This is a compilation of articles on the Internet, that may be useful in the upcoming festivities.
NOTICE: There are several websites that the browser, I use, Opera blocks their posts. Therefore, I post the WHOLE article instead of brief summary. I am able to show the web address when I use parentheses after their name such as: http://www.theburningplatform(.com). If not they block the whole address…..
“THE MIND OF CHRIST”: 1 CORINTHIANS 2:11-16, BY COUNTRYSLICKER
11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:11-16)
The ministry of the Spirit
In verses 11-16 of the chapter, Paul focuses on the ministry performed by the Spirit.
The Spirit searches us… 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
Only you know what is going on within your personality. Others cannot truly know what is going on deep within you. Likewise, we cannot know the deep things of God on our own. The Holy Spirit, however, can (and does) reveal this to us. Through the Holy Spirit, we become sharers of the life of God.
Look back to verse 9 (the quote from Isaiah 64:4)… “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But through the Holy Spirit we can see, hear, and receive the personality of God. The Spirit reveals to us the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
This understanding is not a work that we can achieve through developing our own knowledge and wisdom. This understanding only comes through a revelation (revealing) of the Spirit of God.
Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
This wisdom comes by the Spirit who is from God, not from the spirit of this world. Since every believer has received, the Spirit who is from God, every believer has the access to this spiritual wisdom. This is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
In 1 Corinthians 6 Paul writes… Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19)
This does not mean every believer has equal spiritual wisdom. It does not mean we will understand all spiritual mysteries. It does mean every believer can understand the basics of the Christian message, which is unattainable (and undesirable) by human wisdom. The unbeliever does not have the Holy Spirit inside of him, and therefore cannot comprehend the mystery, the things of God. The ways of God are foolishness to the unbeliver.
To Timothy, Paul wrote… For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound [disciplined] mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Warren Wiersbe comments… We have a wealth of spiritual resources because the Spirit lives within us!
The Holy Spirit teaches
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
In John chapter 14, Jesus taught that… the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26)
Much of the life of a Christian is rejected by the world. Many of the foundational principles of the Christian faith are in direct conflict with the world. The world cannot (and doesn’t want to) teach us about spiritual things. We have to allow the Holy Spirit to teach us the spiritual things of God.
Warren Wiersbe writes… The successful Christian learns the vocabulary of the Spirit and makes use of it. He knows the meaning of justification, sanctification, adoption, propitiation, election, inspiration, and so forth. In understanding God’s vocabulary, we come to understand God’s Word and God’s will for our lives. If the engineering student can grasp the technical terms of chemistry, physics, or electronics, why should it be difficult for Christians, taught by the Spirit, to grasp the vocabulary of Christian truth?
We take the time to become knowledgeable and proficient in the vocabulary of our earthly professions. How much more important is it to become proficient in the vocabulary of or eternal identity?
Christians can relate to spiritual things… that unbelievers cannot relate to such as “Hating the sin without hating the sinner” and what “wordly love” is vs. “spiritual love”.
The Spirit discerns
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
The ancient Greek word for natural man is “psuchikos.” It describes the materialist, who lives as if there were nothing beyond this physical life. This is the kind of life common to all animals. The natural man is where we all start life, the life inherited from Adam. The natural man is unregenerate man, unsaved man. We have to deal with the material world, so there is nothing inherently sinful in “natural” life. God is not displeased when you have to eat and sleep and work. But life on this level is without spiritual insight: the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God.
Spiritual things seem foolishness to the natural man. Why waste time on “spiritual” things when you could be making money or having fun? The natural man doesn’t want the things of God because he regards them as foolishness. What is more, he can’t understand the things of God (even if he wanted to) because they are spiritually discerned. It would be wrong to expect the natural man to see and value spiritual things, just as it would be wrong to expect a corpse to see the material world.
The natural man is unsaved. Too many Christians still think like natural men, refusing to spiritually discern things. When our only concern is for “what works” or the “bottom line,” we are not spiritually discerning, and we are thinking like the natural man, even though we might be saved.
Paul is not saying that every Christian is above every criticism (after all, much of this letter is criticism). No natural man is equipped to judge a spiritual man. The spiritual man has understanding that the natural man does not have. The natural man has worldly wisdom. However, the spiritual man has worldly and spiritual wisdom.
16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
“Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or as His counselor has taught Him?” (Isaiah 40:13)
May you have the understanding of the spiritual man of God.
I may be more distraught than usual as I’m dealing with the illness of a beloved pet, but I think even if I were not I’d have to acknowledge that in the absence of any rational leadership things quickly are spinning apart here.
Even in the best, most efficient emergency room in the capital wait times to be seen — something that rarely took more than half an hour — now stretch to five hours. The stress of long hours and the vaccine mandate have caused many experienced nurses and technicians to quit and newer replacements take time to train, especially in the absence of more senior staff to do this. Veterinary hospitals as well are overwhelmed and understaffed. It’s not just here. I’m getting reports of medical care bottlenecks around the country — at least in big cities or nearby adjoining areas, and the reports blame staffing shortages — shortages largely due to vaccine mandates and job stress.
Grocery shelves are often empty in many parts of the country. We’re back to limits at some shops on essentials like water and paper goods, and building supply deliveries are unpredictable and delayed. Container ships line up at our ports with no means to unload and transport the goods where they are wanted. (I keep having daydreams of General Patton unclogging a similar wartime bottleneck by standing in the middle of the road and personally directing movement.) There are various explanations for the shipping snafus, and I don’t feel qualified to decide which of these is responsible. I have heard that the operators of the equipment are highly skilled and highly paid workers and are not easily replaced by, for example, military or National Guard troops. An engineer familiar with such things, says that is not true. The Wall Street Journal tweeted that “A pilot program offering 24-hour container operations at the Port of Long Beach hasn’t attracted any truckers more than two weeks since the extended hours began.” But a trucker there reported to a friend that the drivers aren’t coming because they do not get paid for loiter time and because the ports are not operating efficiently. Drivers may have to wait 12 hours to pick up a load. To make it even more complicated, many of the containers are reportedly “intermodal” which means the transfers need to be coordinated not only with the pickup but as well with the delivery at the other end. With truck drivers limited by federal standards to 11-hour workdays and a shortage of drivers, the problem — which impacts almost everything — seems to be getting worse. What matters to me is that there appears to be no federal office or officer with the capacity or will to help straighten out this logistical mess, a mess that to me does not seem utterly unsolvable with competent leadership.
The Scheller Case is America’s Dreyfus Affair
By Barry Shaw
A US Marine officer, Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller, publicly criticized the Biden Administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan which left 13 servicemen and women dead at Kabul Airport.
He particularly targeted the top brass of the military, a military to which he devoted his energy and his life to serve, for their abysmal performance in the closing days of the Afghan withdrawal.
Scheller was relieved of his command shortly after he posted a video on Facebook demanding senior officers be held to account for their actions. In the video, Scheller said that he intended to resign his commission.
Are Perceptions of COVID Changing?
Mask and vaccine mandates are less politically damaging than they should be. Recent polls show that around 64% of Americans support mask mandates, although less than half view masks as effective. One in four view masks as hazardous and ineffective. Playing on COVID fears, Democrats are beating Republicans 45% to 33% on their handling of the COVID pandemic. John Q. Public views the party that called the pandemic a hoax, that played games with lockdowns, and that had plentiful hairdresser and French Laundry moments as they abused and made light of the pandemic, to be more trustworthy on the issue. Why, and what can be done to correct this?
The repetition of the big lie, suppression of facts and lack of personal experiences have skewed perceptions. Big Media and Big Tech have consummated an unholy alliance with Big Government to spread “fact checks” and disinformation masquerading as truth. If government disinformation is the problem, then privately spreading information is the solution.
A scientist colleague proclaimed, “I cannot believe how anti-science the Republicans are acting.” I corrected him, “the Republicans are the only ones following the science.” I informed him that the CDC’s studies showed that masks were ineffective, that other studies suggested masks would worsen the spread and severity of disease, and that Pfizer’s Phase II/III vaccine trials suggest that their vaccine will kill three healthy people through side effects to save one life from COVID (over six months, with declining efficacy). Meanwhile, there are multiple effective therapies, such as ivermectin, monoclonal antibodies, budesonide, vitamin D3, zinc, azithromycin, and hydroxychloroquine, which are inexpensive and can individually reduce deaths by over 80% and can be used in combination.
My Niece Is a Car
My niece is a car. She used to be a human being. We’re not supposed to talk about that anymore.
About a year ago, my sister Claire called and told me that she was tired of hand-sewing costumes for her oldest daughter, Alice. One day Alice would beg to be dressed as a school bus, the next a pickup truck, and the next, a sports car. She told her mom that she wished she were an automobile instead of a person. Claire was running out of material and patience.
At first, Alice’s behavior made sense to me. She’d loved to play with toy cars when she was little, and she had a wonderful imagination. I’ll admit that I was one of the family members who found her new hobby cute. Some thought it was just a phase and that we should humor her. Others tried to convince her that she couldn’t actually become a car. And some tried to bolster her self-esteem by reminding her that cars are cool, but so are twelve-year-old human girls.
My doubts began when Alice asked that her body be covered with metal. What about gymnastics? Claire asked. You wouldn’t be able to bend anymore. Alice started to cry. I don’t want to bend, she said. I want to zoom.
Claire reluctantly bought scraps from the junkyard and glued them onto her daughter each morning. Alice couldn’t walk as well when she had her panels on (as she called them), but she did seem to smile more. When Claire pulled off the panels before Alice’s bath one night, some skin came with them, and she bled. Alice said that the pain was worth it and that she wanted permanent parts installed.
There is a bunch of very interesting, (disturbing and frightening would be more appropriate adjectives if you have been so foolish as to have got the jab), concerning the fake vaccines that are being pushed so hard on Western populations. Soviet Men has a good piece up which quotes the Australian government’s own recently updated requirements regarding who must be vaxxed. They are damned by their own words.
I must add an important caveat to what follows:
I am not a doctor, nor am I a nurse and I have no medical qualifications whatsoever. I am also not a virologist, nor any type of scientist and nor do I have any scientific qualifications. As such, you may be reasonably confident that I am not under the pay of any government department or nefarious hidden entity that are pushing these poisons so hard on our peoples.
Okay, there’s a lot of stuff here so let’s get to the juicy details.
As essay on the subject of the vaccines was recently released by someone who chose the moniker of Spartacus. Miles Mathis has reposted the essay and as his site seems to be indestructible I will link to him. The document goes into great detail of how the vaccines are designed and what they are designed to achieve. It’s not too heavy reading if you have half a brain.
If someone is vaccinated with mRNA based on the Spike from the initial Wuhan strain of SARSCoV-2, and then they become infected with a future, mutated strain of the virus, they may become
severely ill. In other words, it is possible for vaccines to sensitize someone to disease. There is a precedent for this in recent history. Sanof’s Dengvaxia vaccine for Dengue failed
because it caused immune sensitization in people whose immune systems were Dengue-naive. In mice immunized against SARS-CoV and challenged with the virus, a close relative of SARSCoV-2, they developed immune sensitization, Th2 immunopathology, and eosinophil infltration in their lungs.
Next up we have an essay that was published this week titled, “The most dangerous drugs ever released on the human population in the history of medicine”.
This is a bit more approachable and user friendly than the one by Spartacus. It also has a name attached to it, one Brendan Goodwin. Goodwin’s article outlines in detail the inherent toxicity of these shots.
Bridle highlights the following known and potential side effects. “Women have reported changes in menstruation after taking RNA vaccines.”
Yesterday it was announced in the Netherlands that 10,000 women have reported menstrual issues after taking the vaxx.
Another bit of info from the report:
However, while the spike protein found in the virus is bad, the spike protein your body produces in response to the vaccine is far worse. Why? Because the synthetic RNA in the vaccine has been programmed to instruct your cells to produce an unnatural, genetically engineered spike protein.
Specific alterations make it far more toxic than that found on the virus itself as it is a disease-causing agent that demolishes innate immunity and exhausts your natural killer (NK) cells’ ability to determine which cells are infected and which aren’t.
White blood cells keep popping up in these reports. The issue where a body cannot produce white blood cells is the defining feature of AIDs. So let’s move now to a very short recording of a nurse going into detail of how the clot shots go about their grisly business.
How accurate is this information? Well, it’s better than anything that you are going to find on the approved media outlets. At this stage, the act of getting the shot puts you in the same boat as Hemingway. You know, that fateful morning when he came downstairs at his home, stuck his shotgun in his mouth and pulled the barrel with his big toe. Maybe not as grisly but about the same end result.
What the nurse says corresponds to what I have read and heard regarding people with very bad adverse reactions; the majority of them have occurred on the second shot rather than the first. Line up for booster number three, guys. Step right up.
It gives me no pleasure to say this. I feel no schadenfreude at being right, yet again. Most of those close to me have submitted to this poison despite my best efforts to dissuade them. These are population-killer poisons. That’s the sunny and bright version of things. The nastier side is that they are designed to put people into bondage, slaves to their next shot upon which their very lives depend. I was a big science fiction fan back in the day. As it turns out, the authors I enjoyed lacked sufficient imagination to really put down what a future dystopian nightmare would look like. Real life beats fiction every time.
Earlier this year I wrote about going back to the underground as regards to finding real churches and places of worship. Included in that article is a link to the list of Catholic churches in the Lux Vera world directory.
This week over at Father Z’s site came a suggestion to people to set up chapels and alters in their own homes.
As it happens, I have a whole room dedicated as a chapel. However, the attractive, abandoned piece of furniture I have would work very well. There are even additional hinges in the frame behind the doors so that the doors could be opened all the way, flat against the sides of the cabinet, instead of sticking out. I suppose the insides of the doors could be decorated with sacred images. The drawers would easily hold Roman vestments, since they are plenty wide and deep. Right now, I am cutting and staining boards to add as shelves to make it into a china cabinet.
I suspect that, before things get better, they will get worse.
He also had a piece up about a priest who intends to go religious nomad.
I won’t go independent (I’ve seen way too much schism in that department), nor will I join the SSPX (as if they’d have me). I would instead retire, get a small house with my meager savings and hit the road in some area such as this one, going around celebrating Mass at people’s houses, all underground of course, keeping the Mass alive and waiting for better times. As a Society of Apostolic Life, we are very much working on each possibility and are planning how to fight like junkyard dogs, if needed. But more than anything, we trust our Lord 100% that He knew what He is doing when He permitted the Motu Proprio of this pope. Our Lord told us that there is only One Whom we should fear. And it isn’t the pope or some cardinal with a chip on his shoulder about tradition.
Seems like my earlier suggestion is now becoming reality for those who wish to escape the bondage that we are facing. The last eighteen months have not been a curse; rather, this time of disruption has been a blessing as it has provided us with the opportunity and motive to escape from the evils of modernity together with kindred souls. Five years ago a suggestion to go underground would have had you labeled as a kook. Now I am receiving emails on an almost daily basis asking me for advice on just this very subject, (I should set up a consultancy firm at this point).
What else needs to go underground apart from worship?
Schools. Our schools need to go underground. We must take back from the state the responsibility for our children. This is a marvelous opportunity for teachers who face being thrown out of the system to set something up themselves. An old fashioned one room school. Kids of all ages together and learning, helping each other, socialising across different age groups, praying together. Oh yes, any school that you would set up would have to be religious.
There’s an idea. You teachers should get together with those priests who seek to escape the system and set up something together.
The best part about this is that you would be part of a community. The parents of your charges would see you as an important part of their lives, not just some undignified babysitter as the teachers in the system are viewed today. What skills do those parents have? Are some of them farmers, growing their own food? Perhaps skilled tradesmen. Perhaps skilled warriors.
Here is a great article with many more ideas for how to go off grid, including in an electronic sense.
There is a lot of possibility here. But it is crucial to keep in mind one thing when doing this. The division of men and women. Equality, women’s rights and emancipation, “working together as a team”, all of this poisoned rubbish helped get us into this mess to begin with. So the women need to get with the program. Their own roles as the mothers and homemakers are critical. But in terms of public leadership and debate they need to shut their mouths, listen and follow their menfolk. That is a non-negotiable. And if a man in your community has a woman running off her mouth then it behooves the rest of you to take him aside and help him to get her under control. And if he can’t then they will have to leave. No exceptions.
If this doesn’t happen then your underground communities will fester and fail as the same issues that you sought to escape quickly manifest themselves once again. But do not fear having to confront your women; they will love you for it. Above all else, women desire a firm and guiding hand. So buckle up for the ride, boys. All your long dreamed of adventure stories are about to get real.