Daily Archives: February 27, 2021

February 27 Evening Quotes of The Day

God Gains Glory Through the Saints’ Suffering
Romans 8:17–18; Ephesians 3:13; Hebrews 2:9–10; 1 Peter 4:13; 5:10

As our greatest good comes through the sufferings of Christ, so God’s greatest glory that he has from his saints comes through their sufferings.

THOMAS BROOKS

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

Apostates Lacked a Thorough Knowledge of Christ
Matthew 13:21; Mark 4:17; Luke 8:13; 1 John 2:19

Those who fall away have never been thoroughly imbued with the knowledge of Christ, but had only a light and a transient taste of it.

JOHN CALVIN

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

February 27 Evening Verse of The Day

11:34 No created being can know the mind of the Lord, except to the extent that He chooses to reveal it. And even then we see in a mirror, dimly (1 Cor. 13:12). No one is qualified to advise God. He doesn’t need our counsel, and wouldn’t profit by it anyway (see Isa. 40:13).[1]


11:34 This is a quote from the Septuagint of Isa. 40:13–14, where God delivers His people by bringing them back from exile. In 1 Cor. 2:16 Paul quotes this same passage but attributes the title, “Lord,” to Jesus.[2]


34. ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counsellor?’ An echo of Isaiah 40:13, ‘Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as his counsellor has instructed him?’ Cf. also Jeremiah 23:18; Wisdom 9:13.[3]


34. Who has known the mind of the Lord? He begins here to extend as it were his hand to restrain the audacity of men, lest they should clamour against God’s judgments, and this he does by stating two reasons: the first is, that all mortals are too blind to take a view of God’s predestination by their own understanding, and to reason on a thing unknown is presumptuous and absurd; the other is, that we can have no cause of complaint against God, since no mortal can boast that God is a debtor to him; but that, on the contrary, all are under obligations to him for his bounty.

Within this limit then let every one remember to keep his own mind, lest he be carried beyond God’s oracles in investigating predestination, since we hear that man can distinguish nothing in this case, any more than a blind man in darkness. This caution, however, is not to be so applied as to weaken the certainty of faith, which proceeds not from the acumen of the human mind, but solely from the illumination of the Spirit; for Paul himself in another place, after having testified that all the mysteries of God far exceed the comprehension of our minds, immediately subjoins that the faithful understand the mind of the Lord, because they have not received the spirit of this world, but the Spirit which has been given them by God, by whom they are instructed as to his goodness, which otherwise would be incomprehensible to them.

As then we cannot by our own faculties examine the secrets of God, so we are admitted into a certain and clear knowledge of them by the grace of the Holy Spirit: and if we ought to follow the guidance of the Spirit, where he leaves us, there we ought to stop and as it were to fix our standing. If any one will seek to know more than what God has revealed, he shall be overwhelmed with the immeasurable brightness of inaccessible light. But we must bear in mind the distinction, which I have before mentioned, between the secret counsel of God, and his will made known in Scripture; for though the whole doctrine of Scripture surpasses in its height the mind of man, yet an access to it is not closed against the faithful, who reverently and soberly follow the Spirit as their guide; but the case is different with regard to his hidden counsel, the depth and height of which cannot by any investigation be reached.[4]


The Inscrutable God

Romans 11:34

Who has known the mind of the Lord?

Or who has been his counselor?

William Beebe (1877–1962) was a biologist, explorer, and author, and he was also a personal friend of Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), the twenty-sixth president of the United States. He used to visit Roosevelt at Sagamore Hill, his home near Oyster Bay, Long Island, and he tells of a little game they used to play together. After an evening of talk, they would go outside onto the lawn surrounding the great house and search the sky until they found the faint spot of light beyond the lower left corner of the great square of Pegasus. One of them would recite: “That is the Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda. It is as large as the Milky Way. It is one of a hundred million galaxies. It consists of one hundred billion suns, each larger than our sun.”

Then Roosevelt would grin at Beebe and say, “Now I think we are small enough! Let’s go to bed.”

Our Smallness before God

I think of that story as we come to the last thoughts of Romans 11, following the apostle Paul’s exclamation of wonder at the unsearchable depths of the riches of the wisdom, knowledge, judgments, and paths of God in verse 33. He is still thinking of God and marveling at God. But Paul’s glance shifts, as it were, to the man who is doing the thinking and marveling, and he makes a contrast between God’s unsearchable grandeur, on the one hand, and the poverty of man’s small knowledge, on the other. In verse 34 he queries, “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” In verse 35 he adds, “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?”

Each of these verses is a quotation from the Old Testament, which reminds us that this is Paul’s characteristic way of wrapping up an argument. We have already seen several examples of this in the letter, Romans 3:10–18, for example. Those verses contain Old Testament quotations that summarize Paul’s arguments for the depravity of the race developed in chapters 1–3. We have the same thing in chapters 4; 9; 10, and earlier in chapter 11. To give a contrary example, the apostle Peter argued by beginning with the text, then providing what we would call an exposition (cf. Acts 2).

The quotation we are looking at in this study is from Isaiah 40:13, but it may have elements of several other passages (cf. Job 15:8; Jer. 23:18).

“Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” Although drawn mostly from Isaiah, this was essentially the question put to Job when God interrogated him toward the end of that great Old Testament story. The bottom line is that no human being, however wise, has anything to offer to God in the matters of his knowledge and wisdom. The question fits Paul’s context beautifully, for it links up with his earlier reference to “wisdom” and “knowledge” in verse 33, though in reverse order. As F. Godet observed, “The first question contrasts the always limited knowledge of man with the infinite knowledge of God.… The second goes further, it bears on the relation between human and divine wisdom. It is no longer merely the discovery of the secrets of God by the study of his works which is in question, but some good counsel which man might have been called to give to the Creator in the organizing of his plans.”

As I say, Paul is still thinking about God in this verse. But here he also turns our attention from God’s attributes—the perfection of his wisdom, knowledge, judgments, and ways—to our limitations as measured by them. He tells us once again that we are not like God.

Isn’t it interesting that Paul should have to do this, especially now, at this point in our studies of Romans 11? You may recall the distinction I made earlier between God’s incommunicable attributes, those he does not share with us because he cannot, and God’s communicable attributes, which he does share with us. The latter category contains such attributes as we have been studying here: knowledge, wisdom, the ability to make plans and decisions, and the capacity to act. We understand what we are talking about when we say that God has these attributes or possesses these abilities, because we have them ourselves. We, too, know things, possess a measure of wisdom, make decisions or plans, and act on them.

But even in this area we do not measure up to God. In fact, our knowledge, wisdom, planning, and acting are so far from his knowledge, wisdom, planning, and acting that it is even less than the equivalent of comparing ourselves to the billions of suns in the great galaxy of Andromeda or to the many other galaxies. To put it another way, the only things we know, we know because God has known them first and has revealed them to us. Because we are so small, the knowledge we have is itself also pitifully small. Or to put it still another way, we have nothing to contribute to God in any area.

How Little We Know

The way we need to explore this is to look at that part of the biblical writings known as “wisdom literature,” particularly Job, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs. I begin with Job, because that book deals directly with the extreme limitations of our knowledge.

We know Job’s story. It is one of the great stories of all time. Job was a fortunate individual in many ways. He was wealthy; he had a wonderful family; he enjoyed good health. Moreover, he was a godly man. Even God called attention to Job’s character: “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job. 1:8). But within a very short time everything Job had was taken away from him, except his character. His goods were plundered or destroyed; his ten children were killed; and he was afflicted with painful sores that covered him from the soles of his feet to his scalp. He was reduced to abject and utter misery. He sat in ashes, suffering both within (in his soul) and without (in his body).

At this point Job’s three close friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, came to him to sympathize and offer counsel. The bulk of the book consists of their attempts to explain what had happened, followed by Job’s responses to their words.

To put it in our terms, what they were trying to explain is “why bad things happen to good people.” And by our standards they did pretty well at it. They rightly assumed that this is a moral universe of cause-and-effect events and that God, who has created the universe and who guides its destiny, is a moral God. Everything has a purpose, they argued, and because this purpose is God’s purpose, it must be good. Evil does not triumph. Virtue is rewarded. All this is entirely right, of course. In fact, if you were reading carefully, you will have recognized that these are the exact points I was making when I was speaking about the wisdom, decrees, and paths of God in the preceding studies.

What, then, was wrong with the counsel of Job’s friends? And why was God so unhappy with them?—as he reveals himself to be later (“Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?” [Job 38:2]).

The problem was not with their starting point or principles, for they were the very things that are revealed about the nature of reality in Scripture. Instead the problem was that these men, wise as they were, lacked sufficient knowledge to discern what God was doing. As the story points out at the beginning, God was waging war against the slanders and lies of Satan. Satan claimed that Job served God only because of what he got out of it, a standard utilitarian argument. God maintained that Job loved God because of who God was, regardless of what it might bring to him personally. Satan said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?… Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face” (Job. 1:9–11).

God allowed Satan to strike at Job’s possessions and family, but though Job was personally crushed by these disasters, Job worshiped God, saying,

Naked I came from my mother’s womb,

and naked I will depart.

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;

may the name of the Lord be praised.

Job 1:21

Next Satan wanted to strike at Job’s health. “Stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face,” Satan said to God (Job 2:5). But when God allowed Satan to be the instrument of devastating physical affliction for Job, Job said to his wife, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”—and the text points out that “in all this Job did not sin in what he said” (v. 10).

Job’s friends knew none of this, of course. They had not the faintest idea of what was going on at the cosmic level. Therefore, although they had begun at the right starting place and had the right principles, what they actually had to say to Job turned out to be mere nonsense, which is why God rebuked them.

Moreover, notice the nature of God’s rebuke. Their problem was that they were not aware of the invisible, cosmic nature of this struggle. But when God rebuked them (and Job, too) for their ignorance, he rebuked them not because they did not know the invisible dimensions of the struggle—what was going on between himself and Satan—but because they did not understand or know even the things they could see. God chided them for being unable to explain the origins of the earth (“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?” [Job. 38:4]). Scientists are not much closer to explaining that today. He chided them for being unable to explain or control the sea (“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb?” [v. 8]). Today, with all our scientific advances we cannot even predict the movement of the sea’s storms accurately, let alone control either it or them. Chapter after chapter, God chides Job and his friends for their profound and extensive ignorance of all natural forces—light and darkness; rain, snow, wind; the intricacies of the heavens; animal instincts and behavior; the migration patterns of birds and fish; and countless other observable phenomena.

But here is the point: If these people could not explain what they could see, how could they hope to understand and explain what they could not see? Obviously, not at all. They could not contribute to God’s perfect knowledge in any respect. The only thing they could possibly do is what Job does at the end of the story—he shuts his mouth and admits his utter ignorance:

Then Job replied to the Lord:

“I know that you can do all things;

no plan of yours can be thwarted.

You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’

Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,

things too wonderful for me to know.

You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;

I will question you,

and you shall answer me.’

My ears had heard of you

but now my eyes have seen you.

Therefore I despise myself

and repent in dust and ashes.’ ”

Job 42:1–6

I have previously described the effect of our thinking about God and his “eternal decree” as (1) humility at our incomprehension and (2) awe before God and praise of him. We find both responses in Job’s final words, as well as in the closing section of Romans 11.

Fools, and Blind

The second half of verse 34 goes an important step beyond what I have been describing up to this point. I have been writing about our extreme lack of knowledge, which is what “Who has known the mind of the Lord?” refers to. But the next words are also significant, for they add, “Or who has been his counselor?” This part deals with wisdom and how little of it we possess.

I turn here to the Book of Ecclesiastes. This is a short book; it has only twelve chapters. Yet Ecclesiastes is a high point of the wisdom literature in the sense that it shows the limits of man’s earthbound wisdom, just as Job shows the limits of man’s knowledge. Ecclesiastes is essentially a sermon on one text: “ ‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. / ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless’ ” (Eccles. 1:2). As anyone can tell just by looking at the subheads in the New International Version, the preacher develops the text to make these points: (1) wisdom is meaningless; (2) pleasures are meaningless; (3) wisdom and folly are meaningless; (4) toil is meaningless; (5) advancement is meaningless; and (6) riches are meaningless.

But surely we don’t believe that, do we?

Haven’t we been saying that God is sovereign over the affairs of his creation, that he has a single supreme purpose in all he does, and that this purpose is a good purpose because he is a good God? Of course, we have. Then how are we to understand Ecclesiastes? Is this merely the last words of an embittered cynic, which we can completely discount? Some Christian leaders have taught that. One of them once told me, “You can never preach a sermon from Ecclesiastes.”

We know that is not correct, because “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful …” (2 Tim. 3:16). But how, then, is Ecclesiastes to be taken?

The answer is that this book shows us the limits and hence the folly of human wisdom apart from revelation. Here is the way J. I. Packer, who has done several helpful studies of Ecclesiastes, puts it:

Look (says the preacher) at the sort of world we live in. Take off your rose-colored spectacles, rub your eyes, and look at it long and hard. What do you see? You see life’s background set by aimlessly recurring cycles in nature (1:4ff.). You see its shape fixed by times and circumstances over which we have no control (3:1ff.; 9:11f.). You see death coming to everyone sooner or later, but coming haphazard; its coming bears no relation to good or ill desert (7:15; 8:8). Men die like beasts (3:19f.), good men like bad, wise men like fools (2:14, 17; 9:2f.). You see evil running rampant (3:16; 4:1; 5:8; 8:11; 9:3); rotters get on, good men don’t (8:14). Seeing all this, you realize that God’s ordering of events is inscrutable; much as you want to make it out, you cannot do so (3:11; 7:13f.; 8:17 rv; 11:5). The harder you try to understand the divine purpose in the ordinary providential course of events, the more obsessed and oppressed you grow with the apparent aimlessness of everything, and the more you are tempted to conclude that life really is as pointless as it looks.

But once you conclude that there really is no rhyme or reason in things, what “profit”—value, gain, point, purpose—can you find henceforth in any sort of constructive endeavor (1:3; 2:11, 22; 3:9; 5:16)? If life is senseless, then it is valueless; and in that case, what use is it working to create things, to build a business, to make money, even to seek wisdom—for none of this can do you any obvious good (2:15f., 22f.; 5:11); it will only make you an object of envy (4:4); you can’t take any of it with you (2:18ff.; 4:8; 5:15f.); and what you leave behind will probably be mismanaged after you have gone (2:19). What point is there, then, in sweating and toiling at anything? Must not all man’s work be judged “vanity (emptiness, frustration) and a striving after wind” (1:14 rv)?

That is true, isn’t it? Apart from what God is doing in Jesus Christ and in our lives, the last part of which is at best only partially revealed to us, everything is indeed “meaningless.” There is more, of course. There is what God is doing, what he reveals. But before we can see those things, we need to see that there is no meaning in anything apart from them. One of the great proofs of our lack of wisdom is that we do not see even this fundamental point of earthly wisdom clearly.

Even Christians don’t. Otherwise, why would they spend so much of their time and energy working for things that do not satisfy at any significant level and, in fact, will never do so?

Why do they spend their time acquiring houses and cars and television sets and fine furniture, which will eventually depreciate and decay?

Why do they work for increasingly larger paychecks and bank accounts, which they will not be able to take with them to heaven when they die?

Why do they yearn for earthly recognition, which can vanish in a flash?

Why do we do these things? We do them because we have not learned even the rudimentary earthly wisdom of the Book of Ecclesiastes, let alone the infinitely more profound wisdom of the revealed counsels of God. Yet we presume to suppose that we can criticize God for what he is doing in our lives. We think that we could tell him how to do things better, if we only had the chance. What folly! What utter folly! We who think we are teachers need to learn again the first principles of the oracles of God.

Paul asks the Corinthians, “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Cor. 1:20). We need to learn that again. We need to hear again Paul’s implied rebuke as he wisely asks the Romans “ ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?’ ”

The answer clearly is “no one.” Not you, not me. No one. Not one of us can contribute to the knowledge or wisdom of God in any respect.

Humility and Wisdom

So where does this leave us? Obviously, it is not intended to leave us in our folly. We are not called upon to be either ignorant or foolish. On the contrary, we are to trust God, work to develop our minds, and grow in true spiritual wisdom and understanding. How? Let me suggest these points.

  1. Learn that there is no true wisdom except in God. That is why Proverbs 9:10 says rightly, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, / and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” We can know because God is a God who knows, and we can acquire wisdom because God is a God of wisdom. But we will achieve neither unless we begin with him.
  2. Learn that even though you begin with God, you will never fully understand God and therefore you will never fully understand his ways. God says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, / neither are your ways my ways” (Isa. 55:8). Moreover, since God’s thoughts direct God’s actions, clearly it will be his ways rather than yours that will be accomplished, for “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, / but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Prov. 19:21).
  3. Finally, learn to trust God and follow hard after him. This leads me to the wisest saying of all: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; / in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Prov. 3:5–6). If you do not do that, your pitifully small knowledge and faulty wisdom will lead you eventually either to arrogance or despair. But if you acknowledge your ignorance and foolishness and learn to trust God, you will find that God will provide all the knowledge you need—you will find it in Scripture—and if you ask him, he will give abundant wisdom, too (James 1:5).[5]

[1] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1728). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Utley, R. J. (1998). The Gospel according to Paul: Romans (Vol. Volume 5, Ro 11:34). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[3] Bruce, F. F. (1985). Romans: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 6, p. 220). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[4] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans (pp. 446–447). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: God and History (Vol. 3, pp. 1449–1456). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

February 27 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

A Dog Barks When He Sees His Master Attacked
2 Timothy 1:7; 4:1–8

A dog will bark if he sees his master attacked, and I should be a cowardly wretch if I could see God’s truth assailed and stood by silent.

JOHN CALVIN

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

Fighting Safely When Sure of Victory
John 16:33; Romans 8:31; Ephesians 6:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:15

You can fight safely when you are sure of victory. Safe, indeed, is warfare with and for Christ, for, though wounded, prostrate, trampled on, killed, if possible, a thousand times, yet, if only you do not fly, you shall not lose the victory. Flight, flight alone can take it from you.

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

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

27 Feb 2021 News Briefing

Federal Judge Rules Nationwide Eviction Ban Is Unconstitutional
A judge in Texas on Thursday ruled that the federal government does not have the authority to issue a nationwide eviction moratorium. U.S. District Judge John Barker, a Trump appointee, ruled in favor of a group of property managers and landlords who challenged a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order that prevented them from temporarily evicting tenants for non-payment of rent during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

Banning news links just days before Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout?
Facebook’s decision to ban media organisations from posting links to news articles on the social media giant’s platform comes less than a week before Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins. The ban also prevented many health organisations, government health departments and other organisations from posting links (some, but not all, have now been restored). The combined effect of this could be incredibly damaging.

Biden says US stands with Ukraine, will never recognize Crimea annexation
Joe Biden said the United States will continue to back Ukraine against Russian aggression and will never recognize the Kremlin’s annexation of its neighbor’s territory. Biden made the comments of support on February 26 as Ukrainians mark the seventh anniversary of Moscow’s steps to seize Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

These 7 States Are On The Verge Of Herd Immunity
So, a week after Johns Hopkins surgeon, Dr. Marty Makary, penned an Op-ed in the WSJ saying that we will have herd immunity by April… and was instantly disavowed as ‘dangerous’, some awkward ‘facts’ and ‘science’ have been dropped by none other than FundStrat’s Tom Lee. So far, South Dakota, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, and Tennessee are the nearest. “…the consistent and rapid decline in daily cases since Jan. 8 can be explained only by natural immunity

Black History Month: Amazon stops streaming Clarence Thomas film
It’s Black History Month, but a highly acclaimed PBS documentary on the only African-American on the U.S. Supreme Court – and only the second ever – no longer is streaming on Amazon Prime. “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words” is available on other sites, but not Amazon, which states on the page for the movie that “the video is currently unavalaible to watch in your location.”

Ship owned by Israeli firm hit by explosion in Gulf of Oman
A ship owned by an Israeli firm, the MV HELIOS RAY, was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and a maritime security firm said on Friday. The current assessment in Israel is that the explosion was a targeted attempt against an Israeli-owned ship by Iran

Iran deal: Insufficient diplomatic strength to stop Tehran – opinion
The Iranians followed this latest deal with new statements about their program which were clearly disturbing. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared that Iran’s enrichment levels of its uranium would no longer be limited to 20%. “We may even increase enrichment to 60%.”

REPORT: Iran Demands $1 Trillion from US in “Reparations” to Return to Nuclear Deal
“When we meet, we will raise compensation,” Zarif said in an interview with the Iranian state-owned news network PressTV. “Whether those compensations will take the form of reparation, or whether they take the form of investment, or whether they take the form of measures to prevent a repeat of what Trump did.”

US urgently raises troop threat levels in Iraq over possible airstrike retaliation: report
The threat level for U.S. troops in Iraq has been raised on Friday over concerns of retaliation over U.S. airstrikes in Syria on Thursday night. The heightened threat level was raised by Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve and could last for several days. It was first reported by Fox News, who cited two sources familiar with the matter.

Joe Biden Made a Promise about a New World Order that Has all Hell Breaking Loose
Biden spoke from the White House via video conference to the Munich Security Conference. In his remarks Biden made it clear that his agenda was putting globalism first and America last.

Andrew Cuomo Was Horrified To Learn The Impeachment He Could Be Facing
A New York Democratic lawmaker who claimed Cuomo threatened his career if he did not help to “cover up” a scandal over the nursing home scandal, says that he and his colleagues are “inching” toward a bipartisan impeachment probe. Progressive Democratic New York Assemblyman Ron Kim told CNN that Cuomo threatened his career if he did not help “cover up” allegations that Cuomo’s staff deliberately “concealed the full extent of nursing home-related deaths during the Covid pandemic.” Now, Kim told Yahoo News, that “support is building within the state legislature to begin an impeachment investigation.”

The Equality Act – What You Need To Know
Late last week, Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced the Equality Act, a grave threat to religious liberty and conscience rights that would, in effect, erase all legal distinctions between male and female in public life. To be clear, you should only care about the Equality Act if you are a Christian, or a person of faith, or a woman, or own a business, or run a non-profit, or go to school, or teach at a school, or are a medical or mental-health professional, or (especially) are a female athlete, or under the age of 18, or ever use a public restroom.

Biden warns Iran to ‘be careful’ following US airstrikes in Syria
“You can’t act with impunity. Be careful,” US President Joe Biden told reporters in Texas when asked what message he was sending Iran with the US airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria. Syria said the strikes were a cowardly act and urged Biden not to follow “the law of the jungle.”

UN is transporting 25,000 asylum seekers to US from Mexico
Agencies at the United Nations have launched efforts this week to transport 25,000 asylum seekers back to the United States after being made to stay in Mexico under the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). According to a press release from the UN Refugee Agency on Wednesday, the tens of thousands of asylum seekers have active immigration cases in the U.S., but were returned to wait in Mexico under the MPP program.

Qatar says to fund $60 mln pipeline from Israel to Gaza
Qatar Thursday pledged $60 million to build a natural gas pipeline from Israel into the Gaza Strip that will end the energy crisis that has helped cripple the Gaza economy. The Qatari statement, published on its Foreign Ministry website, came two days after it was reported that closed-door negotiations on the pipeline had reached a breakthrough.

Explosion hits Israeli-owned ship in Mideast
An explosion struck an Israeli-owned cargo ship sailing out of the Middle East on Friday, renewing concerns about ship security in the region amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran. The crew and vessel were safe, according to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy. The explosion in the Gulf of Oman forced the vessel to head to the nearest port.

China Emits More Carbon In 2 Weeks Than Australia Does In One Year: Think Tank
“It is reckless and futile for the political class to impose… further severe cuts to emissions which costs jobs and livelihoods, while China – the world’s largest emitter – continues to rapidly increase its emissions without consequence,”

Why Is Humanity Marching Straight Into the Gates of Hell? 
Bill Gates is the enemy of all that is decent. Bill Gates is a Fallen Angel’s best friend. Why in name of God are we following Gates to our own demise?

Congressman Jerry Nadler: “God’s Will is No Concern of This Congress” 
During the debate yesterday over the Equality Act, a measure that would create a right to kill babies in abortions and force Americans to fund abortions, Republicans accused Democrats of ignoring Biblical values. And a surprising comment from pro-abortion Democrat Congressman Jerry Nadler confirmed that to be true.

More than 7,700 households without water supply as record snow hits Hokkaido, Japan
Heavy snow has been falling intermittently in Hokkaido, Japan, since Tuesday, February 23, 2021, with Iwamizawa city recording its second-highest snowfall of 2.05 m (6.7 feet) on Thursday, 25. It resulted in disruptions in the city, particularly in train services and even the water supply in the neighboring Bibai city, where more than 7700 households have been affected.

Nearly 5,000 earthquakes hit Reykjanes peninsula in 2 days, Iceland
Nearly 5,000 earthquakes have been registered in two distinct clusters on Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland since February 24, 2021.

As Biden Orders Strikes On Syria, Congress Passes The ‘Equality Act’ As Direct Assault Against God And The Bible 
It took exactly 36 days from the time that Joe Biden was sworn in for the all-out and open assault on America to begin, as well as the reemergence of the endless wars of the military-industrial complex with yesterday’s strike on the nation of Syria. The Equality Act, passed in the House yesterday, when it passes the Senate with the tie-breaking vote from Kamala Harris will officially codify into law America’s hatred for God, His Son and for His preserved words found in your King James holy bible. This program will absolutely be ‘hate speech’ if you’re a Liberal because we will give you God’s opinion on everything taking place right now.

Leaders From The European Union Have Decided This Week That A Digital Vaccination Certificate Must Be Ready For Roll-Out By This Summer
Well, we told you it was coming and here it is, the European Union decided today that of EU citizens needs a digital vaccination certificate, which means of course that all EU citizens must receive a vaccine. Not only that, they decided that the digital vaccination certificate will be rolled out by this summer. Breathtaking how fast it’s all happening, isn’t it?

China has been spying on American computer systems through compromised chips
China has been spying on American computer systems for a decade through compromised chips supplied to one of America’s leading motherboard suppliers.

MAD WORLD edition
The world has gone mad. In Wenatchee, Washington, a high school has placed band students inside suffocating cocoons where they can’t see each other or socialize, but they still have to play their band instruments. This torture is being hailed as an amazing breakthrough by the principal of the school, who thinks children belong in cages … something Dems relentlessly accused Trump of doing, but now they do it themselves while celebrating it.

COVID: the virus was never proven to exist; a statement from Dr. Andrew Kaufman, Dr. Tom Cowan, and Sally Fallon Morell— Canada Free Press
During this series of articles, in which I’ve been exposing the COVID PCR test as a fraud and a hoax and a con, I’ve assumed, for purposes of discussion, that the virus—-SARS-CoV-2—-is real and has been isolated.

Feds to Bus, Fly Surge of Biden’s Migrants to U.S. Homes
President Joe Biden’s deputies will bypass the media’s clickbait focus on border-backlogged “kids in cages” by simply flying and bussing more Central American migrants to homes through the United States.

Virginia school system cancels Dr. Seuss, citing racial ‘undertones’ in writings:
Celebrated American children’s author Dr. Seuss is now considered too controversial for one of Virginia’s largest school districts, a new report reveals.

College Student Suspended for Saying: ‘A Man Is a Man, a Woman Is a Woman’
A New York college has suspended a student for saying on social media that “a man is a man and a woman is a woman.”

More Than 200,000 Sign Petition Against Vaccine Passports 
A petition opposing the introduction of vaccine passports in the UK has been signed by more than 200,000 people at time of writing, meaning it will likely be debated by parliament.

Source: 27 Feb 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 2/27/2021

Explosion hits Israeli-owned cargo ship in Gulf of Oman, no injuries

Airstrikes in Syria kill 22 in Joe Biden’s first military act as president

Biden: Strikes in Syria sent warning to Iran to ‘be careful’

Iran ‘can’t act with impunity,’ Biden says after US air strikes

Kaine Demands Briefing on Why Biden Authorized Syrian Airstrikes

Conservatives and progressives hammer past tweets from Biden, Harris, and Psaki attacking Trump for airstrikes in Syria after they do the same

Pentagon Stands By Syria Strikes Despite Questions About Legality, Precedent

Israel said very pleased with US strikes in Syria: ‘Biden is not Obama’

France says stands by U.S. air strikes against Iran-backed militias in syria

Russia Condemns US Strikes On Iran-Backed Groups In Syria

Russia says U.S. gave only a few minutes’ warning before strike in Syria

Britain risks creating new Guantanamo in Syria, says rights group

Israeli accused of spying for Hamas, providing intel on rocket defense array

35 hurt as cops use rubber bullets, stun grenades against Arab Israeli protest

Hezbollah’s latest threats: An ‘intimidation campaign’ to silence criticism with Lebanon

‘Netanyahu resorts to bigoted lies’: Iran says Israeli PM seeks to demonize it

EU seeks to take advantage of must-not-miss chance to revive Iran nuclear deal

Iran threatens to quit IAEA pact over censure from west

Iran’s supreme leader says women in cartoons must wear hijabs

U.N. human rights boss urges Saudi Arabia to allow free speech, assembly

Threat level raised for US troops in Iraq; American contractors put on high alert

From Syria to China, dictators are still getting away with murder

Saudi Arabia rejects US intelligence report on Khashoggi’s killing

Biden doesn’t penalize crown prince despite promise to punish senior Saudi leaders

Biden Won’t Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi’s Killing, Fearing Relations Breach

Hundreds of schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria, government official says

Putin critic Alexey Navalny has been transferred to a penal colony, Russian prison service says

Myanmar’s UN ambassador defies military to plead for immediate global action to overturn coup

Dutch parliament becomes second in a week to accuse China of genocide in Xinjiang

Biden, facing backlash over reopening shelter for migrant children, is left with few options

DOJ pledges enhanced focus on domestic terror ahead of Biden speech

John Durham resigns as US attorney but remains special counsel

Mike Lindell on Dominion Lawsuit: What Are You Hiding?

Judge rules Arizona Senate can access 2020 election ballots

Use of Mobile Voting Facilities Violated Intent of Georgia Law, State Senator Says

Grassroots Group Launches Petition Calling for Investigation into Stacey Abrams’ Voting Registration Effort

Democrats launch sweeping bid to overhaul US election laws

As Biden Governs by Executive Fiat, States and Courts Begin Resisting

Utah teacher calls for the deaths of Republican senators at the next ‘riot at the Capitol’

Former NY Times Reporter: Mainstream Journalists Are ‘Cheering On’ Big Tech Censorship

Facebook’s News Blockade in Australia Shows How Tech Giants Are Swallowing the Web

U.S. to Impose Sweeping Rule Aimed at China Technology Threats

Citing Wikipedia’s capture by the left, site’s co-founder launching free-speech-friendly competitor

Into the future: Tel Aviv University launches new artificial-intelligence center

‘Spooky’ AI tool brings dead relatives’ photos to life

US drops key obstacle to global digital tax: Treasury

Rep. Thomas Massie: U.S. creditors may soon stop loaning money to the federal government

Fed’s Digital Dollar Would Look Nothing Like Bitcoin

As USPS delays persist, bills, paychecks and medications are getting stuck in the mail

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the southeast Indian Ridge

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Levuka, Fiji

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Colonia, Micronesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the southeast Indian Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Colonia, Micronesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sofifi, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 14,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Biden surveys Texas weather damage, encourages virus shots

Satellite footage points to another oil slick making its way to Israel

Oil is up nearly 70% since the election, a record in the modern era

Scientists say they’ve successfully cloned an endangered North American species

LinkedIn yanks ‘be less white’ diversity training lesson following intense backlash

Dick Morris: Feminists Should Be ‘Repulsed’ by Equality Act

7 Radical Demands in the Equality Act

Malaysian man wins landmark challenge against Muslim gay sex ban

White House preparing order for enhanced airport screenings for Ebola

Paris eyes three-week Covid-19 lockdown in bid to then ‘reopen everything’

Vaccination ‘passports’ may open society, but inequity looms

Debuting vaccine passes, Israel once again leads world – into an ethical pickle

EU coronavirus summit: Vaccine certificates expected by summer

European leaders double down on need to speed up vaccination program

Real or fake? Forged documents add another headache to COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Biden: US to launch effort to educate Americans about corona vaccines

Media ticked over White House plan to charge reporters $170 for COVID-19 test every time they enter

High school mercilessly mocked for placing band students in tents so they can practice amid pandemic – ‘This is absolutely insane’

Biden Stimulus Could Push US Into Devastating Hyperinflation

CPAC: CloutHub CEO announces plans to create ‘Faith Hub’ on social media platform

Amid moral relativism, Christians need more than ‘superficial understanding’ of Jesus: pastor

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Satellite images show signs of mass graves near 2 Ethiopian churches after massacre

Posted: 27 Feb 2021 06:56 AM PST

Satellite images show signs of mass graves near 2 Ethiopian churches after massacre(CP) – Amnesty International says in a report that satellite images of mass graves suggest that hundreds of unarmed civilians were methodically hunted down and killed in northern Ethiopia’s predominantly-Christian and war-torn Tigray region by soldiers from neighboring Eritrea about three months ago.

“Satellite imagery analysis … corroborates reports of indiscriminate shelling and mass looting, as well as identifies signs of new mass burials near two of the city’s churches,” said the report, which revealed that Eritrean troops fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray state systematically killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in the city of Axum on Nov.

Continue reading Satellite images show signs of mass graves near 2 Ethiopian churches after massacre at End Time Headlines.

Chinese Christian woman persecuted for faith reveals why time in prison was ‘wonderful’

Posted: 27 Feb 2021 06:49 AM PST

Chinese Christian woman persecuted for faith reveals why time in prison was ‘wonderful’(CP) – When Voice of the Martyrs’ Todd Nettleton traveled to China in 2002 to interview Sister Tong, a Chinese Christian who was sentenced to six months in one of the country’s notorious prisons because of her faith, he wasn’t prepared for her response. “Oh yes, that was a wonderful time,” she told him.

Baffled, Nettleton asked Sister Tong to explain. Was she not imprisoned for six months because she hosted a church — an “illegal religious gathering” under Chinese law — in her home?

Continue reading Chinese Christian woman persecuted for faith reveals why time in prison was ‘wonderful’ at End Time Headlines.

Atlantic Hurricane Season may soon begin earlier as storms are generating much earlier than projected

Posted: 27 Feb 2021 06:32 AM PST

Atlantic Hurricane Season may soon begin earlier as storms are generating much earlier than projected(TWC) – NOAA is considering moving up the official start date of the Atlantic hurricane season, after a string of years when the first named storm in the basin has happened before June 1.

A team from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service will likely take up the topic this spring, NHC spokesperson and meteorologist Dennis Feltgen confirmed in an email to weather.com Friday. A recommendation was made at the most recent NOAA Hurricane Conference in December that the team be assembled this year to discuss the idea, Feltgen said in a statement.

Continue reading Atlantic Hurricane Season may soon begin earlier as storms are generating much earlier than projected at End Time Headlines.

Baby boy comes back to life after doctors pronounce him dead following 10 rounds of chest compressions

Posted: 27 Feb 2021 06:25 AM PST

Baby boy comes back to life after doctors pronounce him dead following 10 rounds of chest compressions(TheBlaze) – Kingston Lane has been defying the odds since his birth. He and his twin brother were born in April 2020 at just 24 weeks. Kingston’s brother died a week later, and Kingston spent his first seven months after his birth in the neonatal intensive care unit at a Louisville hospital, WFIE-TV reported.

And now, even before his first birthday, the little man from Owensboro, Kentucky, who has had multiple surgeries on his head and heart, has wowed doctors again.

Continue reading Baby boy comes back to life after doctors pronounce him dead following 10 rounds of chest compressions at End Time Headlines.

New York University Suspends Student for Saying ‘A Man Is a Man, a Woman Is a Woman’

Posted: 26 Feb 2021 06:55 PM PST

New York University Suspends Student for Saying ‘A Man Is a Man, a Woman Is a Woman’(OPINION) FW – A university in New York has reportedly suspended one of its students after he shared an Instagram post in which he asserted “a man is a man, a woman is a woman.”

State University of New York at Greneseo suspended education student Owen Stevens’ access to required teaching programs after he posted to Instagram videos addressing biological sex, according to The Daily Wire. “A man is a man, a woman is a woman,” Stevens said in one of his videos.

Continue reading New York University Suspends Student for Saying ‘A Man Is a Man, a Woman Is a Woman’ at End Time Headlines.

Weird things are happening around the World

Posted: 26 Feb 2021 05:31 PM PST

Weird things are happening around the World(OPINION) ETH – Are you paying attention? There are very strange and bizarre things happening around the World.

Continue reading Weird things are happening around the World at End Time Headlines.

Threat level raised for US troops in Iraq after airstrikes in Syria

Posted: 26 Feb 2021 05:22 PM PST

Threat level raised for US troops in Iraq after airstrikes in Syria(Fox News) – The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve has raised the threat level for US service members in Iraq, while US contractors at Balad Air Base were put on high alert fearing a response to US airstrikes in Syria, two sources familiar with the move tell Fox News.

Increasing force protection posture may last several days and is considered a routine precaution given current conditions on the ground.

Continue reading Threat level raised for US troops in Iraq after airstrikes in Syria at End Time Headlines.

Florida City Charges Woman More Than $100,000 for Parking on her Own Property…

Posted: 26 Feb 2021 04:57 PM PST

Florida City Charges Woman More Than $100,000 for Parking on her Own Property…(Reason) – Sandy Martinez has a car. So do her two adult children and her sister. When all four cars were parked at Martinez’s home in Lantana, Florida, two of them sometimes extended slightly beyond the driveway, which is flanked by her lawn and a walkway.

Because that violation of Lantana’s municipal code is punishable by a fine of $250 per day, the city is demanding more than $100,000 from her, plus another $63,500 for cracks in the driveway and a fence that was blown over in a storm.

Continue reading Florida City Charges Woman More Than $100,000 for Parking on her Own Property… at End Time Headlines.

Advertise Your Ministry or Business With End Time Headlines

Posted: 26 Feb 2021 03:48 PM PST

Advertise Your Ministry or Business With End Time Headlines(ETH) – We now have advertising slots available on our main website that generates over one million page views a month. If you are interested in seeing your ministry or business End Time Headlines be sure to contact us HERE for more information.

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Have We Passed The Point Of No Return?

Posted: 26 Feb 2021 03:20 PM PST

Have We Passed The Point Of No Return?(OPINION) PNW – For as long as I have been alive, there has been an epic struggle for control over America’s values. It has been referred to as “the culture war”, and it is often framed in political terms, but the truth is that it runs much deeper than that.

Literally every moment of every day, forces on both sides are engaged in a relentless battle for your mind. Virtually everything you watch on television, listen to on the radio, and look at on the Internet is designed to shape how you view the world.

Continue reading Have We Passed The Point Of No Return? at End Time Headlines.

Female shopper rips off her THONG and wears it as face mask after supermarket staff refused to serve her

Posted: 26 Feb 2021 02:59 PM PST

Female shopper rips off her THONG and wears it as face mask after supermarket staff refused to serve her(The Sun) – This is the shocking moment a shopper whipped off her thong in the middle of a supermarket and donned it as a face covering after being refused service.

The viral clip shows the female customer removes her undies to put on her face after being warned she would not be served without a Covid mask on. The bizarre incident was caught on camera at a Pick n Pay supermarket in South Africa and has since caused quite a stir online.

Continue reading Female shopper rips off her THONG and wears it as face mask after supermarket staff refused to serve her at End Time Headlines.

City of David ‘Shakes Off the Dust’ Fulfilling Bible Prophecy

Posted: 26 Feb 2021 02:41 PM PST

City of David ‘Shakes Off the Dust’ Fulfilling Bible Prophecy(OPINION) CBN – When people visit Jerusalem’s Old City, they may believe it’s the same place King David set up as his capital more than 3,000 years ago. But that’s not exactly the case.

Archaeologists are uncovering the original city and telling others its amazing story. Anarina Heymann serves as the outreach coordinator for the City of David. “Welcome to the City of David,” Heymann told CBN News. “It’s the home to the ancient biblical Jerusalem and up until 150 years ago, everybody thought that the ancient biblical Jerusalem lies within the confines of the Old City right behind you in the wall – within the walls there.

Continue reading City of David ‘Shakes Off the Dust’ Fulfilling Bible Prophecy at End Time Headlines.

Muslim Convert Broadcasting Gospel into Iran Says Country’s Growth of Christianity is Prophetic

Posted: 26 Feb 2021 12:24 PM PST

Muslim Convert Broadcasting Gospel into Iran Says Country’s Growth of Christianity is Prophetic(OPINION) CBN – During the mid-1980s, a young Hormoz Shariat was earning his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering at the University of Southern California. That’s when his life changed forever.

Born into a Muslim family in Iran, Dr. Shairat and his family came to the United States, where he encountered Christ as a student. Ever since then, he made it his life’s mission to project the gospel into the Muslim world – especially in his home country of Iran.

Continue reading Muslim Convert Broadcasting Gospel into Iran Says Country’s Growth of Christianity is Prophetic at End Time Headlines.

Massive golden statue of Trump holding star wand Wheeled Into Gathering ahead of speech

Posted: 26 Feb 2021 12:06 PM PST

Massive golden statue of Trump holding star wand Wheeled Into Gathering ahead of speech(The Sun) – A huge gold statue of Donald Trump holding a star wand delighted the CPAC crowds ahead of the former president’s comeback speech.

The massive effigy was seen being rolled into the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday evening. The gold statue is seen wearing a pair of Stars and Stripes shorts, with a suit jacket, white shirt, and a tie. The Trump effigy is also holding what appears to be a magic wand.

Continue reading Massive golden statue of Trump holding star wand Wheeled Into Gathering ahead of speech at End Time Headlines.

COVID Vaccine certificates expected to roll in Europe by Summer

Posted: 26 Feb 2021 11:41 AM PST

COVID Vaccine certificates expected to roll in Europe by Summer(ETH) – Leaders from the European Union’s (EU) 27-member states came to together for a virtual summit on Thursday with the aim of solving pressing coronavirus-related health and logistical problems confronting the bloc.

Member state politicians used the meeting to discuss approaches to speeding up the delivery of vaccines, the implementation and use of vaccine passports, and the potential for conflict arising from national border closings.

Perhaps the most important short-term announcement to emerge from the meeting was that of “convergence” around the concept of a vaccine passport.

Continue reading COVID Vaccine certificates expected to roll in Europe by Summer at End Time Headlines.

Flooding Rains to Deluge 1,000-Mile-Long Swath of U.S. in Wake of Devastating Winter Storms

Posted: 26 Feb 2021 10:26 AM PST

Flooding Rains to Deluge 1,000-Mile-Long Swath of U.S. in Wake of Devastating Winter Storms(CBN) – One week after a wild stretch of winter weather slammed a large portion of the southern United States with snow, ice and bitterly cold air, some of the same areas are now facing the risk of flooding.

The same storm that brought some of the biggest snowfall accumulations of the winter to parts of Colorado on Wednesday and Thursday is expected to reorganize over the South Central states through the end of the week.

Continue reading Flooding Rains to Deluge 1,000-Mile-Long Swath of U.S. in Wake of Devastating Winter Storms at End Time Headlines.

Weekend Snapshot · Feb. 27, 2021

ChiCom Joe and the Appeasers

The “Big Guy” bows to our Red Chinese adversaries.


‘Equality Act’ Creates New Persecuted Class

The Left’s assault on religious liberty and science continues apace with this House bill.


DeSantis Leads the Way on Election Integrity

As Democrats push for voter fraud, too few Republicans are willing to really fight back.


Biden’s ‘Kids in Cages’

The White House and Leftmedia frame his holding of illegal alien minors as morally different from Trump’s.


Less Than Half of ‘COVID Relief’ Is Pandemic Related

Democrats are looking to spend $1.9 trillion largely on their own political agenda.


Fauci’s Dreary Advice

Vaccines won’t bring back “normalcy” anytime soon, the swamp doctor says.


Reparations in the Age of ‘Unity’

Dems exploit the history of slavery and discrimination in America for political gain.


Obama Blames Whites for Failure to Enact Reparations

In typical lead-from-behind fashion, our 44th president is now weighing in on an issue he failed to address as president.


Hollywood’s Gun-Violence Hypocrisy

Instead of reflecting on its own considerable role in creating a culture of violence, Tinseltown tries to blame others.


Wait, How Many Identify as ‘LGBT’?

The number is far bigger than it should be but far smaller than you might think.


‘Fact-Checkers’ Turned Dolly Parton Into Mel Gibson

This is nothing more than censorship at its most inept, but it only seems to hurt one side.


Biden Rejects ‘America First,’ Embraces Paris Climate Deal

Joe placates China and the hypocritical sensibilities of globalist elites.


Voting Third Party Is a Vote for Tyranny

An important election was already lost. How many more will be thrown away?


The Return of Operation Choke Point

To further politicize the economy and redline certain sectors of it, Team Biden is poised to bring back a notorious Obama-era program.


At CPAC, DeSantis and Trump Loom Large

The GOP’s present and future will be featured this weekend at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.


Mashed Potato Head

Hasbro announced and then clarified a “woke” branding decision on its classic toy.



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“In four weeks, the Biden administration has been known for two things: open borders and closed schools.” —Senator Rick Scott

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 02/27/2021

Three Christians Charged in NJ for ‘Intimidating’ Homosexual Salon Owner by Preaching ‘Homophobic Rhetoric’   Feb 24, 2021 11:55 am

Three Christians in New Jersey were charged with violating the state’s anti-bias intimidation statute, specifically for “shouting homophobic rhetoric directly in front of Allure Salon,” based on the citing officer’s wording, after the trio preached to the salon owner and an employee who are both openly homosexual. Kombe Sefelino, Daniel Stephen Courney and Lydia…

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House Poised to Vote on Sweeping ‘LGBT’ Bill Expected to Further Endanger Religious Liberty   Feb 20, 2021 11:10 am

(NBC News) — Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., reintroduced the Equality Act in the House of Representatives on Thursday, with a vote on the sweeping LGBTQ rights bill expected next week. The move brings the bill one step closer to potentially establishing the first federal discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. Specifically, it would prohibit discrimination…

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Rand Paul Confronts Biden Nominee About Support for Hormone Blockers for Minors   Feb 25, 2021 09:59 pm

During a Senate confirmation hearing, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul questioned President Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant Health and Human Services secretary, Richard Levine—who changed his first name to “Rachel” after coming out as “transgender,” over Levine’s support for hormone blockers and the “genital mutilation” of minors. Levine, who was appointed…

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House Passes ‘LGBTQ’ Equality Act Despite Serious Concerns Over Its Constitutionality Relating to Religious Liberty   Feb 26, 2021 02:35 am

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed the controversial Equality Act in a 224-206 vote on Thursday despite growing concerns over how the legislation would affect religious liberty, women’s sports, as well as other concerns. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. The Equality Act’s passage included the support of three…

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WATCH: CNN’s Jim Acosta grilled over network’s failure to cover ‘Emperor of New York’ Andrew Cuomo’s multiple scandals | RT – Daily news

WATCH: CNN’s Jim Acosta grilled over network’s failure to cover ‘Emperor of New York’ Andrew Cuomo’s multiple scandals

CNN’s Jim Acosta was harangued upon arrival at the CPAC event in Florida on Friday, with one reporter grilling him for his network’s perceived failure to cover major scandals relating to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

David Marcus, the New York correspondent for the Federalist, interrupted the former CNN White House correspondent during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and repeatedly pressed him about the network’s alleged dearth of coverage of Cuomo’s recent scandals.

Cuomo is facing sexual harassment allegations and has also been accused of orchestrating a conspiracy to cover up Covid-19 deaths in New York’s nursing homes, which may have resulted from his policy decisions.

“When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?” Marcus repeated, mimicking Acosta’s own abrasive style which became a feature of White House press briefings under the Trump administration, which culminated in Acosta having his press credentials revoked.

Former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan claimed Cuomo made several unwanted sexual advances towards her, including inviting her to play strip poker and kissing her on the lips without permission. Cuomo is also facing a major backlash about his administration’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.

Also on rt.com

‘Let’s play strip poker’: Former staffer publishes explosive essay detailing claims of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s secretary, admitted the administration had hidden data on the number of nursing home deaths due to Covid-19. NY Democrat Assemblyman Ron Kim also claimed that Cuomo threatened him to cover up DeRosa’s comments.

The Cuomo administration apparently downplayed nursing home deaths by a whopping 50 percent, with 15,000 Covid-19 deaths occurring – not 8,500 as previously reported.

“He killed 10,000 people and he’s accused of sexual assault, and you guys want to talk about Ted Cruz,” Marcus said, while dubbing Cuomo “The Emperor of New York.”

Cuomo ordered nursing homes to accept Covid-19 patients back into their facilities in March.

Also on rt.com

No longer needed to grandstand with anti-Trump theatrics at White House briefings, CNN’s Acosta is moving to anchor desk

Acosta, now CNN’s chief domestic correspondent, claimed repeatedly that CNN is “covering it” but eventually gave up and abandoned his conversation with the somewhat hostile Federalist reporter.

CNN reported on the sexual harassment allegations on Thursday, a day after the story broke. Andrew Cuomo’s brother Chris is an anchor for the network and has been barred from covering the scandals besetting his brother. CNN’s website contains coverage of both scandals.

Former US president Donald Trump will speak at the event on Sunday, and a cohort of his supporters greeted Acosta with a barrage of “CNN sucks” chants.

Source: WATCH: CNN’s Jim Acosta grilled over network’s failure to cover ‘Emperor of New York’ Andrew Cuomo’s multiple scandals

Huge MAGA Crowd of Trump Supporters Greets Biden in Texas… Not One Biden Supporter in Sight (VIDEO) | The Gateway Pundit

Joe Biden and his handler wife Jill traveled to Texas more than a week after the deep freeze caused power outages across the state.

Biden waited until the temperatures warmed up into the 70s before heading to Texas because he is feeble.

Trump supporters lined up to greet Joe Biden as he arrived at the food bank in Houston on Friday.

Not a Biden supporter in sight…but he got 81 million votes.

WATCH:

 

Biden looked totally lost as he shuffled through the facility with his babysitter Jill.

WATCH:

 

The post Huge MAGA Crowd of Trump

Source: Huge MAGA Crowd of Trump Supporters Greets Biden in Texas… Not One Biden Supporter in Sight (VIDEO)

GRAHAM: CNN Should Shut Up About ‘Misinformation’ | The Daily Wire

CNN World Headquarters.John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy, CNN’s in-house cheerleaders for censoring or squelching conservative media outlets, celebrated a letter in which Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee pressed TV providers to punish right-wing spreaders of so-called “misinformation.”

California Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney asked, “What moral or ethical principles (including those related to journalistic integrity, violence, medical information, and public health) do you apply in deciding which channels to carry or when to take adverse actions against a channel?”

CNN exudes arrogance about its own performance, never worrying that TV providers will question the quality of its information or its journalistic integrity. One major provider is AT&T, which owns CNN. Another is Comcast, which owns NBC, CNBC and MSNBC. So those providers dumping Fox or putting them in a more obscure tier would look like a crass commercial move, not some public-spirited stand.

Critics can easily assemble a pile of examples of CNN sloppily spreading misinformation during Donald Trump’s presidency:

— Nov. 16, 2020: CNN spent 23 minutes promoting a South Dakota nurse who claimed her coronavirus patients were so deluded that they denied the virus was real even as they were dying. That was challenged as “fake news.”

— Sept. 16, 2018: CNN spent 67 minutes promoting The New York Times’ unverified tale that Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to Deborah Ramirez in his college years.

The Times then sheepishly added an editor’s note saying that Ramirez “declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident.” CNN only spent three minutes on the correction. Anchor John King disparaged Republicans for pointing at this correction as an attempt “to steer you away from the substance.”

— July 26, 2018: CNN reported that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen would tell federal investigators that Trump knew of the controversial Trump Tower meeting to get dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russians before it took place. A month later, Axios reported that Cohen didn’t actually know whether Trump had any knowledge of the meeting. Then, Buzzfeed exposed Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis as CNN’s secret source — after Davis lied on CNN that he wasn’t the source.

— April 16, 2018: In a sign of CNN’s aggressive exploitation of the unverified Steele dossier, NewsBusters reported that a review of five days of transcripts found 77 separate mentions of the absurd claim that there was a videotape of Trump paying prostitutes to urinate on one another — the alleged “pee tapes.” No tapes ever emerged.

— June 22, 2017: CNN’s Thomas Frank reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials,” especially Anthony Scaramucci. The report was later retracted. Frank and two other CNN employees resigned in the fallout.

— June 6, 2017: CNN reported that in impending congressional testimony, former FBI Director James Comey was going to refute Donald Trump’s claim that Comey told Trump three times he was not under investigation. Instead, Comey did the opposite and confirmed Trump’s claim.

We won’t even go into all the wild CNN talk of Trump being like Hitler or Stalin, or Brian Stelter’s guest who said Trump would kill more people than Hitler, Stalin and Mao combined. CNN pretends this is vital, democracy-saving information, not garishly cartoonish garbage.

Source: GRAHAM: CNN Should Shut Up About ‘Misinformation’

Washington Post Sayd They Won’t Fact Check Joe Biden – But We Will | Geller Report News

February 24 – Biden repeats the often debunked lie that Trump told people infected with the coronavirus to drink bleach

  • Joe Biden took a cheap shot at President Trump during a remote White House event for Black essential workers about the COVID-19 pandemic co-hosted with White House domestic advisor Susan Rice.
  • Biden said in a veil reference to Trump:

“I think there’s a growing awareness that, uh, um, you know, uh, injecting bleach into your system doesn’t do it for you.”

  • No, Trump didn’t tell Americans infected with the coronavirus to drink bleach, Politifact confirmed on July 11, 2020.

February 23 – Biden declared that white supremacists are the “greatest terror threat” to the country.

  • In 2020, the Department of Justice brought exactly five criminal cases against “white supremacists.” 14 individuals were charged.
  • In 2019, another five cases. 75 people charged. Many of them members of the “1488s”, a vicious Nazi-type group that deals narcotics and assaults people.
  • It’s a similar situation on the state level. Last year in all 50 states there were only three prosecutions tied to “white supremacy.” Nine individuals were charged. Nine. In 50 states.
  • In 2019, the number of white racists charged: eight.

“So, what exactly are Joe Biden and his far left supporters talking about?” asked Bill O’Reilly.


February 20 – Joe Biden claims to have traveled 17,000 miles with President Xi, Washington Post notes this is untrue

  • Washington Post investigator Glenn Kessler awarded President Joe Biden “Three Pinocchios” Friday for claiming he traveled 17,000 miles with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • Biden has made this claim several times in recent years.

I traveled 17,000 miles with him, the President of China … we went around the world together, to the United States and China,” he said during the January 2020 campaign.

On February 7, 2021, he said:

“My point was that when I came back from meeting with him and traveling 17,000 miles with him when I was vice president and he was the vice president — that’s how I got to know him so well.

 

The Washington Post has verified and concluded that Biden’s statement is false and misleading, intended to make it appear that it knows President Xi well.

“Biden’s mileage number has kept us puzzling till our puzzler was sore.

As far as we could tell, the only time Biden and Xi appear to have traveled together was when they visited Qingchengshan High School in Dujiangyan. In theory, one could add in the trip from Beijing to Chengdu, a distance of about 1,000 miles. But when Xi came to the United States, Biden and Xi did not even follow a parallel route to Los Angeles.”


Feb. 19 – Biden says Trump had no vaccination plan – he’s lying

  • Just over four weeks agoAmerica had no real plan to vaccinate most of the country,” said President Joe Biden in remarks at a Pfizer manufacturing site.
  • “President Joe Biden made misleading claims while boasting about his administration’s progress in getting Americans vaccinated against COVID-19” concluded Factcheck.org.
  • Trump had a plan, which was complicated by the various policies of state governments.
  • The truth is that Trump’s “Warp Speed” operation not only developed vaccines in record time, but also developed plans to distribute the vaccine throughout the country.
  • Trump’s Secretary of Health and Social Services presented its distribution plan in September 2020.

FactChecking Biden’s Town Hall: not good

President Joe Biden got some facts wrong and spun others in a Feb. 16 town hallthat aired on CNN.

  • He said it was “not true” that he had revised his 100-day school reopening goal, saying it “was reported” that he meant a majority of schools only need to be open one day a week.That’s exactly what his press secretary had said.
  • Biden left the false impression that the preceding administration had contracted for fewer COVID-19 vaccines than it actually had.
  • The president wrongly claimed that Federally Qualified Health Centers would now receive 1 million vaccines per week. That’s the total number of vaccines that they will receive, not the weekly amount.
  • He claimed, without evidence, that racehorse owners receive tax breaks worth almost $9 billion.
  • Regarding his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, Biden said there is “consensus among economists left, right, and center” that “we can’t spend too much.” Some center-left economists say the plan may be too large. In fact, there is no consensus.
  • The president wrongly said the federal minimum wage of $7.25 would be $20 if it had been indexed for inflation; he instead meant if it had been indexed for worker productivity.
  • Biden wrongly claimed the “vast majority” of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally are not “Hispanics,” but “people who came on a visa … and didn’t go home.”Most of the unauthorized population came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico and other Latin American nations.
  • Biden talked about how he met with China’s now-President, Xi Jinping, while Biden was vice president, and then returned to the US and mused about China’s demographic challenges.

    He said, “And I came back and said they’re going to end their One China — their one child policy, because they’re so xenophobic they won’t let anybody else in, and more people are retired than working. How can they sustain economic growth when more people are retired?”


    It is not even close to true that more people in China are retired than working — even today, let alone when Biden was vice president and the Chinese workforce was younger. China reported having about 775 million employed people at the end of 2019; China had a reported 254 million people aged 60 or above, the normal retirement-benefits age for men.”The working aged population has peaked and is now declining and retirees are growing rapidly, so the ratio of workers to retirees is becoming less favorable. But the ratio is still greater than 1,” said David Dollar, an expert on the Chinese population who is a Brookings Institution senior fellow.

The Proud Boys exchange

  • Biden said:
“You may remember in one of my debates with the former President, I asked him to condemn the Proud Boys. He wouldn’t do it. He said, ‘Stand by. Stand ready.’ Or whatever the phrasing exactly was.”
  • Not true: After debate moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he was willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups, and Biden interjected to mention the Proud Boys in particular, Trump said:
“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”

Q Mr. President, can you explain what you meant last night when you said that the Proud Boys should “stand back and stand by”?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know who the Proud Boys are. I mean, you’ll have to give me a definition, because I really don’t know who they are. I can only say they have to stand down, let law enforcement do their work. Law enforcement will do the work more and more. As people see how bad this radical, liberal, Democrat movement is and how weak — the law enforcement is going to come back stronger and stronger.

But again, I don’t know who Proud Boys are. But whoever they are, they have to stand down. Let law enforcement do their work.

Q So, Mr. President, did you misspeak when you said “stand by”? That’s my — my first question. When you said —

THE PRESIDENT: Just “stand by.” Look, law enforcement will do their work. They’re going to stand down. They have to stand down. Everybody — they have to stand — whatever group you’re talking about, let law enforcement do the work.

Now, Antifa is a real problem, because the problem is on the left and Biden refuses to talk about it. He refuses to issue the words “law and order.” And you saw that last night when he choked up. He can’t say the words because he’ll lose the rest of the left. So he’s got to condemn Antifa. Antifa is a very bad group.

  • Then, in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Trump explicitly condemned the group:

“I’ve said it many times, let me be clear again, I condemn the KKK [Ku Klux Klan]. I condemn all white supremacists. I condemn the Proud Boys.

“I don’t know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing, but I condemn that.”


February 17 – Biden lies when he says there was no vaccine when he took office

  • President Joe Biden falsely stated during the two hall meeting organized by CNN on Tuesday evening that his administration had no vaccine when he took office.

“We didn’t have a vaccine when we came into office.”

 

Fact check: Biden is a liar.


February 13 – Biden promises to “follow the science” against the pandemic, then follows the unions… against the science

  • The Biden administration has made it a point of pride to have science drive their pandemic response after the Trump administration was accused to downplay the virus and clashed with its own health experts (when they abused their position to meddle in subjects that are not in their area of expertise).
  • During his campaign, Joe Biden regularly accused President Trump of not “following the science” and the recommendations of scientists in the fight against the Chinese coronavirus.

“We will let the science do the talking,” Biden repeated in his speech on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, about his administration’s approach to the pandemic.

  • And Biden did just the opposite. Scientists immediately noticed that Biden did not keep its promise to put science first in pandemic policy.Under pressure from teachers’ unions, the White House distanced itself from Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who said that “schools can safely reopen without vaccinating teachers”.White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Dr. Rochelle Walensky was speaking “in a personal capacity” – a lie – because she made her statement at a White House briefing for reporters.

    Biden said [he] wouldn’t interfere with scientists, but that’s what this walk back is,” Joseph Allen, associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said over Twitter. “Undermining new CDC Director 3 weeks in is not a good look.”

 

  • Chris Christie also said: “Biden should follow the science, not teachers.”

Restoring the morale of diplomats: a big missed opportunity

  •  During his first visit to the State Department as president on February 4, Biden attempted to restore American diplomatic and moral leadership, who had often been viewed with suspicion by Trump’s White House.

“You are at the center of everything I intend to do,” he told them before his keynote address. “You are the heart of it. We will rebuild our alliances.

  • And instead, Biden filled the senior administration positions with former Obama State Department officials who had gone into the private sector – leaving out the current administration officials, whom he had just told he was “at the center of everything he intends to do,” blocking them from promotion internally.

“It was a major missed opportunity,” said Brett Bruen, a member of the Obama administration’s National Security Council. adding that “the Biden administration was filling senior ranks with former State Department officials returning from the private sector — rather than promoting from within.”

  • Moreover, his fine speech was deemed hollow. Policy specifics were few. Instead, Biden laid out how getting the process right would translate into action. Mr. Biden showed that he is more focused on getting the right diplomatic processes than on concrete results, a return to traditional diplomacy.

“This administration is going to empower you to do your jobs, not target or politicize,” he told diplomats, in a slightly veiled jab at Trump. “We want a rigorous debate that brings all perspectives and makes room for dissent. That’s how we’ll get the best possible policy outcomes.”

  • There were few surprises in the speech, said Dominic Tierney, professor of political science at Swarthmore College :

“One of the hallmarks of the Biden doctrine is the clarity on the means of foreign policy as much as the ends,” he said. “So although there wasn’t a huge amount of precision on exactly what he was going to do about Russia and so on, there was clarity on the process — that we’re going to work with allies.”

  • Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy agrees:

“The Biden approach certainly can’t be characterized as ‘America first,’” said Gaffney before Biden’s speech. “If this president puts America last, our national decline will be his lasting legacy.”


February 11 – Biden’s promise to reopen schools meets with a messy reality

  • During the campaign, President Joe Biden pledged to reopen most American schools within his first 100 days in officeWe have just learned that this promise was made of thin air, without any intention of keeping it.On Tuesday, February 9, when asked what Biden meant by “open schools,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki  said Biden was committed “to ensuring schools are open five days a week”For the record, Catholic schools have been reopened since September. It is true that their operating costs are three to four times less than public schools, and their results are four to five times better.

February 5th – Biden lies again, telling a false war story that he was shot at in Baghdad

  • Joe Biden continues to lie about his past. He has repeated a story, which has been disproved by the fact checkers, that he was shot while he was in a conflict zone.In a 2007 debate, Biden claimed that he was targeted in Baghdad’s Green Zone. He was avait dû se rétracter his statement after receiving criticism from veterans. But, either because he is out of his mind, or because he is a serial liar and is not used to being called by the media, he just did it again.Biden reiterated his lie when he spoke to State Department employees on Thursday :

 

“You have great personal courage. I was with some of you when we were shot,” Biden told a group of diplomatic assistants in Washington.

  • Patrick Campbell, then legislative director of the Veterans of America for Iraq and Afghanistan, told  The Hill at the time :

“Veterans don’t like it when people mischaracterize their service, people who overstate what happens to them,” he said. “We have names for them.”


On February 3rd, Biden repeats the lie about the “kids in cages” under President Trump

  • Joe Biden lied again about the accusation that Trump put illegal migrant children in cages. This accusation has been dbunked a multitude of times by all the fact checkers – which are left-wing. It was under Obama that these cages were built and it was under Obama that these children were locked in cages.
  • Biden said, when signing an executive order :

“We’re going to work to undo the moral and national shame of the previous administration that literally, not figuratively, ripped children from the arms of their families.”

The following photo, which has been widely circulated to prove that Obama, not Trump, built the cages, shows Jeb Johnson, Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary, visiting the border detention centers.

 


February 3 – the $2,000 stimulus cheque became $1,400.

  • On January 4, Biden told the public during a speech in Atlanta that if the Democrats regained control of the Senate by winning Georgia the next day, a $2,000 stimulus check would be mailed to the American people as soon as possible.

“Their election will put an end to the block in Washington — that $2,000 … would go out the door immediately, to help people who are in real trouble”.

  • On January 10, Joe Biden reiterated that $600 stimulus checks proposed by Congress are too little money.

 

  • By January 30, Biden broke his promise to voters who may have been expecting $2,000 checks. The $2,000 had melted under the sun when the Democratic Party announced in a tweet that the president would send only $1,400.

@POTUS will build on the $600 down payment provided by Congress last year, sending an additional $1,400 to households across America, totaling direct payments to $2,000 per person.

 

  • Biden’s lie was to consider the $600 in aid voted in December as a down payment. He never said, on January 4 in his speech, that he would send $1,400, but $2,000. By playing with words, he misled the public.

February 1 – Biden jabs that foreign company contracts went up 30% under Trump

“Under the previous administration, the federal government contracts awarded directly to foreign companies went up 30 percent. That is going to change on our watch” said President Biden, in remarks during the signing of an executive order on U.S. manufacturing, Jan. 25, 2021.

  • On January 27, 2021, Biden made this comment at a “Made in America” ceremony to announce new rules to encourage federal agencies to buy more U.S.-made products.In fact, Biden misled the Americans who listened to him. So much that he received a three Pinochios from The Washington Post!SAM.gov’s Fact Checker revealed an increase of only 8.4% in spending on foreign contracts between FY 2017 and FY 2020. Overall, this represents a three-year average annual growth rate of 3%, far from the 30% announced by Biden.The consequence of this lie is that he is going to be able to dramatically increase spending with foreign entities (guess which one, it’s a communist country), while at the same time making it look like he’s lowering it.

January 29th – “those who govern by decree are dictators”

      • There are “Things you can’t do by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus”, said Biden in October.
      • He has now signed more executive orders than any president in his first week.

January 26 – Biden closes borders after calling Trump “xenophobic”

      • On February 2, 2020, after Donald Trump’s decision to ban flights from China, Joe Biden accused him of being “hysterical and xenophobic”:

We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.

 

      • And what is Biden doing on Monday, January 25th? Same as Trump (except that no media calls him xenophobic). US President Joe Biden maintained Monday travel restrictions on dozens of countries due to health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, issuing an executive order as the world discovers new coronavirus variants.Biden’s widely-expected order leaves in place restrictions on travel from the 26- country Schengen Zone in Europe, as well as the UK, Ireland, and Brazil, while adding South Africa. Former US President Donald Trump had moved to lift the Europe and Brazil bans on his second to last full day in office.

 


January 24 – Biden Promises to Solve the Pandemic …

      • On October 23rd, 10 days before the elections, Biden declared: “I am going to shut down the virus, not the country”.

      • But on January 21st, he said: “There is nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in next months”

      • During his inauguration speech, Biden repeatedly stated that he wants to unify the nation. He is lying.If he wanted to unify the nation, he would have publicly asked Congress not to pursue Trump’s impeachment. He would have started a process that would benefit the country by appeasing the 75 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump. And I would have applauded his decision.
      • Last August, Biden said, “I will not ban fracking. Let me say it again. I will not ban fracking, no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.

      • Tuesday night, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that President Biden will ban new fracking on federal lands: “President Biden promised to end all new oil and gas leases on federal lands when he was a candidate,” she said.

      • Biden signed an executive order requiring masks on federal property… and he broke his own mask mandate on first day of his presidency, at the Lincoln Memorial, where he was seen without a mask :

Source: Washington Post Sayd They Won’t Fact Check Joe Biden – But We Will

Middle Easterners Begin Painting Transgender Flag Colors On Doorposts To Avoid Biden Drone Strikes — The Babylon Bee

SYRIA—Facing the coming wrath of President Biden, Middle Easterners turned to the only possible means of escape: painting their doorposts with the colors of the transgender flag.

“Please, O Angel of Death, pass us by!” cried one man as Predator drones flew by, raining the wrath of Biden from above. “I support your social justice causes, see? You can pass right on by! No problems with you here! We love you, President Biden! So proud to be bombed by a female vice president of color for the first time! Historic!”

He then heard a missile coming in his general direction and scrambled inside to avoid getting blown up by the air-to-ground ordinance.

Biden’s drones have been programmed to ignore those homes that display the right social justice slogans, like transgender flags, Biden-Harris signs, and those obnoxious signs with all those leftist altruisms. Warning drones flew overhead before Biden’s most recent strike, warning citizens to flee from the wrath to come by painting the pink, white, and blue colors above and beside their doors. A sacrifice of a family’s firstborn straight child is also acceptable, in the name of equality.

Middle Easterners Begin Painting Transgender Flag Colors On Doorposts To Avoid Biden Drone Strikes — The Babylon Bee

Affluent school district warns against reading Dr. Seuss due to ‘racial undertones’ | The College Fix

One of the wealthiest school districts in the country has warned staff about using books by the legendary Dr. Seuss due to their “racial undertones.” According to an announcement by Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools obtained by The Daily Wire, March 2 no longer should be associated with Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day.

Source: Affluent school district warns against reading Dr. Seuss due to ‘racial undertones’

The modern evangelical church is sick. Here’s where it fell apart | The Christian Post

Courtesy of Darvin Wallis

It was a simple sign on a slow Monday morning. I was walking into the megachurch I was working at, fumbling with my coffee, spilling it on my skinny jeans. There in the doorway was the sign that began to reshape how I viewed the church. The sign was a promotion for a church leadership conference. It is a slight miracle I even saw the sign. As a pastor I have attended so many conferences through the years that I barely even notice them. Like all these conference signs, this one was plastered in rows of pictures of celebrity speakers. One picture made me pause. What stopped me was not just that someone who was not a Christian was a keynote speaker, it was that this person had been fighting a public battle against Christian values.[1] I stood there staring at the sign for an awkward amount of time. In my meetings that day I brought up the sign, only to find no one shared my apprehension. In fact, one coworker chastised me for being concerned. On my way out of work that day, I stopped in front of the sign again. My view of Christian leadership has never been the same since.

There are only about 1,500 megachurches in the United States today.[2] Meaning, there are only about 1,500 pastors of megachurches. Yet, somehow, it seems that every week we hear of a new Christian celebrity pastor failing. The rate of failure is stunning. The number of moral failures as a percentage of megachurch pastors should be statistically impossible. Personally, through my years in ministry, I have worked under three of these lead pastors. All three have had moral failings. This year, only two months into 2021, the news has already been filled with high-profile Evangelical leaders guilty of fraud, affairs, abuse, and even rape. Many people assessing the situation point to the pressure placed on pastors, and the fact that we are all personally flawed. But, this assessment merely leads us to change nothing as we throw up our hands in helplessness. Meanwhile, instead of focusing on each isolated event, we need to realize that this shocking failure rate points to issues that go way past any particular individual pressures. There is something structurally sick about the modern Evangelical church. Evangelicalism is having a crisis in leadership, and the whole world is watching. But why? Why are so many of these pastors failing? Strangely, I have come to see that simple sign as a perfect summary of why Christian leaders are morally failing out of ministry at a continuous rate. Let me explain.

A Shift

I went to my first church leadership conference while in my twenties. I walked into a dark sprawling room with colored lights dancing along the walls. 5,000 grown men, pushing past the capacity of the room, all sang song after song together in unison. My favorite worship band at the time was on stage. Speaker after speaker took the stage, each captivating. There was something intoxicating about the whole event. I was hooked. In between sessions my friends stood in line to get autographs from their favorite celebrity pastors, while I stood in line to purchase their books. This sent me on a path of pursuing this form of Christian ‘leadership’ for years. I read dozens of Christian leadership books (and to this day have an entire bookcase full of them). I began to listen to three different Christian leadership podcasts every week. I attended Christian leadership conferences every year. It felt like I was getting to hear a secret that had always been kept from me.

It is likely that few church goers are aware of the Christian leadership industry that has arisen within Evangelicalism over the last three decades. While seminary prepares pastors for scholarship, we graduate with nearly no knowledge on how to practically lead a church. This is where the podcasts, books, and conferences come in, each helping to create this new budding industry. And, as a result, this leadership industry is forming the ethos of the American church. Our values are shaped by our leadership, our leadership is being shaped by this new industry, and it is clear what is shaping this church leadership industry itself.

Corporate America. Over the last three decades Evangelicalism has experienced a dramatic shift in leadership norms. The direct link between Evangelical leadership practices and corporate America is impossible to miss. Christian leadership conferences are dominated by corporate personalities. At the Global Leadership Summit, founded by Willow Creek Church in 1995, among the 2019 keynote speakers, two were pastors. Six were corporate CEOs and entrepreneurs. At one 2020 Leadercast conference there were four corporate personalities and one pastor. Catalyst conference describes having keynote speakers who are anywhere between, “world class business leaders to renowned biblical teachers.”[3] Christian leadership podcasts are similar. There are three Christian leadership podcasts I believe are most widely listened to by pastors. Collecting data about the guests listed on the podcasts’ websites reveals that about half of the guests are corporate personalities. The same holds true for books. On the list of top ten books every church leader should read, written by one leading voice in Christian leadership, eight of the books are written from a corporate or business perspective.[4] Zero are from an intentionally Christian paradigm for leadership. The first leadership books recommended to me, and still the books often most discussed in these circles, are written by James Collins and Patrick Lencioni. Both are brilliant authors, but both are corporate leadership researchers and business management authors. The functional leadership systems in most megachurches are now also a direct reflection of corporate America. Take a moment to review the website of the closest megachurch to you and you will likely find a system directed by a board, with an executive team, a CEO named Lead Pastor, and a hierarchical power structure taken right from the pages of a fortune 500 company.

I say all of this not to say that Christian leaders have nothing to learn from non-Christian leadership. We certainly do. I simply want to make this point clear; we are hiring corporate experts to teach our pastors how to lead their churches. The Christian leadership industry has intentionally embraced the corporate business paradigms as the primary norms of leadership.

And it is easy to see why. The thing about corporate leadership principles in the church is . . . it works. It works really well. Just like growth in a corporation, enacting corporate leadership principles in the church leads to growth. More attendance, more giving, more of everything. But there is a dark side to this embracing of corporate leadership principles in the church.

Corporate Leadership

Corporate America is an older, more developed concept than the megachurch phenomenon. For generations corporate America has developed leadership strategies to accomplish its only goal; maximizing shareholder value. The bottom line is the only line that matters. As a natural result, leaders are selected and formed for the goal of increasing the bottom line. Forbes identified a number of corporate executive personality traits, including taking risks, being strategic, achieving goals, having a clear future vision, self confidence, and high performance.[5] [6] [7] A study by Harvard Business Review found that corporate executives often possess a certain set of traits that include neuroticism, extroversion, emotional instability, impulsiveness, ambition, dominance, and being excitement seekers.[8] Forbes tells us that the percentage of corporate CEOs that are clinical psychopaths could be as high as 12%, a rate more in line with prisons than the general population.[9] This explains why corporate America has constant headlines of fraud, sexual abuse, toxic leadership, and narcissism. Corporate scandals like Bernie Madoff, Jordan Belfort, and Kenneth Lay are not random anomalies.

Instead, scandals are a natural side effect of the risky corporate leadership structure. Which begs the question, why does corporate America continue to identify and develop leaders towards these traits? Simple, the bottom line. The same Harvard Business Review study found that CEOs who are more neurotic risk takers actually return a better bottom line for their corporations when compared to more emotionally stable and conscientious CEOs.[10] Corporate moral scandals are not anomalies. They are calculated inevitabilities baked right into the leadership system for the purpose of profit.

Not an Anomaly

Back to the church. For about three decades now, the Evangelical church has embraced corporate leadership paradigms. This has worked wonders for the bottom lines of attendance, giving, and the number of reported conversions. Yet, it has also created a crisis in leadership. As the church continues to identify and form leaders to fit into the corporate executive mold, we have seen an epidemic of those leaders going through the same types of scandals we see in corporations. Church scandals like Bill Hybels, Mark Driscoll, and James McDonald are not random anomalies. Scandals are a natural part of the risky corporate leadership structure. We have accepted the corporate, bottom line goals for the church. We have accepted the corporate personality traits for our church leaders. We have created a corporate leadership industry for how we form our leaders. Is there really any doubt why we are seeing a pattern of scandals in the church that rival only corporate America in their frequency and depravity?

Bill Hybels, the founder and lead pastor of Willow Creek Church, was, in my view, the singular key figure in the early Evangelical leadership movement. He founded the Global Leadership Summit, a key conference for church leaders. To get an idea of this conference’s influence, over 400,000 people watched it in 2017.[11] The corporate leadership technique Hybels introduced produced stunning bottom line success.  At its high Willow Creek grew to 25,000 weekly attenders and was named the most influential church in America several years in a row.[12] For decades, a whole nation of churches clamored to replicate Willow Creek. As a staff member at various churches I remember taking Willow’s surveys, listening to Hybels lectures, and participating in the Global Leadership Summit. But, you know the end of this story. Hybels was ousted from his position at Willow during a highly publicized scandal in 2018.[13] Behind the scenes Hybels had long been a sexual predator, preying on women and employees for years.[14] Hybels had also spent years living the life of a corporate executive. He flew around the country on his private jet and sailed on his luxury yacht.[15] To this day Hybels is reportedly worth about $40 million.[16] Some years ago, before Hybels’ downfall, I became friends with one of his personal proteges who had come to prominence through the Willow Creek System. He had parlayed his experience with Hybels into a Lead Pastor position at a prominent megachurch. At first, just like his mentor, he was successful. Articles were written about his leadership as his church became one of the fastest growing churches in the United States. But, behind the scenes, things were not alright. Our friendship was severed after I attempted to approach him about a series of lies. And, you already know the end of the story. He was recently ousted from his position after a scandal that included years of strategic deception, dishonesty, and abuse.

But, really, is this any mystery? Is anyone surprised by these downfalls at this point? Of course not. But this is what we can no longer avoid; the moral failures of church leadership are not anomalies. They are the norm because they are baked right into the corporate leadership paradigms the church has embraced.

The True Tragedy

The Evangelical church seems set on continuing in the direction of corporate leadership. When one pastor fails, another takes their place. Rinse and repeat, the scandals march on. But, what is being missed is the utter tragedy of it all. Yes, without a doubt, we must consider the personal tragedies. The lives of young women destroyed by sexual predators calling themselves men of God. The theft of millions of dollars from local churches. The individuals who, being deceived and abused by these men, have lost faith in their Savior. But, the scope of the tragedy is wider than we can imagine.

The world is watching. And they do not like what they see. When the culture around us thinks of Evangelicalism, they think of a group of people who work to force their moral views on others, but do not live by those same morals themselves. The emperor is naked, and it seems like only those who do not believe in Jesus can see it. Research by Lifeway and the Barna Group is constantly reminding us that one of the primary reasons people are leaving and staying away from the church today is because they believe churches are “full of hypocrites.”[17]

Here is the thing every modern Evangelical leader must realize. They are right. We are hypocrites. The leadership system we currently have in place is churning the church through continuous moral scandals. We are hypocrites for valuing the bottom lines of church attendance and revenue over the character of our church leaders. We are hypocrites for identifying and forming church leaders not by their faith, but by their dominance. We are hypocrites for becoming more interested in organizational growth than discipleship. We are hypocrites for adopting corporate level leadership norms, and expecting not to have corporate level scandals. And the true tragedy is that our hypocrisy is resulting in millions of people being turned off to faith in Jesus. Something must be done.

Moving Forward to the Past

I walked into the weekly executive team meeting at the megachurch I was working at. I sat down in my leather chair, and waited my turn. Eventually I piped up. I suggested a promotion for a particular employee. I described to the team how I had seen this employee’s humility as he served others, and how people were drawn to him. I described his prayer life and his genuine faith. Within ten seconds my idea was dismissed. Why? He did not have the right ‘personality traits’. Meaning, his humility and service were not the right mold for leadership in our church. We had to find ambitious, dominant leaders. And he wasn’t.

The sad confusion about the corporate leadership paradigms invading the church is . . . we already had better leadership paradigms. Paradigms that stand in contradiction to what we find in corporate America. Jesus was crystal clear on how we are to select and form leaders in our churches. In Mark 9:35 Jesus told His disciples, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”[18] In Matthew 20:26 Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” Jesus then demonstrated this service when He washed His own disciples’ feet. To Jesus, leaders in His church must be faith-filled servants of others. The problem today is, a servant is the antithesis of a corporate CEO. And, our pastors have become corporate CEOs. Jesus never discusses leadership through the lens of strategies and skills. Jesus always discussed leadership through the lens of service. To solve the crisis of leadership we must move forward by moving back to our past. A past where Jesus dreamed of leaders as servants.

But today, our church system actually degrades the service of leaders. Once, I was having a discussion with a prominent staff member at a megachurch about her lead pastor. She called him a servant. I asked her to give me an example. She said, “Last week he washed the cars of our whole executive team!” I thought this was incredible, so I kept asking questions. I came to find out what had really happened. The Lead Pastor had told his secretary to call a mobile car wash company. The pastor didn’t pick up a sponge himself, he did not make the phone call to the car wash company himself, he did not even pay for the car washes (the bill was footed by church’s tithes). And this passed for being a ‘servant’ in this church. On a regular day you could hear this pastor refusing certain types of more humble work because, “That isn’t my gifting,” and sneaking in his personal side entrance to the building to avoid coming in contact with his staff.

Our church leaders have drifted so far from being servants that the church does not even know what service looks like. But, if we have any hope of moving forward to solve the crisis of leadership in Evangelicalism, we must do away with corporate leadership, and embrace Jesus’ vision for our leaders. A vision of servants. How to do this is certainly the content of a very different article. But, we know this. We know why our leadership system is resulting in moral scandals. And we know the direction we need to move in to fix it.

The Poster

Evangelicalism is in a monumental crisis of leadership, whether we want to admit it or not. The continuous scandals that dot our headlines each week are destroying the perception of the church in the minds of a watching world, and undermining the faith of a nation. But, these scandals are not anomalies. They are inevitabilities baked right into the corporate leadership system the church has embraced the last three decades.

I still have the image of that poster in my mind. The poster that began to change how I saw Christian leadership and the crisis in Evangelicalism. The poster that convinced me that the church had rejected Jesus’ leadership paradigm, and accepted a corporate one. It is an image that reminds me that, as a pastor, I am not a CEO. I am not a celebrity. I am not a corporate executive. I am a servant.


[1] https://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/01/facebooks-sheryl-sandberg-donated-1-million-to-planned-parenthood.html

[2] http://hirr.hartsem.edu/megachurch/2020_Megachurch_Report.pdf

[3] https://www.catalystleader.com/

[4] https://careynieuwhof.com/11-leadership-books-every-leader-should-read-my-personal-top-books-list/

[5] https://www.forbes.com/sites/deeppatel/2017/06/15/7-personality-traits-every-ceo-should-have/?sh=573769841f02

[6] https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/12/29/if-you-want-to-be-ceo-material-develop-these-15-traits/?sh=7c3ad0934ed3

[7] https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/12/29/if-you-want-to-be-ceo-material-develop-these-15-traits/?sh=7c3ad0934ed3

[8] https://hbr.org/2019/10/how-a-ceos-personality-affects-their-companys-stock-price

[9] https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackmccullough/2019/12/09/the-psychopathic-ceo/?sh=44ca01db791e

[10] https://hbr.org/2019/10/how-a-ceos-personality-affects-their-companys-stock-price

[11] https://religionnews.com/2018/08/09/willow-creek-leadership-summit-goes-on-despite-mass-resignations/

[12] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willow_Creek_Community_Church

[13] https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/april/bill-hybels-resigns-willow-creek-misconduct-allegations.html

[14] https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-met-willow-creek-pastor-20171220-story.html

[15] https://mikefrost.net/should-a-pastor-ever-own-a-private-jet-or-a-luxury-yacht/

[16] https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180411/how-does-a-church-carry-on-without-its-founder

[17] https://www.dallasnews.com/news/faith/2008/01/10/survey-finds-many-unchurched-disdain-hypocrites/

[18] NIV.

Darvin Wallis is the lead pastor of Mission Church, a church plant in west Denver metro. He is the founder of missionuonline.com, a platform providing free biblical education, and is the author of the book The Missing Key.

Source: The modern evangelical church is sick. Here’s where it fell apart

PELOSI’S FAULT: Speaker Pelosi told Sgt. at Arms to Deny National Guard at Capitol Due to Optics – Left Building Unprotected then Lied About it- MUST RESIGN! | The Gateway Pundit

What did Nancy Pelosi know and when did she know it?
As reported back in mid January — Speaker Nancy Pelosi and GOP Leader Mitch McConnell refused National Guard support before the announced protests on January 6th.

This was well documented and explains why Democrats closed their bogus impeachment case against President Trump rather than allow the light of truth to shine down on the American public who would learn that it was Nancy Pelosi who failed to secure the US Capitol in January.

In a WaPo interview with the Washington DC police chief, Steve Sund, The National Pulse reports the outgoing police chief “believes his efforts to secure the premises were undermined by a lack of concern from House and Senate security officials who answer directly to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Mitch McConnell.”

DC Police Chief Sund Stated:

“Two days before Congress was set to formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund was growing increasingly worried about the size of the pro-Trump crowds expected to stream into Washington in protest.

To be on the safe side, Sund asked House and Senate security officials for permission to request that the D.C. National Guard be placed on standby in case he needed quick backup.

But, Sund said Sunday, they turned him down.”

But, it was fruitless.

John Falcicchio, chief of staff for D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser admitted: “Literally, this guy is on the phone, I mean, crying out for help. It’s burned in my memories.”

This is just the latest example of the Democrats lying and blaming their failures on Donald Trump.

Today the Daily Caller has more on Pelosi’s failings prior to the January 6th storming of the US Capitol.

In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Former Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving recalled to House Admin how previous discussions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her office factored in to his “blender of decision making,” according to three sources with direct knowledge of Irving’s talk with House Admin.

Pelosi’s office had previously impressed upon Irving that the National Guard was to remain off Capitol Grounds, Irving allegedly told House Admin. The discussions, which centered around “optics,” allegedly occurred in the months prior to the Jan. 6 riot, during a time when deployment of federal resources for civil unrest was unpopular with Democrats and many members of Congress.

The three sources who confirmed the discussion to the Daily Caller did so under the condition of anonymity, citing the fear of putting a chill on further witnesses to how the security situation unfolded Jan. 6.

The fact that Nancy Pelosi left the US Capitol open and defenseless in early January is one thing. The fact that she lied about it and blamed her failings on President Trump is grounds for removal.

This horrible woman must resign and face justice for her lies and actions.

Source: PELOSI’S FAULT: Speaker Pelosi told Sgt. at Arms to Deny National Guard at Capitol Due to Optics – Left Building Unprotected then Lied About it- MUST RESIGN!

Confirmation from Limbaugh’s Friend: Before Rush Died He Accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior

A personal friend of conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh said that the host had completely dedicated his life to Christ before he left this world earlier this month.

Source: Confirmation from Limbaugh’s Friend: Before Rush Died He Accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior

Situation Update – Is FAKE Prez. Biden about to be exposed and removed? | DC Clothesline

(Natural News) Fake President Biden, an imposter whose puppetmasters rigged the election to carry out an illegal, criminal coup against America, may be on the verge of being exposed and removed. Many startling anomalies continue to surface, including the fact that US Marines are, at times, no longer stationed outside the Oval Office, even when Jen Psaki claims “President Biden” is working inside.

For over a century, every U.S. President has given a State of the Union address in either January or February, yet there is zero talk of such an address coming from Biden. Given that everything else about Biden has been a staged theatrical production — the fake inauguration, his fake “acceptance” speech, a rigged election, etc. — we must wonder whether the Biden green screen production team will try to pull off some sort of artificial, pre-recorded State of the Union address and claim “covid” is the reason he can’t appear in person.

(Isn’t it amazing how the plandemic gives full cover to the entire theatrical production we’re watching here?)

On top of all that, 36 Democrats are reportedly demanding Biden give up control over the US nuclear codes, further reinforcing the idea that Biden is obviously not “their” president.

Source: Situation Update – Is FAKE Prez. Biden about to be exposed and removed?