Daily Archives: April 19, 2021

‘My Pillow Guy’ ramps up crusade against ‘election fraud’ with new lawsuit against Dominion, launching new social platform — RT USA News

‘My Pillow Guy’ ramps up crusade against ‘election fraud’ with new lawsuit against Dominion, launching new social platform

Trump superfan and pillow-peddling conservative Mike Lindell has launched a new social media platform to coincide with a $1.6 billion lawsuit he’s filing against Dominion Voting Systems, which he blames for Trump’s election loss.

Lindell launched his social media site FrankSpeech.com on Monday, the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first two engagements of the Revolutionary War in 1775. The website itself was represented as a strike-back against Big Tech’s domination of the internet, which has solidified in the last several months as social media booted hundreds of thousands of pro-Trump figures off their platforms. Lindell himself presented his compatriots and the site itself as a revolutionary event in which “millions” of like-minded accounts, all banned from big-time platforms (or on the verge of being banned), could fight back against the massive power of Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

As Frank Speech continued to invite individuals to sign up, however, the website was beset by glitches, and individuals attempting to sign up around 8am local time were bombarded with frustrating “500 Internal Server Error” messages and other brief derailments.

 Also on rt.com

No pillow fighter: My Pillow Guy’s would-be nemesis David Hogg roasted for abandoning his ‘progressive’ company

Lindell, who sells pillows extremely enthusiastically under the brand name My Pillow, and has become one of the most flamboyant corporate spokespeople for the former president, was not so easily defeated, however, having lined up a string of patriotic guests eager to celebrate the anniversary of the American Revolution, and they continued to chat with the loquacious retailer as the site worked to get back online.

We’re going to keep going live until the site’s functionality returns and users can sign up for Frank Social,” Lindell declared fervently, confident in his ability to livestream for as much as 48 hours in his battle against the enemies of Trump “to secure the American Dream, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The guests had much to say against the political forces currently running the US, referring to “spiritual cannibalism” and holding up Lindell and his new social media platform for praise.

Lindell had another trick up his sleeve as well, announcing on Monday that he would be suing Dominion Voting Systems (DVS), a company that makes voting software, for its alleged “suppression of speech and attacks on [Lindell’s company MyPillow].” The $1.6 billion lawsuit came in response to DVS’ own hefty lawsuit, which targeted not only MyPillow but Lindell himself, allegedly causing harm. DVS sued both Lindell and his company for $1.3 billion in February, arguing that any claims Lindell had made against the company, which he accused of committing fraud against then-president Donald Trump during the election, had been made by Lindell speaking on his own behalf rather than as CEO of MyPillow.

 Also on rt.com

Trump launches website dedicated to ‘putting America first’ amid growing speculation over 2024 run

Lindell filed four lawsuits in total, against attackers stemming from the lawsuits he had initially filed following the election fraud suit, and has vowed to take on some of his targets in the “free market.” Frank Speech is intended to serve as a censor-free platform, though it may run afoul of plans to cut out censorship entirely, with efforts to place a ban on profanity and taking the Lord’s name in vain. Another Big Tech competitor will target Amazon.com “patriotically,” with the planned name ‘MyStore’.

Lindell was banned from Twitter in January for continually referring to what he described as election fraud during the previous two months – actions the platform had gradually cracked down on, especially after pro-Trump demonstrators descended on the Capitol earlier that month to disrupt plans to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/521512-mypillow-lindell-site-collapse/

President Trump Extensive Interview With Sean Hannity – The Last Refuge

Monday evening Fox News broadcast a lengthy interview between President Donald J Trump and Sean ‘Oh, By The Way’ Hannity.

On running for President in 2024….

Official introduction segment….

— Read on theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/04/20/president-trump-extensive-interview-with-sean-hannity-2/

Stanford study quietly published at NIH.gov proves face masks are absolutely worthless against Covid | Christian Research Network


“The diapers most of us are wearing on our face most of the time apparently have no effect at stopping Covid-19. This explains a lot.”

(JD Rucker – American Conservative Movement)  Did you hear about the peer-reviewed study done by Stanford University that demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that face masks have absolutely zero chance of preventing the spread of Covid-19? No? It was posted on the the National Center for Biotechnological Information government website. The NCBI is a branch of the National Institute for Health, so one would think such a study would be widely reported by mainstream media and embraced by the “science-loving” folks in Big Tech.

Instead, a DuckDuckGo search reveals it was picked up by ZERO mainstream media outlets and Big Tech tyrants will suspend people who post it, as political strategist Steve Cortes learned the hard way when he posted a Tweet that went against the face mask narrative. The Tweet itself featured a quote and a link that prompted Twitter to suspend his account, potentially indefinitely.   View article →

— Read on christianresearchnetwork.org/2021/04/19/stanford-study-quietly-published-at-nih-gov-proves-face-masks-are-absolutely-worthless-against-covid/

Deplatforming Genesis – VCY America

Date:  April 19, 2021  
Host:  Jim Schneider  
Guest:  Ken Ham 
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In recent years the concept of ‘deplatforming’ conservative thought and presentation has been escalating in our ‘cancel culture’ society.  Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, and other forms of social media are aggressively involved in this when the views don’t espouse their secular, globalist worldview.

Jim noted that what’s even more egregious is the growing number of churches that are deplatforming the Bible, specifically Genesis and the organizations that stand behind that book.  So while we once had pulpits that proclaimed, ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ more and more are joining the chorus of ‘Yea, hath God said?’  

Joining Jim for more on this critical issue was Ken Ham.  Ken is the president, CEO, and founder of Answers in Genesis-US, and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum, and the world-renowned Ark Encounter.  Ken is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America and is author of numerous works.  His Answers with Ken Ham daily feature airs on some 950 radio outlets.

Discussion began concerning an incident that involved AIG speaker Dr. Terry Mortenson who was speaking at an Arkansas church.  During the first service he explained that issues such as adultery, fornication, pornography, homosexuality, and transgenderism are contrary to the commands of God, therefore they are sin.

The pastor was upset by this and spoke with Dr. Mortenson after the service and communicated that he didn’t want him speaking on those issues, especially those related to LGBT.

Ken followed up by noting that just because someone has a different worldview than those who espouse the LGBT lifestyle doesn’t mean they hate them.  We have different worldviews because we have different starting points.  If the foundation for your worldview involves a literal Genesis, you’ll believe that marriage is one man for one woman, therefore homosexuality and transgenderism are sin.

So as not to communicate a spirit of division, Dr. Mortenson did speak at the later service.  He continued to espouse a literal Genesis but didn’t mention certain specifics due to what happened.

The following week the pastor apologized to the church and according to Ken, the apology showed the pastor doesn’t believe in a literal Genesis and allows for millions of years.  They deleted Dr. Mortenson’s talks from the church website and Facebook so he was effectively deplatformed.

One aspect of the pastor’s apology to his congregation is critical to this discussion.  According to Ken the pastor said, ‘…He put man and woman together and He made them one.  They were equal.’  Ken believes this points to the problem of the emphasis on equality when God gives men and women different roles and he made us differently.

This summarizes the first quarter-hour of the broadcast.  Hear the rest, along with what listeners had to say, when you review this edition of Crosstalk.  

More Information

answersingenesis.org

— Read on www.vcyamerica.org/crosstalk/2021/04/19/deplatforming-genesis/

Just Because You Profess Faith Doesn’t Mean You Possess Faith | Christianity 201

Today, a really good message for us which, regardless of where you stand on the eternal security spectrum will cause you to dig in to some scripture and good thoughts.

Where the writer talks about Baptists below, substitute your own denomination’s name.

This is our first time at the blog at First Baptist Church of Scott City, Missouriwhere Jeremy Sells is the pastor. Click the title below to read this on its original source page.

The Horror of Dull Hearing

Scripture: Hebrews 6:1-12

Entering hell is horrific enough, but how much more horrifying would it be to do so after sitting many years on a cushioned Baptist pew? Here is the warning from our next section of Hebrews: those who are not truly converted and do not have the Spirit of God within them will eventually fall away. They may attend Sunday School, Church Worship Services, tithe, serve, pray, and read their Bible; but, Jesus will say to them one day: I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness (Matt 7:23).

Last week we discussed the danger of dull hearing. The writer of Hebrews is addressing those who profess faith in Jesus and lamenting over their current spiritual condition that they have obtained over time. At first they received the word of God cheerfully and with humility but now they have become dull of hearing. Over a period of time, they have become numb and inattentive to the teaching of Christ and they now have a lack of interest or excitement about these things.

Because of this, the writer of Hebrews sounds an alarm: those who refuse to seek repentance for their dull hearing are in danger of falling away (apostasy). Apostasy can either be a renunciation of the essential doctrines of the faith and embracing false teachings that claim to be true or it can be a renunciation of the Christian faith in its entirety which results in a full abandonment of Jesus Christ.

I Can’t Fall Away…I’m Baptist!

But wait, we are Baptists! Baptists do not believe a person can lose their salvation, so why are we talking about falling away from the faith? While true faith cannot be lost, too many people who profess faith do not actually possess faith. They are not actually born again and they are in danger of falling away and being unable to be renewed (Heb 6:6). And they fill our churches. But first, let’s establish the clear teaching of Scripture that genuine faith cannot be lost.

We believe those who are truly born again will be preserved by God. Ephesians 1:13-14 tells us we are sealed by the Holy Spirit as a guarantee. Philippians 1:6 says God will bring His good work in us to completion. Jude 1:24 explicitly says, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy. Not to mention Paul’s great exposition of God’s great eternal love for His elect in Romans 8:26-39. Having established this truth, however, does not diminish the threat of apostasy.

Can I Fall Away?

Apostasy involves a person who believes they are saved but are not truly born again renouncing their previously held belief. Sadly, many Baptists have become apostates. The book of Hebrews has five warnings scattered throughout (see 2:1-4; 3:7-4:13; 5:11-6:12; 10:19-39; 12:14-29). These warnings are a means by which true believers are preserved. Genuine believers hear the warning and take heed. False believers hear the warning and ignore it or explain it away.

So, here is the moment of testing: what are you doing with these warnings? Do you hear them and examine yourself or excuse yourself? Do you hear them and ask God to expose areas of your life that need growth or do you seek to ignore the message and distract yourself with other things? If you are the former, be encouraged that God is preserving you. If you are the latter, be warned that God’s stripping you of your false profession in order to bring you to repentance. If you fail to heed His warnings, you will find yourself handed over to judgment and falling away.

Apostasy is the unforgivable sin (blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 12:8-12) and the sin leading to death (1 John 5:16) in which it is impossible to renew them again to repentance.” It is not a one-time act, but a process of continually dulling your hearing. Eventually the line is crossed in which you are handed over by God to judgment.

How Do I Not Fall Away?

How do you not fall away? First, recognize that salvation is by grace through faith and not of works (Eph 2:8-9). It’s not a matter of doing more or trying harder. Our salvation comes down to a personal relationship with Jesus. How do you develop relationships? You love the person, trust the person, and seek what is best for them. This is true of Jesus. We are to love Him and trust Him. We want our relationship to grow and deepen. To do this we need to grow in maturity. We need to leave the elementary teaching about Christ.

This does not mean you abandon it as unnecessary, but to grasp it and use it to move forward towards greater knowledge. For example, if an elementary school teacher tells her class, “We shall leave the learning of the letters in order to focus on words”, this does not mean the letters are abandoned, but are now used to help the students press on to a greater understanding of the English language. How do you not fall away? Keep on towards maturity in the faith. Keep on seeking Jesus. We need solid food, not milk. We need our senses trained by practice to discern between good and evil. Press on to maturity.

Better Things!

In the discussion of the danger of falling away, the writer of Hebrews offers this encouragement to those who heed God’s gracious warnings: “Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things–things that belong to salvation (Heb 6:9). The encouragement is that God does not overlook your work and the love that you showed for His sake in serving the saints (Heb 6:10). So, for those who love God, have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promise (Heb 6:11-12).

— Read on christianity201.wordpress.com/2021/04/19/just-because-you-profess-faith-doesnt-mean-you-possess-faith/

False Alarm: Evil Nazi Facility That Murders And Sells Baby Parts Turns Out To Just Be A Planned Parenthood | The Babylon Bee

NEW YORK, NY—Multiple media outlets have rushed to the scene of what appears to be an evil, Nazi facility that is somehow still operating to this day. Early reports indicate that the sinister facility has been murdering babies in the womb and selling the parts off to be experimented on by mad Nazi scientists. 

“What we’re seeing here is a disgusting remnant of the Nazi regime,” said Jim Acosta live at the scene. “This facility must have been built by the fascist Trump administration and his ilk as they somehow stooped to new, horrific lows.”

“I shudder to think of all of the atrocities and experiments that were performed here in the name of science.” Acosta continued. “It’s truly disturbing to discover Nazi eugenics still happening today and right under our noses.”

“They even had the audacity to call themselves a nonprofit. Really gross stuff,” added another CNN broadcaster. 

Jim Acosta finally made his way into the building expecting to find Nazi flags and uniforms, but instead, he found staff wearing lab coats that said Planned Parenthood. “FALSE ALARM! Everyone pack it up! It’s just a Planned Parenthood. Nothing to see here except for free women’s healthcare.” 

The media abruptly shut the cameras off and left the area immediately as soon as they wrote Planned Parenthood another donation check.

— Read on babylonbee.com/news/evil-nazi-facility-that-murders-and-sells-baby-parts-turns-out-to-just-be-a-planned-parenthood/

Farmers Warn That The Megadrought In The Western U.S. Threatens To Cause Devastating Crop Failures In 2021 — The Economic Collapse

Throughout U.S. history, there have always been droughts in the western half of the country from time to time, but what we are dealing with now is truly alarming.  Scientists tell us that a multi-year “megadrought” has developed in the southwestern portion of the country, and this is the worst year of that “megadrought” so far by a wide margin.  If conditions do not radically improve soon, we are going to have a major agricultural disaster on our hands.  Some farmers have already decided not to plant crops at all this year, but many others have decided to plant anyway knowing that if enough rain doesn’t come their crops will certainly fail.

As I have discussed previously, the epicenter of this “megadrought” is the Four Corners region in the Southwest, but this drought is so immense it is even causing immense nightmares for farmers as far away as North Dakota.

In fact, the first few months of this year were the driest that North Dakota has seen in 126 years

The period of January to March 2021 was the driest in 126 years for North Dakota. Farmers are starting to make difficult decisions on planting and culling herds as the governor of the state declared a statewide drought disaster on April 8. Soil moistures across the state, particularly in western portions of North Dakota, are lacking sufficient moisture to sustain normal crop development growth. The first eight days of April 2021 offered little help as hot, summer-like temperatures, gusty winds, and low humidity across the state accelerated drying conditions.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, well over half the state is now experiencing “severe drought”.

Perhaps you don’t care about what is happening in North Dakota, but you should, because much of the wheat that we use for pasta and flour comes from that region

Things are dry and dusty in the Upper Midwest, the Northern Plains states and the Prairie provinces of Canada.

This region, spanning states such as North Dakota and provinces such as Manitoba, is the most important one for spring wheat, the higher-gluten variety that’s used for pasta or mixed with other wheat for all-purpose flour. And that crop is at significant risk, because conditions in the region are pretty dire this year.

In a previous article I discussed the dramatic rise in food prices that we have been witnessing lately, and now drought fears are pushing futures prices for spring wheat quite a bit higher

The US Drought Monitor shows around 70 percent of North Dakota in “extreme drought” conditions, with most of the rest in the slightly less scary “severe drought” rating. As a result, the futures prices of both spring wheat and canola are at their highest in years, with traders expecting a lower harvest this year.

Despite all of our advanced technology, farmers can’t grow crops if it doesn’t rain, and a farmer in Texas named Blake Fennell says that his farm has not had any significant rain in almost two years

The West Texas farmer says his area hasn’t seen significant rain fall in nearly two years.

“We’ve still got to give that crop every chance we think we can get, but at the same time, we also can’t waste a lot of money on a crop that we don’t think we’re going to have going into it,” he says.

What a nightmare.

Right now, nearly the entire state of Texas is in some level of drought, and we haven’t even gotten to the summer months yet.

To call this a “plague” would be a major understatement.  On the border of Oregon and California, farmers just learned that water levels are so low that they will only get “a tiny fraction of the water they need” in 2021…

Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get a tiny fraction of the water they need amid the worst drought in decades, as federal regulators attempt to balance the needs of agriculture against federally threatened and endangered fish species that are central to the heritage of several tribes.

Oregon’s governor said the prolonged drought in the region has the “full attention of our offices,” and she is working with congressional delegates, the White House and federal agencies to find relief for those affected.

Do you think that you could run a successful farm under such conditions?

Elsewhere in California, water allocation reductions of up to 95 percent are forcing many farmers to make some exceedingly heartbreaking decisions

Drought conditions are already forcing Valley farmers to make difficult decisions when it comes to their crops as many are facing severe water restrictions.

“There’s districts throughout California that have experienced up to 95% reductions in water,” says Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen.

U.S. food production will be down in 2021, but if sufficient rain starts falling in the western U.S. we could still see a miracle.

But if enough rain does not fall, we are going to see epic crop failures.

Meanwhile, it is being projected that the drought will cause the water level in Lake Mead to soon fall to the lowest level ever recorded

Wracked by drought, climate change and overuse, a key reservoir on the Colorado River could sink to historically low levels later this year, new US government projections show, potentially triggering significant water cutbacks in some states as early as next year.

The projections released by the US Bureau of Reclamation show that Lake Mead — the largest reservoir in the country and a vital water supply to millions across the Southwest — could fall later this year to its lowest levels since it was filled in the 1930s.

If you live anywhere in the western half of the country, you should brace yourself for severe water restrictions.

And all of us need to brace ourselves for much higher prices at the grocery store.

For decades, the western half of the country was blessed with unusually high levels of rainfall, but that wasn’t going to last forever.

Now Dust Bowl conditions have returned, and farmers, ranchers and local authorities are starting to panic.

As this megadrought continues to intensify, life is going to dramatically change in the western half of the nation, and that is going to deeply affect all of us.

Farmers Warn That The Megadrought In The Western U.S. Threatens To Cause Devastating Crop Failures In 2021 — The Economic Collapse

April 19 Evening Quotes of The Day

With No External Law, There Is No Evil
Judges 17:6; 21:25; Proverbs 21:2; Romans 2:14–15

If man were a law to himself, and his own will his law, there could be no such thing as evil. Whatsoever he willed would be good and agreeable to the law, and no action could be accounted sinful; the worst act would be as commendable as the best. Everything at man’s appointment would be good or evil.

STEPHEN CHARNOCK

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

Scripture Teaches the Difference Between God and Idols
2 Kings 22:10–13; 23:1–25; 2 Chronicles 34:18–21, 29–33; 35:1–19

It is necessary to apply to Scripture in order to learn the sure marks that distinguish God, as the Creator of the world, from the whole herd of fictitious gods.

JOHN CALVIN

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

The human heart is a perpetual idol factory — Evangelical Magazine

It was John Calvin who famously wrote in his Institutes: ‘The human heart is a perpetual idol factory.’ Was he right? After all he wasn’t right on everything. In his day people believed that the Earth was the centre of our solar system. Calvin and Luther both adhered to this theory. It took some time for people to accept Copernicus’ theory that it was the Sun at the centre of the solar system and not the Earth. This reordering of the accepted view was so radical it was called a revolution. It literally changed the way we look at the stars.

Calvin and Copernicus didn’t see eye to eye on cosmology but they were both revolutionaries in their own fields; Copernicus in cosmology and Calvin in theology, at which point we put Copernicus on the shelf and dive into Calvin’s words.

The human heart, in terms of our will and emotions, has been long studied by thinkers and continues to be so today. Calvin saw it as the place where the idols of our lives are made and it is here we put Calvin to one side and open the Bible.

What is our heart like?

The most popular view of the human heart today is to see it as the place where truth and honesty live. ‘Go with your heart’ or ‘follow your heart’ is the common advice and rests on the idea that your heart is essentially a good place. But the Bible tells us something very different. ‘The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?’ (Jer. 17:9), with the following verse telling us, ‘I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind.’ And when the Lord spoke to Israel through Ezekiel he made it clear that it is in our hearts where we ‘set up idols’ (Ez. 14:7).

So, far from being a good place with pure motives that is free to be true to itself, our hearts are deceitful places under the Lord’s scrutiny. In the light of popular thinking about the heart today the Bible’s understanding is a revolution of Copernican dimensions.

What is idolatry?

Idols don’t come from Apple, Adidas or Audi. Nor do they originate with the Pro 14 or Premier League. Idols come from inside of us, from our hearts. Just as pain is a symptom of a diseased heart, idols are a symptom of spiritual heart disease. Idolatry is the heart disease of replacing God as the centre of all things with anything else and it is something that our sinful heart gravitates towards so naturally.

Anything may become an idol but usually it is ourselves and our longings for satisfaction and love. In doing this we make ourselves god and shut out the living God. The Apostle Paul wrote about this in Romans 1:25: ‘They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped created things rather than the Creator.’ This is serious, as Paul also tells us that this is in part why ‘the wrath of God is being revealed from Heaven.’

Because of this we see how radical the phrase, ‘Jesus is Lord’ becomes. The confession of Christ as Lord is central to any true claim to be a child of God. ‘If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved’ (Rom. 10:9). It has to be. It is the massive and necessary shift in belief that dethrones self and enthrones Christ as the centre of our lives. This can only come as a result of God’s power working on our hearts. ‘No one can say, “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit’ (1Cor. 12:3). This is the ultimate, ‘Copernican revolution’ and from this comes renewed behaviour.

Confessing ‘Jesus is Lord’ may cost us everything; career, comfort, health and even life itself. It may strain friendships, empty our bank accounts and take us far away from all that we regard as familiar and safe. But within this recentering on God there is true joy, purpose and identity. In reality it is, ‘coming home’ to where we belong and are most loved and secure.

This place of true belonging is always under threat in our hearts. They do not automatically shut down as ‘idol factories’ when we come to Christ. The recent Covid-19 crisis has shown that we are part of a culture that idolises pleasure and possessions. The things we own and the fun we crave are what Augustine called our ‘disordered loves’, that is the loving of anything other than God himself. Restaurants, pubs, non-essential shops, concerts and games are the ‘created things’ of Romans 1 that tragically make life worth living for many in Wales today. Confessing ‘Jesus is Lord’ does not inoculate you as a Christian from making idols in your own heart. We need to be alert and on our guard.

Guard your heart

I have often wondered if we are sometimes too quick to blame our sins on the devil’s temptations. ‘The devil made me do it’ becomes too easy a ‘cop out’. We must take responsibility for our own hearts and how we guard them, to feed them with the sense of God that comes from his Word and through his Spirit. Our hearts need to be captured daily with a view of the glory and kindness of Christ and not by counterfeit, lesser loves.

One growing challenge for Christians is online porn. It brings misery, shame and self-loathing to both men and women. Porn is always a heart problem and a complex problem. It exposes the ‘disordered loves’ of our hearts and often strangely our longing for love, significance and fulfilment. Porn tempts the Christian’s heart to find comfort in being turned inwards to self, instead of upwards to Christ. It is the most basic of sins, the first sin in Eden that tells the lie that true life is found outside of God. It takes a Christian to a very dark place.

But God is merciful to idolators. He calls us back to himself and to dignity and freedom, and in Jesus our Lord he makes the way back possible. Calvary is the place where ordered love is seen and may be known. This is why hope is always available for any Christian caught in the disordered love of porn. For sure there is much more to say that we do not have space to do now, but we must never forget the power of Calvary’s love to quell the darkest disordered loves in our hearts. A Christian heart captured by a big view of Jesus’ love is the happiest place on earth. Make it yours.

The human heart is a perpetual idol factory — Evangelical Magazine

The Christian’s Duty to Hold Firm — Ligonier Ministries Blog

The nineteenth-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is famous for his declaration that “God is dead.” That brief dictum does not give the whole story. According to Nietzsche, the cause of the Deity’s demise was compassion. He said, “God is dead; He died of pity.” But before the God who was the God of Judeo-Christianity perished, Nietzsche said that there were a multitude of deities who existed, such as those who resided on Mount Olympus. That is, at one time there was a plurality of gods. All of the rest of the gods perished when one day the Jewish God, Yahweh, stood up in their assembly and said, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Hearing this, according to Nietzsche’s satirical summary, all of the rest of the gods and goddesses died. They died of laughter.

In our day, where pluralism reigns in the culture, there is as much satirical hostility to the idea of one God as there was in Nietzsche’s satire. But today, that repugnance to monotheism is not a laughing matter. In the culture of pluralism, the chief virtue is toleration, which is the notion that all religious views are to be tolerated, all political views are to be tolerated. The only thing that cannot be tolerated is a claim to exclusivity. There is a built-in, inherent antipathy towards all claims of exclusivity. To say that there is one God is repulsive to the pluralists. To say that one God has not revealed Himself by a plurality of avatars in history is also repugnant. A single God with an only begotten Son is a deity who adds insult to injury by claiming an exclusive Son. There cannot be only one Mediator between man and God. There must be many according to pluralists today. It is equally a truism among pluralists that if there is one way to God, there must be many ways to God, and certainly it cannot be accepted that there is only one way. The exclusive claims of Christianity in terms of God, in terms of Christ, in terms of salvation, cannot live in peaceful coexistence with pluralists.

Beyond the question of the existence of God and of His Son, and of a singular way of salvation, there is also a rejection of any claim to having or possessing an exclusive source of divine revelation. At the time of the Reformation, the so-called solas of the Reformation were asserted. It was said that justification is by faith alone (sola fide), that it is through Christ alone (solus Christus), that it is through grace alone (sola gratia), and that it is for God’s glory alone (soli Deo gloria). But perhaps most repugnant to the modern pluralist is the exclusive claim of sola Scriptura. The idea of sola Scriptura is that there is only one written source of divine revelation, which can never be placed on a parallel status with confessional statements, creeds, or the traditions of the church. Scripture alone has the authority to bind the conscience precisely because only Scripture is the written revelation of almighty God. The implications of sola Scriptura for pluralism are many. Not the least of them is this: It carries a fundamental denial of the revelatory character of all other religious books. An advocate of sola Scriptura does not believe that God’s revealed Word is found in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon, the Bible and in the Koran, the Bible and in the Upanishads, the Bible and in the Bhagavad Gita; rather, the Christian faith stands on the singular and exclusive claim that the Bible and the Bible alone is God’s written word.

The motto of the United States is e pluribus unum. However, since the rise of the ideology of pluralism, the real Unum of that motto has been ripped from its foundation. What drives pluralism is the philosophical antecedent of relativism. All truth is relative; therefore, no one idea or source can be seen as having any kind of supremacy. Built into our law system is the idea of the equal toleration under the law of all religions. It is a short step in people’s thinking from equal toleration under the law to equal validity. The principle that all religions should be treated equally under the law and have equal rights does not carry with it the necessary inference that therefore all religions are valid. Even a cursory, comparative examination of the world’s religions reveals points of radical contradiction among them, and unless one is prepared to affirm the equal truth of contradictories, one must not be able to embrace this fallacious assumption.

Sadly, with a philosophy of relativism and a philosophy of pluralism, the science of logic doesn’t matter. Logic is escorted to the door and is firmly booted out of the house onto the street. There is no room for logic in any system of pluralism and relativism. Indeed, it’s a misnomer to call either a system, because it is the idea of a consistent, coherent view of truth that is unacceptable to the pluralist. The fact that people reject exclusive claims to truth does not invalidate those claims. It is the Christian’s duty to hold firm to the uniqueness of God and of His Christ and not compromise with the advocates of pluralism.

This post was originally published in Tabletalk magazine.

The Christian’s Duty to Hold Firm — Ligonier Ministries Blog

April 19 Evening Verse of The Day

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2:20 for the wisdom and the power are his The wisdom that Daniel receives comes from God. Daniel’s highlighting of this characteristic suggests that he identifies himself in the tradition of Jewish sages (see v. 14 and note).[1]

Daniel here pursues his narrative, and thanks God after King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream had been made known to him, while he relates the sense of the words which he had used. May God’s name be blessed, says he, from age to age. We ought daily to wish for this; for when we pray that God’s name may be hallowed, continuance is denoted under this form of prayer. But Daniel here breaks forth into the praises of God with greater vehemence, because he acknowledges his singular benefit in being snatched away from death, together with his companions, beyond his expectation. Whenever God confers any remarkable blessing on his servants, they are the more stirred up to praise him, as David says, (Psalm 40:3,) Thou hast put a new song into my mouth. And Isaiah also uses this form of speech twice, (chap. 42:10,) as if God had given him material for a new and unusual song, in dealing so wonderfully with his Church, So also, there is no doubt that Daniel here wished to praise God in a remarkable manner, since he had received a rare proof of his favour in being delivered from instant death. Afterwards he adds, whose (or since his) is the wisdom and the strength; for the relative is here taken for the causal particle, and the sentence ought to be so expressed; the additional particles may avail to strengthen the expression, and be taken exclusively, as if he had said,—to God alone ought the praise of wisdom and virtue to be ascribed. Without him, indeed, both are sought in vain; but these graces do not seem to suit the present purpose; for Daniel ought rather to celebrate God’s praises, through this vision being opened, and this was enough to content him. But he may here speak of God’s glory as well from his power as his wisdom; as, where Scripture wishes to distinguish the true God from all fictions, it takes these two principles—first, God governs all things by his own hand, and retains them under his sway; and secondly, nothing is hid from him—and these points cannot be separated when his majesty is to be proved. We see mankind fabricating deities for themselves, and thus multiplying gods, and distributing to each his own office; because they cannot rest in simple unity, when God is treated of. Some fancy God retains but half his attributes; as for instance, the praters about bare foreknowledge. They admit nothing to be hidden to God, and his knowledge of all things; and this they prove by the prophecies which occur in the Scriptures. What they say is true; but they very much lessen the glory of God; nay, they tear it to pieces by likening him to Apollo, whose office it formerly was, in the opinion of the heathen, to predict future events. When they sought predictions of future events, they endued Apollo with the virtue of making known to them future occurrences. Many at the present time think God able to foresee all things, but suppose him either to dissemble or purposely withdraw from the government of the world.

Lastly, Their notion of God’s foreknowledge is but a cold and idle speculation. Hence I said, they rob God of half his glory, and, as far as they can, tear him to pieces. But Scripture, when it wishes to assert what is peculiar to God, joins these two things inseparably; first, God foresees all things, since nothing is hidden from his eyes; and next, he appoints future events, and governs the world by his will, allowing nothing to happen by chance or without his direction. Daniel here assumes this principle, or rather unites the two, by asserting Israel’s God alone to deserve the name, since both wisdom and strength are in his power. We must remember how God is defrauded of his just praise, when we do not connect these two attributes together—his universal foresight and his government of the world allowing nothing to happen without his permission. But as it would be too cold to assert that to God alone belongs wisdom and strength, unless his wisdom was conspicuous, and his strength openly acknowledged, hence it follows immediately afterwards—[2]


[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Da 2:20). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Myers, T. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Daniel (Vol. 1, pp. 141–143). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Love in You Proves Jesus in You | A Devotional by Jon Walker

Becoming portraits of Jesus – involves God-Love cleaning the clutter we’ve hidden in the cupboards and corners of our being.

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“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.” 1 John 3:14 (NIV)

Our love for one another is the fruit, not the root, of our relationship with God. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, taught that our love for others emerges from our relationship with God; that anyone born of God who knows God will love with the love of God (1 John 4:7, based on NLT).

In a sense, the process of sanctification – our movement toward becoming portraits of Jesus – involves God-Love cleaning the clutter we’ve hidden in the cupboards and corners of our being. The Eternal Lover moves with deliberation through the grit and grime of our sin. He throws open the shades and wipes down the windows of our souls until we “shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:15 NIV).

As God scrubs our insides with the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, we pass from “death to life” (1 John 3:14). We are transformed from people who are selective in who and how we love into people energized by God’s spirit to love one another abundantly and unconditionally.

It takes faith to love another with the God-Love flowing into us. Like Peter, we step or swim when we keep our eyes on Jesus and not the stormy waves of human emotions. Human love fears the water; God-Love walks across the waves with such confidence and grace that the storm is quelled.

Love starts with God – God loved you first, and your ability to love others comes from your connection with God. God loved you; now, you love others, and that allows others to see God in you (1 John 4:11-12 NIV).

Love in you proves Jesus in you – When you love others abundantly and unconditionally, you prove you’ve passed from death to Jesus-life. It proves you’re now alive and connected to Jesus through the Holy Spirit (1 John 3:14).

By Jon Walker
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FURTHER READING

•  Eternal Love
•  God Demonstrates His Love

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

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God’s Chosen People | A Devotional by Sylvia Gunter

We all make choices every day. I choose to walk the Colossians 3 way. Colossians 3:12-15 As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

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I am grieved by the tone of today’s rhetoric as I am sure you are. 

There is so much toxic public conversation with accusation, shaming, vulgarity, you-name-it. It troubles me. Are we like the frog in the proverbial pot of water on the stove, with the temperature being raised so slowly that we did not jump out when there was still time, before we boil? Can’t we all get back to more civil engagement with each other?

Colossians 3:12-15 As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… And be thankful.”

How often this standard is violated in me and in our fallen world. These simple commands struck deep contrition in my heart as I thought about each characteristic.

Compassion: identifying with the distress of others to relieve their discomfort. God is described as compassionate more than 50 times in the Old Testament. The Gospel writers described Jesus as having compassion 5 times. And in the magnificent portrait of the father of the prodigal son, he was filled with compassion for his son.

Kindness: choosing to be considerate, others-focused, and generous.

Humility: The opposite is pride, which destroys as it makes a person feel more entitled, thus more demanding, more insistent on control and having the last word.

Gentleness: responding so that a person feels safe with you, essential to a relational bond.

Patience: choosing to be willing to wait for gratification or vindication.

Forbearance: choosing patient self-control, restraint, and tolerance; choosing being long-bothered without showing any ill temper. In law, it is refraining from exercising a legal right.

Forgiveness: choosing to give up the delusion that you yourself have nothing to forgive.

Love: choosing to live in 1 Corinthians 13.

Peace: choosing to commit to making peace, not war. Letting Jesus referee in your heart.

They are all about the character of God. He has shown Himself to be this to each of us. We now get to choose to respond to others out of our experience of His indwelling grace.

We all make choices every day. I choose to walk the Colossians 3 way.

By Sylvia Gunter
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FURTHER READING

•   God’s Plan – A Study on God’s Destiny for Me?
•   
Hearing God’s Voice – a Study by Charles Stanley

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

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April 19 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

The Gospel Does Not Allow Fire Spitting
Matthew 5:43–44; 18:15–20; Luke 6:27, 35; James 4:1–2

If the gospel will not allow us to pay our enemies in their own coin, and give them wrath for wrath, then much less will it suffer brethren to spit fire at one another’s face.

WILLIAM GURNALL

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

Finding True Identity in God’s Eyes
Luke 17:7–10; 1 Corinthians 9:16; Galatians 6:4–5

Blessed is the servant who does not regard himself as better when he is esteemed and extolled by men than when he is reputed as mean, simple, and despicable: for what a man is in the sight of God, so much he is, and no more.

FRANCIS OF ASSISI

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

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19 Apr 2021 News Briefing

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Another explosive eruption recorded at La Soufriere
The La Soufriere volcano has erupted yet again. According to the National Emergency Management Organisation, an explosive eruption was recorded around 4:49pm. Ash clouds are now moving towards the south and west of the island. The alert level remains red.

Ranchers trying to fend off wildfires as extreme drought hits much of North Dakota
“A lot of these grasses are what is fanning the fire when we have these fast-moving fires,” a National Park Service spokesman said. “It’s because the grass fuels are much flashier — they tend to burn faster and carry fire quicker.”

French President Emmanuel Macron says international community must draw “clear red lines” with Russia
The international community must draw “clear red lines” with Russia, French President Emmanuel Macron said, including implementing sanctions after any “unacceptable behavior” by Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said, however, that sanctions alone are not sufficient.

GOP White House hopefuls move forward as Trump considers run
Polling does indeed show that Trump remains a commanding figure among GOP voters, despite his loss in November to Democrat Joe Biden. Republican leaders, including those who may hope to someday succeed him, have been careful to tend to his ego and make clear they have no plans to challenge his standing.

The Death of Law and Order Is Destroying America
In Portland, where Antifa has rioted almost nightly for nearly a year, the mob set fire to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building Sunday night with agents inside. Why has this lawlessness been permitted to continue for nearly a year?

North Korean capital demolishes many neighborhoods for Kim Jong Un’s ‘10,000 new homes’ plan
The North Korean capital Pyongyang has begun demolishing entire neighborhoods to make way for leader Kim Jong Un’s ambitious plan to construct 10,000 homes in the city by year’s end, but people displaced by the project have nowhere to live, sources in the capital told RFA.

Spectacular Fireball Flies Across Spain
Star gazers in Spain had a rare treat on Friday night, April 16 as a stunning fireball was clearly visible for almost a minute over much of the country when a rock from an asteroid entered the Earth’s atmosphere at an impressive 61,000 kilometres per hour. According to the Astrohita Foundation, while most spectacles of this kind are extinguished immediately or at least within a few seconds, this fireball remained alight for nearly sixty seconds.

Michael Savage Warns of Civil War — ‘You Should Be Very Frightened’
radio legend Michael Savage on Friday warned of a civil war which awaits the U.S. if the left continues to launch assaults on all that Americans hold dear. On his latest weekly podcast, Savage discussed a broad range of issues he sees as breeding grounds for an impending civil war. “What we are seeing is a civil war,” Savage said, before questioning if it can be stopped. Savage then described the “assault” as emanating from all sides and the wars “raging right here at home,” including the “war against the middle class, the suburbs, and white men.”

Facebook Bigwig Donated Millions to Black Lives Matter. Then The Company Censored Criticism of BLM’s Controversial Founder.
Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz has poured over $5 million into a network of nonprofits run by Black Lives Matter leader Patrisse Cullors, according to financial disclosure records, raising questions about whether this relationship played a role in the company’s decision to censor unflattering news articles about the activist last week.

Gunmen blow up oil well in Iraq’s Kirkuk
Unidentified gunmen on Saturday detonated explosive devices at an oil well in Kirkuk province in northern Iraq, according to a local police officer. The officer told Anadolu Agency that Daesh/ISIS terrorists were likely behind the attack that targeted well No. 105 in the Bai Hassan oilfield in Al-Dibs district, northwest of Kirkuk.

Israel and Greece sign record defence deal
Israel and Greece have signed their biggest ever defence procurement deal, which Israel said on Sunday would strengthen political and economic ties between the countries and the two countries’ air forces launched a joint exercise. The agreement includes a $1.65 billion contract for the establishment and operation of a training centre for the Hellenic Air Force by Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems (ESLT.TA) over a 22-year period, Israel’s defence ministry said.

Deputy chief of Iran’s Quds Force dies of apparent heart attack
The deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force, Brigadier General Mohammed Hejazi, died Sunday, the IRGC announced. Hejazi died of a “heart condition” the Iranian military said, without providing additional details.

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits southern Iran, no casualties reported
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake on Sunday struck Iran’s southern province of Bushehr, where a nuclear power plant is located, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage, state television said. The epicentre of the quake was the town of Rig and hospitals in nearby cities and provinces were on alert, with rescue teams and 50 ambulances sent to the area, a regional official told state TV.

Experiment creates “Planet of the Apes” embryos, Rabbi calls it the sexual sin of the Nephilim
Researchers are injecting human stem cells into monkey embryos and even scientists are disturbed by the ethical implications. For the Biblically minded, the implications are clear.

Russia: Negotiations on Nuclear Agreement have reached drafting stage
Significant progress has been made with regard to the nuclear deal talks taking place in Vienna, Russia’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mikhail Ulyanov, reported on Monday. “To summarize the outcome of two weeks of discussions, we can note with great satisfaction that the negotiations have reached the drafting stage.” Ulyanov wrote in a statement on Twitter.

Russia expels Czech diplomats over spying row
Russia has announced that 20 diplomats from the Czech Republic will be expelled after the Czechs expelled 18 Russian diplomats. The Russian diplomats are suspected of being intelligence operatives involved in an explosion at a Czech arms depot in 2014 which killed two people. Two Russians suspected of carrying out a nerve agent attack in the UK in 2018 are now also being linked to the blast.

Eight arrested as clashes erupt in Jerusalem and Jaffa
Police arrested a total of eight people in Jerusalem and Jaffa on Sunday night after clashes in the two cities between Arabs and Jews. Three protesters were detained in Jaffa detained after clashes broke out in the wake of an attack earlier Sunday on Rabbi Eliyahu Mali, the head of a yeshiva in the predominantly Arab neighborhood of Ajami.

Security Cabinet worried U.S. ‘racing to revive Iran nuclear deal at all costs’
Israel is worried the United States is racing to revive the Iran nuclear deal at all costs, officials said Sunday evening in the conclusion of a Security Cabinet meeting. Assembling for the first time in two months, the Cabinet’s agenda revolved mainly around Iran as tensions between Jerusalem and Tehran were escalating…

Iran says open to talks with Saudi Arabia after media reports
Iran’s foreign ministry has said the country is open to direct talks with Saudi Arabia after media reports said the two regional rivals recently held secret talks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh…refused to confirm or deny the reported talks on April 9 in Baghdad, but…that media outlets have used “contradictory quotes” and…had a history of fabricating news…

Heaviest rainfall in 40 years triggers flash flooding in Singapore
Heavy downpour caused flash flooding in Singapore on Saturday, April 17, 2021, with up to 161.4 mm (6.3 inches) of rain recorded in the western region from 04:25 to 07:25 UTC (12:25 to 15:25 LT). The amount was equivalent to 91 percent of the country’s average April rain and is among the highest in 40 years.

Biden Has Set The Stage For The UN-Supported Takeover Of The United States By Sparking Out Of Control Antifa Race Riots This Summer
…Federal LEO’s are secretly preparing for massive riots in primarily blue cities. Many of the agents believe that a murder conviction for Chauvin is unlikely. And anything short of a murder conviction will be met with widespread, violent riots. Of course, any police-involved shooting will be met with George Soros-inspired violent riots.

Invasive ‘jumping worms’ spreading through several US states 
The jumping worms originally come from Asia and were officially found in the Midwest by the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2013. Researchers have been tracking their movements since then. They may have been brought to the United States as fish bait.

US West prepares for possible 1st water shortage declaration
The man-made lakes that store water supplying millions of people in the U.S. West and Mexico are projected to shrink to historic lows in the coming months, dropping to levels that could trigger the federal government’s first-ever official shortage declaration and prompt cuts in Arizona and Nevada.

Strong and shallow M5.9 earthquake hits Iran’s southern province of Bushehr
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Iranian Seismological Center (ISC) as M5.9 hit Iran’s southern province of Bushehr at 06:41 UTC on April 18, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS and EMSC are reporting M5.8 at a depth of 10 km.

Kroger closes 2 Southern California stores over $4 per hour ‘hero pay’ ordinance
Retail chain Kroger closed two California stores Saturday after Long Beach City approved a coronavirus “hero pay” ordinance. Hero pay ordinances bump pay for workers in retail stores and pharmacies with 300 or more workers due to the hazards of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Long Beach, eligible workers have seen a $4 per hour increase in their wages.

Arizona Senate Is Ready for Audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 Election Results to Begin – The Democrats Are In a Panic
..Joe Biden became the first Democrat to win Arizona in decades and the first Democrat to win Maricopa County, where Pheonix is located, since Harry Truman.   This came as a surprise to most since when Biden and his unlikable VP Kamala Harris came to Phoenix less than a month before the election almost no one showed up.

The Vatican’s Upcoming ‘Health’ Conference? The Devil’s Making Them Do It
The devil—who not only truly exists—but is now the guiding hand behind Democrats working to destroy America’, sports horns and cloven hoof feet. Dr. Anthony Fauci, his chief earthly Ambassador of the Day, who works to replace Worship of God Almighty with “Science”, sports ‘beakers’ on his perpetual Covid-19 face masks.

Democrat Maxine Waters Calls Biden Supporters To Bloodshed In The Streets If Derek Chauvin Is Not Convicted Of Murder In The Death Of George Floyd
Democrat Maxine Waters is not interested in whether or not Derek Chauvin is actually guilty of the murder of George Floyd, not at all. Democrat Maxine Waters is calling on Biden supporters all over America to riot in the streets and spill blood if Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of murder. This is what it looks like when a banana republic is forming, and that’s exactly what America is being turned into.

Dozens in Central Florida contract COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated
They’re called COVID-19 breakthrough cases — people who have been fully vaccinated yet still contract the virus more than 14 days after their second shot. The cases are popping up around the country, including in Central Florida.

How To Start A War
Joe Biden, or those around him, seem determined to upset the peace they inherited…

Ole Anthony of Trinity Foundation, ‘nemesis of televangelists,’ dies at 82
Ole Anthony, president of the Dallas, Texas-based televangelist accountability group Trinity Foundation and a small congregation that modeled itself on first-century Christianity in lifestyle and mission, died at the age of 82, the church announced.

Iran releases Christian convert imprisoned for ‘membership in evangelistic group’
Authorities in Iran released 37-year-old Christian convert Majidreza Souzanchi from prison after he tested positive for COVID-19. Souzanchi had been arrested in 2017 for his association with a house church and being involved in evangelism. He was released from Tehran Greater Prison about four months earlier than expected.

Source: 19 Apr 2021 – Rapture Ready

Apostasy Watch Monday 4-19-21

William Brewster, and How Pilgrim Covenant twisted into Social Contract, then Socialism

Dallas Cult Leader, Ole Anthony, Nemesis of TV Preachers, Dead at 82

Wendy Duncan – I Can’t Hear God Anymore. Life in a Dallas Cult

Glenna Whitley – The Cult of Ole 

Matt Chandler Compares BLM Leaders to Prophets…..

Southern Baptist Leader, Russell Moore, Says Western Culture is Demonic

Christian colleges fight lawsuit designed to strip their students of financial aid

Michigan Attorney General Speaks at ‘Witches Against Patriarchy’ Event

Demi Lovato Says She Cut Her Hair to Break Free of ‘Gender and Sexuality Norms’ of Christianity

North Texas Episcopal churches hold final service before eviction following 12-year lawsuit

YouTube closes African channel promoting T.B. Joshua’s violent ‘conversion therapy’

Young pregnant pro-abortion leader in Argentina dies after legal abortion

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 19, 2021

 

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“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.” —Samuel Adams (1780)

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Maxine Waters Incites the Mob

Wherever there’s a fire, there too is a particular California Democrat with a can of gasoline.

Douglas Andrews

In 2000, when George W. Bush spoke to the NAACP about “the soft bigotry of low expectations,” he wasn’t talking about Democrat Representative Maxine Waters. But he might just as well have. For years now, Waters has gotten a pass on her hate-filled and inciteful rhetoric — rhetoric that, had it been uttered by, say, a white president, would’ve been grounds for impeachment.

And yet there was Waters on Saturday night, pouring gasoline on yet another fire. As the New York Post reports, “Waters joined hundreds of angry protesters who thronged Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, early Sunday, all breaking the 11 p.m. curfew together during the seventh night of protests against the police killing of Daunte Wright. ‘We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice,’ she urged the crowd, according to one tweeted clip. ‘We’re looking for a guilty verdict’ in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the police killing of George Floyd, where deliberations will begin next week, she said. ‘And if we don’t, we cannot go away,’ she added. ‘We’ve got to get more confrontational.’”

“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” and if we don’t get it, “We’ve got to get more confrontational”? Isn’t that a naked attempt to intimidate a jury?

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was quick to respond to the LA Loudmouth. “Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past,” he tweeted. “If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.”

McCarthy, if he’s planning to bring action, had better giddy up. Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has a talent for picking the right enemies and was herself stripped of all committee assignments for far less than Waters’s offense, announced an effort Sunday to expel Waters from Congress. As Fox News reports, “In a statement released by her office, Taylor Greene accused the California Congresswoman of inciting ‘Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists to fire gunshots at National Guardsmen in Minnesota’ after she spoke in Brooklyn Center, which has become a flashpoint for protests following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.”

Expulsion, you ask? Indeed. According to House Rule 23, clause 1: “A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”

If the question is whether Waters has conducted herself “at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House,” we’d say the case is open-and-shut.

“Telling rioters who have burned buildings, looted stores, and assaulted journalists to get ‘more confrontational’ is incredibly irresponsible,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Mike Berg told Fox News. “Every House Democrat should condemn Maxine Waters’ call for violence.”

So far, though, it’s crickets and tumbleweeds from the Democrat side of the aisle. And for good reason. Waters herself would be a damning witness in a case against her. As the New York Post editorial board opines, “In supporting the second impeachment of President Donald Trump … Waters said he was ‘inciting’ his followers, and was ‘trying to create a civil war.’ By her own standards, Maxine Waters should be impeached and removed.”

This, of course, isn’t Waters’s first attempt at rabble-rousing. On June 23, 2018, she infamously incited her followers to harass and intimidate members of Trump’s cabinet. “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” she told a crowd. “And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”

Class act, that Maxine Waters. But enough is enough. It’s time her colleagues stop falling back on the soft bigotry of low expectations and begin holding her to the same standard as everyone else.

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Biden Finally Admits It’s a Border Crisis

Meanwhile, the administration attempts to muddy the waters by conflating refugees with illegals.

Thomas Gallatin

Now it’s a crisis. With his poll numbers tumbling over his failed handling of the massive influx of illegal immigrants, President Joe Biden on Saturday finally called the border situation a “crisis.” Biden’s comments came as he walked back his administration’s decision the day prior to refrain from lifting the refugee cap placed by Donald Trump. And this was due to immediate blowback from the Left.

Attempting to explain his sudden about-face, Biden tied the refugee cap to the “crisis that ended up on the border with young people.” He then explained, “We couldn’t do two things at once. And now we are going to increase the number [of refugees].” So, after months of refusing to acknowledge the crisis at the border, Biden now blames his initial refusal to lift the refugee cap on the border crisis he and his administration vehemently denied existed.

Recent polling shows that Americans are now more concerned with illegal immigration — a border crisis that Biden brought on by rolling back Donald Trump’s effective border enforcement policies — than they are with COVID-19. Obviously, from a political standpoint, this is disastrous news for Democrats, which explains Biden’s convoluted attempt to now address the situation.

Strategically speaking, while in practice embracing a de facto open-borders policy for politically motivated calculations, the Biden administration must attempt to show some semblance of engaging in border enforcement and limiting illegal immigration. Thus the convoluted, and likely intentionally so, explanation of the actions taken on lifting refugee limits.

What the Biden administration is doing is seeking to erode and expand the definitional distinctions the U.S. has long had in place when it comes to recognizing genuine refugee status. Refugees are those fleeing their home nation for issues related to suffering due to political, religious, or ideological persecution, and not, as the Left is now insisting on including, economic limitations. While many refugees may be poor, poverty alone has never been accepted as a legitimate rationale for asylum.

If the Democrats can get more of the American public to buy into this redefinition of illegal immigrants as refugees deserving of asylum status, then it will serve to blunt criticism of their de facto open-borders policy.

But why are Democrats so set on bringing in such a large influx of illegals when just a decade ago they were singing a different tune? It has everything to do with California. As Power Line’s Steven Hayward astutely observes, “California used to be a fairly reliable Republican state in presidential elections even though it has long had a Democratic majority in registered voters; indeed it was the anchor of the GOP’s dominance of the electoral college from 1968 through 1988. But following decades of large-scale hispanic immigration, California is now a rock solid Democratic state (or so the legend goes — I think there is much more to this story than merely changing demographics). Thus Democrats think that with enough hispanic immigration to the rest of the country, they can flip Texas and Florida, solidify Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada, and rule forever.”

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To Mask or Not to Mask

It’s a question you can find almost any answer to. And that’s a big problem.

Nate Jackson

“When I see people walking outside, often alone with no one anywhere near them, wearing a mask, my primary reactions are disappointment and sadness,” wrote Dennis Prager earlier this month. “I am disappointed because I expected better from my fellow Americans. I never thought most Americans would be governed by irrational fears and unquestioning obedience to authority. I have come to realize that I had a somewhat romanticized view of my countrymen.”

More than a year into the ChiCom Virus pandemic, masks are still a rather contentious issue. That’s perhaps even more true now that half of American adults have received at least the first dose of the vaccine.

Perhaps the biggest problem is that you can find research backing up whatever opinion you choose to hold. Did masks work? Yep. In fact, they work so well you should wear two. But masks also don’t work. A peer-reviewed study completed last November raises significant questions about the effectiveness of masks. The Stanford University research report, “Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis,” published by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Biotechnological Information, concludes: “The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19. The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks.”

Are masks enough? Nope (but “wear them anyway”). Is there any reason to keep wearing one (or more) outside or if you’ve been vaccinated? Not really, but you can get banned from YouTube for saying so.

In any case, Michigan is extending the mask mandate to two-year-olds, while Oregon is considering making the mandate indefinite.

On the other side, you have people like Senator Ted Cruz who’ve had enough. “At this point I’ve been vaccinated. Everybody working in the Senate has been vaccinated,” Cruz said. “CDC has said in small groups, particularly with people who were vaccinated, don’t need to wear masks.” So he won’t while he’s in the Capitol complex or on the Senate floor.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the subject of the aforementioned YouTube censoring, advised vaccinated people that they don’t need to be wearing masks, despite Dr. Anthony “It’s Not a Liberty Thing” Fauci. “If you get a vaccine, the vaccines are effective, you’re immune. And so act immune,” DeSantis said. “If you tell people the opposite then, gee, if it’s not effective for them and it’s not gonna change anything, then what’s the point of going through it?”

As always, The Babylon Bee nails it: “Man Can’t Wait To Get Vaccine So He Can Go Back To Isolating While Wearing A Mask But Now Doing So While Vaccinated.”

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Wokeness — or Madness?

A new study says that white progressive women suffer most from mental illness.

Arnold Ahlert

In 2005, former radio talk-show host Michael Savage wrote a book titled Liberalism is a Mental Disorder. Fifteen years later, a 2020 Pew Research study has apparently validated that assertion, especially as it affects white women.

“The study, which examined white liberals, moderates, and conservatives, both male and female, found that conservatives were far less likely to be diagnosed with mental health issues than those who identified as either liberal or even ‘very liberal,’” columnist Elizabeth Condra reveals. “What’s more, white women suffered the worst of all. White women, ages 18-29, who identified as liberal were given a mental health diagnosis from medical professionals at a rate of 56.3%, as compared to 28.4% in moderates and 27.3% in conservatives.”

To be clear, questions correlating mental health conditions, political affiliation, and race weren’t originally asked in the Pew Research Panel, Wave 64, that interviewed a representative sample of 11,537 American adults between March 19 and March 24. The data was analyzed by Zach Goldberg, whose Twitter profile states he is a “PhD student/Wokeness Studies scholar researching the ‘Great Awokening.’” Goldberg took the data and categorized it according to political affiliation.

Two “interesting findings” arose from his analysis, he explains. “First, white (and especially ‘very’) liberals are far more likely than all other ideological-racial subgroups to report being diagnosed with a mental health condition.” Second? “Somewhat surprisingly, this difference further grows when we add standard controls.”

Goldberg organized his findings, replete with a set of graphics, and posted them to a Twitter thread with the following clarification: “I didn’t write this thread to mock white liberals or their apparently disproportionate rates of mental illness (and you shouldn’t either). Rather, this is a question that’s underexplored and which may shed light on attitudinal differences towards various social policies.”

Dr. Lyle Rossiter, who published the book, The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness, offers a searingly astute assessment of individuals consumed by a series of agendas that inevitably become too burdensome to bear:

What the liberal mind is passionate about is a world filled with pity, sorrow, neediness, misfortune, poverty, suspicion, mistrust, anger, exploitation, discrimination, victimization, alienation and injustice. Those who occupy this world are “workers,” “minorities,” “the little guy,” “women,” and the “unemployed.” They are poor, weak, sick, wronged, cheated, oppressed, disenfranchised, exploited and victimized. They bear no responsibility for their problems. None of their agonies are attributable to faults or failings of their own: not to poor choices, bad habits, faulty judgment, wishful thinking, lack of ambition, low frustration tolerance, mental illness or defects in character. None of the victims’ plight is caused by failure to plan for the future or learn from experience. Instead, the “root causes” of all this pain lie in faulty social conditions: poverty, disease, war, ignorance, unemployment, racial prejudice, ethnic and gender discrimination, modern technology, capitalism, globalization and imperialism. In the radical liberal mind, this suffering is inflicted on the innocent by various predators and persecutors: “Big Business,” “Big Corporations,” “greedy capitalists,” “U.S. Imperialists,” “the oppressors,” “the rich,” “the wealthy,” “the powerful” and “the selfish.”

The liberal cure for this endless malaise is a very large authoritarian government that regulates and manages society through a cradle to grave agenda of redistributive caretaking.

In other words, liberalism — more accurately described as progressivism today — is thoroughly exhausting. To realize the socialist utopia to which most progressives aspire requires the constant monitoring and ultimate reorganization of virtually every human being and institution on the planet, lest someone, somewhere “falls through the cracks.”

Yet placing such a burden on oneself requires something else as well: An unprecedented level of narcissism. Note that the pity, sorrow, anger. etc. required to fix society is always about fixing someone else, as in those who lack acuity, insight, and, most especially, the “superior” sense of morality and wisdom most progressives automatically confer upon themselves.

Such is the basis of a national divide whereby conservatives think progressives are misguided, but progressives think conservatives are evil, and thus wholly dismissible in terms of debate or even consideration.

Thus, generalizations like “deplorable,” “irredeemable,” and “bitter clingers” are applied to anyone who dares to challenge the progressive dogma du jour, whether it be having only X number of years to “save the planet,” or the idea that a man can be a women simply by saying so, along with everything in between. And because one is automatically beneath contempt, contrarian assertions, no matter how well-reasoned or rational, can be dismissed as racist, xenophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, etc.

Yet even as progressives demonstrate such overarching surety, they are consumed by fear. It wasn’t conservatives who invented “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings,” or “micro-aggressions.” These are the constructions of those whose arrogance is exceeded only by a fragility so all-encompassing that it required the creation of a Cancel Culture. One aimed at destroying “The Other,” no matter how far back in someone’s past one has to go to find an “intemperate” remark or action that will permanently “disqualify” the “guilty” from a job, a career, or the entirety of legitimate social intercourse.

Columnist Andrea Widburg offers some insight as to why women are more adversely affected than men. “The root problem is that these women are receiving mixed messages that would make even the strongest person go crazy,” she writes. “Beginning in high school, or even earlier, they’re told endlessly that they’re both victim and oppressor.” This is especially true for white straight women who are at once “evil oppressors who have benefited unfairly from white privilege,” and yet still women, “which means men have victimized them from time immemorial to the present.”

Obviously, that’s untenable. “It’s possible that the disparities in self-reported diagnosis are simply or partly a function of white liberals being more likely to seek mental health evaluations,” Goldberg surmises. “I don’t have the data to answer this question. But given that they also tend to score higher on neuroticism (and, not to mention, score lower on life satisfaction/happiness), I think at least some of this difference is genuine.”

Ironically, one could also surmise that the ability to access mental health evaluations is a form of privilege that most progressives ostensibly despise. “Access to care often varies based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and residential location,” states the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Could access itself elicit guilt that requires psychological intervention? If so, that’s quite a vicious cycle — one that might also explain the discrepancy.

Regardless, most of the dysfunction accrues to Democrat Party interests. Moreover, as Patriot Post publisher Mark Alexander asserts, it’s not a new phenomenon. “According to Democrat Party strategists, female voters are emotionally incontinent dupes, too irrational to discern and reject emotive political bait. They have proven the most dependable and easily-swayed of the collective constituencies Demos rally ahead of general elections,” he wrote — in 2014.

As Dr. Rossiter further notes, radical liberalism is akin to a “Marxist morality play,” acted out “in various theaters of human relatedness, most often on the world’s economic, social and political stages. But the play repeatedly folds.”

The bet here is this time will be no different.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • DOJ is investigating ex-Trump official who debunked the Russian-collusion narrative (Daily Caller)

“Kash Patel … is the target of a federal leak investigation, according to a report from The Washington Post. … While working on Capitol Hill, Patel played a central role in the investigation that uncovered details about the infamous Steele dossier, as well as the FBI’s use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. … One of Patel’s former colleagues speculated that if he is under investigation, it is likely because of his role debunking the narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. ‘Kash embarrassed intelligence officials by getting documents declassified showing the Russia collusion investigation was a fraud,’ the former Patel colleague told The Daily Caller News Foundation. ‘Now they’re getting payback and making an example out of him.’”

Government & Politics

  • Trump restrictions on fetal tissue research reversed (Politico)
  • Meanwhile, federal government caught buying “fresh” flesh of aborted babies who could have survived as preemies (The Federalist)

National Security

  • FedEx shooter was able to buy two rifles despite FBI investigation and prior weapons seizure (Examiner)
  • Feds to release 400 migrant families per day by June, up from 50 in January (Examiner)
  • Russia expelling 10 U.S. diplomats in response to sanctions (AP)
  • Oath Keepers member is first to plead guilty in Capitol riot investigation (NPR)

Around the Nation

  • Closing arguments in Derek Chauvin trial begins today (NPR) | Vandals target defense witness, leaving severed pig’s head on front porch of former home, smearing home with blood (Fox News)
  • What could possibly go wrong? Minneapolis moves to disarm traffic enforcers (PM)

Odds & Ends

  • Half of U.S. adults have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose (Reuters)
  • Liberty University hits Jerry Falwell Jr. with $10 million lawsuit (Washington Examiner)
  • STDs in the U.S. at all-time high for 6th consecutive year (Disrn)
  • Raul Castro steps down as head of Communist Party (NBC News)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • “Consensual incest” should be decriminalized, advocates say (NY Post)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Why Biden’s China strategy is destined for failure (Daily Signal)
  • Policy: Some advocates of restricting free speech insist that censorship debates are merely about boundary-setting — but they’re wrong (City Journal)
  • Humor: Men demand reparations from women due to Eve eating the apple (Babylon Bee)

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VIDEOS

Reparations for Slavery Just Got Closer to Becoming Reality — Democrats move forward with their plans to pass reparations. Here’s why they may actually succeed this time.

MLB Takes Huge Hit Over All-Star Game Decision — Clay Travis tees off on what he calls the biggest blunder ever by any sports commissioner.

Conservatives Unite Against Critical Race Theory — Parents Against Critical Theory (PACT) founder Scott Mineo launched the fundraiser after members of his group were harassed for speaking out.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The justification and the purpose of freedom of speech is not to indulge those who want to speak their minds. It is to prevent error and discover truth. There may be other ways of detecting error and discovering truth than that of free discussion, but so far we have not found them.” —Henry Steele Commager (1902-1998)

Re: The Left: “We live in a skewed world where a woman can be hounded out of her job at Teen Vogue for making jokes when she was 17, where The New York Times believes it’s newsworthy to track down the prom date of Josh Hawley for comment, and where Supreme Court nominees are attacked for jokes they made in their high school yearbooks, but somehow pointing out that the person put in charge of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division once spouted racist rhetoric, and now supports an anti-Semite, is beyond the pale. … [Kristen] Clarke has every right to live free and work where she can, but she has no God-given right to hold a position of power over citizens. With her history, she shouldn’t.” —David Harsanyi

For the record: “So Twitter has banned James O’Keefe for reporting on CNN by using long-utilized undercover techniques; Facebook has barred a story about Patrisse Cullors’ house for reporting in a way that is frequently used. This isn’t about barring methods. It’s about barring content.” —Ben Shapiro

Belly laugh of the week: “Rep. Hank Johnson says he is not worried that four more Supreme Court justices will make Guam capsize.” —Trey Gowdy predicting an upcoming headline

The BIG Lie: “Some people will say we’re packing the Court. We’re not packing it; we’re unpacking it.” —Congressman Jerry Nadler

Grand delusions: “The Republicans stole two seats on the Supreme Court, and now it is up to us to repair that damage.” —Senator Ed Markey

Non compos mentis: “Supreme Court expansion is infrastructure.” —Congressman Mondaire Jones

Say that again. Slowly. “We’ve got some of the strongest protocols in the country and yet this virus has come raging back.” —Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

And last… “We need to start talking about Joe Biden’s border crisis as intent more than incompetence. What we’re seeing now reflects what Democrats believe immigration should be. Open borders. Amnesty. Catch and release. Banning voter ID. They know what they’re doing. This is intentional.” —Mark Meadows

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‘A Marketplace for Aborted Baby Body Parts’: Biden Admin to Allow Fetal Tissue Research Using Taxpayer Money

The Biden administration is allowing university researchers and government scientists to use human fetal tissue for medical research.

Source: ‘A Marketplace for Aborted Baby Body Parts’: Biden Admin to Allow Fetal Tissue Research Using Taxpayer Money