The Paris slaughter...

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Daughter Heather Ummel forwarded a link to this piece on the Paris slaughter by Fr. George Rutler, pastor of St. Michael's church in New York City. As always, today, Roman Catholics have a much better understanding of history and culture than Protestants, particularly Reformed Protestants. I say it to our shame. Thus someone like Fr. Rutler is able to put Paris in its proper historical context. He also points out the decadence of the end of Christendom which Muslims use to justify their present bloodlust—decadence to which R2K men and their willing helpers at, the Gospel Coalition, and Covenant Theological Seminary have made significant contributions both past and present.

Culture doesn't lead the church. The church leads the culture, and each of these groups have led and still lead the church into compromise and silence concerning the wickedness of homosexualists. It's no accident, then, that Muslims see Christianity as morally repugnant. We've done what Covenant Theological Seminary's Professor David Jones said we should, making sodomy legal. It's time now to follow the footsteps of Gospel Coalition and their LivingOUT buddies in solidifying Professor Jones' revolution by commending the "gay Christian," "LivingOUT" Trojan horse. We'll also cave to the passage of pro-homosexualist laws by our civil magistrates because Two-Kingdom men want their shame at the Lord's commands to be affirmed and adopted by all churches to the end that no pastor or elder ever is so foolish as to preach publicly against any perversion, no matter how wicked.

So here we are, putting French flags up on FB and praying for the victims while pastors and preachers of the Gospel are silent about the destruction carried out by homosexualists and Islam.

Never forget that the atrocities committed by Islamic jihadists are only the present manifestation of the bloodlust that has characterized their Christian heresy from its inception. Muslims evangelize by the sword. Christians evangelize by the preaching of God's Word. Sadly, though, the victims of this particular Islamic bloodletting were not men and women who, with their deaths, entered Heaven to hear their blessed Master's words, "well done, my good and faithful servants."

The very opposite. There are only two masters of souls here on this earth, Almighty God and Satan. So says Jesus (Acts 26:16-18).

Satan was the master of those who died in the Bataclan concert hall...

They said so themselves, as Fr. Rutler reports:

In light of the terrible suffering of those who died and their families, one is hesitant to remark that the worst bloodshedding was in the Bataclan concert hall where the music was not Rameau, Saint-Saëns, Ravel or Poulenc, or not even Piaf or Chevalier.  No, it was the clamor of an imported American band called “Eagles of Death Metal.”  When the bullets began, it was hard for the tragic revelers to distinguish the gunfire from the cacophony of the band.  Seconds before the victims died, on that Friday the 13th, they were raising two of their fingers whimsically gesturing the horns of the Devil as they sang:

Who’ll love the Devil?
Who’ll sing his song?
Who will love the Devil and his song?
I’ll love the Devil
I’ll sing his song
I will love the Devil and his song.

The band fled and survived and days later they issued words of condolence from the warm shores of California. There is scarce evidence of any reporter remarking that so many helpless people died singing guilelessly a hymn to Satan who does his work unblemished.

My dear brother, Jason Chen, gave me a copy of God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China by Liao Yiwu, and I've been reading it the past week or so. What a wonderful account of the godly Christian missionaries and pastors who suffered and died under Mao Zedong and his successors in China since the evil inception of Communism's reign there. Get the book and read it. Give it as a gift to your father or your pastor. Thank you, Jason.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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