Daily Archives: February 7, 2019

Riddleblog – The Latest Post – Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) — Making the Case for Christianity (Francis Schaeffer)

Here’s the audio from the Wednesday night Bible Study:  

— Read on kimriddlebarger.squarespace.com/the-latest-post/2019/2/7/apologetics-in-a-post-christian-age-audio-making-the-case-fo.html

Living Paycheck-To-Paycheck: The New Crisis And Normal For The American Middle Class | Zero Hedge

Many have long assumed that the government will be using their money (stolen funds aka, taxation) to bail out those who get themselves into trouble…

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

According to recent studies, the vast majority of the American middle class is only one missed paycheck away from poverty. About 78% of workers in the United States are living paycheck to paycheck, and the statistics don’t improve from there.

Only 39% of Americans actually have saved enough money to cover a $1000 emergency. Nearly 3 in 4 workers say they are in debt and of those, more than half think they always will be, according to statistics posted by Forbes. Any rise in interest rates or the cost of food could leave some Americans with the tough choice of eating or paying the car payment to get to work.

A similar 2016 GOBankingRates survey found that 69 percent of Americans had less than $1,000 in total savings and 34 percent had no savings at all.  That means many Americans would have to put an emergency expense on a credit card or borrow money another way just to cover the cost of a $1000 expense.

Making matters worse, the 2017 Report on the Economic Wellbeing of US Households stated that, when asked how they would cover an emergency expense of $400, only 59% of Americans said they could easily cover the expense using entirely cash, savings, or a credit card paid off at the next statement. But “four in ten adults would either borrow, sell something or not be able to pay” if faced with a $400 emergency expense.

The government shutdown recently highlighted the fact that a large number of Americans are wholly unprepared for any kind of economic downturn, let alone another recession.

According to the newest op-ed article by Market Watch, the government shutdown is perfectly proving that Americans are not prepared for a financial disaster of any kind, let alone an economic recession. Many have long assumed that the government (which as we all know is almost $22 trillion in debt) will be using their money (stolen funds aka, taxation) to bail out those who get themselves into trouble. But the shutdown is proving just how little the government actually does and just how financially illiterate many Americans have allowed themselves to become.

It’s been ten years since the Great Recession left many Americans jobless with no money, and it appears most have learned nothing. The government shutdown serves as a painful warning and preview for what will happen once unemployment rises from 50-year lows.  Americans are far too dependent on others, including the government, for their survival.

SHTFPlan

Forbes reported that even without an unexpected expense, according to the Fed’s report, one in five (22%) can’t cover all their current month’s bills, and one in four skipped a medical treatment in the past year due to an inability to pay. Some of those use credit cards in between paychecks to scrape by and many know that they will be unable to pay back the money they have already borrowed. 

I think a lot of Americans are so willing to use their credit cards because they’re so far in debt, they know they’re broke, and they might as well go out with a bang. A lot of people have no intention of paying back the money that they’re using whether it’s Visa or Mastercard.

Peter Schiff via SHTFPlan

The good times won’t last forever.  All economies eventually fall into a recession, and this one will be no different.  Those who are prepared will turn a major catastrophe into an inconvenience, while those who are not prepared could face mounting difficulties.
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-07/living-paycheck-paycheck-new-crisis-and-normal-american-middle-class

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3:1-3 (NASB) 

It is imperative that Christians have a correct and viable theology of suffering. These health, wealth, and prosperity preachers in our time will disagree of course, but let them. We have God’s Truth, His Word, held in objective context held up against their subjective, ear-tickling smoke and mirrors false…

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Pelosi Reveals Favorite Bible Verse: ‘War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength.’ — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Speaking to her constituents in her weekly address, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi revealed her favorite Bible verse: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

“I just love how that verse shows us how God’s plan for humanity is for the government to stamp on humanity’s face forever,” she said, smiling. “It brings joy to my heart when I think about how government can become entangled in every aspect of human life, just like the Bible teaches we should do.”

A reporter present attempted to point out that the passage in question actually doesn’t appear in the Bible, but he was quickly dragged away to the Ministry of Love for reeducation. The journalist will reportedly be the subject of next week’s two minutes hate.

At publishing time, sources had confirmed that Pelosi spends a few minutes reading the Necronomicon as her morning devotionals each day.

Pelosi Reveals Favorite Bible Verse: ‘War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength.’ — The Babylon Bee

February 7 Complete Redemption

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1–23

Key Verse: Psalm 32:1

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Once his sin was exposed, David was filled with remorse. Over the years he had enjoyed a close, personal relationship with God. When he found out that his fellowship with God was in jeopardy, he cried out, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Sam. 12:13 nasb). God forgave David, yet the consequences of his sin remained, and the child who was born as a result of his adultery with Bathsheba died.

Sin corrupts. It’s like rust on a new car; it eats into the finish and hides in hard-to-see places. Often when it is too late, the rust is exposed, but the car is ruined. David knew his only hope for restoration rested in God’s forgiveness.

Psalm 32 is a beautiful testimony to God’s cleansing touch in David’s life. It also is a witness to us of God’s mercy and unconditional forgiveness. No matter what you have done, God can and will forgive you. He promises to restore the years the locusts have eaten away—the years sin and disappointment devoured your purity (Joel 2:25).

In Isaiah 1:18, He tells us that He will make our sins as white as snow. Are you telling yourself that God can never use you because of something in your past? That is Satan’s lie. God uses the broken and chipped things of this world to prove His redemption is complete and extended to all mankind. It is yours, and you can depend on His forgiveness when you come to Him as David did.

Dear heavenly Father, restore what the locusts have consumed—the years that sin and disappointment have devoured. You have a great plan for me, regardless of my past. I look with anticipation toward the future.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 40). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

THE POST-ABORTION “SOLUTION” — Herescope

 

A Stand Against Legalizing Infanticide
From the Heart of a Mother of Handicapped Children

“For You formed my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Marvelous are Your works,
and I know this very well.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all my days were written in Your book
and ordained for me before one of them came to be.”

(Psalm 139:13-16)

 

Exhibit A

 

Surely conservative pulpits can no longer remain muted when the barbaric but euphemistically titled Reproductive Health Act treats abortion as a “fundamental right,” allows non-physicians to perform abortions, allows abortion through the third trimester—including up to birth, and removes protections for babies who survive an abortion—meaning they could be left to die after birth?
~Jules Gomes, “The silence of the shepherds on the abortion of the lambs”[1]

By Gaylene Goodroad

LEGALIZING INFANTICIDE

neonaticide(nē″ō-nāt′ĭ-sīd″) [″ + (hom)icide]
Killing of a newborn child, usually during the first day of life.[2]

On January 22, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act, which permits women to have an abortion after 24 weeks (in the third trimester), if she or her doctor determines that her ‘health’ might suffer were she to deliver a live infant. This sinister new law also erases the ‘personhood’ of the unborn, defining a ‘person’ as a “human being who has been born and is alive.” Sarah H. Leslie wrote about the passing of this ominously historic law as well as the sins that proceed abortion in the previous Herescope article “The Revival of Molech: and the Return of Bloody Barbarism.”[3]

Within days of this dubious NY law, the Virginia state legislature introduced theRepeal Act, which eliminates all abortion restrictions up to the point of birth, and allows non-physicians to perform the grisly and murderous procedure. Thankfully, the bill was defeated by a vote of 5 to 3, but is sure to be reintroduced in a future session.[4]Incredibly, on the same day this bill was introduced to the Virginia assembly, the co-sponsor of the bill, Kathy Tran, also introduced a bill to preserve cankerworms! Take note that cankerworms were sent as a sign of God’s judgment in the Scriptures (see: Joel 1:4; 2:25; Nah. 3:15-16; Isa.14:11; 51:8; 66:24; Mk.9:48; Acts 12:23).

Exhibit B: From a video HERE.

On the same day that the Repeal Act was brought to a vote, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam appeared on a radio station to not only endorse and promote the wicked legislation, but to advocate for infanticide! Note the chilling comments the governor made (in a very compassion and deliberate voice) as reported in National Review:

“This is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved,” Northam said. “When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physician — more than one physician, by the way — and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that’s non-viable.”

Northam is either unaware of the specifics of the bill, or he’s lying about them. Tran’s legislation explicitly removes the current requirement that three physicians agree that a woman is in need of a late-term abortion. The new bill would require only the consent of the mother and of the physician performing the abortion. But he went on to say something even more heinous.

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” he continued. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

He added that he thinks the furor over the bill and Tran’s comments “was really blown out of proportion.”[5] [bold, underscore added]

Given the context of the governor’s statements, the only conclusion one can draw is that “once the infant (and he uses the word ‘infant’) is “delivered”, it would be up to the woman and her physician to decide whether or not to murder the child. One can only imagine how the horrible act would be carried out. In an amazing turn of events, a few days after this story came to light, the governor came under fire for a racist photograph that appeared in his 1984 medical school yearbook. An immediate cacophony of calls for his resignation began and continue as of this writing.[6] As terrible as racism is, it’s troubling that the governor’s endorsement of infanticide did not draw the same indignation.

Late term abortion and infanticide are both grisly to describe, which is one reason why the media glosses over it, covers it up, or ignores it altogether. The gruesome graphic image below depicts just one of the brutal procedures to exterminate a baby’s precious life:

Exhibit 2: Illustration of a Partial-Birth Abortion [7]

EYEWITNESS TO A PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION
A pro-choice nurse named Brenda Pratt Shafer watched the partial birth abortion of a 26-and-a-half-week-old baby with Down’s Syndrome. Note her horrifying observations:

Dr. Haskell brought the ultrasound in and hooked it up so that he could see the baby(then 26 1/2 weeks into pregnancy.) On the ultrasound screen, I could see the heart beating. I asked Dr. Haskell and he told me that “Yes, that is the heartbeat.” As Dr. Haskell watched the baby on the ultrasound screen, he went in with forceps and grabbed the baby’s legs and brought them into the birth canal. Then he delivered the body and arms, all the way up to the neck.

At this point, only the baby’s head was still inside. The baby’s body was moving. His little fingers were clasping together. He was kicking his feet. All the while his little head was still stuck inside. Then Dr. Haskell took a pair of scissors and inserted them into the back of the baby’s head. Then he stuck a high-powered suction tube into the hole and sucked the baby’s brains out. I almost threw up as I watched him do these things.

Next, Dr. Haskell delivered the baby’s head, cut the umbilical cord and delivered the placenta. He threw the baby in a pan, along with the placenta and the instruments he’d used. I saw the baby move in the pan. I asked another nurse and she said it was just “reflexes.”

The woman wanted to see her baby, so they cleaned up the baby and put it in a blanket and handed it to her. She cried the whole time, and she kept saying, “I’m sorry, please forgive me.” I was crying too. I couldn’t take it. In all my professional years I’d never experienced anything like this.” [8][underscore added]

Twelve times this pro-choice nurse used the term “baby” to describe the tiny boy who she referred to several times as a “he”. She obviously could see his fully formed body parts, as she recalled “the heartbeat,” “the legs,” “the body,” “the arms,” “the neck,” “his little fingers,” “his feet,” “his little head,” and finally, “his brains.” Dr. Haskell did not murder a dog, or a cat, or a rat, but beautiful baby boy who had the misfortune (in the killers’ estimation) of being a Down infant. Tragically, his mother knew that she had allowed his precious life to be snuffed out with a pair of scissors and a high-powered suction tube.

As I read this sobering account, I remembered an incident several years ago while I was attending a women’s discernment conference in Lafayette, Indiana. I was beaten down by circumstances at home, weary, and in need of encouragement. The Lord answered my prayer, but in a way I never anticipated. From the moment I arrived at the church, I was warmly embraced by the daughter of another researcher, Susan Conway. Her daughter Pamela Conway was born with Down’s Syndrome.

I can’t fully explain it, but it was as though Pamela knew what I lacked that weekend, even though I’d never met her prior to this event. Pamela was a delightful shadow, a bright light, and a special blessing God sent my way.

Exhibit C: A father holding the hand
of his tiny preemie baby in a NICU

TORN LIMB FROM LIMB 
As grisly as a partial-birth abortion is, abortions done before 24 weeks involve dilating the cervix and using sharp instruments to dismember the baby while it is still in the uterus. A myth widely disseminated concerning this ghastly procedure, is that the fetus cannot feel pain. A student pathologist, charged with disposing aborted remains, dispels this myth in a post he made on a university comments board:

One incident really freaked me, it was a boy fetus, at least 3+ pounds, around 24+ weeks. It sat decomposing because the rest of the staff was AFRAID of it… I went to work. Pulled out 2 well formed [sic] arms and then the torso, headless. The head was at the bottom of the container, when I pulled it, he had this expression of such utter horror it flipped me wayyyy out… It was like a headless screaming baby, like it had been born at least for a split second to realize it was screwed and let out one agonal yelp. The story of this reverberated around the department…. [9][bold added]

At least this student pathologist was disturbed by what he observed. Another budding doctor made these chilling comments dealing with the disposal of human baby parts on the same message board:

In any case, no, abortions don’t freak me out whatsoever… no amount of googly eyeballs or tiny jaws dislocated “mid-scream” does anything to humanize the little sacks of neverweres for me. There are quite a few things that I find disturbing, but few of them spill directly out of the womb. [10][bold, underscore added]

These “little sacks of neverweres” are precious in the sight of God. God’s Word warns about those who so callously disparage human life:

“Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood:
their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
wasting and destruction are in their paths.”

(Isaiah 59:7)

 

Exhibit 3: A 20-week-old baby in the womb [11]

A PRO-DEATH BIOETHICIST
These recent examples of lawmakers rushing headlong to legalize outright infanticide did not occur overnight. Since Roe v. Wade, progressive activists have been propagating their sinister doctrines of death in American colleges and universities across the country. A case in point is the philosopher and animal rights pioneer Peter Singer.[17] He is a bioethicist at Princeton University at the Center for Human Values. Note his alarming sentiments (that once appeared on his faculty page) on killing infants with disabilities:

…“Newborn human babies have no sense of their own existence over time. So killing a newborn baby is never equivalent to killing a person, that is, a being who wants to go on living. That doesn’t mean that it is not almost always a terrible thing to do. It is, but that is because most infants are loved and cherished by their parents, and to kill an infant is usually to do a great wrong to its parents.

“Sometimes, perhaps because the baby has a serious disability, parents think it better that their newborn infant should die. Many doctors will accept their wishes, to the extent of not giving the baby life-supporting medical treatment. That will often ensure that the baby dies,” Mr. Singer continued.

“My view is different from this, only to the extent that if a decision is taken, by the parents and doctors, that it is better that a baby should die, I believe it should be possible to carry out that decision, not only by withholding or withdrawing life support — which can lead to the baby dying slowly from dehydration or from an infection — but also by taking active steps to end the baby’s life swiftly and humanely.”[13] [bold, underscore added]

Singer is not advocating for pre-birth abortion—but outright infanticide—the willful murder of a viable human baby! Not only does this university professor on ethics dehumanize these unwanted infants, but states that killing them is only “terrible” because it harms the parents, not the baby who must endure unspeakable violence before death.

Singer’s twisted morals are startling considering that his parents were Austrian Jews who escaped Vienna in 1938 following its annexation by Nazi Germany. His paternal grandparents were seized by the Nazis, never to be seen alive again, and his maternal grandfather later perished in in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.[14] They weren’t disabled babies, but a group of people deemed “non-persons” by Hitler and his evil regime.

In menacing irony, as a bioethicist Singer has been loudly advocating for the killing of innocent, yet undesirable human beings for decades—from fetal abortion to adult euthanasia. Singer spells out his pragmatically evil and immoral philosophy in his 1980 book, Practical Ethics. Below is an excerpt from Chapter 7, Taking Life: Humans:

[T]he fact that a being is a human being, in the sense of a member of the species Homo sapiens, is not relevant to the wrongness of killing it; it is, rather, characteristics like rationality, autonomy, and self-consciousness that make a difference. Infants lack these characteristics. Killing them, therefore, cannot be equated with killing normal human beings, or any other self-conscious beings. This conclusion is not limited to infants who, because of irreversible intellectual disabilities, will never be rational, self-conscious beings…. No infant – disabled or not – has as strong a claim to life as beings capable of seeing themselves as distinct entities, existing over time.[15] [bold, underscore added]

In other words, according to Singer, human beings deemed to lack “rationality, autonomy, and self-consciousness” are ‘abnormal’ humans subject to elimination by subjective arbiters overseeing their demise. In this view, unborn infants, handicapped children, adults with dementia—and everyone in between who has been afflicted with a debilitating malady are subject to wholesale slaughter as an “ethical” prescription for the betterment of society.

Exhibit 4[18]

As I continued to read through this passage, I was alarmed and greatly disturbed to stumble upon a lengthy section dealing directly with killing disabled children under the guise of human compassion. One birth defect caught my attention; spina bifida:

One relatively common birth disability is a faulty development of the spine known as spina bifida. Its prevalence, varies in different countries, but it can affect as many as one in five hundred live births. In the more severe cases, the child will be permanently paralysed from the waistdown and lack control of bowels or bladder. Often excess fluid accumulates in the brain, a condition known as hydrocephalus, which can result in intellectual disabilities. Though some forms of treatment exist, if the child is badly affected at birth, the paralysis, incontinence, and intellectual disability cannot be overcome.

Some doctors closely connected with children suffering from severe spina bifida believe that the lives of the worst affected children are so miserable that it is wrong to resort to surgery to keep them alive. Published descriptions of the lives of these children support the judgment that these worst affected children will have lives filled with pain and discomfort. They need repeated major surgery to prevent curvature of the spine, due to the paralysis, and to correct other abnormalities. Some children with spina bifida have had forty major operations before they reach their teenage years.

When the life of an infant will be so miserable as not to be worth living, from the internal perspective of the being who will lead that life, both the ‘prior existence’ and the ‘total’ version of utilitarianism entail that, if there are no ‘extrinsic’ reasons for keeping the infant alive – like the feelings of the parents – it is better that the child should be helped to die without further suffering.[17] [bold, underscore added.]

“Then said He unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” 
(Luke 17:1-2)

Exhibit 5: My brother Marvy and me with my father in 1963

BROTHERLY LOVE

My oldest brother was born in 1961 with spina bifida—a birth defect that (according to Singer) marked him and others afflicted with it for extermination. I was born 11 months later. My parents nurtured and loved him through his earliest days, when others would have left him to die. He wasn’t expected to live, but he did. He spent his early months in a traction device, following years of painful surgery, heavy leg braces, and life confined to a wheelchair, but he could walk on his hands for short periods of time when he was small. He attended a crippled children’s hospital school, where he received medical care and schooling. He excelled at wheelchair basketball and was even featured in the local newspaper. His pictures still adorn the wall of this school. He was my best friend during much of those early years.

I was ten years old before someone outside of our family enlightened me to the reality that Marvin was “disabled”. I didn’t see the differences between walking or not walking, because we both adapted to the daily obstacles together as time went by. Our dad often made modifications to things in our home to make life easier for Marvy (as I called him), like fashioning a tummy seat on a tricycle so that we could go riding together.

Marvy died in 2014 at the age of 53.

 “… He who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread out the earth and its offspring,
Who gives breath to the people on it
and life to those who walk in it.”

(Isaiah 42:5)
Exhibit 6: Marvy in the 1970s

FROM ABORTION & INFANTICIDE TO EUTHANASIA
A growing number of other bioethicists from around the world agree with Singer. Some are even open to eliminating age restrictions for countries that have already legalized euthanasia, like in the Netherlands, where children from ages one to twelve can be legally killed. One writer, sounding the alarm, links other forms of ‘compassionate killing’ like the acceptance of assisted suicide to child euthanasia:

The U.S. assisted-suicide movement pretends to want a limited legalization of assisted suicide to competent adults with a terminal illness. That’s not true. It’s just the expedient to persuade us to accept the premise that suicide or killing is an acceptable solution to human suffering.

If we ever do that — the jury is still out — then, the killing license thereby granted will not only expand far beyond the terminally ill, but will eventually also include children and the incompetent….

It’s a very big deal that a respected Dutch medical journal such as Pediatrics hosted a debate on the ethical propriety of child euthanasia without international criticism. It means that among the medical intelligentsia, child euthanasia has become a respectable proposition. [19][bold, underscore added]

Just like the muffled or non-existent protests regarding the recent late-term abortion laws in America, barely a yelp is heard when medical professionals discuss infanticide (child euthanasia) as an ethical practice. Contemplating the potential adoption of a universal Medicare plan for all Americans, as has been promoted by several 2020 U.S. presidential candidates, brings even greater ominous implications for the death industry. We are no longer on the top of the proverbial ‘slippery slope,’ but are soaring headlong down the mountainside anticipating a crash at the bottom of biblical proportions.

Exhibit D: A mother tenderly holding her preemie’s little feet

THE SLIPPERY SLOPE

“I don’t want my health insurance premiums to be higher so that infants who can experience zero quality of life can have expensive treatments.”
~ Peter Singer[20]

In Singer’s many published writings and lectures, he lays the semantic, pragmatic, and philosophical groundwork for the pervasive human death industry by issuing a full-frontal assault against the sanctity of human life—a sacred precept given by God, not man. Provocatively, Singer admits to the evil progression that begins with abortion and ends in euthanasia but attempts to neutralize his critics’ objections to such “unequivocal evil” as these various methods of murder dictate. Unbelievably, Singer tries to assuage his reader’s fears and ease their horror over the extermination of innocent human beings—by death judges given “state power”. Anticipating pushback to his dialectic death dance, Singer defends his wicked gospel, attempting to dispel any analogy of it to the Nazi extermination program that his own parents escaped decades ago, by simply stating that such a comparison is “utterly misleading”:

[W]e have already looked beyond abortion to infanticide. In so doing we will have confirmed the suspicion of supporters of the sanctity of human life that once abortion is accepted, euthanasia lurks around the next comer – and for them, euthanasia is an unequivocal evil. It has, they point out, been rejected by doctors since the fifth century B.C., when physicians first took the Oath of Hippocrates and swore ‘to give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel’. Moreover, they argue, the Nazi extermination programme is a recent and terrible example of what can happen once we give the state the power to MI innocent human beings. 

I do not deny that if one accepts abortion on the grounds provided in Chapter 6, the case for killing other human beings, in certain circumstances, is strong. As I shall try to show… this is not something to be regarded with horror, and the use of the Nazi analogy is utterly misleading. [21][bold, underscore added]

But the Nazi analogy is indeed fitting for what Singer and others like him sponsor. While not seeking the wholesale extermination of Jews, these death advocates, like the Nazis before them, demand the murder of any human being, regardless of age, who is unwanted, unfit, or judged undesirable—those they determine to be ‘non-persons’. Those on the elimination list include the unborn, the infirm, children with Down’s Syndrome, the blind, the deaf, those physically handicapped, dementia patients (my mother had Alzheimer’s until her death in 2014), autistic children, and the mentally ill. These are the ones our Lord Jesus Christ healed during His earthly ministry (Matt. 4:23). But unlike the Nazis, modern death proponents not only want to normalize such dark deeds but legalize them and carry them out in public—as compassionate, caring, and humane service providers.

 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them…
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient [not proper]; Being filled with all unrighteousness… inventors of evil things… without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

(Rom. 1:18-32)
Exhibit 7: Josef Mengele in 1944 [22]

IN THE SHADOW OF ‘THE ANGEL OF DEATH’
One of the most notorious Nazi war criminals, who evaded capture for over three decades until his death, was the evil Dr. Josef Mengele—known as the “Angel of Death”. Schooled in eugenics, Mengele selected Auschwitz Jews for medical experimentation or the gas chamber. He conducted gruesome experiments on his subjects, mostly children; especially twins. Most of those who initially survived his barbaric treatment, which included tissue and body parts harvesting, did not live very long. Some were killed outright for the purpose of performing a post-mortem. Perhaps to remember his many murdered victims, Mengele kept a personal collection of human eye balls.[23]

Mengele escaped human justice, making his way into Argentina in 1949 using a Red Cross passport. Records recovered after his death show that he made his living as an abortionistduring the 1950s in South America, which was unlawful at the time.[24] He escaped apprehension again after a woman died following one of these abortions. He was apparently able to pay for his freedom by paying off the local authorities in Buenos Aires. He reportedly suffered a stroke and died while swimming in Brazil in 1979. He had been living under an assumed name.[25]

A MOTHER’S LOVE

“… Suffer the little children to come unto Me,
and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”

(Mark 10:14)
Exhibit 8: My sons in 1993

Little did I know during my childhood, uniquely paired with my brother Marvy and both of us fathered by a compassionate man who silently suffered from mental illness, that the Lord had been preparing me to mother, not one, but two sons with special needs. Their impairments are not immediately obvious, but nonetheless have proven to be lifelong disabilities. My oldest son Jimmy is on the high end of the autism spectrum, and my youngest, Dana, has battled several neurobiological disorders since he was 7 years old, including Tourette’s Syndrome and epilepsy. He was also born prematurely.

It was this detail that struck me when I watched the movie about convicted baby killer/abortionist Kermit Gosnell. I wrote a review of it entitled, “Innocent’s Lost.” Below is an excerpt from that article centering around an unnamed child who was killed in Gosnell’s murder factory. Prosecutors called him “Baby Boy A,” a 30-week old infant who was kicking and breathing when his spine was savagely snipped to end his short life:

This precious child was abused, murdered, and discarded—but not forgotten. I sat in silence for several minutes as I looked at his image recalling that my youngest son, born premature, was much smaller and frailer than this child had been. It is inconceivable that any human being, much less a doctor, could shamelessly “snip” his precious life away so callously, so coldly, so completely. Instead of a grave to mark his passing, the only evidence to show that Baby Boy A even existed was that crude photograph taken by a clinic employee—that had become a court exhibit. He was unceremoniously laid to rest in a plastic shoebox. Babies B, C, and beyond, undoubtedly left this world in a red medical waste disposable bag.[26]

As I would discover, some of these murdered babies also end up in the landfill, flushed into the sewer system, stored in the freezer, burned in bonfires[27] —and sold to the FDA.[28] This last item might explain why there is a growing market for larger, more intact infant corpses, requiring a late-or-post-term abortion. Planned Parenthood recently came under fire when the Center for Medical Progress released a series of undercover videos showing that the taxpayer-funded abortion provider was also engaged in organ harvesting and the selling of human baby parts.

When I became pregnant with my first child in 1985, (the same year that my father died), my obstetrician recommended that I undergo genetic testing so that I could schedule an abortion if tests showed spina bifida, or any other abnormality. I refused, knowing that the tiny life within me was a gift from the Lord.

Without doubt, the struggles have been enormous parenting such children, but through them, I’ve grown closer to the Lord, developed His patience, understood His direction for my life, and have been given His grace to demonstrate unconditional love for them—all with the Lord’s enabling. Both sons are adults now and continue to struggle through their respective deficits. I could fill volumes describing the difficult obstacles we’ve endured spanning three decades, but that is for another time. My sons, like Marvy, have adapted to the ubiquitous challenges they still face. But the world is a better place because of them; the world needs people like them. I am greatly blessed to be their mom.

Exhibit 9[32]

SELECTING HUMAN LAMBS FOR SLAUGHTER
Last year, I was appalled to learn that Hans Asperger, “the pioneer of autism and Asperger syndrome,” a man who has been lauded for his benevolent accomplishments to support disabled children, “was not only involved in the racial policies of Hitler’s Third Reich, he was complicit in the murder of children.”[30]

Historian Edith Sheffer published Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Viennain 2018. Here is the synopsis from inside the book’s jacket:

As the Nazi regime slaughtered millions across Europe during World War Two, it sorted people according to race, religion, behavior, and physical condition for either treatment or elimination. Nazi psychiatrists targeted children with different kinds of minds—especially those thought to lack social skills—claiming the Reich had no place for them. Asperger and his colleagues endeavored to mold certain “autistic” children into productive citizens, while transferring others they deemed untreatable to Spiegelgrund, one of the Reich’s deadliest child-killing centers.[31]

Sheffer shares the horrific details of the children selected for extermination at Spiegelgrund with the approval of Hans Asperger. Five-year old Elisabeth Schreiber was one such child. The young girl couldn’t speak and was physically restless following a short illness, a treatable condition that was to become her death sentence. I wept as I read the following narrative:

Elisabeth arrived by group transport at Spiegelgrund on March 23, 1942. She looked calm in her photograph, with close-cropped hair and bangs matted in a crooked line on her forehead. At Spiegelgrund, Elisabeth was eager for connection. One nurse wrote in a daily report that the girl could only speak a single word, “mama,” but tried to communicate with other vocalizations and sign language. Elisabeth had “a friendly nature, very affectionate and flattering with caregivers.”

She was “very sensitive and moved easily to tears and if treated strictly, cries and hugs the nurse.” Yet the girl was embracing her killers. Her caregivers gave hugs, it seems, alongside lethal doses of barbiturates. [Dr Heinrich]Gross had reported Elisabeth to the Reich Committee in Berlin for killing, diagnosing her with “congenital feeble-mindedness of the highest order.” Elisabeth was subjected to multiple lumbar punctures, likely a subject of Spiegelgrund’s medical experiments. She then died quickly. Her physical restlessness abated and, on September 13, her chart stated she “slept the entire day, waking only for meals.”

She was diagnosed with pneumonia on September 19 and died the next day. Her brain was harvested, jarred, and kept in Dr. Gross’ collection of four hundred children’s brains in Spiegelgrund’s cellar.[33]

Seventy-seven years after this precious child was murdered by her heartless killers disguised as compassionate caregivers and physicians—the United States of America—the country that liberated Hitler’s death camps!—has elected two state governors who are now openly endorsing partial-birth, up-to-birth, and post-birth abortion (infanticide)! Many state and federal legislators, following New York’s lead, also support these murderous and barbaric acts—promising to make them legal across the land.

“ME, TOO”
A few nights ago, my youngest son, after reading that second trimester abortions involve ripping the infant limb-from-limb, wept, then hung his head and made a perceptive comment: “If these people had their way, they’d execute me too.”

Edith Sheffer asks some hard and sobering questions that are profoundly relevant in light of the dark and deadly trajectory America is headed at a frightening pace:

Where, if anywhere, can one draw lines of complicity for ordinary people in a criminal state? In marginal and major ways, conscious and unconscious, people became entangled in systems of slaughter. Asperger was neither a zealous supporter nor an opponent of the regime. He was an exemplar of this drift into complicity, part of the muddled majority of the populace who alternately conformed, concurred, feared, normalized, minimized, repressed, and reconciled themselves to Nazi rule. Given these inconsistencies, it is all the more striking that the accumulated actions of millions of people, acting for individual reasons in individual circumstances, added up to a regime so thoroughly monstrous.[34]

Will America continue to “drift into complicity”—become “entangled in systems of slaughter?” Will the “accumulated actions of millions of people” in this nation add “up to a regime so thoroughly monstrous” as the Third Reich? These are chilling questions for which I have no definitive answer.

My brother Marvy as a baby in 1963

THE TRUTH 

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light,
and from the power of Satan unto God,
that they may receive forgiveness of sins,
and inheritance among them
which are sanctified by faith that is in Me [the Lord Jesus Christ].”

(Acts 26:18)

No amount of persuasion, political action, or regulation will ever change the heart of person bereft of a conscience, lacking godly compassion for innocent life, or having a lust for human blood. Only the Holy Spirit can transform a lost soul through the saving Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (see: Jn. 3:16; 6:40; 1 Cor. 15:1-8; Acts 2:38-39; 16:31; Rom. 10:9; Col. 1:20-22). We are to be about our Father’s business in these last days, witnessing, rescuing, praying, and speaking out against these horrific things—while we still have opportunity. May the Lord have mercy on us all.

Jonathon Van Maren, a writer for the Canadian Center of Bioethical Reform, was aghast at what he read on a student pathology message board regarding aborted baby remains. He sums up the predicament of the hour:

These people [pathologists who dispose of aborted remains] work in the dark underbelly of our society, where the corpses of the inconvenient arrive to be disposed of. They see the rotting bodies brought about by the narcissism of our culture’s rotting soul. No sacrifice is too great for the right to live how we want, even if it means others cannot live at all. A culture basing its collective lifestyle on killing is unsustainable. We may not be able to revive the skeletons in our closet. But we can at least open the closet.[35]

“Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents;
I have not found it by secret search but upon all these.”

(Jeremiah 2:34)
“…[They] have filled this place with the blood of innocents;”
(Jeremiah 19:4)
“There shall not be found among you any one
that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire….”

(Deuteronomy 18:10a)

 

Exhibit E

Endnotes:
1. Jules Gomes, “The silence of the shepherds on the abortion of the lambs,” Anglican Ink, February 1, 2019, http://anglican.ink/2019/02/01/the-silence-of-the-shepherds-on-the-abortion-of-the-lambs/. This is a must-read article.
2. For Farlex Medical Dictionary: neonaticide. (n.d.) Medical Dictionary. (2009). Retrieved February 5 2019 from https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/neonaticide. 
3. Sarah H. Leslie, “The Revival of Molech: and the Return of Bloody Barbarism”, Jan. 26, 2019; https://herescope.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-revival-of-molech.html.
4. Valerie Richardson, “Virginia Republicans defeat Democratic bill allowing abortions up to birth,” The Washington Times, Wednesday, January 30, 2019; https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/30/va-gop-defeats-bill-allowing-abortions-until-birth/.
5. Alexandra DeSanctis, “Virginia Governor Defends Letting Infants Die,” National Review, January 30, 2019; https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/virginia-governor-defends-letting-infants-die/.
6. Alan Suderman, “Blackface photo stirs calls for Virginia governor to resign,” AP News, February 3, 2019; https://www.apnews.com/8a41dfae7a1d49f48b15d1112b6db7a7.
7. Sarah Terzo, “Nurse witnesses partial-birth abortion on baby with Down syndrome: ‘I still have nightmares’,” Live Action website, April 7, 2014; https://www.liveaction.org/news/partial-birth-abortion-horror-revisited-nurse-tells-grisly-tale-of-the-procedure/.
8. Ibid. Sarah Terzo.
9. Jonathon Van Maren, “What Happens to Unborn Babies After Abortion? Pathologists Share the Horrors”, LifeNews.com; See: https://www.lifenews.com/2013/10/23/what-happens-to-unborn-babies-after-abortion-pathologists-share-the-horrors/. See also the Student Doctor Network website: https://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/abortion-pathology.281639/.
10. Ibid. Van Maren.
11.  Image taken from the WebMD website: https://www.webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development.
12. See Singer’s website: https://petersinger.info/about-me-cv/. 
13. Jessica Chasmar, “Peter Singer, Princeton bioethics professor, faces calls for resignation over infanticide support”, The Washington Times, June 16, 2015.
14. See Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Singer. Singer is an avowed atheist who advocates Marxist philosophies. He is also an ardant animal rights advocate. See Singer’s current faculty page at Princeton: https://uchv.princeton.edu/people/peter-singer.
15. Peter Singer, Taking Life: Humans, excerpted from Practical Ethics, 2nd edition, Cambridge, 1993, pp. 175-217; see: https://www.utilitarian.net/singer/by/1993—-.htm.
16. Book image taken from Wikipedia: https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Ethics-Peter-Singer/dp/0521707684/ref=sr_1_1/130-1255902-7243205?ie=UTF8&qid=1549506024&sr=8-1&keywords=singer+practical+ethics.
17. Ibid. Singer, Taking Life: Humans.
18. “Child Euthanasia: U.S. Bioethicist Supports It,” Wesley J. Smith, Evolution News & Science Today, March 6, 2018; see: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/03/child-euthanasia-u-s-bioethicist-supports-it/. 
19. Ibid. Wesley J. Smith
20. Ibid. Chasmar.
21. Ibid. Singer, Taking Life: Humans.
22. Photo taken from Wikipedia; see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele.
23. See the Holocaust Museum website: https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/josef-mengele.
24. Nathaniel C. Nash, “Mengele an Abortionist, Argentine Files Suggest,” Feb. 11, 1992, The New York Times; see: https://www.nytimes.com/1992/02/11/world/mengele-an-abortionist-argentine-files-suggest.html.
25. Ibid. Nash.
26. Gaylene Goodroad, “Innocents Lost: Reflections on the Case of Kermit Gosnell,” Herescope, Oct. 28, 2018; https://herescope.blogspot.com/2018/10/innocents-lost.html.
27. Cassy Fiano-Chesser, ““What does Planned Parenthood do with the bodies of babies they abort?”, the Live Action website, March 8, 2017; https://www.liveaction.org/news/what-does-planned-parenthood-do-with-the-bodies-of-babies-they-abort/.
28. Patrina Mosley, “The Remains of Aborted Babies are Now a Commodity to the FDA, the Family Research Council website, Aug. 9, 2018; http://frcblog.com/2018/08/remains-aborted-babies-are-now-commodity-fda/.
29. The Pro-Life Action website, “Planned Parenthood Harvest Baby Parts”; https://plam.org/planned-parenthood-harvests-baby-parts/.
30. Edith Sheffer, Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna, W. W. Norton & Company, New York, London, 2018, inside book jacket.
31. Ibid. Asperger’s Children, inside book jacket.
32. Book image taken from Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Aspergers-Children-Origins-Autism-Vienna/dp/0393609642/ref=asc_df_0393609642/?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid={creative}&hvpos={adposition}&hvnetw=o&hvrand={random}&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl={devicemodel}&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584138858005849&psc=1.
33. Ibid. Asperger’s Children, pp. 146-147.
34. Ibid. Asperger’s Children, pg. 21.
35. Ibid. Van Maren.

Exhibit A:  Graphic taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “What We know about Zika and Pregnancy,” https://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/zika/pregnancy.html

Exhibit B: Alex Pappas, “Outrage as video shows Virginia abortion bill sponsor saying ;lan would allow termination up until birth, Fox News, January 30, 2019. This is a screenshot from a video embedded at the top of this article which depicts VA Rep. Kathy Tran being asked the key question by VA Rep. Todd Gilbert. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/outrage-after-virginia-abortion-bill-sponsor-admits-pregnancies-could-be-terminated-up-until-birth

Exhibit C: Graphic image illustrating a father’s love for a tiny premature baby: https://www.everytinything.com/nicu-articles/attachment-parenting-and-bonding-in-the-nicu

Exhibit D: ibid.

Exhibit E: Graphic image illustrating love for a tiny baby, “What Every New Parent Needs to Know about Caring for a Premature Baby,” https://www.asdagoodliving.co.uk/family/healthy-living/premature-baby-facts

THE POST-ABORTION “SOLUTION” — Herescope

“PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!” Trump Furious After Adam Schiff Recruits White House Employees For His Massive Investigation — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump was furious after finding out that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) recruited White House employees to help with the massive investigation into his finances and personal life.

House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced a sweeping investigation into President Trump’s finances and Russia on Wednesday.

The Democrat Congressman not only hired a team of forensic investigators and money laundering experts, he’s now stealing White House employees to gain an edge in his harassment of President Trump.

Bloomberg reported on Thursday that Schiff has hired Abigail Grace, a former career official at the NatSec Council who left the White House last year. Abigail Grace reportedly has a congressional email address and is listed as working for the Intel Committee’s Democrat majority, according to Bloomberg.

A second White House employee is considering joining Schiff’s team of Communist investigators, however the individual was not identified.

President Trump unleashed on Adam Schiff early Thursday morning, calling Schiff’s investigation “presidential harassment,” and said it should “never be allowed to happen again!”

TRUMP: So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment….

TRUMP: The Dems and their committees are going “nuts.” The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do the same thing. Even stealing people who work at White House! A continuation of Witch Hunt!

TRUMP: “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again!” Trump tweeted.

“PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!” Trump Furious After Adam Schiff Recruits White House Employees For His Massive Investigation — The Gateway Pundit

Video: “Only Her Lips Moved” by Alistair Begg

In times of prolonged suffering, we can easily grow bitter and resentful toward God and others. Unable to conceive year after year, Elkanah’s wife Hannah was familiar with sorrow. This woman of faith did not hide or minimize her pain, though; rather, she brought her affliction before God in prayer. Alistair Begg explains that when we, like Hannah, recognize that our circumstances are under God’s sovereign care, He enables us to find peace and hope even in the midst of unresolved trials.

— Read on blog.truthforlife.org/video-only-her-lips-moved-by-alistair-begg

Bill Johnson advocates “encounters” over good theology.

The Apostle Paul warned the elders of the church at Ephesus that ‘fierce wolves’ would rise up soon after his departure.

I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.” Acts 20:29-30.  

Two thousand years later, this strong biblical warning is just as urgent.

If you are confused as to why Bill Johnson’s Instagram post above is so wrong, we encourage you to read the following articles.

Charismatics/NARismatics and their ‘alien baptism’.

What is the Power Hungry Heresy?

Bill Johnson is promoting a demonic baptism that has nothing to do with Christianity. The real evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is our joining with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection evident by our separation from the power of indwelling…

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3 Practical Steps to Help Build Your Kids’ Immunity to Anti-Christian Ideas – Alisa Childers

3 Practical Steps to Help Build Your Kids’ Immunity to Anti-Christian Ideas

When my daughter Dyllan was a toddler, I exercised quite regularly at the YMCA. (And by “exercised,” I mean that I read a book on the stationary bike and pedaled as slowly as possible while I enjoyed an hour of free childcare. Not gonna lie.) One day when I picked her up from the kid’s room, the childcare worker pulled out the unopened granola bar I had put in Dyllan’s bag, handed it to me, and said, “We can’t give this to her because it contains peanuts. We don’t allow anything with peanuts into the childcare area.” I admit I was a bit surprised because it wasn’t something I had given much thought to. But I quickly learned that there was almost nothing parents feared more in 2010 than the dreaded peanut…

Of course, peanut allergies are very real. In their book, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt reported that before the mid-1990s, peanut allergies were extremely rare in American children. However, by 2008, fourteen out of every thousand kids had developed peanut allergies. No one knew why there was such a drastic increase until an authoritative study was released in 2015. It was discovered that many kids were developing peanut allergies because their parents avoided giving them peanuts. The study revealed that introducing peanut products to infants with high risk for allergies actually reduced their chances of developing a peanut allergy by a whopping 81%. In other words, giving peanut products to infants caused their immune systems to respond and build up a tolerance.

Our kids have amazing bodies that react to bacteria, parasites—and yes, peanuts—with an immune response that teaches their system to adapt and fight off future threats to their health.

In the same way, I believe our kids have spiritual immune systems.

Several years ago,  I was a participant in a study and discussion group about Christianity. This was the class that challenged my faith intellectually and I’ve told that story here. One day, the subject of Adam and Eve came up and it was asked, “Does anyone still believe they were actual people?” I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I was entirely naive when it came to this subject. Even as an adult, I thought theliteral existence of Adam and Eve was something all professing Christians believed in. Chalk it up to the Evangelical bubble I grew up in or the fact that most of my life happened before the invention of the internet. But the question threw me because I had no idea how to answer.

Until that moment, I didn’t even know it was a question. I had zero immunity. 

This was simply one of many skeptical claims raised against historic Christianity that snowballed together to send me into a dark time of doubt. I’ve often replayed that moment in my mind and imagined a different scenario. What if I had been aware of this question from childhood? What if I had already thought it through? What if when I read the Genesis account of creation, someone had told me, “Hey, some people don’t think Adam and Eve really existed. Let’s think about what the Bible says about it, what scientific evidence shows, and what that would mean for the gospel.

If my spiritual immune system had been strengthened in this way, hearing this question as an adult would have been no big deal. It wouldn’t have shaken my faith one bit. I would have simply engaged in that conversation intelligently, without fear or doubt.

Other than teaching our kids the basics of the Christian faith, there are many practical steps we can take to help bolster their spiritual immune systems. Here are three to start with: 

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Changing Laws does not Change Hearts | Monergism

“On the issue of social justice, it is important to remember that changing laws does not change hearts. Changing a law may get you compliance, but it will never get you repentance, which is–or should be–the goal (at least for those who profess to be followers of Christ). Unjust laws are the by-product of unjust hearts (Mk. 7:17-23). As Christians, we must not only desire that people *do* right, but that they *be* righteous (Rom. 12:2).” – Darrell Bernard Harrison

The new social justice movement among professing Christians has very little (if any) understanding of human nature and the degree of our corruption. Consider, if they had free reign to enact every law and educational reform they wanted, do they honestly think it would solve the worlds problems? It would not even scratch the surface. Our problem is much, much deeper than that. The problem with humanity is pre-political. It is a spiritual problem.

This denial of total depravity reveals a complete lack of self-awareness. Jesus die not come to die for good people but for sinners. The kingdom of heaven is not for people who think they are righteous, but for those who know they are not. Forgiveness is not possible for people who think they need no forgiveness. And since the SJ movement will never solve all the world’s problems, they will always remain unforgiving and demand justice now. While we all ought to work for justice, we should be under no illusion that we are wise enough as fallen human beings to bring it about perfectly, or even well. That is over-realized eschatology. God calls us to be patient. He will repay. (Rom. 12:19) Our inner biases means we ought to be careful when we do justice since we are prone to error ourselves.

No doubt biblical justice is clearly a necessary by-product of hearts which are redeemed and minds renewed by the Spirit of God. Preaching the Gospel and seeking the establishment of just laws are definitely not mutually exclusive. But pursued as an end in itself it becomes whatever people say it is, and is usually based on pure emotivism – a doctrine which sweeps the gospel out of churches, and if we are not careful, can become a cult.

Only by affirming that we are all sinners in need of grace will we all fully embrace each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. We can forgive others because we know how much we ourselves have been forgiven.

— Read on www.monergism.com/blog/changing-laws-does-not-change-hearts

02/07/2019 — Wretched

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•Phil Johnson joins us in studio
•Can Mohammed’s marriage to a 6 year old be defended?
•John Chau, Jim Elliot, and Robert Livingstone
•Muslims teach that silence equals consent
•William Lane Craig and Nicholas Kristof talk orthodoxy
•If Old Testament miracles were metaphors, which miracles are real?

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02/07/2019 — Wretched

Consumer Credit Hits $4 Trillion As Student, Auto Loans Hit All Time High | Zero Hedge

In short, whether they want to or not, Americans continue to drown even deeper in debt, and enjoying every minute of it.

After a few months of wild swings, in December US consumer credit normalized rising by $16.6 billion, just below the $17 billion expected, after November’s whopping $22.5 billion. The surge in borrowing in November brought the total to just above $4 trillion for the first time ever on the back of a America’s ongoing love affair with auto and student loans.

Revolving credit increased by $1.7 billion to $1.045 trillion, a modest slowdown since November’s $4.8 billion.

Perhaps more notably, the lowest increase in December credit card usage since 2012.

There was barely a change in the monthly increase in non-revolving credit, i.e. student and auto loans, which jumped by $14.8 billion, bringing the nonrevolving total to a new all time high of $2.965 trillion.

And while slowdown in December credit card use may prompt fresh questions about the strength of the US consumer during the all-important holiday spending season, the recent dramatic upward revision to personal savings notwithstanding, one place where there were no surprises, was in the total amount of student and auto loans: here as expected, both numbers hit fresh all time highs, with a record $1.593 trillion in student loans outstanding, an impressive increase of $10.3 billion in the quarter, while auto debt also hit a new all time high of $1.155 trillion, an increase of $9.5 billion in the quarter.

In short, whether they want to or not, Americans continue to drown even deeper in debt, and enjoying every minute of it.
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-07/consumer-credit-hits-4-trillion-student-auto-loans-hit-all-time-high

Rand Paul Calls for Senate Hearings on FBI Methods and Selective Prosecution of Trump Officials — The Gateway Pundit

 

Senator Rand Paul took to Twitter on Thursday to blast the Senate for allowing perjurers like James Clapper to get off scot-free while aggressively pursuing anyone associated with President Donald Trump.

The Kentucky senator declared that the Senate should investigate FBI methods and selective prosecution of Trump officials.

“Justice is supposed to be blind. Why is it that an admitted liar like James Clapper perjured himself to Congress and got off scot-free? But if you’re somehow associated with @realDonaldTrump, then they will pursue you relentlessly? This shouldn’t be a one-way street!” Senator Paul tweeted.

Senator Paul added that “the Senate should investigate FBI methods and selective prosecution of Trump officials. TIME FOR HEARINGS!”

Clapper, the director of national intelligence from 2010 to 2017, managed to avoid perjury charges despite admitting that he lied to Congress while testifying about mass surveillance on March 12, 2013. He told Senator Ron Wyden that the NSA was not collecting “any type of data at all” on millions of Americans — which was a lie.

Just months after his testimony, whistleblower Edward Snowden released a trove of information proving his statement to be false.

Clapper was never charged, but the witch hunt against anyone who dares to associate with or support President Trump continues.

Rand Paul Calls for Senate Hearings on FBI Methods and Selective Prosecution of Trump Officials — The Gateway Pundit

February 7 Faithful to the Word

Scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:22–25

Key verses: 2 Cor. 11:13–15

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

One of the major concerns of the New Testament was false teachings that contradicted the message of the gospel. Early church leaders such as Peter, James, and John wrote strong appeals to young believers to remain true to the way of Christ and not to compromise their faith by being drawn away in error.

Satan is the master of deception. He mixes just enough truth within his lies to catch the attention of weak and undiscerning people. Complacency and a heart divided by sin are breeding grounds for apostasy.

You may think this was a problem faced only by the early church, and surely, it is not our problem today. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Today Islam makes up nearly 20 percent of the world’s population. It is the fastest growing religion, second in size only to Christianity.

Shocked? Our tolerance and lack of godly conviction have led us to weather courtroom battle after battle where we have witnessed the Word of God being confined—and many times banned from use—within our society. We are a world no longer interested in the sole purpose and passion of God.

However, God is not changed by our rebellion. His faithfulness remains. His Word and holiness are the standards by which all things will be judged. May your sincere love for Him keep you faithful to His Word.

Keep me faithful to Your Word, O Lord. Don’t let me be drawn away by error.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 40). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Trump Receives Standing Ovation At National Prayer Breakfast For Defending Pro-Life Values | The Daily Caller

‘Sanctity of innocent human life’

President Donald Trump received a standing ovation at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast when he defended pro-life values.

The president, who recently condemned comments about late-term abortion by Virginia Democrats, used the breakfast as an opportunity to reaffirm the lives of unborn children.

“As part of our commitment to building a just and loving society, we must cherish the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life,” Trump told attendees. “All children born and unborn are made in the holy image of God.”

WATCH:

The crowd erupted with applause and whistles, giving the president a standing ovation for nearly thirty seconds after hearing his remarks.

“Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from heaven. As the Lord says in Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart,”’ Trump added.

Trump told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview last week that he found Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Democratic Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran’s advocacy of late-term abortion to be “terrible.” (EXCLUSIVE: Trump Rips Virginia Dems On Late-Term Abortion)

“Do you remember when I said Hillary Clinton was willing to rip the baby out of the womb? That’s what it is, that’s what they’re doing, it’s terrible,” the president asserted.

He reiterated such sentiments in his State of the Union address and called on Congress to ban late-term abortion on Tuesday, stating, “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”

— Read on dailycaller.com/2019/02/07/trump-national-prayer-breakfast-pro-life/

‘Use Him for Your Kingdom’s Sake’: This Powerful Prayer Over President Trump Brought Democrats and Republicans Together | CBN News

At today’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, event co-chairs Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) joined together in a rare moment of unity to pray over President Donald Trump.

On the heels of the president’s State of the Union Address and an especially divisive time in the nation’s capital revolving around the government shutdown that could be about to happen all over again, Lankford and Coons prayed for Trump.

“Father, thank you for the way that you provide for us,” Lankford began. “We pray that You would pour Your overwhelming blessing and wisdom on the president, on the vice president, his cabinet and his team. We pray that You would energize him, that You would give him wise counsel.”

“In quiet moments, as he has a gap to be able to think, we pray that You would guide him in the way to go as he leads our nation,” he continued. “Give him the insight that he needs. Give him joy in the task. And use him for Your kingdom’s sake and for our nation and the world’s sake. In the name of Jesus I ask.”

Coons then prayed, “Heavenly Father we pray for all who are in positions of responsibility and authority, and all who seek a closer relationship with You.  This morning we especially pray for President Trump and we ask that Your wisdom, Your blessing, and Your peace would be upon him and his family as they serve us, and that today You would touch his heart and all who have been with us here this morning at this National Prayer Breakfast. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

President Trump also spoke at the prayer event saying, “We are blessed to live in a land where all things are possible.”

And he pointed to one of Jesus’ promises in the Bible saying “ask and you will receive” and “your joy will be complete.”

Trump Reiterates His Pro-Life Stance

Tuesday night in his State of the Union Address, the president took a firm stand, rejecting late-term abortions with some strong language about abortionists ripping babies from their mother’s womb.

He continued his vocal opposition to these gruesome abortion procedures during his prayer breakfast speech, even quoting scripture.

“We must build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of human life,” he said. “All children born and unborn are made in the holy image of God.”

“Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven.  As the Lord says in Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you… Before you were born, I set you apart,'”  Trump said.

Trump Stands Up for Religious Freedom

On the religious freedom front, the president defended the importance of faith-based adoption agencies which have been under attack from the Left lately.

These agencies are being discriminated against because of their biblical beliefs about marriage and sexuality.

“We will always protect our country’s long and proud tradition of faith-based adoption. My administration is working to ensure that faith-based adoption agencies are able to help vulnerable children find their forever families, while following their deeply held beliefs,” Trump said.

Emilie Kao, director of the Devos Center for Religion & Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, says, “Activist law firms on the Left—the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal—are trying to overturn laws in Michigan and Texas that protect the freedom of adoption agencies to operate on their beliefs.”

“Only if we put kids first and focus on their priorities can we get past this politicization and maximize the number of child welfare agencies to serve the growing number of children in need of loving ‘forever’ families,” Kao said.

— Read on www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2019/february/use-him-for-your-kingdoms-sake-this-powerful-prayer-over-president-trump-brought-democrats-and-republicans-together

President Trump Delivers Remarks During National Prayer Breakfast (W/ Transcript)… — The Last Refuge

 

[ Interestingly, AAG Matt Whitaker was attending the prayer breakfast with President Trump and administration officials.  Hours later, he made an announcement. ]

President Trump delivers remarks today during the National Prayer Breakfast.

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[Transcript] Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C. – 9:23 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: I will never let you down. I can say that. Never. (Applause.) Thank you. I am honored to be here with leaders from across the country and all around the world who are all united by a shared belief in the glory of God and the power of prayer.

I want to thank Senator Coons and Senator Lankford for the introduction and for carrying on this wonderful and uplifting bipartisan tradition. Thank you both very much. Thank you, Senators. Senators, thank you very much. (Applause.)

We’re thrilled to be joined by our tremendous Vice President Mike Pence, along with our incredible Second Lady Karen Pence. And, by the way — (applause) — by the way, I’ve gotten to know Karen so well. She is a Marine Corps mom, a tremendous woman, a proud supporter of military families, and she just recently went back to teaching art classes at a Christian school. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you, Karen. Terrific woman.

We’re also thankful to be joined by the countless faith leaders, foreign dignitaries, and members of Congress, along with many members of my cabinet, including Secretary Mike Pompeo, Sonny Perdue, Alex Acosta, Alex Azar, Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, and Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker. Thank you all for being here. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

And thanks also to Gary Haugen for those very powerful words and for rescuing people around the world from the bondage of human trafficking. You are truly doing the Lord’s work, and, as you know, our administration is doing everything we can to make your work easier. We’re working very closely together. Thank you very much. Thank you, Gary. (Applause.)

On Tuesday, it was my profound honor to address the nation from the House Chamber of the State of the Union. And our union, as you heard me say, is very, very strong. (Applause.) As I said in my address, there is no limit to what we can achieve if we follow the path of cooperation, compromise, and the common good. America’s potential is unlimited because our extraordinary people are just something that is number one, no matter where you go. We have people — they love our country and they love their faith.

We are graced by those extraordinary heroes from Tuesday night:

The SWAT Officer Timothy Matson, who raced and raced through a very, very bullet-filled doorway. He was shot many, many times. He has been operated on many times, and, unfortunately, he is going back for more. But he was really stopped from having something as bad as it was. The Tree of Life synagogue was a horrible, horrible event, and he really did do a job. He made it so much better. It was so good to see him. I saw him in the hospital, and he was suffering, and he’s still suffering. But he told me the other night he is so proud to have been a part. He was just a great, great gentleman. We introduced him the other night.

The wonderful, young girl Grace, who overcame brain cancer — had no idea this was going to happen to her — and bravely rallied an entire community.

And the intrepid soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy in the Allied liberation of Europe. On D-Day, all those warriors set out on their mission of liberation; President Franklin Delano Roosevelt led our nation in prayer. In a national radio address, President Roosevelt began with these solemn words: “Almighty God: Our sons, the pride of our Nation, on this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization.”

Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides — from gaining our independence, to abolition, [DEL: of :DEL] [to] civil rights, to extending the vote for women — have been led by people of faith and started in prayer.

When we open our hearts to faith, we fill our hearts with love. Many of the people in this room lead and support the charities and faith-based institutions that bring hope to the lives of our citizens, comfort to those in despair, and solace to those in grief, aid to those in need, and a helping hand to the struggling people all around the world, of which there are so many.

With us today are leaders involved with Prison Fellowship, started by the late Chuck Colson — a man transformed by leaders of this breakfast. Today, Prison Fellowship ministers to more than 300,000 prisoners across America to help others like Alice Johnson and Matthew Charles, who we saw Tuesday night, transform their lives through the mercy and grace of God.

And faith leaders helped us achieve historic bipartisan criminal justice reform. (Applause.) They’ve been wanting to do that for many, many years, and we all together got it done. We just passed the FIRST STEP Act into law. So thank you very much, everybody in the room, for that help. That was a very big thing for our country. (Applause.)

America is a nation that believes in redemption. Every day, the people in this room demonstrate the power of faith to transform lives, heal communities, and lift up the forgotten.

Some of those in this room are among the Muslim and Christian faith leaders from Minnesota who partnered to send millions of meals to Somalia last year.

Also with us today are Catholics, Evangelicals, and members of the Jewish faith who help build homes for our fellow citizens through Habitat for Humanity.

As President, I will always cherish, honor, and protect the believers who uplift our communities and sustain our nation.

To ensure that people of faith can always contribute to our society, my administration has taken historic action to protect religious liberty. (Applause.)

Here with us this morning are Melissa and Chad Buck from Holt, Michigan. In 2009, they decided to adopt. Soon, they got a call about three young siblings in a terribly abusive home. Melissa and Chad had only a few minutes to decide, and they said yes to all three. Today, the Bucks have five beautiful adopted children. As Melissa has said, “They are the sweetest, most lovable children. They have the most unique gifts.” Two of them have joined us for this breakfast: 10-year-old Max and 9-year-old Liz.

To Max, Liz, and the entire Buck family, thank you for inspiring us all. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Unfortunately, the Michigan adoption charity that brought the Buck family together is now defending itself in court for living by the values of its Catholic faith. We will always protect our country’s long and proud tradition of faith-based adoption. (Applause.) My administration is working to ensure that faith-based adoption agencies are able to help vulnerable children find their forever families, while following their deeply held beliefs. (Applause.)

My administration is also speaking out against religious persecution around the world, including against religious minorities, Christians, and the Jewish community. (Applause.)

This week, I appointed a new Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, and with us — thank you very much — Elon Carr. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.) A very effective person.

The courageous Holocaust survivors in the gallery on Tuesday night powerfully remind us, and remind us all, of our solemn pledge: Never again. (Applause.)

My administration is also continuing to fight for American hostages who have been imprisoned overseas for their religious beliefs. Last October, we reached an agreement with Turkey to release Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is now free and joins us here this morning. Where is Andrew? (Applause.) He was there for a long time before I got there, and I said, “You’ve got to let him out.” (Laughter.) “You better let him out.” And they let you out. (Laughter.) It was a miracle. (Applause.) Right? We spent a lot of time together. Terrific man. Terrific family. Thank you very much, Andrew.

This Saturday, Pastor Brunson will walk his daughter down the aisle. Wow, that’s great. Congratulations. Was I invited? I don’t know. Was I invited? (Laughter.) He said, “Yes.” Thank you. (Laughter.)

To protect the dignity and worth of every person, my administration has taken historic action to combat human trafficking.

Last year, I directed the State Department to cut off development aid to nations that do not demonstrate a commitment to ending human trafficking in their own countries. (Applause.) And we are fighting every day to stop the tragedy of human trafficking all along our southern border.

Together, we will end the scourge of modern-day slavery that, because of the Internet, is at levels that nobody can believe. The Internet came along, and some good things happened. But some very bad things happened, and this is one of them.

As part of our commitment to building a just and loving society, we must build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life. (Applause.) All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God. (Applause.) Thank you.

Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven. As the Lord says in Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you… Before you were born, I set you apart.”

Here with us today are Nikki and Tyler Watkinson. Our wonderful First Lady Melania, who is right now working very hard with a group of people and saying a few words on opioids — she’s very much involved; she wanted to be here so badly, but she’ll be here with us next year — recently met with them and, when she visited them at Children’s Hospital, was so impressed.

Last year, Nikki went into early labor during a blizzard. As she and Tyler were driving to the hospital, their son Grayson was born in the front seat. He was born four months premature, and weighed only 1 pound and 11 ounces. But he let out little, tiny cries, and he made it to the hospital alive. Nikki and [DEL: Taylor’s :DEL] [Tyler’s] entire community began to lift up Grayson in their prayers, and, to the surprise of doctors, he kept on improving, improving, improving. After four months in the hospital, Nikki and Tyler brought home their beautiful baby boy. Just a few weeks ago, Grayson celebrated his first birthday. He is a beautiful, happy, healthy guy. (Applause.)

Are they here? Where? Oh, good. (Applause.) Good. That’s great. Beautiful. That’s great. Thank you.

As his mom, Nikki, has said, “He was put on this Earth to do big things.” He may be here someday — right here. Nikki, he already has and he will do more and more as he grows older.

As Jesus promises in the Bible, “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” We are blessed to live in a land of faith where all things are possible. Our only limits are those we place on ourselves. So true.

On Tuesday, I asked Americans to choose greatness. And everybody in that room stood and applauded. We asked for greatness — it’s greatness for our country — and to renew our love and loyalty to one another — as friends, as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots, and as Americans.

There could be no better way to begin this exciting national adventure than the way America has always begun our greatest adventures: by coming together in prayer.

So today, and every day, let us pray for the future of our country. Let us pray for the courage to pursue justice and the wisdom to forge peace. Let us pray for a future where every child has a warm, safe, and loving home. Let us come together for the good of our people, for the strength of our families, for the safety of our citizens, for the fulfillment of our deepest hopes and our highest potential. And let us always give thanks for the miracle of life, the majesty of creation, and the grace of Almighty God.

Thank you. It is an honor to be with you. God bless you. And God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

END 9:43 A.M. EST

President Trump Delivers Remarks During National Prayer Breakfast (W/ Transcript)… — The Last Refuge

WSJ Warns The New Democratic Agenda Sure Looks Like Socialism | Zero Hedge

The U.S. may not be Venezuela, but consider the Democratic agenda that is emerging from Congress and the party’s presidential contenders. You decide if the proposals meet the definition of socialism…

Now that President Trump has criticized the “new calls to adopt socialism in this country,” Democrats and the media are already protesting that the socialist label doesn’t apply to them.

But, as The Wall Street Journal asks (and answers), what are they afraid of – the label or their own ideas – because the new Democratic agenda sure looks like government control over the means of production.

Via The Wall Street Journal,

The biggest political story of 2019 is that Democrats are embracing policies that include government control of ever-larger chunks of the private American economy.

Merriam-Webster defines socialism as “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.”

The U.S. may not be Venezuela, but consider the Democratic agenda that is emerging from Congress and the party’s presidential contenders. You decide if the proposals meet the definition of socialism.

Medicare for All. Bernie Sanders’ plan, which has been endorsed by 16 other Senators, would replace all private health insurance in the U.S. with a federally administered single-payer health-care program. Government would decide what care to deliver, which drugs to pay for, and how much to pay doctors and hospitals. Private insurance would be banned.

As Senator Kamala Harris put it recently on CNN, “the idea is that everyone gets access to medical care, and you don’t have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork, all of the delay that may require. Who of us has not had that situation, where you’ve got to wait for approval, and the doctor says, well, I don’t know if your insurance company is going to cover this? Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”

If replacing private insurance with government control isn’t socialism, what is?

The Green New Deal. This idea, endorsed by 40 House Democrats and several Democratic presidential candidates, would require that the U.S. be carbon neutral within 10 years. Non-carbon sources provide only 11% of U.S. energy today, so this would mean a complete remake of American electric power, transportation and manufacturing.

Oh, and as imagined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, all of this would be planned by a Select Committee For a Green New Deal. Soviet five-year plans were more modest.

A guaranteed government job for all. To assist in this 10-year transformation of society, the Green New Deal’s authors would “provide all members of our society, across all regions and all communities, the opportunity, training and education to be a full and equal participant in the transition, including through a job guarantee program to assure a living wage job to every person who wants one.”

This is no longer a fringe idea. The Center for American Progress, Barack Obama’s think tank, supports a government job for everyone “to counter the effects of reduced bargaining power, technical change, globalization,” and presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted her support for it as an alternative to tax reform.

A new system for corporate control. Senator Elizabeth Warren wants a new federal charter for businesses with more than $1 billion in annual revenue that would make companies answer to more than shareholders. Employees would elect 40% of directors, who would be obliged to consider “benefits” beyond returns to the owners. This radical redesign of corporate governance would give politicians and their interest groups new influence over private business decisions and assets.

Vastly higher taxes. These ideas would require much more government revenue, and Democrats are eagerly proposing ways to raise it. Mr. Sanders wants to raise the top death tax rate to 77%. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez wants a new 70% tax rate on high incomes, which is supported by the Democratic intelligentsia. The House Ways and Means Committee is working on a plan to raise the payroll tax to 14.8% from 12.4% on incomes above $400,000.

Never to be outdone on the left, Ms. Warren wants a new 2% “wealth tax” on assets above $50 million and 3% above $1 billion, including assets held abroad. France recently junked its wealth tax because it was so counterproductive, and such a tax has never been levied in America. This is government confiscation merely because someone has earned or saved more money than someone else. Socialism?

These are merely the most prominent proposals. There are many others, such as Ms. Warren’s plan to set up a government-owned generic drug maker that would inevitably put private companies out of business because its cost of capital would be zero.

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WSJ concludes with some even more ominous perspective, apparently fearful of the ‘boiling frog’ or ‘just the tip’ dissonance…

Some readers might think this is all so extreme it could never happen. But presidential candidates don’t propose ideas they think will hurt them politically. The leftward lurch of Democratic voters, especially the young, means the party could nominate the most left-wing presidential candidate in U.S. history. If other Democratic candidates oppose any or all of this, we’d like to hear them.

The American public deserves to have a debate about all this, lest it sleepwalk into a socialist future it doesn’t want. Credit to Mr. Trump for teeing it up.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-07/wsj-warns-new-democratic-agenda-sure-looks-socialism

Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 7, 2019

THE FOUNDATION

“We must take human nature as we find it, perfection falls not to the share of mortals.” —George Washington (1786)


Virginia Dem Scandal Spirals 

The top three state Democrats are now embroiled in outrage of their own making.


Lower Courts Obstruct Trump at Unprecedented Rate

He’s seen more lower courts block his executive actions than 42 previous presidents combined.


Dems Ramp Up ‘Ridiculous Partisan Investigations’

Trump called them out Tuesday night. By Wednesday morning, it was full speed ahead.


Utopian Dreams, Dystopian Realities

Democrats want to punish the wealthy just for daring to have more money than others.


The 2019 SOTU Review: A Trump Administration Triumph

There is a new opportunity in American politics, if only we have the courage to seize it. Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country.


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