Daily Archives: February 5, 2021

Share Five Truths About the Holy Spirit — The Aquila Report

In creation, we have the Spirit breathing His energy, releasing the power of God in the act of creation. We have the same thing in the act of redemption, and we see it again in the divine act of giving to us the record in the Scriptures themselves. The doctrine of inspiration is entirely related to the work of God the Holy Spirit. Peter affirms this view, writing, “No prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). The men who wrote the biblical books were not inventing things. Neither were they automatons. 

Jesus said: “I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7). Now, I don’t want to bring cold coals to Newcastle by giving you information with which you are already familiar, so let me just briefly give some background on this verse. You know that the Greek word translated here as “Helper” is parakletos. In its technical form, it has a legal dimension; it refers to one who would be an advocate. In its wider context, it speaks of comfort, of protection, of counsel, and of guidance. Jesus also spoke of the Spirit as the Helper in John 14 and introduced Him as “the Spirit of truth” (14:17; 16:13).

I think it best for me to simply say a number of things concerning the identity of this Helper with little embellishment.

First, we need to notice that the Holy Spirit is a unique person and not simply a power or an influence.

He is spoken of as “He,” not as “it.” This is a matter of import because if you listen carefully to people speaking, even within your own congregations you may hear the Holy Spirit referenced in terms of the neuter. You may even catch yourself doing it. If you do, I hope you will bite your tongue immediately. We have to understand that the Spirit of God, the third person of the Trinity, is personal. As a person, He may be grieved (Eph. 4:30), He may be quenched in terms of the exercise of His will (1 Thess. 5:19), and He may be resisted (Acts 7:51).

Second, the Holy Spirit is one both with the Father and with the Son.

In theological terms, we say that He is both co-equal and co-eternal. When we read the whole Upper Room Discourse, we discover that it was both the Father and the Son who would send the Spirit (John 14:1616:7), and the Spirit came and acted, as it were, for both of Them. So the activity of the Spirit is never given to us in Scripture in isolation from the person and work of Christ or in isolation from the eternal will of the Father. Any endeavor to think of the Spirit in terms that are entirely mystical and divorced from Scripture will take us down all kinds of side streets and eventually to dead ends.

Third, the Holy Spirit was the agent of creation.

In the account of creation at the very beginning of the Bible, we are told: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:1-2). The Hebrew word translated as “Spirit” here is ruach, which also can mean “breath.” The ruach elohim, “the Breath of the Almighty,” is the agent in creation. It is not the immateriality of the Spirit that is in view here, but rather His power and energy; the picture is of God’s energy breathing out creation, as it were, speaking the worlds into existence, putting the stars into space. Thus, when we read Isaiah 40:26 and the question is asked, “Who created these?” we have the answer in Genesis 1:2—the Spirit is the irresistible power by which God accomplishes His purpose.

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Share Five Truths About the Holy Spirit — The Aquila Report

Joe Biden not legitimately elected, two-thirds of Republicans say – Washington Times

WASHINGTON — About two-thirds of Republicans say Joe Biden was not legitimately elected president, according to a new poll conducted barely two weeks after he was inaugurated.

The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows 33% of Republicans say Biden was legitimately elected as the 46th president of the United States, while 65% say he was not. Overall, roughly two-thirds of Americans say Biden was legitimately elected; nearly all Democrats say so.

Former President Donald Trump and his allies disputed the outcome of the 2020 election for months, arguing without evidence that it was stolen and that there was fraudulent voting in pivotal states. Courts dismissed those allegations in lawsuits. State and local election officials verified – and, in some cases, reverified – that voting was fair and secure. Trump‘s own attorney general said there was no evidence of widespread fraud.

— Read on m.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/feb/5/joe-biden-not-legitimately-elected-two-thirds-repu/

Explosive TIME Magazine Investigation: “Well-Funded Cabal” Worked To Change Election Laws, Control Flow Of Information | LifeZette

TIME Magazine has published an extraordinary investigative piece titled, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” detailing how an extensive network of powerful and wealthy people ran a “shadow” campaign in order to save the election.

The column, authored by Molly Ball, lays out a scenario involving “a well-funded cabal of powerful people” who worked in concert to change election laws and control the dissemination of information before and after the election.

And now they seemingly want credit for their actions.

Those entities “want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream,” the column reads.

“A well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage, and control the flow of information.”

The piece notes that former President Donald Trump had observed a shift in behavior in corporate America even as he sought to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

“It was all very, very strange,” TIME quotes Trump as saying in early December. “Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.”

The magazine observes: “In a way, Trump was right.”

“There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs,” Ball writes, referencing a desire to keep the peace over the election after many months marred by racial tension and riots.

“Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans.”

RELATED: Poll: 64 Percent Of Republican Voters Would Join Trump If He Started A New Party

TIME Pulls Back The Curtain On Forces Shaping 2020 Election

The piece notes at several points throughout that the shadowy ‘cabal’ was working to protect the integrity of the 2020 election, not sway the results, or prevent Trump from winning.

“The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election,” they write, referring to it as “an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensuring it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted.”

Certainly, however, one has to be alarmed at the notion that “well-funded” individuals were working behind the scenes to “steer media coverage, and control the flow of information.”

A study conducted by the Media Research Center in November suggests slanted media coverage may have tilted the election in favor of President Joe Biden.

The column references a little-known effort by “a veteran progressive operative” to combat “disinformation” on social media platforms.

“In November 2019, Mark Zuckerberg invited nine civil rights leaders to dinner at his home, where they warned him about the danger of the election-related falsehoods that were already spreading unchecked,” they write.

Vanita Gupta, nominated for Associate Attorney General by President Biden, attended the Zuckerberg dinner and also met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Gupta conveyed the pressure those in attendance placed on the Big Tech titan.

“It took pushing, urging, conversations, brainstorming, all of that to get to a place where we ended up with more rigorous rules and enforcement,” she said.

Facebook and Twitter ended up playing large roles in the election.

Twitter stepped up to the plate by censoring and removing posts about a New York Post article involving emails found on Hunter Biden’s (President Biden’s son) laptop which appeared to discuss shady business dealings with foreign entities using his father’s influence as Vice President at the time.

Dorsey had made a calculated and deliberate move to censor a story detrimental to one presidential candidate, and later admitted was wrong to do so.

That admission came in the form of testimony before the Senate … after the election.

Also after the election, Facebook and Twitter would both ban Donald Trump, still the sitting President of the United States of America, when he attempted to discuss concerns about alleged but unproven election fraud.

RELATED: The Media Did Everything They Could To Hide The Hunter Biden Scandal From Voters

A Very Broad Effort That Included Changing Voting Laws

The TIME Magazine article doesn’t focus exclusively on the effort by this ‘cabal’ to control information leading up to, and even after, the 2020 election.

The network’s influence extended far beyond the control of information. There was a concerted and broad sweeping effort that involved many entities working in tandem.

“Their work touched every aspect of the election,” TIME writes, ticking off a list of examples.

  • “They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding.”
  • “They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time.”
  • “They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears.”
  • “They executed national public-awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks, preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories and false claims of victory from getting more traction.”

And following Election Day, Ball claims “they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result.”

TIME suggests all of this extraordinary effort was meant to shore up and help legitimize the election in the eyes of American voters.

“The scenario the shadow campaigners were desperate to stop was not a Trump victory,” they assure. Rather, the scenario they worked to avoid “was an election so calamitous that no result could be discerned at all, a failure of the central act of democratic self-governance that has been a hallmark of America since its founding.”

This stunning TIME report is eye-opening. And the level of coordination, money, and influence involved will come as a shock to millions of Americans.

The news magazine suggests that the responsible parties wanted to pull back the curtain and reveal what they did. The report appears to do just that.

Perhaps you should take a long, hard look at their full report here.

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

— Read on www.lifezette.com/2021/02/explosive-time-magazine-investigation-well-funded-cabal-worked-to-change-election-laws-control-flow-of-information/

Mike Lindell posts ‘Absolute Proof’ documentary on 2020 election | WND

Mike Lindell in his documentary “Absolute Proof” (Video screenshot)

One of President Trump’s most fervent supporters, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, released on Friday a two-hour video documentary titled “Absolute Proof” presenting the claim that fraud and irregularities affected the outcome of the 2020 election.

It’s available on a website Lindell created and was scheduled for airing on the One America News cable network three times on Friday, at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern time.

“Everyone needs to share it with everyone you know, because anyone that sees it, even if it’s nine Supreme Court justices, everyone will say, ‘Wow, this is an attack on our country,'” Lindell said in an interview Wednesday with The Revival Channel on YouTube.

“Once you guys see what I’ve seen you’re gonna be so excited,” he said.

OAN has put a disclaimer on “Absolute Proof” stating it is paid programing and “opinion only.”

Following threats of a lawsuit, the network, along with Newsmax TV and others, has distanced itself from claims that equipment by Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic USA were designed for fraud and were manipulated to steal the election from President Trump.

Dominion Voting Systems has threatened to sue Lindell, and Smartmatic has sued attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, Fox News and three of its hosts for libel in a $2.7 billion case.

Lindell was in news headlines in January, with a meeting with Trump at the White House, a ban by Twitter and the withdrawal of his products by several major retailers in response to his claims of election fraud. The consumer organization Media Action Network launched a boycott of Bed, Bath & Beyond, which saw its stock plunge 36% in one day of trading last week.

Famous for his TV ads, Lindell employs more than 1,500 people at his Minnesota plant. He recounted to WND last May the remarkable transformation in his life through his faith in Jesus Christ.

“This isn’t about pillows. It’s about the continual punishment of conservative speech,” Media Action Network founder Ken LaCorte said in an announcement of the boycott.

See Mike Lindell’s “Absolute Proof”:

— Read on www.wnd.com/2021/02/mike-lindell-posts-absolute-proof-documentary-2020-election/

Trump Says Lou Dobbs “Is & Was Great” After Fox News Cancels ‘#1 Business News’ Show | ZeroHedge

Update (2215ET): Former President Trump has issued a statement on Lou Dobbs show being cancelled:

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It’s probably just a coincidence, but…

A day after voting software company SmartMatic filed a $2.7 billion defamation suit against Fox News and three of its hosts – Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro – over voting-machine-fraud claims, The LA Times reports that, according to a Fox News representative who confirmed the cancellation, Fox News has canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight”.

The show, which is described by the network as “the #1 news program on business television”, came under fire during the 2020 election after pushing claims of election fraud. 

Additionally, Dobbs was forced to issue a fact-checking clip on his show in December 2020 after Smartmatic, a voting machine company, issued a legal letter regarding what it says was “false and defamatory statements and reports,” The Daily Beast previously reported.

“As we said in October, Fox News Media regularly considers programming changes and plans have been in place to launch new formats as appropriate post-election, including on Fox Business,” a Fox News spokesperson said according to the LA Times.

“This is part of those planned changes. A new 5 p.m. program will be announced in the near future.”

Finally, The LA Times cited “people familiar with discussions” who suggested that Dobbs’ cancellation had been in the works prior to legal issues regarding the voting machine companies.

“Lou Dobbs Tonight” is being renamed as “Fox Business Tonight”beginning next week. The show will see rotating guest hosts, according to the LA Times.

Dobbs, 75, remains under contract at Fox News but he will in all likelihood not appear on the company’s networks again.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/fox-news-cancels-lou-dobbs-show-day-after-billion-dollar-smartmatic-lawsuit

‘I Have a Message to Christians: Don’t Be Lukewarm’: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s FULL Response to House Vote — Faithwire

The mainstream media has been hyper-focused on previously little-known House Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene after old videos surfaced of her allegedly promoting conspiracy theories. 

Few, however, have spent equal time and energy on her statement yesterday denouncing those past views and her 20 minute speech earlier today explaining more about who she is and why she is passionate about being an elected official. 

At the end of her speech, which covered a variety of topics, she warned Christians not to be lukewarm and to share the Gospel “with everyone.” You can see that full speech here (continue reading below):

Greene covered a variety of issues in her speech, including the fact that when she was in high school, a fellow student brought in guns and held the school hostage. This was to provide some context for her old videos confronting David Hogg on the street. Greene says she wasn’t doing so to question the existence of the shootings, but rather to promote her views on the best way to stop future shootings.

Greene talked about the “lie” of abortion and said being a mom is “the greatest gift of my life” and expressed her desire to end abortion in America. 

Referring to getting stripped of her committee assignments, Greene says it’s her constituents who were the ones that lost their voices. She went on criticize the media for always focusing in on the things that divide us, even defending Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar from voices on the right who frequently criticize the left.

“You’re doing a really good job at addicting our nation to hate,” Greene said of the media. “Teaching people to hate people like me, President Trump. And then on the right it’s the same way. Teaching people to hate AOC, Ilhan Omar, Nancy Pelosi. See, it goes both ways, doesn’t it?” she explained before challenging the press about what they want their legacy to be – one of furthering division, or one of reporting the truth.

Greene then went on to explain how thankful she was for the freedom of the press in America, and for the opportunity to apologize for past “wrong” statements. “I had the greatest opportunity yesterday, and I’m so grateful for it. I got to say what I had done wrong,” she said. 

“Do you know how freeing that is?” Greene explained. “I’m not kidding, I seriously feel blessed by God because I got to do it on a world stage. I got to say, ‘I said things wrong. I believed things that were wrong. And you know? I’m so happy I got to do that. People all over the country are thankful and supporting me. None of us are perfect and when we go about our life thinking that we are we’re such hypocrites. If we think we’re perfect and can judge one another, that’s such a mistake.”

“So, going forward, I feel freed.”

Taking questions, several members of the press on hand for the speech zeroed in on her apology, and tried to ask if she still believed Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason. They pressed on past statements, even though they had just watched Greene express remorse for her past remarks, admitting they were “wrong.” 

Greene also blamed the violence on January 6th squarely on those who committed those acts of violence, saying they and they alone are responsible for their own actions that day.

She closed her remarks before taking questions by talking about God and faith.

“I’m really grateful to God, because he forgives me. And that’s what being a Christian is really all about,” Greene said. “I have a message to other Christians in this country: Don’t be lukewarm. That’s not what your faith is for. Our Savior died on a cross so our sins could be forgiven and he doesn’t want you to be quiet about it. He wants you to share the Gospel and share it with everyone.”

‘I Have a Message to Christians: Don’t Be Lukewarm’: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s FULL Response to House Vote — Faithwire

Trumpet Boy Blows Horn From White House Balcony Signaling Another Royal Decree From Biden — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Reporters rushed to the White House lawn today as they heard a familiar sound: the trumpeting of the Biden administration’s official herald, Timmy Johnson. Johnson stood on the White House balcony and blasted the notes that signaled another royal decree from President Joe Biden.

“Hear ye, hear ye, loyal subjects of His Majesty, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., Second of His Name, Defeater of the Trumpists, Uniter of the Americas, Sniffer of Women!” Timmy shouted as Biden stood behind him, mumbling unintelligibly to himself. “The King, may he live forever, has issued another royal decree!”

Biden finally spotted the teleprompter in front of him and began to read. “By our royal decree and the seal of our hand, and the power vested in us by the extremely fortified 2020 election, we, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., Second of His Name, Defeater of the Trumpists, Uniter of the Americas, Sniffer of Women, do declare that all citizens of my kingdom must cut their sandwiches… diagonally!”

And there was much rejoicing among the journalists.

Trumpet Boy Blows Horn From White House Balcony Signaling Another Royal Decree From Biden — The Babylon Bee

False Prophets in Our Day! — Reformation Theology

How do we determine whether or not someone is a false prophet? What are we to do with false prophecy? The Bible gives very clear instructions and guidelines.

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False Prophets in Our Day! — Reformation Theology

Finding God — Christian Research Network

23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. John 14:23-24 (ESV)

We have all heard evangelists quote from Revelation: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20). Usually the evangelist applies this text as an appeal to the unconverted, saying: “Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart….

If you open the door, then He will come in.” In the original saying, however, Jesus directed His remarks to the church. It was not an evangelistic appeal.

So what? The point is that seeking is something that unbelievers do not do on their own. The unbeliever will not seek. The unbeliever will not knock. Seeking is the business of believers. Jonathan Edwards said, “The seeking of the Kingdom of God is the chief business of the Christian life.” Seeking is the result of faith, not the cause of it.

When we are converted to Christ, we use language of discovery to express our conversion. We speak of finding Christ. We may have bumper sticker that read, “I Found It.” These statements are indeed true. The irony is this: Once we have found Christ it is not the end of our seeking but the beginning. Usually, when we find what we are looking for, it signals the end of our searching. But when we “find” Christ, it is the beginning of our search.

The Christian life begins at conversion; it does not end where it begins. It grows; it moves from faith to faith, from grace to grace, from life to life. This movement of growth is prodded by continual seeking after God.

Coram Deo

In your spiritual walk, are you moving from faith to faith, from grace to grace, from life to life? Are you continually seeking after God?

John 14:23–24

John 15:10

Ligonier Ministries

Finding God — Christian Research Network

RIGGED: Time Magazine Posts Shocking Admission That Biden Election Was Orchestrated By A ‘Well-Funded Secret Cabal’ That ‘Changed Rules And Laws’ — Now The End Begins

Time magazine has published a detailed account of what it describes as a “conspiracy” between “left-wing activists and business titans” to create “an extraordinary shadow effort” to “protect” the 2020 presidential election of puppet Joe Biden.

Adolf Hitler said that he did what he did to ‘restore Germany’ and to ‘save the Reich’, but what he really did was overt criminal activities designed to transfer all power to himself. It is the same with the stunning admission in Time Magazine today that in order to ‘save the election’, a slithery cabal of Democrats took billions of dollars and rigged it from top to bottom. Thanks for admitting what we already knew.

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years……It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.” ― David Rockefeller

So why are they coming out now and admitting the whole process was an orchestrated fraud? Because they’ve got the power now, and they know it cannot be taken away, and even if it could, the pusillanimous GOP doesn’t have the will or the stomach for the job. And Time Magazine? They’re the very same people that David Rockefeller thanked for agreeing to keep secret the New World Order meetings of the Bilderbergers.

You can erase ‘conspiracy theory’ from your dictionary now, it’s all true.

OPERATION OVERTHROW: GEORGE SOROS FUNDED ‘TRANSITION INTEGRITY PROJECT’ HAS PLAN IN PLACE TO REMOVE TRUMP FROM OFFICE WHETHER HE WINS OR NOT

Time Magazine: ‘Secret,’ ‘Well-funded Cabal’ Worked to ‘Protect’ 2020 Election

FROM BREITBART NEWS: The New York Times had reported on the effort in January, referring to the “Democracy Defense Coalition.” The Daily Beast hinted at it in the fall. But the Time article is the most in-depth report at what others suggested was going on behind the scenes.

The article by Molly Ball, titled “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,”presents the effort as a heroic effort to preserve a free and fair election, and to fend off President Donald Trump’s anticipated claims of fraud. You can erase ‘conspiracy theory’ from your dictionary now. It’s all true.

Ball’s description, however, also matches what she calls a “paranoid” view of an effort to make it difficult for Trump to win:

The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election–an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensuring it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted. For more than a year, a loosely organized coalition of operatives scrambled to shore up America’s institutions as they came under simultaneous attack from a remorseless pandemic and an autocratically inclined President. Though much of this activity took place on the left, it was separate from the Biden campaign and crossed ideological lines, with crucial contributions by nonpartisan and conservative actors.

Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears. They executed national public-awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks, preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories and false claims of victory from getting more traction. After Election Day, they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result.

That’s why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it. And they believe the public needs to understand the system’s fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures.

Ball describes the participants in this plan as “democracy campaigners.” It was led by Mike Podhorzer, a “senior adviser to the president of the AFL-CIO,” one of the nation’s most powerful labor unions, aligned with the Democratic Party.

Ball notes:

In his apartment in the D.C. suburbs, Podhorzer began working from his laptop at his kitchen table, holding back-to-back Zoom meetings for hours a day with his network of contacts across the progressive universe: the labor movement; the institutional left, like Planned Parenthood and Greenpeace; resistance groups like Indivisible and MoveOn; progressive data geeks and strategists, representatives of donors and foundations, state-level grassroots organizers, racial-justice activists and others.

By April, she notes, Podhorzer was hosting two-and-a-half-hour Zoom meetings with other participants in the project. They pushed Congress to fund vote by mail, and persuaded Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to “election administration funding.” (As Breitbart News warned, Zuckerberg’s donations looked more like a Democrat get-out-the-vote effort, and was aimed primarily at Democrat-heavy counties in key battleground states.)

The campaign also used legal efforts to change voting procedures during the COVID pandemic, leading to a “revolution” in mail-in voting: ” Only a quarter of voters cast their ballots the traditional way: in person on Election Day,” Ball notes.

The group also used a “nameless, secret project” to fight “disinformation.” Their method was “to pressure platforms to enforce their rules, both by removing content or accounts that spread disinformation.” Ball does not mention the New York Post‘s story about Hunter Biden’s laptop, but tech companies, mainstream media outlets, and former intelligence officials leapt in October to call the laptop potential Russian “disinformation,” and to suppress it. Twitter blocked links to the story, and also locked the Post out of its account for more than two weeks. The story was later shown to be true, with Hunter Biden announcing — after the election — that he was under FBI investigation.

The group also decided to exploit the violent unrest that spread across the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May, and took steps “to harness its momentum for the election without allowing it to be co-opted by politicians.”

Toward the end of the election, Ball reports, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce set aside old disputes to join the AFL-CIO in creating an alliance to reject claims of election fraud. Ball notes that some Republicans also aided in the effort. As Breitbart News reported at the time, there was a nationwide left-wing movement to unleash more unrest if Trump claimed victory in a close election. Ball’s reporting confirms that the “shadow” effort was coordinating such efforts. She adds that the “national mobilization network” was told to “stand down” after it appeared Biden would be the winner.

Later, she says, Podhorzer’s network decided to make sure there were few counter-demonstrators at the January 6 “Stop the Steal” demonstration in Washington, DC, ensuring that blame for what happened would be placed on Trump alone. READ MORE

RIGGED: Time Magazine Posts Shocking Admission That Biden Election Was Orchestrated By A ‘Well-Funded Secret Cabal’ That ‘Changed Rules And Laws’ — Now The End Begins

News Roundup & Comment — VCY America

Date:  February 5, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
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Below is a sample of what Jim had for listeners this week on the ‘Round-Up.’

–President Biden encouraged Americans to respect their fellow human beings at the National Prayer Breakfast.

–At a 2019 Planned Parenthood Action Forum, Joe Biden said, ‘…we are the saviors around the world…’ while pointing at himself.

–Senate Democrats blocked a request by Republicans to vote on an amendment that would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies born alive after a botched abortion.

–In January, Hillary Clinton asserted that politicians need to continue the fight to protect abortion for our grand-kids.

–Texas taxpayers once again are being forced to fund Planned Parenthood.

–The South Carolina State Senate has passed a heartbeat bill to prohibit most abortions after the point that a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

–Abby Johnson has a new project to help women seek legal action for post-abortion injuries.

–The Honduran National Congress has strengthened pro-life laws by amending their constitution.

–A change to abortion law in Poland will protect babies with disabilities.

–Donald Trump was nominated again for a Nobel Peace Prize.

–A voting technology company is suing Fox News, 3 of its hosts and 2 former lawyers.

–The Arizona Senate has drafted a resolution threatening the arrest of Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for not handing over the requested election machines and ballots.

–More than 700,000 Georgians, who voted in the November election, did not turn out for the Senate runoff election.

–Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he’s reached a 2 year power sharing deal with Mitch McConnell.

–Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot thinks Donald Trump is to blame for the Chicago public schools issue.

–A writer for the New York Times did a survey of experts, one of whom said it’s time for the Biden administration to set up a truth commission on misinformation.

–Months after receiving nearly a million dollars to study intellectual humility toward political opponents, a professor expressed glee at the deaths of his political opponents.

–A federal judge in Washington slapped the hand of a former FBI lawyer who altered a key piece of evidence that enabled the Obama administration to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign to advance its now debunked Russian collusion claim.

–President Biden canceled a Monday trip to the State Department.  This was to be his first major foreign policy address.  It was rescheduled due to inclement weather citing 2 inches of snow that fell in D.C.

–President Biden has proclaimed a commitment to embed equity ideology throughout the government.

News Roundup & Comment — VCY America

From Jesus to Us: A Look at P.O.W.E.R. — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

The New Testament does not reveal Jesus as any ordinary prophet or religious teacher. Rather, it reveals Him as God incarnate (John 1:1; 8:58-59;10:29-31;14:8-9;20-28; Phil. 2:5-7; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:8; 2 Pet. 1:1). Anyone who reads through the Gospels will see that Jesus made some very challenging statements that force us as humans to face our own autonomy before our Creator. Sometimes we may to be aware of the details behind the sources of what we can know about Jesus. We have to acknowledge that  Jesus said and did things that are part of his messianic ministry.

These things are found in an acronym called P.O.W.E.R.

P: Paul’s Letters

The New Testament includes Paul’s Letters: Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians. 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus.  Remember, written and oral sources are divided into two kinds: primary and secondary.  A primary source is the testimony of an eyewitness.  A secondary source is the testimony source is the testimony of anyone who is not an eyewitness-that is, of one who was not present at the events of which he tells.  A primary source must thus have been produced by a contemporary of the events it narrates. Since Paul was a contemporary of Jesus, he can be considered as a primary source. He also claimed to have a personal encounter with Jesus (Acts 9:5-9).

You may ask, “Why does matter?” In response, it matters because we actually have people who think since Paul never knew the historical Jesus  that this means we can’t trust his letters. So simply pointing out the role of primary and secondary sources can answer this objection. Not to mention, I always respond by asking if we should just throw away all the books on our shelves that are written by people who never officially met the person they are writing about. So this objection is just plain silly!

What else can we know about Paul?

Paul was a very competent rabbi who was trained at the rabbinic academy called House of Hillel. The House of Hillel  was  a school of Jewish law and thought that was very well known in first century  Jerusalem. Hillel was  known as the Academy of Hillel, founded by a Jewish sage called Hillel the Elder. We also know Paul studied under the famous teacher Gamaliel (Acts 22: 3). Paul also employs oral tradition terminology such as “delivering,” “receiving,” “passing on” “learning,” “guarding,” the traditional teaching within his letters.  Since  Jesus was crucified about 33 A.D., Paul became a follower of Jesus around 35 A.D. Paul’s letters are dated between AD 40 and 60. Hence, these are the earliest records we have for the life of Jesus.  For example, 1 Cor 15: 3-8 is one of the earliest records of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Therefore, to jump to the Gospels as the earliest records for the life of Jesus is a tactical mistake. To see more on Paul’s childhood and education, see here:

But since we know Paul’s Letters were written to instruct local congregations, do they really reveal any significant information about the life of Jesus? The answer is yes. For example, we see Paul talks about:

1. Jesus’ Jewish ancestry (Gal 3:16) 2. Jesus’ Davidic descent (Rom 1:3) 3. Jesus being born of a woman (Gal 4:4) 4. Jesus’ life under the Jewish law (Gal 4:4) 5. Jesus’ Brothers (1 Cor 9:5) 6. Jesus’ 12 Disciples (1 Cor 15: 7) 7. One of whom was named James (1 Cor 15: 7) 8. That some had wives (1 Cor 9: 5) 9. Paul knew Peter and James (Gal 1:18-2:16) 10. Jesus’ poverty ( 2 Cor 8:9) 11. Jesus’ humility ( Phil. 1:5-7) 12. Jesus Meekness and Gentleness (2 Cor. 10:1) 13. Abuse by Others (Rom 15:3) 14. Jesus’ teachings on divorce and remarriage (1 Cor. 7:10-11) 15. On paying wages of ministers (1 Cor 9:14) 16. On paying taxes ( Rom 13: 6-7) 17. On the duty to love one’s neighbors (Rom 13: 9) 18. On Jewish ceremonial uncleanliness ( Rom 14: 14) 19. Jesus’ titles to deity ( Rom 1: 3-4; 10:9) 20. On vigilance in view of Jesus’ second coming ( 1 Thess: 4: 15) 21. On the Lord’s Supper ( 1 Cor. 11: 23-25) 22. Jesus’ Sinless Life ( 2 Cor. 5:21) 23. Jesus’ death on a cross ( Rom 4:24; 5:8; Gal. 3:13; 1 Cor 15: 3) 24. Specifically by crucifixion ( Rom 6: 6; Gal 2:20) 25. By Jewish instigation ( 1Thess. 2:14-15) 26. Jesus’ burial (1 Cor. 15: 4) 27. Jesus’ resurrection on the “third day” (1 Cor.15:4) 28. Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances to the apostles ( 1 Cor.15:5-8) 29. And to other eyewitnesses (1 Cor 15:6); and 30. Jesus’ position at God’s right hand ( Rom 8:34)

For more reading on Paul, see:

Paul and the Historical Jesus

Evidence We Want and Evidence We Should Expect: A Look at Paul’s Letters

What Can Paul Tell Us About Jesus?

Was the New Testament Forged – Dr. Bart Ehrman vs. Dr. Darrell Bock

Darrell Bock responds to Bart Ehrman’s book “Forged

How Did Paul Receive the Gospel? Clearing Up A Supposed Contradiction Between Galatians 1:11-12, and 1 Corinthians 15:3-5

A Look at James Tabor on Christianity Before Paul

Why the Resurrection of Jesus is the Best Explanation For What Happened To Paul

The Earliest Record for The Death and Resurrection of Jesus: 1 Corinthians 15: 3-7

A Look at Richard Carrier’s Critique of Bart Ehrman: Part Three

Did Paul Invent Christianity?

Did Paul Invent Christianity? Is the Founder of the Christian Religion Paul of Tarsus or Jesus of Nazareth?

Ben Witherington’s Review of Bart Ehrman’s Forged

Mike Licona’s Review of Bart Ehrman’s “Forged”

O: Oral Tradition/Oral History:

We need to remember what we call “oral tradition.” In other words, there was an oral history before a written tradition. It  has been argued that some of the followers of Jesus probably took notes.

Remember, home, the synagogue, and the elementary school was where Jewish people learned how to memorize and recall information such as community prayers.  Jesus taught in poetic form, employing alliteration, paronomasia, assonance, parallelism, and rhyme. Since over 90 percent of Jesus’ teaching was poetic, this would make it simple to memorize.  Jesus was a called a “Rabbi” (Matt. 8:19; 9:11; 12:38; Mk. 4:38; 5:35; 9:17; 10:17, 20; 12:14, 19, 32; Lk. 19:39; Jn. 1:38; 3:2), which means “master” or “teacher.” There are several terms that can be seen that as part of the rabbinic terminology of that day. His disciples had “come” to him, “followed after” him, “learned from” him, “taken his yoke upon” them” (Mt. 11:28-30; Mk. 1) (see Paul Barnett, Jesus and The Logic of History, pg, 138).

Therefore, it appears that the Gospel was first spread in the form of  short, memorizable oral creeds and hymns ( Luke 24:34; Acts 2:22-24, 30-32; 3:13-15; 4:10-12; 5:29-32; 10:39-41; 13:37-39; Rom. 1:3-4; 4:25; 10:9; 1 Cor. 11:23ff.;15:3-8; Phil. 26-11; 1 Tim.2:6; 3:16; 6:13; 2 Tim. 2:8;1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 4:2). Also, there was a means of controlling the tradition because the early community had a center which was located in Jerusalem where it consisted of leaders ( the apostles).  We see that the first church council was held at Jerusalem (Act 15:23-29).

To see more on this, see:

Jesus, the Gospels, and the Telephone Game Objection

Jewish Scripture and the Literacy of Jesus by Craig Evans

With no scripture in place, what controlled doctrine in the 1st century? By Darrell Bock

The Issue of Oral Tradition: Dr. Darrell Bock

How Reliable were the Oral traditions about Jesus? – Dr. Craig Keener

Mark Roberts on Oral Tradition/Telephone Game Objections

A Look at Oral Tradition/The Orality Phase of the Jesus Story

James M. Arlandson: Historical Reliability of the Gospels

W: Written Sources other than Paul’s Letters:

These other written sources include the Four Gospels, Acts, 1 and 2 Peter, 1 , 2,3  John, Philemon,  Hebrews, Jude, Revelation, etc. To read more about these sources, see here:

External Evidences for the Truth of the Gospels by Dr. Timothy McGrew

Common Mistakes Critics Make When Approaching the Gospels

An Evangelical and Critical Approach to the Gospels: Michael Bird

Craig Keener on the historical reliability of the Book of Acts

Was Jesus Born In Bethlehem? Dr. Tim McGrew

Who Decided Which Books Belong In My Bible?

F. David Farnell, “The Synoptic Gospels in the Ancient Church: A Testimony to the Priority of Matthew’s Gospel,” The Master’s Seminary Journal 10.1 (Spring 1999)

Recent Perspectives on the Reliability of the Gospels: Gary Habermas

Dr. Tim McGrew Lectures on Alleged Historical Errors in the Gospels of Luke & John

Who wrote the Gospels? Dr. Timothy McGrew

Did Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John actually author the gospel accounts? Darrell Bock

Peter Williams Lecturing on The Reliability of the Gospels

3 Things The Gospel Authors Would Have Never Invented About Jesus

Archeology and the Historical Reliability of the New Testament: Peter S. Williams

Anthony R. Cross, “Historical Methodology and New Testament Study,” Themelios 22:3 (April 1997): 28-51.

James M. Arlandson: Historical Reliability of the Gospels

Click on the link above and here are all the articles by Arlandson

Note: James M. Arlandson teaches World Religions, Humanities, Introduction to Philosophy, and Introduction to Ethics at various colleges. He has written many articles and one book, Women, Class, and Society in Early Christianity (Hendrickson, 1997). His Ph.D. is in Comparative Literature (ancient Greek literature, religious studies, and critical theory). In the above link, he covers the following:
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels
Archaeology and the Synoptic Gospels: Which way do the rocks roll?
Archaeology and John’s Gospel: Is skepticism chic passé?
Did Jesus Even Exist?
Authoritative Testimony in Matthew’s Gospel
Reliable Gospel Transmissions
What is the Q ‘Gospel’? The Gospel According to ‘St Q’?
Did Some Disciples Take Notes During Jesus’ Ministry?
Authoritative Testimony in Matthew’s Gospel
Eyewitness Testimony in Mark’s Gospel
Eyewitness Testimony in John’s Gospel
Are There Contradictions in the Gospels?
Similarities among John’s Gospel and the Synoptic Gospels
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels: Summary and Conclusion

Why the Lost Gospels Did Not Make the Canonical Cut by Michael Bird

Craig Blomberg: Jesus of Nazareth: How Historians Can Know Him And Why It Matters

New Testament Canon: Craig Blomberg

84 Confirmed Facts in the Last 16 Chapters of the Book of Acts

59 Confirmed or Historically Probable Facts in the Gospel of John

The Historical Reliability of John by Craig Blomberg

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg

The Historical Reliability of Acts: Support from Extra-Biblical Primary Sources

Sources Outside the New Testament: “There are no contemporaries who wrote about Jesus”: The Abuse of Arguments from Silence (thanks to Cadre for some of these)

Did Josephus Refer to Jesus, A Thorough Review of the Testimonium Flavianum (Highly Recommended) CADRE member Christopher Price demonstrates the partial-authenticity of Josephus’ first reference to Jesus and discusses what we can know about the historical Jesus from Josephus. A revised and extended version of this article is avaible in the book, Shattering the Christ Myth, discussed below.

When an Argument from Silence Becomes Utterly Meaningless by Craig Blomberg

Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible

Testimonium Flavianum: Josephus’ Reference to Jesus: Early Christian Writings

Josephus’ Writing and Their Relation to the New Testament Dr. Greg Herrick reviews the value of Josephus’ writings for the study of Jesus and the New Testament.

Early Historical Documents on Jesus Christ The New Advent Encyclopedia chronicles the early references to the historical Jesus, including Pagan, Jewish, and Christian sources.

Extrabiblical References to Jesus before 200 a.d. The Chrisitan Thinktank’s Glen Miller discusses the second-century pagan historian Thallus’ reference to an eclipse that contemporary Christian writer Africanus believed was a reference to the darkness that descended during Jesus’ crucifixion.

Josephus and Jesus: By Paul L. Maier, The Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History, Western Michigan University

E: Early Preservation of Manuscripts:

In this case, we are discussing the fact that people made copies of the completed Gospels and distributed them throughout the world. The greater the quantity of copies of an ancient manuscript we possess, the greater the potential database of our textual comparisons and reconstructions.  E.J.Epp has noted that the “riches in NT manuscripts, however are not only in their quantity but also their quality-that is, the abundance of relativity early texts. Of the more than eighty New Testament papyri, over twenty containing portions of one of more of the Gospels can be dated to the third and fourth centuries. By contrast, the earliest copy of the Homer’s Iliad we possess dates approximately nine hundred years after or more after the original. (see Boyd/Eddy, The Jesus Legend, pgs 382-384). Also, Bruce Metzger, the foremost biblical critic in history  concluded in his overview of modern biblical criticism that of the 22,000 lines in the New Testament only 40 are contested (about 400 words), the rest just given (over 99.5% transmission accuracy) and none affect any significant doctrine. (1)

Of course, it must be noted that we are not arguing that just because we have an abundance of manuscripts that this means they have recorded an accurate event.  For example, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, claimed to have received personal revelation from God on the basis of two visions, (the first allegedly given to him in 1820, the second one in 1823).  Therefore, if we have 50,000 early manuscripts  recording this event, this by no means makes Mormonism true. This is why other tests for historicity must be taken into account to establish the authenticity of the event.

To see more on this topic:

Norman Geisler: A Note on the Percent of the Accuracy of the New Testament Text

Inerrancy and the Text of the New Testament: Assessing the Logic of the Agnostic View by Daniel Wallace

Dr. Daniel Wallace: Earliest Manuscript of the New Testament Discovered

Can We Construct The Entire New Testament From the Writings of the Church Fathers?

An Interview with Daniel B. Wallace on the New Testament Manuscripts

A Response to Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus: Dr. Thomas Howe

Wallace, Daniel B: The Gospel According to Bart: A Review of Bart D. Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

R: Reception

We read about what Jesus said and did in our English Bibles. In this case, an objector might say “But the Bible was not originally written in English.” This is true. So my advice is that if you don’t think we can trust those that do textual criticism and translate the languages for us, go and  learn Hebrew and Greek so you can translate yourself!

Note: The P.O.W. part was adapted from Mike Licona and Gary Habermas’ The Case For The Resurrection of Jesus. I went ahead and expanded on it and added the rest of the acronym.

1. Geisler, Norman L., Nix, William E., A General Introduction to the Bible (Chicago: Moody Press, 1986), 388.

From Jesus to Us: A Look at P.O.W.E.R. — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

Backslidden vs. False Convert — Wretched

Episode #2807

How do you determine the difference between someone who has backslidden and someone who’s a false convert? What’s the difference between medical and spiritual depression? Are 12-Step programs for alcoholics beneficial or should I just use the Bible? Todd answers these questions and more in today’s mailbag episode.

Backslidden vs. False Convert — Wretched

February 5 Evening Quotes of The Day

The Foolishness of Fearing Death
John 14:2; Revelation 21:4

Oh! if we did but truly believe that the promise of this glory is the word of God, and that God does truly mean as he speaks, and is fully resolved to make it good; if we did truly believe that there is, indeed, such blessedness prepared for believers as the Scripture mentions, surely we should be as impatient of living as we are now fearful of dying, and should think every day a year till our last day should come.… If a man that is desperately sick today did believe he should arise sound the next morning; or a man today, in despicable poverty, had assurance that he should tomorrow arise a prince; would they be afraid to go to bed, or rather think it the longest day of their lives, till that desired night and morning came?

RICHARD BAXTER

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

Prayer Becomes Easier Over Time
Psalm 42:8; 69:16

In order to form a habit of conversing with God continually, and referring all we do to Him, we must at first apply to Him with some diligence; but that after a little care we should find His love inwardly excite us to it without any difficulty.

BROTHER LAWRENCE

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

February 5 Evening Verse of the Day

5:36 Jesus’s words to Jairus (only believe) are a present tense imperative, “Keep believing.”[1]


5:36 Do not be afraid—only believe This parallels the story of the woman whom Jesus just healed (vv. 33–34).[2]


5:36 Do not fear, only believe. Again, Jesus defines faith as the antidote to fear (cf. 2:5; 4:40; 5:34). In the face of death, this is a supreme challenge for Jairus.[3]


5:36 only believe. The verb is a command for present, continuous action urging Jairus to maintain the faith he had initially demonstrated in coming to Jesus. Christ knew there was no other proper response to Jairus’ helpless situation, and He was confident of faith’s outcome (cf. Lk 8:50).[4]


5:36 — As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Jesus did not comfort the man upon hearing the news of his daughter’s death; he challenged him to faith instead. Regardless of our circumstances, God always urges us on to faith and away from fear.[5]


5:36. Jesus, however, quickly encourages Jairus, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” Jairus witnessed the faith and fear of the woman and even though death is a much greater need, he has reason to believe.[6]


5:36

NASB

 

“overhearing what was being spoken”

 

NKJV

 

“as soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken”

 

NRSV, NJB

 

“overhearing what they said”

 

TEV

 

“Jesus paid no attention to what they said”

 

NIV

 

“ignoring what they said”

 

The Greek root means “to hear carelessly.” It can be understood as “ignore” or “overhear.” This term is so ambiguous that very early the scribes changed it to the term “hear” (cf. MSS אa, A, C, D, and K), which is found in the Lukan parallel, 8:50.

“ ‘Do not be afraid any longer’ ” This is a PRESENT IMPERATIVE with a NEGATIVE PARTICLE which usually means stop an act in process. The opposite of fear is faith!

“ ‘only believe’ ” This is another PRESENT ACTIVE IMPERATIVE. Such a simple, but crucial, statement (cf. Acts 16:31).[7]


36. Ignoring what was being spoken, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, Fear not, only believe. Though Jesus hears the words of the messengers (Luke 8:50), he pays no attention to them. With majestic calmness he refuses completely to lend an ear to the heralds of doom, the messengers of despair. He wants Jairus to do the same.

Jairus is afraid. Now it is not easy to drive out fear. There is only one way to do it, namely, by firmly believing in the presence, promises, pity, and power of God in Christ. It takes the positive to drive out the negative (Rom. 12:21).

Throughout the history of redemption it has ever been thus. When it seemed that all was lost, believers placed their trust in God and were delivered (Ps. 22:4; Isa. 26:3, 4; 43:2). This was true with respect to Abraham (Gen. 22:2; James 2:22), Moses (Exod. 14:10 f.; 32:10, 30–32), David (1 Sam. 17:44–47; Ps. 27), and Jehoshaphat (2 Chron. 20:1, 2, 12), to mention but a few. When the need was highest help was nighest.

This was true also in the case of Jairus. The word of encouragement was not in vain. He took it to heart (Matt. 9:18) and was heard.

  1. a word of revelation[8]

Ver. 36. Be not afraid, only believe.

Only believe:—The circumstances in which our Lord uttered these simple but memorable words … Did He say this for the sake of Jairus alone? Nay, surely not! I take these precious words of our Lord, and now especially apply them to one who is seeking forgiveness, but who feels as if he need scarcely hope, as if he could never be a child of God, &c. If you have some such feelings, it is just to you I say, “Be not afraid, only believe!” 1. There are some, many, alas! and the Bible scarcely contains a word which I should not sooner think of addressing to them than, “Be not afraid!” O that I could make them be afraid! Who are they? Persons who are not, and perhaps never were troubled with fear about their souls. God is too merciful to cast them out, or they are not wicked enough to be lost, or they are sure to be converted before they die, or they can make up for past defects by good living for the future. 2. But to thee who like Jairus art troubled in heart and seeking help from Christ, and over whose hopes dark feelings pass, as if it was all in vain, all too late—to thee I say, “Be not afraid!” While a man remains indifferent as to his soul, the great deceiver seeks to persuade him that nothing is so easy as salvation; but the moment conscience becomes awake, and the man begins in earnest to ask, What must I do to be saved? the deceiver changes his voice. Now, nothing is so difficult, so impossible, as salvation. Before, it was too soon; now, it is too late. “Be not afraid, only believe!” (1) Be not afraid that the day of grace is past. Why are you thinking upon your soul? Because God is still calling you, &c. While you have one desire in your heart to say, “Lord Jesus, if Thou wilt have mercy on such as I, here I lay me at Thy feet, O save me!” your day of grace is not, cannot be, past. (2) Be not afraid that your sins are too many. I do not believe you have any idea how many they really are. But you must not think that they are greater than the mercies of God. 3. When He said to Jairus, “Only believe,” what idea did it convey? Simply, trust to Me. You are not walking with Him side by side; you cannot look into His countenance or hear the unearthly power of His words. But He is as close to you as He was to Jairus. When He said “Only believe,” the hopeless father had no alternative but either to feel He is not trusted, or to feel He will save her after all. Had he looked down to the ground, probably he would have felt the first. If he looked full into the face of Jesus, he would feel, He cannot lie: it seems impossible, but I must trust Thee. So with you. (1) Believe that He is able to save thee. Make out as bad a case against yourself as ever you can. In full knowledge of this, fix your helpless soul upon His atonement, upon His intercession. (2) Believe that He is willing to save you. The Lord has sealed His willingness with these words, “Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out.” (3) Believe that He is ready to save you. “But I am not prepared”: He is. (4) Believe that He will save you. This you must do. The woman came saying, “If I may but touch the hem of His garment, I shall be made whole.” It was this faith that saved her. (William Arthur, M.A.)

Be not afraid, only believe:—This exhortation has two sides—the negative and the positive.

  1. In its negative aspect. (1) it does not apply to the reckless and the ungodly, for there is never a period of their lives in which they ought not to fear. They have to fear—life and death, present, past, and future, earth and heaven, time and eternity. The very breath they breathe may be charged with its mission of judicial punishment; (2) but to those who are striving to live in accordance with the requirements of the Divine will. When the soul has found her foundation to be the Rock of Ages, and her rest in God; when the earnest of the Divine Spirit is received and felt as a quickening power, then there is no need for alarm.
  2. In its positive aspect (1) it indicates a means by which we may obtain release from causes which justify fear. Christ is the central object of trust. He is able to save, and He is willing. Here is a strong and lasting foundation; (2) it is just the message needed by those who are turning away from the spirit of the world, who feel it cannot meet their wants when the heart stoops with grief, and when its fondest ties are being broken. It may be, that when they turn to God, great difficulties present themselves. Old habits are strong, the tendencies of the passions are earthward, and religion seems gloomy and unattractive. Besides, a deep sense of guilt and shame oppress the soul. Thus the trial of faith is severe. Still the remedy is simple. Trust wholly in God, and submit yourself to Him. “Only believe” is to acknowledge God’s power and one’s own helplessness. It is a thing of instinct and of reason. (W. D. Horwood.)

Only believe:

  1. Faith. It is faith that sends him on this errand; faith in Jesus as a healer, for at first his faith only reached thus far. But Jesus leads him on; and ends with realizing in Him the raiser of the dead. Faith often begins with little and ends in much; it begins with a trickling streamlet, and ends with a full broad river.
  2. Faith giving way. Does not faith often fail thus? We can go to Him for a little thing; not for a great. Instead of feeling that the worse the case the greater the glory to His power and love, we stop short, and cease to expect anything from Him.

III. Faith strengthened. “Fear not,” &c.

  1. Faith victorious. The victory is resurrection.
  2. Unbelief rebuked. Excluded from the glorious spectacle. (H. Bonar, D.D.)

Only believe:

  1. Concerning this fear. 1. Fearfulness is common in applicants to the Saviour, and it springs from such sources as the following: (1) Ignorance of the power and resources of the Saviour. We may believe that He can heal disease, but doubt that He can raise the dead. (2) From morbid imagination of danger and of mischief. These we exaggerate. (3) Hardness of heart towards Christ’s chief display of love, especially that manifestation of His mercy which He has given by dying for us. (4) Then there is the memory and the consciousness of sin. 2. There can be nothing in the circumstances of an applicant to Jesus Christ to justify fear. Jesus does not reject you for sin, weakness, sadness—nothing is difficult to Him. He will do all at the right time. 3. Fearfulness when cherished is positively displeasing to the Saviour. It is groundless, dishonouring, injurious to ourselves.
  2. Concerning trust. 1. Trust in Jesus is His due. 2. It is not always easy. 3. Are you all applicants to Jesus Christ? “Be not afraid.” Trust for the knowledge which is essential to life and salvation. (S. Martin.)

The charge of Christ under affliction:—1. When difficulties are numerous and complicated. 2. When temptations are powerful and malignant. 3. When sickness occurs and is continued. 4. When bereaving providences are experienced. 5. What is the character and influence of our faith under these painful circumstances? (T. Wallace.)

Faith:—Much is said in the Word of God of the principle of faith. The place that it occupies in the scheme of redemption is a very important one. It is essential to salvation. Without it we must remain destitute of all its blessings. This will be evident if we apply it—

  1. To the general doctrine of salvation. To every inquirer for salvation we say, “Only believe.” Not that faith is the originating cause of salvation, for that were to deny the free grace of God; nor that faith is the procuring cause of salvation, for that were to set aside the efficacy of Christ’s atonement; nor that faith is the efficient cause of salvation, for that were to set aside the agency of the Holy Spirit: but we say that faith is the instrumental cause of salvation, that without the exercise of which no individual can experience salvation. This is the doctrine of the gospel (Acts 16:31; 13:39; Eph. 2:8; Romans 3:20–28; 5:1). 1. This method of salvation conveys most glory to God. 2. This method of salvation alone produces real obedience. 3. This method is in accordance with the other parts of redemption. Let us apply the principle before us—
  2. To the case of the true penitent.

III. To Christian believers.

  1. To the trials and sufferings of the Christian life. It is applicable—1. To seasons of temptation. 2. To seasons of afflictive providences. (W. M. Bunting.)

Believing:

  1. The persons to whom the text is applicable. The case of Jairus. There was an evil he wanted to remove. A danger he wanted to prevent. A blessing he wanted to procure. 1. The first qualification of souls coming to Jesus is a sense of want, some evil to be removed, &c. 2. This sense of want brings us out of ourselves—out of dependence on mere external means. 3. The expression of our wants in earnest supplication. 4. Jairus came to Christ in faith.
  2. The nature of the delightful duty and privilege. 1. Fear is a painful feeling, arising from the apprehension of some evil. A man at the feet of Jesus need not indulge in tormenting fear, for there is no evil he is in danger of but he may be saved from—no blessing he needs but he may secure. “Fear not,” &c. 2. What is this believing—what is faith? Sometimes it is called looking, receiving, &c.

III. The right you have to all the encouragement in the text. 1. If you have the sense of need, and if you are at the feet of Jesus, then you have an absolute, personal, Scriptural right to appropriate the salvation of God as your own. You are just where a sinner ought to be, &c. 2. You have a right because you comply with the invitation. 3. You are at the central point of all the promises. All “yea and amen” in Him. 4. Will you still indulge in tormenting fear? “Yes,” says one, “You don’t know what reason I have to fear,” &c. Enumerate the various sources of fear, and show that no sinner need fear who is truly penitent and at the feet of Jesus. (W. Dawson.)

Only believe:—Mr. Moody was one night preaching in Philadelphia; near the pulpit sat a young lady, who listened with eager attention, drinking in every word. After he had done talking, he went to her. “Are you a Christian?” “No,” she replied, “I wish I was; I’ve been seeking Jesus for three years.” Mr. Moody replied, “There must be some mistake.” “Don’t you believe me?” said the distressed girl. “Well, no doubt you think you have been seeking Jesus; but, believe me, it don’t take three years for a seeking soul to meet a seeking Saviour.” “What am I to do, then?” “You have been trying to do long enough; you must just believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.” “Oh!” said the young lady, “I am so tired of that word: ‘Believe,’ ‘believe,’ ‘believe!’ I don’t know what it means.” “Then we’ll change the word, and say, ‘trust.’ ” “If I say, ‘I’ll trust Him,’ will He save me?” “I don’t say that, for you may say ten thousand things; but if you do trust Him, He certainly will.” “Well,” said she, “I do trust him; but I don’t feel any better!” “Ah!” said Mr. Moody, “I see; you’ve been looking for feelings for three years, instead of looking to Jesus.” If the translators of the Bible had everywhere inserted “feelings” instead of “faith,” what a run there would be upon the book. But God does not say a word about feelings from Genesis to Revelation. With men “seeing is believing” but with the believer “believing is seeing.” An orphan child was once asked by her little friend, “What do you do without a mother to tell your troubles to?” “Mother told me to go to Jesus; He was mother’s Friend, and He’s my Friend too,” was the simple reply. “But He is a long way off; He won’t stop to mind you.” Her face brightened, as she said: “I don’t know about that, but I know He says He will, and that’s enough for me.” And should not that be enough for you and me? (Anon.)[9]


36. And so to Jairus as well as to the disciples comes the command to abstain from fear and, instead, to only believe. The one condition of God’s working is that we trust him: this is not an arbitrary demand, but a demand necessarily springing from the very nature of the relation between Godhead and humanity. We are called to trusting, dependent love and obedience, for this is the biblical meaning of faith, not merely intellectual assent. Such faith is the only fitting expression of our helplessness, and the only fitting acknowledgment of God’s power; and so it is an essential to salvation, though it is only the means of God’s working, and not the source. This is what distinguishes the miracles of Jesus from so-called ‘faith healings’ brought about by mechanical psychological means alone: this is also what distinguishes them from mere magic, with no moral or religious content.[10]


Mark 5:36. Fear not, only believe. The message about her death had induced despair: for he had asked nothing from Christ but relief to the diseased young woman. Christ therefore bids him take care lest, by fear or distrust, he shut out that grace, to which death will be no hinderance. By this expression, only believe, he means that he will not want power, provided Jairus will allow him; and, at the same time, exhorts him to enlarge his heart with confidence, because there is no room to fear that his faith will be more extensive than the boundless power of God. And truly this is the case with us all: for God would be much more liberal in his communications to us, if we were not so close; but our own scanty desires hinder him from pouring out his gifts upon us in greater abundance. In general, we are taught by this passage, that we cannot go beyond bounds in believing: because our faith, however large, will never embrace the hundredth part of the divine goodness.[11]


5:36 Don’t be afraid; just believe. Jairus is utterly devastated by the terrible news that while he was beseeching Jesus for help, his daughter had died. Everyone assumes that it is too late and so naturally concludes that there is no use to “bother the teacher anymore.” They need mourners now; it is too late for healers. Jesus is a great “teacher” but has power over illness only as long as there is life. Jairus had shown a modicum of faith when he had thrown himself at Jesus’s feet earlier. Now he needs more faith—the woman’s faith commended by Jesus in 5:34. He must “believe” like she did. As in 4:40, fear is the antithesis of faith, an earth-centered rather than God-centered reaction to life’s tragedies. As David Garland says, Jairus must realize “that faith is something that trusts in the midst of hopelessness.”[12]


36 Jesus overheard what the messengers said but ignored it. In an effort to encourage Jairus, he said, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Jesus’ word of assurance must have been just what Jairus needed. He in no way tried to dissuade Jesus from resuming his journey to the child’s bedside.[13]


[1] McLaren, R. H. (2017). Mark. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1568). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Mk 5:36). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1903). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Mk 5:36). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Mk 5:36). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[6] Mershon, B., Jr. (2010). The Gospel according to Mark. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 162). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[7] Utley, R. J. D. (2000). The Gospel according to Peter: Mark and I & II Peter (Vol. Volume 2, p. 66). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[8] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Mark (Vol. 10, pp. 211–212). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[9] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: St. Mark (pp. 221–223). London: James Nisbet & Co.

[10] Cole, R. A. (1989). Mark: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 2, pp. 166–167). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[11] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, p. 414). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[12] Osborne, G. R. (2014). Mark. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 88). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[13] Wessel, W. W., & Strauss, M. L. (2010). Mark. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, p. 775). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

February 5 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Disputing about the True Church
John 17:20–23; Romans 14:1–23

For one sect to say, “Ours is the true church,” and another to say, “No, but ours is the true church,” is as mad as to dispute whether your hall, or kitchen, or parlour, or coal-house is your house; and for one to say, “This is the house,” and another, “No, but it is that”: when a child can tell them, that the best is but a part, and the house contains them all.

RICHARD BAXTER

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

Saints Are Like Eagles
John 1:9; 3:19–21; 12:46; Acts 26:18; 1 John 1:7; 2:9–10

In the eagle the subtle intelligence of saints and their sublime contemplation is set forth; for they turn towards the aspect of the true Sun, to the light of wisdom.… For all iniquity is made manifest by the light. Whence, if they see that any work of theirs cannot rightly look at the sun, and is confounded by its rays and weeps, they immediately slay it.

ANTHONY OF PADUA

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

Does God Love Us Just the Way We Are? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

It is dangerous to tell a nonbeliever, “God loves you unconditionally.” From one of our live events, R.C. Sproul and John MacArthur express how the gospel provides us with a far greater message to proclaim. Get answers to your biblical and theological questions online as they arise at ask.Ligonier.org.

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Does God Love Us Just the Way We Are? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

February 5 Afternoon Verse of the Day

8:11 The fact that Jesus did not condemn her to be stoned is not a sign of laxity. Since He forgave her, He attests that she is a sinner, but He also affirms that she stands forgiven. Only the sinless One can forgive because He is the Lamb who bore away the totality of the world’s sin (cf. 1:29).[1]


8:11 condemn. This is a legal term referring to the sentence of a court. Jesus indicates that no such lawful procedures have been followed and therefore there is no basis for the capital punishment proposed. Jesus admonished the woman not to go on sinning.[2]


8:11 sin no more. Actually, “Leave your life of sin” (cf. 3:17; 12:47; Mt 9:1–8; Mk 2:13–17).[3]


8:11 — And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Jesus is gracious and merciful, but He never ceases to be holy. He calls us to a life of holiness and obedience to His Father, and He gives us the spiritual resources we need to walk in righteousness.[4]


8:11 Sin no more implies that Jesus forgave her. He did not condemn her, but neither did He condone her sin. Some think the Lord will forgive them after they have done the best they can. Jesus forgave this woman after she did the worst she could. Jesus loves us just the way we are (Rom. 5:8), but He loves us too much to leave us that way.[5]


8:11. Jesus extends grace to her: “Neither do I condemn you.” He does not condemn her to death, though she deserves it.

John does not say whether she obtained eternal life at this time. This experience could well have led her to believe in Jesus for eternal life and to follow Him as well.

Jesus gave a command with His gracious forgiveness: “Go and sin no more.” Grace does not promote licentiousness. The experience of God’s grace should produce gratitude and loving service to Him. At the very least one who has experienced grace must take care lest something worse happen (cf. John 5:14).[6]


8:11 The word Lord here probably means “Sir.” When the woman said, “No one, Sir,” the Lord uttered those wonderful words, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” The Lord did not claim to have civil authority in such a matter. This power was vested in the Roman government, and He left it there. He neither condemned nor pardoned her. That was not His function at this time. But He did issue a warning to her that she should refrain from sinning.

In the first chapter of John, we learned that “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Here was an example of that. In the words “neither do I condemn you,” we have an example of grace; the words “go, and sin no more” are words of truth. The Lord did not say, “Go, and sin as little as possible.” Jesus Christ is God, and His standard is absolute perfection. He cannot approve of sin in any degree. And so He sets before her the perfect standard of God Himself.[7]


11. She said, No one, Lord. Jesus in a tone of gentle reassurance and earnest admonition said to her: Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on sin no more. In thorough conformity with 3:17 and Luke 12:14 Jesus did not cast this woman aside or condemn her as unfit for the kingdom. For adulterers and adulteresses there is, indeed, a place in that kingdom, if they discontinue to live in adultery (Luke 7:47).[8]


11. Neither do I condemn thee. We are not told that Christ absolutely acquitted the woman, but that he allowed her to go at liberty. Nor is this wonderful, for he did not wish to undertake any thing that did not belong to his office. He had been sent by the Father to gather the lost sheep, (Matth. 10:6;) and, therefore, mindful of his calling, he exhorts the woman to repentance, and comforts her by a promise of grace. They who infer from this that adultery ought not to be punished with death, must, for the same reason, admit that inheritances ought not to be divided, because Christ refused to arbitrate in that matter between two brothers, (Luke 12:13.) Indeed, there will be no crime whatever that shall not be exempted from the penalties of the law, if adultery be not punished; for then the door will be thrown open for any kind of treachery, and for poisoning, and murder, and robbery. Besides, the adulteress, when she bears an unlawful child, not only robs the name of the family, but violently takes away the right of inheritance from the lawful offspring, and conveys it to strangers. But what is worst of all, the wife not only dishonours the husband to whom she had been united, but prostitutes herself to shameful wickedness, and likewise violates the sacred covenant of God, without which no holiness can continue to exist in the world.

Yet the Popish theology is, that in this passage Christ has brought to us the Law of grace, by which adulterers are freed from punishment. And though they endeavour, by every method, to efface from the minds of men the grace of God, such grace as is every where declared to us by the doctrine of the Gospel, yet in this passage alone they preach aloud the Law of grace. Why is this, but that they may pollute, with unbridled lust, almost every marriage-bed, and may escape unpunished? Truly, this is the fine fruit which we have reaped from the diabolical system of celibacy, that they who are not permitted to marry a lawful wife can commit fornication without restraint. But let us remember that, while Christ forgives the sins of men, he does not overturn political order, or reverse the sentences and punishments appointed by the laws.

Go, and sin no more. Hence we infer what is the design of the grace of Christ. It is, that the sinner, being reconciled to God, may honour the Author of his salvation by a good and holy life. In short, by the same word of God, when forgiveness is offered to us, we are likewise called to repentance. Besides, though this exhortation looks forward to the future, still it humbles sinners by recalling to remembrance their past life.[9]


11 Jesus’ answer brings the incident to a fitting conclusion. He, too, will not condemn her. But that does not mean that he condones her sin; he tells her to sin no more. The form of the command implies a ceasing to continue an action already started: “Stop your sinful habit.” And “no more” (NIV paraphrases with “leave your life of sin”) points to the thought of no return. She is to make a clean break with sin. Jesus does not refer specifically to adultery (though there cannot be any doubt but that is primarily in mind). His words are perfectly general. He is calling the woman to amendment of life, the whole of life. It should not be overlooked that he says nothing about forgiveness. The guilty woman had as yet given no sign of repentance or of faith. What Jesus does is to show mercy and to call her to righteousness.31[10]


11 Jesus is not saying that the woman’s act of adultery is not worthy of condemnation but that he doesn’t intend to press charges. In no way does he condone her sin. Neither does he offer her divine forgiveness for what she has done. He simply tells her to “go, and never sin again” (Montgomery). We would hope that the guilty woman repented of her sin, but the text is silent about that. And of course there is room in the kingdom for every kind of sinner (including the adulteress) who turns from sin and embraces by faith the Lord Jesus.[11]


[1] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Jn 8:11). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1526). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Jn 8:11). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Jn 8:11). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1333). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] Wilkin, R. N. (2010). The Gospel according to John. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 405). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1515). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to John (Vol. 2, p. 39). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[9] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Gospel according to John (Vol. 1, pp. 323–324). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[10] Morris, L. (1995). The Gospel according to John (pp. 785–786). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[11] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 472). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

5 Feb 2021 News Briefing

French President Emmanuel Macron Offers Himself As Broker Of Peace Deal Between The United States And Iran In Stunning Antichrist Foreshadowing
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday welcomed the renewed U.S. willingness to engage with Iran, offered himself as an honest broker and said Saudi Arabia and Israel must ultimately be involved somehow. … a relentless force of self-aggrandizement and self-promotion that is so very much in line with the man who said he desired to rule Europe like the Roman god Jupiter. With each passing day it becomes more and more obvious that, even if Macron is not the biblical man of sin, that he certainly thinks he is, and that is perhaps the most telling thing of all. Macron is everywhere you turn, inserting himself into every situation, and with the backing of Pope Francis and the Vatican, it is virtually a can’t-miss situation.

Senator: Biden has China ‘singing all the way to the bank’
A number of President Joe Biden’s executive actions in his first two weeks in office have the Chinese Communist Party “singing all the way to the bank,” says freshman Sen. Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn.

Trump Won’t Testify AT Impeachment Trial Despite House Dems Request
House Democrats on Thursday asked Donald Trump to testify under oath for his Senate impeachment trial, challenging him to respond to their charge that he incited a violent mob to storm the Capitol. A Trump adviser said the former president won’t testify.

Supreme Court Sides With Germany In Nazi-Era Art Dispute
The Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday in a multimillion-dollar dispute over a collection of religious artworks will make it harder for some lawsuits to be tried in U.S. courts over claims that property was taken from Jews during the Nazi era. The justices sided with Germany in a dispute involving the heirs of Jewish art dealers and the 1935 sale of a collection of medieval Christian artwork called the Guelph Treasure. The collection, called the Welfenschatz in German, is said to now be worth at least $250 million.

‘Nuclear war with China or Russia a very real possibility,’ top US general warns
Adm. Charles Richard, head of US Strategic Command, stressed that while the prospect of nuclear war is “low,” it is not “impossible, particularly in a crisis.” The assessment comes as the US and Russia extended the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty for five years.

Gamzu to ‘Post’: Lockdown isn’t working, let people go back to work
Gamzu said he was “furious” by the government’s inability to see that the closure is not working and that “you have to have balance.” Gamzu said that the lockdown is not achieving its goal and the people of Israel are paying a huge price.

Jerusalem Scientists Successfully Produced Genetically Engineered Synapses – A First Step That Could Lead to Repairing Damaged Brains
… researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) have successfully produced genetically engineered synapses to bypass neural damage – a step that they regard as a first step to what one day could allow scientists to genetically repair damaged brains.

Biden orders major Aircraft Carrier to Retreat from Iran Coast
American aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, among the largest warships in the world boasts a reputation for signaling Washington’s power in the Middle East, has been ordered to return home, US Naval Institute News said citing US officials.

Elections: Polls show Pro-3rd Temple Politicians becoming Lawmakers
Two separate right-wing parties in Israel, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) and the National Union, were each expected to receive roughly two Knesset seats in Israel’s current election according to most polls. The only problem is that the minimum requirement for a party to enter Israel’s Knesset and serve as an acting lawmaker is four seats. But after much deliberation and pressure from Israel’s right-wing camp, the two parties reached an agreement where they would unite together and run on a joint ticket. The result – The new party called ‘Religious Zionism’ is now polling at five seats, more than the required four seat minimum threshold.

US Senate approves amendment to keep embassy in Jerusalem
The United States Senate voted 97-3 late Thursday to support an amendment to the COVID-19 budget resolution that affirmed the country’s intention to keep its embassy in Jerusalem.It was put forward by Republican Senators Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee. Inhofe tweeted that the amendment “would make the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem permanent, effectively preventing it from being downgraded or moved.

Israeli military drones dropping like flies in enemy territory
An Israeli military drone was downed on Tuesday in the southern Gaza Strip, marking the third time in the past three days that Israel lost one of its drones in enemy territory. On Sunday, a military spokesperson reported that an army unit operating near Gaza, the Palestinian coastal enclave controlled by Hamas, lost one of the drones it was flying as part of a mission.

Biden to end support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, aide says
US President Joe Biden delivered his first foreign policy speech on Thursday and vowed to “compete from a position of strength,” and to renew America’s role in international institutions, “and reclaiming our credibility and moral authority.” “That’s why we’ve moved quickly to begin restoring American engagement internationally, to earn back our leadership position, and to catalyze global action on shared challenges,”…

Biden signs orders on migrant family separations and asylum
US President Joe Biden has signed three executive actions seeking to reunite migrant families split up by a Trump-era policy and ordering a review of his predecessor’s wider immigration agenda. In an attempt to deter illegal immigration, President Donald Trump’s administration separated undocumented adults from children as they crossed the US-Mexico border.

U.S. warship sails near Chinese-controlled S.China Sea islands
A U.S. warship sailed near the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea on Friday in a freedom of navigation operation, the U.S. Navy said, the first such mission under President Joe Biden’s new administration. China’s military condemned the move, saying it had dispatched naval and air units to follow and warn away the ship.

Egypt to chair UN peace initiative
Egypt has been elected to chair the 15th session of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) for the first time, succeeding Canada, according to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. The election took place during an official commission meeting at the UN’S headquarters in New York. Egypt’s election to chair the session came after the UN African group chose the country to represent Africa…

Another intense slow slip earthquake event is starting much too early along the Pacific Northwest, prompting fears of the next Cascadia rupture
Did you know that nearly every year a ground shift equivalent to a magnitude 6 earthquake occurs below the city of Seattle? And that these shifts happen so slowly, that no one on the surface can feel them? The hundreds of small earthquake that rattle the Pacific Northwest right now are part of a more larger and still mysterious process called a “Slow-Slip” earthquake event.

Federal Mask Cops To Start Targeting Travelers Today 
Cue the federal mask cops. Americans are now required to wear masks in planes, trains, buses, subways, taxis, car services, boats, and transportation hubs, per a new order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that took effect today. Masks must be of a style approved by the federal government and must fit properly. Failure to comply will result in being prohibited from traveling, booted from the transit in question, and potential criminal penalties.

Denmark to develop digital passport proving vaccinations
Denmark’s government said Wednesday it is joining forces with businesses to develop a digital passport that would show whether people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, allowing them to travel and help ease restrictions on public life.

Oregon becomes first state to decriminalize possession of hard drugs such as heroin, meth, cocaine
Oregon became the first state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs when a ballot measure on the issue took effect Monday..

‘Falling iguanas possible’ in Florida due to chilly temperatures, NWS says
The National Weather Service is warning Floridians to beware of falling iguanas as cold temperatures sweep the southern portion of the state.

Nor’easter appears to have broken this state’s 122-year-old snow record
This week’s winter storm appears to have broken a 122-year-old record for the most snow in a New Jersey community from one storm.

A step in the right direction: Kalamata City Council blocks 5G pilot program because of health risks
One city that is taking an appropriately cautious stance when it comes to 5G is Kalamata, Greece, whose city council made the decision to block further development on the 5G network that was being piloted in the city.

Ice jam pushes St. Clair River to record levels, triggers devastating floods in Michigan, U.S.
Houses and main roads in southeastern St. Clair County, Michigan, were flooded on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, after ice jams pushed the St. Clair River to a record high of 176.3 m (578.5 feet).

‘Black Lives Matter at School’ Teaches Young Children to Be Transgender and Queer ‘Affirming’
Some government schools are celebrating “Black Lives Matter at School Week” using lesson plan “resources” from Black Lives Matter (BLM) that teach children as young as kindergarten age the culture of white, heterosexual people from traditional families led by a father and mother, must be overturned.

French President Emmanuel Macron Offers Himself As Broker Of Peace Deal Between The United States And Iran In Stunning Antichrist Foreshadowing
Emmanuel Macron has more than proven himself to the be the end times equivalent of the Energizer Bunny, a relentless force of self-aggrandizement and self-promotion that is so very much in line with the man who said he desired to rule Europe like the Roman god Jupiter. With each passing day it becomes more and more obvious that, even if Macron is not the biblical man of sin, that he certainly thinks he is, and that is perhaps the most telling thing of all.

How to survive the valley of the shadow of death
Until the illegitimate Biden regime is removed from power, fake President Biden is picking up where Obama left off, pushing hard to initiate war with Russia.

Federal Appeals Court Rules After Atheist Offended by Nativity at Indiana Courthouse 
The legal battle over a Nativity scene in Indiana was settled on Tuesday with a victory for the Christian community after the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the display is constitutional and can be exhibited.

Head Of Strategic Command Warns Nuclear War With Russia, China “A Real Possibility”
Urges that Americans must “shift its principal assumption from ‘nuclear employment is not possible’ to ‘nuclear employment is a very real possibility.’”

Source: 5 Feb 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 2/5/2021

Report: Anti-Israel Activist Heading to Biden State Dept

Repeatedly delayed, Netanyahu’s trip to Gulf states postponed indefinitely

Meretz MK says party would join Sa’ar coalition if it meant ousting Netanyahu

Hamas: We will disrupt the election in Israel if it disrupts the elections in the PA

IDF uses innovative setting to prepare for future Hezbollah war

Prominent Hezbollah critic shot dead, Lebanese security official says

Belgian court sentences Iranian diplomat to 20 years over bomb plot

Iran may reverse fatwa banning nukes if Israel, US act dangerously: ex-official

Iran’s president claims ‘big victory’ in legal efforts to end US sanctions

US to cut off support for Saudi-led operations in Yemen amid humanitarian crisis

Biden to limit offensive U.S. role in Yemen war, move for LGBTQ rights

Ugandan Child Soldier-Turned-Rebel Commander Is Convicted Of War Crimes

U.N. warns Tigray conflict could spark broader destablization in Ethiopia

Greta Thunberg Accidentally Posts Doc with Talking Points on India Protests, Faces Criminal Probe

Erdogan Says Will Not Let Turkish University Protests Swell

Navalny urges Russians from jail to overcome their fear

Desperate Putin Resorts to Jailing Journalists for Retweeting Jokes

Biden says U.S. will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia, calls for Navalny’s immediate release

Pompeo: Biden Administration Ignored China Nuclear Threat When Extending Russia Arms Pact

‘Nuclear war with China or Russia a very real possibility,’ top US general warns

Sen. Bill Hagerty: ‘China Is Singing All the Way to the Bank’ Thanks to Joe Biden’s Policies

US ‘deeply disturbed’ by accusations of systematic rape, abuse of Muslims in China camps: report

U.S. could push Myanmar closer to China if Biden slaps sanctions on Southeast Asian country

Myanmar police file charges against Aung San Suu Kyi after coup

Myanmar coup: Military blocks Facebook for sake of ‘stability’

Military rule in Myanmar might ‘never end’ after coup, religious leader warns

US sends warship through Taiwan Strait for first time under Biden

Hunter Biden’s memoir ‘Beautiful Things’ out in April about his struggles with substance abuse

Mike Huckabee: Ratcliffe “expects” indictments

Michigan Gov. Whitmer calls for pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell to lose her law license over ‘grave attorney misconduct’

Voting technology company Smartmatic files $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell over ‘disinformation campaign’

GOP Candidate Mellissa Carone Says Her Goal Is to Make Sure Dominion Voting Machines Are Removed from all Michigan Voting Stations

More than 100 bills that would restrict voting are moving through state legislatures

Trump resigns from the Screen Actors Guild after expulsion threat: ‘Who cares’

MAGA Patriot Party Plans to Primary Republicans, Siphon Votes If Needed

Schumer, McConnell end standoff to organize 50-50 Senate

House Impeachment Brief Against Trump Threatens Freedom of Speech of All Americans: Dershowitz

Democrats ask Trump to testify under oath in Senate trial

Trump lawyers dismiss invitation to testify at impeachment trial as ‘PR stunt’

Trump Attorney: Congressional Democrats Trying to ‘Rush’ Impeachment Trial

Trump Impeachment Defense to Display Timeline, Images From Capitol Storming at Trial

Maxine Waters Wants President Trump Charged with Premeditated Murder

AOC instructs supporters to report ‘misleading’ information after she was busted spreading falsehoods on social media

House ousts Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees in unprecedented vote

Eleven Republicans vote to throw Marjorie Taylor Greene off committees

Democrats Oppose Gaetz Proposal to Recite Pledge of Allegiance at House Judiciary Hearings

Pro-China propaganda campaign exploits U.S. divisions in videos emphasizing Capitol attack

Congressman: New fence around Capitol means we ‘ought to continue our fence on the border’

ADL proposes ‘whole of society’ offensive against domestic terrorism

Biden Defense Secretary Orders Military-Wide Stand-Downs to “Address White Nationalism,” Rid Military of “Extremists and Racists”

Biden, at prayer breakfast, calls out ‘political extremism’

Blackburn: Biden ‘Restricting Our Freedoms’ with His Executive Orders

Mark Steyn: ‘Today Free Speech Is Openly Mocked As Some Kind Of Right-Wing Fetish’

Parler CEO Says He Was Fired by Board After He Proposed Cracking Down on QAnon, Terrorists and Hate Speech

Dan Bongino Reveals REAL Story Behind Firing Of Parler CEO: The Story You’re Hearing Is Not Correct, Don’t Believe The Hype

Amazon faces spying claims over AI cameras in vans

The ‘trust implosion’ Glenn Beck warned of is happening now – here’s what he warns is coming next

Robinhood Made Nearly $700 Million By Selling User Data To Hedge Funds

Yellen Convenes Meeting to Probe GameStop Volatility and Ensure ‘Markets Are Functioning Properly’

Brexit: UK PM prepared to suspend parts of the Brexit trade deal over Northern Ireland

Biden cancels Elon Musk’s adventures in space

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Hengchun, Taiwan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Sabang Indan, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Nicolas, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kuril’sk, Russia

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 27,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez, Blumenauer aim to require Biden to declare climate emergency

Federal marshal shot in Baltimore serving warrant, second incident this week with fed officer shot

33 missing children rescued in major human trafficking investigation in California

11-year-old transgender girl and father create ‘form-fitting’ swimsuit line for trans children

Biden Admin Yanks Maternity Leave From Trump Appointees Days Before Some Give Birth

‘Dangerous’ for YouTube to remove doctor’s Senate testimony on coronavirus treatment: Ron Johnson

Some countries ban rivals’ vaccines

Delays In Middle East Vaccination Might Ignite Unrest, IMF Says

World faces around 4,000 COVID-19 variants as Britain explores mixed vaccine shots

Jeremy Corbyn’s Brother Detained for Flyer Equating COVID-19 Vaccines to Auschwitz

Gloucester resident dies within hours of receiving Pfizer vaccine – “Why are we allowing people with underlying conditions to be guinea pigs for a vaccine that is still in clinical trials and emergency use?”

Digital Race For COVID-19 Vaccines Leaves Many Seniors Behind

Sweden and Denmark plan digital Covid vaccine certificates for travel

Olympics: Masks and no singing: Organisers unveil rules for COVID-19 Games

Florida grocery store bucks mask mandate; owner says Covid death toll is ‘hogwash’

‘Let ’em die’: Prominent doctor says maskless Floridians in viral grocery store video should be denied COVID-19 vaccines

Horowitz: Ruling class openly saying fascism and masks will never end. Will we finally wake up?

Biden weighing direct shipments of masks to Americans: report

His polls are sinking. Democrats are mobilizing. The Newsom recall over pandemic management just got real.

Bloomberg Urges Biden to ‘Stand Up’ to Teachers Unions Fighting Return to In-Person Classes

Oregon teachers unions insisted teachers get vaccinations before schools reopen, so the governor put them at the front of the line. Now, they’re refusing to go back to work.

Sen. Mitt Romney proposes to send monthly cash to families – permanently

Dire unemployment forecast demands ‘immediate action’ – White House advisers

Denmark May Force Churches to Submit Sermons to Gov’t: ‘There Is Much Concern,’ Pastor Says

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

Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 5, 2021

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The Greene Standard for Congressional Standing

Nate Jackson

No member of Congress is allowed to have ever said crazy things. That, evidently, is the new Greene Standard for behavior in America’s legislative body after the House voted 230-199 to strip Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments for things she said and promoted years prior to her election.

As we noted yesterday, we’re not going to bat for what Greene said or posted. Much of it should be shunned and condemned, which she roundly did herself in a speech to Republicans and then to the entire House. “When I started finding misinformation, lies, things that were not true in these QAnon posts, I stopped believing it,” she said. School shootings are “absolutely real,” and 9/11 “absolutely happened,” she added, addressing years-old social media posts expressing doubts or the opposite opinion about those events. “These were words of the past,” she concluded, “and these things do not represent me, they do not represent my district, and they do not represent my values.”

Since her election, Greene has said and promoted nothing bizarre, outlandish, or that could even tendentiously be construed as promoting violence. That’s in stark contrast to a whole host of Democrats.

If Democrats had a shred of decency or consistency, there’d be mass resignations on the left side of the aisle. Of course, we all know there’s no decency or consistency in the Hypocritical Double Standard Party. We also all know that Democrats used this vote — as well as the “incitement” impeachment charade — to tar the entire Republican Party as racist and extremist.

As with other things, Democrats may come to regret the standard they’ve now set.

“I remain profoundly concerned about House Republican leadership’s acceptance of extreme conspiracy theorists,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi huffed in highlighting the Democrats’ real play with the entire GOP. She’s not worried about retribution, though: “If any of our members threaten the safety of other members, we’ll be the first ones to take them off of committee.”

Well, Nancy, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is, starting with stepping down yourself. Recall that Pelosi irresponsibly told her constituents that “everything is fine here” in a very public visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown in the early days of the COVID pandemic. How many lives were lost by people who believed her? She led the House impeachment of Trump — twice — for hoax-level claims. She posed for a magazine cover with three other Democrat representatives, two of whom have called for violence, and she circled the wagons for one of them after a series of anti-Semitic comments.

Clearly, Pelosi fails the Greene Standard.

Maxine Waters, the California representative who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, in 2018 infamously called on Democrats to harass Republicans in public places: “If you see anybody from [Trump’s] Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd! And you push back on them! And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!” Waters and her pal Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) have also peddled the conspiracy theory that the CIA funneled crack to black neighborhoods in LA.

And as if on cue, Waters declared just this Tuesday that Trump should “absolutely should be charged with premeditated murder” for the Capitol riot.

Ilhan Omar is, of course, the aforementioned anti-Semite. Yet she declared that calls for her removal from committees based on the Greene Standard to be “a ridiculous distraction” and a “racist, Islamophobic, hateful fueled smear.” False. No one mentioned Omar’s religion in condemning her anti-American and anti-Semitic pronouncements, or her corrupt dealings. She’s dodging culpability by claiming identity victimhood.

Eric Swalwell is still a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence even after revelations that he slept with a Chinese spy.

Kweisi Mfume fumed last summer that the U.S. Postal Service was “hijacking mailboxes off of every corner.” Nancy Pelosi advanced that ludicrous conspiracy theory herself, all while Democrats advanced the real bulk-mail balloting fraud.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lied about being in the Capitol during the riot. She advances nutty conspiracies on social media on a regular basis, and yet she wants a “Ministry of Truth” in Joe Biden’s administration.

We could go on (and on), but you get the idea. It is the Democrat Party, not the GOP, that is the natural home of kooks, liars, and purveyors of so-called violent rhetoric. So if we’re going to start having politicized standards for who has a seat on congressional committees, let’s at least be consistent and shove a few dozen Democrats to the curb.

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Why the Continued Guard Presence in DC?

Douglas Andrews

It’s been a month since the January 6 Capitol riot, but Beltway Democrats and their media fellow-travelers continue to play it for all it’s worth.

And that’s understandable. It might’ve been the least effective “armed insurrection” in history, but it still shook the party of Sandy Cortez to its core. The days since then, however, have been whisper-quiet in our nation’s capital, with Joe Biden safely ensconced in the Oval Office and nary a hint of another “white nationalist” uprising.

Which is why it’s time — long past time, in fact — to thank our National Guardsmen and send them home.

On January 19, the day before Joe Biden’s inauguration, we wondered why we needed 26,000 Guardsmen in our nation’s capital to protect 1,000 Chicken Little Democrats. It seemed, uh, excessive. And it seemed deeply disgraceful when, the day after the inauguration, 5,000 Guardsmen were banished from the Capitol complex to an unheated parking garage with a single Porta-John.

But we honor your service! Democrats said

Since then, the Guard’s presence has been drawn down considerably, but there are still 5,000 troops in DC. And they’re expected to remain there until mid-March.

Why?

According to acting Army Secretary John Whitley, the Pentagon received four requests for the Guard to remain and provide assistance to the U.S. Park Police, Secret Service, Capitol Police, and the DC Metropolitan Police amid continued “fears of threats” to officials and the city in the wake of the deadly Capitol riot. “They’re concerned,” said Whitley, “that there could be situations where there are lawful protests — First Amendment-protected protests — that could either be used by malicious actors or other problems that could emerge.”

Since when is the mere fear of a threat a legitimate reason to deploy our Guardsmen against their fellow citizens, keep them from returning home to their families, and run up a taxpayer tab of nearly $500 million?

But let’s be clear: It’s not just the Guard’s presence that makes our nation’s capital look like a paranoid police state. As the Washington Examiner’s Byron York reports, “If you go to the federal area of Washington, you’ll find tall fencing and razor wire creating a huge militarized zone around the Capitol, with National Guard members guarding it from inside the fence. The barrier is not just on the perimeter of the Capitol. It extends for blocks beyond the building in every direction.”

Again, we have to ask: Why?

Who are these fearful folks, and where’s the ongoing threat that explains this radical reaction? As columnist Gary Bauer points out, “When President Trump deployed razor wire at the southern border, the left was apoplectic.”

Bauer went on to note that there are lawful activities in DC all the time — activities for which the Guard is never deployed — and that Tom Cotton, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said there is no intelligence that justifies the continued presence of thousands of these troops.

“The lesson of the Capitol riot is not that we should quarter a standing army at the Capitol just in case,” Cotton wrote in a Fox News op-ed, “but rather that our security measures should be calibrated to the actual threats.”

Cotton noted that the Capitol is the seat of our republic, and that it belongs to the American people. “The National Guard answered the call at a critical time,” he wrote, “but its mission is now complete. It’s time to reopen the Capitol grounds to the American people.”

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Fox News Hit With Massive Lawsuit Over Voting Machine Coverage

Thomas Gallatin

On Thursday, Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News alleging that the conservative media outlet “joined the conspiracy to defame and disparage Smartmatic and its election technology and software.” The company, which makes voting machines and software, further asserted — dramatically, we might add — that “the story turned neighbor against neighbor” and “led a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol.”

Smartmatic’s suit identifies two Fox News guests, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, as well as some of the outlet’s opinion anchors — Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, and Jeanine Pirro — for spreading false and damaging information regarding the company’s voting machines and software. Smartmatic noted that its technology was only used in one county, Los Angeles County, during the 2020 general election.

Fox News responded to the lawsuit by saying it “is committed to providing the full content of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion.” Moreover, the network said, “We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court.”

Given that allegations have been made against opinion hosts and their guests, the realistic possibility of Smartmatic winning this lawsuit in court seems unlikely. Add to this the fact that in December Fox News ran segments pointedly noting that no evidence had been found to substantiate claims that voting machines of any kind had manipulated votes. The Wall Street Journal, owned by the same News Corp that owns Fox, reports, “Fox News and Fox Business ran interviews on several shows, including programs hosted by Ms. Bartiromo and Mr. Dobbs, featuring voting technology expert Edward Perez, who pushed back on claims that Smartmatic software was used to meddle in the voting process.”

It appears that given the popularity of conspiracy theories surrounding manipulation of voting machines, Smartmatic needed to act to confront the misinformation. The trouble is, how does one put the toothpaste back into the tube?

While Fox News clearly entertained the claims of voter fraud via voting machine manipulation, those claims were limited to their opinion programs. As The Washington Post observes, “Smartmatic’s lawsuit may test whether a network can be held financially responsible for things said by political commentators, or even by their guests.” Furthermore, the notion that a news organization should be held liable for the claims and opinions espoused by people it interviews will have a chilling effect on journalism.

Finally, expect to see a similar lawsuit against Fox News coming from the more frequently used Dominion Voting Systems, as the company has already hit Giuliani and Powell, as well as other news outlets, with hefty defamation lawsuits.

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Religious Liberty for Popular and Sound Ideas

Brian Mark Weber

A decades-long cultural revolution has torn the American fabric, and Christian conservatives have largely accepted this reality as long as they’re able to worship freely. But remaining silent isn’t going to save the country or protect our faith.

As religious liberty expert Ryan T. Anderson writes in The Wall Street Journal, “As the Biden administration advances a divisive and extreme social agenda, our response can’t simply be a polite request to be left alone. We need to oppose the left’s agenda on the merits. It’s the principled thing to do, and it will be good politics given where the American people actually are on the issues.”

The Left’s agenda is extreme, but leftists have the willpower and political power to enact it. Joe Biden claims to be proud of his Catholic faith, and therefore for 40 years he supported the Hyde Amendment that bans federal dollars from paying for abortions. Now, due to criticism from the Left, he rejects it. Biden supports abortion rights on purely legal grounds, and why not? He’s got the Leftmedia to crown him the “most religiously observant president.”

For too long, we’ve watched people of faith mocked and ridiculed in popular culture and in politics. And yet we have centuries of historical and cultural experience to back up our beliefs. Our entire civilization is built upon Christian ideas and values, so we must defend our way of life.

Anderson adds, “Even when it makes sense to argue these issues as matters of religious liberty, conservatives shouldn’t pretend to be agnostic about the truth of our perspective. We’ll have the best shot at winning fights over abortion restrictions or child sex-change procedures when conservatives are willing to assert that their beliefs are true, not merely protected in law.”

There’s plenty of evidence proving that a family consisting of a man/husband, a woman/wife, and a child or children is our societal bedrock. On the other hand, children suffer in fatherless households. And we certainly know that allowing children to undergo hormone therapy or even sex-change operations makes them far more vulnerable to emotional and psychological turmoil. And we know that a nation founded on the belief in God-given rights is a nation in decline when it allows tens of millions of preborn children to be ripped from the womb.

The Christian response to these and a host of other issues has not always been strong enough.

Loving our fellow citizens as brothers and sisters is noble and just, but do we really think they’ll preserve our religious liberty once their radical and dangerous agenda is enacted?

In fact, too many Christians fail to openly discuss and defend commonsense viewpoints supported by history, culture, reason, and even science. As a result, Christian bakers are forced to bake same-sex wedding cakes (until the Supreme Court stepped in). Christian children have to read Heather Has Two Mommies in elementary school. Big Tech can ban conservatives for tweeting that marriage is between a man and a woman or that a biological man is a man. And governors can suspend the First Amendment and shut down churches by executive fiat.

Clearly, proclaiming our religious liberty is not enough.

In his book The Benedict Option, Rod Dreher writes, “The West has lost the golden thread that binds us to God, Creation, and each other. Unless we find it again, there is no hope of halting our dissolution.” Yet Dreher seems to think we should retreat from society into Christian enclaves rather than making sound arguments more broadly so we don’t have to run and hide.

And it hardly seems a good time for Christians to surrender. After all, a Pew Research survey last year revealed that nearly half of Americans believe the Bible should influence U.S. law. A separate survey indicates that religion is still important to many Americans.

In the end, conservatives of faith need to confidently and clearly explain to their opponents why our social, cultural, and political beliefs are good for everyone. If not, we’ll lose the debate, the country, and eventually our religious liberty.

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Woke Pentagon Declares War on Warmism and Extremism

Douglas Andrews

It’s good to know the adults are back in charge. Otherwise, we’d lie awake in bed at night, wondering what we’re going to do about those twin scourges of global warming and white supremacy.

But with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris running the show, and with the world’s finest military at their disposal, the sky’s the limit. After all, what organization could be better equipped to tackle these two existential threats than the world’s foremost killer of bad guys and breaker of bad things?

As for sending a clear signal of resolution to our geopolitical foes, what could be more convincing than an avowed commitment to rooting out the lactose-intolerant Einsatzgruppen in our midst?

Weakness is provocative, but we’re so strong, we don’t even need to prioritize training for war.

Don’t mess, China. You either, Russia.

Naturally, the architect for this new approach to national defense will be Joe Biden’s man at the Pentagon. As The Washington Times reports, “Across the armed forces, climate change and its ripple effects are taking center stage. … The military’s climate change mitigation efforts certainly did not stop during the Trump administration, but the issue was pushed to the political back burner. Top leadership in the Defense Department rarely spoke out on environmental matters despite mounting concerns behind the scenes that it remain a top priority. Now, analysts and military insiders say, the Pentagon under Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has an opening to reshape the climate change debate fundamentally and permanently, perhaps putting an end to any remaining internal skepticism over whether the issue is deserving of time and resources.”

Got that? The Pentagon will no longer tolerate climate skeptics. Because, well, the science is settled.

Austin, 67, is our nation’s first black secretary of defense and therefore the perfect embodiment of the Biden administration’s obsession with race. A West Point graduate and former commander of U.S. Central Command under Barack Obama, Austin retired in 2016 and therefore needed a waiver from Congress to override the law that says a member of our military must wait seven years from active service to take the top civilian post.

“Given the immense and urgent threats and challenges our nation faces, he should be confirmed swiftly,” Biden wrote in a predictably hagiographic Atlantic op-ed. “The fact is, Austin’s many strengths and his intimate knowledge of the Department of Defense and our government are uniquely matched to the challenges and crises we face.”

Austin got his waiver, and he was quickly confirmed on a 93-2 vote in the Senate. Missouri’s Josh Hawley and Utah’s Mike Lee were opposed.

Once confirmed, Austin didn’t waste any time getting to the crux of what ails our nation’s military. As The Hill reports, “Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday ordered a U.S. military-wide ‘stand-down’ to address extremism in the ranks, an issue that has long stumped Pentagon leaders but came to the forefront after the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol. The Defense Department is still scant on details on Austin’s decision, which came after he met with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and the service secretaries and chiefs on Wednesday morning. Leaders are expected to hold ‘needed discussions’ with subordinates about extremism in the next 60 days, top department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon.”

Lloyd Austin, said Joe Biden, “is the person we need in this moment.” We’re to assume, then, that this moment demands that our military focus on the calamity of climate change and the white supremacist “extremism” that has infected its rotten ranks. If those two initiatives don’t build troop morale, it’s hard to imagine what will.

But here we thought the mission of our Department of Defense was “to provide the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation’s security” — you know, like it says right here on its website.

We can only hope that our military readiness doesn’t suffer, and that our failure to focus on war-fighting doesn’t prove provocative.

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Biden Admin Endorses Yale’s Racial Discrimination

Thomas Gallatin

The party that loves to lob the spurious charge of racism against conservatives and Republicans is, more often than not, the party actually guilty of the charge. On Wednesday, Joe Biden’s Social Justice Department withdrew a lawsuit against Yale University that had been filed under the Trump administration over the Ivy League school’s discrimination against Asian and white applicants.

A spokeswoman stated that the DOJ “has dismissed its lawsuit in light of all available facts, circumstances, and legal developments.” Well, that’s one way to put it. The lawsuit alleged that Yale’s “oversized, standardless, intentional use of race has subjected domestic, non-transfer applicants to Yale College to discrimination on the ground of race.”

Similar to the case against Harvard University regarding its quota system for Asian students, Yale also used a similar race-weighted admission system. According to the Trump DOJ’s investigation, Yale granted blacks who scored in the tenth decile (the top bracket) a 60% rate of admission compared to 20% for whites and just 14% for Asians.

Biden’s DOJ not only dropped the lawsuit against Yale, it withdrew the notice charging the school with having violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. So much for racial equality. And what about all that “equity” Team Biden was yammering about? If any organization could be rightly charged with systemic racism, it would seem that Yale fits the bill.

Speaking of racism and higher education, a recent report released by the Center for Equal Opportunity has concluded that affirmative action polices aimed at increasing racial diversity on campus have only worsened racial relations. The report is titled “Campus Diversity and Student Discontent: The Cost of Race and Ethnic Preferences in College Admissions.” Researchers found that not only did school “diversity” initiatives not produce greater acceptance, they produced a sense of “greater alienation” among black students as well as “a general sense of campus discontent among non-minority students and faculty.”

In other words, elevating racial diversity above other considerations produced greater unease and distance rather than greater appreciation, camaraderie, and acceptance between different racial groups.

Once asked how to solve racism, actor Morgan Freeman famously responded, “Stop talking about it.” Indeed, just as constantly picking at a scab prevents a wound from healing, incessantly focusing on race and racism prevents racial harmony.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Government & Politics

  • Unity! Senate Dems pass budget resolution for partisan vote on COVID bill; Kamala Harris breaks tie (NPR)
  • Democrats to introduce a regressive and immoral resolution to “cancel” (read: burden taxpayers with) $50,000 in student loan debt (Disrn)
  • Trump will not testify in sham impeachment trial (Fox News)
  • Judge in Michael Flynn case takes senior status, giving Biden 11th judicial pick since inauguration (Examiner)

National Security

  • U.S. cuts off involvement in Yemen’s Houthi-instigated and Iran-backed civil war (Forbes)
  • Biden signs order to ramp up refugee admissions to 125,000 (CBS News)
  • Eleven Iranians arrested in Arizona after jumping U.S.-Mexico border (Washington Times)
  • Perfect storm forcing Border Patrol to release apprehended migrant families directly into the U.S. (Examiner)

Business & Economy

  • With 49,000 increase, payrolls barely grow to start 2021 even as the unemployment rate fell to 6.3% (CNBC)
  • Gun sales continue to soar as Democrats take control (Disrn)
  • Bank of America allegedly collected data off consumers who might have been at DC riot (Examiner)
  • Another “climate-friendly” high-speed rail project from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur bites the dust (Watts Up With That?)

Odds & Ends

  • Johnson & Johnson requests emergency authorization for COVID vaccine (CNBC)
  • Well … bye: CNN President Jeff Zucker stepping down at year’s end (Post Millennial)
  • Mike Pence to join Heritage Foundation, write column for Daily Signal (Daily Signal)
  • Canadian Olympic Committee warns athletes not to criticize China ahead of 2022 winter games in Beijing (Free Beacon)

The committee should have boycotted instead.

On a Lighter Note…

  • Hilarious snaps reveal the very awkward places people have taken a nap (Daily Mail)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The Romney child allowance proposal is a move in the wrong direction (AEI)
  • Policy: Biden’s empty environmentalism: Shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline shows the new president’s preference for symbolism over substance (City Journal)
  • Humor: Snopes rates AOC’s account of capitol attack as “factually inaccurate but morally true” (Babylon Bee)

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VIDEOS

That Time Rand Paul Was Actually Threatened by a Mob — Remember when Rand and Kelley Paul actually experienced what AOC fantasized happened to her?

‘Reality Czar’? NYT Wants Biden to Kill Free Speech — MRCTV’s Nick Kangadis calls out “The Gray Lady” for being overt about her true colors — blood red.

Who Cares? — How many COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented? New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has your answer.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Governments have ever been known to hold a high hand over the education of the people. They know, better than anyone else, that their power is based almost entirely on the school. Hence, they monopolize it more and more.” —Francisco Ferrer (1857-1909)

Re: Dezinformatsiya: “The notoriety QAnon now enjoys has more to do with the media building it up than Republicans flocking to its banner. According to Pew Research, last spring during the Democratic primaries, more Democrats had heard about QAnon conspiracy theories than Republicans had (28 to 18 percent, respectively) and by the fall, that disparity had grown, with 55 percent of Democrats saying they’d heard of QAnon compared to less than 40 percent of Republicans. Notably, those most likely to say they had heard about it also reported that they got their news mainly from The New York Times, MSNBC, and NPR.” —John Daniel Davidson

For the record: “From the moment Trump was sworn in, Democrats and the media talked about how divisive Trump would be for America, and this was repeated throughout his term. Despite no longer being president, that message continues. A recent CNN piece stated that Trump left the nation at its most divided since the Civil War. The Civil War — the one that nearly destroyed our young nation and left 620,000 dead — that divided? We’re nowhere near as divided as that moment, and to make such a comparison is precisely why so many Americans have, frankly, lost faith in our media and political system as a whole. It is for this reason that Trump was ever elected, and if the Democrats want to continue their success in elections, they must course-correct!” —Armstrong Williams

Political futures: “The reason the Republicans fell short, according to [James] Pinkerton, is that ‘too much of the Republican Party has replaced voting with venting. Anger can be a motivator, but such motivation is useful only if it is harnessed to an effective mechanism, such as an election. Otherwise, such passion is just wasted energy — and often, in fact, it’s counterproductive.’ So counterproductive that not all of the people who stormed the Capitol in protest on Jan. 6 had voted in the presidential election. It would make sense that voting should be done before protesting. Unfortunately, in a world driven by short news cycles, conflict-driven mainstream media and social media, we often protest too soon and too often rather than simply getting to work. We too often let anger control our actions. … Republicans have bought into the partisan politics, negative campaigning and fearmongering. Maybe my remembrance of Reagan is nostalgic, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a leader who seeks to unite Americans rather than denigrate the other side?” —Jackie Gingrich Cushman

A trip down memory lane: “Who Says It’s Not Safe to Travel to China?” —a New York Times op-ed by Rosie Spinks published on February 5, 2020 — exactly one year ago — subtitled, “The coronavirus travel ban is unjust and doesn’t work anyway.” Double standards: “It’s the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle.” —wealthy leftist elitist John Kerry on why he deserves to use private jets versus somebody like you

Non compos mentis: “If America were another country, we would be talking about how post-Civil War America is still in desperate need of a UN-sponsored Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) program for white supremacists and segregationists.” —Washington Post Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah (“We’ve gone from a country that papered over its past sins to one where newspaper editors fantasize about putting the United Nations, an organization teeming with tyrants, anti-Semites, racists, and terror states, in charge of weeding out wrongthink.” —David Harsanyi)

Grand delusions: “This deadly connection between white supremacy and guns runs throughout our history. … Simply put, if the Confederate flag is the primary symbol of white-supremacist hate, the gun is its deadliest weapon.” —Sharon Risher in The Washington Post

And last… “I have the utmost respect for what [police] do, for what our soldiers do, [people] that sacrifice their lives. I just don’t care for people who put those kind of people down. If it weren’t for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do.” —Denzel Washington

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