Take Courage…We are not irrelevant…

Henri Nouwen wrote the following in the nineties:

“I am deeply convinced that the Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self. That is the way Jesus came to reveal God’s love.  The great message that we have to carry, as ministers of God’s word and followers of Jesus, is that God loves us not because of what we do or accomplish, but because God has created us and redeemed us in love and has chosen us to proclaim that love as the true source of all human life.”

I disagree slightly with Mr. Nouwen.  I believe the church (institution) is already deemed irrelevant by the country and the culture.  Not only irrelevant, but viewed with disdain  and coming hatred. Henri Nouwen predicted it would be  the Christian leader that will be called to be irrelevant.  Presently the country and the world attempt to dismiss or ignore the church and its ideas as irrelevant. And yet they are scared.  They are desperate to eliminate the truth. But the truth resides in each of us that follow the way the truth and the life.  

Next Wednesday is not the beginning of the war on Christianity in America.  It began 160 years ago and spread to this country at the start of the 20th century.  (Blog May 2014).   It is the next step in the systematic attempt to remove the truth of Jesus Christ.  Donald Trump got in the way briefly. Next Wednesday the momentum will build to censor, isolate, silence, and even incarcerate followers of the truth.  While the leaders of the culture deem the church irrelevant, they are at the same time petrified of its influence.  In the hearts of non-followers is the relentless still small voice that challenges behaviors every day.  But even with undaunted, intense, daily determination eliminating the conscience is futile. I believe it is why we are witnessing insanity unfold before our very eyes.

Next Wednesday will not be the return to “normal”, the “staus quo”.  There will not be a coming together in unity.  It’s impossible.  Truth and evil cannot compromise, join together, become one in cause or idea.  Evil must be eliminated. The cosmic battle between good and evil came to earth the first Christmas night.  On Easter Sunday morning, the battle was over.  But the war has continued on and is about to engage this country and the world with immeasurable intensity.

Here I agree with Henri Nouwen.  If in fact the culture views the church as irrelevant it has underestimated the true church.  We are the church.  They may believe they can attack the institution and all will cower and collapse.  That will be a  serious and critical misjudgment.  Jesus lives and breathes in the heart of every follower.  Take one away, fifty more will take their place.  Not with arms and weapons.  Not with marches and protests.  Not with acclaim and notoriety.  But with as Nouwen says, “The great message that we have to carry, as ministers of God’s word and followers of Jesus, is that God loves us not because of what we do or accomplish, but because God has created us and redeemed us in love and has chosen us to proclaim that love as the true source of all human life.”

That will never be destroyed.  We may lose followers in the process.  We may face persecution (I never believed I would see it in this country my lifetime). The world may see us as irrelevant but they are scared silly of the love in our hearts.  Be ready to carry that love to the broken, the wounded, the enemy.  It makes us totally relevant in the Kingdom of Christ. 

    “Behold, and hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.  These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation, TAKE COURAGE, I have overcome the world.” John 16:32-33

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Here it comes…

Whether they know it or not the globalist movement is moving toward one goal.  The elimination of Israel.  The tiny little nation is geographically located at the center of the world.  It is the most strategic place for a centralized world government capital.  The muslim nation has desired this location for 1600 years.  No question the power brokers of the world would cherish the opportunity to have this as the base of operations.  One problem…Americans.

The Israeli defense system is impressive.  So much so that all of its surrounding neighbors have failed to intimidate or take them out.  But, Israel would be in a precarious position if its only Allie was neutralized.  I have believed for a long time that it wold take a disaster of some kind, or many more years of indoctrination to see the collapse of the United States.  Not now.  It is not changing by years or months, it is coming in days and hours and the world is already seizing on the breakdown.

January 20 will be the launch of the end of the America we know.  The signs are increasing.  Kim Jung Un declares he is building more nukes targeted at United States Cities.  China will move now to reverse all the restraints that have hindered them the last 4 years.  The China virus demonstrates that they are capable of causing worldwide chaos without firing a shot.  Russia will emerge soon to test and see what America will when they rattling their sabres.  Iran is spouting off about the collapse of the American system and threatening retaliation.   They see it.  The incoming American leadership is weak.  Even those that claim to be Patriots in the government.

The Pentagon appears to be concerned more with changing the names of military bases than the threats of global armament.  The incoming leadership has signaled that it will accelerate not toward unification and restoration of the system as founded but will continue to tear down the culture with gender confusion, climate confusion, immigration confusion, and the coordinated mantra that this is a systematically racist country. We must join the rest of the world.

This is not about Trump.  Trump was the last gasp hope to slow down the tidal wave of global domination. Its why it has been four years of desperation attempting to eliminate him.  He stood not just in the way of America, but of the world. The president of the United States was censored by the two emerging power brokers. The tech companies are hijacking the power.  They are taking over the airwaves.  They are aligned with government leaders and the state media with one goal, control.  Control of what?  I am not sure they know or they do and have not revealed it to the masses.   The idea of one world order living in peace may be their ultimate dream and rhetoric but ironically the only way to achieve that goal is a violent  take over of anyone that disagrees.    It has been the communist mantra for over 100 years now.  Here it comes.

I didn’t believe it could happen so quickly.  It has been building for many many years so maybe it is not as rapid as it appears.  The incoming leadership and its allies has every intent of destroying this country. There is no desire to return or continue the legacy of the founders.  It is to be transformed.  Into what?  Into man’s image.  The only way to accomplish that is by control and force.  One example.  Man is now controlled by the smart phone.  It tracks us, it informs us. It will soon replace cash. Buying and selling are tracked and controlled.  It will ultimately be all about food.  Not a wild speculation, it is here.  Corona Virus is a fortuitous test run. Any crisis will be exaggerated to allow for control of communities, families, churches. Acquiring food will be managed by those that determine the correctness of your loyalty. Here it comes.

What is the endgame?  Israel must be removed.  Why?  Because you can’t build a world system in man’s image as long as there are some that follow a higher power.  In this case a higher power that the globalists fear is true.  America as a culture has systematically been abandoning the grace of the Christ.  It’s the same move Adam made in the garden.  It doesn’t work.  But man is forever trying to eliminate the truth of obedience. The truth that surrendering to God is the only hope for the world.  America and Israel are in the way of man’s freedom.

Thinking or acting as if continuing to prepare for the future as the country has done for 200 years is futile.   There will be no return to America or the world.  The time is here to recognize the moment.  Embrace your family every single day. We are conditioned to see the future as way out there. It sounds alarmist, sensational, like panic even silly.  There is no coming world peace.  There is the truth that Jesus will never allow Israel to fall. The United States may be destroyed, but not the Jews.  The signs are everywhere.  Not that the sky is falling, but that the heavens will soon open and all will see the King coming to recapture, redeem, and restore His Kingdom and His people.  Here it comes.

I am not writing to win a political debate.  This is about the King desiring all of us to be ready.  This is the hour to share with love and compassion the truth that Jesus is the only hope for mankind. Look to the heavens, for there is our salvation.

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Trump Represents Truth

At the urging of my dear friend Jim Whitmer, who left this broken world to be with The King last summer, I started writing in July of 2010.  Jim said to me back then, “Bill, this is the new platform to share your beliefs and ideas with others.  You should try it.”

Jim was right and I love writing about what is near to my heart and sharing it.  The writing is the key.  it is therapeutic.  It strengthens my faith.  As for a platform, if it validates what others believe then I hope readers are encouraged.

I have written several times over the last four years about the similarities between the pathway of Donald Trump and the story line of Jesus.   Look at the common theme. An outsider emerges on the scene challenging the status quo.  Those in power or control despise the very idea.  As time advances, the outsider gains a large faithful following.  He threatens the very existence of the system.  After trying several times to eliminate him the elites use all means necessary to discredit and eliminate the threat. 

Well the endgame has been achieved.  Through a whole coordinated effort on the part of the powerful elites, the threat has been removed.  It appears that without any obstacles those who crave and demand power and control are now firmly in place and here is where they desire to take the country.

-Total Gender Confusion.  Men can be women, women can be men…just say so.

-Sex with whomever, wherever, whenever…don’t question

-Suppression of religious freedom…Christians specifically

-Infusion and support of outsiders

-Deference to groups advocating for violence and rebellion 

-Drugs legalized to free the users to ignore reality

-Elimination of future human beings in the name of personal autonomy

-Confiscation of capital to establish and maintain control

-Suppression of those who speaks out against the ideas of those in control

-Elimination of the history and legacy of truth

-Systematic restructuring of the levers of power and control

-Communism is Socialism with a gun

Trump like Jesus represented everything that threatened the status quo’s desire for power. From the very beginning of their missions Jesus and Trump spoke directly to the people where life and reality reside.  When their popularity surged out of control, the threats had to be eliminated at all costs. In Jesus case death. 

In every civilization there must be laws.  Yesterday demonstrated that clearly.  You cannot just break in and damage property or hurt others because you don’t get your way even if you believe you are right.  We have embraced that reality for 400 years.  For the last 100 years the country has incrementally allowed those with very different ideas a stronghold in the culture and now the seats of power.  Using the system, they have indoctrinated the masses, infiltrated the power positions and replaced one set of elites with another. Game over.  Trumps gone.  But like Jesus the followers will not be eliminated nor the truth that evil will never triumph.  Jesus stomped on the head of Satan and Satan’s end is nearing.  Trump’s gone but the truth he may unwillingly have represented will go on.  Truth will aways be the standard, the law, the reality no matter how or who attempts to remove it or pretend it doesn’t exist. The truth is Jesus. He said it himself, “I am the way the TRUTH and the life.”  

Jesus will return.  Those words will raise the ire of every truth denier.  The idea that one day all will surrender to His authority will drive the hatred, the suppression, and the evil of those in charge to another level.  We may even see the resurrection of Emperor Nero.

Like many of my fellow followers of Jesus of Nazareth we do not have big platforms, we do not possess positions of power, we follow obediently the words of the master to speak kindness, to help those in need, and those that are broken.  We do it without the desire for recognition and acclaim.  We do it because that is what the Master asked us to do.  There are millions of us in this country and many more millions around the world.  I pray and hope for men like Peter and Paul that have the platforms, rise up to speak not of resistance or power, but truth.  It may mean imprisonment, or life itself.  It doesn’t matter.  We walk with the ultimate power of the universe.  We follow the one who conquered death and promised we will as well.  The country we knew is fading away, it is not coming back.  Doesn’t matter.  Jesus is restoring, redeeming, renewing everyday not in the media or worldwide stage but in the hearts of those that surrender their rebellious wills to grasp the free gift The King offers to all. The ultimate freedom.

Jesus will return us to His original design,  It will take courage on our parts here and now, heartache, pain, even death.  Be of good cheer we will never lose.

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FAIRNESS…FAIRNESS…FAIRNESS

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If you are a member of the older generation like me, you recall that in professional sports there was a time when the umpire, referee, judge of any sport was the final authority.  The umpire called the balls and strikes, the referee said it was a  fumble or not.  The linesman determined if a tennis ball was in or out.  Games and matches were determined by the call.  Once in a while, there was a dispute between the combatants as to the legitimacy of an official’s call.  Many of the calls were insignificant because they did not determine the outcome of the game.  However, there were those moments when the game was on the line and the call one way or the other determined the winner or loser.  When the call was made there was an uproar by the team or individual that lost snd jubilation for the winner.  Feelings were hurt, anger even emerged.   For one side it was just not fair.  No-one should have to lose because of an error in judgement.  Fairness trumps everything.  It is the American way.

In 1963 Instant Replay was introduced to the sports world.  It changed the idea of fairness.  The legitimacy of a call could be challenged and the truth would be known and Fairness, the absolute measure would be final.  From 1963 technology advanced and the professional sports world moved to make it a integral part of the contests.  The NFL was the first in 1986, followed by the NHL in 1991, the NBA in 2002, and Wimbledon in 2006.

Instant replay even made its way into golf. Instant replay doesn’t just tell the story. As Tiger Woods knows, it can become part of the story. A phone call from a TV viewer, spurred on by instant replay, changed the course of Woods’ 2013 Masters tournament.

In the second round, Woods was forced to take a drop on the par-5 15th hole after his shot caromed off the flagstick and into the water. At his home in Florida, Champions Tour golfer David Eger rewound his DVR and noticed Woods had improperly dropped the ball about 3 feet behind his original divot.

Eger called a Masters official and Woods was eventually penalized two strokes, dropping him from three strokes out of the lead to five back. He never got back into contention.

It comes down to this. “There is not a sports official around who wants to leave a field, court or rink thinking they didn’t get it right. If you give them a tool that allows them to get it right, that’s what they want. It’s about getting it right, and the expectations are higher about getting it right than back in the old days before we had the technology.” (1)

Now we are on the goal line of an election.  There is mass confusion in the country because there is a challenge as to whether the call was right.  The impact is much greater than a World Series Title, or Super Bowl victory.  The well being of an entire nation rests on the call.  

Its about Fairness.  When it appears that something is just not quite right every person wants fairness in the end despite the outcome.  The team has challenged the ruling on the field.  Then after further review the call is determined right or wrong.  One side is disappointed and one side is thrilled.  Then we go back to the game.  The enduring truth is that we tried the best we could to get it right because that is the fair thing to do, the right thing to do.  We have always agreed.

So what happens now with this election?  There is a challenge of the call.  Do we have instant replay available to review the play?  Will we use the tools we have in place to make sure we get it right?  It has worked rather well in our sports world.  I hope we are advanced enough to apply it to a call that means a whole lot more for all of us.  At the moment, it doesn’t appear that fairness matters.

 1.Patrick Saunders: psaunders@denverpost.com or twitter.com/psaundersdp

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Trump…China…Israel

I wrote on June 17, 2017 that the extreme hatred for Donald Trump was not actually directed at him but at what he represents. Hate Trump…Hate You…The statement and entry elicited the most responses I have ever received.  I don’t get too many.  Three years later the hatred has escalated.  Every moment of every day there is a systematic campaign both verbally and with physical violence to overthrow the status quo.  It’s not TRUMP.  He is the stand in for the symbol of absolute truth.  If he is elected in November, this hatred will not cease.  The violence will not quell.  If he is not elected, the hatred will not cease, the violence not quell. It is not Trump they are after.  It is absolute truth and the followers of absolute truth are next. The growing suppression of churches and religious freedom is not a fallacy.

The hatred is not isolated to the United States.  Hatred is worldwide.  Much of it is directed toward the little country of Israel. What stands between the world and the desire to destroy Israel?   Simple like Trump, Israel mirrors Absolute Truth.  To be free to rule the world the very idea that there is something beyond man that controls the universe must be destroyed.  As long as the United States exists as the most powerful nation on the planet, and  is tied to Israel,  Israel will be saved from attempted destruction.

The Chinese are emerging very quickly.  Good chance they started the virus.  They have been successfully spying on the world for decades.  They have enticed the United States to enter their lair with the promise of great financial wealth.  They declare that they have the world’s best interest in mind.  But in their way of world domination and the destruction of Israel stands one obstacle, the United States and absolute truth.  Trump just happens to be in the White House presently.  If he is reelected the hatred will escalate.  If someone else is elected the hatred will escalate.  The world is not going to stop hating Israel.  To eliminate Israel the United States must be removed.

For over 100 years this nation’s treasured values has been dismantled systematically through the education system.  The Founding principle of the nation that all men are created equal by God’ has been replaced with personal rights and feelings.  The Chinese and the world have been given the gift they could never have manufactured, self-destruction.  The Chinese are impatient as are the detractors in this country.  Both have accelerated  the pace toward either destruction or takeover.

When the United States falls, the door will be open to finally destroy the source of Absolute Truth.  The dreaded Jews.  Is there any stopping this?  Will the destruction of the United States and world domination by China bring peace and tranquility to the entire planet?  Will the destruction of Israel finally allow the world to approach Utopia?  Of course not.  What it will do is usher in the reign of the Kingdom of Jesus.  Israel will never be destroyed.  Jesus promised his return to establish a Kingdom of glory.  Just writing these words I can hear the laughter, the mocking and the ridicule of the very idea by those committed to secularism. Jesus warned us of this time when he said,  “If you think they hated me, just wait, they will hate you even more”.

It is going to require courage.  Lots of courage and it may be soon.  Followers, don’t lose heart.  Don’t be afraid.  The King is coming.

Cross and Clouds

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The family will never be replaced…

The Family will NEVER be replaced

                                1920                                                                 2020

Vladimir Lennin and Communist Revolution      Leftists, BLM, Antifa,  Democrats

                                               Three Foundational Objectives

  1. Remove All Religion and Histor             1. Remove Religion and History
  2. Legalize Divorce and Abortion               2. Abortion -Pro-Choice  No fault divorce
  3. State Public Schools run by state            3. Public schools run by state

Lenin and the Communists accomplished their foundation objectives in a very short period of time.  It has taken a little longer in the United States.  In the U.S. evolution was integrated into the school system in the 1920s.  Abortion became legal in 1973.  The American public schools became the factory of the ideas of John Dewey. the Frankfurt school. and many Marxist followers.100 years of indoctrinating children into the Marxist/Socialist system of thought has taken a toll. 

This has been all about replacing the family.  Years before Marx put his ideas in writing there were forces laying the groundwork to destroy the institution that holds any society together, one man one woman committed as a bond for life with the charge of raising responsible citizens that can protect and carry on the societies well being.  That idea has been the standard for thousands of years and cultures. It is an absolute.  It is a proven success. If you want to change an entire culture you must remove the family unit.  It IS the foundation of any culture.

The communists worldwide have succeeded for the moment in damaging the family unit as the sole provider of cultural success and continuity.   Their foundational objectives explain for us here in the home of the free the riots (protests), the rebellion, the cry for change.  The 100 years of influence has damaged the family deeply.  But I believe there is GOOD news.  Hope in fact.

This is a small movement in a country of 330 million people. The majority of people in this country know at the core that the family is where there is hope.  Father and Mother living together for life create a bond, a unit, a safe place.  Every family struggles, there are family disasters but the model is still the model.  It is the answer for every culture, tribe, and people. It will take a long time and a lot of surrendering to return to the best choice for keeping this country stable.  And I admit, at the moment it doesn’t look promising. So many confusing ideas have stolen the acceptance of the true model. 

Hold your ground.  Cherish your family at whatever stage you are in the journey.  Young parents embrace the blessing you have been given to raise kids that will be productive worthy citizens.  Older parents, support and encourage your kids to keep the faith.  At the end of the road it will bring joy, affirm value, and preserve the future.

 

 

                                                                                            

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It’s all about control…

The hatred is now spilling into the streets.  The society is crumbling before our eyes, quickly. The anger that has been pent up for many years has turned to hatred.  What exactly is all this vitriol about?  Hatred for Donald Trump?  Outrage over police injustices?  A collective expectation of entitlement?  All of these and more.  What is at the core of this?  Is there hope that this will be resolved?

Three years ago I suggested that the hatred for Donald Trump is not toward him directly.  It is instead, a deep fear and hatred of absolute truth.  Absolute truth exemplified in Jesus Christ.  In a Divine creator of the universe and man.  People responded to my theory by questioning how I could call Donald Trump a Christian.  (https://billharbeck.com/2017/06/13/hate-trump-hate-you/) I never did.  I wrote that Donald Trump represents the worldview of those that hold to the sanctity of life.  Those that believe that there is a higher power.  Those that believe that Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the living God and that he brought, ironically, a message of  peace and love. 

At the core,  the rebellion is about the need to control.  Every human being from birth wrestles with two questions; Do you love me? and What can I get away with?  The first a deep and inner desire to affirm that I have value.  The second a determination to be in control.  I want to determine my outcome.  Where do these desires begin?  Therein lies the battle.  If you aspire to absolute truth, then it had to originate in someone outside of human existence. If you choose naturalism, then control is granted to every human being as he or she determines.

The United States experiment was designed by the founders to allow every citizen the freedom to be in control of their own destiny.  “All men are created equal with inalienable rights”.  With that freedom each person is granted the freedom to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. How does one argue with that founding principle?  By denying the premise, ignoring common sense, and using faulty reasoning to justify victimhood. Then it comes down to whose ideas will have superiority.

In the late 1800s, over a hundred years after the American experiment began, the elimination of God began systematically with the ideas of a few men. The ideas turned to systems of practice.  They then spread to the United States where for over 100 years now the worldview of Naturalism has been taught as the response to the burden of absolute truth. After all the years of indoctrination in the schools and institutions it has molded the  culture into its image and is spilling out into the streets in the form of anger, violence, and hatred.  All in the name of control.  Control of what?  Will these riots and calls for overthrowing the present system result in any beneficial change for the culture? 

Let’s say Donald Trump loses this November.  Will that solve the problem of anger?  Let’s suppose Donald Trump wins, will that solve the problem?  In 2024 will a new president have all the answers to reform the country into a peaceful utopia?  The outrage in the streets is not emanating from the leaders presently in place or in the future.   It has everything to do with man’s absolute desire to be in control.  The Socialist experiment is now going on one hundred and forty years.  The ideology is not about equality for all.  It has proven over the years in multiple arenas that it is about nothing but absolute control and it has failed every time. Instead of peace, love, and equality it morphs into a handful of people who have secured the most power, then determine exactly what the rest will do while eliminating any resistance to the few in charge.  Exactly what the founding fathers anticipated and knew could happen.

But at the core, is not rebellion against the system.  It is rebellion of the heart.  The deep desire to be in control.  The anger and violence is the outpouring from the heart of those rebelling that the dream of utopia on earth will never happen.  Deep inside every human is the understanding that they will never be in total control.  That something out there is truly determining man’s destiny. That’s why death is so frightening to today’s culture.  It is the ultimate enemy to a control freak.  It doesn’t matter the presenting issue, Black Lives Matter, Police brutality, White Privilege, Economic inequality, Corruption in government, Immigration, 2nd amendment rights, they are all symptoms of the temptation and desire for control. 

This is not gong to end well.  The American experiment may be the best human model ever designed with the best chance for peace and tranquility as a society.  It was designed with absolute truth as its principle foundation stone.  It recognized that there is a power outside of man that is in total control.  When a person or government chooses to ignore and or eliminate the reality of that truth you witness the Soviet Unions, the Cubas, and Venezuelas. The Vietnams, North Koreas, Cambodias, and Chinas.  Power and control is relegated to a few that wield it over the many with no moral compass.

In all the chaos, is the glimmer of truth.  It is just flickering now in our country.  But it will not be extinguished.  It is in the heart of millions.  It will never die.  Time has arrived for those who follow the truth to acknowledge that it will now be about courage.  It will take great courage to walk in the truth, to speak the truth, to live the truth.  It may come at great cost, but it will never be the wrong choice.  The Godman, Jesus, healed, loved, cared for the broken, spoke kindness, and showed  the way to love. He was hated, despised, and murdered. He said often, “You see how they hate me, I tell you they will hate those that follow me even more.” 

Man can’t conquer death. Jesus did.  For now, it is about surrender.  Not to the mob.  We must surrender our hearts to the truth that we will never be in control.  If and when that happens, peace and love will triumph. It demands courage.

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Priest Abuses Hundreds for 25 Years… The Survivors live on in Silence

French Priest recounts how he abused boy scouts over decades

This report was released January 14, 2020 on ABC news.  Take note of the highlighted quotes throughout the report and then the comments following the article:
LYON, France — A former priest detailed Tuesday how he systematically abused boys over two decades as a French scout chaplain, and said his superiors knew about his “abnormal” behavior as far back as the 1970s. (1) 
The shocking testimony of Bernard Preynat is likely to further shake up the French Catholic Church as it reckons with sexual abuses that were long covered up. His account in court Tuesday suggested as many as five cardinals were aware of his behavior over the years, but didn’t report it to police or prosecutors. (2)
Preynat, now 74, is charged with sexually abusing multiple minors and faces up to 10 years in prison in what is France’s biggest clergy sex abuse trial to date. He’s suspected of abusing around 75 boys, but his testimony suggests the overall number could be even higher. (3)
He said he abused up to two boys “almost every weekend” from 1970 to 1990 when he worked as their scout chaplain, and as many as four or five a week when he led one-week scout camps.
He said parents first alerted the diocese in the 1970s, but his hierachy never punished him.
“I often said to myself ‘I have to stop’ but I started again a few months later. I blame myself today,” he told a hushed courtroom. (4)
“It seemed to me that the children were consenting,” he said. “I was wrong.”
“It took me time to understand the repercussions on the children. For me, they were gestures of tenderness, and I took a certain pleasure in that,” he said. (5)
Church hierarchy is suspected of covering up Bernard Preynat’s actions for decades, and a French cardinal was convicted last year of failing to report him to police or prosecutors. The case’s repercussions reached all the way to the Vatican.
Victims testified about how much power Preynat held over them, and the lifelong damage the abuse caused. (6)
“I saw this community that admired this man, and I was his protege, his pet,” said Francois Devaux, whose decision to speak out about Preynat’s abuse helped prompt the priest to come to terms with what he had done.
“He incarnated absolute hierarchy, sacred power,” Devaux said. Later, he said he attempted suicide. “I blocked out a big part of my adolescence, which was violent and complicated.” (7)
Responding to Devaux’s testimony, Preynat said, “I’m shattered to realize that because of me, he wanted to kill himself.”
In 1991, Preynat swore to the then-cardinal that he would no longer touch a child, and no other victims have come forward saying he abused them after 1991.
At the time of the abuse, Preynat was in charge of the Saint-Luc scout camp in a private Catholic school in Sainte-Foy-les-Lyons in the suburbs of Lyon for 20 years, then continued his career as a priest until 2015 in the mountains near Lyon.
It wasn’t until last year that the French Catholic Church found Preynat guilty of abuse and removed him from the priesthood.
In defrocking him, the church said in a statement: “In view of the facts and their recurrence, the large number of victims, the fact that Father Bernard Preynat abused the authority conferred on him by his position within the Scout group that he had founded … the court decided to apply the maximum penalty … namely the dismissal from the clerical state.”
That decision came after French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was convicted in March of covering up for Preynat’s actions. Barbarin tried to resign, but Pope Francis refused to accept it until the appeals process is complete. An appeals court ruling is expected Jan. 30.
Several other church officials were also accused of failing to alert police or prosecutors, including a senior Vatican official, Cardinal Luis Ladaria. The Vatican invoked his immunity as an official of a sovereign state.
Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.
Jillian and I founded Holding onto Hope Ministries in 2008.  We believe the Spirit of God laid on our hearts a desire to speak out and provide hope for children of childhood sexual abuse.  I believe more than ever that the truth of the magnitude of the issue and the destruction rendered, continues to remain under the radar around the world. It is a testament to the power of shame and the influence of the enemy Satan.
Look at the statements in the above article:
(1.) …”his superiors knew about his “abnormal” behavior as far back as the 1970s.” For fifty years the community and the church in France has kept this secret.  The shame carried by both perpetrators and survivors is so powerful it silences all involved to the detriment of everyone.   (2)”as many as five cardinals were aware of his behavior over the years, but didn’t report it to police or prosecutors.”
(3) “He’s suspected of abusing around 75 boys, but his testimony suggests the overall number could be even higher.”  The average pedophile has over 400 victims in a lifetime.
(4)  “I often said to myself,  ‘I have to stop’ but I started again”  Sexual addictions are the most powerful of all addictions and the least addressed.  Symptoms of rape, molestation, and assault are encountered but the number that actually happen remain in the shadows.  I also believe the number of silent porn addicts dwarfs all other addictions combined.
(5) “It took me time to understand the repercussions on the children. For me, they were gestures of tenderness, and I took a certain pleasure in that,”.  The perpetrator cannot even conceive of the damage he or she has done to the victims.  Sadly, very few understand the depth of the hurt and pain, nor a way to assist in the healing process.
(6) Victims testified about how much power Preynat held over them, and the lifelong damage the abuse caused.  The power of adulthood and authority are too much for children to overcome.  The control continues, the shame deepens, the silence persists and the pattern of self-rejection lasts a lifetime or survivors choose to end the suffering early…“He incarnated absolute hierarchy, sacred power,” Devaux said. Later, he said he attempted suicide. “I blocked out a big part of my adolescence, which was violent and complicated.” (7)
This is the world that holds Jillian and my hearts. I continue to hear the still small voice that reminds me in stories like this one that there are countless numbers out there living in silence.  One word to each one of them that they are truly valuable in God’s sight goes so far in beginning or continuing the healing process.  We must admit there is a huge need.  We must speak out to give the survivors hope.  We must embrace the dependence we all share in the saving work of the cross. We must hold onto hope.
I am retiring from education this spring.  My heart continues to break and feel called to the survivors of sexual abuse.  Keep the ministry and Jillian and I in your prayers. We will continue the work as long as we are able. Somedays waiting for a word is really hard.  I am looking forward to the time to be available to my fellow survivors.  Blessings.
                                                            HOLD ONTO HOPE
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Technology may be Ushering in the END.

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“Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism.  What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?”    Charles Francis Potter  1928

“Here are all the elements of a religious faith that shall not be confined to sect, class, or race.  Such a faith has always been implicitly the common faith of mankind.  It remains to make it implicit and militant.”  1933

“The battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being.  These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of education level—preschool, day care, or large university.  The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of “love thy neighbor” will finally be achieved…humanism will emerge triumphant.  It must if the family of humankind is to survive. “

John J Dunphy   The Humanist  January/February 1983

It is now 2019 and the consequences of the ideas from the last 100 years are playing out in force.  The millennial generation is the culmination of the desire of utopian humanism.  And what do we have for it?  Millions of unaware mindless robots suffering at record levels from depression, anxiety, loneliness, substance addictions, failed marriages, and the inability to lead the masses.

Studies show that there is direct connection between the rise of depression, anxiety, and suicide among adolescents in the last ten years correlating  with the  introduction of the smart phone to the youth  culture.  As if one hundred years of daily indoctrination isn’t enough,  children now have infinite connection to all the propaganda at their fingertips and are able to share in it instantly with anyone on the planet.  Social media is advancing the godless agenda at light speed and it is ahead of man’s ability to understand its impact.  In the near future man will look back and gasp at the destruction the tools of technology have rendered on the world. 

As Potter said in 1928, “Education is thus a most powerfully ally of Humanism.  What can the theistic Sunday Schools, meeting for an hour a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide?”

Nothing.  The agenda is complete.  Now it is left for technology to finish it off.  It will be impossible to turn around over a century of indoctrination and limitless technology without a powerful remedy. “Only Jesus is the answer” is dismissed as archaic and irrelevant. The corporate church defaults to appeasement using tolerance and a feel good message.  All the while hold up in safe castles as the world around burns to the ground.

Grace is still grace.  Mercy is still available.  The collapse is moving at warp speed in front of all those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.  There is no time nor desire for a “movement” that will reverse the course.  It falls to the quiet humble followers of the Carpenter to love their neighbor as themselves one day and one person at a time.

“Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism.  What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?”    Charles Francis Potter  1928

“Here are all the elements of a religious faith that shall not be confined to sect, class, or race.  Such a faith has always been implicitly the common faith of mankind.  It remains to make it implicit and militant.”  1933

“The battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being.  These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of education level—preschool, day care, or large university.  The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of “love thy neighbor” will finally be achieved…humanism will emerge triumphant.  It must if the family of humankind is to survive. “

John J Dunphy   The Humanist  January/February 1983

It is now 2019 and the consequences of the ideas from the last 100 years are playing out in force.  The millennial generation is the culmination of the desire of utopian humanism.  And what do we have for it?  Millions of unaware mindless robots suffering at record levels from depression, anxiety, loneliness, substance addictions, failed and non-existent marriages, and the inability to lead the masses.

Studies show that there is direct connection between the rise of depression, anxiety, and suicide among adolescents in the last ten years correlating  with the  introduction of the smart phone to the youth  culture.  As if one hundred years of daily indoctrination isn’t enough,  children now have infinite connection to all the propaganda at their fingertips and are able to share it instantly with anyone on the planet.  Social media is advancing the Godless agenda at light speed and it is ahead of man’s ability to understand and keep up with the fallout.  In the near future man will look back and gasp at the destruction the tools of technology have rendered on the world. 

As Potter said in 1928, “Education is thus a most powerfully ally of Humanism.  What can the theistic Sunday Schools, meeting for an hour a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide?”

Nothing.  The agenda is complete.  Now it is left for technology to finish it off.  It will be impossible to turn around over a century of indoctrination and limitless technology without a powerful remedy. “Only Jesus is the answer” is dismissed as archaic and irrelevant. The corporate church mired in scandals and popularity contests, defaults to appeasement using tolerance and a feel good message. all the while hold up in safe castles as the world burns to the ground.

Grace is still grace.  Mercy is still available.  The collapse is moving at warp speed in front of all those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.  There is no time nor desire for a “movement” that will reverse the course.  It falls to the quiet humble followers of the Carpenter to love their neighbor as themselves one day and one person at a time.

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SHAME: The Most Destructive Force to the Human Soul

SHAME: THE most destructive force to the Human Soul.

I inquired in my Contemporary Moral Issues class what the students believe to be the number one moral issue of the day.  I did not anticipate their answer.  The eleven students responded unanimously, “sex before marriage”.  I was expecting to hear homosexuality, abortion, gun control, or immigration to be the issue they believed to be most influential on their world. 

The class explored and examined the idea of sex before marriage and slowly arrived at the definition, benefits, and consequences of the issue.  As to definition, the students concluded that sex before marriage is just a small portion of the larger category of illicit sex.  The students quickly realized that homosexuality, transgenderism, polymorphous perversity, adultery, pornography, and sex before marriage exist under a larger umbrella of illicit sexuality.  They agreed to amend their original response of sex before marriage to one larger category; Sexual Immorality.

The students then proceeded to examine the benefits and consequences of Sexual Immorality to the culture at large.  After a time of discussion, the students concluded that there are only a few benefits from sexual immorality.  They listed three, pleasure, stronger relationships, and stress relief.

When they turned to the consequences the list grew quickly including, sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, addictions, broken relationships as long term physical harm. Then they identified numerous emotional issues caused by illicit sexual behavior including, anger, mistrust, depression, long term memories, depression, and helplessness.  One more emotional issue emerged from the discussion that places illicit sexuality under the umbrella that covers everything: SHAME.

Shame is the most destructive force to the human soul.  And the examples and consequences under the umbrella of shame seem endless.  Substance abuse and addictions, workaholism, divorce, abuse of all kinds, (I personally believe sexual abuse to be the number one destroyer of the soul), illicit sexuality,  failure, and there are many more.  In each of these categories is the emotion that Adam and Eve felt the moment they were exposed.  Shame.  They hid themselves because they realized they were naked.  Exposure to the eyes of another immediately produces the deep sense inadequacy.  “I am a failure, I am worthless, I will never be loved, I let someone down, I will never amount to anything, I am a loser, I deserve nothing, I am unattractive, I can’t parent, I can’t measure up” and the examples go on and on.

Shame is not limited to illicit sexuality.  It is the consequence of rebellion against God.  The curse in every human to strive to be something we were never meant to be, our own god.  Every time man fails to pursue his design there is an indwelling understanding of shame.  This isn’t a religious concept or idea.  Inside everyone is the voice that knows that we can’t not know what is wrong and when we fail and are exposed to others and ultimately God, we succumb to the rivers of shame that slowly drown out our value.

Individually I believe every person alive deals with some aspect of shame regularly in their lives.  The lie that I have no value, no worth, and no hope because of it drives us all to pursue relief.  Whether the shame is of our own choosing, or as the result of being harmed by others, there is the constant struggle to find worth.  In the end surrender is the only remedy.  Surrender to the truth that I must let go and allow a greater force to carry the load of shame for me.

My students are right and I am in agreement with them.  Sexual Immorality is the number one contemporary moral issue.  Sex is God’s ultimate design and gift to all humanity to know and feel a measure of the Glory of God. Every time it is expressed outside of God’s design it is marked with shame and when it is exposed to others the shame is overwhelming.  The culture as a whole has chosen to believe and behave in rebellion to God’s design and the corporate shame is surfacing in alarming ways.

There is only one remedy.  Surrendering to the truth.  We are not in charge or our lives.  We have great value in the eyes of our creator.  Our Lord desires us to put our hand in his and let him walk with us.  Shame will not go away in this life.  There is no escaping it.  There is relief, there is joy, their is hope and there is a promise that one day I will know and feel, and believe that I am His beloved.  I look forward to that day.  Hold onto Hope.

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