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Saturday 30 March 2024

Easter Sunday. The Power of the Resurrection


Every Sunday is Easter Sunday. There is a long-standing debate between the churches on when exactly Easter should be celebrated, should it be celebrated on a fixed date, every year, should it follow the changing of the calendar? You can read books about this discussion, it literally divides the eastern and western churches. But this debate was really settled before it even began, because the reason Christians began celebrating church on Sunday, instead of Saturday, is because Jesus rose on a Sunday.

Therefore, every Sunday is Easter Sunday, because every Sunday is resurrection Sunday.  

I don’t have a problem with having a special Sunday that coincides with the time of year that Jesus died and rose again. Not at all, I think it is a good thing. But it is vital to understand that the resurrection IS Christianity. The resurrection is the hope that drives believers and it always has been. Without the resurrection we are just a sad social club, that’s not very popular in the world. Believing God can raise the dead is vital to being a Christian, it is vital to being a believer and it is vital to following God.

But this belief did not begin with the resurrection of Jesus, it is even more ancient than that.  

I want to take us back well before the Christian era this morning to reflect on the resurrection, to one of the most powerful, and probably controversial passages in the whole Bible, the sacrifice of Isaac on Mt Moria. And then we will come back to the New Testament. Let’s begin.

God Tests Abraham (Gen. 22:1-2) – Our passage begins this morning with God testing Abraham, we read,

“After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

This is a significant statement to any parent, at least any parent who loves their children, not every parent does, which is a sad reality in our sinful world. But a bit of context about the things that happened before this, draws out just how big a statement this was from God to Abraham. Let’s go back to the start of Abraham’s journey.

God called Abram, which means father of one, out of Haran away from his family and kin. But originally Abraham was from Ur of the Chaldees, in other words Babylon and that is where God originally revealed himself to him.

So, God called this pagan man to come and follow him. Nothing in this early account mentions that Abraham was a good man, or a righteous man, or an excellent man. We just know that God called him, Genesis 12:1-3,

“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonours you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Rather than make the case that Abrahm was good, the Bible actually makes the opposite case, that Abram was not a good man at this point, Ezekiel 16:1-5,

“16 Again the word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, make known to Jerusalem her abominations, 3 and say, Thus says the Lord God to Jerusalem: Your origin and your birth are of the land of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. 4 And as for your birth, on the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. 5 No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you, but you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred, on the day that you were born.”

God points out here that Israel’s father and mother were an Amorite and a Hittite. How is this possible, when Abram was an Aramean?

Well, the Amorites were a group of peoples that likely came from the Caucasus mountains, down into the ancient Near East and then moved back West later on. These Amorites founded Babylon. The famous Hammurabi, the King who wrote the famous ancient Babylonian law was an Amorite. They also eventually moved back West and settled in Canaan and in the land of Aram.

So, the Arameans, were a subgroup of the Amorites, as were many other Canaanites. Hittites were also known in this region and further West as well. So, Abraham was an Aramean and an Amorite in the same way that an American can be a Texan and an American, or a Victorian can be a Mexican and an Australian. So, this is not a contradiction when you understand the history of these terms and who these people groups were.

Babylon is the ancient evil of the Bible, and the final evil. What God is saying to Israel is, “You are of the Babylonians, when I found you, you were the worst.” Joshua confirms this for us,

“24 Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel. And they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods” (Joshua 24:1-2).

God didn’t choose Abraham because he was better, or special, or more handsome than other men. God did not choose him because he was smarter, wiser or better than other men. God chose him for his own reasons, probably because he was such a pagan, and then he promised this man with no kids, that he would be the father of many, “And I will make of you a great nation.”

Biblically, a nation is a people born of similar kindred, that is by decent from a common family line. God is promising Abraham that he would have many descendants, Genesis 15:1-6,

“1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look towards heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.”

God took this pagan man, revealed himself to him, and then consistently showed him that he would be the father of many. And God did fulfil this promise. But before it happened, Abraham faced many threats:

Pharoah stole his wife, which threatens to impregnate her.

Abraham goes to war with armies that include Nephilim (Rephaim), placing his life in danger.

Abraham’s wife offers him the slave girl, causing an issue in the family line.

Abraham challenges God over Sodom and Gomorrah, potentially putting him at odds with his greatest benefactor.

Abimelech steals his wife, again threating his ability to have a child with her.

“After these things” - After all of these threats finally Isaac, the child of promise, has been born. Abraham has literally crossed from the other side of the ancient Near East, followed the commands of a God different to that of his fathers, he has been slowly transformed and proven himself through many challenges, and now the promised child is finally here, and God says,

“After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

Can you imagine this? Abraham, by this time is obviously a good man, a transformed man. His faith in God has had him credited righteousness, just as any believer today is. But he is still of pagan origin and thinking in many ways. You see it in how he handles certain situations, he is quick to lie, or tell half-truths, and a few other tells. And in this ancient pagan world. One of the things that false gods did was that they asked for firstborn sons as a sacrifice. This event is a bit like God redeeming a man out of alcoholism and then asking him one night to go into a pub, alone, with money to buy drinks. It is a clear test. So, what does Abraham do? He trusts.  

Abraham Trusts God (Gen 22:3-8)

“3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.”

Abraham does exactly what God asks him to do. He prepares the boy, he gathers everything that is needed for the sacrifice, the fire and the wood. This is one of the most controversial events in all of the Bible, and many a sceptic or an atheist has questioned how can God be good if he asks Abraham to commit such a terrible crime. And the innocence of the child is driven home by this innocent childlike question,

“7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together”

Here is an ancient man, in an ancient land, being asked by an ancient deity to sacrifice his first-born son. To modern ears this is beyond wicked. This is the very definition of evil. Many people believe that this world is ruled behind closed doors by evil globalist elites who sacrifice children in secret, and we correctly think this is evil. In Abraham’s day they did it out in the open. In Abraham’s day, they did not have to hide it.

Abraham must have been incredibly tense here, because up until this point he knew he had been redeemed from this kind of religion. But he is not called the man of faith for no reason. So far God had never failed him. God had brought him this far and protected him from much. And God had provided him with the promised child, along with much, much more.

But God has not just provided him with the promised child, he has also said this, Genesis 17:18-19, “18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” 19 God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.” In other words, Abraham, who has learnt that God never abandons his promises, had the promise that God was going to go establish his covenant with Isaac and his descendants. He did not know how God was going to do it. But he knew that God was going to do it, because God never lies.  

Many people read this account in Genesis 22 and think that Abraham knew that God was going to provide a ram or a lamb. Because he says, “8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.” But that is not how the Bible itself says Abraham was thinking. What he was actually thinking about was that God was the God of the resurrection. We read this in Hebrews 11:17-19,

“17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.”

This is Holy Spirit inspired insight. In other words, Abraham, this redeemed pagan from the land of paganism, Babylon, was going to do it. He was going to sacrifice his son, because he trusted God, and believed God could raise him from the dead, and give him back to him.  

If we stop here, this sounds terrible. That the father of our faith is what most people in our culture would consider a religious lunatic. But Abraham trusted God like this, because so far he had shown himself to be good, and just and righteous, and faithful and God would not fail to prove this again.

God Changed Religion Forever (Gen. 22:9-19)

God was testing Abraham in this act, but he also inverted and changed religion forever. People bring up this passage to criticize God, for asking Abraham to sacrifice his son, but those who do so, have not read the full story and don’t understand what God was doing. God showed Abraham there was a better way,

“9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

When those who are critics of the Bible say that God is awful, because, God asked this man to sacrifice his son, they do not realize how subversive God’s actions in this situation are.

God is dealing with a man who is of Babylon, not by ancient decent, he took him actually from there. This is the place where systematized idolatry was originally created. The star signs that silly women follow in the magazines originated in ancient Babylon. Magic originated in Babylon. Many of the wicked pagan practices condemned in the Bible find their origin in this place, as Revelation says, Revelation 17:5-6, “5 And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth's abominations.” 6 And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” This was an ancient evil and will be the final evil, as well.

What God is doing here is transforming a man of Babylon, an Amorite, into a man of God.

God never intended to let Abraham kill his son. Child sacrifice, which today most often takes the form of abortion, is an abomination, something God hates. God always intended to do this to test Abraham, but also to teach him. To test that Abraham truly believed and trusted in God above everything else. But also to teach him this important truth, God will provide the sacrifice,

“12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Through this event, God was transforming how humanity should see religion.

The ancients believed that the more powerful the blood, the more powerful the sacrifice. Therefore, the blood of innocent children was the most powerful sacrifice in their view. God hates this. He hated the ancient religious practices of this world. They needed to change, and to help change them he began with this moment. He taught the father of our faith this important point, “God will provide the sacrifice to fulfil his promises”, “14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

It is impossible to overstate how significant this was. Abraham’s hope was focused on looking to the fact that God could raise his son. Which he could. But God showed him something better, “I don’t want your son, I want your whole heart, and I will give you more than you could ever offer me.” This was the opposite of any other god in the ancient world.

This points us to what the blessing of Abraham, for today, actually is.

Some people think the blessing of Abraham is all about some land for one people in a small part of the world. But those who think this haven’t read how the Apostles understood it. There was another blessing in this, a blessing that is thoroughly Christian and you don’t want to miss it.

The Gift of Transformation (vv.15-19)

God rewards Abraham mightily here, and says something powerful that many people know, but misapply in strange ways, God says,

“15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.”  

God’s intention is to bless the whole world through Abraham. So, what is the blessing of Abraham? What is the blessing that God intended for Abraham to have to bless the whole world with?

Some people think this blessing that God wants to bless the world with, is that if you give to Israel you will be blessed. Bless Israel and you will be blessed.

Some people think that as Abraham prospered so will his descendants prosper, if they just have the right kind of faith and sow in the right kind of way, like Abraham did.

But I want to ask a question: why did God give Abraham the land of Canaan? Why? It was so Israel could live there.

Why did God want Israel to live there? So, they could have their own nation and establish righteousness as an example in the land. Correct?

Now why did God want this to happen? So, there would be righteous people there that knew God, knew God’s love and knew God’s ways.

Why did God want this to happen? So that there would be a righteous line and a righteous remnant from a treasured people through which the Messiah would come.

In other words, the blessing of Abraham, that was always intended for the world, was not a land, not even just a nation. These were just means to the end, and the end, the goal, the fulfilment, was Jesus and the resurrection. Which brought the blessing of Abraham to “all the nations of the earth…”

We can know this for certain, because this is what the Apostle Peter himself said, Acts 3:22-26,

“22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”

Do you see that, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which can turn us from our sins, is the fulfilment of the blessing God spoke about in Genesis 22:18, “18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”

This is powerful stuff, in the account of the sacrifice of Isaac, God was transforming Abraham, turning this newly converted pagan, into a man of God, who had shed his own pagan ways, and looked forward to the fulfilment of God’s promises. And in this same event God points him to the better sacrifice that God would provide, the sacrifice of his own son, who laid his life down of his own accord and rose again, proving he was God, and through whom all who trust in him can be forgiven from our sins and turned from our sins.

The same God that redeemed a Babylonian like Abraham, took him from the most wicked region of the ancient world, and turned him into the founder of the line of the Messiah, is the same God who rose Jesus from the grave.

And what does Paul say about that? The same power that rose Jesus from the grave is at work in those of us who believe, Ephesians 1:19-20, “19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power towards us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,”

It is vital that we have this focus on believing in the resurrection. Because it was Abraham’s faith in being resurrected in the next life that motivated his obedience to God, no matter what God asked, Hebrews 11:8-10,

“8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.”

Abraham himself knew that the promise would be ultimately fulfilled in heaven, not on this earth. He knew the land was a means to an end. In other words, his hope was not in the things of this world, his hope was in a greater promise.

Paul even points to this, Romans 4:13, “For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.” Abraham knew God, who was the creator, the giver of life, the one who could make his old wife pregnant and who could raise up his son Isaac after death. He knew that this God was promising far more than just a nice block of land. And this transformed him.

You see when we believe, when we truly believe, that God has in store for us more than we could ever ask for in the next life, it means the things of this world lose their hold over us, and what God asks of us becomes so much easier.

Without the resurrection, there is no Christianity. Without the resurrection, we’d be sorry losers, who were giving up much of what the world has to offer, for a foolish hope. With the resurrection, we are capable of not letting anything in this world get in the way of us reaching “the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.”

This is what Abraham really looked forward to. Those whose hope is in this life, must fight, scramble, scrape, and do what it takes to get as much as they can, without hope that they will even succeed. Those of us whose hope is in the God that could have resurrected Isaac and did resurrect his Son, just need to trust and rest in that trust. “By faith…by faith…” It’s the better way, the way of Abraham, the father of us all. As Paul says, Romans 4:15-17,

“16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.”

The faith of Abraham means to believe in the God who “gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” The blessing of Abraham, means to be among those who believe this. To be among those who have been transformed by the death AND resurrection of Jesus.


So how do we apply this? One simple question, do you believe that Jesus is Lord and died for your sins, and confess that God raised him again from the grave so you can be saved? If yes, then you are among those blessed by the blessing of Abraham. Let’s live it out.

Never forget that Jesus rose from the dead and is coming again.

Never forget that if God can transform an ancient Babylonian, he can transform us.

Never forget that the power God raised his son from the dead with, is at work in us.

Don’t let people confuse the blessing of Abraham with the things of this world. The ultimate blessing he was looking forward to was the transformation that comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We should mourn for those who seek to find their fulfilment in this world and seek to share the message of Jesus with them. The only hope is in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christos Anesti…Alithos Anesti, Christ is risen, he is risen indeed.

Friday 29 March 2024

The Conspiracy of Evil


Good Friday 


One of the most consistent arguments made against Christianity is this: how can there be a good God, when there is evil in this world? This is called the problem of evil, and it is an argument that has often been put forward by atheistic sceptics and especially by first or second year atheist university students who study things like philosophy or evolution, and other soft sciences.

But it is also a question that often plagues Christians as well. Many people struggle to understand how there can be evil in this world, when there is a good God.   

I am going to address it today, but probably not how you think. Because my contention to you will be this: Christianity does not have an evil problem, evil has a Christianity problem. By that I mean that without Christianity we would not understand evil, and we would not understand the solution to evil. By the end of this sermon you will understand why I say this.  

I want to show you in this message a part of how the Bible explains evil, from a perspective that you may not have heard it explained before. And then I want to show you why this is so vital to understanding Good Friday and the Bible’s answer to evil. Evil works in this world through many ways, rebellion, theft, covetousness, promiscuity, and more. But it also works in this world through conspiracy. Let me show you how.  

The First Conspiracy (Genesis 3)

We read in Genesis 3 about the first ever conspiracy of evil. Of course, central to the first act of evil recorded in the Bible is the most wicked agent of evil, the devil. We read there, Genesis 3:1-7,

“3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.”

This is of course the fall of mankind. Where the Devil hatched a plot to deceive the woman and overrule the man, to bring about the destruction of mankind. The Bible tells us that the devil did this because he “was a murderer from the beginning, and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Of course, like all good conspirators, he deceives his co-conspirators and drags them down into his own folly.

We know this was a conspiracy for a couple of reasons. First, because we read in verse Genesis 3:8, “ And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” What do evil conspirators do? They try to hide their plans and hide their crimes to get away with it. But we also know it was a criminal conspiracy, because it fits the legal definition: “Criminal conspiracy is an agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or to engage in illegal activity.”[1]

This was the first criminal act in history. It was not done on the initiative of one person. It was hatched by a group of people who followed the instigator of evil himself, the Devil. 

We learn a few things about how evil works from this passage: evil is deceptive, it is murderous, it likes to subvert, and it likes to drag others into its evil snares because evil is often conspiratorial. The very first sin and crime in history involved wicked people and a fallen angel conspiring together to break God’s law. The first sin in the Bible fits the definition of criminal conspiracy perfectly.

We see this strategy of how evil operates, work itself out again and again in the Bible. It is in fact one of the most consistent themes of evil in the Bible.

Conspiracy in the Bible (2 Samuel 15, Ezekiel 13, Psalm 64) –

There are many examples of conspiracies after this. Jacob himself plans one with his mum against Esau. Joseph’s brothers hatch a conspiracy to kill him, among many other examples. But the first use of the word in the Bible is when David’s own son plotted a conspiracy to destroy him,

“1 After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him. 2 And Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way of the gate. And when any man had a dispute to come before the king for judgement, Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?” And when he said, “Your servant is of such and such a tribe in Israel”, 3 Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but there is no man designated by the king to hear you.” 4 Then Absalom would say, “Oh that I were judge in the land! Then every man with a dispute or cause might come to me, and I would give him justice.” 5 And whenever a man came near to pay homage to him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. 6 Thus Absalom did to all of Israel who came to the king for judgement. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel…12 And while Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from his city Giloh. And the conspiracy grew strong, and the people with Absalom kept increasing” (2 Samuel 15:1-6, 12).

Even if the word conspiracy was not used here, it is clear what is happening. Absalom was angry at his father David for not bringing justice against Amnon for his sin against his sister Tamar. But rather than deal with it in a righteous way, he starts a conspiracy to murder his brother Amnon and then another conspiracy to steal the hearts of the nation from David, gather power to himself, and lead to civil war in the nation.

We see all the same marks of evil we saw back in Genesis. The heart of the conspirator, drawing others to his cause, so that he can break the law of God with his co-conspirators. In this case, we have many murders, because a war is started. The Bible does not say that Satan inspired Absalom’s conspiracy. But it is certain that Absalom is acting in the mould of Satan.

I have never understood why there are no major, big budget shows on T.V. based on the books of 1 Samuel through to 2 Kings. These books have everything you want: War, Action, Love, Betrayal, Friendship, Kingdoms rising against kingdom, global empires, last stands, and conspiracy after conspiracy and more. In fact, most of the evil conspiracies mentioned in the Bible happen in these books. You could not get better source material for a powerful drama that people would want to watch from the Bible than any other book, I reckon. Although we can always be certain the book will always be better than the T.V. show, knowing Hollywood.  

In fact, the evil of conspiracy was such a reality for the people of Israel, that they sung about it in their own Psalms often. Here is just one example, Psalm 64:1-6,  

“1 Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; preserve my life from dread of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the throng of evildoers, 3 who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows, 4 shooting from ambush at the blameless, shooting at him suddenly and without fear. 5 They hold fast to their evil purpose; they talk of laying snares secretly, thinking, “Who can see them?” 6 They search out injustice, saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.” For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep!”

The reality of conspiratorial evil was so pervasive in the lives of Israel, that it even pervades their worship: “Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked…they talk of laying snares secretly…” This is of course written by David, who experienced many conspiracies over his life, starting with Saul plotting to kill him. But this Psalm, like any other Psalm, was also sung by generation after generation of Israelites in the temple of God, and the synagogues. And this song recognizes how evil inspires people to plot, in the secret and dark places, how they might bring down the righteous. You might have experienced this at work, or in your family, or in some other way. Evil loves the dark. It loves conspiracy, it loves to destroy.

The Bible even shows us the ultimate source of this corruption in Israel; idolatry, Ezekiel 8:7-11,

“7 And he brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, there was a hole in the wall. 8 Then he said to me, “Son of man, dig in the wall.” So I dug in the wall, and behold, there was an entrance. 9 And he said to me, “Go in, and see the vile abominations that they are committing here.” 10 So I went in and saw. And there, engraved on the wall all round, was every form of creeping things and loathsome beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel. 11 And before them stood seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan standing among them. Each had his censer in his hand, and the smoke of the cloud of incense went up.”

The elders of Israel are worshipping evil in secret, and this corruption is flowing on through the society. Their conspiracy of evil is the source of many other evils. Evil is shameful, dirty, and an abomination. Therefore, the agents of evil know that they often have to work in secret. They can often even be foolish enough to think that God does not see them: “Then he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each in his room of pictures? For they say, ‘The Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land’” (Ezekiel 8:12).

So, you can see the Bible is not shy about evil. It does not hide from the reality of evil at all. Rather than saying Christianity has an evil problem, we have to say that evil has a Christianity problem. Because it is the Bible that gives us our definition of evil, shows us the reality of how evil works, and it shows us how good men and women are confronted with evil. These are vital truths for understanding what evil actually is. But the Bible does one better, it also shows us the solution to evil.  

The Worst Conspiracy of All

The worst conspiracy of all was the conspiracy of the evil one, and his servants, to destroy the Son of God. One of the things the gospels make clear about Jesus is that the people of Israel generally loved him, and the leaders of Israel, especially the Pharisees hated him. Jesus was everything they were not, good, righteous, just, merciful, holy and truly powerful. We see their response to Jesus very clearly in Matthew 12:9-14,

“9 He went on from there and entered their synagogue. 10 And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him. 11 He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.”

After seeing Jesus heal a lame man with a withered hand, a man who desperately needed healing, what is the Pharisees response? “But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.” The gospel writers want us to know that Jesus was killed by evil conspirators. They want us to know this, because this is what happened, and this is one of the ways that evil often works, and this is the very kind of evil the innocent Son of God himself faced in this world.

Innocent men and women often face danger from evil conspirators. It is the way of this fallen world. Our own saviour experienced this firsthand. He experienced the same kind of conspiratorial evil that killed Naboth, landed Joseph in an Egyptian jail and caused John the Baptist to be beheaded.

What was the Pharisees plan to take Jesus down? At this point they are just trying to find a way to get Jesus away from the crowds, “And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.” So they had to bide their time, wait for the right opportunity to strike. But then an opportunity presents itself, Luke 22:3-6,

“3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd” (Luke 22:3-6).

This is the opportunity they were waiting for. They needed to get Jesus away from the crowds. And now they know how to do it, they had added to their conspiracy one of Jesus’ own disciples, who is possessed by the devil. All they need to do now is wait for their inside man to tell them when Jesus is vulnerable.

Their opportunity finally comes. They wait until night, when Jesus is with a few of his men, so they can strike,

“52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness” (Luke 22:52-53).

These men are diabolical.

They take Jesus to the council, at night. Which was against the rules. You were supposed to try criminals during the day when there were many witnesses. But it is not Jesus here who is the criminal, the Jewish leaders are. They are working as their master Satan would work; in the darkness, in secret. They gather false witnesses to speak lies against this innocent man. They charge him with false charges, they beat him and strip him, and then hand him over the Romans where he is scourged with a brutal Roman whip, and then made to carry his own cross, which he can’t even do, because he is so badly beaten. And then he is nailed to a cross, and mocked in front of all. This is how Jesus was murdered.  

Our own Lord was the victim of an evil conspiracy. A supernatural and human conspiracy. A conspiracy of the Pharisees to destroy him, and a conspiracy of the Devil to help them. Our Lord was also betrayed by a close friend. One of his closest in fact. And he was abandoned by all the rest. People say Christianity has an evil problem, as if God is aloof from evil, and doesn’t let it touch him. But you could not be more wrong:

Have you been betrayed? So has our Lord.

Have you been abandoned in your time of need? So has our Lord.

Have you suffered abuse, injury, mocking, shame, and more? So has our Lord.

Have you suffered an untimely death? Our Lord has. Obviously, we have not yet. Hopefully we don’t, but our Lord did. He knows what it is like to be murdered, brutally and condemned as a criminal, when he did no wrong at all.

The difference is Jesus had actually never done any wrong to anyone, ever.

How could such a tragic crime happen? Well, Jesus, the Son of God, allowed this to happen to him, because it was God the Father’s will that Jesus should pay the penalty for our own evil,

“8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? 9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief;…” (Isaiah 53:8-10),

The gospel affirms these twin truths: Jesus was killed by evil oppressive conspirators, murdered in fact. And it was God’s will for this to happen to pay the punishment for our sins, our evil, and ultimately defeat evil.

The Lord Knows How To Handle Evil

Christianity does not have an evil problem. To say that is to completely misunderstand Christianity. Evil is a requirement for Christianity, evil is a necessity, because our Lord came into this world to experience evil, fight against evil, and defeat evil. And he did.

Evil can conspire all it wants, but the Lord sees it, he has it pegged, and this is what his word says,

“1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, 3 “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” 4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5 He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain” (Psalm 2:1-6).

Evil can conspire all it wants. And it does. It conspired to bring down the King of kings himself, and in doing so it guaranteed its own defeat. The devil, the Pharisees and more destroyed themselves when they struck at the King. They killed him, but that was not the end of the story as we know. God was at work in this whole event making sure that his wrath against our sins found its satisfaction on the cross of Jesus. Because of this, evil’s greatest victory was its guarantee of defeat.

And evil’s defeat can be your victory, too, if you turn from your sins and place your trust in Jesus.  

Never let anyone tell you that Christianity has an evil problem. Without Christianity we would not have our definition of evil. No other religion in the world gives us the modern, western understanding of evil.  

And never forget this, if God were to just wipe out evil with a swipe of his hand, that would include us, because in our sins we are evil. But instead of defeating evil by his might and power like that, he chose a better way. God the Son chose to suffer on the Cross because of our evil, because of our sins, to take the punishment we deserved. And to make a way for us to be saved. Which we will cover more on Resurrection Sunday. Let’s pray.

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Thursday 28 March 2024

Of The Antichrist


Israel really shouldn't be divisive for Christians.

Judaism is an antichrist religion (1 John 2:22). In fact, it is by definition, as it was the very first religion to reject Christ, and the example to those other religions that did so. This is a core tenet of Christianity and Orthodox Judaism.

Israel is not a Christian country. It is a country where Christians are barely permitted at best and sometimes persecuted. Only Christians are God's people (1 Peter 2:9-10; 1 John 3), so we have no natural affinity with the country, either spiritually or ethnically, it's just another country filled with lost people. 

Therefore, all Christians should see Israel as a largely godless country, just like Australia, Belgium, Canada or Vietnam, that needs vast missionary work to bring back to Christ. A nation in need of hearing about God, because if you don't know Jesus, you can't know God. This is all basic Christian stuff.

So why is it so divisive?

Because a large segment of the Church, mostly influenced by American teaching, from a theology that originated in Britain, has taken the most divisive thing in Christianity, eschatology, or end times teaching, and dragged it into the foreground of the present day and said, "See, we are in the final, or close to final generation, because this has all been fulfilled." They have made a tertiary thing, almost a primary emphasis.

In other words, a large section of the church has taken the most disputable parts of Scripture, developed a novel interpretation that dates back less than 200 years, and brought it to the forefront of their emphasis in a major way. As if theology were not already divisive enough, it gets far worse when people bring to the forefront the most difficult passages in the Bible, which have always caused massive disagreement in the church.

This has happened before. In the Reformation many chiliastic groups believed they were in the actual fulfilment of Revelation, that the pope was clearly the last Antichrist, and they got behind all sorts of political expressions of this theology, and the result was war (see the Debacle at Muster as one example), divisions like the Church had never seen, and disasters across Christendom. In fact, these disasters helped ensure the decline of Christendom. Because the divisive nature of it all drove much of Europe, especially among the powerful and influential, to Deism. The exact nature of these groups beliefs is not relevant. What is relevant is how they brought the most divisive passages of Scripture to the foreground and made them their focus.

Large segments of the Church are doing this today.

Take eschatology out of the picture, and Israel are an unsaved nation that needs evangelising just like any other nation. Any Christian of any theology can see this.

But bring back in a radical interpretation of Eschatology, that steps outside of Church history, and now Israel are God's people in a desperate fight to reclaim the Holy Land. And those who criticize them are attacking God's people. Therefore, beware!

Eschatology has always been divisive. Through most of Church history, the church teachers put it to the side as a second order or even third order doctrine. Orthodox Churches simply proclaimed the return of Christ. But when enough of the Church forgets how important it is to do this, it can have massive negative political implications which even effect world politics.

This is something to think about.

Even if your eschatology is right, and it's presumptuous for any of us to think that way, when an eschatology creates such an unhealthy focus, that should be a warning sign that something is amiss. Especially if it changes your view on who the people of God are. The Bible is not unclear about that. All who are in Christ are of God, all who are not are not of God. This clarity should be prioritized over the unclarity of eschatology.

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Bringing Disrepute Upon The Church


This is a bit of an old article, and I may have even referred to it in the past. But it is an even older story, as old as our faith, and this article was just shared by someone on my friends list on social media, and I think it bears further comment.  

“Megachurch pastor tells his congregation his newly built 16,000-square-foot house is gift from God

Pastor Steven Furtick of the Elevation megachurch in North Carolina has built a $1.7 million home

He told his congregation on Sunday that the home is a gift from God

Elevation Church and Furtick will not disclose what he is paid by the church or the church's earnings

Furtick's salary and benefits are not decided by an elected board of elders or his congregation

A panel of five 'appointed' members who are all pastors of megachurches decide Furtick's pay

The pastor of a North Carolina megachurch has built a $1.7 million mansion for himself and his family which he told his congregation at Sunday's sermon is a 'gift from God.'

Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick, 33, is unapologetic about his ostentatious new seven-and-a-half bathroom, 16,000-square-foot home built on 19 acres in Weddington.

He spent the first part of his sermon talking about the controversy surrounding its construction and apologizing to his parishioners for any 'uncomfortable conversations,' they may have been forced to have about it.”[1]

On occasion I get down my volume 2 of Plutarch's lives and have a read of one or two of the stories in there.[2] Plutarch's lives is a two-volume set of history about the greatest men of ancient Rome and Greece, written by an ancient great man of Rome himself, Plutarch.

One of the most consistent themes you see in this book is that good men generally do not live large. They almost always live very simply, so simply in fact, that it often shocks their opponents and friends alike. For example, one man, Phocion, received a gift from Alexandar the Great for 100 Talents, that's a lot of money. That is never having to work another day in your life kind of money. That is striking oil kind of money. Phocion sent it back. He did not want it. Often these great men show similar character with money and possessions. In fact, the famous lifestyle of leading your country and then going back to humbly live on your land was an ancient Roman ideal. A man who was beyond the temptations of wealth and power and only wanted good for his people, was their idea of the epitome of a man. A bit like Mel Gibson’s character in the patriot who is forged in a very similar manner.

The reason these men lived this way, is that they knew that even the perception of corruption could undermine their just life and just cause. So, they avoided even the perception of living like kings. Even though it was within their means, through honest gain. Perception matters and a political or religious leader who obviously lives large gives the appearance of a man that can be bought, or has been bought. 

So, this principle is something that has been recognized outside the Bible and inside the Bible. Pastors who live large never make the Church look good, they always bring it bad repute, and no amount of your trying to wish this away will change that fact. Some Christians will defend this to the hilt, and then some church will have its books revealed and they will be like, "Oh wait, they were doing what with the money?" 

So, honest gain or not, wise Christian leaders don't try to live the lifestyles of Jesus' most consistent opponents, the well off, because they know how this looks. This is why almost every traditional Christian denomination in history has asked its priests to take vows of poverty, or has determined moderate wages that allow pastors to support a family and not struggle. Going beyond this will always bring the Church into disrepute in the eyes of many. This was true in Ancient Greece, Rome and other civilisations, before Jesus walked this earth. It will be true in a thousand years, if we are still here. It is only very foolish denominations in times of great corruption in the church which ignore this wisdom.

How much is enough to support a family? There is a decent range in there. But most wise denominations have worked out that around about, or just above or below the average wage is sensible.

Someone will bring up some Old Testament Patriarch to try and contradict this, but they one) fail to understand why God made patriarchs rich, he was building a nation, two) we are talking about Christianity here, not Judaism and they are not the same thing. Show me a New Testament Christian minister known for living large and I'll consider your argument. Those who had wealth, and are mentioned, are known for giving large amounts of it away, which is why they are mentioned.

The Church of the West needs to reclaim the practice of not encouraging pastors to live large. It does so much damage to the Church's reputation. What is interesting is that you don't have to be a Christian to understand this, but I think you have to be a Christian to not see be able this. Interesting, isn't it? Jesus did say the people of this world were far shrewder with money. 

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[2] I’ll read volume 1 once I am done. I treat it more as an occasional read than a book to get through. I chose to read them out of order because I wanted to do some reading on the Roman men in volume 2 for some research a while back.

Monday 25 March 2024

Evils Worse Than Islam In The West


People forget how much God wanted to bless Ishmael too,

"20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation. 21 But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year" (Gen. 17:20-21).

If God treats Ishmael this good, I wonder how he thinks about how the West treats Ishmael's descendants, the people of the Arab nations?

People forget that before there was ever a church in London, Berlin, New York or Brisbane, that the Arab peoples were filling churches in their own land and taking the gospel far. Some of these churches still stand to this day.  

No people is made to be cursed without redemption. And redemption squandered brings about a worse curse. Because the latter state is worse than the former, as Peter the Apostle himself said,

“20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire” (2 Peter 2:20-22).  

If the low state of the descendants of Ishmael in the world today, relatively speaking, is because they rejected, in large part, the message of God. Imagine how bad it will be for the West, which has chosen evils even worse than Islam.

Some people might think, "How can you get worse evils than Islam?" Well, that is how depraved humanity is, it is capable of thinking up and applying many types and levels of evil. But it is really very simple to answer this question. How is the evil that has overcome the West, worse than Islam? Countries can flourish, even prosper under Islam, many have, for centuries. Today some of the wealthiest and most industrious parts of the world, places with influence and power over much of the world, are nations where Islam is the dominant religion. Islam may be oppressive, but it is also conducive to preserving the family and the nation and that is the key point. Anything that conserves the family and the nation is better than that which does not, even if it is not an ultimate good. Whereas whatever you want to call the evil that has overcome the West, whether Communism, Marxism, Feminism, Satanism, Globalism, GAE, or whatever else, it is not capable of sustaining either the family or the nation, hence the massive birth rate declines, and the massive reliance on immigration to plug those holes.

The evil that grips the West is worse. This is a pretty confronting truth to ponder, because for so long now the West has considered itself the good guys on the world stage, but it is a dying civilisation rotting from the core, and it can no longer sustain itself without fresh minted citizens and fake money; both being things that'll backfire in the end. We may be shocked how low the Western nations can fall on the ladder of the nations, before it hits rock bottom and does the soul searching required to make itself great again. But we should not be shocked that this is what happens when a nation rejects the Lord Jesus Christ in such large and thorough measure.  

Saturday 23 March 2024

Get Checked, Now, For Cancer


I haven’t written about covid on my blog for some time, one reason is that I generally tend to prefer writing about what I am reading about, or things of general interest to me, and the other is that we live in a context where most people have made up their minds on this issue and it is rare to bring someone around now. The globalist elites have managed to get away with one of the greatest heists and greatest cons in the modern world, maybe not perfectly, but at least so far in large measure and most people just want to leave it behind them now.

But the aftermath of their worldwide medical experiment is becoming clearer to at least some of us. You cannot manipulate the human immune system so massively and not have massive down flow effects. One of those things that many people are noticing is how many people are now getting cancer, and how aggressively they are getting it. Many people are seeing previously healthy loved ones, or relatively healthy in the sense of being cancer free loved ones, going down to cancers very quickly, and it is hard not to draw a correlation from the not-vax that was given to people just a couple of years ago.

One of the things that people predicted would be increased cancer rates, rates that would make it hard for the authorities to continue to deny what was happening. Of course, they continue to point in other directions, while admitting that there is a massive observed and predicted increase in cancers,

“Global cancer cases are predicted to rise by more than 75% by 2050, according to the World Health Organization.

Latest figures from the WHO’s cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, makes plain the growing burden of cancer, rising from 14.1 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths worldwide in 2012 to 20 million new cases and 9.7 million deaths a decade later. The IARC predicts there will be more than 35 million new cancer cases by 2050, an increase of 77% from 2022 levels, and that deaths will have nearly doubled since 2012 to more than 18 million.

The IARC said tobacco use, alcohol consumption and obesity were key factors behind the increasing incidence of cancer, as well as population ageing and growth.”[1]

Of course, all those things are known causes of cancer. But none of those things was invented and put into people in the last two years, out of the blue.

And it is not just unhealthy people who are coming down with cancers all of the sudden.


It is also healthy people with the best possible healthcare and health advice in the world who are getting unexpected cancers early in life. Something is up.

Official Australian data shows that cancer rates have increased in Australia, though they are mostly put down to increases in population over time, and an aging population,

“In 2000, there were around 88,000 cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia. By 2023, it is estimated there will be around 165,000 cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia. This 88% increase in the span of just over 20 years is mainly due to increases in population size and increasing numbers of people reaching older ages for which cancer rates are higher.

Had the cancer incidence rates from 2000 for the various age groups remained constant between 2000 and 2023 there would be around 154,000 cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia in 2023 – an increase of around 66,000 cases. This number is reflective of increases due to population size and the ageing population alone. The additional 11,000 cases to arrive at the estimated 165,000 cases is indicative of the increase due to increasing cancer rates. Overall, around 86% of the estimated increase of cancer incidence increase between 2000 and 2023 levels is attributable to population increase and the ageing population alone.”[2]

But it is also noted that there is an “increase due to increasing cancer rates.” Cancer is going up more than it should, “By 2033, with increasing population and estimated increasing rates of cancer, it is estimated there will be over 200,000 cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia.”[3]

There is more cancer, but it is also more survivable,

“The age-adjusted cancer incidence rate increased from 584 cases per 100,000 people in 2000 to an estimated 626 cases per 100,000 people in 2023. Over the corresponding period, age-adjusted cancer mortality rates decreased from 255 deaths per 100,000 people to an estimated 195 deaths per 100,000 people (Figure 1). Increasing cancer survival rates increase the gap between incidence and mortality rates.”[4]

So, even the official data, which seeks to explain much of the increase by noting increased population levels, admits that the rates of cancer per 100,000 people, that is per capita, are increasing. So, it is not just about population levels, or aging, though they are both factors. The good news is that there is now a 71% chance of surviving cancer, as opposed to a 51% chance in 2000.[5] Which is good motivation to get checked early.

Some of you may think it is in poor taste to mention Princess Middleton in this discussion. But she is a high-profile example of a disturbing new trend of increased cancer rates in the younger generations. She is not much older than myself, and much healthier than most people my age. But scientists are asking the question:

“Too young: why are Australians under 50 increasingly being diagnosed with cancer? Scientists think the rise in early-onset diagnoses may be the result of lifestyle changes and more exposure to risk factors – but questions remain.”[6]

“Doctors across the world are sounding the alarm over a surging epidemic of young people being diagnosed with cancers more commonly associated with the elderly.”[7]

“Nearly every continent is experiencing an increase of various types of cancer in people under 50 years old, which is particularly problematic as the disease tends to be caught in later stages in this population because most doctors aren't trained to look for it in young people.

The disparities of rates and types of the disease are puzzling scientists and have prompted some to kick off multi-decade research projects that will involve hundreds of thousands of people from around the world.”[8]

You may say 42 is not young, but it is in terms of certain types of cancer.

Admittedly the researchers are noting that these increases in cancer rates have been happening for some decades now. But they are increasing, and it has only come to the attention of many people in the last few years.

Are we right to see some correlation between the experimental vaccine and increased cancers? Well, consider this, though there is a current media narrative that cancer rates have been steadily increasing year on year for decades, not so long ago the opposite was noted:

“In 2020 there were 288,753 new cases of cancer diagnosed in England. Incidence rates (the number of new diagnoses adjusted for changes in the size and structure of the population) rose between 1995 and 2013 but have since fallen each year apart from 2018.

2020 saw a large fall in new cases and the rate of cancer relative to the population. However, it should be noted that the Covid-19 pandemic had an impact on cancer testing and diagnostic services throughout the year.”[9]

Up until 2020 cancer rates had begun a near decade long decline. In Britiain now? Well we read in the BMJ,

“Although four major sites influenced the overall pattern of cancer incidence and mortality, increases in rates among some of the less common sites do raise concerns. Four cancers showed substantial increases in incidence (more than 2% per annum) in both sexes: liver, melanoma skin, oral, and kidney cancers. All have strong associations with established risk factors: alcohol consumption, smoking, and HPV for oral cancer; overweight and obesity, smoking, alcohol, and hepatitis B and C for liver cancer; ultraviolet light for melanoma; and obesity and smoking for kidney cancer.”[10]

So, we see evidence of an uptick of some cancers, when we had evidence of a decline before-hand.

Of course, you may not find this convincing. But how many people have been thinking, “Wow, a lot of people are getting cancer right now.” Perhaps some more detailed research could bear out enough evidence to convince even the most ardent sceptic, but that is not my purview, or my concern. If you got the vaccine you want to be sure you are ok. Get checked. Get checked now. Maybe you have nothing to worry about. But you did take an experimental MRNA gene therapy, people predicted a possible result could be increased cancer rates, and we see these increased cancer rates. Correlation does not equal causation, but it shows us where to look.

Get checked, get checked now, and if you have already had cancer prior to this last couple of years get checked doubly quick.

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