The self destructive nature of evil
As a strategic political media consultant for over 16 years, there were countless evils done against my conservative Christian candidates. The news media being liberal and slanting the news or writing fake news against someone who doesn't share their same beliefs was not invented in the last election cycle. Lies by Democratic Party candidates, lies by the media, dirty tricks, vote stealing, I have experienced it all first-hand. We were fortunate to win most of the races of those who hired us. One thing that I learned over those years: evil eventually self-destructs. It makes strategic mistakes that cost it’s minions elections, loses empires, and if we read the prophets and Revelation, evil loses in the end.
Romans 12:21 says, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Further explaining in verse 12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6 goes on to instruct us to put on each piece of the armor that we may stand, pray with all perseverance, and finally to speak boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel. This is our strategic game plan to overcome the evil of those godless communists and anarchists who wish to tear down our nation.
Since losing their fourth special election—all of which were conducted with vulgar, hate-filled, and accusatory rhetoric, replete with lies and fake news—Hollywood radicals are beginning to turn on their political arm, the Democratic Party. Moreover, the visceral language is continuing from the most radical. I am hearing that mainstream Democrats are starting to turn-off to this narrative. While they are died in the wool Democrats and will vote for any stooge the party puts up, they may just stay home because they don't want to be associated with the hate. We may be reaching a point where the lack of civility will have a rebounding effect and increase the negatives against those running on the “resistance” ticket.
This is the basis for my encouraging you to engage with people, especially those you know who may not agree with you. Gently query from a position of fairness when they make a statement, by asking open-ended questions beginning with “Do you think…” In your dialogue, promote civility as the better path. Show others the Christ in you through your kind way of expressing that the current narrative does nothing to solve any problem, except to bully and demean others. Lead them to reasonable conclusions by appealing to their sense of fairness and decency. We have an opportunity to overcome evil and counter this coup because decent people are beginning to reject the violent dialogue.
Americans 4 Communists 0
In the four special elections to replace congressmen appointed to positions in President Donald Trump’s administration, the communist-progressive-inspired Democratic Party has lost all four races. The last race in Georgia’s 6th District was the most hotly contested and nationally renown. Democrats spent some $24 million dollars to elect a 30-year-old “progressive” who didn’t live in the district, had a live-in girlfriend, and had absolutely no experience at much of anything, in what became the most expensive congressional race in America’s history. The rhetoric spewing from his campaign reflected that of the national “resistance” movement of the Democratic Party. He lost by a 51.9-48.1% margin.
The communist-progressive-inspired Democratic Party has, in fact, lost every special election this season—Georgia by 3 points; South Carolina by four points; Kansas by seven points; and Montana by six points. In Georgia, the Democrat candidate raised some 95% of his $24 million dollars (roughly $192 per vote) from outside of his district with well over $8 million coming from the San Francisco Bay area. The Democratic Party, in its desperation to show America that the “resist” movement is viable, is willing to allow the optics of California and New York to buy influence in states that voted Republican in the last election. It’s all about power, control, and choking down self-determination-very non-democratic.
The news media is in a quandary. It, too, invested a lot of public capital in promoting vehemently anti-Trump and pro-“resistance” Democratic Party candidates. Even before the Georgia election was officially called, the fake news spin doctors at CNN were trying to claim some small victory: “The losses aren’t all doom and gloom for Democrats. The party got closer than it has in decades to wining some of the four seats—a sign they’ve closed their gaps with Republicans in both suburban and rural areas and in 2018 will have a broad playing field with dozens of more competitive districts.” Democratic strategists, however, are questioning that their messaging reached too narrow of a voting demographic.
The narrow demographic they are alluding to are those vulgar, visceral, violent-prone radical leftists who are seeking to obstruct and overthrow the government. There are, frankly, not enough of them to win elections—even as motivated as they are. This is a signal to the rest of America. Not all Democrats are violent, hate-filled radicals. Most are law-abiding citizens, especially in the south and Midwest, whose families traditionally have been Democrats and just don't know any other way. Many are repulsed by the hate-filled rhetoric of the “resistance.” Christian Americans have an opportunity to help change the rhetoric of hate by acting as Ephesians 6:6 says, “Not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ; doing the will of God from the heart.” Let’s speak about decency and civility to all who will hear.
The weaponization of the left’s visceral speech
The vulgar and hate-filled rhetoric of the left has resulted in violence across the country, most notably the recent Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson assassination attempt on Republican Congressmen. When we consider the tone of the news media, leftist entertainers and politicians, and then match that rhetoric with the actions of protestors and organized groups such as Moveon.org, the ex-“president’s” organizations Organizing for America (his 2012 campaign organization) and Organizing For Action (his 2008 campaign organization), and Islamic groups, we can conclude they have all teamed up to oppose, obstruct, resist the government—using hate speech, fake news, and lies to foment rebellion and coup.
For example, Bernie Sanders said on June 10th, three days before the shooting, “Today in the White House we have perhaps the worst and most dangerous president in the history or our country and we also have not to be forgotten extreme right-wing leadership in the US House and the US Senate.” Sanders was parroted by Congressional shooter James Hodgkinson two days later at the garage where he was having his tires checked. AP reported Del Ray Service Center worker Crist Dauberman describing the exchange: “This man was just so passionate and hateful toward (President Donald) Trump, recounting Hodgkinson's profanity-laden tirade. Among other things, Hodgkinson said Trump had screwed up the country "more than anyone in the history of this country."”
Sanders can issue an apology all he wants, and he can try to distance himself from Hodgkinson’s actions, but doesn’t the Hodgkinson situation fit the very definition that the liberals use for hate speech? Hate speech is defined as “spoken words that are offensive, insulting, and/or threatening to an individual or group based on a particular attribute of that person or persons being targeted.” Hate crimes are those where an illegal act is committed against an individual or group based on a particular attribute of that person or group. The consideration in the current atmosphere is whether the vulgar visceral rhetoric of the left against Republicans or Trump supporters is causing people like Hodgkinson to take violent action.
Pprofessor of Media Arts at the Art Institute of Washington, Dr. John Griffin, tweeted of Republican Congressmen, “They should be lined up and shot.” This Democrat Socialist Club of the University of Georgia responded by tweeting, “This is absolutely outrageous! House Republicans should not be shot! They should be guillotined.” When called out on it, the professor apologized and the Socialists in Georgia said it was a joke. But it’s no joke to people like Hodgkinson. The visceral words of the left are then weaponized, whether or not they are considered hate speech. Jesus said in Matthew 15:11, “Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” We should point out to others that irrespective of their politics, this hateful speech is inappropriate, offensive, and dangerous.
Where are the peacemakers?
My brother- and sister-in-law recently spent some time in Gettysburg exploring the historic battlefield. We were talking about their experience last night at dinner with my wife and son. We talked about how it is difficult to imagine that Americans turned on one another in a Civil War. That neighbors fought neighbors, brothers were against brothers and the deep emotional, physical, and spiritual toll that war exacted on the country, the effects still lingering after 150 years. The death toll of Americans in the US Civil War is estimated at approximately 700,000. We asked ourselves if there wasn’t some way to have avoided that, to have worked it out? Then the conversation turned to the hostile environment of today.
The rhetoric is visceral. The radical left is relentless in trying to undermine and render ineffective a duly elected President. They are using foul and vulgar language, hiding behind “art” to depict beheading and assassination of the President. They are using words that fan the flames of hate, painting the image that if anyone disagrees with their dark view of the world that those people are hate mongers, racists, bigots, and worse. They have driven the narrative of the nation to an extreme level. The news media is part and parcel to amplifying the message of hate and rebellion. The politicians are pointing fingers and elevating accusations. The comedians and entertainers are joining the chorus with their star power.
Then we have a guy from the most gun-controlled state, Illinois, who hops in a van to another most gun-controlled area in Washington, DC, who somehow buys a semi-automatic weapon and manages to find an obscure baseball field where Republican Congressmen are practicing, and opens fire on them. Come to find out, he had a hit list of conservatives to kill. The question that remains is: Did he act alone, or is he part of a larger movement? Certainly, with all the rhetoric that has hatefully hit the news media since the shooting, it begs the question of what is really going on in this country. Many experienced with observing government overthrows believe we are witnessing a coup in the making.
Many others believe we are on the verge of another Civil War. The violence associated with the leftist groups against those who rally in support of the President is their confirmation. Folks, we do not need Americans killing Americans as what happened in the 1860s. We do not need to become a third world nation with communists and anarchists trying to overthrow our form of government. We need to pray for peace. We need to stand for righteousness and accountability. Jesus said in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” We need peacemakers to speak into this charged atmosphere. Let’s use our conversations to calm down the rhetoric.
Congressional shooter may not have worked alone
A colleague yesterday said he was working from home because the FBI asked his company to shut down during the investigation of the baseball field where James Hodgkinson attempted to assassinate Republican members of Congress. I knew there was a ball field across from my friend’s office, but I hadn’t put two and two together. This field is really tricky to find as even GPS gets confused and “recalculating” occurs. Then an email arrived from ministry partner William Agbeti in Ghana, who has survived six coups, with a blockbuster question: “How did gunman James Hodgkinson, who lives in Chicago, know when and where Steve Scalise and Company would be practicing for a baseball game in Alexandria?”
When I told Agbeti about how difficult it is to find the field, he replied, “Third world kinda contract killing at work.” This is an excellent point. While the narrative is that Hodgkinson was a lone wolf who went off the deep end because of all the hate rhetoric, how did he just randomly show up with an assault rifle at an obscure location where Republican Congressmen were practicing for a baseball game of all things? No, there is more to this story. It’s too bad that Hodgkinson was killed as he took his secret to his grave, although we do know that he was influenced by the hate speech atmosphere created by Democratic politicians and their celebrity supporters as amplified by a biased and complicit media.
The conciliatory chorus crooned by Democrats turned quickly to blaming President Donald Trump for the shooter’s actions. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was all gushy on the day the shooting occurred, but the day after said in a speech: “When you have a president that says I can shoot somebody on 5th Avenue and nobody would care, when you have people saying beat them up and I’ll pay their legal fees, when you have all the assaults that are made on Hillary Clinton, for them to be so sanctimonious is something.” In her column “The Resistance goes live-fire,” Ann Coulter concluded: “The fake news insists that Trump's White House is in "chaos." No, the country is in chaos. But just like Kathy Griffin and her Trump decapitation performance art--the perpetrators turn around in doe-eyed innocence and blame Trump.”
Agbeti sees this from an experiential lens: “Being an African who has survived six coups d'etat in Ghana, I see so many similarities associated with the development of coups d'etat at play in the US. This development has kept me thinking: What could be happening here?...Indisputably, there is a coup in the offing…the good people of America may not know about the coup in the offing. But clearly, those engineering the coup d'etat know what they are doing; and admittedly they seem to be pros about what they are doing.” These are people with blood on their hands and in their minds and hearts. As The Lord said to Cain in Genesis 4:10, “The voice of your brother’s blood cries unto me from the ground.” We need to recognize this and pray for our nation and the courage to honor God, calling for civility and standing against tyranny.
Creating the hate crime atmosphere
Democrats across the land are appalled at the assassination attempt of Congressional Republicans by Illinois leftist James Hodgkinson, who wounded four and left Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) in critical condition. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that her prayers were with Scalise and the others, as well as for President Donald Trump. She said that while there are differences among the parties, that they are all family. Other Democrats took a similar conciliatory tone, and socialist Senator Bernie Sanders even issued an apology because Hodgkinson was part of his campaign. Virginia Democratic Governor Terry McCauliffe expressed empathy, but used the opportunity to promote gun control. But wait.
These people, while they are acting all sympathetic and empathetic saying that we are all family, are the very same people who have stirred hate for Republicans and fueled the vulgar and nasty protests to resist, obstruct, undermine and overthrow the current Republican-led government. Look at the statements made by Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, the ex-“president,” Keith Ellison, Ashley Judd, Madonna, and so on. Their hate-filled inflammatory rhetoric has people so stirred up that it was only a matter of time when a nut-case like Hodgkinson took matters into his own hands. How many more out there are about to cross that red line of no return because of the national rhetoric of the left?
Between radicalization of Muslims and the Democratic Party rhetoric, our country is becoming a very inhospitable place for the law-abiding. In this case, leadership of the Democratic Party, who are now expressing their contrite condolences, were part and parcel to this hate crime by Hodgkinson. Those who marched on Washington wearing their little pink vagina stocking caps and cheered in support of the speeches are also responsible for creating this atmosphere. Shame on them. Because of this heightened rhetoric, our way of life is threatened. This hate speech, and that is truly what it is even when they are saying peace out of the other side of their mouths, begets violence. Hodgkinson is not alone. There are others. Hopefully, they will stand down. But how much rhetoric can some of these leftist radicals endure before they turn violent?
George Washington, in his 1796 Farewell Speech, warned against divisions and suggested a higher duty to country and to one another when he said, “The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles.” We should act as such. Jesus said in Mark 3:25, “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Lincoln used this in his June 1858 speech forewarning the Civil War. As Christians, we know how Christ taught civility and solving our differences without hate and vulgarity. For the sake of our way of life and our eternal hope, let us exemplify Christ in this hate crime atmosphere.
Hypocrisy at the highest
Many Americans are watching with amazement at the circus taking place in our nation’s capital trying to derail, delegitimize the presidency and obstruct government. It’s happening under the guise of investigating whether President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the US election. Even Democratic leaders say that there is no evidence, but they pursue the obstruction of the Trump agenda through the morass they are creating with their media partners and communist actors. Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions took center ring and testified. Bottom line: Sessions said that the mere suggestion of collusion with the Russians to undermine America “is an appalling and detestable lie.”
It wasn't long ago when another Attorney General was embroiled in a controversy that was far worse than what Sessions was accused. In fact, this Attorney General has participated in a gun running scheme that ended up getting border agents killed. Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about Fast and Furious, his scheme to sell guns to Mexican drug cartels so the government could track their movement. The result was the deaths of at least two US border agents. Holder also refused to enforce laws such as the Defense of Marriage Act and voter rights laws when the New Black Panthers terrorist group refused to allow whites to vote in Philadelphia. He also was caught spying on journalists.
Pay no mind because Congress didn't do a thing about it. Yet a Republican-controlled Congress is allowing a minority-led coup attempt by the Democratic Party to advance through Congressional hearings about a Russian influence scheme on American elections where there is no evidence to support even the weakest claims. The Democratic Party, namely its most recent candidate for President, has ties with Russia that resulted in uranium sales to Russia in return for donations of at least $20 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation—all part of a very well documented influence peddling scheme orchestrated by Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State. Nothing to see here. Media moves on.
This is amazing. It is hypocrisy at the highest. Congress overlooks documented evidence of governmental organized crime with Russian purchases of uranium, sales of weapons to Mexican drug cartels, the backing of al Qaeda in Libya during the Benghazi crisis, yet allows a minority party to foment a three-ring circus that undermines the office of the President. Republicans should be ashamed for their lack of courage and backbone. You see, both parties are at fault. They should do what they are elected to do rather than trying to tear one another down. As Jesus said in Matthew 12:25. “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” We, the people, need to unify against this hypocrisy and highway to tyranny.
Your right to property remains in jeopardy
Americans are concerned about their right to privacy as government spying on citizens and intrusion into our private lives has increased. But it didn’t happen overnight. On April 25, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law Public Law 106-185, setting up the framework for property seizure as a political tool and also to fund over zealous police forces. Section C parts 2 and 3 says the government can use evidence from a “complaint” to justify seizing the property upon “theory” that it was involved in a criminal offense. Section d part 1 says that the property owner has the burden of proof of innocence in court to retrieve his property. In 2011 alone, the White House used this statute to seized a record $1.8 billion in property.
On June 6, 2013 the UK Guardian interviewed NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowdon who had this to say: "The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to...Even if you're not doing anything wrong, you're being watched and recorded. ...it's getting to the point where you don't have to have done anything wrong, you simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call, and then they can use this system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you've ever made, every friend you've ever discussed something with, and attack you on that basis, to sort of derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrong doer."
The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Government has been taking great liberty to suppress your liberty. Probable cause must be supported by oath, affirmation and particular description and inscribed by warrant. Where are your Constitutional rights if government can record your every movement and seize your property from a mere complaint or theory? This must change. Yet, our elected leaders insist on chasing false narratives to stall badly needed changes to protect our rights.
Snowdon went on to say: “The great fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change. [People] won't be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things... And in the months ahead, the years ahead, it's only going to get worse. [The NSA will] say that... because of the crisis, the dangers that we face in the world, some new and unpredicted threat, we need more authority, we need more power, and there will be nothing the people can do at that point to oppose it. And it will be turnkey tyranny." Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” In my opinion, it is not in the best interest of spreading the gospel or of overcoming evil to live under tyranny.
The storm of persecution on the horizon
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt) ripped Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget nominee Russell Vought for his Christianity during a hearing. Sanders, after questioning Vought about his Christian beliefs and Vought answering forthrightly, declared, “this nominee is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about. I will vote no.” Over the weekend far left radicals countered peaceful protests against Sharia Law with violence, saying that protesters were motivated by hate. This country is not only divided along political lines, but also—and the case can be made—mostly along religious lines. This division is leading to persecution of God-fearing Americans.
The Founding Fathers worst nightmare is coming true. They believed that an overreaching government would naturally seek to control the freedoms of its people. That’s why they put checks and balances into the system. But one of the problems with representative government is that it only works when the citizenship is engaged. John Adams, Founding Father and second US President, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The religion he was speaking of is Christianity. Aside from Judaism, other religions are incompatible with a republican form of government. They tend toward despotism of varying degrees.
This precept was part of the very fabric of America as far back as the 1600s when the Pilgrims came here to escape religious persecution at the hands of the Church of England. Pastor of the Pilgrims John Robinson wrote in a farewell letter to those leaving on the Mayflower: “Lastly, whereas you are become a body politic, using amongst yourselves civil government, and are not furnished with any persons of special eminency above the rest, to be chose by you into office of government; let your wisdom and godliness appear, not only in choosing such persons as do entirely love and will promote the common good...not beholding in them the ordinariness of their persons, but God’s ordinance for your good.”
Robinson’s letter is credited as inspiration for the Mayflower Compact, which shaped the Founders view on self-government. Exodus 18:21 influenced the Founders in devising our representative form of government: “Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” Sanders and the radical left are wrong. While not all the Founders were Christian, they agreed that the Bible contained the principles for self-government. We are a nation divided politically because the absolute moral truth of Christianity is contradictory to the rebellious and immoral agenda of the left. They are willing to persecute those who don't agree with them.
Comey, C’mon man!
Comey this, Comey that, Comey, Comey, Comey—the news reports on the James Comey testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee are beginning to sound like some sort of rock and roll song. I wasn’t going to write any more on this, but there is no choice. This whole thing with Comey and his testimony is a dog and pony show on the biggest stage in the world showing how hypocritical and petty the Washington, D.C. political machine has become. It never was wonderfully honorable, but the hype aimed at destroying reputations and providing high-drama for political gain is held at the public expense of taxpayers over the insinuation and innuendo of political hack James Comey. It’s embarrassing.
The one new revelation that came from the testimony of this Democratic Party operative and 5th Estate power monger is that Comey revealed just how underhanded the political tactics become when someone feels their power is threatened. He gave America insight into the shenanigans by admitting that he used a close friend of his—Columbia law professor Daniel Richman—to leak the content of his memos to himself to the New York Times in hope of triggering the appointment of a special counsel. What he did was write up his own (hear biased or politically motivated opinion) account of his private meetings with President Donald Trump and leaked them through a second party to the New York Times with hopes of undermining Trump’s presidency.
That’s the motive. It is not what the leftist news media will report, but it is—take it from a former political operative—how hardball is played. At the same time Comey is admitting to this underhanded chicanery, he also testified that he couldn’t say whether Trump’s request to shut down the investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was an obstruction of justice. He said this issue was for a special counsel to determine. This is another political tactic to undermine Trump’s presidency—answer a leading question without saying a law was broken, but imply that it was. The news picks up on it, and the reputation of the target suffers in the public irrespective of whether it is true or false.
So far, the Democrats are winning in their media war against Trump. They have a special counsel appointed. An investigation is underway even though top Democrats say there is no evidence of wrong doing. The witch hunt is aired in the public daily, undermining the public confidence in the presidency. And that is the goal—to make it so Trump cannot implement his agenda. It's a strategy of the coup. As long as the notion of wrongdoing is pounded into the public’s minds, the strategy of this revolution is succeeding. As Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Don’t forget it. This spiritual wickedness is very persuasive and can cause even the elect to misstep.
More fake news from Comey coverage
What to believe? What to believe? The Wall Street Journal says that fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony revealed that Donald Trump was narcissistic and had little knowledge about how Washington, D.C.’s politics worked, but that Comey was ignorant of the US Constitution and how the FBI is accountable to the elected. Associated Press reporting on the very same Comey testimony, wrote that President Trump was trying to create a “patronage relationship” and caused Comey deep concerns about blurring the boundaries between the White House and a law enforcement agency priding itself on independence. Two different accounts of the same testimony. How does one discern the truth?
There is a lot of noise around this fake news narrative of James Comey, who was fired by the president. It was well within the president’s constitutional authority to fire him. Moreover, law enforcement, especially the FBI and other, what I would call “unconstitutional” agencies such as DEA, IRS, etc., constitutionally must answer to the elected. Otherwise, there is a risk of jackboot authoritarian enforcement akin to third world dictatorships, or just as bad, socialist/progressive tyranny. No matter how you look at it, constitutionally the FBI is not an independent law enforcement agency answering to only itself, as Comey suggests. It must be held accountable and Trump did so by exercising his right to fire Comey.
Moreover, the media is frantic about whether Trump influenced the FBI’s investigation of so-called “Russian influence” in the US election. Comey, in his written testimony, said Trump was not part of any Russian influence investigation. Trump wanted Comey to say that publicly, but Comey refused. Trump also expected, what Comey calls “loyalty,” and Comey refused. Loyalty implies accountability instead of independence, and Comey’s loyalty is with another master. Consider how the FBI under the previous Department of Justice (Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch) refused to enforce laws, selectively enforced laws, and how the “president” influenced those choices. The media said nothing about those obvious influences.
While the progressive shills in the media may harp on Trump trying to get Comey to drop the Russian investigation, it appears as window-dressing from an FBI Director who selectively enforced laws influenced by and at the behest of the ex-“president” who appointed him. His testimony is most certainly suspect and designed to insinuate enough for the leftist media to impugn reputations by ignoring base facts and raising enough doubt to spread the leftist narrative. As Isaiah 59:14 says, “And justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street and equity cannot enter.” When you drain a swamp, the stink lingers a long time. In this case, more fake news is just part of the stench.
No, Mayor Kahn, we all should be alarmed by Islamic Terror
In May, 2016, the citizens of London, which is approximately 14% Islamic, elected the first Islamic Mayor of a major Western City. Sadiq Khan has since seen his city subjected to three Islamic terrorist attacks—North Greewich in October 2016 (bomb failed to explode), Westminster in March and the recent London Bridge attack on June 3, all killing some 16 people and injuring scores more. These were the first such Islamic terror attacks in London since 2013. Yet the mayor said in the wake of the London Bridge attack that people in the city should not be alarmed by the additional police. This statement is indicative of a tyranny that should alarm every citizen of Western civilization.
The exact quote by Kahn was: “Londoners should be aware that there will be additional armed and unarmed police officers on our streets from tonight in order to keep Londoners, and all those visiting our city safe. I want to reassure all Londoners, and all our visitors, not to be alarmed. Our city remains one of the safest in the world.” The context is that there are armed police in the streets of London because they don’t know where the next Islamist is going to strike. Quite frankly, there is even more reason to be alarmed because of the soft tyranny oppressing freedom of speech and thought in London because of the presence of Islam. A Jot subscriber recently wrote, “ Sorry—I cannot give my name and address—being called an Islamophobe is a serious matter in England.” This oppression is a threat to freedom of religion and speech worldwide.
As our anonymous friend writes: “I am reminded of the poster saying, “Behead those who say that Islam is not a religion of peace.” Another question that comes to mind is ‘How have we allowed millions of people to follow a religion based on the unsubstantiated claims of one violent pedophile?’” He recalled that professor C John Summerville demonstrated how Christianized students were, even if they were atheistic or pagan, by listing the values of shame and honor cultures. He continued: “His point was that much of what is good and unique about Western civilization is actually “borrowed capital” from a Christian faith, even though the supernatural elements of the faith have been otherwise neglected of late in the public sphere. Islamic influence causes us to regress to a shame and honor culture.”
He said we should be better equipped to deal with 1 Peter 3:15 opportunities. I couldn’t agree more. 1 Peter 3:15-17 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that's asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that you suffer for well doing than for evil doing.” If we do not stand for good, evil prevails--just as our kin in London have learned the hard way by submitting to the deliberate model of tyranny invoked by political correctness and Islam.
Extraordinary Middle East prophetic developments
The London Islamic terrorist attacks and wrestling with the thought of how such an atrocity could happen when many of the attackers previously had been identified, has overshadowed prophetic developments in the Middle East to which we should be paying close attention. The gathering together in Syria of many of the nations involved in the Ezekiel 38 prophecy about a colossal end time battle points to important prophetic implications found in the Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 8 prophecies where two current opposing powers, Iran (Persia) and Turkey (Magog), are facing one another. A close reading and study of the Biblical text shows how these prophecies are related and that, contrary to traditional teachings, both remain unfulfilled.
Daniel Chapter 8 describes how a ram with two horns charged toward the west, north and south and did as it pleased. Then a goat with a prominent horn came from the west and attacked the ram, shattering its two horns. The goat then became very powerful, but at the height of its power its horn was broken off. Then it grew four horns, and out of them came a small horn that grew in power. Many scholars have interpreted this prophecy as fulfilled when Alexander the Great conquered Media-Persia and his empire was divided into four parts after his death. This is not, however, how Gabriel interpreted Daniel’s vision in the text. Gabriel’s interpretation, a contextual misinterpretation of the word “Grecia” in the passage, and current events in the Middle East are key ingredients to the possible unfolding of prophecy.
In Daniel 8:19, Gabriel says, “Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. The ram which you saw having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia.” Strong’s Concordance interprets the word “Grecia” in Hebrew as “Yavan, a son of Japheth (the third son of Noah),” his descendants and their land. The Genesis 10 table of nations indicates this area was not only Greece (as Bible interpretations imply), but also the Eastern Mediterranean, including key parts of today’s Turkey. Other sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Tubal, Meshek, and Tiras—many settled in ancient areas of Turkey which are mentioned in Ezekiel 38.
Gabriel’s interpretation of Daniel’s vision of “what shall be in the last end” and “for at the time appointed the end shall be” is clearly an end-time prophecy, which was not fulfilled by Alexander the Great and his generals as is widely taught. These events are yet to occur for the little horn to rise to power. Currently, Iran has control over much of Iraq and Syria. Turkey is counterbalancing that control through ISIS and pressure from its allies, including the US and European Union. Turkey “President,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recently attained dictatorship-level authority and made it clear that he seeks to be the leader of the Islamic world. For Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 8 to be fulfilled, Turkey and Iran must come into alignment. We may be seeing this playing out as these nations and their proxies face one another in Syria.
Insane hatred and common sense
There is an ilk of people in the US who want to see the nation turned into a communist state and they are doing everything they can to foment a revolution. They are pawns of the globalist Marxist system, yet many haven’t a clue of how they are being used. They angrily oppose all things good, defy common sense, and accuse anyone who doesn’t agree with their warped viewpoints of the very evil that motivates their hearts. Case in point: In the wake of the most recent Islamic terror attack in London, President Donald Trump said America needs to ban the entry of people into the US who are from countries that sponsor terrorism in order to “help keep our country safe.” Common sense, right? Not so fast.
The communist left came out of the woodwork calling Trump racist, an embarrassment to the office of the President, and a piece of [explicative for excrement]. Meantime, Kathy Griffin, the radical leftist representative of the Democratic Party’s entertainment wing, held a news conference about her stunt of beheading the President. She played the victim by claiming that Trump “broke her” and that she is now being bullied by the Trump family for her actions. She also said she thought that Barron Trump, the President’s minor child, is fair game for criticism and ridicule. Yet, radical leftist Bill Maher on HBO makes a racial slur to a US Senator and gets a free pass after blaming his comment on a lack of sleep.
So we have a President who says we need to put the security of our nation’s citizens first by putting a travel ban in place for people coming from terrorist-sponsoring nations and the radical left calls him racist and worse. We also have a comedian who carries the banner for the entertainment industry’s support of the Democratic Party symbolically beheading the President and then claiming she was driven to it by the President’s actions. And the news media thinks these things are viable points in the national conversation—in fact, reporters at CNN, MSNBC, CBS and so on—fanned the flames of this unreasonable hysteria by making derogatory comments about the President. So much for unbiased journalism.
The fevered pitch of this crazed mania has become so uncontrolled it even prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to question the nonsense in a Sunday interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly, another vocal anti-Trump “journalist.” Putin was very pointed: “You created a sensation out of nothing. And out of this sensation, you turned it into a weapon of war against the current president…have you all lost your senses over there?” 1 John 2:11 says, “He that hates his brother is in darkness and knows not where he goes because that darkness has blinded his eyes.” These people are so driven by hate that they have lost all common sense and decency. It is a pitiful state of existence. As Jesus said, we should pray for our enemies. These people are truly lost and certainly need prayer, repentance, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Trump removes US from climate change scam
World leaders and Democrats are enraged that President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord. Trump says, “It was a terrible deal that crushed hardworking Americans and handed over our country’s future to global power brokers. Now those very same special interests—the fake news media, Hollywood lobbyists, and the entire corrupt establishment--is attacking us from all fronts.” Climate change is a globalist money laundering scheme to redistribute wealth using scare tactics of unproven and fraudulent “science.” Trump is putting an end to it and the fallout is immense. In 2008 the very scientists working on climate change denounced it. But the lie was repeated. Here is the truth.
Scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU), the official source of global warming/climate change data, fabricated the data. It is a lie perpetuated by politicians. The UK Telegraph, once an advocate of global warming, had a turn about in 2008. Environmentalist reporter James Delingpole blew the whistle on scientists after he obtained 1079 emails and 72 documents from the CRU. He wrote in 2009 that scientists were practicing “Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organized resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.”
Also in December of 2008 some 650 scientists refuted the concept of global warming. Nobel Prize winner for physics Ivar Giaever said, “I am a skeptic. . . Global warming has become a new religion.” One of the UN’s own IPCC scientists from Japan, Dr. Kiminori Itoh, said in the report that global warming fears are “the worst scientific scandal in the history…When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.” Environmental scientist Delgado Domingos of Portugal says, “The present alarm on climate change is an instrument of social control, a pretext for major businesses and political battle.” These are the earthly facts behind the climate change fraud, but there is also Biblical truth.
Genesis 1:28 defines man’s role in the environment, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion . . . over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” And after the great flood of Noah’s time, God promised in Genesis 8:22, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” We should not be deceived by those using fear of the earth’s destruction to create a new religion and a new social order. We should use these earthly facts and the Biblical truth to educate others about this political scam.
Presidential beheading exposes depth of darkness
The backlash over extreme leftist comedian Kathy Griffin beheading a likeness of President Donald Trump has been harsh from most all quarters—as it should be. But what can be said of an entire group of people who were one-upping each other to reach that point where they crossed the line—star-studded foul mouthed vulgarity from the celebrities that are in America’s living rooms each night, or grown adults running around Washington, DC with the likenesses of vaginas on their heads, or news reporters falsely reporting on White House events when they are adamantly and admittedly leaders of the “resistance”? These are all over the top, and should be recognized and called out as such.
Yes the fallout is in. Even radical leftist Democratic Party leaders have denounced Griffin’s distasteful act. Although, given their behavior since losing the election, one knows that it is not sincere—not when they are planning a “Resistance Summer” akin to Arab Spring, seeking to undermine and overthrow the duly elected President. As for Griffin, she has bought herself a lot of trouble. CNN reluctantly said Griffin would no longer be part of their New Years Eve celebration. But CNN didn't come out and blast her for what she did. CNN public relations tweeted, “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Years Eve program.” That’s certainly denouncing Griffin’s actions.
The Secret Service has indicated Griffin will be investigated. Add that, I guess, to every other investigation that’s going on and it seems like we are going to have a bunch of time on investigations. A lot of tax payer money being spent on investigations that common sense people could determine the outcome without the investigation—there is no way the Russians tampered with the American vote; Hillary Clinton has had more multimillion dollar deals with the Russians than Trump ever had (can anyone say Uranium sales to Russia for Clinton Foundation donations?). An investigation into Griffin will show just what it would show for Al Gore, Clinton, Schumer, Durbin, Pelosi and more—narcissism and mental illness.
People are writing me asking what we can do. Honestly, we have to engage with our families, our communities, our workplace, and our friends. As guided by the Holy Spirit, we need to find the right words and the right attitudes to start conversations and make the argument about how insidiously dark and radically dangerous our society is becoming. The Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:17-18, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” We are seeing the results of ineffective “church” in our own country. The problem is a sin problem resulting from not enough light shining into the darkness. We need to be that light.
The beheading of Trump
In one of the most disgusting and vulgar of the many disgusting and vulgar antics of the radical left—which really means the Democratic Party—comedian, critic of President Donald Trump, and CNN mainstay Cathy Griffin did a photo shoot and video depicting her beheading the President. I was aghast at the picture of Griffin holding up a blood-stained likeness of Trump, not unlike what we have seen with the publicity photos of the Islamic State. Somehow Griffin thought this would be appropriate for America. She planned it, did a photo and video shoot around it, and posted it. It was offensive in every meaning of the word. But this is just the atmosphere of the “Resistance Summer” these revolutionaries are promising.
Griffin’s un-American and offensive stunt comes on the heals of radical Islamist Congressman, disciple of Louis Farrakhan, Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Hakim Mohammed’s (aka Keith Ellison, D-MN) announcement of “Resistance Summer.” Ellison is leading the Democratic Party’s version of Arab Spring, saying, “This summer, we’re investing in all 50 states and connecting with every single voter in real life on the issues that matter to them—from health care to education to jobs and economic opportunity.” Ellison says the resistance will be training volunteers and mobilizing against Trump all summer long.
This is where people like Griffin get the boldness to do some of the offensive and unthinkable things they do. Just imagine how offensive it is for grown adults and their children to march around Washington, DC wearing stocking caps that are supposed to be vaginas. They did it. And they are bullying and beating Trump supporters across America, yet have the audacity to say they want to “peacefully” stop the “violent” agenda of Trump (this is on the Moveon.org website). The vulgar things spoken by celebrities and their actions are over the top. Even the rank and file of the Democratic Party should be repulsed by these radical hatemongers, but they defend them or refuse to believe stories about their actions.
Moreover, if one does not agree with these revolutionary extremists, a label is applied and free speech—the ability to express an opinion—is not only discouraged, it is shut down by the radical noise. They are trying to overthrow the government and make America into an anarchist Marxist state that can be taken over by iron-fisted tyrants. Cathy Griffin and her ilk should be ashamed. Americans need to boycott these people by not patronizing them. Jesus said in Matthew 7:15-16, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits.” These radicals are prophets of darkness. Their fruit is evil. Griffin’s act is an intent of the heart.
Secret Court confirms spying on US citizens
In March, President Donald Trump accused the ex-“president” of wire-tapping his campaign, setting off a barrage of sanctimonious denials from Democrats and the ex “president.” The ex-“president’s” spokesman Kevin Lewis said, “A cardinal rule of the [sic] Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither the [sic] “president” nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.” Lewis lied. The White House had routinely ordered surveillance on US citizens. This is now confirmed by a secret US court’s investigation into the spying.
In June 2013, the UK Guardian released an investigative story on how the White House used the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to bypass the Patriot Act. The Guardian published documents submitted to the secret FISC, signed by Attorney General Eric Holder July 29, 2009. The documents indicate the White House used this court to back door “authority” to collect information on American citizens. The Guardian reported that the broad scope of the court orders and nature of the procedures established in the documents appeared “to clash” with assurances from the White House that our telephone and email information could not be accessed without warrants.
Now the FISC has audited this spying and has issued an opinion. In summary, the 99 page opinion written by FISC judge Rosemary Collyer states that Fourth Amendment violations of rights of privacy were violated by the ex “president’s” National Security Agency as early as October 2011 and continued through 2016. And the information collected on US citizens was shared with the FBI, CIA and National Counterterrorism Center in violation of regulations. Collyer wrote that this constituted a “lack of candor” on NSA’s part and “is a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.” The court requested more information and NSA has stonewalled the investigation by repeatedly asking for deadline extensions through April 26. NSA reported to the court that it is destroying the information it collected on individuals.
Since taking office, the Trump Administration has taken steps to correct these instituted spying violations of privacy, according to the opinion. Which may be another reason why the Fifth Estate (CIA, FBI, NSA, NCTC, etc,) is at war with Trump—he has exposed their extraordinary spying on US citizens, condoned and practiced by the previous “president.” In John 3:20, Jesus said, “For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” We need to continue to expose these deeds and demand accountability, otherwise your freedoms of religion, speech, and privacy will be crushed in darkness.
Sedition, resistance, revolution
In the wake of the Manchester, UK terrorist bombing, the BBC reports that America’s closest ally in the war on terror, Britain, has stopped sharing intelligence related to the terrorist act with the US. The reason: Unnamed US “government sources” leaked critical information to American journalists long before it was to be public. Recently, President Donald Trump’s intel officers, through “unnamed sources” leaked a false narrative about information sharing in a White House meeting with the Russian ambassador. It is widely reported that the “Fifth Estate” is at war with the Trump White House and orts from the previous Administration are undermining Trump’s presidency, in what has been labeled a “soft coup.”
Connecting the dots of these stories, one can see a pattern of operatives in government and media working together to render Trump’s Administration ineffective. While Congress may not want to recognize that “progressives” (the modern, more acceptable, name for communists or Marxists) are actually waging a campaign of sedition to overthrow the government, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the unfathomable is reality. Another indicator, of course, is the media. A study by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center indicated that coverage of the Trump Administration was over 80% negative during the first 100 days, led by CNN and NBC with 93% negative; CBS 91% negative; Fox 52% negative.
Looking behind the curtain in the news media, you will find actual revolutionaries who are committed to the so-called “resistance” that are working with seditious government actors to undermine the US. Case in point is how Breitbart revealed that Associated Press had hired a “reporter” who claimed she was part of the resistance on her Facebook page. This reporter, Melanie Plenda, infiltrated a closed fundraising event where Trump campaign manager and White House aide Kellyanne Conway was the headliner. Plenda reported the crowd size as a fraction of what it was and invented a false narrative that Conway was received coldly by the Republicans. AP refused to issue a correction for several days.
Exposed, AP “clarified” the story, fired Plenda, but, according to Breitbart, still refuses to “transparently answer questions about the serious breach in ethics and accuracy.” You see, AP is a providing source of news to all the other news outlets, so once a story is filed by AP, all the other news organizations print or broadcast it. A lot of power. A small example here of fake news. The larger issue is the sedition as a result of this “resistance” conspiring to revolution. It is akin to what God showed Ezekiel inside the temple walls in Ezekiel 8:9, “And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do there.” There are many abominations occurring right now against God and country and the common thread is what they call the “resistance.” It is a vile force threatening not only our nation, but also our religious freedom.
The new Islamic invasion
In 632, at the time of Mohammed’s death, orthodox Christianity was the overwhelming majority religion in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor, North Africa, Corsica, Sicily, Sardinia, Italy, France and Spain. Historian Paul Crawford writes that in the next 100 years, Islam had conquered all these countries except Italy, the islands and Northern France. He writes, “The Christian communities of Arabia were entirely destroyed in or shortly after 633, when Jews and Christians alike were expelled from the peninsula. Two-thirds of the formerly Roman Christian world was now ruled by Muslims.” Are we now facing yet another invasion by Islam, and will the result be a defense of the West as in the days of the Crusades?
In the Spring 2011 edition of the Intercollegiate Review, Crawford tackles the “Four Myths about the Crusades.” He says that the Crusades were not unprovoked, as is taught by history revisionists. Crawford documents that the surviving central secular authority in the Christian world, the Byzantine Empire, along with the popes counter attacked Islam to regain their land and to protect “victimized Christians.” These battles, according to Crawford, continued from 633 through 1095 when the First Crusade began under Pope Urban II and Byzantine leaders. The Crusades, Crawford concludes, were the result of Islamic aggression that forced out Christianity and threatened nations and governments.
Fast forward to present day. Aside from the days following the establishment of Israel as a nation in May 1948, the Six Day war in 1967, and the 1972 Yom Kippur War, Islamic aggression experienced an accelerated rebirth with Yassir Arafat and the Islamic/Arab/Russian support of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Aided by US presidents Jimmy Carter and the immediate past “president,” Islam has fully blossomed into an all out assault on Western nations and Israel through organized terror groups--al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and more. All the while, terrorist leaders, dressed as diplomats, have played the “Islam is a religion of peace” card.
The Islamic State and Islamic-sponsored terror has caused a historic migration, refugee resettlement and colonization of Western nations by Muslims. This new Islamic invasion has been welcomed by globalist leaders in Europe and the US, whose political correctness has allowed Islam to achieve what the Ottoman Empire could not—an invasion of the West. Their weapons of invasion were political correctness and sympathy; their weapon of conquering is terrorism. Political leaders seem unable to keep themselves from appeasing this evil beast. They ignore its culture of death and turn a blind eye to the control it has on its followers. Proverbs 10:21 says, “Fools die for the want of wisdom.” The foolish leadership of these times may bring destruction upon many.
A challenge to Islam
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Manchester, England bombing of an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 and maimed another 64. While there is a hunt for accomplices and three suspects have been arrested, the bomber has been identified as Salman Abedi, a British-born Muslim. He is suspected of receiving terror training in Syria while ostensibly visiting his family in Libya. An eight year old girl was among the dead as well as many others in their teens and 20s. But the carnage also reaped the lives of parents and relatives who were waiting to pick up their kids after the concert. Muslims blowing up youngsters is the height of cowardice and evil. Muslims around the world need to take responsibility.
While there is no end to the evil that man perpetrates upon mankind, and there are many examples across all cultures, Islam consistently throughout its history has advanced by extreme violence, beginning with its warlord prophet Mohammad. All peace-loving people should challenge members of the Islamic faith to denounce its religion’s violence. Peaceful Muslims, who like many Christians and Jews might not even read the Koran or know what it means if they do, should stand up and say “No More.” But those that do are labeled infidels and are marked for execution. When Muslims are not killing non-Muslims, they are killing Muslims. They are following the instructions of the Muslim holy book, the Koran, to kill infidels—Muslims who are not complying, non-Muslims, and Christians and Jews specifically.
Here are a few verses from the Koran. They are not taken out of context: Sura 9:5 “...slay the infidels wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush.” Sura 8:12 says, “Verily, I am with you, so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes." Sura 4:55 says, “Lo! Those who disbelieve Our revelations, We shall expose them to the Fire. As often as their skins are consumed We shall exchange them for fresh skins that they may taste the torment. Lo! Allah is ever Mighty, Wise.” These are just three of many.
As President Donald Trump said in his Saudi Arabia speech, “Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death…If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing—then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God. This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between Good and Evil.” All Muslims who believe they are good should stand up and demand that the instructions of violence be denounced and ripped out of their holy book. They should join with the rest of civilization against terror and death and tyranny.
We know, however, that this will not happen. As prophesied of Ishmael, the patriarch of Islam, in Genesis 16:11-12, “Behold, thou art with child, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Ishmael...And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” It is impossible to live in peace with this lineage and these people, for they are the very same who are named as coming against Israel when Christ returns. Muslims, however, should be challenged worldwide to denounce this violence and stand against it. Otherwise, their silence is considered consent.
Trump’s prophetic message to Islam
In his first major foreign policy speech, the immediate previous “president” ventured into the heart of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and essentially agreed to partner with the terrorist organization to overthrow many governments in the Middle East through Arab Spring. While he didn’t say that specifically, the destabilization of the Middle East was the result. This was a new direction for America in foreign policy regarding terrorism—that the US was not at war with Islam and never will be, according the ex-“president.” At the same time, he fudged history saying that Islam and America share a rich history together—in reality, it is a sordid and violent history. Enter Donald Trump with a new message of nuance.
Trump went to Saudi Arabia where some of the most extreme Islamic violence is taught and exported through Wahhabism, yet many American politicians turn a blind eye to this as they pony up to Saudi money and influence. Trump was polite, but he had a different message to the Arab world than his predecessor. He said, “America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all.”
Trump also made terror—which is nearly exclusive to Islam—a central theme of his speech. He said, “But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test—to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism…God’s help, this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed. At the same time, we pray this special gathering may someday be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East – and maybe, even all over the world. But this future can only be achieved through defeating terrorism and the ideology that drives it.”
He invoked “God” several times without defining who God is (allah or YHVH) and allowed each hearer of his message to personally determine who God is. But it was clear when he said that ending terrorism means “standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews and the slaughter of Christians.” He said that religious leaders who choose the path of terror will have empty, brief lives and their souls “will be condemned.” Trump continued as did his predecessors to gloss over the huge theological differences between Islam and those of Jews and Christians, but he put a stake in the ground against terrorism and the practices of Islam. This is pragmatic and prophetic.
Prophetic because he is saying emphatically that support of terrorism is condemnation of the soul and the US will not tolerate the slaughter of innocents, as Islam calls for in its Koran. In practicality, Trump is saying that the war against Jews and Christians is no longer acceptable or justified by actions that occurred centuries ago. Prophetically, he is saying America is back to supporting Israel against the extremism of Islam. Bottom line: God said of Israel in Genesis 12:3, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses thee.” As a nation, we’ve had over a decade of declining relations with Israel and have suffered dire consequences for it. Now we have a chance to establish a different prophetic path.
Trump in Israel for prophetic drive toward peace
Just about every president that has held the office since before Jimmy Carter thought they could bring peace to the Middle East. President Donald Trump is no different. After flying from Saudi Arabia to Tel Aviv, Trump said that he has found new reasons for hope. He said, “We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace, but we can only get there working together. There is no other way.” So the peace process, which has pushed the “restart” button by every modern president begins anew. There may be hope in Trump making a deal, but it’s not the hope in what the politicians think.
During my travels in Israel, I noticed something upon which most Israelis agree: they want peace. Trouble is, there can be no peace when the surrounding enemies won’t take the first step and recognize Israel’s right to exist in the first place. It has to start there—that Jews have the right to self-determination in their own land. The political Arabs don’t recognize this right. When President George W Bush essentially forced former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to evacuate Gaza to the so-called “Palestinians,” there was no peace. Gaza turned into a terrorist state, a staging ground for missiles and acts of violence, proving to the world that a two-state solution is only division of land to create more hostility toward Israel.
Trump, like any other US president who tries to lift the peace of Jerusalem as a burdensome stone, will soon find that there is a reason that peace has not been achieved despite the earnest efforts of many a sincere leader—prophecy. Those who are students of the Bible in its prophetic context know that while we are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, true peace will not be attained until the return of the Messiah, the total defeat of Israel’s enemies, including the antichrist and his coalition of the very nations who broker terrorism against Israel in this modern day. They include Turkey, Iran, Sudan, Libya, and parts of Saudi Arabia where Trump just completed a $110 billion arms deal. No peace in that.
As the Lord says in Ezekiel 39:27-29 of Israel and her people, “When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, says the Lord God.” Prophetically and scripturally speaking, the only one that is going to bring peace to the land of Israel is the Prince of Peace, not a mere mortal. Until then its window dressing and positioning that may bring the prophecy clock forward, but it won’t be the real deal.
The growing civil war in America
A professor at the University of Hawaii wants to eliminate white men from academia because she believes “actual solutions require women of color and trans people.” In a blog for the American Mathematical Society, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Piper Harron, a black female, wrote, “If you are a white cis man (meaning you identify as male and you were assigned male at birth) you almost certainly should resign from your position of power…Not to alarm you, but statistically speaking, you are the problem. Your very presence.” While these remarks seem incredulous, they are indicative of a growing civil war fomented by Marxists (progressives and liberals) to overthrow America.
This is not new, it is, however, becoming very public and very loud. Constitutional scholar, radio host and Fox News contributor Douglas V. Gibbs, in his January 2011 blogspot, politicalpistachio, observed: “The United States, however, despite the belief that this is a free country, has been under the assault of the same collectivist forces that guided the Bolsheviks and Soviet communists. American culture has been infiltrated, and though the process of turning our society into a communal system has been much slower, applied in an incremental manner, the American system is also moving in a direction of utopianism under the invisible hand of social engineering, and orchestrated class warfare.”
Gibbs continued, “The liberals use political correctness to mask their true intent. They have discouraged any debate over their true motives, censoring their opposition through ridicule and accusations. The discussion has omitted language that may betray their social engineering, income redistribution, class warfare, and any form of affirmative action that might become associated with these foregoing notions. Eliminating these ideas from the public debate, while acting upon them, has enabled them to fill the political discussion with propaganda that pit the wealthy against the poor, the religious against non-believers, sexual perversion against anyone who dares to question the "normalcy" of their abnormal behavior, and of course pitting the various ethnicities and races against each other.”
Gibbs’ astute observations six years ago have become a rising tide today. It is the dialectic on steroids—thesis, antithesis, synthesis. The more outrageous the claim (the antithesis), the faster people move toward the new thesis (synthesis). These are ingredients for revolution and tyranny. This is a growing civil war in America—pitting people against people, neighbor against neighbor, family members against family members. The organizers are using Donald Trump as their catalyst. As stated in Micah 7:6-7, “For the son dishonors the father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. Therefore, I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.” We must pray and act. We must stand in the gap and make up the hedge.
The politics of lies
Vladimir Lenin is quoted as saying, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” Hitler’s propaganda man Joseph Goebbels seemed to perfect it with his explanation, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” In America today, the “State” is the extreme left that has infiltrated all influential segments of society.
There are some big lies being told. The watchdog of lies, the free press, is part of the machine that cranks out lie after lie without seeking the truth. The truth has become such a moving target that it is only what each individual perceives as the truth. One person’s truth may be different than another’s truth. And neither may be true or one may be true or both may have parts of the truth. A little bit of truth makes a better lie. Psychology Today, in its article “Top Ten Secrets of Effective Liars,” says the hardest lies to catch are the ones that tell the truth, but in a way that leaves a false impression. Like Goebbels and Lenin, politicians and their handlers know how to make lies stick.
There is a great amount of lies and deception hovering over America these days. People don't know what the truth is. And with so many negative stories bombarding us repeatedly every minute of every day, it is very difficult to get your bearings. There is a new story every minute that distracts from the previous one. The vast majority of them tell a little bit of truth to leave the impression that the author wants. The rest of the story may just be opinion or even propaganda. Themes repeated over and over again become as if they are truth, and they begin to shape opinions favorable to the lie. The “narrative,” as it is called, is a controlled repetition of the lie-maker’s craft aimed at winning the point.
Anything that the target of the lies does that reduces trust only gives more life to the lies. Case in point, is President Donald Trump’s responses in social media and his lack of “polish” in what he says. His words are his personal enemy that continuously feed the cacophony surrounding his every move. Eventually, if left unchecked with no counterbalance, a line will be crossed where Trump will be rendered ineffective and what ever he does or says will be demeaned, even by his own supporters. We have a crisis on our hands here in America. This needs prayer and supplication, a miracle. I write this as Proverbs 22:21 says, “That I might make you know the certainty of the words of truth; that you might answer the words of truth to them that send unto you.” Pray. Act. Speak truth. Change the narrative.
Analysis of the deep state danger
While I do not have any first hand, eyewitness information about FBI Director James Comey’s firing or what President Donald Trump told the Russian Ambassador about the Islamic State, I can draw some conclusions about the frenzied firestorm facing Trump and the White House. It appears that there is a concerted effort by career employees within “government” to undermine a duly elected president from within. In addition, the Democratic Party is stirring the pot to foment revolution from the outside—primarily using spokespersons from the two states who overwhelmingly opposed Trump in the election—Communists/Progressives Maxine Waters from California and Chuck Schumer of New York.
Here’s how it is working: The US has one of, if not the most, conniving, deceptive, and I must say, effective, spy organizations in the world as supported by unelected agencies such as the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, NSA, DIA, etc., etc. They are employing their cunning to topple this duly-elected Administration. The very idea of security-cleared intelligence insiders leaking to the Washington Post details of the conversation between Trump and the Russian Ambassador is an indicator of this. Others in the room point-blank said these unnamed sources’ accounts were wrong. But it doesn't matter, the seed was planted in the media and has served its purpose.
Another example of this widespread conspiracy is found in Jerusalem where the official position of the ex-“president” was that the Western Wall—the holiest site of Judaism--is not part of Israeli control. A career diplomat stationed at the pro-Palestinian US Consulate in eastern Jerusalem contradicted Trump’s position on moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. The Trump Administration disavowed the State Department bureaucrat’s assertion (also repeated by “diplomats” at the east Jerusalem consulate). But not before an all to willing news media blew the story out of proportion. This is more evidence of the depth of institutionalized globalism and political correctness that has poisoned American government.
Add to the top of these deep layers of collusion against righting the good ship America, is the Democratic Party which has become synonymous with extreme leftist and communist ideals. In a copycat version of the ex-“president’s” Arab Spring—designed to destabilize and topple governments across the Middle East and replace them with radical Muslim Brotherhood franchises--the Democratic Party (led in part by radical Islamic Congressman Keith Ellison, D-MN) has officially launched “Resistance Summer” to train activists to resist Trump across the US. Ellison said in a statement that it is the starting point to organize the resistance movement into a larger political force. As you see, America is under attack.
This is a civil war where the current weapons are deception and vain words launched by revolutionaries entrenched in government, the media, and in political parties. It truly is deep state danger to our way of life—a threat to the goodness of America, to our Christianity and mission work. We need to wake up and realize it. We need to take this seriously. Ephesians 5:6-7 says, “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not therefore partakers with them.” Don't believe them. Call on the Lord. Trust in him. Currently, the opposition is loud, but has no teeth. We need to pray and stand by speaking the truth boldly and in love.
Pressured from all sides
Headlines that are trending in the news currently are: Trump revealed highly classified info to Russians; Violence, intimidation against Republicans becomes new normal; Clinton launches new “Dark Money” organization; Deep State leaks classified info to Washington Post to smear Trump; If Trump says “Islam is Peace,” he can have a travel ban; Trump EO violates First Amendment because honor killings are Islamic; Article of Impeachment; U of Penn Alumni to wear “Denounce Trump” buttons at reunion; Left attacks Miss USA for saying health care not a right; High School assistant principal resigns after cursing at pro-life student activists; and the list goes on and on. It’s enough to make your head spin.
People of faith are watching the world turn to darkness before their very eyes. There is a huge bully-fest gang up on the truth. The extreme and radical leftist political spectrum is relentless in making unsubstantiated claims while at the same time calling their opponents names, accusing them of malicious intent, and labeling them as societal outcasts and haters. They are vocal that if you support this issue or that politician, you are not intelligent, not sane, not American, not right, not really a human being, but rather a sub-human. This has gone so far that these activists are unable to recognize any facts except that if you disagree with them you are wrong and deserve no voice in the public square.
This is a historic time for America. Our country is facing a revolution. These people intend on taking freely elected government down by impeding the ability to govern. They seek to replace the Constitutional Republic with a socialist/communistic globalist union of some sort. It is a nation that not only allows babies to be slaughtered in the womb, but celebrates it; a nation that has no gender; a country that has no borders; a nation state where only religions other than Christianity are welcome, even taught in public schools; a nation whose only moral compass is what the loudest shouting people believe it to be. The America of their vision is a far cry from freedom as protected by laws. Revolution is in the air.
The communists believe that they can foment revolution with just three percent of the population. It would appear that more than that percentage are now pressuring from all sides the American way of life. It’s not only President Trump who is in a fight to maintain order, it is you and me and our families. We need to arise to awareness of this fact before it is too late. As the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” We need to find ways to engage with society remembering to not get angry or offended, but be persistent in revealing Christ through our mortal bodies. Be encouraged.
First and foremost, don’t allow yourself to be discouraged. As Jesus said in Matthew 5:13 and 14, “You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world.” You are so very talented in the gifts the Lord has given you. You are a breath of fresh air to those around you and an inspiration to folks you don't even know. The events of the world can be overwhelming if you focus on them instead of the Lord. You are a fellow change agent in the culture we are trying to change. As Winston Churchill said, “Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
The issues we are facing as a nation, and perhaps personally, are tough to deal with, but if we can control what we can control and remain focused, we can make an impact. We can be the very best that we can be, which will challenge others to raise their own standards to keep up. Stay encouraged. Turn discouragement into determination, and determination into domination. That’s how we have to roll. We’re not going to let anybody get the best of us. We are stronger together and when we stand in solidarity together, we win together. Let’s not allow distractions to hinder the purpose and focus of our mission. We don't need to allow ourselves to become angry or offended, but use these affronts to educate on our position.
We have a great future in Christ Jesus, and we can play a significant role in making life better for all. Don’t allow yourself to walk away or to be discouraged or be influenced by someone else’s envy. You are a child of the living God, full of life and energy—he has provided all the skill sets you need to be successful in this environment. As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” When we look around at the condition of the world, the nature of people who live with hate in their hearts, but recognize righteousness as hate, we must understand that we don’t have to fear because we have the answer to their hurts.
Believe me, I understand what you are enduring. We talk about it a lot here in our house. The darkness of the unrighteous, the insanity of those who have no historic perspective or common sense, seem to be encroaching on everything that is good. They truly are saying that good is evil and evil is good. But we have the promises of God’s word upon which we can stand. And having done all, we shall stand. Proverbs 28:18 says, “Whoso walks in integrity shall be saved: but he that is crooked in his ways shall fall at once.” As a man of faith, I know that people generally reap what they sow. Keep sowing that good seed. Do not be deterred by the noise of the unrighteous. Be emboldened by the light of Christ that shines within you.
Discerning the NBC interview with the President
NBC News’ Lester Holt interviewed President Donald Trump Thursday night in his first major news interview since the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Holt obviously was pushing the mainstream news media narrative that the Russians influenced the presidential election and that Trump had a role in it. It was one of those interviews, where Holt, in his questioning, used terms such as “unsubstantiated” to imply that Trump was a liar about wire tapping claims and that he and Russia were not in collusion. Nowadays there is a Russian colluder behind every door and under every bed at the White House, according to the media and the extreme leftists who are trying to overthrow this government.
Immediately after the interview, NBC wrote a story that changed the contextual meaning of Trump’s answers by tampering with Trump’s quotes. Trump said in the interview, “This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it is an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won…This was an excuse for having lost the election.” NBC omitted the part about Russia being a made up story and an excuse for losing the election. Instead it only quoted the last part of what Trump said--“’Cause all it is, is an excuse but I said to myself, I might even lengthen out the investigation, but I have to do the right thing for the American people.” The story purposely hid the counter-narrative to the left’s own unsubstantiated claims.
The story also omitted that Trump said the media misrepresents him with stories containing “false sources or sources that don’t exist because of the way the media is,” also adding context to Trump’s answers. Then NBC proved his point by quoting unnamed “legal experts” and by actually serving as a platform to give the Democratic opposition a counter voice to the Trump interview by showing their hypocritical anger over Comey’s ouster. Just last week, these same people were calling for Comey to be fired over mishandling Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and for not accusing Trump of colluding with the Russians. Now that Trump fired Comey, these extremists want a special prosecutor named to impeach Trump.
During the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the radical left generally ridiculed anyone who thought there was a communist threat and downplayed any accusation that Russia could possibly be infiltrating the US or influencing our election process. Today, when they want to pin the blame on someone for losing an election they thought they were going to win with ease, it’s the Russians. And when they want to undermine the ability of Trump to govern, they tie him to Russia. And the news media, as exemplified by the NBC news story about the interview, is willing to alter quotes that change the context of the story to prove their point. This is deception and as Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Don’t believe what the leftist media is reporting. They change the truth in the name of truth to foment rebellion.
Fake News Firestorm
Just last week the Democrats were saying that James Comey should be fired because of his actions with the Hillary Clinton email investigation that they believe cost her the election. After President Donald Trump fulfills their wishes by firing the inept ex-“president”-appointed Comey, they call for Trump’s impeachment. This is a fake news firestorm. The headlines are ridiculous: Comey was expanding Russian probe; Firing means trouble for healthcare and tax plans; How to salvage the presidency; Trump actions are Nixonian; Dems dream of impeachment; Comey called President “crazy”; and the firestorm goes ablaze. Let’s just boil this down the pith of the matter.
The President has the authority to hire and fire in his administration. We have seen this with every president in history. Trump was well within his authority to fire Comey—even just over the very fact that the previous “president” appointed him. Comey got fired for several reasons. Among them is his playing politics with the FBI; A non-indictment of Hillary Clinton; then a reopening of the Clinton investigation; then disputing Trump’s wire tapping claims (which were ultimately verified); The botching of the entire Russian “investigation” culminating with the ex-“president’s” former Director of National Security testifying under oath that he saw no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Undeniable, however, is the media collusion with Democratic Party leftists in raising false flags about Russia interfering with the US elections. This is the extreme left’s strategy to prevent Trump from governing effectively and to continue fomenting the resistance to his presidency. It is all part of the plan. Irrespective of whether Comey was fired or if there were some other news item—which there will be that these extremists can blow out of proportion--their goal is to prevent the US government from functioning and blame it on Trump’s alleged racism, bigotry, Islamophobia, homophobia, misogyny, etc. In short, they are accusing the Russians and Trump of doing exactly what they, themselves, are doing.
The bottom line is that while yelling loudly for impeachment out of one side of their mouths, the extreme left leadership admits out of the other side of their mouths that there is no evidence to impeach. House Communist/Progressive Caucus member Maxine Waters (D-CA) told the Washington Post that she believed “this president colluded with the Russians” and when asked if she had evidence to back her collusion charges, she replied, “No, we have not.” These stories are a political fake news firestorm created to provide the illusion of malfeasance to sway public opinion and render the Trump Administration ineffective. These people are exposing themselves and the darkness of what many have been calling the “swamp.” Proverbs 19:9 says, “A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall perish.” Let it be so.
Comey out of the swamp
President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey and the Democrats are crying foul. They say Trump is interfering with the investigation into his campaign that the Russians helped him win the presidency. Calling it “Nixonian,” was Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) wanted Comey to come testify immediately about the status of the “Trump-Russia” investigation. House Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said the White House was “brazeningly interfering” in the probe. Comey’s firing comes after months of lightening-rod misinformation given by Comey in several investigations—including one of Hillary Clinton and also one on alleged Russian interference in US elections.
As usual, it’s not wise to believe what is being reported. Here we have an FBI Director that was appointed by the ex-“president.” Think about all those who the ex-“president” appointed to help him execute his Islamic Marxist agenda and what type of people they were—Valarie Jarrett, Lois Lerner, Sally Yates, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, Chuck Hagel, Janet Napolitano, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Jack Lew—not to mention all the radical Islamists that were put in high places at Defense and Homeland Security. This kind of underscores the old saying ‘Birds of a feather flock together’, doesn't it? In all reality, Comey should not have been appointed to such a position in the first place. And he has proven it.
Let’s just take a common sense non-political look at two of his major investigations—both of which contributed to his ouster. The Hillary Clinton email scandal is a dead to rights violation of federal law. Clinton and her cronies admittedly passed secret information through unsecured channels--not just once or twice which would indicate it could have been a mistake—but hundreds of times through a system she created. Meanwhile, she was fleecing foreign governments scores of millions in Clinton Foundation donations for access to government officials. These are undisputed facts, yet Comey couldn’t make them stick. If you or I had done this—or anything close to it—we’d be in jail for a long time.
The Russians have tried to influence elections for generations, but there wasn’t much discussion about it by Democrats during the Cold War. The Russians did not hack or steal the recent US election. It is a typical political bait and switch investigation to take attention off the real issues. For example, the Russian ruse is not even comparable to what the ex-“president” and Hillary Clinton did to defeat Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, or to work with the Muslim Brotherhood in overthrowing several stable governments in the Middle East during Arab Spring—also undisputed facts. Comey is gone because he deserves to be. Proverbs 28:18 says, “Whoso walks in integrity shall be saved: but he that is crooked in his ways shall fall at once.” May those who do righteously be strengthened and quickened to prevail.
The US Courts and the Marxist revolution
One of the reasons the Marxist revolution is taking hold in the United States is the leftist who have been appointed into the federal court system. Radical organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and extremist partners like Southern Poverty Law Center and the Council on American Islamic Relations (and all of their offshoots) know exactly the favorable courts in which to file their complaints to advance their Constitutionally hostile agendas. More and more we have seen liberal appointed judges twist the language of the law and bend it into something it was never intended. These unelected oligarchs have had a profound effect in undermining the Constitution and ripping the fabric of our society.
It is cautiously welcome news that President Donald Trump is fulfilling a campaign promise by nominating 10 conservative judges and other law professionals to the federal courts. The judges have been nominated to fill court of appeals positions in the Sixth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Eighth Circuit Eleventh Circuit, and district courts in Idaho and Western Oklahoma as well as the Court of Federal Claims. These are in addition to the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and the nomination of Amul Thapar of Kentucky to serve as a judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says these judges were chosen for their “commitment to upholding Constitutional principles.”
These nominees need to be approved by the Senate, which will likely be no small task. In the past when Democrats controlled the Senate, leftist court appointees often sailed through the confirmation process with little or token opposition. In this divisive political environment, the minority party, the Democrats, will likely put up a fight on each nominee because the courts are where they get the laws they don’t like changed. We have witnessed this first hand in recent months with the brakes put on Trump’s immigration executive orders by leftist judges. Despite the law clearly allowing his immigration policies, and other presidents doing the same things without court opposition, these judges hold to the extreme left’s political beliefs and legislate from the bench. But the left doesn’t see it that way.
The first volley in the Senate opposition comes from Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), saying, “the president is intent on continuing to outsource the judicial selection process to hard right, special interest groups…the president should work with members of both parties to pick judges from within the judicial mainstream, who will interpret the law rather than make it.” Many woes of this nation come from an agenda-driven court system where law is supposed to be weighed rightly on the scales of justice. Proverbs 11:1 says, “A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.” Trump is trying to balance the wicked scales and deceptive weights of judges who twist the law against itself to advance an agenda.
The healthcare ruse
The House barely passed a bill last week touted as the end of socialist healthcare in America. The American Health Care Act now moves to the Senate where politicians are hopeful it will pass and then be signed into law by President Donald Trump. Those who have their party hats on and are about to celebrate the end of socialist healthcare in America, shouldn’t be so quick to hand out party favors. The American Health Care Act is a replacement of socialist healthcare, not a repeal of it. Yes, it gets rid of most of the tax penalties for not participating, and it gives some tax credits to encourage participation, but it still is a socialist concept where the government has its nose in your private health business.
This bill defunds Planned Parenthood—for a year. That’s enough for all the pro-life politicians to say they voted to defund Planned Parenthood, the world’s largest provider of abortions. But it’s just for a year. And the way the abortion mill gets around the ban on tax-funded abortions is by separating out Planned Parenthood’s abortion franchise from other so-called health services it ostensibly provides. Government funding after the year’s delay can be given back to Planned Parenthood so long as the money doesn’t directly go to performing abortions. One could argue convincingly, however, that any money going to Planned Parenthood assists them in performing abortions—just keeping the lights on helps them.
While the replacement of socialist healthcare is a step in the right direction, the government should not be involved in mandating healthcare. It should be in the business of limited regulation for safety purposes, and it surely should regulate the drug companies for their massive campaigns of drug pushing and trying to disclaim their products by listing all the side affects—as if that should get them off the hook when people become even sicker after taking these drugs. If the government is concerned about 20 million people who can’t afford health insurance, it should figure out a way to provide for that 5% of the population without taking over the industry. Which brings me to the point of the Church in America.
When I was growing up in rural Ohio, before there was Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance for all, people were on their own. When they got sick or a tragedy occurred, our community, led by our community church, helped them—whether they were members or not. Then along came the government with welfare, healthcare, childcare and whatever other form of care. The churches seemed to gladly give up their responsibilities to the government. In that, a tremendous blessing of loving and caring for one another was mostly lost. Today, most of us don't even know who our neighbors are. In Matthew 25, Jesus taught the parable of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick. In Verse 40 he said, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.” Just saying.
Prophecy watch: Iran, Turkey agree to cooperate in Syria
AFP reports that Russia, Turkey and Iran have signed an agreement to establish safe zones in Syria that may lead to bringing peace over that nation. The pact provides for a ceasefire in hostilities, a ban on all flights over the areas, and the distribution of humanitarian aid to returning refugees. Russia and Iran have been supporting Syria in the civil war between Syria’s dictator Bashar Assad and Islamic rebel factions. The rebels, many of which are part of terrorist groups that have been supported by both the previous White House and Turkey, vowed to continue fighting. They don’t agree that Iran and Turkey have authority to decide their actions. This agreement could be a type and shadow of end time prophecy.
Ezekiel 38:2 says, “...set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against them.” Magog, Meshech, Tubal are all located in what is now modern Turkey. Verse 5 says, “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them...” Persia is modern day Iran. Turkey and Iran are rivals as they are positioning for control of the Middle East. We know, however, that Magog (Turkey) eventually leads and Persia follows. These players represent both Shiite and Sunni Muslims who unite against Israel in the “acharit-hayamim,” meaning the end of days. God will destroy them with earthquakes, fire and brimstone. Ezekiel 38: 21 says, “...every man’s sword shall be against his brother.”
In Chapter 2 of the prophetic book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that perplexed him and none of his astrologers, magicians or sorcerers could interpret it. Daniel was called upon to do so in what has become a keystone of prophetic end time interpretation for the Day of the Lord. Daniel describes a statue with a head of gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, and Verse 33 says “His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.” He is talking about the kingdoms or empires leading to the end of days. Verse 44 explains “And whereas you saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” Another use of the word “cleave” means “be united.”
Turkey and Iran both figure prominently in the end of days, and one must come into submission to the other for prophecy to be fulfilled. Some Bible scholars and end time watchmen see Turkey and Iran as part of that mixture of clay and iron that can hold strong for a time, but is destroyed by the Lord, “and they shall know that I am the Lord (Ezekiel 38:23).” Turkey brings Iran into agreement to attack Israel. But the Lord destroys them and in the process they turn on one another. With the agreement regarding Syria, we may be seeing how such an end time alliance can be created with the influence of other nations such as Russia and the US. Let’s keep an eye on these developments. Watch and pray.
The double-edged sword of executive orders
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Now don’t get me wrong, because I am not saying that anything that men or politicians write is even close to the Word of God, but there are some earthly parallels with Presidential Executive Orders. Think about it. Executive orders cut for and against people, they are powerful and live to regulate, and they certainly reveal the thoughts and intents of the heart of those who write them. The ex-“president” often used executive orders to undermine the intent of the law; so does the current President.
For example, the intent of the heart of the ex-“president” with regard to border security resulted in an invasion of undocumented aliens and so-called “refugees” from terrorist sponsoring nations. He did so by ordering enforcement offices to “stand down.” The result has been crime and destruction for many citizens. The current President has issued executive orders to reverse these policies, many of which have been overturned by leftist-appointed judges of the previous “president.” The result, however, has been a 60% decline in illegal aliens coming to the United States. While those who agree with the ex-“president” claim racism and bigotry, the heart of the current President is to protect Americans first.
The ex-“president” refused to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, a law defining marriage only between one man and one woman. This led to a Supreme Court decision that allowed marriage to be redefined to include individuals of the same sex. He amended 30 executive orders of other presidents, changing their intent or purpose. The current President is busy issuing executive orders to undo those issued by his predecessor. President Donald Trump, for example, signed an executive order to nullify a previous order on climate change that nearly shut down the coal industry. Trump claimed that the executive order of his predecessor put people out of work with unnecessary regulation using unproven science.
The previous “president” used the Internal Revenue Service to hold his opponents in check by not approving non-profit statuses and Gestapo-like fear tactics for political speech by religious leaders. Trump is also undoing that. In conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, Trump will issue an executive order directing the IRS to use “maximum enforcement discretion” on enforcing IRS policies against religious leaders speaking about politics and candidates from the pulpit. This relaxes enforcement of a 1954 law called the Johnson Amendment that prohibited government-approved not for profit organizations to speak about politics or candidates. Executive orders, you see, can be used for good or for bad. They can uphold or undermine law. But one thing for certain, they reveal the intent of the heart of those who issue them.
The White House budget spin
Congress is passing yet another Continuing Resolution to kick the budget can down the road to September. It’s a stop-gap measure that gives the socialists an early Christmas. It continues to fund Planned Parenthood, expands spending to a trillion dollars and gives the Democrats a very strategic position in getting all their tax and spend programs over the next several years. It’s a risky political strategy on the part of Republicans and it is a win-win strategy by the socialist Democratic Party. In the worse kind of way, it is bad optics for a President who made promises to drain the swamp and put Americans first--That’s the take from the media, but the White House has a different spin.
Vice President Mike Pence is making the rounds to explain why the Trump Administration is supporting the Continuing Resolution until September. A big part of it is defense spending—a $21 billion increase to fund improvements to an aging military that was left to decay under the previous administration. Pence told Rush Limbaugh, “I mean, in a very real sense this was a game-changer because we’re just back to putting the safety, security, and the national defense of the American people first, and…I think this sends a decisive message to the world that under President Trump’s leadership we’re gonna make the strongest military in history even stronger.”
Pence said the number one priority for this Continuing Resolution was to strengthen America’s defense capabilities. He said, “to get Democrats in Washington, D.C., to agree to a $21 billion increase in a short-term budget bill — and, you know, the president’s calling for the largest increase in military spending since the Reagan administration in the upcoming budget, I think is no small — it’s no small accomplishment.” Pence further said that the bill includes the biggest increase in border security in ten years and reminded Limbaugh that illegal immigration was down 60% since Donald Trump took office. Pence also said that the President signed a bill into law that allows states to block Planned Parenthood funding and that the socialist healthcare replacement bill defunds Planned Parenthood.
Pence also set expectations on repealing socialist healthcare. He said that it will take two phases: first, repealing the taxes and penalties of socialist healthcare, and second, to allow people to buy healthcare across state lines. Pence said the two steps will “sweep the final vestiges of it away.” Pence reveals a strategy to achieve success while making the other side think they are winning. It’s the art of the deal. We must discern whether these explanations are spin or truth. Certainly, Trump knows how to deal. But he is dealing with extraordinarily cunning swamp dwellers. Let us pray that the President be an Ephesians 4:!4 person: That is not “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lay in wait to deceive.” Pray that he has the wisdom of Solomon.
President Donald Trump is not only fighting the radical and extreme left at every juncture of his presidency, he is fighting his own party, which controls congress. Case in point is the Congressional budget, which doesn’t fund the border security expansion, does fund Planned Parenthood, and pushes the government to spending a trillion dollars. What gives? No wonder the radical left is rejoicing with the Republican budget. No wonder that Congress has one of the lowest public approval ratings in history. Does anyone in leadership there have any sense? Americans voted for less government, not increased government. The federal government doesn't need to be so big and irresponsible with our tax dollars.
Speaker Paul Ryan should be ashamed. Here he is running in his district on fiscal conservatism, yet he is advancing a big government, leftist and, quite frankly immoral, budget. There is no way that Planned Parenthood should receive one dollar of taxpayers’ money. It is an abortion machine that ends the lives of hundreds of thousands of unborn each year. How can Paul Ryan or any other self-respecting elected leader justify the use of tax dollars to fund this organization of death? Draining the swamp should start right there in congress where the swamp creatures say one thing in their districts at home and do another once they get to the seat of power.
The Washington Post reports that Democrats believe they have set the stage to block Trump’s agenda for years to come because Ryan and his henchmen worked with them on major concessions. In short, the Republicans are being out-played, out-smarted, and out-witted by their big government socialist Democrat rivals. The Post writes: “Democrats’ lopsided victory on the five month deal, which is likely to be approved this week, means it will be very difficult, if not impossible, for the GOP to exert its will in future budget negotiations, including when it comes to Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint.” The Post blames conservative members of Congress who wouldn’t budge, forcing Ryan to work with the Democrats to avoid a government shutdown if a budget is not passed.
So the big-spending Democrats got their Christmas list filled and more with the Ryan cave-in. Trump will get the blame. And the very thing that Americans wanted out of the last election gets drowned in the rising swamp. See how difficult changing from radicalism to pragmatism is? Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said that his party had a strategy and it worked because Democrats and Republicans in Congress were closer to one another than Republicans were to Trump. Wow. Romans 16:18 says, “For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” When you have a Congress full of people who are drunk on power and grafted to a political system, there is plenty of room for deception and destructive shenanigans.
May Day protests and the counterrevolution
Last May, there was a curious news photo attached to a story about how radical anarchist rioters were violently protesting an appearance by Republican primary presidential candidate Donald Trump. The photo was of a little Latino boy holding a sign that read, “Make America Mexico Again.” This take off of Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” spoke a thousand words. The George Soros MoveOn.org-sponsored communists, also supported by La Raza, Black Lives Matter, Communist Party USA and other radical anti-American groups, are using free speech to trample on the free speech of legitimate citizens who support a traditional and law-abiding ideal of America. They are at it again today.
May 1 traditionally has been declared International Workers Day. It’s a day when labor unions, communists, socialists and anarchists gather together to show their “solidarity” for the working man, or woman, or gender de jour. The Democratic Party and the ex- “president” support these organizations. This year, in particular, there are mass angry protests across the country scheduled to make the world know that anyone who opposes this anti-American line of thought is, well, anti-American…in addition to bigots, Nazis, fascists, hate-mongers, racists, misogynists, homophobes, Islamophobes—Have I missed anybody? These protesters are all part of the communist plan to takeover America, whether they know it or not.
The protesters come wrapped in hate and destruction against Trump for his strong stance against illegal immigration. Last year, the Los Angeles Times quoted, Luis Serrano, an organizer with California Immigration Youth Justice Alliance, saying, “We’re going to keep showing up and standing against the actions and the hate Donald Trump is creating. We are going to continue to just show up in numbers and stand together.” So it is now “hateful” to enforce the law, but it was fine when a “president” allowed free medical, social services, and protected status to those with their minds set on overthrowing the government. The only ones creating hate here are those who are protesting--minions and pawns of the greater communist cause.
Crisis creates opportunities for greater governmental control, suspending civil rights in the name of security, the loss of a free nation. It becomes a vicious circle. The answer is the gospel—truly it is. Christians are orderly, God fearing and law abiding by virtue of the commandments we strive to live by. We need to do a better job in evangelizing and making disciples. Our form of government works when the moral and ethical are holding accountability. Romans 13:12 says, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” We are in a fight for our preservation as a people and a nation. We need to change hearts to win it. It is our counterrevolution.
First 100 Days of Trump
Approaching the 100-day mark of Donald Trump’s presidency, every media outlet and pundit is pontificating about what kind of job the “Donald” is doing. I’m going to weigh in on this at the risk of making everybody mad at me. Just remember, its my opinion and there are many others. First and foremost, Donald Trump is in his first 100 days a better president than the previous one, and most certainly a better president than Hillary Clinton would have ever been. While facing criticism on who he has appointed and how long it is taking him to do certain things, he has pragmatically accomplished a great deal of his campaign promises during his first 100 days—promises that are overall good for America.
Many Christians are complaining about Trump not being a true Christian and that he has appointed this liberal or that moderate to a position, proving he is not what he said he was. When was the last time you saw the ex-“president” attend church on Easter Sunday? The Trump family did, and it wasn’t an uncommon appearance according to his pastor. Also, remember that we didn’t elect a pastor, we elected a President. This particular President is different than anything we have seen in modern history. He doesn’t fit the political mold to which we have been accustomed. He is pragmatic about how he gets things done—like a successful businessman would be. He doesn’t care so much about the person’s political ideals as he does about whether the person is competent to get the job done, meet deadlines, and accomplish goals.
Lets look at some of the drastic changes that have occurred that are good for your personal security and general welfare because of this new Administration: Jobs—he has received commitments from companies to stay in America or bring their business here to create and sustain—real jobs—not “shovel ready” government make-work jobs. Border Security—Trump and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions have significantly decreased illegal immigration and immigration from terrorist sponsoring nations. Just because the courts have opposed them, doesn't mean the intent of their policies are not working. He appointed a conservative to the Supreme Court—imagine what Hillary would have done. Most importantly for our security from a prophetic standpoint, he reversed the caustic relations with Israel that have plagued America for a decade.
I’m not an apologist for this President, but he has accomplished these things in the face of the strongest opposition in modern history. I don't think people realize just how close we were to a Marxist coup of our government. Many don't want to believe that the forces working against Trump are real and, quite frankly, dangerous. Any normal man would be consumed by just defending our nation against these revolutionary evildoers. There are people who want to destroy the Republic and the Constitution and they have manipulated about half the country into believing their lies. This may be the gravest threat of Trump’s entire presidency. Things might not be changing fast enough for some, but they are changing.
He’s not perfect, but something to consider: It took us a long time to get into this mess—probably the only speed bump along the Post-WWII way was Ronald Reagan. So this globalist track is entrenched. It will not be removed over night. And there are some political realities that Trump faces in trying to remove people and ideals. I also don’t know of any president in recent history who has faced such harsh opposition to everything he is trying to do. So I never expected Trump to be able to do all that he said he would do. I did expect him to put the brakes on some of the horrors that were running out of control—I think he has done that. Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn.” Going forward, let’s count our blessings and pray for the best for our country.
Homeland Security doing a good thing
For years since its inception in 2002, the Department of Homeland Security has been a big government watchdog that many were concerned was tantamount to some form of an anti-citizen, jack-boot spy agency. Remember, it was Homeland Security who put out the report as one of the first orders of business in the ex-“president’s” regime labeling veterans, gun owners, pro-life supporters and Christians as radical right wing extremists. Since the installment of John Kelly as its Secretary, Homeland Security seems to be actually taking its namesake seriously—attempting to secure America’s borders and protect Americans rather than hold them in suspicion. One small example is VOICE.
DHS has opened the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office. The mission of VOICE, according to Kelly, is “to support victims of crime through access to information and resources.” Kelly said in a statement: “Until now, victims of immigration-related crimes have not had a government resource that could provide timely information on their cases. The VOICE Office uses a victim-centered approach to acknowledge and support victims and their families, promotes awareness of rights and available services to crime victims, builds collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders assisting victims, and collects and reports data relating to crimes committed by immigration violators.”
While the politically correct crowd doesn't want to be confused by the facts, illegal aliens make up 27% of the federal prison population (not counting state and local). The Government Accounting Office estimates that criminal aliens average seven arrests, half of them for at least one drug offense. In 2014, the Department of Justice reported that illegal immigrants were convicted and sentenced for over 13% of all crimes committed in the US and more than 25% of the murders since 2003. Kelly said, “because of years and years of policies complicating immigration and enforcement efforts, and a politically-correct approach to public safety, there are mothers who will never again receive a Mothers Day card from a son.”
Kelly told reporters when announcing VOICE, “These victims of illegal aliens aren’t data points. They’re people. And they and their families deserve to be treated fairly.” So now we have a government agency trying to correct a government injustice done in the name of social justice. Isaiah 1:17 says, “Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.” There have been a lot of fatherless and widows left in the wake of the ex-“president’s” failure to protect American citizens. In this case, Homeland Security is doing a good thing. Government and good leadership should be a terror to evil rather than to good. VOICE is a small step in the right direction. I pray you never have to use it.
The shadow government advances
US District Court for the Northern District of California Judge William Orrick III may be a spoke in the wheel of the ex-“president’s” shadow government. Orrick Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order stopping federal funding to sanctuary cities failing to uphold US immigration law. Orrick’s decision means that the federal government cannot withhold funding from cities that openly break federal law. Orrick was also the judge that blocked the release of the Planned Parenthood videos that caught representatives of the abortion provider admitting to selling baby parts. He also bundled and contributed over $230,000 to the ex-“president’s campaign. The ex-“president” appointed him in May, 2013.
The undermining of the law by Orrick drew a terse and immediate response from the White House. The White House statement said, “Once again, a single district judge -- this time in San Francisco -- has ignored federal immigration law to set a new immigration policy for the entire country…San Francisco, and cities like it, are putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens, and those city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands.” The statement, released to the press pool, also said that Orrick’s decision was an “egregious overreach by a single unelected district judge” and “raises serious questions about circuit shopping.”
Circuit shopping is how the shadow government undermines the law. Leftist attorneys at organizations like the ACLU, CAIR and the Southern Poverty Law Center look for the judges who would be most favorable to their position and seek to put their cases before those judges. They know that the judge, usually appointed by a Democratic President, will twist the law to their favor, or ignore it completely to uphold the leftist need. Both court decisions against Trump’s immigration Executive Orders have come from the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Ninth Circuit Court, the most liberal in the nation. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 as amended gives the President authority to determine if the entry of any alien or any class of aliens would be detrimental and to impose any restrictions on their entry he may deem appropriate.
The intent of the law is to allow the President a wide berth on illegal aliens and how they are handled, especially when the national security is at stake. Cities that would willfully disobey the President’s authority are breaking the law, irrespective of what some agent of the Marxist shadow government twists words to mean. The White House says that the higher courts will overturn these ridiculous decisions. In the meantime, however, an unelected, politically-appointed leftist judge is undermining the safety, security and general welfare of American citizens. Habakkuk 1:4 says that because strife exists and contention arises, “Therefore the law is slacked, and justice does never go forth: for the wicked does surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.” The shadow government has its wicked agents in place. They should be removed.
The ex “president’s” militant arm Antifa
Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week pointed his finger directly at the ex-“president’s” Administration and said that the lack of border security and immigration law enforcement allowed the lethal MS13 gang to take root in the US. The Daily Jot has reported in the past how MS13 and the Islamic State have infiltrated the US and work in tandem in drug and human trafficking, death and destruction—both allowed to incubate and mature under the lawlessness promoted by the previous Administration. There is yet another group that not only the previous administration allowed to foment, but that the leftist political machine is utilizing as a militant arm of far-left liberal politics, putting American citizens in harm’s way.
Edmond Kozak of PoliZette reports that this militant group ventured into the public in a big way during a pro-Trump free speech rally at the University of California Berkeley campus on April 15. Masked men and women wearing black violently disrupted the Trump rally by throwing bricks and M-80 explosives into the crowd and physically assaulting the Trump supporters. Some footage of the event documented one attacker hitting a peaceful Trump supporter over the head with a bicycle chain and lock. According to The Gateway Pundit, the police chief in Berkeley ordered officers to stand down and allowed the violence. Trump supporters fought back in self-defense and the group, numbering in hundreds, ran away.
Finally, police arrested 23 and confiscated knives, stun guns and poles from the attackers of the militant group that calls itself Antifa. Antifa stands for “anti-fascist action” and, by its own definition, is an organization of anarchists and communists fighting to end fascism. In reality, they are the militant arm of the radical leftists who are protesting President Donald Trump and his Administration. Antifa is working unofficially and deniably in collaboration with the ex-“president’s” Organizing for Action, which boasts a following of protesters some 30,000 strong with 250 offices across the country. OFA is the Soros-funded $40 million front group for the ex “president’s” shadow government and leads other non-profits in signaling protests across the country. Antifa shows up as the “enforcer” to violently dispirit pro-Constitutional Americans.
Antifa is a terrorist group similar to Hamas, which is one of the militant arms of the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian Authority, for example, poses as the legal representative of the “Palestinian” people, but in reality, it is calling the shots on terrorism in Israel. Antifa is emerging as the shadow government’s militant arm. Of course, there is plausible deniability because of the “arm’s-length” association with the group. But the members are the same, the beliefs are the same, and the goal is the same—to undermine the US government and foment a socialist takeover of America. This is not a drill. It’s real. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Do not be deceived by denials, especially when these people justify violence in the name of protecting social justice and free speech while, in reality, they oppress both.
A lot is written about fake news these days. Fake news actually has been around for a long time. It is one of those sensational headlines that entices you to read the story, but in reality, the story is not really a story. The National Enquirer had a reputation of such. Perhaps a headline about a celebrity having another celebrity’s babies. When you read the story you discover that the celebrity gave a dog that is having puppies to the other celebrity. That was fake news before the politicians got a hold of it and took it to a whole different level. Then there always has been propaganda—some news with a political bent to move people’s thinking. It’s all about weaving in enough truth to make a better lie. How do you discern?
First, boil it down to the very pith of the issue. The Apostle John gave some great advice on this very issue. He wrote in 1 John 4:1-3, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” Ask the question to yourself, ‘Is this of God or not?’ Once you have that figured out, determine if it aligns with the word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Think about that. The word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. How does the intent of a story weigh against the word of God? What is the story trying to get across? Who or what is the story advocating? But before you can use the word of God as a tool to discern, you need to know the word of God—not what somebody says is the word of God, but what you have personally found is the word of God. This means that you need to study and know it.
The third test is really one of the spirit. Your relationship with Jesus Christ will help you discern the truth. The deeper your relationship, the better your truth detector will be. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” If you can learn to break down every news headline and story by determining the spirit of it, discerning its intent, and finding the truth from a spiritual perception, you can discern what is fake news and what isn’t. But with this is the responsibility to know God, know the word of God, and to know Jesus Christ in spirit and truth—not man’s doctrines or the Word out of context. Like anything, practice makes perfect.
Freedom of speech and of religion
The First Amendment to the US Constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Yet our society in America seems to have come to a point where free speech is fine so long as you don’t disagree with anything the news media, leftists, leftist politicians or certain political parties say. Then you are labeled a racist, bigot, homophobe, xenophobe, Islamophobe, misogynist, or some such other slur—especially if you respond with facts. Its free speech they say—that is, to insult you.
These folks would limit your free speech. Some of them think that people who voice concern about the flawed science of global warming should be put in jail. Others say that citing the Koran as the reason Islamists kill Christians, Jews and other infidels is hate speech and bigotry. Many believe that those who want people to immigrate to the United States legally are racists. If you believe that the safest place for a baby is the mother’s womb, many consider you someone who is trying to take away women’s health rights. These people have somehow taken what they consider a moral high ground and have boxed in those who disagree with their nonsense. Apply facts to support your ideals and you invite a personal attack.
If this isn’t hate speech, it certainly is hateful speech. But it is free speech according to the shrill voices that accuse others of bullying while they, themselves, are the biggest bullies. When you or I make a statement based on facts, they immediately say we should have no voice, that we are hateful, and apply a label. Who gives them this right? In reality, free speech and free exercise of religion have their foundation in God’s word. It is the laws of God that give us freedom. Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Liberty, freedom, free will, life abundantly springs eternal from God. The labels applied to us by these hateful people are of sin. They have no moral ground. Yet they claim they are crusading for social justice.
Proverbs 28:4,5 says, “They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Evil men understand not justice: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.” These folks couldn’t truly define social justice because they do not understand justice or from whom the law came. Freedom of speech and of religion comes with a responsibility to exercise such in reverence to Godly principles of love, truth, honor and justice. Those who do not know the one true God have no foundation to speak. We must do a better job. How? It comes through the free exercise of speech and religion as Ephesians 6:19 exhorts: “that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.”
Media bias undermining Trump presidency
In an era where there is news 24-7, thousands of news stories are covered every day from all around the world. That’s a lot of news to process. That’s a lot to think about as you are trying to discern how the world is going. But there is one thing for certain: the news media is no longer trustworthy to provide unbiased news coverage. Even the news that is said to be unbiased has its own bias. Reporters no longer, or very rarely, report the news, but insert their opinions on what the news event means. President Donald Trump he has largely done what he said he would do if elected but has barely hit the 50% approval rating according to Rasmussen polling. The media, shaping public opinion, may be the logical answer as to why.
The Media Research Center (MRC), a media watchdog, conducted a survey of the news stories about the President on ABC, CBS and NBC’s evening news from January 20 through April 9, the first 80 days of Trump’s Administration. MRC analyzed 869 stories accounting for 1,900 minutes of total network airtime devoted to the Trump Administration. Five topics—the temporary travel ban, Russian election investigation, socialist health care replacement, increased immigration enforcement, and the ex “president” wire tap claims—all characterized Trump and his administration between 93-to-99.5% negative. Of 1,687 comments about Trump, excluding partisans, 89% were negative.
A similar analysis of the ex “president’s” first 100 days of news coverage revealed that the news media characterized that presidency and Administration as 58-to-82% positive on the key topics of the trillion dollar stimulus package, intervention in the housing market, use of tax payer money to fund embryo-destroying stem cell research, and the action to support global warming. These are all socialistic and politically charged issues that apparently agree with the personal beliefs of the media reporters and leftists who own the media conglomerates. A 2014 study by Indiana University and quoted by the New York Times indicated that only 7% of journalists identified as Republicans. In 2015 over 30 “journalists” left their jobs to work for the previous “president’s” Administration, and many “journalists” had spouses that worked there.
When the free press becomes exclusive of its belief system and political views, it no longer represents a free press. It becomes a voice for that belief system and a propaganda arm of those running that system. This has happened in America. The socialist revolutionary minions are trying to overthrow America and the media is helping them do it. We should not be influenced by these evildoers. As Solomon prayed in 1 Kings 3:9 saying, “Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad,” so should we seek such wisdom and discernment to judge truth from lies. As you should know, the truth can be found, but you have to seek after it.
The IS and MS13 sandwich
Edmund Burke is credited with saying “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” This could be applied to the situation developing in the United States that threatens every family. The ex “president” and his cronies, while their “goodness” is certainly questionable, refused to secure our borders, encouraged the harboring of criminals in sanctuary cities, and fomented massive illegal and refugee migration from terrorist-sponsoring nations. In addition, they did nothing, or next to nothing, to enforce laws concerning these individuals. This willful inaction has resulted in American citizens being sandwiched between the outright evil of Islamic State and the lethal MS-13 gang infiltration.
MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, is an international criminal gang comprised of mostly ethnic Salvadorians that was founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Its calling card includes arms smuggling, human and drug trafficking, illegal immigration, murder, prostitution, contract killing, terrorism and various other crimes. The Islamic State (IS) calls itself a worldwide Islamic caliphate. It is comprised of Muslims and is an offshoot of al Qaeda. Its calling card is the same as MS-13. Both recruit online and in areas of high concentrations of immigrant youths, preying on youngsters who illegally come to the US across our porous borders. Reports are that the two often work together and trade the same black markets.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration are trying to protect Americans from these evil entities, but have inherited a lethal mess from the previous administration’s policies. Sessions recently said, “Because of an open border and years of lax immigration enforcement, MS-13 has been sending both recruiters and members to regenerate gangs that previously had been decimated, and smuggling members across the border as unaccompanied minors.” Sessions added that MS-13 is recruiting in America’s public schools from as early as the elementary grades and that sanctuary cities undermine efforts to fight the gang. The IS is also well known for claiming credit for attacks against American citizens.
On April 12, four young Hispanic men were brutally tortured and murdered by MS-13 gang members. IS/al Qaeda claimed credit for, or was connected to, terrorist attacks in Little Rock, Ft Hood, Boston, Oklahoma, Queens, Brooklyn, Garland, Chattanooga, San Bernardino, Orlando, St Cloud, New York, Columbus, and quite possibly Fresno. Since 2014, there have been at least 21 attacks on American citizens by radicalized Islamists, many connected to IS. The ex “president” and his policies planted deadly seeds that, like weeds, will choke at the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness from God-fearing Americans. Galatians 6:8 says, “For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Let us not grow weary in sowing to the Spirit that we reap a better harvest.
Stupid is as stupid believes
There is a lot written about fools in the Bible. Proverbs 13:20 says, “He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” And Proverbs 1:22 asks, “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scoffers delight in their scoffing, and fools hate knowledge?” Proverbs 16:22 says, “Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.” Ecclesiastes 7:5 tells us, “It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.” The Bible is down on fools. With that as a backdrop, it is amazing how society tolerates foolishness brought on by fools. Of course, many of them are well educated, but that doesn’t make them wise.
There are so many headlines in the news these days about crazy stuff. Take for example that the Russians influenced the elections. First the narrative was that the Russians had hacked the election and changed the result. It has now moved to the idea that President Trump and the Russians collaborated to beat Hillary Clinton. In reality, Hillary Clinton beat Hillary Clinton. She was a horrible candidate, unlikable, and a crook. The voters recognized this and they voted. The rest is history. The terrible thing is that over half the voters believe in the same foolish things that Clinton believes. And that is a problem when it comes to the future of our nation. We are raising up foolish children to be foolish adults.
Global warming, for example, now called climate change. The scientists fudged the study data to support the narrative. It was exposed, yet people like Al Gore and other environmentalists still go around saying that we are melting. It is a proven scientific and historic fact that weather is cyclical. I remember when I was in high school that Time and Newsweek were writing alarming cover stories that we were all going to be destroyed by the coming ice age. Same fools, different gig. Other fools say that illegal aliens don’t commit any more crimes than citizens. This is factually untrue. By virtue of being illegal, they start out with committing more crimes than the average person. Add in rape, murder, armed robbery and you have real statistics that only a fool can deny.
Islam is a religion of peace—another foolish folly. What other organization enslaves, abuses, and trades in women, children and drugs? What other organization blows up themselves and others in the name of some non-existent god? Where in the world is there this type of violence that is not connected to Islam? Yet the fools think none of this is true. How many times have you discussed these things with someone only to have them say ‘I don't think that is true’? Encourage people to seek the truth for themselves. 1 Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” People need to have mature understanding of life, the Holy scriptures, and of God. They need to learn how to put away foolish things because stupid is as stupid believes.
Magog, Meshach, Tubal, Persia and Today
A possibly significant prophetic event occurred over the weekend when voters in Turkey passed a referendum to afford the country’s president near dictatorial powers by replacing the nation’s parliamentary system with a presidential government. Associated Press reports that some 18 changes will “allow the president to appoint ministers, senior government officials and half the members of Turkey's highest judicial body, as well as to issue decrees and declare states of emergency. They set a limit of two five-year terms for presidents.” This means that current president Tayyip Erdogan will have over a decade more of power that already has seen Turkey move rapidly toward a radical Islamic state. There are prophetic implications.
Ezekiel 38:2 says, “...set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against them.” Magog, Meshech, Tubal are all located in what is now modern Turkey. Verse 5 says, “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them...” Persia is modern day Iran. Turkey and Iran are rivals as they are positioning for control of the Middle East. We know, however, that Magog (Turkey) eventually leads and Persia follows. These players represent both Shiite and Sunni Muslims who unite against Israel in the “acharit-hayamim,” meaning the end of days. God will destroy them with earthquakes, fire and brimstone. Ezekiel 38: 21 says, “...every man’s sword shall be against his brother.”
Tensions between Iran and Turkey have been increasing as both countries vie for dominance in the region. The Islamic Sunni Turkey, under Erdogan, has become increasingly totalitarian and Shiite Iran is a formidable terrorist sponsoring state working on a very real nuclear program. Turkey has been supporting the terrorist Islamic State, while publicly denying that support, in an effort to block Iran from gaining a stronger foothold in the Middle East. It's a complicated mix of treacherous foreign policy involving Syria, Iran, Turkey, Israel and several outside forces, including Russia, Europe, and the US. Russia is simply supplying weapons and skills to Iran and its vassal state Syria against the Islamic State.
We know what the Bible says is going to happen. For Gog (the antichrist) to lead Magog, Meshech, Tubal, and a broader coalition of what are currently Arab-dominated nations and Persia, against Israel, Persia must submit to Gog. The developments in Turkey bear careful watch as its leader seeks to establish a more radical Sunni state and support actions to impede the Shiite ambitions of Iran. For the end time battle of Ezekiel 38 to play out, there must be an alliance, however fragile it may be, to move against Israel. We know that these nations may hold hate toward one another, but it is a greater hate for Israel that unites them even for just a specific time. Watch Turkey and Iran to see how it all comes together.
Working out our salvation
As we Christians celebrate the highest of holy days in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it may well be wise to have some introspect. My son recently sent me an article about the decline of Christianity in our nation. It talked about how only 18% of Millennials find Christianity relevant. It said Christians get enraged at immorality, policy, and the state of affairs in our country and around the world. Yet we are demanding that people hold to moral beliefs as justified by a book that they don’t even read. On a day that we commemorate Christ sacrificing his life that all who believe on him may have everlasting life, we Christians, as a whole, should be doing a better job as disciples than what we are doing.
1 Corinthians 5:12 asks, “For what have I to do to judge them also that are outside? do not you judge them that are within?” In direct speak, it means that we have no business holding those who do not know the gospel accountable to our standards. That’s why we are exhorted, even commanded, to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey what the Lord has commanded us. We must find ways to make Christianity relevant. It has been tainted to be identified with political ideals, when in reality, the political ideals should be identified with Christianity, foundationally centered on God’s love and love for one another. It starts with our individual relationship with the Lord. To look at our families, communities, states, nations from a Christian lens, we should first start by looking in the mirror.
The Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:17-19, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:13-14, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Jesus said in Matthew 24:23, “Then if any man shall say unto you Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.” Our national identity and, more importantly, our personal salvation is diluted tremendously if we, as Peter put it, “scarcely be saved.” If America’s preachers are so intent on preaching/teaching a self indulgent, extra Biblical and emotional version of the Christ, then what Christ are we following--the real Son of God, crucified and risen, for our sins, or some humanist version of Christ that fits a social or political extra-biblical gospel? It is here, not on the national policy front, that we as a people have lost our identity. This should be a serious personal consideration that gives weight to working out your salvation with fear and trembling.
Trump may end what Clinton started in Korea
North Korea communist dictator Kim Jong-un has been rattling the nuclear sabers and US President Donald Trump isn’t taking any chances. Trump, in a show of strength and warning, dispatched a US Navy strike group into the west Pacific and there are reports that Seal Team 6 is training to assassinate Jong-un. Jong-un has announced his intent to explode another underground nuclear bomb this week, and has threatened a nuclear strike on the US, perhaps using a submarine. Trump told Fox News that Jong-un “is doing the wrong thing,” but refused to go into specifics about his military plan. North Korea would not have been part of the nuclear club if not for former President Bill Clinton.
Let’s roll back the clock to October 1994, where after 17 months of negotiations, President Bill Clinton committed the US to a nuclear deal with communist North Korea. Clinton is quoted as saying, “This US-North Korean agreement will help to achieve a long-standing and vital American objective: an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean peninsula." Heritage Foundation archives document in an October 20 letter to North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il, Clinton vastly expanded America's commitments under the formal agreement to finance fuel shipments and reactors, and to ease its long-standing trade embargo and move toward first-ever diplomatic relations with the North.
Clinton’s long-held belief on nuclear weapons was that if everyone had them, nobody would use them and the world would be a safer place. On June 11, 1993, the US agreed to not use force or nuclear weapons against North Korea if it remained in the nonproliferation treaty. North Korea continued to develop its nuclear weapons program. On October 18, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a deal to give North Korea light water reactor nuclear technology if it stopped building nuclear weapons, saying, “Today all Americans should know that as a result of this achievement on Korea, our Nation will be safer and the future of our people more secure.”
In reality, the world is much more dangerous because of Clinton’s reckless shenanigans. North Korea went on to develop nuclear weapons and to assist Iran in its nuclear weapons program. Where the immediate past “president” preferred the use of verbal diplomacy that allowed barbarians their way, Trump has shown no hesitancy to use military force against the world’s bullies. While many in America look at Jong-un as a mentally-challenged little fat man always peering through binoculars, we need to realize that, thanks to Clinton, he has lethal power, and needs to be taken seriously. Romans 12:18 says, “If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.” Peace is a two-way street, especially when millions of lives are at stake. Sadly, Trump may be forced to end what Clinton foolishly began.
The brutal Islamic Slave Trade
The United Nation’s International Organization for Migration has posted a report on what it calls “shocking” events in Northern and West Africa. Its staff in Niger and Libya have “described as 'slave markets' tormenting hundreds of young African men bound for Libya.” While this horror may come as a “shock” to the UN, it is commonplace in Islamic nations and Islamic controlled areas. Each year the State Department’s Report on Human Rights points to Islamic nations as the most egregious violators of human rights because of human trafficking, violence against women and children, persecution of non-Muslims, and slavery. These very things are encountered each day in our ministry in Ghana.
Our ministry partner in Ghana, Pastor William Agbeti writes: “Quite recently, a Ghanaian lady smuggled to Dubai managed to send a voice-recorded appeal to a friend, who forwarded it to me for help. I, in turn, forwarded it to the police. In her appeal, the lady said she and numerous others were trafficked from Ghana to Dubai, under false pretenses. She ended up in the house of a Muslim man in Dubai as a sex slave and house cleaner. She is forced to work endlessly during the day, and at night she is subjected to extreme sex. She is not allowed to leave the house under any circumstance. Not even for medical attention. In a heartbreaking voice, amidst weeping, she appealed to the Ghanaian authorities to come to her aid. The police have not gotten back to me on the issue.”
Agbeti continued: “Now, in our own ministerial quarters, a young girl also almost fell victim to the Islamic human trafficking. The traffickers took her money, warned her not to tell anybody, and set a date for her journey to "greener pastures". God loving her so much, she mustered up courage and approached us to seek a final opinion about the opportunity. Was she fortunate or what? To cut a long story short, the girl is currently under the care of our ministry, safely enrolled in a school, far from harm's way. We are responsible for her needs and school fees. These and other developments make our work quite dangerous but highly necessary as we seek to make the world a much better place to live in with your help.”
The UN has similar reports. The Islamic slave and human sex trafficking trade is big business. In Libya and Somalia, for example, Islamists entice people unawares or outright kidnap them and hold them for ransom. If their families are unable to pay up, the victims are sold into slavery. They are used up, starved, raped, and are often murdered. This is reality. Islam protects and foments human trafficking and the modern slave trade. Unlike the Koran, the Bible says the theft of a man for profit is a capital offense. Exodus 21 lists judgments set before the Israelites. Verse 16 says, “He that steals a man, and sells him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.” God’s freedom vs allah’s slavery. Who in their right mind would consider Islam?
Passover and prophecy
Monday began Passover. Passover is a Jewish feast commemorating how God led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery. Christians often overlook Passover, not understanding that it is most Holy and prophetic. The Israelites painted the blood of an unblemished, sacrificial lamb on their doorposts for the plague of death of the firstborn to Passover them. This is the picture of Christ, the unblemished lamb, who died on the cross for our sins. Our church family and friends celebrate the beginning of Passover with a traditional Passover Seder, a feast retelling the story of the Exodus from Egypt and foretelling the Messiah’s sacrifice, return, and reign.
What Christians call the Lord’s Supper, is actually a Passover Seder. Jesus said in Luke 22:15-16, “I have desired to eat this Passover with your before I suffer: For I way unto you, I will not anymore eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” The Seder Plate is comprised of salt water, parsley, a lamb shank bone, chopped apples and nuts, horseradish root, bitter herb and a roasted egg—each element symbolizing a part of the redemption story of deliverance from Egyptian bondage. There are four symbolic cups of wine from which participants drink. The first is the cup of Sanctification, the second is the cup of Deliverance, the third is the cup of Redemption, and the fourth is the cup of Restoration.
The Seder uses matzah, unleavened bread pierced with holes, in three pieces shared during the Seder. One piece is broken and then wrapped in cloth and hidden until the end and then is revealed and shared in communion. As Christ said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” The cup of Redemption symbolizes the blood of the Passover lamb. It was the cup taken after the meal. When Jesus took the cup of Redemption, he said in Matthew 26:27-29, “Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
As you can see, the Passover has several layers. God brought the Israelites out of Egypt by demonstrating to them that the blood of the Lamb saves them. He instituted a service (Passover Seder), that the Israelites were to keep forever. Exodus 12:27 says, “It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.” Through the Passover, God delivered the Israelites from bondage, foretold of the suffering Messiah, the redemption of sins, and the kingdom to come. When we, as Christ followers take part in Passover, we are participating in the prophetic redemption and return of Christ.
Trump move in Syria stirs prophetic clock
President Donald Trump flexed US muscle last week by bombing a Syrian airfield in retaliation of Syria using chemical weapons on its own people. Trump said, “On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.” Trump sent a strong message that the US is no longer a nation to turn a blind eye to unjust human suffering. He also may have moved the prophetic clock ahead.
Russia and Iran have issued a joint statement threatening military action with any further provocations of Syria. The statement read: “What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.” This is not only Russia, but also Iran, with whom the ex “president” signed a nuclear treaty that essentially enabled the terrorist sponsoring nation to produce nuclear weapons in the future. Syria is a vassal state of Iran. It has a protection agreement with Iran. Russia has deep trade and political relations with both Syria and Iran and supplies weapons to both.
It has been speculated for decades that Russia is part of the Biblical end time battle found in Ezekiel 38 and 39, but there is no mention of the country in scripture. Ezekiel 38:2-3 says, “Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus says the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.” This prophecy contains only current Islamic-Arab nations as located on modern maps: Magog (Turkey), Meshek (Turkey), Tubal (Turkey), Gomer (Turkey), Togarmah (Turkey), Persia (Iran), Ethiopia/Cush (Sudan), Libya/Put (Libya), Sheba (Egypt and Saudi Arabia), and Dedan (Saudi Arabia).
Neither the US nor Russia are mentioned in these scriptures. We know, however, that both the US and Russia have been key players in the unfolding of prophecy toward Israel during modern history. America traditionally has been a supporter of Israel (with exception of the immediate-past two presidents) and Russia has traditionally supported the enemies of Israel. Israel praised Trump’s actions against Syria, which drew a response from Russia’s Vladimir Putin that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should refrain from making unfounded accusations. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry of a key player in the Ezekiel prophecy, Turkey, confirmed that sarin gas was used on Syrian citizens. Indeed, a stirring of prophetic end time players.
Toward one another
The vitriol being expressed in our nation against one another is tasteless and vile. Against the backdrop of Senate approval of a new Supreme Court Justice, we have heard terrible things said about a fellow American, the same theme about anybody who disagrees with the vocal left. It is very difficult to discuss these matters of disagreement with business associates, friends and even family members because they usually end up in heated debates and things are said that shouldn’t be said. We, as Christians, need to keep in mind the tenets of our faith when standing up for our principles—especially when we are doing so with family and fellow believers. Civility seems to be a lost art these days.
Often, I exhort you through The Daily Jot to pray and act, to speak up for what is right, and to hold accountability by speaking boldly as you ought to speak. But this can be a balancing act in these days. Speaking boldly, doesn't mean being offensive or trying to invoke anger. It doesn’t mean reducing the argument to personal attacks. It takes wisdom, compassion, empathy, and the ability to express right in a dignified and effective manner. As the Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 5:15-17, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
In short, we need to remember who we are when we are discussing issues of right vs wrong. We need to be armed with the facts and stick to them. Keep bringing the discussion back to the facts. Most people I have run into who want to argue a point about the current state of our nation know very little about the facts. Often what they do know is based on a simple fact, but twisted into a lie. Trying to unravel that lie with them is like untangling a pile of coat-hangers. It takes patience and focus on your point. The purpose of The Daily Jot is to equip and encourage you to evangelize. Evangelizing can take many forms. In our case, it takes the form of using a current event to present a Biblical truth.
Deception is always key. People are deceived and, like a virus, they spread deception. Ephesians 5:6—9, “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not therefore partakers with them. For you were sometimes darkness, but now you are light in the Lord: walk as children of light For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.” Christ has given us life that we may have it abundantly. We don’t need to get dragged down into the depths of deceit and anger because we already have the high ground in Christ. We just need to share it appropriately toward one another.
Why Rice is a Constitutional crisis
In response to a reporter’s question about how President Donald Trump feels about the Rice spying scandal, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “I am somewhat surprised in terms of the level of interest that I've seen from the press corps at one set of developments versus another set of developments.” He repeated after another question: “I’m -- somewhat more from a media standpoint -- somewhat intrigued by the lack of interest that we’ve seen in some of these public revelations...” In this briefing, the reporters went on to what they must have considered more important questions about Trump drawing money from his own blind trust. They are abrogating their duty as a free press.
In reality, it is very curious that the news media doesn't blow up on Susan Rice. In a day where every scandal becomes a throwback to Watergate, there appears to be very little written about the latest “Spygate.” In fact, several news outlets such as CNN, refuse to cover it. CNN Tonight’s Don Lemon announced he would ignore the Rice story at all costs. CNN’s Chris Cuomo claimed the story was “demonstrably untrue” and called it a “fake scandal.” New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota called on Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to write-off the scandal as “unimportant.” CNN’s chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto, a former White House political appointee of the ex “president,” said the story is “ginned up.”
Charles Hurt, who covers politics for the Washington Times, Fox News and Breitbart, points out that “Most of the media, of course, is so desperate to destroy Mr. Trump and cover up anything that might reflect poorly on [sic] the ex “president” that they would rather talk about phantom “Russia” connections instead.” He further wrote, “But an administration actively spying on political opponents during a presidential election, unmasking US citizens and then punishing them with selective leaks to the press? That is a real scandal. And a constitution crisis that raises dire questions about whether any American citizen is safe from the espionage thuggery of the politically powerful.”
The right to privacy is guaranteed by the Constitution’s 4th Amendment, stating: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” A president spying on citizens and an incoming president is unconstitutional. The free press ignoring it is a sign of a coup or shadow government. Ecclesiastes 8:11 says, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” This is a Constitutional crisis and the evil is aimed at all American citizens. It’s the seedling of dictatorship trying to choke out the tree of Liberty.
Deny, deny, deny, lie, lie, lie
National Security Advisor for the ex “president” Susan Rice denied seeking the names of, spying on and releasing the names of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team to various intelligence agencies. Rice told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, “Let me be absolutely clear. Absolutely not for any political purposes, to spy, to expose, for anything.” She also denied ordering intelligence officers to produce detailed spreadsheets involving Trump and his aides, saying, “Absolutely false. No spreadsheet, nothing of the sort.” But then she said, “The notion that which some people are trying to suggest that by asking for identity of an American person is the same as leaking it is totally false.” A little nuance goes a long way.
She also said, “I leaked nothing, to nobody, and never have and never would. The allegation is that somehow [sic] the ex “president’s” Administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes. Absolutely false.” Rice denies spying on the Trump transition team, but seems to admit that she asked for an identity of an “American person,” in this case, several members of the President-elect’s team. She also said that the ex “president’s” Administration officials would not have utilized such intelligence for political purposes. However, the information in question showed no relevance to any of the investigations being conducted by FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. Is Rice therefore saying that any American citizen can be spied on and then revealed to the public as if they did something wrong? Or was it just the Trump Team. Not political, right?
The Daily Caller, Fox News, and Bloomberg cited multiple intelligence sources that Rice had specifically ordered the intelligence on the Trump team and that the names of Trump aides were given to the ex “president’s” officials at the NSA, Department of Defense, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and CIA Director John Brennan. Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas admitted March 2, “I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill – it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before [sic] the “president” leaves the administration.” At the same time The Daily Caller, Fox News and Bloomberg are raising questions, MSNBC, CNN and the Washington Post are reporting Rice denials.
Rice’s reputation precedes her. She was the one who said that climate change was responsible for the war in Syria; She said that Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged with treason after deserting his post in Afghanistan causing the deaths of six US soldiers, “served the United States with honor and distinction”; She also drove the false narrative that the deaths in Benghazi were caused by a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Islamic movie. An inventory of facts at this point shows that the ex “president” and his people spied on Trump and his team as they transitioned into the presidency. So far there is no evidence of any wrong-doing on the part of Trump, leaving only that the ex “president” wanted to politically undermine the President-elect and his ability to govern.
On February 11, Paul Sperry wrote in the New York Post that the ex “president” was using his Organizing For Action group as an army of agitators 30,000 strong who will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency. A check of the OFA website and other nonprofits that are working with it backs up Sperry’s position. We are also seeing how the media and spy agencies are being used to undermine our government. Speaking of the end times, the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-3, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be…without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.” Indeed, perilous times are upon us and our nation.
The Susan Rice reruns
No matter what is going on behind the scenes, the illegal, unethical, immoral dealings of politics, the ex “president” and his minions have been air-tight for years in never giving up the scam. They never admitted to exactly what they were doing, and as part of that, blamed their actions on their detractors. Such is the case with spying on then President-elect Donald Trump and spreading misinformation among intelligence agencies to make it look like Trump conspired with Russia to win the election. When caught, the ex “president” and his henchmen denied everything and continued to insinuate that it was Trump all along doing the dirty deeds. Richard Nixon’s presidency ended over spying on Democrats.
In response to accusations of spying on Trump, the former “president’s” spokesman Kevin Lewis said, “A cardinal rule of the [sic] Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither the [sic] “president” nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.” Now, Fox News is reporting that it was former National Security Advisor Susan Rice—a direct report of the ex “president”—who “unmasked” those on the Trump transition team that the White House was spying on and spread their names among the various intelligence agencies.
Rice seems to have been working with former Deputy Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas, who purposely spread the misinformation among the spy agencies. She admitted last month, “I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill – it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before [sic] the “president” leaves the administration.” She was afraid that the narrative that Russia and Trump collaborated to influence the election would be lost if the information wasn’t spread far and wide. An interesting twist to the story is that Republicans knew about the spying on Trump even before the election.
Rice appears to be the “go-to” girl when the ex “president” needs some dirty work done. Remember Rice and Benghazi? In May 2013, ABC News obtained 12 different versions of the talking points with extensive edits by the CIA before then UN Ambassador UN Susan Rice appeared on five talk shows the Sunday after that attack saying the attacks were inspired by a movie critical of Islam. Rice was also the one who in June 2014 called deserter Bowe Bergadahl not “simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield.” Psalm 37:12 says, “The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes upon him with his teeth.” Rice, the ex “president” and his cronies have been in the “plotting” and “blame-shifting” business a long time. They are good at it. Many of Nixon’s minions went to prison for far less.
Republic under threat
Some recent headlines belie common sense. Women wearing hijabs as a symbol of feminism in the US when the hijab could be considered a symbol of oppression and domestic violence against women around the world; women protesting health rights when in reality they are demanding the right to kill their babies in the womb; protesters and rioters violently beating people, smashing cars, and burning buildings, saying they are protesting fascism; Cities fighting to give sanctuary to criminals because they are in America illegally; Democrats saying they have never heard so many lies about a President, but they are the ones telling the lies…we could go on. These are signs that our Republic is under attack.
Never before have I seen such vitriol directed at a President. We are witnessing history being made—and not in a good way. Since World War II, nearly every US President (I think Reagan was the exception) has supported a globalist worldview for America. From the Cold War to Vietnam to skirmishes along the way to the current threads of crisis in the Middle East, America has supported a worldview of spreading democracy as a way to achieve world peace. Opening up trade with China, Japan, Korea, and promoting trade with Russia and others was supposed to keep the peace while enriching not only business, but also ways of life. For nearly the last 100 years, this globalist vision has been set in place.
The globalist vision also has been established and institutionalized throughout the government. It is anchored in the State Department, the Defense Department, the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Education, and even in the Department of Justice. This globalist vision appears to be a stronghold in the CIA, the FBI, Homeland Security, and other secret intelligence gathering agencies such as the National Security Agency. The Democratic Party and much of the Republican Party have embraced globalism to the point of advocating an unspoken form of communism. Donald Trump’s “America First” mantra has exposed just how deep the globalist socialist roots have become in our society and government.
The mere threat of populism—of rejecting and tearing down the construct of socialist globalism that has become so imbedded in America’s governmental lexicon—has brought the fury of the puppeteers and their puppets against all things that disagree with the globalist agenda. Normal, common sense, God-fearing, hard working, family-oriented people who can see the folly of this system, are labeled racists, bigots, misogynists, and a whole bunch of phobias. In short, the Constitutional Republic is under threat. The American way of life is under attack. It is so close to being overthrown. We need to pray and act. Romans 13:12 says, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” As it is written, “now it is high time to awake out of sleep.”
To hijab or not to hijab, is it a question?
USA Today ran a story on March 15 about how the number of women wearing the Muslim head-covering, the hijab, is increasing. USA Today postulates that it has become “a symbol of resistance and feminism in the age of Trump.” The media network says that Muslim women who had quit wearing the hijab, have taken it up again, and that even non-Muslim women are wearing the hijab as a symbol of feminism. The article quoted a Muslim woman who cited a Gallup Poll saying that in 90% of the Muslim population hijab is a choice by Muslim women, especially in the US where there is great societal pressure not to wear it. Her statement is indicative of the irony of feminists wearing hijabs—its not remotely based in fact.
The Gallup Poll in question was taken in 2005. First, the poll was not sampling 90% of the Muslim world. “What Women Want: Listening to the Voices of Muslim Women” is part of a Gallup project, which intends to poll 95% of the world’s population over the next century. While the New York Times article quoting it tried to twist the results to provide proof that Muslim women do not think they are oppressed, the poll numbers showed the opposite. For example, women in most of the Muslim world are denied a most basic right of democracy—the right to vote. Muslim women overwhelmingly said they believed they should make their own voting decisions—97% in Lebanon, 95% in Egypt and Morocco, 68% in Pakistan.
A review of Muslim nations in the State Department’s 2016 Report on Human Rights practices indicates Muslim women suffer: discrimination under the law; domestic violence against women “continued to be a significant problem”; honor crimes; female genital mutilation. In most of these countries there is no law against domestic violence. Sharia law window-dresses equal protection for women, but in practice women receive harsher penalties and far less rights than men. In Libya, for example, if a man is convicted of raping a woman, he can avoid a 25 year sentence if he marries the victim—regardless of her wishes. These are just a few of the oppressions of Islamic women documented in the State Department report. And feminists are wearing hijabs in protest of oppression in America? Such ironic ignorance!
The Quran instructs and sanctions Muslim men to beat their women if they are considered disobedient. Sura 4:34 says, “Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other…So good women are the obedient…As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them.” Compare this with Ephesians 5:25-28: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it…So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself.” Strange that feminists in America would embrace Islam and its symbols of oppression while vehemently rejecting Christianity’s message of love, empowerment, and freedom.
The real Russian connection
There is one thing that unifies establishment Democrats and Republicans. It’s socialist globalism. Yes, no matter if they disagree on abortion, sanctity of marriage, or the religious freedom of God in the public square, establishment members of both parties are unified when it comes to a global economy, global trade, global migration, global climate control (or at least the wealth redistribution that it entails). In a sense, there are many factions vying for world domination—Islam, communism, capitalism—to name a few. Then there are the human vassals of these systems, ever seeking dominance in the one world order. This may well be at the bottom of all the problems between the globalists and Russia and Donald Trump.
At one time in America’s history, the progressives (communists) adored populists. Think about how the radical left embraced those they considered populists—Mao, Che Guevera, Castro, Malcolm X. Even the ex “president” went to Cuba to pay homage to his populist communist idol, Fidel Castro. These godless populists promote anarchy, rebellion, anti-establishment mentalities. Ignorant pawns adore them, many not even knowing what they stand for. But when the leftist populists become the establishment, governing the very institutions they dreamed of overthrowing, a new populism arises comprised of people fed up with the antics of rebellion, anarchy and communism. They want a return to common sense decency. This underscores why globalists, especially the Democrats, are so hung up on nailing Trump and Russia.
When the Soviet Union collapsed, its leader Boris Yeltsin essentially shifted communism into a form of corrupt capitalism. Russian opponent of communism, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, wrote, “As a result of the Yeltsin era, all the fundamental sectors of our political, economic, cultural and moral life have been looted or destroyed.” Populist Vladimir Putin, albeit no boy scout, restrained the corrupt billionaires who were looting Russia and restored its international standing. He is a pragmatic “Russia first” kind of guy. Along came Trump, an “America first” kind of guy. Neither of them fit in the globalists’ “international system.” As Christopher Caldwell, Senior Editor of The Weekly Standard, writes, “because they (globalists) assume there can never be legitimate historic reasons why a politician would arise in opposition to it.”
For differing reasons, both Putin and Trump represent a threat to the socialist globalist establishment. In my opinion, the many differing forms of the antichrist system have suffered a setback because of the populist movement, although the prophetic march toward the end times was at a double-step until this newfound populism took root. It may provide a breather for some pieces to fit into the prophetic puzzle, such as the settling of Islamic colonization in Europe and America that accelerated under the socialist globalists. The prophecies of the end time will play out on God’s time. Russia and the US will play their role—one way or another. In the end, however, what the Lord God says in Ezekiel 38:23 shall be true—“…they shall know that I am the Lord.”
America First agenda moving forward
Despite all the bully protests and loud mouthing going on, and the leftist news media pounding Americans day in and day out about bringing impeachment and treason proceedings against President Donald Trump, he is getting done what he said he would do. Trump ended the war on coal and at least put a hole in the truly fake narrative about climate change by rolling back the ex “president’s” stranglehold on the nation’s energy regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump’s Executive Order, in his words are “historic steps to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion, and to cancel job-killing regulations.” There are other promises that are being kept.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a crack-down on law-breaking sanctuary cities because they make “our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the streets.” He said, “the Department of Homeland Security recently issued a report showing that in a single week, there were more than 200 instances of jurisdictions refusing to honor ICE Detainer requests with respect to individuals charged or convicted of a serious crime. These charges and convictions against these aliens include drug trafficking, hit-and-run, rape, sex offenses against a child and even murder. Such policies cannot continue.” In short, Sessions said he will yank federal funding from cities not in compliance with the law.
On March 27, Trump tweeted “Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech…money to Bill, the Hillary Russian “reset,” praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company…” Maybe Clinton will be investigated. Some sources claim she is under investigation. Time will tell. But if you want to find ties to Russia, the Clintons are an excellent place to start. While Clinton was Secretary of State: Nuclear grade uranium to Russia scoring $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton’s $500,000 speech in Moscow, Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta’s $35 million energy deal with Russia, Clinton Foundation receipt of $2.35 million in donations from Ian Telfer, head of Russia’s uranium company.
On the jobs front, Ford Motor Company announced that it was expanding in Michigan instead of Mexico, with a $700 million investment. Joining Ford is GM with an investment to create an additional 1,500 jobs; 45,000 jobs announced by Exxon Mobil, 10,000 new jobs each at Kroger, Walmart, and US Steel; and 50,00 new jobs by SoftBank Telecommunications. Toyota and Fiat also say they will create jobs in America. These are just a few signs that, despite all the fake news and talk of resistance, things are heading in a better direction. The temporary setback on socialist healthcare repeal will also be readdressed soon. Proverbs 24:20 says, “For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.” There is a lot of wicked to extinguish. But the light of one small candle does much.
Watching Turkey-Iran prophecy align
Since the previous Administration placed Iran on the fast track to have nuclear weapons, a curious, possibly prophetic, development has occurred between Turkey and Iran—two nations that figure prominently in the end of days, and one must come into submission to the other for prophecy to be fulfilled. Turkey’s “president” Tayyip Erdogan has been threatening to unleash a flood of immigrants from Turkey into Europe. He has tried to leverage the threat to persuade European governments to allow Turks living in Europe to vote in Turkey’s elections. Apparently, this vast immigration from Turkey will actually come from Iran, which Turkey says is aiding and abetting illegal migration into Turkey.
Tensions between the two nations have been increasing as both countries vie for dominance in the region. The Islamic Sunni Turkey, under Erdogan, has become increasingly totalitarian and Shiite Iran is a formidable terrorist sponsoring state working on a very real nuclear program. Turkey has been supporting the terrorist Islamic State, while publicly denying that support, in an effort to block Iran from gaining a stronger foothold in the Middle East. It's a complicated mix of treacherous foreign policy involving Syria, Iran, Turkey, Israel and several outside forces, including Russia, Europe, and the US. Russia is simply supplying weapons and skills to Iran and its vassal state Syria against the Islamic State.
The US position has been far more confusing. The US says it is fighting against the Islamic State, yet under the ex-“president,” was supporting Islamic State efforts in Syria against Russia and Iran. At the same time, the US signed a deal that put Iran on even a faster track developing nuclear weapons capability. The US also has been supportive of Turkey as an ally in the Sunni balance of power in the region. Enter President Donald Trump, who says the US will defeat the Islamic State. This most certainly, if prosecuted with true vigor, will upset the convoluted labyrinth foreign policy design of Trump’s predecessor, essentially playing both sides against the middle—the middle being Israel.
Ezekiel 38:2 says, “...set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against them.” Magog, Meshech, Tubal are all located in what is now modern Turkey. Verse 5 says, “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them...” Persia is modern day Iran. Turkey and Iran are rivals as they are positioning for control of the Middle East. We know, however, that Magog (Turkey) eventually leads and Persia follows. These players represent both Shiite and Sunni Muslims who unite against Israel in the “acharit-hayamim,” meaning the end of days. God will destroy them with earthquakes, fire and brimstone. Ezekiel 38: 21 says, “...every man’s sword shall be against his brother.” We know what the Bible says is going to happen. We are watching how it comes together. Keep and eye on Turkey and Iran.
America 1, Ryan 0, Trump collateral damage
The leftist, socialist-based media, is offering only one explanation for the yet non-repeal of socialist healthcare: A major defeat for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and President Donald Trump. In a different analysis of the events, I would like to offer an alternative hypothesis: America won round one of this globalist bent on a socialist United States; Ryan suffered a very well deserved defeat; and the President suffered collateral fallout of his own observation during his campaign—that the swamp needed to be drained because the American people are fed up with politics as normal. In a sports analogy, Trump suffered from having very bad teammates, and a very hostile and aggressive opponent.
Americans won this round because the Ryancare “replacement” was not a “repeal” no matter how you cut it. It was a watered down continuation of a socialist wealth redistribution program where American citizens were forced by an overreaching government to pay for things most of us believe are reprehensible. A non-repeal of the Economic Substance Doctrine—meaning we still are forced by the government to pay for healthcare and the government takes its share before anyone gets any healthcare. A defunding of Planned Parenthood for one year, really? Continuation of abortion funding. Small tax credits based on age that disappear over a specified amount of time. The Ryancare replacement was a lie.
Thanks to a small group of Congressmen, some 31 elected officials who put Americans ahead of globalist socialism, this horror of a bill did not even have enough votes to get to the floor of the House of Representatives. These brave souls called this refried socialist system for what it was and they stood their ground. Thank you, conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus for knocking Ryan’s hoodwink out for the count. Now Ryan is in deep trouble because he misled Trump on several fronts—that this was a replacement legislation that could be modified in the Senate; that it had the votes to pass; and that it was good for the American people. Shame on Ryan and three cheers for the Constitutional Republic.
But all is not lost. Members of the House Freedom Caucus say they want repeal of socialist healthcare and that Ryan moved the goal posts when he decided to offer legislation to replace. Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) told the Wall Street Journal, “You know when the goal posts were moved? When they didn't start with the legislation we all voted for 15 months ago.” Trump would do well to find American-first partners in Congress to partner with on his America First agenda. As Jesus said in Matthew 12:25, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” Unity will carry the day, but it must be based on truth, not deception like Ryan’s shell game on health care.
Spying on a President by a “president”
James Rosen of Fox News reports that Capitol Hill sources claim “The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the [Sic] former administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources. The key to that conclusion is the unmasking of selected U.S. persons whose names appeared in the intelligence, the sources said, adding that the paper trail leaves no other plausible purpose for the unmasking other than to damage the incoming Trump administration.” This information comes on the heels of a news conference by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, (R-CA), documenting the ex “president” spied on the President-Elect.
Nunes dropped a bombshell saying, “I recently confirmed on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about US citizens involved in the Trump transition. Details about US persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value, were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting…I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked…None of the surveillance was related to Russia, or the investigation of Russian activities, or of the Trump team.” In other words, the ex “president” and his minions spied on President-elect Donald Trump and shared the information across many intelligence agencies. Now Fox News sources claim the ex-“president” intended to damage the incoming presidency.
This entire ruse that Russia somehow colluded with the Trump campaign to alter the election is ridiculous. Americans voted and the Russians did not hack voting machines to change election results. This ruse is being used to accrue very publicly reported investigation after investigation insinuating that Trump and Russia have some plan to undermine America. The real intent is for Trump opposition to incrementally reduce his credibility with the public and prevent him from governing as elected. If you look at who had pre-election deals with Russia, Hillary Clinton and the ex-“president” would be poster children. Hundreds of millions of dollars exchanged hands between Russia and the Clinton Foundation when Clinton was Secretary of State in the ex-“president’s” administration, and these deals were supported by the ex-“president.”
A short list while Clinton was Secretary of State: Nuclear grade uranium to Russia scoring $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton’s $500,000 speech in Moscow, Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta’s $35 million energy deal with Russia, Clinton Foundation receipt of $2.35 million in donations from Ian Telfer, head of Russia’s uranium company, and the list goes on and on. The more the ex-“president” and his minions deny spying on the Trump transition team, the more we will find they spied. The more they push Russian ties with Trump, the more deals they did with Russia themselves. This is all an effort to foment rebellion and inability to govern. As said in 2 Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” This is some of the worst deception of this generation.
Gorsuch: Abortion, same sex marriage “settled law,” sort of
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was pretty coy during confirmation hearings when asked about same sex marriage and abortion. Senator Charles Grassely, (R-IA) asked if Roe was decided correctly? Gorsuch responded, “It is a precedent of the United States Supreme Court. It was reaffirmed in Casey in 1992, and in several other cases. So a good judge will consider it as precedent of the United States Supreme Court, worthy as treatment of precedent like any other.” He gave a similar response when Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) asked about same sex marriage, “Senator, the Supreme Court of the United States has held that single-sex marriage is protected by the Constitution.” What does this tell us?
Gorsuch responded by stating a fact. Both these issues are settled law of the Supreme Court. But he didn’t say if given the chance, he would vote to overturn them and send them back to the states. You see, neither of these issues is enumerated specifically by the US Constitution. The Tenth Amendment states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” Many states, even California, overwhelmingly rejected legalizing homosexual marriage in referendums. The Supreme Court, led by leftist justices, overruled the states, even though there is nothing about marriage in the Constitution.
Many could correctly argue that the very keystone of our nation’s formation protects the unborn. The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” This is the social contract with all Americans. The Supreme Court in 1973 used the right to privacy to legalize killing babies in the womb. Again, another liberal court twisted the meaning of words and context away from their original intent to establish new law.
President Donald Trump said he would appoint Supreme Court Justices who were pro-life and, if possible, they would cause the court to reconsider Roe and allow the states to decide. He made similar comments about same-sex marriage. By limiting his answers to facts, Gorsuch signaled that he may be open to this possibility. As Christians, we do not have to participate in abortion or same-sex marriage even though it is the law. Likewise, we should not be forced to support it through our tax money. The Lord says in Deuteronomy 30:19, “…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live.” And he says in Leviticus 18:22, “You shall not lie with a man, as with a woman: it is abomination.” Gorsuch’s answers left room for hope of a return to God’s settled law.
Three questions Senators should ask Gorsuch
There is a whole lot of showmanship being displayed in the Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court confirmation hearings. There are, however, questions that those of us who adhere to the laws of God would like to see asked. In response to a question about overturning Roe v Wade, candidate Donald Trump stated during the third debate, “Well, if that would happen, because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that will go back to the individual states. If we put another two or perhaps three justice on, that's really what's going to be. That'll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.” Gorsuch should be posed the same question.
Regarding sanctity of marriage Trump seemed to have a similar view. In a 60 Minutes interview as President-Elect, Trump responded to a question about overturning gay marriage by saying, “It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court…These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m, I’m fine with that.” During the primaries, Trump said the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to independently decide the issue. In a Fox News interview, he was asked if he would appoint a Supreme Court justice who would overturn the gay marriage decision and send it back to the states. Trump responded, “I would strongly consider that, yes.” Gorsuch should be asked the same question.
Despite being pro-life, there are concerns within the faith community about Gorsuch. Remember the concerns about the ex “president’s” ties with his pastor Jeremiah Wright, a Black Liberation Theology radical? Those concerns were realized during eight years of the “president” acting out Wright’s philosophies, albeit in a watered-down form. Gorsuch and his wife have been very active in a church pastored by Susan W Springer. On January 22, Springer posted a video of the women’s march in Denver and stated that her and her “contingent” were joining Indivisable—that’s the radical organization promoting revolution and funded by George Soros that is providing training videos on how to protest Donald Trump. Gorsuch should be asked whether he supports his pastor’s radical viewpoints.
On February 1,The Washington Post asked Florida Episcopal priest George Conger about Gorsuch and Springer. Conger said, “It’s a social parish in Boulder. There is not really a strong tie between the beliefs of a rector in a social parish and the beliefs of its members.” This is not necessarily a good testimony about church, pastor or parishioner. Notwithstanding, it would be nice to hear how Gorsuch stands. Asked by Senator Al Franken (D-Mn) about whether he was part of plans for “deconstruction of the administrative state,” Gorsuch replied, “I don’t appreciate when people characterize me, as I’m sure you don’t appreciate when people characterize you. I like to speak for myself. I am a judge. I am my own man.” Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Senators, ask the questions. Let’s see if Gorsuch is his own man.
Gorsuch and the Supreme Court hearings
The circus begins as the Senate vets Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch. Certainly the standards for Gorsuch will be much higher than it was for the two communist sympathizers Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who also are arguably the two most public supporters of the gay agenda in Supreme Court history. If you claim to be conservative, the criteria changes. I don’t know much about Gorsuch, but I do know that what we will hear as a nation in the next few days will be mostly grandstanding by Senators, including off-the-wall accusations that grab headlines and fire up the already inflamed sensory of both liberals and conservatives alike. A little truth makes a better lie.
Already, Christians and their organizations have conducted email campaigns raising doubts about Gorsuch because of the churches he has attended. He reportedly was raised Roman Catholic and attends a very liberal Episcopalian congregation whose female pastor supports gay marriage. What can we really draw from that? Roman Catholic roots would tell us that on most issues he is conservative—religious freedom, right to life, privacy. Episcopalians are more liberal, perhaps splitting on right to life. Both churches are pretty liberal on issues of homosexuality. This is probably a picture of what we have with Gorsuch—conservative on protecting life and religious freedom; Liberal on homosexuality.
It would be nice, irrespective of Gorsuch’s personal opinions, if he would interpret the Constitution the way that the Bible should be interpreted—from the meaning of the words and the context in which they are written. Gorsuch is supposed to replace Antonin Scalia, one of the most conservative members of the high court. Gorsuch is not Scalia. He is also not who would have been appointed if Donald Trump was not president. If the election had gone the other way, we may have the likes of a judge like Derrick Watson, the Hawaii District Court Judge who twists the meaning of words and appears to interpret the dictionary as a living document—just like he would the Constitution.
Trump may get an opportunity to appoint another two justices. His appointments could change the way law is interpreted for generations to come. It is important that whomever he chooses is able to read words for what they are and interpret the law in the context it was written, especially the Constitution. For far too long, both Republican and Democratic justices have strayed from the original context, making America more and more a social democracy than a Constitutional Republic. We need guardians of the Constitution on the Supreme Court, not esoteric-minded political hacks. Let’s pray for Gorsuch to be such a guardian. May he be an Amos 5:24 judge who lets “judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
When judges undermine the law
A Harvard classmate of the ex “president” and nominated to the court by the ex “president,” Hawaii US District Court Judge Derrick Watson was the one who ruled against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on terrorist sponsoring nations. The ex “president” reportedly made an unexpected trip to Honolulu two days before Watson ruled, causing widespread speculation of a backroom deal. Watson’s ruling postulates that Hawaiian universities and tourism overrules security concerns. Pearl Harbor victims might have something to say about that. Watson also infers that Muslim clerics have the Constitutional right to bring anyone they want into the US, whether they have visas or not. But there is more.
Central to Watson’s ruling was consideration to the plaintiff, who claimed, discrimination to his family in violation of both the Constitution and the INA, denying them their right among other things, “to associate with family members overseas on the basis of their religion and national origin.” The plaintiff is Dr. Ismail Elshikh, a local Hawaiian Imam whose mother is a Syrian national “without a visa, who last visited the family in Hawaii in 2005.” She would be barred from entering the US unless granted a waiver. Further, Watson said the state of Hawaii’s universities would “suffer monetary damages and intangible harms” and the state would lose revenue “due to a decline in tourism” because of the executive order.
Watson admitted that Trump’s executive order contains no express reference to any religion, nor does it “contain any term or phrase that can be reasonably characterized as having a religious origin or connotation.” But Watson says, “The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.” The judge also cited instances when Candidate Trump said he would ban Muslims until they were fully vetted. So the judge included in his decision to issue a restraining order on the ban because Trump, before he was elected, referred to the action as a Muslim ban.
Watson contends by his statements that non-US citizens living abroad have US Constitutional rights. Overall, he ignored the law. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 specifically states in Section 212: “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.” The Lord said in Luke 16:10, “…he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Judge Watson has undermined the law and the Constitution. He should be removed from his position.
Courts justify ignoring the law in ruling against Trump’s immigration order
In December 2015, Presidential candidate Donald Trump called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on.” Trump cited a Pew Research poll in his news release that indicated 25% of the US Muslim population agreed that violence against Americans is justified. Almost immediately, Trump drew criticism from Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, calling his remarks offensive, reprehensible, outlandish and divisive. These are the very remarks that are giving courts the upper hand in ruling that Trump’s immigration orders establish religious discrimination. In reality, Trump is in alignment with US immigration law.
Chapter 2 Section 212 of The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (Public Law 414), prohibits entry to the US if an Alien is a member of or affiliated with any organization that advocates or teaches, the overthrow by force, violence, or other unconstitutional means of the US or of all forms of law, and Aliens who publish, circulate and distribute materials teaching or advocating the overthrow by force, violence or other unconstitutional means of the US Government or of all forms of law. Islamic immigration to the US would be prohibited under this law because the Koran, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam and Sharia law, which is antithetical to the US government, the Constitution, and to the Republic.
Whether Islam is a religion is immaterial because the law states that Aliens who are affiliated with any “organization” that advocates the overthrow of our government are prohibited. It also prohibits those who distribute literature that advocates the overthrow of our country, which would include the Koran. The Koran is not only Islam’s “holy” book, it is also Islam’s constitution. It commands Islamists to conduct violence against or to kill those who do not submit to allah and the prophet--at least 109 times, in context. But Trump’s mistake was publicly using the term “Muslim” when he called for the visa shutdown. The courts are now using this against him, saying his intent constitutes religious discrimination.
During the campaign, Trump pointed out that Islam’s hatred for America is “beyond comprehension.” He stated, "Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life." Galatians 6:7 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” The ex “president’s” crop is growing. When it reaches harvest, America will rue the day it succumbed to these false narratives and political correctness. Irrespective of what you think about Trump, he is absolutely in alignment with US law and the right to self-defense on this issue.
Extraordinarily disturbing news about our children
If we are to take a recent national opinion poll conducted by the American Culture and Faith Institute of 1,000 Americans 18 years or older at face value, the present generation of parents and the Christian “Church” in the US has completely lost the Millennial generation. This failure appears to be irreversible and by all indicators signals a prophetic shift away from God, the morals, traditional values, and belief in freedom necessary to sustain a Constitutional Republic. The survey showed that only 4%--that’s four in 100—held a biblical worldview; they prefer socialism over capitalism by 44%; twice as many Millennials consider themselves liberals (a complete reversal over the previous generation).
The survey indicated nearly three out of every ten Millennials claim to be atheist, agnostic or non faith, a 35% increase over adults 30 or over. No wonder Millennials are accepting of “cheating on taxes, using non-prescription drugs for recreational purposes, and getting married to someone of the same sex; and being less likely to worship God other than within a church service.” Some two-and-a-half more Millennials than older adults claim to be in the LGBT community. According to the survey, “The largest gaps between the beliefs of older adults and those of Millennials related to the nature of God; the existence of absolute moral truth; concepts concerning evil; and the personal importance of faith.”
In analyzing the poll, George Barna, Executive Director of the American Culture and Faith Institute, says, “the current views of Millennials are so far to the left-of-center that even a typical amount of repositioning over time will leave the youngest generation considerably more liberal than desired, and more distant from traditional norms than has been the case during our lifetime… a person’s worldview is typically developed between the ages of about 18 months and 13 years. There is usually very little movement in a worldview after that point. You could say with confidence that the worldview a person possesses at age 13 is probably the worldview they will die with. Unless pre-existing patterns radically change, we are not likely to ever see the Millennial generation reach even ten percent who have a biblical worldview.”
History may judge us as having been the generation that lost America, but even more disturbing, we may have failed even our children in the mission Jesus Christ gave us—the Great Commission. This should be a sad wake up call to every pastor and every Christian in this country—that embracing bad doctrine, using the world’s ways in marketing, making the “church” into a self-improvement program, and allowing government to take over the duties of the church may well have destroyed our children and the sustainability of this nation. In short, evil is out-evangelizing us and successfully condemning our children to hell. We have some ground to cover and only with God can we do it. But we better not be lax.
Romans 10:13-16 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord who has believed our report?” Isaiah knew the consequences of disobedience. Verse 17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God.” Obviously, this is a grave situation. We need to step up.
Soros, forces of communism organize in US
The ex “president,” billionaire George Soros, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Soros-funded Moveon.org, and the ex “president’s” organizations Organizing for America (his 2012 campaign organization) and Organizing For Action (his 2008 campaign organization) have all teamed up to oppose President Donald Trump. Soros is providing the money, the ex “president” the inspiration and contacts, and the others legal, organizational structure and boots on the ground. This is according to several news reports that have pieced the ex “president’s” mosaic of Islamic Marxist resistance together through various sources following the inauguration. An extreme left mainstream news media follows in the wake.
One of the partners in this axis is the Indivisible Project, which has produced a video and guide to resist the Trump agenda by encouraging protests, mass call dates, encouraging revolution, and targeting Congressmen. The website says, “we want to demystify the heck out of Congress and build a vibrant community of angelic troublemakers.” There have been many documented reports of Soros-funded protesters in the streets. Moreover, the ACLU lawyers and other Soros-funded groups are part and parcel to the legal filings against Trump immigration efforts and the public row over Russia and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. You see, they have a lot of sway, especially with a sympathetic media.
They are all working together to ostensibly stop Trump. But the real end game here is to establish an irreversible Marxist foothold in America. The ex “president’s” narcissism provides motive in preserving his so-called legacy, but he has been a revolutionary communist as far back as his associations with Saul Alinsky, the Democratic Socialists of America, well-known communists Frank Marshall Davis, Sam Webb, and John Drew, as well as weatherman underground terrorist Bill Ayers. These are perfect bedfellows for Soros, an 86 year old duel Hungarian American citizen non-observant Jewish anti-capitalist worth $25 billion, who seeks to see Trump removed from office. He is also a supporter of anti-Israel groups.
These forces are marshaling together like a bad storm for America. They are the underbelly of a shadow government led by the ex “president” to undermine the ability of the duly elected to govern. Over the next few years, we will see these groups fight the crazy fight, the fight of darkness against our land, seeking to foment civil war, race war, Islamic war, gender war, class war—whatever will divide our nation and provide opportunity to establish their brand of economics and government over America. Every news article deserves your discernment. Every move of these people should draw your careful watch. We need to pray and stand for we are living in perilous times. Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
Paul Ryan may have hoodwinked the wrong guy
There is a lot being written about how conservative support for the socialist healthcare replacement is falling apart. And well it should. The Congressional Budget Office has issued an analysis that 24 million people would be uninsured because they would drop out of healthcare. That, however, is not the reason House Speaker Paul Ryan’s bill should be abandoned. Forced government healthcare is expensive, it doesn’t provide good care, and it’s socialism in a free market country. If it did pass, Americans should do what they are doing with the current fiasco—do not participate—and the result would be the same. It would die a slow death. Ryan may have guaranteed that anyway by hoodwinking the wrong guy.
Breitbart News Network has published a fascinating exclusive story with Ryan saying in October that he will never defend Donald Trump, “not now or in the future.” Ryan goes on a diatribe on a conference call with House Republican members about how he disinvited Trump from his district and would not be campaigning with him during the last 28 days of the campaign. This is significant because Ryan appeared to shift his allegiances after the election to become a Trump supporter. The first major legislative item up is repealing socialist healthcare and Ryan, according to Breitbart, misled President Trump into believing that the healthcare bill repealing the current system and that it would pass both Houses.
Now Ryan is hustling conservative votes for a bill that essentially lies to the American people about repealing the ex “president’s” socialist healthcare failure. He is using scare tactics saying that if this bill is not passed, the healthcare system will collapse. Well, isn’t that what most of us want? We want free market healthcare for a free market nation. We don’t want the government cyphering off valuable funds for big government waste that could be reducing healthcare costs in the free market. It seems that President Trump feels the same way, but he is now recognizing that Ryan tried to hoodwink him on both the bill’s content and its ability to pass.
Breitbart reported, “The President gave Ryan a chance,” one source close to the President said. “If he doesn’t get his act together soon, the President will have no choice but to step in and fix this on his own. He’s the best negotiator on the planet, and if this were his bill not Ryan’s it would not be this much of a mess.” Trump is seeing how the “swamp” works. And Ryan is one of the clogs in the swamp’s drain who tried to pull a fast one on the President. The Ryan healthcare bill needs to die a quick death and the President needs to get rid of socialist healthcare as promised. Proverbs 12:22 says, “Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.” Ryan’s a liar and Trump’s a dealer. Let’s see how it plays out.
Everybody’s a Nazi if they disagree with the left
Don’t confuse liberals, progressives or communists with the facts. They don’t win or lose arguments on facts. These are a breed of humankind who are in word against bullying, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, paranoia, bigotry, and hate, but in deed they exercise those very traits against anyone who disagrees with them by hurling personal insults and labeling. Their latest post-election rages include calling people who disagree with them Nazis or a Hitler, especially if they are losing an argument. If you are really good with your facts, you may not even get a label before you advance to being a Nazi or a Hitler. These people are emotional, they care little about facts and are quick to label you.
They are also the first to say that they don’t believe much of the Bible, if at all, yet they will sure quote scripture to you out of context. How many times have you heard them say on TV, “don’t judge us” or “who are you to judge me?” They don’t want to be judged for their stands on transgendered bathrooms or abortion, but they are quick to judge those who disagree with them as Nazis. Last June 1, for example, the leftist flagship The Daily KOS, wrote a headline, “Jeff Sessions endorses Nazi style fascism.” He was being labeled because he was one of the few members of Congress who recognized that Islamic terrorists could be among those coming to America through the ex-“president’s” immigration plan.
As early as March 3, 2016, the progressive Huffington Post wrote: “Donald Trump’s ascent to the top of the Republican presidential candidate heap has been increasingly likened to the rise of Adolf Hitler, as both men have used racist rhetoric and blamed select groups of minorities for many of the country’s problems. On Saturday, that comparison became even more apparent when footage surfaced of Trump at a rally in Orlando, Florida, that was eerily reminiscent of 1930s Nazi rallies.” Noted at the end of the story: “Editor’s note: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims--1.6 billion members of an entire religion--from entering the U.S.” Leftist Bill Maher compared Trump’s speeches with Hitler’s in an attempt to show how both men were alike.
These are just a couple of examples of what has become so commonplace in the national dialogue of the extreme left. The recent women’s march on Washington, DC could provide many more examples where ignorant celebrities who’s trade is to sling a good line, repeatedly insulted those who disagree with them with disrespect and vulgarity. Nothing in modern history compares with atrocities Hitler and the Nazis did to humankind. Romans 2:3 says, “And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?” We don’t have to judge because in the end, God will be the judge. It’s sad that our national dialogue is so disrespectful and hateful and is generated by those who claim to be the opposite. What ever happened to civility and disagreeing without being disagreeable?
Jobs, jobs and more jobs
The left’s media machine was dead set on creating fear about a US economy led by a Donald Trump presidency. News talk shows before the election were parading Ivy League economists one by one before the cameras who decried the horror that would play itself out if Trump were elected. They said the stock market would crash and the world would be plunged into a recession if Trump won. Of course, there were no facts to back up these opinions, but they were stated as if they were locked-down outcomes. These experts ignored the previous 10 years of quantitative easing policies that drove record national debt and jobs out of the country. But something happened on the way out of the voting booth.
Between the election and the inauguration, Trump started getting commitments from businesses to bring jobs back to America. A confidence in making America great again seemed to overcome the negativity of the so-called experts. The Trump election incentivized businesses such as Ford and Carrier, to keep jobs here in the US. The steel industry, which has been depressed for decades due in part to repressive Democratic-inspired tax and regulation policies, also made commitments. US Steel CEO Mario Longhi told CNBC News that the American steel industry could bring back 10,000 jobs because of “future improvement to the tax laws, improvements to regulation” as a result of Trump taking office.
A record 95 million Americans were not in the labor force in November 2016, about 15 million more than when the immediate past “president” took office. These are folks who have either retired or gave up finding a job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics some 3.6 million people had lost their jobs and those who have been jobless for 27 weeks or more stood at 1.9 million, a quarter of the unemployed. That was the last job report before the election. In the first full month of the Trump Presidency, the economy added nearly 300,000 private sector jobs according to a survey of economists by ADP and Moody’s Analytics—over 100,000 more jobs than they expected.
If there is a recession, and there very well could be, it is caused by the record debt laid on the economy by the federal government under its globalist Marxist direction of the two terms of the ex “president” and the last term of George W Bush. The best way out of a recession is putting people back to work, making having a job a priority. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:13, “…that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.” In this country, we have strived to create a freedom where everyone who wants a job can work; where everyone has opportunity. When politicians extol the virtues of the working man, yet govern with policies that oppress him, they rob the worker of the blessing of enjoyment of his labor. Already, we are seeing the impact of more hope and less oppression.
Revolutionary feud deepens
Over the weekend President Donald Trump made history by accusing the ex-“president” of wiretapping the president-elect’s offices at Trump Towers. While some compare it to Watergate, where sitting President Richard Nixon had curried a national spy effort on those he considered his detractors, this “lame duck president” allegedly was gathering information that could be used to undermine Trump when he took office. It is the type of stuff spy novels are made of, yet it is playing out before our very eyes. The ex-“president” has set up a shadow government and is working with seditious forces to undermine the duly elected President of the United States. Trouble is, he has apparently walked the line of the law.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the ex-“president” was livid over Trump’s accusations. A statement was issued immediately that the ex-“president’s” regime had never approved wire tapping or spying on US citizens. This is an outright lie because there are multiple high-profile cases where the White House was caught intercepting phone calls and emails on our citizens. The Guardian published documents signed by Attorney General Eric Holder July 29, 2009 indicating the White House used the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to back door “authority” to collect information on American citizens. AP, CBS and Fox know first hand as their reporters were spied on, as were thousands of citizens.
Was the ex-“president” livid that Trump called him out, or because he got caught doing something he shouldn’t have that may have legal implications? It would appear that the former “president” is walking a thin line between political opposition and sedition. Many are asking why this person is not arrested and brought up on charges of sedition, high crimes and misdemeanors. It is because there is no appearance on the surface of actual law breaking. Paid protesters, encouraging protesting, setting up offices to “keep an eye on” the Trump Administration, stirring up a willing media against the government are all disruptive and undermining actions, but not really illegal. Power and money drive this organization.
Dinesh D’Souza documented just how the progressives in the Democratic Party, the ex-“president” and Hillary Clinton use deception and denial to enrich themselves and garner power. In “Hillary’s America,” D’Souza documents how “progressives” seek to steal from the government and the people. He said, “The methodology of theft is very simple and involves five distinct steps. First, plan the theft. Second, recruit allies. Third, pitch or justify the theft. Fourth, carry out the theft. And finally, cover up the theft." When caught, they never give up the gig, but rather deny, deny, deny. And we see this play out every day in this deepening feud between the ex-“president” and Trump. Proverbs 14:8 says, “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.” And, hence, we have the tale of two Americas.
Don't believe the so-called socialist healthcare repeal
If the Republican Study Committee (RSC) analysis of the socialist healthcare repeal is true, it needs to go back to the drawing board because it isn’t as advertised. The so-called “repeal” is not a repeal at all, but rather a tinkering with the current system that should be abandoned. It is no more a repeal than the original bill was the “Affordable Care Act,” which was neither affordable nor care giving. The RSC in a memo to Republican members of the House of Representatives says it delays repeal of the healthcare taxes by a year and “does not appear to repeal the Economic Substance Doctrine,” meaning socialist healthcare—tax payer funded healthcare—will remain the foundation. This bill does nothing.
Moreover it is a lie to say that the current plan doesn't penalize people from a tax perspective. The “Cadillac Tax,” which is a 40% tax on individuals or families whose companies provide actual good plans to their workers, is initially eliminated, then reinstated in 2025. The plan also defunds Planned Parenthood, but only for a year. Why should Planned Parenthood get any taxpayer funding of any sort, ever? There are small tax credits based on age, scaling from $2,000 for individuals under 30 up to $4,000 for those over 60. But they are capped at $14,000 for a family and are phased out for individuals earning $75,000 or couples earning $150,000. This gives politicians the ability to say there are tax advantages, but they disappear quickly over time.
The RSC reports, “The bill does attempt to provide guardrails to prevent the tax credits from allowing federal funds from going to abortion services by defining coverage that is eligible for qualifying for the credit as a plan that “does not provide coverage for abortions (other than any abortion necessary to the life of the mother or any abortion with respect to a pregnancy that is the result of an act of rape or incest)”. It is unclear if the language can survive Senate Byrd-rule scrutiny. This is also true of numerous other sections in the Ways and Means title.” In other words, the bill has language that says it stops funding abortion, but not even the RSC believes this language is more than window-dressing.
Overall, the RSC says, “This is a Republican welfare entitlement: 1) Writing checks to individuals to purchase insurance is, in principle, Obamacare; 2) It does allow more choices for individuals, and is more patient-centered, but is fundamentally grounded on the idea that the federal government should fund insurance purchases.” I am reminded of the verse in Jeremiah 8:11, “For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” This is no more than a Republican shell game, trying to convince you that they are doing what they said they would do, but, in reality, are doing nothing but perpetuating socialism. Call your Congressman, pray that the President holds them accountable.
Getting to the bottom of the wire tapping
President Donald Trump accused the ex-“president” of wire-tapping his campaign, setting off a barrage of sanctimonious denials from Democrats and from the ex “president.” The former “president’s” spokesman Kevin Lewis said, “A cardinal rule of the [sic] Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither the [sic] “president” nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.” The facts, dating back to the 2012 campaign, however, indicate just the opposite. In fact, the White House had routinely ordered surveillance on US citizens.
In June 2013, the UK Guardian released an investigative story on how the White House used the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to bypass the Patriot Act. The Guardian published documents submitted to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), signed by Attorney General Eric Holder July 29, 2009. The documents indicate the White House used this court to back door “authority” to collect information on American citizens. The Guardian reported that the broad scope of the court orders and nature of the procedures established in the documents appeared “to clash” with assurances from the White House that our telephone and email information could not be accessed without warrants.
Also in June 2013, The ACLU filed a lawsuit in the US District Court against James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander, Defense Secretary Charles Hagel, Attorney General Eric Holder, and FBI Director Robert Mueller III for spying on Americans. The suit claimed these agencies illegally obtained “a comprehensive record” of citizens’ “familial, political, professional, religious, and intimate associations.” On May 13, 2013, AP reported that the DOJ had secretly obtained two months of telephone records of Associated Press reporters and editors during the 2012 campaign. Wire-tapping was routine at the previous White House. CBS and Fox News reporters were also confirmed to be targets of the Administration’s surveillance.
The story that tipped off Trump to the ex-“president’s” wire tapping hobby was found in the New York Times January 19 article, stating “Numerous news outlets, including The New York Times, have reported on the F.B.I. investigations into Mr. Trump’s advisers. BBC and then McClatchy revealed the existence of a multiagency working group to coordinate investigations across the government.” There is also documentation that in June 2016 the ex-“president” submitted a request to the FISC to monitor communications by Trump, which was denied. In November 2016, HeatStreet reported “that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘US persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.”
No evidence was found, but the wire-taps were continued, according to HeatStreet and the New York Times, under the pretext of national security. While the ex “president” himself may or may not have ordered wire taps and surveillance on Trump, even after he was elected, evidence suggests the ex “president’s” Administration did spy on Trump and numerous other US citizens during his two terms in office. It is reported, documented and was considered routine. They are lying to cover it up. In John 3:20, Jesus said, “For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” We need to continue to expose these deeds and demand accountability, otherwise your freedom of religion and of speech will be crushed in darkness.
Suspend your disbelief--We must answer the call
I laid awake last night with anticipation about writing you this morning. This is very important. Every generation of American has had a test. There was the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two World Wars—all testing whether this great country would remain free. After World War II, the venue shifted to the Cold War where communism threatened our very existence and this continued through the Vietnam War. When President Ronald Reagan’s policies paid off and the Soviet Union collapsed, Americans began to believe that communism was no longer a threat. Then it reappeared in the form of Islam and now the sinister aspect of communism disguised as the Democratic Party and Globalist moderate Republicans.
This generation, you and I, face an attempted takeover of our nation. We are living it and watching it play out every day. The voters spoke. The side that was aghast at the possibility of the opposing candidate not accepting the results of the election, has not accepted the results of the election. The ex-“president” is encouraging the mayhem and we are finding out more each day how the communists and their allies are undermining President Donald Trump’s ability to govern. This is serious. Our generation is facing the very real prospect of a coup. We are witnessing how it is done in third world countries--subversive government appointees, media given over to the cause, paid protesters in the streets, and so on.
Yes, this is real. Suspend your disbelief that this could happen to America. It is happening. Christian Americans kept this country together since its inception. Christian Americans fought, bled and died for the God-given freedoms man was trying to take away. Christian Americans established a form of government that promoted the spread of the gospel around the world through Constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of religious expression, and freedom to protect these precious rights, by force, if necessary. It was Christian Americans by the grace, guidance and the hand of God himself who formed a nation of laws based on the laws of God and separated from it the ability of state-sponsored religion.
Communism compels the abolition of all morals and religion, and government replaces God. It is the antithesis of our form of government. It is the anthem of those trying to overthrow our current government. Suspend your disbelief. They have had eight years of working hard to undermine our legal system, to chose which laws to enforce, to dilute our security, and to set in place an overthrow using administrative leverage with perceived public opinion. We are seeing in a very practical sense how Ephesians 6:12 plays out for a nation: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
As Christian Americans we must ask ourselves if we are going to allow usurpers to destroy the greatest beacon of freedom of speech and religion the world has ever known. Are we the generation that allows that physical light of the world, that city that is set on a hill that cannot be hid, to be snuffed out? Has bad doctrine and deception filed the weapons of apathy so sharp that we cannot persevere against them? It is time to pray and act. We must engage with others, speaking the truth in love. This is no time to withdraw. Your God-given freedoms are on the line. Spiritual wickedness is manifest in physical opposition to truth and righteousness. Suspend your disbelief. We must answer the call.
No outcry back then
Does anybody remember the ex “president’s” Attorney General Eric Holder? You know, the AG who refused to enforce the laws? It started with refusing to allow off shore drilling, a law that Congress passed to open up energy exploration off the Gulf Coast. Then there was the Defense of Marriage Act that the “president” and the AG decided not to enforce or defend. Also call to memory that Black Panthers were allowed to intimidate white voters from casting their Constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. And there was the contempt of Congress by Holder for refusing to testify on his gun running scheme that ended up getting border agents killed. Nothing to see here. No one could get the media interested.
On September 7, 2011 Holder told reporters that reports were untrue linking his department and the White House with the decision to sell guns to Mexican drug runners through Operation Fast and Furious. He claimed they were politically motivated, saying, "The notion that somehow or other this thing reaches into the upper levels of the Justice Department is something that. ... I don't think is supported by the facts. It's kind of something I think certain members of Congress would like to see, the notion that somehow or other high-level people in the department were involved." This is an outright denial that he (Holder) or any other high official knew about the operation, but it was boasted about even on the DOJ website.
On April 2, 2009, Holder gave a speech to the Mexico/United States Arms Trafficking Conference in Cuernavaca, Mexico. His remarks at the time were actually posted on the US Department of Justice’s website. He said, “Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner…” Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious were synonymous. CBS News, for example, reported on February 23, 2011 the murder of border agent Brian Terry by a drug cartel thug using an assault rifle traced to Holder’s operation.
The Daily Jot detailed several reports of Holder’s illegal/unethical antics. ‘Didn’t hear a peep from the mainstream news media calling for his resignation. Today AG Jeff Sessions has recused himself from 2016 campaign investigations because he met with the Russian Ambassador as part of his job as Senator. Democrats used this fake news story to call for Sessions’ ouster. Romans 16:18 describes these people: “For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Indeed they are deceiving the hearts of the simple. There must be more to the Democrats and Russia that Democrats fear will come out with Sessions on the job. Meantime, the news media is showing its inability to report real news, a failure of its First Amendment right.
Discerning the truth from fake news
The news media had a brief setback after an overwhelming majority of Americans responded positively to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. But within 24 hours, they are back to their old tricks of making stories out of insinuation and conjecture. Now there is a renewed attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions where the media is trying to make him out as some sort of accomplice with Russian influence over the last election. The New York Times is doing a nice little fake news job on Sessions with a story about how the previous “president’s” aides were scrambling in the last days of that Administration to provide an intel trail for investigators to prove that the Russians influenced the election.
Enter the left’s public enemy number 1: Jeff Sessions. During Sessions’ confirmation hearing, Senator Al Franken (D-Mn) planted the seed by asking, “if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?” Sessions answered: “Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.” The Washington Post is also fake newsing with a story claiming Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a Heritage Foundation event in July 2016.
The meeting was at an event where several Ambassadors were present. Another meeting with Kislyak occurred in Sessions’ capacity on the Senate Armed Service Committee in September. The Post is trying to say that Sessions didn’t disclose these meetings during his Senate confirmation hearings. To back its claim, the Post says Sessions was asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) if he had “been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day.” Sessions answered “no.” Both the Post and the Times center their fake news story on the implication that Sessions represented the Trump Campaign during meetings on that topic with the Russian Ambassador, downplaying or omitting that the meetings were normal course of conducting his Senate business.
Sessions, during his confirmation hearing, denied meeting Kislyak as a representative of the Trump campaign. Since, Sessions’ office has denied such meetings were connected to the campaign. Notwithstanding, the Democrats in Congress, such as Nancy Pelosi, are using the stories to call for Sessions’ resignation, saying he perjured himself. See how fake news works? The media insinuates unrelated events are linked which are used by political opposition to imply guilt. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” These media outlets are purposely deceiving people to prevent Sessions from enforcing laws that the communist left knows will restore order to our nation and block their revolutionary designs.
Blind opposition vs the promise of hope
Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” And Jesus said in Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Words and actions mean things. The State of the Union speech delivered by President Donald Trump provided Americans with both words and actions to discern the hearts of those elected to represent us, and what the future holds. In the text of Trump’s address are words of hope, encouragement, restoration, protection, safety, order and greatness. In the actions of those in the chamber are the battle lines of blind opposition.
Trump delivered a marvelous vision of a new old America—a vision where our Constitutional Republic represents Americans, puts our nation first, is aimed at creating jobs, stirring enterprise, treating all equally and just under the law. He said in his opening, “Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice–in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.” The chamber of Congress often erupted in applause and a standing ovation throughout the speech, except for the Democrats, who sat with scowls.
Trump encouraged Americans with the hope of job creation, public safety, law and order, representing Americans not the world, reaffirming our commitment to Israel, fighting “radical Islamic terrorism,” protecting our businesses with fair trade as well as free trade, immigration reform and protecting citizens from violent illegal immigrants, rebuilding the American infrastructure, improving our military, supporting our veterans, improving our school systems, repealing/replacing socialist healthcare, and more. Trump painted a positive and hopeful vision for America. The Democratic Party representatives sat stoically, even hissing at the president and giving him a thumbs down. Democratic Party women wore white to protest Trump’s plans to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Wearing white to promote death. Wow!
Trump said, “Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope. Our citizens deserve this, and so much more–so why not join forces to finally get it done? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people…When we have all of this, we will have made America greater than ever before. For all Americans. This is our vision. This is our mission. But we can only get there together. We are one people, with one destiny. We all bleed the same blood. We all salute the same flag. And we are all made by the same God.” From the Democrat side--again nothing. In their hearts, they disagree with this mission and vision. It’s blind opposition, the sightline into their hearts.
The rancid press and the void of truth
A wise man once told me to never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel, yet this is exactly what President Donald Trump has done, or has he? In reality, it was the press that picked a fight with the American people and Trump is standard-bearer for those who have been lied to, massaged, brainwashed by a decided socialist news media against all things American. From the news media’s viewpoint, unless it’s socially just, it’s wrong, and all things are socially unjust, especially if they have anything to do with common sense and traditional values. Think of the foul-mouthed, bombastic approach that has been taken. Yet, Trump is being blamed openly by the media for what they call self-inflicted wounds.
At CPAC, Trump explained: “A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people. And they are. They are the enemy of the people. Because they have no sources, they just make ’em up when there are none. I saw one story recently where they said, “Nine people have confirmed.” There’re no nine people. I don’t believe there was one or two people…I know who they talk to. There were no nine people… They make up sources. They’re very dishonest people. In fact, in covering my comments, the dishonest media did not explain that I called the fake news the enemy of the people. The fake news. They dropped off the word “fake.” And all of a sudden, the story became the media is the enemy.”
During the very early days of the Reagan Administration, I was a Washington, DC correspondent for a major newswire. I shared office space with many other news entities. Often at the end of the day, the correspondents would sit around the office having a drink and talk about their news stories, essentially comparing notes. I learned from listening to those discussions that unnamed sources were sometimes, if not often, the journalists themselves speculating on various news events. One time, I spoke up about a story they knew I was working on exclusively. I purposely misled them. The next day, it showed up on the front page of the Washington Post, quoting me as a “source close to the story.” Of course, it was totally wrong information and these old salts were quite surprised when my story broke with the real news.
Fake news is not new to this generation. It is a staple of lazy reporters with agendas. They have been doing it for generations. The problem we have today is that reporters have been trained to believe that their leftist beliefs are the truth and all things must be measured against their particular truth. We therefore have a media that just writes stories from the lens of socialism. It’s generally fake news. Most of what you read and see is twisted. When a free press is dedicated to an agenda, it is part of the problem, not the solution. Trump is right to try to hold accountability. We as citizens must also hold accountability. How? Measure it against the Holy Scriptures. In John 17:17, Jesus prayed the Father to “Sanctify them through thy word; thy word is truth.” Find the baseline of events in the word and discern truth properly. It will set you free.
I have to admit it. I didn't watch the Oscars. I haven’t watched the Oscars since I was a kid, curious about all the pandering. I read about them. Each year, these people who make millions from folks going to their movies tend to want to tell us why how we live is wrong, that God and country are not important, that there is no God (unless it's the occult or money, or political religion), their god is the government. They tell everyone what they think is American and un-American as if they are the be all, end all source. In reality, what the House Committee on Un-American Activities investigated beginning in 1938—anti-American communism—would have no problem identifying those who were alleged to be disloyal and subversive today. The committee would just have to watch Oscar night in Hollywood.
Cloaked in esoteric ideals such as social justice, equality, love and peace for all, these people spread their hatred by maligning anyone who disagrees with them. They are the gods of America, after all. They make the most money using the least brainpower, so they must be smarter than anybody else. This has not changed since the communists were infiltrating the film industry in the last century. The only thing that has changed is that they are more open about talking about it. Yes, they call themselves social democrats or progressives, but just like their day to day lives, they are play acting. A social democrat or a progressive is still a communist at heart. And that’s where the rub is. Americans have become so dumbed down about history and politics that they don't understand the threat of communism still exists.
These people are described perfectly in 2 Timothy 3:1-7,” This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, loves of pleasers more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
It’s scary how bold and deceived these people are. It’s also scary that they are able to come into our households and spew forth their wickedness in the innocent name of entertainment. Others even go to the theaters and pay good money to watch them. I guess I’m pretty boring. I haven’t been to a movie in a long time. And I’m pretty careful what I watch on TV or satellite. These people stand for the very darkness of the world and I see very little good in them. If we all would just quit watching them, quit going to their movies, perhaps their decline would be accelerated. The great thing about electricity is that we can turn it off when things get Oscary. We should be exercising that off switch more often.
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Is America set up for a coup?
My ministry partner of 25 years, William Agbeti, has been through six coups d’état in Ghana spanning from 1966 through 1981. Only one failed. I asked him to analyze the factors of those coups and compare them with the current situation in America to see if there were similarities. He said, “All the FACTORS that play out for coups d’état are currently PRESENT in the US. Most of these FACTORS are oftentimes masterminded. The stage is being set for perhaps America's first coup d’état.” Agbeti went on to identify the various indicators already in place that may contribute to an overthrow of the US government in some form or another. Did the previous “president” set the stage for a third-world coup in the US? Read on.
Agbeti says, “Coup makers in Ghana belonged to one, part or all of the following categories of persons: disgruntled leaders, power-drunk individuals, stoogies fronting for organized criminals, over-ambitious adventurers, ex-heads of state with unfinished agendas, opposition members who have created a shadow government, die-hard individuals with sympathetic ears to foreign powers desirous of entrenching and superimposing their interests (or way of life) on a nation. Master minds, employing state oppression as an excuse, using mainstream mass media, institutions, and instigating groups of people to pour out into the streets to create well-organized mass revolts, easily paved the way for successful coups. These master minds belonged to shadow governments with hidden agendas.”
Agbeti says there are several factors that lead to a coup, including “Disgruntled leaders and workers; Heightened trumpeting of corruption, inefficient governance and well-orchestrated and timely resignations; Readiness of the fourth estate of the realm (mainstream mass media) to establish and perpetuate evil government and governance; Organized mass revolts; Fearless or extraordinarily bold, self-proclaimed or secretly elected "insane" leaders ready to "free" the people; Organized murders, fake incidents, doctored statistics, rumor mongering, agitation of people through inflammatory statements; and Mass disbursements of funds to individuals, organizations, people's groups, both local and foreign.”
In conclusion, Agbeti says if there is a coup in the US, “It may come in one of several forms: widespread civil disobedience that gives legitimacy to call for the resignation of Trump, "occupy" versions of coups, planned resignations from and rejections of Government appointments, massive funding of key institutions used by the shadow government to protest new government policies, etc.” When you think about the George Soros-funded professional protestors and the vitriol hate of the malcontents in this country, the unthinkable factors described by Agbeti come into focus. There are strongholds in place that threaten our inalienable rights. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” Let us pray and act.
Responding to the hate and disrespect
It’s one thing to say that you promote love, tolerance, inclusion, and equality and then call everyone who disagrees with you a bigot, racist, Nazi, homophobe, xenophobe, Islamophobe, or whatever. Even still it is one thing to say you are taking the high ground and then categorize everyone who disagrees with you as un-American and hateful. Those who are upset that Donald Trump became President are always talking about love and tolerance, but their words and actions are disrespectful, hateful, and intolerant. They put all these wonderful ideals on their websites and then in person they employ the most vulgar and vitriol language and gestures toward those who disagree with them. There is no end to the hatred.
I have been asked many times how to deal with this. It is no small question, and there is probably no single answer. I can say that while I did not like most anything that the previous Administration did, and I believed the ex-“president’s” actions were extremely bad for our country, never did I do a violent act or commit a public tirade as have these never-do-wells. We, as Americans, must find ways to disagree without being disagreeable and disrespectful. The things that were said, for example, at the women’s march in Washington, DC after the inauguration were vulgar and unseemly. I can’t imagine how any self-respecting woman would admit being associated with this behavior. This, however, has become the norm.
Romans 12:21 says, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” We must not allow our good to be spoken of as evil. We must engage because we cannot allow this darkness to overcome our nation—it is a sure demonstration of how the powers of darkness and spiritual wickedness are manifest in the affairs of men. Engaging takes boldness to act and prayer for wisdom. A good rule to follow is found in Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Try to deescalate. Ask questions gently. Specifically, why do you feel that way? Have you researched the facts, both sides of the issue? Is it reasonable to say that everyone who disagrees with you carries a derogatory label? How do problems get solved if you impugn others by calling into question their honor or morals?
Remember that your place as a Christian is to lead/show by example. You can be firm, but fair. By asking questions, you can lead a person toward a path of reason. You also are not responsible to win the argument. Some plant seeds, others water, others reap. The Holy Spirit will convict. It’s not our job. You are not going to get anywhere by just making them more angry. In fact, escalating plays into their pre-judged position. Ask yourself, “What do I want this person to take away from our conversation?” Proverbs 26:4 says, “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like unto him.” And finally, know when to walk away. Proverbs 29:9 says, “If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.” We have an opportunity during times such as these to shine the light of Christ and his wisdom.
Godless left and the Lord’s Prayer
The leftists are the ones who promote love, peace, tolerance, diversity, equality, but often do so spewing hateful and disrespectful, sarcastic words and actions. Such is the case when First Lady Melania Trump recited the Lord’s Prayer before a Trump rally at the Orlando-Melbourne Airport, which by the way, was attended by nearly 10,000 people. Social media users and the liberal press hurled insults at Mrs. Trump, saying that she plagiarized the Lord’s Prayer; that they could read the prayer in Slovene better than she read it in English; and that if you need to read this prayer, you are not a Christian. Others said this is not a Christian nation and she shouldn’t have done it. Once again the left exposes its hatred.
Many years ago, I was asked to share at the church in Wayland, Ohio where I grew up. Our aging pastor opened the service with a welcome and he asked the congregation to join him in the Lord’s Prayer. Somewhere along the middle of it, I noticed he had forgotten the words—probably one of those brain moments that we all have from time to time. At that point, I spoke just a little louder and no one knew the difference. Did our pastor not know the Lord’s Prayer? After all, he recited it every Sunday. No, he knew it. It was just a lapse of thought. It’s not something that would call into question his salvation, but it did remind me to be ever vigilant in knowing what I was saying. I guess the leftist would have fired him.
But that’s not even the case. Most of these people who are writing and saying these horrible things about the First Lady’s recital of the Lord’s Prayer, probably could not recite it themselves. They have such vitriol against God and Jesus that they would loathe to repeat such sweet words of love, encouragement, and hope. Their words and actions expose their lack of character and overdose of hypocrisy. Making fun of her accent and questioning her faith because she read the prayer. Really? This is uncalled for, over the top, and offensive. Melania Trump is a classy and extraordinary woman who is successful, speaks several languages fluently, and is everything the left says a woman should be—except for her politics—upon which is the real standard these foul-mouthed, sarcastic, mean-spirited people stand. Shame on them.
Melania Trump always should be encouraged to bless us, and our nation, with the Lord’s Prayer, whether she reads it or recites it from memory, and in whatever language she chooses. Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9-13, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” Don't let your good be evil spoken of and stand with those who are trying to do the right thing.
First Amendment undermined by not so free press
The news media is jeopardizing its First Amendment credibility with its irresponsible reporting and attempts to demonize anybody in disagreement with its leftist globalist agenda. The most recent news conference with President Donald Trump revealed how the delusional media views fake news. The reporter tried to blame Trump for the media’s credibility problems, asking the President: "But aren’t you concerned, sir, that you are undermining the people's faith in the First Amendment freedom of the press, the press in this country when you call stories you don't like “fake news”? Why not just say it’s a story I don't like?” Herein, it’s the press that is undermining the people’s faith in the First Amendment.
Trump responded, “But I know what’s good. I know what’s bad. And when they change it and make it really bad--something that should be positive. Sometimes something that should be very positive, they’ll make okay. They’ll even make it negative. So I understand it because I’m there. I know what was said. I know who is saying it. I’m there. So it’s very important to me. Look, I want to see an honest press. When I started off today by saying that it’s so important to the public to get an honest press. The press -- the public doesn't believe you people anymore.” In reality, the press is going wild quoting unnamed sources without verification and reporting illegally leaked information as if it were fact.
Case in point: The shadow government and deep state want panic about the possibility that Trump will deport millions of illegals. AP reported that the White House was calling up 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegals and send them back to wherever they came from. The White House categorically denied that the report was even remotely factual. But the report was made without verifying the source or the memo the source quoted. A free press in bondage to an ideal or agenda is not free at all. The false narrative that the President is undermining the people’s faith in the First Amendment by criticizing the media—is an extraordinary example of the twisted demeanor of the news media.
Exodus 20:16 states, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Telling the truth is the basis of good journalism. And Truth comes from where? Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” He goes on to say in verse 17, “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.” These so-called journalists cannot recognize truth because it’s not in them. The First Amendment, a unique guarantee of Liberty, is undermined when liars lie with impunity while disguising the lies as truth. We need to pray and act to hold accountability, especially within the “Church” where the truth should be rightly discerned and spoken of boldly that good is not considered evil.
Trump exposes wickedness in high places
After a month in office, President Donald Trump held a news conference to update Americans on the condition of their country. What he said was an extraordinary indictment on the corruption he found. He said the government was in a big mess, bigger than he thought, that politicians had been lying year after to year to get elected, foreign policy was in a shambles and that the news media were lying to the American public to advance an agenda protecting this institutionalized entrenchment of corrupt power. Having covered politics every day for over 15 years, these observations are not new to this writer. If Trump is 10% right, he is right enough to support him in his efforts to right the good ship America.
Trump is telling it as he sees it. He is unabashedly organic in his presentation, rough around the edges, not a diplomat. If he is seeing things accurate, he is the right man in the right position at the right time. Any much longer and the country would be taken over by an Islamic Marxist globalist coup. Trump spoke of “the entrenched power structure” He said, “As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy. To be honest, I inherited a mess -- it’s a mess -- at home and abroad. A mess.” While everything was going along and Americans were living out their lives, evil politicians were globalizing our country and folding it into a dangerous one-world order.
Moreover, the free press was supporting this remaking of America, by, as Trump said, “distorting” the news and information. He said, “Unfortunately, much of the media in Washington, DC, along with New York, Los Angeles, in particular, speaks not for the people but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system. The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people--tremendous disservice. We have to talk about it to find out what's going on, because the press honestly is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.”
Trump enumerated a number of accomplishments during his first month—border security, job creation, deregulation, a five-year lobbying ban on White House officials, and a lifetime ban on them lobbying for foreign governments, the start of repealing socialist healthcare, a pro-life justice of the Supreme Court, sanctions on Iran. And the list goes on and on. The press continues its war on this man. The opposition distorts the truth and attacks at every opportunity. Trump is showing the very practical workings of Ephesians 6:12,”For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” He is taking a stand against the physical manifestation of this each day. May we take up the whole armor of God and stand and intercede as well.
A great day for America
The Abrahamic Covenant, made by God to Abraham and his descendants, is the foundation on which God’s entire plan of salvation rests. Genesis 12:1-3 says, “…Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee; And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and you shall be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curses thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Over the past decade, America has not blessed Israel, and we have suffered great economic loss, strife and division. On February 15, that began to change under President Donald Trump.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House and President Trump in one of the most significant meetings in recent history. America changed course with its President stating that his foreign policy goals do not involve dividing Israel into two states to achieve peace with Palestinian terrorists, and hinted at a broader, regional approach involving other countries. Trump said that his Administration rejects the “unfair and one-sided actions against Israel at the United Nations.” Trump reiterated that his administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran and confirmed: “I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing—I mean ever—a nuclear weapon.” Trump in one news conference committed to undoing almost every foreign policy of his predecessor’s evil and malicious support of Israel’s enemies.
Netanyahu said that to have peace, “First, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state. They have to stop calling for Israel’s destruction. They have to stop educating their people for Israel’s destruction. Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River. Because if we don't, we know what will happen -- because otherwise we’ll get another radical Islamic terrorist state in the Palestinian areas exploding the peace, exploding the Middle East. Now, unfortunately, the Palestinians vehemently reject both prerequisites for peace. First, they continue to call for Israel’s destruction--inside their schools, inside their mosques, inside the textbooks. You have to read it to believe it.”
There are many Christians who do not believe Israel is Israel and Jerusalem is Jerusalem. Some believe that Christians replaced Jews as God’s chosen people. Others believe that the Israel spoken of in the Bible is a spiritual one. And there are many supersessionist beliefs in between them. But if you believe that the Bible is the infallible and inerrant word of God, then Israel is Israel—historically, physically and prophetically. The promise in the unconditional, one-way Abrahamic covenant is that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed. This is repeated throughout the prophets even unto the end of days. The sea-change in foreign policy by the Trump Administration toward Israel marks a great day for America.
Flynn ouster is a disturbing sign
Before Donald Trump was elected there were many concerns about the leaks in the US national security and intelligence system. Hillary Clinton is a living testimony with her web of trading classified information for money and influence peddling using her State Department position. But the leaking of sensitive information during the previous Administration goes far deeper than that. The ex-“president” appointed so many people that are loyal to his Marxist Islamist globalist agenda that they are able to spy on the members of the new Trump Administration in efforts to sabotage it and undermine it. The firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was an example. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn may be another.
Whether Flynn misled President Trump about conversations with the Russian Ambassador, Trump dismissed Flynn and has handled that element of mistrust. The real problem here is the network within the federal government that is working to undermine the Trump presidency. These agencies are populated with holdovers from the previous administration. The conversations between the Russian Ambassador and Flynn occurred before Trump took office. Information swirling around Flynn’s conversations was being leaked by internal intelligence sources to friends in the news media, which in turn, allowed Democrats to publicly question if Trump was trying to mislead the American people about his ties to Russia. Remember, Russia was the Democratic Party’s ghost source of all US intelligence problems during the election.
Quoting unnamed sources in the intelligence community, the Wall Street Journal alleged that Flynn’s conversations were secretly recorded by operatives of the previous Administration, who claimed that Flynn spoke of easing the sanctions the then “lame duck president” levied on Russia. This information is still in debate. Enter Acting Attorney General Sally Yates who scurried over to FBI Director James Comey wanting immediate action. Yates was later fired for instructing the Justice Department not to enforce Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants and refugees from terrorist sponsoring states. There is a pattern here: Russia, unnamed intelligence sources, news media spin, holdovers from the previous Administration undermining the current Administration, leftist politicians sowing distrust through insinuation.
The disturbing sign is more than what Flynn said to calm US-Russian relations during transition before Trump took office, but that deep in the circles of America’s intel operations are rogue operatives spying on new Administration appointees, developing deadly narratives, and leaking this information to a news media eager to undermine Trump before assimilating the truth. Then the politics of division takes its course. The circumstances surrounding Flynn are more disturbing evidence that the ex-“president” is fomenting rebellion. It’s his organization, operatives, and progressive stalwarts who are carrying out the revolution. Much deception is in the air. As Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
Why the “Church” must stand NOW
The latest report on the unconstitutional shadow government is an article in Foreign Policy magazine by Rosa Brooks, former Pentagon advisor in the previous administration, now working for the George Soros-funded New America Foundation. Brooks suggests a military coup to oust President Donald Trump. Brooks wrote, “One possibility is one that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America: a military coup, or at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders.” This, combined with an army of usurpers 30,000 strong in the ex-“president’s” Marxist Organizing for America group, and a court system stacked with progressives, is a dangerous marker for America.
Why is this an important prophetic time for the “Church”? Christians, through their lack of participation as responsible citizens by not voting, were the one block that allowed two terms of the most communistic and Islamic “president” America has ever seen. During his tenure, religious rights and free speech were repeatedly attacked. It is fully documented that Christian churches, businesses and organizations were singled out and demonized for their beliefs. National security documents attacked religious freedom by suggesting that those who believe abortion and homosexuality is wrong were extreme radical threats to our country. While all along Islamists were killing people in the US in the name of allah.
The “Church” apparently had enough of this foolishness in 2016 and rose up, voting as a block and defeating the Islamic Marxist globalist candidate. This action alone fomented a nationwide temper tantrum by the malcontents. They have labeled Christian conservatives as Nazis, bigots, racists, homophobes, xenophobes and whatever else, while they themselves are acting out the very traits of their accusations. Meanwhile, it appears the “Church” has once again disappeared. The “Church,” you and me, must resist every temptation to withdraw from society, thinking that a strong, conservative-minded President will do our bidding. He alone cannot. There is organized, lawless and Godless opposition.
Our country, the foremost beacon of religious freedom in the world, is faced with a revolution aimed at taking away our Constitutional freedoms. First will be freedom of religion and of speech. Next will be the right to bear arms. This is the pattern in every country that allows Marxism and/or Islamism. It moves from anarchy to despotism in short order, muzzling people, replacing God with government, and disarmament. Take heed “Church.” You must stand NOW, not stand down. We must pray. We must be vocal. We must tell the story of righteousness and Godly sense. We must act courageously. Or we are going to face a dark and violent future. As Romans 13:12 says, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” Answer this prophetic and clarion call.
The perilous times we live in
If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America. The ex-“president” said he was going to stay involved through community organizing and speak out on the issues, and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of his administration’s top dogs over to an organization called Organizing for Action (OFA). OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the Marxist resistance we are seeing across America, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for this revolution.
OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for progressive change, meaning Marxist revolution. Issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexual equality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform. OFA members were propped up by the ex-“president’s” message from the shadows: “Organizing is the building block of everything great we’ve accomplished. Organizers around the country are fighting for change in their communities—and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines…Commit to this work in 2016 and beyond.” OFA’s website says it obtained its “digital” assets from the ex-“president’s” re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. In short, it’s the shadow government organization aimed at resisting and tearing down the Constitutional Republic, picking up where Communist Party America leaves off.
Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says OFA is an army of agitators 30,000 strong who will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-“president” “will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.” Sperry writes that the ex-“president” is setting up a shadow government to sabotage the incoming administration through a network of leftist nonprofits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40 million) and has some 250 offices nationwide. OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate OFA has 32,525 volunteers nationwide. The ex-“president” and his wife will oversee the operation from their foundation office near the White House.
Think about how this works—Trump issues an immigration executive order; OFA signals for protests and statements from Islamic and pro-immigrant leftist groups; ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions where activist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest at airports and Congressional town hall meetings; the leftist media springs to action; the twittersphere lights up with revolutionary social media; violence follows—all emanating from the ex-“president’s” signal that he is heartened by the protests. Speaking of the end times, the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-3, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be…without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.” Indeed, perilous times are ahead for us and our nation.
The culture of hate threatens our liberty
Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was told to sit down and shut up by the male-dominated Senate when she was reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions for a federal judgeship. That’s how the Democratic Party and the mainstream news media are propagandizing the late-night moment. In reality, Warren, who is a known liar from her days falsely claiming she was part American Indian to get a job at Harvard, was railing against Sessions with personal attacks while reading the letter when the Senate voted to break her visceral filibuster, using Rule 19 that prohibits senators from impugning each other. Now you are seeing fake news at its best.
The communist/anarchist propaganda machine fueled by the Democrats and a willing media are crying foul. Warren’s words play the female victim of bigotry and chauvinism card: “I literally can’t be recognized on the floor of the Senate. I have become a nonperson during the discussion of Jeff Sessions…They can shut me up, but they can’t change the truth” Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, explained, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” And those are the sound bites that the fake news machine are using to say that because Warren is female and opposes Sessions, the GOP is discriminating against her for reading a letter that other senators also quoted from. Truth is, the other senators were not personally impugning Sessions while reading the letter. Sessions was later approved by a 52-47 vote.
The incident prompted Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fl, to respond, “I want people to think about our politics here today in America. Because I don’t know of a single nation in the history of the world that has been able to solve its problems when half the people in a country absolutely hate the other half of people in that country. Turn on the news and watch these parliaments around the world where people throw chairs at each other, and punches, and ask yourself, how does that make you feel about those countries? It doesn't give you a lot of confidence about those countries. Now I’m not arguing that we're anywhere near that, but we're flirting with it. We're flirting with it in Congress and we are flirting with it in this country.,,
“We have become a society incapable of having debates anymore. No one ever stops to say, ‘I think you're wrong, I understand your point of view, I get it, you have some valid points, but let me tell you why I think my view is better.’ I don't hear that anymore. We are reaching a point in this republic where we're not going to be able to solve the simplest of issues because everyone is putting themselves in a corner where everyone hates everybody.” Rubio said that if you disagree, you are immediately characterized as a bigot, racist, or whatever. Rubio is right. We need to find a way to disagree without being disagreeable. He also said it well. As Philippians 2:3 says, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem the other better than themselves.” It is the missing link to civilized discourse.
Disconnected with reality
When we look at the anarchists making fools of themselves in the streets of America, protesting anything and everything against President Donald Trump, the question often arises about how these people actually view the world. Do they see things from an ethical, moral or truth foundation, or are they emotionally driven and disconnected with reality? The answer is obvious to many, but a recent Rasmussen poll sheds light on how these people think. Rasmussen found that 62% of likely US Voters believe Christians living in the Islamic world are treated unfairly because of their religion. Rasmussen reported, “Just 17% disagree, while 21% more are undecided.” But the details of the survey reveal something shocking.
Rasmussen reports, “By comparison, 39% feel most Muslims living in the United States are treated unfairly because of their religion. That’s up from 31% last year and is the highest finding in surveys to date. A plurality (46%) still believes Muslims are not treated unfairly because of their faith, while 15% more are not sure.” But here is the shocker: “Fifty-six percent (56%) of Democrats, however, believe most Muslims in this country are mistreated, a view shared by only 22% of Republicans and 39% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Fewer Democrats (47%) think most Christians are mistreated in the Islamic world, compared to 76% of GOP voters and 64% of unaffiliateds.”
Thereligionofpeace.com, a site that is concerned with Islam’s political and religious teachings according to its own texts, reports, “since 9/11, an additional 145 Americans have been killed in 50 separate acts of deadly Islamic terror or Islam-related honor killing in the United States. Hundreds of mass murder plots have been thwarted or botched. The real story is not "Islamophobia" but American tolerance - which rightly refuses to punish the individual based on group identity.” Indeed, around the world Muslims are the majority perpetrators in killing Christians. Pew Research says that close to 100,000 Christians are killed each year because of their faith. Jihad Watch reports that the Christian population in Iraq is now between 50,000-250,000, down from 1.4 million in 2003—“They were either massacred by jihadist or abducted.”
It is not debatable that Islam relentlessly persecutes Christians. That the vast majority of Democrats (56%) don't believe it is an incredible disconnect with reality. It serves as a prime example of how liberals process information and reject what they don’t want to believe, even though it is indisputable. This is the same mentality that we are facing as a nation with those who are protesting the crack down on illegal immigration and bringing in people from terrorist-sponsoring Islamic states. Their “truth” is what they believe, not what is actually true. As is said in 2 Timothy 4:4, “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” This is what those of us with a sound mind are dealing with.
When resistance crosses the line
We have seen peaceful supporters of President Donald Trump being verbally attacked, physically beaten, hair set on fire, and demonized by the news media—all the while the perpetrators of such violence are labeling the victims as haters, extremists, and fascists. So when does resistance cross the line and become treason or sedition? The Constitution guarantees the right to free speech and peaceful assembly. But historically, the Founders were very wary of those elements in society that were trying to tear down the Republic or overthrow the government. They likely would not have accepted contemporary political norms of communism, socialism, and Islamism somehow coexisting with the Republic.
Article I Section 8.15 of the Constitution says Congress shall have the power “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.” Article 3 Section 1.1 defines treason as, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Section 4 states: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”
In his 1796 farewell speech, George Washington warned that parties and factions were a danger to Liberty, “They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.” This is exactly what is happening today—an artful minority attempting to impose its will against the people.
So when does it go too far? I would suggest that the answer is found in the very mission statements of the groups instigating this nationwide rebellion. Communist Party USA, Islamic Society of North America, Council on American Islamic Relations, Moveon.org, Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, National Education Association, and the factions that work with them—all contain language, subtle or direct, that is against the Constitutional Republic form of government. Just as they spew the very hate they accuse others of doing, their brand of “patriotism” is of a similar nature against our guarantees of liberty. It has already gone too far. As Jesus said in Matthew 7:16, “You shall know them by their fruits.”
Skillet calling the kettle black
I remember an old saying my parents had: don’t be the skillet calling the kettle black. It’s the way the old timers explained how someone who is doing a certain act accuses another person of doing that very same act, yet the accused isn’t doing the act. I guess psychologists call it “projecting.” I would call it judging others from the content of your own heart. But it is becoming a very dangerous phenomena in American society because the socialist/progressive/communist left continues to characterize conservative, law abiding, God-fearing people as homophobes, xenophobes, haters, racists, bigots, fascists, and Nazis. In reality, the actions of the accusers match exactly with the words they use against others.
Herein is just a small example found at the University of Central Florida. It’s a “student” organization called the Knights for Socialism, an offshoot of the Orlando Popular Front. The Orlando Popular Front’s mission is: “We the People of Orlando reject President Elect Trump and the xenophobic, sexist, and fascist Republican Party. We will stand in absolute resistance to Republican policies that will spit on the civil liberties that our American brothers and sisters have died for. We stand in solidarity with the African American communities, the Latino communities, and the LGBTQIA communities that make Orlando the City Beautiful!” The Knights of Socialism aim to be the enforcers of this resistance.
The Knights of Socialism are hiring an amateur boxer who “will teach us the basics of hand to hand combat. Following his instruction, we will all have the opportunity to face off against one another and practice what we've learned.” Their Facebook page says they are holding “Bash the Fash” (meaning fascists) self defense events “In response to the record number of hate crimes against Latinos, immigrants, Muslims, Women, the LGBTQIA+ community, Jews, African Americans and other minorities since the rise of Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo Nazis…the event is for everyone EXCEPT REPUBLICANS.” This group is characterizing everyone who is white, Christian and conservative as Nazis.
There are no credible statistics that hate crimes against these groups have increased since Trump became President. In fact, illegal immigrants and Islamists have committed an incredible number of crimes against society. There have been numerous documented crimes of leftists beating up Trump supporters, setting people’s hair on fire for carrying pro-life signs, and death threats against those who disagree with this rebellious anarchist mob. Yet they accuse decent law abiding people of being fascists. This is the makings of a revolution. The former “president” and Hillary Clinton have encouraged it. We must stand firm as Romans 14:16 admonishes: “Let not then your good be evil spoken of,” and in our actions, words and deeds as ambassadors of Christ, speak boldly as we ought to speak (Ephesians 6:20).”
Civil unrest and the revolution
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Americans lived through a time of civil unrest. Mixed in with the much needed civil rights movement were those who wanted to destroy America. Fortunately, gains were made in civil rights. Unfortunately, those wanting to destroy America continued to grow. What we see today is a product of those times, only far more radical and violent. It seems that the majority of protesters don’t even know what they are protesting. They are just exercising their right to protest. An angry minority are latching on to whatever propaganda they can to believe it enough to protest, and they are being used. Still another radical minority knows their end goal—cause enough strife to foment revolution.
Since the beginning of our nation, people have been trying to bring it down. Today, they are more vocal and radical than ever. Today, our freedoms of speech and religion are being threatened by bullies who accuse those who disagree with them from the content of their own heart. They proclaim they are exercising their right to freedom of speech, but when someone disagrees, he is beaten by mobs and/or labeled with some kind of “ist” or “obe”. Those in disagreement are not afforded their rights to free speech because in the eyes of the radicals, dissenters of the radical mantra are wrong. More and more they are emerging as groups linked together by a common cause—America must go down.
What do radical homosexual groups and radical Islamic groups have in common? In reality, homosexuals in Islamic countries are beaten, tortured and killed. But they were allied in the Women’s March in Washington, DC. What is the common thread that binds them together long enough to trash our nation’s capital with words and litter? They want to see America go down and be remade into their own image. Islam wants an Islamic America. Homosexuality wants an America that submits to their sexual orientation. I guess if they were able to take America down, they would have to fight it out as to who gets their way—Islam who wishes all homosexuals dead, or homosexuals who want Islam to accept them.
We as Christian Americans must speak into this morass. Somewhere, somehow, the light of Christ needs to shine. It starts with knowing the facts and being able to speak to them. These anarchists run on emotion, making the half-truths into facts, then into battle cries. We need to be armed with the facts and also, as Romans 14:16 says, “Let not then your good be evil spoken of.” We need to be firm. Remember Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” This spiritual wickedness manifests itself in flesh and blood, but originates in the principalities of darkness. Let’s, having done all, stand, as we are not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).
Behind the scenes at the Super Bowl
The NFL often is criticized for players who do bad things. It’s all over the news when an NFL player does something wrong. What most people don’t know is that the NFL has programs, services and resources available to their players to assist them in doing the right thing, in having a career after their NFL playing experience, and being role models to a society whose children need someone to look up to. In reality, if a player is fortunate enough to make it to the NFL, there is no reason in the world that he cannot be a success in life. I know. Part of what I do involves strategic character and leadership development for the NFL. The vast majority of NFL players are successful, positive contributors to society.
Behind all the glamour at the Super Bowl are meeting after meeting focusing on character development—most of which are conducted by Christian men and women who care. The NFL stresses and encourages good character and excellence. We see this in its Walter Payton Man of the Year Award to the player who exemplifies character and excellence both on and off the field. All of the 32 teams nominate a player who does outstanding work in the community and is a role model to fans—young and old, alike. The nominees each receive donations of $5,000 in their name to a charity of their choice (usually their own foundation that does great work in the community). The winner is awarded $50,000 for charity work.
Many NFL players are Christians. Super Bowl week is full of meetings and activities conducted by Christians. For example, Tony Dungy’s organization, All Pro Dads presents an All Pro Dad of the Year award during Super Bowl week at its Faith, Family and Football breakfast. This year’s recipient is Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. He played 15 years in the NFL and is the only NFL player to be awarded all four of the NFL character awards the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the Whizzer White NFL Man of the Year award, the Bart Starr Man of the Year Award. In addition, NFL players and their families worship the Lord in the annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.
This year, the Bart Starr award went to Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots. This award is presented by Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. It goes to the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and in the home, on the field and in the community. Slater’s father, Jackie, also won the award. Awards such as these are just indicators of how the NFL and football in general promotes leadership and character among its players and coaches. It’s real easy to find offense if you are looking for it, and the news media does a good job pointing those things out. But let’s not ignore the positive things that people do, including football players, who many will say that they are 1 Corinthians 10:32 men—in whatsoever they do, they “do all to the glory of God.”
Pushback on Trump ban by radical Islamist groups
An unindicted co-conspirator in the Holyland terrorist money laundering scheme and a designate terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates is filing a Constitutional challenge to President Donald Trump’s temporary US entry ban on people from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan without “extreme vetting,” and banning refugees from these countries for at least 30 days. The Council on American Islamic Relations says the ban is targeting people of the Islamic faith from Muslim-majority countries. CAIR national litigation director Lena F. Masri says there is no evidence that refugees “are a threat to national security” and that the order is “based on bigotry, not reality.” The ACLU is also enjoined.
The group reportedly is instigating #Muslimban protests at major US airports in San Francisco, Dallas, New York, Washington DC, Chicago and other cities. Breitbart reports: “On Saturday, protests broke out at airports around the country, including New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Saturday morning, two Iraqis were detained at JFK. CAIR chapters were actively promoting the protests on social media and acting as spokesmen for the issue.” Time Magazine concurred: “The demonstration, led by the New York Chapter of the Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was hastily organized in response to Trump’s executive orders restricting immigration from Muslim countries and efforts to curb undocumented immigration within the US.”
These organizations were also sponsors of the Women’s March on Washington, DC after the inauguration. They are distinctly anti-American and seek to replace the US government with a Marxist or Marxist Islamic governance. This has been specifically stated by officers of CAIR. And the Marxist philosophy of the ACLU is well known. They are trying to twist the narrative of national security into a civil disruption based on bigotry, hatred, and racism. In reality, Trump’s actions are to allow proper vetting of refugees, to prevent illegal entry and terrorism. This is not a ban on Muslims entering the US, but rather a temporary ban on people entering the US from certain countries until they are properly vetted.
President Trump’s and the American people’s quest to restore law and order and personal and national security is being met with stiff resistance from those who seek lawlessness to their own ends. This is not about religious freedom or any kind of hate “isms”, it’s about doing whatever they can to destroy our nation and doing it in the name of justice. As Habakkuk 1:4 says, “Therefore the law is slacked, and justice does never go forth: for the wicked does surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.” Trump and the American people must stand up to this as is found in Amos 5:15, “Hate the evil, and love the good and establish judgment in the gate.” In doing so, anger will arise among the evil.
Trump stand against terrorism exposes dangerous shadow government
The media frenzy and anarchist globalist visceral over President Donald Trump’s executive orders limiting immigration, visas, and refugees from nations of known terrorist activities exposed something far more dangerous to the American Republic than the rights of non-citizens and illegal immigrants—the emergence of a possible Marxist Islamist shadow government. The former “president” issued a divisive, seditious, and inflammatory statement against Trump’s orders and his mouthpiece, the Huffington Post, printed it. Trump even had to fire acting Attorney General, Sally Yates a holdover from the previous “president” until Trump’s Attorney General is approved, for refusing to legally defend his executive orders.
The office of the ex-“president,” whose policies and legacy were soundly rejected by Americans in the November 2016 elections, issued the following statement through the Huffington Post:[sic] the “president” is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizens and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy—not just during an election but every day. Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voice heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake…the “president” (quotations added” fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith.”
The ex-“president” is right in one respect: that American citizens need to be vocal, especially Christian citizens who see the common sense in enforcing the law, which the past “president” selectively did and the current President is trying to do. Notwithstanding, President Trump is not singling out Muslims because of their faith, he is preventing for a limited time visits of people from states known to harbor terrorists. He is taking measures to protect each of us from the murderous effect of terrorism. The ex-“president” would appear to be trying to stir up division and rebellion by protecting possible terrorists in the name of American civil rights. Never mind, he did similar acts that the media hardly noticed.
As for the American people—a recent Rasmussen Poll suggests that some “57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here…Similarly, 56% favor a temporary block on visas prohibiting residents of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States until the government approves its ability to screen for likely terrorists.” As 1 Samuel 15:23 says, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness (insubordination) is as iniquity and idolatry.” This is a dangerous time for America as a seditious shadow government of Islamic Marxism supported by globalist anarchists may be in the making. Pray and act.
Enforcing the law causes outrage
President Donald Trump, true to his word, is temporarily banning entry into the US of people originating from countries with known terrorist activity. He also is preventing entry of those who do not have a valid visa or green card from other nations such as Mexico. In short, Trump is enforcing the immigration laws on the books, which have not been enforced for the better part of a decade. This has sparked outrage. Protests at international airports located in the US; protests at the US-Mexican border; the ACLU going to court to stop the executive orders; a federal judge blocking part of the order that is not allowing people with visas or green cards to enter the US. People are angry because the law is being enforced.
The news media immediately went into “globalist” group-think and interviewed immigrant travelers who were stranded by the Trump E-Os and the good they were doing for America—heart specialists, doctorial candidates, people who had saved to get their education in America, etc.—painting a picture that these folks were unfairly being singled out by this nasty president who insists on enforcing the law. There has not been one mention of the terrorist attacks in the US—one per year since the previous “president” took office, involving those who had immigrated to this country or were homegrown products of not enforcing immigration laws or carefully vetting those coming from terrorist-sponsoring countries.
The Center for Immigration Studies analyzed data released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. From 2010 to 2016, ICE released 124 aliens who have been charged with 135 new homicides--some have been released multiple times. In 2014, ICE released a total of 30,558 criminal aliens. These aliens had already been convicted of 92,347 crimes before they were released by ICE. As of July 25, 2015, a total of 1,607 aliens had been convicted of a crime after being freed by ICE. The total number of new crimes for which these aliens were convicted after ICE released them was 2,560, including: 298 dangerous drug offenses, 185 assaults, 40 weapons offenses, 28 sex offenses, 10 sex assaults, four kidnappings, two arsons, and one homicide. The numbers have escalated since the study.
The Bible is very clear about how to handle immigrants. Exodus 22:21 says, “You shall neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him.” This is repeated in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. In context, Exodus 12:49 says, “One law shall be to him that is home-born, and unto the foreigner who sojourns among you.” This is also repeated in Numbers and Leviticus. One law for all. In this context it is God’s law, but these people neither want to submit to the laws of the nation or to God’s laws. If they are here illegally, they have broken the law as their first act. Hard as it is, policymakers must address this, otherwise our country is in danger. Trump is taking the first step. It’s not pretty enforcing laws that have not been enforced for a long time. But it is necessary to protect the rest of the population from the predators and terrorists.