Daily Archives: January 28, 2021

Discernment, “Evil Suspicions”, and Beth Moore — The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Over the last two days I have posted something about Founders Baptist Church in Houston’s Love In Truth conference, where the theme was “Discernment, Faith, and Fidelity to the Truth.” I learned so much and enjoyed the quality of the lectures and sermons. The organization posted the videos for free on Youtube. Here is the channelwith all the lectures and sermons.

I was especially interested in something Ken Ramey said in his sermon: The Discerning Listener (1 Timothy 1:3–11) | Truth In Love 2021 | Session 3. Paul is telling Timothy in chapter 1 verse 4 about those who advocate a different doctrine and who do not agree with sound doctrine,

he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a sick craving for controversial questions and disputes about words, from which come envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,

Hmmm, evil suspicions… what’s that about? It means someone ascribes evil motives to another person.

In the sermon on this verse by John MacArthur called The Pathology of False Teachers, we read that “Unity is the test of truth”. True teachers bring unity because we unite around our common understandings from the Bible. False teachers bring division. Paul warned about that. There’s nothing worse than a false teacher casting evil suspicions onto or about a believer. Why? Because suspicions are nebulous, hard to deny, and they cause division in the minds and hearts of the hearers by raising doubt about the integrity of the person the suspicion is aimed at. This slander, and God HATES slander.

Evil suspicions leads to disputings, which is-

a very interesting word. It’s a double compound word, diaparatribē. It means to be mutually rubbing together, constant friction, constant hassling, constant irritation. In fact, Chrysostom used to say it was like two diseased sheep rubbing their diseases into each other. ~John MacArthur

How’s THAT for a vivid picture? False teaching brought by false teachers is serious! We don’t coddle these people. We don’t give grace to these people. I will give you a recent example of an evil suspicion Paul talks about in the 1 Timothy 6:4 verse. Beth Moore. She is the best at casting evil suspicions. Doing so is yet another nail in the proof coffin that Beth Moore is a false teacher. 

When Moore was in her 20s, she substitute-taught a Sunday School class for women. She had been leading an aerobics class, but the teacher who normally taught was going out on maternity leave, so the pastor asked Beth Moore to teach the class. Moore’s time as a sub ended up being almost a year, and during the course of it, Moore realized she was out of her depth. She decided to take ‘a doctrine class’ (never fully defined on what that entailed). The teacher, who she named in this article as Buddy Walters, kept on privately tutoring her (with her husband present, but more on that in a moment) for a few years afterward.

For decades, Moore has spoken of Buddy Walters in a positive light, gushing about him in Moore’s emotional way. Here in one of the many times she has spoken of her former teacher and mentor, she’s quoted as saying: “I’ve never lost my esteem for my teacher. I could get tears in my eyes just thinking about him. He taught under a powerful unction of the Holy Spirit and with a love for the Bible that I had never seen. I suppose some 90 percent of what he taught me I still believe with all my heart. No one made a deeper investment in my love for the Word of God.

Wow, that’s some teacher! She is blessed to have had his time and energy and wisdom to invest into her.

Sadly, by 2021, she has lost esteem for her teacher. She now casts evil suspicions on him. In a series of tweets from this week, Moore wrote,

“Studied day in, day out. Everything I could get my hands on. Drove my teacher crazy. He’d send me home with stacks of materials. Say he didn’t want to see me again till I’d gone through all of them. I’d show back up the next week for more. He was ultra conservative. I’m sure it frustrated the heck out of him that it was a woman in his class that caught the fever. I laugh as I think back on it because I always credited him & now I realize he probably would have preferred that I not. LOL. He is with the Lord now. Oh mercy, I loved him. And so did Keith.” (timestamp- 8:38 AM · Jan 25, 2021)

It wasn’t necessary to state the man was “ultra conservative”, unless, you want to cast suspicions on him for having to teach a woman instead of a man. Or that “ultra conservatives” are frustrated that the women in his class are excited for the word of God.

It is a shame that false teacher Beth Moore cast suspicions on a beloved mentor, who took his time over years to help her. Who is now dead and cannot defend these evil suspicions cast on his motivations.

As a side note, it’s also a shame that she had to include this little nugget in her reminiscence: “Not that Keith ever took a class but, when this man started mentoring me one on one, he wouldn’t meet with me without Keith present. So Keith would sit right there at the table & flip through a fishing magazine. They ended up such good friends. Oh man, I wouldn’t trade any of it.” 8:38 AM · Jan 25, 2021.

It’s like the time Moore made sure to mention that “my man isn’t inclined to study the scriptures”. We get it. Your husband won’t go to church and won’t study the word. He’ll hunt and he’ll fish but he isn’t religious at all. We get it. Ladies, it’s crass to disparage your husband in public. It’s also crass if you do it in a passive-aggressive way. I’m also unsure of how the deer corn adds to biblical study.

From Ken Ramey’s sermon, you can tell if someone is false if their words- 

–are detracting from God’s work
–if they do not produce a sound faith
–distract you from Jesus rather than focusing on Jesus (in other words, if their words
–cause a controversy so often you get caught up in their controversy and not come away with a better understanding of Jesus)
–incite constant friction with their words
–bring constant chaos and breakdown of relationships

Ladies, the Bible is replete with warnings and commands regarding false teachers. Mr. Ramey noted that all New Testament books warned something about false doctrine or false teachers except for Philemon. If the Holy Spirit inspired the writers to deal with the subject that often, it behooves us to heed those warnings by making sure we understand all the passages about it and apply them to the people we follow in our lives. Beth Moore is a false teacher who should be avoided, as are any teachers who cast evil suspicions.

Discernment, “Evil Suspicions”, and Beth Moore — The End Time

Swamp Refills with Deep State Globalists — VCY America

Date:  January 28, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
​Guest: William F. Jasper 
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When Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency, he often spoke about the need to ‘drain the swamp.’  He also spoke about the ‘deep state’, the need to put America and its interests first, national sovereignty and distancing America from the U.N.  

After being elected, he went to work on these things, pulling away from such efforts as the Paris Climate Accords, the World Health Organization and the push toward globalism.  As he did this, there was constant push-back with virtually every agency and department taking action to slow or stop his efforts.  Now with the change in the White House, the guest on this edition of Crosstalk believes that the ‘swamp’ is being refilled with ‘deep state’ globalists from the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Joining Jim to give his perspective on this issue was William F. Jasper.  William is the senior editor at The New American Magazine.  He’s an author, journalist and commentator as well as a top investigative reporter and documentary producer.  For more than three decades he served as an accredited correspondent at the United Nations in New York and U.N. summits around the world.

William began by presenting listeners with a brief history of the Council on Foreign Relations which began after WWI with President Woodrow Wilson.  When the League of Nations charter failed to pass the Senate, The Council on Foreign Relations was formed.

Eventually they began to build influence within the U.S. government and by the time you get to WWII, they had almost taken over the government.  So now we have a situation where for the last eight or nine Republican and Democratic administrations, the cabinet and sub-cabinet posts have been overwhelmingly populated by members of the council. 

What is the place of the phrase ‘deep state’ in this effort?  Are the members of the CFR limited to aspects of the U.S. federal government?  Do they include individuals from both major political parties?  Are there corporate members that are part of this effort?  How about religious individuals?  William answers these and numerous other questions as he names names, some of which may surprise listeners.

More Information

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Swamp Refills with Deep State Globalists — VCY America

Biblically exposing NAR ‘prophets’. — ChurchWatch

Latest article from Holly Pivec and Doug Geivett, addressing the failed President Trump ‘re-election’ prophecies by leaders within the New Apostolic Reformation.

“With their failed prophecies about Trump’s re-election, NAR prophets have disappointed the people, damaged the reputation of the Church, and have fostered greater suspicion of Christian leadership.”

Holly Pivec is the co-author of A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement and God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement. She has a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University. Doug Geivett has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California, and teaches at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology. He has written or edited several books in addition to the two he wrote with Holly, including Faith, Film and Philosophy: Big Ideas on the Big Screen.


Sorry, not sorry: Why the NAR prophets’ apologies for getting things wrong don’t cut it.

Holly Pivec and Doug Geivett write:

Kris Vallotton—the chief “prophet” at Bethel Church in Redding, California—posted a video on Facebook, Nov. 7, 2020, apologizing for his prophecy that President Trump would be reelected to a second consecutive term in office. He removed it shortly after posting it, but reposted it on Jan. 8, 2021, after the U.S. Congress certified the Electoral College vote.

Apologies from the many “prophets” of the New Apostolic Reformation who falsely prophesied President Trump’s reelection are pouring in, including apologies from Kris VallottonShawn Bolz, and Jeremiah Johnson.

They say their failed prophecies don’t make them false prophets.They maintain that they’re still genuine prophets of God, and they stress that they’ve prophesied accurately in the past. Yet they admit that, this time, they missed it big time.

Many of their followers have responded to their apologies with praise for their humility and their willingness to admit they were mistaken. Indeed, many have said that the apologies actually serve to strengthen their credibility and provide more reason to trust the “prophets.” (Other followers are doubling down and insisting that the “prophets” were right and that, despite all evidence to the contrary, Trump will see a second term in office because God will vindicate the prophets and reverse the present circumstances.)

In short, many of their followers have accepted the apologies of the “prophets” and have indicated that they still see them as legitimate prophets. The “prophets” did apologize, after all. Wasn’t that big of them? Shouldn’t we give them credit for owning up to their mistakes?

Here are some reasons why their apologies aren’t enough.

How can anyone ever trust their prophecies again? Do they honestly expect their followers to believe them the next time they claim to have a word from God? What degree of confidence can someone possibly have in their words after they’ve been mistaken? 25 percent? 50 percent? 75 percent?

Prophets claim to speak for God. That, literally, is their one job. As such, we test them by their words.

According to Scripture, one failed prophecy is sufficient to show that a person is not a genuine prophet of God. This can been seen in the Old Testament, which gives a key test for knowing whether a prophet is of God: if the prophet makes a prediction about the future, his words must come to pass (Deuteronomy 18:20-22). If his words aren’t fulfilled, that’s a sure sign God did not send him. Legitimate prophets in the Bible could point to fulfilled prophecy in vindication of their claims, while their false counterparts were unable to produce similar results (see, for example, 1 Kings 22:1-40).

Past “hits” fail to vindicate them. NAR prophets are defending themselves, in the aftermath of the election, by claiming to have accurately predicted other past events. For example, Shawn Bolz, a prophet closely connected to Bethel Church in Redding, California, wrote, Friday, on Facebook, “In the same season of such a big miss I have had some of the most marvelous fulfillment of prophecies in my entire career.” But what “marvelous” fulfillments was he referring to? He didn’t say. Surely he was not referring to the prediction he made back in February 2020 that coronavirus was coming to an end and would not become a major pandemic. That was another major miss on his part.

Yet even if Bolz did make some accurate predictions in the past, that still does not prove his legitimacy as a prophet. Notice, the Old Testament gives us a negative test for prophetic authority: if the prophecy fails, then the prophet is not the real deal. This disconfirms the individual’s claim to be a prophet. But the test cannot be used to confirm that one is a prophet of God. This point is made clear in Deuteronomy 13:1-5, which warns that, even if a so-called “prophet” makes a prediction that comes to pass, they must not be listened to if their prophecies are accompanied by false teaching.

Do we know of any biblical prophets who are known to have apologized? How would this notion have been regarded by them?

So many NAR prophets got it wrong collectively. How does that happen? Where were the prophets who got it right, who rightly predicted that Trump would lose? Did any? Was it 10 to 1? (After the election, Ron Cantor claimed God told him Biden would win though he only shared his “revelation” privately so that doesn’t count as a public prophecy.)

We should ask, if these NAR “prophets” did not receive divine revelation, why did they believe what they predicted? What is the real reason? An agenda? Wishful thinking? A theology that entails the rise of a Trump-like leader whom they see as instrumental to the fulfillment of their prophecies about bringing God’s kingdom to earth through the so-called “Seven Mountain Mandate?”

They’ll go on prophesying, but in untestable ways. If history is any indicator, the NAR prophets who falsely prophesied Trump’s reelection won’t stop prophesying; they’ll just revert to giving prophecies that are unspecific and vague because such prophecies are less risky for them to give. In fact, Bolz has indicated exactly that since he wrote that, for an unspecified amount of time, he plans to refrain from giving any “public political words.” But that won’t make his prophecies any less false (or dangerous). It will just be more difficult to show they are false because they can’t be easily tested. Indeed, the vast majority of NAR prophecies fall into the category of being vague and untestable. In contrast to the unfalsifiable prophecies of NAR prophets, prophets in the Bible gave prophecies that were specific and could be tested.

Many of the NAR “prophets” seem more concerned about their own reputations. For example, the apostle Bill Johnson, during a recent YouTube interview on the Victory Channel, shared his “prayer directive” that God would “rise up” in defense of the prophets who prophesied Trump’s reelection. In looking for God to “rise up,” he seemed to expect God to act to overturn the results of the election so the prophets would be proven right. Johnson expressed concern that the “prophetic ministry” today is being mocked because of their prophecies about Trump. He seemed more worried about their credibility then the credibility of the Church at large.

But the NAR prophets seem to forget that in calling themselves, or in regarding themselves as, prophets, they tacitly purport to represent God. Yet, throughout the Old Testament, God is jealous of his reputation.

With their failed prophecies about Trump’s reelection, NAR prophets have disappointed the people, damaged the reputation of the Church, and have fostered greater suspicion of Christian leadership. YouTube videos mocking all evangelicals because of their failed prophecies have received millions of views, such as this one titled “Evangelicals Freak Out.” The NAR prophets have made it much more difficult for Christians to share the gospel going forward.

These are important reasons why false prophecy is so egregious and rightly condemned in Scripture.

So, if an apology is not enough, then what should the “prophets” do who falsely predicted Trump’s reelection? They should stop claiming to be prophets, and they should step down from teaching publicly since they have demonstrated that they do not have the gifting, biblical understanding, and discernment required by these roles (1 Timothy 1:7).

Source: Holly Pivec & Doug Geivett, ‘Holly Pivec’ blog, https://www.hollypivec.com/blog/sorry-not-sorry-why-the-nar-prophets-apologies-for-getting-things-wrong-dont-cut-it, Published January 10, 2021. (Accessed January 29, 2021.)

Additional CWC Resources from Holly Pivec.

Biblically exposing NAR ‘prophets’. —

G7 Elites In England Calling For Creation Of ‘Global Covid Travel Pass’ Digital Passport To Create 21ST Century Version Of ‘Show Me Your Papers’ — Now The End Begins

Reports indicate that health and tech giants including Microsoft, the Mayo Clinic, and Oracle are already working on a digital vaccination passport.

When we first warned people about this back in March of 2020, many people said we were ‘deluded conspiracy theorists’ and that a global, one world digital, and eventually biometric passport could not happen. Guess what? It’s happening, and not only is it happening, it will soon be mandatory as will the COVID vaccine. The countdown to the Mark of the Beast has not only begun, it is well underway.

“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” Habakkuk 1:5 (KJB)

Millions of people are now demanding they be given the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine, despite the thousands of adverse reactions and the dozens of deaths already catalogued from the jabs. It takes no imagination at all to picture these same people demanding a Global Covid Travel Pass to go along with it. More and more people are emailing me and saying that their pastors are not only taking the vaccine, but setting up their churches to be inoculation centers.


COMMON SENSE TELLS YOU THAT IF THEY MAKE YOU WEAR A MASK, THEY WILL MAKE YOU TAKE THE VACCINE, AND MAKE YOU TAKE THE DIGITAL IMMUNITY PASSPORT

Tony Blair Pushes Boris to Create Global Coronavirus Vaccine Passport at G7

FROM BREITBART NEWS: Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair is pushing Boris Johnson to use British leadership of the G7 to create a global vaccine passport.

“The UK faces a choice: lead or be led,” insists a new reportfrom the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, established by the Iraq War architect after he stepped away from electoral politics. “If we choose to wait, a confusing array of different passports await our citizens,” the Institute claims, suggesting that a global vaccine passport — or “Global Covid Travel Pass” — would be in the people’s best interests.

“We can avoid this and the complications of multiple passes and varying travel requirements if the UK takes the lead on developing a single, global COVID pass,” the report adds. “In the year of the UK’s G7 presidency, there has never been a more momentous opportunity — or need — for the government to show global leadership. One option is that everyone just does their own thing, which is much more chaotic and difficult to manage. Or secondly, there’s a set of global  rules in place that you may not be that happy with,” Blair told The Telegraph.

“It’s better to have common rules and a common verification system, so that people know what your disease status is and know it with some validation,” insisted the globalist leader — raising the prospect of a worldwide health authority choosing who can travel, and who cannot.

Reports indicate that health and tech giants including Microsoft, the Mayo Clinic, and Oracle are already workingon a digital vaccination passport. Top government ministers previously denied that the British government was looking at such a document, amid fears that it could introduce a “papers, please” culture redolent of the worst excesses of Continental European government, in which the unvaccinated could find themselves reduced to second-class status.

Despite these denials, the government is now already trialling vaccine passports in the form of smartphone apps. The European Union has already announced that it will “recognise” vaccine passports, and is actively considering proposals to issue them to all vaccinated persons.

Mr Blair did not indicate whether or not the introduction of Global Covid Travel Pass requirements should mean that border forces could begin turning back the illegal aliens who have continued to enter British territory in large numbers throughout the pandemic, apparently unaffected by travel bans. READ MORE

G7 Elites In England Calling For Creation Of ‘Global Covid Travel Pass’ Digital Passport To Create 21ST Century Version Of ‘Show Me Your Papers’ — Now The End Begins

Truth Is Our Weapon – We Must Use It — CultureWatch

We have the truth, and we need to start using it:

In case you have not noticed: the days of comfortable Christianity in the West are now long gone. In a very short period of time, we have moved from being a Christian West to a post-Christian West to an anti-Christian West. I have lived through all three phases over the course of my lifetime.

As I was just thinking yesterday: I have never been so alarmed, so concerned, and so burdened with what I see happening all around me. We who are living today have never witnessed this before: the gathering gloom, the weight of darkness, the anti-God and anti-faith tsunami, the flood of immorality and evil, and the secularisation and demonisation of the State.

Add to this one of the worst features of our current situation: the near universal apathy and ignorance of the churches. Most Christians have no idea what is going on and couldn’t care less. Most are asleep at the wheel, and most just want to be left alone to live the good life. They have zero interest in the political and social disasters all around them.

But I was also thinking yesterday that there are indeed some brave and faith-filled believers who do know what is going on, who do care greatly about all this, and who are speaking out. It encouraged me greatly just to think about these folks – many of them actually friends of mine – at least online friends, if not those I have personally met.

All over the West there are pockets of courageous resistance with concerned saints speaking out, regardless of how costly that is getting to be. And they all know that we have one key weapon at our disposal: truth. We must keep proclaiming truth, even if we end up being the last ones standing.

It was the Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn who said, “One word of truth shall outweigh the whole world.” Or as Jesus put it, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). So truth is the weapon we must use.

Of course to stand for truth in a world that lives on lies and loves the darkness does not guarantee that we will win every battle and defeat every foe. But it is the means by which we must proceed. That is how we must make a stand, and there would be many examples of this.

Let me here mention just three champions who are standing strong and proclaiming truth. The trouble with singling out individuals of course is that so many others could be mentioned. But it is worth giving credit where credit is due, and more articles like this can feature even more champions for truth.

The three I highlight here are all fellow Americans, and I have quoted from all of them in the past. Two I know well – at least as social media friends. Those two – like me – have become veterans of how Big Tech treats truth tellers: spending time in Facebook Gulag.

But let me start with one prophetic voice that I do not know personally, but I like how he speaks truth to power. And perhaps nowhere is that needed more in the West today than in calling out the new American President. Messianic Christian Jonathan Cahn recently gave a message on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Here is part of it:

Mr. President, you have called for unity and peace.  But how can a nation have unity and peace when it wars against the very foundation on which it stands? How can a nation have unity and peace when it has turned against the God who brought it into existence? And it has turned. The nation that once led its school children in prayer and taught them of His Word now declares such prayers and teachings as forbidden and instead instructs its children against the ways of God. How can that nation have unity and peace? How can we have unity and peace in America if we have no unity and peace with God. We are a house divided against itself.  And a house divided against itself cannot stand.

Mr. President, how can you place your left hand on the Bible, the Word of God, and with your right hand, sign laws into existence that war against the Word of God.  How can you place one hand on the Word that ordains human life as sacred and in the image of God from conception, and then with the other, sign laws into existence that will promulgate the killing of that human life?  How can you invoke the name of God in your oath and lay your hand upon His word and then implement laws that will suppress the going forth of His word, that will censor His word, and those who advance it?

You plan to enact laws that will disregard the distinction between male and female. Did not the warning of our first president involve that very thing – if we disregard the eternal rules of order that heaven itself has ordained… You plan to enact laws that will specifically neutralize the protection of religious freedom. You plan to strike down the Hyde Amendment, so that more children will be murdered and those Americans who recognize abortion as murder, will be forced to support the act of murder with their taxes. And you plan to empower the act of killing unborn children not only within the borders of America but throughout the world to the end that yet more rivers of blood will flow.

You can read the whole message here: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/jonathan-cahn-big-tech-vs-christians/

And you watch his full 13-minute message here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrCtoQUXnmc&t=217s

Two other champions who courageously proclaim truth tirelessly are Prof. Robert Gagnon, and Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute. Their daily posts on the social media are always full of truth, wisdom and prophetic power. Let me quote from each of them.

Today for example Laurie said this:

The halcyon days for Christians in America are over. When will Christians get that through their thick soft skulls that have marinated for decades in materialistic comfort? The persecution Scripture promises us, the trials we are to count as joy, the hatred Christ told us we will experience–all of that is here in America and intensifying. And still most Christians don’t seem to see it. And in not seeing it, they’re not preparing their children for what their cross-carrying walk may or will entail. Sometimes don’t you feel like slapping your brothers and sisters in Christ upside the head or shake them like your mother did when you were a teenager and you were taller than her?

And a few days ago she said this – the sort of thing that Fakebook considers to be hate speech:

Resident Biden–the Unifier-in-chief–has lifted the ban on cross-sex impersonators serving in the military. So, now all the good women who have signed up to serve our country will have to shower and bunk with biological men–also known by science as “men.” I guess all us rubes, dupes, deplorables, and ugly folk are on the hook to pay for cross-sex hormone-doping too. The “trans” cult couldn’t rest with just destroying women’s sports and shelters. Their goal is to spread their alchemical pseudoscience around the world before the truth can pull up its pants. And the “trans”-cultists and their ignorant sycophants call Republicans science-deniers. Sheesh.

Robert Gagnon also posts daily soul food. He too speaks truth to power, and will not remain silent. Here are a few of his recent offerings:

“Incitement to violence” will be the consistent pretext for denying you free speech and free exercise of religion. That’s why FB banned me for a day. That’s the whole basis of the impeachment charge against Trump, even after he is out of office. Do you think that Dems will stop with Trump? They are out to cancel you. Get really “woke.” It doesn’t matter that you tell people to act “peaceably.”

And this:

Scripture regularly treats state persecution of God’s people as demonic, and there is no other label that fits the promotion of wanton killing of innocent life. Yet many Christian “elite” and their younger generation supporters resist the obvious conclusion that the Dem Party, which latches onto coercive “LGBTQ+” laws and virtually unrestricted abortion as its supreme idols, has a demonic policy agenda. Kindly explain to me the fallacy of my argument.

One more:

For Christians who warn against consistent voting against Dem candidates, confusing politics with salvation, and not aligning Christianity with any one political party or person, consider this:

While the Republican Party is not the Christian Party, neither is its two main policy idols killing unborn babies with impunity and setting up laws and judicial rulings that will permanently persecute Christians over failure to bend the knee and confess allegiance to immoral, conscience-violating “LGBTQ+” ideology.

The failings of each Party must be weighed, not counted. It is not about aligning oneself *with* one Party over another but aligning oneself *against* one Party whose executive, legislative, and judicial agenda is not just inferior to the other Party but downright demonic.

Whatever good may come out of the Dem Party simply can’t cancel out the demonic agenda for its two chief policy idols. Scripture regularly treats state persecution of God’s people as demonic, and there is no other label that fits the promotion of wanton killing of innocent life. This does not mean that Dem voters or even Dem candidates and office holders are demonic. But the chief agenda of their Party is….

If these two are not yet your FB friends, they should be. We need to hear more from truth-tellers like this. And we need to not just hear these things, but also to share them far and wide. And we need to keep folks like this in our prayers as well. Being on the frontlines means you get the worst that the other side will throw at you.

As mentioned, there would be many more individuals who could be featured here. Future articles will seek to do that. But I wanted to offer these three examples of those who understand the times and know what must be done, just like the ancient sons of Issachar did (see 1 Chronicles 12:32). They know that truth must be proclaimed, even though it is becoming increasingly dangerous to do so.

Solzhenitsyn, again, can have the last word here: “You can resolve to live your life with integrity. Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me.”

Truth Is Our Weapon – We Must Use It — CultureWatch

January 28 Evening Quotes of the Day

New Miracles Not Needed to Prove Christ’s Office
1 Corinthians 1:22–23; 2 Corinthians 1:21–22; Ephesians 1:13–14; 4:30

We have the full use and benefit of the Holy Ghost which was given then. That seal that was then set to the Christian doctrine and Scriptures stands there still. When Christ has fully proved to the world the truth of his mediatorship, office, and doctrine, must he still continue the same actions? Is it not enough that he sealed it up once, but must he set a new seal for every man that requires it in every age? Then miracles would be no miracles.

RICHARD BAXTER

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

Doing Nothing Except the Will of God
Deuteronomy 11:1; 30:20; Joshua 22:5; James 4:7

I have no pain nor any doubt as to my state, because I have no will but that of God, which I endeavor to carry out in all things, and to which I am so submissive that I would not take up a straw from the ground against His order, or from any other motive but purely that of love to Him.

BROTHER LAWRENCE

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

January 28 Evening Verse of the Day

4:32 Paul used a play on words to illustrate his point. Believers are urged to be kind (Gk chrestos) because of Christ (Gk Christos).[1]


4:32 forgiving one another The Greek word used here, charizomai, implies not only forgiving, but doing so with a gracious attitude. Paul uses this same word elsewhere to describe God’s forgiveness (e.g., Col 2:13).[2]


4:32 Being kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving flows from constantly remembering that God first forgave us and that we need his forgiveness daily, as the Lord’s Prayer reminds us: “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matt. 6:12; cf. Luke 11:4).[3]


4:32 just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Those who have been forgiven so much by God should, of all people, forgive the relatively small offenses against them by others. The most graphic illustration of this truth is the parable of Mt 18:21–35.[4]


4:32. Instead they are to be kind to one another. Kindness is the opposite of bitterness and resentment. Instead of anger we are to be tenderhearted, which means to have compassion for others. Paul brings this powerful section to a close with one of the keys in relationships with others. Believers are to forgive one another even as God in Christ forgave you. Forgiveness means “to release the debt, to let it go.”

If Christians do not forgive, they will become angry and bitter. Their ability to forgive others is based on the great truth that God has forgiven them in Christ. By faith in Christ they have forgiveness of sin (Acts 10:43). This is expressed in the Lord’s Prayer as well (Matt 6:12, 14).[5]


4:32 The foregoing sins of temper should be terminated, but the vacuum must be filled by the cultivation of Christlike qualities. The former are natural vices; the following are supernatural virtues:

Kindness—An unselfish concern for the welfare of others, and a desire to be helpful even at great personal sacrifice.

Tenderheartedness—A sympathetic, affectionate, and compassionate interest in others, and a willingness to bear their burden.

Forgiveness—A readiness to pardon offenses, to overlook personal wrongs against oneself, and to harbor no desire for retaliation.

The greatest example of One who forgives is God Himself. The basis of His forgiveness is the work of Christ at Calvary. And we are the unworthy objects. God could not forgive sin without proper satisfaction being made. In His love He provided the satisfaction which His righteousness demanded. In Christ, that is, in His Person and work, God found a righteous basis on which He could forgive us.

Since He forgave us when we were in debt “millions of dollars,” we ought to forgive others when they owe us “a few dollars” (Matt. 18:23–28. JBP). Lenski counsels:

The moment a man wrongs me I must forgive him. Then my soul is free. If I hold the wrong against him I sin against God and against him and jeopardize my forgiveness with God. Whether the man repents, makes amends, asks my pardon or not, makes no difference. I have instantly forgiven him. He must face God with the wrong he has done; but that is his affair and God’s and not mine save that I should help him according to Matt. 18:15, etc. But whether this succeeds or not and before this even begins, I must forgive him.[6]


4:32 “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other” This is contrasted with v. 31. It is a PRESENT MIDDLE (deponent) IMPERATIVE. These are the positive continuing commands (cf. Col. 3:12–13) that (1) please the Spirit, (2) build the fellowship of the saints, and (3) attract lost people.

© “just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” This is the underlying motive for believers’ actions is the actions of Christ toward them (cf. Matt. 6:12, 14–15; 18:21–35; Phil. 2:1–11; 1 John 3:16).[7]

32. Now, in the final analysis, the putting away of the aforementioned evil dispositions, words, and actions can be accomplished only by the acquisition and development of the opposite virtues. Accordingly, turning once more to positive exhortations, the apostle states: And be kind to each other, tender-hearted. This may be compared with Col. 3:12, 13: “Put on, therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness …, forgiving each other if anyone have a complaint against anyone. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so do you also.” Kindness is Spirit-imparted goodness of heart, the very opposite of the malice or badness mentioned in verse 31. The early Christians by means of kindness commended themselves to others (2 Cor. 6:6). God, too, is kind (Rom. 2:4; cf. 11:22), and we are admonished to become like him in this respect (Luke 6:35). When the kind person hears a piece of malicious gossip, he does not run to the telephone to let others in on the delectable tidbit. When someone’s faults are pointed out to him, he tries, if he can at all do so in honesty, to offset these failings by pointing out the criticized individual’s good qualities. Kindness marks the man who has taken to heart 1 Cor. 13:4. Tenderheartedness (cf. 1 Peter 3:8 and “the heart of compassion” of Col. 3:12) indicates a very deep feeling, “a yearning with the deeply-felt affection of Christ Jesus.” Paul adds: forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. Colossians says, “just as the Lord”; Ephesians, “just as God in Christ.” There is no essential difference. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one. They co-operate in all of these activities that concern our salvation. To forgive “just as God in Christ” forgave means: just as freely, generously, wholeheartedly, spontaneously, and eagerly. For a justification of this interpretation see such passages as Matt. 18:21–27, 35 and Luke 23:34. Moreover, all the injuries that we have ever suffered because of the ill-will of our fellow-men can never be compared with the abuse he, the sinless One, endured: being spit upon, maligned, crowned with thorns, crucified. Yet he forgave! In doing this he left us an example (1 Peter 2:21–25).[8]


32. In contrast to bitterness and malice, the community should display positive virtues: Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. Here we have a series of virtues that reflect a bearing up of one another tied to the example of what God did in Christ as the standard for response in the community. It is a powerful base from which to give the command.

The core virtues that should reflect the image of the church are kindness, compassion and forgiveness. Colossians 3:12–13 adds mercy, humility and gentleness. These virtues describe what it takes to walk in love (Eph. 5:2). The term chrēstos (kind) communicates the idea of benevolence and mirrors the attribute of God (Luke 6:35–36; 2 Cor. 6:6; Gal. 5:22; 1 Pet. 2:3). The idea of eusplanchnos (compassionate) speaks to an ability to identify with another from the ‘gut’, since the term splanchnon refers to the intestines (Acts 1:18). The term points to tender or sensitive feelings and is a quality members of the body are to possess (1 Pet. 3:8). Forgiveness is the core divine attribute that brought us into God’s community (Eph. 1:7; Col. 3:13). Christ’s willingness to take on that which we deserved cleared a fresh path to a new life. The present participle (forgiving) looking back to a present imperative (be …) points to the continuing character of this forgiveness (cf. Matt. 18:21–22; Luke 17:3–4). Built into the idea of being forgiving is being gracious to one another. We are to show these same attributes to those around us. Galatians 6:10 speaks of doing good to all, especially to those of the faith. Although the term is not present, these virtues together reflect a deep love (John 13:34; 1 John 4:10, 19). When Paul spoke of the new man being renewed in the likeness of God (4:24), it was these relational traits that were partly in mind. Forgiveness is so central that Jesus taught about it in detail, making it a point of the prayer he taught the disciples (Matt. 6:12; Luke 11:4) and teaching a parable on the theme (Matt. 18:23–35).[9]


32. The eradication of evil words and actions depends ultimately on the purification of the thought life. So speaking positively, the apostle says, be kind to one another, tenderhearted … The parallel Colossians 3:12 says, ‘Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience.’ Three of these Paul has spoken of in this chapter in verse 2; here he dwells on the others. Kindness, used of God in 2:7, is urged here as a fundamental Christian virtue. It is love in practical action; as Barclay puts it, it is ‘the disposition of mind which thinks as much of its neighbour’s affairs as it does of its own’. In adding tenderhearted (eusplanchnoi), a word used elsewhere in the New Testament only in 1 Peter 3:8, the apostle makes sure that he cannot be understood as requiring acts of kindness without a heart of sympathy and love prompting them (cf. 1 Cor. 13:1–2).

He knows, however, that the obstacle to kindness and compassion is often the sense of wrong done to one, or a grievance nursed; so he goes on to speak of forgiving one another. The word can have the wider meaning of ‘dealing graciously’ with one another, but this includes forgiveness, which is probably the dominant thought here. In Colossians 3:13 the addition ‘if one has a complaint against another’ makes this meaning quite specific. The supreme example and motive for all Christian forgiveness is God’s own forgiveness. God in Christ, the rsv rightly translates (cf. 2 Cor. 5:19), forgave you. He has done this once and for all and completely. Therefore in love and gratitude to him men and women must forgive. The gospels indeed emphasize that God’s forgiveness cannot be received by the heart which is itself unforgiving (see e.g. Matt. 6:12, 14–15; 18:21–35). But the word as (kathōs) means more than ‘because’; there is to be a real likeness between the forgiveness of God and the Christian’s forgiving. The Christian’s forgiving of others is to be as free and complete as that of God, who puts away a person’s sins as far as the east is from the west, and holds them against him no more.[10]


32. And be ye kind one to another. With bitterness he contrasts kindness, or gentleness of countenance, language, and manners. And as this virtue will never reign in us, unless attended by compassion, (συμπάθεια,) he recommends to us to be tender-hearted. This will lead us not only to sympathize with the distresses of our brethren, as if they were our own, but to cultivate that true humanity which is affected by everything that happens to them, in the same manner as if we were in their situation. The contrary of this is the cruelty of those iron-hearted, barbarous men, by whom the sufferings of others are beheld without any concern whatever.

Forgiving one another. The Greek word here rendered forgiving, (χαριζόμενοι ἑαυτοῖς,) is supposed by some to mean beneficence. Erasmus, accordingly, renders it (largientes) bountiful. Though the word admits of that meaning, yet the context induces me to prefer the other view, that we should be ready to forgive. It may sometimes happen, that men are kind and tender-hearted, and yet, when they receive improper treatment, do not so easily forgive injuries. That those whose kindness of heart in other respects disposes them to acts of humanity, may not fail in their duty through the ingratitude of men, he exhorts them to discover a readiness to lay aside resentment. To give his exhortation the greater weight, he holds out the example of God, who has forgiven to us, through Christ, far more than any mortal man can forgive to his brethren.[11]


4:32 / This verse provides a striking contrast to the previous one by emphasizing the virtues that should characterize believers in their interpersonal relationships. Instead of those negative and destructive qualities, believers are admonished to be kind and compassionate to one another. Both of these virtues promote a spirit of acceptance, tolerance, and patience within the congregation.

Beyond that, the readers are to be continually forgiving each other. The word for forgiveness (charizomai) is also the word from which grace (charis) is derived. Within this context, believers are to respond to each other with the same grace, forgiveness, and generosity that they have experienced from God: hence forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Christians have been forgiven by Christ (echarisato, past/aorist tense), but they are to go on forgiving (charizomenoi, present tense) one another on the strength of the example that Christ has provided.[12]


32  The converse to the unlovely attitudes of v. 31 is now recommended: a kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving spirit. All these graces, with others closely related, the readers of Col. 3:12–13 are urged to “put on.” “As the Lord forgave you,” says Paul to the Colossians, “so do you also forgive.” It may be asked whether “the Lord” in Col. 3:13 is God the Father or Christ, although Pauline usage suggests that Christ is meant. In practice it does not matter: in the whole work of redemption the Father and the Son act as one. But here the situation is stated unambiguously: “God in Christ forgave you.” It is in Christ that God has given his people their “redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of their sins” (Eph. 1:7), just as it is in Christ that God was “reconciling the world to himself” (2 Cor. 5:19). The KJV rendering, “even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you,” goes back to Tyndale, from whom it was taken over successively by Coverdale and the Geneva and Bishops’ Bibles; it expresses a most important part of the apostolic meaning, but not quite all of it.

As so constantly in the teaching of Jesus, the free grace of the Father’s forgiving love is the pattern for his children in their forgiveness of one another.[13]


32 Now Paul moves, at least for the moment, to the positive side of the ledger—to several of the virtues believers must “put on” (recall v. 24; cf. Col 3:12). In contrast to the preceding, they must become kind or benevolent (chrēstos, GK 5982) to one another. (The word is also used of God’s kindness in 2:7; cf. Lk 6:35; Ro 2:4.) They must also be compassionate or tenderhearted (eusplanchnoi, GK 2359). This word’s only other use in the NT occurs in another list of virtues (1 Pe 3:8). It speaks of the need to have tenderhearted feelings toward others in the body of Christ, which naturally leads to the third virtue—forgiveness. Again God is the standard: they are to forgive as God has forgiven them “in Christ.” The corporate body in Christ forms a forgiven people. The word charizō (GK 5919) can mean “to give freely” or “to forgive freely,” but the close parallel in Colossians 3:13 points to the sense of “forgive” here. (Other uses with this sense include 2 Co 2:7, 10; 12:13.) Motivated by God’s incredible generosity (recall 2:7) toward his people in granting them complete forgiveness, they are to extend that to one another.[14]


From Natural Vices to Supernatural Virtues

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. (4:31–32)

The final change Paul mentions is from natural vices to supernatural virtues and amounts to a summary of the other changes.

Man’s natural tendency is to sin, and the natural tendency of sin is to grow into greater sin. And a Christian’s sin will grow just like that of an unbeliever. If not checked, our inner sins of bitterness and wrath and anger will inevitably lead to the outward sins of clamor, slander, and other such manifestations of malice.

Bitterness (pikria) reflects a smoldering resentment, a brooding grudge-filled attitude (see Acts 8:23; Heb. 12:15). It is the spirit of irritability that keeps a person in perpetual animosity, making him sour and venemous. Wrath (thumos) has to do with wild rage, the passion of the moment. Anger (orgē) is a more internal smoldering, a subtle and deep feeling. Clamor (kraugē) is the shout or outcry of strife and reflects the public outburst that reveals loss of control. Slander (blasphēmia, from which we get blasphemy) is the ongoing defamation of someone that rises from a bitter heart. Paul then adds malice (kakia), the general term for evil that is the root of all vices. All of these, he says, must be put away from you.

These particular sins involve conflict between person and person—believer and unbeliever and, worse still, between believer and believer. These are the sins that break fellowship and destroy relationships, that weaken the church and mar its testimony before the world. When an unbeliever sees Christians acting just like the rest of society, the church is blemished in his eyes and he is confirmed still further in resisting the claims of the gospel.

In place of those vices we are rather to be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven us. These are graces God has shown to us and they are the gracious virtues we are to show to others. God did not love us, choose us, and redeem us because we were deserving, but purely because He is gracious. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.… While we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Rom. 5:8, 10). If God is so gracious to us, how much more, then, should we be kind, … tender-hearted, and forgiving to fellow sinners, especially to one another.

Being unconditionally kind characterizes the Lord, as Luke 6:35b shows: “For He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” Paul speaks of “the riches of His kindness … that leads you to repentance” (Rom. 2:4). We are to be like our heavenly Father, says Christ, and are to “love [our] enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and [our] reward will be great, and [we] will be sons of the Most High” (Luke 6:35a).

Tender-hearted has the idea of being compassionate, and reflects a feeling deep in the bowels, or stomach, a gnawing psychosomatic pain due to empathy for someone’s need. Forgiving each other is so basic to reflecting Christlike character that it needs little comment. The most graphic illustration of forgiveness is in the parable of Matthew 18:21–35. When Peter asked about the limits of forgiveness, the Lord told him a story of a man with an unpayable debt who was forgiven by his creditor, the king. This was a picture of salvation—God forgiving a sinner the unpayable debt of unrighteous rebellion against Him.

The forgiven man then went to someone who owed him a small amount and had him imprisoned for nonpayment. He who eagerly accepted a massive, comprehensive forgiveness would not forgive a small, easily-payable debt of another person. The incongruity of his action shows the heinousness of a believer’s unforgiving heart, and the man was severely chastened by the Lord for his wicked attitude.

Paul has this same relationship in mind as he calls for believers to forgive just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Can we who have been forgiven so much not forgive the relatively small things done against us? We, of all people, should always be eager to forgive.

The parallel text to this passage, found in Colossians 3:1–17, forms a fitting summation to Paul’s teaching here.

If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in Glory.

Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone, just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.[15]


[1] Wallace, D. B. (2017). Perseverance of the Saints. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1877). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Eph 4:32). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2270). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Eph 4:32). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Bond, J. B. (2010). The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 881). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1940). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Utley, R. J. (1997). Paul Bound, the Gospel Unbound: Letters from Prison (Colossians, Ephesians and Philemon, then later, Philippians) (Vol. Volume 8, p. 122). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[8] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Ephesians (Vol. 7, pp. 223–224). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[9] Bock, D. L. (2019). Ephesians: An Introduction and Commentary. (E. J. Schnabel, Ed.) (Vol. 10, pp. 145–146). London: Inter-Varsity Press.

[10] Foulkes, F. (1989). Ephesians: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 10, pp. 143–144). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[11] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and Ephesians (pp. 302–303). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[12] Patzia, A. G. (2011). Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon (pp. 254–255). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[13] Bruce, F. F. (1984). The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians (pp. 364–365). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[14] Klein, W. W. (2006). Ephesians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 133). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[15] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1986). Ephesians (pp. 189–191). Chicago: Moody Press.

January 28 Afternoon Quotes of the Day

Your Congregations Are the Purchase of Christ’s Blood
Acts 20:28

Every time we look upon our congregations, let us believingly remember that they are the purchase of Christ’s blood, and therefore should be regarded accordingly by us.

RICHARD BAXTER

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

No Lowering in the Incarnation, Only Exalting
Romans 8:11; Philippians 2:5–11

In the incarnation of God there is no lowering of the Deity; but the nature of man we believe to be exalted.

ANSELM OF CANTERBURY

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

January 28 Afternoon Verse of the Day

13:1 If it was just before the Passover feast in verse 1, did John intend for the meal of verse 2 to be a different one from the Passover? Probably not. Verse 1 is a small paragraph that functions as a headline over all of chapters 13–17. Verse 2 then describes the very Passover meal that had just been mentioned. Not only did various details match the accounts from the other Gospels that are more clearly based on Passover, but only on that night would anyone have imagined that Judas was leaving to give something for the poor (v. 29). The feast lasted for a week, so he could also have needed to buy more provisions (v. 29).[1]


13:1 Jesus knew certainly that the hour of His Passover sacrifice was at hand. Since “His hour had come” and Jesus loved His own, He carried out that love to its perfect conclusion by (1) His humble service, (2) His teaching, and (3) His death on the cross; He loved them “to the end” or perfectly (telos, Gk.). The word “depart” describes Jesus’ death in terms of a journey, and in a Passover context may indicate that His death was a second and ultimate Exodus, with deliverance from spiritual bondage. His death is not the termination of a life, but an act providing freedom from sin’s captivity. The washing of the disciples’ feet could well emphasize cleansing in relation to redemption.[2]


13:1 he loved them to the end. Great emphasis is placed in chs. 13–17 on Christ’s love. This love is illustrated in the moving scene of the foot-washing in which the Son of God does not disdain performing the most menial tasks of a servant (Phil. 2:7, 8).[3]


13:1 Passover See note on 2:13.

Israelite Feasts in John’s Gospel

 

Passover (3 different years)

 

John 2:13, 23; 6:4; 11:55; 12:1; 13:1; 18:28, 39; 19:14

 

feast of the Jews

 

John 5:1

 

Tabernacles

 

John 7:2

 

Dedication (Hanukkah)

 

John 10:22

 

depart This term means to go from one place to another. Jesus prophesied His resurrection and, by extension, His ascension to heaven in 12:27–34.

from this world Jesus’ work continues; His coming suffering and death is not the end, but the beginning. Although He is troubled by His coming death (12:27), He wants His disciples to have confidence in their knowledge that His death does not mark the end of His ministry.[4]


13:1 Jesus’ own are now the Twelve, the representatives of his new messianic community (cf. 1:11). Though Jesus was about to die an agonizing death, he continued to love his disciples. to depart out of this world. In several places John says that Jesus is leaving the world and going to the Father (see 13:3; also 7:33; 16:28; 17:11). Yet in other places Jesus can say that he will always be present with his disciples, even after his ascension into heaven (see 14:23; Matt. 18:20; 28:20; Rev. 3:20). Both are true: Jesus in his human nature is no longer here on earth but has returned to heaven and will come again one day, but in his divine nature Jesus is omnipresent and is with believers “always” (Matt. 28:20).[5]


13:1 to the end. Meaning “to perfection” with perfect love. God loves the world (3:16), and sinners (3:16; Mt 5:44, 45; Tit 3:4) with compassion and common grace, but loves His own with perfect, saving, eternal love.[6]


13:1 — … having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

Jesus always finishes what He starts. He never drops someone in midstream or gives up on a person halfway to the finish line. “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it” (Phil. 1:6).[7]


13:1 To the end means either “to the last” or “utterly and completely.” What follows in vv. 1–11 demonstrates Jesus’ complete love. Jesus loved His disciples, even though He knew that one would betray Him, another would deny Him, and all would desert Him for a time.[8]


13:1. The phrase, before the feast of the Passover, refers to the night before Jesus’ crucifixion when Jesus and His disciples ate the Passover meal (v 2). Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father. (Paul similarly spoke of his own impending death as “the time of my departure,” 2 Tim 4:6). When John says that Jesus loved them to the end, he is probably referring to the expressions of His love in washing their feet, teaching them, and praying for them this last night (chaps. 13–17).[9]


13:1 The day before the crucifixion, the Lord Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to die, to rise again, and to go back to heaven. He had loved His own, that is, those who were true believers. He loved them to the end of His earthly ministry, and will continue to love them throughout eternity. But He also loved them to an infinite degree, as He was about to demonstrate.[10]


13:1. Jesus knew that the time had come (cf. 2:4; 7:6, 8, 30; 12:23, 27; 17:1) for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Jesus’ death and resurrection were now imminent. He had come to die in obedience to the Father’s will. His coming was also an act of love for all mankind (3:16). But He has a special love for His sheep: He loved His own. Then He showed them the full extent of His love. His humble service (13:1–17), His teaching (13:18–17:26), and finally His death (chaps. 18–19) are in view. All three revealed His love.[11]


13:1. Of the three Passovers cited in John, this Feast of the Passover is the only one recorded in the Synoptics. Jesus was fully aware that the time of His death had come (cf. 12:23). His disciples were not. He loved His disciples, even Judas, to the end (telos)—to the cross where He cried, “It is finished” (teleo, 19:30). Up to this point in John, it was said that his hour had not yet come (2:4; 7:30; 8:20). Now it is said that His hour had come, i.e., the time of His death, resurrection, and ascension as described in the words, to depart out of this world to the Father.[12]


13:1. We have talked often about key words in John’s Gospel. The thirteenth chapter opens with three of them appearing in the first verse. The time had come, and Jesus would soon leave this world. The word kosmos appears 185 times in the New Testament; 8 times in Matthew; 3 times in Mark, 3 in Luke; but 78 in the Gospel of John. And if we add John’s epistles and Revelation, 105 of the 185 New Testament uses come from John’s pen. The other two key words are time and love. We take our title from the latter part of this verse where full extent translates the Greek word eistelos that means “to the limit.”

Some interpreters have noted a change in John’s vocabulary beginning with this chapter. The life and light words that dominated the first half of the Gospel appear in some form a total of 82 times in chapters 1 through 12. But in chapters 13 to 17, life words occur only six times and light words not at all. The key word for the next five chapters will be agape (love).[13]


13:1 “before the Feast of the Passover” John and the Synoptic Gospels disagree over whether this was the day before the Passover meal or the Passover meal itself. They both put the meal on Thursday and the crucifixion on Friday (cf. 19:31; Mark 15:43; Luke 23:54). This Passover meal commemorated Israel’s release from Egypt (cf. Exod. 12). John asserts that it was the day before the regular Passover meal (cf. 18:28; 19:14, 31, 42).

© “having loved His own who were in the world” John uses the term world (kosmos) in several different senses: (1) this planet (cf. 1:10; 11:9; 16:21; 17:5, 11, 24; 21:25); (2) human kind (cf. 3:16; 7:4; 11:27; 12:19; 14:22; 18:20, 37; and (3) rebellious mankind (cf. 1:10, 29; 3:16–21; 4:42; 6:33; 7:7; 9:39; 12:31; 15:18; 17:25).

© “Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world” This is a PERFECT ACTIVE PARTICIPLE (like v. 3). Jesus understood His unique relationship to the Father at least from the age of twelve (Luke 2:41–51). The coming of the Greeks in 12:20ff shows Jesus that His hour of death and glorification had come (cf. 2:4; 12:23, 27; 17:1).

The gospel of John continues to emphasize a vertical dualism, above vs. below (cf. v. 3). Jesus was sent (cf. 8:42) by the Father and now He will return. The Synoptic Gospels portray Jesus as teaching a horizontal dualism of the two Jewish ages, the already and not yet tension of the Kingdom of God.

There are many questions about the Gospels that modern readers must address, but when all is said and done these sacred writings reveal a consistent biblical world-view: (1) there is one holy God; (2) His special creation, mankind, has fallen into sin and rebellion; (3) God has sent an incarnate Redeemer; (4) mankind must respond by faith, repentance, obedience, and perseverance; (5) there is a personal force of evil in opposition to God and His will; and (6) all conscious creation will give an account of their lives to God.

© “having loved His own” This Greek phrase was used in the Egyptian papyri for “near kin” (cf. Luke 8:19–21).

© “He loved them to the end” This is the Greek word “telos,” which means an accomplished purpose. This refers to Jesus’ work of redemption for humanity on the cross. A form of this same word was Jesus’ last word from the cross (cf. 19:30), “It is finished,” which we learn from the Egyptian papyri had the connotation of “paid in full”![14]


13:1. Now Jesus, knowing (already) before the feast of the Passover that his hour to depart out of this world (and to go) to the Father had arrived, having loved his own in the world, loved them to the uttermost.

The fact that he was now about to depart out of this realm of mankind (for the meaning of κόσμος see Vol. I, p. 79, footnote ; here in 13:1 meaning 2 seems probable), and that he was about to go home, that is, to go back to the Father (see also on 5:24; 8:23; 14:12, 28; 16:10, 28; and 17:5) did not suddenly dawn upon Jesus. Even in his human nature (see Vol. I, p. 191) he had known it long before this feast of Passover of the year 30 a.d. It was in the full and reassuring knowledge of this fact that he approached the momentous events of Passover-week. On Christ’s foreknowledge see also 2:4; 7:6; 12:23; 13:11, 18; 18:4; 19:28.

Hence, he who all along had loved his own disciples (his own not merely in the sense of 1:11, but in the full and comprehensive sense of 17:6, 9, 11, 20) considered this to be the appropriate time for the manifestation of his love to the uttermost (εἰς τέλος, probably as in 1 Thess. 2:16). In all that follows—that is, in the feet-washing, farewell address, highpriestly prayer, crucifixion, etc.—that love-motive is operating. For the meaning of the term the feast of the Passover, see Vol. I, pp. 121, 122; and see on 13:29.

That briefly is the meaning of 13:1, as we see it, in the light of its own context. Our translation of this verse indicates that we take the phrase before the feast of the Passover to modify the nearest verbal form, which in this case is the participle knowing. That would seem to be the most natural. We admit, however, that it is grammatically possible to construe this phrase with the main verb he loved. If this is interpreted to mean that at the very beginning of Passover-week Jesus exhibited his love most gloriously (by means of the feet-washing), the resulting explanation is not far removed from ours. Hint: those readers of this book who are not interested in the discussion of critical problems are advised to proceed at once to verses 2, 3, 4.[15]


1. At the beginning of the Last Supper Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. Setting the scene for the foot-washing, the evangelist says, It was just before the Passover Festival. The foot-washing took place as the meal was being served (13:2). To bring out the significance of this moment, the evangelist adds, Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. The theme of Jesus’ hour has been to the fore throughout the Gospel. In the earlier part, we are told that things did not happen because his hour had not yet come (2:4; 7:30; 8:20). In 12:23 and in the latter part (12:27; 13:1; 16:32; 17:1), we learn that the hour had come. The hour is the hour of Jesus’ departure from this world to return to the Father through his death, resurrection and exaltation. In full awareness of these things Jesus carried out the foot-washing.

There was more on Jesus’ mind than this when he washed his disciples’ feet: Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. Jesus’ love was expressed not only in performing the menial service of foot-washing, but also in what that act symbolized: his humiliating death upon the cross by which spiritual cleansing would be made possible (this becomes clear as the story unfolds). Referring to Jesus’ disciples as his own, the evangelist picks up Jesus’ references to his ‘own’ sheep who hear his voice (10:3, 4). The disciples are described as in the world, even though they are not ‘of the world’ (cf. 17:11, 14).

The evangelist’s statement that Jesus loved them to the end can be construed in two ways: (1) adverbially, meaning ‘to the uttermost’—that is, showing the full extent of his love; (2) temporally, meaning ‘to the end of his life’—that is, Jesus’ love for his disciples did not fail: it persisted to the last moments of his life. Perhaps there is intended ambiguity here, for Jesus’ action did reflect the full extent of his love, a love that persisted until the end of his life.[16]


1. Of the Passover much hath been already noticed in this Commentary on Matt. 26:1, 2 and Mark 14:1, 2. to which I refer. I beg the Reader to remark with me, what is here said of the unalterable love of Jesus to his own. And I beg the Reader to attend to the sense of the words, his own. The words differ very widely from the same words, his own. John 1:11. For though they appear to an English Reader as one and the same, yet they are not so in the original. By his own, as it is rendered, John 1:11 is meant his own nation, the Jews. But here in this place, by his own is meant, his own Church, his own people, his own children, whom his Father gave to him before the foundation of the world. Ephes. 1:4. And the original words in the two passages make all this difference. The former means such as we are used to say of a person in relation to his own place of birth, it is his own country, his own town or people there dwelling. But the latter carries with it an idea of relationship and property, such as we should say of a man’s wife or children, yea, his own flesh. So that the one implies no more, than that Christ and the nation to which he came, were countrymen. The other bespeaks his own house and family, his spouse the Church. Reader! do not fail to mark the vast difference, wherever you meet it. And never forget also, that Christ’s love to his own is an everlasting love, or as the words themselves express, to the end; which end is eternity, unchangeable like Christ himself, the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever, Heb. 13:8. Isaiah 54:10.[17]


13:1 / Just before (or simply before). The vague expression makes it impossible to extract an exact chronology of Passion week from John’s Gospel. All that is clear is that this is not the Passover meal (cf. 19:14).

His own who were in the world: There are echoes here of the prologue: “He was in the world … the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him …” (1:10–12). In the present passage, the “some” who received him are identified as his own, for now they have displaced “his own” who rejected him. Still Jews, they belong to the new Israel that Jesus began almost immediately to gather around himself (cf. 1:31, 47–51; 2:11). The statement that they are in the world is not as redundant as it may sound to the casual reader, but hints at the fact that they will have a mission to the world after Jesus’ departure (cf. 17:11).

He now showed them the full extent of his love. Some translations tend to connect this statement with the footwashing in particular (e.g., niv; BDF par. 207[3]: “he gave them the perfect love-token”), but it is more likely that the phrase, the full extent (Gr.: eis telos) has a temporal as well as a qualitative sense, and that the statement points beyond the footwashing to what the footwashing itself represents, Jesus’ death on the cross.[18]


Love to the End

John 13:1

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. (John 13:1)

John 13:1 stands at the very center of the teaching of John’s Gospel. Not only does it begin the second half of the Gospel, but it looks both backward to what John has written and forward to what is yet to come. John’s key statement is that “having loved his own who were in the world, [Jesus] loved them to the end.”

For many Christians, the Gospel of John is the spiritual high point of the entire Bible, which is why John is often recommended as a first book to read for those new to Scripture. Within John, the chapters that present Jesus’ final teaching to his disciples, his arrest, and his crucifixion are especially precious to believers’ hearts. F. W. Krummacher describes the events of the second half of John in terms of the Israelites’ entry into the temple sanctuary. First, there is the outer court, which describes Jesus’ Last Supper teaching to the disciples; then comes the Holy Place, the outer room with its sacred objects, which Krummacher compares to the account of Jesus’ arrest and trial; and finally we enter the Most Holy Place, the inner sanctum where God’s glory dwelt, which he compares to John’s account of the crucifixion of Jesus.

The first section of John’s Book of the Passion presents material found nowhere else in the New Testament. It is now the night of the Passover Feast, at which Jesus would celebrate his Last Supper with the disciples. This momentous evening, the eve of the cross, is unfolded in John chapters 13–17. Chapter 13 relates Jesus’ symbolic act of washing the disciples’ feet. It is followed by a lengthy instruction dealing with Jesus’ coming departure and God’s provision in his absence, from the end of chapter 13 through chapter 16. Chapter 17 concludes the section with Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer, in which he commits his disciples into the care of the heavenly Father. In all these events, Jesus was motivated by the knowledge “that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father” (John 13:1). Of this matchless material, James Montgomery Boice writes:

Nowhere in the entire Bible does the child of God feel that he is walking on more holy ground. For here, more than in many other portions of Scripture, he hears the voice of Jesus leading him into a greater understanding of his new place before the Father and consequently also of his new position in the world. These chapters contain teaching about heaven, the new commandment, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the mutual union of Christ with the disciples and the disciples with Christ, and prayer.

Christ’s Particular Love for His Own

One reason that these chapters are precious to believers is that they highlight Jesus’ particular love for “his own.” This touches on a truth emphasized throughout John’s Gospel, that there is a people set apart by God the Father for his Son and that these elect people are the objects of a special and saving love. Not that Christ loved only his own. Christ’s love for the whole world is strikingly revealed in John. But there is a difference between Christ’s love for the world and his love for his own, just as there is a difference in a man’s love for his bride compared to his love for others. Boice explains this difference: “God has done some things for all men … [but] on the other hand, God has done all things for some men.” It is Christ’s all-saving love for those who are “his own” that is the concern of these chapters.

How did believers come to be Christ’s own? The first answer is that Christ chose them. Jesus says in John 15:16, “You did not choose me, but I chose you.” Charles Spurgeon comments: “A man may surely choose his own wife, and Christ chose his own spouse, he chose his own church; and while the Scripture stands, that doctrine can never be eradicated from it.” Having chosen us in his gracious love, Jesus made us his own by purchase, redeeming us from our sins through the blood of his cross. Therefore, Paul writes to believers: “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price” (1 Cor. 6:19–20).

A second answer is that believers are Christ’s own because we were given to him by the heavenly Father. Jesus said: “All that the Father gives me will come to me.… And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day” (John 6:37, 39). This presents the biblical doctrine of election, which states that in eternity past God predestined particular people to be joined to his Son for their salvation and his glory. Paul writes that God “chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Eph. 1:4). Therefore, Jesus prays in his High Priestly Prayer: “Yours they were, and you gave them to me” (John 17:6).

The first and second reasons why Christians are “Christ’s own” center on God the Son and God the Father. It makes sense that the third reason focuses on God the Spirit. We are Christ’s own because we were born again as children of God through the Holy Spirit. The effect of this is that we have taken Christ for our own and given ourselves to him, so that for us life holds no more glittering crown than to be called “Christ’s own.” Spurgeon exults:

The fact that you are truly Christ’s is the fountain of innumerable pleasures and blessings to your heart. Jesus calls us “his own”—his own sheep, his own disciples, his own friends, his own brethren, the members of his body. What a title for us to wear, “His own”!… Thus he distinguishes us from the rest of mankind, and sets us apart unto himself. “My name shall be named on them,” says he[;] … surely, this is the highest honour that can be put upon us even in the last great day.

Knowing that we are Christ’s own is even more glorious when we realize how great is the love of Christ for his own. This is the theme of these chapters: “having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”

The love of Christ for us is mirrored in the love he showed to his first disciples, despite their great unworthiness. Consider these men whom Christ loved! How often they had been foolish, wayward, and unbelieving! All this would be especially revealed in the hour of the cross. Yet, observes J. C. Ryle, “knowing perfectly well that they were about to forsake Him shamefully in a very few hours, in full view of their approaching display of weakness and infirmity, our blessed Master did not cease to have loving thoughts of His disciples.” This tells us that we can look to the love of Christ despite our failures and sins. However we might fall short of our calling, believers are still Christ’s own and enjoy his unfailing love. How this ought to motivate us to please him in the manner of our lives.

Moreover, if there were ever a time when we might excuse Jesus for turning his thoughts away from his disciples and turning inward to his own problems, this would be such a time. Spurgeon writes: “If you and I had to bear all that Christ had to suffer, it would engross our thoughts, we should not be able to think of anything else but that; but it did not engross our Lord’s thoughts. He still thought of ‘his own.’ ”

What is closest to one’s heart is usually made apparent in the hour of his death. Some are preoccupied with their business affairs, so there is a rush to get affairs settled before dying. Some reveal their love for family, and others for the fleeting pleasures of life. Likewise, Jesus revealed what is closest to his heart as his cross came near. It was his love for his own that dominated his thoughts and feelings, and “having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” Does this not prove that there is no greater blessing than to be called one of Christ’s own? While Christ has chosen his own, it is equally true that anyone who takes him for Lord and Savior is one of those chosen. If you will yield your faith to Jesus, then you may know the incomparable blessing of being loved as one of his own.

Having Loved Them

I said that John 13:1 stands at the very center of John’s Gospel. His key phrase, “having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end,” looks both backward and forward on Jesus’ love. What, then, do we see if we look backward from the cross on the love of Christ? How has he “loved his own”?

This quest will take us all the way back to the creation of the world. John’s Gospel began with a statement of Christ’s deity that deliberately reflected the creation account in Genesis 1. John wrote: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1–3). Therefore, when Genesis 1 recounts that “God said, ‘Let us make man in our image’ ” (Gen. 1:26), Christ was that Word by which man came into being. We were made as spiritual beings capable of fellowship with our Creator and called to reflect his glory in the world. Boice writes: “He created us, not to a meaningless existence but to an existence that is the highest existence possible for any created object, namely, communion with the One who created it.” This is the fundamental dignity stamped onto every human soul, the result of Christ’s love for us in creation.

Following with John’s prologue, we see that Christ loved us in his incarnation. John writes, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). It was for love that Christ left the glories of heaven for the miseries of earth. And it was a mark of his love that he was born not in a palace amid jewels and gold, but in the poverty of a stable in the midst of the world in need. Krummacher writes: “He associated with sinners, that He might bear them eternally on His heart.”

The particular love of Christ for his own was seen in the calling of his disciples. They came at his invitation: “Come and you will see” (John 1:39). Matthew, the tax collector, was sitting in his sin when Jesus approached and called, “Follow me” (Matt. 9:9). Peter, James, and John were tending their nets when Jesus promised them: “From now on you will be catching men” (Luke 5:10). Every Christian can look to the same love that called him or her to faith with effectual grace. Jesus called us not because of what we can give to him but because of what he can do for us and what he can make of us. “You were called to freedom, brothers,” wrote Paul (Gal. 5:13): freedom from worldliness, misery, bondage, and sin. We were called to “the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” (Eph. 1:18), all by the love of Christ for his own.

Furthermore, Jesus loved his own by teaching and leading them during the three years of their discipleship. The Twelve could never have imagined the things they would hear from the loving lips of Jesus. How often had he called them aside for a special word of truth, or patiently borne with their questions and objections. “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,” Jesus told them, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32). Likewise, Christians are taught the Word of truth in the Scriptures by the ministry of Christ through his Spirit.

Had the disciples been told at the start the dangers and threats they would face in Jesus’ company, they would have probably fled in terror. But Jesus guided them through all these trials. Ever the Good Shepherd, he constantly brought them beside still waters, restored their burdened souls, and led them in paths of righteousness (Ps. 23:2–3). All for love! Every Christian can look back on the life of faith, with many joys and trials, and say of that same love: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (23:1).

How Jesus Loved to the End

But now John turns to the future, and the immediate future facing Jesus and his disciples was as dark as could be. What would become of Christ’s own in this dreadful hour? What provision would there be for them in light of the cross? John answers, “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”

The expression “to the end” (Greek eis telos) can be taken in a number of ways. It can mean that Jesus loved them perfectly or thoroughly, and that is certainly true, for Jesus was about to show the disciples the full extent of his love. But probably the best way to take this is by its temporal meaning. Jesus did not just love them up to this point, but kept on loving them to the end.

First, Jesus loved his own to the end of his own life. Undoubtedly, this was John’s major point of view, since this passage takes place in the shadow of the cross. If love for his own required Jesus to die for their sins, then he loved them to that end; the cross was indeed the fullest extent of his love. “Greater love has no one than this,” Jesus explained, “that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Krummacher comments:

O how He loved them, when He took their sins with Him into judgment, and cast Himself into the fire which their transgressions had kindled! How He loved them, when His own blood did not seem to Him too dear a price to be paid for them, although it was they who were the transgressors; He loved them to the end; and to this day He loves them that are His in a similar manner!

What should the love of Christ on the cross mean to us? An analogy is presented in the movie Saving Private Ryan. It tells of a rescue operation after the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. The War Department has learned that three out of four boys in a family named Ryan died in battle on the same day. So the Army’s top general orders that the fourth son be rescued from behind German lines, where he parachuted. An elite squad of Army Rangers is assigned to find Private James Ryan. Their search leads to a bridge where German tanks are attacking, and the squad is destroyed as their quest finally succeeds. As the captain who saved him lies dying on the bridge, surrounded by the bodies of the men from his squad, he draws Ryan close and gasps, “Earn this. Earn it.” The movie concludes with Ryan, as an old man, walking across a field of crosses, marking the graves of men who died for him. Falling to his knees at Captain Miller’s grave, he says to the white plaster cross, “Every day I think about what you said to me that day on the bridge. I’ve tried to live my life the best I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that at least in your eyes, I earned what all of you have done for me.”

Of course, none of us could ever earn the death of God’s own Son for our sins. Our forgiveness in Christ’s blood is a free gift, received not by works but by simple faith alone. Yet it ought to open up a fountain of gratitude and love in our hearts. Every believer should turn to Christ’s wooden cross and pray, “If you, with all your glory, died for me, I can live for you today.” We are called to live for him because he loved us to the end that was his cross, because he died for us.

But this expression “he loved them to the end” can be taken a second way. Jesus loved his disciples not only to the end of his life but also to the end of their lives. The striking of the Shepherd on the cross would scatter the sheep; the disciples would cower in fear, Peter even denying Christ three times on the night of his arrest. Yet far more would be demanded of them in years to come. They would be persecuted, afflicted, tempted, and tried as they served their Master in the world. How could they even hope to endure, much less to conquer in faith? The answer is that the risen and ascended Christ would continue in his love to the end of their lives.

This is why the chapters to come focus heavily on the ministry of the Holy Spirit, whom Christ would send to his own from heaven after his own departure. Indeed, Jesus himself would continue to disciple them—teaching, guiding, disciplining, and strengthening his own—through the ministry of the Spirit. And from his throne of authority and power in heaven, Jesus would intercede for his own with the Father. In John 17, Jesus prayed:

I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me.… While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost.… But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.… I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.… Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:11–17)

Note the key expression “in the world.” “The world” is mentioned eighteen times in Jesus’ prayer. The same expression, “in the world,” occurs in John 13:1: “having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” Jesus knows that he has left us “in the world,” that is, in the midst of sin, darkness, misery, temptation, and affliction. Spurgeon writes: “The church of God … is nothing but a camp in the midst of heathendom.” In this world we will suffer losses and bear crosses. Like Lot living in Sodom and the Israelites journeying through the barren desert, without the love of our Lord we would never make it through. But Jesus knows where we are—he knows what temptations bring us down, what doubts beset us, what furnaces try our faith—and he loves us to the very end of our lives, providing all that we need to continue unto salvation. He not only grants us the great privilege of prayer, but prays with and for us, sending the Spirit to help us in our weakness.

That leads us to a third and final way to understand Jesus’ love “to the end.” He loves us to the very end of history, all the way to our eternity in glory. In Hebrew, the expression “to the end” means “forever.” And Jesus’ love for us abides forever. When this world has passed away, when God’s enemies have been judged, and when the cosmos is renewed in the glory of the final reign of Christ, his love for his own will not have changed. Therefore, Paul could extol:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?… I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:35–39)

What an encouragement this is for us to rely on Jesus’ love now. Do you turn to Jesus’ love with your joys and sorrows, with your wants and your needs? He who loved you to his own end on the cross has promised to love you to the very end. Do you realize that being saved by Christ means far more than going to heaven in the end—all-important though that is—that it also means that his love is resting on you all through this present life? If you do not realize this, then it is no wonder that you struggle with spiritual weakness, that you feel dry and distant from the Lord, or that you fear to return to Christ when you falter or fall into sin. Yet his nail-scarred hands are held out to you even now, marked with eternal emblems of a sin-conquering love. More fundamental than our faith in Jesus and our will to live in obedience to him is the unchanging, unending, unfailing love of Christ for his own. No one is more devoted to your good, more sympathetic to your plight, or more interested in your heart than Jesus Christ, who loves his own to the end. Every one of his own should therefore daily sing:

Jesus, lover of my soul,

Let me to thy bosom fly.

Love Worth Having

The final words in our reflection on this glorious verse should therefore be directed to those who have not yet known the love of Jesus for his own. If Jesus loves like this, and if in his divine power and unending life he will always love his own to the very end, how can you afford not to receive this great and saving love? Can even parents or spouses, can children or friends, offer you a love that will save your soul and endure forever, to the very end of all things? Do you know a love that gladly accepts death in your place? Do you have a love that will even bear your sins before God, so that you may stand spotless in his holy presence, a love that will win you through to an eternity in heaven? In the end, without the love of Christ, you will be lost. But the day of God’s grace is still present, and today should be the day of your salvation through faith in the love of Jesus Christ. Then you will discover how much he has loved you, and how faithfully he will love you as one of his very own, to the very end.[19]


The Sublime Riches of Christ’s Love

Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. (13:1)

The Feast of the Passover was the annual Jewish festival commemorating God’s deliverance of Israel from bondage in Egypt. The name derived from the angel of death’s passing over the houses of the Hebrews when he killed the firstborn of the Egyptians (Ex. 12:7, 12–13). This Passover would be the last divinely authorized one. From this point on there would be a new memorial—not one recalling the lambs’ blood on the doorposts but the blood of the Lamb of God (1:29, 36; Rev. 5:6; 6:9; 7:10, 17; 14:4, 10; 15:3; 19:9; 22:1, 3) “poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (Matt. 26:28). The Last Supper celebrated by the Lord with His disciples gave Him opportunity to use the elements of the Passover meal to form a transition from the old covenant Passover to the new covenant Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:23–26).

An apparent discrepancy exists at this point between John’s chronology and that of the Synoptic Gospels. The latter clearly state that the Last Supper was a Passover meal (Matt. 26:17–19; Mark 14:12–16; Luke 22:7–15). John 18:28, however, records that the Jewish leaders “led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early [Friday morning; the day of the crucifixion]; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover.” Further, according to John 19:14 Jesus’ trial and crucifixion took place on “the day of preparation for the Passover,” not the day after the eating of the Passover meal. Thus the Lord was crucified at the same time that the Passover lambs were being killed (cf. 19:36; Ex. 12:46; Num. 9:12). The challenge, then, is to explain how Jesus and the disciples could have eaten the Passover meal on Thursday evening if the Jewish leaders had not yet eaten it on Friday morning.

The answer lies in understanding that the Jews had two different methods of reckoning days. Ancient Jewish sources suggest that Jews from the northern part of Israel (including Galilee, where Jesus and most of the Twelve were from) counted days from sunrise to sunrise. Most of the Pharisees apparently also used that method. On the other hand, the Jews in the southern region of Israel counted days from sunset to sunset. That would include the Sadducees (who of necessity lived in the vicinity of Jerusalem because of their connection with the temple). Though no doubt confusing at times, that dual method of reckoning days would have had practical benefits at Passover, allowing the feast to be celebrated on two consecutive days. That would have eased the crowded conditions in Jerusalem, especially in the temple, where all the lambs would not have had to be killed on the same day.

Thus, there is no contradiction between John and the Synoptics. Being Galileans, Jesus and the Twelve would have viewed Passover day as running from sunrise on Thursday to sunrise on Friday. They would have eaten their Passover meal on Thursday evening. The Jewish leaders (the Sadducees), however, would have viewed it as beginning at sunset on Thursday and ending at sunset on Friday. They would have eaten their Passover meal on Friday evening. (For a further discussion of this issue, see Harold W. Hoehner, Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1977], 74–90; Robert L. Thomas and Stanley N. Gundry, A Harmony of the Gospels [Chicago: Moody, 1979], 321–22).

John repeated Jesus’ declaration that His hour had come (12:23); no longer was it future as in 2:4; 7:30; and 8:20 (cf. 7:6, 8). The Lord knew that the time had come for Him to depart out of this world to the Father. He was in full control of everything that was happening, and was never a victim of circumstances, or of men’s evil schemes.

Though He yearned to return to His full glory in the Father’s presence (cf. 17:5), Jesus never wavered in His focus on loving His own (cf. 10:29) who were in the world. The Lord loved them to the end. Telos (end) means “perfection,” or “completeness,” and signifies that Jesus loves His own with the fullest measure of love. There is a general sense in which God loves the world (John 3:16) of lost sinners (Matt. 5:44–45; Titus 3:4), but He loves His own with a perfect, eternal, redeeming love—a love “which surpasses knowledge” (Eph. 3:19). The words of the hymn writer capture the Lord’s marvelous love for believers:

Loved with everlasting love,

Led by grace that love to know;

Gracious Spirit from above,

Thou hast taught me it is so!

O, this full and perfect peace!

O, this transport all divine!

In a love which cannot cease,

I am His, and He is mine.

In Romans 8:35–39 Paul exulted,

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Even the imminent arrival of His own death could not separate His disciples from His love. That reality becomes even more wonderfully clear in His prayer in the seventeenth chapter.[20]


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[2] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Jn 13:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (pp. 1537–1538). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Jn 13:1). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2050). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Jn 13:1). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Jn 13:1). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1344). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[9] Wilkin, R. N. (2010). The Gospel according to John. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 437). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[10] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1541). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[11] Blum, E. A. (1985). John. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 319). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[12] Hart, J. F. (2014). John. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 1645). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[13] Gangel, K. O. (2000). John (Vol. 4, p. 248). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[14] Utley, R. J. (1999). The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters: The Gospel of John, I, II, and III John (Vol. Volume 4, pp. 118–119). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[15] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to John (Vol. 2, pp. 220–221). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[16] Kruse, C. G. (2017). John: An Introduction and Commentary. (E. J. Schnabel, Ed.) (Second edition, Vol. 4, pp. 324–325). London: Inter-Varsity Press.

[17] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s New Testament Commentary: Matthew–John (Vol. 1, p. 638). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[18] Michaels, J. R. (2011). John (pp. 245–246). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[19] Phillips, R. D. (2014). John. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (1st ed., Vol. 2, pp. 133–142). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[20] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2008). John 12–21 (pp. 62–64). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 28, 2021

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The Impeachment Sham Is Also a Chess Match

Douglas Andrews

Let’s start with the obvious: The impeachment trial being orchestrated by Democrats for former President Donald Trump is an unconstitutional farce.

Less obvious, though, is why the Democrats are committed to wasting gobs of time and taxpayer money to press forward with this farce, especially now that Republicans have made it clear that the 67 votes needed to convict the former president simply aren’t there — and aren’t even close to being there.

Indeed, the only persuadables here appear to be the handful of anti-Trump Republicans — Senators Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse, and Toomey — who at this point seem weirdly interested in trying a former president from their own party for a high crime he never committed.

As Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and others have noted, the Constitution doesn’t allow for the impeachment of a private citizen. Even Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts understands this, which is why he isn’t presiding over the proceedings.

On Tuesday evening, Paul declared that impeachment is “dead on arrival” in the Senate. “There will be a show,” he said. “There will be a parade of partisanship. But the Democrats really will not be able to win. They will be able to play a partisan game that they wish to play. But it’s all over.”

Earlier in the day, Paul had taken to the Senate floor to denounce the phony exercise. His speech was a tour de force — a total takedown of the Democrats, their disingenuous calls for unity, and their utter hypocrisy in blaming Donald Trump for incitement to violence when they themselves have been far more guilty of doing so. “It’s almost as if [the Democrats] have no ability to exist except in opposition to Donald Trump,” Paul said. “Without him as their boogeyman, they might have to legislate, and to actually convince Americans that their policy prescriptions are the right ones.”

That, in a nutshell, is the Democrats’ game plan: Let’s keep the people focused on the Bad Orange Guy and the Capitol riot for as long as possible so they don’t notice when we open the borders, and cripple our energy sector, and hamstring our economy, and inflame racial divisions, and obliterate the distinction between men and women, and disavow our country’s glorious history.

Paul’s entire nine-minute speech is well worth watching.

Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of senators floated the idea of censure as a means of avoiding a trial. It’s not going anywhere. As Kerry Picket of the Washington Examiner reports, “Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, made it clear on the Senate floor on Wednesday that censure is not an option. ‘I would simply say to all of my colleagues: Make no mistake. There will be a trial, and the evidence against the former president will be presented in living color for the nation and for every one of us to see,’ Schumer said.”

So it looks like we’re in for impeachment. And since that’s the case, we might consider which party will benefit from it. Impeachment, after all, is a political act.

National Review’s Andy McCarthy says the Democrats are laying a trap for the Republicans. He says impeachment will “unite the Left while intensifying the Right’s internecine conflict,” as well as distracting folks from the hard-left start to the Biden administration. “Democrats do not want to disqualify Trump,” he says. “They want to keep him radioactive.”

Paul Mirengoff from Power Line, though, thinks otherwise. As we noted above, the GOP is united against impeachment but for a handful of outliers. “This will help the party, in my view,” he writes. “It may demonstrate to Trump’s base that the GOP mainstream isn’t looking to throw Trump under the bus. The trial gives mainstream Republicans another chance to stand up for a man who still commands strong support within the party, and do so at no real cost. The worst thing that could happen … would be for … ardent Trump supporters to drift away from the party as the Trump presidency recedes.”

Time will tell who’s right.

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Biden Wrecks Economy to Fight ‘Climate Change’

Nate Jackson

“If you can’t get the votes … you can’t [legislate] by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.” —Joe Biden in October

Joe Biden is no centrist. That’s a myth peddled by those who want to foist the Left’s version of Unity™ on the American people. Biden’s dictatorial executive orders to combat the supposedly existential threat of “climate change” are prime examples of his radical leftward shift.

Yes, the climate is changing. But when leftists use those words, they imply or outright claim that their ecofascist policies are the only way “science” dictates that we combat it.

Much like the Biden administration promises to tackle every issue with “equity” as its guiding light, so the climate “crisis” will inform how key issues are addressed across Biden’s entire administration. On Wednesday, Biden unveiled his version of the Green New Deal — an overall initiative to fight global warming climate change, saying, “This is not a time for small measures.” (And since climate change is supposedly caused by racism, it’s all coming full circle.)

One of America’s great achievements on President Donald Trump’s watch was energy independence. By that we mean the U.S. became a net exporter of oil and natural gas for the first time in decades and that we were thus paying less for energy and had become far less dependent on (sometimes hostile) foreign powers for the energy we need to run a modern economy.

Joe Biden, his “climate czar” John Kerry, and the rest of his administration want to reverse all that, and they’ve wasted no time in restarting Barack Obama’s war on energy.

“When I think of climate change and the answers to it, I think of jobs,” Biden proclaimed.

Killing jobs, that is.

On Day One, Biden axed the Keystone pipeline, along with its tens of thousands of jobs. He immediately put hundreds of thousands more jobs on the chopping block with an indefinite suspension of oil and gas drilling on federal lands — the same method Obama used to choke the energy industry. That move could cost the economy $700 billion and lead to almost that much extra spent on foreign energy suppliers.

Biden has reentered the Paris climate accord, which constricts our economy to meet arbitrary carbon-emissions standards that even Kerry says are “not enough” — all while letting the world’s biggest polluters, China and India, off with little more than a few promises.

Speaking of promises, Biden says he won’t ban fracking, but it’s only a matter of time before that’s exposed as a lie.

Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttiegieg is pondering hiking the gas tax to advance the Left’s ultimate goal of killing gasoline-powered cars altogether. Subsidizing electric cars is not the solution.

All those newly unemployed workers? Let them make “zero-emission vehicles,” said Joe Antoinette Biden. Let them “make the solar panels,” said John Antoinette Kerry. In any case, says energy secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm, some “jobs that might be sacrificed” on the altar of climate change.

These elitists think they’re the ones who know better than us what cars we should drive, what should produce our electricity, or where energy companies should drill. And then they have the chutzpah to, as Kerry did, claim that it’s just “market forces” driving these changes.

The more accurate view was expressed by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who said, “The president is really taking a wrecking ball to many of the states that have oil, gas, coal, manufacturing jobs. That’s going to have a real detrimental impact, especially as the American economy is coming out of COVID-19, a pandemic.”

But why wouldn’t Team Biden do all this economic damage? “We can’t wait any longer,” warned Biden. “We see it with our own eyes. We feel it. We know it in our bones. It is an existential threat. There is a climate crisis. We know what to do; we’ve just got to do it.”

Got that? An “existential threat” justifies any and all means.

Fortunately, states and the energy industry aren’t going to take Biden’s dictatorial edicts lying down. Lawsuits have been filed over all of them, and we sincerely hope Trump’s reworked judiciary reins in Biden’s executive overreach. But fighting this aggressive ecofascist agenda is going to be difficult because, for leftists, it’s a battle to be fought with religious — no, cultish — zealotry.

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Lockdowns Stymied Economy, Not COVID

Thomas Gallatin

Have long-running lockdowns stopped the spread of the coronavirus? Nope. Have the states that maintained lockdown measures experienced significantly fewer numbers of COVID-19 cases than those that did not? No. Have the lockdown states recorded fewer numbers of coronavirus-related deaths than those that did not? Once again, the answer is no. In fact, observing a graph comparing all the states and the numbers of COVID cases and deaths in each, the most significant factor appears to be most correlated with a state’s population. In other words, lockdowns appear to have had little impact upon the rate of cases and numbers of deaths by state.

Naturally, the question then arises: Have those states that maintained lockdowns suffered more economic damage than those that did not? Well, according to recent Labor Department data, the answer is an unequivocal yes. Those states (almost all with Republican governors) that did not enact draconian lockdown measures have faired far better economically than those states (almost all with Democrat governors) that opted for the tyrannical approach.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board observes, “Despite the virus surge, employment increased in 15 states last month including Texas (64,000), George (44,700), North Carolina (33,600), Wisconsin (15,100) and South Carolina (14,600). But these gains were more than offset by losses in Michigan (-64,400), California (-52,200), Minnesota (-49,800), Pennsylvania (-37,600) and New York (-37,200).”

Furthermore, employment levels from 2019 to 2020 declined by signifiant margins in the lockdown states of Michigan (-10.9%), New York (-10.4%), and Massachusetts (-9.1%), while states that didn’t maintain lockdowns, like Georgia (-1.7%), Texas (-3.3%), and Florida (-4.6%), saw significantly less employment loss. Republican-run states saw an average unemployment rate this past December of 1.6%.

Is it any wonder that blue state governors are now easing up on lockdowns? Evidently, now that their guy Joe Biden is in the White House, it’s “safe” to reopen. Besides, the Leftmedia will be sure to credit the inevitable economic growth from suddenly reopened states to Biden’s leadership. Such is the cynical mindset of the Left and leftist politicians.

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Nazis Everywhere

Lewis Morris

Americans have a shockingly low history IQ, with a low percentage of adults not possessing even basic knowledge of the country and its founding. One would be hard-pressed to find a person on the street who can name the country’s first president. Or who fought in World War II. Or who won it, for that matter. But everyone seems to know a lot about Nazis.

Former President Donald Trump and the people who voted for him are routinely labeled as Nazis in the American media. It has become a charge that is repeated so often that it’s hardly even challenged anymore. Leftmedia apparatchiks like Jonathan Chait post fabricated chronicles about how Trump introduced Nazism into the Republican Party, and those who don’t know better are left to simply believe his supposition unquestioned. Trump brought Nazis into the Republican Party? Of course not. But few are questioning that this actually took place. They merely ponder how he supposedly did it.

Even our current president, Joe Biden, Mr. Unity himself, has labeled Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley as “part of the big lie.” That’s an implicit reference to a statement attributed to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels that people will believe a lie, no matter how big, if you tell it often enough. This is ironic considering how the Left is throwing around the terms Nazi and fascist lately.

There are a couple of big lies being floated in the American media, but neither has anything to do with how the Republican Party was supposedly hijacked by Nazis, or how Trump was supposedly the second coming of Adolf Hitler.

The first big lie is about fascism itself, and it’s based on a completely false view of the political spectrum. This view, embraced by a vast majority of pundits and educators, is that fascism is a far-right ideology, while communism is on the far left. According to this view, totalitarian control lays at both ends of the spectrum, with humble Liberty-loving folks in the center. This is not true. On the real political spectrum, the far left is dominated by totalitarian control, regardless of how it’s packaged. The far right is a complete absence of control (anarchy). Responsible self-government exists somewhere in between.

How is it that so many people have a completely erroneous view of the political spectrum? It started before World War II, when communist apologists in the Western media searched for a way to create daylight between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in order to engender sympathy for the latter and derision for the former. In reality, there was no big difference between Joseph Stalin and Hitler or how they ran their countries. They both ruled over their citizens with an iron fist, maintained complete control over their economies and industries, and sought to expand their power through military means. The only difference was in how they conducted their parades.

Theirs was a turf war, not an ideological one.

Yet the lie about fascism being a far-right ideology has stuck ever since, and now it’s being used to bolster another big lie — that Donald Trump and his followers are fascists. Follow the twisted logic for a moment. Republicans are on the right side of the political spectrum, therefore rabid Republicans must be fascists, because fascists are on the extreme right.

Wrong. Republicans and conservatives are on the right side of the political spectrum because they want constitutionally limited government, not unbridled government. Fascists want total government control of approved private enterprise. If Trump were a true fascist, then he’s the worst fascist in modern history. He cut hundreds of government regulations to shrink the reach of the federal bureaucracy. He’s the first president in recent memory to go through an entire term without bringing America into a new war. And he spent much of his foreign policy capital fostering peace treaties and trade deals with other nations.

Yet the media has condemned Trump as a fascist in the court of public opinion, and leftists everywhere are hoping that this second sham impeachment trial will finally prove it to the public for all time. Their lie has become so big that many Republicans have parroted this view, demonstrating more interest in saving their political hides than standing up against the tide of ignorance. Even former California Governor and sometime Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger bought the line about Trump as a Nazi. And Schwarzenegger’s father actually was a Nazi. You’d think at least he’d know the difference.

Leftists had to defeat Donald Trump by any means necessary because he stood between them and greater power. They lied, cajoled, browbeat, stuffed ballot boxes, and engaged in all manner of dirty deeds to achieve that aim, because they insisted he was the fascist. The trouble is, their behavior is exactly what real fascists do.

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Killing Jobs and Raising Energy Prices

Arnold Ahlert

New Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has a dilemma: He can’t decide which method he prefers to use to take more of Americans’ hard-earned money and transfer it to government coffers.

One one hand, it seems the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, prefers a good old-fashioned tax increase on gasoline. “I think all options need to be on the table. The gas tax has not been increased since 1993, and it’s never been paid to inflation,” he stated during his Senate confirmation hearing last week. “And that’s one of the reasons why the current state of the Highway Trust Fund is there’s more going out than coming in. Up until now, that’s been addressed with general funding transfers. I don’t know whether Congress would want to continue doing that.”

Buttigieg also sees electric vehicles as a problem in that regard. “In the near term, we need a solution that can provide some predictability and sustainability,” he added. “In the long term, we need to bear in mind also that as vehicles become more efficient and as we pursue electrification, sooner or later there will be questions about whether the gas tax can be effective at all.”

Right now, the federal gas tax is 18.4 cents per gallon, and the average of total state taxes is 29.8 cents per gallon. State gas taxes range from a high of 62.47 cents per gallon in California to a low of 13.77 cents per gallon in Alaska. The revenue goes into the Highway Trust Fund and pays for most of the government’s highway and mass transit spending.

Nonetheless, if the dynamic addressed by Buttigieg sounds familiar, it’s because increased taxes on cigarette smoking ultimately precipitated declines in smoking — and the revenue such taxes were supposed to generate. Thus, Buttigieg is on firm ground when he assumes greater electrification of vehicles will lead to declining gas tax revenues.

And that goes double if Americans are forbidden to drive fossil fuel-powered vehicles, period. Wholly irrespective of reality, many progressives believe technological progress can simply be mandated into existence by a specific date. Moreover, they’re willing to ignore the uncomfortable reality that mass production of electric vehicles may produce an ecological “cure” worse than the disease it is supposed to eradicate.

In short, “going green” may simply be imposed by hammering Americans into submission. Automotive expert Eric Peters warns that “by 2030 not much else that isn’t electric will be built,” and the few cars that aren’t “will have been driven off the roads entirely by regulatory fiat and extortionate/punitive gas and registration fees” by 2040.

Weirdly, a Buttigieg spokesman later walked the gas tax statement back, telling reporters a “variety of options need to be on the table to ensure we can invest in our highways and create jobs, but increasing the gas tax is not among them.”

So what’s the other alternative? Buttigieg is toying with the idea of taxing Americans for the number of miles they drive. “A lot has been suggested recently about the idea of vehicle-miles-traveled-based, so if we’re committed to the idea of user-pays, then part of how you might do that would be based on vehicle miles traveled [VMT],” he said. “But that raises, of course, concerns about privacy and there remains some technological questions too. These are examples of some of the things that could be part of the solution, but I know that’s going to have to be a conversation, not only in the administration, but with Congress too.”

Columnist Nicholas Ballasy explains what a VMT system is really all about: “To implement a VMT system, the federal government would likely have to establish a uniform in-car system for tracking the number of miles a driver travels similar to the EZ-Pass transponder that drivers put in their vehicles to pay tolls.”

In other words, under the auspices of “going green,” government would gain the power to track every vehicle in the nation in real time. And if Americans believe the data collected will be used solely to determine miles driven, they are incredibly naive. Data from electronic toll-collection systems have already been used in divorce and child-custody cases, and police have used data from car computers to solve crimes. Another layer of surveillance would be just the ticket for a Biden administration, a Democrat-controlled Congress, and an American Left in general with a demonstrated appetite for defining those who fail to fully embrace progressive dogma as “problematic” — at best — and potential domestic terrorists at worst.

Whatever revenues are generated, they are being touted as one of the streams used to fund the Biden administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan. Yet one suspects that, much like the Obama administration’s self-admitted sham known as the “shovel-ready” stimulus package, the funds generated here will be used to bail out blue-state budget profligacy, even in areas wholly unrelated to infrastructure.

The big picture? Under the banner of “zero emissions,” by a fixed date, wholly irrespective of whether or not viable alternatives exist, Americans should be prepared to endure all the costly permutations associated with the Democrats’ determination to wean the nation off fossil fuels. Via executive orders, Biden has already placed a 60-day moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands that will likely become permanent, reversed the rollbacks on vehicle emissions standards, canceled the Keystone pipeline project, and reestablished a working group to calculate the “social costs” associated with greenhouse gasses.

Maybe it would be a better idea to calculate the job losses such policies will engender. Canceling Keystone eliminated 11,000 jobs directly and as many as 60,000 more indirectly. If the moratorium on oil and gas leases becomes permanent, another one million jobs will be vaporized.

And it all comes courtesy of an administration whose campaign slogan was “Build Back Better.”

Reality check: “We’ve got guys that haven’t worked in months, and in some cases years, and to have a project of this magnitude canceled, it’s going to hurt a lot of people, a lot of families, a lot of communities,” stated welding foreman Neal Crabtree, in reference to Keystone’s cancellation.

Buttigieg insists people like Crabtree will “continue to be employed in good-paying union jobs, even if they might be different ones.”

And climate czar John Kerry says these folks can “go to work to make the solar panels.”

Crabtree wasn’t buying it. “I don’t consider this a job, I consider it a career,” he said in response. “You spend a lifetime fine-tuning your skills and if you go start another job you’re starting at the bottom. I doubt that these politicians would like it if someone told them to go start over and find a different job.”

In reality, members of our political class don’t give a damn. As far as they’re concerned, everyone laid off as a result of their environmental extremism can “learn to code.”

Higher gas and energy prices? Suck it up to save the planet — serfs.

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Joe Manchin: The Egocentric Ace of Spades

Jordan Candler

The Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs were not just frustrating for conservatives but also extremely detrimental to the fabric of our great nation. Congress’s upper chamber is now evenly split 50-50, which will provide Vice President Kamala Harris with ample opportunities to cast tiebreaking votes on big-ticket legislation — legislation that will invariably expand the welfare state, curtail First and Second Amendment rights, and nurture globalism, among other things.

That’s assuming, of course, that Democrat Joe Manchin is concretely steadfast to his party in the exceedingly ominous years ahead. But if history is any indication, that’s not going to happen. Senator Manchin, of course, has a penchant for being somewhat of a maverick. On the surface, that’s a good thing, particularly considering he officially caucuses with an increasingly radical Democrat Party. Metaphorically speaking, if the Democrat Party were a desert, Manchin would be the dry creek that occasionally and refreshingly fills with water. Ironically, though, his long-held “moderate” credentials while caucusing with the Democrats have suddenly become rather problematic, because the very balance of power is at stake.

Manchin represents the state of West Virginia, where approximately 69 out of every 100 voters cast their ballot for President Donald Trump in the November presidential election. There are plenty of red states in the U.S., and some of them came close to matching West Virginia’s margin. But only one — Wyoming — had a higher percentage of voters who went for Trump (70.4%). That’s how red the Mountain State is.

This brings us to a sobering reality: Manchin is the most selfish Democrat in America. The same credit he deserves for being willing on numerous occasions in the past to cross aisles when his party bent too far to the left now paradoxically serves as the grounds for severe criticism.

We’re in the radical era of Joe Biden now. That, combined with the unusual composition of a split Senate and Manchin’s wobbly affiliation with the Democrat Party, means his ambiguous fidelity to stymying full-frontal socialism wreaks of opportunism. He’s not just sitting on the fence, making people guess which way he’ll vote, but he’s also relishing it. It goes without saying that the vast majority of West Virginians — indeed, even Manchin himself, if past remarks are any indication — want nothing to do with the Left’s socialist agenda. It’s not enough for Manchin to, as a Democrat, object to eliminating the filibuster, or packing the courts, or admitting extra states to pack the Senate with Democrats. He ought to represent his state and vote for the right policies as a Republican by switching parties.

If Manchin would do what he should have done long ago — caucus with the GOP, as many observes have long suggested he do — the balance of power would change, and Senate Democrats would have to fold more often than not. But here we are, with Manchin pompously holding the ace of spades, and an equally anticipative Kamala Harris grinning in the background.

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Tulsi Tells an Inconvenient Truth

Douglas Andrews

Tulsi Gabbard is, in a word, interesting. A retired congresswoman and a major in the U.S. Army Reserve, she was a thorn in the Democrat Party’s side throughout its presidential primary, and she continues to be as much. Why? Because she’s a woman of color who obliterates the stereotype of the down-the-line leftist, and because she’s wildly unafraid to tell inconvenient truths.

Truths like this one: “The mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6 to try to stop Congress from carrying out its constitutional responsibilities were behaving like domestic enemies of our country. But let’s be clear: The John Brennans, Adam Schiffs, and the oligarchs in Big Tech who are trying to undermine our constitutionally protected rights and turn our country into a police state with KGB-style surveillance are also domestic enemies — and much more powerful, and therefore dangerous, than the mob that stormed the Capitol.”

So, from Tulsi, a pox on both your houses: the fringy far-righters who went to Washington and stormed the Capitol, and the mainstream Left that thinks silencing a sitting president and his like-minded supporters is somehow acceptable in a constitutional republic.

Yes, this is the mainstream Left — which we might also now dub the authoritarian Left. That’s where lying scoundrels like Representative Adam Schiff and commie sympathizers like John Brennan make their living, and it’s where the damage to our civil liberties is now being done by all manner of cancel-culturing foot soldiers, from Internet service providers to book publishers to hotel chains to insurance companies to global banks to professional sports leagues.

Schiff, we know, is an easy target for Gabbard, even if he was, until just a few weeks ago, her congressional colleague. But if you think we’re being too hard on Brennan, ask yourself how many folks you know who, during the height of the Cold War, voted for the Communist Party USA’s candidate for president as a way of signaling his “unhappiness with the system.” Let’s see … Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, or the commie?

And one look at Brennan’s recent remarks — the remarks that prompted Gabbard to call him out — indicate that his authoritarian streak is as strong as ever. “The members of the Biden team who have been nominated or have been appointed,” he said, “are now moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about what looks very similar to insurgency movements that we’ve seen overseas, where they germinate in different parts of the country and they gain strength, and it brings together an unholy alliance frequently of religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, Nativists, even libertarians.”

Even libertarians? Yes, John Brennan just smeared millions of Liberty-loving Americans by lumping them in with authoritarians, fascists, bigots, and racists. Thus, if you appreciate lower taxes and less government, John Brennan’s people would like to have a word with you.

“President Biden,” Gabbard concluded, “I call upon you and all of Congress from both parties to denounce efforts by Brennan and others to take away our civil liberties endowed to us by our Creator and guaranteed in our Constitution. If you don’t stand up to them now, then our country will be in great peril.”

We’re not sure what the future holds for Tulsi Gabbard, who’s just 39 and seems far too young and far too engaged to be without some sort of political future. In the meantime, though, we’re happy to have her on the right side in the fight for civil liberties.

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Leftmedia Smears Tom Cotton’s Military Record

Thomas Gallatin

Not only is Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) a Patriot for his principled defense of the U.S. Constitution, he’s also a veteran who willingly put his life on the line to defend this nation serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet some leftists, fresh off successfully getting Donald Trump banned from social media by their Big Tech buddies, will do anything to collect more conservative scalps, and they’ve taken their hatchets to Cotton.

Apparently, Cotton represents everything leftists loathe about conservatives, yet without any of the personality flaws that made Trump an easy target. Last summer, The New York Times published an op-ed from Cotton entitled “Send in the Troops,” wherein he made the argument for Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 to stem the violence and rioting that was rocking several American cities. Leftists at the time ran to their fainting couches as they demanded and eventually got the head of the Gray Lady’s editorial page editor for daring to run an opinion piece that didn’t comport with the Left’s erroneous narrative on BLM.

It’s ironic that only a few months later, leftists praised the call to send in the troops to protect the U.S. Capitol following the riot, but we digress.

The Leftmedia clearly sees Cotton as politically dangerous, which explains its eagerness to smear him. The leftist rag Salon attempted to do this over the weekend with a hit piece entitled, “Sen. Tom Cotton campaigned on his ‘experience as an Army Ranger’ — but he didn’t have any.”

Salon erroneously alleged that Cotton was guilty of stolen valor for falsely claiming to be a “U.S. Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan,” when in fact he “was never a part of the 75th Ranger Regiment.” Yet, while acknowledging that Cotton served eight years in two war zones as “an Army captain and decorated hero — including two commendations medals, a Bronze Star and a Ranger tab” (emphasis added), Salon insists that Cotton lied about this military service when campaigning because he said he “volunteered to be an Army Ranger.”

And so Cotton did. He attended Ranger school, received the Ranger tab, and went on to serve with the 101st Airborne — not the famed 75th Ranger Regiment, but neither did he ever claim the 75th. Yet Salon dubiously insinuates that Cotton’s supposed failure to clearly distinguish that his service was with the 101st rather than 75th after Ranger school is tantamount to stolen valor.

Seeing the Salon exposé, Newsweek elected to get in on the Cotton bashing act with a story under the title, “Tom Cotton Blasted for Claims About Being an Army Ranger by Lawmaker Who Was One.” Yet, hilariously, back in 2015, Newsweek ran a story praising the fact that for “the first time in the Army Ranger School’s 64-year history, two women have completed the intense training program and will become Rangers.” The story even acknowledged that while the two women “will become Rangers,” they won’t be joining “the 75th Ranger Regiment” as it “does not allow female Rangers.”

Following its story criticizing Cotton, Newsweek quietly went back to edit its 2015 article referencing the first two female “Rangers” to now say that they “will be allowed to wear the coveted Ranger tab on their uniforms.” Newsweek then added, “This article has been changed to note that completion of the course allows one to wear the Ranger tab, but does not make one a Ranger.”

As the Leftmedia’s attempt to smear Cotton has only grown, National Review’s John McCormack noted, “Retired Command sergeant major Rick Merritt, who served in the 75th Ranger Regiment, told the Arkansas Times over the weekend that Salon’s attack on Cotton was ‘absurd,’ ‘unfair,’ and ‘almost slanderous.’ ‘He’s 100 percent a Ranger,’ said Merritt. ‘He will always be a Ranger. It’s a slap in the face for any veteran — any Ranger — to be attacked that way. It’s not a controversy. It’s a fact that he is a Ranger, just like I’m a Ranger. They’re just playing semantics on the unit in which he served as a Ranger.’” Exactly. Cotton’s a threat to the Left’s anti-American agenda, hence the baseless and ignorant attack.

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Government & Politics

  • A trip down memory lane: As Michigan governor, energy secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm divvied millions in taxpayer funds to alternative energy startups that went bankrupt (Daily Caller)
  • First step toward unity: Kevin McCarthy to meet with Trump in Florida (Examiner)
  • Biden starts staffing a commission on court packing now that Trump has balanced the judiciary (Politico)

Big Tech Oligarchs

  • Conservative outlet Epoch Times demonetized by YouTube (Disrn)
  • YouTube extends Trump’s suspension for a second time (CNET)

Education

  • Chicago Teachers Union moves closer to a possible strike (WLS)

Memo to unionists: Even the CDC is now advocating “a path forward to maintain or return primarily or fully to in-person instructional delivery.” Moreover, as this headline in The Hill explains, “CDC study finds COVID-19 outbreaks aren’t fueled by in-person classes.”

  • “Open the freaking schools”: Understandably irate parent slams Virginia school board (Disrn)

National Security

  • Shameful theatrics: DHS issues nationwide terrorism alert over “violent extremists” (American Military News)
  • National Guard ludicrously to remain in Washington, DC, until at least end of March (Disrn)
  • To Iran’s delight, Biden administration slows arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE for review (Bloomberg)

Health

  • Who’d a thunk it? Hydroxychloroquine may have some use to treat COVID after all, study shows (NorthJersey.com)
  • Not exactly benign: Long-term study reveals harm in regular cannabis use (University of Queensland)

Business & Economy

  • Red-state governors lead the COVID recovery after blue-state tyrants tanked the economy (The Federalist)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Christian professor attacked for “transphobia” at Baylor University (Disrn)

Non Compos Mentis

  • Press Secretary Jen Psaki on GameStop stock surge: “We have the first female treasury secretary” (Daily Wire)

Double Standards

  • Climate czar John Kerry’s family still owns private jet as he (mis)leads climate fight (Fox News)

American Spirit

  • Indiana community gives 31-year pizza deliveryman a new car as a tip (Disrn)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Canceling Keystone and reducing U.S. arms are Biden’s first two major gifts to Russia (The Federalist)
  • Policy: The dark side of global “gender equality” (The Daily Signal)
  • Humor: Democrats vote to reinstate Trump as president so impeachment trial is constitutional (Babylon Bee)
  • Related humor: Congress to retroactively impeach all previous Republican presidents (Babylon Bee)

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Parent Has Enough of School Board’s Cowardice — A frustrated father addresses the school board in Loudoun County, Virginia, over its decision to hide behind COVID.

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Why Tom Brady Has a Career and Colin Kaepernick Doesn’t — Some on the Left are complaining, which is a little bit like complaining that Kevin Durant has a job in the NBA but Matt Walsh doesn’t.

Satire: When Cancel Culture Cancels Everything — Society will be better when everything is canceled by cancel culture, including culture.

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Insight: “The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interest.” —Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

Political futures: “Despite President Biden’s pretensions about bringing our nation together, Democrats want to impeach Trump because it will be divisive, not despite its divisiveness. They are banking on his being acquitted and politically revived, not underestimating that possibility. They want him to run for office again, not banish him.” —Andrew McCarthy

Woke jargon: “The World Health Organization gave new guidance about Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine this week, recommending generally against its use for most pregnant people.” —The Wall Street Journal (“I don’t know what ‘pregnant people’ are.” —Allie Beth Stuckey)

Demo-gogue: “I think that, unfortunately, workers have been fed a false narrative. … They’ve been fed the notion that somehow dealing with climate is coming at their expense. No it’s not. What is happening to them is because other market forces are already taking place.” —John Kerry shifting blame from the Biden administration’s job-killing energy edicts

The BIG Lie: “Climate change is the most significant public health challenge of our time.” —National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy

Grand delusions: “This is almost like we’re suffering an attack from Mars — some extraterrestrial species. We have to come together in what I call planetary realism.” —former California Governor Jerry Brown on climate change

And last… “The Keystone pipeline was entirely a private sector project that had obtained its legal permits. … I can’t think of another example of a president crushing thousands of private sector jobs at a stroke in the absence of a genuine legal reason. Biden offered no legal reason, such as defects of the permit or violations of the permit conditions. He just doesn’t like it.” —Steven Hayward

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28 Jan 2021 – News Briefing

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28 Jan 2021

DHS issues nationwide terrorism alert over ‘violent extremists’ motivated by election results, COVID lockdowns and police activity
In an official terrorism advisory directed by Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske that lasts until April 30, DHS warns of increased threats in the U.S. of “some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.” The advisory came after Pekoske’s consultation with intelligence and law enforcement, though no signs of credible attack plots were found. The terrorism advisory comes after … Joe Biden ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct threat assessments.

Syrian Troops Spotted Amassing near Israel’s Mt Hermon border
Syrian media reported seeing Syrian Army Troops on the Lebanese side of the Hermon Mount on Monday night. The area has become very active lately. On Friday, four Syrian family members were killed by falling debris from the Syrian air-defense system reacting to an alleged Israeli airstrike. The IDF is preparing for a massive war drill, slated for this upcoming summer. The drill is expected to last a month and will simulate a full-scale war … .

Iranian-American facing espionage charges in Iran
An Iranian-American is facing espionage charges in Iran after being arrested as he tried to leave the country, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said on Tuesday. “The defendant had been free on bail … and was arrested as he tried to leave the country,” Esmaili told a news conference streamed live on a government website.

Kochavi signals to Biden: Netanyahu, top security agree on Iran this time
“Going back to the Iran deal from 2015, or even to a similar deal with a few improvements, is a bad, wrong thing. It is bad operationally and strategically.”

Palestinian fatwa bans Muslims from following ‘modern Abrahamic faith’
The Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council on Wednesday condemned the use of the term “Abraham Accords” … ruled that the “alleged Abrahamic religion project, in addition to targeting the Muslim faith, was a political use of the concept of the Abrahamic religion; benefits the occupier; and constitutes a clear threat to our nation’s causes, first and foremost the Palestinian cause and al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Biden sends B-52 bomber over Persian Gulf in first message to Iran
It was the fourth mission into CENTCOM’s area of operation in the last two months and the first deployment of the heavy bomber since Joe Biden’s inauguration last week.

Former Chief of Staff: Any attack on Hezbollah’s missiles will cause extensive damage
“The pragmatic Sunni states in the Gulf and Israel have a common interest in preventing Iranian nuclear capability and regional hegemony. Cooperation under an American umbrella is very important – while maintaining significant Israeli capabilities to operate independently in Iran,” he said.

Bill Gates shocked by Covid conspiracy theories about him and Fauci, suggests social media firms may help censor such ‘evil’ talk
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is looking to possibly enlist the help of Big Tech to help censor offending online voices after he and US Covid-19 czar Anthony Fauci were victimized by “evil” conspiracy theories. “Nobody would have predicted that I and Dr. Fauci would be so prominent in really kind of evil theories about — did we create the pandemic, are we trying to profit from it? — and on and on,” Gates said Wednesday in a Reuters interview.

John Kerry’s family still owns private jet as he leads climate fight, FAA records indicate
Private jets emit up to 40 times more carbon per passenger than commercial planes. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records indicate that the family of U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry owns a private jet, despite his position on combatting fossil fuels in the new administration. The FAA’s registry shows a Gulfstream Aerospace jet owned by Flying Squirrel LLC, the name previously reported for Teresa Heinz-Kerry’s private charter jet company. The company’s listed address matches that of the Heinz Family Foundation.

Rand Paul’s disturbing face-mask prediction
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a medical doctor by profession, made an unnerving prediction about masks on Wednesday, saying mandates to wear facial coverings are never going away as long as the political left is in charge. “They will never relent. These people are never gonna let you not wear a mask,” the Kentucky Republican told Todd Herman, the fill-in host on Rush Limbaugh’s national broadcast.

Did America’s Anti-Cop Movement Lead To Largest Homicide Increase In US History?
In a Sunday Wall Street Journal op-ed, Mac Donald notes that 2020 ‘likely saw the largest percentage increase in homicides in American history,’ noting that murder was up almost 37% across a sample of 57 large and medium-size cities. According to preliminary figures, “at least 2,000 more Americans, most of them black, were killed in 2020 than 2019.” And while the establishment media is largely blaming the pandemic for the spike, Mac Donald says the chronology doesn’t support that assertion – and President Biden’s criminal-justice policies stand to exacerbate the ongoing crime wave while ignoring its causes.

Biden Administration Sued For Halting Oil, Gas Leasing On Federal Lands
The Biden administration was sued on Jan. 27 over its executive order to halt oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters. The lawsuit (pdf) was filed in the U.S. District Court in Wyoming by the Western Energy Alliance, a group representing fossil fuel producers on federal lands. They say President Joe Biden exceeded his authority with the recent order. “The law is clear. Presidents don’t have authority to ban leasing on public lands. All Americans own the oil and natural gas beneath public lands, and Congress has directed them to be responsibly developed on their behalf,”

Remember When Joe Biden Said “You Can’t Legislate By Executive Orders Unless You’re A Dictator”
During a town hall broadcast by ABC News just over a fortnight before the election, Joe Biden was discussing his tax proposals when he declared that in order to see them implemented he would need votes and approval from Congress. “I have this strange notion. We are a democracy,” Biden sardonically declared, “You can’t do it by executive order, unless you’re a dictator,” Biden declared, adding “We’re a democracy, we need consensus.” Fast forward to the first day of Biden’s presidency. The guy implemented NINETEEN executive actions.

UAE, Bahrain urge Israel to unite on Iran position for U.S
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Tuesday urged Israel to join them in an outreach effort to the United States to make the countries’ position on the Iranian threat in the region clear…Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif ben Rashid Al Zayani said the country saw eye to eye on many aspects of the Iranian expansion in the region.

Biden suspends sale of advanced F-35 fighter jets to UAE
The US plans to reevaluate the Trump administration’s decision to sell F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates. A US State Department official said on Wednesday that the Biden administration “temporarily paused” for review several pending arms sales to US allies, amounting to billions of dollars. Among them are sales of F-35 fighter jets to the UAE and precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia.

Chinese New Year: Clamping down on going home for the holidays
Today marks the start of the world’s largest human migration – an event which sees millions of people travel thousands of miles across China to reach home in time for the Lunar New Year. For some, it is the only time they will see their families all year and is an event not to be missed. But there are fears the Spring Festival travel season, or Chunyun in Chinese, could become a superspreader event.

US issues ‘heightened threat’ alert after transition
US security chiefs have warned of a heightened threat of domestic terrorism from people unhappy with the outcome of the November election. The Department of Homeland Security said the 6 January attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters may have emboldened some extremists. In an advisory it warned of a threat from “individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority”.

China sharpens language, warns Taiwan that independence ‘means war’
China toughened its language towards Taiwan on Thursday, warning after recent stepped up military activities near the island that “independence means war” and that its armed forces were acting in response to provocation and foreign interference. Taiwan…reported multiple Chinese fighter jets and bombers entering its southwestern air defence identification zone…prompting Washington to urge Beijing to stop pressuring Taiwan.

Over week after taking office, Biden yet to call Netanyahu
Over a week after being inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden has yet to call Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu… The 78-year-old Democrat had already spoken to Canadian President Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkle, French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Lebanon anti-lockdown protest turns deadly
One person has died and 200 others have been injured in the Lebanese city of Tripoli during a third night of clashes on Wednesday between security forces and demonstrators angered by a coronavirus lockdown that has worsened an already severe economic crisis. Omar Tayba, 29, who sustained a bullet wound late on Wednesday, became the first fatality of the protests that erupted earlier this week.

Iran says production of enriched uranium exceeds goals
Iran has exceeded 17 kilograms of 20% enriched uranium within a month’s time…moving its nuclear program closer to weapons-grade enrichment levels amid heightened tensions with the U.S. Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, during a visit to the country’s Fordo nuclear facility, said in a televised speech that in less than a month, scientists passed 17 kilograms (37.5 pounds) of 20% enriched uranium.

House Republicans Tell Nancy Pelosi: We Will Oppose Any Bill to Force Americans to Fund Abortions
Republicans in Congress told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday that they will stand up for the vast majority of Americans by opposing her plans to force taxpayers to fund abortions.

Extreme Rainfall Could Top 20 Inches in California
Relentless rain and mountain snow are expected to pound California for days this week as a more potent system will take aim at the region. AccuWeather meteorologists say it will bring a deluge of nearly two feet of rain — and up to 10 feet of snow to the Golden State. Even though precipitation is greatly needed across the drought-stricken state, the storm will bring too much all at once and lead to serious flooding and mudslide concerns as snowfall could shut down travel through the passes.

More than 330 000 customers without power as major winter storm hits California
A strong frontal system — Category 3 atmospheric river — impacting California and parts of Nevada through Thursday, January 28, 2021, will bring gusty winds, very heavy rain, and mountain snow, in some parts extreme. Whiteout/blizzard conditions and heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada may cause road closures and travel delays.

Significant eruption at Merapi volcano, ash to 12.2 km (40 000 feet) a.s.l., Indonesia
A significant eruption took place at the Indonesian Merapi volcano at 06:40 UTC on January 27, 2021. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red.

This Year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day Is A Stark Reminder Of The Coming Great Tribulation That Is Still Ahead For The Jews And Israel
I can clearly recall sitting in my darkened 8th grade classroom back in 1975, with tears in my eyes, watching the flickering black and white newsreel images flickering on the screen in front of me. It was a film of the first day when the Allies entered the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and it was that day that God broke my heart for the Jews and Israel.

How China Is Conquering America and the Rest of the World
The CSS has recently conducted a meta-analysis of how the Chinese, the new world policemen, supplanting the United States, manage to gain control of key corporations and politicians. The plan features both economic characteristics of vertical and horizontal integration.

Der Schturmbannfuehrer Schumer Schpeaks
Is Schumer looking to establish a kind of social credit society the way the Chinese Communist Party has managed to impose on China’s nearly 1.4 billion citizens?

Google transforming its nationwide properties into vaccination sites while driving users to get injected with experimental shots 
To help ensure that more Americans are vaccinated for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) at warp speed, tech giant Google is converting its properties into mass vaccination sites.

Senior UK MP warns British public may “rise up” if lockdown exit plan isn’t detailed 
A senior Member of Parliament warned that the British public may “rise up” if Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government does not outline an exit strategy for the U.K.’s ongoing nationwide lockdown.

Judge: Virginia’s ‘No Postmark’ Rule Change for Ballots Violated the Law
It’s not going to overturn the results of the 2020 election, but a judge has ruled that the Virginia Board of Elections broke the law during the 2020 cycle.

GATES OF HELL: Eugenicist Bill Gates Cries To Reuters About All These ‘Crazy And Evil Conspiracy Theories’ About Him And Implantable Microchips
Bill Gates spent some time whining and crying to Reuters about all these ‘evil conspiracy theories’ about him wanting to inject the world with microchips, feigning disbelief that anyone could ever think such things about him. Reuters was only too happy to indulge him. This is one of the many reasons why the Gates Foundation regularly gives millions of dollars to news outlets like Reuters, so they will pretend he’s a doctor and a global patron saint.

Covid “science” insanity: Anal swabs and face diapers
…Yes, anal swabs are the new covid-19 testing protocol now being pushed in China and no doubt arriving soon in America. Scientists and the media are claiming that if they stick a swab up your butt, it reduces “false positives.”

Washington Post Publishes Article Stating That Millions Of ‘White Republican Americans’ Need To Be ‘Deprogrammed and Reprogrammed’
In the Chick gospel tract entitled ‘The Last Generation’ we see a New World Order where ‘wrong thinking’ is now a crime, and that citizens are required to inform the government on the ‘suspicious activities’ of their friends, neighbors and family members. In one especially prescient scene we see a grandson informing the authorities on his grandfather who is a believer in Jesus Christ, who is then taken away for ‘reprogramming’. Welcome to the Democrat Party 2021.

CDC Scientist: ‘We scheduled meeting to destroy vaccine-autism study documents’
A current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) senior scientist has made an unprecedented admission: he and his colleagues–he says– committed scientific misconduct to cover up a meaningful link between vaccines and autism in black boys.

China Committing Genocide in Xinjiang; Building Authoritarian Bloc
“What the Chinese communists are doing is trying to eliminate a whole people,” says Commissioner Gary Bauer of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.  The U.S. government, in the last full day of the Trump presidency, determined that the People’s Republic of China, under the control of the Chinese Communist Party, is committing genocide against the Uyghur people.

Source: 28 Jan 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 1/28/2021

US suspends $23 billion sale of F-35s to UAE that followed Abraham Accords

PA official welcomes resumed US ties, but realizes Palestinians not 1st priority

Amid crisis, Hezbollah ‘bank’ a lifeline for some, and a boon for terror group

Report: Israeli settler population surged during Trump era

Netanyahu reelection hopes jeopardized by ultra-Orthodox unrest

Biden’s UN envoy nominee: BDS activity ‘unacceptable, verges on anti-Semitic’

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Pope warns against new nationalism

Pope marking Holocaust warns another genocide possible

French Holocaust memorial vandalized on remembrance day

Biden in remembrance day statement: ‘The Holocaust was no accident of history’

US B-52 once again overflies Mideast in show of force to Iran

Top American envoy Blinken says Iran needs to return to nuclear deal before US

German FM insists nuclear deal is best way to confront Iran’s ‘reckless’ acts

Israeli Defense Chief: Iran ‘Months, Maybe Even Weeks’ From Nuclear Bomb

Putin Warns Against Tech Giants Becoming Competitors To States

Putin Warns of Global Tensions Similar to 1930s in Davos Speech

Putin warns of ‘all against all’ fight if global tensions are not resolved

Philippines protests new China law as ‘verbal threat of war’

Christian Population in China Could Reach 300 Million by 2030, Despite Persecution

Gordon Chang: China testing Biden with incursions against Taiwan, India: ‘This is a very dangerous time’

In multiple messages, Biden warns Beijing over expansionism

Biden’s Asia Policy Czar Helped Found Group ‘Heavily Influenced by the CCP’

John Kerry reveals Biden’s devotion to radical ‘Great Reset’ movement

6 State Attorneys General Warn Biden Over Potential Presidential Overreach

Tim Kaine: Trump Impeachment ‘Not the Right Prioritization of Our Time’

Kaine Floats ‘Alternative’ to Trump Impeachment Trial, but Schumer Holds Firm

As the numbers suggest a Trump acquittal, Senators explore censure and brace for impeachment trial

Chief Justice’s Refusal to Preside Sparks Constitutional Concern

Mitch McConnell Warns of ‘Nightmare’ if Democrats End Filibuster: ‘Scorched-Earth Senate Would Hardly Be Able to Function’

U.S. Senate Escapes Gridlock After Two Democrats Promise to Protect Filibuster

Senate Democrats Reintroduce Bill for DC Statehood

Majority of Senate Democrats Push for Washington, D.C. Statehood

Dems Introduce Bill That Could Effectively Bar Trump Supporters From Federal Jobs and Military

Threats against lawmakers fuel safety concerns for travel outside Washington

DHS uses federal alert system for 1st time in a year to warn of domestic terrorist threat

Man arrested on pipe bomb charges discussed attacking Twitter and Facebook, aimed to keep Trump president

Another Police Officer Who Responded to Capitol Riots Dies by Suicide Days Later

Facebook to Reduce Political Content on Platform

Social media ‘influencer’ charged with spreading 2016 election disinformation

Goya board silences its CEO after he tells Fox News the election was rigged

Anti-Trump Scholar: ‘Nearly Impossible’ to ‘Deprogram’ Millions of Trump Supporters

Washington and Lincoln are out. S.F. school board tosses 44 school names in controversial move

Puerto Rico radio producer is arrested by FBI over government chat scandal

Calm Returns to Dutch Cities After Riots, With Police out in Force

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: There is ‘a big crisis right now’ for cybersecurity

String of lights seen in sky near Charlotte sparks UFO debate. What was it?

A ‘historic wake-up call’: After a brutal 2020, Doomsday Clock is still 100 seconds to midnight

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Chitose, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gorontalo, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Fiji region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

Indonesia’s most active volcano Mt Merapi erupts again, unleashing river of lava

Sabanacaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Klychevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Landslide damages buildings in Rota Greca, 40 people evacuated, Italy

A tornado strikes Florida’s capital, damaging Tallahassee International Airport

More than 330,000 customers without power as major winter storm hits California

Joe Biden declares war on American jobs with far-left climate plan

Biden Energy Secretary Nominee: Some Jobs May Have To Be ‘Sacrificed’ To Climate Agenda

Biden’s Halt to Border Wall Construction to Cost About 5,000 Jobs, Billions of Dollars: Former CBP Commissioner

Lyme disease cases in US could be 10 times higher than currently reported, CDC study finds

Brazilian mom reportedly kills daughter, by gouging out eyes, eating tongue

200 House Republicans Declare ‘Unified Opposition’ to Tax-Funded Abortion

Pastor John MacArthur Warns Biden to ‘Be Careful When You Put Your Hand on the Word of God’ while pledging ‘to do the very things that blaspheme His name’

COVID Doctor Charged with Killing the Weak to Save the Strong

Hundreds of Americans poisoned by hand sanitizer this month, including many kids

Biden expected to ban term ‘China virus’ in crackdown on Covid racism

Auschwitz survivors mark Holocaust Remembrance Day online amid pandemic

‘We owe this to them’: Auschwitz survivors get COVID-19 vaccine on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Netanyahu warns virus strain resistant to current vaccines is inevitable

Shape-Shifting Virus Threatens Cycles of Illness, Lockdowns

We need to ‘upgrade’ the COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Fauci says

Pfizer, Moderna both trying for 3rd dose booster shots to combat virus variants

India Has Plenty of Coronavirus Vaccines But Few Takers

OC health care worker dies after receiving 2nd COVID-19 vaccine shot; official cause of death pending

U.S. ‘Actively Looking’ at Mandating COVID-19 Testing for Domestic Air Travel

China using anal swabs to detect COVID-19: report

‘Have we learned nothing?’ California faces backlash for lifting stay-home order

Viral video shows irate parent screaming at Virginia school board for continuing to keep students out of school. His remarks stun them into silence.

Bill Gates surprised by ‘evil and crazy’ conspiracies about himself

Third of Americans say pandemic has made their faith stronger

Asian shares drop after US stocks’ worst day since October

Source: Tracking the Birth Pangs – News and Links (trackingbibleprophecy.org)


Thursday 1-28-21

R.C. Sproul – The Judgment of Charity

Unholy trio: “God Calling” spiritually influenced “Jesus Calling” and Alcoholics Anonymous

Hillsong Pastor Joins With Joe Biden Transition Team and Muslims to Call for Religious Unity

Group Asks Ohio Megachurch to Make Good on Abuse Reconciliation Promises

Army chaplain calls transgender people ‘mentally unfit,’ ‘ill’ on Facebook – now he’s under investigation

Survey: Pandemic Hasn’t Significantly Boosted People’s Faith, Except for American Evangelicals

Watch “Holy Ghost People,” a 1967 documentary about a snake-handling, faith-healing church in Appalachia

Lifeway moves to sell new headquarters 3 years after moving in

Disney+ Blocks Children Under 7 From Watching ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘Dumbo,’ Other Classics

Pennsylvania church gives away $13K in gift cards for store employees, customer bills

The House of Peter: The Home of Jesus in Capernaum?

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Flashback: Before signing 37 executive actions​ Biden said, ‘We need consensus,’ and dictators rule by executive orders

President Joe Biden has signed 24 executive orders and 37 presidential actions in his first week in power. However, during his campaign run, Biden contradictorily stated that democracy needs “consensus” of the people, and those who govern by executive orders are “dictators.” On Oct. 15, only weeks before the election, then-candidate Joe Biden participated in an ABC News town hall at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Source: Flashback: Before signing 37 executive actions​ Biden said, ‘We need consensus,’ and dictators rule by executive orders

65% of nursing homes say they will close within a year due to COVID-19 costs, decreased revenue

A recent survey of nursing homes found that 65% report that they expect to close within a year due to financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: 65% of nursing homes say they will close within a year due to COVID-19 costs, decreased revenue

The Continuing Democrat-Media Narrative That There Is “No Evidence of Election Fraud” Is a Bald-Faced Lie | RedState

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Since Election Day, the Democrats and their operatives who infest the legacy media have maintained the fiction that the November elections were “the most secure in American history.” Their echo chamber (examples hereherehere, and here) fixed on the thoroughly debunked announcement by a Clinton operative in the Dept of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) that was made on 12 November just as evidence of massive election fraud was beginning to be compiled and reported by the Trump campaign and independent analysts across the country. The endless repetition of that early false report set the narrative that the Democrats, their operatives in the media, and even some weak-willed elected Republicans have repeated to this very day. They are attempting to firmly plant in the consciousness of the American electorate that that is the correct narrative despite many reports of election fraud that thoroughly destroy their claim.

While it is true none of the claims of election fraud have been proven in court, that is a factor of them not having been heard on the merits and not because there is no evidence.

One of the most recent examples of that was long-time Democrat operative George Stephanopoulos’s interchange with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on ABC”s Sunday morning news program “This Week.” Here is the correct headline describing the interchange in The Washington Times: “Rand Paul smackdown of George Stephanopoulos is what media deserve.” The key excerpt:

“George, where you make a mistake is people coming from the liberal side like you — you immediately say everything’s a lie instead of saying there’s two sides to everything. Historically, what would happen is I said I thought there was fraud, you would interview someone who said there wasn’t. Now you insert yourself in the middle and say the absolute fact is that everything I’m saying is a lie,” the Kentucky Republican said.

That’s exactly how the left-leaning members of the media have been acting: like paid defenders of the party, rather than paid watchdogs for the people.

Here is one example among many of how the Democrat operatives in the rest of the media spun that interchange, in this case in an ABC News article propagated by Big Tech’s “Microsoft News (MSN).” [Yes, the Democrats in Big Tech are key partners in spreading that false narrative, too.] Note how the ABC News headline proves the point of that Times article above: “Sen. Rand Paul continues making false claims of 2020 election fraud.”

The reality is that that ABC headline is the false claim, and that fact needs to be repeated endlessly along with the overwhelming proof that there is documented evidence of massive election fraud in the 2020 election. The evidence that has come about election fraud since Election Day is astounding: sworn depositions from many witnesses in state hearings, independent technical data analyses performed by statistical experts, many written depositions in several lawsuit affidavits sworn under threat of perjury, and many videos that captured election fraud criminality in real time.

I myself was privileged to report on independent analyses of election fraud on behalf of a team led by physicist and Mensa John Droz, Jr., whose purpose was to conduct a statistical analysis of certain voter data in key states in order to determine whether there were any significant anomalies evident. Here is the link to their analysis of massive anomalies in several Pennsylvania counties, with an excerpt from the article:

Biden’s vote totals in the four counties were 1.24 to 1.43 times greater than the totals for Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama (both elections). This is an absurd result, especially in the three Republican-leaning counties, given that Republican support for President Trump has hovered at 95% over the past year-plus. What is the probability that more Pennsylvanians in these counties voted for a thoroughly compromised candidate who did not even campaign down the stretch than voted for either Barack Hussein Obama or Hillary Clinton?

And here is a link to an article that summarizes the team’s discoveries in Michigan, along with a concluding excerpt from their report:

This is very strong evidence that the absentee voting counts in some counties in Michigan have likely been manipulated by a computer algorithm. The comparison of the 2020 results to the normal 2016 election data is dramatic. If no other plausible explanation can be made for these unexpected findings, it appears that this computer software was installed sometime after the 2016 Presidential election. On the surface, it would seem that the tabulating equipment in infected precincts has been programmed to shift a percentage of absentee votes from Trump to Biden.

The above articles (among many others written and posted in independent and conservative media) are written off by the Democrats and legacy media as “anecdotes” that don’t prove evidence of “sufficient fraud to have swung the election.” That is a variation on their theme of “most secure election in history.” But we are just getting started. One of the first comprehensive compilations of election fraud evidence was published on the FrontPage Mag blogsite on 23 December. That article contained convincing summary arguments that the election was in fact stolen that were supported by 93 linked sources provided as footnotes.

In parallel, Dr. Peter Navarro, Assistant to President Trump and Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, produced three separate report volumes that detailed election fraud:

Volume III summarized the evidence supporting “vote irregularities and illegalities” in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in this graphic:

 

From the conclusion in Volume III (emphasis mine):

In light of this evidence, it is also irresponsible – in the extreme – for the Democrat Party and its leadership, or journalists in the mainstream media, or RINO Republicans to claim there is no evidence of election irregularities. That’s absurd on its face. As this report shows, there is an abundance of evidence – a virtual cornucopia of potentially poisonous election irregularities.

And of course, the Democrats and their media operatives have ignored and buried these reports as well, writing off Dr. Navarro as a hyper-partisan Trump supporter (implying he has no credibility at all by that simple pejorative). For example, here is the Forbes headline bashing one of the reports (emphasis mine): “White House Advisor Peter Navarro Releases Dubious Voter Fraud Report.” Just for context purposes, can you remember a single time over the past four years in which any of the dozens of fraudulent claims made against President Trump was ever reported as “dubious” by any legacy media outlet?

John Droz’s team remains outraged by Democrat-media complex’s continuing spread of the false narrative that “there was no election fraud in 2020.” They – like many frustrated Americans – are tired of the dishonest assertion that there was no vote fraud, malfeasance, or other irregularities/ illegalities, supposedly because “the courts dismissed those claims as unfounded, wildly exaggerated, etc.” That is simply not true. With an objective to counter that false narrative, the team compiled an extensive list of lawsuits involving the 2020 Presidential election, and identified the issues, the results, and what evidence was objectively analyzed. A screenshot of a portion of the document is provided here:

 

The information was gathered from seven sources, as cited in the online document. In compiling the document, the team walked the narrow line of being comprehensive while also making the product simple enough for the public to understand. The 61 court cases listed in the document involved these main topics: a) rules and regulation legalities or interpretation (e.g., about absentee ballots); b) process illegalities (e.g., officials correcting ballot errors); c) voter improprieties (e.g.; non-citizens voting, non-registered citizens voting, deceased parties voting, registered voters voting twice, etc.) and/or d) voting machine irregularities (e.g., an algorithm changing the actual results, etc.). Nine of the 15 cases that were decided on merit were in favor of President Trump (merit being defined as when the pleading included the ability to argue the facts of the case, and, if applicable, given the opportunity to present evidence via discovery. The team further noted that, when the other cases were dismissed without ruling on the merits, there were three primary reasons given: a) standing, b) timing (Laches), and c) judicial authority (jurisdiction). Finally, the document lists 17 lawsuits that are still in process at this time.

That the Democrat-media complex continues to sidestep the critical national security issue of election integrity in the face of the extensive evidence of election fraud cited above is a travesty. That there remain 17 election fraud lawsuits that are still in process is a major story itself that they ignore and downplay. The narrative that “there was no widespread election fraud in 2020” is false, and those like Sen. Paul who confront the Democrats and their media operatives on that topic are on the side of the angels.

The end.

Source: The Continuing Democrat-Media Narrative That There Is “No Evidence of Election Fraud” Is a Bald-Faced Lie

Cuomo Underreported COVID Deaths in New York Nursing Homes by 50%, Says State Attorney General — Faithwire

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AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

The office of the attorney general of New York has determined, according to a just-released report, that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration underreported the state’s nursing home deaths by as much as 50%.

Letitia James, attorney general for the Empire State, published a 76-page report Thursday, concluding after weeks of investigation into the Democratic governor’s office that, when considering the number of nursing home residents who died of COVID-19 while in the hospital, the total number of fatalities more than doubled, CNBC reported.

Critics of the governor who have been sounding the alarm for months are already weighing in on the bombshell report. Steve Krakauer, editor of the “Fourth Watch” newsletter and podcast, described the findings as “absolutely damning.” Meghan McCain, the lone conservative co-host of ABC’s “The View,” called Cuomo “a monster.” Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean, whose in-laws died of COVID-19 inside nursing homes, said the progressive governor “is going to have to answer for his role in the nursing home tragedy and the cover up,” adding, “The angels won.”

Even BuzzFeed News’ Brandon Wall rebuked Cuomo, who — in the midst of the pandemic — authored a book about his leadership amid the pandemic. He sarcastically asked, “Which chapter of Cuomo’s book, ‘Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic,’ outlines coverups?”

“As the pandemic and our investigations continue, it is imperative that we understand why the residents of nursing homes in New York unnecessarily suffered at such an alarming rate,” James said in a statement Thursday. “While we cannot bring back the individuals we lost to this crisis, this report seeks to offer transparency that the public deserves and to spur increased action to protect our most vulnerable residents.”

As Dean previously talked about with Faithwire, much of the criticism of Cuomo hinges on a directive issued on March 25, 2020, by his Department of Health. The guidance barred nursing homes from denying admission or re-admission to residents — even if they had tested positive for COVID-19 or were suspected to be infected with the virus, which is incredibly dangerous for elderly and immunocompromised demographics.

The meteorologist’s father- and mother-in-law died in late March and early April.

“When it comes to tough questions about his leadership during this time,” Dean told us in June 2020, “Cuomo has shown he isn’t so tough after all. In fact, he prefers to place blame on anyone but himself for the disastrous decisions he’s made.”

For Cuomo’s part, the celebrity governor has repeatedly eschewed responsibility for what has happened in New York nursing homes.

As the Times Union reported, lawmakers and epidemiologists have long been skeptical of an internal investigation conducted in July by Cuomo’s own office. The findings from that analysis conventionally absolved Cuomo of all responsibility for the thousands of nursing home deaths linked to COVID-19 infections. Rather than concluding the March 25 order from the DOH may very well have contributed to the spike in fatalities, the authors of the internal probe placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of staff members whom, they claimed, brought the virus into the elder-care facilities months before Cuomo was aware of the impending outbreak.

Cuomo has also blamed God and “Mother Nature” for the number of deaths that happened on his watch. He told reporters in May 2020 that “nobody” should be prosecuted for those who died in nursing homes, arguing, “How do we get justice for those families of those 139 deaths? Who can we prosecute for those 139 deaths? Nobody. Mother Nature, God where did this virus come from? People are going to die by this virus — that is the truth.”

Lawmakers and health care experts have since been demanding an independent investigation into Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic, particularly as it pertains to his administration’s policies for nursing homes. Even some Democrats are on board with the call for an outside analysis: State Sen. James Skoufis, the Democratic chair of the chamber’s Investigations Committee, said Monday he would support the use of subpoena power in order to get answers about what went wrong in his state’s nursing homes.

It’s worth noting that, after hearing Skoufis’ comments, a hearing previously scheduled for Feb. 3 was moved — at the request of Cuomo’s office — to Feb. 25.

As of mid-January, Cuomo’s administration admitted to at least 8,201 COVID-19-related deaths inside the state’s nursing homes. The numbers the governor has been releasing, however, have been called into question for weeks and now, thanks to James’ investigation, it appears that has been for good reason.

Cuomo Underreported COVID Deaths in New York Nursing Homes by 50%, Says State Attorney General — Faithwire

Fauci: ‘Wear Two Masks!’ Is Our Covid Policy Schizophrenic?

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President Biden’s top coronavirus advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has just announced that it’s “just common sense” that people should wear two masks. Last March he said no one should be walking around with masks on. Then he said put a mask on. Meanwhile CNBC featured a segment advising that people wear THREE masks! Is all of this “the science”? No wonder that, according to a recent study, Americans are four times more depressed and anxious than they were in 2019.

Biden To Allow Tens Of Thousands More Refugees Into The U.S., Report Says

President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order increasing the number of refugees allowed into the United States by tens of thousands.

The U.S. cap on refugees must be approved by the president, and former President Donald Trump had kept the cap relatively low, ending with a top level of 15,000 refugees in 2021. During the campaign, Biden pledged to raise the cap to 125,000.

Source: Biden To Allow Tens Of Thousands More Refugees Into The U.S., Report Says

Your Tax Dollars Could Soon be Promoting, Paying for Overseas Abortions

President Biden is signing his first executive order that will change an American pro-life policy into a pro-abortion one. Outrage is the early reaction among pro-life activists to Biden following in his former boss’ footsteps by letting American funds go once again to push abortions overseas.

Source: Your Tax Dollars Could Soon be Promoting, Paying for Overseas Abortions