The Arena
The Arena

Episode 570 · 7 months ago

Saving Spiritual Zombies- Holy Pentecost 2022


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Now available at patristic nectar dot Org. patristic nectar publications is pleased to present a four part lecture series by Father Josiah trenum entitled Male and Female Reflections on transgenderism. These lectures directly address this latest iteration of the sexual revolution and the sexual anarchy unleashed by a cultural rejection of the Christian theological foundations of creation, anthropology, sexuality and the traditional therapeutic paths of the church. These lectures explain why Christians cannot reasonably avoid studying transgender ideology in today's cultural climate, how this new world view on sexuality finds itself deficient in explaining and healing are falling human condition, and how love must compel believers to open their arms to persons seeking God from a transgendered background. For these and other available titles, please visit our website at patristic nectar dot org. And now the arena with Father Josiah Trennam. In the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, blessed pentecost to all of you. Thank you. I've entitled by Hobbily this morning healing spiritual zombies. Healing Spiritual zombies yesterday was historic and beautiful day here in the parish. It was the first St Andrew Academy Promotion and graduation and together parents and faculty and staff and our students, grandparents godparents came and we reflected on the blessings of this year, what God has done...

...for us, and I was amazed, I was really enraptured by something that was said by everyone who spoke. Everyone who spoke, including our own senior, Hannah Simpson, who was the only student to speak. The all mentioned one of the chief qualities that thrilled their hearts throughout the year was that there was non stop singing. And they didn't just mean the singing that started in church in the morning, which it did. Our idea to start the academy every day with or throws. It worked. It didn't just work, it was a joy. It was a joy and happiness, not just for the priest, you knew it would be for me, but for the kids to come and see them into hear them. They chanted all the service. That's where the singing started, but it didn't end there and it wasn't just in choir class. They did have that. That's also one of the super cool things about the St Andrew Academy is the Choir Class? How about the liturgical arts class? I met most of you never had a liturgical arts class in school, did you? I had morning breakfast cooking, which was my best class ever, but I would have given that up for a liturgical arts class. No, all of the speakers talked about the fact that the singing was constant. It would be as the kids were walking to and from class, it would be on lunch, on breakes, just singing, singing, singing on the playground at lunch. I mentioned this because today's holy pentecost and I want you to listen to what St Paul describes as a life lived under the...

...inspiration of the Holy Spirit and see if you can make the logical connection to yesterday's celebration. Do not get drunk with wine, St Paul wrote to the Ephesians, which is dissipation, but be filled with the spirit, speaking to one another in psalms. We certainly did that an Orthros, speaking to one another in Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the father. Did you hear it? This is the spiritual life, the spiritual life as a life in which the Holy Spirit brings forth song. He transforms our lives into song, and that is one of the proofs of the pudding of Saint Andrew Academy being together has caused a great thanksgiving to come in the kid's hearts and is a great beginning, a good place to start, and I thank God and I thank all of those who labored, specially our hit master, Doctor Keith, and all of those who are working with him so diligently, all of our teachers and parents. We Sing, dear ones, because we have someone inside of US singing. This is why we sing pentecost. This longed for transformation of the human race takes place to day. We celebrate it today. Our people yearned for this day. The prophets foretold this day under the inspiration of God, prophets like Joel, who spoke of a day hundreds and hundreds of years hence, when the yearning of God's people would come to pass and God would pour out his spirit on all men kind, and the experience of the prophets... Moses and Elias would become the common experience of the people of God. His spirit would be pulled, poured out upon all. All would prophesy, the old and the young, both sons and daughters. The Prophet is Ekiel fore told this day six hundred years before pentecost. He gave a number of incredible prophecies about the day of pentecost and what it would mean for men. He foretold this day and his vision of the Valley of dry bones. You know, may know this most interesting of his prophecies, chapter thirty seven of his prophecy. He was brought by God and he looked out on a field and the field was covered with skulls and skeletons. Literally he saw people who had died, their heads, their bones everywhere, and God looked at the Prophet and he said preach to them, prophesied to the bones. You know, some pastors in Churches certainly have what we might call dead congregations, but that's going a little far. At least the priests and pastors who sometimes preached to did congregations know that they have the potential for being alive if the Holy Spirit comes upon them at that moment. But Ezekiel is looking at a field of literal skulls and skeletons, and then God spoke and he said that he would put flesh on those bones and sinews, he would reconstitute by his word, those who were completely dead, as dead as you get. I will put my spirit within you, God says, through Ezekiel, and you will come to life. I will give you a new heart and I will put a new spirit within you, and I will remove out of you, in...

...a divine surgery, a heart of stone and I will give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, not just on you, within you, Ezekiel, thirty six, twenty six and twenty seven, this long for day, there's one, that day that are people dreamed about. It's fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, as our savior was mounting Golgafa, as he was going to the cross, and they were in such grief, his disciples, knowing that he was going to be betrayed into the hands of men and crucified and scourged. He tried to encourage them. He encouraged them with these words. He said this. I will ask the father and he will send you another comforter, the spirit of truth and you know him, be keep because he abides with you and he will be in you. Incredible text from John Fourteen. They hardly knew what it meant. They knew what it was, what it meant to have God with them. The whole salvation history of our people, we learned what it means to have God with you. This is why, in great complin of the great fast, we sing it God is with us. Understand, all you people, and submit yourselves, for God is with us. It's glorious to have God with you. For sure. Our people experienced this when they were coming out of slavery in Egypt and God sent the plagues one after the other. He sent them all over Egypt except where his people were. When he climaxed it with that horrible darkness that was so thick that you couldn't see anything even a foot in front of you, there was one place where there was light, and that... where God's people lived. The Angel of death came. He came to our homes and he passed over them because he saw the blood of the lamb marking us as belonging to God. We certainly know the benefit of God being with us. This has been the boast of our people from time immemorial, but it's something else in higherly for God to be in you, and this is what we sing about today. The Holy Spirit has taken up his residence on the day of Pentecost, within our hearts. He's made our deep heart his throne. He penetrates us in baptism and Chrismation, sealing us with his presence and climbing onto the throne of our lives. He knows the inner workings of our own being more than we do. Some of US don't know them at all because we're external and we're trying to become internal. We're trying to discover our hearts, but he knows them, he dwells there, he rules there. This is why we sing, because he sings with us. This is why we pray. Paul says it's because he's praying. He's literally crying out from within US, teaching us how to speak to God, which is the most important speech of all, how to actually relate to God and to call God father. This is the work of the spirit of God from within our deep heart. He comforts us, he emboldens us, he inspires us to serve the Lord. He encourages us to fight for our salvation and the Kingdom of God. He bears the fruit of love and joy and peace.

He is the power of our own transformation, turning our skulls and our skeletons spiritually into glory now, and he will do the same at the resurrection which is to come. St Paul Summons this all up the work of the spirit inside of us and these words. He says. Wherever the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, Eleftheria, freedom. This is why our hearts protest bondage. This is why we grieve so much when we see the works of slavery in our own life, when we repeat sins that we hate, it's because of his presence. He has no peace with slavery. He gives freedom. This is always why Christians have protested slavery, not just the slavery to Sin, but slavery in the world. It's why we protest authoritarianism. It's why we will never accept those who take the role of God in society and play God. The spirit nourishes and cherishes freedom. Paul continues. He says we all, with unveiled face, are being transformed from Glory to glory by the spirit, second, Corinthians three. This is our life. This is why we are as we are, this is why nothing in this world can steal our joy and this is why St Andrew Academy sinks from morning to leavening. It would be a sad day if it ever stopped. I...

...want to say a concluding word about what it means to live this way and how important it is for us to carry this life into our own beloved land. The falling world is literally convulsing in its blindness. Our call is to heal spiritual zombies, to speak the word of God and to bring the spirit of God in us into the world, into the lives of our friends and neighbors, our fellow citizens in this land, because you know, as I know, it's never been like this. The darkness has never been thicker. The ignorance of what is really life has never been so grotesque. After fifty years of murdering our babies, violence and acrimony have literally swallowed us up in our culture and we all no corner of Americas free of violence. Pulse Christian man is literally writhing in self inflicted agony and is having such a hard time finding happiness, while at the same time, insisting on one hundred percent autonomy and forbidding any thought, let alone speech, of God. This spirit is what leads so many to not be satisfied with their gains in ungodliness, but insist that believers not even be able to speak, not even be able to think any other way. We've known this for thirty years. I've been telling... that the rise of secularism, especially in the manifestly perverted lgbt movement, would never be satisfied with acceptance. You old timers know I used to talk about this Allah. It was harder to believe back then, and I know, and I never faulted anyone for for doubting me, but I said over and over and over again that it was about legitimacy, that they would never accept anything other than US groveling before their feet, saying you're right, you're right, we're bad, we're so bad, we're so wrong, which is exactly how it's played out. Unfortunately, what a sad commentary are poor society. I read this week several articles about some some new developments, post covid developments. I read about a scientist, Dr Anna Matchen, who was in the UK addressing the Cheltenham Science Festival and she affirmed that in her research they were very close to having approved drugs that would, quote, drugs that would, quote, enhance closeness, empathy and love. In this post covid world, where many countries mandated the vaccine on people, ethicists, post Christian secular ethicists, are now suggested thing, that we can also invent drugs to solve...

...other problems rather than just viruses, like violence problems. This is what's behind the medical research, the biological research, the science of love drugs. The idea is that all we have to do is squirt some oxytocin in our nostrils or pop an empathy pill before we converse with our significant other, and we will become more loving. The ethicis Parker crush field argues that not only is this a good thing, but that, just as society's mandated covid vaccination for the good of the population, Dr Crutchfield says we ought mandate government's ought mandate drugs that facilitate, quote, moral enhancement. Get it, this is the latest okay, put your seatbelt on. To be moral and to be loving, all you need is a new pill from big farm did you know that? You see here you are struggling Christians thinking that this has to do with your will and learning to repent more deeply. All it is is a pill. You just need a pill and you're going to be the most loving people. Synthesizing love, dear ones, chemically, is impossible. This is how foolish we have become. This is how blind. There's one solution for our world. One the day will come when I will pour out my spirit upon...

...all flesh. I will give you a new heart and a new spirit, and I will take away from you your heart of stone. I will send you another comforter, and you know him because he has been with you and he will be in you. This, dear ones, is the solution for the whole world. Our kids know it, our kids knowing him, we know it. To Glory to God. Happy Feast. We hope that you have enjoyed and have been edified by this presentation offered to you by Patristic Nectar Publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing the spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. If you are interested in other available titles or if you would like more information on patristic nectar publications, please visit our website at www dot nectar dot org. Again, that's www dot patristic nectar dot org.

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