Entry Submitted by ubiety at 5:47 PM EDT on October 24, 2016
The words of advice to surrender to the One True God (I'm not signing onto the notion of just any god) are good in and of themselves. Two poignant questions come to mind as they come from the apologists for the years of publicly admitted lies and manipulations of the "sitrep" authors:
1. Are the words offered as a part of a scheme of manipulation? Wiser ones than all of us have said that there will be a time when even the "elect" will be deceived, or perhaps, offering deception. Besides, the Ice Cream Kids have us really wondering now that we know they believe their lies to be useful or good. So, though true, are these words calculated to manipulate us into complacent disregard of who the speakers are now shown to be? I don't know, but the post provoked the question.
2. Am I the only one to note the deep and abiding irony of a semi-organized group which admits to regularly publishing the calculatedly deceptive and manipulative "sitreps" to a wide audience, now offering up spiritual advice to yield to God? In that we know the Prince of Darkness is the Father of Lies, it's an easy pivot to realizing deception is anathema to God. So, simply, is the Ice Cream Team willing to let go of their lies? Of their intentional and ongoing deception?
I hope so.
Being and staying "grounded", according to Merriam-Webster, means "mentally and emotionally stable; admirably sensible, realistic, and unpretentious." Being so is not negative, contentious, or defeatist, nor is it evidence of unhealthy blood pressure - just honest.