“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
Unable to process personal guilt, modern secular Westerners have developed a puritanical streak in cancelling others, while trying to seek personal absolution through identifying as perpetual victims.
Victimhood and cancel culture are a growing phenomenon in the modern West.
More and more minorities identify as oppressed victims of wider society — whether these minorities are gender, sexual or racial. Moreover, the moral prestige of being considered a victim is enormous.
And there is a growing intolerance toward those who step out of line with today’s sexual and gender orthodoxy, to the point where people are ‘cancelled’ for stating things considered common sense only a few years ago (just ask J.K. Rowling).
Why this growing trend?
There are many reasons why victimhood and cancel culture are on the rise. One reason might be society’s increased sensitivity toward victims: perhaps we’re more attuned to the pain faced by those in the minority. Another reason would be the rise and spread of Social Justice Theory.
But there’s another reason for this trend.
And that’s our post-Christian society’s inability to deal with guilt.
1) The Secular Attempt and Failure to Banish Guilt
Early in the 20th century, Sigmond Freud tried to redefine guilt as nothing more than internal psychic forces with no moral consequence.
Guilt, to Freud, was just a feeling, and it could be ignored. It could be denied. And we could be free of its crushing burden.
But [banishing guilt] has not turned out to be an entirely workable solution, since it is not so easy to banish guilt by denying its reality.
Westerners are still afflicted by feelings of guilt — which is not surprising since as God’s image-bearers, even the most secular atheist has a conscience that accuses or excuses them (Romans 2:14-15).
Yet as it turns out, the secular West’s problem with guilt has only become worse as we’ve moved into a post-Christian age.
2) Technology Has Given Us More Power Over The World
This Power Leads to a Greater Sense of Responsibility — and Thus a Greater Sense of Guilt.
In the 21st century, human beings have more power to influence others and their environment than ever before. As a society and as individuals, we have power at our fingertips that our ancestors could only imagine.
As McClay points out:
[We live in] a world in which the web of relationships between causes and effects yields increasingly to human understanding and manipulation… [we are] the first era in the life of the planet to be defined by the effects of the human presence and human power: effects such as nuclear fallout, plastic pollution, domesticated animals, and anthropogenic climate change.
For better and for worse, we can and are making an impact on the planet.
But with great power comes great responsibility. And more responsibility opens the door to more guilt. Again, as McClay points out:
Colonialism, slavery, structural poverty, water pollution, deforestation — there’s an endless list of items for which you and I can take the rap… Indeed, when any one of us reflects on the brute fact of our being alive and taking up space on this planet, consuming resources that could have met some other, more worthy need, we may be led to feel guilt about the very fact of our existence.
But what help can our ‘enlightened’ secular society provide by way of dealing with such guilt?
Not much, it turns out:
3) In Our Secular Society, There is No Longer Any Way Of Becoming Free From Guilt
In a secular post-Christian society, we still feel guilty — in some ways more so than in previous generations — but what avenues are there for dealing with guilt?
While previous Western generations dealt with guilt through Christianity, this is no longer a path that secular Westerners are treading. And so, they’re looking for other ways to be free from guilt.
And one increasingly well-trodden path is victimhood.
4) Claiming Victimhood is One Way of Absolving Guilt
To be clear, there are genuine victims in our society. But the increased moral prestige of victimhood status requires an explanation.
And according to McClay, it’s (in part) because of secular society’s inability to deal with guilt:
With moral responsibility comes inevitable moral guilt… So if one wishes to be accounted innocent, one must find a way to make the claim that one cannot be held morally responsible. This is precisely what the status of victimhood accomplishes.
When one is a certifiable victim, one is released from moral responsibility, since a victim is someone who is, by definition, not responsible for his condition, but can point to another who is responsible.
[I]n appropriating the status of victim, or identifying oneself with victims, the victimised can experience a profound sense of moral release, of recovered innocence. It is no wonder that this has become so common a gambit in our time, so effectively does it deal with the problem of guilt — at least individually, and in the short run, though at the price of social pathologies in the larger society that will likely prove unsustainable.
Now just as victimhood is a method of dealing with the burden of guilt, so too is ‘cancel culture’:
5) Cancelling Perceived Oppressors is Another Way to Deal with Guilt
American Journalist Tim Grierson captured the mood of the modern secular West when he tweeted:
Anger is the new normal in a society with no natural way of dealing with guilt. To not feel angry about various injustices feels ‘morally irresponsible’.
The rituals of scapegoating, of public humiliation and shaming, of multiplying morally impermissible utterances and sentiments and punishing them with disproportionate severity, are visibly on the increase in our public life.
They are not merely signs of intolerance or incivility, but of a deeper moral disorder, an Unbehagen [disquiet] that cannot be willed away by the psychoanalytic trick of pretending that it does not exist.
Where to Next for Our Secular Society?
A society that can’t deal with guilt is not stable. It will look for other ways of dealing with the burden of guilt — even hitherto bizarre ways like victimhood and cancel culture.
This situation, however, may open up more opportunities for the Gospel: the Gospel that deals with guilt in a full, free, and final way, through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.The Gospel of Christ, who was the ultimate victim. The Gospel of Christ, who was cancelled. Not merely because of injustice, but to save us from guilt.
If ever a culture needed to hear the gospel of redemption from guilt, it’s our culture.
“Biblically and historically, a worship service is where God’s people respond corporately to what God has revealed about Himself. Yes, this response ought to be heartfelt, sincere, meaningful and unfeigned. In charismatic worship theology, one is not so much in pursuit of a response, as one is in pursuit of an experience: an experience of the presence of God that is intense, sensorily tangible, and emotionally or physically ecstatic.”
(David de Bruyn – Churches Without Chests) Christian worship has often had a remarkably similar shape across traditions. Bryan Chapell showed in his work Christ-Centered Worship that corporate worship (sans communion) in Roman, Lutheran, Reformed and Evangelical traditions had a very similar form: a Call to worship, a Kyrie or Confession, followed by Thanksgiving, an Old Testament reading, a New Testament reading, a prayer for Illumination, a Sermon, followed by a Benediction or dismissal, with hymns or psalms interspersed….
Communion services also followed a similar pattern: An Invitation, Preparatory hymn, a Consecration of elements, an Exhortation of preparation, the Words of Institution, Breaking of bread, Communion, a psalm or hymn, thanksgiving prayer and Benediction. View article →
10 months ago, ‘Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden’ launched to much fanfare. These men and women championed voting for the Democrats as having the most pro-life ethic of all. After a quick perusal of their mission statement and signees, it quickly became apparent that it’s about as dismal of a group as one might expect. After months of waiting to see which treacherous high-profile evangelicals would go a-dancing with the Democrats, it became clear that no one really did
Calling themselves “Evangelicals leaders’ and deeming the Democrat’s overall agenda to be closer than the Republicans of what they understand a “biblically balanced agenda” to be, the list of primary signers included:
Richard Mouw, President emeritus of Fuller Seminary (And The Gospel Coalition contributor) John Huffman, Board Chair emeritus, Christianity Today Jerushah Duford, “Billy graham’s granddaughter” Ron Sider, President emeritus, Evangelicals for Social Action, Brenda Salter McNeil, Pastor and Racial Reconciler Pastor Richard Foster
Biden would deliver on the pro-life issue., Biden would save the babies.
But he didn’t, instead, he instituted a series of policies designed to shore up Roe V Wade and ensure abortion becomes entrenched in our society.
Five months ago, in one of the finest examples of “play stupid games, win stupid prizes” known to man, the progressive group became upset and cried foul that the Biden-Haris Presidency kept to their campaign promises and passed legislation that is anything but pro-life, becoming “disappointed” and “upset” that Biden’s $1.9 trillion bailout excluded provisions for the Hyde Amendment, a longstanding bipartisan policy that prevents taxpayer-funded abortion.
This prompted them to write and put out a sniveling, pathetic open letter about how they felt “used” and “betrayed” by the Biden Presidency, describing how “many Evangelical and Catholics took risks to support Biden publicly” and because they vouched for him, Biden and the Dems need to “honor their courage” by not supporting pro-choice legislation.
Within months of that open letter “Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden’ died as surely as the babies sucked out of the womb.
All their social media was deleted and their website was taken down. Everything is defunct. https://www.prolifeevangelicalsforbiden.com/ was no more, replaced with a sad testament to their great shame. They didn’t even last a year.
None of the founding signees have spoken publicly about the implosion of their organization, or repented of their naivety and stupidity, as far as we can tell.
If you think that our establishment medical community is honest, think again. They are not. The litany of lies and deception grows with each passing day. The latest victim of the new Orwellian world of redefining truth comes courtesy of the CDC. They have changed the definition of “vaccine” and “vaccination” because so many vaccinated people are still being infected with a variant of Covid. This is good news for Alex Berenson, who is suing Twitter for defamation.
Here is the tweet about the Covid vaccine that got Alex banned:
“It doesn’t stop infection. Or transmission. Don’t think of it as a vaccine.
The latest Economist/YouGov poll shows President Joe Biden’s approval rating is now underwater, with more American adults disapproving (49%) of how he is handling his job than those who approve (39%).
This marks the first time during his tenure as president that Biden’s approval rating has been underwater, according to YouGov.
While 19% strongly approve and 20% somewhat approve of the president’s handling of his job, 11% somewhat disapprove and a whopping 39% strongly disapprove, according to the data.
The president saw a significant decline in his approval rating among Democrats which fell from 86% in a recent poll down to 77% in the latest poll. The number has also dropped down to just 35% among Independents from 38% in the prior poll.
The latest survey found that 45% of adults disapprove of the president’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, while 42% approve. While 22% strongly approve and 20% somewhat approve, 14% somewhat disapprove and 32% strongly disapprove.
YouGov noted that: “The Economist survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 US Adult Citizens interviewed online between September 4 – 7, 2021. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the US Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 Presidential vote, registration status, geographic region, and news interest. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all US citizens. The margin of error is approximately 2.8% for the overall sample.”
A NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll carried out in late August also found that more disapprove (51%) of the job the president is doing than approve (43%). That survey found found that while 41% strongly disapprove of the job the president is doing, 10% disapprove, 23% approve, and 19% strongly approve.
For a long time I have been warning that global food prices would rise dramatically, and that is precisely what we have witnessed over the past 12 months. Unfortunately, global wages are not rising nearly as quickly as global food prices are, and so this has pushed millions and millions more people into poverty and hunger. Here in the United States, nobody is currently in danger of starving to death, but many Americans have been getting a severe case of sticker shock when they go to the grocery store. Not since the Jimmy Carter era of the 1970s have we seen prices escalate like this, and people are starting to get angry.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, global food supplies have been getting tighter and tighter. When I first started writing about this, certain individuals derisively dismissed what I had to say, but now the truth is becoming apparent to everyone.
Very tight supplies and growing demand have pushed global food prices 32.9 percent higher over the past year…
Central banks and mainstream media continue to peddle the notion that soaring food inflation is temporary and the average Joe and Jane should not worry about it. But in a new report via the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global food prices are on the rise, once again, and back to near-decade highs.
FAO released a statement Thursday that detailed after two consecutive months of declines, world food prices in August jumped due to solid gains in sugar, vegetable oils, and cereals.
FAO’s food price index, which follows international prices of globally traded food commodities, averaged 127.4 points in August, up 3.9 points (3.1%) from July and 31.5 points (32.9%) from the same period last year.
Unfortunately, experts are telling us that food prices are going to continue to climb.
During Wednesday’s press briefing, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke about the actions the administration was taking to help alleviate what Deese called ‘pandemic profiteering’ from the top meat processing companies.
‘One of the interesting findings of the report that we put out today, is that about half of the overall increase in grocery prices can be attributed to significant increases in prices in three products – in beef, in pork and in poultry,’ Deese said from the podium.
A combination of global droughts, volatile weather, labor shortages, and supply chain disruptions persisting from COVID, among others, have contributed to the rapid rise in food prices over the last year.
Heading into fall, soaring food inflation shows no signs of abating and may worsen. This may cause socio-economic turmoil in emerging market economies, mainly because people in those countries allocate more of their daily budgets to food.
The pandemic was supposed to be subsiding by now, and so by this time of the year prices were supposed to be starting to stabilize.
The summer that was supposed to mark America’s independence from COVID-19 is instead drawing to a close with the U.S. more firmly under the tyranny of the virus, with deaths per day back up to where they were in March.
The delta variant is filling hospitals, sickening alarming numbers of children and driving coronavirus deaths in some places to the highest levels of the entire pandemic. School systems that reopened their classrooms are abruptly switching back to remote learning because of outbreaks. Legal disputes, threats and violence have erupted over mask and vaccine requirements.
We already had a shortage of nurses and other health care workers before this pandemic, and now all of the various mandates that have been instituted threaten to cause a meltdown of the entire system…
Fortune.comreported last week that about 39 percent of U.S. hospitals have announced vaccine mandates for staff members.
“It’s not just nurses at stake with vaccine mandates. Respiratory techs, nursing assistants, food service employees, billing staff and other health care workers are already in short supply. According to the latest KFF/The Washington Post Frontline Health Care Workers Survey, released in April, at least one-third of health care workers who assist with patient care and administrative tasks have considered leaving the workforce,” according to Fortune.
I can’t even begin to describe how foolish it is to institute mandates that could potentially force thousands upon thousands of health care workers to leave their jobs right in the middle of a pandemic.
But that is what we are now facing.
The way that we have responded to this pandemic has been a complete and total nightmare, but those running things seem entirely convinced that they are on the right track.
Moving forward, there is going to be more panic, more chaos, more shortages and more price increases.
So even though food prices are already ridiculously high, now is the time to stock up, because food prices are only going to go higher from here.
I have been doing my best to sound the alarm, but sometimes I feel like I am pounding my head into a wall.
Most people just have an absurd amount of faith in the strength and durability of our system, and so they refuse to believe that it could ever fail.
But it is failing, and what we have experienced so far is just a preview of coming attractions.
Christians are increasingly being challenged over their faith. Mockery of God is OK, just don’t mock the erroneous teachings of socialism or evolution. In addition, the biblical worldview I.Q. of people appears to be getting smaller and smaller.
Appearing on this edition of Crosstalk to discuss equipping students with a biblical worldview was Russ Miller. Russ is the founder of Creation, Evolution, and Science Ministries. He’s the author of five creation-oriented books, including the book, COST: Creation, Original Sin, Separation, Redemption. He has also developed numerous PowerPoint seminars, conducts Grand Canyon Rim, Raft & Grand Staircase Tours, speaks on college campuses and national conferences. He has developed a young earth creation course for public school students for purposes of training and equipping.
At one time Russ was a theistic evolutionist. Theistic evolution is just one method that attempts to fit the teaching of millions of years of time leading to mankind within the framework of God’s Word. In other words, this worldview contends that God used millions of years of death and suffering to slowly evolve us.
Once he discovered what a fraud Darwin truly was, he began to examine that foundation of billions of years of time and he discovered that if there was a global flood, it wipes out every old earth belief.
Why does this matter? The old earth beliefs place death before Adam. Once you teach that, you can’t proceed to teach the biblical foundation of the Gospel that it was man’s sin that brought death into the world, separating us from God and requiring our redemption through Jesus. In other words, the old earth viewpoints undermine people’s faith in the authority of God’s Word and the reason for Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross.
As this program moved along, Russ looked at much more including the following:
Did Christianity have anything to do with the founding of the many branches of modern science?
What percentage of Christian young people are able to defend a biblical worldview?
Why should we keep a biblical worldview at home?
What is a Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase Tour?
Is there a creation science/biblical worldview course for high school students with credits that are transferable to public high schools?
Knowing that tribulation worketh patience. (Romans 5:3)
This is a promise in essence if not in form. We have need of patience, and here we see the way of getting it. It is only by enduring that we learn to endure, even as by swimming men learn to swim. You could not learn that art on dry land, nor learn patience without trouble. Is it not worth while to suffer tribulation for the sake of gaining that beautiful equanimity of mind which quietly acquiesces in all the will of God?
Yet our text sets forth a singular fact, which is not according to nature but is supernatural. Tribulation in and of itself worketh petulance, unbelief, and rebellion. It is only by the sacred alchemy of grace that it is made to work in us patience. We do not thresh the wheat to lay the dust: yet the Rail of tribulation does this upon God’s floor. We do not toss a man about in order to give him rest, and yet so the Lord dealeth with His children. Truly this is not the manner of man but greatly redounds to the glory of our all-wise God.
Oh, for grace to let my trials bless me! Why should I wish to stay their gracious operation? Lord, I ask Thee to remove my affliction, but I beseech Thee ten times more to remove my impatience. Precious Lord Jesus, with Thy cross engrave the image of Thy patience on my heart.
The Green Sailor Moves, Not the Rock Job 1:22; Psalm 44:24; 88:14; Romans 5:3–5; 9:14; 12:10–12
Why do you complain of waters going over your soul, and that the smoke of the terrors of a wrathful Lord almost suffocate you, and bring you to death’s brink? I know that the fault is in your eyes, not in Him. It is not the rock that flees and moves, but the green sailor. If your sense and apprehension are made judge of His love, there is a graven image made presently, even a changed god, and a foe god who was once a Friend God.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Safer to Be Feared Than Loved 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18
Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings… – Psalm 17:8
Scripture reading: Nahum 2:1-2 and Deuteronomy 31:30-32:12
The short lines and quick staccato phrases give a sense of urgency to these words. The prophet is declaring the sure work of the LORD, verse 1. When the Assyrian nation, whose capital is Nineveh, would invade and conquer a nation, they’d take the defeated people and scatter them throughout their empire. This is a terrible and effective way of breaking down resistance. There’d be no critical mass of people in any one area to regroup and rise up against their scatterer. Now, these proud people are going to be humbled. They will experience the very insult and defeats they’d inflicted on their enemies.
Hear the taunts: Sure, man the ramparts—put your soldiers in the most strategic places—if you think that will make any difference. You can meticulously prepare for battle and still be thrown to the winds, never again to rise up in rebellion. This becomes a Name for God: the Scatterer. Through endless generations the Scatterer is undefeated.
Why is the LORD doing this? He has linked His reputation and His glory to that of Israel. Anyone who touches Israel, touches the apple of God’s eye. You know how sensitive your eye is. Even the strongest man will crumble when something touches the pupil, the apple of the eye. The LORD will react, protecting His dearest people. Dear to Him for He has redeemed Israel at the cost of His own dear Son. Dear to Him because they are helpless to bring about their own salvation. They need their Redeemer, their Warrior-King.
Suggestions for prayer
Thank God that He considers His people as precious, as the apple of His eye; pray for the nations in rebellion against Him, those who will experience the scattering of judgment, that while there is yet time, may many repent and know the blessedness of belonging to Jesus.
Rev. Richard T. Vander Vaart serves as a visiting prison chaplain in Moncton, New Brunswick for Redemption Prison Ministry. A few years ago he and his wife Carolyn became members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. They both enjoy hosting friends for dinner and games nights. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
If God really exists, why doesn’t He show Himself in some dramatic, undeniable way? That question was posited not long ago in a Washington Post opinion article headlined “Where is God?” And it accurately reflects the widespread sentiment of an unbelieving world.READ MORE
“Earthquake!” he shouted to his roommates, waking them and urging them outside. They grumbled and told him to go back to sleep.
There was no earthquake.
A few minutes later, it happened again, but this time Ali caught himself before yelling at his friends.
As he waited and wondered, a figure walked into his bedroom. The figure had Ali’s face, but somehow Ali knew it was Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “I need you.”
Ali leapt up and ran to the house of friends who’d been talking to him about Jesus. Though it was midnight, the lights were on. When they came to the door, Ali asked, “What are you doing up so late?”
“We’re praying,” they responded. “What are you doing here?”
Breathlessly, Ali exclaimed, “Your Jesus just came to my house!”
Ali was soon radically converted and has gone on to plant churches and minister to Muslim-background-believer (MBB) church planters in India for decades.
(Thanks to Shane Bennett for offering Ali’s story for this article. Ali—not his real name—is Shane’s longtime friend and ministry partner.)
Dreams and visions, miracles, narrow escapes, disguises, beheadings, government surveillance, and bold witness: all of these characterize the real lives of thousands of followers of Christ in extreme Islamic countries.
Devout Muslims find themselves ostracized, and sometimes beaten or killed, if they turn to follow Jesus. Yet, in recent years, hundreds of thousands do so anyway.
Why? How is Jesus drawing them to him? And how can we as Christians join in that work?
Dr. David Garrison, a missionary and researcher, compiled over one thousand interviews from Muslim-background believers. Those interviews have been collected from forty-five movements of Christianity in Islam in fourteen countries. He published his findings in A Wind in the House of Islam.
From 2000 until 2012, there have been sixty-nine large movements of Christianity within Islam, some of which continue to grow today. Garrison defines a movement as “at least 100 new church starts or 1,000 baptisms that occur over a two-decade period.”
Garrison’s book is a wake-up call more than a triumphal account of Christianity’s victory over Islam, for these awakenings, or “movements,” at most still only accounted for less than 0.5 percent of Muslims across the world. However, these numbers do show that God is moving in Islam, through both faithful witnesses and miraculous appearances in dreams. In previous centuries, there had been essentially no Christian evangelism to Islam.
Iran possesses its own unique awakening of Christianity as the Islamic government’s religious control slips. Hormoz Shariat outlines this in Iran’s Great Awakening, speculating that between one and five million have started following Jesus in the past decade.
While Iran’s “official census” states that 99.6 percent of Iranians identify as Muslim, that number actually hovers around 40 percent. Accurate, third-party surveying reveals a disenfranchised population who abandon Islam for secularism and other religions, even while the government uses violence to enforce strict Islamic adherence. According to that same study, 1.5 percent of Iranians now identify as Christians.
What is clear is that God is turning the tide in Islam through true peace and love.
But how is God doing so?
One of the most stunning pieces of this puzzle is the unprecedented number of dreams and visions of Jesus that Muslims are experiencing.
Who is Isa?
Dr. Garrison writes, “A common phrase found in many testimonies gathered from West Africa to East Asia began with the words, ‘I had a dream . . . .’ Like the wind itself, these dreams came as invisible harbingers of change.”
All three global ministries I spoke with for this article, as well as missionaries to Muslims, books written by leaders in missions, and personal stories testify to this fact: God is stirring thousands of Muslims through visions and dreams.
Dr. Darren Carlson, in writing for the Gospel Coalition, talks about his fieldwork helping Muslim migrants into Europe. He interviewed many migrant Muslim background believers (MBBs) and asked about their conversion. Those who experienced a dream or vision before following Jesus shared these common threads:
“Jesus speaking Scripture to them, even Scripture they had never heard before.”
“Jesus telling people to do something.”
“A dream or vision that led to a feeling of being clean or at peace.”
“A man in white physically appearing.”
The stories he relates are the stuff of movies, but you won’t likely hear about these conversions in the daily news cycle.
In his ministry to the Middle East, Tom Doyle finds that around one in three MBBs had a dream or vision prior to their salvation experience. Another survey conducted by Fuller Theological Seminary found that a little over 25 percent received a dream prior to their faith.
Global Media Outreach uses online missionaries to reach unreached peoples across the world. In an email interview for this article, a member of their Middle East / North Africa outreach team related:
Visions and dreams are very common and similar. I’ve personally heard such testimonies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, and Tunisia. Someone is searching for answers to life. Jesus appears in a dream announcing that He is “Issa’” who you are looking for.” They wake up and start their search until they come across a website, church, or Christian. The mission to reach Muslims is on God’s heart. Where the Church failed to make an impact, we find God working in amazing ways. The key for us is to discern where God is at work and join Him.
In the Qur’an, Jesus (Isa in Arabic) is mentioned as a prophet of God. Muslims believe he performed miracles, healed, and was born of the virgin Mary. They do not, however, believe that he died on the cross or was God incarnate (that latter statement is blasphemous to them).
So, it comes as a surprise to Muslims when Isa appears to them in a dream, but they take it seriously. Isa’s appearing to them, along with a feeling of peace, awe, and love in his presence, opens the door to the gospel. Many missionaries find that explaining who Isa really is provides the best way to evangelize.
How are dreams and visions leading to Muslim conversions?
Dr. Carlson, himself testifying to numerous MBBs’ dreams, writes a word of caution.
While in Greece, he noticed that a few Muslims were mimicking other dream stories, pretending to be Christians in order to seek asylum more easily. One Afghan Christian told him that many Christians were lazy in waiting for dreams to evangelize. Dr. Carlson notes: “Where the Spirit moves, Satan distorts and distracts. But we can rejoice in the powerful work of God in the world and trust the sufficiency of the preached gospel to save sinners.”
The Holy Spirit clearly moves through dreams. For any doubting the validity of these MBB testimonies, Dr. Carlson asks this question, “Would Satan cast out Satan? Would he give dreams filled with Scripture, pointing to Jesus, that ultimately lead to conversion and purity?” Obviously not.
Dr. George H. Martin, from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes on the subject and reminds us that the Bible, teaching, and preaching must remain central, even while the Spirit moves Muslims through powerful dreams and visions. Dreams and visions open the door to people’s hearts, giving them the chance to hear and accept the gospel. In these stories, God always provides a Bible or connects them to another Christian.
To illustrate this, let’s examine another story related by Tom Doyle in Dreams and Visions, from the chapter titled “The Imam and the Gun.” It sounds like a spy movie.
A missionary in Cairo was kidnapped at gunpoint in the middle of the night. He was forced to navigate Cairo’s twisting streets and told to jump between two roofs over a five-story drop. After a harrowing journey, he arrived at an abandoned building. He naturally believed he was being taken to his own execution.
Instead, he found a group of young Imams (Muslim teachers and leaders of local mosques, like pastors) who had studied at Al-Azhar University. As students, they had all separately received dreams from Jesus and committed to following him. Eventually, the Holy Spirit brought all ten of these secret Christians together.
They had been meeting in secret to pray and encourage each other three times a week but had no one to teach them the Bible. When they found out this missionary was a believer, they desperately wanted to hear him teach the Word. The safest way to bring him to their secret meeting was to kidnap him.
The relieved missionary laughed for a long time at his situation.
Even though it took a great deal of time, such dreams led these Muslims to unite with each other and eventually find someone to teach them the Word of God.
Those in dangerous Islamic countries must operate in absolute secrecy for fear of death. Many MBBs feel the passion to share the gospel with friends and family despite the danger.
How are missions ministries reaching Muslims?
In another vein, ministries are seeing thousands more come to Christ while meeting their basic needs. Muslims are people, and many Muslim-majority countries are impoverished. Such ministries go into impoverished countries and provide education, healthcare, and financial assistance. Missionaries bringing compassion and following up with spiritual discipleship have been used for centuries as a strategy for bringing people to Christ.
One ministry in particular I spoke to does this with a well-defined vision. (To keep a low profile, we were asked to keep the ministry anonymous.) This ministry works to be entirely self-sustained from a business perspective, providing jobs and long-term aid through microloans.
Microloans are a small investment into a hard-working, impoverished individual to start or help their business. With this particular ministry, the person receives two months of finance and skills training. Then, with sometimes less than a hundred dollars, they start a poultry farm, textile, grocery store, crop farm, or handcrafted products business. This allows them to sustainably make a living for their family. Eventually, they will repay the microloan, and that money will be used to invest in yet another microloan to combat poverty.
This realizes the lasting change in whole villages that learn to live sustainably. Many families, if they aren’t able to put food on the table, will sell their daughters as a “bride” when they are fourteen or fifteen years old. Of these microloans, 98 percent go to women, affording them dignity and combatting the sex-trading industry. Once women earn money, they can secure relative independence.
This ministry provides eternal truths alongside generosity and compassion. This is not a case of buying converts, but a matter of fighting back darkness and poverty, preaching the gospel in the midst of it.
This ministry’s internal missional strategy consists of a self-sustaining loop:
A representative from this ministry wrote to me in an email,
“Those areas are how we focus holistic and sustainable ministry to unreached people. We go in with compassion – microloans, schools, healthcare + humanitarian aid – which opens the door for relationships with unreached people groups for the long-term.
In the quadrant, compassion and relationship encompass the natural or physical side of holistic ministry. The next side of the coin, for the spiritual needs of unreached people, is evangelism and discipleship.
Both have to run concurrently where we serve, but we see this functionality in all missional or in kingdom work. No matter where we are serving Muslims, we seek to do it sustainably and holistically through these four lenses” (italics added).
This mission allows them to fly under the radar of local officials and gain the trust of communities. They secretly but boldly present the gospel and disciple converts through long-term growth.
We are reminded by James about the importance of compassion: “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” (James 2:15–16).
Lest anyone would think this kind of ministry does not rest on faith or the Spirit, the representative I spoke to estimates that as many as 80 percent of MBBs he works with receive some kind of dream that connects them to the gospel. The Spirit is alive and working through dreams and miracles, as well as well-structured microloans and business planning. Over two hundred thousand individuals are actively involved in discipleship through their ministry.
Bangladesh is one particularly ideal country for this missional approach. The government legally supports religious freedom of speech, though the population of Bangladesh is ninety percent Muslim and hostile toward Christianity. Islam’s ideals can be cold and heartless there, e.g., a lack of familial affection and callousness to poverty. So, when Christians contrast that coldness with Jesus’ compassion, people want to know more.
We consistently see the gospel spreading through real-world compassion, providing eternal restoration as missionaries bring healing and physical restoration.
Jesus speaks strongly about those who don’t feed the hungry, give the thirsty a drink, visit people in prison, welcome strangers in, or clothe the naked. This powerful teaching in Matthew 25 is a wake-up call for everyone, reminding us that the physical needs of people are close to Jesus’ heart: “Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:41–46).
How dangerous is it to be a Muslim-background believer?
Hundreds of thousands of Christians are under threat of death every day for meeting with other believers. Under intense persecution, it becomes nearly impossible to operate churches, and, without connection to solid teaching, there are dangers of heresy, dictatorial pastors, and a lack of discipleship.
Dr. Garrison reminds us that most Muslims are not bloodthirsty people. Instead, they are family-oriented with high moral values. Nonetheless, being removed from family and socially outcasted is a frequent experience of Muslim converts everywhere. Muslims pay a high price for following Jesus, even the ones who don’t risk persecution.
In the chapter “The Great Mecca Escape” from Tom and Joann Doyle’s book Women Who Risk, they relate the stories of MBB women from the most dangerous parts of the world. Kady’s story is particularly moving. (“Kady” is not her real name; the pseudonym is in place to protect her identity.)
When Kady followed Jesus, she started going to a house church in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The house church would play a soccer game at full volume, gather in a circle, sign with their hands what Bible verse to look up on their phone, then talk about the passage in low whispers. Afterward, they would use an app that disguised their phone screen to hide their Bible download.
Perhaps most impressively, Kady once went to Hajj disguised in regular Muslim garbs, pretending to pray to Allah, when in fact she and her friends were praying to Jesus for the Muslims around them. Later, she found out that around six thousand Christians pretending to be Muslims on pilgrimage at the Hajj were present and praying that year.
Hearing God call her out of Mecca, Kady made a daring escape with the help of Christian friends, finding out later that her brothers intended to murder her in the name of Islam. Now, Kady is a missionary to Muslims in America.
Iran provides another prime example. People’s phones and the internet are closely monitored by the government. Though Christianity is rapidly growing underground, it may be that only 5 percent of Christians attend house churches. Those who do “risk imprisonment, torture, persecution, and even death.” Iran Alive Ministries, as well as other ministries, reach people through satellite TV, the only communication the government doesn’t monitor.
In 2021, the Taliban had taken control of Afghanistan. In the midst of their merciless reign, Christians are being executed and terrorized. The desperate flight from Afghanistan left many dead in their attempts to escape, and the country is in chaos. Christian leaders are hearing that the Taliban are reportedly killing people if they find a Bible downloaded on their phone.[ad location=”single-post-ad-2″]
Why are Muslims turning to Christ?
Amidst all of this, love is winning in people’s lives.
God is miraculously leading Muslims to repentance, one person at a time. In the Mission Frontier article that discussed MBB interviews, they conclude: “By far, the reason found most compelling for the greatest number of Muslims who have turned to Christ is the power of love.”
Take Hakim’s story, for example.
Hakim, an Algerian Muslim of high status, spoke with me on the phone to give his testimony. He spent his life questioning Islam but always received beatings or rebukes for his questions.
One day, he heard the gospel presented and was mostly confused, but he felt a powerful spiritual draw to the idea that Jesus is God. In the subsequent weeks, he experienced several near-death experiences. Each time, a voice told him, “I will protect you.” He didn’t know where this voice came from or who it was.
Then, he received a dream of a white light, where he felt an overwhelming feeling of love and peace. In the dream, God told him that he needed Hakim for himself, for his glory, and that he would protect him.
The next day, Hakim confided this to the missionary. The missionary invited Hakim to his home, ecstatic that God was drawing him. At first, Hakim refused because he knew the Christian was an infidel, but eventually, Hakim accepted the invitation. When Hakim arrived at the Christian’s home, this courageous family hugged him, showed him warm hospitality, and loved him.
To Hakim, who’d grown up in a hard, cold, and strict Muslim family, such words and actions shook him to the core.
After consistent love from the Christian family, Hakim came to church and there decided to follow Jesus. When Hakim’s family found out, he was beaten by his father and brothers with a sword and baseball bat, barely escaping with his life.
After spending some time in Algeria as a Christian, spreading the gospel with great courage, he moved to the United States. Hakim now studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and wants to plant churches around the world. He hosts Zoom meetings with MBBs in North Africa and France.
Though dreams and visions of Jesus have swept across the Muslim world, the most central draw of Christianity is our love for one another and Christ’s all-powerful love for us.
Do I have to visit the Middle East to reach Muslims?
For anyone feeling a stirred passion for Muslims, you don’t necessarily need to travel to the Middle East, Africa, or Asia. A study in 2017 showed that there were 3.45 million Muslims in the US, with more migrating here every year. God is bringing Muslims to the doorstep of American Christians, just as he is sending American Christian ambassadors into their darkest strongholds.
Denison Forum is located in Dallas, Texas, and Muslims are moving right to our doorstep. Texas has the fifth-largest Muslim population out of all the states. In 2010, there were half a million Muslims in Texas, and that number continues to grow. One of my professors at Dallas Baptist University, Professor KayLyn Hopper, was previously a missionary in the Middle East. In class, she would always remind us that Muslims are now our neighbors, especially in Dallas.
In 2021, with tens of thousands of Afghan Refugees entering the United States, we have an opportunity now more than ever to share the gospel. We need to be aware of the broader picture as well as the state of our local neighbors. Instead of viewing Muslim migration as an “invasion,” let’s view it as an opportunity to show a desperate, lonely people the love of Jesus. We need to be “glocal,” to think globally and act locally.
Shane Bennett, who has spent decades befriending Muslims in several countries and helping Christians figure out how to relate to them, wrote to me in an email:
“This is no time for Christians to be afraid of Muslims . . . . May the Holy Spirit work in each of us to exchange apathy, angst, and anger for love and engagement . . . . In my experience, few if any Muslims have ever refused when I offered to pray for them. Most believe Jesus healed, cast out demons, and raised the dead . . . .
When a Muslim moves to America, as an immigrant, a refugee, or an asylum seeker, it is a blessing from God. Likely she is moving from one of the most under-evangelized countries in the world to one with one of the highest rates of people who follow Jesus. We should thank God for blessing them that way, then pull up our big kid pants and get to work!”
He also told me, and he is not alone in this belief, that God’s will is to draw Muslims out of these enclosed countries so that they can hear the gospel. Muslims are flocking to the cities we live in, and migration is an opportunity for our witness and to see more Muslims come to faith in Christ.
Kady, the MBB from earlier who escaped from Mecca, writes in Women Who Risk, “From Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where the religion of Islam began fourteen hundred years ago, I truly am privileged to be a missionary for Jesus to Muslims. And the Muslims I’m called to reach in serving Jesus Christ? I’m amazed that my mission field is . . . the USA.
How can I share the gospel with Muslims?
One family in Houston is particularly inspiring. Muslim families who move to the US find themselves isolated and in a strange place, and there is a high Muslim population in Houston. So, showing hospitality and love, this family regularly invites Muslim women over to connect with each other. The family shares food and then the gospel with the women who come.
Would you join me in praying for believers under persecution across the world and for the Muslim migrants in America and Europe? For videos that help guide prayer for Muslims in different countries, see Prayercast’s page, “Love Muslims.”
Let us meet Muslims with love and gentleness as more and more become our neighbors. Will we slander and speak evil of them, or will we show Christ’s love for them?
Pray for the Muslims in your local community, that they will turn away from Islam and run to Jesus.
Invite them into your homes. Show them love and hospitality. Share your story and listen to theirs. Build a relationship with them, and show them Jesus’ love. Jesus has a heart for Muslim people, and we should as well.
Christians no longer have to travel to places like Afghanistan to share their faith with Muslims, though God will certainly still call brave believers to those places. Muslims are arriving at the shores of open, free countries, ready to hear the gospel.
Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37)
I wonder how many times you have been let down by someone?
There are many who promise us that they will stand by us, no matter what comes our way. They say, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll be right behind you’. However, when trouble strikes, most of them are so far behind that you need a telescope to see them!
On the other hand, things around us keep changing at a rapid pace, sometimes too fast for us to adjust. In fact, some changes like global pandemic, getting old, developing health issues, children leaving home, having to play the role of a single mom or dad unexpectedly and losing a job can be quite scary!
It is therefore comforting to know that in the midst of changing circumstances or being let down by someone, we have a God who never deserts us! He has said,
‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’ (Hebrews 13:5)
In Deuteronomy 31, the people of God were told of a huge change that was ahead of them. Moses, the man who had led them through ‘thick & thin’ for 40 years, makes a startling statement. In vs 2 he says, ‘The Lord has said to me, you shall not cross the Jordan.’ Just imagine the shock that went through the camp! He also says, ‘Joshua also will cross ahead of you…’ (vs 3). Here was their leader, talking about a change in leadership at the critical period of entering the Promised Land. Moses also clarifies in vs 2, that he was no longer able to lead them, being a 120 years old. It was obviously a scary time for the people of Israel who were used to seeing Moses in front of them. Sure, changing circumstances can be very trying!
Moses however then assures them, ‘the Lord your God goes before you, He will never leave you nor forsake you.’ What a promise! He therefore asks the people to be strong and courageous. This gave strength to the people who had seen God go before them as a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21). It is also no coincidence that in Joshua 1:5, God also tells Joshua, the new leader, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’.
What changing circumstances are you facing right now? How are you responding to those changes? Has fear gripped your heart? Do you feel like God is far away? Remember, ‘He will never leave you nor forsake you’. We have a God who never deserts us, specifically in the most difficult moments.
There is a story of a family whose house caught fire. As each parent tried to grab a few belongings and a child’s hand to get out of the house as quickly as possible, the little daughter who was holding the father’s hand, broke free from his grip and ran upstairs to get her teddy bear. However, when trying to come down again, she found that she was trapped by the enveloping flames. She therefore, ran to the upstairs window and shouted for her father’s help. The father shouted back ‘jump down, I will catch you’. However, since she couldn’t see her father clearly through the smoke, the little girl cried, ‘I’m scared to jump daddy, I can’t see you’. Her father replied, ‘don’t worry honey, you just jump. I’m right under you and I will catch you. Although you can’t see me,I CAN SEE YOU’!
Our heavenly Father sees us at all times. He will never desert us!
He Carries the Burden Also Matthew 10:38; 11:28–30; 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23
The heaviest end of the cross lies ever on his shoulders. If he bids us carry a burden, he carries it also.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Impossible to Go to Paradise by One’s Own Virtue Luke 18:9–14; 23:43; John 14:2–3
Know, O man, that if you will you can go to Paradise, for there has your Savior Christ gone; but know this also, that not by your own nature, not by means of silver and gold, not by your virtue, will you reach that place.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Legalism. Pretty much everyone agrees that it’s bad. And in a world where Christians seem to disagree over basically everything, that’s saying something.
Even so, if you asked the average Christian to define legalism, the answers may not come so quickly. What exactly counts as legalism? How do we know it when we see it? The confusion is exacerbated by the fact that the term can be used in different ways. People can use the same word but infuse it with very different meanings.
In hopes of dissipating a little of the fogginess, here’s a breakdown of different ways to understand legalism.
Legalism and Salvation
Let’s begin with the most obvious meaning of legalism. At its core, legalism is when we base our justification on our own law-keeping rather than on the finished work of Christ. If we depend on our own merits, our own efforts, even our own rituals, to make us acceptable before a holy God, then we have become legalists.
In short, legalism is salvation by works. We will call this salvation-legalism.
It is precisely this sort of legalism that Paul was fighting in the letter to the Galatians. Indeed, Paul was clear that the Galatians, having been deceived by the “Judaizers,” had embraced another gospel altogether: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ are are turning to a different gospel” (1:6).
Of course, this is why the real gospel—that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone—is such good news. In this gospel, we are freed from the heavy yoke of works-righteousness.
Legalism and Rules
But there are other ways to define legalism. Another form of legalism is also common in Scripture, namely when believers are told they must follow man-made rules rather than (or alongside) God’s rules. Our fallen human natures not only tend to resist God’s law, but we have a propensity to make our own laws.
In short, legalism is when you add to God’s word. We will call this rules-legalism.
Paul was also very aware this form of legalism. In Romans 14, he wanted to make sure that Christians were not judging each other over “disputable matters.” Some Christians ate meat, other didn’t (v. 2). Some Christians followed certain holy days, others didn’t (v.5). Some Christians drank wine, others didn’t (v. 21).
And Paul is very plain that we should not “pass judgment” (v.3) on our fellow believer over such matters. Our conscience is bound only to God’s word, not to man’s private opinion.
Of course, this is exactly the kind of legalism that defined the ministry of the Pharisees. They were masters of adding to God’s word. So much so, that Jesus rebukes them: “You hypocrites . . . you leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men” (Mark 7:6-8).
It’s important to distinguish this kind of legalism from the one above. Many Christians are quick to add man-made rules to their faith, though far fewer would think they must keep them to be saved. That means a person can reject salvation-legalism but still be holding to rules-legalism.
Why would a person do this? Why are people so prone to rules-legalism? Because it gives us a way to feel better about ourselves. Notice that whenever we add a rule to the Christian faith, it just happens to be the rule we prefer and the rule we are keeping. And this allows us to be part of the “in” group, and to view others as part of the “out” group.
And that is the definition of sinful judging. There’s a right form of “judging” where we distinguish between right and wrong (contrary to what the world thinks). But, biblically speaking, sinful judging is when we tell someone their behavior is wrong, when it is not really wrong (Rom 14:3).
We should also observe that some leaders prefer rules-legalism for another reason: it’s a form of control. It’s a way to manage the behavior of others, by accusing them of breaking rules (even if they didn’t know they were rules) and shaming them for doing so. Such behavior puts the average church member on edge, making them more compliant and more willing to follow that leader in the future.
Here is where we see the importance of doctrines like sola Scriptura. In effect, that doctrine protects our Christian liberty. Only God’s word can bind our conscience, not man-made laws.
J. Gresham Machen put it well, “Dependence upon a word of man would be slavish, but dependence upon God’s Word is life…The Bible to the Christian is not a burdensome law, but the very Magna Carta of Christian liberty.”
Legalism and Tone
The final kind of legalism I will mention here (and there are others), is more difficult to pin down, but still very real. It is a legalism of spirit, rather than a legalism of doctrine.
We have all encountered pastors, leaders, and ministries that plainly affirm salvation by grace and plainly reject man-made laws. On paper, they are orthodox. And yet, their ministries are marked by a heavy-handed, crushing, and even oppressive focus on law-keeping. They lead through fault-finding.
People in such churches often feel watched, criticized, picked apart, and even fearful of stepping out of line.
In short, this sort of legalism is an imbalanced focus on the Law. It is legalism in tone. So, we can call this tone-legalism.
Needless to say, tone-legalism is the most difficult type of legalism to identify. Often those who engage in this sort of legalism will defend their ministries on the grounds that, “I am just pointing out people’s sin.” It is legalism cloaked in orthodoxy.
Of course, it is true that there’s a place for pointing out people’s sin. And it is also true that God cares very much about Christian obedience. But the people in these churches know there’s something amiss, even if they may not be able to fully articulate it.
Sadly, some Christians don’t even realize how distorted their experience is until they leave and join a church that has a balanced and joyful focus on the gospel. Looking back, all they might be able to say is, “That church was legalistic,” not realizing that they are dealing with tone-legalism.
Concern over tone-legalism might explain why we have so many exhortations for pastors to be gentle with their flocks and not domineering (1 Tim 3:3; 1 Pet 5:3; Matt 20:25). Our ministries should not be defined by our “cracking the whip,” but by patient, gentle shepherding.
In sum, legalism is a multi-dimensional phenomenon. And understanding the nuances of the term can help us navigate conversations and theological discussions. The next time a person says, “That’s legalism,” you can begin by asking them which definition they are using.
THEISTIC EVOLUTION IS A MAJOR PROBLEM: IMPACT OF IDEAS
“Prior to graduation from college, I had not once been shown any of the scientific evidence for creation either in school or in church. Little wonder, that by the time I started my career [as a chemist], God had little relevance in my life. It wasn’t as though I had any animosity toward God or religion. It simply held no relevance to the world around me. This should be no surprise when the subject never came up in school and everything seemed to be explained without reference to a Creator.” Bruce Malone, Search for the Truth
The Power of Ideas: “[Evolutionist] Ernst Haeckel nudged the racism of the Third Reich along its malignant road by suggesting that …”You must draw [a line] between the most highly developed civilized people on the one hand and the crudest primitive people on the other and unite the latter with animals.”( (Karl Giberson, Saving Darwin: How to be a Christian and Believe in Evolution, 76)
“How shocking it is today to acknowledge that virtually every educated person in the Western culture at the time …shared Haeckel’s ideas. Countless atrocities around the globe were rationalized by the belief that superior races were improving the planet by exterminating defective elements…there can be little doubt that such viewpoints muted voices that would otherwise have been raised in protest.” (Giberson)
· Evolution à Racism
How Darwin Impacts Christianity: “Acid is an appropriate metaphor for the erosion of my fundamentalism, as I slowly lost confidence in the Genesis story of creation and the scientific creationism that placed this ancient story within the framework of modern science….[Darwin’s] acid dissolved Adam and Eve; it ate through the Garden of Eden; it destroyed the historicity of the events of creation week. It etched holes in those parts of Christianity connected to the stories—the fall, “Christ as the second Adam,” the origins of sin, and nearly everything else that I counted sacred.” (Giberson, 9-10)
Slippery Slop (Once you make Darwin and culture more authoritative than the Bible, the slide will continue): Giberson later: “OT God “tyrannical anthropomorphic deity,” “commanded the Jews to go on genocidal rampages…but who believes in this [OT] deity any more, besides those same fundamentalists who think the earth is 10,000 years old? Modern theology has moved past this view of God.”http://biologos.org/blog/exposing-the-straw-men-of-new-atheism-part-five/
Can You have Both: Evolution and Scripture?
· Romans 1:18-20 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
· Anti Science?2 Corinthians 10:4–5 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
· Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
HOW THE EVOLUTIONARY WORLDVIEW IS DIRECTLY OPPOSED TO CHRISTIAN:
How does the TE (theistic evolutionist) reconcile these differences? Figurative/parabolic? Non-Overlapping Magisterium!
1. The Cross
2. NT interpretation of Genesis:
Matthew 19:4-6 He [Jesus] answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female [Gen. 1:26-27], 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’ [Gen. 2:24]! 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has [historically] joined together, let not man separate.”
2 Peter 2:4-9 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly… 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.
The NT always comments on Genesis 1-11 as actual history:
· Luke 17:26–27 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
· Acts 17:26 “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.”
· Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.
· Romans 8:19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility.
· 1 Corinthians 15:21–22 NKJV For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. (No verse that regards Genesis as non-historical)
SECULAR PSYCHOLOGY vs. SCRIPTURE
Psychiatrist G. Brock Chisholm, president of the World Federation for Mental Health:
“The re-interpretation and eventually (sic) eradication of the concept of right and wrong which has been the basis of child training, the substitution of intelligent and rational thinking for faith… are the belated objectives of practically all effective psychotherapy. The fact is, that most psychiatrists and psychologists and other respectable people have escaped from these moral chains and are able to observe and think freely.”https://www.cchr.org.uk/undermining-morals/
The fact is that most psychiatrists and psychologists and other respected people have escaped from moral chains and are able to think freely.” (Chisholm; Psychiatry: Journal of Biology and Pathology of Interpersonal Relations 9, no. 1, February 1946)
Differences between Secular psychotherapy (SP) and Scripture
SP ANALYSIS OF THE PROBLEMS: We are the pathological result of nature and nurture (genetics and environment).
Scripture: SIN: Isaiah 59:2 “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” (Goal: Plug into God)
LOVE OF THE LIE: John 3:19–20 “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.”
SCRIPTURE: God-centered, plugging us into the Source: Romans 8:31–32 “…If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
Mt 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
SP: have within ourselves the resources for meaningful change.
SCRIPTURE: We are helpless without our Savior: John 15:4–5 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
SP: build self-trust and self-esteem through positive affirmations and self-forgiveness.
SCRIPTURE: No self-trust; God trust alone: Jeremiah 17:5–7 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.”
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Psalm 62:5–8 “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” (2 Cor. 3:5)
SP seeks to exalt the client.
SCRIPTURE seeks to humble us: James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”
SP is focused on symptomology.
SCRIPTURE is primarily focused on truth and thinking correctly: 2 Peter 1:2–3 “May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
SP: non-judgmental (UPR) and tolerant of just about all behaviors.
SCRIPTURE: Corrects: Titus 1:9-11 [The elder] must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.
SP cannot affirm the totality of our experience – suffering.
SCRIPTURE affirms the need for suffering: 2 Corinthians 4:7–12 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” à Heaven
Professor of religion, Philip Jenkins: During the 1970’s and 1980’s, psychological values and assumptions permeated the religious world no less than the secular culture…But an intellectual chasm separates the assumptions of traditional churches from those of mainstream therapy and psychology. The medicalization of wrongdoing sharply circumscribes the areas in which clergy can appropriately exercise their professional jurisdiction, and this loss of acknowledged expertise to therapists and medical authorities at once symbolizes and accelerates a substantial decline in the professional status of priests and ministers. (“Opinion: The Uses of Clerical Scandal,” First Things, 1996, 60.)
Powerful earthquake strikes southwest Mexico A powerful earthquake struck the southwest of Mexico late Tuesday, causing widespread shaking as far away as Mexico City and killing at least one person. The United States Geological Survey said the 7.0 magnitude quake struck 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) east-northeast of Los Órganos de San Agustín, about eight miles from the Pacific Coast beach resort city of Acapulco. It was measured at an initial depth of 7.8 miles (12.6 kilometers). At least 92 aftershocks were recorded, including one with a magnitude of 5.2, the Mexican State Civil Protection Secretariat said.
Something Mysterious Near The Galactic Center Is Flashing Radio Signals “We have presented the discovery and characterization of ASKAP J173608.2-321635: a highly-polarized, variable radio source located near the Galactic Center and with no clear multi-wavelength counterpart,” explain a team of astronomers led by Ziteng Wang of the University of Sydney in Australia. “ASKAP J173608.2-321635 may represent part of a new class of objects being discovered through radio imaging surveys.” It’s highly variable, emitting radio waves for weeks at a time, and then disappearing on rapid timescales. The signal is also highly polarized – that is, the orientation of the oscillation of the electromagnetic wave is twisted, both linearly and circularly.
As Gulf opens to Jewish life, Muslims spark interest in learning about High Holidays With Jews around the world set to begin the High Holiday season, the small Jewish communities in six Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are planning to take part publicly in some of the traditional holiday rituals for the first time in decades. This newfound openness is a direct result of the Abraham Accords signed a year ago between Israel, the United States, the UAE and Bahrain, followed by Sudan and Morocco.
Americans more opposed to gov’t spying now than a decade ago: Poll Support for the use of surveillance tools to monitor conversations outside the United States has dropped over the last ten years, despite the threat of international violence gaining momentum in the wake of President Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan that left 13 U.S. troops dead, 18 others injured and hundreds of Americans stranded behind enemy lines.
Abbas-Gantz meeting raises hopes for some Palestinians in West Bank The Palestinian Authority hails latest understandings reached with Israel as major accomplishments, betting that economic stability will secure its political future some believe PA president Abbas accepts crumbs from Israel in a deal for prosperity in exchange for security.
Why we should be worried about Nineveh this year: US in Iraq – opinion Hint – It’s not about Jonah and the whale. If President Biden chooses to evacuate Iraq, two historic peoples – the Assyrian Christians and Yazidis – will be no more. Today, there are only a reported 2,500 US soldiers left in Iraq. But for the battered and depleted Assyrian Christians and the Yazidis, two minorities who live side-by-side peacefully, a total pullout by the US could mean the demise of two ancient peoples in the Nineveh plains.
Palestinian prisoners at large, wanted dead or alive The prison break by six terrorists out of the high-security Gilboa Prison in northern Israel is not only an embarrassment but poses a risk for an escalation of violence as security forces comb the country in an attempt to catch them.
Back from the grave A small Israeli outcropping near Bethlehem that lies in the shadow of the defenses around Rachel’s Tomb – walls of concrete, guard towers, and a barbed wire fence – is home to 11 Jewish families and 70 yeshiva students. They live in one of the lesser-known but more important outposts in the Jewish settlements of Judea and Samaria. They call their presence there “living near Mom” (Rachel the matriarch) and believe that one day, the walls will come down and Bethlehem, where Jews haven’t lived since the days of Bar Kochba, will once again see a flourishing Jewish community.
Man dies in Des Moines hospital after staff can’t find ICU room ..McConnaughey may have also had an asymptomatic COVID-19 infection that played a role. “That triggered an inflammatory response through his body that cause multi-organ failure,” Zaruba said. McConnaughey was never tested for COVID-19 but showed many of the signs for COVID according to Zaruba. He said McConnaughey was fully vaccinated.
Beast System Swallows Freedom Worldwide The Social Credit Score that has been tested under the auspice of the New World Order’s Communist technocracy is the next step in the Mark of the Beast rollout for Western Civilization.
“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)
New government documents reveal the NIH was funding Wuhan lab’s gain-of-function research.
Newly released and published government documents obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request appear to confirm what many, including Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), have long argued — that the National Institutes of Health was in fact involved in funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China. (You know, the lab that likely released the coronavirus plague upon the world.) The documents run counter to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s repeated claims that the NIH was not involved in advancing gain-of-function research in Wuhan.
As Rutgers University chemical biology professor Richard Ebright observed, “The documents make it clear that assertions by the [National Institutes of Health] director, Francis Collins, and the [National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases] director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at [the Wuhan Institute of Virology] are untruthful.”
At a congressional hearing in May, Fauci, the nation’s highest-paid bureaucrat, claimed that the NIH “categorically has not funded gain-of-function research to be conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.” And again in a July Senate hearing, a testy exchange occurred in which Fauci called Paul a liar for daring to suggest that the NIH had funded gain-of-function research into bat coronaviruses. For those keeping score, that’s at least twice that Fauci lied to Congress.
Regarding these latest documents, Ebright noted, “The materials show that the 2014 and 2019 NIH grants to EcoHealth with subcontracts to WIV funded gain-of-function research as defined in federal policies in effect in 2014-2017 and potential pandemic pathogen enhancement as defined in federal policies in effect in 2017-present.”
He added: “This had been evident previously from published research papers that credited the 2014 grant and from the publicly available summary of the 2019 grant. But this now can be stated definitively from progress reports of the 2014 grant and the full proposal of the 2017 grant.”
Ebright believes the documents prove that the NIH “systemically thwarted” government oversight, and it now appears that Fauci was a primary figure leading this effort. That certainly explains why Fauci has been so adamant in his denials of the NIH funding gain-of-function research, as he may be the main individual responsible for the push to restart support for this dangerous research.
These documents further illuminate why Fauci was so quick and eager to dismiss the lab-leak theory as a tinfoil-hat conspiracy, while at the same time insisting that a natural origin provided the best explanation for COVID. His later flip-flop came only after evidence to the contrary became so overwhelming he could no longer deny it.
Paul responded to the news by stating: “Surprise, surprise — Fauci lied again. And I was right about his agency funding novel coronavirus research at Wuhan.” Paul also asserted, “He has definitely lied to the American public and he should be held responsible but not just that.” Furthermore, he argued, “The virus in all likelihood came from the lab. I think it’s such incredibly poor judgement that he should be immediately removed.”
One thing’s for certain: No one should trust Fauci ever again.
Four of the five high-level Taliban prisoners Obama traded for an Army deserter have leading roles in Afghanistan’s government.
On July 8, 2009, U.S. Army Master Sergeant Mark Allen was shot in the head by a Taliban sniper while on a mission to find Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl. Allen, who died in 2019 at age 46 due to complications from his injuries, spent the remainder of his life largely paralyzed and unable to speak to his wife or his two children. Allen and his family, according to the father of a fallen soldier who served under him, are “the best America has to offer.”
Bowe Bergdahl, on the other hand, is the sniveling son of hard-left parents and the worst America has to offer. “I am ashamed to even be American,” he wrote in an email to them on June 27, 2009, just before he deserted. “The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting. … I am ashamed to be an american [sic]. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools. … The US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at. It is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools, and bullies. The horror that is america [sic] is disgusting.”
And this is the guy Barack Obama traded for five high-level Taliban detainees in 2014. This is the guy the Obama administration lauded as some sort of hero; the guy whom Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, ridiculously said was “captured on the battlefield” and “served the United States with honor and distinction.”
As our Mark Alexander made clear at the time, Bergdahl did nothing of the sort.
In addition to Master Sergeant Allen, six other warriors lost their lives in the search for this dirtbag: PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sergeant Kurt Robert Curtiss, Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, Staff Sergeant Michael Chance Murphrey, and Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews.
Say their names.
It was, to be sure, one of the most appallingly anti-American actions ever taken by a U.S. president, that swap by Obama of Bergdahl for those senior Taliban detainees. It was also illegal, according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office. And the rotten fruit of it is still being reaped. Recently, we learned that four of these five Gitmo detainees now hold senior positions in the interim government of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
According to the Afghan television network TOLOnews, the Taliban-formed government gave leadership positions to Khairullah Khairkhwa, Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, and Mohammad Fazl. Khairkhwa will serve as acting minister for information and culture, Noori as acting minister of borders and tribal affairs, Wasiq as acting director of intelligence, and Fazl as deputy defense minister.
“President Biden still clings to an insane fantasy that the Taliban is kinder and gentler,” said Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse. “It’s nonsense. [Sirajuddin] Haqqani is the Taliban’s new interior minister for precisely the same reason the FBI’s got a $5 million bounty on his head: he’s a bloodthirsty terrorist. He’s armed, dangerous, and running a country we just abandoned.”
“Americans are still trapped behind Taliban lines,” Sasse continued, “the Biden Administration is still refusing to disclose how many of our people they left behind, and the State Department keeps talking about how they really hope the Taliban ‘will live up to their commitments.’ Pathetic.”
His policies were designed to achieve exactly the results they’re getting.
Joe Biden had been president for less than a month when, in February, our Douglas Andrews observed that there was already “a border crisis by design.” We’ve consistently warned that was not because Biden is a clueless cognitive mess, though he is that, but because he and his sidekick “border czar” Kamala Harris want an immigration crisis to empower the Democrat Party with new loyal voters after they’ve been made citizens.
Hanlon’s razor states, “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” Reverse that, and you have Biden’s immigration policy.
Biden immediately set about to undo Donald Trump’s needed enforcement policies and mechanisms, calling them “inhumane” and “dangerous.” Would-be migrants naturally interpreted Biden’s actions and rhetoric as a welcome mat and quickly began pouring across the border, including record numbers of unaccompanied minors. Biden and his team have made halfhearted attempts to tell migrants not to come, but only as they continue to gut the whole enforcement part of the equation.
Border Patrol records show that encounters with illegal border crossers grew from 78,417 in January to 212,672 in July. That doesn’t account for migrants who evaded capture. No one knows how many that is, but the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “just 68% of illegal border crossers get caught.” August numbers aren’t available yet, but in the Biden administration’s first full six months, there were more than one million encounters at the border, and the pace accelerated every single month. If that trend continued in August, it means Border Patrol agents have now apprehended more than 1.3 million illegals since Biden took the helm. Perhaps another half-million or more got away.
Many of the apprehended are deported, but the New York Post editorial board says, “The feds are losing track of tens of thousands who do get admitted into the interior, as officials demand only a promise that they check in with authorities after they land somewhere.”
Maybe it’s time to update that old “11 million undocumented workers” trope.
Even Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted recently: “This is unsustainable. We can’t continue like this, our people in the field can’t continue, and our system isn’t built for it.”
The one glimmer of good news is that after the Supreme Court recently blocked Biden’s rescinding of Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, deportations to Mexico have increased. Still, Team Biden is looking for new ways to dismantle that policy and leave the border wide open. The crisis is indeed by design.
Unions have only a fraction of their past power, but they can still wield influence.
Many of us took advantage of this past three-day weekend to throw a family barbecue, head for the beach, or either prepare kids for the upcoming school year or take a break from the one that already started. But in those places that still celebrate Labor Day the old-fashioned way with a big parade, the mood has become a little less cautious and somewhat more optimistic, given that unions’ share of the workforce has inched up since the pandemic began.
There’s a caveat, though: While the unionized workforce share is up, the total number of union members is down over 321,000. They’re buoyed by the fact that non-union employment declined faster than the union rolls, which have been swelled in recent years by public-sector workers. And don’t forget the real numbers: Union participation “is now so low that only 6.3 percent of workers in the private sector — and only 10.8 percent of all U.S. workers — belong to a union,” says commentator Juan Williams. “In the 1950s, 33 percent of workers were signed up as union members.”
With the changeover to a trifecta of Democrat government control last January, however, union leaders and supporters are optimistic that help is on the way from Uncle Sam. Aside from the job losses union workers experienced thanks to the cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline, they believe that the Biden administration will be helpful to their cause by moving a vast infrastructure bill and the PRO Act through Congress. The latter bill would be a huge boon for unions, as it eliminates states’ choice in being right-to-work.
Moreover, unions will have a chance to flex their political muscle next week in staving off a bid to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom. Williams says that Newsom is “leaning heavily on support from the state’s teachers’ unions to turn out voters,” and despite unions’ waning power, “they still have tremendous political leverage at critical moments like the California recall.”
The reason Big Labor may be looking to get a leg up through Congress is their reluctance to expend the effort to unionize workers themselves. The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Sean Higgins makes the point that the AFL-CIO went from spending 30% of its revenues on organizing under longtime president John Sweeney to just 10% under his successor, the late Richard Trumka. Succeeding the recently deceased Trumka will be former secretary-treasurer Liz Schuler, who, as Higgins notes, “has given little indication that she’ll break from Trumka’s politics-centered approach.” Ending the allowance of opting out given to union shop workers in right-to-work states will present Big Labor with many millions more in cash to help Democrats, regardless of the workers’ political leanings.
If your city or town still holds a Labor Day parade with all the union trappings, they are a dying breed. Given Big Labor’s constant battle to try and stack the deck in unionizing workers without selling them on the benefits of being in the union, Americans who wish to secure and keep good jobs may reluctantly end up in a union, but they’re not going to be enthusiastic enough about it to march in a parade for them. More importantly, they’re going to work in their own political interest and not that of their union. Imagine a Rust Belt that’s not diehard Democrat and you may have a glimpse into the political future.
This is the very circumstance that right-minded women and men have been warning against.
Back in June, Wi Spa in Los Angeles made headlines when women came forward to complain about a man walking around completely exposed in the women’s locker room. This man was allowed to use the female facilities not only because he claimed to be a “transgender” woman but because a pernicious California law allows people with gender dysphoria to go into the locker room of the gender with which they identify. A video of a woman confronting the staff about the incident went viral, sparking protests from both sides of the argument.
The anti-fascist fascists known as antifa were chief among the agitators. Their demonstrations were oftentimes violent, as we have learned to expect from the antifa terrorists. Remember when President Joe Biden claimed they were just an idea?
On July 3, there were arrests associated with the protests, mostly because antifa agitators were throwing projectiles.
However, this story has taken an altogether predictable turn, as several of the women that Darren Agee Merager exposed himself to filed charges of indecent exposure with the LAPD. The women also claim that Merager was aroused and partially erect at the time of the exposure. Merager, of course, claims that these women are harassing him and that the system is simply reinforcing stigmas that have oppressed “transgender” people across the ages.
Intrepid reporter Andy Ngo has been closely following the activities of antifa ever since they reared their ugly heads. He has even had the misfortune of being serially assaulted by these goons. Where violent antifa demonstrations are, Ngo will report. In his most recent article covering the Wi Spa controversy, he reports: “Law-enforcement sources revealed that Merager is a tier-one registered sex offender with two prior convictions of indecent exposure stemming from incidents in 2002 and 2003 in California. She [sic] declined to comment on the convictions. In 2008, she [sic] was convicted for failing to register as a sex offender.”
This is the very circumstance that women of sense and men who actually care about the rights of women have been warning against. When women’s spaces are not protected, predators can wreak havoc without consequence. Will antifa back down when all the evidence points to men like Merager using the system for their own perverted desires? It’s doubtful. Their only agenda seems to be spreading evil and hate as far as their influence is allowed.
A CNN analyst is caught red-handed peddling specious theories about race.
“Don’t ever underestimate White supremacy’s ability to adapt.”
That was the takeaway line from CNN “analyst” John Blake, who recently wrote an essay of warning to all non-supremacists. His theory? White America may be losing ground demographically, but the white supremacists within their ranks will likely go to great lengths to preserve their supremacy — even if it means inviting people with light-brown skin into their ranks. The title of his piece? “White supremacy, with a tan.”
Blake says it’s a diehard “political myth” that when whites are no longer a majority in the U.S., racism will fade. Don’t you believe it. He writes:
This myth was reinforced recently when the US Census’ 2020 report revealed that people who identify as White alone declined for the first time since the Census began in 1790. The majority of Americans under 18 are now people of color, and people who identity as multiracial increased by 276% over the last decade.
These Census figures seemed to validate a common assumption: The US is barreling toward becoming a rainbow nation around 2045, when White people are projected to become a minority.
That year has been depicted as “a countdown to the White apocalypse,” and “dreadful” news for White supremacists. Two commentators even predicted the US “White majority will soon disappear forever.” It’s now taken as a given that the “Browning of America” will lead to the erosion of White supremacy.
Nonsense, says Blake: “The assumption that more racial diversity equals more racial equality is a dangerous myth. Racial diversity can function as a cloaking device, concealing the most powerful forms of White supremacy while giving the appearance of racial progress. Racism will likely be just as entrenched in a browner America as it is now. It will still be White supremacy, with a tan.”
Where does CNN find these folks, these non-journalistic social-justice types who see white supremacy under every rock and behind every tree, and thereby dutifully promote Joe Biden’s divisive race-based agenda?
“[Blake] claims white supremacy will ‘adapt’ by brainwashing black/brown people,” says commentator Joel Pollak. “What trash. The left is just ‘adapting’ their propaganda so they can still call people racist when the failures are impossible to ignore.”
Self-styled philosopher Barrington Martin II, himself a black man, had a similar take: “So tired of people with a racial identity crisis writing these rubbish articles while liberal news networks promote them front and center as if they’re insightful piece.”
Doesn’t Blake know that if enough brown and black people join the burgeoning white supremacy movement, its popularity will be its ultimate undoing? After all, as Syndrome said in “The Incredibles,” “When everyone’s super, no one will be.”
And is it any wonder that with racial arsonists like Blake running around, relations between blacks and whites hit a two-decade low in July, with 42% of respondents to a Gallup survey saying they’re “very” or “somewhat” good, while 57% say they are “somewhat” or “very” bad?
Blake, for his part, seems proud of his own multiracial family and heritage, and why not? His is a rich bouillabaisse of the American Experience. But he misreads the racial and cultural landscape when he says that in order to stamp out white supremacy, we must “discard the modern notion of race, the biological fiction that there is something called a ‘Black person’ or a ‘White person’ or an ‘Asian person.’”
Call us deeply skeptical. Blake and his fellow travelers on the Left won’t ever let go of race as a tool, as a cudgel, as a weapon. They’ve long since abandoned the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., and they’re convinced that we should be judged by the color of our skin rather than the content of our character.
The meteoric rise of one of America’s most popular governors has many speculating a White House run in 2024.
Growing up in a blue-collar setting, Ron DeSantis used both his athletic prowess and his keen intellectual talent to the best of his ability, guiding him to success in his academic, military, and political endeavors. At 42, he’s the youngest governor in the U.S. of the third-most-populous state, and he’s seen by many as a serious candidate for the presidency in 2024.
On initial impression, DeSantis may appear to have arisen from near political obscurity to become one of the nation’s most well-known governors thanks to an endorsement from Donald Trump back during his 2018 campaign. While there is indeed truth to that, DeSantis was well on his way up the political ladder before his run for Florida governor and subsequent meteoric rise. You might even say DeSantis was born to lead.
His résumé is impressive — in fact, it would be for someone twice his age. He’s an accomplished athlete, beginning with playing a significant role in leading his team to the Little League World Series back in 1991. With eyes on a possible professional baseball career but also recognizing his signifiant intellectual capabilities, DeSantis attended Yale University, where he played baseball and majored in history with a 3.75 GPA. During his senior year, he was voted team captain, leading the team with a .336 batting average.
After his desire to make it to the Majors didn’t work out, DeSantis furthered his academic acumen by working for a degree from Harvard Law School, after which he served in the U.S. Navy as a JAG (Judge Advocate General) officer. His commanding officer during his time in the Navy reserves, Daniel Bean, said of DeSantis’s abilities: “I think he has a photographic memory. He is amazing with his ability to recall things and be accurate with citations.” This observation has been made by many who know and have worked with him, and it’s a skill that he has repeatedly displayed when conducting press conferences throughout the COVID pandemic.
Speaking of press conferences, DeSantis’s willingness and keen ability to stand up to and challenge the press over misinformation and disinformation is what has so many comparing him to Trump. Like the former president, DeSantis appears to relish correcting the media with his impressive ability to recall data and facts, while also exposing Leftmedia spin. He has demonstrated this repeatedly when the Leftmedia has attacked his impressive record in handling the pandemic.
Similarly, DeSantis is unashamedly proud to be an American, something that comes through strongest in his relentless defense of Liberty. DeSantis has repeatedly stood against the Democrats’ efforts to trample his constituents’ constitutional rights. DeSantis resisted lockdowns and mask mandates. He successfully sued the CDC over its COVID restrictions against the cruise line industry.
Recognizing the anti-American indoctrination and racism inherent in Critical Race Theory, DeSantis promoted and signed legislation banning its teaching in Florida schools. “No child,” he declared, “should be classified as a ‘victim’ or ‘oppressor’ based on their race or ethnicity.”
So, will DeSantis run for president in 2024? Thus far, he has referred to such speculations as “purely manufactured.” He recently contended: “I just do my job and we work hard. … I hear all this stuff and honestly it’s nonsense.” Up for reelection in 2022, DeSantis knows better than to look past his immediate goal, as any admission on his part that he indeed is looking at a run for the White House in 2024 will be an opening for his opponents to suggest that his focus is not Florida but Washington.
Either way, retaking the governor’s mansion is a big priority for Florida Democrats, because they hate everything DeSantis stands for and they want to derail his political future.
Furthermore, there’s the looming question of whether Trump will run again. If so, most consider him a shoo-in for the party nomination. And popular as he is, DeSantis would likely avoid going head-to-head against Trump. Of course, 2024 is still three years away, and no matter how much political pundits love to prognosticate, much can and will happen before then.
What we do know is that DeSantis is proving himself to be an impressive leader who is deeply committed to defending Liberty. And the Sunshine State is blessed to have him at the helm during this turbulent time in America’s history.
Insight: “A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority. ” —Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
“[Biden] destroyed 20 years’ work in less than 24 hours. Biden is the most incompetent president in the history of the United States. He has befriended terrorists. The White House is not a friend to the West. It’s a danger while he is president. We believe Biden is more of a threat to the West than the Taliban ever was. Without a shadow of a doubt. He betrayed us.” —British Special Operations Staff Sgt. Trevor Coult (Ret.)
“Islamism, both the ideology and the violence, is a first order security threat and, unchecked, it will come to us, even if centered far from us, as 9/11 demonstrated. … For me, one of the most alarming developments of recent times has been the sense that the West lacks the capacity to formulate strategy. That its short-term political imperatives have simply squeezed the space for long-term thinking. It is this sense more than anything else, in my judgement, which gives our allies anxiety and our opponents a belief our time is over.” —former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
Friendly fire: “I have been deeply frustrated, even furious, at our government’s delay and inaction. I expect the White House and State Department to do everything in their power, absolutely everything, to make this happen. These are American citizens and Afghans who risked everything for our country. We cannot leave them behind.” —Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal
Lack of self-awareness: “One of the enemies of public health is disinformation.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci
D’oh! “We’re eight months into this pandemic, and Donald Trump still doesn’t have a plan to get this virus under control. I do.” —Joe Biden, October 15, 2020 | “Daily U.S. COVID cases up more than 300% from Labor Day last year.” —New York Daily News, September 7, 2021
Hot air: “I think the country’s finally acknowledged the fact that global warming is real, and it’s moving at an incredible pace. We’ve got to do something about it.” —Joe Biden
Verbal gymnastics: “When I talk about building back better, I mean, you can’t build to what it was before this last storm. You’ve got to build better, so if the storm occurred again, there would be no damage — there would be. But that’s not going to stop us though. Because if we just do that, it’s just going to get worse and worse and worse, because the storms are going to get worse and worse and worse.” —Joe Biden
The BIG Lie I: “I’m still focused on trying to get some of those brave Afghans out. The Americans, all of whom wanted to come out, have come out, praise God.” —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
The BIG Lie II: “Middle-class families in Texas pay more taxes than middle-class Californians. Look that up. That’s a fact! I don’t know why that doesn’t get more damn attention.” —Governor Gavin Newsom
The BIG Lie III: “Jobless Americans will have few options as benefits expire.” —AP headline (“There are over ten million available jobs right now, the most in our nation’s history. Just spitballing, but getting a job seems like a decent option here.” —Clay Travis)
Dezinformatsiya: “Schools become political ‘battlefield’ in culture wars Trump cultivated.” —NBC News headline
Braying jenny: “Between Republicans who don’t respect the rules and the laws and are willing to cheat and willing to do whatever it takes and now the courts being on their side and there now being a solid majority of them who want to enact hyper right-wing, basically evangel — you know, a certain type of evangelical rule over us, which is Talibanism, right? ‘This is our sect and you will live by our sect whether you want to be a part of it or not.’ That scares me. Because if the court is willing to do that, where do we go from here if we don’t expand the court?” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid
Non compos mentis: “One option would be for Biden to federalize doctors — hire a federal force of doctors, send them into Texas to protect people’s constitutional rights. Because the Texas law is only enforceable through private civil action, federal employees are protected from private civil lawsuits through the doctrine of qualified immunity. … There’s also federal enclave law. That would allow military bases to basically perform medical services without being sued by, again, private citizens.” —The Nation justice correspondent Elie Mystal
Grand delusions: “[Republicans are] not pro-life. They’re pro-birth. And what do they do? They run away. They want nothing to do with it.” —Governor Gavin Newsom
Village idiot I: “I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress.” —actress Bette Midler
Village idiot II: “BAREFOOT & PREGNANT, WOMEN AT THE MERCY OF TYRANTS !! WOMEN WILL DIE FROM BACK ALLEY ABORTIONS, SAME AS BEFORE ROE V WADE !! POOR WOMEN WILL BE HIT THE HARDEST !! … DEMOCRACY WILL WITHER & DIE,& DICTATORS WILL THRIVE.” —singer Cher
And last… “In the Biden Administration’s America, it’s open borders for everyone but Americans.” —Mike Pompeo