Daily Archives: March 12, 2021

UNCRITICAL RACE THEORY Dinesh D’Souza Podcast Ep45 – YouTube

In this episode, Dinesh exposes the radical and kooky views of Kristen Clarke, Biden’s nominee to be assistant secretary for civil rights in the Justice Department. Dinesh probes the key premises of Critical Race Theory, all of which are both contradictory and absurd. Dinesh argues that the “treason of the intellectuals” is that they steadfastly refuse to speak basic truths about race, making it impossible to solve genuine problems in society. Reviewing new information on the financial rackets of the Lincoln Project, Dinesh wonders what Lincoln would make of these grifters and con artists who use his name. And feminist author Naomi Wolf returns, this time to talk about digital censorship and cancel culture.

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FULL SHOW: Slovakia’s health minister quits after ordering Sputnik V – YouTube

Slovakia’s health minister has resigned after coming under pressure in his own country for ordering the Russian Sputnik V vaccines. While he may be out of office, the country’s premier insists he won’t be sending back those vaccines. RT’s Peter Oliver reports. (10:37)

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) detained five Palestinians for illegal border crossing. The Israeli military says that “A number of suspects were identified who had penetrated the territory of a house in the south Hebron hills.” The problem is that the “suspects” were Palestinian children ranging from ages eight to thirteen. RT’s Paula Slier reports. Then, former UK MP George Galloway weighs in. (1:00)

Russia and China are teaming up to build a space station on the Moon. The project comes as NASA and a group of international partners aim to establish a permanent lunar presence before the year 2030. Former ISS commander, NASA astronaut and founder of One Orbit, Dr. Leroy Chaio shares his expertise. (15:45)

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CBN NewsWatch PM: March 12, 2021 – YouTube

Faith leaders react to President Biden’s first address to the nation since taking office. New report on minority groups that are suffering most in the pandemic. The governments prepares to send out stimulus checks. Remembering the life and … …

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Cartels Give Biden Another ‘Human Trafficker Of The Month’ Award — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A group of cartel members presented Joe Biden with its prestigious “Human Trafficker of the Month” award today, marking the third month in a row the new president has received the award.

Democrat presidents are constant recipients of the honor, usually winning the award many dozens of times throughout their time in office, and Biden appears to be no exception so far. The award honors an individual who does a great job at ensuring that thousands more children and vulnerable Central American and Mexican residents will be smuggled across the border each and every day. The cartel cited Biden’s immigration policies and disastrous handling of the border crisis as key factors in their decision to give the award to him once again.

“El Presidente Biden es muy bueno!” said one narco as he handed Biden the plaque. “We thank you, Mr. Preisdent, for your lax border policies and promises of free money for migrants that is allowing us to smuggle them across the border in record numbers. You are truly a friend to the cartel.” The drug kingpin then pulled out his revolver and fired it into the air, a custom that represents bestowing honor and praise upon an individual in the cartel community — usually reserved for drug dealers who have an exceptionally good month.

Biden thanked them for the award and then got his phone out to play “Despacito” in their honor.

Cartels Give Biden Another ‘Human Trafficker Of The Month’ Award — The Babylon Bee

Cuomo Invites All Accusers To Come Forward And Gather In New York Nursing Home — The Babylon Bee

ALBANY, NY—Governor Cuomo invited his accusers to come forward and gather in a New York nursing home today, saying he wants to face anyone who has allegations against him and make sure they are heard and “handled appropriately.”

“Please, if you have allegations against me, come forward and meet me in this nursing home, where I can be sure you are… taken care of,” Governor Cuomo said at a press conference today held at Sunny Acres Nursing Home. “We have many competent people and lots of vacant beds for you to fill while you tell your story.”

“All I ask is that you come forward as soon as possible. I would hate if anything were to happen to you before you got the chance to tell your truth,” he said. “Sunny Acres is the place to be — and there’s always plenty of free parking!”

Cuomo then gave reporters a tour of the entirely vacant nursing home, showing them the serene, abandoned shuffleboard courts, the immaculate cafeteria, and the quiet duck pond, without a living soul in sight. “As you can see, this is the ideal locale for bringing the many thousands of potential accusers and finding out what they have to say. They’ll be safe here — eternally safe.”

At publishing time, Governor Cuomo had said that if any accusers didn’t feel comfortable meeting him at the nursing home, they were more than welcome to meet him down by the docks at midnight.

Cuomo Invites All Accusers To Come Forward And Gather In New York Nursing Home — The Babylon Bee

Lowly Peasant Approaches Biden’s Throne Begging For Permission To Celebrate Independence Day This Year — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A lowly peasant approached the great throne of King Joe Biden this morning, asking for permission to celebrate Independence Day this year. One in a long line of peasants with requests ranging from permission to hug their grandma to more outlandish inquiries, like whether they can open their businesses and earn a living, the lowly American subject approached with his head bowed to offer his humble request.

“O Great King Biden, may we have permission to celebrate our freedom from tyranny this year?” the man began nervously. “Me and the other peasants have had a difficult harvest this year, and we simply wish for one evening of barbecuing and shooting off a few fireworks to commemorate the overthrowing of King George and the establishment of our land as a free nation.”

Biden thought for a moment, his eyes closed in deep concentration. Finally, after a few minutes, it became clear he was sleeping. He was nudged awake by one of his servants. “Huh? What? What’s this peasant want?” He was informed of the peasant’s request to celebrate July 4.

After a moment’s consideration, and possibly dozing off again, he solemnly gave the thumbs-down sign, and the peasant was thrown into a bottomless pit. 

“If they wanted to celebrate Independence Day, they really should have thought about that before they became peasants!”

Lowly Peasant Approaches Biden’s Throne Begging For Permission To Celebrate Independence Day This Year — The Babylon Bee

News Roundup & Comment — VCY America

Date:  March 12, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
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Here are some highlights from Jim’s list of stories featured this week on Crosstalk’s News Round-Up and Comment:

–In a speech to the nation last evening, President Biden directed U.S. states to make adults eligible for the coronavirus vaccine by May 1st.

–The southern border of the U.S. is so clogged that in the midst of a pandemic, we’re on the verge of turning family detention centers in Texas into Ellis Island-style rapid processing hubs.

–In February, despite a week of freezing weather, the border patrol apprehended over 100,000 illegals crossing the southern border.

–Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels slammed President Biden during a Fox News interview for the ongoing crisis at the border.

–CNSNews.com reports that according to the New York Times, the number of unaccompanied children detained at the southwest border has tripled over the last two weeks.

–According to Newsmax, about 25% of migrants dropped off at a Texas border town tested positive for COVID-19.

–Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas is launching Operation Lone Star to respond to the Biden administration’s failure to secure the border.

–As a growing number of states ease their COVID-19 restrictions, a prominent Stanford medical professor and health economist is doubling-down on his contention  that the lock-downs are the biggest public health mistake we’ve ever made.

–Governor Gavin Newsom is facing a recall petition effort that has garnered nearly 2 million signatures due to his draconian coronavirus lock-down mandates.  

–The House of Representatives finalized the 1.9 trillion dollar COVID relief bill for President Biden’s first legislative victory.

–Senate Democrats blocked an amendment by Republicans that would have stopped taxpayer funded stimulus checks from going to illegal aliens and incarcerated criminals.

–With this COVID relief bill we have the greatest expansion of abortion funding in a decade.

–Evangelicals for Biden told the president that voters feel betrayed by his plans to force taxpayers to fund abortions through the COVID-19 relief bill.

–Health authorities in Denmark, Norway and Iceland suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shots following reports of the formation of blood clots in some people who had been vaccinated.

–Months after the 2020 elections, state and local officials in Georgia have failed to produce chain-of-custody documents for over 404,000 absentee votes put in drop boxes.

News Roundup & Comment — VCY America

March 12 Evening Quotes of The Day

Sensible of Our Lack of Holiness
Leviticus 11:45; 19:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Peter 1:16

Certainly that Christian will never be eminent in holiness that has many eyes to behold a little holiness, and never an eye to see his further want of holiness. He that is more affected with that holiness he has than he is afflicted about those great measures of holiness that he needs will never be but … a dwarf in holiness. The more sensible we are of our own weakness and emptiness, the more pleasure God will take to fill us with his own fullness, and to perfect in us the work of holiness.

THOMAS BROOKS

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

Experts in Inventing Idols
Exodus 20:3–6; Deuteronomy 6:14; Isaiah 44:9–20; Acts 28:6; 1 John 5:21

Every one of us is, even from his mother’s womb, expert in inventing idols.

JOHN CALVIN

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

Weekly Watchman for 03/12/2021

Sam Sorbo: Words For Warriors – Fighting Back Against the Left

Sam Sorbo has a new book, “Words for Warriors,” to help uncover the real meanings behind the acronyms, words, and phrases that the toxic liberal left loves to force on the rest of us. She encourages believers to resist the redefinition of God and truth, to fight back and not give up.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Todd Nettleton: When Faith is Forbidden

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Dr. Jake Jacobs: Cancel Culture, BLM, Inc & ‘Education’ Issues

We discuss the demonic agendas manifesting in America today including Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Cancel Culture, Critical Race theory, and what Dr. Jacobs refers to as “Melanin Marxism” and “Pigmentation Politics.”

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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JB Hixson: The ’84 Percent Club,’ Christians Avoiding Prophecy

We discuss why it’s important to know and study Bible prophecy and the fact a majority of Christians avoid it. The Bible is nearly one-third prophecy and describes the end times and what we have to look forward to as believers.

It is profitable to study and Revelation promises a blessing to those who read, hear, and obey it. Prophecy also gives us hope for the future, motivation in the present, encourages our faith due to fulfilled prophecies, and inspires us to worship the sovereign Creator who is in complete control of all history.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Dr. Erwin Lutzer: We Will Not Be Silenced

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March 12 Evening Verse of The Day

3:23 “Heartily” is actually ek psuchēgs (Gk., “out of the soul”). All Christian endeavor ought to be characterized by an enthusiasm, confidence, and diligence not found in the attitude of others.[1]


3:23 — And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men .…

In a very real sense, everything we do, we do for Jesus. We can do our jobs for Christ, or we can do them for a cranky supervisor. We can grocery shop for Jesus, or we can do it for whining kids. It’s our choice.[2]


3:23 Whatever is done should be done heartily (literally “from the soul”) as to the Lord and not to men. In every form of Christian service as well as in every sphere of life, there are many tasks which people find obnoxious. Needless to say, we try to avoid such work. But this verse teaches us the very important lesson that the humblest service can be glorified and dignified by doing it for the Lord. In this sense, there is no difference between secular and sacred work. All is sacred. Rewards in heaven will not be for prominence or apparent successes; they will not be for talents or opportunities; but rather for faithfulness. Thus obscure persons will fare very well in that day if they have carried out their duties faithfully as to the Lord. Two mottoes which are often hung over the kitchen sink are: “Not somehow, but triumphantly,” and “Divine service held here three times daily.”[3]


3:23 Serving the Lord is the motive for all Christian activity (cf. v. 17; Eph. 6:7; 1 Cor. 10:31).[4]


Ver. 23. Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord.

Servants of Christ:—The apostle was speaking to slaves, who must have felt their condition to be irksome and degrading, but he applies a principle which altogether transforms it. They are to feel and act as servants of Christ. This principle is of far-reaching application. We are to serve Christ by discharging all the duties of life so as to please Him. This suggests a train of thought which has a special suitableness to young men. Note then the things which are essential to the realization of this lofty ideal of Christian service.

  1. There must be a full surrender of the whole being to Christ. “No man can serve two masters.” “He that is not with Me is against Me.” Alas! how many act as though they bad made a bargain with Christ; that part of their nature should be given to Him, and part retained for the world and self. In certain circumstances they seem devout and earnest believers, in others frivolous and worldly. Such a course is dishonouring to Christ, and injurious to their own souls. There are families in which the children having been asked to do something, refuse or delay; then a struggle ensues, involving discomfort to both parents and children. In others the first intimation is followed by prompt obedience. In the one case is love, order, and happiness; in the other the reverse. Why? In the one case the children had learned to obey, in the other they had not. So some of God’s children have not learned to surrender their wills utterly to Him; hence every act of obedience involves a struggle; but some have learnt to make the struggle once for all, and are now happy in that service which is perfect freedom.
  2. Strive to be efficient in your worldly calling. “Whatsoever,” whether the work of master or servant, prince or peasant, “do it as to the Lord.” When we can recognize Christ as our Master, and our work as rendered to Him, it should make us faithful servants, whoever may be our immediate employer. Unfortunately this has not been always acted on, and religion has been regarded as a disqualification for efficient service. A lad once said, when urged to decision, “I would like to learn my business before being converted, for I notice that the pious men in my father’s employ are not generally good workmen.” I want you to wipe out this reproach, and try to excel in everything for the sake of Christ—whether in school, workshop, or counting-house, &c. The influence of Christian character and effort is greatly enhanced when connected with superiority in business. A working man who had recently come to reside in a northern village, was asked, as he was strolling in the fields one Sunday, to attend a cottage service where the speaker was going to preach. The invitation was rudely declined, and on mentioning the matter to an acquaintance who came up immediately, he was asked if he knew who the preacher was. “No.” “Why that is Thompson, the best forgeman in the district.” “Oh, indeed, I have often heard of Thompson’s work; I will go and hear him preach.” He did so and became a new man.

III. Strive to acquire mental culture and general intelligence for the sake of Christ. 1. It will open to you many avenues of enjoyment. 2. It will enable you to discover riches and beauty in the Divine word which would otherwise be concealed. 3. It will help to keep you free from the religious crotchets by which the Christian life is now weakened and disfigured. 4. It will give you greater power to serve Christ. Edward Irving had in his Glasgow congregation the wife of a shoemaker, who was a determined infidel. Irving visited him day after day without producing any impression. But one day he sat down beside him and began talking about his work and the material he was then handling. The man became interested, for he found that the minister knew as much about his trade as he did himself. Next Sunday he went to church, and when taunted by his former companions, replied, “Mr. Irving is no fool, he kens leather.”

  1. Have some special work to do for Christ. The field of Christian usefulness is wide, and there can be no difficulty in finding suitable work. To help you in this—1. Be regular and faithful in your devotions. 2. Try to do every day something simply for Christ’s sake—repress your temper, speak to some friend about salvation, practise some self-denial, for Christ’s sake, and with the help of the Spirit. Conclusion: Are you serving Christ or Satan? You must be one or the other. (G. D. Macgregor.)

Do all for God:—1. When we remember that our destiny is to live with Christ and glorified beings, and that any work that does not fit us for that is a great impertinence, it is alarming at first sight to note that the great bulk of our occupations are of the earth, earthy. All professions and trades are for the purpose of supplying defects in the existing order, and, therefore, when that order is no more, and is superseded by one in which there are no defects, the occupations of this life must necessarily die a natural death. Is there not, then, something which seems inappropriate in the circumstance that all this short life should be taken up in doing what has no reference to eternity, and will be swept away like so much litter? 2. It was just this feeling that gave rise to Monasticism. Men assumed that eternity would be given up to prayer and praise; these, therefore, must be the earthly occupations of religious men. Let us not rail at their mistake, for it is a common assumption that a secular pursuit is an obstacle to a religious mind. Hence a seriously disposed young man is pointed out as destined for the Church. 3. As the pushing of a false theory to its extreme point is one method of showing its fallacy, imagine it to be God’s will that all Christians should have a directly spiritual pursuit. What then? The system of society is brought to a dead-lock. Take away the variety of callings, reduce all to that of the monk, and civilization is undermined and we revert to barbarism. This assuredly cannot be the will of Him who has implanted in us the instincts which develope into civilization. 4. But if this cannot be the will of God, then it must be His will that this man should ply some humble craft; that this other should have the duties of a large estate; that a third should go to the desk; a fourth minister to the sick; a fifth fight the battles of his country. Now if this be the case the greatest harm is done when a man thrusts himself out from his proper vocation. Each man’s wisdom and happiness must lie in doing the work God has given him. So thought St. Paul. He did not urge his converts to join him in his missionary journeys, but to abide in his calling with God. 5. “With God.” This wraps up the secret of which we are in search, how we may serve God in our daily business. How can this be done? By throwing into the work a pure and holy intention. Intention is to our actions what the soul is to the body. As the soul, not the body, makes us moral agents, so motive gives action a moral character. To kill a man, of malice prepense, is murder; but to kill him by accident is no sin at all. A good work, such as prayer, becomes hypocrisy if done for the praise of men. 6. Now the great bulk of life’s work is done with no intention whatever of serving God. (1) The intention of some in their work is simply to gain a livelihood: a perfectly innocent and even good motive, but not spiritual and such as redeems the work from earthiness. (2) Others labour with a view of gaining eminence. The effects of work done in this spirit, if it does not meet with success, are sad to witness. (3) Others mainly work from energy of mind. They would be miserable if idle; but that work has of course no spiritual character. (4) Another class work from the high and elevating motive of duty; but if the intention have no reference to God’s appointment it has no more spirituality than might have been found in the mind of Cicero or Sepeca. (5) A great mass of human activity has no intention at all, and so runs to waste from a spiritual point of view. Multitudes work mechanically, and by the same instinct of routine as a horse in a mill. But man is surely made for something nobler than to work by mere force of habit. 7. Now what is the true motive which lifts up the humblest duties into a higher atmosphere? This—“Whatsoever ye do,” &c. The primary reference is to the duties of slaves, the lowest imaginable. The a fortiori inference is this, that if the drudgery of a slave admits of such a consecration, much more does any nobler form of business. No man after this can say, “My duties are so very commonplace that they cannot have a religious dignity and value.” 8. Practical counsels. (1) Before you go to your task fix it in your mind that all lawful pursuits are departments of God’s harvest-field in which He has called Christians to labour. (2) Pursue your own calling with the conscious intention of furthering His work and will. (3) Then put your hand to it bravely, keeping before you the main aim of pleasing Him with diligence and zeal. (4) Imagine Jesus surveying your work as He will do it at the last day, and strive that there may be no flaw in it. (Dean Goulburn.)

Working:—Were I to ask, “What was the purpose for which you were sent into the world,” I should get a variety of replies. But the right answer would be, To work. So the Bible tells us, and Providence and the world around. Work is not an evil, but a good. There is work in heaven. Adam unfallen was a working man. If there had been no sin the world would not have been a world of idleness. And what is true of us is true of all God’s creatures. Take water; it never stands still. Take horses, or even the birds, how soon they have to work for a living. Our text tells us how to work and for whom to work. Take then its instruction as a guide for—

  1. School work. Many wish there were no such thing. This is foolish, for schools make all the difference between us and heathens. How hard it is for a man to get on in life who has had a poor education. School work is hard, but it will be made all the lighter if done heartily and to the Lord; and then there would be no need for the coaxing and bribing and threatening that are so common.
  2. Home work. Young people should make themselves useful at home, and not expect that everybody should be attending upon them. Home work is an important part of the training for after life; and there is nothing in it beneath the dignity of any girl. And what a comfort it would make you, and what a saving you might be to mother’s cares. And the reason it is repulsive is because you do not take to it in a right spirit. Throw heart in it, and it will soon be enjoyable.

III. Business work. Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well—the work even of a message-boy, crossing sweeper, or shoeblack. It is often when people are busy at their work that God comes with a blessing. Moses, Gideon, Elisha, the shepherds, the apostles were all called when at their work. Is yours humble? You can exalt it by taking it as Christ’s, and by doing it with all your heart.

  1. Soul work. This is done more for us than by us. And yet we have to “work out” what God works in. This will have to be done heartily and unto the Lord, or literally not at all. We have to escape—which surely involves earnestness—to Jesus.
  2. Christian work. Every work is Christian if done for Christ, but there is work more especially done for Him. When a little girl’s mother comes to visit her at school, she wants to introduce all her friends to her. Your work is to introduce them to Jesus. You need not be a missionary to do this. (J. H. Wilson, M.A.)

“Not unto men”:—It is related that when Phidias, the great sculptor who carved statues for one of the temples of antiquity, was labouring with minute fidelity upon the hair on the back of the head of one of the historic figures which was to be elevated from the pavement to the very apex of the building, or placed along the frieze, some one expostulated with him, saying, “Why do you take such great pains with the hair? It is never to be seen.” His simple reply was, “The gods will see it.” So he laboured thoroughly in the minutest things, not for the eyes of men but for the eyes of the gods. (H. Melvill, B.D.) Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Christian Socialism:—Christianity, though altogether opposed to those levelling theories which disaffected men industriously broach, places the highest and the lowest on a par in the competition for eternity. Christianity is the best upholder of the distinctions in society; and he can have read his Bible to little purpose who does not see the appointment of God that there should be rich and poor in the world, master and servant; who does not perceive that want of loyalty is want of religion, and that there is no more direct rebellion against the Creator than resistance to any constituted authority, or the endeavour to bring round that boasted equality in which all shall have the same rights, or to speak more truly, in which none shall have any. But if Christianity makes it sinful to repine against servitude, it gives a dignity to the servant who would still remain in servitude. It tells the servant, that if faithful here, he may rank with his master hereafter, even though the employment of the master has been the advancement of Christ’s cause on earth. And oh! it should be a surprisingly cheerful thing to those who have to wear away life in the meanest occupations, that, as immortal beings, they are not one jot disadvantaged by their temporal position, but they make as much progress in the Christian race as those placed at the very highest summit in the Christian office. (Ibid.) Living for Christ:—

  1. Unity of purpose is necessary. 1. For the development of character. 2. For success in life. Glory, self-interest, benevolence, each gives unity and force, whereas a man without any such governing principle becomes weak; and it is only by making one object predominant and seeking that object that great results are achieved.
  2. That which gives unity to the Christian life is Christ. 1. He is the unifying principle of Christian theology. 2. Of the inward life of the Christian. 3. Of his outward and active life. We have an illustration of this in Paul, in his theology, experience, and work. Negatively he did not seek wealth or honour, either as his main or subordinate object. He simply sought the glory of Christ.

III. The glory of Christ should be our aim. 1. Because it is our duty. This is the highest thing we can do. Whatever else we do will, in the end, be regarded as nothing. 2. Our inward holiness and happiness will thereby be best advanced. 3. Only thus can we be really useful. Thus only do we associate ourselves with the saints and angels. The extension of Christ’s kingdom is the only thing worth living for. 4. Christ has died for you, redeemed you. You are not your own but His. Serve Him, then, under the constraint of His love. (C. Hodge, D.D.)

The perfect service:—It would be truthful to say that all “serve the Lord Christ.” Some against their will—Pharisees, Pilate, Judas, &c. Some unconsciously—all who spread the true refinement of art, the researches of science, the charities of philanthropy. But Paul is not now speaking to such, but “to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ at Colossæ.” And these words indicate about the life service of all true Christians.

  1. Its motive. The constraint is “for Christ’s sake.” Such motive is—1. Deep enough. It has its hands on all the hidden springs of purpose and love. 2. Abiding enough. To please others who may change or die, or please self, which is fickle and disappointing, cannot ensure the prolonged service men can render to the eternal and unchanging Christ.
  2. Its pattern. In some warfare the commander says, “Go”; in this He says, “Follow Me.” “He was in all points tempted,” &c. “He has left us an example.”

III. Its help. The fishers after their night of bootless toil, Peter walking on the waves, Paul receiving grace to endure a hidden sorrow, are specimens of men needing and receiving help from Christ.

  1. Its comprehensiveness. It includes all circumstances, whether of artizan or statesman; all ages, whether of child or patriarch; of all spheres, whether of the inward or outward life. “Whatsoever ye do.”
  2. Its consummation. It has now the approval of conscience and the Master; it will ultimately receive “the reward of the inheritance.” (U. R. Thomas.) The service of Christ is
  3. Honourable service. We serve the Lord Christ—King of kings, and Lord of lords. The servants of royalty are nobles; so we are kings and priests unto God.
  4. Reasonable service. The master had a claim upon the slave as his property won in war or purchased by money. We have been bought with a price. Christ has a right based upon His service of love; we should respond with gratitude.

III. Entire service. The slave was his master’s altogether—self, family, belongings, &c. So Christ claims all we are and all we have—time, money, secularities, and not merely Sabbaths, worship, &c.

  1. Happy service. Sometimes the road is rough, but the motive for treading it makes it smooth, and the companionship of Him we love relieves its tedium and lightens its darkness.
  2. Easy service. “Take My yoke upon you … and ye shall find rest.” Love is the magic power which makes what is irksome pleasurable.
  3. The service of friendship (John 15:15). It is the badge of true Christian discipleship—not creeds, professions, sentiments, &c.

VII. Lucrative service. 1. It is its own reward here. 2. It has an exceeding great reward by and by. (A. C. Price, B.A.)

How difficulties in Christ’s service are overcome:—Sometimes when a man’s limb has been broken, and long weeks of rest are necessary in order that the fractured bones may reunite, there is danger lest the limb should become permanently contracted; so as soon as it is safe to do so, the patient is ordered to exercise the limb. At first the exercise gives acute pain, but after awhile, as vigour and strength return to the limb, in the thrill of health that he feels, the man forgets the pain and is glad. Now sin has dislocated man’s moral nature, and though by grace it may have been reset, still God’s wise exercise of it is exceedingly painful; but then this exercise begets spiritual health, and that health sends such a thrill of pleasure through the soul that the very act of obedience to, and service of, Christ, gains strength to obey and serve; and with increasing strength difficulty after difficulty disappears, pain goes, pleasure comes, and the Christian is master of his work, and delights in it. (Ibid.)

What makes Christ’s service easy and pleasant:—That huge piece of timber which lies there in that quiet creek, from which the tide has receded, leaving it dry and immovable in the sand; try to shift it, and it is only with the utmost difficulty that you can do so. But wait till the tide comes in, and the waters flow around it. Make the attempt now, and with what comparative ease you accomplish it! Even so there are ten thousand things in the way of duty laid upon us by God which, so long as the heart is unrenewed, seem hard and burden-some, but all of which yield when once the love of Christ has once entered and filled the heart, are cheerfully taken up and done with ease and joy to the Loved One. A little child had given to her by a friend a bunch of ripe, beautiful grapes. Just as she was about to eat them her mother said, “My child, will you give me those grapes?” The little one looked at the grapes and then at the mother whom she loved; and then after a pause, as the mother’s love came rushing with full tide into her heart, and overmastering every other feeling, she flung the grapes into her mother’s lap, and with a kiss surrendered them all (Matt. 18:3). The love of Christ makes sacrifice easy and delightful. (Ibid.)

The ruling motive of Christ’s servants:—You cannot serve two masters—you must serve one or other. If your work is first with you, and your fee second, work is your master, and the Lord of work, who is God. But if your fee is first with you, and your work second, fee is your master, and the lord of fee, who is the devil; and not only the devil, but the lowest of devils—“the least erected fiend that fell.” So there you have it in brief terms—work first, you are God’s servants; fee first, you are the fiend’s. And it makes a difference, now and ever, believe me, whether you serve Him who has on His vesture and thigh written, “King of kings,” and whose service is perfect freedom; and him on whose vesture and thigh is written, “Slave of slaves,” and whose service is perfect slavery. (John Ruskin.)

The sure reward of Christ’s servants:—When Calvin was banished from ungrateful Geneva, he said, “Most assuredly if I had merely served man, this would have been a poor recompense; but it is my happiness that I have served Him who never fails to reward His servants to the full extent of His promise.” (C. H. Spurgeon.)

All for Jesus:—The gospel does not barely supply us with directions, but furnishes us with reasons and power for obedience. The apostle knew that the conditions of believers are various, and therefore laid down distinct precepts for masters and servants, &c., but proposed a common motive for all. Our translation is in the indicative and states the fact—“Ye serve the Lord Christ.” Is that so? If not, the original will bear rendering in the imperative—“Serve ye the Lord Christ.” What an exaltation for a slave of Satan to become a servant of Christ. “Thy gentleness hath made me great.” It is a greater honour to serve Christ in the most menial capacity than to occupy the throne of the Cæsars. To serve us He laid aside His glorious array and girt Him with the garments of a servant. In our turn let us serve Him alone and for ever. Ye serve the Lord Christ—

  1. In the common acts of life. The fact that the text was addressed to the lowest is instructive. He does not address this choice saying to masters, preachers, deacons, magistrates, or persons of influence, but to slaves. He goes to the kitchen, the field, &c., to his toiling brethren. If the poor slave should serve Jesus how much more ought I? 1. Those who are in a low estate serve the Lord Christ. (1) By a quiet acquiescence in the arrangement of Providence which has placed them where they are. While the race is as it is some must serve. When a man can say, “I have learned in whatsoever state I am to be content,” that is obedience and the service of Christ. (2) By exercising the graces of the Spirit in the discharge of our calling. An honest, trustworthy servant is a standing evidence of the power of religion, and preaches in the nursery, workshop, and many places where a preacher would not be admitted, a silent but effective sermon. This was how the gospel spread in Rome. (3) By displaying the joy of the Lord in our service. Many have been won to Christ by the cheerfulness of poor Christians. It was so in Paul’s day. The Christian slave would not join in the jollity of the heathen festivals, but whenever any one was in trouble he was the cheerful comforter. (4) By performing the common acts of life as unto Christ’s self. To the man of God nothing is secular, everything is sacred. “What God hath cleansed, that call thou not common.” 2. This view of things—(1) Ennobles life. The bondsman is henceforth free; he serves not man but God. (2) Cheers the darkest shades. (3) Ensures a reward. (4) Should stimulate zeal. If you serve the Lord Christ, serve Him well. If you had work to do for Her Majesty you would try to do your best.
  2. In religious actions. Every professor should have something to do for Christ. It would be well if our Church discipline permitted us to turn out every drone. They are of little use in honey making and are at the bottom of all quarrels. But all who work are not necessarily serving Christ. 1. Some serve in a legal spirit. This spirit has a measure of power in it, as the lash drives the slave. But Christians are free and should serve Christ from gratitude and not from fear. 2. Some in a spirit of formality, as a part of the general routine of their existence. It is the proper thing to go to a place of worship, to give their guinea, &c. Christ is not served by such mechanical working. 3. Some in a party spirit, who serve not Christ but their own denomination, and who would almost be vexed at Christ being honoured by any other sect. 4. Some out of the ambition to be thought useful. Our parents or friends wish us to be active in the Church, and therefore we do it. 5. We must rise above all this. What we do we must do for the Master alone.

III. In special acts done to Himself. We desire not only to aid our friend in his projects, but to do something for him himself. So we want to do something, personally, for our Divine Benefactor. 1. We can adore Him. We may be doing nothing for our fellows while thus occupied, but Jesus is dearer to us than the whole race. And as we adore Him in secret so we should extol Him in public. 2. We should pray for Him. “Prayer shall be made for Him continually.” It is delightful to pray for sinners and for saints, but there should be special prayer for the extension of Christ’s kingdom, that He may see the travail of His soul. 3. There should be much communion with Him. “If any man serve Me let him follow Me, and where I am there shall also My servant be.” To be near Him is one of the essentials of service. Let no day pass without a word with Jesus. You are His spouse—can you live without a loving word from your husband? 4. You should sit at His feet and learn of Him, studying His Word. Martha prepared a feast for Christ and did well, but Jesus gave Mary the preference. 5. You must obey Him. “If ye love Me keep My commandments,” not simply build chapels, &c. 6. You must be willing to bear reproach for His sake. 7. Care for His Church. “Lovest thou Me?—feed My sheep.” If you cannot serve with your tongue you can feed the hungry, clothe the naked, &c. “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these,” &c. 8. Bestow upon Him little wastefulnesses of love—breaking alabaster boxes of very precious ointment on Him. Think of something now and then that you could not justify in prudence. (C. H. Spurgeon.)[5]


3:23 / Second, slaves have a new center of reference. This is implied already in the last phrase of verse 22, which the thoughts of verse 23 amplify somewhat. Paul wants them to understand that, in spite of their position, they are serving Christ and not men. As a result of their relationship to Christ, they have been freed from viewing work as an obligation and performing it methodically and unenthusiastically for human approval. Thus Paul states that they are to work heartily, as though they were working for the Lord, not for men.[6]


23 Verse 23 largely repeats what was said in Col 3:17; in fact, the opening clause is nearly identical to 3:17 but focused now on slaves: “Whatever you do.” The “whatever” is whatever the slaves do. Verse 23 turns quickly and tersely from doing everything “in the name of the Lord Jesus” (3:17) to a reworking of 3:22, with one major shift: instead of working for their masters, their efforts are transcended by learning to work for Master Jesus. Three brief expressions are used here: (1) work at it with all your heart, or enthusiastically, or more literally, from your God-vivified body;302 (2) their efforts are refocused into working for the Lord Jesus; and (3) they are not to see the focus of their labors as done only for human masters. Three clauses, the first reworking what is just said in 3:22, the second repeating what is found about living before the Lord Jesus in 3:17, and the third reworking again what is found in 3:22. But the verb is new. “Work” (ergazomai) is often used negatively in Paul for those working “works of the law” (Rom 4:4–5) but sometimes also positively (Gal 6:10; 1 Cor 16:10; 2 Cor 7:10; Rom 2:10; 13:10). Here the second sense is in mind.[7]


23 In 3:17 Paul enjoins the Colossians in general to do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus. At the outset of v. 23, the apostle admonishes slaves in particular to work heartily (lit., “from [your] soul”; NIV, “with all your heart”) in whatever they do. Slaves are to not only obey their masters with singularity of heart but are also to perform their given duties with all the energy they can muster. A slave characterized by integrity and productivity would be a valued commodity for any master. That being said, this is not what ought to motivate their work; rather, Paul directs slaves to expend their energies as to the Lord and not their masters, who are, in the final analysis, mere mortals. Even though they work for their lords, they are to do their work for their Lord.[8]


[1] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Col 3:23). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Col 3:23). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2015). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Utley, R. J. (1997). Paul Bound, the Gospel Unbound: Letters from Prison (Colossians, Ephesians and Philemon, then later, Philippians) (Vol. Volume 8, p. 47). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[5] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: Philippians–Colossians (Vol. 2, pp. 264–269). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company.

[6] Patzia, A. G. (2011). Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon (p. 93). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[7] McKnight, S. (2018). The Letter to the Colossians. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (p. 362). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[8] Still, T. D. (2006). Colossians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 342). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

God is Sovereign in Salvation and That’s a Beautiful Thing — Southern Equip

In some churches, it is a word that conjures up images of an angry and capricious God who acts arbitrarily to save some, but consigns most sinners—including deceased infants—to eternal perdition. For many professing Christians, it is the mother-of-all-swear-words.

Let the pastor breathe it in the presence of the deacon board and he risks firing, fisticuffs or worse. A God who chooses is anti-American, anti-democracy. It bespeaks a long-faced religion, a doctrinal novelty invented by a maniacal 16th century minister whose progeny manufactured a theological “ism” that has plunged countless souls into a godless eternity.

In other churches, it is a cherished word that describes a beloved doctrine, one that bestows comfort and unshakable confidence that not one maverick molecule, not one rebel subatomic particle exists outside of God’s loving providential control—even in the matter of salvation. Want to start a lively conversation? Then utter the word:

Predestination.

A Biblical Doctrine

Few doctrines in the history of American religion have assembled such a pugilistic resume. And yet, there it stands, in the plainest and most unapologetic of terms, in Ephesians 1:5, “In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ.” Again six verses later: “In him (Christ) we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.” Those Ephesians texts, along with Romans 9, much of John 6, and Jesus’s high priestly prayer in John 17 toppled my commitment to freewill theology two decades ago. Acts 13:48 threw the knockout punch.

Disputed and disdained though it may be, predestination and its sibling, election, are plainly taught in Scripture and every exegete must make peace with it. In Chapter 3, paragraph 3, the Second London Confession sets forth the doctrine this way:

“By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory, some men and angels are predestinated, or foreordained to eternal life through Jesus Christ, to the praise of his glorious grace; others being left to act in their sin to their just condemnation, to the praise of His glorious justice.”

Many evangelicals—including pastors—see the doctrine as best left alone, forbidden theological fruit, fraught with speculation. It’s just not practical, they argue. It’s a debate for seminary classes with no real bearing on the full-court press of everyday life.

But John Calvin, the pastor-theologian often credited with inventing predestination, argues to the contrary:

“This great subject is not, as many imagine, a mere thorny and noisy disputation, nor speculation which wearies the minds of men without any profit; but a solid discussion eminently adapted to the service of the godly, because it builds us up in sound faith, trains us to humility, and lifts us up into an admiration of the unbounded goodness of God toward us, while it elevates to praise this goodness in our highest strains.”

Lorraine Boettner, author of perhaps the most extensive single volume ever written on predestination, agrees:

“This is not a cold, barren, speculative theory, not an unnatural system of strange doctrines such as many people are inclined to believe, but a most warm and living, a most vital and important account of God’s relations with men. It is a system of great practical truths which are designed and adapted, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, to mold the affections of the heart and give right direction to conduct.”

A Beautiful Doctrine

Predestination is a beautiful doctrine. Its beauty lies in the fact that a holy God has revealed it to us in his Word. And, as Calvin and Boettner point out, it has significant practical application. Predestination is not merely a topic for discussion and debate among curious seminary students. It tells us much about the character of God:

• God is meticulously writing the story of history according to his own script. Though we speak of “accidents,” really, there are no accidents. Nothing will take place today that hasn’t been carefully planned before in eternity past by an all-powerful and good Creator.

• God loves sinners. We should never get over the stunning reality of this statement. Though we have rebelled against him, yet God sent his only Son to die in the place of sinful men and women to rescue them from sin and death (Rom. 5:8). Christ, who was not guilty, laid down his life for the guilty (1 Pet. 3:18). He bore the wrath we deserve.

• God uses means to achieve his ends. Our Lord selects weak clay pots and sends them to the ends of the earth to preach the good news of his rescue mission in Christ (Rom. 10:14-15). He gives fallen men the unconscionable privilege of proclaiming his sin-slaying, death-defeating gospel.

• God’s glory is ultimate, not man’s. The outset of the Shorter Catechism famously marks out the chief end of man—to glorify God and enjoy him forever. God made us for his glory (Isa. 42:8). Every pursuit in life is to be done with an eye to the spread of his fame.

Predestination also says something important about us: apart from a unilateral work of grace, we cannot please God. We are dead in our sins, and dead men can do nothing (Eph. 2:1). Therefore, we ignore predestination to our own spiritual malnourishment.

A Practical Doctrine

Here are a few ways this often-maligned doctrine puts steel in our spiritual backbones.

1. Predestination means our salvation is as secure and settled as the God who selected us. If our inheritance is rooted in God—who chose us before the salvation of the world—then we cannot fall away. We did nothing to gain it. We can do nothing to lose it (Rom. 8:31-29). By his grace, God’s people will persevere to the end, even through many dangers, toils, and snares. This truth is a balm of comfort to saints who are wearied by the daily struggles of life, whose spiritual legs may be weakened by the daily war within and without. The God who chose you will surely keep you (John 10:28). Calvin:

“For there is not a more effectual means of building up faith than the giving our open ears to the election of God, which the Holy Spirit seals upon our heart while we hear, showing us that it stands in the eternal and immutable goodwill of God towards us; and that, therefore, it cannot be moved or altered by any storms of the world, by any assaults of Satan, by any changes, by any fluctuations or weaknesses of the flesh. For our salvation is then sure to us, when we find the cause of it in the breast of God.”

2. Predestination means our salvation is eternally grounded in a sovereign, good God, therefore, our sufferings, sorrows, persecutions, and defeats are not an accident. God is not taken off guard when we suffer. As Spurgeon put it, “All the hounds of affliction are muzzled till God sets them free.” And, of greater importance, as Paul famously articulated it in Romans 8:28, “God causes all things to work together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose.” God is never late. He never gets the wrong address. Though you may never fully understand it, your hurt is his instrument put to use in his indefatigable mission of remaking you into the image of his Son. God’s absolute sovereignty wed with his goodness is the best medicine for human anxiety.

Boettner draws on the words of Presbyterian pastor Clarence E. Macartney:

“The misfortunes and adversities of life, so called, assume a different color when we look at them through this glass. It is sad to hear people trying to live over their lives again and saying to themselves, ‘If I had taken a different turning of the road,’ ‘If I had married another person.’ All this is weak and unchristian. The web of destiny we have woven, in a sense, with our own hands, and yet God had His part in it. It is God’s part in it, and not our part, that gives us faith and hope.”

3. Predestination means we should be humble and thankful, not bitter, fearful or always spoiling for debate. Why did God choose to adopt me into his family? Why am I a Christian and (at least for now) my neighbor is not? Why was I born to parents who valued the church and treasured God’s Word? Why do I have the indescribable privilege of serving as a herald of God’s truth and serving God’s people. I can’t explain any of it except as Scripture does: It was the kind intention of his will (Eph. 1:5). I did not—could not—save myself. That it pleased God to do so should humble me and put thanksgiving on my lips every moment of every day—because God did it all, and I did nothing. My life could’ve been radically different, but because of his grace, it’s not. God has been good to me, has suffered long with me, and I must extend the same grace to others, particularly brothers and sisters in Christ who have yet to fully wrestle with this doctrine.

Like many, when I first encountered predestination, I immediately put God in the dock and pled injustice: “But that’s not fair. How could a loving God choose some and not others?” That’s a common objection to this doctrine, and it certainly was mine. But God, true to his character, was tender and patient with me. He eventually gave me eyes to see the beauty and life-stabilizing force of this unfathomable biblical tenet.

If God had given me what I demanded—justice—then I would be receiving the wrath my sins deserve this very moment. But he has given me—and millions of others along his unfolding timeline of history—something no human deserves: mercy. And there is nothing more practical than that.

God is Sovereign in Salvation and That’s a Beautiful Thing — Southern Equip

March 12 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Most Modern Freedom Is Fear
John 8:31–36

Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.

G. K. CHESTERTON

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

Recognized by Christ in the Strife
Matthew 7:21–23; John 14:21

If Christ recognizes you in the strife, He will recognize you in heaven, and as He has promised, will manifest Himself to you.

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

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

12 Mar 2021 News Briefing

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France’s Space Force Conducts First Military Drills Against Space-Based “Threats”
Alongside the US Space Force and German space command, France’s space force conducted its first military drills in outer space to counter threats from space based objects. The head of France’s newly created Space Command, Michel Friedling, said the drills were a “stress test of our systems” and said they “were a first for the French army and even a first in Europe.” France is slated to become the third largest player in the space domain.

GOP delegation calls on Biden to address border crisis, traveling to Texas to see firsthand
The number of illegal migrants, particularly unaccompanied children, has continued to spike at the border in what Republicans have said is a direct result of the Biden administration’s actions. On Wednesday, statistics by Customs and Border Patrol showed the number of children and families arriving at the border had increased by more than 100 percent between January and February. This included more than 9,400 children attempting to cross the border themselves.

Faster-Than-Light Travel Is Possible Within Einstein’s Physics, Astrophysicist Shows
In a new study by physicist Erik Lentz from Göttingen University in Germany, we may have a viable solution to the dilemma, and it’s one that could turn out to be more feasible than other would-be warp drives.

Missions to Mars: Mapping, Probing and Plundering the Red Planet
In the beginning of 2020, Forbes was all excitement about fresh opportunities for plunder and conquest. Titled “2020: The Year We Will Conquer Mars,” the contribution by astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter was less interested in the physics than the conquest. A potentially very crowded scene was described. Various countries would send their cluttering devices to “orbit, rove, sample, dig, and probe as much of that precious red dirt as they can, delivering untold (scientific) wealth and scope out potential future landings sites.”

Informal US-Iran nuclear talks set to start soon — NY Times
Informal talks between the US and Iran over the return to the nuclear deal could begin in the coming weeks, American and European diplomats told The New York Times in a report Thursday. When the informal talks do begin, it is expected that the United States and Iran could agree to take simultaneous steps toward coming back into compliance with the 2015 accord, the report said.

Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants land in Israel on final Rock of Israel rescue flight
Ben Gurion International Airport witnessed scenes of joy Thursday as approximately 300 new Ethiopian immigrants arrived on the ninth and final “Rock of Israel” rescue flight. The first flight landed in December, following the Israeli government’s approval for the Aliyah (immigration) of 2,000 Jewish Ethiopians – many of whom had waited years to be reunited with family members who had managed to make the journey previously.

Vice President Harris Handles Another Solo Call with a World Leader, Without Joe Biden
In yet another unprecedented display of the incumbent vice president taking on duties normally reserved for the president, Kamala Harris took a solo call from the Prime Minister of Norway on Tuesday, as reported by Fox News. Harris took the call from Prime Minister Erna Solberg, with Harris “affirming her commitment to deepening the strong alliance between Norway and the United States,” while also “thanking the Prime Minister for Norway’s close security partnership with the United States, and generous contributions to development and health security efforts around the world.”

House Passes Democrat Bill Criminalizing Private Gun Sales
H.R. 8 would expand retail point-of-sale background checks so as to cover private points-of-sale. This will criminalize an individual who sells a 5-shot revolver to a lifelong neighbor, unless that neighbor first undergoes a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check, conducted by the FBI. On Wednesday, bill sponsor Thompson claimed, without evidence, his bill is supported by “90 percent of the American [people].”

NYC mayor: Cuomo ‘can’t serve’ after sexual misconduct claims
Bill de Blasio said Andrew Cuomo “just can’t serve as governor anymore,” adding his voice on Thursday to a growing chorus of calls for Cuomo to resign after six women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Evidence Reveals: ICC secretly Colluded with PA Against Israel in ‘War Crimes’ Investigation
The PA Minister of ‎Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki has exposed that the PA and the Prosecutor, Fatou ‎Bensouda, have been in constant contact and that Bensouda even gave the PA ‎advance notice of her decision to formally open an investigation, but asked that the ‎PA ”keep it secret”.

Israel denies Jordanian Prince Entrance to Temple Mount: Jordan takes Revenge
The heir to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Hussein bin Abdullah, cancelled his planned visit on Wednesday to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where he intended to pray at the holy site. The cancellation was made at the last minute reports Jordan didn’t take kindly to the development and in response, denied Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from using the Hashemite Kingdom’s airspace reports Israel Hayom.

Decades Before The Civil War, Lincoln Saw An Approaching Storm. Every American Should Read His Warning
“Nearly every American,” Lincoln recalled, “had been a participator in some of its scenes.” But now that generation was dying off. What no invading army could, time, he lamented, had itself accomplished: Without their life experience, he realized, his was the first generation of Americans tasked with upholding their fathers’ noble experiment simply by the strength of their own virtues. This, he warned, would be very difficult.

Israel, France, Greece, Cyprus come together for naval military exercise
In an effort to strengthen its control over the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Israel Navy held joint maneuvers this week with Greece, Cyprus and France practicing anti-submarine warfare and search-and-rescue operations. The drills were part of the annual trilateral Noble Dina exercise and included naval vessels and helicopters.

10 things to know about Israel’s jittery peace with Jordan
Israel and Jordan don’t have a cold peace, they have a jittery peace. The fragility of one of Israel’s most important regional allies – with whom security ties are often described as a cornerstone of regional stability – was underscored by a series of apparent tit-for-tat diplomatic price-tag attacks over the last 24 hours.

Biden signs $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill, clearing way for stimulus checks, vaccine aid
President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package Thursday afternoon as Washington moves to send fresh aid this month. With his signature, the president checks off his first priority in the White House. He also will give a prime-time address Thursday describing how the country will proceed in fighting the virus a year after the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic.

U.S. House passes two Democratic-backed gun control bills
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a pair of gun control bills as Democrats seized upon a shifting political landscape that they said improved chances for enacting new laws after years of failed attempts. The first measure, which passed the Democratic-led House 227-203, would close a long-standing loophole in gun laws by expanding background checks…

Singapore PM: ‘Considerable risk’ of severe US-China tensions
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has told the BBC that a clash between the US and China is more likely than it was five years ago. However, he maintained that the odds of military conflict are “not yet high”. The prime minister said if both nations continue to take a hard line because of domestic considerations, they could easily find themselves at an impasse.

Netanyahu holds vaccine summit with Czech, Hungarian PMs in Jerusalem
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his Hungarian and Czech counterparts on Thursday to discuss policies to fight COVID-19 as a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic sweeps central Europe. Speaking to the press in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that the three heads of state discussed the promotion of collaborations in the fields of research, development and production of vaccines.

European, Arab diplomats try to revive Mideast peace efforts
Leading European and Arab world diplomats announced potential “small steps” Thursday toward reviving Mideast peace efforts after upcoming Israeli and Palestinian elections. The officials — from the UN, EU, Egypt, Jordan, Germany and France — did not release any specific details, however. And the meeting came amid new tensions between Israel and Arab countries around Jerusalem.

US joins West in rare criticism of Egypt on human rights abuses
The United States has joined Western countries in urging Egypt to end the prosecution of activists, journalists and perceived political opponents under “counterterrorism” laws in a rare criticism of the Middle East country at the United Nations human rights agency. The US, which has observer status at the UN Human Rights Council, was among 31 signatories of the joint statement on Egypt…

ISIS creates ‘elite new cell of jihadi strategists to carry out attacks on West’
ISIS has created a new elite cell of jihadis to plan and carry out attacks on the west, a terror expert has claimed. Though its so-called caliphate was reduced to rubble by US-backed Kurdish forces at the end of 2017, the evil group has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. Last year, the UN warned that ISIS was beginning to reassert itself in Iraq and Syria as it drew on vast cash reserves.

Source: 12 Mar 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 3/12/2021

European, Arab diplomats attempt to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts

Sirens sound in Ashkelon in false alarm after terror groups make threats

Three Palestinian fishermen killed ‘when Israeli drone exploded in nets’

Hamas blames Israel for death of 3 Gazan fishermen; Islamic Jihad vows revenge

Jordanian FM appears to assail Netanyahu for cancellation of Temple Mount visit

Israel PM delays UAE visit after Jordan overflight ‘difficulties’

10 things to know about Israel’s jittery peace with Jordan

US officials say Israel has hit many ships taking Iran oil, arms to Syria: WSJ

Israel and US hold first strategic group meeting on Iran, regional issues

US reiterates: No ‘unilateral gestures’ to Iran to jumpstart nuclear talks

Iran knows ‘how to drive a truck through American weakness,’ Mike Pompeo tells Arab News

Saudi Air Force holds joint exercises with US counterparts

Libyan lawmakers back unity government, advancing United Nations peace plan

Shock and uncertainty after death of Ivory Coast PM Bakayoko

Asia Shoppers Buy Taiwan Pineapples as Support, Defying China Ban

China legislature endorses reducing public vote in Hong Kong

China rewrites Hong Kong’s election rules to guarantee Beijing “patriots” stay in power

Biden administration will raise ‘genocide’ on Uyghur Muslims in US-China meeting next week

U.S. reportedly prepares action against Russia after major cyberattack

Merrick Garland arrives at Justice Department and delivers an implicit rebuke to Trump era

Merrick Garland stresses pursuit of ‘equal justice’ in first address to Department of Justice

US House passes bill to criminalize all unlicensed private firearm transfers

1 Democrat Joins Nearly All Republicans in Voting Against Gun-Control Measure

Schumer pledges Senate vote on gun bill passed by House: ‘No more … thoughts and prayers’

Derek Chauvin trial: Dismissed juror says George Floyd video made her cry, rioting necessary in BLM movement

House Judiciary GOP Leaders Demand Amazon Answers to Allegations of Censorship Against Conservative Viewpoints

Fireball streaks across Vermont, producing loud boom and shock waves that rattled buildings, U.S.

Asteroid 2021 EQ3 to flyby Earth at 0.72 LD on March 16

Engineers propose solar-powered lunar ark as ‘modern global insurance policy’

Fukushima: Japan mourns victims of earthquake and nuclear disaster 10 years on

Mysterious shaking again rattles San Diego County

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bolitoc, Philippines

Magma chamber continues to expand, more than 35,000 earthquakes hit Reykjanes Peninsula in two weeks, Iceland

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 45,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 12,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

‘Impossible travel conditions’ as spring storm delivers historic snow and severe storms from the Rockies to the Mississippi River Valley

Extreme cold grips northern European Russia

Multiple windstorms taking aim at Europe this week

Mexico’s move to greenlight marijuana may pressure Biden

Mexican President Says Biden’s Asylum Policies Enriching Cartels

Judge Rules Texas Can Defund Abortion Giant Planned Parenthood

EU declared ‘LGBT freedom zone’ in response to Poland’s ‘LGBT-free zones’

Mississippi governor signs bill banning transgender students from women’s sports, approving first anti-trans law of 2021

RZIM cuts staff, will restructure as grant-making organization to support abuse victims

Twitter Tries to Dismiss Lawsuit Filed by Child Sex Trafficking Survivor Using Section 230 Immunity

31 missing children recovered in Dallas-Fort Worth area during human trafficking operation

Cuomo accuser, a Democrat, blames her own party for ‘hatred spewed’ on Twitter against his alleged victims

Resignation demands grow as police get Cuomo groping report

Majority of NY state lawmakers now call for Cuomo to resign

Assembly Democrats give green light for Cuomo ‘impeachment investigation’

Biden aims for quicker shots, virus ‘independence’ by July 4

Denmark, Norway and Iceland suspend use of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine over reports of blood clots

3 Deaths in 9 Days After Hongkongers Get China’s Sinovac Vaccine

Japan sees comparitively high rate of anaphylaxis after taking Pfizer vaccine

‘COVID arm’: Dermatologists observe delayed skin reactions after vaccination

Springfield medical experts explain why women may see more side effects from COVID-19 vaccines

Over a third of Republicans don’t want the COVID vaccine – and many of them aren’t budging

Americans have started leaving home even more than before the pandemic, cellphone data shows

COVID-19 lockdowns are the ‘biggest public health mistake we’ve ever made,’ Stanford medical school prof says

Republican senators demand answers from CDC on ‘pseudo-scientific cover’ for keeping schools closed

As Abbott hits Biden for releasing migrants with COVID, White House asks why Texas rejects funds to test them

McConnell trashes Biden’s COVID relief package as ‘multitrillion-dollar Trojan horse’

Canadian Pastor Refuses to Bow Before Gov’t, Will Stay Imprisoned Until May Trial for Holding Church Services

Commentary: Why I Disagree with John MacArthur – I Would Fight for Religious Freedom

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


Apostasy Watch Friday 3-12-21

Marsha West – Who or What is the Force That Drives the Left to Cancel Conservatives?

Luis Palau, globe-trotting evangelist, is dead at 86

House chaplain criticizes lawmakers in prayer for ‘failing’ to unite around pandemic relief

Charismatic Conference Sees 4-Y/O Kids Taught to Speak in Tongues, Prophesy, Get ‘Slain in the Spirit’

Pennsylvania church treasurer charged with stealing $150,000 from parish to spend on porn site

Church Says Canadian Apologist Resigned for Sexual Sin with “Vulnerable Woman”

Meet the Gay Officer Who Arrested Canadian Pastor and Marched in Uniform in NYC Gay Pride

Survey: Churchgoers Say They Plan to Return to In-Person Worship

For the First Time in 4 Decades, Congress Is Forcing U.S. Taxpayers to Pay for Abortions

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 12, 2021

Mid-Day Digest

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“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” —Benjamin Franklin (1735)

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Trump Delivers Vaccines, Biden Claims Credit

Nate Jackson

If you watched President Joe Biden’s first primetime address last night, you should be struck by three things: COVID, not Democrat overreaction to it, is to blame for a missing year of family and social gatherings and millions of lost jobs. Joe Biden, not Donald Trump, gets credit for the vaccine and the path back to normal. And someone gave the 78-year-old Biden an adrenaline shot so he could stand up for 24 minutes and semi-coherently read the dishonest script his handlers wrote for him.

Unfortunately, Scranton Joe has a way of coming across as a down-home average guy, so his lies and narcissism are harder to detect unless you know the full background that his Leftmedia super PAC won’t tell you. He will have fooled millions of Americans last night with his disingenuous pleas for “unity” and doing things “together” — a word he used 13 times.

But all he did was take credit from the previous administration rather than give it where it’s due, while jabbing his predecessor and slamming people for what he’s previously called “Neanderthal thinking” for daring to disagree with the “science.” Real science, contrary to Democrat dogma, is a process of discovery, not a policy conclusion.

Biden used the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of a pandemic as the occasion for his speech. Yet it’s noteworthy that he did not mention the WHO or China at all in his remarks. There’s a good reason for that. Yesterday may have been the anniversary of the WHO declaration, but it was about three months after Beijing’s puppets knew what the ChiComs had unleashed on the worldOf course Biden won’t say that.

Besides, recall that just ahead of the election, senior Biden adviser Anita Dunn, who previously declared that Red Chinese dictator Mao Zedong was among her two “favorite political philosophers” on par with Mother Teresa, also said that “COVID is the best thing that ever happened to [Biden]” in his campaign to defeat Trump. Apparently he agrees.

Biden also timed his signing of the Orwellian “American Rescue Plan Act” to come just before his address. We’ve covered this $1.9 trillion boondoggle of Democrat constituency giveaways enough that we won’t rehash it here, but suffice it to say, “rescue” is not part of the Democrats’ plan.

Back to the vaccines, Biden lied through his pearly whites. “Two months ago,” he asserted, “this country didn’t have nearly enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all or near all of the American public. But soon we will.” This isn’t so much factually wrong as it is false through implication. His point, of course, is that his predecessor left him a mess, which is something Biden and his team have been regularly repeating.

“Now, because of all the work we’ve done,” Biden said (emphasis added), “we’ll have enough vaccine supply for all adults in America by the end of May.”

“When I took office 50 days ago,” the president continued, “only 8% of Americans after months, only 8% of those over the age of 65 had gotten their first vaccination. Today, that number is 65%. Just 14% of Americans over the age of 75, 50 days ago, had gotten their first shot. Today, that number is well over 70%.”

He added, “Tonight, I’m announcing that I will direct all states, tribes, and territories to make all adults — people 18 and over — eligible to be vaccinated no later than May 1.”

For Joe, this success is practically an accident of chronology, though it’s also the product of the Democrats’ concerted effort to exploit COVID for electoral victory last November. How long did it take to develop a brand new vaccine to a novel virus? Astoundingly, just a few months. Even under the best of circumstances, it then takes time to manufacture and distribute those vaccines.

The truth is that the stunning success of Operation Warp Speed is thanks to Trump’s leadership, not Biden’s. It’s thanks to the ingenuity of American scientific research and development, not political promises. Trump set the plan in motion, leaving Biden to merely take the baton and keep running.

As Biden’s former boss once said, “You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

That Mr. Unity™ couldn’t be magnanimous enough to give even a little bit of credit to his predecessor is a testament to his true politically divisive agenda. His dishonesty also undermines his own pleas that Americans “listen to … trusted voices” on the vaccine. He says, “I know they’re safe,” but he just lied about their origin.

Then again, as the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams quips, “If there’s one thing President Biden loves, it’s passing off somebody else’s work as his own.”

On a final note, Biden disgracefully used Independence Day as his goal for only slightly letting up on the fearmongering and marking “our independence from this virus.”

“If we do all this, if we do our part, if we do this together, by July the 4th, there’s a good chance you, your families, and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout and a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day,” Biden said before cautioning, “That doesn’t mean large events with lots of people together, but it does mean small groups will be able to get together.”

Gee thanks, Joe. Small gatherings outside in four months. How gracious of you.

Moreover, it came with a mob-style threat: “If we don’t stay vigilant and the conditions change, then we may have to reinstate restrictions to get back on track. Please, we don’t want to do that again.” Nice economy you’ve got there; shame if something happened to it.

Of course, if Biden followed the science on herd immunity, he’d be even more generous far sooner and lay off the intimidation tactics. Or maybe he’d even acknowledge that millions of Americans have already been doing these activities and more for months. But we’re probably just Neanderthals for pointing that out.

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The Devastating Price of Ineffective Lockdowns

Mark Alexander

The waxy automaton Joe Biden read a prepared national address last night on the one-year anniversary of the ChiCom World Health Organization’s declaration of the ChiCom Virus pandemic. His handlers chose this date for Biden to insist he saved the nation, despite the fact that WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was conspiring with Red China dictator Xi Jinping to conceal the outbreak — until China was in a position to maximize the damage to the U.S. economy.

By extension, of course, China maximized the devastation not just to American lives and livelihoods but to those of other nations.

Last year, we published a link to the Great Barrington Declaration, a prophetic condemnation of the current lockdown strategies being mandated by many U.S. state governors and leaders around the world. The authors, infectious disease epidemiologists and scientists, noted, “Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health.”

The Declaration concluded: “Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.”

Prophetic indeed — and the Declaration has been signed by 13,000 medical and health scientists and more than 41,000 healthcare practitioners.

One of the principal authors of that study, Stanford University Medical School professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, recently noted the lockdowns are the “biggest public health mistake we’ve ever made. … The harm to people is catastrophic.”

He reiterated this week: “Lockdowns are the single worst public health mistake in the last 100 years. We will be counting the catastrophic health and psychological harms, imposed on nearly every poor person on the face of the earth, for a generation. At the same time, they have not served to control the epidemic in the places where they have been most vigorously imposed. In the US, they have — at best — protected the ‘non-essential’ class from COVID, while exposing the essential working class to the disease. The lockdowns are trickle down epidemiology.”

As I noted again yesterday in my condemnation of Swamp Doctor Anthony Fauci, nobody should be listening to anything he says, and “never again should we quarantine the most healthy among us and shutter businesses across the nation.”

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Dems Strategize to Eliminate Senate Filibuster

Thomas Gallatin

Last week, House Democrats passed, on a strict party-line vote, HR 1, the radical election “reforming” legislation they dubiously named the “For the People Act.” Our Douglas Andrews said it “couldn’t be any more dangerous to the notion of free and fair elections,” and veteran analyst John Fund called it “the worst piece of legislation I have ever seen in my 40 years reporting from Washington.”

That sentiment certainly isn’t wrong, but this isn’t the only hyper-partisan and extreme bill Democrats have put forward in recent memory. In reality, House Democrats, guided by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have strategically thrown any semblance of bipartisanship out the window in order to press hard on advancing their radical agenda. Note the number of recent partisan bills passed by the House on strict party-lines, which, we’d note, means by the narrowest majority since the 1940s. Those bills include such “unifying” things as the “Equality Act” and the $1.9 trillion boondoggle known as the “American Rescue Plan Act” signed by Joe Biden yesterday, as well as two recent “gun control” measures, just to name a few.

There is a strategy behind the House Democrats’ extreme partisanship — elimination of the Senate filibuster. As The Washington Times reports, “House Democrats are inundating the Senate with a series of partisan bills on issues such as expanding mail-in voting, terminating qualified immunity for police and phasing out fossil fuels, partly in hopes of pressuring holdout Senate Democrats to eliminate the filibuster.”

With the Democrats holding the majority in a 50-50 Senate via Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote, passing such extreme measures would require the elimination of the filibuster and its 60-vote threshold to advance legislation. Thus far, two Democrat senators, Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), stand in opposition to eliminating the filibuster. Therefore, the play by House Democrats is to send the Senate a long list of extreme partisan bills with the aim of creating the false narrative of obstructionist Republicans preventing progress, and then pressuring both Manchin and Sinema to give up their resistance to “needed” change.

Case in point were the recent comments from Democrat Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA). “Democrats — the White House, the Senate, and the House — have to recognize that then we’re going to have to reform the filibuster, because we have to be able to deliver,” she contended. “We had black, brown, indigenous, working poor people who came out and voted for us. And now we have to show that it’s going to make a difference that we’re not going to get caught up in the tyranny of the minority that exists in the Senate.”

For radical leftist Democrats, bipartisanship has now become the problem rather than a feature of our governmental system. In other words, they want to eliminate the very checks and balances the Founders installed to help prevent tyranny.

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Another Bad Week for Andrew Cuomo

Douglas Andrews

We almost went an entire week without talking about The Shame of the Empire State. Almost. We tried. But the guy just couldn’t stay out of the news.

New York’s Emmy Award-winning governor, Andrew Cuomo, continues to insist that he never touched anyone inappropriately and that he won’t resign from office — this after yet another accuser, a member of the Executive Chamber staff at the governor’s mansion, came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

The woman, who hasn’t been named publicly and is apparently “much younger” than the governor, says that she and Cuomo were alone on the second floor of his residence, where she’d been summoned to help him fix a problem with his cellphone. There, he stuck his hand under her blouse and groped her.

Gee. That sure sounds inappropriate.

One, two, three, four, five, six. Anyone else sensing a pattern here?

“The details of this report are gut-wrenching,” Cuomo said while fighting back crocodile tears. “I am not going to speak to the specifics of this or any other allegation given the ongoing review, but I am confident in the result of the attorney general’s report.”

Confident, eh? We’re not so sure. As National Review’s Andrew McCarthy reports, “On Monday, the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, appointed two well-regarded lawyers to investigate Cuomo’s sexual-harassment scandal. … Meantime, those calling for Governor Cuomo to resign now include Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the powerful Democratic majority leader in the state senate, whose comments along those lines were echoed by Carl Heastie, the Democratic speaker of the state assembly. The governor has reportedly been pleading with state lawmakers behind the scenes, seeking to dissuade further calls for him to resign — which he insists he has no intention of doing.”

And if he was so “confident,” why would it be that, as The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, “In the days after … Cuomo was first accused of sexual harassment by a former aide, the governor’s office called at least six former employees either to find out if they had heard from the accuser or to glean information about her in conversations that some said they saw as attempts to intimidate them”?

The governor, it seems, has a knack for Clintonian heavy-handedness.

Moreover, though — and far more seriously — Cuomo continues to escape accountability for his catastrophic COVID-19 malfeasance.

We’ve been over this ground before, but it bears repeating: His actions as governor likely caused the deaths of thousands of his state’s elderly citizens. The facts are stubborn, and they make clear that Cuomo shoved his state’s coronavirus-positive elderly folks back into nursing homes, where the deadly virus could spread unchecked among our most vulnerable population. And, if we’re to believe his top aide, Cuomo then tried to cover up the true death toll — all while cashing in on his book about leadership during a crisis.

New York Republican Representative Elise Stefanik has led the charge against Cuomo, having weeks ago called his actions “a massive corruption and coverup scandal at the highest level of New York State Government” and demanding his resignation.

Now, finally, even some powerful Democrats are joining in. As The Wall Street Journal’s Jimmy Vielkind reports, “The New York State Assembly said on Thursday that it would start an impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo. … After lawmakers met privately Thursday afternoon, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat from the Bronx, said the Democrat-dominated chamber’s judiciary committee would have authority to interview witnesses, subpoena documents and evaluate evidence as members consider possible articles of impeachment.”

It’s about time. Apparently, though, no New York governor has been impeached in more than a century.

We’d say the Empire State is long overdue.

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Evangelicals for Biden Discover Reality

Michael Swartz

As Family Research Council President Tony Perkins opined, certain evangelicals can’t say they weren’t warned.

But, as expected by most people who have the (rapidly disappearing) ability to do critical thinking, the “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden” group was bitterly disappointed that Joe Biden didn’t find a way to negotiate renewal of the Hyde Amendment into the most recent ChiCom virus “relief” bill just passed by the Democrats in Congress and signed by Biden on Thursday. “In 13 debates, multiple campaign ads, and a Planned Parenthood townhall, no one had any doubt that if this man won the White House, his folksy faith talk would take a backseat to his political deal with the far-Left,” wrote Perkins. “If Evangelicals for Biden want to say they never saw this COVID bill and its abortion funding coming, then they were the only ones.”

Admittedly, this Biden-backing pro-life cabal is a tiny group of diehard believers who thought they may have some sway with the nominally Catholic president. In fact, the overall Evangelicals for Biden organization claimed to be thrilled with the latest COVID bill: “The fact that 3-out-of-4 Americans support this Relief package indicates what is possible when we elected leaders of integrity who reflect our values. We are proud of the role Evangelical [sic] for Biden played in helping make this moment possible.” Please.

Surely knowing in their heart of hearts that Biden would go in this direction, the notion that such lemmings could even exist makes a little more sense when you understand their definition of pro-life. According to the group’s initial statement, which is no longer on its site:

We believe that a Biblically shaped commitment to the sanctity of human life compels us to a consistent ethic of life that affirms the sanctity of human life from beginning to end. … Poverty, lack of accessible health care services, smoking, racism and climate change are all pro-life issues…

Knowing that the most common reason women give for abortion is the financial difficulty of another child, we appreciate a number of Democratic proposals that would significantly alleviate that financial burden: accessible health services for all citizens, affordable childcare, a minimum wage that lifts workers out of poverty.

Unfortunately, these folks seem to have forgotten that Liberty is impossible without the life to enjoy it.

So, after this Big Government giveaway was passed, it’s hardly a surprise that the portion of the group that actually cared about the preborn was somewhat left out of the excitement felt by the Religious Left. Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden spokesman Dr. Richard Mouw sounded crestfallen. “I don’t see any reason why a Catholic president like Joe Biden, who certainly has understood the teachings of the church, could not at least say we want to cut back on the number of abortions, we don’t want to federally fund abortions except in extreme circumstances,” complained Mouw. “I don’t understand where he’s going with this … [or] why he would be so open now about wanting to dump the Hyde Amendment language, which for many of us was a boundary that we don’t want to cross.”

Political analyst Gary Bauer was having none of it. “I’m hard-pressed to think of a more naive group of activists,” he said. “Soviet leaders had a name for people like this who could be convinced to betray their own interests. They called them ‘useful idiots.’”

The Biden-backing pro-lifers believe they received the wrong signal from the Biden/Harris administration, but we knew that to be the case well before November 3 or March 11. Now the green light is shining in the direction of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, and it’s in large part because evangelicals like this chose a feeble man’s “nice personality” over a committed pro-life president’s abrasive one.

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Senate GOP Retirements Loom Large

Brian Mark Weber

When it finally became clear that President Donald Trump’s challenges to the election results weren’t going to change a single vote, Republicans had to accept a stinging defeat and pin their hopes on taking back Congress in 2022.

This seemed to be a reasonable objective, and it helped take the sting out of the loss. After all, Trump’s defeat overshadowed the fact that Republicans nearly won back the House in 2020. And despite suffering a double-punch loss to the hard-left duo of Rafael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the Georgia Senate races, Republicans entered this year only one Senate seat away from regaining power in the upper chamber.

But around every silver lining is a dark cloud, and there are some ominous signs that could make the 2022 midterms yet another painful political cycle for Republicans. For one, there’ll be some noteworthy GOP senators retiring. And while holding onto a seat held by an incumbent is statistically favorable, filling a seat after a retirement is a challenge for either party.

One of the more noteworthy Republican retirements will be that of Missouri Senator Roy Blunt. As The Dispatch reports, “Blunt has been in Congress for a while — 14 years in the House, and 10 in the Senate — and held leadership roles in both chambers. He’s long been one of Mitch McConnell’s closest allies, and was considered a potential successor to the minority leader by some. Not anymore.”

The Dispatch adds, “The biggest difference between 2010 and 2022 is that the GOP’s polarizing ex-president is adamant on playing a large role in the midterms this time. That likely won’t matter in states like Alabama, Missouri, and Ohio — which Trump won in November by 25, 15, and 8 percentage points, respectively — but nominating a Trump acolyte could make things tricky for Republicans in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.”

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell remains influential, but even he, fresh from being reelected to yet another six-year term, isn’t guaranteed to finish out his current one. After all, McConnell is 79, and he’s had some health problems in recent years.

Some Republican Kentucky legislators are putting a mechanism in place to fill McConnell’s seat should it become vacant. Senate Bill 228 would allow an executive committee of the party holding the Senate seat to provide a list of three names rather than empowering the Democrat governor to choose a successor.

McConnell supports Senate Bill 228 “because of the razor-thin margins in the U.S. Senate,” writes Nick Storm of The Intercept. “For those Republicans, McConnell is seeking to protect the upper chamber from adding an additional Democrat.”

Other senators who’ve already announced their retirements include Ohio’s Rob Portman, North Carolina’s Richard Burr, and Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey. All three are only in their 60s but claim to have grown disenchanted with the partisan nature of Senate politics in recent years. Chuck Grassley, who’s 87, continues to mull over his options and won’t make an announcement until the fall. Several other Republican senators have yet to make a commitment to defending their seats.

In most years, the enthusiasm of Republican voters would be a reliable factor to consider, but a recent poll reveals that GOP voters are still simmering over what they perceive to have been a capitulation by party leaders in the Senate — both for having accepted Joe Biden’s electoral victory and for their criticism of Donald Trump.

Even with history on their side (the party out of power usually picks up seats in the midterms), it appears that the unpredictable outcome of the 2022 races will be the only thing Republicans can count on.

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Has Cancel Culture Peaked, or Is It Just Underway?

Thomas Gallatin

Has cancel culture peaked, or is it just getting underway? That’s the question author Roger Kimball addresses in a recent article. A prime example, he says, is tech giant Amazon — the self-described “world’s largest book store” — and its recent and as of yet unexplained removal of Ryan Anderson’s book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment. Kimball observes, “Yes, the retail giant flagged a new policy that permits it to refuse to sell works that are ‘inappropriate and offensive’ or that trade in ‘hate speech.’ But Anderson’s book is a serious, deeply researched, and humane investigation of a deeply controverted public issue. Some people might disagree with his analysis or his conclusions. Does that make it ‘inappropriate and offensive’? Does it render it an instance of ‘hate speech’?”

The obvious answer is “no,” which is why the growing concern over a spreading cancel culture is legitimate. It raises the specter of past historically dangerous and often deadly instances of politically motivated censorship.

That said, almost no one agrees with the notion that there should be absolutely no limits to speech, which is why Big Tech has been able to get away with censorship by using that amorphous catch phrase “hate speech.” But “hate” of what?

Kimball notes one seemingly consistent theme with today’s cancel culture: sexual liberation. He writes, “We know that Amazon thinks it is OK if people express certain kinds of inappropriate and offensive opinions because it cheerfully sells Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, anti-Semitic fantasia deriving from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and various writings by Louis Farrakhan and other anti-white writers. (This is not by any means a complete list of books that some or many consider inappropriate and/or offensive that Amazon sells.)”

Citing the late Marxist Herbert Marcuse, who he describes as “one of the central gurus of the cultural revolution of the 1960s,” Kimball argues Marcuse saw “sex as an engine of emancipation” to undermine the mores American values are built upon, helping to effectively advance the Marxist revolution. Furthermore, Marcuse would have celebrated cancel culture because it bans anything critical of the radical Left’s orthodoxy.

So, back to the original question: Has cancel culture peaked, or is it just underway? Unfortunately, the most likely answer is that cancel culture has only just begun. The leftist revolutionaries smell blood in the water as companies fearful of being the next victim of the woke mob willingly run to the front of the line to declare their solidarity with the cause, canceling “offenses” before even being challenged. Buckle in for a bumpy ride.

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Transgender Athletics Hits a Wall

Douglas Andrews

Maybe, just maybe, we’ve reached the high-water mark of this “transgender” madness — at least if the results of a recent Morning Consult poll are any indication. In it, the American people expressed overwhelming opposition to the notion of biological males competing against our daughters in sports.

As left-leaning Politico reported Wednesday, “Former President Donald Trump railed against transgender athletes in female sports in his [recent] CPAC speech. … Other prominent voices on the right have joined in, calling it an example of political correctness having a real-world impact. Our latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows broad support for the GOP position, extending across gender, age and, to a lesser degree, party. Overall, 53% of registered voters support banning transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports, versus [32%] who oppose such a ban.”

The split along party lines is even perilous for the “transgender” crowd: Republicans support a ban by a whopping 74-15 margin, but even many Democrats, at 40-42, have a hard time supporting something they simply know to be abominable.

Earlier, we said the American people are “overwhelmingly” against this. But is a 53-32 margin really overwhelming? In this case, yes. How so? A full 16% of respondents fell into the “Don’t Know / No Opinion” category. But let’s think about it: How likely is it that this group has no opinion on one of the most controversial issues of the day? Any thoughtful analysis of these folks would find that they’re simply disinclined to trust the pollster with an “intolerant” response.

As we noted just a few days after Joe Biden’s inauguration, he decided that one of the most urgently unifying things he could do as president was to pass an executive order aimed at “preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.” And so, with the stroke of a pen, he decreed that schools across the country must allow “transgender” athletes to participate in the sport of their gender “identity” — or risk losing funding.

Ah, their gender identity. Never mind the biological fact that men are, on average, bigger, stronger, and faster than women. No one disputes this. In addition, as Madeleine Kearns detailed in National Review, “Other well-documented physical advantages men have over women include height, weight, broader shoulders, greater circulating blood volume, greater resistance to dehydration, larger lung capacity, thicker skin, faster sensory frame shifting, more hemoglobin in the blood, greater upper-body strength, faster reaction times, greater bone density in the arms, larger sweat capacity, higher systolic blood pressure, higher muscle-to-fat ratio, and larger hearts.”

But beyond this encouraging polling, certain states are taking concrete action. Leading the way is Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, who yesterday signed a bill that would ban “transgender” athletes from competing. Not far behind is Tennessee, where our colleague, state Representative Robin Smith, is cosponsoring a similar bill that would bar men from women’s sports.

Want more hope for the future of mankind? The Morning Consult poll indicates that Millennials (56%) are even more supportive of the “transgender” sports ban than the older Baby Boomers (50%) — perhaps because they’ve witnessed the rotten results of letting men compete against women.

Indeed, our daughters are the clear losers when they’re forced to fight this unfair fight. And maybe, just maybe, folks are starting to wake up to it.

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  • Judge rules Texas can remove abortion mill Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program (The Hill)
  • Village academic curriculum: $57,000-a-year New York City school pushes students to stop saying “mom,” “dad,” “parents,” referring to people by gender (Daily Wire)
  • San Francisco’s “tent village” program now cost taxpayers more per night than a hotel stay (Disrn)

“Currently, San Francisco spends $16.1 million annually on the tent villages, making it a yearly cost of $61,450 per tent. That calculates to $5,120 a month.”

Health

  • COVID-19 killed nearly 400,000 people in the U.S. in 2020, making it the third-leading cause of death (Politico)

“The U.S. death rate increased by 15 percent last year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, making it the deadliest year in recorded U.S. history, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention will announce. … Altogether more than 3 million people in the U.S. died in 2020, the agency found. … By comparison, the death rate decreased in 2019 by 1.2 percent compared to the 2018 toll.”

  • Novavax reports its COVID vaccine is 96% efficacious (Time)

“Captain Obvious” Headline Award

  • COVID relief bill could permanently alter social safety net (AP)

Editor’s note: A more accurate headline would read, “By design, COVID relief bill will permanently alter social safety net.”

American Spirit

  • “Guardian of this city”: Tampa police officer dies after steering into path of reckless driver to save others (Disrn)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Governors, just say no to federal bailouts (Heritage Foundation)
  • Policy: Biden’s climate report is based on personal values, not science (RealClearPolicy)
  • Humor: “There is no crisis at the border,” says Jen Psaki while attempting Jedi mind trick (Babylon Bee)

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VIDEOS

Tucker Carlson Responds to Pentagon’s Criticism — The Fox News pundit hits back at critics of his opinion on Biden’s military decisions.

Biden Could End Border Crisis but Won’t — Why? Because Democrats want immigrants to vote for them.

No Longer Gay? — Milo Yiannopoulos is now saying he is “ex-gay.” He is not saying he’s no longer sexually attracted to men.

Bow or Get Beat Up — BLM agitators harass kids outside of a cheerleading competition.

The NBA Is Taking Money From Modern-Day Nazis — Clay Travis dives into the NBA’s hypocrisy when it comes to being woke in the U.S. yet ignoring genocide in China.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” —Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Upright: “In a cancel culture, you have some people who believe that they are special, that they are superior, that they have the power to be able to shut down those who have ideas and views that are different. … You see the final expression of cancel culture in Islamist terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaida who basically go and behead those who … they deem to be infidels or heretics.” —former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Re: The Left: “Singing about sexual acts of the highest raunch factor is considered artistic expression and yet a children’s book that has served up timeless stories that have been read to hundreds of thousands of children is now verboten? On what grounds? Let’s not forget that some of Dr. Seuss’ books have been converted into movies … which have made the liberals of Hollywood millions of dollars.” —Armstrong Williams

Political futures: “Liberal Christians like to speak of other issues, such as immigration (how’s that going for them?), the environment and helping the poor, along with personal character qualities as having equal importance — and for some, greater importance — than abortion. The problem with that argument is that the right to life is the most fundamental of rights. It is mentioned first in the Declaration of Independence. If you can’t be born, nothing else matters.” —Cal Thomas

Re: the “American Rescue Plan”: “Look back a year — the CARES Act was roughly $2 trillion. That was the heart of the pandemic. We had just shut down the economy. We were sending people home. And here we are a year later [with] the Democrats acting as if nothing has changed. … We’re on the way out of this. We’re about to have a boom. And if we do have a boom it will have absolutely nothing to do with this $1.9 trillion. … What we should have been doing — and would have been doing had this been a bipartisan discussion instead of a jam-the-other-side approach — is $500 or $600 billion directly targeted at the problem.” —Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

For the record: “When I was President, our Southern border was in great shape – stronger, safer, and more secure than ever before. We ended Catch-and-Release, shut down asylum fraud, and crippled the vicious smugglers, drug dealers, and human traffickers… Our country is being destroyed at the Southern border, a terrible thing to see!” —Donald Trump

Friendly fire: “[Andrew Cuomo] can no longer serve as governor. It’s as simple as that.” —Mayor Bill de Blasio

Dumb… “I trust the Biden administration’s policy to be based on humanitarian and love of children rather than political points or red meat … for their Republican base.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

and dumber… “I think the difference between this administration and one before is great in terms of how we meet the needs of these children, placing them as much as possible with family, but in other safe homes and in the meantime, to have a humanitarian reception for them wherever they are.” —Nancy Pelosi

Re: the Royal whine-a-thon: “I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.” —Piers Morgan

Non compos mentis: “When this pandemic ends — and it will end soon — we’re not going back to normal. Normal was never good enough. Normal accepts inequity.” —California Governor Gavin Newsom

And last… “[New York] requires ID for COVID vaccinations — a driver’s license, passport or other proof of residency. Why is it ok to require ID to save someone’s life, but not ok for voting?” —Ari Fleischer

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Harry and Meghan’s popularity falls to lowest level EVER after Oprah interview, shows YouGov poll

According to a new YouGov poll, the couple’s popularity has plummeted in the wake of the explosive broadcast, in which the couple made serious accusations of racism in the Royal Family.

Source: Harry and Meghan’s popularity falls to lowest level EVER after Oprah interview, shows YouGov poll