Saturday, September 26, 2020

To boldly go where no pedant has gone before

This popped up on my Instagram feed. What is a "collecatble?" This challenges my conception that web developers, science fiction fans, or owners of geeky collectables stores are also sticklers for correct spelling. 
 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Snub this secret handshake

The normally reclusive Gary Ablett, retired champion Australian rules football star, posted a video outlining his views on the Coronavirus, calling it a conspiracy. The video itself runs for 25 minutes. He blames the pandemic on the Illuminati and the Freemasons. I find these theories interesting at an academic level, but let me make this clear; I am not a conspiracist. 

On the other hand, none of the Christian commentary I have seen in response to this video, such as from a well known Pentecostal pastor, has mentioned Freemasonry. Take the Masonic lodge out of Ablett's conspiracy scenario, and from a Christian point of view, it is still a problematic organisation. 

Initiates are required to take oaths and invoke curses upon themselves if they break these obligations. Having read the text of these oaths, which I do not want to quote from here, it is clear that they are highly occultic. It goes without saying that Christians need to stay well away from this stuff (Deuteronomy 18:9-12, Acts 19:18, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:20, Revelation 21:8).

Another objection is that it requires Christians to worship the God of the Bible as The Great Architect. They do not worship the one true God. This is idolatry, which the Bible consistently condemns, warning both the ancient Israelites and the early Christians against it (Genesis 35:2, Deuteronomy 10:20, 13:4, Joshua 24:14, Judges 2:13, 10:6, 1 Samuel 7:3, Matthew 4:10, Luke 4:8, 1 Corinthians 10:14, Galatians 5:20, Colossians 3:5, 1 Peter 4:30). These warnings are just as applicable today.

Lastly, as the authors of a report into Freemasonry prepared by the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, Australia, Masonic teachings on salvation are at odds with those of Christianity. In Christianity, it is unequivocal that peace with God can only be found through faith in Christ (Acts 4:12), and through the experience of the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. Masonic literature asserts that:

"by our own actions we can be pure in God’s sight and ascend to heaven. By acting in accordance in the laws of the Divine creator, Masons believe that we can gain entrance at death into the Grand Lodge above “where the Great Architect lives and reigns forever.”

In other words, the Freemason can earn their salvation by living a righteous life as defined by Masonic teachings. 

Even if Freemasonry is not involved in any global conspiracies, its requiring members to take oaths, promoting idolatrous worship of a false god, and a works based system of salvation that excludes or marginalises Jesus Christ places it in direct conflict with Christianity. 


http://pcv.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/pcv-and-freemasonry.pdf

https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/affiliates/kayo/deliberately-made-gary-ablett-snrs-shares-radical-coronavirus-conspiracy-theories/news-story/0fa2b3c0208fb291dda20df31cc7666b

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Not happy, Dan


https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/victoria-has-locked-itself-into-a-lockdown-blunder-20200916-p55w1z

Monday, September 14, 2020

Shiftiness

Little wonder that China has an image problem in the eyes of the international community these days.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Blood on their hands

This is what justice looks like in Iran these days, where innocent people such as the wrestler Navid Afkari are found guilty of murder, and executed by the state. 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/09/iranian-wrestler-navid-afkari-executed-state-media-200912105328264.html

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Pushing back against cancel culture

Tony Abbott - 2010
In the culture wars, the tolerant left seems determined to make anyone who doesn't think like them unemployable. Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott found this out, as if he didn't know already, when the British government announced his appointment as a trade envoy. Abbott will join the UK Board of Trade, and assist the British negotiate free trade agreements. Leftists in the British media and politics attempted to stop his appointment, claiming that he is misogynistic and homophobic. 

Fortunately for Abbott, the Johnson government held its ground, and Abbott will take up his new role. It just goes to show that you need to stand up to bullies, just like in the school yard. 

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Please resubmit

This is either a typographical error, or a portmanteau, created by combining the words shock and shlock. Are the ABC's lofty standards slipping?