Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode One-Politics

Welcome to the latest Snippet Series within The Prodigal Band Trilogy, Controversial Topics! In the previous post I mentioned two of the most controversial topics within the trilogy, evolution and indentured servitude, both topics relating to two of the prodigal band members. But I will begin the series with a topic that does not get a lot of play within the trilogy, politics.

Here is one definition of politics: the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power. (Source: Bing search engine)

I chose politics as the first in the series not only because of the mess regarding the recent presidential election in the US—and I did not vote for either Trump or Biden as I do not support either one, nor am I Republican or Democrat, nor am I left-wing or right-wing…and in my opinion what was defined as left- or right-wing back in the 60s and 70s has changed greatly over the last twenty or so years. In other words, I am apolitical. As for who will actually wind up in the White House next month, I have to hand it to George Wallace (his awful racism aside), who said this truth—“There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between a Republican and a Democrat.” (Note: Wallace was Democrat, which today would seem extremely contradictory since he really was racist and today’s Democrats act like “social justice warrior” types (but I still think they are closet racists…what exactly have they done for blacks other than keep them in poverty? The nation’s poorest blacks all live in Democrat-run cities like Baltimore and Detroit!).

Well, enough of “politics”! BTW, I hate politics! It’s all about power, after all.

No matter what definition I use for politics, it is the ‘ruler’ over the politics that remains hidden to most voters or otherwise. In some nations this ruler is the one with the most money, or rules over some dictator, or rules over some general, or is seemingly an oligarch or bankster or criminal even. Some nations are monarchies like the UK that have governing bodies like Parliaments and some are ruled by religious types or are backed by religious leaders (think Iran and Israel here). In my novels, the seeming ‘rulers’ are extremely wealthy bankers and oligarchs and aristocrats, within Britain (do I even mention the Royal Family? Hardly…but these books are fictional, after all).

Instead of a few short snippets I am now going to post one long one as it all works together in ‘sub-snippets’ using different time-frames all within the first novel in the trilogy, Battle of the Band, from Chapters Three and Four. The ‘rulers’ within the novels, Novordo Club members Baron Torquay-Lambourgeau, the Duke of Effingchester, media moguls X and Y meet to discuss just how are they going to deal with and use to their advantage the ‘prodigal band,’ Sound Unltd, whom they recently had banned from a music hall venue for ‘obscene stage antics.’ Yet they believed they could control this band that was being promoted as ‘youth idols’ so that these evil men could turn the world’s youth to debauched nihilism to ‘please their god, Corion’ (the Satan character of my trilogy). After all, Torquay’s rebellious son, Joe Phillips, was their manager as well. So that, while they planned to use Sound Unltd to do their dirty work, that ‘prodigal band’ had its own agenda according to their collective egos and to heck with what the ‘rulers’ wanted! Part of that band agenda was to set up their own record label called ‘Foray.’ That way, the band would have greater control over what they produced as well as more financial control. Well, this would not be tolerated by their ‘overlords’! Therefore, the band had to be ‘put in their place’ with a plot to have them banned from their country for their ‘rebelliousness,’ not against Christian morality, but against their overlords. So that, around the time the record label would be set up is when the UK ban would occur, using the fictitious ‘Ministry of Culture.’ And Swami Negran, the evil New Age cult leader whom was guided by Corion, would aid in their plot.

December 3, 1989

 

Geneva, Switzerland (WorldPress): A spokesperson for the World Youth Cultural Council announced today, “The WYCC has adopted the following position: to support efforts by Indian religious leader Swami Rashnish Negran to establish his holistic and nature-healing Church of the Circle of Unity as a world-wide spiritual force to replace the outmoded—and war-promoting—traditional religions.” Also in the statement, the WYCC person said, “We are also of the opinion that, with their phenomenal mega-success in less than a year, Sound Unltd appears to be the hero-idols the world’s youth are searching for, despite their Music Hall banning over obscene stage antics.”

 

Before returning to their homes for the Christmas holidays, four luminaries of the Novordo Club—Baron Torquay-Lambourgeau, Messers. X and Y and the Duke of Effingchester—met secretly in the drawing room of Effingchester’s castle.

“It’s not that I banned Sound Unltd in the name of Christian morality,” the Duke told the others. “I had them banned to disgrace my idiot cousin, Joe Phillips. He’ll bring the Torquay-Lambourgeaus down one of these days. With all due respect, Baron, your son has absolutely no interest in furthering our world community designs on our planet’s youth.”

“He has been a disappointment,” Baron Torquay said, settled back in his plush leather chair as if he already owned the world. “But our five, now six, young men haven’t. Their greed, their egos, and their desire for greatness and glory in their quest to be the best rock band ever are driving them right into our hands. The younger generation is already suckered into following them with their ungodly stage antics. Our Lord Lucifer has deemed it so. I’m not worried, Effingchester, about their lewd morality. I’m worried about recent disruptions in the band’s united front. Discord between the new one Keith and Bryan. Their dislike for one another could spell split-up. Put that together with enmity between Mick and Tom, and our chosen youth leaders could disappoint us and Our Lord as well. We have to make Sound Unltd feel that their coming achievements in money and power outweigh their individual desires.”

“It doesn’t help,” Effingchester said, “that their success, which we have brought about, is causing them to massage their own egos, as is happening. I think they need to be put in their places, don’t you, Torquay?”

“In due time. That particular plan needs some details worked out.”

Mr. Y sat up. “The plan to ban them in the United Kingdom? Do you really think they can recover from that with their popularity intact?”

“Of course. When the six do recover, the world’s youth will know for sure that Sound Unltd is the legendary ruler of youth culture they seek to follow. But we have to throw these boys off balance in the meantime. Such uppity young whippersnappers, believing they are the ones responsible for their great success. Indeed!”

“I don’t think we’ll have to worry about them seeing the need to stay together,” Mr. X explained. “Sound Unltd’s success provides for them their uppermost desires that wouldn’t be satisfied by being split up. For Erik, it is untold fame and especially wealth without the guilt of knowing his partners weren’t also sharing it. For Jack, it’s a chance to rule a band into glorious legend as he ran the gang. He can’t let go of that gang-leader position he knows the others accept—though Bryan sometimes makes a farce of trying to foil it. For Mick, it’s a chance to be the spiritual leader of the world’s most exclusive cult. When he becomes their producer, he’ll ram his Corionic ideas into their music. For Bryan, it is having a super-mega-star band to play his new instrument for and having that band help him market the thing. For Tom, it is having a youth authority position to spout his own Marxist-World Community ideology with impunity and to be among the jet-setters that lavish upon him anything he desires. For Keith, it is the grand possibility that he can have his cherished Code and eat it, too. Having promised his ex-lieutenant Charlie that he’d uphold that Code, he can now whittle it away with women, drugs, and pleasures he’d never have as a factory drone and still maintain the façade that he follows it.”

“Right,” Torquay said. “Effingchester, I suggest you take charge of banning our sextet, say, the middle of next year.” He then turned to Mr. X. “You said before the meeting that you knew of a man who could steer our boys away from disharmony if the need arose. I want you to get in touch with him. Make him see that he must get in very, very tight with our lads, and Jack in particular. Jack will be a problem because he’s so brainwashed by the Code, and he keeps himself away from mysticism. You might want your man to work on Erik first. If he could get our singer to see the fallacies of the Code while knowing the pleasures of Corion concepts, the egotistical vocalist will probably drag Jack, and maybe even Keith, into the spirit realm as well.”

“It’s done, Torquay. I’ll contact Swami Negran. He can steer them into the World Community Artists Foundation first.”

Overhead, the Demons nodded their approval.

 

(Later: At a NYC arena concert in June, 1990)

Swami Rashnish Negran heard the passion in the music and how the fans ate up what the six dished out; he saw the power and charisma from the fanaticism in the audience. He said to himself, “This is the greatest rock band ever! They will lead the youth, and they will even lead their colleagues. I must know them!”

Yet with all the Torquay-Lambourgeau power and influence behind him, Negran couldn’t convince Bryan’s big and brawny biker security that his backstage pass was real. Head roadie Chet Lesley told him once and for all, “Screw this pass. They don’t go for you guru types. On your way, mate.”

The pony-tailed swami returned to his New York Church of the Circle of Unity convinced that Sound Unltd had enough personal power to be its own Corionic sub-cult under his divine influence.

 

A cult? A television news magazine explored the question. As a portion of a Sound Unltd concert appeared on TV screens across America, a commentator for the Sunday night program said, “Their stage presence suggests almost religious proportions, but are they merely the world’s foremost rock band, or a cult? Their guitar-synth player and producer, Mick Pordengreau, is a leader of a Druidic-Corion cult, and is rumored to be a devil-worshiper. All six wear the earrings of The Corionic Cross, considered Satanic. Do the incessantly licentious stage antics, often bordering on the obscene, signal the beginning of the most shocking era in popular music history?”

The commentator didn’t know it, but Britain’s Prosecution Service was about to ensure that all the ‘incessantly licentious stage antics’ signaled was the end of Sound Unltd.

 

Joe had notified the six of a hearing on September 1, 1990, under the Obscene Publications Act—for the content of Dripping Gold and a subsequent product that contained two songs promoting what the government called “school gang violence and cannibalism”—and the Obscene Business Act—for the content of the feature-length video, Banned At The Hall—to see if Sound Unltd broke any laws for which they could be banned permanently.

In Mick’s hotel suite the following day before performing in Chicago, all six, as well as their road manager, several groupies and other friends watched the six o’clock news show on which the hearing was reported.

“Look,” Mick cried. “It’s Ally Foxworth! What she doing at a hearing to ban us?”

“If you’d shut up, Skinny, we’d find out.” Tom turned up the volume on the TV.

The gathering heard Allyson Hallsey-Foxworth tell the prosecutor, “Mr. Pordengreau did entice me with all sorts of naughtiness and drugs to join his Slake of Satan cult.”

Mick jumped off his bed onto the arm of Peaches La Crème as he yelled at the TV. “Screw you, bitch! Liar!”

The red-head yelled, “Get off me!”

Erik finally shoved Mick off his East Coast love.

Peaches waxed sarcastic. “That’s okay, Mick. I didn’t need that arm anyway.”

Jack sniped at them. “Shut the hell up! Listening—”

“Shhhhh!” Snapped his own lady, Artesia, a nubile young black woman.

The TV reporter was heard to say, “The Court ruled that the Prosecution did not present enough facts in evidence to set a trial, and the case was thrown out.”

The following night, Mick told a Chicago reporter during a press party back stage, “Sound Unltd is like six gigantic egos, waiting to explode. We’ve been vindicated. Our unity of expression has smashed the plot to break us.”

The Duke of Effingchester heard the guitarist quoted on the six o’clock news. “That’s what you think, Mr. Pordengreau.”

 

On the evening of September 4, 1990, to the surprise of the other news watchers, the anchorman reported, “Sound Unltd has been banned from conducting business and performances in the United Kingdom and sales of all recordings are also forbidden as of today. A spokesman for the Ministry of Culture said that the ban should send a warning to performing artists to tone down what he called the degenerate morality exhibited by some acts.”

It was later discerned that the biggest reason for the ban was to delay the setting up of Sound Unltd’s new independent record label, Foray. For Colin Hedgely of EpiGram Records refused to renew their recording contract in June, 1990. He considered Sound Unltd too controversial to re-sign what was EpiGram’s hottest selling recording act.

Inwardly angry, band manager Joe Phillips lounged in his TV chair smoking a cigarette. That damned Duke cousin of mine! And it’s all my fault. Effingchester’s only getting back at me for choosing my own life instead of joining him in his world domination designs. The devil take him!

 

(And then the ban was suddenly ended, on the elite’s own schedule)

 

February 11, 1991

 

“We can no longer justify the ban against Sound Unltd on enforcement grounds,’ The Ministry of Culture announced at noon today, in response to continued floods of protest from law enforcement units hampered in preventing smuggling efforts. At two p.m. today, the government rescinded the so-called Infamous Ban. Joe Phillips, manager of Sound Unltd, told the press that, ‘My boys expect a public apology from the Ministry, and, should their recovery of sales standing be irreparably damaged, the band will sue for monetary damages. But for now, we’re glad it’s over.’” The New York TV news anchorman also stated, “None of Sound Unltd have been available for comment.”

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Snippets of the Prodigal Band Trilogy Biblical Reference Series, Episode Seven: God, Not Satan and Not the Elites, Is In Control (and He Even Controls Satan)

The Biblical Reference Snippet Series within The Prodigal Band Trilogy continues with this possibly final post in the series (unless I can come with another one). I am including this because several parts of the three-books-in-one trilogy claim that God is in control, not any person who thinks he or she is in control of local or world events—the so-called ‘world controlling’ elites definitely think they are in control because of their money or power—and not the one who wants to be ‘like the Most High’ (Isaiah 14), Satan/Lucifer, either.

If Satan was in control, would Earth even exist with life on it? Because Satan loves death and destruction. If those Satan thinks he controls, the elites who think they control everything, were actually in control, then why has it taken them so long—thousands of years—to get control? Because Satan deceives them into believing they are in control, because Satan, the ‘Adversary,’ is the ultimate deceiver.

Biblical references show this from the point of view of God the Almighty (the Old Testament Book of Job Chapters One and Two), and His Son, Christ (Matthew Chapter Four).

In Job Chapter One, starting with verse 6, Satan ‘presented himself before’ God, and they converse, with Satan ‘ordering’ God to ‘put forth thine hand’ and ‘touch all that he (Job) hath, and he will curse thee (God) to thy face” (Job 1:11). But God tells Satan, ‘Behold, all that he hath is in thy (Satan’s) power; only upon himself (Job) put no forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord’ (Job 1:12). Sounds to me like God controlling Satan to me, as in the rest of the chapter Satan does all sorts of damage to Job’s resources and even children, but does not hurt Job, who in anguish still refuses to curse God, saying (to paraphrase verse 21), the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. And then comes Chapter Two, where, again, Satan wants to destroy Job and have Job curse God, but God refuses to allow it:

{2:3} And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered

my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a

perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and

escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity,

although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him

without cause. {2:4} And Satan answered the LORD, and

said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for

his life. {2:5} But put forth thine hand now, and touch his

bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. {2:6}

And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he [is] in thine

hand; but save his life.

So Satan brings upon Job ‘boils’ on his skin from head to toe, which Job deals with by scraping the boils among ashes. Job’s wife then enters the picture:

{2:9} Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain

thine integrity? curse God, and die. {2:10} But he said unto

her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh.

What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall

we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

So what is the point? One, Job, in great pain, still refused to ‘curse God and die’ though Satan ‘knew’ that Job would do such a thing (and did Satan use Job’s wife to try to convince Job to do so?). Two, did Satan take Job’s life after God told Satan not to take his life (when God told Satan to spare his life)? No, because God told Satan not to take his life. Further, why did Satan show up with the ‘sons of God’ (that is, the angels) in the first place? Likely, to ‘prove’ to God that he, Satan, was just as powerful as God and also to tempt God. But God was not tempted by Satan; he used Satan to make a point about Job, that Job would not give in to Satan’s desires. So, did Satan control God or did God control Satan? Did Satan kill Job? No, because God told Satan not to kill Job.

And speaking of controlling Satan, Christ, the Son of God and God made flesh, had a similar encounter with Satan in Matthew Chapter 4, right after John the Baptist baptizes Christ and then Christ gets into the ‘wilderness.’

{4:1} Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the

wilderness to be tempted of the devil. {4:2} And when he

had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an

hungred. {4:3} And when the tempter came to him, he said,

If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be

made bread. {4:4} But he answered and said, It is written,

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that

proceedeth out of the mouth of God. {4:5} Then the devil

taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a

pinnacle of the temple, {4:6} And saith unto him, If thou be

the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall

give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands

they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot

against a stone. {4:7} Jesus said unto him, It is written

again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. {4:8} Again,

the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain,

and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the

glory of them; {4:9} And saith unto him, All these things

will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

{4:10} Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:

for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and

him only shalt thou serve. {4:11} Then the devil leaveth

him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

So, when Christ told Satan, to ‘get thee hence,’ Satan left Him. So, did Satan control Christ or did Christ control Satan? Then, in Matthew 16, Christ is telling His apostles that He is going to go to Jerusalem and be killed, and rise again on the third day (16:21). Then Peter begs Him not to do that (16:22). Then Christ tells Peter:

{16:23} But he

turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou

art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that

be of God, but those that be of men.

Then in Luke 22:3—

{22:1} Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh,

which is called the Passover. {22:2} And the chief priests

and scribes sought how they might kill him [Christ]; for they feared

the people.

{22:3} Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot,

being of the number of the twelve [apostles]. {22:4} And he went his

way, and communed with the chief priests and captains,

how he might betray him [Christ] unto them. {22:5} And they were

glad, and covenanted to give him money [thirty pieces of silver]. {22:6} And he

promised, and sought opportunity to betray him [Christ] unto them

in the absence of the multitude.

That is, Satan’s spirit can actually enter people. Since Judas Iscariot was the one apostle who betrayed Christ for ‘thirty pieces of silver,’ it makes sense that Satan’s entrance into Judas would aid this cause, which, as Christ had told Peter and the rest in Matthew 16, was going to happen anyway. So, did Satan enter Judas because Judas wanted Satan to enter Judas, or because Satan was doing God’s will so that Judas would betray Christ, so that Christ would become the ultimate sacrificial lamb? (Remember, we’re talking Passover time here.)

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Parable from Luke 15: Prodigal Son Meets The Prodigal Band (Part Four)

We have come to the end of this sub-set of episodes of Biblical References snippets within The Prodigal Band Trilogy where The Prodigal Band meets the Prodigal Son (from Luke Chapter 15). Part One is here; Part Two is here, and Part Three is here. This Part Four finishes this set and is based on the verses from Luke 15: 20 until the end of the parable. Having spent his inheritance on reprobate living, then having spent it all until there was nothing left, the prodigal son is forced to eek out an existence feeding pigs, wishing he was back home and not literally starving while his father’s servants have plenty to eat. So he decides to return to his father as a ‘hired’ servant. From Luke 15, the Parable of the Prodigal Son:

{15:20} And he arose, and

came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his

father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his

neck, and kissed him. {15:21} And the son said unto him,

Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and

am no more worthy to be called thy son. {15:22} But the

father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put

[it] on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on [his]

feet: {15:23} And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill [it;]

and let us eat, and be merry: {15:24} For this my son was

dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they

began to be merry.

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Parable from Luke 15: Prodigal Son Meets Prodigal Band (Part 3)

In Part One of this Prodigal Son meets Prodigal Band sub-series using Biblical References is recounted the ‘riotous living’ of the band using the talent ‘inheritance’ given to the six band members using their fame and fortunes. In Part Two is recounted their spiritual wastelands and empty lives of alcoholism, drug abuse and personal emptiness. In this Part Three, the prodigal band is coming to grips with the fact that they must turn their lives around and at the same time, spiritual forces of Good are aiding their efforts by giving them ‘missions of God’ beginning in Chapter Nine of The Prophesied Band. The spirit being known as the ‘witch of the Hovels,’ aka Morwenna in The Prodigal Band, tells them that The Tooters, God’s angels, will ‘reveal’ their missions ‘of God’ to them as they perform at the local trade and music festival in the middle of July, 2000. In Chapter Ten, their missions are given to them by The Tooters simultaneously as singer Erik holds the final note of a song for over one minute to end the festival.

Here are the verses that are being considered in this post from Luke 15: 18-20:

15:18: “I will arise and go to my father, and I will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before thee”

15:19: “And am no more worthy to be called they son: make me as one of thy hired servants.”

Verse 20 begins by saying ‘And he arose, and came to his father.’

But while they are willing to carry out their ‘missions,’ they would prefer not to ‘do missions on themselves’ so to speak. While their missions involve spreading the Good News about accepting Christ as Savior, they are not necessarily willing to accept Christ themselves. They believe they’ve been ‘too sinful’ and doubt they could even consider accepting Christ.  But that nagging feeling haunts them, knowing that not doing so while being “missionaries” makes them hypocrites. It is the commitment to ‘being hired’ by Christ that is standing in the way. Such that it will take a special nudge by spiritual Good to get them to choose to be ‘hired.’ This happens in the spiritual void they find themselves in Chapter Eleven of The Prodigal Band.

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Parable from Luke 15: The Prodigal Son Meets The Prodigal Band (Part Two)

In Part One of this episode, Six, the Prodigal Band mirrors the beginnings of the Prodigal Son within the Gospel of Luke Chapter 15, where the prodigal son is given his inheritance and then proceeds to waste the fortune given to him on ‘riotous living,’ which, if one ever read from the celebrity tabloids and popular culture magazines of the 60s through the 90s, mirrored the lifestyles of the most famous and notorious rock stars. Some of these rockers, however, would regret their wasted—and I mean wasted!—drug addictions and such, including the so-called ’27 Club’ of rockers who died or suicided (or, some say, were murdered) legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin, Brian Jones, and others of whatever age, such as  Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington and more. And let’s not forget the recently passed Eddie Van Halen, who had serious health issues likely brought about by his ‘rock star lifestyle’.

Luke 15: 14: “And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in the land; and he began to be in want.”

The next two verses say that the prodigal son “joined” himself to a citizen of that country he was in, and was to feed swine in the fields; in the meantime, he craved being about to eat those corn husks he fed as he was given virtually nothing in return.

15:17: “And when he came to himself, he said, how many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish in hunger!”

The ‘famine’ referenced in verse 14 is spiritual as well as physical but certainly not financial, as the members of the prodigal band are all filthy rich. They have ‘spent’ all of their true actual beings, especially spiritual, on the ‘riotous living’ in verse 13 as stated in part one. They were wasted in every way they could think. Chapter Seven of Battle of the Band features several instances of their ‘wasted’ selves: singer Erik, not being able to get near his baby son, turns to alcoholism; guitarist Jack, in anger over hurting his woman who was pregnant but didn’t let him know that until the 1993 tour was over, turned to drug addiction, as did bassist Keith, who lost his wife over infidelity; drummer Tom lost his lover to another hated man; guitarist Mick was poisoned by a drug laced with poison, blamed on his partner but committed by his ‘friend’ Swami Negran as punishment not not fulfilling their ‘soul-selling oath’ to the satanic figure Corion; synthist Bry suddenly hurt his back on a short vacation that would bring about unintended consequences later. So yes, they were certainly in want!

The next two verses about going to another country and working for someone there feeding pigs and going hungry over it doesn’t really play out in the novel, unless one considers the ‘citizen’ they are ‘working’ for is an evil satanic agenda of debauching the youth as they had been ‘assigned’ to carry out. And they do their best to carry this evil agenda to fruition to the point where they are anything but economically ‘hungry,’ so that this ‘hunger’ is a spiritual one that is having its negative consequences in more ways than one. And no band members feels this hunger more than its front man, singer Erik. In Chapter Nine of Battle  of the Band, his wife Ger ‘betrays’ him by being with her personal assistant for sex as well as ‘exercise,’ for she has convinced herself that she is ‘fat’ because the tabloids say she is, which also leads to her serious bout with bulimia (referenced here) that she hid from her man. Angry over it, Erik leaves her and continues his self-pity over it even when she tries to apologize, which he will not accept—and then gets plastered with booze that evening, leading to him (as well as his ‘bro’ bassist Keith) winding up with mild heart attacks in a hospital, having added Bry’s back medication to their drunkenness. And their wanting to end their spiritual ‘hunger’ in the process.

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Parable from Luke 15: The Prodigal Son Meets The Prodigal Band (Part One)

Folks, this trilogy is called The Prodigal Band Trilogy for a reason! And the reason is this: the parable within the Gospels spoken to the Apostles by Christ Himself that gave the most inspiration to this trilogy was the Parable of the Prodigal (Lost) Son within the Gospel of Luke Chapter 15. The parable is below, and has been during my entire life one of my favorite parables. My other two favorite parables have also been referenced in my Biblical References Snippet posts—the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard and the Parable of the Talents. All three work together to impart my mission message, but it made more sense to me, what with my trilogy about a rock band that gains fame and fortune but loses their ‘souls’ so to speak, to call this the Prodigal Band Trilogy, where the ‘prodigal band’ meets (spiritually) the ‘prodigal son.’

Before I go on, let me explain the meanings of prodigal and prodigy. The ‘prodigal son’ is ‘lost’ because of wasteful extravagance. He is wasting his ‘inheritance’ (or, in the case of my prodigal band members) or ‘talents.’ Three of the band members, singer Erik, bassist Keith, and keyboard synthist Bry, are also child prodigies, possessing ‘extraordinary talent’ at singing and music playing as children through inheritance from ancestors. Instead of throwing their given talents into classical music or opera singing where they could make good incomes, they instead choose rock stardom, as they could then acquire extravagant fame and especially fortune. And we all know the lifestyles of rock stars, right? Sex, drugs, and rock and roll…

Below is the parable from Luke 15 (copyright-free King James Version):

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Very Busy Week…Will Add Another Biblical Reference Snippet Post Early Next Week

I said I was going to add a Biblical Reference Snippet Post this week, but I couldn’t. Too busy, added by the fact that my hubby suddenly decided we’d do other things not planned, including one with our daughter. The previous week we had relatives come out for visits as well. But thanks to all folks who are still viewing this site as well as the blog  Omega Books.

The new Biblical Reference snippet post will be early next week and in three parts. It will be based on the parable from the Gospel of Luke that surely inspired this trilogy.

Updates, Including Price Reductions for Battle of the Band and The Prophesied Band Including Shipping

The following pages have been updated as to links to various book sellers for The Prodigal Band Trilogy three-novels-in-one from Amazon, Lulu and others, as well as cost reductions for the original copies of Battle of the Band and The Prophesied Band purchased from OmegaBooks.

Battle of the Band

The Prophesied Band

Bookstore

On the Bookstore page, as well as price reductions ($4.50 or $5.00 reduction), I state also why I will not be using PayPal though I originally wanted to–transaction fees, which if were implemented would mean I would have to charge more for the books purchased through OmegaBooks. It is inconvenient to have to mail a check or cash or money order, but I would rather charge less for the books than up the price for convenience sake. Besides, credit card information can be hacked, quite easily these days. Privacy matters!

And sorry about the mislabeling of Biblical Reference Episodes Three, Four, and Five! This has been corrected.

Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Biblical References Series: Episode Five—If a prostitute, a tax collector, a synagogue ruler, a Pharisee, a Roman Centurion, and some likely wealthy ship owners can accept Christ as Savior…Can supposed “Devil Worshipers”?

I have watched many YouTube videos created by supposed Christian preachers claiming that many entertainers that claim to believe on Christ are faking their beliefs. I will not post links to these videos because they are readily available to anyone who might follow rockers and rappers and singers and actors and athletes and other wealthy celebrities who claim to have converted to Christianity or were born that way.

Now some of these celebrities may be faking it, but some videos imply all of these celebrities are faking it. (Note: these folks never seem to think of the possibility that some celebrities that are supposed Satanists might also be faking it! But anyway….).

To just flat out say all these celebrities are phony Christians, however, with no verbal proof from the celebrity that they are faking it, is wrong. Folks who call themselves Christians shouldn’t be ‘making stuff up’ either! And this snippet post is a response to this rumor-mongering, which these folks ought to know Christ abhors.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy: Biblical References Series, Episode Four: “Born Again”


The Gospel of John Chapter Three makes clear what Christ meant by “being born again”—that is, not physically, but spiritually. I need to make this clear because many folks take this whole “born again” theme as similar to Hinduist “reincarnation” or that Christianity practices a “murder” of sorts in order to be “born again.” After all, those who hate Christianity are going to make whatever excuses they can to claim it supports the notion of “murder” in order to be “born again,” using the fact that Christ Himself was crucified so that He could shed His own blood for the sake of taking on the sins of the world…He died so all believers could be born again, which some claim means Christians support murder! Seriously. I watched a video that actually made that claim, and it was not an atheist who made the video! (I have no idea what this person’s religion is….as for me, I do Christ, not religion, the hand, not the glove, and I let him know that in the comment section!)

But one does know Christ arose from the dead, soooooo…. Was He too “born again”?

Anyway…. John Chapter Three, when Christ is speaking to the Pharisee Nicodemus, tells him that ‘ye must be born again,’ to which Nicodemus answers how he’s supposed to do that since he is already old. Christ tells him it is a spiritual rebirth.  It is not a matter of physical rebirth, or Hinduistic reincarnation.

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