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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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Ford to City: Drop Dead,” The New York Daily News, 10/30/1975

Biden Mandates Vaccines for Workers, Saying, ‘Our Patience Is Wearing Thin,'” by Katie Rogers and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, The New York Times, 11/12/2021

Supreme Court appears poised to block Biden’s vaccine and testing rules for businesses,” by Ariane de Vogue, CNN, 1/7/2022

Democratic Governor Calls For Criminalizing “Lying” About Election Results,” by Jonathan Turley, 1/8/2022

Bellwether Counties Nearly Wiped Out by 2020 Election,” by John McCormick, The Wall Street Journal, 11/13/2020

Trump not first to win Iowa, Florida, Ohio and lose election,” Our QuadCities.com, 12/11/2020

Fact check: Biden campaign events portrayed as small lack context of COVID-19 guidelines,” by Devon Link, USA Today, 9/29/2020

Trump’s campaign made stops nationwwide. Coronavirus cases surged in his wake in at least five places,” by Erin Mansfield, Josh Salman, and Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA Today, 1/28/2021. It’s odd, but I don’t recall USA Today or any other national paper complaining about surging Covid cases following Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots. I guess Covid comes out only when it’s a Republican rally.

Donald Trump, Michelle Obama Most Admired in 2020,” by Jeffrey M. Jones, Gallup, 12/29/2020

Kamala Harris compares January 6 to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in anniversary speech at the Capitol,” by Thomas Coex, Business Insider, 1/6/2022 

Chicago Cardinal Decries ‘Lies’ of Election Tampering, Urges No Restrictions on Voting,” by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart, 1/7/2022

’Preserve the Narrative’: The Public Rejects the ‘Insurrection’ Claim in New Polling,” by Jonathan Turley, 1/7/2022

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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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White House tells businesses to proceed with vaccine mandate despite court-ordered pause,” by Spencer Kimball, CNBC, 11/8/2021.

Biden says inflation is “worrisome” in speech at Port of Baltimore,” by Caroline Linton, CBS News, 11/11/2021

The White House Says Its Plans Will Slow Inflation. The Big Question Is: When?,” by Jeanna Smialek and Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 11/11/2021

U.S. in Talks to Pay Hundreds of Millions to Families Separated at Border,” by Michelle Hackman, Aruna Viswanatha, and Sadie Gurman, The Wall Street Journal, 10/28/2021

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Trinity Foundation YouTube Channel: Reformation Day Livestream “The Sands of Rome” with guest speaker Timothy F. Kauffman

Here I Stand by Roland Bainton

Christ & Civilization by Rohn W. Robbins

Biden says Pope Francis called him a good Catholic and said he should keep receiving Communion,” by Chico Harlan, Seung Min Kim, and Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post, 10/29/2021

Joe Biden’s Vatican Meeting With Pope Francis Runs Into Overtime,” by Josh Boak, Zeke Miller and Nicole Winfield

Unusual secrecy attends first meeting with Pope Francis as president,” by Jack Jenkins, Claire Giangrave, Religion News Service, 10/28/2021

Biden Eases Fray with France and Savors Meeting With Pope as Europe Trip Begins,” by Katie Rogers and Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 10/30/2021

Pope Francis meets with US President Joseph Biden,” Vatican News, 10/29/2021

Biden says Pope Francis OK’d him receiving communion, calling him a ‘good Catholic’ amid abortion debate,” by Michael Collins and Maureen Groppe, USA Today, 10/30/2021

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Forgotten Principles of the Reformation,” by John W. Robbins, The Trinity Review, October 2004

Pope Demands Silicon Valley “In the Name of God” Censor “Hate Speech,” “Conspiracy Theories”,” by Paul Joseph Watson, Summit News

Joe Biden Plans Vatican Meeting with Pope Francis On October 29,” by Charlie Spierling, Breitbart

Opinion: Don’t rant about short-staffed stores and supply chain woes,” by Micheline Maynard, The Washington Post

Breaking: Migrant Caravan in Mexico encounters Mexico’s @INAMI_forces,” by Griff Jenkins, Fox News

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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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Haitian migrants use a dam to cross to and from the United States from Mexico to Del Rio, Texas on Friday.
Eric Gay/AP

“We are Republicans, and don’t propose to leave our party and identify ourselves with the party whose antecedents have been rum, Romanism, and rebellion.  We are loyal to our flag.”

–          Dr. Samuel D. Burchard, Presbyterian Minister and Union Civil War Veteran

The account of David’s fight with Goliath is, doubtless, the most famous case of singly combat ever.  Many people, even if they have never so much as opened a Bible have heard of their duel. 

But while the history of what took place is justifiably famous, there is at least one important detail that is often overlooked.  We read how Goliath was wont to come out and taunt Israel and how he, in so many words, double dog dared anyone from Israel’s army to come out and have a go at him one on one. 

Now among those present in Israel’s army was King Saul.  But even he would not dare to challenge Goliath.

If you stop and think about it, that must have been very demoralizing to the Israelites.  After all, a few years prior the Israelites had demanded a king to fight their battles for them like all the other nations.  Well, Israel had its king, but the king wasn’t doing his job.  He wasn’t leading Israel to victory in battle.  Quite the opposite.  He was cowering behind the lines at Goliath’s words just like everyone else.

And it got worse.

It wasn’t as if Goliath came out once or twice, got bored with disrespecting Israel, and gave up.  No, not at all.  If you’ve ever been picked on by a playground bully as a kid, you probably received advice such as, “Just ignore him and he’ll go away.”  Sometimes maybe that’s true.  But what if the bully doesn’t go away?  What if the bully comes back day after day to torment you?     

The Apostle Paul in writing to the Romans notes, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” By saying “as much as it depends on you,” Paul acknowledges that living peaceably with others does not depend solely on you.  Sometimes there are men who want to have a go at you for one reason or another, those who like to pick fights. 

Goliath was one such man.  And he wasn’t the sort of fellow to just go away.

No.  The Scriptures tell us that Goliath would come out and say, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.”  And this, Scripture tells us, he did for forty days both in the morning and in the evening. 

So twice a day for forty days, Goliath “defied” the armies of Israel.  And no one did anything.  Not Saul. Not David’s elder brothers.  No one.

Rather, we read, “When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.” 

Not very inspiring, that.

Into this courage, leadership, and ultimately faith gap strode David, who famously, by God’s grace, won the day.

Today’s American Protestants More Like Saul than Like David      

Now you may wonder why I started a column on the Babylonian Harlot’s – the Babylonian Harlot or Mystery, Babylon the Great as the Apostle John called the Roman Catholic Church-State (RCCS) in Revelation 17 – attack on the United States of America by talking about David and Goliath. 

My point is this, that when I look at the reaction of today’s American Protestant church to the obvious, in-your-face predations of the RCCS, I am reminded more of Saul’s reaction to the giant than David’s. 

It seems that the more Antichrist – the office of the papacy is the Antichrist and Son of Perdition we read about in the new testament – and his Harlot Church attack America, the more God’s people cower in fear. 

Goliath loved getting in Israel’s face.  He loved playing the bully.  And it all was going great for him until one day it suddenly didn’t.  But it took a man of faith and courage to put an end to Goliath’s proud defiance of God’s people.   

In like fashion, the RCCS and its Antichrist pope love getting in the face of American Protestants.  Since it’s football season, I’ll use a football metaphor.  It’s as if Rome is spiking the football in our face and doing a touchdown dance, and no one does anything to put a stop to it. 

The pope and his bishops, cardinals, priests, and nuns lecture American Christians constantly about their (supposed) moral duty to destroy their own nation through mass welfare migration, immigration, and refugee resettlement of people, many of whom are difficult if not impossible to assimilate.  And not only is there a moral duty, these liars tell us, for Americans to take in the people, but we have an obligation to pay for our own dispossession as well. 

And what do we hear from Protestant pulpits about this shameful, daily dissing of our faith of the nation our forefathers built?

Crickets for the most part.

But it gets even worse. 

In some cases, putatively Protestant teachers actually internalize Rome’s immigration lies and begin spouting the same socialist, nation-destroying immigration nonsense as do the popes, cardinals, bishops, priests, and nuns of Rome.

Now it may well be, and I’m of a mind to believe that it is the case this day in America, that there are 7,000 in Israel who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

But I think we need to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, what are we going to do now that the Harlot Church and her pope are in our face?  Are we going to be as Saul and his men and be dismayed and greatly afraid?

Now there are reasons, ultimately not good ones, but reasons nonetheless, to be afraid. 

First, there is a lack of knowledge.  God said, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.”  And we see this every day here in America.  If not literally perishing, many Christians, perhaps even people who sense that there’s something seriously wrong with an immigration system that threatens to replace the historic majority population of this county, lack the ideas to adequately express their concerns. 

Even in Bible-believing churches, it’s a rare day that you will ever hear any overt criticism of the RCCS or its false gospel.  It’s a rare day indeed that you’ll hear the pope identified as the Antichrist of the New Testament in plain language of the sort used in the original Westminster Confession of Faith.   

At a Bible study, I once brought up that Rome teaches the real presence of Christ in the mass.  Now this being one of the most important doctrines of Rome, I would have thought that this would be a non-controversial statement.  But it wasn’t.  There were some people in my Bible study who actually defended Rome, denying that Rome teaches this doctrine that it very clearly does teach.  I got the distinct sense that some were embarrassed that I had even brought up the point.  And it wasn’t even as if I’d called the pope Antichrist!  He is.  But I simply brought up what Rome herself teaches in her own words and found myself met with resistance in a Protestant Bible study.   

If Protestants won’t teach and believe the Reformation doctrine of Antichrist and refuse to criticize Rome for its many soul-destroying and blasphemous teachings, how can we possibly expect anyone else to do so?  This is our fight.  We’re it.  If we don’t get the job done, who will?   

Second, speaking out against Rome feels strange.  We don’t see others doing it, so maybe we start to think calling out Antichrist and his Harlot Church is a sort of social “no go” zone.  We’re told as children that you don’t talk about religion and politics. And talking about the evil of political Romanism is both of those things at once.  It’s easier to pretend not to notice what’s going on and talk instead about the weather or sports or something like that. 

Third, we can’t handle the truth.  One suspects that there are Protestants who have a sense that there is something extraordinarily, preternaturally evil about Rome, but they don’t want to go there.  They prefer willful blindness to the evil of the RCCS rather than doing a little research and reading on their own.  It’s easier for us to play hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil rather than look at the situation as it is.  Because if we know what Rome in truth is, how can we not speak out against it?  And that’s dangerous.   And we don’t want to go there.

I once had a Protestant minister say to me that he knew Rome was the Babylonian Harlot with a false gospel sending that sent people to hell, but he said he couldn’t speak out against it.  The implication seemed to be that it would cause so much controversy in his ministry that he would lose his job. 

The minister may well have been right.  But that’s not a good reason to avoid criticizing Rome.

Where Has Our Cowardice Gotten Us?

So, just where has our cowardice gotten us Protestants?  Has playing nice with Rome and calling the pope “Our Brother in Christ” mollified the pope or caused the Babylonian Harlot Church to stop kicking sand in our faces? 

No, it has not.

If nothing else, our cowardice and unwillingness to speak out against the unbiblical, unchristian, unholy evil of Rome’s philosophy, theology, politics, and economics have simply invited more blatant attacks. 

What’s going on with the migrant hordes assaulting our southern border is one of the most flagrant and in-your-face attacks by Rome this author has ever seen. 

To use another comparison, Protestants today are acting much more like Neville Chamberlain than Winston Churchill, begging Rome for “peach in our time” while the Pope and his henchmen in the church and his dutiful servant in the White House assault our southern border with what is probably the single largest wave of mass, illegal immigration in our nation’s history. 

Christian, do you think Rome is going to feel sorry for you?  Do you think the Antichrist Jesuit Pope will have mercy on you?  Do you think the US Conference of Catholic Bishops will call off their attack dogs?   

No. 

The more we remain silent, the more we will be attacked until all is consumed and we find ourselves strangers in the land built by our forefathers. 

Reprove, Correct, and Instruct

Writing to the Ephesians, Paul said enjoined them, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (or expose) them.”  In 2 Timothy we’re told by Paul that all scripture is profitable for reproof, correction, and instruction. 

It is high time, and well past time, for us Christians to get about our job of applying the Scriptures to the evil deeds of the RCCS.  And there are so many of them.

In the past, I have thought at times that I was being overly hard on Rome.  I think to myself that I had gone overboard in my criticism of their doctrine and their evil deeds, only to find out that I didn’t understand half of how evil Rome truly is.    

The flagrant, in your face evil of what’s being done to Texas with the flood of migrants, and the weak to nonexistent response from the American Protestant church is disgraceful.  Paul ordered the Corinthians to “in understanding be men.”  Yet far too often, we Protestants prefer to remain as children.

I realize I’ve been hard on my fellow believers in this post.  But seriously, enough is enough. 

It has come down to this.  Either God’s people trust in him, believe his Word, and apply it to Rome’s evil economic and political philosophy and practices, or we lose our nation. 

It’s really that simple.

May the Lord grant that we make the wise choice and follow him. 

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