Former deputy national security adviser weighs in on the Afghanistan crisis as Antony Blinken testifies before Congress on ‘The Evening Edit’ #FoxBusiness
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Former deputy national security adviser weighs in on the Afghanistan crisis as Antony Blinken testifies before Congress on ‘The Evening Edit’ #FoxBusiness
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(Natural News) Dr. Ryan Cole, a board-certified pathologist and diagnostics lab owner and operator based out of Idaho, has released shocking new information about how Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines” are causing a massive “uptick” in autoimmune diseases and cancer.
In a video produced by the Idaho state government’s “Capitol Clarity” project, Cole revealed how he is now seeing a 2,000 percent chronic illness increase in folks who took Donald “father of the vaccine” Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” injections.
“Since January 1, in the laboratory, I’m seeing a 20-times increase of endometrial cancers over what I see on an annual basis,” Cole stated in the video.
“I’m not exaggerating at all because I look at my numbers year over year, and I’m like ‘Gosh, I’ve never seen this many endometrial cancers before.’”
Cole revealed these and other statistics at a March 18 event, telling Idahoans that the so-called “vaccines” for the Fauci Flu are invoking a “reverse HIV” type of autoimmune response in people’s bodies.
A normal, well-functioning immune system has two types of cells that keep the body healthy: “helper” T-cells, also known as CD4, and “killer” T-cells, also known as CD8 cells. In the “fully vaccinated,” there is a massive suppression of “helper” T-cells, Cole warns, which leaves the patient susceptible to an array of illnesses.
“Post-vaccine, what we are seeing is a drop in your killer T-cells, in your CD8 cells,” Cole stated. “And what do CD8 cells do? They keep all other viruses in check.”
Cole’s claims resonate with the results of a study published in The Lancetlate last year which found that Chinese Virus shots greatly increase a person’s risk of developing an HIV infection.
Could it be that the jabs are actually inserting HIV into people’s bodies under the guise of “vaccinating” them against Chinese Germs? Is everyone being lied to about what these vials truly contain?
It would appear so, based on the latest evidence and revelations. While HIV is known to suppress “helper” T-cells, covid jabs are apparently suppressing “killer” T-cells, which Cole says has a similarly negative effect on immunity.
This vaccine-induced “killer T-cell” suppression, Cole goes on to warn, is generating a major uptick in cases of endometrial cancer, melanomas, herpes, shingles, mono, and even human papillomavirus (HPV) when “looking at the cervical biopsies of women.”
Other ingredients in the jabs, including polyethylene glycol, are also causing problems for people’s immune systems. Rather than protect them against a China Virus infection as claimed, these injection additives present a serious toxicity risk that could lead to even more health problems on top of those caused by the jabs’ HIV-like effects.
“Most concerning of all, there is a pattern of these types of immune cells in the body keeping cancer in check,” Cole warns about what these shots are doing, including in young people who were fully healthy before getting jabbed.
“I’m seeing invasive melanomas in younger patients; normally we catch those early, and they are thin melanomas, [but] I’m seeing thick melanomas skyrocketing in the last month or two.”
Cole has spoken at several events over the past several months, warning people about the serious risks involved with getting jabbed. Some of his work has been scrubbed from YouTube for being too truthful, so keep an eye out for fresh content about Dr. Ryan Cole at Brighteon.com.
“Can you imagine what cancer rates will look like five years from now?” asked one commenter at LifeSiteNews. “This won’t get reported. They won’t even do a study.”
More related news stories about Chinese Virus injections can be found at ChemicalViolence.com.
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A new Quinnipiac University national poll of adults has President Joe Biden’s job approval rating underwater, with 42% approving of how Biden is handling his job, compared to 50% who disapprove.
Those numbers from a survey conducted Sept. 10-13 mark a significant sentiment shift since a survey carried out from July 27-Aug. 2 found that 46% approved while 43% disapproved of the way Biden was handling his role.
The numbers have also shifted strongly against Biden regarding his handling of foreign policy. Just 34% approve of the president’s handling of foreign policy, versus 59% who disapprove, a notable swing from the 42% approval and 44% disapproval ratings Biden had on the issue in the earlier poll.
A strong majority (65%) disapproved of the way the president handled the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan while only 31% approved of how he handled it.
And a whopping 62% believe that U.S. troops will need to return to Afghanistan to combat terrorism, compared to just 28% who do not think so.
Biden is also underwater regarding the way he is handling his role as commander-in-chief of the American military—while 40% approve, 55% disapprove.
And while 42% approve of how the president is handling the economy, 52% disapprove.
“If there ever was a honeymoon for President Biden, it is clearly over. This is, with few exceptions, a poll full of troubling negatives… from overall job approval, to foreign policy, to the economy,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy said.
While 48% approve of the president’s handling of the coronavirus response, 49% disapprove. Those figures mark a notable shift compared to the poll conducted from late July through early August which found that 53% approved while 40% disapproved.
According to the Quinnipiac University poll website, “1,210 U.S. adults nationwide were surveyed from September 10th – 13th with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.”
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called on President Joe Biden to immediately fire Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after a report claiming he undermined former President Donald Trump in calls to China.
“I write with grave concern regarding recent reporting that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forced and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party in advance of a potential armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China (PRC),” wrote Rubio in the letter Tuesday.
Milley is accused of calling his counterpart in the Chinese government to assure them that he would prevent an attack ordered by Trump and that he would let them know beforehand of a surprise attack if it were to be launched.
The report says that Milley’s actions stemmed from his fears that the former president had become unstable after the attack on the U.S Capitol by some of his supporters who were angry at the official results of the 2020 presidential election.
Rubio said in the letter that Biden should fire Milley in order to protect the U.S. principle of civilian rule over the military.
“These actions by General Milley demonstrate a clear lack of sound judgement, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately,” continued Rubio.
“General Milley has attempted to rationalize his reckless behavior by arguing that what he perceived as the military’s judgement as more stable than its civilian commander. It is a dangerous precedent that could be asserted at any point in the future by General Milley or others. It threatens to tear apart our nation’s longstanding principle of civilian control of the military,” he added.
“You must immediately dismiss General Milley,” Rubio concluded. “America’s national security and ability to lead in the world are at stake.”
The claims against Milley are made in a yet to be released book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa entitled, “Peril.”
Jen Griffin of Fox News reported that the Pentagon responded to the claims by saying that Milley did not interfere with the chain of command but that he only made sure that everyone knew what their proper roles were in the event of a nuclear launch order.
They added that Milley had routine calls with China and NATO allies of the U.S. where he reassured them that the government was stable and that they were not plotting a surprise attack.
Trump responded to the report by accusing Milley of being guilty of treason, if the claims were true.
New book claims top general feared Trump might start a war with Chinahttp://www.youtube.com
Why are companies all over the world suddenly desperate for workers? In my entire life I have never seen anything like this. When the labor shortage started in the United States, a lot of people blamed overly generous government handouts, but that doesn’t explain why the exact same thing is happening in nation after nation all over the globe. There aren’t enough factory workers, there aren’t enough truck drivers, there aren’t enough port workers, there aren’t enough employees to properly staff our stores, and the shortage of doctors and nurses is becoming a major crisis in some areas. During normal times, we were always told that the global economy was not producing nearly enough jobs for everyone, but now for the very first time we are facing an enormous worldwide labor shortage. It is almost as if millions upon millions of people suddenly disappeared from the system.
Earlier today, I was stunned to learn that a new survey has discovered that 69 percent of global companies are having a hard time finding enough people to hire…
A survey of nearly 45,000 employers across 43 countries showed 69 percent of employers reported difficulty filling roles, a 15-year high, according to employment-services provider ManpowerGroup Inc. At the same time, 15 countries — focused in Europe and North America — reported their highest hiring intentions since the survey began in 1962.
Just a few years ago, any company that was willing to pay decent wages would be absolutely flooded by job applications.
But now everyone can’t stop talking about the “shortage” of workers.
So where did all the people go?
Normally, global supply chains run as smooth as butter, but now they are in a complete and utter state of chaos.
And the biggest reason why they are in a complete and utter state of chaos is because there simply is not enough workers for them to operate as they usually would.
On a very basic level, we need people to make stuff, pack stuff, ship stuff, transport stuff, unload stuff and sell stuff.
Every step along the way, shortages of workers are causing major headaches, and now we are being told that this supply chain crisis “will last well into next year”…
A supply chain crunch that was meant to be temporary now looks like it will last well into next year as the surging delta variant upends factory production in Asia and disrupts shipping, posing more shocks to the world economy.
Manufacturers reeling from shortages of key components and higher raw material and energy costs are being forced into bidding wars to get space on vessels, pushing freight rates to records and prompting some exporters to raise prices or simply cancel shipments altogether.
But if we had enough people to do all the jobs that needed to be done, this crisis could be resolved very rapidly.
So where are they?
As inventories get tighter and tighter, that is invariably going to drive up prices.
Earlier this week, one of my readers emailed me about the shortages and price increases that she is seeing in her local area. I asked her if I could share this with all of you, and she said that I could…
You can’t find frozen turkeys, frozen hens, frozen cornish hens…the supply chain HAS indeed been cut. There was 1…just one box of oatmeal on the shelves of our local food store that are normally stocked through the gills with food. Prices are higher…tomato sauce, in a can: what used to cost $0.99 cents last year now costs $1.50. Chicken drumsticks—we usually throw a bunch in a crockpot with some bbq sauce and put it over rice for our kids, they love it….chicken drumsticks, last year were $0.89/pound….now they are $ 1.39 per pound. We only buy meat that has been reduced….a rump roast, for instance, was marked down from $18 dollars to $7….that’s a huge price cut, so we look for deals like that. But they are hard to find!!! Everything is higher, packaged in smaller boxes and cups and there is not much of it. We all knew this was coming….it’s going to get worse, for lots of people who don’t know what’s happening. We have goats for goat milk and meat if we need, chickens for eggs and we’ve put back lots of produce we found on sale over the summer, in the freezer to booster our garden. It’s shocking how much just is not there…the shelves are empty, moved closer together, and bare spots are everywhere in grocery stores these days.
Unfortunately, what we have experienced so far is just the beginning. Global food supplies are going to continue to get tighter, and that is going to continue to drive up food prices.
Another sector of the economy where the labor shortage is having a big impact is in the healthcare industry.
Lately, I have been coming across lots of stories about people dying because they can’t get the care that they need. Just before I started writing this article, I came across a heartbreaking story about a 70-year-old woman in Canada that dropped dead after a six hour wait in a local emergency room…
Bonnie Marie Hall was with her 70-year-old mother — Susan Tasson — when she died early Wednesday in a Kamloops, B.C., hospital emergency waiting room after a six-hour wait for care.
Hall says her Ontario-born mother had an infectious laugh and a “warrior” spirit. She had three sons and two daughters, loved her grandchildren and had lived in Kamloops since 1987.
“Nobody wants to die in a waiting room. Nobody,” said Hall.
Nobody should ever have to die that way.
But it is going to keep happening, because there is an acute shortage of healthcare workers right now.
All over the nation, the shortage of nurses has become a really big deal, and new mandates are just making things even worse…
Hospitals are struggling to comply with the state’s nurse staffing requirements as pandemic-induced burnout has exacerbated an already chronic nursing shortage nationwide.
But burnout isn’t the only thing compounding California’s nursing shortage: The state’s new vaccine mandate for health care workers is already causing headaches for understaffed hospitals before it is even implemented. Some traveling nurses — who are in high demand nationwide — are turning down California assignments because they don’t want to get vaccinated.
There is a serious shortage of doctors as well, and this is a phenomenon that we are witnessing all over the globe.
For example, over in the UK it is being reported that there is a “shortfall of more than 50,000 doctors” right now…
The NHS may be unable to cope this winter because of a “frightening” shortfall of more than 50,000 doctors, the head of the British Medical Association has warned.
Here in the United States, our healthcare system has never been so close to a state of collapse.
In fact, one doctor recently wrote an article in which he claimed that it has “already collapsed”…
As a resident physician who has only trained in an era of COVID—I was asked to consider graduating from school early in April 2020 to help with medical staff shortages—my time as a doctor has been defined by working in a system that has already collapsed. The American health system I work in has featured limited personal protective equipment, oxygen shortages, and the construction of field hospitals in convention centers and parking garages. Last winter, many hospitals across the country instituted crisis standards of care, forced to ration health services based on criteria that few people envisioned would be used outside of a mass casualty event, like a terrorist attack. Today, hospitals are full in much of the country, with patients requiring an ICU being airlifted thousands of miles in search of a staffed bed. These are not features of a health system that is approaching failure. These are features of a health care system that has broken down spectacularly, forcing doctors and patients to climb through the rubble looking for help.
But just like every other industry, if we had enough people to do the jobs that needed to be done, we would be fine.
In all the years that I have been writing about the economy, finding enough workers has never been a problem.
Yet here we are in the middle of 2021, and all of a sudden there are millions and millions and millions of empty jobs all over the globe.
Once again, there is a question that I must ask.
Where did all the people go?
This is a question that everyone should be asking, because the people that are currently running things are not telling you the truth.
“It has to be done, this great wrecking ball project, so the globalist elites can start over with a whole new system, a system that will be antithetical to the U.S. Constitution and every traditional American or Western value, i.e. freedom of speech, the press, religious practice, to assemble, to move about freely and to petition one’s government for grievances.”
(Leo Hohmann) Joe Biden is a man in obvious cognitive decline. But he is not crazy, stupid or incompetent.
Biden knows who he is and for whom he works. He is a stooge for the global Great Reset and he is doing his job exactly as it was assigned to him by his superiors.
His job, in fact the whole purpose of his dubious presidency, is to precipitate the following:
· Collapse the supply chain, the dollar and ultimately the American economy.
· Collapse the American military and embolden enemy forces.
· Collapse the American healthcare system.
· Collapse the American border.
Despite the fact that the wealth of the average person has severely declined since the COVID-19 lockdowns began in 2020, the same doesn’t hold true for some of the world’s richest charlatans. In fact, the world’s richest pastors have only been getting richer–and they do it at the expense of the vulnerable and poor.
A few weeks ago, we reported that Jesse Duplantis, a well-known prosperity gospel fraud with a private jet, told his congregation that the prosperity gospel only works when you give “out of obedience” to people like him, as opposed to giving out of compassion to the needy. Asinine, I know–but people fall for it every day.
Well, those numbers are out and the 2021 list of richest pastors as reported by #ghbase are as follows:
NEW YORK, NY—Beloved president and celebrity Donald Trump left Met Gala speechless this year when he showed up in a flowing white dress emblazoned with the phrase ‘Rigged Election!’
“It’s a beautiful, bold, brave statement,” said fashion writer Vandross Tixatron, who was wearing an $82,000 garbage bag plucked from a landfill in Zimbabwe. “It’s even braver when you consider the fact Trump wasn’t even invited and he’s being chased down by security now. What a statement!”
Other stunning attendees to the gala included:
In spite of the audacious and colorful characters at the Met Gala, Trump’s dress and attendance were deemed inappropriate and he was tackled by two dozen security guards and dragged outside.
Trump has announced he will be organizing his own, way cooler Met Gala for REAL Americans this winter.
Flu cases in USA
2012 – 34million
2013 – 30million
2014 – 30million
2015 – 24million
2016 – 29million
2017 – 45million
2018 – 36million
2019 – 38million
2020 – 1,822
Cause it’s all COVID now, what a joke… And media brainwashed people to believe flu gone suddenly… 🤡 #coronavirus #thenewflu
NTEB tells you the truth, as we have always warned you to take whatever steps necessary to protect yourself and boost your immune system against the Chinese gain-of-function Fauci funded Wuhan COVID-19 coronavirus. From the beginning we have also told you that much of what was being reported was not true, exaggerated or simply a skewing of the actual facts. Now it comes to light from places like the liberal Harvard Medical School that the reported number of COVID hospitalizations was just a ‘touch’ off base, by about half.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus 8:32 (KJB)
Gain-of-function COVID is no joke, and people do die from it, but guess what? Those ‘shocking stories!!!’ of all those COVID hospitalizations also included people who had COVID, but where in the hospital for something else, and COVID was not putting them on their deathbeds per se. Should we be surprised over this sketchy level of reporting? Not really. After all, Dr. Deborah Birx told us last year the CDC was marking down anyone who died of anything but also has COVID was being reported as a COVID death even though COVID did not kill them. I am glad this truth about hospitalizations is finally coming to light, but do not expect to hear the truth from the FDA, CDC or AZT killer Anthony Fauci. Those people are selling fear, and lots of it, to put you in bondage to themselves as the ultimate authority.
FROM TOWN HALL: Most notably, the study conducted by a team of researchers from Harvard Medical School, Tufts Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, found that many of those “hospitalized with COVID” are not the dire situations hyped by liberal media and leading Democrats. The main narrative-shattering takeaway researchers arrived at: “Roughly half of all the hospitalized patients showing up on COVID-data dashboards in 2021 may have been admitted for another reason entirely, or had only a mild presentation of disease.”
Rather than the overwhelming horror stories of normally healthy individuals being admitted with COVID who are soon intubated and put on a ventilator before their body finally succumbs to the virus, there are a lot of people — almost half, in fact — who happen to be in hospitals *with* COVID, but not necessarily *due to* COVID or at risk of dying from the virus. Yes, those tragic situations do still happen, but it’s happening less frequently than many seem to want Americans to think.
Instead of each “COVID hospitalization” reported being a life-and-death situation that mandates a drastic reaction, the numbers can come from a number of scenarios. Perhaps someone is getting treatment for cancer and, when admitted, they test positive for COVID but remain asymptomatic, for example. Also included are psychiatric admissions entirely unrelated to COVID.
Here’s how researchers reached their conclusion after analyzing electronic hospital records for roughly 50,000 COVID hospital admissions at more than 100 VA hospitals nationwide:
They checked to see whether each patient required supplemental oxygen or had a blood oxygen level below 94 percent. (The latter criterion is based on the National Institutes of Health definition of “severe COVID.”) If either of these conditions was met, the authors classified that patient as having moderate to severe disease; otherwise, the case was considered mild or asymptomatic.
And for patients who were vaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus, the percentage of COVID hospitalizations for those with mild or asymptomatic cases rose to 57 percent. But, another panic-busting finding from the study: “unvaccinated patients have also been showing up with less severe symptoms, on average, than earlier in the pandemic: The study found that 45 percent of their cases were mild or asymptomatic since January 21.” That positive development, according to one of the study’s co-authors, is due to patients being younger and more likely to have had COVID previously. READ MORE
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The Greek philosopher Plato predicted democracy would degenerate into anarchy once people lost their virtue. Then a tyrant would arise.
How do democracies and republics get taken over? Haven’t systems been put in place to prevent this from happening?
The best way to answer that is to look at history and perhaps no one tells it better than William J. Federer. William is a nationally known speaker, historian, author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, a publishing company dedicated to researching America’s noble heritage. He’s the speaker on The American Minute daily broadcast. He has authored numerous books including, America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, Rise of the Tyrant, Who is the King in America? and Socialism: The Real History From Plato to the Present.
According to William, the first writing was Sumerian cuneiform on clay tablets from the Mesopotamian Valley (Iraq). Moving on he noted Nimrod and the Tower of Babel, 2,000 years of Egyptian pharaohs, Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Attila the Hun, etc.
His point? Although the titles may differ such as Pharaoh, Caesar, Kaiser, Sultan, Czar, Chairman, etc, the most common form of government is the king where power gravitates into the hands of one person. It’s the “default setting” for human government.
As centuries moved along these kings got bigger and bigger because of military and technological advancements. Eventually the King of England became so big that people said the sun never set on the British empire.
Eventually America’s founders decided to break away, not just from the King of England, but from having a king as a leader. They flipped the concept and made the people the king.
In the end, William views history as a long categorizing of how to limit the power of a king, but how do you do that, especially in the modern era when certain powerful individuals seemingly want to take away the rights of the people? William believes that history isn’t prophetic, but it is predictive. In other words, past behavior is the best indicator of future performance. So join him as he answers this question by steering listeners through world history, on this edition of Crosstalk.
Social media expressed collective outrage over Monday’s 2021 Met Gala after A-list celebrities were pictured en masse without masks while other, lesser-known entertainers and employees were forced to cover up their faces for the super-elite event.
2020’s Met Gala was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
Celebrities and politicians — including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — took to the crowded NYC event’s red carpet without masks on Monday night.
Conservative media maven Megyn Kelly tweeted about the event — and Ocasio-Cortez’s appearance — and wrote, “A pathetic self-aggrandizing hypocrite. Meanwhile our kids are muzzled & six feet apart all day long while trying to learn but she & these other ‘Rules for Thee but Not for Me’ pols can parade around maskless & in top of each other at the Met Gala bc, SCIENCE.”
Professor and Dr. Howard Forman added, “Notion that you don’t need to be masked at the #MetGala because everyone is vaccinated flies in the face of every public health proclamation of past 2 months. This ‘let them eat cake’ cartoon would be funny if not compounded by the ‘tax the rich’ subtitle.”
The Daily Wire’s Megan Basham added, “How can you tell the elite from the peasants? The peasants have to wear masks.” Her remark was in reference to Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), who was pictured indoors without a mask while standing in front of a long row of gala staffers — all of whom were masked.
The outlet reported that celebrities were required to wear masks indoors, but not on the outdoor red carpet. The Met Gala’s policy also reportedly stated that all attendees be fully vaccinated and provide proof of a negative PCR test the day before the event. Attendees were also reportedly required to wear masks while indoors except when eating or drinking.
New York City itself also requires proof of vaccination to access all public indoor spaces, including museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art — home of the Met Gala.
In a lengthy essay for the Spectator, journalist Karol Markowicz wrote, “COVID rules are for serfs, not celebrities.”
She began, “Amid the ridiculous outfits at the Met Gala last night, between the faux-socialist in her absurd ‘Tax the Rich’ dress and whatever that was that Kim Kardashian was attempting, stood a row of servants, masked. The celebrities, of course, were not. If there’s one thing we have collectively learned during the 18 months of this pandemic is that the rules don’t apply to the rich and famous.”
“Vice President Kamala Harris’s ‘model’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff posed for pictures at the Met Gala with a mask on, then took it off,” she continued. “Her sequin mask, of course, offered little protection from COVID anyway but it continues to be galling that the rest of us have to engage in COVID safety theater while the rich and famous don’t even need to go through the motions.”
Noting that those in attendance at Monday night’s event largely are “denizens of the American left,” excuses were made for their behavior, which was swept under the rug.
National Review’s Charles W. Cooke added that per New York City local mandates, all people ages 12 and older are required to show proof that they have received “at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine” if they work in — or want to enter — public places such as movie theaters, music and concert venues, museums, aquariums, zoos, sports arenas, and more.
“This new requirement — called the Key to NYC — also means staff at these locations must be vaccinated,” Cooke wrote. “The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a museum. Why, then, did the staff have to wear masks while the celebrities did not? It can’t be because, unlike the celebrities, the staff were unvaccinated. And it can’t be because, even though everyone was vaccinated, there’s still a risk of transmission and infection, because that risk would apply equally to the celebrities as it would to the staff.”
He added, “Is the science different for famous people, perhaps?”
Others noted that the mayor’s executive order did, by its terms, exempt celebrities who are performing:
How do Christians know if their understanding of what the Bible teaches needs to change?
Although this question is increasingly common, it’s not new. The earliest Christians had to determine what to think about the moral rules they inherited from Judaism (e.g. Acts 15:1–29). What was still valid and what was obsolete? Over the last two thousand years, Christians have continued to wrestle with whether this or that moral teaching or practice based in scripture has changed.
My academic training is not in Old or New Testament studies. Though I’m not an expert, I—like all Christians—am called to understand scripture and how it applies to my life. Most Christians believe the Bible was not written only for the experts or the clergy. While we definitely learn from those who have studied scripture professionally, all are called to read scripture and wrestle with what it means. Some things are too important to be left entirely to the experts!
Here, I offer ten questions we should consider when others claim that this or that understanding of a biblical teaching has to change. Before I begin, I should note a few assumptions that I make.
I assume that scripture does speak to how we should live. We can trust that God speaks clearly in scripture, but also recognize that we need to work hard at understanding it—and that we won’t always agree with each other. Throughout Christian history and to the present day, some believers have misunderstood certain teachings in scripture whose meaning appears to us to be obvious. Scripture is not a comprehensive or exhaustive ethical answer book, providing exact answers to every moral question that arises. But when scripture unequivocally teaches or commands something, because of its authority, we are bound by that instruction.
With those tenets established, let’s move on to the ten questions.
We can trust that God speaks clearly in scripture, but also recognize that we need to work hard at understanding it—and that we won’t always agree with each other.
What Are the Terms of Debate?
First, when someone claims that our understanding of a biblical teaching is no longer correct, we should ask what criteria they are using. Do the people discussing the question all agree on those criteria? Imagine two friends arguing about whether boxing or basketball is the best sport. They won’t ever agree if one friend judges excellence in sports by overall physical skill, individual achievement, and tolerance for pain, while the other measures it by running skill, team work, and defeating opposing teams over the course of a full season. In this scenario, there will be no real debate: until they agree on their criteria, the one friend will always prefer boxing and the other basketball. The same thing can be true in a biblical debate.
Second, what exactly is the issue or “thing” that we’re debating? We need to define our terms clearly before we can argue. Is it something we are to believe, like the doctrine of the Trinity or the importance of baptism? Or is it a moral practice, duty, or prohibition, like respecting the Sabbath, tithing, or sexual morality? Think again of our two sports friends. They can’t debate the merits of football if one keeps talking about the pitch, keepers, shoot-outs, and the World Cup, and the other about huddles, concussions, and helmets. They need to be talking about the same thing.
Think of two friends arguing about sports. They can’t debate the merits of football if one keeps talking about the pitch, keepers, shoot-outs, and the World Cup, and the other about huddles, concussions, and helmets. They need to be talking about the same thing.
What Is the Relative Importance of the Teaching Compared to Others?
Third, is the teaching or moral practice a positive teaching from God, or is it an accommodation? Positive teachings are what God wants for us as intrinsic to our being human. For instance, we are always called to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, strength, and soul. Accommodations are what God sometimes allows, but they are not intrinsically good. When Jesus is asked why Moses allowed for divorce (Matthew 19:3–12), he responds that this was not what God had in mind for all time; rather he allowed it because of humanity’s sins and hardness of heart. It was an accommodation to people’s moral immaturity—hardly a positive endorsement of divorce. If a biblical teaching or practice is an accommodation, then it is more likely that it can change.
Fourth, is the teaching or practice in the primary, central core of biblical teaching, or is it on the edges? The more central the teaching, the higher the bar for concluding that our understanding of it needs to change. I suggest the following three criteria for testing a teaching’s centrality.
Fifth, if a teaching is continuous throughout scripture, does the New Testament heighten or lessen its strictness? If it heightens it, as in the prohibition of lust or thinking hateful thoughts toward one’s brother (Matthew 5:21–22, 27–28), that strengthens the teaching’s importance. If it lessens it, the teaching is less important.
What Has the Universal Church Believed?
Sixth, what have Christians taught and practiced for the last two thousand years? Have they disagreed about a particular doctrine or practice based in scripture, or have they been more or less unanimous everywhere and at all times? If across history the Church has spoken with one voice on a particular issue or doctrine, that should weigh heavily against revising it. We moderns are particularly tempted to privilege our own time’s perspective—what C. S. Lewis called chronological snobbery—on just about everything. But Christians have inherited a tradition from their older brothers and sisters, including those who lived during or not long after the actual life of Christ.
Seventh, what do the various churches around the world teach today? If American Christians want to revisit an important teaching, are African Christians also considering it? Korean Presbyterians? Ethiopian Coptics? Russian Orthodox? Latin American Evangelicals? Or is it primarily a white, middle-to-upper class, elite Western movement? If a teaching is being questioned only by Christians in one specific context, again the burden of proof falls to the revisionists. Just as we ought not privilege our particular time, so we ought not privilege our particular culture or place’s point of view (and American Christians are particularly guilty of this).
Eighth, is the revisionist view aligned with contemporary cultural trends outside the Church? Will those who agree with the change be applauded by the world, or will they suffer for being different? If the world strongly pressures us to change our minds about a teaching; if we risk being called immoral, insensitive, irrational, or bigoted by non-Christians for sticking by it; then we should be on guard. Sometimes the trend of the wider culture does align with Christian ethics, such as the trajectory of America over the last 150 years (with fits and starts, and lots of deplorable things mixed in) toward respecting the sacredness of all human life and rejecting racism. You aren’t likely to lose your job or to be shunned from “polite society” for affirming racial equality, and that is good. Nevertheless, Christians should live not by what others will say, but by what God has said. We must be wary when the world whispers in our ear, “Did God really say?” That question has a very old and disreputable pedigree.
Christians should live by not what others will say, but what God has said.
The Burden of Proof Always Lies with Those Who Dispute Tradition
Ninth, in the debate, who is defending the traditional interpretation and who is the innovator? I think that, all things considered, the burden in a debate about a biblical interpretation always lies more on the innovator than the traditionalist. It’s good to let all state their views, but if a certain understanding of the Bible has been the consensus of the Church, we should require a very strong argument to prove that the consensus is wrong. As I show below, scripture itself supports this requirement.
Tenth (and finally), does scripture itself tell us how we know when our understanding of God’s teachings and commands should change? I think it does. The authors of the New Testament note several core teachings of Judaism that changed under the new covenant: the kosher food laws (Mark 7:14–23; Acts 10:9–16); circumcision (Acts 15:1–29); the system of sacrifice (Hebrews 10:1–18); and the strong distinction between Jews and Gentiles (Romans 10:5–15; Ephesians 2:11–22; Matthew 8:5–13). Perhaps the most striking is the matter of requiring circumcision for Gentile believers, debated in Acts 15 and addressed rather forcefully by the Apostle Paul (Galatians 5:7–12). No doubt there are others. These teachings and practices were clearly understood as binding and authoritative before the coming of Christ, yet all were unmistakably overturned or strongly adjusted afterward. How did that happen?
God himself, often in Christ, commanded the changes or gave clear authority for them. He did this through the authority granted to apostles like Paul or the Church council described in Acts 15. God also spoke through extraordinary visions and inspirations to his prophets and Apostles, proving that authority publicly by miracles. Take for instance Christ’s clear statement that what one eats does not defile the person (Mark 7:14–23), or the vision in which God commands Peter to kill and eat non-kosher animals (Acts 10:9–16), and the countless miracles that Christ (e.g. Luke 5:17–26) and his Apostles (e.g. Acts 3:1–10, 5:12–16, 19:11–12) performed. Why did God take such extraordinary measures? Because the innovators had to know, and prove to others for certain, that the changes came from God himself.
The take-away for us is sobering. If God acted so obviously when He changed His requirements in the days of the very early Church, shouldn’t we be very careful before thinking we have discovered some new understanding of those truths two thousand years later? When we do so, what are we saying about our own authority?
None of these considerations by itself can settle any issue. But we should be very wary of changing our minds about a teaching or practice that has been taught clearly, continuously, and authoritatively on the basis of scripture throughout the history and breadth of the Church. These ten considerations aren’t a formula or a magic equation, but they can help us think carefully when friends inside or outside the Church ask us to reconsider what the Bible teaches.
God Has a Tender Regard for Our Souls
Ezekiel 18:32; 33:11; 1 John 4:16
God has a tender regard unto the souls of men, and is infinitely willing to promote their welfare. He has condescended to our weakness and declared with an oath that he has no pleasure in our destruction. There is no such thing as spite or envy lodged in the bosom of that ever blessed being, whose name and nature is love.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Doing Evil Cheerfully from Religious Conviction
Proverbs 26:23; Ezekiel 33:31; Malachi 1:10–14; Matthew 23:13–31; 26:3–4; John 11:47–53; Acts 23:12–15; Titus 1:16
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, and covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. – Jonah 3:6
Scripture reading: Nahum 3:1-4 and Jon. 3
About one century before this prophecy of Nahum, the wickedness of Nineveh had come up before the LORD. He judged them and the people repented at Jonah’s preaching. They humbled themselves by fasting, wearing sackcloths and confessing their sins. So great was their repentance that the LORD withdrew His hand of judgment and punishment. The Ninevites returned to the true purpose which should guide every nation: to humbly serve the Living God.
How quickly the Ninevites fell from that place of obedience! They were again a people who shed blood to the point that this capital was called a bloody city. They offered abominable sacrifices to false gods. They were full of lies about their own pre-eminence, about their history and their place in it. They were a people who ruthlessly made war against others. They were a nation that prostituted itself for plunder and pride, victory and perversity.
Jesus noted that the work of the Spirit is to convict the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8). When the standard of God’s holiness is presented, the hearers are presented with a stark choice of obedience or rebellion. We should not be surprised when hearers rebel. It is painful because we speak and preach Christ from the joy of knowing our sins have been thrown down and His righteousness has taken hold of us. Scripture commands people to glorify God: seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1). Believer, humbly serve the Living God.
Suggestions for prayer
Ask God to help you examine your life so that you are not being pulled in several directions, but your heart and your head are focused on Christ and serving Him in every area of your life.
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.
For thou wilt light my candle. (Psalm 18:28)
It may be that my soul sits in darkness; and if this be of a spiritual kind, no human power can bring me light. Blessed be God! He can enlighten my darkness and at once light my candle. Even though I may be surrounded by a “darkness which might be felt,” yet He can break the gloom and immediately make it bright around me.
The mercy is that if He lights the candle none can blow it out, neither will it go out for lack of substance, nor burn out of itself through the lapse of hours. The lights which the Lord kindled in the beginning are shining still. The Lord’s lamps may need trimming, but He does not put them out.
Let me, then, like the nightingale sing in the dark. Expectation shall furnish me with music, and hope shall pitch the tune. Soon I shall rejoice in a candle of God’s lighting. I am dull and dreary just now. Perhaps it is the weather, or bodily weakness, or the surprise of a sudden trouble; but whatever has made the darkness, it is God alone who will bring the light. My eyes are unto Him alone. I shall soon have the candles of the Lord shining about me; and, further on in His own good time, I shall be where they need no candle, neither light of the sun. Hallelujah!
“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? … No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:7,11
“You’re so mean!” I yelled this at my dad many times as a young person. Often, I had no interest in why I was being punished. At that time in my life, I wasn’t interested in learning from my consequences. I only knew that I did not like them.
I felt this way toward God for many years, too. Even after I surrendered my heart to Him in my late teens, it took me years before I understood that God disciplines me as my heavenly Father.
Although I had stopped throwing physical tantrums, I had tantrums of the heart. I got mad at God, and blamed others and my circumstances for the troubles I faced. I certainly didn’t want to believe God was allowing these things in my life for a reason. Nor did I think to ask Him to teach me through these hard times.
Until about two years ago. My husband was diagnosed with an extreme health condition, and instead of getting mad at God, I asked Him for help. Rather than asking God why He didn’t protect my husband from developing this condition, I started to ask Him how to trust Him, and what He wanted to teach me through these trials.
Not long after my husband’s diagnosis, a friend said something that still resonates with me. She said, “Don’t waste the opportunity to learn what God wants to teach you.” Often God uses trials in our life to train us to be more humble, more patient, more loving… more Christ-like.
Heavenly Father, thank You that I am Your child. Help me to trust You through all the difficulties I face. Please use the circumstances in my life to train me to live in Christ’s righteousness and peace. Amen.
Today, choose to praise and thank God throughout the day today, regardless of your circumstances. He is your heavenly Father, and He loves you — you can trust Him!
By Caran Jantzen
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“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1
We usually associate it with persistence through hardship, like the mindset of a marathon runner pushing through the pain to finish the race. We see that Hebrews 12:1 encourages us to run with this kind of determination. The implication is that we are going to face hardships and suffering in the Christian life.
Our goal should be to remain faithful and obedient to Christ through every situation. That is possible because we know our suffering is temporary and we have an inheritance waiting for us in heaven. But in the meantime, we need the right attitude. Are we to grit our teeth, mutter, and complain all the way to heaven? Certainly not!
The writer of Hebrews commended the suffering Christians for their joyful attitude. They didn’t enjoy the pain and hardship, but knew that it was all part of God’s plan for their good and ultimately they’d have a great reward in heaven.
We, too, can endure hardship with joy in the Lord, who comforts and strengthens us through it and promises to bring us safely to glory.
By Dr. Charles Stanley
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