Daily Archives: February 3, 2021

Progress: Biden Signs Order Providing Free Gender Transition Surgeries To Migrant Kids In Cages — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a move hailed as “beautiful” and “compassionate,” President Biden has signed an executive order mandating that all migrant children being held in cages at the border be offered free gender reassignment surgery.

The press cheered, tears streaming down their faces, as Biden’s feeble hand signed the order. “Finally,” wept Huffington Post reporter Christina Wilkie, “at long last, we have real compassion and leadership in the White House.”

“It’s high time these Mexican trans kids got the hormone blockers and various amputations they need,” said Biden in a statement. “They’ve been waiting for equality in those cages long enough, and we’re gonna deliver it straight to ’em. They won’t even have to leave the cages. That’s good service!” 

Authorities say that starting today, social workers at the border will be administering hormone therapy to all kids under the age of 18, just to make sure they don’t miss anyone. Children will be given the chance to opt-out of the treatment once their citizenship paperwork goes through and they learn perfect English.

Biden has promised that they will soon be getting rid of the cages at the border as well. In a statement, he said: “We’re gonna transition the kids out of Trump’s cruel cages and into compassionate chain-link movement restriction cubes!”

Progress: Biden Signs Order Providing Free Gender Transition Surgeries To Migrant Kids In Cages — The Babylon Bee

The Babylon Bee’s List Of Updated Terms For Journalists, Now That Biden Is President — The Babylon Bee

The nightmare is over! Now that the evil racist dictator Trump has been removed from office by the power of democracy and a 30,000-man standing army, journalists can now resume their normal routines of napping on the job and writing about ice cream. 

But the last 4 years have taken their toll. Journalists have been using over-the-top hyperbole to heroically remove the president for a long time now. We here at The Babylon Bee want to remind journalists to STOP using the terms you have been using for 4 years, now that a compassionate and wise leader like President Biden is in office!

As a handy guide, here is a list of terms you have likely been using, and what you should replace them with now that our President Biden is here to make everything ok.

The Babylon Bee’s List Of Updated Terms For Journalists, Now That Biden Is President — The Babylon Bee

The Federal Mask Police Are Coming For You — End Of The American Dream

Even though the number of new COVID cases in the United States has been dropping precipitously, a strict new federal mask mandate is being implemented from coast to coast, and it will be enforced by the TSA and other law enforcement authorities.  If you use public transportation without wearing a mask, the “mask police” will find you, and there is a very good chance that you could end up behind bars.  If you find this to be offensive, that is too bad, because in “Amerika” you are not permitted to have dissenting views.  You will either obey or the cold, hard boot of the government will come down on your neck.

Joe Biden originally issued an executive order about mask wearing on January 21st, and now the CDC has issued their own mandate that makes things even stricter.

The new CDC rules just went into effect, and the corporate media is telling us that we better follow them “or else”

If you haven’t been wearing a facial covering on public transit, airliners or in federal buildings, the federal government is officially telling you to mask-up or else.

An executive order mandating the wearing of masks on transportation vehicles and stations or airport and in federal buildings takes effect at 11:59 p.m., Feb. 1 to slow the spread of coronavirus.

But this order doesn’t just apply to those that are actually using public transportation.

According to the wording of this new order, it applies to anyone “awaiting, boarding, disembarking, or traveling on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares as they are traveling into, within, or out of the United States and U.S. territories”.

So if you are sitting at a bus stop, you must wear a mask.

If you just got off a train, you must keep your mask on.

If you plan to ride an Uber, you better be donning a mask throughout the entire process.

In major cities, just about everyone is going to be subject to these new rules at some point.

And just wearing any old mask won’t do.

To comply, your mask must be of a type that is acceptable to the federal government and it must fit well…

The CDC order also says it’s not enough to simply wear a mask—it has to be a certain kind of mask. It can’t be a bandana, scarf, ski mask, or balaclava. It can’t fit too loosely or too tightly. It can’t contain an exhalation valve or be made from knitted fabrics, leather, plastic, or vinyl.

The good news is that there are a few Americans that are exempt from these rules.

For example, if you are under the age of two you do not need to wear a mask.

But everyone else must obey, and TSA workers will be among those that will be deployed to make sure that you are submitting properly

The Department of Homeland Security said Sunday that Transportation Security Administration workers now have the authority to enforce President Joe Biden’s transportation mask mandate “at TSA screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation system.”

Acting Secretary David Pekoske on Sunday signed a Determination of National Emergency, which said the TSA can “take actions consistent with the authorities” of its federal jurisdiction so it can enforce the mask mandate order laid out by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Friday.

In addition, other federal, state and local authorities will also be expected to enforce the new mask mandate.

Those that are found not to be in compliance will be removed from public transportation, and we are being told that they could also “face federal civil charges and fines”

Passengers who don’t comply with the face covering requirement face being kicked off whatever they’re riding at the earliest opportunity, the CDC said. They also could face federal civil charges and fines.

But will a mask really keep you from spreading or catching COVID?

Not really.  If you doubt this, just watch this video.

Dr. Fauci keeps telling us that two masks are better than one, but two masks really don’t do that much either.

As I pointed out the other day, if you actually wanted to achieve 99 percent effectiveness, you would need to wear five closely fitting masks simultaneously whenever you are in public.

But of course wearing five masks at the same time would also make it nearly impossible to breathe properly.

Now that this new mask mandate is in place, I have a feeling that it is going to be sticking around for a long time.

We are being told to just accept “the new normal”, and that is precisely what many Americans have decided to do.

Meanwhile, the federal government is also planning to start opening up “mass vaccination centers”

The federal government will open its first Covid-19 vaccination sites in California as part of the Biden administration’s push to ramp up the number of Americans receiving shots and reach those most at risk of developing severe illness.

One center will be housed in the Oakland Coliseum where the Oakland Athletics baseball team plays and the other will be on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. Both will be adjacent to communities hardest hit by the pandemic, said Jeffrey Zients, President Joe Biden’s lead Covid-19 coordinator. The facilities will be staffed mostly with federal employees.

Joe Biden has said that he wants to have 100 million Americans vaccinated in 100 days.

What a nightmare this is going to be.

All over the globe, governments are using the COVID pandemic as an opportunity to take away our God-given freedoms and liberties.

If people don’t stand up and object when they push the envelope, they are just going to keep doing it.

And if they are willing to get this extreme during a relatively minor pandemic, what in the world is our planet going to look like when a major pandemic finally comes along?

I like to remind people that “life as you have known it will never be the same again”, and over the past 12 months the pace of change has greatly accelerated.

They want to turn all of our lives into a dystopian nightmare, and with each passing day they get a little bit closer to that goal.

The Federal Mask Police Are Coming For You — End Of The American Dream

This Neo-liberalism is Worse than Neo-Orthodoxy — The Aquila Report

Marxism has a long history of opposition to Christianity. This opposition to Christ is already being proclaimed in the church by Neo-Marxists, and they are being aided and abetted by the Neo-liberal ministers in the Church. The message of Marx is legalism—tyrannical legalism. The message of Christ is the gospel. The message of Marx leads to despotic subjugation. The message of Christ alone leads to true freedom. There is no union between Marx and Christ.

There is a terrible heresy that is eroding the foundations of many denominations in our time. It is not really a new heresy, but the same old heresy from the past dressed up in new clothes. The architects of this new heresy have learned from past failures. Frontal attacks usually end in defeat. A better tactic is to attack the flanks.

This is what Neo-liberalism does. It is subtle, insidious and dangerous. It is a new form of legalism. All heresies are one form or other of legalism. And the new expression of this heresy is quite subtle because it does not appear at first glance to be opposed to the gospel; however, it is.

There are only two messages in the world: the gospel and legalism. This fact may not be readily apparent to us in the Church. Legalism says, “Do this and you shall live.” (A variation on that statement might be, “Do this or you will die,” which amounts to the same thing.) The gospel says, “Live by faith in Christ and do this.” Legalism and the gospel are polar opposites. This is why legalism in its many forms has been a virulent enemy of the cross throughout Christian history.

Someone might contend, “Marxism is not legalism!” Oh, but it is. One of the most legalistic countries in the history of the world was the former Soviet Union. Soviet law was based on the notion that a crime was anything that the State said was a crime. It was not based on natural law or biblical law. With this context, Christianity was considered an enemy of the State and was outlawed. Soviet citizens were not to worship Christ. This is legalism. (That sounds similar to what is happening in the civil arena in the U.S. today, does it not?)

Someone else might say, “Yes, but same-sex attraction (SSA) is not legalism.” Yes it is. It is legalism because it denies the fundamental truths of Scriptural soteriology—regeneration, repentance, sanctification, etc.; it establishes a different paradigm for salvation—a new law of how a person can be considered a Christian. Yet, it is a hopeless paradigm. It is a legalism that calls good evil and evil good. Like every legalistic system, it offers salvation only on the basis of continued faithfulness. Thus, the SSA message is not about the saving grace of the gospel. Rather, its message is a legalistic framework of how diligent one is to handle the unremitting temptations of homosexual lust which are their personal demons. This is the legalism that promotes the self above the need to submit to biblical demands. The individual must do what God’s grace is said is powerless to do. God has not made him straight, sp according to this view, he must depend on his own faithfulness. That is legalism.

What about the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement? Is it a legalism? Of course, it is. BLM teaches that if you are white you are a racist just because you are white. The only thing you can do is to repent of your racism every day for the rest of your life. You will always be white and you will always be a racist. You have benefitted from white privilege and you are an oppressor of the oppressed. Such a statement is not only racist in itself, but is also legalistic. In that system, there is no possibility of redemption or forgiveness this side of eternity. The only thing a white person can do is to continue to repent every day for the rest of his life. That is classic legalism.

When I wrote Historic Christianity and the Federal Vision, (FV) I was intrigued by J. Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism. I found that he used the same arguments against liberalism that were essential for the dismantling of the FV heresy. Then, it dawned on me that the real problem with liberalism is that it is just legalism at heart. Refusing to submit to God’s plan of salvation, it devises one of its own making. As Paul wrote about the Jews: “For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God” (Romans 10:2). Legalism goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve made the conscious choice to disobey God, they chose to become like God on their own and be their own saviors. That is legalism.

So, how is this new strand of liberalism that incorporates social justice, Critical Race Theory (CRT), same-sex attraction (SSA), the Federal Vision (FV), and hyper-grace any worse than what has gone before us? To be sure there are many similarities between liberalism, Neo-orthodoxy and this Neo-liberalism. We see the same strands in the denial of Scriptural soteriology to a greater or lesser degree in all of them. That is the one thing that has stood out about all of them to me. They are connected by what they deny. For instance, the hyper-grace movement emphasizes an undefined, indefinable view of grace which undermines the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit. That will lead to other soteriological errors. SSA denies both regeneration and sanctification which results in an unscriptural view of repentance and a legalistic view of salvation. The Federal Vision is contrary to the Scripture on every part of soteriology (as I document in my book) which is why that movement will capitulate on other heresies sooner than later.

Critical Race Theory is not really new. When I was in my second year at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, one of my professors used a textbook by Orlando Costas, The Church and Its Mission: A Shattering Critique from the Third World, in a world mission class. It was Liberation Theology and it was being taught in a conservative reformed seminary by a PCUS professor. I disputed the subject in class and discussed it with him in private on several occasions. I predicted that the professor would claim that a Christian can be a Marxist. In less than two weeks, those very words came out of his mouth. I protested to everyone I could—faculty members, the president, the chairman of the Board of Trustees. I wrote a letter to Dr. G. Aiken Taylor, editor of The Presbyterian Journal, under whom I had worked the previous summer. Not too long after I graduated, the professor took a position at another seminary. Few students, faculty members, or board members seemed very concerned about this professor teaching Liberation Theology at RTS at the time, so it is not very surprising that few pastors or church members are concerned about the Critical Race Theory/Black Lives Matter invasion of the church today. It is not surprising, but it is very sad.

Our forefathers in the faith fought against Neo-orthodoxy. Karl Barth, the architect of Neo-orthodoxy, found that the faith of old liberalism was completely shattered with the outbreak of World War I with the horrific devastation all across Europe. Liberalism had taught that a utopian world was about to descend on mankind before the war. The Industrial Revolution had brought great advances to society and liberalism was convinced those changes portended corresponding advances for all the world. The slogan in those days was, “Every day in every way, I am getting better and better.” World War I ended those false hopes.

In the aftermath, Barth was left to devise a theology which would help in such a crisis. Thus, his system became known as a theology of crisis. For Barth, the Bible is not the Word of God, but may become such when God speaks to the heart through some crisis. Of course, other events apart from the Scripture can also become God’s Word to an individual.

The Soviet Union was just beginning at the time Barth was developing his theology. Barth was sympathetic to Marxism, but became dismayed with the Bolshevik Revolution’s inhumanity. That is always the problem with Marxism. It looks better when it is propagated through slogans than it does when it is implemented in governments. The illusory promises of Marxism never match the reality, especially when the so-called defenders of the oppressed become the most vicious oppressors the world has ever seen. Marxists are all for free speech except when those they oppress try to speak out against their tyranny. When that happens, they quickly silence their critics, take away all their rights, and punish them in the most severe manner possible. There has never been a Marxist nation which did otherwise.

Barthianism appears to have spawn off Marxism. Angela Davis, an avowed Marxist, was a member of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA), aroused much concern by conservatives in the 1970s. She was not alone. So, it is not surprising that with the rise of Neo-liberalism there was a return to that old heresy of Marxism. The support of proponents of Critical Race Theory are rooted in Marxism. The proponents of CRT might be duped about the dangers of Marxism, but Marx knew very well that the best way to propagate Marxism was to use people that he called “useful idiots.”

Someone might ask, “But doesn’t the Bible teach that there are people who are oppressed and those who oppress them?” Absolutely, but the answers that CRT, BLM, and social justice give to the oppressed in our day is just the opposite of what the Bible teaches. First, the Scripture does not identify one group as primarily responsible for oppression. In other words, the Bible does not identify class warfare as the source of oppression. The problem is not white against black, one group against another issue.

Second, the Scripture does not sound the war cry, “Workers of the world unite!” with a clenched fist as Marxism does. It does not encourage the proletariat (worker class) to cast off the bourgeoisie (middle or privileged class). Marxism only knows two classes—rich and poor. That is why some rich people like Marxism.

Third, the Scripture teaches that God will be the avenger of the oppressed. Fourth, Scripture does not teach an illusory utopian dream for this earth which Neo-orthodoxy and Marxism do.

So, how is this Neo-liberalism worse than Neo-orthodoxy? First, it is worse because it is less honest than Neo-orthodoxy. Neo-orthodoxy was subtle enough and many people were duped by it, but Progressive Neo-liberalism purposely hides what it believes. That is a tactic of the devil. As a young Christian, I read Thomas Brooks’ Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices. Brooks said that one of the devil’s chief tactics is to reveal the bait and hide the hook. He did that with Eve, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good from evil” (Genesis 3:4, 5). The new progressives, the Neo-liberals, claim to be evangelicals, but they are really deceivers. No one can serve two masters, yet they are serving Marxism and liberalism while claiming to be biblical. Every time they try to say “Shibboleth” it comes out as “Sibboleth” for those who are listening (Judges 12:5–6). Do not be fooled by Neo-liberals. Their message will ruin your soul. It is not the message of the gospel. It is legalism.

Second, Neo-orthodoxy was foremost of all a development of doctrines contrary to historic Christianity. It began by attacking the orthodoxy of the church and devising a supposed new orthodoxy. Building on that rotten foundation, it developed rotten fruit. The bad theology led to bad practices. Neo-liberalism started at the other end. It claims to still hold to the evangelical doctrines in Scripture, but it has incorporated the bad practices of Marxism and other heresies. It will be slower in throwing off it apparent belief in Scriptural doctrines, but it really ignores them. As Jesus said about the double-minded, “He will be devoted to one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24).

If social justice warriors, CRT and BLM proponents loved the gospel they would be attracted to or promote these heresies. The fact that their wandering eyes have lusted after such heresies is all the proof we need that they are not faithful men of God.  Beware of making excuses for them. There can be no fellowship between Marx and Christ any more than between Christ and Belial (2 Corinthians 6:15).

Marxism has a long history of opposition to Christianity. This opposition to Christ is already being proclaimed in the church by Neo-Marxists, and they are being aided and abetted by the Neo-liberal ministers in the Church.

The message of Marx is legalism—tyrannical legalism. The message of Christ is the gospel. The message of Marx leads to despotic subjugation. The message of Christ alone leads to true freedom. There is no union between Marx and Christ. My counsel is to flee from those who believe and promote Neo-liberalism. Flee to the gospel centered in Jesus Christ.

Dr. Dewey Roberts is Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Destin, FL.

This Neo-liberalism is Worse than Neo-Orthodoxy — The Aquila Report

Speaking Life To A Culture of Death — The Aquila Report

Ultimately, the Word of God penetrates where politics cannot. The question arises as to whether Scripture is used as a cudgel—or to speak life into death, and light into darkness. While the pro-abortion movement possesses the massive microphones of media, academia, and at least two branches of government, the pro-life movement contains one: The Word of God.

Regardless of the money and time spent by pro-life advocates, yet another sitting U.S. President commemorated the recent anniversary of Roe vs. Wade by extoling the benefits of abortion to society. As our political leaders race towards socialism and communism, overturning a law allowing what many on the left consider a sacrament, seems virtually out of reach for the foreseeable future.

Is the battle unwinnable? Hardly.

The problem it seems, however, is not the battle but rather the battlefield. A massive population in this country wishes abortion to remain legal. The challenge, it would seem, lies not in legislation, but rather the extended hand of life.  “Thou Shalt Not…” endures as a clear command of the law, and yet how many offenses against the Ten Commandments pile up daily? Mandating morality remains difficult.

Laws fail to change hearts. Thus, the Cross!

The life and work of William Wilberforce teaches us that overturning a bad law can take a lifetime.  While overturning Roe vs. Wade appears unlikely anytime soon, changing hearts, however, is immediately accessible. Organizations offering free ultrasounds to expectant mothers considering an abortion can testify to powerful (and moving) changes of hearts. Extending compassion rather than judgment to those bearing abortion scars in their bodies and spirits can facilitate a changed heart today.

Ultimately, the Word of God penetrates where politics cannot. The question arises as to whether Scripture is used as a cudgel—or to speak life into death, and light into darkness. While the pro-abortion movement possesses the massive microphones of media, academia, and at least two branches of government, the pro-life movement contains one: The Word of God.

History reveals a lengthy list of individuals standing on the Word of God who changed a culture and even the world. Are we doing the same?

Do we wave the Bible like a talisman or do we allow God’s Word to permeate and flow from us into even the most desperate of circumstances?

Few feel as desperate as a woman or a teenager about to end the life of her unborn child.  Overturning a law fails to overturn desperation. Pointing a clear path to safety, however, allows a moment for a desperate soul to catch her breath. In doing so, she is afforded a choice for life; a choice that transcends legislative acts.

Maybe others possess the ability to do so, but a political reason to argue someone into the pro-life viewpoint seems non-existent. Yet, there remains ample and compelling spiritual reasons to do so. Rather than civic issues such as roads, taxes, and so forth, abortion remains firmly ensconced as a spiritual issue. How can the pro-life viewpoint exist apart from recognizing God as the author of life?

Overturning Roe vs. Wade remains an admirable goal and worthy of our constant efforts. Sadly, however, massive numbers of Americans feel abortion is health care, a viable option, and a right. The battlefield now encompasses changing the beliefs of that now multi-generational group.

Into that bleak scenario, however, the Church can speak life to those who consider death—whether the unborn, or those facing end of life issues. The world’s playbook seems to invoke removing or ending anything or anyone that makes us uncomfortable. God’s Word, however, strengthens and equips us to endure the unimaginable.

As believers, we rejoice with and must care for those choosing life. While we mourn for those who do not, may we mourn in such a way, however, that those individuals see the compassion of Christ reflected in our tears. Their need for a Savior remains no greater than our own.

Working humbly and diligently to change both hearts and the law, may we also recall the text of that great hymn written by Phillip Bliss:

Sweetly echo the Gospel call, wonderful words of life.
Offer pardon and peace to all, wonderful words of life.
Jesus, only Savior, sanctify us forever.
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life

Peter Rosenberger is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, Hope for the Caregiver. He has cared for his wife, Gracie (who lives with severe disabilities) for 35 years.

Speaking Life To A Culture of Death — The Aquila Report

The Kitchen Table 34 – Are You A Fascist? — TheWeeFlea.com

In our post-modern, post truth society, words are losing their meaning. None more so than on social media and in politics – where the term fascist is frequently used to describe anyone we disagree with. But what is fascism? Who is a fascist anyway? Are Christians?

The Kitchen Table 34 – Are You A Fascist? — TheWeeFlea.com

Reaping the Woke Church We Have Sown — BLOG – Beautiful Christian Life

Demolition of St. John’s Gothic Arches Church; image by Shutterstock.com.
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The church in America is embarrassed by its own identity. We’ve tried really hard, for a long time, to make ourselves cool, relatable, down to earth, funny, casual, and experts on all the social issues of the day assuming these things will reach people for Jesus. In the process, we have become our own worst enemy, pandering to the culture for likeability’s sake with little effectiveness in saving people from hell—if we even believe in such a place anymore. We’ve made the salvation of culture greater than the salvation of people, and in the process there’s not much left that looks like historic Christianity in America.

Worse yet, without realizing it, the kind of “Christianity” that we’ve created is being swallowed up by a culture that will only allow its existence on its terms. It’s already happening. Whatever passes for Christianity in the public square today is patently not Christianity, while the masses are taught to assume differently. The only kind of “Christianity” that is forbidden is that which maintains that Christianity has any standard of adherence. Whatever semblance there is left of true Christianity in America has a short shelf life until the culture has accomplished a complete remake of the church into its own confused image. 

How did we get here? And, more importantly, how do we preserve what’s left of the Christian faith in America? 

A Bad Marriage

The joining of the church and the world in America has been years in the making. The American churchgoer was trained to view the church as having the sole purpose of making people happy, commonly labeled as moralistic therapeutic deism. Whatever struggle we face in life (and how wearisome this pastoral fixation on “struggle” has become), whatever hardship, abuse, pain, sorrow, suffering, we were told, should not be happening. God was offered as a cosmic grandpa in the sky with a big band aid so that we would never have any scrapes or bruises. 

Christian ministry became a utopian endeavor. All classic soteriological and churchy language was replaced with the pastor’s own verbiage as an emotional therapist. Gone was the emphasis on sin and the need for salvation. In fact, we were told that such a message that confronts sin and calls for repentance and faith in Jesus was too oppressive to achieve real happiness. 

The goal of the American pulpit was niceness, to be non-offensive, with the most winsome forms of conversational speech that would make people feel safe and non-threatened. The result was (and still is today), Sunday worship that became nothing other than a giant therapy session to feed what the Bible often calls evil desire. 

The church of the present is now so practiced in trying to make people happy, there is no way of stopping the flood of utopian ideals that are breaking down our church doors from the culture. The church is now the victim of its own hypocrisy. The “best life now” mindset the church facilitated created a vacuum for the culture’s new utopian vision to find a home. 

We now find ourselves married to the world. Achieving happiness on the world’s terms, however, is an all-consuming business. Our problems are now far more complicated than they once were. Little did we know the flood what would come in when we starting accepting things like divorce (who talks about that anymore?), sex scandals, worldly worship. And who is ever acquainted with church discipline? 

The remaking a Christianity without standards has been a deadly project. Now we are faced with culture demanding that happiness equates with the freedom to marry the same sex, the freedom to identify with whatever gender one decides, and freedom to obliterate distinctions between men and women. Further, intersectionality and critical race theory demand full submission and are required be a core tenant of our message if we are to have acceptance or recognition, at all, in the broader culture. We are told not to expect any to come through our doors unless we submit to the newest theories of oppression.

The culture now has proposed a list of demands that are not presented as options for the church. The world’s project has invaded the church and the message is clear: You will bow down at the altar of our newly defined norms or you will not be welcome anymore as a church in this nation. That’s right around the corner, if not already here.

Not surprisingly, the church is now invaded with a plethora of leading evangelical elites who have suddenly become expert social justice activists; a new brand of Pharisee fills the church who now stands in judgement over historic Christianity as he waves the culture’s new morality in the face of Christianity’s classic creation norms. The Christianity of our day is full of teachers attempting to fuse Christianity with the larger utopian project of solving all of the world’s injustices, on their terms. The result is a new brand of American church, wedded together with the theology of wokeness. It’s a really bad union.

The Forgotten Antithesis

For any progress to be made toward recovering historic Christianity in America, there must be reacquaintance with the Bible’s teaching on the antithesis between the church and the world. We need to feel the stunning pain of James’ warning: “Do you not know that friendship with the world is hatred of God?” (Jas. 4:4).

Consider Jesus’ words: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” Jesus spoke of the world has having an “appointed” disgust, and hostility for the believer. Because I have chosen you, said Jesus, therefore, you are hated. This is a categorical separation that defines the relationship. The fruit of God’s election and union with Christ is the rewarded hatred of the world.

It was for this reason that Jesus gave a lot of time explaining why the world hated him: “The world hates me because I testify that its works are evil (Joh 7:7).” Jesus told the truth about sin. Jesus spoke the law of God when it came to the clear moral sins of the day. He spoke, with great authority, about the terrible predicament people are in because sin before a holy God, and that people had to repent and believe in him to avoid dying in their sins. All of this had a goal, of course, that people would receive forgiveness and mercy. 

The Christian church in America today is now fearful to speak this way. This language is fast to be legislated against as hate speech. But our silence has helped to obliterate Jesus’ ordained antithesis. We are now simply reaping the consequences of our unholy union. This divine separation is the forgotten antithesis of the American church.

Breaking the Unholy Union

What is needed most in the American church is repentance of our worldliness and failure to hear the Bible’s call to separate from the world. “Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues (Rev. 18:4).” How do we best accomplish this Biblical separation?

First, we must appreciate that Jesus said his followers are not greater than him. In John 15, when Jesus explained the hatred of the world, he said, “Remember the word that I said to you: A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you.” This was concluded with Jesus saying their hatred fulfilled what was written in their law, “they hated me without a cause.” Christians, by and large, have rejected the identity Jesus assigned to them through this ordained antithesis. American Christians need a fresh appreciation of our righteous, separate identity in Christ. It’s the greatest privilege to receive the opposition of the world; it showcases our union with Christ. It was for this reason the apostles rejoiced when beaten for their faith, recognizing that Jesus counted them worthy to suffer for his name sake.

Second, we need a proper fear of God again in the church. Jesus had a message for compromisers in his kingdom, and it went like this: “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets (Luk 6:26).” If someone claiming to be a Christian is accepted by the world, or never spoken against, or never brings offense, or refuses to stand for the truth, while simultaneously tolerating ideas and practices that are against God’s law, such a person is not a Christian. We have to be willing to say this. Strongly. Any progress toward the church being the church (as the axiom goes), begins with a proper fear of who we follow, recognizing that true Christianity fears him who can kill the body and soul in hell.

Third, we have to be willing to speak the whole truth. The world hated Jesus for testifying that the world’s deeds are evil. This is our responsibility too. Jesus explained to his disciples that truth speaking fulfills Christian witness: “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin (Joh 15:22).” Part of the purpose of speaking the truth is to vindicate the righteous judgement of God (2 Thess. 1:5ff). The partisan divide of our day trains people to speak only the “sins” of the other side. Christians have to be willing to tell the whole truth as God’s defines right and wrong, with an ability to stand outside the world’s divide, remembering that God’s purposes are being accomplished in the earth through the spoken truth. 

Further, our goal in speaking the truth is not condemnation, but rather that people would come to the know the gospel of the forgiveness of sins. Paul wanted to go to Rome to preach the gospel to Nero. Our greatest enemies should be the object of our concern, that they might be set free in the truth of the gospel as we have. To tell them the truth about sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come (the expressed mission of the Holy Spirit) should have the aim for people to be forgiven of their sins. It is this kind of truth telling that accomplishes our separation from the world and fulfills the purpose for which Jesus left us here.

The best way for to refuse the culture’s incitement to submission will be accomplished when we remember that Jesus called his church to be separate, in every way, by refusing to love the world.

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Chris Gordon is the radio teacher for Abounding Grace Radio and the preaching pastor at Escondido United Reformed Church in California.

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February 3 Evening Quotes of the Day

Risk Personal Reputation for the Gospel
Mark 8:34–38; 2 Timothy 1:8–12

We are so reluctant to displease men, and so desirous to keep in credit and favor with them, that it makes us most unconscionably neglect our known duty. A foolish physician he is, and a most unfaithful friend, that will let a sick man die for fear of troubling him; and cruel wretches are we to our friends, that will rather suffer them to go quietly to hell, than we will anger them, or hazard our reputation with them.

RICHARD BAXTER

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

No Escaping Danger Without God’s Help
1 Chronicles 16:11; Isaiah 43:2; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17–18

We cannot escape the dangers that abound in life without the actual and continual help of God. Let us then pray to Him for it continually. How can we pray to Him, without being with Him? How can we be with Him, but in thinking of Him often? And how can we have Him often in our thoughts, unless by a holy habit of thought which we should form?

BROTHER LAWRENCE

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

February 3 Evening Verse of the Day

7:50 Your faith has saved you Jesus often recognizes faith as the catalyst for healing and salvation (see note on 5:20).[1]


7:50 Your faith has saved you. Cf. 8:48; 17:19; 18:42. The woman experienced the forgiveness of her sins not because of love (see note on 7:47) but through faith, which was evidenced in the way she honored Jesus in her act of washing his feet.[2]


7:50 Your faith has saved you. Not all whom Jesus healed were saved, but those who exhibited true faith were (cf. 17:19; 18:42; Mt 9:22; see note on Mk 5:34).[3]


7:50 Faith is the human channel for receiving God’s gift (Eph. 2:8, 9).[4]


7:50. If the woman had any lingering doubts about her status Jesus assured her “your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” Faith and not works saves a person. Assurance rests on Jesus’ Word. This alone should dispel any doubt and bring peace.[5]


7:50 “ ‘Your faith has saved you’ ” This is a PERFECT ACTIVE INDICATIVE. This woman’s expression of love was the result, not the means, of forgiveness. Faith in Christ is the key issue (cf. 5:20; 7:9; 8:48; 17:19; 18:42).

“ ‘go in peace’ ” This is a PRESENT MIDDLE (deponent) IMPERATIVE (cf. 8:48).[6]


Verse 50

“Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” Does this section (7:36–50) show us how we should deal with fallen ones? With penitents? If so, in which way?[7]


7:50 Your faith has saved you. This formula is used elsewhere of physical healing (8:48; 17:19; 18:42), but the forgiveness of sin is no less “salvation.” This conclusion further underlines that she was forgiven not because she loved (see on 7:47), but because she believed.[8]


[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Lk 7:50). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1967). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Lk 7:50). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1265). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] Valdés, A. S. (2010). The Gospel according to Luke. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 262). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[6] Utley, R. J. (2004). The Gospel according to Luke (Vol. Volume 3A, Lk 7:50). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[7] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Luke (Vol. 11, p. 411). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[8] France, R. T. (2013). Luke. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 137). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

“Be Killing Sin, or Sin Will Be Killing You” — Ligonier Ministries Blog

John Owen famously wrote, “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.” From his teaching series Assurance of Faith, Joel Beeke describes how the Holy Spirit empowers Christians to put sin to death and grow in righteousness throughout their lives.

Transcript:

John Owen said so famously, “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.” “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.” You see, to kill sin, to clear the woods of sin in our heart, is a critical part of the whole process of sanctification. And the more we experience that, the more assurance we will have that our desires are Godward and therefore that we are the children of God. Owen has another beautiful word picture, by the way. He paints the natural human heart as thick woods. And, he says, “By nature, it’s just all woods.” Now we think of “woods” as positive, but think of woods as negative for a moment. Our whole nature, it’s just like thick woods and brush, the brush of sin. And, he says, when the Spirit comes in this life, He cleans out little patches, and you maybe conquer that sin over there, and there’s some brushes taken away, some trees removed; there’s a bit of a clearing there. And, then there’s a bit of a clearing over there, and over here, and over here. And as you grow in grace, more and more gets cleared out. There’s a progressive sanctification. But, he says, the woods won’t be cleared off completely until you die. There’s always going to be the brush, sin, the underground brush of sin, the above-ground brush of sin, the woods that are impediments in your spiritual life. But the more that gets cleared away, the better. And your aim must be to always be killing all sin, so that sin does not kill you. The Spirit will help you. He helps you by making you alert to sin, by making you grieve over sin, by applying the sin-killing work of Christ at the cross to you, by fighting the good fight of faith, and by enabling you to put the sword through sin. That’s all the work of the Spirit within you, and you’ve got to give Him the credit for that.

“Be Killing Sin, or Sin Will Be Killing You” — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Study the Bible on the Go with This Free (& Almost Free) App — The Logos Blog

Perhaps you’ve heard how Logos 9 can help you study the Bible—and maybe you even poked around on logos.com to see what all the fuss is about. You likely saw some of the powerful new features and thought, This. Looks. Really. Cool. But . . .

We know some of you aren’t sure about making the investment—or are concerned you’ll make the investment and find out it’s not quite what you want. 

Well, good news!

We just released two new versions of Logos 9—one FREE and one at an incredibly low cost—to give you a chance to take Logos out for a spin. (We know you’ll love it!).  

Logos 9 Basic

With the free version, Logos 9 Basic, you can try out a handful of powerful features to get a taste of what Logos 9 can do. You can download it right now (we’ll send you an email explaining how to access Logos on all your devices!) and start using some of our favorite features in seconds.

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What’s in it

A big hit with the release of Logos 9 is the improved Factbook, and yep, you get it in Basic. The Factbook lets you see the big picture of a word or topic with just a few clicks.

All you have to do is click the Factbook icon in the Logos navigation bar and enter the word, phrase, or topic in the search bar that you want to explore more. (You can also find the Factbook in Tools). 

We’ll use the phrase “Book of Deuteronomy” as an example. I just typed it in, and Logos offered me a list of options—I opened the first one, Book | Named Text, and voila! I can read a key article from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, check out related media like maps and even information on archaeological discoveries, and see a list of key passages.

screenshot showing how to study the Bible using Logos 9 Bible software

Further down, you can expand the Bible Book Guide, which breaks down Deuteronomy with links to resources that give you more information on the overview of Deuteronomy, the book’s origin (authorship, date, and purpose), and background. 

Gathering all that information on your own could take hours, but Logos organizes it for you in a few clicks—preparing you to better understand what you’ll read in Deuteronomy. 

Factbook is just one feature in Logos 9 Basic you’ll love. You’ll also have some of our longtime (but improved) favorite features, like the Notes Tool (a robust note-taking system that’s like a stand-alone notes app built just for Bible study) and a newer Logos-user favorite, Workflows

Workflows can walk you through every step of an inductive Bible study on a Bible passage, like Colossians 1:15–23. Start by opening the Guides menu on the Home Page, selecting Inductive Bible Study, typing Colossians 1:15–23 in the search field, and clicking the passage in the dropdown. A workflow opens with step-by-step instructions for exploring that passage by making observations, reading the passage multiple times and in different versions, identifying important words, and more.

screenshot showing how to study the Bible using Logos 9 Bible software

(You’ll also get Workflows to do a Basic Bible Study or even a Devotional.)

And when you need to give your eyes a rest, you can easily switch to the new dark mode feature. Here’s what that same Factbook entry for the book of Deuteronomy looks like:

screenshot showing how to study the Bible using Logos 9 Bible software dark mode

Logos 9 Basic includes resources like the Faithlife Study BibleEaston’s Bible DictionaryConfessions of St. Augustine, and DIY Bible Study (with over 90 DIY Bible Study videos).

But on top of that, we’ve added 14 new books you’ll have fun digging through, like:

See all the resources included in Logos 9 Basic.

And you don’t have to be sitting at your computer to use Logos—with the Logos Mobile app, you can access your Logos tools and resources wherever you are and keep reading and studying without a hitch. 

Logos 9 Fundamentals

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What’s in it?

With Logos 9 Fundamentals, you’ll benefit from a more robust library of resources and tools to start you off with your studies (including over 40 resources valued at over $1,400 for under $50). That includes Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, solid commentaries, Bible translations, and word study resources. 

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And every word in every resource is searchable to bring new depth to your time in the Word.

Fundamentals also gives you several datasets. Datasets are collections of separate sets of information that have been grouped together into a single, searchable unit—like Biblical EventsBiblical People, and Parables of the Bible—to power some pretty amazing features in Logos.

The best part is you don’t need to “do” anything to make them work . . . only open one of the many tools or resources that pulls from a particular dataset and use it.

Plus, you’ll have other features to aid your studies, like the Courses Tool and the Biblical Event Navigator, and interactives like Miracles of the Bible and Names of God.

But it’s not just the study tools that make Fundamentals so appealing. You’ll have access to trustworthy books key for deeper Bible study like:

But with Logos 9 Fundamentals you also get A Concise New Testament TheologyFoundations of the Christian FaithAll the Songs in the Bible, and many other resources new to Logos 9 Fundamentals—like this gem: Carta’s Historical Atlas of Jerusalem. (Having access to this lavishly illustrated Bible atlas with its color maps of Bible lands in biblical times and today is reason enough to invest in Logos 9 Fundamentals!)

And remember how cool the Factbook feature is? With Fundamentals, you get it on mobile, too (plus other mobile app features), so you can start or continue your research on the go. 

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Study the Bible on the Go with This Free (& Almost Free) App — The Logos Blog

February 3 Afternoon Quotes of the Day

Study of Scripture Needed
Acts 8:27–35

It is not the work of the Spirit to tell you the meaning of Scripture, and give you the knowledge of divinity, without your own study and labour, but to bless that study, and give you knowledge thereby.

RICHARD BAXTER

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

Ascend to Contemplate God’s Grace
Genesis 28:10–22; John 1:51

See! The ladder is set up! Why do you not ascend? Why do you creep with your hands and feet upon the earth? Ascend, therefore, because Jacob sees angels ascending and descending by the ladder. Ascend, O angels, O prelates of the Church, O faithful of Jesus Christ, ascend, I say, to contemplate how gracious the Lord is! Ascend, to assist; ascend, to consult; for of these things your neighbor stands in need.

ANTHONY OF PADUA

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

February 3 Afternoon Verse of the Day

3:10 new self. In Christ, God’s second Adam (1 Cor. 15:20–28, 45–49), the human race is reconstituted. Each of the attributes Paul lists in v. 12 can be traced to the character of God generally, or to Christ specifically. This demonstrates how literally Paul understood the idea of believers taking on the “image” of their Creator. See “The Image of God” at Gen. 1:27.[1]


3:10 put on Here the Greek text of Colossians uses the imagery of changing one’s clothes to illustrate Christ’s transformative work in believers’ lives (compare Rom 13:14; Gal 3:27).

being renewed The Greek word used here, anakainoō, refers to the process of becoming new, which is ongoing for the believer.

knowledge True knowledge reflects the image of the Creator. Compare the opening of the Christ-hymn in ch. 1, which identifies Christ as both the image of God and the agent of creation (1:15–16). Paul also states that divine wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ (2:3).[2]


3:10 new self. The new, regenerate self, which replaces the old self; this is the essence of what believers are in Christ (cf. Eph 4:17; 5:1, 8, 15). The reason believers still sin is their unredeemed flesh (see notes on Ro 6:6, 12; 7:5). renewed. See note on 2Co 4:16; cf. Ro 12:2; 2Co 3:18. This Gr. verb contains a sense of contrast with the former reality. It describes a new quality of life that never before existed (cf. Ro 12:2; Eph 4:22). Just like a baby is born complete but immature, the new self is complete, but has the capacity to grow. knowledge. See note on 1:9. A deep, thorough knowledge, without which there can be no spiritual growth or renewal (2Ti 3:16, 17; 1Pe 2:2). image of the One who created him. It is God’s plan that believers become progressively more like Jesus Christ, the one who made them (cf. Ro 8:29; 1Co 15:49; 1Jn 3:2). See notes on Php 3:12–14, 19, 20.[3]


3:10 and have put on the new man: Have clothed yourselves with the new man. The new man is the person you are after having been saved. The new man is received from Christ at the time of the second birth, and is the regenerated man, the new nature. renewed: This present passive participle (Gr anakaineo) indicates constantly being renewed. This is a continuous process; the new man has not yet matured and is ever in the state of development.[4]


3:10. Instead, they had put on the new man or had received a new nature, that of Jesus Christ. Though believers have received a new identity, a new nature (2 Cor 5:17), yet they still war with their old nature, the old man or flesh (Gal 5:13, 17; 2 Pet 2:10). The term “flesh,” in the context of our old nature, does not refer to our skin but to the desire and willingness to sin (Rom 7:18).

This new man or new nature looks to be sanctified or renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him. Sanctification or growing in Christ-likeness requires the knowledge found in the Word of God, the knowledge given by Jesus Christ Himself. If a believer wants to look like Him, he must know what He looks like![5]


3:10 Not only have we put off the old man, but we have put on the new man, who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him. Just as the old man refers to all that we were as sons of Adam, with an unregenerate nature, so the new man refers to our new position as children of God. There has been a new creation, and we are new creatures. God’s purpose is that this new man should always be growing more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ. We should never be satisfied with our present attainments, but should always press on to the goal of increasing conformity to the Savior. He is our example and the rule of our lives. In a coming day, when we stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, we will be judged not by how much better our lives were than others but rather by how our life measured up to the life of the Lord Jesus Himself.

The image of God is not seen in the shape of our bodies, but in the beauty of the renewed mind and heart. Holiness, love, humility, meekness, kindness, and forgiveness—these make up the divine character. (Daily Notes of the Scripture Union)[6]


3:10. A Christian is to put on (cf. v. 12) the new self (new way of life or disposition). Hence his conduct should be in accord with his new position. This “new self” needs constant renewal or refreshing—it is being renewed (pres. tense), in order to keep it victorious over sin. Paul also expressed this idea of continual renewal in 2 Corinthians 4:16 (“Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day”); in Romans 12:2 (being “transformed by the renewing of your mind”); and in Ephesians 4:23 (“to be made new in the attitude of your minds”).

This renewal of the new self is in knowledge (eis epignōsin; cf. Col. 1:9; 2:2). It takes place as a believer comes to a personal, deep knowledge of and fellowship with Christ. And the renewal is in (kat‘, “according to”) the image of its Creator; its goal is to make believers like Him, for the “new self [was] created to be like God” (Eph. 4:24). Adam was created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27), which included a moral and intellectual likeness to God. Though this image was not erased (but only effaced) by the Fall (Gen. 9:6; James 3:9), yet it was corrupted and needs to be repaired and renewed. Christians become increasingly like the Lord as they refresh their new natures, yielding to the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work. And in the resurrection believers “shall bear the likeness of the Man [Christ] from heaven” (1 Cor. 15:49). Then the task of restoring God’s image will be complete, for “we shall be like Him” (1 John 3:2).[7]


10 The second reason is that the new self has been put on in place of the old. The new self means the new nature which each of the Colossians had put on when they were joined to Christ in his resurrection. The phrase means literally ‘the new man’ and signifies also a corporate figure referring to the new humanity in Christ (cf. 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15). The image of the Creator serves as the model or pattern for the renewal of the new person—a renewal that has in view the readers’ progressive increase in true knowledge, which includes their ability to recognize God’s will and command (cf. 1:9). The image of its Creator (cf. Gn. 1:27), in the light of 1:15 where Christ is praised as ‘the image of God’, means that God’s recreation of humanity is ‘in the pattern of Christ, who is God’s Likeness absolutely’ (C. F. D. Moule). There is a similar idea in Rom. 8:29 (cf. 1 Cor. 15:49) where the Christian’s change is ‘into the image of Christ’. [8]


3:10 “the new self who is being renewed” This is a PRESENT PASSIVE PARTICIPLE with the implied agent being God or the Spirit. The Christian life is both a state (Eph. 2:5, 8) and a process of development (1 Cor. 1:18). Its goal is Christlikeness (cf. Rom. 8:29; Gal. 4:19; Eph. 1:4), being restored to the image of God. This “renewing” (cf. 2 Cor. 4:16 and the noun in Rom. 12:2 and Titus 3:5) is a work of God that each believer must allow and cooperate with God to perform it in them (like the “filling” of the Spirit, also a PRESENT PASSIVE PARTICIPLE in Eph. 5:18).[9]


Ver. 10. And have put on the new man. In allusion to the white garments with which the primitive converts having first laid aside their heathen vestments, were wont to be arrayed, St. Paul exhorts the Colossians to “put off the old man with his deeds, and to put on the new man.” Christians should no more dishonour God and disgrace religion by any of the vices and passions of their natural state, than a courtier should insult his prince by appearing before him in squalid and ragged attire. But this is not enough—this is negative merely. The Christian must also actually array himself in the white and becoming dress of his new character and relation; as a courtier would not only abstain from insulting his prince by wearing defiled and mean garments, but would also be studious to attire himself, when approaching his presence, with the suitable and ornamental dress which he knew was required. (Bishop D. Wilson.) Which is being renewed.—Divine creation is not a mere mechanical work. It is wholly different from all work of ours. The builder builds a house, and when it is built he has done with it, and may never see it again; still the house stands. An artist paints his picture; it passes from the easel, it is hung in the gallery; he has done with it; he does not stand there day by day, with brush and palette, keeping the yellows brilliant, and the purples rich, and the browns mellow. A poet writes his verses, prints them, and he has done with them. The pathos, beauty, music remain; they touch the heart, charm the ear, kindle the imagination of millions in many ages and lands long after his own heart has ceased to throb, and the fire of his own genius is quenched. This is not the kind of relation between God and His creatures. He transcends the universe, but is immanent in it; it only exists as long as He sustains it. If He were to let it go it would pass into chaos—into nothing. Its enduring forces are the witnesses of His eternal power. The universe, this vast temple which God has made for Himself, would not stand if the Builder were to leave it; its foundations would shake, its walls be rent, it would sink in ruins. The glory of the mountain, lake, and river would not remain like the artist’s picture, if the Divine Artist were to leave it, every outline would lose its firmness and grace, every colour its softness or its strength, and the canvas would forget the beauty which had covered it. The revelation of thought which God has given in all created things would not remain if He, the great Teacher and Poet, ceased to live or ceased to speak; the great poem would perish, it remains only as long as living inspiration is in it. God creates, and, as we are accustomed to say, sustains. But the word is inadequate; it suggests too mechanical and external a relation between God and what He has made. His action might almost be described as a continuous creation. His power is within every created thing, active, persistent, or what He has created would cease to be. His thought is within every created thing, determining, maintaining its form, the characteristic mode of its existence. The sun rises over sea and land, and creates the day; but the sun renews the day from moment to moment, or the day would pass back into night. So were it not for the great power of God ever active, all things would cease to be. The new man was created by Him; day by day the new man is kept new by the fresh and continuous activity of the same power that brought it into being. Every moment, in a true sense, we are born again, just as the stream has the continuous birth from the mountain, and the light from the sun; every moment we are arising anew from the dead, every moment there passes into us afresh the energy of the creative power; we are being renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created us. And, therefore, as we begin to live in answer to our faith, so we continue to live in answer to our faith. We never stand apart and alone. Yesterday’s inspiration gives us no light to-day; the power of the Holy Ghost that was active in us yesterday is unavailing for to-day’s righteousness. And this new life is also a life of continuous prayer. What is the real meaning of indisposition to prayer? It means that the spirit of independence is mastering us, and for us independence means death. We are living only as God lives in us. (R. W. Dale, LL.D.)

The Image of God restored to men:—1. Man was created in the image of God. Righteous as God was righteous he saw God in his own nature; other intelligent creatures saw God in him; and God in His offspring saw Himself. 2. The image of God is now defaced. The substance remains, but its glorious attributes are gone. The form abides but the glorious features are not there. 3. To be right and blessed men must recover this image. Without likeness to God we are unable to appreciate His revelations, and incapable of filial intercourse. 4. By his own power or with the assistance of his fellows, no man can recover it. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh,” therefore he must be “born not of blood,” &c., “but of God.”

  1. God has made provision for the renewal of His image in man. 1. This provision consists in—(1) The atonement which justifies God’s interposition for man’s regeneration. If without a sacrifice God had restored man, the idea of misfortune, not guilt, would have been associated with man’s fallen state. But now sin appears exceeding sinful. (2) The living Mediator is the way for man to God—as the source of life and light. (3) The testimony of God’s Word informs men of the atonement and Mediator. How can they avail themselves of what they have not heard? (4) The Holy Spirit so acts upon the heart as to produce sympathy with the testimony of the gospel; and under His influence men believe God’s Word and are born again. 2. There is provision: the recovery of God’s image is possible. The aged cannot become young, the diseased healthful, the mutilated whole; but man may be renewed. Nature illustrates this. Trees shed their leaves in autumn, and remain in winter as though dead. In the spring the sap rises and circulates, the branches extend, and the foliage returns. The plumage of the bird loses its vigour and gloss, but moulting recovers strength and restores beauty. The human body is exhausted through the waste of its functional operations, and for its renewal we have provision in food and sleep. And for the soul there is as real a provision. Let none despair. There is balm in Gilead, &c. 3. This provision is of God. He first thought of making it, not man; and He has carried out this design. (1) The creative power of God is unlimited. “The things which are impossible with men,” &c. (2) Power connected with malevolence is a fearful combination, but how changed the aspect of power when the hand and arm of love. What benevolence is here. “Behold what manner of love,” &c. This proves—(1) That God is faultless concerning the entrance of evil. (2) That He has no complacency in the evil of men. (3) That he has no pleasure in the death either of holiness or joy. (4) That He delights in mercy. 4. There is but one provision. If men could have restored themselves or each other, God would not have made provision. As you cannot respire by the light, nor see by the air, but vice versa, so you cannot be regenerated by intellectual or social education.
  2. Men are, through the Divine provision, actually regenerated into the image of God. 1. Its sphere. (1) Not the body, although regeneration does effect salutary changes here. Where vice has reigned, regeneration arrests disease and restores health. Where passions have been dominant, the countenance is changed. It also affects temporal circumstances by improving habits. (2) The soul is its true seat, and the change consists in the leading forth Godwards of all its powers, and the awakening of all its susceptibilities. (a) A renewed man thinks, and his knowledge is of God and Christ. (b) He feels, and his affections are led away from the unlawful and are fixed on the good. (c) His conscience is rectified and made sensitive, and His will and actions are brought under its control. (d) Over the world he is a conqueror. (e) He is made like Christ, and through Christ like God. 3. Its nature. (1) It is radical and general. It penetrates to the core of the soul, and spreads itself over the entire surface. The likeness of a statue to its subject is merely on the face of the marble; as you get below you reach the unlike. (2) Its perfection is a work of time. A man is born again so soon as he believes in Christ; but into the likeness of God he grows up. Conclusion: Such changes are effected, and cannot be questioned. John 1:13, James 1:13, and 1 Peter 1:23 hold good to-day everywhere. 1. When the provision of God’s mercy for the regeneration of the race is unknown, no such change is observed to take place. 2. When regeneration does take place, the remedial dispensation of the gospel is acknowledged as the means. (S. Martin.)

Religious affections arise from spiritual enlightenment:—In order to have the love of Divine things, in the exercise of which religion consists, the soul must be spiritually enlightened so as to apprehend them.

  1. The Scriptures teach that gracious affections arise from spiritual understanding (1 John 4:7; Phil. 1:9; Rom. 10:2; Psa. 93:3–4; John 6:45; Luke 11:52). 1. Affections which arise from external impressions on the imagination are not gracious. 2. The same is true of those which are awakened by texts of Scripture which come to the mind without carrying any instruction in them. When Christ makes the Scriptures a means of the heart burning with gracious affections, it is by opening the Scriptures to men’s understandings (Luke 24:32). 3. Affections that have their ground in bodily sensation, freedom of speech in prayer, aptness of thought, and the like, are not derived from spiritual instruction. Hence the affection is not gracious, unless the light in the understanding, which is its origin, be spiritual. There is, therefore, a “spiritual, supernatural understanding of Divine things that is peculiar to the saints, and which those who are not saints know nothing of” (1 Cor. 2:14; 1 John 3:6).
  2. This spiritual enlightenment consists in “a sense of the heart of the supreme beauty and sweetness of the holiness or moral perfection of Divine things, together with all that discerning and knowledge of the things of religion that depends upon and flows from such a sense.” 1. There is thus a difference between speculative knowledge and that which is experimental (Rom. 2:20; 2 Cor. 2:14). 2. He is led by the Spirit who is first instructed in his duty, and then powerfully inclined to comply with such Divine instruction.

III. Some conclusions. 1. This spiritual sense will enable the soul to determine what actions are right and becoming to Christians more readily than the greatest abilities without it. 2. This sense will be distinguished from forms of enthusiasm and supposed discoveries of truth and communications other than those which the Scriptures have always contained. 3. Satan and evil spirits have power to tempt us through the imagination. We need to guard against vain imaginations. 4. We need to distinguish “between lively imaginations that spring from strong affections, and strong affections that arise from lively imaginations.” What is external and natural in its origin cannot be spiritual and gracious. (L. O. Thompson.)[10]


10. Which is renewed in knowledge. He shews in the first place, that newness of life consists in knowledge—not as though a simple and bare knowledge were sufficient, but he speaks of the illumination of the Holy Spirit, which is lively and effectual, so as not merely to enlighten the mind by kindling it up with the light of truth, but transforming the whole man. And this is what he immediately adds, that we are renewed after the image of God. Now, the image of God resides in the whole of the soul, inasmuch as it is not the reason merely that is rectified, but also the will. Hence, too, we learn, on the one hand, what is the end of our regeneration, that is, that we may be made like God, and that his glory may shine forth in us; and, on the other hand, what is the image of God, of which mention is made by Moses in Gen. 9:6, the rectitude and integrity of the whole soul, so that man reflects, like a mirror, the wisdom, righteousness, and goodness of God. He speaks somewhat differently in the Epistle to the Ephesians, but the meaning is the same. See the passage—Eph. 4:24. Paul, at the same time, teaches, that there is nothing more excellent at which the Colossians can aspire, inasmuch as this is our highest perfection and blessedness—to bear the image of God.[11]


3:10 / The niv clarifies that the new self is the new being which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Behind this verse one can anticipate a serious question that the Colossians must have had concerning their new life in Christ: “How can I live out ethically for Christ what I have become sacramentally in Christ?” Paul himself was well aware of the tension between the indicative and the imperative, between his status in Christ and the process still to be accomplished (Rom. 7). He knew that in this life the believer is continually being called upon to become in reality what he or she is in fact.

But how, one may ask, is this seemingly impossible task to be accomplished? How can a person make the right choices? Who will give this new self the necessary ability and strength? The answer, says Paul, lies in the activity of God: the new self … is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator (cf. Rom. 8:29). These words recall Genesis 1:27, which states that originally human beings were created in the image—that is, moral and spiritual likeness—of God and at that point had the ability to choose between good and evil. In the Fall, however, that image was destroyed. But the good news of the gospel is that now, in Christ, God is at work restoring that lost image. This restoration or re-creation is not mankind’s work at all; it is not a process of giving up some vices and accepting a few virtues. This new self is God’s doing! To express this process the Greek uses a present passive participle (anakainoumenon) to indicate that renewal is continuous (the present) and that it has an outside source (the passive, the new self which is being renewed).

In light of Paul’s christological teaching in the epistle, one may have expected him to refer to a renewal in Christ’s image, or to the second Adam, as he does elsewhere in his writings (Rom. 5:12–21; 8:29; 1 Cor. 15:45–49; 2 Cor. 3:18). Perhaps they are one and the same for Paul, since earlier he referred to Christ as “the image of the invisible God” (1:15). The purpose of this renewal, he adds, is to bring you to a full knowledge of himself. The believers need to become aware of God in order to do his will (cf. 1:9); God’s presence in Christ will enable them to make the right moral decisions.[12]


10  When Paul speaks of the renewal of the new man, his intention is much the same as when he says in 2 Cor. 4:16, “though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day.” The life and power of Christ within is thus being constantly renewed, as the Christ-likeness is being reproduced more and more in the believer’s life.

In the phrase “after his Creator’s image” it is impossible to miss the allusion to Gen. 1:27, where the first Adam is said to have been created by God “in his own image.” But the first Adam is now seen as the “old man” who must be discarded, in order that the believer may put on the new man, the “last Adam.” Nor is there any doubt about the identity of the new man. Paul had already told the Corinthians that, as “the first man Adam became a living being” (Gen. 2:7), so “the last Adam became a life-giving spirit … the first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven” … and “just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven” (1 Cor. 15:45–49). The “last Adam” or “new man,” that is to say, is effectively Christ. So, in Gal. 3:27, instead of telling his readers (as here) that they have put on the “new man,” Paul says directly, “as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” To “put on Christ” is the necessary corollary of being “in Christ.”

The conception of Christ as the Second Man, the last Adam, head of a new creation as the first Adam was of the old creation, is thoroughly biblical, and there is no need to look for its sources outside the biblical tradition. The age to come is pictured as a new creation in the OT and postbiblical Judaism, and in that new creation (as in the old) dominion is divinely bestowed on “one like a son of man” (Dan. 7:13). In the NT this “one like a son of man” is identified with Jesus. While the presentation of Jesus as the second Adam in the NT is predominantly Pauline,89 it is not exclusively so: it may be traced in the Gospels, in Hebrews,91 and in Revelation. As the first Adam’s posterity, by virtue of their solidarity with him in the old creation, are involved in his transgression, so the people of Christ, by virtue of their solidarity with him in the new creation, share the redemption and eternal life which he has procured.93

One result of the putting on of the new man is a new knowledge. The “knowledge” (gnōsis) that was held out to the Colossians was a distorted and imperfect thing in comparison with the true knowledge accessible to those who, through their union with Christ, had been transformed by the renewing of their minds. This true knowledge was, in short, nothing less than the knowledge of God in Christ, the highest knowledge to which human beings can aspire.[13]


9b–10 The ground on which Paul bases the ethical injunction not to lie is his theological conviction that in embracing the grace of God in Christ the Colossian Christians had stripped off (a first aorist middle participle is employed here) those practices that were part and parcel of their past. Even if believers have the urge, they should no longer live in conformity to the old humanity and in compliance with their former patterns of behavior. To persist in sin would make a mockery of God’s grace (Ro 6:1–2). Furthermore, to put back on the dirty clothes they had previously taken off would indicate a basic misapprehension of what it means to be a new creation in Christ (2 Co 5:17). The Colossians’ baptism, which is likely intimated in Paul’s employment of the “stripping off” and “putting on” terminology, was to serve as a tangible and continual symbol of the transformation that had been wrought and was to be ongoing in their lives.

Indeed, the Colossians were to experience perpetual renewal as new people in Christ. No longer were they to live in the old order; they were to “walk in newness of life” (Ro 6:4; NIV, “live a new life”). The present passive participle, translated “being renewed” (anakainoō, GK 363), signals that it is God who enables this continual renewal. If outwardly Christians are “wasting away, … inwardly [they] are being renewed day by day” (2 Co 4:16). As new creatures in Christ, the Colossians are to be renewed “in knowledge according to the image of its [their] creator [lit., ‘the One who created’]” (NRSV; cf. Ge 1:26–27). The One who created man and woman in his image is re-creating them, sinful though they may be, into the likeness of Christ, who is “the image of the invisible God” (1:15; cf. 2 Co 4:4). For Paul, renewal of the mind enables personal and communal transformation (Ro 12:2). Despite the “philosophers’ ” claims to the contrary, Colossians contends that “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” are hidden in Christ (2:3; cf. 1 Co 1:30). Paul prays and toils in order that the Christians in Colossae might increase in, be filled with, and be enriched by the knowledge of “the mystery of God, namely, Christ” (2:2; cf. 1:9–10). The apostle aspires for believers to ascertain more fully Christ’s mind and to be formed more fully into Christ’s image (cf. Ro 8:29; 1 Co 2:16; 15:49; Gal 4:19).[14]


The Progress of the New Man

who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him (3:10b)

Possession of the new self does bring the believer new life, but not instant spiritual maturity. The flesh will continually dangle the garments of the old self in front of the new man and urge him to put them on. The battle against the flesh will go on throughout this life. The new self is complete, yet has the capacity for growth, just as a baby is born complete and has the ability to grow. Paul wrote that “our inner man is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16), so that it can cope with the decaying outer man.

The new self is being renewed to a true knowledge. Being renewed refers to being new in quality. The preposition on the front of the verb (ana) makes the verb (kaioō) have the sense of contrast to what was already there. This is a new quality of life that never before existed. Unlike the ever-decaying depraved nature, the new self is continually being renewed by God. Epignōsis (true knowledge) refers to a deep, thorough knowledge (cf. 1:9). The process of renewal brings increased knowledge. William Hendriksen writes, “When a man is led through the waters of salvation, these are ankle-deep at first, but as he progresses, they become knee-deep, then reach to the loins, and are finally impassable except by swimming (cf. Ezek. 47:3–6)” (Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981], p. 150). There is no growth in the Christian life apart from knowledge: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom. 12:2). “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Eph. 4:22). From mature knowledge flows holy living.

The source of knowledge is the Bible. Paul wrote to Timothy, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16–17). Peter exhorts believers, “Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” (1 Pet. 2:2). The Word of God is the food that fuels the growth of the new self. How fast believers grow depends on how much knowledge they put into practice in their lives.

The goal of knowledge is to conform the believer to the image of the One who created him. The new self becomes progressively more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ who created him. First Corinthians 15:49 tells us, “Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” It is God’s plan to make believers like Jesus Christ. “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren” (Rom. 8:29). The new self will continue to progress toward Christlikeness until the Lord returns or the believer dies. The apostle John wrote, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2).[15]


[1] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1733). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Col 3:10). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Col 3:10). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1566). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] Leach, S. R. (2010). The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 922). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2009). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Geisler, N. L. (1985). Colossians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 681). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[8] O’Brien, P. T. (1994). Colossians. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 1273). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

[9] Utley, R. J. (1997). Paul Bound, the Gospel Unbound: Letters from Prison (Colossians, Ephesians and Philemon, then later, Philippians) (Vol. Volume 8, p. 43). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[10] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: Philippians–Colossians (Vol. 2, pp. 208–210). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company.

[11] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians (pp. 211–212). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[12] Patzia, A. G. (2011). Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon (pp. 76–77). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[13] Bruce, F. F. (1984). The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians (pp. 146–148). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[14] Still, T. D. (2006). Colossians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 329). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[15] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1992). Colossians (pp. 150–151). Chicago: Moody Press.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 3, 2021

THE FOUNDATION

“The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general.” —James Madison (1794)

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Punching Back Against Big Tech

Douglas Andrews

“If we want everyone in the world to have access to all the opportunities that come with the Internet, we need to keep the Internet free and open.”

So said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

On July 12, 2017.

How times have changed. Zuck and his fellow Big Tech oligarchs have long since renounced their belief in a “free and open” Internet, throwing in instead with the cowards and tyrants who use their power to censor and deplatform those with whom they disagree.

Take Parler, for example. We challenge any red-blooded, Liberty-loving American to visit the company’s now-pathetic home page and read the posts from CEO John Matze, Senator Rand Paul, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and the platform’s part-owner Dan Bongino and come away with anything but a sense that Big Tech is evil.

Rachel Bovard, writing in American Consequences, rightly sees Big Tech as a cabal of “mega-corporations capable of distorting speech, thought, and behavior — not to mention privacy and data property rights — on an international scale, exerting unprecedented levels of influence over billions of people.” She says it’s “a growing threat from mega-corporate power that rivals — and in some cases, arguably supersedes — that of the government.”

Those who love the marketplace of ideas and our Constitution’s First Amendment have certainly been bloodied, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over. It just means we need to dispense with our naïve belief that Big Tech is fundamentally decent; that its oligarchs are in any way committed to the “free and open” Internet they championed back in 2017.

As Allysia Finley writes in The Wall Street Journal, “Big tech companies today more closely resemble the old telephone monopolies that Congress sought to regulate as common carriers in 1930s than broadband providers do. They have used their market power to suppress speech and competitors, even while pretending to defend an ‘open and free Internet.’ … Democratic states including California and Washington have since imposed their own net-neutrality policies. Which leads to an idea: While Republicans now have little clout in Washington, those in Florida or Texas might consider imposing their own neutrality rules on Big Tech.”

Finally. A punch thrown in anger.

Bovard, too, can throw a punch. She sees Big Tech companies as monopolistic, and she proposes breaking them up. She also notes that this interventionist approach isn’t necessarily at odds with conservative and libertarian thought. “Generations of classical liberal and libertarian-minded thinkers,” she writes, “have understood that when left unchecked, both democracy and capitalism can be susceptible to tyranny — the former to tyranny of the majority, the latter to tyranny of monopoly or cartels.”

Unfortunately, those in government with any inclination to rein in Big Tech have no power to do so. Senator Josh Hawley, for example, can lead by denunciation — but little else. As he wrote recently in a New York Post op-ed, “The cancel culture agenda will only succeed if we let it. We need live in fear only if we choose to say nothing. In this time of testing, conservatives must not shrink back. We need to stand up for the right of every American to be heard. We need to stand up for the basic principles that join all Americans together — the right to speak freely, to debate openly, and to address our differences graciously without fear of being silenced or punished for dissenting views.”

Hawley is right, of course, but again: He’s a senator. As John Hinderaker points out, the states are better equipped to punch back at Big Tech. “The solution,” he writes, “is to work through the states. There are plenty of states controlled by conservatives — or at least people who believe in free speech — to make this happen. In my opinion, if a critical mass of states, say 10 or 15, enact such legislation, authorizing substantial statutory damages for each violation along with attorneys’ fees, the social media platforms will have no choice but to stop suppressing conservative voices.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis would seem to be on board, and his state is acting accordingly. One feature of a pending Florida bill: It bars social media platforms from deplatforming political candidates during an election campaign, with substantial fines.

As The Daily Wire reports, “[He] blasted the mainstream media and Big Tech for their suppression of the Hunter Biden story while claims were made that the story was based on ‘hacked information.’ DeSantis fired, ‘You’re trying to tell me if there was hacked information that could damage me you guys wouldn’t print it? Give me a break. You can whiz on my leg, but don’t tell me it’s raining.’”

Thanks, governor, for the quote of the week.

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Bezos, Amazon, and the Dems’ $15 Minimum Wage Boondoggle

Thomas Gallatin

The biggest headline hitting business news yesterday was the announcement that tech centibillionaire Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon and one of the billionaire archenemies of Liberty, was stepping down from running the company he started out of his garage back in 1994. Bezos isn’t leaving Amazon entirely but is transitioning to the role of executive chairman. At age 57, the world’s second-wealthiest man plans to spend more time focusing on his other ventures, which include a space exploration company called Blue Origin and The Washington Post, as well his philanthropic endeavors.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden and the Democrats are loudly pushing the boondoggle of a $15 per hour minimum wage as part of their larded-up $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. What does this have to do with Bezos? Well, one of the biggest advocates of the $15 minimum wage has been Amazon. Ironically, Bezos only ensured that Amazon met that wage threshold with its nearly one million employees just two years ago.

The ugly truth is that Bezos’s motives are far from altruistic. Rather, they are the cold and greedy calculations of a massive power-hungry corporation seeking to squelch competition. The $15 minimum wage most impacts the small businesses that employ millions of low-income American workers, while Amazon’s biggest competitors like Walmart or Target will hardly be impacted. Bezos knows this, as he was once that little guy, starting a small book-selling business out of his garage.

However, with Amazon now worth over $1.6 trillion, Bezos touts the Democrats’ economy-chilling minimum wage, as it will only work to further secure his own elitist status. If Bezos was really so concerned about ensuring that American workers are fairly compensated with a “livable wage,” then why wasn’t he seeking to pay his own employees not merely the minimum wage but a maximum wage? Evidently, for Bezos and his ilk, it’s better to look or sound good than to be good.

Democrats, of course, are merely interested in votes. They’re the ones who want to pay workers more, not those stingy Republicans, you see. The dirty little secret is, again, that the real minimum wage is $0, which is what people without jobs will earn when small businesses can’t afford to hire them. And that doesn’t bother Democrats or Jeff Bezos in the slightest.

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Dems Fight GOP Efforts for Ballot Integrity

Louis DeBroux

“We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” —Joe Biden, October 2020

Arguably at no time in living memory has there been less faith in the American electoral system than today. Three months after the 2020 presidential election, and weeks after Biden’s inauguration under a phony banner of “unity,” a strong plurality of Americans believe he is not the legitimate president.

An early December poll released by Quinnipiac found 77% of Republicans and 35% of independents believe there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 elections. More than a third (34%) of registered voters believe Biden’s win was illegitimate, a result very similar to the findings of a Politico survey.

It doesn’t help that the same Democrat Party that spent four years claiming President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory was the result of Russian interference, and for the last year warned Russia was rigging the 2020 election for Trump again, have suddenly declared there is not one iota of evidence of election fraud now that Biden has been declared the victor and installed in the White House.

But such a cynical and convenient about-face doesn’t wash with non-Democrat voters, who are deeply disturbed by clear evidence of widespread voter fraud and election manipulation.

Moreover, as political analyst John Hinderaker correctly notes, “The Democrats like voter fraud. That has been true for a long time. In 2020, they saw how helpful to their cause lax voting procedures, that both enable fraud and make it hard if not impossible to prove, can be. They will fight tooth and nail to preserve their fraud advantage in future elections. All of which could make the bitterness over last year’s election a mild preview of things to come.”

And therein lies the problem. The decisive voter fraud in 2020 was not to be found in sensational stories like Dominion voting machines (which top Democrats expressed concerns over in 2019) switching votes from Trump to Biden. Rather, it’s to be found in the much more mundane but devastating efforts by Democrats to overwhelm the system with unverifiable ballots through a strategy of bulk-mail balloting and ballot harvesting.

Using the pretense of the COVID-19 pandemic, Democrat governors and secretaries of state in key states ignored election law and engaged in the mass mailing of ballots, rendering the desired results.

Over 40% (65 million) of the ballots cast in the 2020 election were cast by mail, a vast increase from previous years. Yet we’re supposed to believe that each of these ballots had the voter’s signature verified by election workers to make sure the vote was legally cast and that, despite the massive increase in mail-in ballots, the dramatic decrease in rejected ballots is no cause for concern.

In order to restore lost faith in the American electoral system, Republicans in state legislatures across the U.S. are already working on legislation to tighten up ballot security and voter verification.

Though just weeks into the states’ legislative sessions, Republicans have introduced triple the number of bills to secure the voting process compared to last year — 106 bills in 28 states so far — including Texas, Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, which found themselves in the center of the post-election storm.

In Georgia, proposals for ending no-excuse absentee voting have been floated, as well as a photo ID requirement for voting outside of voting precincts. Voters would be required to show photo ID both when requesting the absentee ballot and when returning it.

It is no coincidence that the biggest states where no voter ID is required — California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Oregon, and North Carolina — have been dominated by Democrats. North Carolina is the only state in that list won by Trump in 2020.

In Georgia, dominated by Republicans for the last two decades, failed Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams has run a relentless campaign to weaken election laws over the last decade, culminating in Georgia’s electors going for a Democrat for the first time since 1992 and the loss of both Republican-held U.S. Senate seats.

In fact, after registering 115,000 new Democrat voters between the November election and the January runoffs in Georgia, Abrams openly bragged about decimating the state’s signature-verification requirement.

This is the same Abrams who previously flooded Georgia’s secretary of state with tens of thousands of fraudulent voter applications while smugly insisting, “[The law] requires that we turn in all application forms we collect, regardless of concerns over validity. It’s the job of the secretary of state to determine the status of the applications.”

Of course, when thousands of these applications were rightly rejected, Abrams cynically screamed “racism.”

Because requiring a photo ID to vote is racist, but requiring a photo ID to attend the Democrat National Convention or the NAACP national conference or to visit Biden at the White House is not racist. Many black voters think this claim is ridiculous.

Democrats are not through with their efforts to make voter fraud systemic though. Not by a long shot.

House Democrats under Pelosi introduced HR 1, the grossly misnamed “For the People Act of 2021.” This monstrosity would federalize election law in violation of the U.S. Constitution (which gives that power to the states), and it would, among other things, prohibit states from requiring photo ID from voters.

This will set up a constitutional showdown between Republican states tightening election laws and a Democrat-controlled Congress seeking to treat legal and illegal voters the same.

President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments are looking pretty good right about now.

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Biden Immigration Orders Undo Trump’s Progress

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

In his first 10 days, Joe Biden carpet-bombed America with 25 executive orders. And he isn’t done, signing three more on Tuesday, all related to immigration.

“There’s a lot of talk, with good reason, about the number of executive orders that I have signed,” Biden said. “I’m not making new law. I’m eliminating bad policy.”

Well then.

The first immigration order is titled “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans.” Unfortunately, almost every one of those words is exactly the opposite of what Biden’s policy will be. Biden and the Democrats are utterly undermining our legal immigration system by treating illegals with such favor. Why wait in line and do it the right way when you can skip all that rigamarole and get amnesty, with taxpayer benefits along the way?

As for “integration and inclusion,” America was once a melting pot, but that’s now considered xenophobic and white supremacist. Almost everyone wants the kinds of immigrants Biden’s order praises — hard-working entrepreneurs who fuel our economy and build our country. But we want them to become Americans, both legally (by following the law) and culturally. Democrats instead want to solidify cultural divides for their own political advantage.

His second order is enormous in scope, but fairly specific in impact. Titled “Creating a Comprehensive Regional Framework to Address the Causes of Migration, to Manage Migration Throughout North and Central America, and to Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers at the United States Border,” the key components are twofold: directing U.S. engagement with nations to our south that generate the vast majority of migrants, and rescinding President Donald Trump’s asylum policy.

Stopping the flow would help, if that’s what Biden’s efforts would really do. The Department of Homeland Security doesn’t have the capacity to quarter every immigrant seeking asylum, so most were simply released into the country until their case could be adjudicated. Trump stopped all that. Biden will restart it with his newly confirmed DHS secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas.

Biden’s third order is titled, “The Establishment of Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families.” That’s almost self-explanatory; it’s focused on reuniting families separated by the Trump administration in holding facilities.

The Left mischaracterizes Trump’s policy as “immoral” and “cruel,” but there’s a wrinkle in the narrative: Many of the children separated from their parents were separated long before they were trafficked across the border. Why? Because their parents are using their kids to get here themselves, which the Biden administration tacitly acknowledged … and offered to assist. The Washington Examiner reports, “[White House Press Secretary Jen] Psaki told reporters cases would be assessed individually, but she suggested some deported parents could be brought back to the U.S. and given legal status to stay in the country.”

The Biden-Harris immigration plan is one that puts illegals first, to the detriment of legal immigrants and American citizens. That isn’t compassionate or humane, as the administration keeps insisting; it’s lawless and unfair, and the nation will pay the price.

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Keystone Was More Than a Pipeline

Douglas Andrews

First of all, let’s disabuse ourselves of the notion that the Keystone XL pipeline was merely about getting oil from A to B. It wasn’t. Keystone was about opportunities, dreams, jobs, and lives. It was about real people. It was also about the ennobling nature of work, and especially hard work — and all this is why Beltway elitists like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and John Kerry and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could so blithely shut it down.

Just the stroke of a pen. That’s all it took.

A brief history: The 1,700-mile Keystone pipeline was first proposed in 2008 during the George W. Bush administration. When completed, it was expected to carry some 800,000 barrels of oil per day from the oil sands of the western Canadian province of Alberta to the Bakken formation spanning eastern Montana and western North Dakota, where it would be mixed with American light crude and then sent southward to our refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Predictably, the pipeline was rejected by the Obama administration, but the project was revived by President Donald Trump, who clearly understood the wisdom of energy independence — and the wisdom of not sending billions of American dollars every year to countries that hate us.

On his very first day in office, though, ol’ Scranton Joe Biden signed an executive order halting construction of the pipeline by revoking its permit. It was premeditated, and it immediately killed 1,000 real, tangible, rewarding jobs — most of them union jobs. (So much for the Democrats being the party of labor.) It was also part of a wealth-redistribution scheme that The Washington Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti dubbed the blue-state clawback.

“The alternative energy sector overwhelmingly favors Democrats,” Continetti writes, no doubt remembering the $535 million in taxpayer dollars blown by Barack Obama on the scam known as Solyndra. “Its political investments have paid off. The old-style extractive industries, mainly based in GOP strongholds, will suffer. In some cases they are targeted for extinction. The knock-on effects are serious. ‘Wyoming state superintendent Jillian Balow notes that her state depends on some $150 million a year in oil and gas federal royalties to fund K-12 schools,’ says the Wall Street Journal editorial board.”

But, again, behind the revenues are the people — people like Laurie Cox, for example. She owns the old Stroppel Hotel in Midland, South Dakota, a place that many of these Keystone workers have come to call home. As the Washington Examiner’s Barnini Chakraborty reports, “Over the months, Cox had become somewhat of a den mother to the pipeline workers … staying at her hotel. She made them food, ran errands, and even drove two hours to get them groceries while they were at work. In a few months, they have become family. So it was especially hard that two hours after Biden was sworn in, her ‘family’ was about to be ripped apart. The pipeline workers she affectionately called ‘her guys’ returned to the hotel. Their faces were forlorn, and they had already started wondering where they’d get their next paycheck. ‘I tried to choke back my tears because they were still packing up, and their families still had to be told, and the last thing they needed was an innkeeper sitting here crying on them.’”

Gaylord Lincoln, a semiretired mechanic and a fellow South Dakotan, wasn’t holding back. “Come down here,” he challenged the Biden administration. “See the destruction you caused. See the pain of job loss. You took our chance to have a decent life with a stroke of the pen. It’s all bulls—t in Washington. They are playing with our lives.”

All this makes us wonder what on earth West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin thinks he’s doing as a Democrat. His party used to fight tooth and nail for blue-collar jobs, but now it kills those jobs without thinking twice.

Manchin’s coal-rich state went for Donald Trump by 39 points. And given Kamala Harris’s recent heavy-handed visit, his switchboard back home should be lit up like a Christmas tree.

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The Democrats’ Larded Pandemic Lotto

Thomas Gallatin

So, what’s in this latest $1.9 trillion COVID-19 “stimulus plan,” and why are Republicans rightly outraged?

The simple answer is that a lot of the Democrat agenda items are unrelated to the China Virus pandemic. As Representative Jason Smith (R-MO) warned, “Democrats are desperate to use this process to achieve any number of policies that will reward special interests while harming America’s working class, increasing the cost of living for American families, destroying jobs and weakening the economy.”

For background, note that a substantial amount of the original $2.9 trillion CARES Act funding has not been spent. Likewise, 80% of the $900 billion in additional funding approved a month ago has not been spent.

In addition to printing $1,400-per-person checks and padding that with a $400-a-week unemployment bonus (a disincentive to return to work), the Dems’ plan includes a massive $350 billion bailout for mismanaged Democrat-controlled states, $130 billion for schools (read: “teachers unions”), $190 billion for minority-owned businesses (constitutionally questionable), and another $35 billion for public and predominately black colleges. In other words, a lot of graft for Democrat constituents.

Speaking of unrelated items, Democrats also tacked on an economy-crippling $15-per-hour minimum wage. The real minimum wage is $0, and struggling businesses can’t hire back more people if it costs them so much more to do so. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2019 that the Democrats’ pitch would kill millions of jobs — and that was before the pandemic.

The Biden/Harris regime extended a phony bipartisan hand, inviting 10 GOP senators for a confab with Joe Biden. The Republicans pitched a bill that is a mere third of the cost of the Democrats’ bill. In a letter to Biden, the GOP senators noted: “In the spirit of bipartisanship and unity, we have developed a COVID-19 relief framework that builds on prior COVID assistance laws, all of which passed with bipartisan support. Our proposal reflects many of your stated priorities, and with your support, we believe that this plan could be approved quickly by Congress with bipartisan support.”

Following that meeting, Democrat House and Senate leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer began running a campaign essentially against any bipartisan deal, instead demanding that Republicans either get on board or get lost. “President Biden believes, and I agree with him, we need a bold, strong action,” Schumer stated. “Now, we’d like to do that with the Republicans, but if we can’t, we’ll have to go forward on our own using this process, reconciliation.”

There are some wavering Democrat senators, however. Kamala Harris is putting pressure on Joe Manchin (WV) and Krysten Sinema (AZ) in their home states to ensure they toe the party line and Democrats can ram through their $1.9 trillion. However, Manchin has already signaled he will not toe the line: “I’m not going to do it just down the lines, just a party-line vote. It has to make sense.”

By tabbing the legislation with the “reconciliation” label, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) can avoid a filibuster, but he still needs every Democrat vote. As things stand, unless either Manchin or Sinema or both hold fast to their demand on passing a bipartisan relief bill, the Democrats will get their way via reconciliation.

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The Quest for Unity

Roger Helle

President Joe Biden in his inauguration speech called for “unity,” promising he’d be the president for all Americans, even the ones who didn’t vote for him. I was reminded of the words of the noted philosopher Inigo Montoya (from “The Princess Bride”) to his associate, Vizzini. The criminal mastermind Vizzini kept using the word “inconceivable” over and over until Montoya finally replied, “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

Apparently, unity doesn’t mean the same thing to Biden’s supporters or his party. Since then, we’ve heard nothing but what the Left wants to do to Republicans who supported President Donald Trump. I’m not feeling the love!

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told MSNBC the Republican Party is filled with white supremacist sympathizers, racists, misogynists, and insurrectionists who nearly killed her, don’t you know. And “they” are not suffering any consequences for their behavior, she complains.

John Brennan, the former head of the CIA, told MSNBC that the pro-Trump “insurgency” that harbors “religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians” is much more dangerous than foreign terrorists. There are more of us than the foreign terror groups and we have “weapons” to carry out deadly attacks, he said, referring to the storming of the Capitol.

CNN’s Don Lemon likewise called Republicans domestic terrorists who frighten him more than foreign terrorists. He cites online radicalization, demonization of the “enemy” (anyone who disagrees with the Left) to justify their violence, and devotion to a “cult leader.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed, “The enemy is within the House of Representatives.” She’s frightened by the evil Republicans. She needs more money to protect Democrats from the Republicans.

I’m only scratching the surface of the insane, inflammatory rhetoric coming from leftists. They want Senators Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton impeached because they asked questions about possible voter fraud. How dare they?!

We’ve seen social media partnering with mainstream media to eliminate any point of view that doesn’t support the Left’s cause. Now that Biden has won, they feel free to completely block anyone they want. Having the “wrong” opinion will get you canceled. Having worked for the Trump administration could cause you to never be able to find a job to provide for your family.

The First Amendment will only apply to those who have the “correct” opinions. The Second Amendment will be next in line to eliminate. It happens whenever socialism takes power. Communism is not far behind. Hello 1984!

Everyone condemned the assault on the Capitol. The media refuses to investigate any influence of antifa and how protesters were shown into the Capitol. And yes, some Trump supporters, stuck on stupid, were a factor.

But the Left’s hyperventilating over January 6 in DC when it was silent during the “Summer of Love” is hypocritical. Nearly $2 billion dollars of property was destroyed, several dozen people were killed, hundreds of law enforcement officers were injured, and the Left said NOTHING!

I’m not seeing anything that would indicate Biden or his supporters are the least bit serious about bringing unity to our country. They’re fully aiming to turn this country into something our Founding Fathers could never have imagined.

As Patriots, now is not the time to let discouragement take over. Thomas Paine said it better than I can: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of men and women.”

Something to think about?

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Sham Impeachment 2.0

  • Impeachment case absurdly argues Trump was “singularly responsible” for Capitol riot (NY Times)
  • “He holds no public office from which he can be removed”: Lawyers offer Trump’s constitutional answer to impeachment article (Daily Wire)

Government & Politics

  • Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell strike deal on Senate power-sharing agreement (Fox News)
  • Unity! House starts work on coronavirus relief after press secretary warns Biden won’t “slow down” for Republicans (Fox News)
  • Senate confirms Pete “Pothole Problem” Buttigieg as transportation secretary (The Hill)
  • Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed as Department of Homeland Security secretary (Politico)
  • Critical roadblock: Joe Manchin says he doesn’t support raising minimum wage to $15 per hour (The Hill)
  • AOC manipulatively uses #MeToo claim to silence political opponents (PJ Media)

Leftmedia

As we’ve pointed out numerous times over the years, the media loved Trump when he first announced his candidacy, and even tacitly as president, because he drove ratings, which meant more money for their coffers. Take Trump out of the equation, though, and those ratings suddenly crater. The chickens are coming home to roost.

  • Given DHS warning, a look at U.S. domestic extremism threats (NPR)

According to the article, “The Trump administration was often accused of downplaying the danger of white supremacists and other extremists.” Yet there is zero mention of Black Lives Matter or antifa — both of which have been domestic extremism threats for years. To borrow from tone-deaf NPR, the leftmedia is clearly “downplaying the danger” of left-wing radicals.

Health

  • Feds will start shipping COVID vaccines directly to pharmacies (Daily Mail)
  • Number of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 (26.5 million) now greater than official number who have been infected (26.3 million) (Disrn)

Keep in mind, though, that the true number of infected Americans is presumably tens of millions higher.

  • People with COVID antibodies may only need one vaccine dose (Daily Mail)

National Security

  • White House confirms Space Force will continue under Biden administration (Examiner)

According to Press Secretary Jen “Circle Back” Psaki, “We look forward to the continuing work of Space Force and invite the members of the team to come visit us in the briefing room anytime to share an update on their important work.” Revealingly, however, her “important work” talking point came only hours after critiquing said Space Force.

  • Two FBI agents fatally shot, three wounded while serving warrant in South Florida (Miami Herald)

Around the Nation

  • Texas lawmakers introduce bills to protect the dignity of women’s sports (Examiner)
  • Local Kroger stores close as Long Beach, California, “hero pay” ordinance backfires (FEE)

Double Standards

  • John Kerry took private jet to Iceland for environmental award, called it “only choice for somebody like me” (Fox News)

We’re Shocked — Shocked!

  • Anthony Fauci flip-flops again on Biden’s supposed 100-day school reopening plan (The Federalist)
  • Democrats who resisted reopening schools took thousands from teacher unions (Daily Wire)

Odds & Ends

  • Amazon reports first $100 billion quarter (CNBC)
  • Leftists aim to restore net neutrality rules — and go much further (Examiner)
  • All for show? Biden makes visit to Capitol to honor Officer Brian Sicknick (Examiner)
  • Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny sent to prison on old conviction (NPR)

“Captain Obvious” Headline Award

  • Poll: Most people in U.S. overwhelmed by issues facing the nation (UPI)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: How to strike back against Big Tech censorship (Power Line)
  • Policy: Government’s money monopoly and the “Great Reset” (Mises Institute)
  • Humor: Jeff Bezos announces he will step down from Amazon to focus on being a Bond Villain (Babylon Bee)

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What Is Even Happening? — Sydney Watson examines the Biden administration’s dismal start.

Five Socialism Myths: Part 1 — Myth #1: Whenever socialism fails, people always say, “But that wasn’t ‘real’ socialism.”

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “There have existed, in every age and every country, two distinct orders of men — the lovers of freedom and the devoted advocates of power.” —Robert Y. Hayne (1791-1839)

For the record: “Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.‘s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.” —Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell regarding Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Upright: “The worst of [Marjorie Taylor] Greene’s statements suggest that she may be anti-Semitic. If true, that is a terrible thing. But if we are going to expel anti-Semites from the House, Greene is hardly first on the list. Democrats like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, and no doubt others if we assiduously study their Facebook pages, are way ahead of her in line. Again, the question of when anti-Semitic statements have been made is relevant. Greene has been spotless since taking her seat in the House, while Omar and Tlaib have used their pulpit as representatives to spew hate. So, if the House is willing to expel Omar and Tlaib or bar them from committees, next we can take up the question of Marjorie Greene. Not before.” —John Hinderaker

Case in point: “Given the serious and ongoing security threats facing Members and the Congress, it is clear that there is a need for an emergency supplemental funding bill to meet institutional security needs. It is also clear that we will need to establish a 9/11-type Commission to examine and report upon the facts, causes and security relating to the terrorist mob attack on January 6.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Braying jackass: “The Republicans have been calling Democrats the radical left. Time to call Republicans the terrorist right?” —Rep. Jackie Speier

Demo-gogue: “We’ve never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation, but our Administration is committed to finishing the work left undone. It’s long past time to confront deep racial inequities and systemic racism and fulfill the promise of America for all.” —Joe Biden

Non sequitur: “By and large, the vast, vast majority of these [law enforcement] men and women are decent, honorable people who put themselves on the line.” —Joe Biden’s perplexing response to the death of FBI agents in Florida on Tuesday

The BIG Lie: “The bitter divide [between] Democrats & Republicans keeps getting worse. … A key cause of the animosity: the Republicans turn politics into war. Who started that? Newt Gingrich — the original mastermind, so to speak, behind today’s mayhem. Another mastermind: Roger Ailes. He created Fox as a vehicle that blurred news and opinion, facts and falsehoods.” —CNN’s Fareed Zakaria

Non compos mentis: “Awful news to wake up to of Myanmar’s coup. A friend who lives in Yangon texted me saying that the generals were likely emboldened by Trump’s playbook, as they used false claims of widespread election fraud as a pretext to seize power.” —Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas (And the Benghazi debacle was because of a YouTube video…)

Grand delusions: “[Climate change] goes after the very same communities that pollution has held back and racism has held back. Climate justice is about equal rights.” —National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy

And last… “[Democrats are] trying to … take away our Second Amendment rights. Make no doubt — they’re gonna be coming sometime this year with a bill to take away our Second Amendment rights. So they’re building this predicate that, ‘Oh, my God, everybody better be afraid of somebody with a gun,’ and that’s gonna be their attempt to then go take away your guns.” —Rep. Steve Scalise

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3 Feb 2021 News Briefing

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Russian scientists suspected of ‘doomsday weapons’ project involving deadly Ebola virus
Russian scientists are suspected of a “doomsday weapons” project involving deadly Ebola virus. A unit of Moscow’s FSB spy agency linked to the Salisbury novichok poisonings is thought to be behind the programme codenamed Toledo.

Hunter Biden Hires Criminal Defense Lawyer – Whose Colleague Just Landed Top Spot In Biden DOJ
Approximately one month before Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, Hunter Biden hired a new attorney to assist with his federal criminal defense. On Inauguration day, one of that lawyer’s colleagues was appointed as the acting head of the Biden Justice Department’s criminal division, according to Axios

Florida Gov. Cracks Down On Big Tech – Lets Residents Sue Over Censorship, $100K Daily Fine For Suspending Political Candidates
“Florida is taking back the virtual public square as a place where information and ideas can flow freely. We’re demanding transparency from the big tech giants,” said State House Speaker Chris Sprowls in a statement. “The big tech companies have the duty to allow differing views on their public platforms. No one should be excluded. But let’s be clear: They are targeting conservatives,”

Iran deepens breach of nuclear deal at underground enrichment site
Iran has deepened a key breach of its 2015 nuclear deal, enriching uranium with a larger number of advanced centrifuge machines in an underground plant as it faces off with the new US administration on salvaging the accord.

UN chief calls for global regulations on social media companies after Trump bans
The United Nations chief said last week he wants to see worldwide regulations for powerful social media giants like Twitter and Facebook. According to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the platforms should not have the power to decide if accounts ought to be closed, citing the recent banning of former President Donald Trump from Twitter, The Associated Press reported. “I do not think that we can live in a world where too much power is given to a reduced number of companies,” Guterres said during a news conference.

China gives Biden dire warning – says must adhere to China’s rules on these issues
A top Chinese diplomat laid out “red lines” on Monday for President Joe Biden’s administration to avoid crossing with China, including interfering with matters in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang, where the U.S. has accused China of genocide against the ethnic minority Uyghurs.

Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance… OR RECREATING NEPHILIM?
Director Mihail Roco, in the US government report, Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance, wrote of how what is coming sounds eerily similar to the Bible’s description of giving life to the image of the beast, … We envision the bond of humanity driven by an interconnected virtual brain of the Earth’s communities searching for intellectual comprehension and conquest of nature.”[

Pope meets with head of World Food Programme, which has been flagging crises
Pope Francis met with David M. Beasley, the executive director of the UN World Food Programme, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020. Headquartered in Rome, the WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger and promoting food security. the Vatican provided photographs, but no other details.

Borderland reaches exceptional drought conditions on U.S. monitor
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Late last week, the National Weather Service announced that the Borderland had officially seen an upgrade in drought levels. This comes after the Borderland saw several days of rain and snow in two weeks. According to the NWS, El Paso and Las Cruces saw extreme drought conditions increase to exceptional drought conditions. This drought that has gained attention, as it is the first the area has seen in nearly 10 years.

East Africa – Desert Locust Crisis, Fact Sheet #2, Fiscal Year (FY) 2021
Swarms that formed in eastern Ethiopia and central Somalia have been migrating to southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya since December. Locusts continue to breed along the Red Sea coastal areas and in northern Somalia.

Biden orders USS Nimitz aircraft carrier home in possible signal to Iran
The United States aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, known for anchoring US power in the Middle East, has been ordered back home, US Naval Institute News said citing American officials. The move was seen as a possible signal to Iran to deescalate tensions amid efforts by the Biden administration to open negotiations on a new nuclear deal.

Iran deepens breach of nuclear deal at underground enrichment site
Iran has deepened a key breach of its 2015 nuclear deal, enriching uranium with a larger number of advanced centrifuge machines in an underground plant as it faces off with the new U.S. administration on salvaging the accord. Tehran has recently accelerated its breaches of the deal, raising pressure on U.S. President Joe Biden as both sides say they are willing to come back into compliance with the badly eroded agreement if the other side moves first.

Arab Parliament condemns Kosovo’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
The Arab Parliament condemned Kosovo’s decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, which recognized the disputed holy city as the capital of Israel, Jordan’s state agency Petra reported. The organization urged Kosovo on Tuesday to change their mind about the location of the embassy and to abide by international resolutions on the legal state of the holy city.

Major winter storm slams Northeast U.S. with heavy snow and freezing rain
A powerful winter storm blasted the U.S. Northeast on Monday, February 1, 2021, bringing heavy snow and high winds that led to power outages for more than 22 000 customers throughout the region. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts the heaviest snow over parts of northern New York into northern Maine on Tuesday, February 4, with freezing rain over parts of coastal New England.

Category 2 Tropical Cyclone “Lucas” affecting Vanuatu and New Caledonia
Tropical Cyclone “Lucas” formed over the Coral Sea on February 1, 2021, as the 5th named storm of the 2020/21 South Pacific Ocean cyclone season. The storm moved into the basin from the Australian region as a Category 2 tropical cyclone, to the northwest of Port Vila in Vanuatu.

Liberals At NY Times And Harvard Now Calling For Creation Of ‘Ministry Of Truth’ By The Biden Administration To Control What People Say And Think
It’s funny how every time that Liberals talk about ‘radical groups’, they never mention outfits like ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter whose 6 months worth of deadly riots caused 12 deaths, 2 rapes and over $2 billion in damage. They never mention Occupy Wall Street, the Sunrise Movement or any other of the Leftist agitators groups. Oh wait, my bad, totally forgot that George Soros spent millions for a share in the NY Times, yes the same George Soros who spends billions financing the Leftist riots here in the United States since 2013.

Eugenicist Bill Gates Calling For A ‘Global Alert System’ And ‘Pandemic Fire Squad’ To Deal With Next Viral Outbreak He Promises Us Is Coming
Bill Gates wants you to know something, another pandemic is coming and…wait for it…he has advance knowledge he wants to share with all of us little, poor people who made him the richest man on the planet. We need to create a ‘global alert system’ to, you know, keep an eye on stuff, and I am sure that this global system will just happen to link up with the digital identification he created the ID2020 Alliance to create. It’s a Christmas miracle!

Biden Reich Is Not Only Keeping The Troops In Downtown Washington DC, They Are Bringing In New Troops Daily In Stunning Fascist Foreshadowing
There is an unbelievable amount of change taking place in our nation’s capital of Washington DC right now, and very little of it is good. Democrats are pushing crazy hard to have Washington made into our 51st state, and if that happens, it will drastically switch the voting bloc in favor of the Democrats. But the real story is not party politics, the real story is why not only armed troops have remained on our streets, and why their numbers are increasing on a daily basis.

CLAIM: PCR test swabs may contain “star-shaped microdevices” that are secretly vaccinating the “vaccine hesitant”
Back in November, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) published a study that suggests Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) testing swabs may be laced with “tiny, star-shaped microdevices” capable of delivering vaccines to people without their knowledge or consent.

Texas Will Fully Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Tomorrow
Starting Tuesday, the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, will not be taking tax dollars from Texas anymore.Texas leaders have been trying to defund Planned Parenthood from the state Medicaid program for years, and, in November, they won a victory in court.

London: Firebomb thrown at Golders Green synagogue
A Molotov Cocktail was thrown at a synagogue in the Golders Green neighborhood of London Tuesday.

Surprising Disney World Secrets Even Super Fans Don’t Know
..People at Disney World wanted something special to add to their Haunted Mansion ride and ultimately settled on a book on witchcraft from the 14th century…It’s said that the book would regularly fall over and would sometimes move around the ride to somewhere completely different

Source: 3 Feb 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 2/3/2021

Serbia ‘not happy’ with Israel’s recognition of Kosovo, says it will impact ties

In shot at Trump, Biden official says cutting aid to Palestinians ineffective

IDF drone crashes in Gaza, a day after another went down in southern Lebanon

Thousands protest in Arab cities in Israel after student killed in shootout

Iran reports test of ‘most powerful’ satellite-carrying rocket to date

Iran deepens breach of nuclear deal at underground enrichment site

UN: Iran, breaching deal, installs 2nd batch of advanced centrifuges at Natanz

Israel says Iran could be 1-2 years away from nukes

Minister: US will never attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Israel may act alone

US exploring new bases in Saudi Arabia amid Iran tensions

As Ethiopia fills its Nile dam, regional rivalries overflow

Over 100 people, largely Christians, killed in mass attacks in DRC: Open Doors

Russia sentences opposition leader Navalny to 3.5 years in prison

Nuclear war with China or Russia a ‘real possibility,’ STRATCOM commander warns

Suspected Chinese Hackers Used SolarWinds Bug to Spy on US Payroll Agency

U.S. calls Myanmar military’s takeover a coup, while China labels it a “cabinet reshuffle”

US Designates Burma’s Military Takeover a ‘Coup,’ Will Cut Foreign Aid

Trump team files response to impeachment article, argues contrary to Constitution

Trump’s lawyers deny he incited Capitol mob to stop Biden win, call impeachment trial unconstitutional’

Commentary: Why It’s Completely Unconstitutional To Impeach Someone After He Leaves Office

Trump’s legal team argues Senate can’t convict him, his speech protected by 1st Amendment

Lindsey Graham threatens Democrats: If you call even one witness for impeachment trial, we’ll open up ‘Pandora’s box’

Hawley breaks his monthly fundraising record after objecting to Electoral College certification

Senate Committee Pushes DOJ, FBI for Answers on US Capitol Breach

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez recalls Jan. 6 attack, wants Republicans held to account

Democrat lawmaker says it’s time to call Republicans terrorists

Nonvoters, Registered Democrats Among Those Arrested at Capitol Protest

Bail fund backed by Kamala Harris freed same rioter twice – now he’s been charged again

FNC’s Carlson: Democrats ‘Think It Is Fine to Mobilize the Army in Order to Put Down Domestic Opinions’

Former AOC staffers are plotting to take down moderate Democrats in order to clear the way for far-left legislation

GOP lawmakers seek to remove Omar from committees as Dems press to drop Taylor Greene from panel

Georgia Republican State Senators Propose Bills to End No-excuse Mail Voting, Automatic Registration

Data Expert Claims His Team Has Identified Enough Fraudulent Ballots in Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin to Overthrow the Election

Newsmax Host Has Mike Lindell on to Talk About Tech Censorship – Ends Up Censoring Him As Well – Then Storms Out of Studio

Newsmax Anchor Cuts Off Mike Lindell As Network Braces For Lawsuit From Dominion

‘Patriot Party’ Trump supporter groups grow rapidly on Facebook: study

Biden: America Has ‘Never Fully’ Lived Up to Its ‘Founding Principles’

Biden’s press office asked journalists to send questions in advance, and they say it’s undermining his promise to respect a free press

Biden WH under fire for reportedly screening briefing questions: ‘Universal outrage’ if Trump did this

Florida Gov. Cracks Down On Big Tech – Lets Residents Sue Over Censorship, $100K Daily Fine For Suspending Political Candidates

Facebook draws ire after employee says site could police term ‘Zionists’

WallStreetBets founder on GameStop stock surge: The little guys ‘can’t be ignored anymore’

It’s not just GameStop worrying Wall Street about a bubble

GameStop stock is plummeting but the Reddit rebellion is just beginning

GameStop shares plunge 50%, and WallStreetBets traders face billions in losses

Stocks close sharply higher as Wall Street tries to move past GameStop jitters

US Mint Unable to Meet Surging Demand for Gold, Silver Bullion Coins

Stocks Rally Ahead of Tech Reports; Bezos Set to Step Down as Amazon CEO

DOJ Targets Elon Musk’s SpaceX For Allegedly Preferring To Hire U.S. Citizens

A new prime minister for Italy: Mario Draghi, former European Central Bank chief, may get the nod

Psaki accused of making fun of Space Force, refuses to apologize – ‘Blatantly diminish an entire branch of our military as the punchline of a joke’

NASA’s space junk problem

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Ba, Fiji

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarangani, Philippines

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

US Northeast Digs Out After Massive Snowstorm, Two Deadv

Winter Snow Storm Was Among Biggest in NYC History

Joe Biden to Divert $30 Billion in Aid Trump Left For Farmers to Climate Change without Waiting For Congress

Dem Sen. Tester: Was a Mistake to Halt Keystone Pipeline Construction – Isn’t Going to Turn Our Climate Around

Keystone XL Pipeline Cancelation Impacts More Than Jobs

‘They are playing with our lives’: South Dakotans left on their knees by Keystone pipeline decision

Oil Jumps 2 Percent, Hits Highest in Year as Producers Limit Supply

How Socialism Wiped Out Venezuela’s Spectacular Oil Wealth

‘I’m not making new law. I’m eliminating bad policy’: Biden defends high number of executive orders

Biden signs immigration executive orders to address ‘moral failing’ of Trump’s policies

Gunmen rob partygoers, then open fire, killing 7 in Mexico

Two FBI agents killed and three agents injured in shootout in Sunrise, Florida related to violent crimes against children

Turkey’s Erdogan denounces LGBT youth as police arrest students

Twitter Says Turkish Minister’s LGBT Comments About Protesters ‘Hateful Conduct’

Media hails Pete Buttigieg as ‘first’ openly gay Cabinet member, snubbing former acting DNI Ric Grenell

Relative of Shanghai Doctor Reveals Details About Forced Organ Harvesting

Steve Hilton unveils new evidence linking COVID-19 origins to US-funded research in China

“Mandates for Experimental Therapies are Neither Permissible Nor Advisable” – America’s Frontline Doctors Create a Petition to Stop Forced Experimental Vaccines

‘Anti-vax’ protesters could get free-speech area to prevent them from blocking COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Medical Tyranny: CDC Announces All Travelers Must Wear Two Masks, Threatens Arrest

This Company Is Rolling Out Covid Test Vending Machines In Airports, Hotels, Subways And More

UK begins door-to-door testing of 80,000 people to halt South African variant

Covid-19: Gov’t may break into flats in Hong Kong lockdown zones if residents don’t answer their doors to take a test

Millions of Americans could lose their homes despite President Biden’s eviction moratorium order

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


Apostasy Watch Wednesday 2-3-21

Chris Widener – Why Would God Allow Joe Biden to Become President?

Pastor Rick Warren Apologizes for Children’s Sunday School Video Loaded with Asian Stereotypes

Liberty University president apologizes for massive snowball fight with no masks, social distancing

Parents Outraged that American Girl’s ‘2021 Girl of the Year’ Includes Lesbian Storyline

Oklahoma ‘Pro-Life’ Politicians Seek To Kill Bill Abolishing Abortion

Hillary Clinton: We Need to Protect Abortion “For Our Grandkids”

New York Times: Joe Biden Should Appoint a “Reality Czar” to Combat “Disinformation and Domestic Extremism”

Christian nurse is ‘tied up and tortured by mob at Pakistani hospital after Muslim colleague falsely accused her of blasphemy’

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

David Jeremiah’s ‘Turning Point Ministries’ first religious program to air on History Channel

Turning Point Ministries will now be the first-ever religious programing to debut on the History Channel, representing a “growing desire to hear uplifting and encouraging messages from God’s Word,” according to Pastor David Jeremiah.

Source: David Jeremiah’s ‘Turning Point Ministries’ first religious program to air on History Channel

Maxine Waters: Trump ‘Absolutely Should Be Charged with Premeditated Murder’

Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” that former President Donald Trump should “absolutely be charged with premeditated murder” for inciting the deadly riots on Capitol Hill on January 6.

Source: Maxine Waters: Trump ‘Absolutely Should Be Charged with Premeditated Murder’