“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
This is going to be one tough winter. On top of everything else we are facing, a very alarming energy crisis is rapidly growing all over the world. Supplies of natural gas and coal are getting tighter by the day, and this is dramatically affecting manufacturing in major exporters such as China. So that means that less stuff is going to be coming across the ocean in the months ahead, and that means that the shortages in our stores are going to be getting even worse. This is really happening, and we are going to have to deal with it.
Of course store shelves are already getting pretty bare all around the country. They are calling it “the everything shortage”, and it has been intensifying with each passing week.
I have so much to talk about that I am not even sure where to begin, and so I am just going to start with the the Bigley Piggly Wiggly in Charleston, West Virginia. Store owner Jeff Joseph says that a shortage of Gatorade is one of the biggest issues that he is currently wrestling with…
If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you may have noticed some of your favorite products aren’t available. At the Bigley Piggly Wiggly in Charleston, WV the section where they keep Gatorade is close to empty.
“Who would think that Gatorade would be a problem to get in the store? But apparently, it is and it is something that we have been wrestling with for quite some time now,” said Jeff Joseph, store owner.
Day after day, I see more local news reports like this. I just picked this one out because I really like the name of the store.
And my readers continue to send me emails about what conditions are like where they live. One reader that is located in Pennsylvania was deeply alarmed by a lack of milk and dog food during her last visit to the supermarket…
Yesterday, I was at our Giant supermarket on Linglestown Road a few miles from Harrisburg, PA. It is the largest Giant in the area. I was at the milk section, there were maybe more than 10 empty rows with no milk in them. My husband wanted chocolate milk, they had only one brand. I was looking for dog treats, and found out they moved the aisle, there was not as many brands. They are taking the dog food bags and moving them out to the front of the shelf to make them look full, but there are no bags behind them. We like Arizona canned tea, but I had to settle for a big bottle instead. Canned tea is hard to get. The aisle with the toilet paper and towels was half empty. I wanted some Nutter Butter cookies (like I need them), but they had none.
In southwestern Arkansas, it sounds like things are even worse. We had been warned that there would be a shortage of toys during this holiday season, and one of my readers says that she is already noticing a huge change…
It is horrifying to walk through a Dollar General Store down here in Southwestern Arkansas. There are bare shelves, the toy aisle, normally flooded this time of year in anticipation of Christmas…there is nothing there, like what should normally be there. Brookshire’s is the premium market down here…they do not have frozen turkeys, and the frozen chicken that we purchased–Tyson chicken—I bought a five-pound flat of drumsticks…there were still feathers on some of the pieces of chicken. I had to wash, pluck, and wow…just wow….what the factories must be like these days is all I’m saying.
We have never seen anything like this before, and the experts are telling us that the months in front of us are going to be even worse.
These days, even big corporate news outlets are constantly running stories about the shortages. The following is an excerpt from one report that was entitled “America Is Running Out of Everything”…
I visited CVS last week to pick up some at-home COVID-19 tests. They’d been sold out for a week, an employee told me. So I asked about paper towels. “We’re out of those too,” he said. “Try Walgreens.” I drove to a Walgreens that had paper towels. But when I asked a pharmacist to fill some very common prescriptions, he told me the store had run out. “Try the Target up the road,” he suggested. Target’s pharmacy had the meds, but its front area was alarmingly barren, like the canned-food section of a grocery store one hour before a hurricane makes landfall.
In the past, any shortages were always very temporary.
But these shortages aren’t going to go away any time soon.
This is the economy now. One-hour errands are now multi-hour odysseys. Next-day deliveries are becoming day-after-next deliveries. That car part you need? It’ll take an extra week, sorry. The book you were looking for? Come back in November. The baby crib you bought? Make it December. Eyeing a new home-improvement job that requires several construction workers? Haha, pray for 2022.
Even the usually optimistic talking heads on television are warning us that the colossal problems that have caused this epic global supply chain crisis are not going to resolved for the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, as I noted above, a very frightening global energy crisis threatens to take “the everything shortage” to an entirely new level.
On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal ran an article entitled “Natural-Gas Shortage Sets Off Scramble Ahead of Winter” that really freaked a lot of people out. All over the planet, nations are feverishly trying to secure sufficient supplies of natural gas for the months ahead. Normally there is a spike of demand in the middle of winter, but at this moment we are nowhere close to that point. In fact, summer just officially ended a couple of weeks ago.
So if things are this bad already, what are we going to be facing in a few months?
Australia’s Newcastle thermal coal, a global benchmark, is trading at $202 a metric ton, three times higher than at the end of 2019. Global production of coal, which generates around 40% of the world’s electricity, is about 5% below pre-pandemic levels.
In Europe, the rising prices for coal and other energy resources have hit factory output and driven household energy bills higher. Major coal importers in Asia, including Japan and South Korea, are jostling to secure supplies.
We have never seen an energy crisis this severe in modern times, and it is already having a dramatic impact on manufacturing in China…
In recent weeks, however, officials have begun a much more aggressive rationing program (Figure 1), with factories in much of Guangdong now seeing only 1-2 days per week of power use allowed. Similar situations are reportedly occurring in Jiangsu, Hubei, and Fujian provinces, all major manufacturing regions. As just one example, one of my US-based import customers has reported that a key supplier in Jiangsu is down to a single day per week of power availability. Limited-but-expanded power rationing is also occurring in Zhejiang, Shandong, Liaoning, and other important heavy industrial, chemical, and energy-product hubs.
So what does this mean?
It means that China is going to be exporting a lot less stuff to us, and so our store shelves will continue to get barer and barer.
For more than a decade I have been warning that we should have never allowed ourselves to become so dependent on Chinese manufacturing. But of course most people didn’t want to listen to “alarmists” like me.
Unfortunately, the truth is now evident to everyone.
SHOCK VIDEO: from 2017 Dr. Fauci & some NIH scientists discuss needing a “disruptive event” like a flu like virus out of China in order to justify bypassing decades of approval for a new vaccine technology they want approved 🤯pic.twitter.com/fDfADj27p5
Truth Is Most Powerful When Naked Joshua 7:19; Psalm 15:2; 40:10; Proverbs 23:23; Zechariah 8:16; Hebrews 4:13
Truth fears nothing so much as concealment, and desires nothing so much as clearly to be laid open to the view of all: when it is most naked, it is most lovely and powerful.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The Whole Church Body Should Be Cared For Isaiah 58:7–8; Romans 12:13; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 6:10; Ephesians 4:3–4, 15; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; James 2:15–16
It is not customary that an intelligent person clothes and cares for one part of his body and leaves the rest destitute and naked. Oh, no. The intelligent person is solicitous for all his members. Thus it should be with those who are the Lord’s church and body. All those who are born of God, who are gifted with the Spirit of the Lord, and who, according to the Scriptures, are called into one body of love in Christ Jesus, are prepared by such love to serve their neighbors, not only with money and goods, but also after the example of their Lord and Head, Jesus Christ, in an evangelical manner, with life and blood.… Behold, such a community we teach.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Self-Denial the Life of Piety Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; Romans 8:13; Galatians 5:24
Self-denial of all kinds is the very life and soul of piety.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The Nature of the Resurrection Body 1 Corinthians 15:35–49
Human nature has a twofold defect. First, because it has not yet attained to its ultimate perfection. Secondly, because it has already gone back from its ultimate perfection. The first defect is found in children, the second in the aged: and consequently in each of these human nature will be brought by the resurrection to the state of its ultimate perfection which is in the youthful age, at which the movement of growth terminates, and from which the movement of decrease begins.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Flooding concerns mount as tropical rainfall deluges Southeast Heavy rainfall spread across the region already this week, with parts of the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and Alabama reporting several inches of rain Monday. Pensacola, Florida, picked up 8.16 inches of rain, coming in second for the wettest Oct. 4 for the city on record behind the same date in 1995 when Hurricane Opal made landfall in the western Florida Panhandle. This deluge of rain closed roadways in downtown Pensacola and also brought widespread travel disruptions across the region. Flash flood watches and warnings were in effect across the Florida Panhandle, much of Alabama, northern Georgia, as well as across parts of Mississippi and Louisiana.
Fauci-funded scientist planned to create novel coronavirus in 2018 American and Chinese scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology planned in 2018 to create a novel coronavirus not found in nature, according to a grant proposal. EcoHealth Alliance, the non-profit led by Peter Daszak and funded in part by Dr. Anthony Fauci’s agency, submitted the proposal to the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, the Telegraph of London reported. “They would then synthesise the viral genome from the computer sequence, thus creating a virus genome that did not exist in nature but looks natural as it is the average of natural viruses,” the WHO source told the Telegraph. “Then they put that RNA in a cell and recover the virus from it. This creates a virus that has never existed in nature, with a new ‘backbone’ that didn’t exist in nature but is very, very similar as it’s the average of natural backbones.”
Macron to meet Biden at G20, hopes to “re-engage” French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he would meet his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden in Rome at the Group of 20 summit at the end of October to “re-engage” and to move on after a rift over a U.S. military pact with Australia. “We will catch up during the G20. I think it is the right occasion to see how we can re-engage … it is about facts and what to do together,” Macron said as he arrived for a summit dinner in Slovenia.
1st substantial snowfall of season on the way for Rockies Over the next few days, temperatures will begin a gradual downward trend. Cooler air already arrived in the Northwest on Tuesday in the wake of a cold front. Seattle managed a high of only 55 degrees, which is 10 degrees below normal. This front will continue to move farther inland “A storm will begin to cool things down across the northern Rockies on Thursday and Friday, with areas from northern Nevada into Montana and Wyoming getting some rainfall,”
The coldest place on Earth just had its coldest winter on record Unprecedented bouts of extreme heat and increased ice melting events have become the common topics of global warming worries. But in the South Pole, the opposite effects have been just as jarring in recent months. Unlike its flashier cousin, the North Pole, which has been made famous for its mythical holiday residents, the South Pole hasn’t been as directly exposed to the effects of a heating climate. While rising temperatures and melting ice shelves have caused some worry for climatologists, the South Pole has been largely spared from the effects seen at the North Pole, which has endured widespread glacial melting and was even shrouded in wildfire smoke this summer.
Taiwan defence minister says tensions with China are the worst in four decades Military tensions with China are at their worst in more than 40 years, Taiwan’s defence minister said on Wednesday (Oct 6), days after record numbers of Chinese aircraft flew into the island’s air defence zone. Tensions have hit a new high between Taipei and Beijing, which claims the island as its own territory, and Chinese military aircraft have repeatedly flown through Taiwan’s air defence identification zone.
Biden approval rating hits new low Joe Biden’s popularity among everyday Americans is taking a beating, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. The poll found that Biden’s approval rating has dropped to 38%, down from 42% three weeks ago.
Tel Aviv University research: Non-invasive brain stimulation of the elderly is expected to improve mobility and reduce the risk of falls Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have discovered that mild, non-invasive stimulation of a specific aea in the brain of older adults improves their ability to maintain their balance and walk safely while carrying out other cognitively demanding tasks. The researchers stimulated the dorsal lateral pre-frontal cortex (DLPFC), a cognitive brain area responsible for dividing attention and executive functions. They found that this stimulation significantly reduced the immediate, negative impact of a dual-task on standing and walking performance.
Retaliating against church amid COVID lands government official in hot water There have been a multitude of lawsuits over the last year over various governmental orders to churches and faith organizations to simply shut down during the COVID -19 pandemic. Many have been resolved in favor of the churches’ First Amendment rights, while a few remain pending. But one fight in California, a state that was especially aggressive in targeting churches and limiting their rights, has moved to a new level: a county lawyer is being named as a defendant for retaliating against a church. a federal judge has approved adding a lawyer for the Santa Clara County, California, government as a defendant in a lawsuit over the government’s attack on Christian churches during the COVID pandemic.
‘Palestinian state will not be established’ Speaking with the UAE-based news outlet The National, Shaked ruled out talks on Palestinian statehood, both during Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s term, as well as after Yair Lapid rotates in as premier.
What is Queer Theory and How Are Churches Embracing It Either Intentionally or Inadvertently Queer theory seeks to understand–from a secular perspective–why heterosexuality has been deemed by society as the “normal” and “moral” standard by which human sexuality is judged. For the queer theorist, heteronormativity has been historically augmented in society through its institutions, including the Church, the legal system, and academics. While heteronormativity is certainly on the decline today, it’s important to understand how Churches–including Evangelical churches–have contributed to its decline through its embrace of queer theory. In fact, Black Lives Matter–both the movement and the organization–stem from the same Marxist roots and are fundamentally inseparable as a movement. The movement is, in and of itself, destructive of Western society, objective morality, and objective normativity.
Newly-found Iranian cyber-espionage may pose ‘real threat’ to Israel Iranian threat actors are running a highly-targeted cyber-espionage operation against global aerospace and telecommunications companies, stealing sensitive information from targets around Israel and the Middle East, as well as in the United States, Russia, and Europe, according to a report published Wednesday by Israeli cybersecurity company Cybereason. Cybereason identified the previously unknown state actor, dubbed MalKamak, running a sophisticated new form of malware that was previously unknown, during an incident response call for one of its clients, said Assaf Dahan, head of the cyber threat research group at Cybereason. The potential risk inherent in such an assault campaign is large and significant for the State of Israel and may pose a real threat.”
Egypt to increase trade with Gaza starting Sunday – report Egypt has agreed to allow increased trade and travel through the Rafah crossing with Gaza Strip starting on Sunday, as a Hamas delegation meets with Egyptian officials in Cairo, the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Thursday. According to the report, the Egyptians agreed to allow construction materials, including iron, to increase imports into Gaza…
Israel hints Oman is next to join Abraham Accords A top Israeli foreign ministry official suggested that Oman will likely be the next country to join the Abraham Accords, leading to full normalization between the countries. Eliav Benjamin…met via Zoom with reporters on Tuesday to discuss the status of the accords reached last year between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.
Pakistan earthquake kills 20 in Balochistan province At least 20 people have been killed after an earthquake struck Pakistan’s southern Balochistan province early on Thursday, officials have told the BBC. Authorities say the death toll may increase, and that many people were killed when structures collapsed. Many of the dead were women and children, the Reuters news agency said.
Italy sets new European 12-hour rainfall record A severe storm stalled over NW Italy on October 4, 2021, dumping record-breaking rain and causing floods and landslides. In addition, the storm produced more than half a million lightning strikes within 48 hours.
Pfizer accused of testing COVID vaccine on orphans According to The Daily Expose, the Children’s Health Protection Organization recently received a report from Poland that Pfizer is testing the COVID vaccine on 6-month-old orphans. In response, members of the Polish Parliament and Senate organized an emergency meeting on Oct. 2 to discuss the medical, legal and ethical relationship of medical testing on infants and children.
Biden & Fauci Cult of Coronavirus Religion Will NEVER Replace Christianity Just days ago, I wrote in a column that COVID doesn’t go to church: “COVID doesn’t go to church, and yet more than a year and a half after its outbreak, people can’t get into a church in their home towns without being ‘registered’ or are held back from worship of God by other government virus ‘restrictions’.
Nearly 200,000 At-Home Covid Tests Recalled Over False Positives Ellume, an Australian company that makes a widely available at-home coronavirus test, has recalled nearly 200,000 test kits because of concerns about a higher-than-expected rate of false positives. That represents about 5.6 percent of the approximately 3.5 million test kits Ellume has shipped to the United States.
More Americans died of COVID in 2021 than 2020. Is that Joe Biden’s fault?
“I’m not going to shut down the country. I’m not going to shut down the economy. I’m going to shut down the virus.” —Joe Biden, October 30, 2020
“I promise you if I’m elected, I won’t waste any time getting this virus under control. I’ll call Dr. Fauci and ask him to stay on. I’ll bring together top experts and leaders from both parties to chart a path forward. We’ll get it done, together.” —Joe Biden, August 11, 2020
“If the president had done his job from the beginning, all the people [who have died from coronavirus] would still be alive.” —Joe Biden, September 17, 2020, when coronavirus deaths surpassed 200,000
To a certain extent, it’s true that a president is responsible for how he handles a crisis on his watch. That ought to be less true of a novel virus than, say, a deliberate and humiliating military surrender, but still. Unfortunately, Trump became the poster child for COVID misery — because Democrats and their Leftmedia allies made him so in order to defeat him in November.
Well, if a president is to be judged by how he handles a crisis — if Joe Biden is to be judged by the standard to which Joe Biden held Donald Trump — then Joe Biden is a colossal failure.
The U.S. recently passed 700,000 COVID deaths, not 200,000 as it stood before the election. Biden called this “astonishing.” The pandemic has claimed more Americans lives in 2021 than in 2020. (Insert caveats here for the whole “died of COVID” versus “died with COVID” debate.)
To a large extent, neither president is directly responsible for deaths caused by a virus (or comorbidity factors), especially when that virus was leaked from a Chinese lab.
A president does, however, set the tone for the national response, and both presidents bear some responsibility for how the virus has been politicized. But this is not a “well both sides did it” argument. The far greater fault lies with Biden.
It was Biden who hid in his basement for most of 2020 while armchair quarterbacking the hard work Trump’s team put into responding to a new threat. Trump surely hoped his response to the virus would help him win, but he didn’t have the entire mainstream media at his disposal as Biden did to weave a political narrative.
It was Democrats, not Republicans, who politicized the vaccines last year, insisting that they couldn’t possibly take one when the Bad Orange Man had anything to do with development. And it’s Democrats who continue to politicize the vaccines now through hectoring, cajoling, passports, and constitutionally dubious federal mandates. Masks, likewise, are more often a virtue signal or badge of party identification than they are useful tools.
If you think vaccines are beneficial and effective at preventing more serious illness or deaths — and there is evidence indicating that’s true — then you should be outraged that millions of Americans are choosing not to be vaccinated in large part because Democrats are now so adamant about it after hysterically warning against it just a few short months ago. How many unvaccinated Americans have died because of Democrat politicization?
If you think vaccines are a big conspiracy by the pharmaceutical companies or you merely wonder why everyone is inexplicably ignoring factors like natural immunity — and we’ve warned against ignoring it — then you should be outraged that an entire political party has vested its electoral hopes in forcing compliance among the entire population. And not just one shot. Not just two shots, either. But continued boosters. Likewise, you should be outraged that social media giants censor even legitimate questions about the vaccines.
These questions should be settled between patients and doctors, not a presidential diktat.
The gross irony of Biden’s authoritarianism is that we’re further from herd immunity than we would have been if anyone could trust the government or the “experts.” That has cost lives, and it’s on him.
“Today,” Biden told us on July 4, “we’re closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus.” Are we? Not if he can help it.
When “whistleblowers” and Big Tech firms start begging for regulation, free-speech advocates had better ask “Why?”
We haven’t had much use for Jonah Goldberg since he went full Never-Trumper and made common cause with the enemies of Liberty. Still, he makes a great point in an essay titled “When Business Leaders Beg to Be Regulated, Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.”
Goldberg smells a rat. So do we. From the very start, this Facebook “whistleblower” has gotten the kid-glove treatment from the Democrats and their mainstream media fellow travelers, and free-speech supporters of all stripes should be wondering why. As Goldberg writes:
A huge and splashy expose in the Wall Street Journal, with a choreographed tease about her identity, followed by a big 60 Minutes reveal on the eve of the Senate hearings. That same night she launched a fairly elegant website that features her picture alongside this description: ‘Frances Haugen is an advocate for public oversight of social media.’ You can sign up to get emails from her there.
Think about it: When was the last time you remember a whistleblower having been rolled out like the newest iPhone model?
If you think we’re being too hard on Haugen, think again. Is it mere coincidence that, as Michael Brendan Dougherty notes, she’s a donor to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and she’s working with the press agency that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki used to run? Or that she’s enlisted the spin-doctoring services of former high-ranking Obama flack Bill Burton?
Leftists spend sleepless nights wondering how they might silence their political enemies, and their dream of dreams is, as Dougherty writes, “that reliable progressive liars like Dan Rather can be put back in charge of the information space.” Sure, that seems far-fetched, but if you weren’t reading the article you’re reading right now, where would you be turning for trustworthy news and information? The New York Times? The Washington Post? ABC? NBC? CBS? NPR?
We need to pay close attention to these proposals for regulation. As Goldberg continues:
Facebook has been begging Washington to regulate it for a while now. Last February, under the headline, “Big Tech Needs More Regulation,” Mark Zuckerberg himself penned an op-ed in the Financial Times arguing that “if we don’t create standards that people feel are legitimate, they won’t trust institutions or technology.” He added, “I believe good regulation may hurt Facebook’s business in the near term, but it will be better for everyone, including us, over the long term.”
Big Tech regulation hasn’t gone anywhere primarily because Congress is broken, and because the warring political parties can’t agree on what to regulate. But let’s not fall for the canard that Big Tech is dead-set against being regulated. As with the robber barons of yore, a bit of well-placed regulation could knee-cap the upstarts, the lesser competitors, and leave only the Big Tech giants standing — more powerful than ever.
Progressives want to regulate Big Tech by requiring it to censor conservative political speech. That’s because the Left can’t compete with the Right in the marketplace of ideas. Conservatives, on the other hand, want to regulate Big Tech by prohibiting it from censoring political speech, which the Left euphemistically calls “content moderation.” So when you hear Big Tech oligarchs and their not-so-strange Democrat bedfellows talking about “content moderation,” remember that they’re talking about killing off publications like Ours Truly by permitting only the lamest, most anodyne of opinions and analysis.
Or worse: Big Tech could regulate conservative speech out of existence by “fact-checking” it to death.
Our Mark Alexander has been sounding the alarm about this naked encroachment on our civil liberties, which he calls the redlining of free speech. If the Left and Big Tech are allowed to collude toward this end, the first casualties will be robust debate and an informed citizenry.
Again, as Goldberg rightly warns, Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
Rodney Scott says the president knew exactly what would happen when he reversed Trump’s border policies.
Joe Biden’s border crisis isn’t getting any better. The nation recently witnessed the drama unfolding just a couple weeks ago as 15,000 Haitian migrants camped out under a bridge in the Texas border town of Del Rio. Rather than enforce the law, the Biden administration engaged in a blatant attempt to gin up sympathy for the illegal migrants by despicably spinning a false narrative of U.S. Border Patrol on horseback whipping Haitians as they attempted to illegally cross.
The result has only served to hamstring and demoralize the already overburdened immigration officers. So says former Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott, a man with 30 years of experience on the U.S. southern border. Biden forced him to resign over the summer.
When Biden took over and immediately began to undo Donald Trump’s border policies, the Border Patrol warned him. Scott said, “We made it very clear that if we dropped all of the initiatives that have been put in place over the last several years that we would get an influx of mass migration that we would not be able to control.”
Funny — that information sounds eerily similar to the information given to Biden prior to his decision to effectively retreat from and surrender Afghanistan to the Taliban.
While the administration likes to play dumb regarding the predictable results of Biden’s de facto open-border policy, Scott asserts that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, for one, knew full well what the results would be. “He clearly understands and knows how to control the border and what needs to take place,” Scott said. “It was very clear there are people involved in this process that have been involved before, and they’re choosing not to take simple, commonsense steps to secure the border.”
Not only were they not taking the necessary steps to continue to maintain border security, they were in fact actively working against securing the border. “Many of those [border security] projects today are just still on hold, so we’re paying contractors,” Scott notes. “For a while, it was almost $5 million a day between DOD and DHS to not build the border wall.”
The biggest difference Scott observed between the two administrations when it came to the border was that of worldview. The Trump administration viewed securing the U.S. southern border as a fundamental component of national security, while the Biden administration has effectively entirely rejected this view. Almost nothing about how the Biden administration has handled the border shows any inkling of concern for national security. Rather, it’s all about politics.
Maybe nothing demonstrates this reality more than Biden’s shameful treatment of the Border Patrol officers he threw under the bus over the false “whipping” story. As Scott put it: “Border security protects legal immigration, and those guys know it, and that’s what they’ve been doing. And all of a sudden, now due process applies to everybody else, but not them. And then all of a sudden, our horse patrol doing what they’re supposed to do, which is prevent people from illegally entering our home, are now the villains.”
When questioned as to what he would do to secure the border, Scott answered, “Simply continue to build out the border wall — that those requirements were developed by seasoned Border Patrol agents based on where that infrastructure could make the biggest difference and the return on the investment in the long term.” He also added that those who cross illegally should face negative consequences. “I would continue to invest in the people, but there’s got to be a consequence for illegal entry.” Under Biden, the “consequence” is being released into the U.S. with nothing more than a court date.
Meanwhile, amidst reports that some 60,000 more Haitian migrants are heading for the U.S. border, 10 GOP governors recently gathered in Texas and announced their own 10-point plan to counter Biden’s border dereliction. As one of the 10, and arguably the most affected, Texas Governor Greg Abbott observed, “President Joe Biden has caused a humanitarian crisis and chaos on our border.” Included in their plan are these points: “[Dedicate] federal resources to eradicate human trafficking and drug trafficking, [resume] the deportation of all criminals, [deploy] more federal law enforcement officers and National Guard troops, [end] catch and release and clear the judicial backlog,” and “finish securing the border” by continuing the construction of the border wall.
Debate over the debt ceiling inevitably contains dire warnings about consequences.
When it comes to economics, there is rarely such a thing as a definitive answer, no matter how pointed and direct the question being asked. It’s the inspiration for the oft-repeated joke attributed to Harry Truman, “All my economists say ‘on one hand…’, then ‘but on the other hand….’ Give me a one-handed economist!‘”
Here’s a prime example: Will the United States default on its nearly $29 trillion debt? Numerous economists, investors, and finance experts have weighed in on the issue, and the cumulative answer is a definite maybe.
It would be great to slice through all the politics and hyperbole like Alexander slicing the Gordian Knot, but there’s a larger picture that should be considered in looking at the current manufactured debt crisis. And leftists are blowing a lot of smoke to obscure the situation and create for themselves a ticket to use all our taxpayer money and then some to remake America as a worker’s paradise.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated unequivocally to the House Financial Services Committee last week that not raising the debt ceiling would mean a default on the U.S. debt, which then would cause “irreparable” damage to the economy, including a financial crisis and deep recession. Yellen warned that the obligation for paying out Social Security, as well as interest on government bonds and notes, would have to be met by the current money in the Treasury. “We won’t be able to pay all the government’s bills.”
All these items, plus the interest on the debt itself — which accumulates rather rapidly when you’re in the TRILLIONS — are normally paid by borrowing more money and incurring more debt. In the real world, when this happens to families, they lose their cars or their home. Over-leveraged businesses go bust. But not the government.
It’s nothing short of a farce that Congress can merely raise the debt ceiling whenever it’s reached, resetting it at an arbitrary number with no consequences. During the Trump administration, the debt was suspended altogether, then raised to a new limit reflecting what was spent during the suspension. That suspension lasted two years and ended in August. Barely three months later, Yellen started crying apocalypse to Congress and the country, looking for another debt hike.
Some economists suggest that the government can’t default if it issues debt in its own currency. Billionaire investor Warren Buffet boldly proclaimed at last year’s Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting that the U.S. could never default. All the Treasury needs to do is print more money. Of course, Buffet adds a hook: “If you print bonds in your own currency, what happens to the currency will be the question.” This sounds a lot like runaway inflation, which would require its own series of measures to be mitigated.
Economic analysts at Moody’s Analytics and Barclays predict uncertainty in the financial markets if the U.S. defaults on its debt, but many are unsure as to the extent. If the Treasury knows when it will run out of money — Yellen predicts October 18 — then there may be ways to mitigate disaster such as moving maturity dates on Treasury bonds. The government could also liquidate assets it holds in the private sector or sell some of its gold reserves and foreign currency holdings. But default? Not likely. A lot of entitlement programs will be cut, but Uncle Sam will be open for business.
What if we did away with the debt ceiling altogether? Yellen suggested as much. At that point, there would be no end to how much the government would spend. At least with the debt limit, the public gets to see that our elected officials are spendthrifts with our money and there is an opportunity to check the insanity. Voters also have the (rarely taken) option to get serious about electing representatives who pledge to be conservative on spending and hold them to it. Congress must be made to spend less, or this perpetual crisis cycle will continue until it no longer can.
Europe’s failing green energy policies serve as a dire warning against the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion plan.
Europe is currently suffering under a severe energy shortage that could have easily been avoided had European Union nations not elected to go down the extreme route of forcing via government fiat the creation of “carbon neutral” economies by 2050. In order to achieve this utopian green dream, EU countries over the last decade have systematically shut down their reliable fossil fuel-based energy plants (the UK now has only two working coal-power plants) while at the same time spending trillions of dollars to subsidize the development of inherently less reliable and more costly renewables like wind and solar.
Europe also has acted to aggressively eliminate accessing its own abundant resources of fossil fuels. For example, the UK and Germany banned fracking, and Europe’s biggest gas field is being shuttered by the Netherlands.
Now, EU countries are struggling to keep the lights on. Global prices for fossil fuels, which Europe depends upon to maintain energy due to the inherent unreliability of renewables, have spiked due to high demand.
“In short, all of Europe’s green chickens are coming home to roost,” observes The Wall Street Journal. “Several U.K. retail electricity providers have collapsed in recent weeks because of the surging price of gas. Energy experts warn that some German power suppliers are in danger of going insolvent. Germany’s electricity prices, which were already the highest in Europe because of heavy reliance on renewables, have more than doubled since February.”
The situation has become so dire that a former longtime energy adviser for the UK government is warning the country may soon need to begin rationing power for commercial users. Europe’s green energy dream is turning into the nightmare about which practically minded and scientifically consistent observers warned. Simply put, trading away reliability for unreliability because the latter is deemed “better” does not magically eliminate the unreliability problem.
Which brings us back stateside. Despite the failing EU green dream serving as a dire warning to Joe Biden and the Democrats against the viability of their Green New Deal pipe dream, it appears it will go entirely unheeded here in the U.S. Even with the jumping price of gas — which has now reached a high not seen since 2014 — Biden and congressional Democrats seem hellbent on taking the U.S. down the same economically damaging road as they ram through their $3.5 trillion spending bill full of green energy mandates and fantasies. Will it change the global climate? Only the economic one.
Seriously, that’s a question some niche health publication considers legitimate.
A colleague recently referenced an absurd article I thought was from our friends at the parody site Babylon Bee. But these days, you can’t assume anything is parody, particularly when it relates to gender.
The article, entitled “Can Men Get Pregnant?,” was posted in Healthline, a niche health and wellbeing journal, under the category of Parenthood>Pregnancy. Yeah, this brand of gender-confused nonsense is finding its way into space that should be reserved for rational conversation.
The author, KC Clements, identifies as a “queer, nonbinary writer based in Brooklyn, NY,” who notes: “Their work deals with queer and trans identity, sex and sexuality, health and wellness from a body positive standpoint, and much more.” Yes, much more.
But hey, it was “Medically reviewed by Valinda Riggins Nwadike, MD,” so it must comport with the science! Right?
I decided to highlight this article because it is an exceptional example of the convoluted, contorted, and contrived gender-denial rhetoric emanating from heterophobic gender deniers now infesting some health information quarters. Recall that recently, even as the number of ChiCom Virus pandemic deaths this year surpassed all deaths in 2020, the CDC was prioritizing the use of inclusive language across its website platform.
The assumptions in this article, as with all such articles, are predicated on the supposition that it is possible to be “transgendered.” Of course, for those of us who actually follow the science, there are in fact only two genders and a male and female will from conception to death, regardless of surgical alterations or personal pronouns. A gender dysphoric individual can call himself or herself whatever he or she wants, but asking society to standardize and comport with his or her gender disorientation is as absurd as the question posed by the referenced Healthline article.
So how does “KC” answer this absurd question? As with all cults, the gender-bender cult redefines standard word meanings and assigns new meanings. Let me hit the highlights.
KC: “Yes, it’s possible for men to become pregnant and give birth to children of their own. In fact, it’s probably a lot more common than you might think. In order to explain, we’ll need to break down some common misconceptions about how we understand the term ‘man.’”
Well, obviously we will have to get over those pesky “misconceptions” that cause heartburn for the gender-challenged.
KC: “Not all people who were assigned male at birth (AMAB) identify as men. Those who do are ‘cisgender’ men. Conversely, some people who were assigned female at birth (AFAB) identify as men. These folks may be ‘transgender’ men or transmasculine people.”
Fortunately, KC links to another of his missives defining “cisgender.” He notes, “The term cisgender was coined by transgender activists in the 90s to create a better way to describe people who aren’t transgender.”
KC: “Many AFAB [female] folks who identify as men or who don’t identify as women have the reproductive organs necessary to carry a child.”
That is because they are women.
KC: “Some people who have a uterus and ovaries, are not on testosterone, and identify as men or as not as women may wish to become pregnant. Unless you’ve taken testosterone, the process of pregnancy is similar to that of a cisgender woman.”
In other words, if you are female, you can bear a child.
KC: “To our knowledge, there has not yet been a case of pregnancy in an AMAB [male] individual.”
Actually, I am certain there has not yet been a pregnant man.
KC concludes: “With our understanding constantly evolving, it’s important to honor the fact that one’s gender doesn’t determine whether they can become pregnant. Many men have had children of their own, and many more will likely do so in the future.”
In this case, that would not be “understanding constantly evolving” but “devolving.” And I thought we just cleared up the fact that no “AMAB [male] individual” has ever been pregnant.
The fact is, I have compassion for individuals who, due to a variety of gender exemplarity and/or psychological factors beyond their control, often including childhood sexual abuse, are gender dysphoric. But one of the great ironies of “woke” culture is that it has abandoned these individuals in their misery. And that is a particularly grievous abandonment by “woke” churches such as most Episcopal congregations.
The free-thinking ESPN personality was suspended for uttering a couple of uncomfortable truths.
If ESPN personality Sage Steele wanted to make her woke colleagues head for the fainting couch, she’d have been hard-pressed to pick a better topic than the personal racial preference of Barack Obama. Except maybe the awfulness of her corporate employer’s vaccine mandate.
Perhaps unable to decide, she blasphemed both — “Black Jesus” and the Perpetual Pandemic. Not surprisingly, it was all too much for the progressive poohbahs at ESPN and their bosses at Disney, who struck a powerful blow for speech suppression by suspending her.
Steele, who’s been with the network for about 15 years, appeared last week on the “Uncut with Jay Cutler” podcast, where she talked of many things, including her biracial identity and that of the former president.
Steele, who’s a mix of African, Irish, and Italian, recalled a 2016 appearance on “The View” that wound up being a racial awakening of sorts:
Barbara Walters ripped me, live TV, and then afterwards, too … because they were wondering … “Why is it so important to you to say that you’re biracial?” … And I’m like, “Why not?” … “If [the Census makes] you choose a race,” she’s like, “What’re you gonna put?” And I go, “Both.” And she’s like, “Well, you can’t.” She goes, “Barack Obama chose black, and he’s biracial.” And I’m like, “Well, congratulations to the president. That’s his thing. I think that’s fascinating, considering his black dad was nowhere to be found, but his white mom and grandma raised him. But, hey, you do you. I’m gonna do me. … I’m pretty sure my white mom was there when I was born … and my white family loves me just as much as my black family.” And I got killed for that.
It’s sickening to think about it, but Steele’s fearlessness, her outspokenness, her willingness to tell hard truths has caused her and her two teenage daughters to get death threats: “People saying they hope my daughters get raped … all because I have a different opinion than I guess I’m supposed to for my skin color and my gender.”
“It scared the sh*t out of me,” she said, “[but] I think that that’s actually strengthened me. To continue to speak, to continue to be attacked. … My mother would look on Instagram and see the comments and say, ‘Please delete them.’ … I can’t delete that. Because if I delete it, that makes it look like it didn’t happen … and I want people to know … that this is what can happen if you’re in a bit of a spotlight, a public figure, and think differently. But … go ahead, bring it. Tell me that I’m wrong for saying that diversity of thought is more important to me than any kind of diversity.”
Was it that expression of honesty that set her bosses off, or was it her remarks about the vaccine mandate of ESPN’s parent company, Disney? You be the judge.
“I respect everyone’s decision,” Steele said, with a bandage on her left shoulder showing where she got stuck. “I really do, but to mandate it is, um, sick. And it’s scary to me in many ways. … I’m not surprised it got to this point, especially with Disney, a global company … but it was actually emotional.”
Steele, a recently divorced mother of three, took the stick to keep her job, and then she publicly told the world that the Disney mandate is “sick” and “scary.” And then, Tuesday, no doubt under enormous pressure, she apologized: “I know my recent comments created controversy for the company, and I apologize,” she said. “We are in the midst of an extremely challenging time that impacts all of us, and it’s more critical than ever that we communicate constructively and thoughtfully.”
Fair enough? Time to move on? No. Steele was then suspended. Said her intolerant bosses: “At ESPN, we embrace different points of view — dialogue and discussion makes this place great. That said, we expect that those points of view be expressed respectfully, in a manner consistent with our values, and in line with our [cowardly, hard-left, speech-suppressing] internal policies.”
How does Steele manage “to live out this crazy dream” while being reviled and continually attacked by the intolerant Left? One of the keys, she says, is this: “You’ve gotta be okay with not being liked. And I’m finally there.”
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Insight: “It is an injustice, a grave evil and a disturbance of the right order, for a larger and higher organisation, to arrogate to itself functions which can be performed efficiently by smaller and lower bodies.” —Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903)
“Every day, more people think living in the land of the free is a curse, not a blessing. You hear it on the news. You read it on social media and in school curricula. You see it in rage and riots on our streets. … This problem runs deeper than being ‘woke.’ It’s bigger than Critical Race Theory. Those things are dangerous, but the greater danger is that anger toward America is now the bedrock belief of the American Left.” —Nikki Haley
“There’s no reason why a #BLM-supporting, Greenpeace-donating mom in San Francisco should be losing sleep over how readily abortion is available in Alabama — but that’s become our modern reality. The Founders knew the only way a country as large as the United States could work was if power was concentrated on the local level. But owing to progressives successfully dismantling constitutional bulwarks against nationalization, we now have a system designed to divide, rather than unite. As every issue these days ends up in Washington, the prospect for average Americans to affect issues that matter in their lives is only ever becoming more impossible. The dismay that entails is stress-inducing. … As the quantity of issues being debated is forever growing, Americans are forever fighting, with the country consolidating around two halves. … On the bright side, if we do divorce … the very worst that could possibly happen is that we end up getting back together again.” —Tom Elliott
Democrat buzzkill: “I’ve been very, very clear where I stand on the filibuster. I don’t have to repeat that. I think I’ve been very clear — nothing changes.” —Senator Joe Manchin
Numerical gymnastics: “Two people do not have the right to sabotage what 48 want and what the president of the United States wants.” —Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders
Grand delusions: “What we’re seeing across the states today is nothing short of Jim Crow in the 21st century.” —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
Lack of self-awareness: “Republican obstruction on the debt ceiling over the last few weeks has been reckless. It’s been irresponsible.” —Chuck Schumer
The BIG Lie I: “These bills are not about left versus right or moderate versus progressive or anything that pits Americans against one another. These bills are about competitiveness versus complacency. They’re about opportunity versus decay. They’re about leading the world or continuing to let the world pass us by, which is literally happening. To support these investments is to create a rising America, America that’s moving. And to oppose these investments is to be complicit in America’s decline.” —Joe Biden
The BIG Lie II: “Best of all, the cost of these bills in terms of adding to the deficit is zero.” —Joe Biden
Gaslighting: “I’m a capitalist. I think you should be able to go out and make a million dollars or a billion, but just pay your fair share. Join the crowd, man. They know that this is about dignity and respect. It’s about changing the paradigm.” —Joe Biden
Fact-check: False: “Yes, it’s possible for men to become pregnant and give birth to children of their own. In fact, it’s probably a lot more common than you might think.” —Healthline.com
And last… “The political party that drones on endlessly about the need to police ‘misinformation’ online is the same one that absolutely insists men can get pregnant.” —Buck Sexton
DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 – 9:36):
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says Americans should “be afraid of your government” following an announcement from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that the FBI would begin to investigate alleged “threats” against school officials, a move that comes as parents have been voicing opposition to Critical Race Theory and mask mandates.
“Moms at school boards are being told that they’re criminals, potential domestic terrorists, for the crime of dissent and I think criminalizing dissent is something that we should all be appalled with,” Paul said Wednesday on Fox News.
Host Ben Domenech asked the senator what he would say to Americans worried that “if they go to their local school board and say the wrong thing, that they’re going to end up on some list that Merrick Garland goes after.”
“I would say be afraid. Be afraid of your government,” Paul said.
“That’s a sad thing from someone in the government to say, but the thing is, is those lists already exist. For example, people in northern Virginia that have gone to [protests], have been then sought out by the school council, by the members of the school board and retaliated [against] in a sort of legalistic way to try to put them on some sort of list and chill their speech by letting them know there’ll be a penalty for showing up and protesting,” Paul said.
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement on Monday came after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent President Joe Biden a letter claiming “America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat.” The NSBA asked the White House to consider investigating attendees of school board meetings and even using the 9/11-era Patriot Act to do so.
“I think the problem is it’s become so normalized to use government to search out and seek out your opponents,” said Paul.
The senator cited the FBI case of former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, whose communications were monitored by the agency after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued warrants.
“There are people I know on the left who should have stepped forward and should have said how wrong it is to use this foreign intelligence court – that uses a standard lower than the Constitution – to go after a political campaign,” Paul said. “Yet, the left — once it became about Trump, their hatred of Trump trumped everything else, and I have a feeling and a fear that the left has become more authoritarian than we can really even imagine.”
“Look, there are all kinds of laws about decorum, and there ought to be,” Paul said. “The idiot woman that goes in the bathroom, filming Senator [Kyrsten] Sinema [D-AZ] in a bathroom, that is illegal according to every local ordinance and you should punish that person.”
“If you go to a school board meeting and you’re disruptive and you don’t obey the rules of the school board meeting, then there will be local punishment,” Paul said. “But that has nothing to do with the federal law, it has nothing to do with the Department of Justice. What Merrick Garland did is, he’s attempting to stifle dissent, and he’s attempting to say, ‘Beware or Big Brother’s coming after you if you speak out against my policies or against the Biden policies.’”
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Alarming data released by a government-funded project showed that the effectiveness of both the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines significantly waned over time. The effects lessen in any fully vaccinated individuals with each passing week.
An AI program launched by the Dept. of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) called “Project Salus” has examined data on 5.6 million Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older, 2.7M were vaccinated with Pfizer, and 2.9M with Moderna. The data was posted on October 5th on the Humetrix website, a platform that provides healthcare organizations and government agencies with real-time clinical data management.
This new finding revealed that the majority of those 5.6 million Medicare beneficiaries aged 65+ who are fully vaccinated were infected by COVID-19. This means that transmission may be primarily occurring by vaccinated individuals.
Two studies from Israel and Qatar that were published in the New England Journal of Medicine supported this claim that the effectiveness of the vaccine decreases over time despite the individuals being fully vaccinated.
It was previously reported in Israel on thee rise of COVID-19 cases on fully vaccinated people. According to Dr. Haviv, the vaccinated account for 85-90% of all new hospitalizations and 95% of “severe” cases at the Herzog Medical Center in Jerusalem.
The data below shows that out of the 80% vaccinated population 65 years and older, an estimated 71% of COVID-19 cases occurred in fully vaccinated individuals.
The data below shows that the vaccine effectiveness decreases over time. It shows that the breakthrough infections are higher after 5-6 months of receiving the vaccine compared to 3-4 months post-vaccination.
The data shows an upward trend. The question is, what is going to happen after a year or more? Will that mean more COVID-19 cases to the vaccinated?
The data below shows that in this 80% vaccinated 65+ population, an estimated 60% of COVID-19 hospitalizations occurred in fully vaccinated individuals in the week ending August 7th.
The graph below shows that ‘vaccine effectiveness’ decreases over time. You can see that those who were vaccinated early nearly doubled in hospitalizations. There’s a high number of people hospitalized 5-6 months after the vaccination compared to 3-4 months post-vaccination.
Here is the summary from the data presented in the report:
Is vaccine effectiveness waning over time?
Breakthrough infections are rare in this 5.6M cohort of 65 or older fully vaccinated Medicare beneficiaries, being observed in only 2.9% of cases since January 2020
Hospitalization rate (21% vs 32%) and death rate (4% vs 12%) of breakthrough infections are lower than rates observed in Covid-19 cases in the pre-vaccination pandemic phase in 2020
Is vaccine effectiveness reduced for the Delta variant?
Estimated VE against Delta breakthrough hospitalization (62%) exceeds VE against Delta infection (41%)
VE of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines appears to wane starting 5 months after vaccination
Does the need vary by sub-population?
Older age groups (75-84 & 85 and older) have reduced vaccine protection against hospitalization in breakthrough infections
Prior COVID-19 infection has a major additional protective effect against hospitalization in breakthrough infections
Breakthrough infections occurring 6 months after vaccination have an increased risk of hospitalization (odds ratio = 2.5)
The Gospel Coalition claims submission is a Christian virtue. It is. However, submission is only owed to duly constituted authority. Further, submission is not blind obedience to any power as a survey of the Greek explains. Rather, proper Christian submission is obedience to power limited to its appropriate sphere. Therefore, the Christian owes no obedience to tyrants. Likewise, the Christian owes no obedience to a Social Justice pastor.
The Gospel Coalition proposes a few “diagnostic questions for men” to determine if they are practicing the Christian virtue of submission. Here are a couple of interest: “Men, do you submit to your church leaders? Or are you a member who regularly kicks against accountability and oversight?” And, “Men, do you respect the governing authorities God has placed over you, regardless of their political affiliation or your opinion of their policies? Or do you mock and deride those authorities?”
Submission to church leaders is a duty. So, is their submission to correct doctrine and the body of believers. The very body of the Church has a right and duty of oversight of its ministers. Thus, any and every church member has the right and duty to hold leaders accountable.
How does a church member hold their church leaders accountable? That depends on your church polity. In a Southern Baptist church, the congregational meeting. In hierarchical systems, the individual member, if convinced of the rightness of his belief, can leave their church, and find a new one. That is not rebellion—it is the duty of every believer to search the Scriptures and meet with Christians affirming the same doctrines.
And what of TGC’s political point? Is the Christian prohibited from resistance to government authority? Are Christians prohibited from even mocking or deriding governing authorities?
Certainly not in America or any place that is ruled by Law and not fiat.
The counter to this argument is made with careless abandon. It usually runs along the lines of, “Well, Nero was bad, and the Apostles taught submission to him!”
And TGC makes that point clear in this article: “But just as wives are called to submit to imperfect husbands, citizens are called to submit to an imperfect government. And men should be leading the way in doing so.”
Christian citizens should submit to imperfect government because that is the only type of government that exists this side of the Parousia; however, TGC’s point is broader. The article claims, Christians should stop complaining or resisting COVID-19 mandates.
“When Christians flout government directives, one might understand why the watching culture begins to scratch its head in confusion,” TGC argues.
We all know this is a shot at Christians resisting mandates. This is an attack on people like John MacArthur holding church in violation of local regulations and other Christians resisting mask mandates or restrictions on worship.
TGC is teaching a political lesson disguised as a theological one. And it is a bogus lesson. The Christian citizen owes no such deference to government overreach based on Romans 13 or any other Scripture.
Romans 13 and the New Testament teachings on Government
The Submission taught by the New Testament is limited. “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s,” is telling. It implies that there are some things which are not Caesars. This limits all governmental forms. It places Christ in the camp of political philosophers who teach limited government. And since Jesus is Lord, His teaching is determinative. Fortunately, Christ’s teaching agrees with the Old Testament and the Apostles on this matter. Government, to be legitimate, must be limited.
In Romans 13 the submission is likewise limited. This is the only conclusion one can draw because of the Apostolic teaching that “We must obey God rather than men.” So, if one must obey God rather than men, what does that mean? We should infer that this applies to both God’s Natural Revelation and Special Revelation.
C.E.B. Cranfield explains, “It is often assumed that ὑποτάσσω in these passages simply means ‘obey.’… But, as I tried to show… ὑποτάσσω does not always mean ‘obey.’ This meaning is excluded in Ephesians 5:21; for here the word is used of a reciprocal obligation (‘subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ’), and obedience cannot be reciprocal.”
Even when commentators take the view that it is a stronger tie, there are limits. For example, “ὑποτάσσω (ὑπό—’under’;τάσσω—’place, order’) has the clear sense ‘subject, subordinate,’ and in the middle or passive, ‘subject oneself, be subjected, subordinate’ (stronger than ὑπακούω, which has more the sense of ‘respond’)… The thought that the subjection is limited by the terms of the ruler’s God-given authority is correct, but is the point of the clauses which follow. ‘Be subject’ is the principle (vv 1, 5) to which the qualifications are added.”
Nevertheless, there are qualifications, and the qualifications are the limit of powers God granted to the state.
These qualifications are further limited by not only God’s grant of authority but to the grant of authority to the rulers by their sovereign authority. In antiquity, a Roman governor would be limited by the senate’s grant of powers.
In America, every leader’s powers are restricted by the Constitution. Do not forget according to the Constitution, all powers not specifically granted were reserved.
This reservation of powers to the states and the people is a recognition that the power of resistance to arbitrary authority was never (and can never) be relinquished by the source of that sovereign grant—the People.
But why do people have the right to constitute governments?
Constitutional Theology: The Mayflower Compact
That man has the right to constitute governments is now unquestioned. However, it is worth examining the origins of human government. For the Christian, this begins in Genesis 9:6, which says, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”
Commentators point out the structure of this verse places the focus on man, “The poetic stanza (quatrain) of v. 6 has the first two lines arranged so that the emphasis is on ‘man’ as both victim and avenging agency.” In this verse, God passes to Noah and his descendants the sword. Since the emphasis in this passage is on man, it is to man that God now grants authority.
The grant is to humanity and not to an individual man. Therefore, men can organize themselves into groups for their own safety. (At this point, I shall leave the topic but return in a later essay to this important question of the origins of the state.)
One of the best examples of Christians forming their own state is the Mayflower Compact.
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.
IN WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape-Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini; 1620.
Here are a few things to draw from the text of the Mayflower Compact.
They Pilgrims declared that they, “Covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation.”
The signers of the compact believed they had a right and the power to combine themselves into a civil body for the political ends of “better Ordering and Preservation.” This is a clear explanation that the point of this civil body politic is the safety of the people from disorder (anarchy) and external threat.
The document also implies the people have the right to constitute the political order that will bring them safety and prosperity. As they explain, “And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony.”
Lastly, the document claims that submission and obedience are owed to the new government. However, the claim is limited. “All due submission and obedience,” is what the document promises the new state from its constitutors.
The Pilgrims put into their founding document a recognition of the limited claims on them of the state they created.
These sentiments were not new and were not outgrowths of the Enlightenment. In fact, the right to resist tyrants predates this era as Greg Forster explains. He links the right of resistance to tyranny to the political theory of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and William of Ockham. As Forster explains, “Although Augustine did not develop a theory of rebellion against tyrants from the Ciceronian ideas he appropriated, it was those ideas that led subsequent Christian thinkers more or less directly to the conclusion that tyrannicide is not a sin.”
And if tyrannicide is not a sin, then lesser acts of resistance are not a sin.
The question then becomes a far more reasonable one for the Christian and the American: Is submission to my pastor or the government justified?
This is a question that now more than ever must be answered.
 James D. G. Dunn, Romans 9–16, vol. 38B, Word Biblical Commentary (Dallas: Word, Incorporated, 1988), 760–761.
“We have been trying as much as possible not to mention the fetal cell lines,” providing an additional paragraph that was half in red, and half in yellow. The piece in yellow, Gelman said, “We have tried really hard not to share unless it’s strictly necessary and mission critical.”
(Neil Campbell – Vision Times) A new Pfizer whistleblower has come forward with copies of an email chain involving two high level company executives confirming that cell lines that derive from an aborted fetus have been used in the company’s COVID-19 vaccine testing program.
In an Oct. 6 piece published by Project Veritas, Melissa Strickler, a Quality Auditor who worked in Pfizer’s McPherson, Kansas plant, leaked emails from Vanessa Gelman, Senior Director of Worldwide Research, Development, and Medical Communication and Philip Dormitzer, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Viral Vaccines showing the officers confirming human embryonic kidney cells are used in the company’s testing program. (To finish reading the article, scroll passed Read More.) View article →
Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace. (Ezekiel 13:10)
Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none. (Ezekiel 7:25)
And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. (2 Chronicles 15:5)
LTRP Note: For many years, Lighthouse Trails and a number of its authors have issued strong concerns and warnings about Rick Warren’s ecumenical, New-Age infiltrated Purpose-Driven movement and his global P.E.A.C.E. Plan that have influenced over two hundred thousand churches and pastors throughout the world. His Purpose Driven Church and Purpose Driven Life books are riddled with unbiblical innuendos, promotions, quotes, ideologies, and misconstrued use of Scripture. Coupled with that are his associations and close interactions and dealings (which have been guilt by proxy, not merely guilt by association) that have brought confusion, misguidance, and so much twisting of truth to the church (which is so often prone to falling prey to deception as the apostle Paul warned would happen after his departure).
The following short letter to the editor and documentation is yet another example of the lack of discernment and biblical judgment by this man who has significantly altered the face of today’s Christianity. (Below the letter, please also refer to a number of Lighthouse Trails related links, and if you have never read A “Wonderful” Deception by Warren B. Smith, we recommend it.)
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
I used to warn from the roof tops about Rick Warren being a Marxist infiltrator after he admitted to Time Magazine in August 2008 to having led a courtroom march for the radical Marxist SDS from the 60s. He also sat on the board of Fabian socialist Tony Blair’s interfaith foundation and is still listed as a registered member of the CFR (Council for Foreign Relations.
Most recently, he’s been exposed for sitting on the board of the Covid Collaborative. If you go to the main page of the Covid Collaborative website, you can see the propaganda videos from the Pope as well as the former presidents. And then another disturbing video (see below) where Rick Warren admits to another troubling connection.
“Hanson credited former President Barack Obama with advancing ethnic and racial agitation by socially commodifying artificial grievances. The 44th president regularly advanced neo-Marxist narratives in which the ideology’s paradigm of class struggle was reframed as a hierarchy of oppression based on continually changing left-wing parameters related to ethnicity, race, and sexual preference.”
Borders, language, and culture are essential for national continuity, Hanson stated in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.
He remarked, “Every nation that has survived has had borders that were defensible and clear, and the idea was that they have their own space to inculcate their language or traditions or customs, then enhance their constitution. Without that, it’s just short of a migratory, 5th century A.D. Rome where people come across the Danube River and destroy the nation-state.” View article →
Christians Do Not Harm Enemies Matthew 5:43–44; Luke 6:27, 35
The Christian does no harm even to his foe.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The General Scheme of God’s Judgments Genesis 1:26; Job 36:26; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Romans 5:18–19; 11:33; Ephesians 1:4, 11
Although a thousand particulars of His judgments and of His ways are unsearchable to us, and past our finding out, yet we may discern the general scheme running through time into eternity. “According to the counsel of his own will,” the plan He had laid before the foundation of the world, He created the parent of all mankind in His own image. And He permitted all men to be made sinners by the disobedience of this one man, that, by the obedience of One, all who receive the free gift may be infinitely holier and happier to all eternity!
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Modern church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
8:22 The terrifying chaos of the flood would give way to the predictable, comforting rhythms of life—the harvest, the seasons, day and night—for as long as the earth endures.
8:22 God gave providential assurance that nature would be predictable and dependable.
8:22 While the earth remains. This qualifies “neither will I ever again” in v. 21. God will preserve the earth until the final judgment (2 Pet. 3:7, 13); the earthly order will not end prematurely.
8:22As long as the earth endures This wording resolves the tension between the promise of this verse and subsequent descriptions of a final judgment of the world (2 Pet 3:12–13). The final apocalypse will produce a new heaven and new earth. God promises to keep His wrath from humanity until the earth—as it is currently known—is no more (or renewed).
8:22 While the earth remains. With many alterations from the global flood, God reestablished the cycle of seasons after the catastrophic interruption.
8:22 — “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”
God’s promises mean the difference between life and death. Even when things look darkest, we can rely on His trustworthy Word.
8:22while the earth remains: The words of this verse are in a poem of powerful effect (12:1–3). These words might easily have become a song of faith, the response of the people of God to the promise He made (v. 21). Later in Israel’s history, the prophets recalled God’s great promise to Noah (Is. 54:9, 10).
8:22 It is this constancy in nature that has given rise to modern western science. God established uniformitarianism (i.e. the regular, uniform activities of nature). However, notice the initial phrase “while the earth remains.” Verse 22 is printed in English translations in a poetic passage.
Ver. 22. While the earth remaineth, seed-time, and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.—The sermon of the seasons:—
I. In the text there is a solemn hint of warning. “While the earth remaineth.”
1. It is implied that the earth will not always remain.
2. The time when the earth shall no longer remain is not mentioned. The uncertainty of the end of all things is intended to keep us continually on the watch.
3. Let me further remark that the day when the remaining of the earth shall cease cannot be very far off; for according to the Hebrew, which you have in the margin of your Bibles, the text runs thus: “As yet all the days of the earth, seed-time and harvest shall not cease.” The “while” of the earth’s remaining is counted by days; not even months or years are mentioned, much less centuries.
II. Thus, then, there is a hint of warning in our text; but secondly, there is a sentence of promise, rich and full of meaning: “While the earth remaineth, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” It is a promise concerning temporal things, but yet it breathes a spiritual air, and hath about it the smell of a field that the Lord hath blessed.
1. This promise has been kept. It is long since it was written, it is longer still since it was resolved upon in the mind of God; but it has never failed. There have been times when cold has threatened to bind the whole year in the chains of frost; but genial warmth has pushed it aside. The ordinances of heaven have continued with us as with our fathers.
2. So long-continued is the fulfilment of this promise, and even this race of unbelievers has come to believe in it. We look for the seasons as a matter of course. Why do we not believe God’s other promises?
3. Brethren, we have come not only to believe this promise as to the seasons and to make quite sure about it, but we practically act upon our faith. The farmers have sown their autumn wheat, and many of them are longing for an opportunity to sow their spring wheat; but what is sowing but a burial of good store? Why do husbandmen hide their grain in the earth? Because they feel sure that seed-time will in due time be followed by harvest. Why do we not act in an equally practical style in reference to the rest of God’s promises? True faith makes the promises of God to be of full effect by viewing them as true and putting them to the test.
4. If a man did not act upon the declaration of God in our text, he would be counted foolish. Equally mad are they who treat other promises of God as if they were idle words; no more worthy of notice than the prophecies of a charlatan.
5. Let me close this point by noticing that, whether men believe this or not it will stand true. A man says there will be no winter, and provides no garments; he will shiver in the northern blast all the same when December covers the earth with snow.
III. There is also in the text, I think, a suggestion of analogies. Reading these words, not as a philosophical prediction, but as a part of the Word of God, I see in them a moral, spiritual, and mystical meaning.
1. While the earth remaineth there will be changes in the spiritual world. “While the earth remaineth, seed-time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” No one of these states continues; it comes and goes. The seasons are a perpetual procession, an endless chain, an ever-moving wheel. Such is this life: such are the feelings of spiritual life with most men: such is the history of the Church of God. It will be so while the earth remaineth, and we remain partakers of the earth.
2. Yet there will be an order in it all. Cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, do not come in a giddy dance or tumultuous hurly-burly; but they make up the fair and beautiful year. Chance has no part in these affairs. So in the spiritual kingdom, in the life of the believer, and in the history of the Church of God, all things are made to work for good, and the spiritual is being educated into the heavenly.
3. Great rules will stand while the earth abideth, in the spiritual as well as in the natural world. For instance, there will be seed-time and harvest, effort and result, labour and success.
IV. Last of all, I want you to regard my text as a token for the assurance of our faith. “While the earth remaineth, seed-time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” And they do not. In this fact we are bidden to see the seal and token of the covenant. (C. H. Spurgeon.)
I. A testimony for God’s faithfulness. The return of harvest speaks to you in language not to be mistaken. “Hold fast the profession of your faith without wavering; for He is faithful that has promised.” “My covenant will I not break, saith the Lord; nor alter the thing that has gone out of My lips.” “But,” you will say perhaps, “it is not God’s faithfulness I question—I doubt His mercy. The Word of the Lord, that shall stand; but ‘His mercy is in the heavens.’ It reacheth not to me.” And why not? What but mercy, infinite mercy, so prevailed with the Almighty that He should promise “seed-time and harvest” so long as the earth endureth!
II. The harvest is a figure of the consummation of all things.
1. The end of the world is as sure as the harvest.
2. As in harvest the reaper casts aside the weed, so every false professor will be “cast into outer darkness,” while the righteous will “shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” “Whoso hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
3. Again, it is in harvest we receive of that we have sown; and it is in harvest we see the end of the husbandman’s labour—why he hath so long “waited for the early and latter rain.” And so in the end of the world. Then is it that we shall see the purposes for which the world was made, and wherefore it has been sustained so long. Then we shall see the long-suffering of God, and wherefore He hath borne with us so long. (W. M. Mungeain, B.A.)
The duty of thanksgiving for the harvest:—
I. When was this promise given? Immediately after the deluge. In wrath God remembered mercy.
II. What would have been the probable result, if God had given us judgment and not mercy? If the covenant with the seasons had been suspended, all happiness and comfort must have been instantly paralysed, and all animal life extinguished; existence would no longer have been possible, and your palaces, mansions, and cottages would have been mere sepulchres, full of dead men’s bones.
III. But thirdly, let us inquire whether a time is not coming when seed-time and harvest, heat and cold, summer and winter, day and night, will cease? Yes, the covenant in the text is limited in time, it holds good only “whilst the earth remaineth.” Let this consideration lead us to seek an interest in the better covenant, founded on better promises, and which lasts for eternity; and let us rest our hopes on that firm foundation. (H. Clissold, M.A.)
Lessons from the harvest:—
1. Every harvest teaches the fact of God’s wise providence.
2. Every harvest teaches the fact of God’s definite purpose. One vast magnificent purpose has kept everything in exact order during all these years of Divine fidelity.
3. God expects every one of His creatures to be as faithful to a purpose as He Himself has been. (C. S. Robinson, D.D.)
God’s goodness in nature:—
Once there was a peasant in Switzerland at work in his garden very early in the spring. A lady passing said, “I fear the plants which have come forward rapidly will yet be destroyed by frost.” Mark the wisdom of the peasant:—“God has been our Father a great while,” was his reply. What faith that reply exhibited in the olden promise, “While the earth remaineth,” &c.
A minister going to church one Lord’s Day morning, when the weather was extremely cold and stormy, was overtaken by one of his neighbours, who, shivering, said to him, “It’s very cold, sir.” “Oh!” replied the minister, “God is as good as His Word still.” The other started at his remark, not apprehending his drift, or what he referred to; and asked him what he meant. “Mean!” replied he, “why, He promised above three thousand years ago, and He still makes His Word good, that ‘while the earth remaineth, seed-time and harvest, and cold and heat, shall not cease.’ ”
1. Spiritual winter is an ordination of God. The true spiritual analogue of winter is not spiritual death, not even feeble spiritual life. There is an orderly change in the soul. Unseen, yet very really, God’s Spirit is at work, altering influences, changing modes. He introduces a new state of spiritual experiences, seeking to accomplish varied objects, and summoning to new modes of improving His presence.
2. The objects of spiritual winter are:
(1)—To confirm and strengthen faith.
(2) To act as a check upon excesses.
(3) To help in the training of the Christian character and the Christian Church.
3. How are we to improve spiritual winter?
(1) By learning a lesson of mutual Christian tolerance.
(2) By treasuring up the clear vision and calm judgment which the winter of the soul is fitted to impart, for the improvement of the season when fervour shall be renewed and emotion once more excited. (A. Mackennal, D.D.)
The moral significance of winter:—
The seasonable changes to which our earth is subject are of vast importance to man. They serve—
1. To impress us with the fact of the brevity of life.
2. To keep the soul in constant action.
3. To revive the recollections of old truths. What are the truths that nature reproduces in winter?
I. The evanescent forms of earthly life. Individuals, families, and nations have their seasons—their spring, summer, autumn, winter.
II. The stern aspects of nature’s God. Winter significantly hints that the Absolute cannot be trifled with—that He curses as well as blesses, destroys as well as saves.
III. The retributive law of the creation. Winter brings on men the penalties for not rightly attending to the other seasons.
IV. The probable resuscitation of buried existence. The life of the world in winter is not gone out, it is only sleeping.
1. The resuscitation of Christian truth.
2. The resuscitation of conscience.
3. The resuscitation of the human body. (Homilist.)
1. Something ought, by the time we have arrived at autumn, to have been got ready to give to man. Have you done it? What fruit have you borne in life for your brother-men; how much wheat will God find in you when He comes to reap your fields? We have read the answer that should be given in the harvest-time every year. Few sights are fairer than that seen autumn after autumn round many an English homestead, when, as evening falls, the wains stand laden among the golden stubble, and the gleaners are scattered over the misty field; when men and women cluster round the gathered sheaves, and rejoice in the loving-kindness of the earth; where, in the dewy air, the shouts of happy people ring, and over all the broad moon shines down to bless with its yellow light the same old recurring scene it has looked on and loved for so many thousand years. It is the picture of a fruitful human life when its autumntide has come; and blessed are they of whom men can feel the same as when they share in a harvest-home—of whom they can say, “He has reached his autumn, we reap his golden produce, and we thank him in our hearts”; and in whose own spirit glimmers fair the moonlight of peace in the evening of life, the peace that is born of work completed, the humble, happy knowledge that can say, “Men will feed on my thoughts, my work shall nourish them, and God in whose strength I have lived, will garner all for me.” There is no blessedness in life to be compared with that; it is the true, unselfish joy of harvest.
2. There is a second aspect of autumn that follows upon the harvest. A fortnight ago I went into Epping Forest in the morning. The wind blew keen and strong through a cloudless sky: but a faint, fine mist was on the ground. The air was full of leaves that fluttered to their rest on the red earth and the dark green pools scattered through the wood. The grass was silver-sown with frosted dew, and the birds sang cheerily but quietly. Things were just touched with the breath of decay; one knew that the time of mirth, that even the harvest-time was gone away; but the light was too fresh and the sky too bright for sadness. There was an inspiration of work in the air—of quiet, hopeful work—though the ingathering of the year was over. And looking through the thin red foliage of the trees, beyond the skirt of the wood, I saw the rest of the autumn work of man—two dark-brown fields of rich earth, the upturned ridges just touched with the bright footprints of the frost, and in one, looming large through the light mist, two horses drew the plough, and tossed a darker ridge to light, and in the other a sower was sowing corn. And I thought, as I beheld, that our autumn life is not only production, but preparation; not only harvests, but ploughing and sowing. It is not enough to have produced a harvest: we must make ready for a new harvest for men and for ourselves, and more for men than for ourselves. To do so for ourselves alone were selfish, and would defeat its end, for work with that motive has from the very beginning the seed of corruption in it, and the harvest it may reach will be cankered. To begin with one’s self is to end in fruitlessness. Begin, on the contrary, your work of sowing with the motive of Christ: “I do this for the love of men”; and you will then find that, without knowing it, and because you did not know or think about it, you have ploughed and sown in the noblest way for yourself. In the new spring-time of God’s paradise, where only summer’s fulness, but never autumn’s decay is known, you will fulfil your being, and not one aspiration shall fail of its completion, not one failure but shall be repaired, not one yearning for truth but shall be satisfied, not one effort made here to bring forth a harvest, to plough the land of the world, to sow the seed of good and truth, but shall find at last a noble scope, and expand itself into an infinite sphere of labour. These are the hopes of autumn.
3. There is yet another aspect of autumn, and it is the aspect of decay. The evening falls, the damp air is chill, the mist rises, and the leafless trees are hooded in its ghostly garment. Our feet brush in the avenues through the thick floor of sodden leaves, and through the places we remember green and bright as paradise a low wind sighs in sorrow for the past. (Stopford A. Brooke, M.A.)
The doctrine of the harvest:—
I. That there is a certainty of a regular return of the natural harvest, resting upon the unchangeable purpose of God.
1. The harvest is a time of poetry, rich in meaning, full of beauty, and set to music by God Himself, the poetry of nature smiling in her loveliness and ripe fruition, accompanied by the music of the breeze, as it rustles among the golden ears of bearded grain, and enlivened by sounds of human gladness.
2. Harvest is a time of joy. Then is seen the fruit of long and arduous toil, the fulfilment of ardent hopes and doubtful promises.
3. It is not only the result of work and the triumph of work, but it needs work to secure its golden spoils. Labour is the price of securing as well as of cultivating the fruits of the soil? What more joyous occupation than gathering the fruits of the soil? Man is here a worker with God.
4. Harvest is a time for thankfulness. Whose is the earth we till? God’s. Whose the seed we sow? God’s. Whose the influences of the sunshine, rain, and air? God’s. Whose are the appointed laws by which the seed develops into the plant, and by which the plant bears the precious grain? God’s. Whose gift is the intelligence that wields the reaper and drives the team afield? God’s. All come from God.
II. The natural harvest represents other harvests in which men have a part. Nature is a picture-lesson for man to learn, and there are realities in the world of mind and man corresponding to her images.
1. There is a seed-time and harvest in the history of man, analogous to that established by God in nature. Look over the record of the ages and do you not find that the exertions, the struggles, the sacrifices of the men in one age have produced results for the benefit of later generations? Who sowed the harvest of civilization which we are now reaping? Was it not the sages and the poets of ancient Greece, the lawyers and rulers of ancient Rome; the prophets and apostles, the martyrs and evangelists of the Jewish and of the early Christian Church? These were the men that sowed the seeds of law, of learning, of morality, and of religion; and we to-day, in conjunction with other Christian people, are reaping in our Christian civilization, with all its faults and deficiencies, still great and glorious, the fruit of all their toils, the rich results of their laborious exertions. To bygone ages, to bygone men, how much, then, do we owe! Ah! you cannot separate the ages. One sows, another reaps, and the world of man is richer.
2. There are seed-time and harvest for every individual life. The young especially ought to remember that they are now to make those preparations without which age will bear but little fruit. Now is the season to deposit the store of knowledge in their memories as into genial soil, there to take root and germinate into blissful fruit, so that when future years come they may reap the harvest of ripened wisdom and be enriched with the results of work which has gone before, and looking into their minds, as into rich storehouses, they may view the accumulated thoughts, facts, and principles, which form the abundant harvest of their minds. Nor is it with knowledge and wisdom in secular affairs that the individual seed-time and harvest should be solely concerned. The spirit requires cultivation. Seed-time and harvest is also going on at the same time in the sphere of Christian experience. No sooner do we know the Saviour than we begin to reap the fruits of believing; every gain to our Christian knowledge, or effort of the Christian life, procures for us a greater benefit. We reap as we go on sowing and cultivating our immortal nature—sowing truth, love, and holiness, we reap present satisfaction, delight, and peace, and prepare the way for grander and richer harvests on high. And even in heaven the cultivation of our powers of love and wisdom will go on for ever, and bring us increasing harvests of progress in all that is excellent and godlike—world without end.
3. But there is, strictly speaking, a spiritual harvest. And this spiritual harvest has a double aspect—as it respects the righteous, as it respects the wicked. Have you never seen the drunkard, the sensualist, the debauchee, sowing to the lusts of his flesh, nourishing, cultivating, pampering his passions and the brute-like instincts of his nature, and reaping in like kind, creating evil and degraded habits for himself, brutalizing and polluting his thoughts and his imagination, destroying his strength, and health, and manly beauty, and ruining his immortal soul? He is reaping what he sows. Have you never seen, on the other hand, the noble Christian, sowing to the higher life of the spirit, sowing love and kindness to all around him, to come back to him in a harvest of gratitude and affection; sowing intelligence and wisdom to be paid to him in happy thoughts, beautiful fancies, and glorious aspirations; sowing piety, and adoration, and devotion to God, and reaping here the peace that passeth understanding, joy in the Holy Ghost, sweet communion with God, and in the world to come, life everlasting. Let us be thankful for nature’s kindly law, the regular return of seed-time and harvest, the ordinance of our covenant Jehovah, our loving Father in heaven. (E. E. Bayliss.)
The revolving seasons:—
This promise still holds good. It has never yet failed. It cannot fail, for it is the Word of God.
1. Common things are too often taken as matters of course. The Source and Author of them all is forgotten.
2. God not only orders all these things, maintaining them in constant succession, as He said He would, but He orders them in the best and wisest manner. He takes in at a glance the wants of all His creatures, foresees all the consequences, both near and far off, of what He does, and sends His dealings accordingly. A labouring man used to say, when he heard people complaining of the weather—“It is such weather as God sends, and therefore it pleases me.”
3. But all this concerns the present life only. May we not learn something from the text concerning the life to come? The very words carry our thoughts on to the future state. “While the earth remaineth.” This promise, then, sure as it is, is only for a time—“while the earth remaineth”; and the earth will not remain for ever as it now is. A great change will come—a new heaven and a new earth. Then at length seed-time and harvest will be no longer distinguished.
4. Not only the promise of the text, but every other promise that God has made, will be fulfilled. (F. Bourdillon, M.A.)
Lesson from God’s covenant faithfulness:—
One vast, magnificent purpose has kept everything in exact order during all these years of Divine fidelity. And the single point you need to observe most closely is this: He has expected every one of His creatures to be as faithful to a purpose as He has been. Take one of the most insignificant flowers in the meadow for an illustration. Let a naturalist tell you of the private history it has wrought out since the spring opened. Let him show you how the leaves were held out on either side, like palms of two hands, just to catch the falling showers in their hollow; how they drew in unreckoned moisture by a million ducts unseen, transmitting it hastily into their great laboratory; how they distilled it and mingled and separated it and saturated it with sunshine and with mould, until it was ready to be lodged upon the spot where it was needed as an increment of growth; how they laboured on thus for months, till the day arrived for a supreme effort to give forth a blossom; and then how they borrowed this little substance from the soil, and received that little substance from the atmosphere, and commissioned fluid messengers to go down to the roots for help; how they mysteriously wrought with exquisite skill the delicate tissues into new forms of beauty, until at last the petals and pistils came forward into life, and the field grew brilliant with a fresh flower. That entire meadow could go on repeating the lesson. Let us remember that each small spear and leaflet, when it found that its parent stalk no longer had need of it—indeed, would be better if it would put itself out of the way—quietly sacrificed itself for the general good, dropped off the stem to let sunshine come unhindered. So the seed—that one great, precious thing, the seed—had its chance to be fashioned and ripened to fulness and grace. You may learn thus very easily, by inquiring at each door of existence of Science, who is keeper of them all, that God has given for every one of His creations its fixed work in the orderly round of effort, as well as in the narrower circles of reciprocal duties. (C. S. Robinson, D.D.).
22. The assurance goes far beyond 21. It does not abolish disasters, but it does localize them, so that the human family may overcome them by forethought such as Joseph’s and by compassion such as Paul’s (2 Cor. 8:14).
22. While the earth remaineth. By these words the world is again completely restored. For so great was the confusion and disorder which had overspread the earth, that there was a necessity for some renovation. On which account, Peter speaks of the old world as having perished in the deluge, (2 Pet. 3:6.) Moreover, the deluge had been an interruption of the order of nature. For the revolutions of the sun and moon had ceased: there was no distinction of winter and summer. Wherefore, the Lord here declares it to be his pleasure, that all things should recover their vigour, and be restored to their functions. The Jews erroneously divide their year into six parts; whereas Moses, by placing the summer in opposition to the winter, thus divides the whole year in a popular manner into two parts. And it is not to be doubted, that by cold and heat he designates the periods already referred to. Under the words, “seed-time,” and “harvest,” he marks those advantages which flow to men from the moderated temperature of the atmosphere. If it is objected, that this equable temperament is not every year perceived; the answer is ready, that the order of the world is indeed disturbed by our vices, so that many of its movements are irregular: often the sun withholds its proper heat,—snow or hail follow in the place of dew,—the air is agitated by various tempests; but although the world is not so regulated as to produce perpetual uniformity of seasons, yet we perceive the order of nature so far to prevail, that winter and summer annually recur, that there is a constant succession of days and nights, and that the earth brings forth its fruits in summer and autumn. Moreover, by the expression, ‘all the days of the earth,’ he means, ‘as long as the earth shall last.’
Ver. 22.—While the earth remaineth. laterally, as yet, all the days of the earth, i. e. henceforth, so long as the earth continues, עֹד expressing the ideas of repetition and continuance (vide ver. 12). Seed-time and harvest,—from roots signifying to scatter, e. g. seed, and to cut off, specially grain; σπέρμα καί θερισμὸς (LXX)—and cold and heat,—ψύχοσκαὶκαὶκαῦμα (LXX)—and summer and winter. Properly the cutting off of fruits, from a root meaning to cut off, hence summer; and the time when fruits are plucked, hence autumn (including winter); the import of the root being to gather, to pluck off; θέρος καὶ ἔαρ (LXX.). The first term of each pair denotes the first half of the year, and the second term of each pair the second half. And day and night (cf. ch. 1:5) shall not cease. Hebrew, lo yish-bothu, shall not sabbatise, or keep a day of rest; i. e. they shall continue ever in operation and succession. This Divine promise to conserve the orderly constitution and course of nature is elsewhere styled “God’s covenant of the day and of the night” (cf. Jer. 33:20, 25).
8:22 / From now on the movement of the seasons would be dependable, despite the crises humans face. The seasons—seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter—along with day and night, mark the flow of time. This assures humans that life on earth continues uninterrupted, while at the same time letting them know that as individuals they are getting older.
22 On the contrary, there will be a return to regularity and predictability in the world of nature. Seedtime/harvest, cold/heat, summer/winter, and day/night are the four couplets testifying to the resurrection of predictability in the world. However irregular the human heart may be (8:21b), there will be a regularity in God’s world and its cycles.
It is interesting that the Bible here introduces the promise of seasonal cycles after the Flood. But note how it denies the dynamics of the fertility cult by stressing that man’s actions for good or evil have no impact on the patterns of the season. The biblical mind has no room for the concept of sympathetic magic wherein the desired result is first mimed. Regularity in nature is a given, a promise of God. Thus Yahweh has spoken negatively (v. 21) and positively (v. 22). Both what he will not do and what he will do stem from unmerited grace.
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