Daily Archives: December 1, 2022

Jesus’ Compassion for Lost Sheep: Ultimately with R.C. Sproul

Jesus does not neglect a single lowly soul who seeks Him for help and direction. In His compassion, Christ calls the meek to Himself and cares for their needs. Today, R.C. Sproul speaks on the heart of Christ toward the sheep without a shepherd.

Source: Jesus’ Compassion for Lost Sheep: Ultimately with R.C. Sproul

Pilgrim’s Progress: The Beginning of the Story — G3 Ministries

John Bunyan was a Puritan, but Puritans came in different sorts. They held differing views of church polity. They also applied their Calvinism in various ways. For example, even though they affirmed justification through faith alone, they also recognized the possibility of a false faith, and this recognition led them into different understandings of assurance.

For most Puritans, eventual assurance of salvation rested upon two elements. The first was a deep struggle with conviction over the guilt of sin. They thought that true Christians would begin by developing a profound sense of how very guilty they were, of how odious God must find them, and of how utterly deserving they were of God’s wrath. Puritans who had not passed through such torment of soul could have no assurance that they were truly trusting God and not self.

The second element in assurance of salvation was perseverance. Those who were truly saved would continue in their faith. This meant not only that they would go on trusting Christ, but also that they would grow in godliness. Consequently, most Puritans subjected themselves to scrupulous self-examination, searching for evidence that sin was being mortified in their members and that holiness was increasing.

The result was what some have called a “Calvinistic Arminianism.” It was Calvinistic insofar as it recognized that salvation is entirely the work of God and rests utterly upon the merits of Christ. It resembled Arminianism, however, in that it robbed many Puritans of the assurance of salvation, for some of them were never quite sure that they were among God’s elect.

Could a Christian experience assurance of salvation? This is the dominant problem that John Bunyan addresses in the beginning of Pilgrim’s Progress. While still living in the City of Destruction, the protagonist Christian has come under the influence of a book (the Bible) that has made him aware that he bears a great burden. This burden symbolizes his conviction of the guilt of sin. He weeps, trembles, and cries out, convinced that destruction is soon to overtake him.

In his distress, Christian is met by Evangelist, who points him to the Wicket Gate. A wicket gate was a small entrance set in a larger one so that individuals could enter without having to open the large gate. Bunyan uses the narrowness of the Wicket Gate as a symbol or emblem for the way of salvation. As a Puritan, Bunyan did not recognize multiple approaches to salvation. He saw only one way, and only those who entered by that way would be saved. In Pilgrim’s Progress, one can only reach the Celestial City by way of the Wicket Gate, so at the advice of Evangelist, Christian sets off toward it.

Along the way he meets Obstinate, who tries to lure him back to the City of Destruction, and Pliable, who agrees to accompany him. Before long, however, Christian and Pliable fall into the Slough of Despond, which represents a moral paralysis that besets those who lose heart under the conviction of sin. Once extricated from the slough, Pliable abandons Christian and returns to the City of Destruction. He symbolizes people who refuse salvation because of difficulty or stigma.

Christian is assisted out of the slough by Help. As he sets off again, he meets Mr. Worldly-wiseman, who tells him of an easier way to get rid of his burden. Worldly-wiseman directs Christian to the town of Morality, to a gentleman named Legality. On the way, however, Christian must pass beneath Mt. Sinai, with all its threatening fire and thunder. Christian cowers there until he is found by Evangelist, who reproves him and sets him back on his way. Through this episode Christian learns that morality and legality only increase one’s condemnation under God’s law.

Eventually Christian comes to the Wicket Gate. There he is admitted by Good-will, who sets him on the way to the Celestial City. The way, he explains, is straight and narrow. Any path that turns away from it will lead him astray.

The Wicket Gate represents salvation. Anyone may knock at this gate, and none are turned away. Later in the story it becomes clear that one must enter the way to the Celestial City only by the Wicket Gate: others who come in from by-paths are still condemned. Passing through the gate represents Christian’s justification.

Nevertheless, his burden is not removed at the gate. Good-will tells Christian, “as to thy burden, be content to bear it, until thou comest to the place of deliverance; for there it will fall from thy back of itself.” So Christian presses forward, stopping for instruction at the Interpreter’s house (of which more anon). From the Interpreter’s house his road, protected on either side by a high wall of Salvation, leads him to a place where stands a cross and a sepulcher. As Christian comes up to the cross, his burden is loosed from his back. It tumbles into the sepulcher and it is never seen again. Then three shining ones appear. One proclaims that Christian’s sins are forgiven, one changes his raiment, and one gives him a roll or scroll (also called a certificate) from which he is supposed to read.

The order of these events indicates Bunyan’s reaction to Puritan views on assurance of salvation. Following the typical Puritan pattern, Christian feels the weight of his sins as an overwhelming burden. His conviction of sin leads him into despondency, and he discovered that morality and legality will deepen his condemnation. All of this was standard Puritan fare: one could not experience assurance until he felt overwhelmed with guilt.

Christian does not receive assurance when he passes through the Wicket Gate. If indeed the gate represents the moment of conversion and justification, Bunyan is still following the usual Puritan pattern. One might be among the elect and yet feel no assurance of that fact. Like Christian, many Puritans continued to feel the burden of their sins after they had trusted Christ for salvation.

Where Bunyan departs from the typical Puritan pattern is in the way that Christian is eventually relieved of his burden. He does not receive assurance by examining his life for perseverance. He receives assurance by coming to the cross. For Bunyan, the finished work of Christ, and not individual spiritual success, was the ground of assurance. Bunyan is taking sides here in a Puritan controversy, aligning himself more closely with the position of Edward Fisher (The Marrow of Modern Divinity) than with mainstream Puritanism.

Subsequently, Christian continues his journey with full assurance of salvation, bolstered by readings from his roll or certificate. Only on one occasion does he lose the roll, and then his progress is blocked until he retraces his steps to recover it. For Bunyan, assurance of salvation was readily available to all believers. It rested upon the objective ground of the cross of Christ. It could be sustained by reading God’s promises in a personal way. Here, Bunyan departed from typical Puritanism.

This essay was originally posted here and is used by permission.

Pilgrim’s Progress: The Beginning of the Story — G3 Ministries

Rest on a Promise — VCY America

The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it.Genesis 28:13

No promise is of private interpretation: it belongs not to one saint but to all believers. If, my brother, thou canst in faith lie down upon a promise and take thy rest thereon, it is thine. Where Jacob “lighted” and tarried and rested, there he took possession. Stretching his weary length upon the ground, with the stones of that place for his pillows, he little fancied that he was thus entering into ownership of the land; yet so it was. He saw in his dream that wondrous ladder which for all true believers unites earth and heaven, and surely where the foot of the ladder stood he must have a right to the soil, for otherwise he could not reach the divine stairway. All the promises of God are “Yea” and “Amen” in Christ Jesus, and as He is ours, every promise is ours if we will but lie down upon it in restful faith.

Come, weary one, use thy Lord’s words as thy pillows, Lie down in peace. Dream only of Him. Jesus is thy ladder of light. See the angels coming and going upon Him between thy soul and thy God, and be sure that the promise is thine own God-given portion and that it will not be robbery for thee to take it to thyself, as spoken specially to thee.

Rest on a Promise — VCY America

Expect God’s Favour — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Psalm 5:12 “For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” And Job 10:12 “You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.”


Beloved one, know the assurance of your Father’s blessing, his presence, his favor, and his surrounding grace. Who you are and everything you have is the result of his favor. He is your sun and shield, and his honor validates you (Psalm 84:11). Your Abba wants to take you as his precious child right up next to his heart today. He will keep you close and make his face shine on you and be gracious to you (Numbers 6:24-25). Your Father smiles on you today with his compassion and his full blessing as you seek him (Isaiah 30:18). He has written this day of your life in his book. He knew you before you were born (Psalm 139:16). You are constantly on his mind (Psalm 139:17-18).

Be blessed to know that your Father’s providence goes before you to provide for your every need. He is with you to strengthen you and keep you from harm (1 Chronicles 4:10). Be blessed as his favor rests on his appointed work through your hands (Psalm 90:17), because his purposes and power for you are great.

Dear one, you need favor with your authorities whom God has placed over you and with those in decision-making positions (Ezra 7:27; Nehemiah 1:11). His Word says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1). Be blessed as God breaks through all hindrances and uses all concerned with you to fulfill his will on your behalf.

Let your Abba protect your emotions, as he surrounds you with the shield of his presence (Psalm 5:12). He promises that weeping may endure for a night, his anger is but for a moment, but joy comes in the morning, and his favor lasts for your lifetime (Psalm 30:5). He keeps you today in the favor of his love and faithfulness (Proverbs 3:3-4). He withholds no good thing from you as you live before him blamelessly (Psalm 84:11).

Be blessed in the name of the One who rejoices today in doing you good. (Jeremiah 32:41).

By Sylvia Gunter
Used by Permission


Further Reading

  God is Thinking about You

•  What a Friend we have in Jesus

•  Salvation Explained

Expect God’s Favour — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Freeze! — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

He was crouched low as he slowly followed a bit of a trail through the thick underbrush when his Sargent harshly whispered, ‘FREEZE!” He froze immediately and he listened intently for any noise as his eyes darted around trying to spot any danger that the Sarg. might have seen. And then he spotted it. Strung across the path, ankle high, right in front of his foot was a clear nylon trip line… He hadn’t seen it… One step more and… He didn’t want to think about it…

Life is full of trip lines. But praise the Lord for he has given us his Holy Spirit to warn us when to “FREEZE!”

The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made both of them. Proverbs 20:12

My prayer for us this week

“Heavenly Father, we are still because we know that You are God. You are exalted among the nations; You will be exalted in the earth. You are with us and are our stronghold. Thank you and praise you, in Jesus name, amen.” Psalm 46:10,11

Have a great week

by Alec Niemi
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   God Is…

•  More than a Father

•  Salvation Explained

Freeze! — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

1 Dec 2022 News Briefing

PA envoy warns of end of two-state solution, ‘at the end of the road’
The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in immediate danger, the PLO’s envoy to the UN warned on Wednesday. “We are at the end of the road for the two-state solution. Either the international community summons the will to act decisively or it will let peace die passively. Passively, not peacefully,” Riyad Mansour said, addressing a plenary session of the General Assembly on the conflict.

Florida’s Gov. DeSantis criticizes Chinese government for stifling dissent, calls on Congress to punish Apple if it removes Twitter from App Store
Gov. Ron DeSantis joined the ranks of many American leaders Tuesday, voicing support for Chinese citizens who have taken to the streets challenging their repressive, communist government. Moments later, he recommended an exercise of U.S. government power against an American company, saying the U.S. government should consider punishing technology giant Apple if it removes the social media platform Twitter from its App Store.

Washington Goes To War Against Twitter And Free Speech
Washington this week is in full wartime footing. No, it’s not over the Russian invasion of Ukraine or North Korean missiles or even Chinese expansionism. It is about Twitter and the threat of Elon Musk to restore free speech protections to social media. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has emerged as the bellicose general rallying others to the “censor or die” pressure campaign against Twitter. The problem is that citizens are flocking to Twitter and signing up in record numbers. They want more, not less, free speech. The over two million new sign-ups per day represent a 66% increase over the same period last year, according to figures released by Musk.

NYC To Start Involuntarily Hospitalizing Mentally Ill Homeless People
Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday announced a new program that will involuntarily hospitalize people deemed a danger to themselves — regardless of whether they’ve demonstrated a risk to others.

The Establishment Is Using An Ideological Monopoly In Big Tech To Maintain Control
The news surrounding Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and the political firestorm it has caused probably hasn’t escaped most people. The platform which once represented the very root of leftist cancel culture and activist organization for attack mobs has suddenly been turned upside down. Musk’s position appears to be a simple one: Free speech within the bounds of the law. He has so far made good on that promise, and the leftists are losing their collective hive mind because of it.

Texas Parent Shocks School Board With Graphic Library Books
Parent in @friscoisd reads from a pornographic book available to kids. A board member stops her and says “there’s a child in our board room.” They acknowledge it’s inappropriate to read in front of children but these books can be in the school library. Make it make sense pic.twitter.com/VwpUBWOYnb “The hypocrisy was so blatant,” Ayres said. Besides the “Wallflower” book, six other titles remain on the shelves: “Check, Please! Book 1:#1 Hockey,” “Chicken Girl,” “Glass,” “Glass Castle,” “The Perks of Being a Wildflower,” “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” and “The Exact Opposite of Okay.”

Musk: Twitter Has “Interfered In Elections”
Twitter owner Elon Musk on Wednesday confirmed what everyone with two functioning brain cells and intellectual honesty already knew; the social media giant has “interfered in elections.”

Jerome Powell Claims ‘Nobody’ Expected Inflation To Get So High. Here Are The Economists Who Did.
several economists, including former Obama administration appointees, raised alarms earlier. Steven Rattner wrote in a Nov. 16, 2021 op-ed in The New York Times. “They can’t say they weren’t warned — notably by Larry Summers,

Threat environment in U.S. to remain heightened in coming months, government says
The threat environment in the United States will remain heightened in coming months, with lone offenders and groups motivated by a range of ideologies posing a danger, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Wednesday.

Is Israel’s police chief on his way out?
There has recently been concern for Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai’s stability in the position with the new coalition coming in due to his recent blunders, the expanded authority Itamar Ben-Gvir has requested at the expense of the police chief as national security minister and the long-standing tension between the two.

Egyptians demand return of Rosetta Stone from British Museum
Egyptian voices are calling for the return of the Rosetta Stone, the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs, among the most important artifacts in the British Museum, to its place of origin.

Islamic State leader al-Quraishi killed, terrorist group announces
Islamic State (IS) militant leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashemi al-Quraishi was killed in fighting, its spokesman said in an audio message posted on an affiliated Telegram channel, another heavy blow to a group that once struck fear across the Middle East.

UN to mark ‘Nakba Day’ – Israel’s establishment as catastrophe
The UN General Assembly voted Wednesday afternoon in favor of holding a commemorative event in honor of the 75th “Nakba Day,” the Palestinian name for Israel’s establishment, which translates to “catastrophe.”

Biden rewards Palestinians for terrorism, incitement
The Biden administration’s recent decision to upgrade its relations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) is yet another sign of how the U.S. is rewarding the Palestinians, as they are the Iranian regime, for their ongoing toxic incitement and terrorism against Israel.

Iran sentences four alleged spies to death, cooperated with ‘Zionist regime’
Four people were sentenced to death on Wednesday in Iran after being accused of cooperating with Israel’s Mossad spy agency, Iranian media reported. According to the state-affiliated Mehr news agency, the four even conducted kidnappings on behalf of the Mossad. Iran periodically arrests Iranian nationals with charges of spying for Israel.

Netanyahu: I will not allow Israel to be governed by Talmudic law
Prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu said he will not allow Israel to be governed by Talmudic law, in an interview with former New York Times journalist Bari Weiss on Wednesday.

New US envoy hails Biden for ‘elevating’ Palestinian issue, vows to pressure Israel on Palestinian consulate
The U.S.’ freshly appointed special envoy to the Palestinians, Hady Amr, on Wednesday hailed the Biden administration for creating the position, which he said “elevates” the Palestinian cause and underlines the administration’s commitment to Palestinian statehood. The creation of the role, under the title “U.S. Special Representative for Palestinian Affairs,” was “unprecedented,” Amr told reporters, and “bolsters our ability to manage challenges in the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.”

3,000-year-old Canaanite scarab found by Israeli schoolchildren
“The scarab was used as a seal and was a symbol of power and status,” said Dr. Amir Golani, an IAA specialist of the Bronze Age period. “It may have been placed on a necklace or a ring. It is made of faience, a silicate material coated with a bluish-green glaze.”

Rare DNA from Medieval Jewish cemetery in Germany sheds unprecedented light on origin of Ashkenazi Jews
“Modern Ashkenazi Jews are genetically very similar to one another, sharing a lot of genetic material,” Professor Shai Carmi told Israel365 News. “This means that with limited exceptions, modern Ashkenazi Jews today are one single uniform population. In Erfurt in the 14th century, this was not the case.”

China hit by strongest cold wave since 1987
The weather in northern China changed dramatically at the end of last week, leaving at least 7 people dead and hundreds of thousands of livestock stranded after exceptionally cold temperatures hit the province of Xinjiang. At the same time, southern China was experiencing a rare heat wave with temperatures exceeding 35 °C (95 °F) in some places. The cold wave entered South China on November 29, dropping temperatures more than 20 °C (36 °F) in just 24 hours.

Strong and shallow M5.6 earthquake, numerous aftershocks at Taupō volcano, New Zealand 
Seismic unrest continues at Taupō volcano, New Zealand, with a strong and shallow M5.6 earthquake and numerous aftershocks registered on November 30, 2022. The Volcanic Alert Level for Taupō volcano was increased to Level 1 on September 20, 2022. This was based on ongoing earthquakes and deformation at levels above typical background since May.

Large and destructive tornadoes hit Southern U.S. 
A severe weather outbreak hit the Southern U.S. on November 29, 2022, bringing strong tornadoes, very large hail, and severe gusts across parts of the lower to mid-Mississippi Valley, Mid-South, and parts of the Southeast. A few long-track strong tornadoes remain possible before the event is over

UN & WEF declare “We own the Science” & admit to censoring info on Google & Social Media that destroys the Official Narrative
The World Economic Forum held the Sustainable Development Impact Meetings towards the end of September 2022, convening at the same time as the United Nations General Assembly. In those meetings, UN officials declared that they apparently “own the science”. They also admitted to; among other things –

CDC quietly confirms at least 118k Children & Young Adults have ‘Died Suddenly’ in the USA since the roll-out of the COVID Vaccines
Official figures quietly published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirm nearly half a million children and young adults have died ever since the Food & Drug Administration first granted emergency use authorisation to a Covid-19 vaccine in the USA.

Pfizer confirms COVID Vaccines damage the Immune System in recently published Study
We have been sold an antivaccine as a vaccine. Official Government and Pfizer statistics prove that the “old” Pfizer COVID injection destroys the immune system at a rate greater than 1% per day.

PfizerGate: Australian Government confirms a 1,356% increase in Excess Deaths occurred in the first 7 months of 2022
Official figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirm that Australia recorded 15 times more excess deaths in the first 7 months of 2022 than it did throughout the whole of 2020.

UK confirms transfer of advanced weapons to Ukraine
The UK Defence Ministry has confirmed that Britain is supplying Ukraine with modern laser-guided Brimstone 2 missiles, shrugging off Moscow’s repeated warnings about the risk of triggering a direct conflict between NATO and Russia.

DEA: 6 in 10 fentanyl-laced pills now contain potentially lethal dose
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warns of “a sharp nationwide increase in the lethality of fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills” in a news release on Monday.

Military’s Vaccine Mandate Turning Off Potential New Applicants Amid Recruitment Struggles: Former Army Recruiter
Army National Guard soldiers are reportedly leaving at a faster rate than they’re enlisting for service. According to officials, more than 7,500 have retired or left the Guard this past fiscal year. Maj. Gen. Rich Baldwin, chief of staff of the Army National Guard, told The Associated Press that current challenges to staffing are the worst he’s seen in the past two decades.

Life-Insurance Payouts Hit Record $100 Billion in 2021
U.S. life insurers paid a record $100 billion in 2021 in death benefits, fueled by another year of Covid-19 deaths, an industry trade group said. Payouts rose 11% in 2021 to $100.19 billion, most likely due to the pandemic, according to the American Council of Life Insurers. The increase was on the heels of a 15% year-over-year rise in 2020, when death-benefit payments totaled $90.43 billion.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Disney Releases ‘The Santa Clauses’ Movie Featuring A ‘We Love You Satan’ Montage Scene That Producers Say Is ‘Just A Joke’
Disney+ just released their new ‘holiday classic’ called ‘The Santa Clauses’, and one of the hallmark scenes from the movie is where the elves are parading before Santa and Mrs. Claus, holding up a sign meant to say ‘We Love You, Santa’, but instead says ‘We Love You, Satan’. The actress playing Mrs. Claus thinks it’s the funniest thing she’s ever seen, emoting some very authentic laughter. This mess is presented to us in joke form, but go kid your Grandma, this is no joke at all. This is a ‘christmas present’ from the company that promotes all forms of the vilest abominations from their ‘kingdom’. Welcome to the Wicked World of Disney.

JetBlue Won’t Hire The Unvaxxed, But Hired Violent Felon To Fly Planes
Some JetBlue pilots are outraged after the airline hired a violent felon to fly planes even as it refuses to hire people who haven’t taken the COVID vaccine, citing safety.

Zero-Tolerance: Chinese Lockdown Protests Intensify In Rare Display Of Defiance
Protests in China over President Xi Jinping’s zero-tolerance Covid-19 measures have intensified – expanding from Beijing and the far western Xinjiang region to several other major cities, including Wuhan, Shanghai, and the eastern city of Nanjing, according to video and photos circulating on social media.

It Is Beginning: 41 Percent Of All Small Business Owners Could Not Pay Rent In November
Many experts are now warning that we could see the housing market and the commercial real estate market simultaneously crash in 2023.  If that were to happen, it would put an extreme amount of stress on our financial system.  The only way we will avoid such a fate is if the Federal Reserve starts reducing interest rates.  Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen.  In fact, officials at the Federal Reserve keep telling us that interest rates are going to keep going up.  This is literally a suicidal course of action, because higher rates are going to absolutely crush the economy.

Transgender Surgeries Are No ‘Cure’ For Distressed Youths, Doctor Says
Surgically removing body parts and destroying healthy human function “violates one of the most fundamental principles of plastic surgery,” Dr. Patrick Lappert testified, explaining why he refuses to remove breasts from females who seek to appear male.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/12/01/1-dec-2022/

Headlines – 12/1/2022

U.S. envoy to Palestinians says Washington still wants Jerusalem consulate

Palestinian envoy tells UN ‘we’re at the end of the road’ for 2-state solution

UN to mark ‘Nakba Day’ – Israel’s establishment as catastrophe

UN General Assembly approves event honoring ‘Nakba Day’ parallel to Independence Day

Amb. Erdan to UN: Stop ignoring the Jewish Nakba

Medieval remains reveal diversity of Ashkenazi Jewish DNA – study

Holocaust survivors offered DNA tests to help find family

Amazon Will Continue to Sell Antisemitic Documentary for Now: ‘We Have to Allow Access to Those Viewpoints, Even If They Are Objectionable,’ CEO Says

How antisemitism became an American crisis

Netanyahu Condemns Trump on Antisemites: ‘He Made a Mistake. I Hope It’s Not Repeated’

Netanyahu on Kanye Kerfuffle: “Donald Trump Did Great Things for Israel”

Netanyahu vows to keep far-right in check: ‘Israel won’t be governed by Talmud’

Gantz warns of ‘serious harm’ if Ben Gvir assumes control of West Bank Border Police

Likud said to oppose demand to abolish ‘grandchild clause’ in Law of Return

Ministers condemn ‘terrible’ Jordanian film about 1948 war slated to hit Netflix

UNRWA condemns subterranean opening found beneath Gaza school

Palestinian killed in clash with military during West Bank arrest raid

IDF holds joint air drills with US, simulating strikes on Iran and proxies

‘Flagrant betrayal’: Luminaries blast Biden’s Iran envoy for ‘abetting the suppression of liberty’

Iran says 4 sentenced to death for alleged collaboration with Israeli intelligence

Female journalist arrested in Iran amid wave of protests, says her employer

Iranians Celebrate Their Country’s World Cup Loss to the US

Iranian Man Assassinated After Celebrating His Country’s Loss to the U.S.

Former CIA Officer Says Iranian Players Could Face Retribution After Losing to US in World Cup

World Cup: A missed opportunity to protest Qatar corruption, immorality – opinion

Mohammed bin Salman accused of attempt to ‘manipulate’ US court system

Students killed in explosion at Afghanistan religious school, Taliban blame ISIS for ‘unforgivable crime’

Third Islamic State leader killed in battle

Islamic State says leader killed ‘in combat with enemies of God’

IS announces leader’s death and names replacement

German parliament labels 1930s ‘Holodomor’ famine in Ukraine a genocide

Zelensky calls on Israel to stop ‘balancing’ between Ukraine and Russia

Biden admin pledges additional $53M to bolster Ukraine’s power grid

Russia’s Medvedev Warns NATO Over Supplying Ukraine With Patriot Systems

U.S. and NATO Scramble to Arm Ukraine and Refill Their Own Arsenals

NATO commits to future Ukraine membership: “NATO’s door is open”

EU seeks special court to probe Russian war crimes in Ukraine

Russia blames nuclear talks pullout on ‘toxic’ U.S. behaviour

US poised to back billions in military aid for Taiwan

South Korea scrambles fighter jets after Chinese and Russian warplanes enter air defence zone

Report warns half of world’s democracies facing erosion

Can Anyone Trust The Georgia Runoff With So Much Illegal Voting?

Complaint accuses Herschel Walker of committing voter fraud over Texas tax credit

Arizona secretary of state’s office sues Cochise County for failing to certify election

Democrat congressman sues Pennsylvania county he partially represents for not certifying election

Michael Moore: 147 Republicans Committed ‘Seditious Act’ by Voting Against Certifying Biden Win

Democrat-Led House Committee Now Has 6 Years of Trump’s Tax Returns After Long Legal Battle

“I Will Have Vengeance” – ‘Architect’ of Mar-a-Lago Trump-Ye Dinner Vowed in 2020 to “Burn Republican Party to [the] Ground”

Kevin McCarthy Letter to House J6 Committee Demands Staff Preserve Documents, Vows Hearings on Lax Capitol Security

“I don’t believe he will ever get 218 votes”: GOP rebellion threatens to kill McCarthy speaker bid

Democrats Elect ‘Election Denier’ Hakeem Jeffries as Leader

With Hakeem Jeffries’ rise, his members see ‘Democrats in total array’

Biden slammed for claiming public didn’t know ‘what the hell a supply chain was’: ‘Insulting Americans’

Biden voted against ending 1992 railroad strike but wants Congress to act to avoid one now

House votes to avert rail strike, impose deal on unions

House Passes Bill to Avert Rail Union Strike – Bill Heads to Senate Where It’s Expected to Hit Roadblock

South Korea Orders Striking Truckers Back to Work, Truckers Say No Deal

Bankman-Fried’s Money Tied to Major Media Outlets, Bringing “Journalistic Integrity” Into Question

Gov. Kristi Noem Bans Using China-Controlled TikTok Using State Devices Over Security Threats

TikTok’s Viral Challenges Keep Luring Young Kids to Their Deaths

Former Twitter ‘safety’ director admits banning Hunter Biden laptop story was a mistake

Elon Musk Admits Twitter Has “Interfered with Elections” – Agrees that Public Trust Must Be Restored

Elon Musk flames ‘coordinated’ Democrat attacks against him: ‘Actors on the political stage’

Elon Musk warned by European Union that Twitter could be banned unless he sticks to bloc’s digital rules

Elon Musk meets Apple CEO Tim Cook, says Twitter not at risk of getting pulled from App Store

Hacked Twitter data includes phone numbers, personal emails for celebrities, prominent politicians

Twitter becomes stage for China protests despite ban by Beijing

NY Times: China Protest Videos Surface Despite Censorship

China’s mass protests are overwhelming its censorship systems

Excitement, defiance for young Chinese in COVID ‘tipping point’ protests

Echoes of Tiananmen Square: World Looks Away as Chinese Communist Regime Sends in Tanks to Xuzhou to Quash Democracy Protests

Cotton: Biden Should Speak on China Protests to Stop another Tiananmen Square, Should Revoke Most Favored Nation Status if Force Is Used

San Francisco will allow police to deploy robots that kill

Indian Army Shows Off Birds of Prey Trained to Destroy Armed Drones

Series of earthquakes in northern Alberta felt in Edmonton, Grande Prairie and B.C.

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Bandar-e Lengeh, Iran

Strong and shallow M5.6 earthquake, numerous aftershocks at Taupo volcano, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

4.0 Earthquake Strikes Off Hawaii Coast While Mauna Loa Eruption Continues

Landslide leaves at least 2 dead and dozens missing in Brazil

Two volcanoes erupt simultaneously in Hawaii for first time in decades: “A very sacred event that we are watching”

Lava is spilling toward a key Hawaiian highway as 2 volcanoes erupt simultaneously

New aerial video captures eruption of world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, in Hawaii

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala eurpts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia eruptst to 10,000ft

Deadly tornado outbreak leaves homes in tatters across South

Mother, son killed after more than 30 tornados struck Gulf states

An Alabama community seems to have been ‘wiped off the map’ by extreme storms and tornadoes, a local emergency official said

China hit by strongest cold wave since 1987

Biden administration commits millions of dollars to relocate Native tribes threatened by climate change

Commentary: Why The UN Climate Summit Was Actually The China Empowerment Summit

GOP attorneys general try to block Vanguard from buying utilities over firm’s climate change stance and commitment to “net zero greenhouse gas emissions”

Biden’s Energy Advisor Amos Hochstein: “Eventually We Are Going to be Phasing Out the Use of Oil”

Contractor: Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Net Will Cost $400M

Uvalde Shooting Victim’s Mother Sues Police, School District and Gun Manufacturer

Troubling Sign at the Border: 3 Agents Killed Selves in November

ICE accidentally released the identities of 6,252 immigrants who sought protection in the U.S.

SCOTUS Takes Up Major Immigration Case Between Texas And Biden Administration

US air marshals plot ‘mutiny’ against Biden plan to leave flights unprotected after a Biden administration order that they leave their assignments and go to the southern border

8 Sex Offenders Arrested in One Texas Border Sector in Two Weeks

Florida doctor accused of drugging, raping patients found dead in ditch

Study: Pandemic Fueled Alarming Rise in Child Sexual Abuse in the Philippines

Mother Furious After 8-Year-Old Daughter Taught About Masturbation in UK School

SBC head rejects claim ex-president Johnny Hunt has been restored to ministry after abuse allegation

Officials: Oklahoma Assistant D.A. Accused of Possessing Child Pornography

Fashion company Balenciaga sues ad company over campaign featuring child porn SCOTUS decision

Bob Iger Contradicts Himself over Disney’s Fight with Florida, Expresses Regret After Earlier Denouncing Anti-Grooming Law

Nolte: ‘Queerness’ Is ‘Core’ of Disney+ ‘Willow’ Series

Walmart’s Walton Family Funds LGBT Events for Kids in Arkansas

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal rules that 6-year-old was not discriminated against by teacher saying ‘there’s no such thing as boys and girls’

Same-sex households in the U.S. surpass 1 million for the first time, data shows

Senate Rejects Lee Religious Liberty Amendment, Passes So-Called ‘Respect for Marriage Act’

Japan court rules same-sex marriage ban is constitutional, but activists see a silver lining

Senate Prays Before Legalizing Gay Marriage: ‘Lord, Give Us the Grace to Stay on the Road of Virtuous and Godly Living’

FDA Plans to Allow More Gay, Bisexual Men to Donate Blood

The Most Passionate Science Deniers Are Pro-Trans ‘Experts’ Who Profit From Carving Up Kids

Teen Vogue Publishes Article From Doctor Promoting Mutilating Minors in the Name of ‘Gender Affirmation’

NYT Admits: ‘Gender-affirming’ Drugs Could Hurt ‘Trans Youths’

Bill Maher roasts ‘crazy’ left for insisting men can get pregnant: ‘It’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not’

U.K.: Transgender ‘Woman’ Jailed for Impregnating 14-Year-Old

Indiana AG Insists on Punishing Doctor Who Gave Abortion to 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

Drug overdose deaths among seniors have more than tripled in two decades

‘Mind control’ by parasites influences wolf-pack dynamics in Yellowstone National Park

Scientists Revive World’s Oldest Frozen “Zombie Virus” Buried in a Frozen Lake in Russia, Sparking New Pandemic Fears

US children’s hospitals overwhelmed by RSV cases

15 Worst Covid Lies That are Now Completely Exposed for All the World to See

Nearly a quarter of countries forcefully stopped religious gatherings during COVID, report

Long Covid may be ‘the next public health disaster’ – with a $3.7 trillion economic impact rivaling the Great Recession

COVID hospitalization rates in babies as bad as for seniors amid Omicron wave, study shows

New Zealand government tries to seize guardianship of baby after parents demand unvaccinated blood for surgery

CDC Withheld Data on Fatal Reaction to COVID Vaccine From Post-Vax Surveys for Nearly Two Years

Poll: Vaccinated Individuals Not Eager to Get Booster ‘Tailored to Newer Specific Variants’

21 GOP Governors Sign Letter Opposing Military Vaccine Mandate

Appeals court upholds pause on Air Force vaccine mandate

Indian Government Blames Public for Getting Vaccines Despite Being Aware of its Side Effects – Claims it Cannot be Held Liable for Any Injuries

New ‘Died Suddenly’ Film Pushes Unfounded Depopulation Claims About Covid-19 Vaccine

More Republicans Died Than Democrats after COVID-19 Vaccines Came Out – While excess death rates were slightly higher among Republicans than Democrats, “both are dying at really high rates over this period”

Bill Clinton Tests Positive for Covid-19, Says He Is “Grateful to be Vaccinated and Boosted”

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Mid-Day Snapshot · Dec. 1, 2022

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The Truth About Those 9,000 Oil Permits

The Biden administration routinely blames oil companies for unused permits, but it’s complicated.

Nate Jackson

When Joe Biden and people in his administration lie, it is with the intent to deceive, to mislead, to make you think the opposite of the truth. That was rarely the case with Donald Trump’s hyperbole, but you could always count on the Leftmedia “fact-checkers” to “well technically” the stuffing out of Trump’s statement and call them lies. Naturally, just the opposite happens for Biden — “fact-checkers” circle the wagons.

That rank partisanship is why we routinely put “fact-checkers” in scare quotes.

If Trump had bragged about the federal government issuing 9,000 permits for oil drilling, it would have been to highlight the truth that his administration was doing a lot for domestic energy production by getting the federal government out of the way. When Biden or, as happened earlier this week, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby trot out the same number, their intent is to make it seem as if his administration isn’t doing everything it can to hamper domestic oil production out of dogmatic dedication to their climate agenda.

Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy challenged Kirby regarding the Biden administration’s green light for Chevron to resume oil drilling in Venezuela.

“Why is it that President Biden would rather let U.S. companies drill for oil in Venezuela than here in the U.S.?” Doocy asked.

Kirby responded with the same canard about permits: “The president has issued 9,000 permits for drilling on U.S. federal lands, Peter, 9,000 of them being unused. There are plenty of opportunities for oil and gas companies to drill here in the United States.”

It’s no small irony that Merriam-Webster announced its “Word of the Year” this week: “Gaslighting” is “The act or practice of grossly misleading someone especially for one’s own advantage.” The amusing part is that gas prices are the reason for a lot of White House gaslighting about oil.

Biden himself pioneered the claim about 9,000 permits in March, though pointing to permits as a way to blame supposedly lazy and greedy oil companies dates back to Bill Clinton. “It’s simply not true that my administration or policies are holding back domestic energy production,” Biden insisted. “[Oil companies] have 9,000 permits to drill now. They could be drilling right now, yesterday, last week, last year.” PolitiFact rated his bogus claim “mostly true.”

Oddly enough, the word “Keystone” cannot be found in that “fact-check,” though to be fair that pipeline was meant to transport Canadian oil to U.S. refineries. Another thing not mentioned was Biden’s moratorium on issuing any federal leases when he took office, which a judge had to overturn.

At least PolitiFact went on to explain that “it’s not as simple as Biden made it seem.” Oil companies don’t receive a permit and immediately fire up a drill later that afternoon. A lot of evaluation, exploration, and ramp up is needed because a permit doesn’t mean there’s oil in them there hills. Many of those leases are simply there to run out the 10-year clock because companies can’t extract anything. Biden blocked drilling in ANWR, where oil companies know there’s oil.

Moreover, environmental regulations come into play. Gernot Wagner, an associate professor of environmental studies at New York University, alluded to that: “While the cost to extract one barrel in Saudi Arabia is somewhere around $10 or $15, in West Texas it can be as high as $70.” Hence, when Biden brags about increasing oil production in his first year over Trump’s last year, it’s because oil had dropped well below $70 a barrel because of a little thing called COVID and it became a money-losing proposition to drill in 2020.

Quoting and paraphrasing Abhi Rajendran of Energy Intelligence, FactCheck.org says, “The price collapse in early 2020 led to ‘a massive reduction’ in capital expenditures, with companies going into a ‘fetal position’ to ‘weather the downturn,’ he said, and there has been only ‘a very modest recovery’ since in terms of capital spending. It dropped about 25% from 2019 to 2020, and went up by only 3% to 4% in 2021, compared with 2020, he said.”

Exploiting COVID in myriad ways to beat Trump was a brilliant (and gimme) election strategy, but it doesn’t make Biden a better president. His climate agenda is responsible for hampering American energy production, which — surprise! — yielded much higher prices for oil, gas, natural gas, and electricity.

Since those March “fact-checks,” Biden has threatened oil companies with punitive taxes for making what he considers to be too much profit. (Funny, but he doesn’t mention the profit the federal government rakes in for all those leases.) When challenged recently on there being so many drilling permits when he’s supposed to be fighting climate change, he snapped, “No more drilling. There is no more drilling.”

He has virtually declared war on oil companies and then he and his administration have the gall to blame them for high gas prices.

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Twitter Admits Election Interference

Yet another late-to-the-party culprit acknowledges fault in Big Tech’s decision to censor the Hunter Biden laptop bombshell.

Douglas Andrews

Mistakes were made.

When Ron Ziegler, Richard Nixon’s press secretary, repeatedly used this passive-voice construction during Watergate-era press briefings to acknowledge fault without articulating specific wrongdoing, he was roundly criticized by the media. And rightly so. Former New York Times columnist and congenital wordsmith William Safire dubbed it the “passive-evasive” voice, while political analyst Bill Schneider cleverly called it the “past exonerative tense.”

In recent months, though, we’ve seen this device being deployed repeatedly by those on the Left — specifically those who actively interfered in our most recent presidential election by suppressing the New York Post’s pre-2020 election Hunter Biden laptop bombshell about Joe Biden’s corruption.

The Left’s most recent mea culpa comes from the former head of — get this —trust and safety at Twitter, who recently admitted that its decision to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020 was “a mistake.” As Fox News reports:

During a sit down with journalist Kara Swisher, ex-Twitter safety chief Yoel Roth said that despite concerns about the authenticity of the laptop story, it still did not reach a point where he wanted to remove the content — which was later censored anyway. Initial reporting suggested that Roth blocked user access from the October 2020 story, but the former Twitter division lead said the decision was not up to him.

“But — so it was a mistake?” interviewer Kara Swisher asked.

“In my opinion, yes,” Roth responded.

And there you have it. But once again, notice how he preemptively absolved himself of guilt: He said “the decision was not up to him.”

Mistakes were made, they keep saying. Better two years late than never, we suppose, but no one ever seems to be held accountable. Not former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, not Facebook and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, not the corrupt forces within the FBI, not even The Shifty Fifty — those despicably deceptive “intelligence” “professionals” who signed their names and their reputations to a letter claiming that the laptop everyone now admits is authentic was actually Russian disinformation.

And remember: This wasn’t about all the salacious stuff on that laptop — the naked, drug-addled selfies of the president’s son, the “smartest guy” Joe Biden knows. No, this was about the sales receipts and the connective tissue that monetarily linked a former sitting vice president and presidential candidate to the Communist Chinese and other corrupt regimes. This was about the sort of influence-peddling scandal that flips an election.

And, as we now know, it did flip an election. According to a survey of 1,750 Biden voters in seven swing states taken just days after the 2020 election, nearly 10% of them said they wouldn’t have voted for him had they known about the incriminating evidence on that laptop.

You want evidence of a rigged election? There you have it.

“The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself,” tweeted Elon Musk on Monday. “The public deserves to know what really happened.”

Musk was responding to a Twitter user who earlier in November had tweeted, “Raise your hand if you think Elon Musk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the NY Post’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency.”

“This is necessary to restore public trust,” Musk replied.

Yesterday, he made yet another promise to his platform’s users: “The obvious reality, as long-time users know, is that Twitter has failed in trust and safety for a very long time and has interfered in elections. Twitter 2.0 will be far more effective, transparent and even-handed.”

No wonder the Democrats and their Leftmedia brethren want to silence Musk by any means necessary. Indeed, it’s hard to believe, but Musk, merely for his commitment to transparency and free speech, may have supplanted Donald Trump as the Left’s Public Enemy Number One. Let’s hope he enjoys that exalted status.

There’s an old-school journalistic adage that goes, “If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out.” Translation: Don’t take anyone’s word for anything.

Going forward, we might remember that admonition whenever someone on the Left — whether a journalist, an editor, a publisher, or some other no-good agenda-driven hack — tries to dismiss a deeply damaging revelation as “disinformation.”

Because when the Left lets loose with those “disinformation” salvos, you can be certain you’re over the target.

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Executive News Summary

Thomas Gallatin & Nate Jackson

Cross-Examination

  • Deaths by firearms rise: The number of individuals killed with firearms in the U.S. has risen to a three-decade high. 2021 set a record of 48,953 deaths in the U.S. with firearms. Those killed by firearms were predominately male, though the data also indicates that since the 1990s all demographic groups across the U.S. have seen an increase in the number of deaths by firearm. Among black men, the leading cause of firearm deaths was homicide, while among white men it was suicide. For black men killed by firearms, the highest percentage were young men age 20 to 24. For white men, it was those between the ages of 80 and 84, again primarily due to suicide. Homicides with firearms were 23 times higher among black males and four times higher among Hispanic males than white men. The trends are clearly going in the wrong direction. Firearm-related homicides among black men have increased by 74% since 2014, and suicides among white men have risen 41% since 2007. While the mainstream media loves to target firearms as the culprit, this conveniently avoids the real societal problem — a culture that is feeding this kind of deadly behavior, particularly in gang-ridden Democrat-run urban centers.
  • Biden’s student loan giveaway loses again: On Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Joe Biden’s plea to reinstate his unilateral effort to “forgive” student loan debt. The court elected not to overturn U.S. District Court Judge Mark Pittman’s decision to temporarily suspend Biden’s student loan giveaway. Biden’s program would have eliminated upwards of $20,000 in federal loan debt per individual student at an estimated cost to taxpayers of at least $400 billion. The Fifth Circuit is the second appellate court to block Biden, as several Republican-led states sued on the grounds that Biden has no legal authority to enact such sweeping action without congressional consent. Biden’s move to go ahead and issue his executive order prior to the midterm elections was likely more of a politically calculated gambit than a genuine policy-minded move.
  • Dems push for lame-duck spending spree: With Republicans set to take control of the House in January, Democrats in both the House and Senate are scrambling to pass another massive spending bill through Congress before losing control. Democrats are seeking $150 billion in additional spending on their pet social programs to be added to an omnibus government funding bill. Democrats hope to get Republicans on board by adding $75 billion in defense spending, a 10.3% increase over last year. The investment in military spending is long overdue, and Democrats want Republicans to hold their collective noses and green light this spending spree. Total government spending this year was equivalent to 25.1% of GDP, far higher than the 50-year average of 21%. Meanwhile, tax revenue was also up, equalling 19.6% of GDP — the second highest in U.S. history. The Wall Street Journal observes, “Democrats want to build in baseline outlays that keep spending that high and maintain pressure to keep raising taxes.” Their goal, as always, is to grow Americans’ dependency on government, and this proposed omnibus is just another step down that road.

Headlines

  • US economy grew faster in third quarter than first estimated (The Hill)
  • House Democrats now have Donald Trump’s taxes, Treasury Department indicates (Daily Wire)
  • Ex-Twitter safety chief admits Hunter Biden laptop censorship was a ‘mistake’ (Fox News)
  • EU threatens Twitter ban unless Musk ramps up moderation tactics (Forbes)
  • House passes Biden-backed bill to avert rail strike (Fox Business)
  • House Democrats tap Hakeem Jeffries to succeed Nancy Pelosi as leader (National Review)
  • New study: Offshore wind farms aren’t as safe for marine ecosystems as proponents claim (Townhall)
  • Americans are losing trust in the military (Wall Street Journal)
  • Biden administration approves rule that funnels workers’ retirement funds into left-wing causes (Washington Times)
  • CNN announces layoffs amid difficult year (The Hill)
  • Katie Hobbs sues Arizona county for refusing to certify gubernatorial election (National Review)
  • Humor: Trans furry named “Best in Show” at national dog show (Babylon Bee)

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The Glorification of Suicide

A Canadian company runs an ad celebrating the country’s medical assisted suicide law.

Thomas Gallatin

Death is the last great enemy. It is inevitable and unavoidable. However, death is not the end of existence. The religious have long known this fact. And Christianity offers the one true answer to the riddle for entering heaven upon death. The fear of death has driven all kinds of endeavors throughout history across all cultures. Life is beautiful, life is a gift, life is special, and yet all too often the living take it for granted.

When it comes to the issue of abortion, those promoting this deadly practice attempt to ignore the fact that human life is being willfully snuffed out and all for the sake of convenience of an older life. Activists and Leftmedia outlets alike deny that a preborn human baby is a life, calling infants killed in abortions “pregnancy tissue” or some other euphemism.

This secular death cult on the one hand seeks to deny that human life exits prior to birth, and then celebrates death in the form of euthanasia. In both instances, the death cult rejects the sanctity of human life.

The latest example of the promotion of this death cult comes from north of the border. A Quebec retailer recently released a commercial that effectively promotes the nation’s assisted suicide law. The ad features Jennyfer Hatch, who earlier this year used Canada’s “medical assistance in dying” law or MAID to end her life. Hatch, who suffered from Ehlers Danlos syndrome, is depicted throughout the ad claiming that MAID allowed her to live the last days of her life to the fullest. In other words, MAID is depicted as a mercy, not a threat to life. It seeks to dignify suicide.

The trouble is that government-sanction assisted suicide is just one small step away from government-implemented euthanasia. Indeed, one Canadian who suffers from cerebellar ataxia, a disease that “attacks the brains and muscles” and has left him bedridden for the last six years, is suing a local hospital for pressuring him to commit suicide.

Despite his challenging condition, Roger Foley very much wants to live, and he argues that MAID is being used to pressure chronically ill patients to end their lives and save the medical institution the cost and trouble of having to provide long-term care. It’s sadly ironic that a hospital that exists to preserve life is instead eschewing that high calling and embracing the ideology of the secular cult of death.

Foley rightly worries that MAID will be used by the government to justify euthanizing patients who are deemed burdens to society. This is yet another argument against the adoption of a single-payer government healthcare system in the U.S., where bureaucrats rather than doctors will be making one-size-fits-all healthcare decisions for the masses. They’ll be doing so based more on numbers and figures than the patient.

Finally, the biggest consideration that the secularists entirely and foolishly reject is the reality of the afterlife. Eternity awaits us all on the other side. As Scripture teaches, there but two places an individual will spend eternity; Heaven or Hell.

No matter how bad life gets on this side of the grave, it is nowhere near as final nor as terrible as eternity in Hell. And this is the great tragedy of Hatch’s decision to end her life — it does not appear that she knew Jesus. As Christ clearly stated, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

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Ron DeSantis: The Republican Future?

The wildly successful Florida governor has a new memoir coming out, and it’ll fuel speculation of a 2024 presidential run.

Douglas Andrews

The TV ad, from 2018, is a sign of what once was.

In it, Casey DeSantis begins, “Everyone knows my husband, Ron DeSantis, is endorsed by President Trump. But he’s also an amazing dad. Ron loves playing with the kids.”

Then we cut to a scene of her husband, a newly announced candidate for Florida governor. He’s on his knees and watching his young daughter Madison play with big blocks. “Build the wall,” he tells her. In another scene, he’s teaching her to read with a “Make America Great Again” sign. In yet another scene, he’s reading Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal to his infant son Mason: “Then Mr. Trump said, ‘you’re fired!’ I love that part,” says DeSantis.

“It was the dumbest, most effective ad in Florida history,” said Kevin Cate, a clearly jealous media consultant for DeSantis’s opponent.

Those were the days.

Since then, 44-year-old Ronald Dion DeSantis — a former captain of the Yale baseball team and a retired U.S. Navy JAG officer — has become the wildly successful, resoundingly reelected governor of The Free State of Florida. He’s also seen as the future of the Republican Party and a potential 2024 presidential challenger to the man whose endorsement of him for governor in 2018 helped him win election by the narrowest of margins.

A soon-to-be-released book by DeSantis will only add to the speculation of a presidential run. After all, it’s what presidential candidates do.

That book, scheduled for publication in late February, is titled The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival, and it chronicles his life in public service.

As Fox News reports, the book’s publisher, Broadside, the conservative arm of HarperCollins, note that the autobiography “will cover key moments in DeSantis’ life, from growing up in a working-class family, playing in the Little League World Series, working his way through Yale University and Harvard Law School, volunteering for the Navy after 9/11 and serving in Iraq.”

That Navy service, as reported in a lengthy New Yorker profile by Dexter Filkins, includes his deployment to Iraq as a lawyer for SEAL Team One while they conducted operations in Ramadi. During that time, he traveled extensively with the SEALs and briefed them on rules of engagement, treatment of prisoners, and the like. The Filkins piece continues:

Back in Florida, DeSantis started dating Casey Black, a television news reporter for WJXT, in Jacksonville; in 2010, they were married. Not long afterward, a seat opened up in the Sixth Congressional District, south of Jacksonville Beach. In 2012, DeSantis entered the race.

DeSantis campaigned on smaller government and lower taxes, arguing to overturn Obamacare and eliminate entire federal agencies. “My mission was largely to stop Barack Obama,” he told a crowd later. As the campaign got under way, DeSantis published a book titled “Dreams from Our Founding Fathers” — a swipe at the President’s memoir. For a campaign book, it’s unusually wide-ranging, with carefully argued sections on the Federalist Papers, the Progressive Era, and the leftist theoretician Saul Alinsky. The basic contention, though, would have been familiar to followers of Barry Goldwater: “The conceit that underlies many of Obama’s policies and his allies is that virtually any issue, from the waistline of children to the temperature of the earth, is ripe for intervention of expert (and progressive) central planners.” DeSantis’s book was largely ignored — he once told a crowd that it was “read by about a dozen people” — but his message resonated in the Sixth District, one of the most conservative in the state. He won the election, and was reelected twice by wide margins.

Interestingly, as National Review’s Kyle Smith writes, what was supposed to be a predictably leftward New Yorker hit piece on DeSantis didn’t end up that way — at least for those who think a profile of DeSantis as “smart, serious, hard-working, focused, honest, and apparently incorruptible,” and who “ignores media noise and does what he thinks is best for Florida based on analysis of data and science,” and who has “an intense work ethic, a formidable intelligence, and a granular understanding of policy” is a fair and accurate portrayal of the man.

We tend to think it makes him sound downright presidential.

DeSantis, though, isn’t alone among Republicans when it comes to publishing. Two other likely 2024 presidential candidates — former Trump VP Mike Pence and former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — have also published books, and they also have a strong case for the GOP nomination.

DeSantis routinely gives the stiff-arm to talk of a White House run, but his resounding reelection in Florida — in which he trounced his Democrat opponent, Charlie Crist, by nearly 20 points — has made him the talk of the town. It’s also put him in the crosshairs of the only Republican whom we know is running for president in 2024: his onetime champion and endorser, Donald Trump. And if the former president’s recent swipe at the governor as “Ron DeSanctimonious” is any indication, a competition between the two could get really really ugly.

For now, though, DeSantis is plowing ahead as Florida’s governor and doing the little things that keep his name top-of-mind. As he put it recently during a well-received keynote address at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting, “We’ve got a lot more to do, and I have only begun to fight.”

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Bad Bunny: The Leftist Gender Puppet in Latin Culture

If leftists can inject gender ideology through Latin entertainment, they may slowly but surely change how Latinos accept it.

Scarlen Valderaz

Gender ideology has been injected into our American culture through institutions like Hollywood, universities, and public education. These institutions are effective at creating the illusion that most of the country aligns with gender ideology. This is far from the truth. Gender ideology is having a difficult time settling in with Latinos worldwide.

In the United States, the Left has worked overtime to erase the Latino culture by forcing the term Latinx upon them. This term is meant to be inclusive to those struggling with gender dysphoria and their identity. The term Latinx however, disrupts the Spanish language that Latinos have been speaking for centuries and it does not align with the culture. The Pew Research Center found that only 3% of Latinos in the United States identify with the term Latinx.

Latinos are rooted in traditions and values that include having respect for the nuclear family, putting their faith in God, and men being the providers of their family. Gender ideology is foreign to Latinos and goes against their faith, traditions, and values. If Latinos do not accept gender ideology through terms like Latinx, how does the Left insert this ideology into Latin culture? Through entertainment.

In recent years, Latin pop culture figures like Bad Bunny have been used to insert gender ideology into the young Latino generation. Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican gender fluid feminist who claims to push the boundaries in the Latin music industry. His genre of music is reggaetón, which is dominated by masculine male artists.

A Forbes article describes a music video Bad Bunny is in: “The Puerto Rican rapper is in drag for most of the video, while flaunting all his looks and making statements empowering gender fluidity.” In different performances, Bad Bunny can be seen kissing male and female dancers and wearing shirts that support the transgender community. When asked about how his gender fluidity translates to the clothes he wears, he states that he believes that clothing has no gender and men can wear dresses. Bad Bunny has been a recipient of multiple awards including Latin Grammys, a Grammy, and MTV awards.

Leftists understand that artists like Bad Bunny do not represent traditional Latin values or culture, which is why they have elevated his music within the young Latin generation. If they can inject gender ideology through Latin entertainment, they may slowly but surely change how Latinos accept gender ideology into their culture within the United States. Globally, however, this is not the case.

Organizations like Con Mis Hijos No Te Metas (Do Not Mess With My Kids) have opened chapters in Spain, Peru, and Cuba. Since 2016, this organization has mobilized parents and community members to fight gender ideology and the sexualization of children in their countries.

Latinos worldwide will not allow gender ideology to take over their culture without a fight. Americans may feel alone in the battle to maintain our traditions and culture, but we must remember that our Latin neighbors are in this battle as well.

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This just in: “The obvious reality, as long-time users know, is that Twitter has failed in trust & safety for a very long time and has interfered in elections. Twitter 2.0 will be far more effective, transparent and even-handed.” —Elon Musk

Critical corruption: “The Biden family scandal — the millions of dollars that agents of the Chinese government (among other agents of corrupt and hostile regimes) poured into the family coffers during the Obama and Trump years — cannot be disaggregated from Biden administration policy positions on China. … If there were such a Republican president, there would not be the slightest hesitancy to brand him ‘purchased by China.’ But in our reality, the president purchased by China is a Democrat, so the media-Democrat complex and its abettors in the bureaucracy would prefer that we not discuss it. No prob, right?” —Andrew McCarthy

Backwards thinking: “News flash: If you outlaw abortions, criminalize providing gender affirming care for trans youth, dictate what educators can teach in schools, and stop people from voting, you’re not the party of ‘limited government.’” —Robert Reich (“News flash: if you stump for the limitless killing of the unborn, seek legalized gender mutilation for minors, and advocate indoctrination of children by state employees against the values of their parents, you’re not the party of ‘protecting children.’” —Ben Shapiro)

Unbelievable brazenness: “Nations like China and Russia took a look at what we did in Afghanistan … and had to marvel at the speed, the efficiency of their effectiveness that very small number … of troops … are able to move that many Afghans safely out of that country. No other nation in the world can do that.” —Pentagon spokesman John Kirby (Thirteen murdered American service members would beg to differ.)

Memory lane from 2018: “The more we learn about the 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes. America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE President in the Oval Office.” —Hakeem Jeffries, the election denier just chosen to replace Nancy Pelosi as Democrat leader

Uh, we know inflation took off immediately: “We passed the American Rescue Plan. Now everybody knows it, but we did so much, no one knows the effects of it yet. It’s just coming into play. So many things you’re going to find out that we’ve already done that we haven’t been able to actually implement yet.” —Joe Biden

Government is here to help? “What’s most exciting about it is people are starting to feel a sense of optimism and the impact of these legislative achievements in their own lives. It’s going to accelerate in the months ahead. We’re going to be the supply chain. And the difference is that we’re going to make the supply chain available to the rest of the world. We’re not going to be hostage anymore.” —Joe Biden

Re: Leftist Big Business: “Don’t be a vassal of the [Chinese Communist Party] on one hand and then use your corporate power in the United States on the other to suffocate Americans and try to suppress their right to express themselves.” —Ron DeSantis regarding Apple and the ChiComs

Non Compos Mentis: “Twitter owner Elon Musk shared a photo of his bedside table littered with cans of Diet Coke, reminding us of the power the beverage has.” —The Washington Post

And almost last… “To be clear, I do not hate Soccer. I think it’s a fine sport for countries for whom the next big technological advance is the use of hands.” —Jeremy Boreing

And last… “Technically, everyone from Adam to Noah was an ante-Semite.” —Church Curmudgeon

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Experts Warn That If You Stop Listening To Them They’ll Feel Sad — Babylon Bee

U.S. — As distrust in experts reaches record highs across the country, many experts are issuing a dire warning that if you stop listening to them it will make them feel sad.

“We cannot stress enough just how serious this is,” said Harvard Sociologist Marv Werdleskeez, an expert on experts. “If people stop unquestionably believing every single thing experts say, experts’ feelings will be very hurt. Then they might lose their confidence and retire from being experts. This will leave us with no more experts and everyone will die.”

According to a survey of experts nationwide, 90% of experts believe it would be very terrible if everyone stopped believing them. The other 10% said they would jump off a cliff. Sources familiar with the impending crisis say we are running out of time to start believing the experts before it’s too late. “Lives are at stake,” said Werdleskeez. “If we don’t salvage the self-esteem of the expert class soon, it could be catastrophic.”

At publishing time, several experts disagreed that the “expert crisis” was really a crisis, leading to them being immediately demoted from being experts.


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Experts Warn That If You Stop Listening To Them They’ll Feel Sad — Babylon Bee

CBN NewsWatch AM: December 1, 2022

Important victories: how candidates supporting parents’ rights in education won in local school board elections across the country last month, and where the movement goes from here; in a win for religious freedom, the Biden administration drops it case supporting a federal mandate forcing medical professionals to perform abortions or gender transitions against their will; Congress acts to prevent railroad strike as stocks rally following Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s statement that the central bank will slow the pace of interest rate hikes; Christians now a minority in England, as numbers of non-religious people grow; social media behind the decline in religious faith among young Americans, says Scott Cleland of the Restore Us Institute in interview with CBN’s Global Lane program; Fox anchor Harris Faulkner, author of a new book, “Faith Still Moves Mountains,” talks to CBN News about the power of prayer; and the most-shared Bible verse of 2022, according to the Bible app YouVersion.

Source: CBN NewsWatch AM: December 1, 2022

Covid Shots Every Two Months? I Don’t Even Change My A/C Filter that Frequently – Vince Coglianese — LifeZette

“The vaccine does not, unfortunately, stop you from getting COVID. The majority of people who have died recently from COVID have been vaccinated. But there’s a still telling you to take it every year. But then suddenly, with no explanation, that recommendation has changed. The HHS Secretary, Javier Becerra, just made this announcement quote, if it’s been over two months since your last dose, make a plan to get one now.” – Tucker Carlson

“… they keep pushing you towards shots and never towards a treadmill. Like the one thing that could actually stop COVID from killing people is if people lose weight, and they never talk about it, all they talk about is the thing that has made Pfizer and Moderna the richest they’ve ever been” – Vince Coglianese

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Covid Shots Every Two Months? I Don’t Even Change My A/C Filter that Frequently – Vince Coglianese — LifeZette

Europe Tries Desperately To Rein In Elon Musk Because Free Speech Threatens The Regime’s Grip On Groupthink — Conservative Review

If Musk emboldens dissident voices, then entrenched interests could be at risk of losing their power.

Europe Tries Desperately To Rein In Elon Musk Because Free Speech Threatens The Regime’s Grip On Groupthink — Conservative Review

Has Ukraine’s Army Been Reduced by Almost 50%? — The Gateway Pundit

Ursula von Der Leyen’s did the unthinkable today — she told the truth. During a speech condemning Russia for committing war crimes, she noted in passing that 100,000 Ukrainian “officers” (sic) have been killed since the start of the SMO.

Ukraine was not happy:

Ukraine has hit back at a claim by the European Commission’s president that 100,000 of Kyiv’s troops have been killed since Russia’s invasion in February

Ursula von der Leyen used the number in a video address, prompting Kyiv’s armed forces to state that the death toll was “classified information.” Footage of her speech has since been edited to cut the reference.

https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-russia-von-der-leyen-death-toll-1763553

The European Union stupidly tried to walk this back by erasing von der Leyen’s claim from the internet. That “walk back” failed. Which raises the question — who is a better Moon Walker? Von der Leyen or Michael Jackson?

I know. Michael Jackson of course. I do not believe that von der Leyen misspoke nor did she fabricate the number. If it really was an error of fact all she had to do was issue a statement to that effect, e.g., “Mea culpa, I meant to say 10,000 not 100,000”. She did not do that. She pretended she never said what she said.

If the 100,000 dead number is true, then that means Ukraine’s total casualties — i.e., killed and wounded — is approximately 400,000. In other words, Ukraine has suffered almost 40% casualties since the start of the fighting. During the 20th Century, this type of modern warfare normally saw 3 wounded soldiers for every man killed. Using that ratio we get the 400,000 number for total casualties.

When the war kicked off in February, Ukraine’s total manpower for ground forces was 1,125,000:

According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Ukraine has 196,600 active military personnel.

This breaks down into 125,600 ground troops, 35,000 airmen and 15,000 naval troops.

It can also count on 900,000 reservists although, as recent images of civilians holding wooden rifles suggest, not all of these forces are necessarily well equipped.

https://ukrainewar.info/russian-ukrainian-war-how-big-is-the-ukrainian-army-size-of-the-armed-forces-compared-to-russia-uk-usa-and-nato/

Ukraine’s state of emergency is still in effect and the reservists have been called to duty. In fact, Ukraine has gone beyond its normal reserve force strength and has been compelled by necessity to dragoon middle aged men into service. These are the “territorial defense” forces.

Is the 100,000 number of fatalities credible? Yes. If you consider that 275 days have come and gone since the start of Russia’s Special Military Operation on 24 February 2022, there must be an average of 364 KIA to reach the 100,000 dead figure. If you have followed the daily Russian MOD briefings, you would realize this is an accurate number. Here is today’s report, which reports approximately 190 KIA:

In Donetsk direction, as a result of offensive actions by Russian troops, near Belogorovka and Pershe Travnya . . . up to 50 Ukrainian servicemen, 4 armoured fighting vehicles, 3 self-propelled artillery units and 6 motor vehicles have been eliminated.

In Kupyansk direction . . . Firepower’s operation has resulted in halting and driving the enemy back to initial positions. Up to 50 Ukrainian servicemen, 10 tanks, 1 infantry fighting vehicle, 2 armoured personnel carriers, 1 self-propelled artillery unit and 1 motor vehicle have been eliminated.

In Krasniy Liman direction, three AFU company tactical groups, reinforced with tanks, unsuccessfully tried to attack Russian positions towards Ploshchanka, Chervonopopovka and Zhytlovka (Lugansk People’s Republic). . . As a result of the shelling, the enemy’s losses in this direction amounted to over 40 Ukrainian servicemen, 1 tank, 4 infantry fighting vehicles and 1 munition vehicle.

In South Donetsk direction, three AFU company tactical groups attempted to counterattack Russian positions near Novomikhaylovka, Novodonetskoye and Novosyolka (Donetsk People’s Republic). The counter-attacks have been repelled as a result of gunfire and active actions by Russian units. . . More than 50 Ukrainian servicemen, 2 infantry fighting vehicles, 2 armoured personnel carriers, 1 MT-LB, 1 armoured motor vehicle and 4 motor vehicles have been eliminated.

As I have discussed previously, Russia’s current military leadership is not following the tactics Soviet generals employed in WW II (i.e., mass troop assaults). Russia primarily has relied on massive artillery and rocket/missile strikes before launching a ground offensive. The Russian rate of artillery fire is unlike anything we’ve seen in history. More importantly, the accuracy of the artillery is enhanced by the use of drones and satellites to adjust fires, with updated coordinates relayed in real time to the artillery units.

Another factor contributing to Ukraine’s horrendous casualties is its lack of air power and effective air defense systems to counter Russian batteries. If Ukrainian troops try to attack a Russian fixed position, their movement by foot or vehicle is unprotected and vulnerable to Russian artillery or combat air.

It appears that some Western analysts who previously pooh-poohed the Russian tactics, are finally beginning to realize that Russia is serious about de-militarizing Ukraine via methodical, grinding tactics. There will come a point when Ukraine runs out of men and cannot field a combat effective force. It appears that day is approaching.

Has Ukraine’s Army Been Reduced by Almost 50%? — The Gateway Pundit

Progressive white women report high levels of mental illness in 2020 Pew survey

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I have the most amazing video for you to see. It’s a crazy left-wing activist doxing a libertarian lesbian woman wearing a breathe-through mask. First, let’s take a look at the video. Then, we’ll look at a recent survey reported by Pew Research in 2020, which assesses how mentally stable far-left feminist women are (self-reported). Then, I’ll make some comments for unmarried men.

OK, so here is the video, which was shared by the woman who was doxed. So it’s OK for me to share it, since the doxed woman didn’t care about it.

So, is this crazy woman rare? Or is she common?

Progressive white women and mental illness

Feminist web site Evie Magazine reported on the some 2020 findings by Pew Research (left-wing pollster):

A 2020 Pew Research study reveals that over half of white, liberal women have been diagnosed with a mental health condition at some…

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Slap Happy: Thieving Nonbinary Biden Official Leads Spanking Seminar at Sex Conference — Conservative Review

The Biden administration’s most infamous “genderfluid” official isn’t letting a pesky felony charge get in the way of a good time.

The post Slap Happy: Thieving Nonbinary Biden Official Leads Spanking Seminar at Sex Conference appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Slap Happy: Thieving Nonbinary Biden Official Leads Spanking Seminar at Sex Conference — Conservative Review

Evangelicalism in the 1970s and 80s—Scripture’s Inerrancy and Errant Evangelicals (Part 2) — Christ Over All

Before Harold Lindsell published The Battle for the Bible in 1976, the second major world conference on evangelism was held, the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization. Out of this conference that same year the influential Lausanne Covenant was produced, a document that is both statement of faith and ministry philosophy. This Covenant affirmed the “Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms,” but this sentence left loopholes. Some prominent evangelicals claimed that scripture was without error in faith and practice, but not necessarily in history and science—a position coined as “limited inerrancy.” This and other currents led to the International Conference on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI, 1978) and the drafting of the seminal Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. Following the publication of the Chicago Statement, a flurry of books challenged the traditional evangelical position on the authority and inerrancy of Scripture. A year following the ICBI, Jack Rogers of Fuller Seminary and his former student, Donald McKim, launched a major retaliatory assault upon belief in the inerrant Scriptures with The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible: An Historical Approach. Written for academics, it was a book few lay people would read. They drafted Ford Lewis Battles of Calvin Seminary, an evangelical institution, to write the foreword where he effectively exhibits the book’s arsenal:

How did the defensive, intransigent position of inerrancy that marks the handling of Scripture among certain twentieth-century children of the Protestant Reformation come into existence? Our authors have read the early church fathers, the medieval exegetes, and especially the magistral [sic] Reformers, and have found no such teaching about Scripture and its inspiration in those authors.[1]

1. Jack Bartlett Rogers and Donald K. McKim, The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible: An Historical Approach, 1st ed (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1979), XV.

Accordingly, Rogers and McKim claim that Calvin’s sixteenth-century successors launched a scholastic, philosophizing endeavor that found a haven at Princeton Seminary where Francis Turretin’s theology thrived with new life invigorated by infusions of Thomas Reid’s Scottish common-sense realism. According to Rogers and McKim, full inerrancy was a relatively recent invention, and church history was on the side of “limited inerrancy.”

The Rogers/McKim proposal quickly gained adherents despite initial piecemeal rebuttals published by the ICBI. Then, John D. Woodbridge, a church historian, reviewed The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible for the Trinity Journal (1 NS, 2 [1980]). His review swelled to 70 pages. Then it expanded into a book, Biblical Authority: A Critique of the Rogers/McKim Proposal (Zondervan, 1982). Woodbridge exposes numerous methodological problems manifest in Rogers and McKim’s presentation, documentation, and historiography. He rightly features their pivotal error, one that evangelicals who affirm an errant Bible regularly commit to this day. They unwittingly adopted Faustus Socinus’s teaching on divine accommodation.[2] Rogers and McKim erroneously attribute this errant notion concerning God’s revelation to Christians ranging from Augustine to Calvin in their effort to find reputable historical support for their belief that Scripture includes unintentional errors, otherwise known as “limited inerrancy.”

2. Faustus Socinus was an Italian theologian who denied the Trinity (amongst other orthodox doctrines).

D. A. Carson and John D. Woodbridge jointly edited two additional volumes that provided decisive responses to the Rogers/McKim thesis, with contributions from about twenty brilliant scholars, most of whom had no direct affiliation with the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI). The first book, in 1983, was Scripture and Truth, a collection of twelve penetrating and evergreen essays. Woodbridge and Randall Balmer dismantle Ernest Sandeen’s proposal on which Rogers and McKim so heavily depended. Carson and Woodbridge followed this with Hermeneutics, Authority, and Canon in 1986, a collection of nine essays that effectively demonstrate that belief in Scripture’s infallibility has always been central to the church’s affirmations. Carson’s, “Recent Developments in the Doctrine of Scripture,” and Woodbridge’s, “Some Misconceptions of the Impact of the ‘Enlightenment’ on the Doctrine of Scripture” administer devastating blows to the Rogers/McKim thesis. These knockout punches destroyed the thesis that ‘prior to the nineteenth century Christians never affirmed Holy Scripture’s inerrant authority in all matters the Bible affirms and on which it touches.’ Nevertheless, as will be shown, this discredited belief stubbornly persists contrary to the evidence.

At the core of the Rogers/McKim thesis is their grave misunderstanding of the Christian doctrine of God’s condescension or accommodation to reveal himself and his purposes to us his creatures. In their version of “limited inerrancy,” they contend that the Bible contains no intentional errors, that is, no biblical authors intended to deceive. However, Rogers/McKim claim that there are errors arising from human misunderstandings and false beliefs that have no bearing on Scripture’s saving function. For example, they would relegate much of Genesis 1–11 to mistaken understandings of human origins. Thus, they affirm Scripture’s “functional inerrancy.” They unwittingly and mistakenly attribute to ancient Christians (e.g., Chrysostom and Augustine) and medieval Reformers (e.g., Calvin and Luther) the doctrine of God’s accommodation that properly belongs to Faustus Socinus of the sixteenth century. Like Socinus, Rogers and McKim contend that the Holy Spirit accommodated the Scriptures to the mistaken viewpoints and beliefs of the biblical writers which included unintentional, erroneous, and false beliefs concerning the world, geography, history, mathematics, science, etc.

Late in their book, Rogers and McKim claim that Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck of Old Amsterdam held a limited or “functional inerrancy” view, a vastly different posture from that of A. A. Hodge and B. B. Warfield of Old Princeton. Likewise, they assert, “Bavinck, like Calvin, recognized that God had accommodated himself to our human forms of thought and speech in communicating his divine message.”[3] Their claims are incorrect and misleading. When they explain their understanding of “divine accommodation,” they do not concur with Bavinck anymore than they do with Calvin. Richard Gaffin convincingly demonstrates in two essays that Rogers and McKim wrongfully appropriated Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck. Rather, these theologians are both in harmony with the Reformers and with the Princeton theologians that Scripture is inerrant).[4]

3. Rogers & McKim, The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible, 392.
4. “Old Amsterdam and Inerrancy?” WTJ 44 [1982], 250–89; 45 [1983], 219–72.

Throughout the 1980s the Evangelical movement suffered the repercussions of the crises it encountered in the late 1970s. This was so despite the labor of pastors, scholars, and leading spokesmen who throughout the 1980s had defended biblical inerrancy against a heavy internal assault. Media stereotyping, internal divisions, and some public scandals all contributed to the identity crisis. As the decade was about to close, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the National Association of Evangelicals jointly convened the Evangelical Affirmations Consultation for four days in May 1989 with more than 600 participants. The purpose was to reaffirm the evangelical identity—“to clarify the character of the evangelical movement and to affirm certain truths critical” to the church’s advancement. Carl Henry, one of ten plenary speakers, acknowledged that concerning “their own identity and purpose, as well as their public image,” evangelicals “have never been more murky and maligned.”[5] Rightly, Henry devoted most of his presentation to “the origin, necessity, and proper understanding of the doctrine of inerrancy for evangelical identity.” He persuasively demonstrated that the doctrine of inerrancy did not arise in reaction to historical criticism or Modernism but that it derives from Scripture itself. Henry made the case that Evangelicalism must be known for more than its apologetic championing of Scripture’s inerrancy. He wisely observed that to fixate on inerrancy too “readily sacrifices an awareness that two competing worldviews underlie the conflict over the Bible.” Efforts to “rescue particular disputed passages may even unwittingly obscure a necessary challenge to anti-supernaturalistic presuppositions” of detractors. This “bias inevitably involves a secular misperception of inspiration and accommodates a devaluation of the text.”[6] Succinctly stated, Henry called for evangelicals to cease thinking in bits and pieces but in totalities, in a worldview.

5. Christianity Today, June 16, 1989
6. Carl Henry, “Who are Evangelicals?” Henry Center for Theological Understanding.

 Evangelicalism has never recovered its doctrinal identity or cohesiveness since its fractures during the 1970s. Despite valiant endeavors by leading evangelicals, answers to the two leading questions thrust upon Evangelicalism in the mid-1970s became murkier and more disappointing: (1) Who are the evangelicals? (2) What do evangelicals believe concerning the authority and truthfulness of Holy Scripture?

 Many prominent “evangelicals” today deny full inerrancy. Numerous examples could be offered to illustrate how far they have strayed from what evangelicals once believed. Consider one example of how a wrongly construed doctrine of God’s revelatory accommodation to his creatures leads to a wrong doctrine of scripture. Denis Lamoureux insists that Scripture includes the false beliefs of the Bible’s human authors. He candidly states that although Scripture tells us how God created all things, Scripture is actually wrong: “Holy Scripture makes statements about how God created the heavens that in fact never happened. . . . Holy Scripture makes statements about how God created living organisms that in fact never happened.” To these audacious statements, Lamoureux asks and answers, “‘Did God lie in the Bible?’ Again my answer is ‘No! The Lord accommodated in the Bible.’”[7]

7. “No Historical Adam,”

 Four Views on the Historical Adam, eds. Barrett & Caneday, 54, 56, emphasis original.

Conclusion

The many Christians who gathered together to draft The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy published a significant, useful, and enduring statement for evangelicals. It remains an authoritative affirmation, a resource appealed to effectively by individuals, churches, and academic institutions. Likewise, books and resources published by the ICBI served evangelicals well to defend their faith concerning the Scriptures. Many other evangelical scholars contributed significant exegetical, theological, and historical defenses of the ancient belief in the inerrant and authoritative Scriptures.

During the 1970s, of the various arguments for “limited” or “functional inerrancy,” Rogers & McKim published the most daunting and impressive proposal. Though it initially found favor among evangelicals who flirted with their errant view on inerrancy, early in the 1980s, thanks to John Woodbridge, their thesis came under devastating criticism, so much that copies remained long on bookstore shelves. (I purchased my copy very cheaply.) Lamentably, even though their proposal suffered decisive disabling blows, because their thesis that God accommodates erroneous and false beliefs of the Bible’s human authors is attractive to academics, it persists. It is most visible among many academics who dispute the accuracy of the Bible’s creation narrative and especially its account concerning the formation of Adam. They regularly contend that Genesis 1-11 has more in common with the creation-flood myths of the Ancient Near East than with Genesis 12–50. Though they retain the designation, evangelical, their belief concerning Scripture is not the ancient Christian belief in the infallible witness of the Scriptures “no less in what it states about God’s acts in creation, about the events of world history, and about its own literary origins under God, than its witness to God’s saving grace in individual lives.”[8]

8. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.

Thus, Evangelicalism’s turmoil of the 1970s and 80s over the inerrancy of Scripture persists with those who affirm “limited inerrancy” while still clinging to the designation “evangelical.” Such is the state of Evangelicalism today. While on the one hand it lacks the former cohesive unity that characterized the decades leading up to the 1970s, on the other hand it has clarified, defined, and defended the doctrine of inerrancy for the edification of the church. We are grateful to God for young evangelicals today who have benefited from this scholarship and unashamedly affirm The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.

Evangelicalism in the 1970s and 80s—Scripture’s Inerrancy and Errant Evangelicals (Part 2) — Christ Over All

Evangelicalism in the 1970s and 80s—Scripture’s Inerrancy and Errant Evangelicals (Part 1) — Christ Over All

Few periods of the last century were more destructive, realigning, reshaping, and redefining of Evangelicalism than the decade and a half beginning in the mid-1970s. The evangelical coalition was taut and threadbare, in danger of tearing asunder by scholars who disputed a fundamental of the Christian faith, Scripture’s inerrancy. Ironically, the ripping occurred the same year that Evangelicalism unexpectedly received national acclaim linked to a presidential election.

Arising from this period were two closely correlated questions: (1) Who are the Evangelicals? (2) What do Evangelicals believe concerning the authority and truthfulness of Holy Scripture? Both questions were thrust upon Evangelicalism in 1976, the year that Newsweekdeemed the “Year of the Evangelical.” In what follows, I will show that 1976, while seemingly a high water mark for Evangelicalism, actually exposed serious fractures which proved beyond repair, despite valiant efforts by leading evangelical scholars. Many who abandoned the foundational evangelical belief in the inerrancy of Scripture took the evangelical label with them and expanded it to allow for their belief in “limited inerrancy.” They published numerous essays and books challenging the long-held belief that the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts. The battle was on; would Evangelicalism survive?

1976: A Pivotal Year for God’s Word

In America’s bicentennial, Jimmy Carter ran for United States president as self-professed “born again” Southern Baptist Sunday School teacher, The incumbent, Gerald Ford, a reserved Episcopalian, professed the same. At that time, Episcopalian and Southern Baptist leaders identified their denominations as distinct if not separate from America’s evangelicals. With the presidential election only a week away, these distinctions were too intricate for Newsweek’s editors to acknowledge or comprehend when they designated 1976 the “Year of the Evangelical” (October 25, 1976). For example, Carter’s praise for Paul Tillich, a Neo-Orthodox theologian from whom evangelical scholars stood aloof, did not temper Newsweek’s equating Carter, the Southern Baptist, with Evangelicals.

Harold Lindsell, also a Southern Baptist, took a vastly different posture toward the SBC leadership than Carter, who identified with them. Lindsell published The Battle for the Bible in 1976 and by June it was already in its third printing. Formerly Lindsell was a faculty member at Northern Baptist and Fuller Seminaries and Wheaton College before he succeeded Carl F. H. Henry as editor of Christianity Today (1968–78). So, when Lindsell wrote his book he did so as the editor of a major Christian magazine, not as an academic. Thus, he appealed not to scholars but to “evangelical lay people in the pews who may not be aware of the central issue that faces them, their denominations, and their institutions.”[1] What distressed him was stated at the outset, as he regards

biblical inerrancy to be the most important theological topic of this age. A great battle rages about it among people called evangelicals. I did not start the battle and wish it were not essential to discuss it. The only way to avoid it would be to remain silent. And silence on this matter would be a grave sin.[2]

1. Harold Lindsell, The Battle for the Bible, 9th ed., (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1979), preface.
2. Ibid.

Of his own denomination, he notes, “Probably 90 percent of the people in the pews believe in biblical infallibility.”[3]His concern is with the academic institutions: “Among faculty members of Southern Baptist colleges and seminaries where do you find articulate spokesmen who come out in favor of inerrancy? The silence is deafening!”[4] He laments that as academics “retreat from inerrancy,” denominations abandon vital ministries and displace them with “socio-political-economic concerns.”[5]

3. Ibid, 208.
4. Ibid, 20
5. Ibid, 206.

Lindsell’s principal distress was over Fuller Seminary’s revising of the doctrine of inerrancy by endorsing their own coinage, “limited inerrancy.” He also called attention to an ethical issue; Fuller Seminary administrators publicly portrayed the seminary as holding to its founding doctrinal affirmation, which included Scripture’s infallibility, even after some of its faculty “ceased to believe in an infallible Bible.”[6] They contended that Scripture’s inerrancy is restricted to matters of Christian faith and practice with allowance for errors in matters concerning the observable world, geography, history, and science.[7]

6. Ibid, 22.
7. According to the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, “Inerrancy” means being “being free from all falsehood” (Article XII), while “infallibility” means true and reliable in all the matters it addresses” (Article XI). Progressives would later claim that the Bible is inerrant and infallible only in matters pertaining to faith and practice, and not in areas of science, biology, or history.

It is significant, then, that Harold J. Ockenga, first President of Fuller Seminary (1947–54) and still serving on the seminary’s board, launched the initial volley from Lindsell’s arsenal by writing the foreword. Ockenga drew attention to Fuller Seminary, sharing Lindsell’s concern that Scripture’s “inerrancy is the watershed of modern theological controversy” because “those who give up an authoritative, dependable, authentic, trustworthy, and infallible Scripture must ultimately yield the right to use of the name ‘evangelical.’”

This is Lindsell’s burden when he makes his final appeal:

It is my conviction that a host of those evangelicals who no longer hold to inerrancy are still relatively evangelical. I do not for one moment concede, however, that in a technical sense anyone can claim the evangelical badge once he has abandoned inerrancy. . . . It is true that a man can be a Christian without believing in inerrancy. But it is also true that down the road lie serious pitfalls into which such a denial leads. And even if this generation can forego inerrancy and remain more or less evangelical, history tells us that those who come after this generation will not do so. . . . I do not look for or expect a time in history as we know it when the whole professing church will believe either in inerrancy or the major doctrines of the Christian faith. There will always be wheat and tares growing together until the angels begin their task of reaping the harvest at the end of the age.[8]

8. Harold Lindsell, The Battle for the Bible, 210–11.

His book exposed the threadbare evangelical coalition tautly tugged in opposing directions by dogmatic inerrantists and equally dogmatic limited inerrantists. Lindsell’s call to arms also endangered a widening gap between evangelicals in church pews and academics who taught their young people in the colleges and their prospective pastors in seminaries.

1976: A Divisive Year for Church and Academy

In 1976, for evangelical laypeople, Lindsell brought to light the continuing skirmishes among academics. He called for an evangelical militia of lay people to join the conflict that had been raging long against God’s authoritative and infallible Scriptures, a campaign that was threatening the integrity of Christian colleges and seminaries. He succeeded in prompting discussion among his target readers, folks who fill the pews of evangelical churches.

I witnessed this as a young seminarian in 1976 when I read the book as well as its critical reviews. It was respect for elders that kept my mouth shut and ears open as I attentively listened to an intense and spirited discussion of Scripture’s authority and inerrancy among my uncles and my father at our extended family reunion that summer. (If you’re wondering, all of them approved of Lindsell’s thesis.)

However, a lay militia of foot soldiers was hardly equipped to combat a cavalry of academics. The laity’s most potent weapon was their power to fund or withhold funds from wayward colleges and seminaries. Consequently, Lindsell’s call for laypeople to engage was met with a disproportionate counter-offensive of heavy artillery launched from academia’s ivory tower turrets. This counter-offensive aimed not to convince laypeople but to recruit other academics for the cause, and especially theological students.

Lindsell’s targeted lay readers do not publish book reviews. Academics do, and they published many on his book. Some were uncritical and deferential, most were critical and insightful, and some were dismissive and scornful.

Like a statesman, Carl F. H. Henry judiciously took Lindsell to task, pointing out a tendency toward journalistic hyperbole. While acknowledging the correctness of Lindsell’s concern that “an aberrant view of scripture” has regularly infiltrated Evangelicalism, Henry corrects an imbalance, pointing to “the vast multitude of scholars, clergy, and laymen in all circles who still hold firmly to a fully authoritative and inerrant Bible.”[9] He observes that most evangelicals that deny full inerrancy—errant Evangelicas—have “as yet not made concessions beyond an errant scripture.”[10]

9. New Review of Books and Religion [1976, 1.1, p.7].
10. Ibid.

More pointedly, he rejected Lindsell’s divisive “withholding the term evangelical from all persons who do not affirm inerrancy” even if the designation may legitimately be withheld from “a growing number of contemporaries whose commitments coincide with historic evangelical Christianity.”[11] Henry regarded Christianity Today’s role as a magazine that adheres to an orthodox center while holding together a broad evangelical alliance, and Lindsell transgressed this ideal. Two years later, on April 7, 1978, Lindsell edited his final copy of the magazine and retired.

11. Ibid.

The Emergence of the Evangelical Left

Adding fuel to the fire, Donald Dayton, a Wesleyan Methodist at Northern Seminary and an outspoken opponent of “inerrancy,” wrote a blistering retort to Lindsell masquerading as a book review for Christian Century.[12] It seems to have escaped Dayton that Lindsell expressly framed his arguments and evidence for readers in the pews. Treating the book as if it were directed at academics, Dayton criticized Lindsell for “lack of theological and historical subtlety . . . little awareness of the exegetical difficulties of his position and no ‘feel’ at all for the critical problems and the ‘phenomena of Scripture’ forcing other evangelicals to qualify their doctrine of Scripture,” and “ignoring contrary evidence.”[13]

12. November 10, 1976, 976–80.
13. Ibid, 976.

As one of the “young evangelicals” mentioned by Lindsell, Dayton points to cultural currents that oppose Lindsell’s call to defend Scripture’s inerrancy: (1) “a socially activist ‘young evangelical’ consciousness” with its discovery of “social justice” themes throughout the Bible allegedly ignored by their forebears; (2) some dispute belief “in a historical Adam and Eve”; (3) others look askance at theologians who fixate on questions that ostensibly concern “only a few obscure biblical texts” while “ignoring the topic of ‘poorology’ [sic] to which are devoted hundreds of clear texts”; (4) the emergence of “evangelical feminism”; and “young evangelicals” who disapprove of the traditional reading of Scripture as an alleged means of oppressing women and indigenous peoples.

Dayton observes that all this upheaval warrants concern for evangelicals like Lindsell “who cannot see beyond the imminent collapse” of their own theology.[14] From such a sentiment, Dayton hoped The Battle for the Biblerepresented the deposing of “a discredited party” consisting of Lindsell’s allies—Billy Graham, Hudson T. Armerding (President of Wheaton College), and Francis Schaeffer. Among these three, Dayton reserved his harshest censure for Schaeffer, who in the spring of 1976, presented “Inerrancy: The Watershed of the Evangelical World” to the National Association of Evangelicals which he later published as chapter two of The Great Evangelical Disaster (1984). Equally, Dayton disparaged the announced 1977 NAE convention theme, “God’s Word: Our Infallible Guide.”

14. Ibid.

Dayton happily reported that a coalition of “firm opposition” to Lindsell was emerging. He praised David Hubbard, president of Fuller Seminary, for inviting media personnel to attend a special preemptive convocation in April 1976, the same month The Battle for the Bible was published. At the convocation, Hubbard condemned Lindsell’s understanding of “inerrancy” as “unbiblical” in favor of “limited inerrancy.” He confidently pledged Fuller Seminary to withstand the controversy while affirming that the Bible is “the only infallible rule of faith and practice.” Dayton also praised Duke McCall, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville), who derisively declared, “[Lindsell] stirs up the snakes but kills none of them. The author will neither destroy the heresy he opposes nor divide the Southern Baptist Convention with this silly game with words.”[15]

15. Link.

Clearly, Dayton embraced Ernest Sandeen’s assessment of the Princeton theologians, claiming that they fabricated the doctrine of inerrancy to avoid a burgeoning pressure on Scripture’s authority from critical scholars who disputed the historicity of many biblical events and scientists who rejected Scripture’s account of creation. Thus, Dayton foreshadowed the incessant influence Sandeen’s thesis would have on other academics of his stripe who would join the battle against belief in Scripture’s inerrancy.[16] He appealed to a dubious, revisionist, and pejorative-punctuated historiography concerning Scripture’s inerrancy that was gaining momentum and that would achieve ascendancy and persist to this day despite evidence to the contrary. Briefly, that historiography is the belief that Scripture’s inerrancy was of recent vintage, a doctrinal construct conceived by A. A. Hodge and B. B. Warfield in their essay, “Inspiration” (1881), a belief channeled to them by Francis Turretin (1632–1687), the alleged scholastic post-Reformation scholar, and aided and abetted by the influence of Thomas Reid’s Scottish common-sense realism.

16. Ernest Sandeen, The Roots of Fundamentalism: British and American Millenarianism, 1800–1930 (Chicago: University of Chicago, 1970; Grand Rapids: Baker, 1978).

Conclusion

More than a decade before Newsweek declared 1976 the “Year of the Evangelicals,” the coalition of conservative Protestants had already begun to break apart. One did not have to agree fully with Lindsell to acknowledge that Evangelicals were engaged in a Battle for the Bible. His book, aimed at laypeople, exposed the growing divide between folks who filled church pews on Sundays and the academics who taught their pastors in seminaries. Other prominent leaders beyond Lindsell were endeavoring to rally evangelicals to affirm the historic faith in the authority and inerrancy of the Scriptures. Their efforts led to the Lausanne Covenant (1974) that included an affirmation that the Scriptures, God’s written word, are without error in their entirety. Later, the Chicago Statement (1978) would expand and strengthen this affirmation. However, each rallying call seemed to provoke as much opposition as support. The fissure between conservative Evangelicals and “the young Evangelicals” widened. Conflicts continued as Evangelicalism underwent realignment. But a different breed of young scholars was also rising to the challenge. They would answer the Inerrancy-denying Evangelicals by demonstrating that the doctrine of Scripture’s inerrancy was no recent development by Christian theologians to counter the burgeoning Liberalism of the nineteenth century.

[Editor’s Note: This article introduces a two part series on Evangelicalism in the 1970s and 80s. Check back tomorrow for the second piece!]

Evangelicalism in the 1970s and 80s—Scripture’s Inerrancy and Errant Evangelicals (Part 1) — Christ Over All

ADVENT WEEK ONE: WAITING – DAY FIVE

A Soft, Mysterious Voice

In the midst of the deepest guilt and distress of the people, a voice speaks that is soft and mysterious but full of the blessed certainty of salvation through the birth of a divine child (Isa. 9:6–7). It is still seven hundred years until the time of fulfillment, but the prophet is so deeply immersed in God’s thought and counsel that he speaks of the future as if he saw it already, and he speaks of the salvific hour as if he already stood in adoration before the manger of Jesus. “For a child has been born for us.” What will happen one day is already real and certain in God’s eyes, and it will be not only for the salvation of future generations but already for the prophet who sees it coming and for his generation, indeed, for all generations on earth. “For a child has been born for us.” No human spirit can talk like this on its own. How are we who do not know what will happen next year supposed to understand that someone can look forward many centuries? And the times then were no more transparent than they are today. Only the Spirit of God, who encompasses the beginning and end of the world, can in such a way reveal to a chosen person the mystery of the future, so that he must prophesy for strengthening believers and warning unbelievers. This individual voice ultimately enters into the nocturnal adoration of the shepherds (Luke 2:15–20) and into the full jubilation of the Christ-believing community: “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us.”

A shaking of heads, perhaps even an evil laugh, must go through our old, smart, experienced, self-assured world, when it hears the call of salvation of believing Christians: “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

For a child has been born for us,

a son given to us;

authority rests upon his shoulders;

and he is named

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

His authority shall grow continually,

and there shall be endless peace

for the throne of David and his kingdom.

He will establish and uphold it

with justice and with righteousness

from this time onward and forevermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Isaiah 9:6–7[1]


If Jesus’ Birth Made the Angels Glad, We Should Be More Glad

Luke 2:8–14

If the birth of Jesus was so gladsome to our cousins the angels, what should it be to us? If it made our neighbors sing who had comparatively so small a share in it, how should it make us leap for joy? Oh, if it brought heaven down to earth, should not our songs go up to heaven? If heaven’s gate of pearl was set open at its widest, and a stream of shining ones came running downward to the lower skies, to anticipate the time when they shall all descend in solemn pomp at the glorious advent of the great King; if it emptied heaven for a while to make earth so glad, ought not our thoughts and praises and all our loves to go pouring up to the eternal gate, leaving earth a while that we may crowd heaven with the songs of mortal men?

Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892)[2]


Grant That We May Hasten from Darkness to Light

Isaiah 9:2; Matthew 4:16; John 1:9; 1 John 2:10

O Lord, unto whom our soul watches from the light,

grant that we may always hasten from darkness to light;

that the mist of the mind may utterly pass away,

and the fullness of your light abide in us.

Mozarabic Office[3]


[1] Bonhoeffer, D. (2010). God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas. (J. Riess, Ed., O. C. Dean Jr., Trans.) (First edition, pp. 10–11). Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press.

[2] Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2013). 300 Quotations and Prayers for Christmas. Lexham Press.

[3] Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2013). 300 Quotations and Prayers for Christmas. Lexham Press.