Thanksgiving and Prayer fer Our Fellow Believers

The Pirate Gospel — Second Thessalonians Chapter One

Thanksgiving and Prayer fer Our Fellow Believers

We ought ter be growin’ in our faith, gainin’ and sharin’ more love, and holdin’ fast even when persecution beats us about. This ought ter be a sign that we be worthy of Skipper’s kingdom. Let us offer thanksgiving and prayer fer our fellow believers in the Son.

When the Last Day comes, when the Son be revealed from the heavens in a fiery blaze, ridin’ alongside his mighty angels, that be the day ye ‘ll find respite from all yer trials and tribulations. The Son, ‘ill meet out justice ter ’em who don’t know Skipper and don’t heed the gospel of the Son. On that day, he ‘ll punish with unceasing destruction, castin’ ’em away from the presence of the Son.

On that very day, he ‘ll be honored and glorified among all devoted crew who ‘ave put thar trust in him.

May ye credited as noble. May ye endeavor ter set yer mind ter carry out ever’ action driven by yer steadfast faith in the Lord. Make it yer task ter glorify the Son in all you do.

2 Thessalonians 1

The Man of Lawlessness

The Pirate Gospel — Second Thessalonians Chapter Two

Mates, concernin’ the comin’ of the Son and we be gathered ter him, we ask you, me hearties, not ter lose yer moorings and be set adrift. If any lack stability secure yer faith with extra lines, fer thar be no need ter be alarmed and sound the bell. Any alleged teachin’ or prophecy, any rumors or penned message purported ter ‘ave come from us that asserts the day of the Lord be come and gone be a lie. Fer the Son ‘ill not come until the man of lawlessness be revealed first.

The Comin’ of the Son

Remember that the Son warned such lying scoundrels would crop up among some in the crew.

“Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.” — The Son (Mark 13:6-8)

False Teachers and Preachers

Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, not even ’em who claim ter come in the Son’s name. Fer that day cannot come ’till a mutinous rebellion takes place, you may lay ter that. Again, the Son warned us ter be on guard fer such a revolt.

“At that time many will abandon the faith and turn away from me. They will betray brothers and sisters. They will hate you because of me. Many false prophets and teachers will appear and deceive the masses. Because of rampant sin and the increase of wickedness, the agape love for my Father will grow cold among most who claim to be in the faith.” — The Son (Matthew 24:10-12)

The Man of Lawlessness

When this occurs you

ill know that the man of lawlessness ‘ill soon be revealed, that sly feller doomed ter destruction. He ‘ill oppose the Son and Skipper and reject thar words. He ‘ill exalt himself over everythin’ Skipper stands fer and set himself up in Skipper’s temple, proclaimin’ himself ter be Skipper.

Do you not know that yer bodies be temples of the Holy Spirit: the very Spirit of the Son who be in you? Yer bodies be not yer own but Skipper’s. Therefore, don’ let the man of lawlessness — that man of sin — ter take up residence in yer body (1 Corinthians 6:19)

A Great Restraining Force

Now we know what be holdin’ him back: the Son’s Spirit, fer his Holy Spirit be a powerful restraining force. If his Spirit be in you, then sin cannot abide. But once his Spirit departs, then all hell breaks loose.

Even now the secret power of lawlessness be at work, but the One who holds it back ‘ill continue ter do so till he be taken out of the way.

The End of the Man of Lawlessness

At that time the man of sin ‘ill be revealed, whom the Son ‘ill overthrow with the breath of his mouth (Revelation 19:21). At the comin’ of the Son he ‘ill destroy the works of sin, the man of sin and all that be in accordance with the works of Satan.

Wickedness ‘Ill Increase ‘Till the Comin’ of the Son

But until such time the man of sin ‘ill use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders and ways of wickedness ter deceive those who be perishin’. And why do they perish? Because they refused ter love Skipper’s truth and salvation through the Son. If they would but believe, they would be saved.

But they delight in wickedness and refuse ter believe Skipper’s truth. Fer this reason Skipper sends ’em a powerful delusion so that they ‘ill believe the lie and be condemned ter destruction.

Because they don’ see fit ter keep the knowledge of Skipper, he gives ’em over ter a depraved mind and shameful lusts, so they do what ought not ter be done. Even lasses swap natural relations with a feller fer unnatural ones with another lass. In the same way, fellers abandon natural relations and be inflamed with lust fer one another so that they receive into themselves the due penalty fer thar error.

They be filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They be full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They be gossips and slanderers, hate Skipper, and hate the Son. They be insolent, arrogant, and boastful. They invent ways of doing evil. They disobey thar parents. They have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, and no mercy. Although they know Skipper’s Covenant Code — that committing such acts leads ter death — they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:24-32)

When you see such lawlessness and the unbridled rebellion that comes from such sin, you know the Son ‘ill soon come, you may lay ter that.

Stand Firm in the Son

The Pirate Gospel — Second Thessalonians Chapter Two

We ought always ter thank Skipper fer you, me hearties, because of yer belief in his truth. You stand firm in the Son. You be one the firstfruits of the harvest. More’n that, you be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit. Aye, the Son himself be the very first fruit of the new harvest, fer he always goes before us. Now as ter the purpose of firstfruits we need ter look back a wee little bit ter Skipper’s Covenant Code.

The Son Fulfills All the Holy Feasts

The Sabbath

On the seventh day of each week, in honor of all Skipper done fer us, we be commanded ter rest. Only a skeleton crew ‘ill go ’bout tending ter sails and lines and such. Rest of the crew be ordered ter lounge about on deck or in thar bunks.

The Passover

Passover Lamb Foreshadows the Son’s Sacrifice

  • In 1 Corinthians 5:7 Paul says of the Son, “Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”
  • John the Baptizer calls the Son, “The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29).
  • Peter says, “We are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect (1 Peter 1:19).
  • In Heaven’s throne room, the disciple John hears the twenty-four elders saying, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:12).

The maiden voyage fer the Israelites who sailed away from Egypt on dry land occurred the day after the first Passover. The term “Passover” means the Angel of Death “passed over” the bunk of those with the blood of a lamb on thar doorpost. Skipper ordered ever crew ter slit the throat of an unblemished lamb, drain its blood, and roast its meat. In the same fashion, Skipper passes over all who accept the Son’s shed blood on the main mast as a sacrifice fer thar sins.

What Credentials Doth the Son Have ter be Our Sacrificial Lamb?

  • The Son whar born in Bethlehem. Passover lambs be traditionally tended in pasture on the hills around Bethlehem .
  • He be an unblemished male in his prime, young and vigorous.
  • He whar subjected ter various trials and found ter be without blame or spots.
Festival of Unleavened Bread

This grand celebration includes the Skipper’s Passover supper and commences at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month, with the Festival of Unleavened Bread, startin’ on the fifteenth day of the same month. During this time, all crew be commanded ter feast on bread without the yeast fer seven days. On the first day of the week, we be commanded ter hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. Fer seven days, we be expected ter present a bountiful food offering ter Skipper. On the seventh and last day, again the crew be commanded ter avoid regular work. This feast works best while we be in port and not at sea whar waves and wind and storms might disrupt the holiness of this somber remembrance of how Skipper sails us through tough times. 

Leaven represents sin. Unleavened bread represents moral purity and holiness. Unleavened bread be the symbol fer pure food untainted by filth. Fer us, the Son as unleavened bread, be pure food untainted by sin.

The Son be the “bread of life,” (John 6:35) and feedin’ on his righteousness be the way we live righteous, upright lives. The Son promises, “he who comes to Me will not hunger” (John 6:35). He says, “Blessed are those who hunger for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6).

During the Passover Feast, the Son took the matzah bread and broke it. And as he did this, he said to his disciples, “This is my body given for you” (Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22; Luke 24:19).

The Son offered his body on the main mast fer the salvation of the world. When we “eat his flesh” we be takin’ in his Holy Spirit. He himself compared his death to the unleavened bread during the Passover feast.

“Matzah,” the word fer unleavened Passover bread, must be “pierced and striped” ter prevent it from becomin’ puffed up with leaven. The Son whar pierced and striped with the lash before nailed ter the main mast. Here is how Skipper commanded his people to eat the matzah.

Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast. From the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day you are to eat bread made without yeast. For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.” Exodus 12:17-20

The Son appeared alive, up from the grave, the first day of the week and showed himself alive again seven days later, proving ter all that he conquered sin and death.

Offerin’ the Firstfruits

Once the first children of Skipper set foot in the promised land and reap the fruits of thar labor, they whar commanded ter bring the priest a sheaf of the first grain we gather. The priest raised this sheaf high before Skipper as a symbol of his acceptance of thar first harvest.

Fer us the Son became the Passover lamb, the matzah fer the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and the day of rest fer our Sabbath. The Son fulfilled all these feasts during his last Passover week.

  • He supped with his mates the night before he died, feasting on matzah bread and wine.
  • He became the lamb without blemish that whar offered as a sacrifice.
  • He became the bread of life that takes away the sins of the world.
  • He rested in a grave on the Sabbath. On the first day of the week, he appeared ter his mates as the sheaf of first grain come up from the harvest: a seed planted as dead, but alive once more as a living man by the Spirit of Skipper.

This be how the Son fulfilled all these feasts and now we be part of his new harvest.

Purpose of the Firstfruits

From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath (Pentecost), and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord. (Leviticus 23:15-17)

From Seed to Harvest

After his death on the main mast, when the Son rose from the depths of Davy Jones’ Locker, he became the firstfruits of all who die and rise again into new birth. Fer since death came through the first man who sinned, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man, but this one without sin. Fer as in the first man Adam, all sink ter the briny deep, so in the Son, all will be brought back ter the surface, alive by the Son’s Spirit. (1 Corinthians 15:20–22)

Fifty days after the Son come up alive and showed himself ter be the savior of the world he poured out his Spirit upon his mates. This be the new Firstfruits and we be counted in that harvest. 

Ingathering of Sheafs

If we received life through the Good News of the Son, then we are gathered into him as if sheafs bundled fer a harvest. And if this be so, then we ‘ill stand in his glorious presence, you may lay her that.

Stand Firm in the Son

So then, me hearties, knowing all that the Son done so we can go into the grave as seed and come up alive in new bodies, stand firm and hold fast ter the teachings we passed on ter you. Don’t let others steal yer hope, faith, and love. Whether by word of mouth or by letter, keep ter Skipper’s Covenant Code and the knowledge that the Son unlocked Davy Jones’ Locker so all can surface and be saved.

May our Lord himself and Skipper our Father give us eternal encouragement and strength fer every good deed and word.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17


Work Hard in Faith

The Pirate Gospel — Second Thessalonians Chapter Three

Keep a weather eye out fer any crew who be idlin’ and causin’ disruption  — who not be followin’ Skipper’s teachings and word. At all times work hard in faith.

Work Hard in Faith

Know full well, you do, how a feller should follow in the steps of the Son. He scarce put his head down at night fer the sun rose and he whar back at work helping folks. We ought ter do the same.

Remember the rule we set when we whar with you: “If a mate won’ work he ‘ill go without grub.” Therefore, make it yer task ter toil day and night, sweatin’ and strivin’, so as not ter be a burden ter any. Do this not so as ter ‘ave plenty ter share and be an example fer lubbers and crew.

Thar be rumors swirlin’ ’bout that some among yer crew be idle and causin’ mischief. If this be the case — if they not be occupied with honest work — cast ’em out. Thar be no place fer meddlin’ malcountents among Skipper’s crew. Such rabble need ter be put ashore on a narrow spit of shoal so as ter learn how ter be grateful fer Skippers grace and mercy.

In the name of the Son, we command and encourage such rascals ter settle down and earn thar grub by honest, hard work and not be constantly goin’ ’bout with thar hands out like street beggers. Ter see such among Skipper’s crew ‘ill lead lubbers ter think Skip don’ care fer his own and we know full well he does. The Son said as much.

“Give us this day our daily bread,” said the Son.

Well now, if the Son taught us ter ask in such a fashion we ought ter expect Skipper to feed his own.

Make it yer task ter look and see if thar be work that needs ter be done. Put yer shoulder into hard labor in order ter make life easier fer others. Do this and Skipper ‘ill see ter it that you be fed and well, you may lay ter that.

Heed these words and if any should do otherwise, give ’em a wide berth. Any who won’ listen ter the words of a disciple of the Son won’ listen ter the Son, of that you can be sure. You think I’m lying? Why did not the Son say as much?

Work Hard in Sharing Yer Faith

“Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me.” – the Son (Luke 10:16)

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If they obey my teaching, they will obey yours also. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.” – the Son (John 15-17)

Fer any who reject our words — given ter us from the Son and Skipper — may they feel the weight of thar shame. But don’t treat ’em as foes; rather, warn ’em as ye would fellow crew. Perhaps with a sharp rebuke they ‘ill come ’round.

Our Prayer fer Crew

Mates, pray fer us that the word of the Son be swift in its spread and held in high regard, just as it be among yer crew. We beseech you ter be rescued from the clutches of those wicked and vile souls who oppose Skipper and his word. May you be unwavering in love and fortified by yer faith. We trust in the Son that you ‘ill follow and persist in our directives. May the Son steer yer hearts toward the love of Skipper and be filled full with the resolute Spirit of the Son.