Thursday, June 20, 2019

How the fullness of Christ theme speaks to gospel based ethics, culture, discipleship and mission

Last time, I reviewed and amplified a bit on the fullness of Christ vision. as I have come to increasingly understand it over the years since c 1984. Now, kindly allow me to follow how (in Eph 4:17 ff)  the apostle Paul immediately set it in a context of gospel based ethics, culture, discipleship and mission, through explicitly counter-cultural life transformation, then pardon some application to our own situation. 

First, a back-up:
Eph 4:11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. [NIV, 2011]
Here, we see the operational core of the gospel mandate and how it confronts a culture in active rebellion against God, knowable truth and the right, being riddled with demonic, deceitful conspiracies and agendas. We are therefore called to truth it in love, implying also the transforming power and purity brought to us by the indwelling, transforming Holy Spirit. That four-point balance is critical: love, truth, power and purity. 

This means, both, [a] no undue hostility and [b] no compromise of what is knowable, livable truth and right. 

No wonder, discipleship requires an implicit struggle to grow in grace in one's own life, with extensions to family, community, civilisation and world. (And yes, I freely confess to my own struggles, as will any serious Christian; I testify to truth because it is a discipline of core duty, not as implying any claim to perfection!)

 For, a world in active rebellion, driven and tossed about by winds of erroneous or deliberately deceptive teachings, through the cunning and craftiness of deceitful schemers is not going to meekly submit to truth or purity. So, we must be spiritually energised with power and motivated by love if we are to be heavenly minded through God's truth and able to successfully do good on earth. 

Where, obviously, this four point, growing balance of truth, love, power and purity then becomes a characteristic sign of the genuine presence and work of God. God who is truth himself, who is love as to essential nature, who is utterly pure, who is inherently good and whose power (starting with being Creator) is beyond any finite measure or bound.

Let me note, too -- in correction to certain trends of our day --  that any attempt to drive a wedge between Jesus  as Messiah fulfilling the OT prophecies, his apostles and "inconvenient" teachings of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments is immediately deepest falsehood to be repudiated. As Messiah in the hebraic scriptural tradition, Jesus is tied to and endorses the OT. He sent and poured his Spirit out on his Apostles. The NT records their authentic, accurate, sound teachings, clearly by God's inspiration. Our view of the scriptures should be that of Jesus: scripture cannot be broken.

And yes, I am very aware that all of this means that we need both a bridge and a wall

Or changing metaphors slightly, bridges are built because there are gaps that need to be spanned. However, if a bridge is on a border, there is a place for border protection to preserve from what may otherwise be smuggled in or what may be snatched and taken out

But again, we can do better, going straight to scripture.

In Jesus' vivid words that echo how shepherds of that day apparently used to sleep lying across the entry to their sheep folds, as literal, living doors:
 John 10:So Jesus said again, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, I am [b]the Door for the sheep [leading to life].

  All who came before Me [as false messiahs and self-appointed leaders] are thieves and robbers, but the [true] sheep did not hear them. I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security). 

  10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].

11 [c]I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd [d]lays down His [own] life for the sheep. 12 But the hired man [who merely serves for wages], who is neither the shepherd nor the owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming, deserts the flock and runs away; and the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The man runs because he is a hired hand [who serves only for wages] and is not concerned about the [safety of the] sheep. [AMP]


Again, a tough challenge of balance and a call to self-sacrificial leadership willing to stand in the face of the wolves.

Bearing that in mind, let us now read on in Eph 4:
Eph 4:17 So this I say, and solemnly affirm together with the Lord [as in His presence], that you must no longer live as the [unbelieving] Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds [and in the foolishness and emptiness of their souls], 18 for their [moral] understanding is darkened and their reasoning is clouded; [they are] alienated and self-banished from the life of God [with no share in it; this is] because of the [willful] ignorance and spiritual blindness that is [deep-seated] within them, because of the hardness and insensitivity of their heart.

  19 And they, [the ungodly in their spiritual apathy], having become callous and unfeeling, have given themselves over [as prey] to unbridled sensuality, eagerly craving the practice of every kind of impurity [that their desires may demand].

  20 But you did not learn Christ in this way!

  21 If in fact you have [really] heard Him and have been taught by Him, just as truth is in Jesus [revealed in His life and personified in Him], 22 that, regarding your previous way of life, you put off your old self [completely discard your former nature], which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, 23 and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], 24 and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation]. [AMP]

Here we see a contrast, a call to a Christian counter-culture of truth, love, power and purity confronting an age of en-darkened minds and benumbed consciences leading to addiction to impurity, sensuality, perversity and even blatant evil. Resemblance to our own day (and to the ugly picture in Rom 1) is NOT coincidental.

This implies ethical challenge and conflict, with debates over what is true and right in communities tainted and polarised through winds and waves of false teaching ultimately rooted in deceitful scheming. Where, to lie is to speak with disregard to truth, in hope that what one says or suggests will be taken as true.  Likewise, it is self-evident that we are morally governed creatures, starting with the testimony of conscience. Similarly, our rational faculties are governed by undeniably known duties to truth, right reason, prudence, fairness and justice, respect for neighbour, and more.

 (Such, already implies that even our vaunted intellectual lives operate on both sides of the notorious IS-OUGHT gap. As a consequence, this gap must be bridged. On pain of ungrounded ought, that can only be done at the root of reality. The source of reality must both be incorruptibly, inherently good and adequately powerful to be source of reality. After many centuries of debates, there is but one serious candidate . . . if you doubt this, simply try to suggest and soundly justify another: _______ . Easier suggested than done! The candidate to beat? The inherently good and utterly wise creator God, a necessary and maximally great being. One, worthy of our loyalty and of the responsible, reasonable service of doing the good that accords with our evident nature. And yes, this is a very familiar picture, one studied in biblical, systematic and philosophical theology.)

In this context, Rom 2 draws out a significant further facet of truth:
Rom 2:14 When Gentiles, who do not have the [--> written, Mosaic] Law [since it was given only to Jews], do [c]instinctively the things the Law requires [guided only by their conscience], they are a law to themselves, though they do not have the Law. 15 They show that the [d]essential requirements of the Law are written in their hearts; and their conscience [their sense of right and wrong, their moral choices] bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or perhaps defending them [AMP]
In short, our moral sense, when it is not en-darkened, tainted, twisted and benumbed, points to the heart of sound moral law. Indeed, in Rom 13, Paul further amplifies, giving us a form of the golden rule, drawing out why Jesus taught us that all the law hangs on the dual command to love God and to love neighbour:
Rom 13:[b]Owe nothing to anyone except to [c]love and seek the best for one another; for he who [unselfishly] loves his neighbor has fulfilled the [essence of the] law [relating to one’s fellowman]. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,” and any other commandment are summed up in this statement: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor [it never hurts anyone]. Therefore [unselfish] love is the fulfillment of the Law. [AMP]


As a sampler on specifics, let us read on further in Eph 4:
Eph 4:25 Therefore, rejecting all falsehood [whether lying, defrauding, telling half-truths, spreading rumors, any such as these], speak truth each one with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one another [and we are all parts of the body of Christ]. 

  26 Be angry [at sin—at immorality, at injustice, at ungodly behavior], yet do not sin; do not let your anger [cause you shame, nor allow it to] last until the sun goes down. 27 And do not give the devil an opportunity [to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger, or harboring resentment, or cultivating bitterness]. 

  28 The thief [who has become a believer] must no longer steal, but instead he must work hard [making an honest living], producing that which is good with his own hands, so that he will have something to share with those in need. 

  29 Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak]. 

  30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed and marked [branded as God’s own] for the day of redemption [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin]. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence].

  32 Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave [c]you. [AMP]

We thus see the core of gospel ethics and how, naturally, it leads to the four-R progression of reformation as Christian discipleship increasingly pervades a community. And yes, I will again point to the seven mountains model championed by Wallnau et al in recent times, but tracing to Bright, Cunningham and Schaeffer in the 1970's. I do so, as it helps us to see the big picture in a fairly balanced way:


Going back to Francis Schaeffer, we can see how this allows us to view the intellectual history of our civilisation in light of the opposite dynamic, rising apostasy -- recall, post Noah, all surviving people had to have had a renewed sense of God's reality and the urgency of serving God as a counter-weight to the progression of wickedness, and let us recall Jesus' solemn "As in the days of Noah . . . " --  leading to corruption and ultimate ruin:



A driving force, here, is the driving of a wedge between what may be known through God and what we imagine we know while being in mind-darkening, conscience benumbing sinful rebellion:
Rom 1:28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or consider Him worth knowing [as their Creator], God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do things which are improper and repulsive, 29 until they were filled (permeated, saturated) with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice and mean-spiritedness. They are gossips [spreading rumors], 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors [of new forms] of evil, disobedient and disrespectful to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful [without pity].

1 Cor 1:20 Where is the wise man (philosopher)? Where is the scribe (scholar)? Where is the debater (logician, orator) of this age? Has God not exposed the foolishness of this world’s wisdom? 21 For since the world through all its [earthly] wisdom failed to recognize God, God in His wisdom was well-pleased through the [c]foolishness of the message preached [regarding salvation] to save those who believe [in Christ and welcome Him as Savior] . . .  25 [This is] because the foolishness of God [is not foolishness at all and] is wiser than men [far beyond human comprehension], and the weakness of God is stronger than men [far beyond the limits of human effort].
2 Cor 10:For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man.
The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
5 We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ . . . [AMP]

Yes, the heart of spiritual warfare is a worldviews and cultural agendas conflict, pivoting on warranting, grounding and living by a gospel integrated sound vision of the truth and the right. In that context, driving a wedge of separation that locks out the authentic voice and grace of God leads to undermining of right reason, prudence, sound warrant for claimed knowledge, ethics and law, worldviews and cultural agendas. This is ruinous -- and is proceeding apace in our day:



That is manifestly happening in our region, the Caribbean:



Starting, with in our churches, for:




By the way, in case you imagine that Wave 2 is irrelevant, kindly notice this outline global plan I first found online on Sept 11, 2001:




Now, of course, we must mark a distinction. We cannot out-argue a demon, such can only be expelled by the power of the Name of Christ and the transforming work of the Spirit. That's part of why Jesus went to a cross, binding the strong man at his very moment of apparent triumph. So, there is a place for prayer and spiritual, Elijah- at- Carmel power confrontation that shows up the emptiness of demonic deception by contrast with the supreme, miraculous, rescuing, redeeming, transforming power of God. 

The gospel is the core, that must be boldly taught, must be soundly warranted in the face of ever so many attempts to discredit, dismiss and lock it out, and must manifest itself in forceful Kingdom Power that breaks demonic chains, expels same and sets captives free to serve God. 

(I note, I think most demons actually quietly pack up and go when the gospel backed by the Spirit's convicting power comes into a life through sound gospel teaching. Others, like those that possessed that fortune-telling girl in Philippi, challenge the spreading of the gospel to provoke a confrontation that then draws out a demonic riot. But even in the face of injustice at kangaroo court, the gospel was vindicated with literally earth-shaking power. A lesson, that today's arrogant judges and rulers who echo Psalm 2:3 -- "Let us break apart their [divine] bands [of restraint]
And cast away their cords [of control] from us"
-- would be well advised to heed. And yes, Chief Justice Smellie of Cayman [and FCO officials], I am looking straight at you. Kindly see here and here, for details. Also, see here, Gleaner Editors and Columnists. Neighbour-love includes the duties of frank confrontation, rejection of slander and just judgement: "
you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him," also "[y]ou shall not go around as a slanderer among your people"  and "[y]ou shall do no injustice in court." [Lev 19:15 - 18 ESV. And yes, this also condemns melee politics that elevates slanderous gossip to a political propaganda tactic.] )

Accordingly, and again echoing Schaeffer, it is time for soundly prophetic intellectual and cultural leadership, starting with the Eph 4:17 - 24 counter-cultural stance:




Then, we may contemplate an onward call to action in response to the tidal wave of apostasy and de-christianisation from the North and the missions challenge of the 10/40 Window to the East:




All of this starts with discipleship foundations:



We could keep going, but for now let us pause. Let us again ponder the challenge: why not now; why not here; why not us? Or, yet again: if not now, then when; if not here, then where; if not us, then who? END

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Seeing the Eph 1 & 4 Fullness of Christ vision . . . a puzzling challenge to see a key gospel, "head + body" and mission truth

Thirty five years ago, as I began to read Ephesians in the then new NIV, I began to see something that is perhaps obscure in the KJV. 

I think these are pivotal, so let me spend time to draw out these themes.

As NIV '78 is hard to find now, let me use the current form, highlighting what I first saw in Ch 1:
Eph 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

  18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 

 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. [NIV, 2011]

At the time, I puzzled over "everything." The impression was, what set captures everything? The universal one. Everything means just what it says, 

EVERYTHING = every + thing. 

Let it soak in: every + thing, no exceptions.

That is, Paul prays for the Church, that we understand a revelation that is apparently too big to readily, easily and rightly see. 

(The past thirty-five years have confirmed that to me! As in, compare Jesus' remark in the Sermon on the Mount on good/bad eyes and being full of darkness/light. Let us pray that the eyes of our hearts be opened, to see and to by seeing be transformed by the light of God's word.

We are to understand, by an act of revelation, as the eyes of our hearts are enlightened . . . :
1] the HOPE to which God in Christ has called us (through the gospel)

2]  the riches of Christ's inheritance IN the saints (= the people called out and set apart to God, thus purified through the power of the cross), also

3] the incomparably great -- that is, properly infinite (beyond any finite comparison or scale) -- power for us who believe, measured by

4] the degree of power being used to raise Christ from the dead, then exalt him through ascension that placed him on the seat at the Father's right hand, giving him

5] a name of -- again, infinite -- greatness beyond any other (thus with equally incomparable authority for those acting properly in that name), thus

6] placing ALL THINGS under his feet (= under his authority as supreme Lord of the cosmos, ordered reality), particularly

7] appointing him head over all things (supreme power, authority, Lord, source, unifier, director, speaker of the word of power and rule, source of law, supreme Name) for the church, which in turn is

8] his body, thus (through being united with him through the new birth of eternal life, indwelt and pervaded by his Spirit)

9] the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Let me break my chronology, as this needs backup to hammer it home. First, Col 1 (which IIRC, was likely sent at the same time to the same general region of the seven churches, along with Philemon) is a direct parallel:

Col 1:9 . . .  since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. 

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[e] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 

 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 

16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 

17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 

 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 

 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Second, Heb 1 (school of Paul, I suspect, Apollos of Alexandria):
Heb 1: 1In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
Phil 2 adds, through quoting a C1 church hymn, daringly drawing on Isa 45:
Phil 2:In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature[a] God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

BTW, that's why the demons yield to that NAME, once it is called by a due representative. But, let's set that in light of shocking words from Isa 45:
Isa 45:18 For this is what the Lord says—
he who created the heavens,
    he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
    he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
    but formed it to be inhabited—
he says:
“I am the Lord,
    and there is no other.
19 I have not spoken in secret,
    from somewhere in a land of darkness;
I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,
    ‘Seek me in vain.’
I, the Lord, speak the truth;
    I declare what is right.

20 Gather together and come;
    
assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,
    who pray to gods that cannot save.
21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.
22 “Turn to me and be saved,
    all you ends of the earth;
    for I am God, and there is no other.
23 By myself I have sworn,
    my mouth has uttered in all integrity
    a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow;
    by me every tongue will swear.
24 They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone
    are deliverance and strength.’”
All who have raged against him
    will come to him and be put to shame.
[See Ps 2!]

Texts such as these and many others that could be drawn in through the connexions of these scriptures . . . recall, several references here are in the heart of the historic creeds, esp. the Nicene Creed . . . draw out a rich nexus in systematic theology and for missiology and eschatology [Messiah is through and through eschatological!], once we see the dynamic,
CHURCH = LIVING RISEN HEAD + SPIRIT-SUFFUSED BODY OF CHRIST
These then allow us to draw out the even more astonishing force of Eph 4 (which in the actual chronology, it took IIRC months for me to begin to see, by zooming back from 11 - 16 and seeing it in light of 1- 6, 7 - 24 then onwards down into Chs 5 and 6). This lays out nothing short of the operational form of the Mandate of the Church, with a powerful agenda of reformational preaching and teaching of the gospel, leading to discipleship, counter-culture formation and through that to cultural transformation:
Eph 4:There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
 
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives
    and gave gifts to his people.”[b]

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)

  11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

  15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 

16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Yes, the four R's of repentance, discipleship and transformation are central, and let us set that in the context of a model of culture that lets us see:


. . . and again, drawing out discipleship and six principles discipleship foundations (another hard to recognise key teaching) implications:


So, Jesus came, descending as Messiah, dying and rising as Saviour and Lord, that he might fill all things, panta. In this context, he poured out his Spirit, constituting his church as his body, empowered to bring the transforming gospel to the nations leading to a rising tide of love, truth, power and purity. To effect such, he sent as gifts apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers who jointly [and note, the NT is specifically an apostolic deposit of teaching and truth] equip us to act as the limbs of that Body, growing up in unity, love, truth, power, purity, inseparably joined to our LIVING HEAD, Jesus. Through this the message comes, to individuals, families, communities, nations, calling us to God-blessed transformation through the truth that is IN Jesus. 

Jesus, who came to fill all things, with his BODY as the fullness that pervades and transforms all things. Consequently, the mission of the church is utterly pervasive and transformational, geographically, culturally, familially, individually, institutionally, educationally, intellectually, every-ally. 

Nothing eludes his headship, not even the demons who shall also bow the knee and confess him Lord and Judge, in shame, to their doom. (Those who make common cause with the demons, will by that ill-advised, suicidal choice, choose to share their fate of doom.)

Let us instead choose redemption and God-blessed transformation!

In this context, let us receive the message and vision of Christ's fullness, seeking his blessed, pervasive transformation. 

Let us understand that churches, properly matured, are embassies of the Kingdom of God, centres of godly enlightenment, healing, rescue, blessing and transformation in the face of a sin-darkened, perverse age.

Let us call all men, families, communities, institutions and nations to God-blessed utter transformation in union with our living head, Christ. 

Christ, who came, descending and ascending in order to fill and so transform, all things. 

Let us perceive, receive,respect,  ponder, apply, live and serve through the vision of the fullness of Christ.

Again, why not now; why not here; why not us? Or, yet again: if not now, then when; if not here, then where; if not us, then who? END

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Pintrest joins tech censorship by misusing the "porn" lockout, and by undermining disclosure in the public interest (also, it fires the whistleblower)

Project Veritas has exposed many questionable actions by the powerful over the years. 

Currently, it has exposed clear censorship at Pintrest (a second tier social media site with 300 mn active users per month, predominantly used by women). I choose Pintrest because this is a case of clear documentation, unfortunately, indicators are, that this sort of behaviour is now increasingly standard practice. 

I suggest, media companies have a choice. They can be publishers that edit content and take responsibility for what they publish (with additional duties of care if they dominate an information space, as that confers censorship power to silence or marginalise). Or, they can be communication platform utilities like the phone company or road network, where restrictions are tightly limited in the public interest.

This video therefore helps us to see the sobering depth of censorship and neo-fascist manipulation of online information today -- and remember, this is the rule, not the exception:



Yes, FASCIST. Contrary to popular notions, fascism was and is part of the statist, political messianistic left; as was the even more notorious National Socialist German Workers/Labour Party, NSDAP, aka "Nazi" party. We should not allow Stalin's propagandistic, deceitful labelling of anything to his right as right wing to dominate our thinking today, 80 years later. In a strongly socialistic era, fascism is relatively right but in a broader perspective it is actually far to the left. Ironically "Antifa," which means Anti-Fascist, is a classic example of paramilitary fascistic street thuggery.)

The expose itself is being suppressed, e.g. on Youtube. According to Project Veritas:


As Veritas tracked reactions, the updates to their Daily Mail style subheads as story summary tell quite the tale:



Similarly, by using scarlet letter branding tactics, there is censorship of the targetted:

Additional information/documentation:

See some of the leaked documents (some are redacted):
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Packet 4 Packet 5


Anyone concerned about freedom needs to at minimum pay close attention to this matter. END