Daily Archives: March 5, 2021

Trump accuses Biden of creating ‘spiraling tsunami’ at US-Mexico border as migrant situation spins ‘totally out of control’ — RT USA News

Trump accuses Biden of creating ‘spiraling tsunami’ at US-Mexico border as migrant situation spins ‘totally out of control’

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Donald Trump has released a statement accusing President Joe Biden of letting the situation at the US/Mexico border get “totally out of control” as officials prepare for unprecedented numbers of migrant children this year.

“A mass incursion into the country by people who should not be here is happening on an hourly basis, getting worse by the minute,” Trump said in a Friday statement. He blasted Biden for creating a “spiraling tsunami” at the border.

“When I left office, we had achieved the most secure border in our country’s history. Under Biden, it will soon be worse, more dangerous, and more out of control than ever before,” the former president said.

He also accused Biden of violating his oath of office for not upholding immigration laws. 

“We put in place powerful rules and procedures to stop the smuggling and trafficking, but the Biden Administration has abandoned these proven strategies and instead given the smugglers and traffickers effective control of our border,” he said.

 Also on rt.com

‘Don’t come NOW’: DHS chief laments US border isn’t ready to handle influx of illegal migrants in ‘orderly, safe & humane’ fashion

Trump previously focused on immigration to criticize Biden during his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

White House Press Secretary directly responded to Trump’s statement on Friday during a press briefing, slamming his immigration policies as “inhumane.”

“We don’t take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy, which was not only inhumane but ineffective over the last four years,” Psaki said. “We’re going to chart our own path forward, and that includes treating children with humanity and respect.”

The Biden administration has found itself attacked by both Democrats and Republicans for its handling of the border. The use of Trump-era detainment facilities to house migrant children – which Democrats would often use to accuse Trump of putting “kids in cages” – has drawn sharp criticism from both sides.

The situation with migrant children is only bound to get more complicated as the Department of Homeland Security is expecting unprecedented amounts of unaccompanied minors to cross the border this year after an increase in the last few months, which could leave officials scrambling to find room for them.

According to a Friday report from Reuters citing a Pentagon spokesperson and a US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notice, the Fort Lee, Virginia military base is even being looked at to possibly house the expected migrant children.

 Also on rt.com

Biden signs orders ‘encouraging’ immigrants… and directing task force to pen initial report into ‘kids in cages’ within 120 days

A recent report from Fox News also revealed illegal immigrants who tested positive for Covid-19 were being let loose in Texas communities, motivating numerous Republicans to accuse the Biden administration of not having a handle on the border, especially during a pandemic. 

The White House has defended the situation at the border and refused to refer to it as a crisis, despite critics urging Biden to declare a national emergency proclamation over the issue as Trump did in 2019. 

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas referred to the situation simply as a “challenge.” 

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/517369-trump-biden-border-tsunami/

“Days Away From A Crisis”: 100,000 Illegal Immigrants Arrested At US Mexico Border; Most For February In 15 Years | ZeroHedge

This may come as a shock to Joe Biden supporters.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), whose Congressional district lies near the U.S.-Mexico border, warned that more than 10,000 illegal immigrants have been apprehended in a single border sector in Texas in about a week, with Reuters adding that a stunning 100,000 migrants were detained at the border in February, the highest arrest total for the month of February since 2006.

“We are weeks, maybe even days, away from a crisis on the southern border. Inaction is simply not an option,” the Texas Democrat said in a news release on Thursday.

“Our country is currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of the pandemic.”

As The Epoch Times’ Jack Phillips notes, in recent days, Cuellar has issued warnings about what appears to be a looming humanitarian crisis at the border, adding that it will spread COVID-19 in southern Texas and other border communities. But now, his office has released figures showing Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley arrested about 10,000 illegal immigrants in the past week alone, according to the release, while adding that some 2,500 illegal immigrants have been apprehended in the past two days since the press statement was released.

According to Border Patrol data, agents also apprehended 5,700 unaccompanied child illegal immigrants in January.

Illegal immigrants are “potentially exposing border communities to the coronavirus and putting us at risk,” Cuellar said, guaranteeing the triggering of progressives everywhere.

Right now, none of the migrants are being tested for COVID-19 by Border Patrol.”

“As a border representative, I will continue to fight in Washington for my community to ensure they have the necessary funding and resources to properly care for these migrants and to keep American families safe. I urge the Biden administration to listen and work with the communities on the southern border who are dealing with the surge of migrants,” he added.

Cuellar isn’t the only Texas member of Congress who is sounding the alarm. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, another Democrat, did not mince words in how he described the current White House’s immigration policy and said a proposed bill is “catastrophic.”

“I can assure you, it won’t be long before we have tens of thousands of people showing up to our border, and it’ll be catastrophic for our country, for my region, for my district,” he told CNN. “In the middle of a pandemic, in an area where we’ve lost over 3,000 people in my small congressional district … I think we need to have a better plan in place.”

Biden administration officials have said that the border situation is not yet a “crisis” but is rather a “challenge.”

“What we are seeing now at the border is the immediate result of the dismantlement of the system and the time that it takes to rebuild it virtually from scratch,” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters, suggesting that the previous administration was at fault.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/markets/days-away-crisis-100000-illegal-immigrants-arrested-us-mexico-border-february-most-month-15

News Roundup & Comment — VCY America

Date:  March 5, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
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Here’s a sample of stories from Jim’s news lineup this week:

–Like the House, the Senate is holding no committee hearings on the so-called ‘Equality Act.’  This means it’s going right to the Senate floor.  You can let your feelings be known by contacting your senators at 202-224-3121 or go to senate.gov.

–Republican Congressman Gregory Steube of Florida, boldly gave a defense of male and female from the biblical perspective and also warned of the consequences on the House floor.  When he was finished, Congressman Jerry Nadler said the following: ‘What any religious tradition ascribes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.’

–This week word came out from Bethany Christian Services of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the nation’s largest Protestant adoption and foster care agency, that they will begin serving LGBTQ couples.

–A California judge is allowing a ‘thruple’ (3 homosexual men) to be listed as the legal parents of two children. 

–In Kennesaw, Georgia, a Baptist Church has been booted out of the Southern Baptist Convention for affirming homosexuality.

–A disturbing online video (called the ‘GayBC’s’) has a young child learning what each letter of the alphabet through homosexual terms.

–Under a new law, transgender youth in Alabama could not be treated with puberty blockers, hormone therapy or surgery. 

–Congressman Mark Green believes HR-1 (For the People Act) is a blatant attempt by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats to concentrate power in the hands of the federal government.

–On March 4th, the Senate advanced President Biden’s 1.9 trillion dollar COVID-19 relief plan with Vice President Kamala Harris providing the tie-breaking vote. 

–The Senate Finance Committee cast a tie vote this week on the nomination of abortion activist Xavier Becerra to become the Secretary for Health and Human Services. 

–According to the Family Research Council’s annual report, in the 2019 fiscal year, Planned Parenthood killed 354,871 babies.

–Investigative journalist David Daleiden is back in court, continuing to appeal the 16 million dollar verdict in favor of Planned Parenthood.

–Last Friday an overjoyed pro-abortion New Mexico Governor signed Senate Bill 10 into law making New Mexico into a wide open abortion on demand state.

–A federal judge extended his block Wednesday on an Ohio law that protects unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeats are detectable.

–Family Policy Alliance of Idaho celebrated passage of the ‘No Public Funds for Abortion Act’ in the Idaho House of Representatives.  

Hear what else took place this week in the news when you review this edition of Crosstalk.

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March 5 Evening Quotes of The Day

It Is Not Falling into Water That Drowns
Galatians 6:1; Hebrews 12:5–11; 1 John 1:9

It is not falling into the water, but lying in the water, that drowns. It is not falling into sin, but lying in sin, that damns.

THOMAS BROOKS

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

Christ the Only True Bond of Church Unity
Ezekiel 11:19; Acts 4:32; 2 Corinthians 5:18–19; Ephesians 1:22; 2:16; 4:3, 15; Colossians 1:18–22; 2:19

The only true bond of Church unity is Christ the Lord, who has reconciled us to God the Father, and will gather us out of our present dispersion into the fellowship of His body, that so, through His one Word and Spirit, we may grow together into one heart and one soul.

JOHN CALVIN

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

March 5 Evening Verse of The Day

14:1 The believer who is weak in faith is overly conscientious about matters not regulated by Christian revelation. Paul commanded believers to welcome weak Christians but not to get into arguments about disputed matters.[1]


14:1 As for the one who is weak. The Christian’s basic attitude to a fellow-Christian is one of welcome and acceptance based on God’s attitude to us in Christ (v. 3; 15:7). There must be charity toward the “weak” person whose conscience is still bound by scruples from which the gospel normally sets us free (v. 2).

quarrel over opinions. In this instance, questions of food, drink, and the religious observation of days. While Paul does not regard these controversies as insoluble, he regards the unity of the church’s fellowship as more important than resolving them (cf. 12:5, 10, 16). The issues in view here did not belong to the gospel, but to the relative strength or weakness of the individual’s faith in the gospel. Where essentials of the gospel were at stake, Paul’s response was very different (e.g., Gal. 1:6, 7; 3:1–5; Phil. 3:2, 18, 19).[2]


14:1 one who is weak in faith Likely refers to Christians who remained committed to observing certain parts of the law, such as food laws and the Sabbath (vv. 2–3). The immediate context probably refers to Jewish Christians, though other practices concerning food and observing certain days (v. 6) were issues for non-Jewish people as well (see Gal 4:1–11). The law of Moses designated certain animals as ritually unclean, and it therefore prohibited Jews from eating them (see Lev 11:1–47).[3]


14:1 As for the one who is weak. The exhortation here is directed to the strong, for they are tempted to enter into quarrels with those who have a weaker faith.[4]


14:1 accept. The Gr. word refers to personal and willing acceptance of another. weak in faith. This characterizes those believers who are unable to let go of the religious ceremonies and rituals of their past. The weak Jewish believer had difficulty abandoning the rites and prohibitions of the Old Covenant; he felt compelled to adhere to dietary laws, observe the Sabbath, and offer sacrifices in the temple. The weak Gentile believer had been steeped in pagan idolatry and its rituals; he felt that any contact with anything remotely related to his past, including eating meat that had been offered to a pagan deity and then sold in the marketplace, tainted him with sin. Both had very sensitive consciences in these areas, and were not yet mature enough to be free of those convictions. Cf. 1Co 8:1–13. passing judgment on his opinions. The mature believer should not sit in judgment on the sincere but underdeveloped thoughts that govern the weak believer’s conduct.[5]


14:1 Romans 14:1–15:13 deals with important principles to guide God’s people in dealing with matters of secondary importance. These are the things that so often cause conflict among believers, but such conflict is quite unnecessary, as we shall see.

A weak Christian is one who has unfounded scruples over matters of secondary importance. In this context, he was often a converted Jew who still had scruples about eating nonkosher foods or working on Saturday.

The first principle is this: a weak Christian should be received into the local fellowship, but not with the idea of engaging him in disputes about his ultra-scrupulousness. Christians can have happy fellowship without agreeing on nonessentials.[6]


14:1

 

NASB

 

“Now accept”

 

NKJV

 

“Receive”

 

NRSV, TEV

 

“Welcome”

 

NJB

 

“Give a welcome”

 

This is a PRESENT MIDDLE IMPERATIVE (cf. 15:1). This is an ongoing command with emphasis on the subject. The PRONOUN “you” is in the Greek VERB, but is implied in English and refers to “strong” Christians (cf. 15:1). This implies two groups in the church at Rome. This may have related to (1) the tension between believing Jews and Gentiles (cf. 15:7–21) or (2) differing personality types. This whole context is dealing with true, sincere believers; some strong, some weak in their faith. Faith is used here in the sense of the understanding of the gospel and its radically new and freeing implications.

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NASB, NKJV

 

“the one who is weak in faith”

 

NRSV, TEV

 

“those who are weak in faith”

 

JB

 

“If a person’s faith is not strong enough”

 

This phrase is emphasized by being fronted, or put first, in the Greek text. Literally it is “weak in faith.” The PRESENT TENSE focuses on the fact that it is a lifestyle characteristic. This refers to a legalistic mindset. The over-scrupulous Christian brother is described in this chapter in three ways (1) prohibitions of food (cf. 14:2, 6, 21); (2) emphasis on special days (cf. 14:5–6); and (3) prohibition of wine (cf. 14:17, 21). This same type of person was mentioned in Rom. 15:1 and 1 Cor. 8:9–13; 9:22. Be careful not to categorize yourself too quickly as a strong or weak Christian. Often believers are weak in one area and strong in another.

Paul’s attitude toward these matters is very different in Gal. 4:9–10 and Col. 2:16–23. These texts reflect the attitudes and teachings of false teachers. In Romans these are sincere believers who have over-scrupulous consciences.

SPECIAL TOPIC: WEAKNESS

Here is the contrast. The false teachers boast in their credentials and rhetorical style, but Paul knows the value of “weakness” (astheneō). Notice how often these terms (or their various forms) are used in I and II Corinthians.

 

 

 

Boast

 

Weak

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 1:29, 31

 

1 Corinthians 1:25, 27

 

 

 

3:21

 

2:3

 

 

 

4:7

 

4:10

 

 

 

5:6

 

8:7, 9, 10, 11, 12

 

 

 

9:15, 16

 

9:22

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 1:12, 14

 

11:30

 

 

 

5:12 (twice)

 

12:22

 

 

 

7:4, 14 (twice)

 

15:43

 

 

 

8:24

 

2 Corinthians 10:10

 

 

 

9:2, 3

 

11:21, 29, 30

 

 

 

10:8, 13, 15, 16, 17

 

12:5, 9, 10 (twice)

 

 

 

11:12, 16, 17, 18, 30

 

13:3, 4 (twice), 9

 

 

 

12:1, 5, 6, 9

 

 

 

Paul uses the concept of weakness in several different ways.

1.    weakness of God, 1 Cor. 1:25

2.    weak in the world, 1 Cor. 1:27

3.    Paul’s weakness and fear, 1 Cor. 2:3; 9:22; 2 Cor. 11:29, 30; 12:5

4.    Paul and his mission team, 1 Cor. 4:10; 2 Cor. 11:21

5.    weak believer (cf. Rom. 14:1–15:13), 1 Cor. 8:7, 9, 10, 11, 12; 9:22

6.    physical illness, 1 Cor. 11:30

7.    parts of the human body, 1 Cor. 12:22

8.    physical body, 1 Cor. 15:43

9.    Paul’s physical presence or his rhetorical skills, 2 Cor. 10:10

10. Paul’s weakness amplified God’s strength, 2 Cor. 12:9, 10; 13:4, 9

11. Christ’s message through Paul, 2 Cor. 13:3

12. Christ’s physical body, 2 Cor. 13:4

 

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NASB

 

but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions”

 

NKJV

 

“but not to dispute over doubtful things”

 

NRSV

 

“but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions”

 

TEV

 

“but do not argue with them about their personal opinions”

 

JB

 

“without starting an argument”

 

Believers must fully accept other believers with whom they disagree without trying to change them! This demands freedom of conscience as the basis of fellowship, not an imposed uniformity. Believers are all in process. They must give the Spirit time to work and mold each into maturity, but even in maturity, they will not all agree.[7]


1. Him who is weak in faith accept, but not with the idea of passing judgment on (his) opinions.

Paul is telling the members of the Roman church, whom he regards as being “strong”—he evidently is thinking of the majority—that they must not commit the moral error of passing judgment upon those who are “weak” in faith, must not condemn them for refusing to eat any meat.

The “weak” members probably reasoned as follows: “In this pagan city how do we know whether any meat at all is really ‘clean’? How do we know whether the animal from which it came was actually a ‘clean’ one? How do we know whether it was slaughtered in the prescribed manner? And how do we know whether it was not first of all offered to idols?”

The apostle reasoned that as long as the vegetarianism of these people did not result from the conviction, “By becoming vegetarians we are putting God in debt to ourselves,” they must be viewed as believers, brothers and sisters in Christ. They must be fully “accepted,” that is, not only should they be formally recognized as members in good and regular standing of the church but they must also be heartily welcomed into daily fellowship with all other believers. From every aspect the welcome extended to them must be warm and genuine. The very suggestion of “accepting” (?) them with the purpose of adversely criticizing them for their “opinions” (or “scruples”) must not even occur to anyone.[8]


The positive principle (1)

The positive principle is in two parts. First, Accept him whose faith is weak (1a). We note that there is no attempt to conceal or disguise what these brothers and sisters are. They are weak in faith (here meaning ‘conviction’), immature, untaught, and (as Paul’s unfolding argument makes clear) actually mistaken. Yet on that account they are to be neither ignored, nor reproached, nor (at least at this stage) corrected, but rather to be received into the fellowship. Proslambanō means more than to ‘accept’ people, in the sense of acquiescing in their existence, even in their right to belong; more even than to ‘receive or accept in one’s society, into one’s home or circle of acquaintances’ (BAGD). It means to welcome into one’s fellowship and into one’s heart. It implies the warmth and kindness of genuine love. Thus, it is used in the New Testament of Philemon giving to Onesimus the same welcome that he would give to the apostle,13 of the Maltese who welcomed the bedraggled, shipwrecked company after they had swum ashore, and even of Jesus who promises to welcome his people into his presence in heaven.15

‘Acceptance’ is a popular word today, and rightly so. Theologically, God’s acceptance of us is quite a good contemporary term for justification. But we should be cautious about modern talk of ‘unconditional acceptance’, as when the concept of an ‘open church’ is canvassed, in which membership is offered to everybody, with no questions asked and no conditions laid down. For though God’s love is indeed unconditional, his acceptance of us is not, since it depends on our repentance and our faith in Jesus Christ. We need to bear this in mind when we consider that we are to accept the weak (14:1) since ‘God has accepted him’ (14:3), and to accept one another ‘just as Christ accepted’ us (15:7).

Secondly, having reflected on the principle of acceptance, we need to observe its qualification: without passing judgment on disputable matters (1b). Both Greek words have a range of meanings. Diakriseis (translated passing judgment) can mean discussions, debates, quarrels or judgments, and dialogismoi can mean opinions, scruples or ‘the anxious internal debates of conscience’. Paul is saying, then, that we must receive the weak person with a warm and genuine welcome, ‘without debate over his misgivings’ or scruples (reb), or ‘not for the purpose of getting into quarrels about opinions’ (BAGD). In other words, we are not to turn the church into a debating chamber, whose chief characteristic is argument, still less into a lawcourt in which weak persons are put in the dock, interrogated and arraigned. The welcome we give them must include respect for their opinions.[9]


RESPECT FOR SCRUPLES

Romans 14:1

Welcome the man who is weak in the faith, but not with a view to passing judgment on his scruples.

In this chapter, Paul is dealing with what may have been a temporary and local problem in the Roman church, but is also one continually confronting the Church and always demanding a solution. In the church at Rome, there were apparently two lines of thought. There were some who believed that in Christian liberty the old taboos were gone; they believed that the old food laws were now irrelevant; they believed that Christianity did not consist in the special observance of any one day or days. Paul makes it clear that this in fact is the standpoint of real Christian faith. On the other hand, there were those who were full of scruples; they believed that it was wrong to eat meat; they believed in the rigid observance of the Sabbath tyranny. Paul describes the ultra-scrupulous person as weak in the faith. What does he mean by that?

Such people are weak in the faith for two reasons.

(1) They have not yet discovered the meaning of Christian freedom; they are at heart still legalists and see Christianity as consisting of rules and regulations.

(2) They have not yet freed themselves from a belief in the efficacy of works. In their hearts, they believe that they can gain God’s favour by doing certain things and abstaining from others. Basically, they are still trying to earn a right relationship with God, and have not yet accepted the way of grace, still thinking more of what they can do for God than of what God has done for them.

Paul encourages the stronger Christians to welcome such people and not to bombard them with continual criticisms.

This problem is not confined to the days of Paul. To this day in the Church, there are two points of view. There is the more liberal view, which sees no harm in many things and is content that many innocent pleasures should go on within the Church. And there is the narrower point of view, which is offended at many things in which the liberal person sees no harm.

Paul’s sympathies are all with the broader point of view; but, at the same time, he says that any of these weaker Christians who come into the Church must be received sympathetically. When we are confronted with someone who holds the narrower view, there are three attitudes we must avoid.

(1) We must avoid irritation. An impatient annoyance with such a person gets us nowhere. However much we may disagree, we must try to see the other person’s point of view and to understand it.

(2) We must avoid ridicule. People cannot remain unhurt when something that is important to them is laughed at. It is no small sin to laugh at another person’s beliefs. They may seem prejudices rather than beliefs; but no one has a right to laugh at what others hold sacred. In any event, laughter will never woo other people to a wider view; it will only make them withdraw still more determinedly into their rigidity.

(3) We must avoid contempt. It is very wrong to regard narrower people as old-fashioned fools whose views may be treated with contempt. People’s views are their own and must be treated with respect. It is not even possible to win others over to our position unless we have a genuine respect for theirs. Of all attitudes towards other people, the most un-Christian is contempt.

Before we leave this verse, it should be noted that there is another perfectly possible translation. ‘Welcome those who are weak in the faith, but do not introduce them straightaway to the discussion of questions which can only raise doubts.’ There are some people whose faith is so strong that no amount of debate and questioning will really shake it. But there are others who have a simple faith which is only needlessly disturbed by clever discussion.

It may well be that we are over-fond of discussion for discussion’s sake. It is fatal to give the impression that Christianity consists of nothing but a series of questions under debate. ‘We have found’, said the writer G. K. Chesterton, ‘all the questions that can be found. It is time we stopped looking for questions and started looking for answers.’ ‘Tell me of your certainties,’ said the German poet Goethe; ‘I have doubts enough of my own.’ There is one good rule which should guide the progress of any discussion: even if it has been a bewildered discussion, and even if it has been considering questions to which there is no real answer, it should always finish with an affirmation. There may be many questions left unanswered, but there must be some certainty left unshaken.[10]


14:1 / Paul begins with a word to the strong: Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. J. D. G. Dunn suggests that Paul’s use of the singular may refer to Jewish Christians who were trickling back to Rome in ones or twos after Claudius’ death (Romans 9–16, p. 798). Paul admonishes the strong not to gang up against weaker believers or to treat them condescendingly. The key issue, after all, is faith. Weak in faith does not mean lack of faith, but rather, as the following examples show, a lack of “knowledge” (as Paul says in 1 Cor. 8:10). The weak, who have not (yet) thought through the full implications of the faith, attempt to impose their doubts on the strong to prevent them from a full exercise of the Christian liberty that their faith allows them. The strong are enjoined to welcome the weak not for purposes of settling accounts with them or of trying to show them the folly of their beliefs. They are charged to accept them genuinely for what they are—as fellow Christians.

An acceptance that is predicated on converting another to one’s own opinion in such matters is coercive. It is an unlovely love rather than Christian love, for agapē “is not self-seeking” (1 Cor. 13:5). The middle voice of the Greek verb translated as accept suggests a genuine embracing of the weak, not a reluctant toleration. Had not Jesus taught that his Father would clothe those “of little faith” (Matt. 6:30), and, in speaking of little children, that “the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14)? This is no less true of the weak in Rome. Passing judgment on disputable matters simply exalts the strong and humiliates the weak. It is an exercise of knowledge (1 Cor. 8:1) rather than of faith. Knowledge creates gulfs; faith and love build bridges. To accept the weak is to accept Christ, for Christ comes to us incognito, as one despised and rejected, as one from whom men turn their faces (Isa. 53:3), as one who “was rich, yet for your sakes … became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).[11]


1 Paul concludes his exhortation to the strong and the weak with a plea for mutual acceptance (15:7). But he begins by urging that the community “receive the one who is weak with respect to faith.” By making the weak in faith the object of this command, which appears to be directed to the community as a whole, Paul implies that the strong were the dominant element in the Roman church. This fits with our identification of the strong as mainly Gentile Christians, since Paul treats the church in Rome as predominantly Gentile (see the Introduction). To “receive” the weak is not simply to accord them official recognition as church members. The verb means “receive in(to) one’s home or circle of acquaintances” (BDAG), and implies that the Roman Christians were not only to tolerate the weak but that they were to treat them as brothers and sisters in the intimate fellowship typical of the people of God.495

Paul’s description of those who are to be received, “the weak with respect to faith,” obviously carries a pejorative connotation: it is certainly better to be strong than to be weak!497 It was probably the strong in Rome who described those with whom they disagreed in this way. Yet the phrase is not as negative as it may seem at first sight. Crucial here is the meaning of the word “faith” in this description. Paul uses the language of faith to describe the dispute between the two groups at both the beginning (vv. 1, 2) and end (vv. 22, 23) of chap. 14. The words certainly have some reference to that basic response to God in Christ demanded by the gospel which faith and believe have denoted throughout Romans.500 Yet this distinctively Christian notion of faith has (at least implicitly) the person of Jesus Christ as its object: to believe is to entrust oneself to a person. In v. 2, however, “believe” has the notion “believe that something is legitimate.” Paul is not therefore simply criticizing these people for having a weak or inadequate trust in Christ as their Savior and Lord. Rather, he is criticizing them for lack of insight into some of the implications of their faith in Christ. These are Christians who are not able to accept for themselves the truth that their faith in Christ implies liberation from certain OT/Jewish ritual requirements. The faith with respect to which these people are weak, therefore, is related to their basic faith in Christ but one step removed from it. It involves their individual outworking of Christian faith, their convictions about what that faith allows and prohibits. As J. Barclay puts it, “the difference between strong and weak faith is the degree to which faith, although always expressed in culturally specific practice, is disaggregated from any one cluster of cultural norms.”504 Paul’s decision to use the pejorative phrase “weak in faith” makes clear where his sympathies lie. We cannot avoid the impression (though his pastoral concerns lead him to keep it implicit) that Paul would hope that a growth in Christ would help those who were weak become “strong.”

In the meantime, however, Paul is concerned with the unity of the church. This is why he not only urges the strong to “receive” the weak but to receive them with the right motivation and in the right spirit. Don’t, Paul says, welcome the weak simply “for the purpose of quarrels over disputed matters.”506 The “disputed matters” are those differences of opinion respecting the eating of meat, the observance of days, and the drinking of wine that Paul mentions later in the chapter (vv. 2, 5, 21). Paul wants the strong to receive the weak into full and intimate fellowship, something that could not happen if the strong, the majority group, persist in advancing their views on these issues, sparking quarrels and mutual recrimination.[12]


Where Is the Chasm?

Romans 14:1

Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.

If someone spends a lot of time talking about a particular subject, it is usually because the person is interested in it and thinks it’s important. So apparently Paul is very interested in the way Christians treat other Christians, since he writes on this subject at length.

Romans 14 begins a new section (Rom. 14:1–15:13), and it is one of the book’s longest parts—certainly the longest single part of the closing application portion of the letter (Rom. 12:1–16:27). Why does Paul give so much space to discussing why Christians need to accept those with whom they disagree on less than essential matters? What about matters that in our judgment are much more important, like Christian economics, politics, ecology, or the emancipation of oppressed peoples? Is something as “insignificant” as accepting and getting along with other Christians really that important?

Apparently Paul thought so.

His instruction about developing a Christian mind, which I personally think is very important, was completed in two verses. To discuss a right estimate of oneself and others and the need to encourage others took six verses. A call to love one another filled thirteen verses; material on the question of church and state, seven verses; right conduct in light of the imminent return of Jesus Christ, seven verses more. But now his discussion of how Christians are to accept and support other Christians when they do not think or behave as we think they should fills all of chapter 14 and the first half of chapter 15, a total of thirty-five verses. Moreover, this is the last major subject Paul discusses, since following this he begins to talk about his own future plans and sends his final greetings. Apparently, this is the matter he wants to leave before our minds in closing.

There are two main parts to this section: (1) how people with tender consciences are to be treated (14:1–12), and (2) how the “strong” are to use their liberty (14:13–15:13). This is written for the “strong.” So if you think you are a strong Christian, both these parts are for you.

What Is the Issue?

The first verse of chapter 14 is a thematic statement. In the New International Version it reads: “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.” Some people will know it better in the King James Version: “Him that is weak in the faith, receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.” Phillips paraphrases, “Welcome a man whose faith is weak, but not with the idea of arguing over his scruples.”

There has been a great deal of debate over what Paul is specifically concerned about in this verse and those following. He is talking about people who are “weak” versus those who are “strong.” But who are these weak and strong people? Paul does not spell out exactly who they are, nor why the views of the one party are weak or weaker than the other.

Later on in this section Paul mentions two specific matters: (1) the idea that a Christian is free to eat anything versus the idea that he should eat only vegetables, and (2) the keeping of special “holy” days. This makes us think of other passages in Paul’s writings in which these matters are mentioned, but there are differences that make it hard to use those passages to explain what Paul is concerned about here.

F or instance, in 1 Corinthians 8:1–13 and 10:23–33 Paul also uses the word weak while speaking of those who had reservations about eating meat from animals that had been sacrificed to one of the pagan gods or goddesses. But nothing in Romans mentions idols, and a concern for a vegetarian diet is not an issue in 1 Corinthians. There are similarities, but there is no reason to assume that the two situations were the same.

Again, Paul is concerned with the observance of special “holy” days in Galatians and Colossians. Galatians 4:10–11 says, “You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.” In Colossians 2:16–17 he warns his readers about those who would impose the observance of such days upon them: “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Obviously, these are similar texts. But what is most noticeable about them is that Paul takes an entirely different approach in Galatians and Colossians from what he does in Romans. In the shorter Epistles he tells his readers not to become entangled in such things. In Romans he says that none of this matters.

Is Paul being inconsistent, then? Has his mind changed? No! He is merely dealing with different things. John Murray explains it like this:

In Galatians Paul is dealing with the Judaizers who were perverting the gospel at its center. They were the propagandists of a legalism which maintained that the observance of days and seasons was necessary to justification and acceptance with God. This … was “a different gospel which is not another.” … In Romans 14 there is no evidence that those esteeming one day above another were involved in any respect in this fatal error. They were not propagandists for a ceremonialism that was aimed at the heart of the gospel. Hence Paul’s tolerance and restraint.

A bit further on in this section, in chapter 15, Paul also speaks of differences between Jews and Gentiles, but he is not specific there, either. That is, he does not link the eating of meat or the observance of special days, or their opposites, to either group. So it is not a Jewish asceticism in food versus a Gentile laxity or indulgence that he has in mind.

When we put this together we are probably right to conclude that Paul is not thinking of any one area of action or belief specifically, though he throws out suggestions, but rather that he is intentionally being quite general. To use our common expression, the problem is that Christians are always dumping on one another. Instead of getting on with living their own lives as best they can to the glory of God or, which is also necessary, living so as to win nonbelievers to Christ, they are wasting their time trying to find fault with one another. They do not trust what God is doing in the other Christian.

We have to stop that behavior, Paul says. We must accept and support one another if we are to hear and heed what Paul is saying in this last major section of the letter.

Today’s Issues, Not Yesterday’s

Another matter we need to think about as we begin to get into this section is that when we are thinking about accepting other Christians as they are we need to grapple with the issues that are dividing believers today and not those that troubled Christians yesterday.

I can think of several behavioral issues that years ago caused Christians to look down on other Christians and judge them and their conduct unfavorably: drinking, smoking, dancing, and going to movies. I did not spend much time in excessively narrow or legalistic church circles while I was growing up, but if I had, the list might have been expanded to include such things as the length of a boy’s hair or the length of a girl’s skirt.

In my youth those were the issues that would have fallen into the category Paul is writing about in Romans 14 and 15. And one of the sad things about those years is that what Paul wrote about in these chapters was not heeded. That is, the older generation made such a watershed issue of these things that many young people were turned off to religion, or at least to evangelical or fundamentalist religion, rather than conform to what they understood quite rightly to be other than the essence of the gospel.

Many unbelievers must have been turned off or at least confused by this as well. Many of them undoubtedly got the impression that being a Christian essentially meant giving up these so-called worldly vices, rather than trusting Jesus Christ as one’s personal Savior and Lord.

But here is the problem. If that is all Paul is writing about in Romans 14 and 15, then he really doesn’t have much to say to our generation. This is because ours is an antinomian, liberal, all-accepting generation, and except for a few narrow circles that most of us have little or no contact with, most Christians are all too accepting of what used to be called worldly conduct. We don’t care whether people smoke or drink or play cards or so forth. That may be good in some ways, though I would argue that it is also bad in others. But that is not the point here. The question here is this: Is this all that Paul is talking about in these chapters; and if it is, shouldn’t we just skip ahead to Romans 15:14 and congratulate ourselves on having already mastered this teaching?

I hope we know that this isn’t right. The specifics may have changed, but the problem is with us somewhere, and it is probably greater in us than with others, especially if we do not think we have a problem. Let me suggest a few areas where we can apply this today.

  1. When another Christian is going through hard times. I suppose this is the area in which I see the failure of the self-styled “strong” toward the “weak” brother or sister most often. Christians go through hard times. Sometimes it is in the family. A husband is deserted by his wife, or a wife is abandoned by her husband. Sometimes a Christian loses his job and, if the individual is a husband, may come to a point where he is unable to support his family. Sometimes there is sickness or an accident that brings a person to the very edge of life.

When Christians go through such difficult periods, their fellow believers should rally around them, support and encourage them, and help them financially. But instead, what often happens is that those who ought to help sit in judgment. They say, or at least they think, “That person must be out of the will of God, or this wouldn’t have happened to her.” Or a man loses his job and another Christian accuses him of failing to support his family, noting cruelly—he has a verse for the occasion—“If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim. 5:8). When a person has a serious car accident or falls or is struck with a serious disease, someone will say smugly, “God must be trying to get your attention.”

What a terrible situation! Such “friends” speak like Job’s counselors, and they do not even sit down and empathize with the struggling believer first, as those shallow but at least empathetic men did. Unfortunately, many Christians today lack empathy.

  1. Variations in individual piety. A second area where Christians continue to judge one another is personal piety. Do you have a “quiet time” every morning? How long per day do you pray? Are you reading good Christian books? How often do you witness?

Don’t get me wrong. I think a daily (or at least a regular) quiet time is important. It is essential that we pray, and none of us prays as much as would be profitable. I am constantly saying, “Turn off the television and read a worthwhile Christian book.” We are commanded to witness. The problem is that we judge other Christians by whether they measure up to what we ourselves do, forgetting that we are probably not very good models in these areas ourselves, at least if we are to measure our performance by the saints of a past era, and that the other Christian may be excelling in areas with which we are not even familiar.

One very common form of this is the way a “spiritual” wife will judge a husband who does not read the Bible or Christian books as much as she does. He is not thinking about spiritual things all the time; he has his work to think about, and when he comes home he may be tired and perhaps only wants to watch the ball game on television. The wife, if she does not work outside the home and does not have her time entirely taken up with raising young children, has time to read and think. When her husband gets home she wants to talk about what she has been thinking about that day. If he doesn’t, she thinks it is because he is not very spiritual or is “not right with God.”

It may well be that the husband is not spiritual, of course. But whether he is or not, the attitude that judges him for what he is not doing and fails to appreciate him for what he is doing is wrong. And it is also wrong when the husband dismisses his wife and her concerns. In this case, it does not matter who is “weak” or who is “strong.” What matters is that we accept the other Christian as a believer and trust God for what he is doing in that person’s life.

Donald Grey Barnhouse told of being at a luncheon with a group of ministers where someone spoke disparagingly about the clergy in another denomination. They didn’t seem to accomplish anything, he said. Barnhouse entered the conversation by telling about one of those ministers whom he had known personally. The man had gone through seminary and had been ordained. But he seldom preached, never went to prayer meetings, and often failed to attend church for weeks at a time. Worse than that, he spent all his time in his library and indulged in habits that others felt were intemperate and un-Christian. He lived this way for more than twenty years. The ministers concluded that a man like that was no credit to the ministry and perhaps was not even a Christian.

Later in the luncheon Barnhouse turned the conversation to the subject of Bible study helps and asked what the others thought was the best Bible concordance. They said that the best was Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, which contains Hebrew and Greek word lists and comparative helps. Barnhouse then pointed out that the minister he had described earlier, of whom they had all disapproved, was James Strong, the author of this invaluable volume.

The point was obvious. God has given his servants diverse talents, and he uses them in ways that please him. How we feel about them is irrelevant, since they answer to God rather than to us. Our part is to accept these others as fellow believers and support them and pray for their work.

  1. Denominational affiliation. Church affiliations also often wrongly divide believers and produce judgmental attitudes. I am not saying that we have to consider other denominations to be right in their distinctives, any more than we have to consider other Christians as always right when they differ from us. But just as we are to accept other Christians as Christians, so must we accept other denominations as true elements of the one body of Christ—if they acknowledge him as Lord and confess the gospel as the one way of salvation.
  2. Personality differences. What about personality differences? Does every Christian have to be grim like an undertaker, or always smiling like a stand-up comedian? Charles Spurgeon was the greatest preacher of his age, but he was frequently criticized for being funny. When one woman objected to the humor he inserted into his sermons Spurgeon told her, “Madam, you would think a great deal better of me if you knew the funny things I kept out.”

Spurgeon was a character. A young man asked what he should do about a box of cigars he had been given. Spurgeon solved his problem. “Give them to me,” he said, “and I will smoke them to the glory of God.”

On another occasion Spurgeon was criticized for traveling to meetings in a first class railway carriage. His antagonist said, “Mr. Spurgeon, what are you doing up here? I am riding back there in the third class carriage taking care of the Lord’s money.” Spurgeon replied, “And I am up here in the first class carriage taking care of the Lord’s servant.”

Let’s stop dumping on one another, and let’s allow God to deal with each of his servants how, when, and as kindly as he will. And while we are at it, let’s be thankful that he has dealt as kindly as he has with us. If he had not, we would all be in deep trouble.

What Does Paul Advise?

We are only at the beginning of this important section of Romans, of course. There is much more to come. But we should notice clearly even here that Paul has two initial points of advice. In fact, what he says is stronger than advice—these are commands, and the whole sentence is made up of them: “Accept him whose faith is weak” and “Do not pass judgment in disputable matters.”

  1. Accept him whose faith is weak. This means that we are to accept other Christians as Christians and that, as John Murray says, “There is to be no discrimination in respect of confidence, esteem, and affection.”

Accept is a strong term, because it is used of God’s acceptance of us in verse 3 and of Christ’s acceptance of us in 15:7. Verse 3 says, “The man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him.” The other verse says, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you.” If God has accepted the other person, who are you not to accept him?

  1. Do not pass judgment in disputable matters. Recognize that some standards of right conduct are unclear and that other matters really do not matter. In those areas, let the matter drop and get on with things that do matter. Above all, accept the other believer for what he or she has to offer to the whole body of Christ. And do your own part too! Tell someone about Jesus. Certainly you have better things to do than to hunt out the speck in the eye of your fellow Christian while overlooking the plank in your own.

Francis Schaeffer used to talk about “the chasm.” He said that we put it in the wrong place, dividing ourselves from other Christians. It shouldn’t be there. True, there is a chasm between those who know Jesus Christ and those who do not, between Christians and the world, and it is a deep one. But that is where it lies, between Christians and the world, not between Christians and Christians. All who know Jesus Christ are on this side of the chasm, and we must stand with them for Christ’s kingdom.[13]


[1] Patterson, P. (2017). Salvation in the Old Testament. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1802). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1637). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 14:1). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2180). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ro 14:1). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1735). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Utley, R. J. (1998). The Gospel according to Paul: Romans (Vol. Volume 5, Ro 14:1). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[8] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 12–13, pp. 455–456). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[9] Stott, J. R. W. (2001). The message of Romans: God’s good news for the world (pp. 359–360). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[10] Barclay, W. (2002). The Letter to the Romans (3rd ed. fully rev. & updated, pp. 211–214). Louisville, KY; London: Westminster John Knox Press.

[11] Edwards, J. R. (2011). Romans (pp. 319–320). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[12] Moo, D. J. (2018). The Letter to the Romans. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (Second Edition, pp. 851–854). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[13] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: The New Humanity (Vol. 4, pp. 1723–1729). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Know and Do the Will of God — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5.17

When someone knows and does the will of God, they may not appear to be wise to everyone. Yet, whoever is wise will live out the will of God.

John the Baptist ate locusts and honey, which may seem strange to some. Yet, he did what he was sent for. So, it may be a surprise that the wise don’t appear to have it together.

If I tell you there’s much evil on Earth today, I may sound negative. Even if I do, that’s the truth. However, you may want to do what’s good. If you want to be and do well, remember that time is limited.

So, let’s use our time wisely — to do things that apply to our vision.

It’s so important to pay attention to God’s ways of doing things. As long as Earth and humanity exist, God will want our attention. That’s because he loves us. Maybe you feel too busy and think you have too many issues to take time to listen to God. By the time you finish what you need to do, you might feel worn out. We have only 24 hours in a day and we have to take care of our daily needs. Yet, if you and I are willing, we’ll know the heart of God. This helps us to live in sync with his will.

Sometimes we may miss his will, but if we pay attention, we’ll get to know his ways. We can then make decisions that are more and more in line with his will.

So, before you make a decision, ask, “Will this honor you, Lord?

Heavenly Father, can you please help me know your will for my life? Strengthen me so I can make decisions that are within your will. In Jesus’ name I ask.

Before making any decision, ask God if this will honor or dishonor him. Then give him time to remind you of his commandments and priorities on this issue before deciding what your next step should be. Then obey, trusting his Spirit within you is giving you all the resources you need to do so.

By Fab Batsakis
Used by Permission


FURTHER READING

• The Importance of Knowing God
• To Whom Are You Listening?

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

Know and Do the Will of God — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

I Believe God Will Guide Me — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

In Your unfailing love You will lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength You will guide them to Your holy dwelling.”  Exodus 15:13 (NIV)

I believe my life is in God’s hands and keeping.

I believe He has a plan and purpose for my life and that He is leading me in a path that will fulfill that plan and purpose. I believe it is a good plan, a right plan, and the best plan. I believe there is not a better, higher, or wiser way for me to live or way for me to follow. I believe God knows exactly what He is doing and that He will bring things into my life at the exact time they are needed. I believe He wants me to follow Him with praise on my lips for who He is, with thanks in my heart for what He does, and with obedience in my steps for what He asks me to do.

By Roy Lessin
Used by Permission


FURTHER READING

• He Guides Us
• We Plan – God Directs

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

I Believe God Will Guide Me — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

March 5 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

True Meaning of Scripture Is the Natural Meaning
Acts 8:26–31; Galatians 4:21–25

Let us know, then, that the true meaning of Scripture is the natural and obvious meaning; and let us embrace and abide by it resolutely. Let us not only neglect as doubtful, but boldly set aside as deadly corruptions, those pretended expositions, which lead us away from the natural meaning.

JOHN CALVIN

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

Knowing Only the Crucified Jesus
1 Corinthians 2:2

While I live here below my only philosophy shall be “to know Jesus and Him crucified,” for that is the most sublime of all.

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

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

5 Mar 2021 News Briefing

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Mysterious New Warp Drive Patent Surfaces Online
After appearing for decades in science fiction, then moving into an actual theory, a new patent for an updated warp drive was published last year to no fanfare. Like many other false starts in cutting-edge research, the patent may represent the next step in the expanding theory, or it could mean the practical, real-world design of a functioning warp drive is on the horizon. It occurred to me that we should be able to describe all physical phenomena as geometry. And that space-time was merely an emergent property, which is diametrically opposed to [Albert] Einstein’s approach.”

South China Sea Tensions: Beijing Bristles At German Warship Visit; Taiwan Gets Its Missiles Ready
As tensions simmer in the South China Sea, Beijing has reacted rather tautly to the German plan to send a frigate to the disputed region in August. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said all countries enjoy the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, but “this should not be used as an excuse to endanger the sovereignty and security of littoral countries,” reported South China Morning Post. The Nato ally confirmed Tuesday that the frigate will cross the South China Sea on its return journey from Asia in August, the first time since 2002. German officials added the frigate will not pass within the 12-nautical-mile limits of any land, in a mission aimed at demonstrating Germany’s support for the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Gantz: IDF updating military plans for potential strike on Iran nuclear sites
Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday said the Israel Defense Forces is continuously updating its plans for a prospective military strike on Iranian nuclear sites. Gantz, in an interview with Fox News, said the military plans would not be finalized until right before such a strike was set to be carried out. “Until then, we will continue to build them [the plans], to improve them… to the highest professional level possible,” he said.

Netanyahu speaks to Harris, tells her he won’t allow Iran to obtain nukes
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday spoke to US Vice President Kamala Harris, with the conversation focusing on the pandemic, the Iranian nuclear program, and the International Criminal Court’s decision to open an investigation into Israel over alleged war crimes, his office said.

Facing changing spirituality on campus, historic chaplain US groups merge
Two august chaplain organisations that serve the spiritual, ethical and religious needs of college campus communities in the US have agreed to unite to form a single organisation, the Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education or ACSLHE (pronounced ‘Axle’). The merger, between the 73-year-old National Association of College and University Chaplains and the Association of College and University Religious Affairs, founded in 1959, will take effect on 8th March, … The merger is a response in part to this increasing diversification of spiritual life at American schools, with students, faculty and staff pursuing not only a wider range of traditional faiths but incorporating questions of identity and the meaning of belief into their spiritual development. “The merger helps to ensure that these professionals are united and equipped to respond to the evolving landscape of campus spiritual life in ways that ensure global equity, justice and humanity,”

Russia and Iran Sign an Intelligence Pact
The Islamic Republic of Iran has experienced a number of serious counterintelligence failures over the years. Last month, Iran and Russia, a close ally of the Islamic regime, signed a pact that should assist it as it attempts to reform its counterintelligence.

Texas AG Ken Paxton: Twitter, Facebook, Google and other Big Tech corporations need to be regulated like utility companies
Texas’ Republican Attorney General suggested that big tech firms need to be regulated much like how the government treats utility or phone companies. In a Feb. 27 interview with The Epoch Times‘s “Crossroads,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said that big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon “control” their entire platforms and have free rein to decide who gets to use those platforms and who gets “canceled” and is forced to leave them. “And so there is no other choice other than” to regulate these companies, he said,

8.0 Aftershock Rocks New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands; “Tsunami Watch” For Hawaii
Another massive aftershock has been reported by New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency. They say the magnitude 8.0 aftershock hit near the Kermadec Islands. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports the quake at a magnitude 8.1.

Health Experts: Obesity Fuelling Vastly Higher COVID Death Toll
This won’t sit well with the ‘body positivity’ movement. Health experts have warned that there is a direct correlation between obesity and higher COVID-19 death tolls across the globe, findings that will not jive well with the woke trend to promote being overweight as ‘body positivity’. “We now know that an overweight population is the next pandemic waiting to happen,”

Could Mt. Hood Be The First Volcano To Erupt On The West Coast?
Although it doesn’t receive as much attention as Mt. Rainier, some experts are becoming concerned that Mt. Hood could soon erupt. On Monday, dozens of earthquakes shook the volcano for 45 minutes, and the USGS is trying to calm the frayed nerves of nearby residents…

After 17K Earthquakes, Iceland Expects Eruption
Small earthquakes are nothing new or surprising for Icelanders—but 17,000 of them in a week is enough to rattle them. Scientists say the swarm of quakes suggests Mount Keiler, 20 miles away from Reykjavik, could be about to erupt for the first time since the 12th century …

10Y Treasury Hits A Stunning -4.25% In Repo As Yields Blow Out
Last night we first pointed out something shocking: as a result of a massive wave of shorting in Treasurys in the past three days, the 10Y hit a record -4% in repo, an extremely rare event and one which occurs only when there is a dramatic shortage of collateral as a result of overshorting (think of it as very hard to borrow condition for stocks). What was even more amazing is that the repo rate was below the fails charge, which at least in theory is the absolute minimum that a 10Y rate can hit in repo.

Iran behind devastating Oil Spill on Israel’s shores
Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel accused Iran on Wednesday of being behind a major oil spill off Israel’s coast from Feb. 1-2. Gamliel tweeted that a Libyan-owned pirate ship called the Emerald that departed from Iran was responsible for the attack. “Iran is waging terrorism by damaging the environment,” said Gamliel.

Judge Orders New Election After 78 Percent of Mail-In Ballots Found Invalid, Notary Arrested
Judge Jeff Weill, in a 64-page order, said that there is evidence of fraud and criminal activity in how absentee ballots were handled, how they were counted, and actions from individuals at polling places during the runoff election held in Aberdeen, Mississippi. As a result, a new runoff election for the Ward 1 alderman seat is necessary, reported WCBI. The judge ruled that 66 of 84 absentee ballots that were cast in the election, or around 78 percent, should have never been counted, according to WCBI. Nicholas Holliday was declared the winner of the alderman seat by 37 votes, while challenger Robert Devaull contested the results in court.

Israel is updating attack plans against Iran’s nuclear sites – Gantz
The IDF is updating its attack plans against Iran’s nuclear facilities, Defense Minister Benny Gantz revealed… “We have them [the attack plans] in our hands, but we will continue [to] constantly improve them,” Gantz said. “The Iranian nuclear aspiration must be stopped. If the world stops them before, it’s very much good. But if not, we must stand independently and we must defend ourselves by ourselves,” Gantz said.

COVID-19 vaccination: 73 cases facial paralysis, 7 anaphylactic shock
Serious symptoms of the vaccine include blurred vision, inflammation of the pulmonary pleura, inflammation of the heart, heart attack, or even liver damage. Only 153 people (.0.0032%) out of more than 4.7 million who received a first shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine had any kind of serious side effects, according to a new report published by the Health Ministry.

Netanyahu tells Kamala Harris he won’t let Iran obtain nuclear weapons
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Vice President Kamala Harris in a late-night phone call on Thursday that he will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. During the call, Netanyahu and Harris agreed to advance cooperation of research and technological development in regard to the coronavirus pandemic between Israel and the US.

IDF completes underground wall as Israel readies for Hamas war
The IDF has completed the construction of the underground concrete wall between Israel and the Gaza Strip, as part of the effort to prevent terrorists from crossing into Israel via cross-border tunnels. The concrete wall is just one component in the 60 km.-long barrier, which also includes a fence above the ground, advanced sensors…and…technologies meant to tackle the tunnel threat and stop terrorist infiltrations.

White House cuts live feed after Biden says he’s ‘happy to take questions’
The White House suddenly cut the feed of a virtual event after President Joe Biden said he was “happy to take questions” from Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday night. Biden had been addressing the House Democratic Caucus with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the topics of coronavirus relief and the vaccine rollout.

China NPC: Beijing set to overhaul Hong Kong electoral system
China’s top law-making body has unveiled plans to ensure only “patriots” can govern Hong Kong, as Beijing tightens its grip on the city with changes to the electoral system. Premier Li Keqiang, addressing the National People’s Congress (NPC), warned the world not to interfere. The move follows the imposition of a tough security law.

Pope Francis arrives in Baghdad for risky, historic Iraq tour
Pope Francis landed in Baghdad on Friday for his most risky foreign trip since his election in 2012, saying he felt duty-bound to make the “emblematic” visit because Iraq had suffered so much for so long…“This is an emblematic trip and it is a duty towards a land that has been martyred for so many years,” Francis said…

NIH Director: ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ and Get Vaccinated
Now that three vaccines are available in the U.S., made by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, President Biden, and health experts believe there will be enough to vaccinate the entire adult population by Memorial Day.  The key, however, will be getting those shots into arms.

Powerful earthquakes, including M8.1, M7.4 and M6.1 hit the Kermadec Islands – Tsunami warnings issued
Powerful earthquakes are shaking the Kermadec Islands region of New Zealand on March 4, 2021, including M7.4 at 17:41 UTC, M8.1 at 19:28 (08:28 NZDT, March 5), and M6.1 at 20:25 UTC at depths between 10 and 55 km (6.2 and 34.2 miles).

Very strong M7.2 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand
A very strong earthquake registered by GeoNet as M7.2 hit off the east coast of the North Island, New Zealand at 13:27 UTC on March 4, 2021 (02:27 LT, March 5). The agency is reporting a depth of 94 km (58 miles). USGS is reporting it as M6.9 at a depth of 10 km, EMSC as M7.3 at the same depth.

Thanks to Google, you are now “guilty” merely for being in the geographic area of a crime
Multinational corporate giant Google is readying to unveil an Orwellian new “pre-crime” program known as “Geofence” that has the potential to assign “guilt” to innocent people who happen to be nearby when a crime is committed by someone else.

312 Judges Recuse Themselves In Child Sex Trafficking Case … Wake Up America!
Think about it for a moment. 312 judges have to recuse themselves from what could be the largest racketeering scheme ever in the state of Missouri and possibly the entire country.

Black leaders dare to tell the truth about vaccine depopulation GENOCIDE
While dumbed-down, brainwashed White liberals are lining up to get vaccinated with a deadly covid vax “kill switch” injection, Black leaders are sounding the alarm about the vaccine genocide agenda to exterminate Blacks.

Universal Orlando is ‘Evaluating’ Its Dr. Seuss-Themed Areas
Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park is reportedly looking into whether it should rework its Dr. Seuss-themed area following the recent decision to cease publication of some of the author’s books.

Four Months After 2020 Presidential Election in Georgia No Chain of Custody Documents Produced for 404,000 Absentee Ballots Deposited in Drop Boxes; Fulton County One of 35 Scofflaw Counties
Four months after the November 3, 2020 presidential election, state and county officials in Georgia have failed to produce chain of custody documents for an estimated 404,691 vote by mail absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes and subsequently delivered to county registrars for counting.

New York Tests Vaccine Passports At MSG Rangers Game
New York City has unveiled a vaccine passport system that could see anyone unable to prove they have taken the COVID shot barred from events venues.

150 Children Rescued in Major Child Trafficking Bust
150 missing children have been rescued during a major child trafficking bust in Tennessee, authorities have announced.

Minnesota Lawmakers Move to Criminalize Biological Men Who Use Female Locker Rooms
Minnesota lawmakers are moving to ban biological males from participating in women’s sports events and criminalize men using female locker rooms.

Guardian Promotes ‘Global Lockdown’ Every Two Years To Combat Climate Change
The London Guardian has suggested that global lockdowns will be needed every two years in order to save the planet.

“Experts” demand submission to restrictions for 3 more months
These rulers and their mainstream media propagandists have effectively built a prison around the minds of far too many people. “We should not ease up, allow indoor dining, big groups … getting rid of mask mandates. We have to hold on for another two or three months in this condition,” said Dr. Zeke Emanuel, who was a health adviser for the Obama White House and was a member of the Biden Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board. “We’re still having on average 2,000 deaths a day. We cannot become inured to that.”

Spain: Another 9 care home residents dead and 78 infected with COVID-19 days after receiving Pfizer’s MRNA jab
Nine elderly care home residents in Spain have died and a further 69 tested positive for COVID-19 10 days after they were given the first dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccination.

Amazon’s Chinese two-step and Bible betrayal
It was first reported on April 5, 2018 – a day that should have lived in infamy. Citizens of the largest country in the world, China, with a population reaching nearly 1.5 billion – including an estimated 100 million Christians – were formally denied the human right to buy a Bible.

Source: 5 Mar 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 3/5/2021

Blinken: US stands with Israel, ICC lacks jurisdiction to hold investigation

Western envoys warn ICC its future is at risk over probe of Israel, Palestinians

Abbas praises ICC prosecutor’s ‘courage’ in opening Israel war crimes probe

In blow to Fatah, Arafat’s nephew forms new list for Palestinian election

PLO says $15 million per month being paid in terror stipends

IDF completes underground wall as Israel readies for Hamas war

Greenpeace Slams Israeli Minister’s ‘Baseless Claim’ Accusing Iran of Eco-terrorism in Devastating Oil Spill

Imagery appears to further implicate Iran in oil spill

New Iran headache for Biden as dissident group claims to have uncovered another nuclear site

Europeans drop plan to condemn Iran at UN nuclear watchdog, opting for diplomacy

US hopes Iran will ‘engage’ after Europeans drop nuclear censure plan

Biden and Europe allies worry Israel is preparing a substantial attack on Iran

Netanyahu speaks to Harris, tells her he won’t allow Iran to obtain nukes

Israel’s Netanyahu Vows to ‘Stand Against the World’ Fighting Iran Nuclear Pact

Gantz: IDF updating military plans for potential strike on Iran nuclear sites

Biden Strikes Against Iranian Targets in Syria Sought to Send Signal Without Escalation, Officials Say

Biden reportedly called off second Syrian strike after woman, children seen nearby

Iranian Terrorists Claim to Have Active Cells in Washington, D.C.

Why Ethiopia’s deadly Tigray crisis is growing

Deadly violence mars reunion between schoolgirls and parents in Nigeria, witnesses say

‘Dragged in the street’: Christian persecution in Tunisia still rampant decade after revolution

Turkish school textbooks call Jews and Christians ‘infidels’

U.S. imposes trade sanctions on Myanmar, calls on China to help end coup as violence escalates

Myanmar crackdown on protests, widely filmed, sparks outrage

Indian man accused of beheading teen daughter in apparent “honor killing”

Sweden looking at terror links following knife spree that injured 7

U.S. bomber flies over Baltic states in show of solidarity: U.S. Air Force

Threat against US Capitol fizzles, but officials seek 2 more months of National Guard help

Pelosi: National Guard should stay long as needed

Federal investigators are examining communications between US lawmakers and Capitol rioters

Rep. Mo Brooks: H.R. 1 Would Make American Elections ‘Akin to Old Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea’

Four Months After the 2020 Election in Georgia, Over 400,000 Absentee Ballots are Missing Legally Required Chain of Custody Documentation, Yet Biden Was Given the State by 12,000 Votes

Grand jury in Georgia expected to convene in probe of Trump’s efforts to overturn election

Psaki Declines Setting Date for Solo Biden Press Conference Amid Mounting Pressure

YouTube deleted videos of Trump’s CPAC speech and suspended a channel that posted it

YouTube says it will reverse its ban on Donald Trump’s channel when ‘the risk of violence has decreased’

eBay bans the sale of 6 ‘offensive’ Dr. Seuss books, but continues to allow sales of Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’

The self-silencing majority – In red America and blue America, an epidemic of self-censorship is threatening democracy

Report: U.S. contributes to ongoing decline of freedom worldwide

Is America a Christian nation? Pastors at odds about fusion of faith and politics

Feds throw out over a third of cases stemming from violent Portland protests in 2020 – with reportedly many more dismissals to come

Powerful earthquakes trigger tsunami warning in New Zealand; thousands evacuate

8.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

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5.0 magnitude earthquake hits east of the North Island of New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Krania Elassonas, Greece

Earthquake swarm in Iceland could hint at even bigger event

Pinatubo volcano Alert Level raised after 1,722 earthquakes since January 20, Philippines

Veniaminof volcano alert level raised after sensors detect small explosion, Alaska

Another eruption at Etna volcano, heavy ash up to 12 km (39,370 feet) a.s.l., Italy

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 16,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 12,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Unusual springtime hail storm colors Israel’s south white

Historic drought deepens in the West as window for rain, snow closes

Damages from Feb. winter storms could be as high as $155 billion

Alabama Senate Passes Bill Criminalizing Trans Surgeries, Puberty Blockers for Minors

Court to Decide: Can Obamacare Force Christian Doctors to Perform Transgender Surgery?

Transgender female inmate sues MDOC: I was forced to bunk with rapist, then got raped

South Korea’s first transgender soldier dies, spurring calls for change

Cuomo and Newsom, once pillars of the Democratic Party, now look for paths to survival

Cuomo seeks to buy time amid scandals, turns to Clinton’s ‘never quit’ mantra

Explosive New York Times report claims that top Cuomo aides rewrote a report to change nursing home death total months before federal investigation began

Reporter to Sue Gov. Whitmer Over Nursing Home Death Data

Japan supercomputer shows doubling masks offers little help preventing viral spread

Support for Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Grows, With European, Chinese Backing

Europe fears creating COVID-19 vaccine ‘passports’ could lead to discrimination, division

Italy blocks export of Covid-19 vaccine doses to Australia, using EU powers for the first time

Israel: Negative tests will give unvaccinated access to all venues as of Sunday

Israel: Quarantine hotels to close as ministers advance electronic bracelet bill

Tweaked Israeli sewage test can check spread of coronavirus variants

China makes COVID-19 anal swabs mandatory for foreigners

WarnerMedia CEO Issues Apology After Saying Pandemic ‘Really Good for Ratings’

Kamala Harris Casts Tiebreaking Senate Vote Advancing $1.9T Relief Package

Ron Johnson forces Senate to actually read massive stimulus bill. CNN calls it ‘pointless obstruction.’

Kennedy: Biden’s $1.9 trillion bill is an ‘orgy of pork,’ shouldn’t be called a COVID relief bill

Rubio trolls Biden over ‘Neanderthal’ comment, tells him to ‘seek training on unconscious bias’

Texas Gov. Abbott blames Covid spread on immigrants, criticizes Biden’s ‘Neanderthal’ comment

‘Inaction is simply not an option’: Border Democrat warns Biden of crisis from surge in migrants amid pandemic

Inflation debate heats up over Biden relief bill

Kroger CEO says he expects normal levels of food inflation in 2021 but that prices may be volatile

Dow futures fall 100 points after a steep sell-off on Wall Street amid surging bond yields

Gas prices will be negatively impacted by ‘hostile’ Biden administration: Former Shell Oil president

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

 

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 5, 2021

Mid-Day Digest

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“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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FEATURED ANALYSIS

The Economy Doesn’t Need ‘COVID Relief’

Nate Jackson

American businesses hired new workers at an impressive clip in February, adding an expectation-shattering 379,000 jobs. Headline unemployment dropped to 6.2%. This comes after recent news that fourth-quarter GDP growth was revised up to 4.1%, with expectations at 5% or higher for the first quarter of 2021.

Is this economic surge thanks to all those Joe Biden executive orders? Hardly. It’s what happens when the economy is allowed to reopen as the coronavirus recedes. It’s what happens when, as Biden termed it, governors employ “Neanderthal thinking” about COVID restrictions.

WIth the economy growing again, inquiring minds might then want to know why Congress is negotiating another $1.9 trillion spending bill that’s ostensibly for “COVID relief” — especially when the quote marks there reference the Republican contention that just 9% of the bill is actually about COVID.

It is true that the economy has a long way to go to return to the rip-roaring days of Donald Trump’s success. There are still 9.5 million fewer jobs than there were just one year ago. But House Democrats addressed that problem by loading their COVID bill with the $15 minimum wage that will kill, not create, perhaps millions of jobs. The Senate bill does not include that provision, but only because the parliamentarian ruled it cannot be in a bill passed under reconciliation rules that require only a bare majority.

The Senate did advance its bill yesterday for a floor vote, but Republican leaders plan to require that the Senate clerk actually read aloud the bill’s hundreds of pages. Their strategy is to highlight all the non-COVID portions of the bill, though Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer gloated, “We are delighted … to give the American people another opportunity to hear what’s in the American Rescue Plan.”

Oddly enough, the supposed Party of the People™ is cutting money for the people because the package is too expensive for moderates like Joe Manchin. Rather than cut the lard that has nothing to do with helping Americans through the pandemic, Senate Democrats now aim to restrict who gets the $1,400 relief checks, lowering the income threshold at which the checks phase out.

Now, don’t misunderstand: We’re not advocating this Universal Basic Income trial run as good policy. But if your aim is a populist bill geared toward getting money quickly into the hands of millions of Americans, why not cut the parts of the bill that don’t do that instead of the parts that do?

Meanwhile, we suppose we’ll have to remain the voice crying out in the wilderness, but someone has to sound the alarm. The Congressional Budget Office just released a new estimate that Congress’s spending spree has set the nation on course to accumulate $100 trillion in new debt over the next 30 years. Debt will more than double GDP, and due in part to the interest on that debt, annual federal spending will exceed an unprecedented 30% of GDP.

Our great-grandchildren will thank us later.

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The Borderless Nation

Michael Swartz

Over the previous four years ending January 20, our nation prided itself on establishing border security. We built hundreds of miles of new border wall and cut illegal crossings to numbers unseen in decades. Less than six weeks later, however, the story is far different, and so is the narrative: What were “kids in cages” under President Donald Trump are now residents in “massive congregate care facilities.” And those facilities need to be massive. The Department of Homeland Security is predicting 117,000 unaccompanied children will be arriving at the border this year — a number that will shatter previous records.

Regardless of the semantics, the fact remains that the election of Joe Biden was the spark that encouraged a new swarm of illegal immigrants to attempt to cross the border — so much so that smugglers are resorting to wristbands to keep track of them all. If Barack Obama’s administration considered 1,000 attempted crossings a day a “crisis,” then what does Team Biden call a number six times as large?

If you’re a Democrat politician, you’re probably calling it “voter recruitment.”

In the interim, the administration is simply terming this situation a “challenge.” And a moral one, according to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “It takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established,” he opined. He also implicitly acknowledged that a giant proverbial “WE’RE OPEN” sign at the border is problematic. “We are not saying, ‘Don’t come,’” he added. “We are saying, ‘Don’t come now.’”

Oh.

But they are coming anyway, and some are wearing shirts with the Biden/Harris logo beseeching the new administration to “please let us in!” (Their newfound command of English is amazing! Seriously, some enterprising reporter should ask the question: Who paid for and handed out the shirts — a coyote or the DNC?)

Perhaps there’s an incentive. As Fox News reports, “Biden has promised to accept more refugees into the country during his time in office and implement more ‘humane’ policies, such as a proposal to pay for the transportation and health care costs of migrant families who were separated at the border under the Trump administration.”

It’s a policy that brought friendly fire from a Texas Democrat. “The bad guys know how to market this. … You just can’t say, ‘Yeah, yeah, let everybody in,’ because then we are affected down here at the border,” said Representative Henry Cuellar, whose southern Texas district straddles the Mexican border around Laredo. Moreover, loopholes in existing law have created a shift in migration patterns — instead of Mexican men looking for work, now entire families (and family-type units) risk their lives to cross the border with the payoff of being released into the U.S. pending a far-off court date that will be ignored.

As immigration expert Mark Krikorian notes, “The Biden administration is telling prospective illegal aliens ‘now is not the time to come,’ but those who do come are being released into the U.S. with a piece of paper and a wave goodbye. What did the White House think would happen?” An onslaught, that’s what.

And it’s an onslaught that’s dangerous and perhaps deadly. After a report surfaced of asylum-seekers testing positive for COVID-19, Senator Tom Cotton declared, “President Biden’s border crisis is a superspreader event.” Yet those who tested positive upon arrival in Brownsville, Texas, were still free to travel on to various destinations across the country, as the tests were administered by the city of Brownsville after those tested were dismissed from ICE custody.

In short, what we have is a significant downgrading of the situation at the border, which was becoming manageable under President Trump. Over the last six weeks, the ones experiencing the “depth of cruelty” are the Border Patrol and those legal immigrants who have spent thousands of dollars and hours of their time trying to get through the process correctly only to see a scofflaw cut them off in line. And don’t underestimate the impact on jobs and wages for American citizens due to the flood of cheap labor.

Sadly, unless common sense somehow prevails, it’s going to be quite awhile before things change for the better.

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Democrats Vote to Defund the Police

Douglas Andrews

If you want to trigger a gaggle of Democrats, tell them their party supports defunding the police. It’ll trigger them because they know it’s true.

And if they doth protest too much, just point them toward HR 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a cleverly named and exquisitely timed piece of, er, legislation that passed the House late Wednesday evening without a single Republican vote — and that, yes, defunds the police. Here it is — all 66 pages and 22,326 words.

Power Line’s John Hinderaker, who lives little more than a stone’s throw from South Minneapolis, which was ground zero for last summer’s George Floyd riots, says of the bill, “It reflects the Democratic Party’s view that there is really no such thing as crime, and the principal threat to our populace comes from violent, depraved police officers. In general, it puts the heavy thumb of the federal government on the scale in favor of criminals, and against law enforcement.”

Did we mention it also defunds the police? If not, maybe House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will weigh in.

“Democrats just voted to defund the police,” he tweeted, as if on cue. “The unfunded mandates in their bill, H.R. 1280, would cost police departments hundreds of millions of dollars — the equivalent of taking 3,000 cops or more off the streets. Our men and women in uniform deserve better.”

Republicans, if they’re smart, will be beating Democrats over the head with this “defunding the police” language between now and the November 2022 midterms.

That the Floyd bill defunds the cops is bad enough. But it’s worse than that, because it actually discourages anyone from ever wanting to be a cop. How so? By limiting the “qualified immunity” of cops, which is the policy that has long protected government officials from being subject to civil lawsuits for their conduct on the job. Essentially, qualified immunity keeps trial lawyers from suing individual officers into oblivion.

“Imagine you’re thinking about becoming a police officer,” said McCarthy, “and you think you’re going to be personally liable for every fracas you try to break up. Some think you don’t become a police officer in that circumstance.”

Here, it might be helpful to reflect on how the Democrats got into this mess and why they’re so terrified of owning their efforts to defund the cops. Remember: They spent their summer encouraging the nationwide rioting and extolling the virtues of the Black Lives Matter thugs. And remember: Kamala Harris herself said, “They’re not gonna let up, and they should not.”

Democrats now know that defunding the police is an electoral loser. Their polling told them so, which is why they finally began to denounce the rioting of BLM and antifa as the 2020 election drew nearer.

Republicans even tried to throw their BLM-beholden colleagues a lifeline when New York freshman Representative Nicole Malliotakis gave them a chance to vote on an amendment that “recognizes and appreciates” those who serve in law enforcement and “condemns calls to ‘defund,’ ‘disband,’ ‘dismantle,’ or ‘abolish’ the police.”

Some 219 Democrats voted against her amendment, which stopped it from being added.

Did we mention that their bill also defunds the police?

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Will Google Really Cease Tracking Users’ Web Browsing?

Thomas Gallatin

Tech giant Google has announced it will end its practice of tracking users’ data across multiple websites. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google “plans next year to stop using or investing in tracking technologies that uniquely identify web users as they move from site to site across the internet.” Is this too good to be true?

Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, is the world’s largest digital advertising company. As the WSJ further reports, “About 40% of the money that flows from advertisers to publishers on the open internet — meaning digital advertising outside of closed systems such as Google Search, YouTube or Facebook — goes through Google’s ad buying tools, according to Jounce.”

The widely used practice of tracking individuals’ web browsing via third-party cookies in order to yield better-targeted ad campaigns has increasingly raised the specter of whether doing so violates privacy rights. The fact of the matter is that the entire ad-tech world runs on third-party cookies. That’s not inherently a bad thing, of course, as certain embedded payment platforms require them, as well as software providing website analytics. The trouble is that third-party cookie tracking has become so prevalent that it’s nearly impossible for the average user to browse the Web without giving away personally identifiable information to third parties that never requested consent.

In announcing this decision, Google product manager David Temkin explained, “If digital advertising doesn’t evolve to address the growing concerns people have about their privacy and how their personal identity is being used, we risk the future of the free and open web.”

But are Google’s motives really that altruistic? Unlikely.

It appears there are two major reasons behind this move. First, both the European Union and the U.S. Congress are looking to crack down on Big Tech’s abuse of users’ privacy rights, and Google hopes to get out in front of the coming changes. That leads directly into the second reason, which is to head off the competition. Google has already cornered much of the digital ad market, and it’s acting to maintain its near monopoly by squelching competition from fast-growing companies like Trade Desk. By appearing to be on the side of the angels, Google can encourage legislative “fixes” to “solve” the user-privacy problem when its actual aim is to cut the legs out from under its competition.

This is likely a move by Google to deflect guilt while seeking to maintain control of the digital advertising landscape.

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Joe Biden Is a Bad Catholic

Brian Mark Weber

President Joe Biden is the first Roman Catholic president since John F. Kennedy. But while some Catholics celebrate the ascendancy of one of their own, Biden’s brand of Catholicism is troubling to others in the church.

“Biden … has frustrated traditional Catholics with his staunch pro-choice policy positions and push to end gender-identity discrimination despite concerns about religious freedom,” reports The Washington Times. “In his first month in office, Mr. Biden revoked the Mexico City policy banning foreign aid for abortions abroad; cheered the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, and named pro-choice crusader California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to head the Health and Human Services Department.” (Yes, Becerra sued those nuns, despite his lie denying it.)

The Times adds, “Mr. Biden has also thrown his support behind the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation — and exempt itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — with implications for faith-based employers, medical providers and women’s sports.”

On the surface, the deceptively named Equality Act has a noble goal of “protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination,” but in the process of protecting one group of people the Equality Act discriminates against people of faith. For example, the act would force Christian churches to hold events in their halls that violate their beliefs.

Taking issue with the legislation, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops writes, “Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act discriminates against people of faith precisely because of those beliefs. In the process, the Equality Act codifies the new ideology of ‘gender’ in federal law, dismissing sexual difference and falsely presenting ‘gender’ as only a social construct.”

No wonder the Left celebrates Biden’s version of Catholicism. In its eyes, the only good Catholic is a Catholic-in-name-only who fights against the very principles and values of the church.

One Roman Catholic priest in Virginia recently penned an essay in which he called Biden the “most aggressively anti-Catholic president in American history” and expressed frustration that some church leaders have overlooked Biden’s break with church beliefs.

Yet Biden maintains a key supporter within the church. Pope Francis, who regularly embraces progressive ideas, took issue with the Conference of Catholic Bishops’ criticism of the president. Clearly, there’s a divide within the church, and Biden represents the progressive wing that wants all the benefits of being Catholic without any of the commitment to the church’s tenets.

“No doubt Biden can count on partnership with the progressive pope,” writes Tracy Wilkinson in the Los Angeles Times, “as he reverses many Trump-era policies to battle climate change and reform immigration. But support within his own country’s Catholic Church looks more tenuous,” and “nowhere does the division between conservatives and progressives in the Catholic Church cleave more deeply than in the United States, as Biden’s election reveals.”

The division within the church was reiterated in a recent interview of Pope Benedict XVI, who stepped down from the papacy in 2013. Now 93, he claimed that while Biden regularly attends mass, he has more in common with the Democrat Party than the Catholic Church.

Even Democrats for Life criticized Biden on the campaign trail last fall for his staunch pro-abortion position — which includes support for late-term abortion.

Joe Biden may clutch his rosary and attend mass every Sunday, but that doesn’t make him a Catholic.

Of course, plenty of people live a life far different in public from the faith they claim to embrace as private individuals. The difference is that Biden is the president of the United States, and he has actively undermined the core values of the Catholic Church throughout his political career while being celebrated as a model Catholic by the Leftmedia.

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Dems Push Fix for Nonexistent Gun ‘Loophole’

Thomas Gallatin

Democrats have a long history of creating “problems” where none exist in order to justify their call for greater government regulation of Americans’ freedoms. And one of their favorite targets is the Second Amendment, which today’s Democrats view as an embarrassing relic of a bygone era that they would sooner eradicate if given the chance. So, in lieu of the politically impossible — repealing the Second Amendment — Democrats tout the need for greater gun control under the guise of “ending gun violence.”

Therefore, it came as no surprise when earlier this week House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) introduced “The Enhanced Background Check Act,” which he touted as needed to close the so-call “Charleston Loophole.” What is this “Charleston Loophole”? Well, it’s not a “loophole” in a legal sense at all, rather it’s an attempt to frame human error as a fatal flaw in the nation’s background-check system.

As David Harsanyi observes, “No ambiguity or inadequacy exists in the law simply because a mistake has undermined it. The FBI is empowered to retrieve a gun after it notices an error was made. If it fails to follow up, that’s a law-enforcement problem.” Which was what happened in the Dylann Roof case, when the FBI alerted local authorities who then failed to respond.

Clyburn’s bill would extend the current three-day time allowed for the completion of a firearms sale background check out to 10 days, needlessly delaying a law-abiding citizen from exercising their Second Amendment rights. In fact, the FBI has become ever-more efficient in processing background checks. Harsanyi further notes, “The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) processed more background checks this year than any year in history — and it wasn’t even close. The FBI doesn’t need ten days to run those checks, and it didn’t need ten days in 2015, either. Rather, it needed states and localities to enter criminal-possession charges into its system.”

Fortunately, Clyburn’s bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, should it even get through the House. But this is all about the Democrats attempting to move the “common sense” concept of gun control further in the direction of compromising Americans’ 2A liberties.

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Warren’s Wealth Tax Is Just the Beginning

Nate Jackson

Nothing like a multimillionaire lecturing other multimillionaires. Elizabeth Warren wants you to believe that the wealthy don’t pay their “fair share” of taxes. The Massachusetts senator unveiled her latest wealth tax this week, called the Ultra-Millionaire Tax, in which she and cosponsor Bernie Sanders pitch that people pay an annual 2% on every dollar of net worth above $50 million and 3% on wealth above $1 billion. On its face, who could oppose requiring this pittance from people who obviously have more than enough? And since it’s supposedly for education and child care, that means it’s for the children!

“The Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act would level the playing field and narrow the racial wealth gap by asking the wealthiest 100,000 households in America, or the top 0.05%, to pay their fair share,” Warren said in a press release.

“It’s set up now to say we’re not going to collect taxes on any asset worth less than $50,000, so this is not intrusive. It’s not about coming into people’s homes and valuing their Sub Zeros or figuring out what their four-year-old cars are worth,” Warren said later. “But it says if you’ve got a fortune above $50 million, you pay on it. And if your fortune is below $50 million, you don’t. Good for you, either way. I think most people would rather be rich and pay two cents.”

She says over the next 10 years it will raise $3.75 trillion.

The Heritage Foundation’s Adam Michel writes, “The latest government data show that in 2018, the top 1% of income earners — those who earned more than $540,000 — earned 21% of all U.S. income while paying 40% of all federal income taxes. The top 10% earned 48% of the income and paid 71% of federal income taxes.”

Ah, but that’s why this is a wealth tax and not an income tax, Warren would say. It’s more akin to a property tax but on your net worth.

The real trouble is two-fold. First, there’s the lost economic activity from all the wealth that is taken back out of the economy and wasted in the bureaucratic bowels of government.

Second is the fact that it won’t stop with 2%. As our Louis DeBroux once wrote regarding the income tax, “At its inception, the top tax rate was a mere 7%, and only on incomes over $4,000 (or $103,500 in 2019 inflation adjusted dollars).” Wouldn’t we all love to pay only 7% now? No, Warren and Company are just getting a foot in the door for more confiscation, more redistribution, and more government.

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Charles Murray’s Brave New Book

Douglas Andrews

Tuesday of this week marked the four-year anniversary of one of the most shameful episodes in the modern history of the American university. It happened at Middlebury College in Vermont, where political scientist, author, and American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray was, as The Wall Street Journal put it, “shouted down by an angry mob clearly unable to challenge him intellectually.”

Murray was ultimately taken to another location on campus, but not before Allison Stanger, a Middlebury professor who escorted him away, was injured and sent to the hospital. (And we’re told students need safe spaces?)

Murray, a libertarian, has been a favorite whipping boy of the Left since the 1994 publication of his book, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. As Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, writes, “[The book] has very little to say about race. But it argues that a considerable portion of intelligence — 40 to 80 percent — is heritable; and it also argues that intelligence tests are generally reliable. Those ideas irritate people who have a deep investment in three beliefs: extreme human plasticity; the social origins of inequality; and the possibility of engineering our institutions to create complete social justice.”

No wonder the infantile little Maoists at Middlebury got so riled up. Their target, though, whom Power Line’s John Hinderaker dubbed “the bravest man in America,” has been undeterred.

Murray has a new book coming out on June 15 titled Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America. In it, he takes on the twin leftist cudgels of “white privilege” and “systemic racism,” and he does so by exploring what he calls “two known facts, long since documented beyond reasonable doubt” — namely, that our nation’s major racial and ethnic groups have different rates of violent crime and different means and distributions of cognitive ability.

Why would Murray want to explore such a sensitive topic? Perhaps, as George Mallory once replied when asked why he wanted to climb Everest, “Because it’s there.”

“America’s most precious ideal,” says the book’s description on Amazon, “is what used to be known as the American Creed: People are not to be judged by where they came from, what social class they come from, or by race, color, or creed. They must be judged as individuals. The prevailing Progressive ideology repudiates that ideal, demanding instead that the state should judge people by their race, social origins, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.”

The lie that must be repudiated, however, is that the U.S. is a nation irredeemably shot through with racism and white privilege. As Hinderaker points out, “As of 2018 Census Bureau data, whites are 17th among ethnic groups in median income, trailing not only just about every Asian minority, including Iranians and Pakistanis, but also African immigrant groups like Nigerian-Americans and Ghanian-Americans. The case for American ‘white supremacy’ is ludicrously weak, but it may be a capital offense to point that fact out.”

It’ll be interesting to see whether Jeff Bezos and his fellow book-banners at Amazon have the guts to keep Charles Murray’s book listed on their website.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Advisers of Governor Andrew Cuomo altered report on nursing home deaths (Fox News)

“Top advisers to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo influenced state health officials to remove data from a public report that showed coronavirus-related nursing-home deaths in the state had exceeded numbers previously acknowledged by the administration. … The final report focused only on nursing-home residents who died inside those facilities and did not include nursing-home residents who were transferred to hospitals after becoming sick, the [Wall Street] Journal reported.”

National Security

  • Political theater: Capitol Police request extension of National Guard (Washington Post)

“Three defense officials said that the Pentagon received the extension request and that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Army officials will consider it. If approved, it would keep Guard members on duty through May.”

  • Number of child migrants crossing the border is overwhelming HHS (Axios)

“In the week ending March 1, the Border Patrol referred to HHS custody an average of 321 children per day, according to documents obtained by Axios. That’s up from a weekly average of 203 in late January and early February — and just 47 per day during the first week of January.”

  • So naturally, the feds will shorten detention of migrant families (NY Times)

“The Biden administration plans to release parents and children within 72 hours of their arrival in the United States, a new policy that already is being carried out along the Texas border.”

  • Second SUV filled with illegal immigrants catches fire near U.S. border (Disrn)
  • Senators from both aisles introduce bill to repeal Biden’s war powers following Syria strike (Fox News)

Big Tech Oligarchs

  • YouTube removes Trump’s CPAC speech (PJ Media)
  • eBay removes listings for canceled Dr. Seuss books “because they glorify violence” but allows copies of Mein Kampf and Louis Farrakhan’s books to be sold (Daily Mail)

Health

  • The United States is now averaging two million vaccine doses administered per day (NY Times)
  • The lockdown “cure” was worse than the disease for children (PJ Media) | Exhibit A: Children’s risk of dying in car accidents at least 10 times higher than dying from COVID (Disrn)

Around the Nation

  • Connecticut lifting all capacity restrictions on restaurants, gyms, offices, and houses of worship (Forbes)
  • Mississippi legislature wisely approves bill banning males from competing against women (Daily Wire)
  • Cop-hating Portland city councilor involved in hit-and-run (PJ Media)

Other Notables

  • Mitch McConnell working with Kentucky legislature on Senate exit strategy (The Intercept)
  • Supreme Court drops “sanctuary city” cases following Biden DOJ request (Fox News)

We’re Shocked — Shocked!

  • WHO won’t release interim report on COVID-19 origins (Daily Caller)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • Swing and a miss: California high school stupidly gives baseball team two-week suspension for taking a picture without masks (Disrn)

“Captain Obvious” Headline Award

  • Almost 40% of university students surveyed are addicted to their phones (Medical Xpress)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • San Francisco TV journalist reporting on car thefts is robbed at gunpoint (Daily Mail)

American Spirit

  • Seven-year-old sells lemonade to fund her own brain surgery (NY Post)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Biden could overstimulate the economy into a crisis (National Interest)
  • Policy: Job creation, not a $15 minimum wage, will reduce poverty (Daily Signal)
  • Humor: Biden announces all bombs used in the Middle East will be purchased from black-owned businesses (Babylon Bee)

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What Is Identity Socialism? — Its foundations are more cultural than economic. Dinesh D’Souza explains this major development in leftist thinking and its impact on your life.

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The Fragile Generation — Bill Whittle explains how we created these terrified, joyless, delicate monsters.

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Insight: “The goal of the ‘liberals’ — as it emerges from the record of the past decades — was to smuggle the country into welfare statism by means of single, concrete, specific measures, enlarging the power of the government a step at a time. Never permitting their direction to be summed up into principles, never permitting their direction to be identified or the basic issue to be named. Thus, statism was to come, not by vote or by violence, but by slow rot—by a long process of evasion and epistemological corruption, leading to a fait accompli.” —Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

Re: The Left: “These priorities may seem odd: Make decisions that cause widespread death? No problem. Tell a dirty joke? You’ve got to go! But they reflect a reality that the left will not articulate. First, if [Andrew] Cuomo is forced out because of his poor leadership during the pandemic, it humiliates the sycophants who have been worshipping at his altar for the past year. More importantly, however, the whole point of the Cuomo Adulation Club was to set him up as the perfect foil for Trump in the media’s ongoing narrative that Cuomo’s leadership during the pandemic has been exemplary and Trump’s was abysmal. By focusing on the sexual harassment accusations against Cuomo, those who drove the anti-Trump narrative can avoid scrutiny for their role in it and keep the public’s attention away from the fact that Democratic governors such as Cuomo, Gavin Newsom and Gretchen Whitmer have mishandled the pandemic, while Trump and Republican governors such as Ron DeSantis have handled things far better.” —Laura Hollis

Observations: “My mother, who was a math teacher … often gave the Dr. Seuss book, ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ to her students when they graduated. She also gave one to me. The story is about setting out in life, all the places that you’ll go, the challenges that you’ll see and how you will overcome them again and again. The storyline says that success is ‘98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.’ The challenges include the waiting place, where everyone is just waiting; and the fact that things will go well, ‘Except when they don’t. / Because, sometimes, they won’t. / I’m afraid that sometimes / you’ll play lonely games too. / Games you can’t win / ’cause you’ll play against you.’ That’s where we are as a country today. Playing games against ourselves. We worry more about the old illustrations and characters in books, rather than about children reading and attending school today. We are caught up in a game of division and reduction rather than addition and multiplication.” —Jackie Gingrich Cushman

For the record: “We all have heard what a grave threat Sen. Joseph McCarthy was to freedom of speech in the 1950s. He became one of the most famous figures in American history by threatening free speech. Now you have dozens of Democrats threatening whole networks, and no one has complained, not even in the media. What happened to freedom of speech?” —R. Emmett Tyrrell

Political futures: “Election laws should make it easy to vote and hard to cheat, but this bill would not only make it easy to cheat, it would effectively make it legal to cheat. At a time when half of Americans have lost confidence in the integrity of our elections, this bill will only drive distrust and division higher.” —Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) on the passage of HR 1

Non compos mentis: “Override the parliamentarian and raise the wage. [McDonald’s] workers in Denmark are paid $22/hr [plus] 6 [weeks] paid vacation. $15/hr is a deep compromise — a big one, considering the phase in.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“There is one thing Ocasio-Cortez’s argument left out, though: Denmark doesn’t have a nationally mandated minimum wage.” —Fox News)

Who needs rules, anyway? “The idea that we have a parliamentarian who was elected by nobody, who was simply a Senate staffer, making a determination that 30 million Americans are not going to get a pay raise is to me unacceptable.” —Senator Bernie Sanders

Leftist babble, continued: “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it.” —Governor Andrew Cuomo, who added, “I wasn’t elected by politicians, I was elected by the people of the state of New York. I’m not going to resign.”

Braying jackass: “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it. It still matters.” —Joe Biden excoriating red states for rescinding COVID restrictions (“The same day he said that, in Texas, the Biden administration was releasing illegal immigrants into our communities who had COVID. … That is a Neanderthal-type approach to dealing with the COVID situation.” —Texas Governor Greg Abbott)

And last… “When embracing liberty and individual responsibility is called ‘Neanderthal thinking’ but opening our borders to COVID-infected illegal aliens is called ‘compassion,’ you know we have a serious problem in this country.” —Charlie Kirk

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PELOSI’S BREW Dinesh D’Souza Podcast Ep40

In this episode, Dinesh exposes how Nancy Pelosi’s HR1 is an attempt to control the election process by stacking the deck in favor of Democrats. Dinesh makes the case that the red states, in ending their lockdowns, are finally trusting their citizens to use freedom responsibly.

False Prophet Pope Francis Arrives Triumphantly In Iraq To Claim Abraham As The Foundation Of His End Times One World Religion Of Chrislam — Now The End Begins

Several faith-based organizations operating in Iraq have issued a joint interreligious statement welcoming Pope Francis’ Chrislam Apostolic Journey to the country which is scheduled from 5 – 8 March.

For all you end times lovers of bible prophecy, what is happening right now on the ground in Iraq, in Ur of the Chaldees, is a stunning fulfillment of 2,000 year old words spoken by the prophets and apostles for us who are alive right now in these last days. If you were waiting for “something to start”, you’re about a year too late, it’s not only begun but for us who are saved, will soon be over. Flight #777 beckons, is your seat book for the coming trip to the clouds? Now let’s get the update on Chrislam in Iraq with the False Prophet Jorge Bergoglio.

“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 (KJB)

Pope Francis swaggered off the jet this morning, receiving a conquering hero’s welcome in Iraq for his visit to the birthplace of Abraham, Ur of the Chaldees. And no, that was not metaphor or hyperbole, the Roman pontiff today claimed Iraq for the Vatican, and is there to take the mantle of Abraham as the centerpiece of his Chrislam One World Religion he officially started in February of 2019 back in Abu Dhabi. We strongly urge you to refresh your memory by clicking on the disgusting image below of the False Prophet kissing Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb on the mouth sealing the Chrislam covenant.

2019: POPE FRANCIS SIGNS ‘DECLARATION OF HUMAN FRATERNITY FOR WORLD PEACE’ COVENANT WITH MUSLIM IMAM CREATING THE ONE WORLD RELIGION OF CHRISLAM

Dispensationally speaking, yes, we are still in the Church Age, such as it is, and yes, we will be removed before the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble. All that remains true and the end times timeline is still on track. But listen to me now, and I pray you listen well. What is happening in Iraq right now, at this very moment, is another giant step in the creation of the One World Religion of Chrislam warned about in Revelation. We are so close that time period that the set-up is right now underway as our dispensation of the Church Age is literally overlapping with the formation of the time of Jacob’s trouble.

“Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” Isaiah 28:15,16 (KJB)

The Timeline Of The Vatican And Pope Francis In Creating Chrislam Known As The Abrahamic Faiths Initiative

Last August, when the release of the Abraham Accord from President Trump and Jared Kushner, I did an article showing you the whole Chrislam timeline that brought everything to a head. Please click on the link below and read all of it, and when you’re done, and you look at what is happening right now in Iraq, you will see that prophecy is literally leaping off the pages of your King James Bible and onto today’s headlines.

2020: ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CHRISLAM ‘ABRAHAM ACCORD’ BETWEEN ISRAEL AND UAE WAS MISSING LINK NEEDED TO LAUNCH VATICAN ABRAHAMIC FAITHS INITIATIVE

Iraq: faith-based organizations welcome Pope’s visit and message of fraternity

FROM VATICAN NEWS: The Tuesday joint statement, co-signed by 29 organizations – both Catholic and non-Catholic – expressed collective anticipation of the papal visit, joyful that it will bring with it, a message of fraternity and dialogue to the middle eastern nation.

Recounting the history of Iraq – “the birthplace of Abraham, father of many in faith,” the statement highlights that is a beautiful country of rich cultural and religious diversity within which many ethnic and faith communities have lived side by side for many centuries. However, recent decades have been marked by war, insecurity and the rise of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) which have “deeply strained relations between communities and damaged the country’s social fabric.”

Still yet today, “Iraq still faces daunting challenges,” said the organizations. “Among the 1.2 million Iraqis who continue to be internally displaced and approximately 4.8 million returnees, many are in dire need of help.” All these, coupled with a worsening economic crisis, further exacerbated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, is “pushing many into poverty and depriving the government of resources need to assist its own people.”

Pope Francis’ message of universal fraternity

The joint statement recalls that in the Holy Father’s latest Encyclical, Fratelli tutti, he writes that religions have a role to play at the service of fraternity in the world. In the same vein, the Abu Dhabi Document on Human Fraternity underscores that “faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved” and believers are called to express fraternity through safeguarding creation and supporting all people, especially the poorest and those most in need.

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Inspired by these, the organizations express their support for the “message of fraternity and dialogue that Pope Francis is bringing to Iraq” adding, that they believe “it represents a necessary way forward to heal past wounds and build a future for the country’s diverse communities” as they continue to collaborate with authorities to help communities “reconcile, rebuild peace, and reclaim their collective rights to safety, services and livelihoods.”

At the same time, the organizations reiterated their commitment to continue to serve and empower people without discrimination on the basis of their needs, and respect others’ cultural values and religious convictions while rejecting all forms of sectarianism and proselytism, strengthen. They also promised to strengthen inclusive initiatives and approaches that foster social cohesion, as well as intensify collaboration between themselves in the service of those in need.

Finally, the faith-based organizations urged the international community to “remain engaged in supporting the Iraqi people to overcome their current challenges, in a true spirit of human fraternity and solidarity.” READ MORE

False Prophet Pope Francis Arrives Triumphantly In Iraq To Claim Abraham As The Foundation Of His End Times One World Religion Of Chrislam — Now The End Begins

‘Special Report’ Panel: Biden Denies Border Crisis Amid Surge In Unaccompanied Minors

FOX News’ Katie Pavlich, The Federalist’s Ben Domenech and Washington Post’s Charles Lane join ‘Special Report.’

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Source: ‘Special Report’ Panel: Biden Denies Border Crisis Amid Surge In Unaccompanied Minors

Pres. Biden Needs to Explain His Border Crisis to the American People | Mark Morgan on Fox Business

Heritage Foundation Visiting Fellow Mark Morgan joined Fox Business, Thursday, March 4, to talk about the latest on illegal immigration, the Biden administration’s irresponsible “catch and release” policy, and why it poses a public health risk for Americans.