Daily Archives: April 15, 2021

When Christian Colleges Go Woke – CultureWatch

Our Christian schools are under attack from within and without:

There are at least two major ways in which Christianity as a whole – and Christian education in particular – can become fully radicalised and secularised: one is by external assault, and the other is by internal capitulation. Here I want to look at both pressure points, specifically in relation to the war on Christian colleges.

Let me begin with the first means by which they are under attack. The militants have long declared their intentions about targeting churches and Christian education. They are fully aware that Christianity is really the last stronghold remaining that is opposing the activist agendas.

Get the churches to capitulate – by force or by fear – and you pretty much have a complete free run in implementing your radical agendas. The homosexual activists have long known this, so they are working overtime to undermine things like Christian education.

Consider just one of the latest attempts of this. As one article states, legal action is being used against Christian colleges. The piece, which makes for scary reading, opens as follows:

When five unelected super-legislators on the Supreme Court unilaterally amended the Constitution to legalize same-sex marriage in 2015, Chief Justice John Roberts warned that the ruling would pose “hard questions” about the freedom of religious colleges to operate according to their convictions. Former Solicitor General Donald Verrilli said, “It will be an issue.” This week, Roberts’ warning has come to pass, and the time in which Verrilli’s “issue” comes to the fore is now.

 

On Monday, 33 current and former students at federally-funded Christian colleges and universities launched a historic attack on religious freedom by filing a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Education (DoE). The lawsuit, Hunter et al. v. Department of Education, claims that the DoE violated the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution by granting religious exemptions to Christian institutions that allegedly “discriminate” against “sexual and gender minorities.”

The article continues:

While the lawsuit takes aim at federal funding for colleges and universities like Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Bob Jones University, Brigham-Young University, Liberty University, and Fuller Theological Seminary, a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs would likely ultimately impact the conservative Christian colleges and universities that do not receive federal funding, such as Hillsdale College, Grove City College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), Boyce College, and others.

 

Taxpayer funding makes some institutions more vulnerable, but if the Senate passes the Equality Act and if President Joe Biden enforces his view of LGBT “rights,” then even refusal to take federal funding will not protect biblical Christian institutions from penalties for “discrimination.”

 

Of course, the issue also extends beyond colleges and universities. As SBTS President Al Mohler explained on Wednesday, the lawsuit targets “not just Christian institutions, organizations, and ministries, but the churches and denominations behind them.”

 

“If your church or your denomination cannot establish an institution serving your purpose on your own convictional basis, then you are being denied the right to operate as a church,” he argued. The lawsuit notes that “most of the institutions seeking exemptions are Evangelical Christian institutions,” even though a few of the colleges and universities are Mormon or Seventh-Day Adventist.

 

Make no mistake — this lawsuit is a direct assault on the religious freedom of conservative Christians who dare to dissent from LGBT orthodoxy and attempt to live out their convictions. pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/03/31/new-lawsuit-seeks-to-criminalize-universities-christian-conviction-on-lgbt-issues-n1436592

That is just one of countless attempts to destroy Christianity from without. But sadly all too often Christians are doing a pretty good job of allowing it to be destroyed from within. The truth is, the more woke the culture gets, the more woke the church gets.

And that includes things like Christian colleges. I have often written about this happening, as formerly sound Christian institutions of higher education increasingly succumb to the world around them, and start caving in on so many issues. Thus we have had plenty of Christian colleges happily pushing the homosexual agenda. See here for example: billmuehlenberg.com/2018/09/27/christian-colleges-another-one-bites-the-dust/

Or here: billmuehlenberg.com/2018/08/16/there-goes-another-one-rainbow-capitulation/

And it is not just capitulation to radical sexual agendas. Many of these schools are fully jumping on board the various woke agendas and readily going along with cancel culture. Consider Wheaton College in Chicago, the premier evangelical Christian liberal arts college in America.

I actually was a student there in the mid-80s, and there were worrying signs even back then of it succumbing to the surrounding culture and its secular left agenda items. Sadly it seems to keep getting worse. Consider this recent news item:

Wheaton College will be removing and replacing a plaque honoring a group of alumni who were murdered by an indigenous tribe during a missionary trip to Ecuador. Why? Because it uses the word ‘savage’, the school’s president announced in an email Wednesday.

 

‘Recently, students, faculty, and staff have expressed concern about language on the plaque that is now recognized as offensive,’ president Philip Ryken said in the email. ‘Specifically, the word “savage” is regarded as pejorative and has been used historically to dehumanize and mistreat indigenous peoples around the world.’

 

The plaque, which had a home in Edman Chapel, honors Jim Elliot and Ed McCully, two members of the missionary group that sought to spread Christianity to indigenous peoples in Ecuador through Operation Auca. The missionaries spent months exchanging gifts with the Waodani (then known as the Auca) tribe before finally having a face-to-face meeting, which the missionaries considered a success. However, not long after the first meeting, five of the missionaries were speared to death, their bodies thrown into a river by tribesmen.

 

‘For generations all strangers were killed by these savage Indians,’ the plaque says. ‘After many days of patient preparation and devout prayer, the missionaries made the first friendly contact known to history with the Aucas.’

 

Although the missionaries were killed, their trip is largely considered a success because it led to a long-term decline in violence among the Waodani people. The plaque was gifted to the Illinois-based liberal arts college 64 years ago by Elliot and McCully’s classmates. It had already been removed by the college as of Wednesday afternoon, according to a photo obtained by The Spectator. spectator.us/topic/wheaton-college-plaque-operation-auca-missionaries-savage/ 

Wow. All evangelical Christians know about – or should know about – the incredible story of Jim Elliot and the other four missionaries, and this moving case of martyrdom. I have often written about it, eg: billmuehlenberg.com/2015/06/16/notable-christians-elisabeth-elliot/

And yeah, I would call those spearing to death peaceful missionaries “savages” as well. But Wheaton is going woke, and so it cannot allow this to remain. Many concerned folks have already commented on this sad episode. Jon Brown said this: “Woke cancel culture is profoundly anti-Christian. That it finds itself slithering into even the most historically stalwart evangelical institutions ought to concern everyone who cares about freedom.” http://www.dailywire.com/news/not-even-billy-grahams-alma-mater-is-safe-from-pearl-clutching-cancel-culture

And my social media friend Laurie Higgins said this about it:

Wheaton College is really woking up. The administration has removed a plaque honoring missionary Jim Elliot because it described the savage tribe that killed him and four others as “savage.” The word “savage” means “not civilized” or “ferocious, violent, or brutal.” The uncivilized tribe called the Waodani or “Auca” (which means “savage” in Quichua) that brutally killed Jim Elliot, Ed McMully, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming was savage. That’s a fact. So too were the Aztecs, Mongols, and Comanches. And so the “woke” erasure of history continues. Got my kids in and out of Wheaton in the nick of time.

She went on to pen an entire article on this, which ends as follows:

As reported by the Associated Press, “Current student Caitlyn Kasper praised the decision to remove the plaque. ‘Plaques like that have caused pain to people and are almost a symbol of white superiority in their very presences and in how they make people of color feel unwelcome at Wheaton’.”

 

Does such a plaque cause pain to people? Do people untutored in the doctrine of wokeness espoused in public schools via Critical Race Theory feel pain when seeing this historically accurate plaque? Or is it just the indoctrinated who claim to feel faux-pain?

 

Is there something intrinsically wrong about feeling pain when confronted by one’s own sin or encountering testimonies of past sinful acts committed by humans? Was the plaque really “almost” a symbol of white superiority? And if this plaque was “almost” a symbol of white superiority, was it such a symbol or not?

 

Those who have connections to Wheaton College know that this is merely another step in its ongoing Great Awokening. Wheaton has been churning out social justice warriors since at least Obama’s presidential tenure. As the mother of two Wheaton graduates and mother-in-law of two, I say that with no pleasure.

 

I first wrote about Wheaton’s cultural capitulation in 2010 when the social justice manifesto of the Department of Education was discovered, a “conceptual framework” rife with the woke rhetoric polluting government schools everywhere today.

 

The comments from these two current Wheaton students point to the larger problems at Wheaton and raise important questions. How is it that Wheaton students are so biblically ignorant and so woke? Is Wheaton continuing in its abolitionist history of boldly confronting and opposing sin at any cost—especially those serious sins that currently find favor among the well-heeled and powerful? If so, why do we hear so little coming out of Wheaton College from either the administration, faculty, or students about the grievous harm and injustice being done to children by the homosexuality community and “trans” cult? Could it be that Wheaton is tutoring students in the ways of soft-peddling biblical views of sin while scratching itching ears? illinoisfamily.org/education/wokeness-at-wheaton/

‘Go woke, go broke’ is how this is often described. We expect secular corporations to bow down to leftist agendas and the cancel culture. We don’t expect Christian institutions that had folks like Billy Graham and Jim Elliot as students to head down this same deplorable path as well.

— Read on billmuehlenberg.com/2021/04/02/when-christian-colleges-go-woke/

The “Woke Theology” Breaking Point – Neil Shenvi – Apologetics

With issues of racism, white supremacy, and police brutality flooding our newsfeeds, with renewed calls to remove Confederate monuments and take down the statues of slave owners, and with books like DiAngelo’s White Fragility and Kendi’s How to Be An Antiracist topping the bestseller lists, the “woke movement” has come to dominate our public discourse. Understood descriptively -not pejoratively- the “woke movement” is a grass-roots social campaign to overturn unjust systems and structures based on racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of oppression, as oppression is understood within the context of contemporary critical theory. While it aspires to noble goals, like the eradication of injustice, many commentators have expressed concerns at the growing fanaticism, intolerance, and even violence we see being expressed on- and off-line by some devotees of Social Justice. 

Against this backdrop, James Lindsay, a left-of-center agnostic and co-author of the upcoming book Cynical Theories with Helen Pluckrose, wrote a fascinating article on the need for secular people to determine their “woke breaking point.” He mused:

It struck me that many of the people in my life who remain sympathetic or outright denialist about the excesses of the Woke (Critical Social Justice) movement haven’t grappled with the possibility that it isn’t quite the noble and necessary cause that it sells itself to be. What I realized is how very helpful it is for people, rather than becoming confrontational, to encourage their Woke-sympathetic friends to start identifying and naming what their non-negotiable lines will be… Whose statue has to come down? Seriously, whose is the last straw? Abraham Lincoln? Martin Luther King, Jr.? Whose? What freedom has to be stripped? Due process of law? Speech? The right not to suffer cruel and unusual punishment?…When is enough, enough? Who has to get cancelled? Fired? How many people have to lose their livelihoods?

As a Christian who is concerned about the inroads that contemporary critical theory is making within evangelicalism, I have similar questions for fellow evangelicals who are sympathetic to the “woke movement” and see it as a necessary step towards biblical justice. I’d like to ask them: what would it take to convince you that the “woke movement” is a real threat to evangelical theology? In other words, what would convince you that theological concerns about contemporary critical theory are not just the paranoid fever dreams of a handful of racist, misogynistic, right-wing discernment bloggers who want to Make America Great Again but instead accurately characterize a deep ideological conflict?

This question is made difficult by the fact that conservative evangelicals are likely to concede that the “woke movement” as a whole is non-Christian. Evangelicals will repudiate racism, but will not usually affirm with Kendi that “We cannot be antiracist if we are homophobic or transphobic.” Evangelicals will deplore police brutality but are unlikely to argue that we should abolish the police entirely. Evangelicals will abhor sexism, but will usually not insist that abortion is a “women’s rights” issue. Consequently, it will be easier for evangelicals to dismiss the excesses of “woke” activism as obvious deviations from their own beliefs. 

If I were sympathetic to the woke movement, I would say: “Obviously, I don’t support violence or ruining someone’s life over a decade-old Tweet. I simply believe that our society’s embrace of individualism, materialism, racism, and nationalism has severely warped the theology of white evangelicalism. What people are calling ‘cultural Marxism’ is really just the biblical injunction to care for the poor and oppressed. What we’re seeing is a needed and helpful correction, not a dangerous new worldview.”

Given this response, I’d like to suggest three areas in which woke-sympathetic evangelicals can try to identify a breaking point. A point at which they’ll step back and say “ok, I need to reevaluate what’s going on because what I’m seeing is genuinely troubling.” 

Public figures

First, think about deeply orthodox public Christians you admire -pastors, authors, seminary professors, speakers, philanthropists, podcasters, musicians- who you believe are unfairly accused of being “woke” or “cultural Marxists” or “social justice warriors.” I can personally come up with such a list of people whom I respect and whom I think have been slandered. The first woke breaking point question should be: if one of these figures begins to express unorthodox beliefs, will I be troubled? 

If one of these men or women begins to waver on the relationship between law and gospel, or on a biblical understanding of gender or sexuality, or on the inerrancy of Scripture, or on the exclusivity of Christ, will I be alarmed? If they start recommending books by more and more theologically progressive authors or start sharing a platform with people I’m uncomfortable with, will there be cause for concern? If I notice a drift towards theological liberalism creeping into their theology, will it be time to ask where it’s coming from?

Your local church

Second, think about your own church, your own pastor, and your own community. Ask similar questions: I know we’re committed to social justice, but how many heterodox statements need to be made from the pulpit before I conclude we have a problem? How many local church leaders have to begin reading and recommending books that I know are dangerous before I conclude that the problem is not just “out there,” but also “in here”? How many members have to leave my church for a more progressive denomination? How many Christian friendships do I have to see dissolve because one party wasn’t sufficiently woke? When do I begin to see a harmful ideological influence at work?

Your intellectual life

Finally, think about your own internal attitudes and thought-life. Ask: Do I find myself beginning to monitor my own reasoning, worried when a certain train of thought heads in a forbidden direction? Do I find myself increasingly fearful not only of expressing an unpopular idea that I think is true, but of even believing the idea? Do I find myself dismissing any pushback, even if it’s grounded in reason and Scripture, as being “motivated by racism” or “providing cover to white supremacy”? Do I keep a mental list of authors whose works are prohibited, whom I just know are wrong even though I haven’t read them and don’t know what they actually say? Do I just know that certain claims are false even though I can’t exactly explain why? 

At what point do these internal dynamics become troubling? At what point do I realize that a commitment to social action is looking more and more like a set of almost religious dogmas, in the worst sense of the word? (If you find yourself surprised that a conservative evangelical is making such comments, see here).

Retracing our steps

None of the questions I’ve asked here should be applied to the “woke movement” alone. We should be asking ourselves the same questions about any popular cultural, political, or social movement, whether it’s Trumpism, or veganism, or Objectivism, or environmentalism. All of us should recognize that, as Christians, we must constantly test our beliefs against Scripture and ask whether our political ideology or our social activism or our economic philosophy has usurped the allegiance in our hearts that only God should command. 

If we affirm, at least in principle, that the Social Justice Movement can become an idol, we need to draw a clear line in the sand and ask when it has been crossed. I say this to every social justice warrior, to every Trump supporter, to every fan of Ayn Rand, to every conservative, and to every liberal: we dare not drift aimlessly, eyes closed, wherever the currents of the culture take us. Instead, we should always be willing to listen to those with whom we disagree and examine our beliefs in the light of Scripture.


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  • — Read on shenviapologetics.com/the-woke-theology-breaking-point/
  • Just Say No To Vaxx Passports – CultureWatch

    In the name of protecting us, states are stripping us of our basic freedoms:

    Just about everything in life has a fair amount of risk involved. Driving a car can be risky. Eating certain foods can be risky. Climbing a ladder can be risky. Living in a world with various viruses can be risky. Taking a vaccine against such viruses can be risky.

    So we always have to weigh up the pros and cons of what we do. When it comes to the corona virus, it is the same thing. Do we keep everything shut down to protect us from the virus, or do we allow a fair degree of freedom and let people decide for themselves how they best can protect themselves?

    Regardless of what one thinks about both the virus and the vaccines, one has to note, once again, the obvious duplicity here: The same folks who screamed that we must put everyone in lockdown if it saves just one life, now seem silent about vaccine deaths, and are not demanding the same thing: ‘We must stop the vaxx rollout – if it saves just one life!’

    Hmm, it seems only certain deaths matter to these folks. They are happy to take away our basic freedoms and human rights in the name of keeping us safe from a virus, but they will attack anyone who asks legitimate questions about the safety and efficacy of the Rona vaccines.

    The hypocrisy continues. In Australia, like elsewhere, we are sadly seeing some folks dying after getting the vaccine. See here for example: http://www.9news.com.au/national/covid19-vaccine-death-vaccination-nsw-woman-dies-tga-coronavirus/b412e003-8f8b-454e-80e8-f90c761f1463

    But notice how this is being discussed. It is said that most of these folks already had underlying conditions. That may well be the case, but that was exactly the case as well with all those who were said to have died of the Rona: most of them seemed to have various comorbidities as well. In the former, this was being used as an excuse – in the latter, this is ignored, overlooked, or played down. Double standards much?

    But these folks are at least consistent in one area. Just as they are happy to have our liberties stripped away from us – all for our own good of course – so too they are happy to take our freedoms away when it comes to making choices about the vaccines. They not only demand that we all get the jab, but they are also demanding such things as a vaccine passport.

    I have written several pieces recently outlining why we must be very concerned about these calls. See here: billmuehlenberg.com/2021/04/07/on-vaccine-passports/

    And here: billmuehlenberg.com/2021/04/09/more-on-the-dangers-of-vaccine-passports/

    I am not alone in this. Others are also quite worried about these matters. For example, here in Australia Craig Kelly has been leading the charge on this. As one new report says:

    Independent federal MP Craig Kelly will introduce a bill to ban so-called vaccine passports in Australia because he believes they will intrude on people’s freedom. The MP for Hughes in south Sydney, who resigned from the Liberal Party in February after promoting unproven treatments for Covid-19, wants to stop pubs, restaurants and footy stadiums from requiring proof of vaccination from customers. 

     

    His bill will be inspired by similar laws passed recently in several US states including Texas and Florida. Explaining why he wants to stop vaccine passports from being introduced, Mr Kelly told Daily Mail Australia: ‘I just think it’s a gross intrusion of people’s freedoms in a free, democratic country. ‘You shouldn’t have a set of papers to jump on public transport, or go to the pub or a restaurant, or turn up at the footy or a concert.

     

    ‘I would think that’s completely contrary to the freedoms that we enjoy in our country.’ He added: ‘We don’t have vaccine passports for much more serious diseases so why would you bring a domestic vaccine passport in for Covid?’ New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said she is open to allowing private companies such as pubs and restaurants to require proof of vaccination from customers in a bid to encourage residents to get the jab. 

     

    Mr Kelly said using vaccine passports to improve jab take-up amounted to ‘using coercion and force’ to hasten the vaccine rollout. ‘I don’t think that’s a very good way. If the vaccine rollout is the best thing since sliced bread it shouldn’t need coercion and force and if you need coercion and force, I think there’s a fundamental problem,’ he said.

     

    Mr Kelly admitted that a federal bill may not have the power to override state governments – but he said it would likely be able to prevent vaccine passports from blocking inter-state trade and commerce. The MP said his ban would only apply to domestic vaccine passports and would not relate to overseas travel.

     

    ‘As Australians when we travel overseas we have to comply with the law of the overseas country and when foreigners come into Australia we’re right to think about the risks of them bringing the disease in. So they’re completely different arguments,’ he said. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9460729/MP-Craig-Kelly-fight-BAN-Covid-19-vaccine-passports-Australia.html

    And others from overseas have been sounding the alarm as well. One is Mat Staver of the US-based Liberty Counsel. He has spoken much about these concerns of late. Sadly, for some reason I cannot access their website, so I will simply quote from some of their emails which have come through over the past week. As was said in an April 13 email:

    Now dark forces are pushing the greatest crackdown on freedom yet — it comes straight from Communist China under the guise of a “vaccine passport” to restrict travel and entry to businesses and events based on the government’s directives. Will America bow to Big Tech and an app that will track where you buy groceries, dine, shop, work, attend school, attend a political rally or even go to church? A few states are now pushing back, but we need more pushback!  

     

    Long before COVID-19, Bill Gates was already preparing. He did a TED Talk on epidemics in 2015. It was telling that the very first thing he prioritized was not medicine or hospital supplies. No, the first thing Bill Gates was pushing for in an epidemic was “surveillance & data.” And he was pushing hard to have electronic medical records so that private medical records could be shared instantly with millions of others.  

    Gates went on to call it a “global failure” to not have these things in place, but we were not to worry because he “can build a really good response system.” Gates and others had been planning for years to take advantage of the fear created by a rampant disease. Less than two months into COVID, when most people were hoping it would soon be over, major tech groups were positioning massive technological changes, constant surveillance and social control.   

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology published the following in its Technology Review: “This new social order will seem unthinkable to most people in so-called free countries. But any change can quickly become normal if people accept it” (emphasis added). MIT, Bill Gates and many globalists want you to just “accept it” without question or pause.   

    The MIT authors continued: “The new normal will be that we are used to the idea that in some cases being able to move around freely is dependent on us being able to show that we’re healthy.” He added, “There will be a greater acceptance, I think, of that kind of public health monitoring.”

    His April 14 message begins:

    Kansas City, Missouri, was among the first U.S. cities to attempt mass surveillance of its citizens under the guise of slowing the COVID pandemic. In May 2020, the city demanded that churches hand over on demand the names, addresses and contact information of every attendee. Liberty Counsel was able to stop Kansas City’s overt bid for government control. But the Biden administration has a plan to federalize mass surveillance and vaccination of citizens via their cell phones.

    Eleven months ago, Liberty Counsel warned that lawless government officials would use COVID as an excuse to implement government control. Every citizen’s movement would be tracked, every contact with friends, family and the general public traced. We warned that, like a bad science fiction movie, it would be used to control your movements and lock you in your own home. Sadly, this scenario is not science fiction. It is happening around the world. And now the Biden administration intends to bring it to the United States of America. On March 2, 2021, the Biden administration presented a PowerPoint to agencies to roll out the vaccine passports.

    Last year, the Chinese government ordered all citizens to download an app to their cell phones. The app ostensibly stops the spread of COVID by regulating where people can go. The color green gives a person access to all areas of society. Yellow allows individuals to leave their home but limits travel or attendance at public venues. Red means the person MUST stay home—or else.

    As the weeks wore on, China added more qualifications and conditions to its COVID app, including vaccination status. But even more disturbing is what else China is now tracking. Now the Chinese COVID app collects and tracks contacts, individual movements and everything that happens on their phones—and it even harvests data on frequent associates and regular contacts. To get an idea of just how invasive the China COVID app is, consider this: If a Chinese citizen is in debt, his or her phone will broadcast that fact to all other phones in the vicinity every time that person goes out in public.

    And when the Chinese government doesn’t want a person to move around, they simply switch that person’s app color to red. That citizen is then no longer allowed to enter any public place, as the mobile app is checked at the door of every store, building or restaurant. Red restricts citizens to their homes, whether they have COVID or not. What ostensibly began to control the spread of COVID is now being used to suppress the people. And Biden wants to bring this liberty-killing travesty here!

    And in today’s email we read in part:

    I warned you a year ago that Bill Gates and other radical leaders were pushing to close the borders to any country “till we get to that full vaccination” level. Even if people in that country have “very good concerns” against vaccinating, he wants to pressure government leaders to implement mandatory vaccines. “Different countries are set to be graded green, amber or red according to their vaccinations, infection rates, the prevalence of variants of concern and their genomic sequencing capacity,” The Sun reported last week.

    Gates admits he is willing to have severe adverse reactions (which includes death) in hundreds of thousands of people to ensure everyone on the planet is vaccinated. He says governments must force everyone in their jurisdictions to do so. This is being done through a mandatory vaccine passport and associated tracing and tracking.

    Remember that Bill Gates’ late father was a eugenicist and president of Planned Parenthood. The younger Gates, also a eugenicist, wants to force everyone to be vaccinated with multiple shots—and not just for COVID. We have warned about tracing, tracking and health passports for a year. The goal of these programs is shocking.

    COVID trackers are trained to quarantine healthy people even if a person is just near someone who might have been exposed. These trackers have even demanded a live video tour inside the targeted person’s home. They are trained to call social services to remove pets and children if the person doesn’t have an isolated space in the home. None of this is voluntary!

    Even if only some of this is true, it is scary as all get out. We DO know just how bad things are right now in Communist China with its social credit system. When so many Western governments – happily in bed with Big Tech and others – head down this same path, we are witnessing live and in person the death of freedom and democracy.

    Time to wake up folks.

    — Read on billmuehlenberg.com/2021/04/16/just-say-no-to-vaxx-passports/

    How Did Evangelicalism Become The Circus It Is? — Wretched

    How Did Evangelicalism Become The Circus It Is? | Episode 2856

    Recent history show us how fundamental evangelicalism was slowly taken over by modern evangelicalism. Phil Johnson gives us a brief tour of evangelical history from the 1850s to today. Neo evangelicalism has commandeered paleo classic evangelicalism, bringing in the seeker sensitive movement and watering down evangelicalism today, to the point where it’s almost unrecognizable.

    If Charles Spurgeon were alive today, he’d walk into so many churches that are focusing on putting on a show, entertaining people with life lessons rather than thrilling them with robust theology about the Lord Jesus Christ. He wouldn’t even know that this was his movement. What do we do with that? Clearly, it’s up to you, whether you choose to identify as an evangelical or not.

    And you can choose to engage with watered down evangelicals to debate who’s a real evangelical or not, but how’s about defending our own hearts, focusing on the truths of evangelical Christianity, and putting up the walls. Not only from the world, but from liberalism around our own churches, so that they do not go drifting away.

    I would encourage you to check out our curriculum offerings at the Wretched Store, for biblical, robust and exceedingly practical studies.

    How Did Evangelicalism Become The Circus It Is? — Wretched

    April 15 Evening Quotes of The Day

    The Growth of the Church Greater Than Alexander’s Conquest
    Acts 4:13; 1 Corinthians 1:20–25

    Had it been published by a voice from heaven that twelve poor men, taken out of boats and creeks, without any help of learning, should conquer the world to the cross, it might have been thought an illusion against all the reason of men; yet we know it was undertaken and accomplished by them. They published this doctrine in Jerusalem, and quickly spread it over the greatest part of the world. Folly outwitted wisdom, and weakness overpowered strength. The conquest of the east by Alexander was not so admirable as the enterprise of these poor men.

    STEPHEN CHARNOCK

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

    Relying On Promises Without Obeying Commandments
    Deuteronomy 7:12; 1 Kings 8:35–36; Zechariah 3:7; Matthew 4:7; 7:21; Luke 6:46

    We cannot rely on his promises, without obeying his commandments.… Those who leave the means that God recommends, and resolve to make trial of their power and might, act as absurdly as if one were to cut off a man’s arms and hands and then order him to work.

    JOHN CALVIN

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

    April 15 – Christ our mighty warrior — Reformed Perspective

    “Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.” – Psalm 24:8

    Scripture reading: Psalm 24:8

    In the previous verse, those who are with the coming King, are calling out to the gatekeepers to open the gates so that the King of glory shall come in. In this verse, we have the response of the gatekeepers, “Who is this King of glory?”  The answer that comes is beautiful and comforting. We read that the LORD is strong and mighty and specifically mighty in battle. This may sound a bit strange; maybe we don’t think of Jesus as being a mighty warrior. Yet, this is exactly how He is described here. This, of course, is what He was prophesied to be all the way back in Genesis 3:15. He would be the One Who would crush the head of the serpent.

    Christ is also described as such in Psalm 2, where it is said that He will break the nations that have risen up against Him like pottery smashed with a rod of iron. In Revelation, we have visions recorded for us, of Jesus having a two-edged sword coming out of His mouth and of Him riding upon a white war horse (Revelation 1:16; 19:11). This is not the Jesus that is proclaimed in many churches or certainly by many in our culture. Jesus is seen more like a kitten than like Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia. Yet, this is the Jesus Who we need, the Jesus who will defeat all of our enemies and give us a great victory.

    Suggestions for prayer

    Pray that the Lord Jesus would destroy all the works of the devil and that He would continue to plunder his house, saving many unto eternal life. Praise our Lord Jesus Christ for all that He has saved us from by dying on the cross.

    Rev. James Roosma has been serving at Grace Reformed Church in Kelowna, BC for six years. He and his wife Jeni have been blessed with two children, Elijah and Tabitha, and have one on the way. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

    April 15 – Christ our mighty warrior — Reformed Perspective

    April 15 Evening Verse of The Day

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    17:15 The disciples are in the world, but they do not belong to the world. For this reason they are prey to persecution. The “evil one” is a reference to Satan (cf. 1 John 2:13; 4:4; 5:18).[1] 17:15 keep them from the evil one. Jesus knows that the world will hate His disciples as it hated Him, but He does not ask for the disciples to be protected from suffering, but rather that they would be kept from the evil one. It is not the physical or social troubles of the world from which Jesus wishes His disciples to be “kept,” but from its moral corruption. See “Christians in the World” at Col. 2:20.[2] 17:15 evil one A general term referring to a malicious figure. In some contexts, it can refer to the devil specifically (see note on 13:2; note on 13:27).[3] 17:15 Even though God’s people in the midst of hardship may sometimes want to be taken out of the world (see Num. 11:15; 1 Kings 19:4; Jonah 4:3, 8), Jesus does not ask for that. The place of believers during this lifetime is not to withdraw from the world but to remain in the world and to influence it continually for good, as difficult as that may be. keep them. The central request of the prayer is repeated again (see John 17:11). Jesus prays that his own will be guarded from the evil one, that is, Satan, who would attack them to destroy their lives and their ministries. But the Greek phrase ek tou ponērou can also mean “from evil” (see ESV footnote), since Greek nouns denoting abstract qualities often take a definite article, in which case it would be a prayer that their lives and ministries not be overcome by Satan or by any other kind of evil, and that they be kept from doing evil as well (see 1 John 5:19).[4] 17:15 keep them from the evil one. The reference here refers to protection from Satan and all the wicked forces following him (Mt 6:13; 1Jn 2:13, 14; 3:12; 5:18, 19). Though Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was the defeat of Satan, he is still loose and orchestrating his evil system against believers. He seeks to destroy believers (1Pe 5:8), as with Job and Peter (Lk 22:31, 32), and in general (Eph 6:12), but God is their strong protector (12:31; 16:11; cf. Ps 27:1–3; 2Co 4:4; Jude 24, 25).[5] 17:15 The Lord did not pray that the Father should take believers home to heaven immediately. They must be left here to grow in grace and to witness for Christ. But Christ’s prayer was that they might be kept from the evil one. Not escape, but preservation.[6] 17:15. God’s plan was not to remove the disciples from danger and opposition (take them out of the world) but to preserve them in the midst of conflict. Though Jesus would soon be taken out of the world (v. 11), His followers are to remain in it. Like Daniel in Babylon (Dan. 1–2; 4–6) and the saints in Caesar’s household (Phil. 4:22), God intends for His followers to be witnesses to truth in the midst of satanic falsehood. Satan, the evil one (cf. Matt. 5:37; 1 John 5:19), as head of the world system, seeks to do everything possible to destroy believers (cf. Rev. 2:10; 12:10) but God’s plan will prevail. Christians must not take themselves out of the world but remain in meaningful contact with it, trusting in God’s protection while they witness for Jesus.[7] 17:15 “I do not ask You to take them out of the world” Christians have a mission in the world (cf. v. 18; Matt. 28:19–20; Acts 1:8). It is not time for them to go home!

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    NASB, NKJV  “the evil one  
    NRSV  “the evil one”  
    TEV, NJB  “the Evil One”  

    This term is either NEUTER or MASCULINE. This literary unit mentions the personal force of evil often (cf. 12:31; 13:27; 14:30; 16:11); therefore, this verse, like Matt. 5:5; 37; 6:13; 13:19, 38, should be “the evil one” (cf. 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 John 2:13–14; 3:12; 5:18–19).[8]

    15. I do not make request that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil one.

    For the verb to make request see on 11:22. On the surface, one might have expected that the mention of the intense hatred which the disciples would have to endure from the side of the world would have been followed by a request that the Father remove them from the world. Yet, Jesus refuses to make this request. The reason is that the disciples have a task to perform. The nature of that task is not clearly indicated here, not even in verse 18, unless we take that passage in connection with all that precedes it. It was, however, clearly indicated in 15:27: “And you must also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning” (see on that verse). Naturally, therefore, Jesus cannot now pray that the witnesses be removed!

    What he does request is this, that the Father keep the disciples from the evil one, or from evil. Both translations are possible. We prefer the former, for the following reasons:

    (1) Again and again, during this night, Jesus has spoken about Satan, the prince of this world (12:31; 13:27; 14:30; 16:11): that he would be cast out; that he had entered into Judas; that he was on his way; and that he had been judged. Judas had fallen a prey to the evil one. Why, then, is it unreasonable to suppose that Jesus would pray that the others might be protected against the wiles of Satan?

    (2) 1 John 5:18 is, to a certain extent, a parallel passage. Here the keeping has as its result, that the evil one does not touch the man who is born of God.

    (3) It is almost impossible to suppose that Jesus, in speaking of keeping his (and the Father’s) own, was not thinking of the allegory of the shepherd watching over and guarding his sheep. Hence, 10:29 (“and no one is able to snatch it out of the hand of the Father”) occurs to the mind immediately. Now the enemy referred to in 10:29 is definitely personal; it is not just evil in general, but Satan, the false prophet, the persecutor, etc. Hence, also here in 17:15 we think of the evil one, Satan.

    (4) The fact that back of all sinister influences stands Satan himself, so that it is especially against him that the believer needs protection is the prevailing New Testament view (both in the teaching of Jesus and in that of the apostles); see in addition to the passages listed under (1) and (2) above, also: Matt. 4:1; 13:19, 38, 39; John 8:44; 13:2; Acts 5:3; 2 Cor. 12:7; Eph. 2:2; 4:27; 6:11, 12; 1 Thess. 2:18; Jas. 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8; Rev. 12:3; 20:2.[9]

    Ver. 15. I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil.—

    The parting prayer:

    I. The motives which prompted this prayer. 1. To evince the tenderness of His heart toward His people. Usually, when any master-grief takes possession of the mind, we seldom have much disposition or power, to sympathise with the sorrows of others. Had our Lord been the subject of this infirmity, this was not the time for Him to have been concerned about the future trials of His people. Yet at this moment, when we might suppose His every thought and feeling to have been absorbed in the sword that was about to pierce His soul, we find Jesus turning to consider the comparatively little griefs of His dear disciples, His prayer seems to be—“Holy Father, think not of My coming sufferings, but think of these whom I am about to leave full of sorrows, and keep them.” 2. That He might instruct His disciples to the end of time in that mighty interest with which He is always engaged for their spiritual preservation. As you go through the successive clauses of this chapter, you will find in almost every verse something to show that God has a direct interest in the consummation of that scheme which Jesus came both to reveal and to accomplish; that “His own great name” was to be furthered thereby, and that it formed part of the covenant which He made with Jesus, that these His people should be saved through His blood.

    II. The truths that are to be learned from this prayer. 1. That the world is full of dangers. The world is, and must ever be the Christian’s adversary. It is a sinful place. The prince of evil is its god; the fascinations of evil are its snares; the works of evil are its employments; and the triumphs of evil are its boast and its pride. 2. That there are ends to be accomplished by our remaining in the world which make it expedient that we should for a time be kept in it. And this expediency consisted in this: these His disciples had a work to do. They had His honour to promote and His gospel to spread. This is true of us. We have all our stated duties to fulfil; we have all a nook in His providence to fill up; we have all our own little wheel to turn in that vast machine, which governs and controls the universe. It is not therefore the language of true obedience to say, “My soul is weary of life; would that God would take me to Himself!” It is nothing more than the suicide’s thought, clothed in Gospel language. It is impatience of the yoke Christ has laid on the shoulder. It is not the saint’s desire to “rest from his labour;” it is the worldling’s desire to rest without labour. It is the wish to use that part of our Lord’s prayer, “Father, glorify Thy Son,” without remembering that other part of it, “I have finished the work Thou gavest Me to do.” 3. That the power of this evil of the world is so great, that we can only be delivered from it by the almighty power of God. (1) Who can contemplate the legion of spiritual foes which encompass the believer’s path, and remember at the same time the powerful ally and abettor of Satan that we carry in our own hearts; and not feel, that unless the power of the grace of God interfered on our behalf, none of us would be saved? (2) And then, how mercifully mysterious and varied are the methods of the Divine protection? Before the temptation comes; while the encounter lasts: yea, and even afterwards, when mourning in humiliating bitterness of soul over some recent defeat, how often have we found the restoring power of God’s grace overruling for the benefit of His people’s souls every incident of their lives! (3) Observe the means by which we are thus kept (ver 11). “The name of the Lord is a strong tower,” &c. Here is the argument with which we are permitted to come to the mercy-seat—that God’s name is engaged and pledged to keep us from evil. 3. That the only lawful measure of solicitude we are to entertain about the things of this world is, that we may be “kept from the evil” which belongs to it. Life is full of disappointed projects and griefs. Then how important is it, that we should be able to ascertain what solicitude we are permitted to entertain. The passage tells us that our only solicitude is to be guided by this; not by the evils themselves, but their spiritual results. I am not to pray against poverty; but I am to pray against its evils. I am not to pray against riches; but I am to pray against their temptations. I am not to pray against the disappointments, and vexations, and crosses, and cares of life; but I am to pray, that however multiplied and grievous are the forms of trial that await me, I may never have a murmuring, unsubmissive, discontented spirit. (D. Moore, M.A.)

    Every-day holiness:—The saintly painter Fra Angelico flung out his thoughts upon the cells of San Marco, and those who visit Florence are arrested and subdued by the purity of his dreams. My friends, that other powerful artist who adorned the ceiling of the Sistine, has traced our figures copied more directly from the study of the human form, but warmed into life by the fire of Divine genius; and of such men we cannot but say that they penetrated the hidden chambers of another world before they could leave before the eyes of five astonished centuries such visions, more lovely or more appalling than the mysteries and marvels of our dreams. But I tell you that in the streets of London, in the streets of Manchester, it is possible for us in our ordinary life to see pictures more pure than the dreams of Angelico, more powerful than the masterpieces of Angelo. Here we are face to face with living men, some in youth, in the early days of passion and struggle, some in age, when the fire is failing and the eye growing dim, who, in the midst of a world that forgets God, or defies Him, are enabled to do mighty things though hidden to sustain an inner life of loyalty to supernatural principle amidst the fretting care of daily toil. (Knox Little.)

    Christ’s prayer for His disciples:

    I. What our Lord asks for us. His petition has two sides—a negative and a positive. To be kept from evil in the world means—1. To be engaged in the world’s business, and have it rightly directed. Some have thought that we would be more Christian if we were to withdraw into solitude. But this is impossible for the mass of men, and it is in direct opposition to the example of Christ, and to the spirit of His gospel. Paul did not think his office suffered when he wrought as a tent-maker, and was not labour consecrated by the Son of God Himself? Whatever is open to men, that is just and right in business, is open to Christians, and whatever their hands find to do, they are to do it with their might. The gospel asks of its friends that all their business should be—(1) Directed to a true end. Other men may turn their work to the ends that are merely personal. The Christian’s toil should not have self for its end, but God and Christ, and in them, the good of humanity. Men may call this ideal and impracticable, but it is the only thing that can redeem human business from being dreary, degrading toil, and man himself from feeling that he is a mere beast of burden, (2) Done in a right manner. The law of truth and justice should regulate every part of it. Some think they can separate their religion from their business; but it is the vain old endeavour to serve God and Mammon. Christianity must touch everything in life if it touches it at all. If the gospel is not to make Christians truthful and upright, I do not see any great purpose it can serve on this side time or beyond it. If the world and its business are ever to be put right, and cleared of the robberies that threaten society, where is the stand to be made if not by those who have lifted up their hands to God and said, “We are His witnesses”? 2. To suffer under its trials, and to be preserved from impatience. If a man would escape trial, he must needs go out of the world, and when Christ prayed that His disciples should be kept in it, He knew that they were to suffer affliction. Moral distinctions are not observed in the providential allotment of calamity. This stumbles many. But if God were to exempt His friends from trial, He would take away from Christians one of the most effective means of their training, and one of the most striking ways in which they can prove their likeness to Christ. The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour, but it is not seen in his being saved from suffering; it is in the way in which he meets it. Few things do more to raise the tone of our own Christian life, and to prove to men that there is a hidden property in religion which can turn the bitterest thing in this world into sweetness. 3. To be exposed to its temptations, and preserved from falling into sin. God has not seen fit to deprive sinful things of their attractiveness, nor to disarm the great enemy of his fiery darts, nor to quench at once and altogether the inflammable material in our heart. This would be fighting the battle and gaining the victory without us, and there could then be no perfected purity, no established character, no conqueror’s crown. This should mark a Christian in the world, that he should have a deeper view of what is to be aimed at in character—of what is meant by being kept from evil. It is not to be preserved from misfortune, or sickness, or reproach, or bereavement, but from sin.

    II. Why He asks it. 1. For the benefit of the world. If Christ were to remove men so soon as they become His followers, He would be taking away from the world its greatest blessings. True Christians are the salt of the earth and its light. 2. For the honour of His own name. There is glory that accrues to the name of Christ when a sinner drops the weapons of rebellion, and when His redeemed are brought home. But it is for His honour also that there should be an interval between—a pathway of struggle, where the power of His grace may be seen preserving His friends in every extremity. It was a glorious thing for the Head Himself to enter the lists of battle, and to depart a victor, triumphing through endurance to the death. But it multiplies His triumph, or brings out all that was hidden in it, when we see it repeated in the victory of the weakest of His followers. It is like the sun reflecting His image from every dew-drop, folding out His treasures in the green leaves and colours of all the flowers, and flashing His light along the beaded moisture of gossamer threads—for we believe that not a blessing or a comfort, not a grace or virtue rises out of the night of our sin and suffering—not the slightest filament of feeling sparkles into hope—but it will be found that it owes its source to the fountain of light and life which God has opened for His world in Jesus Christ. 3. For the good of Christians themselves. “Master, it is good for us to be here,” Peter said on the Holy Mount, “Let us build here three tabernacles. Why go down again into the dark world of opposition and trial, when we can enjoy at once the heavenly vision”? But “he wist not what he said,” and he was compelled to descend and travel many a weary footstep, before he reached that higher mount where he now stands with his Lord in glory. We, too, may sometimes feel that it would be better for us to be carried past these temptations and struggles, and to enter at once into rest. But He who undertakes for us knows what is best, and as it was expedient for us that He should depart, so must it also be that we should for a season remain behind. Not that this is indisipensable for our sanctification, for the Saviour who could carry the dying thief at once to paradise, could do the same for all of us. The reason seems rather to be that there are lessons which we have to learn on this earth which can be taught us in no other part of our history. (1) The evil of sin. And, therefore, we are detained in a world where its effects are so terrible, where we have to struggle with it. (2) That we should enjoy more fully the blessedness of heaven. Our bitter bereavements will intensify the joy of its meetings; its rest will be sweeter for the hard toil; and its perfect light and purity fill the soul with a far more exceeding glory for the doubts and temptations which oppress us here. Conclusion: Let this petition point out—1. Our duty. What He asked for us we must aim at. Let us fear nothing so much as sin; and feel that our life can aim at a true and noble end, only when it breathes the air of this prayer of Christ. 2. Our security. The life of a Christian man is in no common keeping. It is suspended on the intercession of Christ (ver. 24). (J. Ker, D.D.)

    Christ’s prayer for the disciples:

    I. That for which Christ did not pray. The reasons for this negative prayer are twofold. 1. Those which were personal to the disciples. (1) Christ’s knowledge of the moral uses and value of temptation. It is not the physical frame of the sluggard that attains the highest muscular development. So there is a necessity of spiritual assault from without, and spiritual resistance from within, in order to the perfection of our spiritual nature. (2) Christ’s knowledge of the moral uses of suffering. These also are directly instrumental in soul development by the invigoration of its energies. 2. That which related to the world. It was for the world’s sake that our Lord would not have His disciples removed. They were to be its “light.”

    II. That for which Christ did pray. The man who has turned to Christ is not freed from the possibility of falling. There is not given him such a measure of grace as to render his relapse impossible, nor does Satan give up hope of recovery. What an encouragement to endurance and effort that Christ prayed then and prays still! Learn—1. The necessity of constant watchfulness and endeavour. Christ prays for us, but we by our own acts must render the prayer effectual. 2. A lesson of confidence. By ourselves we must fall, but we are not by ourselves. (W. Rudder, D.D.)

    The Christian in the world:—Christ is “come into the world,” and therefore thou needest not “go out of the world” to meet Him. He doth not call thee from thy calling, but in thy calling. The dove went up and down from the ark and to the ark, and yet was not disappointed of her olive-leaf. Thou mayest come to the house of God at due times, and thou mayest do the business of the world in other places too; and still keep thy olive, thy peace of conscience (Gen. 24:27; 1 Cor. 5:10). (J. Donne, D.D.)

    The disciples in the world:

    I. The world. The world is a globe some eight thousand miles through and three times eight thousand miles round. It is one of the lesser members of a family of worlds. The whole universe, within the telescopic horizon, is composed of gigantic continents of suns, the dim lines of which shimmer in the ethereal depths. Yet our planet, relatively so small, is a vast world. What moral interests centre in it! It was not the first theatre of intelligence and responsibility. When the progenitors of our race received their being, there were mighty tides of good and evil, bliss and misery, sweeping from an unknown past into the unfathomable gulfs of the endless future. When but one pair of human beings was alone amidst the otherwise unpeopled solitude, they were caught and borne along by the evil current. Murder broke out in the first family; and sin has been in every household since. What a world is ours at the present moment! Call before you its heathenisms and its inadequate reception of the gospel in what are called Christian lands. Portray to your imagination its wars, vices, diseases, sufferings. Barbarism conceals none of its iniquities; civilization is often as guilty behind its decorous exterior. Poverty brings temptation, and riches are full of snares. Ignorance surrounds our path with danger; and learning is commonly only a variation of peril. Deformity makes life sordid; and beauty as frequently ministers to luxury. Idleness breeds mischief, and occupation tends to nurture ambition and greed. Disappointment chills and sours not a few; and success destroys many more. The seeming goodness of one droops in hours of ease; another falls in the time of conflict. And oh! of what delusions and perils the best men are conscious! The godly feel their evil and see their dangers as no others can.

    II. Our Saviour’s desire that His disciples might remain in the world. 1. How differently our Lord regarded human life from many whose history inspired men have handed down to us! Jesus never desired for Himself or His followers an unhonoured escape from the tests of this mortal career. When the patient Job was overwhelmed with affliction, he longed for the hour of death. So did the Psalmist (Psa. 55:5); Elijah (1 Kings 19:4); Jeremiah (Jer. 9:2); and Jonah (Jonah 4:3). Oh! how transcendently unlike all this is the bearing of Jesus! “Thy will be done” is His lifelong prayer. 2. Jesus surpassed all others in His lofty estimate of the possibilities of a human life in this world of mystery, sin, and death. (1) He would not have become incarnate in this world of temptation and suffering, if it had been utterly unfit for the trial and development of a Godlike life. His assumption of our humanity not only illustrates the greatness of our nature and destination; but it also guarantees the wisdom and endorses the goodness of the Providence which rules the earth. (2) He knew all the worst of Satanic and human evil. He saw it as we never can. No man ever beheld the actual sinfulness of his own spirit. If you could have before you the evil of every soul in a large city, your reason would reel. Jesus looked on the unveiled reality, but yet said, “I pray not,” &c. (3) Christ loves His disciples, yet His affection did not prompt, but forbade, the supplication, “Father, take them out of the world.” (4) Jesus knew human life by experience. He trod the depths of its temptations, and drank the cup of its sorrows to the dregs. His hands were hard with labour, His frame was wearied by fatigue. Yet, while He passed through all, and more than all, our trials and griefs, though without sin, He said, “I pray not,” &c. (5) Our Saviour was now penetrating the deepest shadows of His incarnate life. To-morrow all the harrowing scenes are enacted that end in the cross. Yet, when the Lord’s experience of a human probation was awful beyond conception, and while He was aware that His disciples were to share His Cross in many lands, He did not pray, “Father, take them away from a world so terrible, where their faith will be tried by flame and their foes will shed their blood.” (6) Christ could have taken His disciples out of the world in an instant if it had been the best for them. He could have commanded ministering spirits to bear His followers along the starry pathway to the mansions of the blest (Matt. 26:53). But He did not even pray that they might be taken out of the world. (7) Jesus must have set a high value on a soul tempered in the fires of trial and suffering in this fallen planet. A soul that bears the test of life, and comes out of the process confirmed in loyalty and love to God and righteousness, must be destined for some sublime vocation in coming worlds. “Kings and priests unto God” are not empty titles. Contemplating the unfading crown to which His faithful disciples were advancing, Jesus said, “I pray not,” &c. (8) Jesus wished His disciples to be like Himself. He desired them to yearn over this sinning and suffering world with a compassion like His own. To share His joy, they must be equally willing to live, and toil, and suffer. To ask that believers might be taken out of the world, without nobly living and working in it, would be to beseech that His kingdom might fail.

    III. Our Saviour’s prayer that His disciples might be kept from the evil of the world. 1. Our Lord knew that the end of a life like ours cannot be attained except through a probation like ours. He did not cry, therefore, “Father, stay the direful ordeal, and rearrange the lot of man.” But He prayed, “Father, keep these from evil.” 2. He knew that the life of God in the soul was endowed with all the properties necessary to its triumph. The one thing that represses, hinders, and overthrows, is sin. Keep this deadly influence away, and there will be progress and victory. Hence Jesus stretched the bright shield of His intercession over the heads of His disciples, saying, “I pray,” &c. Conclusion: 1. A Christian has every reason to cultivate a temper contented, jubilant, as he surveys this mysterious scene. The adamant of a Saviour’s intercession is stretched over every soul that confides in His redeeming grace. 2. The great end of life is not ease and comfort. The great concern is, to be preserved from evil. The terrible tests of life are not to be lowered. We are to bear them (James 1:12). 3. How sad is the contrast of multitudes, to whom the gospel is preached, and who seek no deliverance and preservation from evil! (H. Batchelor.)

    Better to stay than go:—We have here—

    I. A negative prayer. II. The meanings of this prayer. 1. That they should not, by retirement and solitude, be kept entirely separate from the world. Hermits and others have fancied that if we were to shut ourselves from the world we should then be more devoted to God and serve Him better. But monasticism has demonstrated its fallacy. It was found that some sinned more grossly than men who were in the world. There are not many who can depart from the customs of social life and maintain their spirit unsullied. Common sense tells us that living alone is not the way to serve God. It may be the way to serve self. If it be possible by this means to fulfil one part of the great law of God, we cannot possibly carry out the other portion—to love our neighbour as ourselves. I have heard of a man who thought he could live without sin if he were to dwell alone, so he took a pitcher of water and store of bread, and provided some wood, and locked himself up in a solitary cell, saying, “Now I shall live in peace.” But in a moment or two he chanced to kick the pitcher over, and he thereupon used an angry expression. Then he said, “I see it is possible to lose one’s temper even when alone,” and at once returned to live among men. 2. That they should not be taken out of the world by death. That is a blessed mode of taking us out of the world, which will happen to us all by and by. How frequently does the wearied pilgrim put up the prayer, “Oh that I had wings like a dove!” &c. But Christ does not pray like that; He leaves it to His Father, until, like shocks of corn fully ripe, we shall be gathered into our Master’s garner.

    III. The reasons. 1. It would not be for our own good. We conceive that the greatest blessing we shall ever receive of God is to die; but it is better for us to tarry, because—(1) A little stay on earth will make heaven all the sweeter. Nothing makes rest so sweet as toil; nothing can render security so pleasant as a long exposure to alarms. The more trials the more bliss, the more sufferings the more ecstasies, the more depression the higher the exaltation. Why! we should not know how to converse in heaven if we had not trials to tell of. An old sailor likes to have passed through shipwrecks and storms, for if he anchors in Greenwich Hospital he will there tell, with great pleasure, to his companions of his hair-breadth escapes. (2) We should not have fellowship with Christ if we did not stop here. Fellowship with Christ is so honourable a thing that it is worth while to suffer, that we may thereby enjoy it. Moreover, we might be taken for cowards if we had no scars to prove the sufferings we had passed through and the wounds we had received for His name. I should never have known the Saviour’s love half so much if I had not been in the storms of affliction. 2. It is for the good of other people. Why may not saints die as soon as they are converted? Because God meant that they should be the means of the salvation of their brethren. You would not, surely, wish to go out of the world if there were a soul to be saved by you. Mayhap, poor widow, thou art spared in this world because there is a wayward son of thine not yet saved, and God hath designed to make thee the favoured instrument of bringing him to glory. 3. It is for God’s glory. A tried saint brings more glory to God than an untried one. Nothing reflects so much honour on a workman as a trial of his work and its endurance of it. So with God.

    IV. The doctrinal inferences. 1. Death is God taking His people out of the world; and when we die we are removed by God. 2. Dying is not of one-half so much importance as living to Christ. It may be an important question, How does a man die? but the most important one is, How does a man live? Do not put any confidence in death-beds as evidences of Christianity. The great evidence is not how a man dies, but how he lives.

    V. The practical lessons. 1. That we never have any encouragement to ask God to let us die. 2. Do not be afraid to go out into the world to do good. (C. H. Spurgeon.)

    The world’s need of Christians:—A young lawyer, going to the West to settle for life, made it his boast that he “would locate in some place where there were no churches, Sunday schools, or Bibles.” He found a place which substantially met his conditions. But before the year was out he wrote to a former classmate, a young minister, begging him to come out and bring plenty of Bibles, and begin preaching, and start a Sunday school; for, he said, he had “become convinced that a place without Christians, and Sabbaths, and churches, and Bibles was too much like hell for any living man to stay in.”

    Unworldliness in the world:—Though Sir Thomas More lived so much in the world and at Court, yet his heart was kept unworldly by the singular virtue of his private life. If he entertained his equals freely, he also frequently invited the poor to dine and sup with him; the more he was in the king’s palace, the more he resorted to the cottages of the poor; when he added to his house a library, he provided also a house near his own for the comfort of his aged neighbours; and when most involved in worldly business he built himself a chapel. He never entered on any fresh public employment without an act of devotion and a participation in the Lord’s Supper—trusting, as he said, more to the grace of God thus derived than to his own wit; and so long as his father lived he never sat on the judgment-seat—that seat was the Lord Chancellor’s—without asking his blessing on his knees. (F. Myers, M.A.)

    Mutual necessity; or, why saints are left to sojourn in a sinful world:

    I. Because the world needs them. It needs—1. Their example. They are the lights of the world. In their character, duties, and sufferings they show the blessed influence of religion. A good example has a wonderful attraction. Godly men are living epistles. 2. Their testimony. They are God’s witnesses. They go into the world and bring the truth in contact with men’s minds. The world needs them as it needed the glorious mission of their Lord and Master. Think of the results of their labours. Be faithful, and testify fearlessly for God and truth. 3. Their prayers. The prayers of the Church are like Moses’ rod. Israel needed Elijah’s prayers. Jerusalem sinners needed the prayers which preceded the pentecostal visitation. May the Lord increase the number of praying ministers, teachers, and parents! 4. Their sympathies. See the glorious institutions of our Lord, the ministrations to the sick and dying, &c., &c. What is the source of such benevolence? The life of religion in the souls of men.

    II. Because they need the world. 1. For the trial of their faith (Heb. 11). The Christian’s trials are necessary as a heavenly discipline. They come forth as gold. Reliance on Jesus is faith’s first exercise; confidence in God as a Father is established as we pass through this world of care and temptation. 2. To prove the sincerity of their love. We are in a state of probation. Our profession of love must be tested. Thus it was with Peter: “Lovest thou Me?”—then go and give tangible proof thereof. Saints are sent into the gospel vineyard, and in the next world the Great Proprietor will say to the faithful, “Well done,” &c. 3. For their progressive sanctification. High situations are attained by degrees; health promoted by exercise. Strength and skill are obtained by conflict. Storms clear the atmosphere. Thus with the book of “truth” as our guide and help, we struggle onward and upward, gathering strength as we go, and rejoicing in anticipation of that world where sin has never found an abode. Let the saint and the sinner, respectively, inquire, Am I improving the period of my earthly existence? (Congregational Pulpit.)

    Kept from the evil:

    I. From what believers shall be kept. 1. Negatively; not—(1) An absolute freedom from all afflictions, which are either the consequences of sin or corrections of God (Psa. 89:28; Heb. 12:6–10; 1 Cor. 11:32). (2) All suffering for righteousness sake (chap. 15:19; 16:33). (3) A full discharge from Satan’s temptation (Eph. 6:12; 2 Cor. 12:7). 2. Positively. They shall be kept—(1) From all damning error and delusion (Psa. 16:11; 17:4; 1 John 2:20; John 16:13). (2) From the tyranny of Satan (chap. 8:36). (3) From all temptations superior to their strength, or have more strength given them, answerable to their trials (1 Cor. 10:13). (4) From sinking under the burden of affliction (Isa. 43:1, 2). (5) From the power and reign of sin (Dan. 7:12). (6) From the curse and condemnation of the law (Rom. 8:1). (7) From the slavish fear of death (1 Cor. 15:55, &c.).

    II. What assurance there is that believers shall thus be kept from the evil, though not taken out of the world. Note the following considerations:—1. That of the Person praying; the beloved, in whom the Father is always well pleased, and who He always hears. 2. That of what He asks for, and on what ground. His request is for the preservation of His people, in order to their eternal happiness, which is most agreeable to the will of God, and the end for which He was sent by Him into the world (chap. 6:39). 3. That of Him to whom His request is directed, viz., the God who “spared not His own Son,” &c. 4. That of the persons for whom He intercedes—His children and chosen, such as He has a special interest in and bears a peculiar love unto. Application: 1. Hence learn the greatness and constancy of Christ’s love to His people, and of His desire of their eternal blessedness with Him. 2. What a powerful argument should it be with all to come to Him unfeignedly. Who would live a day in the world without an interest in this prayer of His, of being kept from the evil? 3. It may greatly strengthen the faith of true Christians in their daily prayers for deliverance from evil. 4. How much is the world mistaken as to Christ’s servants, as if they were the most miserable persons in it, when their Lord hath provided so fully for their safety and happiness. 5. How inexcusable must it be to forsake Christ and His service for fear of suffering. He that would save his life by running from the Lord of life takes the direct way to lose it. 6. Let this encourage us cheerfully to follow the Captain of our salvation whilst we live, and to commit our souls unto Him when we die. (D. Wilcox.)

    The Christian in society (Text in connection with Rom. 12:2):—

    I. There is nothing in the Christian religion, rightly understood, which requires its disciples to abjure society. 1. This might be inferred from the consideration of human nature. Man is a social being. He was never intended to spend his life in solitude. The heaviest punishment is that of prolonged solitary confinement. Our villages and cities all proclaim that man was intended for society. 2. Almost the first appearance of the Saviour in His public ministry was at a social entertainment, and oftener than once He accepted an invitation to a feast, and availed Himself of the opportunity which it afforded to illustrate and enforce the great things of His kingdom. The grand distinction between Him and the Baptist was that the latter sought the wilderness, but Jesus mingled with the people. Thereby He taught that His design was not to turn men into anchorites. 3. In perfect harmony with this view of the case is the petition in the prayer. It would not be good for the Christian to withdraw from social intercourse, for though solitude is occasionally beneficial, yet it would be extremely injurious to a man to have for a series of months no other companion than himself. The supreme happiness of life is in going out of self for the benefit of others. It is, therefore, quite a false idea, that there is more of holiness and happiness in seclusion than in society. I do not say that no true spiritually-minded ones have preserved their holiness in such a place: the story of Port Royal proves the opposite. But I do affirm that those are most truly walking in the footsteps of our Divine Master who are seeking in daily life to serve their God. There is a manliness and an energy about the piety of such men which we look for in vain even among the most saintly of secluded ones. The hothouse may be indispensable for tropical shrubs, but it would render delicate the Alpine tree. Even so the Christian religion was designed by its Founder to stand the winter of the world; and to nurse it within the artificial protection of the monastery will weaken its vitality. 4. But neither would it be good for the world if the Christian should abjure his intercourse with society, for how then would the prophecy of its conversion be fulfilled? Jesus said to His disciples, “Ye are the light of the world,” but how shall they dissipate its darkness unless they penetrate its atmosphere? He said, “Ye are the salt of the earth,” but if the salt come not into contact with that which is to be preserved, how shall its antiseptic qualities begin to work upon it?

    II. Though moving among other men, the Christian should be different from them. Here we come to the second text. 1. The root of the Christian’s nonconformity is his regeneration. The peculiarity about him is that he works from an inward principle that is different from that of other men. By the renewing of his mind he has come to see things in a new light, and so when he acts differently from other men, it is not because he is under the iron law of a superior, but because he chooses so to act, and finds his happiness in taking such a course. 2. What, then, is this inward principle? It is a regard to the will of God. Thus Peter and John said, “Whether it be right in the sight of God,” &c.; and Paul, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” So every genuine child of God takes the will of his Father to be the rule of his life. Other men ask, “Will it pay?” Others consult their ease or custom; but the Christian regulates himself by the Word of God. 3. In what way will this inward principle develop itself in the outward conduct? (1) It will keep him from everything that is positively sinful. No man can be a Christian and deliberately do what God has declared to be wrong. “He that is begotten of God sinneth not.” So far all is plain; but I may see the form of evil where others may see none, and others where I see none; hence, differing in our application of the principle to individual cases, we shall differ from each other in our conduct regarding them. Thus one asks, should a Christian play cards? another, should he go to the theatre? another, should he go to public balls? Now, if these were personal questions, and I were asked what I ought to do regarding them, I should say at once that considering the evil repute in which these things are held, the evil surroundings from which they have been inseparable, and the pain that would be given to tender consciences, the course for me is clear. But then I am not the director of another man’s conscience. The great difference between the New Testament and the Old lies just there. The Old gave minute directions for all possible contingencies; the New gives principles, and lets each man follow these for himself. (2) Furthermore, in settling such questions we should have regard, not to the fashion of our circle or the gratification of our own curiosity, but to the glory of God: “Whether, therefore, ye eat or drink,” &c. Raise the question above all temporary considerations.

    III. On all purely indifferent matters, and where his conformity will not be misunderstood, but will contribute to the spiritual benefit of other men, the Christian should be as they are: “I am made all things to all men,” &c. Paul did not become like other men in their sinful pursuits, but he cultivated that spirit by which he was enabled to suit himself to the people among whom he moved. He did not needlessly offend prejudice. 1. In order to benefit men, the believer should be courteous, gentlemanly, polite, in his intercourse with men. Some think that their Christianity gives them a right to set all social distinctions at defiance, and by way of asserting their equality to all they treat all with contempt. Under pretence of being faithful, and of asserting their brotherhood, they are only impertinent; while, again, there are those in the wealthier circles who cannot endure the poorer, and treat them with disdain. Now, all that conduct is utterly inconsistent with Christian principle. 2. But in taking thought of the courtesy, do not forget the great end which as Christians you ought to have in view. You are in society to benefit it. But even in seeking that, you must be upon your guard against repelling where you desire to attract. Do not drag religion into your talk so as to make it distasteful. Cultivate the art of incidental allusion, and if you make a transition in the conversation, make it naturally, so that your companions may not be jolted into silence. Find out what your friends are interested in, and, descending to their level, you will be able to lift them. A friend went one evening into the room where his son was taking lessons in singing, and found his tutor urging him to sound a certain note. Each time the lad made the attempt, however, he fell short, and the teacher kept on saying, “Higher! higher!” But it was all to no purpose, until, descending to the tone which the boy was sounding, the musician accompanied him with his own voice, and led him gradually up to that which he wanted him to sing, and then he sounded it with ease. So let us do in conversation with those whom we meet in society, and we may become very skilful in winning souls to Christ. (W. M. Taylor, D.D.) Christians one with the world and yet distinct from it:—Nature never builds fences. The mountain slopes down to meet the valley, the day fades and darkens into night, the shore shelves off into the sea, but the exact point at which the one merges in the other is undetermined. Is there, then, no distinction between them? Is the daytime as the night because no eye can fix the instant when the gates unclose to let the morning through? Is the separation between land and sea unreal because between them lies a narrow strip over which they alternately hold sway? The Christian life must slope downward to meet the world and mingle with it. In business partnerships, in political interests, in social matters, in hundreds of affairs, the Christian and unchristian man must meet on neutral ground. Is the distinction between them therefore lost, even for an instant? Because they have great interests in common, because in many things they act alike, is the one in all essentials like the other? No more than the day is as the night. Narrow is the border-land on which the two men meet. As regards all the great realities the one is in the shadowy valley and the other on the sunlit heights; both touch the twilight’s border-land, but one never passes over it into the day, nor the other beyond it into the night.[10]

    15. I ask not that thou shouldest take them out of the world. He shows in what the safety of believers consists; not that they are free from every annoyance, and live in luxury and at their ease, but that, in the midst of dangers, they continue to be safe through the assistance of God. For he does not admonish the Father of what is proper to be done, but rather makes provision for their weakness, that, by the method which he prescribes, they may restrain their desires, which are apt to go beyond all bounds. In short, he promises to his disciples the grace of the Father; not to relieve them from all anxiety and toil, but to furnish them with invincible strength against their enemies, and not to suffer them to be overwhelmed by the heavy burden of contests which they will have to endure. If, therefore, we wish to be kept according to the rule which Christ has laid down, we must not desire exemption from evils, or pray to God to convey us immediately into a state of blessed rest, but must rest satisfied with the certain assurance of victory, and, in the meantime, resist courageously all the evils, from which Christ prayed to his Father that we might have a happy issue. In short, God does not take his people out of the world, because he does not wish them to be effeminate and slothful; but he delivers them from evil, that they may not be overwhelmed; for he wishes them to fight, but does not suffer them to be mortally wounded.[11] 15 Since they are not “of the world” it might be thought that the prayer would be made that they should be removed from the world. But Jesus now makes it plain that he has nothing of the sort in mind. Their place is still in the world. It would be bad for them and disastrous for the world if they were taken out of the world. Moses and Elijah and Jonah all prayed that they be taken out of the world (Num. 11:15; 1 Kings 19:4; Jon. 4:3, 8), but in no case was the request granted. The place for the people of God is in the world, though, of course, not of the world. The church has often sought to contract out, to become a kind of holy club. But this is not the prayer of the Master. Rather he prays that they would be kept from evil, or perhaps better, “from the evil one.” With our background we should expect here a general reference to evil (Lagrange takes this view), but the thought is probably akin to that in 1 John 5:19, “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” Jesus recognizes the power of Satan and prays for his own to be kept from him (cf. 1 John 5:18, and for other significant references to the devil, 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 1 John 2:13–14; 3:12). They are to be “in” Christ (16:33; 1 John 5:20) and therefore “out of” the evil one. They have a task to do in the world, so it is important that they should be in the world. But it is equally important that they should be kept from evil, for evil is fatal to the discharge of their task.[12] 15 In the OT we find that Moses, Elijah, and Jonah all prayed that they might die (Nu 11:15; 1 Ki 19:4; Jnh 4:3, 8)—better to be taken “out of the world,” so they thought, than to suffer any longer for what appears to be a lost cause. But God does not remove his servants from the world; it is the specific arena of their ministry. The message of redemption serves no purpose apart from those who need to hear it. It is less important that we “hear the old, old story” yet again than it is that we share it with those who have never heard. While a hostile world may not be the most receptive audience, they are the ones who need to hear the message.

    Jesus prays that his disciples be protected “from the evil one.” Tou ponērou (GK 4505) could be taken as neuter and translated “evil” (so KJV), but it is better to take it as masculine and translate “the evil one” (cf. 1 Jn 2:13; 3:12; 5:18). To be protected ek (“out of”) the evil one assumes that believers are in danger of falling into the grasp of Satan. One of contemporary Christianity’s most serious failings is that it seems to proceed oblivious to Satan’s opposition to God’s work in the world. While believers regularly recite the Lord’s Prayer with its petition to “deliver us from the evil one” (Mt 6:13), life seems to go on as though all such phrases are just nostalgic reminders of an earlier period in which people believed in demonic beings.[13]


    [1] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Jn 17:15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

    [2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1546). 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 (Jn 17:15). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

    [4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2059). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

    [5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Jn 17:15). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

    [6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1557). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

    [7] Blum, E. A. (1985). John. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, pp. 332–333). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

    [8] Utley, R. J. (1999). The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters: The Gospel of John, I, II, and III John (Vol. Volume 4, pp. 156–157). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

    [9] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to John (Vol. 2, p. 360). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

    [10] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: St. John (Vol. 3, pp. 163–171). London: James Nisbet & Co.

    [11] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Gospel according to John (Vol. 2, pp. 178–179). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

    [12] Morris, L. (1995). The Gospel according to John (p. 646). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

    [13] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 604). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

    A Poem of Hope — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

    A Poem of Hope

    I feel the arms of God around me,
    as I lay on my bed at night.
    Asleep, I feel the Angel’s touch-
    I’m surrounded and held tight.

    I don’t know why it is,
    that God should love me so,
    that he would send His only Son,
    to hang there on Death-row.

    He guards me night and day,
    always bringing love and hope.
    Somehow, I know I will survive,
    for He will help me cope.

    As a father has compassion on his child,
    so my Lord has compassion on me.
    I know I can count on Him-
    There is nowhere from His love I want to flee.

    By Helena Fehr

    FURTHER READING:

    A Poem of Hope — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

    The Power of Time — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

    “Couldn’t you stay awake and watch with Me even one hour?’  Matthew 26:40

    Every minute spent in prayer is valuable.  If ten minutes is all the time you can give, see what you can do in that time.  Most people can spare more time.  If you will only persevere from day to day, time will come of its own accord.

    Is it possible that Christians can say that they cannot afford to spend a quarter or half an hour alone with God and His Word? When a friend comes to see us or we have to attend an important meeting or there is anything to our advantage or pleasure, we find time easily enough.

    But God has a right to us and longs for us to spend time with Him, and we find no time for fellowship with Him.  Even God’s own servants are so occupied with their own work that they find little time for that which is all-important – waiting on God to receive power from on high.

    Dear child of God, let us never say, “I have no time for God.
    Let the Holy Spirit teach us that the most important and profitable time of the whole day is the time we spend alone with God. Communion with God through His Word and prayer is as indispensable to us as the food we eat and the air we breathe.

    Whatever else is left undone, God has the first and foremost right to our time.

    By Andrew Murray
    Used by Permission

    From: ‘Teach Me to Pray‘, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc.
    Used by permission.


    FURTHER READING

    • Eternal Love
    • Fully Surrender to the Lord

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    April 15 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

    False Doctrines Don’t Agree
    1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 John 4:1

    Compare scripture with scripture. False doctrines, like false witnesses, agree not among themselves.

    WILLIAM GURNALL

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

    Your Opening and God’s Entering
    Joshua 1:9; Psalm 145:18; Isaiah 43:2; Matthew 28:20

    Your opening and His entering are but one moment.

    MEISTER ECKHART

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

    15 Apr 2021 News Briefing

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    Former Vatican Bank chief condemns new religion of ‘scientism’ regarding COVID response
    Italian economist and theologian Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, 76, wrote a critique of the new “scientism” that appeared in La Verità (“The Truth”) magazine on Sunday, ironically entitled, “Here it is! The real moral authority of this century has appeared at last: scientism.” Scientism is normally a belief that science has all the answers. Gotti Tedeschi thinks, however, that a new kind of scientism has appeared, one in which science not only has exclusive access to truth, but its scientists are allowed to moralize and be uncritically believed. This has ushered in a new, strange, age of faith.

    Iran’s Rouhani, Turkey’s Erdogan said to discuss Israel’s ‘regional activities’
    The call came amid high tensions in the Middle East sparked by an attack on Iran’s nuclear program that it blamed on Israel, Tehran’s escalatory response and alleged tit-for-tat strikes on commercial shipping vessels. Iran is also holding negotiations with world powers aimed at rescuing its tattered 2015 nuclear deal. The US opened indirect talks with Iran last week.

    Iran’s Rouhani: 60% enrichment an answer to attack at Natanz
    Iran’s move to enrich uranium up to 60% purity is a response to the sabotage at its key nuclear facility, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, adding the Islamic republic had no intention of building a nuclear weapon.

    Netanyahu: We mustn’t remain indifferent to threats of annihilation
    Israelis across the country stood silent at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, as sirens blared for two minutes to mark Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day. During the siren, Israeli jets flew a special missing man formation aerial salute over the national military cemetery at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, beginning the official state Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate the 23,928 fallen soldiers and terror victims who have died since 1860.

    Israeli cargo ship hit with Iranian missile
    An Israeli-owned cargo ship reportedly came under Iranian attack and sustained light damage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. The Hyperion Ray was struck near the Emirate of Fujairah. Israel’s Channel 13 said the ship was likely struck by a missile fired by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). There were no reports of casualties.

    IDF Chief on Memorial Day: We are the generation that was prophesied by Jeremiah
    Kokhavi revealed to the millions of Israelis watching his address that the nation of Israel in 2021 was precisely what the prophet Ezekiel was talking about saying: “We are the generations of sons that returned to their borders. We are back. This time for good.” “But our journey was and will be a challenge” he added.

    ‘We might lose her’ – Video from shrimp boat shows terrifying conditions off La. coast around the same time Seacor Power capsized
    Video shared by shrimp boat captain Aaron Callais shows the terrifying conditions in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana’s southeastern coast during the afternoon of Tuesday, April 13, around the same time another vessel, Seacor Power, capsized. “Hey I don’t know we might lose her, we in a bunch of water spouts, we’re getting slammed, the windows are starting to crack. The winds are blowing over 200 miles per hour,” Callais is heard saying in the video to his father, Michael Callais. Michael Callais, who recently retired from the shrimping industry, says he has never seen weather like what his son experienced Tuesday with the exception of a named storm like a tropical storm or hurricane.

    China building space missiles and lasers to ‘blind’ US satellites, intel report says
    China is advancing its counter space weapons capabilities and preparing its military to use weapons ranging from disruptive lasers to anti-satellite missiles that could destroy U.S. satellites. China is increasingly becoming a near-peer competitor to the U.S. and stands out as the “primary strategic competitor” to the U.S. according to the new intelligence report.

    Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff dies in prison at 82
    Bernard Madoff, who was convicted for running the largest known Ponzi scheme in history, died on Wednesday in federal prison where he was serving a 150-year sentence, the Bureau of Prisons said. He was 82. He had been held at a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, after being sentenced in June 2009 to a 150-year term for engineering a fraud estimated as high as $64.8 billion.

    Biden proposes summit between him and Putin
    The Kremlin on Wednesday responded to US President Joe Biden’s proposal for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that such a meeting would be dependent on Washington’s cancelling the imposition of new sanctions on Russia.

    Biden orders all US troops out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11 – Taliban threatens US troops who stay after May 1
    On Wednesday, … Biden announced the U.S. military would begin withdrawing the last U.S. troops from Afghanistan on May 1 and said “we’ll be out of Afghanistan before we mark the 20th anniversary of that heinous attack on September 11th.” On the same day Biden announced his troop withdrawal timeline, the Taliban issued a warning that it expects the U.S. to meet the May 1 timeline agreed to under President Donald Trump and warned that U.S. troops that stay beyond May 1 “will bear the responsibility for that.”

    Ohio: Pro-Life Victory for Preborn Babies with Down Syndrome
    In a decision sending shockwaves across the nation, the second-highest court in the land upheld an Ohio law banning abortions from a prenatal Down Syndrome diagnosis. This decision strikes down a previous Federal Court Judge’s decision who said Roe v. Wade was the ‘law of the land.’

    California County to Launch Digital Vaccine Passport Pilot
    The vaccine and testing credentialing arrangement will be rolled out sometime in April, Orange County Health Care Agency officials said on Twitter. “The Digital Passport enables individuals to participate safely and with peace of mind in activities that involve interactions with other people, including travel, attractions, conferences/meetings, concerts, sports, school and more,” officials added.

    Attorneys claim Capitol-riot suspects undergoing brutal ‘torture’ while awaiting trial
    One guard shouted, “I hate all white people and your honky religion,” Sandlin said, according to Politico. Referring to Samsel, Sandlin said he “was severely beaten by correctional officers, [is now] blind in one eye, has a skull fracture and a detached retina,

    Voters blame Biden for border crisis, ready to punish Democrats, poll says
    The blame for the illegal immigration calamity on America’s southern border goes to President Biden, according to voters in dozens of swing districts surveyed by Heritage Action. And they are ready to punish Democrats in the 2022 midterms. Bedard found it significant that there was “majority-Hispanic agreement that the immigration disaster is Biden’s fault and that Democrats will pay a price in the election.”

    China live-drilled attacks on US carrier while sending record 25 warplanes into Taiwan’s airspace, analysts say
    On Monday, China sent a record number of warplanes into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), as part of an ongoing aerial campaign around the island. On the same day, the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) sailed north of the Philippines’ northernmost island of Luzon, according to publicly available ship tracking data. Luzon lies directly south of Taiwan. Chieh Chung, a research fellow at the Association of Strategic Foresight in Taipei, Taiwan told Newsweek the Chinese warplanes likely took the opportunity to run a “simulated attack” on the U.S. aircraft carrier.

    UAE official says US in driver’s seat for stronger Iran deal
    President Joe Biden’s negotiators should use leverage gained against Iran by the previous U.S. administration to reach a better nuclear deal with Tehran in talks in Vienna, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to Washington said. The UAE and Saudi Arabia had supported former President Donald Trump’s decision in 2018 to quit the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers and reimpose harsh sanctions on their foe.

    Nile dam row: Sudan’s PM seeks urgent summit
    Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called for an urgent summit of leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to try and resolve the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The talks are seen as last-ditch attempts to revive tripartite talks that collapsed last week in Kinshasa. Ethiopia has vowed to go on with a second filling of the dam during the rainy season beginning June.

    Afghanistan: ‘We have won the war, America has lost’, say Taliban
    Driving to Taliban-controlled territory doesn’t take long. Around 30 minutes from the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif…we meet our host: Haji Hekmat, the Taliban’s shadow mayor in Balkh district…The Taliban have arranged a display of force for us. Lined up on either side of the street are heavily armed men, one carrying a rocket propelled grenade launcher, another an M4 assault rifle captured from US forces.

    US poised to impose sanctions on Russia for cyber-attacks
    The US government is set to issue a wide range of sanctions against Russia, according to reports. The move would be retaliation for cyber-attacks aimed at the US, including alleged interference in the 2020 presidential elections. The sanctions, expected as soon as Thursday, target more than 30 Russian entities and include the expulsion of at least 10 individuals from the US.

    U.S. envoy: Maritime border talks with Israel will help crisis-hit Lebanon
    The United States stands ready to facilitate maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel that will have benefits for the crisis-hit Lebanese economy, a U.S. envoy said on Thursday. While pledging not to abandon U.S. interests in Lebanon….David Hale said…to Beirut that resolving the maritime border dispute with Israel would “have potential to unlock significant economic benefits for Lebanon.”

    US cancels warships deployment to Black Sea: Turkish officials
    The United States has cancelled the deployment of two warships to the Black Sea, Turkish foreign ministry officials said, amid concerns over a Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders. Last week, Turkey said Washington would send two warships to the Black Sea, in a decision Russia called an unfriendly provocation.

    Jordan slams Israeli police bid to silence call to prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque minarets
    Jordan on Wednesday condemned Israeli police for sabotaging door locks at four Al-Aqsa Mosque minarets in a bid to silence the Muslim call to prayer. The move came after waqf officials, who oversee Jerusalem’s holy sites, refused to turn off loudspeakers on the first day of Ramadan. They said the Israelis had wanted it quiet while new soldiers prayed at the Buraq (Western) wall.

    Detecting significant thermal unrest years before volcanic eruption
    Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the University of Alaska (UA) have developed a new method that may lead to earlier predictions of volcanic eruptions.

    America Lost Its Religion: Church Membership Plunges Below 50% For First Time
    Americans’ faith in organized religion continues to trend down at an accelerated pace. A new poll from Gallup shows for the first time since the public opinion polling company began asking questions in 1937, the number of Americans who view themselves as members of a church, synagogue, or mosque has plunged below 50%. Keep in mind, in 1937, when Gallup first asked the question, 73% went to church, synagogue, or mosque.

    Twitter openly allows and endorses horrifying child trafficking content, despite threats of legal action by victims
    The National Center on Sexual Exploitation Law Center (NCOSE), The Haba Law Firm and The Matiasic Firm are all suing Twitter on behalf of child survivors of sexual abuse who were trafficked on the far-left social media platform with Jack Dorsey’s blessing.

    Majority of American Voters View Biden Administration As Illegitimate – 74% of Republicans, 30% of Democrats and 51% of Independents 
    Ultimately if you peel all the skin off the onion, this is the reason why Democrats are acting with such a control mindset.  Control is a reaction to fear, even if the fear is subconscious in the control agent.   Democrats, including their leftist and Marxist ideologues, know the JoeBama administration cheated. They know what they did to usurp the federal election.

    Biden Administration Remains Silent As Iran Prepares To Take Uranium Enrichment To 60% After Israel Attacked Their Natanz Nuclear Facility 
    During all the years of the Trump presidency, Israel lived in relative security with their enemies well aware that the Trump-led United States would step in and defend them should the need arise. But with Joe Biden in the White House, the enemies of Israel know that she is left to fend for herself, and barely three months into Biden’s term Iran has already begun enrichment of the uranium needed for a nuclear bomb to use against the Jewish state.

    Border Sector Sees 380% Spike in Attempted Crossings By Convicted Criminals
    The shocking figure is buried in a recent Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) press release, “Convicted Murderer and a MS-13 Arrested by RGV Border Patrol.”

    Is Trudeau Handing Control of Vancouver International Airport Over to Communist China?
    Rumors are rife that Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will turn control of the Vancouver International Airport over to Communist China this week. Count on Canadian mainstream media, who won’t be reporting on it, tagging all rumors as “conspiracy”. We already know that Trudeau’s Liberal Government forces all travellers coming to Canada through airports including Toronto’s Pearson International Airport into government-sanctioned hotels for quarantine due to the Covid-19 virus.

    America’s Unidentified Enemy Next Door 
    …While its inhabitants are, by and large, polite, easy going, and apathetic in voter turnout, their Liberal governments have been playing House with the People’s Republic of China for a very long time.

    The Evil of Self Identification
    ..Just five or ten years ago, self-identification was a bad thing.  What in the world happened? The root of self-identification actions began when the Dimms of the Obama-Biden Administration deemed it acceptable for men to self-identify as women and use whatever bathroom they wished.  Although that did garner a certain level of acceptance, American culture generally determined that move was wrongheaded, and it never gained full traction.

    The Border Is One Deeply Entrenched Organized Crime Cartel Headed by Biden Himself
    I was traveling on vacation seven years ago and ran into a Border Patrol Agent in a convenience store. This was at a time when the border patrol were being exposed to vile illnesses from the last significant wave of Central American immigrants. It was so bad that many of these agents were forced to change clothes at work so they did not take the pathogens home to their families.

    What I Told a Doctor On Why I Refuse to Take the Vaccine
    In my time teaching research protocols at the university level. I primarily trained pre-med and future psychologists on research protocols and ethics associated with the process. I can state without hesitation, the process is engrained into my fiber and what we are doing with the vaccines, is a unethical and unscientific as well as the threat to health and safety to general public. This is medical malpractice at its worst.

    Chipped “smart masks” that are traceable and trackable are the ultimate globalist control mechanism 
    The globalist control freaks at the World Economic Forum have come up with the ultimate 21st century tracking device: So-called “smart masks” that come with a computer chip that ‘tells’ users things.

    CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Illicit Operation of Pregnant Illegals and Children at the Border – What the Hell Is Going on Here?
    “What does Obama-Biden have going on now on America’s Southern border? We never saw this stuff until Obama was President.  It was clear that Obama wanted to destroy this country and bring in people who he could immediately place on public assistance programs. The Democrats hoped this will keep them in power and make America less powerful at the same time. But their strategy sucked, was unpopular and no one wanted it, so they had to steal the election to do it again.”

    Video: Rand Paul Demands Fauci Be ‘Removed From TV For Fear Mongering’
    Appearing on Fox Business Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul made an impassioned plea for Anthony Fauci to be taken off the airwaves for continually ‘fear mongering’.

    Australian Military Reminded Its Role is “Lethal Violence” & Not “Woke” Activism
    The Australian military has been reminded by MPs that its core mission is the “application of lethal violence” in response to concerns about it being too “woke” following a performance during which scantily clad dancers twerked on a Navy ship.

    Corn Prices Rally To Highest Since 2013 On Cold Blast Slowing US Seeding
    Planting corn in cooler temperatures is still possible but colder soil can take corn kernels much longer to germinate and increases the risk of seedling death. 

    Source: 15 Apr 2021 – Rapture Ready

    Apostasy Watch Wednesday 4-14-21

    David Morrill – Why I’m Not Taking the COVID-19 Vaccine: A Layman Responds

    Overcomer Ministry – R.G. Stair, Convicted of Sexual Assault,  Dead at 87

    Alleged victim in trial of Abilene church worker charged with sex assault details 6 years of abuse

    Megachurch leader who allegedly made sex videos with minors to face trial in September

    Spa Co-Owner & Victim of Ravi Zacharias Speaks: He Threatened to “Ruin” Me

    The Biden Administration Is Letting Religious Freedom Programs Fall To The Sidelines

    CNN Director Admits Network Engaged in “Propaganda” to Defeat President Trump

    Pentagon Researchers Focusing On An Under-The-Skin Microchip As An End To The Pandemic

    Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

    Get ready for hologram video-chatting by 2030Posted: 15 Apr 2021 10:35 AM PDT(ETH) – We will likely be communicating via hologram video-chatting by the year 2030 according to a new report. We have been accustomed to having communications via video calls, including Zoom and Facetime but tech forecasters are now seeing the wave of holograms to be the next form of virtual communication within just nine years.The report revealed that out of 2,000 Brits that were recently interviewed, that over half of them are bored of video calls, while another 63 percent feel they don’t give the level of interaction or closeness they desire but 44 percent of those surveyed believe the pandemic has permanently changed the way we interact with technology, and that it will have a remarkable impact on our lifestyles in years to come.Continue reading Get ready for hologram video-chatting by 2030 at End Time Headlines.
    Students attending Christian Colleges could lose Federal Aid for defending Biblical views on sexualityPosted: 15 Apr 2021 07:54 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – A new disturbing report from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is revealing that they are currently fighting a lawsuit that would assure Christian college students across the nation don’t lose their federal funding for simply following biblical views on sexuality.The ADF is representing three schools–Corban University, William Jessup University, and Phoenix Seminary. According to the report, they have asked a federal district court to allow them to intervene against a lawsuit filed by an LGBT legal group, which is seeking to strip federal financial aid from college students for attending faith-based universities that espouse biblical beliefs on marriage, gender, and sexuality.Continue reading Students attending Christian Colleges could lose Federal Aid for defending Biblical views on sexuality at End Time Headlines.
    The Antichrist will arrive as ‘charismatic world leader’ and deceive the massesPosted: 15 Apr 2021 07:17 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – This theory of the Antichrist has been held by many throughout the years in Prophecy circles. The assumption is that the Antichrist will make his grand entrance onto the political scene and appear as a “charismatic world leader”.The main premise of where this assumption is derived from is the passage in 2 Thessalonians, which states: “He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”This temple in the context of the passage is referencing the Third Temple that will be constructed in the future in the city of Jerusalem.Continue reading The Antichrist will arrive as ‘charismatic world leader’ and deceive the masses at End Time Headlines.
    Australians may soon have to provide ID to use social mediaPosted: 15 Apr 2021 07:03 AM PDT(ETH) – A new report is warning that Australians could soon be banned from creating anonymous social media and dating profiles under what is being deemed radical reforms that are being considered by the federal government.The report reveals that the new changes would result in people being forced to submit identification, such as a passport or driver’s license, before they are able to set up an account for platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tinder.Continue reading Australians may soon have to provide ID to use social media at End Time Headlines.
    Amazon reverses ban on book helping parents rescue kids from transgenderism after major backlashPosted: 15 Apr 2021 06:47 AM PDT(ETH) – Amazon has reportedly revered its ban on an online book Desist, Detrans, & Detox: Getting Your Child Out of the Gender Cult by Maria Keffler after experiencing a major backlash from consumers.Amazon recently banned this book without any explanations or warnings given. The book was aimed at helping parents sever the influences of gender ideology. The book was previously banned from being sold on its platform only six days after its original publication.Continue reading Amazon reverses ban on book helping parents rescue kids from transgenderism after major backlash at End Time Headlines.
    Biden unleashes sanctions against Russia and expels diplomats from the US for “election interference”Posted: 15 Apr 2021 06:20 AM PDT(ETH) – The Biden administration has just announced sanctions against dozens of Russian officials and entities, and even expelling 10 diplomats from the U.S., as well as setting new restrictions on buying sovereign debt.Why? According to the report, these new measures are in direct response to what the Biden Administration is calling “the massive SolarWinds hack” of federal agencies and “interference in the 2020 election”. This comes in the midst of already a tumultuous time with Russia in the middle of a growing conflict with Ukraine.Continue reading Biden unleashes sanctions against Russia and expels diplomats from the US for “election interference” at End Time Headlines.
    Planned Parenthood adds group of “faith leaders” to its advisory boardPosted: 14 Apr 2021 06:38 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – And now for one of the most bizarre and ridiculous stories you may read for the day. America’s largest abortion provider in the United States has just announced that it has added a group of faith leaders to its advisory board.The President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Alexis McGill Johnson reportedly told the Religion News Service that access to abortion “is supported by people of “all faiths” and the business’ new Clergy Advocacy Board “is a crucial part of our mission at Planned Parenthood to promote, protect, and expand access to health care for all.”The report revealed that among those added to this board is the Rev.Continue reading Planned Parenthood adds group of “faith leaders” to its advisory board at End Time Headlines.
    Rioters burn down police building and force Kimberly Potter to flee her home after her address leakedPosted: 14 Apr 2021 06:06 PM PDT(ETH) – Riots have continued for a third night straight in Minneapolis following the death of Daunte Wright by a police officer named Kimberly Potter who alleged that she accidentally fired her gun killing Wright when she intended to use her stun gun.According to the latest report, protesters have now burned down a police building and have forced officer Potter to flee her home after her home address was leaked online.Continue reading Rioters burn down police building and force Kimberly Potter to flee her home after her address leaked at End Time Headlines.
    Ben & Jerry’s says ‘murder’ of Daunte Wright is ‘rooted in white supremacy,’ demands defunding policePosted: 14 Apr 2021 03:49 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – Ben & Jerry’s just left heads spinning after they recently tweeted that the “murder” of Daunte Wright at the hands of police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, over the weekend “is rooted in white supremacy and results from the intentional criminalization of Black and Brown communities.”The famous ice cream company is no stranger to controversy and for using their platform to voice their opinions. According to TheBlaze, they even left a “DefundThePolice” hashtag in its recent tweet on Monday and also declared that “this system can’t be reformed.Continue reading Ben & Jerry’s says ‘murder’ of Daunte Wright is ‘rooted in white supremacy,’ demands defunding police at End Time Headlines.
    Pagan arch of Palmyra that was dedicated to Baal being reconstructed, Some see it as harbinger of MessiahPosted: 14 Apr 2021 03:36 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – After six years of laying in ruins, Russians have now begun the reconstruction of the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra in Syria that once served as a gateway to a major pagan temple to Ba’al, and some Rabbis state that the rebuilding of this arch is predicted in the Talmud as preceding the “Messiah”.According to Israel 365 News, The ruins of this ancient city of Palmyra was located about 135 miles north of Damascus, Syria, and the temple and much of the site were destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS) back in 2015.Continue reading Pagan arch of Palmyra that was dedicated to Baal being reconstructed, Some see it as harbinger of Messiah at End Time Headlines.
    Russia holds live-fire drills in Black Sea ahead of US warship arrival and being warned to stay awayPosted: 14 Apr 2021 12:05 PM PDT(ETH) – As the days go by it seems the situation with Russia and Ukraine continues to deteriorate more and more. A new report is now indicating that Ukraine has accused Russia of preparing to hold nuclear weapons in Crimea as tensions in the region are reaching a feverish boiling point.And if that wasn’t bad enough, Putin has also instructed his military to carry out live-fire drills from its Navy as the first of two US warships are expected to arrive at any day now.Continue reading Russia holds live-fire drills in Black Sea ahead of US warship arrival and being warned to stay away at End Time Headlines.
    US spy chiefs warns of ‘unparalleled’ threat from China, Building destructive missiles and lasersPosted: 14 Apr 2021 11:48 AM PDT(ETH) – U.S. spy agency leaders are sounding the alarm over what they are calling an “unparalleled” threat from China. According to Reuters, the assessment came citing Beijing’s regional aggression, cyber capabilities, and economic clout while recently testifying at a public congressional “Worldwide Threats” hearing for the first time in more than two years.“China increasingly is a near-peer competitor challenging the United States in multiple arenas, while pushing to revise global norms in ways that favor the authoritarian Chinese system,” Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the Senate Intelligence Committee.Continue reading US spy chiefs warns of ‘unparalleled’ threat from China, Building destructive missiles and lasers at End Time Headlines.
    Texas is trying to make It illegal to change the gender of minors, and charge parents that consent with child abusePosted: 14 Apr 2021 11:25 AM PDT(ETH) – Texas lawmakers are in talks for a new bill that is designed to protect minors from getting gender-altering treatments while being too young to make major lifelong decisions.According to the report, if the bill is passed by the Senate it would make it a crime for any parents to allow their children to undergo a sex change. The bill deemed “SB 1646”, which was introduced by Senator.Continue reading Texas is trying to make It illegal to change the gender of minors, and charge parents that consent with child abuse at End Time Headlines.

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    Dems Unveil Court-Packing Plan

    They aim to turn a 6-3 conservative majority to a 7-6 leftist one.

    Nate Jackson

    Democrats sure are impatient. Just last Friday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order establishing his Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court. Among other “reforms,” the commission is tasked with considering the “membership and size of the Court.” Well, later today Democrats in Congress are set to unveil new legislation to add four justices to the Court. Then again, we all know that Biden isn’t the one leading his party these days.

    It’s true that the Constitution does not prescribe a number of justices, giving Congress the power to do so. It’s also true that there have been different numbers in the Court’s history — anywhere from five to 10. Still, Congress settled on nine way back in 1869. Even Joe Biden wasn’t in the Senate yet.

    After being blocked from replacing the constitutional stalwart Antonin Scalia with the leftist milquetoast Merrick Garland in 2016, Democrats have bitterly rued Hillary Clinton’s defeat because Donald Trump appointed three justices in his four years, including Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Democrats have only themselves to blame, of course. They invoked the “nuclear option,” eliminating the filibuster on judicial nominees and setting the precedent for then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to follow suit on Supreme Court nominees when Democrats tried to filibuster Neil Gorsuch.

    Thus, the Supreme Court now features a 6-3 originalist majority, if anyone still counts John Roberts.

    So, why four seats? That’s how many Democrats need to fully reclaim a 7-6 majority. The bill has virtually no chance of passing, but how much more blatantly political could they get?

    “We need more than a commission to restore integrity to the court,” declared the bill’s Senate sponsor, Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey.

    During the 2020 election campaign, Democrats from Biden to the two Georgia Democrat Senate candidates and on down the line largely avoided answering questions about packing the Court. It’s typical for Democrats to hide their real agenda because they know voters would oppose it, but packing the Court is particularly noteworthy for it’s destructiveness.

    Even one of the Court’s three leftists, Stephen Breyer, says packing SCOTUS would erode trust in the judiciary. Before she died last year, Ginsburg warned about the same thing. Likewise, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Democrat who first nuked the filibuster and whom Republicans can thank for the slate of conservative judges confirmed in the last four years, has been overcome by a case of self-reflection. “I think that we better be very, very careful in saying that we need to expand the Supreme Court,” he now says.

    Oh, and Biden once called packing the court a “bonehead idea.”

    Tell that to Markey and his House pals, Jerrold Nadler and Mondaire Jones of New York and Hank Johnson of Georgia. Those four Democrats are announcing their bill today by pontificating about the need for more justices on the steps outside the Supreme Court building.

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    Does Ashli Babbitt’s Death Matter?

    There is no excuse for suppressing all details of the Capitol shooting investigation.

    Mark Alexander

    There were significant developments this week that have interesting implications regarding the Capitol Police shooting of Ashli Babbitt.

    The backdrop for these developments is the BIG “systemic racism” lie that Democrat Party leftists have used to frame the few police-involved deaths of black men since violent felony-offender George Floyd died in Minneapolis. That systemic racism lie is nothing more than a political construct to frame the identity politics of division Democrats depend on for constituency cohesion.

    First, with the high-profile prosecution of the police officer involved in Floyd’s death underway, the officer involved in the shooting of a Kenosha, Wisconsin, black man last August, which resulted in immediate Demo condemnation of the officer, was resolved this week. At the time, Wisconsin Demo Governor Tony Evers tried and convicted the cop: “Jacob Blake … is not the first Black man … mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement.”

    As I noted then, “The circumstances in Kenosha appear to be justifiable despite being tragic.” Indeed, the officer was rightly cleared in the case based on video evidence and testimony, because the suspect posed an imminent threat to the officers present. He has returned to his job.

    Everyone knows that officer’s name and he will be forever branded by the Left as a racist and at risk of retribution.

    Second, the officer involved in the shooting of a black man in a Minneapolis suburb, as that man was being arrested on a weapons warrant along with a warrant for aggravated robbery, was herself charged with manslaughter and jailed. Similar to the Kenosha case, the suspect in the latest Minneapolis case refused lawful orders, lunged back into his vehicle where he could have easily accessed a weapon, and was shot by the officer. In the fog of the moment, the officer believed she had her non-lethal taser in hand. Though rare, this is not the first incident involving such confusion. However, as with the Kenosha shooting, there is abundant video evidence and the shooting appears justifiable because the suspect posed an imminent threat to the officers present.

    Leading the chorus presuming her guilt, Joe Biden suggested the shooting may have been intentional: “You all watched … the film … which is fairly, fairly graphic. Question is, was it an accident? Was it intentional?”

    But everyone knows that officer’s name, and regardless of the outcome of her case, she will be forever branded by the Left as a racist killer and at risk of retribution.

    Third, regarding the Capitol Police officer who killed Ashli Babbitt, federal prosecutors announced there will be no charges filed. According to The Washington Post, “Authorities determined that there was insufficient evidence to prove Babbitt’s civil rights were violated, and that it was reasonable for the officer to believe he was firing in self-defense or in defense of [others].” And that is that…

    However, unlike all other officer-involved shootings, there has been no public information released about the investigation of Babbitt’s shooting — not the name of the officer involved, no public information about the motive or competence of the officer involved, no testimony. For that reason, there is no reason to trust the decision to exonerate that officer, especially given the political influence of the Biden/Harris regime in that investigation.

    But there are graphic videos of Babbitt’s shooting herehere and here, which clearly show the circumstances from her side of the door and her death. At the time, Babbitt was among hundreds of QAnon-drinking Capitol rioters on 6 January, whose behavior was disgraceful. But that is not justification for her death.

    As I wrote last month, what is clear from the videos is that within feet of Babbitt, there were four uniformed officers, at least four additional heavily armed riot police, and one or more plain-clothed officers — none of whom made an effort to prevent her from climbing through the broken window of that door.

    As Tucker Carlson observed yesterday, “There are a lot of things to notice about [the videos]. But what is most striking, and never discussed, is that several Capitol Hill police officers were directly behind Ashli Babbitt when she was killed. … Explain how Ashley Babbitt posed an imminent physical threat to anyone when she was killed. She didn’t.”

    As a former law enforcement officer, my best estimate is that the real threat the Capitol Police officer perceived was the surge of protesters who might follow Babbitt through that broken window. As I also noted last month, I believe the officer fired in the heat of the moment, and it was a very heated moment, but there is nothing in the videos remotely proving that Babbitt, a five-foot, two-inch, 110-pound unarmed woman, posed an imminent threat to the officer who killed her, or anyone else.

    But we will never know because everything about that officer and shooting investigation has been officially suppressed — despite the fact that the videos raise far more serious questions about the justification for her shooting than either of the aforementioned Wisconsin or Minnesota cases. In both of the latter cases, the suspect clearly represented an imminent threat to the officers involved. I am deeply troubled about the suppression of all the Capitol investigation details. Those details could be released without releasing the officer’s name.

    Finally and notably, as federal officials announced the exoneration of the Capitol officer, the FBI arrested the Texas man who provided the clearest video of Babbitt’s shooting for criminal trespassing.

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    The Real Gambit on the Anti-Asian Hate Crime Bill

    The legislation is little other than a ploy to justify Democrat calls for ending the filibuster.

    Thomas Gallatin

    Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill to address the supposed rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. This narrative was given popularity by Democrats and the Leftmedia as they sought to pin the blame on Donald Trump, who accurately noted that the coronavirus originated in China. It has since been used as a cudgel against anyone who correctly points out that China was responsible for releasing the pandemic onto the world. To suggest such a thing is to promote anti-Asian hatred, the Left dubiously claims.

    So it comes as little surprise that Democrats — keen on pushing the false narrative that America is a nation awash in white supremacy and systemic racism, and therefore must be entirely restructured from the ground up in order to bring about “justice” — aim to paint Republicans as anti-Asian if they don’t jump on board this hate crime train.

    As Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) expressed, “Combating hate in the Asian American community can and should be bipartisan. Who would oppose this very simple but necessary legislation?”

    But just how “necessary” is this legislation? Well, it is true that crimes against Asians have increased over the last year, but the Leftmedia only drops statistics like “150% surge in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020” in a deliberate attempt to promote a dubious narrative that simply doesn’t comport with the reality on the ground.

    National Review’s Michael Brendan Dougherty notes, “When you look at the numbers, you see why the percentage is cited. In Los Angeles the number of anti-Asian hate crimes reported rose from seven to 15. In New York, from three to 28. In a city where tens of thousands died from COVID-19, made up of millions of people, the number of anti-Asian hate crimes seems relatively small. By contrast, in the previous year, 2019, over 1,000 anti-Semitic incidents were reported in New York City.”

    The bill boldly asserts the supposed cause of the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes without any genuine evidence to support such assertions. Note that the legislation would have the attorney general “designate an officer or employee of the Department of Justice whose sole responsibility [for at least one year] shall be to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes and reports of any such crime to Federal, State, or local law enforcement agencies.” In other words, Democrats are essentially codifying their own dubious narrative that people are motived to commit hate crimes against Asians because they associate the coronavirus with Asians.

    Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) voiced skepticism over the legislation, observing, “My understanding is it doesn’t really do much.” He further surmised that it’s little other than a “messaging vote.”

    The truth is, the bill has nothing to do with protecting Asian Americans or any Americans for that matter. It’s a political gambit as the Senate Democrats look for ways to create an excuse to justify eliminating the filibuster. If they can bait Republicans into engaging in a filibuster against a dubious anti-hate crime bill, they’ll have the talking points to paint Republicans as anti-Asian at worst or out of touch at best. Either way, they will claim Republicans are obstructing the ability to get badly needed legislation through to Joe Biden.

    It doesn’t look like Republicans are falling for this particular trap, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated the GOP won’t filibuster the bill. But Democrats still have their messaging for 2022 and beyond.

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    Orchestrated Anarchy

    Democrats are shamelessly using anti-police mob violence for political gain.

    Arnold Ahlert

    “It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.” —Michigan Democrat Representative Rashida Tlaib, April 12

    “All employees working for the City of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline. This employee will receive due process and that’s really all that I can say today.” —Brooklyn Center City Manager Curt Boganey

    Following the shooting and killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by officer Kimberly Potter, a 26-year veteran of the force, during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon — which Police Chief Tim Gannon described as “an accidental discharge” of a handgun instead of a taser — one of the above politicians still has a job.

    Unfortunately it isn’t Boganey. For daring to support due process, the city council voted to give authority over the police department to the mayor’s office so Boganey could be fired. Council member Kris Lawrence-Anderson admitted the action was taken to appease rioters. “He was doing a great job. I respect him dearly,” she said. “I didn’t want repercussions at a personal level.”

    Thus, Lawrence-Anderson opted for anarchy.

    It is anarchy best described as formulaic. Ever since George Floyd died following his own confrontation with police — and a similar effort to resist arrest that was allegedly part of the equation here — such confrontations have not been seen as tragedies but as opportunities. Opportunities to riot and attack police, as well as loot some businesses and burn others to the ground. And over the course of a year, rioters have done so while feckless Democrat politicians either looked the other way or condoned the mayhem, even as their media allies pushed precisely the same kind of rank propaganda embraced by Rashida Tlaib.

    And it is rank propaganda. “In 2019 police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous,” columnist Heather Mac Donald reveals. “African-Americans were about a quarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015. That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects. In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.”

    Why do black Americans commit crimes at levels disproportionate to their representation in the population? Daunte Wright shouldn’t have been killed. But this latest interaction with police wasn’t anomalous. Wright was shot while attempting to drive away. He made a similar attempt last June when it was reported that he was waving a gun around. He was cited and ordered to appear in court. He didn’t. The outstanding warrant arising from that case was a factor in this confrontation.

    Nonetheless, neither of those incidents or the other arrests on his record matter. For the Left, all that matters is maintaining a narrative of ongoing black victimhood and systemic racism — because it is a lucrative endeavor.

    Thus, the Democrat Party has exploited those assertions to cultivate black American loyalty at the ballot box now considered so routine that Joe Biden himself stated if black Americans can’t figure out whether to support him or Donald Trump for president, “then you ain’t black.”

    It is also extremely lucrative for the racial arsonists as well, with the latest example being BLM cofounder Patrisse Cullors, who, despite her self-professed allegiance to Marxism, has amassed a rather capitalistic portfolio of four houses over the past five years costing more than $3 million, including one in Los Angeles’s Topanga Canyon, where 88% of residents are white and just 1.8% are black.

    Neither Biden nor Cullors nor the legions of other equally woke politicians and corporate hucksters who view mob violence as a useful tool for advancing their contemptible agenda will ever spend a nanosecond boarding up and/or defending their businesses or homes from the looters and arsonists they have enabled. Abject fear and the nightmare of losing what one has worked a lifetime to achieve is for “little people” — of all races.

    How little? “Retailers urged to re-think police calls for low-level crimes after George Floyd’s death,” states a headline in Minnesota’s Star Tribune newspaper. Apparently, it is better for store owners and their employees to endure a certain level of lawlessness than be accused of “profiling” minority shoppers.

    What undergirds such hucksterism? Genuine bigotry in pursuit of unassailable power. Thus, the Democrat Party and its woke corporate allies can insist that any effort made by state legislatures to maintain election integrity amounts to “Jim Crow,” using the racist rationale that black Americans are incapable of procuring the same voter ID every other race and ethnic group is capable of procuring.

    That Democrats own Jim Crow? The wholesale corruption of the public schools that teach students of every race to despise their own nation — and ignore its history in the process — “solved” that problem.

    That corporations have met to strategize about using their power to extort state legislatures to abandon such efforts? Such is only possible when their media collaborators ignore two blatantly inconvenient realities: First, as the leftist Brennan Center for Justice reveals, bills to further election integrity have been proposed in 47 out of 50 states — meaning some Democrat-controlled states are also concerned with voter integrity. Second, an overwhelming majority of Americans — including a majority of black Americans — support requiring an ID to vote.

    Tragically, those realties are obliterated by a steady diet of race-mongering to maintain the tribalism that must be fostered, lest Americans begin to think in terms of class. If that happened, ordinary Americans of all races would discover that the wholesale sellout of their interests by corporate oligarchs continues unabated and that the shift to global governance wholly controlled by those oligarchs remains the endgame.

    Rioters willing to advance anarchy are the oligarchs’ useful idiot foot soldiers, and they have been paid handsomely for their efforts: The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation revealed it received more than $90 million in donations last year. That buys a lot of mobs. Mobs that apparently believe due process, trial by jury, and the Constitution itself should be supplanted by retribution and vengeance.

    And not just in this case. “In the ongoing Minneapolis trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, BLM and its allies have shown no more interest in justice than did Alice’s Queen of Hearts,” writes columnist Jack Cashill. “‘Sentence first — verdict afterwards,’ said the Queen, and when Alice protested the Queen shouted, ‘Off with her head.’ Fearing the loss of their heads, perhaps literally, too many powerful people stand by mutely as the mob begins to circle the Minneapolis Court House.”

    Not just the Minneapolis Court House. The mobs are in the streets of Brooklyn Center, Portland, Oregon, and Washington, DC. At Brooklyn Center, self-identified members of antifa have joined the mix. Officer Potter and Police Chief Gannon have resigned after the city council voted to fire them. “I would hope that this would bring calm to the community,” said Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott.

    Don’t bet on it. Neither calm — nor due process — serves the interests of our corporate oligarchy and a Democrat Party looking to nationalize the voting process in a quest for unassailable power.

    Anarchy does.

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    • House committee votes to approve reckless bill for Washington, DC, statehood (UPI)

    Editor’s Note: According to the article, “The Democrat-backed bill H.R. 51 to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state passed 25-19 by the House committee on oversight and reform on Wednesday with no Republican support. … [Eleanor Holmes] Norton said the bill’s 215 cosponsors ‘virtually’ guarantees it’ll pass the House.” But as our Thomas Gallatin has comfortingly pointed out, “To make DC a state would require a constitutional amendment passed with two-thirds approval of both chambers of Congress and ratified by three-quarters of the States. The prospect of that happening is highly unlikely, to say the least.”

    • Kamala Harris to travel to Guatemala and Mexico amid criticism over border crisis (Fox News)

    “Vice President Kamala Harris said on Wednesday that she will travel to Guatemala and Mexico as part of her role in tackling the ‘root causes’ of the swirling migration crisis at the southern border — as she faces intense criticism for her alleged lack of action on the crisis. … The Biden administration has been struggling to handle a historic surge in migrants to the border, one that critics have said is fueled by the administration’s liberal immigration policies. The administration refused to describe it as a crisis, calling it a ‘challenge’ instead, and has blamed the prior administration.”

    Government & Politics

    • Biden’s American Jobs Plan could cost more than [cough] $666,000 per job created (Disrn)
    • IRS chief warns of unpaid taxes hitting $1 trillion (The Hill), so naturally the White House proposes $900 million budget boost for IRS enforcement efforts (Waller)
    • Gary Gensler confirmed by Senate to lead the SEC, Wall Street’s top regulator (CNBC)

    Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

    • NCAA says it will not host championships (but regular games still apparently pass muster) in states that bar “transgender” athletes (Disrn)
    • Amazon and Google join hundreds of woke corporations in signing letter opposing voting integrity (National Review)
    • United Airlines doubles down on wokeness — will be “100% green” (Power Line)

    National Security

    • Biden announces troops withdrawal from Afghanistan will begin May 1 (Post Millennial)
    • U.S. readying sanctions against Russia for alleged hacking and election interference (Forbes)

    Other Notables

    • Minnesota cop who shot Daunte Wright charged with second-degree manslaughter (National Review)
    • Biden rolls back Trump’s pro-life curbs on family planning funds (Politico)
    • Drug overdose deaths surged during coronavirus pandemic (Axios)
    • Moderna’s COVID vaccine 90% effective after six months (UPI)
    • Facebook spent $23.4 million on security for Mark Zuckerberg in 2020 (NY Post)
    • “Reports of the death of shale are exaggerated”: U.S. oil patch springs to life (Examiner)

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    • Policy: Beware Biden’s ghost-gun protocol (National Review)
    • Policy: Don’t buy into the college loan pity party (AEI)
    • Satire: BLM founder calls for abolishing police in all the areas where she doesn’t live (Babylon Bee)

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    Insight: “Kings or parliaments could not give the rights essential to happiness… We claim them from a higher source — from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth. They are not annexed to us by parchments and seals. They are created in us by the decrees of Providence, which establish the laws of our nature. They are born with us; exist with us; and cannot be taken from us by any human power, without taking our lives.” —John Dickinson (1732-1808)

    For the record: “The U.S. is now vaccinating as many as 4 million people a day, and President Joe Biden has announced vaccines are plentiful enough that all adults will be eligible by May 1. A remarkable achievement. Biden gets some credit for distributing the shots, but Trump is responsible for producing vaccines in record time and guaranteeing that America had first dibs on the supply. The current president claims he inherited a mess. In fact, he inherited a miracle — Trump’s Operation Warp Speed. … Operation Warp Speed paid to manufacture the vaccines before clinical trials proved they were safe and worked. Companies couldn’t take that risk. It was a bold strategy and it worked.” —Betsy McCaughey

    Observations: “Something’s got to unite us. And the games or sport in the past has been some kind of unification. Now, it’s almost like a division. I can’t tell you how many people … have said to me, ‘I don’t watch anymore. It’s not about the game anymore.’ I tend to agree. It’s a shame.” —former NFL Quarterback Brett Favre

    Touché: “[BLM cofounder Patrisse Khan-Cullors is] telling you what she is. She’s a Marxist. So Marxists steal money from other people and they enrich themselves until the people that they stole from are poor. And so she has stolen money from other people on the pretext of a lie that is Black Lives Matter. … Apparently, the ‘black movement’ was Patrisse moving herself … into other areas of the communities of people that she claims are oppressing black Americans.” —Candace Owens

    Race bait: “Black women in our country are facing a maternal health crisis. … We know the primary reasons why: systemic racial inequities and implicit bias.” —VP Kamala Harris

    Lack of self-awareness: “We cannot stand by and watch as a flawed system again and again devalues the lives of Black men & women.” —alleged serial sexual assailant New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

    Demagogue: “Another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.” —Minnesota Governor Tim Walz

    Grand delusions: “I don’t believe that officers need to necessarily have weapons every time they’re making a traffic stop.” —Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Mayor Mike Elliott

    The BIG Lie: “Daunte Wright’s killing was not a random, disconnected ‘accident’ — it was the repeated outcome of an indefensible system that grants impunity for state violence, rewards it w/ endlessly growing budgets at the cost of community investment, & targets those who question that order.” —AOC

    Non compos mentis: “The murder of #DaunteWright is rooted in white supremacy and results from the intentional criminalization of Black and Brown communities. This system can’t be reformed. It must be dismantled and a real system of public safety rebuilt from the ground up.” —Ben & Jerry’s

    And last… “About 250,000 people are killed annually due to medical mistakes made by doctors. We don’t riot, loot, or protest doctors. Duante Wright was resisting arrest and the responding officer made a tragic mistake. Why doesn’t society extend police officers any understanding?” —Candace Owens

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