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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Confounding The Devil

The battle continues daily. Is Satan destroying your Christian witness? Are you on the threshold of giving up? The Christian should expect these attacks. Ask for the prayers of your friends and family. Devote yourself to prayer. Share and live out the Word of God in your life by trusting the Holy Spirit for guidance. Put on the full armor of God. J. I. Packer writes:

The devil is malicious and mean, more so than any of us can imagine, and he marauds constantly with destructive intent. Though he is, as Luther said, God’s devil, and is on a chain (a strong one, though admittedly a long one), he is tireless in opposing God, and sets himself to spoil and thwart all the redemptive work that God ever does in human lives. As one means to this end, he labors to ensure that preachers’ messages will be either misstated or misheard, so that they will not have the liberating, invigorating, upbuilding effect that is proper to the preached word. Preaching is thus, as all real preachers soon discover, an endless battle for truth and power, a battle that has to be fought afresh each time by watchfulness and prayer. Preachers know themselves to be warriors in God’s front line, drawing enemy fire; the experience is grueling, but it confirms to them the importance of their task as ambassadors for Christ and heralds of God, sowers of good seed, stewards of saving truth, shepherds of God’s flock, and fathers guiding their spiritual families. . . . In the manner of frontline troops they frequently get scared by the opposition unleashed against them, but they do not panic, and their morale remains high. The challenge of beating back Satan by God’s strength, like that of communicating effectively for Christ, is one to which they rise. . . . Preaching God’s gospel and God’s counsel from the Scriptures was, and is, and always will be, the most honorable and significant activity in the world. (“Why Preach?” Introduction to The Preacher and Preaching, p. 27-29)

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Secular Progressive Fascism

In The Philosophy of Fascism, written in 1936, Mario Palmeiri writes, “Fascist ethics begin…with the acknowledgment that it is not the individual who confers a meaning upon society, but it is, instead, the existence of a human society which determines the human character of the individual. According to Fascism, a true, a great spiritual life cannot take place unless the State has risen to a position of pre-eminence in the world of man. The curtailment of liberty thus becomes justified at once, and this need of rising the State to its rightful position.”

Don’t give me that “oh, but he was writing about Fascism! That’s right wing, not left wing!” nonsense. Fascism is merely socialism light. It is a system of private ownership of the means of production, with government control. The German fascists of World War 2 were self proclaimed big-government socialists. Does that sound right wing to you? (P.96 of Neal Boortz‘s book, The Terrible Truth About Liberals)

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