Daily Archives: October 20, 2020

Hunter Biden email story successfully strangled by Facebook, but Twitter’s ham-handed censorship BACKFIRED – research — RT USA News

Hunter Biden email story successfully strangled by Facebook, but Twitter’s ham-handed censorship BACKFIRED – research

When news of the Biden family’s alleged corruption broke, Big Tech tried its best to bury the story. Facebook was successful, but Twitter’s censorship efforts doubled the story’s popularity, new research suggests.

Described by President Donald Trump on Tuesday as “the laptop from hell,” a computer allegedly forgotten by Hunter Biden – the son of Democratic candidate Joe Biden – in a Delaware repair shop last year has proven an embarrassment for the former vice president.

As the New York Post revealed last week, its hard drive contained emails that reveal questionable dealings between the Bidens and a Ukrainian energy firm, as well as a scheme by Hunter to enrich his family through his Chinese connections. The alleged misdeeds in the emails fly in the face of Joe Biden’s previous insistence that he knew nothing of Hunter’s foreign business dalliances.

Big tech, however, was determined to keep the news from going viral. Facebook spokesman and former Democratic Party staffer Andy Stone said his platform would artificially reduce the story’s distribution, until it could be pored over by its “fact-checkers.”

 Also on rt.com

‘Censorship Rubicon’? Big Tech burying Biden-Ukraine story either wakes up Republicans or drives nail in their political coffin

The suppression campaign worked. According to data compiled by research firm Newswhip, and published in Newsweek on Monday, the story reached around half as many readers as similar anti-Trump bombshells.

Roughly 1.94 million people engaged with the Post’s first Biden story within 24 hours of its publication. In contrast, 3.6 million people read the Atlantic’s story on Trump allegedly calling fallen US troops “suckers”and “losers” within the same time frame. The New York Times’ story on Trump’s tax returns reached 4.12 million people within 24 hours too.

Neither the tax returns story nor the Atlantic’s “suckers” report were subjected to the same restriction and fact-checking by Facebook, despite the fact that the Atlantic’s report remains entirely uncorroborated and the sourcing of Trump’s tax returns remains a mystery to all outside the New York Times’ newsroom.

 Also on rt.com

Wikipedia says Hunter Biden scandal ‘DEBUNKED’, as editing war rages & new page emerges calling it a ‘conspiracy’

Instead of limiting its reach, Twitter simply banned all linking to the Post’s story, claiming that the emails could have been obtained by hacking – a violation of the site’s policies. The company later backed down and opted to label links with a warning that the contents within were “disputed.” Like Facebook, Twitter did not subject the New York Times or the Atlantic to this same suppression.

For Twitter, the censorship effort backfired. According to a study by software firm Zignal Labs, Twitter’s heavy-handed suppression of the story triggered a huge spike in interest, and doubled its reach. The story was shared 5,500 times every 15 minutes before the ban, and 10,000 times afterwards, an MIT report on the study revealed on Friday.

The phenomenon of censorship leading to an upsurge in interest is a well-documented one. Dubbed the ‘Streisand Effect’, the phenomenon is named for a 2003 lawsuit in which singer Barbara Streisand sued a photographer who shot an aerial snap of her California mansion for invasion of privacy. The lawsuit backfired, and led to hundreds of thousands of people downloading the picture. Before the case, it had only been viewed six times.

 Also on rt.com

‘Most brazen media suppression in US history’: Republicans go after Twitter over censorship of NYPost’s Biden bombshell

More recently, Google’s censorship of the coronavirus conspiracy documentary ‘Plandemic’ and Congress’ resolution against the QAnonmovement both brought mainstream attention to what would otherwise have been fringe ideas.

Regardless of the end results, Facebook’s and Twitter’s efforts to bury the Biden story landed both companies in trouble with the Republican Party. Their respective CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, have both been summoned by GOP lawmakers to Capitol Hill to testify before a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee. President Trump, meanwhile, has called on his party to remove Big Tech’s protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which allows social media sites to be treated as ‘platforms’ instead of ‘publishers’, and permits them to police what kind of content they allow on their sites.

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/504069-facebook-twitter-censorship-biden-fail/

Photo shows Joe Biden meeting Hunter’s alleged business partner from Kazakhstan

A new photograph has emerged of Democratic nominee Joe Biden posing with Hunter Biden and Kenes Rakishev, a Kazakh oligarch who reportedly worked with the former veep’s scandal-scarred son.

Fact Check: ‘Struggling Bar Owner’ in Biden Ad Is Actually a Wealthy Tech CEO Who Supports Lockdown

‘We don’t know how much longer we can survive not having any revenue,’ the supposedly downtrodden bar proprietor laments in the ad.

A Michigan man portrayed as a struggling bar owner in a new ad for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is actually a wealthy venture capitalist and Democratic Party contributor, according to numerous reports. 

— Read on www.westernjournal.com/fact-check-struggling-bar-owner-biden-ad-actually-wealthy-tech-ceo-supports-lockdown/

The media are now officially Biden’s Communications Department | WND

Ben Shapiro on Hunter story: ‘Americans rightly distrust the journalistic establishment’

This week, the New York Post published a bombshell story. Hunter Biden’s laptop was apparently given to a computer repairman in Delaware, and a copy of the hard drive was turned over to the Post. The Post found several alarming emails. The first was a communique from a Ukrainian businessman from the natural gas company Burisma – the same company from which Hunter Biden would gain a reported $50,000-per-month salary as a board member, despite knowing nothing about Ukraine or natural gas. The communique contained the businessman’s thanks to Hunter for brokering a meeting with Joe Biden.

This was mildly damning, considering that Joe had blithely informed the world that he knew nothing of his ne’er-do-well son’s foreign activities. What was more damning was an email thread that appeared to concern proposed compensation packages from the now-defunct CEFC China Energy Co. That thread identified Hunter as “Chair/Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,” with a proposed equity split of “20” for “H” (presumably Hunter) and “10 held by H for the big guy.” A Fox News source privy to the thread confirmed that the “big guy” was Joe Biden. An apparent text from Hunter to one of his children contained this tantalizing suggestion: “(U)nlike Pop, I won’t make you give me half your salary.” 

All of this would, in a normal world, prompt the media to ask Biden about the emails. Instead, the media have halfheartedly questioned Biden, who has promptly dismissed all questions, calling them a “smear campaign” and even suggesting that a CBS reporter was biased against him. The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman was ripped up and down for even tweeting a link to the Post story; Politico’s Jake Sherman abjectly apologized for having tweeted the story.

Other media members have overtly made the case that the story shouldn’t be taken seriously. NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell reported that the email scandal could be Russian disinformation; Politico reported that 50 former intelligence officials posited that the story was indeed Russian disinformation. In this, they followed the lead of Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who claimed, without evidence, that the Biden story was a Russian dirty trick – despite the fact that director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe openly denied such speculation.

Meanwhile, Biden has deployed his campaign surrogates to television to insist that the reports are “unconfirmed.” Not one surrogate denied that the emails were authentic or bothered to explain them.

But Biden hasn’t had to explain. His protectors aren’t relegated to the media. They also encompass the Big Tech heads, who quickly cracked down on dissemination of the Post story itself. Twitter banned tweeting of the link and suspended accounts that tried to spread it, including that of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Facebook announced that even though the story hadn’t been fact-checked or found to be false, the company would suppress its reach in anticipation of such fact-checking. 

There is no doubt that Big Tech’s decision was political – or that the media’s hesitancy to cover the Biden allegations is similarly political. Both Big Tech and the media, staffed thoroughly with Democrats, are gun-shy about the prospect of turning the election toward President Donald Trump. If they err, they would far rather err on the side of Joe Biden than the side of journalistic aggressiveness. The last thing they want is getting the blame if Biden somehow blows the White House.

This is all deeply dangerous. At a time when our trust in media is already low, the media have thoroughly debunked themselves as neutral arbiters of fact. At a time when social media has consolidated unprecedented power to control the information seen by Americans, social media overseers have decided to bottleneck information they don’t like. Americans rightly distrust the journalistic establishment. They are right, too, to question whether they are being allowed to read stories that cut against the priorities of Silicon Valley leftists.

The result of journalistic and social media overreach will not be Americans’ quiet acquiescence to the new Informational Elite. It will be frustration and anger.

— Read on www.wnd.com/2020/10/media-now-officially-bidens-communications-department/

Big Tech goes all in: Silicon Valley launches $100 million anti-Trump ad blitz – report — RT USA News

Big Tech goes all in: Silicon Valley launches $100 million anti-Trump ad blitz – report

A super PAC bankrolled by Silicon Valley moguls is preparing a massive TV advertising campaign to help boost Democratic candidate Joe Biden against President Donald Trump in the final days before the 2020 US election.

The $100-plus million blitz includes at least $22 million from Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, according to an exclusive report from Recode, a subdivision of Vox. Another Democratic megadonor involved is former Google and Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt, currently advising the Pentagon on technology innovation.

Called Future Forward, the super PAC has filed federal paperwork on Tuesday disclosing that it has raised $66 million between September 1 and October 15. It has contracted for $106 million of TV ads between September 29 and November 3, according to media tracking firm Advertising Analytics. This makes it the largest Biden booster outside the Democrats’ campaign itself, already a fundraising juggernaut. 

The massive haul is intended to fund last-minute TV ads to help Biden in key battleground states, relying on Moskovitz’s data-driven approach to most efficient advertising. Mark Zuckerberg’s former business partner, who left Facebook to launch a management software company called Asana in 2008, has reportedly calculated the optimal “cost-per-net-Democratic-vote” in key ad markets and is spending accordingly, Recode reported. 

Moskovitz has also donated millions to the Voter Participation Center and Vote Tripling, pro-Democrat groups that work on voter turnout. 

 Also on rt.com

Zuckerberg donates $100mn more for ‘safe elections’ as judge says no law prohibits private funding despite ‘risk of skewing’ vote

Recode also reported that Future Forward “has been recommended in private communications by the team of Reid Hoffman.” He is the LinkedIn co-founder and Democratic megadonor previously caught funding a disinformation campaign during the 2017 special Senate election in Alabama, in which a company called New Knowledge created a Twitter army of ‘Russian bots’ pretending to back the Republican candidate. It was unclear from the Recode story whether Hoffman had contributed any funding to Moskovitz’s super PAC.

Google’s Schmidt has backed the Democrats before, going so far as serving as an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and showing up on election night at her headquarters with a campaign “staff” badge. Moskovitz himself sank $20 million into Clinton’s campaign in 2016.

It’s not just CEOs of Big Tech that are boosting the Democrats, either. In June, the Center for Responsive Politics – which runs OpenSecrets.org – revealed that employees of Amazon, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft have donated $15 million to Democrats and only $3 million to Republicans. At some companies, the ratio was far higher – 98 percent at Netflix and 77 percent at Amazon, for example.

 Also on rt.com

‘Playing selective god’: Google ‘whistleblower’ tells Project Veritas that search engine ‘skews’ results in Democrats’ favor

The skew in donations has only fueled the Republicans’ frustration with censorship on the social media platforms. In the name of preventing “disinformation,” Facebook, Google and Twitter have engaged in mass purges of users in the past months, repeatedly changed the rules as to what would be allowed regarding the election, and censored government officials – including President Trump himself – for what they decided was ‘problematic’ content.

So far, however, the GOP’s response has been confined to words. The practical steps undertaken by the Trump administration – such as Tuesday’s antitrust action against Google by the Department of Justice – appears to be following the recommendations of House Democrats.

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/504061-silicon-valley-biden-donations/

Rudy Giuliani Turns Over Alleged Photos Of Underage Girls From Hunter’s Hard Drive To Delaware Police | Zero Hedge

“…the evidence I gave them states it was reported to Joe Biden. What did he do about it?”

Things just took a very dark turn in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal.

While the alleged crack, cronyism, corruption was enough to spark the biggest media suppression in history, and no denials whatsoever from the Biden camp, the bombshell that Rudy Giuliani just dropped, if true, is egregious to say the least (not just with regard Hunter Biden but the law enforcement authorities who have allegedly had this information since before Trump’s impeachment but done nothing about it).

In an interview this evening with Newsmax TV, former NYC Mayor and current attorney to President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani announces he has turned over Hunter Biden’s laptop hard-drive to Delaware State Police due to pictures of underage girls and inappropriate text messages.

In one of the texts, Hunter Biden allegedly says to his sister-in-law (also his lover) that he face-timed a 14-year-old girl while naked and doing crack – “she told my therapist that I was sexually inappropriate.” 

Giuliani adds, “this would be with regard an unnamed 14 year old girl,” adding that “this is supported by numerous pictures of underage girls.”

Watch the full interview below (the above exchange begins around 5:20):

Furthermore, JustTheNews’ John Solomon reports  that former New York Police Department commissioner Bernard Kerik joined him when he delivered photographs and text messages to the New Castle County Police Department.

“I told them other details about what appears to be an inappropriate sexual relationship,” he said in an interview. “They told me it would be investigated.”

Law enforcement officials in Delaware told Just the News that Giuliani’s concerns have been forwarded to the state Department of Justice.

“The FBI has had this for a long time,” Giuliani said.

“No indication they did anything about this, so I went to the local police and said, ‘What are you going to do about this?'”

Perhaps the most damning statement from Giuliani, with regard the election, was the former mayor alleging that:

 “I will tell you the evidence I gave them states it was reported to Joe Biden. What did he do about it?”

Before this is wholly dismissed as yet more Russian disinformation or ‘Giuliani’ lies, we remind readers that we previously reported that Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop contents included a curious piece of evidence  a photograph of an FBI subpoena which bears the signature of the agency’s top child porn investigator, special agent Joshua Wilson.

FBI agent Wilson’s identity was confirmed by both Western Journal and Business Insider, the latter of which compared his signature to a 2012 criminal complaint and concluded that it “clearly matches the unreversed signature on the subpoena published by the New York Post.”

As BI notes:

It’s unclear whether the FBI employs more than one agent named Joshua Wilson. But the available evidence seems to show **the Joshua Wilson who signed the subpoena for Hunter Biden’s laptop, and the Joshua Wilson who investigates child pornography for the FBI, are the same person**. This raises the possibility, not explored by the Post, that the FBI issued the subpoena for reasons unrelated to Hunter Biden’s role in Ukraine and Burisma.

So why is the FBI’s top child porn lawyer involved in the Hunter Biden laptop case? OANN‘s Chanel Rion says she’s seen the contents of the hard drive, which includes “Drugs, underage obsessions, power deals,” which make “Anthony Weiner’s down under selfie addiction look normal.

All of which now makes some sense, given Giuliani’s alleged findings, and raises a stunning question: if there is/was incriminating child porn on Hunter’s computer, what has the FBI been doing about it?

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/rudy-giuliani-turns-over-alleged-photos-underage-girls-hunters-hard-drive-delaware-police

“Plan for the worst”: Law enforcement authorities all over America are bracing for massive election riots — The Economic Collapse

The fact that law enforcement officials across the nation are expecting widespread violence following the election should chill every American to the core.  As I keep repeating over and over, violence is not going to solve anything, but much of the population is not listening to voices such as mine anymore.  As you will see below, authorities have decided to “plan for the worst” because everyone can see what is potentially coming.  But if we can’t hold a presidential election without violence at this point, how much longer can our system possibly last?  No matter who ends up winning, I think that the election of 2020 will tell us a lot about how far America has already fallen.

Thankfully, officials in most major cities do not have their heads stuck in the sand and have been preparing for massive riots following the election.  In New York, the NYPD is literally “training every day” to deal with the riots and protests that they are anticipating…

The NYPD is training every day and deploying hundreds of extra cops as it braces for Election Day and its aftermath, amid fears riots and protests could break out after the results are announced.

In Los Angeles, officers are being told that “they may need to reschedule” their vacations so that they will be available for whatever may happen…

LAPD sent an internal memo to its officers last week that said they may need to reschedule any vacations around election day as the agency prepares for possible protests or other unrest, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In so many instances, law enforcement agencies are pointing to the riots that erupted in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd as the type of scenario that they want to be prepared for this time around.

Even down in Texas, authorities in multiple cities are admitting that “they are planning for potential unrest around the Nov. 3 election”

Agencies in at least four major cities — Austin, El Paso, San Antonio and Fort Worth — confirmed they are planning for potential unrest around the Nov. 3 election. Officials in other Texas cities declined to say whether they’re doing the same.

The intent of such preparations, said Tara Long, an Austin Police Department spokesperson, “is to ensure the safety of the community while protecting the rights of people to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights.”

Of course in some cities the violent protests never seem to end.

Four years ago, chaos erupted in Portland when Donald Trump won the election, and the city has been wracked by civil unrest ever since then

Portland Police say they are preparing for possible unrest on election night after they saw saw riots after the 2016 presidential election.

It was just the beginning of what would be four years of unrest, protests and riots. Now, the 2020 election is just three weeks away and local police is preparing for the possibility of continued unrest.

Over in Minneapolis, shell-shocked officials continue to deal with an unprecedented wave of crime and violence, and the spokesman for the police told the press that their approach for this upcoming election is to “plan for the worst”

In Minneapolis, where the protests after George Floyd’s murder raged for weeks, similar preparations are being made. “We are aware that this may be a flashpoint and have made appropriate plans,” Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder. “Remember: Plan for the worst and hope for the best.”

I think that is a good word for all of us.

We can continue to hope that peace will prevail, but if you aren’t planning for the worst you are definitely making a big mistake.

At this point, even the Justice Department is “bracing for possible civil unrest”.  The following comes from the Washington Post

Bracing for possible civil unrest on Election Day, the Justice Department is planning to station officials in a command center at FBI headquarters to coordinate the federal response to any disturbances or other problems with voting that may arise across the country, officials familiar with the matter said.

Though the Justice Department monitors elections every year to ensure voters can cast their ballots, officials’ concerns are more acute this year that toxic politics, combined with the potential uncertainty surrounding vote tallies, could lead to violent demonstrations or clashes between opposing factions, those familiar with the matter said.

Personally, I sincerely hope that authorities will be successful in minimizing unrest as much as possible.

Any sort of political violence should break all of our hearts, because that should never happen in this country.

Unfortunately, an increasing number of Americans are convinced that things in this nation will soon take a very chaotic turn.  In fact, one recent poll found that 61 percent of Americans believe that we are heading toward another civil war…

The poll, which included results from the “Back-to-Normal Barometer” survey, was conducted by three firms: Engagious, Sports and Leisure Research Group and ROKK Solutions.

The poll results showed that over 61 percent of survey takers believe America is nearing a second civil war, with 41 percent who “strongly agree” with that assessment.

Those numbers are truly shocking, and they are consistent with other surveys that I have seen.

Anger and hatred have been building up in our country for years, and it appears that we are about to reach a crescendo.

I will continue to speak out against rioting, looting and all forms of political violence, and many other influential voices are doing so as well.

But there are also so many voices throughout our society that are just stirring up more anger and more hatred with each passing day.

So I would encourage all of you to “plan for the worst” for the months ahead.  It looks like it is going to be a very pivotal time in our history, and the more bitterly the election results are contested the worse the chaos is likely to be.

And when a winner is finally declared, many on the losing side will inevitably feel like the election was stolen from them.

There is still time to avoid a worst case scenario, but right now it is difficult to imagine how all of this is going to end well.

“Plan for the worst”: Law enforcement authorities all over America are bracing for massive election riots — The Economic Collapse

October 20 Life-Changing Moments With God

I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.

Lord, I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart. I sat down in his shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. I have treasured the words of Your mouth more than my necessary food.

I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart. Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”

Your statutes, Lord God, are right, rejoicing my heart; Your commandment is pure, enlightening my eyes. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Enable me to be a doer of the word, and not a hearer only, deceiving myself. For if I am a hearer of the word only and not a doer, I am like a man observing his natural face in a mirror.

Lord God, enable me to remember and do what Your Word commands and know the joy of doing so.

Romans 7:22; Psalm 119:97; Jeremiah 15:16; Song of Solomon 2:3; Job 23:12; Psalm 40:8; John 4:34; Psalm 19:8, 10; James 1:22–23[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 315). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Steve Bannon Discusses Biden Scandal and Upcoming Debate With Maria Bartiromo… — The Last Refuge

“Sloppy Steve” should always be taken with the proverbial grain-of-salt due to his self-serving internal compass.  However, that said, sometimes his insight can be complimentary to the larger picture.

Bannon believes that President Trump will focus heavily on Joe Biden’s pay-to-play scandal during the debate this upcoming Thursday.  The media approach to the Biden scandal has been to call it “Russian disinformation,” but the American electorate are not naive to the simple structure of Biden’s family being paid to influence U.S. policy.

FLASHBACK – 2016: From Robert and Rebekah Mercer you get, Cambridge Analytica, Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway.  The Mercer’s backed away in 2019 and re-engaged again in 2020.

Steve Bannon Discusses Biden Scandal and Upcoming Debate With Maria Bartiromo… — The Last Refuge

The Official Babylon Bee Voters’ Guide — The Babylon Bee

As you know, this election is the most important election in our lifetimes. Experts say it may even be the most important election since the formation of the universe over 6,000 years ago!

Experts also say that if your candidate loses and the other candidate wins, democracy and freedom will be destroyed for all of eternity. The only way to stop the apocalypse is to vote as hard as you can and totally own the other side! 

To ensure success on voting day, be sure to follow these important tips: 

  • Call Mark Zuckerberg on the phone to ensure you’re at the right voting place.
  • Binge-watch Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow the night before so you’ll be fully informed.
  • Look for any candidate with an “R” next to their name and vote for him so Jesus won’t cry.
  • Look for any candidate with a “D” next to their name and vote for them to end racism forever.
  • Make sure and write the correct answers on your arm so you can refer to them while voting. 
  •  Remember, not voting is the same as being a member of Antifa or the KKK.
  • Bring extra Hydroxychloroquine with you and pass it out to everyone so you can all stay safe!
  • Cough all over your ballot so Russian agents won’t touch it and tamper with it.
  • Go into the voting booth with your wife to make sure you approve of her choice.
  • If you are a Calvinist, close your eyes and vote for random people to place it all in God’s hands.
  • Host a MAGA tailgate party outside the polling station, even if you’re a Biden voter. Biden parties are lame.
  • If you are made to wait in line for any length of time, scream “VOTER SUPPRESSION!” at the top of your lungs.
  • Take the time to listen to a woman of color and ask how she would vote— like Candace Owens
  • Don’t let the post office deliver your ballot. Instead, hand-deliver your ballot directly to President Trump.
  • Bring a basin of water so you can wash your hands after voting like Pontius Pilate
  • Pray. Or don’t, whatever, it’s cool. You do you! 

We hope you find this guide beneficial. Now it’s time to vote and save our democracy from the evil other half of the country! Go get ’em champ! 

The Official Babylon Bee Voters’ Guide — The Babylon Bee

Is the Evangelical Movement Really “Evangelical”? — The Master’s Seminary Blog

Is the Evangelical Movement Really “Evangelical”? — The Master’s Seminary Blog

John MacArthurOctober 20, 2020

What denominational label would best describe the following person’s religious beliefs?

He claims to be a committed, born-again Christian but isn’t sure that Jesus is truly God incarnate. He isn’t convinced that God has infallible knowledge of (much less sovereign control over) the future. He doesn’t believe the Bible is truth without any mixture of error. He doesn’t believe what the Bible says about how the universe was created. He doesn’t believe people must acknowledge Christ as Lord and Savior—or even know anything about him—in order to have God’s favor. He doesn’t believe Satan is literally real. He doesn’t believe God is full of wrath against sin. And he certainly doesn’t believe in eternal punishment. In fact, he doesn’t particularly care for words like sin, atonement, repentance, expiation, or propitiation. He dismisses such terminology as useless religious jargon that fails to communicate anything to normal people. But in reality, what he despises most of all about those words is the underlying doctrine of substitutionary atonement, which he also doesn’t believe in. He is convinced that God will forgive without demanding any payment for guilt.

Furthermore, while he isn’t certain Jesus is “perfect,” this person doesbelieve human nature is fundamentally good. He believes God accepts the worship of all religions. He believes acts of benevolence can make up for our moral failings. He believes science has disproved parts of the Bible. At the same time, however, he believes biology does not determine a person’s gender; that is determined solely by how the person feels.

He also believes it is wrong to regard anyone’s sexual orientation as sinful. In fact, while he is loath to call any act of personal wrongdoing “sin” or “evil,” he does believe—with all his heart—that people of European descent have inherited collective guilt because their ancestors enslaved or oppressed other ethnic groups. He doesn’t regard Adam as a historical person or the Genesis flood as true, so he sees humanity as an assortment of rival races. He further believes each race is either privileged or oppressed, and skin color is what determines the difference. He will go on to tell you that several other factors, including gender, sexual orientation, disability, body weight, and worldview can further marginalize an already-oppressed individual (or conversely, amplify the empowerment of an already-privileged person). He believes justice demands the leveling of all such socio-economic imbalances, and the chief end of religion is the pursuit of that goal.

In other words, he totally believes in Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. He is therefore “woke,” culturally savvy, politically liberal, and (by his own assessment) deeply spiritual.

How would you classify such a worldview?

The Erosion of the Evangelical

He calls himself an “evangelical.” And leading voices in the current Evangelical Movement are happy to welcome him into their number without any serious or sustained challenge to his belief system, even though every one of his most strongly held opinions is a direct denial of one or more vital points of historic evangelical conviction.

The profile I have just described is by no means unusual. Recent surveys1reveal that a large percentage of people who self-identify as “evangelical” do not understand even the most basic principles of gospel truth. In a recent poll of self-styled evangelicals, 52 percent said they reject the concept of absolute truth; 61 percent do not read the Bible daily; 75 percent believe people are basically good; 48 percent believe salvation can be earned by good works; 44 percent believe the Bible does not condemn abortion; 43 percent believe Jesus may have sinned; 78 percent believe Jesus is the first being created by God; 46 percent believe the Holy Spirit is a force rather than a Person; 40 percent believe lying is morally acceptable in certain circumstances; 34 percent accept same-sex marriage as consist with biblical teaching; 26 percent reject Scripture as God’s Word; and 50 percent say church attendance is not necessary.

Most of those views are categorically incompatible with saving faith. In other words, many who self-identify as evangelicals are not believers at all.

No matter. The media consider them evangelicals. Evangelical churches grant them membership. In some cases, evangelical presses publish and promote their writings, and evangelical conferences feature them as keynote speakers.

Consequently, evangelical has come to mean anything and everything. And that’s why, as it is used today, the word hardly means anything at all.


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The root of the expression is the Greek term for “gospel”—euangelion. That word and its cognates are used some 130 times in the New Testament, reflecting the apostolic commitment to the centrality of the gospel message and the importance of understanding it and preaching it correctly. “Evangelicals” are gospel people. The term is loaded with profound biblical and theological significance, and God’s people must not stand by passively while it is evacuated of all meaningful import. Sadly, however, what most people today think of as “evangelicalism” bears little resemblance to the rich heritage of historic evangelicalism. 

How could this happen? Only by a catastrophic failure of leadership.

The biblical instructions for church leaders could not be more clear: “Preach the word … in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort” (2 Tim 4:2). That’s the task, even when people with itching ears demand to be affirmed, amused, pacified, or entertained in various ways. Paul tells Timothy to preach God’s Word “with great patience and instruction”—meaning he should faithfully continue teaching sound, biblical doctrine, even when people seem unable to endure it because their ears are itching for something different. The apostle tells another protégé, Titus, “Speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you” (Titus 2:15).

The favored style of leadership in today’s Evangelical Movement is precisely the opposite. Most preachers work hard not to use a tone of authority, and they strive to be as subtle and indistinct as possible when they refer to Scripture. They crave popularity, and they know that postmodern audiences don’t like emphatic truth claims, precise doctrine, or settled convictions. Unchurched people today especially don’t want to listen to a preacher who earnestly contends for the exclusivity of Christ. They want their religion to be as unbounded as the open air, as soothing as a lullaby, and as fluid as the incessant stream of public-opinion polls. They also want it shallow, unchallenging, and fashionable. Evangelical leaders have willingly obliged.

Too many who would not qualify to serve as deacons or elders in the church by any biblical standard nevertheless hold positions of leadership and influence in the Evangelical Movement. That is evident from wave after wave of moral scandals that have rocked the movement for the past forty years. It is also reflected in the flamboyant superficiality that is the hallmark of most televised religion. The testimony of the true church is being drowned out by the voices of ostensibly evangelical people who are preaching themselves rather than Christ Jesus as Lord.

Meanwhile, the gospel is being neglected and, in some cases, radically modified, even by men and movements who not so long ago said they believed the gospel is the one viable basis for Christian unity. These are leaders who would describe their ministries as “gospel centered.” The word Gospel is enshrined in the names of their organizations. But they are setting aside the offense of the gospel in favor of a theme that is trending in the secular world: “wokeness.” According to them, one of the gravest threats to anyone’s spiritual well-being today is systemic injustice—not only in secular society, but also within the church. The remedies being offered for this perceived evil are laden with stylish buzz words and politically correct dogmas—including secular doctrines with blatant neo-Marxist overtones.

I don’t think it overstates the case to say that the true evangel is in danger of being swept away with a deluge of grandiloquence from some of the Evangelical Movement’s best known and most influential thought leaders.

This downgrade did not happen suddenly. For decades key leaders in the Evangelical Movement, obsessed with gaining the world’s applause and approval, have shown a troubling willingness to adjust their political and doctrinal stance to whatever were the prevailing opinions in the academic world, popular culture, and (more recently) social media. Seeker-sensitive pragmatism has long dominated the Evangelical Movement and marginalized biblical teaching in the name of cultural relevance. As a result, the meaning of the term evangelical has become so thoroughly murky that it stands in urgent need of reclamation and redefinition.

The current generation of evangelicals are the malformed children of such utilitarian influences. The movement is full of preachers who use Scripture only to abuse it. They manipulate people with fables, sentimental homilies, self-help lectures, and pious vision-casting. Such methods have seduced doctrinally and biblically illiterate crowds into thinking they are Christians. There is no worse brand of soul-killing sin.

Should We Abandon the Term “Evangelical”?

Before he went to glory, R.C. Sproul and I had several conversations about how compromise and corruption within the visible church have ruined vital theological terms by clouding their definitions. For example, the word fundamentalist once signified someone who was committed to the defense of Christianity’s cardinal doctrines. But too many in the Fundamentalist Movement lost sight of truly essential doctrines and became obsessed instead with petty preferences. As a result, the Fundamentalist Movement was corrupted by legalism and nominalism. Today fundamentalist is a term of derision.

Similarly, the noble term Reformed has for generations been co-opted by countless churches and denominations that trace their organizational lineage back to early Protestantism, but who long ago abandoned any commitment to the biblical principles that fueled the Reformation. The fact that a church has the word “Reformed” in its name is no guarantee that the message they proclaim will have anything in common with what the magisterial Reformers were willing to die for.

The term evangelical is suffering a similar fate. The movement that wears that label has become so theologically diverse that it belies its own name. Today the evangelical swamp is chock full of charlatans, heretics, socialists, Marxists, and race-hustlers. There is nothing truly and biblically evangelicalabout it.

But what is the answer? Should we abandon the term evangelical in favor of a more accurate name? Those who have long lamented the degeneration of the Evangelical Movement have had difficulty coming up with a better name. R. C. once suggested the term “Imputationists,” which pays tribute to one of the chief articles of gospel truth: that the sins of all believers were imputed to Christ and his righteousness is imputed to them. But that’s probably too obscure a term to replace “evangelical”—not to mention the fact that people unfamiliar with doctrinal terminology might think it has something to do with amputation.

So what is my preferred label? What group do I identify with? I wish we could simply reclaim the word Christian. I don’t know if you can identify any more closely with Christ than by using that term. The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch in Acts 11. We are told to rejoice that we bear the name Christian (1 Pet 4:6). But that word likewise has been so polluted that it has little more than a generic significance. I could settle for “Biblical Christian,” but that seems redundant.

I fully embrace classic evangelicalism’s commitment to the gospel, but the movement that has co-opted the name Evangelical clearly does not. Every unbiblical attack on Scripture—both overt and covert, blatant and subtle—has produced a kind of Laodicean “evangelical” lukewarmness, evoking the imagery of Revelation 3:15–22, where our Lord threatens to spit that church from his mouth.

I cannot support the trendy jargon or the pet causes that today’s stylish evangelicals are so enthralled with: systemic racism, white privilege, white guilt, critical race theory, intersectionality, socialism, neo-Marxism, reparations, same-sex attraction, abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, and evolution. I have no regard for “Big Eva” or the celebrity culture that honors fashion more than faithfulness and esteems big crowds more highly than sound teaching.

My Confession of Faith

So what is my confession of faith?

I am bound by Scripture and reason to declare that Jesus is Lord, in the full sense of that term, and I am his slave, also in the full sense of that term. I love him. I bow to him as God the Son in all the fullness of his deity and with faith in all the fullness of his work. My slavery to him springs from a heart of love that drives me to obey his Word gladly. This is a perfect reflection of his infinite mind and holy nature. What Christ do I love? What Christ do I preach? We preach Christ, who is the eternal Son, one in nature with the eternal Father, and one with the eternal Spirit—the Triune God. He is the Creator and Life-giver as well as the Sustainer of the universe, and all who live in it. He is the virgin-born Son of God and Son of Man—fully divine and fully human. He is the one whose life on earth perfectly pleased God, and whose righteousness is given to all who by grace through faith become one with him. He is the only acceptable sacrifice for sin that pleases God, and whose death under divine judgment paid in full the penalty for the sins of his people, providing for them forgiveness and eternal life. He is alive, having been raised from the dead by the Father, validating his work of atonement, publicly declaring him righteous, and providing resurrection for the sanctification and glorification of the elect, to bring them safely into his heavenly presence. He is at the Father’s throne interceding for all believers. I approach his perfect, pure, inspired, inerrant, and true Word with objectivity, rationality, veracity, authority, incompatibility, integrity, and unreserved faith.

Therefore, when I search for a term to describe this confession of faith, I realize that this is historically what was meant by the term evangelicalism. This is the faith once for all delivered to the saints through the inerrant Scriptures—the true gospel of God’s sovereign grace poured out on sinners through faith in Christ alone. This is evangelical doctrine. Those who have turned aside from these truths to the cheap substitutes of worldly immorality, socialist politics, or personalized, designer doctrines that remake God in the image of man are the ones who have abandoned the gospel. Whatever they call themselves, they are not evangelicals. Those of us who hold to genuinely evangelical doctrine—to the fundamentals of the faith in the only saving gospel—we must stake our claim on this doctrinal foundation, and we must withstand those who, while comprising and corrupting the true gospel, would lay claim to the name evangelical.

The biblical record and church history both reveal that apostasy is common, yet the Lord always preserves his truth through the testimony of a faithful remnant. My desire is only to be part of that unwavering remnant, “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor 15:58).

[1] The statistics in this article are general reflections of recent surveys done by Lifeway and Ligonier (“The State of Theology”) and the Culture Research Center (“American Christians are Redefining the Faith: Adherents Creating New Worldviews Loosely Tied to Biblical Teaching”).

Our Primary Problem: We Have Forgotten God — VCY America

Date:  October 20, 2020  
Host:  Jim Schneider  
​Guest: Jerry Newcombe 
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Deuteronomy 6:4-12 (KJV)


4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
10 And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;
12 Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

The United States is certainly a land of plenty; it is the richest country in the world. But according to guest, Jerry Newcombe, our country has one primary problem: we have forgotten God. Many men in America’s past called the nation to remember God and warned of what will happen if we don’t. Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Ronald Reagan are among these.


What has led us down this path of forgetfulness? What lies ahead? Since we have removed God, who then is ruling over us? How does this relate to the election currently underway?

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Our Primary Problem: We Have Forgotten God — VCY America

President Trump Make America Great Again Rally – Erie, PA – 7:00pm Livestream… — The Last Refuge

Tonight President Trump heads to Erie Pennsylvania for a campaign rally at Erie International Airport. Originally First Lady Melania was scheduled to attend, however she has cancelled due to her virus recovery. The anticipated start time is 7:00pm ET [Livestream Links Below]

Trump Campaign Livestream Link – RSBN Livestream Link– Fox News Livestream

President Trump Make America Great Again Rally – Erie, PA – 7:00pm Livestream… — The Last Refuge

BREAKING: FBI, DOJ Concur with DNI Ratcliffe That Hunter Biden’s Laptop and Emails Are NOT Part of a Russian Disinformation Campaign — The Gateway Pundit

The FBI and DOJ concur with DNI John Ratcliffe that Hunter Biden’s laptop and emails are not part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

Over the weekend news broke on NBC News and was widely distributed on the liberal mainstream media that the FBI was investigating the damning Hunter Biden emails — not for the myriad of crimes they expose but to see if they are a “Russian disinformation operation.”

Then serial liar Adam Schiff went on the Sunday news shows to lie some more. Schiff also claimed the Hunter Biden emails were a Russian disinformation scandal.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Monday roasted Schiff and the fake news media and told Maria Bartiromo, “Hunter Biden’s laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign.”

A senior federal law enforcement official told Fox News producer Jake Gibson that the FBI and DOJ concur with DNI Ratcliffe that Hunter Biden’s laptop and emails are not part of a Russian disinformation campaign AND the FBI does have possession of Hunter Biden’s laptop in question.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-10&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1318675041924665344&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwordpress.com%2Fread%2Ffeeds%2F109342143%2Fposts%2F2976888291&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

The New York Post last week started releasing emails obtained from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop that revealed a massive pay-to-play scheme involving Joe Biden.

Joe Biden is referred to as “the big guy” who was receiving a cut of the pie from Hunter Biden’s grift and influence peddling.

According to Hunter Biden’s emails and private text messages to his daughter Naomi, Joe Biden was a ruthless “Don” who took between 10% and 50% of what Hunter made in his shady foreign business dealings selling out Joe Biden’s public office.

The media will just continue to ignore this bombshell story now that they can’t report it’s Russian disinformation.

BREAKING: FBI, DOJ Concur with DNI Ratcliffe That Hunter Biden’s Laptop and Emails Are NOT Part of a Russian Disinformation Campaign — The Gateway Pundit

Humor: Why Twitter censored the New York Post article about Hunter Biden’s laptop — The Most Important News

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Humor: Why Twitter censored the New York Post article about Hunter Biden’s laptop — The Most Important News

REPORTS: FBI Confirms Custody of Hunter Biden Laptop and Authenticity of Emails… — The Last Refuge

According to late-breaking information from Fox News, the FBI has now confirmed the seizure of Hunter Biden’s laptops and confirmed earlier DNI statements that Hunter Biden emails were not part of a Russia disinformation campaign.

“FBI in possession of laptop containing Hunter Biden’s emails, and agree with Director of National Intelligence Ratcliffe’s assessment that emails were not part of Russian disinformation campaign.” LINK

The FBI confirms possession of the computers which allegedly contain emails implicating former Vice-President Joe Biden in his son’s international business dealings. This FBI confirmation comes 12 hours after President Trump requested attorney general Bill Barr ‘act fast’ and expressed support for an appointment of a special counsel.

CBS is also confirming the story:

REPORTS: FBI Confirms Custody of Hunter Biden Laptop and Authenticity of Emails… — The Last Refuge

TRUMP ON FIRE! President Trump Plays Video of Biden-Harris Promising to Ban Fracking at Erie Rally! — Then Jumps to Hunter’s “Laptop From Hell” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

TRUMP WAS ON FIRE TONIGHT!
During his Erie, Pennsylvania rally President Trump took time out to play video of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris promising to ban fracking — a HUGE industry in Pennsylvania.

This was DEVASTATING!
And President Trump took time out to play it at a rally in front of THOUSANDS of supporters and viewers!

And then President Trump immediately jumped to Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell!”

What a Rally!

TRUMP ON FIRE! President Trump Plays Video of Biden-Harris Promising to Ban Fracking at Erie Rally! — Then Jumps to Hunter’s “Laptop From Hell” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Oh Boy: Rudy Giuliani Reads Text Message from Hunter Biden talking about FaceTiming 14-Year-Old Girl Naked While Smoking Crack (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Rudy Giuliani appeared on Newsmax on Tuesday night.

Earlier in the day Rudy told Steve Bannon on The War Room that he was releasing damning photos and emailstomorrow morning with Maria Bartiromo on Mornings with Maria.

Then later this afternoon news broke that Rudy Giuliani handed over Hunter Biden’s hard drive to Delaware police because it contained photos of underage girls and inappropriate texts.

BREAKING: Giuliani Gives Hunter Biden’s Hard Drive to Delaware State Police Over Photos of Underage Girls, Inappropriate Texts

Now later this evening Rudy Giuliani read Hunter Biden’s email to his dad about sexting naked with a 14-year-old girl while smoking crack.

Rudy Giuliani:  Well, here is a very, very sensitive one.  It’s a text message to his father in which he says the following.  In which he says the following, and he’s discussing  his sister-in-law who for quite some time was his lover.  And he says, “She told my therapist I was sexually inappropriate.” This would be with an unnamed 14-year-old girl.  When she says I face-timed naked with the unnamed 14-year-old girl.  And the reason she can’t have her out to see me is because I walk around naked smoking crack talking Tom Girls(?) on Face time.  When she was pressed she said the unnamed 14-year-old-girl never said anything like that but the bottom line is that I created and caused a very unsafe environment for the kids.

Here is the email that Rudy shared on Newsmax.

Watch the entire video here:

Here is Rudy Giuliani’s full interview on Newsmax:

Oh Boy: Rudy Giuliani Reads Text Message from Hunter Biden talking about FaceTiming 14-Year-Old Girl Naked While Smoking Crack (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

New Twist in the Hunter Biden Saga: A White House Meeting for Elite Chinese Group — National Review

The younger Biden’s associates reportedly arranged a 2011 meeting with then-VP Joe Biden, and got the entourage “all taken care of in DC.”

New Twist in the Hunter Biden Saga: A White House Meeting for Elite Chinese Group — National Review

October 20 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Who is among you that feareth the Lord … that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God

Isa. 50:10

“In fierce storms,” said an old seaman, “we can do but one thing, there is only one way; we must put the ship in a certain position and keep her there.”

This, Christian, is what you must do. Sometimes, like Paul, you can see neither sun nor stars, and no small tempest lies on you; and then you can do but one thing; there is only one way. Reason cannot help you. Past experiences give you no light. Even prayer fetches no consolation. Only a single course is left. You must put your soul in one position and keep it there. You must stay upon the Lord; and, come what may—winds, waves, cross seas, thunder, lightning, frowning rocks, roaring breakers—no matter what, you must lash yourself to the helm, and hold fast your confidence in God’s faithfulness, His covenant engagement, His everlasting love in Christ Jesus.

Richard Fuller[1]

 

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