Daily Archives: March 29, 2021

Coming Soon — Vaccine Passports Will Determine Where You Can Go and What You Can Do — Christian Research Service

Megan Redshaw
The Defender
Children’s Health Defense, Inc.
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The Biden administration is partnering with private companies to develop a vaccine passport system, claiming it’s the only path to normalcy, but critics warn passports will steal people’s liberty and data.

The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop vaccine passports that would allow Americans to prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID as the country opens, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

The initiative, driven largely by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has gained momentum as a growing number of companies and venues — from movie theaters, restaurants and music venues to cruise lines and sports teams — have said they will require proof of vaccination before opening their doors.

The passports are expected to be free and available through smartphone apps, which would display a scannable code similar to an airline boarding pass. Americans without smartphone access would be able to print out the passports, developers have said.

The White House declined to answer questions about the passport initiative, instead pointing to public statements made by Jeffrey Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator during a March 12 press briefing:

“As we increase the number of people vaccinated, we know some people may have a need to demonstrate that they are vaccinated … our role is to help ensure that any solutions in this area should be simple, free, open source, accessible to people both digitally and on paper, and designed from the start to protect people’s privacy.”

According to CNN, multiple government agencies are engaged in conversations and planning, coordinated by the White House, as this kind of system will play a role in many aspects of life, including potentially the workforce.

One of the most significant hurdles facing federal officials is the number of passport initiatives already underway. The Biden administration this month identified at least 17, according to slides obtained by The Washington Post.

One initiative  — a global effort led by the World Health Organization and a digital pass devised by IBM — is being tested in New York state and is rapidly moving forward as the White House deliberates how best to track shots and avoid the perception of a government mandate to be vaccinated.

On Friday, New York was the first to launch a digital vaccine passport system known as Excelsior Pass that residents can use to prove they’ve been vaccinated or recently tested negative for infection, reported USA TODAY.

The New York system, built on IBM’s digital health pass platform, is the first-in-the-nation certification and will be used at dozens of events, including arts and entertainment venues. A venue will scan the QR code, which will generate either a green check or a red X.

The new pass is part of a growing but disjointed effort to provide vaccine “passports” or  certifications, so people won’t have to hang onto a dog-eared piece of paper, worry about privacy issues or forgeries, or pay money to prove they’re not contagious.

Read article HERE.

Coming Soon — Vaccine Passports Will Determine Where You Can Go and What You Can Do — Christian Research Service

Hope for This Present Crisis — VCY America

Date:  March 29, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
​Guest: Dr. Michael Youssef 
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If you feel you’re living in the most turbulent period of your lifetime, you’re not alone.  Today, forces are at work to strip the principles and precepts of the Christian faith from public venues and minimize their significance.  But even though these times seem frightening, there is hope.  Troubled times give us an opportunity to know Christ more fully and to make Him known to people around us.  That’s an excerpt from the book, Hope for This Present Crisis: The Seven Step Path to Restoring a World Gone Mad by Dr. Michael Youssef.

Dr. Youssef is the founder and president of Leading the Way and founding pastor of The Church of the Apostles based in Atlanta.  He’s authored numerous books including the one discussed today on this edition of Crosstalk. 

COVID-19, the economic shutdown, civil unrest, riots, fires, looting, destruction of the signs of our nation’s heritage…all these and more are frightening enough, but according to Dr. Youssef, there’s a greater crisis confronting our nation.  

According to Dr. Youssef, the factors just mentioned are only symptoms signaling a a crisis of truth.  He believes that once truth has been undermined, there’s no longer a basis for humanity to operate in relationships.  That’s the foundational breakdown he sees today.

At the same time he sees the decline of the Christian church as well.  He puts the full blame on pastors in the pulpits because that’s where he believes the undermining of the truth began.  Instead of pastors being a guide for a lost culture, they are now following the culture.  Such friendship with the world establishes enmity with God.  He described it this way, ‘…because as goes the pulpit, so goes the pew, and as goes the pew, so goes the culture.’

Dr. Youssef believes it’s time to get back to the truth.  Once it begins to be established, there will be an awakening.  This is the hope he describes in the 7-steps portion of his book, which you can obtain via the information listed below.  

More Information

Hope for This Present Crisis is one of the featured books of the month at the VCY Bookstore.  They have worked out a special arrangement with the publisher that is offering this book through March 31st at 48% off.  This hardcover book retails for $24.99 plus any applicable tax and shipping.  However, as a book of the month, our bookstore is offering this title for $12.99 plus any applicable tax and shipping.  It’s available through vcy.com or by calling 1-888-722-4829.

Hope for This Present Crisis — VCY America

For Convenience, Vaccine Passport Can Now Be Tattooed On Your Hand Or Forehead — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—The Biden Administration is hard at work putting together a vaccine passport program that will help society more effectively separate the good vaccinated people from the bad, gross, scary unvaccinated ones. To make things super convenient, vaccinated individuals will be given the opportunity to tattoo the passport’s 2D barcode on their hand or forehead.

“What a great idea!” said Jibby Tillygoober, local vaccinated man. “Now everyone will know I’m completely safe to be around and it’s virtually impossible for me to get them sick! Wow! I’m such a good person!” 

Those who refuse the vaccine and passport will be prohibited from buying or selling anything. They will also be barred from select businesses such as restaurants, planes, gas stations, banks, grocery stores, and most Chuck E. Cheese locations. They will also be cast out of the city limits and stoned to death, and their homes and crops burned to the ground for good measure.

In spite of some naysayers, Biden defended the vaccine passport program, saying: “Now to go around… well, anyway, uh– real simple for the kiddos in the, uh, how– ahhh, I shouldn’t say that. So, gotta go now!” 

For Convenience, Vaccine Passport Can Now Be Tattooed On Your Hand Or Forehead — The Babylon Bee

40 Days to the Cross: Week Six – Monday

Confession: Psalm 119:169–76

Let my cry come before you, O Yahweh;

give me understanding according to your word.

Let my plea come before you;

Deliver me according to your word.

Let my lips pour out praise,

because you teach me your statutes.

Let my tongue sing of your word,

because all your commands are right.

Let your hand be my help,

because I have chosen your precepts.

I long for your salvation, O Yahweh,

and your law is my delight.

Let my soul live that it may praise you,

and let your ordinances help me.

I have wandered like a lost sheep; seek your servant,

because I do not forget your commands.

Reading: Mark 15:6–20

Now at each feast he customarily released for them one prisoner whom they requested. And the one named Barabbas was imprisoned with the rebels who had committed murder in the rebellion. And the crowd came up and began to ask him to do as he customarily did for them. So Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews?” (For he realized that the chief priests had handed him over because of envy.) But the chief priests incited the crowd so that he would release for them Barabbas instead. So Pilate answered and said to them again, “Then what do you want me to do with the one whom you call the king of the Jews?” And they shouted again, “Crucify him!” And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted even louder, “Crucify him!”

So Pilate, because he wanted to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas. And after he had Jesus flogged, he handed him over so that he could be crucified. So the soldiers led him away into the palace (that is, the governor’s residence) and called together the whole cohort. And they put a purple cloak on him, and after weaving a crown of thorns they placed it on him. And they began to greet him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they repeatedly struck him on the head with a reed, and were spitting on him, and they knelt down and did obeisance to him. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him, and they led him out so that they could crucify him.

Reflection

Socrates, having expressed his idea of a perfect character—a truly virtuous man—ventured to predict the reception such a person (if such a one could ever be found) would meet with from the world. He thought that this man’s practice would be so dissimilar to others, his testimony against their wickedness so strong, and his endeavours to reform them so importunate and unwelcome that—instead of being universally admired—he would be disliked and hated. Humankind was too degenerate and too obstinate to bear either the example or the reproof of such a person, and would most likely revile and persecute him and put him to death as an enemy to their peace.

In this instance, the judgment of Socrates accords with the language of the Old Testament and the history of the New Testament. Messiah was this perfect character. As such Isaiah describes Him. Isaiah likewise foresaw how He would be treated, and foretold that He would be “numbered with transgressors.” He would be despised and rejected by the very people who were eye-witnesses of His upright and benevolent conduct. And thus, in fact, it proved. When Jesus was upon earth, true virtue and goodness were visibly displayed, and thereby the wickedness of humankind became conspicuous. For those He knew “preferred a robber and a murderer to him.” They preserved Barabbas, who had been justly doomed to die for enormous crimes, and in his stead they nailed Jesus to the cross.

—John Newton

The Works of John Newton

Response

Jesus’ perfection and sacrifice affects sinful people in one of two ways: It drives them away or it changes them. How has it changed you?[1]


[1] Van Noord, R., & Strong, J. (Eds.). (2014). 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

March 29 Evening Quotes of The Day

The Best Prayers Often Have More Groans than Words
Psalm 5:1; Romans 8:26

The best prayers have often more groans than words, and those words that it has are but a lean and shallow representation of the heart, life, and spirit of that prayer.

JOHN BUNYAN

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

Knowing God Brings Freedom from All Care
Matthew 10:29–31; Hebrews 4:14–16; 1 John 4:18

When once the light of Divine Providence has illumined the believer’s soul, he is relieved and set free, not only from the extreme fear and anxiety that formerly oppressed him, but from all care. For as he justly shudders at the idea of chance, so he can confidently commit himself to God.

JOHN CALVIN

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

March 29 Evening Verse of The Day

1:17 Father of lights refers to God (v. 5), who created the lights that rule days and seasons (Gn 1:14–19). Who does not change like shifting shadows alludes to the fact that God’s nature is unchanging and that his promises are secure.[1]

1:17 Father of lights. Nature’s luminaries vary in magnitude and are subject to phases, eclipses, and shadows. God is the ultimate Author of light. In Him there are no changes of brightness or clarity. There is no fluctuation in His character.[2]

1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift James already has described one of these gifts as wisdom (James 1:5).

Father of lights Recalling the creation account, James refers to God’s power over the sun, moon, and stars (Gen 1:14–18; Psa 136:7; Jer 31:35).

no variation or shadow of change The fluctuation in light given off by the heavenly bodies contrasts with God’s constant nature.[3]

1:17 James moves from evil temptations (which God never gives) to the observation that every good gift and every perfect gift comes from God (cf. Matt. 7:11). As in James 1:5, James reminds the readers of God’s goodness. In their trials, God is not tempting them to sin, but the difficulties in life are intended to strengthen and perfect them and make them more like God. God’s intentions for them are always for good (cf. Rom. 8:28). There is nothing in this world that is truly good that has any other origin than from above, namely heaven, descending from the Father of lights, which refers to God as creator of the heavenly “lights” (Ps. 74:16; 136:7–9)—a prime example of his good gifts. God is unchanging in his character and therefore in his giving of good, unlike the variation of the night changing to day or the shifting shadow caused by the sun or moon.[4]

1:17 Every good … perfect gift is from above. Two different Gr. words for “gift” emphasize the perfection and inclusiveness of God’s graciousness. The first denotes the act of giving, and the second is the object given. Everything related to divine giving is adequate, complete, and beneficial. Father of lights. An ancient Jewish expression for God as the Creator, with “lights” referring to the sun, moon, and stars (cf. Ge 1:14–19). no variation or shifting shadow. From man’s perspective, the celestial bodies have different phases of movement and rotation, change from day to night, and vary in intensity and shadow. But God does not follow that pattern—He is changeless (cf. Mal 3:6; 1Jn 1:5).[5]

1:17 — Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Do you enjoy good health and a roof over your head? If so, that’s God’s gift. Do you have enough to eat, a solid church home, some faithful friends, a source of income? A generous God bestows them all.[6]

1:17. Indeed, He is a flawless Giver, unlike all earthly givers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from Him and therefore from above. One might have expected James to say that God only gives good and perfect gifts, but in fact he says more than this. Wherever there is such a thing as a flawless gift, that gift is necessarily from above. All human gifts, by contrast, are flawed in some way because the human giver is flawed. Only God can give perfect gifts. That is because He is the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. God is immutable in His activity of giving.[7]

1:17 “every good thing given, and every perfect gift” This is the contrast to vv. 13–16. Two different words are used here which appear to be used as parallels. If they are not synonymous, then the first emphasizes the act of giving and the second the thing given. God wants to give us good things. He is not reluctant but often believers are not ready to receive and use God’s gifts in healthy ways. The Bible does list some of the things God has given us: (1) Jesus (John 3:16; 2 Cor. 9:15); (2) the Spirit (Luke 11:13); (3) the Kingdom (Luke 12:32); (4) salvation (John 1:12; Eph. 2:8); (5) eternal life (1 John 5:11); (6) peace (John 14:27); and (7) wisdom (James 1:5).

© “coming down from” Phrases like this imply that heaven is above the earth. Often this is used to discredit the Bible. The Bible is written in phenomenological language, the language of description using the five senses. It is earth-centered or focused. This language is a literary way of expressing the priority of God’s ultimate creation, mankind. The Bible is not a science book, but a theology book. It is not anti-scientific, but pre-scientific. In this way it relates to all cultures through time.

© “the Father of lights” Light is a biblical metaphor of good, of health, of insight or truth, of purity. The first mention of light is in Genesis 1 where YHWH creates light (cf. v. 3). He also names darkness (cf. Gen. 1:4–5) which shows His control over both. This does not refer to the sun, which is not brought into being until day four (cf. Gen. 1:14–19; Ps. 136:7). Light is often associated with God (cf. Ps. 104:2; 1 Tim. 6:16; 1 John 1:5) or Christ (cf. John 1:4–5; 8:12; 9:5; 12:46).

Mankind’s destiny is not controlled by angelic or demonic influences depicted in the movement or eclipse of heavenly lights. God is the creator (cf. Gen. 1:14–18) and controller of the heavenly bodies (cf. Ps. 147:4; Isa. 40:26). He always gives good things to His children; even trials have a positive, purposeful, intended outcome—our maturity (i.e. Christlikeness cf. Rom. 8:28–29) and trust in Him.

©     
NASB  “with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow”  
NKJV  “with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning”  
NRSV  “with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change”  
TEV  “who does not change or cause darkness by turning”  
NJB  “with him there is no such thing as alteration, no shadow caused by change”  

These terms reflect the waxing and waning of the heavenly bodies of light. God is not like them. He is unchanging (cf. Ps. 102:26–27; Mal. 3:6; Heb. 1:11–12; 13:8). This is not meant to imply that He is rigid or unsympathetic to human need (cf. Exod. 32:12, 14; Ps. 106:44–45; Jer. 18:6–10), but that His nature, His character of love and compassion towards humankind does not change. Believers can depend on His promises because His character is unchanging, immutable.

The ambiguity of this phrase caused scribes to alter the text in several ways. For a full discussion see Bruce Metzger’s A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament pp. 679–680.[8]

Verse 17 comes with an abruptness worthy of the abrupt James. We must resist the temptation to see it as an intended contrast with verse 13, as though James were countering the imputation that God sends temptation by insisting that God sends what is good and perfect. If this were his intention he would have had to include the word ‘only’, saying that God does not send temptation, for only the good and perfect gift is from above. But the word ‘only’ does not occur in this verse. Rather we must see it this way, that verse 17 comes as the solution of the problem.

According to verse 12, there is a way forward into life. It consists of making the right choices in the moment of trial and temptation, enduring and, since the crown comes to those who love God, keeping alive the glow of love for him in our hearts, come what may. It means making our decisions out of love for him; holding on through thick and thin for love’s sake. But, according to verse 14, this is impossible. We have a nature (heart) which gives rise to desires, insistent and alluring, leading to sin and death. However are we to step forward to life when the whole thrust and pull of our nature is to sin and death? How are we to love and keep loving God when our hearts are springs of death-bearing wishes? To these questions verse 17 replies: Every good we need is in, and from, him.

James traces this basic position out in three steps. First, he explores the bounty of God (17a); next, his changeless nature (17b); and, thirdly, one particular and utterly basic way in which the bounty of the changeless God has operated towards us (18).

The bounty of God

The duplication, endowment … gift, leaves us in no doubt what verse 17a is about. It is most likely that the words are intended to be synonymous, and that the repeated idea is for the sake of emphasizing that God is a superb Giver (cf. v. 5). If any difference of meaning is intended, then endowment (dosis) is the activity of ‘giving’, and gift (dōrēma) is the thing given. But once the point of the half-verse is established by the nouns, all attention swings to the adjectives. In giving, God is inexhaustible (every … every …): he gives everything that could possibly be needed; he gives everything, holding nothing back. In giving, he is simply beneficent, for in its character everything he gives is good. And in giving, he is exactly appropriate to what is required: his gifts are perfect. The word here (teleios) is the same as in verse 4 (cf. a related verb in v. 15), but now carries the significance of that which reaches its mark, matches its objective. Our need, then, is the objective; his gift is that which exactly meets it.

Thus we begin to climb out of our dilemma. We need loving hearts if we are to walk on into life. We can, of ourselves, only offer defiling hearts; but every need is fully underwritten by the endless and exactly appropriate gifts of God. Furthermore, in this giving, he is changeless. There is no way in which we might come to him in our need and find that he is unwilling, unable or unavailable. The gifts come from the Father of lights with whom there it no variation or shadow due to change (17). For reasons of his own, which will become clear to us in verse 18, James suddenly introduces the thought of God as Father, moves on to what we can learn of him by pondering the work of creation, of lights; and then, with the same lights as his background, shows how, by contrast, our Father is changeless.

The source of every good endowment and every perfect gift which comes to us to meet our needs is the Father. If we want to see something of his nature, we look at what he has done in creation. He said, ‘ “Let there be light”; and there was light.’ Furthermore, he ‘made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night’ (Gn. 1:3, 16). The Creator God is thus committed to light. As he made his first move to order the meaninglessness of the initial creation (Gn. 1:2), he declared his priority by calling light into being; and when, on the fourth creative day, he turned to make his world habitable—with the creation of man in mind—he concentrated his created light in the great light-bearing bodies. John saw the same truth, the priority of light. He contemplated not what God had done in creation, but what God had done in revealing himself through the word of life: ‘God is light and in him is no darkness at all’ (1 Jn. 1:5). The counterpart of the truth that ‘God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one’ (13) is that he is wholly light—pure, clear and luminous with goodness.

But his created lights also reveal him by contrast, for they are not always in the same place, not does their light always shine with the same intensity. They are subject to variation, a word (parallagē) combining the senses of regularity and change, movement and system; also, in their case, there is ‘darkening which has its basis in change’,4 so that the light they give is by no means steady and persistent but at best variable, at worst fitful. The Creator is, in all this, unlike his creation. He never changes his position; he never alters either the fact or the intensity of his outshining goodness.

We now come (with v. 18) to the heart of the matter. James’ argument runs like this. A steady persistence is necessary if we are to make headway to maturity and life. Amongst other ways in which we are to show ourselves durable, there is the maintenance of a heart of love to God (12). But this very heart is itself a central foe of righteousness, because of its contagious sinfulness (13–15). About this we must see to it that we are in no doubt (16). But there is a solution to our dilemma: from heaven we may expect absolutely every needed good thing, coming to us by divine gift (17). And in particular there is one thing God has freely chosen to do for us: he has brought us to birth by his word with the intention that we should be specially his, and notably holy (18).

The new start

The idea of a divinely-given ‘new start’ is expressed in many ways in the Bible. Jeremiah, for example, stressing that obedience to the Lord’s law is the leading characteristic of the new life, speaks of a heart on which the law of God is written (Je. 31:31–34), i.e. a heart tailor-made for obedience. Ezekiel too speaks to the gift of a new heart (Ezk. 36:26), a heart expressive of the true human nature which the Lord intended—therefore a ‘heart of flesh’ replacing the heart of stone which sin had produced. Paul speaks of a new creation (e.g. 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 4:22–24). James looks straight back to the teaching of the Lord Jesus, who spoke to a baffled Nicodemus about being ‘born again’ (Jn. 3:3–8) or ‘born from above’. Here indeed is the new start presented in its most vivid terms. Earthly life originated with human parents, who bequeathed to us human nature in all its fallen hopelessness and helplessness. But there is another birth, coming to us, irrespective of the age we have reached in human life, and wholly apart from our own or any other human agency: a birth of the Spirit (Jn. 3:5–8). With this new birth there comes new life, new energies, new prospects and, above all, a new relationship with God, by whose will the birth has come about.

We turn then to see what James teaches about this great topic. At the heart of verse 18 lie the words, he brought us forth. This makes it plain that James is not speaking of a natural birth, with human parents, but of a supernatural birth, with a divine Parent, the Father. Around this centre James groups three other truths: the ground of this new and supernatural birth is the Father’s will. The words of his own will are given great emphasis in James’ Greek; more literally, we might translate ‘having made his decision’. To this extent the new birth and natural birth are analogous: the decision is that of the parent, nor of the child. Birth is something that happens to a child as a result of decisions and actions made by others, the parents. Spiritually and doctrinally, the ‘new birth’ (or ‘birth from above’) belongs with all those passages of Scripture which unveil the secret story lying behind our conversion. From the point of view of God’s decision, the Lord Jesus made the stark affirmation, ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you’ (Jn. 15:16). Yet many of us remember with great clarity the day, hour and even the approximate minute when we chose him! But since we are taught that ‘no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him’ (Jn. 6:44), and that the very faith we exercise when we believe in Jesus is the Father’s gift to us (Eph. 2:8; Phil. 1:29), we learn that behind our choice, making it possible and making it real, is the wonder that he first chose us. This is what James refers to when he says, Of his own will he brought us forth. The decision was his; so also, as we shall see, was the action which implemented the decision. Our conscious experience of conversion, of committing our lives to Christ, of receiving him into our hearts—all this was consequent upon his decision and action, and derivative from it, just as the love we give to our human parents is a reflex of their parental love and care for us and is, indeed, part and parcel of the life which they gave us.

Having made his decision, the Father, secondly, implements it. James tells us that the means the Father used to bring about the new birth was the word of truth. Typically, James does not elaborate what he means by this, and we must appeal therefore to what other passages teach in order to give ourselves a lead. As we have seen, there is a clear link between James and Jesus, in that both speak of a supernatural birth and the start of new life in us. The Lord Jesus went beyond the need and the fact of the new birth to elaborate on the means: he spoke of the mysterious and powerful action of the Holy Spirit. Using the illustration of the wind, Jesus noted how, to the eye of the ordinary observer, the wind comes (so to speak) from nowhere and gives no indication where it is heading (Jn. 3:8). Its power and its effects are seen, but its origin and aims are not. How very well this suits a situation where the Father has kept so many secrets locked up within himself! The Holy Spirit proceeds on a mission from the Father to those whom the Father has willed to bring to the ‘birth from above’. It is in a way parallel to this that James refers to the word of truth: it is his way of describing the life-giving agent used by the Father to impart new life and bring about the new birth.

A central truth of the Bible

For clarity’s sake, it helps to link this with two other passages. In 2 Corinthians 4:1–6 Paul contrasts those who know the gospel and know Jesus Christ as Lord with those whose eyes have been blinded by ‘the god of this world’. He explains the fundamental difference in verse 6: ‘For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.’ In other words, he draws a parallel between the word of God acting as his agent in creation, and God’s use of his word in bringing new life through the gospel. We might put it this way. Just as God said, ‘Let there be light’ (Gn. 1:3), so also he said, ‘Let there be life’, thus bringing us to the new birth. Turning to 1 Peter 1:23, we read that ‘you have been born anew … through the living and abiding word of God’. Peter thus matches what James says: the word is the agent in the new birth. But he also takes us a little further in our understanding of James, for he defines the life-giving word: ‘that word is the good news which was preached to you’ (1 Pet. 1:25). James’ word of truth must therefore be ‘the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation’ (Eph. 1:13). If this is so, then the Father uses the powerful word of the gospel in two ways: first, he speaks it, inwardly, to our dead souls, imparting life, bringing us to new birth; secondly, he presents the same word of truth to us as a preached gospel, to which the new life within us makes a personal and believing response.

This is one of the most glorious truths in the whole Bible. It reaches us that salvation is truly all of God: for until new life is imparted we are ‘dead in trespasses and sins’ (Eph. 2:1), and as totally unable as anything that is dead to respond to God in repentance and faith. If anything is to be done, he must do it; if any blessing or change is to come to us, it must come from outside; if any agency is to be at work, it must be other than ours, for we are dead, and our only activity is to increase in corruption. Here is the greatness of the divine mercy, the sufficiency of the divine strength and the depth of the divine condescension. He has come right down to us in our death; he has raised us up into life; and it is all due to a rich mercy prompted by a great love (Eph. 2:1, 4–5). It is no more possible for us to be agents or contributors to our new birth than it was for us to be so in our natural birth. All the work, from initial choice to completed deed, is his—and so is all the glory. But there is something else as well: inherent in this great truth of the new birth is the security of our salvation. Were salvation to depend on my choice, it would be as uncertain as my will which fluctuates, blows hot and cold, and reflects my divided, fallen nature. But it is his choice: of his own will be brought us forth by the word of truth. And until his will changes, his word alters or his truth is proved false, my salvation cannot be threatened or forfeited.[9]

17. The general meaning of this verse is clear: God, whose benevolent character is unchanging and unchangeable, is the source of everything that is good. Many of the details are, however, obscure. The niv conceals the fact that James uses two different Greek words for ‘gift’ here: see rsv, ‘Every good endowment [dosis] and every perfect gift [dōrēma]’. Why these two different words and two different adjectives? Tasker suggests that we understand ‘good’ as a predicate adjective introducing a contrast between the two terms: All giving is good, but every perfect gift comes from God (cf. neb mg.).28 But, if this were the meaning, we would have expected an adversative conjunction, ‘but’ (alla or de), between the two terms. Varner suggests, based partly on etymology, that the first ‘gift’ (dosis) means ‘act of giving’ while the second (dōrēma) means ‘result of giving’. However, it is doubtful if James intends any distinction; he may repeat them for stylistic effect or he may be quoting from an unknown source.

A second difficulty is the punctuation of the verse. The niv, along with most other translations, places a comma after ‘from above’, making the participial phrase ‘coming down …’ an additional, independent description. But the reb joins together ‘from above’ and ‘coming down’: ‘All good giving and every perfect gift comes from above …’ The translation adopted in the niv is probably better, because the alternative leaves the prepositional phrase (‘from the Father of lights’) hanging somewhat awkwardly.

The description of God as the Father of the heavenly lights is unique in Scripture. The niv adds ‘heavenly’ to the simple Greek phōtōn (‘lights’) to make clear that the lights are almost certainly to be understood as the heavenly bodies, probably including sun, moon and stars (see Ps. 136:7–9; Jer. 31:35 [38:36 lxx]). Scripture often alludes to the heavenly firmament as evidence of God’s creative handiwork and his continuing exercise of power (see esp. Job 38:4–15, 19–21, 31–33; Ps. 136:4–9; Isa. 40:22, 26; and, in Jewish literature, Sirach 43:1–12). The description of God as Father can also allude to his creative work (cf. lxx Job 38:28). Thus James’ intention is to remind us of the benevolent power of God that is manifested in his ‘good’ creation (cf. Gen. 1). At the same time, however, James often refers to God as ‘Father’ when he wants to stress his impartiality (see also 1:27; 3:9).

Imagery drawn from the heavenly bodies is carried on in the last phrase of the verse. The Greek text is uncertain. The majority of manuscripts read two nominative nouns, parallagē (‘variation’) and aposkiasma (‘shadow’) separated by the particle ē (‘or’) with a genitive noun, tropēs (‘turning’), dependent on shadow. If this reading is adopted, the genitive tropēs must presumably be construed as source or subjective, yielding the esv translation variation or shadow due to change. But several early and important manuscripts make shadow a genitive (aposkiasmatos). If this reading is adopted, the word ē will probably have to be given a rough breathing, making it a relative pronoun dependent on parallagē. The phrase will then be translated ‘variation that belongs to the turning of the shadow’. The niv may follow this Greek text: who does not change like shifting shadows. Neither reading makes exceptionally good sense, but the former, with its breadth of support, should probably be accepted. The fact that two of the words used in this phrase (tropē and parallagē) are often used with astronomical meaning, along with the reference to the ‘lights’ in the previous phrase, makes it probable that a reference to some sort of astronomical phenomenon is intended. Variation naturally suggests the periodic movements of the heavenly bodies, but whether ‘shadow due to change’ refers to the phases of the moon, the shadow cast by an eclipse or the constant alternation of night and day is not clear. But James’ language is not exclusively technical, so we may suspect that he intends no more than a general reference to the constant changes observed in creation. This changeableness of creation was frequently used to highlight, by contrast, the unchanging nature of God the Creator (cf. Philo, Allegorical Interpretation, 2.33: ‘Every created thing must necessarily undergo change, for this is its property, even as unchangeableness is the property of God’).[10]

1:17 Every good and perfect gift. What the NIV has rendered with one idea in English is represented by two slightly different phrases in Greek and could be translated as “every good giving and every perfect gift.” While many commentators agree with the NIV that these two phrases are synonymous, it may be that James intends slightly different nuances. The word “giving” (dosis) focuses on the action of giving (as in Phil. 4:15), while “gift” (dōrēma) focuses on the gift given. The complete goodness of God is seen in the fact that he is the source of every good act of giving as well as every good thing given.

the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. Admittedly, the phraseology is tricky, but the idea is the constancy of God. Although the language James uses (“change,” “shifting shadows,” and “Father of the heavenly lights”) is often found in the world of astronomy, the background is more Jewish theology than Greco-Roman philosophy. Because shadows were associated with changes that came from the fading of daylight (e.g., Jer. 6:4), they often represented instability and impermanence in Hebrew thought (1 Chron. 29:15; Job 8:9; 14:2; 17:7; Pss. 109:23; 144:4; cf. Col. 2:17; Heb. 8:5; 10:1). Often such instability and impermanence in humans was contrasted with the permanence of God and his constancy in fulfilling his purposes and plans.

James may be alluding to Psalm 102 here, a psalm that contrasts human impermanence with God’s permanence. The same themes that James is talking about—God as Creator (“Father of … lights”), who does not fade or change like shadows and who purposes to produce a people for himself—are present in Psalm 102.

The immutability of God is less a Greek philosophical point and more an affirmation of this theology: while we are often confused and uncertain during the trials and temptations we suffer, God is absolutely unwavering in his singular pursuit to create a new people who will praise his name. The focus on the new birth of this new people is where James will now head in verse 18.[11]

1:17 / In contrast to a view of God as sending a test stands the view that God gives good things: Every good and perfect gift is from above. The phrase itself is poetic and may be a quotation from some well-known proverb altered by James to stress from above. To say God gives such good things, of course, is to deny that he gives evil things, for the two are incompatible.

Yet James may intend a deeper truth than “God is good.” He has already stated that God is a gracious giver with respect to all who ask (1:5). The chief good being asked in that context is wisdom, which in 3:15 will again be referred to, this time using the same term that occurs here (from above). Thus the best gift of all, referred to repeatedly in James, is wisdom, which helps one in the test. Therefore the deeper message is: God does not send the test; he gives the good gift of wisdom that enables us to stand in the test. He gives the antidote, not the poison.

Furthermore, the character of God is not subject to change. He is the Father of the heavenly lights. The reference is to creation, and it (and the one to the new creation in the next verse) indicates the extent of God’s goodness. The lights of Genesis 1:18, that is, the sun and moon, were placed there for humanity’s good. But this fact in turn suggests a contrast. The sun and moon were notorious for change like shifting shadows (not the best translation, for while James’ language it obscure it is an astronomical phrase referring to the lack of constancy in the heavenly “lights”), but God, by way of contrast, has no eclipse, no rising and setting, no phases, no obscurity due to clouds. His character is absolutely constant, trustworthy, and dependable.[12]

God is the only source of goodness (v. 17)

Look at what James has to say: ‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights …’ He seems to be calling his readers to conduct something of an inventory. It is as if he were saying, ‘Look around you. What do you call “good”? Make no mistake about it. If you call anything “good”, it comes from God.’

The same truth applies to us. What do we call ‘good’? Good health? Family? Firm and unfailing friendship? Freedom? The smile of a child? The singing of the birds? The thunderous crash of the waves? The majesty of the mountains? The warmth of a fire in the winter and the cool of the breeze in the summer? These all come from God—and thousands of other things, too!

If it is good, it comes from God! That is James’s assertion! And if it comes from God, there is no good that comes from any source other than God!

It was this realization that led Asaph to say to the Lord, ‘Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You’ (Ps. 73:25).

God is the unchanging source of goodness (v. 17)

James adds a glorious dimension to our understanding of God’s goodness by saying that there is ‘no variation or shadow of turning’ with ‘the Father of lights’.

James is stressing for us the constancy, or faithfulness, of God. In calling God ‘the Father of lights’, he is taking to the realm of astronomy. This is a realm of constant variation. Stars vary in brilliance. The moon waxes and wanes. The sun rises and sets. It creates all kinds of shadows and sometimes is eclipsed.

But that which is so commonplace in the realm of astronomy is never true of God. With him there is never any waxing or waning or any kind of eclipse. He is always the same. And that means he is always good.

God does not have days when he has more goodness than on other days. His goodness is always undiminished and unchanged. Kent Hughes says, ‘God does not change like shifting shadows. God’s goodness is always at high noon.’ The devil will tell you otherwise. He will tell you that God has less favour towards you today than he had for you yesterday. And it is your fault!

But listen to James: God is good. He always has been and he always will be. He cannot be anything other than good. And this means that God is being good to us even when our circumstances seem to be shrieking that he is not good.[13]

1:17 For moral formation to take place in this situation, James now states, the messianic community must know that God is altogether good. James makes three basic points. In making these points, he assumes that God is good and does not even begin to attempt to prove it. First, James contends that everything good is from God (1:17a); second, that God does not change in his dispensing of good gifts, that is, in his faithfulness (1:17b); and third, that this same good God has formed the readers into a community by the new birth (1:18). This third part reuses apokyei (“gives birth”) from 1:15, and shows what God is actually doing. The contrast could not be clearer: as desire leads to sin and sin gives birth to death, so God “gives birth” to “us” through his Word (1:18). The metaphorical children are death or the community, depending on whether a person chooses “desire” or the goodness of God. We turn now to the assertion that all gifts from God are good because God is constant.

James 1:17 seems to operate with some form of dualistic thinking: some things are attributable to God (good things like wisdom), and some things are not (bad things). The latter would be either the persecutions the readers are experiencing or (more likely) their turning tests into temptations. James begins with this: “every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift” comes from God. There is a neat parallelism here, perhaps stemming from some poetic fragment, which suggests to many that the interpreter should not make fine distinctions between these terms but instead should synthesize what is intended to be a double statement of one thing:

every  giving  good  
every  gift  perfect  

One therefore need not distinguish “giving” (dosis) and “gift” (dōrēma) as one need not distinguish “good” (agathē) from “perfect” (teleion). But it is interesting that James begins this line by speaking of “gifts.” The notion of gifts has not been on the table, and it suddenly enters here. What I am suggesting is that James wants to begin with this snippet of (what may be) poetry so that he can let this language carry the assumption that God is good and then suggest that the messianic community has experienced and continues to experience God’s goodness in a variety of gifts. That James begins with gifts is a possible window into both his mind and the messianic community itself.

The word “good” with “gift” is often understood as “beneficial” or “generous” rather than just morally good. This permits a connection from 1:17 back to 1:5, where haplōs was understood as God’s simple or generous giving of wisdom to those who ask. When agathos is connected to haplōs in the sense of “beneficial” or “generous,” it permits also an important connection to Matthew 6:22–23 and 7:7–11, where “evil/bad” is understood as stingy and “good” as generous. A similar more economic sense can possibly be found in the root telei- (“mature” or “perfect”) in James 1:4 and 17. If the “perfect” person of 1:4 is one who responds properly to economic stress, then the “perfect” gift of 1:17 might be that which prods the poor to see these (economic non-)gifts as from the hand of a good God who is at work for their redemption and moral formation. At any rate, the connections of 1:17a to 1:2–8 are suggestive.

Most commentators observe that the singular “gift” the readers need is “wisdom” (sophia, 1:5), and 3:15, 17 uses nearly identical language as is found here. Thus,

1:17:     Every good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down.…

3:15:     Such wisdom does not come down from above.

3:17:     But the wisdom from above.…

Wisdom may be seen in James as an antidote to persecution—in that it can protect from persecution, grant the readers wisdom through persecution, or help them endure persecution (as in 4 Maccabees). And, since they are experiencing tests of all sorts (1:2) and need wisdom for each test (1:5), it is appropriate to speak of “gifts” in the plural (1:17). It is also possible, and rarely observed, that James is thinking of economic gifts, namely, Paul’s “gifts” from Diaspora Christians for the poor saints in Jerusalem, for, that is, the messianic community to which James is writing (Phil 4:15; Gal 2:10; Acts 11:27–30). The implications of this view for reading James 1:2–18 are significant, since then, once again, what James has in mind throughout this section is the economic stresses on the messianic community. James, if this view be accepted, may understand these gifts as a token of the eschatological nature of the messianic community (cf. 1:18: “first fruits”).

James believes God is always good and that it is God’s grace that makes these “gifts” good; in fact, everything from God is good. These gifts, however they might be understood, are “from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (1:17b). James uses “from above” (anōthen) three times (1:17; 3:15, 17), and it describes what is “heavenly” or “from God” in contrast to what is “earthly” and “demonic” (3:15).

If the general image is clear—all good things come from God in heaven—the specifics are not. Trouble confronts the interpreter of “the Father of lights.” In general, there are three options: that “lights” refers to (1) “stars” and planets, (2) human rulers,302 or (3) angels. Few consider the second option viable, and closer scrutiny reveals that the first and third are more similar than they might first appear. The ancients considered the stars to be angels (cf. Judg 5:20; Job 38:7). In fact, as Dale Allison observes, “in antiquity stars were widely thought to be alive.” As stars fall from the sky out of the heavens, so do angels and demons (Genesis 28; Isa 14:12; 3 Macc 6:16–29; Joseph and Aseneth 14:1–7; Revelation 12:4; 18:1; 20:1). James then affirms that God is good/faithful and that every good thing comes down from the Father306 of the angelic lights. Of course, there is inherent to this a reflection on God/Father as creator, and one thinks of the series of similar expressions in Psalm 136 (LXX 135).

The issue for James is not that we can now discern his cosmology. Rather, the stars represent a dramatic exhibition either of the routine, consistent, and constant or of the constantly changing and shifting pattern of the angelic bodies in the skies. With the first, God is like the faithfulness of these fixed bodies in the heavenlies, his goodness can therefore be counted on, and the temptations the community faces are not from God. Or God is unlike the astral bodies with their constant change and is not both a testing and a tempting God. Either way, “the Father of lights” is one “with whom309 there is no variation or shadow due to change,” and the temptations do not derive from God. The logical flow seems to favor the view that James sees God and the stars alike in their constancy, for it would be hard to know why he would bring up the stars if only to say God is not like them. The vocabulary, however, favors the more common view that James has brought up the stars in their changes only to deny their similarity to God. Thus, James sees God as does John in 1 John 1:5: “God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.”

So both “variation” and “shadow due to change” probably (though not certainly) come from language used to describe stars and heavenly bodies in their various sorts of changes and shifts across the sky. Thus Sirach 27:11: “The conversation of the godly is always wise, but the fool changes like the moon.” And, since wisdom from James 1:5 may still be in view, observe that James could be connected to Wisdom 7:29–30:

She [wisdom] is more beautiful than the sun,

and excels every constellation of the stars.

Compared with the light she is found to be superior,

for it is succeeded by the night,

but against wisdom evil does not prevail.

James is saying either that humans can be like the planets and stars in their motion and change by doubting God and accusing him of tempting them (cf. 1:5–8, 13), or that God creates and controls the changes of the stars but does not himself change in his faithfulness), or that God creates and controls the changes of the stars but does not himself change in his faithfulness and so is constantly good and therefore not the one causing these temptations. Or, and there is no reason to choose between the two, James could be saying both: the messianic community can either trust God’s goodness, which never changes in its faithfulness, or be like the stars in their constant fluctuations. A verse like Malachi 3:6 is behind all this: “For I the Lord do not change.”[14]

17 The contrast between the insidious nature of evil desire and the picture James now paints of God’s nature could not be more stark. As in 1:5, James portrays God as a generous giver—a giver of “every good and perfect gift” (NIV). The author crafts the sentence in Greek poetically (pasa dosis agathē … pan dōrēma teleion), and the NASB maintains the balance of the wording better than the NIV with “every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift.” Commentators point out that James may have adapted a common proverb, something along the lines of “every gift is good and every present perfect,” roughly equivalent in meaning to “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” (Davids, 86). Whether the wording is his own or not, James’s confession is clear: God’s gifts are good, not evil. Whereas temptation—an evil force that leads to sin and death—has its source in human lust, good gifts have God as their source.

These good and perfect gifts “come down from the Father of lights.” James has in mind here the heavenly bodies—sun, moon, and stars—and they are seen as part of God’s good creation (Ge 1:14–18). Further, he tells us that, unlike these heavenly bodies he has created, God’s character does not involve “variation or shifting shadow” (NASB). These words are used only here in the NT, but in the literature of the period they could be used in astrological discussions. The first word means “change,” or, as the NASB presents it, “variation.” The second was used as a technical term in astronomy for the movement, or change of position, of the heavenly bodies and can be translated “turning.” So the “shadow” is caused by the movement, or turning, of the heavenly lights. In both Greek and Jewish literature the heavenly bodies represent the always changing nature of existence. Yet God’s nature is different. He does not shift and move with reference to issues of good or evil; rather, he is immovable in that sense (Dibelius, 102; Johnson 196–97).[15]

The Nature of God

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (1:17)

Finally, James declares that God is not responsible for our temptations to sin because, as he has already made clear (v. 13), His own nature is incompatible with the nature of sin. Because God is wholly righteous and just, by definition He can have no part in sin, in any way or to any degree.

What comes from God is not sin, but only every good thing given and every perfect gift. The perfect, flawless, holy goodness of God results in His doing and giving only what reflects His perfect holiness and truth. His works reflect His character. Negatively, James is saying that, from temptation to execution, God has absolutely no responsibility for sin. Positively, he is saying that God has complete responsibility for every good thing, and that every perfect gift that exists has come down from above.

The Father of lights was an ancient Jewish title for God, referring to Him as Creator, as the great Giver of light, in the form of the sun, moon, and stars (cf. Gen. 1:14–19). Unlike those sources of light, which, magnificent as they are, can nevertheless vary and will eventually fade, God’s character, power, wisdom, and love have no variation or shifting shadow. Through Malachi the Lord declares, “I, the Lord, do not change” (Mal. 3:6); through John, we are told that “God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5); and through the writer of Hebrews we are assured that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever” (Heb. 13:8). The celestial bodies God created have various phases of movement and rotation, changing from hour to hour and varying in intensity and shadow. God, however, is changeless.

Our Lord promises:

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (Matt. 7:7–11)

Even more than those things—infinitely more than those things—He promises that our heavenly Father will give us His own Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13).

The implication of this passage is this: When we, as God’s children, are so abundantly and continually showered with the most gracious, valuable, and satisfying blessings our heavenly Father can bestow, why should anything evil have the slightest attraction to us?[16]


[1] Watson, R. G. (2017). James. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1966). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1802). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Jas 1:17). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2392). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Jas 1:17). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Jas 1:17). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[7] Hodges, Z. C. (2010). The Epistle of James. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 1106). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[8] Utley, R. J. D. (2000). Jesus’ Half-Brothers Speak: James and Jude (Vol. Volume 11, pp. 20–21). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[9] Motyer, J. A. (1985). The message of James: the tests of faith (pp. 55–60). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

[10] Moo, D. J. (2015). James: An Introduction and Commentary. (E. J. Schnabel, Ed.) (Second edition, Vol. 16, pp. 101–103). Nottingham, England: Inter-Varsity Press.

[11] Samra, J. (2016). James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (pp. 14–15). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[12] Davids, P. H. (2011). James (pp. 37–38). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[13] Ellsworth, R. (2009). Opening up James (pp. 48–50). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[14] McKnight, S. (2011). The Letter of James (pp. 123–128). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[15] Guthrie, G. H. (2006). James. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, pp. 223–224). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[16] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1998). James (pp. 54–55). Chicago: Moody Press.

The Design and Scope of the Atonement — Ligonier Ministries Blog

In an age wherein the ground of theology has been saturated by the torrential downpour of existential thinking, it seems almost suicidal, like facing the open floodgates riding a raft made of balsa wood, to appeal to a seventeenth-century theologian to address a pressing theological issue. Nothing evokes more snorts from the snouts of anti-rational zealots than appeals to sages from the era of Protestant Scholasticism.

“Scholasticism” is the pejorative term applied by so-called “Neo-Orthodox” (better spelled without the “e” in Neo), or “progressive” Reformed thinkers who embrace the “Spirit” of the Reformation while eschewing its “letter” to the seventeenth-century Reformed thinkers who codified the insights of their sixteenth-century magisterial forebears. To the scoffers of this present age, Protestant Scholasticism is seen as a reification or calcification of the dynamic and liquid forms of earlier Reformed insight. It is viewed as a deformation from the lively, sanguine rediscovery of biblical thought to a deadly capitulation to the “Age of Reason,” whereby the vibrant truths of redemption were reduced to logical propositions and encrusted in dry theological tomes and arid creedal formulations such as the Westminster Confession of Faith.

The besetting sin of men like Francis Turretin and John Owen was their penchant for precision and clarity in doctrinal statements. As J. I. Packer observed in his introduction of John Owen’s classic work, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ:

“Those who see no need for doctrinal exactness and have no time for theological debates which show up divisions between so-called Evangelicals may well regret its reappearance … . Owen’s work is a constructive broad-based biblical analysis of the heart of the gospel, and must be taken seriously as such … . Nobody has the right to dismiss the doctrine of the limitedness of the atonement as a monstrosity of Calvinistic logic until he has refuted Owen’s proof that it is part of the uniform biblical presentation of redemption, clearly taught in plain text after plain text.”

The “monster” created by Calvinistic logic to which Packer refers is the doctrine of limited atonement. The so-called “Five points of Calvinism” (growing out of a dispute with Remonstrants (Arminians) in Holland in the early seventeenth century) have been popularized by the acrostic T-U-L-I-P, spelling out the finest flower in God’s garden:

T — Total Depravity
U — Unconditional Election
L — Limited Atonement
I — Irresistible Grace
P — Perseverance of the Saints.

Many who embrace a view of God’s sovereign grace in election are willing to embrace the Tulip if one of its five petals is lopped off. Those calling themselves “four-point Calvinists” desire to knock the “L” out of Tulip.

On the surface, it seems that of the “five points” of Tulip, the doctrine of limited atonement presents the most difficulties. Does not the Bible teach over and over that Jesus died for the whole world? Is not the scope of the atonement worldwide? The most basic affirmation the Evangelical recites is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world … .”

On the other hand, it seems to me that the easiest of the five points to defend is limited atonement. But this facility must get under the surface to be manifested. The deepest penetration under that surface is the one provided by Owen in The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.

First, we ask if the atonement of Christ was a real atonement? Did Jesus really, or only potentially, satisfy the demands of God’s justice? If indeed Christ provided a propitiation and expiation for all human beings and for all their sins, then, clearly, all persons would be saved. Universal atonement, if it is actual, and not merely potential, means universal salvation.

However, the overwhelming majority of Christians who reject limited atonement also reject universal salvation. They are particularists, not universalists. They insist on the doctrine of justification by faith alone. That is, only believers are saved by the atonement of Christ.

If that is so, then the atonement, in some sense, must be limited, or restricted, to a definite group, namely believers. If Christ died for all of the sins of all people, that must include the sin of unbelief. If God’s justice is totally satisfied by Christ’s work on the cross, then it would follow that God would be unjust in punishing the unrepentant sinner for his unbelief and impenitence because those sins were already paid for by Christ.

People usually get around this by citing the axiom, “Christ’s atonement was sufficient for all, but efficient only for some. What does this mean? The Calvinist would interpret this axiom to mean that the value of Christ’s sacrifice is so high, His merit so extensive, that its worth is equal to cover all the sins of the human race. But the atonement’s benefits are only efficient for believers, the elect. The non-Calvinist interprets this axiom in slightly different terms: Christ’s atonement was good enough to save everyone — and was intended to make salvation possible for everyone. But that intent is realized only by believers. The atonement is efficient (or “works”) only for those who receive its benefits by faith.

As I said, this is still a form of “limited atonement.” Its efficacy is limited by human response. Sadly, this kind of limit puts a limit on the saving work of Christ far greater than any limit of the atonement viewed by Reformed theology.

The real issue was the design, or purpose, of God’s plan in laying upon His Son the burden of the Cross. Was it God’s purpose simply to make salvation possible for all but certain for none? Did God have to wait to see if any would respond to Christ to make His atonement efficient? Was it theoretically possible that Jesus would die “for all” yet never see the fruit of His travail and be satisfied?

Or was it God’s eternal purpose and design of the Cross to make salvation certain for His elect? Was there a special sense in which Christ died for His own, for the sheep the Father had given Him?

Here our understanding of the nature of God impacts strongly and decisively our understanding of the design and scope of the Atonement. To deal with every biblical text that bears on those questions, the best source I know of is John Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.

This post was originally published in Tabletalk magazine.

The Design and Scope of the Atonement — Ligonier Ministries Blog

March 29 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Jonathan Edwards’ Conversion
John 3:3–6; Ephesians 4:22–24

On January 12, 1723, I made a solemn dedication of myself to God, and wrote it down; giving up myself, and all that I had, to God; to be for the future in no respect my own; to act as one that had no right to himself, in any respect. And solemnly vowed to take God for my whole portion and felicity, looking on nothing else as any part of my happiness, nor acting as it were; and his law for the constant rule of my obedience; engaging to fight with all my might against the world, the flesh, and the devil, to the end of my life.

JONATHAN EDWARDS

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

Who Is Responsible for a Scandal
John 3:19–21; Ephesians 5:11

When vices are attacked and a scandal results thence, it is not he who makes the accusation who is to answer for the scandal, but he who renders it necessary.

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

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

29 Mar 2021 News Briefing

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France’s Macron and Egypt’s El-Sisi discuss Libya, GERD
French President Emmanuel Macron praised Egypt’s role in resolving the Libyan crisis during a phone call between with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday. Macron said Paris was keen to continue intensive cooperation with Cairo on Libya, according to a statement by the Egyptian presidency. The French president said he appreciated the prominent political weight Egypt holds in the Arab world, Africa and the Mediterranean,

Turkey’s Quest To Build An Islamic Superpower
This was the moment, remarked Kepel – who just published a new book, “Le Prophète et la Pandémie” [“The Prophet and the Pandemic”] — that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the new leader of the umma, or global Islamic community. “Erdogan is trying to appear as the champion of Islam, just like Ayatollah Khomenei in 1989”. Both Khomeini and Erdogan seem to have been committed to erasing secularism and ties with Western culture from their respective countries; to heading a battle against Saudi Arabia for supremacy of the Islamic world and to re-Islamizing their societies. Veiled women, for instance was rarely seen in Tehran before Khomeini, and Erdogan reintroduced it into Turkish society.

NYC Ends Qualified Immunity for Cops in Massive Police Reform Package
The New York City Council acted Thursday to make it easier to sue the city’s police officers. The legislation limits what’s known as qualified immunity, which protected police officers from lawsuits claiming they violated the rights of those they arrested or otherwise confronted. … qualified immunity is “rooted in our system of systemic racism” and has been used to “deny justice to victims of police abuse … .

Lawmakers warn Google, Facebook, Twitter more regulation is coming
Lawmakers lit into the leaders of Facebook, Google and Twitter for the role of their companies in the U.S. Capitol riots and a failure to fairly and effectively police content on their platforms, in a tense hearing Thursday during which the firms were warned a crackdown is coming. The charged back and forth between the staid company executives and angry lawmakers was a familiar scene in Congress. But it comes at a moment when bipartisan consensus around the need for new regulations is rapidly building.

Dartmouth-Brown Study Documents Media’s Stoking “Vicious Circle Of Fear” On COVID
If you’ve felt the media has heavily emphasized bad news throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, your judgment now has some scholarly corroboration. Dartmouth College and Brown University researchers have analyzed tens of thousands of Covid-19 articles and found major US media outlets have overwhelmingly pushed negative narratives about the virus.

Elite Philanthropy Mainly Self-Serving
Philanthropy among the elite class in the United States and the United Kingdom does more to create goodwill for the super-wealthy than to alleviate social ills for the poor, according to a new meta-analysis.

US Believes China “Flirting” With Taiwan Takeover: It’s “Closer Than Most Think”
A weekend report in Financial Times suggests the world is closer than ever to witnessing a major conflict flare up over Taiwan. Multiple alarming quotes from top American defense officials included in the report reveal that Washington fears China is now in the process of planning a takeover of the US-backed democratic island. Ironically the report was published shortly on the heels of the Chinese Air Force’s largest ever incursion into Taiwan’s air space Friday, which saw a whopping 20 aircraft, including four long-range bombers, breach the country’s southwest defense zone.

‘Time to change anachronistic laws of war,’ says Israeli counterterrorism expert
Professor Boaz Ganor, founder and executive director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, said, “The response to this dangerous step by the court is to urgently change the anachronistic laws of war and to adjust them to the challenges of war in the face of hybrid terror organizations.”

What is Iran saying about their agreement with China?
Iran is celebrating a new agreement with China. But what is inside the new 25-year plan? According to Fars News in Iran the agreement has been prepared within the framework of a plan for a long-term period of 25 years, and in this document, the parties have agreed on a roadmap and horizon of comprehensive relations in order to achieve a comprehensive strategic partnership and its practical promotion. “The document should be considered a political, strategic, economic and cultural program that pursues comprehensive aspects of relations in the long run,” the paper says.

White House Confirms Biden Will Sign Executive Order on Gun Control
Joe Biden will sign executive orders on gun control in the near future, confirmed White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday. When asked about the prospect of taking executive action, Psaki responded with, “Yes.”

Massive Apophis asteroid will not hit Earth for 100 years, NASA says
The massive Apophis asteroid will not hit Earth for 100 years, Nasa has said. The space agency has announced new telescope observations that have ruled out any chance of rock hitting us anytime soon. Apophis, which is 1,100-foot (340-metres), was supposed to come close in 2029 and again in 2036. NASA ruled out any chance of a strike during those two approaches a while ago.

An asteroid just buzzed past Earth, and we barely noticed in time
A 100-metre-wide asteroid passed just 70,000km from Earth on Thursday, Australian time. It was discovered by the Brazilian SONEAR survey just days ago, and its presence was announced mere hours before it zoomed past our planet. The lack of warning shows how quickly potentially dangerous asteroids can sneak up on us. The asteroid, reassuringly designated 2019 OK, is not a threat to Earth right now. However, 2019 OK and other near-Earth asteroids do pose a genuine risk. The Tunguska explosion in 1908 and the Chelyabinsk meteor in 2013 were equivalent to large nuclear explosions, and under the wrong circumstances a meteor impact could devastate a city.

Drought conditions could spell trouble for livestock this summer
“We’ve been calving since the end of January, so it’s been beautiful calving weather and that side has really, really been good. But as we move into spring here, of course, there’s going to be a lot of concern of are we going to be able to produce the forage and the grass people need to be able to feed the cattle,” said Will MacDonald of MacDonald Ranches. Concerns are not only with feed availability but also with water quality.

France’s Macron: No regrets for rejecting new virus lockdown
France’s president says he has no reason to be sorry about refusing to impose a third national lockdown earlier this year, even though surging coronavirus infections are straining his country’s hospitals and more than 1,000 people with the virus are dying every week. President Emmanuel Macron’s government has stressed the importance of keeping children in school and businesses afloat as the pandemic stretches into a second year.

Biden’s Passover Message: No Mention of God, Erases Jerusalem, Recommends Desecrating the Holiday
In his two-minute speech, Biden did not mention ‘God’, the Jewish people, or the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. He did explain that “Next year in Jerusalem”, the perennial declaration by the Jews that they will return to their eternal capital in Israel, should be “adapted” to be a COVID motto of “Next year in person.” The address by the Vice President, accompanied by her Jewish-from-birth husband, was no better.

Baltimore City No Longer Prosecutes Prostitution, Drug Possessions 
“A year ago, we underwent an experiment in Baltimore… What we learned in that year, and it’s so incredibly exciting…” 

Historic Jewish Temple is located ‘stone’s throw away’ from Dome of The Rock: author
Contrary to the prevailing view, groundbreaking new research argues that the Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine, which sits atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, may not be the location of the historic Jewish temple. 

Congress, In Five-Hour Hearing, Demands Tech CEOs Censor The Internet Even More Aggressively: Greenwald
Over the course of five-plus hours on Thursday, a House Committee along with two subcommittees badgered three tech CEOs, repeatedly demanding that they censor more political content from their platforms and vowing legislative retaliation if they fail to comply

Judge Overturns D.C. Restrictions on Churches: ‘Just in Time for the Easter Season’ A federal judge on Thursday lifted the District of Columbia’s restrictions on houses of worship and ruled they likely violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

New York, New Jersey now have highest COVID-19 infection rates
New York and New Jersey now have the highest rates of COVID-19 infection in the country.

FBI Endorses Child Trafficking, Waives Background Requests For Those Housing Children in the United States 
Owen Shroyer covers the Biden administration’s latest ridiculous action waiving background checks and vetting procedures for illegal migrants and caregivers of migrant children, all but enabling more child trafficking across the border as security continues to deteriorate.

Explosion at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Makassar, Indonesia Kills 2 Bombers and Injures 19 Christians on Palm Sunday
There was a deadly explosion at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Makassar, Indonesia on Palm Sunday. Two suicide bombers were killed and 19 Christians more were injured.

From Europe: 3,964 People Have Died from Adverse Drug Reactions for COVID-19 “Vaccines” – 162,610 Injuries
Thousands of Europeans have been injured and have died from taking the COVID-19 (China coronavirus) vaccine since it was first distributed to the public.

How Did We Miss This? On February 4th, The United Nations Codified Chrislam With First Annual International Day of Human Fraternity Celebration
“This year, for the very first time, we are celebrating the International Day of Human Fraternity in the context of World Interfaith Harmony Week, providing an opportunity to highlight the principles and values included in the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and living Together” and explore good practices towards its implementation as a pathway to the future, as we rebuild a better world. The UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to the UN, as well as the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, is organizing an event titled “A Pathway to the Future” to celebrate this international day.”

A New Epidemic Is Spreading Through America
Cognitive Dissonance is the refusal to see the shifting fortunes of reality because the truth is too painful to comprehend. America is now an enslaved nation. We have been conquered. We are in a permanent state of imposed martial law awaiting mass genocide. Americans, you have been tagged and soon you will bagged.

‘Potentially Toxic Face Masks’ Made In Wuhan, China Were Sent To Canadian Daycares, Schools
Potentially Toxic Face Masks, Produced By A Chinese Company Based Out Of Wuhan, China – The Global Origin Point For The Covid-19 Virus – Were Sent To Canadian Daycares And Schools.

From Europe: 3,964 People Have Died from Adverse Drug Reactions for COVID-19 “Vaccines” – 162,610 Injuries
Thousands of Europeans have been injured and have died from taking the COVID-19 (China coronavirus) vaccine since it was first distributed to the public.

Watch: Two Teenage Girls Carjack And Kill An Uber Driver; CNN Calls It An Accident
…watch the video and you decide if it was an “accident”…

ISIS-linked extremists suspected in Palm Sunday church bombing in Indonesia
More than a dozen people were injured when two attackers blew themselves up outside a Catholic church in the Muslim-majority archipelago of Indonesia on Palm Sunday, the first day of the Holy Week.

Source: 29 Mar 2021 – Rapture Ready

Apostasy Watch Monday 3-29-21

Mike Ratliff – What is the difference between Conversion and Regeneration?

They Aren’t Who You Think They Are’ – The Inside Story of Horrific Abuse at Christian Camp

Pastor’s wife planned husband’s killing with man they had sex with, Oklahoma cops say

Naomi Zacharias Announces End of Her Leadership of Wellspring Intl; Website Goes Private

He’s a Famous Evangelical Preacher, but His Kids Wish He’d Pipe Down

Rapper Lil Nas X’s Nike ‘Satan Shoes’ spark outrage — yes, they contain 1 drop of human blood

Seminary Professor Exposes Today’s “Cheap Epistemology” Calling For A Return to Scripture

Franklin Graham Unfazed after Evangelical Base Blasts Him for Encouraging Vaccines

Pagan sues Panera Bread Company alleging religious discrimination

Professor who refused school order on transgender student’s pronouns wins in court

Pope appoints open homosexual to Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

Gallup – U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time

Faith groups celebrate Virginia’s death penalty ban

Netherlands: Churchgoers breaking COVID rules attack journalists

Chinese authorities seize church property days after raiding house church

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

CDC director warns of “impending doom” as COVID cases increasePosted: 29 Mar 2021 10:13 AM PDT(Axios) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky went off script at a briefing Monday and made an emotional plea to Americans not to let up on public health measures amid fears of a fourth wave.What they’re saying: “I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom,” Walensky said, appearing to hold back tears. “We do not have the luxury of inaction.Continue reading CDC director warns of “impending doom” as COVID cases increase at End Time Headlines.
Trump ordered report into “unidentified aerial phenomena” as one of his final acts as President, with outlets predicting 2021 could be the “year of the UFO”.Posted: 29 Mar 2021 06:52 AM PDT(OPINION) Express – The former President included the order to the director of national intelligence in a COVID-19 relief bill. It asks for details to be published about “unidentified aerial phenomena” or “anomalous aerial vehicles” and is set for release in June.Pentagon and US intelligence agencies are expected to start a global debate on the existence of UFOs with the Trump-era report. John Ratcliffe, Mr. Trump’s former intelligence director, told Fox News “there are a lot more sightings than have been made public”, hinting at the report’s contents.Continue reading Trump ordered report into “unidentified aerial phenomena” as one of his final acts as President, with outlets predicting 2021 could be the “year of the UFO”. at End Time Headlines.
The Digital Fingerprint You Had No Idea Is Attached To Every Photo You TakePosted: 29 Mar 2021 06:45 AM PDT(OPINION) PNW – In a day and age where everyone is walking around carrying a portable GPS/supercomputer in their pockets, it should be of no surprise that location data can help track you at almost any given point in the day.But while this may be semi-expected, one way in which people may not know they’re offering up information is through photographs. Such was the topic of a new BBC report, which delved into exactly how much information people are offering up with their photo metadata – the digital “fingerprint” that’s attached to every digital photo you take.Continue reading The Digital Fingerprint You Had No Idea Is Attached To Every Photo You Take at End Time Headlines.
Iran and China sign historic 25-year strategic deal that could threaten the United States’ influence in the MidEastPosted: 29 Mar 2021 06:34 AM PDT(CBN) – Iran and China signed a 25-year strategic deal on Saturday that could threaten the United States’ influence in the Middle East.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his counterpart, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, met in Tehran for the signing. The deal, dubbed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, acts as a roadmap for China and Iran’s deep relations for the next 25 years, including their economic, defense, security, trade, and cultural partnerships.Continue reading Iran and China sign historic 25-year strategic deal that could threaten the United States’ influence in the MidEast at End Time Headlines.
Chinese authorities seize church property days after raiding house churchPosted: 29 Mar 2021 06:18 AM PDT(CP) – Communist authorities in China removed all the belongings of a house church in China’s Chongqing municipality without showing any legal documents, days after raiding the building during a worship service, according to reports.More than 30 officials, including local police, state security, and local district administration, came with trucks and took away all the property, including chairs and books, at Mt. Olive Church in Chongqing on Wednesday, the U.S.-based advocacy organization International Christian Concern reports.Continue reading Chinese authorities seize church property days after raiding house church at End Time Headlines.
Biden Admin Working On Vaccine Passports That ‘Could Display A Scannable Code Similar To An Airline Boarding Pass’Posted: 29 Mar 2021 06:11 AM PDT(DW) – The Biden administration is reportedly working on developing coronavirus vaccine passports that would allow Americans to prove that they have been vaccinated since some businesses have indicated that they will require proof of vaccination for people to enter their businesses.“The administration’s initiative has been driven largely by arms of the Department of Health and Human Services, including an office devoted to health information technology, said five officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the effort,” The Washington Post reported.Continue reading Biden Admin Working On Vaccine Passports That ‘Could Display A Scannable Code Similar To An Airline Boarding Pass’ at End Time Headlines.
Newnan Tornado Was Rare EF4 Twister in Georgia, 10TH E4 Since 1950Posted: 28 Mar 2021 07:40 PM PDT(TWC) – Friday morning’s EF4 tornado in Coweta County, Georgia, was the strongest tornado to hit the state in almost a decade and only the 10th EF4 or F4 tornado to tear through the state since 1950.Prior to Friday’s tornado, the most recent EF4 tornado occurred in the 2011 Super Outbreak, which brought hundreds of tornadoes to the Deep South.Less than 0.5% of tornadoes in Georgia reach “violent” strength, those of EF4 or EF5 magnitude.Continue reading Newnan Tornado Was Rare EF4 Twister in Georgia, 10TH E4 Since 1950 at End Time Headlines.
Popular children’s author has book canceled over ‘passive racism’Posted: 28 Mar 2021 05:32 PM PDT(OPINION) Theblaze – Children’s publisher Scholastic announced they have immediately stopped the sale and distribution of a book over allegations of “passive racism.”The announcement came weeks after six Dr. Seuss books were similarly canceled over allegations of racist imagery. Scholastic announced last week they would immediately stop the distribution of “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk,” a book originally published in 2010.The book was written by Dav Pilkey, who is known for writing “Captain Underpants” and “Dog Man,” two wildly successful children’s book series that have sold more than 100 million copies.Continue reading Popular children’s author has book canceled over ‘passive racism’ at End Time Headlines.
Associated Press tells reporters not to use the word ‘crisis’ to describe border crisisPosted: 28 Mar 2021 04:51 PM PDT(OPINION) TheBlaze – The Associated Press — one of the largest journalism organizations in the world — released guidance last week restricting employees from using the word “crisis” when referring to the ongoing border crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. But, as it turned out, the Associated Press found the word completely acceptable when Donald Trump was president.What did the AP say? President Joe Biden, his administration, and top Democrats have refused to acknowledge the migrant crisis unfolding at the southern border as that — a “crisis.”The Associated Press revealed Friday they agree with Biden’s White House.Continue reading Associated Press tells reporters not to use the word ‘crisis’ to describe border crisis at End Time Headlines.
DEVELOPING: Massive explosion reported at Indonesian oil refineryPosted: 28 Mar 2021 04:44 PM PDT(RT) – An oil refinery, located in the West Java province of Indonesia, has caught up fire amid reports a loud bang was heard before the facility went up in flames.The refinery is located some 200 km (124 mi) east of the capital Jakarta. The fire at the Balongan oil refinery, operated by Pertamina, Indonesia’s state-owned oil and natural gas company, erupted on Monday morning local time. Videos purportedly filmed not far from the scene of the incident show columns of fire turning the predawn skies yellow.Continue reading DEVELOPING: Massive explosion reported at Indonesian oil refinery at End Time Headlines.
Now they are saying Covid-19 Shots for children is what holds the” Key to Herd Immunity”Posted: 28 Mar 2021 04:31 PM PDT(WSJ) – Countries are racing to immunize adults against Covid-19 and move toward a more normal future. To achieve the vaccination rates that health authorities are aiming for, the shots must eventually reach the arms of children and teenagers, too.Children aren’t going to be vaccinated for several months at least, however, because drugmakers are still testing shots in younger ages. That means health authorities can’t be confident of securing community protection against the virus, known as herd immunity, until later this year at the earliest, because children under 18 make up a significant proportion of many countries’ populations.Continue reading Now they are saying Covid-19 Shots for children is what holds the” Key to Herd Immunity” at End Time Headlines.
Colorado Baker Sued by Man Wanting to Force Him to Make ‘Gender Transition’ CakePosted: 28 Mar 2021 04:20 PM PDT(Fox News) – The Colorado baker who won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 after refusing to make a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple spent the week in court again—this time for denying a request to create a cake to celebrate a gender transition—telling Fox News that the request was “a trap” and in violation of his religious beliefs.In an exclusive interview with Fox News, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Jack Phillips described his experience at trial this week, after spending nearly a decade fending off lawsuits over requests for cakes that went against his conscience.Continue reading Colorado Baker Sued by Man Wanting to Force Him to Make ‘Gender Transition’ Cake at End Time Headlines.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 29, 2021

Mid-Day Digest

THE FOUNDATION

“The ingredients which constitute energy in the Executive are, first, unity; secondly, duration; thirdly, an adequate provision for its support; fourthly, competent powers. … The ingredients which constitute safety in the republican sense are, first, a due dependence on the people, secondly, a due responsibility.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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FEATURED ANALYSIS

Biden’s Opaque Border ‘Transparency’

The administration’s message to the press: “We’ll let you look when we get everything cleaned up.”

Thomas Gallatin

Ever since Joe Biden reversed Donald Trump’s successful border-enforcement policies, hordes of migrants have rushed to illegally cross into the U.S., creating a humanitarian crisis that is fast threatening to spiral entirely out of control. The few available visuals show scenes of overcrowding conditions with minors kept in cages facilities where they are sleeping and covering nearly every square inch of available floorspace.

Even still, the Biden-Harris administration continues to insist that the border crisis is no crisis at all — that it’s merely a “challenge” over which it has complete control. However, to continue presenting this fraudulent narrative, the administration has increasingly worked to prevent news and especially images of the crisis from getting out to the American public.

Just last week, a delegation of 18 senators visited the border to ascertain the conditions of the holding facilities. During the visit, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) attempted to take pictures and video footage of the kids in cages facilities when a member of Customs and Border Protection stopped him, insisting that he “respect” the dignity of the migrants.

Republican Senator Mike Braun (IN) was asked to delete his photos. Braun explained, “There was one of Biden’s representatives. I felt sorry for the lady because she actually talked to me about deleting a picture, but by the time she got to me, all those other pictures were taken, and that shows you the hypocrisy. None of us would have gone down there if we were going to be muzzled.” He observed that Border Patrol officials were only asking that no photos be taken “because they had to.”

Biden, who has repeatedly touted the transparency of his administration, was asked last week when the press would have access to the border facilities. “I will commit when my plan, very shortly, is underway to let you have access to not just them, but to other facilities as well,” he equivocated. He added, “I will commit to transparency … as soon as I am in a position to be able to implement what we are doing right now.”

A reporter pressed a bit, asking, “And just to be clear: How soon will that be, Mr. President?” to which Biden retorted, “I don’t know, to be clear.”

When the question was raised again on Friday during the White House press briefing — with a reporter inferring that Biden “will let more cameras in once [he’s] satisfied with the conditions” — Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded, “That’s not actually what he meant.” She then explained, “What he was conveying is, right now, his focus is on moving these kids out of these Border Patrol facilities — right? — and making sure it’s done in a way that keeps them safe and keeps everyone safe.”

In other words, you’re not allowed to see our messy room until we clean it up. That’s not how transparency works.

Even Fox News’s Chris Wallace took the Biden administration to task over its lack of transparency, observing that Team Biden is “less transparent” than the Trump administration. But Fox isn’t the only mainstream media outlet being denied access. CBS News’s Margaret Brennan explained that the network had to use photos provided by Democrat Representative Henry Cuellar (TX) “because journalists are being blocked largely by the Biden administration from bringing our own cameras inside to do firsthand reporting.”

And there is still no word on when Biden’s newly appointed border czar, Kamala Harris, plans to visit the border.

Finally, the Government Accountability Office opened an investigation into whether Biden’s order halting funding for the construction of the border wall violated the law. The request to investigate was made by more than 70 GOP members of Congress who argue that Biden’s EO was “a blatant violation of federal law and infringe on Congress’ constitutional power of the purse.”

Indeed, it turns out the only wall Biden is building is the one between his administration and the American people.

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More Illegal Immigrant Blood on Biden

What matters most to Biden and Harris is the surge of illegal votes in future elections.

Mark Alexander

There were more border deaths last week — the direct result of the Demos’ open-border debacle — meaning more blood on Joe Biden’s hands and those of his inept “border czar” and administration puppeteer, Kamala Harris.

While promising transparency, Biden administration officials continue to enforce his news blackout on the devastating consequences of their illegal immigrant invitation to come one, come all — resulting in, among other things, more “kids in cages.”

But the administration could not conceal the death of a nine-year-old girl who drowned in the Rio Grande River while trying to illegally enter the U.S. with her mother and little sister. Border Patrol agents found the three migrants washed up unconscious on the Mexican side of the river. Attempts to revive the mother and her three-year-old were successful, but the older child did not regain consciousness.

The death of this and other migrants is tragic, which takes a toll on our Border Patrol personnel who are on the front lines of the Biden/Harris border disaster every day. El Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero noted, “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this small child. During these hard times, our agents remain resilient, and I am extremely proud of their efforts to preserve human life.”

Recall that as a result of Biden’s open-border invitation, in recent weeks there were eight illegal immigrants killed in a human trafficker’s vehicle, and 13 were killed in another trafficker’s vehicle.

The blood of these poor souls is on Biden’s hands because, as policy analyst Stephen Miller notes, Biden’s immigration policies are “morally monstrous” and “indefensible.”

Despite the fact that Trump administration policies dramatically curbed illegal immigration, in 2019 the Demo Leftmedia publicists attempted to blame Donald Trump for two Rio Grande deaths. But don’t expect them to hang the surging number of illegal immigrant deaths around Biden’s neck, even though he is directly responsible for that surge.

The Biden border rush will increase in April, as will the humanitarian crisis it has created. But what matters most to Biden, Harris, and their socialist Democrat Party cadre is the surge of illegal immigrant votes in future elections.

There are now an estimated 16.5 million to 29.1 million illegal immigrant in our nation — competing for the jobs of U.S. citizens and putting enormous downward pressure on the wages of American workers.

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Quid Pro Joe Manchin?

The senator’s wife just landed a cushy federal job. Is ending the filibuster next?

Nate Jackson

There are effectively two people standing between Democrats and eliminating the Senate filibuster: Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Both are feeling intense pressure to bow to the wishes of radical Democrats.

“The pressure that we are going to put on Sinema and Manchin is calling [the filibuster] racist and saying that they are, in effect, supporting racism,” the race-baiting “Reverend” Al Sharpton admitted recently. “Why would they be wedded to something that has those results? Their voters need to know that.”

Our Lewis Morris recently covered this push to characterize the filibuster as “racist.” Suffice it to say, as Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) put it, Democrats “use the word ‘racist’ whenever they are trying to scare people into their corner.”

There’s been another card dealt, and that’s the cushy job just handed to Manchin’s wife Gayle. For $160,000 a year (if she takes the salary), she’ll serve as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. Much of the speculation regarding this possible quid pro quo centers on Manchin’s decisive vote two days earlier to advance the nomination of Colin Kahl as undersecretary of defense for policy.

The Washington Free Beacon reports, “Pro-Israel groups and West Virginia legislators had urged Manchin to oppose Kahl, citing his extensive involvement in the Iran nuclear deal, his opposition to Iran sanctions, and his criticism of pro-Israel policies. The White House and Democratic operatives also lobbied Manchin heavily to support Kahl.”

But make no mistake: Manchin is under intense pressure over the filibuster. It could be a public relations disaster to vote on the filibuster too soon after his wife landed her job, though with a lickspittle press always ready to carry water for Democrats, it’s not unthinkable. And favors like this job — or pressure like the racist label — will continue to come Machin’s way.

That’s why the best solution for Republicans might be, as Mark Alexander recently argued, for Donald Trump to take his 39-point win in West Virginia and make the case to Machin’s constituents that it’s time for a change.

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Our Special Ops Get Woke

The new “Chief of Diversity & Inclusion” will seriously harm morale and readiness.

Douglas Andrews

If you think Joe Biden’s efforts to debilitate and demoralize our Armed Forces have gone far enough, you’ve grossly underestimated the Left’s desire to ruin everything it touches. Not even our vaunted Special Forces are being spared.

“USSOCOM welcomes our new Chief of Diversity & Inclusion, Mr. Richard Torres-Estrada,” said last Thursday’s tweet from U.S. Special Operations Command. “We look forward to his contribution in enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of SOF through diversity of talent, helping us recruit the best of the best. #QuietProfessionals”

Our nation’s Special Operations Command oversees Delta Force, the Navy SEAL teams, and the rest of our best-trained and most lethal warfighters. So it’s no surprise that this new-hire announcement reads more like a hostage video.

SOCOM’s Instagram post is even more depressing, as we learn that the new guy, Mr. Torres-Estrada, has “nearly two decades worth of experience working diversity and inclusion programs and activities in federal agencies.” Strangely absent from the post are any details about Mr. Torres-Estrada’s experience in the U.S. military generally or in Special Ops particularly. Clearly, he doesn’t have any. We also learn that his arrival is of a piece with “the publication of the USSOCOM [Diversity and Inclusion] Strategic Plan, which will guide the enterprise-wide effort to institutionalize and sustain D&I.”

Translation: Diversity and inclusion are now necessary preconditions for our elite warfighters’ ability to conduct reconnaissance, counterterrorism, hostage rescue and recovery, and other highly demanding activities.

No longer is it sufficient to be the best of the best. Going forward, our special operators must now be woke — with proficiency and lethality now trumped by race and gender identity. As the Strategic Plan itself says, our Special Forces must now “create enduring organizational change by developing comprehensive inclusive environments, policies, processes, and procedures while divesting of harmful cultural norms, narratives, processes, and procedures that diminish diversity and inclusion.”

As if the hiring of a non-military bureaucrat weren’t bad enough, Torres-Estrada is an ardent hater of Donald Trump. Last summer, he snidely commented on social media, “Here I leave this and slowly retire (to continue working from home)…” over a two-sided picture: President Donald Trump holding a Bible on one side and on the other a photo of — who else — a book-holding Adolf Hitler.

In addition, Torres-Estrada posted this meme, with denigrating quotes from Trump’s former advisers. He added the caption, “I just have to post this.”

A quick scroll through the comments thread beneath SOCOM’s Twitter post shows that we aren’t alone in our revulsion. “As a retired USAF Lt Col,” tweeted one commenter, “I find this is despicable & how Generals care not about readiness but allowing a waste product like this to trowel out a tonnage of woke crap all about getting their next star. So glad I’m retired.”

The real problem is for the Patriot men and women in uniform, whose morale and readiness will be seriously harmed by the “woke” garbage heaped upon them by an America-hating commander-in-chief and his social engineers.

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Kamala Harris ‘Empowers’ Serial Predator Bill Clinton

The pair spoke at an event to — get this — empower women. Hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Arnold Ahlert

What does a total lack of self-awareness look like? Kamala Harris taking part in a women’s empowerment seminar … with Bill Clinton.

The event, which took place last Friday, was hosted by the Clinton Foundation and featured the two speaking one-on-one at Harris’s alma mater, Howard University. Other luminaries in attendance included Stacey Abrams, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and college students from around the world.

According to a press release, the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) 13th annual event focused on “the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, and empowering women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, restoring faith in democracy, environmental justice, and creating systemic change.”

Funny how systemic change looked depressingly familiar — as in the Clinton family still searching for relevancy and decency — in a world that has since moved on.

Such is only possible in a nation where revisionist history reigns supreme. It’s been a long time since Bill Clinton sat in the Oval Office, and millions of younger Americans are only dimly aware of the former president’s sordid past — one that included allegations of rape by Juanita Broaddrick and sexual misconduct by three other women over the course of decades; a sexual dalliance with White House intern Monica Lewinsky that Clinton initially lied about to the nation until her semen-stained dress forced his hand; and an association with convicted pedophile and sex-trafficking billionaire Jeffrey Epstein that included several flights on Epstein’s private jet, where passengers were allegedly provided young girls for sex.

Unsurprisingly, some of those allegedly victimized by Clinton were furious. Virginia Giuffre, who was one of Epstein’s sex-trafficking victims, led the charge. “Wow!! [Harris is] asking Clinton how to empower women???” she tweeted last Wednesday. “Wrong person, what she should be asking him is what the hell was Clinton doing on #Epstein island & private jets 27 TIMES!!” (That’s an assertion, by the way, that the “fact-checkers” love “debunking” because there’s no record of Clinton landing on the island.)

Juanita Broaddrick was equally incensed, and not just by Clinton. “Is this a f—ing joke? This pervert …….. who raped me….is going to talk about empowering women….with a woman who spread her legs for power,” she tweeted.

Leslie Millwee, who also accused the former president of sexual assault, was likewise astonished. “He is going to get up on a stage and tell us about how to be empowered?” she exclaimed. “I truly can’t think of anything more brazen. I think this goes to show you the political power that the Clintons still have.”

Millwee also took Harris to task for her blatant hypocrisy, noting that in April 2019, the then-senator stated she believed allegations made by Tara Reade, who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault. “It goes back a lot to partisan politics and I hate to keep bringing that up, but I think that’s crux of it,” Millwee added. “It’s brazen. This man has gotten by with so much in the last 50 or 60 years. And I think it goes back to a power entitlement. He feels like he can do whatever he wants. Nothing’s going to get in this way, and he’s going to bulldoze his way through anything he wants to.”

Harris apparently feels that same entitlement. “Harris pursued unsubstantiated accusations of sexual misconduct against [Brett] Kavanaugh, even introducing a letter from a ‘Jane Doe’ who claimed that youthful Kavanaugh and a friend had raped her ‘several times’ after offering her a lift home from a party,” Breitbart News reported last August. “She earned condemnation for a deceptively-edited video in which she claimed Kavanaugh opposed birth control.”

Harris, who said she was in favor of Kavanaugh’s impeachment after he was confirmed, has also conspicuously avoided commenting on Democrat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s alleged harassment of several women. This despite her alleged support for the #MeToo movement.

Support — or lack thereof — that is apparently determined by one’s political affiliation.

Reade also pounded Harris. “The most amazing thing about the elite Democrats is both the hypocrisy and arrogance wrapped in lack of self awareness,” she tweeted. “Bill Clinton is going to discuss girls and women with Kamala Harris Friday… Really? Seriously?”

It’s not just elite Democrats. A number of prominent women’s groups, including Planned Parenthood, Emily’s List, the Women’s March, Time’s Up Now, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), and the American Civil Liberties Union — all of whom were quite vocal about their support for Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford — were contacted for comment by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

None of them responded to repeated requests made last Wednesday.

So what’s really going on here? Why would America’s first female vice president, who appears destined to be commander-in-chief sooner rather than later, take on such unnecessary political baggage? Washington Times columnist Kelly Sadler provides astute speculation, all of which boils down to what every politician is interested in doing — as in getting aboard the donor gravy train, with a large dollop of quid pro quos thrown in to make the Clintons happy as well.

Despite being despised by many working-class Americans, “Mrs. Harris had more billionaire donors than any other Democratic candidate running for president last year,” Sadler explains.

And as Jacobin magazine reported, those donors included Salesforce’s Marc Benioff, Amazon general counsel David Zapolsky, Microsoft president Brad Smith, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Oracle NetSuite executives Evan Goldberg and Dorian Daley, Cisco CFO Kelly Kramer, former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos, and venture capitalist John Doerr. As Politico reported, other donors included “Tony Fadell, co-founder of smart thermostat maker Nest; Jony Ive, the design guru at Apple; Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder and former Facebook president; and Brian Chesky, chief executive of Airbnb.”

“So, it makes sense why Mr. Clinton would want to tap into her wealthy donor pool and invite Mrs. Harris to have a conversation,” Sadler adds. “Given the broad Clinton Foundation donor list, it also makes sense as to why Mrs. Harris agreed. To be sure, this conversation will focus on ‘women’s empowerment,’ but all it’s really about is swapping information on wealthy donors to bulk up both Mrs. Harris’ and Mr. Clinton’s vast Rolodexes.”

In the world these hypocrites inhabit, that’s all the “women’s empowerment” that really matters.

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Political Plunder Shrinks Liberty

Dems aim to raise taxes on high income earners while restoring tax breaks for blue-staters.

Robin Smith

“Build Back Better” was an appropriate campaign theme for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris because they’re building big government back using increased taxes and extravagant government spending at the expense of the private sector, including a higher cost for goods and services. The historic economic opportunities that were transcending race, ethnicity, and gender just prior to COVID via tax cuts, deregulation, and a fair free-trade policy with global partners were paused as Americans fought a novel virus that raged through population centers in its early days. Not even a year after near-universal COVID lockdowns of the economy, the Biden-Harris regime has already begun to reverse those proven policies for the failed playbook — tax, spend, regulate, and grow government at the expense of jobs and personal freedom.

The Biden economy revolves around government largess, not the good of American citizens. Republicans argue that Biden’s $1.9 trillion Not COVID Relief package spent less than 10% for virus-related needs. A $3 trillion spending spree for infrastructure and education is next on the docket, and it will be funded by absurd corporate tax increases as well as individual tax hikes.

Reversing the tax cuts that created jobs in Donald Trump’s economy is just one of the expected changes. Bloomberg also reported the Democrats controlling the federal legislative and executive branches of government have plans “also to address what Democrats argue are inequities in the tax system itself.” Addressing inequities according to the morality of the Left and its god of government is part of the Religion of Woke™. If an individual has worked, sacrificed, saved, and has personal wealth and property, the #WokeDemocrats say that could only happen by oppressing others, so these inequities must be addressed by exploitation — taking from those who work hard and giving to those who will not.

As French economist Frederic Bastiat once wrote, “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” Government has no money unless it’s taken from another person or entity to spend upon another person or entity. Bastiat continued, “The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.”

A key provision being pushed by blue states is the reversal of the 2017 cap of $10,000 on SALT (Sales and Local Tax) deductions, which permits taxes paid in the states to be deducted on federal taxes. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and California are among the most vocal for this change, since the high income earners who could formerly deduct excessive levies from their federal taxes are now choosing to move to states like Florida, Tennessee, and Texas to find right-sized government taxes and spending.

The Democrat push for restoring these tax breaks for wealthy blue-staters is an interesting contrast with their insistence on raising taxes on high income earners around the nation. Coincidence?

The Religion of Woke™ has grown in the same soil of big government, using the power of politics to enrich and elevate an elite group who make themselves indispensable through acts of redistribution that, according to Bastiat, is theft of goods using force of law. Biden has worked hard to “Build Back Better” financial and political divisions in our country that in the end just hurt the average American fighting to keep what they earn and live free. The Left’s “moral code” glorifies big taxes, big spending, and big government in the name of a false and destructive equity.

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Georgia Boosts Election Integrity

The Peach State becomes the first Republican-run state to pass legislation on the abuses of the 2020 election.

Thomas Gallatin

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed into law an election-reform bill that aims to protect voting integrity and prevent fraud associated with no-ID bulk-mail balloting, as was prevalent in the 2020 election. “Significant reforms to our state elections were needed,” Kemp explained. “There’s no doubt there were many alarming issues with how the election was handled, and those problems, understandably, led to a crisis of confidence in the ballot box here in Georgia.”

Of course, the crisis of confidence in the 2020 election was not limited to Georgia. Democrats exploited the coronavirus pandemic across the nation to push for massive mail-in balloting with few checks in place to guard against fraud. The results proved contentious as millions of Americans had and still have little confidence in the legitimacy of the election results.

Georgia is just the first of several Republican-run states to remedy the election abuses witnessed in 2020. Several sates are lining up to oppose the blatant partisan power grab by congressional Democrats with their HR 1 “election reform” bill — legislation that would nationalize these abuses.

Georgia’s election bill did offer compromises for Democrats. Early voting for both primary and general elections was expanded, as was allowing drop boxes placed in early-voting locations, though these will be accessible only when the sites are open. Voting remains in place on one pre-election Sunday, which was a demand to accommodate black churches. Furthermore, the bill continues to allow no-excuse absentee ballot applications, but these ballots must be matched to ID numbers, eliminating the subjective and contentious process of signature verification. One item the GOP did not compromise on is that in-person voters will need to show IDs, and those who need an ID can get one for free.

Democrats have predictably responded to the bill by crying “voter suppression,” with Joe Biden calling Georgia’s law “un-American” and an “atrocity,” while ridiculously asserting that the legislation “makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle.” They continue to argue that minorities are somehow less capable of getting IDs, which supposedly makes this requirement “racist.”

The truth is this bill is anything but Jim Crow 2.0. If anything, it presents a compromise — something congressional Democrats were unwilling to entertain when they rammed HR 1 through the House on a party-line vote, and something they’re deliberately trying to quash by arguing for eliminating the filibuster in order to pass S 1. Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock routinely deflected on the filibuster question on the campaign trail, but now that he’s seated in the Senate, the filibuster is suddenly a problem and needs to go. That’s Democrat politics in a nutshell.

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Hunter Biden and Our Two-Tiered Justice System

The president’s son is once again proving that privileged Democrats don’t have to play by the rules.

Douglas Andrews

The never-ending saga that is the life of Hunter Biden took another weird and outrageous turn this past week when it was revealed that President Joe Biden’s corrupt and deeply troubled son likely committed a felony by lying on Form 4473, a federal background check document that prospective firearms purchasers must fill out prior to the actual purchase.

According to Politico, Biden answered “no” in response to the question, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” The background check was administered on the Firearms Transaction Record that Biden filled out in order to purchase a .38 revolver in October 2018.

How did all this information come about just now? The Politico authors note: “The gun-store incident occurred during a period after Hunter Biden’s administrative discharge from the Naval Reserves for his positive cocaine test and his subsequent divorce from his first wife, Kathleen. At the time of the gun incident, Hunter was in a romantic relationship with Hallie, the widow of his late brother, Beau. The incident began when Hallie searched Hunter’s pickup, which was parked at her home in Wilmington, because of unspecified ‘suspicions she had,’ according to the Delaware State Police report. Inside the truck, she found a .38 revolver. Hallie took the gun to Janssen’s Market, a nearby high-end grocery store where the Bidens are longtime regular customers. There, she tossed the gun, wrapped in a black shopping bag, into a trash bin outside of the store.”

Later, after Hallie revealed to Hunter what she’d done, he demanded that she return to the store and retrieve the gun from the trash. But when she did so, the gun was gone.

The story gets even stranger though — if that’s possible — because the Secret Service intervened on Hunter’s behalf. And that would be a no-no, because the Delaware State Police and the FBI were already involved, having been alerted to the situation by the store’s general manager after Hallie told the store what had happened.

According to two people familiar with the incident, while police were questioning Hunter and Hallie, two Secret Service agents arrived at the store where Hunter had purchased the gun. The agents showed their badges and identification cards to the gun store’s owner and asked to take possession of the Firearms Transaction Record that Hunter had filled out to buy the gun. The store owner, though, rightly refused to hand over the transaction record, because he knew the documentation fell under the purview of the ATF, not the Secret Service.

Stranger still, the New York Post reports, “The Secret Service denied any role in investigating the missing gun. ‘U.S. Secret Service records confirm that the agency did not provide protection to any member of the Biden family in 2018, and that the Secret Service had no involvement in this alleged incident,’ the agency said.”

Someone’s lying. Because text messages from Hunter Biden indicate that the Secret Service did indeed intervene. Who was covering for him? And why hasn’t Biden been charged with a felony for falsifying a federal firearms document? The Bidens are very adept at concealing corruption, so we may not get an answer.

Eric Trump, a longtime hunting and firearms enthusiast, notes, “If that was … anybody in the Trump family, and we lied on a federal form, we’d be in jail for the rest of our lives. … He lied on multiple questions. It wasn’t just the drug question. He lied on multiple questions. And I think a lot of people … in this country are sick and tired of the unequal scales of justice.”

It is clear that there is a two-tiered justice system, especially when it comes to powerful Democrats.

As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy writes, “The basis for a criminal investigation of Hunter Biden … was already considerable before the sudden emergence of the apparent false statement on the firearms form. Though the latter is serious in its own right, we should not allow it to overshadow the former. Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed that there would be a single standard of justice, applied to all Americans, with politics kept out of prosecutorial decision-making.”

Indeed, we can only hope that AG Garland is a man of integrity — and a man of his word. But we’re not holding our breath.

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Yes to Reparations, but No, Not for You

Democrats want handouts for blacks as well as for millions of illegals.

Patrick Hampton

The reparations discussion resurfaced yet again after an affluent suburban area of Illinois proposed a reparations program for residents of black or African American descent. Turns out that some of the black residents are rejecting this notion because it appears to be little more than existing housing programs masquerading as “reparations.” This payout has sparked the conversation anew as other municipalities navigate and research the possibilities of paying for the sins of a handful of our fathers.

While progressive politicians deliberate over dollars and cents for blacks, our commander-in-chief, Joe Biden — like a distant dad — paid out more than $86 million on hotel rooms to house illegal immigrants caught in what his administration calls a “challenge.” Biden — using the power of taxpayer cash — dipped deep into our nation’s pockets to rectify a problem that many argue he caused. Halting the construction of the border wall and using the power of the executive order to unwind what President Donald Trump worked so hard to build sent a message to these migrants that Biden welcomes them with open arms.

Meanwhile, many people in the service industry — a workforce comprised of a sizable black population — are struggling to move forward as they live off of stimulus checks and other crumbs sprinkling down from above. It didn’t help either that much of the $1.9 trillion stimulus went to several government faculties and international interests.

So what about reparations? We can expect Democrats to never take this conversation seriously. In fact, I believe these “stimmy” checks are reparations in disguise, designed to keep black Americans where progressives want them — out of their way. This strategy pales in comparison to Trump’s Platinum Plan, which could have potentially put black families on equal footing with the rest of America by way of infusing capital into disadvantaged communities. Trump’s strategy promised more entrepreneurship, helping Americans stand on their own two feet and rise above government support. But “we” didn’t vote for that.

I am not here to argue for reparations. I believe the time for that has long passed. But if black Americans want to know why their hands are still empty, they need to know the cold hard truth. They, overwhelmingly so, voted for the interests of others while putting themselves last yet again. But the fact that this $86 million payout to the southern border migrants doesn’t bother more black folks is exactly why history will repeat itself again until society has long forgotten what reparations were even for.

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In Brief: How to Beat the Woke

UT law professor Glenn Reynolds, a.k.a. Instapundit, has a plan.

A couple of weeks ago, Glenn Reynolds offered his insights into how to defeat woke tyrants. His latest offering is very similar — “How to beat the woke: Never apologize, rally friends and punch back harder.”

Americans hate woke culture… Black, white, Republican and Democrat, a large majority of Americans oppose it. … What can you do about it — especially if you or someone you are close to comes under attack? In short, it keeps going because it’s easy and fun — and you have to make it less so.

Lesson one: Don’t panic — and don’t give in. … Never apologize, don’t act afraid, and, to borrow a phrase from [Barack] Obama, “punch back twice as hard.” Call the mob out for what it is: a bunch of bad people trying to pretend they stand for something moral. Going after people for their political views this way isn’t an act of morality. It’s an attempt at political terrorism, and it’s un-American.

The second lesson: Stick together. The woke mob tries to isolate its victims and to make others afraid to stand up for them. Instead, it’s important to ask for help from friends and potential supporters, if you’re a target, and to offer it to the targets if you’re on the sidelines. Solidarity.

He then relates the story of “the University of San Diego Law School, whose dean shamefully capitulated to an absurd student campaign against a professor who did nothing wrong.” Several professors rallied together to oppose a sorry group of students who made life hell for the dean. Outside groups got involved as well, pressuring a change of course.

And that’s lesson three. University and corporate bosses give into the woke because it’s painless and easier than fighting them. Make it painful and difficult instead, and they’ll change their ways. Take this to heart. The sane can win.

Read the whole thing here.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Supreme Court sits on potentially blockbuster abortion case (Examiner)

“The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, has been before the court since September without a word from the justices. It has been considered at the court’s conferences eight times and each time left on the table. That likely means that fewer than four justices so far have voted to take up the case. Another possibility is that the court has already rejected the case and one of the conservative justices is working on a dissent that will be released in one of the court’s orders list. … The case arose after Mississippi passed a 2018 law banning abortions after 15 weeks. Several lower courts found that the law was inconsistent with the Supreme Court’s rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the two decisions that established the status quo on abortion law in the United States. … Even if the court ultimately rejects Dobbs … anti-abortion groups have an entire arsenal of other state bills that they plan to send its way.”

  • Border Patrol discredits Biden claim on unaccompanied minors (National Pulse)

“Customs and Border Protection officials revealed a 114 percent increase in apprehensions of unaccompanied minors along the U.S. southern border as ‘compared to the same time frame last year,’ debunking claims peddled by President Biden and the mainstream media that the current border surge is seasonal.”

Addendum I: New photos show what Biden is trying to hide at the border (Townhall)

Addendum II: Donald Trump confirms he’ll visit the border “over the next couple of weeks” (Bongino.com)

Government & Politics

  • “Progressive” stumbling block: Moderate Democrats buck Biden tax hikes (Axios)
  • “We cannot in good conscience take money from a company that repeatedly, and blatantly, suppresses conservative speech”: Heritage Foundation judiciously declines six-figure donations from Google and Facebook (Disrn)
  • Potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates Mike Pompeo, Tom Cotton, Rick Scott, and Tim Scott head to Iowa to canvass voters (Disrn)

Around the Nation

  • Opening statements in the Derek Chauvin trial begin this morning (Axios)
  • New York City foolishly ends qualified immunity for police officers (Fox News)
  • Meanwhile, Los Angeles County ups police funding by $36 million after rise in crime (Post Millennial)
  • Is this a hate crime? White woman drugged, raped, and found dead in Miami Beach hotel (Fox News)
  • Church membership falls below majority for first time, further demonstrating that politics is downstream of culture (Gallup)
  • First Amendment infringement: Ohio Christian college professor who rejected transgender student’s pronouns can sue university, court rules (Fox News)

Odds & Ends

  • SolarWinds hack got emails of top DHS officials (AP)
  • Birds of a feather: Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation agreement (Reuters)
  • Myanmar forces kill 100+ in deadliest day since coup (AP)
  • Suicide bomb hits Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia (Fox News)

“Double Standards” Award

  • Twitter says calling Boulder shooter a “white Christian terrorist” is okay (Newsweek)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Why DC statehood would be a tragic mistake (National Interest)
  • Policy: Asset recycling could be the best fix to crumbling national infrastructure (The Hill)
  • Humor: Blockage cleared, ships moving at record speed as Chick-fil-A workers put in charge of Suez Canal (Babylon Bee)

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VIDEOS

Oakland Gives Out ‘Free Money’ to All Except Whites — $500/month will go to 600 families via a lottery system. However, eligible households must be low-income and non-white.

‘Digital Content Safety’ — YouTube CEO Susan Wicky Wicky brags about deleting eight million videos from the platform.

Biden’s Insane Thoughts — Joe Biden talks about his hairy legs, roaches, and kids.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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SHORT CUTS

Upright I: “A lot of Christians in the country have forgotten the battles they fight are not really political, but spiritual. Paul writes in Ephesians 6:12, ‘(W)e are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.’ Christians in America have been looking, in many cases, for political saviors to help them withstand the forces of the world. But those political saviors cannot protect us.” —Erick Erickson

Upright II: “Psalm 73 paints a picture of the world against the believer. Those of the world will get rich, fat and happy. They will enjoy the comforts of the world, and the believer will wonder how it can be so. The believer will be tempted to be more worldly to enjoy the comforts of the world. But Asaph, the writer of Psalm 73, realizes that the unbeliever prospers now as an act of God’s mercy. This is the best they will ever have it, and for the believer, this world is the worst they will ever have it. The things of the world hate the things of God. Worldly politicians cannot save the believer from the world. But we do not need to be angry. We do not need to be afraid. God’s got this. He has us. He holds the universe in His hands, and He conquered death and will return. Do not be afraid. Instead, love your neighbor as yourself, and fear God, not the future.” —Erick Erickson

Observations: “The very rhetorical and intellectual currency of our firearm policy discourse has become woefully debased over the decades. At the time of the American founding, gun ownership was not merely viewed as a check on government tyranny and a logical outflow of the natural, common-law right to self-defense. It was also viewed as virtuous: something that was, can and ought to be deployed to protect one’s family, one’s home and one’s community. In this sense, a well-armed citizenry was not simply an outgrowth of any particular natural or legal right; rather, it was viewed as fundamentally just and redounding to the common good of a well-functioning, internally harmonious society. … When is the last time anyone, even a conservative, has made an affirmative argument in favor of gun ownership based not on constitutional meaning or contextual prudence but on the inherent virtue of gun ownership? The long, steady decline of this once-prevalent school of thought is certainly due, in part, to the hollowing out of America’s religiosity and temperance. But it is also due to the fact that manliness itself is increasingly viewed not as a virtue to be nourished and cherished but as a ‘toxic’ vestige of a bygone barbarism that must be tamed and ultimately excised. A society that loses its belief in the importance of manliness qua manliness will necessarily fail to appreciate the virtue of a home- and hearth-protecting paterfamilias. There is a direct, unmistakable connection between the decline of the former and a lessened respect for the latter.” —Josh Hammer

For the record: “Overall, Biden gave no indication that he understands how he has stoked the current crisis or that he knows how to address it. His emphasis was on improved processing of the migrants that are coming, rather than persuading them to stay home. That will inevitably mean more families in Central America deciding to send their children on the harrowing journey north, whether Biden wants to acknowledge it or not.” —National Review

Grand delusions: “There’s not a single thing a man can do that a woman can’t do as well or better. Not a single thing.” —Joe Biden

A trip down memory lane: “If the majority chooses to end the filibuster, if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate, then the fighting and the bitterness and the gridlock will only get worse.” —Barack Obama in 2005

And last… “He may not be the fastest president on his feet we’ve ever had. He may bore you to death compared to the last president. But I will tell you, if anyone in the NFL is looking for a punter, Joe Biden is your man.” —Michael Reagan

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Cartoons and Memes · Mar. 29, 2021

Pilot Error

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It’s Like This

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A Mistake

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A Picture Book

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Questions Answered

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Fumbling

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Ozzy Is Still More Intelligible

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So Sad

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Hate Crime

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What They’re Afraid Of

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Air Filters

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A Dad’s Message

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Fueling the Fire

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From Football to Shoes

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Big Bird

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Not the Rock

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Biden Unhinged: Calls Attempts To Stop Election Fraud ‘Sick’ and ‘Un-American’

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‘Un-American.” “Sick.” “Despicable.”

What got President Joe Biden in such a lather? Was it the children packed liked sardines at border detention facilities? The recent mass shootings? China’s human rights abuses?

Nope. Biden flew off the handle over the fact that several states are taking steps to reform their election laws in ways he doesn’t like.

“What I’m worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It’s sick,” he said. “It’s sick … deciding in some states that you can’t bring water to people standing in line waiting to vote. Deciding you’re going to end voting at five o’clock when working people are just getting off work. Deciding that there will be no absentee ballots under the most rigid circumstances.”

“The Republican voters I know find this despicable,” he added later. “Republican voters.”

He wasn’t done. “I’m convinced that we’ll be able to stop this because it is the most pernicious thing. This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle. This is gigantic, what they’re trying to do.”

So what is it that states are trying to do? First, it’s worth clearing up a few things Biden rattled off.

There is a debate in Georgia about a provision regarding bringing voters food and water while they are waiting to vote. Is that un-American? Not when you consider that such “services” could amount to illegal electioneering. But maybe Biden thinks those restrictions are un-American, too.

How Many Adverse Events from Covid Mass-Jabbing Are too Many? | Stephen Lendman

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

According to the Pharma controlled CDC, from mid-December through March 19, they’ve over 44,600 adverse events from covid mass-jabbing in the US.

Around 7,100 were serious ones, including anaphylactic shock that risks death.

Over 2,000 (avoidable) deaths were reported.

Over roughly the same timeframe, European public health authorities reported over 162,600 mass-jabbing adverse events and nearly 4,000 deaths.

As in the US, the above numbers are the tip of a much larger iceberg of mass casualties and exponentially rising numbers of deaths.

Instead of warning about the hazards of covid mass-jabbing, the CDC, other US public health agencies, their European counterparts and press agent media call for everyone to be inoculated with what no one should touch.

As explained earlier, CDC data are the tip of the iceberg.

True numbers of mass casualties and deaths in the US are over 100 times greater than the above data suggest.

The risk of harm to health from covid jabbing is unacceptably high both short and longer-term.

What’s going on is unprecedented.

In cahoots with the Trump and now Biden regime, along with Congress, US public health officials OK’d use of rushed to market, experimental drugs that don’t protect against seasonal flu-renamed covid and pose a high risk of contracting the disease and many others.

Over 100 million Americans have been jabbed so far as part of the largest-ever-scale experiment with human health already turning out very badly.

Millions of Americans and countless others abroad were harmed.

Many millions more face contraction one or more major diseases in their lifetime from toxins in covid jabs.

The elderly, others with weakened immune systems, individuals with allergies, pregnant women, others infected with flu, and everyone on a cocktail of drugs with potentially harmful side effects in dealing with one or more serious diseases are most vulnerable to harm from covid jabs.

Medical professionals and scientists — unconnected to Pharma or Western governments — are sounding the alarm against use of hazardous experimental covid drugs.

Preserving and protecting health depends on rejecting them — not playing fast and loose with what’s too precious to lose, and once lost perhaps not being able to regain.

It’s crucial to resist and rebel against US darks forces that aim to destroy public health while helping Pharma cash in big on a bonanza of profits.

Instead of returning to normality ahead, a permanent new abnormal is planned.

It includes state-sponsored dystopia  — aka the Great Reset — under hardened, police state enforced totalitarian rule on a fast track toward full-blown tyranny.

What’s planned is what Orwell called a boot stamping on a human face — forever.”

He envisioned a diabolical future in the West and elsewhere that’s unfolding in plain sight.

What was inconceivable long ago when I was a boy, adolescent and youth is now reality.

The choice is clear. Resist and rebel or face Dante’s hell.

There’s no in between.

Source: How Many Adverse Events from Covid Mass-Jabbing Are too Many?

Discerning the Times: CV-19 News, Satan’s Shoes and Rebounding — Study – Grow – Know

Note: The audio for this article can be heard here: SermonAudio.com/studygrowknow

VAERS
VAERS stands for Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and it is one of the resources used to track injuries or even deaths that are alleged to have occurred due to a person receiving a vaccination. However, it’s a bit misleading simply because neither the government nor pharmaceutical companies accept any liability of harm or death that may be due to vaccinations. The immediate reason has to do with the fact that President Ronald Reagan signed into law the bill that provides immunity to the pharmaceutical companies. The second reason is due to the fact that allegations of harm, injury or death by individuals who received a vaccination do not necessarily prove that it was the fault of the vaccine itself that caused the harm or death.

That being said, it is interesting to note that as of March 19, 2021, the following have been reported to VAERS:

  • Deaths: 2050
  • Hospitalizations: 4450
  • Urgent Care: 7485
  • Office Visits: 6759
  • Anaphylaxis: 354
  • Bell’s Palsy: 421
  • Total: 44,606 incidents

Again, the government would stress that these events or occurrences are not necessarily due to a vaccination received. In fact, the CDC often states that they are unable to find any direct link between a vaccination and a resultant occurrence in an individual. Their position is that because of a person’s unknowns regarding their own health or immune system, finding a direct link to the use of a vaccination is often impossible.

The reality appears to be though that people are experiencing harm, injuries and deaths and often after a vaccination has been administered. In that sense, it certainly appears that there is a certain amount of weight given to the fact that a vaccination does actually pose a risk for certain people. We’ve also talked about and referenced what medical experts on both sides of the issue have stated. All we can continue to stress is that before taking any vaccination, do the research.

Gene-Based Vaccines
As a reminder, the current CV-19 vaccination(s) include the mRNA component. As such, many within the medical field are very concerned about what might happen within people’s bodies. Since the FDA simply provided emergency authorization use for the pharmaceutical companies, allowing their vaccines to be used only as an emergency (yet they are increasingly being used wholesale way beyond the parameters of emergency use), this means that both detailed animals studies and long term studies based on human trials were simply not done.

The result? The “studies” are currently underway in human beings. Surely, everyone has the freedom to choose their own particular course of action. Me? I’d rather err on the side of caution and either not get the vaccination or wait until all the “testing” has been done to determine what are the actual results. For now, it certainly appears that there is a good deal to question.

New York’s Vaccine Passport
Under Gov. Cuomo, New York has begun adopting what they call the “Excelsior Health Passport,” which will allow each person to prove that they’ve had a negative test for CV-19 or that they’ve had the CV-19 vaccine. This will allow these people to enter where other people are ostensibly not allowed to go, like Madison Square Garden. This new, digital passport will allow people in New York to return to some semblance of normalcy.

While many certainly like the idea, my concern is the apparent invasion of privacy; that is, having to prove that you are not contagious and/or that you have had the soon-to-be-required vaccination. The federal government is making similar moves and at this point, it’s difficult to know how this will affect society in general.

I’ve said it before as have many others that it would appear that CV-19 is far more about control than about our health. I know I’m not alone in that thinking.

Vaxxed vs Unvaxxed?
This all segues into a growing concern among the public. That is, the growing divide between those who submit to vaccination and those who do not. In an op-ed from AZCentral, they speak of the previous segregation between smokers and non-smokers that essentially took over society. They wonder aloud whether or not the growing divide between those who received the vaccination and those who will not receive it will actually be worse?

I think, in all probability, it will be much worse. I recall when masks were highly recommended and many stores and businesses began making them mandatory. Some who refused to wear masks (for health or other reasons), were often verbally assaulted and made to feel as though they were walking around “killing” people because they chose to not wear a mask. There are still people who continue to think this way.

With all of the mixed messages regarding the CV-19 vaccination, it’s not beyond credulity to believe that people will begin to look upon those who will not get the vaccination as potential murderers. As I’ve pointed out before, based on the comments and research of many within the medical field, those who get the vaccination may actually provide more of a risk of contagion for others in society including those who have not gotten the CV-19 vax. We really do not know but it certainly appears there is a major rush to judgment and things are definitely ramping up so that those who choose to not vaccinate are increasingly going to find themselves in a more precarious position within society.

Gasping with a Mask
I recently watched a short video on a social network. I tried to download it but only managed to screen grab an image. In the video, the woman wearing the pink mask (lower right), can be heard speaking at a meeting. She is obviously agitated and as she continues speaking, her breathing falters and she becomes even more agitated with long pauses between words. I’m not a doctor but it certainly appears to me that this is a result of her being overworked and re-breathing way too much carbon dioxide. At one point, she almost seems like she becomes a bit catatonic. On the few occasions when I have to wear a mask, I do my best to keep myself relaxed even though I’m fighting the feeling of claustrophobia.

If you look at the photo, it is clear that people are already social distancing. So, does social distancing work? Does wearing a mask work? Are they both needed even if a CV-19 vaccine is received? According to Dr. Fauci, yes, all things are still needed, which makes absolutely no sense to me, especially given the fact that many doctors and epidemiologists are warning that constantly social distancing, wearing a mask and washing our hands umpteen times a day does not allow our immune system to do its job and herd immunity has a much more difficult time coming into play.

Depopulation Program?
former Pfizer VP makes the claim that the current CV-19 vaccination may well be part of a depopulation program. If you read the linked article, he holds no punches. He believes that it is “madness” to vaccinate entire populations for CV-19 when in point of fact, it should be simply provided to those groups who are most at risk. Please read the short article.

Satan Shoes?
When I first read about this, I was surprised and even offended, thinking that the shoe company, Nike, had gone way off the rails in producing a shoe dedicated to Satan himself. It actually turns out that the shoes are not produced by Nike at all. A rapper by the name Lil Nas X (real name is Montero Lamar Hill), along with the art collective, MSCHF, bought 666 pairs of Nike AirMax shoes. They then went to their creative boards and created a shoe they call “Satan Shoes. The shoes are of course, limited to 666, numbered and the soul of each shoe has red ink along with a drop of human blood. Nike fully denies any involvement in the product and it would likely be difficult for their lawyers to issue a cease and desist since what Nax X is doing is no different from buying some Ford Mustangs, souping them up and adding designs to them and then reselling them at a profit.

These shoes retail for just over $1,000 per pair and I believe they go on sale today. This particular rapper has also produced Jesus Shoes that sold for much higher and sold out very quickly. I’m sure these Satan Shoes will also sell out quickly as well. The saddest part is that I can actually see some people literally killing someone else just to get their shows!

So what I originally thought was Nike completely selling out turns out to be the marketing schemes of a rapper and his crew. If they sell all 666 pairs of Satan Shoes, they’ll stand to make nearly $700,000 (less their overhead). Bottom line? This is a marketing ploy, though this particular rapper seems to have a penchant for Satan as he has produced at least one video where he gives Satan a lap dance. Apparently, at the end of the video, Lil Nas X kills the devil, becoming Satan himself.

This type of thing is par for the course because of the god of this age; Satan. He’s coming out into the open and many are embracing him wanting the power that he is able to provide. If we stop to consider it, almost all else has been tried so moving into this area seems plausible for many to most because of the growing darkness throughout the world. We know that as we ramp up toward the coming Tribulation period, it seems clear from Scripture that evil will rise to the surface and by the time the Mark of the Beast is issued and made mandatory, it also appears that most of the world will gladly receive that mark. We certainly need to pray for people like this.

Progesterone to Men for CV-19?
Apparently, a new study has come out indicating that progesterone (which the article incorrectly states is a “female” hormone), is a potential treatment for men with CV-19. This stems from a study coming out of a Los Angeles, CA hospital. You can read more about this study at this link: Cedars-Sinai

Men actually naturally have progesterone, though in normally smaller amounts than women. As men age, it appears that they produce less progesterone than they use to produce (even though it was a small amount before).

Doctors involved in this study believe that progesterone may offer benefits to women that are not readily available to men since it also appears to these doctors that men are disproportionately infected with CV-19 than women. It offers some possibilities, but it also seems clear (at least from my research), that too much progesterone in men creates unbalanced hormones and can cause certain unwanted side affects. I’m sure they’re proceeding with caution.

Rebounding for Health
Do you know that you do not get enough exercise? Do you know where to start or how best to achieve the exercise you need? Rebounding is simply jumping on a small, personal-sized trampoline. The problem as we age (and I can relate), is that our bodies cannot do what they used to do. But we can and should continue exercising with the right exercise to help push off aging effects. Here’s an article that highlights over 200 benefits of rebounding for about 12-15 minutes per day. These benefits are backed up by NASA.

Our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We all need to take care of it because for now, it’s the only one God gave us.

Have a great day in the Lord, everyone!

Discerning the Times: CV-19 News, Satan’s Shoes and Rebounding — Study – Grow – Know

Hemingway: If Biden Is A Moderate Seeking Unity, Why Is He Ramming Through Leftist Extremism?

President Joe Biden continues to masquerade as a moderate while endorsing the unprecedented demise of the Senate filibuster to ram through an extremist agenda.

Source: Hemingway: If Biden Is A Moderate Seeking Unity, Why Is He Ramming Through Leftist Extremism?

Stop COVID Testing Immediately: PCR and Quick Test Swabs May be Cancer-Causing | Global Research

Not only has covid testing become a US$ 100 billion business, it is also potentially a “deadly business”. PCR and Quick Test swabs are sterilized with the carcinogen Ethylene Oxide.

According to the Government of Canada, as well as the “What do They Know” the PCR test swabs are sterilized by ethylene oxide which is described by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a carcinogen. In other words, a potentially cancer-causing chemical toxin.

In essence, EPA says the following about the carcinogen Ethylene Oxide:

“EPA classified ethylene oxide as a human carcinogen in December 2016. Studies of workers show that their exposures to ethylene oxide are associated with an increased risk of cancers of the white blood cells (the infection-fighting cells of the immune system). Studies also showed an increased risk of breast cancer in females.”

“Evidence in humans indicates that long-term exposure to ethylene oxide increases the risk of cancers of the white blood cells, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, and lymphocytic leukemia. Studies also show that long-term exposure to ethylene oxide increases the risk of breast cancer in females.”

“EPA, as well as the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Toxicology Program, classifies ethylene oxide as carcinogenic to humans. Evidence in humans indicates that exposure to ethylene oxide by inhalation increases the risk of lymphohematopoietic cancers (including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, and lymphocytic leukemia) and, for females, breast cancer.

EtO is mutagenic (i.e., it can change the DNA in a cell). Children may be more susceptible to the harmful effects of mutagenic substances.”

For the full EPA text, see this.

RT-PCR Testing, Testing

Governments, especially in Western countries are calling frantically for more and more testing? – Testing-testing-testing. They put people into lockdowns – the so-called Third Wave lockdowns, aka, illegal and totally unjustified house-arrests – a complete lie, so they submit easier to the constant testing, and eventually vaccination, hoping the lockdowns will end sooner.

Is it a coincidence or negligence that school children, the most vulnerable for cancerous toxin Ethylene Oxide (see EPA, above) – are now tested regularly and repeatedly? – In Switzerland for example, the Government has given the Cantons (semi-autonomous Departments) the authority (or a tacit order?) to have school children tested at least once a month, even though they show no symptoms whatsoever?

It is not only no coincidence – it is an outright crime.

See this horrifying video of children testing – how they hurt the children – and why does the swab stick have to go all the way up in the nose to a thin wall separating the sinuses from the brain cavity?

 

Honest medical doctors tell you – even in Switzerland – this is not necessary. A swab could be taken simply from the saliva in the mouth.

Knowing the Big Picture behind Covid – the Great Reset, or Building Back Better – in brief the UN Agenda 2030, see this. This testing-testing-testing with a carcinogen-tainted swab is beyond just negligence. Is it possible, maybe likely, (yet to be verified) that most of the medical staff in the testing front-line do not know about the danger for their testing subjects.

Are those in senior decision-making government positions throughout the West aware of what they are doing? The Canadian Government Advisory states the following:

If the swab is sterilized using an ethylene oxide (EtO) method, you should demonstrate that EtO and ethylene chlorohydrin (ECH) residuals meet the tolerable contact limits (TCL) specified in ISO 10993-7. Commonly used swab materials, compatible sterilization methods and appropriate biological indicators are described below.

Anything goes. Quietly injecting with multiple-multiple tests with swab sticks contaminated, alias “sterilized”, with carcinogenic agents, deep into your nose, at the entrance of the brain cavity, is just one means of creating potential cancer cases, not to mention brain damage.

Such “secondary effects” may appear much later, years down the road, when nobody can trace them back to the covid-tests, the covid vaccines and whatever else nefarious and diabolical tools are used in the name of combating covid.

Should the matter pertaining to the use of carcinogenic Ethylene Oxide be the object of a medical criminal investigation? 

The PCR Tests Are Useless

By now, every government knows – there is no way of ignoring it – that the PCR tests are useless. They do not allow detecting the existence of the SARS-Cov-2 virus. The WHO has admitted that the test as applied since January 2020 in invalid.

However, most of the 193 UN member governments – with a few exceptions – run over this evidence like a steamroller, hoping the masses will not notice.

They may do so probably as long as it takes to get the world population vaccinated — as Bill Gates wants it. Remember, when he said, the world won’t be getting back to somewhat close to normal until the 7 billion world population is vaccinated.

Again, one wonders what ulterior agenda might be behind this ferocious, coercive and human rights abusing effort of most world governments – involving the UN system as a whole.

The entire vaccination hype – everybody is strongarmed or otherwise manipulated into being vaccinated against a virus that does not need a vaccine to cure it. As we know by now, there are plenty of inexpensive but effective viral medicines that work efficiently against covid. China had no vaccines to combat the covid outbreak. Yet, they did it in a record time.

Recently, the EU Commission ratified a Vaccination Passport, or Certificate, without which your “free” movements may be tremendously hampered.

It becomes increasingly clear that there is another agenda in action; a “different agenda” from that of protecting people’s health.

What are injected, especially with these non-vaccines, called mRNA jabs – never tested before – are, among other bio-chemicals, women- and men-sterilizing and fertilization inhibiting agents, as well as special electromagnetic proteins converting your body into an EM field for eventual digitization, to make humans into “trans-humans”.

These modern Frankensteins could then be remotely controlled and become a walking “Agenda ID2020” – so they will eventually carry all their health and other personal data in their bodies. Agenda ID2020 is a Bill Gates creation and has already been approved in several countries, including Germany.

We are not there yet. But that is the plan. Bear in mind, life is not linear, but dynamic.

The Great Reset, UN Agenda 2030, “Building Back Better”, and other slogans to ring in the Big Change, are all based on linear approaches. They may work for a while. But in the long-run, dynamics – the life-inherent defense system, will prevail. See also “The Big Picture” article

The danger of vaccination is multifaceted and, if carried out in the midst of what is called a pandemic, it can cause a global catastrophe a few years on, according to an interview with Dr. G. Vanden Bossche, a renowned virologist, who worked for many years for the pharma industry, notably vaccine manufacturers, including Pfizer, Moderna, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and GAVI – the Vaccine Alliance, in Geneva – physically located – by sheer coincidence – next door to WHO.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=ZJZxiNxYLpc

Premature death is written all over the place from all sorts of artificially imposed causes, as part of the huge criminal fraud of covid, the mass manipulation by the media driven by government lies – lies indoctrinated by false media propaganda – by the 193 UN member governments. What a coincidence!

Think about it.

And especially ask your governments without hesitating with a loud voice that TESTING BE IMMEDIATELY STOPPED.

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Peter Koenig is a geopolitical analyst and a former Senior Economist at the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked for over 30 years on water and environment around the world. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for online journals and is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed; and  co-author of Cynthia McKinney’s book “When China Sneezes: From the Coronavirus Lockdown to the Global Politico-Economic Crisis” (Clarity Press – November 1, 2020).

He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

Source: Stop COVID Testing Immediately: PCR and Quick Test Swabs May be Cancer-Causing

Texas’ “Neanderthals” Are Doing GREAT After Re-Opening | Stu Does America

Joe Biden was not a big fan AT ALL of places like Texas deciding to trust their citizens to act responsibly and reopen their states as we enter the tail end of the pandemic. Luckily, it doesn’t matter what Joe’s latest “Senility Now!” moment is, Stu has the numbers to back up the country’s success stories.

‘Moderate’ Joe Biden Just Elevated A Transgender Man Who Supports Child Mutilation

By embracing transgenderism, doctors have abandoned patients to their symptoms, affirming distortions of reality instead of helping them see the truth.

Source: ‘Moderate’ Joe Biden Just Elevated A Transgender Man Who Supports Child Mutilation

The WHO Confirms that the Covid-19 PCR Test is Flawed: Estimates of “Positive Cases”

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The Real Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) test was adopted by the WHO on January 23, 2020 as a means to detecting the  SARS-COV-2 virus, following the recommendations of  a Virology research group (based at Charité University Hospital, Berlin), supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (For Further details see the Drosten Study)

Exactly one year later on January 20th, 2021, the WHO retracts. They don’t say “We Made a Mistake”. The retraction is carefully formulated. 

While the WHO does not deny the validity of their misleading January 2020 guidelines, they nonetheless recommend “Re-testing” (which everybody knows is an impossibility).

The contentious issue pertains to the number of amplification threshold cycles (Ct). According to Pieter Borger, et al

The number of amplification cycles [should be] less than 35; preferably 25-30 cycles. In case of virus detection, >35 cycles only detects signals which do not correlate with infectious virus as determined by isolation in cell culture…(Critique of Drosten Study)

The World Health Organization (WHO) tacitly admits one year later that ALL PCR tests conducted at a 35 cycle amplification threshold (Ct) or higher are INVALID. But that is what they recommended in January 2020, in consultation with the virology team at Charité Hospital in Berlin.