Daily Archives: August 3, 2020

Pastor Robert Jeffress: Only evangelicals who have “sold their soul to the devil” will vote for Biden | Disrn

Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas on Friday had some harsh words for evangelicals who vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the November election.

During an appearance on Fox Business, Jeffress said “there’s not a snowball’s chance” that Biden receives any “significant evangelical vote,” while emphasizing the former vice president’s stance on abortion.

“The only evangelicals who are going to vote for Joe Biden are those who have sold their soul to the devil and accepted the Democrats’ barbaric position on abortion,” Jeffress said. “I mean, it’s so barbaric, Joe Biden believes in unrestricted abortion. He can’t even get his own church, the Catholic Church, to stomach it. They have denied him communion because of that.”

The pastor also cited a new Pew Research poll that revealed that “82% of evangelicals are gonna vote for President Trump on November 3,” adding that he believes the number’s “gonna be higher than that.”

Jeffress also claims there are a number of evangelicals that are planning to vote for Trump but did not tell pollsters because they did not want to “badgered or bullied.”

“People are being told that if [they] support President Trump, [they] are a racist. Nobody wants to be called that. So, they are not going to admit they are voting for President Trump on November 3,” Jeffress added. “There is going to be a tsunami-sized surprise of voters turning out to support our great President Donald Trump.”

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August 3 Water Under the Bridge

 

For you shall forget your misery; you shall remember it as water that passes away … you shall lie down and none shall make you afraid.
(Job 11:16–19, AMP)

Can the pain of the past ever be forgotten? Yes! You can take the misery out of the memory—like you’d pull the stinger out of an insect bite—then healing will begin immediately. Job said, “You shall forget your misery; you shall remember it as waters that pass away.” Go ahead, stand in the stream of God’s love and release it. Let it all go. It was night, but now it’s day! Nobody understood this better than David. He was humiliated before the world, yet when God healed him, he wrote, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalms 30:5).

The only safe place to be is in the arms of God. It’s there that you can allow the past to fall from you like a garment. You may remember it, but you don’t have to wear it any more. Listen again: “You shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid” (Job 11:19). No more pacing the floor, no more bad dreams, no more fear of tomorrow. God says, “None shall make thee afraid.” Rise up and take authority over every memory that keeps you linked to the past.

 

Let the peace and the anointing of God heal the scars, break the chains that bind you, and set you totally free. Claim it today, for it’s yours.[1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 215). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

From Lockdowns to “The Great Reset” — Christian Research Service


The lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the implementation of long-held plans to establish a so-called new world order. Under the auspices of the World Economic Forum (WEF), global policymakers are advocating for a “Great Reset” with the intent of creating a global technocracy. It is not by coincidence that on October 18, 2019, in New York City the WEF participated in “Event 201” at the “high-level” pandemic exercise organized by the John Hopkins Center for Health Security.

This coming technocracy involves close cooperation between the heads of the digital industry and of governments. With programs such as guaranteed minimum income and healthcare for all, the new kind of governance combines strict societal control with the promise of comprehensive social justice.

The truth, however, is that this new world order of digital tyranny comes with a comprehensive social credit system. The People’s Republic of China is the pioneer of this method of surveillance and control of individuals, corporations, and sociopolitical entities.

For the individual, one’s identity is reduced to an app or chip that registers almost any personal activity. In order to gain a few individual rights, and be it only to travel to a certain place, a person must balance such apparent privileges with his submission to a web of regulations that define in detail what is “good behavior” and deemed as beneficial to humankind and the environment. For example, during a pandemic, this sort of control would extend from the obligation of wearing a mask and practicing social distancing to having specific vaccinations in order to apply for a job or to travel.

It is, in short, a type of social engineering which is the opposite of a spontaneous order or of development. Like the mechanical engineer with a machine, the social engineer—or technocrat—treats society as an object. Different from the brutal suppressions by the totalitarianism of earlier times, the modern social engineer will try to make the social machine work on its own according to the design. For this purpose, the social engineer must apply the laws of society the way the mechanical engineer follows the laws of nature. Behavioral theory has reached a stage of knowledge that makes the dreams of social engineering possible. The machinations of social engineering operate not through brute force, but subtly by nudge.

Under the order envisioned by the Great Reset, the advancement of technology is not meant to serve the improvement of the conditions of the people but to submit the individual to the tyranny of a technocratic state. “The experts know better” is the justification.

The Agenda

The plan for an overhaul of the world is the brainchild of an elite group of businessmen, politicians, and their intellectual entourage that used to meet in Davos, Switzerland, in January each year. Brought into existence in 1971, the World Economic Forum has become a megaglobal event since then. More than three thousand leaders from all over the world attended the meeting in 2020.

Under the guidance of the WEF, the agenda of the Great Reset says that the completion of the current industrial transformation requires a thorough overhaul of the economy, politics, and society. Such a comprehensive transformation requires the alteration of human behavior, and thus “transhumanism” is part of the program.

The Great Reset will be the theme of the fifty-first meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2021. Its agenda is the commitment to move the world economy toward “a more fair, sustainable and resilient future.” The program calls for “a new social contract” that is centered on racial equality, social justice, and the protection of nature. Climate change requires us “to decarbonize the economy” and to bring human thinking and behavior “into harmony with nature.” The aim is to build “more equal, inclusive and sustainable economies.” This new world order must be “urgently” implemented, the promotors of the WEF claim, and they point out that the pandemic “has laid bare the unsustainability of our system,” which lacks “social cohesion.”

The WEF’s great reset project is social engineering at the highest level. Advocates of the reset contend that the UN failed to establish order in the world and could not advance forcefully its agenda of sustainable development—known as Agenda 2030—because of its bureaucratic, slow, and contradictory way of working. In contrast, the actions of the organizational committee of the World Economic Forum are swift and smart. When a consensus has been formed, it can be implemented by the global elite all over the world.

Social Engineering

The ideology of the World Economic Forum is neither left nor right, nor progressive or conservative, it is also not fascist or communist, but outright technocratic. As such, it includes many elements of earlier collectivist ideologies.

In recent decades, the consensus has emerged at the annual Davos meetings that the world needs a revolution, and that reforms have taken too long. The members of the WEF envision a profound upheaval at short notice. The time span should be so brief that most people will hardly realize that a revolution is going on. The change must be so swift and dramatic that those who recognize that a revolution is happening do not have the time to mobilize against it.

The basic idea of the Great Reset is the same principle that guided the radical transformations from the French to the Russian and Chinese Revolutions. It is the idea of constructivist rationalism incorporated in the state. But projects like the Great Reset leave unanswered the question of who rules the state. The state itself does not rule. It is an instrument of power. It is not the abstract state that decides, but the leaders of specific political parties and of certain social groups.

Earlier totalitarian regimes needed mass executions and concentration camps to maintain their power. Now, with the help of new technologies, it is believed, dissenters can easily be identified and marginalized. The nonconformists will be silenced by disqualifying divergent opinions as morally despicable.

The 2020 lockdowns possibly offer a preview of how this system works. The lockdown worked as if it had been orchestrated—and perhaps it was. As if following a single command, the leaders of big and small nations—and of different stages of economic development—implemented almost identical measures. Not only did many governments act in unison, they also applied these measures with little regard for the horrific consequences of a global lockdown.

Months of economic stillstand have destroyed the economic basis of millions of families. Together with social distancing, the lockdown has produced a mass of people unable to care for themselves. First, governments destroyed the livelihood, then the politicians showed up as the savior. The demand for social assistance is no longer limited to specific groups, but has become a need of the masses.

Once, war was the health of the state. Now it is fear of disease. What lies ahead is not the apparent coziness of a benevolent comprehensive welfare state with a guaranteed minimum income and healthcare and education for all. The lockdown and its consequences have brought a foretaste of what is to come: a permanent state of fear, strict behavioral control, massive loss of jobs, and growing dependence on the state.

With the measures taken in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a big step to reset the global economy has been made. Without popular resistance, the end of the pandemic will not mean the end of the lockdown and social distancing. At the moment, however, the opponents of the new world order of digital tyranny still have access to the media and platforms to dissent. Yet the time is running out. The perpetrators of the new world order have smelled blood. Declaring the coronavirus a pandemic has come in handy to promote the agenda of their Great Reset. Only massive opposition can slow down and finally stop the extension of the power grip of the tyrannical technocracy that is on the rise.

08/01/2020

Dr. Antony P. Mueller is a German professor of economics who currently teaches in Brazil. Write an e-mail. See his website and blog.

Original article.

Used by permission.

via From Lockdowns to “The Great Reset” — Christian Research Service

August 3 Prayer Is Hard Work

 

Colossians 4:12

Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

Fiercely” is the right English word to convey Paul’s meaning here. He says Epaphras labors fervently in prayer, and the word “laboring” is sometimes translated as “wrestling.” The image is that of Greek athletes who competed fiercely to win a perishable crown of an olive leaf garland. And in our modern day how many athletes devote years of their lives to preparing for the Olympic games? The sacrifices they endure and the prices they pay are almost inconceivable to the non-Olympically-inclined among us. They train and compete fiercely, pushing themselves beyond the limits of endurance.

One of the greatest revelations I’ve had in recent years is that prayer is hard work. Prayer requires labor, striving, continuance, endurance, wrestling, and faithfulness. I’ve heard people say, “I would pray more, but it’s so hard.” At least they understood the nature of prayer. It is indeed hard work. Sometimes it helps to begin our prayers by confessing we don’t feel like praying—and ask God to help us with our preference to be doing something else. Be honest with God and ask Him to give you a willingness to do the work of prayer.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 226). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

August 3, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

17 Rewards for charity. This proverb teaches that the Lord will reward those who give to the poor. The one who is gracious or “kind” (hônēn) to the poor is actually lending to the Lord, and the Lord will repay or “reward” (yešallem) him for his deed. This promise of reward does not necessarily signify that he will get his money back; the rewards in Proverbs involve life and prosperity in general. In the NT such kindness is viewed as kindness to the Lord (Mt 25:40); see also the reward for following Jesus (19:27–28).[1]


The Lord Will Reward Kindness to the Poor (19:17)

This proverb turns to the unit’s goal in the son’s education vis-à-vis to esteem the powerless poor person as worthy of favor, active acceptance, and acts of charity because the Lord will reward him (cf. 14:21, 31; 22:9; 28:27). The disciple stands apart from the crowd on the side of the poor who otherwise stands alone without a friend (see 19:7). Verset A presents the cause: not to the sluggard, The inner core of its chiastic parallels present the topic, the one who shows grace (ḥônēn, see 14:31; cf. 14:21) to the poor (dal, see 10:15) and its abstract equivalent, as for his deeds (see 12:14). Its outer frame gives the synthetic predicates, is one who lends (malwēh, cf. 22:7; Deut. 28:12; Isa. 24:2) to the Lord (see p. I:73) and the [the Lord] will repay him (see 11:31). And joins these synthetic predicates stating the cause-effect relationship. The one who gives generously to the destitute figuratively gives a loan to the Lord presumably because the Lord’s honor is tied up with the poor for he made them and they too are his image (14:31; 17:5; 22:2). Their just and gracious Creator takes it upon himself to assume their indebtedness and so he will repay the lender in full (cf. 3:27f.; 11:17, 25; 14:21; 22:9, 22–23; 25:22f.; Pss. 41:1–3; 112:5; Matt. 25:34; Lk. 6:38; Jas. 1:27). By contrast if one oppresses the poor he will have to contend with God as their Defender (21:13; 22:22–23; 28:27).[2]


19:17. He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his good deed.

Proverbs repeatedly encourages generosity toward the poor (Prov. 14:21, 31; 22:9; 28:27) and rails against insensitivity to their needs (Prov. 14:31a; 21:13; 22:16; 28:3, 27b). In this way, the wisdom of this book reflects the dictates of the Law (Deut. 15:7–8). The remarkable thing found in this proverb is the direct link made between the ‘poor man’ and ‘the Lord.’ Jesus made a similar connection, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me’ (Matt. 25:40). The reverse is also true: that contempt for the poor is contempt for the Lord (Prov. 14:31a; 17:5).

This bit of wisdom seems to demand that what one does ‘to a poor man’ one is doing to ‘the Lord.’ But, closer examination reveals that the action is not exactly the same to one as the other. One is viewed as being ‘gracious’ to the poor (i.e. giving them a gift). The same action is viewed as ‘lending’ to the Lord. What is a gift to the one (knowing that they cannot repay and to demand such would be cruel), is a loan to the other (knowing He is the guardian of the poor and surety for all their needs).

The second line develops the notion of the Lord’s reward to those who are thus generous with the poor. The promise is that ‘He will repay him for his good deed.’ The promise is not necessarily direct monetary or material benefit. The promise is that God rewards righteousness. Throughout Proverbs, generosity is viewed as an indispensable part of, and a nearly infallible evidence of, a righteous life. However, having noted this, Proverbs does often view the rewards of righteousness from a tangible, physical perspective (Prov. 11:24–26; 12:14). Again, Jesus spoke in such terms: ‘Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return’ (Luke 6:38; cf. Matt. 19:27–30). The promise in both testaments is that God rewards the generous (Matt. 10:42; 2 Cor. 9:6–8; Heb. 6:10), therefore, the wise and righteous person gives freely as he becomes aware of needs.[3]


Ver. 17.—He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord. English Church-people are familiar with this distich, as being one of the sentences of Scripture read at the Offertory. The word for “poor” is here dal, “feeble” (see on vers. 1 and 4). It is a beautiful thought that by showing mercy and pity we are, as it were, making God our debtor; and the truth is wonderfully advanced by Christ, who pronounces (Matt. 25:40), “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (see on ch. 11:24; 28:27). St. Chrysostom (‘Hom.,’ xv., on 1 Cor. 5), “To the more imperfect this is what we may say, Give of what you have unto the needy. Increase your substance. For, saith he, ‘He that giveth unto the poor lendeth unto God.’ But if you are in a hurry, and wait not for the time of retribution, think of those who lend money to men; for not even these desire to get their interest immediately; but they are anxious that the principal should remain a good long while in the hands of the borrower, provided only the repayment be secure, and they have no mistrust of the borrower. Let this be done, then, in the present case also. Leave them with God, that he may pay thee thy wages manifold. Seek not to have the whole here; for if you recover it all here, how will you receive it back there? And it is on this account that God stores them up there, inasmuch as this present life is full of decay. But he gives even here also; for, ‘Seek ye,’ saith he, ‘the kingdom of heaven, and all these things shall be added unto you.’ Well, then, let us look towards that kingdom, and not be in a hurry for the repayment of the whole, lest we diminish our recompense. But let us wait for the fit season. For the interest in these cases is not of that kind, but is such as is meet to be given by God. This, then, having collected together in great abundance, so let us depart hence, that we may obtain both the present and the future blessings” (Oxford transl.). That which he hath given will he pay him again; Vicissitudinem suam reddet ei, Vulgate, “According to his gift will he recompense him.” גְּמוּל (gemul), “good deed” (ch. 12:14, where it is rendered “recompense”). Ecclus. 32 (35) 10, etc., “Give unto the Most High according as he hath enriched thee; and as thou hast gotten give with a cheerful eye. For the Lord recompenseth, and will give thee seven times as much.” There are proverbs rife in other lands to the same effect. The Turk says, “What you give in charity in this world you take with you after death. Do good, and throw it into the sea: if the fish does not know it, God does.” And the Russian, “Throw bread and salt behind you, you get them before you” (Lane).[4]


Ver. 17. He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.Christian pity for the Christian poor:

  1. The great stress which the Scriptures lay upon pity for the poor. That man must be a cursory reader of the Bible who does not see that it pervades the Bible. The old dispensation is full of it. In the new dispensation it is brought out still more prominently.
  2. Why is so great a mass of the Lord’s people found among the poor? If wealth would have been their blessing, wealth they would have had. God would have this manifested by them—that He considers these things in themselves as nothing. Some part of the mystery is to answer Satan’s accusations. And it is for the trial of the grace that is in His people.

III. The motives urging a good man to show pity to the poor. He “lendeth to the Lord.” Here is a payment spoken of. The Lord is a bounteous giver. (J. H. Evans.)

The deserving poor:

We are told that the poor shall never cease out of the land. Paley defines a poor man as he, of whatever rank, whose expenses exceed his resources. It is very clear from this that there may be poverty which has no claim to our commiseration and charity.

  1. Man’s duty towards the deserving poor. “He that hath pity on the poor.” Two things are implied concerning this pity.
  2. It must be practical. The text speaks of it as lending to the Lord. It is pity, therefore, that gives, that does something to relieve distress. The pity that goes off in sentimental sighs, or goes no farther than words, saying, “Depart in peace, be warmed, be filled,” is not true pity—the pity that God demands for the poor.
  3. It must be genuine. The words imply that the pity is “accepted of the Lord.” He takes it as a loan; therefore it must be genuine. The service rendered is from right principles. There is a large amount of charity shown to the poor which is inspired by motives abhorrent to Omniscient Purity.
  4. God’s interest in the deserving poor. God’s interest in the poor is shown in three ways.
  5. In the obligation that is imposed on the rich to help them. He denounces all neglect and cruelty of the poor. “Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness and his chamber by wrong, that useth his neighbour’s service without wages.” Again, “Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker.” He inculcates practical sympathy for the poor (Exod. 22:21, 22; 23:9; Lev. 19:33; 25:35; Deut. 10:19; 24:19; Prov. 22:22; Isa. 1:17–23).
  6. In the earthly condition into which He sent His Son.
  7. In the class from which He selected His servants.

III. The Divine acknowledgment of service to the poor. “And that which he hath given will He pay him again.” Every gift of genuine piety to the poor is a loan to the Lord, and a loan that shall be paid.

  1. It is often amply repaid in this world (Deut. 16:17–20; 2 Cor. 9:6–8).
  2. It will be acknowledged in the day of judgment. “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.” (D. Thomas, D.D.)

Lending to the Lord:

We are to give to the poor out of pity. Not to be seen and applauded, much less to get influence over them; but out of pure sympathy and compassion we must give them help. We must not expect to get anything back from the poor, not even gratitude; but we should regard what we have done as a loan to the Lord. He undertakes the obligation, and if we look to Him in the matter we must not look to the second party. What an honour the Lord bestows upon us when He condescends to borrow of us! That merchant is greatly favoured who has the Lord on his books. It would seem a pity to have such a name down for a paltry pittance; let us make it a heavy amount. The next needy man that comes this way, let us help him. As for repayment, we can hardly think of it, and yet here is the Lord’s note of hand. Blessed be His name, His promise to pay is better than gold and silver. Are we running a little short through the depression of the times? We may venture humbly to present this bill at the Bank of Faith. (C. H. Spurgeon.)

For long credit:

A wealthy but niggardly gentleman was waited on by the advocates of a charitable institution, for which they solicited his aid, reminding him of the Divine declaration, “He that hath pity on the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will He pay him again.” To this he replied, “The security, no doubt, is good, and the interest liberal; but I cannot give such long credit.” Poor rich man! the day of payment was much nearer than he anticipated. Not a fortnight had elapsed from his refusing to honour this claim of God upon his substance before he received a summons with which he could not refuse to comply. He was dead.

The best loan (to the young):—

Pity is the feeling of sorrow we find in our hearts when we see a person in trouble or distress. There are two kinds of pity, a wrong and a right. The wrong kind of pity makes people feel without making them do or give. The right kind makes people do or give, as well as feel. What we do for, or give to the poor, God regards as done or given to Himself. What we lend to another we call a loan. There are many different kinds of loans, but that which is lent to the Lord is the best loan.

  1. Because He receives the smallest sums.
  2. Because it is so safe.

III. Because He pays good interest. (R. Newton, D.D.)

Argument for charity:

This is an argument for charity of wonderful force. No pagan moralist could ever produce a motive for any social duty equal to this. It is sufficient to open the closest fist, and to enlarge the most selfish heart. Can we lose anything by lending it to the Lord? God will be sure to repay what is given to the poor at His command with great increase. The greatest usurer on earth cannot make so much of his money as the man that gives to the poor. (George Lawson, D.D.)[5]


[1] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 169). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Waltke, B. K. (2005). The Book of Proverbs, Chapters 15–31 (p. 111). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Kitchen, J. A. (2006). Proverbs: A Mentor Commentary (pp. 423–424). Fearn, Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Proverbs (p. 368). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[5] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). Proverbs (pp. 493–494). New York; Chicago; Toronto: Fleming H. Revell Company.

August—3 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

A ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.—Acts 24:5.

My soul! hast thou arrived at that station of dignity to be reproached for Christ’s sake? If so, thou wilt enter into a proper sense and enjoyment of the title Paul was branded with: a ringleader, or a standard-bearer of the cross. One who, not content with receiving Christ into his own heart, determines, let the cost be what it may, the loss of reputation or of life, to proclaim Jesus upon the house-top. This is to be a ringleader! An honourable station! and one that Jesus loves! Jesus himself was Jehovah’s ringleader, for he saith, “In that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek, and his rest shall be glorious.” (Isaiah 11:10.) And elsewhere Jehovah saith, “Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.” (Isaiah 55:4.) My soul! hast thou taken part in the reproaches of God’s choicest servants? It is impossible to be a true follower of the despised Nazarene, unless thou hast followed him “without the camp, bearing his reproach.” The world, from the days of Cain, in his persecution of Abel, hath in all ages branded the ringleaders of the Lord’s cause. The servants were treated as the master. His prophets, “troublers of the land.” (Amos 7:10.) His city, always “a rebellious city.” (Ezra 4:15.) Yea, Jesus himself, as “one perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar.” (Luke 23:2.) Precious Lord! could not thy meek, harmless, and inoffensive conduct pass on without this censure? then who can hope to escape? I know, Lord, that to hold thee up, and proclaim thee as Jehovah’s ensign to the nations, is to be indeed a ringleader of the cross, against which all hell must wage war, and all the powers of this world’s customs will declare enmity. But be thou my standard, and I shall be more than conqueror through thy grace helping me. Oh! let me unceasingly speak thy praise, and let the fathers to the children make known thy truth.[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 231–232). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

Don’t Adjust Your Conscience to Fit the Culture — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Most of us are familiar with Martin Luther’s heroic statement at the Diet of Worms when he was called upon to recant. “Unless I am convinced by sacred Scripture, or by evident reason, I cannot recant, for my conscience is held captive by the Word of God, and to act against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.”

Today, we rarely hear any reference to the conscience. Yet throughout church history, the best Christian thinkers spoke about the conscience regularly. Thomas Aquinas said the conscience is the God-given inner voice that either accuses or excuses us in terms of what we do. John Calvin spoke of the “divine sense” that God puts into every person, and part of that divine sense is the conscience. And when we turn to Scripture, we find that our consciences are an aspect of God’s revelation to us.

When we talk about God’s revelation, we make a distinction between general revelation and special revelation. Special revelation refers to that information given to us in the Word of God. Not everyone in the world possesses this information. Those who have heard it have had the benefit of hearing specific information about God and His plan of redemption.

General revelation refers to the revelation that God gives to every human being on earth. It’s general in the sense that it’s not limited to any specific group of people. It’s global, and it extends to every human being. The audience is general, and the information given is general as well. It doesn’t have the same level of detail that sacred Scripture does.

We must make a further distinction within the context of general revelation between mediate general revelation and immediate general revelation. Mediate general revelation refers to the revelation that God gives through an external medium. The medium is creation, wherein God reveals something about who He is. Paul labors the point particularly in Romans 1 that the general revelation mediated through creation is so clear that every single person knows God exists and, therefore, is without excuse.

Immediate general revelation is revelation that is transmitted to every human being without an external medium. It’s internal, not external. It’s the revelation God plants in the soul of every person. God reveals His law in the mind of every human being by planting a conscience within each of us.

However, we face a problem: the conscience is fluid. It’s not fixed. Almost all people adjust their consciences between childhood and adulthood, and the adjustment is almost always downward. That is, we learn how to turn the volume of our conscience down, and we make the necessary adjustments so that our ethics align with how we want to live and not how God tells us we should live.

This is not to suggest that children are sinless. Even little babies have sinful minds, but the Bible recognizes that the degree of evil found in small children is characteristically different from the degree of evil manifested in adults. Thus, Paul says, “Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature” (1 Cor. 14:20). He recognized that a baby’s sins are not as heinous as those of people who are mature in age. Somewhere in our development, the gravity of our sins increases. Our consciences are seared as we begin to accept those things that as children we thought were unacceptable.

Almost fifty years ago, a bestselling book with a strange title was published—The Happy Hooker, written by Xaviera Hollander, a prostitute. Hollander sought to silence the people who believe that no prostitute in America could find joy in what she was doing. In her book, Hollander celebrates the joy that she experienced in her profession, saying that she never felt guilty about what she was doing. To be sure, Hollander said, the first time she involved herself in prostitution, she felt pangs of guilt. But over time, she got to the point where she felt guilty only when she heard the ringing of church bells. Suddenly, her conscience was disturbed because she was reminded that what she was doing was under the condemnation of Almighty God. Even this hardened professional prostitute could not totally destroy the conscience God had placed within her.

Here is the supreme irony and tragedy of sin: the more we repeat our sins, the greater the guilt we incur, but the less sensitive we become to the pangs of guilt in our consciences. Paul says that people store up wrath for themselves on the day of wrath (Rom. 2:5). That’s objective guilt—they are guilty because they have broken God’s law. But some people have so destroyed their consciences that they believe it really doesn’t matter what they do as long as it is consensual and causes no harm. Their subjective guilt—the sense of guilt that accompanies wrongdoing—diminishes.

We find new ways to view sinful behavior as acceptable, both as individuals and as a culture. We have now killed sixty million babies, tearing them limb from limb. People use social media to boast of this reality, saying how proud they are that they have maintained the freedom of a woman to abort her child. We now boast about marriage between a man and a man, and a woman and a woman, without shame. There is not much of a collective conscience left in this country.

Paul tells us in Romans 1 that people know the righteous judgment of God, and this knowledge of judgment comes through immediate general revelation. What is the nadir of the list of sins in Romans 1? Paul says, “Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them” (v. 32). The worst part of Paul’s indictment is not that people practice such things despite knowing the righteous judgment of God, but that they approve of those who practice them as well. When people destroy their own consciences, they do everything in their power to destroy the consciences of their neighbors. To quiet their consciences, people will seek allies and will make proclamations such as, “We’re only crusading for liberty here, for the freedom of choice.” What a strategy. “I’m not pro-murder; I’m pro-choice.” That’s what the Godfather would say. “I’m pro-choice. I choose to murder my enemies.”

However, our purpose in discussing these things is not to lament how bad the world is, but rather how bad we are in that we Christians do the same thing. We, too, adjust our consciences to fit the culture. We try everything in our power to excuse our sin. That’s why developing a conscience sensitive to the Word of God is so important. At the Diet of Worms, Luther did not say, “My conscience is held captive by my contemporary culture, by the latest Gallup poll, and by the latest survey that describes what everybody else is doing.” He did not say, “My conscience is influenced by the Word of God.” In essence, he said, “I am in captivity to the Word of God. That is why I cannot recant.” Had his conscience not been captive to God’s Word, he would have recanted immediately. So, he said, “To act against conscience is neither right nor safe.”

We don’t want to hear the judgment of conscience; we want to destroy the judgment of conscience. That’s our nature. The only antidote is knowing the mind of Christ. We need men and women whose consciences have been captured by the Word of God. Thank God for His Word. It exposes the lies we tell ourselves to make us feel better. We aren’t going to be judged on the last day on whether we feel guilty, but on whether we are guilty. Still, if you feel guilty, thank God for that. The feeling of guilt is the signal that there’s probably something wrong. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, and with that conviction comes a certain tender mercy that leads us to repentance and forgiveness so that we might walk in His presence.

via Don’t Adjust Your Conscience to Fit the Culture — Ligonier Ministries Blog

August 3th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

And when they could not come nigh unto Him for the press, they uncovered the roof where He was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.—Mark 2:4.

THESE four friends were terribly in earnest. They let the bier, on which the man was lying, down into the room. They laid their friend right at the feet of Jesus Christ; a good place to lay him, was it not?

Perhaps you have a sceptical son or an unbelieving husband, or some other member of your family, that scoffs at the Bible and sneers at Christianity. Lay them at the feet of Jesus, and He will honor your faith.[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. 132). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

John MacArthur Disappointed in Churches Shutting Down; ‘They Don’t Know What a Church Is’ — ChurchLeaders

John MacArthur, lead pastor of Grace Community Church Sun Valley, California, recently made waves by announcing his church would remain open despite the second round of closures ordered by the state government of California. Over the weekend, MacArthur doubled down on his position and said he’s not “nervous” about the situation the church is in. Rather, he sees the whole thing as an “incredible opportunity” to be the church during this trying time.

“What is disappointing to me is how few churches are standing up. How few large churches or even Christian leaders are willing to say ‘We’re not going to bow to Caesar. We’re going to serve our Lord,’” MacArthur said during an update video posted to the church’s account.

“Large churches are shutting down until—they say January,” MacArthur said incredulously. “They don’t know what a church is and they don’t shepherd their people,” MacArthur added. “Significant leaders aren’t giving any strength and courage to the church. They’re not standing up…rising up…and calling on Christians to be the church in the world,” he lamented.

While it’s not clear which churches MacArthur was talking about, some big churches such as J.D. Greear’s Summit Church in North Carolina and Andy Stanley‘s North Point Church in Atlanta, Georgia have recently announced they won’t be opening for in-person services until next year.

Grace Community Church Sun Valley Will Serve God

MacArthur stated that for 51 years, Grace Community Church has remained faithful to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word and because of that they have seen God’s divine providence.

The church isn’t unsympathetic to those members who don’t feel safe gathering just yet, though. MacArthur emphasized members can continue to stay home and watch the live stream if, for instance, they have compromised immune systems. Additionally, the church is adding outdoor seating starting this coming Sunday to accommodate around 1,000 people who may still be concerned about being in closed areas with others. MacArthur said, “we want to make people feel welcomed.” The church will provide hand sanitizer, masks, and water to those choosing to sit outside.

The Church May Face Legal Problems

Franklin Graham posted on Twitter shortly after Grace Community Church published the update from MacArthur. Graham wrote, After Pastor @JohnMacArthur announced that his congregation at @GraceComChurch in Sun Valley, CA, would be assembling in obedience to God’s Word, he received a letter from LA county officials threatening repercussions such as fines & possible arrest.”

This isn’t the first time that Grace Community Church has gone through legal trials. The church was sued back in the 70’s and 80’s for clergy malpractice. After ten years, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling of California’s Supreme Court and found Grace Community Church not guilty of clergy malpractice. MacArthur claims the suit was an attempt to stop them from teaching Scripture.

During his update, MacArthur addressed another point of controversy that has come up recently. MacArthur said some people are talking about the church receiving stimulus money from the federal government earlier this spring. The church did receive a check, however MacArthur says they sent the money back.

John MacArthur’s and Grace Community Church’s statement “Christ, not Caesar, Is Head of the Church” has garnered over 21 thousand signatures, with several thousand of those being pastors and churches, MacArthur said.

via John MacArthur Disappointed in Churches Shutting Down; ‘They Don’t Know What a Church Is’ — ChurchLeaders

COVID-19 Vaccine Could Mean Regular Injections, No Guarantee Of Immunity | ZeroHedge News

While Dr. Anthony Fauci says he’s hopeful that a COVID-19 vaccine will be available ‘by late fall or early winter,’ it may not be as simple as one jab for a lifetime of immunity, according to the LA Times.

For starters, a COVID-19 vaccine can be released if it’s ‘safe and proves effective’ on as few as 50% of those who receive it, according to recently released federal guidelines. What’s more, the definition of “effective” means that it simply has to ‘minimize the most serious symptoms,’ according to the report.

“We should anticipate the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to be similar to the influenza vaccine,” said Dr. Kathleen Neuzil, director of the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland. “That vaccine may or may not keep people from being infected with the virus, but it does keep people out of the hospital and the ICU.”

Because of this, experts say that the first round of COVID-19 vaccines probably won’t eliminate the need for masks, social distancing and other measures. So – after all the promises made by government officials, a vaccine may only reducesymptoms, and may turn into a recurring shot that only works on half the population.

Developing a vaccine capable of inducing “sterilizing immunity” — that is, the ability to prevent the virus from causing an infection — takes time and research, which might not be possible as death tolls continue to rise and the recession grows deeper. Yet with so many companies on the hunt for that vaccine, there is hope one of them might actually achieve it.

Scientists had studied other coronaviruses — SARS and MERS — and mapped the novel coronavirus’ genome not long after the first COVID-19 deaths were recorded. They identified the spike protein on the virus’ outer shell, which the virus uses to infiltrate the host cell and created a three-dimensional model of the virus to see how antibodies block infection by binding onto the spike protein.

Even so, scientists don’t yet know what immunity against the virus looks like. That information typically comes from studying the body’s natural response to disease. The number of T-cells and neutralizing antibodies that fight off an infection can become a blueprint for a vaccine. –LA Times

The problem is that “the novel coronavirus hasn’t been around long enough,” according to Dr. Mark Feinberg, CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative – who noted that an Ebola vaccine went from Phase 1 to Phase 3 clinical results in just 10 months and was nearly 100% effective within 10 days of a single dose being administered.

On the bright side, it could reduce the spread of the virus, creating pockets of immunity throughout the country according to Dr. Peter Hoetz, dean of Baylor College of Medicine’s National School of Tropical Medicine.

“Ideally, you want an antiviral vaccine to do two things,” said Hotez. “First, reduce the likelihood you will get severely ill and go to the hospital, and two, prevent infection and therefore interrupt disease transmission.”

For the current pandemic, “the bar does not seem that high,” he added.

Meanwhile, Operation Warp Speed – the Trump administration’s program to accelerate a vaccine, has a goal of delivering 300 million doses by January. The program has identified 14 ‘promising candidates‘ – of which seven have been identified as front-runners. Of those, three have had early clinical trials evaluated independently.

The vaccine being developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health was deemed “promising in an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and two studies in the Lancet delivered a similar message for vaccines being developed at Oxford University and by the Chinese company CanSino.

These vaccines have induced an immune response in people participating in early tests, but inducing an immune response does not always mean success in fighting a disease. For instance, scientists recently developed a vaccine for another respiratory virus that increased antibodies but failed its Phase 3 clinical trial. –LA Times

Other issues puzzling vaccine researchers include why some people produce high levels of neutralizing antibodies to COVID-19, while others do not.

“What’s interesting is that all have recovered, and we do not know how they did this,” said Feinberg – former chief public and health science officer at Merck.

Moreover, scientists don’t know how long immunity lasts, and whether a noted decline in antibodies after just 2-3 months will complicate efforts to find a lasting cure.

“If we get a vaccine that is 60% efficacious, we can use the information to identify what distinguishes people who are protected from those who are susceptible,” Feinberg added. “Then we will know what the minimum target is for an immune response.”

No wonder 70% of Americans are planning to wait to get the vaccine – or won’t get one at all, according to a poll from CBS News – which notes that just 27% of those over 65 would get the vaccine right away, while liberals are twice as likely than conservatives to get one immediately.

Read the rest of the report here.

Source: COVID-19 Vaccine Could Mean Regular Injections, No Guarantee Of Immunity

Americans should start wearing face masks AT HOME, Dr. Deborah Birx says | RT – Daily news

Americans should start wearing face masks AT HOME, Dr. Deborah Birx says

Families sitting down to watch the evening news might soon have to wear face masks, if the advice of the White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Deborah Birx is turned into a rule, as America’s disjointed war on Covid-19 continues.

With cases of coronavirus beginning to tick upwards across the US, Dr. Deborah Birx told CNN on Sunday that the country is entering a new phase in its fight against the disease.

“What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas,” Birx, told ‘State of the Union’ host Dana Bash, before suggesting that Americans take even more extreme precautions against the virus.

Also on rt.com

Florida county ‘mask-at-home’ order draws bewilderment and outrage before authorities say it only applies to guests

“If you’re in multi-generational households, and there’s an outbreak in your rural area or in your city, you need to really consider wearing a mask at home,” she said, citing the threat to the elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions.

Birx’ recommendation comes as western and southern states grapple with an upsurge in cases. California now has more than half a million recorded cases of Covid-19, more than any other state. Florida has recorded more than 490,000, while Texas has seen a swell to more than 450,000. In all three states, cases began to trend upwards since mid-June, after lockdown protests and ‘Black Lives Matter’ marches brought crowds of people together, and hot weather lured people to beaches and vacation spots.

New York, however, still has a death rate above and beyond any other state. 32,000 people have died of the virus in the Empire State, a significant number of these in nursing homes, which were forced by Governor Andrew Cuomo to accept Covid patients.

Face masks at home may seem like a step too far for many Americans, but Birx is not the first person to recommend the practice. Residents of Miami and Miami-Dade County have been encouraged to mask up at home by their mayors, while Florida’s state Democrats have called for mandatory mask orders – which would extend to inside the home. In Broward County, local authorities have been sued for their mask order – which mandates masks at all times – or a $500 fine.

As well as face masks, Birx recommended last week that the public wear full face shields, while her colleague, Dr. Anthony Fauci, suggested people wear goggles on top of these protective layers.

Also on rt.com

Masks aren’t enough! Fauci says eye protection ‘MIGHT’ BE REQUIRED for ‘perfect’ Covid-proof set

For Americans already weary of their leaders’ ever-changing mask policies – they were first advised not to wear them, then to save them for healthcare workers, and now to wear them at all times, Birx’ latest pronouncement left them sore. Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro declared that masks only serve to “dehumanize” and “frighten” people.

President Donald Trump on Monday accused Birx of caving to pressure from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who allegedly badmouthed the doctor during a closed-door meeting last week, saying she has no “confidence” in Birx’ handling of the pandemic.

As of now, Birx’ recommendations are only optional, and the Trump administration has given no indication that it will enforce any kind of mask policy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention simply recommend that masks be worn when social distancing is difficult to maintain. Pelosi and a cohort of top Democrats, however, have called for the CDC to make their recommendation mandatory.

Source: Americans should start wearing face masks AT HOME, Dr. Deborah Birx says

Dr Sherri Tenpenny – FACE MASKS ARE NOT EFFECTIVE AGAINST COVID-19: HOW MASKS ARE BEING USED

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Dr Sherri Tenpenny, is the American osteopathic medical doctor, researcher and author.

She has invested 20 years, and over 40,000 hours, researching, documenting and exposing the complex issues of vaccine development, testing and distribution.

As an internationally renowned speaker and author, her articles have been translated into over 12 languages.

Dr. Tenpenny has worked as an Emergency Medicine physician and were Director of a Level 2 Trauma centre for over a decade.

She now runs her own medical centre, providing an integrated approach to health, which has attracted patients from 50 states and 17 countries, with the doctrine “the body can heal itself”.

In our first conversation on London Real in May, we discussed vaccine legislation, testing and distribution. In this episode we’re going deeper on masks and why they won’t protect you, contact tracing, and the psychological damage of social distancing.

For more information from Dr. Tenpenny, download her latest paper, Conclusion Regarding Masks They Do Not Work now!

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Los Angeles County Threatens John MacArthur With Arrest for Holding Worship Services — Christian Research Network

“This is much more than a war on the rights and liberties afforded us by the Constitution — this is now an outright war against God and His people.” 

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  In what is quickly devolving into a Church vs State showdown between pastor of Grace Community Church, John MacArthur and the state and local governments of Los Angeles, California, it appears that MacArthur has now been threated with the possibility of arrest for continuing to hold worship services against the state and county’s mandate against gatherings.

MacArthur has been under fire from the governments who continue to threaten to shut down his church or take other actions such as shutting off the utilities to his church — which have already happened — and he’s also been under fire from those whom he’s called friends.  View article →

via Los Angeles County Threatens John MacArthur With Arrest for Holding Worship Services — Christian Research Network

Dr. Birx Says There is No Evidence HCQ Helps with Coronavirus, Pushes For Vaccine – Sits on Bill Gates-Funded Foundation Board (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Dr. Birx recently said during an appearance on Fox News that there is no evidence that Hydroxychloroquine helps with the Coronavirus.

Frontline doctors from across the US held a “White Coat Summit” last Monday in Washington DC to dispel the misinformation and myths surrounding the Coronavirus.

The doctors were very concerned with the disinformation campaign being played out in the far left American media today.

Dr. Stella Immanuel said she has successfully treated over 350 Coronavirus patients with Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax at her healthcare clinic in Houston.

Big tech immediately scrambled to remove all videos of Dr. Stella Immanuel and other doctors praising Hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment for COVID-19.

Birx joined in with big tech and continued to spread fear.

Dr. Birx promoted a vaccine instead of talking about the successes of an affordable anti-malaria drug that has been available for decades.

WATCH:

As TGP previously reported, Dr. Birx decided to throw away several proposed models for the Coronavirus outbreak and went all-in on a single model funded by Bill Gates.

The IHME model, which is funded by Bill Gates, is using New York and New Jersey data and applying it to the rest of the US.

Dr. Birx pushed a Bill Gates-funded model to scare the American public.

She also sits on the board of a Gates-funded foundation.

Bill Gates is also heavily promoting a vaccine to combat the Coronavirus.

There is a lot of money to be made in vaccines so why isn’t Dr. Birx being called out for a potential conflict of interest?

via Dr. Birx Says There is No Evidence HCQ Helps with Coronavirus, Pushes For Vaccine – Sits on Bill Gates-Funded Foundation Board (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

What They are Not Telling You! The Mask’s Impact on Your Health | Global Research by Fox News

 

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Important report on “Wearing a Mask”.

FOX News’s Ingraham’s report Reveals the Truth.

What the latest science tells us.  What about the actual data.

Source: What They are Not Telling You! The Mask’s Impact on Your Health

Jesus: King Over Civil Authorities — Founders Ministries

The year of our Lord 2020 has gifted us many things that we would like to return. But, through the rioting, looting, moral posturing, and over-reaching governors, God is allowing us to check up on a foundational doctrine. Given various responses from evangelical leaders, it is high time we check up on it. I speak not of a minor, take-it-or-leave-it doctrine taught on the fifth floor of the red brick seminary. Rather, it is one taught to the kids down in Sunday School—perhaps lost on those teaching Theoretical Theology 505 to the dapper men dressed cleaner than Anderson Cooper.

I speak of the Christian doctrine that Jesus is King of kings. Jesus is not merely king. He is the King. He is not merely King of the church. He is not only King of heaven. He is King of body and soul, blood and dirt, Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom.

The apostle Paul teaches that Jesus is the King over civil authorities when he writes, “the authorities are ministers of God” (Romans 13:6). God is the one who put them in office (Romans 13:1). They are His servants (Romans 13:4). Paul is not speaking of a vague deist god when he writes his letter to the Romans. He is talking about the God of the Bible, the triune God. He is saying that your city council ultimately serves Jesus. We don’t get to take a vote on what the American people think when they refer to “one nation under God,” and then import that notion of God back into what Paul meant.

If civil authorities are ministers of Christ, it follows that they must do what Christ says. While they are responsible to obey Christ as individuals, they are particularly accountable to execute their public office how Christ would have them. It does not follow that they are to legislate church attendance. It does, however, follow that their legislation is regulated by Christ. They have no authority to disobey the One from whom they receive authority—”For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1). Human rulers are not free to rebel against their King—”They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings” (Revelation 17:14).

Civil authorities do not have a right to legislate that red flowers will now be yellow flowers. They are not permitted to decree that people can kill babies in women’s wombs. They have no right to require that children be educated without any mention of the Truth. They cannot remove a young girl from her parents’ home because they won’t let her try to become a boy. They must not rule according to the arbitrary dictates of their own minds. Indeed, the Bible does not speak to many of the specifics civil authorities must sort out. The point is not that magistrates should leave their brains at home when they head off to work. The point is that they should submit their minds to what God has revealed through creation, the prophets, the apostles, and His Son.

The civil magistrate possesses a limited authority, a regulated authority. And it is regulated by Jesus. Far too many Christians think that the civil magistrate’s authority is regulated equally by Jesus and reason as if Jesus and human reason were co-rulers over civil authority. What we’ve done is put the civil authorities up there on par with Jesus to do whatever they want to do as long as they don’t bump into Jesus’ realm. They are permitted to legislate that all of the women dye their hair blonde because, well, there is no clear cut biblical statute against it. They can decree that everyone 40 years old and up will wear green shirts on the 7th of August, and everyone 39 years old and down will wear blue shirts on September 12th. All kids eat broccoli on Tuesday. All men do fifteen jumping jacks each morning at 8:35 am. All executive orders are permissible so long as the civil leader stays out of Jesus’ domain.

The problem with such thinking is that all of creation is Jesus’ domain. He is in charge around here. Human reason is not the final standard that regulates the civil magistrate. Rather, Jesus regulates the civil magistrate. He does so through general and special revelation. The minister of God, then, is to pay attention to the one he serves and rule according to what the King of kings says.

Many are confused by such a notion because we have been steeped in secular thought for so long we have not considered the implications of civil leaders being Christ’s servants. We have so many godless civil leaders that things are now starting to come apart. Not to mention the “godly” knucklehead leaders, such as the Anglican grandees who pushed for the UK welfare state on grounds that the Early Church had all things in common.

What are Christians to do? We ought not be fearful, but we should be wise. Seeing the times, we should applaud John MacArthur and Grace Community Church. We should submit to governing authorities in all things lawful. We should show honor to rulers. Even when we must obey God rather than man, we can do so respectfully. But if there were any time for Christians to be clear about the limited authority of civil leaders, it is now. If that feels like an overstatement, don’t forget to factor in all of our governmentally approved murdered babies.

So now is not the time for covenants calling for unqualified obedience to civil authorities. Rather it is time to say honor and eternal dominion to “the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15).

via Jesus: King Over Civil Authorities — Founders Ministries

Fauci Doubles Down: ‘Put On Your Goggles!’

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Dr. Fauci is back in the limelight where he likes to be. In a recent ABC interview he informs Americans that if they “really want 100 percent protection” they should not only wear masks, but also goggles on their eyes. Will he be recommending space suits next week? Also in today’s Liberty Report: With the latest Depression-level drop in US GDP, the real costs of the lockdown are becoming evident. Poverty, hunger, and more death will continue the foolish policy of shutting down the US economy instead of protecting the vulnerable. Plus, Are The Netherlands, Sweden, Mumbai, and Afghanistan all on the right track?

CDC director admits hospitals have monetary ‘incentive’ to inflate coronavirus death count | Conservative Review

‘I think you’re correct in that we’ve seen this in other disease processes, too’

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield admitted last week that American hospitals may have monetary incentive to inflate coronavirus death counts.

During a hearing by the House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Friday, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) asked whether hospitals have “perverse incentive” to inflate COVID-19 fatality numbers.

Shockingly, Redfield admitted that they do.

“I think you’re correct in that we’ve seen this in other disease processes, too,” Redfield said.

“Really, in the HIV epidemic, somebody may have a heart attack but also have HIV — the hospital would prefer the [classification] for HIV because there’s greater reimbursement,” he explained. “So, I do think there’s some reality to that.”

“When it comes to death reporting, though, ultimately, it’s how the physician defines it in the death certificate, and … we review all of those death certificates. So I think, probably it is less operable in the cause of death, although I won’t say there are not some cases,” he continued. “I do think though [that] when it comes to hospital reimbursement issues or individuals that get discharged, there could be some play in that for sure.”

Debate has raged over whether coronavirus deaths are being counted accurately, and various studies have found conflicting conclusions.

More from the Washington Examiner:

A Yale study concluded that the overall coronavirus death toll in the United States is a “substantial undercount” of the actual number; White House coronavirus response team member Dr. Deborah Birx suggested in May that deaths are being overcounted by 25%.

There appear to be cases where the opposite has happened. An investigation in Florida found that several deaths were wrongly attributed to the virus, including the case of a man who died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The CDC’s website lists over 3,700 coronavirus deaths characterized as “intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning and other adverse events.” In Texas, more than 3,000 people were recently removed from the overall coronavirus count because they were never actually tested but considered “probable” cases.

Still, it may never be possible to get an accurate count of deaths or cases, considering not everyone who contracts the disease is tested.

Indeed, antibody tests continually show that a significant portion of the population has likely contracted COVID-19, yet never knew they had the virus.

Source: CDC director admits hospitals have monetary ‘incentive’ to inflate coronavirus death count

Biden Says He Can’t Wait To Find Out Who He Picked For VP — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to sources in the Biden campaign, the presidential candidate is on pins and needles waiting to see who it is he picked to run for vice president on his ticket.

Campaign aides say it’s been Biden’s most anticipated event since he found out he was running for president a few weeks ago.

A reporter asked Biden if he could hint about his VP pick during a brief interlude from his stay in the basement, where he was allowed to come upstairs to get some snacks.

“Oh boy — I hope it’s a real classy broad,” he said as he drank straight from the milk jug. “I bet I picked somebody good and smart. A chick with class and style. You know, in my day, dames were dames and guys were guys. None of this ‘guys becoming dolls’ and ‘dolls becoming guys’ stuff. We would go down to the hop and do the mashed potato. You know, there’s lots of good nnnn– nutrients and stuff in potatoes. Potato is a funny word.”

“Po – ta – to.”

“OK, Joe, let’s go,” said an aide, shoving him down into the basement. “What Joe was trying to say is that he’s chosen a well-qualified candidate who will run the country — err, I mean, help him run the country — with excellence.”

via Biden Says He Can’t Wait To Find Out Who He Picked For VP — The Babylon Bee

Apparently, some black lives really don’t matter | WND

My wife, Gena, and I are among Americans who are colorblind when it comes to human beings. We measure people by their character not the color of their skin.

We have very close friends of every ethnic background, have employed the same in our organizations and fought for decades for the equality of countless oppressed souls. We have also done our best to model and teach our children and grandchildren that prejudice and discrimination are among humanity’s greatest sins. God loves everyone, and so do we.

However, when I saw several black Americans being denigrated, injured and even killed because they were conservative and President Trump supporters, I knew I needed to speak up. I quickly learned again that apparently some black lives really don’t matter even to those who say they are their advocates.

Bernell Trammell is a first-class example. Trammell was a well-known black businessman and supporter of President Trump. He was gunned down in broad daylight last week sitting in a lawn chair out front of his Milwaukee shop, as Fox News reported.

Bernell Trammell of Milwaukee

Trammell was regarded as “a community elder and beloved figure” by so many in his community, yet not a single Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest was initiated on his behalf. Not a single news story reported about his death from CNN, MSNBC, NYT or other liberal media outlets. Trammell was even a vocal proponent for the BLM movement and a supporter of Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor’s campaign to become Milwaukee mayor. Police still haven’t found his killers. A federal investigation has ensued because they expect his murder was “politically motivated.”

And did you hear this past week about the black conservative journalist and news reporter, who is also a Trump supporter, that was stabbed by an Antifa radical in Portland? Odds are you didn’t, because mainstream media outlets didn’t report on this anti-conservative, politically motivated assault either.

Andrew Duncomb, 25, told Oregon Live that he had traveled to Portland from his home in Northern California to document the nightly protests outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse and Justice Center, according to Fox News.

After a group began trailing him for several blocks, Duncomb turned around and confronted one of the men by asking, “Hey buddy, why are you following us?” Without saying a word, the man immediately stabbed him!

Duncomb and his assailant

Police and paramedics were called and transported Duncomb to the hospital to treat his injuries, some very close to his spinal cord. His assailant was arrested at the scene and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center with a $250,000 bail.

Again, outside of Fox News, no other major news network covered it. And yet this past week, every one of the liberal news media outlets ran repeated negative stories against the black conservative Trump-supporter Dr. Stella Immanuel, who joined America’s Frontline Doctors, a group of board-certified physicians who disagree with CDC findings about COVID-19. As a result, every liberal news agency dug up any additional dirt they could find to discredit Dr. Immanuel, who practices medicine at Rehoboth Medical Center in Houston.

Is this what America has boiled down to? If you’re conservative and respectfully disagree with narrative of the day, liberal culture assails you, mocks and mars your good name and tries to dispose you from your career in which you’ve been caring for people for decades?

Dr. Stella Immanuel and the America’s Frontline Doctors

The final straw came for me this last week with the tragic death of the great black conservative Christian culture warrior and 2012 presidential candidate, Herman Cain. He died from complications of COVID-19. Who couldn’t love that amazing man with his rags-to-riches CEO story and inspiring patriotic passion and love for people? President Trump even took to his podium last week to call him “a wonderful man.”

Despite his remarkable American business climb and service as a public servant, all that liberal media outlets could focus upon was Cain’s personal missteps and especially his attendance at President Trump’s Tulsa rally where Cain wore no mask. A great American leader dies of COVID-19, and all the sympathy they can show is that he “did it to himself” with Trump as an accomplice to his death? What a travesty!

Herman Cain

Who can’t see the thread here? If you’re black, conservative, a Trump supporter and a Christian to boot, and if something bad or even harmful happens to you, don’t plan on BLM or mainstream liberal media doing anything about it. In fact, they’ll abandon and demean you. If you don’t believe me, please, please watch Larry Elder’s new documentary, “Uncle Tom,” in which a host of notable figures among black America make the case and provide real solutions for the problems that divide our culture right now. Without the answers they provide in the movie, America will continue to experience increased mayhem and lawlessness.

Speaking of law and order, such negative treatment of black conservatives made me recall the tragic end of small-town police chief David Dorn, who was a 77-year-old African American retired St. Louis police officer who served 38 years on the force. He was shot and killed by looters a few months ago in front of a pawn shop. And where were protesters to stand up for justice and his black life? Nowhere to be found! Again, only crickets were heard about Chief Dorn from BLM, CNN, MSNBC, NYT, etc.

Police Chief David Dorn

Speaking of our great men and women in blue, we were lastly super-saddened to hear this last week about the anti-law enforcement and anti-American sentiment coming out of our own great Lone Star State of Texas.

Our good friend Jamie in Ft. Worth, a fireman and ninth-degree blackbelt under my long-time friend and martial arts master, Pat Burleson, explained to us that an 18-year-old organized a pro-law enforcement and first responder event called “March for America.” It rallied hundreds and hundreds of Texas patriots. The March was such a positive event. Children were waving American flags, and many police and first responders were being lifted up and encouraged. Then came the Black Lives Matter’s protesters.

“March for America” rally in Ft. Worth

Here’s what Jamie wrote to us (forgive me for the edited profanity, but we want you to know exactly what happened). Jamie described the BLM moment at the rally this way:

We opened in prayer as the BLM shouted “F” your God, “F” Jesus NON STOP! They screamed GD America, F%^* America, F%^* everyone. BLM protesters even said they were going to chop these children’s heads off and that they would follow them home. They yelled that they have videos of them and hoped they slept well tonight.

There was a Marine wearing a Marine logo shirt with the words: “If you don’t like America, leave.” BLM tried to attack him as they called all Marines bad names. When the Marine’s wife got involved, they called her a nasty “C” word.

Then later that day three buses of BLM went to Weatherford to attempt to tear down the statue at the courthouse, but thank God there were 1,000 citizens that took control of the riots, and ran BLM out of town.

Friends, this isn’t rocket science. At this point, the movement to honor George Floyd has been hijacked by anarchists and Marxist radicals. They are using false pretenses to further their own agenda. They don’t really care about the black community, and that infuriates Gena and me. How dare they!

Killing George Floyd, Bernell Trammell and retired police chief David Dorn are all racist criminal acts. Vengeance and vigilantism are as degrading as racism. It is equally wrong and prejudice to stereotype every law enforcement official as it is every African American. The calls to defund and dismantle police departments are a call for anarchy and societal havoc and disorder. Cancel culture creates chaos. And online shaming just because you don’t like what someone says is the antithesis of the bedrock morality of our country to “love thy neighbor.”

We are better than that, America. We need to return to a country that respects differing opinions and values all people. We need to return to our founders’ America where all men are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights from their Creator. As George Washington admonished in his farewell address, America needs to return to the pillars of religion and moral absolutes of the Bible that can produce inner morality and national civility.

I love the way our friend Jamie finished his note to us: “I’m so glad I went to the ‘March for America’ because my videos are going viral on Facebook. People need to stand up for what they believe, especially Christians, or we are done.”

Jamie, you couldn’t have said it better: People need to stand up for what they believe or we are done.

Benjamin Franklin said something similar at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It applies as much to us now as it did to America’s founders: “We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”

Source: Apparently, some black lives really don’t matter