Sin City (Inspired By the 2005 Film)


Backstory

The piece was featured in a comprehensive project called “Capturing Satan: A Closeup View of The Antichrist”, and will be featured again in Act 3, Scene 4 of “Satan Visits The Church”.

Inspired by the 2005 film, “Sin City” is a narrative poem that portrays the falling away of the Earth, the rise of sin, and the rise of the Antichrist. This piece was primarily inspired by a passage from Matthew 24:10-13, where Jesus describes a season where many will grow cold to righteousness. 

The story begins in a ship where an evil ruler of a nation leads his flock to gravely sin against each other. He instructed his flock to “adore hatred 

And despise affection.” (Armstrong, 3-4) The story continues in the battlefield where soldiers willfully protest and rebel for their right to become “the naughtiest of all.” (Armstrong, 8). The clash that takes place in this story represents man’s willful decision to love their sin, and glorify what is evil in the sight of God. This is the spirit of rebellion.

Next, we transition to an allusion to the scene in the book of Revelations where the whore of Babylon is  disguised as a virgin, and gives birth to the Antichrist, who is son of perdition. In this story, this woman would appear as an innocent toddler, but would later betray the tree that was planted, symbolizing the covenant of God. The woman referenced in book of Revelations and in this story is a skilled master of secrecy in its artistic forms. 

The tiger in this story represents the Antichrist. The tiger appears as a silent teenager, and would lead at attack on those who refused to worship and obey his commands toward the flock. Similarly, the Antichrist will appear as a messiah, but would behead those who refused to swear a sacred allegiance to worship him. Remember, since Satan gave him power and authority to dominate the Earth, he will perform many fake miracles and signs to deceive the world. 

Finally, we see another ruler who encourages his flock to abstain from their conscience and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to yield to temptations and fleshly impulses that would lead to destruction. This ruler reprepents the false prophet (the Second Beast), who encourages everyone to receive a mark as an allegiance to the Antichrist and the kingdom of Satan.

Just as we have seen in the book of Revelations, Satan will assign rulers to lead their citizens to a path of hatred, deceit, and sin. Notice the connection to “Satan’s Pulpit”, where a leader uses deception to lead others astray. In the passage mentioned in the previous slide, Jesus warned us that many false prophets would rise to power, and would lead others to the wide path that leads to destruction. Prophets and kings of this world are rulers of a kingdom. Hence, the cunning nature of Satan, many of those who rise to power will work for his kingdom, and manipulate people to follow his blasphemous commandments.

Piece

The master forced his flock 

To sail on a great ship

Where they would adore hatred 

And despise affection. 

The hand of angels

Would be burned with a wall of flames; 

The mouth of a sheep 

Would be smeared with poison. 

Soldiers would gather 

In the battlefield 

To maintain their right 

To become the naughtiest of all. 

A woman would appear 

As an innocent toddler, 

But would later betray 

The tree that was planted. 

The captain would heed 

To the cries of scorpions;

They would make a deal 

To save him, and curse the other. 

A tiger would appear 

As a silent teen, 

But, would lead an attack 

On the predators that dared to rebuke him. 

They will sail to a temple

That would advertise them a great kingdom, 

And would scatter the poor, 

The weak, and the feeble. 

Then, a king would instruct his flock 

To abstain from their conscience, 

And take heed to temptations 

That would dictate their downfall.

From drunkenness in bars, 

To gambling in casinos, 

To dehumanizing our opponents, 

And spewing gossip about our neighbors. 

Two years in darkness; 

Two years of great upheaval. 

Welcome to Sin City! 

The land of vices. 

Welcome to the ancient kingdom 

Where the majesty of mischief dwells within.

Welcome to the valley 

Where the Antichrist rests.  

Welcome to the nation 

Where no man condemns evil.

Repentance is rusty, 

Reconciliation removed. 

The seed of the serpent 

Is sown from tree to tree.

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A Hard Rebuke For Today’s Teenagers Who Lead Christian Clubs: It’s Time To Stop Being Spectators And Joining In The “Crowd”


Dear Teenage Youth Leaders,

First and foremost, it is of my greatest priority to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for assigning me the role as a messenger of the Good News as explicitly communicated in the Scriptures, boldly preached by men and women across this land we called Earth. I would like to thank author Tracy Eldridge for presenting me the privilege to humbly and passionately contribute to this site as a writer dedicated to exemplified the love of Jesus Christ, and to be a role model of a God-honoring soldier who has devoted her time to engage in the lifelong battle against Satan.

Serving as Vice President of a student-led Christian organization that is highly unpopular has been very tedious. Since the coronavirus pandemic started, we have seen a sharp decline in attendees, and things have gotten worse ever since the Former President (who graduated with the Class of 2021) left. We have started collaborating with a Christian Fellowship Organization in Northwestern University (which the Former President is involved in) to implement new strategies to run the club for next school year.

My concern for writing this message is not to address the recent changes. I sincerely am in for a change every now and then, in light of the challenges we are still facing while adjusting to the post-quarantine world. However, what I am truly against is the tendency for us to see church or the solemn occasion of preaching, ministering, and meditating on the Word of God as a time to be entertained or simply “lighten up the mood”.

The truth is: The message is not always going to be comfortable nor convenient for you to hear. With this in mind, I wholeheartedly admire your curiosity and your desire to figure out why God exists, and whether science and other trends contradict the faith. Personally, I have little knowledge about evolution, although I did learn about it in my biology class freshman year. Based on some of the theoretical principles in this merely scientific concept, I do see various contradictions between that spoken of in terms of the creation narrative mentioned in Genesis 1.

It’s easy to listen to someone telling you that God is love, God is faithful, and God will take care of you and give you strength to endure trials. However, it is not easy to be told that you have a sin nature, and that the world that many so adore for its vain pleasures — is the very place where sin is ever-present, accepted, and celebrated by many. Among one of the most challenging and uncomfortable topics our teenagers do not like to hear is the issue of morality and the existence of Satan. It is not easy to write about, let alone speak of, such hard truths, let alone on a presentation or a blog post. In a climate where our disciplinary system encourages and fosters an environment of immorality and compromise, such messages must be preached as it is: and not watered down to satisfy an audience or gain numbers or popularity.

It is beyond sad that my generation has become so accustomed to the habit of attending a “church” presentation where the Word of God is being taught to receive donuts rather than the sweet taste of divine revelation and wisdom that will assist them down the road, for the sake of “recruitting new members”. It’s time to stop viewing this as an opportunity to be spectators sitting back and pretending that such occasion is like watching a comedy show from MTV. I encourage anyone who is leading a club to go beyond the “god is love” mantra, and preaching against immorality. It’s time to show our younger generation that there is a sacred obligation that is beyond the realm of fitting in with the group and delighting in the world. It’s time for parents to stand up and tell their children who Satan is, and teach them how to daily fullfill and persevere in our sacred duty to be devoted ambassadors of the light to a dark, wicked society.

Now is not the time to mingle around and just simmly “energize the room”. Now is the time that young leaders of Christian organizations in the corridors of public and private schools across America to rise above the status quo and be courageous in fostering and maintaining a climate of Godliness and demonstrate an attitude of determination to overcome every Strongman, every obstacle, every tragedy, and every influence that will hinder us from walking as a victorious and free people: released from Satan’s prison of iniquity! All because of the blood of the lamb of God that was shed on that cross.

Sister in ⠠⠡⠗⠊⠌⠂

M.A

Too much information….


Everywhere that we go today, whether it is to work or school or to a favorite store or even a restaurant, we are assaulted with advertising of some kind. In our email and text messages, sometimes we get sales calls from people and companies which we might never have had a relationship at all! We watch videos and read posts on twitter and Facebook and many other social media sites…for what? The information? The news, if there is such a thing anymore, is old five minutes after we see it or hear it and we move on to something else. Have you ever wanted to get away from all of this connectedness? I certainly would like to, although I wouldn’t be able to keep this site up if I did. But, it would be like a vacation just to have a few days without cell service and Internet. I would likely go through some withdrawal for the first day or so, but I think I could adjust and cope with it.

Life today is so covered in information until it is causing stress when and where there was no stress before. Even children feel stressed by it today, because of too much information and the fact that it is so pervasive in our society today. There have been plenty of theories about doomsday scenarios with electromagnetic pulses and such. If such a thing did happen over a country like the USA, there would be many people who would likely have a heart attack because they couldn’t check in with their friends and family every few minutes! I have heard some people say that something needs to happen to push us back into life as it was in the nineteenth century with no phones, no electricity, no food unless you grew it yourself, no milk unless you had a cow or a goat that gave milk. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Not really. More than half of the people of America would die if this happened. Some because of violence, some because of starvation, mostly because of boredom on top of the other two!

There was a speech given once by a great President where he was consecrating a battlefield. One that had come on our soil because of stubbornness and laziness and the ideas of a privileged few that wouldn’t give up their way of life to set men free. Here is that speech, not because it is a light in a dark world but because the man who wrote it and gave it was:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that our nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The ideas that Abraham Lincoln espoused in this speech which we do still remember, if you have taken American history that has not been altered, come from a faith in God because even though slavery was OK in the Bible it wasn’t supposed to be life-long. Unless the slave loved you and didn’t want to be set free, they were supposed to go free in seven years. All debt was cancelled and land was returned to the original owner every fifty years. Life, given to us by God and His grace, is a precious commodity not to be used or squandered. We should honor it and celebrate it, even if someone doesn’t believe the same doctrine that you do or live according to the “book” that you do. We are created in His image and created equal in His sight, regardless of our skin color or religion and that is the code…the doctrine that we should live by!

 

Love the people, not the lifestyle


Regardless of what you call it, a sin is a sin in God’s eyes.

It can be a lifestyle or a life-choice or it could be a religion or a belief. It can even be a church or a temple or a synagogue but the truth is that regardless of the place that you worship or the religion, belief, or lifestyle that you practice…when God is NOT the object or the center of your life, then you are worshipping an idol. We can make anything into an idol, from our spouse to our car or even a job and it’s paycheck. We can also worship our grandchildren or children or someone else who is dead and gone. We can worship or rely on money or position in a company or life in general, but what about the Creator of Life itself and all of the things which we see, feel, hear, taste and touch on a daily basis?

It seems that we are more concerned with our senses and our surroundings than we are about the One who created it all. It is okay to look down your nose at someone it seems but to put down their religion or their belief is uncalled for, especially if you are talking about Christians.

Oh, I am sorry, I got that one backwards! You can’t put down anyone or their beliefs UNLESS they are Christians!

That is how the media and the world look at those of us who believe in Jesus these days. We are bigots, and we are intolerable, and we are totally against whatever it is that you like to do with your life?!? REALLY!?

Honestly, I don’t care what you do or who or what you may worship or even if you choose NOT to believe or worship anything or anyone! My writing…my witness here is simply because my Redeemer told me and the other disciples to “tell all of the world about the gospel”, that’s it!

Jesus died for us, all of us, so that our sins could be forgiven. God doesn’t like sins of any kind, whether it is the lie being told about taking a pen from work or being a homosexual or even being a mass murderer. To God, a sin is the same regardless of how you rank it on a scale.

Just as you wouldn’t let me come to live in your house, if you didn’t know me, God won’t let you into Heaven if He doesn’t know you! It doesn’t matter what you have or haven’t done in your life, God has always pursued a relationship with each of us. He did it with Adam and He is still seeking that relationship now with each of us, but it is your choice whether you will seek Him out and continue in that relationship.

I am not going to tell you that being a homosexual will keep you out of Heaven, but it is the sin of practicing homosexuality and the rejection of Jesus that will do that. Repent of the sin, ask Jesus to come into your life and change you into the person that God knows you can be! Rejection of God’s grace toward us is the unpardonable sin, there is no specific sin other than that which will keep you from being forgiven!

Turn your eyes and your life toward Jesus…spiritual eyes can see Him and the forgiveness that He offers. You can read and understand His Word too, if you will ask Him to reveal its meaning in your life, because it has a different meaning to each person. What one person gets from the Psalms may be totally different from what another person may get. This is true for each book in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Seek God and His Kingdom through His Word and ask Him to show you what you need to know and do from His Word. Then join Him every morning or evening by learning more of Him.