Archives VI

8.16.18
The sky is falling “journalist” protest

As news comes in about the news-writers whining that they are not promoting fake news at the expense of democracy, let us consider an excellent example that clearly demonstrates why these leftist who call themselves journalists are actually biased propagandists. The mainstream media refusal to even consider that Hillary Clinton and the immediate past president were behind the entire genesis of Russians influencing the election by collaborating with Donald Trump is evidence of extreme bias. It’s similar to global warming where the news media covering climate change refuses to acknowledge the proof that the very scientists who were advocating the position fudged the data to support their cause.

The entire narrative of the Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election and Trump’s alleged collaboration, began with a false dossier on Trump assembled by British spy Christopher Steele, paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign to FBI. This information was used to authorize a warrant from the secret FISA Court for spying on Trump under the direction of the immediate past president. The entirety of these events were part and parcel to the establishment of the Mueller Special Counsel and the ongoing attempt to remove a duly elected President from office since before he took office—a coup attempt. 

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Request of government watchdog Judicial Watch confirm, according to the organization’s president, Tom Fitton, “the shady, cash-based relationship the [sic past president’s] FBI had with Clinton operative Christopher Steele. The anti-Trump Russia “investigation” had Christopher Steele at its center, and his misconduct was no impediment to using information from his Russia intelligence collaborators to spy on the Trump team. The corruption and abuse is astonishing.” These are facts and evidence supporting an entirely different narrative where Clinton, the previous president, his Justice Department, State Department and FBI conspired to attempt to prevent a president from even taking office, and set in motion a massive effort to remove him from office.

Yet the mainstream leftist journalists refuse to even consider these documented facts. Instead, they cry aloud that the President characterizes them as purveyors of fake news and a threat to democracy. While the sky may not be falling in reality, we are witness to an Isaiah 59:13-14 type of moment: “In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice stands afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” If the Lord is truth, and these so-called journalists are transgressing against truth, who are they against?  

8.15.18
200 Newspapers expected to protest Trump

Poynter.org’s Al Thompson, whose bio includes that he “has taught thousands of journalists, journalism students and educators in newsrooms around the world,” says there will be a massive protest of journalists Thursday where “more than 200 newspapers will publish editorials in a “coordinated response” to President Trump calling the press the “enemy of the people.” Each publication will write its own editorial.” Poynter.org claims to be the global leader in journalism as instructor, innovator, convener and resource for “anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens in 21stcentury democracies.” This is a case of never arguing with someone who buys their ink by the barrel. A protest of “journalists.” Uh-huh, right.

Journalism is defined by Merriam-Webster as “writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation.” Subsequently, a journalist is “a writer or editor for a news medium.” Journalists are supposed to report the facts without interpretation. This is key. No matter whether atheist or religious, liberal or conservative, communist or capitalist, journalists are supposed to report the news without bias. Certainly, one can argue that journalists will report the news based on the lens in which they view it. Notwithstanding, journalists should make a conscious attempt to be unbiased in their reporting. 

If you watch the news on television, hear it on the radio, or read it somewhere, discerning the truth has become so difficult in this environment because of the bias of those reporting the news. Most are so leftist in their belief system that they cannot imagine that anyone would disagree with them—so they report the news from an extremely biased position, making them editorialists, not journalists. Point number 1 of the smartest things for journalists Thompson says he heard anybody say in 2017 was “It is important for you to know what you believe, but it is more important for you to ask yourself regularly, "Why do I believe what I believe?" If you are unbiased, it shouldn't matter. But herein is the point: Journalists are supposed to report the facts in unbiased fashion, their beliefs aside.

Today’s “journalists” report what they believe to be true. Most journalists vote Democrat, and most admit they are progressive. The end, therefore, justifies the means. Hence, over 90% of the stories written or aired by mainstream “journalists” are negative toward the current pragmatic, conservative President. A Pew Research study revealed that this compares with 20% negative coverage of the progressive former president. To me, it boils down to Christ. He said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” And in John 8:32, Christ said that if you continue in his word, “then you will know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” When you see those 200 editorials whining about Trump’s characterization of journalists, keep in mind that collectively they have no clue of what is truth, so they can’t even write it.


8.14.18
The coffee is brewing, but does anyone smell it?

There is a socio-political revolution occurring in America. The news media is complicit in giving this revolution a platform. We see it with the revolutionaries’ visceral attacks on anyone who disagrees with their positions and the media’s amplification of these assaults. These revolutionaries believe that their moral opinions justify breaking the law, fomenting violence, lying and bullying. These actions are seeded in political intolerance and ideological bigotry, and they are not going to go away any time soon. These are the days of great deception and unrest in America because a major political party is become the haven of unrest and revolution. A recent Gallup poll confirms the direction of this civil unrest.

For the first time since Gallup began polling the question in 2010, the Democratic Party favors socialism over capitalism by a significant margin. Gallup reports that 57% of Democrats surveyed had a positive view of socialism, while only 47% had a positive view of capitalism. This is the first time since this question has been asked that a majority of those associated with the Democratic Party did not favor capitalism over socialism. Contrast this with those who associate with the Republican Party where only 16% have a positive view of socialism and 71% have a positive view of capitalism. Gallup statistics confirm that the Democratic Party is turned toward socialism. 

Moreover, the youth of this country are steaming toward socialism irrespective of party affiliation. Gallup reports: “Americans aged 18 to 29 are as positive about socialism (51%) as they are about capitalism (45%). This represents a 12-point decline in young adults' positive views of capitalism in just the past two years and a marked shift since 2010, when 68% viewed it positively.” The brand of socialism these people support is undoubtedly deeper than an economic debate over socialism vs. capitalism. This trend is particularly dangerous to religious freedom and freedom of speech. The ideological bigotry practiced by America’s vocal socialists is targeted at anyone who suggests a Biblical moral code for society. 

 Progressivism, socialism, communism will end religious freedom in America because these forms of tyranny are based in the Communist Manifesto, which states: “Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis.” Christians who believe socialism is true Christianity cite Acts 2:44, “And all that believed were together and had (shared) all things in common,” as Biblical justification. Early Christians lovingly had all things in common—they were not forced to do so by a government. The very nature of communism is against God. We’d better wake up and smell the coffee, starting with ongoing conversations with our families, children and grandchildren. 


8.13.18
Joy in Christ’s labors

I have been receiving a lot of comments lately from Daily Jot readers. Many have been very encouraging. Others are appalled at the divisive state of affairs in our nation--the news media’s and leftists’ steady stream of visceral toward everything that disagrees with them. Sometimes it is a good idea to take a step back, take a deep breath, and look at the world from a different angle. When I started the Daily Jot back in January of 2002, I sensed the Lord wanted a brief testimony of daily events that could equip and encourage people to share the Good News. Most of the Daily Jot readers, especially those who have been reading a while, “get it.” But I want to encourage all readers to keep things in perspective.

The Bible is about Jesus Christ and what he did to bring salvation to a fallen world. There are many examples of how we are to live our lives and how we are to treat others. A good friend of mine says “You reap what you sow, more than what you sow, later than you sow.” He’s got a great point. It really is a law of God. So if you read the Jot and use it to share a Biblical perspective by discussing a current event, then you have planted a seed. Unlike seeds that you plant in a garden, you may never see the growth of that seed, but God’s word does not return void. Please be encouraged to share what is in the Daily Jot with others--either verbally, or via email, or any other way that you see fit.

The Daily Jot is NOT intended to bring you distress or sorrow or fear. As Christians, we are often mocked for saying that we are living in the end times. They say that every generation thinks that. But the fact of the matter is that every day brings us closer to the Biblical end times. Certainly, there are many prophetic indicators that tell us we are getting closer and closer to the return of the Messiah. How wonderful is that? We know from scripture that things are going to get worse the closer we get. But we are encouraged in Ephesians 6:13, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Part of what the Daily Jot is intended to do is to rally folks to do the right thing. Romans 12:21 says “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Our country long has been a beacon of Christian hope to the rest of the world. I know. I have traveled quite a bit and hear what people say. We have a legal say in how things are done in our country. But because we have diverted our attention away from God and from His precepts of good citizenship, our beacon has dimmed. Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3 that he has seen travail of the labors of men. “I know there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice and to do good in his life.  And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.” Don’t let these troubled times get you down. Find joy in Christ’s labors.


8.10.18
Free speech vs hate speech

In the early days of the commercialization of the internet, those of us working in the space were committed to freedom of speech and building on a platform where ideas could flow unimpeded at the speed of the wire. It was a time when invention was flourishing. Free speech was unlimited in this wild west of technology. It was an open network that revolutionized how people communicated, conducted commerce, and expressed their beliefs. There was good and bad, but the information superhighway brought people closer together, afforded opportunity to evangelize the Word of God, and increased opportunity for those who would take advantage of it. Today, however, that freedom is dwindling fast.

Technology companies like Apple, Yahoo, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and others pledged to be open to all forms of expression and ideas in the beginning. These companies lured people into their platforms using as bait a sense of freedom and security. They built empires based on masses of people using their free and open services. Then came along their politics—an extreme leftist nature where their strength in numbers allows them to dictate political thought. They sold out to the leftists in government who used these open platforms to spy on Americans, and now many of them are making up their own definitions of hate speech and shutting down people who disagree with them.

Not surprising that those who disagree with them and are most vulnerable to Silicon Valley’s political intolerance and ideological bigotry are conservative thought leaders. Make no mistake that Christians who openly share the Lord, and also voice opposition to abortion and sexual deviation are in the cross-hairs. A New York Times editorial by University of Richmond Professor Erik Nielson is questioning the use of hate speech to shut down conservatives the left considers extreme “because “hate” is a dangerously elastic label, one that has long been used in America to demonize unpopular expression. If we become overzealous in our efforts to limit so-called hate speech, we run the risk of setting a trap for the very people we are trying to defend.”

 Nielson then lists those who could fall into that trap if it were applied according to “hate speech” criteria: Black Lives Matter, Black Nationalists groups like the Nation of Islam, the Women’s March (because it was organized by questionable groups), the Palestinian-led Boycott, and Divestment and Sanctions Movement against Israel. Nielson’s fear is that if the hate speech argument is prosecuted equally, the extreme leftist resistance would be shut down—those, he says, are the people “we can least afford to lose.” It’s an admission that “hate speech” restrictions are designed to protect the haters and quell their opposition. Ultimately, the opposition is God and the target is religious free speech. May we always, as Ephesians 6:19 exhorts, “open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel” in following God, not man.


8.9.18
Taking back the high ground

How is it that those who hate anybody who disagree with them have the moral high ground in labeling people bigots, hate mongers, homophobes, Islamophobes, misogynists, racists, xenophobes, Nazis or whatever? If you profess Christianity or conservatism, you are automatically thrust into one or more of these categories. In fact, you will be accused of doing the same type of hatemongering that the accusers are doing against you. Yet they seem to get away with it as if they are the moral authority. This is no less than political intolerance and ideological bigotry. Christianity has nothing to do with these traits. Nevertheless, Christians are painted with a broad brush of prejudice. We need to take back the high ground.

As we journey toward the Day of the Lord, Christ himself says that things will get worse for Christians. He said in Matthew 24:9-10, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” This is the way of the world. Even in a nation where the very First Amendment to the Constitution underscores freedom of religion and free speech, Christians have become demonized as uneducated knuckle-draggers that cling to their guns and Bibles. Christians, however, are not out there bullying and killing people who don’t believe the way they do.

In Christianity there is no racism, bigotry, hate, misogyny or other “phobes.” We are to hate sin and stand against evil. In this day and age when everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes, people do not recognize bible-based morals and ethics. They believe them to be old-fashioned and not relevant to modern society. Even many Christians look the other way on some of the current mores of society that are in conflict with Holy Scripture. When so much is against us, how then do we take back the high ground? It seems that we can appeal to some by asking questions about certain biblical principles (without calling them that) that will either make them think or find points of agreement.  

 Additionally, our example of living speaks volumes. People will know us by our deeds and the spirit in which we conduct ourselves. Remember the Apostle Paul’s approach in 1 Corinthians 9:19-22, “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” Using this approach, we may save some; we may begin taking back the high ground. Food for thought.

8.8.18
The truth that counts

Solomon writes 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.” The Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 6:7-8, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.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.” The 10th Commandment in Exodus 20:17 tells us not to covet. Jesus said in in John 10:10, “The thief come not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” These four verses tell us a lot about what is going on in American society today. 

As followers of Christ, lovers of God, we are to enjoy the fruits of our labor because they are the gift of God. While life is not always fair, we do reap what we sow. Many work very hard, and reap very little. Others work less, and reap more. Still, spiritually, we may see what we sow beyond this life. It is a foundational principle of life. In today’s society, there are many who want to take what you sow and twist and turn what you reap into something that is no longer the fruit of your labors, but rather the possession of another. They covet what you have; they think it is unfair that you have it. This is where they pit people against one another and try to force their will. If you resist, you are ostracized, called names, tagged with labels. 

Somehow, these people have usurped the moral high ground with their own brand of morality. It is as Jesus said that the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. When we look at how many in society are so angry, so mean-spirited, so aggressive against anyone who disagrees with them, there is an emptiness within. They accuse others of exactly what they are. It is because they judge others from the content of their own hearts. They are missing the key ingredient of living life more abundantly—the Messiah and the Spirit of the Lord. Some may say they are followers of Christ, but we know them by their fruits. Sadly, they have a center stage platform in this dark and dying world as the news media is part of them.

Ephesians 6 tells us how to respond to this. Verses 10-11 say, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Paul speaks of the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. As an example, he prays that he may open his mouth boldly to make know the mystery of the gospel. You see, these angry people are devoid of the truth, the truth of God, the Messiah and His saving grace. They have given themselves over to lies. Our response must show Christ, showing truth in love and standing for what is right, which can be tough love. It is the truth and how we sow it that counts.


8.7.18
The case for actively preserving religious freedom

Many Christians believe that socialism/communism is no problem to the Christian faith. Many support the current atmosphere of democratic socialism, progressivism, and liberal thought, believing it is in alignment with the principles of Christ. They cite Christ’s nonviolence, the Apostle Paul’s take on submitting to government, and Acts 2:44, “And all that believed were together and had (shared) all things in common,” as Biblical justification. This is foolishness. Communism and its derivatives are anything but nonviolent. Submitting to evil is not what Paul meant. Early Christians lovingly had all things in common—they were not forced to do so by a government. The very nature of communism is against God. 

A story by AP’s Yanan Wang in China underscores the communist/socialist threat to Christianity. Wang writes: “Under President Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, believers are seeing their freedoms shrink dramatically even as the country undergoes a religious revival. Experts and activists say that as he consolidates his power, Xi is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982. The crackdown on Christianity is part of a broader push by Xi to “Sinicize” all the nation’s religions by infusing them with “Chinese characteristics” such as loyalty to the Communist Party.“

Wang reports, “This spring, a five-year plan to “Sinicize” Christianity in particular was introduced, along with new rules on religious affairs. Over the last several months, local governments across the country have shut down hundreds of private Christian “house churches.” A statement last week from 47 in Beijing alone said they had faced “unprecedented” harassment since February.” Now, let’s look at what is happening in America under the influence of socialist politicians and communistic advocacy groups. While it is not nearly as severe as in China, Christianity in the United States is under fire. Christians adhering to scriptural principles and faith values are considered extremists, bigots, homophobes and more. 

Christians are ridiculed by the left. Moreover, Christians are hated and demonized by leftists. You see, the Communist Manifesto states: “...Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience.” What can be more clear? When we look at what is occurring here in America, the visceral by the socialist left against anything suggesting a moral code, is there any doubt that electing more leftist will result in a continuation toward soft tyranny, and outright persecution of Christians? We have a say in this because we have a vote. Those in China do not because communism disenfranchises them. We need to pray for the persecuted church AND take action that our country preserves and defends religious freedom.


8.6.18
AP coverage sympathizes with Antifa violence


People are always asking me how to discern whether a news story is biased, fake news or deceptive. An excellent example is an AP story by Andrew Selsky headlined, “Oregon Police Chief Orders Review of Use of Force at Protest.” It is a story about how Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw is launching an investigation of Portland police. The police tried to prevent violence at a protest rally where Antifa, labor unions and democratic socialist groups mixed it up with free-speech advocates Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys. The Antifa crowd was ordered to disperse, but instead became aggressive, prompting a police riot response. The police are being accused of using excessive force. Now for the twist.

The story makes out Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys as the “alt-right,” Nazi, Trump-supporting extremists who were holding a protest, and the reasonable left-wing Antifa and democratic socialist groups showed up as the heroes to counter-protest these conservative threats to society. Selsky writes: “Saturday’s incidents started with demonstrators aligned with Patriot Prayer and an affiliated group, the Proud Boys, gathering in a riverfront park. The Proud Boys has been characterized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is “dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.”” But the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is itself extreme.

The SPLC consistently has made news and raised money from anti-American leftists for its hate designations, even against mainstream Christian organizations. Remember SPLC was named the provocateur behind the 2012 shooting at the Washington, DC, office of the Family Research Council (FRC). Floyd Corkins confessed to the FBI that he intended to commit mass murder and was motivated by the so-called “Hate Map” on the SPLC website that listed FRC as a “hate group.”The D.C. shooter, who in 2017 gunned down Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) and four others, was a Facebook fan of the SPLC. SPLC has equated numerous Christian ministries with the Ku Klux Klan and Neo-Nazis as hate groups because the ministries are pro-life and also support the Biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman. 

Patriot Prayer’s Facebook page appears to support free speech and religious freedom. The Proud Boys website is a bit edgy in its rhetoric against the neo-Marxist left-wing agenda. Both are pro-Trump. SPLC maintains on its website that these groups instigate violence against Antifa and others. Antifa and the democratic socialists, however, often start the violence under the pretense that they are standing against Nazism. The slant of the AP story is decidedly pro-Antifa, painting these Marxist anarchists as American patriots, disguising its bias by quoting SPLC, ACLU, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Democratic Socialists of America. With whom do these groups align? That is one way of discerning the bias. As Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” 


8.3.18
Socialism increasing in America

The Daily Caller reports, “Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) says it currently has 57 registered chapters on college campuses, according to Democratic Socialists of America Program Associate Lawrence Dreyfuss, up from just 15 in 2016. YDSA has experienced 280 percent increase in the number of clubs from 2016 to 2018.” YSDA previously reported it had over 250 registered chapters, but Dreyfuss told the Daily Caller those 250 campuses initially expressed interest (they filled out a form), but in terms of establishing an active chapter, they wound up with 57. A 2016 Gallup Poll indicated that 55% of 18-29 year olds view socialism as positive. The Democratic Party leadership believes it’s the “future of the party.”

This is a two-fold issue. First, that young people would embrace a form of government that resulted in the deaths of some 100 million people in the 20thcentury is an amazing phenomena for a free nation. Does anyone remember the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)? Apparently, America’s youth do not. Second, the Christian church in America is not doing its job—if it were, our young people would understand that any form of communism (socialism, progressivism, communism, Marxism, even Nazism) is against God. The Communist Manifesto says, “...Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience.”

It also doesn't work economically. William Bradford described the Pilgrim’s failed socialist experiment of The Virginia Company Charter in “Of Plymouth Plantation”: “The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years and amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s and other ancients applauded by some of later times; that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing, as if they were wiser than God.” Bradford was familiar with Plato’s “Republic” espousing a utopian society under socialism. In ending this experiment that nearly cost the colony their lives, Bradford wrote: “...God in his wisdom saw another course fitter for them.” This was the first capitalist system and the Plymouth colony then prospered.

Unfortunately, many Christians believe in socialism, citing Acts 2:44, “And all that believed were together and had (shared) all things in common.” There is a tremendous difference between voluntarily sharing and being forced to share the fruits of your labor by the government. This is a far cry from the blessing of voluntarily sharing with others. . As Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes 3:13, “every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.” Responsible Capitalism is aligned with the Biblical principle that whatever you sow, you will also reap. The first commandment, Exodus 20:1 says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” That includes government. Moreover, Bradford is still right. Man is not wiser than God. Young people would be wise to heed his advice. But they also must be taught why it’s so dangerous.


8.2.18
Christian involvement in Government 

Many have written in about whether Christians should be involved in government and politics. Some say their pastors are preaching from the pulpit that Christians are members of a higher kingdom and should not be involved with government and politics. Another popular preached position is that the scriptures say that we must submit to rather than engage the governments because they are placed over people by God. Yet another position taught is that Christians should take over governments because they must establish the kingdom of God here on earth as a prerequisite for Christ to return. These various teachings are wrong-minded and many are twisting scripture to make their case. Here is why.

There is nothing in the Bible that man must establish the kingdom of God on earth so that Jesus Christ can return. Only the Father knows when Christ will return, he will return when the Father directs him, and Christ alone will establish his kingdom. It’s all there in the scriptures. On government, we find Moses in Exodus 18 spending all his day interpreting the law and settling disputes. Moses’ father in law introduced the “representative” system of government in verse 21: “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.” The America’s Founding Fathers used this precept to establish the US governmental system. 

Moreover, whether they were Christians or not, the Founders knew that man’s imperfections prevented him from being a just and moral lawgiver. They, therefore, recognized that God had created man with certain rights and to protect those rights governments were instituted. To protect the people from government becoming tyrannical, the Founders uniquely established a government by rule of law, derived from God’s laws, with checks and balances under the Constitution. Peter and the Apostles made the point of man’s unjust and imperfect law giving when they told the Sadducees (who ruled over the Jews in submission to the Roman government) in Acts 5:29 when the Sadducees again tried to prevent them from preaching Jesus: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” 

Paul wrote in Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that are ordained of God.” It is telling us to submit to the governments and do good beneath them. It is not contradictory to Peter and the Apostles in Acts 5. Here in America, the government governs at the consent of the governed under the law. We the people essentially are the boss of the government. We are to hold the government accountable. If we are to take what Paul wrote in Romans 13 and apply it to Americans, it would mean that Americans should submit to Americans under God’s derived law (The Constitution). Good stewardship is to preserve this unique system for it is a tremendous blessing to have freedom of speech, of worship, of evangelizing. It is a God-given blessing.


8.1.18
​NY Times Publisher “warns” Trump

New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger had a meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday, July 29. The reports at first were cordial, but soon turned nasty in the public domain over social media. Trump tweeted that they talked about the “vast amounts of fake news being put out by the media and how that fake news has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad.” Sulzberger took exception and released a statement decrying how Trump’s language was “not just divisive, but increasingly dangerous.” That’s the new news media narrative—that Trump is a Nazi because he keeps beating up the news media for their biased reporting. They say they fear his banter will lead to violence against journalists. 

Sulzberger said, “My main purpose for accepting the meeting was to raise concerns about the president’s deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous.I told him that although the phrase “fake news” is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists “the enemy of the people.” I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence…I warned that it was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country’s greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press.”

Some points here to consider: Sulzberger emphatically believes that the phrase “fake news” is untrue and harmful. Notwithstanding, it is documented that his newspaper and several other media outlets have repeatedly reported falsely to the American people. Sulzberger says that Trump’s characterization of the mainstream media as “the enemy of the people” has caused threats and [implied deaths] against journalists, especially overseas. Blaming Trump for dictators cracking down on journalists (which they routinely have done long before Trump) is a long reach and shows the delusional thinking of Sulzberger and the media. Sulzberger concluded by saying, “I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country.”

These so-called “journalists” can gin up hatred and violence by their false reporting, but when they are called out, they say it’s dangerous and harmful to our country. Let us recall how in June 2017 the combined visceral of the Democratic Party, Hollywood, and the news media resulted in an assassination attempt of conservative members of Congress at a baseball field. The news media’s politically-motivated, untrue, and malicious attacks on those who disagree with their leftist agenda are actually dangerous and harmful to our country. But these so-called journalists refuse to take responsibility for their actions. Proverbs 12:22 says, “Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.” Maybe the fear of the Lord, rather than Trump’s words, is where these journalists need to start.


7.31.18
Lest we forget legalized infanticide

It’s been some 45 years since the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize abortion.  President Donald Trump is actively appointing pro-life judges and curbing tax money to abortion providers. Let’s remember the history. The decision, which was justified through privacy provisions in the Constitution that prevented an overpowering government from occupying your personal property without consent, was based on a deceptive lie from the beginning.  Both the Roe and the Doe cited by the Supreme Court were women who were not seeking an abortion at all.  They were lied to by their attorneys about their cases and were used by an over zealous leftist legal system to essentially unleash infanticide in America. 

Sandra Cano, the “Doe” in Doe vs. Bolton, the companion case to Roe vs. Wade, told a Senate Judiciary hearing in 2005 that she always was against abortion. Abortion was always against her wishes.  She never sought an abortion and never went for an abortion.  She has said when she approached her attorneys for help, she understood her case as an effort to obtain a divorce and regain custody of her children. She was pregnant, and unbeknownst to her, her attorney and her mother arranged an abortion for Sandra. Sandra, to this day, says such an act was so far from her intentions that when she discovered the plan, she fled to Oklahoma alone.

The “Roe” in Roe vs. Wade is a similar case. Norma McCorvey was a rough talking woman who drifted from job to job and had three children, all of them given up for adoption.  She never had an abortion, she just signed the affidavit provided by her slick attorney and was expected to melt into the background and keep her mouth shut.  For years she was an abortion advocate, but then a young girl named Emily struck up a relationship with her.  When McCorvey found out that Emily was almost aborted, she put a face with the decision that bore her name.  McCorvey could not fathom that her young friend Emily may have fallen victim to abortion.  McCorvey then became a Christian and a pro-life advocate.

Both women became pro-life and petitioned to have their respective decisions overturned. Since 1973, over 60 million babies have been sacrificed to abortion in America. Worse yet, your taxpayer money has supported this abomination. Nearly half, (about $500 million) of Planned Parenthood’s budget comes from federal, state, and local tax dollars. Planned Parenthood is the largest single provider of abortions. Jesus said in Luke 17:2, “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” Jesus loved children. And Jesus is the one who gave us all eternal life. Abortion is death. Life is the way of Christ.


7.30.18

Give up—never! 

‘Heard a lot of conversations over the weekend with friends and family about the state of our nation. Many believe we are in the midst of a revolution, even a civil war. The lack of civility among friends, family, neighbors and others over the current President continues to increase as the news media and the regressive left vehemently criticize everything the man does. John Nolte of Breitbart News, for example, has documented some 538 acts of violence against supporters of Donald Trump since the 2016 election. The name calling, the labeling, the animosity is worse than many of us have ever seen it. Not to worry. Christians, take heart. We are to overcome evil with good and not grow weary in doing it. 

Every phone call you make. Every letter you write. Every email you send. Every word you speak. Be encouraged. The Lord said in Isaiah 55:10-12, “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Neither be offended. The Lord says in Ezekiel 3:17-19, ”When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.” No matter how long, no matter how difficult things become, do what the Lord tells you to do. As you do these things unto the Lord, you have made a transfer, so to speak, from yourself to others. It is now on them to act responsibly with the information. You have done your part.

 God sent his only begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins that we might have life everlasting. It’s up to us to share the many facets of living out our salvation. 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 exhorts: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 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; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” Keep going. Keep doing. You never know when your action may be that last full measure needed to advance God’s plan. Never give up.

7.27.18
Of Social Justice and Christianity

In Acts 5, Peter and the apostles were forbidden by the High Priest of the Sadducees to preach the gospel in the streets and the temple. They were thrown in prison and an angel of the Lord freed them. They were again brought before the priest, who said, “Did we not straightly command you that ye should not teach in this name?...Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” In essence, this is the Christian commission to obey God rather than humanism. God’s laws are supreme and just, man’s laws are flawed, sometimes just, sometimes unjust. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “An unjust law is no law at all.”

The Communist Manifesto says, “...Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience.” From a humanistic point of view--a communist or socialist believes that a just law is unjust unless it follows the Manifesto. And the manifesto denies Christianity.  What we see today, therefore, is a dichotomy regarding social justice. One form is Biblical social justice rooted in God’s law as fulfilled by Jesus Christ and His righteousness. And another form, political social justice, rooted in humanist principles but disguised as Christian by those claiming to be men of God supporting it.

Political social justice as defined by man in contemporary society is against the word of God. And because we are a nation whose laws are derived from the Laws of God wrapped in the garment of Liberty, we have not only a say in them, but a responsibility to the God we serve to uphold the laws of God over the laws of man. Law is only just if it is in harmony with God’s law...And since we are justified by faith, taking on the righteousness of Christ, justice emanates from “we” as a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation hungering and thirsting for righteousness; that in this act we shall be filled and salvation of souls be at hand.

Christians, as the ones who know the truth, are responsible to act on it through the righteousness of Christ. We must put aside traditions of men and hyper-Biblical doctrines, and act on the Word. The Beatitudes, found in Christ’s Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, is a call to action by Jesus Christ. If we are hungering and thirsting for righteousness we shall be filled--our faith shall find action as a just people. And we shall, as James 1:25 says, “…look into the perfect law of liberty, and continue therein…,being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” Let us hunger and seek after righteousness by not being deceived, and by being hearers and doers of the word as we continue in the perfect law of liberty. This is the true social justice of Christianity--not the false imitation of humanist social justice.​

7.26.18
The Communist threat and the Christian response

Remember Daniel Ortega, the Castro-trained communist who overthrew Anastasio Somoza in Nicaragua in 1979? Ortega became Nicaragua’s “president” and nationalized all the land, redistributed wealth and largely made the country an impoverished horror story. Later Ortega was defeated in a free election, then conned the people into thinking he was no longer a Marxist and was elected again in 2006 with the help of the Catholic Church. Now, he is back to his old communist ways of military oppression and has sent death squads to churches to quash dissent. Nicaraguans thought they had put away the communist past, but the wolf in sheep’s clothing is again revealing its true nature. Such is communism.

Communists lie and deceive; they promise everything to those who have nothing; they cause class and economic warfare, plying unwitting minds with words like equality, peace, open borders, and fairness. When they gain control, they enrich themselves, establish a ruling class and a peasant class, and suck the wealth out of the nation. Look at Venezuela, Cuba, China, and now Nicaragua. The wealthy minority are very wealthy, and the middle class and poor keep getting poorer. Islam is a cousin to Marxist communism under the deception of compelled religion. Look at the lack of freedom and economic opportunity in Islamic-controlled nations. Communism has no religious freedom as the state replaces God. 

America is facing a communist revolution. It is being fomented by the Democratic Party and aided by so-called moderate Republicans. That’s the motivation beneath the Mueller investigation, the attacks by Hollywood, the media, and all the leftists groups on President Trump. Communists have infiltrated our government over the years, especially during the last two administrations. They have essentially taken over America’s education system and are destroying our children with gender diversity, the focus on sex, entitlement, misplaced equality, and the downplaying of traditional God-centered values. Anyone saying they are a progressive, socialist or a Democratic Socialist are communists. Most Democrats and Moderates are also influenced by this revolutionary juggernaut. Many Christians have also fallen into this hell-trap.

Communism/socialism is rooted in the Communist Manifesto, which calls for the abolition of all morals and religion, rendering the state as god. Christians who believe socialism is in step with the Bible point to Acts 4:32, which says, “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that any of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.” Socialism forces the redistribution of wealth. it is given freely in Christianity. Christians who believe they have no stake in the national condition are wrong-minded. They should try living in Cuba or China or Venezuela and openly practice Christianity. Sadly, many refuse to stand against this communist-inspired revolution in America. Believe me, as a Christian, you don’t want to live under this oppression.

7.25.18
Blood Moon Friday

Accuweather is forecasting that the full moon will turn blood red on Friday, July 27, “as the longest total lunar eclipse of the century takes place in the skies from Australia through Africa…For those in North America, the century’s longest lunar eclipse will not be visible as it will take place during the day on Friday.”Blood moons, also known as total lunar eclipses, take place about twice a year. This is not to be confused with end times prophecies of the moon turning to blood coinciding with the return of the Messiah. Many Christian teachers often point to these naturally occurring events to predict the end of times or the rapture, however, they do not meet the criteria as prophesied in the Bible. 

Joel 2:31 says, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.” Revelation 6:12 is speaking of the Day of the Lord, and says, “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.” Isaiah 13:10, also speaking of that Day of the Lord’s coming, says “For the stars of heaven and its constellations shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in its going forth, and the moon shall not cause its light to shine.” Many prophets, including Ezekiel, Joel, and Amos, as well as Job and John speak of the same event when the Lord returns.

While extremely interesting, the reddish moons we have seen in recent time are not the way the moon is prophesied in the day of the Lord. First, there wasn’t a great earthquake. The sun did not turn as black as sackcloth, and the moon really didn’t turn as blood. Jesus said in Matthew 24:29-30,”Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give its light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and glory.”

Most importantly, the Lord has not returned after past “blood” moons. He will...eventually. I dare say, however, that there will be no doubt in the heavens when the Lord returns. It will be an awesome moment. But before he returns, there are certain events that scripture says will happen. Paul writes in Thessalonians 2, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition...so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” This is very clear: 1) don’t be deceived, 2) falling away, 3) antichrist (beast) revealed, 4) sits in the temple as God. Keep watching. Keep praying. Keep reading your Bible. Keep discerning. And do not be deceived.

7.24.18
​Mainstream America the hope of a nation

There are many people predicting civil war in the United States. Others ponder the possibility that the nation already is under a massive coup attempt by leftist forces that include the Democratic Party and its allies in the mainstream media. Notwithstanding the ferocious and relentless attack on the office of the President since before he took office, the vicious narrative fomented by the left, the verbal and physical attacks on those supporting the current President, and the fake news emanating from those collective attacks almost prove the point that America is being torn apart by a civil war and a coup attempt. The louder the visceral, the harder it is to see the true America. 

Last weekend, I attended my 45thhigh school class reunion. I hadn’t seen some of these folks since graduating in 1973. It further impressed upon me why Ohio is such a bellwether for predicting who wins presidential elections. While our school was not racially diverse, it was diverse in other ways. Our school was a mixture of farmers, factory workers, service providers, government employees, small business owners, professionals and executives. They are Democrat, Republican, Independent and probably apolitical. There are diverse interests from car racing to horses to dogs to sports to food (especially food). There is a wide range of financial status. And when we get together, there is diverse conversation. 

This is mainstream America. These are the quiet people who love their families, do their jobs, enjoy their downtime, and believe in the American dream. They don’t meddle in other people’s business. They treat others as they would like to be treated. In talking with them, politics was not at the center of the conversations. But it did come up in very respectful and thoughtful ways. I observed that the vast majority of my classmates love their country. They may have differing opinions on how to solve its problems, but they respect one another’s opinion and are willing to listen to it. Many of them, in fact, most, are skeptical of the mainstream media. Some don’t even watch the news because they don’t know what to believe. 

These Ohio men and women are real people. They are not radicals. They have a stake in the country. They want the best for their children and grandchildren. They are willing to give a chance to whatever President is voted into office. They don't appreciate being labeled if they disagree. They are not hostile, but they will get their backs up if pushed into it. They are the salt of the earth who stand in the breech between liberty and tyranny. This is the America that the radicals both despise and misunderstand. As Christ said in Matthew 5:37, “But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these comes of evil.” You will always know where you stand with them. Getting together with these folks renewed my hope in the American ideal. There are more of us than there are the radicals. We are not as loud, but we are more resolved.

7.23.18
Syria, Iran, Psalm 83 and prophecy

Many Christians are watching the situation in Syria, Gaza and Iran with great prophetic interest. Some, however, are predicting various prophetic outcomes surrounding these events, citing the “Psalm 83 War.” There are many Biblical commentators who believe that Psalm 83 is about a prophesied war that triggers several prophetic events, including the rapture, the tribulation, and the eventual return of Christ. A careful reading of Psalm 83, however, demonstrates that there is no war prophesied and that the psalm is a prayer against the enemies of Israel that could be used even today as the nation is surrounded by those mentioned when Asaph wrote the psalm.

Verses 1-5 say, “Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee.” Then Asaph names names--Ishmaelites who are Arabs; there is Edom, Moab, Ammon from Jordan; Gebal and Tyre from Lebanon; Hagarenes from Mesopotamia, Syria and Egypt; Amalek and Philistines from Gaza and Egypt; and Assur from Turkey and Iraq.

The rest of the Psalm asks God to cause these enemies to perish by wind, fire, storm, even confusion, concluding with verse 18, “That men may know that thou whose name alone is God, are the most high over all the earth.” There are many items in Psalm 83 that are common to prophecies referring to the Day of the LORD. One example is when God defeats the beast (Gog) in Ezekiel 38. Many of the countries and people groups are similar. The LORD uses rain, hailstones, fire, brimstone, and confusion to defeat this coalition (v. 21 “every man’s sword shall be against his brother”) that “they shall know that I am God” (v.23). 

These nations that are prophesied as coming against Israel by the Old Testament prophets are consistent enemies of Israel and today they are followers of the most antichrist system in the world--Islam. It is no huge revelation that these traditional enemies of Israel will cause wars and rumors of wars from now until the end. Our generation may well see the end time prophecies of the Bible play out before our very eyes. But let us be ever mindful of false teachings and traditions of men that lead us astray. Don’t take my word for it, or other teachers; don’t get angry if what you have been taught over a lifetime is challenged. Read the Bible for yourself, in its context, and judge what is being taught. Jesus told his followers repeatedly to not be deceived by man.

7.20.18
America lost in a generation

Growing up in Northeastern Ohio in the 50s and 60s was a picture of a much simpler time. There were eight farms on our road. We rarely saw a car go by. The mornings before school were early because we had livestock to feed, chores to do. The evenings were sometimes late, depending on the weather, in getting the livestock fed and settled. The nearest store was about five miles away. It was a picturesque place—bench out front and Cokes could be bought from the vending machine for a nickel. Griff’s store had creeky floors, was narrow to maneuver and we went there often because it also was the post office. Griff would be storekeeper then slide around to be postmaster. ‘Seemed like he was two different people.

The people were friendly. We knew each other. In fact, many of us were related—the result of an old farming community of Welshmen that was settled around the turn of the century—the 1800s. One schoolhouse. Two protestant churches—Baptist and Methodist. There was a Catholic church in another town. We were all pretty close knit. The Wayland Town Hall was across from Griff’s store in front of the volunteer fire station. All the meetings were at the Town Hall—Grange, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Ruitan, Ladies’ Auxiliary, Trustees, and whoever else wanted to meet there. There was no division because of politics. Democrat or Republican, everybody pretty much believed the same with different approaches. 

We also didn't care if you were black or white or Welsh or Polish or Hungarian. Everybody worked hard and kept to themselves unless somebody needed some help. Then everyone pitched in. This was the America in which I grew up. It was what shaped my worldview. It was as Jesus said in Luke 6:31, “As you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise.” Our school teachers were also our Sunday School teachers. The men and women with whom my parents were close friends were also like parents to me. I write this because I want you to see where I’m coming from. We worked hard for what we had. We cared for others. We were taught responsibility. And these things were Christ-centered. 

My son recently recalled a TV show where a homosexual man admitted to a friend that he went to church. Sometime later, the person posted that information on social media. The homosexual called his friend and said that he had “outed” him in a terrible way because, “Now everyone knows that I am a Christian, and that’s worse than coming out as gay.” We can debate all the various religious and political inferences in that exchange, but it doesn’t change that this is the America we now live in. To me, this is the clash between those who want to destroy the nation and the “church” which hasn’t remained relevant. Overcoming evil with good isn’t compatible with emotional, extra-biblical, self-indulgence. The condition of our nation is a reflection of the condition of the church. As God’s people, we can do better.


7.19.18
Of Global Warming and Russian Meddling

The media sharks are in a frenzied state with anticipation that their prey will finally fall. In a normal July, there wouldn't be much news for the mainstream media to feed on. So the current Russian meddling fever is at a high pitch and President Trump hasn’t helped himself climb to safety as yet. The point is that the Russians may have tried to meddle in the presidential election, but they always do. And once again they were not successful. Hillary Clinton is a horrible candidate and a worse person. She is unelectable. Plus, it was her, her husband, her campaign manager and their foundation who benefited most from Russian deals. Now, however, denying Russian meddling is become like denying global warming.

The news media has made it so that if someone disagrees that the Russians influenced the presidential election to defeat their savior of the world Clinton, that you are a true ignorant villain and labeled with all the “phobes” and ”isms” that accompany such ignorance. They do the same with those who disagree with the global warming narrative. The regressive left, led by Al Gore and even the immediate past “president,” chastise anyone who remotely questions their belief system when it comes to global warming. Yet they do not practice what they preach about reducing their “carbon footprint” or limiting their ozone-destroying consumption of resources. Russian meddling is the new global warming.

Truth doesn't matter. Scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU), the official source of global warming/climate change data, fabricated the data. 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. 

Same is true for Russian meddling. There is no way the Russians changed the outcome of the election. It is true, however, that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dealt nuclear grade uranium to Russia scoring $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow, John Podesta received $35 million from an energy deal with Russia, and the Clinton Foundation received $2.35 million from Ian Telfer, head of Russia’s uranium company. The Clinton-Democratic National Committee emails hacked by Russia revealed damning shenanigans, unethical practices, and possibly illegal acts as routine. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Just like global warming, Russian meddling is a deep deception designed to cover up dark dealings at the expense of others.


7.18.18
​Truth and Russia 

The Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in the US Presidential election is really nothing more than trying to bring down a presidency that, by and large to date, has been successful. People have jobs—unemployment is at the lowest rate in decades. The economic indicators are strong. American foreign policy is no longer supporting Islamic terrorism, is cracking down on unfair trade practices, is making other countries pay their way. Domestic policy has reduced regulation, improved the tax structure, and repealed much of the socialist health care mess. Yet, the loud cry of the regressive left continues to be amplified by a deceitful media that the President should be impeached because of Russian influence.

Mueller is trying to prove that President Donald Trump and Russia colluded on beating Hillary Clinton and that Russia meddled in the US presidential election. To date, the Mueller team has handed down 12 indictments related to Russian meddling—that Russian actors hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton, and Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta. The media acts as if this proves that Trump and Russia were conspiring. Let us remember the scurrilous details of those emails revealing the dastardly deeds of the Democrats and the Clintons. Also that these people, who were vying for the highest job in the land, were unable or didn’t care enough, to protect their sensitive data. What would they do with sensitive government data—maybe keep it on an unsecure server in a closet?

In March 2017, the Daily Jot reported that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State she completed a deal where nuclear grade uranium was sent to Russia scoring $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow, Podesta did a $35 million energy deal with Russia, and the Clinton Foundation received $2.35 million in donations from Ian Telfer, head of Russia’s uranium company. In October 2017, the FBI released information indicating both the Clinton’s and the immediate past “president” were involved in what appears to be a bribery/kickback scheme with Russian officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Russian influence in the election?

Russia has been playing dirty tricks during US elections for decades, but maybe not to the extent that the immediate past “president” used tax dollars attempting to defeat Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. When it comes to accusing people of doing exactly what the accuser is doing or has been doing, the regressive left is the master. Trump acquitted himself very well in the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, yet the media is calling Trump a traitor. We must discern the truth and speak it to others. Think about what Jesus said in John 5:23—“He that honors not the Son honors not the Father which has sent him.” Truth is in Christ. Those who deny Christ, deny truth. Where do those in the regressive left stand on Christ—not in just words, but in deeds? 


7.17.18
Of the Spirit of the Lord and liberty

Many point to the social issues in the United States and conclude that Americans are turning away from Jesus Christ. It is an obvious statement. Polls indicate that America is at the very least a type and shadow of 1 Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” According to Pew Research, “While nationwide surveys in the 1970s and ’80s found that fewer than one-in-ten US adults said they had no religious affiliation, fully 23% now describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular.” There is no doubt, Christianity is losing ground. The problem, however, is even deeper and more complex.

In September 2017, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) shared the results of its poll of over 100,000 Americans. It indicated that the religions of youth in America are becoming more non-Christian: “At least one-third of Muslims (42%), Hindus (36%), and Buddhists (35%) are under the age of 30. Roughly one-third (34%) of religiously unaffiliated Americans are also under 30.” According to an August 2017 Annenberg Public Policy Center poll, 37% of Americans could not name any rights guaranteed by the First Amendment; 85% did not know the First Amendment guaranteed freedom of religion; 86% didn’t know it guaranteed freedom of the press; and 52% didn’t know that freedom of speech was guaranteed.

On January 10, 1963, Congressman Albert S. Herlong Jr. of Florida read a list of 45 Communist goals into the Congressional Record. Number 17 read: “Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda…Put the party line in textbooks.” Numbers 27-29 were: “Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch." Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state." Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.”

 The infiltration of communist doctrine against our children and us has had a long-term impact on our nation. This, combined with the extra-biblical, self-indulgent and emotional teachings of much of the “Church” in America, and we have a perfect storm. Many people are unaware of the truth of Christ, and as a whole they are ignorant of the fundamental rights that protect the truth of Christ and their very liberty. Moreover, the fastest growing demographic of these aimless souls are among our youth, which in half a generation is our nation. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” In truth, without the Spirit of the Lord, our nation’s freedom will fall away. Let us be more diligent and intentional in letting our light shine before men. 

7.17.18

Of the Spirit of the Lord and liberty

Many point to the social issues in the United States and conclude that Americans are turning away from Jesus Christ. It is an obvious statement. Polls indicate that America is at the very least a type and shadow of 1 Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” According to Pew Research, “While nationwide surveys in the 1970s and ’80s found that fewer than one-in-ten US adults said they had no religious affiliation, fully 23% now describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular.” There is no doubt, Christianity is losing ground. The problem, however, is even deeper and more complex.

In September 2017, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) shared the results of its poll of over 100,000 Americans. It indicated that the religions of youth in America are becoming more non-Christian: “At least one-third of Muslims (42%), Hindus (36%), and Buddhists (35%) are under the age of 30. Roughly one-third (34%) of religiously unaffiliated Americans are also under 30.” According to an August 2017 Annenberg Public Policy Center poll, 37% of Americans could not name any rights guaranteed by the First Amendment; 85% did not know the First Amendment guaranteed freedom of religion; 86% didn’t know it guaranteed freedom of the press; and 52% didn’t know that freedom of speech was guaranteed.

On January 10, 1963, Congressman Albert S. Herlong Jr. of Florida read a list of 45 Communist goals into the Congressional Record. Number 17 read: “Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda…Put the party line in textbooks.” Numbers 27-29 were: “Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch." Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state." Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.”

 The infiltration of communist doctrine against our children and us has had a long-term impact on our nation. This, combined with the extra-biblical, self-indulgent and emotional teachings of much of the “Church” in America, and we have a perfect storm. Many people are unaware of the truth of Christ, and as a whole they are ignorant of the fundamental rights that protect the truth of Christ and their very liberty. Moreover, the fastest growing demographic of these aimless souls are among our youth, which in half a generation is our nation. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” In truth, without the Spirit of the Lord, our nation’s freedom will fall away. Let us be more diligent and intentional in letting our light shine before men. 

​7.16.18

Our identity and our salvation

Recent polls indicate that only about 18% of the Millennial generation find that Christianity is relevant. Many of under 30 crowd who were raised in Christian households want nothing to do with organized religion, won’t go to church, and say they are tired of the judgmental double standard of mainstream Christianity. I remember a poll that said Christians get enraged at immorality, policy, and the state of affairs in our country and around the world. Yet they demand that people hold to moral beliefs as justified by a book that they don’t even read. This is part and parcel to what the Millennials are experiencing. In short, it means we Christians, as a whole, need to do 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.

7.13.18
Of fools and foolishness

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. Foolish children are becoming 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 and seek the wisdom of the Lord.

7.12.18
Divine order or male privilege

The whole “privilege” narrative these days is somewhat alarming. It was once explained to me that a man walking through a crowded room could go from one end to another and people would move out of his way. If a woman, however, tried to do that, people wouldn’t move out of the way. This was labeled an example of male privilege—essentially blaming a lack of common courtesy by those in the room on a man who knew how to move through a crowd. This doesn’t set well with my spirit. In this example, a sociological term is assigned to convince others that their right of equality is being violated. It made me think a bit. What is God’s order and what does that mean to a people?

In a fallen world, one that would deny God, those who are the deniers and the deceived are always trying to cause separation from God. They are attempting to use their intellect to pit people against people using esoteric ideas and expressions that cause confusion and division. There is a God-given order for those who believe. And, while believers are not perfect in its implementation, God’s order is intrinsically balanced and, at the same time, liberty-oriented. It protects both male and female. As Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Privilege, in the sense of those who use it to try to ascribe some sort of guilt or wrongdoing on people, may be better defined as a human condition of entitlement. Those who use the term are often guilty of envy, blame, and strife, wanting to assign a reason to paint an entire group of people with the same brush to justify their own prejudices—or their agenda. This way of thinking is not healthy, but then what can be healthy if it goes against God’s order? A society that continuously attacks men and confuses masculinity with labels like “privilege” will eventually reduce itself to a population of base, leaderless, godless sleepwalkers controlled by the very ones who are pointing the finger of privilege. That is their agenda.

There is a Godly order. As the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:3, “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman [is] the man; and the head of Christ [is] God.” This is not about man-assigned privilege. It is divine order. With that comes responsibility. Ephesians 5:33 says, “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she honors her husband.” Ephesians 6:1 says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Verse 6:4 says, “And you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath.” You see, if the world followed God’s order, it would be considered an honorable privilege to be a man. And men need to be men—as defined by God, not by men.

7.11.18
​No time to sit back

As the mainstream media continues its quest to undermine the current President, and the deep-state and Democratic Party work overtime to tarnish all things that do not agree with their godless, globalist agenda, this is no time to sit back and breathe easy. Mid-term elections will be upon us sooner than you think. While the president’s party traditionally loses Congressional seats during mid-term elections, this fall’s elections are more important than ever. The opposition spews forth words like impeachment, and want to stall judicial appointments. This is no time to disengage. The last election demonstrated the power of the Christian vote. Christ is the answer to this dark and dying world, and you are his vessel.

You have a calling. And much bad doctrine has been taught about this. The Holy Scriptures say in Romans 8:28 “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” It’s not your purpose, but “HIS” purpose. Romans 11:29 says that “the gifts and calling of God are unchangeable.” So when people are saying that you have to find your calling, it is really understanding that you are called “not according to our works, but according to his own purpose (2 Timothy 1:9).” Christ is our example. He is the way the truth and the life. He showed us how to engage according to his purpose. It takes courage to conduct Christ’s purpose in this world, in this country today.

Psalm 31:24 says, “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.” As Christians, our hope is in the Lord. We are to be ever watching for his return. As Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” And Jesus promises in Matthew 10:22, “And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.” We, as Christians, are not to stand by and allow evil to advance just because we have read the end of the book and we win. We are to not be overcome with evil, but to overcome evil with good. The Lord says to be of good courage and that his gifts will never change--you are equipped.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We are reminded that it isn’t easy 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...” Verse 6 tells us, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” We should not fear man. Man cannot take our soul. So we need to take heart during these times. Have courage. Put on the full armor of God and speak boldly as we ought to speak. And having done all, stand. 


7.10.18
​Of the world, or of the Word?

The Daily Jot began over 16 years ago with a simple mission: to use current events to equip and encourage people to evangelize the word of God. You may not always agree with what the Daily Jot has to say, but there may always be something in it to talk to others about or to take action. Some just get angry or don’t want to think about the way events are shaping up prophetically or the way they are having an impact on society. We, as Christians, cannot afford to ignore the world around us. The issues will not go away if we look the other way. In fact, when Christians are not engaged with their family, their community, their state, their country, everything goes the way of the world, not the way of the Word.

Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” He said in Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Romans 10:13-15 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?

If you receive The Daily Jot, you are hearing and you are being sent. You are called to action. You have current event to use to share the Word of God. As written in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”  James 1:25 says, “But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” As Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

It’s not always easy. Many people find sharing the word uncomfortable in this day and age. But we are not charged to be comfortable, but to take up our cross and follow the Lord. That means it’s not chocolate and roses, or Rolexes or checks in the mail or nice cars or whatever material things modern preachers are preaching about. It’s not really about you or me. It’s about Jesus and him being preached. 2 Corinthians 8-13 says, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsake; cast down, but not destroyed...We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.”  So let us speak boldly as we ought to for if you are reading this you are equipped and encouraged to do so.


7.9.18
One God, and he’s not allah

In 2014, a friend of mine called upset about the announcement that Islamic prayers were going to be held in the National Cathedral. I said, “What can I say or do about that?” He replied that our founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves to learn of such things. Indeed, the one true God, I’m sure, was not pleased either. The Episcopalians turned the National Cathedral into a house of ill repute. Of course, there are many so-called pastors who are doing the same to their churches. They tell us that allah and YHVH God are the same and that Islam is really a religion of peace. It is no such thing. It is a system where men use a false god to control, recruit and gain power, then to kill, steal and destroy.

In Matthew 24, Jesus explains the end times. He said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Verse 11 says, “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Even today, there are many false prophets. Those who would say that allah and God are the same are chief among the false prophets. Especially those who call themselves Christians and also preach that allah and God are the same. The basic tenet of the Christian faith is found in John 14:6, where Jesus declares: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” The Koran, the holy book of allah, in many verses denies that Jesus is the Son of God.

The Koran’s Sura 4:171 says, “O followers of the Book! do not exceed the limits in your religion, and do not speak (lies) against Allah, but (speak) the truth; the Messiah, Isa son of Marium (Mary) is only a messenger of Allah and His Word which He communicated to Marium and a spirit from Him; believe therefore in Allah and His messengers, and say not, Three. Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one Allah; far be It from His glory that He should have a son, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His, and Allah is sufficient for a Protector.”  Sura 19:29: ”God forbid that He Himself should beget a son!” Sura 17:111:“Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom...”

If allah and God are the same, then why would God tell Jews and Christians one thing and Muslims another in their holy books? Why would there be two holy books? Christian pastors, politicians, Episcopalian administrators of the National Cathedral take heed. You cannot agree that allah and God are the same and at the same time claim that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. You are double minded. Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 6:14 says, “Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what partnership has light with darkness?” If you believe allah and God are equal, then you are unequally yoked, and yoked with the darkness of the Islamic deeds. allah is not God. Those who believe so are badly mistaken and deceived. Run from them.


7.6.18
Of dualism and dominionism

The story is ancient. The Apostle Paul referred to it in 2 Corinthians 11:3 as he was warning the church about false prophets and deceivers, saying “But I fear lest, as The Serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, that your minds may also in this way be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus The Messiah).” Genesis 3 shows how satan as a serpent deceived Eve into eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Verses 4 and 5 say, “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” The bait was to be like God.

Isaiah 14:11-14 portrays a similar theme as Lucifer’s fall from heaven is described. The direct Hebrew translation says, “You thought to yourself...I will make myself like the Most High.’” In Acts 8, Simon the sorcerer offered to pay to receive the Holy Spirit “that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.” Peter told him in verse 20, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou has thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” Point is: Man is not God; man cannot “impart” what is God’s. God determines when and who receives His gifts, not man. This is just one example of how Christianity has twisted the truth of the Holy Scriptures by teaching that man imparts the gifts of God.

There is a “dualistic” principle being applied in much of the church. That is, satan is a powerful adversary that must be withstood otherwise god’s kingdom cannot come. God chooses to act through man.  Therefore, it is man who must battle satan and establish god’s kingdom on earth, otherwise god cannot return. This theology rejects the one true God of the Bible. God, the Creator of the universe, does not need man to fight his battles and establish his kingdom. It is true that God often chooses to work through man. In the end, however, it is Yeshua Ha Mashiach, the Christ, who redeems the earth and establishes His kingdom--not man, nor the “church.”

Revelation 19:14-15 says, “And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”  There are no earthly humans here who established any kingdom so that Christ could return. Leading Christians to believe that they must establish the kingdom for Christ to return is unbiblical and deceptive. It plays into satan’s “be like the Most High” mantra and leads to the end time one world religion. As Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” 


7.5.18
​Patriot or Christian—either/or, or both/and


Each year around July 4 there is much debate within the Christian community about whether the Founding Fathers were Christian or if their legacy has been a carefully crafted lie. Some now say that America was not formed up by Christians and did not reflect a nation founded in the name of Christ. In 2011 for example, Filmmaker Chris Pinto appeared on radio and television shows lambasting David Barton of Wallbuilders for misleading Christian Americans about the foundation of Christ as the cornerstone of this nation. While I am not a historian, it is of interest to me. It is a fact that this United States of America, had predominantly Christian roots at its founding and its laws are based on the laws of the Bible.

The land was claimed in covenant with God to advance the Christian faith over 150 years BEFORE the Declaration of Independence. In1565, the Protestant French Huguenots, who came to what is now Florida to escape persecution, were martyred by Catholic Spanish troops. The 1606 Jamestown Charter from King James stated ”...in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God, and may in time bring the Infidels and Savages, living in those Parts, to human Civility, and to a settled and quiet Government...” The Mayflower Compact 16 years later proclaimed: “Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia...”

The Founding Fathers of the United States of America may not all have been Christians. They knew, however, that the Holy Scriptures contained in the Bible were the basis for all law. They unabashedly based the formation of the nation upon the laws of the God of the Bible. One can find Biblical principles throughout the Declaration and the Constitution. On January 10, 1963, Florida Congressman A.S. Herlong, Jr. read into the Congressional Record the 45 stated goals of communism from “The Naked Communist” by Cleon Skousen. Numbers 27-30 stated: “27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state." 29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis. 30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."” Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Those trying to say that because the Founders were not necessarily Christian, our nation is inherently evil are liars and deceivers. Rest assured that God was in control of forming this nation for His good purpose. You can be both a patriot and a Christian—the freedom of one confirms the other.

7.4.18
 Day of Liberty Part III—The Struggle

As we celebrate the day of our Independence from Britain, it may be helpful to be reminded of the sufferance of the Founding Fathers and what was going through their minds as they decided to take on the most powerful political and military force on the planet. They said, “A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.” What happens when that “Prince” collectively becomes the Supreme Court, the Congress and the Executive Branch working in concert with one another toward a world order foreign and detrimental to the people they are charged with representing and to the Constitution they vowed to uphold? What are citizens to do?

The Declaration of Independence is a masterful document that served as the true “preamble” to our Constitution. It begins by saying: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 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, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”  The signatures of 56 men were written on the Declaration after this sentence: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” They risked everything. They counted the cost. They understood the will of God. They acted.

This Independence Day, please take time to remind yourself and others about the struggle of those who made such a pledge on their Lives, Fortunes, and sacred Honor. Think about those “progressives” who are a major threat to liberty and enemies of God. Please contemplate our national condition. Please seek God. For as Peter and the disciples said in Acts 5:29, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” And recall the words of James 1:25, “But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” The body without spirit is dead. Faith without works is also dead. It is a struggle to remain free. Let us share in it.

7.3.18
​Day of Liberty Part II—The Responsibility

Prior to the last presidential election, the progressives (communists) had a long-term grip over the US government. The nation was being transformed, or remade, into a socialist system. It was fast approaching tyranny as evidenced by what we now know of how the left and the deep state tried to prevent Donald Trump from being president, and how it is now trying to remove him. In essence, the nation reversed a secret coup of the Constitution. As we approach Independence Day, let’s recall the 2016 election where Christian men and women voted responsibly in choosing between an imperfect man and a woman who openly stood against the precepts of God. Since then, the godless have raged against America.

Christians have responsibility to freedom. Freedom of worship permits disciples of Christ to preach the gospel to all creatures. “Freedom sees in religion the companion of its struggles and its triumphs, the cradle of its infancy, the divine source of its rights. It considers religion as the safeguard of mores; and mores as the guarantee of laws and the pledge of its own duration.”--these are the words of Alexis de Tocqueville, a French aristocrat who came to America in the 1830s to observe what made the country so great. His “Democracy in America” is considered a historic treasure about the unique success of the United States. Tocqueville wrote that America is free because of its collective Christian religion.

He pointed out that the laws that governed the Plymouth colony were derived from the Hebrew texts. In the later 1600s, even the law of Connecticut stated that man shall not “have or worship any other God, but the Lord God.” He said that Americans “have succeeded in incorporating somehow into one another and combining marvelously...the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom.” According to the laws and the nature of early Americans, men and women who identify as progressives, socialists, communists, etc., would not qualify as legitimate leaders because their very nature denies God and embraces the state as the ultimate source of human rights, religious expression, and physical authority (tyranny).

Cotton Mather wrote in 1820, “There is a liberty of corrupt nature, which is affected both by men and beasts, to do what they list; and this liberty is inconsistent with authority, impatient of all restraint; by this liberty we are all inferior;  ‘tis the grand enemy of truth and peace, and all the ordinances of God are bent against it. But there is a civil, a moral, a federal liberty, which is the proper end and object of authority; it is a liberty for that only which is just and good; for this liberty you are to stand with the hazard of your very lives.” Romans 8:2 says, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” The foundation of progressivism/socialism/communism is abolishing all religion and morals, making these systems manifestations of sin and death. We have a responsibility to stand in the gap.

7.2.18
Day of Liberty Part I--The Situation

Rasmussen Reports that a survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted June 21-24 indicated that 59% of all voters are concerned that those opposed to President Donald Trump’s policies will resort to violence, and 31% believe there will be a second Civil War within five years. Couple this with a former president praising the “resistance” efforts of Organizing For America, Antifa and other organizations; Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) calls for people to deny food services to those who agree with Trump. Democrats are embracing Democrat Socialist Congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call for a “progressive” revolution. As we approach Independence Day, our country faces a threat to all liberty.

What do these liberals and the vast majority of Democratic Party officeholders have in common? They fancy themselves as “progressives.” This is a polite, politically acceptable name for socialists or communists. Progressiveness is a path to tyranny and spiritual darkness. No communist society is free. No true socialist society is free. Why do you think all these people want open borders? It is so they can promise everything to people with nothing and secure their votes. That’s exactly how Cortez got the nomination. Once those votes are secured, it won’t be long before the Constitutional Republic falls to socialism. I have heard a lot of Christians say that this doesn't matter—that we are of another kingdom.

This is wrong-minded thinking. The American experiment guaranteed the right to free speech and religious freedom. The American dream, how ever imperfect in its practical implementation, resulted in much of the world being evangelized by Christians. The liberty to speak freely about Jesus Christ supported the Great Commission like no other country in the history of the world. Progressivism, socialism, communism would bring a sharp and violent end to this liberty because these forms of tyranny are based in the Communist Manifesto, which states: “Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis.”  These are antichrist political systems. Those who agree with them and claim to be followers of Christ, should repent.

What of God do the leaders and followers of the progressive resistance have in common with Christianity? Oh, they ply people with emotions of compassion based on half-truths and twisted facts. But what of Godly principles? Most of them would even say that all religions serve one god, the same god. What does the Lord say? “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). Allowing a “progressive revolution” is consenting godlessness to advance. As 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.” We are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. It extends to the politics of tyranny and to those who would proclaim evil as good. It is bondage. We must overcome evil with good.


6.29.18
​​It’s all about the children, yeah right!


There’s been a lot of press lately about children being separated from their parents at the border. The lapdog leftist media has reported just about every regressive left comment about the jackboot tactics of the Trump Administration in separating children from their parents and putting these kids in cages like animals. Never mind, that this process was put in place to prevent the children from being profited on and exploited by human traffickers, drug cartels, and gangs. And, by the way, they are not put in cages like animals, but the leftist media never misses an opportunity to let truth get in the way of a story that creates an emotional crisis. Trouble is, and sadly so, these kids at the border are being used as political pawns.

Hillary Clinton’s battle cry was that “it’s all about the kids.” Remember she said it takes a village to raise a child. Kelly Riddell, Washington Times columnist, reported in September 2016 that Clinton wrote part of a report for the Carnegie Council on Children that said “child raising in the Soviet Union was superior to that of the United States.” Riddell reports that Clinton wrote that it has become necessary for society to “prevent parents from denying children certain privileges that society wants them to have.” Among them, Clinton opined, were doctor consultations on pregnancy and drugs without parental consent, preventing schools from suspending disruptive students, and a government-appointed “public advocate.” All this led to Clinton’s platform on socialist healthcare, of course, “for the sake of the children.”

Gun control is for the sake of the children, too. Separating children from parents who wish to home school them is also for the children. Teaching children a political and sexual agenda in public schools is for the children. Opening up children to determine what sex they want to be is also for the children. Whenever there is a political issue that can be related back to children, the children are used as political pawns, even better if the children are able to talk about it to the news media. If you can’t win a political argument on its merits, throw in an angle about children and your chances skyrocket. But if it is so much about the welfare of the children, why are the actions of these very people strategically against children?

There is nothing that endangers children in this country more than abortion. The lives of some 60 million would-be citizens have been snuffed out since 1973 without a chance to grow up as a child. The very same people who decry separating children at the border (which by the way is a prevention measure to child sex trafficking, drug running, and gang indoctrination) are all too quick to passionately stand for the ultimate life-ending separation of a child from a mother’s womb. They fight for public funding of this murderous disgrace through Planned Parenthood and label those who oppose them as misogynists. Psalms 127:3 says, “Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” If were about the children, these leftist wouldn't be rabid supporters of abortion. Hypocrites all. 

6.28.18
​Kennedy resignation relevance


The resignation of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is the opportunity of the century and the reason why Donald Trump’s election as President was so important. Trump has the opportunity to shape the court for decades, perhaps even reverse some of the decisions that the previous activist courts have made. But this historic moment is not lost on the regressive left. They have only a couple of options now to prevent the court from becoming their nightmare—an actual defender of the Constitution. The rule of law is something the left has been chipping away at for years, especially through activist judges. The swing back to constructionism, however, may be more difficult than one thinks.

The Democrats have been calling for impeachment since before Trump took office. They are using trumped up charges that the president collaborated with or conspired with Russia to influence the outcome of the election. The Special Counsel appointed to investigate has spent two years releasing detrimental information about the president in a continuous flow. Hollywood has used its media platform to attack the president with everything they have. The media has labeled him a Nazi and a racist. Still, the president has moved forward with the agenda for which he was elected and his approval rating is higher than the previous occupant of the Oval Office at the same point in their terms.

The only hope the Democrats have now for obstructing Trump’s appointment to the Supreme Court is taking control of the Senate in the fall elections. If they are able to do this, and the current Senate is unable to ramrod another Trump appointee to the Supreme Court, there may be a path to a compromise Justice, essentially another Kennedy who will be liberal when it counts and conservative as window dressing to kind of “keep things even.” If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does anything in his lifetime to be recognized in history, this is his moment. He needs to get a conservative appointed to the Supreme Court to protect America’s freedoms and to turn back the trend of progressive interpretation of the Constitution.

The charge for conservative Christians is to run to vote like your hair’s on fire! Christians determined the outcome of the presidential election. They must do so for this midterm election as well. The Supreme Court may be on the line. Impeaching the president is definitely on the line. We talk about society and how it has fallen so far away from God. In this country, we have a choice in our leaders—not always a great choice—but we have a choice. The battle lines are drawn. The anarchists and communists (progressives) are bullying their way through with vain words and violent acts. Romans 12:29 says, “Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” The months ahead will be our chance to strategically overcome evil and perhaps change society for the better. 

6.27.18
​Primary results pit law-abiding vs lawless


Socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated ten-term Democratic incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district. Ocasio-Cortez ran on a platform of abolishing the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency. Photos of her campaigning on election day had people carrying signs in the background that said, “We will not go back,” raising at the very least the question of illegal voting. Hollywood stars freaked out about the Supreme Court decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s travel ban of people from certain terrorist-friendly countries. The regressive left and its lapdog media are amplifying headlines about Trump and those who voted for him being Nazis.

Protests organized by anarchist and socialist/communist groups have erupted around the country. They are willing allies whenever they can be convinced that their political foes are Nazis. It is a classic brainwashing that the so-called news media is fueling. Let us remember that the Nazis hunted down Jews in Europe and systematically exterminated upwards of six million Jewish men, women and children in what is known as the Holocaust. The American Nazi Party’s motto is “Advancing National-Socialism into the 21st Century.” It is totally dedicated to advancing the Aryan race. This is a far cry from the Republican Party and the Trump Administration.

The Democratic Socialists of America say they are socialists because they are against private profit, they support a “humane international social order” with central planning and “equitable distribution” of resources. This is not too far from the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party platform, which promotes wealth redistribution by “making the wealthy pay their fair share,” supporting legal immigration “within reasonable limits,” and “universal” healthcare, which means socialist healthcare. There is not much difference between the Democratic Socialists and the Democratic Party, one is a subset of the other, and the Democratic Party fully supports socialist candidates who win the party’s nomination.

This pits those who embrace the Constitutional rule of law against those who want no rule of law, only majority rule. There is the law-abiding and the lawless. Those who want majority rule will do anything they can to achieve their goal, including encouraging breaking the law. We are seeing this play out day by day. It is akin to those who abide by the rule of God’s law and those who are rebellious. Acts 5:29 sums up how followers of Christ should view this: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” In rejecting Saul as King, Samuel said in 1 Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft…Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you…” Socialism/Communism rejects God’s word by its own admission that government supersedes God. It is the lawless path. Do not be snared by it.

6.26.18
The regressive left

The progressive left wing of America stakes their claim on tolerance. If one does not meet their moving standards of tolerance to illegal immigrants, homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals, transgenders, women wearing vagina hats, cop-haters, women who want the right to kill their babies in the womb, radical Muslims, banning guns, not respecting the flag, and more, you are immediately labeled a bigot, racist, misogynist, homophobe, Islamophobe, Nazi, extremist, and more. The day has come in this country where you cannot respectfully disagree with the left’s brand of moralism, and not be tagged as some really bad person—one, as Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) says, is not welcome anywhere.

When we think of how long people struggled to make this a country where anyone of any color, background, religion, or ethnicity could be served in a restaurant, or sit in the seat of their choice on public transportation, or drink from a public water fountain, is it not regressive to demand that people who are just trying to enforce the law, perhaps believe differently than the left about morals, human sexuality, or when life begins, be not allowed to eat in a public restaurant? The standard for forcing someone to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding if their religion prevents them from doing so changes when someone who disagrees with a political stance on homosexuality wants to eat at a restaurant.

Who are the real bullies in this scenario? The regressive left cries crocodile tears and gets mob-angry at stories of bullying, but they are the biggest, loudest bullies if one disagrees with them. They demand respect and acceptance, but they are quick to disrespect anyone who doesn't see eye to eye with them. They demand that no one judge them for their beliefs, yet they judge quickly those who believe differently. They promote diversity, yet in the same breath exclude those of a different value system. They demand equality, but deny others the same. They say people must accept and respect the religious beliefs of others, yet they label Christians as uneducated, gun toting, homophobic bigots.

1 Peter 2:7-8 speaks of the Messiah: “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient…a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence...” Jesus said in John 15:19, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” So you see, those who love the Lord are standing on the Rock of Salvation, while those who love the world see their salvation as standing on their own worldly standard--a double standard. They are misguided from their very foundation, and they hate those who disagree with them. Rather than progressive, they are regressive, moreover, extreme hypocrites.


6.25.18
​The hypocrisy of the coup-makers


The owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va refused to serve White House Press Secretary Sara Huckabee and her seven family members Friday night. The owner said she asked Huckabee and her party to leave because the restaurant upheld certain standards of “honesty, compassion and cooperation.” The owner said that she was upset because of President Trump’s policies on immigration and banning transgender people from the military. Last week, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was chased out of a Mexican restaurant by a mob of “Democratic Socialists” and protesters at her home yelled, “No peace, no sleep.” Protests are erupting across the country.

This is all part of a bigger movement. Remember after the election, the ex-“president” moved many of his top aides to his Organizing For Action (OFA) group. OFA claims it has over 32,000 volunteers and 250 offices nationwide. On February 13, 2017, The Daily Jot wrote: “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 …the leftist media springs to action…violence follows—all emanating from the ex-“president’s” signal that he is heartened by the protests.” This is just about how things are playing out right now because Trump is enforcing laws that have been on the books for over a decade.

Over the weekend, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (translate: socialists and communists in Congress), told a group, “Let’s stay the course... if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” Legal citizens not welcome in their own country? Imagine if Waters was denied service at a restaurant, department store or gas station? Racism and bigotry would take center stage. Waters ranted, “we’re going to win this battle because while you try and quote the Bible, Jeff Sessions and others, you really don’t know the Bible. God is on OUR side.”

Waters appears very uninformed about how God wants us to treat one another, including immigrants. The Bible says in Exodus 22:21, “Thou shalt neither vex a stranger or oppress him.” It also says in Exodus 12:49, “One law shall be to him that is home-born, and unto the foreigner who sojourns among you.” These commands are repeated throughout the Bible. We are to treat immigrants with the same love and respect with which we want others to treat us AND they must obey the law. These people are breaking the law by entering illegally. But that’s what the coup-makers want. They want to treat law abiding citizens with contempt, and to enlist the lawless to help them overthrow the country. Yet in this hypocrisy, they claim God’s favor.

6.22.18
Technology and mental disorders in children

The World Health Organization has recently classified “gaming disorder” from playing too much video games as a mental health condition. Medicalxpress.com reports, “The statement confirmed the fears of some parents but led critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing too many young video players.” Meantime, England’s National Health Service head Simon Stevens told a June 13 conference in Manchester that Britain’s children were experiencing a double epidemic of mental illness and obesity related to social media and online gaming. The UK Telegraph reports that NHS is calling for Facebook, Google and online gaming firms to have a statutory duty of care to protect children from mental health issues and addictive behavior.

The international do-gooders are recognizing the ill effects of too much technology on children and are starting to do something about it, but what about the kids in America? Are video games, social media and violence on streaming video channels impacting America’s kids? Are school shootings and bullying at least partially the result of too much of the wrong content on various technology platforms? What about the obesity problem among children here in the US? Washington Times Contributor Robert Knight has some specific examples in a revealing column “Taking Aim at Young Targets.” Knight expertly points out the violent culture of video games and content available on phones, tablets, computers, and TVs.

Knight writes, “The "Active Shooter" video game is a diabolical instrument created by Anton Makarevskiy, a 21-year-old Russian… Players in "Active Shooter" can be a mass murderer terrorizing a school or a SWAT team member responding. As the game progresses, civilian and police death totals are tabulated on the screen.” Knight aptly points out: “We don't know exactly the impact of violent video games. The media trot out psychologists who assure us that there's no causal relationship to real-life violence. In fact, a recent study claims that 80 percent of mass shooters had no interest in video games. Before we take leave of common sense, we need to ask: If viewing has no effect on behavior, why do merchants invest billions of dollars on ads to influence people's buying choices?”

Knight rhetorically asks if Hollywood liberals think their gun-heavy, ultra-violent content has no effect. He points to “13 Reasons Why,” a fictional Netflix show about why a teen took her life, as an example. He quotes Tim Winter of the Parents Television Council: “Millions of children watched; the Google search term for how to commit suicide spiked 26 percent; and there were news reports of children literally taking their own lives after the series was released." According to CDC, suicide rates among girls aged 10-14 have tripled over the past 15 years. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” As a parent/grandparent/uncle/aunt/brother/sister, we all need to double down on our efforts guide children toward Christ and away from the evils of some technology and its content.


6.21.18
The science of discernment


President Donald Trump held a rally in Duluth, Minnesota last night at a hockey arena. The venue was packed with “thousands” of people. The AP report about the rally was full of one-liner “tweet”-like sentences that showed the visceral toward the president under the guise of reporting just the facts. Certain word phrases were used: “Trump is complaining,” Trump is also falsely accusing the media,” Trump is continuing to rail,” Trump has been interrupted several times,” Trump is “returning to his hardline immigration rhetoric,” and “Trump is accusing the media…” Can anyone detect the bias here?

In determining a narrative about a topic, there are words to use and words to lose. For example, if you don't want the narrative to give the feel to people that something is unsafe, you may choose words that establish security or protection. You may not use the word “safer,” because it implies that something is unsafe. In just this one story by AP about the Trump rally, there are many words designed to create bias. Words like “accusing” implies that there is no substance to the claim. If the reporter was unbiased, the sentence may read, “Trump also said media coverage of…”

The words “Trump is complaining” also indicate that the president has no case regarding his complaint. Use of words like “hardline” imply that the president is aligned with right-wing, or nazi-like approaches. These are subtle ways that the media injects its bias against the president while at the same time claiming to report “just the facts.” Compare this reporting to that of the previous “president” where softer words were used, explanations about not upholding the law were painted with a word brush of thoughtfulness and reason. When a writer wants to escalate an emotion toward a topic, aggressive words are used. When a writer wants to deescalate, softer words are used.

This is media bias. In reality, it is fake news. The AP took a very positive rally with mainstream Americans and turned it into a suspicious-looking, bigot-slanted, hate event by the words it used to describe the gathering. The reporting looked straightforward, but it had a message with it. 1 John 4:1-6 speaks about discerning the spirits, and it is not unlike discerning the news. Verses 5-6 say, “They are of the world: therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them; We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears us not. Hereby, we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” The science of discernment for disciples of Christ is to discern the spirit of the worldly things to know the truth—in news or in other aspects of life. 

6.20.18
​The pot and the kettle


Back in the day when black cast iron pots and kettles were common, there was a saying, “You’re the pot calling the kettle black.” It meant that you were doing the same thing that you accused someone else of doing. This type of human action has been around since the fall of mankind. Yet we are seeing it play out today in a grand scale. The progressive mantra, meaning leftist and most likely Marxist, has done all the things they are accusing the Trump Administration of doing. When the leftists did it, their lapdog media minions either didn't cover it or justified it as necessary. For example, Democrats have used certain aspects of immigration laws, but when Republicans use them, they are accused of being inhumane.

It’s one thing after another. One might call it hypocrisy, but it is deeper and darker than that. The media, for example, soft-peddled the Russian ties between Hillary and Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and the Clinton Foundation, but amplifies anything they can about Donald Trump and Russia. 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.” The more they pushed Russian ties with Trump, the more deals they did with Russia themselves.

In March 2017, the Daily Jot reported that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State she completed a deal where nuclear grade uranium was sent to Russia scoring $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow, Clinton’s campaign Chairman John Podesta did a $35 million energy deal with Russia, and the Clinton Foundation received $2.35 million in donations from Ian Telfer, head of Russia’s uranium company. In October 2017, the FBI released information indicating both the Clinton’s and the immediate past “president” were involved in what appears to be a bribery/kickback scheme with Russian officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Today, the headlines are full of the jack-boot actions of the Mueller Special Counsel, which appears to be arresting and blackmailing Trump campaign personnel, his lawyers, and others into making a case against Trump for colluding with Russia. Those arrested by Mueller are charged with crimes unrelated to Trump. The media and the Democrats are in an uproar every day, all day. They pile on with conjured up narratives that also imply abuse of children on immigration enforcement and many other issues. As said in 2 Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” It’s the pot calling the kettle black, as it boils the ingredients of deceit and lawlessness.

6.19.18
Discerning news and prophecy


A Pew Research Center poll of 5,035 American adults found that only 26% could correctly discern facts from opinions in news stories. Furthermore, according to Pew, Americans were likely to think that facts were accurate. Those who identified opinions as fact did so from the basis of their belief system, such as political or religious beliefs. Many Christians also do the same with Bible interpretation and prophecy. Many believe that since things are so morally out of alignment with scriptures in our country that the Lord “must” be returning soon. The Holy Scriptures are very specific about the time and events of the Lord’s return. Even as between news facts and opinions, we must discern scripture responsibly.

According to the Apostle Paul, several distinct things must happen before the Lord returns. He writes in 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3, “That you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” This is very clear: 1) don’t be deceived, 2) falling away, 3) antichrist (beast) revealed, 4) sits in the temple as God.

He also writes in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16, “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” So 5) Lord returns with a shout, 6) dead in Christ rise first, 7) saints remaining on earth meet him in the air. This is consistent with Biblical prophecies written about the return of Christ. There is no mention of the stock market or the US political situation, although these things may have a role in moving the prophetic clock forward and are interesting side stories.

We, as saints in these days and as watchmen and teachers, must be responsible in how we explain these events. We must be discerning and careful to not overstate their significance, use inflammatory language, or to tie Biblical absolutes to our subjective opinion in order to advance personal viewpoints. Be careful not to be driven by intrigue or fear, or to be led astray by false doctrine. Be as those in Berea from Acts 17:11, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” The prophetic must align with scripture. Crying wolf too many times can cause many to stumble. Let us discern responsibly.

6.18.18
​FBI report and coup attempt


The news is abuzz with the Inspector Generals report on the FBI abuse of power. No smoking gun, but all those who want to see President Trump drummed out of office. Read into what you want, but from my perspective there was a deep-state, Democratic Party conspiracy going on—using people on the taxpayer dole—to prevent Trump from becoming President. It appears as though the entire “Russian” narrative is accusing Trump of exactly what his opponents were doing. Moreover, they are using this narrative to impeach a duly elected president. If, for example, the Democrats take control of the House and/or Senate, expect Trump to be impeached. The FBI report gives insight to an ongoing coup attempt.

In February 2017, The Daily Jot reported about the genesis of a coup. My ministry partner of 26 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.

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.”

The FBI report, the various other reports by Congress, even the Mueller Special Counsel investigation, so far have done nothing to verify Trump collusion with Russia to undermine the election. In fact, all criminal charges to date have nothing to do with Trump’s campaign. Revealed, however, is how the FBI and the previous White House used the secret FISA court to spy on Trump, the visceral of FBI agents against Trump and in favor of Hillary Clinton, and general deep state chicanery. There is a stronghold over our nation aimed at keeping its power. 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.” We the People need to recognize this for what it is, and pray and act against it.

6.15.18
​The spirit of propaganda

Propaganda is defined as “chiefly derogatory information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.” In America, propaganda was always supposed be properly identified. For example, the First Amendment of the Constitution expressly guarantees the news media’s freedom. This means that government cannot suppress free speech. This freedom is should be used to hold the government accountable. When the news media takes the position of a political party, it no longer is exercising its freedom, but is held captive to the spirit of propaganda, causing government and politicians to be far less accountable and far more powerful.

When I was in Journalism school, we did a lot of analyzing of news stories to be able to recognize bias. Back then, we used Pravda and Tass--the official “news” outlets of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union. They were the most clever propagandists of the time. For example, one story was about an international race between a Russian and an American. The America won the race by quite a distance. The headline in the Communist papers went like this: “Russia second, American next to last in international race.” You see how truth can be distorted by propaganda. The government has its own point of view and its own propaganda. Unlike the Soviet Union, America’s media was and is free to report the truth.

When a society drifts away from God, it also has no bearing of truth. Some of the most godless people are in the highest places of both government and media. They believe truth is relative and that the ends justifies the means. Without God, there can be no truth. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” Without Jesus it is extremely difficult to even discern truth because he is the truth. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:3,4, ”But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not...” Jesus also said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”

Herein is a two-fold problem. Americans are being fed deception by the news media which by and large cannot know truth because it has no foundation in Christ. Therefore, good citizenship as Americans requires that we do not believe what we hear from the media and seek the truth on our own. Moreover, we are called by Christ to make disciples. Romans 10:13,14 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?” We as Christians must do a better job in making disciples, otherwise the truth will never be known.


6.14.18
​Having Courage

Some of the headlines these days can be quite discouraging. The media continues its fake news onslaught toward the White House; there is a fear that robots will take over and make slaves of us all; the Clinton crime ring is further exposed, but no justice as yet; and in case you haven’t heard, the US House of Representatives approved a bill that bans child sex dolls and robots. Who would have ever thought this would be necessary?  You can see this is no time for the weak-hearted. It is no time for followers of Christ to disengage. It seems we have been doing that since the 1960s, and it hasn’t worked. Christ is the answer to this dark and dying world, and you are his vessel. Think about that.

You have a calling. And much bad doctrine has been taught about this. The Holy Scriptures say in Romans 8:28 “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” It’s not your purpose, but “HIS” purpose. Romans 11:29 says that “the gifts and calling of God are unchangeable.” So when people are saying that you have to find your calling, it is really understanding that you are called “not according to our works, but according to his own purpose (2 Timothy 1:9).” Christ is our example. He is the way the truth and the life. He showed us how to engage according to his purpose. It takes courage to conduct Christ’s purpose in this world, in this country today.

Psalm 31:24 says, “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.” As Christians, our hope is in the Lord. We are to be ever watching for his return. As Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” And Jesus promises in Matthew 10:22, “And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.” We, as Christians, are not to stand by and allow evil to advance just because we have read the end of the book and we win. We are to not be overcome with evil, but to overcome evil with good. The Lord says to be of good courage and that his gifts will never change--you are equipped.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We are reminded that it isn’t easy 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...” Verse 6 tells us, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” We should not fear man. Man cannot take our soul. So we need to take heart during these times. Have courage. Put on the full armor of God and speak boldly as we ought to speak. And having done all, stand.

6.13.18
Importance of good leadership


The Bible says in Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 28:15 says, “As a roaring lion, and a charging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.” America has had poor leadership for so long that many are repulsed by good leadership. Case in point is how the media has handled President Donald Trump’s dealings with North Korea. The examples we have seen for decades in leadership from the White House have bent toward appeasing the wicked rather than dealing with them straightforward. Many Americans have been so lulled into the group think of appeasement, they are offended by the alternative.

The definition of appease is “to make concessions to (someone, such as an aggressor or a critic) often at the sacrifice of principles.” That is exactly what we have seen in the White House for so long that when someone doesn't appease an enemy, many get nervous to the point of apoplexy. President Jimmy Carter appeased the radical Iranians when they stormed the US Embassy in Tehran. This led to the establishment of the Islamic terrorist reign of the Ayatollahs. Carter did much the same with the Palestinian Liberation Organization in appeasing Yassir Arafat, rewarding his terrorist acts with White House recognition and billions of US foreign aid dollars, much of which Arafat pocketed.

President Ronald Reagan persisted in calling the Soviet Union an evil empire. The news media and the liberals attacked him relentlessly, saying he would lead America into World War III. Reagan’s straightforward tenacity eventually led to the dismantling of a regime that was responsible for the deaths of some 80 million people. When terrorist Moammar Kadafi of Libya was found responsible for the bombing of a West Berlin discotheque, Reagan bombed Kadaffi’s compound in Libya. The media freaked. The Democrats cried. But no problems with Libya again until the most recent ex-“president.” After the Reagan presidency, the long, slippery slope of appeasement took root in American leadership culture.

Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and the most recent ex-“president” all appeased Islam--from Saudi Arabia to Iran to the Palestinian Liberation Organization—terrorist sponsors all. Europe followed America’s lead, kissing the ring fingers of the Islamic elite, appeasement on steroids. So it is no surprise that when a leader like Trump steps up and figuratively thumps a two-bit dictator in the chest, the world responds with fear and trepidation. Remember a year ago the world was talking about how Trump would start a nuclear war with North Korea. But Trump’s strong, no-nonsense leadership has brought the promise of something good. He painted a positive vision of a developed, prosperous North Korea. Kim Jong Un agreed to lay down his arms. Time will test the success, but there is at least a chance. Good leadership in important.

6.12.18
​Undoing the deadly deeds


AP reports that President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un concluded an “extraordinary nuclear summit” Tuesday with the US president pledging unspecified “security guarantees” to the North and Kim recommitting to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” AP reports that In a very choreographed ceremony on a Singapore island, “Trump and Kim came together for a summit that seemed unthinkable months ago, clasping hands in front of a row of alternating U.S. and North Korean flags, holding a one-on-one meeting, additional talks with advisers and a working lunch.” Trump is undoing what President Clinton did some 25 years ago.

President Bill 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, after 17 months of negotiations, 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 his commitment to 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, (father of current dictator Kim Jong Un) Clinton vastly expanded America's commitments under the formal agreement to finance fuel shipments and reactors, ease its long-standing trade embargo and move toward first-ever diplomatic relations with North Korea. North Korea went on to develop nuclear weapons and to assist Iran in its nuclear weapons program.

Instead of having a safer future, the world is far more dangerous because of Clinton’s reckless shenanigans. A very similar situation exists with Iran because of the immediate past “president.” The situation with Iran is far worse at this stage of the game because the ex-“president” gave Iran billions of dollars in untraceable cash, further funding nuclear ambitions and global terrorism—all in the name of peace. 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 is dealing with a very dangerous world created in a big part by wrong-minded Democrat American presidents.

6.11.18
The cross and the anti-cross


Turkey’s “President” Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a possible prophetic figure as he leads Turkey toward reviving the Islamic Caliphate of the Ottoman Empire which ruled for 624 years from 1299 to 1923. Its control over the Middle East was far greater than the Roman Empire. Some scholars now believe that a revived Ottoman Empire is the one prophesied as the end-time antichrist system. The end time battle of Ezekiel 38 is led from specific locations in Turkey--Magog, Meshech, Tubal. Also Christ is quoted in Revelation 2:13 that Pergamos is “even where Satan’s seat is...where Satan dwells.” Pergamon is in Turkey. Now Erdogan is threatening a war between the cross and the crescent.

On June 8, Austria announced its intention to expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families from the country and shut down seven mosques. Officials in the Austrian government claimed that the move was inspired by a 2015 law which banned foreign funding of religious groups and created a duty for Muslim societies to have “a positive fundamental view towards (Austria) state and society.” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Friday told reporters that “Political Islam’s parallel societies and radicalizing tendencies have no place in our country.” Of course, the news media is labeling the move as coming from the “far right” politicians in Austria, although Austria’s opposition parties also supported the action.

One Imam took to twitter, saying “Austria’s decision to close down seven mosques and deport imams with a lame excuse is a reflection of the anti-Islam, racist and discriminatory populist wave in this country.” Reaction from Ankara was even harsher. Erdogan said in a Saturday speech, “These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent…They say they’re going to kick our religious men out of Austria. Do you think we will not react if you do such a thing?” What does Erdogan expect has been going on since the inception of Islam by Mohammad around the year 610?

It was Mohammad who commanded Muslims to maim and kill Christians and Jews when he wrote the Koran. 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.” Erdogan’s war against the cross is Mohammad’s war. It’s part of Islam’s peace. Austria knows it, so should the rest of the world.​

6.8.18
A word to the wise


Many would agree that the “Church” in the United States is not what is described in the book of Acts. The latter days prophecy of Jesus in Matthew 24:24 is in full swing: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” False teaching, even heresy, has permeated our society. The out of context Word of God is used to justify many things from abusive government to corporate greed to specific doctrines of churches and ministries. It has come to the point where just quoting the Bible creates a vitriolic reaction--especially among Christians who disagree with how one views that quote.

It is grievous that man has purposed to follow other men in believing how God’s word is to be dispensed and interpreted. It is a curious condition of the human soul and spirit that would accept teaching that is in great error rather than seek out what is truth. It is amazing that if a wrong concept is repeated enough times, it becomes as if it is correct and true, even if it is not. Even more, it is perplexing that men will condemn others viewpoints, belligerently attack the personal character of another, call into question one’s faith and walk with the Lord, over doctrine and theology that they have never bothered to study themselves, but someone they follow said is true.

There are far too many doctrines, far too many theologies, far too many versions of truth in the “Church” that not all of them can be correct. The proponents of them cause arguments. Friends become estranged. Evil becomes good and good becomes evil. I was once in a conversation with a friend about a certain subject of the Bible. I read to him the exact verse that refuted his errant belief that was taught to him by a false teacher. He told me that I had a right to be wrong and began arguing semantics of various words in the simple verse. When that didn’t work, he argued scientific plausibility. When that argument failed, it became a personal attack. We decided it was best not to discuss it anymore.

Study the Bible for yourself. Take the time to understand. If you do, then you will find the truth. And often, that truth will be far from what is being taught. Psalm 146:3 says, “Do not trust a prince or upon a son of man, for there is no salvation in his hand.” When you stand before the Lord, it will not be that teacher, preacher, apostle or prophet who saves you. Jesus warns in Matthew 7:22,23: “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”  A word to the wise: know the Word.

6.7.18
The spy within


Facebook has become such an integrated part of American society that it is difficult to extract oneself from it, but Americans should consider alternatives. We now see the apologetic television ads saying that information is going to be more secure and that the platform will do in the future what it was built to do. That really gives me pause. The Facebook platform was advertised as a safe and secure place to build community with family and friends. In reality, it does build community, and it allows connectivity with folks that you may not always be able to keep in touch with, but it is not safe and secure. No matter what goes on in the future, all of us using Facebook have been compromised in so many ways.

Facebook was part and parcel to a data mining (sic spying) application developed and used by the immediate past “president.” The working model collected information on Facebook users that would be valuable to the “president’s” election campaign. In 2012, Facebook even expressed surprise that the “president’s” campaign was “able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized what we were doing…because they were on our side,” the campaign’s director of media analytics, Carol Davidson, tweeted with a link to a talk she gave on how Facebook allowed the campaign to harvest data across friends networks.

To Facebook, it was OK for the leftist administration to use the data mined on Facebook, but it wasn’t OK for the conservative campaign to use the same information. Cambridge Analytics, used by the Trump Campaign, became central to a Facebook media firestorm implying something illegal or unethical—a hypocritical double standard for sure. Especially when it is revealed that Facebook actually created partnerships with some 60 companies, according to the New York Times, to use personal information harvested from the network. Companies like Apple, Amazon, Blackberry, Microsoft, and Samsung were able to figure out what you want and put it in front of you. But wait, there’s more.

If you have the Facebook app on your phone, your conversations also are likely divulging information without your knowledge. Sam Nichols of Vice.com reports that there are certain “word triggers” that cause the Facebook app and others to have access to the private data on your phone. He tested his theory using trigger words in his phone conversations and within hours, product adverts related to his conversations began popping up on his Facebook page. Don’t forget, apps like this also have relationships with the government, and the previous administration was known for spying on reporters, politicians, and even citizens using Facebook, Google and others.

Jesus told his disciples regarding the end times in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” We all have been deceived to even begin to think that platforms like Facebook are safe, secure and private. In reality, they do not respect our privacy and we all need to be aware that these platforms are mining our personal data, putting us on lists, and using those lists for their agendas. Not even our conversations or information on our cell phones are exempt.  

6.6.18
​Christians will determine mid-term election outcome


A couple of polls have been taken by reputable companies regarding the state of mind of Americans. Pew Research says that nearly 7 of 10 Americans feel worn out by the amount of news they are bombarded with each day. George Barna’s American Culture and Faith Institute (AFCI) reports that almost the same amount of people (ranging from 66-77%) are angry about the condition of America; saying the country is going in the wrong direction politically, culturally and morally. Nonetheless, Barna says 45% approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as President. This coincides with Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll that indicates 48% of likely voters approve of President Trump’s job performance.

Pew reports, “While majorities of both Republicans and Democrats express news fatigue, Republicans are feeling it more. Roughly three-quarters (77%) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents feel worn out over how much news there is, compared with about six-in-ten Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (61%). This elevated fatigue among Republicans tracks with them having less enthusiasm than Democrats for the 2018 elections.” A January Pew poll said that 69% of Democrats looked forward to the congressional elections, significantly more than the 58% of Republicans. This is fairly normal for a mid-term election as the party in control of the White House usually loses seats in Congress.

The ACFI poll shows that if the election were held today, voter turnout would be even lower (33%) than the average of the three most recent mid-term elections (36.8%). Of that mix, an estimated 54% would be liberal, 41% conservative and 23% moderate. However, Barna says “Among the major faith segments, 49% of SAGE Cons (Spiritually Active, Governance Engaged Conservative Christians) would be expected to vote, compared to 36% of Notional Christians, 31% of born again Christians, 30% of Skeptics, and 28% of people associated with non-Christian faiths.” Barna says that those who have a biblical worldview are substantially above-average in their likelihood to vote at 43% compared with the 33% average.

Barna says, “The 2016 presidential election was noteworthy for many reasons, one of which was the central role of people’s faith in their voting decisions. That argument is supported by more than three dozen national and statewide surveys conducted by ACFI during the campaign.” Despite discouraging news fatigue, traditional losses of the party in the White House, liberal voters being more motivated, and the general lack of interest in the mid-term elections, Christians have the opportunity to once again control the outcome and shape society by exercising their right to vote. This is one way that we influence a dark and dying world. Romans 12:21 says, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” A ballot cast in faith, by faith, and of faith is one way to ultimately influence the direction of politics, culture and morals in society. 

6.5.18
Too much bad news can make you sick


I’m sure you have heard someone, maybe even yourself, say, “All this bad news just makes me sick.” CNN, of all networks, is reporting that every news alert indicating the world is “pushed further and further into crisis” takes an increasing toll on “our mental health.” CNN reports, “The world has always been stressful, but experiencing acute events occurring thousands of miles away is a new and challenging phenomenon. On any given day, it feels like the world is falling apart.” Susanne Babbel, a trauma recovery psychotherapist, says constant exposure to bad news can “derail our ability to cope healthily…we might go numb or have an overactive fear response to the perceived threat.”

CNN says the 24 hour news cycle opens us up to hearing about problems all around the world, all day every day. CNN reports that news, indeed, is getting worse: “According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, the United States experienced 16 weather and climate disasters last year, with losses exceeding $1 billion and total costs of approximately $306 billion — a national record. The United Nations’ disaster-monitoring system says that since 1970, the number of disasters worldwide has more than quadrupled, rising to about 400 per year.” CNN then poses the questions: “How can we brace for disaster and find the strength to withstand it? How will we adapt to our greater exposure to trauma? And will our mental health be sacrificed in the process?”

The answers are really two-fold: First, people can stop listening and watching so much news. I had to do that because it’s just depressing. Think of the impact it has on the mental state of those poor godless liberals who are covering and reporting the news? CNN is talking about its own staff when it is quoting a psychotherapist about overactive fear responses and being able to mentally cope with the news. Think of the frenzy in just covering the White House. These reporters have worked themselves up to the point of a near blood lust. Their mental health is clearly compromised. It’s visible by virtue of the nonsensical things they say. This translates to the public. My advice: Turn it off. Take it in small doses.

 The second answer is really what the world needs. Jesus Christ told us what would happen in the latter days. He said in Matthew 24 that there would be wars and rumors of wars, nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes. He said in verse 6, “see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” In answer to CNN’s questions, we brace for disaster and withstand it by embracing the Lord. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.” We combat the bad news by accepting the good news of the gift of salvation. While the bad news can make us sick, the good news of Christ heals. As is written in Romans 10:15, “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

6.4.18
White House Ramadan Dinner


According to The Religion of Peace website, Muslim jihadists killed 399 people since May 17, the beginning of the Islamic holy month Ramadan. During the last 30 days, the site reports there were 140 Islamic attacks in 28 countries resulting in 633 people being killed and another 753 injured. The Religion of Peace is a non-partisan, fact-based website which examines the ideological threat that Islam poses to human dignity and freedom and admits that it is unable to document all such attacks. The site states: “In the full context of the Quran, 'peace' means submission, and 'tolerance of other religions' means not killing those members who agree to live in a subjugated status to Islamic rule.”

There are some 109 verses in the Quran that call for war or violence against nonbelievers in Islam. Muslims who do not follow these commands are warned that hell awaits them. Now many people, including some Christians, say that the Bible does the same thing. They are showing their ignorance. The instances in the Bible that call for violence are for a specific group for a specific time. In contrast, the Quran singles out Christians and Jews, in addition to others who do not submit to Islam, without restraint in perpetuity. Contextually speaking, the “peace” of Islam truly translates “submission,” meaning people must accept humiliation, convert to Islam or are killed. Islam is the religion of submission not of peace.

Ramadan is a holy fast of Islam commemorating the first revelation of the Quran to Mohammad. It is celebrated by fasting during the day and “Iftar” dinners after sunset. Muslims are also supposed to refrain from sinful behavior, although killing infidels is not considered a sin in Islam, but rather honor. An example: Marking the beginning of Ramadan, Muslims in Gaza spurred on by the terrorist group Hamas, embarked on a “peaceful” March of Return to Israel to, in the words of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, “remove this transient border…our people can’t give up one inch of the land of Palestine.” Generally, Islamic countries are notorious for their human trafficking, drug trade and suppression of religious freedom. Every year, they rank among the most egregious violators in the State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

 Last year, President Trump did not hold an Iftar dinner at the White House as did his past three predecessors, but this year he will. Presidents are put in a tough position because they want to encourage the vast majority of American Muslims who are peaceful. Islam’s duality, however, of war against unbelievers and peace (meaning submission) should not be encouraged. Neither should Islam’s acts that foment evil against much of mankind. Proverbs 1:15-16 says to stay away from those such sinners, “walk not in the way with them; refrain your foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make hast to shed blood.” White House Iftar dinners were a bad idea when Bill Clinton started them, and they are still a bad idea.

6.1.18
To unsubscribe or not to unsubscribe


Lately, I have noticed a trend among some Daily Jot readers. There are certain hot-button topics that people claiming to be Christian do not want to read about. Among them are socialism and religion, the Millennial generation challenges, Israel and God’s people, Christianity supporting ungodly issues. There are issues that churches across America are willing to soft sell or wink at rather than deal with from a scriptural perspective. They don't want to lose people due to offense. Just like people may know what is written in the Daily Jot is true, just as they know the scriptures are true, but they would rather disengage or unsubscribe than look the issue in the mirror.

If you are a follower of Christ, the Messiah, then you know his promise. The entire Bible is given to us as the word of God, as is Jesus Christ. In Christ is our salvation and in the Bible is instruction on how we are to work out our salvation here on earth. Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The promise of eternal life, knowing the end game so to speak, should give us all the confidence to speak boldly as we ought to speak and having done all, to stand. Jesus said in Matthew 24:6 that ...see that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, says the LORD.” Likewise, Isaiah 33:14-16 says, “The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that keeps his hands from the holding of bribes, that stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the fortresses of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.”

 As the LORD says, your heritage--your prophetic place--is in his righteousness and it is you who shall have a place of defense in the fortress of rocks, dwelling on high with bread and water. Do not be overwhelmed by the things of this world. We are exhorted in Romans 12:21 to, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Let’s not sit around ignoring what is unrighteous, but rather seize our place in the righteousness of the LORD. We don’t have to be enslaved by the oppression of the world. We can stand in that gap, be that royal priesthood. We were not put here on earth to live in a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. So after doing all, we stand. Or…we can merely unsubscribe. 

5.31.18
​A terrorist by any other name


Missiles are flying in the air across the Gaza border toward an Israeli kindergarten and rioters are trying to violate Israel’s border ostensibly in response to the US recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In reality, US News and World Report reported the attacks had been planned since March, the Jerusalem recognition only inflamed them. In July 2014, some 300-plus missiles were raining down on Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed at the time to “intensify even further our attacks on Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza.” Today, Netanyahu is faced with the largest barrage of attacks since then and it’s coming from the same people—Hamas and Iranian sponsored terrorists.

In 2005, Netanyahu, plead with Israeli leadership to end the disengagement plan of evicting Jews from Gaza.  Netanyahu believed giving up land without concessions is a demonstration that terrorism pays and that Israel’s national security will be forever threatened. He warned that Gaza would become a terrorist base of operations and that Israel’s defense and security may be undermined by disengagement.  He said, “I am calling on all those who grasp the danger: Gather strength and do the right thing. I don't know if the entire move can be stopped, but it still might be stopped in its initial stages." And he warned, “The government is advancing in total blindness. They have eyes but don't see. They have ears but don't hear."

If ever the so-called “Palestinian People” had an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that it could have a nation living side by side in peace with Israel, it was in Gaza. Instead, they embraced their roots of terrorism, elected the terrorist Hamas to govern, and have been agents of violence ever since. Netanyahu’s Biblical reference applied not only to Israel, but also the United States, which pressured Israel to give up Gaza for “peace.” In Ezekiel 12:2, the Lord says, “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.” Those of that rebellious house are the reason there is a terrorist state living next to Israel.

The US now is trying to reverse the foreign policy of past presidents toward Israel. Instead of being told to stand down, as the past two presidents demanded of Israel when terrorists threatened its borders, the current US Administration is restating that Israel has the right to protect its borders. The Jerusalem Post quoted an unnamed US National Security Council official saying, “We call on those launching the attacks to cease this destructive violence…we fully support Israel’s right to self-defense.” Netanyahu is experiencing the consequences of those who refuse to recognize that terrorists don't want peace, they want total annihilation of the Jews. After more than 20 years, American leadership also is “seeing” that a terrorist by any other name is still a terrorist. 

5.30.18
​Christianity and socialism


A recent survey by George Barna’s American Culture and Faith Institute indicates that the more deeply people study the Bible, the more they favor capitalism over socialism. Notwithstanding, people under the age of 35 more strongly lean toward socialism. The survey of 2,000 adults also indicated that Americans lacked an understanding of socialism, and after responding to several questions about the workings of economics and governance, they switched from 41% favoring socialism over capitalism to only 25% preferring a socialist system in America. Some 23% of Americans think capitalism is most compatible with the principles of the Bible, 29% chose socialism and 8% believed communism best fit the Bible.

Barna says, “However, the more likely a respondent was to believe that the Bible teaches truth, to say that it is an accurate and reliable source of wisdom, and to spend time reading the Bible during a typical week, they more likely they were to argue that capitalism best fits a biblical lifestyle. Overall, two-thirds (64%) of SAGE Cons – the spiritually active, governance engaged conservative Christians – said the Bible is most compatible with capitalism. That dropped to just 40% among all born again Christians and only 25% of Notional Christians. Even smaller proportions of non-Christians – 18% of people associated with a non-Christian faith and 12% of Skeptics – believed the Bible is more compatible with capitalism.”

The survey showed that “pluralities of Notional Christians (33%), people associated with non-Christian faiths (29%) and Skeptics (28%) leaned toward socialism. Significant, though, was the number of people from each group who admitted that they had no idea which economic system is most compatible with the Bible, ranging from 19% of SAGE Cons to 28% of born agains, and jumping to 36% of Notionals, 41% of those aligned with non-Christian faiths, and a majority of Skeptics (53%). Protestants and Catholics also differed on this matter. Among Protestants 40% said the Bible is most compatible with capitalism while 28% chose socialism. In contrast, Catholics were more likely to say the Bible is most compatible with socialism (35%) than with capitalism (27%).”

Communism and socialism are rooted in the Communist Manifesto, which calls for the abolition of all morals and religion, rendering the state as god. Many Christians who believe socialism is in step with the Bible point to Acts 4:32, which says, “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that any of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.” This is not socialism. This is true Christianity. Socialism would force the redistribution of wealth. With Christianity, it is given freely. As Solomon writes 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.” Responsible Capitalism is aligned with the Biblical principle that whatever you sow, you will also reap. Socialism is a godless system by virtue of its manifesto.

5.29.18
Two religious leaders and their false doctrines

Two religious leaders were in the news over the Memorial Day weekend and both of them are teaching bad doctrine and both influence millions of people with it. One is calling for an end to white men, and the other is embracing social liberalism as he reinterprets scripture. One embraces homosexuality and told a longtime atheist friend in March that hell does not exist and that condemned souls just disappear. One says that the Republican Jewish Council represents white supremacy and has referred to the immediate ex-president as “God.” These two men, absurd as their words are, represent well over a billion peoples’ religions and millions agree with them.

Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, says his fellow church leadership “call me a heretic.” Politico reports that the Pope is being “celebrated by progressives around the world for his push to update and liberalize aspects of church doctrine.” Politico writes, however, “Francis is facing fierce blowback from traditionalists who take issue with his openness to Muslim migrants, his concern for the environment and his softer tone on divorce, cohabitation and homosexuality. Opposition has become so heated that some advisers are warning him to tread carefully to avoid a “schism” in the church.” Church leadership believes Francis has undermined the church’s authority and reduced the role of priests by rendering doctrine more ambiguous.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan tweeted over the weekend, “Why should there be an end to white men? Because their nature is not in harmony with the nature of God. White man was only given 6,000 years (6 days) to rule. You cannot deny he has ruled but on what principle did he rule? Righteousness? Truth? Justice? Fairness? I don’t think so. What he (the White man) does, he does by nature. What you (Black people) do, is by learning from your master.” He said that the traits of whites were murder and dishonesty. Farrakhan’s website says, “We believe in the truth of the Bible, but we believe that it has been tampered with and must be reinterpreted so that mankind will not be snared by the falsehoods that have been added to it.” It says that Nation of Islam founder Fard Muhammad is the Christian Messiah and the Muslim Mahdi.

 Obviously, one cannot believe in the truth of the Bible, but change it at will. Nor can one believe in the truth of the Bible and not the truth of the Messiah. Farrakhan is a false prophet of a false god, preaching a divisive and deadly religion. Pope Francis is trying to rewrite the doctrines of the Bible to fit his modern interpretation of scripture. These men deny the truth and use their authority to twist the meaning of scripture, making it hard for many to discern the truth. They will not stand in your place or mine on judgment day. This is why we must seek the truth for ourselves. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” 

5.28.18
Honoring the keepers of liberty


Some time ago, I was re-watching the movie “Midway.” Six months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, they were trying to set a trap for the US Navy and destroy it. The American commanders actually set a trap of their own and the highly outnumbered US forces won a decisive victory. I am always humbled by the selfless and heroic efforts made by the World War II generation. They sacrificed their lives for something they believed was bigger than them. They knew the value of family; the power of God; and that life and liberty was foundational to being an American, and it was worth fighting for. They were defined by their courage and character, their dedication to what was right and good.

For me, Memorial Day was always a solemn day first, and a day of great celebration second. Growing up, our 4-H horse club always participated in the Memorial Day Parade that wound through Rootstown, Ohio and ended up at the cemetery. There, we faced the graves of those who served their country, many who died that we might live free. Our horses were to stand at attention, and we were to sit on them, also at attention, our hats removed, as the speakers honored America’s finest. Afterwards, we would load up the horses and head back to the farm, where we had a cookout, usually with Warren and Sue McCarthy, Gene and Betty Flynn, Bob and Doris Harris and their families.

Warren and Gene served on D-Day. They survived it. And they were decorated war heroes. Not much of what they did was ever discussed. But you somehow knew that they were special. My dad, who was a farmer during the war, was best friends with these men. He knew what went on, but would never say. They were among the finest men I knew growing up. My uncle Bob Harris served in the Philippines. There were times when he had flashbacks. My dad would get a call from my aunt and he would find Uncle Bob, talk him down and hold him until the terror passed. He, too, was a decorated hero. All these men knew the price of freedom and they understood their civic duty to their families, their God and their country.

I’m sure you have stories as well about the brave men and women who served in our nation’s armed forces. President Ronald Reagan remembered veterans in his speech May 26, 1986. He said, “If we really care about peace, we must stay strong. If we really care about peace, we must, through our strength, demonstrate our unwillingness to accept an ending of the peace. We must be strong enough to create peace where it does not exist and strong enough to protect it where it does.” To me, there will never be peace on earth until the Lord returns. Jesus said, however, in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Many have sacrificed themselves that we may have peace and freedom. Let us honor their deeds.

5.25.18
Memorial Day and Reflections of Hope


Over the Memorial Day weekend, many will have the opportunity to spend time with friends and family on several occasions. As we come together, we should thank the Lord for those who gave their lives that we might be free. We should also recognize that the world in which we live, that the nation where we are citizens, is far different from what it was even 30 years ago. We as a nation have fast accelerated into a humanistic mindset where not much that is time honored or traditional is celebrated. The young men who I coached in football always were fascinated by some of our old timer stories about participating in Memorial Day parades when we were kids, ending at the local cemetery.

There, the graves of who served in the military were decorated with wreaths or flags, followed by a sermon and prayer for our nation and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Local Memorial Day services nowadays are often not well publicized. We may not know about them. What we do know about are the freedoms we have lost in the past generation--freedoms that were taken away not by some foreign force, but by the government itself. As we view the Bill of Rights through the headlines, we see that the government--those who we elected--are working to undermine these rights that were held by the Founders as “self evident” endowed by our “Creator” with a capital “C,” meaning God Almighty.

My son Christian and I often discuss these things. He says that “progressives” (that’s what they are politely called in his college classes) care little about the history of our nation because they believe that mankind is always progressing beyond the past. He says they fail to recognize the mistakes made in history and the knowledge and wisdom that comes from learning about those mistakes. That, he says, is what makes them prone to making unwise and bad decisions. He says that they see the Word of God as fable and reject the foundational principles of God’s law and the law of nature’s God. It is his generation’s way of explaining why our nation is in the mess that it is in.

He believes there is hope in his generation, although he admits that Christian values are diminishing within it. I believe there is hope, too. The Bible says a lot about hope. One of my favorites is Romans 5:1-5, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given unto us.” Don’t let anyone steal your hope, your faith, or your will to stand on them. 

5.24.18
​Another prophetic thought on Turkey


We have been watching the actions of Turkey and its “president” Recep Tayyip Erdogan for quite some time as a prophetic indicator. The Islamic Caliphate/Ottoman Empire, headquartered in Turkey, was one of the longest lasting empires in history spanning 624 years from 1299 to 1923. Its control over the Middle East was far greater than the Roman Empire. Some scholars now believe that a revived Ottoman Empire is the one prophesied as the end-time antichrist system. The end time battle of Ezekiel 38 is led from specific locations in Turkey--Magog, Meshech, Tubal. Also Christ is quoted in Revelation 2:13 that Pergamos is “even where Satan’s seat is...where Satan dwells.” Pergamon is in Turkey.

Turkey is leading the media charge that Israel is a terrorist state because it “massacred” some 60 “Palestinians” on the day the US Embassy was dedicated. Erdogan is using the Jews to enrage the Muslim world against Israel. Erdogan claims Israel is no different than the Nazis because it killed Hamas terrorists trying to invade Israel’s border with Gaza. Hamas admitted that of the 60 people killed, 50 were members of Hamas, who were instigating and leading the riots aimed at storming the Israeli border. Warning after warning was given that deadly force would be used if the invasion persisted. Erdogan led an Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit to condemn Israel and the US for the killings.

The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Turkey’s currency, the lira, fell as much as 5% on Wednesday and has lost as much as 20% of its value so far this year, “adding to a long decline that is forcing extreme monetary measures to compensate.” WSJ reports, that Erdogan is to blame,  “Turkey has been running a current-account deficit that is on trend to exceed 6% of GDP…With capital fleeing, Mr. Erdogan is getting higher interest rates in any case as the central bank tries to stem the lira panic. On Wednesday the bank lifted a key lending rate to 16.5% from 13.5%. Consider this the price of the lost credibility of Turkish institutions under Mr. Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule. Dictators are rarely good economic managers because they want to dictate fiscal and monetary policy as much as they do every political choice.”

WSJ compared Turkey’s financial woes to Argentina’s. We know that Argentina has fallen into a deep state of financial despair. Could Turkey be headed in a similar direction? Now this is very subtle, prophetically. Speaking of Gog of Magog (Located in Turkey), Ezekiel 38:10-12 says, “Thus says the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into your mind, and you shall think an evil thought: And you shall say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, to take a spoil, and to take a prey.” Financial desperation could be a reason to take a spoil from a prosperous land. We could be seeing the beginning of how that evil thought may develop.

5.23.18
​Of discernment and trust


Dad always said that we shouldn’t discuss politics and religion with others—not in the sense of sharing Christ, but rather the divisive particulars of doctrine. Same with politics. Dad and Mom had many friends of different political stripes, but my parents were very conservative Republicans. I didn’t know until much later in life the political persuasion of family friends. I will say that they all were very conservative, even though some were Democrats. “Best not to discuss politics and religion,” Dad would say. Yet, at the dinner table growing up on our family farm in Ohio, we often discussed both. I got my grounding around that dinner table. It’s where I learned discernment, and formed my internal justice meter.

Nowadays, it’s very difficult to refrain from discussing religion and politics in public gatherings. The 24-hour “news” cycle, which really is a bombardment of editorial opinion disguised as news, has made it nearly impossible to avoid such conversations. The nation is truly polarized by this nonsense that countrymen allow themselves to believe. There is a lack of common sense. There is a lack of responsibility and ownership of one’s own words and deeds. It’s like the dad of the shooter in the most recent school massacre in Texas saying that his son shot up everyone in response to bullying. That’s no reason to shoot anybody. I was bullied as a child, it didn’t make me want to kill anybody. We talked it over at the dinner table.

All these crazy investigations over whether Russia influenced the election. It’s nonsense, too. Nobody tells me how to vote. How about you? A bunch of crooks are trying to cover up their dealings by accusing others of what they were doing. Sure, a prosecutor can defend any charges against someone. That’s why our laws say that we are innocent until proven guilty. Investigations after investigations are revealing little except about crooks trying to keep their power. People are sore about losing. Others are vindictive. Others have a political agenda that would undermine our freedoms. They are all working together for their own advancement. Like Deuteronomy 12:8, “every man did which is right in his own eyes.”

There are a lot of problems in this world. They seem to get worse every day. It is the prophetic path to the return of the Messiah. We need to understand and discern the truth, even among the sources that we trust. As my friend Ronald Reagan used to say, “Trust, but verify.” Let’s also remember Proverbs 3:4-7,”So shall you find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” Pretty sound advice--maybe worth sharing when talking politics and religion around the dinner table.

5.22.18
A tribute to a true ministry pioneer


In 1992-93, I began a journey with William Agbeti of Ghana. We accomplished a lot of things together for the people of Ghana, and still are going strong. Our goal is to show Christ through our example and work to the impoverished, the neglected, the endangered. And we do. Along the way, there are many people who come beside us and make an impact. The Butlers, Enoch and LaGretta, are such people. We have separate ministries, but we work so very closely together. I can’t begin to tell you how generous the Butlers have been, providing housing, transportation, food, love and prayer during the past 25 years. William and I are truly grateful for our relationship. Last week, LaGretta went home to the Lord.

From Busuafise, a very rural area constantly under Islamic threat, where the Butlers planted a church and William and our ministry watered and helped grow it, William writes: “Last Sunday was a long-planned day for free feeding of some 100 needy children, giving out donations of used clothing to their parents, and cutting sod to signify the gradual commencement of construction works on the Redeemer MINISTRIES grounds for active rural ministry. It didn't happen as planned. Word reached us of the passing on of our much-beloved Madam LaGretta Butler, wife of Bishop Enoch Butler, founder of Christ Fellowship Church, the local church we always fall on and cooperate with to organize the poorest of the poor children and parents for our feeding programs. She died in the US and was the buried day before our planned program.

“Naturally, in respect for LaGretta, we suspended every activity and gathered with the local church for a service, prayer for the departed soul of LaGretta, her husband and family. LaGretta, together with her husband, have travelled so many times to Africa to do ministry. The couple has planted various churches, established a school, given out lots of scholarships, and adopted a few children in the country. LaGretta's life was total dedication to the service of God and mankind. She and her husband left behind all the good things in the US to embrace a life of uncertainties, medical risks and various challenges to do ministry in Ghana. The Butlers avoided the city centers and launched deep into rural Ghana where the gospel of salvation was most needed and where needs were most felt.

“Their brand of ministry was beautiful to behold, and an encouragement to many. Today, the legacy LaGretta has left behind is there for all to see--a small thriving local church, good education for many, some of whom are still in college, with some employed in places like the Ghana Police Service, whilst others are serving as ministers of the gospel. Above all, hundreds of souls have been won through their efforts for Christ. As we mourn the passing on of LaGretta, our own Bill Wilson, The Daily Jot, has beautifully captured our feelings and the feeling in heaven right now, powerfully saying, "Sadly for us, but glory for her!" Yes. It's so sad for us, but glorious in heaven right now for LaGretta.”

Enoch and LaGretta are true examples of those of who, like us, are the little guys. We don’t have big ministry staffs or flashy television shows or corporate jets. We quietly obey the Lord’s instructions to work in unity with Brothers and Sisters in the Lord to make a difference for the forgotten. When you support The Daily Jot, that’s what you get. When I mourn LaGretta’s passing, I’m honored to know that she was a woman who fed the hungry, took in the stranger, and clothed the naked. It is both inspiring and comforting that LaGretta has now heard in heaven the words spoken by our Savior in Matthew 25:20, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”

5.21.18
The power of truth and lies


Propagandizing truth makes a better lie. We’ve seen it in the past with Turkey’s genocide of over a million Armenians between 1915-17, a model Adolph Hitler used in an alliance with Islam in the Holocaust. Blame the Armenians for the troubles faced by the Islamic Caliphate—the Ottoman Empire—and the masses will rally around the cause. Hitler did the same thing with Jews. Now, in attempting to revive the Caliphate, Turkey’s “president” Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using the Jews to enrage the Muslim world against Israel. Erdogan claims Israel is no different than the Nazis because it killed Hamas terrorists trying to invade Israel’s border with Gaza. The deaths, however, were not without legitimate cause.

Erdogan stirred the masses at a Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit to issue a final communiqué condemning Israel and the US for the massacre caused by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. The OIC is basing its arguments with lies. The first point in the communiqué states: “Condemn in the strongest terms the criminal actions of Israeli forces against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in the Gaza Strip, where unarmed Palestinian civilians are exercising their legitimate right of peaceful protest against this inhumane and absolutely illegal occupation.” Gaza is not occupied, but governed by the duly elected terrorist group Hamas. Also, the protest was extremely violent.

The communiqué said, “these crimes have been committed against the backdrop of the illegal decision by the U.S. Administration to officially move its embassy from Israel to the occupied City of Jerusalem, which has further emboldened the Israeli government in its reckless behavior towards civilian Palestinian population.” The decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem is not illegal and Israel was only defending its border. Hamas admitted that of the 60 people killed, 50 were members of Hamas, who were instigating and leading the riots aimed at storming the Israeli border. Warning after warning was given that deadly force would be used if the invasion persisted.

Erdogan succeeded in getting the OIC to call for dispatching an international protection force to protect the “Palestinian” people. The communiqué also urged the UN to recognize ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people. Herein evil is accusing others with lies of what it is doing. This all could be prophetic. Turkey, the capital of the last Islamic Caliphate, is attempting a revival under Erdogan’s leadership by vilifying the Jews and Israel. The alignment of the empires in Daniel 2, 7 and Revelation 17 indicate this is perhaps Revelation 17:11 in the making, “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into destruction”--Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian, Roman, Islamic. The Islamic Ottoman Empire (the 7th head) was dealt a death blow in 1922. We may be seeing it come back to life.

5.18.18
​Time to defund Planned Parenthood

At a time when Americans heatedly debate whether to allow children of illegal aliens to remain here, this country’s government has allowed the extermination of over 50 million infants who never had the chance to be citizens. This is largely due to the so-called “health counseling” of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the world. Even though not a penny of government funding is supposed to go to the Planned Parenthood abortion mill, all the $700 million-plus per year taxpayer money that goes to Planned Parenthood helps this evil institution keep its lights on and doors open. Sadly, the charade of Planned Parenthood will continue even with President Donald Trump’s funding cuts.

Planned Parenthood separates out its “health services” from its “abortion services” even though often both are performed in the same building. This shell game of intermingling services is a planned action by the organization to make the best use of taxpayer money. As a Washington Correspondent for a major Christian network in 2005, I snuck into a Planned Parenthood lobby training session. Not knowing any news media was in the room, the leaders told the trainees that they were to tell Congressmen that the abortion services and health services were separate, but not to say funding from the government was necessary to keep the abortion side of the business going. They trained people to lie to Congress.

The Weekly Standard reports that the Trump Administration seeks to “require a bright line of physical as well as financial separation between Title X (sic government funded health related) programs and any program (or facility) where abortion is performed, supported, or referred for as a method of family planning.” The funding is subject to a 1970 law that none of the money is to be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” But the courts and others interpreted the law to allow abortion referrals, co-location with abortion clinics, and to lobby for pro-abortion policies. President Reagan issued a regulation to prevent this, but the courts tied it up and it was never enforced, even though the Supreme Court eventually upheld it. When Bill Clinton took office, he did away with the Reagan regulation and it was not reinstated.

In Jeremiah 2:34, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Also on your skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but plainly upon all these things.” This was in response to Israelite women openly sacrificing children to pagan gods. It is very much the same with abortion—open sacrifice of children to the convenience of the world. It is wrong. It is murder. Those of us who believe in life are forced to fund death with our hard earned tax money. President Trump’s proposal is a good first step, but more is needed. No taxpayer money should ever be used for anything remotely concerned with abortion. 

5.17.18
​The prophetic wheels of Turkey turning


Turkey is using the terrorist group Hamas-inspired riots, ostensibly in response to the US recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to unite the Islamic world against Israel. Press TV reports “Ankara has reacted with fury to the killing Monday of 60 Palestinians in clashes and protests, on the same day as the United States formally moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem al-Quds from Tel Aviv in defiance of international outrage. Ankara said it was recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Israel for consultations in the wake of the events. On Tuesday, Israel expelled the Turkish consul in Jerusalem al-Quds.” That this narrative is Turkish-led means the wheels of prophecy are turning.

Turkey is leading the media charge that Israel is a terrorist state because it massacred some 60 “Palestinians” on the day the US Embassy was dedicated. And the generally anti-Israel media and the United Nations are buying the propaganda as if Israel just decided to go out and kill scores of innocents. It matters not that even Hamas’ official Salah Bardawil admitted that at least 50 of the 62 people killed were members of his terrorist group. In short, the violent riots referred to as the “March of Return,” are inspired, agitated and organized by Hamas and supported by other terror groups. As White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said Monday, “The responsibility for these tragic deaths rest squarely with Hamas…Israel has the right to defend itself.” Now Turkey wants to lead the Islamic world against Israel.

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, Meshech, and Tiras—many settled in ancient areas of Turkey, which are mentioned in Ezekiel 38. This is why we need to keep an eye on Turkey when considering end time prophecy.

Gog of Magog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal leads the Islamic world against Israel in the end time battle prophesied in Ezekiel 38. Participants from modern Turkey include Magog, Tubal, Meshech, Gomor, and Togarmah. Others named are Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (Sudan), Libya, Sheba and Dedan (also Noah’s grandsons from Ham—thought to be South Arabia), and Tarshish (unknown but possibly Tunisia or Lebanon). These are all Islamic nations today. The Koran has over 100 verses instructing to fight and kill those who do not follow Islam, specifically Jews and Christians. As the lens of prophecy comes more clearly into focus, it could be the Beast of Revelation, that rages against God’s people, hails from a revived Ottoman Empire, with Turkey, where the seat of satan resides, leading the way. And we may be seeing it starting to form.​

5.16.18
​Replaced or Grafted


The historic US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has drawn praise and excitement from many corners of Christianity, but criticism from other sectors. At the core of the debate is what is called Replacement Theology. Replacement Theology, also called Supersessionism, is the doctrine that the Christian Church has succeeded or replaced the Israelites as the definitive people of God and that the New Covenant supersedes the Mosaic Covenant. It gets into a lot of commentary about who are the Jews, how they were divorced by God, that Israel is not Israel and Jerusalem is not the same Jerusalem that is in the Bible. This is misguided. At the risk of drawing ire, let me explain my position.

The four main covenants that God made with Israel were The Abrahamic Covenant, The Mosaic Covenant, The Davidic Covenant, and, yes, the New Covenant. The Abrahamic Covenant is an unconditional pledge by God that he would make Abraham a great nation and by his descendants all the nations of the earth would be blessed. It is the foundation of God’s plan of salvation. The Mosaic Covenant is a conditional two-sided legal agreement between God and Israel similar to a marriage contract where God’s people must keep certain requirements to continue to inhabit the land. Exile from the land was punishment for not keeping the covenant, but a temporary one. According to the prophets, the people will repent at the end of days and be re-gathered to the land (Deuteronomy 4:29-31, Jeremiah 32:37-42, Ezekiel 36:24).

The Davidic Covenant is an unconditional promise (2 Samuel 7:8-17) built upon the Abrahamic covenant and provides a King from David’s line to restore and rule over Israel in that land as long as the heavens and earth remain (Jeremiah 33:14-26). The New Covenant is also unconditional where God places his Word on the hearts of the Israelites; He is their God, and they are His people; God restores His people to their land; He brings justice to the earth through Messiah, and provides salvation to the Gentiles, which is the mystery of the Gospel found in Ephesians 3:1-7. The New Covenant is actually first announced in Isaiah 59:16-21, with verse 20 saying, “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, says the Lord.”

Jeremiah 31:31-37 is the most detailed of all references to the New Covenant, “Behold the days come, says the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in that day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt: which my covenant they broke…I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people…for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jesus spoke of the New Covenant at the last supper as ratified by his blood. The New Covenant fulfills, but in no way replaces, the other covenants.

 The New Covenant with Israel was through the mystery of the gospel, and would include the Gentiles into the full manifestation of God's plan of redemption, as fellow heirs, and of the same body and partakers of God’s promise in Christ (Ephesians 3:1-10). In Romans 11, Paul warns the Gentiles to not cast away the Jews or “boast against the branches,” “For if the root be holy, so are the branches (v. 16).” Paul says that Gentiles are grafted in and of the Jews in verse 23, “And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.” Replacement Theology is built on the premise that God will not keep his covenants to restore His people to the land of Israel which is found throughout the prophets. Either you believe God keeps his word or you don't. Either you are grafted or you are not.

5.15.18
​The Peace of Jerusalem


What presidents since 1995 said they were going to do, but exercised a Congressional waiver instead, President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the US Embassy there. Trump said, “Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace…It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result. Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel… Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace.”

Pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress were on hand to bless the Embassy and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as did Rabbi Zalman Wolowik. They cited Psalm 122:6, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” But there was everything but peace in the reporting of this “religious” role in the dedication of the Embassy. Of course, the mainstream media—including AP, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NY Times and more—severely criticized Hagee and Jeffress for their conservative stances on Christianity and Israel, referring to them as bigots, Islamophobes, and a host of other “isms” and “phobes.” The media seemed to align with the religion of peace (Islam), whose representatives were rioting and committing acts of terror due to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Turkey’s dictator Recep Tayipp Erdogan said, “Israel is a terrorist state.” Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that the move allows “Israel to spill more blood of innocent Palestinians and increases the intensity of extremism that threatens the world community.” Iran’s Foreign Minister called it “a day of great shame” and referred to Israel as “the world’s largest open air prison.” The Arab League issued a statement saying that the Embassy move is a “blatant attack on the feelings of Arabs and Muslims,” and it called on the international community to oppose this “unjust decision.” All of these people claimed that Israel was massacring Palestinians, ignoring that they were violently storming Israel’s border.

It should be obvious to anyone with discernment that those who dedicated the US Embassy in Jerusalem want peace, are called to peace, and are willing to work toward peace, though they may know that there will be no real peace until the return of the Messiah. Those who are so worked up over the declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital are the ones supporting violence for anything that remotely gives the appearance of recognizing Israel’s right to exist. Sadly, the godless news media continuously shows its ignorance of Holy Scripture and its bias against those who speak truth. At the same time, the media perpetuates the agenda of those who are driven by such hate that they want all Jews driven into the sea. Indeed, we need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

5.14.18
​The prophetic peril of Gaza


On August 15, 2005, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon began forcibly removing Jewish settlers from their homes in Gaza under what was known as Israeli Disengagement. By September 12, Sharon had unilaterally given up Gaza as a peace offering to the “Palestinians,” who had adopted the slogan “Gaza today, Jerusalem tomorrow.” On August 15, 2005, The Daily Jot reported: “It is almost chilling to watch the events leading up to Israeli Prime Minister Arial Sharon’s so-called “disengagement” plan as the world pressures Israel to unilaterally give up covenant land for the mere hope upon hope that there might be a semblance of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

The 8/15/2005 Jot continued: “Former Sharon cabinet member and once Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu plead with Israeli leadership last week to end the disengagement plan and to come to its senses.  Like many, Netanyahu believes giving up land without concessions is a demonstration that terrorism pays and that Israel’s national security will be forever threatened.  Certainly Israel’s military understands the significance of Netanyahu’s concerns.  Middle East News Line reports that Israel's military has revised its withdrawal plan to account for a scenario under which the eviction of Jewish residents from the Gaza Strip would be completed amid massive Palestinian fire and heavy Israeli casualties. 

“Netanyahu called disengagement an “evil” and urged Members of the Knesset to stop it. He said he has warned the Sharon government that the Palestinians will only use the Gaza land to establish a terrorist base of operations and that the nation of Israel’s defense and security may be undermined by disengagement.  He said, “I am calling on all those who grasp the danger: Gather strength and do the right thing. I don't know if the entire move can be stopped, but it still might be stopped in its initial stages." And he warned, “The government is advancing in total blindness. They have eyes but don't see. They have ears but don't hear."” By June 2006, “Palestinians” were launching missiles from Gaza at civilian targets in Israel.

 Fast forward over a decade later and the headlines read “Clashes erupt along Gaza-Israel border ahead of US Embassy inauguration” and “100,000 Palestinians gather for March of Return from Gaza.” Reports are saying the Hamas-led “Palestinians” want to take Jerusalem and prevent the US from moving its embassy there. The 2005 Disengagement is a reflection of Jeremiah 6:14, “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people lightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” Netanyahu and others who opposed “Disengagement” 13 years ago look like prophets. Sadly, those who warned of the peril of Gaza at the time are experiencing the consequences of such foolish leadership today.
 

5.11.18
The crucible of prophecy in Damascus


Israel is currently defending the Golan Heights from Iran’s hostile bases in Syria by launching very precise missile strikes. The presence of Turkey, Iran, al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, Hezbollah, Hamas and other enemies of God and of Israel in the Syrian theatre has many wondering about the Isaiah 17 prophecy about the destruction of Damascus. There is much speculation about whether we are now entering into the end time scenario written so much about by the prophets in the Bible. Certainly, the crucible of prophecy is being stirred and heated, but we must pay close attention to the actual words and context of the prophets to discern current events.

According to the prophet Isaiah, 17:1, “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Many point to this verse to speculate when and how Damascus will be destroyed. If we study the context of the prophecy, Chapter 10 begins with prophesying judgment on Assyria and Ephraim (one of the tribes of Israel) for attacking Israel. Damascus is named as one of the Assyrian’s vassals. Damascus also is included in end time judgment accounts of Egypt, Babylon, Moab, Assyria, Ethiopia, Tyre, Philistia and others. This demonstrates the near and the far of prophesy. Some of this was fulfilled historically; other parts of it are yet to be fulfilled.

There has been a lot of talk that this is the time that perhaps Isaiah’s prophecy will be fulfilled. Damascus, after all, is hardly a city nowadays. It is maintaining a heartbeat after years of civil war and fighting that includes various al Qaeda terrorist groups, Hezbollah from Iran, Russian interests, American interests, Turkey, the Islamic State, and, of course the Assad government. The ingredients are there for the total destruction of Damascus. Damascus may be devastated by this massive gathering of many forces, but it is not the total destruction prophesied by Isaiah. As with most prophecy, it often appears to be fulfilled, but in types and shadows, layers, and signs before it is ultimately fulfilled.

The context of Isaiah 17 is judgment on nations that come against Israel, beginning in Chapter 9 and continuing through Chapter 24. The phrase “In/At that day” is mentioned no less than four times in Isaiah 17, a short chapter of 14 verses. This phrase is an indicator for the Day of the Lord, meaning when the Lord returns to judge the nations that came against Israel. Verse 7 says, “At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” Verse 11 speaks that the harvest shall be a day of grief and of desperate sorrow. Context is key. It’s irresponsible to take just one verse and develop a scenario or doctrine around it. In Syria, we are seeing prophetic movement, but we will know when God fulfills the prophecy. It will be clear.

5.10.18
Because it just has to be said


The immediate past US “president” reentered the public foray criticizing the current Administration with a statement decrying President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. In a lengthy defense of his foreign policy gemstone, the ex “president” said without the Iran agreement “the United States could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East.” When it comes to war in the Middle East, the ex “president” is the expert. He and his administration supported the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group’s Arab Spring revolts throughout the Middle East and Africa, bringing complete instability to the region. This is his foreign policy legacy.

Let us remember the war that the ex “president” supported, supplied, and funded that created the Syrian situation today and expanded the power base of the terrorist state of Iran. In March 2012, Arab Muslim journalist Khaled Abu Toameh wrote that the Arab Spring was supposed to promote women’s rights, encourage the abandonment of terrorism, moderation and pragmatism. He writes, “But judging from the outcome of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, it is evident that the “Arab Spring" has failed to achieve any of these goals. As far as many Arabs are concerned, their "spring" has thus far proven to be a total disaster.”

He concluded: “In these four Arab countries, women, Christians, journalists, human rights activists and political opponents are being targeted, and in some instances slaughtered, on a daily basis either by the new rulers or militiamen and Muslim fundamentalists.” Does anyone remember how the ex “president” supported the overthrow of Libya by backing al Qaeda fighters there—many of which had returned from Iraq where they killed American soldiers? Or how about the mess he created in Egypt by supporting a so-called “democratic” Muslim Brotherhood overthrow of Egypt’s government; Or the civil war in Syria by supporting not only the Muslim Brotherhood, but also the Islamic State, al Qaeda and other terrorist groups? Then came the Iran deal with $100 billion in cash delivered on pallets with no restrictions on how it was spent.

To defend his foreign policy with a statement that pulling out of this horrible Iran nuclear deal will result in a nuclear Iran or another war in the Middle East is no less than delusional. It is because of this agreement and his other actions that we have more war now and will have a nuclear Iran. The Iran nuclear deal actually funded Iran’s nuclear program, fomented terror, and helped destabilize Syria and Lebanon. How can someone be so blind? It is the thinking of man over the wisdom of God. It is the worry of how other nations will view America, rather than how God will judge her. It is the refusal to receive the love of truth, as 2 Thessalonians 2:11 says, “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” 

5.9.18
Fallout from Trump ditching Iran nuke deal


The Iranian-backed Houthi movement fired missiles over Saudi Arabia from Yemen. Israel’s military says it identified irregular activity by Iranian forces in Syria, causing bomb shelters in the Golan Heights to be opened to citizens. Iranian lawmakers did the same thing in response to President Donald Trump pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal as they did when the previous “president” entered the deal—burn the American flag and shout “Death to America.” Sounds like a pretty normal day in the Middle East—Islamic led violence against Israel and Islamists trying to kill Islamists with which they don't agree. What’s not normal is that the United States is no longer part of empowering the foremost sponsor of terrorism—Iran.

AP reports, “Israel’s prime minister is praising President Donald Trump for withdrawing the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump’s decision Tuesday a “historic move.” He says leaving the Iran deal unchanged would be “a recipe for disaster, a disaster for our region, a disaster for the peace of the world.”  Netanyahu is a leading critic of the deal, saying it did not contain sufficient safeguards to prevent Iran from reaching nuclear-weapons capability or address Iran’s other activities across the region. He says Iran’s aggression has grown since the deal, especially in Syria, where he says it is “trying to establish military bases to attack Israel.””

Siding with Russia’s response, AP reports that the previous US “president” who signed the infamous Iran deal, “is calling President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran deal a “serious mistake” that will erode America’s global credibility. ... He said Tuesday that Trump’s decision to withdraw is “misguided,” especially because Iran has been complying…“The consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers.”” AP reported the ex “president” claiming that without the deal, the U.S. “could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East.””

 Let’s look at the obvious. Iran has used the $100 billion the ex US “president” shipped it on pallets to foment war and terrorism, and according to Netanyahu’s documentation, continue its nuclear and missile development program. The ex “president,” who started all this current unrest with his support of the Arab Spring revolutions across the Middle East, says without the Iranian deal the US would be faced with a choice of a nuclear Iran or another Middle East war. Wow. Isn’t that the same choice as with his Iran agreement intact? While the world is worried over the fallout of America abandoning the Iran nuclear deal, we should be more concerned that America is aligned with God’s position in the Middle East. Psalm 122:6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love you.”—a good place to start.

5.8.18
​Reversal of a disastrous prophetic move


Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the previous US “president’s” nuclear deal with Iran would enable the terrorist-sponsoring nation to finish building nuclear weapons. Last week, he continued to urge the current US President to scrap the deal by showing proof that Iran was continuing to develop its nuclear weapons program. President Donald Trump is now expected to pull out, while the so-called experts are playing their usual foreign policy scare card warning that breaking the Iran deal could cause a war. Let’s remember that this terrible deal unleashed some $100 billion in sanction money to the terrorist state that arrived in cash on pallets AND will allow Iran to develop nukes in 10 years.

In 2015, the previous US “president” effectively cleared the way for billions of dollars to be pumped into Iran in reward for agreeing to delay its nuclear program for at least ten years. Also, The Times of Israel reported US officials confirmed that Iran was not forbidden to test ballistic missiles under the nuclear deal. Many analysts believed at the time that Iran would use the time and money to accelerate nuclear development. It was widely reported that Iran tested ballistic missiles in March 2016, including two with the words “Israel must be wiped off the earth” emblazoned on them. The missile tests were evidence that the White House narrative was deathly wrong.

The Lord says in Zechariah 12:3, “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” At the time, many found it hard to imagine how, for example, the United States would be gathered prophetically against Israel. The US had supported Israel since it became a nation. The previous “president” reversed this backing across the board by supporting the traditional enemies of God through the Arab Spring rebellions, the Iran nuclear deal, and much more. Left intact, his foreign policy may have had catastrophic consequences for America and its citizens.

This is why leadership is so important. The current White House is bringing America back into alignment with Israel. By ending the Iran nuclear deal, Trump may reverse the disastrous prophetic implications of his predecessor. It is important that America do the right thing in the eyes of God. Jesus says in Matthew 25 that when the Son of Man comes in his glory, he will separate the nations like a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats—the goats on the left and sheep on the right. Verse 34 says, “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you form the foundation of the world.” While our personal salvation is most important, so also are the leaders we choose. 

5.7.18
Your journey as a witness

Remember when we were younger, we would play doctor, or cowboy or house or some such thing. In this time frame, much of the “Church” is playing church. It's all about the numbers, paying the pastor, increasing the worship team, the new building fund, whatever. This keeps everybody thinking they are busy and doing something for the Lord. And they are, it's just not necessarily the Lord’s best plan for them. Many have been asking me how to witness; are the “little people” able to do this, or do they have to have a big time ministry. We talk about this very subject quite a bit among our small church group. I encourage everyone to minister where they are. We are all called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to do our part.

Too many people are just playing church. They are going to services; worship like everyone else beside them; often get encouraged (with probably scripture twisted into making the preacher’s point, translated: bad doctrine or eisegesis) and they come home and return to their lives. During the week, they might go to their Wednesday service, a prayer meeting or some group they belong to. It’s inside the walls of the church back to inside the walls of their homes, and not much mixing with the real world. Like a good marriage, you can’t just play house, you have to work at it. Same principles apply. First, be an example. Second, communicate, not in a preachy way, but in a common sense, biblical-based way. Make sense.

Creating disciples is not always knocking on doors and handling out tracts (I’m guilty—have done that a lot), but rather it’s relationship building and relationship management. To me, it’s heart to heart—treating others as you would like to be treated, and in doing so, making the case for Christ with words, actions, and by example. In our church, we have a man who because he was in academia, has a lot of liberal, unbelieving friends. His ministry is very difficult because he gets put down, ridiculed and ostracized. But he keeps trying—some sow, some water, some harvest. Another lady in our church works in a very diverse dental office. She gets to witness, in her way, to Jews, Muslims, and, yes, Christians. Another ministers through her contacts in the horse industry as well as to members of her family.

Yet another does hair. The people who sit in her chair get to talk about things that lead to Christ and his ways—either subtly or more direct. One man in our church witnesses quietly in his place of work. He is widely respected and asked to say the prayer now at workplace gatherings. All these outreaches count. They change peoples’ lives. You can do it, too. We have to remember that God’s word does not return void and that each of us is a joint that supplies according to our measure to make increase in the body. Every journey starts with the first step. We can take a step of faith, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in pursuing God’s plan for us. If you want to witness, seek the Lord and have Him show you the way that we join together in what James 1:22 says to “be doers of the word and not hearers only.” 

5.4.18
​National identity and personal salvation


There was a story last week that socialist Senator Bernie Sanders was going to introduce a bill to provide guaranteed government jobs for everyone in America. Rasmussen Reports conducted a poll of 1,000 likely voters and found that 46% supported the idea. This is true socialism—you and I would be forced to pay enough taxes to support guaranteed jobs for everyone. Someone might say this is biblical because in Acts 4:32 the early church “were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that any of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.” This was voluntary, not compelled by the government. It, therefore, was not socialism, but rather Christian care for one another.

That even Christians would think it OK for the government to give everyone jobs and those who don't have government jobs would be forced to pay for it is an indication that there is no longer much national identity as an American. What made America great in the past is that as a free people, we had the courage to stand against such tyranny not promote it. It came from within the heart and soul of being an American. This rugged individualism and independence characterized Americans. Where has it gone? Our national identity was that of a Christian nation. Even if not all the people were Christian, they recognized that Christian morals were an acceptable and preferred qualification for leadership. The vacuum of leadership politically and spiritually in this nation has left much of it a dry, amoral place of apathy.

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 the working out of salvation with fear and trembling.

5.3.18
Yes being Yes and No being No


While President Donald Trump’s job approval ratings hoover around 49-50%, the media attacks keep coming. Attempt after attempt to erode any support for the president is made everyday by a very biased news media. I remember last year at this time they were talking Korea. Everything that Trump was doing with North Korea was going to get us into a nuclear war. At family gatherings, the talk was about how Trump was going to awaken the nuclear power of the East to attack America. Of course, the crazy little guy in North Korea wasn’t helping matters by threatening America with both his words and his underground tests. But Trump held the course amidst the criticism from all the experts.

Now even the news media is having to scratch their heads and begrudgingly admit that Trump’s nontraditional approach at foreign policy has paid dividends with North Korea. Trump taunted the North Korean leader over the twitter-sphere about the size of our nuclear weapons compared to the size of theirs. He said things that made everyone uncomfortable given the high stakes of nuclear devastation. US territories, such a Guam were on high alert. Hawaii was even nervous about North Korea’s ability to strike the island state. But Trump continued with his brash tweets in what appeared to be very uncharacteristic of a US president handling a diplomatic crisis.

Then came the Olympics, where the two Koreas made a showing together on opening night. This followed by a thaw in relations, a possible meeting between the two leaders of North and South Korea—which actually occurred last week. Overtures were that there would be peace in the region; that North Korea would end its aggression and nuclear program. All the while, the Trump team was working in the background to pull together details of a summit between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. This week, there are signals of diplomatic breakthrough as North Korea reportedly has relocated three detained Americans from a labor camp to a hotel—a sign that they may be soon be released.

There has been a sea change in progress with this rogue nation. Headlines over the last nine months have gone from North Korea demanding the US surrender to them to missile testing to the US sending warships and warning against anymore tests to the Olympics to peace between North and South to signs of releasing Americans detained in North Korea. All the while, Trump has continued to turn up his unconventional pressure. Trump has a long way to go toward maturing his public persona, but he is very direct with what he says. We in America have grown so accustomed to leaders who sugarcoat all that they do, that we bristle at the first sign of direct-speak. Jesus said in Matthew 5:37, “Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no,’ ‘no.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” This is a good example for all to follow.

5.2.18
​The whirling winds of prophecy


The prophets of the Bible speak of a day when the traditional enemies of Israel will come against the country “like a cloud to cover the land (Ezekiel 38:9, 16)” and God will rebuke the nations that rush against Israel “like a rolling thing before the whirlwind (Isaiah 17:13, 41:16).” Revelation 13:7 speaks of the beast, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.” These are end time prophecies that indicate there will be nations led by the beast (Gog, the Assyrian, King of the North, the prince that shall come, little horn, etc.), against Israel. The world political stage elevating Islam in the recent decade has emboldened these players as the whirling winds of prophecy are forming up.

Gog of Magog (Turkey), chief prince of Meshech (Turkey) and Tubal (Turkey) leads Persia (Iran), Libya, Ethiopia (Sudan), Gomer (Turkey), Togarmah (Turkey), Sheba (Saudi Arabia) and Dedan (Saudi Arabia) against Israel to “take a spoil and to take a prey (Ezekiel 38:12).” This coalition originates and is led from areas which are currently in Turkey. Turkey is becoming increasingly radical. The Gatestone Institute reports that at an April 11 event to unveil the 2017 European Islamophobia Report, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on European governments to criminalize criticism of Islam as “a hate crime and a form of racism.” In essence, If adopted in Europe, Jews and Christians could be killed or incarcerated for their belief in the Bible, as they are in many Islamic nations today.

The leader of the terrorist-backed Palestinian Liberation Organization/Palestinian Authority singled out Jews as the cause of growing anti-Semitism in Europe. AP reports “In rambling remarks that were part of a lengthy speech to the PLO parliament on Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said it was the Jews' "social function," including money-lending, that caused animosity toward them in Europe, citing what he said were books by Jewish authors. He also portrayed the creation of Israel as a European colonial project, saying "history tells us there is no basis for the Jewish homeland." His remarks prompted an immediate response from the US Ambassador to Israel, “To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don’t have peace, think again.”

These are just two examples of what is happening around the Middle East to influence Europe (the West) against Jews and Christians. They are stirring up trouble and trying to establish a narrative that is friendly to the end time beast system and diabolically against Jews, Christians, and Israel. Interestingly enough, the very countries that are listed as coming against Israel are part and parcel to this stirring. Turkey’s leaders are very vocal about those who resist Islam. Also remember that Turkey and Iran both are ardent supporters of the “Palestinian” movement to divide the land of Israel and to drive the Jews into the sea. These two events, while seemingly unrelated, are part of the whirling winds of prophecy.

5.1.18
The prophetic drumbeats of a nuclear Iran


Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday revealed that Israel had obtained over 55,000 pages and 183 CDs proving that Iran has lied about its nuclear program. Netanyahu further stated that the documents prove that Iran expanded its nuclear program even after the highly controversial deal with the previous US “president’ that paid Iran billions of US dollars in cash on pallets to stop its weapons program. Haaretz reports that a diplomatic source said that if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had prior knowledge of the Iran program, it would not have issued a report clearing Iran of developing nuclear weapons, and the Iran nuclear deal would have never reached agreement.

The IAEA is a toothless, incompetent UN agency where several nations developed nuclear weapons under its watch. In June 2005, Mohamed ElBaradei, an Egyptian-born Islamist, was unopposed for a third term as head of the IAEA. During his time at the helm, North Korea, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran and, quite possibly, terrorists were suspected or proven to have active nuclear ambitions. ElBaradei, who stepped down in November 2009 and rose to power in Egypt as a result of the Muslim Brotherhood coup in 2011, was ineffectual in stopping any of it. ElBaradei, by his own admission, refused to declare a nuclear program in effect until he verified both the nuclear bomb plans and a way to deliver the weapon. 

In November 2004, ElBaradei said of Iran, “I am not ready to jump to the conclusion and say this is a weapons program unless I see a diversion of nuclear material to such a program or I see clear cut proof that this is a weapons program.  And we are not there yet.”  On February 22, 2008, ElBaradei said, “I should, however, add that in connection with the weaponization studies, we have not seen any indication that these studies were linked to nuclear material.”  Because of ElBaradei’s Iranian apologetics and delay tactics, Iran steamed forward with its nuclear program on one side, and its nuclear missile development program, aided by Russia, China and North Korea, on another side.

Nearly 20 years have passed after first suspecting that Iran was developing a nuclear weapon. There has been proof aplenty that this foremost sponsor of international terrorism is secretly building the most dangerous weapon known to mankind. A US “president” empowered Iran to quicken its nuclear development in July 2015. At that time, Netanyahu said, “The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday…what a stunning historic mistake.” The current US President said he intends to end the agreement and Netanyahu has provided good reason. Zechariah 12:4 says, “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces...” These are the prophetic drumbeats of a nuclear Iran, an end time enemy of Israel, and those who empower it.

4.30.18
​Disgraceful White House Correspondents' Dinner


The White House Correspondent’s Dinner is usually where the media gets together once a year and roasts the President. In years past, maybe because the “president” has been one of their own (translated: Leftist), the jokes have been tempered with a bit of respect for the office. But then again, the immediate ex-“president” told the attendees in 2016 that the media and his Administration were partners and worked together with the same goals to bring truth to America and to preserve democracy. The current president has refused to even attend the gala, saying that he would rather not be stuck in a room with a “bunch of fake news liberals who hate me.” He is right. The dinner was full of left-wing, vulgar disrespect.

Headlining the evening was comedian Michelle Wolf, who left no doubt of the evening’s agenda. She attacked Trump and his White House relentlessly with vulgar, inappropriate, disrespectful “jokes” that most Americans would not dare repeat at the dinner table. Sexual innuendo was checked at the door as Wolf openly described sexual body parts, used the slang name of the female sex organ to describe the President; attributed perverted sex acts to members of the Administration, and said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was an “Uncle Tom” to women—with Sanders sitting at the same table from which Wolf was speaking. She called Sanders and Kellyanne Conway liars and the President a racist.

While not a “White House Correspondent,” I often covered the White House when Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were in office. I also covered the 1980 Presidential campaign between Carter and Reagan. As a reporter, I believed in conducting myself above board, respectfully, yet firmly, showing respect for the Office of the President, while at the same time, a toughness to hold accountability to the truth. One can be friendly, but not friends. Also, as a correspondent or reporter, one must seek to report the news without bias, without a political agenda. If it is your opinion, that must be stated up front. It seems all those rules that good journalists once lived by are gone with this generation.

Allowing an agenda-driven leftist disguised as a comedian to address the premier gathering of America’s White House reporters with such blatant disrespect and vulgarity speaks volumes about the character and agenda of those bringing so-called news to the world. The New York Times motto is “All the news that’s fit to print.” When those reporting the news are unfit, the news is also suspect. A free press should not have a political agenda. Today’s press is not free because of its agenda. As the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1:22, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” Michelle Wolf’s vile, inappropriate monologue, as embraced by the White House correspondents, is evidence of their reprobate minds—a disgrace to free speech and to the title “Correspondent.”

4.27.18
​Media as enemy of the state


There is an interesting article by Philip Bump of the Washington Post posted by the Standard-Examiner about how President Donald Trump sees the media as an enemy of the American people. Bump uses the opportunity to run down the President by saying that his rants are just added to the “lengthy column” of “Things Trump did that most other presidents would never do.” Then Bump gets to the point. He cites a Quinnipiac University poll that asked if certain news outlets were enemies of the American people. The results were nearly 40% said “yes” and more than 80% of Republicans surveyed said the media was an enemy of the American people.

Another poll Bump cites is Pew Research Center’s survey on what it means to be a good citizen. Bump writes: “Only 8 percent of respondents said they had a great deal of confidence in the news media to act in the best interests of the public—with Democrats expressing a great deal or a fair amount of confidence more than three times the rate of Republicans.” Of course, Bump blames Trump for turning the people against the media. And this is part of the problem—the media itself is so biased that it cannot even fathom it is biased. The Media Research Center documents that the overwhelming majority of the media (some 80% -plus) votes Democratic--a direct correlation to the 90% negative news media against Trump and Republicans.

On April 24th, Trump wrote in an email to supporters: “My staff asked, “Mr. President, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is coming up. Will you go?” I said, “Why would I want to be stuck in a room with a bunch of fake news liberals who hate me?” I came up with something much better. I’m going to hold a rally in Michigan to spend the evening with my favorite deplorables who love our movement and love America!” This is a far cry from the last Correspondents’ Dinner attended by the immediate past “president.” He told them, “But we've always shared the same goal –- to root our public discourse in the truth; to open the doors of this democracy; to do whatever we can to make our country and our world more free and more just. And I've always appreciated the role that you have all played as equal partners in reaching these goals.”

The ex “president” described a free press as one that partners with and has the same goals as the White House, his administration, in particular. This is not a free press. Trouble is, the news media, through years of communistic and socialistic brainwashing, largely has become the lapdog of leftists, Marxists, Islamists, and anarchists. The press, rather than doing its job of reporting the facts, has become a massive opinion machine disguised as news. When the media abrogates its responsibility and aligns itself with a political ideal, Isaiah 59:14 comes to mind: “And justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” And the media wonders why they are considered enemies of the American people. Strong delusion is upon them.

4.26.18
Americans redefining family morality


Americans of all ages and demographics are drifting farther away from the basic moral foundation of the Bible. A recent survey conducted by George Barna’s American Culture and Faith Institute asked a 1,000 adults nationwide about the morality of eight family-related behaviors—birth control, divorce, sex outside of marriage, having a baby out of wedlock, watching pornography, having an abortion, polygamy and intimidating or aggressively dominating someone. Barna says that the vast majority claimed that five of those eight behaviors were either morally acceptable or were not a moral issue—birth control, divorce, sex outside of marriage, having kids out of wedlock, and watching pornography.

Almost half of those surveyed (48%) said that having an abortion was acceptable. Barna reports that “at least 15% and as much as 40% of adults do not consider behaviors such as divorce, abortion, and unmarried sexual intercourse to be moral issues. In other words, there are no cultural or religious boundaries that dictate whether such behaviors are appropriate or inappropriate; those behaviors are simply a reflection of individual preferences. For the eight measures examined in the research, an average of one-quarter of all adults (25%) said those behaviors are not moral issues. One-third or more of the public considers divorce, birth control, and having a baby outside of marriage to be amoral decisions.”

Born again Christians were different, according to the survey, except on the use of pills or a medical device for birth control where they were roughly the same (86% said it was morally acceptable). Barna says, “born again Christians were much more likely to embrace a more traditional, biblical moral perspective. Even so, a majority of the born again adults deemed half of the eight behaviors to be acceptable: using birth control (87%), getting a divorce (66%), having a baby without being married (54%), and sexual relations between unmarried adults (51%). In addition, about four out of ten born again adults believe that viewing pornography is acceptable (38%).” Surprisingly, 27% of born again Christians said abortion was not a moral issue.

 The most disturbing news in the Barna survey is that of religious skeptics—those who are agnostic, atheist, or indifferent to religion. Barna says skeptics, 29% of which are Millennials and 14% of adults 65 and older, constitute the fastest-growing faith segment in America. Skeptics believe that six out of the eight behaviors are acceptable, saying only polygamy and domination are unacceptable. While born again Christians are closer to believing in Biblical definitions of morality than is the general public, Christianity in America is trending with the world and is losing its children to the world. Christ prayed to God the Father in John 17:15-16, “not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” For many, free will is dangerously overriding God’s perfect will.

4.25.18
Beware of communists in political party clothing

The Democratic Party is housing communists and passing them off as progressives—a word used to gain general public approval of communistic ideals. Failed presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is one such individual. He is introducing a federal jobs proposal that would guarantee every adult American a $15-an-hour job with health benefits. The Hill reports that two additional Democratic Party presidential hopefuls, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have expressed support for similar proposals. Our economy, religion, speech--pretty much the entire Bill of Rights--are threatened by sweet sounding proposals laid as snares to liberty, baited by emotional self-righteousness.

With guaranteed government jobs and mandatory healthcare the government would have control over the financial and physical lives of every individual in the nation. This is where the guarantees of free speech and freedom of religion come into play. Jesus said in Luke 4:18,19, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” He commissioned us to make disciples and to carry on his mission. The fundamental mission of government is far different than that of church.

From a Christian worldview, it is Christ’s people, not a centralized government, that must minister to the poor, and provide healing, restoration, comfort and vigilance over Liberty. The earliest account of American history provided by Mayflower leader William Bradford indicates that the ability to worship freely was the central theme of the Pilgrims. And in that, he writes, “We are knit together as a body in a most strict and sacred bond and covenant of the Lord, of the violation whereof we make great conscience, and by virtue whereof we hold ourselves straightly tied to all care of each other’s good.” And they proved this when they were dying sometimes two or three per day in their care for one another’s health.

When the Pilgrims were starving while trying to grow food communally, Bradford gave them their own land to till, which turned the colony around. He says, “The failure of this experiment of communal service, which was tried for several years, and by good and honest men proves the emptiness of the theory of Plato and other ancients, applauded by some of later times--that the taking away of private property, and the possession of it in community, by a commonwealth, would make a state happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God....community property was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment which would have been to the general benefit and comfort.” Beware of communists in political party clothing lest we repeat this disastrous example.

4.24.18
​Germany’s anti-Semitism and prophecy


Germany, its leadership in particular, is infamous for its persecution of Jews to the extent of attempting the unthinkable under Adolf Hitler’s reign—the final solution. Islam’s alliance with Hitler is much debated and discussed among historians, but seemed to come naturally given Hitler’s actions resulting in the Holocaust. Steve Coll, author of “Hitler and the Muslims” writes: “Germany’s use of Islam during the Nazi period owed less to Hitler’s strategizing than to the legacy of imperial Germany’s use of armed jihadists to undermine its European enemies.” The Hitler-Islam alliance shared a collateral benefit if they conquered the world and Jews were eliminated from it at the same time. Is Germany repeating this history today?

NBC News reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open border policy allowed over a million Muslim “refugees” into the country in 2015—up to 10,000 a day—to a country with a population of some 81 million. According to a Berlin-based non-profit, The Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism, the number of anti-Semitic crimes increased 55 percent in 2017, with 2 to 3 incidents a day in Berlin, alone. Violent crimes against Jews in Germany continue to increase. It is no coincidence that the open border policy flooded Germany with Muslims from staunch anti-Jewish strongholds and crime rates against Jews in Germany have skyrocketed. Muslims are committing the crimes.

Merkel commented during an interview with Israel’s Channel 10 about Germany’s rising anti-Semitism. Merkel admitted that anti-Semitism existed in Germany before the Muslim’s immigrated to the country, but her comments underscored her ignorance, intentional or unintentional, about those whose religion instructs them to kill Jews and Christians (for example, the Koran’s Sura 2:190-193, speaking of Christians and Jews, says, “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter.”). Merkel said, “We have refugees now, for example, or people of Arab origin, who bring a different type of anti-Semitism into the country.” What?

 She continued to say, “The fact that no kindergarten, no school, no synagogue can be left without police protection dismays us.” Merkel is dismayed that she allowed 10,000 people a day into her country who likely believe that Jews are less than pigs (also in the Koran) into a country known for its anti-Semitism, and crimes against Jews increases? She is dismayed that the police have to protect Jewish children at their schools? The Lord promises to make Abram and his descendants a great nation. in Genesis 12:3, the Lord says, “And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you.” Germany and Islam are a modern example of the impact of leadership in relation to prophecy. Think about it.

4.23.18
Accusing others of the evils you do


The day after the final Presidential Debate on October 18,2016, the news media was abuzz with stories, analysis, speculation and, quite frankly, aghast at candidate Donald Trump’s assertion that he may not accept the results of the election if he lost. Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton stoked the firestorm on October 21 in Cleveland, Ohio saying, “We know in our country, the difference between leadership and dictatorship. And the peaceful transition of power is something that sets us apart.” On October 24, she added more gasoline, tweeting, “Donald Trump refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. That’s a direct threat to our democracy.” The firestorm continued until she lost.

Into the wee hours of the morning after the election, Clinton refused to address her campaign supporters. Then finally, around 2:30 am, she called Trump and conceded. But she didn’t accept the results of the election. Then Jill Stein of the Green Party (communist front) and the Clinton campaign, through Clinton’s George Soros-financed attorney, challenged the election results beginning on October 26. By mid-February the Clinton-Stein coup attempt, which by the way, included a Russian voter machine hacking narrative, was put down by Pennsylvania District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond. Diamond said that Stein-Clinton presented “absolutely no evidence of any voting irregularities.”

By January, the lame duck “president,” the Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee were baking the Russian narrative, accusing the Russians of hacking Clinton and DNC emails. The emails were damning evidence of the unethical, immoral, illegal chicanery practiced by Clinton and the Democratic Party. The lame duck “president” and Clinton claimed that the Russians hacked the computers and released the information on them to influence the election. Whoever hacked the computers (as it is still unproven), did America a great favor. First, they showed that Clinton and the Democratic Party were poor stewards of sensitive information and, therefore, too incompetent to hold the office of the Presidency. Second, they revealed the extent of the institutional graft and corruption of Clinton and the DNC.

Clinton went on a speaking tour blaming Russians, women, men--everyone but herself--for her election loss. Now the DNC, representing Clinton, Friday filed a civil suit against the Trump Campaign, WikiLeaks, and Russia, claiming the hacked (and very damaging) emails represented a far-reaching conspiracy to elect Trump. The people voted, Clinton lost, she tried to overturn the election on a recount, now the Democratic Party is trying to delegitimize the election with another lawsuit. Clinton and the DNC are refusing to accept the results of the election, and in Clinton’s own words, “That's a direct threat to our democracy.” 2 Timothy 3:13 says, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Evil always accuses others of what evil does itself. 

4.20.18
Socialism looms as ungodly as it is


The New York Times (NYT) is reporting that there are an increasing number of candidates running for various offices as socialists. Of course, they are running under the Democratic Party ticket, and there have been many of them over the years. It’s just that nowadays they are admitting that they are socialists. That they would be so bold as to not hide their true affiliation is a testimony to the condition of our nation. Millennials, the NYT says, are far more receptive of socialism because of issues like pay equality, high student debt, an uncertain job market, and high rent. Interesting how this generation blames capitalism for what socialism actually created, but the trend toward socialism is here.

The NYT reports that the election of Donald Trump convinced tens of thousands that both parties were broken and that the country was in need of a radical fix. Young people, NYT says, are turning to socialism. A 2016 survey of 18-29 year olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics “found that 16 percent identified as socialists, while 33 percent supported socialism.” Some 51% said they did not support capitalism. These young people do not understand that Socialism takes away freedom, especially economic freedom. It was the Marxist ideals of the former “president” who inflated student loans by government taking them over. Healthcare costs skyrocketed under socialist healthcare while services declined. We all could retire millionaires if the money we contributed to Social Security was properly invested, not pillaged by the government.

William Bradford described the Pilgrim’s failed socialist experiment of The Virginia Company Charter in “Of Plymouth Plantation”: “The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years and amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s and other ancients applauded by some of later times; that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing, as if they were wiser than God.” Bradford was familiar with Plato’s “Republic” espousing a utopian society under socialism. In ending this experiment that nearly cost the colony their lives, Bradford wrote: “...God in his wisdom saw another course fitter for them.” This was the first capitalist system and the Plymouth colony then prospered.

Even many Christians believe in socialism, citing Acts 2:44, “And all that believed were together and had (shared) all things in common.” There is a tremendous difference between voluntarily sharing and being forced to share the fruits of your labor by the government. Socialism has its roots in communism. The Communist Manifesto requires that all religion and morals be abolished; that government replaces God. All wealth is redistributed so that everyone has the same—everyone would be forced to pay for the student loans, healthcare, rent and wages of others. This is a far cry from the blessing of voluntarily sharing with others. The first commandment, Exodus 20:1 says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” That includes government. Moreover, Bradford is still right. Man is not wiser than God. Young people would be wise to heed his advice.

4.19.18
​Presidential Polls—more fake news


Rasmussen has been polling presidential job approval ratings since 2003. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that “50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove…[sic the immediate past-president] earned 47% approval, 52% disapproval on this date eight years ago--in the second year of his presidency.”  Rasmussen also says that it is the only opinion firm that “still tracks President Trump’s job approval each day.” Notwithstanding, it is the mainstream media discrediting Rasmussen’s numbers by saying that among the 88 polls released this year, Rasmussen has the highest approval ratings for Trump.

This is reported by Real Clear Politics, who is touting its own polling numbers of 42.1% job approval for Trump. Let’s remember that organizations like Real Clear Politics also predicted Hillary Clinton to win in a landslide. This has not gone unnoticed by Rasmussen, who posts on its website: “The same critics who called Rasmussen Reports “outliers” during the 2016 presidential campaign for showing a neck-and-neck race are at it again because our daily Presidential Tracking Poll has Trump performing better than many other pollsters do. But Trump defeated Clinton in 2016 in perhaps the greatest electoral upset in US history, and our polling nailed the exact margin between the two candidates.”

Unfortunately, many polls are run by media companies like Washington Post, NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, New York Times, etc., who are biased toward a political agenda—even though they try to pass themselves off as “unbiased” news organizations. They slant or weight their polling samples to get the results they want, then they release the results, analyzing them until the cows come home, in an effort to sway public opinion toward their agenda. When the people, for example, don’t vote their way, they are incredulous. They turn on the people by saying they are ignorant, white racists, bigamists, misogynists, Islamophobes, homophobes, etc., etc. It’s a leftist propaganda machine out of control.

Trump’s approval ratings are higher than the previous “president,” which irritates the leftist media to no end. They can’t fathom that people think a pragmatist, non-conformist would ever do a better job than their anointed successor to Marx. Even with all the baggage Trump has, and with media, deep state, Democrat and Republican forces against him, people perceive he is doing a better job than his predecessor at this stage in his term. Why is that? Maybe it’s because all the people who are against Trump are seen as people who do not represent the values of mainstream America, i.e., If those who are against me are against Trump, maybe it’s not Trump who is the entire problem. We are warned against these types in Ephesians 5:6, “Let no man deceive you with vain words.” Moreover, we are told to have nothing to do with them.

4.18.18
End time prophecy—man made or God?


There is some debate among Bible scholars and prophecy students about the end of days and how they will take place. We know, for example, that there is an antichrist-led battle against Israel that results in the mountains being leveled, a great earthquake, the sky rolling back like a scroll, hailstones, fire and brimstone, darkness, and flesh, eyes and tongues rotting while people are standing. These all appear like descriptions of a nuclear holocaust. We also know Isaiah 55:8 that God said “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways.” Certainly, there will be battles raging here on earth in the day of the Lord, but according to scripture, these times are God’s times, not man’s.

Chapter 8 of Revelation opens, “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour, and I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.” The ensuing chapters describe the judgment on earth at the hands of these angels. These judgments correspond with accounts found in Ezekiel, Isaiah, Zechariah, Joel and other prophets speaking of the end of days. These are not manmade devastations. They are done by the hand of God. So while there will be wars and rumors of wars leading into and occurring during the seven years of Jacob’s Troubles (the tribulation), and there may be nuclear conflict, the end is at God’s hands.

This is why I do not agree that Ezekiel 39 or Isaiah 17 or other such accounts on the nations under judgment are describing nuclear war or nuclear-induced devastation. Isaiah 17:1, for example, is often cited by scholars as a nuclear attack that levels Damascus, “Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Verse 7, says, “At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” Another example: Ezekiel 38 describes what will happen to Gog “in that day (verse 14).” It sounds like a nuclear event. But God says in verse 16, “I will bring you against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”

The Lord then speaks of pestilence with blood, raining upon the people with great hailstones, fire and brimstone and in verse 23 says, “Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations and they shall know that I am the Lord.” This is the theme in that day when the nations are judged—earthly battles, but supernatural destruction. The Lord will leave no doubt in that day that He is Lord. If this were manmade destruction, doubters could use that to discredit God. Just as it is known without a doubt that God led his people out of Egypt, His word is consistent in end of days prophecies that people will know, even the enemies of Israel, that God is God and there is no other. 

4.17.18
Your face your privacy


When we see the government and the court system collaborate to obtain search and spy warrants under false pretense for political purposes, we have witnessed a government and court system that is out of control and needs to be reeled in. If it can happen to President Donald Trump’s lawyer, but not Hillary Clinton, it can happen selectively to any one of us. If a secret court can be coerced to allow spying on a presidential candidate by a sitting president, it can happen, and quite possibly has happened, to you. A very disturbing story by Forbes details how a company with contracts to US spy agencies has been harvesting pictures on Facebook, Linked In, YouTube and others for a facial recognition database.

Terrogence is one of those companies marketing its product Face-Int. The Terrogence website boasts: “Face-Int™ is an intelligence based facial recognition technology. Terrogence actively monitors and collects online profiles and facial images of terrorists, criminals and other individuals believed to pose a threat to aviation security, immigration and national security. The Face-IntTM database houses the profiles of thousands of suspects harvested from such online sources as YouTube, Facebook and open and closed forums all over the globe.  It represents facial extractions from over 35,000 videos and photos retrieved online portraying such activities as terrorist training camps, motivational videos and actual terror attacks.”

So what happens when you are neither a terrorist nor a criminal, but perhaps one of those “other individuals believed to pose a threat”? Maybe somebody on the inside has marked you because you support a certain political position, attend a certain type of church, or have stated your sentiments online about current events. Then you are put through the costly bureaucratic gauntlet trying to prove your innocence because the “authorities” think you are guilty. As ACLU spokesman Jay Stanley told Forbes, “A lot of those problems could intensify if you have a bunch of private quasi-vigilantes making their own blacklists of all kinds." This is precisely what happened with the previous Administration’s abuse of the FISA secret court.

Abuse of power takes many forms. Your privacy as an individual is threatened every time you use social media, or even drive on a “public” road (translated: speed cameras, license identification technology, face recognition, etc.). Many government agencies are able to wield the power where the burden of proof of your innocence is on you rather than being innocent until proven guilty. Many people are worried about accidentally taking the “Mark of the Beast,” but in reality, anyone using social media already has given the “beast” enough information to, as Revelation 13:7 says, “make war with the saints, and to overcome them.” Cat’s out of the bag; horse’s out of the barn. Be wise about what you post online. Not only is God watching, but his enemies as well.

4.16.18
​Syria Bombings and Prophecy


President Donald Trump did what he said he would do: Bomb Syria for its participation in gassing its own civilians. In doing so, the president also made it very clear what he thought of Russian President Vladimir Putin, tweeting: “President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing animal Assad. Big price to pay.”  In announcing the missile response, Trump said, “Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with the civilized nations as a force for stability and peace.” Interesting that many of the prophetic players on the world stage are gathered in Syria where the prophet Isaiah wrote, “Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.”

Turkey and Iran are there in Syria. Turkey has been, at least publicly, supporting the removal of dictator-president Bashar Assad. Iran is supporting Assad because Syria is essentially a vassal state of Iran. They have a mutual defense pact. Russia, Turkey and Iran recently met to develop a peace plan, not only for Syria, but for all of the Middle East. Russia supports Assad and Iran in this conflict. But Turkey, Russia and Iran appear to be working together more than just in the public relations/propaganda world. The entire conflict arose out of the immediate past US “president’s” support for Arab Spring uprisings where the US supported various terrorist groups connected with al Qaeda to overthrow Assad.

There has been a lot of talk that this is the time that perhaps Isaiah’s prophecy will be fulfilled. Damascus, after all, is hardly a city nowadays. It is maintaining a heartbeat after years of civil war and fighting that includes various al Qaeda terrorist groups, Hezbollah from Iran, Russian interests, American interests, Turkey, the Islamic State, and, of course the Assad government. The ingredients are there for the total destruction of Damascus. Damascus may be devastated by this massive gathering of many forces, but it is not the total destruction prophesied by Isaiah. As with most prophecy, it often appears to be fulfilled, but in types and shadows, layers, and signs before it is ultimately fulfilled.

The context of Isaiah 17 is judgment on nations that come against Israel, beginning with Assyria in Chapter 9 and continuing with Palestina, Moab, Ethiopia, Egypt, Shebna, and Tyre through Chapter 24. The phrase “In/At that day” is mentioned no less than four times in this short chapter of 14 verses. This phrase is an indicator for the Day of the Lord, meaning when the Lord returns to judge the nations that came against Israel. Verse 7 says, “At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” Verse 11 speaks that the harvest shall be a day of grief and of desperate sorrow. Context is key. It’s dangerous to take just one verse and develop a scenario or doctrine around it. In Syria, we are seeing prophetic movement, but we will know when God fulfills the prophecy. It will be clear. 

4.13.18
​April 23 forecast for end of the world


There are several professed Christians who keep making predictions about when the earth will end. Some try to use prophecy and scripture to make the predictions. Some take a circuitous and convoluted route of meticulous explanations involving page upon page of “evidence” that is so difficult to understand that one begins to think the writer is under the influence. Others try to look at the sky and make their predictions. David Meade, a so-called Christian conspiracy theorist, predicted the world would end in March. That didn’t happen so he is revising his prediction to April. This time, he is using the round-peg alignment of certain constellations to pound into a Biblical prophecy square-hole.

The UK Daily Express reports that Meade is now predicting the end of the world and the rapture to occur on April 23. According to the Express, Meade is using Revelation 12:1-2 as the basis for his forecast, “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” Meade says, “During this time frame, on April 23, 2018 the moon appears under the feet of the Constellation Virgo. The Sun appears to precisely clothe Virgo… Jupiter is birthed on April 08, 2018.”

Meade continues, “The 12 stars at that date include the nine stars of Leo, and the three planetary alignments of Mercury, Venus and Mars – which combine to make a count of 12 stars on the head of Virgo. Thus the constellations Virgo, Leo and Serpens-Ophiuchus represent a unique once-in-a-century sign exactly as depicted in the 12th chapter of Revelation. This is our time marker.” Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” He then went on to chronologically explain what would happen at the end of the world, warning that there shall arise false prophets that, if possible, shall deceive the very elect.

The Apostle Paul paints a similar picture in 2 Thessalonians 2, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition...so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” This is very clear: 1) don’t be deceived, 2) falling away, 3) antichrist (beast) revealed, 4) sits in the temple as God. Daniel 9, of which Christ speaks, is similar: 1) Antichrist appears, 2) covenant confirmed, 3) temple sacrifice ceases, 4) overspreading of abominations, 5) temple made desolate by antichrist. The world will not end on April 23rd. There is much prophecy to occur before that happens. Read and study the scriptures for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit for understanding. Don’t be deceived by the ear-ticklers.

4.12.18
​Media hypocrisy and deception


In watching the drama of the current White House play out before the American public, there are a whole lot of hypocrisies in the narrative presented by the mainstream media. This is truly a biased media. Their bias is demonstrated by the surveys of stories that indicate over 95% were negative when reporting on the current president. The 24/7 news cycle has analyst after analyst parading before the cameras spewing their wonderful knowledge in a very news-like fashion, but if you listen to them, it is opinion after opinion often based in someone else’s opinion rather than any fact. It’s enough to stir people up and it’s very agenda-driven. We all have to do double duty to not be deceived by this ongoing mantra.

Let’s take a media hypocrisy inventory. It’s OK for a president to have sex in the Oval Office with an intern because what he does in his private life is his business. It’s not OK for a president to have had sex with a porn star in private a decade or more before he became president. It’s OK for a Democratic president to send the National Guard to the border to beef up border security. It’s not OK for a Republican president to do so. It’s OK for a former president to receive $500,000 from Russia about the time his wife made a deal to sell Russia uranium. It’s not OK for a Russian to donate $150,000 to Donald Trump’s charity for a video speech two years before Trump becomes president.

It’s OK for Facebook to allow the previous president’s campaign to harvest data on its users (translated spy on users) because Facebook was “on his side.” It’s not OK for an independent firm contracted by the Trump campaign to acquire Facebook user data for political purposes. It OK for a Democratic “president” to prevent people from predominantly Muslim countries from immigrating to America. It’s not OK for a Republican president to temporarily prevent people from predominantly Muslim countries to enter America. It’s OK for a Democratic president to have multiple sexual affairs while governor of Arkansas and as president. It’s not OK for a Republican president to have multiple affairs before he holds public office.

These are just some of the stories that pummel the public day in and day out. It is sordid, unfair, biased, agenda-driven opinion by leftists presented as news. It is the type of hype found in daily soap operas, but is played out in real life. These biases are a grave threat to free speech because they are weaponized half-truths and propaganda aimed at a gullible public. 1 Corinthians 2:12 says, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” Verse 14 says, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” We must be a discerning people otherwise deception lays in wait.

4.11.18
Mueller Investigation smokescreen of darkness


The trouble with Special Counsels, like Robert Mueller, is that there is no telling how far their authority will go. They may or may not get to the bottom of the real issue, in this case Russian influence over the US election, but they may turn up other evidence that warrants legal action. They head up the wild west of legal investigations. It is absurd to even think that the Russians changed the outcome of the US elections. That part is clear. Now were there bribes paid, information exchanged and used, laws violated? Perhaps so. There are enough smoking guns surrounding the previous Administration and the Hillary Clinton campaign to keep a special counsel going for years, but they are not the target.

No other president since Richard Nixon has been under fire as has Donald Trump. It’s coming from the media, from the Democrats, from the Republicans, from the CIA, the FBI, and from any “institution.” Every word Trump says is scrutinized and turned inside out. Every action he takes is criticized. His wife is under a microscope. His youngest son is openly joked about. Trump’s moral mistakes of decades ago are being relived as if they had occurred last week. From porn stars to criminals to political hacks, everyone’s words are taken as gospel truth if they are words against Trump. It’s as if every sin America has committed is put on Trump’s shoulders along with his own.

This is getting to the point that it will, if it hasn’t already, impacted our very national security. Enemies of America, and there are a lot of them, have to be looking at the morass and chaos depicted in the news 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and think “there may be a chance for us to take advantage of this.” The communist gun-grabbers, certainly are trying to make hay while the sun shines. The no-borders people are out en masse with drivers license sign-up drives, and no doubt, voter registration in tandem. Once they are on the voter rolls, they can vote. Nobody is challenging this, and the Democratic Party stubbornly resists updating and purging voter rolls. A takeover of this country looms against this visceral background.

 The Mueller investigation has become the smokescreen for the enemies of America to accelerate their efforts. Maybe the investigation will confirm other deeds, like Clinton enriching herself with a pay to play deal selling US uranium to Russia. Or some of the other shenanigans, but it doesn’t seem likely at this point. Meantime, the godless communist agenda advances. When that agenda advances, so does the devil’s agenda. As Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Don’t let the smoke get in your eyes. See clearly and act accordingly. Having done all, stand.  

4.10.18
​The choice


I was helping a friend of mine yesterday with a project at his house. He had Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Mark Levine on the internet radio (yes, it was a long project). I hadn’t listened to these commentators for a long time. While all three were talking about different topics in their respective programs, it occurred to me that our American republic is in extreme danger by the very people who we elect, those who are major contributors to the campaigns of the people we elect, and the apathy among the public who elect these people. While most would say this an obvious observation, and it may be, there is no safe harbor in either political party, and humankind is drifting farther from the Creator every second.

Think about the endless wars our country has been in. Has there been a time of peace in your lifetime? The blood of our sons and daughters is spilled overseas everyday, and has been for decades. Is war so profitable that it is worth investing the lives of our children year after year, decade after decade? It appears so. These profiteers wrap their marketing in the cloak of patriotism and our youth are inspired by the call to duty, but where is the real threat? From Vietnam to Grenada to Kosovo to the Middle East’s various hotspots, is there ever a victory? Do we ever reap the dividends of peace from the seeds of violence? Who is profiting so much on the bodies of our children that this never-ending cycle cannot be broken?

Here at home, we have allowed the progression of apathy to determine our future. We have been lied to, manipulated, deceived and shook down by politicians who line their pockets with our hard-earned money and clothe themselves in power. This has reached such a critical mass that draining the swamp of such cunning dwellers is nearly impossible. We have before us a media that is communist, a political party that is communist, another political party that is no less than socialist, a legal system that is corrupt to the point that people are not equal as the scale of justice is watched from beneath the blind. We are spied on. We are no longer free to speak what’s on our minds because we are judged harshly.

This can be overwhelming. We as a people need to make a choice. To me, the choice is Christ. If we choose him and walk in his ways and truly make disciples, we have participated in allowing the Lord to use us to change things for good. Yes, there is a conspiracy. The conspirator is the devil. His plan is to steal, kill and destroy, and he uses those who open themselves to him. The answer is Christ. The Messiah is the only choice to overcome evil. We are the good warriors. We have the holy calling. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We can choose to stand in power the Lord has given us and turn things around a heart at a time.

4.9.18
​I can only imagine

I could count on one hand the number of movies I’ve paid to see over the last five years. I don't like what Hollywood produces and what the actors stand for. To me, many are un-American and their craft portrays a world of bad things on steroids. My movie watching is by extreme selection usually in the privacy of my home. I like the older works—like pre-1970. My favorite, though, is “Remember the Titans.” Maybe “Gone with the Wind” is a close second. It’s difficult for me to remember movies and I have a hard time recognizing actors. I guess it just doesn't matter enough to me. There was, however, a movie that we went to see over the weekend, and I actually paid to see it, that I can strongly recommend.

Many of you may remember the song “I Can Only Imagine.” The lyrics are: “I can only imagine What it would be like When I walk by your side I can only imagine What my eyes would see When your face is before me I can only imagine I can only imagine Surrounded by your glory What will my heart feel Will I dance for you Jesus Or in awe of You be still Will I stand in your presence To my knees will I fall Will I sing hallelujah Will I be able to speak at all I can only imagine I can only imagine I can only imagine When that day comes When I find myself Standing in the Son I can only imagine When all I will do Is forever, forever worship you I can only imagine I can only imagine.”

It’s a MercyMe song written by Bart Millard. The Movie, “I Can Only Imagine,” takes viewers on the journey of Bart Millard’s life, of which the ingredients were mixed to bring him to a moment when he penned the words to the three time platinum song. Amy Grant played by Nicole DuPort was going to record the song and she was talking to Millard about how long it took to write it. Millard, played by J. Michael Finley, told her it only took about ten minutes and the music took about the same amount of time. She said that she believed a song like that took a lifetime to write. From there, we learn the story behind the song and Millard’s life of abuse, abandonment, soul-searching, and reconciliation.

This is a compelling story. The acting is very good. The filmography is very good. It was produced on a $7 million budget and Variety.com reports that the movie grossed over $15 million the first weekend it was released. It has already grossed over $59 million, according to moviedguide.org. This means that a lot of people are seeing it. This is a story of how the relationship of a son and a father is restored through the redemptive powers of Jesus Christ. We can all relate to it in one way or another. It doesn’t twist the gospel. It stays true to its intent. It’s not preachy, it’s real. Jesus said in Matthew 6:14, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” “I Can Only Imagine” addresses forgiveness in a way that can be an example to us all. You’ll be blessed if you see it.


4.6.18​
The prophetic events of the week


There seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation about the Ezekiel 38-39 end time battle in which the Lord finishes the attackers of Israel, “Thus will I magnify myself and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations and they shall know that I am the Lord (38:23),” and speaking of his people, “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 (39:29).” These chapters reference the Day of the Lord where the Lord God crushes the enemies of Israel after they attack “like a cloud to cover the land.” There is no mention of Russia or of the United States in this attack. And now for the “Yeah, buts…”

The “Yeah buts” are those who say that most Bible commentators and prophecy experts they listen to, say that it is Russia that leads the attack against Israel. This is clearly not the case. Ezekiel 38:2 says, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.” Verse 4 says, “And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into your jaws, and I willbring thee forth, and all thine army…” Verses 5 and 6 name who joins Gog--Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (Sudan), Libya (Libya), Gomer and Togarmah. Magog, Mesech, Tubal, Gomer, and Togarmah are all located in modern Turkey.

Bible scholars are divided over the use of the word “Rosh” in the Hebrew translation, which always is the Hebrew word for “Chief.” Some “Scholars” insist Rosh is a people group. In attempting to connect Russia to this particular prophecy, some suggest that the Scythians, a nomadic people, settled in parts of what are now Russia, thus becoming the “Russian” connection. In the context of the scriptures, there is yet another clue. In Revelation 2:13, Jesus tells us that Pergamos is "where Satan's seat is." Pergamos is in Turkey, not Russia. The “Beast” of the end times is referred to in several places in the Bible as the Assyrian, an empire that once controlled many of these prophetic locations in Turkey, but not Russia.

This controversy is further flamed by interpretations of the Bible. The King James Version translates the word “Rosh” as “Chief.” As does the King James 2000, American King James, New International Version, New Living Translation, English Standard Version, Holman Christian Standard Version, International Standard Version, NET Bible, God’s Word Translation, JPS Tanakh 1917, Jubilee Bible 2000, and Webster’s Bible Translation. Those who changed the translation to “prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal” include: Young’s Literal Translation, World English Bible, English Revised Version, Darby Bible Translation, and the American and New American Standard Versions.

There is no doubt that Russia plays a role. Just this week, Russia’s leader met with the leaders of Turkey and Iran to take a unified approach toward Syria. Russia is a traditional supplier of weapons to Israel's enemies; it blocks most UN actions against Israel's enemies. But as far as Biblical proof that Russia is leading the Ezekiel 38 attack, it is mere speculation. Turkey, however, is extremely significant and once was the home of the most antichrist political and religious system on earth, the Islamic Caliphate--the Ottoman Empire. The more important prophetic signal this week was that Turkey and Iran are at the same table working together. Jesus warns in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Study the word for yourself that you may discern these times. It is important.

4.5.18
The prophetic harvest of Arab Spring


Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza is trying to lead a new al Qaeda movement to overthrow Saudi Arabia’s monarchy and establish what he calls true Sharia Law. PJ Media reports that Hamza wants to revive jihad, and redistribute the riches of the country to the poor. It is reported that he is inspired by Arab Spring. There are riots on the border of the terrorist state Gaza and Israel, as the terrorist-inspired masses are trying to invade Israel demanding a “right of return.” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Muslim countries to force Israel to “retreat toward the point of demise.” The seeds sown by the previous White House-supported Arab Spring in 2010 continue to reap a deadly prophetic harvest.

The immediate past “president” created a game changing prophetic leap in the Middle East by not only supporting, but engineering Arab Spring. Christian and Jewish eschatology speak of the Day of the Lord where the Bible plainly prophesies that Arab/Islamic nations attack Israel and Israel is saved by the Messiah, the Christ, in an end time battle that ushers in the Millennial Reign of Christ. There are many current events that point to this eschatology being set up by the actions of leaders of many nations. The support by the previous White House of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 is a major prophetic and eschatological milestone that has had tremendous consequences as current events play out.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s advance to establish a worldwide Sharia-based caliphate was catalyzed by the previous White House. The previous “president” threw support behind the Muslim Brotherhood in Arab Spring resulting in Islamists using a false democracy to take over Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen. Additionally, there was strife in Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia that resulted from either a direct or a collateral affect of advancing the Muslim Brotherhood plan. This destabilization of the Middle East created an even more hostile environment for Israel by energizing Islamic terror groups in Israel--Hamas, al Qaeda, Hezbollah and others. The Islamic State was birthed as well. And the effects continue.

Islamic eschatology has its Mahdi returning to earth to establish a seven-year worldwide rule of Islamic peace. Islam’s version of Jesus (Isa) is to be the Mahdi’s prophet in leading Jews and Christians to Islam. Islam’s eschatology is strikingly similar to the Biblical antichrist. Indeed, Islam denies the deity of Christ. 2 John 7 says, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” And Zechariah 12:9 speaks of the day of the Lord, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” America has played the eschatological catalyst with its Middle East policy. Its final place in prophecy is yet to be determined, but thankfully, the current President is trying to reverse that disastrous course.

4.4.18
Prophetic storm on the horizon


There are a series of stories in the news recently that show how the Ezekiel 38 prophecy of a coalition headed by a leader from modern Turkey brings a host of enemies against Israel in a colossal end time battle in which God saves Israel and declares in Ezekiel 38:23, “Thus will I magnify myself and sanctify myself: and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.” Currently, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the “Palestinians” in Israel, Israel, and Iran are all locked into a curious mix of politics, military effort and intrigue that is whirling around the Middle East and gathering the end time players together like the building of a prophetic storm on the horizon.

Turkey’s dictator Racep Tayyip Erdogan is making a move in Syria to destroy the Kurd fighters who are a mainstay against the Islamic State. Many believe that Erdogan wants to eliminate the Kurds in general and do a land grab along the Syrian border. At the same time, Turkey and Russia are collaborating on the building of a Russian-made nuclear power plant on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. In addition, Turkey has agreed to purchase Russia’s long-range S-400 missile system and the two countries are building a pipeline to transport Russian gas to Turkey. AP reports that Russian “president” Vladimir Putin, Erdogan and Iranian “president” Hassan Rouhani are expected to hold a summit in Ankara to discuss Syria’s future.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stirred the prophetic pot by speaking out of both sides of his mouth. The Atlantic reports that bin Salman said that Israel has a right to exist as a nation. What bin Salman really said, however, was, “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.” This is a dualist statement in that the Palestinians claim all the land in Israel. He also said that Islam was a religion of peace and that the “triangle of evil”: Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and Sunni terrorist groups (ISIS and al-Qaeda) were seeking world conquest. He didn't mention that Saudi Arabia was the birthplace of al-Qaeda, and supports the Muslim Brotherhood. He also denied that Wahhabism exists.

Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel as a nation. The Saudi Crown Prince does not recognize Wahhabism, a radical evangelical sect of Islam originating from Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince recognizes the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda as an evil triangle with Iran, but fails to mention that Saudi Arabia is known to support these terrorist groups. Iran and Turkey are working together with Russia as a unifier. We can see how eventually the diverse forces of Ezekiel 38 can be brought together to fight against Israel, which includes modern day Turkey, Iran, Sudan, Libya and even parts of Saudi Arabia. What appears to be isn’t and what is secret is brewing a prophetic storm on the horizon.

4.3.18
​Prophetic Turkey arising


Turkey’s dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan has characterized Israel as a terrorist state and its leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, a terrorist. Erdogan used as an illustration Israel’s response to the terrorist group Hamas’ organized march against the Israeli border. Netanyahu then pointed out that it is Turkey under Erdogan’s leadership that is murdering its own Kurdish people, as confirmed by many human rights organizations. Netanyahu said, “The most moral army in the world (referring to the Israeli Defense Force) will not be lectured by someone who for years has indiscriminately bombed civilian populations.” Turkey’s influence in the Arab world was accelerated by the former US “president’s” support of Arab Spring. 

In April 2012, The Jerusalem Post reported, “Turkey has been one of the biggest winners of the Arab revolts, as people around the Muslim world look to its ruling Justice and Development Party as a model for combining Islamic values with economic growth (the number of Egyptians expressing approval for the Ankara government grew 22% since April 2011 to 37%).” The New York Times wrote in January 2012, “Supporters credit Erdogan with elevating Turkey’s profile in the Middle East, turning the country into an increasingly assertive regional player at a time when several of its neighbors are locked in sometimes violent struggles for democracy.”

Case in point: After a two-day visit to Iran 8 years ago, Erdogan told reporters that an Israeli attack on Iran would devastate the entire Middle East. Erdogan made the point of saying he shares concerns with the American “president” at the time that an Israeli attack on Iran could trigger a regional war. The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reports that Erdogan also sided with Iran by saying the International community is turning a blind eye to Israel’s “250-300 nuclear warheads” while trying to stop Iran’s peaceful nuclear program. Erdogan was acting as a bridge between Shiite Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt which promotes a return of the Islamic Caliphate.

 The Islamic Caliphate/Ottoman Empire, headquartered in Turkey, was one of the longest lasting empires in history spanning 624 years from 1299 to 1923. It ruled over much of southeast Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. Its control over the Middle East was far greater than the Roman Empire. Some scholars now believe that a revived Ottoman Empire is the one prophesied by Daniel as the end-time antichrist system. Also the antichrist army of Ezekiel 38 is led from specific locations in Turkey--Magog, Meshech, Tubal. Also Christ is quoted in Revelation 2:13 that Pergamos is “even where Satan’s seat is...where Satan dwells.” Pergamon is in Turkey. Turkey arising--a sign of these prophetic times in which we live.

4.2.18
Prophetic exhortation to never give up


As we look at the current events in our country and around the world, there is so much in the news that is discouraging--that indicates America continues on its vector away from the Lord. Some say they are just waiting for the rapture. They want to go home. Others are discouraged that what they are doing has no impact. In any case, you must understand that we as Christians have a mission and a purpose. I have been writing The Daily Jot for going on 17 years. The state of the world has steadily declined and will continue to do so. Followers of Christ, take heart. We are to overcome evil with good and not grow weary in doing it.

Every phone call you make. Every letter you write. Every email you send. Every word you speak. Be encouraged. The Lord said in Isaiah 55:10-12, “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Neither be offended. The Lord says in Ezekiel 3:17-19, ”When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.” No matter how long, no matter how difficult things become, do what the Lord tells you to do. As you do these things unto the Lord, you have made a transfer, so to speak, from yourself to others. It is now on them to act responsibly with the information. You have done your part.

God sent his only begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins that we might have life everlasting. It’s up to us to share the many facets of living out our salvation. 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 exhorts: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 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; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” Keep going. Keep doing. You never know when your action may be that last full measure needed to advance God’s plan. Never give up.

3.30.18
Deadly march against Israel


The ancient prophet Zechariah wrote a prophecy from the Lord: “I will make Jerusalem a cup that will stagger the surrounding peoples...When that day comes, I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who try to lift it will hurt themselves, and all the earth’s nations will be massed against her.” This prophecy taken directly from the Hebrew translation speaks of the Day of the Lord, but a type and shadow of this prophecy is playing out before our very eyes in Israel as “Palestinian” forces amass on Israel’s borders with Gaza. Interestingly enough, the headlines were very similar exactly six years ago today when the Arab world began a Global March on Jerusalem.

March 30, 2012: The organizers of the Global March on Jerusalem said it would be peaceful. They knew full well, however, that Israel would not let them cross the borders from the nations surrounding Israel. It is reported that tens of thousands of Islamists were flown in from Iran and Indonesia and were trained by Hezbollah and other terrorist groups for this “peaceful” March. Already, the Facebook page for the march shows images of anti-Israel and anti-American protesters throwing and burning things to protest what Islam believes is an occupation of Arab land. One caption on Facebook read “Within the events of the World March towards Jerusalem. Thousands of Indians participated in the walk and burn the Zionist flag.”

In 2012, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, India, Iran, Indonesia, Egypt, and more were participating in the event that coincides with the annual protest of what the terrorists believe to be Israeli “occupation.” Today, the Great March of Return was organized by the terrorist group Hamas and is using Gaza as a staging ground to move against Israel. This violent act in the name of peace coincides with “Land Day,” which Arabs believe is the right of return of “Palestinians” to Israel. Of course, these Arabs schedule these land grab protests during the Jewish holy celebration of Passover when God led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and eventually settled them in the land promised to Abraham and his decedents, where today’s Israel is located.

In 2012, Debkafile reported Israel forces opened fire to halt “Palestinian” demonstrators marching on the Gaza-Israeli border and crossings. Today, YNET News reports that Israeli forces opened fire to halt “Palestinian” demonstrators marching on the Gaza-Israel border and crossings.  Six years ago around 20,000 Palestinians were reportedly marching toward the Israeli border. Today, it was reported that 17,000 “Palestinians” were marching toward the Israeli border. We can see that each year about the same things happen on the same days. The traditional enemies of Israel simulating an end time attack. While this is not the fulfillment of the Zechariah prophecy, it is a very real demonstration of how it can quickly play out. 

3.29.18
​The Passover Lamb


As we enter the most holy of celebrations, Passover, let us prepare our hearts, repent from uncleanliness and seek true understanding of our relationship with God the Father and the Messiah. In a day and age where being Christian or Jew is looked down upon, even by some Christians and Jews, we need to have introspect on our mission in life, how that relates to the Lord, and our position in the world as we come closer to the end of days. This is the week of Nisan 10 on the Hebrew calendar. During the week, the sacrificial lambs were to be examined and only the ones found without blemish would be sacrificed on Nisan 14 (Friday this year) before the beginning of Pesach, or Passover.

The Passover coincides with the final days of Christ, his crucifixion, and resurrection. It is the picture of Christ being the true Passover Lamb, the sacrifice that liberates mankind from sin, as did God free the Israelites from the bondage in Egypt. The crucifixion of Christ took place as the Passover lambs were being sacrificed in the temple in Jerusalem. The Hebrew calendar starts its days from sundown to sundown, making its timing far different than the Gregorian calendar that we follow. The Pesach sacrifice (sacrifice of the Passover lambs) needed to be completed before sundown on Nisan 14 (which is Friday on our calendar). The Messiah was nailed to the cross, suffered, and died before sundown on Nisan 14.

Christ entered Jerusalem on the 10th of Nisan, which is the day that the devoted Jews were choosing their Passover lambs. This is referenced in Matthew 21 where the great multitude spread their garments and branches on the way saying in verse 9, “Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” Jesus went to the temple and overturned the money changers, his authority was questioned by the religious leaders, and he gave the great commandments, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind...and the second one is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” He also sat with his disciples and taught the chronology of what would happen in the end of days. This is called the Olivet Discourse.

Christ stated to his disciples in Matthew 26:2, “Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.” He then held an early Seder in which he spoke of the wine as his blood and the bread as his body. The events of the evening followed where Christ was taken in the garden, brought before the priests who sought a false witness to put him to death, but as Matthew 26:60 says, “But found none.” He was taken before Pilate who also could find no fault in him, but allowed the people to decide if he should be crucified. These events follow the examination of the Passover Lamb who had no blemish. Christ is the true Passover Lamb as stated in 1 Corinthians 5:7, “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us,” and John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.”

3.28.18
The false security of social networks


Facebook is under federal investigation for its involvement in providing information on its users to Cambridge Analytics, a firm hired by the Trump Presidential campaign. Cambridge used the information to target specific voters with information about the campaign. The brouhaha, however, didn’t start there. In 2012, Facebook allowed the previous “president’s” campaign to have this private information and use it to target voters. The campaign’s director of media analytics Carol Davidson tweeted that Facebook expressed surprise that the campaign was “able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized what we were doing…because they were on our side.”

Cambridge Analytics actually purchased the data, according to CNBC, from “Global Science Research, which obtained the data through an app and a psychological test taken by the users.” This purchase does not violate campaign finance laws (laws that the Democrats pushed for) that disallow contributions by corporations either monetarily or in-kind. The ex “president’s” campaign and Facebook, however, may well have violated campaign laws by their collaboration in data mining (spying) for political use. The overall debate, however, is about whether a private person owns his/her private information on a social network and what are the boundaries of the use of that information by outsiders.

In a 2009 interview with the BBC, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg said that the people own their information on Facebook and that Facebook would not share it in any way. The BBC interviewer was pointed, “So just to be clear, you are not going to sell or share any of the information on Facebook?” Zuckerberg replied, “What the terms say is just we’re not going to share people’s information except for the people they’ve asked it to be shared.” So Zuckerberg told the truth, information shared was information that people on Facebook gave permission to share in terms of use. Maybe they didn't know they gave such permission (never read the terms or checked their security settings), maybe it was permission by omission, or maybe given under deceit, but the people gave permission one way or another just by using Facebook.

A lot is disturbing about this situation. Personal information was made public either by trickery (collecting it in seemingly harmless surveys, etc.), by deceit (Facebook allowing a like-minded political ally to have it), or by selling it. Zuckerberg’s socialist political crusading took precedent over the public trust. Billions have been made under the illusion that Facebook users’ information was private and secure. Jeremiah 5:26-27 says, “For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that sets snares: they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great and waxen rich.” If you use any social network, check the terms of use, your privacy settings, and be diligent about the information you give—assume someone is watching.

3.27.18
​Activist Journalism and deceit


When I was in journalism school in the 1970s there was a new style of journalism that was creeping into the American culture. It started in happy talk news casts and morphed into do-gooder pieces disguised as investigative reporting. You would see newscasters talking about something good that happened in the community because channel whatever’s investigative team took the establishment to task for violating someone’s rights. This was called advocacy because it used the power of journalism to take a side—something true journalists were not supposed to do. Over the years, this has morphed into activism journalism where journalists take a political position while still posing as journalists.

Various pollsters have surveyed the media and have found that well over 90% of them vote Democratic and support Democratic issues, which in today’s terms means they are progressive, a polite term for communistic. When you marry the communist with the activist journalist, you get a hybrid that promotes communist propaganda and supports the most communist political position available. This a true danger, among many, to the Constitutional Republic that the communists want to deconstruct and pillage. Today’s journalism is an excellent case study in activism. So-called journalists disguise their activism by passing it off as unbiased reporting. It has the look and feel of news, but it’s propaganda.

Let me pose an example. The progressives want to take down President Donald Trump. There is no greater goal they have. They know that traditional Americans have a distaste for politicians cheating on their wives, so they have filled the airwaves, internet, and print sources with stories about the President sleeping with porn stars and Playboy models. One would think that’s all this President has done, although it’s reporting on events years ago. Let’s rewind. President Bill Clinton is having an affair with an intern in the Oval Office. The media, who wants to protect Clinton because he is a fellow progressive, says that what he does in his private life is his own business. The media castigated Clinton’s many victims.

No doubt, the media also used a different standard with the immediate ex-“president,” who allegedly had many exploits at an all-male Chicago bathhouse, and homosexual affairs with Donald Young, Larry Sinclair and others. The media refused to report on these past encounters because what a person does in his private life is his own business. But when it’s someone who opposes their progressive agenda, as does Trump, the private life suddenly becomes public interest. Proverbs 6:16-19 says the Lord hates these six things: “A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.”--Pretty much a description of modern activist journalism and their brand of politics. 

3.26.18
​March for tyranny


On one hand, it’s great to see so many young people getting involved in the political process. On the other hand, it’s disappointing that they are so deceived and misled. The public school system in this country has allowed the National Education Association as influenced by communist John Dewey’s “progressive education” movement to undermine our country and brainwash our children against the fundamental principles of the Constitution. The kids that marched across the nation to protest guns were mostly unknowing dupes of communist front groups who wish to tear down the nation and make it into a socialist society beholden to tyranny. They do so in the name of safety and liberty.

March for our Lives allegedly has been funded in part by billionaire leftist George Soros. The organization’s website mentions no leadership or sponsors. No board of directors. No contact person. Yet it has voter registration packets, anti-gun propaganda, anti-National Rifle Association materials, and how and where to protest. In other words, kids who signed up for this protest have no documented idea of who they are in league with. And of course, because their NEA teachers and school administrators are supporting this new “revolution,” it seems ok to them. Notwithstanding, if they were told that the people organizing this movement were those who wanted to oppress all their rights, they wouldn’t believe it.

Those speaking on behalf of gun control are foul mouthed, angry and emotional. They do not understand that there is no gun legislation that will stop an immoral, evil, or mentally ill person from getting a gun and using it. This is a moral problem, not a weapon problem. The very same people who have taken moral training out of school—the separation of church and state crowd—are the same who are trying to ban guns. They want no part of God or country, especially the way that country is defined with America. As 2 John 1:7 says, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.” To communists, God is government.

These people have attempted, and for the most part succeeded, to take away free speech and freedom of religion in our schools. They have brainwashed kids into believing that religion has no place in their daily lives, and that the only free speech is speech that supports communistic and revolutionary ideals. Thus we have kids who believe that the Bill of Rights is outdated and must be deconstructed. Ephesians 5:6 says, “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things come the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” In being instruments of deceivers, disobedient, and rebellious, these kids will suffer consequences in due time. They think they are marching for their lives, when in reality they are marching for tyranny. Sad.

3.23.18
​Spend, spend, spend


Congress averted another shutdown of the government by passing a $1.3 TRILLION resolution that funds the government until the mid-term elections, according to Associated Press. This whole idea of having to fund the government to avoid a shutdown to avoid backlash from taxpayers who don't want the government shut down is fiscally irresponsible and a Biblical example of a lack of good stewardship. If the government wasn’t the largest employer in America, maybe there would be more sanity to the process, more accountability. The government is too big, too overreaching and too irresponsible, but Congress is at fault—it doesn’t operate as the Constitution prescribes by establishing a yearly budget.

It’s the Continuing Resolution trap. These smart people we voted into office have figured out a way to operate lawfully while at the same time get all the tax-funded projects they want by passing Continuing Resolutions. Continuing Resolutions are based off of an original budget bill and modify that bill often based on a formula. They are passed when the President and Congress cannot agree to a fiscal budget. According to the Congressional Research Service between fiscal year 1977 and fiscal year 2015, Congress only passed all twelve regular appropriations bills on time in four years - fiscal years 1977, 1989, 1995, and 1997. So you can see Congress has operated without a budget a lot.

Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” The Constitution also requires the House of Representatives to originate the budget. Usually, the President sends his budget to the House, which then crafts an appropriations bill for consideration and voting. The Statement of Accounts clause has been interpreted that there must be an annual budget. In recent years, neither the President nor the House has originated a budget so we have had these candy stores of pet projects loading up Continuing Resolutions that perpetuate the reelection of Congressmen with favors using your hard-earned tax dollars.

The stick in this bait and switch game is that if Congress doesn't pass a Continuing Resolution, the government shuts down and we can’t have that because the largest voting block in America would be upset. So it is better to be fiscally irresponsible with everybody’s money, secure reelection with endless projects and favors, and kick the can down the road. This has resulted in a Federal debt of $21 TRILLION. Your share as a taxpayer is $173,549. Yet we keep reelecting these bums who keep spending your money on their projects. There were 90 House and 24 Senate Republicans who voted against this last bill. All others should be booted. It’s bad business. Psalm 37:21 says, “The wicked borrow and pay not again: but the righteous show mercy and give.” And that is where this is all headed unless We The People do something about it.

3.22.18
Moral equivalence

The definition of moral equivalence is, according to Wikipedia, “a term used in political debate, usually to deny that a moral comparison can be made of two sides in a conflict, or in the actions or tactics of two sides.” For example, the despotism of communism is not morally equivalent to the freedom of a Constitutional republic or democracy. Comparing apples and oranges might be a way my grandfather would have described it, except that one is evil and the other is not. So now, Christians are challenged everyday by the argument over moral equivalence, especially when it comes to our current President, Donald Trump. My purpose here is not to offend you, but to prepare and equip you.

Hillary Clinton is a most vile person. She, as my son said, enriched herself off the backs of the taxpayers like a third-world dictator. She established what many consider an organized crime network in a pay to play scheme of extracting money for influence, laundering it through the Clinton Foundation. She and her husband enriched themselves off of a strategic uranium deal with Russia. She lied about Benghazi where Americans were killed, and infamously asked “what difference does it make” when questioned about the narrative surrounding their deaths. She is a proponent of abortion. She allowed classified information to fall into the hands of America’s enemies—the line by line list is as long as a roll of toilet paper.

Enter Donald Trump. Trump made billions as a real estate mogul. He has been married three times. He allegedly has had affairs with porn stars while being married. He tweets some of the most nasty words and behaves very un-presidential. He has further alienated cultural and racial demographics in our country through his crass words and insults. The words he used in the past describing women are demeaning. The news media dislikes Trump so much that they look for ways to undermine him, publishing and broadcasting blatant lies as told by the opposition party’s leaders. The media believes they are doing the right thing by exposing Trump to the people, although they did little to nothing about Clinton’s shenanigans.

The dilemma for Christians is how do we support a man like Trump when he obviously goes against the teachings of the Holy Scriptures? Many justify giving Trump a pass, saying that since he has become a Christian, he is a work in progress. Grace should be granted. Others say neither Clinton nor Trump were good choices. But is there moral equivalence? Can we excuse Trump’s behavior because Clinton was far worse? As Christ said in Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” The judgment is reserved for God. We have heard and will continue to hear bad things about Trump. Some of it is true. We cannot excuse it. We can only pray for repentance and transformation, but there is no moral equivalence to the alternative.


3.21.18
​The Facebook spy issue


Breezing through the news cycle pretty quickly is Facebook. Facebook was part and parcel to a data mining (sic spying) application developed and used by the immediate past “president.” The working model collected information on Facebook users that would be valuable to the “president’s” election campaign. In 2012, Facebook even expressed surprise that the “president’s” campaign was “able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized what we were doing…because they were on our side,” the campaign’s director of media analytics, Carol Davidson, tweeted with a link to a talk she gave on how Facebook allowed the campaign to harvest data across friends networks.

The App took information given in response to how users set up their Facebook account and whether they allowed Facebook to share individual friends. The App recorded, analyzed and utilized the information in messaging, categorizing voters, and reaching specific demographics. Prior to vehicles such as Facebook, campaigns did this by calling people on the phone and asking them questions. That method of polling, however, wasn’t sneaky or spy-like because the voter gave permission up front to take the survey. Facebook allowed itself to be used by the Democratic “president” because it was a business that supported the policies of his administration. So rather than keep the public trust, Facebook sold out to its collective political beliefs.

And, in the meantime, Russian operatives were also using Facebook to propagate false stories about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Facebook was suppressing the bad stuff about Clinton, and allowing the negatives on Trump. The New York Times reported that Facebook’s Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos was actually tracking down the Russian trolls and trying to uncover them. The Times reported that Facebook Chief Operations Officer Sheryl Sandberg opposed Stamos’s work and tried to cover up his exposure of the Russian’s election shenanigans. According to Law&crime.com, Facebook pressured the Times to remove the cover up language in its online stories. Stamos also has been reassigned to another job. Antitrust and collusion questions are now being raised between the Times and Facebook.

Also, the Trump campaign hired Cambridge Analytics to collect information from Facebook users through surveys, unlike the previous “president” who developed an App for this data mining. But since it's a Trump-hired organization, Facebook is now feigning that the Trump campaign spied on Americans using Facebook. Democratic lawmakers are saying the Trump campaign used Facebook data wrongly, despite the clear fact that the Democratic Party, the New York Times, and Facebook colluded in a dark web data-mining scheme and cover up. This is just another example of people accusing others of exactly what the accuser has done. As Ephesians 5:12 says of these unfruitful works of darkness, “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” May they all be exposed to the light.

3.20.18
​Reflections in the mirror of life


Is our home, our community, our state, our nation a reflection of ourselves? It makes sense that in a nation where we have a choice of how we are governed, that the political, social and moral elements of society reflect the people. We read the headlines and are appalled. We watch television programs and we are repulsed. We see the condition of those around us and it often looks like the bar room scene in Star Wars. It is foreign to how many of us were raised. It is very different than most of our values. We try to make sense of it, but the problem is that we just cannot relate. There is a disconnect. Many just throw in the towel and say all is lost. Can we afford to do that? What would the Lord have us do?

At the time of Christ, the Romans ruled over the Jews and Gentiles alike. There was no choice of government. Nevertheless, disciples of Christ were encouraged to overcome evil with good. Jesus told the masses gathered at the Sermon on the Mount, “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under the foot of men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:13-16).”

The Apostle Paul says in Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” He goes on to say that we each have different gifts—some teach, some exhort, some rule—and we are to exercise our gifts with simplicity, diligence, mercy and cheerfulness. These are focused on showing Christ, glorifying the Father in heaven, through our acts, by using our gifts to “Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”

 Ephesians 2:8-10 tells us, “For by grace are you saved thought faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” So when we see the darkness around us, is it a reflection of our faith, of our work? In some ways it may be, especially considering how the “church” has disengaged and withdrawn into its four walls with all sorts of crazy ideas about not engaging with government, the world, etc. It is not your fault that the world is dark and dying—the word promises that it’s going to get worse before the Lord returns. But we as disciples of Christ are to be salt and light to a dark and dying world. Does our reflection in that mirror of life look like Christ or the world? 

3.19.18
​Corruption, strife and contention


The book of Habakkuk opens with the prophet saying, “O Lord, how long shall I cry and you will not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and you will not save! Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? For spoiling and violence are before me: and there are strife and contention that rise up. Therefore the law is ignored, and judgment does never go forth: for the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverted judgment proceeds.” This plea to the Lord is on the lips of many countrymen as they view the corruption around the nation. It is deep and wide among those who seek to destroy our freedom, our rights, our ability to speak and worship freely.

Everywhere we turn, we hear, see and experience the negativity and lies. The corruption surrounds us and strife and contention have arisen because of it. The law has been ignored. There are many who are above the law. There are those who are twisting the law. There are those who are institutionalizing organized crime within our federal and state governments to enrich themselves with money and power. These were the very things that the Founding Fathers sought to avoid by establishing a nation governed by the rule of law. Here we are 242 years later and we have become a nation of contention and strife. The people have forgotten their common interests and have been divided by lies.

Many have defeatist attitudes and discourage others by saying that we have no country, that it is doomed. They take a cynical glee in degrading what we have become rather than encouraging others to stand for what is right. There are those who say that Christians should not be concerned with the country or the government because ours is a higher calling to the kingdom of God. To that I say, God is consistent in his word that it is not an either/or situation. He chooses to work through his people and we are instructed to overcome evil with good, to let our light so shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven. We are called to be the light of Christ to those around us.

2 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Verse 12 exhorts: “Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas, they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” With some 75% of the people in this nation claiming to be Christian, our nation would not be so corrupt, strife-filled, and contentious if we were doing what we are called to do. The nation is a reflection of our faith because we are still the vast majority. Notwithstanding, 12 men turned the world upside-down. If they could do it, so can we by walking in faith, trusting in the Lord, and being doers of the word.

3.16.18
​The disengaged political force


George Barna of the American Culture and Faith Institute (ACFI) has conducted a recent study that shows there are three types of people impacting the social landscape in America—the liberals, the conservatives, and the disengaged. Barna believes the disengaged sector are the greatest threat to America because they just don’t care about whether the country is headed in the right or wrong direction. Barna writes, “But another crucial component of our national stalemate is the large share of the voting-age population that is disengaged from the multifaceted battle of worldviews. These people are the tiebreakers. But they refuse to show up.”

Barna says there are two key segments of the disengaged. He says, “The first is those who have moderate views–i.e., obstinate ambivalence–on both politics and theology (31% of the adult population). They will not take stands on the important issues of the day, from immigration to abortion, from the veracity of the Bible to the role of Jesus Christ in modern life. The second segment is people who are not registered to vote and pay little attention to political news and information (21%). There are times when all of us get frustrated with the political system and its players, and harbor ill-will toward the biased media. But rather than work through the garbage and distortions in the pipeline, the disengaged retire from the game altogether.”

ACFI studies reveal that irrespective of whether people are conservative or liberal, Christian or non-Christian, Millennial or Boomer, or whether a person of color, Americans are eager to improve America because they have a healthy distrust of government. Barna says, “Six out of ten Americans are angry about the state of the nation. Two out of three contend that the government cannot be trusted to do what is in the best interests of the country. Seventy percent say that government has too much control over our lives. Huge majorities of the people argue that the United States is moving in the wrong direction on at least three important fronts: politically, morally, and culturally.”

Barna wrote that when asked to make a choice between capitalism and socialism, a majority of the disengaged (56%) said they had no preference. He says, “Part of the challenge may be their lack of information. Whereas two-thirds of the engaged population follows news about politics and governance “a lot” or “quite a bit”, few of those who are Disengaged pay attention to such information. These are the people who don’t know and don’t care. Their failure to participate in the battle for the nation’s future is paralyzing us all.” This is why The Daily Jot informs readers with an eye toward equipping and encouraging action. Christ said in Matthew 28:19, “Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Don’t feel comfortable in the four walls of your church. Get engaged. Be salt and light.

3.15.18
​A testimony of our government schools

Wednesday, March 14 was a testimony to the nation’s government school system in so many ways. We had kids across the nation participating in some sort of protest about guns. In New York City, the mayor, a gun control advocate, encouraged kids to leave school for the protest. Teachers and administrators also encouraged the kids to protest. They want to ban guns. So they are using their First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly to call for the government to take away their 2nd Amendment rights that were put in place to guarantee that the government wouldn't take away their First Amendment rights. Sounds pretty stupid, right? Well, that’s a testimony to our government schools.

New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo participated with students in a “Die In” protest against guns. But testifying even further than his political statement were the presence of his armed security guards not far in the background. In fact, there are many pointing fingers at the leftist Democrat Party apparatus for organizing the protests and manipulating students. When you have celebrities, teachers, school administrators and even governors of states who are all part of the Democratic Party encouraging students to walk out of school to protest gun ownership, it begs the question who is behind this and what the real reason is. Is it to protect students in schools, or deconstruct the Constitution?

Moreover, the House of Representatives passed window-dressing legislation 407-10. FOX News reports, “The STOP School Violence Act will offer $50 million annually to states to help train students, teachers and law enforcement to prevent violence and suicides in schools. The program would train students, school personnel and local police on how to identify warning signs and intervene to stop violence and suicide. It would also help develop and implement anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence.” President Donald Trump’s White House announced plans to train teachers for carrying handguns, add more armed officers to the schools, and seizing guns from “potentially dangerous individuals.”

Here is what you have: Socialists, anarchists and communists manipulating students into using their First Amendment rights to demand their Second Amendment rights be taken away; Politicians, thinking they need to do something to appease voters ahead of mid-term elections, passing bills that only expand federal authority over government schools, spend more tax money, but do little to fix the problem; and a true testimony to the lack of historic context in our schools. Did anyone ever think about practical solutions? No, it’s all about manipulation and political gamesmanship. These are matters of the heart and Proverb 22:6 stands: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” If America had not departed from the ways of training up moral, just, and honest citizens, we may not be having this debate.


3.14.18
​Federal authority over education


The framers of the US Constitution had a healthy distaste for federal government in the sense that they placed many checks and balances in the Constitution to prevent government from trampling the rights of citizens. They also didn't want government to become tyrannical due to brainwashing generations of Americans toward a certain “governmental” philosophy. Hence, the 10th Amendment, which says, “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.” Education was most certainly one of those powers that were reserved to the state and to the people. So what changed?

The federal government began issuing policy requirements during Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. During the Carter Administration, the Department of Education was created in 1979. According to the Department of Education’s website, its mission is to establish policies related to federal education funding, administer distribution of funds and monitor their use; collect data and oversee research on America’s schools; identify major issues in education and focus national attention on them; and enforce federal laws prohibiting discrimination in programs that receive federal funds. Herein, is where the federal government weaseled it’s philosophies on liberalism, teaching things outside of reading, writing and arithmetic, and ruining generations of young American’s worldview on the country, its history, and their role as citizens.

All education was intended by the Founding Fathers to be administered, funded and taught locally in partnership with the respective state government to ensure uniformity across rural and urban areas in the state. But the federal government under the direction of liberals began pushing its programs onto the states and localities using the carrot of money. If states and school districts wanted funding from the federal government, they needed to comply with what the federal government wanted taught. State curricula began to be influenced heavily by federal government. The Department of Education publishes recommended teaching strategies and materials. This is something that should have never happened.

So let’s fast forward to today where we have a society of dumbed-down youth who are more politically influenced and historically ignorant than any generation before it. They have little or no understanding of the Bill of Rights, except where it pertains to deconstructing what they consider a white supremacy society that trolls every minority on purpose. They will be protesting the 2nd Amendment right of gun possession and the school personnel support that protest. They can’t be led in Christian prayer in school, but they must study Islam. They can’t balance a checkbook, but they know how to use a condom. It’s messed up. And we need to take back local control instead of using schools as a glorified tax-supported baby sitter. As Proverb 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Hmmm. 

3.13.18
​The Democrat’s Farrakhan problem


The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) is calling for seven Democratic Members of Congress to resign. They include radical Islamist Congressman and Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Hakim Mohammed (aka Keith Ellison), Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Danny Davis, Andre Carson, Gregory Meeks, and Al Green. RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, “(Nation of Islam leader Louis) Farrakhan is the moral equivalent of a leader of the KKK. If it was discovered that members of Congress had met with the leader of the KKK, they would need to resign. In this case, for meeting with, and embracing, Louis Farrakhan, nothing short of resignation is acceptable from these seven Democrats.”

In response, the Nation of Islam’s Executive Council wrote an open letter proving the RJC’s point, saying that the RJC represented “White supremacy and the continuing effort to destroy our community… Remember, it was the same Satanic Jews of yesterday that conspired against Jesus and had him killed by the ruling authority of the Roman Empire.” The Nation of Islam’s website says, “We believe we are people of God’s choice.” It also declares: “We believe in the truth of the Bible, but we believe that it has been tampered with and must be reinterpreted so that mankind will not be snared by the falsehoods that have been added to it.” Yet, the Nation of Islam believes in only one God, allah, who has no son.

The Nation of Islam website also calls for: The United States to be divided between Blacks and Whites; all black Believers of Islam to be freed from all prisons; a new nation free from “white courts”; an exemption of black Believers of Islam from all taxation; Free education, including the freedom of Muslim teachers to teach and train their people in their ways; a prohibition on intermarriage or race mixing; Black Believers of Islam not fighting in any American war; and that Master W. Fard Muhammad is “the long-awaited “Messiah” of the Christians and the “Mahdi” of the Muslims.” Fard is considered a co-founder of the Nation of Islam and its messiah. Farrakhan also once referred to the immediate ex-“president” as God.

The support of Farrakhan by these Members of Congress is the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan and they should resign. Much of the Democratic Party leadership is fine with Farrakhan otherwise Keith Ellison would not have been elected as the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee. It’s also fair to note that history documents incredible ties between the KKK and the Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party’s resistance to ending slavery and efforts to resist to the civil rights movement. When people call for the deconstruction of anti-Semitism and racism, a good place to start is the stronghold of political parties. How often are the accusers doing exactly what they accuse others of doing? As Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Anti-Semitism and racism have no place in our society. 

3.12.18
​The wicked heart and encouragement


There is consistency in what is written in the Bible about the heart of man. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” In Mark 7:21-23, Christ says, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Christ also said in Matthew 12:35, “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” The hearts of America’s citizens define much of our society.

If wickedness prevails in the heart, what then can good men do to legislate good? There is no end to the evil men do to one another. School shootings, nursing home killings, abortions, murders, racism, bigotry, sexual crimes and domestic violence are commonplace in our society. Politicians try to solve the problems with symbolic window dressing, but no matter their intentions, the problems remain. All we have to do to see where things stand is turn on the big three television networks in prime time. Sexual innuendo, violence, crime, gunplay is about all you see unless you are watching reality programs that also promote deceit, sexual immorality, coarse humor and human turmoil.

You see, we live in a society that has become very dark. But what did Christ say about our responsibility as his disciples? He said in Matthew 5:13-16, “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Ephesians 5:1 says, “Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children.” Verses 8-10 say, “For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light: For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”  In quoting these scriptures, I want you to see that though the heart is wicked and the world is a dark and evil place, light overcomes darkness. You heart, words and actions are examples for others to have a change of heart, to accept the gift of salvation. In a sense, we are the warriors of heart to heart combat that others might have eternal life and also become a light unto the world.

3.9.18
Trump to open talks with N Korea

While not specifically mentioned in the Bible, Russia, China and N Korea have a long history of arming Islamic regimes hostile to Israel. It appears that the tough negotiating posture taken by President Donald Trump has brought the N Korean dictatorship to agree to talks with the US, a temporary freeze on nuclear and missile tests, and the hope that this drawn out drama on the world stage will end. The South Korean government served as the intermediary to broker the talks. Trump has done what other presidents failed to do. History documents that President Bill Clinton originally gave N Korea nuclear technology, a reckless action that may have accelerated prophecy by aiding the principalities of darkness.

President 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, after 17 months of negotiations, 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 his commitment to 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, (father of current dictator Kim Jong Un) Clinton vastly expanded America's commitments under the formal agreement to finance fuel shipments and reactors, ease its long-standing trade embargo and move toward first-ever diplomatic relations with North Korea. North Korea went on to develop nuclear weapons and to assist Iran in its nuclear weapons program.

Instead of having a safer future, the world is far more dangerous because of Clinton’s reckless shenanigans. Thanks to Clinton, North Korea has lethal power, presenting a future that threatens many lives. 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. While no American president has ever met with a N Korean leader, Trump is taking a shot at ending what Clinton foolishly began. Sadly, the immediate past “president” also opened the door for a traditional enemy of Israel to attain nuclear weapons—Iran. Trump may also have to deal with that threat to mankind as well.​

3.8.18
The public narrative of deception

The 24/7/365 news cycle has resulted in a constant harangue of in-your-face weaponized propaganda hitting the American public with impunity. There is what appears to be a conspiratorial effort between the news media, the entertainment industry and the radical left, which is representative of the Democratic Party, to establish a political narrative as undeniable fact. Those who dare challenge it are then labeled as racist, homophobe, Islamaphobe, bigots, white supremacists, misogynists, extreme radical right-wingers, and so on. The trend is: make an outlandish statement and then shame anybody who questions it by labeling them something bad.

There was a story about how the ex-“president” said that it breaks his heart that there were 18 school shootings so far this year. He apparently was repeating a “fact” presented by Everytown for Gun Safety, funded by former New York mayor and anti-gun activist Michael Bloomberg. Trouble is, the narrative is completely false. Not to allow a good lie to go to waste, the former “president” and the media repeated these false “facts” at will, trying to make people believe that school shootings are rampant. This segues to claims that the National Rifle Association is a terrorist organizations (Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy), and that Republicans and NRA supporters are complicit in mass murders (I’m not making this up).

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being ostracized because he seeks to enforce US immigration law by cracking down on California’s illegal sanctuary cities and suing the state for housing illegals. The news media, the entertainment industry and the communist politicians holding office from California are attacking Sessions for unfairly singling out Latinas. Governor Jerry Brown says the Trump Administration is going to war against California. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says it’s “brazen aggression.” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, another socialist Democrat, called Sessions and President Trump racists for claiming “undocumented immigrants” were criminals. I guess she hasn’t considered that if you come to America illegally, you have broken the law—a definition of a criminal is “one who has committed a crime.”

Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) calls President Trump’s “dangerous rhetoric” a “crisis” in American government. Who is supplying the rhetoric? And who is amplifying it?--The radical left and its lapdog media. It is a created crisis by those who seek to establish socialism and humanism as America’s government. These outrageous claims made about gun control and illegal immigration are just examples of how emotional, inflammatory, and hateful remarks are being made and the news media is complicit in amplifying them without a whimper of a challenge. As Paul wrote about the end times in 2 Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” The prophetic lives we live in prophetic times. As Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”​