Daily Archives: January 3, 2021

January 3 Evening Quotes of the Day

A Christian’s Greatest Work Is in the Heart
Matthew 12:34–35; 15:18; Luke 6:45

The first and great work of a Christian is about his heart. There it is that God dwells by his Spirit, in his saints; and there it is that sin and Satan reign, in the ungodly. The great duties and the great sins are those of the heart. There is the root of good and evil: the tongue and life are but the fruits and expressions of that which dwells within.


Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Arminius’ Purpose in Writing
1 Corinthians 4:13

With regard to ambition, I possess it not, except to that honorable kind which impels me to this service—to inquire with all earnestness in the Holy Scriptures for divine truth, and mildly and without contradiction to declare it when found, without prescribing it to any one, or laboring to extort consent, much less through a desire to “have dominion over the faith of others,” but rather for the purpose of my winning some souls for Christ, that I may be a sweet savor to him, and may obtain an approved reputation in the church of the saints. This good name I hope I shall obtain by the grace of Christ, after a long period of patient endurance; though I be now a reproach to my brothers, and “made as the filth of the world and the offscouring of all things” to those who with me worship and invoke one God the Father, and one Lord Jesus Christ, in one spirit and with the same faith, and who have the same hope with me of obtaining the heavenly inheritance through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

(2020) 10 Key Bible Verses On . . . | Crossway

10 Key Bible Verses on Christmas December 17, 2020

When life feels out of control, it can be comforting to remember that we’re never out of the sight of our Creator—and he never loses control.

10 Key Bible Verses on Sin February 28, 2020

Because of Christ, our sin does not have to separate us from God. In fact, when we confess it and believe in him, we are cleansed from our unrighteousness.

10 Key Bible Verses on Marriage February 14, 2020

Be encouraged from God’s word about his plan and purpose for marital relationships.

10 Key Bible Verses on Prayer March 11, 2020

We can learn what and how to pray to God from his very word—even from the example of his own Son.

10 Key Bible Verses on Wisdom and Discernment May 19, 2020

Wisdom is, first and foremost, from the Lord. When you desire wisdom, be encouraged to go to him and his word in prayer.

10 Key Bible Verses on Salvation May 31, 2020

Because of Christ, believers are granted salvation from sin and the promise of eternal life. What hope we have in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus!

10 Key Bible Verses on Pride May 08, 2020

Pride is a sin because of its self-centered, rather than God-centered, perspective on life.

10 Key Bible Verses on Forgiveness February 04, 2020

God offers us forgiveness from our sins in Christ if we confess our wrongs and trust in him.

10 Key Bible Verses on Discipleship August 14, 2020

Christ calls us to himself, and then invites us to lead others to follow him in obedience and trust. We are called disciples when we love each other in this way.

10 Key Bible Verses on Obedience June 28, 2020

We are no longer under Old Testament law; but as believers, we are still marked by our obedience to Christ.

10 Key Bible Verses on Endurance March 29, 2020

The Christian life requires strength, fortitude, and endurance. The path marked out for believers is never promised to be easy or smooth.

10 Key Bible Verses on Work September 12, 2020

God has given us work to do faithfully and joyfully—with both our minds and our hands.

10 Key Bible Verses on Courage March 09, 2020

The Christian life isn’t guaranteed to be without struggle and strife—and it undoubtedly requires courage. God’s word invites us to trust in God’s power and strength, and not our own.

10 Key Bibles Verses on Death and Resurrection April 11, 2020

God’s word paints a picture of a future when death will be swallowed up in Christ’s victory on the cross, and where believers will live eternally with him.

10 Key Bible Verses on Children March 10, 2020

Scripture is not silent on the value of children and how parents ought to regard and guide them in wisdom.

10 Key Bible Verses on Faith March 26, 2020

Faith is a necessary part of the Christian life and allows us to live as people of hope, even when we cannot always see the fruits of our hope.

10 Key Bible Verses on Serving July 05, 2020

Christ set the ultimate example of service and sacrifice when he condescended to us and submitted to death on our behalf.

10 Key Bible Verses on Patience May 13, 2020

God is unendingly patient with us, his children. In turn, we can exhibit grace and patience with others through the help of the Holy Spirit.

10 Key Verses on Hardship October 16, 2020

With the power and presence of Jesus in our lives, we are called to endure and thus shine the light of Christ in a dark world.

10 Key Bible Verses on Anxiety and Worry October 26, 2020

God tells us over and over in Scripture to lean on him for what our human strength and ingenuity cannot achieve.

10 Key Bible Verses on Leadership September 26, 2020

A leader is to be above reproach, held accountable for the care of those entrusted to them.

10 Key Bible Verses on Gratitude November 25, 2020

Gratitude to God is essential, but not only for the sake of the good things which he bestows.

10 Key Bible Verses on Strength July 19, 2020

Call on God for help and strength when yours is lacking, and be encouraged by his sufficiency.

10 Key Bible Verses on Humility August 26, 2020

Christ set the ultimate example of humility by submitting himself to life on earth and then death on the cross on behalf of sinners.

10 Key Bible Verses on Money April 03, 2020

Scripture tells us that we cannot serve two masters and the love of money is the root of all evil. What is the proper way to use our money for the glory of God and the good of others?

10 Key Bible Verses on Persecution November 15, 2020

Jesus suffered and died on behalf of sinners and calls blessed those that follow in his steps for his name’s sake.

10 Key Bible Verses on Contentment November 27, 2020

A believer’s contentment is not to be affected by circumstances, but firmly rooted in the good news of Christ and what he has accomplished for sinners.

10 Key Bible Verses on Spiritual Discipline January 01, 2021

Godly character is developed over time—honed by the practice of spiritual disciplines and commitment to living honorably before men and God.

(2020) “This Week In Campus Insanity” Vol. 1-25

Roundup of the craziest campus stories of the week

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6. Memphis Tigers Football Players to Wear Black Lives Matter Stickers on Helmets During 2020 Season | Fox News

The University of Memphis football team is looking to rebound from its embarrassing 2019 Cotton Bowl loss by adorning its helmets with Black Lives Matter stickers this season.

5. Student Invokes Satan to Drive Conservative Group From Campus  | Washington Free Beacon

Student activists are demanding that a Texas university remove a conservative group from campus and have even invoked satanic witch rituals to aid the campaign.

4. Penn State Deletes ‘Disgusting’ Tweet Affirming Conservative Students | Campus Reform

The university’s liberal arts department tweeted a graphic supporting conservative as well as black, Latino, LGBT, and other students. It was quickly removed.

3. Cornell Improperly Sends Student Fees to BLM Activists | Washington Free Beacon

Cornell’s student government sent $10,000 in student fees reserved for campus clubs and organizations to Black Lives Matter activists.

2. Marquette University Threatens to Rescind a Student’s Acceptance Over Pro-Trump TikTok Video  | The Post Millennial

University administrators grilled a Marquette student after receiving reports that she voiced support for President Donald Trump on TikTok. They have urged her to “improve her image.”

1. ‘Feminist Geography’ Professor Argues Tall Buildings are Sexist | The College Fix 

Feminist geography professor Leslie Kern wrote an essay in The Guardian arguing that statues, street names, and phallic-shaped buildings—which “ejaculate” into the sky—are symbols of a society steeped in toxic masculinity.

Sleep is an act of white supremacy, according to the woke

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6. Emory University Approves New ‘Race and Ethnicity’ Course Requirement | Campus Reform

Emory University announced that all general education students will be required to take a racial and ethnicity course in order to graduate.

5. UConn Student Government Leaders Resign, Citing Whiteness | The Daily Campus

University of Connecticut’s student government president-elect and vice president-elect resigned from their positions because they are white.

“I feel that it is my duty to step down from my position to make space for [black, indigenous, and people of color] voices to truly rise and be heard,” the student president-elect said.

4. University’s Anti-Bigotry Reading List Includes Book That Equates Conservatism With Racism | Washington Free Beacon

George Washington University is urging students to read Conservatism and Racism, and Why in America They Are the Same in an effort to educate students about the dangers of stereotypes and bigotry.

3. Students and Professors Sign Petition to Remove ‘Offensive’ White Man Symbol From Crosswalk Signs | Campus Reform

A prankster thought that student activists could not possibly condemn crosswalk signs as a white supremacist symbol. He thought wrong.

2. Professor: Term ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ is a Microaggression | The College Fix

A professor at Elgin Community College dubbed the term “low-hanging fruit” a microaggression because it reminds black people of lynching.

1. Petition to Fire NYC Professor Accused of Sleeping During Anti-Racist Meeting Gathers 2,000 Signatures | Newsweek

Nearly 2,000 people signed a petition to demand the firing of a Marymount Manhattan College professor who did not show sufficient enthusiasm during an anti-racism Zoom call. Petition organizers accused theater professor Patricia Simon of nodding off during the call. Sleep is an act of white supremacy, according to the woke.

Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 1 here.

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6. Northwestern Student Government Supports Using Excess Funds to Bail Out Alleged Criminals | Campus Reform

The Associated Student Government at Northwestern University unanimously passed legislation to send its $15,000 budget surplus to a fund that “pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County, Illinois.”

5. Syracuse University Silent on Assault And Death Threats Against Conservative Students | The Federalist

A Syracuse University student was fired from the school’s newspaper after writing an article that suggested police interaction rates would provide a better metric to analyze police brutality.

4. Students Demand Firing of Black Dean Because She Mixed up Black Students’ Names | The College Fix

Students created a petition to fire Scripps College dean of students Charlotte Johnson, a black woman, because she confused two black students’ names.

3. University of Minnesota Architecture School Reveals Plan for ‘Racial and Spatial’ Justice | Minnesota Daily

The new head of the University of Minnesota’s school of architecture put forth a plan to address “racial and spatial justice” at the school in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.

2. Rutgers Declares Grammar Racist | Washington Free Beacon

The English department at Rutgers University declared that teaching proper English grammar is racist and that, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, it will begin teaching “critical grammar.”

1. Fordham Student Banned From Campus Over Post Commemorating Tiananmen Square Massacre | National Review

Fordham University is threatening a Chinese immigrant student with expulsion if he does not apologize for posing with a legally owned rifle in a social media post that criticized China for the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 2 here.

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6. Tulane Threatens Students With Expulsion for Large Gatherings; OK With Protests | Campus Reform

Tulane University’s dean of students warned students they could face “expulsion” for violating social-distancing guidelines, but will not punish students for attending Black Lives Matter protests.

5. Northwestern Journalism School Teams Up With Qatar | Washington Free Beacon

Northwestern University’s journalism program accepted hundreds of millions in funding from Qatar and a regime-backed foundation linked to terrorism.

4. Campus Activists Demand Free Tuition and Reparations | Washington Free Beacon

Not to be out-woked by the dean of students, activists at Tulane University are demanding that the school offer reparations to the descendants of slaves who worked on the plantation that became campus grounds nearly 200 years ago.

3. Dartmouth Professor: Abraham Lincoln Didn’t Really Want to Free the Slaves | Breitbart

Dartmouth College professor Shamell Bell said President Abraham Lincoln only wanted to free enslaved people to increase the size of the Union.

2. University of Louisville Professor Says He’ll ‘Stomp’ and ‘Beat’ Students | Louisville Courier-Journal

A University of Louisville professor said he would “stomp” and “beat” a Christian student that passed out anti-LGBT pamphlets.

“Come to one of my classes with that,” Professor Ricky Jones said. “I will drag your [behind] into my class, me and my 50-some-odd students will stomp you, beat you within an inch of your life, then drag you out of the room and deny that we did it.”

1. UCSB Teaching Assistant Says He Would ‘Assassinate Jesus’ if He Had a Time Machine | The College Fix 

A University of California Santa Barbara professor said he would “find and assassinate Jesus of Nazareth” and would “murder him before his baptism.”

Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 3 here.

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6. University of North Texas Mob Comes Calling for a Music Theorist | National Review

A University of North Texas music theory professor was attacked by woke students for defending a 19th-century music theorist against accusations of racism.

5. Pro-Life Groups Threaten Lawsuit After Students Arrested | Washington Free Beacon

Students for Life plans to sue the mayor of Washington, D.C., after police arrested a Towson University student and a D.C. resident for chalking a pro-life message outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.

4. Economics Professor Barred from Teaching Class Critical of Karl Marx | The College Fix

A Wright State University professor faced criticism from bosses, peers, and students after requesting to teach a class critical of Marxism.

3. Tulane University Canceled Talk by Author of Anti-Racism Book After Students Said Text Was ‘Violent’ | Reason

Tulane University was forced to cancel a talk with the author of an anti-racism book after students said the talk was “violent towards the experience of black people in the Tulane community and our country.”

2. Arizona State University Publishes ‘Black Male Privilege’ Checklist | Campus Reform

Arizona State University published an online “checklist” to address “black male privilege,” which allegedly prevents black women from holding power in the Civil Rights movement and Black Power movement.

1. Arizona Ph.D. Student Targets ‘Problematic’ Insect Names: Slavemaker Ant, Gypsy Moth, Rape Bug, and Dozens More  | The College Fix

Scholars created a list of 60-plus “problematic” animal and insect names including, “slavemaker ant,” “gypsy moth,” and “rape bug” to address “racism in science.”

Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 4 here.

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6. Professor: American Dream is a ‘Damaging’ Ideology For Black People | College Fix 

A San Francisco State University professor said that the American Dream is a “myth” that justifies white supremacy.

5. UConn Agrees to Pay ‘White Fragility’ Author $20K For 3.5 Hour Anti-Racism Lecture | Campus Reform

The University of Connecticut will pay Robin DiAngelo, author of the controversial book White Fragility, $20,000 for a lecture on anti-racism.

4. Georgetown Law Professor: Senate Filibuster is a ‘White Supremacist Tool’ | YAF

An LGBT Health and Law professor at Georgetown University’s law school shared on Twitter an Atlantic article that claimed that the Senate filibuster was a “monument” to white supremacy.

3. Public University Charges Student For Using President Trump as Zoom Background | College Fix

Stockton University charged student Robert Dailyda with creating a “hostile environment” in a Zoom session for using an image of the president as his background.

2. Boston University Drops F-Bomb to Encourage Safe Behavior on Campus During Pandemic | WCVB 5

Boston University officials filed a trademark for the phrase “F— IT WON’T CUT IT” and created social media accounts under that name to encourage students to wear a mask, social distance, and avoid parties while on campus.

1. The University of Georgia’s Response to COVID: Wear a Face Mask During Sex | Barstool Sports

The University of Georgia’s Health Center released a list of “considerations” for students to practice safe sex during the coronavirus pandemic, including wearing a face mask since “heavy breathing and panting can further spread the virus.”

Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 5 here.

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6. Duke Professor Lays Out $12 Trillion Slavery Reparations Plan | New York Post

A prominent economist at Duke University mapped out a reparations plan that would give $800,000 to the descendants of slaves and would cost the U.S. government upward of $12 trillion.

5. Princeton Graduate Student Government Calls Admin’s Support of Free Speech ‘Unacceptable’ | Campus Reform 

Student leaders in Princeton’s Graduate Student Government said the school’s affirmation of free speech was “tone deaf” and protected hatred.

4. Texas A&M Professor Says It Was ‘Good News’ Rep. Gohmert Got COVID, Hopes ‘Fat Klansman’ Trump Gets It Too | The Blaze

In a Facebook post, Texas A&M University professor Filipe de Castro called the late Republican Herman Cain “stupid” and said it was “good news” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R., Texas) was diagnosed with the coronavirus. Castro also said that he hopes President Donald Trump—whom he referred to as “fat klansman”—and Vice President Mike Pence get it too.

3. CU-Boulder Looks to Pay ‘Underrepresented’ Students $20/hr for ‘Eco-Social Justice’ Jobs | Campus Reform 

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Center is hiring “Eco-Social Justice Coordinators” this fall and will prioritize “underrepresented” student applicants, including students of color, LGBT students, students with disabilities, and first-generation college students.

2. Iowa State Professor Prohibits Students From Criticizing Abortion and Black Lives Matter | Washington Free Beacon

Iowa State University English professor Chloe Clark—who shares no relation to this article’s co-author, Chrissy Clark—told her students that they were not allowed to argue against abortion, Black Lives Matter, or gay marriage in the classroom or in assignments.

1. Cal State Long Beach’s New Mascot: A Nonbinary Shark That Uses Plural Pronouns | The College Fix

California State University Long Beach unveiled its new mascot, Elbee, a nonbinary shark that uses they/them pronouns. Sing it with us: Nonbinary shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo.

Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 6 here.

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6. Oregon Professor Arrested During Portland Antifa Riots | Campus Reform

A professor at the Oregon Health & Science University was arrested at an Antifa riot on Sunday for trespassing.

5. University Threatens to Yank Partiers’ Admissions | Washington Free Beacon

Northeastern University threatened to rescind admissions offers to more than 100 incoming freshmen who responded “yes” to a supposedly anonymous survey that asked if they planned to attend parties on campus.

4. DNC Features Wake Forest Staffer Who Identifies As Gender Transcendent Mermaid Royalty | The Christian Post

J. Mai, a Wake Forest University staffer who identifies as a “nonbinary/gender transcendent mermaid Queen-King,” spoke at an LGBTQ panel at the Democratic National Convention last week.

3. Citing Black Lives Matter, Photos of Retired White Male Professors Must Be Taken Down | The College Fix

The University of Oklahoma Department of Political Science said it will remove images of retired staff members in the department’s entryway, which “exclusively includes white male faces.”

2. University Compels Students to ‘Pledge to Practice Antiracist Behavior’ | Campus Reform

Administrators at the University of Southern Maine sent a message to students urging them to pledge support to Black Lives Matter.

1. Beloved Mizzou Professor Under Investigation After Making Mask Joke to Chinese Student | Washington Free Beacon

A business school professor was relieved of his teaching duties after he made a joke about putting on a mask to a Chinese student—a joke that the student did not find offensive.

Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 7 here.

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6. Willamette University Director: ‘Every White Person in This Country is Racist’ | Campus Reform 

Sue Minder, Willamette University’s director of accessible education, claimed that every white person in America is racist in a webinar series on race.

5. Judge Rules University of California Cannot Use SAT, ACT Tests in Admissions | Washington Free Beacon

The University of California school system is no longer allowed to use standardized tests in the admissions process because a judge ruled that the tests give an unfair advantage to “non-disabled, economically advantaged, and white” students.

4. Syracuse Professor Put on Leave, Under Investigation for Using Term ‘Wuhan Flu’ | The College Fix

Syracuse University chemistry professor Jon Zubieta used the terms “Wuhan Flu” and “Chinese Communist Party Virus,” prompting the university to put him on leave.

3. UNC Prof: Whites ‘Deputized’ to Murder Blacks in Kenosha | Washington Free Beacon

Associate professor Tressie McMillan Cottom tweeted that white people had been “deputized” to murder black people in reference to Kyle Rittenhouse, who allegedly shot and killed two white men who were chasing him in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

2. Skidmore College Activists Demand Firing of Pro-Police Faculty. School Doesn’t Rule It Out | WAMC

Skidmore University president Marc Conner said the school would consider a list of 19 demands created by student activists, one of which calls on the university to fire three pro-police professors.

1. Theology Professor Compares Nun Who Spoke at RNC to Nazi | The College Fix

Catholic Theological Union professor and priest Daniel Horan compared Sister Deirdre Byrne—who defended President Donald Trump’s pro-life record at the Republican National Convention—to a Nazi in a tweet, which he later deleted.

Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 8 here.

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6. University of Rhode Island to Remove World War II Memorials Because They Show Too Many White People | The College Fix 

The University of Rhode Island will remove two murals depicting WWII veterans after the school’s administration received complaints that the individuals depicted in the murals are “predominantly white.”

5. Northwestern Law Administrators Confess Their Racism in Online Diversity Session | Washington Free Beacon 

Administrators at Northwestern University Law School denounced their alleged racism in an online diversity training session.

4. Syracuse Prof Warned Students He Does Not Tolerate Support for President Trump | Campus Reform 

Syracuse University professor Mark Rupert warned students that he would not tolerate conservative and Republican perspectives in his classroom, specifically from students who support President Donald Trump’s “hateful ideas.”

3. University of Michigan Apologizes For Apparent Segregation of Student Events | Washington Free Beacon

The University of Michigan-Dearborn apologized for its framing of two online events that appeared to be segregated by race, claiming their initial descriptions were misleading.

2. Rhode Island Professor: ‘Nothing Wrong With’ Murder of a Trump Supporter from a Moral Perspective | Campus Reform 

University of Rhode Island professor Eric Loomis said there was “nothing wrong with” the murder of right-wing protester Aaron “Jay” Danielson “from a moral perspective” because, he claimed, Danielson was a fascist.

1. Palestinian Hijacker to Speak at San Francisco State University | Fox News

San Francisco State University will host terrorist Leila Khaled, who participated in a plane hijacking in 1969, for a panel on “Gender, Justice, and Resistance” on Sept. 23.

Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 9 here.

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6. VP of College Democrats at University of North Texas Encourages Students to Join Antifa | Legal Insurrection

Brett Davis, vice president of the University of North Texas’s College Democrats chapter, encouraged freshmen to join Antifa—the radical group that is partially responsible for riots and destruction across the country this summer.

5. University President Helps Raise Money for Student Arrested for Arson | Washington Free Beacon 

The president of Pennsylvania’s Franklin and Marshall College is helping raise money for a sorority girl arrested during riots in Lancaster, Pa., and charged with arson, among other felonies.

4. University of Chicago English Department to Accept Only Students Interested in Black Studies | Washington Free Beacon

The University of Chicago’s English department will only accept graduate school applicants interested in “Black Studies” for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.

3. Education Department Opens Investigation into Princeton University After President Deems Racism ‘Embedded’ in the School | Washington Examiner

The Department of Education informed Princeton University it is under investigation following the school president’s declaration that racism is “embedded” in the institution.

2. Students at Emory Business Orientation Asked to Put Race Next to Zoom Names | Campus Reform 

An orientation facilitator at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School asked students to include their racial identity next to their names on Zoom.

1. Columbia University Marching Band Votes to Disband, Citing Racist, Misogynistic Founding | Columbia Spectator 

After 116 years, Columbia University’s marching band voted to disband, claiming their founding was based on “racism, cultural oppression, misogyny, and sexual harassment.”

Honorable Mention: Students Report Unprecedented Free Speech Violations as Schools Punish Critics of Black Lives Matter | Washington Free Beacon 

The number of students being disciplined for exercising free speech on college campuses has skyrocketed in recent months as schools crack down on criticism of Black Lives Matter.

Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 10 here.

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6. University Professor Promised to Spy on Conservative Student Nick Sandmann | The College Fix

Avery Tompkins, an assistant professor at Transylvania University, pledged to monitor student Nick Sandmann—who last year became famous after being confronted by Native American activists for wearing a “MAGA” hat and was slammed by mainstream media outlets.

5. ASU Journalism School Removes People and News Accused of Being Too Pro-Police | LaCorte News

Arizona State University’s school of journalism removed an incoming dean, deleted a Twitter poll about looting, and took down an interview with a police officer because the posts were deemed too friendly to police.

4. Boston University Professors Claim School’s COVID Reopening Plans Enforce ‘White Supremacy Culture’ | The Daily Free Press

Students, professors, and faculty at Boston University penned a letter to the university claiming that aspects of the school’s plan to return students to campus upheld “white supremacy culture.”

3. University of Chicago Activists Vow Year of Protests After School Refuses to Defund the Police | The College Fix

The #CareNotCops student group at the University of Chicago pledged to protest for a year without “peace or quiet” after the university rejected the group’s demands to defund the police.

2. Professor Uses Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death to Attack ‘MAGA F—stick Bootlicker’ Republicans | Campus Reform

University of Alabama-Birmingham archaeology professor Sarah Parcak gave a tribute to the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying she “was stronger in her mid-80s than any M*GA f*ckstick bootlicker could ever dream of.”

1. Yale Publishes Graphic Guide to COVID-Proof Sex | Washington Free Beacon

Yale University published a comprehensive guide for how to have sex amid the coronavirus pandemic—so comprehensive, in fact, that it includes detailed descriptions of the sex acts thought to spread the virus.

Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 11 here.

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6. Columbia University Students Pass BDS Resolution | Washington Free Beacon

Students at Columbia University voted in favor of an anti-Israel referendum that calls on the university to divest from companies that do business with Israel.

5. Cornell Professors Demand University ‘Decolonize’ Curricula Across the Board | The College Fix

A group of Cornell University faculty, graduate students, and staff sent a letter to the university demanding a change in curricula to emphasize “decolonized readings.”

4. Ohio State Students Furious After University Reports Black-on-White ‘Hate Crime’ | Campus Reform

Ohio State students are upset after the school published information about two black hate crime suspects, as it is required to do under federal law.

3. Michigan Public University Professor Routinely Writes Articles for Chinese Propaganda Outlet | Washington Free Beacon 

A Grand Valley State University professor regularly writes articles for a Chinese propaganda outlet working to delegitimize the United States. The professor also promoted a Chinese propaganda campaign that claims the enslavement and genocide of Uighur Muslims is a hoax.

2. Mandatory Class at Idaho College Tells Students to List Examples of White and Male Privilege | The College Fix

Students at an Idaho community college were instructed to identify privileges specific to men, white people, and members of the “majority religion.”

1. Case Western Offers Presidential Debate Safe Spaces | Washington Free Beacon

Case Western Reserve University, which cohosted Tuesday’s debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, is offering online “safe spaces” for students to share their post-debate feelings.

Note: In Campus Insanity Vol. 10, we noted that San Francisco State University invited Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled—who is a member of a terror group that has killed Americans and was the first woman to hijack a plane—to speak at an event on gender and justice. The Washington Free Beacon reported on Thursday that Rep. Doug Lamborn (R., Colo.) is now calling on federal authorities to investigate the university for hosting Khaled. 

Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 12 here

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6. Harvard Center Hosts Virtual Seminar on How to Inject Race Issues Into Course Syllabi | The College Fix

Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian studies hosted a “Race in Focus” webinar series to educate professors on “integrating critical pedagogies of race” into classroom curricula.

5. Harvard Lecturer Pushes Conspiracy Theory About Russian Spies at Walter Reed Hospital | Campus Reform 

Harvard professor and CNN analyst Juliette Kayyem alleged it was “very likely” that Russian spies infiltrated Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and gained access to President Donald Trump’s medical condition following the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis.

4. Professor Promises to Kick Students Out of Class for ‘Misgendering’ Other Students | Campus Reform 

An LGBT politics professor at Brooklyn College threatened to remove any student from class who engages in “intentional misgendering.”

3. Gettysburg College Biology Quiz Claims Trump is ‘Eugenicist’ | Young America’s Foundation

An introductory biology class quiz at Gettysburg College asserted that President Trump is a eugenicist, penalizing students who answered differently.

2. University of Kentucky Segregates Residential Assistant Training by Race | Washington Free Beacon

The University of Kentucky segregated its residential assistant diversity training by race, separating white and nonwhite RAs into separate groups.

1. Professor Claims Modern Architecture is ‘Entrenched’ in White Supremacy | The College Fix

A scholar of historical architecture told Harvard University graduate students that they needed to view architecture through an “antiracist framework,” as the “conventional” view of architecture is “entrenched” in white supremacy.

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6. Student Government Impeaches Pro-Trump Latina Student Senator Who Opposes Illegal Immigration | The College Fix

Loyola Marymount University’s student government impeached a pro-Trump Latina student who serves as its senator for diversity and inclusion after a progressive student news organization uncovered her past tweets voicing opposition to illegal immigration.

5. College Offers ‘White Supremacy in the Age of Trump’ Course | LaCorte News

The women and gender studies department at Smith College in Massachusetts is offering a course that will analyze white supremacy during President Donald Trump’s presidential tenure.

4. University of Northern Iowa Student Government Refuses to Recognize Pro-Life Group, Calls it ‘Hate Group’ | Young America’s Foundation

Student senators at the University of Northern Iowa denied a Students for Life group official club recognition and equated its advocacy for the unborn to white supremacy.

3. Math Association Says Math ‘Inherently Carries Human Biases,’ Citing Critical Race Theory | Campus Reform

The Mathematical Association of America’s Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics said that because math was created by humans, it “inherently carries human biases.” Nerds.

2. Duke Faculty Approves Proposal for ‘Inequality Studies’ Minor | The College Fix

Beginning in 2021, students at Duke University will be able to earn a minor in “Inequality Studies,” in collaboration with the school’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity.

1. Professors Calls for ‘Civil Disobedience’ to Stop Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation | Campus Reform

In response to Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, several professors at leading universities have compared the Republican Party to Nazis and Confederates, while others have expressed a willingness to do “whatever it takes” to stop her confirmation.

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6. Meet America’s New College Professors: Disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok and Beto O’Rourke | Campus Reform 

Peter Strzok, whom the FBI canned for sending anti-Trump texts to lover and coworker Lisa Page, is now an adjunct professor of counterintelligence and national security at Georgetown. And who better to teach political science than failed Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who will join the ranks at Texas State University this spring?

5. Northwestern Students Burn and Vandalize School Property at Anti-Police Protests | Washington Free Beacon 

Students at Northwestern University vandalized and burned school property on the sixth consecutive night of anti-police protests.

4. University of Michigan to Spend $260,000 on ‘Combating Racism’ Projects | The College Fix 

The University of Michigan will fund six “action-based” research projects as part of the school’s “inaugural” anti-racism research grants.

3. Student Newspaper Publishes Instructions on How to Make Molotov Cocktail | Campus Reform

The editor in chief of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Post wrote an op-ed reviewing the history of the Molotov cocktail and included instructions on how to make one.

2. Boston University Professor: ‘Why Does Racial Inequality Exist’ is a Racist Question | Washington Free Beacon

Boston University professor and author Ibram X. Kendi said the question “why does racial inequality exist?” is itself racist.

1. Schools Adopt Gender Neutral Alternative to ‘Alumni’ | Jonathan Turley 

A slew of universities have replaced the word “alumni” with “alumnx,” much like replacing “Latino/Latina” with “Latinx.”

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6. Emory Student Government Agrees to Purchase 400 Copies of Anti-Racism Books | The College Fix 

Emory University’s student government approved a measure to purchase 400 copies of the anti-racism book Are Prisons Obsolete?—a book that can be read in full for free online.

5. Brown University Students Create ‘Burn Brown Book,’ Outlining Racism and Activism on Campus | CBS News

Activists at Brown University released the “Burn Brown Book,” a 175-page guide outlining the history of on-campus racism, capitalism, and activism with the goal of “providing a safe space for minority students.”

4. Oregon State University Professor Wants to ‘Decolonize’ Mapping by Recentering Indigenous Cartography | Willamette Weekly

An Oregon State University professor claims that the boundaries that make up the United States are illegitimate, since they were created by English and Spanish colonizers.

3. Harvard Medical School Says Anti-Racism Is Top Priority | Washington Free Beacon

Harvard Medical School announced that one of its main priorities for the coming year is fostering a commitment to “anti-racism.”

2. Michigan State University Provost Announces Elimination of the Terms ‘Foreign’ and ‘Alien’ | The Morning Watch

Michigan State University provost Teresa Woodruff announced the school would no longer use the terms “foreign” and “alien,” opting instead for “non-pejorative terms that describe geography” to create a more inclusive environment.

1. Virginia Tech Professor Says Phrase ‘American People’ is Racist, As Is Beer | Campus Reform

A professor at Virginia Tech claims the phrase “the American people”—and beer—are racist, in his new book titled, Beer and Racism: How Beer Became White, Why It Matters, and the Movements to Change It.

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6. Anti-Police Student Group Launches Fireworks, Bricks at Police in Riot | Washington Free Beacon

An anti-police student activist group at Northwestern University launched fireworks and bricks at police officers and vandalized city property during a riot.

5. Professor: Student Extracurricular Activities Perpetuate Racism, Sexism | The College Fix 

George Mason University professor Blake Silver said extracurriculars “perpetuate racism” and mostly benefit white men.

4. College Dems, Leftist Students Raise Bail Money for Philadelphia Rioters, Looters | Campus Reform

Students at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania promoted a bail fund for rioters arrested in Philadelphia.

3. Yale Professor Says Hitler Improved Lives of His Followers, Unlike Trump | Washington Free Beacon 

A Yale University professor and psychiatrist compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler in a series of tweets and said Hitler, unlike Trump, improved the lives of his followers.

2. University at Buffalo Hosts Segregated Election Day ‘Listening Sessions’ | YAF

The University at Buffalo is preparing its students for election results by hosting a series of segregated counseling “listening sessions,” which divide students into a “white affinity group” and a “people of color affinity group.”

1. UC Berkeley Student Government Accuses Pepsi of ‘Violence’ Against Minorities | The College Fix

Berkeley students are urging their school to stop selling Pepsi products because the company “embodies colonial and white supremacist ideologies.”

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6. University of Minnesota Students Demand George Floyd Prosecutor Be Removed From Dean’s Advisory Council | The Minnesota Daily 

Student activists at the University of Minnesota are demanding the school cut ties with attorney Mike Freeman—who sits on the dean’s advisory council—after he cited “underlying health conditions” as a potential reason for George Floyd’s death and opted not to charge all the officers at the scene.

5. Tufts University Psychiatrist: Trump’s Loss is the Beginning of ‘Perfection’ of the American Union | The College Fix 

Tufts University professor Nassir Ghaemi said the 2020 presidential election results are indicative of the “white male Christian power hierarchy” losing its grip on political power and America becoming more equal as a result.

4. Boston University Professor Calls the Term ‘Legal Vote’ Racist | Campus Reform 

The head of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research, Ibram X. Kendi, claims the term “legal vote” is “functionally racist,” just like the words “illegal alien,” “race-neutral,” “handouts,” “personal responsibility,” and “crack baby.”

3. Activists Protest Bates College’s Instagram Post of College Republican President | The Bates Student

Students at Maine’s Bates College protested after the school posted a picture of the College Republican president on its Instagram page.

2. Northwestern University Student Protesters Hosted Abolitionist Breakfast Meeting, Served Minority Students Food First | The Daily Northwestern  

Northwestern University’s “Community Not Cops,” an anti-police activist group, organized an abolitionist breakfast where black students were served first.

1. Kansas State University Professor: Pit Bulls, ‘Bad Dogs’ Face Marginalization Akin to Racism | The College Fix 

A Kansas State University professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies alleged that the marginalization of minority communities presents a threat to dogs and called for recognition of “interspecies intersectionality.”

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6. Open Letter Calls on Harvard to Create ‘System of Accountability’ for Inviting Trump Admin Alums to Campus| Washington Free Beacon

An open letter circulating at Harvard University is asking the school to create “accountability guidelines” for former Trump officials who are hired or invited to campus. According to the letter, inviting high-profile Trump appointees to the school legitimizes “the subversion of democratic principles.”

5. University of Massachusetts Professor: We Don’t Say White Male Composers’ Full Names Because of ‘Inequity’ | Campus Reform

Music theory professor Chris White wrote an op-ed for Slate in which he argued for the “full naming” of composers like Beethoven and Mozart. Not using their first names, he said, creates a harmful, hierarchical system.

4. Michigan State Apologizes for Diversity Training That Called Transgender Employees by Their Legal Names | The College Fix 

Michigan State University was forced to apologize after the school referred to employees by their legal names—not their preferred names—in a training module on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Foundations.”

3. University of Washington School of Drama Segregates Groups Based On Race, Sexuality | Campus Reform

To combat bigotry, the University of Washington theater department plans to segregate groups of student actors by race and sexuality.

2. California Ethnic Studies Curriculum Claims Jews Have ‘White Privilege’ | The College Fix

A new ethnic studies curriculum from the California Department of Education claims Jews gain “racial privilege” through their “conditional whiteness,” despite a newly released FBI report that shows Jews were a leading target of hate crimes in 2019.

1. University of Washington Professor Proposes Developing Sex Robots for Older Disabled Adults | KIRO 7

Nancy Jecker, a bioethics and humanities professor at the University of Washington, published a paper on creating sex robots for older Americans to fight loneliness. She has clearly never watched Ex Machina.

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6. Indiana University Promotes ‘Defunding the Police’ Class | Campus Reform

An Indiana University satellite campus sent an email to students advertising a new course called “Defund the Police? Race, Policing, and Criminal Justice Reform.”

5. University of Virginia Student Newspaper: Stand Up to ‘Racist’ Family at Thanksgiving | Breitbart

An opinion columnist at the University of Virginia’s student newspaper called on fellow students to “stand up” to their “racist” family members during Thanksgiving dinner.

4. Cornell Activists Threaten Peers Who Voted Against Disarming the Police | Washington Free Beacon

Cornell University activists threatened student government representatives who voted against disarming the campus police.

3. Harvard Creates New ‘Antiracist’ Librarian Job with $240,300 Salary | The College Fix

Harvard University created a new librarian position called an “Associate University Librarian for Antiracism” with a salary grade listed between $133,300 and $240,300.

2. Columbia Faculty Member Wants to ‘Cancel’ Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree | The Blaze

A Columbia University faculty member called for an end to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, claiming that the tree exemplifies the “absolutely toxic relationship” humans have with nature.

1. Students Want to Change Thanksgiving to ‘Thanks-taking’ or ‘Thanks-killing’  | Campus Reform

The student government at Santa Rosa Junior College in California discussed changing the name of Thanksgiving because it’s “dangerous” and “offensive,” arguing that “Thanks-taking” or “Thanks-killing” would be more “honest” names for the holiday.

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6. Harvard Leftists Accuse Law Professor of Illiberalism | Washington Free Beacon

Progressive student activists at Harvard Law School—many of whom have called for a total transformation of the American justice system—are upset that a right-wing professor is calling for the same.

5. University of California, Berkeley ‘Unnamed’ Buildings Named After Former University Presidents | Daily Wire

The University of California, Berkeley moved forward with “unnaming” two buildings on its campus because the persons the buildings were named after—former university presidents—held racist or colonialist beliefs.

4. UCLA Student Government Offends Native Americans with ‘Inclusive’ Renaming of Steps | The College Fix

UCLA’s student government passed a resolution to rename a supposedly problematic staircase, but the proposed renaming was after the “Tongva” tribe—a Native American tribe that has never existed.

3. Southern Methodist University Human Rights Group to Boycott Homecomings Unless They Become ‘Gender Neutral’ | The College Fix

Southern Methodist University’s Human Rights Council called to “abolish” the use of “gendered language” like “homecoming queen” and “homecoming king” at the university’s dances, alleging the language is not inclusive enough.

2. A Catholic University Is Under Fire from Students for Espousing Catholic Views | Campus Reform

Students, alumni, and faculty at Assumption University, a Catholic school in Massachusetts, wrote a petition attacking the school’s promotion of Catholic social teaching on marriage and abortion.

1. University of California, Berkeley Professor: ‘Law and Order’ is a Racist Dog Whistle | Campus Reform

Ian Haney López, a University of California, Berkeley law professor, created a series of videos that explains why terms like “law and order” are racist “dog whistles.”

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6. Mississippi State Professor Says Collective Parenting Is Better Than Traditional Parenting | Campus Reform

Sociology professor Margaret Hagerman suggested a “collective approach to parenting” as a potential solution to racism, since white families foster bigotry.

5. Ohio State University Employs 100+ Diversity Workers, Costing $10 Million-Plus Per Year | The College Fix

A University of Michigan researcher found that Ohio State University employs more than 100 “diversity workers,” which costs the university around $10 million per year.

4. Stanford Appoints ‘Antifacist’ Organizer to Lead Free-Speech Council | Breitbart 

Stanford professor David Palumbo-Liu, who cofounded the “Campus Antifascist Network” in 2017, was named the head of a committee on campus climate and free speech.

3. Masturbation Advocate Speaks at Christian College About ‘Sexual Racism’ | Alpha News

Instagram influencer and sex activist Autumn Morris promoted sex toys and masturbation to St. Olaf College students in an online Zoom lecture on “sexual racism.”

2. Cornell Offers ‘Person of Color’ Exemption to Flu Vaccine Requirement | Campus Reform

Students at Cornell University can use their status as “people of color” to be exempt from the university’s flu vaccine requirement.

1. Georgia State University Women’s Group Offers 10 Pronoun Options on Application | Washington Free Beacon 

A women’s professional-development group at Georgia State University provided 10 pronoun options—including male pronouns—for students to select on their membership application.

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6. University of California-Berkeley Student Government Passes Resolution in Support of Mandated Xenophobia Training | The College Fix

Students at Berkeley passed a resolution to mandate xenophobia prevention training for incoming freshmen.

5. Tulane University Offers ‘Feminism in Trumplandia’ Course | Campus Reform

An English professor is offering a course on feminism in the wake of the Trump administration, as the president’s “ravages of assaults” on women—such as the nomination of Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett—have created an “unprecedented dystopia for women.”

4. Students at University of Oregon Attempt to Remove College Republicans from Campus | Washington Free Beacon

Student activists at the University of Oregon are attempting to remove the College Republicans from campus for attending a “stop the steal” rally.

3. University of Kansas Encourages Officers to Log Race of Individuals Stopped by Police | Campus Reform

A University of Kansas task force charged with improving the policies and procedures of the Public Safety Office recommended recording the race of each individual stopped by officers.

2. A Georgetown Program for Students of Color Is Accused of Racism | The College Fix

Every member of a Georgetown University campus program designed to mentor students of color recently resigned, citing the program’s “racism, queerphobia, sexism, [and] classism.”

1. Holocaust Denier Remains on Northwestern University Website After Author of Controversial Op-Ed is Scrubbed | Washington Free Beacon

Northwestern University scrubbed its website of references to a former professor who penned a controversial op-ed calling on Jill Biden to stop using the title “doctor”—but it continues to feature a professor who denies the Holocaust.

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6. Florida Lawmaker Calls on University of Central Florida to Investigate Professor for Using Term ‘Wuhan Coronavirus’ | The College Fix

Students and state lawmakers are calling on UCF to investigate politics professor Alvin Quackenbush after he sent a message to students in April about the “Wuhan Corona virus.”

5. Tufts Students Pass Anti-Israel Ballot Measure | Washington Free Beacon

Students at Tufts University passed a ballot measure that would prohibit campus police from attending counterterrorism training in Israel.

4. NYU Professor: What if White Americans’ Taxes Were Investigated for Ties to Slavery | Campus Reform

A New York University professor suggested that white people should be forced to submit their taxes to be checked for ties to slavery.

3. University of Michigan Task Force Claims ‘Picnic,’ ‘Long Time, No See,’ Are Not ‘Inclusive’ | The College Fix 

The University of Michigan’s IT department created a list of non-inclusive words and phrases alongside more inclusive alternatives. It suggests swapping “folks” for “guys” and “gals,” “built-in” for “native,” and “gathering” for “picnic.” Newspeak 101.

2. University of Rhode Island Students Want ‘White List,’ Threaten to Sue School if Next President Isn’t Black | Campus Reform

Students at the University of Rhode Island are making a “White List” of professors who speak about diversity without actively pushing the school to hire a more diverse administration. Students also threatened to file a lawsuit against the school if its next president is not black.

1. Law Professor: Black Americans’ Votes Should Count Twice | The College Fix

A law professor at Washington and Lee University said the votes of black Americans should be counted twice as a form of “voter reparations.”

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January 3, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

14:22 Paul’s telling the Christians of those cities to expect many tribulations is echoed in his own account of his persecutions there (2 Tim. 3:10–12; cf. Rom. 8:17). Often in Acts new believers are exhorted to persevere in the faith (Acts 11:23; 13:43), and the reference to “tribulations” indicates that the Christian’s life is often beset by difficulties.[1]

14:22 — … strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”

We find spiritual strength and encouragement not only in warm, tender words, but also in words that confront us with harsh realities. The Christian life is a war, and we must never forget it (Eph. 6:10–17).[2]

14:22. Paul and Barnabas had experienced these troubles as seasoned believers. On the other hand, the new believers witnessed much turmoil soon after their conversion. Aware of this, Paul and Barnabas returned to these places (despite their own negative experiences there as well as the possibility of more opposition), strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith.

Their compassionate strategy shows that believers need encouragement as an aid to their perseverance. They can never lose the gift of eternal life. They can, however, veer off the path of discipleship especially in the context of its hardships. Paul and Barnabas assured them that “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” Persevering through hardships constitutes a normal experience for all disciples as they await the establishment of, and their entrance into, the future messianic kingdom.[3]

14:22 The exact nature of their follow-up work was strengthening the souls of the disciples and establishing the Christians in the faith by instructing them from the word of God. Paul described the process in Colossians 1:28, 29: “We warn everyone we meet, and we teach everyone we can, all that we know about him, so that, if possible, we may bring every man up to his full maturity in Christ Jesus. This is what I am working at all the time, with all the strength that God gives me” (JBP).

Second, they exhorted them to continue in the faith, an exhortation especially timely in view of the widespread persecution then prevalent. With this exhortation went a reminder that we must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God. This refers to the kingdom of God in its future aspect, when believers will share Christ’s glory. A person enters the kingdom of God in the first place through the new birth. Persecutions and tribulations do not have any saving value. However, those who enter the kingdom of God by faith at the present time are promised that the pathway to future glory is filled with tribulations. “If indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Rom. 8:17b).[4]

14:21b–22. In Derbe the missionaries could very well have headed southeast 150 miles to Tarsus and then easily returned to Syrian Antioch, but it was not yet time to go home. The churches of southern Galatia needed encouragement in their time of suffering, so they returned to the cities where they knew opposition awaited in order to tell the Christians, We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God. These churches of southern Galatia were the likely recipients of the epistle to the Galatians written between the end of the first journey and the Jerusalem Council. When we read Galatians, therefore, we might think about these believers and remember how they came to Christ, enduring opposition from both Jews and Gentiles in the earliest days of their faith.

We wonder why Luke doesn’t tell us about renewed opposition in these three cities which had treated the missionaries so badly. Perhaps we should conclude that on the return trip they confined their ministry exclusively to small groups of believers and therefore did not offend synagogue leaders or influential people in either Gentile or Jewish communities of those cities.

Let’s not try to find a theology of suffering in the latter part of verse 22. Some popular religions today argue that people must find salvation through suffering. I have watched faithful followers of Catholicism plod forward on bleeding knees at the shrine of Lourdes in Portugal. I have seen flagalantes beat their backs bloody in the Philippines to earn favor with God. No, salvation does not come through suffering, nor were the missionaries talking here about salvation since their encouragement came to people already in the family of God. Rather, they reflected the word of the Lord Jesus about sharing his sufferings along the way to heaven (Rom. 8:17; Phil. 3:10–11; Col. 1:24).[5]

14:22 This verse is a summary of Paul’s discipleship message. Notice it is focused on (1) perseverance and (2) tribulation. Believers are matured through trials (cf. Rom. 5:3–4; 8:17–18; 1 Thess. 3:3; 2 Tim. 3:12; James 1:2–4; 1 Pet. 4:12–16).

“strengthening” This term is used several times in the Septuagint in the sense of “to cause to rest on” or “to be established.” Luke uses this term several times to describe Paul’s follow-up discipleship ministry (cf. 14:22; 15:32, 41; 18:23).

“the souls of the disciples” The term soul is used in the sense of the person or their mental activities. This is not the Greek concept of every person having an immortal soul, but the Hebrew concept of soul as a way of referring to a human being.[6]

22. Paul and Barnabas strengthened the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “Through many hardships we must enter the kingdom of God.”

From the context we gather that the apostles spend much time with these disciples for two reasons: they continue to strengthen the new Christians in their faith and they keep on encouraging them (compare 15:32, 41; 16:5; 18:23). These recent converts in Lystra are unprepared for the harassment they have to endure. Although many of the Jewish Christians in Palestine, Phoenicia, Syria, and Cyprus could speak of the persecution they had endured following the death of Stephen (8:1), suffering for their faith would be a new and unsettling experience for Gentile Christians. We imagine that they could ask the legitimate question: “Why does God not protect his own people?”

Paul and Barnabas are able to answer questions relating to mistreatment and hardship. They know that God uses adversities to keep his people true to the faith. Remember that Paul rebukes these same Gentile Christians in Galatia for turning quickly away from the gospel to a different gospel, one that cannot even bear the name gospel (Gal. 1:6–7). Therefore, to have them remain true to their Christian confession and put their trust in Jesus Christ, God sends his people many trials.

Accordingly, the apostles tell these recent converts: “Through many hardships we must enter the kingdom of God.” The preposition through is descriptive of the life Christians must live; they must go through hardships and must personally experience them to enter God’s kingdom. The concept kingdom of God appears numerous times in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. But in Acts, the expression occurs seldom and then only with reference to preaching (1:3; 8:12; 14:22; 19:8; 28:23, 31). That is, the believer who responds to Christ’s gospel enters the kingdom. Note that the apostles place themselves on the same level as the disciples when they declare that “we must enter the kingdom.”[7]

22. And exhorting them. This was the principal way to confirm, in that they provoke the disciples who had before embraced the Gospel and did profess it, to go forward by exhorting them; for we are far from being so ready and stout as we ought. Therefore our laziness needeth pricks, and our coldness must be warmed. But because God will have his exercised with divers combats, Paul and Barnabas admonish the disciples to be ready to suffer tribulation. A very necessary admonition, that we must go on warfare in this world, that we may live well and godlily. If the flesh should not molest us, if Satan should attempt nothing, if the wicked should not trouble us with some stumbling-blocks, it were no such troublesome thing to persevere; because that were a sweet walk through a soft and pleasant way; but because there arise on every side, and every minute of an hour, [moment,] infinite assaults, which provoke us to fall away, there ariseth the hardness,2 and therefore is it that the virtue of constancy is so rare. Therefore, to the end we may persist even unto the end, we must be prepared for war.

But Luke speaketh not in this place only of the persecutions which the adversaries raise against us with drawn swords and flaming fires; but he comprehendeth under the word tribulations, all sorrows and miseries whereunto the life of the godly is subject; not because the faithful alone are miserable; because this is the common state both of the good and bad. Whence also cometh that famous proverb, It is the best not to be born; and the next to die very quickly. But when as God doth oftentimes spare the wicked, and doth fat them with prosperity, he is more sharp and hard2 toward his children. For besides common molestations, they are oppressed peculiarly with many discommodities, and the Lord doth humble them with such exercises, keeping their flesh under correction lest it wax wanton; he awaketh them, lest they lie sleeping upon earth. Unto these are added the reproaches and slanders of the wicked; for they must be, as it were, the offscourings of the world. Their simpleness is laughed at; but they use wicked mocks and scoffs, principally against God. Last of all, the lust of the wicked breaketh out into open violence; so that they have need to strive4 with many tribulations, and it cannot be but that all their life shall be envied and unquiet amidst so many enemies. But this is the best comfort, and which is sufficient enough to confirm their minds, that this way (though it be hard and sharp) leadeth unto the kingdom of heaven. For we gather by this that the miseries of the godly are more happy than be all the doting dainties and delights of the world.

Therefore, let us remember, first, that this condition is set down for us, that we suffer many tribulations; yet let us also remember to add this, to mitigate the bitterness thereof, that by them we be brought unto the kingdom of God. Furthermore, their babbling is frivolous, who gather hereby that patience is a work which deserveth eternal salvation, seeing that the cause of salvation is not in this place handled, but after what sort God useth to handle his in this world; and the comfort is added, not to extol the dignity and merit of works, but only to encourage the godly, that they faint not under the burden of the cross. All mankind, as we have said before, as well one as other, is subject to many miseries; but the afflictions of the reprobate are nothing else to them but the very entry of hell; but these turn to the saints to an happy and joyful end, and for them they fall out well; and so, consequently, they be helps for salvation, because they take part with Christ. We must note that Paul and Barnabas being not content with the plural number, do plainly set down many tribulations, lest any man, after he hath suffered one or two, or2 a few, do at length sink down. Therefore, let the faithful think that they must pass through continual miseries; that done, let them prepare themselves not for one kind of persecution only, but for divers kinds. For though God handle some men more courteously and gently, yet doth he pamper none of his so daintily that he is free from all tribulations.[8]

Ver. 22.—Exhorting for and exhorting, A.V.; through many tribulations we must for we must through much tribulation, A.V. St. Paul spoke from his own experience: “In labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft,” etc. (2 Cor. 11:23–27; see too 2 Tim. 3:10–12). It is very touching to see the tender care of the apostles for the young converts, lest they should fall away in time of persecution (see ch. 15:36; 1 Thess. 3:1, 5, 8; 1 Pet. 5:8–10).[9]

22 In those three cities they strengthened and encouraged the young churches so recently planted there. The members of those churches needed to be encouraged: they had seen Paul and Barnabas violently assaulted and driven out, and they themselves had certainly had to endure some measure of persecution. It is almost taken for granted throughout the New Testament that tribulation is the normal lot of Christians in this age: it is those who suffer for and with Christ now who will share his glory. “No cross, no crown.”

Luke indeed records the irresistible progress of the gospel, but he does so in no triumphalist spirit. In C. K. Barrett’s words, he “does make it clear that the road his heroes were travelling was the way of the cross.”[10]

22 Returning through the Galatian cities, Paul and Barnabas tried to strengthen their converts, both personally and corporately. They encouraged them to remain in the faith and told them that many persecutions must necessarily (dei) be the lot of Christians in order to enter into the kingdom of God—i.e., that the same pattern of suffering and glory exemplified in Jesus’ life and ministry must also be theirs if they are to know the full measure of the reign of God in their lives (cf. Mk 8:31–10:52; Ro 8:17; Php 3:10–11; Col 1:24).[11]

[1] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2114). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ac 14:22). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] Valdés, A. S. (2010). The Acts of the Apostles. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 558). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1626). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Gangel, K. O. (1998). Acts (Vol. 5, p. 236). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Utley, R. J. (2003). Luke the Historian: The Book of Acts (Vol. Volume 3B, p. 177). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[7] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 17, pp. 524–525). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[8] Calvin, J., & Beveridge, H. (2010). Commentary upon the Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 2, pp. 24–26). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[9] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 1, p. 438). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[10] Bruce, F. F. (1988). The Book of the Acts (p. 280). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[11] Longenecker, R. N. (2007). Acts. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 937). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Online Small Group Discussion Template — ChurchLeaders

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An online small group meeting is a different experience compared to a face-to-face small group meeting. Thanks to technology innovations, people can still meet despite limitations with time and space, but it should not be approached exactly the same as an in-person group meeting. While many aspects of facilitating a small group will be transferable to the online interface, I would recommend tweaking the format from a traditional small group agenda.

An online small group, via a video conference call, requires a person to be static in front of a screen. This is less dynamic than walking through a front door, walking to a kitchen for snacks, sitting down for discussion, standing up for worship or prayer, etc. As a result, I believe it’s wise to plan for half the meeting time. Instead of a 90 minute to 2 hour in-person group, build towards a 45 – 60 minute online small group meeting. This will help to eliminate screen fatigue, low energy and wandering minds.

To help with this, I would recommend a process I’ve developed for our online groups at my church that I refer to as The S.O.I.L. Process. Jesus tells us the Word of God is like a seed (Mark 4:14) and I believe this S.O.I.L. Process can help us to cultivate ideal conditions for God’s truth to be implanted and internalized through an online small group meeting. Currently at my church, we use this template to develop a weekly Sermon Discussion Guide that complements our Pastor’s weekend message.
Here is an overview and breakdown of the Online Small Group Agenda…

Intro – Greet, Ice Breaker, Open in Prayer5-7 min
S – Scripture2-3 min
O – Observation Question6-8 min
I – Interpretation Question6-8 min
L – Life Application Question6-8 min
Close in Prayer10-15 min

This is the beginning of the group meeting where you are waiting for everyone to log on. As each person joins the video conference they are greeted and welcome. If anyone is new, introductions can be made. Small talk can happen until the meeting is kicked off with an ice breaker question or activity and then a brief prayer by an individual can be made to invite the Lord into the meeting and conversation.

S- Scripture
This can be as simple as reading scripture verses out loud and sharing 1-3 sentences of comments about the passage. It can be longer a segment if there is a video that is watched with the group together online.

O – Observation Question
This is a question that guides the group participant to examine the passage and identify key elements that seem to stand out to them. Through group discussion, this will help to develop an overview of the text, allow significant patterns to emerge and prepare the participants for the next segment. 

Here are a few sample Observation Questions…

  • What stands out to you as you read this passage?
  • What comes to your mind when hear the metaphor used in this verse?
  • What do you notice about this individual’s response in this situation?

I – Interpretation Question
This is a question that leads the group to begin to discern the biblical truth and meaning of the scripture. This allows for people to discover positive benefits to heeding a command or negative consequences to ignoring it. The right interpretation question can encourage the main theme of a passage to rise to the surface in plain view of the learner. 

Here are a few sample Interpretation Questions…

  • What insight can be gained into the topic of this passage? 
  • What are the benefits to obeying the instructions given here?
  • What can be the consequences of neglecting what is marked out here?
  • Why does God say we need to…?

L – Life Application Question
The focus of the discussion now shifts to each individuals’ life. Here, we want people to attach the message of God’s Word to their daily walk. We want them to hear from the Spirit of God about adjustments, eliminations and additions that need to be made in their personal decisions. This type of question cultivates obedience and transformation.

Here are a few sample Life Application Questions…

  • What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you personally as we’re discussing this?
  • Is there an area of your life this speaks to where you need to make an adjustment? If yes, please share. 
  • What are the obstacles you need to move and/or overcome to apply this to your life this week?

Close in Prayer
Throughout the discussion someone may have indirectly shared a prayer request. It’s good to take note of these and ask if they can be prayed for at this time. You also want to ask everyone if they have a prayer request the group can lift up in prayer. It’s also important to pray for the biblical content that was discussed to become a shaping influence in everyone’s life.

This condensed online format will allow you to continue to use many of the small group skills that are necessary for a face-to-face meeting (facilitating conversation, navigating personalities, listening, speaking life, etc). Depending on the passage and/or topic, discussion questions can be customized and strategically developed for each session. In conclusion, I believe this relational and Bible-centered format can create a quality experience that will leave people wanting more, instead of more people wanting to leave.

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Online Small Group Discussion Template — ChurchLeaders

January 3: A 5 Word Prayer & Thanksgiving — VCY America

And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

Luke 17:13

The ten lepers made a short prayer to Jesus, and He answered. The lepers point out to us the power of short prayers, but there’s more!

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

Luke 17:14-15

Jesus was glad to hear their prayer, but He was also glad to hear their thanks! As we pray – don’t forget to thank God for answered prayer!

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Luke 17:17-19

January 3: A 5 Word Prayer & Thanksgiving — VCY America

January 3 Afternoon Quotes of the Day

Christ Is Offered Instead of Animals

John 1:29, 36; 1 Peter 1:19; 1 Corinthians 13:12; Hebrews 7:25; 9:11–14, 26, 28; 10:10, 12; 1 John 2:1

Before, a lamb was offered. A calf too was offered; now Christ is offered. But He is offered as a man, as capable of suffering. And He offers Himself as a priest, to forgive our sins; here in image, there in truth, where He intercedes for us as an advocate with the Father. Here then we walk in an image, we see in an image; there face to face, where is full perfection, since all perfection is in the truth.

Ambrose of Milan[1]

Jesus Is Able to Calm Angry Thoughts

Job 26:12; Psalm 107:29; Matthew 8:26; Mark 4:39; Luke 8:24; Ephesians 4:26

Do you not know? Do you not feel? Do you not experience sometimes how the heat of passion rages in the flesh, anger is furious in the mind, the word of indignation and bitterness is just on the very point of breaking forth, and like the sea when it is vehemently agitated by the wind, all the inner thoughts of a man are troubled? But if Jesus lifts up His Cross over this sea, all is hushed, all is quiet.

Aelred of Rievaulx[2]

[1] Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

President Trump Huddles With State Lawmakers to Decertify ‘Unlawful’ Election — 1,400 Pages of Voter Fraud Evidence


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President Trump spoke to 300 state legislators from the battleground states of Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia on Saturday in a Zoom conference call hosted by Got Freedom? in which the 501 (c) (4) non-profit election integrity watchdog group urged those lawmakers to review evidence that the election process in their states was unlawful and consider decertifying the results of the November 3 presidential election.

Source: President Trump Huddles With State Lawmakers to Decertify ‘Unlawful’ Election — 1,400 Pages of Voter Fraud Evidence

Trump Rages “When In Doubt, Call It COVID” As Pressure To Clean Up Death Toll Mounts | ZeroHedge News

Given the loose national guidelines for reporting deaths attributed to COVID-19, is it any wonder that, around the country, potentially tens of thousands of deaths have been wrongly attributed to the virus?

In Washington State, as we recently pointed outhundreds of “COVID-19 deaths” have been recorded even if the manner of death had nothing to do with the virus. In some cases, deaths caused by gunshot wounds were counted in the “COVID-19 death” column since the patients had previously tested positive. A report from the Freedom Foundation, a Washington State think tank, found the number may have been inflated by as much as 13%:

In May, a report released by the Freedom Foundation, an Olympia-based free-market think tank, revealed the DOH was attributing to COVID-19 every death in which the deceased previously tested positive for the virus. However, it’s clear that catching the disease and dying of it are two very different matters.

Washington’s data was riddled with cases – as much as 13 percent of the total – in which the death certificate made no reference to COVID-19 as a cause of death. In several cases, even gunshot deaths were chalked up to the virus.

While the Department of Health did remove 200 deaths from the count, the Freedom Foundation did another analysis. Combining data sources from the Department of Health for nearly 2,000 deaths as of early September, the new analysis found that 170 death certificates did not mention COVID-19. Another 171 deaths had no causal connection to the virus. According to the Post Millennial, the group estimates Washington’s death counts could be inflated by as much as 20%.

Additionally, as Epoch Times’ GQ Pan recently noted, two Minnesota legislators who believe their state’s COVID-19 death count is inaccurate are calling for a nationwide audit to find out how many people died from something other than the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus but were added to the pandemic death totals.

Republican State Rep. Mary Franson said she has enlisted a team to examine data provided by Minnesota’s health department. Her team allegedly found that COVID-19 was blamed for some deaths clearly not linked to the respiratory disease.

“We found clear-cut examples from the Minnesota Department of Health’s own files—public records—of suicide, a drowning, an auto accident where the passenger was ejected from the vehicle, we found dementia … and strokes,” Franson said during an interview with Fox News, adding that she was “so shocked at what I found that I just could not keep silent.”

“The citizens of our country are being led in fear, and that fear is leading them to make irrational decisions based on the governors with their shutdowns,” she added.

“So we need this audit. We need the truth.”

Franson was joined by Republican State Sen. Scott Jensen, a practicing physician. Jensen has become the subject of two state probes earlier this year for arguing that the federal and state guidelines on reporting COVID-19 deaths could pressure local authorities to misclassify and inflate their numbers, and that doctors and hospitals are motivated to do so for more health care dollars.

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

“If you could hit a threshold of 161 admissions to your hospital with COVID-19 diagnosis between January and June, you received $77,000 of additional money for each one of those admissions” through the CARES Act, Jensen told Fox News.

“I don’t think there’s any questions that reverse incentives have been created.”

In response to the allegations, the Minnesota Department of Health said the way it classifies COVID-19 deaths is consistent with the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most Americans probably don’t realize that, in some states, up to 70% of the COVID-19-linked deaths involved residents of long-term care homes. In many cases, extremely elderly patients who died of COVID-19 had other “co-morbidities” that likely would have been the primary cause of their demise if COVID-19 had never arrived in the US.

Now, ahead of what could be a critical week for his presidency, Donald Trump is lashing out at the CDC, claiming the health agency has exaggerated the pandemic in the US by using a broad definition of what constitutes a COVID-19 case or death.

Here’s some context: Back in April, the CDC began including “probable” cases and deaths in its tallies, although some states chose not to report such figures. A “probable” case or death means that health workers can label someone as COVID-19 positive even if they haven’t been tested, as long as the patient’s symptoms meet the “clinical criteria” associated with the virus.

Even Deborah Birx, a member of the White House COVID taskforce who plans to step down from her post once Trump leaves office, acknowledged back in April that “in this country we’ve taken a very liberal approach to [COVID-19] mortality.”

Now, with 20MM ‘confirmed cases’ and 350K+ ‘confirmed deaths’, the US leads the world on both fronts, even as China, the country where the virus originated (possibly in a lab), continues to claim fewer than 100K confirmed cases.

Americans deserve transparency and accuracy at this point. It is a dereliction of duty for the CDC and NCHS not to tailor their guidelines to the disease progression of a COVID-19 infection capable of contributing to a person’s death.

Source: Trump Rages “When In Doubt, Call It COVID” As Pressure To Clean Up Death Toll Mounts

The Criminal WHO Blows Its Own Cover: Fake PCR Test

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In early 2020, the WHO accepted a PCR test for “SARS-CoV-2” that was designed without having possession of the virus. Yet the test is meant to detect…the missing virus. This is evidence of deep criminal intent. [1]

But as of December 14, 2020, WHO has made a correction [2]. Thereby blowing its own cover. Why?

Two reasons. Huge numbers of people have caught on to the PCR test scam. And by their correction, WHO paves the way for “declining COVID case numbers”—thereby making it appear the new vaccine is a roaring success. I predicted this development. [3] [4]

A brief review. The PCR test (a complete fraud for several reasons) is run in “cycles.” Each cycle is a giant magnification of a tiny portion of the swab sample taken from the patient.

As I’ve reported, even Tony Fauci readily asserts that if the PCR is run at 35 cycles or higher, it’s meaningless. [5] [6]

Every positive result—indicating “infection with the virus”—occurring at 35 cycles or higher is meaningless.

BUT, as I’ve also pointed out, public health agencies recommend running the PCR test at up to 40 cycles. Therefore, labs comply.

Therefore, millions upon millions of PCR tests results, over the last nine months, which indicate “infection,” are a vast lie.

Therefore, the COVID case numbers are a vast lie, and the lockdowns, which are based on those numbers, are absurd, insane, criminal, and predatory.

NOW, the WHO is walking back their stance on how the PCR should be run, for the reasons I mentioned above.

The WHO document is titled, “WHO Information Notice for IVD Users/Nucleic acid testing (NAT) technologies that use real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for detection of SARS-CoV-2.” [2]

President Trump Speaks to 300 State Legislators From AZ, MI, WI, PA and GA in Zoom Call, Urges Them to Decertify ‘Unlawful’ Election Results | The Gateway Pundit

President Trump spoke to 300 state legislators from Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania on Saturday and urged them to decertify the false election results for Joe Biden.

The Zoom call was hosted by Got Freedom?, a 501(c)4 nonprofit election integrity watchdog group.

The President spoke for about 15 minutes and urged the lawmakers to review the evidence of lawlessness, fraud and irregularities that occurred in the 2020 election.

Also on the call were Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, professor of law John Eastman, Liberty University Law School Professor Phill Kline, Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing, Peter Navarro and John Lott, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice (both appeared in their personal capacity).

The President’s legal team has spent the last several weeks presenting evidence of voter fraud and irregularities to the contested battleground states to state legislators.

Giuliani and Jenna Ellis has argued that the state legislatures have the plenary power to decertify the false election results for Joe Biden and appoint Trump electors to be sent to Congress.

“This information should serve as an important resource for state legislators as they make calls for state legislatures to meet to investigate the election and consider decertifying their state election results,” said Phill Kline, who hosted the Zoom call.

“The integrity of our elections is far too important to treat cavalierly, and elected officials deserve to have all relevant information at their disposal as they consider whether to accept the reported results of the 2020 elections, especially in states where the process was influenced by private interests,” he added.

Congress will convene on Wednesday, January 6th to ratify the 2020 election results.

Nearly a dozen Senators and more than 140 members of the House plan to contest the results this week.

Phill Kline and professor Eastman summarized their arguments and sent them to the state legislators.

Via Breitbart:

A communication sent to participating state legislators after the call summarized Professor Eastman’s argument during the call about the specific “Constitutional imperatives” of state legislators.

State legislators, Eastman stated, have both the right and duty to:

  • Assert your plenary power
  • Demand that your laws be followed as written
  • Decertify tainted results unless and until your laws are followed
  • Insist on enough time to properly meet, investigate, and properly certify results to ensure that all lawful votes (but only lawful votes) are counted.

In that subsequent communication, Kline encouraged the state legislators to:

… agree to sign on to a joint letter from state legislators to Vice President Mike Pence to demand that he call for a 12-day delay on ratifying the election, allowing the states the necessary time to further investigate the lawlessness with which the presidential election was conducted. We also request that you send this message out to fellow legislators to ask them to sign on to the letter as well.

Click here to see the more than 1,400 pages of evidence presented to the state legislators.

Source: President Trump Speaks to 300 State Legislators From AZ, MI, WI, PA and GA in Zoom Call, Urges Them to Decertify ‘Unlawful’ Election Results

How Eric Metaxas went from Trump despiser to true believer | Free Republic

RNS ^ | December 3, 2020 | Bob Smietana

Posted on 1/3/2021, 8:45:17 AM by george76

How a onetime aspiring public intellectual and Trump doubter turned into a true believer in stolen elections.

For Eric Metaxas, a prominent evangelical public intellectual and Christian radio host, knowing that the 2020 presidential election was stolen is like believing in Jesus.

He just knows in his heart that it is true.

During a prayer call with evangelical supporters of President Donald Trump on Tuesday night (Dec. 2), Metaxas said that God is on Trump’s side in the fight against a “stolen” election.

“It’s like somebody saying, ‘Oh, you don’t have enough evidence to believe in Jesus.’ We have enough evidence in our hearts. We know him and the enemy is trying harder than anything we have seen in our lives to get us to roll over, to forget about it.”

Once a Trump doubter, Metaxas has become one of the most devout Trump followers. “I’d be happy to die in this fight,” Metaxas told Trump earlier this week, during a call with the president broadcast on his show. “This is a fight for everything. God is with us.”

In recent days, Metaxas has become a chief evangelist for conspiracy theories about the 2020 election on his daily radio show and social media feeds — assuring his audience that Trump will triumph because Jesus is on the president’s side.

This turn has shocked many of Metaxas’ fellow Christians who know him as an ambitious public intellectual, a graduate of Yale University whose 2011 biography of anti-Nazi activist-priest Dietrich Bonhoeffer earned praise from former President George W. Bush and an invitation to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast with then-President Barack Obama.

For many years, Metaxas was known outside of evangelicalism as the founder of a program called “Socrates in the City,” in which he interviewed writers and thinkers such as Richard John Neuhaus, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Malcolm Gladwell, N.T. Wright and Caroline Kennedy onstage in New York.

Paul Glader, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who now serves as executive editor of Religion Unplugged, said that he got to know Metaxas when he became a fellow at King’s College in New York, where Glader teaches journalism. At the time, he admired Metaxas.

“Early on,” he said, “I respected the fact that he was a young, public intellectual, trying to talk about the role of faith in public life.”

Glader recalled a conversation with Metaxas at a dinner, where Metaxas talked about his frustrations with the state of his career.

Metaxas, Glader said, told him he wanted to become a Dick Cavett-like television host but could not get the attention of any TV networks. “He secretly wants to have his own show on Fox,” said Glader.

Phil Vischer, creator of the Christian cartoon series “VeggieTales,” once employed Metaxas as a writer and has known him for years.

“At some point,” he told Religion News Service in an email, “Eric went from idolizing people like Os Guinness to idolizing Ann Coulter and Tucker Carlson — right wing political firebrands who live to ‘own the libs.’ I think there’s an adrenaline rush or dopamine hit from engaging in full-fledged culture wars that otherwise thoughtful souls on both sides of the political spectrum can find intoxicating. For some, life is worth living only when ‘the soul of America’ is at stake. So the soul of America is ALWAYS at stake.”

Former friend Glader said he and Metaxas had a falling-out earlier this year, after an incident where Metaxas punched a protester in D.C. after Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention. Glader was the first to confirm that Metaxas admitted punching the protester.

“To me, all of this is kind of sad,” Glader said.

Belmont University professor David Dark, who has appeared on Metaxas’ radio show in the past, said that Metaxas may be influenced by the financial opportunity of the Trump cause. You can make a living appealing to an evangelical Christian audience, Dark said, but only if you give them what they want — in this case, support for Trump.

“I think that the market he has appealed to has gotten narrower and narrower,” he said.

On the other hand, Metaxas has always had a culture warrior streak in him. In a 2016 interview, he admitted to once despising Trump but then later seeing him as a strong candidate who could oppose those who would destroy America, including then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“This is for the survival of the nation,” he said.

Author and speaker David French said that Metaxas evolved from a grudging support of Trump as the lesser of two evils into an embrace of Trump as a kind of savior figure for America.

French, a Never Trumper who considered a presidential run in 2016, noted that some Trump supporters say one thing when the cameras are rolling and another thing when the cameras are off. That’s not Metaxas, he said, calling him “a true believer,” however much his beliefs are based on nonexistent claims.

“The idea that Donald Trump is instrumental to the existence of the United States,” said French, “that Joe Biden — Joe Biden — is the destroyer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man of the Apocalypse. But that is where we are.”

Some fellow evangelical Christians, such as author and professor Karen Swallow Prior, have asked Metaxas to mend his ways, especially for his social media posts and radio interviews, including one with a conservative columnist who ridiculed author Rod Dreher, a Metaxas friend, and other Christians who don’t support Trump.

“Eric, you’re hurting real people, some of them your friends,” Swallow Prior said in a tweet. “It’s not clear whether you don’t realize that or don’t care. It’s a fair question. We care about you.”

Metaxas, however, has never shown himself as one who feels compelled to respond to criticism. Especially when he feels he has heard directly from God on the matter.

A Greek Orthodox in his youth, he became an evangelical in his 20s and has since believed in personal revelation and signs from God. In a conversion story he recounted in Christianity Today magazine and in “Fish Out of Water,” an autobiography about faith due out in February, he tells of seeing a golden Jesus fish in a dream.

In the autobiography, Metaxas also lists a whole series of miracles and messages from God — including one from a turtle in Central Park ­— on topics from 9/11 to his rise from obscurity to fame.

At Tuesday night’s prayer meeting, Metaxas, repeating claims that God will intervene in the 2020 election, warned other leaders not to believe what they see with their eyes or with their “natural” self but to trust in the supernatural. He described the controversy over the election as a walk of faith, one in which Jesus will prevail — and his nemeses in the church and the media would not.

“I want to encourage people that we must not give in to the lies, to the half-truths,” he told fellow believers on the call. “What I am hearing everywhere — and again, Fox News is just horrible. These people don’t have a modicum of faith, much less a desire to see justice.”

Source: How Eric Metaxas went from Trump despiser to true believer

Biden plans to resume Obama’s war on Christianity: Dem memo declares white Christians country’s foremost “national security threat”

(Natural News) Democrat Joe Biden’s message of wanting to ‘unify our divided country’ suffered another credibility blow in the wake of a newly uncovered Democratic memo that warns two-thirds of our country is a bigger threat than China, Russia, Iran and North Korea combined.

Source: Biden plans to resume Obama’s war on Christianity: Dem memo declares white Christians country’s foremost “national security threat”

How elites are leveraging COVID to ‘Reset’ the world | WND

Looking back at 2020, it’s undeniable that this has been one of the strangest years in American history – from January’s sham presidential impeachment, to the coronavirus pandemic and economy-destroying national lockdown, to widespread hysterical demands to “defund the police” while Marxist mobs burned and looted American cities, to Big Tech scandalously suppressing journalism it doesn’t like, to Big Media openly siding with the senile and corrupt Joe Biden while portraying President Donald Trump as a mentally ill, racist would-be dictator, to November’s breathtakingly rigged election – likely the most crooked and corrupt in our history.

In between these wall-to-wall crises, blue-state mayors and governors still found time to close churches while keeping strip clubs open, destroy as many small businesses as possible while encouraging rioting, and threaten law-abiding citizens with arrest and imprisonment for having too many people in their home for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

The widespread anxiety, confusion, distrust, and most of all, anger and fear resulting from these events all but guarantees ongoing division and violence throughout America, if not outright civil war. It’s been well over a century since American national politics was this ugly and explosive.

Yet what is happening in our nation today cannot truly be understood by looking at it through a political lens.

It’s often said “politics is downstream from culture” – that is, a society’s political life reflects its citizens’ deeply held cultural values. But culture in turn is downstream from religion, which represents the “unseen realm” of ultimate issues like good and evil, sin and redemption, the origin, meaning and purpose of life, and where we spend eternity. This all-important moral-spiritual dimension in which human beings uniquely dwell is the only frame of reference by which one can really comprehend what is happening in America right now.

For the great war in which Americans are engaged is not left versus right, Democrat versus Republican, or Trump supporters versus Biden supporters. Rather, it is one of good versus evil. And as usual, it features a great evil masquerading as noble and good, while accusing what is good and decent of being immoral and reprobate. It’s a classic case of projection – evil pretending to be good while condemning good as evil.

Which brings us to the “Great Reset.”

What we cryptically call “the left” is, of course, always trying to “reset,” “reform” or “transform” the world, as it is a fundamentally revolutionary worldview. Barack Obama, just prior to being elected president in 2008, famously said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Today, Joe Biden likewise insists he wants to “transform” America. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, breathlessly anticipating the upcoming Georgia runoff races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate, announced with a flourish: “Now we take Georgia, and then we change America!”

What are they all talking about? In a world of very deeply flawed human beings, America has already been blessed with the most enlightened, noble, moral, compassionate and liberty-preserving political and economic system in world history.

Superficially, those on the hard left claim they want a socialist utopia (though most avoid the word “socialist”) where justice and equality prevail. But that’s not the prize they truly seek. Let’s take a closer look.

‘Build back better’

In the case of the “Great Reset,” global elites, including right here in America, are intent on leveraging the coronavirus pandemic into a completely new world system.

The first and most pivotal phase of the Great Reset plan under cover of COVID is, of course, winning the 2020 presidential election through a dizzyingly multifaceted attack on the integrity of the U.S. election system itself, on top of a unified campaign by Big Media and Big Tech to elect Joe Biden at all costs.

Whereas Trump, as president, has represented “America First” and all the traditional moral and constitutional underpinnings of genuine American greatness, Biden is fully on board with the “Great Reset.”

In fact, Biden’s campaign chose as its official campaign slogan the seemingly innocuous phrase, “Build Back Better.”

“Build Back Better” is literally the slogan of the “Great Reset,” coined by its originator and main advocate, World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab.

Under cover of the COVID-19 pandemic, Schwab insists the entire world must “act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies,” meaning, as he explains, “we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism.” In other words, socialism.

Indeed, right now, the elite class in America and around the world is planning – in fact, openly bragging about – the “Great Reset,” whereby they intend to leverage the COVID era’s widespread public fears and government’s rampant emergency powers to “reset” the world’s economic, social and governmental systems to institute a “more just” global socialist utopia – run by them.

Schwab, patriarch of the “Great Reset,” explains: “The level of cooperation and ambition this implies is unprecedented. But it is not some impossible dream. In fact, one silver lining of the pandemic is that it has shown how quickly we can make radical changes to our lifestyles. Almost instantly, the crisis forced businesses and individuals to abandon practices long claimed to be essential, from frequent air travel to working in an office.”

“Every country,” insists Schwab, “from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed.”

Prince Charles is a key advocate for the Great Reset, as is International Monetary Fund chief economist Gina Gopinath, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres, as well as heads of many major corporations, including Microsoft.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is all in, recently exclaiming: “The notion of a reset is more important than ever before. I personally believe … we’re at the dawn of an extremely exciting time.”

In fact, during a World Economic Forum panel discussion in mid-November, Kerry – who figures to be a special presidential envoy for Biden on climate issues – publicly affirmed not only that the Biden administration will support the Great Reset, but that it “will happen with greater speed and with greater intensity than a lot of people might imagine.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is remarkably frank about the subterfuge under which the global Reset elites are operating: “This pandemic has provided an opportunity for a reset. This is our chance to accelerate our pre-pandemic efforts to reimagine our economic systems that actually address global challenges like extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.”

Many might ask, what’s wrong with combatting poverty and inequality?

What many Democrat Party voters – especially younger millennials – naively fail to comprehend is twofold: First, not only doesn’t socialism cure poverty – in fact, it creates it – but socialism also necessitates turning a society into a totalitarian dictatorship; after all, radical wealth redistribution only occurs when the brute power of government compels it.

But even more fundamentally, the world’s elites do not really want equality for everybody. Historically, from Stalin to Mao to Chavez, Marxist/socialist leaders have never been truly interested in everyone being equal. That’s just happy-talk to seduce the masses. They want, first and foremost, power, they want wealth and privilege for themselves, they want glory, they want revenge on their enemies, and they want worship.

In a word, they want to be gods.

Which brings us to the nuclear core of the issue: The original temptation in the Garden of Eden was, “Ye shall be as gods.” (Genesis 3:5)

But when humans try to become gods, they turn into devils. Indeed, from abortion up to the moment of birth to the celebration of transgenderism to mandatory gun confiscation to the outright suppression of free speech, today’s Democratic Party increasingly is promoting policies and agendas that are either insane or evil – or both.

Evangelist Franklin Graham recently urged Georgia voters to reject what he called the “demonic” agenda of the Democratic Party in the two January elections to determine the majority in the U.S. Senate.

“I hope the church and all Georgians will see through this demonic-driven abortion agenda,” he said. “This is not just a political issue, it is a moral and biblical issue. We need leadership in our nation that sees the wisdom in defending life.”

Graham, the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, noted that Senate candidate “Rev.” Raphael Warnock had tweeted his support for “reproductive justice.”

“Justice”? What an ironic term to use, when abortion represents the biggest and most significant injustice of our time, and perhaps in all of American history – the genocide of tens of millions of innocent human babies.

Summarizing America’s current state, Los Angeles mega-pastor John MacArthur recently told Laura Ingraham: “America’s in a moral free fall. … You murder the babies in the womb. If they survive the womb, you try to seduce them into transgender sexual deviation when they’re young. If they survive that, you corrupt them with a godless education. If they survive that, you have divorce in the family. And if they grow to be adults, we drown them in a sea of pornography. This is a nation so far down in the sewer of immorality and wickedness that nothing surprises me.”

Barring a spiritual-cultural turnaround in the United States of America, where is all this leading?

A barcode for every human on the planet?

Since the coronavirus originated in China, and since Joe Biden is profoundly compromised with regard to China because of his family’s corrupt financial activities with that nation, and since Big Tech and so many U.S.-based mega-companies are in total thrall to China both for its vast retail markets and its cheap labor pool, it is reasonable to wonder: How exactly does China fit into the plan to “reset” the world under cover of COVID?

That’s easy: China is the leader.

Recently, in a chilling story headlined “Give Everyone a Barcode? China Trying to Use COVID Fears to Launch Global Tracking System for Humans,” the Christian Broadcast Network reported: “China’s communist leader Xi Jinping is calling for countries across the world to accept a global COVID-19 tracking system that uses QR codes in an attempt to expedite international travel.”

It was during a Nov. 21 virtual G20 leaders’ meeting that Xi proposed the “global mechanism” to deploy an electronic barcode that would help determine travelers’ health status.

“China has proposed a global mechanism on the mutual recognition of health certificates based on nucleic acid test results in the form of internationally accepted QR codes. We hope more countries will join this mechanism,” Xi said, according to the CBN report, which explained:

The system provides users with a color code based on their risk of exposure to the coronavirus and the QR codes, or bar codes can be read on mobile devices.

A green code indicates that someone is safe to travel, while an orange or red code signifies the need to quarantine for up to two weeks.

Xi didn’t elaborate on the type of app or QR code system that would be used and who would design it.

Not everyone is thrilled with a brutal communist dictator, one openly bent on ruling the entire planet, launching such a new surveillance and people control system.

As CBN reported, Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth tweeted, “Beware of the Chinese government’s proposal for a global QR code system. An initial focus on health could easily become a Trojan Horse for broader political monitoring and exclusion, akin to the dangers associated with China’s social-credit system.”

And according to some Christians, the report concluded, such technology-driven measures and tracking systems look a lot like “another step toward the fulfillment of the End Times ‘Mark of the Beast’ prophesied 2,000 years ago in the biblical book of Revelation.”

Revelation 13:16-17 famously warns: “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.”


Is “The Great Reset” inevitable? Not in America – unless 74 million American adults who voted for Donald Trump throw up their hands and resign themselves to a rapid decline and ultimate loss of the nation they labored to build, and in many cases fought and bled to defend.

America is still home to tens of millions of praying, Bible-believing, freedom-loving, right-thinking Americans. Rage and violence are not the answer, but boldly – as happy warriors – standing up for truth and for the nation that has blessed us all is now the order of the day, and will remain so for a long time to come.

America indeed needs a great reset, but not one envisioned by deluded, power-obsessed, sociopathic elites. Rather, the reset we truly need is a repentance-fueled revival that will invite God’s renewed blessing on us and restore our nation to its former greatness and goodness.

Source: How elites are leveraging COVID to ‘Reset’ the world

Is John Piper a false teacher? | Evangelical Dark Web

Category 3

Verdict: Concerns over John Piper are exceedingly valid, and he should be avoided. Because of the possibility of reasonable doubt, we hesitate to apply the label false teacher.


Part of how this Discernment ministry operates is taking in reader questions about prevalent teachers. There were multiple requests to investigate John Piper, and due to him leading the field of requests, this investigation into his teachings was undergone. You can make a request here and see our answered verdicts here.


John Piper is one of the most prominent teachers in the United States if not the world today. When people raise the question or accusation of John Piper being a false teacher, the two most prominent reasons are his belief in “Christian Hedonism” and a sense that John Piper is woke and has been compromised by the Social Justice Gospel. Therefore, this verdict will focus on exploring the two most salient issues. Because John Piper is the author of Christian Hedonism, this verdict will answer the question as to whether this teaching is heretical. This verdict is not designed to prove whether the Social Justice Gospel is heretical. This work has already been done here.

Christian Hedonism

One of the reasons that John Piper is so controversial is his teaching known as Christian Hedonism. It is worth noting that the name is more provocative than the ideology itself. Piper’s one line description of Christian Hedonism is “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” Got Questions ministry provides a balanced evaluation of Christian Hedonism.

Piper’s summary of Christian hedonism, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him,” properly understood, is biblical, and Christian hedonism, as taught by John Piper, has much to commend it. Still, there are cautions, starting with the fact that Christian hedonism is not a biblical term, a fact that Piper readily acknowledges. The Bible emphasizes faith as what pleases and glorifies God, not finding delight or satisfaction in Him (Hebrew 11:6). “Finding satisfaction” cannot take the place of “exercising faith.”

There are other considerations that should be part of an evaluation of Christian hedonism. Paul’s prayer, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him” (Romans 15:13), teaches that “joy and peace” come from faith (“trust”) in the Lord. Again, faith is the basis of our relationship with God and the blessings He gives; the “satisfaction” (the filling with joy and peace) is the result of faith. Also, Christian hedonism’s mantra, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him,” must somehow be reconciled with passages such as Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” The theme of faith is present here again, along with death to self, but there’s not much about seeking personal satisfaction in God. As with any teaching, interpretation, or philosophical system, we should carefully compare what John Piper says with the Word of God itself.

This ministry does not declare Christian Hedonism to be a false teaching. However, Jon Harris on Conversations That Matter explores the ramifications of Christian Hedonism on a deeper level.

Jon Harris articulates that he believes that John Piper meant well when crafting this teaching because he was trying to solve a problem he was observing in his own faith and that of others. Harris also observes that this is partially why Piper seems so reticent to address cultural issues.

The conclusion according to Jon Harris is that Christian Hedonism as taught by John Piper is not heretical but it is an error and taken to its logical conclusion can subvert the gospel. This subversion is explored with Enoch Burke, a Christian apologist. In this interview Burke explains how Christian Hedonism is used to undermine biblical sexuality. In summation, Burke explains that when people prioritize their joy, it creates a sense of antinomianism that is seen in people like Sam Allberry who evolves this teaching to justify homosexual desires (as opposed to behavior).

Christian Hedonism may not be an outright heresy, but it is certainly an unnecessary teaching. At best it is an overcorrection for those who are lacking joy in their lives despite having salvation, but the teaching is otherwise detrimental and deserves no emphasis in any church or ministry. Nevertheless, the influence that this teaching has had is reason to be cautious of John Piper, even if it proves on its own insufficient for labeling him a false teacher.

Is John Piper Woke?

John Piper has an exceedingly squishy, if not double-minded, history on the issue of Critical Theory. Despite reportedly condemning Critical Theory, John Piper has some past writings that employed it.

On November 16, 2016, John Piper wrote “Structural Racism The Child of Structural Pride” to “reduce the instinctive, white, evangelical reaction against the idea of structural racism or systemic racism.” Consider how Piper defines structural racism which he states is synonymous with systemic racism.

Racism is an explicit or implicit feeling or belief or practice that values one race over other races, or devalues one race beneath others.

John Piper’s definition of racism is so vague that stratifying data could be considered racism.

Racist, as a noun, refers to a person who is characterized by racism without hating, renouncing, and seeking to eliminate his own racist attitudes and actions, and the harmful effects of them. The implication is that while everyone, as sinful and self-centered by nature, is tainted with racist tendencies, not everyone should be labeled a racist.

According to John Piper’s definition, you are a racist unless you are antiracist.

“Structural racism is the cumulative effect of racist feelings, beliefs, and practices that become embodied and expressed in the policies, rules, regulations, procedures, expectations, norms, assumptions, guidelines, plans, strategies, objectives, practices, values, standards, narratives, histories, records, and the like, which accordingly disadvantage the devalued race and privilege the valued race. Implicit in this definition is the important fact that structural racism, therefore, may have its racist effects even if non-racist people now inhabit the institutions where the racist structures still hold sway.”

This definition, because of its vast scope, is straight out of Critical Race Theory. Under this definition, virtually anything that could be called structural racism if there is a disparity (or perhaps if there is not.) This Marxist framework that John Piper is employing is designed to create a proletariat class along the lines of race. The definitions that John Piper is using, not only come from Marxism, it is also nonfalsifiable. The noun definition of racism states that you are a racist if you are not actively opposing racism, as opposed to ascribing to racist ideology. Disagreeing with this definition makes one a racist, according to the Critical Theory that John Piper is teaching. So John Piper is also employing an ad hominid fallacy. John Piper does not go on to cite a single example of structural racism but writes how omnipresent racism is because “structural pride” is omnipresent. Thus the coining of the term “structural pride” is designed to bridge a heretical ideology to Christianity.

In November 2020, John Piper would write directly on Critical Race Theory in two parts. Evangelical Dark Web covered both parts of John Piper’s “critique” of Critical Race Theory.[1] In part one, John Piper writes against labeling someone a Critical Race Theorist because using it as a pejorative is slander.

In fact, I think one of the best ways to avoid slander in these highly contentious days is this: if you hear or read a brother say something that you think is unchristian or unbiblical with regard to race, don’t call it critical race theory. Call it unchristian and unbiblical (preferably in a private email, not in a public tweet or blog or podcast), and give solid biblical evidence for your concern.

This is the wrong mentality. If someone is teaching Critical Race Theory, it’s not slander to call it Critical Race Theory in the same way it is not slander to call out someone for teaching Calvinism. It would be a statement of fact if true. But Piper is against calling out false teaching.

There are tens of thousands of pastors right now who are not trying to tether critical race theory to every black lover of justice. And there are critics of critical race theory who believe with all their heart, and rightly, that there are aspects of critical race theory that are destructive to love and justice and racial harmony, so that their investment in the criticizing of critical race theory is not a detour away from the problem of racism, but an effort to destroy it.

John Piper treats Critical Race Theory as some abstract idea that is being confused with what people are actually saying. He does not give enough credence to the idea that Critical Race Theory is actively being taught; therefore his ability to critique Critical Race Theory is effectively useless and the primary function of his article is to provide cover for Woke Evangelicals to be labeled Christians.

In part 2, John Piper defines Critical Race Theory in a generic sense and his critique is equally as generic.

Even more specifically, I want to establish us in these convictions, over against the core philosophical convictions of critical race theory, because I believe with all my heart that these convictions, not those of critical race theory, will serve the cause of racial harmony, racial justice, and the flourishing of a joyful, respectful, Christ-exalting racial and ethnic diversity in the body of Christ. In other words, critical race theory is not a problem because it raises the challenge of racial justice, and racial harmony, and racial respect, and racial glory, but because it fails us as we try to take up these challenges in a hopeful, Christ-exalting way.

John Piper summarizes his critique of Critical Race Theory here. In essence, his criticism of Critical Race Theory is that it is not Christianity, in that it cannot bring salvation. This seems as though his reason for beginning his argument with Christian truisms and downplays the necessity of dividing over this issue.

Now, it’s true that the focus on groups, while minimizing the individual, and the focus on power, while minimizing other relational dynamics (like love and humility and graciousness), can skew our understanding and yield unhelpful strategies. Nevertheless, those very focuses, misleading as they might be in some ways, can also reveal insights that may be strategically helpful in moving toward greater justice.

In other words, John Piper is saying Critical Theory can be a useful analytical tool. John Piper does however go on to elaborate his two greatest criticisms of CRT. John Piper uses two phrases of woke people as a launching pad to dive into their ideology. The first ties into sexual ethic as Critical Theory is applied to promote the homosexual and transvestite agenda. The second deals with the view of the inerrancy of Scripture. It’s important to note that Piper’s main criticisms for CRT are because of its manifestations.

Here is my answer, and my deepest problem with critical race theory. They arrive at this conclusion because at root they believe a person’s essential identity is self-chosen, self-constructed, not God-designed or God-given. Or another way to say it would be that, when it comes to our own identity, we are our own god. We do not acknowledge or submit to any divine truth or morality as above us, constraining or limiting our own self-definition, self-construction.

So, if I choose to be a woman though God made me a man, I am right to do so. No God, no morality, no religion, no ideology can replace me as the self-determining, self-defining, self-deifying sovereign of my own identity.

This is not really a critique of Critical Theory or CRT. Perhaps this is a critique of postmodernism, but this is really a critique of materialism, the belief that this world is all that there is. If someone ascribes to an atheistic worldview other than Buddhism, Piper could very well be describing them. Mankind’s rebellion against God was because we wanted to be God in Genesis 3. Piper’s words here could be taken to describe any unsaved person, which ultimately makes it a useless critique of Critical Race Theory.

Piper’s issue with Critical Race Theory is its mainstream expression, not the ideology in and of itself. While he is correct to state that Critical Race Theory denies 2 Timothy 3:16, this is not a criticism unique to CRT. This is, once again, true of the overwhelming majority of people who are unsaved.[2]

And critical race theory in its more essential definition, including its mainstream assumptions and conclusions, is a manifestation of the age-old enslavement of the fallen human heart to self-deification (“I will be my own god”), and self-definition (“I will define my own essential identity”), and self-determination (“I will decide my own truth and my own morality, without deference to any authority outside myself”). And therefore, to try to make progress in racial justice and racial respect and racial harmony by absorbing the assumptions and categories and conclusions and strategies of critical race theory is a dead-end street.

Out of context, the latter sentence here sounds like a scathing critique, though it is really a climax of Piper talking about a materialistic worldview. Piper may actually be trying to divorce the term CRT and its manifestations from the core teachings of the ideology because the assumptions and categories he is referring to are its denial of the authority of Scripture and its categories of sexual deviance.[3] He still uses woke buzzwords like “racial justice” and “racial harmony” which are straight out of White Fragility, not the Bible.

John Piper goes to great lengths to argue that Critical Race Theory is a materialist ideology, but ultimately articulates that it can be a useful analytical tool. The “Critical Race Theory is good on paper” argument that Piper is using will ultimately manifest itself as a means to continue using this sinful ideology in the church divorced from its materialism and perhaps also its support for sexual sin. This ultimately provides cover for false teachers to merge Christianity to a heretical worldview, like they are already doing because they are not technically manifesting Critical Race Theory according to John Piper. Therefore, John Piper’s criticism of Critical Race Theory is inadequate at best as it does nothing to address it being taught in the church.[4]

John Piper does not believe it is possible to merge Critical Race Theory with Christianity because he believes that this ideology is inherently materialistic. Therefore, John Piper denies that it is possible to teach this ideology in a church setting like many have and are doing. Therefore, Piper is effectively providing cover for false teachers who proclaim the Social Justice Gospel under the guise of Christianity. John Piper has on occasion also partaken in teaching Critical Race Theory.

A teacher that believes that Critical Race Theory can be used as an analytical tool is compromised. John Piper not only states that this ideology can be a useful analytical tool, but he has also actively engaged in promoting Critical Race Theory. The question remains whether John Piper is passive or active in advancing this heretical ideology in the church. Is he a wolf or is he a deceived sheep?

Alternative Explanation

At first glance one may assume that John Piper is actively promoting Critical Race Theory and therefore the Social Justice Gospel, but this accusation necessitates proof that he is not simply going along with heresy. It is possible for people to go along with heresy because they prioritize unity and hate schism. However, this verdict posits that John Piper is far less intelligent and capable of complicated moral reasoning than he appears. For instance, after DC v Heller (2008), John Piper wrote this against gun ownership.

No, I am not a pacifist. I am not a pacifist principally, and I’m not a pacifist actively.

Somebody wrote and asked me, “Would you protect your daughter if you had a gun?” I wrote back a one-word answer, “Probably,” and what I meant by it was that the circumstances are so unpredictable. What would you do? Shoot the guy in the head? Or shoot him in the chest? How about the leg? Or just throw the gun at him, or hit him over the head with it? Of course I’m going to protect my daughter! But I’m not aiming to kill anybody, especially an intruder who doesn’t know Christ and would go straight to hell, probably. Why would I want to do that if I could avoid it?

So no, I’m not a pacifist. I believe there should be a militia, and I believe in policemen with billy clubs and guns who should take out guys who are killing people. And I believe in a military to protect a land from aggression. And I believe that fathers should protect their children, even using force. But if they can avoid killing somebody, of course they should avoid killing somebody. And having a gun is a good way not to avoid killing somebody.

We don’t need guns in our houses.

In 2008, John Piper could not definitively say that he would protect his daughter with lethal force if necessary. His argument against gun ownership is that guns are more lethal. On December 22, 2015, John Piper goes deeper into this line of thinking. Read his answer to “Can I shoot my wife’s assailant?

1) This instinct is understandable. But it seems to me that the New Testament resists this kind of ethical reduction, and does not satisfy our demand for a yes or no on that question. We don’t like this kind of ambiguity, but I can’t escape it. There is, as I have tried to show, a pervasive thrust in the New Testament pushing us toward blessing and doing good to those who hate, curse, and abuse us (Luke 6:27–28). And there is no direct dealing with the situation of using lethal force to save family and friend, except in regards to police and military. This is remarkable when you think about it, since I cannot help but think this precise situation presented itself, since we read that Saul drug men and women bound to Jerusalem (Acts 9:1–2).

There are numerous theological errors with this. The first being that John Piper does not consider the Old Testament or really anything not written in red when considering the answer to an ethical dilemma. The second issue is that John Piper does not recognize the Bible’s teachings on the different spheres of authority. In this particular instance, the father/husband is head of the family, and he is responsible to God for their safekeeping both spiritually and physically.

2) Our primary aim in life is to show that Christ is more precious than life. So when presented with this threat to my wife or daughter or friend, my heart should incline toward doing good in a way that would accomplish this great aim. There are hundreds of variables in every crisis that might affect how that happens.

This is a very academic way to approach evil, like the French in World War 2. They calculated that surrendering was morally superior to fighting the Germans because of the toll World War 1 inflicted on their nation. Because of this moral calculation, the French opted to preemptively surrender despite having a superior military on paper and a vast colonial empire of resources from which to continue fighting, subjecting their northern countryside to the Third Reich whist they retreated southward. John Piper’s moral calculation is similarly not grounded in reality.

3) Jesus died to keep that assailant from sinning against my family. That is, Jesus’s personal strategy for overcoming crimes was to overcome sinful inclinations by giving his life to pay debts and change hearts. It is no small thing that Peter based non-retaliatory suffering from unjust treatment on the atoning work of Christ as exemplary: “To this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).

Only God can overcome sinful inclinations. We cannot save people. Peter speaks of suffering for Christ. This is a vastly different situation and moral calculation then one where someone comes to harm those under your care. This is eisegesis.

4) I realize that even to call the police when threatened — which, in general, it seems right to do in view of Romans 13:1–4 — may come from a heart that is out of step with the mind of Christ. If one’s heart is controlled mainly by fear, or anger, or revenge, that sinful disposition may be expressed by using the police as well as taking up arms yourself.

So even calling the police can be immoral if the motivations are wrong? This seems to be a perverted application of total depravity.

5) I live in the inner city of Minneapolis, and I would personally counsel a Christian not to have a firearm available for such circumstances.

This aged horribly.

6) I do not know what I would do before this situation presents itself with all its innumerable variations of factors. And I would be very slow to condemn a person who chose differently from me.

7) Back to the first point, it seems to me that the New Testament does not aim to make this clear for us. Its aim is a radically transformed heart that lives with its treasure in another world, longs to show Jesus to be more satisfying than life, trusts in the help of God in every situation, and desires the salvation of our enemies.

A man who cannot decisively answer whether he will defend is family will not defend his flock as a pastor, both physically and spiritually. This statement is unbefitting of an Elder of the church[5] as it both telegraphs a lack of discernment and a lack of knowledge of the Bible beyond an elementary level. John Piper’s words on the topic of self-defense have slightly downgraded from 2008 to 2015. Poor trajectories are a sign of false teachers as faithful Christians finish strong.

But self defense is not the only topic in which John Piper demonstrates an inability to make moral calculations at an elementary level. Piper is equally as unequipped in matters of politics and voting, in his article that attempts to sooth the conscience of Joe Biden voters made no effort to calculate the moral game theory. The inability for John Piper to give concise teachings on a number of issues is concerning at best and deceptive at worst. It does not necessarily indicate that he is a false teacher.


John Piper seems to address issues as though he is Moses coming down from Mt. Sinai, as opposed to a constant belligerent in the culture war. Overall, John Piper is not a teacher that can morally reason or problem solve consistently at an elementary level. His writings consistently rely on resorting to ecumenical doctrine to hide inadequate arguments or dangerous teachings, such as Critical Race Theory. It is possible that John Piper is a false teacher expertly using ecumenical doctrine as a trojan horse for false teaching, but it is also possible that John Piper treats unity as a prime directive when writing.

One must guard against giving John Piper too much benefit of the doubt. Piper’s words in 2016 by anyone else would have that person labeled a heretic. But Piper’s arguments on any controversial topic are underwhelming in intellectual vigor. The man is an intellectual lightweight, undeserving of the esteem that has been given to him. It is possible through senescence or just severe unintelligence that John Piper has incidentally employed heretical or erring ideas in his ministry, as it is possible Piper did not foresee the error behind his emphasis on Christian Hedonism. It is also possible he is a master wolf leading people astray.

Whether John Piper is a false teacher or not falls squarely on how intelligent you believe the man is. Either he is a horrible teacher or a false teacher. And because this is called into reasonable doubt, John Piper cannot be definitively labeled a false teacher.

[1] The commentary on these two parts is taken from our articles.

[2] It is possible for someone to believe in the inerrancy of Scripture and to not be saved because acknowledging truth is not what saves people.

[3] John Piper critiques Critical Theory’s support for homosexuality and transgenderism.

[4] This paragraph is the last excerpt used from part two of our critique of John Piper’s article.

[5] Pastor/Elder/Overseer/Bishop are synonymous in the New Testament’s teachings on church governance.

Source: Is John Piper a false teacher?

‘No stopping them’: James Dobson sounds alarm bell for America | WND

James Dobson, the founder of the James Dobson Family Institute and the host of the “Family Talk” radio program, several times has expressed concern over a Joe Biden presidency.

He described Biden’s declared support of transgender surgery for children as “lunacy.” And he warned that the “promises made” by the Biden camp “should disturb every conservative Christian.”

For example, Biden “has told us emphatically that he will bring an open season on the unborn child.”

He will force Americans to fund abortions, implement abortion on demand nationwide without any limits, force Americans to fund Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion provider, and force Christians such as the Little Sisters of the Poor to fund abortions in their health insurance plans, he said.

He said, directly, “Biden’s regime will also usher in other forms of moral depravity.”

Now, in his January newsletter, the Christian leader who has advised multiple presidents, has written 71 books, and has radio broadcasts on more than 1,300 outlets, has another stark warning.

America is about to lose “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”

He explained it all depends on whether the Supreme Court addresses the issue of election fraud, and whether Democrats win the two Georgia Senate seats.

He cited the checks and balances that America’s founders wrote into the Constitution, and also Abraham Lincoln’s assurance that even with the Civil War, “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

But, he warned, “Our government appears to be about to abandon this system in the next month. If that occurs, government of the people, by the people, and for the people may well perish from the earth. This moment is that significant! If the awesome power of government can function, dictate, demand, tax, and penalize its citizens without accountability, democracy will have ceased to exist. How is that possible? I believe this is what the far left has in store for us if Democrats win two additional senatorial seats in the upcoming Georgia runoff. Very quickly, that will mean the demolishing of checks and balances—and America’s greatness could be lost.”

He said if one party holds power in the White House, the U.S. House and the Senate, “All that remains to make that power absolute is to gain control of the judiciary. They can do that first by appointing liberal judges who have been nominated by the president. The next step would be to create two new states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, which would give them four more senatorial seats. With that majority they could ‘pack’ the Supreme Court by creating three to five new justices. An independent judiciary, representing the third branch of government, would be within their grasp. The Democrats’ hold on power would then be consolidated.”

But he said that agenda doesn’t even stop there, as there likely would be the death of the filibuster rule in the Senate, which gives the minority certain powers. And then there are those plans to eliminate the Electoral College.

“That would end accountability to the people in smaller states. If that happens, Democrats would have run the table on power. From there, they could eliminate or rewrite the Constitution or pass any legislation they dream up. There would be no stopping them. Checks and balances would be eradicated for the first time since the adoption of the Constitution on September 17, 1787,” he explained.

The result could be California from coast to coast, he said.

“First, an oligarchy (defined as a small group of ultra-powerful politicians) will control every dimension of our massive government, which will include an entire federal bureaucracy, and from there unrestrained power over the economy, commerce, public education, higher education, the military, medicine, taxation, the IRS, labor, federal lands, water, agriculture, international affairs, the family, and the church. The cherished freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights could easily be compromised or overridden. And from there, we would have…socialism.”

He said outrages such as the Equality Act soon would be law, allowing attacks on people of faith, the destruction of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and children subject to state welfare systems.

Abortion procedures and transgender operations would be required services from doctors, and worse.

“I am most concerned about what will be done to the nation’s children. The LGBTQ ideology, which already predominates in thousands of our nation’s schools, will become even more radicalized. Parents will not be allowed to ‘opt out’ their own flesh and blood, leaving millions of boys and girls to be taught a godless curriculum. Parents, does this worry you? An entire generation of young Americans is at risk as we speak,” he said.

Yet the “worst case” may not come to pass, he said.

“I pray that it won’t. … As Christians know, God is in control. He still cares about this great nation. I believe that repentance for sins and a return to righteousness are our only hope. Remember that ancient Nineveh was under divine judgment, but the people heeded the warnings of Jonah and turned from their wicked ways. The Bible tells us that Nineveh was spared and prospered for another 100 years because of their repentance. It is not too late for America, but the days are short.”

Source: ‘No stopping them’: James Dobson sounds alarm bell for America

Tim Challies Says We Should Follow Mediocre Pastors. Don’t Let Some Second Rate Pastor Discipline You. | The Wartburg Watch

Tim Challies defends mediocrity in church leadership. This has to be one of the most ridiculous posts on church leadership that I have ever read.

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“What right have such men to represent Christianity—as if it were an institution for getting up idiots genteelly?”  ― George Eliot, Middlemarch

Tim Challies avoided learning about the sex abuse scandal in Sovereign Grace because it was “poor time management* to do so.

Seven years ago, Tim Challies wrote a ridiculous post regarding the accusations of sex abuse at Sovereign Grace Ministries. Challies, a supporter of CJ Mahaney in his heyday, decided that it would be poor time management to learn too much about the abuse situation at Sovereign Grace. I wrote: Tim Challies and SGM: “I Have Deliberately Avoided Learning Too Much. (Subtitled Profiles in Gospel Courage…)

For this reason I have deliberately avoided learning too much. I have had to question my motives, especially since I have repeatedly been on the receiving end of scathing criticism for not using my platform to speak out against Mahaney. I have chosen to read the news stories, to understand the basic facts, but conscience compels me to stop there. To do more may not be spiritually beneficial, it may not reflect good time management, and it may not be loving toward those who are involved.

It is my opinion that the actions and attitudes of Tim Challies and his gospel dudebros are among some of the reasons that sexual abuse has been allowed to fester and increase for years in the evangelical church. This is the nonsense that I had to stand against when writing about CJ Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries many years ago. His gospel dudebro, Joe Carter, accused me of libel for calling out the SGM sex abuse mess. I’m still waiting for an apology.  Challies’ *time management* post is one of the reasons that I lost respect for Challies and his BFFs who supported each other in their determination to avoid looking at sex abuse in their midst. I continue to stand by that assessment as we slide into 2021.

Tim Challies wants you to follow mediocre leaders because it’s biblical to do so.

It is important to realize that Challies is a *gospel dudebro.* He believes in the authority of pastors to rebuke and discipline you. He is also part of a group of pastors who believe in *discipline for thee but not for me.*  I wonder if the increasing number of complaints and documented abuses by authoritarian pastors and church leaders is the reason for his post. Is this another way for Challies to say *move along, nothing to see here* just like he did when a number of SGM victims came forward (and maybe coming forward again? ) For those of you who don’t know about the SGM scandal, here is a great article. (Looks like it was good time management for the Washingtonian to report Mahaney.)

Challies wrote the following stunning post: On Following Mediocre Leaders. Here are some highlights.

The fact is, there are not a lot of great leaders.

…most of us are of average leadership ability. A few are brilliant, a few are awful, but most fall somewhere in the middle—average, adequate, mediocre.

…Perhaps the place to begin is with admitting our own mediocrity

…We often lead erratically, impulsively, selfishly, unsympathetically.

…We must follow others as we’d wish to be followed

Here’s where it gets theologically intense. 😉 You are Biblically obligated to follow these mediocre leaders because it’s part of the natural order of things.

…From the humility of our own mediocrity we can consider God’s natural ordering of the world. Embedded in the Ten Commandments is a guide to the way God has ordered relationships.

You see, our leaders are like our mom and dad and we are to follow them because they are like our mom and dad. (Like that thoughtful sentence.)

By father and mother, in the fifth commandment, are meant, not only natural parents, but all superiors in age and gifts; and especially such as, by God’s ordinance, are over us in place of authority, whether in family, church, or commonwealth.” The commandment begins with the most basic relationship of authority—children to parents—then extends to all others.t

It is their position which God demands that we follow, no matter how inept they are.

We must see and understand that it is not the skill of the leaders that gives them the right to call us to follow them. It’s not their ability. Not their track record. It’s their position. Their authority is intrinsic to their position.

We follow him(God)  by following them. That’s true whether they are brilliant leaders, bad leaders, or, more likely, just plain mediocre leaders. The exception clause the Bible offers is not to be exercised when we don’t like the way we are being led or when we are being led poorly, but only when we are being led in ways that contradict a higher authority.

Even worse, God will judge us if we don’t follow inept leaders.

It’s not an easy thing to follow. It’s not an easy thing to follow a leader who doesn’t know how to lead with skill, with integrity, with excellence. Yet to resist authority, even authority exercised with mediocrity, is, in the words of scripture, to resist what God has appointed, and “those who resist will incur judgment”

OK, enough of this nonsense. Let’s think about this. Do you go looking for mediocre?

  • Would you go to a mediocre neurosurgeon to remove the tumor in your little girl’s head? Absolutely not. My husband and I called people all over the country who encouraged us to stay with the neurosurgeons at Dallas Children’s Hospital. Mediocre was not what we wanted.
  • Would you go to a mediocre guy to fix your car? I sure do my homework on finding the best repair shop for the money.
  • I am about to pick up Chinese food from a great hole in the wall restaurant. (They are the best.) I don’t spend our hard-earned money on mediocre food.
  • Would you let a mediocre electrician rewrite your house?

What do you want to bet old Tim looks for better than mediocre when it’s his money and life on the line? Yet he’s asking us to put our spiritual lives in the hands of mediocre leaders. Is he trying to make this argument because of a number of mediocre pastors in his circles that I have exposed on this blog?

Why I would never go to a church that encourages mediocre anything.

If you have been reading TWW for any length of time, you have read story after story of abuse in churches led by *mediocre* pastors. In the next week or so, I will be writing the story of a woman who was abused by a church that emphasized the mediocre practice of biblical counseling, ACBC style.

  • There was mediocre Matt Chandler who abused Karen Hinckley.
  • There was mediocre Andy Savage who molested Jules Woodson and went on to become a mega pastor.
  • There are Mark Dever and 9 Marks who will not let a member resign from a church without their mediocre permission.
  • There is the TGC, 9 Marks, and Acts 29 requirement that one sign a church contract (covenant). These mediocre leaders plan to discipline you for any infraction which they do not define ahead of time.
  • I have written, time and time again, of decent church members who have gone to their mediocre pastors with some concerns and find themselves on the wrong end of the church discipline process.
  • My blogging buddy, Todd Wilhelm, who quit his 9 Marks church in Dubai because he disagreed with them pushing CJ Mahaney’s books, landed on their member care list (a euphemism for church discipline.) He stayed on it for 6 months because he refused to immediately join another church. (He was being careful not to land another mediocre church.) He was guilty, like Martin Luther, of exercising his freedom of conscience. That 9 Marks mediocre leadership didn’t like anyone like Todd wh, unlike them, is decidedly not mediocre. Unlike them, he stood up for those who have been abused.

According to Tim Challies, we are to submit to church discipline. According to Challies, we also should be willing to be judged as needing church discipline by mediocre church leaders/pastors. Given my almost 12 years of blogging, I believe that there are far too many mediocre and unloving p\astors who should be avoided at all costs. One can only read Challies’ response to the CJ Mahaney situation to get that he’s one that should be avoided. He was on the wrong side of history and is demonstrating that he is quite mediocre. But he doesn’t mind. In his book, mediocre means he can be your leader and you need to follow him anyway.

Don’t settle for mediocre pastors who are authoritarian junkies. Seek out good, kind, and loving pastors. They are out there. I’ve found quite a few along the way. Wade Burleson on EChurch is one. I attend a church that has pastors who are far, far better than Challies’ group of mediocre leaders. Do not let yourself be bullied or disciplined (sometimes they are the same) by second rate church leaders. God loves you. Make sure your church leaders do as well.

Source: Tim Challies Says We Should Follow Mediocre Pastors. Don’t Let Some Second Rate Pastor Discipline You.

Facebook Removes 1.7 MILLION Member Group “Joe Biden Is Not My President” Without Warning — But Anti-Trump “Not My President” Page Still Up After 4 Years | The Gateway Pundit

Facebook removed the 1.7 million member “Joe Biden Is Not My President” group this weekend without warning.
This is what continues to happen to conservatives after Republican lawmakers refused to take action to preserve freedom of speech in America.

Via The Scoop:

The far-left radicals that run Facebook just deleted the 1.7 million member group ‘Joe Biden IS NOT MY PRESIDENT!‘.

The group’s admins say they were given no warning and no explanation as to why the group, which was created on December 15th, 2020 was deleted.

The Scoop reported 3 days ago that the group had set the record for the shortest amount of time to reach 1 million members.


Meanwhile, the “Not My President” anti-Trump Facebook group is still posting their nasty attacks on President Trump after 4 years.

The facebook group posted their first video before the Trump Inauguration four years ago.
That page has 750,000 members.

Source: Facebook Removes 1.7 MILLION Member Group “Joe Biden Is Not My President” Without Warning — But Anti-Trump “Not My President” Page Still Up After 4 Years

Trump supporters turn up the heat on Marco Rubio with protest outside his home, demand that he challenge Biden’s electoral victory | RT – Daily news

Trump supporters turn up the heat on Marco Rubio with protest outside his home, demand that he challenge Biden’s electoral victory

Dozens of Donald Trump supporters demonstrated outside the home of US Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), demanding that he join a Republican effort to fight congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral win.

The demonstrators marched from a nearby park before gathering outside Rubio’s residence in West Miami on Saturday, chanting “stop the steal” and waving Trump flags. Footage from Miami ABC affiliate WPLG shows protesters carrying signs with such messages as “Do not confirm” and “Rubio we are watching you.”

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Launch voter fraud commission or we won’t certify election results, Ted Cruz & 10 other Republican senators say

The crowd made clear its demand that Rubio challenge finalization of Biden’s victory when Congress convenes on January 6 to certify the electoral results from across the nation. One man said through a megaphone, “If he does not, his political future is over.”

Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio was among the demonstrators and told a WPLG reporter, “If they wind up stealing this election, this will continue. We will continue to come back, and we will continue to fight this.”

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Another participant in the protest, identified as Trump supporter Chris Nelson, said, “We want to send a direct message to Senator Marco Rubio to do everything possible in his power to not certify this fraudulent election.”

Some of Florida’s US House members have said they will vote against certifying results from states where Trump has alleged massive election fraud, but the state’s senators, Rubio and Rick Scott, haven’t taken a stand publicly.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and 10 other Republicans jointly announced on Saturday that they will challenge certification of electoral votes unless the Senate agrees to form an emergency commission to conduct a 10-day audit of the results in states that have been disputed. Those 11 follow Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), who previously said that he would try to block certification.

On Sunday, four Republican senators joined in a bipartisan statement calling for Congress to certify results of the November 3 election. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) were among the co-signers, saying, “The voters have spoken, and Congress must now fulfill its responsibility to certify the election results.”

Cruz said he expects most or all Democrats as well as many Republicans to favor formalizing Biden’s victory.

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‘Seditious’ Texas GOP official suggests Mitt Romney should be GUILLOTINED for not supporting challenge to election certification

Saturday’s demonstration outside Rubio’s home illustrates the growing pressure on Republicans to prove their loyalty to Trump and risk being branded by the mainstream media as trying to subvert the democratic process. Trump is expected to remain a strong political force if he’s forced to step down on January 20, as scheduled. The president and his allies may campaign against Republicans who were seen as disloyal in 2022, when Rubio is up for re-election.

Source: Trump supporters turn up the heat on Marco Rubio with protest outside his home, demand that he challenge Biden’s electoral victory