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News Review - 23 Jul 2021
Age Of Chaos

Orwell’s 1984 is our reality: Telling the truth is now regarded as a hostile act… algorithms… thought-crimes… wrongthink… doublethink… newspeak…
Welcome to…

The Age Of Chaos

We live in a rapidly changing world. We are now living in the “new normal”. That “new normal” is now looking a lot like:

1984 - A Blueprint For Our Dystopian Reality

“Tread cautiously: the fiction of George Orwell (1903-1950) has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day surveillance state. It’s been more than 70 years since Orwell… depicted the ominous rise of ubiquitous technology, fascism, and totalitarianism in ‘1984’. Who could have predicted that so many years after Orwell typed the final words to his dystopian novel, ‘He loved Big Brother,’ we would come to love Big Brother?

‘1984’ portrays a global society of total control in which people are not allowed to have thoughts that in any way disagree with the corporate state. There is no personal freedom, and advanced technology has become the driving force behind a surveillance-driven society. Snitches and cameras are everywhere. People are subject to the Thought Police, who deal with anyone guilty of thought crimes.

Our world is characterized by widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining, fusion centers, driverless cars, voice-controlled homes, facial recognition systems, cybugs, and drones, and predictive policing (pre-crime) aimed at capturing would-be criminals before they can do any damage.

Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Government agents listen in on our telephone calls and read our emails. Political correctness — a philosophy that discourages diversity — has become a guiding principle of modern society.

Orwell understood what many Americans are still struggling to come to terms with: that there is no such thing as a government organized for the good of the people.” (shtfplan.com)

Follow The Money – Find The Power

Who really controls this world? A good question! But there is an answer. The way to find out who really IS in control is to follow the money – find the power – the real power – and it might not be who most people think!

“A recent infographic published by The Visual Capitalist displayed the stock market capitalization of the largest companies in the world. While critics often take aim at companies like Proctor & Gamble, Pfizer, Merck & Co, Walt Disney, Nike, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, etc, these pale in comparison to the top 6 companies, all of which are run by top global Technocrats!

Who Leads The Trillion $$$ Pack?

Apple - $2.1 trillion, Microsoft - $1.8 trillion, Amazon - $1.6 trillion and Alphabet - $1.4 trillion. Facebook - $893 billion is a wannabe trillion dollar club member, as is Tencent - $753 billion.

Furthermore, note the country distribution. The top six are all based in the United States while Tencent is located in China. It is noteworthy that the bulk of Technocrat tools of dominance have been invented in the US (by these same companies) and then spread to other nations.

By following the money, we are also following the data. Data is money, of course, and has led many to suggest that data is the new oil of the 21st century.

In America, concerned citizens should stop bothering themselves with Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Marxists, Communists or corrupt politicians. These are little more than buzzing mosquitoes or pesky flies at the proverbial picnic. They will not be the instruments of our enslavement. That mission is orchestrated by the leading and richest people on earth, namely, Technocrats.” (technocracy.news)

Nobody Is Safe In Power

You can see who is really in charge by what they do. Nobody is safe in power – even the President of the USA!

“With unilateral censorship of a sitting US president, Big Tech has proven it’s more powerful than any government. Big Tech’s moves to muscle President Donald Trump off social media have been heralded by some as victory. Deplatforming Trump is only the beginning of a megalomaniacal crusade against all those who would question a government by the algorithms, of the algorithms, and for the algorithms.” (rt.com)

Zuckerberg And Execs Admit They Have Too Much Power

“Project Veritas released a new video today leaked by a brave Facebook insider exposing CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other senior executives admitting to the company’s wide-ranging powers to censor political speech and promote partisan objectives.

In the same January 21 meeting, Facebook’s Head of Global Affairs Nick Clegg addressed the international backlash that resulted from then-President Trump’s suspension from the platform. ‘There has been quite a lot of disquiet expressed by many leaders around the world, from the President of Mexico to Alexei Navalny in Russia, and Chancellor Angela Merkel and others saying, “well this shows that government by the algorithms, of the algorithms, and for the algorithms…” we agree with that,’ he said.

At the moment, those democratically agreed rules don’t exist. We still have to make decisions in real-time.” (projectveritas.com)

The Ruler Of Two Billion People

“In its latest exposé, the investigative journalism group Project Veritas has revealed footage of Facebook Global Planning Lead Benny Thomas highlighting the need for the government to break up Facebook. Discussing the power that Mark Zuckerberg wields, Thomas stated: ‘No king in the history of the world has been the ruler of two billion people, but Mark Zuckerberg is — and he’s 36. That’s too much for a 36-year-old. You should not have power over two billion people. I just think that’s wrong’.” (breitbart.com)

Google: Today’s “Ministry Of Truth”

“Forget ‘fake news’. Google IS fake news. It is re-writing history, the present and the future. It is using its enormous control over the ‘news feed’ to control how people think, react and act. Worse, it is working beyond their wildest imagination. As Google scrambles to perform damage control, you can expect it to issue unending, inane public statements that contradict the clear evidence before the world. This is how things are done at the ‘Ministry of Truth’.” (technocracy.news)

The Criminalization Of Dissent

“One of the hallmarks of totalitarian systems is the criminalization of dissent. Not just the stigmatization of dissent or the demonization of dissent, but the formal criminalization of dissent, and any other type of opposition to the official ideology of the totalitarian system. Global capitalism has been inching its way toward this step for quite some time, and now, apparently, it is ready to take it. Germany has been leading the way.

Yes, that’s right, in ‘New Normal’ Germany, if you dissent from the official state ideology, you are now officially a dangerous ‘extremist’. The German Intelligence agency (the ‘BfV’) has even invented a new category of ‘extremists’ in order to allow themselves to legally monitor anyone suspected of being ‘anti-democratic and/or delegitimizing the state in a way that endangers security,’ like… you know, non-violently protesting, or speaking out against, or criticizing, or satirizing, the so-called ‘New Normal’.

Naturally, I’m a little worried, as I have engaged in most of these ‘extremist’ activities. My thought-crimes are just sitting there on the Internet waiting to be scrutinized by the BfV. They’re probably Google-translating this column right now, compiling a list of all the people reading it, and their Facebook friends and Twitter followers, and professional associates, and family members, and anyone any of the aforementioned people have potentially met with, or casually mentioned, who might have engaged in similar thought-crimes.

You probably think I’m joking, don’t you? I’m not joking. Not even slightly. The Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution (‘Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz’) is actively monitoring anyone questioning or challenging the official ‘New Normal’ ideology … the ‘Covid Deniers’, the ‘conspiracy theorists’, the ‘anti-vaxxers’, the dreaded ‘Querdenkers’ (ie people who ‘think outside the box’), and anyone else they feel like monitoring who has refused to join the Covidian Cult. We’re now official enemies of the state, no different than any other ‘terrorists’.” (technocracy.news)

Normalizing Deceit

“When the media lies, the media normalizes deceit, and the word ‘liar’ loses its sting. Lying becomes part of the New Normal. When government lies as well — Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Iranian nukes, Russian invasions, Russiagate — lying becomes ubiquitous. Truth becomes so discordant that truth is discarded. Truth-tellers become dissident ‘conspiracy theorists’ who are guilty of trying to shake the population’s confidence in the ruling lies. They are censored, and if they persist they risk becoming labeled ‘domestic terrorists’ and ‘enemies of democracy’. Orwell’s 1984 is our reality.” (paulcraigroberts.org)

This Problem Was Prophesied!

“Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The LORD looked and was displeased to find there was no justice.” (Isaiah 59:14-15, NLT throughout)

The Western War On Truth

“The ‘war on terror’ has simultaneously been a war on truth. For fifteen years — from 9/11 to Saddam Hussein’s ‘weapons of mass destruction’ and ‘al Qaeda connections’, ‘Iranian nukes’, ‘Assad’s use of chemical weapons’, endless lies about Gadaffi, ‘Russian invasion of Ukraine’ — the governments of the so-called Western democracies have found it essential to align themselves firmly with lies in order to pursue their agendas. Now these Western governments are attempting to discredit the truthtellers who challenge their lies.

As George Orwell predicted, telling the truth is now regarded by Western ‘democratic’ governments as a hostile act.” (paulcraigroberts.org)

Some Conspiracy Theories Correct?

“Yes, the government can use your phone, your computer and even potentially your television to spy on what you are doing inside your own home. On Tuesday, Wikileaks released thousands of documents that prove what virtually every ‘conspiracy theorist’ in America has been saying for years about government spying.

And I don’t even like to use the term ‘conspiracy theorist’ much, because the truth is that most ‘conspiracy theorists’ are simply citizen journalists that are attempting to expose things that the mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about. And one of the things that the mainstream media has always been hesitant to address is the unconstitutional surveillance that US intelligence agencies systematically conduct on their own citizens.

The documents that were released by Wikileaks show that government spooks can remotely take control of Apple iPhones, Google Android phones, Microsoft Windows operating systems and Samsung smart televisions, and once in control of those devices they can use them to spy on their owners.

America has two choices. We can end this unconstitutional surveillance and go back to being a nation that respects privacy, or we can allow it to continue and keep heading down the road toward becoming a ‘Big Brother’ surveillance society far worse than anything that George Orwell ever warned about.” (endoftheamericandream.com)

DC AG Subpoenas Facebook for Data

“The District of Columbia (DC) Attorney General (AG) Karl Racine, a Democrat, has subpoenaed Facebook for a wide range of records related to ‘COVID-19 misinformation’ on the platform. The subpoena was filed on June 21 and demands that Facebook identify all groups, pages, and accounts that have violated the platform’s far-reaching COVID-19 misinformation rules.

It also calls for Facebook to release an internal study that looked at vaccine hesitancy among its users. If Facebook were to comply with this subpoena, it would likely impact millions of users.” (reclaimthenet.org)

Facebook: Report Your Friends

“A test of a new feature that asks users to report friends they suspect may be becoming an extremist has been greeted with horror from Facebook users. It’s a bizarre precedent that we should all be concerned about. Over the past few days, some Facebook users have reported seeing prompts asking them if they are concerned that someone they know might be becoming an extremist. Other users are being notified they may have been exposed to extremist content as they were naively reading political articles or watching videos on the platform. Ultimately, what this means is that if the policy is implemented, Facebook is quite literally going to encourage people to report their friends for committing thought crimes. Even worse, Facebook will punish its own users who may have potentially committed wrongthink.” (rt.com)

Unethical, Totalitarian Fear Tactics

“Scientists in the UK working as advisors for the government have expressed regret for using what they now admit to be ‘unethical’ and ‘totalitarian’ methods of instilling fear in the population in order to control behaviour during the pandemic, according to a report. The London Telegraph reports the comments made by Members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B), a sub-committee of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) the government’s chief scientific advisory group.

‘There were discussions about fear being needed to encourage compliance, and decisions were made about how to ramp up the fear.’ The unnamed scientist adds that ‘The way we have used fear is dystopian.’ The scientist further confessed that ‘The use of fear has definitely been ethically questionable. It’s been like a weird experiment. Ultimately, it backfired because people became too scared’.” (technocracy.news)

Preview Of The Coming “Beast System”?

“Is China’s Social Credit System A Preview Of The Coming “Beast System”? Virtually everything that you do online and offline is being monitored, tracked or recorded by someone. Could you imagine what life would be like if the government compiled all of that information into a giant database and used it to punish those that had engaged in politically-incorrect behavior?

Here in the United States, Internet censorship has escalated dramatically, but over in China the government is cracking down on a much wider array of online and offline activities. If you fail to make a credit card payment, get into an argument in public or say the wrong thing on social media, you could suddenly find yourself restricted from conducting a whole host of normal economic activities.

The primary marketing slogan for this social credit system is ‘once discredited, everywhere restricted’… China’s social credit system rates citizens based on their daily behaviour, and this could range from their bank credit to their social media activities. With a tagline of ‘once discredited, everywhere restricted’, it vows to punish ‘untrustworthy’ citizens in as many ways as possible.

This system sounds like something right out of a George Orwell novel, and even entire businesses can be penalized. In fact, it is being reported that 3.59 million Chinese businesses were added to ‘the official creditworthiness blacklist’ last year. On top of that, millions of ordinary Chinese citizens were restricted from flying and riding on trains last year for engaging in ‘untrustworthy conduct’…

In other words, the Chinese government is banning enormous numbers of people from engaging in normal economic activities because they did something that the government does not like.

This sounds eerily similar to the economic restrictions that the Bible says will be imposed someday upon those that refuse to participate in the coming beast system.

This is what Revelation 13:16-18 says in the Modern English Version… ‘He causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one may buy or sell, except he who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is a call for wisdom: Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast. It is the number of a man. His number is six hundred and sixty-six’.(theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

Follow The Money!

Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, Tencent - this is where the real power is located! See what happened to President Trump, he was “deplatformed” - cut off from his supporters - by social media. These are the people who wield real power. Interesting that right at the end, when this Babylonian system is finally destroyed, the people who are mourning the loss are the “merchants”!

“Because of her desires for extravagant luxury, the merchants of the world have grown rich.” (Revelation 18:3)

The merchants of the world will weep and mourn for her, for there is no one left to buy their goods.” (Revelation 18:11)

The merchants who became wealthy by selling her these things will stand at a distance, terrified by her great torment. They will weep and cry out,” (Revelation 18:15)

“For your merchants were the greatest in the world, and you deceived the nations with your sorceries.” (Revelation 18:23)

The Age Of Chaos

The Bible makes it quite clear that this world is ruled by Satan - that he is the god of this world (II Corinthians 4:4) and that he has deceived the whole world (Revelation 12:9).

His goal is to destroy mankind and thus thwart God’s plan.

He has led man to build cities right across known fault lines – and not just cities – but nuclear power stations as well. He has led Americans to concentrate over 50% of the food production in the drought prone far West. He has inspired the concept of the Global Village – where nations import goods and services from other nations – which in a time of political upheaval can be cut off.

One classic example is the pipeline from Russia to Germany. Germany is relying on a potential enemy to supply them with gas and oil. That’s a strategic disaster just waiting to happen.

Another potential disaster is that big business controls what we eat, our domestic power supply, our domestic water supply, our communication systems and our entertainment.

We are reliant on others to provide what we need. In America, just 1% of the population works on the land providing the food for the other 99%! Everything that we need to live is vulnerable.

The Age Of Chaos Is About To End

You don’t have to believe it!

It will happen, regardless. It is sure – the world’s only sure hope. This advance good news of tomorrow is as certain as the rising of tomorrow’s sun.

Humanity won’t bring it about – it is going to be done to us. Humanity is going to be forced to be happy – to enjoy world peace – to see universal abundance and joy fill the earth.

Utopia? Why not. Why should it be an imaginary or impossible pipe-dream? There is a cause for today’s world chaos and threat of human extinction. That cause will be supplanted by that which will bring a utopia that is real, that is successfully functioning!” (Tomorrow… What It Will Be Like - Chapter 1)


“Everyone will live in peace and prosperity, enjoying their own grapevines and fig trees, for there will be nothing to fear. The LORD of Heaven’s Armies has made this promise!” (Micah 4:4)

Pastors Report - 17 Jul 2021
The Positive Principle

The Positive Principle:

Sir Isaac Newton's third law of motion states, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction". And we find the same principle emerging for many spiritual laws governing actions/reactions as well...

An Orderly Universe:

At precisely 12 hours and 42 minutes UTC on April 17, 2021 the New Horizons space probe reached a rare deep space milepost – 50 astronomical units from the sun, or 50 times farther from the sun than the earth is. Currently travelling at the staggering speed of 10 miles per second it is now over 5 billion miles away from us on earth, yet it is vital for all of those who are communicating with it to know where to point their parabolic dish aerials, to an exact degree. After all, each communication and the returning acknowledgement takes a total of 14 hours, travelling at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second).

To have accurately navigated the spacecraft to the outer reaches of our solar system and its rendezvous with Pluto in 2015 can only be regarded as an astounding accomplishment for the scientific team involved. But what we should also keep in mind is that every one of the complex calculations of the journey rests firmly and squarely on primarily three simple laws – known as Newton's laws of motion – which, stated in a simplified form declare:

  • That things always travel in a straight line unless acted on by an external force.
  • That acceleration depends on two variables – force and mass.
  • That for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Using these three fundamental principles of motion as an unshakeable basis, those involved were able to then go on to work out precisely where Pluto would be over 9 and one half years after the launch date; what speed the launch rocket would need to successfully project the probe; and how much increased velocity could be expected following its slingshot-like close encounter with Jupiter.

An Orderly God:

So why am I telling you this? Because although these three simple principles are referred to as Newton's laws of motion, as it was Newton who discovered them in 1687, Newton did not create them. They – or something very like them – originally came into existence from the Mind of the Creator Himself, via the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. So these laws of motion are very much God's laws – just as much as are the 10 Commandments or any other law we find within Scripture. And praising that creative galactic genius, the Psalmist David wrote:

  • The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
  • Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
  • There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
  • Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4)

As the above implies: looking up at the night sky should speak clearly to all mankind – that there is a Being so much greater than puny man. But the heavens declare much more than that. For they not only declare His glory but also "show his handiwork" – part of that handiwork being the very laws that govern what we see as well, such as these three simple yet exquisite laws of motion that allows mankind to accurately predict where the heavenly bodies will be even centuries in advance.

Laws of Spiritual Motion:

But the Psalm doesn't end there. It then goes on to draw the parallel between what we can see in the heavens and what we can see of God's spiritual values as well, and it's in the eternal things of God – the spiritual laws of motion – that we, like David, should be most interested:

  • The law of the [Eternal] is perfect, converting the soul:
  • the testimony of the [Eternal] is sure, making wise the simple.
  • The statutes of the [Eternal] are right, rejoicing the heart:
  • the commandment of the [Eternal] is pure, enlightening the eyes.
  • The fear of the [Eternal] is clean, enduring for ever:
  • the judgments of the [Eternal] are true and righteous altogether. (Psalm 19:7-9)

As we move through this life – from our present position as humans to that of our final, fully converted state, ready to inherit the very Kingdom of God – we do so subject to eternal laws very similar to the laws of motion. Certainly there are scriptural admonitions, precepts, laws, statutes and judgements by the score, but there are just two overarching principles that our Creator points us to on which every other ordinance and statute rests:

  • Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
  • Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
  • Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
  • This is the first and great commandment.
  • And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
  • On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:35-40)
Another Principle:

Notice how short they are. And yet how profound. How similar to the equally elegant and exquisite three laws of motion from the same mouth. But there is something else we should take careful note of regarding the above two bedrock commandments – what I term, 'the positive principle' also found within them. Note carefully how, unlike most of the Ten Commandments, these two commandments are expressed in a positive way, "thou shalt love ..." rather than negatively, "thou shalt not ..."

By being written in this way they imply yet another principle of their implementation; a principle which, strangely enough, is very similar to Newton's third law of motion ... namely: that we should actively seek the positive action for every negative reaction we wish to counter.

This positive principle is indeed what we find within Scripture – particularly in the New Testament – and it is therefore something it would be wise to actively recognise – and implement – during our own spiritual motion towards the Kingdom of God. Notice how it is graphically brought out in the book of Ephesians:

  • [first negative] That ye put off concerning the former conversation [conduct] the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
  • [then the positive principle] And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
  • [first negative] Wherefore putting away lying,
  • [then the positive principle] speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
  • [first negative] In your anger do not sin
  • [then the positive principle] Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (NIV)
  • [first negative] Let him that stole steal no more:
  • [then the positive principle] but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
  • [first negative] Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
  • [then the positive principle] but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Ephesians 4:22-29)
Ready to Teach:

Jesus Christ was the living Word who gave the Law at Sinai, and it was prophesied that when He came in the flesh, He was to "magnify the law, and make it honourable". (Isaiah 42:21) This same Law – once magnified – would then be written within the very hearts of His people under the terms of the new covenant, so they in turn would be ready to effectively teach the same to all mankind in the Millennium.

  • And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
  • And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:2-3)

Being able to apply the positive principle of God's law in our lives now in an effective and productive way, is very much a part of our learning process. The important thing to keep in mind is that the World Tomorrow is not going to be as it is – a veritable Utopia – merely because of a series of "thou shalt nots"! In Isaiah 30:21, we find that the job of teachers of the future is more to guide into a right direction of life with the words, "this is the way, walk ye it", rather than just mete out punishment for wrong doing!

When people are walking, living, acting in a godly, law-abiding way of life, they will automatically reap the blessings! It is important to understand that it won't be a matter of just NOT doing things. Christ pointed out this fallacy to the man in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:24-30), who did nothing with the one talent with which he had been entrusted!

"Thou Shalt Not":

Going into a little more detail therefore from the two great Commandments, we come to the Ten Commandments given at Sinai – 10 phrases that express the Eternal's Law (or Torah: Way, mindset, pointing of God) in words that have been tailored specifically to our human experience. By seeking additional scriptures that apply the positive principal to these 10 phrases we can in turn spiritually magnify the depth behind each one and augment what God is teaching us in each case:

Let us therefore examine a selected few of the "thou shalt not" commands:

Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image...

  • (Positive)... But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
  • God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24)

The positive principle behind the Second Commandment is not merely that we should not erect an idol that attempts to limit the Holy one of Israel, but to more fully recognise the truly limitless ability and scope of God Himself. We need to meditate on the Mind that planned, devised and brought about this limitless universe. We are surrounded daily by unshakable evidence of intelligent design – something we need to take time to imbibe and think deeply about. And furthermore, we need to contemplate the Plan that has been revealed to us – that this awesome Being is capable of making out of fallible human flesh, His own sons and daughters with His own character, with His own mind. And that He plans to glorify them with resplendent, immortal spirit bodies. The truly positive principle of the Second Commandment is not merely to avoid idols – but to remain properly in awe of the Being that brought the universe into existence and is both capable and intent on bringing His glorified family into existence also.

Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain...

  • (Positive)... Then they that feared the [Eternal] spake often one to another: and the [Eternal] hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the [Eternal], and that thought upon his name. (Malachi 3:16)

We might think that taking God's name in vain just refers to using bad language, as is so horribly common in the world today – using His name as a swear word. But it goes much, much further than that. We too can so very easily take God's name in vain by our actions!

In our daily prayers we address Him as our Father – we being His sons and daughters – and then go on to express our desire that His name should be "hallowed", which means kept holy, or to be greatly respected. But the positive principle insists that our lives, as His children, must also reflect His name. We call ourselves the Church OF God, yet we need to take the time to meditate on what that really means – lest we also fall into the same condemnation of profaning God's Holy, righteous and perfect name – by our actions – as did ancient Israel. (Isaiah 52:5, Romans 2:24). Our daily lives – in word and deed – need to reflect our 'genealogy'!

Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill...

  • (Positive)... Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment [the court]:
  • But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [you are worthless], shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [you cursed fool], shall be in danger of hell [Gehenna] fire. (Matthew 5:21-22)
  • (Positive)... Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy [from the oral law, the Talmud, not the Tanak].
  • But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
  • That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven... (Matthew 5:43-45)

Why love our enemies? Because Christ and the Father – the Family to which we aspire – are Creators. Their mindset is outgoing. Theirs is not the mind of a destroyer, of a murderer, like Satan. These are two diametrically different mindsets. One is that of a murderer filled with hatred and violence, that takes life. But the mindset of a creator is to give life. So we actively care – even for our enemies, 'good-mouthing' those that curse us, doing good even to those who hate us and praying for our persecutors. Humanly speaking, this is an impossibility, but not when we have the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). This is the clear scriptural positive principle behind the command "thou shalt not kill".

Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery...

In the western world divorce is rampant and affects one marriage in two in some areas, according to latest statistics. And pre- and post-marital immorality is to blame in the majority of cases. The idea of not even looking on a woman (or man) to lust after her (or him) would seem totally impractical and very undesirable. Yet we are told – in a positive way – in Proverbs:

  • (Positive)... Drink water from your own well – share your love only with your wife
  • Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone?
  • You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers.
  • Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
  • She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love. (Proverbs 5:15-19 NLT)

And to the church, we are given a much deeper insight and understanding of the husband/wife relationship, the following being the wife's positive responsibility, something which is totally rejected in today's matriarchal society:

  • ... Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
  • For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour [rescuer] of the body.
  • Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (Ephesians 5:22-24)

And Paul continues to outline that of the husband:

  • ... Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
  • That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
  • That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
  • So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
  • For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
  • For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
  • For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. (Ephesians 5:25-31)

The bottom line being – as brought out in verse 32: "This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church" ...and this is what both partners need to keep in mind.

Remember, it is not merely our human love alone but the love of God that must be applied within our marriages. Christ sanctified and cleansed the Church “with the washing of water by the word.” Applying the positive principle to this concept we who have converted mates must realize that he or she too can have their sins covered by the blood of Christ. We husbands also need to converse with our wives, to share with them what is on our mind so that we are indeed “one flesh” and of one mind, and in this way, our wives will happily defer to our plans and decisions, knowing we have their best interests at heart.

Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal...

  • (Positive)... Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. (Ephesians 4:28)

God expects us to work – 6 days a week – so yes, working is good, but the positive principle should go even beyond that – and be so “that you may have something to give to him that needeth.” God and Christ also work (John 5:17) But why? Creation is work, being our High Priest is work, but it is work in order to GIVE. And that is the key – stealing too is often work, but it is always working to get, whereas the positive principle is that we should be working to give.

Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness...

  • (Positive)... Wherefore putting away lying, [instead of lying, what do you do?] speak every man truth with his neighbour: [and what is the motivating reason?] for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25)

All our physical members – our bodily parts – work together as a well-oiled machine, each organ, limb, gland etc working towards the health of the whole. Only if it is diseased does this marvellous mechanism break down. We need to keep in mind that the Church is described as the body of Christ, and;

  • ...That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
  • And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
  • Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (I Corinthians 12:25-27)

This caring frame of mind extends well beyond the boundaries of the Church itself. The same basic mindset applies to neighbours and even our enemies. It is inconceivable that caring members would lie and deceive one another! Indeed, the way we speak and interact with others is all-important. And the positive principle is that our words must come from a converted, spiritual mind – as Mr Armstrong explains :

It is a mind FILLED to overflowing with real LOVE for God and all fellowmen – even one’s enemies and that has sympathy, patience and kindness for others in their ideas and beliefs, their faults and mistakes, that speaks softly, gently, kindly, that seeks only to help and to serve. It is the mind that has DIED to SELF. (True Spirituality – GN June/July 1984)

Laws of Motion:

Five billion miles away the New Horizons probe is now hurtling away from us at 10 miles per second within what is known as the Kuiper Belt – an area of space, beyond the planet Neptune, similar to the asteroid belt, but much larger – that contains multiple thousands of what are known as "Kuiper Belt Objects"; gigantic lumps of ice and frozen gases at the far extremities of our solar system. Yet Newton's three laws of motion still govern all that the spacecraft will do – out into the dim reaches of time. And as it does so, we too MOVE towards the kingdom of God, governed by the SPIRITUAL laws of motion given from the same source.

These Laws of spiritual motion too are just as simple and concise as those discovered by Newton over 300 years ago, yet even more exquisite and profound. After all, the Spiritual Law of God – soon to be written in the hearts of all mankind – cannot predominantly be a negative thing otherwise it would leave a vacuum. As we move towards that Utopia, we need to understand the positive, balancing principle to apply, so that we – like David – continue to seek to understand THE WAY of God's precepts; removing THE WAY of lying; choosing THE WAY of truth; so we may run THE WAY of God's commandments when our heart is enlarged through the indwelling of His POSITIVE Holy Spirit:

  • DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
  • I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.
  • Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
  • My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
  • Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
  • I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
  • I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.
  • I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart. (Psalm 119:25-32)
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