Daily Archives: February 12, 2021

February 12 Evening Quotes of The Day

Confessing Sins in the New Covenant
Jeremiah 31:31–34; Romans 11:27; Galatians 3:13–14; Hebrews 8:8–12; 10:17

Believers ought not to mourn over, or confess their iniquities, in a legal manner, viewing them as committed by persons under the covenant of works; but ought to confess and mourn over them as sins done against a reconciled father, and breaches of his law as a rule of life.

THOMAS BOSTON

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

Jesus’ Body and Blood Feed and Satisfy
John 6:32–35, 41–51, 53–58

As bread nourishes and strengthens man, and gives him ability to labor; so the body of Christ, eaten by faith, feeds and satisfies the soul of man, and furnishes the whole man to all duties of godliness. As wine is drink to the thirsty, and makes merry the hearts of men; so the blood of our Lord Jesus, drunken by faith, quenches the thirst of the burning conscience, and fills the hearts of the faithful with unspeakable joy.

HEINRICH BULLINGER

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

February 12 Evening Verse of the Day

2:21 do you not teach yourself A central point of Paul’s critique is that Jews, who possess the law, fail to faithfully heed its commands—thereby undermining the law’s purpose.

not to steal Stealing was prohibited by the law. See Exod 20:15 and note.[1]


2:21 Special privileges like having the law do not guarantee having righteousness.[2]


2:21 But these things in which the Jew boasted had never changed his life. It was simply pride of race, religion, and knowledge without any corresponding moral transformation. He taught others but did not take the lessons to heart himself. He preached against stealing but did not practice what he preached.[3]


21. Thou, who then teachest another, teachest not thyself, &c. Though the excellencies (encomia—commendations) which he has hitherto stated respecting the Jews, were such as might have justly adorned them, provided the higher ornaments were not wanting; yet as they included qualifications of a neutral kind, which may be possessed even by the ungodly and corrupted by abuse, they are by no means sufficient to constitute true glory. And hence Paul, not satisfied with merely reproving and taunting their arrogance in trusting in these things alone, employs them for the purpose of enhancing their disgraceful conduct; for he exposes himself to no ordinary measure of reproach, who not only renders useless the gifts of God, which are otherwise valuable and excellent, but by his wickedness vitiates and contaminates them. And a strange counsellor is he, who consults not for his own good, and is wise only for the benefit of others. He shows then that the praise which they appropriated to themselves, turned out to their own disgrace.

Thou who preachest, steal not, &c. He seems to have alluded to a passage in Psalm 50:16, where God says to the wicked, “Why dost thou declare my statutes, and takest my covenant in thy mouth? And thou hatest reform, and hast cast my words behind thee: when thou seest a thief, thou joinest him, and with adulterers is thy portion.” And as this reproof was suitable to the Jews in old time, who, relying on the mere knowledge of the law, lived in no way better than if they had no law; so we must take heed, lest it should be turned against us at this day: and indeed it may be well applied to many, who, boasting of some extraordinary knowledge of the gospel, abandon themselves to every kind of uncleanness, as though the gospel were not a rule of life. That we may not then so heedlessly trifle with the Lord, let us remember what sort of judgment impends over such prattlers, (logodœdalis—word-artificers,) who make a show of God’s word by mere garrulity.[4]


[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 2:21). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1427). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1684). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans (pp. 104–105). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

February 12 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

‘Twas I that Did It
Matthew 27:11–44; Mark 15:1–32; Luke 23:1–43; John 19:1–24

I see the crowd in Pilate’s hall,
I mark their wrathful mien;
Their shouts of “crucify” appall,
With blasphemy between.
And of that shouting multitude
I feel that I am one;
And in that din of voices rude,
I recognise my own.
I see the scourges tear his back,
I see the piercing crown,
And of that crowd who smote and mock,
I feel that I am one,
Around yon cross, the throng I see,
Mocking the sufferer’s groan,
Yet still my voice it seems to be,—
As if I mocked alone.
’Twas I that shed the sacred blood,
I nailed him to the tree,
I crucified the Christ of God,
I joined the mockery.
Yet not the less that blood avails,
To cleanse away my sin,
And not the less that cross prevails
To give me peace within.

HORATIUS BONAR

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

Helped in Temptation by Other Believers
Psalm 133; Isaiah 35:3–4; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:24–25

Purity of tongue, as well as of conduct, is best preserved, not only by sacred reading, but also by intercourse with those who are devout servants of our Lord; so that if my tongue begins to run wild, or evil deeds suggest themselves to me, I may be sustained by the hands of my faithful brothers and preserved from falling.

VENERABLE BEDE

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

12 Feb 2021 News Briefing

Hamas has amassed vast arsenal since 2014 war, Israel says
According to Israeli military estimates, Hamas has some 7,000 rockets, as well as 300 anti-tank and 100 anti-aircraft missiles, the commander said.

With 40 days to go, here are the 5 big things you need to know about Israel’s upcoming elections
There are only 40 days to go before the next Israeli elections, and the campaigns here are intensifying their efforts to get out their messages and mobilizes their voters. Here are the five big things you need to know.

41 Record Lows Set in Alberta
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) says 15 new record lows were set in Alberta on Monday alone due to an “unseasonably cold” arctic ridge of high pressure. These are in addition to the 26 new lows set over the weekend. The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow … Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, …

France Joins Israel in Demanding Harsher Iran Nuclear Deal
It’s not that France opposes the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). After all, it was one of the signatories, along with the over permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and the European Union. But, like Israel, French President Emmanuel Macron (pictured) now sees the deal as flawed. In particular, he believes it was a “mistake” to sideline Middle East allies while negotiating the original deal.

Joshua’s Altar restored
The Samaria Regional Council today (Thursday) restored the ancient wall surrounding the altar of Joshua Ben-Nun, which was recently destroyed by the Palestinian Authority. More than 30 employees of the contracting company “Aish Avodot” and restoration professionals participated in the restoration work,

In possible signal to Iran, Haliva appointed head of IDF intelligence
In what might be a signal toward Iran, Maj.-Gen. Aharon Haliva was appointed on Thursday to be the next head of IDF Intelligence. Haliva is currently the head of the IDF’s Operations Directorate, which is in charge of overseeing and coordinating the IDF’s readiness for war.

Russia, China, Iran start joint naval drills in Indian Ocean
Iran, China and Russia began joint naval drills on Friday in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman, in what Moscow said was an unprecedented exercise in naval cooperation and training. China said on Thursday it was sending a guided-missile destroyer to the four-day drills, which it called a “normal military exchange” between the three armed forces.

Former IAEA official: Israeli airstrike in Iran can buy time, not eliminate the problem
“Technically, such an attack is feasible, even though several of the [nuclear] sites would be more difficult to attack than others,” Dr. Olli Heinonen, former deputy director at the International Atomic Energy Agency, explains.

Did The Super Bowl Halftime Show Normalize Demon Worship?
Tens of thousands of Bible-loving Jews and Christians watched the Super Bowl’s halftime show this past Sunday in astonishment. Shortly after the halftime show aired, two videos were uploaded to YouTube, both claiming that the halftime show was full of Satanic symbolism. … the entire halftime show is full of subliminal messages that promote the normalization of satanic worship.

6.4-magnitude quake jolts Indonesia’s Bengkulu province, no casualties
The initial temblor was followed by at least three other earthquakes in the South Pacific region with magnitudes ranging from 5.7 to 6.1 in a span of over an hour.

BREAKING: Cuomo under fire after aide says admin hid nursing home data to keep it from Trump DOJ 
According to a new bombshell report from the NY Post Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa, a top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told leading state Democratic lawmakers that the administration had withheld data on COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes to avoid federal scrutiny.

Biden allows Communist China on United States Power Grid 
…So Beijing Joe is allowing Communist China not only access to the United States Power Grid, but allowing them to install hardware on our United States Power Grid!

Mass disruption after ‘extreme freeze’ hits the U.K.
Snow and icy conditions are set to cause further disruptions across the United Kingdom after the deepest “extreme freeze” in a decade hit the country, causing mass cancelations of classes, businesses, and travel services. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, the country has recorded its coldest night in more than 25 years as the mercury dropped to nearly -23 °C (-9.4 °F) in northern Scotland.

Moscow braces for major winter storm and record snow, Russia
Moscow is bracing for a major winter storm set to bring record-breaking snow to the Russian capital beginning Thursday, February 11, 2021, until about Sunday, February 14, making it the longest snowfall in the city since 2018. The snowfall total from Friday to Sunday was forecast to reach up to 40 cm (16 inches)– but with about 35 cm (13.8 inches) already blanketing the city, the snow depth may hit or surpass the record high of 77 cm (30 inches) set in 2013.

I Don’t Know About You, But There Is Something Very Creepy About All These COVID-19 Vaccine ‘MegaSites’ That Could Easily Become Detention Centers
And all of a sudden, here we are, living in an end times Christian movie from the 1990’s. Mass injection megasites, a terrified population, lockdowns, mandatory mask wearing, and all for a ‘killer virus’ with a 99% recovery rate. And what would this movie be without Christian persecution in the form of social media bans and enforced church closings. Joseph Robinette Biden could change his name to Nicolae Jetty Carpathia and no one would even blink at this point. That’s how far along we are right now.

SATAN SOLDIERS AT THE CDC IS PREPARING QUARANTINE CAMPS, AND
Interim Operational Considerations for Implementing the Shielding Approach to Prevent COVID-19 Infections in Humanitarian Settings

The ‘State of Palestine’ remains a United Nations mirage
The International Criminal Court (ICC) Pre-Trial Chamber 1 decision that the ICC has jurisdiction to investigate alleged war crimes committed in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem has infuriated Israel—but should bring no joy to Hamas, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) or the United Nations which continues to support the PLO’s claim for the creation of a second Arab State in former Palestine—in addition to Jordan.  The ICC Prosecutor believes:

Twitter Says Lincoln Project Cofounder John Weaver Didn’t Violate Rules on Unwanted Sexual Advances
Twitter says that disgraced Lincoln Project cofounder John Weaver did not violate its rules on unwanted sexual advances when he allegedly used the platform’s direct messaging system to sexually proposition young men.

 Environmental groups call out Bill Gates for insanely dangerous global terraforming scheme
…Bill Gates offers a kind of “confession” about global depopulation efforts using engineered bioweapons and his crazy scheme of polluting the skies with sulfur dioxide in order to dim the sun and cause global crop failures. I respond with the idea that maybe we should just launch all members of Congress into low Earth orbit as a way to save both the planet and the Constitution. If only we could find a catapult large enough…

The Left Has Not Accounted for the Fact That Behind Every Blade of Grass Wil Be a Patriot With a Gun
I am being inundated with reports of an impending purge against at least 100 million Americans. As I have pointed out in recent articles, the language of genocide is prevalent within the halls of Congress. Nancy Pelosi declares we have enemies within. Multiple sources, from many of alt media colleagues are receiving the same warning from many sources. The Left is not content with having just stolen a fraudulent election. They want the opposition eliminated.

Democrats Block Amendment to Ban Stimulus Money Going to Communist China’s Entities
House Democrats have blocked an amendment that would have banned American taxpayers’ stimulus funds from going to entities that are controlled or owned by the Chinese Communist Party.

Study finds CDC inflated COVID numbers by 1,600%
A peer-reviewed study contends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention violated federal law by inflating Coronavirus fatality numbers.

Source: 12 Feb 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 2/12/2021

Israeli commander says Hamas has amassed vast arsenal

Senior IDF commander says Hamas has 30,000 men, 7,000 rockets, dozens of drones

Jews ‘Taking Ownership of Their Own Security’ Is Key to Countering Antisemitic Threat in US, Top Community Official Argues

In a Turnaround, Israel’s Netanyahu Woos Arab Voters to Sway Election

From Israeli prison, Barghouti mulls presidency bid, turning up heat on Abbas

Oman content with Israel relationship, despite Abraham Accords

Israelis ask, why hasn’t the U.S. president called their prime minister yet?

White House says Biden will call Netanyahu ‘soon’ as speculation of rift grows

After incoming US Sec. of State fails to reassert Trump’s recognition of Israel’s control over Golan, Netanyahu says he’s already decided

Potential war crimes probe pulls Biden into Israel-Palestine conflict

An Unintended Syria Air Clash Could Pull Biden Into Conflict Involving Russia, Israel

Israeli spies reportedly killed Iranian scientist with 1-ton weapon

Drone strike reported on pro-Iran militia arms shipment on Iraq-Syria border

3 Syrian brothers arrested in Germany, Denmark in alleged terrorist bomb plot

Ten years on from the Arab spring, Sisi has made life in Egypt hellish

70 Christians freed from prison in Eritrea

Lebanon’s Hariri and France’s Macron discuss Lebanese crisis, formation of government

Saudi women’s rights activist freed after being ‘forced to kiss, perform sex acts’ on prison interrogators

Turkey’s Erdogan cracks down on academic freedom protests

China and India to Pull Back Forces From Disputed Border

Protesters in Myanmar accuse China of aiding military overthrow

Communist China Implements Educational Measures Encouraging Children to ‘Hate God’

Biden warns China is going to ‘eat our lunch’ if U.S. doesn’t get moving on infrastructure

Eric Swalwell, Dem congressman linked to Chinese spy, makes impeachment case against Trump at Senate trial

Wrapping up arguments, Democrats urge Republicans to end ‘nightmare’ of Trump

‘He can do this again’: Dems rest case against Trump warning of more attacks

Democrats rest case against Trump, argue Senate must convict to protect democracy

Democrats Start Off Thursday Impeachment Hearing Presenting Photos of Noted Trump-Hater and Yang Supporter Baked Alaska as Trump Supporter

Impeachment Blunder: Author of Tweet Introduced at Trial Says It Was Falsified, Misinterpreted

Computer programmer downloaded key impeachment videos as Parler went offline

Facebook Helped US Identify Capitol Rioters From Photos

More Proud Boys Arrested on Capitol-Riot Conspiracy Charges

Democrats Claim Trump Conspired with Proud Boys, Message Boards in Capitol Riot

Justice Department says an Oath Keepers leader waited for Trump’s direction before Capitol attack

Graham asks about what Pelosi knew prior to the Capitol riot

Trump impeachment lawyer Schoen says he will expose ‘hypocrisy’ of Democrats

Democrats Have Failed to Tie Capitol Breach to Trump, Says Defense Attorney David Schoen

If ‘Fight Like Hell’ Constitutes Incitement, Every Political Candidate in America Is Guilty: Sen. Cruz

Cruz: Impeachment ‘a Lot of Moralizing, Venting ‘Hatred for Donald Trump’

Ted Cruz under fire for tweeting about breast milk during Trump impeachment trial

Democrats May Try 14th Amendment to Disqualify Trump With Simple Majority – Rick Green on Impeachment

Donald Trump Jr: Impeachment Trial Making Trump Stronger

70 Percent of Republicans Would Consider Joining Trump-Led Party, Poll Finds

Dozens of former Republican officials in talks to form anti-Trump third party

Georgia Election Board Refers 35 Voter Fraud Cases for Prosecution

Georgia GOP Wants State to Get Rid of Voting Machines

Warnock Under Investigation for Role in Stacey Abrams’ Voter Registration Org

Google, Facebook Ask Supreme Court to Make Suing Them More Difficult

‘Mandalorian’ actress Gina Carano fired after social media post comparing Jews’ experience in Holocaust to US political climate

Lucasfilm fired Gina Carano for a Holocaust comparison. So what will they do with Pedro Pascal’s tweet doing the same?

Anger inside the New York Times as divided newsroom erupts in debate over recent controversies

Bloomberg News Is Laying Off Nearly 100 Journalists

Violence in America on the rise: ‘Vigilante’ groups forged

Biden rescinds national emergency proclamation Trump used to fund border wall

Former ICE director: ‘Biden declared the entire country a sanctuary jurisdiction, which means more tragedies are going to come’

White House’s Psaki Dodges on Whether Migrants Streaming Across Border Should Be Tested for Coronavirus

United Airlines buying electric ‘air taxis’ to transport customers to airport

China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission snaps its 1st photo of Red Planet

Asteroid the size of the Golden Gate Bridge will whiz past Earth in March

Asteroid 2021 CQ5 to flyby Earth at 0.46 LD

Tsunami alert confirmed for New Zealand, Fiji after massive undersea quake

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Jucuaran, El Salvador

Hopes fade that more survivors will be found in Indian flood disaster

Severe flooding hits Belo Horizonte as more than a month’s worth of rain falls in 72 hours, Brazil

Strong hailstorm hits Abha, blanketing the desert in ice, Saudi Arabia

Millions in the path of a ‘damaging’ ice storm; Fort Worth pileup leads to at least 6 deaths, rescues of people trapped in cars

Moscow braces for major winter storm and record snow, Russia

Mass disruption after ‘extreme freeze’ hits the U.K.

Scotland records coldest night in UK since 2010 as extreme cold snap continues

More than 330,000 people affected by drinking water shortage as drought hits southern and eastern China

‘Matrix’-style bracelets turn humans into batteries

Ravi Zacharias committed ‘spiritual abuse’ and accused of ‘rape,’ independent investigation finds

Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver exits after reportedly sexting young men

Epstein financiers forced his victims into arranged marriages, lawsuit alleges

New Senate Bill Would Prohibit Boys in Girls’ Sports: ‘We Are Not All the Same’

ACLU debunks ‘myths’ about trans athletes, claims trans girls do not have ‘unfair advantages’ in sports

Planned Parenthood worker warns kids claiming trans identity are being used as ‘cash cows’

China bans BBC for ‘fake news’ on Xinjiang, coronavirus

Bombshell Report Reveals Mounting Evidence That China Concealed COVID-19 In October 2019

Will Israel become the first country to make the anti-COVID vaccine mandatory?

Israeli government said seeking to sanction businesses accepting unvaccinated customers

Vaccine refusers will be kept to ‘supermarkets, pharmacies’ when Israel opens up

Safety Concerns Make a Third of Americans Hesitant to Receive the Coronavirus Vaccine, Poll Shows

Instagram bans Robert Kennedy Jr. over anti-vaccine posts

‘Bombshell’ report says thousands more coronavirus patients were sent to nursing homes than Cuomo previously admitted

Janice Dean: People ‘should go to jail’ over New York nursing home death cover-up

Federal Judge Permanently Blocks NY Restrictions on Indoor Worship

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


Apostasy Watch Friday 2-12-21

Rick Becker – A NAR-THER Gospel

Ravi Zacharias Hid Hundreds of Pictures of Women, Abuse During Massages, and a Rape Allegation

Ravi Zacharias Pressured Me to Get an Abortion

Husband and wife founders of Miami megachurch spar over possible $120M estate in messy divorce

Baptist University Faculty Pass Resolution Backing LGBTQ Student Group on Campus

Eric Metaxas Sued for Defamation Over Claims of Voter Fraud

Survey: More Than a Quarter of White Evangelicals Believe Core QAnon Conspiracy Theory

‘Dateline NBC’ to air report on Circle of Hope Christian girls home sexual abuse accusations

Talk of ‘Deprogramming’ Trump Supporters is Giving Refugees from Communism ‘Flashbacks’

South Carolina to Become Latest State to Pass Heartbeat Bill

Tom Hill – Prayer Is A Prominent Feature Of Revival

Rod Parsley’s NAR Network Will Ordain Anyone for $100 and ‘Ongoing Monthly Tithes’

Hillsong Being Sued for Stealing Electronic Equipment and Over 100K in Unpaid Rent

Former real estate broker John Termini steps up to help lead Hillsong NYC after sex scandal

Televangelist Frederick KC Price fighting for life after COVID-19 ravages heart, lungs and kidneys

K.P. Yohannon (Gospel for Asia) Going Contemplative?

BREAKING: YouTube shuts down LifeSite’s channel, every video completely gone

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 12, 2021

THE FOUNDATION

“There is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust.” —James Madison

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A Demo Gold Medal for the ‘Racist’ Capitol Police?

Mark Alexander

You may have heard about the $500 million theatrical impeachment production in the Capitol building this week. Actually, the $500 million is just the taxpayer-funded cost for the security props around the movie set. The Demo cast is hoping for a much higher return at the (ballot) box office for their harrowing stories of hiding in bathrooms.

Their impeachment strategy is to use the Capitol riot to inflict maximum damage on Donald Trump — and by extension all his former administration supporters — in order to ensure he, and we, are lightning rods for any further violence, which Demos are baiting.

In addition to the military props, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) disgracefully bookended their theatrical drama on the front end with a politicized Capitol funeral for a good man, Officer Brian Sicknick, and now a politicized Congressional Gold Medal for the Capitol Police on the back end.

As I noted in the “Capitol Riot Jackasses,” Democrats have double standards when it comes to the condemnation of riots. As historian Victor Davis Hanson noted, the nation endured “100 days of torching federal court houses and police precincts, 700 policeman injured, 40 people dead, $4-$5 billion in damages…” However, not only was there not universal condemnation from Demos, but in many cases there was support for the violence.

However, on January 6th, Democrats finally found a riot they could condemn.

And now, despite their incessant claims of “systemic racism” and relentless accusations that cops are racist, the Demo hate hustlers have finally found a police department they can praise.

Recall what Joe Biden said about the “racist” way Capitol Police handled the riot: “Not only did we see the failure to protect one of the three branches of our government, we also saw a clear failure to carry out equal justice. No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that’s true. And it is unacceptable.”

And likewise, Kamala Harris condemned the Capitol Police: “We witnessed two systems of justice when we saw one that let extremists storm the United States Capitol, and another that released tear gas on peaceful protesters last summer.” (Ah yes, that brazen “peaceful protester” lie.)

Translation: The Capitol Police are racists.

But now, on the heels of closing impeachment arguments against Trump, Nancy Pelosi insists: “They were martyrs for our democracy, martyrs for our democracy. … The service of the Capitol Police force that day brings honor to our democracy. Their accepting this reward brings luster to this medal. We must always remember their sacrifice and stay vigilante against what I said before, about what Abraham Lincoln said: the silent artillery of time. We will never forget.”

Pelosi added, “That day, those men and women risked and gave their lives to save ours, becoming martyrs for our democracy.” What about all of the other police officers across the nation who have risked and given their lives in defense of the little people this past year?

In fact, the hypocritical use of the Congressional Medal as a political prop, given the backdrop of Demo complaints about the epidemic of racist cops, tarnishes it beyond recognition. Officer Sicknick and the Capitol Police should be honored for their service, but this award has nothing to do with honor and everything to do with political theater.

Finally, the Congressional Gold Medal should not be confused with the highest military award, the Medal of Honor, the latter being in all cases earned. Historically, the Gold Medal, first awarded in 1776, was given to Americans who had genuinely and demonstrably provided a great service to our fellow Americans and our nation. Too often now, Demos award it as a political token, degrading it much as the once-noble Nobel Prize has been demoted to a leftist participation trophy.

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Disney Proves ‘Mandalorian’ Star’s Point by Canceling Her

Thomas Gallatin

In a classic example of leftists not being able to tolerate the truth, the “woke” execs at Disney fired actress Gina Carano from the hit Star Wars show “The Mandalorian,” because they dubiously assert that her recent social media post was “abhorrent and unacceptable.” And what exactly was it that Carano said that “required” her immediate cancellation. Well, she had the audacity to criticize the Left’s cancel culture.

In a since-deleted social media post, Carano opined — quite insightfully we might add — the following:

Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors … even by children.

Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?

That was it. And it got Carano falsely labeled everything from a “racist bigot” to “anti-Semitic.” Disney subsidiary LucasFilm ridiculously declared that Carano’s “social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.” Denigrating whom, exactly? The Nazis? Here we thought the Left hated Nazis.

In fact, the real “thought crime” Carano is guilty of committing is daring to compare the current abhorrent behavior of today’s American Left with yesterday’s German Left. (Yes, the Nazis were socialist left-wingers). She highlighted the ugly reality that American leftists demonize their political opponents by recalling the abhorrent behavior of the Nazis’ demonizing of Jews. While some may take umbrage with the equivalence argument, nothing she posted justifies her canceling. Ironically, by canceling Carano Disney has only proved her point.

Of course, there’s a long list of leftists who made much more offensive Nazi comparisons without being canceled. For example, remember when Joe Biden said Donald Trump was “sort of like Goebbels,” the Nazi propagandist?

Disney’s action against Carano is also reminiscent of Disney-owned ABC’s unexpected decision four years ago to cancel one of its most popular shows at the time — “Last Man Standing,” which stared Tim Allen. Allen was “guilty” of having compared being a conservative in Hollywood to living in 1930s Germany. ABC never admitted it, but for that thought crime, Allen’s show was axed. Thankfully that wasn’t the end of the show, as Fox picked it up a year later.

Finally, what makes Disney’s action that much worse is the blatant hypocrisy. In 2018, “The Mandalorian” lead star Pedro Pascal posted on his social media account two juxtaposing pictures — the first depicting Jews behind barbwire captioned “1944 Germany” and the second picture featuring illegal immigrants behind bars captioned “America, 2018.” His facts were wrong — the photo was 2014 under Barack Obama, not 2018 under Donald Trump. But more to the point, would someone at Disney please explain how his speech was not “abhorrent and unacceptable”? Oh, that’s right — because it comes from someone touting the Left’s political and social narrative.

And by the way, didn’t Disney just praise the genocidal ChiCom regime for allowing its “Mulan” filming? Yes, yes it did. Spare us the indignation over the tweet of one actress.

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Cuomo Covers Up While DeSantis Shows the Way

Douglas Andrews

Don’t look now, but the rats are beginning to abandon the Bad Ship Cuomo.

How else to describe yesterday’s breaking news that a top aide to New York’s Emmy Award-winning governor privately apologized to Democrat lawmakers for having hidden the state’s true data on nursing home deaths from federal investigators?

As the New York Post reports, “The stunning admission of a coverup was made by secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa during a video conference call with state Democratic leaders in which she said the Cuomo administration had rebuffed a legislative request for the tally in August because ‘right around the same time, [then-President Donald Trump] turns this into a giant political football,’ according to an audio recording of the two-hour-plus meeting. ‘He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,’ DeRosa said. ‘He starts going after [New Jersey Governor Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Governor Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Governor] Gretchen Whitmer.’”

It’s not surprising that they’d try to blame the former president. He’s a handy whipping boy for a corrupt mainstream media that has continually given Cuomo the benefit of the doubt. This time, though, Trump’s watchful eye so paralyzed the Cuomo administration that they couldn’t think clearly. Or honestly. “In addition to attacking Cuomo’s fellow Democratic governors, DeRosa said, Trump ‘directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us. And basically, we froze,’ she told the lawmakers on the call.”

It’ll be interesting to see how this “freezing” defense holds up in a court of law.

“So we do apologize,” DeRosa said. “I do understand the position that you were put in. I know that it is not fair. It was not our intention to put you in that political position with the Republicans.”

Ahh. Instead of apologizing to the more than 13,000 families who lost loved ones due to Cuomo’s catastrophic policy of returning COVID-positive patients to nursing homes and thereby allowing the virus to spread like wildfire, DeRosa apologized to her Democrat colleagues for, well, having inconvenienced them politically. They weren’t buying it, and neither is anyone else.

As the Post continues, “In addition to stonewalling lawmakers on the total number of nursing home residents killed by COVID-19, Cuomo’s administration refused requests from the news media — including The Post — and fought a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by the Empire Center on Public Policy.”

New York Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, for one, has seen enough. In a statement released yesterday night, she called this “a massive corruption and coverup scandal at the highest level of New York State Government,” and demanded that Cuomo and his senior team be prosecuted immediately at the state and federal level.

Meanwhile, some 1,300 miles south of Albany, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was showing the nation what real leadership looks like. Where Cuomo has utterly failed his state’s elderly citizens, DeSantis has protected the Sunshine State’s seniors.

Speaking in Port Charlotte yesterday, DeSantis reacted harshly to speculation that the Biden administration might hit his state with travel restrictions — ostensibly to protect against spread of a coronavirus mutation, but more likely to draw attention away from his party’s $350 billion blue-state bailout and wealth-redistribution scheme.

“I think it would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise, and it would be unjust,” said DeSantis. “Restricting the right of Americans to travel freely throughout our country while allowing illegal aliens to pour across the southern border unmolested would be a ridiculous but very damaging farce. … We will not back down, and if anyone tries to harm Floridians or target us, we will respond very swiftly.”

Remind us again: Which governor wrote the book on leadership during a pandemic?

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The Left Hates Humor

Andrew Culper

Our fact-checking saga continues with a light-hearted joke about the Amish (sorry not sorry, broad-brimmed brethren). The fact that we even have to write about such a thing seems hysterical on its face — but in reality, it’s no laughing matter. This is just one more example of leftists waging their war on speech, humor, and all that is good in our world.

USA Today has demonstrated its total lack (or maybe intentional lack) of understanding for humor. In a recent “fact-check” labeled “Fact check: Amish communities have been affected by COVID-19 pandemic,” the unfunny “fact-checkers” decided that a meme joking about the Amish not having TVs was somehow false information. The clearly humorous image jests about the Amish not being affected by COVID-19 because they are not susceptible to Leftmedia propaganda.

But that wasn’t clear enough for the fine folks at USA Today.

As seems common for “fact-checkers,” they took the meme to a literal extreme. It’s reminiscent of what they did last year with this hilarious meme joking about Donald Trump’s DNA being “USA,” which they “fact-checked” because they hate humor as much as they hate conservatives. Sure, the Amish are human beings and just as susceptible to getting sick as anyone else. That is common sense, and everyone knows it. That’s not the point. The reality is that leftist “fact-checkers” aren’t interested in the truth; they want to BE the truth. They do not believe normal people can determine how an Internet meme should be interpreted. They do not believe people should be able to think for themselves.

Picking apart humorous content as literal is a bad faith practice, and it is intentional. If leftists can discredit humor by requiring everything to be literal, they discredit speech itself. This tactic causes everyone to fear saying anything at all. It beats good people into submission. It hands the reins of power only to those who have approved speech.

Because our instance of this meme was not the exact iteration highlighted by USA Today, Facebook’s trusty band of AI bots flagged our post automatically, grouping it in with similar content. This is a method used by Facebook that we mentioned in a previous altercation, and it means we have no recourse. It doesn’t matter that we clearly say the meme is meant as humor at the bottom of the frame. We take the punishment on the chin. We’re effectively discredited and diminished, which is exactly the way the Left likes it.

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The Dems’ Student Loan Scam

Brian Mark Weber

For years, Democrats have played around with the idea of canceling student-loan debt. Often, this ploy seeks nothing more than stirring up enthusiasm among college-age voters or appealing to the party’s socialist wing.

But now that Democrats have taken back the White House and Congress, they want action. Rather than working with Republicans and putting the idea up for a vote, however, some Democrat lawmakers want to bypass the legislative process.

“A group of progressive lawmakers … introduced a resolution calling on [President Joe] Biden to erase $50,000 in student loan debt via executive order,” reports Fox Business. “The lawmakers maintained that Biden could use existing executive authority under the Higher Education Act to order the Department of Education to ‘modify, compromise, waive or release’ student loans.”

So the same Democrats who accused Donald Trump of abusing executive authority want their president to cancel $1.5 trillion in debt without a debate?

What’s most troubling, though, is that this write-off wouldn’t primarily benefit the struggling college undergraduate waiting tables in a coffee shop. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The main beneficiaries of the Warren-Schumer write-down would be higher-income students who borrow more for expensive graduate degrees. Colleges have expanded graduate programs because they can employ the students at low cost as teaching assistants.”

And a working paper published by the Becker Friedman Institute of Economics at the University of Chicago indicates that the highest income earners would receive more loan relief than those at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. Two of the bill’s proponents, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, forgot to mention this little fact.

But this isn’t the first time Democrats have tried to appeal to young voters with their debt-forgiveness scheme.

In 2010, they enacted the Health Care and Reconciliation Act, which empowered the federal government to take over student-loan programs and directly dole out money to students. Unfortunately for taxpayers, many of those loans will never be repaid as a result of income-based repayment plans capping borrower monthly payments at 10% and canceling the debt entirely after 20 years of repayments.

Yet even with the reins of power in the hands of congressional Democrats, Biden isn’t ready to make a commitment.

As Zack Friedman notes at Forbes, “Discord among Democrats is potentially bad news for student loan cancelation. Despite the proposed resolution, Biden has been consistent that he’s unlikely to cancel student loans through an executive order.”

Biden himself has proposed canceling $10,000 in exchange for community service. Sure, that’s exactly what the American economy needs: millions of unemployed college dropouts volunteering in order to pay off loans.

While Democrats like Warren claim that canceling student debt will spark economic growth, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, ending monthly loan payments would only put $90 billion back into the economy, since borrowers can pay back their loans over several decades.

And here’s a question: What about all those borrowers who’ve worked hard and already paid back their loans, or those who borrowed from private lenders and won’t be covered by the Democrats’ plan? Why should they be punished?

Clearly, canceling student debt is a bad idea for a country that continues to struggle after a year of COVID shutdowns and is already burdened by an insurmountable debt. The plan to erase student debt is yet another example of the government riding in on a white horse and promising to save us from a crisis government caused in the first place.

Debt can’t be canceled without people paying for it, and those people are American taxpayers and their children. Those who didn’t sign for the loans in the first place shouldn’t have to foot the bill for them.

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The Biden Justice System Takes Shape

Michael Swartz

It’s often said that a new broom sweeps clean, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the federal judicial system. Judicial appointments are always a primary factor in presidential elections, of course. But as has also become traditional for changes in presidential administration, President Joe Biden’s Justice Department is seeking the resignation of the remaining 56 U.S. attorneys appointed by President Donald Trump, out of a total of 94. Many of the other 38 appointees had already left once the election was decided. This combination of events means justice is going to being looking very different.

While this was an expected request, a bipartisan trio of senators objected to both the timing and the lack of consideration Team Biden gave to home-state senators. One key example was John Lausch, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, who is conducting a probe into allegations of wrongdoing involving Illinois House Speaker Mike Madagan. The request for Lausch’s resignation irked both members of the state’s Senate delegation.

“While the President has the right to remove U.S. Attorneys, there is precedent for U.S. Attorneys in the Northern District of Illinois to remain in office to conclude sensitive investigations,” wrote Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth in a joint letter. “We believe Mr. Lausch should be permitted to continue in his position until his successor is confirmed by the Senate, and we urge the Biden Administration to allow him to do so.” Likewise, other affected U.S. attorneys are conducting similar investigations into corruption in their states and districts.

On the other hand, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley gave a brief history lesson on hypocrisy. “You are obviously within your rights to do this, but four years ago a similar action by then-Attorney General Sessions caused my Democratic colleagues to sound the alarm,” wrote Grassley. “Senator Feinstein observed at the time, ‘Under previous administrations, orderly transitions allowed U.S. attorneys to leave gradually as their replacements were chosen. This was done to protect the independence of our prosecutors and avoid disrupting ongoing federal cases.’ Senator Schumer expressed similar views, saying, ‘By asking for the immediate resignation of every remaining U.S. Attorney before their replacements have been confirmed or even nominated, the President is interrupting ongoing cases and investigations and hindering the administration of justice.’ Senator Warren went so far as to say, ‘You can’t fire the rule of law, @realDonaldTrump. You can’t shut down ongoing investigations by career prosecutors.’”

It should be noted, though, that Biden left two key appointees out of his request. One of them, John Durham, is able to leave his post as U.S. attorney since he’s also the special counsel for the investigation into the botched FBI inquiry into Russian influence in the 2016 election. The other is David Weiss, the U.S. attorney for Delaware. Weiss may be better known as the guy investigating Hunter Biden’s alleged tax evasion, so he’s safe based on the whiff of impropriety that would otherwise be emitted.

Given that changing out U.S. attorneys has become more or less a ritual whenever the White House changes parties, this will likely just be a speed bump on the road to justice. Then again, a longer-lasting change began taking shape immediately after Biden was sworn in as a score of federal judges have transitioned to senior status, which allows the new regime to select their eventual replacements.

Biden began his term with 57 vacancies on the federal court, and that number has grown thanks to a group of jurists — mainly those appointed by Bill Clinton a quarter-century ago — taking advantage of the opportunity to have a like-minded judge carry on their legacy. In that same vein, leftists are also trying to convince 82-year-old Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire so a younger black woman can take his place.

Yet there are a couple of other wild cards at play here. While the Democrats made the unpopular vow to pack the Supreme Court, they curiously didn’t bring up the constitutional possibility of crafting more circuit and district courts and judgeships, creating and constituting “tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court.” It’s been pointed out that few cases a year reach the Supreme Court, meaning the judge’s word is law in a lot of instances.

Trump may have appointed a lot of jurists in four years, but there’s a lot of damage to be done by Biden’s appointees. Firing a few U.S. attorneys is just the tip of the iceberg.

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The Renewable Energy Pipe Dream

Thomas Gallatin

The biggest problem with the renewable energy sources of wind and solar is the fact that they are severely limited by their inherent unreliability. The “green” energy produced by wind and solar is neither constant nor controllable enough to meet the ever-increasing energy demands of a modern world.

First of all, no matter how loudly ecofascists tout renewables as a “solution” to the ostensibly disastrous problem of climate change, that doesn’t negate the reality that wind and solar fail badly in being a viable alternative to fossil fuels or nuclear energy. The simple fact is that solar only works when the sun is shining and there is nothing obscuring the panels (approximately 18% of the time) and wind turbines only work when the wind is blowing (approximately 40% of the time). One of the most glaring factors that serves to demonstrate their inadequacy is the fact that all renewable energy systems are necessarily backed up by either fossil fuels or nuclear power — energy sources that are reliable, consistent, and controllable.

Further highlighting the severe limitations of wind and solar is the natural environment’s impact on this technology. For example, cold weather not only diminishes the energy output of wind turbines but often reverses it. When the temperature drops below zero these wind turbines are shut down and actually consume electricity in order to keep their components warm to prevent damage and malfunction, turning these already lackluster energy producers into energy consumers.

Of course the ecofascists answer to the innate unreliability conundrum of renewables is batteries. They claim that by storing all the excess energy produced during the peak operational periods of wind turbines or solar panels, the innate unreliability problem is “solved.”

However, the problem here is twofold. First, the battery storage capacity needed simply does not exist, nor is it likely to ever exist. As American Experiment’s Issac Orr observes, “A recent analysis by the consulting firm Wood Mackenzie estimates there will be about 741 gigawatt-hours of battery storage in 2030. This amount equates to 741,000 megawatt-hours (MWh). … In 2019, the state of Minnesota consumed 72 million megawatt-hours of electricity. This means the amount of battery storage expected to be in existence for the entire world would be the equivalent of just one percent of Minnesota’s annual energy consumption.”

Second, there’s the high cost of battery storage. Orr notes, “Current cost estimates for battery storage are about $250 per kilowatt-hour, which equates to a cost of $250,000 per megawatt-hour. This means the cost of all the expected battery storage in the world (741,000 MWh by 2030) would cost $185 billion to build, and this doesn’t even begin to include the cost of building the wind turbines and solar panels needed to charge the batteries!” And again, that would meet just 1% of Minnesota’s current annual energy consumption.

We’re really only scratching the surface here. There are certainly favorable aspects of renewable energy, and this isn’t a black-and-white calculation, no matter how much leftists tell us this is a “moral” choice. Not to put too fine a point on it, however, given the reality of the laws of physics, the day the world’s energy needs are fully met by wind and solar is the day pigs will fly.

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The American Animal Farm

Douglas Andrews

Eric Blair warned us, but we didn’t listen. And today, we’re seeing his nightmarish allegory played out before our eyes. Blair is better known by his pen name, George Orwell, and his Animal Farm, which was published in 1945, has never seemed more relevant.

If you haven’t yet read Orwell’s little masterpiece but are still planning to, you might want to set this article aside. It contains, unavoidably, one spoiler after another.

As historian and classicist Victor Davis Hanson writes, Orwell’s little short little novel uses farm animals to replay “the transition of supposedly 1917 revolutionary Bolsheviks into cynical 1930s Stalinists. Thereby, they remind us that leftist totalitarianism inevitably becomes far worse than the supposed parasitical capitalists they once toppled.”

That’s the gist of Hanson’s article — to say that today’s American Left, or the New New Left, as he calls it, has taken on the role of those decades-old Stalinists, completing their final Animal Farm transformation from pigs to men and finishing their long march through our American institutions. What were once young and idealistic ‘60s revolutionaries are today’s reactionaries. Those who once championed free expression are now stomping it out.

As Hanson writes, “The First Amendment was said by them to be sacred, even as the ‘free speech movement’ transitioned to the ‘filthy speech movement.’ Leftists sued to mainstream nudity in film. They wanted easy access to pornography. They mainstreamed crude profanity. The supposed right-wingers were repressed. They were the ‘control freaks’ who sought to stop the further ‘liberation’ of the common culture. In those days, the ACLU still defined the right of free expression as protecting the odious, whether the unhinged Nazis, the pathetic old-Left Communists, or nihilistic Weather Underground terrorists. ‘Censorship’ was a dirty word.”

Hanson notes that professors began dropping F-bombs in class, dressing like their students, getting to know them on a first-name basis, and encouraging them to do their own thing. The point of the 1960s, he writes, “was to tear down the rules, the traditions and customs, the hierarchies of the old guys.” He adds, “The targets were supposedly the uptight, short-hair, square-tie, adult generation who grew up in the Depression, won World War II, and were fighting to defeat Cold War Soviet Union.”

Today, however, the downtrodden farm animals have finally ousted Farmer Jones from our Animal Farm, and they’ve absorbed all the institutions of American power: Wall Street, Big Tech, Big Media, Big Business, the academies, K-12 education, pro sports, and entertainment.

“We are now finally witnessing the logical fruition of their radical utopia,” Hanson writes. “Censorship, electronic surveillance, internal spying, monopolies, cartels, conspiracy theories, weaponization of the intelligence agencies, pouring billions of dollars into campaigns, changing voting laws by fiat, a woke revolutionary military, book banning, bleeding the First Amendment, canceling careers, blacklisting, separate-but-equal racial segregation and separatism.”

The term “Orwellian” is made for today. All of us may indeed be created equal, but some of us — those on the Left — are clearly more equal than others. As Hanson writes, “The Left demands not free-speech areas anymore, but no-speech ‘safe spaces’ and ‘theme houses — euphemisms for racially segregated, ‘separate-but-equal’ zones. ‘Microaggressions’ are tantamount to thought crimes. … No one is spared from the new racists, not Honest Abe, not Tom Jefferson, not you, not me.”

In today’s Animal Farm, 74 million Trump voters need to be deprogrammed, the “new and improved” ACLU fights against “hate speech” rather than for free speech, our nation’s capital is militarized, and our federal law enforcement and intelligence services are now embraced by a Left that once hated them.

Who’d have imagined it? Orwell.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • House Democrats conclude Trump impeachment case, warning of potential violence if Republicans refuse to convict (Washington Post)
  • Pelosi says officers who protected Capitol will get Congressional Gold Medal (The Hill)

Remember back in January when Biden said the Capitol Police were racist?

  • Cuomo aide admits they hid nursing home data so feds wouldn’t find out (New York Post)

Government & Politics

  • Schumer leaves door open to 14th Amendment measure to bar Trump from office (Fox News)
  • New “gun trafficking” bill could cripple legal firearms market (Bearing Arms)
  • Pelosi banned congresswoman’s military officer son from attending her swearing-in (Daily Caller)
  • Lincoln Project faces fierce backlash as more abuse evidence emerges (Fox News)

Well, except from CNN, which avoids the topic altogether.

  • AG Barr quashed plea deal by fired Officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd death (NBC)

Pandemic

  • Biden administration finalizes deal for 200 million vaccine doses from Pfizer, Moderna (NBC)
  • Biden says U.S. will have enough vaccine for 300 million people by end of July (Washington Post)
  • Doctor destroyed for vaccinating patients (Power Line)
  • White House considering domestic travel bans to stop coronavirus mutations surge (Washington Times)
  • Psaki admits parents shouldn’t be “satisfied” with in-person school one day a week, even as Biden slow-walks promise for reopening (Fox News)
  • CDC considering classifying schools into color-coded zones for reopening (CBS)

Business & Economy

  • Gas prices are up 18% since Biden took office (Not the Bee)

Cancel Culture

  • Twitter permanently bans Project Veritas account (WFSB)
  • China bans BBC after harrowing report on atrocities against Uyghurs (Fox News)

Culture

  • So sad: “Sexting, unwanted touching, spiritual abuse, and rape”: the devastating report on Ravi Zacharias has been released (Discrn)
  • Berkeley dorms guarded by cops who only let students out to eat, use the bathroom, or get a COVID-19 test (Reason)
  • France sees foreign threat: “out-of-control woke leftism of American campuses” (Legal Insurrection)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Unemployment, inflation, and automation: The truth about the $15 minimum wage (Daily Wire)
  • Policy: Call transportation bailouts what they are: More welfare for labor unions (Heritage Foundation)
  • Not Satire: To prove cancel culture doesn’t exist, Disney fires actress who condemned cancel culture (Babylon Bee)

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THIS Is What Trump’s Trial Is Really About — Ben Shapiro explains how the impeachment trial is win-win political gamesmanship for Democrats.

Aunt Jemima CANCELED — This is a result of outrage in the summer of 2020 over the “stereotypical” look of Aunt Jemima.

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SHORT CUTS

For the record: “I don’t think anything has occurred that would change your mind if your view is that you can’t impeach a former president.” —Sen. Roy Blunt

Impeachment theater: “The vice president and I don’t agree on too much in politics. But he’s a man who upholds his oath, his faith, his duty, and most of all upholds the Constitution. … [He’s] a Patriot.” —Rep. Joaquin Castro, one of more than a few Democrats who suddenly adore Mike Pence

Science? “The president wants schools to open safely and in accord with science and we are going to listen to science and medical expert” —Jen Psaki on why Biden is slow-walking his promise to reopen schools (“An administration that puts facts and science first would be conducting a full-court press to open schools.” —Mitch McConnell)

Cuomo’s death toll worse than thought: “This is the biggest bombshell we have had so far. We had a trickling in of the numbers. We knew the numbers were much bigger than the governor was admitting. Over 15,000 residents died from getting COVID in their nursing homes … and now the biggest bombshell coming from the New York Post that his secretary, Melissa DeRosa, admitted that they covered it all up. … I believe all of them should go to jail.” —Fox News’s Janice Dean, who lost both her parents-in-law to the pandemic last year

Nailing hypocrisy: “Restricting the right of Americans to travel freely throughout our country while allowing illegal aliens to pour across the southern border unmolested would be a ridiculous but very damaging farce. It would not be based in science. It would purely be a political attack against the people of Florida.” —Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Nailing hypocrisy II: “The day after Donald Trump issued a travel ban on China, Joe Biden said that this is no time for his xenophobia and that sort of thing. And then, a month later, he actually tweeted out that banning travel from anywhere did not work. So, to now read that they’re considering actual restrictions on Americans inside the country, I think, is unconstitutional, I think is going to be challenged in court successfully. But I think it also gives you some insight into who we’re dealing with here: hypocrites.” —Marco Rubio

Gun grabbers are coming: “First I will say that the president addressing gun violence in the country and putting in place additional safety measures is something that the president has a personal commitment to, and his history on this issue is evidence of that. He has obviously taken on the NRA twice and won and he is happy and eager to do that in the future.” —Jen Psaki

Things you can’t say: “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors … even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?” —actress Gina Carano, who was just fired by Disney for posting such insolence

And last: “[‘Mandalorian’ star] Pedro Pascal obviously has faced no backlash or punishment for doing exactly what Gina Carano did, and doing it, in his case, with the use of blatant misinformation. Of course, Pascal can get away with it because he abides by left-wing doctrine. He even has pronouns in his Twitter bio — a kind of modern ‘lamb’s blood on the door,’ signaling to the Angel of Cancelation to pass over his household.” —Matt Walsh

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In the Wake of Ravi Zacharias’s Sexual Abuse of Women | Randy Alcorn’s Blog

A few months ago, Ravi Zacharias International Ministry (RZIM) released a statement about the external investigation into allegations against Ravi Zacharias. That preliminary statement was very disturbing, but the twelve-page final reportreleased late yesterday, February 11, is horrific. Here is just a small sample, but there are much more graphic depictions, which I’d encourage you to ask God whether or not you should read:

She [a massage therapist] reported that he [Ravi Zacharias] made her pray with him to thank God for the “opportunity” they both received [by having sex]. She said he called her his “reward” for living a life of service to God, and he referenced the “godly men” in the Bible with more than one wife. She said he warned her not ever to speak out against him or she would be responsible for the “millions of souls” whose salvation would be lost if his reputation was damaged.

This next quote is a small part of the response to this report by the RZIM board, also posted yesterday: “We regret that we allowed our misplaced trust in Ravi to result in him having less oversight and accountability than would have been wise and loving. We also regret the ways that many of us have publicly extolled Ravi’s character and the impact this will have had on victims of his abuse. We now know our words have been hurtful, and that causes us deep sorrow.”

They go on to say, “We are shocked and grieved by Ravi’s actions. As Ravi Zacharias was the founder of our ministry and the leader of our staff, community, and team, we also feel a deep need for corporate repentance.”

One of the saddest things I’ve ever had to do was realize in December that we should take down from our website various blogs, articles, and videos concerning Ravi Zacharias.

I didn’t know Ravi well, but as it turns out I didn’t know him even as well as I thought I did. I had two conversations with him over the years, both at a big booksellers’ convention. The second of those times, my daughter Angela was with me. Ravi stopped and talked with us, making both him and us late for radio shows, but he was so kind and gracious to my daughter that we were struck with his humility and servant-heartedness. This same character quality came out in many of his debates and Q&As—he could disagree with people while still being kind and respectful.

Because of this, I was truly shocked when I first read credible and later irrefutable evidence that Ravi had a long-term pattern of sexual immorality that involved many women. This part of Ravi, according to family and close friends, was unthinkable to them. It was invisible, and that’s the most troubling part, because sin and abuse thrive in the dark.

I am always disappointed by (but sometimes not shocked by) the moral failures of evangelical leaders. I say that with great sadness. God says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). Sometimes pride is conspicuous to nearly everyone but the person guilty of it. When a Christian leader—or anyone else—often comes across as proud and arrogant it may be simply because that’s what he really is.  Pride and arrogance weren’t the first things most of us saw in Ravi. What we saw was apparent humility and devotion to Jesus. When these qualities are the genuine fruit of God’s Spirit, they are beautiful; when they are not, they can become tools to manipulate others into gratifying our sinful desires.

I know enough of the ugliness of my own pride that at least I am sometimes, though regretfully not always, aware of it when it rears its ugly head.

Here are some first thoughts in response to this tragedy, actually these many tragedies, because each incident did harm to others as well as to the reputation of Christ:

  • Let’s be quick to confess and repent. Most Christian leaders I know are like me, sinners saved by grace and growing in Christlikeness but nonetheless prone to sometimes dishonor God. That’s why quick and sincere confession and repentance before God and others needs to be a regular part of our lives. If we postpone repentance we will be dragged deeper into sin.
  • Let’s “finish well.” My friends and I often encourage each other to do this, especially as we get closer to that finish line, which each of us do every day. Clearly Ravi did not finish well. He finished in what appears to have been grievous sin that was unconfessed and unrepented of. Of course, only God knows what happened in his final hours or minutes. But all the books and messages and debates he ever engaged in, all the good he may have done, could not begin to compensate for his disobedience. Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
  • Let’s not trust ourselves too much by putting ourselves into temptation: “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment” (Romans 12:3).
  • Let’s not act as if we are spiritually or morally stronger than we are: “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (1 Corinthians 10:12)
  • Let’s decisively run away from sexual temptation: “Flee from sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18).
  • Let’s realize Satan has targeted us for destruction. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
  • Let’s lean on each other for moral strength and support. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).
  • Let’s remember we can’t keep dark secrets from God, the Audience of One. And we can keep them from people only a short time, even if that short time is decades. “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs” (Luke 12:2-3).

Who Can We Trust?

Many people question their faith when Christian leaders fall. When they fall to the degree Ravi did, what is a person who came to Christ hearing Ravi speak, or reading one of his books, supposed to think?

While we should all live consistently with the gospel, our obedience and virtue should never be the foundation or object of anyone else’s faith. Christian leaders are not God. They did not create you and didn’t die for your sins. If your primary faith is in Christian leaders instead of Jesus, then you need to lose that faith and replace it with Jesus alone, the only proper object of your faith. Put your ultimate and absolute faith in no man except Jesus, the God-man.

However, that previous paragraph isn’t where we should stop. As 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, and other passages make clear, Christian leaders are responsible to be people of integrity. Blameless, loving what is good, upright, holy, self-controlled. In a word, trustworthy. We should be growing in Christlikeness and set an example for others in recognizing their own weaknesses, temptations, and sins. We should be examples both in living righteously and in seeking to prevent moral lapses and dealing with them decisively if they happen, in confession and repentance.

Only when this is done will people be able to trust leaders. Church and ministry boards and staff should make sure to have true accountability. So in one sense of course Jesus is the only one we ultimately and unconditionally trust. But as we become more like Jesus people should be able to trust us also!

Paul said, “Be imitators of me as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Churches and ministries desperately need these kind of leaders! And they should do all they can to cultivate and find them.

A dear friend wrote, “My prayer now is that everyone hearing of Ravi’s sins will be driven to the Savior. That we will each confess our own sins and pray for our brothers and sisters in the Lord as waves of abuse roll over the church and Christian ministries. I pray that each one will remember that God cannot fail, no matter what men do. I pray that new safeguards will be put in place by Christian ministries to minimize the chance of such a thing happening again.”

Why Talk about a Man Who’s Dead and Can’t Defend Himself?

Part of the answer is that, as the report shows, Ravi consistently covered up and lied and manipulated to protect himself so that he wasn’t caught when he was alive.

“Let him rest in peace” isn’t a good response. We can’t let something like this rest without covering it up and thereby make the next abuser think he can get away. Suppose U.S. Olympic team doctor Larry Nasser had died prior to U.S. gymnast Rachael Denhollander accusing him of sexual assault. Should she have not spoken up if he’d already died? Should the other 155 women who came forward have remained silent if he’d died? Many of these women testify to the beginning of healing because they spoke up, and in their case testified against a sexual predator at his trial. And they sent the message to the victims “speak up” and to the victimizer “you won’t get away with it.”

What I Regret: Not Believing Lori Anne Thompson

When I first heard of the woman who accused Ravi a few years ago, based on the information given by the ministry, I thought that a false accusation was possible. I was told it was motivated by financial gain and that this couple had done the same thing before. I have often said to pastor friends how careful we have to be because a single false accusation that we could not disprove—and in many cases it’s impossible to prove innocence—would take us down and ruin our reputations forever even if there wasn’t a shred of truth in it. That’s why innocent until proven guilty is my assumption.

In Ravi’s case it turned out, as the new report verifies, there was a lot of contrary evidence that was silenced when they settled out of court with a nondisclosure agreement. I remember my first reactions when I heard about that agreement. Do innocent people actually pay to silence evidence from being made public? Why would Ravi agree to that if he were innocent? When I was told Ravi confessed he was unwise, that he should never have texted with her in the first place so she couldn’t send those inappropriate photos to Ravi, I chose to give the benefit of my doubt to Ravi, who I thought I knew, instead of to people who I didn’t know and heard weren’t credible. That is a big regret. I should never have made the assumption I did.

Lori Anne Thompson, this woman I didn’t know, earlier this week posted a video on her webpage, describing her relationship with Ravi Zacharias as “the most traumatizing, soul destroying, faith crushing seasons in my life.” Watching this sixteen-minute video by Lori Anne was painful in the extreme, though any pain on my part of course is the tiniest fraction of her and her husband’s pain. She says, “I knew the world to be an unsafe place before I met Ravi Zacharias—but I yet had hope that there were some safe and sacred spaces. I no longer live with that hope. I trusted him. I trusted Christendom. That trust is irreparably and catastrophically shattered.”

Let the weight of that dear woman’s pain fall on you as it did on me. Of course we can say others have been abused by people and still trust Jesus, but when someone seems to be the voice of Jesus in your life and then treats you so horribly, it can close up your heart.

After watching her video, I asked God’s forgiveness for believing the statements by RZIM in which they characterized her and her husband as extortionists attacking a character qualified Christian leader. When you have to ask God’s forgiveness for believing a Christian leader and a Christian ministry, it means something has gone terribly wrong. I pray for Lori Anne Thompson and her husband now. I think if you watch that video, she may be on your prayer list too. What a picture of the consequences of a Christian leader’s sin!

In their statement issued yesterday, to their credit the board of RZIM apologized to the Thompsons. “We believe Lori Anne Thompson has told the truth about the nature of her relationship with Ravi Zacharias,” the board said. “It is with profound grief that we recognize that because we did not believe the Thompsons and both privately and publicly perpetuated a false narrative, they were slandered for years and their suffering was greatly prolonged and intensified. This leaves us heartbroken and ashamed.”

Broken Hearts and Tragic Consequences

I have never enjoyed working on a blog less than this one. My heart is broken, and I ache for the victims of Ravi Zacharias. I ache for seekers who had been influenced by Ravi’s words and now will dismiss them. I ache for younger people in our churches, and older ones too, who keep seeing and hearing story after story of Christian leaders being bullies, money-lovers, and adulterers. And in this case, a sexual predator. If it breaks my heart this much, what does it do to the heart of Jesus? Surely it also stirs his anger, and unlike ours, righteous anger is the only kind he has. “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31, CSB). Perhaps there is no more tragic consequence to the sexual sin of Christians than its effect on non-Christians. Nathan said to David, in the wake of his sexual sin, “by doing this you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt . . .” (2 Samuel 12:14).

Let’s all pray for Ravi’s wife, daughters, and son. I can’t imagine the depths of their grief. They lost him in death less than a year ago. Now they are losing him again in a way far more difficult than death.

There is more to be learned from this great tragedy, including the need to wake up and take precautions, to change structures and cultures in ministries and churches, and to foster mutual moral and spiritual accountability. And the need to recognize Satan’s power and plans to deceive and destroy us and our service for Jesus through sexual immorality. I’ll address all that in an upcoming blog.

For more, see Randy’s book The Purity Principle, and his articles Counting the Cost of Sexual Immorality and The Sacred Trust of Pastors and Christian Leaders.

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Famous constitutional law scholar says Dems “overplayed their hand” in impeachment proceedings

Well known constitutional law expert and attorney Alan Dershowitz said Thursday that Democrats have “overplayed their hand” following the long impeachment trial arguments of the past few days in the Senate.

Source: Famous constitutional law scholar says Dems “overplayed their hand” in impeachment proceedings

70 Percent of Republicans Would Consider Joining Trump-Led Party, Poll Finds | Geller Report

I believe it’s higher because we have no party.

70 Percent of Republicans Would Consider Joining Trump-Led Party, Poll Finds

By GQ Pan, The Epoch Times, February 11, 2021:

More than two-thirds of Republicans would join or consider joining a new political party if former President Donald Trump were to start one, a CBS News poll suggests.

Thirty-three percent of Republicans participating in the survey, conducted between Feb. 5 and Feb. 8, said they would join a Trump-led breakaway party.

Another 37 percent said “maybe” they would join the new party, while the remaining 30 percent said they would stay with the Republican Party.

The poll was conducted among 2,508 adults living in the United States by YouGov, a London-based online polling company, with a plus/minus 2.3 point error margin. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race and education based on the U.S. Bureau of the Census’ American Community Survey, as well as the 2020 presidential vote and registration status.

In addition, 46 percent of respondents identified as Republicans said they believe it is “very important” for the party to remain loyal to Trump, with 27 percent saying it is “somewhat important.” Fifteen percent said the Republican loyalty to Trump is “not too important” and twelve percent said it is not important at all.

When it came to the Republican support of the second impeachment effort against Trump, 71 percent of Republicans chose the option given saying it was “disloyal” for party members to vote in favor of the former president’s impeachment or conviction, compared to 29 percent who chose the option saying it was “principled” to do so.

The poll also highlighted the hostility between Democrats and Republicans, with the latter somewhat more likely to view the former as enemies rather than political opponents. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans described Democrats as “enemies,” with the belief that their “life or entire way of life may be threatened” if their Democratic counterparts win. Forty-three percent say the Democrats are “political opposition,” that is, Republicans “just won’t get the policies they want” if Democrats win.

By contrast, 41 percent of Democrats described Republicans as enemies and 59 percent described them as political opposition.

Earlier this month, a Hill-HarrisX poll reported that 64 percent of Republican said they would either join or might join a “MAGA Party” or “Patriot Party” led by Trump. Thirty-six percent of respondents said it would be more likely for them to stay with the Republican Party.

“If Trump were to split from the GOP and create his own party, polling suggests he might well create the second largest political party in the country, knocking the GOP down to third place,” Dritan Nesho, CEO and chief pollster at HarrisX, told Hill.TV.

Source: 70 Percent of Republicans Would Consider Joining Trump-Led Party, Poll Finds

Disney Posts Job Ad Looking For Strong, Fierce Women Who Are Also Obedient, Submissive, And Docile — The Babylon Bee

BURBANK, CA—Disney is eager to fill their job vacancy after firing Gina Carano from the Mandalorian after she was outed as a kind, decent person as well as a mouthy female who speaks her mind too much. Determined not to make the same mistake again, Disney is being much more specific with their job descriptions. 

“We need brave, strong, and independent role models that girls can look up to!” said Disney CEO Bob Chapek. “But she’s also gotta be extremely submissive, easily controlled, and totally subservient. We can’t afford to have another woman out here speaking her mind!”

“At Disney, we tell stories of hope, courage, and rebellion against all-powerful empires, but that nonsense is all for show,” he continued. “What we actually care about is women who will regurgitate all of our politically correct talking points and approved messages.”

“I’ll watch anything made by Disney. Who cares that they praise brutal communist regimes that imprison Uighurs, and cancel conservative women— I just want more Baby Yoda!” said eager fan Adam Harrington. “In fact, the more mindless puppets the better!”

“She got what she deserved,” said one critic on Twitter. “What did she expect after using her platform to stand for what she believed in? What does she think this is? A Disney movie?!”

Disney has now updated their listing to look for a woman that’s fierce, but only when commanded, smart, but not smart enough to scare the men, and preferably strong, but not strong enough to beat up the whole studio.

Disney Posts Job Ad Looking For Strong, Fierce Women Who Are Also Obedient, Submissive, And Docile — The Babylon Bee

God’s Coming Great Reset, Pt 2

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Last time, we discussed the fact that technocrat globalists are doing whatever they can to bring the world together in one globalized government, God allows it because it will ultimately bring Him tremendous glory. The technocracy that is being built by technocrats will create the final one-world empire first highlighted in Daniel 2.

Today’s technology has indeed made the world much smaller because information travels extremely fast today and in a matter of seconds, people in the USA can see what is happening in the opposite side of the earth and in real time. Travel, which used to be by foot, horse, train or ship, now happens via automobiles, planes, trains and rockets. Speeds have increased tremendously cutting down the time it takes to get half way across the world.

So the final globalized empire that is being built now is literally being thrust upon us because of a…

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FNC’s Janice Dean: Gov. Cuomo Deserves “Jail Time” For Nursing Home COVID Death Toll Coverup | RealClearPolitics

Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean, who lost both of her in-laws to COVID-19, weighs in on a New York Post story about an aide to Gov. Cuomo admitting to a nursing home death toll cover-up during the early months of the COVID pandemic.

“This is the most damning, someone admitted it, and it looks like they covered it up the whole time,” Dean said. “Look at this governor’s track record — his leadership book, his Emmy award, protected only himself and his administration and we never got an apology from this governor. I believe he should be in jail.”

Source: FNC’s Janice Dean: Gov. Cuomo Deserves “Jail Time” For Nursing Home COVID Death Toll Coverup

How Faith Became a Part of the Capitol Riots: The Beliefs that Shaped the Mob

On Jan. 6, thousands of Christians came to Washington to support President Donald Trump and to pray. Later, however, many unwittingly found themselves in a large crowd that would march on the Capitol and eventually breach the building, leaving two dead and more than 100 police officers injured.

Source: How Faith Became a Part of the Capitol Riots: The Beliefs that Shaped the Mob

Back to basics

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

I wrote this series in 2011, ten years ago. Things are worse now, as we know. Things have worsened exponentially. So I’m bringing back this series for another round in hopes it might help someone in this decade.


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I’ve been mulling over some things about apostasy. This is because in the course of my online and real life discernment and encouragement ministry, I see that the essential doctrines of our faith not only are being eroded “out there”, but also “in here”, in Christian places and in people close to me. I am horrified at the depth and breadth of the erosion of what I believed were the obvious givens. I am grieving over the adherence of many people to the destructive heresies.


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Living Proof You Should Follow Beth (No) Moore

Michelle Lesley

If you are considering commenting or sending me an e-mail objecting to the fact that I warn against false teachers, please click here and read this article first. Your objection is most likely answered here. I won’t be publishing comments or answering emails that are answered by this article.


This article is kept continuously updated as needed.


Discerning the False Teachers: Beth Moore Part 1 and Part 2 are episodes of the A Word Fitly Spoken podcast with Michelle Lesley and Amy Spreeman based on this article if you’d like to listen to an audio version.

Beth Moore is easily the world’s best known women’s Bible study author and teacher in the world. With her down home charm, endless energy, and stunning smile, she has captured the hearts of millions with her humor and storytelling style of teaching.

In forty years of ministry, Beth has written dozens of books…

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What It Means to ‘Profess to Know God’ But ‘Deny Him’ by Our Works — ChurchLeaders

In his letter to Titus, Paul writes of people who “profess to know God, but they deny him by their works” (Titus 1:16). What does that mean? How can we deny God by our works? In the same context, Paul begins to tell us how. We learn that such people “are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” Here he seems to provide a general pattern of behavior (Titus 1:15–16) after citing specific examples of people who deny God by their works (Titus 1:10–14).

As the letter develops, Paul, I think, gives us more ways to understand what this denial looks like. By looking at these later passages, we can more clearly understand what it means to deny God by our works and how we can ensure that never happens.

First, Paul defines the characteristics or works of a true Christian

Paul affirms that God saves us by faith, not by works (Titus 3:4–5). Thus, any good work described in this letter defines what a Christian looks like after their salvation. Note also that any sin we do can be forgiven (1 John 1:9). The point, as will be clear, is that some people can claim Christian faith while living badly and unrepentantly—that unrepentant life demonstrates a lack of true faith, a lack of the Holy Spirit indwelling our hearts.

So here is what characterizes a Christian according to Paul in his letter to Titus. Christians are:

to be submissive to rulers and authorities,
to be obedient,
to be ready for every good work,
to speak evil of no one,
to avoid quarreling,
to be gentle,
and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. (Titus 3:1–2)

Each phrase above describes what a Christian acts like. The converse by implication describes what a Christian ought not to be. We all sin, of course. The key here is that sinning should bother our conscience so that we repent, change. The opposite of “be submissive to rulers and authorities” here, for example, seems to be what Paul identifies as “disobedient” in Titus 1:16 and 3:3. Lacking these qualities then likely means that we are “unfit for any good work.” More than that, they may be signals that we are denying our profession by our (evil) works.

I want to reiterate. When we sin, God always forgives us when we repent. The only unforgivable sin is unbelief! But that just proves the kindness of God’s saving Word of Salvation (Titus 3:4–5). God saves us by faith, not our works; but our works may show that we lack that faith through which the Spirit indwells us to love and desire what is good, just, and right.

Second, Paul contrasts such works with the works of an unregenerate person

In the next verse, Paul contrasts these positive Christian traits with unregenerate traits: “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another” (Titus 3:3).

Paul speaks of us as being slaves to passion here. Being passionate is actually not good. It is sinful.

We call passion good—we usually associate it with boldness or strength. The Bible calls its sin because passions within our flesh deceive us into doing evil while thinking it is good. Everyone thinks they do good; everyone fails to do good. They do so because the flesh and its passions vie against the mind (nous). See, for example, Romans 7 on this topic.

Passions lead us to throw off authorities, to be disobedient, to speak evil of our opponents, to quarrel, to lack gentleness. How unlike our Saviour who called himself: gentle and lowly (Matt 11:29).

Our passions sometimes tell us: yeah, but Jesus turned over tables in the temple and so should I! Mostly correct, but Christ did so because he was the divine Son of the Father who cleared out his own Father’s house in order to reshape the temple into his body (John 2:13–22). He also knew what was in the hearts of men (John 2:25) and thus could, unlike us, know exactly how to call out the sin of others. We cannot even trust our own hearts, much less know them (cf. 1 Cor 4:4–5). So we believe all things without naivety; we love according to our ability (1 Cor 13:6). Christ also escaped crowds who tried to capture him by miraculous feats. We cannot. So we imitate Christ as human beings, adopted sons, as those indwelled by the Spirit of Jesus. But We are are not the divine Son, and so we should chasten our confidence accordingly.

The point

We should test ourselves to see if we act on our profession of faith because the passions of flesh vie against the mind through which the Spirit sanctifies us (e.g., Rom 12:1–2). Expressing our feelings and angst and anger are not goods. They are in fact sin. Passion is bad. In an age of expressive individualism, my words here likely sound profoundly unfashionable.

They are also biblical.

Paul says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal 5:22–24).

So where is the line where we find our faith to be a fraud? The line is simply when we stop believing, repenting, and following the Lord. Thankfully, God’s Kindness appeared to save us by faith, not works (Titus 3:4–5). But if we have no interest in pursuing what God calls good or allowing the Spirit to guide our steps, we have denied our profession.

I close and repeat with this list of what God loves and what characterizes a Christian. We are

to be submissive to rulers and authorities,
to be obedient,
to be ready for every good work,
to speak evil of no one,
to avoid quarreling,
to be gentle,
and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. (Titus 3:1–2)

Is that me? Is that you?

This article originally appeared here.

What It Means to ‘Profess to Know God’ But ‘Deny Him’ by Our Works — ChurchLeaders

The Purge of Truth, Conservatives and the Divided State of America — Stand Up For The Truth

Today, we catch up on many recent articles and news stories as we fight this good fight of faith. Some of the big stories are the open censorship of conservatives and Christians, slaves freed in Sudan, Democrat power grabs in D.C. and Big Tech, and Gov. Cuomo’s cover up of nursing home deaths in NYC.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not wage battle according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying arguments and all arrogance raised against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

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Touching: Jill Biden Decorates Migrant Cages With Valentine’s Day Message Hearts — The Babylon Bee

NOGALES, AZ—In a touching gesture, Jill Biden visited a border holding facility and carefully decorated all the cages holding migrants with festive Valentine’s Day hearts– each one bearing a message of hope and unity.

“What a beautiful gesture,” said CNN Anchor Brian Stelter as he wiped tears from his eyes. “It’s so wonderful to have compassion and kindness in the White House again!”

“Just look at the looks on those kids’ faces!” said Andrea Mitchell of NBC News as the first lady hung up a giant heart featuring the word “UNITY” on the chain-link fence keeping all the immigrant kids from escaping. “How lucky they are to receive a visit from our beautiful First Lady!”

According to several sources, immigrants being held at the border are thrilled to be held in compassionate migrant maximum security holding facilities rather than in “horrible cages” as the facilities used to be named.

“This is truly a touching gesture. It almost makes me forget I’ve been locked in a cage,” said one of the migrant kids behind bars. “Just to think that the First Lady would think of me is so special” 

Another one said “¡Sácame de aquí por favor!” which experts have translated to mean: “Thank you, Mrs. First Lady!”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This article about the First Lady was written without the use of her proper title of “Doctor.” While it’s not our policy to change articles after they have been published, we sincerely apologize for this extremely hurtful oversight. The writer of this article has been terminated.)

Touching: Jill Biden Decorates Migrant Cages With Valentine’s Day Message Hearts — The Babylon Bee

Biden Cancels Emergency Border Wall Funding As DHS Prepares To Admit 25,000 Migrants Waiting In Mexico | ZeroHedge

The Biden administration on Thursday canceled President Trump’s 2019 emergency declaration directing nearly $25 billion to fund the construction of new and replacement fending at the US-Mexico border.

“I have determined that the declaration of a national emergency at our southern border was unwarranted,” wrote Biden in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

“I have also announced that it shall be the policy of my administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall, and that I am directing a careful review of all resources appropriated or redirected to that end.”

The proclamation is a final step from Biden after issuing an executive order on day one questioning the validity of Trump’s national emergency and ordering a pause on all border wall construction.

Trump issued the national emergency at the border in early 2019 after repeatedly butting heads with lawmakers over funding for the project. The emergency declaration loosened the limits on taxpayer funding, paving the way for Trump to divert funds originally intended for other agencies. –The Hill

Biden’s proclamation follows a Supreme Court decision to cancel an upcoming hearing on the legality of the border wall at the request of the new administration.

“The President has directed the Executive Branch to undertake an assessment of ‘the legality of the funding and contracting methods used to construct the wall,'” the Biden administration wrote earlier this month.

GOP members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee asked Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas earlier this month to turn over all documents related to Biden’s decision to pause construction.

“This potentially dangerous action not only harms our national security and thwarts the will of Congress, but also leaves American citizens living near the southwest border vulnerable to activities involving cartels and smugglers,” said Rep. James Comer (R-KY), ranking minority member of the committee.

Meanwhile, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security is set to admit 25,000 migrants forced to wait in Mexico for their immigration hearings by former President Trump.

The migrants are part of the Migration Protection Protocols, more commonly referred to as the “remain in Mexico” policy, which allowed border authorities who encountered illegal entrants to process and return them to Mexico to await their immigration court dates.

MPP had the effect of denying would-be illegal immigrants a foothold in the U.S., which sapped the incentive for people to make the attempt during the 2019 surge. –Washington Times

The Biden administration called the program a ‘stain’ on America’s immigration legacy, and will begin admitting migrants on Feb. 19.

“This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation’s values,” said Mayorkas.

These immigration moves wouldn’t have anything to do with Biden’s plans to offer an expedited pathway to citizenship for likely Democratic voters, would it?

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/biden-cancels-emergency-border-wall-funding-dhs-prepares-admit-25000-migrants-waiting