Daily Archives: October 30, 2020

October 30th The D. L. Moody Year Book

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.—Genesis 3:8.

A RULE I have had for years is to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. It is not a creed, a mere empty doctrine, but it is Christ Himself we have. The moment we receive Christ we should receive Him as a friend. When I go away from home I bid my wife and children good-bye, I bid my friends and acquaintances good-bye; but I never heard of a poor backslider going down on his knees and saying:

“I have been near You for ten years. Your service has become tedious and monotonous. I have come to bid You farewell. Good-bye, Lord Jesus Christ!”

I never heard of one doing this. I will tell you how they go away; they just run away.[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. 193). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Not Far from the Kingdom (Part 2 of 2) | Truth For Life Programs

No one is “almost” born again! Jesus was absolutely clear about the requirements for salvation—and it takes more than sincerity or a good heart. Examine this life-and-death issue along with us on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg.

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Source: Not Far from the Kingdom (Part 2 of 2)

October 30 Life-Changing Moments With God

It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Have You, Lord, forgotten to be gracious? Have You in anger shut up Your tender mercies? I said in my haste, “I am cut off from before Your eyes”; nevertheless You heard my supplications when I cried out to You.

Shall You, God, not avenge me, Your own elect, who cries out day and night to You, though You bear long with me? You will avenge me speedily. I wait for You, Lord, and You will save me.

I rest in You, Lord, and wait patiently for You; I do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

I will not need to fight in this battle. I position myself, stand still and see Your salvation, Lord God.

Let me not grow weary while doing good, for in due season I shall reap if I do not lose heart. I see the farmer wait for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.

As I wait for You to work in my life, keep me doing good for Your kingdom and confident of Your salvation.

Lamentations 3:26; Psalm 77:9; Psalm 31:22; Luke 18:7–8; Proverbs 20:22; Psalm 37:7; 2 Chronicles 20:17; Galatians 6:9; James 5:7[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 325). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Five Solas of the Protestant Deformation — Michelle Lesley

Reformation Day is Saturday, October 31.

Originally published September 15, 2017

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. October 31, 2017 will commemorate the date in 1517 when Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 theses – a list of grievances against the Catholic church for unbiblical doctrines and practices – to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Luther’s calls for reform spread quickly throughout Europe, inspiring the likes of church fathers Ulrich Zwingli (Zurich), John Calvin (Geneva), and John Knox (Scotland) to join the effort in their own locales. As they worked to address the issues raised in Luther’s document, these men codified what we know today as the “Five Solas of the Reformation,” the basis of Protestant church doctrine. The five solas are:

1. Sola Scriptura– Scripture alone is the basis for all church doctrine, belief, and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

2. Sola Gratia– Salvation is by grace alone. It is an unmerited gift of God based solely on His goodness, not our own (because we don’t have any). (Ephesians 2:8-9)

3. Sola Fide– Salvation is through faith alone. Faith is a gift bestowed by God. We are saved only by placing that faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross, not by doing good works or by any other attempts to earn salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

4. Solus Christus– Salvation is found in Christ alone. As Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

5. Soli Deo Gloria– God saves man for God’s glory alone, and Believers are to live our lives to glorify Him alone. (Romans 11:36)

The five solas should be the foundation of the church’s orthodoxy (beliefs or doctrine) and our orthopraxy (church practices). But over the past five centuries there’s been a declension. A downgrade. The church has become deformed from the beautiful biblical portrait of a bride “without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” because we’ve functionally replaced the Five Solas of the Reformation with pragmatic, and often idolatrous, solas of our own making…

No longer is Christian doctrine and practice governed strictly by sola Scriptura, especially among Christian women. Now it’s all about our own personal feelings, opinions, and life experiences. Won’t go to a church that preaches sin and repentance because it offends your sensibilities? You’ve become accepting of homosexual “marriage” because someone you love dearly has adopted that lifestyle? Believe God is in the habit of talking to people because you’ve “heard His voice”? Then you’re basing your doctrine and practices on your own feelings and experiences rather than on what the Bible says.

The Christian’s instructions for life and godliness are found in only one place: the Bible. We do not squish Christianity into the mold of what makes us happy, what we agree with, our relationships with others, or the things we’ve experienced. We start with the Bible and we bring everything else in our lives – everything we think, feel, believe, say, and do – into submission to it. If a personal feeling, opinion, or experience conflicts with Scripture, it is wrong. We don’t change Scripture to fit our perspective, we change our perspective to fit Scripture.

If you want to know what road the modern church is headed down simply pick up your Bible and turn to… the Old Testament. Especially the verses that say “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Jesus said the way to greatness was humility, servanthood, and anonymity. We want glory, recognition, and applause. God says, “walk in My ways.” We say, “I’ll consider that if it fits in with my plans, is agreeable to me, and makes me look good to others.” We “welcome” the Holy Spirit into His own church as though we own the place. We are so used to being on the throne of our own lives that we use words like “letting” or “allowing” God to do something without even realizing it. We don’t ask, “Is it pleasing to God?”, we say, “If it’s pleasing to me, it must be pleasing to God.” Goodbye soli Deo gloria. Hello soli ego gloria.

More and more, “Christians” are driven by the selfish greed of “What can God do for me?” rather than the pursuit of holiness. So-called Christian teachers who will scratch itching ears are sought out, and an abundance of hucksters are at the ready, eager to “give the people what they want” in order to make a fast buck.

These people who claim the name of Christ care nothing about following in His footsteps – or even knowing what those footsteps are – craving instead the temporal creature comforts of wealth, success, popularity, health, self esteem, and influence. They want to be told what their flesh wants to hear, and they want to believe that’s Christianity. Share in Christ’s sufferings? Never. Away with the Via Dolorosa. Lead us down the primrose path.

Spotlights. Merch. Audiences of thousands. Agents. Entourages. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the Christian celebrities from the secular. The star-struck church has created its own caste system in which biblical fidelity is measured by how many books you’ve sold, the number of attendees at your megachurch or conferences, and the size of your audience on social media. That many followers? That number of bestsellers at the Christian retail chain? She must know what she’s talking about. We’ll use her books for our women’s “Bible” study – no vetting necessary! But that 85 year old pastor who’s been faithfully expositing the Word to his rural congregation of twenty for the better part of his life? No kudos. No esteem for honorable servants of the Lord such as he. We want glitz and glam and hype and bling. We want to be cutting edge, relevant, and attractional. Because maybe – just maybe – some of that glory will rub off on us. And so it goes – we follow the latest and greatest Christian authors, bands and personalities, attracted more to their pretty faces, stylish clothes, and charisma than to sound doctrine, while Christ’s sheep, relegated to a dark corner of the sanctuary, bleat to simply be fed the Bread of Life and the Living Water.

What’s hot rightthisminute? What’s the current style, the latest trend, the fad du jour? The Church of What’s Happening Now wants to know. Whether it’s today’s Christian bestseller that simply every small group is using now, dahling, or caving to whichever way the wind is blowing today when it comes to the world’s sexual morality, if we can just ride the viral wave of the immediate we can get people in the doors, money in the offering plate, and souls into Heaven. Maybe.

Vox populi, vox Dei? Have we forgotten how uncool it was to be the only one building an ark before rain was invented? That idol worship was the latest thing going in Jeremiah’s day? That it was the crowds who cried “Crucify Him!”?

The God of the Bible is not hip and groovy. He’s seen as hopelessly out of touch with current morals and values. A doddering old fool who just can’t seem to get with the times. His holy ways are antiquated and obsolete. We’re modern and educated and wise to the ways of the world. We know better how His church and our lives should run.

Just what is it we’re building our Christian doctrine and practices on these days? ‘Cause it sure isn’t the unadulterated written Word of God and the original five solas. Maybe it’s time we took a good hard look at how far we’ve slidden in the last five hundred years. How far we’ve strayed from the purity of Scripture and doctrine the Reformers worked so hard for, were imprisoned and persecuted for, were martyred for.

Maybe it’s time for another Reformation.


Additional Resources:

Why We’re Protestant: An Introduction to the Five Solas of the Reformation by Nate Pickowicz

What was the Protestant Reformation? at Got Questions

5 Questions and the 5 Solas at The Cripplegate

The Five Solas of the Protestant Deformation — Michelle Lesley

October 30, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

The Rule of God (10:16)

16 The hope of the righteous in a unjust world lies in Yahweh. His kingship is established forever and ever. How can the wicked believe that they will last from generation to generation (cf. v. 6)? The wicked, together with the nations, will perish from “[Yahweh’s] land,” so as to leave God’s people at rest. The concern of the psalmist here is with the “land” of Israel, where anarchy prevailed. The word “nations” refers to the wicked in Israel, who act like the nations (cf. Dahood’s “heathen,” 1:61). Calvin, 1:155, observes: “By the heathen he does not mean foreigners … but hypocrites, who falsely boasted that they belonged to the people of God.”[1]


10:16 The Lord is King. This attribution is frequent in the Psalms, both as a noun (the Lord is King, 24:8, 10; 29:10; 47:2; 95:3) and as a verb (the Lord reigns, 93:1; 96:10; 97:1; 99:1; 146:10). The force of this description is that the Lord, who is King over the nations (10:16), listens to the cry of the oppressed and defends the “fatherless” (10:14), to obviate the repressive power of earth’s rulers. Being a just God, he will act for the cause of justice.[2]


Ver. 16.—The Lord is King for ever and ever (comp. Pss. 29:10; 146:10). Thus God’s kingdom is established, his authority vindicated, his absolute rule over all men made manifest. Internal and external foes are alike overcome. The heathen—whether uncircumcised in the flesh or in the heart (Jer. 9:25, 26)—are perished out of his (Jehovah’s) land.[3]


16. Jehovah is King for ever and ever. David now, as if he had obtained the desires of his heart, rises up to holy rejoicing and thanksgiving. When he calls God King for ever and ever, it is a token of his confidence and joy. By the title of King, he vindicates God’s claim to the government of the world, and when he describes him as King for ever and ever, this shows how absurd it is to think to shut him up within the narrow limits of time. As the course of human life is short, even those who sway the sceptre over the greatest empires, being but mortal men, very often disappoint the expectations of their servants, as we are taught in Psalm 146:3, 4, “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” Often the power of giving assistance to others fails them, and while they are delaying to give it, the opportunity slips away from them. But we ought to entertain more exalted and honourable conceptions of our heavenly King; for although he does not immediately execute his judgments, yet he has always the full and the perfect power of doing so. In short, he reigns, not for himself in particular; it is for us that he reigns for ever and ever. As this, then, is the duration of his reign, it follows that a long delay cannot hinder him from stretching forth his hand in due season to succour his people, even when they are, as it were, dead, or in a condition which, to the eye of sense and reason, is hopeless.—The heathen are perished out of the land. The meaning is, that the holy land was at length purged from the abominations and impurities with which it had been polluted. It was a dreadful profanation, when the land which had been given for an inheritance to the people of God, and allotted to those who purely worshipped him, nourished ungodly and wicked inhabitants. By the heathen he does not mean foreigners, and such as did not belong to the race of Abraham according to the flesh, but hypocrites, who falsely boasted that they belonged to the people of God, just as at this day many, who are Christians only in name, occupy a place in the bosom of the Church. It is no new thing for the prophets to call apostates, who have degenerated from the virtues and holy lives of their fathers, by the reproachful name of heathen, and to compare them not only to the uncircumcised, but also to the Canaanites, who were the most detestable among all the heathen. “Thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite,” (Ezek. 16:3.) Many other similar passages are to be met with in Scripture. David, therefore, in applying the dishonourable name of heathen to the false and bastard children of Abraham, gives God thanks for having expelled such a corrupt class out of his Church. By this example we are taught, that it is no new thing if we see in our own day the Church of God polluted by profane and irreligious men. We ought, however, to beseech God quickly to purge his house, and not leave his holy temple exposed to the desecration of swine and dogs, as if it were a dunghill.[4]


Ver. 16. The heathen are perished out of His land.An encouragement to prayer:

Does this sentence point back to the great instance of exterminating justice in the destruction of the Canaanite? It may do so, but it is rather to be taken as referring to the victories celebrated in the previous and companion Psalm. Note the recurrence of the words “nations” and “perished,” which are drawn from it. The connection between the two Psalms is thus witnessed, and the deliverance from foreign enemies, which is the theme of Psalm 9, is urged as a plea with God, and taken as a ground of confidence by the Psalmist himself for the completion of the deliverance by making domestic oppressors powerless. This lofty height of faith is preserved in the closing stanza, in which the agitation of the first part and the yearning of the second are calmed into serene assurance that the Ecclesia pressa has not cried, and never can cry, in vain. Into the praying, trusting heart “the peace of God which passeth understanding” steals, and the answer is certified to faith long before it is manifest to sense. To pray and immediately to feel the thrilling consciousness “Thou hast heard,” is given to those who pray in faith. The wicked makes a boast of his “desire”; the humble makes a prayer of it, and so has it fulfilled. Desires which can be translated into petitions will be converted into fruition.… The prayer of the humble, like a whisper amid the avalanches, has power to start the swift, white destruction on its downward path; and when once that gliding mass has way on it, nothing which it smites can stand. (A. Maclaren, D.D.)[5]


Verse 16.—“The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.” Such confidence and faith must appear to the world strange and unaccountable. It is like what his fellow citizens may be supposed to have felt (if the story be true) toward that man of whom it is recorded, that his powers of vision were so extraordinary, that he could distinctly see the fleet of the Carthaginians entering the harbour of Carthage, while he stood himself at Lilybœum, in Sicily. A man seeing across an ocean, and able to tell of objects so far off! he could feast his vision on what others saw not. Even thus does faith now stand at its Lilybœum, and see the long tossed fleet entering safely the desired haven, enjoying the bliss of that still distant day, as if it was already come.—Andrew A. Bonar.[6]


[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 159). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Bullock, C. H. (2015). Psalms 1–72. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (Vol. 1, p. 71). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 67). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[4] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 1, pp. 154–155). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Exell, J. S. (1909). The Biblical Illustrator: The Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 177). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company; Francis Griffiths.

[6] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 1-26 (Vol. 1, p. 126). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

What is the Protestant Reformation | CARM

The Protestant Reformation is a movement that began in the 16th century in Europe as a response to a variety of unbiblical traditions that had developed in medieval Roman Catholicism. It is a call to return to the authority of Scripture and to the biblical gospel of justification by grace alone through faith alone. It also dawned as a renouncement of various unbiblical beliefs and practices such as transubstantiation, the Mass as a propitiatory sacrifice, the supremacy of the papacyprayers to dead saints, and the veneration of images. Everywhere that the Reformation took hold also led quickly to the translation of the Bible into the common languages of the region and generally to great increases in literacy as priority was given to teaching Christians to read and study the word of God for themselves.

Core Teachings

While reformation efforts sprung up in various places and came to some differing conclusions on secondary issues, the teachings that united them into what we collectively call the Protestant Reformation are:

  • Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) – Protestants affirm that Scripture is the sole, infallible rule of faith. The Bible is the ultimate authority in the Christian life and in the Church. Other authorities exist as established by Scripture (parents, pastors, civil governments, etc.) but these are not infallible nor ultimate in their authority. They are answerable to the final authority, the revealed and unchanging word of God. This is why protestants put such emphasis on literacy and Bible translation, and also why they were careful to distinguish between the true Scriptures and the apocryphal works which some in their time erroneously accepted as Scripture. (It is worth noting that even the Roman Catholic church did not formally define the Apocrypha as part of their Canon of Scripture until after the Protestant Reformation. When the Reformation began, even many prominent Roman Catholics also rejected the Apocrypha).
  • Sola Christus (Christ Alone) – Protestants affirm that salvation is found in Christ alone. His sacrifice is complete, perfect, and wholly sufficient. Salvation cannot be attained in any other way or through any other means. Further, nothing must be, nor indeed can be, added to the sacrifice of Christ to attain salvation; not one’s own works nor the merits of saints, Mary, angels, pilgrimages to sacred sites, nor indulgences of grace from the Pope. From beginning to end, salvation is found in Christ alone.
  • Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) – Protestants affirm that salvation is not something that a Christian ever merits or deserves. Forgiveness of sin, regeneration, justification, sanctification, and our future hope of eternal life are all given to us solely by the grace of God on the basis of His benevolence. Salvation is a gift of God’s mercy and not a wage based on our worthiness or merit. Salvation, therefore, is a testimony to God’s goodness over against our sinfulness and total inability and is never a grounds for human boasting in our selves or our efforts.
  • Sola Fide (Faith Alone) – Protestants affirm that we receive God’s grace and salvation through faith alone, apart from any work or merit. We do not come into God’s grace through our own deeds of righteousness nor through rites, rituals, or ordinances. We receive God’s grace solely through believing on Jesus Christ and the sufficiency of His perfect Sacrifice. Such faith then leads us into good works, worship, and even the ritual life of the local church, but these things are results of having saving faith and do not contribute to our justification before God. They are the fruit of our salvation, not a part of its cause.
  • Sola Deo Gloria (Glory of God Alone) – Protestants affirm that our Salvation, since it is entirely by God’s grace and based solely on the merits of Christ’s finished sacrifice, is to the eternal Glory of God alone.
  • Substitutionary Atonement – The Reformers all affirmed that, in Christ’s self-sacrifice on Calvary, Jesus offered Himself as our substitute. He stood in our place, receiving in His own body our just punishment while offering us the eternal rewards for His righteousness. Our debt was paid and our sentence served by, in, and through Christ who died in our place. Thus, the justice of God is satisfied while the mercy of God is also bestowed on undeserving sinners.
  • Prayer – Protestants teach that all believers, clothed in the righteousness of Christ and trusting graciously in the merits of His once-for-all sacrifice, can approach the throne of God directly in prayer and need not appeal to dead saints or angels as heavenly mediators. Christ alone is our mediator. Indeed, it is sinful and even idolatrous to pray and appeal to anyone but God alone.
  • Communion – While Protestants arrived at a few different positions on the precise nature and practice of Communion (the Lord’s Supper), all Protestants affirm the importance of Communion as an act of worship, a declaration and experience of union with Christ by means of His body and blood, and as a time of unity with one another in Him. Protestants deny the Roman Catholic teaching that the communion elements cease to be bread and wine and transfigure into a re-presentation of the physical body of Christ on the altar as a propitiatory sacrifice to atone anew for those present.

A Few Key Figures

While it is impossible to note every key figure of the Reformation in an article such as this, it is worth noting a few crucial men and some of what they contributed:1

  • John Wycliffe – Often called the “morning star of the Reformation,” John Wycliffe taught many of the key truths of the Reformation long before it actually began. Living in the late 14th century, over a hundred years before Martin Luther would come to fame, Wycliffe was an English professor and clergyman who drew the ire of the authorities in his day by proclaiming the supremacy of Scripture as the ultimate authority and the limits of both ecclesiastical and civic authorities. He also taught against transubstantiation (which had only been dogmatized half a century before) and facilitated a translation of the Latin Vulgate into English (completed by his followers after his death) so that the masses could read the Bible in their native tongue. Wycliffe’s followers came to be known as the “Lollards” (an insult that meant “mumblers” or “babblers”). They preserved and expanded on Wycliffe’s teaching, and were particularly known for rejecting the veneration of images, clerical celibacy, pilgrimages, transubstantiation, and prayers for the dead, while affirming that the Bible belonged to all Christians and should be possessed and read by them. The Lollard movement continued in England for centuries and later helped fuel the protestant reformation in that country. Wycliffe’s teachings also took hold in other places, particularly in Bohemia (modern Czech Republic) through the leadership of John Hus.
  • John Hus – Another key forerunner to the later Protestant Reformation. Already a well-known preacher and scholar, Hus became rector of the University of Prague in 1402. Czechs who had studied in England brought Wycliffe’s writings back to Prague, and they became the subject of scholarly debate among the faculty. Certain political and ecclesiastical authorities tried to put a stop to this, but Hus protected their right to debate the issues. At first, Hus’s primary concern seems to have been academic freedom, simply arguing that professors should have the right to discuss and debate such matters. In time, however, Hus and other scholars and nobility in Bohemia came to embrace and build on many (though not all) of Wycliffe’s teachings and to hope for reform in the church. The papacy tried to silence Hus, but this only emboldened him, and Hus began to denounce indulgencesCrusades, and other papal injustices. When the Council of Constance was called to settle the rather awkward matter that there were at that time three rival popes, they invited Hus to defend his teaching. He hoped that this would be the dawn of the Reformation he had been working for, but instead it was a trap. Hus was not permitted to defend his views. He was only given the choice to recant or die a heretic. He would not recant and was burned at the stake. (The council also ordered the body of John Wycliffe to be dug up and burned as well). Hus’s Reformation continued in Bohemia, and even Crusades called against the land proved unable to crush it as the Bohemians repelled the invaders again and again. The Bohemian Reformation, however, remained a fairly local affair.
  • Martin Luther – Generally considered the founder of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther was an Augustinian Monk in 16th-century Germany. Keenly aware of his sinful heart, Luther could find no peace in confessions, pilgrimages, indulgences, or any of the other “means of grace” promoted by the church of his day. Still, Luther was a faithful and hardworking Monk who was eventually sent to teach Scripture at the University of Wittenberg. Though Luther had long recited and memorized Scripture as a Monk, preparing lectures forced him to study it in a manner he never had before. Particularly, preparing to teach the Book of Romans, Luther discovered the answer he was looking for. Over the course of careful study and struggle, Luther slowly came to see that God’s justice was fulfilled and Christ’s gracious substitutionary sacrifice and that we are justified wholly in Him and clothed graciously in His perfect righteousness apart from our own worthiness or merit. This growing exploration of God’s grace led Luther also to challenge the sale of indulgences and the value of relics. Eventually, he published his famous 95 theses to in hopes of scholarly debate on the issue. For various reasons, the timing made this act more explosive than Luther had actually intended it to be and brought Him into conflict with the authorities. Luther was still sorting out his own views at the time, but these conflicts brought him repeatedly back to the ultimate authority of Scripture. Accused of teaching the heresies of John Hus, Luther looked up Hus’s writings and realized that he did, in fact, agree with Hus in many areas. Luther thus became acquainted with the ideas of Hus and Wycliffe, which only fueled his efforts further. Eventually condemned for his doctrines, Luther went into hiding for a time and began work on a complete German translation of the Bible. The reformation continued under the leadership of others and through Luther’s writings for a time until Luther could safely return to public life. The printing press (which did not exist in the days of Wycliffe or Hus) allowed Luther’s influence to extend far beyond what anyone could have expected or controlled. It is not without reason that Luther is considered the most important figure in bringing about the Protestant Reformation.
  • Ulrich Zwingli – An intellectual and a scholar of classic literature, Ulrich Zwingli began the reformation in Zurich, Switzerland independently of Luther, though he would quickly learn of Luther and be heavily influenced by Luther’s work. Zwingli was part of what was known as the “humanist” movement. Unlike how that term is used today, “humanism” in this sense has more to do with the study of the “humanities,” such as art and literature. A slogan of sorts for humanists of the day was “to the source,” and many traditions were being challenged through documentary research that proved that they were, in fact, late developments. This led Zwingli to begin taking church teachings and practices back to the original sources in Scripture. He began to gather students to himself and to train them as biblical scholars. Eventually, he and his followers started holding public disputations about central issues of doctrine and practice in the presence of the governing council in Zurich, hoping to lead a gradual reformation of the local church with the approval of the authorities. Though he began this process through his own studies and those of his students, the writings of Luther certainly influenced them over time. Still, Zwingli was no copy-cat and would disagree with Luther on a variety of important though secondary matters. Some of Zwingli’s Students, also independent thinkers, were not as patient as Zwingli, desiring immediate reformation. They also began to arrive at more radical views than he did. These eventually became the first Anabaptists, forebears of modern Mennonite and Amish whose conclusions in certain ways also anticipated the later Baptist movement.
  • William Tyndale – An Oxford scholar of the early sixteenth century and fluent in eight languages, Tyndale was well equipped to be a man of great worldly influence. Tyndale was bothered, however, by the way that formal education did not include the study of Scripture. Indeed, he bemoaned that the system withheld the Bible from men until they were so indoctrinated as to be unable to plainly understand it. This became the driving issue of Tyndale’s life. He sought, at first, to gain permission to translate and print an English Bible through official means, but the resistance of the authorities to his goals as well as his increasingly controversial views made it clear that this door was closed. As his position in England became more tenuous, Tyndale moved to Germany in the midst of Luther’s reformation and began to work on his English translation of the Bible while ministering to the English-speaking minority there. He also produced a number of doctrinal works which helped to fuel the English Reformation. Eventually, Tyndale was betrayed by a friend and arrested, brought back to England, and executed as a heretic by the English crown.
  • John Calvin – The reformation was well underway by the time John Calvin’s public ministry began, but His work to carefully articulate and advance a coherent, systematic Reformed Theology made him one of the most important figures in Reformation history. Calvin was born in France and studied both theology and law as a devout Roman Catholic. Calvin wrote very little about his own life, nor did others write about him, and so we do not know how Calvin came to embrace the doctrines of the reformation. We do know that, when the Protestants began to be expelled from France in 1534/1535, Calvin fled with them and became an exile in Switzerland. Calvin did not desire to be a public figure, happy to minister to a small population of French refugees while focusing primarily on his biblical research and theological writings. When Calvin published The Institutes of the Christian Religion, a comprehensive work of Protestant Theology, it was a wild success and eventually led Protestants in Geneva to press Calvin into service in their cause of reform. So it was that Calvin became the lead figure in the Geneva Reformation and, from that post, one of the most influential protestants in the world. Calvin sought to bring unity between all the various branches of the Protestant movement (with the exception of the Anabaptists, as by this point most mainstream Protestants and Anabaptists typically regarded one another as heretics). Even if Calvin’s goal of formal unity ultimately failed, through his ministry, his commentaries, and especially through the Institutes, Calvin left his mark on virtually every stream of the Protestant Reformation.

 

 

  • 1.These biographical details are taken from the following sources: Justo Gonzalez, The Story of Christianity – Vol. 2 (Harper Collins, 1985); Phillip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Volumes 6-8 (Hendrickson Publishing, 1907); William R. Estep, The Anabaptist Story: 3rd Edition (Broadman Press, 1996); David Teems, Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice (Thomas Nelson, 2012)

Source: https://carm.org/what-is-the-protestant-reformation

Rally #2 – President Trump Make America Great Again Rally – Green Bay, Wisconsin – 4:00pm Livestream… — The Last Refuge

For the second rally of the day President Trump heads to Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The anticipated start time is 4:00pm EDT [Livestream Links Below]

Trump Campaign Livestream – RSBN Livestream Link – Alternate Livestream

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Rally #2 – President Trump Make America Great Again Rally – Green Bay, Wisconsin – 4:00pm Livestream… — The Last Refuge

October—30 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

For I know that this shall turn to my salvation, through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.—Philippians 1:19.

Blessed frame of mind! when, like Paul, however unpromising circumstances are, to be able to say, “I know that this exercise, be it what it may, is among the all things which work together for good to them that love God, and are the called according to his purpose!” My soul! do thou once for all mark down this one certain and never-to-be-questioned truth; that thy God, thy Jesus, hath but one end in view from all the providences he appoints to his people, and is invariably and everlastingly promoting it, however to thy apprehension, at times, things seem to run counter. And when thou hast settled this in thy mind, as a certain fixed principle, next take into the account all, or (at least as thou canst not know all) some of the many foundations on which the certainty, for the accomplishment of a final issue of good to the people of God, rests. Think of the ability, power, wisdom, and purpose of thy Lord. Call to mind the grace, the love, the fixed affection, Jesus bears, and from everlasting hath always borne to his people. Then recollect the plentiful means in his own almighty hand, which he hath, to make all purposes minister to his will, and all creatures to become instruments of his pleasure. And when thou hast studied, and well studied these blessed things in Christ’s school, under the supply of the Spirit’s teaching, make application of the doctrine to every event in the dispensations of thy Lord’s providences and grace, which thou meetest with through life. Art thou afflicted in soul; in sickness of body; in want or weakness; with inward trials, or outward evils; tempted by sin, or tempted by Satan; Jesus knows all, appoints all, is carrying thee through all, and will finally bless thee in all. The enjoyment of ordinances, or interruption of ordinances; heart-straitenings in prayer, or enlargement in prayer; in short, all things past, present, and future; all circumstances, times, and occasions; the blessings of heaven, yea, the very malice of hell, Jesus will overrule, arrange, direct, and order; that, like the hidden springs of a machine, a beautiful design is in the whole, and not a pin could be left out without injury to the work. Learn these things, my soul, and get, through grace, into the practical use of those lessons, and then thou wilt be able to say, and with the same degree of assurance as Paul did, let thy trials be what they may, under every one of them: “I know that this shall turn to my salvation, through the prayer of the faithful, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 309–310). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

October 30 – The Hebrew Acrostic of Lamentations — VCY America

October 30
Lamentations 3:1-66
Hebrews 1:1-14
Psalm 102:1-28
Proverbs 26:21-22

Hebrew Alphabet

Lamentations 3:1 – A little bit of “technical analysis” – Lamentations 1, 2, and 4 are Hebrew Acrostics – each verse starts with a different Hebrew letter (Aleph/A, Beit/B, Gimel, Daleth, He, etc…), so each chapter is 22 verses (22 Hebrew letters).

Lamentations 3 is 66 verses – the first 3 verses all start with Aleph, the next three verses start with Beit, the next three verses start with Gimel. (Remember that Hebrew is written from right to left). In other words, this is clearly poetic writing. Not narrative (I did this, then he did that). Narratives can explain battles, but poetry can explain pain.

https://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt3203.htm

Lamentations 3:2123 – Three chapters in and it seems there is no hope. But there is – in the Lord’s mercy, compassion, and faithfulness! Great is Thy Faithfulness!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMACCtitfRwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMACCtitfRw First Baptist of Dallas

Lamentations 3:24 – I saw a statistic on the internet – 1 in 3 people who touch alcohol become drunk, but we think we’re ok. 1 in 300,000,000 win the lottery, and we think – could be me! Hope is not the “Wishin and hopin and thinkin and prayin” as a pop singer sang. Biblical Hope is “Confidence in a future event” – and with Jesus – 1 in 1 are pluck-free (John 10:28)!

Hope is the theme of the mid-section of Lamentations 3.

  • “my hope is perished” Lamentations 3:18
  • “have I hope” Lamentations 3:21
  • “will I hope in him” Lamentations 3:24
  • “man should…hope” Lamentations 3:26
  • “there may be hope” Lamentations 3:29

Our confidence is that grief is followed by compassion (Lamentations 3:32). Anger is followed by favour (Psalm 30:5). We must, however, acknowledge our sins, accept the punishment (Lamentations 3:39), and radically adjust our ways (Lamentations 3:40).

Lamentations 3:53 – Jeremiah isn’t speaking hyperbole – he actually knew what a dungeon was like (Jeremiah 38:6).

Lamentations 3:54 – Near drowning is a horrifying experience. Vic Eliason shared how his brother saved him from drowning as a young boy, and Vic never forgot the experience. Let’s look at Biblical references to near drowing:

  • Jeremiah “waters flowed over mine head (Lamentations 3:54)
  • Jonah “waters compassed me about, even to the soul” (Jonah 2:5)
  • Psalmist “the waters are come in unto my soul” (Psalm 69:1)

Lamentations 3:66 – Jeremiah gave up his right to vengeance to God.  Like David, Jeremiah knew he was a sinful man, but God has mercy and will forgive us – and even though we grievously offend our God – He still answers prayers such as David’s prayer that God would turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness (2 Samuel 15:31).

Hebrews 1:1 – From E. Schuyler English:

The theme of the Epistle to the Hebrews, the only book of the New Testament in which our Lord is presented in His high priestly office, is the supreme glory of Christ, the Son of God and Son of man.

https://www.ttb.org/resources/study-guides/hebrews-study-guide

Hebrews 1:3 – Who is this Son? Agent of Creation (Hebrews 1:2), Brightness of His glory, Image of His person, upholding all things. Upholding is the same idea as “by him all things consist (Colossians 1:17). He holds the universe together! Oh, and he’s so much better than the angels (Hebrews 1:4). This is not the mere brother of Lucifer. This is not the mere spirit creature named Michael. This is not a mere good teacher. Enjoy reading about the greatness of our Savior – the only Son of God!

Hebrews 1:14 – Angels are ministers of the heirs of salvation. Who are the heirs? We are! (Galatians 3:29, Romans 8:17, Titus 3:7, 1 Peter 3:7). Yes angels are serving us!

Psalm 102:2 – When life is easy we don’t need to call upon God. And if we do accidentally say grace over a meal, we don’t need a speedy answer. We don’t need to bother the Almighty with our insignificant needs.

Yet He wants to hear from his children! He has made us heirs of salvation. Fanny Crosby developed this theme – reminding us of our Blessed Assurance!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_urZWy0N74Blessed Assurance!

Proverbs 26:22 – Sometimes it’s better not to know.

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October 30 – The Hebrew Acrostic of Lamentations — VCY America

October 30 Thoughts for the quiet hour

He placed … cherubims, and a flaming sword … to keep the way of the tree of life.… Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree at life

Gen. 3:24; Rev. 22:14

How remarkable and how beautiful it is that the last page of the Revelation should come bending round to touch the first page of Genesis! The history of man began with angels with frowning faces and flaming swords barring the way to the Tree of Life. It ends with the guard of cherubim withdrawn; or rather, perhaps, sheathing their swords and becoming guides to the no longer forbidden fruit, instead of being its guards. That is the Bible’s grand symbolical way of saying that all between—the sin, the misery, the death—is a parenthesis. God’s purpose is not going to be thwarted. The end of His majestic march through history is to be men’s access to the Tree of Life, from which, for the dreary ages that are but as a moment in the great eternities—they were barred out by their sin.

Alexander Maclaren[1]

 

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

Mid-Day Snapshot · Oct. 30, 2020

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Biden Family Corruption Scandal Grows Hotter

Thomas Gallatin

The New York Post’s bombshell story exposing Hunter Biden’s laptop with its trove of emails and other compromising materials has been widely ignored and censored by the mainstream media with the excuse of it being “unverified.” Likewise, it’s been censored by social media on the equally dubious grounds of it being hacked material and possible disinformation. Yet the story is proving to be anything but fake news or a conspiracy theory.

On Thursday, the email the Post cited that purports to show a Burisma executive thanking Hunter Biden for setting up a meeting with his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, was confirmed by a well respected cybersecurity expert as authentic. Frankly, the email could be read ambiguously to conclude that the meeting was only set up, or that it actually happened. Either way, and tellingly, the Biden campaign has denied only that there was no official record of it on Biden’s calendar, and Team Biden has never denied the authenticity of the email itself, or anything else on the laptop for that matter. What Biden, Democrats, and the media have done is falsely dismiss it as a Russian disinformation campaign — an assertion U.S. intelligence authorities have debunked.

Also yesterday, the Justice Department confirmed that the FBI opened a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden and his associates in 2019 over possible money laundering and that the investigation “remains open and active today.” The DOJ’s admission lends further credibility to Biden associate Tony Bobulinski’s claim that Joe Biden is lying when he denies having ever spoken with Hunter regarding his foreign business deals. Bobulinski further alleged that not only was Joe Biden well aware of Hunter’s foreign business dealings, but he was directly involved in them.

Bobulinski confirmed that, following his whistleblowing press conference last week, the FBI interviewed him, searched his cellphones, and listed him as a “material witness” in its investigation. Investigative journalist John Solomon also reported on Thursday that “there is activity … of the FBI contacting witnesses [and] talking to people” regarding Hunter Biden and the data found on his laptop.

In his interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, Bobulinski said that at one point during a meeting with Joe’s brother, he said, “I remember looking at Jim Biden and saying, ‘How are you guys getting away with this? Aren’t you concerned?’ He looked at me and he laughed a little bit and said, ‘Plausible deniability.’” That is precisely the strategy the Biden camp has employed, though it works only with a completely compliant news media that refuses to do any digging or even ask any questions.

Just how much impact this growing Biden corruption scandal will have on the outcome of the election with only four days to go is anybody’s guess. However, what is clear is that the mainstream media has decided to do everything in its power to ignore and downplay it through Election Day because of the erroneous and absolutely contradictory assertion that American democracy is at stake. Hopefully, a majority of Americans see through the lie.

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Lefty Journalist Quits Leftmedia Outlet Over Censorship

Nate Jackson

On Thursday, journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote, “I sent my intention to resign from The Intercept, the news outlet I co-founded in 2013.” You might ask, So what? Some leftist reporter has called it quits. Well, he’s done so because of the rampant media censorship of stories investigating Joe Biden’s corruption. Greenwald explains:

The final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression.

The censored article, based on recently revealed emails and witness testimony, raised critical questions about Biden’s conduct. Not content to simply prevent publication of this article at the media outlet I co-founded, these Intercept editors also demanded that I refrain from exercising a separate contractual right to publish this article with any other publication.

I had no objection to their disagreement with my views of what this Biden evidence shows: as a last-ditch attempt to avoid being censored, I encouraged them to air their disagreements with me by writing their own articles that critique my perspectives and letting readers decide who is right, the way any confident and healthy media outlet would. But modern media outlets do not air dissent; they quash it. So censorship of my article, rather than engagement with it, was the path these Biden-supporting editors chose.

Greenwald expands that critique not only to The Intercept but to the Leftmedia as a whole:

Like anyone with young children, a family and numerous obligations, I do this with some trepidation, but also with the conviction that there is no other choice. I could not sleep at night knowing that I allowed any institution to censor what I want to say and believe — least of all a media outlet I co-founded with the explicit goal of ensuring this never happens to other journalists, let alone to me, let alone because I have written an article critical of a powerful Democratic politician vehemently supported by the editors in the imminent national election.

But the pathologies, illiberalism, and repressive mentality that led to the bizarre spectacle of my being censored by my own media outlet are ones that are by no means unique to The Intercept. These are the viruses that have contaminated virtually every mainstream center-left political organization, academic institution, and newsroom. I began writing about politics fifteen years ago with the goal of combatting media propaganda and repression, and — regardless of the risks involved — simply cannot accept any situation, no matter how secure or lucrative, that forces me to submit my journalism and right of free expression to its suffocating constraints and dogmatic dictates.

“Suffocating constraints and dogmatic dictates” — that about sums up the Left these days. And leftists are even silencing their friends if they dare to get “off message.” (Ask former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss.) Greenwald is no conservative (he was Edward Snowden’s pal on the NSA revelations), but he is a real journalist. And he published his Biden piece here, much of it centered on how the Leftmedia has become Biden’s Praetorian Guard, pushing demonstrably false information rather than asking even basic questions of the man who wants to become president of the United States.

What should journalists be curious about? Greenwald explains in his censored draft story:

All of these new materials [on Hunter Biden’s laptop], the authenticity of which has never been disputed by Hunter Biden or the Biden campaign, raise important questions about whether the former Vice President and current front-running presidential candidate was aware of efforts by his son to peddle influence with the Vice President for profit, and also whether the Vice President ever took actions in his official capacity with the intention, at least in part, of benefitting his son’s business associates. …

The publicly known facts, augmented by the recent emails, texts and on-the-record accounts, suggest serious sleaze by Joe Biden’s son Hunter in trying to peddle his influence with the Vice President for profit. But they also raise real questions about whether Joe Biden knew about and even himself engaged in a form of legalized corruption. Specifically, these newly revealed information suggest Biden was using his power to benefit his son’s business Ukrainian associates, and allowing his name to be traded on while Vice President for his son and brother to pursue business opportunities in China. These are questions which a minimally healthy press would want answered, not buried.

The Intercept’s response? Greenwald is a “grown person throwing a tantrum.” And it is he, not The Intercept, its editors claim, who has “strayed from his original journalistic roots.”

We quoted Greenwald’s friend and fellow real journalist Matt Taibbi earlier this week. Taibbi marveled, “The least curious people in the country right now appear to be the credentialed news media, a situation normally unique to tinpot authoritarian societies.”

Indeed, as we have written before, the corrupt alliance between the Democrat Party and the Leftmedia is the biggest threat to American Liberty we face today.

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Europe Locks Down While the U.S. Opens Up

Douglas Andrews

We take no joy in reporting that Europe is once again locking itself down, this time to combat a second wave of the Wuhan Flu. Lockdowns have, after all, proved ruinous to both people and economies, but the Old Continent doesn’t seem to have learned this valuable lesson.

And globalism being what it is, Europe’s ignorance is causing the rest of us to pay the price with them. As The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes, “Global stock markets sold off Wednesday, as they have all week, on news of new government-ordered lockdowns in Europe amid rising Covid infections. As before, the shutdowns are a blunderbuss response that won’t eliminate the virus, but they will do considerable economic and public-health damage. Germany, which was supposed to be Europe’s anti-Covid model, ordered a one-month shutdown of restaurants, bars, fitness studies and theaters. Hotels won’t be able to host tourists, and public gatherings can’t be larger than 10 people from two households.”

Despite this, and despite coronavirus spikes here in the U.S., President Donald Trump isn’t inclined to follow suit. Speaking at a rally in Tampa, the president said, “We’re never gonna lock down again. We locked down, we understood the disease, and now we’re open for business.”

To the president’s point, why should we lock down? What evidence is there that such measures will work this time around? Besides, the U.S. economy grew at an eye-popping 33.1% during a third quarter when we were largely — though not entirely — reopened for business. And this was without a renewal of government stimulus spending and transfer payments.

As the Journal reports, “Thursday’s GDP report looks like the long-predicted V-shaped recovery after the second-quarter’s lockdown-induced collapse. The rebound was almost across the board. Personal consumption contributed 25.27 percentage points to growth, with 16.04 from services and 9.24 from goods. Industries most hurt by spring lockdowns bounced back strongly, including motor vehicles, health care, and even food services and recreation.”

How does our economic performance stack up against our G7 trading partners? In terms of GDP losses for the year, the U.S. is the envy of the bunch. Our forecasted drop of 3.6% pales in comparison to Germany’s 6%, Canada’s 7.1%, France’s 9.8%, the UK’s 9.8%, and Italy’s atrocious 10.6%.

As we wrote regarding the election yesterday, “It’s still the economy, stupid.”

The message is clear, and it has been for some time: The virus is both deadly and stubborn, but cowering in our basements as one candidate has done won’t make it go away. Instead, people and nations must face it head-on while protecting vulnerable populations. Only then will herd immunity be established and the virus denied fertile ground for further spread.

Here, the lesson of Sweden — and the lesson of the Great Barrington Declaration — looms large. As The Daily Wire’s Brooke Conrad writes, “Back in May, Sweden had the highest COVID-19 death rate (based on 7-day averages) of any country in the world and ranked 7th on the list of overall per capita death rate. But in the following months, Sweden’s daily death count steadily declined, in contrast to many of the countries embracing lockdown strategies. Now, Sweden sits at 17th, and despite previously having the highest death rate in the world, recorded only seven new COVID-19 deaths on October 27th, and just one death the day before.”

Conrad continues, “Generally, the scientific community is expected to welcome new ideas and engage in vigorous debate in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. But the vigor with which the media and scientific community have opposed the Great Barrington Declaration suggests that its opposition originates far beyond mere scientific disputes.”

This is clearly the case. The debate has long since moved past the realm of science, past any thoughtful discussion about the virtues of lockdowns versus herd immunity.

The coronavirus debate is now about one thing: control.

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The Ever-Expanding Influence of China

Michael Swartz

Depending on your preferred source of news, you may not have heard about the messy entanglements that Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and his family are engaged in with our greatest geopolitical foe: China. Those business dealings have allegedly placed the Biden clan in the exclusive company of the 1%. But, more important for our nation’s security and prosperity, they’ve compromised a potential American administration to a brutal and ambitious communist Chinese regime. It’s reminiscent of the Soviet threat we felt for the latter half of the last century, which finally ended under the leadership of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

The Chinese are nothing if not shrewd students of history, so the lessons they learned by watching the Soviet Union during the Cold War have informed their efforts to undermine the United States, which has been a campaign of several stages. Nearly 50 years ago, when the Chinese opened up their nation to Richard Nixon, they saw the benefits of our capitalist system and soon afterward adopted the portions of it their regime could control. Beginning in the 1980s, American manufacturing began leaving the states and moving to China to take advantage of its low wages and lax environmental standards. This led to a massive influx of our capital — an influx that its government used in part to improve living standards for the average Chinese citizen.

That Western revenue stream, however, was also used for more nefarious purposes, and one of those is the subject of this story. This week the Department of Education finalized a report that showed American colleges and universities “failed to report $6.5 billion in foreign gifts and contracts.” As John Hinderaker of Power Line explained, “The Chinese Communist Party has spread billions of dollars among many American politicians and institutions, considering such spending to be a wise investment. With hindsight, it seems clear that they are right.”

The Chinese have also applied this Western funding toward students studying at American universities. About one-third of the 1.1 million student visa holders attending school here come from China, and while the vast majority are legitimately here to learn, an alarming number have hidden their connections to the Chinese Communist Party and its military in order to gain access to our research and steal our intellectual property. Six of those cases were recently documented by The Daily Signal.

Color us shocked that our mainstream media is taking a pass on these potential Pulitzers by keeping their collective heads in the sand. But perhaps there’s an explanation for that, too.

Sixteen years ago — when many of our journalists were coming up through college — the Chinese government began to place what are called Confucius Institutes within a number of our colleges and universities, ostensibly to promote Chinese language and culture. In practice, though, they provide an outlet for parroting Chinese government propaganda to students, softening them up to believe whatever the propagandistic party line happens to be. Thus, American students never hear about abuses such as those perpetrated against China’s Islamic Uyghur population in Tibet, or China’s essential role in the introduction and cover-up of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Back in April, as our Arnold Ahlert wrote about a Senate report, an affiliate of the Chinese government “provides colleges between $100,000 and $200,000 in start-up costs, and a large amount to teaching supplies. It also chooses a director and teachers at no cost to the university. Those teachers sign contracts pledging not to undermine China’s national interests, and the Chinese government gets to approve every teacher, event, and speaker at the institutes. ‘Such limitations,’ the report says, ‘attempt to export China’s censorship of political debate and prevent discussion of potentially politically sensitive topics.’” This product of a Homeland Security subcommittee also pointed out that China doesn’t allow a reciprocal organization promoting our American interests to operate in China.

When Ahlert wrote his article back in April, he noted there were 86 Confucius Institutes operating around the country. However, that figure has since been whittled down to 65, with more slated to close in the coming months.

China has taken full advantage of our open society in its effort to undermine us while hiding the flaws and abuses within its own system. Ever since President Nixon visited China in 1972, we’ve operated under the belief that exporting our culture and way of life to the massive communist country would bring it around, but China has instead worked to subvert us.

Donald Trump is the first president to take a harder stance against the Chinese in over a half-century. The communist Chinese regime, however, long ago purchased the services of Joe Biden. The question is whether that investment will pay off handsomely next Tuesday.

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Thanksgiving Is on the Chopping Block in California

Brian Mark Weber

Coming November 26, Happy Thanksgiving to all!

All, that is, except those who live in California. There, the state’s Health and Human Services Agency has practically banned the all-American holiday. Sure, that may sound like a dystopian novel, but it’s reality.

The latest edict issued this month doesn’t specifically mention Thanksgiving, but the “Mandatory Requirements for All Gatherings” will make Californians think twice about having their family and friends over to feast and give thanks.

As for the rules, er, guidelines, the state has limited to three the number of households gathering together. You might think, They’ll never know who or how many people are here. Oh, but they will, because the host must write down the names and contact information of everyone who walks through the front door.

Check that: Your guests aren’t even allowed to walk through the door. All events must be held outdoors. Just imagine Grandpa sharpening his knife and slicing through the roast turkey in the warm California sun amid the smoky haze of a nearby forest fire. (In fairness, it’s not like the power is guaranteed to be on inside either.)

Ah, memories.

Forget about passing around the bowl of mashed potatoes. Governor Gavin Newsom and his power-hungry associates have ordered that food be provided in single-serve containers.

Looking forward to catching up and sharing stories with Uncle Joe? Not a chance. Everyone must be seated six feet apart, which will make hand-holding during the prayer impossible. Then again, California banned religious gatherings long ago. At least you’ll be allowed to take off the mask if you have a medical condition.

Thank you, nanny state.

It gets worse. You must re-don your face mask after each bite. If you’re not eating or drinking in that moment, the mask must be on. And you’ll have to eat fast: Thanksgiving 2020 has a two-hour time limit.

Keep in mind, these are government orders. If they were merely helpful suggestions, Californians could laugh them off and do as they please.

The Family Research Council’s Joshua Arnold asks, “Does California recognize the privacy of the home anymore?” That’s a rhetorical question if there ever was one. Newsom and his commissars (and your potential new White House duo of Biden-Harris) envision a future American society where there’s no privacy, no family, no Liberty. Since the coronavirus outbreak, they’ve broken our culture, traditions, and institutions. And it’s not an accident.

Arnold adds, “Unless they think everyone should live in fear, those who created these rules possibly didn’t think about their impacts on Thanksgiving dinners.”

Let’s not give these people any credit. Of course the politicians and government bureaucrats who came up with these diktats know how they’re going to affect the citizens. They just don’t care what you think or how you feel. It’s all about exercising control and instilling fear.

The Newsom types know exactly what they’re doing. And that’s what makes all of this so sinister and so dangerous. As Rush Limbaugh said on his radio program this week, “They’re trying to destroy the definitions of this country. They’re trying to destroy everything that defines this country as unique and great. They’re trying to eliminate everything in this nation’s past that they find offensive.” This includes celebrating holidays, attending sporting events, expressing religious beliefs, or gathering for meals.

It’s all designed to make us forget what real freedom felt like.

So what’s a good Californian to do? One potential workaround might be to turn Thanksgiving into a Black Lives Matter protest. Or, on a more serious note, as Power Line’s John Hinderaker suggests, “The time has come for civil disobedience. Also, voting for freedom.”

That’s a good point. We do have an election coming up, and these tyrants turning our civilization upside down were actually voted into office.

We the people can just as surely vote them out. Here’s looking at you, Californians.

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Perspective on a Doozy of a Hurricane Season

Jordan Candler

The Atlantic Basin hurricane season doesn’t wrap up until November 30, which leaves plenty of time for another storm or two. (That appears likely, by the way, so be forewarned). We are, however, close enough to the end of the season that we can begin to judge the results. Without question, we can say 2020 has been a doozy of a hurricane season, which got busy early and shows signs of ending late.

According to meteorologist and hurricane expert Philip Klotzbach, a record 11 named storms have made landfall on the continental U.S. this hurricane season. The previous record of nine landfalling storms occurred more than a century ago in 1916. So far, 27 named storms have formed in the Atlantic Basin during the 2020 season. Because the World Meteorological Organization’s predetermined list consists of just 21 names, that means we’ve had plenty enough activity to necessitate the implementation of the Greek alphabet, which serves as a “backup” list for rare seasons such as this.

So, yes, you’d be correct to assume that using the Greek alphabet for hurricanes is unusual. In fact, 2005 featured the only other hurricane season in which the Greek alphabet was used.

Most will recall that 2005 was likewise a doozy of a hurricane season. A record 28 storms formed in the Atlantic Basin that year, though 2020 seems destined to either tie or supersede that record. The big difference being that Florida was Ground Zero in 2005. This year it’s Louisiana. In any event, for 2020 to match or even exceed 2005 in any respect speaks volumes. From this standpoint alone, the 2020 season should be considered exceptional.

However, a few additional aspects must be taken into account, particularly since some alarmists are invariably blaming the severity of the season on anthropogenic global warming.

Seasonal influence. Even before the hurricane season began, meteorological enterprises in both the private and public sectors were virtually unanimous in forecasting a busy season. Their agreement was at least partially rooted in pattern recognition. A La Niña event — wherein cool water around the equatorial Pacific Ocean affects weather patterns — developed earlier this year, and history shows us these events typically foreshadow a busy hurricane season.

This warning sign was buoyed by computer guidance projecting other atmospheric elements conjoining to provide an extremely conducive environment for hurricane development. Warm water in itself isn’t enough to produce an unusually high number of hurricanes. Atmospheric “triggers,” such as sinking air over the Atlantic that suppresses wind (which in turn mitigates wind shear) and a favorable Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), are also required. On rare occasions, all of the ingredients align in almost perfect fashion. And, à la 2005, that’s exactly what happened in 2020.

Of course, the number of storms alone has many climate doomsayers heading for the fainting couch. But meteorologist Joe Bastardi thinks not only that global warming is natural but that it results in a lowering of barometric pressure at higher latitudes. This in turn distorts the surface pattern elsewhere and changes the global wind oscillation, both of which may be affecting the intensity of long-tracked storms, meaning they actually aren’t as strong overall as they are near the coast. (More on storm intensity below.) Conversely, he does also note that, given the right conditions, hurricanes that form close to land may indeed feed off the warmer ocean waters, which is why his company, WeatherBELL Analytics, was bullish on a high-impact year.

We’d also be remiss not to mention the astounding hurricane lull we experienced after the 2005 hurricane onslaught.

Technology. When all is said and done, 2005 and 2020 will hold the first- and second-place records (the order is still to be determined) for named storms. However, note that both of these years also fall in the satellite era (1965 and after). Pre-satellite-era hurricane archives aren’t necessarily inaccurate, but neither are they necessarily complete. To pretend as if we know exactly what all transpired during the hurricane season of, say, 1885 is like arguing that Hillary Clinton was a shoe-in for the 2016 election. You might think you know, but you never actually know. There are variables that we sometimes cannot see.

Overly ambitious on naming storms. This hurricane season, in addition to past years, featured a few named storms that had meteorologists scratching their heads. This was due to the fact that these “fish” storms, as they’re known, were named based on satellite presentation. The biggest problem with this method is that it risks the likelihood of unnecessarily inflating the number of storms in any given season. Because they often lack airplane reconnaissance, there’s a strong possibility that some of these oftentimes pathetic- and ragged-looking storms out in the middle of the ocean may fall under the actual tropical-naming threshold. This becomes even more of an issue in seasons like this when records and messaging are on the line.

Energy index isn’t all that impressive. Meteorologists use what’s called Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) to estimate the severity of a hurricane season in its totality. In an average year, storms generate an ACE index of roughly 95. To date, we’re in the neighborhood of 140. That’s a very big number, but it’s far below the 1933 record of approximately 259. Even the 2005 ACE index of 250 is considerably more than what we have so far in 2020. Furthermore, according to Bastardi, this season’s tropical systems are generating an average ACE index of just under 6. In the 1950s, the average was over 10 per storm. Amazingly, hurricanes during the 1926 season averaged an ACE of over 20. There were fewer storms during these timeframes, but they were also more intense. Keep in mind too that while we’re experiencing more storms in the 21st century, many of them are developing in the middle of the ocean, posing little or no threat to land.

Current major hurricane landfalls are historically infrequent. A major hurricane is defined as Category 3 or higher. Believe it or not, we’ve witnessed just four major hurricane hits this decade, which is tied for the lowest number in the last 100 years.

The bottom line is that we would all be wise to treat this season as nothing more than what it is: unusually active, but not an omen.

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SPLC Pushes ‘Anti-Racism’ Indoctrination in Schools

Thomas Gallatin

The leftist hate-labeling and race-baiting Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently released a guide for school teachers offering them ways to “manage their white fragility.” The guide, created by the SPLC’s ironically named “Teach Tolerance” division, claims, without evidence, that black teachers are unduly burdened in working against racism in large part because many white teachers have supposedly used their privilege to ignore the “problem.” The guide condemns white teachers for failing to adhere to the Left’s false systemic racism narrative as a means of guilting them into uncritically accepting its claim of their “white fragility.”

For example, the guide reads in part: “We know we all live in the same society of racism and white supremacy. We know white educators have the privilege to ignore these conditions and often do. … While all educators of color carry the burden of white supremacy, black teachers have even more weight placed on them.”

The guide claims that white teachers can demonstrate their commitment to the “anti-racism” cause by following and promoting the messages of woke activists and by shunning those fellow teachers and even students who refuse to accept their “anti-racist” training. To put it bluntly, it’s cultist.

Anna Miller, education policy analyst at the Idaho Freedom Foundation, predicted that the SPLC’s dubious “anti-racism” training guide would result in families “exit[ing] the system as public schools increasingly mandate anti-racist, anti-bias reeducation and teach children to hate their country.” She added, “Many poor and middle-class students, however, will remain trapped in a debased system void of educational value.”

However, for the SPLC and other “woke” organizations, “anti-racism” is big business. The Washington Free Beacon reports, “The group’s new guidelines come as similar companies are raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in anti-racist consultancy fees. In Virginia’s Loudoun County, the school district spent $422,500 on equity and diversity training in less than two years.”

Miller further observes, “If black lives really matter to today’s institutions, as they should, there would be no greater purpose than cultivating students’ minds instead of demanding acquiescence to a corrupt political cause.” Exactly. Parents should demand education, not indoctrination.

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SOCIALism Distancing

Willie Richardson

At the turn of a new election year, America stands still and waits to see what this ballot vote will bring. Over the last four years we have witnessed a president do what he said he was going to do. According to the White House pre-COVID:

  • Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
  • More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
  • We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.
  • Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.
  • Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
  • New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.
  • Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
  • African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.
  • Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.
  • Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.
  • Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.
  • Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
  • The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.
  • 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future — the highest ever.
  • Retail sales surged last month, up another 6 percent over last year.
  • Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back into the U.S. in the first quarter alone.

Listening to the lamestream media, you’d think the Trump administration’s one accomplishment was forming and spreading the coronavirus. Speaking of COVID-19, leftists have used it to usher in democratic socialism. They have used fearmongering tactics to scare the American people into believing they should choose socialism and communism over capitalism. Socialism has captured the leadership of the Democrat Party and entered the cultural mainstream. Michael Moore exclaims, “The old capitalism is gone. The new capitalism is a cruel and evil system.” Bernie Sanders said during his failed campaign, “We have a grotesque and immoral distribution of wealth and income.”

How do Democrats sell socialism to their zombie constituents? Free stuff. Free healthcare — any doctor they want, any hospital they want. Free childcare. Free college — either through free tuition or paid student loans. Of course, “free” means somebody else is footing the bill. Nothing in life is free. The wisest man who ever lived (King Solomon) gained his riches because he didn’t ask for them. In Thessalonians 3:10, the Bible tells us that we must work to eat. Ecclesiastes 5:18 sums it up: “Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.”

Jesus himself is a capitalist. God has given every one of us a gift — the power to make wealth. Matthew 25 demonstrates that mankind is expected to increase his wealth. The employee is also expected to increase his employers’ wealth in accordance with his ability. When he did not increase the wealth God had given him, he was stripped of everything. God chastised the man because he hid his talent instead of taking it and making a profit.

The bigger point? With this gift, God expects us to voluntarily help others, not compel them with government power.

Socialism creates drones, while capitalism creates jobs. In four days, let’s show up to the polls and show out. Let’s make this November one to remember. Trump 2020! SOCIALism distancing please.

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NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • GOP wins one: Eighth Circuit says absentee ballots counted in Minnesota must be received by Election Night (The Daily Wire)

Leftmedia & Big Tech

  • Don Lemon mocks Trump supporters, compares them to addicts (Fox News)
  • Email marketing firm Mailchimp warns it may censor content (The Daily Signal)

Finding the Light

Elsewhere in Politics

  • Imagine that… Tucker Carlson says UPS can’t explain how flash drive with Biden documents got separated from package (Washington Examiner)
  • Add Florida to list of swing states where early voting data favors a Trump victory (Washington Examiner)
  • Elizabeth Warren will make case to be Biden’s Treasury secretary (Politico(So between Bernie Sanders being the Labor secretary and Warren heading up the Treasury, the economy would be in great socialist hands!)

Economy

  • The Sky Is Falling: Episode 532: Election and COVID anxiety spark new run on grocery stores (The Hill)
  • Twitter shares plunge as user growth slows — and for good reason (Fox Business)
  • Weekly jobless claims total 751,000 vs. 778,000 expected (CNBC)
  • Exxon to cut 14,000 jobs as pandemic hits oil demand (Reuters)

National Security

  • Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3 million (AP)
  • But the narrative! Man behind Gretchen Whitmer kidnap plot also wanted to kill Trump (The Post Millennial)
  • Top U.S. officials briefed on an active retaliatory threat against Pentagon leaders (NBC News)
  • Democrats look to slash defense budget in 2021 (Politico)
  • U.S. to allow Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as birthplace (The Washington Free Beacon)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Philadelphia Vietnamese Baptist Church is a “total loss” after thugs burned it Tuesday night (Disrn)
  • California Trump supporters find “Racism Lives Here” signs planted on their properties (Disrn)

Around the Nation

  • Daily COVID cases in the U.S. up by record 91,000 (Reuters)
  • Walmart removes guns, ammunition from store displays ahead of election amid concerns of civil unrest (USA Today)
  • Jerry Falwell Jr. disingenuously sues Liberty University over sex scandal-driven resignation (UPI)

Around the World

  • Pakistani court sickeningly rules marriage of 13-year-old abducted Christian girl to 44-year-old Muslim man is legitimate (Disrn)
  • Former Malaysia PM claims Muslims have a right to “kill millions of French people” (The Daily Wire)
  • Bill before Canadian Parliament would prevent counselors from affirming patients who reject gender transition (Disrn)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • State trooper dates Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daughter, gets transferred close to Canada (New York Post)
  • Man falls 15 feet through New York City sidewalk sinkhole and into a rat infestation (Disrn)
  • Ten-foot python found under hood of Ford Mustang in Florida (New York Post)

Other Notables

  • Trump administration strips gray wolves of endangered species protection (Daily Mail)
  • Trump rally attendee seated behind president tears up photos of Pelosi and Schumer (Washington Examiner)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The results are in: Reopening fuels record economic expansion (The Daily Signal)
  • Policy: Money supply vs. liquidity — what’s the difference? (Mises Institute)
  • Humor: Ukraine treasury honors Joe Biden with a “zero cents” coin (Genesius Times)

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Don’t Fall for Joe Biden’s Sneaky Plan — Liz Wheeler warns against Swindling Joe’s very false sense of security.

BLM Is Making a Martyr of Yet Another Abuser — A few years ago, Walter Wallace Jr. was convicted for putting a gun to a woman’s head.

Humor: SJW Meltdown Challenge — Do you have what it takes?

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Insight: “Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities!” —Voltaire (1694-1778)

Food for thought, Part I: “President Trump’s behavior on Twitter and his divisive comments and sub-presidential behavior are an embarrassment to me. Constantly. His arrogance and ego and constant need for adulation drive me to distraction. But character is some strange combination of the personal, the principled, and the practical. Let me put it another way — I cannot accept the argument that a calm man who affirms the dismembering of babies in the womb has a superior character to a man who rants like Genghis Khan but acts to preserve that life. In my ideal world, I would vote for a candidate in whom the personal, the principled, and the practical earn my admiration. I do not live in that world. I live in this world, and I must act accordingly.” —theologian Albert Mohler

Food for thought, Part II: “I quickly lose respect for those who now endorse Joe Biden while claiming to save the pro-life cause or the conservative movement. As a classical conservative, I do not believe that conservative policies and principles can long survive without conservative virtues. But I see some who claim to be conservative falsely ascribing virtue to a Democratic candidate and failing to concede that a Biden election would lead to direct threats to conscience and religious liberty among American Christians. Think tank Washington will, for the most part, find a way to get along and go along, whatever political winds may come. It always does. There will be evangelicals who cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump. I understand their predicament. But not voting for Donald Trump, though a political decision in itself, is not the same as voting for Joe Biden. This is beyond my moral imagination.” —Albert Mohler

Touché: “You know what GDP stands for? Grateful Donald’s President.” —Fox News’s Greg Gutfield

Déjà vu: “Trump has tightened virtually every one of these swing states. … The Trump vote is always being undercounted. … Whatever they’re saying the Biden lead is, cut it in half, right now, in your head. Cut it in half, and now you’re within the four-point margin of error. That’s how close this is! That’s how desperately close this is!” —Michael Moore

Braying jackass: “I had to get rid of a lot of people in my life because sometimes you’ve just got to let them go. I think they have to hit rock bottom like an addict, right? And they have to want to get help, they have to want to know the truth, they have to want to live in reality, they have to want to be responsible not only for other people’s lives but for their lives.” —CNN’s Don Lemon on Trump supporters

And last… “The media spent more time investigating Brett Kavanaugh’s yearbook than investigating what’s on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Just saying.” —Gary Bauer

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What I Saw Inside The DC Swamp Proved Trump Needs Four More Years Of Draining

President Trump was quite right to want to drain the swamp—not just DC lobbying and cronyism but also the bloated administrative staffs from agency to agency.

Source: What I Saw Inside The DC Swamp Proved Trump Needs Four More Years Of Draining

I used to be a “Never Trumper.” Not anymore. 20 reasons I strongly support the President’s re-election. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

On March 7, 2019, I entered the Oval Office for the first time in my life.

Vice President Mike Pence, a friend since 2012, and I had just had lunch in the White House Mess. We had discussed the administration’s Middle East peace plan, which was then still in development, and my recent private meetings with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. 

“Have you ever met the President?” Pence had asked as we finished our meals.

I had not. 

“Follow me,” he said.

The next thing I knew, I was shaking hands with President Donald J. Trump, who smiled broadly as Pence introduced me as a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, an author of novels and non-fiction books about the threat of radical Islamism, and an Evangelical.

“Great to meet you, Joel, welcome to the White House.”

Trump asked me to sit down, then took his seat behind the Resolute desk. To my right was the Vice President. To my left was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, also a friend, and then-National Security Advisor John Bolton, whom I’d also known for years.  

To my surprise, rather than tell me what he was thinking about, the President kept asking me one question after another. Where are you from? Why did you move to Jerusalem? How can you be an Evangelical with a Jewish name like Rosenberg? What’s your latest novel about? I had brought him a copy of The Persian Gamble, and I explained it was about an Iranian regime taking the $150 billion that President Obama had given them for the nuclear deal and secretly going to North Korea to buy a half-dozen fully operational nuclear warheads off the shelf and get them back to Iran.

“Wow – that’s pretty scary,” Trump said, turning to look out the window.

After a moment, he turned back to me and said, “How do you know they’re not trying to do that in real life?”

“Well, Mr. President,” I said, looking at Pence, Pompeo and Bolton and then back at Trump, “I’m counting on you and the men in this room to make sure The Persian Gamble never comes true.”

We shared a laugh, and then Trump asked me another question.

“So, tell me something else about yourself.”

I paused for a moment, then decided I ought to say it.

“Well, sir, I should probably tell you that I…well….I was a Never Trumper until four days before the election.” 

The room went silent. 

I cannot tell you how often the term “Never Trumper” is used in the presence of the President himself. By the look in his eye, I would say not that often. He did not, however, throw me out of the room. Rather, he picked up on the last phrase.

“What happened on the Thursday before the election?”

“My wife came to me with an absentee ballot and Fed-Ex envelope,” I said. “Hers was already filled out, but she insisted that I fill out mine right then because she had to send it that day from Israel in order for it to get back to the State in time. And she said to me, ‘You’ve got to make a decision.’ But I told her I was still agonizing. ‘You’re not going to vote for Hillary, are you?’ she asked. ‘Of course not,’ I said. ‘Then you have to vote for Trump.’ I told her wasn’t sure if I could. I’d spoken out strongly against you during the primaries. But my wife wouldn’t let the issue go. ‘Look,’ she said, ‘do you believe that Hillary is going to keep her liberal campaign promises?’ Of course, I replied, that’s why I can’t vote for her. ‘Exactly, but the problem is that you don’t trust Mr. Trump to keep his conservative promises, right?’”

I looked directly at the President. He said nothing. So, I continued.

“Right, I said. ‘So, here’s what you need to do,’ my wife told me. ‘The only way to stop Hillary from being elected is to vote for Mr. Trump and hope that he wins and hope that he keeps at least some of his promises. That’s it. That’s your only option.’”

You could hear a pin drop.

“So, Mr. President, I voted for you that day,” I continued. “And I just want to take the opportunity to thank you in person for keeping so many of your promises.”

I listed a dozen specific examples, including that the President had:

  1. Moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem
  2. Dramatically strengthened the U.S.-Israel alliance in myriad other ways
  3. Was dramatically strengthening America’s alliance with the Arab world
  4. Withdrew the U.S. from the insane Iran nuclear deal
  5. Crushed the ISIS caliphate, ending genocide against Christians and Yazidis 
  6. Massively increased defense spending to rebuild the American military
  7. Pushed NATO to spend more of its own money on its own defense
  8. Gotten tough against the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin, contrary to the allegations that were being made that he was “colluding” with Putin and weakening U.S. national security
  9. Signed the biggest tax cut and tax reform bill in U.S. history, creating millions of new jobs and powerful and sustained economic growth
  10. Made America energy independent 
  11. Appointed hundreds of conservative, pro-life, originalist federal judges
  12. Appointed two originalist, Scalia-esque Justices to the Supreme Court

“Sir, if you accomplish nothing else for the rest of your term, you will go down in history as the most pro-life and pro-Israel president in the history of the country. And I just want to say, on behalf of my wife and me, thank you.” 

The President seemed moved. Then I noted the Bible commands believers to “pray for kings and all those in authority.”

“I want you to know, sir, that I have prayed for you and your family every day since you took the Oath of Office.”

“Thank you, Joel,” Trump replied. “That means a lot to me.”

Since then, the reasons I support the President and Vice President have grown significantly. Together, Trump and Pence have:

  1. Presented a creative and compassionate plan to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians 
  2. Brokered an historic peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates
  3. Brokered an historic peace treaty between Israel and Bahrain
  4. Brokered an historic peace treaty between Israel and Sudan
  5. Gotten tough on China
  6. Built a security wall to protect America’s southern border with Mexico
  7. Mobilized the biggest government and private sector mobilization since World War II to protect the American people from COVID-19, the worst pandemic in 100 years, and re-opened the U.S. economy to allow for the creation already of  10.5 million new jobs
  8. Appointed Amy Coney Barrett, a third originalist, Scalia-esque Justice to the Supreme Court

Are there some policies Trump pursues that I disagree? Yes. Am I happy with his first debate performance? No. Do some of his Tweets and public comments baffle, frustrate and deeply disappointment. Absolutely.

Still, I am deeply grateful that Trump and his team stand strongly against socialism, against abortion-on-demand, against riots and lawlessness, against shutting down oil and natural gas exploration, against radical left-wing plans to expand the number of Justices on the Supreme Court, against re-starting a policy of appeasement towards Iran, against going soft on the corrupt communists of China, against shutting down the American economy and ignoring the rights of the American people to live their lives in freedom, even in days of risk.

I used to be a Never Trumper. Not anymore.

Last month, I flew from Israel to the United States to stand in line for three hours to vote in-person for the re-election for President Trump and Vice President Pence.

I hope wherever you live, if you’re an American citizen, you will vote for them, too.

I used to be a “Never Trumper.” Not anymore. 20 reasons I strongly support the President’s re-election. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

Biden pledges to enact pro-LGBT Equality Act in first 100 days as president

Joe Biden pledged on Thursday that within his first 100 days in office, he would sign into law the Equality Act, a pro-LGBT bill that President Trump has warned is “filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.”

Source: Biden pledges to enact pro-LGBT Equality Act in first 100 days as president

7 Key Corruption Questions Joe Biden Must Answer After FBI Bombshell | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Tyler O’Neil via PJMedia.com,

On Thursday, a Department of Justice official confirmed that the FBI opened an ongoing criminal money-laundering investigation into Hunter Biden and his associates last year. Tim Murtaugh, communications director for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, urged the press to ask Democratic nominee Joe Biden seven important questions involving the corruption scandal.

News of the FBI investigation came days after Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner with Hunter Biden, spilled the beans on Joe Biden’s involvement with his son’s business deals in China, Ukraine, and elsewhere in an hour-long interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. Bobulinski first came forward before the final presidential debate, and a Senate committee has confirmed that his documents are genuine.

Bobulinski came forward after Facebook and Twitter took unprecedented action to suppress a New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s emails, which first revealed Joe Biden’s involvement.

As Murtaugh noted in the call with the press, Bobulinski claimed he had met face-to-face with Joe Biden twice, and he presented evidence that the Biden family made a concerted effort to keep Joe Biden’s involvement off the books and to ensure “plausible deniability.”

The Biden campaign has not disputed the veracity of the emails or Bobulinski’s claims that he met with Joe Biden face-to-face. Instead, they pushed the narrative that the entire scandal is “Russian disinformation” or a distraction from the real issues in the campaign.

Murtaugh noted that only The New York Times saw President Trump’s tax returns before running the story and that many media outlets ran with the story despite not having seen the documents, yet most of the legacy media seems intent on entirely ignoring Bobulinski and the Biden corruption scandal.

Given this background, Murtaugh posted seven questions to Biden:

  1. Were you aware that Hunter and his associates have been under FBI investigation since last year?
  2. Did you meet with Tony Bobulinski?
  3. Have you ever met with any of your son’s business associates?
  4. Are any of these emails not authentic?
  5. Why did Rob Walker say Bobulinski could burn all of us?
  6. Do you, Joe Biden, deny that you were making business decisions about this foreign business venture?
  7. Were you, Joe Biden, in fact, a beneficiary… to receive a 10 percent stake in the deal [with a Chinese energy company]?

“It is not believable that Joe Biden was unaware that his son was under FBI investigation since last year,” Murtaugh argued. “Now that there is confirmation that an FBI investigation is ongoing… and a credible accusation that Joe Biden was involved, there is no legitimate reason to fail to cover this story.”

Indeed, the legacy media’s attempt to bury the story despite increasing confirmation and evidence is utterly damning. In fact, Glenn Greenwald resigned from The Intercept, the online news outlet he co-founded, because his editors aimed to censor his article on the Joe Biden corruption.

Source: 7 Key Corruption Questions Joe Biden Must Answer After FBI Bombshell

Senate Committee Verifies Bobulinski Evidence On Bidens (So Why Is MSM Covering It Up?) | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Sara Carter via SaraACarter.com,

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmed Wednesday the information exposed by former Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski that connects the former Vice President to companies and ventures in China. But you wouldn’t know it by following the main stream press.

Bobulinski’s bombshell interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tuesday, along with Carlson’s follow up exclusive on Wednesday, revealed that Democratic candidate Joe Biden was aware of his son’s business questionable overseas business dealings. It should be a huge story. After all, Joe Biden has publicly denied knowing about his son’s business ventures in China, Ukraine and other parts of the world.

So why isn’t this story on the front page of every newspaper and covered by every cable network?

How is it possible that the majority of main stream media outlets, newspapers and cable networks had no problem running unsubstantiated stories about President Donald Trump, his family and his businesses only to find out later – without corrections- that the information they published was bogus.

Here, there is an eye witness to the Biden family operations: Bobulinski. He has come forward and shown his credibility. He has verified documents, photos, receipts from Hunter Biden’s hard drive that the FBI had obtained, along with President Trump’s friend and personal lawyer former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Why hasn’t the FBI done anything with this before the election? The bureau has had it for almost a year. Giuliani then did the only thing he could do – he turned over the documents to The New York Post. Those documents obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop are the massive breadcrumbs to a real political scandal.

These documents raise serious questions as to whether or not our possible future president really is compromised by foreign adversaries, or whether or not he was using his position in government to profit his family.

Still, it’s only crickets from the main stream media. At the same time, big tech giants like Twitter, Google and Facebook are also working diligently to squash the story and keep the truth from the American people.

Tucker Carlson had the highest ratings – historic ratings – at Fox News Tuesday night with more than 7 million viewers tuning in for the Bobulinski story. Yet, the Bobulinski interview wasn’t trending on Twitter, and in fact, it appeared that his story was non-existent on the other networks.

Not even the Senators, who held a hearing on Wednesday, could get a straight answer from Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey on why his platform banned The New York Post stories.

Sen. Ted Cruz said on Twitter “What @Jack told the Senate, under oath, is false.”

“I just tried to tweet the @nypost story alleging Biden’s CCP corruption. Still Blocked.”

Censorship in full force. However, this is not like the old Soviet censorship – this is a bizarre new self-censorship by elitist leftists who believe they know what’s best for the American people.

Think about this – what if this story was about information these news agencies discovered on Donald Trump Jr. or Eric Trump. How would they treat it?

Let’s start with the most widely discussed and central to the issue of alleged corruption was Hunter Biden’s paid position on the board of Ukrainian energy giant Burisma Holdings. Despite the fact Hunter Biden had no background in energy he was being paid more than $50,000 a month and in some instances as much as $83,000 a month.

What about the most concerning connection for the Biden’s with China’s CEFC, an energy giant that is compared to Goldman Sachs. It is directly connected to the Chinese Communist Party and according to Bobulinski, as well as senior lawmakers investigating, possible used as leverage against the Bidens by the communist government.

“Joe Biden and the Biden family are compromised” said Bobulinski in Tuesday night’s hour long interview with Carlson. He said he turned over evidence to the FBI and openly spoke about his alleged meetings with then Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is referred to by his son Hunter Biden in emails obtained by the FBI and first published by The New York Post as the ‘Big Guy’ and or ‘the Chairman.’

Bobulinski revealed that he “held a top-secret clearance from the NSA and the DOE. I served this country for four years in one of the most elite environments in the world, the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, and to have a congressmen out there speaking about Russian disinformation or Joe Biden at a public debate referencing Russian disinformation when he knows he sat face-to-face with me, I traveled around the world with his son and his brother. To say that and associate that with my name is absolutely disgusting to me.”

Joe Biden, however, has publicly denied having any financial gain from his son’s, Hunter, business ventures. He said at the second Presidential debate, “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life.” However, Biden has refused to answer any questions regarding the allegations or address some of the accusations against him or his son.

The American public has the right to know if their next president has been compromised by their families business dealings with the communist Chinese. Moreover, many of the business ventures his son was connected with were during his tenure as Vice President.

Our nation has been divided but not by President Trump. It’s been divided by an army of bureaucrats, liberal elites, the New Democratic socialists, special interests and more importantly a biased partisan media.

For now, Americans will be left in the dark. On Wednesday committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R- WI, told The Daily Caller, that Bobulinski will not be called to testify before the Nov. 3 elections. He said the committee is working to review all the information that has been provided to the committee by Bobulinski.

The information has to be verified, as it is subject to the same false information to Congress laws that verbal or written testimony does.

However, a Johnson spokesperson told the Caller that all the material provided by Bobulinski to the committee is legitimate and verified.

The committee has “also” not come across any “signs” or evidence to suggest the content Hunter Biden and Bobulinksi content is false, the spokesperson added.

It’s tragic to think that if by chance – a small remote chance – that Biden actually wins the election justice will never be served and our nation will fundamentally change.

America will be at a crossroads on November 3. The main stream media is doing its part to ensure that the American people are not informed, so it is up to you to vote your conscience and seek out the truth.

Source: Senate Committee Verifies Bobulinski Evidence On Bidens (So Why Is MSM Covering It Up?)

President Trump Make America Great Again Rally – Waterford Township, Michigan – 1:00pm EDT Livestream… — The Last Refuge

Today President Trump is heading to Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota for campaign events. The first event of the day starts with a Make America Great Again rally at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township, Michigan. The anticipated start time is 1:00pm EDT [Livestream Links Below]

Trump Campaign Livestream – RSBN Livestream Link – Fox News Livestream

President Trump Make America Great Again Rally – Waterford Township, Michigan – 1:00pm EDT Livestream… — The Last Refuge

Theologian John Piper’s Case Against Trump Is Intellectually And Morally Bankrupt — The Federalist

Piper’s argument boils down to this: It’s crazy for Christians to think Trump’s sins are less serious than Biden’s policies. Here’s why he’s wrong.

Theologian John Piper’s Case Against Trump Is Intellectually And Morally Bankrupt

John Piper, in an article last week exploring “Paths to Ruin” in the 2020 election, didn’t so much tell Christians who to vote for as much as he projected guilt and shame onto those who support Donald Trump for president. Piper is “baffled” that Christians could think one candidate’s immoral character is less deadly than another candidate’s pro-abortion policies.

The famed pastor and theologian’s purported purpose in writing the article was “to point to a perspective that seems to be neglected.” His musings, however, are far from a “neglected” perspective. They fill every column of NeverTrumper David French and litter the smooth rhetoric of Democratic Mayor Pete Buttigieg — and they merit a response, especially coming from such an influential evangelical figure.

Piper’s article was not explicitly about Trump and Joe Biden. In a tweet, he later declared he would not be casting his vote for either of the two men. Still, the implications of his writing weren’t ambiguous. He set up a clear dichotomy: One candidate displays the character traits of pride, vulgarity, and sexual immorality, and the other candidate supports the policies of abortion, LGBT, and socialism. I wonder who he could be talking about.

Piper later removes all doubt he’s contrasting Trump and Biden when he brings up the appointment of judges, one of Trump’s most notable accomplishments, and when he refers to the societal “infection” of the “last five years,” which is when Trump entered the political arena.

I’m “baffled,” Piper said, “that so many Christians consider the sins of unrepentant sexual immorality (porneia), unrepentant boastfulness (alazoneia), unrepentant vulgarity (aischrologia), unrepentant factiousness (dichostasiai), and the like, to be only toxic for our nation, while policies that endorse baby-killing, sex-switching, freedom-limiting, and socialistic overreach are viewed as deadly.”

His argument boils down to this: It’s crazy for Christians to think Trump’s sins are less serious than Biden’s policies.

Piper Compares Apples and Oranges

Piper’s framing is at best problematic and at worst intellectually dishonest, for he doesn’t make an appropriate comparison. Piper doesn’t juxtapose Trump’s character with Biden’s character or Trump’s policies with Biden’s policies. Instead, he compares Trump’s immoral character with Biden’s immoral policies.

It’s here that he finds himself “baffled” that Christians don’t take Trump’s character seriously. Many Christians, however, refuse to equate these two unequal realms. Character should be weighed against character, and policy against policy. Piper’s value judgment comes at the disposal of Trump’s policy victories, many of which are advantageous to those pursuing godliness, and at the oversight of Biden’s demonstrably depraved character.

Perhaps Piper compares Trump’s character with Biden’s policies because his analysis is based on typical media characterizations rather than the men’s actual merits. In Piper’s article, Trump’s character is a caricature, and Biden’s character isn’t covered at all — on par with the mainstream portrayal. Although Piper insists it’s OK to disagree with him and concludes he will vote for neither candidate, his entire piece maintains the same flavor: condemnation for Trump and implicit commendation for Biden.

Everything Comes Back to Trump’s Sins

In one section, Piper signals he is about to cover the left’s errors when he asks, “Where does the wickedness of defending child-killing come from?”

Just as fast as he pivots to Biden’s pro-death policies, he returns again to Trump’s character. This “wickedness,” Piper says, “comes from hearts that are insubordinate to God. In other words, it comes from the very character that so many Christian leaders are treating as comparatively innocuous, because they think Roe and SCOTUS and Planned Parenthood are more pivotal, more decisive, battlegrounds.”

This is interesting. It reveals that Piper does, in fact, see a connection between character and policy. Instead of exploring the depths of Biden’s character unto death here, however, Piper immediately uses this as another opportunity to dunk on Christian Trump supporters for valuing pro-life policies too highly.

“I think Roe is an evil decision. I think Planned Parenthood is a code name for baby-killing and (historically at least) ethnic cleansing. And I think it is baffling and presumptuous to assume that pro-abortion policies kill more people than a culture-saturating, pro-self pride,” Piper says. “When a leader models self-absorbed, self-exalting boastfulness, he models the most deadly behavior in the world. He points his nation to destruction. Destruction of more kinds than we can imagine.”

Notice once again that Piper isn’t using the discussion about Biden’s policy as a doorway to talking about the sinful hearts that led to those policies. Instead, he repeatedly juxtaposes the Biden, pro-abortion crowd with the evil character of the other side: Over here is Biden supporting baby-killing. And over here is Trump being self-absorbed and boastful. And Christians are nuts if they think the intentional killing of babies in the womb is more lethal than a single narcissist. It’s absurd.

If Piper Wants to Talk About Character, Consider Biden’s

Equally absurd, however, is that Piper overlooks or denies that the “pro-self pride” of which he speaks is manifested just as strongly in the party that champions pro-abortion policies. This is true based on what Piper himself acknowledges: Pro-death policies come from hearts that are insubordinate to God. Biden’s pro-death policies don’t appear ex nihilo. They are the natural byproduct of his abysmal character and wicked heart.

The Christian voter’s choice, then, is not between one man of bad character, Trump, and another of bad policy, Biden. It is a choice between a man with poor character and another man with both poor character and deadly policies.

Consider the sins Piper highlights as being biblically deadly: “unrepentant sexual immorality (porneia), unrepentant boastfulness (alazoneia), unrepentant vulgarity (aischrologia), unrepentant factiousness (dichostasiai).” Now, Trump, a presumably unregenerate man, does display these qualities, among admirable traits. But is Biden above them?

We’re talking about a man who was also accused of sexual assault (porneia), who has spent an entire campaign boasting about his political accomplishments of the last 47 years (alazoneia), who told a voter he was “full of sh-t” and insulted others (aischrologia), and who repeatedly divides people into factions, specifically stoking racial strife (dichostasiai). This is just from the list Piper provided, and is to say nothing of Biden’s character as it relates to habitual lying, exploiting his positions of influence for personal gainundermining God’s design for marriage and families, attacking people of faith, and instilling fear to obtain power, just to name a few of the many more obvious strikes against Biden’s character. For an example of “bad company [that] corrupts good character,” look no further than the woman he chose as his running mate.

It is conceivable that a Christian could say that she could not in good conscience vote for Trump because of his character. But what is truly baffling, to use Piper’s word, is that a Christian could, with intellectual honesty, say that Biden’s character is better.

Are Conservative Values ‘Baffling’?

In a final blow to the religious right, Piper trivializes their deeply held convictions to two simple catch-phrases: “freedom and life.” He writes:

Freedom and life are precious. We all want to live and be free to pursue happiness. But if our freedoms, and even our lives, are threatened or taken, the essence of our identity in Christ, the certainty of our everlasting joy with Christ, and the holiness and love for which we have been saved by Christ — none of these is lost with the loss of life and freedom.

Therefore, Christians communicate a falsehood to unbelievers (who are also baffled!) when we act as if policies and laws that protect life and freedom are more precious than being a certain kind of person. The church is paying dearly, and will continue to pay, for our communicating this falsehood year after year.

Is it not baffling, then, that so many Christians seem to be sure that they are saving human lives and freedoms by treating as minimal the destructive effects of the spreading gangrene of high-profile, high-handed, culture-shaping sin?

It is only “baffling” if one first reduces conservatives to pro-life freedom-lovers and then decides human life and freedom are dispensable. Freedom and life, however, are not abstract, and they are not simply a means to accomplish earthly goals or gain temporal wealth. Freedom and life are part of our Imago Dei. They are gifts from God that we are to steward, and we use them in myriad ways to advance God’s kingdom.

So is it “baffling” that a Christian would think God-given sex distinctions are important? Is it baffling that a believer would want to protect his family against the racially charged attacks of a violent mob? Is it baffling that a Christian would desire that his children learn truth, rather than government-sanctioned doctrine — not walking in the counsel of the ungodly? It is baffling that a Christian would desire for men to keep the hard-earned fruits of their labor, giving charitably to the poor and needy? Is it baffling that a believer would value the biblical family structure over the state? Of course, it’s not.

Furthermore, if Piper believes this immoral gangrene that spreads throughout our country is a result of one unregenerate man instead of the result of the wickedness in the hearts of every sinful citizen, he is a fool.

Vote with a Clear Conscience

Piper leaves us with an important question, one that all Christian Americans should ask regardless of who is in office and whether it is an election year: “Have you inadvertently created the mindset that the greatest issue in life is saving America and its earthly benefits?”

Eternity is more important than Election Day, but it is wrong to assume that Christians who would maintain a zeal for the preservation of the freest country on Earth would do so at the expense of eternal joys. It is likewise wrong to assume that the two cannot go hand in hand, for to save America and her benefits is to perpetuate a cultural climate in which the gospel can go forth freely, family structures are prized, children learn truth, and life is valued.

It should baffle no one that I will be casting my vote for Donald Trump on Nov. 3, and my conscience is clear.

Theologian John Piper’s Case Against Trump Is Intellectually And Morally Bankrupt — The Federalist

“The Guy Who Used His Son, a Drug Addict, to Be His Bagman” – Rudy Giuliani Goes Off on Joe Biden — The Gateway Pundit

Rudy Giuliani went off on Joe Biden ‘the prince of darkness’ for placing his son Hunter in the middle of dealings with the most vile and violent mafia types in the world.  What father would do this to his son?

Rudy called Joe Biden the ‘prince of darkness’ in a video where he goes off on the man wanting to be in the White House who placed his son in the middle of dangerously corrupt situations around the world.  Rudy then shared the following:

Joe Biden, the guy who used his son, a drug addict, to be his bag man.  Why do you think he lost his teeth at 40 years old?  …

Then after listing individuals around the world who Hunter dealt with, Rudy says this:

…What do you think happens to a drug addict, dad, when you put him in with people like that?  He becomes a much worse drug addict.  He becomes a degenerate drug addict.

You couldn’t find some bum in Washington to do this for you?  You had to use your son and ruin his life?  And you want to be President of our country?  My goodness, you should check in to the local federal prison and start doing your time.  That’s where you belong, not in the White House.

You used your family to pick up your bribes, hide your bribes, live the life of a billionaire.  And by the way, I don’t think you failed in all those negotiations just because you’re stupid.  I think you failed in those negotiations because you sold out the United States of America.  That’s what I think you did.  And you’re ready to do it again if we didn’t catch you.

It’s true – What kind of man would put his drug addict son in situations dealing with murderers and mafia types?

“The Guy Who Used His Son, a Drug Addict, to Be His Bagman” – Rudy Giuliani Goes Off on Joe Biden — The Gateway Pundit

BOOM: Hunter’s ‘Smoking Gun’ Email Implicating Joe Biden Just BLEW UP — Christian Research Network

“Twitter, which allowed dissemination of the Russian/Hillary Clinton fake Steele dossier and other anti-Trump stories, claims unconvincingly that the unclear provenance of the documents was why it was blocking the story on its platform. This authentication should put to rest Twitter chief Jack Dorsey’s concerns. It’s certainly more authentication than the fake Steele dossier ever got from the American media.”

(Victoria Taft – PJ Media)  The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that a cybersecurity expert has authenticated the email that implicates then-Vice President Joe Biden in his son’s shady business dealings in Ukraine.

Rudy Giuliani, a former New York mayor and former federal prosecutor, gave the DCNF a copy of the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop. The news website then gave the founder of Errata Security, Robert Graham, a copy of the so-called “smoking gun” email and all the metadata associated with it. Errata is the same company used by The Washington Post, Wired, and other publications.

The April 17, 2015, email between Hunter Biden and an advisor to Burisma, Vadym Pozharskiy, verified that Joe Biden had personal knowledge of his son’s business dealings with the Burisma advisor. This contradicted Biden’s protestations on the campaign trail. At the time, the then-vice president was Obama’s “point man” on Ukraine. The email thanked Hunter Biden for the personal meeting with his dad and getting to spend “some time together.”  View article →

BOOM: Hunter’s ‘Smoking Gun’ Email Implicating Joe Biden Just BLEW UP — Christian Research Network