Daily Archives: May 11, 2020

STUNNING: In the US 39% of All US COVID-19 Deaths — or 31,900 — Occurred in Nursing Homes — The Gateway Pundit

(Source: G. Girvan / FREOPP; Graphic: A. Roy / FREOPP)

A new study by reveled that 39% of all US coronavirus deaths occurred in nursing homes.

That comes out to 31,900 Deaths in Nursing Homes!
That is a really shocking number!

49,895 deaths were outside of nursing homes.
Which is what you might expect from a typical flu season.

Italy also saw 40% of their coronavirus deaths in nursing homes.

via STUNNING: In the US 39% of All US COVID-19 Deaths — or 31,900 — Occurred in Nursing Homes — The Gateway Pundit

Prepare to Discover That Michael Flynn WAS NOT Unmasked – But Everyone Else Was… — The Last Refuge

It appears we are about to find out if one of my long-standing theories about surveillance of Michael Flynn is correct.  Flynn was not “unmasked”, because he was the direct target.

For three years the official media account of how the intelligence community gained the transcript of incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn talking to Ambassador Sergey Kisliyak on December 29th, 2016, surrounded “incidental collection” as a result of contact with an agent of a foreign power.

Meaning the Flynn call was picked up as the U.S. intelligence apparatus was conducting surveillance on Russian Ambassador Kisliyak.

If this version of events were accurate (it’s not), it would fall under FISA-702 collection: the monitoring of a foreign agent (Kislyak) who has contact with a U.S. person (Flynn).

In order to review the identity of the U.S. person, a process called ‘unmasking’, a 702 submission must be made. As NSA Director Rogers said: that submission, the unmasking, leaves a paper/electronic trail.  However, I do not think that is what happened, here’s why:

Back in 2017 Senator Lindsey Graham questioned former DAG Sally Yates and former DNI James Clapper.  Within the questioning, Sally Yates tipped her hand.  There was never an unmasking of Flynn because Flynn was a target; it was not incidental collection. WATCH:

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Sally Yates doesn’t directly say Flynn was a target, but by now we all know he was a target of the FBI investigation.  As a result of Flynn being the actual target he would be directly identified within the intelligence documents because the investigation would be about him, and not incidental. But there’s more…

In the three years following this testimony, there was nothing that would deliver the answer as to: who unmasked General Michael Flynn? The reason why is simple, Flynn wasn’t unmasked – because he was the target of authorized active surveillance.

Here’s another way we know.

♦ First, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok were watching that hearing where Senator Lindsey Graham was questioning Sally Yates and James Clapper.  As they discussed in their text messages the issue of “unmasking” is irrelevant.  “incidental collection” is the “incorrect narrative”:

The “incidental collection” is an “incorrect narrative” because the collection was not incidental.  Flynn was actively being monitored.  Flynn was an active target in an ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigation.  Flynn was THE target.

♦ Second, more evidence of Flynn under active surveillance is found in the Mueller report where the special prosecutor outlines that Flynn was under an active investigation prior to the phone call with Ambassador Kislyak:

Mary McCord was the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the DOJ National Security Division, after John Carlin left in October of 2016.  McCord knew about the active FBI investigation of General Flynn. [McCord was also the person who Sally Yates took with her to the White House to confront White House Counsel Don McGahn about the Flynn call and FBI interview.]

It is now admitted by public document releases that Flynn was under investigation during the President-elect transition period when the Kislyak phone call took place.

Put it all together and…. (1) There was never an unmasking request because the collection was not incidental…. (2) Because the intercept was not incidental. (3) Because the intercept was part of the multi-year FBI ongoing investigation of Michael Flynn which included surveillance.

If my three-year hunch is correct, the lack of incidental collection is why FISA-702 doesn’t apply; and why there’s no paper trail to a Flynn unmasking request.  The intercept was not ‘incidental‘ because the intercept was the result of direct monitoring and authorized surveillance being conducted on Michael Flynn.

However, the unmasking of Trump campaign officials as noted by the concerns of Devin Nunes; which directly relates to the documents that Ric Grenell may have just presented to Attorney General Bill Barr; is an even bigger issue.

Because Flynn was an active target of the FBI counterintelligence investigation, anyone who came in contact with the target would be identified as U.S. Person 1, 2, 3 etc.

Anyone and everyone who came in contact with Flynn would be masked in the intelligence reports; Flynn would not.  So when there are mountains of “unmaskings” of Trump campaign officials, those would apply to anyone who came in contact with Flynn.  That is what shocked Devin Nunes as he outlined the unmasking requests:

March 27, 2017, then House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, held a brief press conference and stated he was provided intelligence reports brought to him by unnamed sources including ‘significant information’ about President-Elect Trump and his transition team.

These reports included unmaskings of President Trump campaign officials; and included Donald Trump himself….  You know what that means:

1.) …”On numerous occasions the [Obama] intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.”

2.)  “Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration; details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.”

3.) “Third, I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition members were unmasked.”

4.) “Fourth and finally, I want to be clear; none of this surveillance was related to Russia, or the investigation of Russian activities, or of the Trump team.

“The House Intelligence Committee will thoroughly investigate surveillance and its subsequent dissemination, to determine a few things here that I want to read off:”

  • “Who was aware of it?”
  • “Why it was not disclosed to congress?”
  • “Who requested and authorized the additional unmasking?”
  • “Whether anyone directed the intelligence community to focus on Trump associates?”
  • “And whether any laws, regulations or procedures were violated?”

“I have asked the Directors of the FBI, NSA and CIA to expeditiously comply with my March 15th letter -that you all received a couple of weeks ago- and to provide a full account of these surveillance activities.”

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Does that make sense now?

When candidate Trump brought Lt. General Michael Flynn into the campaign, he essentially brought in a person who was under an ongoing FBI investigation.

Everyone that Flynn then came in contact with then became a “U.S. Person” identified in the intelligence reports.  Those U.S. Persons were then unmasked.

That’s why so many unmaskings.

If my long-standing hunch is correct, we’ll soon find out.

via Prepare to Discover That Michael Flynn WAS NOT Unmasked – But Everyone Else Was… — The Last Refuge

Fear, Fascism and Fealty — CultureWatch

It is amazing what a bit of fear can do in a time of crisis:

If you wanted to conduct a grand social experiment to see how easily the masses can be controlled by means of fear, you do not need to look very far. While history is replete with examples of this, one simply needs to look at the opening months of the year 2020. Fear of a virus has led to the most frightful of outcomes. Everywhere we see Statism on steroids.

And there are two sides to this coin. The lust for ever more power and control is too strong a temptation for most leaders. So many of them have utterly relished this corona crisis to become little tinpot dictators. And they know that keeping the masses in fear is a terrific way to grow even further in power.

But the people are also at fault here. They are far too easily turned into brainless sheeple doing their masters’ every bidding. When you live in fear and anxiety and uncertainty, you are far too willing to do whatever the powers that be want of you.

This has been the clear lesson of history. All of our recent tyrants – be they Stalin or Hitler or Mao or Kim Jong-un – have maintained total control over the masses by keeping them in a steady state of fear. Let me draw upon several articles here, and then speak to this further. One piece from a legal site says this:

Thomas Jefferson is reported to have said: “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” I have investigated and prosecuted dictators and their henchmen for most of my professional life. I have studied their lives, personalities, their rise to power and how they governed once achieving that power. The one common theme in their theories of governance is fear. It is easier to govern and dictate to citizens through fear.

As Hannah Arendt wrote in her book, The Origins of Totalitarianism: “A fundamental difference between modern dictatorships and all other tyrannies of the past is that terror is no longer used as a means to exterminate and frighten opponents, but as an instrument to rule masses of people who are perfectly obedient.” The infamous dictators of the twentieth century, such as Stalin, Hitler, and Mao Tse-tung among others, understood this all too well. Their theory was that a frightened populace will allow their government to take drastic measures to protect them without protest, usually from perceived evil that threatens their society or country externally. http://www.jurist.org/commentary/2019/01/fear-a-dictators-tool/

Hmm, sound familiar? Another article says this in part:

Ruling classes for thousands of years have understood the power of intentionally invoking fear in their subjects as a means of social control. . . . The artificial construction and maintenance of fear in a population by a ruling class has remained pervasive from the time of Ancient Egypt up until the modern day. Oppressive governments often maintain their grip on a nation by continually invoking fear, and then proceeding to claim that only they, the ruling powers, have the means and ability to protect the population from such a threat: “The whole aim of practical politics”, wrote HL Mencken, “is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.” academyofideas.com/2015/11/fear-and-social-control/

Quite so. Consider the issue of snitching on one’s neighbours – or even family members. This happened routinely in both Nazi Germany and in Communist countries last century. There would have been both a carrot and a stick approach here. Fear drove many people to do this, and also, they may have received a little benefit as well – perhaps an extra ration of some scarce food item from the authorities.

Indeed, I recently read a book about Irena Sendler, the Polish Catholic who saved so many Jewish children during WWII. Besides all the obvious dangers she faced from the Nazis, she also had to deal with informants and snitchers. There were fellow Poles – and even some Jews – who were happy to turn on their own people in exchange from some favours and privileges from the Nazi authorities.

Many folks today glibly think that they never would have been so callous and would not have betrayed a friend or neighbour if they were living in Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia or Communist Eastern Europe. But not so fast: if they are quite happy today to report a neighbour for some “social distancing” violation, they are already in the exact same boat.

They are living in fear – if not of the heavy hand of the State, then of the fear of contracting some disease. Self-preservation is a strong instinct, and when coupled with fear, it can result in normally “good” people doing all sorts of things – even evil things.

One simply has to speak out in public about these matters and question the alarmism, fear-mongering, State overreach, and overzealous policing to experience this firsthand. You will get all sorts of corona alarmists who clearly are running on fear attack you and condemn you.

If you dare to question the official narrative, and if you dare to think for yourself, and ask real questions of our “experts” and our leaders, you will get hordes of folks hating on you. I have had this happening to me for over two months now.

And when your life is controlled by fear and you are focussed on only yourself and your own personal safety and security, then facts, evidence and reason are thrown to the wind. As but one example, I have mentioned before how early on one Australian academic was debating me on the social media about the corona numbers. He told me (presumably with a straight face) that it was fully likely that a million Australians would die from corona!

Yes he actually said that! Um, this guy was only off by a mere 999,903 deaths?! Yet there he was, attacking me and pontificating as if he were some sort of expert here, and I was just some sort of fool. His emotive panic and fear had caused his mind to turn to mush.

Of course even with something like corona so much of it can come down to politics as well. It is simply a fact that both here and overseas those leaders (be they presidents or prime ministers or governors or premiers or mayors, etc) who have been the most draconian in terms of lockdowns and the most resistant to letting people have more freedoms as the curve becomes well and truly flattened have tended to be those on the leftist side of politics.

Not always, but mostly. And those who have either been the least restrictive in terms of lockdowns, or the quickest to ease restrictions, open things up, and get things moving again, have tended to be those on the conservative side of politics. This becomes quite clear if you simply dare to go to the pages of the various leaders and discuss these things.

I have one friend who is a corona realist as opposed to being a corona alarmist, and he seeks to bring a bit of sanity and sense into the debate. For example, he will go to the social media page of Australia’s most hardcore and restrictive alarmist, Dan Andrews, and try to share some facts there.

He gets absolutely hammered by enraged Andrews’ supporters – not by anyone returning with facts and evidence, but by those who are clearly died-in-the-wool Labor Party supporters. They will fight to the death defending Chairman Andrews no matter what he says or does, and they will bitterly lash out at anyone who dares to offer a different point of view.

Yes, they too would be running with fear, but couple that with blind devotion to a political party or ideology, and you have a recipe for disaster. It is always that way when you put ideology ahead of reality. Many Germans lived in fear, but many of them also fully supported Hitler and thought he could do no wrong.

Related to this, fear of the unknown or fear of getting some disease or fear of dying also becomes a major way in which we lose our ability to think straight and end up running on emotions. As I have written before, life is always risky. If I step outside a tree might fall on me and kill me.

Indeed, with lots of rain and winds of late, I have noticed plenty of trees coming down. Life is always about trade-offs and about risk-taking. If I want to never get hit by a falling tree, my options are pretty easy: simply never step outside. The same with fear of dying in a car crash. If you are really worried about that, no probs: simply refuse to drive, or go with anyone who does.

We all weigh up pros and cons of any given action. We are all in effect actuaries, dealing with risk assessment and management. We decide all the time if this or that course of action is worth it, is safe, is worth taking risks over. Some folks never go outside without wearing a face mask, even when there is no virus crisis occurring. Some folks never fly in a plane, for fear of it crashing.

It is one thing to refrain from doing certain things if you prefer. It is quite another to demand that everyone else be as paranoid and full of panic as you are. But as I keep saying, a crisis or emergency is the ideal vehicle for the State to get further control and power. Keeping the masses in a state of fear is just too easy.

And as we have seen over the past few months, it works like a charm. I and others have often said that if this whole crisis was a dry run or a test run for some real deal government clampdown in the future, well, it has worked perfectly. The amazing speed and ease in which rulers have shut down entire nations all over the planet, and the amazing speed and ease in which the masses have meekly and readily fully submitted has been a real shocker.

If we wondered how it was that so many Germans so willingly and with such servile submission bowed down to their Nazi overlords, I think we are starting to learn the answers here. And it sure does not look pretty.

via Fear, Fascism and Fealty — CultureWatch

Jesse Watters: #ObamaGate Was A ‘Frame-Up’ That May Go ‘Straight To The Top’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

On Watters’ World over the weekend, host Jesse Watters dove into new revelations about the Russia collusion hoax of the 2016 election and the many connections to the Obama administration.

Watters did not shy away from the idea that this could go all the way to the top, meaning Obama himself.

It was an explosive monologue.

The Washington Examiner has details:

Fox’s Jesse Watters: Barr has documents that could show Obama’s ‘powerful connection’ to ‘Spygate’

Fox News host Jesse Watters said sources are telling him Attorney General William Barr has received “smoking gun” documents that will cast aspersions on the Russia investigation.

In his opening monologue on Watters’ World, which was taped Friday but aired Saturday evening, the host said these records could reveal that former President Barack Obama had a significant role in the investigation into the Trump 2016 campaign’s ties to Russia, which President Trump and his allies have deemed a “witch hunt.”

“Sources are telling Watters’ World that Attorney General Bill Barr was just given a trove of smoking gun documents that could point directly at former President Barack Obama, revealing his powerful connection to ‘Spygate’ and the Russia hoax,” he said.

Watters appeared to be referring to the “satchel” of documents Fox News chief White House correspondent Ed Henry reported that acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell delivered to the Justice Department last week, following the release of House Intelligence Committee witness transcripts showing Obama administration officials admitting they had no direct evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

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via Jesse Watters: #ObamaGate Was A ‘Frame-Up’ That May Go ‘Straight To The Top’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

7 Signs You’re Being Controlled by the Spirit of Fear — Crosswalk.com

7 Signs You're Being Controlled by the Spirit of Fear

Today, many people in the world are facing a greater fear than they have ever felt in their lifetime. Crises of all kinds, and abundant misinformation, is taking our sanity on a never-ending roller coaster ride. Our world has never felt less peace-filled and more fear-filled.

Fear is not a new concept in our world. From the beginning of Scripture and throughout its pages, fear is present and acted upon. While fear may always be a part of our lives, how we respond to our fear is what matters the most. It is easy to become controlled by a spirit of fear. God has a calling for your life and a spirit of fear will hold you back from fulfilling that calling. Paul writes to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.”

Let’s take a look at seven signs you are being controlled by the spirit of fear:

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The Truth (and Lies) about Coronavirus — The Aquila Report

COVID-19 is an actual medical disease that will lead to tragic deaths.  Although this seems obvious, it should be clear that no one involved wishes to express anything but sympathy to those affected and their families. Respiratory failure is a terrible way to die. That is true if that death is due to asthma, COPD, pneumonia, influenza, smoke inhalation, cystic fibrosis, ALS, or COVID-19.

 

Revised April 23 with updates to section regarding COVID-19 deaths and the addendum.

The Truth (and Lies) about Coronavirus

This is being written on April 19, 2020. Although there is a central author, it is being written on behalf of multiple physicians in West Alabama and will be distributed through multiple medical offices. Between us we have well over a hundred years of practice and have treated hundreds of thousands of patients suffering infectious diseases. Including mission trips we have treated patients on five continents. We planned this date for several reasons. First, most of our patients now realize there is something “funny” about the coverage and handling of this disease. Secondly, if it wasn’t being handled differently by April 19, we knew it would take action from us and our patients to change that handling. Finally, we were told in March by our state officials that experts predicted New York, Florida, Texas, and Alabama were projected to have the median most fatalities from the COVID-19 outbreak with the peak in Alabama expected to be April 19. On this date, Alabama was supposed to be on pace for 5,516 deaths and be short over 21,000 hospital beds. The information just listed, and every piece of information discussed below, can be verified with a quick internet search. Many of the sources will be directly referenced. So here goes:

TRUTH: COVID-19 is an actual medical disease that will lead to tragic deaths.  Although this seems obvious, it should be clear that no one involved wishes to express anything but sympathy to those affected and their families. Respiratory failure is a terrible way to die. That is true if that death is due to asthma, COPD, pneumonia, influenza, smoke inhalation, cystic fibrosis, ALS, or COVID-19.

LIE: We don’t know much about coronavirus. This is one of the media’s favorite lies. It is much scarier if it is unknown. We know that coronavirus is a zoonotic disease. In other words, it’s natural hosts are birds and animals as opposed to humans. We vaccinate domestic animals for them. We know that four forms cause colds every year. We know it mutates and evolves just like the flu. We know it sometimes becomes deadly as it has in SARS and MERS. We have done medical studies on coronavirus as a coexisting illness in patients in the past.

LIE: COVID-19 is more infectious than influenza. This is one of two lies most often quoted by the millions who call national radio programs or post on social media. It is amazing how many people with absolutely no medical training somehow feel qualified to comment on this disease. Now, we want to be more fair than the national media so we are obligated to report there will never be a study where 1,000 people eat after people with the flu and 1,000 others eat after people with COVID-19 to see which one is more infectious. But the evidence is overwhelming. COVID-19 was first identified late December/early January. A little over three and a half months in, we have slightly over 2 million confirmed cases globally. By comparison, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (Google Influenza Update- NCBI), influenza is responsible for up to a billion infections annually. Flu season is basically from the start of October until April. At the flu’s three and a half month mark, that works out to 583 million cases globally. Even accounting for the fact COVID-19 is underreported that is a HUGE difference.

However, there is even further evidence influenza is more infectious. Drawing from our own (meaning everyone reading this) experiences, when influenza gets started in a daycare or elementary school, they often have to be closed for a short time because otherwise everyone gets it. All the kids, workers, teachers, and parents. The most students in one class we could remember was 23 of 25 out at the same time with the flu. Certainly, daycare classes in both Tuscaloosa and Jefferson counties have been closed this year. Contrast that to what you know about coronavirus. The NBA tested hundreds of players, staff, and media to come up with 14 cases. The vast majority did not contract the virus at all. The most extreme case in terms of possible COVID-19 exposure we could find was the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. If you have never toured a military ship, space is at a premium. Very tight and crowded conditions. Secondary to this, hundreds of crew would become infected. So 4,800 men and women were exposed to multiple individuals with the virus several times a day, day after day. Despite that constant exposure, 4,140 (or over 86%) of those sailors would never even contract the disease.

To address the possible rebuttals, it is absolutely true we don’t know the true number of COVID-19 cases. It doesn’t make the average person under 60 sick so we will never account for all of those. However, it doesn’t even infect the average person with a healthy immune system who comes in contact with it, so the number can only be so high. It is true that testing has not been available everywhere the entire three and a half months but we are making up for that by testing generously now. Locally, DCH had tested 3,105 by April 17, 2,958 of which were negative.

LIE: COVID-19 is more dangerous than influenza. The second lie of the medically uninformed. Even among those who do contract COVID-19, most under 60, including virtually everyone under 21, will never know they had it. On the USS Theodore Roosevelt, 60% were asymptomatic. Of the 2 million people who have tested positive for COVID-19 globally, most have had mild to no symptoms. By the three and half month mark of flu season, the flu had resulted in over 2 million severe cases requiring hospitalization. Influenza results in 290,000 to 670,000 deaths annually. COVID-19 deaths will be discussed below.

LIE: The fact one doesn’t know he or she has COVID-19 makes it more dangerous. All viruses shed and are primarily spread while the infected host is asymptomatic. Repeat, all viruses do this. We use the term virulence to describe how dangerous a virus is. The more virulent, the more likely to cause infection or more severe symptoms. One’s chance of becoming infected with anything is multifactorial. In other words, lots of things come into play. The infectiousness and quantity of the pathogen comes into play. Your level of rest, nutrition, stress, age, and general health come into play as well. In the case of influenza, if you contract it you are going to get sick. There will never be a time where the NBA tests hundreds of players and staff to find 14 cases of influenza – two with mild symptoms and twelve with no symptoms. If you get influenza, even if you are Michael Jordan (who had perhaps the most famous flu game of all time), you are going to know. That is because the flu is so virulent that in 24 to 48 hours it overwhelms even the immune system of a healthy adult and you develop symptoms.  But in that 24 hours it is multiplying, everyone around you is at risk. Depending on the exact exposure, the risk goes from high probability to certainty of contracting. For instance, if a high school student kisses their boyfriend or girlfriend during that day, they are getting the flu, period. But COVID-19 is so much less virulent it usually never overcomes the immune system of a healthy adult. Yes, they will shed this virus for up to 2 weeks, but most people around them still won’t get it. Since we are in West Alabama, let’s use a football example. Think of the healthy adult immune system as Alabama’s 2019 football team. Influenza is LSU’s 2019 football team. It only took one exposure to LSU to record a loss. COVID-19 is closer to Arkansas’ 2019 football team, maybe Ole Miss. Alabama could have played them 14 times and were less likely to lose than the one game with LSU. It is possible to record a loss, with some fumbles and a blocked punt, etc. but way less likely.

TRUTH: COVID-19 is more dangerous to the elderly and immunocompromised.

TRUTH: That doesn’t really mean anything in and of itself because everything is more dangerous to those unfortunate individuals. It does mean we should try to protect those individuals from infections in general.

TRUTH: It is now almost impossible for anyone in the general public or general medical community to know the actual number of deaths from COVID-19. That is because sometime in March US hospitals started testing all ER patients and every patient who died, regardless of cause of death, for COVID-19. Those patients are being included by the media in COVID-19 death tolls. Yes, a victim of a car accident brought to a US ER who passes away will be tested for COVID-19. Two of the most egregious examples of misrepresentation involve infants. One of the fascinating things about coronaviruses from a medical standpoint is children are almost universally immune to deleterious effects. A study from back in 2004-2005 was conducted in which swabs were done in both controls and children hospitalized for respiratory illness. The incidence of coronavirus was the same for controls and hospitalized children and the conclusion was HCoV (coronavirus) infection was not associated with hospitalization or with increased severity of illness in those hospitalized due to other infections. Search NIH if you want to review these findings. Obviously, COVID-19 is not included in that study since it was first identified recently. However, COVID-19 has not been associated with pediatric illness anywhere. Not China, South Korea, Italy, or Spain. So on March 29 when BuzzFeed.News and an Illinois paper, The Guardian, led with the headline “The First Infant Has Died In The US After Testing Positive For The Coronavirus,” it caught our attention. The article goes on to say the infant’s death was announced by Governor JB Pritzker and, depending on which article you read, either Pritzker, or Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said: “If you haven’t been paying attention (to COVID-19), maybe this is your wake-up call.” On April 2, CBS News reported Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont had announced “It is with heartbreaking sadness today that we can confirm the first pediatric fatality in Connecticut linked to COVID-19.” He went on to say it was likely one of the youngest deaths from the disease “anywhere.” The problem is neither death has actually been attributed to COVID-19. On April 3, the Hartford Courant correctly clarified that all patients who die in Connecticut hospitals were being tested for the virus, regardless of manner of death, and that Connecticut’s Chief Medical Examiner had not ruled COVID-19 to be the infant’s cause of death. Just yesterday, April 18, NBC 5 Chicago reported Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said it is preliminarily believed the infant in Illinois did not die from coronavirus.

New York is also a source of great misinformation. On March 22, Sky News ran footage of a hospital in Italy. On March 25, CBS This Morning ran the same footage. However, they claimed it was filmed in New York. Citizen reporters by the dozens have recorded empty testing tents and idle ambulance crews when the national media has reported hours long waits at the same testing sites and overstretched ambulance crews. You can find those videos on Youtube, although they don’t always make it easy. But there are enough people interested in getting the truth out there they are consistently reposted. At the time of publishing this link was successful https://youtu.be/MOBKyCY2esw. On April 14, the New York Times reported New York City officials at the Health Department had increased its death toll by 3,700 who NEVER TESTED POSITIVE for the virus. They were “presumed” to have died from it.

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President Trump Coronavirus Task Force Briefing on Testing – (Rose Garden) 4:00pm ET Livestream — The Last Refuge

President Trump and members of the White House coronavirus task force delivering an update on COVID-19 testing from the Rose Garden.  Anticipate start time 4:00pm ET.

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05/11/2020 — Wretched

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•Talking about COVID-19 conspiracy theories
•What does the Devil know and how does he use that against us?
•Guessing your age by your favorite music
•When will Churches push for in-person services?
•What has quarantine shown us we don’t need?
•Sad news from high-profile Christian figures
•Christians persecution in Mozambique and Pakistan

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Three Actions You Can Take to Address Emotional Doubt — Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Three Actions You Can Take to Address Emotional Doubt

My doubt is the following: When I get close to death, I’m not sure if I will really be confident that God is real and that heaven exists.

The first thing to filter this doubt through is the question – Does this doubt have a primarily intellectual nature or an emotionalnature? Identifying the nature of the doubt, you are going through will allow you to understand what steps may help to address the doubt.

An intellectual doubt involves an objection or argument that causes you to question if what you currently believe is true. An emotionaldoubt involves a current or past pain that influences your feelings as well as your thoughts about what you believe. Oftentimes, someone can experience intellectual and emotional doubt simultaneously, making it difficult to identify the primary driver of one’s doubt.

There are factors that can help with this identification, however. If a doubt pertaining to an intellectual topic persists for a long period of time, it is likely that the doubt is mostly intellectual in nature – the doubt has outlasted numerous changes in emotions.

The type of questions that arise in times of doubt can also help with identification. If a question from the doubter involves something deeply personal (like a past pain), or hits on emotional triggers like anxiety or depression, the doubter is likely experiencing at least some emotional doubt.

My personal doubt rests on the question – Will I really believe in God when I get close to death? The question hits on an emotion of anxiety – fearing that my future actions (moving towards disbelief) will look different than the actions I would prefer my future self to take (maintaining belief). Notice the question does not connect to any specific intellectual question about Christianity being true or false – it only connects to my personal future psychology. I can be confident to label this doubt as heavily emotional, even if the doubt does persist over time.

The emotional side of the doubt may not be the only side present. Underlying intellectual doubts could contribute to my thinking; I might not believe this in the future. If I identify what those intellectual areas are, I can then begin to investigate those areas. The investigation could address my intellectual doubt, and could help my emotional doubt as the intellectual conclusions I reach begins to connect to my emotions.

Along with the research of underlying intellectual areas of doubt, what else can help regarding my emotional doubt? This question leads back to the Livestream discussion I had through my ministry. My Livestream discussion partner has suffered severe doubt throughout his life, and through investigation of doubt concluded that three actions help to address emotional doubt. The actions are as follows:

  1. Soothe – This action involves altering the immediate thoughts that come into your head about a topic. Controlling the immediate thoughts in your head is important because the limbic system in the brain triggers an instant “fight or flight” response against fear or danger. So when fear is caused by an emotional doubt, either you respond to the fear with more emotional rigor and stress (fight) or repel from the fear (flight), which leaves the fear unresolved.

We can alter the severity of this fight or flight response through self-statements driven by the cerebral cortex in the brain. For example, when my doubt about near-death belief comes to mind, I can immediately think something like, “I don’t know what my reactions will be to future scenarios, and I have no idea how I will change up until this point of near-death”.

These thoughts help me realize that I cannot predict precisely what my thoughts will be in some future, hypothetical scenario. I don’t need to respond to my doubt through fighting or fleeing – I can accept the thought that contributes to the doubt, and continue living normally. As I consistently repeat these thoughts as the doubt arises, my brain will be progressively trained to respond calmly to doubt, rather than fearfully.

  1. Validate – This action involves expressing doubts to people close to youwho you can trust, and receiving affirming statements from them. By affirming, I don’t mean that they need to reassure you that what you believe is true. Instead, they can affirm the feelings you are experiencing and connect with what you’re going through by sharing their own experiences. The point of this process is to attend to express your emotions outwardly so that you can receive emotional support and know you are not alone in your process.

I recently shared my doubt with a mentor figure in my life, and also shared the self-statements I described in the “Soothe” section above. He was able to affirm I was thinking correctly with the statements I was using to address my doubt. This process helped me to push against the fear that people will look down on me for having this doubt, and allowed me to see I’m not alone in the doubting process – I can indeed share my doubts with people I trust.

  1. Establish Structure – This action builds up an intellectual foundation that will keep you stable through times of doubt, instead of fluctuating emotionally. Emotional outbreaks are often caused by distortions in thinking – distortions like overgeneralizing (this thing is negative; therefore, everything is negative), jumping to conclusions (I’m feeling this way; therefore, this will definitely happen), and magnification (blowing up the importance of a small thought).

What can you do to avoid these distortions in thinking? You can create a symbolic grab bag of “containing statements” to reflect on consistently. Over time, the reflecting retrains the limbic system to move away from distorted thinking and towards correct thinking. This process lines up with the Apostle Paul’s instructions in Philippians 4:8 to think about what is true, right, and admirable.

I personally have not done much to work on this step in my doubting process. What would help me establish structure is memorizing passages in scripture relating to God being faithful and putting trust in God. I could also focus on the truth behind the life of Jesus and what his example tells us about life after death. By reflecting on the truth of scripture and truth behind Jesus more, it will be natural for true thoughts to come to mind in moments of doubt, rather than distortions in thinking.

The Livestream discussion opened up strategies to identify and deal with my own doubts. And I now hope this summary will spark your own thoughts for how you can deal with yours.

When it comes to doubt, we don’t need a make-or-break goal of eradicating it. We simply need to accept it and take steps to address it properly.

Recommended resources related to the topic:

Doubt by Gary Habermas (DVD

Emotional Doubt by Gary Habermas (CD)

Counter Culture Christian: Is There Truth in Religion? (DVD) by Frank Turek

Digging for the Truth: Archaeology, Apologetics & the Bible by Ted Wright DVDand Mp4

When Reason Isn’t the Reason for Unbelief by Dr. Frank Turek DVD and Mp4


Jeremy is the co-founder of the ministry Twin Cities Apologetics and is an accountant for a law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s also going to Bethel Seminary for a graduate degree in a program called Christian Thought (basically Apologetics!). Outside of Apologetics, Jeremy enjoys sports, playing guitar, and making videos.

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New World Order Acolyte Melinda Gates Appears On TODAY Show Pushing Hard For A Global Vaccine While Wearing An Upside-Down Cross — Now The End Begins

Roman Catholic Melinda Gates in an interview on TODAY Show pushing hard for a global COVID-19 vaccine was wearing a bright and shiny upside-down cross around her neck.

Symbolism is very important to groups like the Illuminati, the New World Order and others, as they love to flash you signs of how much smarter they are than you and I are. They like to put their true agenda right in our faces, and dare us to figure it out. Take a quick trip to our Predictive Programmingsection, and you will see immediately what we’re talking about. All this brings us to an interview the TODAY Show did with Melinda Gates back on November 8th, where we see Melinda wearing an upside-down, or inverted, cross around her neck. Who likes to wear inverted crosses? Satanists, pagans, witches, warlocks, New Agers, most people in Hollywood…you get the idea.

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” Galatians 3:13 (KJB)

The early First Century Christians never used the cross as a sign or symbol for anything, why? Because it was the instrument of the torturous death of Jesus of Nazareth. The cross as iconic symbolism would not appear until biblical Christianity was hijacked by the Romans around 325 AD. From that point on you see crosses on everything as Rome infused paganism with Christianity. The bible tells us that the cross is the sign of a curse, and cursed people hang on them. No one in their right minds who believed the bible would want the sign of a curse hanging around their own necks, much less wearing an upside-down cross like the pagans do.

I will let you make up your own mind as to why Melinda Gates chose to wear an upside-down cross on national television. I know she went to Catholic school, and that she and Bill have raised their children as Catholics. But when you look at the millions of dollars they give to Planned Parenthood, an organization that exists to slaughter children in the womb, exactly what kind of Catholic she is gets a little murky, to say the least.

The Roman Catholic Church, what I like to call counterfeit Christianity, loves weird occult and pagan symbolism. Over the years we’ve shown you the Vatican Audience Hall that is shaped exactly like a giant snake, and has the freakiest, most nastiest-looking statue right behind here the pope sits. Occult symbolism pervades the Vatican to a very high degree. Melinda Gates is a Catholic, you do the math.

Melinda Gates on pandemic: ‘We haven’t had leadership at the national level … it’s chaos’

FROM TODAY: As part of our coronavirus series The Search for Solutions, TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie spoke exclusively to Melinda Gates, who is working to address the pandemic through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She says there are “a few good candidates” for a vaccine and that the U.S. needs “to start looking at a paid medical leave policy” to help workers on the front lines. She also criticizes the Trump administration for its response to the crisis: “We haven’t had leadership at the national level … it’s chaos.” READ MORE

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Early Church Evidence Against Transubstantiation — Rational Christian Discernment

“Elsewhere the Lord, in the Gospel according to John, brought this out by symbols, when He said: “Eat ye my flesh, and drink my blood;” describing distinctly by metaphor the drinkable properties of faith and the promise, by means of which the Church, like a human being consisting of many members, is refreshed and grows, is welded together and compacted of both,-of faith, which is the body, and of hope, which is the soul; as also the Lord of flesh and blood. For in reality the blood of faith is hope, in which faith is held as by a vital principle…Thus in many ways the Word is figuratively described, as meat, and flesh, and food, and bread, and blood, and milk. The Lord is all these, to give enjoyment to us who have believed on Him. Let no one then think it strange, when we say that the Lord’s blood is figuratively represented as milk. For is it not figuratively represented as wine? “Who washes,” it is said, “His garment in wine, His robe in the blood of the grape.” In His Own Spirit He says He will deck the body of the Word; as certainly by His own Spirit He will nourish those who hunger for the Word.”

Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor 1.6

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Tucker Carlson Calls Out (Softly) Trey Gowdy For His Prior Defenses of Mueller and Comey… — The Last Refuge

Tucker Carlson has Fox host Trey Gowdy appear for an interview to discuss ongoing events and revelations showing the corrupt behavior of the FBI and DOJ.  About mid-way through the interview Carlson takes a passive aggressive tack, shows Gowdy a video of his own comments in May 2018, and asks if he is still willing to stand by them. WATCH:

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So Gowdy waited from January 2017 until three weeks after May 2018 to go look at the direct documents the DOJ and FBI had been concealing?

Not coincidentally; and in direct alignment with the expressed defenses of Gowdy; two months later, July 12, 2018, the DOJ and FBI told the FISA court the underlying predicate for the FISA warrant against Carter Page was still valid….

BACKSTORY HERE

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Jordan and Biggs Tear The Bark Off Trey Gowdy, Culpable Republicans and #Obamagate … — The Last Refuge

Representatives Jim Jordan and Andy Biggs tear the bark off the Obamagate scandal; including culpable republicans who participated in the DC coup effort.

Appearing with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, Jim Jordan rips through the timeline early in the interview to expose how it was impossible for all of the activity to be happening without former President Obama being a participant.  WATCH:

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May 11 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

May 11.—Morning. [Or September 18.]
“God dwelleth not in temples made with hands.”

2 Samuel 7:1–17

AND it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the Lord had given him rest round about from all his enemies;

That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

It was a very gracious thought, and such an one as ought to be upon our own minds, if we know that the worship of God is in need of suitable accommodation. If God gives us a house, let us not be slow to find room for his service.

And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the Lord is with thee.

Good men naturally like to encourage good designs, and therefore the seer spake out of the fulness of his heart. Yet he was mistaken. It was the prerogative of the Lord Jesus always to speak the mind of God, which he alone perfectly knew; other prophets only spake it when the spirit of prophecy rested upon them; yet, if in anything they were mistaken, the Lord soon rectified their error. Nathan did not refuse to unsay his own words when he was better instructed, neither should any of us be slow to retract if we have unknowingly taught any error.

4, 5, 6 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?

8, 9 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.

10, 11 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

The Lord accepts the will for the deed, and pays back his saints in their own coin. Because David willed to build God a house, God built David’s house. Truly we serve a good master.

12 ¶ And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

13, 14, 15 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. (This was a glorious covenant even as to its surface meaning, but there was a deeper sense underlying it all, and a special reference to that greater Son of David who shall for ever build up the church. The words, “If he commit iniquity,” are by some rendered—“if I make him sin,” thus referring the whole passage to him who was made sin for us.)

17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. (In 1 Chron. 22:7, 8, David mentions one of the reasons why he was not allowed to build the temple—“As for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God: but the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.” It was not appropriate that he who had been the Lord’s executioner on so large a scale should build the temple. God is very jealous of his own honour; and even where there may be no positive sin, yet the blunted feeling incident to some modes of life may disqualify a man for the higher forms of the Lord’s service.)

May 11.—Evening. [Or September 19.]
“Bless the house of thy servant.”

2 Samuel 7:18–29

THEN went king David in, and sat before the Lord, (overwhelmed with gratitude he entered the Lord’s tabernacle and reverently sat down and worshipped,) and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? (This is the common feeling of all the Lord’s kings and priests. They wonder why they should be chosen, and they adore the sovereign grace which elected them.)

19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God?

Do men act thus? No, for as far as the heavens are above the earth, so high are the Lord’s ways above man’s ways. He blesses divinely and not after the stinted measure of man’s charity.

20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord God, knowest thy servant.

This is our comfort, that when our souls are too full for utterance the Lord reads our feelings. If words fail us, God hears the songs or the sighs of our hearts.

21 For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.

He disclaims all merit, and ascribes all to the gratuitous bounty of God. He was a free-grace man. He placed the crown upon the right head, and gave glory to God alone.

22 Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. (There is none like the Lord, and there are no people like his people. Faith deals with matters which are altogether unique, therefore our gratitude should prompt us to unusual deeds of service. If we receive more than others, we must do more than others.)

23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?

24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God.

This is a delightful reflection. God’s choice of his people is not temporary, but eternal. He never changes in his relation to his people.

25 And now, O Lord God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said. (These last words contain the essence of prayer—“Do as thou hast said.” The only solid foothold for faith is God’s word. When a sinner comes before God, he must have nothing else to rely upon except this—“Do as thou hast said.” If we cannot plead a promise we cannot ask in confidence; but with God’s word before us, we know that his faithfulness will make it good, and therefore we are very bold.)

26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.

27 For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

What we find promised in God’s word we may most fitly find it in our hearts to pray for. Has the Lord said it? then let us seek it.

28 And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.

Pleading the promises is the sinew and muscle of prayer. As we bring promissory notes to those who have signed them, so should we bring the promises of Holy Scripture before the Lord, and entreat him to make good his word. Let us continually cry to him—“Do as thou hast said.”

Lord, for thy name’s sake! such the plea,

With force triumphant fraught,

By which thy saints prevail with thee,

By thine own Spirit taught.

Oh, for thy name’s sake, richly grant

The unction from above;

Fulfil thy holy covenant,

And glorify thy love.[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 275–276). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

May—11 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.—Acts 13:39.

What can be more blessed to a poor conscious sinner, such, my soul, as thou art from day to day, than the glad tidings the Holy Ghost hath here proclaimed, by the ministry of his servant the apostle, in these gracious words. Sit down, this evening, and, under his divine teaching, ponder them duly over. A poor guilty sinner needs a rich and holy Saviour. That he cannot justify himself in the sight of God, is most evident, for the least guilt left upon the conscience would condemn him for ever. He cannot be justified by the deeds of the law; for by the law is the knowledge of sin, and in the law we learn that we have all sinned, and come short of God’s glory. He cannot be justified by the offerings and sacrifices made under the law of Moses; for how can the blood of bulls and of goats take away sin? By what then, or by whom, my soul, canst thou be justified? Hear what this sweet scripture saith: “By him,” that is, by the Lord Jesus Christ,” all that believe are justified from all things.” Oh! how blessed is the view! how completely satisfying to the conscience is the redemption by Christ Jesus, “whom God hath set forth as a propitiation, through faith in his blood!” And do not fail to observe the extensiveness of the blessing; it is all that believe, yea, every individual believer; for the blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin; and the righteousness of Christ, in a way of justification, is to all, and upon all that “believe, for there is no difference.” And do not fail also to observe the “equality” of the mercy in justification; it is “to all the same.” So that, though believers differ in the strength of their faith, and in the different degrees of that faith, yet respecting their interest in Christ, and their union with Christ, the weakest, as well as the strongest, is equally justified, and equally secure. And for this plain reason; because the object of faith, which is Jesus, is one and the same, and justification is in and by Christ, and doth not arise from the degree of apprehension the believer hath of it. Sweet thought to a poor timid believer! Hence the everlasting safety, both for acceptance in grace here, and the enjoyment of glory hereafter, is to all the same. And however the Lord, in his infinite wisdom, may think fit to appoint different paths for believers’ departures out of life—though some, like the apostles, shall be called to seal the testimony of their faith in Christ, in blood, and wade through this Red Sea (if it may so be called) to join the multitude on the opposite shore, who are shouting the song of Moses and of the Lamb, whilst others sweetly fall asleep in Jesus on their beds, quiet and composed, amidst surrounding friends—yet, in the act of justification, all are alike. Jesus taketh the lambs of his fold in his arms, and they shall lie in his bosom, while he leads the strong. In short, all that are in union with Christ, do live in Christ, and shall die in Christ, whether they be little children, young men, or fathers; for “by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which they could not be justified by the law of Moses.” See, my soul, that thou hast this faith, which is of the operation of the Spirit of God, and then lie down, this night, and every night, with the composure of one that is in a state of justification with God, “having peace with God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 146–147). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

The ultimate conspiracy theory you may already believe — Denison Forum

I have never seen the phrase “conspiracy theory” as much as I have the last couple of months in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

All I need to do is hop on social media for five minutes and I will find videos, articles, and long comment threads that go back and forth, calling people out for spreading conspiracy theories. Even in the Christian community, there are many articles on the topic of “Christians who believe conspiracy theories.”

Christianity Today recently released an article warning Christians that “gullibility is not a spiritual gift.” The Gospel Coalition also released an article saying that “all slanderous conspiracy theories originate from Satan.”

So, what is a conspiracy theory?

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines conspiracy theory as “a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators.”

According to that definition, I don’t know if everything I see debated fits the category of conspiracy theories. I know friends who are wary and suspicious of government overreach. I know friends who are fearful of strict government regulations overriding constitutional freedoms.

But I also see many Christians slandering others and calling their opinions on the current situation “conspiracy theories” because they disagree with others’ views on government solutions or medical interventions.

While I don’t believe Christians should be spreading fear-filled information (2 Timothy 1:7) or setting their minds on useless things on this earth (Psalm 119:37), I do believe we should be cautious and discerning. I’m not qualified to sniff out conspiracies, but I am wise enough to know that the church has a history of division.

Where is your hope?

What can divide the body of Christ? Anything and everything.

We should be reminded that we have a silent enemy. An enemy of deception who will use whatever form works to keep us confused, angry, and in disunity. Can outlandish conspiracy theories be used to do those things? Yes.

But my concern is not in the minority. I have a pretty diverse friend group, but I don’t know anyone personally who really believes all the theories out there. My concern is with the half-truths, the seeds of deception being planted in plain sight, when we blindly trust everything we are told to achieve the ultimate goal of security and safety.

I often hear phrases of blind faith in earthly authorities like “the government wouldn’t do that,” which sits contrary to what I read all throughout Scripture about the nature of those in leadership, from the time of the first kings to the psalms to Jesus’ words to the letters of Paul.

As believers, why would we be surprised to hear of a potential power scandal? Why would we be surprised that there might be evil people with ulterior motives in charge? Why are we quick to defend anyone in power here on earth? As Ephesians 6:12 tells us, our struggles are not against flesh and blood.

My concern goes beyond a concern of disunity. When we set our hope in anything on this earth other than Jesus, we fall into idolatry.

That goes for those who obsess over and spread conspiracy theories, but it also goes for those who forego discernment and seek saving from an earthly government.

The ultimate conspiracy theory

For my fellow Christians, it isn’t a battle of us versus them. It isn’t about who is right or wrong, what is black or white, and what is the murky gray of the middle.

It is about Jesus.

It is about God being the greatest hero of the story. When we lose sight of that, we lose. Period.

In fact, my entire belief system is based on the ultimate conspiracy theory.

If we are going to believe in a conspiracy, let’s trust the Conspirator-in-Chief who pulled off a resurrection event through a set of circumstances few people saw coming.

Our God uses corrupt government to bring himself glory. We’ve seen it in the Bible. We’ve seen it all throughout history. Our God uses “conspiracy theories” to bring himself glory as well. (Look at the Tower of Babel, the captivity of his people, and the empty tomb.)

As Isaiah 8:12–13 reminds us, “Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.”

The only cure for a sensational conspiracy theory is a better conspiracy: the conspiracy of God’s people to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the fear of the Lord.

I pray that we as a people can keep our eyes open, on alert for all forms of deception, but also trusting that the only true thing—the Lord himself—is always in control.

He is the ultimate Savior.

Our deepest conspiracy is this: the conspiracy of God’s people to maintain unity of the Spirit in the fear of the Lord.

Let’s conspire together to show this truth to the world.

Erin Kerry is a preacher’s kid, preacher’s wife, and a former educator turned homeschool mom. She is wife to Richard and mom to Isabel (15), Roman (6), and Rhett (3). As a survivor of mental illness and a certified integrative nutrition health coach, Erin is passionate about advocating for mental health through her website, http://www.sparkingwholeness.com, and her podcast, Sparking Wholeness, which reaches hundreds of thousands of listeners each month.

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May 11 Life-Changing Moments With God

Awake to righteousness, and do not sin.

I am a son of light and of the day. Therefore I will not sleep, Lord God, as others do, but will watch and be sober.

It is high time to awake out of sleep; for now my salvation is nearer than when I first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore I cast off the works of darkness, and I put on the armor of light. I take up the whole armor of God, that I may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. I cast away from myself all the transgressions which I have committed, and get myself a new heart and a new spirit. I lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save my soul. As a little child, I abide in Jesus, that when He appears, I may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If I know that He is righteous, I know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

Lord God, only in Your strength can I live a righteous life that pleases You. Please empower me!

1 Corinthians 15:34; 1 Thessalonians 5:5–6; Romans 13:11–12; Ephesians 6:13; Ezekiel 18:31; James 1:21; 1 John 2:28–29[1]

 

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 146). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 11 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Whatsoever he sayeth unto you, do it

John 2:5

If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do in His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing. I have worked hard, very hard, that is all: and I have never refused God anything.

Florence Nightingale[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

Obama, Biden Oval Office Meeting On January 5 Was Key To Entire Anti-Trump Operation — Christian Research Network

“An analysis of the timeline from early 2017 shows a clear pattern of behavior from the federal officials running the collusion operation against the Trump campaign. It also shows how essential media leaks were to their strategy to sideline key law enforcement and intelligence officials and cripple the ability of the incoming Trump administration to run the country.”

(Mollie Hemingway – The Federalist) Information released in the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the case it brought against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn confirms the significance of a January 5, 2017, meeting at the Obama White House….

It was at this meeting that Obama gave guidance to key officials who would be tasked with protecting his administration’s utilization of secretly funded Clinton campaign research, which alleged Trump was involved in a treasonous plot to collude with Russia, from being discovered or stopped by the incoming administration.

“President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia,” National Security Advisor Susan Rice wrote in an unusual email to herself about the meeting that was also attended by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI Director James Comey, and Vice President Joe Biden. View article →

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