music is magic.

But I think that it works more like subconscious suggestion.

I believe that they control what people are thinking through the collective unconscious.

Directly through mind powers developed by using drugs in conjunction with Yoga practices.

And indirectly through backtracking and subliminal images.

But there is a God.

And He is omniscient.

Pray to be delivered.

God will answer.


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Monday, 2 September 2019

It Won't Make Sense.


Unless you realize that Satanic influences are sabotaging everyone's spiritual aspirations you won't be able to make sense of the world.

At least it won't work in the way that you think.

Because subliminal sabotage entering everyone's minds through rock music and reality T.V., through movies and sports, will negate all your efforts.

This hidden influence is now so widespread that it forms a world-wide web of evil.

And it affects everyone.

It tempts and curses us, it drags us down, and it kills.

Unless you recognize this you will not be able to revive religion.

It is anti-religious and it seeks to destroy all religion especially the Christian Churches.

So unless we can convince people to reject this evil influence all our efforts will be in vain.


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Sunday, 1 September 2019

Political Prisoners.


My generation - the Baby-Boomers - are political prisoners.

We are held captive by negative forces in the collective.

The political left has been blamed and shamed by the media and Generation X who use violence and intimidation to achieve their ends.

It is the politics of hate.

Socialists are equated with Communists like Stalin in order to blacken the left.

But this is plainly untrue.
Socialist governments in the West are not responsible for mass-murder and incarceration.

This is merely a ploy to paint left-wing politics as totalitarian and cruel.

And it doesn't stop there.

The Hippies were called loose - meaning that they were somehow morally deficient.

But this is blatant hypocrisy by the generation which popularized male strippers and toy boys.

How they can call anybody loose is beyond me.

But the greatest transgression of Generation X was to turn to evil.

They boasted that they were pure evil.

This was to threaten and terrify anyone who opposed them and bash them into submission.

And then they whitewashed their crimes by siding with the Religious Right who welcomed them with glee and ignored their bad behavior and spiritual duplicity.

By calling politicians corrupt they smeared the left and bolstered the right.

All of this was politically motivated.

And propagated by corporate-owned media.

And it ensured the victory of the right who used religion to demonize and damn their political opponents.

But the truth will out.

Generation X and their allies in the corporations and the Religious Right turned to hatred and violence to brainwash and reconstruct a whole generation.

History will call them evil.


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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Made For Love.


Man was made for love.

For the ecstasy of loving another.

Another human being.

Or our Father - God Himself.

It is no coincidence that Jesus said the first commandment  was to love God.

And the second commandment was to love our neighbor.

For love is the inmost nature of God.

And life is about finding love.

Finding love in our hearts.

And giving that love to others.

To God.

And to our neighbor.

Then we will be truly Home.


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