Daily Archives: February 16, 2021

Kamala Harris is now taking Biden’s Head of State calls | Disrn

Vice President Kamala Harris has begun taking calls on behalf of President Joe Biden, including those from key world leaders. The White House published a “Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France” on Monday.

— Read on disrn.com/news/vp-kamala-harris-now-takes-on-president-bidens-head-of-state-calls-biden-refuses-to-call-israeli-prime-minister/

Ron Paul: Trump Acquitted (Again), But Trump Hatred Continues | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Last week’s second impeachment trial of former President Trump should serve as a warning that something is very wrong in US politics. Far from a measured, well-investigated, rock-solid case against the former president, America was again abused with day after day of character assassination, innuendo, false claims, and even falsified “evidence.”

The trial wasn’t intended to win a conviction of Trump for “incitement” because the Democrats already knew that the votes were not there.

So, just as with the last impeachment trial, the goal was to fling as much dirt at Donald Trump as they could while the cameras were rolling.

Their hatred of Donald Trump is so deep and visceral that probably a psychologist would have been more beneficial to them than yet another impeachment trial.

It would be incorrect to say that the House managers’ case fell apart, because they had no case to begin with. They never had a case because they made no effort to develop a case. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court saw from the beginning that this was no legitimate impeachment trial and informed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that he would not preside. Without the Chief Justice, there was no Constitutional impeachment trial. So they put on a show trial instead.

As Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley kept asking, why didn’t the House schedule a single hearing to investigate what really happened up to and on the day of the Capitol melee on January 6th? They had weeks to do so. Professor Turley believes they might even have been able to make a decent case if they had tried.

Why did they not call witnesses? Were there no rioters who could be called to explain under oath how Trump’s speech had inspired them to enter the Capitol building to overturn the election?

Were they afraid that under cross-examination we might have found out more about Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows’ claim that Trump offered to deploy 10,000 National Guard troops in Washington before January 6th but that his offer was rebuked? What about reports that Capitol Hill Police were left without back-up and unprepared for what happened? House and Senate leadership is responsible for security at the Capitol and they obviously failed. Why?

The House and Senate Democrats (and a few Republicans) did not succeed in their ultimate goal: preventing Trump from ever running again for political office. But that doesn’t mean they are giving up. They are not about to give citizen Trump a moment of peace. They are intent on continuing their witch hunt but it looks less and less like any desire for justice. It looks like fear. They are afraid if he is allowed to run again he may be elected. So they cannot allow that vote to happen.

And they accuse Trump of undermining democracy.

There were a number of reasons to impeach and convict President Trump while he was in office. Bombing Syria on bogus grounds without authorization was one of them. But Democrats love war as much as Republicans so they weren’t about to uphold their Constitutional obligations.

Impeachment 2.0 may be over, but those blinded by hatred for Trump are not about to give up. They are irrational and obsessed. They are also dangerous.

Source: Ron Paul: Trump Acquitted (Again), But Trump Hatred Continues

Kraft Heinz, Conagra Will Start Passing On Soaring Food Costs To Consumers | ZeroHedge

Stagflation for the masses?

Cost of living is about to soar and all the average joe has to cover it is a $1400 check from Uncle Joe.

Late last year we noted that SocGen’s Albert Edwards warning readers that it could be time to start “panicking” about soaring food prices. 

Edwards’ research said, “keep a very close eye as to whether we see a repeat of the 2010/11 surge in food prices” because “on the 10th anniversary of the start of the Arab Spring, and with poverty having already been made much worse by the pandemic, another food price bubble could well be the straw to break the very angry camel’s back.”

While it’s not quite the spring of 2021 just yet, there are indications that soaring food costs are about to get passed on to consumers – this is terrible news for working-poor folks who are already suffering from housing and food insecurities. 

According to Reuters, Kraft Heinz Co and Conagra Brands Inc warned Tuesday that price increases of wheat, sugar, and other commodities are becoming more expensive due to elevated demand. 

Conagra executives told Reuters that increased prices for edible oils, pork and eggs, and packaging might force it to pass it along to consumers in the form of higher prices. 

Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio said inflation is everywhere in the agri complex.

He said inflation in “everything related to grains” is being observed, and it may result in price increases of some categories, including mac and cheese and mayonnaise, later this year. 

Is it time to worry about food inflation? 

According to Edwards, the answer is “yes.” 

In December’s CPI print, food inflation was very notable on Jan. 13. The report said:

The food at home index increased 3.9 percent over the past 12 months. All six major grocery store food group indexes increased over the period. The largest increase was the meats, poultry, fish, and eggs index which rose 4.6 percent as the beef index increased 5.3 percent. The smallest increases were for the cereals and bakery products and the fruits and vegetables indexes, which both increased 3.2 percent over the last 12 months. The index for food away from home rose 3.9 percent over the last year. The index for limited service meals rose 6.0 percent and the index for full service meals rose 3.0 percent over the span.

Also, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Price Index rose for a seventh consecutive month in December, led by dairy products and vegetable oils. 

So, as the surge in global food prices remains anything but transitory, major food producers are set to pass on those food costs for consumers at a time when millions of them can barely afford rentand or feed their families. 

Of course, while food prices are surging around the world, the well-managed signals in official inflation data remains relatively low… enabling central planners to keep the spigots wide open (no matter what the consequences).

As we noted previously, while central bankers walk around with their heads in the clouds, a team at C+R Research 

And given the headlines today, things are about to get even worse.

To sum up, prepare for major food companies to start jacking up food prices. We assume this will not sit well in the stomachs of already-broke consumers. 

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/commodities/amid-soaring-food-prices-kraft-heinz-conagra-brands-set-raise-prices

Ravi Zacharias and His Moral Failure — Blogs

Last week, an investigation into the life of the late Ravi Zacharias, prominent Christian apologist, revealed patterns of sexual misconduct and spiritual abuse that spanned his life and his ministry.

Allegations had surfaced a number of years ago about his misconduct, but the accusers were silenced. Some staff members who attempted to question his character following the accusations were silenced and blamed for attempting to bring the ministry down, according to an article in Christianity Today.

Sadly, Zacharias is simply the next in a line of prominent Christians who has fallen to sexual immorality and lived an abusive lifestyle.

Many people wonder how and why pastors and spiritual leaders can so easily fall to sexual misconduct. Let me start by saying that most—if not all—enter the ministry with hearts that desire to walk in obedience. However, somewhere along the way, their hearts become hardened to the voice of God. It’s a subtle shift, one that occurs over the course of many small steps in the wrong direction.

What small steps cause these leaders to fall?

They live a life without accountability. We all need others. Scripture is clear that the Christian life was not meant to be lived alone but instead it is meant to be lived in community. How many times do we see the phrase “one another” in scripture? Doesn’t the book of Hebrews tell us not to forsake the assembling together? Have you personally found that community helps you move in the right direction?

These leaders are no different. They surround themselves with people who will love and support them. Unfortunately, many times these same people fail to be true friends—the type of friends who are willing to call out one another for making wrong choices. Or maybe they create an environment where it isn’t safe to call them out for sins. Either way, these leaders live lives that don’t have the accountability we as humans need.

Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. Proverbs 27:6

They fail to guard their hearts. When I think of a biblical character who lived his convictions, I often think of Joseph. When faced with a seductive woman, he fled. Sadly, the woman accused him of sexually assaulting her, but he lived a life of integrity (see Genesis 39).

He guarded his heart because he knew it was the wellspring of life.

Guarding our hearts has sadly become a thing of the past in many circles. As pornography becomes more readily accessible and has less of a stigma, more people have become addicted. What starts as a quick peek leads to more frequent use. Eventually, just looking at images is not enough to get the same “high,” and people find themselves needing to act out what they once only looked at.

When we as Christians fail to guard our hearts, we are destined for a life marred by moral failures.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.Proverbs 4:23

They use their spiritual position and charisma to influence others. Most people only know the public persona of their pastor. They don’t know the private persona, and sometimes there is a vast chasm that exists between the two.

Let me give you a personal example: My pastor ex-husband had an affair with a woman in our church who perceived my husband as the spiritual leader she had always longed for. She saw a man who had an incredible ability to teach scripture, who had command of the entirety of the Word of God. What she didn’t see was the man who isolated himself from his family, made it clear he was the leader of the home, and expected our home to revolve around him and his desires. She didn’t see the angry, expletive-laced tirades that ensued when one of us would dare to challenge his authority in any way. She didn’t see the man who controlled his family through the use of fear tactics.

Spiritual leaders who fall to immorality often use their knowledge of scripture, their position, and their charisma to prey on women who can’t see past the public persona.

So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife.  He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. 1 Timothy 3:2

When I think of a biblical character who falls into a similar trap, my mind immediately jumps to King David. He was a spiritual leader who was well-respected by all. Unfortunately, he failed to guard his heart and mind. When he chose not to go to war as was the custom for kings (2 Samuel 11:1), he fell into the trap of looking at Bathsheba. Instead of immediately recognizing his lust and turning from it, he chose to walk away from God and seduce Bathsheba.

After he realized his sin was going to be uncovered, David attempted to hide his sin. Ultimately, He was guilty of not just adultery but also murder. His moral failure was the result of one small step at a time.

Do you know what the difference is between King David and Ravi Zacharias?

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Psalm 51:1-3

You see, when King David was confronted with his sin, he fell to his knees before God. He confessed his sins and turned from them. He surrendered to God, and turned from his wicked ways. Sadly, Ravi Zacharias and so many others never had that Psalm 51 moment. They continued to hide their sins rather than letting God bring the truth into the light. And because their sins remained hidden, their lives and their legacies were forever marred. Because they did not guard their hearts, the course of their lives was forever altered.

What about you? Are you living your life in such a way that you are at risk of falling to immorality? Maybe it’s time we all take some time to examine our lives and see if we are focused on living a life set apart for holiness.

That, after all, is what we are called to do.

Ravi Zacharias and His Moral Failure — Blogs

Distressing Things Within the Church — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

Let’s start with a look at the investigation into Ravi Zacharias’ “Decades of Sexual Abuse.” On top of this report we have learned that he lied about his credentials. Although he was a brilliant teacher, I could never, ever again recommend anything he has written.  Here’s another article on the topic.  No one should try to defend him.  The last word about Ravi from Elizabeth Prata.

The only evidence you need to prove Tim Keller is a false teacher.

STOP using satanic practices; don’t even play with them!

Todd Bently is back. This heretic, blasphemer of God, and false prophet continues to prove how bad he really is. These claims of visions are either bald-faced lies or from the demonic world. At any rate he certainly isn’t a believer.

More on the cult of Hillsong. And still more.

NO CHURCH should allow Hillsong, Bethel, or Elevation music into their assembly.

Thabiti Anyabwile has become “woke.” And it you don’t agree with him you are “ravaging churches” and causing “re-segregation.” Stay away from him.

Yes, Joyce Meyer is a horrid false teacher.

The “gospel” of the New Apostolic Reformation. Keep away from this heresy.

Watch out for pro-sodomy theology.

Several times on the blog I have warned about the false teachings of Max Lucado. This article is another perfect example of how Lucado seeks to appease sinners.

Beware the false prophets and false apostles!

Let’s end with an excellent sermon about discernment, and the pastor doesn’t shy away from naming names!

Distressing Things Within the Church — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

February 16 Evening Quotes of The Day

Jesus Certainly Overcame His Enemies
2 Corinthians 2:14; Colossians 2:14–15

It is certain that Christ fought and overcame all his enemies: he gave them the last blow upon the cross, he seized on the spoil at his resurrection, and led them in triumph at his ascension into heaven, and by his peaceable possession of his throne his subjects enjoy the benefit of all.

THOMAS BOSTON

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

“The Gospel Is a Good and Sweet Word”
1 Corinthians 15:1–8; 2 Corinthians 11:7; Colossians 1:5–6

The gospel is a good and a sweet word, and an assured testimony of God’s grace toward us, exhibited in Christ unto all believers. Or else, the gospel is the most evident sentence of the eternal God, brought down from heaven, absolving all believers from all their sins, and that too freely, for Christ his sake, with a promise of eternal life.

HEINRICH BULLINGER

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

February 16 Evening Verse of the Day

4:16 That is why it depends on faith. Because the promise in all its elements is received by faith, it also rests “on grace.” Had it been on the basis of works, the promise would have failed; had it been on the basis of circumcision, it could have been received only by Jews. Because it is by faith, and therefore by grace (by God’s action, not man’s), it is “guaranteed” to come to Abraham’s true spiritual offspring, or all believers whether Jew or Gentile by birth.[1]


4:16 promise In the same way that God offered Abraham the gift of land through faith, He now offers the gift of righteousness through faith to all people. This means that both Jews and Gentiles should have the same response to God’s promise of righteousness apart from the law.

faith of Abraham Jewish people regarded themselves as natural descendants of Abraham (Rom 4:1); Paul metaphorically extends this association to all people who exhibit Abraham’s faith.[2]


4:16 That is why points to the special relationship between faith and grace: Faith means trusting in another, not in one’s own efforts. Faith therefore corresponds exactly to grace, which involves trusting God’s gift of unmerited favor. The adherent of the law refers to the Jewish believer in Christ.[3]


4:16 by faith. Justification is through faith alone (see notes on 1:16, 17 and 3:24). in accordance with grace. But the power of justification is God’s great grace (see note on 1:5), not man’s faith. promise. See note on v. 13. those who are of the Law. Believing Jews. those who are of the faith of Abraham. Believing Gentiles. father of us all. See note on v. 11.[4]


4:16 Therefore it is of faith: Paul concludes that God’s promises to Abraham were founded on his faith so that it would be acknowledged that salvation was only through grace, that is, God’s favor. Since the promise was not based on adherence to any law or the performance of any ritual, such as circumcision, Abraham is the forefather of all who believe.[5]


4:16 Because law produces God’s wrath and not His justification, God determined that He would save men by grace through faith. He would give eternal life as a free, undeserved gift to ungodly sinners who receive it by a simple act of faith.

In this way the promise of life is sure to all the seed. We should mention two words here—sure and all. First, God wants the promise to be sure. If justification depended on man’s law-works, he could never be sure because he could not know if he had done enough good works or the right kind. No one who seeks to earn salvation enjoys full assurance. But when salvation is presented as a gift to be received by believing, then a man can be sure that he is saved on the authority of the word of God.

Second, God wants the promise to be sure to all the seed—not just to the Jews, to whom the law was given, but also to Gentiles who put their trust in the Lord in the same way that Abraham did. Abraham is the father of us all—that is, of all believing Jews and Gentiles.[6]


4:16. Paul then drew his conclusion. Therefore (lit., “On account of this”) the promise comes by (ek, “out of”) faith so that it may be by (kata, “according to the standard of”) grace. Responding in faith to God’s promise is not meritorious, since the promise springs from His grace, His disposition of favor toward those who deserve His wrath. The human exercise of faith is simply the prerequisite response of trust in God and His promise. Since faith and grace go together, and since the promise is by grace, the promise can be received only by faith, not by the Law.

Another reason the promise is by faith is so that it may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring, not only the Jews (those … of the Law) but to all who exercise faith in God. If the promise were fulfilled for those who keep the Law, then no Gentiles (or Jews either) could be saved! But this cannot be, because Abraham … is the father of us all, that is, all who believe (cf. “our” in v. 1; also cf. Gal. 3:29).[7]


4:16 This is a beautiful summary of Paul’s argument from v. 14: (1) humans must respond by faith; (2) to God’s grace promise; (3) the promise was certain to all descendants (Jew and Gentile) of Abraham who exercise faith; and (4) Abraham was the paradigm of all who are of faith.

© “guaranteed” This is the Greek term bebaios, which has three connotations.

  1. that which is sure, certain, or able to be relied on (cf. Rom. 4:16; 2 Cor. 1:7; Heb. 2:2; 3:6, 14; 6:19; 2 Pet. 1:10, 19).
  2. the process by which something’s trustworthiness is shown or established (cf. Rom. 15:8; Heb. 2:2, cf. Louw and Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, Vol. 1, pp. 340,377,670).
  3. in the papyri it became a technical term for a legal guarantee (cf. Moulton and Milligan, The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament, pp. 107–8).

This would be the antithesis of v. 14. God’s promises are sure![8]


Ver. 16. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace.

How is salvation received:

  1. The fact. 1. It is of faith. And what is faith? It is taking God at His Word, and acting upon that by trusting in Him. Some of the Puritans used to divide it into three parts. (1) Self-renunciation, which is, perhaps, rather a preparation for faith than faith itself. (2) Reliance, in which a man trusts, and leaves his soul in the Saviour’s hands. (3) Appropriation, by which a man takes to himself that which God presents in the promise. We shall, however, better understand what faith is as we consider—1. Abraham’s case. (1) He believed the promise of God firmly and practically. He was in Chaldea when the Lord promised to give him a land and a seed, and straightway he went forth, not knowing whither he went. When he came into Canaan he had no settled resting-place, but still believed that the land wherein he sojourned as a stranger was his own. God promised to give him a seed, and he waited till he was a hundred years old and Sarah ninety when Isaac was born. Nor did he doubt when the Lord bade him take Isaac and offer him up as a sacrifice. (2) He had an eye to the central point of the promise, the Messiah. When the Lord said that He would make him a blessing, and in him should all the nations of the earth be blessed, I do not suppose Abraham saw all the fulness of that marvellous word; but our Lord declares, “Abraham saw My day and was glad.” (3) He considered no difficulties whatever (vers. 18, 19). These were terrible difficulties; they were for God to consider, and not for him. (4) He gave glory to God (ver. 20). God had promised, and he treated the Lord’s promise with becoming reverence. He knew that Jehovah is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should repent. Abraham glorified the truth of God, and at the same time he glorified His power. It belongs to puny man to speak more than he can do; but is anything too hard for the Lord? (5) He rested upon the Lord alone (ver. 21). There was nothing whatever in his house, his wife, himself, or anywhere else, which could guarantee the fulfilment of the promise. He had only God to look to, and what could a man have more? And this is the kind of faith which God loves and honours, which wants no signs, evidences, or other buttresses to support the word of the Lord. Dictum! Factum! These twain are one with the Most High. 2. The faith of every man who is saved must be of this character. When we are saved—(1) We take the promise of God and depend upon it. (2) We believe in God over the head of great difficulties. If it was hard for Abraham to believe that a son should be born unto him, methinks it is harder for a sinner to believe the hopeful things which the gospel prophesies unto him. (a) Can the gospel message be true to such a worthless rebel as I am? Despite the trepidation of the awakened spirit, the Holy Spirit enables it to quiet itself with the firm persuasion that God for Christ’s sake doth put away its sin. (b) Another miracle is also believed in, namely, regeneration. This is quite as great an act of faith as Abraham to believe in the birth of a child by parents who were advanced in years. The faith which saves believes in Jesus and obtains power to become children of God and strength to conquer sin. (c) Does it not seem incredible that such feeble, foolish creatures as we should continue in faith? Yet this we must do; and the faith which saves enables us to believe that we shall persevere, for it is persuaded that the Redeemer is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him. (d) We believe, according to God’s promise, that we shall one day be “without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing.” “Without fault before the throne of God.” But how is this to be? Surely our confidence is, that He who has promised it is able to perform it. (3) This saving faith rests in the power of God as manifested in Jesus (vers. 24, 25). It is not to us a thing incredible that God should raise the dead; we therefore believe that because God has raised the dead He hath raised us also from our death in sin, and that He will raise our bodies too.
  2. The first reason why God has chosen to make salvation by faith, “that it might be of grace.” He might have willed to make the condition of salvation a mitigated form of works. If He had done so it would not have been of grace. As water and oil will not mix, and as fire and water will not lie down side by side in quiet, so neither will the principle of merit and the principle of free favour. Grace and faith are congruous, and will draw together in the same chariot, but grace and merit pull opposite ways, and therefore God has not chosen to yoke them together. 1. In Abraham’s case, inasmuch as he received the blessing by faith, it is very evident that it was of grace. No man thinks of Abraham as a self-justifying person, saying, “God, I thank Thee that I am not as other men.” His name is not “the father of the innocent,” but “the father of the faithful.” 2. Inasmuch as we are saved by faith, every believer is made to see for himself that, in his own instance, it is grace. Believing is such a self-renunciating act that no man who looks for eternal life thereby ever talked about his own merits. He cannot get away from simple faith, for the moment he attempts to do so he feels the ground going from under him. 3. Through the prominence given to faith, the truth of salvation by grace is so conspicuously revealed that even the outside world are compelled to see it, though the only result may be to make them cavil. 4. Moreover, faith never did clash with grace yet. When the sinner comes and trusts to Christ, and Christ saith to him, “I forgive thee freely by My grace,” faith says, “O Lord, that is what I want.” “But if I give thee everlasting life it will not be because thou deservest it, but for Mine own name’s sake.” Faith replies, “O Lord, that also is precisely as I desire.” 5. Faith is the child of grace. The believer knows that his faith is not a seed indigenous to the soil of his heart, but an exotic planted there by Divine wisdom; and he knows too that if the Lord does not nourish it his faith will die like a withered flower. Faith is begotten and sustained by a power not less mighty than that which raised our Lord from the dead.

III. A further reason. “To the end that the promise might be sure to all the seed.” For—1. It could not have been sure to us Gentiles by the law, because we were not under the law of Moses at all. The Jew, coming under the law, might have been reached by a legal method, but we who are Gentiles would have been altogether shut out. Therefore grace chooses to bless us by faith in order that the Gentile may partake of the blessing of the covenant as well as the Jew. 2. The other method has failed already in every case. We have all broken the law already, and so have put ourselves beyond the power of ever receiving blessing as a reward of merit. What remaineth, then, if we are to be saved at all, but that it should be of faith? 3. It is of faith that it might be sure. Under the system of works nothing is sure. Suppose you were under a covenant of salvation by works, and you had fulfilled those works up till now, yet you would not be sure. But after all you have done for these long years you may lose everything before you have finished your next meal. But see the excellence of salvation by grace, for when you reach the ground of faith you are upon terra firma. 4. If the promise had been made to works there are some of the seed to whom most evidently it never could come. If salvation to the dying thief must come by works, how can he be saved? but he believed, cast a saving eye upon the Lord Jesus and said, “Lord, remember me,” and the promise was most sure to him, for the answer was, “To-day shalt thou be with Me in Paradise.” (C. H. Spurgeon.)

Salvation of faith, that it might be by grace:—I. Because faith is the gift of God, not the recompense of any previous desert. Were it otherwise, all would live and die in unbelief; for no one could deserve the gift, and no one would believe on whom it was not bestowed. Faith is a coming to Christ for life; but this coming is alone the effect of Divine influence (John 6:65). The habit, the exercise, and the increase of faith, are all from God.

  1. Faith is a suppliant grace, sensible of its own poverty and inefficacy (Prov. 18:23). One of the most modest, and yet importunate suppliants was the woman of Canaan; and our Lord attributed her importunity to the strength of her faith. The prayer of faith is the least assuming, the most submissive. Its language is, Lord, save, or I perish. God be merciful to me a sinner.

III. Faith receives all from Christ; it is the empty hand extended towards Him for a full and complete salvation. Love may be said indeed to give, but it is the office of faith only to receive. Faith receives the truths and blessings of Christ Himself; and is constantly receiving out of His fulness, even grace for grace. It is also of the nature of faith to receive all with humility and self-abasement (Psa. 115:1; chap. 3:27).

  1. The entire dependence of faith upon the will of God. Its language is, Let Him do with me as seemeth good in His sight. If I am condemned, the sentence will be just; if saved, it will be owing to a multitude of tender mercies. Its hand is laid, not upon the duties it performs, but upon the head of the great atoning sacrifice. When it asks it is in the name of Jesus; what it expects is alone for His sake, both grace here and glory hereafter. V. There is an imperfection in faith, which shows that it can have no meritorious influence on our salvation. If faith has any strength, it arises not from itself, but from its object; it needs continual support, and is often ready to sink under the weight of objections and oppositions. It may in this respect be said of graces as it is of persons, God hath chosen the things that are weak and despised (1 Cor. 1:28, 29; 12:24).
  2. Faith is humble and self-denying. Its language is, after all its laborious exertions, “Yet not I”—I can do nothing. It is Christ that has done, it is He that must do all. “I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof,” says the centurion. “I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel,” replied the Saviour. It puts on the robe, but it did not weave it; it shows the debt paid, but did not discharge it. We are said to live by faith; yet faith says, It is not I, but Christ liveth in me. 1. If salvation be of faith, what will become of unbelievers (John 3:18–36). 2. If salvation be of faith, that it might be by grace, then it is no wonder that Satan employs his utmost endeavours to prevent faith, and also to destroy it (2 Cor. 4:4). 3. Let his malignant activity excite us to watchfulness and diligence, and to beware of his devices. (B. Beddome, M.A.)

Salvation by grace through faith:

  1. Salvation is by faith in order—1. That it might be by grace, or pure favour and goodwill. Coming thus—(1) It honours God as an act of royal beneficence. (2) It honours man as making him the object, not of Divine justice and wisdom merely, but of Divine charity. (3) It blesses the recipient by culturing humility and gratitude. 2. That the promise may be sure to all—(1) Were it by works, however, some may fancy themselves able to gain it, the mass of mankind must despair. (2) Were it by works the original purpose of its provision could not be fulfilled, for the promise was to all nations. (3) Faith is a condition which all may fulfil; the feeblest as the strongest, the most guilty as the least guilty, the debtor of ten thousand talents as the debtor of an hundred pence.

III. This faith is exemplified in Abraham. He is the father of all who believe, as Tubal is the father of iron-workers, and Jubal of musicians. His faith is exhibited as—1. A faith that regarded God as the quickener of the dead and Creator of things not existing—as a God with whom nothing was impossible. 2. A faith that looked for fulfilment of the promise when there was no probability of that fulfilment; as when he believed in his possession of Canaan. 3. A faith that expected when fulfilment seemed impossible; as when he believed the promise of a son to himself and aged, barren Sarah. 4. A faith that failed not when fulfilment seemed to be stopped by the acts of God Himself; as when the whole promised seed lay doomed to death upon the altar. 5. A faith that staggered not—a full persuasion of heart. 6. A faith that practically confided: as when he went forth from his father’s house, and when he bound Isaac for death; thus a faith made perfect by works. His seed are all who imitate his faith. (W. Griffiths.)

Salvation by grace through faith:

  1. Salvation is by faith. 1. A deliverance. 2. Effected for us. 3. Through faith. 4. In Christ. 5. Without merit.
  2. That it might be of grace. 1. Received. 2. Felt. 3. Recognised. 4. Enjoyed as grace. (J. Lyth, D.D.)

Salvation by grace:—In a period of religious awakening, Sammy thought himself a subject of the work, and, with others, presented himself for admission to the Church. The office-bearers hesitated, on the ground that he might not have sufficient capacity to comprehend the doctrines of the gospel and the evidences of conversion. They concluded, however, to examine him, and began with the subject of regeneration. “Do you think, Sammy,” said the pastor, “that you have been born again?” “I think I have,” was the answer. “Well, if so, whose work is that”? “Oh! God did a part, and I did a part.” “Ah! what part did you do, Sammy?” “Why, I opposed God all I could; and He did the rest.” The result of the examination was, that, so far as they could judge, the Holy Spirit had been Sammy’s theological teacher, and had indeed created him anew in Christ, “not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Christian Treasury.)

Faith not meritorious, but effectual:—It does not stand in the place of obedience, as the terms of a new bargain, that has been substituted in room of an old one. It is very natural to conceive that, as under the old covenant we had salvation for our works, so, under the new, we have salvation for our faith; and that, therefore, faith is that which wins and purchases the reward. And thus Heaven’s favour is still looked upon as a premium, not for doing, it is true, but for believing. And this has just the effect of infusing the legal spirit into our evangelical system; and thus, not merely of nourishing the pride and the pretension of its confident votaries, but of prolonging the disquietude of all earnest and humble inquiries. For, instead of looking broadly out on the gospel as an offer, they look as anxiously within for the personal qualification of faith, as they ever did upon the personal qualification of obedience. This transfers their attention from that which is sure, even the promises of God—to that which is unsure, even their own fickle and fugitive emotions. Instead of thinking upon Christ, they perpetually think upon themselves. They ought surely to cast their challenged and their invited regards on Him, who calls them to look upon Him from all the ends of the earth and be saved! But no! they cast their eyes with downward obstinacy upon their own minds; and there toil for the production of faith in the spirit of bondage; and perhaps, after they are satisfied with the fancied possession of it, rejoice over it as they would over any other meritorious acquirement in the spirit of legality. This is not the way in which the children of Israel looked out upon the serpent in the wilderness. They did not pore upon their wounds to mark the progress of healing there; nor did they reflect upon the power and perfection of their seeing faculties; nor did they even suffer any doubt that still lingered in their imaginations, to restrain them from the simple act of lifting up their eyes. And when they were cured in consequence, they would never think of this as a reward for their looking, but regard it as the fruit of Heaven’s gracious appointment. Do in like manner. It will make both against your humility and your peace, that you regard faith in the light of a meritorious qualification; or that you attempt to draw a comfort from the consciousness of faith, which you ought directly to draw from the contemplation of the Saviour. If salvation be given as a reward for faith, then it is not of grace. But we are told in this verse that it is of faith, expressly that it might be by grace. In the one way, you can only be as sure of the promise as you are sure of yourself; and what a frail and fluctuating dependence is this! In the other way, you are as sure of the promise as you are sure of God; and thus your confidence has a rock to repose upon. And in the very act of leaning upon God, man is upheld not only in hope but in holiness. It is in the very position of standing erect upon the foundation of the promises that the promised strength as well as the promised righteousness is fulfilled to him. It is in the very act of looking unto Jesus, that the light of all that grace and truth which shine from the countenance of the Saviour is let in upon the soul; and is thence reflected back again in the likeness of this worth and virtue from his own person. (T. Chalmers, D.D.)

To the end that the promise might be sure to all the seed.

The promise made sure—grace and faith:

  1. The end in view—that “the promise may be sure to all the seed.” Every promise of God is sure in the sense of being trustworthy. But the fulfilment is not necessarily sure to any, for they come short of its stipulations. The certainty here is the opposite of what is deprecated in ver. 4: “the promise being made of none effect,” i.e., falling short of its full accomplishment. Let us think of the origin of the promise. 1. Let us behold the Father taking up the question of the inheritance. It is the heirship of the world (ver. 13). Who are ultimately to inherit? That must be settled before anything about it can become the subject of promise at all. And in settling that, there must be sovereign choice. 2. The Son has from everlasting an interest in the promise. The inheritance which it conveys is in the first instance destined to Him (Heb. 1:2). He is the one seed; and others are included in the seed only as being one with Him. Through what a ministry on His part they are to become fellow-heirs with Him He all along knows full well. He is to “bear their griefs and carry their sorrows”; to be “made sin,” to be “made a curse” for them. Through such sore “travail of His soul” in their stead He is to obtain the fulfilment of the promise: to “see” in them “His seed”; the seed that being one with Him is to be the heir of the world, to inherit all things in Him. 2. The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son; as in the essence of the Divine nature, so also in this covenant of peace. He is a party to it. The seed who are to be heirs are to be put into His hands, to be made one with the Son in His heirship, and one with one another in the Son. That the promise may be sure, He must put forth His soul-subduing power. Is He to do so otherwise than on the footing of its being “sure to all the seed”?
  2. The two steps by which alone it is to be reached. But why should there be any steps? Why may not the mere fiat of Omnipotence at once secure the end in view? God has but to speak, and “Out of these stones He is able to raise up children unto Abraham.” Yes! And if it were “stones” that He had to deal with, the old creation formula—Let it be—would suffice. The voice might go forth, not only figuratively, “Thy seed shall be as the sand,” but literally, “Let the sand by thy seed.” And if the seed could be as stones, or as sand, ever after, to be managed as stones or sand, the problem of securing that the promise should be sure might be easily solved. But it is not so. For the materials are not stone or sand, but beings who have possessed and abused the faculty of free will. The problem is solved, however, when we take into account the two steps here indicated as securing the result. 1. It is “by grace.” The whole economy is alive and instinct with grace. (1) Its origin is very gracious. It has its rise in the favour which the Son ever finds in the Father’s right from everlasting. What but this grace moves the Father to “appoint the Son heir of all things” (Heb. 1:2)? And that is at once the source and pattern of all subsequent exercises of the same grace in time. (2) It is by the same grace that, in virtue of His being “appointed heir of all things,” the Son is the agent “by whom God made the worlds,” and “who upholdeth all things by the word of His power” (Heb. 1:3). It is for the grace He ever has with the Father that, as the Lord of creation and providence, and now the Lord of the economy of redemption, He has “in all the pre-eminence” (Col. 1:16–18). (3) For very specially this grace appears in His having constituted the Saviour of men. When He comes into the world on His errand of redemption He finds grace and favour in the Father’s eyes (Matt. 3:17). When He leaves the world, His work being finished, He finds grace and favour still (Rom. 1:4). It is because the Father graciously accepts Him as the righteous one (Isa. 53:11), that He “sets Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:20). This grace, love, on the Father’s part, how gladly does the Son always own (Prov. 8:30, 31)! How willingly does He welcome the task that is to cost Him so dear (Psa. 40:7, 8)! (4) And now it may be seen how the Father’s treatment of those who are the Son’s seed, is simply an extension of the favour which He bears to the Son Himself. They are embraced or comprehended in the grace which the Son ever finds in the Father’s sight. It is on this principle that the Father proceeds in pardoning, acquitting, justifying, glorifying them (Eph. 1:6). 2. It is “of faith.” Why? Simply, that it may still be all “by grace.” We have seen that it is by grace alone that any are admitted into fellowship with the Son in His gracious work and ministry of substitution. Let us now see what grace there is in the terms, or the manner, of their admission. Freely, unreservedly, unconditionally; if they will; when they will. Ah! but does not this really destroy all certainty? If they will! Does it not cast doubt on everything? When they will! When will they? Will they ever? Of what avail then is all this grace to them? And yet how can the thing be otherwise? How can any enter into union with the Son, so as to have the promise made sure to them in Him, otherwise than by its being freely left to their own free choice? If the grace is to be free, it must be not only freely given, but freely taken. There can be no coercion. There must be cordial and congenial consent. No otherwise can the promise be sure to beings capable of choice. Their free, unforced yes must be got. And if that yes be got, all is safe. Hence the necessity of faith, which is simply that free affirmative response. This may be seen more clearly if we consider—(1) Faith. The whole virtue of faith lies in its being your actual appropriation of the benefit. Its charm consists in dealing with what is presented to it as its object, not through anything, even itself, coming in between, but directly and immediately, without any regard to itself at all. Now the object with which it has to deal is the promise, or rather the Son, to whom, in the first instance, the promise belongs, and is sure. The only use of faith is that it embraces Christ. (2) With its office, the nature of faith corresponds. Our entire moral nature is concerned in it. Every faculty and feeling is taken up with Christ. There is no unoccupied power of the mind within at leisure to take cognisance of the rest. (3) But how shall this full, simple, direct, straightforward faith spring up in any soul? Plainly it is not natural to man. Witness the extreme difficulty of getting men to comprehend it. A Divine teacher is needed to purge the inward sight, and open the eye of the soul. And if, for simply lodging a clear idea of this Divine method of grace in the intellect, the agency of the Divine Spirit Himself is needed, how much more when we are asked to approve of it, to go along with it and become parties to it? Thus “by grace are we saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God.” (R. S. Candlish, D.D.)[9]

16. That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace. A summary of the principle that what God provides by his free grace can be appropriated by human beings only through faith. What, on the contrary, is earned by works (not faith) is bestowed as a matter of merit (not grace).[10]


4:16 / To law, wrath, and transgression Paul contrasts faith, grace, and promise. Faith and grace are inseparable for Paul. Grace is God’s sovereign and gratuitous decision to redeem rebellious and estranged creation. Grace is “God’s very presence and action within us.… the sanctifying energy of God acting dynamically in our life” (Thomas Merton, Life and Holiness, p. 30). “Man shall not quite be lost,” said Milton, “but sav’d who will, Yet not of will in him, but grace in me Freely voutsaft” (PL, 3.173–75). The decision to act salvifically on behalf of the world derived solely from God. Faith in God’s saving action is not the will to achieve it, but the will to receive it. Salvation must depend on grace and not on works, for if salvation comes by grace then it depends on God and is therefore certain; but if it depends on works or law, then it is as unreliable as the human heart and will. “God is for us” (8:31). God’s grace assures us of that which we cannot assure ourselves.

The latter half of verse 16 may be misleading. The juxtaposition of those who are of the law with those who are of the faith might suggest that some (Jews) are saved by law and others (Gentiles) by faith. That, of course, would contradict Paul’s entire argument. The phrase deserves comment in two respects. First, like verse 12 above, it is a technical reference to Jews and Gentiles. Those who are of the law refers to Jews, who, like Gentiles, must receive the promise through faith. The latter half of the verse is contingent on the first half. The promise … to all Abraham’s offspring includes Jews and Gentiles. Second, and equally important, the phrasing does not pit Jews and Gentiles against each other or require that one adapt to the other to receive salvation. They have different stations, but they have a common faith (cf. 1:16–17). Paul again emphasizes the universality of the promise and of the faith symbolized by Abraham, who is the father of us all.[11]


16 In vv. 14–15 Paul has elaborated the negative point in v. 13: the inheritance comes “not through the law.” Now Paul turns to the positive side. The beginning of the verse is elliptical in Greek, Paul simply saying “out of faith” (ek pisteōs). The verb to be supplied is certainly a simple copulative (“is”), but the subject could be either “the inheritance” (CEB) or “the promise” (NIV; CSB; NJB). The latter may be slightly more likely given the prominence of this theme in this passage. “Because of this”1014 may, then, refer back to the negative argument of vv. 14–15: “because of this” incapacity of the law to secure the promise, it must be by faith that it is attained. However, the phrase “because of this” often looks ahead to a following clause in the NT, and this makes good sense here. The antecedent of “this” will then be the purpose clause “in order that it might be according to grace.” It is for that reason, that grace might be preserved, that the promise is “of faith.”1017 The intimate relation in Paul’s thought between faith and grace emerges again here. As Paul has shown in vv. 4–5, grace is the necessary corollary to faith, as “obligation” is to works. Thus, “God’s plan was made to rest upon faith on man’s side in order that on God’s side it might be a matter of grace.” Longenecker characterizes promise, faith, and grace as “the three-legged platform or ‘stool’ on which the structure of all true religion rests.”1019 But there was, according to Paul, a still further purpose in God’s provision of the inheritance through faith: “that the promise might be confirmed to all the seed.” The benefit denoted by this clause is, as Chrysostom notes, twofold: that the promise might be “firm”1021—that it might come to fruition—and that the promise might be “firm” for every descendant of Abraham. Neither blessing would have come to pass if it had depended on human “works” or obedience to the law; but because faith grasps the absolutely sure promise of God, a promise that he has determined freely to give, the inheritance God has promised can become a reality, and a reality for anyone who believes.

Paul puts a particular spin on “all the seed” in two contrasting phrases: “not to those who are of the law only, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham.” As is the case throughout Romans, and certainly in chap. 4, Paul’s universalism is a qualified universalism that gives the Gentiles the same opportunity as Jews to respond to the gospel and to become part of the people whom God is calling out of the world in the last days. While Paul does not express himself extremely clearly, this inclusion of both Jew and Gentile in the “seed” of Abraham is what is in view in this last part of v. 16. “Those who are of the law only” could, especially in light of the contrast with “those who are of the faith of Abraham,” refer to unbelieving Jews. In this case, Paul would be asserting that Jews continue to be part of the “seed of Abraham,” in a different way, however, from that in which Christians are the seed of Abraham. Such a point would not, if properly nuanced, be incompatible with Paul’s thought (see Rom. 11:11–30). But it is perhaps unlikely that this is what he intends here. Paul has forcefully stated that the true descendants of Abraham are those who believe (vv. 11–12); and when he uses the word “seed” here, it must be with this spiritual meaning that he has given the word. Moreover, the phrase “out of faith” rules the entire verse and must be carried over to this latter part of it. The meaning, then, is that the promise is for the Jew who is part of the seed through faith. “Out of the law” must mean something a bit different from what it does in v. 14, and designate Jews as such, “those who had the advantage of being under the Mosaic economy.” In light of the contrast indicated by “not only … but also,” “those out of the faith of Abraham” are Gentile believers.1026 It is in this sense that Abraham is the “father of us all”—the spiritual forefather of all of “us” who are believers.[12]


16 The promise, on the other hand, belongs to the realm of “faith” and “grace.” Faith is mentioned first and emphasized, in reaffirmation of v. 13, because of the intended contrast with works of law, which are ruled out in vv. 14–15. The only ground for certainty in relation to the promise is grace (as appropriated by faith and as opposed to attempted legal obedience). Probably the element of certainty is intended to apply to faith as well as to grace. This is just another way of saying that the ultimate guarantee must be God and his faithfulness.

“Those who are of the law” are listed as among the offspring of Abraham. In what sense is this to be understood? Fitzmyer, 385, concludes that “the divine promise still holds good for the Jewish people descended physically from Abraham,” apparently in anticipation of Paul’s argument in ch. 11. It is possible, however, and more consistent with Paul’s soteriological argument to conclude that he means here Jews who have come to faith in Christ. Cranfield, 1:242, notes that “more probably Paul means by it the Jewish Christians, who possess the law as well as sharing Abraham’s faith.” A further option worth considering is that a person who happened to live during the Mosaic era (i.e., one who could be described as “of the law”) was not thereby automatically excluded from the blessing of the Abrahamic covenant, provided that person had faith. The expression cannot refer to legal obedience, however, without bringing Paul into contradiction with himself. And so the blessing of Abraham is both for those Jews who may have belonged to the Mosaic epoch yet who shared in the faith of the patriarch, and also for those Gentiles who share in the faith of Abraham. Both groups are in view in the statement that he is “the father of us all.”[13]


[1] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1619). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 4:16). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2164). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ro 4:16). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1431). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1694). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Witmer, J. A. (1985). Romans. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 454). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[8] Utley, R. J. (1998). The Gospel according to Paul: Romans (Vol. Volume 5, Ro 4:16). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[9] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: Romans (Vol. 1, pp. 297–302). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company.

[10] Bruce, F. F. (1985). Romans: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 6, p. 122). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[11] Edwards, J. R. (2011). Romans (pp. 124–125). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[12] Moo, D. J. (2018). The Letter to the Romans. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (Second Edition, pp. 303–304). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[13] Harrison, E. F., & Hagner, D. A. (2008). Romans. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 83). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

February 16 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

The Soul Lives by Believing
2 Corinthians 5:7

It will never be well with you so long as you are swayed by carnal reason, and rely more upon your five senses than the four evangelists.… As the body lives by breathing, so the soul lives by believing.

THOMAS BROOKS

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

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Proverbs 8:33; 15:5

We are as dwarfs mounted on the shoulders of giants, so that we are able to see more and further than they; but this is not on account of any keenness of sight on our part or height of our bodies, but because we are lifted up upon those giant forms. Our age enjoys the gifts of preceding ages, and we know more, not because we excel in talent, but because we use the products of others who have gone before.

BERNARD OF CHARTRES

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

Hillsong Founder and CEO Stepping Down From Leadership — Reformation Charlotte

Beth Moore with Brian Houston

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Hillsong has been a scandal-plagued church since its founding. The organization, which has often found itself defending indefensible actions by its leaders and members, has become nothing less than a personality cult for high-profile celebrities — like Justin Bieber and Chris Pratt — and their followers to attend who want to be able to say they’re “Christians” without having to actually commit themselves to any doctrinal standards.

The organization has never fully recovered from its pedophile cover-up scandal involving CEO Brian Houston’s father, Frank Houston.

Other scandals include NYC Lentz’ telling CNN that he may be open to affirming homosexuals at some point and his daughter caught on camera taking part in an anti-police protest as she screeches and screams at police. And gay advocacy groups have claimed that Hillsong is secretly pro-gay, but won’t announce it publicly. Hillsong’s CEO, Brian Houston, says that we shouldn’t “judge” homosexuals because God is a “God of love” and threw Chris Pratt under the bus after Pratt publicly supported a biblical view on sexuality.

Hillsong has hosted Roman Catholic masses, has put on literal circus performances, held sleazy Christmas performances and paraded scantily clad women across the stage, and featured a “naked cowboy” at a women’s conference followed by a “naked Santa” at another conference. It’s easy to see why so many Bible-believing Christians refuse to even allow their presence through music in their churches — Hillsong is a prosperity gospel cult and a breeding ground of false converts. And their leaders are dropping like flies — including Marty Sampson, the worship leader who renounced his faith altogether after the fame and glory Hillsong offered him was no longer enough to satisfy his carnal desires.

Hillsong Founder and CEO Stepping Down From Leadership — Reformation Charlotte

Op-Ed: This Adorable Picture Of Biden Picking Up His Dog’s Poop Is Exactly What America Needs Right Now — The Babylon Bee

This morning as I stood on the White House lawn, it all finally started to sink in. 

He’s gone, I thought. 

He’s really gone…

The long nightmare is over. Democracy is back.

I had my press pass back, too. Back in March of 2020, Donald Trump ripped my press pass away from me, struggled to rip it in half, (he failed miserably,) and then just tossed it to one of his staffers who held onto it and never gave it back. All I had done was ask him a simple question about why he wanted transgender people to die. 

But those painful memories are past– washed away in the flood of grace and goodness that is the Biden Administration.

After arriving at the White House, I took a seat in one of the cute little folding chairs that had been set up by our president’s caring staff. I noticed after a moment that President Joe Biden (oh my goodness, doesn’t it just feel SO GOOD to say that?!) PRESIDENT BIDEN had his German Shepherds Champ and Major out for a little stroll. This in itself was adorable already!

Here we have a president who cares so much about animals that he is willing to take a break from all the chaos of being president just to take his dogs on a walk. Heartwarming! If only we had seen glimpses of this kind of behavior over the past four years. But those days are over now, aren’t they?!?! [chuckle]

I was briefly distracted—I think possibly Jen Psaki’s super cute outfit had caught my attention—but when I looked back I noticed Biden’s dog Champ as he took a real good sniff of the earth. I saw him turn around a few times before catching another whiff of grass. 

And apparently, President Biden had noticed too—you know, because he’s a kindhearted person and all, unlike our previous president! So I looked at President Biden and I kid you not, I read his beautiful lips and he said “Hey Champ, you gotta go, boy? Go ahead. Go wherever you’d like.” 

OMG! ADORABLE!

And he did it. Champ dropped literally the most perfect dog turd I have ever seen—and I’ve seen a lot of dog poop in my lifetime, let me tell you.

After Champ finished up, President Joe Biden did something only heroes do: he reached into his pocket, pulled out a plastic baggie, flipped it inside out with expert precision, and without missing a beat he reached down and picked up the poop. Quickly, the president tied up the baggie and tossed it into a nearby trash can, stopping on the way to pet each of his perfectly handsome dogs. This was easily the most adorable moment in presidential history!

I snapped a picture — a picture of the leader of the free world stooping down pick up after his dog. He’s relatable. Compassionate. Unifying. Human. If this picture doesn’t bring America together, I don’t know what will.

Op-Ed: This Adorable Picture Of Biden Picking Up His Dog’s Poop Is Exactly What America Needs Right Now — The Babylon Bee

Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 16, 2021

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Pelosi’s ‘9/11-Type’ Commission Is Political Theater

Nate Jackson

Now that the second Democrat impeachment charade has concluded with another acquittal for Donald Trump, how will Dems perpetuate the blame and continue using the Capitol riot to inflict maximum damage on Trump and all Republicans? By announcing “an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission” ostensibly to investigate the Capitol riot. What could go wrong?

After commissioning retired Army General Russel Honoré to investigate security failures, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats, “It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened.” Ah yes, “the truth.” She has $500 million in taxpayer funds “invested” in their impeachment props that she can’t let go to waste, even if it resulted in not much truth and way too much political theater.

Not only that, but she called for more money to be spent securing the Capitol. The $500 million we mentioned was primarily spent on keeping the National Guard in DC for far too long already. Nevertheless, she wrote that this is all about “our security, our security, our security.”

Speaking of “the truth of how this happened,” several Republicans would like to know what Pelosi knew and when she knew it. Did she, they ask, have a hand in the denial of National Guard backup before the infamous rally-turned-riot? (That answer is likely yes.) And why is she now bypassing her own security measures?

The rioters deserve condemnation and justice — that is not in question. But this 9/11-style commission will be highly politicized and will at best reveal only the part of the truth beneficial to Democrats. Just consider how Democrats have already politicized the Capitol Police. In the immediate aftermath of the riot, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris each pronounced the police “racist” for supposedly treating the mob differently than BLM and antifa mobs were treated last summer. Now Democrats want to award those same Capitol Police the Congressional Gold Medal.

“We will be forever grateful to the Capitol Police for their life-saving courage and heroism in securing the Capitol and protecting Members,” Pelosi gushed. If that doesn’t highlight the glaring hypocrisy and anti-truth agenda of Democrats, we don’t know what does.

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Texas Deep Freeze Exposes ‘Green’ Energy’s Limits

Thomas Gallatin

A once-in-a-century winter storm has blanketed vast swaths of the nation in snow, including virtually the entire state of Texas. That has left millions in the Lone Star State without power, and rolling blackouts have many likening Texas to the environmental paradise of California. It’s important to note that this deep freeze is a highly unusual weather event for Texas, something that will likely not be experienced again for another century. However, it does serve to expose the inherent limitations of “green” renewable energy.

While Texas is rightly known for its oil industry, the state also happens to rely on wind energy for more of its power grid than any other state, having the largest wind fleet in the nation. It’s all well and good for the empty stretches of west Texas to be put to good use capturing the wind, but when a deep freeze hits, those turbines suddenly become a liability rather than an asset.

As Isaac Orr at the American Experiment explains, “The Lone Star state is currently short of electricity because half of the Texas wind fleet … is iced over and incapable of generating electricity. Additionally, the natural gas infrastructure Texas has become so reliant upon has also frozen up. Texas’s experience highlights the perils of becoming overly reliant upon wind, solar and natural gas because these energy sources are not as reliable as coal or nuclear power during extreme weather conditions.”

The Wall Street Journal editorial board further observes that much of what has led to Texas’s current predicament can be laid on bad public policy. “Blame a perfect storm of bad government policies, timing and weather. Coal and nuclear are the most reliable sources of power. But competition from heavily subsidized wind power and inexpensive natural gas, combined with stricter emissions regulation, has caused coal’s share of Texas’s electricity to plunge by more than half in a decade to 18%.”

Meanwhile, the Journal notes, “Wind’s share has tripled to about 25% since 2010 and accounted for 42% of power last week before the freeze set in. About half of Texans rely on electric pumps for heating, which liberals want to mandate everywhere. But the pumps use a lot of power in frigid weather. So while wind turbines were freezing, demand for power was surging.”

The problem with dogmatically adhering to an ideology that steadfastly shuns real-world data is that eventually the harshness of reality hits — often devastatingly so — demonstrating the bankruptcy of the ideology. As we noted last week, energy produced by wind and solar simply cannot meet the power demands of the modern world, no matter how loudly ecofascists insist otherwise.

The great irony is that if this deep freeze had hit Texas just a decade ago, its residents wouldn’t be suffering through rolling blackouts because coal power would have backed up enough of the grid to keep the heat on. And that kind of reliability is what matters most in an extreme weather event like folks in Texas are experiencing today.

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Saving Keystone From Joe Biden’s Pen

Douglas Andrews

That Joe Biden would sign an executive order revoking the permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office tells us a lot about his disregard for flyover country and the folks who live there.

No discussion, no deliberation, and not even a pretense of living up to the promise he made in his inaugural speech to “work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as those who did.”

But that’s Joe Biden. Promises made, promises broken.

As we noted two weeks ago, Keystone was about much more than merely getting oil from A to B. It was about opportunities, dreams, jobs, and lives. It was about real people — not Beltway elitists like Joe and Kamala and John Kerry and Sandy Cortez.

The 1,700-mile pipeline was expected to carry some 800,000 barrels of oil per day from the oil sands of the western Canadian province of Alberta to the Bakken formation spanning eastern Montana and western North Dakota, where it would be mixed with American light crude and then sent southward to our refineries in Texas. Was expected — until Joe Biden canceled it with the stroke of a pen.

The Washington Examiner’s Barnini Chakraborty has been chronicling the very real human costs of the Keystone XL cancellation: “‘Once Joe sat down with his stack of executive orders, and he got to the KXL pipeline, that was it,’ Peter Bardeson, business manager for the Laborers, Local 620 union in Sioux Falls, told the Washington Examiner. ‘Our guys were told by the contractors on site that Joe killed the job.’ Bardeson, who has been involved with three cross-country pipelines, had about 60 laborers working at three of the six pump sites in South Dakota when the news of the cancellation hit. Local 620 members began working on location in June and were expected to stay on the job until March. Bardeson estimates that the cancellation of the pipeline cost the union 60,000 hours and $1.6 million in lost wages.”

House Republicans, to their credit, aren’t quite ready to call it quits on Keystone or the thousands of people whose lives have been turned upside down by its cancellation. As the Examiner’s Kerry Picket reports, “The administration of President Donald Trump approved the project, but Biden nixed it because, it said, a pipeline rupture posed imminent environmental threats. But for House Republicans, within striking distance of winning a House majority in 2022, it’s an opportunity to paint the Biden administration as a job-killer. Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the GOP campaign arm, [said], “House Democrats are going to pay the price for their job-killing, anti-energy agenda.”

Let’s hope so. This was a bad decision by Joe Biden — an America Last decision — and the GOP must shackle him and his party to it.

So much for the once-proud Democrats as the party of labor. And so much for ol’ Scranton Joe and those high-paying union jobs he’s always claimed to be “fighting” for. What we had here was part of what Matthew Continetti dubbed a wealth-redistributing clawback of red state prosperity on behalf of business-hostile blue states and their Democrat benefactors.

And at least one Democrat, West Virginia’s senior senator, Joe Manchin, recognizes the folly of this decision. His state, after all, went for Donald Trump by 39 points. Last week, he penned a letter to Biden, asking him to reconsider. “I encourage you to let these processes proceed as intended,” he wrote, “and to not let politics drive the decisions on the development and operation of our nation’s vital energy infrastructure.”

Manchin is only one Democrat, of course. But it’s a start.

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A Border Crisis by Design

Douglas Andrews

“I wrote an op-ed for Fox News seven months ago,” said former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan, “and I said if Joe Biden became president, we would lose the border. And it’s happening. The surge is already there.”

Last March, President Donald Trump signed an executive order closing the southern border to prevent illegal immigrants who might be infected with the Wuhan coronavirus from bringing it across the border with them. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” he said, “is exercising its authority under Title 42 of the U.S. Code to give Customs and Border Protection the tools it needs to prevent the virus coming through the northern and southern borders.”

This Title 42 provision became known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, and it was fun while it lasted. But the executive order giveth, and it taketh away, as Biden has shown time and again by undoing virtually every thoughtful America-first policy of the Trump administration.

“The truth is, it’s almost 4,000 crossings a day … that’s 120,000 month, which is 1.4 million a year” said Homan. “Once Mexico stops adhering to Title 42, the numbers are going to be astronomical. And we knew this would happen, because all the promises Joe Biden has made and he continues to make. And you know, this isn’t by accident. This is by design. This is an open border strategy.”

It’s also an economically ruinous strategy for lower-income brown and black people, who are key constituencies of the Democrat Party and who are disproportionately affected by the downward pressure on wages that invariably occurs whenever cheap labor flows unchecked across our southern border.

Thanks, Joe!

Of course, the economic costs of Biden’s open-borders policy don’t begin and end with the depression of American wages. In addition, our nation spends untold billions each year on food, shelter, healthcare, administrative costs, and other goods and services for illegal aliens. And their numbers are enormous. As Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times reports, “ICE is currently monitoring nearly 1.2 million illegal immigrants who’ve been ordered deported but have not yet left the U.S. — and nearly all of them are still free in the community, the agency told a federal court this week, revealing the monumental task of policing them all.”

What are the odds that these 1.2 million illegals will ever being returned to their home countries? You tell us. Peter B. Berg, the acting deputy executive associate director (there’s a mouthful) for ICE’s deportation operations, said fewer than 6,000 people with deportation orders are actually in custody. The rest? Dinan continues, “Berg said of the tens of thousands who have been given a final order of removal over the last two years, less than 18% have actually been deported. He said the other 82% range from cases where migrants have appealed their deportations to regular federal courts, to people whose home countries won’t take them back, to ‘those who were not removed because of discretionary determinations.’”

Finally, there are the public safety considerations. As former ICE Director Homan notes, “ICE has lost 95% of their criminal targets they arrest every year, criminal targets, people convicted of crimes. … Now, the Biden administration says public safety is still important. Well, obviously not, because DUI is a public safety issue. Over 10,000 people a year die from DUIs. And if Joe Biden ever sat down and talked to an angel mom or angel dad, and I’ve met hundreds of them, whose children were killed by someone here illegally, over a DUI, [he’d understand that] they’ve lost their children. And look this this isn’t about public safety at all, because he says sex offenders are still a priority. But he hasn’t done a thing about sanctuary cities. … So this is disingenuous. This is a false narrative to the American people.”

And to those who would argue that illegals with criminal records are but a small fraction of those who cross our southern border: You’re wrong.

Last month, our Thomas Gallatin wrote about Biden’s idiotic 100-day ban on deportations, which he issued as one in a slew of Inauguration Day executive orders. “Biden’s order effectively prevents [ICE] from deporting criminal aliens. In fact, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that Biden’s EO blocks ICE from deporting 85% of illegal aliens it had in custody. Of the 185,884 illegal aliens deported last fiscal year, 64% of them had criminal records or pending criminal charges.”

So if you think Joe Biden and Kamala Harris give a rip about our country’s sovereignty, or its borders, or the safety of its people — think again.

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The ‘Mainstream’ Media Attacks Freedom of the Press

Harold Hutchison

During President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, one of his attorneys claimed that the proceeding was an attempt to limit freedom of speech as something available only to the Left — calling it the “Raskin Doctrine” after Representative Jamie Raskin, the lead impeachment manager. While it’s good that there’s increased awareness of the Left’s desire to silence opposition, we shouldn’t let it be limited to just Raskin. Sadly, it’s not limited to politicians, either.

Despite what was claimed by anti-Trump conservatives, the First Amendment was on the ballot in not just the 2020 election, it was at stake in 2016 as well. Raskin wasn’t the first politician to target those who used the First Amendment to oppose the Left: The Cuomo-James regime in New York was targeting the NRA for destruction as a “terrorist organization” for the “crime” of defending Americans from losing their Second Amendment rights as an unjust punishment for crimes they didn’t commit. Raskin wasn’t even the first in Congress — we warned, for example, of the totalitarian efforts of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

So, where is the media in all of this? The bad news is that Big Media is siding with the would-be totalitarians. In The New York Times, Nicolas Kristof called for cable companies to drop Fox News from basic packages. CNN and MSNBC, which are de facto public-relations agencies for the DNC, would be allowed to stay. But Kristof isn’t the only one. The Washington Post has hosted calls for cable providers to deplatform conservative media outlets.

Even on the 24-hour cable networks, the totalitarian impulse is heeded and not resisted. CNN’s Oliver Darcy, in particular, has an ugly track record of using his platform to seek the deplatforming of competitors, ranging from Alex Jones to OANN and Newsmax. He’s often joined by Brian Stelter, CNN’s living version of Mr. Potato Head but without the wit and charm.

Many of these outlets were really silent when it came to the IRS targeting the Tea Party, the “John Doe” investigations in Wisconsin, and a host of other abuses, ranging from the attacks on Prop 8 supporters in California to the doxing of Trump supporters by a sitting congressman, to the deplatforming of “free speech” competitors to Facebook and Twitter. Media outlets didn’t just stay silent in the face of those actions, they cheered the actions and sought even more. Is the word “totalitarian” too harsh for this pattern of behavior? We don’t think so, given that we’ve seen a track record stretching over a decade.

That said, these media outlets are under the delusion that if only those pesky “free speech”/conservative alternatives are made to go away, they will be trusted once again. That’s not going to happen — instead, the media will have only convinced grassroots Patriots that the more paranoid among them are actually the most rational. That cannot end well.

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South Carolina Joins ‘Heartbeat’ Pro-Life Movement

Thomas Gallatin

South Carolina is aiming to become the latest state to pass a so-called “heartbeat” pro-life bill. The bill prohibits the abortion of any preborn child once a heartbeat is detected, except in instances of rape or incest. The state’s House Judiciary Committee approved the bill last Tuesday, and it had already easily passed in the state’s Senate. The measure is expected to pass in the Republican-controlled state House and be signed into law by Republican Governor Henry McMaster.

Expecting fierce legal opposition, South Carolina’s Citizens for Life executive director Holly Gatling noted that the state is ready to defend the bill. She observed, “Our pro-life attorney general Alan Wilson has pledged to defend the law which gives a pregnant woman the right to know her baby has a heartbeat and the right to hear the heartbeat if she so chooses.”

Indeed, the legal opposition will come. All states that have passed similar legislation, including Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, North Dakota, Arkansas, and Ohio, have been stymied by federal judges. Yet ten other states are seeking to introduce similar heartbeat laws, which brilliantly and viscerally demonstrate the sound scientific argument for the genuine humanity of the preborn baby. Six weeks into a pregnancy is roughly when a baby’s heart begins to beat. Go ahead, abortion extremists, deny that science.

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Black Mystery Month: Inmates Run the Asylum

Willie Richardson

It’s the middle of February and it’s Black History Month. This is the month that suddenly black people become responsible, righteous, and redemptive. The month that violent crimes among blacks cease, black high-school dropouts return to school to finish, and black preachers hold congregants responsible for their own plights. Right? I wish. Black History Month is the same as it’s always been. Twenty-eight days of pseudo celebrations of former black inventors and Civil Rights leaders pumping fists in marches.

I don’t do Black History Month; I celebrate Black Mystery Month. There’s more of a mystery than a history that needs to be discussed. For instance, why are inmates in St. Louis beating guards, breaking out of cells, burning debris, breaking windows, and throwing chairs out of windows? The answer might surprise you, but it’s all because of the coronavirus. If you started laughing, I won’t hold that against you. Yes, inmates claim to be restricted to limited visits and stalled court proceedings due to the pandemic so they decided to riot during Black History Month. The month black people are supposed to pay homage to those who have come before them.

Law enforcement worked around the clock before bringing the St. Louis City Justice Center under control shortly before 10 a.m. The riot began in the middle of the night around 2:30 a.m. St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards made sense of what this riot was about. He said, “This was a bunch of folk that were defiant. This were a bunch of people that decided that they were going to engage in criminal mayhem.” Edwards went on to say, “There was no idea why they were upset. Obviously there were no demands.”

I love the fact that Edwards addressed this the way he did, but there’s only one problem with him saying it. He’s a man and he is black. Two strikes. Being a black man in America doesn’t give you the right to directly analyze the criminal behaviors of other brown-skinned people.

The only “acceptable” way to address this matter is how Democrat Representative Cori Bush from Missouri dealt with it. She started with a tweet quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr: “A riot is the language of the unheard.” She followed the quote by saying, “I want to talk to my constituents in the window. Their lives and their rights must be protected,” Bush said. “My team and I are working to ensure that the urgent needs of people who are incarcerated are not ignored.”

Are you kidding me? Let me stop pretending I’m shocked. She’s a leftist black woman. She’s allowed to get away with voicing outlandish opinions.

But here’s the funny part, just a month ago she was outraged with the riot that happened at the Capitol building. She said then: “I’m in the Capitol. I’m safe, and my team and I are sheltering in place. The President of the United States has incited a riot that has now stormed the Capitol. There are rioters roaming the halls of the Capitol. I saw them with my own eyes. Our country deserves better.”

On one end, black inmates breaking windows at the jail and beating guards without even making demands is an act of righteous indignation, but at the Capitol, President Donald Trump “incited a riot” while “our country deserves better.” So, I guess the St. Louis guard who was sent to the hospital was collateral damage?

When the inmates take over the asylum, they have to be black during Black History Month with a black liberal woman as their representative in order for everything to be swept under the rug. That’s black privilege.

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According to Demo ‘Educators’ Math Is Racist

From the surreal files of the Left’s alternate universe — in this case the deep (hole) thinkers at the Oregon Department of Education — comes a “Black History Month” recommendation for “Math Equity

From their “friends at the Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction,” the ODE recommends this “teacher instruction” in order that they “learn key tools for engagement, develop strategies to improve equitable outcomes for Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, and join communities of practice.” Apparently, math teachers need to “examine their actions, beliefs, and values around teaching mathematics.”

The instruction provides this summary: “The framework for deconstructing racism in mathematics offers essential characteristics of antiracist math educators and critical approaches to dismantling white supremacy in math classrooms by visibilizing (sic) the toxic characteristics of white supremacy culture … with respect to math.”

Apparently, math teachers have been putting too much “emphasis … on learning math in the ‘real world,’ as if our classrooms are not a part of the real world,” which “reinforces notions of either/or thinking because math is only seen as useful when it is in a particular context.” That, in turn, “can result in using mathematics to uphold capitalist and imperialist ways of being and understandings of the world.”

Thus, educators must “challenge the ways that math is used to hold capitalist, imperialist, and racist views.”

They conclude, “The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so. Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuates objectivity as well as fear of open conflict.” Who knew?

Currently, Oregon’s schools rank 40th in the nation and seem to be on the way to 50th.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Government & Politics

  • Who’d a thunk it? Newly declassified documents show James Comey purposefully lied about the Steele dossier (Townhall)
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo blames “disinformation” and “toxic political environment” for self-caused COVID nursing home scandal (Post Millennial)

Media

  • Double standards: WaPo and CNN “fact-checkers” silent as Kamala Harris falsely claims Biden is “starting from scratch” on vaccine rollout (Fox News)
  • Parler finally resumes social media app after being jettisoned by Big Tech (Just the News)

Unfortunately, its viability is dubious, though we remain hopeful it can survive.

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Israeli study finds 94% drop in symptomatic cases with Pfizer vaccine (Reuters)
  • WHO approves AstraZeneca’s vaccine for emergency use (AP)
  • Thirty-two million government-provided rapid tests have gone unused, with some close to expiration (Examiner)

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” —Ronald Reagan

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Antifa cowards piled snow in front of a Seattle police precinct to keep them from responding to emergency calls (Not the Bee)
  • Healing! Trump impeachment lawyer’s home vandalized (ABC News)
  • Max Lucado shamefully kowtows, apologizes for hurting LGBT community amid outrage following sermon at National Cathedral (Daily Wire)
  • “Family-friendly” Hallmark Channel promises more LGBT bunk (Disrn)

Odds & Ends

  • Unsurprisingly, the COVID “investigator” for WHO is a Chinese CDC advisor who accepted ChiCom research grants (National Pulse)
  • Bluefield College suspends entire team for kneeling during anthem, forcing them to forfeit (Disrn)
  • Support for a political third party reaches all-time high (Daily Caller)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • “Gorilla Glue girl” Tessica Brown now has a full-time agent (NY Post)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The WHO’s probe into Wuhan needs a dose of common sense (AEI)
  • Policy: Biden is set to revive Obama’s devastating Middle East foreign policy (The Federalist)
  • Humor: People who moved to Texas from California finally feeling at home now that power is out (Babylon Bee)

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READER COMMENTS

Editor’s Note: Each week we received hundreds of comments and correspondences — and we read every one of them. What follows are a few though-provoking comments about specific articles. The views expressed herein don’t necessarily reflect those of The Patriot Post.

Re: “Trump Acquitted a Second Time in Dems’ Sham Impeachment

“It’s disgusting and disappointing that so many senators bought into Nancy Pelosi’s paranoid conspiracy theory, totally lacking in evidence, that President Trump was trying to overthrow the government of the United States. If anybody was attempting to overthrow the constitutional order, it was Nancy Pelosi, who attempted to suborn mutiny against the commander-in-chief by demanding that the Pentagon promise to reject any orders by President Trump to use nuclear weapons (another manifestation of her paranoia), then unconstitutionally trying to force him out of office before his term expired with an obvious abuse of the 25th Amendment, and then of course impeaching him a second time on false charges. Nancy Pelosi deserves removal from office. —Paul (Minnesota)

Re: ”Government/Corporate Tyranny

“I have noticed for a while that our fears of communism, though valid, may be currently misplaced. The marriage of corporate and government interests into a tyranny is the very definition of fascism. It’s a distinction without a difference, as both are far-left ideologies, but it is important to know what we’re up against.” —Chris (California)

Re: “Biden and Harris Call for ‘Battle’

“Mark Alexander says, ‘However, there was little condemnation from Demos, while in many cases there was support for the violence.’ Little condemnation? There was NO condemnation. The Dems enabled, encouraged, and celebrated the violence all year until it started to show up in the polls. So tell me again how 80 million people voted for Biden?” —Pepper (Utah)

Re: “Second Amendment in the Crosshairs

“For anyone reading this, I have a challenge. Please define for me in a cogent and specific way the definition of the two words ‘assault’ and ‘weapon’ when used together and in that order. For whatever definition you arrive at, see if it doesn’t rely on the intended meaning of the speaker. I’ll bet it does because ‘assault weapon’ doesn’t define anything specifically at all. The Left wants the ability to make it whatever it wants. If I define it as a weapon with which one may commit assault, that includes baseball bats, knives, sharp wooden sticks, ball-point pens, coat hangers, belts, chains, rope, and on and on and on. We must rid the world of everything because these items assume human traits and commit assault. ‘Spoons made me fat!’” —Wirg (Tennessee)

Re: “Dolly Parton Triggers the Woke Crowd

“I grew up within 50 miles of Parton and I am familiar through observation of the plight of some of the people. What the ‘woke’ crowd has no understanding of is how a father and mother could work three jobs each just to provide the lessons for their children that hard work brings. They live and work to provide education and opportunity to their children, where there was none in their own lives. This requires such things as commitment, determination, pure hard work, love, and purpose, all traits that the ‘woke’ crowd either don’t know of or that they disdain. All of this way of thinking was instilled in them by the government socialist schools. They feel entitled and have never been told that the world owes them nothing. Sad, sad, sad.” —Wirg (Tennessee)

Re: “Et Tu, Ravi?

“I am truly grieved over these revelations. This is, I think, the greatest scandal to hit the evangelical world since the televangelist scandals of the 1980s and ‘90s. But whereas those men had an opportunity to show public contrition and repentance after being exposed, Ravi’s tragic legacy will be of one who hid his scandals all the way to the grave and never repented of them in this life. I truly fear that the ‘gold, silver, and precious stones’ that he seemed to have built on the foundation of Christ will turn out to be ‘wood, hay, and straw’ that will be burned up (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Utterly tragic on all levels.” —Philip (California)

Re: “The Renewable Energy Pipe Dream

“The oil will now be sold to the Chinese, who are dependent on importing 90% of all their fossil fuel requirements. The real problem American ecologists face is they portray the USA as the primary cause of pollution, and it is just not true. And for the real
 polluters, they invent social justice rationalizations.” —Frank (Kansas)

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VIDEOS

Censored Medical & Legal Experts — Dave Rubin talks to Dr. Drew, Viva Frei, and Zubin Damania about the YouTube censorship they have experienced just by having honest conversations on their channels.

The Capitol Officer Murder Case Is Falling Apart — No evidence has emerged that supports the Democrats’ dubious narrative that Brian Sicknick was killed by Capitol rioters.

Satire: You’ll Own Nothing and Be Happy!? — These are the words of Klaus Schwab, head of the World Economic Forum. It’s part of his plan for the Great Reset.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Goodness without wisdom always accomplished evil.” —Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)

Upright: “[The] selective disregard for rules and norms is a civic disease that is spreading through the political left. … The nation needs real constitutional champions, not fair-weather institutionalists.” —Mitch McConnell

For the record: “I said if Joe Biden became president, we would lose the border and it’s happening. The surge is already there. … This isn’t by accident. This is by design. This is an open-border strategy. He has bowed to the Left.” —former acting ICE Director Tom Homan

A blind squirrel finds a nut: “When you have unions that have other aspirations beyond being a union, and maybe being something akin to a political party, then there’s always going to be conflict. I think, ultimately, they’d like to take over not only Chicago Public Schools, but take over running the city government. That’ll play itself out over time. … But politics intrudes, always.” —Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on the Chicago Teachers Union’s refusal to return to work

The BIG Lie: “There was no stockpile … of vaccines. There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations. We were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out. And so in many ways, we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year!” —VP Kamala Harris (“We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci in January)

Nothing to see here… “I want to clarify facts on the nursing homes. This past year, there is a toxic political environment, and everything gets politicized. And there is political spin, and there are facts — two different things.” —Andrew Cuomo trying to explain away revelations regarding his deadly policy on nursing homes and COVID

Race bait: “All I can say is, 75 million people voted for Trump. That’s all I can say. You ain’t fooling me. I know what it’s about. A lot of you hate everything we did when we came here about the staff, the diversity of the staff, it was this or that. And I like to think I know a little something about building teams and what organizations should look like.” —Vanderbilt men’s basketball coach Jerry Stackhouse, whose team is having yet another embarrassing season

And last… “It’s truly appalling that anybody even on the left is willing to defend Andrew Cuomo or teachers unions.” —Liz Wheeler

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16 Feb 2021 News Briefing

Dept of Defense: “Real Possibility” of Nuclear War with China
“Faced with Russia and China’s growing threats and gray zone actions, the United States must take action today to position itself for the future. We must start by acknowledging that our most fundamental assumption—that strategic deterrence will hold, even through crisis and conflict—is going to be tested in ways not seen before” Richard continued. “Unfortunately, our opponents invested in nuclear and strategic capabilities designed to constrain U.S. actions, test our alliances, and, if necessary, escalate past us—to include nuclear use,”

Steve Bannon to Boston Republicans: Trump will ‘lead us in 2024’
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon told a group of Boston Republicans that former President Donald Trump will come roaring back in 2024, suggesting he may first be elected to Congress, displace Nancy Pelosi as speaker and launch impeachment proceedings against President Biden.

Pennsylvania County GOP Censures Sen. Toomey for Impeachment Vote
Republicans in York County in Pennsylvania rebuked Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., for his vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial, censuring him within hours of Trump’s acquittal. “After weeks of ignoring his constituents, he has now demonstrated a lack of respect for our Constitution and the people who placed him into office.

Polar Vortex ‘Paralyzes’ Texas Refineries, Forced To Shut Down Amid “Severe Cold Weather
Three million people are left without power as an extreme cold snap sends power demand to record highs. Energy infrastructure, such as natural gas pipelines have frozen, halting fuel flow to powerplants, resulting in record-high electricity rates. Now we’re learning the chaos has spread to the crude complex in the state. Bloomberg reports Motiva Enterprises will shut down its Port Arthur refinery due to the cold weather. The refinery is North America’s largest refinery, with a crude capacity of more than 630,000 barrels a day.

Rabobank: A Republican Civil War Post Trump Now Begins In Full
As noted weeks ago, a Republican civil war post Trump now begins in full. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell castigated him while voting to acquit; the Republicans who voted to convict face local party censure; and Trump himself put out a public statement (not over Twitter, obviously) that the MAGA movement has “only just begun”. The US now enters an 18-month-plus period in which Trumpists may try to primary Republican Congressional candidates to deliver both the party and a Congressional majority to MAGA populism in 2022. The global implications of this very national struggle will likely be enormous.

Not Again; Another Winter Storm To Batter South, Midwest, And Northeast
As a major winter storm, named Uri by The Weather Channel, continues to spread a wintery mix across the South into parts of the Midwest and Northeast through Tuesday, another cross-country storm could be developing this week. Winter Storm Viola will have a similar track as Uri and bring wintry weather to cities like Dallas-Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, and Cincinnati.

Bill Gates Goes Full Captain Planet, Wants To Change ‘Every Aspect Of Economy’ While We Dine On Fake Meat
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is pushing drastic and ‘fundamental’ changes to the economy in order to immediately halt the release of greenhouse gasses – primarily carbon dioxide – and ‘go to zero’ in order to save the planet from long-prognosticated (and consistently wrong) environmental disaster.

State Dept Refuses to Explain Iran Envoy’s Talks with China
The State Department is refusing to provide details or even confirm statements by the Chinese government indicating the U.S.-Iran envoy Robert Malley recently spoke to Communist Party officials about the Biden administration’s efforts to reenter the 2015 nuclear accord. Chinese vice foreign minister Ma Zhaoxu “had a phone conversation with U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley at the latter’s request, and the two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the Iranian nuclear issue,” China’s foreign ministry announced late last week.

Coalition for Jewish Values: Anti-Semitism now accepted in Congress
The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), representing over 1500 traditional, Orthodox rabbis in matters of public policy, called Monday for House Democratic leadership to rescind the appointment of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as vice chair of an important House subcommittee with jurisdiction over global human rights. Omar, despite a history of support for organizations with ties to Islamic terror and condemnations of Israel sufficient to be voted “2019’s Anti-Semite of the Year” by StopAntiSemitism.org, was named Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

US soldier wounded in Iraq rocket attack
A volley of rockets targeting an airbase in Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Monday killed a foreign civilian contractor and wounded five others, among them a US soldier, AFP reports. At around 9:30 p.m. local time several loud explosions were heard in the northwestern outskirts of Arbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, according to the news agency.

Turkey botches raid, blames ‘terrorists,’ attacks domestic critics
Within a 24-hour period, Turkey’s ruling party and its supporters managed to, first, admit they botched a deadly raid in northern Iraq, blamed “terrorists” for killing people harmed in the raid, and then moved the target to attack domestic political opponents. Turkey’s AK Party, which has been in power almost two decades and has recently pushed invasions of Syria, Libya and Armenia and hosts Hamas terrorists, is now pushing for a new war in Iraq, Syria and at home.

‘Very interesting,’ Putin responds to Elon Musk’s invitation to chat
An invitation from Tesla boss Elon Musk for Russian President Vladimir Putin to join him for a chat on a social networking app? “Very interesting,” the Kremlin said on Monday.

Iran cleric: People who are vaccinated for COVID have ‘become homosexuals’
Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian wrote on his Telegram social-media platform: “Don’t go near those who have had the COVID vaccine. They have become homosexuals.”

India pitches for connectivity from Arabian Sea to South China Sea
Speaking at an event in Guwahati, Assam the EAM said, the “approach to create connectivity to and within Assam, beyond to the North-East, then to neighbouring Myanmar and Bangladesh, but eventually push all the way by road, by sea, by air to Vietnam, to Japan.” India is working on a number of connectivity projects to connect northeast with East Asia. …from “The Arabian Sea to the South China Sea” …

Earthquake hits Earth thrice in 3 days; check its impact and what experts have to say
New Delhi: The world was taken by surprise when three major earthquakes shook the Earth within 72 hours. Experts warn nations to brace for a major quake that may hit soon.

Israel hints it may not engage Biden on Iran nuclear strategy
Israel held out the possibility on Tuesday that it would not engage with US President Joe Biden on strategy regarding the Iranian nuclear program, urging tougher sanctions and a “credible military threat” against its arch-enemy. The remarks by Israel’s envoy to Washington came at a touchy juncture for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Rockets injured US personnel in Iraq, killed contractor: Will Biden act?
The US-led coalition said on Monday night that rocket fire landed on coalition forces who are based near the city. They were likely killed and wounded at the coalition facilities at Erbil International Airport. The coalition spokesperson Col. Wayne Marotto wrote that one civilian contractor was killed, five injured and one US service member was injured.

Israel’s Northern Front heats up as Syria airstrikes, IAF drill overlap
Israel’s military has for the past decade repeatedly attacked Iranian targets in Syria, conducting hundreds of air raids against military bases, missile production sites and training facilities. Israeli jets conducted another series of airstrikes against Syrian targets south of Damascus, Syria’s state media reported early Monday morning, the second such strikes in one week.

Blues Clues peddles gender identity propaganda to pre-schoolers
“P is full of Pride,” or so a new Blues Clues, a long-running educational cartoon show on Nick Jr., for kids age 3 to 5, declared in a new alphabet song. The song featured a screen filled with various LGBT-adjacent pride flags with Blue, the helpful puppy, smiling next to the letter P, filled in with the new LGBT flag, complete with black, brown and trans stripes.

Minneapolis push to defund police backfires after residents complain of slow response times, increase in crime
Minneapolis on Friday backtracked on its original push to defund the city’s police department in the wake of George Floyd’s police custody death after residents begged the city to hire more officers, citing longer response times and increased violent crime. The City Council on Friday voted unanimously to approve $6.4 million in additional funding that police had requested.

US ‘outraged’ by deadly rocket attack on Irbil
The US has vowed to “hold accountable those responsible” for Monday’s rocket attack in Iraq’s Kurdistan region that killed a civilian contractor. A US service member and five other contractors were injured when rockets hits sites in the Irbil city, including a base used by the US-led coalition. In a statement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington was “outraged” by the attack.

Parler app back online after month-long gap
Controversial social-media app Parler has come back online after more than a month without service. The Twitter-like app was a favourite among supporters of former US President Donald Trump and right-wing conservatives. It was banned from Google and Apple’s app stores and Amazon’s web-hosting service, after an armed mob broke into the US Capitol building on 6 January.

WHO has alerted six African countries after Ebola outbreaks
The World Health Organization has alerted six countries to watch out for potential Ebola cases after fresh outbreaks in Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Guinea declared a new Ebola outbreak on Sunday in the first resurgence of the disease there since the 2013-2016 outbreak, while the Democratic Republic of Congo reported a resurgence of the virus on Feb. 7.

Hamas court says women need guardian’s approval to travel
A Hamas-run Islamic court in the Gaza Strip has ruled that women require the permission of a male guardian to travel, further restricting movement in and out of the territory that has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since the militant group seized power. The rollback in women’s rights could spark a backlash in Gaza at a time when the Palestinians plan to hold elections later this year.

Iran and Qatar discuss region, nuclear deal in high-level talks
Iran and Qatar have discussed Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers and laid the groundwork for Doha to act as a mediator between Iran and Arab rivals in the region during the first high-level talks in Tehran. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani led a Qatari delegation on Monday that met President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Saudi Arabia to stop contracting with firms without local HQ
Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it plans to stop signing contracts with foreign companies that don’t have their Mideast headquarters in the kingdom, state-run media reported, a bold move that could escalate business competition in the region. The decision, to take effect on Jan 1. 2024, aims to solicit foreign investment, increase efficiency of state spending and boost local employment…

Series of strong earthquakes hit off the coast of Port Vila, Vanuatu
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit off the coast of Port Vila, Vanuatu at 00:49 UTC on February 16, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The quake was preceded by two M4.9 earthquakes at 10:34 UTC and 16:51 UTC on February 15; and followed by M5.4 at 01:22 UTC on February 16, M5.7 at 01:31, M5.3 at 03:37, and M5.0 at 04:44 UTC.

New skin patch promises comprehensive health monitoring
Scientists have developed a new skin patch that can provide all-in-one health monitoring capabilities. The thin, flexible patch, worn on the neck, can track the wearer’s heart rate and blood pressure, as well as glucose levels.

Satanist group commissions 40 foot ‘Abortion Saves Lives’ billboard in Texas
Just weeks into 2021, and abortion is front and center in American politics once again, with more than a dozen pro-life laws surfacing at state legislatures, Biden’s executive orders, and the balance of power tilting once again towards the blood-bloated feticide monopoly Planned Parenthood. And speak of the Devil, the Satanic Temple is at it again as well, this time in Texas.

Bill Gates Goes Full Captain Planet, Wants To Change ‘Every Aspect Of Economy’ While We Dine On Fake Meat
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is pushing drastic and ‘fundamental’ changes to the economy in order to immediately halt the release of greenhouse gasses – primarily carbon dioxide – and ‘go to zero’ in order to save the planet from long-prognosticated (and consistently wrong) environmental disaster.

Syrian Army Says Air Defenses Intercepted ‘Israeli Aggression’ Over Damascus
Syria’s army said on Monday the country’s air defenses had intercepted “Israeli aggression” over the capital, Damascus, in the latest stepped-up bombing of Iranian targets inside the country over the last two months.

Winter storm: 3,800+ flights canceled Monday; Houston airports close
A winter storm pummeled the Midwest and South Monday, closing both of Houston’s airports and racking up more than 3,800 canceled flights nationwide.

Marc Lamont Hill Says That Black Lives Matter ‘Explicitly’ Looking To ‘Dismantle’ Israel and ‘Embrace’ BDS Movement
On February 6, the Democratic Socialists of America hosted an online panel discussion titled “DSA, BDS, and Palestine Solidarity.” One of the panelists was Marc Lamont Hill, a professor of media studies and urban education at Temple University and outspoken Black Lives Matter activist, who admitted that one of the explicit goals of the Black Lives Matter movement was to “embrace BDS” and “dismantle” the Jewish State of Israel.

WHO authorizes AstraZeneca vaccine
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday granted an emergency authorization to AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine, The Associated Press reports.

Two ‘Mandalorian’ actors posted Nazi analogies to social media, but Lucasfilm only fired the conservative one 
“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” – Gina Carano said in the caption of her Instagram post.

Report: At Least 9 Shot Friday into Sunday Morning in Chicago
At least nine people were shot, three fatally, Friday into Sunday morning across Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) Chicago.

More than 3.8 million homes without power as unprecedented winter storm hits Texas
More than 3.8 million homes are experiencing power outages across the U.S. state of Texas and another 118 000 across Louisiana, 58 000 in Mississippi, and 163 000 in Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky after extremely cold temperatures and frozen precipitation blanketed parts of U.S. South, crippling transportation and infrastructure. Texas Governor Gregg Abbot issued a statewide disaster declaration on February 12, warning all residents the state faces an unprecedented winter storm.

19th Texas City Bans Abortions, Becomes “Sanctuary for the Unborn”
Texas now has 19 cities that protect unborn babies from abortions. The Texan reports the city of Goldsmith voted unanimously Wednesday to pass a Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinance and ban abortions within city limits.

SCORCHED EARTH: Angry CNN goes on the attack against Trump’s impeachment lawyers 
CNN is angry that Trump was acquitted by the Senate on Saturday and, like any good lynch mob, they are now going after Trump’s lawyers to get their pound of flesh:

source: 16 Feb 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 2/16/2021

Jerusalem authorities advance planning for new US embassy

Gantz accuses Netanyahu of ‘vote-buying’ as ministers discuss lockdown exit

Netanyahu on US ties: Whoever endangers us, on Iran nukes for example, I oppose that

Iran threatens to end some nuclear inspections next week

Iran disowns minister’s warning that it might seek nuclear weapons if cornered

Reports: Israeli strike near Syrian capital kills 9 fighters

Ethiopia foils Iranian plot to target UAE embassy in Addis Ababa – report

France fights hold of Islamist radicals with dragnets, laws

Myanmar military tries ‘divide and rule’ in bid to cement power

Czech Republic Excludes China From New Nuclear Power Project, Citing Security Concerns

Chinese Regime’s Sixth-Gen Fighter Jet Aimed at Attacking Taiwan: Leaked Documents

Newly-declassified Documents Show Comey Purposefully Lied About the Steele Dossier

Supreme Court set to consider high-profile election lawsuits this week – The lawsuits include those filed by pro-Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood

New York Times quietly updates story that spread now-debunked claim about police officer Brian Sicknick’s death

Vandals target and attack home of Trump impeachment lawyer

Sen. Pat Toomey Censured by York County GOP for Voting to Convict Trump During Impeachment

GOP Finds It Hard to Quit Trump, Forcing a Post-Trial Reckoning

‘Imperfect’: Gen. Flynn Says Raw ‘Authenticity’ Made Trump, Will Remake the Republican Party

Half a Million Patriots Watch Trump Celebration in West Palm Beach, Florida For President’s Day

Support for Third US Political Party Reaches High Point: Poll

Group “Our Vote Matters” Is Suing Facebook, Dominion, Mark Zuckerberg, Certain State Officials, Others for Infringing Upon Right to Vote, Assemble and Speak Freely

Social Media Platform Parler Back Online on ‘independent Technology’

Wall Street regulators signal tougher approach to industry after GameStop frenzy

Biden poised to swing the 9th Circuit back to the left

Biden Won’t Undo the Second Amendment in Texas: AG Paxton

Ron DeSantis slams ‘lockdowner’ Joe Biden for COVID hypocrisy over immigration: ‘This stinks to high heaven’

Former ICE Director On Massive Surge At Southern Border: ‘This Isn’t By Accident, This Is By Design’

Injured migrants say Border Patrol sent them back to Mexico after they fell off Trump’s wall

Biden’s lawyers told Kamala Harris’ niece Meena to stop using her aunt to boost her brand, report says

NASA helicopter to take a spin on harsh, cold Mars

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Namie, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Santiago de Cao, Peru

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Padangsidempuan, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Major Winter Storm Smashed Records in Texas, Spreading Snow, Damaging Ice From the South Into the Midwest, Northeast

Houston airports close, 3,700+ flights canceled as winter storm pounds southern US

Texas Deploys National Guard to Help Move People to Shelters

Oklahoma activates National Guard as temperatures plunge

Extreme winter weather upending vaccination efforts across nation

Biggest U.S. Oil Refinery Shutting Because of Frigid Weather

Oil hits pandemic high as winter storm pushes demand and poses production risk

Millions Lose Power in Texas as Freeze Sows Market Chaos

14 states face rolling blackouts; millions in Texas without power

Frozen wind turbines hamper Texas power output, state’s electric grid operator says

Biden Approves Emergency Declaration for Texas Amid Energy Emergency, Severe Winter Storm

This Blizzard Exposes The Perils Of Attempting To ‘Electrify Everything’

World’s ‘solar and wind capital’ freezing due to snow ‘blanketing millions’ of solar panels

Power Outage in Northern Mexico Hits 400,000 Users, President Says

Powerful blizzard causes whiteout conditions in Northern Ireland

Bill Gates Has a Master Plan for Battling Climate Change

Bill Gates Goes Full Captain Planet, Wants To Change ‘Every Aspect Of Economy’ While We Dine On Fake Meat

Electric Aircraft Demand Seen Growing for Deliveries

New skin patch promises comprehensive health monitoring

Planned Parenthood Newsletter: “We Need” to Kill More Babies in Abortions, “Build More Volume”

Satanist group commissions 40 foot ‘Abortion Saves Lives’ billboard in Texas

Third-grade book about transgender boy prompts school district to suspend its ‘equity’ book program

Chinese couples are in a panic over a new law requiring a 30-day ‘cooling off’ period to divorce and are using scalpers to jump ahead in line

WHO investigators say coronavirus was ‘circulating widely’ in Wuhan by late 2019

China wasn’t alone, but it took lead role spreading lies about COVID’s origins

Resolution calls for America to boycott 2022 Olympics unless games are shifted away from China

Fauci wins $1 million Israeli prize for ‘defending science’

Virus may never go away but could change into mild annoyance

NBC Accused of Hyping Cases of People Who Contracted COVID-19 Despite Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccines might be tweaked if mutations get worse

Israel to ease more COVID curbs, launch leisure ‘Green Pass’ on Feb. 21

Peru’s foreign minister resigns in furor over secret vaccination of government officials

Brazil’s Bolsonaro seeks emergency use of Israeli anti-COVID nasal spray

Hospital launches system to remotely monitor fetal health in COVID ward

Horowitz: Tennessee lawmakers introduce bill to prevent businesses from discriminating against customers without masks

Cuomo’s COVID cover-up hid nearly 1,900 NYC nursing home deaths

Cuomo defends decision to delay releasing data on Covid-19 deaths at long-term care facilities in New York

NY lawmakers must begin impeachment proceedings, criminal investigation of Gov. Cuomo: Marc Molinaro

From medieval times to our current crisis, plagues often accelerate extremist movements

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

Bill Gates: ‘All rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef’

In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, Bill Gates smiles while being interviewed in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

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Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates said in a new interview that all rich countries should transition to 100% synthetic beef in order to significantly curb the greenhouse-gas emissions driving climate change.

Source: Bill Gates: ‘All rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef’

Biden’s ‘Woke Imperialism’ by Robert Inlakesh

As President Biden assumed office, he eagerly declared that “America is back!”, but what does that mean? He appears to be pushing for a new era of woke Washington, while at the same time sending reinforcements to Syria. Political analyst Robert Inlakesh offers his take of the reality of woke US foreign policy for the middle east.

Joe Biden Created a Border Crisis — Now He’s Making It Worse | Ken Cuccinelli on Fox Business

Heritage Visiting Fellow Ken Cuccinelli joined Fox Business, Monday, February 15, to talk about the latest on illegal immigration, the Biden administration’s radical new moves on immigration, and why the moves are bad for American security.

Shockingly, Many Christians Think Nothing of Using Satanic Practices to ‘Experience God in a Powerful Way’ — Christian Research Network

(Marsha West – Christian Research Network) Today I visited a long-time friend’s Facebook page. I’ll call her Ginger.  Ginger is a professing Christian who says she reads the Bible regularly as well as what she deems Christian books. My attention was quickly drawn to the several games that were posted on her page including a “wedding” game. At the top are the words: What Surprise Is Coming Your Way In 2021 According To Your Astrological Sign. Twelve astrological signs appear along the border.  A button is provided in the center for those who wish to play. Below the button are the words: You will finally have the dream wedding you’ve been waiting for Ginger, surrounded by all the people you love.  Another game on her page invites you to pick one of 6 images to find out who will be walking beside you in 2021. Also on the page is a game that shows your 2021 tattoo.  Ginger’s tat is “I am who I am. Your approval isn’t needed.”

I left Ginger’s page in disbelief and disheartened.

The thing is, we have discussed specific occult practices ad nauseum over the years.  I have shared with her that God makes it clear His people are not to participate in any way shape or form in “magic.”  Not even if what you’re doing is “just for fun.”

Ginger always left me with the impression that she was aware of the dangers of dabbling in the world of the occult.  Perhaps she was telling me what I wanted to hear. What I saw on her page made it clear my impressions were inaccurate.

For those who don’t know all that much about the New Age Movement (NAM), I’m going to spend a moment to give you a condensed version and provide links below for further research.

First of all, at the core of NAM is a belief in mysticism. Briefly, mysticism’s focus is on esoteric knowledge, i.e. knowledge that is limited to a small group of people who believe they are endued with special or secret knowledge.

Many professing Christians in the visible Church combine Christianity with New Age spirituality. They even blend in NAM’s occult practices that are akin to witchcraft and incorporate pagan practices and cures for whatever’s ailing them gleaned from Hinduism, Buddhism and other Eastern religions. There’s also man-centered Christianity. Having “felt needs” met is of utmost importance to man-centered church-goers. Where does this sort of stuff come from? It principally started with Rick Warren’s unbiblical seeker-driven pragmatism. What God says in His Word really doesn’t matter to those whose only focus is on “self.”

Paganism and pragmatism combined with Christianity accomplishes what exactly?  Those who do this have produced a religion of their own creation, one that works for them in a way that authentic Christianity has not done. What people who do not seem to grasp is that counterfeit Christianity, because that’s what they’ve created, offers a false gospel that saves no one.

So, what it boils down to is that many of those who profess faith in Christ are drawn to Christianity for its “Savior” value, certainly not because they’re interested in the Jesus of the Bible who has made it clear that He must be the Lord and Master of those who are truly His.

Do you recall Ginger’s tattoo? “I am who I am. Your approval isn’t needed.” Many of her Facebook friends liked that.  As I mentioned, for many years when Ginger was dabbling in astrology I warned her that she was treading on thin ice for the reason that the Bible refers to astrology as fortune telling which is a satanic practice expressly forbidden by God.  Why does it matter to me what’s posted on her page? Because it highlights the fact that it matters not to her that she’s inviting family and friends to partake in practices God hates.

Experiencing God Through Mystic Meditation

Professing Christians who wittingly, or unwittingly, embrace New Age beliefs elevate what they experience in a personal way in their quest to draw near to God. What they are hoping for is to experience God in a “powerful way.” How is that achieved?  One path people take is meditation.  The other day I came across the following on a so-called Christian site:

Here’s how you can sit in the presence of God during your meditation practice: Choose a quiet, comfortable place to meditate. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. You can choose to cross your legs or sit in a chair. Allow yourself to let thoughts pass by without engaging them in thought.  Let yourself speak a prayer, mantra or verse….

Until you attain an altered state of consciousness?

That, brethren, is how Buddhists practice prayer. The Roman Catholic “Desert Fathers” (mystics) are responsible for introducing unbiblical contemplative prayer. Why, pray tell, would a Christian even consider borrowing from Eastern religions, which are pagan, or from Catholic monks who were taught by their Buddhist friends how to achieve a deeper experience with God? Consider the implications!

What is more, why do Bible believing Christians think it’s a good idea to repeat a mantra to reach an altered state of consciousness? Where do you find this in the Bible? Is biblical meditation about emptying one’s mind?  Seriously?  No. When a believer practices biblical meditation their aim should be to fill their mind with God’s truths—truths about God’s love, mercy, and grace. Why do Christians do this? Because meditating on Scripture will help them form a Christian worldview.

I find it amazing the number of professing believers who fail to understand that their source of moral conduct comes from God’s Word not from some Eastern guru or deceased Catholic monk. (I’ve covered this subject many times here.)

The point I’m making is that a growing number of Christians seemingly do not care if their experiences line up with the Bible, even though the Bible is the Holy Spirit inspired, inerrant, and “only rule for faith and practice.” The Bible should be the Christian’s final authority. Period.

Destiny Cards

Over the years I have talked to many Christians who delve into all sorts of magical mystical practices to include contemplative prayeryoga, and recently (are you sitting down?) Destiny Cards! What in blue blazes are Destiny Cards you ask? Without getting too far afield, the cards are like tarot cards.  The only difference is that Destiny Cards have Bible themes. Not surprisingly, Destiny Cards were introduced by Bethel Church in Redding CA. Pastored by “Apostle” Bill Johnson, the church is best known for its School of Supernatural Ministry. Literally thousands of students come from many countries each year to attend its bogus school. The cards are used by Bethelites to “practice the prophetic.” Practitioners invite those who are interested in finding out their future to book with team members individually for “deep consultations, healing, spiritual readings, & spirit cleansing.” You cannot make this stuff up. So naturally I warn people that the “spirit cleansing” they’re hoping to achieve can actually cause spiritual harm. You’d be surprised by the large numbers of professing Christians who are not the least bit concerned, as they believe Bethel’s practitioners of witchcraft have prophetic gifts.

These days one’s experience with God trumps anything He says in His written Word.

You’ll find this sort of thing in the New Ager’s bible A Course in Miracles, only in the reverse. New Age adherents blend their beliefs, which include pantheism (God in all) with Christian terminology. The Course has incorporated traditional Christian terminology with terms that are nontraditional. In other words, the Course uses Christian terms, but it completely changes the intended meaning to mesh with their occult beliefs.

New Spiritual Horizons

Many New Age practices are designed to push man ahead into “new spiritual horizons.” Besides tarot card, included in New Age practices are,

astral projection which is training your soul to leave your body and travel around; contacting spirits so they may speak through you or guide you; using crystals to purify your body’s and mind’s energy systems; visualization where you use mental imagery to imagine yourself as an animal, in the presence of a divine being, or being healed of sickness, etc.

Other beliefs include reincarnation, astrology, the magic arts, psychic healing, and the divinity of self or “Christ Consciousness,” which has nothing whatsoever to do with Jesus Christ for the reason that Jesus is separated from what they dub “the Christ.” For New Agers “the Christ” is divine and regarded as a cosmic, impersonal being. Listen to what Biblical Discernment Ministries says:

A major idea in New Age thinking is that of the “Christ Consciousness.” In other words, Christ is an office rather than an individual, such as Jesus, whom Christians know to be THE CHRIST. This idea of “Christ Consciousness” asserts that Jesus was not the only Christ, but that He equipped Himself to receive the “Christ Consciousness” (i.e., He was a great “spiritual master” who attained Christ Consciousness), as supposedly also did Buddha, Krishna, and Mohammed. [This is an old occult Gnostic teaching which stems from the ancient Babylonian mystery religions. New Agers also reinvent the historical Jesus by claiming that he spent 18 years in India (during His “silent years”) absorbing Hinduism and the teachings of Buddha.] New Agers believe that Jesus received the Christ Consciousness at His baptism, and that it left Him at His crucifixion. (source)

This is blasphemy. Anyone who holds this view of Jesus Christ is not, I repeat, not a Christian.

Syncretism

New Age beliefs have permeated Christendom through blending various religious and occult beliefs.  New Age spirituality has been introduced into churches through syncretism.  The hodgepodge of different beliefs in the Church could be compared to a supermarket stocked with shelves of poisonous products ready to be consumed by undiscerning believers hungry for “spirituality.”  In my article Evangelicalism Has Been Hijacked By ‘Woke’ Elitist Progressive ‘Christians’ I gave a brief summation of the problems associated with syncretism:

As syncretism spreads, creeds, confessions, and doctrine get tossed aside resulting in a fundamental change of beliefs. When Truth declines, false teaching flourishes. The wily serpent uses syncretism to separate God from His people. … Evangelicals have been assimilated into the world because of it.

Following are several poisonous movements, phenomena, and worldly practices that the Body of Christ has made a steady diet of for many years.

Alternative medicine

Alternative medicine

Angelology

Charismaticism

Church Growth-multi campus megachurches

Contemplative prayer

Corrupt Bible versions (The Message; Passion Translation; The Bible Project)

Critical Race Theory & Intersectionality (racist)

Democrat Christians (an oxymoron)

Emergent-Emerging Church

Enneagram

Experiential Christianity (experience trumps the Bible)

Extra-Biblical revelation (new revelation from God; God speaking directly to man, not through His Word)

Global Peace

Man-centered (self-esteem)

Man-made philosophy

Meditation (altered-states-of-consciousness)

Mysticism (supernatural)

New Apostolic Reformation (apostles & prophets)

Pragmatism (whatever works)

Progressive Christianity (liberalism)

Prosperity/Health & Wealth gospel

Purpose Driven (seeker churches)

Psychology (steeped in secular humanism)

Signs & Wonders

Social Justice (another gospel)

Spirituality

Twelve-steps

Word of Faith (metaphysical)

Yoga (pagan practice)

There are a lot more poisonous ingredients that can, and no doubt will, get added to “syncretism stew.” What readers need to know is that all these movements, phenomena and practices are unbiblical in varying degrees. It is critical for the true believer to know that all the above will in no way feed your soul.  Moreover, you have wandered into territory that is forbidden by God.

Separation

The sad thing is that virtually every Bible believing Christian with an ounce of discernment recognizes false teaching when it rears its ugly head. Discerning believers recognize it and yet many do little to put a stop to it.

They find it difficult if not impossible to:

–Separate from professing Christian family members and friends who partake in occult practices

–Separate from “Christians” who spread false teaching

–Challenge family and friends who hold heretical beliefs

–Call out the ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing who prowl around the pasture where little lambs graze

–Secure consequences for the cultists, apostates and heretics

Many Christians think that it is more important to hold family and friendships together than it is to grab a shepherd’s crook and beat back wolves in sheep’s clothing that are devouring Christ’s beloved.  They feel that if they don’t make waves and keep the peace, they will be able to rescue those they care about from wolves. In these circumstances peace keeping is not what God’s people are commanded to do! We are to “Contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” Jude 3:1-3

If you’re one of those who dabble in above-mentioned practices, no matter what your reason is, you’re in deep sin. On top of that you are in rebellion against God. What must you do to get right with your Maker? Repent and stop sinning (flee from evil).

I will close with this admonition from Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ” does not mean that you accommodate yourself to wrong teaching and doctrine, that you say nothing when falsehood is being propagated. No! For that is a denial of all the New Testament. Not only that, it is a denial of some of the most glorious epochs and eras in the Christian Church. ~ D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home & Work: An Exposition of Ephesians

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Shockingly, Many Christians Think Nothing of Using Satanic Practices to ‘Experience God in a Powerful Way’ — Christian Research Network