That, too, is a date that will live in infamy when 909 people died of cyanide poisoning in the largest mass suicide in recorded history. And for what? A plague that still infects the Church to this very day 30 years later.
It’s a riddle of the universe yet to be mastered, always asked to no one who can answer. King Solomon gave it a shot once, and got really close. Problem with that is his answer is buried in the Old Testament and no one seems to remember it. Here goes:
“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter [his quest for all things riches, power and vain]: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
That was the problem in Guyana, and it’s the problem now with all these pulpit pimps, Web charlatans and false ‘profits’. There’s no fear, only vanity. The very rub Solomon found back in his day has scrubbed the hair off the backs of fools like Jim Jones, et al.
And for his narcissism – Jimmy’s not Solomon’s – we have an all-too-familiar catch phrase about a sugary drink of yummyness. If a church staff stops acting like THE Church, they are what? “Drinking the Kool-aid.” If a pastor ceases to act saved and just plays it safe. He is “drinking the Kool-aid.” If dumb sheep… er, followers of a fraud carry out an initiative that is both tomfoolery and shameful, they are “drinking the Kool-aid.”
Well, now that half the body of Christ has diabetes, MSNBC has done a fabulous documentary on the Kool-aid man and we will all remember where the search for vanity began and how dreadfully it ended. Today, although there are no deaths, the ending some naive Christians discover is no more dreary.
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