Daily Archives: April 7, 2021

April 7 Evening Quotes Verse of The Day

Breaking the Law Doesn’t Mean the Law Doesn’t Exist
Romans 2:14–15; 1 Timothy 4:2

Every man’s conscience testifies that he is unlike what he ought to be according to that law engraven upon his heart. In some, indeed, conscience may be seared or dimmer; or, suppose some men may be devoid of conscience, shall it be denied to be a thing belonging to the nature of man? Some men do not have their eyes, yet the power of seeing the light is natural to man, and belongs to the integrity of the body. Who would argue that because some men are mad, and have lost their reason by a distemper of the brain, that therefore reason has no reality, but is an imaginary thing?

STEPHEN CHARNOCK

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

Our Own Flesh Entices Us to Sin
Romans 7:5, 14, 25; James 1:13–15; 2 Peter 2:10, 18

Though Satan instills his poison, and fans the flame of our corrupt desires within us, we are yet not carried by any external force to the commission of sin; but our own flesh entices us, and we willingly yield to its allurements.

JOHN CALVIN

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

April 7 Evening Verse of The Day

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3:7 Satan continually seeks to subvert and deceive God’s people. We must be vigilant always.[1]

3:7 righteous Refers to living by right principles—the values of Jesus, such as caring for the needs of other people (1 John 3:14, 17).[2]

3:7 make sure no one deceives you. The word “deceives” means “to lead astray.” Since false teachers were attempting to pervert the fundamentals of the faith, the possibility existed that some Christians might be fooled into accepting what they were advocating. To prevent this deception from occurring, John repeatedly emphasized the basics of Christianity, e.g., the need for obedience, the need for love, and the need for a proper view of Christ (see Introduction: Historical and Theological Themes). practices righteousness. The genuine believer’s habitual lifestyle of righteousness stands in sharp contrast to those false teachers who practiced sin (cf. vv. 4, 6). Since Christ died on the cross to transform sinners, those truly born again have replaced the habit of sin with the habit of righteous living (Ro 6:13, 14). just as He is righteous. Those who are truly born again reflect the divine nature of the Son. They behave like Him, manifesting the power of His life in them (Gal 2:20).[3]

3:7 let no one deceive you: Evidently the antichrists who were denying the doctrine of Christ (2:22) were also claiming to know God, yet were living in unrighteousness (1:6). John insists that to deny the doctrine of Christ is to not have Christ (2:23), and since God is righteous (2:29) and Christ is pure (v. 3) and has no sin (v. 5) those who are born of God (2:29) have God’s nature, and as they abide in Christ (v. 6) they do not sin (v. 6). True believers practice righteousness because the One in whom they dwell is righteous. God’s righteousness is revealed in His children through their conduct. Righteous conduct does not produce righteous character, but reveals its presence in us.[4]

3:7. Simplicity of mind and spirit is often the best hedge for the Christian against heresies that purport to have more “profound” knowledge to share. Clearly in the preceding material (esp. vv 4–6) John has had the Revisionists in mind. The readers are not to allow these antichrists to deceive them. Some believers probably thought they could commit sin and still claim to be in touch with God.

In order not to be deceived, the readers must keep in mind the simple fact that he who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. John’s point is that righteousness (rather than sin) is what indicates that a person has a perfect, inward righteous standing with God (see 2:29).

Only righteousness arises from the inner nature of one who is already righteous as God is righteous, for “in Him there is no darkness at all” (1:5). When a believer sins, it is not a manifestation of divine righteousness.[5]

3:7 Now while the Gnostics made great pretensions as to their knowledge, they were very careless about their personal lives. Therefore, John adds, “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.” There should be no confusion on this point—a man cannot have spiritual life and go on living in sin. On the other hand, a man can only practice righteousness through having the nature of Him who is righteous.[6]

3:7 “make sure no one deceives you” This is a PRESENT ACTIVE IMPERATIVE. The presence of false teachers (cf. 2:26) sets the historical situation for a proper theological understanding of I John as a whole and verses 1:7–10 and 3:4–10 in particular.

© “the one who practices righteousness is righteous” This verse cannot be isolated from the general context and be used to advocate or condemn a doctrinal position (“works righteousness”). The NT is clear that human beings cannot approach the Holy God by their personal merit. Humans are not saved by self-effort. However, humans must respond to God’s offer of salvation in the finished work of Christ. Our efforts do not bring us to God. They do show that we have met Him. They clearly reveal our spiritual condition (cf. Rev. 22:11) and maturity after salvation. We are not saved “by” good works, but “unto” good works. The goal of God’s free gift in Christ is Christlike followers (cf. Eph. 2:8–9, 10). The ultimate will of God for every believer is not just heaven when he dies (forensic justification), but Christlikeness (temporal sanctification) now (cf. Matt. 5:48; Rom. 8:28–29; Gal. 4:19)! For a word study on righteousness see Special Topic at 2:29.[7]

7. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

The pastor speaks tenderly to the members of the church: “Dear children.” He wants them to know the difference between truth and falsehood, that is, between the teachings of Jesus and the teachings of the devil. He realizes the pernicious influence of teachers who seek to lead God’s children astray, and he wishes to alert the church members to the lie that belief in God and a sinful life are compatible. John exposes this lie and warns his readers to watch out for these false teachers.

“Do not let anyone lead you astray” (compare 2:26). John asks his people to apply the standard of truth by which they are able to detect deception. Here is the criterion: “He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.” The person who is born of God reflects his spiritual descent—like Father, like son. Because of his spiritual rebirth, the believer wants to express his gratitude to God and do that which is right (see 2:29). Moreover, because righteous living originates in a righteous heart, the believer shows by his conduct that he is one of God’s children (3:10). He is righteous, just as Christ is righteous.

The comparison by the words just as does not mean that the Christian is identical to Christ in every respect. Of course not. Even though God forgives sin, the Christian does not continue to live without sin. When John writes that the believer is righteous just as Christ is righteous, he means that the child of God and the Son of God are righteous as members of God’s family (compare 2:1).[8]

Ver. 7. Little children, let no man deceive you; he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

The secret of sinlessness:—The false teachers of John’s day held that one might reach in some mysterious way a height of serene, inviolable, inward purity and peace, such as no things without, not even his own actions, could stain. In a less transcendental form, the same sort of notion practically prevails in the world. John meets it by bringing out in marked contrast the two opposite natures, one or other of which we must all share: that of God and that of the devil. I. “He that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as Christ is righteous.” It is clearly moral character that is here in question, not legal standing. The precise lesson taught, the great principle asserted, is that righteousness, moral righteousness, cannot possibly exist in a quiescent or inactive state; that it never can be a latent power or undeveloped quality; that wherever it is it must be operative. It must be working, and working according to its own essential nature. Moreover, it must be working, not partially, but universally; working everywhere and always; working in and upon whatever it comes in contact with, in the mind within and the world without. Otherwise, it is not righteousness at all; certainly not such as we see in Jesus; it is not “being righteous as He is righteous.” II. As “doing righteousness,” through its being thus associated or identified with “being righteous as the Son is righteous,” proves our being “born of God”; so “doing sin” proves a very different relationship, a very different paternity. “He that committeth” or doeth “sin is of the devil”; for, by doing sin, he shows his identity of nature with him who is a sinner from the beginning. And it is upon identity of nature, proved practically, that the question of moral and spiritual parentage must ultimately turn. This phrase, “being of the devil,” as used here and elsewhere in Scripture, does not imply what in human opinion would be accounted great criminality or gross immorality. The sin which lost Satan heaven was neither lust nor murder. It was not carnal at all, but merely spiritual. It was not even lying—at least, not at first—though “he is a liar, and the father of it.” It was pure and simple insubordination and rebellion; the setting of his will against God’s; the proud refusal, at the Father’s bidding, to worship the Son. So “the devil sinneth from the beginning.” And when you so sin, you are of your father the devil. In order, then, to enter into the full meaning of John’s solemn testimony, it is not needful to wait till some horrid access of diabolic fury or frenzy seizes us. It is enough if “the tongue speaketh proud things,” or the heart conceives them. “Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?” Or, why are they not our own? May they not at least occasionally be our own—this once; for singing one vain song, or uttering one idle word, or joining in an hour’s not very profitable, but not yet very objectionable, talk? Is there any rising up in us of such a feeling as this, as if it were hard that we may not occasionally take our own way and be our own masters? It is the devil’s seed abiding in us; the seed of the devil’s sin, and of his sinful nature. III. “But for this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (R. S. Candlish, D. D.)

On imitation of the obedience of Christ:

I. What we are to understand by the righteousness of Jesus Christ. 1. He was pre-eminently righteous in His moral sentiments. His mind was entirely free from pollution, and no unrighteous or unholy affection ever harboured there. He had the law of God in His heart, and it was His meat and His drink to do the will of His heavenly Father. By the original constitution of His nature, and the plenary inspiration of the Spirit, He was holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners. His love to God was intense, rational, and pure, and His benevolence to man was without the slightest ingredient that could sully the purity and heavenliness of His motives. 2. He was righteous, not only in His moral sentiments, but also pre-eminently righteous as it regarded His moral actions. From the perfection of His knowledge He knew intuitively both what was good and what was evil; but His heart never consented to what was evil, and His will led him invariably to choose the good and reject the evil. He endured a severer series of temptation than any other human being that ever appeared in the world. He had no other motive to direct His moral conduct but the glory of God, and the desire of advantage to the bodies and the souls of men. The only ambition by which He was actuated was the noble, the generous, the Godlike ambition of doing good.

II. We can only lay claim to that designation in so far as our sentiments and actions correspond with His. In one very important respect there is certainly a vast difference between even the holiest of men and our Lord Jesus Christ. From the native rectitude of His will He could do nothing that was evil; but, alas! we are naturally prone to evil; and how, then, it may be asked, can we be righteous, even as He was righteous? But we ought ever to recollect that this is not a natural, but a moral inability; it is not so much the want of power as the want of inclination, and this will never excuse us before the tribunal of Almighty God. We know what is good, and what the Lord requires of us; but we too often voluntarily follow after, and do that which is evil. (D. Stevenson.)

The importance of works:—The words “he that doeth righteousness,” instruct us that there is a righteousness which we can do. We are elsewhere taught that there is a righteousness which we cannot do (Psa. 14:1, 3; Rom. 3:10). The righteousness, in the sense of which none are righteous, is either a natural righteousness, we all, by nature, being inclined to evil, or it is an independent righteousness, or it is a meritorious righteousness, or else it is the legal righteousness, the righteousness of perfect obedience, and “in many things we offend all.” But the righteousness which we can do is very extensive and precious. We can be so far righteous as to render to God, according to the best of our poor abilities, the honour and worship due to Him; we can believe in Him, fear Him, pray to Him, give Him thanks, honour Him with our substance, delight in His ordinances and commandments; we can avoid the wilful commission of sin, we can cause our light so to shine before men that seeing it they may be led to glorify our heavenly Father. Now our text affirms of those who practise such righteousness—first, that they are righteous; and, secondly, that they are righteous as Christ is righteous.

I. He that doeth righteousness is righteous. Some would object to the use of this language in reference to any human being. They think that human nature is so inevitably depraved that no terms except those of the most debasing import are applicable to any works which proceed from it, even in its regenerate state. But however partial some may be to such distressing views of human nature, the Scriptures do not authorise them. They unequivocally state the fact of man’s depravity, but they confine themselves to general declarations of the same, such as “the whole world lieth in wickedness,” “the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth,” “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” without attempting to fix the degree of our common corruption—a forbearance which it would be wise in all to imitate.

II. He is righteous even as Christ is righteous. The apostle appears to mean that, as Christ’s righteousness was His own personal righteousness, and not by imputation, so that righteousness which is by faith shall be accounted the believer’s personal, which, through the meritorious obedience of Christ, shall avail to final justification. (A. Williams, M.A.)

Sin and its destruction:

I. “He that committeth sin is of the devil.” The word rendered “committeth,” implies continued action. It is expressive of a habit rather than of an act. It assumes that the sinner is under the influence of Satan. His power over the body and the physical faculties of the mind is fearfully exposed in the history of demoniacal possessions in the gospel narrative. There is evidence no less clear and irresistible of his influence over moral principles. “The lusts of your father ye will do,” “the spirit that worketh in the children of disobedience.” There is, more, however, in the expression of the text. It implies that not only are sinners subject to Satan, but that they are employed by him to aid him in influencing others to evil.

II. The devil sinneth from the beginning. “From the beginning” must be explained of a limited period, and refers probably to the commencement of the present dispensation. His conduct toward our first parents is the model of what he has ever done toward their descendants. And it is deserving of notice how those whom he does succeed to influence are made to resemble him. As he does to them, so do they to others. They are seduced by Satan and they become seducers. They are deceived by him, and they try to deceive others. Such is the progress of sin. It knows no limit. Once set in motion, it continues with accelerated pace to pursue its course. At the same time we are reminded by the view of sin and Satan now before us, that there is no effectual restraint put upon iniquity, nor any reformation produced by all the sorrow and suffering which it entails. True, the opportunity of indulgence may be withdrawn, and then the sin is not committed, or a partial and temporary change may be produced. But mere suffering can effect no more. The Spirit of God alone can heal the malady.

III. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” The work of Christ is a full counterpart to that of Satan. (J. Morgan, D. D.)[9]

7. The first part of John’s exposition of this theme ends with a solemn warning to his dear children. ‘The tenderness of the address is called out by the peril of the situation’ (Westcott). Do not let anyone lead you astray. The false teachers, tools of Satan the arch-deceiver, were seeking to lead them astray, not only theologically (2:26) but morally as well. So let them be on their guard. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The heretics appear to have indulged in the subtly perverse reasoning that somehow you could ‘be’ righteous without necessarily bothering to ‘practise’ righteousness. John roundly denies the possibility. The only person who is righteous in himself is he who does right like Jesus (he, the emphatic pronoun ekeinos again), who is righteous, as has already been stated several times (2:1, 29; cf. 3:3, 5). ‘Doing is the test of Being’ (Law).[10]

3:7 / That the secessionist false teachers have been in the writer’s mind throughout this section is clear from the opening of v. 7: do not let anyone lead you astray. The Elder has already described the opponents as those who deceive themselves (1:8) and has warned the remaining Johannine Christians “about those who are trying to lead you astray” (lit., “those who are deceiving you”; 2:26).

The point of this admonition is similar to 2:29, and there is a nearly identical comparison to God/Christ. In 2:29 it was not entirely certain whether the Elder was referring to the Father or the Son with the pronouns “he” and “him.” In this verse the context strongly suggests that the antecedent is Christ (3:5, 8b). The author wants his readers to observe the conduct of those who are attempting to deceive them, not what they say but what they do. For it is the person who actually does what is right (lit., “practices righteousness” or “justice,” dikaiosynē) who truly is righteous (dikaios; “just”), not the person with the most exalted or spiritual-sounding claims. Who really lives a just life, a life that looks like the way Jesus lived (just as he is righteous; cf. 2:6, 29; 3:3, 5b)? Follow that person. The Elder is certain that the daily lives of his opponents will fall far short of the standard of Christlikeness.[11]

7 All this is in a sense clear enough: the incompatibility of being a Christian and continuing in sin could not be more sharply expressed. Nevertheless, there must have been people who contested John’s statement and who were trying to mislead the congregation. So John repeats and amplifies the point in terms of fatherly counsel. He begins by looking at the positive side of the matter. It looks as though the church contained people who claimed to be believers and perhaps even called themselves “righteous,” which would be an understandable self-description, drawn from the Old Testament. If so, the word may have been used in a rather formal way to express “belonging to the divine sphere”27 rather than to describe people who were, or tried to be, righteous in conduct. But John insists on the fact that the proper use of the adjective is as a description of people who actually do what is righteous. In this way they are like Jesus.[12]


[1] Yarbrough, R. W. (2017). 1 John. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1996). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Jn 3:7). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Jn 3:7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 1711–1712). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] Hodges, Z. C. (2010). The First Epistle of John. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 1208). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2317). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Utley, R. J. (1999). The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters: The Gospel of John, I, II, and III John (Vol. Volume 4, p. 220). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[8] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of James and the Epistles of John (Vol. 14, p. 301). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[9] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: I. John (pp. 238–240). London: James Nisbet & Co.

[10] Stott, J. R. W. (1988). The Letters of John: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 19, p. 127). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[11] Johnson, T. F. (2011). 1, 2, and 3 John (p. 72). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[12] Marshall, I. H. (1978). The Epistles of John (p. 184). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

God’s Masterpiece — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

With your spirit receive God’s Word for you from Proverbs 8:30-31.

Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.

And in Ephesians 2:10 (NLT).

For we are God’s masterpiece...”

God delights in how he made you.

You are one of his masterpieces. You are his song to be sung in a key of music that is unique to you, in a rhythm, a harmony, and an orchestration that God rejoices to sing inside of you. The music of heaven graces your life as others see and hear and touch who you are, so that they receive from him the awesome display of his delight in you.

Appreciate the delightful work of God’s hands that you are. God designed what you do to be built on the foundation of who you are in him. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says,

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

You are not a tool designed to function to do good works because the world needs them done. God has given you the authority and compassion to be a part of meeting needs, but higher than that, you are beautiful and complete like the portrait that God painted in  1 Samuel 16:18 of a man after his own heart. You are a worshiper who sings back to him the songs of heaven. You are brave with holy boldness, kept by the One who stands strong in you. You are a warrior who fights the right battles because you listen to your Commander. You have wise and gracious words that come from the wellspring of a righteous heart. You are fine-looking as you reflect the image of Jesus. You possess the signature that the Lord is with you. He “signed off on you.” Receive the seal of his signature on you.

In your spirit you are blessed to live in the beauty of being well-pleasing to your Father. You are beautiful, dressed in royal robes designed to express the position and privilege of being the King’s heir. You have royal inheritance of authority and privilege. You are a display of his splendor from his throne room. Be blessed with fulfillment in the grace and beauty of heaven seen in you. Be blessed with the peace and joy of heaven about you. You are blessed with the perfume of heaven about you. You are blessed with the color and light of heaven reflected upon you.

God is investing in you, caring for you, nurturing you. Be blessed with becoming everything he has called you to be and being all he has designed you to become so that all of heaven rejoices. Receive the delight of Jesus in his creation: you!

Be blessed in the name of the One who rejoices in his works (Psalm 104:31).

By Sylvia Gunter
Used by Permission


FURTHER READING

•  Amanda Lee – a young’s woman’s story.
•  Katherine Kehler – My Dreams were too Small

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God’s Masterpiece — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

God’s Beauty All Around Us — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.”  Psalm 50:2

As I was driving into work, I noticed these beautiful white trees on my way. I stopped for a minute and marveled at God’s goodness and beauty. What struck me, however, is that I have been working at this place for almost 2 years and have never noticed these trees. Most days I am focused on getting to work, the many tasks I have to complete that day, and all the craziness happening in my life that I ignored all of God’s beauty and goodness around me.

I wonder how often in our lives that we miss God’s goodness, beauty, and blessings around us because our focus is inward. We are so worried about what we “need” to do that we miss what God has done and is doing for us. We are more concerned about what is happening politically, economically, or on social media than what is going on in our own hearts. We begin to blame God for all the evil in the world and for abandoning us when in reality we are the ones that have left God in exchange for our inwardly focused lives.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

God’s presence is all around us.

God earnestly wants to help us and guide us. His plan is to prosper us and give us hope and a future even in the midst of a pandemic, but we have to look to Him. We have to fully surrender our busy lives to Him, stop trying to handle everything on our own, and rest in His presence. Take a moment today to see God’s goodness and beauty around you and surrender control of the things that were never in your control in the first place. We need to pray, “LORD, here I am, use me,” and ask the Holy Spirit to give us strength to walk in the way that the LORD commands us to even when that way is away from the way we were walking.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20

By Bradley Stubbs
Used by Permission


FURTHER READING

• Wisdom and Knowledge of God
• God Provides Companionship

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

God’s Beauty All Around Us — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

April 7 Afternoon Quotes Verse of The Day

Revivals Are New Beginnings of Obedience
Psalm 85:6; Hosea 6:2

A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God.

CHARLES FINNEY

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

How You Are Obliged to Love Your Neighbor
Matthew 19:19; 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8

You are obliged to love your neighbor as yourself, and loving him, you ought to help him spiritually, with prayer, counseling him with words, and assisting him both spiritually and temporally, according to the need in which he may be, at least with your goodwill if you have nothing else.

CATHERINE OF SIENA

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

7 Apr 2021 News Briefing

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Mysterious attack in the Red Sea
An Iranian ship was attacked in the Red Sea Tuesday according to unconfirmed reports on social media The ship which was allegedly attacked, the Saviz, is reportedly an intelligence vessel linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The alleged attack took place off the coast of Yemen.

Parade of Dead Pharaohs in Egypt on Same Day as Splitting of Red Sea
While Jews were celebrating the holiday commemorating the splitting of the Red Sea, a bevy of dead Pharaohs was paraded down the main street of Cairo, echoing Biblical events from nearly 3,000 years ago.

Rabbi Kaduri’s 40 Year Prophecy: Crisis in Governments Around the World indicates Messiah’s Arrival
“Rabbi Kaduri spoke very little so it was very important to understand precisely what he intended,” Rabbi Merav told Israel 365 News. “One day, he was taking questions and someone asked when the Moshiach (Messiah) would arrive and whether there were signs the would precede his arrival. The rabbi answered, ‘When there will be elections but there will not be a government.” Rabbi Merav noted that at the time, this statement was very confusing.

Russia just invaded Ukraine and this iconic Rabbi predicted it will bring the Messiah
The situation closely matches a 400-year-old prophecy about the conditions before Messiah and one rabbi explains why current events are particularly ripe for Gog and Magog. Vilna Gaon: “When Russians Capture Crimea, Messiah On His Way” Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end of days author, noted that conditions are indeed ripe for the pre-Messiah War of Gog and Magog. “Major multinational wars, like both World Wars, tend to come directly after a period of excessive liberalism,” Rabbi Winston said.

Nation of Islam Calls Member Who Assaulted U.S. Capitol ‘Brother With Such Great Potential’
The Nation of Islam said it is investigating what caused one of its followers to stage a deadly assault against U.S. Capitol police last week, calling the deceased attacker a “brother with such great potential” who could have been a “star in the mission of the resurrection of our people.”

72% of Americans say illegal immigration is a ‘direct threat’ to US: Poll
Seventy-two percent of Americans say illegal immigration poses a “direct threat” to the United States according to a new poll, and more than 50 percent disapprove of how President Joe Biden is handling border security and immigration as illegal border crossings are on pace to reach the highest rate in two decades.

What Does the Coming Government Report on UFOs Mean for Christians?
An authority with knowledge of what this report will likely contain has stated that the results will be “profound and transformative.” He did not go so far as to say the report will indicate UFOs are vehicles from outside our planet. But that implication can be easily reached by the words he used. A report that concludes even the possibility of extraterrestrial visitation will definitely be profound.

California just reported the third-driest year on record
“This year’s water season tied for third-driest on record with the 2014 season. The second-driest year on record was 1924, and the driest on record was 1977 when an area of high pressure parked off the West Coast and deflected storms away from California and instead pushed them into the Pacific Northwest.

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity snaps 1st color photo on Red Planet
NASA’s little Mars helicopter has opened its eyes on the Red Planet. The 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) chopper, known as Ingenuity, snapped its first color photograph on Saturday (April 3), shortly after being lowered to the Martian dirt by the Perseverance rover.

Men Are Coming’: 255 California Prison Inmates Have Requested Transfer to Women’s Prisons Since January
Since January, 261 California prison inmates have requested transfers to prisons aligning with their gender identity, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told the Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday. Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed S.B. 132 into law in January, a bill that requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to ask every individual entering the department’s custody to specify their pronouns, their gender identity, and whether they identify as transgender, nonbinary, or intersex. It also requires that CDCR house the individual in a “correctional facility designated for men or women based on the individual’s preference.” Similar legislation has been passed in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Zelensky-Merkel-Macron talks may take place this week – media
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron may hold talks this week. The talks were supposed to take place after a recent videoconference between Merkel, Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin, but were postponed for the confirmation of possible timeslots.

Baylor Team Praises God for First NCAA Championship Win
“I’m not trying to preach a prosperity Gospel, but um, our Lord and Savior, I say it all the time, you know, He gets us through everything … He’s with us wherever we go, and He just sustained us, He brought us together, He brought the team together.” -Jared Butler

Rivlin hands Netanyahu mandate to form coalition despite low chance of success
President Reuven Rivlin gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the mandate to form a coalition on Tuesday morning, after the Likud leader received the most recommendations from his fellow members of Knesset. Rivlin signed a letter of appointment, giving Netanyahu 28 days to form a government. He did not invite Netanyahu to his office to receive the mandate.

Israel notifies US it attacked Iranian ship in Red Sea – report
Israel notified the US that it is responsible for the Tuesday attack on an Iranian cargo ship affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, an American official told The New York Times. A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the Saviz was lightly damaged in the Red Sea off the coast of Djibouti at about 6 a.m. on Tuesday due to an explosion…

Hezbollah wants a representative office in Moscow
Iran’s Press TV reported on Tuesday that “the Russian government and Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement are reportedly considering the possibility of opening a representative office for the Lebanese popular organization in the capital, Moscow, following high-level meetings between the two sides last month.”

Jordan crisis: How Prince Hamzah and Saudi Arabia fit in
On Saturday Jordan’s popular former Crown Prince Hamzah was placed under de facto house arrest and accused of undermining national security after attending tribal meetings where King Abdullah, his half-brother, was openly criticised…The crisis has since been de-escalated after mediation by the king’s uncle, but speculation is rife as to Saudi Arabia’s role.

G20 finance officials to meet on pandemic measures, U.S. global minimum tax plan
Finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies are poised to back a $650 billion boost in the IMF’s emergency reserves…and extend a freeze on debt payments as part of an effort to help developing countries still struggling to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The G20 gathering…will also give U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen a chance to press for a global minimum tax on corporate profits.

Iran has produced 55 kg of 20% enriched uranium since January: official
Iran has made 55 kg of uranium enriched to up to 20% – the point at which it is highly enriched – indicating quicker production than the 10 kg a month rate required by an Iranian law… The disclosure comes a day after Tehran and Washington held what they described as “constructive” indirect talks in Vienna on Tuesday aimed at finding ways to revive a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Taiwan says may shoot down Chinese drones in South China Sea
Taiwan has spotted Chinese drones circling the Taipei-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea and may shoot them down if they stray too close, a government minister said on Wednesday, a move that could dramatically increase tensions with Beijing. Speaking at parliament, Lee Chung-wei, who heads the Ocean Affairs Council…said that they had recently spotted Chinese drones circling the Pratas…

With no clear coalition, Netanyahu begins forming government
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began work Wednesday on the formation of a new government, a day after President Reuven Rivlin reluctantly acknowledged that he had the best chance of cobbling together a coalition and tasked him with the job. In the coming 28 days…the prime minister will try to maintain his partnership…and try to…find nine more Knesset members to give him a majority of 61.

Report: U.S. defense chief Austin to visit Israel next week
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will visit Israel next week for meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Axios reported Tuesday. Austin will be the first cabinet-level member of the new administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to visit Israel.

Arkansas lawmakers override gov.’s veto of bill banning sex change procedures for kids
Arkansas lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected a veto from Gov. Asa Hutchinson over a bill that would ban experimental puberty blockers, hormonal drugs and surgical mutilation of minors suffering from gender dysphoria. The Arkansas House voted 75-25 and the Senate 25-8 on Tuesday afternoon to override the veto on House Bill 1570, also known as the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act.

Dr. Fauci Can’t Explain Why Texas COVID Cases Keep Dropping Despite Reopening
More than a month has passed since Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shocked the Faucis of the world by scrapping COVID-inspired restrictions on businesses and individuals, including removing the mask mandate. The decisions prompted Dr. Anthony Fauci and legions of public health “experts” to warn about the devastating consequences – thousands of unnecessary deaths would result, they said – however, as the data show, practically every metric has shown that the Lone Star State’s outbreak has continued to recede, even as blue states like Michigan are seeing a new surge in infections (believed to be driven by “mutant” strains).

Deadly downpour triggers severe flooding in Queensland, Australia
Severe flooding lashed Queensland’s southeast following heavy rains over the weekend, resulting in at least four fatalities. Up to 153 mm (6 inches) of rain fell in a 24-hour period to 23:00 UTC on Monday (09:00 LT on Tuesday, April 6), according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

United States Army Working On Plan To Require All Service Personnel To Use Biometric Facial Recognition At Drive-Thru Checkpoints On Base
Facial recognition is not new, when I worked for Citi ten years ago, we had to sign ourselves in and out of the main building via facial recognition. But back then it was the exception, in our day we will watch it become the rule, and the ‘new normal’. Biometric technology is here to stay because Revelation 13 says the Mark of the Beast is a biometric currency controller. Pretty good ‘guess’ for 96 AD, wouldn’t you say? With all of our ‘technological advances’, we still haven’t caught up with that archaic, dusty old King James Bible.

The vaccinated will DIE; the unvaccinated will be HUNTED
Globalists have a forked-tongue plan to exterminate humanity: Many who take the vaccine will simply die from the engineered hyperinflammatory reactions that are likely to hit hard in the Fall, while those who refuse to take the vaccine will be hunted down, rounded up and thrown in covid concentration camps for efficient extermination.

‘Men Are Coming’: 255 California Prison Inmates Have Requested Transfer to Women’s Prisons Since January
Since January, 261 California prison inmates have requested transfers to prisons aligning with their gender identity, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told the Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday.

European Medicines Agency Official: “Clear Link” Between AstraZeneca Vaccine and Blood Clots in the Brain
An official with the European Medicines Agency said Tuesday that there is a “clear link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and deadly blood clots in the brain.

Belgium must lift ‘all Covid-19 measures’ within 30 days, Brussels court rules
The Belgian State has been ordered to lift “all coronavirus measures” within 30 days, as the legal basis for them is insufficient, a Brussels court ruled on Wednesday.

Deputy Border Chief Estimates ‘Way Over 100,000’ Illegal Border Crossers Evaded Capture This Year
A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official said Monday that well over 100,000 illegal border crossers have evaded capture by patrol agents so far this year, adding to the alarm already raised around the growing number of monthly apprehensions.

BOMBSHELL: Disposable Blue Face Masks Found to Contain Toxic, Asbestos-Like Substance that Destroys Lungs
..Health Canada, however, discovered during a preliminary risk assessment that the masks contain microscopic graphene particles that, when inhaled, could cause severe lung damage. “Graphene is a strong, very thin material that is used in fabrication, but it can be harmful to lungs when inhaled and can cause long-term health problems,” reported CBC News.

NY State To Give Up To $2.1 Billion To Illegal Immigrants
Embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo – desperate for any news to distract from his dueling sex abuse and nursing home death scandals (“Hey, want some pot?”) – struck a deal on Tuesday with New York Lawmakers to spend $2.1 billion towards to assist jobless workers who were excluded from unemployment benefits during the pandemic – primarily undocumented immigrants and ex-convicts, after activists launched several hunger strikes.

Source: 7 Apr 2021 – Rapture Ready

Apostasy Watch Wednesday 4-7-21

Mike Ratliff – Spiritual Blindness

Jim Bakker Is Now Using His End Times Broadcast to Warn About Zombies

Charismatic Prophetess Kat Kerr : God Has Paparazzi Angels Who Follows You Around…..

Former Business Administrator at Westminster Presbyterian Church Sentenced on Tax Charges

Michigan university can’t punish Christian club for requiring leaders be Christian, judge rules

Pastor’s daughter shot dead, several others injured on Easter Sunday

Christians in Indian village beaten, forced to reconvert to tribal religions

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 7, 2021

Mid-Day Digest

THE FOUNDATION

“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.” —John Adams (1797)

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Biden Whiffs on MLB Move

After casting Georgia’s election law as “Jim Crow” and goading MLB, Biden now doesn’t want blame.

Nate Jackson

As Thomas Jefferson once said, “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual.” Democrats are indeed habitual liars, and their water carriers in the Leftmedia happily parrot rather than challenge those lies. In this case, the lies are in service to an agenda to remake election laws around the country with the “For the People Act.”

We’ll come back to that. First, poor Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, believed the Left’s lies, leading to his awful decision to yank this summer’s All-Star Game from Atlanta as punishment for Georgia’s supposed “Jim Crow” election law.

To be clear, we’re not absolving Manfred of responsibility. Clearly, he succumbed to pressure out of ignorance, and his motives are profit-driven rather than based on integrity. If it were integrity, and if he truly believes Georgia is a racist backwater, he’d follow the advice of Senator Marco Rubio and withdraw his personal membership from the Augusta National Golf Club. And he’d demand that the Braves move out of Atlanta rather than forcing other MLB teams and all their black players to play 81 other games there this season. Don’t get us started on MLB’s efforts to expand in China.

But ultimate blame rests with President Joe “Unity” Biden and, to a lesser degree, Georgia’s perpetually aggrieved racial muckraker Stacey Abrams.

Since she lost the 2018 gubernatorial election to Brian Kemp, Abrams has been screaming about voter suppression and working to flood the state with more Democrat ballots. In 2020, it worked. She may have opposed this boycott, but she gave all the rationale for it.

As for Biden, despite his phony inaugural address about “unity” and despite winning Georgia thanks to Abrams’s work in the city of Atlanta and its surrounding counties (nearby Cobb County is where the Braves play), he has falsely slandered — repeatedly — the state’s recent election law as “Jim Crow,” sometimes throwing in the hyperbolic modifier “on steroids.”

Maybe given MLB’s history with steroids, that’s the real reason for the move. Okay, we kid.

As we noted Monday, of course, MLB’s decision really hurts minorities in Atlanta by removing perhaps $100 million in economic activity. And MLB’s choice of Denver as a replacement is ironic given that the Mile High City has a black population of less than 10%, while Atlanta’s is more than 50%. When you’re counting by race like Democrats do, those things should matter.

This is the damage that results when a president uses irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric, and the media goes along with it rather than challenging it.

Now Biden is desperately trying to get away from the tar baby he created. After all the “Jim Crow” lies, Biden said of a possible MLB move that he’d “strongly support” it. That gave Manfred the cover he thought he needed. Except now Biden insists that all the economic hurt it causes minorities in Atlanta wasn’t his fault.

The president “was not dictating what Major League Baseball should do,” claimed his mouthpiece, Jen Psaki. “He supports them being able to make the decision.” That’s a distinction without a difference given his bully pulpit.

As for still holding the upcoming Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Biden would only say, “I think that’s up to the Masters.” Even then he repeated the “Jim Crow” lie in applauding corporate economic sanctions: “It’s reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are.”

He did at least acknowledge the damage to workers. “When they in fact move out of Georgia, people who need help most, people who are making hourly wages, sometimes get hurt the most,” he said. Yet he blamed Georgia, saying that the Peach State and any other states daring to move on election integrity need to “smarten up” and “stop it.”

Finally, back to the overarching strategy for Democrats. The whole reason they’re slandering election integrity as some sort of move back to “Jim Crow” is that they need a morally persuasive reason to revamp election laws nationwide, all with party-line votes in Congress. The House already passed HR 1, which would standardize shenanigans like bulk-mail balloting and ballot harvesting, all while eliminating voter ID requirements and other integrity measures. Fifty Republicans and the filibuster are all that stand in the way of the Senate passing its companion version, S 1.

Politically, the result of the “For the People Act” will be electing more Democrats. It also tramples federalism and any remaining trust in our elections. Yet if states enacting laws to ensure fair and honest elections — or, in Georgia’s case, slightly reining in pandemic expansions — is recast as the great racial crime of the 21st century, then any and all measures to counter it become justified. That, not one baseball game in July, is the endgame for Democrats.

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Now Biden Wants a Border Wall

DHS Secretary Mayorkas says that border wall construction needs to resume to fill “gaps.”

Thomas Gallatin

Remember when prominent Democrats like Nancy Pelosi blasted Donald Trump’s effort to construct a border wall as immoral? Remember when Joe Biden on his first day in office signed an executive order that ended all funding for border wall construction? Back in those heady days of January, he asserted, “Building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution. It is a waste of money.” His order was an apparent follow through on his campaign promise that “there will not be another foot of wall constructed [under] my administration.”

What a difference a border crisis makes.

After three months of surging numbers of migrants illegally crossing the U.S. southern border, Team Biden is faced with a humanitarian crisis. It appears that obstructing press access to Customs and Border Protection facilities while disingenuously claiming the mantle of transparency and downplaying the crisis as merely a “challenge” has done little to end the bad press or turn the PR favorably toward the Biden-Harris administration. Even “border czar” Kamala Harris is MIA.

Democrats are feverishly spinning the blame for the current border crisis onto Trump, even after Biden has effectively reversed nearly all the border polices Trump put in place. Trump’s polices had been largely successful in stemming the flow of illegal immigrants and securing the border. The spin hasn’t worked to dissuade the majority of Americans from rightly concluding that Biden’s at fault.

Thus it comes as little surprise that the Biden administration is now looking to restart construction to fill some “gaps in the [border] wall,” as indicated by reports given to Department of Homeland Security employees by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended,” Mayorkas stated. “But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished.”

Trump’s CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan called Mayorkas’s statements regarding “gaps” and areas “where the wall has been completed but the technology has not been implemented” as nothing but “more spin and misdirection.” It’s an attempt to frame the restarting of border wall construction as not really a restarting of border wall construction.

In truth, the Biden administration is effectively admitting that Trump was right about the border wall. Indeed, Trump himself welcomed the news, stating, “If they’re going to complete it, it’s a great thing. That’s a very positive step.”

However, as we noted above, it’s the bad PR that most concerns Biden and Harris, not the number of illegal aliens streaming over the border daily. The administration’s immigration policy is de facto open borders complete with a roadmap to citizenship for illegal aliens — along with a friendly reminder to vote Democrat. Seeking to control or limit the number of illegals entering the U.S. quite simply runs counter to the leftist ideals of today’s Democrat Party.

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The Ludicrous Claim That Biden Is Taming the Left

Reality is the opposite: Leftists have whipped a weak Biden into total submission.

Louis DeBroux

The premise of a recent Washington Post article is so ludicrous, so farcical, so utterly detached from reality that it should have been submitted to the satirical Babylon Bee for publication or had its own famously “unbiased” fact-checkers award it an unprecedented five Pinocchios.

The article, entitled “How Joe Biden tamed the left — at least for now,” attempts to portray the president as a political Solomon who has managed to “tame” the far-left wing of his base through the first few months of his administration.

And just how has this modern-day Machiavelli so cleverly satiated his radical leftist throngs? Why, by giving them nearly everything they have demanded! Or, as the WaPo sages put it, “Listen a lot, and back many of the policies that activists have long wanted.”

Biden has certainly done that.

On a strictly party-line basis, Democrats passed, and Biden signed, a $2 trillion “coronavirus relief” package, which was approximately 10% dedicated to COVID relief and 90% a progressive goody bag that rewarded labor unions and corporate donors, plus $1,400 vote-buying “stimulus” checks for some, but not all, Americans.

Not to worry, says Biden. This reckless spending spree will be paid for by a massive tax increase on “wealthy individuals” and corporations.

Unfortunately, as even The New York Times admitted, the wealthy and corporations have the means to hire an army of lawyers and accountants to reduce, delay, or avoid these taxes altogether. Some just move to a more tax-friendly country, which is why Biden is pushing for a “global minimum tax,” forcing every country to adopt high tax rates so that there is nowhere to flee to for lower taxes. In the end, of course, corporations don’t pay taxes, consumers do, and thus workers will be forced to pay for their own “relief” bill.

Biden has also abandoned any pretense of moderation by pushing nearly $5 trillion in spending on top of the $2 trillion “relief” bill already passed. He’s calling for massive subsidies for “renewable” energy sources — a sort of Green New Deal-lite — as well as another $400 billion for care of the elderly and disabled, which would be essentially a slush fund for unionized caregivers, their exorbitant rates and benefits paid for by taxpayers.

At this point, about the only things the far-left base has not gotten is a minimum wage increase to $15/hour, unilateral cancellation of $50,000 in student loan debt (which is actually a transfer of the debt to workers who didn’t take out the loans), and a draconian new gun control bill.

Part of the reason for this heavy-handed lurch to the left is an effort to appease those on Biden’s radical flank. Progressive special interest and advocacy groups like MoveOn.org, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Sunrise (a global warming group), the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute are positively giddy at the prospects for pushing their agenda, considering Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, stays in regular contact with them. In fact, former employees of CEPR and EPI make up two-thirds of Biden’s White House Council of Economic Advisors.

Biden officials have also hired numerous staffers from leftist groups to work in the administration, including more than a dozen with ties to socialist Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, guaranteeing that far-left policies permeate throughout all levels of government.

As former Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir put it, “It’s certainly the case that the framework of things that he’s putting forward is quite progressive. … It’s a very different world than the last few years where the base of a bill that was offered was fundamentally conservative.”

Another reason for Biden’s hard-left lurch is his realization that, at age 78, and with rapidly declining mental faculties, he will be a one-term president (even if he laughably insists otherwise). He wants history to remember him as a transformational Democrat president in the mold of an FDR or an LBJ, which is why he’s willing to abandon his previous insistence on preserving the Senate filibuster.

On March 2, Biden met with progressive presidential historians at the White House to discuss just how much radical change a president could ram through in a short period of time, bombarding the group with questions about widening the scope of presidential power in order to enact his agenda.

As Axios reported, Biden “loves the growing narrative that he’s bolder and bigger-thinking than President Obama.” The historians only applauded and encouraged his radical expansion of power, and if that means eliminating the Senate filibuster and doing everything on a party-line vote, he’ll do it.

There is significant danger in this path, though. Democrats lost nearly 20 seats in the House in 2020, when they were expected to gain nearly that many, and the Senate is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, with VP Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote.

That is hardly a mandate for a far-left agenda, and pursuit of such is likely to result in heavy losses for Democrats in the midterms.

Biden believes this Big Government approach will stoke the economy to Trump-era levels, but history shows massive government spending and burdensome regulations result in slow economic growth and high unemployment, as we saw during the Obama years.

Unfortunately, Biden and his team are impervious to facts and history, and they will continue their aggressive push toward socialism. Americans will pay the price until Republicans have a chance to retake the House and Senate. But much damage can be done in that time.

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A Conservative Governor Gets Overridden

Arkansas’s Asa Hutchison failed to make the case that allowing medical experimentation on his state’s children is in keeping with conservative principles.

Douglas Andrews

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem took some justifiable heat recently when she suddenly withdrew her support for state legislation that would have banned biological males from competing against girls in school sports. It seemed to us a clear case of caving to the Rainbow Mafia and its looming threat of business hardship rather than putting down a clear marker for conservative American principles.

This week, another Republican governor finds himself in the hot seat, although the issue confronting Arkansas’s Asa Hutchison appears rather more nuanced than the one Noem flubbed.

As Michael Wickline and Rachel Herzog reported yesterday in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Arkansas’ governor on Monday announced his veto of a bill that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender youths, prompting proponents of the legislation to urge both chambers to override his decision. Arkansas would be the first state to put such a ban into law, which would put the state in the national spotlight.”

Did you catch the advocacy in the above paragraph? The subtle journalistic malfeasance? “Gender-affirming care for transgender youths” is a euphemism ripped right out of the Rainbow Mafia’s playbook. Think about it: Only a mouth-breathing right-wing knuckle-dragger would try to deny the state’s young people a chance to “affirm” their identities. And if that weren’t enough, the reporters make sure to warn their readers that Arkansas would be the first state to do such a dreadful thing, and that a negative national spotlight would surely follow.

This is why we can’t trust the media: They’re agenda-driven hacks, and they simply won’t play it straight.

In fact, the Arkansas legislation, House Bill 1570, would prohibit healthcare providers from administering gender “transition” treatment, including surgery and hormone therapy, to people under 18. And given the utter lack of available evidence as to the long-term effects of such treatments on our children, isn’t a conservative approach warranted here?

Apparently not, according to Hutchison. “House Bill 1570 would put the state as the definitive oracle of medical care overriding parents, patients and health care experts,” he said. “While in some instances the state must act to protect life, the state should not presume to jump into the middle of every medical, human and ethical issue.”

Hutchison, clearly, isn’t above setting up a straw man, such as admonishing the bill’s sponsors from interfering “in the middle of every medical, human, and ethical issue.” Of course, they’re doing nothing of the sort. They’re addressing this particular issue, which affects the health and well-being of the state’s children, and they’re standing to protect them from medical experimentation, at least until they’re closer to the age of physical and emotional maturity.

In any case, the Arkansas state legislature wasn’t buying Hutchison’s argument. Yesterday, it voted resoundingly to override his veto, with the House voting 71-24 and the Senate voting 25-8.

In a contentious interview Tuesday night with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, Hutchison tried to make the conservative argument for staying out of it. “I go back to William Buckley; I go back to Ronald Reagan,” he said, “the principles of our party, which believes in a limited role of government. Are we, as a party, abandoning limited role of government and saying we’re going to invoke the government decision-making over and above physicians, over and above healthcare, over and above parents?”

It’s not an argument to which we’re unsympathetic. But if not us, who? And if not now, when? There comes a point at which we must ask ourselves: If conservative government isn’t meant to stand in the gap to protect our young children from radical and irrevocable medical experimentation, then what’s the point of conservative government?

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Clarence Thomas Takes on Big Tech

The Supreme Court justice indicates that it’s time for the courts to weigh in on Big Tech’s abuse of free speech.

Thomas Gallatin

A case regarding President Donald Trump’s Twitter account made it to the Supreme Court, where Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his concurring opinion, “As Twitter made clear, the right to cut off speech lies most powerfully in the hands of private digital platforms. The extent to which that power matters for purposes of the First Amendment and the extent to which that power could lawfully be modified raise interesting and important questions.” Therefore, he suggested, it’s likely time to start regulating Big Tech companies as public utilities.

Thomas observed that designating major social media companies as both “common carries” and as “places of public accommodation” would effectively limit the ability of these companies to infringe on free speech. He explained, “Even if digital platforms are not close enough to common carriers, legislatures might still be able to treat digital platforms like places of public accommodation.”

Mike Davis, founder of the Internet Accountability Project, welcomed Thomas’s opinion. “Justice Thomas is right,” he said. “Big Tech’s massive power to deliver and control the information flow in America gives it ‘common carrier’ status. [Big Tech companies] have a different responsibility than other companies — the responsibility to avoid viewpoint discrimination and to protect the free-speech rights of [their] users.”

Beyond this, the courts might weigh in on Section 230 of the Communications Act, the statute that Big Tech companies have repeatedly appealed to when justifying their abusive censorship practices. “Threats directed at digital platforms can be especially problematic in the light of [Section 230], which some courts have misconstrued to give digital platforms immunity for bad-faith removal of third-party content,” Thomas said. “This immunity eliminates the biggest deterrent — a private lawsuit — against caving to an unconstitutional government threat.”

UCLA legal scholar Eugene Volokh surmises, “If I had to bet money, I would guess the courts would say Section 230 simply protects platforms’ right to exclude people from their property.” As Thomas put it, Big Tech may face “laws that restrict the platform’s right to exclude.”

Thomas concluded, “We will soon have no choice but to address how our legal doctrines apply to highly concentrated, privately owned information infrastructure such as digital platforms.” The issue has only grown more important with Big Tech’s increasingly aggressive crackdowns on the speech rights of some Americans, and Thomas’s pointed remarks serve notice that SCOTUS is indeed interested in addressing this issue — and hopefully sooner rather than later.

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Conservatives can’t give in to leftist bullies who want to silence and cancel us.

Roger Helle

My former home state of Georgia, after the logistical nightmare of the 2020 election, passed new voting legislation. Who knew that life as we knew it was coming to an end? The Leftmedia had a total meltdown. As usual, “journalists” began flinging their dung at Republicans, telling us Jim Crow laws are being retuned to the 21st century.

A reading of the legislation on its surface doesn’t even look like what the media and rabid leftists are hyperventilating about. In fact, New York and several other “blue” states have voter restrictions that are in some ways more stringent than Georgia. But one thing about leftists is they never let FACTS stand in the way of a good hit piece. Especially if it’s directed against Republicans.

President Joe Biden was quick to call it the return of Jim Crow laws. Amazingly, the Washington Post “fact-checker” gave Biden’s false allegation “four Pinocchios.” We all know by now the Post is not even close to being fair and balanced. But, as my friend Mark Alexander often says, “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then!”

As the lies fly, so does the damage being done to the good people of Georgia. And they are good people. I lived there for 25 years and traveled and spoke all over the state. But because leftists absolutely hate anyone who dares to oppose them, good people are going to suffer.

Major League Baseball is moving events out of Georgia, costing millions of dollars in tourist and event income. Delta Airlines feels obligated to attack the residents of its own hometown. And, of course, Coca-Cola, the totally WOKE soft drink company, had to inject its two cents worth. I don’t know about you, but I can’t be less white. However, I can certainly drink something besides Coke, thank you very much.

Where is this all going to end? We are getting to the point at which the Left is intent on silencing anyone or any opinion it disagrees with, First, Second, and Fourth Amendments be damned! In fact, leftists have nothing but disdain for our Constitution. Have conservatives lost their voice? I know many Republicans lost their nerve and backbone some time ago. If they can’t find it again, SOON, they will be but a distant memory.

When did we decide we had no choice but to give in to the bullies? Who are these “cancel culture” warriors who sit in their basements in their pajamas and decide who can speak and who can’t? Why do we care if they like us or not? My life is not going to be placed into the hands of some historically illiterate moron who has no idea of the impact this nation was able to make in the history of our world.

I know at times it seems like there’s nothing we can do. The deck seems to be stacked against us. But that’s not the attitude that changed America from a struggling colony facing the major world power of the day to win our freedom and our independence. Americans are not the sort of people who just whine and give up when things get hard. Like my high school football coach used to say, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” Suck it up and start hitting back!

Something to think about?

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In Brief: Escape the COVID-Obesity Trap

Being fat was a leading comorbidity, but lockdowns made that even worse.

Americans might want to take stock of an uncomfortable truth: We’re too fat. And it’s killing us in more ways than one, including being a leading comorbidity factor in the ChiCom Virus pandemic. Jack Butler elucidates at National Review:

More than a year after the coronavirus came to the United States, and governments across the world instituted measures ostensibly to limit its spread, there remains much we don’t know about the disease. … Recently, however, two aspects of the coronavirus era have become clearer. Both of them concern weight, and both suggest that one of the key ways our society reacted was an obvious mistake — and one that should be corrected.

He explains that a majority of American adults report “unwanted weight change” in the last year. Some is weight loss, but clearly most is weight gain. No gyms or even outside activity in many places, plus being cooped up at home with snacks and stress, means we put on the pounds. Butler adds:

According to a March report by the World Obesity Federation … “of the 2.5 million COVID-19 deaths reported by the end of February 2021, 2.2 million were in countries where more than half the population is classified as overweight.” There may be other factors at play; air-conditioning, climate, time spent indoors, etc. But in a survey of its own, also in March, our own CDC found that, in the United States, more than half of coronavirus patients in hospitals were medically obese, and an additional 28 percent were overweight.

Nevertheless, authorities persisted, adding to the trouble.

The result is that America has become unhealthier and less physically capable during the pandemic than it was before. And it was no spring chicken to begin with: According to the CDC, 42 percent of the country was considered medically obese as of 2018. The vicious cycle doesn’t stop, either, with lockdowns encouraging obesity and obesity exacerbating the effects of the virus. In many jurisdictions, being above a certain weight enables one to get the coronavirus vaccine sooner, creating a perverse incentive to remain unfit. All this raises another troubling question for the post-COVID era: Will excessive government impositions on private life encourage an unhealthy lifestyle that long outlasts the pandemic itself?

Read the whole thing here.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • President Biden and his aides lie about the jobs created by $2.2 trillion spending plan (White House Dossier)

“A forecast by Moody’s Analytics said that over the next ten years, the United States economy would create 16.3 million jobs without the Biden spending program, and 19 million with it. That’s not surprising. When the government spends money, it stimulates the economy. Conservatives argue for many reasons that usually, a better way to stimulate the economy is to cut taxes. But as you can see, the net jobs created by the spending plan would be 2.7 million. Here’s what Biden said: ‘Independent analysis shows that if we pass this plan, the economy will create 19 million jobs — good jobs, blue-collar jobs, jobs that pay well.’ Technically, that is true, because the economy will create those jobs. But it’s misleading enough to call out as a lie. … Others lied more directly, saying the bill itself will create 19 million jobs. That is not even technically true. ‘The American Jobs Plan is about a generational investment. It’s going to create 19 million jobs,’ said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.”

  • A record-setting year for the world’s wealthiest (Forbes)

“The number of billionaires on Forbes’ 35th annual list of the world’s wealthiest exploded to an unprecedented 2,755 — 660 more than a year ago. Altogether they are worth $13.1 trillion, up from $8 trillion on the 2020 list. There are a record high 493 newcomers to the list — roughly one new billionaire every 17 hours, including 210 from China and Hong Kong and 98 from the U.S. … A record 1,975 billionaires are self-made, up from 1,457 last year. That equates to 72% of the list (vs. about 70% in 2020). It’s a marked change from the 2001 list of billionaires, when 49% of the total 565 billionaires were self-made.”

Government & Politics

  • Who needs due process anyway? Education Department to propose Title IX rule amendments, undo Trump-era protections for victims and the accused (Free Beacon)
  • 2024 contender Mike Pence returns to MAGA world with Trump-backed political group (Examiner)
  • Nothing to see here: DHS deletes announcement of terror suspects arrested at border (Washington Times)
  • Congressman Matt Gaetz allegedly requested preemptive pardon from President Trump (Examiner)
  • Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings, 84, dies after battle with pancreatic cancer (Daily Caller)

Health

  • A flu season that wasn’t: just 1,893 Americans have tested positive for the influenza virus this year (The Hill)
  • Low risk of catching COVID from surfaces, CDC now says (NY Post)
  • Nearly half of new COVID cases are coming from just five states: New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey (Fox News)

Around the Nation

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo repeals controversial nursing home COVID-19 liability protections (Fox News)
  • “These vaccines are always voluntary and never forced”: Governor Greg Abbott signs executive order prohibiting vaccine passports in Texas (Chron)
  • Only in DC: Black teenaged carjack killers of 66-year-old Pakistani immigrant get a sweet plea deal (Breitbart)
  • For now, San Francisco school board reverses decision to rename 44 schools, citing “frivolous litigation” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Corporations don’t pay corporate taxes. People do. (National Review)
  • Policy: Say no to new trade deals with China (Heritage Foundation)
  • Humor: “Sea of Racism”: Google removes entire state of Georgia from Google Maps (Babylon Bee)

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VIDEOS

‘60 Minutes’ Runs Deceptive Hit Piece on Ron DeSantis — CBS released an extremely deceptive, if not outright fake, hit piece on Florida’s Republican governor.

Follow the Science — When astrophysicist Brian Keating hears someone say, “Follow the science,” he gets nervous. Because that’s not how science works.

Regulation Overload With Peter Thiel — Government planners slow innovation with burdensome rules.

Satire: Why the Georgia Voter ID Law Is Horrific — Get the full explanation on why Delta, MLB, and Biden are leading the boycott of Georgia while doing plenty of business with China.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority, practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters, and which of them slaves; a contest, that — however bloody — can, in the nature of things, never be finally closed, so long as man refuses to be a slave.” —Lysander Spooner (1808-1887)

For the record I: “Stacey Abrams and the Democrats cost Georgia $100 million in revenue because they complained about something they didn’t read and they said something about it that wasn’t true.” —Senator Rand Paul

For the record II: “CHALLENGE: Find one Georgia citizen who WANTS to vote, but is thwarted by having no ID. Just one. And if you find one, watch how quickly their problem is solved by volunteers. What we have — in all likelihood — is an imaginary problem, which is fairly normal for us.” —Scott Adams

The bottom line: “Denver’s black population … is somewhere around 9 percent. You want to see a segregated city, come visit Denver. That might be something [MLB Commissioner Rob] Manfred, who runs a league with one black majority owner, might ponder as his limo drives by the blinding whiteness of neighborhoods … on his way from Denver International to downtown. … A new Morning Consult poll shows only 36 percent opposition to the new law. Can you imagine what those polls would look like if most of the media weren’t blatantly lying about the bill 24-7? But Manfred obviously doesn’t care about the lies. He doesn’t care about the fans. He doesn’t care to know anything about the law. He doesn’t care about the black community. If he did, he wouldn’t have moved the game. Rob Manfred, like so many others who wilt at the first sign of left-wing hysterics, is there to protect Rob Manfred.” —David Harsanyi

Straight from the horse’s mouth: “We’re not standing here and calling for companies to boycott. That’s not what our focus is on from the White House. We do believe that the focus on Georgia is a reminder … that this is much bigger than Georgia.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (Yes, it is much bigger — as in Democrats’ attempt to rewrite all election law from Congress in the form of HR 1.)

And last… “Wait until the MLB finds out that the former president of Coors Brewing Company (Coors Field), Joseph Coors, was a Goldwater supporter and helped start the Heritage Foundation.” —Amber Athey

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China ‘brainwashing’ Christians to renounce faith, report finds

China is attempting to brainwash Christians by holding them in mobile “transformation facilities,” according to a new report. Radio Free Asia relayed stories last week from a man given the pseudonym Li Yuese, who said he was beaten in a windowless room for nearly 10 months.

Source: China ‘brainwashing’ Christians to renounce faith, report finds

Democrats Warn That If HR 1 Isn’t Passed, Republicans Could Win Some Elections — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON D.C.—As states like Georgia move to change voting laws, Democrats are pushing a federal voting law, HR 1, to take over voting in all states and counteract such moves. And as they promote the law, Democrats have a dire warning: If HR 1 isn’t passed, Republicans could sometimes win elections.

“If we don’t radically change voting laws,” Senator Chuck Schumer told the press, “we could have horrible outcomes to elections in which Republicans sometimes win. We Democrats, along with journalists, have explained over and over to the American people that Republicans are bad and Democrats are smart and good, and yet Republicans keep sometimes winning. Obviously, something bad is going on there, and it must be stopped.”

HR 1 will help stop Republicans from winning by allowing more mail-in voting and other methods that will allow Democrats to stall voting counts for weeks to “find” more votes when needed. It will also make voting so easy that it will ensure the enfranchisement of Democrats’ most reliably loyal group: Foreign terrorists who hate America and want to destroy it.

If the bill passes, Democrats ensure people that something like President Trump winning — or any other Republican winning — will never happen again. There are some concerns that the bill could be ruled unconstitutional, but Democrats say that would only happen if people interpret the Constitution as “some sort of document with words that actually mean things.”

Democrats Warn That If HR 1 Isn’t Passed, Republicans Could Win Some Elections — The Babylon Bee

Biden, The Media Aren’t Being Honest About the Border Crisis | Mike Howell on Ben Shapiro Show

Mike Howell joined “The Ben Shapiro Show,” Wednesday, March 31, to talk about the border crisis, why the Biden administration is responsible for this border crisis, and why his border crisis is hurting our country.

‘They want you in masks forever’: World Economic Forum’s smart ‘mask of the future’ tweet spooks Twitter users | RT World News

‘They want you in masks forever’: World Economic Forum’s smart ‘mask of the future’ tweet spooks Twitter users

The World Economic Forum is at it again. The globalist titans behind ‘the Great Reset’ are now promoting a “smart face mask” that tracks every breath its wearer takes. The masks received a frosty reception online.

As the Western world inches slowly but surely toward full vaccination against Covid-19, much of the public is likely looking forward to kissing face masks and social distancing goodbye. Not the elites at the World Economic Forum, it seems. The Davos crew posted a tweet on Wednesday promoting “the mask of the future,” a high-tech face covering designed by Chinese-owned health data firm CirQ Technologies.

The mask reminds users when to wash it and checks if they’re wearing it properly. If too much carbon dioxide builds up inside, a phone alert reminds the wearer to catch a few breaths of fresh air. If the user forgets to put the mask on, the same phone app sends them a reminder to mask up. As three quarters of single-use masks end up in landfills or oceans, the WEF also touts the environmental benefits of the reusable face covering.

If you think that the idea of donning an even more intrusive face mask, one that literally tracks every breath you take, sounds as appealing as submitting to a Covid-19 anal swab, you’re not alone.    

Users let rip at the WEF, with some seemingly tired of mask-wearing, while others suggested that the very idea of a ‘mask of the future’ signifies that the organization wants to keep “you in masks forever.”   

Others imagined dystopian scenarios, where mask usage was linked to the wearer’s China-style “social credit score,” and where fresh air was rationed out to the public by devices like the BreathTech mask.

One commenter pointed out that the mask’s CO2 warnings seemingly validate one of the core arguments of the anti-mask crowd: that long-term mask wearing can lead to a presumably dangerous buildup of carbon dioxide. Some scientific studies have borne out this concern, but others have found the health effects to be negligible.

The World Economic Forum, whose annual meetings in Davos, Switzerland, draw a who’s who of the political and economic elite, has pushed out some incredibly unpopular ideas since the coronavirus pandemic began last year. In addition to its much-maligned ‘Great Reset’ to the world economy, the WEF has promoted global digital IDs and predicted a worldwide carbon tax system and restrictions on meat-eating. The WEF was also pilloried on social media for tweeting in February about how “lockdowns are quietly improving cities around the world,” before hastily deleting the post.

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Lockdowns are NOT ‘quietly improving cities,’ World Economic Forum concedes, deleting its much-ridiculed tweet

At present, mask-wearing looks like it will be around for the foreseeable future. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week relaxed their travel guidelines and stated that vaccinated people can travel safely, but should still wear masks and stay apart. In Europe, masks remain compulsory in many countries, with some, like Germany, warning of further lockdowns and mandatory masks even for the vaccinated.

Source: ‘They want you in masks forever’: World Economic Forum’s smart ‘mask of the future’ tweet spooks Twitter users

The Interesting History of Income Tax — VCY America

By William J. Federer

“The only things certain are death and taxes” – Benjamin Franklin Yet few know America’s interesting history of Income Tax, such as:

  • 1787 – U.S. Constitution prohibited a “direct” Federal tax 
  • 1862 – “Revenue Tax” on incomes went into effect as an emergency to finance the Union during the Civil War 
  • 1873 –  The Civil War ended, emergency over, Income Tax Repealed 
  • 1895 – The Supreme Court made Income Tax unconstitutional 
  • 1913 – Woodrow Wilson thought tariffs on imports caused wars, so he worked to replace them with an Income Tax. Income Tax was originally only a 1% tax on the top 1% richest people in America. 
  • 1943 – Paycheck Withholding began as an emergency effort to get funds to finance WWII. 

John F. Kennedy – “Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity and so raise the levels of personal and corporate income as to yield within a few years an increased flow of revenues to the Federal Government.” (Annual Budget Message, Jan. 17, 1963)

Thomas Jefferson – “It is an encouragement to proceed as we have begun in substituting economy for taxation” (2nd Annual Message, 1802)

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The Interesting History of Income Tax — VCY America

‘Fix the Problem You Created’: Biden Slammed for Thanking Migrants for ‘Choosing US’ in Video

As the administration of Joe Biden has come under fire for the crisis unfolding on the US-Mexico border, which is heaving under a historic influx of illegal migrants, the current POTUS released a video message, typically played at the end of naturalization ceremonies, after new citizens take the oath of allegiance.

Source: ‘Fix the Problem You Created’: Biden Slammed for Thanking Migrants for ‘Choosing US’ in Video

BREAKING: Police raid and put up fences around Alberta church that defied lockdown orders

The church first made headlines last month after their pastor, James Coates, was jailed for violating lockdown orders on Mar 5. (Photo: Kim Smith, Twitter)

Source: BREAKING: Police raid and put up fences around Alberta church that defied lockdown orders

April 7 Morning Quotes Verse of The Day

The Roots of Idolatry
Genesis 6:1–4

When Almighty God, to beautify the nature of the world, willed that that earth should be visited by angels, when they were sent down they despised His laws. Such was the beauty of women, that it turned them aside; so that, being contaminated, they could not return to heaven. Rebels from God, they uttered words against Him. Then the Highest uttered His judgment against them; and from their seed giants are said to have been born. By them arts were made known in the earth, and they taught the dyeing of wool, and everything which is done; and to them, when they died, men erected images. But the Almighty, because they were of an evil seed, did not approve that, when dead, they should be brought back from death. Whence wandering they now subvert many bodies, and it is such as these especially that you this day worship and pray to as gods.

COMMODIANUS

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

Dwight L. Moody’s Conversion
2 Corinthians 5:17

I remember the morning I came out of my room after I had first trusted Christ, and I thought the old sun shone a good deal brighter than it ever had before; I thought that the sun was just smiling upon me, and I walked out upon Boston Common, and I heard the birds in the trees, and I thought that they were all singing a song for me. Do you know I fell in love with the birds? I never cared for them before; it seemed to me that I was in love with all creation. I had not a bitter feeling against any man, and I was ready to take all men to my heart.

DWIGHT L. MOODY

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