Daily Archives: February 21, 2020

‘Russians helping Sanders!’ MSM take abrupt break from anti-Trump frenzy for a ‘never Bernie’ moment on the eve of Nevada caucus — RT USA News

As Bernie Sanders surges to the front of the pack for the Democratic nomination, the Washington Post has dropped an anonymous “bombshell” claiming that Moscow seeks to help him as well as its “puppet” US President Donald Trump.

On the word of “people familiar with the matter,” the Post said in a report on Friday that US officials had informed Sanders of a Russian effort to assist his campaign, noting that President Trump and US lawmakers had also been warned of the supposed plot.

While the Post maintained a plausible deniability by saying it’s unclear“what form that Russian assistance has taken” and offering no detail beyond generic assertions from unnamed sources, the paper nonetheless compelled a denial from the avowed democratic socialist, who apparently accepted the basis of the accusation as fact.

“I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president,” Sanders said in a statement to the Post, reinforcing it with a generic DNC talking point. “My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.”

The report comes at a convenient time for Sanders’ opponents, as the senator emerges as a top contender in the Democratic race. Placing second in the Iowa caucus by a razor thin margin and winning the New Hampshire primary, he is widely expected to take first in the upcoming poll in Nevada.

While Bernie himself has responded to criticisms of his supporters’ abusive behavior online in a truly DNC fashion – by claiming Russian actors could be at work, social media giants have thrown cold water on the claim.

Both Twitter and Facebook weighed in earlier this week noting they’d seen no evidence of a pro-Sanders influence campaign on their platforms, with Facebook repeating that conclusion on Friday  – before abruptly retracting the statement.

Since the very 2016 election, leaders in the Democratic Party have blamed their shock loss to Donald Trump – which came against all liberal media expectations, analyses and polls – on ‘Russian trolls’ and Moscow’s online ‘influence operations.’ A lengthy special counsel investigation, however, unearthed no evidence of any Trump-Russia ‘collusion,’ delivering a major blow to the DNC’s Russian meddling talking point.

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/481439-bernie-sanders-russia-democratic/

‘Tremendous public health threat’: CDC confirms 34 coronavirus cases in US, prepares for ‘very possible, even likely’ pandemic — RT USA News

The CDC has warned that transmission of the deadly COVID-19 virus in the US is “very possible, even likely” and said its current goal is not to prevent but to slow down its spread and “buy more time” for US communities to prepare.

Added to the 13 already confirmed, the 21 new cases in the US were announced by the CDC on Friday in a media briefing, all of whom returned to the country aboard emergency repatriation flights arranged by the State Department for citizens stranded abroad. Health officials said they expect additional cases to arise from those still in quarantine.

“This new virus represents a tremendous public health threat,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters, adding that it is “very possible” and even “likely” the illness would continue to spread in the US.

We never expected that we would catch every single traveler with novel coronavirus returning from China, given the nature of this virus and how it’s spreading… That would be simply impossible.

 Also on rt.com

‘All US has done could only spread fear’: China slams Washington for ‘stoking panic’ against Beijing over coronavirus

The new patients are among more than 300 Americans evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship docked off the coast of Japan, where some 3,700 passengers were stranded for over two weeks in isolation. Ten additional passengers have tested positive in Japan, but will only be added to the official tally after confirmation by the CDC.

US health officials said they will now classify cases into two categories: those diagnosed inside the US, and those that were confirmed abroad and repatriated. Eighteen patients returned from the stranded cruise ship, while three others were brought home from Wuhan, China, where the illness was first observed.

The total number of infections worldwide has soared to around 77,000, with 2,360 fatalities, the majority of them in mainland China.

 Also on rt.com

2 passengers from coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan die as countries rush to evacuate citizens
— Read on www.rt.com/usa/481436-coronavirus-us-cdc-warning/

When US Hospitals And Military Publicly Brace For A Pandemic, You Should Pay Attention | Zero Hedge

“This is the time to open up your pandemic plans and see that things are in order,”

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

If you trust the numbers coming out of China (I don’t) it appears that they’re getting their coronavirus epidemic contained. Yesterday they reported the lowest number of new cases in ages, with 349 newly confirmed patients, in a dramatic drop of more than 1300 fewer cases than Tuesday.

Xinhuanet, the official Chinese government propaganda news outlet reported:

NHC spokesperson Mi Feng made the remarks at a press conference in Beijing Wednesday, citing the epidemic data in the province over the past week.

The daily count of newly cured and discharged cases in Hubei, excluding the capital city of Wuhan, has exceeded the number of newly confirmed cases for four consecutive days as of Wednesday, said Mi.

He also noted that the number of newly confirmed cases has decreased significantly since Feb. 13 in areas besides Wuhan, and the increase in the cumulative number of confirmed cases has remained flat. (source)

Of course, there’s plenty of evidence that China has toyed with the numbers all along, so it’s difficult not to take this “good news” with a grain of salt.

Particularly when hundreds of potentially infected people disembarked the Diamond Princess yesterday to make their ways home to 50 different countries via a wide variety of public transportation options.

And particularly when our own government is busily (and visibly) preparing for the potential of a massive outbreak in the United States.

We didn’t even see these kinds of preparations when we were being warned by the CDC to get ready for an Ebola outbreak back in 2014. Mercifully, we dodged the bullet on that one but it certainly wasn’t because of well-thought-out protocols and procedures. The entire thing was handled so poorly that it could have resulted in disaster. Perhaps we learned from that?

CDC warned American hospitals are warned to prepare

Anyone who is a prepper knows that medical items like gloves, N-95 masks, and other PPE are in short supply right now, and hospitals are also concerned about shortages. The CDC issued a warning last week:

“This is the time to open up your pandemic plans and see that things are in order,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, a top official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged hospitals last week.

“For instance,” she continued, health-care providers need to plan for a “surge at a hospital, the ability to provide personal protective equipment for your workforce, the administrative controls and so forth that you might put place in a health care setting.” (source)

In a separate interview, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters, “At some point, we are likely to see community spread in the U.S. or in other countries.”

How are hospitals bracing for impact?

Across the country, hospitals are taking steps to prepare for an onslaught of patients who may or may not have the infectious disease. Considering that it’s influenza season and many of the symptoms are similar to those of Covid-19, surge capacity could be reached very quickly.

Here’s how some hospitals are preparing, according to a CNBC article:

  • San Diego-based Scripps Health is consolidating medical supplies such as masks, gloves, and gowns and backups have been ordered. (Expect that orders to healthcare facilities will be shipped long before ours.) Health-care workers are being taught how to safely reuse N95 respirator masks, in the event of shortages
  • Northside Hospital in Atlanta is watching patients for clinical symptoms and potential exposure to the virus. If they suspect a patent could have been exposed, they will be given a mask and be immediately moved to an airborne isolation room, where they will remain while in the hospital. “Infection control and prevention measures are always a priority,” spokeswoman Katherine Watson said.
  • NYU Langone Health in New York City has classified Covid-19 as a “Level 1 Priority.” A  level 2 or 3 scenario would be when “there is transmission in the city and it begins to impact hospital operations. The health-care system has implemented a conservation plan and medical supplies, especially respirator masks, are only given to staff as needed.”

Cat Ellis, the author of The Wuhan Coronavirus Survival Manual, warns that hospitals could reach surge capacity very quickly and that it will impact more than people with potential cases of Coronavirus.

The latest data I could find for how many hospital beds are available in the United States is for 2018 from the American Hospital Association. They put the total number of hospital beds in 2018 at 924,107. This is similar to the data from Stastisca.com, and it confirms that there was still a downward trend in the number of available hospital beds in 2018.

Assuming the downward trend has continued since 2018, we have less than 924 thousand available beds for every sick person from all causes in the United States. We are facing the potential worst-case scenario of 2,697,300 hospitalizations for Wuhan coronavirus alone.

This would raise the death toll from all causes as hospitals reach surge capacity. Surge capacity occurs when there is a sudden influx of patients that a hospital becomes overwhelmed and cannot treat any additional sick people.

In this situation, there are no more beds, and there is not enough hospital staff to treat any more patients.

Often, during a pandemic, it is not the pandemic illness itself that will kill a person. During the 2014 Ebola pandemic, it was common for people to die of some other health problem, and not Ebola, simply because doctors and nurses were too afraid to come to work. In other places, health care workers also became sick and unable to care for patients, as they were now patients themselves.

Imagine going into labor in the middle of a pandemic crisis. While homebirth attended by a skilled midwife has consistently proven to be safe and have better outcomes than hospital births, things can and still do go wrong. What if that were to happen during a pandemic with no beds available? What if you or a loved one experienced a heart attack or stroke? What if you were in a car accident or injured in a mob trying to get the last supplies off a grocery store shelf and needed emergency room care? (source)

Being prepared to treat minor issues at home is very important when hospitals are overflowing with people who may or may not have a potentially deadly illness.

The US Military is preparing as well.

An executive order was issued by the Joint Staff and approved by Defense Secretary Mark Esper to officially initiate pandemic plans, the Military Times reports. On Feb. 1, U.S. Northern Command was directed the Joint Staff “to commence prudent planning in their assigned role synchronizing the department’s plans for pandemic flu and disease.”

However, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mike Hatfield says that in no way “does the planning indicate a greater likelihood of an event developing. As military professionals, planning for a range of contingencies is something we owe the American people.”

But in other military news, the Department of Defense has announced that eleven military bases near major airports across the country have set up quarantine camps for possible coronavirus patients. Before you panic and scream “FEMA CAMPS – THEY’RE ROUNDING US UP!” relax. These quarantine areas, at this point, are meant to house only 20 patients.

The DOD installations and the airports they could support as tertiary backups are:

  • JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI (HNL)
  • Great Lakes Training Center Navy Base, IL (ORD)
  • Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, TX (DFW)
  • March ARB, CA (LAX)
  • Travis AFB, CA (SFO)
  • Dobbins ARB, GA (ATL)
  • Fort Hamilton, NY (JFK)
  • Naval Base Kitsap, WA (SEA)
  • Joint Base Anacostia, DC (IAD)
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ (EWR)
  • Fort Custer Training Center (DTW)

Under the request, DOD support at each location will be limited to providing housing support for up to 20 people as they undergo a period of quarantined observation.  The department will also provide office space for several HHS personnel and their equipment through February 22, 2020. (source)

Of course, as the situation evolves, these facilities could always be expanded. There are already DoD quarantine facilities for up to a thousand patients.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday approved a request from the Department of Health and Human Services for the possible use of military facilities to accommodate 1,000 people who may have to be quarantined upon arrival from overseas due to a new virus.

A Defense Department statement said HHS officials requested the use of several facilities capable of housing at least 250 people in individual rooms through Feb. 29. HHS would be responsible for all care, transportation and security of the evacuees, according to the statement. (source)

The locations for these quarantine facilities are the 168th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Fort Carson, Colorado; Travis Air Force Base, California; Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. These bases are where recently evacuated from Wuhan and from the ill-fated Diamond Princess cruise ship are waiting out their quarantines.

What does it all mean?

First of all, it doesn’t mean that you should panic. Let’s get that out of the way first. Panic, as Selco writes, does not lead to good decision-making. You can be aware of what is going on and add it to your arsenal of information to help you make the best choices in the future.

What it does mean is that the US government is taking this outbreak extremely seriously. Since generally, the party line is “everything will be just fine,” recent actions taken publicly should definitely spark some awareness that this could become serious.

Preparing for the potential of a Covid-19 pandemic is strongly advisable. (Learn more here.) You have to keep in mind all the other things that could go wrong during a long-term siege of illness. The panic of other people; the fall of systems like utilities, police, fire, and hospitals; and shortages of supplies are all things you should take into account.

Personally, I’m glad they’re taking it seriously because the handling of the Ebola threat was a near-disaster.

It’s impossible to say whether this virus will be contained before it becomes widespread in the United States and elsewhere, and it’s also very difficult to predict the ramifications if it does. Viruses mutate, different health systems may handle it better than others, and containment efforts in different areas may be more successful than others – or less.

But I’d say that the preparations being undertaken by hospitals across the nation and by our own military are a blinking neon sign that we’d be foolish to ignore.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/health/when-us-hospitals-and-military-publicly-brace-pandemic-you-should-pay-attention

China Forced To Revise Number Of Virus Cases Sharply Higher After Hubei Caught Undercounting New Infections | Zero Hedge

China’s desperate attempts to manipulate coronavirus “data” lower to ease public fears about a runaway pandemic and get more people back to work, are crossing into the outright laughable, if not surreal.

As a reminder, earlier this week, China’s Hubei province where the quarantined epicenter of the covid-19 epidemic, Wuhan, is located, once again changed the definition of a coronavirus “infection” in pursuit of a lower number of new cases by defining a case as “confirmed” if it stems from a positive result in a nucleic acid test, not if it was clinically diagnosed by physicians, a reversal of the definition change it adopted just  a week earlier which resulted in the biggest daily increase yet, when nearly 15,000 new cases were reported. Sure enough, this led to a plunge in new cases, with Hubei reporting just 411 new cases on Thursday and 349 new cases on Friday, sharply lower from the 1,000+ cases reported on previous days.

There is just one problem: at the same time as Hubei was priding itself in its sharp drop off in “confirmed” cases (carefully ‘doctored’ definition of new cases notwithstanding), a new breakout was been observed in the local Hubei prison system. And, problematically, for the brand new leadership of the Hubei Health Commission, it appeared that none of these cases were actually accounted for in the official province-level data.

Oops.

So what does Hubei do? Well, late on Friday the province which has now lost all credibility in the “data” it is reporting, was forced to once again revise the data, higher of course, to account for the “missing” prison cases.

Specifically, per a press release late on Friday, Hubei did the following:

  • It revised the number of new “confirmed” cases on Thursday upward to 631 from 411 after including 220 cases in the local prison system (source). 
  • It revised the number of new “confirmed” cases on Wednesday upward to 775 from 349, after accounting for the previously unaccounted for cases in the local prison system (source)

And visually:

Then, just to make sure the confusion is complete, Hubei also said that in addition to prison cases that had been previously unaccounted for, the provincial health system said some cities of the province “had deducted from their Feb. 19 count the number of previously confirmed cases per the nation’s revised guidelines published Feb. 18; their wrong method was discovered Feb. 20 and asked to stop.”

As a result of all these changes, the cumulative number of total cases rose from 62,442 reported initially to 62,662 initially, and then one day later, the revision was from 62,662 to 63,008 for Feb 20.

For those curious, here is the original google-translated revisions from the Hubei website:

From 2 Yue 13 date, according to the National Health Commission Office of Health, the State Pharmaceutical Administration Office issued the “novel coronavirus pneumonia treatment program (Trial Fifth Edition)”, Hubei Province, will be clinically diagnosed cases of confirmed cases were all included in the statistics Announcement and treatment. 2 Yue 18 , the National Health Commission Office of Health, the State Pharmaceutical Administration and the Office of the issuance of “novel coronavirus pneumonia treatment program (Trial Sixth Edition)”, the fifth edition of the relative treatment program, the original clinically diagnosed cases in Hubei Province The category was cancelled. 2 Yue 19 days, some cities and states clinically diagnosed cases of early reports were revised according to the sixth edition of treatment programs, and subtract some of the confirmed cases. 2 Yue 20 Ri detection and timely stop this wrong practice. Now 2 Yue 19 the number of cases date back to re-add and subtract the confirmed cases, and the number of new cases of the day were revised. 2 Yue 19 Ri 0-24 , the province’s new confirmed cases of 349 Li revised to 775 cases, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of the 62031 Li revised to 62 457 cases. Meanwhile, as of 2 Yue 20 Ri 24When the province’s total number of confirmed cases from 62,662 revised cases were 63088 cases.

The bottom line is simple: anyone trusting any “data” from either Hubei in particular, or China in general, is a fool as each and every day is now an exercise in goalseeking cases to make it appears that China is regaining control over the pandemic but not at a rate that is too silly, which is what happened on the 19th, when all of China reported just 391 new cases, a laughable drop from the nearly 15 thousand new cases reported a week earlier.

The goal is simple: restore confidence among the general population that Beijing has the disease under control.

The irony, of course, is that the more China manipulates the data, the less anyone will believe a positive outcome for the epidemic and will instead claim that this is just the result of Chinese propaganda: “It points to a rather concerning confusion over how best to officially report the number of cases, leading to a loss of confidence in the true numbers,” said Jeffrey Halley, a Singapore-based senior market analyst with Oanda Asia Pacific Pte. “That could mean that internationally, the rest of the world keeps China in lockdown for longer, which will not be good for the ‘V-shaped recovery’ projections.”

And so China’s scrambles to goal seek its proapaganda number, the world’s attention has shifted to what has emerged as the second coronavirus hotspot, that of Daegu in South Korea, where the number of cases is certainly not doctored, pardon the terrible pun, and where there is a truly exponential increase in new cases, which are now doubling with every passing day in a terrible, if accurate, representation of what indeed happens when there is a viral epidemic.

Needless to say, if the South Korea model is accurate, it is safe to say that as of this moment, there are tens of millions of infected Chinese, which however Beijing will keep a secret until it is unable to do so any longer. That moment may be approaching: as the Global Times reports, Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, plans to build another 19 makeshift hospitals to receive more infected patients, local authorities said Friday. Upon their completion, all the makeshift hospitals in Wuhan are expected to offer 30,000 beds on Feb. 25, said Hu Yabo, deputy mayor of Wuhan at a press briefing on epidemic prevention and control.

To date, Wuhan has converted 13 existing venues into temporary hospitals, with a total of 13,348 beds, and about 9,313 beds have been put into use to treat patients with mild symptoms, said Hu.

And in a bizarre twist, Hu added that to improve their medical treatment capability, every makeshift hospital will be supplied with CT scanners and other medical equipment including ECG monitors.

But wait, didn’t Hubei just change the definition of an “infection” to remove those cases confirmed with a CT scanner? Why is Wuhan rushing to add those scanners if their “confirmation” of a case is irrelevant?

The answer of course, is obvious: there is an order of magnitude more cases in Hubei – and China – than is officially reported, although what that number is the world’s population will likely never know and instead it will have to rely on proxy indicators such as what is going on in South Korea to get an accurate assessment of just how bad, and deadly, the coronavirus pandemic truly is.

One final point: according to the Global Times, about 72 medical teams from other regions of China have been dispatched to these temporary hospitals to aid local colleagues to treat patients and contain the virus spread. Would China be doing this if the epidemic in Hubei was about to be “contained”? We leave the obvious answer to our readers.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/health/china-forced-revise-number-virus-cases-sharply-higher-after-hubei-caught-undercounting-new

Sen. Cotton on coronavirus: ‘China is carefully managing the flow of information’ | Fox News

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., appeared on “The Ingraham Angle” Friday and pushed back against accusations that he is floating conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and it’s origins in China.

WATCH: Tucker Carlson Argues Roger Stone Judge Amy Berman Jackson ‘Deserves to be Impeached,’ Calls Her ‘Democratic Activist Wearing Robes’ — The Gateway Pundit

Fox News host Tucker Carlson called for U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to impeached for her handling of the Roger Stone trial during Thursday night’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Carlson referred to the Obama-appointed judge as a “Democratic activist wearing robes.”

“Stone’s sentence was delivered by an Obama-appointed judge called Amy Berman Jackson,” Carlson said. “You often hear people say that our justice system has been infected by politics. Amy Berman Jackson is living proof that it has been. She’s an open partisan who has so flagrantly violated the bounds of Constitutional law and fairness that it’s shocking she’s still on the bench. If there’s anyone in Washington who deserves to be impeached, it’s Amy Berman Jackson.”

“If there’s anyone in Washington that deserves to be impeached, it’s Amy Berman Jackson,” he continued, noting her similarly harsh treatment of Rick Gates and Paul Manafort.

“Jackson wanted to punish Gates and Manafort before they were even convicted of anything, and she did. Ultimately she revoked Manafort’s bail and placed him in jail in solitary confinement. But Jackson reserved her real fury for Roger Stone,” claimed Carlson. “At sentencing today, she declared that Stone was ‘prosecuted for covering up for the president.’ Now, CNN let the claim pass without comment, but anybody who had been watching was baffled because that’s totally untrue.”

Carlson also blasted the judge for the gag-order she placed on Stone that many believe violated his First Amendment rights.

“The entire Democratic Party and their servants in the press can defame Stone at will, and they are relentlessly, but if Stone dares to express his own opinion, Amy Berman Jackson will send him to jail immediately,” said Carlson. “She’s banned him from speaking publicly about the case in any way. He can’t tweet or write on Facebook. No social media. He can’t do television, he can’t speak to reporters. He cannot even express himself indirectly. If Roger Stone asked a friend or family member to deliver a statement on his behalf, he would be violating Judge Jackson’s order.”

“What you’re watching is the capricious authoritarianism of a Democratic activist wearing robes. It’s terrifying,” he said.

Carlson called on President Trump to pardon Stone, asserting that “this farce must end.”

via WATCH: Tucker Carlson Argues Roger Stone Judge Amy Berman Jackson ‘Deserves to be Impeached,’ Calls Her ‘Democratic Activist Wearing Robes’ — The Gateway Pundit

This Definitively Proves the Existence of God — Wretched

Episode 2632-

This Definitively Proves the Existence of God

Segment 1 (00:15) Tom Hammond interviewed in the studio. Beauty testifies to the existence of God. Why is there a general commonality and agreement of what is beautiful? How could we reach that unless God existed?

Segment 2 (08:14) What do you say to the people that claim that beauty is just preference? Is it really a preference if a vast majority can all agree on what is beautiful and what isn’t? Wouldn’t that imply that the concept of beauty comes from a higher power? A most beautiful thing?

Segment 3 (18:14) You can dismantle someone’s incorrect worldview, but you still need to give them truth to replace it with. Once someone reaches the point that they accepted a god exists, then you can lead them by explaining that the characteristics that a god like that would need to have – and how those characteristics match the characteristics you find in the Christian God. Christianity is not a blind faith, it is an eyewitness faith.

Segment 4 (25:22) Tom shares the gospel. We can win arguments all day long but unless people are getting saved, it doesn’t matter. The gospel contains the words of life.

via This Definitively Proves the Existence of God — Wretched

BREAKING: FBC Dallas refuses to fund Russell Moore’s ERLC — Capstone Report

Pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas and a prominent evangelical commentator on Fox News, Dr. Robert Jeffress said his church stopped funding the ERLC. Jeffress told One News Now that his church wanted to be good stewards.

 “There are some agencies like the ERLC that we no longer fund, and we’re putting money into the things that we feel good about,” Jeffress told One News Now. “We’re not mad at anybody … but we feel like we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the resources God has given us.”

Last year, Jeffress pointed out that American evangelical churches are in what he called a post-denominational era. Jeffress said:

“I think we are living in a post-denominational age, and I think whether it is Southern Baptist or any other mainline denominations, I don’t think people relate any more to large masses of ecclesiastical bureaucracies. I think it is kind of like Tip O’Neil said one time, ‘All politics are local,’ and I think that is true about the church as well. I know our members are concerned about First Baptist Church Dallas and what we are doing to change the world for the better by introducing people to faith in Christ and I don’t know anybody under the age of 70 who cares about what is happening in the denomination.”

This is a time that very few people in the local church feel connected to the Southern Baptist Convention (or really any denomination.) The local church and its missions are the focus. This is no doubt expansive for large churches that can fund local, regional and international missions of their own. However, it has significant ramifications for smaller churches who benefit from a cooperative model.

Yet, the smaller churches have a limited ability to influence the Southern Baptist Convention. Attending the Annual Meeting is expensive. As SBC Presidential candidate Randy Adams pointed out today on Twitter, something like only eight percent of Southern Baptist churches send messengers to the meeting.

In his experience, that’s because the cost of attendance is too high.

Scott@gsstansell

How are these churches being excluded from the decision making process with the SBC?

Randy Adams@ERandyAdams1

It costs so to attend the annual meeting that small church pastors often can’t afford to attend. We need remote access voting. Only 8 percent of churches send messengers.

See Randy Adams’s other Tweets

Voting reform is a non-starter with the Status Quo crowd in the SBC. The present method rewards the celebrity driven culture that turns out fanboys and denominational employees. These are groups all dedicated to preserving the powers that be.

Reform requires a significant and increased level of participation from rank-and-file, Baptists in the pew.

But, for small churches that burden is too heavy. And larger churches find members don’t seem interested in it.

That makes the cooperation between smaller and larger churches through groups like the Conservative Baptist Network a crucial element in holding the denominational elites accountable.

Of course, the Elites don’t like that.

Just look at the hissy fit the ERLC threw when the EC wanted to study if and how its politics alienated Southern Baptists.

Their anger proves the rightness of the investigation.

And, we already know one megachurch is making sure it isn’t paying for Russell Moore to insult us Southern Baptists.

Well done, Dr. Jeffress.

via BREAKING: FBC Dallas refuses to fund Russell Moore’s ERLC — Capstone Report

February 29 Life-Changing Moments With God

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Father, now is the accepted time … the time of salvation. Jesus taught: “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”

Whatever my hand finds to do, may I do it with my might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave.

“You have many goods. Take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry,” said the foolish man. That night his soul was required of him; whose will his things be? If I lay up treasure for myself, and am not rich toward God, I am foolish.

What is my life? It is a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. The world is passing away and its lust; but I who do the will of God abide forever.

Lord, Your eternal perspective reminds me of life’s brevity. Help me to walk in Your light and to serve You wisely, with all my might.

Proverbs 27:1; 2 Corinthians 6:2; John 12:35–36; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Luke 12:19–21; James 4:14; 1 John 2:17[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 70). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 21 Life-Changing Moments With God

I am the Lord who sanctifies you.

You are the Lord my God, who has separated me from the peoples. I shall be holy to You, for You, Lord, are holy, and have separated me from the peoples, that I should be Yours.

I am sanctified by You, Father God … sanctified by Your truth. Your word is truth. May You, the God of peace, sanctify me completely; and may my whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of my Lord Jesus Christ.

So that He might sanctify me with His own blood, Jesus suffered outside the gate. My Savior Jesus Christ gave Himself for me, that He might redeem me from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Both Jesus who sanctifies and those of us who are being sanctified are all of one … He is not ashamed to call us brethren. For my sake Jesus sanctified Himself, that I also may be sanctified by the truth … in sanctification of the Spirit for obedience.

Lord Jesus, help me to obey Your true Word and to be zealous that good works demonstrate my sanctification.

Leviticus 20:8; Leviticus 20:24, 26; Jude 1; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12; Titus 2:13–14; Hebrews 2:11; John 17:19: 1 Peter 1:2[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 62). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.