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There is no greater threat facing the true church of Christ at this moment than the irrationalism that now controls our entire culture.

  • John W. Robbins, “The Trinity Manifesto”

After nearly two years of continuous madness, the pandemic of Covid irrationalism and totalitarianism has yet to run its course.  For that matter, the worse the scientific case gets – let alone the Biblical case – for vaccine mandates and other impositions on liberty, the more strident the calls for more stringent measures become from the true believers in the Covidian cult. 

Even those from who we have a right to expect rational thought on matters Covid can’t get it right.  Here, I’m talking specifically about the Supreme Court’s ruling last week on the Biden regime’s vaccine mandates. The Court struck down as unconstitutional – of course, the Court is nowhere given the power to determine whether a law is constitutional or not, this is a usurped power but that is another matter that I will not address today – the mandate requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to force their workforces to be vaccinated or face ruinous fines.  On the other hand, the Court found in favor of the mandate directed at health care professions, stating that any medical facility that accepts federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars must require all employees to be vaccinated. 

In his article “Supreme Court Delivers Schizophrenic Ruling,” Paul Craig Roberts noted, “What we have is the complete separation of the law from justice and the violation of the US Constitution that requires equal treatment under the law.  The Justices have, again, delivered unequal treatment.”

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Happy New Year 2022!

I had meant to write this post last week, but, as they say, life got in the way.  So here’s the belated version for you. 

As do many, I find New Year’s a convenient time to stop and reflect on the year past and consider what may lie ahead.

In my case, I like to mention upfront that I’m thankful to the Lord God Almighty for the opportunity to write this blog during 2021.  Before I begin each post, I pray that the Lord would grant me the grace to write truthfully, clearly, and in a way that glorifies His name and edifies his people.   Moreover, November 2021 marked the seventh anniversary of my prayer to God asking him to help me write at least one blog post a week.  By his grace I have kept this pace, posting at least one new item every week since then.  Thanks be to God for giving me the strength to do this!

There are times as a writer when I really do wonder if I’m doing the Lord’s will or my own.  Has God called me to do this work, or am I just kidding myself and rebelling against him?  That he has honored my prayers for this blog, that people still seem to get something out of it, and that I continue to enjoy writing are big hints to me that, yes, I am doing what the Lord has called me to do.

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[L]et it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.

            – Daniel 3:18

The Book of Daniel records for us one of the most famous of all acts of civil disobedience, the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego to go along with King Nebuchadnezzar’s command to fall down and worship his golden image. 

In like fashion today, Christians are being asked, ordered is more like it, to fall in line and worship a new golden image, this time in the form of mask mandates, social distancing, lockdowns, and forced vaccinations where one is given the choice, take the jab or lose your job.

Indeed, the vax fanatics are so filled with confidence and their own sense of moral superiority that they seem not to realize that the policy prescriptions they so ardently pursue sound as if they were lifted right out of Revelation 13.  There we read the famous passage about the mark of the beast and the consequences for not taking it. 

He [the beast] causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (Revelation 13:16-17).

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My point in citing this passage is not to argue that the Covid jabs, so beloved by authoritarians the world over, are the mark of the beast which John wrote about.  But I do mean to suggest that at the very least, the maniacal effort on the part of Western governments – and that in the face of mounting, hard evidence that the jabs are both unsafe and ineffective – to force vaccinate their populations is most certainly an act that is of the same spirit as the mark of the beast described in Revelation.

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Opponents of critical race theory attend a Loudoun County School Board meeting on June 22 in Ashburn. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

Across America, school boards have been losing the battle over Covid restrictions and Critical Race Theory to American parents.

Now they’re getting serious and calling in the heavy artillery.    

At least that seems to be the case given the whiney, tattletale-style letter the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent to Joe Biden requesting help from the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the U.S. Secret Service and its National Threat Assessment Center, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. 

All this, because parents don’t like “education professionals” teaching their kids to hate them, their nation, and their entire civilization.

“As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes,” reads the letter. 

In other words, the NSBA thinks all the red-neck parents out there in fly-over country who oppose the brainwashing of their children should just shut up already.  And if they don’t, they should be hit with charges of domestic terrorism and thrown in the clink right along with the J6 defendants and all the other deplorable types who deserve to be locked up. 

That is to say, the NSBA wants to make disagreeing with school boards a federal offense, in much the same way as many would like to see Covid skeptics locked up who dare express disagreement with Anthony Fauci, the WHO, and Bill Gates.   

Lest anyone suppose that I’m advocating an “anything goes” policy at school board meetings, that is not my point at all.  As with any public meeting, there are rules of conduct that apply in school board sessions.  If someone gets out of line, there are ways of dealing with that person, up to and including arrest if the occasion requires it.  These situations can be handled by local law enforcement.  But the NSBA wants to make a federal case out of it.   Calling on the nuclear option of DOJ shows that the school boards’ main concern is not with ensuring Robert’s Rules of Order are followed. Surely a stern gavel, a security guard, or the local police can handle this.  No.  Something more sinister is at work here.  It appears that the real goal of the school boards is to avoid altogether answering to parents, the very people who pay for the schools, for their appalling decisions on everything from pornographic curriculum, to transgender bathroom and locker room policies, to unscientific mask requirements for students.  The goal is the criminalization of dissent from the progressive educratic party line.

All this would be bad enough were it an isolated case.  But it isn’t.  The attempt by the NSBA to call in the DOJ and other agencies to put down what it views as a parental insurrection should be viewed as part of a larger Deep State/Democrat-led push to criminalize dissent of all types.  If you oppose Covid lockdowns and vax mandates, if you think the 2020 election was stolen, you just might be a domestic terrorist.

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“Our patience is wearing thin.” Joe Biden threatens Americans with job loss if they don’t take the Covid shot, September 9, 2021.

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

  • Proverbs 24:10

During what would prove to be a historic win for the University of Cincinnati football team, things got a bit wobbly for a while during the third quarter.  Playing on the road at Notre Dame in South Bend Indiana, UC held a 17-0 lead in the second half.  But then UC missed a makable field goal.  Not long after, Notre Dame went on a touchdown drive and cut the lead to 17-7.   Next, UC’s quarterback fumbled the ball.  Notre Dame recovered and scored another touchdown.  They missed the extra point, so UC’s lead stood at 17-13. 

Now if you’re a fan of Cincinnati sports teams, this was the point where you started saying to yourself, “Here we go again.”  Without going into all the boring and gory details of years of agony and frustration on the part of the local fan base, let’s just say people in this area are used to disappointment and heartbreak. 

But when things were looking their bleakest and many of us were waiting for the Bearcats to find a way to choke, for some reason they didn’t.  UC went on a touchdown drive making the score 24-13, and that’s how the game ended up. 

I’d like to tell you I knew UC was going to win all along.  But that would be a lie.  I thought either they either were going to get blown out in some epic humiliating defeat or lose in agonizing fashion at the last second.  But neither of those things happened.

UC, much to my shock, far from choking, actually won a huge victory.  One that is certainly the biggest win in school’s football history, a history which dates back to 1885.  One of the sort I never thought I’d see.

Now you may wonder why I’m starting a post about the present trials facing Christians here in America and around the world by referencing a college football game.  After all, it’s just a football game.  And football isn’t really all that important in the grand scheme of things. 

Football isn’t a Christian enterprise.  It’s a sport after all.

But if you think about it, there are a number of references to sports in the Bible.  The Author of Hebrews wrote, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”  Paul wrote, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize?  Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” There are other verses along the same lines.  So it’s not out of place to reference sports in the context of the Christian life.

In this case, there’s a message for Christians about persevering through adversity.

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“Ye are the salt of the earth…Ye are the light of the world.”

  • Matthew 5:13, 14

“That’s the job description of a Christian,” said my Sunday school teacher many years ago.  By this, he meant that Christians are called to be salt and light in a lost and dying world. 

Salt in the sense Jesus spoke of here meant “savory” or “flavorful.”  As John Gill put it,

This is to be understood of the disciples and apostles of Christ; who might be compared to “salt”, because of the savoury doctrines they preached; as all such are, which are agreeable to the Scriptures, and are of the evangelistic kind, which are full of Christ, serve to exalt him, and to magnify the grace of God; and are suitable to the experiences of the saints, and are according to godliness, and tend to promote it:  also because of their savoury lives and conversations; whereby they recommended, and gave sanction to the doctrines they preached, were examples to the saints, and checks upon wicked men.

In the Scriptures, “light” is often a reference to knowledge of the truth.  And that is the sense in which Jesus used it here.  Again, John Gill,

What the luminaries, the sun and moon, are in the heavens, with respect to corporal light, that the apostles were in the world with regard to spiritual light; carrying and spreading the light of the Gospel not only in Judea, but all over the world, which was in great darkness of ignorance and error; and through a divine blessing attending their ministry, many were turned from the darkness of Judaism and Gentilism, of sin and infidelity, to the marvellous light of divine grace. 

As Christians, are words out actions, even our thoughts, are to show Christ to our neighbor in a lost, dying and hopeless world. 

Doubtless, most Christians would agree with this assessment.  But how hard it can be to put into practice!

If I’m honest with myself and with you, I have to say that I don’t always do a very good job at this.  Perhaps you’re a bit like me, and look around you at the mess, the perfect babel of confusion our civilization has become and despair.  The forces of evil are overwhelming, and I cannot overcome them.  They have power, money, influence, and prestige in abundance.  What are my puny efforts in comparison to that?  And you can probably guess at some of the great discouragers I’m talking about.

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Protesters demonstrate Covid lockdowns in Australia, August 21, 2021.

Have I gone Covid crazy? 

Sometimes I ask myself this question.  There are, after all, a lot of things going on in the world.  And it’s not as if Covid, more to the point, governmental overreaction to Covid, is the only problem Americans, and citizens of other nations, face.

In the summer of the Year of Our Lord 2021, Americans face threats from any number of directions.  We have an imploding financial system, embarrassment on the world stage due to the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, Antifa, BLM, an illegitimate and senile President Joe Biden, a government determined to classify its political opponents as enemies of the state, wildfires, replacement migration for the purpose of electing a new people, Critical Race Theory running rampant in our schools, universities, government and corporations, a polarized electorate, and Rome making huge inroads in its influence on our government.  I’m probably leaving some things off this list.  But you get the point.  America is drowning in problems to the point that our national survival is an open question.    

So many things to write about.  And yet, I find I just cannot let go of Covid. 

Why is that?

One reason is that it’s constantly in the news.  You can’t get very far in the day, whether you want to or not, without hearing about something Covid related. 

A second reason, it’s one of, if not the most, blatant propaganda campaign I’ve ever seen.  The lies, they truly are off the charts.  Let’s just look at one lie, the many reports that it’s the unvaccinated who are filling up hospitals with serious cases of Covid.  Just today, the Cincinnati Enquirer ran such a story titled “Doctors: Vaccines are keeping people alive.”  The article tells us that it the unvaccinated who are ending up in the hospital.  “According to state and federal data, vaccinated people account for less than 2% of the 19,000 Ohioans hospitalized with COVID-19 this year and less than 1% of the nearly 7,000 who died from the disease.”

Well, that pretty much settles it.  Get the vax already! Or you’re gonna die a horrible death!, or kill grandma!, or something!

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Ohio senatorial candidate J.D. Vance shared tweeted out this screen shot from a recent NBC News broadcast. It would seem that if you question the liberty destroying Covid protocols demanded by the Democrats or think the 2020 presidential election was stolen, the Department of Homeland Security thinks you just may be a terror threat.

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

  • Psalm 18:3

“America is under sustained attack,” wrote Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar in a recent tweet.

In what way? you may ask. 

The Rep. Gosar went on to site a few examples.  “America is under sustained attack on its sovereignty with open borders, against its culture by race hustlers, against our public fisc [fisc meaning state treasury], and against our political/medical dissidents with a capricious legal system.”

The Congressman is right on all counts. 

Worth noting is that Rep. Gosar’s tweet was in response to a tweet by Ronna McDaniel, Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee who had tweeted out “The Republican Party stands with the people of Cuba fighting for freedom!” 

Rep. Gosar finished his tweet writing, “For the love of everything holy Cuba can wait.  Help America First.

Again, Paul Gosar is right on target. 

The Democrats have openly become the party of treason and tyranny, while the Republicans uselessly tweet out about the goings on in other countries while ignoring the fire in our own house.

To borrow a turn of phrase from Isaiah, our cites are burned with fire (Antifa and BLM riots) while strangers devour our land before our face (Biden’s treasonous open borders polity, what some migrants call “la invitación”), yet all the Republican leadership can do is tweet out about demonstrations in Cuba.  Apart from a few individuals – Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Thomas Massie, the afore mentioned Rep. Paul Gosar and some others – very few Republicans have taken any kind of public stand against the deliberate destruction of the United States of America by the treasonous, lying, illegitimate Biden regime, the Democratic Party, and Deep State technocrats such as the Jesuit Anthony Fauci. 

America is under sustained attack to a degree and in a way that I personally have never witnessed.  And I’d be less than honest with you were I to say that I’ve been unfazed by it.  I’ve found myself alternately furious, despairing, and even scared.

In mid-August 2021, Americans are faced, not only with some of the items already mentioned, but by vaccine mandates, vaccine passports, renewed mask requirements and possible lockdowns, not to mention a War On Domestic Terror which is threatening to criminalize political opinions at odds with the ruling elite’s preferred narrative

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Masker and Vaxxer in Chief, Jesuit trained Dr. Anthony Fauci.

I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

  • Isaiah 44:6

“I just can’t believe it’s come to this.”  I find myself saying that a lot lately. 

In some ways, that’s an odd statement for me to make.  After all, I’m a Christian and know the Scriptures.  I know who the prince of this world is, and I know how the Lord has wrought destruction on disobedient people throughout the history recorded for us in the Bible.  Even a cursory reading of secular history shows that liberty is a precious thing most fleeting. 

When I think of my writing over the past several years, the theme of decline and fall, especially the decline and fall of the formerly Christian West, seems always at the forefront of my mind. 

And yet for all that, I still find myself shocked when I read the headlines and see the evil of the Covid tyranny unfolding all around me.

When word first began to spread concerning the novel coronavirus last January, I was suspicious but didn’t know fully what to think.  Could this be a serious, naturally occurring pandemic, or is there something more at work. 

In March of 2020, my employer went 100% work from home, and arrangement that still obtains to this day.  At that same time, the lockdowns began, and this helped bring things into focus for me.  You don’t lockdown healthy people.  That’s one of the first rules of dealing with epidemics.  In Leviticus 13, we read God’s prescription for dealing with outbreaks of disease.  If someone thought he had a skin disease, he was to show himself to the priest.  Depending on the condition, the priest was to follow a particular course of examination.  At the end, the priest either would proclaim the person clean or unclean.  If the diagnosis was unclean, that person was to go outside the camp. 

But note well, it was only sick people who were quarantined, and that only after the due process of examination by the priest.  There was no provision in the law of Moses to lockdown all Israel in the hope of preventing the spread of leprosy or any other disease. The law of Moses was individualistic and was concerned with identifying conditions pertaining to individuals.  The law of tyrants is collective.  Collectivists don’t see individuals; they see the masses. 

Another point worth making is that it was through a process of self-examination that anyone would go to a priest as a possible leper.  There was no state-enforced leprosy screening program in Israel.  One went to a priest for examination on one’s own.  This eliminates the idea of forced testing that has been loudly advocated by many Covid tyrants.

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