President Donald Trump followed the recommendation of his deputy attorney general when he fired FBI boss James Comey. What did Rod Rosenstein say? This is his letter in full. The conversation seems to have drifted way too far away from the central issue outlined very well in this letter.
In forming our opinions, this letter should be central. It isn’t long and can be scanned quickly. For ease, I’ve highlighted the main points.
Memorandum for the Attorney General
FROM: Rod J Rosenstein
SUBJECT: Restoring public confidence in the FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has long been regarded as our nation’s premier federal investigative agency. Over the past year, however, the FBI’s reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of Justice. That is deeply troubling to many Department employees and veterans, legislators and citizens.
The current FBI Director is an articulate and persuasive speaker about leadership and the immutable principles of the Department of Justice. He deserves our appreciation for his public service. As you and I have discussed, however, I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken. Almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives.
The director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement. At most, the Director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its findings to federal prosecutors. The Director now defends his decision by asserting that he believed attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict. But the FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department. There is a well-established process for other officials to step in when a conflict requires the recusal of the Attorney General. On July 5, however, the Director announced his own conclusions about the nation’s most sensitive criminal investigation, without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders.
Compounding the error, the Director ignored another longstanding principle: we do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation. Derogatory information sometimes is disclosed in the course of criminal investigations and prosecutions, but we never release it gratuitously. The Director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial. It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.
In response to skeptical question at a congressional hearing, the Director defended his remarks by saying that his “goal was to say what is true. What did we do, what did we find, what do we think about it.” But the goal of a federal criminal investigation is not to announce our thoughts at a press conference. The goal is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to justify a federal criminal prosecution, then allow a federal prosecutor who exercises authority delegated by the Attorney General to make a prosecutorial decision, and then – if prosecution is warranted – let the judge and jury determine the facts. We sometimes release information about closed investigations in appropriate ways, but the FBI does not do it sua sponte.
Concerning his letter to the Congress on October 28, 2016, the Director cast his decision as a choice between whether he would “speak” about the FBI’s decision to investigate the newly-discovered email messages or “conceal” it. “Conceal” is a loaded term that misstates the issue. When federal agents and prosecutors quietly open a criminal investigation, we are not concealing anything; we are simply following the longstanding policy that we refrain from publicizing non-public information. In that context, silence is not concealment.
My perspective on these issues is shared by former Attorneys General and Deputy Attorneys General from different eras and both political parties. Judge Laurence Silberman, who served as Deputy Attorneys General under President Ford, wrote that “it is not the bureau’s responsibility to opine on whether a matter should be prosecuted.” Silberman believes that the Director’s “Performance was so inappropriate for an FBI director that [he] doubt[s] the bureau will ever completely recover.” Jamie Gorelick, Deputy Attorney General under President George W. Bush, to opine that the Director had “chosen personally to restrike the balance between transparency and fairness, department from the department’s traditions.” They concluded that the Director violated his obligation to “preserve, protect and defend” the traditions of the Department and the FBI.
Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who served under President George W Bush, observed the Director “stepped way outside his job in disclosing the recommendation in that fashion” because the FBI director “doesn’t make that decision”. Alberto Gonzales, who also served as Attorneys General under President George W Bush, called the decision “an error in judgement.” Eric Holder, who served as Deputy Attorneys General under President Clinton and Attorneys General under President Obama, said that the Director’s decision “was incorrect. It violated long-standing Justice Department policies and traditions. And it ran counter to guidance that I put in place four years ago laying out the proper way to conduct investigations during an election season.” Holder concluded that the Director “broke with these fundamental principles” and “negatively affected public trust in both the Justice Department and the FBI”.
Former Deputy Attorneys General Gorelick and Thompson described the unusual event as “real-time, raw-take transparency taken to its illogical limit, a kind of reality TV of federal criminal investigation,” that is “antithetical to the interests of justice”.
Donald Ayer, who served as Deputy Attorneys General under President HW Bush, along with former Justice Department officials, was “astonished and perplexed” by the decision to “break with longstanding practices followed by officials of both parties during past elections.” Ayer’s letter noted, “Perhaps most troubling… is the precedent set by this departure from the Department’s widely-respected, non-partisan traditions.”
We should reject the departure and return to the traditions.
Although the President has the power to remove an FBI director, the decision should not be taken lightly. I agree with the nearly unanimous opinions of former Department officials. The way the Director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong. As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them. Having refused to admit his errors, the Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions.
This is a well thought out article by Michael Brown: The Saddest Part of the Stormy Daniels Story | The Stream Pornography has become a huge problem.
“Porn star Stormy Daniels may be having the time of her life. She may be enjoying her newfound fame, at the expense of President Trump. She may be making boatloads of money with her “Make America Horny Again” tour and other endeavors. But at the end of the day, this is a sad story. Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) is somebody’s daughter or granddaughter. Who wants their child to be a porn star?
“But before you read another word of this story, I want to make myself perfectly clear. I am not condemning Stephanie Clifford. And I am certainly not sitting on my moral high horse saying, “What a wretched person she is to make her money like this.”
“Every one of us is fallen and broken and blemished in God’s sight, and every one of us needs healing for our wounds and repentance for our rebellion. That’s why Jesus came into the world: to save sinners. And that means you and me.
“So, I write with a heavy heart, not a self-righteous heart. And I write not just about Stephanie Clifford, but about the thousands of others like her, women (and men) whose names we do not know. Every day they denigrate themselves for financial gain (or for notoriety). No amount of money or fame is worth this.”
Read more here: The Saddest Part of the Stormy Daniels Story | The Stream
The National Review has a great book review: Inside the Atheist Mind: New Book by Anthony DeStefano | National Review Of course, the fool has said in his heart “There is no God.”
‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). Anthony DeStefano uses this Bible quote toward the end of his new book Inside the Atheist Mind: Unmasking the Religion of Those Who Say There Is No God, pointing to the resiliency and truth of Christianity. “You can hide it, persecute it, denigrate it, scoff at it, lock it up, even murder it—but all to no avail . . . those words of Christ have not passed away.” He talks a bit about the book and why he wrote it.
Kathryn Jean Lopez: Why do you consider it an important thing to frame the “new atheists” as bullies?
Anthony DeStefano: It’s important because it’s the truth. Bullies are usually cruel, arrogant, ignorant, intolerant, selfish, self-centered, often cowards and liars — and when you try to correct them, they usually throw temper tantrums. Well, that’s the perfect description of modern atheists. And these particular bullies are at war with us, plain and simple. For the last 20 years, they’ve been waging an all-out, media-driven attack on believers — especially Christians — in the form of anti-Christian books, movies, TV shows, articles, speeches, billboard campaigns, blogs, anti-religious civil litigation, and government legislation — and it’s been relentless. Their goal has been to totally eradicate religious beliefs from the public square. As I say in my book, there’s only one way to deal with bullies — and that is to stand up to them and fight them. Ultimately, that’s why it’s so important to define the “new atheists” as bullies right from the start — so we don’t waste any more time and start countering their attacks in the most effective way possible.
Lopez: Why is now the time to do this? The “new” atheists have been around for a while, haven’t they?
DeStefano: It’s true that the “new” atheists have been around for a while, but their influence has never been as great as it is now. Atheism is reaching epidemic proportions today in the West. In a very short time, most of the countries in Europe will lose their Christian majorities to those who consider themselves atheists or “religiously unaffiliated.” In fact, the “religiously unaffiliated” or “nones” are now the second largest “religious group” in Europe. In the United States, “nones” make up almost a quarter of the population!
Mollie Hemingway has some real insight here with an excerpt below. There is much more than just the anthrax case. Or consider this from former judge and Attorney General Michael Mukasey wrote in the Wall Street Journal this week, “Mr. Mueller is not a bad man, nor is Mr. Comey. It’s just that both show particular confidence when making mistakes, which makes one grateful for safeguards like the attorney-client privilege.” Continue reading
Today on NRO, Ellis Mishulovich offers an absolutely fascinating — and more than a little bit ominous — look at how the thinkers who put together Russia’s military arsenal think.
As Vladimir Putin alluded to in his March 1 address to the Federal Assembly, the Russians have developed, among other “superweapons,” a Doomsday Torpedo — an autonomous, unmanned stealth submarine armed with a 100-megaton thermonuclear warhead. For a sense of scale, 100 megatons is some 7,000 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. It’s twice as powerful as the biggest H-bomb ever built — the so-called Tsar Bomba, detonated by the Soviets on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in October 1961. Adding a touch that is both Biblical and Carthaginian, the warhead is “salted” with cobalt and optimized to submerge the East Coast of the United States beneath a massive radioactive tidal wave, thereby rendering the Atlantic seaboard uninhabitable for centuries. To repeat, this new weapon is autonomous, suggesting potentially alarming new degrees of meaning in the words “Russian hacking scandal.”
“I thought that adoption was a wonderful thing, but I thought that birth mothers were heartless and evil,” says Kelly. “To be able to have a child, to walk nine months through a pregnancy, and to be able to walk away from that child, what type of person does that?”
Kelly’s perception of adoption wasn’t unique. As Americans, we’ve come to view families who adopt in a positive, altruistic light. Meanwhile, we view birth mothers who “give up” their children to another family negatively—that is, if we think about them at all.
During her freshman year of college, Kelly found herself pregnant with a young man she was not only not married to, but who proceeded to cheat on her. At just 18 years old, she was no better than the birth mothers she had scorned.
It wasn’t until Kelly thought of her sister’s “sweet face” that she decided to do what her sister’s birth mother had done—go through with her pregnancy and place her child for adoption. It was at that moment Kelly realized her sister’s birth mom’s decision was far from cold or selfish—it was selfless, and the reflection of love.
The devil is real. Evil is real. Demons are real. Demons can be cast out by the power of the Holy Spirit. The blood of Jesus sets us free.
Thanks to the Catholic Church for continuing to provide this ministry. Where are the rest of our churches?
About 200 aspiring exorcists gathered on Monday for a week-long course in casting out demons – including by cellphone if necessary – amid increased demand for the service among Roman Catholics.
Traditional Christian belief is that God created us male and female. It also believes that only men and women should marry. It is a shock that other faiths, like Muslims, have similar views. Consider this from: Their Refusal To Tolerate Is Creating Global Backlash On LGBT People “The Human Rights Campaign is enraged that Egypt may enact a law that punishes waving the rainbow flag or otherwise promoting LGBT behavior. Yet Egypt is just the latest example in a global streak of laws and enforcement actions to chastise sodomy, homosexual lewdness, and LGBT advocacy, as the Washington Post reported last fall. African countries, Russia and ex-Soviet nations, as well as Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and other Asian nations with significant Muslim populations, have all responded to increased pressure about LGBT policies during the Obama administration with punitive laws, policies to protect children from homosexual propaganda, and even police crackdowns on LGBT establishments and social circles.
“Although socially traditional, most of the countries where the backlash is hardest were never hotbeds of anti-gay sentiment, or especially dangerous for individuals who led an LGBT double life. They became so as a result of the relentless international pressure on LGBT issues from the U.S. State Department during the Obama administration, United Nations (UN) bureaucrats, the European Union, huge corporations, and LGBT groups backed by billionaires and western governments.
“Some LGBT advocates want to blame this crackdown on U.S. evangelicals who “export homophobia.” But this is simply false. Not only is U.S. evangelical influence abroad grossly exaggerated, the backlash is visceral and from the grassroots. In Africa, it is immediate, spontaneous, and self-sustaining. The LGBT issue is highly politicized instantly, as Tanzania’s recent “crackdown” arrests of gay people show. And the reaction was immediately severe even in countries that are generally quite tolerant of LGTB lifestyles, as in Latin America.”
In Syria, Islamic State militants are believed to have executed two Russian mercenary fighters— Roman Zabolotny, 39, and Grigory Tsurkanu, 38—for refusing to renounce Christianity and embrace Islam. Commenting on their appearance on an ISIS propaganda video, Senior Russian MP Viktor Vodolatsky said:
“It is very sad but 99 per cent Roman Zabolotny is not alive, nor is the second prisoner. Before filming that video they were given a statement which they had to read. In this text they would reject their Orthodox religion, reject their motherland, become Muslim and join ISIS. They stayed loyal to the Orthodox faith and their Motherland until the very end, and this is what they were killed by those gangsters for.”
Separately, in what eyewitnesses described as a “shocking massacre,” the Islamic State spent 20 days systematically slaughtering people in the Christian village of al-Qaryatain. According to one report:
“The militant group killed at least 116 civilians [later sources say 128 people] in executions committed in the days before the Syrian regime recaptured the town… ISIS regained control of the town three weeks ago, and then the killings began. Syrian regime forces, backed by Russian air power, arrived and liberated the town on October 21 after dozens of ISIS fighters retreated, at which point the remains of the victims of the mass execution were found. After the regime retook it, the town’s residents found the bodies on the streets. They had been shot dead or executed with knives.”
This is a very sad story but it does illustrate how careful we need to be. These stories sound great but are they really true?
After growing up and retracting his controversial account of “coming back from heaven,” 20-year-old Alex Malarkey is now suing the Christian publisher who made his story famous, then infamous.
Malarkey, who was left paralyzed and spent two weeks in a coma after a 2004 car accident, filed a lawsuit this month against Christian publisher Tyndale House for associating his name with the controversial book coauthored with his father,The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, and not paying him for the story.
Tyndale took the book out of print in 2015, after Malarkey admitted he made up the story of dying and going to heaven after the accident.
James Comey’s out with details from his new book all about Donald Trump and the media is eating it up like it’s their last meal before an execution.
Regular news programs are all in a tither as usual. Trump is not pulling punches (as if he would) about Comey.
Yee gads . . . is this what news has really come to?
According to LifeNews, Facebook has allegedly censored pro-life messages on several occasions, silencing pro-life public figures and anti-abortion content.
“LifeNews.com has seen repeated attempts to censor our pro-life message or the pro-life messages of other organizations,” reports LifeNews. “We have had problems with certain posts being blocked on Facebook, and Facebook has denied LifeNews the ability to promote certain posts with content that it deems unacceptable.”
Here are just a few instances:
Its main page, which has more than 225,000 followers, was removed again last week, allegedly for “hateful, threatening or obscene” content.
Earlier this year, two Hollywood actors who are working with pro-life leaders on a film detailing the true story behind Roe v. Wade said Facebook is blocking their project.
Nick Loeb told World News Daily that he believes the social media giant is censoring them because of the film’s pro-life message and its exposure of Planned Parenthood’s eugenic history.
“They have even blocked people sharing the ads I paid for,” Loeb said. “This is stealing or fraud.”
The Wexford/Missaukee Right to Life, an affiliate of Right to Life of Michigan, noticed on Oct. 4 that its advertising account on Facebook had been shut down. The group said it still is not sure why.
“I have heard that Facebook is run and managed by a group of biased liberals under the management of Mark Zuckerberg,” said Don Hoitenga, who manages the pro-life group’s Facebook page. ‘I can now believe the rumors as I have been banned from advertising on Facebook.”
When the group asked for an explanation, it received this response: “There’s no further action you may take here. We don’t support ads for your business model.” The email from Facebook also said its decision is final.
4.) Facebook censored a Maryland pro-life pregnancy center.
In 2016, a Maryland pro-life pregnancy center also had its ad initially rejected by Facebook. The social media site tagged the phrase “if you are pregnant” as objectionable, likening it to “if you are fat.” Facebook later approved the ad after the pro-life group modified the phrase.
Why are the media and politicians in Washington ignoring basic, real questions about possible U.S. involvement in a war with Syria?
Use of chemical weapons is horrific. We should be able to answer the question of were they used and who used them. So far, no definitive answer has been given to those most basic questions.
We’ve been in Syria for a while now. The United States began surveillance missions on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in Syria in September 2014. On 22 September 2014, the United States, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates began to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forces inside Syria.
This is from the Onion but doesn’t seem too far off!
In an effort to calm the uneasy tech mogul’s nerves during his congressional hearing Wednesday, members of the U.S. House of Representatives reassured Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that they weren’t actually going to be doing anything about any of this. “Mr. Zuckerberg, the members of this committee have noticed you seem a little bit anxious today, so we just want to make sure you understand this is the last time you’ll ever have to deal with these kinds of questions,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), urging the 33-year-old billionaire not to sweat it, as his testimony was a mere formality that would by no means lead to any new laws or regulations governing his industry. “We just need to pretend like we’re doing something right now, due to the fact that people are pretty mad at you. But once the heat dies down, you can go right back to whatever it was you were doing all along. Seriously, you can relax. Oil executives, big bank CEOs—they’ve all been in that chair before and have come out totally fine. You have absolutely no reason to worry.” Several members of Congress went on to tell Zuckerberg there’s even a chance they could work together in the future on crafting legislation.
It’s time for us as the church—locally and globally—to wake up to the gospel distortions in our midst and to preach a true gospel that promises a great reward beyond that of health and wealth: a gospel that promises the eternal enjoyment of God Himself.
Interested in knowing more? Read Everything Jesus had to say about the homeless, wealth, prosperity, poverty, riches, the poor, the needy and giving. It will be worth it!
Nikki Haley, UN Ambassador has lit up the flamethrower and turned it on Russia. You can watch the whole thing, but this is going to focus on her comments tying Russia to the attack. (Transcript)
I could hold up pictures of survivors. Children with burning eyes, choking for breath. I could hold up pictures of first responders washing the chemicals off of the victims. Putting respirators on the children. First responders walking through room after room of families lying motionless, with babies still in the arms of their mothers and fathers. I could show pictures of a hospital attacked by the chemical weapons. I could show pictures of hospitals struck by barrel bombs following the chemical attack.
Ambulances and rescue vehicles have been repeatedly attacked, maximizing the number of dead civilians. Civil defense centers have been attacked in order to paralyze the medical response – to increase the suffering of the survivors.
Who does this? Only a monster does this. Only a monster targets civilians and then ensures that there are no ambulances to transfer the wounded. No hospitals to save their lives. No doctors or medicine to ease their pain.
I could hold up pictures of all of this killing and suffering for the Council to see, but what would be the point? The monster who was responsible for these attacks has no conscience, not even to even be shocked by pictures of dead children.
The Russian regime, whose hands are all covered in the blood of Syrian children, cannot be ashamed by pictures of its victims. We’ve tried that before. We must not overlook Russia and Iran’s roles in enabling the Assad regime’s murderous destruction. Russia and Iran have military advisers at Assad’s airfields and operations centers. Russian officials are on the ground helping direct the regime’s “starve and surrender” campaign, and Iranian allied forces do much of the dirty work. When the Syrian military pummels civilians, they rely on the military hardware given by Russia.
Russia could stop this senseless slaughter if it wanted. But it stands with the Assad regime and supports without any hesitation.
What’s the point of trying to shame such people? After all, no civilized government would have anything to do with Assad’s murderous regime. Pictures of dead children mean little to governments like Russia who expend their own resources to prop up Assad.
And this Council, which saw these pictures last year, has failed to act because Russia has stood in its way every single time. For a year we’ve allowed Russia to hold the lives of innocent Syrians hostage to its alliance with the Assad regime. This allowed Russia to also weaken the credibility of the United Nations.
We are quick to condemn chemical weapons in the Security Council, but then Russia prevents any action, vetoing five resolutions on this issue alone. Eleven vetoes all together to save Assad. And our lives go on as usual.
The Council created the Joint Investigative Mechanism. It found the Syrian regime responsible for the attack at Khan Sheikhoun a year ago. Because Russia supported Assad and his actions, Russia killed the mechanism. We condemned it. And our lives went on as usual.
We pushed for a ceasefire. The Council unanimously agreed. But it was immediately ignored by Russia and Assad. We condemned it. And our lives went on as usual.
And now here we are – confronted with the consequences of giving Russia a pass in the name of unity. A unity that Russia has shown many times before they don’t want. Here we are, in a world where chemical weapons use is becoming normalized – from an Indonesian* airport, to an English village, to the homes and hospitals of Syria. Since the Assad regime used chemical weapons at Khan Sheikhun one year ago, chemical weapons have been reportedly used dozens of times. And this Council does nothing.
What we are dealing with today is not about a spat between the United States and Russia. This is about the inhumane use of chemical agents on innocent civilians. Each and every one of the nations in this Council are on record opposing the use of chemical weapons. There can be no more rationalizations for our failure to act.
We have already introduced and circulated to the Council a resolution demanding unrestricted humanitarian access to the people of Douma. Assad is doing all he can to assure maximum suffering in Douma. Our priority must be to help the starving, the sick, and the injured that have been left behind. We also call on this Council to immediately re-establish a truly professional and impartial mechanism for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, including the attack this weekend. We hope our colleagues on this Council will join us, as they have before. This is the very minimum we can do in response to the attack we just witnessed.
Russia’s obstructionism will not continue to hold us hostage when we are confronted with an attack like this one. The United States is determined to see that the monster who dropped chemical weapons on the Syrian people held to account.
You heard what the President of the United States has said about this. Meetings are ongoing. Important decisions are being weighed even as we speak.
We are on the edge of a dangerous precipice. The great evil of chemical weapons use that once unified the world in opposition, is on the verge of becoming the new normal. The international community must not let this happen.
We are beyond showing pictures of dead babies. We are beyond appeals to conscience. We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done. History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria.
Either way, the United States will respond.
Most of the world stands silent as the atrocities continue. Most followers of Jesus and Christian leaders are no where to be found.
The voices of children call out to us.
Will we listen or continue to ignore them?
“The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK conflict monitor which tracks death tolls using a network of contacts inside the war-ravaged country, added that the unofficial death toll could be as high as 500,000, but that only 350,000 bodies had been formally identified.
“The remainder 150,000 were cases where the Observatory knew deaths had occurred but did not know the victims’ names. Around 85 per cent of the dead were killed by the forces of the Syrian government and its allies – chiefly Russia – the Observatory said.
“A statement read: “Some 353,935 people have been killed since March 15, 2011, including 106,390 civilians and 19,811 children.”
Should we argue with Atheists? What about apologetics?
Jesus said “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”.
Francis Chan is the former teaching pastor of a Church in Simi Valley, California, a church he and his wife started in 1994. He is also the Founder and Chancellor of Eternity Bible College and author of the best-selling books, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, which came out in 2009, and most recently, You and Me Forever: Marriage In Light of Eternity, which came out in 2014. He released his second book Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit in August 2009.
His other works include Erasing Hell in 2011, Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples in 2012, and the Basic Series by Francis Chan, a DVD series started in 2010. He also sits on the board of directors of Children’s Hunger Fund, World Impact and Gospel for Asia.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” ~Jesus
Followers of Jesus need to be careful. Great suggestions via Michael Brown : Telltale Marks of an Abusive Church Leader | Check it out. Jesus said “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?”
In all settings, both secular and religious, charismatic and non-charismatic, leaders can be abusive, taking advantage of their people and using them for all kinds of fleshly purposes, from financial gain to sex to control. But we charismatics can be especially prone to abusive leadership. After all, we do believe in “the anointing,” and we don’t want to “touch God’s anointed,” to sin against the man of God who is backed by the Spirit of God. And so abusive leaders can more easily take advantage of us.
In Psalm 105:15, God says, “Do not touch not My anointed ones, and do no harm to My prophets.” Have you ever heard a pastor quote this verse, threatening you with divine judgment if you dared to differ with his authority? Has a self-proclaimed prophet warned you of the dire consequences of rejecting his words, using this very text? In reality, the verse has little (or nothing) to do with church leadership.
Now, I can’t verify this story, but I heard it firsthand from a well-known American pastor. He said that he and his wife were new believers when they attended a gospel rally in California. According to their account, when the preacher got up to speak, he said to the crowd, “You don’t need your Bibles. You have a prophet of God in your midst.” The moment this couple heard this, even though they were new in the Lord, they left immediately.
This is a very disturbing report from France via The Gatestone Institute: France: Soon with No Jews? Jews are being killed in France by radical Islamist jihadist. It is being ignored. It will be to our detriment if we don’t make it known and demand something be done to stop it.
- Today, France is the only country in the Western world where Jews are murdered simply for being Jews.
- Jews may be the main victims, but they are not the only ones. In just five years, 250 people in France have been murdered by Islamic terrorists.
- The main problem is the spread of hatred against Jews, France and the Western world. Many Muslim extremists incite murder; and more and more often, murders occur.
Source: France: Soon with No Jews?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday directed federal prosecutors along the U.S.-Mexico border to adopt a “zero-tolerance policy” on illegal entry cases.
The announcement came after the Department of Homeland Security announced this week there was a 37 percent increase in border apprehensions from February 2018 to March 2018.
The memo directed all U.S. Attorneys along the southwest border — comprised of the Southern District of California, District of Arizona, District of New Mexico, Western District of Texas, and the Southern District of Texas — to prosecute all illegal border crossings “to the extent practicable.”
Here’s part of the statement from the DOJ:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions today notified all U.S. Attorney’s Offices along the Southwest Border of a new “zero-tolerance policy” for offenses under 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a), which prohibits both attempted illegal entry and illegal entry into the United States by an alien. The implementation of the Attorney General’s zero-tolerance policy comes as the Department of Homeland Security reported a 203 percent increase in illegal border crossings from March 2017 to March 2018, and a 37 percent increase from February 2018 to March 2018—the largest month-to-month increase since 2011.
“The situation at our Southwest Border is unacceptable. Congress has failed to pass effective legislation that serves the national interest—that closes dangerous loopholes and fully funds a wall along our southern border. As a result, a crisis has erupted at our Southwest Border that necessitates an escalated effort to prosecute those who choose to illegally cross our border,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “To those who wish to challenge the Trump Administration’s commitment to public safety, national security, and the rule of law, I warn you: illegally entering this country will not be rewarded, but will instead be met with the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice. To the Department’s prosecutors, I urge you: promoting and enforcing the rule of law is vital to protecting a nation, its borders, and its citizens. You play a critical part in fulfilling these goals, and I thank you for your continued efforts in seeing to it that our laws—and as a result, our nation—are respected.
Dr. Williams makes a great case for individual freedom. He is on to something for sure.
You might say, “Stop it, Williams! Congressmen and other public officials are not making such monumental decisions affecting my life.” Try this. Suppose you are a 22-year-old healthy person. Rather than be forced to spend $3,000 a year for health insurance and have $7,000 deducted from your salary for Social Security, you’d prefer investing that money to buy equipment to start a landscaping business. Which would be the best use of the $10,000 you earned — purchasing health insurance and paying into Social Security or starting up a landscaping business? More importantly, who would be better able to make that decision — you or members of the United States Congress?
The bottom line is that ignorance is omnipresent. The worst kind of ignorance is not knowing just how ignorant we are. That leads to the devastating pretense of knowledge that’s part and parcel of the vision of intellectual elites and politicians.
It is interesting that while some advertisers abandoned Laura Ingraham, it wasn’t widely reported that most of them stayed with Fox, diverting their investment to other shows. My guess is that slowly some, if not all of them will return to Laura’s show. It is popular and highly rated.
Consider this about the prime time line up. Pretty impressive numbers. No wonder Fox is standing by her.
At 9PM/ET, Hannity delivered 3,196,000 in total viewers and 662,000 in the 25-54 demo, topping all of cable news with P2+.
At 8PM/ET, Tucker Carlson Tonight delivered 2,908,000 in total viewers and 586,000 in the demo.
The Ingraham Angle at 10PM/ET garnered 2,487,000 in total viewers and 505,000 in the 25-54 demographic.
At 6PM/ET, Special Report with Bret Baier delivered 2,361,000 in total viewers and 443,000 in the 25-54 demo.
The Story with Martha MacCallum at 7PM/ET averaged 2,175,000 with P2+ and 439,000 in the younger 25-54 demo.
So how about compared to other news channels you ask?
Total Viewers: Hannity (3,196,000), Rachel Maddow Show(2,993,000) Tucker Carlson Tonight (2,908,000), The Ingraham Angle (2,487,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (2,361,000)
Adults 25-54: The Rachel Maddow Show (664,000), Hannity (662,000), Tucker Carlson Tonight (586,000), The Ingraham Angle (505,000), Last Word with O’Donnell (492,000)
FOX News Channel (FNC) continuing its dominance, marked 65 consecutive quarters as the highest-rated cable news channel in both total day and primetime with P2+, according to Nielsen Media Research.
In total day, FNC also led basic cable in total viewers, notching seven quarters in a row as the highest-rated basic cable network in total day. Additionally, FNC has been a top five basic cable network for six consecutive quarters with the 25-54 demographic in total day.
During 1Q’18, FNC averaged 1,445,000 million in total viewers and 300,000 with A25-54 in total day. In primetime, FNC delivered 2,479,000 in total viewers and 494,000 in the 25-54 demographic. Additionally, FNC outpaced MSNBC and CNN in both primetime and total day with P2+ and A25-54.
This explains a lot and is a sad state of affairs.
Several trends are deepening the divisions. The most politically polarized citizens are the most engaged in politics: They vote in primaries, donate to campaigns, attend rallies and fundraisers, and so on. Politicians are becoming more likely to engage in activities aimed at amplifying the influence of the voters most likely to support them, backing sophisticated gerrymandering, microtargeting, and even voter suppression campaigns. The upshot is that politicians have less of a mandate to compromise and vote across party lines and more incentive to blame any failures on opponents.
Source: Divided We Lead
Here is another view.
This is the real issue. Let the market decide if Amazon is good or evil. That is where the power resides. A President should be above this sort of thing. Particularly one who is the head of the Republican party.
“I have firsthand knowledge that President Trump is right. For years, the tech giant Amazon has been carrying out a nefarious plot to sell me things I want at a price I like. How evil can they get?
“Many commentators have noted that the president was wrong about almost everything he said in attacking Amazon. For instance, the president says that “only fools” believe that Amazon doesn’t cost the postal service money. However, the Post Office is losing money because of sweetheart labor deals, rising health and pension costs, and the decline in first-class mail. Delivering packages, like those for Amazon, is actually one of the few bright spots for the Post Office. Revenue from package delivery was up $2.1 billion last year, nearly a 12 percent hike. There’s even evidence suggesting that Amazon, through practices such as its Sunday delivery, may be driving an increase in postal customers. Yes, Amazon does receive a bulk discount because it ships so many packages, but, by law, that deal cannot reduce Amazon’s payments below the postal service’s costs.
“Similarly, the president is wrong about whether Amazon pays taxes. In reality, Amazon pays sales taxes for its products in all 45 states that impose a sales tax. This year, state taxes paid by Amazon totaled roughly $211 million. Amazon does devolve responsibility to the vendors themselves for payment of sales taxes by third-party vendors that use its platform, but that is not at all an unusual arrangement. Ebay, for example, operates in a similar fashion.”
I really appreciate everything Dr. King did for our country. Most of it was very controversial.
He would be arrested for it. He would be killed for it. Whether I agree or not, Dr. King stood up for what he thought God wanted him to do.
Dr. King believed in justice and the justice of God.
God bless Dr. King and his legacy.
“Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers’ strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital. He was 39 years old.
“In the months before his assassination, Martin Luther King became increasingly concerned with the problem of economic inequality in America. He organized a Poor People’s Campaign to focus on the issue, including an interracial poor people’s march on Washington, and in March 1968 traveled to Memphis in support of poorly treated African-American sanitation workers. On March 28, a workers’ protest march led by King ended in violence and the death of an African-American teenager. King left the city but vowed to return in early April to lead another demonstration.
“On April 3, back in Memphis, King gave his last sermon, saying, “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop … And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”
I first heard of the Southern Poverty Center a long time ago. I was suspicious from the beginning. Over the years, I have learned what a menace they are. It is very unfortunate that many in the media use them as a resource.
We need to spread the word that they are a scam.
“There are dangerous hate groups in America. So a group called the Southern Poverty Law Center promises to warn us about them. They release an annual list of hate groups in America.
“The media cover it, but John Stossel says they shouldn’t. It’s a scam.
“It lists Ayaan Hirsi Ali—who grew up Muslim in Somalia and suffered female genital mutilation—as an “anti-Muslim extremist.” Just because she now speaks out against radical Islam.
Also this little tidbit from The Federalist.
“The SPLC’s main role is as a massively funded propaganda smear machine. The following information on the SPLC, provided by Karl Zinsmeister of Philanthropy Roundtable, is an eye-opener: “Its two largest expenses are propaganda operations: creating its annual lists of ‘haters’ and ‘extremists,’ and running a big effort that pushes ‘tolerance education’ through more than 400,000 public-school teachers. And the single biggest effort undertaken by the SPLC? Fundraising. On the organization’s 2015 IRS 990 form it declared $10 million of direct fundraising expenses, far more than it has ever spent on legal services.”
“Two years ago, the FBI deleted the SPLC from its website’s list of legitimate resources on hate crimes. This is a promising sign of growing clarity that the SPLC’s designations for hate groups lack legitimacy. There also seems to be growing boldness in calling out the SPLC for its tactics intended to shut down serious scholarship.”
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” | Matthew 28:18–20 (NASB)
This is stunning. Where have our churches gone wrong? Jesus is weeping that we don’t know what He wants us to do and we aren’t willing to do it.
In partnership with Seed Company, Barna conducted a study of the U.S. Church’s ideas about missions, social justice, Bible translation and other aspects of spreading the gospel around the world, available now in the new report Translating the Great Commission. When asked if they had previously “heard of the Great Commission,” half of U.S. churchgoers (51%) say they do not know this term. It would be reassuring to assume that the other half who know the term are also actually familiar with the passage known by this name, but that proportion is low (17%). Meanwhile, “the Great Commission” does ring a bell for one in four (25%), though they can’t remember what it is. Six percent of churchgoers are simply not sure whether they have heard this term “the Great Commission” before.
Here is some good news. Fox News Stands By Laura Ingraham Amid David Hogg Controversy. I not a fan of boycotts, particularly as they are being used to silence “the right”. Corporations ought to be careful when siding with half of your customers.
Fox News announced their continued support for embattled host Laura Ingraham Monday amid speculation that her personal criticism of Parkland student David Hogg, and the resulting loss of advertisers, would lead the network to discontinue her program.
“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” Jack Abernethy, co-president of Fox News, said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.”
David Hogg has taken the main stream media and the anti-second amendment crowd by storm. He is young, appears articulate and very savvy as seen recently with the whole Laura Ingraham dust up. Ms. Ingraham was wrong to mock Mr. Hogg. She has apologized. Mr. Hogg won’t accept it.
This video may tell the story. Be careful is all I can say to those considering him as a reliable voice for gun control. This is a real interview that has gotten very little traction. If you have children, please don’t let them watch this as there are no “bleeps” for the fowl language. The interview was with “The Outline”. Here is the link if you want to go to the original source. Here is more on “The Outline” if you want an overview.
My take is that there is a huge underlying attitude of contempt here. That is dangerous and it shouldn’t be ignored. Now matter what side of the issue he might take, we should be careful to elevate this to a leadership level.
Contempt is defined as “the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn.” An example cited is “this action displays an arrogant contempt for the wishes of the majority”. In other words, it is “defiance” of authority. We do have a second amendment. It is clear.
When your old-ass parent is like, ‘I don’t know how to send an iMessage,’ and you’re just like, ‘Give me the f…ing phone and let me handle it.’ Sadly, that’s what we have to do with our government; our parents don’t know how to use a f…ing democracy, so we have to.”
It just makes me think what sick f…ers out there want to continue to sell more guns, murder more children, and honestly just get reelected. What type of s…ty person does that? They could have blood from children splattered all over their faces and they wouldn’t take action, because they all still see these dollar signs.”
Honestly, it’s alright that people are buying more guns. I just care that they are being safe individuals. And they can practice their Second Amendment rights all they want. I don’t give a f*ck about that. I just want to make sure that a crazy-ass individual doesn’t get an AR-15 or any weapon at all.
For the record, I am very supportive of our second amendment.
Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱέ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν
Translated “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner”
Newsbusters alerts us NYT’s Easter Tradition of Insulting Christians: ‘White Evangelicals Would Vote Against Jesus Himself…’ This is so very sad to see on the most important holiday that Christian’s celebrate. Imagine seeing something similar at the start of Ramadan or Passover. I don’t think we would because that would be Islamaphobic or Anti-semitic. Why is ok to attack Christians?
“At the top, beside a photo of Martin Luther King in a church with a cross prominent in the background, was “Keeping The Faith – We Forgot What Dr. King Believed In,” by Michael Eric Dyson, left-wing professor and commentator, whom the paper carefully identified as “an ordained Baptist minister,” — so he could criticize Christians with credibility, perhaps?
In his lifetime, he was disappointed in the complacency of both black and white churches. He would be as disappointed today. The white church largely remains a bastion of indifference to the plight of black people. White evangelicals continue to focus on personal piety as the measure of true Christianity, while neglecting the Social Gospel that enlivens Jesus’ words for the masses….
“Even more aggressive was leftist religion writer Amy Sullivan’s “Trump’s Christian Soldiers.” The subhead: “Most white evangelicals would vote against Jesus himself if he ran as a Democrat.”
“After opening with the lack of Republican reaction to the Stormy Daniels saga, Sullivan followed up:
As we celebrate Easter Sunday, nearly 18 months after Mr. Trump won the presidency with about 80 percent of the white evangelical vote, surveys show him retaining nearly all of that support….
….Mr. Trump owes his continued high standing among white evangelicals to the fact that nearly 40 years after the Moral Majority’s founding, the partisan meld is complete. Decades of fearmongering about Democrats and religious liberals have worked. Eighty percent of white evangelicals would vote against Jesus Christ himself if he ran as a Democrat.
Wow! Facebook Censoring Ads About The Passion of Christ is one more reason to be concerned about Facebook.
Sylvia runs the website Passion of Christ. She posts content from it on her Facebook page, A Spiritual Journey with Jesus, The Divine Mercy. She is promoting a global peace movement on Facebook called “A Peaceful Revolution in the Name of Jesus Christ.” It unites Christians all over the world in prayer and remembrance of the Passion of Christ daily at the time Jesus died for us, 3 p.m. (Each of us in our local time zones.) She buys ads from Facebook to promote her posts. They contain spiritual reflections on the Word of God with related images.
But Facebook recently started rejecting some of her ads. Facebook accompanied some of the rejections with, “Your ad wasn’t approved because it doesn’t follow our Advertising Policies. We don’t allow ads that contain shocking or sensational content, including ads that depict violence or threats of violence.” Facebook rejected some of them because the posts included images of the Passion of Christ. Christ is portrayed in the crucifixion process, wearing the Crown of Thorns or on the Cross. When Sylvia inquired about the rejections, all she got was a computer generated email. Many of her ad posts were approved in the past by Facebook and got millions of “likes.”
For your Resurrection Sunday pleasure.
He Is RISEN! He is Risen indeed!
Christ the Lord is risen today, Sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.
– Charles Wesley
God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’
– Billy Graham
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
– John 11:25-26
If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or…
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You just can’t make this stuff up. Actual protesters at the March for our Lives. The 2nd Amendment is indeed in trouble.
Will Witt was on location at the March for our Lives Los Angeles to find out what exactly is being protested, and what reforms attendees recommend. Check it out!
Great insight here: These Are 3 of the Greatest Threats to Religious Freedom in America Today “Three of the most noteworthy threats to religious freedom in America are:
“The LGBTQ Agenda: Which believes that people who hold Biblical views on marriage, sexuality or gender identity should pay a stiff penalty if they decide to follow their religious beliefs and conscience. For example, those who push this agenda believe Christian businesses that refuse to serve gay weddings or bake a cake for a gay couple should be punished for refusing service. The Supreme Court heard heard arguments last month of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, arguing that doing so meant he supported same-sex marriage and would therefore go against his deep Christian beliefs on the Biblical definition of marriage. The couple and their lawyers argue that the baker’s first amendment claims are simply a license to discriminate against gays. CBN News has done several stories highlight the ongoing court battle and potential implications this case could have for religious freedom going forward. Continue reading
The whole Laura Ingraham controversy is very disturbing. What she tweeted was inappropriate but fairly mild by internet standards these days. Here is what she said: “David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.)” That is it!
Laura has apologized. Florida shooting survivor David Hogg won’t accept her apology over the tweet. Fitting that on Good Friday – Jesus was saying from the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
Now Mr. Hogg has started a fairly effective campaign to get her advertisers to drop their advertising. I am not a big fan of this type of stuff, from either side. Corporate involvement, in particular, is problematic. Either way they go, they are alienating half of their customers. That is an interesting strategy.
As dismayed as the anchors and correspondents were with Ingraham’s mocking tweet about Hogg, the broadcast networks failed to report on any of the offensive rants that Hogg and his fellow student activists have launched into against gun rights supporters over the past month:
- On March 26, ABC’s The View co-host Megan McCain called out Hogg for saying this: “It just makes me think what sick blankers [f—ers] out there want to continue to sell more guns, murder more children, and honestly just get reelected, What type of blanking [s–tty] person does that? They could have blood from children splattered all over their faces and they don’t take action, because all they see are dollar signs.”
- During an appearance on CNN’s New Day on February 19, Hogg labeled the National Rifle Association “child murderers” and fellow Stoneman Douglas student Emma Gonzalez addressed Republicans who accept campaign contributions from the NRA by saying: “…if they accept this blood money, they are against the children. They are against the people who are dying….You’re either funding the killers or you’re standing with the children.”
- While participating in a CNN town hall event on February 21, Stoneman Douglas student Cameron Kasky smeared Florida Senator Marco Rubio with this invective: “Senator Rubio, it’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz, but the point is: You’re here and there are some people who are not.”
- Later in that same event, Gonzales implied that NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch was a bad motherbecause of her support for the Second Amendment.
- On ABC’s Good Morning America on February 22, anchor George Stephanopoulos teed up Stoneman Douglas student Ryan Deitsch to blast Senator Rubio for taking “money from an organization that has been known to help in the aiding of killing innocent lives.”
- On February 28, while talking to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, Stoneman Douglas student Alfonso Calderon accused the NRA of “basically killing kids.”
- Appearing with Calderon on CNN’s New Day on March 12, Hogg launched into a similar tirade against the gun rights group, claiming they want to “put more people at risk, scare more people, cause more violence, kill more people, and sell more guns.”
- During a March 24 interview with National Public Radio host Scott Simon, Hogg morbidly suggested: “We can and we will outlive our opponents because they’re old, and they are stuck in their old ways.”
“Those Christians who belong to the evangelical wing of the church (which I firmly believe is the only one that even approximates New Testament Christianity) have over the last half-century shown an increasing impatience with things invisible and eternal and have demanded and got a host of things visible and temporal to satisfy their fleshly appetites. Without Biblical authority, or any other right under the sun, carnal religious leaders have introduced a host of attractions that serve no purpose except to provide entertainment for the retarded saints.
“It is now common practice in most evangelical churches to offer the people, especially the young people, a maximum of entertainment and a minimum of serious instruction. It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God. One can only conclude that God’s professed children are bored with Him, for they must be wooed to meeting with a stick of striped candy in the form of religious movies, games and refreshments. …
“Any objection to the carryings on of our present golden-calf Christianity is met with the triumphant reply, ‘But we are winning them!’ And winning them to what? To true discipleship? To cross-carrying? To self-denial? To separation from the world? To crucifixion of the flesh? To holy living? To nobility of character? To a despising of the world’s treasures? To hard self-discipline? To love for God? To total committal to Christ? Of course the answer to all these questions is no.
“We are paying a frightful price for our religious boredom. And that at the moment of the world’s mortal peril.”
—A.W. Tozer, in Man—The Dwelling Place Of God
Being zealous is useful but only in the context of knowing the right thing to focus on. Our constitution is clear. Much damage has been done with the focus on “enhancing” it’s meaning beyond what our Founders intended to set up in America.
We experience the same issues in our faith in Jesus. What did Jesus say? What did He mean? Questions to grapple with in prayer and humility.
“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”
United States Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
On Monday, MRCTV uploaded the latest episode of “Reality Check” with Brittany Hughes, titled: “Generation Tide Pod May Be the First to Protest AGAINST Their Own Rights.”
When gun-grabbers ask, “Is freedom more important than security,” we say, “Uh, duh!” Some of these kids must be sleeping through history class because they seem to be very ignorant of what it is they are actually asking for.
Globalist attitudes and believes of the Left have led many countries astray. Great Britain decided to take back their sovereignty. When will others follow?
If one big government is bad, imagine how much worse two big governments would be. But that’s what people living in Europe have had to deal with: their own nation’s bloated government and the super-national government of Europe, now known as the European Union. Bureaucracy times two! How’s that for a horror show? Continue reading
Florida pastor Stephen Rummage, chairman of the Executive Committee, released a 300-word statement Tuesday afternoon on behalf of the EC’s officers noting the circumstances of Page’s resignation:
Last evening, the officers of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee met via phone conference with Dr. Frank Page during which he announced his plans for retirement. Today, I spoke with Dr. Page and learned that his retirement announcement was precipitated by a morally inappropriate relationship in the recent past.
This news will, we understand, bring great sorrow. I have shared with the Executive Committee officers what Dr. Page shared with me, including Dr. Page’s repentance and deep regret that his actions have caused pain for others.
“My heart is broken for Dr. Page, his family and everyone affected,” Rummage, senior pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Fla., stated. “I believe I speak for the entire Executive Committee in saying that we are committed to provide them the spiritual and emotional support they need in the coming days. We also recognize the stewardship we owe Southern Baptists and the watching world to communicate with truth and candor and to honor the Lord in our actions and decisions.”
I call upon all Southern Baptists to pray for everyone involved in a situation like this, and especially for Dr. and Mrs. Page. Please pray for the Southern Baptist Convention and all that is entrusted to the Executive Committee.
As officers, we are committed to provide leadership that the Southern Baptist Convention will recognize and trust. To those ends, in keeping with our Executive Committee bylaws, we will be working on a plan to provide for interim transition in the wake of Dr. Page’s immediate departure and also to conduct a search for the next president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee. I am personally counting on the prayers of Southern Baptists, as I know are all who serve on our SBC Executive Committee.
Page released a statement as well Tuesday afternoon:
It is with deep regret that I tender my resignation from the SBC Executive Committee and announce my retirement from active ministry, effective immediately. As a result of a personal failing, I have embarrassed my family, my Lord, myself, and the Kingdom. Out of a desire to protect my family and those I have hurt, I initially announced my retirement earlier today without a complete explanation. However, after further wrestling with my personal indiscretion, it became apparent to me that this situation must be acknowledged in a more forthright manner. It is my most earnest desire in the days to come to rebuild the fabric of trust with my wife and daughters, those who know me best and love me most.
Abortion, the killing of innocent unborn children, is an abomination to God.
“Over the weekend there was a massive march in Washington and other cities to demand new laws, ostensibly on behalf of innocent lives being endangered. That sounds like another giant protest march that takes place once a year in Washington, except this one is being reported coast-to-coast, buoyed by celebrity endorsements, and hailed as the dawn of a revolution, rather than being studiously ignored or downplayed.
“It should be obvious that I’m speaking of the March for Our Lives and the March for Life, two ostensibly similar marches advocating ostensibly similar views. Yet comparing the two positions reveals illuminating fundamental differences.
“Abortion rights deal with a person’s right to do or have done a particular procedure. This procedure, by definition, destroys a human life: specifically the human life the people in question created by having intercourse, whether consensually or violently. They desire this because, to one degree or another, the life to be destroyed is unwanted or inconvenient and was not intended to be created.
“Although the reasons for wishing to destroy this life may be understandable, abortion still destroys an innocent human life.”
Science writer Gary Taubes has a knack for subverting the conventional wisdom. Sixteen years ago, he published a groundbreaking feature in the The New York Times Magazine, arguing that decades of government-approved nutritional advice attacking fatty foods and praising carbohydrates was flat-out wrong, ideologically motivated, and contributed to rising rates of obesity and diabetes. Continue reading
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” — 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Read about the Ministry of Bethel Church in Redding California: The Bill Johnson Cornucopia of False Teaching, Bible-Twisting and General Absurdity | Pirate Christian Media I will admit that I am a fan of Bill’s, having seen him on a number of occasions. I have some dear friends who are a part of his ministry and church. I have become concerned lately about the leanings to a “prosperity ministry”.
Bill Johnson has a warm and likable personality, and he comes across as a knowledgeable and godly man; but beneath his charming personality is a specific theological viewpoint that must be evaluated (just like any pastor). Although he uses Biblical words and phrases, Johnson preaches a Word of Faith version of Christianity that has no legitimate connection to Bible-based Christianity. He spends the vast majority of his time talking about his own ideas, visions and “downloads” from God, and very little time even quoting from God’s (actual) Word.
This is a great series that is just beginning so you won’t have too much catching up to do. Read more here: The Magnificent Fifty (Introduction) | The Recovering Legalist
Since 1978 the Freedom From Religion Foundation (Madison, WI) has fought to completely secularize every aspect of American public life. Part of the Atheist Alliance International and the Secular Coalition for America, FFRF pushes not only a secularist agenda but promotes atheism (“nontheism”) every chance it gets.
Despite the evidence suggesting our founding fathers were far more religious than not, and despite the fact that our Declaration of Independence starts off with the once-common assertion that our “unalienable Rights” are given by God, FFRF claims the very Constitution meant to protect those rights “was very purposely written as a godless document…” Therefore they claim God, faith, and any expression of religion – even cross-shaped memorials for the dead and prayer before local city council meetings – should be eradicated from the public square.
So, in response to their regular attacks on anything religious, and especially in response to what is nothing short of propaganda-like attempts to rewrite history, I felt compelled to respond with series of posts depicting actual history.
Contrary to what many people believe, our nation has a strong foundation of faith, and I want to prove it with some art.
The media has a way of taking an atrocity and making it seem like our world has come down with a serious case of it. Any murder is an abomination to God our Father. It is evil. We must always speak out against it.
After each shooting, however, the media dedicates untold amounts of attention to shootings past, present, and future. You’d be forgiven for believing the United States is soaked in the blood of the victims of mass shootings, specifically in schools.
According to a new study from the Heritage Foundation, the hysterics over the number of school shootings handed to us by the media aren’t half as bad as they portray it. Furthermore, they are rarer now than they were in the 9o’s:
Statistically speaking, however, such events are still highly infrequent. In particular, shootings during normal classroom hours that result in injuries or death are incredibly rare in America’s primary and secondary schools. Out of the more than 55 million K–12 students across the nation’s public and private schools, an average of 10 students are killed every year by gunfire at school.
To put this number perspective, over 800 students die every year during regular travel to and from school.
Even rarer on K–12 campuses are the types of high-profile, multiple-casualty shooting rampages characterized by names like Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Parkland. Since 1990, America’s 100,000 public primary and secondary schools have experienced 22 on-campus shootings that resulted in two or more fatalities (excluding the shooter), for an average of less than one multiple-fatality shooting per year.
Most of these multiple-fatality shootings were not “Columbine-style” mass shootings: Of the 22 incidents since 1990, only nine involved the deaths of four or more people. Since 2000, there have been 17 shootings at K–12 schools that resulted in two or more injuries.
As Heritage notes, schools are still statistically the safest place for kids to be, despite the fact that they spend a good deal of their time there:
Less than 3 percent of all youth homicides occur on a school campus, even though it is where youths spend a large portion of their time.
Since 1992, when the NCES began to compile data on school-related violent deaths, the highest number of on-campus student homicides at K–12 schools in a single school year has been 34, which occurred during the 1992–1993 and 1997–1998 school years. During the 2013–2014 school year, the NCES concluded that there was approximately one student homicide or suicide at school for every 2.8 million enrolled students. Meanwhile, an average of 50 children ages 7 to 18 are murdered by their parents every year.
From one of my other blogs.
I saw Jesus last night. Of course, it was not the Jesus I was expecting. He was delivering the “Jesus Manifesto” (aka The Sermon on the Mount).
This was stunning. Jesus was smiling most of the time and did not speak in a sterilized monotone. He was serious but he interacted spontaneously with those who were following Him. This is not a sermon delivered from behind a pulpit. This had no stage lighting. There was no microphone. Just Jesus with His followers laying out how the Kingdom of God works. Slowly but powerfully. And did I mention He had a smile on his face?
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History can be a challenge but it is important that we have a link to our past. Some followers of Jesus are content with reading some of the scriptures.
The story of Jesus and the Apostles is amazing. I love it.
Who came after Paul and John?
What happened the next century?
How did the “Catholic Church” start?
There is much to know and it informs us where out thinking comes from.
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days”
Facebook isn’t neutral; it has an agenda. Earlier this year, Facebook altered its algorithms for what news stories its users see, and the results have been devastating for conservative-leaning outlets.
Warning, I urge you to abandon Facebook as a source of news. You are not seeing what you want to see there. What is the alternative? I bookmark the sites I like to get content from then visit them directly. I also use a newsreader to aggregate the content for me.
Tucker lays out the case very well.
Facebook isn’t neutral; it has an agenda. Earlier this year, Facebook altered its algorithms for what news stories its users see, and the results have been devastating for conservative-leaning outlets.
The Bible teaches that God made us male or female, and no matter our own feelings or confusion, we should act in accordance with the biological reality of God’s good design. Transgenderism falls short of the glory of God and is not the way to walk in obedience to the Messiah, Jesus.
Moses in Genesis said “ He created them male and female.” (Genesis 1:27) Jesus said “In the original creation, God made male and female to be together.” (Mark 10:5-9) God created Adam and Eve, the first human beings, in his own image, equal before God as persons, and distinct as male and female. That divinely ordained differences between male and female reflect God’s original creation design and are meant for human good and human flourishing.
So for a transgenders, is regret an issue to grapple with?
“Is regret permissible? And if you regret something in your life, should you be allowed to talk about it with others? Publicly? The answer is so obviously “yes” that any reasonable person would be baffled to even hear such questions. That’s because regret is simply part of being human.
“But what if you regret trying to change your sex? Or maybe you’re just tired of propping up a persona? Worse, what if you regret having all of the surgery to promote the illusion of a sex change? This is the case with Walt Heyer, who lived as a woman for nearly a decade then de-transitioned after coming to terms with the fact that he was born male.”
This is excellent via a great blogger. The Most Offensive Things Jesus Ever Said Jesus is in the transformation business. It isn’t easy put He gives us the Holy Spirit and has redeemed us. Please take a minute to read. This is great.
Jesus has to be one of the most interesting people to have ever lived. Take away His divinity for a minute (Just a few seconds I promise) and look at his life. Whether you are a Christian or not you have to admit that his life is fascinating. The words he said, the stories he told, his polarizing effect on people… He was a fascinating person.
Today we often like to focus on the grace and the love that he showed others. We seem particularly drawn to the instances where Jesus condemned the actions of those who were ostracizing others. I get it, I’m drawn to those stories too. I love when Jesus turns the temple upside down and throws those taking advantage of the poor out. I love that Jesus makes space for women at his table. One of my favorite stories is Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well.
But that’s only one side of Jesus. He also said a lot of offensive things. So much so that by the end of one of his teachings many of his followers just left.
Let that sink in. Jesus taught a message so offensive that the majority of people listening said Nope, got up, and walked away.
By no means am I trying to downplay the inclusive, loving, grace-filled side of Jesus. But we must hold firmly to grace AND truth. Just like Jesus did. Jesus could say the most loving, accepting, and inclusive thing. But he also said some of the hardest truths that stung.
Sometimes we ignore those hard things Jesus said; at least I know I do. So I want to highlight some of the most offensive things Jesus said. I don’t want to downplay the grace, but rather encourage us to hold onto the tension between grace and truth.
Read more: The Most Offensive Things Jesus Ever Said
Some good satire from the Babylon Bee. Always good for a laugh but insightful as well.
Local worship pastor Troy “T-Waffle” Lansing was excited to find that his Twitter follower count broke 3,000 on Saturday evening. The worship minister had been promoting his account hard, using several church interns to try to garner more and more followers for his social media presence.
Lansing was less excited to find the event had finally caused his head to become too large to fit through the sanctuary doors at Refuge Church. As Lansing attempted to enter the church Worship Experience Center’s sleek, stainless steel doors for a scheduled 7:30 a.m. soundcheck ahead of first service, his inflated noggin became wedged in the doorway.
This is a great article by Denis MacEoin who points out the differences in sexual harassment in western countries and Islamist middle eastern countries. Our laws do not permit this under any circumstances. Islamist middle eastern countries are sexist and promote sexual violence against women. These attitudes are coming out in some European countries now with more Islamist immigrants.
Jesus treated women with respect and even refused to allow a woman caught in the act of adultery to be stoned, as the law prescribed at the time. After her accusers left, he sent her on her way with admonition to sin no more.
“I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her.” — Nabih Wahsh, Islamist lawyer, on Egypt’s al-Assema TV, October 19, 2017.
“The Iranian Revolution of 1979 sparked off increasingly revolutionary movements across the Islamic world, and in the process saw women in many countries denied the freedoms they had started to acquire under earlier regimes. The veil returned widely, notably in Turkey, following the growing power of authoritarian and fundamentalist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with women’s rights being increasingly denied.
“We urgently need to drop our unwillingness to contrast Western and Islamic values — whether regarding violence, treatment of religious minorities, anti-Semitism, or treatment of women. There are also growing numbers of Muslims, as we are seeing today in Iran, who find wider Islamic attitudes abhorrent and work hard, mostly against the odds, to bring their faith closer to modern values.”
Source: Sexual Harassment East and West
Yikes, does Facebook need to go to “rehab”. They are clearly in trouble. The stock has collapsed, chopping $36 billion off the company’s market value on Monday. By mid-Tuesday morning, it had fallen 10 percent since the scandal broke. What the company expected to be a tough summer storm had turned into a Category 5 hurricane.
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg saw his net worth decline by more than $5 billion since Monday, but it could have been worse.
Ahead of Facebook’s worst one-day decline since 2012, prompted by news that data affecting 51.3 million members was improperly shared with a political consulting firm, Zuckerberg had been busy selling stock. So far this year, he has sold more than 5 million shares.
Disposing of those Facebook shares FB, -1.87% before Tuesday ended up saving about $70 million, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings and some arithmetic by MarketWatch. At Tuesday’s close, the 5.4 million shares Zuckerberg has sold this year under a predetermined plan would be worth $910 million. Zuckerberg made about $980 million selling those shares, according to calculations using average weighted prices reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
People are jumping on Twitter to announce their breakup with Facebook.
The hashtag #DeleteFacebook is trending on Monday after the New York Times reported this weekend that the data of 50 million users had been unknowingly leaked and purchased to aid President Trump’s successful 2016 bid for the presidency.
Twitter was littered with users sharing the hashtag. I will only alert you that it is very difficult to actually delete Facebook, particularly if you actively use it to post content, photos and videos.
Is this the solution for the government to regulate Facebook? How about the free market? I don’t have to use Facebook. No one does.
Facebook‘s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said Wednesday he was willing to testify to Congress following revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that worked on President Donald Trump’s election campaign, improperly obtained information on some 50 million Facebook users via an academic researcher.
“What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge about what Congress is trying to learn. So if that’s me, then I am happy to go,” Zuckerberg said in an evening interview on CNN. “What I think we found so far is that typically there are people whose whole job is focused on an area. But I would imagine at some point that there will be a topic where I am the sole authority on, and it will make sense for me to do it.
Now consider this from TechCrunch: Now would be a good time for Mark Zuckerberg to resign
Facebook is at the center of a dozen controversies, and outrage is peaking. The social network has failed again and again at expanding beyond a handful of core features. Doubts of its usefulness, and assertions of its uselessness, are multiplying. A crisis of confidence at multiple levels threatens the company’s structure and mission. Now is the time for Mark Zuckerberg to spare himself the infamy and resign — for Facebook’s sake and his own.
I’m not calling for his resignation, and I don’t say this out of any animus toward Zuckerberg; I personally believe him to be genuine and driven in his stated desire to connect the world — but likely increasingly frustrated by the unexpected consequences of this naive ambition and the haste with which he has pursued it. I just think that it has come to the point where the best way for him to advance that ambition is to leave.
There are three major reasons why.
I missed this last weekend. Time to pick up the pace of our prayers for Israel and Jerusalem.
The Jihad against Israel continues. No peace seems to be forthcoming as the commitment is to completely wipe Israel off the face of the planet. We have heard this before. May Jesus bring peace, true peace, to Israel!
Adiel Kolman, a 32-year-old father of four from Kochav Hashachar, died of his wounds last night after being stabbed near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City earlier in the day.
The attacker, named by security officials as Abd el-Rahman Bani, walked up to Kolman and stabbed him repeatedly in the upper body. Bani lived in the village of Aqraba near Nablus and had a one-week permit that had allowed him to enter Israel to look for work.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said after the attack: “The policeman did a good job of responding quickly, killing the terrorist, and preventing any more casualties. The Israel Police will continue to operate in Jerusalem and throughout the country against the despicable terrorists who are incited by the Palestinian Authority.”
A carpool karaoke lip sync video in support of World Down Syndrome Day features 50 mums and their children singing along to Christina Perri’s multi-platinum selling track, “A Thousand Years”.
The mums are all part of a Facebook group known as “Designer Genes” created for parents who have a child with Down’s Syndrome born in 2013/14. They got together to show the world just how ordinary and fun life with the condition is and how they “Wouldn’t Change a Thing”.
The video was originally inspired by Singing Hands – a UK organisation who’s videos have helped many in the group learn Makaton for supporting their children’s communication development.
Makaton is designed to help hearing people with learning or communication difficulties using signs, symbols alongside speech.
Great insight from IB!
So, I continue to be frustrated by Pastor Wilson’s rather poor response to child sexual abuse. That’s actually a charitable way to put it. It’s way beyond poor. It’s a real irritant to me because I like his theology and his way with words, but his heart is just all wrong, and there are real people who have suffered greatly for having been sold some of this rubbish.
I have some compassion for victims of abuse. Of that there is no doubt. However, my real concern is how or why people are driven away from the church and sometimes away from Jesus Christ Himself.
Take for example his post, “Complicity in Christ” It’s quite reasonable if we are talking about neighbors getting along with one another or how to survive the next family reunion. BUT he is actually speaking about child rape, which is kind of buried among the words…
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While a relatively tiny minority of people ever have been religiously Jewish, the Hebrews have had inestimably large effects on the world.
Here is a great example.
“The Hebrews also held a distinctive view about agreements between God and man, and between man and man. Their core idea of a covenant is more encompassing than that of a contract because it binds the parties to their promises even if they break the agreement. These ancient views of Hebrews influenced Christian and therefore Western ideas of not only eternal salvation but also earthly arrangements such as marriage and government. The “social compact” language Puritans and other early American colonists used politically was consciously derived from the Hebrew covenant.”
This is a stunning question. Before I die I want to _______________ .
What is your answer?
In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors’ answers — surprising, poignant, funny — became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What’s your answer?)
Imagine that daily terrorist want to kill you and take away your freedom.
Every day. No let up. Every day. The Jihad doesn’t intend to stop until Israel is wiped off the face of the earth.
It takes courage to live there. May God bless them and give them peace!
“On our way to an Israeli town near the border separating Israel from Hamas-controlled Gaza, these reporters are told we have 15 seconds to get to a bomb shelter if the sirens go off. If there is no bomb shelter nearby, we are to drop to the floor, cross our legs, and cover the back of our heads.
“In Netiv Haasara, a community in the Gaza envelope which houses a population of about 800 people, the bus stops double as bomb shelters. For Hila Femlon, the sirens warning of rocket fire from Hamas insurgents are part of everyday life.”
We have to stand up to religious liberty, for all religions. If we don’t here is where we are going to end up. We are getting closer every day.
Jesus is the truth. May we all proclaim his good news and fight the good fight.
“Alberta’s Child and Family Services barred a Christian couple from adopting a child because their religious views about sexuality—views shared by orthodox Jews and Muslims—were incompatible with “the official position of the Alberta government.”
“The Ministry of Children’s Services stated that the couple’s belief that sexuality should not be experienced or explored until a person is married, would not create a “safe, healthy, loving, and inclusive home.
“Will government treat the parenting practices of Orthodox Christians, Jews, and Muslims as suspect if they simply refuse to adopt the latest sexual trends?” ~Emilie Kao
The secular religion of the Western world is making progress. We need to redouble our effort to bring Jesus into the conversation about what is important in America. Tribal politics brings bad news at every turn. We are the people of hope and we have good news. We serve an amazing God. We must witness to the Way of Jesus and His truth.
That is all there is to it. Jesus has defeated death and the enemy of God. Jesus is in charge and is King!
“If I had to pick one of the most under-appreciated and under-reported stories of 2017, it would be that a post-Christian America is a more vicious America, and that the triumph of secularists is rendering America more polarized, not less. Remove from the public square biblical admonitions such as “love your enemies” and the hatred has more room to grow. When the fruits of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control — wither, then the culture is far more coarse.
“Not everyone’s missing the story, of course. Both Ross Douthat and The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart have written powerfully on the topic, with Beinart noting how the rise of a post-Christian Left has mirrored the rise of a post-Christian Right. Beinart’s conclusion is correct:”
For years, political commentators dreamed that the culture war over religious morality that began in the 1960s and ’70s would fade. It has. And the more secular, more ferociously national and racial culture war that has followed is worse.
Israel deserves our wholehearted support.
Many of the founding goals of the BDS movement, including denying the Jewish people the universal right of self-determination – along with many of the strategies employed in BDS campaigns are anti-Semitic. Many individuals involved in BDS campaigns are driven by opposition to Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state.
Often time, BDS campaigns give rise to tensions in communities – particularly on college campuses – that can result in harassment or intimidation of Jews and Israel supporters, including overt anti-Semitic expression and acts. This dynamic can create an environment in which anti-Semitism can be express more freely.
And, all too often, BDS advocates employ anti-Semitic rhetoric and narratives to isolate and demonize Israel.
Alan M. Dershowitz recently debated Professor Cornel West of Harvard about the boycott movement against Israel. The topic was resolved: “The boycott, divestiture and sanctions (BDS) movement will help bring about the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Here are some highlights:
- Zionism was the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, not a colonial enterprise. Nor is Israel in any way like South Africa, where a minority of whites ruled over a majority of Blacks, who were denied the most fundamental human rights. In Israel, Arabs, Druze and Christians have equal rights and serve in high positions in government, business, the arts and academia.
- BDS is not a protest against Israel’s policies. It is a protest against Israel’s very existence.
- West argued that BDS would encourage Israel to make peace with the Palestinians. I replied that Israel would never be blackmailed into compromising its security, and that the Palestinians are disincentivized into making compromises by the fantasy that they will get a state through economic and cultural extortion.
Source: Debating BDS with Cornel West
Right on target. The parable Jesus told started with this. “And a religious leader stood up and put Jesus to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
Testing Jesus is the ultimate contempt.
May God be with us all. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.
Aren’t we such good guys when we tell the story of the Good Samaritan? We love to point out the hypocrisy of the clergy in this parable and reflect on how we show compassion for people.
Yet, this past Saturday, here was a man around 40 years old. He was ‘passed out’ and bleeding profusely from his nose and head and lying in the street. Who knows if he was severely injured, drunk or on drugs or a combination of all?
The point is this: no one wants to stop and help these bums, drunks or and druggies.
We look down on this ‘trash’ as the bad guys, while we strut around as the good guys. After all, we aren’t down in the street like some stray dog as a mark of road kill.
It ends up that I knew this man. He is a neighbor of mine who suffers…
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Some good reads:
God created us male and female. That is it. That is the truth from God and His Son Jesus, the Messiah.
The Secular Religion would have us believe we can decide ourselves what gender we want to be. We are not God and we can’t change his order of things.
We can, change our minds (aka repent). If we have wrong thinking about gender, we must change our minds and not be an enemy of God.
Noor Jontry believed she was male from ages 11 to 13, but changed her mind. Now at age 14, she is sharing her journey into the trans-male identity and back.
“One mode of anti-frontier and anti-self-reliance propaganda is contemporary hysteria about gun control – a part of the materialistic determinism of the hour. To the superficial minds of “Liberals,” collectivists, Marxians, et al., instruments are supposed to act upon man, and men (no longer self-reliant) merely to be acted upon: to them, murder lies in the gun and not in the soul of man. So they think that to deprive men of guns would prevent man from murder!
“What the Power Boys – the insiders – behind the gun controls really want, of course, is not to control guns but to control us. They want registration so that they can confiscate; they want to confiscate so that they will have power and we shall be powerless – even as we live today upon a wild frontier demanding ever more self-reliance.
“On the old frontier, men had to rely upon themselves and had to be armed until there were sound laws and until law-enforcement officers could enforce the laws. Today laws against thieves, muggers, thugs, rapist, arsonists, looters, murderers (thanks largely to the “Liberal” majority on the Supreme Court) are diluted almost to the point of abolition; the Marshal Dillons of the world, thanks to the same Court, are disarmed or emasculated, they are told to respect the “rights” of thieves, muggers, thugs, rapists, arsonists, looters, muggers, above the right of good citizens to be secure from such felons.
“Good citizens, deprived of the processes of the law or the protection of the police, are supposed to accept their lot as the passive happy victims of “the unfortunate,” sheep to be sheared of feed to the wolves bleating about the loveliness of it all. It is “violence” if good citizens defend themselves; it is not “violent” but “protest” if they or their property are assaulted. So gun controls are the order of the day – gun controls that will disarm me of good will, but will not disarm the Mafia, the mobs out on a spree, the wolves on the prowl, the men of ill will.
“This is a part of the “Liberal” sentimentality that does not see sin, evil, violence, as realities in the soul of man. To the “Liberal,” all we need is dialogue, discussion, compromise, co-existence, understanding – always in favor of the vicious and never in defense of the victim. The sentimental “Liberal,” fearful of self-reliant man, believes this to be a good thing; the cynical Power Boys pretend to believe it, and use it for their own ends.
“Gun control is the new Prohibition. It will not work, as Prohibition did not work. But meanwhile, it will be tried, as a sentimental cure-all, a new usurpation of the rights of a once thoroughly self-reliant people, another step on the march to 1984. It is only a symptom of our modern disease, but it is well worth examining at a little more length. And, as I recently made a trip to the land of Sentimentalia, and brought back a published account of gun control there, I hope you will permit me to offer it as evidence speaking to our condition:
“A few hundred of the several hundred million citizens of Sentimentalia have in recent years been shot by criminals. The Congress of that land, led by Senators Tom Prodd and Jokey Hidings, and egged on by the President, responded with a law to first register, and eventually confiscate, all the wicked instruments known as ‘guns.’ The law was passed amid tears of joy.
“But, alas, when guns continued to be used by the happy thugs thus freed from the fear of being shot by self-reliant citizens, the Prohibitionists claimed that this meant that knives need to be forbidden… and then violence and murders would end.”
E. Merrill Root — More on Mr. Root here.
We can’t accept that abortion is about choice. It is not. It is about death and murder. It is about life. I believe that life is sacred, both in the womb and outside the womb.
God said “You shall not murder.” (Deuteronomy 5:17) The idea that anyone gets to choose whether someone else gets to live or not is abominable. God is God.
“The American Left often insists that no one is actually “pro-abortion.” Rather, we’re told, they’re “pro-choice.” Favoring abortion rights isn’t about liking abortion. It’s a matter of supporting every woman’s right to choose for herself. Continue reading
What is all the fussing over President Trump’s decision, as he promised, to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
In 1967, Jordan illegally attacked Israel. Jordan shelled civilian areas of Jerusalem. Israel responded and liberated the Western Wall, the Jewish Quarter and the access roads to Hebrew University and Hadassah Hospital, thereby opening these sites to everyone.
That has been the status quo for the last half century, until Obama engineered the notorious December 2016 Security Council Resolution that declared the Western Wall, the Jewish Quarter and the access roads to be illegally occupied by Israel, thus changing the status quo.
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It has been, off and on for over 3,000 years. King David presided there and King Solomon built the temple there. Jerusalem has a special role in the Life of Jesus.
A couple of points to keep in mind.
- First, it is beyond the jurisdiction of the UN to tell a sovereign nation what it can and cannot recognize.
- The United States often stands alone with Israel against the world, and the US and Israel have been right. The bias of the international community against the nation state of the Jewish people has been long standing and evident, especially at the UN.
- Recall the infamous General Assembly Resolution declaring Zionism to be a form of racism. It received overwhelming support from the tyrannical nations of the world, which constitute a permanent majority of the UN, and was rescinded only after the US issued threats if it were to remain on the books.
“Where is everyone” ~Donald Trump
There is a myth that the current debate about cakes, photography, and other services being denied to same-sex marriages is discriminatory.
Here is a good summary: The Top 4 Anti-LGBT Myths Of 2017
“A popular rallying cry this year was against the “license to discriminate,” the way the Left describes religious freedom legal standards. As the Los Angeles Times puts it: “If you thought 2016 was a nasty, brutish year for LGBT rights across the country, 2017 is already shaping up to be much, much worse. Over the holidays, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced that he would be reintroducing the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill first put forward in 2015. It would prevent the government from taking action against businesses that discriminate against LGBT people based on their ‘religious belief or moral conviction…’ Continue reading
While some Christians believe in theological significance to Jews controlling their historic homeland, for many the reasons are practical, not theological. Historically, Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel. King David established it. Jesus was there quite frequently, entered the city triumphantly and was killed there. That is really all I need to know. (FYI, Muhammad never visited there)
The good news is that the United States will be moving its embassy to Jerusalem. Continue reading
It is amazing, historically, how many people understood why the second Amendment is so important. It is best not to mess with it. It is in fact, very dangerous. The right to own guns is fundamental to our freedom.
“That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.” ~George Orwell
Excellent post and video. I highly recommend watching the video. Long but worth it. Thanks Tricia!
The video above shows a fascinating dialogue between “Louder With Crowder” host Jim Crowder and students at Texas Christian University. It touches on a number of cultural hot topics, like white male privilege, oppression of minorities and women, whether systemic racism/sexism is real, victimhood mentality, acting “white” and factors other than race and gender that determine success.
At first I had it playing in the background while doing some other work. After a few minutes though, I was completely transfixed and couldn’t pull my eyes away. Not only from the participants but from the facial expressions the crowd that had gathered to watch were making as things progressed; it was all so captivating.
The first half involves two female college students; one black and one white, who hold the Leftist views you typically find with young people on a college campus. The women were pleasant and obviously not stupid, but…
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The landscape of relationships in America has shifted dramatically in recent decades. Read eight facts about love and marriage in the United States.
As followers of Jesus, the family is core to our understanding of God’s goal as we are children of God. We must support marriage and keeping families in tact. Secularists are intent on continuing the assault on the core family as a critical part of our society. Continue reading
“…I think a lot of Americans have guns because they’re fearful—and for damn good reason. They fear a coming chaos, and know that when it happens it will be coming to a nation that no longer coheres. They think it’s all collapsing—our society, our culture, the baseline competence of our leadership class. They see the cultural infrastructure giving way—illegitimacy, abused children, neglect, racial tensions, kids on opioids staring at screens—and, unlike their cultural superiors, they understand the implications.
Nuts with nukes, terrorists bent on a mission. The grid will go down. One of our foes will hit us, suddenly and hard. In the end it could be hand to hand, door to door. I said some of this six years ago to a famously liberal journalist, who blinked in surprise. If that’s true, he said, they won’t have a chance! But they are Americans, I said. They won’t go down without a fight…”
Peggy Noonan, The Culture Of Death – And Of Disdain
For followers of Jesus, there are no stakes in a cosmic sense for anything we observe in the news. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and King of the Kingdom. The Messiah will come victorious. Our job is to endure in hope.
What is the flight 93 election? On flight 93, it was charge the cockpit or die. Continue reading
The best response from Trump’s misguided view of trade comes from Milton Friedman, one of the greatest economists in American history. Let’s hear from both sides on this issue:
Import tariffs v. free trade, argued by Donald Trump and Milton Friedman.
Milton Friedman was an American economist who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and the complexity of stabilization policy.
12 Reasons Why a Clergyman Quit Attending Sports Events
1. The coach never came to visit me.
2. Every time I went, they asked me for money.
3. The people sitting in my row didn’t seem very friendly.
4. The seats were very hard.
5. The referees made a decision I didn’t agree with.
6. I was sitting with hypocrites — they only came to see what others were wearing!
7. Some games went into overtime and I was late getting home.
8. The band played some songs I had never heard before.
9. The games are scheduled on my only day to sleep in and run errands.
10. My parents took me to too many games when I was growing up.
11. Since I read a book on sports, I feel that I know more than the coaches, anyway.
12. I don’t want to take my children because I want them to choose for themselves what sport they like best.
What does Planned Parenthood really do? What do they actually stand for? President and founder of Live Action, Lila Rose, lays out everything you need to know about Planned Parenthood.
What does Planned Parenthood really do? What do they actually stand for? President and founder of Live Action, Lila Rose, lays out everything you need to know about Planned Parenthood.
The Trump administration says a steel tariff will be announced in the next two weeks to preserve American industries. John Stossel says that won’t work.
Great insight from Hard Times Ministries. “As we can see, the justice of God and His kingdom is not a democracy.”
From time to time, we hear about a case where the judge clearly desires to set an example and send a message to others. The outcome is always bad to very bad to worse.
How is it when justice of the law is supposed to be equal when they want to use you as an example? In other words, if this happens to you, you are screwed.
It’s kind of like the other way around with Jesus. No matter how badly you have screwed up, you can be forgiven. For those not out there messing around, this doesn’t seem fair. Think about it. A person who screwed up big time gets the exact same treatment as you when you were out there the entire time towing the line.
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This court case is not about free speech. This is about religious liberty of Americans to freely exercise their faith. We have one series, after another, where the Supreme Court imposes their will against the morals of many followers of Jesus and the word of God.
When will it stop? When we get enough constitutionalists on the Supreme Court. Let us pray for the freedom to express our faith and the absolute truth found in Jesus.
“On December 5, the Supreme Court heard an important religious liberty case that, at its core, raises the following question: Whether the government may use its monopoly on force to require any person to participate in a ceremony purporting to wed two people with same-sex attraction, even if that person cannot, for sincere religious reasons, recognize a same-sex union as marital.
“If one’s exposure to Masterpiece Cakeshop was limited to the popular media, you might think it was only about the free-speech rights of wedding-cake makers.”
Jesus has a lot to say but we have to listen to the “real Jesus” to get it. I suggest immersing yourself in the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It will change you. Jesus will change you.
Read more here.
“Two truths about Jesus seem to be at odds with the modern Christian understanding and presentation of God’s son. First, the God-man, unbound by time, held a decidedly ancient and unenlightened view of the world by contemporary standards. Second, he did hurt others’ feelings and didn’t apologize for it—and not just those of the religious fat cats of the day. Along with the tender Lamb of God, we find a lion as well. We must admit to and accept all of this if we want to know the whole divine person of Christ.
“Let’s start with the first. In this modern, scientific age, it’s silly to believe that the devil, demons and hell exist. That’s old-school, and not the good kind. Best-selling Christian preachers have told us as much. But Jesus is unapologetically old-school. As we read the gospels straight through, it cannot be missed that he talked quite often about Satan, evil, and demonic possession. Doing exorcisms was all in a day’s work. Jesus speaks of Satan and his legions of demons as actual beings that roam and rule the earth, possessing and ravaging people relentlessly. His deliverance is not real if demons are not real.
“Second, Jesus also believed in the reality of sin, its seriousness, the need for repentance, and the punishment of a real hell. Literally. Flames and great suffering. He talked about them regularly. The reader can’t avoid it in the text. He didn’t speak of sin and hell conceptually or metaphorically, but personalized this bad news to actual people, face to face.”