Saturday, September 22, 2018

Spotting Narcissists, psycho-paths and socio-paths (for psychological self-defence 101)

Ran across a very interesting vid on narcissists, socio-paths and psycho-paths:

Highly relevant as we see power games playing out locally and splashed across world news coverage. Where, only a fool would say he may be psycho, but he is our psycho.

A dead-conscience is just that, utterly numb to moral regulation of thought, speech and life. 

That means, no binding sense of honour, duty, loyalty, value, prizing the civil peace of justice. Utterly untrustworthy.

Normies are simply targets and toys. Targets, if you are in his way. Toys, if he can manipulate to get what he wants. Then, when he is finished, what's left after he peeled and ate the banana is of no more use than the skin we discard. Except, it gives psychos some level of thrill from seeing and understanding that the discarded toy or shattered target is writhing helplessly in pain. But then the numbness advances like a cancer and he has to kick the cruelty factor up a notch or two to get that level of thrill the next time around. (And yes, this is a sign of an addictive, destructive spiral.)

Resemblance to too many we have to deal with in positions of influence or power is not coincidental.

To be forewarned should be to be forearmed.

If, we are wise. END

PS: The "gaslighting" mind-bending (am I really in contact with reality? I am all fault . . . ) manipulation game: 

(Note: to lie is to speak with disregard to truth, in hope of profiting from what is said or suggested being perceived as true. And, yes, I sense these things are greatly needed just now, with what is going on with local, regional and international agit-prop games. And, don't be so fast to stereotype and scapegoat any one target or group -- especially if the manipulators in the major media have set up a designated hate-target. For, we live in a day where essentially all institutions of influence and power have been warped and even corrupted through the agenda to enable the holocaust of living posterity in the womb. Over the past 40-odd years, the global toll exceeds 800 millions, climbing at another million per WEEK. And of course, that is generally not in the news. No prizes for guessing why.)

PPS: Here is a list from the comment thread:
Here is a list of what Abusers/Narcissists usually do to their targets :
  •  Insults their target very often. Then lie when confronted about it, or say it was a joke. 
  • When confronted with their behavior, they pretend to be innocent and play the victim. 
  • Everything is always your fault, even when it's obviously not. 
  • They always have a justification for every bad thing they do. They think they're always right. 
  • Very controlling, they tell you how to live, but they can live anyway they want. Very hypocritical. 
  • They accuse you of what they're doing to you (RED FLAG!), it's called Projection. 
  • Portraying themselves as angels outside, when they are actually demons with their family and especially their target. 
  • They want you to fail, while pretending to want you to succeed (they're very convincing). 
  • They never say they are sorry for hurting you (RED FLAG!). 
  • Poison your favorite activities, they don't want you to be happy or to get pleasure. 
  • They also poison other useful activities like important skills which will help you in the future. 
  • They DO NOT want you to have skills, they want you to be as weak as possible. 
  • They don't teach you anything. 
  • Subtly lead a smear campaign against their target, so they isolate it and make sure they don't get help. 
  • When you want to leave the relationship with a narcissist, they beg you to stay with them and cry crocodile tears. They are the best actors. 
  • Sometimes nice, sometimes cruel. You never know where you stand with them. 
  • They pretend to be "victims", and they blame the target for their own behavior. 
  • They are incredibly arrogant and sadistic. They see the target as weak, and deserving to suffer. 
  • They think they are models to be followed. 
  • They are spiritually dead although they might loudly profess some kind of Spiritual Belief.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Discipleship, the scriptures, the four R's, our churches (= embassies of God's Kingdom) and missions strategy

Discipleship clearly points to the four R agenda:
  • Repentance in response to the Messiah announced through the gospel, 
  • Renewal of mind and life (guided by the Scriptures), 
  • Revival through the pouring out of the Spirit as seasons of refreshing are sent to us by our risen Lord, 
  • Reformation as a critical mass in a given community begins to transform the culture through the ethical influence of the gospel (e.g. through the Sermon on the Mount of Matt 5 - 7).
  I therefore continue to be exercised by the Acts 11:26  observation: "the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch." This immediately ties church life to discipleship and leads us to understand our global missionary mandate in discipleship terms. As a refresher:

We are discipling nations, teaching them the gospel, including its moral imperative. For example, we see in Rom 13 (even as Paul lays out a form of the Golden Rule taught by Moses and emphasised by Jesus):
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.

11 Do this, knowing that this is a critical time. It is already the hour for you to awaken from your sleep [of spiritual complacency]; for our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed [in Christ].  

12 The night [this present evil age] is almost gone and the day [of Christ’s return] is almost here. So let us fling away the works of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light. 13 Let us conduct ourselves properly and honorably as in the [light of] day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for [nor even think about gratifying] the flesh in regard to its improper desires. [AMP]
Here, Paul has just taught the legitimacy of government, highlighting in v. 4 that the civil authority is God's servant tasked to do us good, defending the civil peace of justice. In that context, there is a legitimate power of taxation to fund a necessary service (which does not justify abuse of taxation power, no more than it justifies abuse of the sword to turn tyrant or invader and thief of nations).

Now, he turns to the individual, laying out financial responsibility then turning on a word to address core ethical principle in the immediate context of citizenship:
Rom 13:8b . . . 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]
He has here drawn out a much broader application than just how Christians should act (though this is obviously his primary focus). For, we can already see in Rom 2 -- which is obviously background for Ch 13 -- how he speaks to what Francis Schaeffer aptly called "the man without the Bible":
Rom 2:14 When Gentiles, who do not have the 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 16 on that day when, [e]as my gospel proclaims, God will judge the secrets [all the hidden thoughts and concealed sins] of men through Christ Jesus. [AMP]
In short, neighbour-love recognises that fellow human beings are of like nature and so we recognise that there is a mutual duty of respect and avoiding harmful action. And so, it is no surprise to see, in the reformation era, how Canon Richard Hooker picked up a principle that would then be used by Locke in his Second Treatise on Civil Government as he set out to ground what would become modern liberty and democratic self government:
[2nd Treatise on Civil Gov't, Ch 2 sec. 5:] . . . if I cannot but wish to receive good, even as much at every man's hands, as any man can wish unto his own soul, how should I look to have any part of my desire herein satisfied, unless myself be careful to satisfy the like desire which is undoubtedly in other men . . . my desire, therefore, to be loved of my equals in Nature, as much as possible may be, imposeth upon me a natural duty of bearing to themward fully the like affection. From which relation of equality between ourselves and them that are as ourselves, what several rules and canons natural reason hath drawn for direction of life no man is ignorant . . . [This directly echoes St. Paul in Rom 2: "14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them . . . " and 13: "9 For 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 word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law . . . " Hooker then continues, citing Aristotle in The Nicomachean Ethics, Bk 8:] as namely, That because we would take no harm, we must therefore do none; That since we would not be in any thing extremely dealt with, we must ourselves avoid all extremity in our dealings; That from all violence and wrong we are utterly to abstain, with such-like . . . ] [Eccl. Polity ,preface, Bk I, "ch." 8, p.80, cf. here. Emphasis added.] [Augmented citation, Locke, Second Treatise on Civil Government, Ch 2 Sect. 5. ]
Thus, Hooker calls Aristotle to the stand, illustrating the force of the point.

Of course, all of this is anchored in the principle that we are all created in the image of God, endowing us with a common moral worth that entitles us to binding moral expectations of respect and mutual support. When a culture undermines that insight of sharing a common nature and worth through being created in God's image, it undermines this moral fabric that promotes the civil peace of justice even more than the mere sociopathy of benumbed conscience explains. For, there is a big difference between turning from generally acknowledged principle and utterly undermining it through notions of survival of the fittest and the like. 

(Resemblance to what has been going on with our civilisation as evolutionary materialistic scientism came to dominance over the past 160 years is NOT coincidental.)

Now, you will note how I have emphasised scripture above. That, too, is no coincidence, as we may see from 2 Tim 3:
2 Tim 3: 12 Indeed, all who delight in pursuing righteousness and are determined to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be hunted and persecuted [because of their faith]. 13 But evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 

  14 But as for you, continue in the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced [holding tightly to the truths], knowing from whom you learned them, 15 and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings (Hebrew Scriptures) which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus [surrendering your entire self to Him and having absolute confidence in His wisdom, power and goodness]. 

  16 All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; 17 so that the [a]man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. [AMP]
The central importance of scripture and of sound instruction in them from childhood could not be plainer. 

This is why I find it astonishing that so often nowadays, we simply are not guided by scripture in our thought, speech, planning, action. At individual level and as churches, including as we act to carry forward the mission of the church. For capital example, we too often seem to have separated discipleship from Christian commitment, as though it were an advanced topic for the few. The above brings out that we have too often overlooked that per Rom 2 biblical ethics speaks to every man, starting with the voice of conscience. 

Indeed, that is how as we preach the gospel we may bring out the guilt that we all have as sinners -- we are not imposing arbitrary, novel rules from without then demanding obedience as we set out to establish a Christo-fascist theocracy. No, the premise of mutual neighbourliness and moral duty to do no harm is deeply implanted and is quite reasonable, if we would but acknowledge our common, morally freighted nature. 

Thus, the man open to responsible reason and principle will see that neighbour-harm expresses wrong and points to guilt before our common Creator, Lord and Judge. 

Thus, too, the amnesty of the gospel makes sense, and we have a further duty of repentance and renewal, leading to Spirit-empowered reformation of the community bringing it from demonic riots of suicidal chaos to a just civil peace that receives blessing and transformation.

Reformation of families, institutions, communities and nations as people respond to the gospel is patently implied by the gospel and our discipling mandate. And though the demonic riot may resist that and seek to drive it out or confine it to a despised minority, at minimum we see a plain call to creating a godly counter-culture of light shining in an en-darkened world:
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, and keep on reading!]
Observe, too, Paul as he speaks to the leading lights in Athens, c. AD 50:
Ac 17:16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was greatly angered when he saw that the city was full of idols. 

  17 So he had discussions in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place day after day with any who happened to be there. 18 And some of the [b]Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to engage in conversation with him. And some said, “What could this idle babbler [with his eclectic, scrap-heap learning] have in mind to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities”—because he was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.
19 They took him and brought him to the [c]Areopagus (Hill of Ares, the Greek god of war), saying, “May we know what this [strange] new teaching is which you are proclaiming? 20 For you are bringing some startling and strange things to our ears; so we want to know what they mean.”
  21 (Now all the Athenians and the foreigners visiting there used to spend their [leisure] time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)

Sermon on Mars Hill

22 So Paul, standing in the center of the Areopagus, said:
Athena in the Parthenon, sponsoring goddess of
pagan Athens (HT: The History Hub)
 “Men of Athens, I observe [with every turn I make throughout the city] that you are very religious and devout in all respects. 

  23 Now as I was going along and carefully looking at your objects of worship, I came to an altar with this inscription: ‘TO AN [d]UNKNOWN GOD.’ 

Therefore what you already worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.  

24 The God who created the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He [e]served by human hands, as though He needed anything, because it is He who gives to all [people] life and breath and all things. 26 And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands and territories. 

  27 This was so that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grasp for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. 28 For in Him we live and move and exist [that is, in Him we actually have our being], as even some of [f]your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’  
29 So then, being God’s children, we should not think that the Divine Nature (deity) is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination or skill of man.
30 Therefore God overlooked and disregarded the former ages of ignorance; but now He commands all people everywhere to repent [that is, to change their old way of thinking, to regret their past sins, and to seek God’s purpose for their lives], 31 because He has set a day when He will judge the inhabited world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed and destined for that task, and He has provided credible proof to everyone by raising Him from the dead.” [AMP]
Here, Paul lays out an appeal to our common humanity, shaped in the image of God, our common Father. He then highlights sinful error and its patent absurdity, here, idolatry. He then calls the nations to REPENTANCE (thus transformation) in light of eschatological JUDGEMENT -- and yes that is directly the first and the last of the Heb 6:1 - 2 first principles. 

That judgement is proved to us by Jesus' RESURRECTION as witnessed by the 500 of 1 Cor 15. 

And yes, that is now three of the six principles deeply, explicitly embedded in an evangelistic presentation -- a presentation to pagan men ignorant of the scriptures. Where, faith is the flip side of repentance, one will be baptised as a covenant act of Christian discipleship and hands will be imposed in prayer and blessing. These are points to ponder before dismissively consigning the list to the OT order. 

As, frankly, I have seen done too often by commentary authors who should know much better.

This brings me back to a tighter focus on the issue of being guided by Scripture and motivated by what it teaches, implies and instructively exemplifies. 

Here in Acts 17 is a direct apostolic example illustrating on one hand that all men are under God's call to repentance, illuminated by the principles of conscience. On the other, in bringing the attention of these men -- pagans -- to the gospel, we demonstrably see a C1 catechism for discipleship from Heb 6:1 - 2 in action. 

We also observe that the resurrection of Jesus is shown to be the offer of proof for the gospel, directly implying the relevance of 1 Cor 15 (addressed to the people of the very next pagan town Paul preached in):
1 Cor 15:1 Now brothers and sisters, let me remind you [once again] of the good news [of salvation] which I preached to you, which you welcomed and accepted and on which you stand [by faith]. 

  By this faith you are saved [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose], if you hold firmly to the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain [just superficially and without complete commitment].
For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received,
  • that Christ died for our sins 
  • according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold], and 
  • that He was buried, and
  •  that He was [bodily] raised on the third day
  • according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold], and 
  • that He appeared . . .
to Cephas (Peter), then to the [a]Twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, the majority of whom are still alive, but some have fallen asleep [in death]. Then He was seen by James, then by all the apostles, and last of all, as to one [b]untimely (prematurely, traumatically) born, He appeared to me also . . . .   

  11 So whether it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed and trusted in and relied on with confidence. [AMP]

Notice, sacred tradition (the official summary testimony of the Twelve and of the Jerusalem Church, c. 35 - 38 AD), formally received and solemnly handed on as of first importance. A tradition in effect recited, with six emphatic points, two of them being about fulfillment of OT prophecies [cf. Isa 52 - 53 for the capital example], then again emphasised as "THIS IS WHAT WE PREACH." 

Now, a question: is this the core, emphatic, of first importance substantial teaching and preaching of our churches today, hammered home as ABC principles?

Fair comment, no.

On the whole, we simply are not that systematic, nor do we have a balanced emphasis compared to what we can see laid out. We are neither making our case systematically nor soundly, systematically instructing in basics of the gospel or of discipleship as the outworking of penitent faith. Indeed, even our follow up classes for instructions of young converts (if we have such!) and our Sunday school programmes lack that balance. (And I am not even at the level here, of a sound learning of the underlying theological system as is aptly summarised in the Nicene Creed.)

I am also going to bet that too often we do not find ourselves compelled, propelled to action by the simple sound exposition (or reading) of scripture, much less by the associated drawing out of principles, systematic frameworks and strategies. That's a worrying sign.

This already points to the need for repentance, renewal and institutional reformation of our churches across the Caribbean and beyond. The mission of the church to the Caribbean is in need of deep reformation.

Let me go on, pointing to the fullness of Christ theme that I first saw in Eph 1 and 4 over 30 years ago and which have been at the heart of how I have thought, taught, spoken and presented ever since as a key point of that needed deep reformation. Too often, only to have polite listening followed by inaction and even institutional inertia.

The key texts are plain enough, let us simply read (as I pointed out a few blog posts ago):
Eph 1:17 [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son].
18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the [f]hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the [g]saints (God’s people), 19 and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. 

These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength 20 which He [h]produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come. 

  22 And He [i]put all things [in every realm] in subjection under Christ’s feet, and [j]appointed Him as [supreme and authoritative] head over all things in the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills and completes all things in all [believers] . . . .

Eph 4:(Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had previously descended [from the heights of heaven] into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is the very same as He who also has ascended high above all the heavens, that He [His presence] might fill all things [that is, the whole universe]). 

  11 And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed
some as apostles [special messengers, representatives (--> ambassadors of the kingdom)], 
some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], 
some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and 
some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct],
   12 [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; 13 until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity].

  14 So that we are no longer children [spiritually immature], tossed back and forth [like ships on a stormy sea] and carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine, by the cunning and trickery of [unscrupulous] men, by the deceitful scheming of people ready to do anything [for personal profit].
15 But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ. 
16 From Him the whole body [the church, in all its various parts], joined and knitted firmly together by what every joint supplies, when each part is working properly, causes the body to grow and mature, building itself up [b]in [unselfish] love. [AMP]
This lays out the operational form of the church's mandate. 

Jesus came, descending, serving, dying, rising and ascending to fill all things [panta]. He is ascended Head of the church, his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. To effect this, he sent out apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers who work to equip God's people for works of service. Then as we work together in unity (thus love) and in the knowledge of the Son of God, we more and more grow up in all things into his fullness. A fullness that as vv 17 - 24 of Eph 4 highlight will penetrate first our own lifestyle then will naturally spread to impact on the community as a critical mass grows. Though, obviously, this will be resisted -- even to violence -- by those caught up in the demonic riot.

Nor does this stop at the local community. Every Jerusalem has a Samaria and a world beyond, even to its uttermost parts. That calls for a win-nurture-send, globally spreading dynamic of discipleship:

. . . expanding:

Where, the instructive example of Antioch speaks to us also:

Recall, this church was founded by refugees from Jerusalem, c 33 - 35 or 36 AD. By the early to mid 40's, as men likely moved by the case of Cornelius' conversion arrived and reached out to the pagans, the mother church sent a delegation to assess. Barnabas joined the new movement and went searching for Paul, bringing him to help strengthen through sound teaching. After about a year, relief efforts and missionary campaigns were undertaken. For centuries thereafter, Antioch (BTW, reputedly no. 3 city in the C1 Roman Empire after Rome and Alexandria) was a main centre of the faith.

So now, let us ask, where are we?

The answer clearly comes back: in need of strengthening

Indeed, in need of reformation through renewal of the churches and heaven-sent revival, rooted in repentance.

So, now, can we open our hearts, consciences and minds to the instructional, corrective, training voice of God through the scriptures? 

Brothers, sisters, let us repent. END

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

But, aren't you trying to create an extremist, Christo-fascist, right-wing THEOCRACY?


(But glad you, my imaginary interlocutor, asked. That way, we can set some misconceptions cleared up.)

I am actually pointing to the church's mandate, especially in the famous Great Commission:
Matt 28:16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted [that it was really He]. 

  18 Jesus came up and said to them,
“All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” [AMP]
Titus 2 gives focus to how such discipleship works out:
Tit 2:11 For the [remarkable, undeserved] grace of God that [a]brings salvation has appeared to all men. 

  12 It teaches us
-- to reject ungodliness and worldly (immoral) desires, and
-- to live sensible, upright, and godly lives [lives with a purpose that reflect spiritual maturity] in this present age,
--13 awaiting and confidently expecting the [fulfillment of our] blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
--14 who [willingly] gave Himself [to be crucified] on our behalf to redeem us and purchase our freedom from all wickedness, and to purify for Himself a chosen and very special people to be His own possession, who are enthusiastic for doing what is good. [AMP]
Moral transformation and purity rooted in salvation, sensible upright godly living, looking to the eschatological  hope have exactly nothing to do with the sort of tyranny, oppression and demonic, blasphemously demonic political messianism typified by the National Socialist German Worker's Party ( -- the actual meaning of "Nazi"):

The contrast with Jesus' baptism should be quite obvious, starting with the contrast between the twisted, broken cross, the suicidal army of the deluded following a mad dictator and the peaceful dove of the Holy Spirit opposed to Hitler's demonic bomber bird:

(Besides, Fascism -- as "socialist" above suggests, is actually a movement of the political, statist, politically messianistic left. It is right of Stalin, yes, but that does not say a lot.)

But, but, but, you speak of the Lordship of Jesus as king reigning over a kingdom. Doesn't that mean you want to impose some sort of theocratic right-wing dictatorship ruled by some Magisterium backed by an Inquisition?


Funny, how so many of our academics and pundits are so quick to accuse Christians of dictatorship, while many of them try to edit out the Christian contribution to the rise of modern liberty and democracy. Scapegoating, setting up and knocking over strawman caricatures, anyone?

A more balanced view would be that Christendom did indeed struggle with the rise of modern liberty and democracy, but it is no accident that it is in just that part of the world that such rose. The biblical context in the first foundation of a modern republic based on representative, democratic principles should be clear:
1776, US DoI: When . . . it becomes necessary for one people . . . to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, [cf Rom 1:18 - 21, 2:14 - 15], that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security . .
1787, Preamble & "grand statement" structure, US Const: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America . . . . [Main Body, Arts I - VII] . . . . Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth. In Witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names. . . . . [AMENDMENTS].

"Blessings of Liberty" is a telling clue, as this phrase is specifically theological, pointing to the reformation era, Biblically rooted conception of the double covenant of nationhood under God and just government under God leading to blessing by God. This becomes particularly clear, given two calls to national prayer by the US Continental Congress, in 1776 and 1777:

May 1776 [over the name of John Hancock, first signer of the US Declaration of Indpependence] : In times of impending calamity and distress; when the liberties of America are imminently endangered by the secret machinations and open assaults of an insidious and vindictive administration, it becomes the indispensable duty of these hitherto free and happy colonies, with true penitence of heart, and the most reverent devotion, publickly to acknowledge the over ruling providence of God; to confess and deplore our offences against him; and to supplicate his interposition for averting the threatened danger, and prospering our strenuous efforts in the cause of freedom, virtue, and posterity.. . . Desirous, at the same time, to have people of all ranks and degrees duly impressed with a solemn sense of God's superintending providence, and of their duty, devoutly to rely, in all their lawful enterprizes, on his aid and direction, Do earnestly recommend, that Friday, the Seventeenth day of May next, be observed by the said colonies as a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that we may, with united hearts, confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and, by a sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease his righteous displeasure, and, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain his pardon and forgiveness; humbly imploring his assistance to frustrate the cruel purposes of our unnatural enemies; . . . that it may please the Lord of Hosts, the God of Armies, to animate our officers and soldiers with invincible fortitude, to guard and protect them in the day of battle, and to crown the continental arms, by sea and land, with victory and success: Earnestly beseeching him to bless our civil rulers, and the representatives of the people, in their several assemblies and conventions; to preserve and strengthen their union, to inspire them with an ardent, disinterested love of their country; to give wisdom and stability to their counsels; and direct them to the most efficacious measures for establishing the rights of America on the most honourable and permanent basis—That he would be graciously pleased to bless all his people in these colonies with health and plenty, and grant that a spirit of incorruptible patriotism, and of pure undefiled religion, may universally prevail; and this continent be speedily restored to the blessings of peace and liberty, and enabled to transmit them inviolate to the latest posterity. And it is recommended to Christians of all denominations, to assemble for public worship, and abstain from servile labour on the said day.
December 1777: FORASMUCH as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of; And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence, but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defence and Establishment of our unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a Measure to prosper the Means used for the Support of our Troops and to crown our Arms with most signal success: It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of December next, for Solemn Thanksgiving and Praise; That with one Heart and one Voice the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor; and that together with their sincere Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favour, and their humble and earnest Supplication that it may please GOD, through the Merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance; That it may please him graciously to afford his Blessing on the Governments of these States respectively, and prosper the public Council of the whole; to inspire our Commanders both by Land and Sea, and all under them, with that Wisdom and Fortitude which may render them fit Instruments, under the Providence of Almighty GOD, to secure for these United States the greatest of all human blessings, INDEPENDENCE and PEACE; That it may please him to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People and the Labour of the Husbandman, that our Land may yet yield its Increase; To take Schools and Seminaries of Education, so necessary for cultivating the Principles of true Liberty, Virtue and Piety, under his nurturing Hand, and to prosper the Means of Religion for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom which consisteth “in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost.”[i.e. Cites Rom 14:9] [Source: Journals of the American Congress From 1774 to 1788 (Washington: Way and Gideon, 1823), Vol. I, pp. 286-287 & II, pp. 309 - 310.]
Of course, Bible-based Christian eschatology is quite clear about what it means for Jesus to be Lord, with "all authority in heaven and on earth":
Phil 2: Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility], who, although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man].

  After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross.

  For this reason also [because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself], God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus [b]every knee shall bow [in submission], of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father. [AMP]
God is our creator and Lord. We owe him loyalty and responsible, reasonable service. our sinful, willful rebellion is suicidally destructive. In love, Jesus came as the fulfillment of the long-prophesied messiah, as Saviour. (NB: This already implies that the very concept of Christ is eschatological. And indeed the very first Christian sermon, at Pentecost, speaks of how in these last days, through Messiah, God is pouring out his spirit on all flesh. Thus the going out of the gospel to the nations in the power of the Spirit, bringing forth repentance, renewal and revival as seasons of refreshing come as showers of blessing from God is already a decisive sign that we are in "the last days." For at least 2000 years now.)

He was rejected and despised, slandered, judicially murdered, crucified, buried, guarded in a sealed tomb. The demonic riot seemed to have won.

He rose, broke the chains of death and hell, opened the way to redemption. He is risen, exalted Lord. With the Father, he has poured out his Spirit, leading to the gift of repentance unto eternal life going out in God's grace to the nations.

Either we willingly bow the knee now, setting out on a life of sober, godly service, or we will bow before him later as Lord and Judge. That's our choice.

But, it is a choice.

We are free to do what is suicidally ill-advised.

Many do.

But that does not change the force and power of the 4R's agenda in a community:

Yes, if a community insists on resistance, it can block critical mass and reformation. It can even make things so harsh that those who come under the gospel are a tiny, despised, scapegoated minority. It can also pick and choose, seeking a fatal compromise between light and darkness that seduces many into a corrupt, despoiled form of the Christian faith. Indeed, some may fall into such error that churches become counterfeit, locking Jesus out [cf. Rev 3:20]:

In all such cases, the answer is the same: repentance.

BREAK IN TRANSMISSION: Looks like this remark is highly relevant, given a current US Grand Jury report. We must note, however, that such is reflective of a much wider civilisation level problem of pedophilia, porn-perversion and sexual immorality that has gone utterly out of control, now reaching the level of sex toy robots.

So, there is a clear call to repentance and renewal. 

Not, at the point of a sword, at the point of a pricked conscience as the Spirit of God invites us to repentance:
2 Cor 4: But we have renounced the disgraceful things hidden because of shame; not walking in trickery or adulterating the word of God, but by stating the truth [openly and plainly], we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. [AMP]
And in that context, the seven mountains analysis is an analysis presented by way of a useful model and an invitation to reasoned discussion and change:

For, change through recognising the signs of our times is always hard:

Will we act before it is too late? The choice is ours. END