Customized Sin

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When you have a bespoke suit, you know it was specially tailored just for you to fit your body. And it’s a pleasure to wear one. When you visit the buffet tables, you pick and choose food exactly according to your tastes and preferences, what you would like to sample, and your favourites. And you avoid that which you don’t like. Google knows this, and exploits the information they gather about us from our searches and other Internet activity – read “Life After Google.”

A good salesman knows that he must customize his presentation to you, presenting his product or service as a solution to your problems or a means to accomplish your goals. We call your buying motivation your “Hot Button.”

Hunters and fishermen know what bait to use, and they understand the customs of their prey.

The lyrics to Dr. Hooks “When you’re in love with a Beautiful Woman” go,

When you’re in love with a beautiful woman 
You watch her eyes 
When you’re in love with a beautiful woman 
You look for lies 
Everybody tempts her 
Everybody tells her 
She’s the most beautiful woman they know 

In the book by C.S.Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, we see a portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a senior assistant to “Our Father Below” – the Devil. This book is the most engaging account of temptation – and triumph over it -ever written.

We all have guilty secrets and dark, hidden desires and weaknesses that determine which traps the Devil will customize and set especially for us. Which makes it most important that we travel very carefully through life. If you’re not a psychopath or a sociopath, you have a conscience, and in spite of the cancer of moral relativism that pervades our Liberal society, you know what is wrong and what is right, and you should avoid areas where you know temptation lies.

In this exceptional article, John Leo writes, “A Zogby International poll of college seniors came up with a fascinating finding. Almost all of the 401 randomly selected students around the country — 97 percent — said their college studies had prepared them to behave ethically in their future work lives. So far so good. But 73 percent of the students said that when their professors taught about ethical issues, the usual message was that uniform standards of right and wrong don’t exist (‘What is right and wrong depends on differences in individual values and cultural diversity’).”

These youngsters are easy prey for the Father of Lies – Satan. He will have a field day trapping them in addictive sin, customized especially for them.

Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8

Robin Elliott

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A Solution to This Problem

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Let’s look at our situation:

91% of the Canadian population can’t afford to retire at age 65.

50% of the US population can’t put together $400 in the case of an emergency.

There is a managed decline of the West, and it is not by accident. Managed dysgenics, deindustrialization, managed financial enslavement.

The number one problem or fear in the West is economic anxiety.  Most people are two paychecks away – if they even have of a job – from bankruptcy.

The average person is getting poorer, especially as we age, and it’s increasingly difficult to cut costs. We spend less on clothes, food, entertainment, restaurants, we buy fewer clothes, we cut out the annual holiday, we stop our insurance… and the less we spend, the worse our situation gets!

So the only wise option is to increase income. There are wise ways to do this and risky ways to do this. Buying lottery tickets, eating more junk food, gambling, or getting a second job is not the answer. Risking big money in the hope of a big payout can be suicidal – literally. And because desperate people tend to do desperate things, we may do really stupid things.

I have specialized in the use of leverage and collaboration for 32 years and taught thousands of business owners and new entrepreneurs how to use these powerful tools to change their lives significantly with minimum cost and risk. I have written books about it. And I practise what I preach.

If you are in Canada or the US and you’re interested in changing your financial future using a proven, highly successful system, we should talk. This is NOT Network Marketing, and it is something recognized and known, not some newfangled scheme or dream.

It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme, either – it needs work, and the harder you work, the more money you can make. It may be right for you and it may not, but if you’re hungry and serious, let’s talk.

Robin Elliott

How You Can Create Financial Security Without Any Money in the Bank

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To earn $1,250 per month, you would need $300,000 in the bank at 5% annual interest.

To earn $4,167 per month, you would need $1,000,000 in the bank at 5% annual interest.

So how can a $400 investment earn you $3,000 – $12,000 or more per month in a legitimate, highly regulated business that is not Network Marketing, even when you have nothing in the bank and you’re in debt up to your eyeballs?

Three words: Collaboration, Leverage, and Residual Income. Interested? My friend, Vincent, shows people how to do this at no charge.

Robin Elliott

The Five Things that Can Stop You

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There are really only five things that sabotage, destroy, distract, degrade, dilute, and erode one’s success in life. Once we get used to identifying and removing them from our lives and when we avoid any input that glorifies and recommends these five cancers, life improves dramatically.

Often, we use and succumb to these corruptions when we’re in trouble, lonely, desperate, weak, or directionless. But for the man or woman who is goal-directed, motivated, and serious about success in any area of life, these things need to be identified and eradicated.

Lust is the direct cause of the destruction of millions of people – their health, their peace of mind, their families, their fortunes, their futures.

Anger is so destructive that a single sentence, even a word, one action, can destroy someone’s life, a relationship, a career, a business.

Greed is so built into our media and marketing these days, (as are the others), that we get conditioned to believe it is normal and natural, yet it is often the basis for disaster.

Ego/Pride is what the media feeds us every day, and we need to understand it and overcome it in order to be free of this particular malignancy.

Attachment is usually the basis of all the above four. Anything that we are attached to – that we think we need or have a “right” to or that is necessary for us to be happy will control us and our choices, and usually, they will be bad choices when the root cause is attachment.

Personally, Christianity and Buddhism help me to work against and overcome the five destroyers in my life. It’s an ongoing process; we will never be completely free of all of them, and at different times, different ones will work against us. Awareness is the first step. Remove the root in order to remove the result.

Robin Elliott

How and Why We Get Trapped, and How to Escape

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How do we get trapped? Why? And how do we escape falling into traps and escaping those to which we have already succumbed?

Traps are based on deception. The mouse thinks the cheese in the mouse trap is a free cheese platter. There is no such thing as free – read “Life After Google.” Indians trap ducks by floating pumpkins down the river. At first, the ducks get a fright and fly away, but gradually, they get used to the floating pumpkins and don’t move away. Then the Indians hollow the pumpkins out, make eye holes in them, put them over their heads, and float down the river. The duck sees another pumpkin until the Indian is near enough to seize the duck by the legs.

The traps are always stronger than their victims.  The rat can’t escape the trap, and the Indians are stronger than the ducks.

Traps are based on greed. Monkeys are trapped when a calabash is hollowed out and tied to a tree. Then some delicious snacks are put into the hole in the calabash, and the monkeys arrive, smell the snacks, put their little hands into the small hole in the calabash and grab a handful of sweets. Their fist is too big to pull out of the calabash, so they trap themselves, and they will stay there until the savages come and kill them for food. Many people died at the hands of savages or saw their wives and daughters raped in South Africa instead of immigrating and escaping because they were making such a lot of money and they didn’t want to give it up.

Traps are based on conceit. Ever heard a drug addict or alcoholic tell you, “I thought it wouldn’t happen to me?” Many drug addicts wanted to look “cool” to their friends.

Traps are based on tradition and what everyone else is doing. How do you trap caterpillars? Caterpillars follow each other in long lines to food. When they find food, they disperse and eat, then they line up again and off they go. If you put them in a circle around a flowerpot, they will go round and round and eventually they will die from exhaustion. People like to “keep up with the Joneses,” follow trends, conform, follow customs, habits, and policy.

Put a frog in a pot of cold water on the cooker and heat the water by half a degree Fahrenheit every five minutes. The frog doesn’t jump out because he’s too comfortable – His condition is never critical enough to cause him to act – the trouble is gradual – there’s no urgency -just like us Westerners who allow our governments to destroy us by importing the worst kinds of people under the guise of kindness and “refugees.” We’re settled in our way of living. We put things off. Well, eventually, that poor frog cooks to death.

Traps are like treadmills – you walk or run but you never get anywhere; there’s a perception of results, of accomplishment, but in fact, you stay exactly where you are. We keep doing it just because we started.

Traps can focus us on the trivial instead of what’s important. Instead of checking our priorities and reevaluating, we end up ignoring the very things that need our attention to please others, like working for your club or church and neglecting your own family.

Traps are based on timidity. You hate your job or your business, but you’re afraid to leave. Eventually, you die of a heart attack. We deny Christ because we’re too weak not to be politically correct and you walk in lock step with the Cultural Marxist agenda.

Religious traps: Apart from Galatianism and Legalism, many think that if we pray and follow God’s rules as we understand them, we won’t have any troubles, and then when troubles come, we think “religion doesn’t work.” We ask, “If God loves us, why do some many suffer? Why do good people suffer?” That’s because we have been misled. God promises peace and strength in times of suffering, He doesn’t say we won’t suffer. He uses and allows suffering for greater purposes, He doesn’t intervene in our choices, and we can’t bribe God with good works.

Cults use fear-based, carrot-and-stick Legalism and Galatianism to rob people of their money, time and freedom until their priorities change from themselves and their own families into serving the cult and strangers. This is the cancer of Altruism and Collectivism.

So we see that there are many kinds of traps, designed especially for our weaknesses, our preferences, our lives. And we all get trapped in various traps at different times. Some traps are deadly, and often, one trap leads to another, for example, one less dangerous drug leads to more dangerous drugs and finally addiction, then financial ruin, loss of friends and family, and death.

Many times, we get trapped because we see no way out of a desperate situation. The person in financial difficulty resorts to gambling and gambling is a giant trap. The person who can’t handle his depression or grief resorts to drugs and alcohol. The person who has difficulties, instead of dealing with them, resorts to distraction in illicit extramarital affairs or buying things he can’t really afford.

How do we escape? How do we break free? How do we avoid falling into more traps? A bird is a symbol of freedom, isn’t it? If the branch the bird is sitting on breaks, it doesn’t fall to the earth, it simply flies away and finds another branch. Don’t panic. If you are enduring an emotional winter, hold on, stop worrying – I have good news for you.

Psalm 124: “We have escaped like a bird, out of the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord.”

God, our Maker, has provided us with a clear path to peace, joy, happiness, and a good life, a happy family, and prosperity. And He clearly shows us how to deal with all difficulties and suffering. It’s all to be found in your Bible, with thousands of true stories to illustrate every and any situation we could possibly find ourselves in and the solutions to your problems.

When your relationship with God is strong, and when you join a church that has a balanced view of law and grace and teaches the truth and the correct interpretation of God’s way, you can avoid traps, you can escape traps, and you can help others do the same. We don’t have to stay in the traps. We can be free.

Stop worrying. Read Psalm 91.

Robin Elliott

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Don’t Despair When You See Evil Enthroned

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The present moral crisis and the perversion in which the Western World wallows is extremely disconcerting to Godly people. Nothing seems sacred to our materialistic, narcissistic leaders. Truth is no longer silenced but persecuted, mocked, attacked. Praise of the profane is deafening. But there is hope.

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne

And the scaffold sways the future, but behind the dim unknown

Standeth God within the shadows, keeping watch, keeping watch above his own.

~ James Russell Lowell 1819–1891 – Full Poem Here.

Ultimately, Truth wins. God’s sovereignty is eternal. We should not interpret God’s silence as His absence, as Charles R. Swindoll describes beautifully here: ” God’s silence should never be interpreted as His absence. Take the story of Esther…Not once is His name mentioned in all 10 chapters of the book, yet none can deny His presence. Even when it looked as though all was lost, He was there. When Haman planned his murderous plot against the Jews and sold the king on his evil idea, God was neither absent nor indifferent.

“When the gallows were built for godly Mordecai and it appeared to be his last day on earth, God was there. Such times are terribly difficult to endure. Our minds play tricks on us. We pray, we wait, we plead, we long for our Lord to intervene, but nothing seems to change. Nothing is different. Wrong reigns and right is eclipsed beneath its ugly shadow. And then, almost overnight, God steps in and changes everything.

“Our heads spin, our eyes pop open, and we suddenly realize He’s been here all the time. What relief! That must have been the reaction of God’s people when the events that led to their rescue unfolded so rapidly back in the days of ancient Persia.” Listen to the entire process of God’s faithfulness here.

Robin Elliott

Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

The law of sowing and reaping is inescapable.

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Winter is a Time of Prescience

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The season of promise – in the dark, cold, snowy, icy times of life, the darkness is doing its work. The bitter wind is at work, preparing for a glorious spring.

“The seed is in the ground
and now may we rest in hope
While darkness does its work”
~Wendell Berry

In nature, we have come to expect the winter to end; we know the snow will melt, tiny green leaves and blossoms will appear, and the world will transform gloriously, yet we often think our personal, emotional winters will last forever. Forever is a long time.

The older we are, the more emotional winters we have endured. I’m sixty-five. I’ve learned that, in retrospect, I can often identify a reason for the winter. A lesson learned, a change to be made, something to be ended or begun, a new perspective, a revelation, a strengthening of my faith – both in God and in myself. A winter is seldom wasted when we remain true to our values and goals.

There is a key to weathering the winter storms, and that is the ability to handle change. There are six keys to doing it well:

The first is Unattachment. Anything you think you need will control you, weaken you, limit you, hobble you, and cause you suffering. When you believe you can’t let something go, or you won’t let it go, you serve it; you are its slave. I lived in 18 different places before the age of seventeen and my Dad, although a wonderful father, always had money problems. And that turned out to be a great blessing in my life. Attachment is not something that I have a problem with. When you can walk away, you are free.

The second is faith in yourself. Look at what you have accomplished in your life, what others in similar situations have accomplished, the things you have overcome. Focus on your strengths and potential instead of your weaknesses, on what you CAN do instead of what you can’t do. Manage your self-talk: Not what if I don’t make it, but what if I do? Not why can’t I do this, but rather how can I do this? Focus on what’s good about this? What can I learn from this? What are my options? On my desk, I have a sign, I’M HAPPY, HEALTHY and SUCCESSFUL and a Churchill quote, “Continued effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

Thirdly, manage your input: Read, listen to, watch inspiring, motivational stuff. Learn to earn, learn to cope by reading the right books.

Fifthly, only associate with winners, with champions, with people of high integrity, leaders, and producers. Surround yourself with a strong support group – your own Galt’s Gulch.

And finally, draw near to God. Use God’s prescription for worry. Understand Him. Avoid legalism and Galatianism. I highly recommend Insight for Dail Living.  God knows you and loves you, and He uses situations to help you reach your full potential of joy. Consider Esther’s life.

There is hope, there is a spring, there is joy, there is a reason for this season; the pain will lead to gain.

Robin Elliott

Conformity is the Food of Evil

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The psychiatrist, Rollo May, wrote in his book, Man’s Search for himself,  “the opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice – it is conformity.” If political correctness is conformity, I put it to you that conformity is, in fact, cowardice. Conformity is blind obedience, unthinking compliance, the denial of the self and of one’s own values, a timid,  reluctant capitulation.

Ayn Rand wrote, “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win.

In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromiser is the transmitting rubber tube . . .

“When men reduce their virtues to the approximate, then evil acquires the force of an absolute, when loyalty to an unyielding purpose is dropped by the virtuous, it’s picked up by scoundrels—and you get the indecent spectacle of a cringing, bargaining, traitorous good and a self-righteously uncompromising evil.”

In the West today, we face a battle between unmasked, unbridled evil and the remnant of good that still exists, courageously led by a few good men. It behooves each of us to make an epochal choice – to stand and be counted or to creep along with the mob – the droves of the perverted – selling our souls for bowls of poisoned soup. Because conforming to the Marxist agenda and aligning ourselves with the politically correct Liberal is a clear choice against Christ and our civilized way of life, a surrender to the savage droves of black destroyers that are invading our precious countries.

The appeaser is a conformist, a collectivist, and that, in my opinion, is the lowest form of life.

Robin Elliott

 

How Cognitive Dissonance Locks People in to their Delusions

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“…and although my eyes were open, they might just as well have been closed….” ~ Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade of Pale.

What we believe drives our behaviour and the results we experience in our lives. And those beliefs are the outcome or fruit of evidence we gather, information we’re exposed to, be it true or false. That is the basis, the platform, on which our beliefs and delusions are built. We learn this from our elders, our teachers, our friends, the books we read, TV, newspapers, the Internet, Hollywood, our churches, our clubs.

When we are confronted with evidence or facts that are in conflict with what we believe, we become emotionally uncomfortable, sometimes even physically uneasy: this is called Cognitive Dissonance. It is the mental discomfort or psychological stress that is experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values.

And most of us, when in that situation, instead of objectively and curiously examining the facts in order to learn and discover the truth, are too attached to our beliefs and values to expose ourselves to the possibility of being wrong and the repercussions that may cause. We are not sufficiently mature and self-confident to admit to the possibility of being wrong, so we react – usually aggressively. We fight the threat of contradiction in order to restore balance and relieve the discomfort.

So when someone uses the old adage, “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got,” we forget that in order to do, we have to change what we believe and think, and therein lies the rub.

In order to feel secure, safe, at ease, and confident in spite of changes in our perceptions and beliefs, to have the ability to change our minds at will, we need to read widely, get into the habit of considering alternatives to our current philosophy, and learn to be unattached and able to let go, instead of falling into the trap of the sunk cost fallacy. After all, nothing and nobody lasts forever, does it? Life is short; it’s an adventure. It’s a strange land, with different people and terrains and activities.

“Know all things to be like this:

A mirage, a cloud castle, 

A dream, an apparition, 

Without essence, but with qualities that can be seen…” ~ Samadhiraja Sutra, 1,900 years ago.

Open your eyes, accept and embrace change. Reinvent yourself and your life – learn, and grow.

Robin Elliott

The Cancerous Doctrine of Inappropriate Sacrifice.

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“Since virtue, to you, consists of sacrifice, you have demanded more sacrifices at every successive disaster.

You have sacrificed justice to mercy

You have sacrificed independence to unity

You have sacrificed reason to faith

You have sacrificed wealth to need

You have sacrificed self-esteem to self-denial

You have sacrificed happiness to duty.” ~ John Galt.

The Christian Church has encouraged Altruism to the extent that many believers confuse sycophantic, servile behaviour with holiness; they become fawning, politically correct nobodies with a philosophy bordering of Socialism as a result of decades of altruistic brainwashing and a severe shortage of Biblical truth as motivational, political meanderings and compromise dominates pulpits in order to fill the church pews, and therefore the coffers.

From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” is a slogan popularised by Karl Marx in his 1875. This is part of the Cultural Marxist playbook that too many Christian churches have succumbed to – sacrificing the producers to the parasites.

Robin Elliott