Daily Archives: March 2, 2021

The Difference Between Historical Election and Eternal Election — Gospel Relevance

Historical Election

In his excellent book, The Doctrine of God, John Frame writes about the two different elections cited above. Election means “choice.” Other words or expressions that come to mind when we think of election, as Frame includes, are: choose, set apart, prepare beforehand, and so on. You get the idea. But chosen and set apart for what?

Historical election teaches that certain people can be chosen for specific tasks, usually ministerial in nature, without receiving the blessings of saving grace. Plainer: Sometimes God uses people in ministry whom he doesn’t intend to save eternally. As Frame says, “God’s election of people for his service does not necessarily imply that those people will finally receive the blessings of salvation” (317).

An Old Testament example is Saul. God chooses him for high-level leadership positions, but Saul fails to endure in the faith. “Scripture does not affirm that Saul died in fellowship with God; it leaves his personal salvation uncertain” (317). Or think of Judas of Iscariot. He was one of the twelve original disciples. In fact, Judas even preached, received power and authority from Jesus, and proclaimed the kingdom of God (Luke 9:1-12). And yet, despite Jesus’s choice of Judas as one of the original twelve and Judas’s involvement in ministry for a season, Judas betrays Jesus and is known as one of the biggest enemies of God in all of Scripture.

What we can learn from Saul and Judas (along with many other examples in Scripture) and some who walk away from Jesus after doing ministry in his name for a season is that just because one is influential for the Christian faith for a period, doesn’t mean they have received the benefits of salvation. Just because God uses someone doesn’t mean he’s pleased with them, for the brilliance and power of God is such that he is able to use the reprobate to advance his kingdom agenda.

So this is one way to think about someone who seems to bear fruit for a season but eventually walks away from the faith. They may be historically elected, but not eternally elected. We can’t say for sure because only God knows the heart and that person may repent in private without us knowing about it. But Frame’s outline of historical election at least gives language to these sorts of bizarre and painful examples.

Eternal Election

“But in Scripture,” Frame adds, “there is also an election that cannot be lost and that is not at all conditioned on human faithfulness or works” (325). This is the election that most of us think about when we think about the doctrine of election, the election that Paul describes at length in Ephesians 1, among other places, where Paul says that God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world,” (Ephesians 1:4). Eternal election describes people who receive the benefits of salvation. It describes people who are truly, eternally saved.

Apostasy and spiritual abandonment doesn’t always make sense to the human mind, but differentiating between historical election and eternal election at least provides some kind of structure to help us better grasp what happened when someone leaves the faith.

This discussion should not make the faithful feel paranoid. While someone else’s fall is a good time for self-reflection, we need not be overly self-introspective. We should, instead, look to Jesus, seek to grow in holiness, and remember that “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

The Difference Between Historical Election and Eternal Election — Gospel Relevance

March 2 Evening Quotes of The Day

“God’s Corrections Are Our Instructions”
Job 5:17–18; Psalm 94:12; Proverbs 3:11–12; 1 Corinthians 11:32; Ephesians 6:4; Hebrews 12:5–11

God’s corrections are our instructions, his lashes our lessons, his scourges our schoolmasters, his chastisements our advertisements. And to note this, the Hebrews and Greeks both express chastening and teaching by one and the same word (מוסר, παιδεία), because the latter is the true end of the former.

THOMAS BROOKS

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

Born of God Only Through the Church
Hebrews 10:25; 1 John 3:9; 5:18

Certainly he who refuses to be a son of the Church in vain desires to have God as his Father; for it is only through the instrumentality of the Church that we are “born of God” and brought up through the various stages of childhood and youth, till we arrive at manhood.

JOHN CALVIN

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

Tending the Fire of Private Prayer — Unlocking the Bible

Do not let the fire go out on the altar (Lev. 6:13).

Here is one tall order in Scripture, if I’ve ever seen one.

God gave this instruction to the Old Testament priests. If that wasn’t enough, he also called his people to offer ceaseless sacrifices—burning bloody, slain animals, day after day, morning and evening.

God gives us helpful pictures in his Word so that we may better understand the nature and purposes of his commands. Here, the fire represents the presence of God, always emanating, or “burning” with, holiness and purity. The animal sacrifices depict the necessary payment for sin. God’s people placed these atoning sacrifices on the altar and watched the flames consume them. How was this perpetually possible? The priests obeyed God’s command to tend the fire, and God graciously dwelt with his unholy and undeserving people.

Today, we no longer need to sacrifice animals before coming into God’s presence. Since Christ gave himself as a once-for-all sacrifice (Heb. 9:26-28), those who put their faith in him can freely enter into God’s presence, day after day, morning and evening. The Old Testament sacrificial system pointed to Christ but is no longer necessary in light of Christ’s completed, atoning work on the cross.

Spiritual Fire

While there is no longer a physical fire that we must tend to, there is most certainly a spiritual one for today’s “royal priesthood”—Peter’s remarkable name for Christian believers (1 Pet. 2:9). The Levitical priests’ task reminds us of Paul’s exhortation to another perpetual action: to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). Similarly, C.H. Spurgeon applies Leviticus 6:13 to Christians, challenging them “[k]eep the altar of private prayer burning.” [1]

While the Bible tells us that we are “priests”, we serve a great high priest, who is God. Hear Christ’s compassionate invitation in Hebrews 4:15-16: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

In Leviticus 9:24, God initiates the physical fire. He is the fire-starter. Likewise, he is the initiator of our devotion to him today. The Holy Spirit moves in our hearts to grant us the faith to trust in Christ. We love the Lord, because he first loved us (1 Jn. 4:19). Knowing that the great high priest changes our hearts, we look to him to ignite in us a fresh love for him and a greater desire to commune with him.

There is common ground between the Old Testament priests tending a physical fire and today’s “royal priesthood” of believers who mind a spiritual fire on the altar of private prayer. Both require hard work. Prayer takes effort. Praying “without ceasing” is a tall order—a solitary battle won or lost each day. It is a battle worth fighting.

Humble Devotion

To pray without ceasing is not the call to never stop talking, but rather it is carrying a sense of prayerfulness into every aspect of our lives. I have heard it described as an open phone line with the Lord, where we never have to hang up. It is an awareness of being in his presence throughout each day. From the time we wake up until our heads hit the pillow, the Lord wants us to be conscious of his presence.

Regular, frequent, and undisturbed prayer is one of the most difficult things we are called to in the Christian life. Yet we know by experience that nothing worth doing comes easily. Spurgeon rightly says that “[secret] devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer, of vital…religion.” [2] All other aspects of our lives borrow from the vibrancy of our time spent in personal fellowship with the Lord.

Devotion to private prayer comes with the cost of our time, our focus, and our pride. We do not like to be dependent, but isn’t that how the Christian life works? While we often function as if we are self-sufficient, the truth is that we are creaturely, and therefore wholly dependent. Prayer is the best reminder of our right relation to God. Not even Jesus Christ operated apart from dependence on the Holy Spirit and prayer. The Holy Spirit was Jesus’ inseparable companion, and the same Spirit who empowered our Lord Jesus Christ is the Spirit who lives within all believers, and enables us to commune with God.

Private prayer is the most beautiful posture and priority in the life of a believer because it tells the truth about our position before God. It reflects the fact that we are not the authors of our lives; rather, we depend on God for our every breath. Private prayer instructs our hearts to this end. It also operationalizes the mysterious reality that the God who holds all things together (Col. 1:17) also wants to spend intimate one-on-one time with us. He wants to intentionally commune with us every day, throughout the day. We can have no greater audience than a private exchange with the living God.

Priority and Privilege

In addition to tending the fire, God instructed the Old Testament priests to regularly remove the ashes of each burnt offering. This task was a priority in order that the fire would stay ablaze. What ashes are accumulating on the fire of our secret devotion to God? God does not want our lukewarm hearts, so we must examine what smothers the flames. It may be the concerns of daily life, a long to-do list, unforgiveness, or unrepentant sin. It is time to lay those things aside.

One of the best ways to reignite a fire that once burned brightly is to open the Bible. Spending time with God’s people and listening to sermons are good things, but they are no substitute for independently digging into God’s Word. As Scripture reminds us of who God is, what he has done for us, and why he deserves our wholehearted devotion, we will be more motivated to spend daily time in his presence.

Prioritizing private prayer will help us to live for God’s glory and also receive the greatest joy and satisfaction from our communion with him. When we spend time in God’s presence, and are reminded of biblical truths, the burden of prayer transforms into the privilege of prayer.

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1. H. Spurgeon, Morning & Evening (Hendrickson Publishers, 1995), 394.

2. ibid

Tending the Fire of Private Prayer — Unlocking the Bible

Is Salvation Really a Free Gift? — Cold Case Christianity

The Bible talks a lot about grace, the unmerited favor God shows us when he saves us from our sins and grants us salvation. But our material, visual world encourages us to observe and measure our progress in every aspect of life, and many of our friends and family are still convinced we must earn something as special as salvation. Some of us think our own “good works” contribute to our salvation in some way. Let’s take a look at the Bible and track the notion of salvation as a free gift to see if our own efforts can actually earn us a spot in heaven. We’ll start with a definition of the word, “gift” as it is found in a variety of secular dictionaries:

gift (noun)
Something bestowed freely.

gift (gÄ­ft) n.
Something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation.

Gift \Gift\, n.
Anything given; anything voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a present; an offering.

The word gift inherently includes the notion of free. When something is given to us, it cannot be called a gift unless it is given to us without compensation of any kind. We can’t pay for it, and we can’t work for it. If we were to do that, it wouldn’t be a gift at all, it would be a payment. Keep this in mind as we examine the word gift in the Bible:

We Cannot Pay for Our Salvation with Good Works The Bible is very clear about this. Scripture tells us we simply cannot earn our way to heaven. Our good works are an imperfect means to a perfect destination. We could never be good enough to find ourselves in a place of perfection. For this reason, God has to do all the work of Salvation. Not a single good work can be applied to the task on our part, so there is absolutely nothing we could ever boast about:

Ephesians 2:7-9 (KJV)
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of GodNot of works, lest any man should boast.

God Applies His Righteousness to Us for Free To make it even clearer, God says the Law only leads to death because the Law requires perfection (and this is something we could never attain). Salvation, therefore requires God to do all the work, because only God is perfect by His nature. That’s why grace is given to us without cost:

Romans 5:14-18 (KJV)
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

Grace is Given to Us Freely Through Faith According to the Bible, grace is a free gift given to us without the payment of our own good works. God justifies us “by faith without the deeds of the law” (Romans 3:28) and grants us His “righteousness without works” (Romans 4:6). This theme is repeated in many places in the scriptures:

Romans 3:21-24
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

God intends His Salvation to be a gift given without compensation. When we try to earn our way to heaven we become prideful and arrogant, judgmental and independent. When we deny God’s total work, we tend to start to think of ourselves as God, and this is a form of idolatry God will not tolerate. Maybe this is why those who have tried to earn (or purchase) the Gift of the Holy Spirit throughout the ages have been scolded by the apostles:

Acts 8:18-21
And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

The orthodox Christian worldview makes a unique claim about the nature of Salvation. Unlike any other theistic worldview, Christianity offers heaven as a free gift. When we begin to drift from this distinctive feature of our worldview, we are moving toward heresy.

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Is Salvation Really a Free Gift? — Cold Case Christianity

March 2 Evening Verse of The Day

12:21 overcome evil with good Describes the consequence of the Christian ethics in vv. 14–20. Good will prevail over evil when Christians respond to their enemies with love and blessings instead of revenge and curses.[1]


12:21 Darby explains the first part of this verse as follows: “If my bad temper puts you in a bad temper, you have been overcome of evil.”

The great black scientist, George Washington Carver, once said, “I will never let another man ruin my life by making me hate him.” As a believer he would not allow evil to conquer him.

But overcome evil with good. It is characteristic of Christian teaching that it does not stop with the negative prohibition but goes on to the positive exhortation. Evil can be overpowered with good. This is a weapon we should use more frequently.

Stanton treated Lincoln with venomous hatred. He said that it was foolish to go to Africa in search of a gorilla when the original gorilla could be found in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln took it all in stride. Later Lincoln appointed Stanton as war minister, feeling that he was the most qualified for the office. After Lincoln was shot, Stanton called him the greatest leader of men. Love had conquered![2]


12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good” This is a PRESENT PASSIVE IMPERATIVE and PRESENT ACTIVE IMPERATIVE. Our response to unfair treatment will determine and reflect the level of our own inner peace and joy. Bitterness is a spiritual cancer. Believers must give it to God.

© “evil” This is either MASCULINE and, therefore, a reference to the evil one, or it could be NEUTER and refer to evil in general. This is a common NT ambiguity (cf. Matt. 5:37; 6:13; 13:19, 28; John 17:15; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 John 2:13–14; 3:12; 5:18–19).[3]


21. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.

To be overcome by evil means (a) to allow the enemy to get you down, and (b) to plan and return evil for evil.

To overcome evil by good means (a) to continue living a life of faith in, and love for, God and for everyone, not excluding the person who has injured you, the kind of life marked by transformation into the image of Christ (verse 2), and therefore by humility (verses 3 and 16), helpfulness (verses 6–8), and peace (verse 16); and (b) to go out of your way, by word and deed, to show kindness to the one who has injured you.

This is the victorious life. But the victory cannot be obtained by human effort or exertion but only by faith. It is given to all those, and only to those, who, having been justified by faith, on the basis of Christ’s vicarious sacrifice, derive all their power from the indwelling Holy Spirit.[4]


21. Be not overcome by evil, &c. This sentence is laid down as a confirmation; for in this case our contest is altogether with perverseness, if we try to retaliate it, we confess that we are overcome by it; if, on the contrary, we return good for evil, by that very deed we show the invincible firmness of our mind. This is truly a most glorious kind of victory, the fruit of which is not only apprehended by the mind, but really perceived, while the Lord is giving success to their patience, than which they can wish nothing better. On the other hand, he who attempts to overcome evil with evil, may perhaps surpass his enemy in doing injury, but it is to his own ruin; for by acting thus he carries on war for the devil.[5]


Ver. 21.—The way to victory. Although the world is full of strife, and although the Scriptures constantly represent the good man as engaged in conflict, still we cannot regard warfare, either physical or moral, as the true occupation and the final satisfaction of man. The state of humanity is, however, such that only through the battling of opposed principles can true peace be gained and the ideal condition be reached. We are accordingly accustomed to think of resistance as the necessary incident and of victory as the hard-won end of the moral life. And, for us, the good man is the man who spends his strength, and passes his time, in antagonism to error and to evil.

  • There is a great conflict and warfare upon earth carried on between evil and good. Truth contends with error, reason with superstition, conscience with passion, virtue with vice, law with crime, order with turbulence, religion with infidelity. There are wars and fightings in which it may be said that light contends with darkness. But for the most part the campaign is not so simple, so intelligible; the combatants are not on the one side all good, nor on the other all evil; opposing principles are distributed irregularly through the armies.
  • None can be neutral in this struggle. Whether or not we consciously and deliberately engage in the moral war, it is ever raging. Not only so; we are constrained to take a side. He who professedly withdraws from the moral conflict does in reality side with the enemy of God. For to deem the war one of no interest, one which has no moral claim upon us, is to fail to respond to the trumpet-call of duty, and to decline the noblest of all careers—that of the soldier of the cross. “He that is not with me,” says our Lord, “is against me.”

III. The forces of evil are powerful and often victorious. Christians do ill to despise the power of their spiritual foe; for such an estimate may lead them to over-confidence, and to the neglect of necessary means of defence. They may then be taken unawares, and being surprised may succumb to their foe; or in any case the foe may in all likelihood gain an advantage over them. An example is given by St. Paul in this passage. There is a natural tendency to revenge. A Christian who has been wronged is urged by the surging of resentful passion within to turn upon his injurer, to retaliate, to inflict evil for evil. But, if he do so, in such case he will in fact be overcome by evil. Many are the cases in which the unspiritual principle or impulse gains the mystery in the heart and in the actions of the individual. Who is there who cannot from his own experience bear witness to this? And what state of society, what age of the world, can be pointed out which has been exempt from such spectacles as the temporary defeat of truth, justice, and goodness? Apart from Christianity, it does not seem that things have a natural tendency to improve. He who studies the history of any unchristian community will observe forms of sin continually varying, sometimes more and sometimes less repulsive, but he will not find truth and righteousness progressively powerful and finally triumphant. Now and again the snow-white standard sinks in the tumult of the strife.

  1. Christ, as the Captain of the righteous host, took part in the conflict, and conquered evil with good. It is true that the Lord Jesus was the Prince of peace, yet his whole life was one long struggle with sin and error. He knew well that there was but one way to a peace which should be acceptable to God and serviceable to man; and that that way was the way of spiritual conflict. It was in this sense that he came to send, not peace, but a sword, upon earth. Now, the supreme illustration of the method enjoined in the text, where we are bidden to overcome evil with good, is that furnished in the ministry of our Lord and Leader. He has proved himself the Conqueror, and if the world’s sin is finally to be vanquished, it will be through Christ. And what were the tactics of the Divine Commander? He did not turn against his foes the weapons with which they attacked him. He did not render injury for injury, slander for slander, hatred for hatred. He relied upon the power of the highest and purest morality. Such strategy, if the word may be used in a good and not an evil sense, was not likely to be immediately successful; but under the government of God it cannot ultimately fail. By the compassion of his heart, by the ungrudging sympathy he ever showed to sufferers, by the patience with which he endured the contradiction of sinners against himself, by his forgiving spirit, by his voluntary sacrifice,—by these means Christ procured his victory. Our Saviour’s ministry was a conflict with the powers of darkness and of iniquity. In this conflict he was never really worsted. And that he was at last victorious was made manifest when he arose from the dead and ascended to the Father.
  2. Christians are summoned to follow their Master in this holy war. Have not their own hearts been the battle-field upon which the Saviour has fought and conquered? Has not their evil been overcome by his good? Such being the case, if they now yield to the adversary and espouse his cause, how inconsistent and indefensible will be such a course! And it must needs be that their own nature and character must be the field upon which the struggle is to be maintained even to the end. Nor is this all. We have as Christians a battle to wage with the ungodly world around. In every condition of life, in every relation, in every calling and service, there occur opportunities for us to withstand the forces of evil. And this we are called upon to do in the Saviour’s Name, and by the might of the Saviour’s cross. It is by honour and integrity, by purity and truth, by courage and patience, by meekness and love, that this holy war is to be waged. “Fight the good fight of faith.”
  3. Victory may be deferred, but it is assured and certain to the army of the Lord. It is not denied that the conflict will certainly be arduous, will probably be long. Why, we cannot tell; yet we can see that the protracted moral strife is a means of testing the faith and zeal of those combatants who have vowed to follow the banner of the Son of God. But the attributes and the promises of God himself, the glorious work of Christ, the precious and faithful declarations of Scripture, all assure us that the issue of the strife is in no way doubtful. Victory is pledged to the followers of the Lamb. We may unfalteringly rely upon the express assurance of the great Captain of our salvation: “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit down with me upon my throne.”[6]

21 Paul rounds off his series of admonitions about the Christian’s response to hostility with a final, general summons: “Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with the good.” The double use of the word “evil” links this verse with v. 17a in a chiastic arrangement. Evil can overcome us when we allow the pressure put on us by a hostile world to force us into attitudes and actions that are out of keeping with the transformed character of the new realm. Paul urges us to resist such temptation. But, more than that, sounding a note typical both of this paragraph and of the teaching of Jesus that it reflects, he urges us to take a positive step as well: to work constantly at triumphing over the evil others do to us260 by doing good. By responding to evil with “the good” rather than with evil, we gain a victory over that evil. Not only have we not allowed it to corrupt our own moral integrity, but we have displayed the character of Christ before a watching and skeptical world. Here, Paul suggests at the end of this important series of exhortations, is a critical example of that “good” (agathos) which Paul exhorts us to display in this section of the letter (see 12:2).[7]


21 Guidance on the problem of coping with evil reaches its climax in the final admonition: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” In this context, to “be overcome by evil” means to give in to the temptation to meet evil with evil, to retaliate. To “overcome evil with good” has been illustrated in v. 20. Many other illustrations could be given, such as David’s sparing the life of Saul, who was pursuing him to snuff out his life. When Saul realized that David had spared his life, he said, “You have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil” (1 Sa 24:17 NRSV). The world’s philosophy leads people to expect retaliation when they have wronged another. The doer of evil expects, and usually receives, evil in return. To receive kindness, to see love when the opposite is expected, can melt the hardest heart. The conduct of the Christian ought regularly to shock a world in which self-centeredness is taken for granted.[8]


The Triumph of Good over Evil

Romans 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

We have come to the last sentence of Romans 12, and it is worth noting, as we look back over the preceding verses, that Paul has said three times that we are not to return evil for evil. Verse 14 commands, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Verse 17 urges, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.” Now, verse 21, the last verse in the chapter, demands, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” This is Paul’s overriding theme in this section. It is why he repeats the idea. But these verses also establish a progression leading from what we must admit is already a very difficult standard to a standard that is even higher—in fact, some would say it’s nearly impossible.

Here is how it develops. Verse 14 tells us that we are not to speak badly of another person but rather to speak good instead. Verse 17 tells us that we are not to retaliate for evil done to us. That concerns actions. At the end, in verse 21, Paul takes us beyond anything we might anticipate and tells us that not only are we not to retaliate for evil done to us, but that we are actually to do good to others and, amazingly, actually to overcome the evil of those other persons by our good conduct.

Love Stronger Than Hate

The standard Paul lays down in this chapter is so unnatural to us and seemingly impossible that I want to begin with the story of a man who has actually lived up to it. His name is John Perkins, a black man who dropped out of school in the third grade but who became a pastor and founder of the Voice of Calvary Ministries in Mendenhall, Mississippi. He has received national recognition for his leadership in race relations, has an honorary doctorate from Wheaton College, and even served on a presidential commission for inner-city problems under President Ronald Reagan.

John Perkins was born in Mississippi. He left the south for California when he was still a teenager, became a Christian in California, and later returned to Mississippi because he believed God was calling him to preach the gospel to the poor black people he had been raised with and help them by developing and supporting black leadership.

On February 7, 1970, a Saturday night, a van of black college students who had been taking part in a civil rights march was pulled over by highway patrolmen from Brandon, Mississippi, and the students were arrested. Perkins and two of his associates went to the jail to post bail, but when they arrived they were surrounded by five deputy sheriffs and several highway patrolmen who arrested them and began to beat them.

Perkins had not been speeding, taking drugs, or resisting arrest. He didn’t even have a police record. All he had done was go to the jail to post bail for the students. But he was a black leader, and he was hated.

Perkins was beaten most of that night, along with some of the others. They stomped on him and kicked him in the head, ribs, and groin. One officer brought a fork over to him and said, “Do you see this?” Then he jammed it up his nose. After that he shoved it down his throat. For part of that terrible evening Perkins was unconscious and so mutilated that the students who were watching over him in his cell thought that he was either dead or about to die. It was a case of evil in a particularly vicious, violent, racist form.

Yet it did something good for Perkins. Up to this point he had been in Mississippi to preach to black people only. It was all he was allowed to do, of course. The doors of virtually all white churches were closed to him. But the beating changed him and gave him a new vision. He wrote:

I remembered their faces—so twisted with hate. It was like looking at white-faced demons. For the first time I saw what hate had done to those people. These policemen were poor. They saw themselves as failures. The only way they knew how to find a sense of worth was by beating us. Their racism made them feel like “somebody.”

When I saw that, I just couldn’t hate back. I could only pity them. I said to God that night, “God, if you will get me out of this jail alive”—and I really didn’t think I would, maybe I was trying to bargain with him—“I really want to preach a gospel that will heal these people, too.”

Perkins’s recovery took some time, since he needed to heal both physically and emotionally. The physical recovery was assisted by a pair of compassionate doctors, one white and one black. The emotional healing was accomplished by God, who taught him that the same gospel that frees blacks also frees whites and that real justice, if it was to come, would come “only as people’s hearts were made right with God and God’s love motivated them to be reconciled to each other.”

“Now that God had enabled me to forgive the many whites who had wronged me, I found myself able to truly love them,” said Perkins. “I wanted to return good for evil.” And Perkins did! His ministry is the proof of that desire, and it is continuing. It is a striking case of a believer refusing to be overcome by evil but instead overcoming evil with good.

Do Not Be Overcome, but Overcome

Our text has two parts. The first says, “Do not be overcome by evil.” That is the negative. The second part says, “But overcome evil with good.” That is the positive. Of the two it is the hardest to accomplish.

  1. Do not be overcome by evil. The negative part is hard enough, of course. This is because to be overcome by evil means to respond to evil with evil, that is, to fight back, and that is the most natural thing for a sinful human being to do. It was summed up in a recent comic strip in which Hagar the Horrible tells his son, “Son, don’t let the sun go down upon your wrath.… Attack your enemy at once and waste him while what he did to you is still fresh in your mind.”

Unfortunately, there are many examples of just that kind of retaliation and of the evil that comes from it. There is the example of Mattathias, one of the Maccabees, who commanded his followers, “Avenge the wrong done to your people. Pay back the Gentiles in full” (1 Macc. 2:67–68 nrsv). They tried, but much damage to Israel and an untold loss of lives was the result. We have seen the attitude in Israel in a tit-for-tat policy against the Arabs of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. We have seen it in South Africa, which seemed on the very edge of a genocidal civil war in spite of the heroic efforts of some leaders, both black and white, to avoid it and move toward reconciliation and justice. We have seen the identical attitude in the former Yugoslavia, where centuries old racial and religious hatred have fueled one of the most destructive wars of recent history. Indeed, this is the case in every place where the normal human instinct for retaliation and the cherishing of hatreds holds sway.

This must not be the case with Christians. Christians are not to avenge themselves. Instead, as Jesus said, “Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well” (Matt. 5:39–40).

  1. Overcome evil with good. Yet not only are we not to strike back, thus being overcome by evil, with evil ruling the day, we are to respond positively in love, thus overcoming the evil in the situation and in the other person with our good.

Every time I get on the positive side of this matter I feel that the standard is so far above most of us as to seem almost unreal. I have already given a great living example of this principle in the life of John Perkins. David and his treatment of King Saul is a good illustration of this from the Old Testament.

David had served Saul faithfully, killed Goliath, fought his battles, and become a hero of the nation. But that had incited Saul to jealousy, and at this point Saul was pursuing David ruthlessly to put him to death. Taking three thousand men with him, Saul pursued David into the wilderness of En Gedi. David was hiding in a cave, and Saul entered, not even suspecting he was there. While the king was in the cave David crept forward and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe, which he used to prove his love for the king. Yet so far was David from wanting to do any evil to Saul that he was conscience-stricken just for having cut off the corner of the robe.

When Saul went out again David followed and called to him, “My lord the king!” (1 Sam. 24:8). Saul looked back. David continued. “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’? This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’ See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. Now understand and recognize that I am not guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life. May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. As the old saying goes, ‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’ so my hand will not touch you” (1 Sam. 24:9–13).

When Saul heard this he was stricken with guilt and wept aloud. “You are more righteous than I,” he said. “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly.… May the Lord reward you well for the way you treated me today. I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands. Now swear to me by the Lord that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family” (1 Sam. 24:16–21). David promised this and they parted on good terms, at least temporarily.

A short time later a similar incident occurred. Saul and his guard of soldiers were sleeping in their camp, and David and his friend Abishai went to it secretly and removed Saul’s spear and water bottle. Then they called to the king from a hilltop some distance away, showing the spear and water bottle as proof that once again the Lord had placed Saul in David’s power and that he had spared him graciously, since David could have killed Saul if he had wanted to. “Why is my lord pursuing his servant?” David cried. “What have I done, and what wrong am I guilty of?” (1 Sam. 26:18).

Saul answered, “I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have erred greatly” (1 Sam. 26:21).

We know, of course, that Saul was unable to change his character, and therefore these were only temporary embarrassments and confessions. He never stopped trying to kill David, and he was stopped only when God allowed Saul and his son Jonathan to be slain in battle with the Philistines. But on these two occasions, for a short time at least, good triumphed gloriously, and good attended David’s long reign in no small measure because of the way he was known to have conducted himself then. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” David triumphed in both of these areas and prospered because of it.

Who Is Sufficient for This?

How are we to live like this? How can we, being what we are? In his study of Romans 12, Robert Candlish observes, “This surely is a very holy calling. It is a very awful calling. We may well ask, ‘Who is sufficient for these things?’ And we can be sustained only when we are enabled to add, ‘Our sufficiency is of God’—of that God who has so dealt with us as he would have us to deal with our fellow-men and fellow-sinners.”

How are we to overcome evil with good, when our natures are so contrary to this standard? Candlish has suggested a first means. I want to develop it and add two more suggestions.

  1. We must know with deep gratitude that this is how God has treated us. We deserved to be condemned, but God was good to us and overcame our evil by his good. If we appreciate this rightly, it will empower us to do the same. In fact, if we do not have this spirit, it will be sound evidence that we do not know God and have not experienced his grace in salvation.

I think of the story Jesus told about the unmerciful servant. This man owed the king ten thousand talents, the equivalent of several million dollars. Since he was unable to pay, the king was going to sell him, his wife, and his children into slavery. But the servant fell on his knees and begged for mercy, promising to pay back everything. This was an impossible thing to do, of course. But the king took pity on him, canceled the debt, and let him go.

This servant then found another servant who owed him a mere pittance. He demanded repayment. The servant who owed only a little pleaded for a chance to pay his debt, but the first man refused and had the other cast into prison. When the king heard this, he recalled the first servant, rebuked him, and had him jailed too. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart,” Jesus concluded (see Matt. 18:21–35).

The parable does not teach that we are saved from sin by good works, of course. We are saved by grace alone. It does teach, however, that if we have been saved by grace we will be gracious and that, if we are not, we have never actually known the grace of God and will be judged for our sins at the final judgment. If it does nothing else, the parable shows why overcoming evil with good is not optional for Christians. We must forgive because we have been forgiven. We must overcome evil with good because God has overcome our even greater evil in saving us.

  1. We must study the example of Jesus Christ. The second thing we need if we are to learn what it is to overcome evil with good and actually overcome it is the example of Jesus Christ. For this is what Jesus did, and if he is our Savior, we will love him and want to be like him.

Charles Hodge has written:

One of the most beautiful exhibitions of the character of our Savior was afforded by his conduct under persecution. “He was led as a lamb to the slaughter”; “when he was reviled, he reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not.” Even martyrs dying for the truth have not always been able to avoid the prediction of evil to their persecutors, so much easier is it to abstain from recompensing evil for evil than really to love and pray for the good of our enemies. This, however, is Christian duty; such is the spirit of the gospel.

This is what moved John Perkins. He saw the enslaving nature of white racial hatred as he was being beaten. But it was later, as he was recovering in the hospital that God directed him to Jesus and by this means began to work powerfully on his heart. He wrote:

The Spirit of God worked on me as I lay in that bed. An image formed in my mind—the image of a cross, of Christ on the cross. This Jesus knew what I had suffered. He understood. He cared. Because he had gone through it all himself.

He too was arrested and falsely accused. He too had an unjust trial. He too was beaten. Then he was nailed to a cross and killed like a common criminal. But when he looked at the mob who had crucified him, he didn’t hate them; he loved them. And he prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

His enemies hated, but he forgave. God wouldn’t let me escape that. He showed me that however unjustly I had been treated, in my bitterness and hatred I was just as sinful as those who had beaten me. And I needed forgiveness for my bitterness.

I read Matthew 6:14, 15 again and again in that bed: “For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your heavenly Father will not forgive your transgressions.” To receive God’s forgiveness, I was going to have to forgive those who had hurt me. As I prayed, the faces of those policemen passed before me one by one, and I forgave each one. Faces of other white people from the past came before me, and I forgave them. I could sense that God was working a deep inner healing in me that went far back beyond February 7, 1970. It went clear back to my earliest memories of childhood. God was healing all those wounds that had kept me from loving whites. How sweet God’s forgiveness and healing was.

Nothing in all history has done so much to heal deep human hurts and redirect otherwise resentful and retaliating lives than the example of Jesus Christ, who “suffered for [us] … that [we] should follow in his steps.… He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:21, 24–25).

  1. We must be close to Christ and strive to draw closer to him always. Important as the example of Jesus Christ is, that example alone is not enough. Nor is merely being saved enough, otherwise Paul would not be urging the Romans to this high standard of conduct, as he is doing. It would be automatic. In order to live as Christ we must first belong to Christ and second draw close to Christ, indeed striving to draw closer to him always. Charles Hodge says, “We must remember that without Christ we can do nothing.… If, therefore, we attempt to discharge the duties here enjoined apart from him, we shall be as a branch severed from the vine; and unless we are ‘instant in prayer,’ this union with Christ cannot be kept up.”

Paul himself was weak. He called himself “the worst” of sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). Yet he also said, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13). So can you, if you stay close to Jesus.

A Remarkable Chapter

As we look back over this remarkable chapter, starting with the offering of our bodies to God as living sacrifices and ending with the offering of ourselves and own best efforts to others in order that, by the grace of God, we might overcome their evil with good, we marvel at the wisdom, scope, and power of a gospel that can do that. It is a gospel that can take sinners who have lived only for themselves and turn them into men and women who actually overcome the evil of this world. Who could ever think up a gospel like that? Not us, for sure. Only God could devise such a powerful gospel.

Here is how Robert Haldane describes it:

In the above remarkable portion of Scripture, we learn the true tendency of the doctrine of salvation wholly by grace, established in a manner so powerful in the preceding part of this epistle, by which men are created in Christ Jesus unto good works. How beautiful is it, and how sublime when displayed in all its practical effects in the duties which flow from it.… We may search all the works of the most admired writers and, so far as they have not borrowed from the fountain of inspired truth, we shall find in them nothing comparable to the elevated maxims contained in this chapter. Especially we shall not discover the faintest shadow of resemblance to the motives by which these duties are here inculcated. If the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth forth his handiworks—if the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that the heathen are without excuse—how much more clearly do the Scriptures proclaim their Divine origin, and the majesty of their Author! God hath magnified his word above all his name.

Indeed, he has! God has exalted his truth above anything else that we can possibly hope to understand or know. It is for us now to exalt God’s name and Word by living out his truth in the way we go about our daily lives.[9]


[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 12:21). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1732). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Utley, R. J. (1998). The Gospel according to Paul: Romans (Vol. Volume 5, Ro 12:21). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[4] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 12–13, pp. 423–424). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[5] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans (pp. 476–477). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[6] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). The Pulpit Commentary: Romans (pp. 366–367). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[7] Moo, D. J. (2018). The Letter to the Romans. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (Second Edition, p. 807). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[8] Harrison, E. F., & Hagner, D. A. (2008). Romans. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 192–193). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[9] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: The New Humanity (Vol. 4, pp. 1629–1636). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Keep on Fighting — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties.” Romans 8:37 (GW)

I want to encourage the hearts of those that are burdened and overwhelmed today. I know things may have been tough lately, but keep on fighting.    Financial pressures are hitting you on every side, but, keep on fighting.   Sickness, family issues may have heightened, but keep on fighting.   It is written that you shall overcome.

In times like these, I run to the Word of God to see what He has to say concerning my situation.  Here are a few of my favorite go to scriptures:

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] John 16:33 (AMP)

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] John 14:27 (AMP)

” Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). Psalm 55:22 (AMP)

He brought me forth also into a large place; He was delivering me because He was pleased with me and delighted in me.” Psalm 18:19 (AMP)

Every one of these scriptures spoke hope and refreshment to me in my times of trouble.  The Lord used His Word to not only guide me through rough times, but to give me an assurance of His continual presence in my life. Once I regained the assurance that He was not only with me, but for me; it was then that I was ready to run through troops and leap over walls!

Be encouraged in the Lord today, my brothers and my sisters. Keep on fighting, victory already belongs to you.  Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.  He will reveal His plan in time.

By Mary Pinckney
Used by Permission


FURTHER READING

• Eternal Love
• Fully Surrender to the Lord

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: https://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/

Keep on Fighting — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Our Calling in Troubled Times — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. You heard that I said to you, `I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. John 14:26-28

We’ve been living in difficult times lately, and the more tumultuous life becomes, the easier it is to be self-centered. Even though the future is uncertain, we can’t afford to let ourselves be consumed with fear and anxiety regarding how we might be affected.

God wants us to get our mind off ourselves and onto Him because He is our rock and refuge in trouble. When we rely on our own limited perspective, confusion and hopelessness are the likely outcome. Instead, we must look at the greatness, promises, and purposes of our God as revealed in His Word, because divine truth is our anchor in the storms of life.

Think about how the early church responded to their turbulent time. They went forward boldly—even willing to lose their life—because they knew the gospel was the only hope for a lost world. When persecution broke out against them in Jerusalem, they scattered and took the gospel wherever they went Acts 8:1-4

Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death. And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison. Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.”

God doesn’t want us to retreat from the world and focus on ourselves in times of crisis or instability. This is our opportunity to give hope to others through the message of salvation in Jesus Christ

By Dr. Charles Stanley
Used by Permission


FURTHER READING

•  Did You Know that You are Someone Special?
•  A Poem of Hope

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: https://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/

Our Calling in Troubled Times — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

March 2 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Refraining from Speculation about Angels
Colossians 2:18

If we would be duly wise, we must renounce those vain babblings of idle men, concerning the nature, ranks, and number of angels, without any authority from the Word of God. I know that many fasten on these topics more eagerly, and take greater pleasure in them than in those relating to daily practice. But if we decline not to be the disciples of Christ, let us not decline to follow the method which he has prescribed. In this way, being contented with him for our master, we will not only refrain from, but even feel averse to, superfluous speculations which he discourages.

JOHN CALVIN

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

God Is the Motive for Loving God
Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27

John 3:16; Romans 5:10; 1 John 4:19

The motive for loving God, is God. No title can be stronger than this: God gave Himself to us in spite of our unworthiness, and, being God, what could He give us of greater worth than Himself? If, then, by asking why we are bound to love God, we mean, what is His claim, the answer is: Especially this, that He first loved us.

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

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

2 Mar 2021 News Briefing

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Judge to review Psaki’s email admitting ‘lying’ to the media
A court has ordered the federal government to hand over for review an email by Jennifer Psaki regarding secret Obama-Biden administration meetings with Iran. The order came in a lawsuit by the American Center for Law and Justice, which contends the State Department deleted an embarrassing admission in a 2013 press briefing video that the administration lied about its Iran negotiations. The ruling centers on an email by Psaki, who now is White House secretary, which the ACLJ claims is evidence that she lied during the briefing, when she was serving as the State Department spokeswoman.

Report: Obama tried to Give Golan Heights to Syria
Just a few months before the Syrian civil war erupted in March 2011, the Obama administration offered the Assad regime an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights in return for severing ties with Iran and Hezbollah, the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Sunday.

Netanyahu says Israel is attacking Iran for its attack on Israeli ship
On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for an attack on an Israeli-owned cargo ship last week and said Israel is striking back at Iranian targets throughout the region.

Denmark May Force Churches to Submit Sermons to Government
Christian leaders in Denmark say religious liberty and the freedoms of speech and expression have come under fire after a proposed law would require leaders of all faiths to translate their sermons into Danish and submit them to the government.

Newsom Likely to Face Recall — But Removal Is a Much Higher Bar
Newsom’s vulnerabilities are considerable. Voters know he did not cause the pandemic, but they are less understanding about the closed businesses and schools, the state government mishaps and scandals and, most damaging, the governor’s horrendous decision last fall to attend an exclusive dinner at an expensive restaurant while ignoring the social distancing rules that he had been urging on his constituents. The perceived double-standard of the mask-less dinner — coupled with the fact that his own children had been attending in-person private school classes when most California public schools were relying on distance learning — has breathed life into what had been a floundering recall effort.

Report: State Dept. official says ‘Jewish ideas poison people’ and more on anti-Semitic blog
A U.S. State Department official was discovered last week to be behind a blog attacking Jewish people, including a claim that Jewish ideas are poisonous. Politico first reported Friday that Foreign Service officer Fritz Berggren is behind a Sept. 2017-era blog, Bloodandfaith.com, which is behind an Oct. 4, 2020 post titled, “Jews are Not God’s Chosen People. Judeo-Christian is Anti-Christ,” in which he said, “Jewish ideas poison people; Jesus warned his disciples about the teachings of the Jews.”

Biden erases Dr. Seuss from ‘Read Across America’ proclamation as progressives seek to cancel beloved author
Biden appears to have erased Dr. Seuss from “Read Across America Day”, the annual celebration of reading in honor of the legendary children’s author, whose birthday falls on March 2. While Biden followed presidential tradition in proclaiming Tuesday “Read Across America Day,” he bucked his predecessors by leaving out any mention of Dr. Seuss from the proclamation.

The change in tone of the US State Department
US State Department spokesman Ned Price spoke to reporters on Monday, with his answers to reporters’ questions clarifying the change between the positions of the Trump administration and those of President Joe Biden. Price noted that “the United States opposes any action taken by Israel which may make it difficult to reach a two-state solution.”

European parliamentarians warn against de facto West Bank annexation
A group of 442 parliamentarians from 22 European countries have urged the European Union to take action to prevent de facto Israeli annexation of the West Bank.

Anti-Semitism Expert: Calling Conservatives “Nazis” is Holocaust Denial
Social media went crazy after the stage for the CPAC conference was compared to an obscure Nazi symbol, labeling the conservative attendees as Nazis. But one former State Department official specializing in anti-Semitism noted that doing so was, in itself, Holocaust denial, one of the worst forms of Jew-hatred.

Democrat Rep and Trump Impeachment Crusader: God’s will is no Concern for Congress
Steube argued. “The gender confusion that exists in our culture today is a clear rejection of God’s good design. Whenever a nation’s laws no longer reflect the standards of God, that nation is in rebellion against him and will inevitably bear the consequences.” Rep. Jerry Nadler objected on the same divine grounds. “Mr. Steube, what any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress,” he said. Such a declaration on the floor, revealing the disdain for God emanating from the Democratic party, could not be allowed to appear on social media. Facebook flagged a post claiming Nadler said, “God has no authority in the House of Representatives.” Politico “fact-checked” the post, labeling it false because it was “similar” but not “a direct quote.”

New Startup to make Salami from Celebrity body Parts: Is it Ezekiel’s Prophecy on Cannibalism?
A new fad allows people to eat meat grown from their favorite celebrities but as shocking as this is, this was prophesied to be a part of the times preceding the final redemption. BiteLabs went online promising “artisanal salamis from meat that has been lab-grown from celebrity tissue samples.”

London-sized iceberg breaks off Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica
After years of suspense, an iceberg approximately the size of London has broken away from the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, only a few miles from the Halley British Antarctic Survey (BAS) ice station. The 490 square mile (1,270 sq km), 490 feet (150 m) thick sheet of ice is not seen as posing a direct threat to the station. Though the calving of the giant iceberg was dramatic, it wasn’t unexpected.

Deepfake tech used to bring dead relatives back to life
Genealogy company MyHeritage is putting deepfake technology to a creatively unsettling use with a new feature called Deep Nostalgia. The system animates photographs of long-deceased loved ones, turning old still portraits into uncanny blinking and smiling videos. Within seconds a user is greeted with their ancestor smiling, blinking and moving their head. Several combinations of gestures can be selected by the user and multiple faces can be animated in the same photograph.

First light-up OLED tattoos could monitor health, reduce food waste, or just look cool
Scientists in Europe have leveraged cutting-edge OLED technology to produce a first-of-a-kind tattoo that could be used to monitor different metrics of physical human performance, or even the freshness of food. The device is billed as the first light-emitting tattoo, and can be applied much like temporary tattoos using water transfer, before being washed away with soap once its job is done.

Israel in talks with Saudi, UAE, Bahrain for defense alliance against Iran
Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have discussed expanding cooperation in facing common enemies, an Israeli official familiar with the matter said Monday. The matter is being “informally discussed,” the source said, adding that the countries are US allies. All four believe a nuclear Iran would be a major threat and have been eyeing the Biden administration’s plan to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal with concern.

Iran and Turkey appear to be on collision course in Iraq – analysis
While the region’s eyes are on recent tensions with Iran in the Gulf of Oman and Syria, a simmering dispute between Iran and Turkey in Iraq appears to be growing. The dispute has origins going back years as Iran has sought greater influence in Iraq, and Turkey has long viewed northern Iraq as its area of influence.

Four Democrat Governors Issued Similar Nursing Home Policies to Andrew Cuomo’s
Four Democrat governors enacted similar nursing home policies as Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) did in 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The governors of Michigan, California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania approved similar policies as fears grew that new patients would overwhelm hospitals.

European lawmakers urge action against Israel’s ‘de-facto annexation’ of West Bank
More than 400 European parliamentarians have urged leaders to use Joe Biden’s new presidency as an opportunity to stop what they term Israel’s “de-facto annexation” of the West Bank. A letter seen by AFP was signed by 400 European politicians from across a range of backgrounds who serve in national legislatures and senates or in the European parliament.

Morocco suspends contact with German embassy
Morocco has suspended contacts with the German embassy…in part over what officials said was Berlin’s stance on the Western Sahara dispute. In the letter addressed to the prime minister…foreign minister Nasser Bourita said the decision to suspend dealings with the embassy as well as German cultural organisations was taken in response to “deep misunderstandings” on “issues fundamental for Morocco”.

US warship arrives at Sudan port day after Russian Navy frigate docks
A US Navy ship has docked in Port Sudan on a scheduled visit a day after a Russian warship entered at the port, TV news channel Al Arabiya reported. The US guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill’s arrival on Monday is the first visit by the country’s navy in more than 25 years, and came a day after the Russian warship Admiral Grigorovich docked.

Major eruption at Sinabung volcano produces large pyroclastic flows with ash up to 12.2 km (40 000 feet)
A major eruption started at the Indonesian Sinabung volcano at 23:42 UTC on March 1, 2021, ejecting ash up to 12.2 km (40 000 feet) above sea level. This is its first major eruption since August 2020. The eruption produced pyroclastic flows up to 5 km (3.1 miles) down the ESE slope of the volcano.

IRANIAN former diplomat has no doubt that Joe Biden will submit to Iran and agree to all of Iran’s ‘conditions’ for returning to the nuke deal
Apparently, he understands Jihadi Joe better than most Americans. The director of the Center for Strategic Studies and International Relations of Iran and former diplomat Amir Mousavi said that Iran would not give up any of its conditions for a return to the JCPOA but U.S. President Biden would.

Slow-moving fireball over the United Kingdom, meteorites possible in Gloucestershire
A large slow-moving fireball was observed over the United Kingdom at around 21:55 UTC on February 28, 2021. Meteorites may have been dropped in Gloucestershire.

Negative polarity CH HSS sparks G2 – Moderate geomagnetic storm
Earth is under the influence of a negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) on March 1, 2021, sparking G1 – Minor and G2 – Moderate geomagnetic storming.

Tropical cyclone developing near the coast of Queensland, Australia
A near-stationary tropical low positioned off the north Queensland coast, Australia is expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone on Tuesday morning (LT), March 2, 2021, and be named Niran.

‘This is some evil, authoritarian insanity’: LA Unified School District pleased to announce they’re teaming up with Microsoft to monitor kids 
Los Angeles has done such a fantastic job navigating the COVID19 pandemic … let’s see what kind of new brilliance they’ve come up with for the L.A. Unified School District, hmmm?

Vaccine depopulation weapons and the GOP’s pro-vaccine stance against humanity
It’s about time we stated the obvious: The GOP is all-in with the vaccine industry, even knowing that mRNA vaccines are euthanasia shots designed to carry out genocide on a global scale.

Pope Francis Refers To The Flood Of Noah As A ‘Mythical Tale’ And Says God Will Send Judgment On Earth Not For Sin But Because Of Climate Change
Pope Francis has a curious understanding of the bible, according to him it’s a real book that contains stories that may or not be ‘mythical’, like the flood of Noah. He seems to be quite unsure of the veracity of the Genesis account, so he quotes secular experts who agree it’s mythical . I am guessing he does this so as to not offend the atheists.

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

Jewish family ejected from flight, passengers say due to maskless baby
Frontier Airlines removed all passengers from a flight that was about to depart Miami and take off for New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Sunday night after it claimed that members of a Hassidic Jewish family refused to wear masks.

Germany To Begin Construction On Chrislam ‘House Of One’ For One World Religion Worship Services That Will Also Include Atheists 
Prophecy watchers are buzzing as news of the ‘House Of One’ Chrislam worship center being built in Berlin was reported by the Jerusalem Post today. But longtime readers of NTEB were alerted to this way back in 2014 when we first broke the story. Why has it taken so long to finally begin? Because that’s the time it took for Rick Warren, who began Chrislam back in 2008, to pass the torch to Pope Francis who officially codified Chrislam in Abu Dhabi in 2019.

Seattle Homeless Shelter Gives “Booty Injection” Kits To Addicts
America’s most liberal cities have transformed into ground-zero for what has become an all-out drug and homelessness crisis. Cities like Seattle, Washington, and others, are using taxpayer dollars to fund various types of programs such as needle exchanges and safe spaces to do drugs.

“Slippery Slope” – Vaccine Passports Are A Technical & Ethical Minefield
Vaccine passports are essentially certificates that link proof of vaccination to the identity of the holder, a potential silver bullet to return to our pre-Covid-19 lives. Before the pandemic, the EU was working on plans for cross-border electronic certificates to replace the paper booklets that many travellers carry. At this week’s EU summit some leaders pressed for further steps towards coronavirus passports.

Johnson & Johnson Reportedly Planning COVID-19 Vaccine Trial To Include Infants
Johnson & Johnson, the company that received emergency use authorization for the first one-shot COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, reportedly plans to conduct clinical trials that extend beyond adults, including to younger teenagers and then infants.

Do Face Masks Work? Nine Potential And Proven Dangers to Muzzling Yourself
We are breaking with routine in this month’s newsletter. We feel it is imperative that Christians understand the mainipulation our government has engaged in.

America Has Been “COLONIZED” and Is Rapidly Approaching It’s Final Destiny
..The geographical extent of the alien invasion is unclear, but it is presumably worldwide. The occupying forces shown to the viewers are all human and enforce their occupation via black-and-red-uniformed militarized police, nicknamed the “Red Hats” and they are armed with automatic weapons and travel in DHS style armored personnel carriers. The Red Hats are today’s George-serving Soros’ Antifa and members of the Democratic Party.

McDonald’s has a secret intel team that spies on its own workers, report says 
Is your employer spying on you and tracking your movements online? This might be something you would expect if you work for the CIA or Google – who tracks pretty much everyone, employee or not – but many fast food workers were surprised to learn that McDonald’s has been using a secret intel team to spy on its workers.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 2, 2021

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“This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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The Cuomo Scandal Grows

Douglas Andrews

Who does this clown Andy Cuomo think he is? And what makes him think he can simply dismiss multiple independent charges of sexual harassment as mere misinterpretations of his comedic gifts?

“At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny,” Governor Cuomo said in a prepared statement released on Sunday. “I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good-natured way. … I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business. I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended. I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.”

Apparently, then, kissing an unsuspecting subordinate on the mouth is just “good-natured” teasing. And telling a 25-year-old executive assistant who once played soccer against one of his daughters that she should get a tattoo on her butt to hide it when she wears a dress, and asking that same young subordinate whether she’d ever had sex with older men, was just an effort “to add some levity and banter.”

But when it’s Brett Kavanaugh we’re talking about, and when his sterling reputation is being smeared by the flimsiest of 36-year-old sexual assault allegations from a flaky, hard-left college professor, it’s no laughing matter.

“I believe Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford’s testimony is very compelling,” Cuomo said in a September 2018 press release directed to President Donald Trump during Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. “Only a political skeptic could find a reason to disbelieve her. What is her possible motive to lie? … If you do not insist that Judge Kavanaugh take a polygraph, it will be further evidence that you are putting political motivation over your constitutional obligation. Do not aid and abet a lie. Demand a polygraph.”

Worse yet, he offered this sanctimonious bit of grandstanding during the hearings: “There is a disrespect for women that [the Trump] administration chronically exemplifies. After the MeToo movement, they did absolutely nothing when it came to sexual harassment. They have always diminished the charges of women — always, consistently. And they’re doing it again.”

So: Believe the accuser when the charge is sexual harassment. Unless the accused is me.

Lindsey Boylan, 36, was the first Cuomo accuser to come forward. She did so back in December to little effect, before publishing her story on Medium. Her experiences are detailed and compelling. Then 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett came forward Saturday and then again yesterday in The New York Times. And yesterday evening, a third accuser, 33-year-old Anna Ruch, said Cuomo inappropriately grabbed and kissed her at a 2019 wedding.

Cuomo is the least sympathetic figure of all public servants. Smug, self-righteous, and utterly unrepentant, even his non-apologetic apology sounds like an invitation to pound sand. And his call for an “independent review” of these allegations is, as even CNN’s Chris Cillizza notes, one of the oldest tricks in the book — a desperate attempt to buy time until the whole thing blows over.

Where on earth are all the “MeToo” Democrats demanding Cuomo’s resignation? It’s a great question. And it would seem that the Emmy Award-winning governor, whose actions have caused the unnecessary deaths of countless of his state’s elderly citizens, has already done more than enough to be forced from office.

One Democrat, thankfully, has finally seen and heard enough. Last night, New York Representative Kathleen Rice tweeted, “The time has come. The Governor must resign.”

Another one has questions. “These stories are difficult to read, and the allegations brought forth raise serious questions that the women who have come forward and all New Yorkers deserve answers to.” That was none other than Hillary Clinton. The jokes write themselves.

Let’s hope she’s the first of many. This not-so-funny guy has got to go.

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Dems Push End to Election Integrity

Thomas Gallatin

It might as well be called the “Ensure Democrat Electoral Victory Act” given what’s in the massive 800-page election overhaul bill put forward by House Democrats. HR 1, which Democrats have ironically dubbed the “For the People Act,” is anything but for the people. Rather than seeking to reestablish and shore up the badly abused state election laws Americans witnessed in the 2020 election, HR 1 would seek to codify the abuses. As Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) observed, “This is a bill that is about preserving the present Democratic majority. It is a bill by the majority, for the majority, and is intended to entrench the majority in power for years to come.”

HR 1 would essentially federalize national elections by mandating that states adopt voting rules such as a right to no-excuse mail-in ballots, elimination of voter ID laws, same-day registration and voting, 10-day post-election day acceptance of mail-in ballots, no laws against ballot harvesting or limits on the number of ballots a person can return, a 15-day early-voting mandate, and giving out-of-prison felons the right to vote — all while also making it harder for states to clean up their voter rolls. These are just a few of the terrible rules entrenched in HR 1, and it encapsulates the Left’s election strategy going forward.

Furthermore, the bill would create a code of conduct for Supreme Court justices, which is an obvious effort to dictate to the High Court how it would be allowed to rule on cases.

In short, HR 1 is a recipe for tyranny.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court refused a perfect opportunity to tackle last year’s election integrity issues — and thus lay a roadblock in the way of HR 1 — when the justices inexplicably declined to hear the case against a Pennsylvania courts’ unilateral judicial rewrite of the state’s election laws, making an end run around the state legislature. Justice Clarence Thomas blasted his colleagues’ decision to pass on the case: “The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling.” And why wouldn’t SCOTUS weigh in now, when we’re free and clear of any pending election? Now is the time to address this, not the 11th hour before an election. Moreover, as Thomas noted, “Changing the rules in the middle of the game is bad enough. Such rule changes by officials who may lack authority to do so is even worse.”

SCOTUS has, however, decided to hear another election case, Brnovich v. DNC. At issue are Arizona’s requirements that voters who cast their ballot on election day must do so in their assigned precinct and the state’s prohibition against ballot harvesting. (Both are common state laws.) Democrats have dubiously argued that Arizona’s laws violate the Voting Rights Act by creating a standard that infringes on minorities’ right to vote. A federal judge has ruled there is no evidence to support the Democrats’ claims, a decision that a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel agreed with but was then overruled by the full court.

It appears likely that SCOTUS will find in Arizona’s favor by ruling that the Ninth Circuit was in error in overturning the decision, though as narrow rulings are the wont of Chief Justice John Roberts, it’s probable that the Court will avoid ruling on the merits of Arizona’s election laws, or to truly clarify the Voting Rights Act. If they take the narrow path, the justices will only be kicking the proverbial can down the road. Repairing the gaping holes caused by Democrats and lower courts in the nation’s election integrity will remain left undone. A fair election system should matter to all parties, but clearly for Democrats, the only concern is working to establish a system that ensures their victory.

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Would the Real Fascists Please Stand Up?

Nate Jackson

“I do think that [there are] fascistic tendencies” in the Republican Party, pontificates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who thinks “we certainly saw a lot of fascist sympathizing” at the Conservative Political Action Conference this past weekend, especially from the man she loves to hate, Donald Trump. Worse, AOC added, “There are legitimate white supremacist sympathizers that sit at the heart and at the core of the Republican Caucus in the House of Representatives,” and “American white supremacy” is the driving force of this supposed fascism overtaking the GOP.

This sounds serious.

Or it would if anything AOC said ever made a lick of sense. As usual, however, her historical ignorance is a feature, not a bug, in service to the radical Left’s political agenda. And she’s far from the only leftist spouting such nonsense. It’s coming from other elected Democrats, from their lickspittles in the Leftmedia, and from their intelligentsia in education. Whether it’s offhand comments on cable news shows, “think” pieces littering the Internet, or academic papers and classes, leftists yelling “fascism!” as an inaccurate pejorative for conservatives has a long and storied history in America.

But what is fascism anyway? For all the public school-educated “progressives” out there, perhaps a history lesson is in order, and who better to give it than the esteemed Thomas Sowell. In a 2008 column, he explained it quite simply:

Real Fascism [was] introduced into Italy after the First World War by Benito Mussolini.

The Fascists were completely against individualism in general and especially against individualism in a free market economy. Their agenda included minimum wage laws, government restrictions on profit-making, progressive taxation of capital, and “rigidly secular” schools.

Unlike the Communists, the Fascists did not seek government ownership of the means of production. They just wanted the government to call the shots as to how businesses would be run.

That sure does sound an awful lot like today’s Democrat agenda. Who are the real fascists? The alleged “racists” who want an American melting pot and Rule of Law for everyone, or the ones pushing government takeover of healthcare, energy, finance, education, etc., as well as race-based policies and an aggressive and totalitarian cancel culture?

The Nazis, by the way, were really only adding a racialist and nationalist variation to fascism, which is why American leftists today deliberately distort the meaning of those words and project upon their Republican opponents what they themselves are guilty of doing and perpetuating. It’s why they laughably call their rioting fascist goons “antifa,” which is short for “anti-fascist.”

In fact, conservatives might do better to trade in the word “socialism” for “fascism” to describe Democrat proposals. Few Democrats want the government to literally own the means of production. Instead, as Sowell said in a 2012 column on the subject, “[They want] government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.” That’s the textbook definition of fascism.

The truth is fascism, Nazism, socialism, and communism are all variations on a leftist theme of control and power. Don’t let them tell you that your rejection of that totalitarianism makes you the fascist when reality is quite the opposite.

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Oh, the Classics They’ll Cancel!

Douglas Andrews

The Left’s War on Childhood took another violent turn yesterday, as Joe Biden’s ultra-woke handlers canceled perhaps our nation’s most read, most loved, and most original children’s author: Theodor Geisel. We know him better as Dr. Seuss, and we still remember “Hop on Pop” as the first book we ever read.

Yesterday began normally enough at the White House, with Biden following a presidential tradition of more than 20 years when he proclaimed today “Read Across America Day.” It’s only fitting that he’d do this, too, since the date is no coincidence: March 2 is Geisel’s birthday.

But Biden failed to even mention the author’s name in his 621-word proclamation. Instead, he went on about how “the path to literacy begins with story time in their school classroom” and how he’s committed to “providing support to States and communities to help them create the conditions for students to return to safe, in-person learning as quickly as possible.” So long as the teachers unions give him permission.

For a guy who’s been preaching “unity” ever since he took office, this cancelation of Dr. Seuss was a jarringly disunifying decision. An affinity for Dr. Seuss, after all, is one of those rare things that our increasingly antagonistic culture has been able to agree on. Heck, Barack Obama and Donald Trump agreed on Dr. Seuss.

Obama’s 2015 proclamation was typical, reading in part, “The works of [Dr. Seuss] have sparked a love for reading in generations of students. His whimsical wordplay and curious characters inspire children to dream big and remind readers of all ages that ‘a person’s a person no matter how small.’”

Trump’s 2018 proclamation was no less typical: “As we celebrate Read Across America Day, and recognize the critical role literacy has played in shaping our wonderful Nation, let us always remember the still-vibrant words of Dr. Seuss: ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.’”

We’d hoped the White House presence of a nationally renowned educator like Dr. Jill Biden would’ve kept her husband and his handlers from doing something so stupid. Our hopes were misplaced.

The Bidens are clearly paying too much attention to Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools, which has already told its teachers to “avoid connecting Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss.” Or to Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which has canceled publication of six of his books. According to Fox News, “Copies of ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,’ ‘If I Ran the Zoo,’ ‘McElligot’s Pool,’ ‘On Beyond Zebra!,’ ‘Scrambled Eggs Super!,’ and ‘The Cat’s Quizzer’ will no longer be published.”

Where Dr. Seuss and so many other historical figures are concerned, the Woke Left appears unwilling to forgive, unwilling to consider one’s redemptive growth as sufficient for avoiding cancellation. As Michael Saltsman writes in The Wall Street Journal, “Some of Seuss’s early works were indeed racist. He drew on crude and offensive stereotypes in several drawings of blacks and Asian-Americans. … But like many Americans before him and since, Dr. Seuss changed. As a political cartoonist during World War II, Seuss often criticized ‘isolationism, Racism, and Anti-Semitism with a conviction and fervor lacking in most other American editorial pages of the period,’ another well-known illustrator, Art Spiegelman, wrote in 1999. He also wrote ‘Yertle the Turtle,’ an antifascist tale on ‘the rise of Hitler,’ and a magazine story that would become the antidiscrimination classic ‘The Sneetches.’”

Alas, that’s just not good enough for Scranton Joe Biden.

“The desire to wipe Dr. Seuss’s books from elementary schools,” concludes Saltsman, “stems from the same harmful worldview that says Abraham Lincoln’s name should be removed from a public school because some of his views fall short by today’s standards, or that describes Mount Rushmore as a monument to racism. Our country’s history is filled with imperfect people who nevertheless did remarkable things.”

Last week, it was Mr. Potato Head. Today, Dr. Seuss. And tomorrow?

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Tackling Big Tech

Thomas Gallatin

Big Tech’s abusive monopolistic practices didn’t end with the election of Joe Biden. Indeed, the problem has only gotten worse in the last two months.

Speaking at CPAC in Orlando over the weekend, Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley declared, “We will not be told what to do by these modern-day oligarchs. What we need is a new nationalism, a new agenda to make the rule of the people real in this country.”

Hawley promised, “I would start by breaking up the Big Tech corporations. Just break them up. Break them up in the name of the rule of the people, for the good of the American people and our Liberty. We need to break those corporations up and cut them down to size.”

He continued regarding his Electoral College challenge in January, “If we can’t have free and open debate according to the laws in the United States Senate, what good is the United States Senate? Why do you send anybody to Washington at all? I thought it was an important stand to take. And for that the Left has come after me. They’ve tried to silence me. They canceled a book I was writing called, The Tyranny of Big Tech. These people have no sense of irony. It’s still gonna get published, by the way. It’ll be out soon.”

Several state legislatures, meanwhile, have elected to not wait on action from Congress and have advanced their own legislation aimed at addressing Big Tech’s threat to free speech.

Republicans in Florida have put forward a bill that would fine tech companies upwards of $100,000 for censoring candidates running for public office. Backing the legislation, Governor Ron DeSantis stated, “These platforms have played an increasingly decisive role in elections and have negatively impacted Americans who dissent from orthodoxies favored by the Big Tech cartel. Used to be that consumers were trusted to make their own decisions about what information to consume, about which leaders to follow, about what news to watch. Now those decisions are increasingly made by nameless, faceless boards of censors.”

In Texas, state Senator Bryan Hughes is poised to introduce a bill that would “give any Texan who’s being discriminated against [by social media companies] the option to bring an action.” In other words, Hughes’s bill would make Big Tech liable for censoring people’s posts as viewpoint discrimination. The bill is backed by Governor Greg Abbott.

Lawmakers in Arizona have proposed legislation similar to that of Texas, which aims to specifically protect political and religious speech. Entitled the “Stop Social Media Censorship Act,” the bill says tech companies could be fined upwards of $75,000 for each instance of deplatforming. The bill would also ban tech companies from engaging in “shadow banning,” which is the act of “blocking or partially blocking a user or the user’s content from an online community so that it is not readily apparent to the user that the user has been banned.”

Finally, several state senators in Minnesota have promoted a bill intended to prevent “online content discrimination.” It would make “unlawful discriminatory practice for an owner, operator, or provider of an interactive computer service to restrict, either directly, manually, or through the use of an algorithm, a user’s account or content based on race, sex, political ideology, or religious beliefs.”

In the long run, seeking to protect Americans free-speech rights via penalties for instances of abuse may be a more effective rout to ending Big Tech’s censorship abuse than pursuing trustbusting measures.

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America Helps China by Staying Mired in Middle East

Harold Hutchison

By reversing some of President Donald Trump’s policies in the Middle East, President Joe Biden is putting America in a bind when it comes to dealing with Beijing. Who would have guessed that ChiCom Joe would do such a thing?

Whether it’s the decision to yank the rug out from under the Saudi-led effort to keep Iran from getting a foothold in Yemen, going further into Syria, or halting our domestic energy production as part of the pursuit of a nonsensical Green New Deal, Biden is taking America’s eye off the main geopolitical threat — China.

Now, before things go too far, the U.S. does have some vital interests in the region. First and foremost is keeping Iran from being able to realize the stated ambitions of its leadership to carry out a second Holocaust via wiping Israel off the map. The good news is that Biden can’t undo Trump’s actions regarding Qasem Soleimani. Small comfort, but these days, we take what we can get.

However, there are multiple ways to ensure Iran doesn’t carry out its threats. One is to have a massive troop presence in the region. If the United States ArmyNavyAir ForceMarine CorpsCoast Guard, and Space Force had a large enough force structure, that would be doable, albeit challenging. But America is reaping the consequences of the so-called “peace dividend” of the 1990s, and has been since 2001. The cuts in the force structure we made then — which weren’t restored despite fighting a global war on terror — now mean we cannot do as much as we need to do.

The second way is to build up allies so that we don’t need to have as many forces in the region. One of the most important tools in that regard is selling weapons. If the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have more modern military forces, it means America doesn’t need as many forces in the region. Given the limited force structure of our current military, that frees us up to provide a counter presence to China — a moral and geopolitical necessity. In addition, the rapprochement that a number of moderate Arab countries are reaching with Israel should be rewarded, assuming Biden doesn’t hamper our relations with the Saudis over their gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The harsh reality is that our present force structure can barely do the job in the Middle East, and even then, there’s no sign that our troops are allowed to win — if those inside the Beltway even know what would constitute winning, and if our troops are focusing on fighting wars as opposed to “struggle sessions” over the latest left-wing ideological fads.

Yet Biden seems determined to undermine the four years of hard work Trump put in on trying to help allies in the Middle East stand up so we can keep China contained. The fact is, getting caught up in morasses like Afghanistan and Syria makes it harder to contain China. We’ve said China would be a big winner in a Biden administration — and getting ourselves re-mired in the Middle East is one way to give Beijing those wins.

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What Should the Minimum Wage Be?

Maewyn Succat

The progressive Left seems to be hell-bent on destroying America. “House Democrats believe that the minimum wage hike is necessary. Therefore, this provision will remain in the American Rescue Plan,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared last week. “Democrats in the House are determined to pursue every possible path in the Fight For 15.” Indeed, Section 2101 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (HR 11) calls for “gradually” increasing the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour rate to $15.00 per hour by 2025 and then indexing it to median wage growth after that.

Thankfully, calmer heads have prevailed in the Senate (at least as of this writing). Despite Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s rant that Democrats “are not going to give up the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 to help millions of struggling American workers and their families,” Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s nonpartisan arbiter of its rules, said the minimum-wage hike must be dropped from the COVID-19 bill under reconciliation rules.

Prominent Democrats have trotted out their usual talking points concerning the minimum wage during this pandemic, and they’re taking full advantage of the advice given by Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel during the Great Recession of 2008: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. … It’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

As for wages, Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders insists, “Let’s be clear: The $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage is a starvation wage.”

Schumer adds, “Americans working 40 hours a week should be able to put food on the table and a roof over their families’ heads, but with the minimum wage stuck at $7.25, far too many are working hard and still in poverty. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is one step Congress should take right now, particularly with the COVID-19 crisis stretching families’ resources further than ever.”

According to Washington Democrat Patty Murray, chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, “Throughout this pandemic, Democrats and Republicans alike have joined together in rightly calling our frontline workers ‘heroes.’ But despite their tireless work and the risk of COVID exposure, too many of these workers are paid wages so low, they can’t afford to pay for even their most basic needs. And because of systemic inequities and discrimination, workers of color, and in particular, women of color, are much more likely to be paid poverty-level wages.”

House Committee on Education and Labor Chair Robert Scott, the Virginia Democrat who introduced the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 (HR 603), the language of which has been folded into the American Rescue Plan Act, argues, “Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the $7.25 federal minimum wage was economically and morally indefensible. Now, the pandemic is highlighting the gross imbalance between the productivity of our nation’s workers and the wages they are paid. Many of the essential workers who have braved a public health crisis to keep food on the table and care for our loved ones are still not being paid enough to provide for themselves or their families. Today, a full-time worker cannot afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in any county in the U.S.”

Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), a cosponsor of HR 603, says, “Let’s be clear: Raising the minimum wage is COVID-19 relief.”

While our “government masters” strut and pontificate in their respective chambers, the question that no one seems to want to honestly answer is this: What should a minimum wage actually be? We already know what leftists want. They ultimately want to be able to control every aspect of our lives, wages being merely one of those things. Sadly, the conservative Right seems unable to effectively rally around a strong counter to the Left’s demand for a “living wage.”

As any economist worth his salt will tell you, in a free market economy, the wage that an employer pays and that an employee receives is (or is supposed to be) a “negotiation” between those two parties. The employer would obviously like to obtain the employee’s labor at the lowest possible cost, whereas the employee would like to be compensated by the employer for his or her labor at the highest possible rate. Where they meet in the middle is where the pay rate should be. In the case of a minimum wage, that rate would be the intersection of the maximum rate an employer would pay for unskilled labor and the minimum rate an unskilled laborer would accept for minimal skill and services. It is sheer insanity to believe that a centrally controlled federal government can determine what that rate should be, and even more insane to apply a single minimum wage across the entire economy. The free market minimum wage in downtown New York City will be vastly different than the minimum wage in Twin Falls, Idaho.

The federal government codified a minimum wage in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206(a)(1)) and set it at 25 cents per hour. There is no automatic indexing of the minimum wage rate in the law, so Congress must regularly revisit and update it, which it has done on 21 occasions. The most recent change came in 2009, when the rate was raised from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour. That rate is depicted by the solid green line in the chart below. The dashed green line reflects the minimum wage rate implementation proposed in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

For an “apples-to-apples” comparison, the magenta line converts “then year” minimum-wage rates into current dollars using the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Consumer Price Index (CPI). It also assumes a 1.5% inflation rate for future years. The inflation-adjusted rate has ranged from a low of $4.32 per hour in 1945 to a high of $12.19 per hour in 1968 and it has averaged around $8.00 per hour over the 82-year life of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

As a “thought experiment,” we ran a model in which we assumed that the Fair Labor Standards Act included language mandating the minimum wage rate be annually indexed to the CPI. The solid blue line in the graph reflects what that rate would have been. One could argue that few could have complained about the rate, seeing as in each year it was being increased so as to maintain the “buying power” of a minimum-wage earner. Using this model, the minimum wage today would be just $4.66 per hour instead of $7.25 per hour.

In essence, the current minimum wage has kept the compensation for unskilled workers 0.55% ahead of inflation, but leftists want to more than double the current federal minimum wage — or more than triple what the rate would have been had it simply been indexed to the CPI. Then, with a straight face, they try to convince us that doing so will “boost” the economy. To envision what will happen on a national scale, one need look no further than the economic situations in California, where the statewide minimum wage as of January 1 is $14.00 per hour (for businesses with 26 or more employees), or in cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and New York City, where the minimum wage is already $15.00 per hour.

Leftists used the crisis of the 2008 Great Recession to give us the Affordable Care Act. We’ve seen how “affordable” healthcare has become since then. Now they’re using another crisis to give us the American Rescue Plan, which will do little to “rescue” us, particularly if it incorporates the language of HR 603. American Patriots need to do everything in their power to resist and defeat this effort lest we become Venezuela.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

National Security

  • Biden administration to allow migrant families to reunite in the U.S. (UPI)
  • Pentagon: One militia member killed, two injured in Syria airstrike (UPI)
  • We’re shocked — shocked! Iran rejects Biden offer to discuss new nuclear deal (Disrn)

Around the Nation

  • California lawmakers reach agreement to return schools to in-person learning (UPI)

“All public schools would be required to offer in-person instruction for kindergarten through second grade students as well as ‘high-needs students,’ while schools districts in areas with seven or fewer cases per 100,000 residents would be required to provide in-class learning for all elementary school students and at least one grade of middle or high school by the end of March. Schools that do not return to in-class learning would lose 1% of eligible funds every day that they fail to do so.”

  • Minneapolis prepares for unrest during Derek Chauvin trial next week (Examiner)

“From now until the end of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial, swaths of the city’s downtown will be closed to traffic and strictly limited for pedestrians. Businesses have begun boarding up windows in hopes of limiting further damage following last summer’s riots.”

  • Virginia to become 16th state to legalize marijuana (Daily Caller)

Double Standards

  • Gavin Newsom ignores his own shutdown rules again at restaurant (PJ Media)
  • California teachers union president who led school closures caught dropping daughter off at private school (Daily Caller)

Odds & Ends

  • Senate confirms Miguel Cardona as secretary of education (UPI)
  • Andrew Cuomo backers reevaluate fundraising amid sexual harassment probe (CNBC)
  • Conservative United Methodists detail breakaway plan (World)
  • Golden Globes suffer ratings nightmare (Disrn)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • A rooster killed its owner with a knife (Not the Bee)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: A $15 minimum wage would hit parents hardest (National Review)
  • Policy: Blowing four factual holes in the Biden gun control agenda (Heritage Foundation)
  • Humor: Women’s History Month canceled for implying there is such a thing as “women” (Babylon Bee)

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

Re: “The GOP’s Alternative Minimum Wage

“Here’s an even better idea. Why don’t we let the economy dictate the wage negotiations between employer and employee? If we can’t do that, then let’s just peg everyone’s income on Jeff Bezos. That way, we’ll all be billionaires and live the good life without having to work.” —Texas

“I could never find a place in the Constitution that allows the federal government to set the price on anything. That includes the price of labor.” —Pennsylvania

“The jobs lost by U.S citizens after a $15 minimum wage is enacted will no doubt be filled by undocumented workers who will accept whatever their employer is willing to pay or not pay — without having to withhold for Social Security. Lax border security must be implemented as soon as the minimum wage bill is passed.” —California

Re: “Orchestrated Economic Disaster?

“Some degree of income inequality is normal and healthy in a free market. However, in a properly functioning free market, there is considerable movement between economic levels, to the point that they cannot be clearly identified, but rather, there is a continuum from beginners at the bottom to the very wealthy. I have observed that nations with extreme inequality generally have relatively few people between the poor and the rich. There is one other characteristic: There is a high degree of corruption in these nations. This is no surprise; the governments are controlled by closed groups of plutocrats. That is what we now see taking place in the United States. People rising through the middle class are viewed and treated as threats to power.” —Minnesota

“How do you fight this tyranny when the people don’t get truthful news? These articles tell the truth, but how many people actually get to read them? The people who are stuck in the poorer areas of our cities, the people who are promised everything and get nothing — how do they ever hear the truth? The totalitarian government is on the threshold of destroying our country. How do we stop that? I truly believe that because of the indoctrination of students, far too many people don’t realize what is at stake and blindly follow a political party that is corrupt. Of course, COVID-19, which scared the heck out of everybody, was the jump-start for the Democrats’ takeover plan. How do we turn this around and save our country?” —Arizona

Re: “DeSantis Leads the Way on Election Integrity

“Bottom line: Millions of citizens have an abundance of legitimate empirical evidence that any reasonable person would conclude proves their vote was weakened, their voices enfeebled, their hope diminished. Our judicial system can argue the legitimacy of laws, our legislators can argue the merits of the laws, our authorities can enforce the laws. But when our people believe the laws are unjust and cannot be changed through peaceful means, then the consequences will become serious.” —Missouri

“Americans owe Senator McConnell gratitude for advising Mr. Obama that the Senate would not consent to Merrick Garland’s appointment to the Supreme Court. But now we have a difficult strategic question: Should Republican senators vote against Mr. Garland and keep him safely out of the Department of Justice, or should they vote to confirm in order to get him off the court bench? The latter option is tempting, but make no mistake: Mr. Biden has a long list of equally bad judicial nominees from which to choose a replacement.” —Minnesota

Re: “Obama Blames Whites for Failure to Enact Reparations

“The Civil Rights Act of 1964, a hundred years after the end of the Civil War, finally removed the leftover shackles binding southern blacks, but the Democrats still continually barrage black Americans with the victim label. Wouldn’t it be better to encourage the people of the inner cities to strive for black privilege, rather than condemning white privilege? Go for it! Anybody can shout into a bull horn, and any city council can author a proclamation supporting the BLM mission. But it takes courage to step up to the plate.” —Ohio

Re: “Thursday Short Cuts

“The difference between the Left and Right is so apparent in just this one short article. From the Left, Madonna — a white, almost billionaire — complains of her (almost brutal) treatment at the hands of some patriarchy. What exactly happened to her, and what can I, a retiree, do specifically to make things right for her? She is weak and needs our help. On the Right we get Star Parker, a person who, though not as wealthy, is taking responsibility, telling us that problems with her earlier life were self-inflicted — or at least the result of her own bad decisions, not society or the ‘patriarchy.’ This woman does not need my help. She is the real ‘feminine’ woman — strong and independent.” —Nevada

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How the Equality Act Will Turn Christians Into Criminals — This major piece of Democrat legislation is about much more than who can use which bathroom.

Monty Python Perfectly Predicted the Equality Act — The humor troop perfectly and eerily forecast what we’re seeing today from the Left.

Why a $15 Minimum Wage Is a Bad Idea — Thomas Sowell explains why it will be disastrous, especially for young people and blacks.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The strongest argument for free enterprise is that it prevents anybody from having too much power. Whether that person is a government official, a trade union official, or a business executive. If forces them to put up or shut up. They either have to deliver the goods, produce something that people are willing to pay for, are willing to buy, or else they have to go into a different business.” —Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

Upright: “House Democrats want to try to use their slim majority to unilaterally rewrite and nationalize election law itself. They want to use the temporary power the voters have granted them to try to ensure they’ll never have to relinquish it. … House Democrats have looked at the division and the disunity of the last several months and decided that what American elections really need is a one-size-fits-all partisan rewrite by one side here in Washington. In this country, states and localities run elections. Those of us in the federal government do not get a stranglehold over the ways in which voters decide our fates. House Democrats want to change that. … House Democrats do not get to take their razor-thin majority — which voters just shrunk — and use it to steamroll states and localities to try and prevent themselves from losing even more seats next time.” —Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on HR 1

Observations: “It is still astounding to witness the contempt and disdain politicians and the press have toward the lives and livelihoods of people who aren’t like them, people who don’t live in their ZIP codes or attend the same universities they did. People who work with their hands don’t start a conversation by asking you where you work.” —Salena Zito

Friendly fire: “The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The BIG Lie: “One of the lowest points of Donald Trump’s presidency … was his disgraceful statement that there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ when white nationalists and Nazis marched on the University of Virginia’s campus.” —Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber in a letter in which he writes a few paragraphs beforehand, “We impoverish our discourse and ourselves if we are quick to ostracize speakers who say things that offend us. Our University’s core value, however, is truth-seeking.”

Non compos mentis: “It takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established. … We are not saying, ‘Don’t come.’ We are saying, ‘Don’t come now.’” —DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

Braying jackass: “I’m increasingly embarrassed to be a white male these days.” —former CIA Director John Brennan

Nihilist: “What any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.” —Rep. Jerry Nadler

And last… “We’ve been called all kinds of names. They try to cancel us. The New York Times even called me the ‘worst Secretary of State in history.’ I wear it as a badge of honor. I will never stop speaking the truth and fighting to defend our freedoms. Neither should you.” —Mike Pompeo

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The Future of the Church | Faith vs. Culture, March 1, 2021 — FULL

Churches in the U.S. are wondering how to react after a high-profile arrest of a pastor in Canada. Author and Relearn.org founder Dale Partridge joins Faithwire Managing Editor Dan Andros to discuss the present and future implications on this week’s episode of Faith vs.

Our Character Revealed in Times of Crisis — Blogs

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We reveal who we truly are in how we respond when the stakes feel high. The higher the stakes, the more vivid and accurate the self-revelation. In those moments, our actions scream truth louder than any spoken claim or image portrayed. Will we do the hard-right thing, though it might come with a lofty cost, or will we choose that which feels convenient or safe?

I say feels because I’ve discovered the opposite is true. When we choose self-preservation above integrity, we begin to chip away at those things which are good and strong and admirable within while growing all that is ugly and false until one day we look back and wonder what we’ve done and who we’ve become.

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Regret is such a heavy, suffocating burden to carry.

Scripture is filled with such powerful examples, stark contrasts, between those who chose to act with courage and integrity though faced with seemingly impossible circumstances; seemingly impossible odds and those who pursued what was easy, convenient, or “safe.” Their actions created ripple effects of good or evil felt for generations; the fallout of their lives recorded for all time.

Consider the unnamed mother in Exodus 2. She lived during a horrific, terrifying, seemingly hopeless time in ancient Israel’s history. They’d been living in oppression and slavery for 400 years in Egypt. Fearing this emerging and rapidly growing people group would join forces with their allies, the Egyptians did all they could to beat them down. When this didn’t work, the Pharaoh “gave this order to all his people: ‘Throw every newborn boy into the Nile River.’”

A man named Moses was born during this dark time in history. Initially, his mom hid him for three months. This took such courage! Doing this placed her and her entire family in great danger. No doubt, if the authorities discovered what she’d done, they’d make her and her family a public example of what happened to those who tried to defy the Pharaoh.

Three months is a long time to live in terror.

A long time when it would be easy to talk yourself out of doing the hard-right thing.

A long time to be praying and praying, seeming to get no answers and no help from God.

A long, long time to hear the anguish all around her as other Hebrew boys were ripped from their mother’s arms to be drowned in the Nile.

But she remained courageous.

When it became impossible to keep the child hidden, and likely when it felt as if she created a basket using reeds and waterproofing it with tar, placed the baby inside, and brought the child to the Nile River.

Can you imagine how long that walk to the river must have felt? The terror every step must’ve brought? One cry from the baby inside her basket would alert the Egyptian slave drivers to what she was doing. One peek into the basket, one question, “What do you have there,” could’ve resulted in her death, if not worse. Likely worse, again, to make an example of her to all the other Hebrew moms who might be tempted to courageously rescue their children as well.

Again, a long time to talk herself out of every courageous step. Was she really doing the right thing? What about the rest of her family? What if her actions harmed not just them, but all of her people and resulted in all the fathers, the progenitors, death as well? But she kept walking, and hid her beloved child in the reeds. And she likely couldn’t fathom any way this child could be saved. But she knew she had to do something. She couldn’t simply sit back and allow his murder.

And then, the miracle happened.

Scripture tells us:

“Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. ‘This is one of the Hebrew babies,’ she said.

“Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?’

“‘Yes, go,’ she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.’ So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, ‘I drew him out of the water’” (Ex. 2:5-10, NIV).

Not only did God intervene and rescue her child, but He did so using someone from among her enemies! From within the Pharaoh’s household. One day, the Pharaoh’s daughter—daughter of the very man that had caused such horrific evil!—came to the Nile to bathe, saw the basket, and had her servant draw the child out. She recognized he was a Hebrew boy. Logic says she would’ve been outraged and, following in her father’s steps, had him killed. But she didn’t. She rescued him and called for a Hebrew woman to nurse (care for) the child until he was weaned. But not just any Hebrew woman. The child’s own mother.

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While most of us, thankfully, won’t find ourselves in such dire, literally life-or-death, situations, we are living in dark times. We all have countless opportunities to do the hard right thing. Our response reveals and builds who we are at our core.

What hard right thing is God asking you to do this Christmas season?

Share your thoughts, stories, and insights with us in the comments below, because we can all learn from and encourage each other!

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MinistryWatch’s Top 10 Stories for the Month of February | Ministry Watch

The following stories had the most page views at the MinistryWatch website during the month of February.  We present them here in a “countdown” format, from 10 to 1.  The first few sentences of each story are reproduced below.  To read the entire story, click on the link.  To read the Top 10 stories of 2020, click here.

10. Survey: A Quarter of White Evangelicals Believe QAnon Conspiracy Theory

A new survey by the American Enterprise Institute says more than a quarter of white evangelical Protestants believe a QAnon conspiracy theory that purports former President Donald Trump is secretly battling a cabal of pedophile Democrats. Roughly half express support for the false claim that antifa was responsible for the recent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. However, the survey was based on self-identification, with no definition of what “evangelical” means.

9. Southern Baptist Convention Puts Atlanta Church on Notice for Welcoming LGBTQ Members

After extending church membership to a gay couple and their three children, Senior Pastor Jim Conrad of Kennesaw, Georgia’s, Towne View Baptist Church received an email from the Southern Baptist Convention credentials committee questioning the church’s “decision to extend membership to practicing LGBTQ congregants,” The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. The church was then told in a Feb. 8 letter from the committee that its actions were “not in friendly cooperation with the convention.”

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8. Pastors at the Capitol on Jan. 6 Face Consequences, Defend Actions

A roundup of pastors who were present on January 6 at the Capitol, the defenses they have made for their involvement, and the various consequences they face. Some have lost their jobs as pastors while another has received death threats. “Absolutely, 100 percent, they’ll go after Christians for this,” said one pastor in a Newsweek article, which described how evil people have persecuted the church since “way back to (Emperor) Nero.”

7. Allies Stand Behind Focus on the Family after Twitter Ban

Family Policy Alliance is leading groups rallying behind Focus on the Family after its The Daily Citizen was blocked from Twitter for “hateful” content. FPA is asking Twitter via a letter and petition to reinstate the Citizena publication of Focus on the Family, which was blocked from the site after posting a tweet about President Biden’s appointment of Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services. The tweet read, in part, “Dr. Levine is a transgender woman, that is, a man who believes he is a woman.” The Citizen said it is being blocked because of a religious belief that God created two genders, male and female, an action that is against Twitter’s own discrimination rules.

6. Ministries with an ‘F’ Transparency Grade from MinistryWatch

MinistryWatch stands for transparency and accountability. That’s why MinistryWatch assigns a Transparency Grade to each of the nearly 800 ministries in its database. We use three criteria. Does the organization release its Form 990? Does it get a reviewed or audited financial statement? Is it a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability? If the answer to all three questions is “Yes,” then that ministry gets an “A” grade. But if the answer to all three questions is “No,” that ministry gets an “F” Transparency Grade. The following ministries received an “F” Transparency Grade because the answer to all three questions was “No.”

5. Max Lucado Apologizes for Language about Homosexuality after National Cathedral Backlash

Evangelical megachurch pastor Max Lucado has apologized for language he used in a 2004 sermon on same-sex marriage after the LGBTQ community objected to him acting as guest pastor at Washington National Cathedral Feb. 7, saying it contradicted the Episcopal Church’s stance supporting LGBTQ inclusion. More than 1,600 people signed a petition protesting the Cathedral’s decision to host Lucado, citing the earlier sermon in which Lucado called homosexuality a “sexual sin” and said “the Bible never minces words regarding God’s feelings toward homosexual activity.”

4. Pastors Charged with Child Sex Crimes Scar Victims, Shock Congregations

Among the recent “spate of arrests” in Florida cited by The New York Times was a pastor. In fact, nearly a dozen pastors and church workers in Florida and elsewhere have been charged with possessing child pornography and/or other sex crimes against children in recent months. When clergy sex crimes come to light, the scars extend far beyond the individuals who are sexually exploited. Church members experience shock and grief, and congregations can be permanently weakened or destroyed. Anguished wives and children are thrust into the spotlight. Communities experience broken trust. Parents strategize ways to discuss horrific topics with their children. Everyone who knows—or thought they knew—the perpetrator asks, Did I miss the signs? Is there something I could’ve done to prevent all of this?

3. Christian Research Institute, Home of Bible Answer Man, Resigns from ECFA

The ECFA listed the reason for the resignation as “voluntary.”  That means the Christian Research Institute was not under review by the ECFA, nor was it found to be out of compliance with the ECFA’s standards for financial integrity.  However, the Christian Research Institute had been a member of the ECFA since 1996, so its departure is a significant move. The Christian Research Institute had 2019 revenue of approximately $2.8-million. This figure is significantly lower than 2015 revenue of about $4.3-million. In early 2005, Christian Research Institute posted revenue in excess of $8-million. The long slide for CRI may be the result of developments in the life of the ministry’s leader, Hank Hanegraaff.

2. LGBTQ Community Organize Petition Against Max Lucado Preaching at Washington National Cathedral

More than 1,600 people signed a petition protesting the Washington National Cathedral’s decision to host evangelical megachurch pastor Max Lucado as a guest preacher earlier this month (Feb 7), saying the move contradicted the Episcopal Church’s stance supporting LGBTQ inclusion. The petition attempted to pressure the Cathedral to rescind its invitation ahead of the event, specifically citing a 2004 article Lucado authored titled, “What God Says About Gay Marriage,” in which he calls homosexuality a “sexual sin” and says “the Bible never minces words regarding God’s feelings toward homosexual activity.”

1. Report: Ravi Zacharias Guilty of Sexual Misconduct

Evangelical apologist, author and speaker Ravi Zacharias engaged in a pattern of sexual misconduct—including groping spa workers and asking them to massage his genitals, according to a new report commissioned by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by its founder, who died in May 2020. Among the report’s other findings were romantic emails Zacharias sent to a woman in South Korea and a massage therapist in Thailand whom he called his “angel” and a collection of more than 200 selfies—some of them explicit—from younger women.

Source: MinistryWatch’s Top 10 Stories for the Month of February

Dr. Seuss didn’t have ‘a racist bone’ in his body, stepdaughter says

One of Dr. Seuss’s stepdaughters insisted to The Post on Tuesday that the world-famous children’s author was no racist — and that she hopes his six controversial kiddie books yanked from publication will be back. “There wasn’t a racist bone in that man’s body — he was so acutely aware of the world around him…

Source: Dr. Seuss didn’t have ‘a racist bone’ in his body, stepdaughter says

Op-Ed: What In Tarnation Is A ‘Womxn’? — The Babylon Bee

I don’t know what is wrong with people these days. You’d think they are all hepped up on goofballs the way they talk that don’t make any sense. Cis-gendered. Intersectionality. Timothée Chalamet. Just a bunch of made-up words. And it gets worse. Recently I saw womxn, Latinx, and folx. What is that? Klingon?

If I even try to read what them crazy Marxists write these days, I think I’m having a stroke. It’s just insane gibberish and I’m not sure how to pronounce half of it. Do they even know what they’re saying? Or is this like baby babble where they’re trying to imitate speech with their nonsense?

Back in my day when people knew what men and women were, everyone worked hard, and we didn’t have time for silliness because we were too worried about the Commies nuking us, we only spoke actual words that meant things. If someone walked up to you and said, “Hello, womxn. How is your intersectionality?” they would grab that person off the street and lock him up in the crazy house. And then shock his brain until he started making sense again.

But we don’t have common sense like that anymore. Instead, we got them “progressives” running around jibbering in their incomprehensible made-up language like Jodi Foster in that one movie (You know which one? It was a while ago. It’s okay if you haven’t seen it; it wasn’t very good.). And people just nod along to that garbage instead of putting them in those tight coats with no sleeves.

This has to end. What this country needs is for us to build a lot of crazy houses — big ones people can’t escape from. Or maybe just build walls around colleges and make them crazy houses to save time. And then when anybody tries to replace an ‘a’ with an ‘x,’ you just lock them up in there and start shocking their brain.

You know what that’s called? Compassion.

Op-Ed: What In Tarnation Is A ‘Womxn’? — The Babylon Bee

Corporate Media Gave Less Than A Minute To Cuomo’s Fatal Nursing Home Policy In 2020

Corporate media outlets devoted less than a minute of airtime to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fatal nursing home policy that killed thousands in 2020

Source: Corporate Media Gave Less Than A Minute To Cuomo’s Fatal Nursing Home Policy In 2020

If You Liked Common Core, You’re Going To Love Joe Biden’s Anti-American Civics Project

We have just the perfect solution for American kids’ deep ignorance about their nation’s founding principles, system of government, and history. It’s making them into political activists!

Source: If You Liked Common Core, You’re Going To Love Joe Biden’s Anti-American Civics Project

Exposing The Satanic Empire (Illuminati) And The Vatican – Full Documentary By Keith Thompson!

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It then goes into the Vatican’s involvement with the Bohemian Grove, New world order elite, and freemasonry while exposing how the Vatican is now anti-Christian.

The last segment debunks Zeitgeist type claims of a Christ conspiracy and exposes the plan to destroy Christianity making a new age one world religion.