Daily Archives: May 5, 2020

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Americans Doubt Coronavirus Death Tolls | The Daily Caller

An overwhelming majority of Americans doubt official coronavirus death tolls in the U.S, a new poll shows.

Two-thirds of American adults doubt the official death tolls, according to an Axios poll published Tuesday. The poll found that 40% of Republicans believed that deaths are being overcounted, compared to 24% who believe they are being undercounted.

The results flipped dramatically when Democratic voters were surveyed, with 63% responding that death tolls were being undercounted, compared to just 7% who said they were being overcounted. The poll was included 1,012 U.S. adults, and has a margin of error of roughly 3.2%. (RELATED: FLASHBACK: Jan.21: Fauci Says Coronavirus ‘Not A Major Threat’ To U.S.)

— Read on dailycaller.com/2020/05/05/american-coronavirus-death-tolls-accuracy/

Tony Fauci and the Trojan horse of tyranny – WND

Exclusive: W. Scott Magill, M.D., sees a ‘brilliantly engineered coordinated campaign’ against U.S.

By W. Scott Magill, M.D.

It is time to seriously question everything we are told regarding the physical and the cultural virus.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, in his role as longtime federal immunology bureaucrat, paid $3.7 million to the Wuhan laboratory for coronavirus development after the U.S. declared a moratorium on such funding. Fauci is joined at the hip with Bill Gates, paid for the scam VA study at the University of Virginia and has been on the payroll of the Clinton Foundation for years.

He is responsible for the death of thousands of Americans by leading the opposition to a drug regimen that is at least a 91% effective in curingSARS-CoV2 infections – thereby violating his Oath – “First do no harm” – and his responsibility to America and Americans.

Now he gleefully flaunts the success of Remdesivir, which was initially developed in 2016 to fight against Ebola and made by Gilead Biosciences as the “cure” for COVID-19. Bear in mind that Dr. Fauci reportedly has close ties to, through the Clinton Foundation, the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who appears to promote whatever Xi Jinping wants him to promote. And who holds the patent on Remdesivir? – China.

A convoluted issue indeed, with Gilead stating it patented Remdesivir in China and the Wuhan Institute of Virology filing a patent application on Jan. 4, 2020.

It appears that to the becoming-infamous Dr. Fauci, truth and reality are only a reflection of his desires at any given moment, and that is subject to change in the next moment. As reported by One American News this week, in 2005, he knew that hydroxychloroquine was “effective against viruses genetically related to COVID-19.” However, when it became troublesome to his financial and social Trojan horse, he contradicted President Trump and global experience and experts during a Task Force briefing on March 20, 2020, saying, “You got to be careful saying ‘fairly effective.’ …” – effectively saying, a la Obi Wan, “America, these are not the drugs you’re looking for – move along.”

With a brilliant piece of journalism, two terms not used together often, by Tucker Carlson in March, the Fox host destroyed any doubt that the Wuhan coronavirus came from the Wuhan Virology Lab. Subsequently, Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have confirmed there is abundant credible evidence that, in point of fact, the leak from the Wuhan Lab was the start of a global pandemic. These truths do not seem to meld with Dr. Fauci’s desired reality, and he firmly stated, there is “no evidence” that SARS-CoV2 escaped from a Chinese lab. Although it is possible that infected horseshoe bats were brought into the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the virus escaped during guiltless experiments, this was not mentioned. Instead, Fauci answered the unasked question, emphatically stating that the scientific evidence is “very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated.” Does the gentleman protest too much?

And just who, or what is Gilead Biosciences? Gilead is partnered with Wuxi Pharmaceuticals, an international pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device company. According to Wikipedia, “The company covers the development cycle through five core operations, including small molecule R&D and manufacturing, biologics R&D and manufacturing, cell therapy and gene therapy R&D and manufacturing, medical device testing, and molecular testing and genomics.” And where, you may ask, is the company located? Wuxi Pharm was begun in Shanghai by Dr. Gi Li now with facilities also in Wuxi City and Suzhou, China, as well as facilities in St. Paul, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Wuxi Pharmaceuticals is owned by none other than America’s own – George Soros.

The web becomes even more entangled as a reported owner of Gilead Bioscience is also … George Soros.

Holding this web together is the fact that Gilead has endorsed and is engaged with a drug purchasing group, UNITAID. UNITAID is an outgrowth of the United Nations, Millennium Declaration of 2000, which is now the U.N. Global Compact.

The large investors in UNITAID include WHO, George Soros, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a partnership relationship with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Both Drs. Fauci and Birx are associated with the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

When, you may ask, will Remdesivir go into production? On Feb. 12, 2020 – that is correct, Feb. 12 – 10 days after Trump initiated the China travel ban, Bloomberg reported:

“A Chinese drugmaker said it has started mass-producing an experimental drug from Gilead Sciences that has the potential to fight the novel coronavirus, as China accelerates its effort to find a treatment for the widening outbreak.

“Suzhou [China]-based BrightGene Bio-Medical Technology said in a statement filed to the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Tuesday night that it has developed the technology to synthesize the active pharmaceutical ingredients of Remdesivir, Gilead’s drug that is a leading candidate to treat the highly infectious virus that’s killed more than 1,000 people. The drug isn’t licensed or approved anywhere in the world yet. …”

Of interest, HHS has already won a lawsuit against Gilead. “For nearly a decade, Gilead’s price gouging on PrEP has prevented hundreds of thousands of Americans from accessing this technology, despite it being a taxpayer-funded invention,” noted a statement by the PrEP4All Collaboration. “If HHS is truly invested in ending the HIV epidemic, it will use these patents as leverage to ensure that everyone who needs PrEP can get it.”

Can there be any uncertainty as to why Dr. Fauci, who worked closely with Gilead, is strongly promoting its more expensive and less effective medication, which has already failed against Ebola, over a readily available, markedly affordable medication with a 91% success rate?

Has America reached the point where what once was unthinkable became the unspeakable, and is now becoming the undeniable?

Consider the anti-liberty players: Anthony Fauci; George Soros; WHO and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party; The Clinton Foundation; the FDA, which has tried to limit hydroxychloroquine to hospital use where the window of maximum effect has passed, and now approves the unproven and expensive Remdesivir; CDC, which requires fraudulent death certificates to bolster the COVID-19 death rate, dispensed test kits tainted with SARS-CoV2 and supports contact tracing as “KEY STRATEGY”; Bill and Melinda Gates; the media; the Democratic Party and its politicians; and countless numbers of influentials flying under the radar. Is there any reason to believe anything these domestic enemies say or offer?

Is there any reason America, the last great hope for humanity, should fall to a virus with a 99.6% survival rate, even if it’s being manipulated by a well-orchestrated and executed malevolent plan by those with nefarious intentions? America will only fall if Americans continue to nurture their fear and refuse to stand against this stealthy malignancy eating away at the very core of freedom and liberty.

Is there any reason to believe that the SARS-CoV2 virus is not America’s Trojan horse, or should we say Trojan virus? A Trojan horse that provides the tools for the left to weaponize the invisible enemy and empower it far beyond its inherent physical capabilities. America’s Trojan horse provided the blueprint to America’s anti-freedom left to brilliantly engineer a coordinated campaign against the American culture and society. A crusade of lies, blame, deceit, deception and false accusations all designed to spread division, fear and panic – like a virus – from coast to coast throughout our republic. All to accelerate America’s rush to national suicide by the tyranny of socialism.

Remember, Americans don’t give up; they stand up! Veterans in Defense of Liberty® is calling on all Americans to contact their elected officials, at the federal, state and local level, and advise them that we counsel every American to consider ALL INFORMATION from our federal government about the current pandemic worthless and false until the following six questions are entirely and plainly answered:

1. Hydroxychloroquine is cheap, safe, plentiful and at least 91% successful in curing COVID-19 when taken early in the disease process. Why is the federal government discouraging its use, thereby directly contributing to the avoidable deaths of tens of thousands of Americans?

2. Why did the FDA direct doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine only for hospitalized patients, by which time the drug’s effectiveness is reduced, increasing the probability of death by delay?

3. Why has Dr. Fauci not been removed from the Coronavirus Task Force for conflict of interest since he and his pharmaceutical partners stand to make huge profits from any expensive COVID-19 vaccine developed later, while they earn nothing from cheap hydroxychloroquine cure available right now?

4. How was Dr. Fauci allowed to direct $3.7 million of American taxpayer money to conduct illegal virus research at the Chinese government’s bioweapons laboratory in Wuhan, from which this virus may have escaped?

5. Communist China sickened the world, and now, with Dr. Fauci’s full involvement, we will try to sell us the cure for the disease it caused. How is this not rewarding criminal behavior?

6. Since sound science and accurate data are essential for combating any pandemic, why have Dr. Birx and the federal government (CDC) directed doctors to classify the cause of death on the death certificate to grossly inflate the COVID-19 death rate even if they only “assume” COVID-19; while other primary causes of death exist?

If Americans stand NOW and proclaim to the world that America is open for business, that America is back, then, as President Lincoln proclaimed in his Annual Address to the U.S. Congress, Dec. 1, 1862, “The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just – a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.”

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine

William Scott Magill, M.D., is the executive director of Veterans in Defense of Liberty (ViDoL). He served with the United States Marine Corp. 1965-1971, with the United States Army Medical Corps 1981-1988, and with the Denver Police Dept. 1970-1976. He obtained his bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Denver, Masters of Health Care Administration Trinity University in San Antonio, and medical degree from The University of Health Sciences in Kansas City. Dr. Magill matriculated his residency in Ob/Gyn at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, and served as the Chief of Ob/Gyn at Irwin Army Hospital Ft. Riley Kansas. He was until recently a practicing obstetrician & Gynecologist in Springfield, Missouri, for 21 years.

— Read on www.wnd.com/2020/05/tony-fauci-trojan-horse-tyranny/

Beware of Small People with Authority – The Aquila Report

Like guardrails on a curving highway, the rules exist for all—but there will always be those who desire rules for others but not for themselves. Only the bravery of those who love freedom can curtail those who wish to use calamity to satisfy their lusts for control.

 

A friend who owns a small retail store was surprised by a clipboard-carrying bureaucrat.

“We got a report that customers entered your store.”

My friend asked, “Who reported this?”

“We can’t tell you; it’s anonymous.”

The man proceeded to outline the guidelines, while a police officer parked behind him. Offering a pen, he asked my friend to sign the official notification of the quarantine rules. With a justified indignance, my friend retorted, “I’m being scolded because some unknown person tattled on me for allegedly violating quarantine in my own business—and you want me to get within six feet of you to sign your admonishment?

Leveling his gaze, he continued, “You want me to take your unwashed pen and clipboard?  I have my own pen, thank you. Put the clipboard down and step back!”

As the armed police officer awkwardly watched, the city employee realized his inconsistency and sheepishly complied.

Small Minded People with Authority

While Americans put collective shoulders to the wheel to protect fellow citizens, an age-old problem now emerges—one I recall my father cautioning against more than forty years ago, “Beware of small people with authority.”

A sad consequence of America’s drastic efforts in dealing with the COVID-19 virus is the elevation of Frank Burns” types (from the TV show, M*A*S*H*). These “small-minded” individuals seem to draw excitement from pursuing their gratification while others struggle.

Funny thing, war—Never have so many suffered so much, so, so few could be so happy!!—Major Frank Burns

The “land of the free and the home of the brave” has descended into neighbors encouraged to report one another. With drones, incredulously supplied by China, city officials are monitoring American citizens under the guise of “protection and safety.” C.S. Lewis warned of this when he wrote:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

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— Read on www.theaquilareport.com/beware-of-small-people-with-authority/

They Want To Make “Social Distancing” A Permanent Part Of Our Lives — End Of The American Dream

Humans are inherently social creatures, and that is never going to change.  Within each one of us there is a fundamental need for connection with others, but now these coronavirus lockdowns have separated us from one another like never before.  Thankfully, many states are now starting to end their lockdowns, but unfortunately this is definitely not the end for “social distancing”.  Just as 9/11 greatly altered our society on a permanent basis, many of our social engineers now intend to make “social distancing” a permanent part of our lives.  If they have their way, there will be written or unwritten rules about how close you can get to other people virtually everywhere that you go.

Can you imagine a world where you have to constantly be concerned about walking, standing or sitting too close to someone else?

Already, there is talk of putting physical markings on sidewalks in order to constantly remind all of us not to walk too closely to one another…

Arrows on the ground, and other physical markers to encourage and enforce distance. Imagine sidewalks with scoring every 6 feet so those walking could make sure they’re the human equivalent of a few car lengths behind. Or large sculptures deployed to separate people.

And Wal-Mart and other major retailers are already starting to put arrows on the floor to remind us which direction to shop so that we can maintain proper “social distancing”.

We are being told that restaurants may have to start putting empty tables between customers, sports stadiums may have to keep at least half their seats empty, and churches may have to start holding services in shifts.

Just like in the days after 9/11, we will be told that the changes are just “temporary measures”, but once we accept “temporary measures” long enough they have a way of becoming permanent.

When I was much younger, I loved to attend concerts.  And at first I was encouraged to hear that some states were going to start allowing live concerts once again, but then I learned about the new “fan pods”

Travis McCready, the singer of the country-rock band Bishop Gunn, will be performing what’s billed as an “intimate acoustic set” in Fort Smith at the city’s TempleLive venue — but with social distancing measures in place. The show will take place on May 15, three days before the scheduled reopening.

According to Billboard, assigned seats for the show will be at least six feet apart per grouping in what Ticketmaster is calling “fan pods.” As fans enter the venue, they’ll be required to wear face masks (including the venue’s employees), have their temperatures taken at the door and capacity for the 1,100 person venue will be capped at 229.

Are you kidding me?

I understand that they are trying to prevent the spread of the virus, but it isn’t going to work.

Look, unless you plan on locking yourself in your own home for the next couple of years, you are almost certainly going to be exposed to the virus no matter how careful you are.

And once you are exposed to the virus, what is really going to matter is the strength of your immune system, and so that should be your focus instead of trying to maintain “proper social distancing” at all times.

To me, some of the “social distancing” measures that we are now seeing are completely and utterly ridiculous.  For example, at one supermarket in Philadelphia cashiers are actually working in “tent-like” plastic enclosures

At a Philadelphia supermarket, the cashier’s side of each checkout line has been outfitted with a tent-like plastic enclosure, keeping essential workers safe while on the job.

Alexander Tavares, 19, captured now-viral footage of the new working conditions, constructed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, at a store on March 25.

Those enclosures may protect those workers for a short period of time, but it is inevitable that they will eventually be exposed to the virus.

This pandemic is never going to burn itself out until herd immunity is achieved, and herd immunity is never going to be achieved until about 70 percent of the population catches the virus.

Of course it would be wonderful if someone could actually find a way to keep 70 percent of the population from becoming infected, but because this virus spreads like wildfire that simply is not going to be possible.

In the end, “social distancing” can temporarily slow the transmission of the virus, but roughly the same proportion of the population will eventually catch it whether we have “social distancing” or not.

Thankfully, some industries are already starting to push back against “social distancing”.  There has been an effort to require airlines to keep middle seats vacant on all flights from now on, and the airlines are fighting this really hard

Airlines are pushing back on proposals to require social distancing onboard aircraft. During a press briefing today, airline industry group IATA argued that leaving the middle seat vacant would hurt airlines’ ability to recover from the coronavirus crisis and potentially cause a spike of up to 54% in airfares.

If you get on an airplane, you pretty much have to assume that you are going to be exposed to all sorts of nasty bugs.  That has always been true, and there will never be a time when it isn’t true.

If you don’t want to be exposed to all sorts of nasty bugs, just don’t fly.

As far as COVID-19 is concerned, there are literally thousands of ways that you could potentially catch this virus, and anyone that believes that “proper social distancing” will keep people 100 percent safe is just being delusional.

Sadly, “social distancing” has been pounded into our heads so relentlessly in recent weeks that a big chunk of the population has become big believers in it.

In fact, one recent survey discovered that almost 60 percent of everyone living in Seattle intends to continue practicing social distancing “for a year or longer”…

Nearly 60 percent of people in Seattle say they plan on doing social distancing for a year or longer.

That’s according to a new survey recently released by a company in New York City called Elucd.

This company said they provide data to the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department on the public’s opinions on various topics.

And once you adopt a pattern for a whole year, there is a really good chance that it becomes permanent.

We can’t let them do this to us.

They fundamentally changed our society after 9/11, and now the social engineers want to do it again.

We must stop them this time, because the alternative is absolutely unthinkable.

via They Want To Make “Social Distancing” A Permanent Part Of Our Lives — End Of The American Dream

A Wizard of Oz virus: The COVID-19 hoax — Christian Research Network

It would be nice to think that the malicious Machiavellians in media and politics will be held accountable for visiting one of American history’s greatest blunders upon us. But that appears just a dream. It’s lamentable, surely, and can make one understand why G.K. Chesterton once remarked, “It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.”

(Selwyn Duke – Renew America)  When I speak of a hoax and The Virus, I don’t mean there isn’t in our population a pathogen identified as SARS-CoV-2 or, as the “unwoke” might say, the Wuhan Flu….

As with past respiratory diseases, it’s also dangerous to the vulnerable. But as data increasingly show — and as I and some others have been saying all along — this current situation is very different from past pandemics in one significant and deadly way: It’s not being treated as only a medical/health issue.

It’s being treated as a political issue.

And as the Soviet Union’s Lysenkoism demonstrated, politics kills science.

I recently dubbed the Wuhan Flu the “Wizard of Oz Virus” because its reputation greatly exceeds its power. This was evident long ago, too. We only had to look at the early data coming out on Italy and a certain quarantined cruise ship, after all.  View article →

via A Wizard of Oz virus: The COVID-19 hoax — Christian Research Network

May 5th The D. L. Moody Year Book

All … all … all.—Matthew 28:17–20.

ALL power is given unto Me; go teach all nations. Teach them what? To observe all things. There are a great many people now that are willing to observe what they like about Christ, but the things that they don’t like they turn away from. But His commission to His disciples was, “Go teach all nations to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” And what right has a messenger who has been sent of God to change the message?[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 83). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

The Simple Secret to Change — The Master’s Seminary Blog

 

Every generation has blind spots. The church is no exception. The church has always had rough edges and areas in need of reform. That being said, every generation of Christian has also had their strengths, and those strengths often serve as correctives to the blind spots of other generations.

One of the major blind spots of the twenty-first-century American church is its view of theology. For many in the church, theology is little more than fuel for controversy or a complicated, wet blanket for Christian sincerity and zeal. We live in an age when pastors are expected to be all things to all men—that is, except theologians.

Many churches and Christians today have filed for theological divorce—making clear distinctions between the rigors of the mind and the affections of the soul. Many sigh in exasperation: give me what my soul needs, not complicated doctrines! The reality is, however, theology was never intended for such abuse. This is our generation’s tragic blind spot.

But another generation has answers and cures for our doctrinal deficiencies—the generation of the Puritans. For these sixteenth and seventeeth-century Protestants, theology was not intellectual rough-housing, but the very soul of the Christian life. The Puritan Thomas Watson writes that doctrine “directs the whole course of Christianity, as the eye directs the body…. [It] is to the soul as the anchor to the ship, that holds it steady in the midst of the rolling waves of error, or the violent winds of persecution.”1


The Puritans understood that reflection about God should produce affection for God

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They knew that the head is meant to serve the heart. They were gripped by the reality that theology enjoyed in the soul would kindle worship and prayer. The Puritans were bent on making theology transformative for the soul.

And so, I wish to offer an example of a Puritan doing theology to answer a pressing question: how do I actually change and grow?

How does a Christian gain a practical, genuine holiness is the question of every age—a love-your-spouse and think-less-of-yourself kind of holiness. A holiness very much available to (and expected of) us in the here-and-now. Newly regenerated believers enter into the Christian life outmatched, overwhelmed, and often still somewhat enamored by sin. The war has begun. And thus there is an earnestness to the question: how do I practically increase in holiness?

This increasing in holiness is what the NT authors refer to as sanctification.

What is sanctification but the painful, slow carving of our lives into the image of Jesus Christ (cf. Romans 8:29)? It is the slow, at times minute-by-minute, putting to death of sin by the power of Christ through the instrument of the word.

And yet, the question remains: How does one do this? In other words, what are the means God has given by which one may grow in holiness and victory over sin and temptation?


The grace of God works through very practical means,
which is why we refer to them as means of grace.

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This is precisely where the Puritans can help us. I am going to let Henry Scougal (1650-1678) step in. In his soul-nourishing little book, The Life of God in the Soul of Man, Scougal reveals what is perhaps the deepest secret to sanctification and holiness. And what is that secret?

Love.

Follow Scougal’s logic. He writes:

Love is that powerful and prevalent passion by which all the faculties and inclinations of the soul are determined and on which both its perfection and happiness depend.

In other words, what you love the most determines the direction and happiness of your life.

He goes on:

The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love: he who loveth mean2 and sordid things doth thereby become base and vile; but a noble and well-placed affection doth advance and improve the spirit unto a conformity with the perfections with its loves.

Here now is the crux of his argument:


What you love most, you grow to resemble

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If you love someone, you will likely begin to absorb some of their interests and passions into yourself. If you develop a passion for gambling, you should not be surprised to find in your life sprouts of greed and recklessness. You slowly, yet assuredly, resemble what you love. This means, then, if we love God most, we will begin to resemble His beauty and holiness.

So if we find deficiencies in our practical holiness, we have to ask ourself, What am I loving? Because I am growing to resemble something that is not God. Therefore, we are to love God more. So then the next question presents itself: how do I increase my affections for God? This is nearing the heart of what it really means to change. Answer: you must expose yourself to Him and His beauty. How? In the pages of Scripture. You must gaze upon the beauty of His perfections and character in the pages of Scripture.

Scougal put it this way:

The true way to improve and ennoble our souls is, by fixing our love on the divine perfections, that we may have them always before us, and derive an impression of them on ourselves…. He who, with a generous and holy ambition, hath raised his eyes toward that uncreated beauty and goodness, and fixed his affection there, is quite of another spirit, of a more excellent and heroic temper than the rest of the world, and cannot but infinitely disdain all mean and unworthy things; will not entertain any low or base thoughts which might disparage his high and noble pretentions.

Far too often, we think of theology as useless quibbles that will all sort themselves out in the end. But a theologian is one who thinks rigorous thoughts about God. We are all theologians. Some of us, as theologians, have just come to the conclusion (unconsciously) that my understanding of the character of God has little to do with my arguments with my wife. That could not be more wrong. Scougal teaches us that the secret to our day-in-day-out holiness is not to avoid thinking deeply about God, but to push ourselves deeper into who God is.


The more of God’s glory you see, the more you will love Him

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And the more you love Him, the more you will begin to resemble your Father, or—to state it negatively—the more liberation you will experience from the sins that entangle you.

Conclusion

Scougal demonstrates that precise, robust theology is anything but a wet blanket to Christian zeal. Instead, all of the life-change that we long to see in ourselves and in others is produced through careful meditation and theological reflection. Here is but one small example of why we should not only read the Puritans, but emulate their enjoyment of theology. The church would be healthier for it.

Editor’s Note: For more on the intersection of theology and everyday life, see our free resource: Reformed Practical Theology.

[1] Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity, (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1983), 4.

[2] That is, low in dignity, worth, or value.

via The Simple Secret to Change — The Master’s Seminary Blog

Democrats Are Using COVID-19 To Usher In Socialism And This Meme Perfectly Sums It Up — The Gateway Pundit

For Democrats, COVID-19 is the road to socialism.

As the country navigates the course of the mis-modeled and over-hyped COVID-19 pandemic, we are hovering on a fragile tightrope between freedom and socialism, with those on the left pushing for socialism.

Eager not to let a “crisis go to waste,” Democrat lawmakers have become tyrannical, enforcing draconian unconstitutional stay home orders.

Joe Biden admits his goal is to use COVID-19 as an excuse to push a radically left agenda.

Dead Americans, millions of people plunged into idleness during lockdown and a broken economy that may plunge us into a depression is an “incredible opportunity” to “to fundamentally transform the country,” the presumptive Democrat nominee gloated on Monday.

California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom also admits he wants to take advantage of the coronavirus “crisis” to implement a “new progressive era.”

Despite the rising amounts of Americans who are calling to return to work, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is touting “universal basic income.”

A recently released poll shows Democrats favor mandatory testing, immunity cards, ankle bracelets, quarantine and fines, precepts historically imposed in every communist country.

WATCH: MOTHER DETAINED, FINED $880 FOR LETTING DAUGHTER USE PARK SWING

On Easter Sunday, Kentucky’s Democrat governor Andy Beshear ticketed those who attended an Easter church service in their cars and even put nails on the street and parking lot to “save lives.”

But Michigan’s governor Gretchen Whitmer has earned nationwide infamy for using the coronavirus as a license to be a tyrant.

In true dictator fashion, Whitmer who is on the shortlist to be Biden’s running mate, has told the citizens of Michigan what is and what is not “essential,” what they can buy, where they can go, banned gatherings “anywhere for any reason” in people’s homes and shut down stores she deemed “unnecessary”.

Stores that she allowed to remain open have had to cordon off all products she has decided are not essential including plants, vegetable seeds, appliances and baby car seats.

She is keeping abortion clinics open but has banned the sale of the American flag.

The only thing standing between the United States and socialism is President Trump. The left’s effort to “save lives” during COVID-19 is their latest ploy to defeat the president.

via Democrats Are Using COVID-19 To Usher In Socialism And This Meme Perfectly Sums It Up — The Gateway Pundit

Will America Ever Be United Again? — David Fiorazo

Can we actually coexist or does something have to give? Can we respectfully disagree on important issues and be truly tolerant of those who we think are wrong? Does it matter if they are intolerant of us? Here’s what it might all come down to: We convert them or they convert us.

So many things divide us today. The 2016 election. Abortion. Socialism. Obama. Nationalism. Religious Freedom. Trump. COVID 19, Liberal Media. Racism. Government Shut Down. Free Speech. Big Tech. Public Schools. LGBT Agenda. Environmentalism.

I could go on.

The war on truth is in full swing, and battle lines have been drawn on the liberal left and the conservative right. Church and state lines have also wrongly been laid down. The media and half the country thinks we are idiotic, immoral, or intolerant for believing the Bible. 

But remember, we’re all human beings made in the image of God and, coronavirus or not, death comes to us all. I know, how sobering. And if you have given your life to Jesus and believe in His name, you are a Christian first. 

The Bible says our citizenship is in Heaven, but while we’re here, we are ambassadors for Christ and need to be loving and patient with others. This is hard to do especially when people are so easily triggered, defensive, and divided about politics, the Constitution, Christianity, and cultural issues.

How did it get so bad?

In a great article by John Zmirak, he writes:

“Engorged with all the power it wielded while Obama was in office, along with its total conquest of our media and academia, the left could not accept Trump’s 2016 victory as legitimate. You know, the way the South couldn’t accept the victory of Lincoln in 1860 without a single Southern electoral vote.”

It’s clear we are operating under very different rules of engagement. Many seem all too willing to lie, allow the country to suffer, for people to die, and to slander the opposition. Is it even possible for us to come together under the unifying flag of humanity in these divided states of America?

Even Christians have taken sides on candidates, party, or policy, but these things are fleeting and will fail us time and time again. They aren’t going to save America. They aren’t going to eliminate all sickness and disease. They aren’t going to change the truth.

A virus with a 99.6% recovery rate is not the real danger that has made 30 million Americans unemployed. The 2017-2018 flu season left us with 61,000 deaths. No draconian measures were taken, nor was there induced fear, panic, paranoia, and hysteria like we have today.

Allen West said that America’s biggest threat isn’t a virus, but tyranny. He adds:

“We know that COVID-19 is most dangerous for those with underlying medical conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, COPD, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Those Americans over the age of 65 have been the hardest hit…”

“We were told that COVID-19 was different, but for the most part, it is not. It is still a virus that attacks the respiratory system. And America did not respond this way with MARS, SARS, Avian (Bird) flu, or the H1N1 (Swine) flu which affected 60 million Americans [during the Obama administration].”

Sadly, this has become about who controls the narrative, who should be president, and about what vision should be enacted for the country. We are now hearing that many deaths of Americans are being classified as caused by COVID-19, when there were preexisting severe health issues.

This is all potentially confusing and crazy. But let’s not make this about us, about our side, or about politics. It’s about the value of every human life. It’s about liberty and a country with a rich history of God’s grace and tremendous blessings.

It’s also about a nation that needed a wake-up call! One that has rebelled against the living God and Creator of all things.

Redeem the time because either way, our days are numbered. Call on the name of the Lord and be saved! Confess your sins, turn back to Jesus, and bring as many people with you as you can.

So, yes, we should vote, and yes, we should fight for godly influence. We should stand for life and traditional family and for natural marriage. We should be vocal and active in church and state. But we should not put all our hope in this life alone.  

The Apostle John wrote:

“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; …The world is passing away, and also  its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15, 17

America’s deeper problem is not about a virus, a biased media, power-hungry governors or Washington D.C. We have a serious and terminal sin problem. We must return to God and point others back to Him while there’s still time. And pray! No one gets out alive, no matter your politics.

Video courtesy of Freedom Project Media

via Will America Ever Be United Again? — David Fiorazo

Religious Power and Control: Isolation — Spiritual Sounding Board

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Many are familiar with the Duluth Model Power and Control Wheel used to identify power dynamics within domestic abuse. This wheel is extremely useful when working with victims and survivors to identify power and control tactics used in their interpersonal relationships.

One day it occurred to me that a power and control wheel could easily be put together on spiritual abuse. Abuse is about power and control, no matter the type of abuse. The same tactics that we see used in domestic abuse may be found in spiritual abuse. I am thankful that Laura Anderson at the Religious Trauma Institute was willing to share the Religious Power and Control Wheel she created.

Religious Power and Control Wheel credit: Laura Anderson, LMFT and Religious Trauma Institute

Each section of the Religious Power and Control Wheel describes a tactic used by abusers to maintain power and control over their victims. According to Laura Anderson, when the tactics are combined, a system is “designed and intended to exert power and control over others by their rules, requirements, punishments and consequences for not adhering to the specific requirements of the group.”

Many who read here will be able to identify with some or all of these tactics. I thought it would be good to provide a space to talk about each one individually. On the wheel, isolation is described as:

*Cutting off relationships with people outside the system
*Information control
*Reporting back where time/money was spent
*Increased level of commitment to the systems’ activities
*Devaluing people not in the religious system
*Fear/propaganda regarding motives of people outside the system

Abusive religious leaders isolate in order to control the way members think, behave, and feel. Members find that their energy, money, emotional and mental energy, and time becomes focused on the leader and group while outside relationships or information become more untrustworthy. Physical isolation may also occur; members may be required to live in the same house or move to a remote location.

Are there other ways that you have seen controlling religious groups or leaders isolate? If you experienced spiritual abuse, how did isolation impact you?

via Religious Power and Control: Isolation — Spiritual Sounding Board