“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
The Lord makes many promises in Psalm 37 and we’ve already noted a few in previous articles. What is beneficial about Psalm 37, as with many portions of Scripture, is that God takes the time to repeat Himself in varying ways so that we cannot lose sight of the point and so we will learn to not doubt His intentions.
14 The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. 15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken. 16 Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; 17 for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.
It is very clear to anyone paying attention who can still think for themselves that we now live in a divided society. Family, friends and even strangers are pitted against one another over the great divide created by the vaccine mandate related to CV-19. I personally don’t care if people opt for the vax or simply don’t get it. It’s completely up to them. I try to encourage people to do the research and make an informed decision though, but ultimately the decision is up to them or at least, should be.
Unfortunately, in today’s world, it’s apparently not up to each individual. It’s up to governments, employers and society itself to decide that all should get the vax, whether they want it or not, whether they have religious convictions or medical reasons that warn them away from the shot. By and large, these reasons are becoming more and more limited and even denied as a growing number of people in society are being forced to vax up. This is in spite of the fact the vax does not reduce the number of “cases,” harm or even deaths and in fact, actually increases those things. None of that seems to matter to the pushers of this vax so I can only assume there is something else in play here.
At every turn, those who refuse to submit to the vax are being pushed to the edge of society. Hospitals and medical clinics are now beginning to refuse service to unvaxxed. This began in Europe but has recently come to the USA. Leaders within Christendom apparently think this is fine as anyone who wants to avoid the jab is considered to be hypocritical at best, or into “conspiracy theories,” according to them. I’m truly amazed at the number of Christian leaders who have come out to support the vax in spite of the fact that there are many godless people in charge of making these mandates at the government level as well as the CEOs of many of the pharmaceutical companies, who push for it because it means billions and billions of dollars for them. I’m really tired of hearing “pharmaceutical companies only want to help so why would they deliberately harm or kill their customers?” or some such nonsense like that. Pharmaceutical companies are in business to sell products and make money. While certainly, some of the products they produce do good, that cannot be said about this current mRNA vax that has not been rigorously tested and never successfully used in human beings before.
Noam Chomsky, philosopher and somewhat of a self-admitted intellectual, argues, “…the unvaccinated should remove themselves from the community for the safety of others and make arrangements to get food without coming into contact with others.” This is one person of many who shares this viewpoint. Chomsky is a wolf in sheep’s clothing; a soft-speaking intellectual who is really advocating the murder of those who do not vax up. Sure, we should stay out of society and have all our food delivered? But I thought masks worked? I thought social distancing worked? I thought washing my hands until the skin peels off works?
I was reading an article yesterday that was so well-written I wanted to include reference to it in this article (and a huge thanks to the reader who sent it to me!). It is about the corruption of Sodom and Gomorrah. We are all well aware of the fact that these twin cities were steeped in corruption and mired in sexual immorality. However, were you aware that a general hatred of the poor and downtrodden also existed there, according to rabbinic sources? What is fascinating is the way the author of the article brings this information out and explains exactly how it occurred.
This week we read about Sodom, which seems to be the role model for much of the ‘enlightened’ world today. The people of Sodom were not savages in the jungle; they were wealthy and sophisticated. Naturally, they only wanted to live among ‘elites’ such as themselves. To prevent undesirables from spoiling their refined ecosystem, the people of Sodom legalized persecuting them. Giving charity to a poor person or shelter to a traveler were strictly prohibited. This was for the greater good, of course, to protect the wealth of the city. 
The author sources her information from The Talmud and continues by stating:
The Talmud (Sanhedrin 109B) relates that a girl from Sodom took pity on a poor person and smuggled him bread. The people of Sodom were dismayed that the poor person wasn’t dying of starvation. They conducted an investigation and caught the girl. For the horrible crime of feeding a hungry pauper they lathered her body with honey and placed her on the wall of the city, where she was stung and eaten by bees until she died.
Sadly, this is where we are today with the intellectual “elites” driving the bus toward societal division and chaos. The world is being divided and the vaxxed are encouraged to disdain and blame the unvaxxed for societal ills, wishing ultimately for our deaths. It’s classic strategy used by elites to create a war between classes and cultures. We non-elites are the enemy and will continue to be until they have taken full control. At that point, guess what? The elites will start fighting among themselves and that is exactly how the Antichrist rises to power, according to the Bible (Revelation 6).
The root problem for Sodom was the same problem that permeates society today as the author of the article points out and of which I have discussed at length previously. There was no fear of God for those living in Sodom as there is no fear of God for the intellectually dishonest and godless of today. The one thing they do greatly fear though is COVID-19 and dying from it, which has caused them to see unvaxxed and unmasked people as the problem for society. For these folks, being vaxxed is everyone’s “duty” and those who do not fall in line to roll up their sleeves and take one for society do not deserve to continue to be part of it.
More from the article.
There is only one force that can be trusted to steer a person away from sin: fear of God. Those who are guided by fear of God, who know that God is watching them at all times and knows their innermost thoughts, will not easily fall prey to sin. They will not find it easy to rationalize evil. They may succumb to their temptations at times, but fear of God is the ultimate emergency brake. Those who lack fear of God have no boundaries. If they cannot cross a red line they will simply redefine it as green.
It is no coincidence that the greatest evils are once again being perpetrated by those who are educated, intellectual, sophisticated, and genteel. They speak in highfalutin terms about saving the planet and all those who roam it, though they will need to eliminate many of the latter (themselves excluded) for the sake of the rest. You go first.
The author speaks truth and I’m dismayed to realize that there are leaders within Christendom who are completely unable to see these realities. Yet, they willingly point out how much “discernment” they believe they have.
So instead of dialing things back to a manageable level and allowing people to make their own medical choices, the FDA is doubling down and has essentially rubber-stamped Pfizer’s Plan to Inject 28 Million Children 5 to 11-Years-Old. We were originally told that young children were the least affected by CV-19. What changed? Simply that the lie that the unvaxxed pose a threat to the vaxxed is what changed. This lie was built on sand yet is being treated as a cement foundation to everything that comes after it and now they want young children to be vaxxed. This is heart-wrenching but if you go on social networks, you’ll see many folks applauding this move because either they honestly believe this will help to diminish CV-19 or they are simply paid trolls working to spread the Left’s narrative.
No one except those medical people banned or censored is talking about the contents of the CV-19 jabs and what they will likely do to a person’s immune system. If you want truth (or at least an opposing opinion), you need to look on places like Rumble, Bitchute, GabTV and other venues that do not censor from folks who do not pump up the accepted narrative. Granted, everything must be read or heard with a critical eye/ear, not simply accepted as is, but isn’t that better than simply being spoon-fed only one side of things? Much of the news today is “state” news, where only certain narratives are allowed. Anything and anyone else is banned and silenced. That’s called Communism, folks and it’s alive and well in the land of the free and home of the brave.
As God announces though in Psalm 37, the sword that the evil person has drawn in an attempt to bring down the righteous will pierce their own hearts and the weapons they use will ultimately fail (v 15). In verse 16, God is telling us plainly that the righteous need to learn to be content with the little that we have and not pine for all the things the wealthy have at their disposal. In the end, their riches will not save them or really do much for them.
In verse 17, God again clearly pronounces that the “wicked will be broken” though they like to think otherwise. Imagine the shock on their faces when they die only to immediately face the God they said didn’t exist or the God they wanted to disassociate from so they could live their lives their way. Imagine that. They will face their own judgment and all their thoughts, words, and actions will be fully revealed in front of the God who knows everything.
Verse 17 also states that God will “uphold the righteous.” What does that mean? It means essentially that those who are righteous should be in the practice of trusting the Lord (as we noted previously). Our trust in the Lord relieves us of the anxiety of trying to make everything work as though we simply fend for ourselves with no help from Him.
Do you trust the Lord? Do you believe Him when He says He will uphold the righteous? If you do not, then brothers and sisters, I tell you lovingly that you need to work at doing just that. You must come to the point of truly giving Him the things that cause you worry. It may take a bit of time and effort but you must do it. What is the alternative? We cannot possibly know everything about every situation. We cannot know how all things will ultimately work out. Therefore, it is important that we come to Him with bent knee acknowledging that He and He alone is Savior and Lord, and provides for us the things we need in life.
The intellectually evil “elites” who push their wills onto the world do so behind their masks of projected intelligence, sincerity, concern and gentleness but in reality, those traits are ultimately used for themselves, to gain control over all the people of this world. These elites are like their father, the devil. We are nothing to them. We are completely dispensable and only needed for their comfort and ease. Their goal is to elevate themselves while reducing our lives to that of a tenant farmer or serf in their “kingdom.”
Fortunately, Psalm 37 not only points out the fate of those who hate God, proving it by hating those who love Him, but this same Psalm also promises the uplifting and ultimate victory of the righteous. This life, when all is said and done, is but for a moment. Eternity lasts truly forever. What we believe, do and think here determines where we spend eternity; either with God or away from His Presence.
While Paul was on house arrest, he was given the opportunity to stand before the governor and his wife. Instead of pleading his own case, Paul proclaimed a much higher cause. What can we learn from his example? Find out on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg.
The Lord’s Day Is the Highest Thanksgiving Exodus 12:14; 2 Chronicles 20:26; 30:22; Ecclesiastes 10:19
A thanksgiving day has a double precedence of a fast day. On a fast day we eye God’s anger; on a thanksgiving day we look to God’s favor. In the former we specially mind our own corruptions; in the latter, God’s compassions—therefore, a fast day calls for sorrow, a thanksgiving day for joy. But the Lord’s day is the highest thanksgiving day.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
God’s Providence Provides All Things Matthew 10:29–31; Luke 12:6–7
The providence of God provides all things, orders all things, upholds all things; for, of two sparrows bought for a farthing, one does not fall to the ground without the providence of God, who has numbered the very hairs of our heads. His care and watchfulness surely do not diminish when the object for which God cares is small or insignificant.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
During the sixteenth century battle between the reformers and the Roman Catholic church, the reformers developed the Five Solas which demonstrated their core beliefs in contrast to the Catholic Church from whom they were separating. The first of the five was Sola Scriptura – Scripture alone. Over the preceding centuries, Rome had developed a tradition that placed the teaching magisterium (College of Cardinals) in union with the Pope, as the final authority for faith and practice. As we point out in “Thus Saith Rome,” the view of the Roman Catholic Church was and continues to be that Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit, which we also believe. However, in addition, the Roman Catholic Church held that their church tradition is likewise inspired by the Holy Spirit, and both sources are on an equal par with one another. Additionally, the Roman Catholic Church held that the College of Cardinals in conjunction with the Pope is the only authentic, infallible interpreter of Scripture and tradition. This allowed Rome to have continually evolving doctrines, far removed from what the scriptures actually teach. We have a short sampling of the effects of Prima Scriptura – the Roman Catholic position – showing some of the changing doctrines of Rome since the 4th Century.
As stated above, the first of the Five Solas is Sola Scriptura or Scripture Alone. Matt Slick at CARM points out in “What are the Five Solas?”:
This does not mean that tradition or councils are not considered. It means that the Scriptures alone are the final and the highest authority. Everything that the Scriptures address are to be used as the final word on that topic. All things that we learn from other sources must be compared to Scripture, and if they do not match Scripture or if they contradict Scripture, then we are not to affirm them. The Bible says not to exceed what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6).
Implicitly, this view suggests that, besides canonical scripture, there can be other guides for what a believer should believe and how they should live, such as the Holy Spirit, created order, traditions, charismatic gifts, mystical insight, angelic visitations, conscience, common sense, the views of experts, the spirit of the times or something else.
Interestingly, this position of evolving doctrine also tends to be the view of today’s Progressives. One of the major areas this impacts for Progressives is morality and human sexuality. We touched on this a bit in “Is Progressive Christianity Christian?” Progressives want to be viewed as Christian and see the need to include the Bible and a modified Jesus in their faith in some way for credibility and validation. Prima Scriptura provides the vehicle through which “mystical insight,” “the views of experts, the spirit of the times or something else” is given a heavy hand in assessing “truth,” apart from –and overriding – the clear teachings of scripture on a given subject. Emergent leader and Progressive Brian McLaren, for example, knew the clear teaching of Scripture on homosexuality but gave “experience” a higher authority than Scripture:
“I had gone through my change in this view before I ever guessed that any of my kids might be gay,” he said on the radio program.
“I was a good kid, I believed what I’d been told. And as a pastor, I started having gay people come out to me and what became clearer and clearer to me is that their experience was not explained by the theology I inherited,” he explained. “And that it would be unjust to continue to uphold what I’d been taught. Maybe I could say it like this: My call to love God and love my neighbor was in conflict with what I’d been taught the Bible required me to say and do.”1“The Goose Chase Brian McLaren Finds Himself In,” Don & Joy Veinot, 2016
For the last 8-10 years, The Reformation Project, founded by Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, has been making a concerted effort to replace the clear teaching of the word of God with an experience, “the views of experts, the spirit of the times or something else” as inspired truth equal or even superior to Scripture. Jennifer Hatmaker, who shocked much of the evangelical church in 2016 when she called for full inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in the church, is a speaker at the 2021 Reconcile and Reform National Conference put on by The Reformation Project. The title of both the conference and the organization is clear. However, unlike The Reformation of the 16th century, this reformation is not to bring the church back to the Word of God as the final authority for faith and practice, but to “reform” the church in the opposite direction, embracing Prima Scriptura in order to reconcile and embrace LGBTQ+ as acceptable and pleasing to God. They do claim to be a “Bible-based, Christian organization,” but the Bible is definitely not the final authority for faith and practice, for them or Jen Hatmaker.
The Progressive leaders at The Reformation Project assert, “The Christian tradition doesn’t address sexual orientation.” Notice they do not claim or even hint that sexual activity isn’t discussed in Scripture or the writings of the early church. Instead, they sanction LGBTQ+ based upon “the views of experts, the spirit of the times or something else.” They implicitly admit additional revelation “for what a believer should believe and how they should live” when they write:
This is misleading at best. Indeed, we don’t find LGBTQ, with or without the +, in either scripture or church dogma. The term had not yet been invented. So, although the words in current usage are not found, the teaching on these behaviors most definitely is. The Scriptures and church tradition are very clear – sex outside of the marriage of a male and female is sin. That includes adultery, fornication, homosexuality, incest, bestiality, and more. For example, Leviticus 18:20 describes the act of adultery while not explicitly using the word.
And you shall not lie sexually with your neighbor’s wife and so make yourself unclean with her.
Leviticus 20:13 describes another sexual act:
If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination;
Then there is Leviticus 20:15
If a man lies with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal.
And to be egalitarian on this issue there is Leviticus 20:16:
If a woman approaches any animal and lies with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal;
Some may ask if we are suggesting the death penalty in our society for these behaviors, and if not, why not? The answer is twofold. First, America is not a theocracy as was ancient Israel. The Covenant detailed the Nation’s laws and practices. There is only one Israel and we are not her. And in the New Testament, Paul explains to us in the church age that the Law was given to show us the utter sinfulness of sin before a Holy God. It was, as Paul wrote, a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. (Galatians 3:24-25) The schoolmaster teaches us what is unequivocally right and wrong, in possible contradiction of whatever “feelings” one may have – and certainly not based upon “the views of experts, the spirit of the times or something else.” Only when we look in the mirror of the perfectly righteous Law and see our hopeless condition will we accept God’s remedy for our situation.
Christians are no longer under the Law but under grace. Having acknowledged and accepted Jesus’s fulfillment of the law on their behalf, they have gloriously gained a full pardon for their sins and have been adopted into the family of God. Does that mean we are now free to sin with abandon? Again, the Apostle Paul writes,
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? (Romans 6:1-2)
Sola Scriptura directs us to focus on God and His holiness and to grow in holiness ourselves as we are conformed to the image of Christ. We fully accept that God’s view of right and wrong, spelled out in the scriptures, is completely RIGHT and does not change.
Prima Scriptura changes direction and puts the focus on us. Progressives are working to conform the word of God to reflect our deeply flawed human image.
In our nation citizens have every right to try to persuade elected officials to pass legislation that favors their views and beliefs. This is true for LGBTQ+ and for evangelical Christians as well. However, God’s proclamations of right and wrong cannot be changed based on our feelings nor on the zeitgeist of the age we live in. Our object is not to “pick on” a particular group (LGBTQ+) as examples of people writing their own rules without regard for God’s standard. The LBGTQ+ is only one example of people choosing to challenge what God has clearly stated to go their own way. The LGBTQ+ issue is rather a prominent flashpoint in our time. But there are many ways that people of our age are attempting to justify their behavior, to turn right and wrong upside down. Self-justification is a deadly pursuit in the end, and so useless. It’s not a matter of good people vs bad people, because everyone has transgressed God’s standards. There are no “good people” in their own right. (Romans 3:10) Jesus Christ is the only One who never transgressed God’s perfect standard. Christians are people who believe (about themselves) what God says is true and gladly accept His gift of a pardon. Without God’s loving provision on our behalf, no one would be considered by God as “righteous.” God justifies those who believe that He has saved them, through absolutely no goodness of their own.
The scripture teaches there is a Day when God will judge mankind based upon His Holy standards. It’s rather appropriately called “Judgement Day.” Any person whose name is not written in the Lamb’s (Jesus’s) Book of Life shall stand before God in that Judgment. (Revelation 20:11-15)
A person’s only hope for eternity lies not in challenging God’s clear position of right and wrong, but in reconciling him or herself to God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. How will one come to God and accept His full pardon if he refuses to acknowledge his or her sin? We beg of you today to give up the fight of prideful self-justification and accept God’s gracious pardon.
When we think of or read about those who have remained steadfast in the Lord, we may ask, “Am I able to stay steadfast in the Lord?” But we must remember that these people could only do so because of the compassion and mercy of the Lord. God worked in them despite themselves. James gives the example of Job. How did he remain steadfast? It was only because there was a steadfast relationship between him and God.
Satan had said Job only worshipped God because things were going well in his life. Satan said to take away everything from him and then he would disown and turn from God. Job was confused, upset, and even angry at God but never did this. Job continued to call out to God because his steadfastness was based on God’s steadfast love for him. As we deal with the struggles around us, may we continue to know God’s compassion and mercy to us in Jesus Christ, so that we can continue to be steadfast in our lives.
The one way James says we are to be steadfast in our relationship with our Lord is letting our “yes” be yes and our “no” be no. We live in a world where people’s words mean so little because they do not see that they do all things before the face of God. We are called to show our Lord and the world around us that our vows and promises mean something because of the steadfast love of our Lord in our lives.
Suggestions for prayer
Pray that God would work in us in such a way that we would be steadfast in our commitment to live for Him in each area of our lives.
Pastor Richard Bultje is a United Reformed missionary and pastor in the River of Life church plant in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Pastor Richard and his wife, Yukyung moved to Niagara Falls in November 2012 with their three children Calvin, Isaiah and Gloria. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
My people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:14)
Note the “my” which comes twice: “My people shall be satisfied with my goodness.”
The kind of people who are satisfied with God are marked out as God’s own. He is pleased with them, for they are pleased with Him. They call Him their God, and He calls them His people; He is satisfied to take them for a portion, and they are satisfied with Him for their portion. There is a mutual communion of delight between God’s Israel and Israel’s God.
These people are satisfied. This is a grand thing. Very few of the sons of men are ever satisfied, let their lot be what it may; they have swallowed the horse-leech, and it continually cries, “Give! give!” Only sanctified souls are satisfied souls. God Himself must both convert us and content us.
It is no wonder that the Lord’s people should be satisfied with the goodness of their Lord. Here is goodness without mixture, bounty without stint, mercy without chiding, love without change, favor without reserve. If God’s goodness does not satisfy us, what will? What! are we still groaning? Surely there is a wrong desire within if it be one which God’s goodness does not satisfy.
What would it mean to “do good” to those whose religion or political views are so opposite my own that an uncross-able gulf exists? Jesus was no mere theorist. While He didn’t always give a clear how-to regarding the ways to express His love
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you…bless.. pray… give generously.” Luke 6:27-30
“Do to others as you would have them do to you” is supposedly the credo for Christians, but how often Jesus’ words are rapidly read and just as rapidly set aside as mere theory. Or perhaps an ideal to be put into effect at some imagined future “Kingdom time.”
What would it mean to “do good” to those whose religion or political views are so opposite my own that an uncrossable gulf exists? When derisive remarks about my faith sting like a physical slap, do I retreat to a safe silence or continue a social relationship where more slaps are inevitable? Does my giving of time and money have strings attached? How do I balance the call to wise stewardship with joyful generosity?
Jesus was no mere theorist. While He didn’t always give a clear how-to regarding the ways to express His love, we have enough stories that prick the soul with their drama. A young man insults his father and his culture, wastes his inheritance and defies his religion. With no strings attached, the father welcomes him home with riotous celebration. A seriously injured man needs help – religion and rights are set aside by a person despised by the “good” people as he sets the example of love and mercy while caring generously for the man in need.
Theory costs little. Practice costs my very life. Am I willing to pay the price?
Lord Jesus, you are my example for putting into practice what I say I believe. Help me not only look upon your life, but learn from the way you spent quiet time with your Father for daily strength and defeated the Enemy with the Word of God.
In Luke 7, Jesus teaches that we should go out of our way to welcome the unwanted. Our Savior knew all too well the pains of exclusion.
“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.” Luke 14:13
After a long drive, we arrived at our vacation destination late Saturday night. Everyone was exhausted. The next day I managed to wake up in time for church and decided to go it alone. I stood near the back as people streamed through the church doors.
I expected someone to welcome me, but not one person came over and said, “Hello, are you visiting here today?” After the service, I considered talking to the pastor about my chilly experience.
In Luke 7, Jesus teaches that we should go out of our way to welcome the unwanted. Our Savior knew all too well the pains of exclusion. His community ridiculed him, his family questioned his sanity, and his closest friends betrayed him.
But this did not stop Jesus from doing everything possible to make himself approachable to all who suffer from abandonment and isolation: the lepers, the gentiles, the tax collectors, the poor, and the sinners.
When we experience neglect or rejection from friends, colleagues, and even family members, Jesus wants us to run into his open arms and ask for a heart like his, a heart that keeps on reaching out to the neglected and the unloved. Christ does not want our pride and our past hurts to stop us from welcoming those who are new to our neighbourhoods, workplaces, and churches.
Our Lord extended his love and compassion to all. Let us do the same. Let us welcome the marginalized and disenfranchised souls we meet so we can live more as Christ wants us to live.
Lord, help us be more welcoming so others can see your goodness in each of us. Prevent us from making snap judgments about people, and give us the grace to welcome those who are very different from us that you have placed on our path. Amen.
Today, why not try smiling and greeting everyone you meet today?
God and Man Happy Together Again Romans 5:11; 2 Corinthians 5:18–19
He was truly God, and therefore could satisfy; he was truly man, and therefore could obey and suffer in our stead. He was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Trust Wholly to Christ for Salvation Romans 3:21–24; Galatians 2:16; 5:4; Philippians 3:9
Men ought for their salvation to trust wholly to Christ, not to seek to be justified by any other way than by his death and passion, nor to be righteous by any other method than a participation of his all-perfect righteousness.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. October 31, 2017 will commemorate the date in 1517 when Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 theses – a list of grievances against the Catholic church for unbiblical doctrines and practices – to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
Luther’s calls for reform spread quickly throughout Europe, inspiring the likes of church fathers Ulrich Zwingli (Zurich), John Calvin (Geneva), and John Knox (Scotland) to join the effort in their own locales. As they worked to address the issues raised in Luther’s document, these men codified what we know today as the “Five Solas of the Reformation,” the basis of Protestant church doctrine. The five solas are:
1. Sola Scriptura– Scripture alone is the basis for all church doctrine, belief, and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
2. Sola Gratia– Salvation is by grace alone. It is an unmerited gift of God based solely on His goodness, not our own (because we don’t have any). (Ephesians 2:8-9)
3. Sola Fide– Salvation is through faith alone. Faith is a gift bestowed by God. We are saved only by placing that faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross, not by doing good works or by any other attempts to earn salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
4. Solus Christus– Salvation is found in Christ alone. As Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
5. Soli Deo Gloria– God saves man for God’s glory alone, and Believers are to live our lives to glorify Him alone. (Romans 11:36)
The five solas should be the foundation of the church’s orthodoxy (beliefs or doctrine) and our orthopraxy (church practices). But over the past five centuries there’s been a declension. A downgrade. The church has become deformed from the beautiful biblical portrait of a bride “without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” because we’ve functionally replaced the Five Solas of the Reformation with pragmatic, and often idolatrous, solas of our own making…
No longer is Christian doctrine and practice governed strictly by sola Scriptura, especially among Christian women. Now it’s all about our own personal feelings, opinions, and life experiences. Won’t go to a church that preaches sin and repentance because it offends your sensibilities? You’ve become accepting of homosexual “marriage” because someone you love dearly has adopted that lifestyle? Believe God is in the habit of talking to people because you’ve “heard His voice”? Then you’re basing your doctrine and practices on your own feelings and experiences rather than on what the Bible says.
The Christian’s instructions for life and godliness are found in only one place: the Bible. We do not squish Christianity into the mold of what makes us happy, what we agree with, our relationships with others, or the things we’ve experienced. We start with the Bible and we bring everything else in our lives – everything we think, feel, believe, say, and do – into submission to it. If a personal feeling, opinion, or experience conflicts with Scripture, it is wrong. We don’t change Scripture to fit our perspective, we change our perspective to fit Scripture.
If you want to know what road the modern church is headed down simply pick up your Bible and turn to… the Old Testament. Especially the verses that say “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Jesus said the way to greatness was humility, servanthood, and anonymity. We want glory, recognition, and applause. God says, “walk in My ways.” We say, “I’ll consider that if it fits in with my plans, is agreeable to me, and makes me look good to others.” We “welcome” the Holy Spirit into His own church as though we own the place. We are so used to being on the throne of our own lives that we use words like “letting” or “allowing” God to do something without even realizing it. We don’t ask, “Is it pleasing to God?”, we say, “If it’s pleasing to me, it must be pleasing to God.” Goodbye soli Deo gloria. Hello soli ego gloria.
More and more, “Christians” are driven by the selfish greed of “What can God do for me?” rather than the pursuit of holiness. So-called Christian teachers who will scratch itching ears are sought out, and an abundance of hucksters are at the ready, eager to “give the people what they want” in order to make a fast buck.
These people who claim the name of Christ care nothing about following in His footsteps – or even knowing what those footsteps are – craving instead the temporal creature comforts of wealth, success, popularity, health, self esteem, and influence. They want to be told what their flesh wants to hear, and they want to believe that’s Christianity. Share in Christ’s sufferings? Never. Away with the Via Dolorosa. Lead us down the primrose path.
Spotlights. Merch. Audiences of thousands. Agents. Entourages. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the Christian celebrities from the secular. The star-struck church has created its own caste system in which biblical fidelity is measured by how many books you’ve sold, the number of attendees at your megachurch or conferences, and the size of your audience on social media. That many followers? That number of bestsellers at the Christian retail chain? She must know what she’s talking about. We’ll use her books for our women’s “Bible” study – no vetting necessary! But that 85 year old pastor who’s been faithfully expositing the Word to his rural congregation of twenty for the better part of his life? No kudos. No esteem for honorable servants of the Lord such as he. We want glitz and glam and hype and bling. We want to be cutting edge, relevant, and attractional. Because maybe – just maybe – some of that glory will rub off on us. And so it goes – we follow the latest and greatest Christian authors, bands and personalities, attracted more to their pretty faces, stylish clothes, and charisma than to sound doctrine, while Christ’s sheep, relegated to a dark corner of the sanctuary, bleat to simply be fed the Bread of Life and the Living Water.
What’s hot rightthisminute? What’s the current style, the latest trend, the fad du jour? The Church of What’s Happening Now wants to know. Whether it’s today’s Christian bestseller that simply every small group is using now, dahling, or caving to whichever way the wind is blowing today when it comes to the world’s sexual morality, if we can just ride the viral wave of the immediate we can get people in the doors, money in the offering plate, and souls into Heaven. Maybe.
Vox populi, vox Dei? Have we forgotten how uncool it was to be the only one building an ark before rain was invented? That idol worship was the latest thing going in Jeremiah’s day? That it was the crowds who cried “Crucify Him!”?
The God of the Bible is not hip and groovy. He’s seen as hopelessly out of touch with current morals and values. A doddering old fool who just can’t seem to get with the times. His holy ways are antiquated and obsolete. We’re modern and educated and wise to the ways of the world. We know better how His church and our lives should run.
Just what is it we’re building our Christian doctrine and practices on these days? ‘Cause it sure isn’t the unadulterated written Word of God and the original five solas. Maybe it’s time we took a good hard look at how far we’ve slidden in the last five hundred years. How far we’ve strayed from the purity of Scripture and doctrine the Reformers worked so hard for, were imprisoned and persecuted for, were martyred for.
DDS Security Clearance Tool Evolves into ‘SITH’ Insider Threat Program An automated background investigations prototype developed by the Defense Digital Service is being retooled to focus instead on identifying insider threats, including a rebranding from the System for Automated Background Evaluation and Review, or SABER, to the System for Insider Threat Hindrance, or SITH. The agency had been developing a tool to automate the preliminary information gathering involved in background investigations as part of the wider Trusted Workforce 2.0 program
Rise of the Nones a rising chorus of people — especially in the former Christian West — now assert their rejection of any belief in God. They claim an enlightenment that frees them from belief in any deity. These self-claimed atheists instead worship humanity.
France in flames: Fireballs engulf 15 vehicles as violent mob hurls petrol bombs at police Violence broke out late on Tuesday evening with flames erupting from cars and vans in several places in the district … Smoke and the smell of burnt metal smothered the neighbourhood, with local residents terrified of the horrific acts taking place around them. In the early hours of this morning, young people from the city, many wearing hoods, broke car windows and threw molotov cocktails inside them.
Leading haredi rabbi asks: ‘How can Jews make decrees against Jews?’ Rabbi Edelstein questioned, “How could a Jew be capable of making decrees on Jews?” Kikar Hashabbat was informed that Rabbi Edelstein recently instructed MKs from the United Torah Judaism’s Degel Hatorah faction to fight the decisions with all their might. Now, he has called on the public to increase their care in order to save the Jewish people from the “decrees.”
Study of DNA repair boosts prospects for gene editing technology The ability to edit the genome by altering the DNA sequence inside a living cell is powerful for research and holds enormous promise for the treatment of diseases. However, existing genome editing technologies frequently result in unwanted mutations or can fail to introduce any changes at all. Now, new research … details a novel method called Repair-seq that reveals in exquisite detail how genome editing tools work.
Bill introduced in Congress to FIRE FAUCCI Congress, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has just introduced a bill to fire the increasingly unpopular Dr. Anthony Fauci, the beleaguered head of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases. Tonight I started the discharge petition on my Fire Fauci Act H.R. 2316.
Huge Sunspot Detected on the Sun’s Surface Soon to Face Earth A huge sunspot on the Sun ‘s atmosphere is spinning towards visibility from Earth and might be approaching Earth soon next week. When a huge solar flare or CME is launched in the vicinity of Earth, this results flow of power may have a broad range of effects, from bright aurora at northern latitudes to catastrophic devastation of all matters electrical on a global scale.
Soros connected to Loudon County School rape controversy Billionaire ultra-left-wing George Soros stands accused of meddling in Virginia’s pivotal gubernatorial election and though he has invested heavily in the anti-police Democratic candidate, his real influence was far more insidious than most people realize.
Israel to ban US tourists who had COVID-19 if they are not vaccinated Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months and wish to enter Israel under the government’s new tourism outline will not be allowed to unless they have a digital recovery certificate, government officials said on Thursday. This means that US travelers, who do not have access to such documentation, will not be able to enter Israel.
For Biden and Bennett, the honeymoon is over – analysis It was just two weeks ago that Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken were all smiles together in Washington…The inevitable collision between Bennett’s and Biden’s views started to surface in recent days. It started with murmurs last week that the Biden administration was pressuring Bennett to freeze settlement construction…
Jordan is falling apart and Israel could have helped – opinion Jordan is in trouble. It’s facing internal, external, tribal and economic turmoil. King Abdullah’s hold over his land is wobbling. Across the border in Israel, officials and experts are tsk-tsking, tut-tutting and making general plans for what the fall of the Hashemite kingdom would mean for Israel. This is not Israel’s fault – but it could have been so different.
Chinese missile launch very concerning, says top US general The top US general has said China’s suspected hypersonic missile test is close to a Sputnik moment, referring to the Soviet satellite launch that sparked a Cold War arms race. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said in an interview with Bloomberg News that the Chinese military was “expanding rapidly”.
Covid: Moscow shops and restaurants shut in partial lockdown Shops, restaurants and schools have shut in Moscow in a partial lockdown, as Russia battles record Covid deaths and infections. Only essential shops like supermarkets and pharmacies are allowed to open in the capital, while food outlets are only providing takeaways.
Pastor Artur Pawlowski: Bring back God into America if you want liberty back Pastor Artur Pawlowski of Canada said that bringing back God is a must if Americans desire liberty. He made this claim during the Oct. 22 episode of “Let’s Talk America” on Brighteon.TV. He also warned guest host Renee for the Republic of the tyranny that has taken over Canada and is set to take over the U.S. if left unchecked.
What “Supply Chain Problem”? Everything Is FINE. In reality, grocery store shelves are full. They’re full because they took a page from the script of The Interview, in which two goofy journalists go to North Korea to interview/kill Kim Jong Un. At first, they fall for the propaganda, but then one of the journalists enters the shop that looks to be loaded with abundance only to find out that the food is fake.
Americans Need To Be Fully Prepared For Events Ahead Over the past several years, we’ve published numerous stories on ANP about the full descent of America’s big cities being transformed into homeless hellholes and crime ridden wastelands and believe it or not, as bad as things have been, things are about to take a huge turn for the worse.
Illegal immigration skyrockets under Biden to third-highest level in 97 years Data from US Customs and Border Protection shows federal law enforcement stopped 1,956,519 noncitizens attempting to enter the US via illegal crossings through the Canadian and Mexican borders, the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines, or through visa overstays after arrival via a recognized air, land or sea port.
The World is now ripe for the End TimesPosted: 27 Oct 2021 12:02 PM PDT(OPINION) – As a student of bible prophecy for almost 30 years, and specifically end times bible prophecy, no other time has seemed as close to the end times as right now. Why do I say this? Because, particularly in the past year, the geopolitical and economic stage has been set for the fulfillment of several end-times prophecies.We now have several potential crises on the horizon. And those potential crises are the same ones the Bible says we’ll experience either in the Tribulation or the days immediately preceding the Tribulation.Continue reading The World is now ripe for the End Times at End Time Headlines.
Biden has pitched a $1.75 trillion plan and is pushing hard for passage.
For months, Democrats have been bickering over just how much of your hard-earned money to spend and on what government-expanding programs. The original tax-and-spend proposal, written by Bernie Sanders, was $3.5 trillion. A whole lot of accounting gimmicks were employed to hide the true cost, which would really be more than $5 trillion. Joe Biden eventually insisted it was “zero dollars.” Then he said it probably wouldn’t be more than $2 trillion, and this morning he traveled to Congress to present a new framework for $1.75 trillion on what Democrats and their media mouthpieces are calling a package of social and climate spending. Biden will speak today about his priorities.
With a 50-50 Senate and a bare majority in the House, Democrats need every vote to overcome unified Republican opposition to their Build Back Government Better Bigger agenda. That’s why Senators Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema wield so much influence, and it’s why Democrats recently abandoned “free” community college and a central-planning program for clean energy, along with just yesterday scuttling their plan for paid leave.
“The U.S. is one of just eight countries without national paid maternity leave,” complains NBC News is a transparent attempt to shame opponents of Democrat benevolence.
Yeah, well, the U.S. is also one of just seven countries that allows elective abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy — right up there with human rights defenders like Vietnam, North Korea, and China.
“I want to look at everything — we should be examining all this stuff,” said Manchin of his opposition to paid leave. “There’s a lot of things that could be good. But to put this in the reconciliation bill — major policy — is not the place to do it.”
Senator Kirsten “Everything Is Infrastructure” Gillibrand, however, isn’t giving up. “It’s not out,” she said. “It’s not over until it’s over.”
Democrats are also still fighting over whether to pass “infrastructure” first or continue to hold that hostage to the larger bill. Leftists want infrastructure now; radical leftists want the “social safety net” first. And they’re blaming each other for the logjam. “It’s the effing progressives,” one moderate Democrat insisted. Sanders retorted that “every sensible progressive revenue option” for this bill “seems to be sabotaged.”
One of the things that might be “sabotaged” is the Democrats’ likely unconstitutional scheme to tax the unrealized capital gains of a few hundred billionaires. Our Lewis Morris covers that today, but it might not survive.
Biden is pushing hard in negotiations for two reasons — he’s taken a beating in the polls here at home, and he’s leaving later today for Rome and then Glasgow for a big climate summit. “The president looked at us in the eye and he said, ‘I need this before I go represent the United States in Glasgow,’” said California Democrat Ro Khanna. “American prestige is on the line.”
We hate to break it to him, but Joe Biden has already thoroughly undermined American prestige. And even if Democrats do manage to pass both pieces of legislation, that’s not the kind of “prestige” the country needs right now. Or ever.
Their greed knows no bounds, as they now pursue confiscating unrealized capital gains.
Democrats are at their most creative when concocting schemes to separate people from their money. Their latest taxpayer swindle comes in the form of targeting “unrealized income,” which is a fancy way of saying the government wants to tax money that people haven’t even made yet.
This new proposal comes courtesy of Democrat Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. Hailed by the media as “groundbreaking” and “innovative,” it is complex, unwieldy, unfair, and likely unconstitutional, so it will fit right in with the Democrat strategy. The plan calls for taxing billionaires on the appreciation of their assets over the course of a year. As The Wall Street Journal explains, “Someone who owned $2 billion of stock on Jan. 1 and saw it grow to $2.5 billion on Dec. 31, would owe capital-gains taxes on the $500 million gain, even if they didn’t sell any of the stock.” This is what is meant by unrealized gains. This way, the federal government doesn’t have to wait until the person actually sells the assets in question; it can take its cut now.
Democrats say that the tax only targets individuals and families with a net worth greater than $1 billion or with an income in excess of $100 million for three consecutive years. When was the last time a federal income tax stayed within its targeted income class? That’s a trick question. The answer is never. The graduated income tax that was passed via constitutional amendment in 1913 was only supposed to target about 3% of the population, the wealthiest people in the country. We all know how that turned out. One century later, every hard-working person in the country sits under an inescapable tax burden from their town, county, state, and federal government. And let’s not forget the alternative minimum tax, a Frankenstein creation that was supposed to target the wealthy but ended up eating into middle class incomes.
History is replete with examples that virtually guarantee that this tax on unrealized income will eventually metastasize and spread down the income chain. And it will have a disastrous impact on the economy, squelching investment and market and asset speculation as tax hikes always do.
As billionaire Tesla owner Elon Musk put it, “Eventually, they run out of other people’s money, and then they come for you.”
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott went so far as to state that this tax will actually discourage the whole system. “We can’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs,” the lawmaker said. “And this administration is antithetical to all things free enterprise, hoping for liberty and justice for all. … They’re embedding discrimination in the middle of their economic platforms in ways we’ve never even seen before in our country.”
This latest “eat the rich” proposal was rushed into committee behind closed doors without bipartisan debate or scrutiny. It reeks of a desperate attempt to salvage what’s left of the original “human” infrastructure and Green New Deal spending package after the original plan collapsed under its own weight. As a result, there are numerous questions about how the tax will work that its authors cannot answer. What happens if assets lose money? Will billionaires get credit for that in later years? How are illiquid assets like artwork and jewelry valued? What about transferable assets like estates that pass to other people? Who becomes responsible for the tax? And can someone be double taxed on the appreciation of an asset and the later sale of that same asset?
The tax is not even valuable as a revenue generator. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that this scheme would generate up to $250 billion over a decade. That doesn’t put a dent into the spending proposals leftists want to see enacted.
But generating revenue isn’t necessarily the point. Democrats know they can score political points with talk of “fairness.” They can win the argument by appealing to envy. As Wyden put it, “No working person in America thinks it’s right that they pay their taxes and billionaires don’t.”
Maybe Democrats should have thought of that when they started confiscating income from working Americans instead of taxing consumption.
Wyden also argued, “Entire sections of the tax code are unconstitutional if this is unconstitutional.” If the shoe fits… Then he fired a shot across the bow of the Supreme Court: “I can’t imagine the Supreme Court wants to give the wealthiest people on earth billions in tax cuts, particularly at a time when so many Americans are losing faith in the Supreme Court.”
For all of the above considerations and more, the tax proposal is reportedly not long for this world. At least not right now. But bad Democrat ideas rarely die permanently.
We used to make jokes about how the government would one day find a way to tax money we haven’t made yet. Well, the fun’s over, and that day is here. Democrats have become so greedy for our money that elected officials are seriously contemplating how to extract our future earnings to cover their present-day spending. This is exactly the sort of behavior gambling addicts exhibit right before they lose their home.
GOP senators ripped the nation’s chief law enforcement officer for equating concerned parents with domestic terrorists.
Attorney General Merrick Garland fielded many questions yesterday during his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. They asked him about legal cases pertaining to the January 6 Capitol breach, the illegal immigration disaster on our southern border, the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, and even the FBI’s botched investigation of serial sexual offender Larry Nassar.
But Republican senators were really only interested in one thing: the memo.
The memo. That was Garland’s response to an infamous September 29 letter to Joe Biden from the National School Board Association, which asked that the Department of Justice and the FBI investigate potential acts of what it shamefully termed “domestic terrorism” at school board meetings nationwide. What kind of “domestic terrorism”? That of parents sometimes angrily voicing their concerns about the hard-left educational curricula being pressed upon their children — one that may well include vile racist doctrines such as Critical Race Theory.
The NSBA has since fessed up to its mistake. A week after sending it, the organization retracted it and apologized for it. Better late than never. But Garland hasn’t retracted his memo — which refers to a nonexistent “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” and calls for investigation by our nation’s national security apparatus, and which therefore chills the First Amendment rights of every concerned parent in America.
Said Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton to Garland: “The National Security Division, Judge? These are the people who are supposed to be chasing jihadists and Chinese spies. What does the National Security Division have to do with parents at school boards? … This testimony, your directive, your performance is shameful. Thank God you’re not on the Supreme Court. You should resign in disgrace.”
Louisiana Republican John Kennedy took a different approach toward Garland, dismissing the AG as “just the vessel” of delivery for this rotten message — in other words, just a partisan order taker for the Biden administration.
Tellingly, the Republicans focused intently on Garland’s directive, but Senate Democrats steered clear of it almost entirely. Indeed, Hawaii Democrat Mazie Hirono, who’s surely the dumbest of the upper chamber’s members, criticized her Republican colleagues for their single-minded focus. In doing so, she merely confirmed to everyone else that her counterparts were directly over the target.
Missouri Republican Josh Hawley also noted the chilling effect of the memo on concerned parents, referring specifically to a DOJ memo from the U.S. attorney for the district of Montana, which noted 13 different federal crimes that parents might face for their behavior toward school board officials, including annoying phone calls to school board members. Said Hawley:
All I can conclude from this is either that you’re not in control of your own department or that more likely what I think to be the case is that you knew full well that this is exactly the kind of thing that would happen. When you issued your memo, when you involve the Department of Justice and all of its resources, and the FBI and all of its resources, and local school boards and local school districts, you knew that federal prosecutors would start collecting crimes that they could use against parents. You knew they would advise state and local officials that these are all the ways parents might be prosecuted. You knew that that was the likely outcome. And that’s exactly what’s happened.
Hawley then concluded with a scathing refrain similar to Cotton’s: “You have weaponized the FBI and the DOJ. … It’s wrong, it’s unprecedented to my knowledge in the history of this country, and I call on you to resign.”
It’s been a rough stretch for Merrick Garland, who was also grilled last week by House Judiciary Committee Republicans. But that’s exactly the sort of treatment an attorney general deserves when he tries to politicize and weaponize our nation’s Department of Justice.
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Other athletes, notably the NFL’s Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the NBA’s Boston Celtics star Enes Kanter, are also hitting back at the cancel culture mob.
Then, after YouTube banned Bryson Gray’s anti-Biden hip-hop sensation, “Let’s Go Brandon,” the kinder-gentler version of “FJB,” it took the top billing on the iTunes chart. And the number two slot went to rapper Loza Alexander for his version of, you guessed it, “Let’s Go Brandon.”
In Hollywood, high-profile director Mel Gibson has fended off the cancellation crowd.
But the most significant of the cancel culture kick-backers this week was comedian Dave Chappelle, who, despite some of his graphically gross “humor,” made the mistake of insisting there are two genders.
For the record, The Patriot Post has suffered significant shadow-banning by the corrupt social media giant Facebook, in part because its so-called “fact-checkers” concluded that our adherence to the science — that there are in fact two genders — constitutes “hate speech.”
Our friend, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IA), found out this week that Twitter will lock your account if you dare call a man a man. Banks said that a gender-dysphoric man — Biden’s Secretary of HHS Rachel Levine, who was declared the “first female four-star admiral” (a ceremonial distinction given to HHS secretaries) — was what he is: a man. Banks was promptly notified by the Twits that calling a man a man “violate[s] our rules against hateful conduct.”
By the way, Banks is still a Naval officer who deployed to Afghanistan twice, before Joe Biden’s surrender and retreat. “Admiral” Levine, on the other hand, has no military service record.
So, what did Dave Chappelle do? He committed the unpardonable sin of insisting men are men and women are women. Chappelle, who lives in Ohio, not Hollywood, has not drifted so far left as to take complete leave of his senses.
In his very popular two-part Netflix stand-up series, “The Closer,” Dave made the grave mistake of asserting: “Gender is a fact. Every human being on Earth had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on this Earth. That is a fact.”
Firing back at his attackers, Chappelle declared: “They’ve canceled people more powerful than me. They canceled J.K. Rowling. She wrote all the Harry Potter books by herself. She sold so many books the Bible is worried about them. And they canceled her because she said … gender was a fact. And then the trans community got mad as sh*t. They started calling her a TERF. I didn’t even know what that was. But I know that trans people make up words to win arguments.”
Those employees demanded Netflix “boost promotion … for trans-affirming titles on the platform” and “suggest trans-affirming content alongside and after content flagged as anti-trans.” They insisted Netflix “hire trans and non-binary content executives” and “create a new fund to specifically develop trans and non-binary talent.” Sarandos is attempting to make nice with those employees, given the power the small but vocal LBGTXYZ lobby has in Hollywood. He will find that no amount of concession will ever satisfy the arbiters of gender language.
Whatever else you might say about Dave Chappelle, he does not comport with the party line. A few other leftists, like Bill Maher, are also breaking with the script. It will be interesting to see if he can endure this mob. Soon enough they will show up at his house and go after his wife and kids.
Chappelle’s five-minute 2019 stand-up routine on “Juicy Smoo-yay,” mocking hate-hoax perp Jussie Smollett in front of a mostly black audience, clearly some of whom were still buying into the hoax, is one of the funniest routines I have ever seen. If you are not inclined to subject yourself to Chappelle’s expletives, you can read an excerpt here.
Ultimately, Chappelle’s “offending remarks” are an affront to a much more powerful cancel mob than the Rainbow Mafia. He has offended the entire Biden/Harris regime gender-denial agenda, which is being infused into every federal agency.
The latest chapter in the regime’s gender absurdities is the announcement this week that Biden’s State Department will issue passports with an “X” gender designation for those who are too confused to decide which gender they are. No word yet on how many Americans Biden abandoned in Afghanistan will apply for one of those passports.
Oh, and a final note as Biden prepares for his European G7 confab on “climate change.” Even Vladimir Putin is comparing the woke culture agenda to the political consequences of how “Bolsheviks followed the dogmas of Marx and Engels” after the Russian Revolution.
Women deserve to have their competitions judged by their own merits.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott once again is tackling the larger cultural issues with good legislation. This week he signed a bill that bans “transgender” students claiming to be female from participating in female sports. The new law, which encompasses all K-12 sports and will take effect in mid-January, encapsulates the true mission of Title IX and ensures fairness in women’s sports by preventing girls from being “spectators in their own sports” by “leveling the playing field.”
As someone who competed in two high school sports and went on to be a college athlete with a sports scholarship, this hits close to home.
Biologically and physically, men are built different than their female counterparts. Men are stronger and play games from a more aggressive approach. Take soccer, for example. The women’s game is a slower-paced and more cerebral game. Men’s soccer, while still strategic, is much faster, and the physically stronger team typically has a huge advantage. Case in point: The U.S. Women’s National Team, which represents the best women’s athletes in this sport, played a friendly game against a U-15 boys team (15 years of age and younger) and lost.
In Connecticut back in 2019, three young women filed a federal discrimination complaint based on this truth: boys are built stronger than girls. One of these women was considered the fastest girl in Connecticut, but when racing against “transgender” competitors, all colleges scouts saw in her was a second- or third-place runner because two biologically male students beat her. This jeopardized her chances of getting into the sports programs of her choice and receiving scholarships.
The Texas law would also protect women against serious bodily harm from their male competitors. Recall back in 2014 when Fallon Fox, a “transgender” MMA fighter, broke his female opponent’s skull. Tamikka Brents, the female loser, had this to say about the incident: “I have struggled with many women and I have never felt the strength I felt in a fight like that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say that I have never felt so dominated in my life and that I am an abnormally strong woman in my own right. I still disagree with Fox’s struggle. [Try] any other job or career … but when it comes to a combat sport I don’t think it’s fair.”
Women don’t want to be compared to and set up against their male peers in sports. Women deserve to have their competitions judged by their own merits. If forced to have biological males either as teammates or as competition, it takes away from the female sex.
This Texas legislation is one of many concerning the LGBTQ+ agenda. In response to this bill’s passing, LGBTQ+ activist Landon Richie said: “It’s scary to think how it’s going to impact trans kids in Texas for years and years to come. It’s just using the lives of innocent trans kids for political gain.”
You know who’s using the lives of kids for political gain? Joe Biden with his student vaccine push; Terrie McAuliffe, who says parents have no right to control their child’s education; and Kamala Harris, who’s exploiting the lives of illegal immigrant children at the border. All of these positions have much more dire consequences than telling a biological boy who falsely identifies as female he can’t play on a girls’ team. So no — distinguishing that girls’ sports are only for girls who were born girls is not putting targets on trans kids’ backs. It’s upholding the integrity of women’s sports making them safe and fair for female athletes.
Evidence points to American taxpayer funding of dangerous coronavirus research in China. It’s time to find out who knew what, and when.
We’re not sure the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, but if it does, Congress had better take up its constitutionally prescribed oversight function and begin issuing some COVID-19 subpoenas. And then congressional Republicans — because we can’t count on congressional Democrats — had better put some tough questions to Anthony Fauci and his fellow scientists.
Last week’s release by House Oversight Committee Republicans of a letter from Lawrence Tabak, Fauci’s colleague at the National Institutes of Health, which the GOP says confirms that Fauci’s organization funded dangerous gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, has left no doubt about the dubiousness of Fauci’s oft-repeated claim to the contrary.
“Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely, entirely and completely incorrect,” Fauci smugly said to Kentucky Republican Rand Paul back in May during a Senate hearing. “The NIH has not ever, and does not now, fund ‘gain of function research’ in the Wuhan Institute.”
But, as our Thomas Gallatin noted last week, Paul told the truth, and Fauci lied.
Nevertheless, Fauci stood by his denial last Sunday during an interview with ABC’s friendly George Stephanopoulos, despite his colleague’s admission that an NIH-funded research organization, EcoHealth Alliance, had conducted bat coronavirus research with the Wuhan Institute.
He’s out on an island. Even his NIH has abandoned him. “The NIH-funded experiments at EcoHealth/WIV involved bat coronaviruses that were genetically very distant from SARS-CoV-2,” said the NIH in a statement, “and therefore could not possibly have led to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any claims to the contrary are false. These viruses are as genetically different from each other as humans are from cows.”
The new position of Fauci’s NIH is not a denial that it funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan, but that the research it funded could not possibly have resulted in the global pandemic that has so far killed more than 700,000 Americans and nearly five million people worldwide.
So, where are those congressional subpoenas?
“Chinese stonewalling means it’s unlikely the world will ever know Covid-19’s exact origins,” writes the editorial board at The Wall Street Journal. “Yet many avenues of investigation remain unexplored that could yield lessons for the future. Until this year much of the political and scientific establishment wrote off the idea that Covid-19 began circulating in China after an accidental lab leak. This groupthink was inexcusable, given that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) for years had studied and modified bat coronaviruses.”
The Journal continues: “The intelligence community’s 90-day Covid-19 origins review was a muddle. The Chinese Communist Party has done everything it can to thwart a real investigation. The World Health Organization’s efforts have been undermined by conflicts of interest. EcoHealth Alliance chief Peter Daszak was appointed to the expert group that visited China this year, and several proposed members for the new Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens have conflicts as well.”
What next? “EcoHealth Alliance must be held accountable for lying to the federal government about what exactly they were using American taxpayer money for,” Texas Congressman Michael McCaul said this week. As the Journal reports, “Daszak has publicly dismissed the lab-leak theory while organizing scientists behind the scenes to rally against it. He and key subordinates should share all documents related to the WIV and speak under oath about their work.”
If there’s a bright side to all this back-and-forth, it’s that the American people have finally gotten wise to Anthony Fauci. The tiny Teflon technocrat, who throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has enjoyed an almost deified status as a scientist and a truthteller, has finally been found out. A new Rasmussen poll finds that nearly half of voters believe Fauci lied about U.S. funding for gain-of-function research, and a plurality think he should be forced to resign.
We’re not holding our breath, but St. Anthony’s reputation ain’t what it used to be. Just ask those beagles.
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Insight: “If the provisions of the Constitution can be set aside by an Act of Congress, where is the course of usurpation to end? The present assault upon capital is but the beginning. It will be but the stepping-stone to others, larger and more sweeping, till our political contests will become a war of the poor against the rich; a war growing in intensity and bitterness.” —Justice Stephen J. Field (1816-1899)
A blind squirrel finds a nut: “The Braves have done a phenomenal job with the Native American community. It’s important to understand that we have 30 markets around the country. They aren’t all the same. … The Native American community in that region is wholly supportive of the Braves program, including ‘The Chop.’ For me, that’s kind of the end of the story.” —MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
“Nancy Pelosi confirmed on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday that the Democrats’ spending bill will probably ‘have a wealth tax.’ … Democrats claim the tax will only hit some 700 uber-rich Americans with more than $1 billion in assets or who have more than $100 million in income for three consecutive years. That’s what they always say. The first income tax enacted after ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment in 1913 had seven tax brackets with rates from 1% on income over $3,000 ($83,972 in current dollars) to 7% on income exceeding $500,000 ($14 million). You know what rates are now. The alternative minimum tax also only applied initially to the richest Americans, but with time expanded to hit millions in the middle class.” —The Wall Street Journal
“By the way, a wealth tax is also probably illegal. The Constitution says Congress can only impose ‘direct taxes’ that are ‘apportioned among the several states’ according to population. While the Sixteenth Amendment authorized Congress to tax ‘incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment,’ unrealized capital gains aren’t income. Democrats figure that’s a fight for another day. Their sole goal now is to come up with some way, any way, to raise enough revenue on paper, however illusory, to fund their spending bill without losing the votes of Sens. Sinema and Joe Manchin.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Guys, I bought a lottery ticket. Can’t wait for Democrats to tax my unrealized capital gains.” —Erick Erickson
“If you get taxed on unrealized gains can you get a refund on unrealized losses?” —Frank J. Fleming
“Biden is bringing half his cabinet on a nice trip to Europe to negotiate a new climate change deal while ships are piled up outside American ports, inflation rages, and store shelves sit empty. Leadership!” —Spencer Brown
“Thank God you are not on the Supreme Court. You should resign in disgrace.” —Senator Tom Cotton to Attorney General Merrick Garland
“US issues first passport with ‘X’ gender marker. Great news for Americans still stuck in Afghanistan.” —Congressman Dan Crenshaw
Non sequitur: “Elon Musk’s net worth is currently $255 billion. $255,000,000,000. If someone handed you a bag containing $5,000 every day, 365 days a year, you’d be as rich as him…in 139,726 years. Some useful context for the ‘billionaire tax’ arguments.” —Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas (“That’s not how wealth works. That’s not how any of this works.” —David Harsanyi)
Verbal gymnastics: “Time is money. As one computer said, if you’re on the train and they say portal bridge you know you better make other plans.” —Joe Biden
Race bait: “Glenn [Youngkin] is spending his final days of the campaign focused on banning award-winning books from our schools & silencing the voices of Black authors. I know we can read between the lines and see these Trumpian dog whistles for what they truly are.” —Terry McAuliffe
Non compos mentis: “Striketober … and the Great Resignation may look chaotic, but this is just the kind of chaos the American economy needs.” —CNN’s Fareed Zakaria
And last… “Gender equity is actually gender discrimination. You can’t force equal outcome without discriminating against somebody.” —Liz Wheeler
Florida was recording 101 cases per 100,000 people and 1.77 new deaths per 100,000 during the peak of its Covid surge. These numbers have since fallen to nine cases per 100,000 and 0.2 deaths per 100K.
The potential for a knock-on effect of rising fuel prices to be felt by other industries is becoming more likely, as oil and gas prices continue to rise to an all-time high, companies are finding it hard to maintain their costs and may have to shift this burden to the consumer any day now.
Petrol prices have risen higher and higher this year, as oil makes a comeback in 2021 following a difficult year of pandemic restrictions and low demand. This has, of course, been aided by the OPEC+ curbs on production that restricted oil output across member states for the first half of 2021. And while production levels are slowly rising, some countries are finding it difficult to reach new OPEC targets as they revive their oil and gas industries, meaning the global shortage continues.
Looking at the price of gasoline over the last 20 years, you can see that the global average has doubled, from $0.60 a litre in 2001 to $1.20 a litre today. This year, in particular, the increase in demand as economies open back up following over a year of restrictions, added to a supply shortage across much of the world, means prices are nearing an all-time-high.
And it seems that the trend is not over yet, with experts suggesting that motorists across Europe and Asia can expect high petrol and diesel costs well into the winter months as the Brent benchmark stays around $85 a barrel; demand for fuel increases; and taxes on motor fuel in countries such as India, France and the U.K. continue to stay at around 60 percent of the retail price of petrol and diesel.
But what does this trend mean for other industries? As well as rising fuel prices, we are seeing the cost of food and drink increase, with average food prices hitting a decade high and costing around one-third more this September than last. Fuel costs cannot be blamed as the sole catalyst in rising food prices, as harvests hit by hot weather and Covid restrictions, an increase in global demand – with a dramatically cold 2020 winter and hot 2021 summer, and disruptions in the supply chain, are also to blame. But if transport and farming costs continue to rise, our food bill is likely to keep climbing.
Kavita Chacko, a senior economist at CARE Ratings in India explains, “High fuel prices put pressure on overall price levels and poses a downside risk to the recovery in mobility and the economy in general.” Moreover, “The rise in transportation costs have been feeding into costs across segments and could be a dampener for consumer spending,” she stated.
With globalisation meaning our food no longer comes from the local farm but is mostly shipped across the globe, as well as the rising price of fertilisers, the food supply chain is finding it hard to maintain stable prices.
Abdolreza Abbassian, Senior Economist at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation’s told Bloomberg, “It’s this combination of things that’s beginning to get very worrying,” “It’s not just the isolated food-price numbers, but all of them together. I don’t think anyone two or three months ago was expecting the energy prices to get this strong.”
But the food supply chain is not the only thing we have to worry about when it comes to the knock-on effect of high oil prices. Any industry that relies on oil for fuel, fertilizers, petrochemicals, or any number of other related products is going to feel the pinch in the coming months, if they don’t already. This means the cost of many of our household products and basic expenses could soon increase.
This ticking time bomb has led Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis for OPIS by IHSMarkit, to state, “every nook and cranny of the economy” could be affected. “Everything that moves tends to move cross-country by truck or by train, so we’re looking at a more expensive year for that.”
Essentially, anything that is used on freight transportation and any industry that relies on fuel or petrochemicals will likely be affected by the ongoing hike in oil prices. And while consumers are worried about petrol and diesel prices at present, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The hardest hit will, once again, be those living in developing economies that are still struggling to recover from the impact of the pandemic. With an uneven economic recovery, due to low vaccine rollout figures and Covid restrictions needing to continue across several low-income countries, high fuel prices and the spillover effect on other industries, particularly food, could see governments having to provide economic stimuli to the poorest populations, as well imposing price caps on fuel.
One thing’s for certain, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Those working in agriculture and industry are already taking the hit and it’s only a matter of time until this price burden is shifted to the consumer, not only at the pump but across a multitude of areas of our daily lives.
The White House reiterated this week its promise to put pressure on members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to increase production amid declining supplies and rising energy prices.
Press secretary Jen Psaki told reports at a press briefing that the president is “mindful” of the increased prices consumers are facing when it comes to their energy bills and that he “reserves a range of options,” to combat the situation.
Psaki said the administration is focusing on raising its concern with “supply issues as it relates to oil” on the international stage.
“There’s a power of the president of the United States engaging on that front,” she said.
“That issue has been raised at [national security adviser Jake Sullivan’s] level, at a range of levels throughout government, but certainly the supply … and putting additional pressure on OPEC is something that certainly our national security team will continue to do.”
“I will also note that as it relates to gas prices, we remain concerned about trends we have seen where even as supply has increased at times over the last several months, we’ve still seen heightened prices,” she said.
DEPA is a nationwide collaboration of 39 coalition associations representing individuals and companies who engage in onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production in the United States.
Speaking on NTD’s “Talking Points” hosted by David Zhang, Simmons said that the United States became the number one producer of crude oil and natural gas last year. But due to President Joe Biden’s ambitious climate agenda to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the Biden administration’s policies have crippled oil and gas companies, and left consumers paying more.
“The idea that you have a federal government that has said it wants to do away with oil, gas, and coal by 2050, that makes it very hard for people to think about it as a future resource,” Simmons said.
“The Biden administration has done all they can to hinder us. We have some tax deductions that we get for doing business in this country that they’re trying to remove, and again, that drives up the cost, and when you drive up costs, people stop doing certain businesses, or they increase the cost of doing that business and pass it on to the consumer, which is exactly what’s happening,” Simmons added.
The White House put pressure on OPEC back in August to boost production of oil faster in an effort to combat rising gasoline prices, stating that its prior July agreement to boost production every month by 400,000 barrels per day starting in August until November was “simply not enough” during a “critical moment in the global recovery.”
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told Reuters on Monday that Russia expects OPEC+ to raise its output by 400,000 barrels per day at the Nov. 4 meeting, as previously agreed.
McDonald’s is significantly hiking menu prices this year in order to keep pace with rising wages for employees and the costs associated with America’s labor shortage and supply chain crises, according to the Wall Street Journal.
What are the details?
The fast-food mega-chain said it’s struggling to recruit enough employees to quickly serve customers and keep restaurants fully open, despite offering higher pay to workers.
Executives reportedly told the Journal they have raised menu prices in the U.S. by approximately 6% in 2021 in comparison to last year and plan to keep prices elevated for at least the remainder of the year.
“That’s because in McDonald’s U.S. restaurants, wages this year are up at least 10% as of now and supply costs for things such as food and paper are anticipated to increase 4%,” the Hill reported.
The multilayered economic quandary has resulted in several other large companies, such as Coca-Cola and Kraft Heinz, raising prices.
The news came only hours after the company reported stronger-than-expected sales in the third quarter — U.S. same-store sales grew by 9.6% compared to last year, CNBC reported. The chain attributed the surprise sales growth to its menu price hikes, in addition to celebrity promotions and the release of its crispy chicken sandwich.
McDonald’s told CNBC that it’s using a pricing advisory service to track how much customers are willing to pay for its products.
Why does it matter?
Progressives have long argued that if companies only paid unskilled workers higher wages it would automatically benefit lower- and middle-class individuals. But conservatives, generally, have argued that companies may often respond by increasing the price of goods or services to compensate for the loss of income.
The McDonald’s price hike appears to show the latter to be true in this case. Though it should be noted that other economic disruptions under the Biden administration are also putting increased pressure on U.S. companies.
The U.S. is currently grappling with rising inflation, a supply chain crisis, and a labor shortage that are disrupting many industries.
It’s a problem that Republicans claim to have seen coming. In a Republican Study Committee memo issued last week, Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) suggested, “By indiscriminately pumping money into the economy, Biden’s spurring inflation which, in turn, is spurring the supply chain crisis.”
“The rational consumer response to 5.4% annual inflation is to spend their rapidly devaluing currency, and that increases pressure on our supply chains and further increases inflation,” he continued.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—With the pandemic still ongoing, the White House has been on the alert for anything that might cause resistance to the vaccine mandates. And they just realized that there was a constant anti-vax sentiment right under their noses: the national anthem.
The last line of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave,” implying that the U.S. is a place where people are free to make their own choices and aren’t motivated by fear — pretty much a call to ignore the government during a pandemic.
“So basically, at the beginning of every sporting event, people are being told they don’t have to do what the government tells them,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. “That has to end now.”
Biden has signed an executive order changing the last line to “O’er the land of the pliant, and the home of the ‘fraid.”
“It messes up the meter a little bit,” Psaki said, “but we have to make sacrifices so we can get to a 100% vaccination rate so we can then focus on getting absolutely everyone to do the next thing we’ve decided you need to do for the pandemic.”
The White House is also reportedly considering replacing the Pledge of Allegiance with a pledge to science, but Democrats are afraid that might come off as anti-trans.
In this episode of Keiser Report, Max and Stacy look at the surging wealth gap as trillions in stimulus boost the assets of the top 10% most. In the second half, Max continues his conversation with Charles Hugh Smith of OfTwoMinds.com about how bitcoin stopped the ability of the US to impose sanctions. #news #trending #currentevents ————————————————————————————————– Freedom over censorship, truth over narrative.