ImageI stopped at an intersection.  A car pulled closely behind me, but there was insufficient space and thus the turn to the street was blocked.  Suddenly a lady who wanted to make a turn started to swear at the guy behind.  Not to be outdone he replied in kind.  I was glad that I did not have any of my kids with me in the car because this was not a pleasant situation.

I was reading a business magazine about the top CEO's in this country.  Some CEO's justify their unthinkable salaries, even when they let thousands of people become unemployed.  I read about people who feel justified in stealing from the same companies because they feel that if the CEO's are making these gargantuan salaries, then they should take something more above their small salaries.  I read about the people breaking the laws in crossing the borders who feel justified in doing it because they want to provide better for themselves and their family.

There were times when many people admired the clergy, yet that admiration has been moving downwards for the past twenty years.  At one time people used to say that if the things happening in society happened in business, businesses would collapse; and then we found some awful things that are taking place in the business place.  At point the military was held as a paragon of virtue, but now this entity has moved downwards because so many people are seeking to get rich by profiting from the armed services.

As I was pondering on these issues, I remembered the phrase that was developed in the 15th century.  This phrase was developed by a movement called the "concilliar movement."  This movement looked at the church and was willing to say that the head and the body (sometimes referred to as "head and members") were sick.  The pope was sick and so were the people.  The sickness has affected the entire being.  The concilliar movement proposed changes so that the church could be restored.  Many people believed that because the church did not listen to the conciliar movement, the Reformation came, which divided the church in its desire to restore the church to its original place.

My conclusion is that the sickness that we are experiencing today in our society which affects the family unity, the church and the government, is because we are no longer holding to any absolutes.  There are no longer any principles, there are no longer any absolutes and many people find their delight in pushing the proverbial envelope as far as they can go.  Once they leave the scene, other people come along who push the envelope a little further.


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I was looking at a list of sins from the beginning of the 20th century.  As I was looking to the beginning of the 21st century I was shocked to see that from that list the only sin that is still considered grievous by the majority of the population is pedophilia.  Gambling is OK, adultery is OK, greed is OK, and homosexuality is OK.  Name your sin and it is OK.

Is there a possibility that if God is looking for 10 righteous people in our towns he will not be able to find them because the sickness in head and body dominates?

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Rev. Dr. George Hancock-Stefan

George Hancock-Stefan

Pastor George Hancock-Stefan completed 30 years as the pastor of the great congregation at Central Baptist Church in Atlantic Highlands in 2020. Those 30 years have been a blessed time for him, his wife...