Daily Archives: August 1, 2021

Beware of Twisted Teachers — The Aquila Report

We’re living in an era of history where it’s unpopular to call out the wolves and warn God’s people of error and danger. That work is often viewed as insensitive, mean-spirited, and rude.

Paul loved the church of Jesus Christ. Undoubtedly he gave his time, energy, and life’s blood in order to preach the gospel of King Jesus, plant churches far and wide, and contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Therefore, when Paul speaks a warning about twisted teachers who would war against God’s people—we must pay close attention.

In Acts 20:28-30, we find Paul in the midst of a passionate address to a group of fellow elders who served the church at Ephesus. Paul had served alongside them and ministered with them. However, he’s preparing to depart and continue his work of pioneer missions as God had directed him, but before he began his journey, he addressed the men he loved regarding their responsibility as overseers of a local church he loved.

Acts 20:28–30—Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. [29] I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; [30] and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.

Guard the Elders

As Paul addresses the Elders, he encourages them to “pay careful attention” to themselves—namely the elders. In other words, this is one of the clearest passages in Scripture regarding the need for a plurality of elders in the local church and the rationale behind it. It’s a dangerous endeavor to seek to oversee a local church as a lone ranger pastor. Even more dangerous is the ministry model of a CEO pastor—opening wide the door for prideful leadership which often results in a fall.

The Church is God’s Church and he alone sets the rules, regulations, and boundaries for the functionality of local churches. If we will see a true reformation of healthy churches in our day, we must begin with a careful eye upon the leadership structure and a commitment to holiness for the glory of God.

Guard the Flock

A man who is incapable of carefully guarding the flock of God from fierce wolves has no business pursuing eldership within the local church. Paul writes the following in verse 28:

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

The word “care” is the Greek term, “ποιμαίνω” which has means to “herd, tend to animals, shepherd.” From this very term is where we derive the English word—pastor. Notice how Paul weaves the work of pastoring with guarding against fierce wolves.

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Beware of Twisted Teachers — The Aquila Report

1.6 Billion Disposable Masks Entered Our Oceans in 2020 – Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Following the World Health Organization’s formal declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world quickly mandated the use of face masks in public spaces.

This led to a massive demand shock, prompting factories to begin producing disposable masks at full capacity. The majority of these masks were produced in China, and in April 2020, the country reported a staggering daily production figure of 450 million masks.

Plastic Pollution: A Lesser Known Side Effect 

In Ocean Asia’s 2020 report, Masks on the Beach, researchers developed a formula to provide reasonable estimates for the number of disposable masks entering the environment.

Given an annual production figure of 52 billion disposable masks and a loss rate of 3% (the percentage of masks that escape water management systems), Visual Capitalist’s Marcus Lu notes that the team concluded that nearly 1.6 billion face masks wound up in our oceans in 2020. This amounts to approximately 5,500 tons of plastic pollution.

These masks are commonly made of polypropylene, which easily breaks up into microplastics. While the effects of microplastics on human health are not yet determined, these fragments are incredibly common in our water supply – for example, 94% of U.S. tap water is deemed to be contaminated.

Disposable Doesn’t Mean They’re Gone

Despite their single-use nature, disposable masks are expected to take more than four centuries to decompose while in the ocean. Here’s how this compares to other items we use on a day-to-day basis.

The pandemic has extended well into 2021, and the number of disposable masks polluting our oceans is likely to continue growing.

With this in mind, various companies and organizations are beginning to search for a solution. One noteworthy example is Plaxtil, which is developing a method for recycling surgical masks so that the raw materials can be used for other products.


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The CDC Is a Threat to Science – Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the astonishing shift from the CDC on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. It is not just that the CDC is re-recommending masks for people indoors in many parts of the country, which could include your neighborhood or not, and this could change tomorrow. (Hint: right now, it disportionately affects red states.) 

Whether and to what extent you “protect” yourself from disease with a paper strapped to your mouth and nose is now wholly contingent on data reporting and interpretation. It might feel like science but it has a better name: arbitrary power. Out with the Constitution. Out of traditions of law. Out with legislatures and the will of the people.

What’s even stranger was the rationale that the CDC cited to claim that the Delta variant renders the vaccines – the ones that have been hyped with unrelenting propaganda for many months, including stigmatization and demonization of those who refuse – substantially less effective for stopping infection than President Biden was touting just last week.

Our thinking on the subject is supposed to mutate at the same pace as the virus itself. It’s exhausting and triggers anyone’s BS detector. How in the world does the CDC expect anyone to believe anything it says in the future?

To be sure, the claim that breakthrough infections (PCR positives in vaccinated individuals) might be more common than thought could in fact be true. Indeed, I tend to think it is. It is a general principle of immunology that for viruses that mutate quickly, inoculation cannot always keep up as an infection preventive.

This is one reason that these fields have for the better part of 100 years observed that natural immunity is to be preferred if that is an option. It is safer and more globally effective for pathogens that are mild for most people, which is exactly what the science is (pointlessly) showing yet again now. Vaccines are glorious for stable viruses (measles, smallpox), but less comprehensively effective for flus and  coronaviruses – which is saying nothing controversial. I should add.

For example, a study from a Houston, Texas, hospital shows that the Delta variant is more transmissible than the wild type or other mutations. “Delta variants caused a significantly higher rate of vaccine breakthrough cases (19.7% compared to 5.8% for all other variants)” and yet there are fewer hospitalizations and deaths – which is another point for traditional virus theory: as a rule of thumb, variants of these pathogens are more prevalent but less severe. We’ve long known that – or did until 2020 when we decided to scrap a century’s worth of public health wisdom.

There is a rumor out there – that’s all it is – that the CDC is relying on some other study out of India that demonstrates that the Delta variant outwits the vaccine, but the study in question pertains to a vaccine not available in the US, has not been peer-reviewed, and was even withdrawn from preprint status so there is no way to check the findings or the data behind them. There are by now more than 100,000 pieces of science out there related to Covid, and they are public. But the one on which the CDC is rumored to follow is not available.

Where it gets interesting is that when a CDC spokesman was asked for the science behind the mandate – we aren’t talking about masking here, but the basic claim that the Delta tends to make an end-run around vaccines – the person said it wasn’t published, as if that were completely normal. What does this mean? Only Anthony Fauci, Rochelle Walensky, and some other big shots at the government agency have access? The millions of other scientists in the world cannot even have access to check out to make sure that the science is sound? And from the interpretation of a small cabal inside some bureaucracy comes the law of the land?

A critical principle of science is peer review, and that at least requires sharing study results that you claim to be definitive. If you don’t do that, people have every reason to dismiss your claims. In the decades since the internet, we’ve seen an ever more intense push to get those journals from behind paywalls and make them publicly available for greater accountability and a better scientific process.

In fact, open science works. A perfect example has been shown this past year when members of the public – including this writer – have enjoyed access to all the science pouring out daily, and happened to take notice of how completely screwed up policy has been in light of the actual evidence. There is zero evidence of a relationship between lockdowns and disease mitigation, zero credible evidence that masks cause a change in the virus trajectory, zero evidence that any of this wreckage of our liberties and rights has been worth it in any case, among many other revelations thanks to open science.

But now we have the CDC making a massive change in the lives of Americans – mandating a piece of clothing around our faces – but flat-out refusing to cite the science behind the claim; either about the variant, its effects, much less the sketchy claims that masks make any difference at all either way. They could have cited the Houston study but did not. Nope. The studies “have not been published yet,” the CDC spokesperson told the Epoch Times.

And we are just supposed to sit by, take our instructions, believe what they say about the science we’ve never seen and they will not share with other scientists, and not complain about it. To be sure, it could be correct that the vaccines are less effective than we have been told all these months, and that’s fine. Just give it to us straight. And yet even the Houston study showing this admits that Delta itself is less deadly.

Isn’t the whole point of this whole Covid kabuki dance to minimize severe outcomes – not cases, not infections, not exposure but hospitalization and death? One would suppose so. But the data games have enabled the disease planners for the better part of a year and a half to keep the shell game going, manipulating data, trends, and various other factors to remix the numbers in ways that fit whatever story they want to tell at the moment. So long as it generates a headline and a policy, we are good to go.

These days, the game is out in the open, brazen, completely undisguised. The science has been reduced to the status of pure diktat. They speak, you obey. If you question it, or even if you are correct too soon, you are toast. The fact-checkers will nail you and you will be body bagged as a subversive and an enemy of the people.

The unscientific nature of this game is summed up in the following realization. The Biden administration is toying with tactics and strategies for disease control that have utterly and completely failed for the 16 months they have been tried. Everwhere in the world! The science as we know it conclusively demonstrates the failure of every bit of the lockdown agenda. And yet here we are, threatened by another round on all sides.

I was curious how our home assistants have handled this newest turn of events that is going to land the nation’s kids in masks again this fall. I asked her. I got in return a tedious rendering of the same bland messaging from 5 different news sources, each nonchalantly telling us the new instructions from some unelected bureaucracy led by people with no experience or skin in the game.

I had the sudden sense that I was playing a bit part – the powerless man in a chair – in some dystopian science fiction movie. The point of the movie is to warn us against a future that we should all work to prevent – to know that such a nightmare would be possible and to therefore guard against any trend in that direction. Such movies exist to remind us how fragile freedom really is.

Sadly, the nightmare is here. It is everywhere. There is no more need for warnings. Now we have to deal with the reality of what we’ve become thanks to the people who once imagined that they could use the power of the state to outwit an enemy that neither we nor they could see or understand. Refusing to admit complete failure, they only double and triple down in a theater of the tragically absurd.


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Jeffrey A. Tucker is founder and president of the Brownstone Institute and the author of many thousands of articles in the scholarly and popular press and ten books in 5 languages, most recently Liberty or Lockdown. He is also the editor of The Best of Mises. He speaks widely on topics of economics, technology, social philosophy, and culture. tucker@brownstone.org

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A Tale of Two Cultures — CultureWatch

The West is at war with itself:

It does not take astute analytical abilities, incisive perception, or acute political awareness to see that the West is fraying at the edges. Indeed, it is a world splitting apart. The older I get, the more I grieve over what I see happening in America, in Australia and in the West. There is a major war going on and it is ripping the West apart.

Let me examine three aspects of this: first, I draw upon a recent article looking at the American scene; second, I add another worrying component to this; and third; I bring in the much-needed spiritual dimension, and remind us of a voice that has too often been neglected.

Two nations

In a recent piece Andrew Coy offers this thesis: “What is becoming increasingly clear is that America is disintegrating into two warring factions.” Others of course have spoken of this new American Civil War that we are witnessing. Coy makes some helpful points along the way. He writes:

Imagine the two separate belief systems. Notice how diametrically different Side A is from Side B. Be aware of just how different the cultures, customs, and norms are. Notice that the two sides do not resemble each other at all, and they look as if they had two separate histories; they certainly look as if they are demanding extremely different futures. And one characteristic that makes it more crucial is that the red states and the blue states can be found by locations and regions. 

He goes on to list various stark differences. Here are some of them:

-Red states believe that America is an exceptional country that has done great things but has also committed sins as a country. Blue states believe that America is anything but exceptional and must be destroyed. Red states believe in 1776, while blue states believe in 1619.


-Red states believe that God is the creator and is the One who gives us freedom, liberty, responsibility, and choice. Blue states believe that government is the creator and the entity that takes care of them from the womb to the tomb. Blue states believe that government is the answer. Red states believe government is usually the problem.


-Red states believe in capitalism, free markets, competition, and less government. Blue states believe in socialism, Deep State politics, government control, and censorship of unwelcome ideas and thoughts and voices. 


-Red states believe that locking down our economy, shuttering our schools and churches, putting masks back on, and confining Americans back to a China-like existence should be the absolute last option and choice if it even is an option at all. Blue states believe that shutting down churches, schools, and individual homes should be the first consideration, right out of the box, when the next China COVID virus scare comes along.


-Red states believe “my body, my choice” when it comes to the vaccine, while blue states believe “my body, my choice” when it comes to the baby in the womb.


-Red states believe that once vaccinated, they need not wear a mask again. And “oh, by the way,” why do I have to wear a mask if the vaccine actually works? While blue states appear to look forward to and cherish more masks, more lockdowns, and more government control of our lives. And blue states insist that they never promised anything with regard to the effectiveness of the vaccine.


-Red states are no longer listening to the CDC and Fauci, while blue states believe that Fauci’s words are from Mt. Sinai, and they follow the CDC guidelines with Jonestown-like obedience. http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/07/two_americas_two_different_belief_systems.html

Cancel Culture and Collusion

One of course can think of other things to add to his list. Let me mention just one, since another example of it just appeared in today’s news: Red states believe in truth, open debate, and the sharing of ideas. Blue states believe in censorship and cancel culture – only one point of view is allowed.

We see this everywhere with the nefarious collusion of the Big State, Big Tech, and Big Pharma. Consider this latest case:

YouTube has temporarily suspended Sky News Australia from posting on its video platform, issuing a first strike to the popular conservative news channel over “COVID-19 misinformation,” according to a statement. The tech giant said its decision to issue a strike was based on local and global health authority guidance, which Sky News Australia challenged as being constantly “subject to change” alongside updates to guidance from the various authorities. Sky News Australia said the suspension was over “old videos” posted on its channel. The strike means that Sky News Australia is suspended for a week from uploading content to its 1.85 million subscribers on its YouTube account.


“Specifically, we don’t allow content that denies the existence of COVID-19 or that encourages people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus,” YouTube said in an early version of its statement that was sent to local media. “We do allow for videos that have sufficient countervailing context, which the violative videos did not provide.” Sky News Australia said it “expressly rejects that any host has ever denied the existence of COVID-19 as was implied, and no such videos were ever published or removed.” http://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/sky-news-australia-suspended-by-youtube_3928004.html

As someone who has been booted off Fakebook and had a video pulled by UselessTube, I know all about this. It is all part of the radical left’s cancel culture. And it is quickly spelling the end of freedom and democracy.

Two Spiritual Cultures

All these examples of two separate cultures are part of a much bigger division of course. There is a kingdom of darkness and a kingdom of light. There is Satan and his attempt at coerced rule, and God and his reign of love. There really are two humanities, based on this spiritual division. See more on this here: billmuehlenberg.com/2017/06/07/two-humanities-two-destinies/

So it should come as no surprise that we find all these divisions in the West. It is a spiritual division based on radically differing worldviews. The major battle taking place in the West is over the Judeo-Christian worldview and the secular humanist worldview. These two heavyweights are slugging it out for global domination.

Generally speaking, those pushing the ‘blue state’ positions are part of the secular humanist camp, while those aligning themselves with ‘red state’ beliefs are usually found holding to the Judeo-Christian worldview. Yes there are exceptions to this, but it seems this is largely the situation we find ourselves in today in America and the West.

I mentioned above that the world is splitting apart. In 1978 Soviet dissident and Gulag survivor Alexander Solzhenitsyn gave the commencement address at Harvard University. Talk about a clash of cultures. He was actually booed by his audience for daring to share valuable truths with them.

The prophet Solzhenitsyn was certainly aware of the massive division in modern human culture – it really is “A World Split Apart” as the title of his speech put it. I have spoken to this very important address earlier, and quoted from it: billmuehlenberg.com/2018/06/09/harvard-solzhenitsyn-and-truth/

Let me finish this article with a few more quotes from it. He asks, “How did the West decline from its triumphal march to its present sickness?” He mentions the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, and continues:

It became the basis for political and social doctrine and could be called rationalistic humanism or humanistic autonomy: the proclaimed and practiced autonomy of man from any higher force above him. It could also be called anthropocentricity, with man seen as the center of all….


The humanistic way of thinking, which had proclaimed itself our guide, did not admit the existence of intrinsic evil in man, nor did it see any task higher than the attainment of happiness on earth. It started modern Western civilization on the dangerous trend of worshipping man and his material needs…. Mere freedom per se does not in the least solve all the problems of human life and even adds a number of new ones.


And yet in early democracies, as in American democracy at the time of its birth, all individual human rights were granted on the ground that man is God’s creature. That is, freedom was given to the individual conditionally, in the assumption of his constant religious responsibility. Such was the heritage of the preceding one thousand years. Two hundred or even fifty years ago, it would have seemed quite impossible, in America, that an individual be granted boundless freedom with no purpose, simply for the satisfaction of his whims. Subsequently, however, all such limitations were eroded everywhere in the West; a total emancipation occurred from the moral heritage of Christian centuries with their great reserves of mercy and sacrifice. State systems were becoming ever more materialistic. The West had finally achieved the rights of man, and even to excess, but man’s sense of responsibility to God and society had grown dimmer and dimmer.

He then discusses “the calamity of an autonomous, irreligious humanistic consciousness”:

It has made man the measure of all things on earth – imperfect man, who is never free of pride, self-interest, envy, vanity, and dozens of other defects. We are now paying for of mistakes which were not properly appraised at the beginning of the journey….


We have placed too much hope in politics and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life. It is trampled by the party mob in the East, by the commercial one in the West. This is the essence of the crisis: the split in the world is less terrifying than the similarity of the disease afflicting its main sections….


No one on earth has any other way left but – upward.  

(My quotes come the book version of his speech, but a slightly different version is found here: http://www.solzhenitsyncenter.org/a-world-split-apart )

A Tale of Two Cultures — CultureWatch

America Controlled By Corporations – YouTube

Back in 2018, Jim Morrison, a singer, songwriter, and poet, who served as the lead vocalist of the rock band, once said: “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.” He was right. Today, Americans think they have an unlimited variety of entertainment and media options right at their fingertips. But it is all a lie.

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CDC-Facebook Collusion on COVID “Misinformation?” Left Continues Attack on Fair Elections – YouTube

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Is it any wonder that Americans don’t trust the CDC or Facebook to deliver accurate information? And is it any surprise that your Judicial Watch caught these two organizations colluding to control the flow of news and opinion about Covid-19?

We learned a lot about the behind the scenes, inappropriate friendship of this government agency and this private company after we sued.

We received 2,469 pages of documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which reveal that Facebook coordinated closely with the CDC to control the Covid narrative and “misinformation.”

In addition, social media companies gave more than $3.5 million in free advertising to the CDC.

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Pfizer, Moderna, hike prices for their Covid jabs by up to a QUARTER for the EU – reports — RT World News

Pfizer, Moderna, hike prices for their Covid jabs by up to a QUARTER for the EU – reports

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Pfizer has reportedly raised the price of its Covid vaccine dose by a quarter, with Moderna also ramping up the price in its latest deal with the European Union. The two are making tens of billions of dollars in pandemic profits.

According to the Financial Times, which has seen contracts between the two pharmaceutical companies and the EU, Pfizer’s latest price for one vaccine dose was €19.50, or around $23 – up by four euro from the previous unit price of €15.50 euro.

Meanwhile, Moderna’s latest price is around €21.50 ($25.50) per dose, up from the previous price of €19 ($22.60). Despite this, the Moderna price is still lower than previously expected – $28.50 – because of the EU purchasing more doses.

 Also on rt.com

Israel to DESTROY 80,000 expired Pfizer vaccine doses in same week over-60s Covid booster scheme gets underway – media

Pfizer and Moderna – which earn a profit from the vaccines, unlike AstraZeneca, which is sold at cost – have pulled in tens of billions of dollars from the vaccines, with Pfizer forecasting $33.5 billion in revenue from its doses in this year alone. The forecast is up $7.5 billion from its previous prediction in the last quarter.

Moderna, though behind Pfizer in sales, is forecasting $19.2 billion in Covid-19 vaccine revenue for 2021.

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine still hasn’t been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) despite having been registered in 69 of the world’s countries to date, including EU members Hungary and Slovakia.

 Also on rt.com

Russia approves clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine cocktail: 150 volunteers to receive one dose each of Sputnik V & AstraZeneca

— Read on www.rt.com/news/530853-pfizer-moderna-vaccine-prices-eu/

CDC: 397 Children Suffered Heart Inflammation After COVID-19 Vaccine | The Epoch Times

Nearly 400 children between the ages of 12 and 17 were diagnosed with heart inflammation after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 30.

The condition, also known as myocarditis, occurred mostly in young boys, the study found. Heart inflammation wasn’t identified as an adverse reaction during the safety trials for the vaccine.

The CDC conducted the study by reviewing reports of adverse reactions to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) between Dec. 14, 2020, and July 16, 2021.

Of the 8.9 million children who received the vaccine as of July 16, VAERS received a total of 9,246 reports of adverse reactions, 90.7 percent of which were made up of “nonserious adverse events.” The 397 reports of heart inflammation made up 4.3 percent of the total.

Mollie Hemingway: Partisan Hearings Taking Jan. 6 Riot Out Of Context Are A “Joke” | Video | RealClearPolitics

Mollie Hemingway made the case Sunday on FNC’s “MediaBuzz” that the January 6 Capitol riot committee hearings are being held by partisan Democrats who are taking events out of the wider context of escalating political violence in 2020.

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: If you want to talk about consistency, you have to deal with the fact that we have a political party that embraced a movement to defund the police for an entire year and now we’re pretending that they care so much about the police.

HOWIE KURTZ, FOX NEWS: Hold on. The entire Democratic Party didn’t embrace the “defund the police” movement.

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: The defund the police movement, which the media and other Democratic partisans strongly celebrated, which was supported across the country by Democratic politicians, was something we saw in the past year.

CLARENCE PAGE: And Republicans.

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: No, Republicans have not supported defunding the police. That’s not true.

CLARENCE PAGE: You’re saying that Democrats do that. You’ve gotten great mileage out of that and it’s not accurate. It’s worth a much longer discussion. We’re not going to get that today. I want to throw a word in for truth here.

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: I’ve seen much more consistency between the wide variety of Americans across the political perspective who owe pose political violence, whether or not it’s affecting the White House or federal courthouses or the Capitol. There’s been consistency there.

That’s not what you see in the committee where you have people who actually believe that the 2016 election was illegitimate, you have Adam Schiff perpetrated the lie that the previous president wasn’t legitimate and colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. You have people who voted against certifying the election. This entire thing is a joke. The context is important and that’s why people aren’t taking it as seriously as the media are pretending to because everyone knows this is not legitimate and not trying to find facts.
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NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE PART 1: International Scientific Experts Discuss COVID 19 and Vaccines in Language We Can All Understand — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

In this video, professionals speak about the Covid 19 Virus; how it was genetically engineered.

Also, they speak about the dangers of the so-called Vaccine and how the vaccinated are at risk of death at an exponentially higher rate than the unvaccinated.

It is over an hour but well worth your time to have a clearer understanding about this planned-demic. The PhD reveals that she always knew that Covid was not only bio-engineered, but was released intentionally.

I embedded the video at the end of this article

From ukcolumn.org


This vital edition of No Smoke Without Fire is the first of two parts examining events, facts, claims and statistics around COVID 19 and the resulting enforced vaccine programme, with its catalogue of recorded vaccine adverse reactions. 

No Smoke Without Fire Part 1 is entitled ‘International scientific experts discuss COVID 19 and Vaccines’, and Part 2 ‘Covid 19 and Vaccine Statistics, Adult and Child Safety.’

Together both parts provide a stark wake up call to those believing the official narrative on COVID 19 and the efficacy and safety of vaccines.

Brian Gerrish is joined by top international scientific experts Dr Anne-Marie Yim and Dr Herve Seligmann.

This highly informative and relevant discussion, around COVID 19 and vaccine matters, has been made possible by the outstanding research and engagement of former nurse Debi Evans SRN, whose own efforts in these complex fields have resonated with the expert views and analysis of both Dr Anne-Marie Yim and Dr Seligmann.

Dr Anne-Marie Yim is French and of Cambodian origin. She holds a Doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Montpellier, France. She worked as a researcher at the University of Michigan in cancer research, particularly in proteomics [the large-scale study of proteins], and was awarded a research prize in 2001 for her work in identifying membrane proteins, awarded by the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Michigan.

She has expertise in protein chemistry with a focus on disulfure bridge in cysteine derivatives and radical enantioselective synthesis of amino acids both in homogenous and supported phase as she did her thesis in the Laboratory of Aminoacides, Peptides and Proteins in University of Montpellier, now the IBMM, Max Mouseron Institute. 

Her Research Papers, as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the Carcigenosis Program in University of Michigan Medical School include: ‘An immune response manifested by the common occurrence of annexins I and II autoantibodies and high circulating levels of IL6 in lung cancer’ and ‘Global profiling of the cell surface proteome of cancer cells uncovers an abundance of proteins with chaperone function.” 

Aside from her specialist scientific and medical work she holds a wide range of additional qualifications, including Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks.

Dr Hervé Seligmann was an invited professor in 2013-18 at the Emerging Infectious and Tropical Diseases Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France. His qualifications from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem include a B.Sc. in Biology, an M.Sc. in Plant Physiology; thesis, “A morphological marker of transitions towards saltadaptation in Sorghum bicolor”, supervision of Dr RH Lerner, Dept of Plant Sciences, and a Ph.D. in lizard microevolution, “Microevolution of proneness to tail loss in lizards”. He has been the recipient of a Rothschild Fellowship and was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Chicago and University of Oslo.

He has written an extensive number of scientific peer reviewed publications including on key subjects of evolution of the genetic code structure, alternative gene decoding, and multifunctionality of mitochondrial tRNAs.

In Part 1, Dr Anne-Marie Yim, Dr Seligman and Debi Evans SRN discuss a range of relevant topics concerning COVID19 and vccines, including:

What is COVID 19 and where did it come from?

Damaged babies and death risks post vaccination. (This subject is discussed by Dr Seligmann in more detail in Part 2 using data from Israel.)

Blood clotting problems and absence of platelets.

Paracetomol versus Aspirin.

Immune system reactions: Cytokine Storm Syndrome, T cells B cells, process of inflamation, dealing with inflamation, value of Ivermectin, Hydoxychloroquine, Zinc and Vitamin D

Work, studies and warnings of viriologist Dr Geert Vanden Bossche.

He has written an extensive number of scientific peer reviewed publications including on key subjects of evolution of the genetic code structure, alternative gene decoding, and multifunctionality of mitochondrial tRNAs.

In Part 1, Dr Anne-Marie Yim, Dr Seligman and Debi Evans SRN discuss a range of relevant topics concerning COVID19 and vccines, including:

What is COVID 19 and where did it come from?

Damaged babies and death risks post vaccination. (This subject is discussed by Dr Seligmann in more detail in Part 2 using data from Israel.)

Blood clotting problems and absence of platelets.

Paracetomol versus Aspirin.

Immune system reactions: Cytokine Storm Syndrome, T cells B cells, process of inflamation, dealing with inflamation, value of Ivermectin, Hydoxychloroquine, Zinc and Vitamin D

Work, studies and warnings of viriologist Dr Geert Vanden Bossche. Source



NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE PART 1: International Scientific Experts Discuss COVID 19 and Vaccines in Language We Can All Understand — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

August Will Be A Real Turning Point – Welcome To The Biggest Eviction Horror Show In U.S. History — The Economic Collapse

It is the beginning of August, and a day of reckoning has finally arrived for renters all over the nation.  Since last September, a moratorium that was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been protecting millions of renters that have been unable or unwilling to make their monthly rent payments.  But now that moratorium is officially over, and all of that back rent is due.  For some renters, that will mean that nearly a full year of rent will need to be paid.  The millions of Americans that cannot or will not pay what is owed can now be legally evicted.  This is a major national disaster that has been building up for many months, and now it is finally here.

Welcome to the biggest eviction horror show in American history.

It is going to be a doozy.

Some are still desperately hoping that members of Congress will do something once they return from their August vacations.  At this point, that does not appear likely.

So for now, there doesn’t appear to be any hope of averting the largest eviction tsunami that any of us have ever seen.

Of course it was inevitable that this day was going to come sooner or later.  After all, what else could we do?  Did anyone out there actually think that it would be possible to tell landlords that they could never collect rent ever again?

If we did that, there wouldn’t be any more landlords.

So many landlords out there are really hurting financially right now.  In fact, some of them have not been able to collect rent from certain tenants since the eviction moratorium was first put into place last September

Due to widespread job loss and the health risks of the Covid-19 pandemic, many renters in the US faced difficulty making their rent payments every month when the pandemic began in early 2020, and the federal government stepped in to prevent people from getting evicted in the midst of it. As part of this response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted a moratorium in September 2020 that prevented landlords from evicting their tenants regardless of whether they could pay their monthly rent in full or at all.

Now the wait is over, and landlords have nearly a year’s worth of eviction notices to file.

During the early part of this week, landlords are going to be racing to take advantage of the opportunity that they suddenly have.  There is still a possibility that Congress could decide to do something in a few weeks, and so landlords will want to evict people as quickly as they can.

And we are talking about a massive number of people.  According to to USA Today, this eviction moratorium “was the only tool keeping millions of tenants in their homes”…

A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year expired Saturday after President Joe Biden’s administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool keeping millions of tenants in their homes. Many of them lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic and had fallen months behind on their rent.

In this particular case, “millions” is not an exaggeration at all.

According to the Census Bureau, approximately 3.6 million Americans are potentially facing eviction within the next two months, and the Aspen Institute says that over 15 million Americans are currently behind in making rent payments…

More than 15 million people live in households that owe as much as $20 billion to their landlords, according to the Aspen Institute. As of July 5, roughly 3.6 million people in the U.S. said they faced eviction in the next two months, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey.

Others have come up with similar numbers.

On his website, Mike Shedlock shared numbers that he pulled from official U.S government data…

  • 7.43 million in rental properties are not current
  • 5.95 million owner occupied housing are not current
  • 8.71 million live in owner occupied homes where the homeowners have little or no confidence in ability to pay their mortgage
  • 12.71 million live in rental properties where the heads of household have little or no confidence in ability to pay their rent

This is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions.

And the fact that the deadline was pushed back several times just made the scale of the tragedy even larger.

In addition, we need to remember that enhanced federal unemployment benefits are ending in the majority of states in September.

A whole lot of people will soon be hit by a “double whammy”.  Their federal benefits are ending at the same time they are suddenly faced with a bill for all of their unpaid rent.

So what is this country going to look like when millions of impoverished Americans are suddenly thrown out into the streets?

Personally, I think that the stage has been set for civil unrest and riots.

Sadly, this is what can happen when we give people free rent for almost a year and then suddenly take it away.

Our system is simply not designed to handle a sudden disruption of this magnitude.  Public and private organizations will attempt to help those that are suffering, but they will be overwhelmed very rapidly.

Already, more than half a million Americans are homeless on any given night.

What will the number be after this unprecedented wave of evictions is over?

We are moving into deeply troubled times, and this wave of evictions has the potential to be a huge destabilizing force in our society.

Congress spent trillions and trillions of dollars to lift people out of poverty, but it didn’t work.

Day after day, our corporate media outlets will be filled with tragic stories about the people that are getting evicted, and we will be told how evil the landlords are for throwing them out.

But if landlords are not allowed to make money, there won’t be any rental properties at all.

Unless we just have the government own all of the rental properties, and that is called communism.

Ladies and gentlemen, August is going to be a real turning point, and the end of this moratorium is going to unleash a lot of chaos.

Unfortunately, I am expecting a whole lot more trouble to erupt as we steamroll toward the end of this calendar year.

August Will Be A Real Turning Point – Welcome To The Biggest Eviction Horror Show In U.S. History — The Economic Collapse

Is CV Jab Marking People? — Study – Grow – Know

Audio for this article is here: SermonAudio.com/StudyGrowKnow

I’m heading out to another state with my brother-in-law to bury the cremated remains of my sister and several of his siblings. They are all better off since they are with the Lord. Please pray for our safety as we drive to and from and we’ll have updates next week. Presenting these links below is not a tacit endorsement of everything presented or the person presenting them. Links are included for readers’ research.

Dr. Aurelio Peccei of the Club of Rome…advocated that a plague be introduced that would have the same effect as the Black Death of history. ‘The cure will be announced as newly developed when, in fact, it has existed from the beginning.’ [Behold A Pale Horse, p. 49, 167]

Proof they are not concerned about people’s “safety” and this is just parts of Europe.

Dr. Robert Malone tells us the CV jab causes the virus to be MORE dangerous. Is that why many who receive the jab come down with CV-19? We all know people who’ve experienced absolutely no problems, right? We are also aware of thousands who’ve experienced death or harm from this jab. Based on the “clinical trials” that are ongoing now (until January of 2023; including 146-page PDF), do we have any idea who has been given the placeboversus the actual CV experimental injection? We don’t and neither do the people getting the jab. It’s possible the people who experienced no ill effects at all got the placebo. So with coming “boosters,” will there be less placebos used and more actual experimental injections given? Will any increase in side effects or death be blamed on a new “variant”?

Dr. Peter McCullough is back with a new video (17 minutes), and he asks some very serious questions and points out indisputable facts. It’s worth a listen and then ask yourself the same question he asks: why is it all about the vaccine? Is what’s happening ultimately creating “super-bugs” that will decimate the world’s population? Natural immunity – he says – is far better than a vaccine, though that is being downplayed. Is it all about “marking”people into a database, ultimately leading to the “mark of the beast”? The CV jab has been weaponized to remove freedoms and rights and still the stakeholders push on.

Jan Markell has penned an interesting article in which she quotes from a recent article in the LA Times, which discussed the growing godlessness in America as a good thing.

The secularization of U.S. society—the waning of religious faith, practice and affiliation— is continuing at a dramatic and historically unprecedented pace. While many may consider such a development as a cause for concern, such a worry is not warranted. This increasing godlessness in America is actually a good thing, to be welcomed and embraced.

Is that not astounding? The LA Times is actually applauding the growing level of godlessness in American society, hyping it as a good thing! They go onto state the reasons why increased godlessness is good.

The organic secularization we are experiencing in the United States is a progressive force for good, one that is associated with improved human rights, more protections for planet Earth, and an increased socio-cultural propensity to make this life as fair and just as we can—in the here and now—rather than in a heavenly reward that fewer and fewer of us believe in.

Notice it’s a “progressive force for good.” Progressivism is code for Leftism and it’s agenda to remove rights and freedoms. It does this through social justice and “anti-racism,” which too many church leaders today are too willing to embrace and push. Progressivism panders to the “downtrodden” in society, which excludes white people and invariably caters to blacks first and browns next. Terms like “anti-racism,” “AntiFa,” and other socially exploitative phrases are designed to pit race against race, ultimately creating an underlying hatred of anything white.

This is exactly what Marxism has always done by finding a way to cause and use division between groups as the wedge to foment rage and desire for change. Too many in Congress are going along with this program and even pushing it. We hear a great deal today about the alleged “insurrection” of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. In fact, Congress is holding another one of its sham “investigations” now even though it is very clear that the “witnesses” testifying before Congress are lying and have social accounts where they bashed President Trump and his supporters continually.

Please remember that Speaker of the House, Pelosi, nixed several GOP people from that team of “investigators,” preferring instead Republicans in name only (RINO), who, for 30 pieces of silver, were very willing to sell their souls and sell out their constituents. But no one was armed during the January 6 “insurrection” except Capitol Police. There is quite a bit of video evidence that points to Capital Police actually allowing and even inviting protesters into the Capitol building. The one civilian who died was unarmed Ashli Babbitt. The Capital Police officer who died was later said to have suffered a heart attack. There was no evidence he was beaten by protesters. I personally would not have been part of any group entering the Capitol, but that’s just me. Those arrested are being scapegoated, imprisoned without a speedy trial and some have been severely beaten by law enforcement, with at least one person having been blinded in one eye. Where is justice. Their rights are not being recognized at all. Yesterday, GOP members from Congress were blocked from visiting detainees. This is what 3rd world countries do. 

Yet, in June of 2020, a real insurrection occurred at the White House. There, Molotov cocktails were used and at least 50 Secret Service agents were injured. Some in Congress were egging things on. THAT was the attempted insurrection of our country and what was done to those people participating in that event? All of this tells us that things are severely amiss in the USA and throughout the world. There is no going back to any sense of the previous “normal.” In fact, with leaders in Congress warning Americans that if we all don’t get vaxxed, we can expect more shutdowns, and the MSM supporting that with it’s 24 hour propaganda, we can certainly expect things to worsen in America.

President Biden has now declared that all federal employees must receive the experimental CV-19 injection. This is unconscionable simply because it is an experimental injection with only emergency use authorization being forced on people whether they want it or not. Experts literally have no idea of what any long-term effects could be. Yet, without concern, they are willing to force people to take it in spite of the damage or death that may result from receiving it. They don’t care and that is proof enough that this is NOT about our “safety.”

Coupled with this, the CDC has announced their intent to retire the PCR tests. They say they are concerned that the test cannot distinguish between the flu and CV. Imagine that. So, for over a year, PCR tests were consistently used (and still are), to determine whether or not people have CV. We were told that the PCR test would determine accurate results even though many doctors (and even the inventor of the PCR test), tried to tell us that the test would only find “viral material” that the majority of people have in their systems at any time. What the CDC also failed to tell us is that this viral material is often dead and/or non-infectious, which is why there were so many testing “positive” with people having absolutely no symptoms at all because they were not actually sick. But we were told those people were “asymptomatic.”

We were also warned that because of CV-19, there would likely be no flu season in 2020-2021. True enough, it seems that people who got sick or at least had a PCR test showing a positive, all had CV, not the flu. But now after a year and a half, the CDC is telling us there is concern about the validity of the PCR test and whether or not it can determine if someone has the flu or CV. While the world is hearing continuing conflicting information on CV-19 and everything related to it, globalists and their agents continue pushing toward a fully global totalitarian regime. That is fact, both biblically and practically as we see things unfolding before our eyes. Lies have taken the place of truth. Truth is now the new “hate speech” to be silenced and censored.

Christians cannot afford to ignore what is happening in society. To do so won’t make it go away. We cannot pretend that things are fine. It is exceedingly important that in spite of this growing final dictatorship, authentic Christians must realize that we already have absolute and complete victory in Jesus! There is no better truth that we can cling to in today’s constantly shifting culture of lies. Do you believe this? Are you courageous in Christ? Do you rest in Him? Do you fear offending Him or are you more afraid of what people can do through government or your job or something else?

Gaining courage to face the world today only happens when we become fully dependent on God’s grace, strength and empowerment to overcome the way we think about the situations we face. The battle is really lost or won in our minds, isn’t it? It is there we come to terms with reality and begin to understand that what is happening is because God is allowing it. He does so for His purposes and for His glory. We either get on and stay on that train or we rest on our own strength, which is nothing.

The book of Isaiah is remarkable for its continuing theme of God being in control and of His complete victory over all things in this life. Isaiah 44 is one long chapter on just exactly what God will ultimately accomplish throughout the earth. It speaks of the Millennial Kingdom ruled by Jesus Himself. If we are not focusing on His Word, we are afloat on the sea and taken wherever the waves take us.

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: ‘I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, who frustrates the signs of liars and makes fools of diviners, who turns wise men back and makes their knowledge foolish… (Isaiah 44:24 NKJV)

Fear God, not man.

Is CV Jab Marking People? — Study – Grow – Know

Wow! Watch White House Hack Completely Fall Apart when Newsmax Reporter Emerald Robinson Asks How CDC Is Testing for Delta Variant | The Gateway Pundit

The latest fear porn coming from the Washington elites is on the dangerous COVID delta variant. This coronavirus variant apparently may be spread by vaccinated people as easily as the unvaccinated people.

On Friday Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson asked White House Principal Deputy Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to explain how the CDC is testing for this variant. How does the CDC know when they come across a delta variant case?

This completely knocked Karine Jean-Pierre off her feet.

She ends with, “Because the experts say so.” That is not an answer.

Emerald tweeted about this on Friday.

If the elites want Americans to trust them they need to first be trustworthy.

Now, here is the video.

Source: Wow! Watch White House Hack Completely Fall Apart when Newsmax Reporter Emerald Robinson Asks How CDC Is Testing for Delta Variant

August 1 Evening Quotes of The Day

Complying with God’s Law
Matthew 5:17–20; Luke 24:44

The truths of God and the holiness of his precepts must be pleaded and defended, though the world dislike them here and perish hereafter. His law must not be made to lackey after the wills of men, nor be dissolved by vain interpretations because they complain they cannot, indeed because they will not, comply with it. Our Lord Jesus Christ came not to destroy the law and the prophets, but to fulfill them, and to supply men with spiritual strength to fulfill them also. It is evil to break the least commandment; but there is a great aggravation of that evil in them that shall teach men so to do.


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

Never Listen to Gossip About Others
Proverbs 17:4; James 5:9

Never listen to accounts of the frailties of others; and if anyone should complain to you of another, humbly ask him not to speak about him at all.


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

August 1 Evening Verse of The Day

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5:2 shepherd the flock of God. This phrase broadly describes the functions of elders. The shepherd imagery suggests care, protection, discipline, and guidance (2:25 note). Jesus portrayed His own care for the church (John 10:1–18) and God’s gracious interest in sinners (Luke 15:3–7) as works of shepherding. The use of the word by Peter recalls his own recommissioning (John 21:15–17). See theological note “Pastors and Pastoral Care.”

not for shameful gain. Peter condemns not fair compensation, but love of gain and the abuse of trust (1 Cor. 9:14; 1 Tim. 5:17, 18).[1]

5:2 shepherd the flock of God among you Peter encourages the elders to exercise pastoral care and concern for the people in their communities.[2]

5:2 shepherd the flock of God. After the motivation (v. 1) comes the exhortation (vv. 2–4). Since the primary objective of shepherding is feeding, that is, teaching, every elder must be able to teach (cf. Jn 21:15–17; see notes on 1Ti 3:2; Tit 1:9). Involved with the feeding of the flock is also protecting the flock (cf. Ac 20:28–30). In both duties, it must be remembered that the flock belongs to God, not to the pastor. God entrusts some of His flock to the pastor of a church to lead, care for, and feed (v. 3). not under compulsion, but voluntarily. Specifically, Peter may be warning the elders against a first danger—laziness. The divine calling (cf. 1Co 9:16), along with the urgency of the task (Ro 1:15), should prevent laziness and indifference. Cf. 2Co 9:7. not for sordid gain. False teachers are always motivated by a second danger, money, and use their power and position to rob people of their own wealth (see notes on 2Pe 2:1–3). Scripture is clear that churches should pay their shepherds well (1Co 9:7–14; 1Ti 5:17, 18); but a desire for undeserved money must never be a motive for ministers to serve (cf. 1Ti 3:3; 6:9–11; 2Ti 2:4; Tit 1:7; 2Pe 2:3; see also Jer 6:13; 8:10; Mic 3:11; Mal 1:10).[3]

5:2 — Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly .…

God delights in willing service, not in grudging obedience—as if we were doing Him a favor by complying with His instructions. Eager obedience reveals a heart in love with the One who gave the command.[4]

5:2 Shepherd the flock of God: An ancient Israelite shepherd would go before his sheep to lead them; he would not drive the sheep in front of him. Church leaders should lead the people of God in the same way: feeding, protecting, and guiding them (John 21:15–17). Christian leaders should also remember that they have been given responsibility for tending a flock that belongs to God, not to themselves. serving as overseers: Church leaders must do everything in their power to ensure that the Christians under their care are living according to God’s Word. not by compulsion: The work of the ministry is to be done joyfully, not merely as a duty. not for dishonest gain: Christian leaders need to make certain that their work is not motivated by money, but by a passion for the good of those believers put in their charge (1 Tim. 3:3, 8; Titus 1:11).[5]

5:2 Elders are mature men of Christian character who are qualified by the Holy Spirit to provide spiritual leadership in the assembly. The NT presupposes a plurality of elders—not one elder over a church or over a group of churches, but two or more elders in one assembly (Phil. 1:1). For the qualifications of elders see 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:6–9. In the early church before the NT was available in written form, elders were appointed by the apostles and their representatives, but only after sufficient time had elapsed in a new church for it to be evident who had the qualifications. Today, Christians should recognize and obey those who have the qualifications and who do the work of elders.

Shepherd the flock of God which is among you. The flock belongs to God but elders have been given the responsibility to serve as undershepherds. Not by compulsion but willingly. Overseeing the flock is not a work into which men are coerced by election or appointment. The Holy Spirit provides the burden and ability, and the elders must respond with a willing heart. So we read in 1 Timothy 3:1, “If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.” Coupled with divine enablement must be human willingness.

Not for dishonest gain but eagerly. Financial reward must not be the motive for being an elder. This does not mean that an elder may not be supported by the local church; the existence of such “full-time elders” is indicated in 1 Timothy 5:17, 18. But it means that a mercenary spirit is incompatible with true Christian ministry.[6]

5:2. The command Be shepherds was also given by Jesus to Peter (John 21:16) The word poimanate means “to tend.” Besides feeding, it includes caring, leading, guiding, and protecting—all duties and responsibilities a shepherd has for his flock. Related to the participle serving as overseers (episkopountes) is the noun “overseer” (episkopos, used five other times: Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3:1–2; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 2:25). “Overseer” seems to be interchangeable with “elder” and connotes both a spiritual and physical guardianship. (“Serving as overseers” is not in some Gr. mss.)

Peter, through contrasting exhortations, presented both the motive and the manner of one’s ministry. An elder’s motive must be from willingness, not from a sense of external compulsion: not because you must, but because you are willing. Social or financial pressures should not be substituted for the pure motivation to do God’s will and to serve Him freely and eagerly: not greedy for money, but eager to serve (cf. 1 Tim. 3:8; Titus 1:7, 11). Shepherds who serve with false motives care only for themselves and devour the flock (Ezek. 34:2–3).[7]

2 Be shepherds uses the word Jesus used when speaking to Peter after the resurrection (Jn. 21:16). It is also Paul’s charge to the elders at Ephesus (Acts 20:28; cf. Ps. 78:70–72). That is under your care could also mean ‘to the best of your ability’. Either translation suits the context. Serving as overseers is the same root as Overseer in 2:25. Not because you must suggests a false sense of unworthiness, a reluctance for responsibility, or a desire to do no more than is absolutely necessary. Any one of these attitudes can lead to an unwillingness to take on the task or discharge it adequately. As God wants you to be is a possible translation. The Greek could also mean ‘as God would do it’, recalling the attitude of the Shepherd of souls in 2:25; Ps. 23; and Jn. 10:11. Greedy for money does not imply that the elders were receiving a stipend, but that there were opportunities for the unscrupulous to make personal gain from ministry. This spirit could also apply to the love of reputation or position.[8]

5:2. Out of his personal history and his identification with his fellow elders, Peter encouraged and challenged them. The primary role for pastors is to be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care. This is not an optional assignment but a command. It echoes Christ’s command to Peter to “take care of my sheep” (see John 21:16). To “shepherd” means “to lead, to guide, and to rule.”

Since the pastor is the leader of a church, one commentator suggests the following functions of the pastor: “(They) had charge of the financial administration of the church … they were the counselors and administrators of the church. They oversee all the activities of the church and are defenders of the faith. They are also called rulers and teachers and were the paid leaders of the church” (William Barclay, The Letters of James & Peter, Daily Study Bible [Toronto: G. R. Welch Co., 1976], p. 264.)

Although Peter did not allude to the shepherd image in Psalm 23, the model presented there can be applied here. According to that psalm, the tasks of a shepherd are to lead (v. 2), to provide spiritual guidance and feeding (v. 3), to offer comfort (v. 4), strengthening (v. 5), and correction (v. 2).

To accomplish this kind of ministry, a pastor’s motivation must be positive. He must view his role as an overseer of the church not because you must, but because you are willing. “Not because you must” suggests a false sense of unworthiness, a reluctance for responsibility, or a desire to do no more than is absolutely necessary. Ministry should not be an unwanted burden; pastors are not to serve out of a sense of false guilt or fear, or in an attempt to please people. Any of these attitudes or motives can lead to an unwillingness to shepherd or to shepherd in an inappropriate manner.

One of the most inappropriate shepherding motivations is highlighted next: serving because one is greedy for money. Peter did not suggest that pastors should not be paid a salary for their shepherding ministries. The New Testament is very clear that generous remuneration for pastors is incumbent upon the churches (see 1 Tim. 5:17–18). Scripture opposes a motivation for ministry driven by greed, so much so that the pastor either appropriates money dishonestly or is concerned only about personal financial needs. When this occurs, the pastor is not helping the church resist the attacks of Satan, because this is something that Satan often uses to distract us.

How much better to be eager to serve. Eager is a strong term meaning “with enthusiasm, with energy and excitement.” This is certainly difficult when facing the attacks of Satan and when one is attempting to lead a church through a maze of suffering and persecution. At the same time, it is an indispensable characteristic for pastor-leaders to model. It doesn’t suggest that a pastor is never discouraged or that he does not have days when he is not enthusiastic about ministry. This is a big-picture word, a long-haul term that describes the overall tone of his shepherding. Without this, pastors have a tendency to drift toward a harmful approach to ministry.[9]

5:2 “shepherd the flock of God” This is an AORIST ACTIVE IMPERATIVE. Shepherd is an OT metaphor for God (cf. Ps. 23:1; 100:3). It became a title for leaders (cf. Ezek. 34:7–10). Sheep needed constant care, protection, and attention. Jesus is called the “Good Shepherd” in John 10 and He tells Peter to be a pastor to His sheep in John 21.

In the NT there are several titles for local church leaders.

1.    elders

2.    overseers or bishops

3.    shepherds or pastors

These seem to be used interchangeably (cf. Acts 20:17, 28 and Titus 1:5, 7).

NASB  “exercising oversight”  
NKJV  “serving as overseers”  
NRSV  “exercising the oversight”  
TEV  -omits-  
NJB  -omits-  

Several ancient Greek manuscripts (i.e. P72, א2, A, P, and the Vulgate) include the verbal form (PRESENT ACTIVE PARTICIPLE) of “overseer” used in conjunction with the work of elders. Some ancient manuscripts omit the PARTICIPLE (i.e. א* and B). It is uncertain whether the omission is purposeful by scribes uncomfortable with mixing the offices or roles of elders and overseers. I think that the terms “bishop,” “elder,” and “pastor” are interchangeable (cf. Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5, 7).[10]

2. Peter exhorts the elders, Tend the flock of God that is your charge. There is a play on words, since the verb tend (poimainō, ‘serve as shepherd, serve as pastor’) and the noun flock (poimnion) come from the same root. We could translate, ‘Shepherd the sheep of God’. The verb Peter uses is the same one Jesus used when he said to Peter, Tend (poimainō) my sheep’ (John 21:16). The phrase that is your charge is more literally ‘that is among you’.

At this point the rsv mg. adds exercising the oversight, a phrase which translates the verb episkopeō, ‘functioning as overseer (or bishop)’. The phrase should be included in the text here (so niv, ‘serving as overseers’; the three main manuscripts omitting it are all from one geographical area, while those including it are diverse in location, and several are also quite early). The combination of the term ‘elder’ with the verbs related to ‘pastor’ and ‘bishop’ (‘overseer’) in such close connection in verses 1 to 2 is good evidence that the terms ‘pastor’, and ‘bishop, overseer’ were interchangeable during the New Testament period.

Peter now tells the elders how they are to act, listing three sins to which elders are especially prone and three antidotes to which they should give attention.

Calvin introduces this section with a perceptive summary:

In exhorting pastors to their duty, he points out three vices especially which are often to be found, namely sloth, desire for gain, and lust for power.

Not by constraint but willingly means not doing the job simply out of obligation or because ‘someone has to do it’, but because the elder has freely and willingly chosen to carry out this valuable work (cf. 1 Tim. 3:1). The phrase in the rsv mg. as God would have you (literally, ‘according to God’, meaning ‘according to God’s will’) is also well attested in ancient manuscripts and should be included in the text (so niv, nasb). No one should be pressured into accepting a church office which he does not really want to have—God wants our ungrudging service, and he will provide another solution. An elder is to serve not for shameful gain but eagerly. The word translated eagerly places somewhat more emphasis on a positive emotional desire to do the work, whereas ‘willingly’ in the previous phrase simply focused on the element of unconstrained or free choice, the decision of the will that one will do the work.

It may be questioned whether the prohibition against serving for shameful gain means one should never engage in church-related work in order to earn money, or whether it means one should not do it in order to earn money ‘shamefully’ (i.e. with greedy or selfish motives, or by dishonest or unfair practices). The second view seems preferable, both because Peter says shameful gain, not just gain, and because Scripture elsewhere indicates that it is right at least for some elders (probably those whose source of income or full-time work is their eldership activities) to earn money from this work (1 Tim. 5:17–18)—therefore, the desire for such earnings must be correct also, at least as part of their motivation. Yet the contrast is not: ‘not for shameful gain but for honest gain’, but a much higher one: ‘not for shameful gain but eagerly’. Greed and selfish interest are so near at hand in all human hearts that especially in this work they must be constantly guarded against.[11]

2. Feed the flock of God. We hence learn what the word presbyter imports, even that it includes the office of feeding. It is for a far different end that the Pope makes presbyters, even that they may daily slay Christ, there being no mention made of feeding in their ordination. Let us then remember to distinguish between the institution of Christ and the confusion of the Pope, it being as different as light is from darkness. Let us also bear in mind the definition given of the word; for the flock of Christ cannot be fed except with pure doctrine, which is alone our spiritual food. Hence pastors are not mute hypocrites, nor those who spread their own figments, which, like deadly poison, destroy the souls of men.

The words, as much as it is in you, mean the same as though he had said, “Apply all your strength to this very thing, and whatever power God has conferred on you.” The old interpreter has given this rendering, “Which is among you;” and this may be the sense of the words: more correct, however, is the rendering of Erasmus, which I have followed, though I do not reject nor disapprove of the other.

The flock of God, or, of the Lord, or, of Christ: it matters little which you take, for the three readings are found in different copies.

Taking the oversight, or, discharging the office of a bishop. Erasmus renders the words, “Taking care of it,” (curam illius agentes;) but as the Greek word is ἐπισκοποῦντες, I doubt not but that Peter meant to set forth the office and title of the episcopate. We may learn also from other parts of Scripture that these two names, bishop and presbyter, are synonymous. He then shews how they were rightly to perform the pastoral office, though the word ἐπισκοπεῖν generally means to preside or to oversee. What I have rendered “not constrainedly,” is literally, “not necessarily;” for when we act according to what necessity prescribes, we proceed in our work slowly and frigidly, as it were by constraint.[12]

5:2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care. Ezekiel 34 gives a fuller sense of what it means to be a shepherd caring for his sheep (see the sidebar).

not because you must, but because you are willing. This is the first of three opposites that are to characterize the elders. They should serve (1) not out of obligation, but willingly; (2) not for the money, but out of an eager desire to serve God and help others; (3) not ruling over people dictatorially, but being examples for them to follow.[13]

5:2 / Not surprisingly, after his unforgettable interview with the risen Lord on the shore (John 21:15–17), Peter again employs pastoral language. The church leaders are to be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care (lit. “to shepherd God’s flock among you”). The symbol of shepherd/sheep appeared in 2:25, where it corresponds to Christ/Christians, echoing the frequent ot picture of God as the Shepherd of his people (Ps. 23:1; 80:1; Isa. 40:11; Zech. 9:16). But the image is also applied in the nt to Christian leaders/other believers (Acts 20:28; Eph. 4:11). The transfer is natural enough, for Christian leaders are acting on behalf of the Chief Shepherd, Jesus himself (5:4), and they are to pattern their ministry after his.

A shepherd is responsible for the total well-being of the flock committed by an employer into his charge. He must see to it that the sheep are fed, watered, and protected at all times, and that, as necessary, they are led from place to place to find fresh pasture. The task can involve not simply the personal inconvenience of putting the sheep before his own comfort, but hardship and danger, even at the risk to his own life (John 10:11). The appropriateness of the metaphor is apparent in the harsh and wild rural economy of Bible days, even if the city-dweller of today may have to make a special effort to appreciate its application to a modern situation.

The flock of church members is described as God’s. The flock belongs to him: it is his property. Elders in their shepherding are to keep that fact always in mind, for they are engaged in fulfilling a divine trust, and in due course they will be answerable to God for what they do—or fail to do—with it.

The elders do not own the sheep, but are serving as overseers, exercising oversight in the church fellowship. But they are not to carry out this responsibility with any unworthy motives. It must be voluntary service (not because you must) and willingly and eagerly given, for such is the true nature of Christian love. Neither must there be any idea of doing for getting, no notion of serving only for what they can squeeze out of it: not greedy for money (1 Tim. 3:8; Titus 1:7). The inclusion of such a warning suggests that it was not unnecessary. Probably since being known as a committed believer meant almost certain ostracism from employment and social life in the general pagan community, the opportunities for grasping money entrusted to Christians in a position of authority might become all too tempting.[14]

2  Peter’s exhortation to the elders is simple: “shepherd the flock of God.” The image of shepherding God’s people (or his people’s being his flock) is an OT image (Ps. 23; Isa. 40:11; Jer. 23:1–4; Ezek. 34:1–31; cf. Ps. Sol. 17:45) that is common in the NT (Matt. 18:10–14; 26:31; Luke 12:32; John 10:1–18; 21:15–17; Heb. 13:20), but the command to elders to shepherd is found only here and in Acts 20:28–29. Both places significantly connect shepherding with “watching over it,” showing that shepherding is a job of oversight.  This is not unknown in Jewish materials. For example, in Qumran it was written, “This is the rule for the Overseer [mᵊbaqqēr = episkopos] of the camp.… He shall love [the Congregation] as a father loves his children, and shall carry them in all their distress like a shepherd his sheep” (CD 13:7–9).  And the elders in Tit. 1 were to be overseers. Peter makes two significant points in this initial charge: (1) by using the ingressive aorist he indicates that this is something that needs to be done with ever new vigor rather than as a routine undertaking, and (2) by noting that it is “the flock of God” he shows that they have no proprietary rights. Both of these facts anticipate statements he will make later, concerning both their energetic service and whose the flock really is.

Having given the basic command, our author goes on to expand it through three sets of contrasts (“not … but”). First, they should watch over the flock “not because you must, but voluntarily in a godly manner.”  It is true that elders did not volunteer or select themselves but were selected by others (e.g., Acts 14:23; Tit. 1:5), yet they were not to think of their work as something forced upon them.  Even if they had wanted the job (as 1 Tim. 3:1 encourages people to do), the stress of pastoring (often while supporting themselves with long days of work) and the added danger in which it put them and their families (for who but the elders would be the first targets of persecution?) could well make the ministry an unwanted burden. Like the author of Hebrews (Heb. 13:17), our author wants elders to do their work “with joy and not with groaning” or, as he puts it, “voluntarily.” In Judaism the volunteer was a person who placed himself at God’s disposal, either in terms of military service (Judg. 5:2, 9; 1 Macc. 2:42) or of sacrifice (Ps. 54:6 [53:8 LXX]). The writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls spoke of themselves thus as “volunteers” (1QS 1:7, 1QS 1:11; 1QS 5:1–10, 1QS 5:21–22). And Philemon is told, “I did not want to do anything without your knowledge so that your good work might not [be done] out of necessity but voluntarily” (Philem. 14). Thus also in northern Asia Minor the elders are to act voluntarily, for that is what it means to act “in a godly manner.” After all, none of God’s acts for humanity was done out of necessity, but voluntarily, out of grace.

Second, they are to do it “not for profit, but eagerly.”  Elders were often compensated for their services on the basis of Jesus’ teaching (Matt. 10:10), as the Pauline correspondence shows (1 Cor. 9:3–14; 1 Tim. 5:17–18, “The elders who lead well are worthy of full pay”). They were also in charge of the charity funds of the church (Acts 5:1–5; 2 Cor. 8:20), and of course exercised considerable influence over other church members. Therefore, just as there are encouragements to support elders and other ministers fully, so there are warnings that some (due to human fallenness and perhaps the model of some Greek philosophical teachers who profited handsomely from their teaching) would tend to turn ministry into a business (e.g., 2 Cor. 11:7–21; 1 Tim. 6:5–6; Tit. 1:11).  This, argues Peter, should be an unknown motive for elders. Rather, they should serve “eagerly.” This term indicates zeal, energy, and enthusiasm for the job (cf. related terms in Matt. 26:41; Mark 14:38; Acts 17:11; Rom. 1:15; 2 Cor. 8:11–12, 19; 9:2),  and such enthusiasm is the opposite of the calculating spirit that is concerned mainly with how to make money.[15]

[1] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1817). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Pe 5:2). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Pe 5:2). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (1 Pe 5:2). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1688). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2280). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Raymer, R. M. (1985). 1 Peter. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 855). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[8] Wheaton, D. H. (1994). 1 Peter. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 1383). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

[9] Walls, D., & Anders, M. (1999). I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude (Vol. 11, pp. 89–90). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[10] Utley, R. J. D. (2000). The Gospel according to Peter: Mark and I & II Peter (Vol. Volume 2, p. 262). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[11] Grudem, W. A. (1988). 1 Peter: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 17, pp. 194–195). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[12] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles (pp. 144–145). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[13] Samra, J. (2016). James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 183). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[14] Hillyer, N. (2011). 1 and 2 Peter, Jude (pp. 139–140). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[15] Davids, P. H. (1990). The First Epistle of Peter (pp. 177–180). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Child Chastisement Not Forever — VCY America

And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever. (1 Kings 11:39)

In the family of grace there is discipline, and that discipline is severe enough to make it an evil and a bitter thing to sin. Solomon, turned aside by his foreign wives, had set up other gods and grievously provoked the God of his father; therefore, ten parts out of twelve of the kingdom were rent away and set up as a rival state. This was a sore affliction to the house of David, and it came upon that dynasty distinctly from the hand of God, as the result of unholy conduct. The Lord will chasten His best beloved servants if they cease from full obedience to His laws: perhaps at this very hour such chastening is upon us. Let us humbly cry, “O Lord, show me wherefore thou contendest with me.”

What a sweet saving clause is that—”but not for ever”! The punishment of sin is everlasting, but the fatherly chastisement of it in a child of God is but for a season. The sickness, the poverty, the depression of spirit, will pass away when they have had their intended effect. Remember, we are not under law but under grace. The rod may make us smart, but the sword shall not make us die. Our present grief is meant to bring us to repentance that we may not be destroyed with the wicked.

Child Chastisement Not Forever — VCY America

Faith Without Reservations — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

It still hangs in our family cabin — a plaque depicting a photograph of a sparrow perched on the fingertips of a hand containing birdseed. Underneath the picture are these words:

“Faith is not hope without proof, but trust without reservations.”

A few months ago, the theme of these devotionals was hope, and hope in God is a worthy thing. It boosts our faith, surely. But it doesn’t provide our reason to have faith. Trust does.
Until we trust what someone is saying, we don’t have any faith in their words. Let’s look at some familiar words from the Bible:

Jesus said, “Lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.”
Matthew 20:28

Do you trust that God will never leave you?

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners….” 1 Timothy 1:15

Do you trust He can save us from our sins?

I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die .…” John 11:25

Do you trust that Jesus Christ really offers eternal life?

Trust is the gasoline that fuels our faith along this journey called life. If our trust begins to diminish, our faith cannot function as well. We begin to sputter and slow down.

We need to fill up again and again. How do we do that? We study the Word and see how God has helped those written about in the Bible. We recall the times God has been there in the past, for us and our loved ones. We remember prayers answered and others’ testimonies. We think back to the times He felt as close as our breath. We declare our dependence on His Spirit.

Then, once again, we have no reservations. Our trust is renewed. Full speed ahead!

Heavenly Father, You are trustworthy. Help us to never have reservations when it comes to our faith in You, knowing that You did provide the proof of your unfailing love through the sacrifice of Your Son, our Savior on the cross and His ascent into glory. Amen.

By Julie Cosgrove
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•   The Almighty
•  Spiritual Oxygen: Are you getting it?
•  Salvation Explained

Faith Without Reservations — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God