American Red Cross: Vaccinated people cannot donate blood, because the vaccine completely destroys their natural antibodies.
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American Red Cross: Vaccinated people cannot donate blood, because the vaccine completely destroys their natural antibodies.
— Read on m.youtube.com/watch
No greater threat exist to faith in America at this moment than the shrinking space of freedom of speech in the public square. Whether it is self imposed censorship by bowing the knee to “political correctness” and the fear of man, or the mischaracterization of Christian conviction as “Hate Speech” or an arrogant overreach of social media imposing it’s political and moral views on its users, the verdict is in. Free Speech is no longer popular in America and much of the West. True Christian Faith and the expression of it has almost never been popular in secular society … yet both are recognized in our Constitution and so are their source. These “rights” come from God Himself.
Rev Thomas Littleton
Freedom of Speech is lodged firmly in the 1st Amendment of the Bill Of Rights along side Freedom of Religion and Freedom of the Press. All three have to do with expression by the individual in the exercise of those God GIVEN inalienable rights which the US Constitution recognizes and affirms . Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion are inseparable and cannot be denied without serious impact on the other.
First Amendment Annotated
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Acts 4: 13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. 14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a [a]notable miracle has been done through them is evident[b] to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”
18 “So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
DANIEL IN THE LIONS DEN FOR VIOLATING PRAYER LAW
3 “Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
6 “So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.”
10 “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”
THREE HEBREWS THROWN IN FIRE FOR REFUSING TO WORSHIP A GOVERNMENT INSTITUTED IDOL.
Daniel 3:4 Then a herald cried [b]aloud: “To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5 that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; 6 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FAITH BREATHE THE SAME AIR.
The TWO and inseparable
Threats to BOTH include-
Critical Theories- Identity politics – political correctness -“Civil Society ” # MeToo movement, and Common Good Socialism narratives. Victimhood status of race- gender sexual orientation – oppressed religious minorities . collectivism – secularism- atheism –
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WORKED TO PROTECT BOTH
Trump admin 2017 passed Executive Order over concerns of Free Speech and Religious Freedom
“in order to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious liberty of persons and organizations in America, and to further compliance with the Constitution and with applicable statutes and Presidential Directives”
It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom. The Founders envisioned a Nation in which religious voices and views were integral to a vibrant public square, and in which religious people and institutions were free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination or retaliation by the Federal Government. For that reason, the United States Constitution enshrines and protects the fundamental right to religious liberty as Americans’ first freedom. Federal law protects the freedom of Americans and their organizations to exercise religion and participate fully in civic life without undue interference by the Federal Government. “
Respecting Religious and Political Speech. All executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall, to the greatest extent practicable and to the extent permitted by law, respect and protect the freedom of persons and organizations to engage in religious and political speech. In particular, the Secretary of the Treasury shall ensure, to the extent permitted by law, that the Department of the Treasury does not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship, or other religious organization on the basis that such individual or organization speaks or has spoken about moral or political issues from a religious perspective, where speech of similar character has, consistent with law, not ordinarily been treated as participation or intervention in a political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) a candidate for public office by the Department of the Treasury.
Conscience Protections with Respect to Preventive-Care Mandate. The Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall consider issuing amended regulations, consistent with applicable law, to address conscience-based objections to the preventive-care mandate promulgated under section 300gg-13(a)(4) of title 42, United States Code.”
Religious Liberty Guidance. In order to guide all agencies in complying with relevant Federal law, the Attorney General shall, as appropriate, issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in Federal law.”
Karl Marx followers on Free Speech
Neo-Marxists … built critical theory as a vehicle for change and began the deconstruction of the West.
The history of critical theory and its impact on free speech:
“Frankfurt School academics fleeing Adolf Hitler’s Germany transmitted the intellectual virus to the US and set about systematically destroying the culture of the society that gave them sanctuary.”
“America’s freedom of speech was its achilles heel. Critical theorists were given university pulpits and a constitutionally ordained right to preach, grinding its foundation stones to dust. Since 1933 they have been hellbent on destroying the village to save it. the intellectual source of modern identity politics in the United States can be traced to the migration of Critical Theory scholars from Germany to U.S. universities in connection with or after World War II.”
SECULAR PROGRESSIVES CALL CULTURAL MARXISM AND ITS INVASION A “CONSPIRACY THEORY “
IMPORTANT !!! FREE SPEECH BECOMES HATE SPEECH
So how is Free Speech hindered by CT and CM?
The narrative of victimhood which defines whose who culturally – who is victim and who is perpetrator is decided in advance. Follow the talking points OR else
You are RACIST- HOMOPHOBE- ISLAMA-PHOBE – XENOPHPOBIC – HATER – If you speak your opposing point of view it is.
Truth -especially Gospel Truth is no longer Free Speech BUT Hate Speech.
Speaking against sin or false religion or religious ideology or cult can be twisted into and becomes hate speech- and must be silenced for the common good and “Civil Society”
Civility is the premium currency of Critical Theory and Cultural Marxism.
ACLU and other organizations defend speech and freedoms of the “MINORITY” while they often work against the rights of those wo do not agree with them.
SOME NOTABLE VICTIMS OF CANCEL CULTURE AND DISMANTLING FREE SPEECH.
Trump – even THE President was silenced by Social Media and news outlets for speaking truth.
Mike Lindell of My Pillow has been censored and “cancelled” BUT is coming back strong in opposition to it! . So can you.
Some famous people and their words in Freedom of Speech
quotes on FS
“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
“Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of
it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”
― Winston Churchill
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
― Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”
― Edward Snowden
“The only security of all is in a free press.”
― Thomas Jefferson
“The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty.”
[Beauharnais v.Illinois, 342 U.S. 250, 287 (1952) (dissenting)]”
― William O. Douglas
William Orville Douglas was an American jurist and politician who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Nominated by President Franklin D. Rooseveltat 40 was one of youngest justices appointed
“Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without Freedom of Speech.”
“Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.”
“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” Thomas Jefferson
Quotes on Freedom of Religion
“Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man’s nature,
and the noble rank he holds among the works of God…Let it be known that British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments.”John Adams
“We hold it for a fundamental and inalienable truth that religion and the manner of discharging it can be directed only by reason
and conviction not by force and violence. The religion, then, of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience
of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate.”James Monroe,
“The liberty enjoyed by the people of these States of worshipping Almighty God, agreable to their consciences, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.”George Washington
“Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.” George Washington
Some Scriptures related to FREE SPEECH
Paul spoke the truth to the Galatians but was aware that people could turn on him for doing so.
“Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?”
And I charged your judges at that time, ‘Hear the cases between your brothers, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him. You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.’
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,”
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Christians who think they are being noble or humble to hold their individual rights with little or no care – do so at the risk of their speech and their faith. Great momentum exist in todays culture to silence opposition to the cultural /political/ and media narratives. Time is short for passive Christians to awaken and arise for the sake of and freedoms of our children and their faith.
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It was also common sense when Paul said vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks. He’s ahead of the curve apparently https://t.co/TdQDj4Q2gc
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Forgiveness Will Conquer a Lust
Proverbs 24:29; 25:21–22; Matthew 5:38–45; Acts 7:59–60; Romans 12:18–21
By revenge you can but satisfy a lust, but by forgiveness you will conquer a lust.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The Scriptures Were Written to Be Understood by All
John 16:25; Acts 4:13; 2 Corinthians 1:13
The Holy Ghost has so ordered and regulated the Scriptures that in them as well publicans, fishers, and shepherds may find their edification, as great doctors their erudition. For those books were not made to vainglory, like the writings of the Gentile philosophers and rhetoricians were, to the intent the makers should be had in admiration for their high styles, and obscure manner and writing; of which nothing can be understood without a master or an expositor. But the apostles and prophets wrote their books so that their special intent and purpose might be understood and perceived by every reader; which was nothing but the edification or amendment of the life of those who read or hear it.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah! what a Saviour!
Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned he stood,
Sealed my pardon with his blood:
Hallelujah! what a Saviour!
Guilty, vile, and helpless, we;
Spotless Lamb of God was he;
Full atonement! can it be?
Hallelujah! what a Saviour!
Lifted up was he to die,
“It is finished!” was his cry:
Now in heav’n exalted high:
Hallelujah! what a Saviour!
When he comes, our glorious King,
All his ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! what a Saviour!
5:15 Not to repay evil for evil but to pursue what is good reflects back on Jesus’s teaching not to follow a retaliatory “eye for an eye” ethic but to give a blessing instead (Mt 5:38–42).
5:15 A Christian must seek justice for others (Is. 56:1; 58:6–8). It is a remarkable part of Christian morality that the Christian, following the example of Christ (1 Pet. 2:21–23), should refuse to seek personal retaliation (Matt. 5:38–42; Rom. 12:17–21; 1 Cor. 6:7; 1 Pet. 3:9).
5:15 one pays back evil for evil to anyone The Thessalonians may have been tempted to retaliate against those who persecuted them. Paul advises them against this (Matt 5:39–40; Rom 12:19). Believers must extend to others (i.e., believers and unbelievers) the same goodness the Lord has shown them.
5:15 renders evil for evil: For a Christian to try to get revenge is a denial of basic Christian love (Rom. 12:17; 1 Pet. 3:9), and it goes against Jesus’ teaching (Matt. 5:38–42; 18:21–35).
5:15. Some, rather than being patient with others, return evil for evil. But Paul writes that this is what should not happen. Retaliation is not a Christian characteristic. Living without seeking revenge on those who harm a person takes great resolve and reliance upon the Holy Spirit. The second half of v 15 gives the positive application of this.
Rather than seeking evil for others, Paul instructed the Thessalonian believers to pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. The pursuit of good for others is very emphatic in the Greek: “But always the good pursue even to one another and to all.”
5:15 Speaking now to Christians in general, Paul forbids any thought of retaliation. The natural reaction is to strike back, to return tit for tat. But the Christian should be so in fellowship with the Lord Jesus that he will react in a supernatural way. In other words, he will instinctively show kindness and love to other believers and to the unsaved as well.
5:15. The opposite of patience is retaliation in some form. Retaliation is not an option for a Christian. Even if the wrong done to him is an imposition by a needy brother, or an action springing from evil intent, the offended one never has the right to repay wrong with wrong (cf. Matt. 5:38–48; Rom. 12:17–21; 1 Peter 3:9). One’s response should be to show kindness in such instances. Nor is it enough to abstain from evil; one is also to do positive good—to be kind to each other. Christians are to do this not in the sense that they will if they can, but in the sense that they earnestly work at it. This kind of response takes effort and must be continued.
15 That retaliation took place in the church is indicated by the next command, not to return evil for evil, but rather always to show kindness even when you have been treated unkindly. Note that this was not confined within the group of believers but it was to be shown to everyone else as well. This attitude went beyond the morality of the time and was characteristically Christian (Rom. 12:17, 19–21; 1 Pet. 3:9; cf. Mt. 5:38–42, 43–48).
5:15. Paul was concerned not only with relationships within the church, but relationships outside the church. He gave commands for behavior to each other and to everyone else.
The payback rule is common: You get me—I will get you. You shove me—you had better be ready. Getting even, exacting our own sense of “justice,” is a strong human tendency.
Jesus was different. He contradicted just about everything we naturally do. He often began his moral lessons with “you have heard” and then called for a change by following up with “but I tell you” (Matt. 5:21–30; 33–37; 38–42; 43–47). He brought a new way to live. He is the new way.
Only as we abide in Christ and entrust our grievances, hardships, and the wrongs we suffer to him can we live with this command. It is not natural, but it is possible. It marks a distinctly Christian approach to life. Paul detailed this approach by quoting Proverbs 25:21–22 in the Book of Romans when he called us to live in peace, to not take revenge. He told us, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink” (Rom. 12:20), then added “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21). And so Paul told the Thessalonians to be kind to each other and to everyone else. This means everyone both inside and outside the church.
5:15 “See that no one repays another with evil for evil” This is another PRESENT ACTIVE IMPERATIVE (cf. Matt. 5:44; Rom. 12:17–21; 1 Pet. 3:9). Believers must respond in a way different than unbelievers. Believers should act in love, not react in anger. Difficult and unfair situations are often the most effective witnessing opportunities.
|NASB||“always seek after that which is good”|
|NKJV||“always pursue what is good”|
|NRSV||“always seek to do good”|
|TEV||“at all times make it your aim to do good”|
|JB||“you must all think of what is best”|
This PRESENT ACTIVE IMPERATIVE rendered literally “continue to pursue good” (cf. v. 21; Rom. 12:9). The term “good” here is agathos, which usually emphasizes a moral quality. But one wonders how this relates to the next phrase “for one another and for all people.” The term kalos (good or beautiful) is used in v. 21. There is a large semantic overlap between these two terms in Koine Greek. Is there meant to be a distinction? Both immediate contexts refer to “evil” (cf. vv. 15a, 22). But v. 15 relates to Christians actions toward believers and non-believers (all men), but v. 21 relates to analyzing Christian leaders or gifts. I am currently thinking that they are synonymous. There was a simplification in grammar and vocabulary occurring in Koine Greek in Paul’s day.
For a good discussion of kalos see William Barclay’s New Testament Words pp. 151–161.
© “for one another and for all people” This is much like v. 14 and 3:12. Believers must put the good of the community above personal benefit (cf. Rom. 12:10; 1 Cor. 12:7; Phil. 2:1–5). How believers treat other believers should be generalized to the way they treat nonbelievers also (cf. Gal. 6:10).
15. Not only is it the duty of the entire membership to exercise this virtue, patience or longsuffering, but the brotherhood must also see to it that each individual member cultivates it and manifests this grace toward everyone. Hence, there follows: See to it that no one render to anyone evil for evil, but always pursue that which is good with reference to one another and with reference to all.
The impatient person retaliates when he is injured. He “renders (ἀποδῷ: gives back) evil for evil.” Paul condemns this practice (see also Rom. 12:17, 19; cf. 1 Cor. 4:12; 6:7) and so does Peter (1 Peter 3:9), in complete harmony with the injunction of Jesus: to love not only those who love us but even those who hate us and who are, in that sense, our enemies (Matt. 5:44).
It is not true, however, that in forbidding the exercise of personal vengeance Jesus laid down a principle that was entirely new and in striking contrast with the spirit and teaching of the Old Testament. The commandment—“eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe” (Ex. 21:24, 25; cf. Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:21)—relates to the public administration of criminal law (see Lev. 24:14), and was issued in order that the practice of seeking personal revenge might be discouraged. What Jesus is opposing in Matt. 5:38–42 was not the Old Testament law but its Pharisaic misinterpretation. What the Lord taught, and what Paul in substance repeats, is entirely in line with (is a further development of) such Old Testament passages as Lev. 19:18; Deut. 32:35; Prov. 20:22; and 24:20. To be sure, there is an advance here (i.e. in Matt. 5:43–48). Revelation also in this respect is progressive. The idea that one should never render evil for evil, no not to anyone, was never as strikingly expressed as it was by Jesus when he said, “Love your enemies.” Also in this respect Jesus “came to fulfil” the law (Matt. 5:17), and also in this respect Paul (here in 1 Thess. 5:15) enforces a principle which he derived from the Lord.
Instead of “rendering evil for evil” it is the believer’s duty to pursue that which is good—that is, beneficial—, and this not only with reference to one another (fellow-believers) but even with reference to all (believers and unbelievers alike; cf. 3:12). This good which the believers must pursue (eagerly seek after) is love, as is clear from a comparison of the present passage with 3:12; Rom. 13:10; and 1 Cor. 14:1.
Ver. 15. See that none render evil for evil.—
Negative and positive precepts:—
I. See that none render evil for evil unto any man. Retaliation betrays a weak and cruel disposition. Pagan morality went so far as to forbid the unprovoked injuring of others; and it is not without noble examples of the exercise of a spirit of forgiveness. The Jews prostituted to purposes of private revenge the laws which were intended to administer equitable retributions. It is Christianity alone that teaches man to bear personal injuries without retaliation. “Hath any wronged thee,” says Quarles, “be bravely revenged; slight it, and the work is begun; forgive it, and it is finished. He is below himself that is not above an injury.” Public wrongs the public law will avenge; and the final recompense for all wrong must be left to the Infallible Judge (Rom. 12:19, 20).
II. But ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves and to all men. The noblest retaliation is that of good for evil. In the worst character there is some element of goodness. Our beneficence should be as large as an enemy’s malice (Matt. 5:44, 45). That which is good is not always that which is pleasing. Goodness should be sought for its own sake. It is the great aim and business of life. Goodness is essentially diffusive; it delights in multiplying itself in others. It is undeterred by provocation; it conquers the opposition. Lessons: 1. The perceptive morality of Christianity is a signal evidence of its transcendent glory. 2. Practice is more potent than precept. 3. The Christian spirit is the root of genuine goodness. (G. Barlow.) It is not strictly true to say that Christianity alone at first forbade to return evil for evil. Plato knew that it was not the true definition of justice to do harm to one’s enemies. The Stoics, who taught the extirpation of the passions, were far enough from admitting of revenge to be the only one that should be allowed to remain. It is a higher as well as a truer claim to make for the gospel, that it kindled that spirit of kindness and good-will in the breast of man (which could not be wholly extinguished even towards an enemy), until it became a practical principle; and that it preached as a rule of life for all, what had previously been the supreme virtue, or the mere theory of philosophers. (Prof. Jowett.)
Following the good:—Ever follow that which is good among yourselves and to all.—1. In political effort men can unite, and so they ought in religious; for religion means the link which binds men for good work. Is it more important to put one’s political friends in Parliament than to win one’s neighbours for heaven? 2. Remember the unwearied diligence of political partizans. Ah, one cannot help regretting that Christians are less earnest. 3. In politics men will give up their dearly loved crotchets to promote the welfare of the general party. Why not, then, sink our individualism in following that which is good? We are to ever do so—
I. In building up our own character. 1. It is easier to do good than to be good. We are so apt to be discouraged by many failures. We have wished to grow in goodness like a tree, but we have more to contend with than a tree. We promise well in bud and leaf, and then the fruit does not ripen, and we get discouraged. Some of us have done worse. We have put forth the bud of innocence, but the blossom of virtue has been nipped by the frost of misfortune, or the blast of temptation, and we have given up. To all such let this exhortation come with power. Still set your face towards the good. Try again. Will you throw away your coat because it is soiled? Would you have your child despair of writing because he has upset the ink? 2. In following the good let us aim high. To copy from another may help us a little; but we shall make the surest progress if we follow only Christ. We teach children writing by setting the best copy before them. If we fall to-day, let us arise to-day and follow Him.
II. In the Church. Every Church should be a missionary society, and when a new member is received something should be found for him to do. It is true you cannot find a perfect Church; but this should not dishearten you. Go into an organ factory—what a horrible din! Yes; but what is the result? The Church is an organ factory. All our pipes have to be made and tuned. But if we are in earnest we shall not care for the discord; the instrument will one day play harmonious music. In battle, if a general see a brigade hardly pressed he orders out another to support it. So, if the Church’s battalion in the slums is weak, the battalion in the suburbs should hasten to its help. Let us by our example make the Church vigorous and good. If the prayer-meeting is good, the Lord’s supper, &c., follow them. Be as regular and earnest in Church duty as though you were paid for it.
III. In the world. Lift up your voices against war. Working men uphold arbitration against strikes. Do not blame statesmen for making war, when master and man fight and ruin one another.
IV. In your own neighbourhood. There is much that you can do there. Conclusion: 1. Persevere in following the good. 2. Let your motive be the love of Christ. 3. If you keep following the good, your works will follow you. (W. Birch.)
Perseverance in following the good:—When Columbus was sailing over the Atlantic, believing there was another continent in the west, his men were dispirited and almost in mutiny, he said, “Unless we have some sign of land within the next three days, we will turn back.” Fortunately, they had some signs of land, and the ships steered on until they came to the American coast. Now, what you are doing is good, and you should tolerate no “if” about it. You have been preaching, and teaching, and doing good for a long time, and perhaps you are ready to say, “Unless I have some signs of good fruit from my labour, I will give up.” Do not. If that which you are following be really for the benefit of mankind, be not weary in well-doing. The test of success is not in numbers. Remember that Jesus had no disciples with Him in His trial; at His crucifixion He had only one, and He ended His beautiful ministry by the cross. Therefore, do not despair. Keep on with your work and keep at it. Persevere. Follow that which is good continuously unto the end. (Ibid.)
Good for evil:—Bacon said, “He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green.” Philip the Good, of Burgundy, had it in his power to punish one who had behaved ill to him; but he said, “It is a fine thing to have revenge in one’s power, but it is a finer thing not to use it.” Another king of France said of his foes, “I will weigh down the lead of their wickedness with the gold of my kindness.” A minister remarked, “Some persons would have had no particular interest in my prayers, but for the injuries they did me.” (H. R. Burton.)
15. Paul changes from the second to the third person, ‘see that no-one renders …’. Not only has each one a responsibility for his own conduct, the whole community has a responsibility for each of its members. This applies to leaders, but also to others; every Christian must give attention to the conduct of the whole group.
The prohibition of retaliation is found elsewhere with the same Greek verb and the same words wrong for wrong (Rom. 12:17; 1 Pet. 3:9; niv has ‘evil for evil’ in both). It may go back to some saying of Jesus (cf. Matt. 5:43–44), or to the Old Testament (Prov. 25:21). Faced with opposition from both Jews and Gentiles, retaliation must have been a strong temptation to the Thessalonians. But Christian teaching is not meant to be applied only when circumstances are easy. Christianity is a robust faith, empowered with a divine dynamic, and is to be lived out even under the most trying circumstances.
The negative is followed by the positive, always try to be kind (or ‘good’, rsv; agathon). This last word stands over against ‘evil’ and thus denotes what is helpful to others rather than the pursuit of the moral ideal. It is the attitude of returning blessing for cursing, of being actively friendly in the face of hostility. This is more than occasional small acts of kindness; it is a life lived in an attitude of Christian love (always try). The verb try (diōkete) means something like ‘pursue vigorously’ and is the usual word for ‘persecute’. It is interesting to find Paul the ‘persecutor’ (1 Tim. 1:13) using this strong term for the Christian duty of doing good (cf. the pursuit of love, 1 Cor. 14:1; righteousness, 1 Tim. 6:11; peace, Heb. 12:14). It is a duty to be exercised within the brotherhood (to each other), but also to outsiders (to everyone else). Christian love is not to be restricted; it is to be our attitude to all.
Ver. 15.—See that none render evil for evil unto any. The prohibition of revenge is peculiarly Christian neither corresponding to the spirit of heathenism, nor yet clearly revealed in Judaism. A precisely similar prohibition is given in Rom. 12:17, “Recompense to no man evil for evil.” But ever follow; pursue after. That which is good; the good, the beneficial. Both among yourselves; your fellow-Christians. And to all men. The human race in general; the one being brotherly kindness and the other charity (2 Pet. 1:7).
15 With a final imperative Paul moves from specific concerns that apparently have been reported to him by Timothy, to a more general, and thus concluding, admonition in which he dips into the well-known Jesus tradition found in our Gospels in Matthew 5:38–42. In his teaching Jesus insisted that there be no “eye for an eye,” but that his disciples “resist evil” by doing good. This is the tradition that Paul is apparently picking up and putting into his own words here. Thus, with two corresponding clauses he insists first (with perfect chiasm in his own sentence, and thus “literally”), “See that no one wrong for wrong to anyone pays back.”27 The fact that such “repayment” is to be left in God’s hands is not explicit here, but is certainly implied.
The real difficulty most of God’s people have with this admonition is that God may not give such people what they deserve, but may show them the same kind of mercy that he showed to themselves! But Paul saw clearly that in a world where God’s people are implicated in the same fallenness as all others, even the best of them do not see clearly the end from the beginning; and retaliation is simply not a part of becoming followers of the Crucified One. Thus he begins this final admonition with the prohibition of not “pay[ing] back wrong for wrong.”
The second imperative then offers the truly Christian form of “paying back”: “but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” Here Paul’s own word order catches his emphases. In contrast to paying back wrong for wrong, “always the good pursue,” he insists. It must be “always,” rather than “hit or miss”; it must be “what is good,” rather than “wrong for wrong”; and it must be “pursued,” rather than done occasionally and at one’s convenience.29 The more striking moment comes at the end; “doing good” rather than retaliating has to do first of all with fellow believers, people within one’s own community of faith. But here Paul urges that they extend “doing good” beyond the community of faith as such, and “strive to do what is good for everyone else” as well. Thus whether they would prefer to think so or not, this would include the very people who are doing their best to make life miserable for people like themselves, who have chosen to follow Christ.
It is easy for the typical “American” reader of this letter to read past these staccato imperatives, since they pose special problems for people who have been raised on the “gospel” according to Ben Franklin, that “God helps those who help themselves.” Instead of “helping” the weak, one should admonish them to “get with it” and “carry their own weight.” But the God of Scripture is fortunately not a “typical American”; rather, he has revealed himself, both in the Old Testament and especially in the Incarnation, as the “God of the humble,” the God who pleads the cause of the poor and indigent. Thus at this point Paul, by the Spirit, has placed himself in the long line of biblical authors who “plead the cause of the needy.” Since these come by way of imperative, they should probably be taken much more seriously than many are wont to do.
15 This leads naturally to the thought that Christians are not to be provoked into acts of retaliation (cf. Matt. 5:44–45; Rom. 12:17). Rather, their ruling attitude must be one of benevolence toward all, even those who act toward them in hostile fashion. Indeed, especially toward those who are hostile to them.56 It is easy enough to be well disposed toward those who treat us well, but it is of the essence of the Christian attitude that agapē, self-giving love, be practiced toward all, even the unkind and vindictive. Our Master, for our salvation, endured patiently the insults and the injuries of wicked men. He, the Just, died for the unjust. In both these ways his example is important for his people. As the servant is not greater than his Lord, we must expect the same kind of treatment, and therefore we must expect to be called on to show the same kind of patience under provocation. And since he came to die for sinful people, we must expect that our meekness is to be by way of ministering to the needs of the sinful also.
Thus it is that the New Testament often calls on believers to forgive injuries. This is expressed in the Lord’s Prayer, and Jesus insisted on the point more than once (Matt. 5:38–42; 18:21–35; Luke 6:35, and elsewhere). There are very close parallels to the present passage (Rom. 12:17; 1 Pet. 3:9), which indicates that it was something in the nature of a standard injunction in the early church. It may even go back to some saying of Jesus. That such a precept was so widely accepted in a body subject to such constant ill-treatment as the early church is remarkable enough. That it was put into practice to such a large extent is even more so. It may be that this was responsible in some measure for the impact the early Christians made on the people of their day. At any rate, it is worth reflecting when we are tempted to think of the clash of hostile forces today, and of how difficult it is for us to put such precepts into practice, that the Thessalonians to whom these words were addressed were themselves in no easy situation. Subject to constant harassment from both Jew and Gentile, they could easily have become embittered. But it was just in this situation that they were called on to render to no one evil for evil. The great precepts of the Christian faith have always been addressed not only to those who find them easy to keep but to all. And they can be kept, because with the command God provides the power.
The positive exhortation, “always pursue what is good toward one another” (which NIV renders “always try to be kind to each other”) must, in this context, refer to acts of love in the face of hostility rather than to ethical goodness in general. At the same time it should be noted that the term is a broad one. Paul is not simply saying, “Do little deeds of love when you might be expected to retaliate.” He is laying down goodness in the face of provocation to evil as a great general principle that must underlie the conduct of Christians at all times. It is one of their springs of action. The verb is in the continuous present, so that a habitual attitude is inculcated, and this is reinforced by the adverb “always.” The verb is “pursue,” which means follow with some eagerness.57 The line of conduct in question is to be exercised toward members of the brotherhood and outsiders alike. As we saw on 4:9, there is a brotherly love that Christians should practice among themselves, but this pursuit of goodness in the face of provocation is something that they should not restrict. No matter where nor how they are provoked, the obligation lies on them to follow the good unswervingly (cf. 3:12; 4:12).
15 When tempers run short, the whole group has the responsibility for seeing that no member “pays back wrong for wrong.” The natural tendency to retaliate and inflict injury for a wrong suffered is forbidden, no matter what the injury. Apparently the Christian stand against retaliation crystallized very early, no doubt being formulated from principles established by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5:38–42). Jesus refuted a false scribal inference drawn from Exodus 21:23–24 (cf. Lev 24:19–20; Dt 19:21). “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” was originally intended to restrain people from going beyond equal retaliation in punishment for social wrongs against the community. The teachers of the law had distorted the commandment’s purpose by using it to justify personal revenge. What had been given as restrictive law had through human traditions been transformed into a permissive rule. In speaking out against this tradition, Jesus emphatically set the tone for his followers in forbidding personal revenge altogether.
That this lesson took firm hold is evident not only in the present verse but also in Romans 12:17–21, where Paul develops the principle in more detail. Peter also shows the influence of this teaching (1 Pe 2:19–23; 3:9). Nonretaliation for personal wrongs is one of the best evidences of personal Christian maturity.
Paul gives here a constructive alternative to retaliation: “always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” Diōkō (“try,” GK 1503) is immeasurably more than halfhearted effort. Eager expenditure of all one’s energies is never too much in seeking to agathon (“what is good”; NIV, “to be kind”). In place of wrong, injury, or harm motivated by a vengeful spirit, Christians must diligently endeavor to produce what is intrinsically beneficial to others, whether other Christians (“each other”) or unbelievers (“everyone else”). The seriousness of the abuse suffered is no issue. Some Thessalonians had doubtless been victims of unjustified harsh treatment; regardless, a positive Christian response was and is the only suitable recourse. The welfare of the offender must be the prime objective.
See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. (5:15)
For Christians, the severest, most painful disappointments come not from the wickedness of the unbelieving world but from other sheep within the church. Sheep are definitely capable of harming other sheep, sinning against them in a variety of ways, such as attacking them with wicked words (cf. Prov. 13:2–3; 15:1, 4; 18:13, 21; 24:28; Matt. 5:22; James 3:1–12) that include gossip and slander (cf. Ex. 20:16; Prov. 11:13; 20:19; 24:28), ostracizing them from fellowship and ministry opportunities, or harming them more overtly by helping break up a marriage (cf. Ex. 20:14; 1 Thess. 4:6) or influencing someone toward sinful behavior (Matt. 18:6–10).
The apostle Paul instructed the Thessalonians on how to respond to such wickedness from others in the church: see that no one repays another with evil for evil. At some point, disobedient sheep had done evil (“baseness, meanness, wickedness”) to the obedient ones. Paul’s response—stated in the imperative—to those wronged was that no one should repay with evil. There is absolutely no place among Christians for retaliation or personal vengeance (Rom. 12:19). The only one who has the right to retaliate is God (Lev. 19:18; Deut. 32:35; Ps. 94:1; Prov. 20:22; Nah. 1:2; Heb. 10:30; Rev. 14:9–10, 14–20).
Therefore, the sheep’s proper response when sinned against by fellow sheep is not to seek revenge, but to always seek … that which is good—to always pursue eagerly and zealously that which is beautiful, noble, and excellent (cf. 1 Cor. 13:4–7; 2 Cor. 8:21; Eph. 4:25; Phil. 4:8; James 3:17). “ ‘But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:20–21; cf. 2 Kings 6:22; Prov. 25:21–22; Matt. 5:43–44; Luke 6:27–38; 1 Cor. 4:12; 6:6–8; 1 Peter 2:19–23; 3:8–12).
Paul wanted the Thessalonians to respond to hostility with genuine acts of love. The welfare of one another, even those who had seriously offended them, was to be the Thessalonians’ primary concern. That concern was also to extend beyond the church to all people (cf. Gal. 6:10; 1 Tim. 2:1; 2 Tim. 2:24; Titus 3:2, 8).
So a healthy flock is characterized by growth in faith, love, and purity, and progress toward the likeness of Christ. But spiritually needy and problem sheep within the flock can and do impede its growth. That means the healthy sheep must lovingly, patiently, but truthfully deal with the difficult sheep to remove sinful impediments and ensure real growth. The key is not finding some clever strategy to bypass the troubles, but addressing the issues directly, as shepherds and sheep alike admonish the wayward, encourage the worried, uphold the weak, bear with the wearisome, and render goodness to the wicked.
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I have been privileged to counsel personally thousands of people – men, women, young people, children – about their spiritual needs. The experiences that remain uppermost in my heart and mind have a direct bearing on this verse.
Helping people to see their truly desperate plight outside of saving faith in Jesus Christ is sometimes difficult, but what a reward awaits those who become aware of their condition. No matter what their background – criminal, alcoholic, self-righteous, or whatever – uninformed people need to recognize the fact that they are lost without Christ.
Accomplishing that purpose is a long step toward their genuine conversion, for I have heard many thousands come to the place where they do indeed “call upon the name of the Lord” and they are saved.
If you can help your loved one, neighbor or friend – or even a total stranger – to become sufficiently alarmed about their eternal welfare that they call on the name of the Lord, you have come a long way toward bringing that person to Christ in a saving relationship.
Some people are bothered by the simplicity of the gospel. I am grateful that it is so simple that anyone can understand, believe, and receive. The promise of this verse is emphatic: “Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” Let’s believe and share it.
Bible Reading: Romans 10:14-17
I will not let the utter simplicity of the gospel keep me from sharing the Good News that we need only call upon the name of the Lord to be saved.
By Dr. Bill Bright
Used by PermissionRomans 10:14-17 New International Version
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”[a]
16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?”[b] 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
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When a boy seems to be having an attack of conscience, however small the twinge, his mother draws from her own experience to suggest a cure.
Although I was not sure that his teacher felt she needed it, I felt my ten-year-old did and so I suggested that he apologize to her.
“I don’t like apologizing,” Kent objected, his head down. “It feels too stupid.”
“It’s supposed to feel stupid. When you feel guilty and ashamed at the same time it can’t feel comfortable, not when you see that you were wrong.” I could have added that a sincere apology has a unique effect to self-pride—it elevates while it humbles. But I hoped he would find this out for himself.
When he left the house I was not at all sure he was convinced that he should apologize. I had not said he had to.
That evening when he came home, however, I knew instantly that he had.
“I talked to her and said I was sorry.”
“Yes.” A light toss of his head and a quick grin on his face told me that he was a bit embarrassed, but happy.
“See?” I couldn’t help but add. The look he gave me as he sailed out of the room said he got the message.
It has been said that the three most difficult words in the English language are, “I am sorry.” It hurts to apologize and we want to put it off, temporarily or even permanently.
But the law God has built within us makes this procedure a boomerang. We succeed in losing the one thing we desperately try to preserve; self-esteem.
The habitual compounding of this sort of behavior often succeeds in another direction. It makes us more prone to actions or words for which we need to apologize.
How many good people have nursed a grudge for years, and how many good churches have been stunted in growth and blessing because someone has been too proud ask for forgiveness, or even to go half way?
These three little words become amazingly comfortable when spoken in genuine sincerity. More than one revival has found its seeds in a simple, “I am sorry.”
Even here the Scriptural principle holds. “It is more blessed to give than to receive!”
By Muriel Hanson
Used by Permission
From: Honey and Salt, Wine Press Publishing
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Connection between the Death of Jesus and Destruction of Jerusalem
Matthew 24:1–2; Mark 13:1–2; Luke 21:5–6
Preaching Themes: Jesus_Death
What benefit did the Athenians obtain by putting Socrates to death, seeing that they received as retribution for it famine and pestilence? Or the people of Samos by the burning of Pythagoras, seeing that in one hour the whole of their country was covered with sand? Or the Jews [by the murder] of their Wise King, seeing that from that very time their kingdom was driven away [from them]? For with justice did God grant a recompense to the wisdom of [all] three of them. For the Athenians died by famine; and the people of Samos were covered by the sea without remedy; and the Jews, brought to desolation and expelled from their kingdom, are driven away into every land. [Nay,] Socrates did “not” die, because of Plato; nor yet Pythagoras, because of the statue of Hera; nor yet the Wise King, because of the new laws which he enacted.
MARA BAR SERAPION
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Renouncing Possessions and Acquisition
Matthew 13:44–46; Luke 9:23; 14:33
Willingly should we surrender earthly, in order to acquire heavenly goods. The Kingdom of Heaven is well worth all that you are possessed of. Nothing is bought more cheaply, nothing is more precious to keep when once acquired. Two things we must renounce for God’s sake: the right to possess and the wish to acquire.
HUGH OF ST. VICTOR
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Pray for the Lord to give you wisdom and discernment for those who may be fading right before your eyes.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of the Lord stands forever.” – Isaiah 40:8
Last summer my family went and picked up leftover pieces of sod for our backyard from a local sod farm. We put the pieces together like a puzzle: a little brown, a little yellow, and some bright green mixed in for good measure. And as I sat admiring our work, the Lord showed me something.
Each of those grass squares, when cut off from their lifeline-roots and water, are left to die in the scorching heat. Some of the pieces that had just been cut were still green and damp. Those cut a little earlier were yellowing and dry, and those cut the longest ago were brown and brittle. The ladies at the farm assured me that the yellow pieces could be brought back to life with water and care…that their roots would grow and bring vibrant life back to them. And, y’all, as I thought about it, I realized that I have felt like one of those yellowing pieces recently.
This is so like our walk with the Lord. When we are rooted and grounded in the Word, spending quality time in fellowship and prayer, we are filled with Living Water, green and bright and vibrant. And even if we pull up roots for a time…we can stay green and full for a little while…we can fake it ‘til we make it. But the longer we are away from the Word, we start to yellow a little. We begin to fade in areas, maybe, where others can’t see, but we can behind closed doors. Our joy, our peace, our love, our kindness and gentleness… even our faith can start to fade.
But here’s the beauty…we can get all of that bright vibrant joyful, hope-filled abundance back, y’all! We just have to take care with what we sow. We have to grow our roots down deep by sticking close to those who are close to the Lord, who will speak truth and lift us up and away from the things of this world! We need to drink up the Living Water and not hold back. We need to be patient in the waiting of reaping a harvest. We can’t give up, no matter what this world or the people of it throw at us.
I share this for all of you who may be in this place. You may have been cut off…you may not be full. You may be in a really dry, hard place. But I am here to tell you that the Lord is there with you, urging you to come back to Him and let Him be your fulfillment in this world. He sees you and knows right where you are. Look for Him and He will be there. If you are green and bright and in an amazing place with the Lord right now, come alongside your friends and offer His love and comfort and encouragement for those who need it, because one day you may need them to return the favor.
Check in on your people. Pray for the Lord to give you wisdom and discernment for those who may be fading right before your eyes. Dig in the Word. And drink up the Living Water that only He can give.
“I rejoice in your Word like one who discovers a great treasure.” – Psalm 119:162
Forgive me for wandering from you and your Word. Draw me back to you and the Life that only you can give. Help me to resist the things of this world and keep my focus on you alone.
In Your Mighty Name,
Maggie Meadows Cooper is a wife, mother, educator, and blogger with a longing for women to grow a heart for Jesus and others. She is the author of the children’s book Bumper, helping others to see that the heart is what counts most. She blogs at http://www.thelittlemoments.org and contributes to IBelieve Truth:A Devotional for Women, Blogs by Christian Women, Devotional Diva, and the Connecting Ministries Blog. An educator with a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University (War Eagle!), she has nineteen years experience in education. She loves all things chocolate, real Coca-cola, and watching anything mystery related! She lives with her husband, three children, and two rambunctious dogs in Opelika, Alabama.
Correctional officers charged with sleeping night of Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide dodge jail time in proposed deal
Two federal correctional officers accused of sleeping on the job and browsing the internet the night Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself will dodge jail time under a proposed deal with prosecutors. Tova Noel and Michael Thomas will complete 100 hours of community service and be under pretrial supervision for six months under the deferred prosecution agreement, which requires a judge’s approval.
Is The Pentagon’s UFO PsyOps Fueling Russia, China War Risk?
There are reasons to be skeptical. After decades of stonewalling on the issue, suddenly American military chiefs appear to be giving credence to claims of UFOs invading Earth. The military people who take the videos in good – albeit misplaced – faith about what they are witnessing are not the same as the military or intelligence people who see an opportunity with the videos to exploit the public in a psychological operation.
Caught Red-Handed: CDC Changes Test Thresholds To Virtually Eliminate New COVID Cases Among Vaxx’d
The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) is altering its practices of data logging and testing for “Covid19” in order to make it seem the experimental gene-therapy “vaccines” are effective at preventing the alleged disease. Essentially, Covid19 has long been shown – to those willing to pay attention – to be an entirely created pandemic narrative built on two key factors: False-positive tests. The unreliable PCR test can be manipulated into reporting a high number of false-positives by altering the cycle threshold (CT value) Inflated Case-count. The incredibly broad definition of “Covid case”, used all over the world, lists anyone who receives a positive test as a “Covid19 case”, even if they never experienced any symptoms.
New Yorker Magazine Union Posts Anti-Semitic Tweet in Solidarity With Palestinians
The New Yorker Union posted a tweet Wednesday that used an anti-Semitic trope to express solidarity with the Palestinian people.”Solidarity with Palestinians from the river to the sea who went on a 24-hour strike yesterday for dignity and liberation. #palestineonstrike,” the union wrote on its Twitter account Wednesday afternoon. The union deleted the tweet three hours later and posted a tweet apologizing for engaging in the anti-Semitic trope. It added that it did not intend for its endorsement of the elimination of Israel to distract from its “solidarity” with the Palestinian people.
Israeli ambassador rips UN: The hypocrisy in this institution knows no bounds
“We will never apologize for defending our citizens, even if some here might be happy to see a higher number of dead Jews,” Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, told the UN General Assembly on Thursday, accusing the gathering of a lack of support for Israel and lambasting its “hypocrisy.”
IDF recommends harsh military response for every Gaza rocket
In recent discussions taking place among IDF senior commanders, it was agreed to suggest a harsh response for every single rocket launched from Gaza – a dramatically different approach than that implemented in recent years. The IDF has identified Hamas operatives deploying throughout the Gaza Strip to prevent anyone from approaching the fence and launching rockets toward Israel.
Jewish groups to Biden: ‘Use your bully pulpit to call out anti-Semitism’
An array of national Jewish groups called on … Joe Biden to speak out against what the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has described as a recent spike in anti-Semitic attacks linked to the latest Israeli war in Gaza. Biden has yet to address the incidents, and did not mention them on Thursday when he welcomed the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The attacks have included assaults on Jews by anti-Israel protesters.
Miracle in the IDF, anti-tank missile hits bus moments after soldiers exit
The missile tore through the bulletproof armor and exploded but tragedy was narrowly averted as ten soldiers from the Paratroopers Brigade had descended from the bus just moments before the attack. A soldier standing nearby was lightly injured by shrapnel. The soldiers were returning from a successful mission.
Hamas posted a video of the attack, intending to show a victory when, in fact, they were illustrating God’s great mercy and protection of the People of Israel.
Temple Mount closed to Jews 18 days and counting; Arabs riot and ridicule police
On Friday, Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed the police to prevent Jews from ascending to the Temple Mount, making it the 18th consecutive day that Jews were prevented from visiting their holiest site. Muslims are permitted to enter the Temple Mount unimpeded and 28,000 Arabs entered the site on Friday. The Arabs see the prohibition against Jews as a victory, expressing this by ridiculing the IDF soldiers assigned to maintain order.
Temple Mount reopens to Jews after weeks of clashes and unrest
The Temple Mount reopened for Jewish visitors on Sunday morning after it had been closed for such visits for the last 19 days due to the Muslim month of Ramadan and the conflict with Hamas in Gaza. The site was originally closed by police to Jewish visitors starting May 4 for the last days of Ramadan when large numbers of Muslim worshippers pray in al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and the police seek to avoid friction at the site.
Bangladesh lifts ban on travel to Israel
Bangladesh has reportedly lifted its travel ban to Israel in an unexpected move welcomed by the Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Director General for Asia and the Pacific Gilad Cohen on Saturday. Passports for Bangladeshi citizens, up until now, have had a caveat written on the document stating that the document was valid in “all countries of the world, except Israel.”
9 injured in blast at explosives plant in central Iran
Some nine people were injured after an explosion was reported at the Sepahan Nargostar chemical and fireworks factory in the city of Shahin Shahr…Saturday night, according to Iranian media. The cause of the blast is under investigation. According to the Iranian IRNA news agency, the factory is a producer of industrial and commercial explosive materials and is under the supervision of the National Security Council.
Iran threatens more limits on nuclear inspections at height of negotiations
Iran’s parliamentary speaker threatened on Sunday to further limit international inspectors’ access to nuclear sites and data, increasing tensions with the International Atomic Energy Agency and world powers… The threat came half a day after IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi announced that he would hold a press conference Sunday afternoon to update the world on the status of inspections
Egyptian mediators try to build on Israel-Hamas ceasefire
Egyptian mediators sought to reinforce a day-old ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants on Saturday, and aid officials appealed for a period of calm to start tackling a humanitarian crisis in Gaza after 11 days of fighting. The ceasefire, which began before dawn on Friday, was still holding on Saturday evening, enabling officials to start assessing the scale of the damage.
Russia to unleash AI robots that ‘fight on their own’ turning sci-fi war into ‘reality’
High tech military vehicles which use AI to operate are now in production for the Russian military, according to senior defence minister Sergei Shoigu. The robots will be able to operate largely independently, negating the need for a remote operator like many current drones in military use. While much unmanned military hardware has focussed on aerial combat…these vehicles are land based…
7.3-magnitude earthquake hits China hours after 6.1-magnitude quake, USGS says –
The U.S. Geological Survey says a second earthquake has hit China. A 7.3-magnitude quake hit Southern Qinghai, China early Saturday. The quake was centered about 10 kilometers (6 miles) deep in central China, about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) north of an earlier quake.
CDC recognizes a handful more blood clot cases linked to Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially recognized more cases of deadly blood clots connected to Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. The federal agency identified a total of 28 serious and life-threatening cases of blood clots linked to the controversial vaccine, including three cases that resulted in death.
Large earthquake feared along New Madrid Seismic Zone after sinkhole, bridge fissure appeared
Fears of a major earthquake along the New Madrid Seismic Zone in the Midwest emerged after a sinkhole opened up in a lake in Missouri and cracks were found in a major bridge in Tennessee.
Baylor University exposed as “anti-Christian” in its teachings
One of the most prominent Southern Baptist pastors is warning parents not to send their children to Baylor University in Texas because the ostensibly “Christian” school is actually teaching antichrist doctrines.
Mask wearers now feel paranoid, angry, confused and stupid
“Most Americans who like wearing a mask all day because it makes them feel more secure about not catching Covid also enjoy the control factor, where they can hassle the people who aren’t wearing a mask by giving them dirty looks or a verbal assault. If you’ve noticed, there’s also a Blue vs. Red politics game going on with masks, and that is why most of the Blue states are MUCH slower to remove mask mandates. The main problems, however, remain that the masks cause oxygen deprivation and angst, leading to pent-up anger, and we all know most of the Trump haters have that going on, big time.”
Mount Nyiragongo erupts, causing nearby residents to flee in panic, DR Congo
Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo started erupting at around 17:15 UTC on May 22, 2021, producing high lava fountains and lava flows that forced nearby residents to evacuate in panic.
Moderately strong M1.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2824
A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.1 at its peak erupted from Active Region 2824 (Alpha) at 17:11 UTC on May 22, 2021. The event started at 17:03 and ended at 17:16 UTC. Its location does not favor Earth-directed CMEs, but there is a possibility that a part of it is directed toward us.
Teen Vogue Teaches 12-17-Year-Old Readers How To Use Menstrual Blood in Witchcraft
Teen Vogue, which is targeted at children as young as 12 years old, has published an article explaining to its readers how to use menstrual blood for witchcraft.
‘Tastes Like Shrimp’ – Virginia Restaurant Serves Cicada Tacos in Latest Push to Convince People to Eat Bugs
The globalists and freaks in the left-wing media are trying to convince people to eat bugs. Cicadas are loud, winged insects that emerge from the ground every 17 years.
This innovative skylight uses light from the sun to desalinate water for drinking
Designer Henry Glogau has developed a skylight that uses seawater to provide natural ambient light and clean drinking water. The device is charged by a mini solar panel during the day. The remaining sea salt is also funneled into a dozen zinc and copper batteries that power a strip of light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Nuremberg Trial 2.0 is in Preparation: W.H.O and World Leaders Will Have to Answer for ‘Crimes Against Humanity’
Nuremberg Trial 2.0 is in preparation, with a class action lawsuit supported by thousands of lawyers and medical professionals worldwide, led by the American-German lawyer Reiner Fuellmich, who is prosecuting those responsible for the Covid-19 scandal manipulated by the Davos Forum.
Soros Kicked in $2M to Elect Maricopa County Sheriff Now Stonewalling Election Audit
Crucial to the Democrat’s victory over incumbent Republican Joe Arpaio: $2 million from progressive megadonor George Soros. It was the largest single donation Soros made in a local race in the 2016 election cycle, according to a Politico report at the time. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, kicked in another $250,000 to the pro-Penzone effort.
Texas Republicans, Governor Abbott, Received $250K from Clinic That Chemically Castrates Children
Texas Republicans Received $250K from Clinic That Chemically Castrates Children. These same Republicans blocked multiple transgender minor bills that would protect children from transitioning experiments.
“Dr. Anthony Fauci seems to be still funding gain of function research… the Chinese military is involved in this research” – Dr. Lawrence Sellin
On May 13, 2021, Lawrence Sellin had a wide-ranging discussion with Steve Bannon on his War Room program about Dr. Anthony Fauci’s funding of “gain of function” research, the laboratory origin of COVID-19 and the massive infiltration of U.S. virus research programs by China, in particular, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
Hold On, Ontario, This Can’t Possibly Last Forever
…In this, the 3rd extended Lockdown, small business will be allowed to reopen sometime in July—at 15% occupancy—with the provincial government never mentioning that thousands of them will already be bankrupt by then. In other words, Ontario’s Reopening Plan is contingent upon the level of Covid-19 vaccinations of its own citizenry. With picnic tables and benches now having been completely removed, signs have sprung up in all parks in the small town that Canada Free Press (CFP) calls home reading: ‘DO NOT CONGREGATE!’ with one neon sign on a well-trafficked main road, reading ‘’LEARN HOW TO PHYSICALLY DISTANCE!’
Nearly three-quarters of California slips further into “extreme” drought, worsening food production supply lines
California dealt with an intense wildfire season that scorched about 10 million acres in 2020. This year, it looks like the state is in for another crisis in the form of extreme drought conditions.
Source: 23 May 2021 – Rapture Ready
|SIGNS IN THE SUN: Sun unleashes strongest geomagnetic storm to strike Earth in yearsPosted: 23 May 2021 06:40 AM PDT(Penn Live) – A few days ago, millions of tons of super-heated gas shot off from the surface of the sun and hurtled 90 million miles toward Earth. The eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, wasn’t particularly powerful on the space-weather scale, but when it hit the Earth’s magnetic field it triggered the strongest geomagnetic storm seen for years.There wasn’t much disruption this time — few people probably even knew it happened — but it served as a reminder the sun has woken from a yearslong slumber.Continue reading SIGNS IN THE SUN: Sun unleashes strongest geomagnetic storm to strike Earth in years at End Time Headlines.|
|First bisexual ‘Bachelorette’ proud to break LGBT+ barriers on TVPosted: 23 May 2021 06:34 AM PDT(ETH) – As the first bisexual star of hit global dating show “The Bachelor”, Brooke Blurton said she is proud to boost LGBT+ representation on mainstream television with her lead role in Australia’s new edition of the series. Chosen as “The Bachelorette”, a spin-off from the long-running U.S. reality TV show “The Bachelor”, in which the star chooses who to date, Blurton said she is “so happy” bi people are finally being accepted.Continue reading First bisexual ‘Bachelorette’ proud to break LGBT+ barriers on TV at End Time Headlines.|
|Thousands evacuated following volcano eruption in Congo that leaves sky blood red in apocalyptic scenesPosted: 23 May 2021 06:25 AM PDT(ETH) – Thousands of people have been evacuated after the Nyiragongo volcano erupted and fumes turned the sky red in apocalyptic scenes. The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo ordered the mass evacuation from the eastern city of Goma on Saturday following the eruption.Even before the official announcement, thousands of people had started filling the streets and carrying what they could as they headed out of the city, which has already suffered from previous eruptions.Continue reading Thousands evacuated following volcano eruption in Congo that leaves sky blood red in apocalyptic scenes at End Time Headlines.|
|California will soon require vaccinations or negative test to attend some large capacity eventsPosted: 22 May 2021 11:28 AM PDT(ABC News 10) – While California is phasing out its reopening tiers, capacity limits, and physical distancing for most businesses in June, some large-scale gatherings will still have guidelines to follow.“Mega events” are considered large gatherings more than 5,000 attendees indoors or 10,000 attendees outdoors, according to the state Department of Public Health. These events may have “assigned or unassigned seating, and may be either general admission or gated, ticketed and permitted events,” the state says.Continue reading California will soon require vaccinations or negative test to attend some large capacity events at End Time Headlines.|
|Israel: The Eye of the HurricanePosted: 22 May 2021 11:22 AM PDTOPINION (Greg Laurie) – The little sliver of land known as Israel is practically in the headlines every day—and even more so in recent weeks as the nation has been under attack. Hamas, an Iran-backed terrorist organization, fired thousands of rockets into Israel, hitting population centers.If it weren’t for the Iron Dome defense system stopping 90 percent of those rockets, the damage would have been far worse. Let’s pray that the cease-fire agreement holds.Continue reading Israel: The Eye of the Hurricane at End Time Headlines.|
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday took a victory lap over his state’s low coronavirus case numbers – and that Texas even had a single day without a COVID death last week – despite harsh criticism he received for lifting all of his state’s virus-related restrictions in March.
The White House claims that Biden will not be attending due to a “scheduling conflict.”
Biden claims to be the second Catholic president, but has faced severe backlash for his stance on abortion that contradicts the church’s teachings.
The petition said that Biden should not speak at their commencement nor be given an honorary degree, because they are “dismayed by the pro-abortion and anti-religious liberty agenda of President Joe Biden.”
“He rejects Church teachings on abortion, marriage, sex and gender and is hostile to religious liberty. He embraces the most pro-abortion and anti-religious liberty public policy program in history. The case against honoring him is immeasurably stronger than it was against honoring President Obama, an action that alienated countless Catholics and brought upon Notre Dame the harsh criticism of 83 cardinals, archbishops and bishops,” the petition stated.
The well-written petition concluded by asserting, “Notre Dame has long prided itself on its preeminent position in the educational world of the Church. We suggest that its responsibility as such is to guard Church teachings that are crucially important in today’s society by conferring its honors upon those who support them rather than upon those who oppose them, especially the one person above all who has the will and the power to undermine them.”
Fox News reports that “for the last three presidencies, either the president or vice president has attended the Notre Dame commencement their first year in office. President George W. Bush gave the commencement address in 2001, President Barack Obama gave the address in 2009 and Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the ceremony in 2017. Obama’s attendance drew backlash for similar reasons.”
Finance executive and trustee of the university Jimmy Dunne will be addressing the graduates instead.
#CriticalRaceTheory Critical race theory radicals say America is “systemically racist.” But they’re wrong. America’s founding principles have led our united nation to overcome challenges and to right wrongs—principles that serve as our guide for progress toward being a more perfect union.
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Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson told FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday evening that the House-passed “9/11-style commission” to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot is the only way Democrats “can keep their false narrative” alive.
SEN. RON JOHNSON: What this is all about is they’re probably figuring out they can’t impeach Donald Trump for a third time. So this is the only way they can keep their false narrative that they were thousands of armed insurrectionists stormed the capital intent on overthrowing this government. And then by extension, they can paint with a very broad brush that the 75 million Americans that voted for Donald Trump are also potentially domestic terrorists and would be armed insurrectionists themselves if the FBI doesn’t intervene soon enough. So this is all about a narrative that paints Donald Trump’s supporters as threats to this nation.
I am not happy with those protesters, the people that committed acts of violence. I want them prosecuted. But there were more than twenty thousand protesters there. The FBI has arrested about four hundred and forty. One hundred twenty-five have been charged with assaulting or resisting or impeding law enforcement or other officials. The rest are basically charged with entering and remaining in restricted buildings or on restricted grounds. Now, maybe another 100 might be arrested. I’m highly concerned about the unequal administration of justice.
Dr. Fauci now admits that Covid-19 might have come from the Wuhan lab. Here are the implications of his stunning change of heart on this. — Dinesh D’Souza is an author and filmmaker. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he was a senior domestic policy analyst in the Reagan administration.