On True Religion Or “What is a woman?”

Words, today, warp minds and are wielded as lethal weapons in the deconstruction and destruction of everything holy. Orwell writes of “the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.”

Choose your words. Choose your pronouns. Choose your gender. Claim your victim-hood. Blame it on someone. Blame it on history.
Christians seeking to be in-style, aided and abetted the destruction of the word “gay.” The plea of Pastor Gay in Christianity Today (aptly named), decades ago, fell on ears that would not hear. We can hardly read Narnia books to our children without blushing.

Or have we discarded reading for the silver screen?

Any literate Christian familiar with the works of the heroes of the faith from the last two Millennia could not join today’s demolition derby of “religion.” The crowds in the grandstand belittle religion, and with their what-is-a-woman amnesia in control, they crow, “Christianity is not a religion.”

The ‘smart phone’ has replaced Webster: s.v. religion: “1. the service and worship of God.”

For 2,000 years, the faithful saints have defended true religion against false religion. Today, truth lies bleeding along the roadside awaiting a Samaritan. Heaven knows no priest or Levite will pause to bind up its wounds. They have their ‘truth’ and someone else has ‘his truth’ and you have ‘your truth.’ The zeitgeist gives us a world of no truth, of no objective truth. Subjectivism rules.

Who has ever read Augustine’s “On True Religion”? Not today’s souls lost in “the ever present fog of existentialism, casting ghostly shadows over an already confused landscape.” (W. F. Albright)

Had our current crop of Christian celebrities had followed C. S. Lewis’ rules for reading, we would not be floundering in that fog. They would be leading the way out of that confusion and onward into the sunlight. In his Preface to On the Incarnation, Lewis’ rule runs thus: Do not allow yourself another new book until you have read an old one. Follow that pattern. If you do not have the time to read both the new and the old, read the old:

” We all…need…to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading the old books.”

And in the old books of the old faithful, you will hear the constant ring of true religion.

You hear it from the epistle of James (1:27f) to the Early Church Fathers like Augustine, and Basil the Great, who asked, “How could the Seraphim cry “Holy, Holy, Holy,”were they not taught by the Spirit how often true religion requires them to lift their voice in this ascription of glory?”

Gregory of Nazianzus, at his father’s funeral, in the presence of Basil, spoke of being “worthy of the miracles by which God establishes true religion.”

And onward through the centuries, to the days of the Reformation and beyond, Luther, Calvin, Wesley and a host of others extolled “true religion.” But defending what is true requires diligence. Slogans sell much more easily. Today’s easy slogan is “Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship.”

Always missing in heresy is the “holy conjunction…’and’ a la D. Elton Trueblood. (You can read a summary of that in the Introduction, with the ‘look inside’ feature, here*.) This is what today’s sloppy Christians miss.

Pascal, Pensees #556 Men blaspheme what they do not know. The Christian religion consists in two points. It is of equal concern to men to know them, and it is equally dangerous to be ignorant of them….that there is a God whom men can know, and that there is a corruption in their nature which renders them unworthy of Him.

John Calvin “labor[ed] to cherish and to promote true Religion…the truth of the Gospel, pure Religion, and the true Worship of God.”

John Wesley knew “that true religion was seated in the heart.” (He understood ‘heart’ in the Bible. You can, too Link**)

A young woman told him, “she had now found the true religion…she found the peace of God, and has never lost it since.”

Jonathan Edwards, America’s premier “theologian of the heart,” wrote, “It is no sign that affections have the nature of true religion, or that they have not, that they have great effects on the body….who will deny that true religion consists, in a great measure, in vigorous and lively actings of the inclination and will of the soul, or the fervent exercises of the heart?…True religion is evermore a powerful thing; and the power of it appears, in the first place, in its exercises in the heart, its principal and original seat. Hence true religion is called the power of godliness,…”

Charles Spurgeon: “First, then, the true religion of Christ, which consists in a vital faith in his person, his blood, and his righteousness, and which produces obedience to his commands, and a love to God, is not a fiction.

“…if it be true it deserves all a man’s faculties to consider it, and all his powers to obey it.

“…the experience which true religion brings is no fiction.

It is a great truth that religion is calculated to give man happiness below as well as bliss above.”

Jesus–Luke 18:8, “But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”

* https://tinyurl.com/35urdazp

** https://tinyurl.com/44f4u3u7

Team Mates, Sen. Cruz and Amb. Nuland: War Against Germans Heating Homes.

Neocon Republicans support the socialistic, anti-capitalistic, goal of crushing free trade and their enemy, Russia, no matter whom it hurts.

Long Forgotten by Senator Cruz

Christmas, Peace, and War: Ukraine

After four months of horrible deaths, more than 200,000 at Ypres alone, on the eve of Advent, Pope Benedict appealed to the warring parties that they should “cease the clang of arms while Christendom celebrates the Feast of the world’s Redemption.”

That was December, 1914. Would that the Patriarchs voiced such a plea today.

The Great War began with Austria attacking Serbia after the murder of the Austrian Archduke and his wife, Sophia. Long standing provocations by Serbia stood in the background.

Seeking to avert a larger war, the allies of Serbia and Austria sought to mediate preventative measures. Czar Nicholas of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany (and King George of England) were cousins and long standing friends since childhood, being grandsons of Queen Victoria.

In a flurry of correspondence, known as the Willy-Nicky Telegrams, they sought to avoid a wider war. [They signed the letters with their childhood nicknames.]

On 28 July, Vienna declared war on Serbia.

On 29 July, in a telegram to Willy, Nicky noted the “indignation” of his public over the invasion of their ally, Serbia.

“I shall be overwhelmed by the pressure forced upon me and be forced to take extreme measures which will lead to war.”

He asked Willy to act as a mediator. Willy perceptively feared “involving Europe in the most horrible war she has ever known.”

“I fully understand how difficult it is for you and your government to face the drift of your public opinion.”

The Kaiser felt the same pressures.

On 30 July, Willy noted that in the face of military mobilizations, “my role as mediator…will be endangered if not ruined.”

On 31 July, following the mobilization of Russian troops, Willy complained, “my mediation has been made almost illusory.”

“Responsibilities for the safety of my empire force preventative measures of defense upon me.”

Nicky’s telegram stated, “It is technically impossible to stop our military preparations…[they are] obligatory…my troops shall not make any provocative action. I give you my solemn word on that.”

On 1 August, Germany declared war on Russia.

On 3 August, Germany declared war on France

On 4 August, King George declared war on Germany. The war to end all wars was underway.

World War I started as two close friends desperately tried to avoid a wider war as public sentiment and bureaucratic powers worked against them. Today, there are no good actors. Propaganda drives public sentiment. This horrendous propaganda pushed by the American main stream media has nothing to counterbalance the bi-partisan war mongers. There are no clues that our politicians even know the basic history (link) behind this tragedy.

Where will lead today’s sabre rattling? Prime Minister Boris Johnson with the American neocons firmly behind him, scuttled the peace negotiations in April. He promised more war machines and money. The U.S. goal of “bleeding Putin” (to quote a friend in Europe) as President Biden stated his desire for “regime change” in Russia, all point to disaster ahead.

All Hallows’ Eve

These were the very death-words of Polycarp, Bernard, Luther, Melanchthon, Jerome of Prague, John Huss and an almost endless list of saints—”Into Your hands I commend my spirit.”

–Charles Spurgeon

Little is done to commemorate their lives these days. The poverty of today’s American Christian world shows itself in widespread amnesia. The Church had, and does have, a day to remember the faithful saints of old—All Saints’ Day, All Hallows’ Day.

“All Hallows’ Eve falls on 31st October each year, and is the day before All Hallows’ Day, also known as All Saints’ Day in the Christian calendar. The Church traditionally held a vigil on All Hallows’ Eve when worshippers would prepare themselves with prayers and fasting prior to the feast day itself.”

When is the last time (if ever) that we had such a feast day?

But in our American world, children will dress up and imitate super heroes and other assorted characters from our fake world of television and movies.

Hiroshima,75 Years Ago: Top Military Leaders Speak

Charles Spurgeon: “…nothing can be more abhorrent to the Christian man than wholesale slaughter.”


Hiroshima After the Bomb, 1945; 75th Anniversary, August 6, 2020

I voiced to him* my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives.

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (*to Sec. of War before the dropping of the bomb)


The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace. The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military point of view, in the defeat of Japan.

— Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz


The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all.

— Major General Curtis LeMay


The first atomic bomb was an unnecessary experiment … It was a mistake to ever drop it … [the scientists] had this toy and they wanted to try it out, so they dropped it …

— Fleet Admiral William Halsey, Jr.


The use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender.… in being the first to use it, we…adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.

–Adm. William Leahy, President Truman’s Chief of Staff



Shadows of Hiroshima, 1945

{Fake History Hunter on twitter pointed out that this image is an artist’s creation. Actual images of famous shadow pictures from the bombs at link below.}

One voice from that day: “‘Murata-san, the housekeeper, was nearby, crying over and over, “Shu Jesusu, awaremi tamai! Our Lord Jesus, have pity on us!”’

Images left by the blast where people stood. More shadow photos (link) 



More Victims Photos (link)