It didn’t have to be this way. After sacrificing so much over the past couple of years, thousands of heroes of the COVID pandemic are now being forced to make a heartbreaking choice. Either they will have to violate very deeply held convictions and beliefs, or they will have to give up their careers. The way that our healthcare workers are being treated is utterly shameful, and it is a stain on this nation that will not soon be erased. And thanks to these “mandates”, the next time you go to the hospital the lack of workers may mean that you don’t get the treatment that you desperately need.
We already had a shortage of healthcare workers before the pandemic came along, and this is something that I have written about multiple times over the years. When COVID started sweeping across America, many healthcare facilities were absolutely overwhelmed, and there were some healthcare workers that couldn’t handle the pressure. Many ended up leaving, and that resulted in the shortages getting even worse.
Of course countless numbers of healthcare workers have been faithful to keep showing up for work day after day throughout this entire crisis, and now thousands upon thousands of them are being ruthlessly discarded. Mandates that have been instituted by major healthcare providers, state governments and the federal government are going to force the firing of countless numbers of COVID pandemic heroes.
I can’t even begin to describe how heartless this is.
And considering the fact that we are already experiencing shortages of healthcare workers all over the country, this appears to be a really, really foolish thing to do. According to Fox Business, healthcare institutions all over America “are bracing for worsening staff shortages”…
Hospitals and nursing homes around the U.S. are bracing for worsening staff shortages as state deadlines arrive for health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
With ultimatums taking effect this week in states like New York, California, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, the fear is that some employees will quit or let themselves be fired or suspended rather than get the vaccine.
I really don’t know what leaders in these states are thinking.
You can’t just create more healthcare workers out of thin air. It takes years of training to become a doctor or a nurse, and so you can’t just hire random people off the street to fill empty positions.
In many states, officials have no idea how they are going fill all of the empty positions that they are creating, but they are moving ahead anyway. For example, this just happened in North Carolina…
A North Carolina-based hospital system announced Monday that roughly 175 unvaccinated employees were fired for failing to comply with the organization’s mandatory coronavirus vaccination policy, the latest in a series of health-care dismissals over coronavirus immunization.
Novant Health said last week that 375 unvaccinated workers — across 15 hospitals and 800 clinics — had been suspended for not getting immunized. Unvaccinated employees were given five days to comply.
Good luck filling those jobs.
In New York, a statewide mandate just went into effect, and hundreds of healthcare workers are on the verge of losing their jobs…
Hundreds of unvaccinated health care workers across New York were suspended Tuesday and could soon lose their jobs entirely as the state’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers went into effect overnight.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul appears to be a particularly delusional politician. She says that she will steal medical professionals from other states to fill empty positions, and if that isn’t good enough she seems to think that she can just plug in members of the National Guard…
New York state officials are bracing for staffing shortages when the state’s health care worker vaccination mandate takes effect on Monday, and could be looking to the National Guard — as well as medical professionals from other states and countries — to help address them.
Gov. Kathy Hochul released a plan on Saturday, outlining the steps she could take to increase the workforce in the event that large numbers of hospital and nursing home employees do not meet the state’s deadline.
Needless to say, the biggest mandate is the one that is going to be instituted on the federal level.
The Biden administration is attempting to force 17 million healthcare workers that are employed by institutions that accept Medicare and/or Medicaid to be vaccinated.
That is going to result in the largest loss of healthcare workers that we have ever seen, and that will likely mean that the national shortage of healthcare workers will soon grow to epic proportions.
Sadly, the Democrats are not backing down.
In fact, just look at what they are trying to sneak through in Congress…
Buried on page 168 of the House Democrats’ 2,465-page mega bill is a tenfold increase in fines for employers that “willfully,” “repeatedly,” or even seriously violate a section of labor law that deals with hazards, death, or serious physical harm to their employees.
The increased fines on employers could run as high as $70,000 for serious infractions, and $700,000 for willful or repeated violations—almost three-quarters of a million dollars for each fine. If enacted into law, vax enforcement could bankrupt non-compliant companies even more quickly than the $14,000 OSHA fine anticipated under Biden’s announced mandate.
These people are playing for keeps.
Earlier today I was reflecting on the events of the past couple of weeks, and it made me very sad.
There is no going back. Very dark times have arrived, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
I know that sounds really bad, but I’m not going to sugarcoat things for you.
Some of you are going to have to find new jobs. Others will have to find entirely new careers.
Of course a lot of you are going to have to move out of the states that you are living in right now entirely.
Sadly, there isn’t anywhere that you can go inside this country to escape the federal mandates.
And all over the nation, we are going to see very serious shortages of healthcare workers. As our healthcare institutions are flooded by the incapacitated and the dying, there simply is not going to be enough people to treat them all.
It is going to be a complete and utter nightmare, but as I said in the opening paragraph, it didn’t have to be this way.
Was it her dementia? Or did she accidentally say the quiet part out loud and admit Obama is really running things?
81-year-old House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” the “Obama agenda” during a press conference.
“We have to keep government open…to address the full Obama agenda of building back better – with, and I love to saying building back better,” Pelosi said.
“Studies have found that masks become as pathogen-laden Petri dishes on people’s faces, can restrict oxygen intake and induce dangerously high carbon dioxide levels in people’s bloodstreams, may introduce unhealthful plastic microparticles into wearer’s systems, can cause skin problems, may exacerbate anxiety and breathing difficulties in children, and can lead to altered facial development in kids due to continuous mouth-breathing.”
(Selwyn Duke – The New American) Perhaps a clue is that the politicians who insist on instituting mask mandates are shown, repeatedly, to not be too fond of actually wearing masks themselves….
But whether they know better or just believe they are better, here’s reality: At best, mask mandates do nothing to reduce society-level coronavirus spread.
At worst, they lead to greater COVID-19 transmission and death.
Two of the nation’s top military commanders, and the top Pentagon official, affirmed on Capitol Hill today that President Biden was advised to leave at least 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan to prevent the Taliban from overrunning the Afghan army — directly contradicting what Biden told ABC News in an interview after the pullout.
The Biden Clown Show was on full display during Congressional hearings today with disgraced woke general Mark Milley fielding questions about the complete and total failure of the United States to safely and successfully withdraw from Afghanistan. Woke Gen. Milley had no problem throwing Biden under the proverbial bus, always fun watching the disloyal Democrats eat their own.
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”Proverbs 29:2 (KJB)
A hallmark of the Biden Clown show is “lie, lie lie, deny, deny, deny, deflect, deflect, deflect”, rivaling only the Clinton Crime Family in their ability to never be responsible for their own disastrous policies both foreign and domestic. But the damage that Biden is doing to America is intentional, the whole point to all of it is to pull this country down and destroy it.
Gen. Milley says Biden ignored request to keep some troops in Afghanistan, contradicting earlier Biden claim
FROM BREITBART NEWS: During their testimony, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen. Mark Milley and Gen. Frank McKenzie were pressed on Biden’s decision to fully withdraw, and specifically asked if they recommended the president leave any troops in Afghanistan following Aug. 31.
“I won’t share my personal recommendation to the president, but I will give you my honest opinion and my honest opinion and view shaped my recommendation. And I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan,” said McKenzie, who as head of Central Command oversaw the final months of the U.S. war.
Milley, 63, later agreed with that assessment. The revelation comes one month after Biden denied any military advisors wanted troops to remain in Afghanistan, telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: “No one said that to me that I can recall.”
In his testimony, Milley revealed that he originally believed an accelerated withdrawal would risk “losing the substantial gains made in Afghanistan,” would damage US credibility and “precipitate a general collapse [of] the NSF and the Afghan government, resulting in a complete Taliban takeover, or general civil war.”
“I also have a view that the withdrawal of those forces would lead inevitably to the collapse of the Afghan military forces, and eventually the Afghan government,” Milley added.
Earlier, Sen. Tom Cotton pressed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, asking whether Biden’s claim that no military leaders recommended leaving a US troop presence was true or not. While Austin called Biden an “honest and forthright man,” he did admit Milley and McKenzie’s advice were “received by the present and considered by the president.”
“In terms of what they specifically recommended, Senator, just as they just said, they’re not going to provide what they recommended in confidence.”
The hearing included questions over the predicted suicide bombing at Kabul airport that killed 13 US service members and 169 Afghans — an event that has been widely criticized as avoidable and a result to unforced errors by top military brass. Milley, during his opening remarks, acknowledged the 13 soldiers who died and “gave their lives [so] people they never met, have an opportunity to live in freedom.”
“We must remember that the Taliban was and remains a terrorist organization, and they still have not broken ties with al Qaeda,” he added.
Milley later confirmed that he believes the US is still at war with al Qaeda and that the terrorist organization has aspirations to “reconstitute” and “strike.” In his testimony, Milley revealed that he originally believed an accelerated withdrawal would risk “losing the substantial gains made in Afghanistan,” would damage US credibility and “precipitate a general collapse [of] the NSF and the Afghan government, resulting in a complete Taliban takeover, or general civil war.”
Tucker Blasts Woke General Milley
Are you still hesitant to get the vaccine? Repent, sinner! Everyone knows that getting the vaccine is the best way to show everyone you’re a good Christian. But if you need some extra convincing, check out these incredibly powerful verses from the Bible that show why you should be vaccinated! Prepare to be inspired!
WOW! Well, we can’t argue with those! Now get vaccinated if you haven’t yet, and if you have, get vaccinated again, just like that time you got rebaptized at church camp.
This excellent documentary discusses the origins of COVID with a focus on Wuhan and it’s excellent.
Sky News out of Australia released this excellent documentary about the origins of COVID in Wuhan. It includes segments with President Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.
Sky News shares:
This Sky News Australia special investigation into the origins of COVID-19 reveals what really happened in Wuhan in the early days of the pandemic.
We must again champion what we believe in – and what we do not:
Yesterday I penned a piece on counterfeits. I had in mind spiritual and theological counterfeits. There are always fake gospels and fake spiritualities out there, so the biblical Christian must always be wise and discerning, able to separate truth from error.
This becomes all the more urgent because we live in an age that no longer believes in truth or absolutes, and runs with relativism and subjectivism instead. And this has infected the churches as well. The foundation of biblical truth is being undermined and destroyed, and far too may believers simply run with whatever secular narratives come along.
When the foundations are destroyed, as the psalmist asksin Psalm 11:3, what can the righteous do? No structure can last without a firm foundation, and Christians need to go back to basics here. We need to reaffirm what we believe. And the affirmation of truth means stating what we believe in as well as stating what we do not believe in.
To affirm certain things means of necessity rejecting other things. Truth is like that. It is exclusive. For example, o adhere to the Christian belief in the full deity and resurrection of Jesus Christ means we must reject the Islamic view that Jesus is not God’s son and did not rise from the dead.
So we will always need to speak of those things which we cannot affirm while we proclaim those things which we do. In light of all this a recent piece by American writer and pastor Douglas Wilson caught my eye. He also appeals to Psalm 11:3 as he lays out three main themes in his piece: Our Shared Beliefs; What We Reject; and What Is Distinctive.
It is that middle portion of his article that I want to share here. While one may not agree with every single point made in his article, nor even agree with every one of theitems on his reject list, I like the idea of once again stating old verities and rebuffing modern illusions. Such conviction is becoming all too rare among believers today.
So the following is Wilson’s comments on ‘What We Reject’:
Actual belief in this gospel means that we reject certain debilitating compromises that some Christians have unfortunately made. We do not say that that those Christians who have made these compromises are unsaved, but we do say that these compromises are why the church today has been so inept and powerless in the face of the secular jihad that we are currently facing. While there are many who want to say “you can be a Christian and also believe thus and such,” when it comes to consistent Christian witness, we believe the following doctrines must be rejected, root and branch.
We reject Darwin, and all his works. The world is here because God made it, and put it here. This goes for the ground beneath our feet, and the stars above our heads. God spoke, and it was done. Over the course of six days it was done, and we rejoice in the goodness of His exquisite creation. If you can look at the beauty and intricate craftsmanship that goes into a slug, and believe that it came about as the end result of mindless mutations over millennia, then our prayer for you is that God would take away the spiritual cataracts on the eyes of your heart.
We reject every form of woke, and any kind of accommodation that tries to rhyme with woke. The diseased definitions of justice that emanate from the envious today are definitions straight from the Pit, and that is why they smell like sulfur. Justice is a beautiful lady, blindfolded, with scales in one hand, and a sword in the other. She does not need that descriptive adjective social, which transforms the whole thing into a rancid grievance-fest. The source of so much bitterness and rancor in the church today is the result of trying to define justice apart from the Word of God.
We are dedicated to a rejection of every aspect of the sexual revolution. This obviously includes sexual behavior, including all the alphabet nonsense, along with whatever that + business is supposed to mean, but not forgetting to reject any old school heterosexual fornication. But an essential part of this means a return to a biblical view of sex roles. Men were created by God to do certain things for their wives and children—fundamentally, in order to protect them and provide for them. The woman’s role is to glorify what he gives to her. It is not possible for us to abandon our assigned sexual roles in marriage and at the same time to maintain God’s standards for our sexual behavior. If the fire is not kept in the fireplace, it will burn the house down, as we are seeing.
We are opposed to every form of dualism, by which we mean the sort of workarounds that enable Christians to affirm the lordship of Christ in theory while denying it in certain roped-off realms that are held in reserve for the devil. But Christ is Lord of both Heaven and earth. He is not the Lord of the upper story alone. Neither is He Lord in the church, while the world can go on its merry way. No. He is the Desire of Nations.
It naturally follows that we hold that secularism is a dishonest pretense. It is not possible for human societies to function apart from a transcendental grounding. Idols which pretend to transcendence can hold things together for a brief time, and the unique contribution of secularism was that it managed to hold things together, for a time, without any appeal to the transcendent. This was therefore thought to be a new era. This venture only succeeded for as long as it did because of the residual moral capital that still existed in the societies attempting it, a moral capital inherited from more faithful Christian times. But like the prodigal son, who eventually ran out of money, our secular societies in the West are now officially bankrupt. It is time we acknowledged this frankly, and call for our leaders to return to the Father, submitting to the lordship of Jesus Christ. We say this because we are servants of the one of whom it is said “of the increase of His government there will be no end.” dougwils.com/books-and-culture/s7-engaging-the-culture/a-torrent-of-truth-or-what-we-actually-believe.html
I am sure this is not an exhaustive list for Wilson. There would be many other things he might have added. But it is refreshing to find Christians today who actually still run with certainties, with absolutes, and with conviction. This contrasts with all the wishy-washy, half-hearted, touchy-feely Christians we find in the West today who would never dare to affirm with any degree of certainly what they believe and what they do not believe.
The world keeps winning while the church keeps losing because we have abandoned the idea of standing on the solid rock. We have preferred to simply slide along the sifting sand. But as Jesus warned so long ago, that scenario will never end well (Matthew 7:24-27).
The foundations are crumbling and are in urgent need of repair. The real question is this: does anyone care, and are they willing to do something about it?
There is no easing your hurt; your wound is grievous. All who hear the news about you clap their hands over you. – Nahum 3:19
Scripture reading: 2 Thess. 2
The prophecy spoken by Nahum is like a battle-strike on the enemy, who hit, and now punch-drunk from the force of the blow will die. There is no healing possible from this wound. The word of the LORD was sent and it will accomplish its purpose. In this case, the prophecy will serve both to put an end to the evil of Assyria and to call to repentance all the other nations that hear of Assyria’s ruin.
The LORD will restrain unceasing evil. In every generation, in every age, it is the LORD Himself Who restrains evil. He limits the power and influence of a prince, a noble or a nation so that it is the glory and majesty of our God which are revealed to be unrivaled.
Lawlessness and wicked deceptions serve to separate the believers from those wicked ones who merely seem to believe and from those vile offenders against God whose actions are obvious to all. In Old Testament times, believers saw God enthroned above the cherubim, leading out His angel armies and mighty hosts against which no power could stand. Today, followers of Jesus Christ, know the cross has disarmed all of Satan’s demonic activity.
Our confidence is not in political parties or human efforts. It is by the grace of God, magnificently demonstrated in Jesus Christ, that believers take our stand. By His Spirit, He will establish us in every good work and word. While the wicked clap hands over their ears in horror, the righteous shout the praise of God’s victories.
Suggestions for prayer
Thank God that evil is restrained; pray for the further restraint of evil that the glory of God may rise up over our lands.
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.
“Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
What is discipleship training?
Jesus said to “make disciples of all the nations… teaching them to
observe all that I commanded you”
— Mt. 28:19-20
Jesus spoke the words above to His disciples just days after He had risen from the dead.
We commonly call these words “The Great Commission.” In this charge, Jesus commands all His people of all time to their great task – that of making disciples. If you have turned from sin to trust Christ fully, then you are a Christian, and by definition, a
follower of Jesus Christ.
When you hear the word discipleship, what thoughts come to your mind? Like other words, it may have lost the significance of its original meaning. In your church do believers tend to think of discipleship as knowing facts about Jesus or following Jesus in a personal, dependent, obedient relationship? Biblically, discipleship is not a program but a process of becoming Christlike and being zealous to see others become disciples also.
The Gospels and the Book of Acts include 260 references to the word disciple. Every time the word is used, it refers to a declared relationship with Jesus Christ, not a level of spiritual or religious achievement. Becoming a Christian, in New Testament understanding, was the same as becoming a disciple of Jesus. The word disciple in the New Testament, then, refers primarily to any Christian, not to a subdivision of the Christian community.
You will notice that the process of making disciples includes “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” Becoming a Christian is more than just believing the right truths about God. It also involves a reshaping of the entire person into the image of Jesus Christ.
The link below is a free discipleship training guide that is intended to help you get to the point where you are actually making disciples. So, pray that God would send you someone that you can pour your life into. Let that person know at the outset that you expect them to pour their life into someone else who will pour their life into someone else who will… you get the point! May God richly bless you as you continue to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
Free Discipleship Training Guide
Download this 194-page PDF document to help guide your understanding of biblical discipleship.
This resource includes:
- Biblical definitions of discipleship
- Foundational tenets of Christian discipleship
- Reflection questions for engaging discipleship in your church
More Troubles as We Progress
John 16:33; Romans 5:3–5; 2 Timothy 3:12
As men cherish young plants at first, and fence them about with hedges and other things to keep them from hurt, but when they are grown, they remove them, and then leave them to the wind and weather, so God besets his children first with props of inward comforts, but afterwards he exposes them to storms and winds, because they are better able to bear it. Therefore let no man think himself the better because he is free from troubles. It is because God sees him not fit to bear greater.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The Folly of Contending Over Trifles
Proverbs 26:21; 27:15; 1 Corinthians 11:16
Contention for trifles can get but a trifling victory.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
I asked one of my readers, Jeffrey Painter, to assemble a list of good worship songs for men. He came up with 45. Consider this a down payment.
JEFFREY PAINTER’S LIST OF MEN’S WORSHIP SONGS:
1. Solid Rock – Delirious
2. Our God – Chris Tomlin
3. I Will Follow – Chris Tomlin
4. Awakening – Chris Tomlin
5. Your Grace Is Enough – Chris Tomlin
6. Indescribable – Chris Tomlin
7. Holy Is The Lord – Chris Tomlin
8. How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin
9. On Our Side – Chris Tomlin
10. Mighty Is The Power of The Cross – Chris Tomlin
11. God of This City – Chris Tomlin
12. Exalted (Yahweh) – Chris Tomlin
13. Let God Arise – Chris Tomlin
14. Not To Us – Chris Tomlin
15. Famous One – Chris Tomlin
16. Awesome Is The Lord Most High – Chris Tomlin
17. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin
18. The Noise We Make – Chris Tomlin19. Better Is One Day – Matt Redman
20. Come Let Us Return to the Lord – Matt Redman
21. Salvation – Charlie Hall
22. Revolution Cry – Jason Wade
23. You Are God Alone – Phillips, Craig, and Dean
24. My Hope Is In You – Third Day
25. King of Glory – Third Day
26. By His Wounds – Mac Powell & Brian Littrell
27. What If His People Prayed – Casting Crowns
28. If We Are The Body – Casting Crowns
29. Voice of Truth – Casting Crowns
30. East to West – Casting Crowns
31. God Be Merciful to Me (Psalm 51) – Jars of Clay
32. We Win! – David Crowder Band
33. Here Is Our King – David Crowder Band
34. All Because of Jesus – Steve Fee
35. Awesome God (Your Voice) – Vicky Beeching (change a few words & it would be great!)36. Blessed Be Your Name – Tree63
37. I Am Free – Newsboys
38. Alive – POD
39. Strong Tower – Kutless
40. Word of God Speak – Mercy Me (Kutless Version)
41. Here Am I – Mercy Me
42. You’re Worthy of My Praise – Jeremy Camp
43. Walk By Faith – Jeremy Camp
44. My Fortress – Jeremy Camp
45. Hero – Skillet
46. (BONUS!) Rebirthing – SkilletThis article about good worship songs for men originally appeared here.
The biblical authors had weighty things to say about sin. For instance, Paul tells Titus that sinful works can silence and negate professed faith (Titus 1:16). Paul also writes, through tears, that those who set their thoughts on earthly things will eventually be destroyed (Phil 3:19). And the preacher of Hebrews pleads with believers not to be “hardened” by sin (Heb 3:13).
Have you ever stopped to consider what it means that sin “hardens”? If you’ve seen concrete poured, you get the idea. If wet concrete sits for long enough, you can drive a dump truck over it. That’s what happens to sin if it sits on a soul for long enough, baked in by the day-in-day-out little compromises we make. The preacher of Hebrews says one more thing about sin in that verse. He calls it “deceitful.” Sin whispers to us that we have more time before the concrete settles, that our ways are still malleable. But it’s lying.
One of the scariest verses in the New Testament is found a few chapters later in Hebrews. Speaking of Esau, the preacher tells us that after he had given up his birthright, “he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears” (Heb 12:17). This verse tells us a tough reality: Esau tried to repent and couldn’t. The concrete had hardened. And how did this all happen? It must have been an enormous sin that Esau did that would lead him there, right? No. He “sold his birthright for a single meal.” A bowl of stew. It was a moment of immediate gratification. Then another. Then another. Though he eventually realized how far his heart had withered, it was too late. He had become sin’s slave.
And yet, the NT also offers hope to the weary sinner. The letter of 1 John clearly says that believers still wrestle with sin (1:8) and that Christ will “forgive” and “cleanse” those who confess those sins and run to him (1:9).
In his book Spiritual-Mindedness, John Own asks the question that we, as sin-stained travelers, probably ask after reading what the NT says about sin: “How, then, can one tell the difference between the occasional breaking out of any lust or corruption in the face of temptation, and a person in whom sin still reigns and has dominion?” (90) In other words, how do I know if sin owns me? To put it more bluntly, how hard is the concrete of my heart?
Owen, in a careful and fruitful way, asks questions that probe our hearts.
What are we truly troubled by?
As we look into our heart and ask the honest question: How do I know if the sin in my life is the “occasional breaking out of lust in the face of temptation or sin still sitting on the throne of my heart?” Owen provides a response: “Quite frankly, it does not matter whether we are able to tell the difference” (90). In other words, we’re asking the wrong question.
The better question is: What are we troubled by? Yes, we may hate the corruption of our hearts. Yes, we may long to be rid of sin. But we would be no different than Esau. The real question is: Do we hate our sin and long to be rid of it because it is sinful, or because of what will happen if our sin is found out (90–91)? Are we humbled by the filth that still lingers in our soul or scared of its consequences? Are our tears and pangs of conscience no more than first cries over the things we’re about to lose as a consequence of our actions?
As depraved humans grimacing through the consequences of our sinful hearts, the sad reality is that we can be selfish even in our sorrow. Here’s the critical test: Are we willing to accept all the consequences for our sin as kindnesses from the Lord? If we are, that’s a good sign that what troubles us is missing sweet communion with our Father, not the things he might pull from our hand.
Owen presses further. He asks his readers what they think of death. Has sin become such a thorn in our lives that the thought of death is pleasant because it means waving goodbye to sin once and for all (92)? If sin is an ever-present enemy, we should long for the day when we wake up to its absence. Or is death bitter? Does death seem like the end of our little games and of our stolen moments with sin?
What do we do with the obstacles God puts in our way?
Owen isn’t finished. He then leans across the table and asks us, what do you do with the obstacles God puts in your way?
Think for a moment about the life of David. You have probably asked how did David fall to such depths with Bathsheba? Often sermons on that story focus on the fact that David should have been at war; he shouldn’t have been on his roof in the first place. That may be true, but sin usually works much slower and deeper than that. The story of David’s fall begins much earlier.
There’s an interesting narrative in 1 Samuel 25 that is easy to miss. It’s the story of David, Abigail, and a man named Nabal. Here’s the gist of it: David and his band of outcasts are in the wilderness. Saul is on the throne, and David and his men are hungry and homeless. They watch over the flocks of a rich man, Nabal, and then knock on his door to ask for some food in return for their services. The first words out of Nabal’s mouth are not what David wanted to hear: “Who is David?” (1 Sam 25:10). David’s name had been sung in the streets just chapters earlier. David was a war hero. And now this: “Who is David?” It would be like a pastor returning to a prospering church he planted after several years only to be greeted by, “Who are you?”
The men are refused even scraps from Nabal’s table. Up to this point, David has been careful not to attack the Philistines without the Lord’s approval, and has refused to so-much-as touch Saul. But now he grabs his sword and sets out to destroy this who-is-David fool. But through the influence of Abigail, the Lord pulls David back. Abigail reminds David of the promises God made him, and urges him not to shed blood in his anger and bitterness. She says this to David: “The Lord has restrained you from bloodguilt” (1 Sam 25:26). And David even acknowledges the Lord’s kindness to him: “Blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt” (25:33). Then a sentence later: “The Lord the God of Israel … has restrained me” (25:34). See what the Lord did there? He pulled David back. He held him back with his mighty hand. Just as God says to the waves, “This far and no further,” he said, “Don’t bloody your hands” to David’s sin-craving heart.
The narrative of 1 Sam 25 ends with hope, as David and Abigail ride off into the sunset, married. But the scene goes a minute too long. David adds Abigail to his self-gratifying harem, even though David knew God was displeased by polygamy. This little episode helps explain why the Bathsheba event happened. David escaped a tense, climactic moment of potential downfall—killing Nabal—and thanked the Lord for restraining him. Then he returns to his much more subtle, much more settled, sinful lifestyle. How often does that happen in our lives? We win a skirmish, only to go home and lose a war.
Owen writes: “When men have long persisted in sin and burst through all the obstacles God has set up to stop them, God removes all restraints and gives them up to their heart’s lusts to do the things that are not fitting (Rom 1:28)” (93). This is what happened to David.
I’ve heard it said—I think by Gunner Gundersen—that sin is much more like weeding than mowing. David plucked one little weed, but he didn’t get them all. He quit after one.
So Owen looks us all in the eye and simply asks: What do you do with the obstacles God places in your life? Do you pray, God get in my way. Hold me back from my own sinfulness. Pull me back. Say no to me. Thy will be done. Or do you find a different path to the sin you wanted all along?
Owen has one more question for us.
Do we think about God?
Owen’s final point is simple: If sin reigns in our hearts, we will not delight in our thoughts of God (93). He goes even further—“they dare not think of God because of guilt” (93–94). Those who, in their hearts, intend to continue to find little avenues for sin cannot think of God. The sinner resolved to continue in sin cannot enjoy one thought of God (94). There is only one way to think of God with heavy guilt resting upon our heart, and that is when we decide to forsake this long-cherished sin (94).
When we sin, if we find our natural reaction to busy ourselves with other tasks—to take a shower and get out of the house and listen to music, that might be an indicator that we are refusing to think of God. But if when we sin, we think of our kind Father, and feel the weight of our guilt, and bow before him, confessing our sin and deciding no longer to hold it dear, then the Father welcomes us into his arms and prepares a banquet for us, clothing us in the finest of robes—the righteousness of Christ.
This last question is simple, but telling: do we think of God?
I Will in No Wise Cast Out
Let us end with the words of John Bunyan:
But I am a great sinner, sayest thou. ‘I will in no wise cast out,’ says Christ. But I am an old sinner, sayest thou. ‘I will in no wise cast out,’ says Christ. But I am a hard-hearted sinner, sayest thou. ‘I will in no wise cast out,’ says Christ. But I am a backsliding sinner, sayest thou. ‘I will in no wise cast out,’ says Christ. But I have served Satan all my days, sayest thou. ‘I will in no wise cast out,’ says Christ. But I have sinned against light, sayest thou. ‘I will in no wise cast out,’ says Christ. But I have sinned against mercy, sayest thou. ‘I will in no wise cast out,’ says Christ. But I have no good thing to bring with me, sayest thou. ‘I will in no wise cast out,’ says Christ.
And I will strengthen them in the Lord: and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the Lord. (Zechariah 10:12)
A solace for sick saints. They have grown faint, and they fear that they shall never rise from the bed of doubt and fear; but the Great Physician can both remove the disease and take away the weakness which has come of it. He will strengthen the feeble. This He will do in the best possible way, for it shall be “in Jehovah. ” Our strength is far better in God than in self. In the Lord it causes fellowship, in ourselves it would create pride. In ourselves it would be sadly limited, but in God it knows no bound.
When strength is given, the believer uses it. He walks up and down in the name of the Lord. What an enjoyment it is to walk abroad after illness, and what a delight to be strong in the Lord after a season of prostration! The Lord gives His people liberty to walk up and down and an inward leisure to exercise that liberty. He makes gentlemen of us: we are not slaves who know no rest and see no sights, but we are free to travel at our ease throughout Immanuel’s land.
Come, my heart, be thou no more sick and sorry; Jesus bids thee be strong and walk with God in holy contemplation. Obey His word of love.
“What you teach your children today will be passed on to many generations.”
“I (God) will instruct them, so they will learn always to reverence me, and so that they can teach my laws to their children.” Deuteronomy 4:10
I was staying with two of my granddaughters. We agreed it wasn’t babysitting anymore because after all they were six and eight years old now. While they were having a bedtime snack I noticed a Bible verse on the fridge door.
“Is this your memory verse for this week?” I asked.
“Yes,” one of them replied, “but I don’t memorize it until Saturday night, so I won’t forget it.”
“It says, “God has created us to do good works. What does good works mean to you?” I asked. “How do you do good works?”
I was surprised at how eager they were to discuss the question and ready with answers. “Worship God,” said Mercedes.
“Yes, you are right, but how do you do good works at home, with your mom and sister?”
“Be kind, share.” It was exciting to hear them answer these questions. And then we all prayed and asked God to help us do “good works.”
How encouraging! I could tell they were accustomed to having talks about Bible verses and praying. Their mother has been faithfully teaching them. Five generations (maybe more) of Christian parents in our families have been and are teaching their children to follow and obey God.
It is good to think ahead. A parent (or grandparent) not only teaches their child to love and obey God for their own benefits, but because they in turn will influence future generations. What you teach your children today will be passed on to many generations. God’s Word will bear fruit.
Father God, our most precious possessions are our children and grandchildren. Teaching them to love, trust and obey You is a such a valuable assignment and the results will last forever. Thank You that You enable us to do this wisely and with love. Amen.
By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission
Children grow and thrive under the blessing of God.
Jesus, “Took the children in His arms and placed His hands on their heads and blessed them.” Mark 10:16 NLT
God loves to bless the lives of children, and we have the awesome privilege of extending the blessing of God to each child we know. Your words can speak the blessing of God, your hands can impart the blessing of God, your heart can express the blessing of God. As you ask God to bless the children near you, you are asking for His best, His highest and His greatest good for their lives.
Children grow and thrive under the blessing of God. As you bless the children around you they will hear words of hope, encouragement and support. Prayers of blessing will not beat them down, but build them up; will not hurt them, but heal them; will not weaken them, but strengthen them; will not lead them astray, but help them follow the good God has for their lives.
By Roy Lessin
Used by Permission
Gaining the Victory before the Battle
Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38; Luke 22:46
The reason why many fail in the battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came.
R. A. TORREY*
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Not a Formal, but a Substantial Conversion
Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24
The whole substance of the bread is changed into the whole substance of Christ’s body, and the whole substance of the wine into the whole substance of Christ’s blood. Hence this is not a formal, but a substantial conversion; nor is it a kind of natural movement: but, with a name of its own, it can be called transubstantiation.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Psalm 1 (KJV)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Pentagon leaders to face congressional gauntlet
Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley are gearing up for a grilling this week, as the Pentagon leaders prepare to testify before Congress. Representatives and senators are planning to question them about last month’s bloody exit from Afghanistan and a new book that says Milley called China to calm tensions surrounding the 2020 election.
Ronald Reagan Shooter John Hinckley To Receive Unconditional Release
Hinckley was arrested but found not guilty due to insanity. He was placed into a psychiatric hospital in the nation’s capital. Over the years, conditions of his confinement were loosened, and U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman ordered him in 2016 released from the hospital with conditions like having doctors control his medication. Friedman, a Clinton appointee, found at the time that Hinckley did not pose a threat any longer. The decision was condemned by one of Reagan’s daughters.
Here’s What ‘No-Coiners’ Don’t Get: It’s Not Up To The Government
I’ve been involved in cryptos since 2013, and for a long time I too was strategizing out the game theory around why would governments permit cryptos to gain traction. It wasn’t until relatively recently, that I started to fully grasp something I read a long time ago, before all this crypto business ever started. But it’s done now, humanity possesses the secret of decentralization and cryptography and nothing short of a complete and total system collapse can undo the newfound cognitive horizons that will accompany it. If society stays on the rails, then the new model will keep spreading at that higher level of abstraction and it will keep accelerating. In other words, now that cryptos have created non-state, decentralized, open source money, the dynamics of finance and economics have irrevocably changed, and there’s nothing the priests of the temple at The Fed can do about it.
‘Crimes against humanity’: Thousands of physicians condemn COVID policymakers
More than 4,000 scientists and physicians from around the world have signed a declaration condemning public policy makers of “crimes against humanity” for restricting life-saving treatments and quashing debate and scientific inquiry. The “Physicians Declaration” was issued in Rome earlier this month at the International COVID Summit, … The health-care professionals lamented that a “one size fits all” approach to mitigation and treatment have resulted in “needless illness and death.”
Xi and Biden share common goal: bashing the rich
Both leaders hope to tax the wealthy to help the middle class. The leaders of China and the United States share a common interest: raiding the pockets of the rich. Xi Jinping and his counterpart Joe Biden are keen to bash the wealthy in a bid to reduce inequality. Each faces his own limitations. The hyper-concentration of wealth sits poorly with both communist and democratic ideals, and has gotten worse during the pandemic.
China power crunch spreads, shutting factories and dimming growth outlook
Widening power shortages in China have halted production at numerous factories including many supplying Apple and Tesla, while some shops in the northeast operated by candlelight and malls shut early as the economic toll of the squeeze mounted. China is in the grip of a power crunch as a shortage of coal supplies, toughening emissions standards and strong demand from manufacturers and industry have pushed coal prices to record highs and triggered widespread curbs on usage.
Fed resignations don’t blunt calls for broader ethics changes
U.S. consumer and public interest groups on Monday kept up the pressure on Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to impose stricter ethics rules on Fed officials, after two Fed bank presidents resigned because of controversial investing activity last year.
Bennett on Iran: We mean what we say
Bennett sent a sharp message regrading Iran’s continued nuclear program and warned that Israel would act. “We mean what we say,” Bennett stressed. “The pace of progress towards a nuclear weapon is unacceptable – we are taking action.” He noted that Iran today is running a rotten, corrupt and detached regime, as he put it, which fails to provide water and electricity to parts of the country.
N.Korea fires unidentified projectile, criticizes US ‘hostile’ policy
North Korea fired an unidentified projectile towards the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, amid Pyongyang’s calls for the United States and South Korea to scrap their “hostile policy.”
Could DNA vaccines be the next tool in the world’s battle against COVID-19?
India last month began boasting that it has created – and its regulatory body approved – the world’s first DNA vaccine, ZyCoV-D. The vaccine, developed by a company called Zydus Cadila, expects to have it available for use as early as next month, giving hope to a country that has suffered more than 447,000 deaths at the hand of the virus.
Iraqi speakers who called for peace with Israel face arrest
An Iraqi court issued arrest warrants for three people who publicly called for their country to make peace with Israel through the Abraham Accords, the country’s Supreme Judicial Council announced on Sunday. Two of the warrants issued by the Karkh First Investigation Court were for the Sons of Iraq Awakening movement head Wisam al-Hardan and an employee in the Culture Ministry, Sahar Karim al-Ta’i.
Bennett at the UN: Hating Israel doesn’t make you ‘woke’
Israel is a beacon of light and freedom, and supporting it is a moral choice, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said at his first-ever speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.
Mahmoud Abbas introduced at UN as “President of Israel”, calls on UN to unrecognize Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Friday. Riyad Mansour, the PA Permanent Observer to the UN, introduced Abbas but something was clearly lost in translation as the translator introduced Abbas to the assembly as “the president of Israel.” Now, we all know the UN is anti-Israel but this is taking the absolute ****!
‘Israel’s Top 50 Christian allies’
In honor of the Sukkot holiday, which begin last week on Monday evening, the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) has published its annual list of Israel’s Top 50 Christian Allies. The diverse list spans continents and denominations and includes prominent leaders such as Christians United for Israel founder Pastor John Hagee, as well as lesser-known figures such as Dr. Young Hoon Lee, who serves as senior pastor in South Korea at the world’s largest mega-church.
Sons of Ishmael in Iraq calling to reconnect with the Sons of Jacob
Wisam al-Hardan, leader of the Sons of Iraq Awakening movement, gave the opening address at the conference, following it up with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he called for Iraq to join the Abraham Accords signed in 2020 between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Morocco and Sudan have already joined in the Abraham Accords.
State Church of Norway: ‘Palestinians are Jesus and Jews crucify them’
A photo exhibition by a group of Norwegian churches featured images from Judea and Samaria accompanied by the proclamation that “the Palestinians are Jesus,” and “the Jews are the horrible criminals who not only crucified Jesus but who crucify him again. Daily.” Held from September 19-26, the exhibition held in Bergen was organized by the Interchurch Council of the Church of Norway, Norwegian Church Aid, YWCA-YMCA Global, Norwegian YWCA-YMCA, Quaker Aid, ….
Salmonella Oranienburg Outbreak spikes to 284 ill in 29 states – Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas hardest hit
Sick people range in age from less than 1 year to 89 years, with a median age of 35, and 59% are female. Of 86 people with information available, 26 have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. The true number of sick people in an outbreak is likely much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses.
Unidentified planes hit Iranian militias in eastern Syria
Unidentified aircraft hit a base run by Iranian-backed militias in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al Zor near the Iraqi border where Tehran has in the last year expanded its military presence, residents and military sources said on Monday. They said the strikes were south of the town of Mayadeen along the Euphrates River…
Jordan to fully reopen main crossing with Syria
Jordan will fully reopen its main border crossing with Syria from Wednesday, government and industry officials said, as a high-level Syrian team arrived in Amman to discuss how to ease the flow of goods hit by the pandemic and a decade of conflict. Although the Jaber crossing has been open since 2018…trade has yet to recover to the $1 billion pre-war level.
Europe’s crippling energy crisis presages trouble for the rest of the world
Natural gas prices have soared by almost 500% in 2021 and with another winter just around the corner gas is trading at near-record values. While European countries attempt to outbid one another for supplies from major exporters it’s inevitable that utilities will turn back to coal to provide heat for its residents and power for its dying economy, but this will not be enough. The effects of Europe’s catastrophic policymaking are about to escalate to another level.
Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Crete, Greece
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Crete, Greece at 06:17 UTC on September 27, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 8.7 km (5.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).
Over 3,000 Doctors and Scientists Sign Declaration Accusing COVID Policy-Makers of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’
“Physicians’ Declaration” produced by an international alliance of physicians and medical scientists strongly condemns the global strategy to treat COVID, accusing policy-makers of potential “crimes against humanity” for preventing physicians from providing life-saving treatments for their patients and suppressing open scientific discussion.
The Civil Rights Struggle of 2021
The civil rights movement led to the end of legalized racial segregation and the beginning of the ability of African Americans to be free and equal citizens in the United States of America. But similar oppressive government injustice is happening in New York City today.
We Are Educating Our Students to Become the World’s Next Marxists! Nobody Is Safe!
Attention Parents: If you send your kid off to a liberal state-run university and you will not recognize your child when they graduate.
Millions of smart devices including iPhones, iPads and PlayStations to stop working from Thursday
Internet connectivity for old devices within your home could be coming to an end on Thursday. A digital certificate that was widely used in electronic devices prior to 2017 will expire on September 30. It’s estimated that millions of gadgets worldwide will be affected and won’t be able to install updates of newer digital certificates to allow for continued connectivity to the internet.
The Triumph of Evil
The murderers at West Chester Hospital in Cincinnati would rather patients die than to treat them with Ivermectin. This is how crazed and brainwashed the Medical establishment is. A judge had to intervene to force the hospital to give Ivermectin treatment to a dying patient. In America to get competent medical treatment requires wining a court case.
New York Health Commissioner Repeals Mask Mandate for Unvaxxed After Federal Lawsuit Filed
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) on Aug. 27 repealed an emergency mask mandate after a lawsuit was filed Aug. 5 in federal court challenging the regulation.
CCP Virus Surges in Northeast and South China; International Events Postponed
China’s state media have been reporting in recent days that the CCP virus is flaring up in different parts of the country, leading to international events being postponed, districts going into lockdown, and residents in outbreak areas being tested overnight.
ACLU Counsel Doubled As Professor For Chinese Communist-Run University Flagged For Espionage.
The Beijing-based university, headed by a former Chinese Communist Party spy agency leader, has seen its American graduates questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over fears of students being “co-opted by Chinese espionage efforts.”
Two Canadian nurses have turned into whistleblowers and told reporters what they have seen during the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This includes people dying after getting vaccinated and hospitals filled with fully vaccinated people suffering from COVID-19.
“It’s Gotten Out Of Control”: Supply Shortages Plaguing Global Economy Expected To Last A Long Time
Stocks are selling off again on Monday as worries about inflation persist, as the market is increasingly coming around to Morgan Stanley’s view that inflation will be an endemic phenomenon of the V-shaped recovery engineered by the Fed and federal government.
High gas prices and shortages hit trucking industry, as nation critically needs gasoline and goods transported
Lee Klass is a long-haul trucker who has spent most of the past 50 years working behind the wheel. The cost of doing his job spiked dramatically this week.
If Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines” are really “safe and effective” as the government claims, then why are there hundreds of stories about people who were seriously injured or killed by them documented in detail at CovidVaccineVictims.com?
Show jumper, 22, who suffered ‘extremely rare’ reaction to Moderna vaccine may never ride again
A champion show jumper may never ride a horse again after two massive clots formed on her lungs in an incredibly rare reaction to the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine.
Democrat NY Governor Kathy Hochul Tells The Unvaccinated ‘I Need You To Be My Apostles’ Demanding They ‘Listen To God And Take The Vaccine!’
Wearing a gleaming “VAXED” necklace around her neck, and dressed all in black, speaking from a black podium on a black stage, New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul preached up a storm, telling the unvaccinated to repent of their wicked ways. Hochul ranted about the COVID-19 vaccine as “coming from God”, and she told her listeners “I need you to be my apostles”, and that receiving the vaccine is receiving God’s love. Jack Chick, you died too soon!
Washington Elementary School Walks Back ‘Insane’ Rule Asking Students to Wear Masks WHILE EATING
An elementary school in Washington state has walked back a policy requiring kids to wear face masks “to chew, swallow, or talk” at lunchtime, after some outraged parents complained about the bizarre rule.
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“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” —James Madison (1792)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
- Massive Spending Costs ‘Zero Dollars’?
- Quitting on COVID’s Origins
- The CDC’s COVID Failures Mount
- Joe Biden’s Blame Game
- The Bills Keep Piling Up
- Stossel Sues Facebook for False ‘Fact-Check’
- DAILY FEATURES: Executive News Summary, Reader Comments, Videos, Best of Right Opinion, Short Cuts, Memes, and Cartoons.
Biden’s new message on Democrats’ $3.5 trillion behemoth is utterly laughable.
Joe Biden really should get a job hawking his wares on the Home Shopping Network, because his latest “As Seen on TV” pitch just took things to a whole new level.
“Every time I hear this is going to cost A, B, C, or D,” Biden said of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending monstrosity, “the truth is, based on the commitment that I made, it’s going to cost nothing, because we’re going to raise the revenue.”
“We pay for everything we spend,” Biden insisted. “It’s going to be zero. Zero.”
He later doubled down on that utter falsehood: “My Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars. … It adds zero dollars to the national debt.” And his mouthpiece, Jen Psaki, reiterated it: “This reconciliation package would cost zero dollars.”
This line of reasoning is so absurd as to be one of the most laughable things Biden has uttered — and that’s saying something. But rather than role their eyes and say There goes Joe again, other Democrats jumped the shark right along with him. “This is a zero-dollar bill,” insisted Democrat Representative Pramila Jayapal, “because it’s all going to be paid for with taxes on the wealthiest corporations and the wealthiest individuals.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t quite buy the “zero dollars” snake oil but instead changed the turf of the debate: “This is not about price tag. This is about what’s in the bill.” She added, “Let’s not talk about numbers and dollars, let’s talk about values.”
Those “values” mean she’s changed her position and is now in favor of putting “infrastructure” ahead of the larger bill. That is sure to outrage the party’s far-left wing.
Where are the Leftmedia “fact-checkers”? Explaining why Biden has a point, even if Congress might fail him in actually getting there.
That failure might come because several Democrats still aren’t quite ready to swallow a price tag as big as $3.5 trillion. Worse, the real rub is that not only is this not $0, it’s far more than $3.5 trillion — more accurately in the neighborhood of $5 trillion, which is roughly $38,000 per taxpayer.
Besides, if this bill costs $0, why are Democrats in a pinch to raise the debt ceiling? They could do it without a single Republican vote, but they want the patina of bipartisanship to cover for their very partisan fundamental transformation. Republicans blocked a first attempt yesterday. Democrats and their Leftmedia propagandists are, of course, blaming Republicans for refusing to go along with an increase and putting the nation on course for defaulting on debt and a government shutdown.
Perhaps Democrats should learn a simple less from economist Milton Friedman: “There is no such thing as a free lunch.”
A leading medical journal, tainted from the start, punts on its duty to get to the bottom of COVID-19’s origins.
It appears that the medical establishment is either tired of investigating the origins of COVID-19 or simply uninterested in assigning an all-too-obvious blame. Either way, it doesn’t bode well for accountability, and it sends a terrible message to the Communist Chinese: We’re content to let you get away scot-free with having unleashed a global pandemic, having covered it up, and having caused the deaths of nearly five million people worldwide.
The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals and therefore one of the organizations that should be most doggedly determined to get to the bottom of this, is leading the way among the abdicators.
What are these people afraid of? Put simply, the truth.
Back in June 2020, The Lancet formed a COVID-19 Commission “to help speed up global, equitable, and lasting solutions to the pandemic.” As the Commission’s website notes, their work is built around four main themes: “recommendations on how to best suppress the epidemic; addressing the humanitarian crises arising from the pandemic; addressing the financial and economic crises resulting from the pandemic; and rebuilding an inclusive, fair, and sustainable world.”
The fourth of these themes seems oddly out of place. It has nothing to do with COVID-19. Instead, the proper fourth theme seems rather obvious — at least to the objective mind: uncovering the origins of this pandemic so as to keep it from ever happening again.
By November 2020, the Commission had created 12 associated task forces, and one of them, “Origins, Early Spread of the Pandemic, and One Health Solutions to Future Pandemic Threats,” seems spot-on. But curiously, there’s now a note just beneath the heading of that particular task force:
In the interest of ensuring the transparency and objectivity of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission report, the Task Force on the Origins, Early Control of the Pandemic, and One Health Solutions has been ended [emphasis ours]. The Commission’s work on these issues will be undertaken by the Commission Secretariat, in consultation with global experts, in advance of the final report.
So much for, in the Commission’s own words, “good governance that builds on public trust.” Instead, The Lancet and its commissioners have punted, have capitulated, have abandoned their work on the fundamental question concerning COVID-19: How did this happen?
More important, why did this task force disband? The Lancet won’t admit it, but it was compromised from the start. First, it published a statement saying, in part, “We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.”
Think about that. These “scientists” were publicly predisposed to a predetermined outcome.
In addition, the Commission appointed EcoHealth Alliance’s Peter Daszak to chair that “origins” task force. Daszak, of course, has gone to great lengths to try to dispel the increasingly credible notion that the coronavirus emerged from the Wuhan Virology Laboratory. And why would he do that? Because it’s been since learned that his New York-based organization sent $3.4 million in National Institutes of Health grants to that same Wuhan lab between 2014 and 2019, according to The Wall Street Journal. Not coincidentally, we think, Daszak also helped organize the self-serving letter we quoted above — the one calling COVID-19’s lab origin a “conspiracy theory.”
As for that “conspiracy theory,” we’ve written about it recently, and the commonsense evidence is damning. Here’s how Nicholas Wade, who for 30 years covered science for The New York Times, put it recently: “It’s very hard on the natural emergence scenario to imagine how the virus broke out someplace else, built itself up into a real good human pathogen, and, without infecting anyone else, the guy who was infected jumped on a train to Wuhan, didn’t infect anyone on the train, and it was only when he got to Wuhan that he started spreading. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
We think Daszak and his Lancet ilk doth protest too much. And we think someone — GOP House Intelligence Committee members, perhaps — needs to get to the bottom of COVID-19’s origins.
If not them, who? If not now, when?
The once widely respected public health agency has become arrogant and politically beholden.
What grade does America’s premier public health agency deserve vis-à-vis the biggest public healthcare threat the country has faced in generations? The short answer would be “a failing grade.” Throughout the course of the COVID pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has repeatedly misinterpreted data, misinformed the public, and allowed political considerations to direct its guidelines rather than holding strictly to the known science.
The result has been widespread confusion and deep distrust in an institution that should seek to avoid any whiff of political considerations in its decision-making. Fewer Americans trust the CDC today than did before the pandemic, and the lion’s share of the blame rests almost entirely on those leading the CDC.
Although he doesn’t hold a position at the CDC, Dr. Anthony Fauci, whom Donald Trump tagged as the lead medical professional to communicate with the American people regarding the novel virus, has seemingly served as role model to the CDC’s operation. Fauci was perhaps Trump’s biggest blunder, because the Beltway’s highest-paid bureaucrat arguably cost Trump a second term through his own continual display of a total lack of humility and honesty. The CDC seemed to mimic his approach.
“The CDC is supposed to be America’s frontline institution in the fight against infectious disease,” Peter Suderman pointedly observes. “Its job is to analyze viral threats, track their spread and development, and provide the public with relevant information about how to respond to outbreaks. Not only did the agency do this job poorly in the early stages of the pandemic, but it actively hindered efforts that would have greatly improved America’s response, and it made planning errors that were both predictable and avoidable. At nearly every stage of the pandemic, the CDC got things wrong and got in the way. Its failures almost certainly made America’s pandemic worse.”
From foulups of COVID testing kits to promulgating misleading information, from allowing a partisan teachers union to dictate guidance to outrageously overstepping its boundaries with things like the eviction moratorium, the CDC failed the country. Making matters worse has been the CDC’s elitist and condescending attitude toward the American public. Rather than seeing itself as primarily a public health advisory agency, those leading the CDC seemed to see the agency as primarily a means to wield governing authority over the American people.
“The root of the problem is the agency’s self-conception: It sees itself as the ultimate arbiter of what is true and what to do on all matters of infectious disease,” Suderman further notes. “In essence, the CDC believes there is no other authority besides the CDC, so it shuts out private labs from the testing process, insists that its faulty tests actually work pretty well long after problems arise, sticks with overly complicated plans that bog down processes, and resists calls to update its guidance, even when that guidance makes living ordinary life difficult or impossible.”
The CDC’s guiding concern seems to have been politics, not science, which has created greater distrust within the minds of many Americans. Of course, the CDC’s “my way or the highway” approach will not lend itself to much introspection, something that is desperately needed if those who run the agency hope to regain any trust from the public. If this is the best Americans can expect from the CDC, then who needs it?
While his administration continues to fail, our feckless president falls back on excuses.
A couple of weeks ago, Joe Biden had a doozy of an hour — an hour that has come to embody his catastrophic presidency of late.
On Friday afternoon, September 17, in the space of just 60 minutes, his Pentagon announced to the world that his hastily conducted drone strike in Afghanistan hadn’t taken out any terrorists but had instead killed 10 innocent civilians, seven of them children. In addition, a panel advising his Food and Drug Administration voted to not recommend COVID-19 booster shots for all Americans over age 16, which derailed a key component of what he’d said to be the central mission of his presidency. And, finally, our oldest ally, France, announced it was recalling its ambassador to the U.S. due to having been aced out of a secret nuclear submarine deal struck between the Biden administration, the UK, and Australia.
Here, we’re reminded of what former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan said when a journalist asked him what the greatest challenge to his administration was: “Events, my dear boy, events.”
And so it is with Joe Biden, whose presidency appears to be at the mercy of events that regularly spin out of control and leave him with nothing but excuses. If it isn’t Donald Trump’s fault, then it’s the fault of Republicans, or the white supremacists, or Demo dissident Senator Joe Manchin, or the unvaccinated, or Governors Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott, or the Taliban, or those Afghans who refused to fight, or global warming climate change.
“He that is good for making excuses,” said Ben Franklin, “is seldom good for anything else.”
But back to those events that keep foiling our president. As political analyst Eddy Scarry observes:
The media want Biden to look like a “helpless bystander,” a victim of circumstances out of his control. He’s not. He’s the perpetrator of nearly every disaster anyone with eyes can see, from the obscenity at the southern border, to the loss of 13 service members (not fighting, but leaving a war zone), to the stratospheric inflation of household necessities.
We’re led to believe these are simply “challenges” Biden is facing rather than the results of his own deliberate screw-ups.
Indeed. Take the crisis on our southern border, for example, which continued to worsen even during the height of summer, when illegal border crossings should’ve settled down. Not so under Biden, though, who reflexively blamed the Trump administration by saying he inherited “one god-awful mess at the border.” But when illegal immigrants themselves are asked why they’re coming, they make clear it’s because of the message that was sent by the Biden administration. That message? “What I would do as president … I would in fact make sure that there is, we immediately surge to the border all those people who are seeking asylum. … We’re a nation that says ‘If you want to flee, and you’re fleeing oppression, you should come.’”
Talk about an open invitation to chaos, crisis, and human misery. Who can blame the more than 1.5 million illegals we’ve counted crossing our border in fiscal year 2021, and the countless others who’ve avoided detection? Who can blame the 30,000 Haitians who heard that message? The only question is whether Joe Biden is simply idiotic or is bent on changing the face of America. Or both. Clearly both.
Or take Afghanistan, the 20-year war that seemed to be winding down under Trump, but that went off the rails under Biden’s leadership. As former CIA Director and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put it a month ago, when Team Biden and its surrogates were just beginning to roll out the excuses: “The disaster unfolding in Afghanistan has shown in stark terms the incompetence and weakness of the Biden administration. In a matter of days, the Taliban was allowed to take over the entire country. This feckless, poorly executed withdrawal is already calling into question American leadership from some of our closest allies [and] emboldening our enemies. … Biden’s incompetence has left Americans in harm’s way and is dishonoring those who serve and our country.”
As one exasperated CBS analyst asked, “How did Biden miss the red flags?” To which our Mark Alexander replied, “Joe Biden IS the red flag.”
That trio of events aptly sums up the effectiveness of the Biden administration. And no amount of excuse-making can put the blame elsewhere.
Eight months down, 40 more to go.
The Left has continued to harm America, and sooner or later we’ll all have to pay.
One overarching theme to the issues America is facing is that the real problems have been ignored. The thing is, ignoring real problems doesn’t make them go away. When bills aren’t paid, interest and late charges pile up. In the case of America in 2021, the interest rate and late charges from the unpaid bills would seem excessive even to those who work in the financial services sector of Tony Soprano’s enterprise.
At first, we can look at the “America Last” national security/foreign policy. Long before Joe Biden’s betrayal of Afghanistan turned into a dishonorable debacle, we warned of the fact that Biden was helping Iran, China, and Russia win. And while Biden made a good move (with some badly hurt feelings) by getting Australia to acquire nuclear attack submarines, it doesn’t change many of the other problems.
We need to deal with the fallout from Biden’s dishonorable debacle, but the other issues will remain. We still have a badly under-strength military across all the services. These decisions have consequences that echo over years, long after the president who made them leaves office — remember the Bergdahl swap?
Meanwhile, the bureaucrats/deep state seem to be more interested in waging war on conservatives as opposed to dealing with serious problems. See the hijacking of DARPA technology as one case of this. We can’t look at just that. The recent indictment of Michael Sussman points to the fact that these bureaucrats viewed Donald Trump and grassroots Patriots as greater threats than radical Islamic extremists, Communist China, and even a resurgent Russia.
The foolish post-Cold War drawdown, combined with the early errors of omission by George W. Bush, have a price tag. That bill is coming due, and the payment won’t just be money; it will come from the blood of those who volunteered to defend this country. The longer we wait to address those issues, the higher the price tag for those whom we owe much.
Similarly, when it comes to the cost of the left-wing hate speech, we’ve already seen permanent damage to the fabric of this nation. The Left, in the name of defeating those it has falsely painted in the most hateful terms possible, has engaged in a pattern of abuses, and has even sought to redline or silence opposition to its agenda.
Dennis Prager has rightly warned of where the Left’s hate speech could lead, and he has asked an important question about the “fortified” 2020 election. These questions deserve answers and the results of the Arizona audit just scratch the surface.
The bill for the Left’s decades of hate speech is also coming due, and the longer America avoids paying for it, the more expensive the reckoning will be. Delaying the inevitable never helps anyone.
The longtime investigative journalist was censored by Big Tech for daring to question the alarmist “climate change” dogma.
One of Facebook’s many leftist dogmas that shall not be challenged is climate alarmism. Anyone who dares question “the science” surrounding the topic of man-caused climate change is immediately labeled a “science denier,” as if the ongoing scientific inquiry surrounding causes of climate change has been “settled.”
Facebook evidently has decided that it will penalize anyone for failing to toe the narrow line of climate alarmism — a line that any real journalist worth their weight should immediately sniff out as dubious.
One such journalist, the well-known and well-respected John Stossel, has made an annoying habit of engaging in genuine investigative journalism. He routinely challenges the prevailing political and mainstream media establishment’s views on the subject of climate change, among many other things.
Stossel posted two offending videos on Facebook. One was entitled “Government Fueled Fires,” and in it, Stossel’s lawsuit says he “explored a scientific hypothesis” that “while climate change undoubtedly contributes to forest fires, it was not the primary cause of the 2020 California fires.” A second video entitled “Are We Doomed?” questioned “environmental alarmists” for making “claims that hurricanes are getting stronger, that the sea level rise poses a catastrophic threat, and that humans will be unable to cope with the fallout.” For his “offense,” Stossel was hit with negative “fact-checks.”
Stossel contends that the “fact-checkers” flagged his first video as “misleading” or “missing context” based upon statements attributed to his videos that he never made. The second video was flagged and labeled as “partly false/factual inaccuracies” for his questioning of the claims made by climate alarmists.
After these spurious “fact-checks,” Stossel alleges that he “was given no meaningful avenue to contest these unilateral decisions about the truth of his journalism,” all while “his viewership plummeted due to both Facebook’s censorship and the reputational harm caused by the false labels.” Stossel has levied a $2 million defamation lawsuit against Facebook.
As our readers well know, we and many other conservative media outlets have received similar treatment from Facebook’s grossly biased left-wing “fact-checkers.” What makes Stossel’s complaint and observation particularly damning is that his videos were “fact-checked” as “misleading” over statements never even made.
Facebook’s “fact-checkers” even effectively admit it: “Stossel complains that we should not have rated his post using a claim review of a quote that does not appear in his video.” But then they offer this new twist on justifying their fraudulent “fact-check” anyway: “This is a misunderstanding of how fact-checking partners operate on Facebook. Given that many pieces of content posted on Facebook can separately make the same claim, it is not necessary to create a separate claim review article for each post we rate. It is, of course, necessary that the claim we reviewed is representative of the claim in each post we rate, which is true in this case.” In other words, guilt by assumed association. In Facebook’s world, if what you’re saying doesn’t comport with today’s leftist dogma, then you are spreading “false” information.
We hope that Stossel prevails in his defamation lawsuit against Facebook. But $2 million in damages seems awfully low for a social media giant that rakes in $3.3 million every hour. It would surely be tempting, easier, and less costly for Facebook to simply agree to some small settlement than duke it out in court, but that would also serve as a tacit admission that Stossel was wronged.
On the Web
- Catherine Mortensen: Bill Would Empower Americans to ‘Fight Woke Corporate Elites’ — “Patriotic Americans … should be able to fight back against the growing tyranny of the woke elites.” —Senator Marco Rubio
- In Brief: The White Backlash That Wasn’t — Opposition to critical race theory is broad and bipartisan.
Top of the Fold
- Mark Milley and Lloyd Austin, henchmen in the calamitous Afghanistan withdrawal, testify today before Congress (Fox News)
- White House told General Milley to pursue Russia’s help in combatting terrorism in Afghanistan (Daily Wire)
- Brave Marine officer who blasted leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal now in the brig (Task & Purpose)
- Senate Republicans block bill to avert government shutdown and to extend debt limit (NBC News)
- “Our approach had to change”: Nancy Pelosi now says infrastructure bill can’t wait for reconciliation bill (NBC News)
- Jen Psaki and Democrat lawmakers echo Biden’s delirious claim that the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package will cost “zero dollars” (National Review) | By the way: The price tag is actually a huge underestimate (FEE)
- “Big Tech has gotten out of hand”: Alabama governor blasts Facebook’s removal of her campaign page (Fox News)
- John Stossel sues Facebook’s “fact-checkers” for defamation (PJ Media)
- Biden administration to “take action to protect Dreamers” after court rules against DACA (PM)
- What could possibly go wrong? Pentagon loosens access rules to secret programs, raising security leak fears (Washington Times)
- DHS spent $330,000 on computer system that’s been broken since 2018 (Washington Times)
- Biden accused of “moving goalposts” on percentage of Americans who need to get the jab (Fox News)
- New York hospitals fire/suspend staff who refuse COVID vaccine (Reuters) | D’oh! New York governor declares “disaster emergency” amid staffing shortage crisis (Washington Post)
- California police seize enough opioids to kill 50 million people (Daily Wire)
- One reason for the supply chain wreck: A record number of cargo ships are stuck outside of California as ports can’t keep up (Jalopnik)
- Ford jolts auto industry with $11 billion investment in electric vehicles (NBC News)
- Energy crisis puts Europe’s climate plan to the test (Bloomberg)
- Brilliant: New Jersey will pay the people who have been paid not to work to return to work (National Review)
- Turning back time: Western Washington University creates segregated housing specifically for black students (Fox News)
- RNC challenges Vermont legislation giving voting rights to non-citizens (Fox News)
- Anti-Semitic attacks in 2020 outnumbered attacks against Muslims, Asians, and “transgender” people combined (Free Beacon)
- R&B superstar R. Kelly finally convicted in sex trafficking trial (AP)
- John Hinckley, who shot President Reagan, wins unconditional release (NPR)
- Five Supreme Court cases to watch this term (Daily Signal)
- China to clamp down on abortions for “non-medical purposes” (CNBC)
- Policy: Science needs fixing, not just funding (National Review)
- Policy: Higher education just isn’t built for men right now (Deseret News)
- Humor: Wife claims $3.5 trillion spending spree at Target actually cost $0 (Babylon Bee)
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- The Collapse of Our Values Is a Greater Threat Than Climate Change — Best-selling author and clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson discusses the moral crisis facing the West.
- Biden: 97% of Americans Need to Be Vaccinated — While receiving his booster shot, President Biden said we need at least a 97% vax rate to return to normal.
- Humor: If the Vaccine Mandate Was About Tacos — How people defend the vaccine passports, but with tacos. It’s a metaphor, man.
- SALENA ZITOLife Along the Border Collapses
- RICH LOWRYThe Age of Progressive Misinformation
- OLIVER L. NORTH AND DAVID L. GOETSCHWake Up, Mr. President. We Are in a Cold War.
- STEPHEN MOOREGovernment of the Unions, by the Unions, for the Unions
- CAL THOMASDestroying America
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.
Insight: “Love your country, but never trust its government.” —Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)
Moving goalposts: “One thing’s for certain: A quarter of the country can’t go unvaccinated and us not continue to have a problem.” —Joe Biden
Non compos mentis: “Take a look at what I inherited when I came into office — when I came into office, the state of affairs, and where we were: We had four million people vaccinated. We had no plan. We had — I mean, I can go down the list. … I’m not complaining; it’s just a reality.” —Joe Biden
Grand delusions: “We can pay for whatever we want to pay for. We just tell the Treasury to pay the bills. … We are not like businesses. We are not like families. We are not like state governments. We are not like local governments. … We are like the banker and monopoly. We create the money.” —House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth
The BIG Lie I: “Every time I hear this is going to cost A, B, C, or D — the truth is, based on the commitment that I made, it’s going to cost nothing because we’re going to raise the revenue.” —Joe Biden (“We didn’t know that when you pay for something that makes it free.” —The Wall Street Journal)
The BIG Lie II: “This is a zero-dollar bill, because it’s all going to be paid for with taxes on the wealthiest corporations and the wealthiest individuals.” —Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
The BIG Lie III: “This reconciliation package would cost zero dollars.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
Elitist ignorance: “Obviously, the president’s commitment remains not raising taxes for anyone making less than $400,000 a year. There are some … who argue that in the past, companies have passed on these costs to consumers. … We feel that that’s unfair and absurd, and the American people would not stand for that.” —Jen Psaki
Gaslighting: “For all of those Republicans who are standing at the border and giving speeches about how broken the system is: Why don’t you join us and be a part of the solution instead of relying on speeches?” —Jen Psaki
Tone-deaf: “The ruling class in this country is very, very religious. Their religion is greed. And they are prepared to destroy the planet to make a few more dollars. The good news is this: if we stand together in solidarity around a progressive agenda for working people, we can win.” —Senator Bernie “Ruling Class” Sanders
A feature, not a bug: “You have about 48 Senators out of 50 who are for the president’s agenda. You have about 210 members of the House who are for the president’s agenda. So you’re really looking at about two Senators and eight House members who are holding everything up.” —Congressman Ro Khanna
Come on, man! “[Stacey Abrams] might be better than having your existing governor.” —Donald Trump (“Trump-inspired disillusionment with voting among Georgia Republicans was probably the decisive factor in turning control of the U.S. Senate over to Democrats. Having Stacey Abrams as Georgia’s governor wouldn’t be as disastrous for the nation, but it would be a massive setback for Georgia.” —Paul Mirengoff)
And last… “Stories about bipartisanship in the Senate failing are always about how Republicans just won’t give Democrats what they want.” —Erick Erickson
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