Friday, August 12, 2005

A Priest in Sweden's Dying Church

Folke T. Olofsson speaks here of a "Grief Observed", the grief of watching the seemingly final apostasy of the Church of Sweden and its determination to stamp out the last remnants of Christian belief and practice.

It's the same sad story found all over. Yet what I find is strange is the dismissal of any affiliation with those who had the foresight before to break away from the state church. "The traces of the Free Churches deter and discourage. It is a way that has been tried for one hundred and fifty years in Sweden, and it did not work then and it will not work now." As opposed to the success where? He gives reasons. Can they possibly be sufficient?

[The king's] armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him. Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered. When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them. Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.
(Daniel 11: 31-35)

(Hat-tip to the Pontificator).

Originally posted at Here We Stand