Archive for December, 2016

Four attitudes to Christmas and to life

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Symes

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream.

I just took one of those online surveys to find out what kind of person I am, based on my attitude to Christmas. And the result came out completely wrong. But the basic premise behind the test is good, even profound.

‘Four kinds of Christmas’ is a series of resources based on a small book, a tract really, by Australian evangelist Glenn Scrivener which reads as if it had its origin in an excellent Christmas talk. His text is from Isaiah 9: “the people walking in darkness have seen a great light”. After an amusing description of typical Aussie festive celebrations, he concludes that “the true context for Christmas is darkness”, spiritual as well as climatic, and posits four ways in which people deal with it.

‘Scrooge’ describes an attitude of pragmatic pessimism. Life is hard, bad things happen, the outlook is bleak, so we act accordingly: Christmas is definitely not seen as the most wonderful time of the year. The Dickens character is a monstrous extreme, but it’s not difficult to find examples of joylessness, lack of generosity, looking after number one in today’s world. If you give too much of yourself you will be vulnerable; if you allow yourself to hope you will be disappointed. It’s unattractive, but understandable; it may come from a correct diagnosis, though the inward-looking, self-protecting solution leaves the individual and those around him shrivelled.

‘Santa’ represents the opposite attitude – one of positivity and optimism, but often involving complete denial of the reality of the darkness. “God’s in his heaven – all’s right with the world” might be the motto of the “Santa” attitude. For such people, thinking positively is the key to a happy life, focusing on the good things in the present, convinced that all will be well in the future. I’m reminded of the scene in the Netflix drama ‘The Crown’, where it’s clear that King George VI has terminal lung cancer but as the doctors attempt to keep it secret the King refuses to face reality, while his family and household continue to believe that he will make a full recovery.

‘Shopper’ knows full well that life involves suffering and ends in death. The solution is not to deny this, but to enjoy life in the present: as Scrivener puts it, “the light is going out so lets celebrate while we can”. He points out that like Scrooge, the ‘shopper’ has the correct diagnosis of the situation in the present, but unlike the Dickens character he instinctively knows we are created for fullness of life not joyless survival. The problem though is that when the festivities are over “and the credit card hits the doormat, the valley of the shadow remains”. Western neoliberal economics are of course built on this model: when Maynard Keynes was asked who would pay off the debts in the long run, he famously replied “in the long run we will all be dead”. It is the philosophy of: live well now, die later – no-one will ultimately pay because the world ends with no afterlife.

The fourth way of looking at life Scrivener calls ‘stable’. The image is of course the nativity scene, and the Gospel accounts which fulfil the ancient prophecies. Darkness does indeed cover the earth and is in our hearts, but a light has descended . This comes in the form of a person, not imaginary, like Santa ‘out there’, but a real human being in history who is also the Lord in heaven. As prophesied by Isaiah, a child is born, destined to shatter the yoke of our oppression, to replace conflict with peace. If only the Scrooge would open his heart to the love and hope He brings; if only the shopper would not obsess selfishly and foolishly about today’s pleasure and ‘stuff’, and trade it for a new perspective on riches in the future.

 

This idea of four different attitudes to Christmas, and to life in general, is a clever way of presenting the Gospel to unbelievers. It challenges those who live life with unrealistic wishful thinking, hedonism and pessimistic lack of ambition, to be honest about the state of the world and our hearts, and open to what the real God has done and has called us to. But it reveals something of the mentality of Christians and churches as well. Though we all believe in the truth of the ‘stable’[1], our personalities, our life experiences, our worldviews, our church and mission policies continue to reflect something of Scrooge, shopper or Santa. When I took the ‘Four kinds of Christmas’ survey, I came out as ‘Santa’, which is ridiculous because I’m closest to Scrooge of course – but the survey was clearly skewed by the fact that I do enjoy Christmas!

What is our response to the darkness, as we in the West are reminded daily on the news of war and poverty abroad, atheism and sadness around us at home? “That’s a very negative outlook”, some will say, and point to answers to prayer and exciting plans for the future while not wanting to dwell at all on stories of terrorist atrocities and church divisions. Others will focus on making things comfortable for their own family and local church, cutting back on giving, believing deep down that there is nothing they can do about the scale of evil and unbelief.

But the attitude symbolized by ‘stable’ is in some ways more aligned to the ‘shopper’ – knowing about the darkness, even experiencing it, but spending recklessly in the face of it. The difference with the Christian, of course, is that the motivation for the giving of ourselves and our money is the self-giving of God, the word made flesh in the manger, and the direction of the spending is outwards, towards family, congregation, community and world, not on ourselves. And unlike the shoppers, who make their own light and party while it is still burning, those who believe in the Light of the world allow Him to illuminate their own lives, rejoice when He can be detected even in the darkest situations, and look forward with certainty to the day when all is light, and the darkness is banished forever.

[1] Despite the fact that some theologians like to point out that this particular type of building isn’t mentioned in the nativity stories!

Islam, Christian Persecution, and the War on the West

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

We should not be very surprised that Christians and other infidels are being attacked and killed in the West by those from the religion of peace. After all, in Muslim majority countries this is common practice. Indeed, the number one source of anti-Christian hate and persecution is Islam.

It is because Islam is so unaccepting of other religions and demands that all infidels convert, die, or become dhimmis, that we in the West have every right to be concerned about Islamic immigration. Those who do not adhere to political Islam and wish to embrace the values and the beliefs of the West may be welcome, but those who refuse to adopt, but want to turn the West into a replica of the hellholes they have come from are not.

Both the persecution of Christians in Muslim nations and the death of Westerners in the West by Muslims has again been big news in today’s press – or at least some of the press. Consider the first issue: the widespread and wholesale persecution of Christians throughout the world.

No prizes for guessing where most of this is occurring. As the Religious Freedom in the World 2016 report makes clear, Islam again leads the way in this area. The report – the 13th edition – is put out by the British-based Aid to the Church in Need.

An executive summary of the report can be found here: religion-freedom-report.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Religious-Freedom-in-the-World-Executive-Summary-2016.pdf

If one examines the top seven nations responsible for the persecution of Christians, we find North Korea and six Muslim majority nations. It was said of these nations that the persecution is so extreme that “it “could scarcely get any worse”. These countries are: Afghanistan, Iraq (northern), Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Syria.

Let me share just one other key finding of the report:

WHY ARE PEOPLE BEING PERSECUTED?
Of the 23 countries that showed high levels of persecution…
-In 16 countries the persecution was linked to extremist Islam – 1) Afghanistan, 2) Bangladesh, 3) Indonesia, 4) Iraq, 5) Kenya, 6) Libya, 7) Niger, 8) Nigeria, 9) Palestinian Territories, 10) Pakistan, 11) Saudi Arabia, 12) Somalia, 13) Sudan, 14) Syria, 15) Tanzania, 16) Yemen
-In 6 of the remaining countries the persecution was attributed to authoritarian regimes – 1) Burma, 2) China, 3) Eritrea, 4) North Korea, 5) Turkmenistan, 6) Uzbekistan

But the sad news is, whenever large scale Muslim immigration takes place in the West, we also have plenty of cases of Christians and others being attacked and killed, all in the name of Allah. I often reported on some of these tragic incidents on this site.

ladenburger-1It is alarming how many of them have to do with Muslim “refugees” who have been allowed into the West. The latest case which is getting some press coverage concerns the rape and murder of 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger.

What might shake some things up a bit – finally – is the fact that she also happens to be the daughter of a senior EU official. Here is how one news report covers the story:

Maria Ladenburger, the daughter of a high-ranking EU official, was returning from a party in the university city of Freiburg in Germany when she was assaulted on a cycle path. She was raped and then drowned before her body was found in the River Dreisam. The shocking incident happened on October 16 but details have only been released after an arrest on Friday.
The suspect, an Afghan migrant, was caught after police found DNA on a scarf near the path. The scarf reportedly belonged to Maria. They also found a strand of hair on a nearby blackberry bush. Officers then trawled CCTV to find people with a similar hairstyle, which led them to the suspect.
Following his arrest the suspect, aged 17, pleaded guilty to the attack and will be sentenced next year. However, prosecutors say he can still change his plea and it’s unknown if he has admitted raping Maria. The unnamed migrant arrived in Germany last year as an unaccompanied minor and lived with a local family in the city.

Another news item looks at the broader political situation in Germany:

The news comes ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU conservative party conference in which she sets out her claim to a fourth term in office next year, against a rising tide of anger at her open-door refugee policy. Crime among unaccompanied male refugee has in general been on the rise of late.
In picturesque Garmisch-Partenkirchen the mayor recently wrote to Bavarian state authorities pleading for help in dealing with them at a hostel, while a nationwide alcohol ban has been imposed at all their accommodation centres. Mrs Merkel will attempt to bolster support for her stance on refugees this week, but still refuses to say what a final limit might be.

All around the West we have a strong reaction to what appears to be uncontrolled Muslim immigration into the West, and so many Islamic terrorist attacks occurring on Western streets. The Brexit vote and the surprising Trump win are but two examples of this, and more are expected.

Some are even saying that the Dutch political landscape might shift big time and conservative politician Geert Wilders might become Prime Minister. In France another conservative politician, Marine Le Pen is also doing very well in polling. People are tired of what is often open slather on immigration, and the refusal of so many Muslim immigrants to seek to fit in and adopt to the host cultures.

In the meantime more non-Muslims are being attacked and killed, creeping sharia continues to spread in the West, and most of our gutless leaders are afraid to do anything about it. That is why so many people are voting them out of office.

Consider just one shocking headline from the UK: “Britain BANS heroic bishops: Persecuted Christian leaders from war zones refused entry”. The story begins:

Three archbishops from war-torn Iraq and Syria have been refused permission to enter the UK despite being invited to London to meet Prince Charles. The Christians, including the Archbishop of Mosul, were told there was “no room at the inn” by the Home Office when they applied for visas to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral.
Last night the decision was described as “unbelievable” by critics who pointed out that extreme Islamic leaders had been allowed visas. The Prince of Wales addressed the congregation at St Thomas Cathedral in London last week, while both the Queen and the Prime Minister sent personal messages of congratulations. Prince Charles, who has previously described the persecution of the Christians in the Middle East as a “tragedy”, used his address to highlight the suffering of Syrian Christians.
But the welcome did not extend to Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Archbishop of Mosul, nor to Timothius Mousa Shamani, the Archbishop of St Matthew’s, which covers the Nineveh valley in northern Iraq, who were refused UK visas to attend the event on November 24. The UK also refused to grant a visa to Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, the Archbishop of Homs and Hama in Syria.

The Barnabas Fund, which deals with the persecuted church, said this:

UK visas: YES to radical Islamists, NO to Christian archbishops
It is hard to imagine a more incongruous headline – just as the world’s attention focuses on the liberation of Mosul, the UK government has refused to grant a visa to the Archbishop of Mosul to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox cathedral, a church whose flock includes many refugees fleeing persecution from Islamists in Iraq and Syria….
Yet, at the same time this is happening, radical Islamist leaders are being told they can have visas – even though they represent organisations or movements that incite violence and persecution against Christians. For example, we have previously reported that the UK Home Office recently issued guidance stating that there should be a presumption that senior members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood should be granted asylum in the UK – despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood has repeatedly incited violence against Egyptian Christians, leading to around 80 churches being burnt down since 2013, and has declared a violent jihad against the Egyptian government. In July this year visas were granted for a tour of UK mosques by two Pakistani Islamic leaders who have been prominent campaigners to “honour” the murder of anyone opposed to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and who also called for the immediate killing of Christians accused of blasphemy, such as Aasia Bibi.

It is as if the West wants Islam to succeed, and is willing itself to a slow but certain death, along with the death of Christianity. In the face of such despicable “leadership” we can only hope that the conservative revolution continues to sweep through the West. It is long overdue.

www.express.co.uk/news/world/739620/Maria-Ladenburger-murder-EU-official-daughter-killed-by-refugee-Aghan
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3998478/Teenage-Afghan-immigrant-arrested-Germany-murder-medical-student.html
www.express.co.uk/news/uk/739563/Christians-leaders-persecuted-bishops-Iraq-Syria-visas-UK
www.barnabasaid.org/news/Editorial-UK-visas-YES-to-radical-Islamists-NO-to-Christian-archbishops

LGBT Film To Premiere In Welsh Cathedral

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

By Harry Farley
CHRISTIAN TODAY
http://www.christiantoday.com/

A documentary about gay nuns will premiere in a Welsh cathedral this week in a move that has been welcomed by the Archbishop of Wales.

All One in Christ is a 12-minute documentary about two ex-nuns who fall in love before being rejected by their community. Deeply critical of the Church’s attitude towards gay couples, it will be screened in St Asaph’s Cathedral, north Wales, on Tuesday evening.

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, welcomed the move and said: “This film will not be easy watching for church members as it reminds us how people among us have been ostracised and mistreated because of their sexuality.

“By sharing the personal stories of those who have suffered and been hurt I hope this powerful film will bring home to all the scale of the damage done and ultimately help change attitudes within the church.”

But Dr William Strange, vice-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales, told Christian Today it was “regrettable” the Church had made this “public demonstration after our governing body decided not to give the green light to change teaching on sexuality”.

The local Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron, will take part in a panel discussion after the event on Tuesday.

Mike Jones from the campaign group Changing Attitude, Trawsnewid Agwedd Cymru said: “We are very grateful to the Iris Prize Outreach team, and the Big Lottery Fund Wales, for making it possible for us to produce our film, ‘All One in Christ’ and for the Church in Wales bishops who encouraged us to do it.

“Those who took part in the film describe the pain experienced by LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) people, as a result of being made unwelcome, or the fear of being unwelcome, even rejected, by the Church. But the film is also full of faith, and hope, and even love, for a Church that continues to struggle with accepting people whatever their sexuality.

“We are all one in Christ. This means, for example, that everyone should be able to celebrate their marriages or civil partnerships in churches and receive God’s blessing, wherever they live in Wales. Many — and, in some parts of Wales, the majority — of church members, clergy and bishops agree. But not all do.

“Our hope is that the film will challenge and inspire the Church in Wales to fully include LGBTQIA people in its life and ministry, and be a sign of God’s love and justice in a broken world.”

North American Anglican Leader Blasts Duplicity of Western Anglicanism

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

By David W. Virtue, DD
www.virtueonline.org

The Biblical, apostolic catholic and conciliar values that birthed Anglicanism are given lip service while leaders of the Anglican status quo drift increasingly into heterodoxy and the outright denial of the very essentials of our faith, writes Canon Phil Ashey, president of the American Anglican Council, an organization of theologically conservative North American Anglicans.

“They justify this with technical and legalistic appeals to the fact that the original values have not been formally or officially repealed,” he says.

“No one has abandoned the Creeds or the Thirty-Nine Articles,” they will say. But they are said with fingers crossed, and presented as meaninglessly as the offerings of Israel in Isaiah 1.

(“Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New moons, Sabbaths and convocations–I cannot bear your worthless assemblies…They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening.”) Isaiah 1:13-15

“As I look at the Anglican Communion, and particularly those largely “Global north” and western churches that align with the values of The Episcopal Church (TEC), and increasingly the leadership of the Church of England, I can’t help but face the conviction of Isaiah 1.”

Ashey ripped the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishops of the Church of England and asked what if they are preparing for an “about face” on their teaching of marriage, as some inside leaders of the Church are suggesting. “There seems to be a growing inevitability that the leadership of the Church of England will sooner than later provide liturgical blessings for same-sex partnerships, perhaps even marriages. They may say that they are remaining faithful because they have not officially repealed the Church’s teaching that marriage is a lifetime covenant between one man and one woman. But in blessing same sex unions they will be repudiating the Biblical doctrine of creation, including marriage. (see Gen.2:24; Matt. 19:4-6; Eph. 5:31).”

Ashey said that even among orthodox Anglicans in North America, some Anglican churches are growing in some places, but others are declining.

“I am reminded by our actual numbers that we can fit every ACNA Anglican that worships on Sunday into a college football stadium. We have a long way to grow. What are we doing as Anglican followers of Jesus Christ to help heal the wounds and divisions in our own communities, especially post-election? In an increasingly and aggressively secular culture, is the Church becoming a hostage to yet another secular political-power movement? What are we doing to recapture the values of the Kingdom that are so radically different than the values of our culture– where human dignity and flourishing are rooted in our identity in Christ who restores the image of God in us, rather than the politics of gender and sexual identity? How can gospel values give us a compelling alternative to the ultimately “exhausted” and hollow vision of secularism?

“Within our own Anglican ranks, how can we make sure that we are always refreshing those Biblical, apostolic, catholic and conciliar values that gave birth to the Anglican Church in North America, semper reformanda? How can we be sure that our vision matches our values so that we will not become the hollow and empty leaders that God protests in Isaiah 1?”

Ashey said these will be some of the questions he and others will address next week at a Rector’s Summit for Vision and Planning. “They are also the questions we pose in our AAC “REVIVE!” workshops for clergy and congregational leaders at all levels of the Church. These are the questions worth asking–semper reformanda!

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Scandal of how UK refused visas to persecuted Christians

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

PHOTO: Prince Charles joins cultural dancers after the consecration of the new St Thomas Cathedral, Syriac Orthodox Church

TheBy Staff Reporter
http://www.globalchristiannews.org/

The scandal of how UK officials denied entry to Britain to three Archbishops from Iraq and Syria who have been driven from their dioceses by Islamic State, was revealed last week by persecuted church agency Barnabas Fund.

The cause was taken up by British newspapers at the weekend under headlines like as ‘Britain bans heroic bishops’. Barnabas Fund this week claimed that Britain’s reputation for giving safe haven to the persecuted is at risk after it refused short term entry visas for the three Archbishops from war-torn Iraq and Syria. The two were invited to London to meet Prince Charles at the consecration of a new cathedral for the Syrian Orthodox Church in London. Prime Minister Theresa May was one of those who sent messages to the congregation to welcome the presence of Syrian Christians.

But there was no ‘room at the inn’ for the Archbishop of Mosul, the Archbishop of Homs and the Archbishop of St Matthew’s Valley (Nineveh Valley). According to Barnabas Fund, the reasons given for their visas being refused included the claim that they did not have enough money to support themselves in the UK and that they might not leave the UK.

Yet, according to a Syriac Orthodox leader the Home Office knew that the men have pressing pastoral responsibilities in their own dioceses now that their dioceses previously held by IS are being liberated. Not only that, the archbishops are reported to have long-term visas for several other western countries including the USA and the EU’s Schengen zone.

The leader of the UK’s Syriac Orthodox Christians, Archbishop Athanasius Thoma Dawod condemned the decision: “We cannot understand why Britain is treating Christians in this way?”

Dr Martin Parsons, Head of Research at Barnabas Fund contrasted the treatment of Christian leaders with the more favourable treatment that Islamist radicals have received.

This summer two Pakistani Imams were given visas to tour UK mosques. They were both prominent supporters of the Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws and advocates of the killing of Christians accused of blasphemy.

Nation Shocked, Horrified As Christians Hold Christian Position

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

U.S.—Reports from around the nation Thursday indicate that millions of American citizens were still reeling from the revelation that a prominent Christian couple holds a historically Christian position.

“We’re not saying people can’t be Christians,” a Seattle woman said in a Facebook comment. “This is a free country, after all. But when Christians decide to actually have Christian beliefs about things—I’m sorry, that’s just too far.”

A man in Denver agreed, stating that he prided himself on his deep appreciation of and support for freedom of beliefs and religious tolerance, “so long as Christians don’t publicly hold opinions I find disagreeable.”

“It’s almost as if they take the Bible seriously or something,” he added, shaking his head.

This revelation comes on the heels of a national Gallup poll released earlier this week indicating that over 95% of Americans agreed with the statement, “Christians are allowed to practice their beliefs, as long as everyone agrees with them.”

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Zadok, Christian Churches and the LGBT Split

A supporter of same-sex marriage waves a rainbow flag during a rally outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan
A supporter of same-sex marriage waves a rainbow flag during a rally outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)

An interesting separation is taking place in the Christian community today over homosexuality and gay marriage. One leader opposes. Another affirm. Yet most just sit silent.

But not for long.

The agenda to impose participation and celebration of the gay lifestyle—and all the expressive events surrounding it—is more aggressive than ever before. It has steamrolled through the spheres of culture (education, media, business, government, etc.) and now it has the church (“the last man standing”) in its crosshairs.

Why? Because the church is the “pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15c).

The good news is, these attacks are revealing which Christian leaders truly walk in the presence of God and which simply enjoy a platform for Him.

But regardless, no matter how much care and concern true believers have for homosexuals as precious image-bearers of God, the agenda to eliminate Christian witness on sexual morality will take no prisoners.

Now more than ever before in our lifetimes, those holding to a moral, biblical orthodoxy must prepare for a bold stand. Will the radical agenda to transform America—and the entire Western world—topple two millennia of Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality?

Not if the Zadok priesthood has anything to do with it.

So who the heck is Zadok, and what does he have to do with sexuality and gay marriage?

It sounds random, but it’s truly profound. Hear us out on this.

In the time of Israel’s captivity in Babylon (605-535 B.C.), God gave Ezekiel the prophet a message for His people, explaining the many reasons their nation was destroyed and the people were taken captive. The main reason above all the rest was they had weak priests who refused to stand against the evil of their time and lead the people to truth.

Listen to what God said to Ezekiel: “Her priests have violated My law and have profaned My holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and profane, nor have they shown the difference between the unclean and the clean” (Ezek. 22:26a).

The priests refused to tell the truth about right and wrong, so the people went astray. The “church” wasn’t being the church. Her leaders refused to clearly distinguish between God’s way and the world’s. They mixed the holy and the profane. Maybe they didn’t want to come across as “bigoted” or “hateful.” Who knows?

Now enter Zadok and his descendants. He was a godly priest who was faithful during the time of rebellion under King David, while the other priests simply went along with the cultural current of the day (1 Kings 1-2). As a result, God blessed Zadok and his sons for toeing the line.

Ezekiel prophesied of these “sons of Zadok”—a remnant of priests within the priesthood who spoke truth to the people. These guys were the ones in the middle of all the other priests who stood up and spoke the word of God clearly, leading the people toward the truth instead of away from it. No matter how strong the influence of culture was upon them, the sons of Zadok remained—and would remain—steadfast, teaching the way of God in truth.

“But for the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept the charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near to Me to minister to Me. … They shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean” (Ezek. 44:15a, 23).

The Zadok priests made clear, moral judgments about right and wrong, while other priests clouded the truth and refused to show the way of righteousness. (As former baseball players, we’d call all these other priests R.O.Y.s—which means the “rest of y’all.” In baseball, fans pay to see the stars play while the R.O.Y.s simply make the game happen.)

Keeping with our baseball analogy, the Zadok priests were the stars, while all the other priests were just the R.O.Y.s

But (and that’s a big but), the R.O.Y. priests were still part of the game. Check out how these guys continued to serve in the temple, but God clearly distinguished the Zadok priests above the rest:

“He said to me, ‘This chamber that faces south is for the priests who have charge of the temple. The chamber that faces north is for the priests who have charge of the altar. These are the sons of Zadok among the sons of Levi, who come near to the Lord to minister to Him'” (Ezek. 40:45-46).

The R.O.Y. priests got the platform, but the Zadok priests got the presence. Though the R.O.Y. priests still served in the temple, they had to keep their distance. But the Zadok priests were able to draw near to God—because they remained faithful to Him and His ways during times of rebellion.

Today, New Testament believers are called to be a remnant of priests.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may declare the goodness of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9).

The question is, which priest are we, and which one do we want to be?

Will we be a Zadok priesthood—those who shine the clear light of God’s truth into a darkened world that desperately needs Him? O will be just be like the R.O.Y. priests—those who refuse to teach others the difference between the holy and the profane?

The radical LGBT agenda is forcing the choice.

So as the separation in the Christian community continues, it will be much easier to see difference between “priests” who’ve chosen a platform and those who’ve chosen God’s presence. {eoe}

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