I DON'T TAKE MY CUES FROM BENEDICT XVI: CONVERSATION WITH LITURGIST: PART 3

     

I DON'T TAKE MY CUES FROM BENEDICT XVI: CONVERSATION WITH LITURGIST: PART 3
Benedict XVI

Here are some more highlights of the things (ideas, substantially but not entirely verbatim) I've written in an on-going conversation.

Liturgy

If it moves someone to be closer to God regardless of who devised the liturgy, I won't argue against it. [Of course, this concerns liturgy, per se, and not the particulars. I'm not going to hold to this position where someone thinks child sacrifice is going to move that one close to God.]

High Church and Feeding the Lambs and Sheep

The high church or hi-church is off putting for me only where it falls into fitting with Jesus's words as follows: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Matthew 23:23. I'm simply substituting liturgy for tithes here, as you probably would have understood without my explaining it. If we can have grand buildings and moving music with feeding all the lambs and sheep in both body and soul, who am I to stand in the way of that? I do though wholeheartedly agree with Jesus that the weightier matter is the feeding. I agree with James that leaving the flesh to starve while asking people to believe is failing to comprehend the proper sequence of events. It is a disordering of priorities. I see no reason why you wouldn't also wholeheartedly embrace it. It would be our meeting of the minds. That's exactly what we are looking for after all. We need to reach out to people to have a meeting of the minds so we may bring forth. Jesus, our brother, is calling us to it. I love it. There is nothing to hate in it at all. He's perfectly right about it.

So, to be absolutely clear, I would trade all the church buildings and traditional church services to feed the lambs and sheep as Jesus prescribed. Jesus has no building except I say the Temple is rightly his (therefore everything is his). He has no liturgy except I say his last supper and all his revealing and worshipful acts constitute his liturgy. He said we are to be worshipping fulltime in every move we make. I agree with that completely.

Divine Logic

I don't argue about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It's a non-starter. I don't argue about transubstantiation. Jesus said, "This is." For me, when I do it (communion) in remembrance of him, it is. Is it still what it was [commonly understood wine and bread]? Well, I don't have an issue with it, because Jesus was fully man and fully God. God provisions us. We can do nothing without God. The mundane bread wouldn't be there if it weren't for God. The real bread of life is also there by God. This is not a mystery to me. It isn't a paradox to me. It's divine logic. I'm very comfortable with it. It isn't some mysticism that I don't understand. It's just the way it is, just as day follows night for awhile. I don't need a scientific experiment to prove to me that all my days here have followed all my nights. I know it without testing.

Benedict XVI

I am a believer. I don't take my cues from Benedict XVI. I take them from my heart. I've read several of Joseph Ratzinger's long philosophical papers. All have fallen woefully short.

Antichrists and the Anti-Christ

By the way, when I used the term "antichrist" [in reference to the top of the Roman Catholic Church], I wasn't meaning the Anti-Christ as the conservative, Southern Baptist fundamentalists used to mean. I'm using the term more as John wrote about there being many antichrists. Anything that doesn't run to the perfect is antichrist in the end. It's quite a narrow way Jesus blazes. It can be clearly marked out though with a softening heart. This is not to say that there isn't the Anti-Christ to come.

Norway and Ayn Rand Disciples

As for Norway and Ayn Rand, the so-called Christian capitalists are right behind the Christian-Zionists in presenting the biggest problem. The Christian-Zionists have been exposed and will continue being exposed. I'm working on the Christian capitalists now, not to punish them but to turn those who will and to warn away those who would be otherwise duped. Of course, the long-term plan is to bring forth. The Christian capitalists present a huge obstacle in that regard. They are in the palm of billionaire false-Zionists who really do hate Jesus, only they won't say it publicly on the record, yet. They are the most trolling, very contrived. They are backed by the think tanks paid for by super-rich antichrists.

Qualified Feminism

Let me also quickly state that I believe women are very often moved by the Holy Spirit as much or more than their husbands. Very often, husbands would be well advised to heed the counsel of their wives. I've seen that done where males lose none of their masculinity or status within the family but rather gained by it. They reinforce one another in working to find the truth and right approach. Therefore, I don't hold with the male-centric theology attributed to Paul (the Pauline). To clarify, I don't hold with matriarchalism over patriarchalism. They are truly to be one flesh. I haven't found that in my own life, but that's part of my cross to bear. I was a bad boy even while I was good. The nursery rhyme applies to me.

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