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Diocese of Brownsville Bishop Daniel Flores meets with Jesuit Antichrist Pope Francis during a Jan. 20, 2020, meeting with U.S. bishops from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas during their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican. (Credit: CNS photo/Vatican Media)

“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

Because there are more important things going on.”  That was Joe Biden’s answer to a reporter who asked him why he wasn’t going to visit the border while he was in Arizona. 

It would be hard to find a single statement from this evil man that would better summarize his entire administration than this.  You may even say it’s his Marie Antoinette moment, the queen of France who is said to have responded “let them eat cake” when told the peasants had no bread.

As her statement was a callous dismissal of the suffering of the poor people of France, the very people for whom she had a responsibility as a member of France’s royal family, so too does Biden’s brusque comment to the reporter show his callous disregard for the suffering his irresponsible immigration policies have caused the American people and will cause them in the future.

Not a few times has this author heard Biden’s policies described as “a failure” by various media pundits.  For example, CNN ran a headline in October that reads “’Hail Mary after Hail Mary’: Biden administration struggles with border policy, fueling frustration.”  Center for Immigration Studies, a group that opposes the sort of mass immivasion that’s taking place on our southern border wrote a piece titled “Biden’s border policy may be 2021’s biggest failure.” Or take this article from the Washington Post, “’No end in sight” Inside the Biden administration’s failure to contain the border surge.” Many other such references can be found in the media, both from liberal as well as conservative sources.

But what if Biden’s border disaster is not a failure at all, but rather a roaring success?  Even before he took office, Biden and the Democrats generally signaled their intention to reverse the Trump administration’s border enforcement policies that had done a great deal to cut down on illegal immigration.  According to this article, on day one of his administration Biden signed seven, seven!, executive orders essentially gutting all the progress Trump had made on immigration during his four years in office.  Did Biden not know what he was doing?  Some people think he’s so senile that he was clueless.  I’m not so sure.  But whether it was Biden himself doing this or whether he was just carrying out the order of his handlers, whoever was responsible for these executive orders had to know full well that they would create chaos at our southern border and were willing to accept that chaos as the price of doing business.  Put differently, these policy changes, and the resulting massive influx of illegal aliens, were not bumbling mistakes on the part of the Biden regime, but the clear intention of the policymakers who drafted these executive orders and, in my opinion, of the president himself.

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Maura Healey of Massachusetts became one of two openly lesbian candidates to win a gubernatorial election on November 8, 2022.

The news was flying thick and fast last week.  So much so that I ended up with a superabundance of clipping from the week and had a hard time deciding what to cover.  Then I thought, well, why not cover ‘em all.  Or at least as many as I can.  So here we go.

Queering America One Vote at a Time

Largely lost in all the mid-term election day news is that America achieved a first on November 8th with the election of not one, but two openly lesbian governors.  CBS News reports that Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Tina Kotek of Oregon were elected as governors of their respective states.  Not only have these states delighted to impose the Monstrous Regiment on themselves, but to make matters worse, they have elected to impose a lesbian version of it.

Worth noting is the close logical and practical relationship between feminism and lesbianism.  Feminism is usually defined as the belief in social, economic, and political equality of the sexes.  It seems to me that the logical endpoint for this philosophy is the complete erasure of all distinctions between men and women.  And if there are no distinctions between men and women, then this lack of distinction logically extends not only to matters of politics and careers but to marriage.  Hence the calls for legalizing same-sex marriage.  It is not an accident that the homosexual movement, which traces its beginning to 1969, followed the rise of second-wave feminism, which began with the publication of Betty Friedan’s 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique.

One article on Second Wave Feminism summarized Friedan’s book by saying it, “criticized the postwar belief that a woman’s role was to marry and bear children.”  Now any Christian worth his salt knows full well that the idea that a woman’s role is to marry and bear children is not some strange and exceptional “postwar” belief but is the consistent message of the Scriptures themselves.  “And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man…Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control,”  “that they [older women] admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” 

There is perhaps nothing that will get feminists riled up faster than to quote these and other verses from the Bible.  But they express God’s mind on the subject and cannot be dismissed by Christians without pain of contradiction.  If we believe the Bible is the infallible and inerrant Word of God, we must accept this teaching, however much it may conflict with the prevailing ideas of the world.

The U.S. Senate has been hard at work to ensure that the Biblical definition of marriage as between one man and one woman will be buried as deeply as possible.  According to the Politico article “Same-sex marriage protections clear critical Senate hurdle,” 12 Republicans voted along with all Senate Democrats to advance this legislation.  Unsurprisingly, the 12 Republicans included Ohio Senator Rob Portman, who seems determined to do as much damage to America as he can before he retires in January. 

Per the article, the bill is to include protections for religious liberty.  “The bipartisan amendment clarifies that the bill would leave intact protections from a 1993 religious freedom law, which outlaws placing a substantial burden on people’s ability to exercise their religion.  In addition, it states that nonprofit religious groups would not have to perform marriage services and that the bill would not impact their tax treatment.” 

It’ll be interesting to see how long these legal protections last.  My view is that the LGBTQ lobby will not be satisfied until it has queered every last corner of society, including Christians and Christian institutions that have the temerity to refuse to bow before the almighty LGBTQ agenda. This likely will come in the form of legislation attempting to force churches, regardless of their theological convictions, to perform same-sex marriages or face having their tax exemption removed or something far worse. It also could encompass a prohibition of freely teaching what the Bible says about homosexuality by making it a hate crime.

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A group of migrants from Venezuela planned their next steps at the Downtown El Paso Greyhound station after they were released to the streets as part of an effort by the Border Patrol to control the population at its El Paso Central Processing Center. The men gave their consent to be photographed. (Cindy Ramirez/El Paso Matters)

It may come as something of a surprise to many people to hear that Rome is at the very heart of America’s ongoing immigration crises.   While Joe Biden’s policies are the proximate cause of this immigration disaster, what is not appreciated is that the Biden Administration’s immigration practice is really the practice of Rome’s destructive immigration doctrine, which is itself based on the false theology and philosophy of the Roman Church-State. 

But despite Rome’s involvement, both theoretical and practical, in America’s immigration mess, almost no scrutiny is brought to bear on Rome’s role.  In his book American Democracy & The Vatican: Population Growth & National Security, Stephen D. Mumford went into some detail on how Rome successfully suppressed criticism of itself.  Wrote Mumford, “Every city editor in the United States knows of the unofficial Catholic censorship of American news, but almost all publishers avoid discussion of the phenomenon out of fear of reprisals. The Church frequently succeeds in intimidating the most powerful newspapers by using organized protest and boycott, even though in many cases the facts suppressed have great social significance.” (Mumford, 1984)

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A group of migrants from Venezuela planned their next steps at the Downtown El Paso Greyhound station after they were released to the streets as part of an effort by the Border Patrol to control the population at its El Paso Central Processing Center. The men gave their consent to be photographed. (Cindy Ramirez/El Paso Matters)

Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things?

  • Matthew 20:15

A few weeks back, I received a text message from Tim Shaughnessy, a friend and Reformed brother who lives in El Paso Texas, about an emergency with a church he pastors.  El Paso sits in the far west of Texas, right across the US-Mexico border from the large Mexican city of Juarez.  The Rio Grande forms the border between both cities and both countries.  Knowing El Paso’s location, and if you follow the news at all, you won’t be surprised when you hear what the emergency was. 

Tim’s church had been meeting at the Rescue Mission of El Paso, and the chaplain of the mission called up Tim on a Saturday and told him that his church would not be able to use the mission’s building for services on Sunday.  The city had been dropping off migrants at the mission and the entire facility was packed with people and full of cots.  Given the vast scale of the current flood of illegal aliens pouring across America’s southern border, doubtless the loss suffered by Tim’s church could be multiplied many times over.   

The current immigration disaster started with the inauguration of America’s second Roman Catholic president, Joe Biden, in January 2021 and shows no signs of letting up.  Indeed, by some reports, the flood of illegal aliens, far from subsiding, is getting worse.

Since I mentioned El Paso earlier, let’s look at a few immigration-related headlines from just this one Texas city.

These stories all paint a picture of one American city being overwhelmed by illegal aliens with little hope of relief. Indeed, migrant numbers historically are higher as we move into fall and cooler weather comes to the region making passage safer for those seeking to enter the United States illegally.  As Tim said in his message to me, “Our city is overwhelmed right now.” 

That, one could say, is an understatement.

But while America is being overwhelmed with a flood of illegal aliens, it’s important to keep in mind that this flood is not some force of nature, but the result of deliberate policies put in place by the current president and his government.  On his first day in office, Joe Biden signed an executive order pausing the construction of the border wall.  And this was not the only action taken by the president and by other Democratic government officials across the nation to make it easier for migrants illegally to cross America’s southern border, to make it harder to deport them, and indeed, even to reward them once in the United States. 

To give you some idea of how Biden has encouraged illegal immigration to America, a quote from the article “The Border Crisis Comes to a Once-Quite part of West Texas” will suffice.  In this piece, journalist Todd Bensman interviewed a “human smuggling guide” whose name was given as Jose Antonio.  Antonio referred to Biden’s immigration policies as la invitación, the invitation. 

Indeed, one would have a hard time coming up with a better name than la invitación to describe the immigration policies of Joe Biden in particular and the Democrats in general.  To show just how committed the Democrats are as a party to forcing American taxpayers to support illegal aliens, consider the response of the field of democratic presidential candidates in 2019 to a show of hands question about whether their health plan would cover “undocumented immigrants” – the proper term for “undocumented immigrants” is “illegal aliens.”  The response of all ten of the Democrats present was to raise their hands “yes.”  You can see the video here.

There is no provision in the Constitution, the Supreme Court’s ruling notwithstanding, for the federal government to fund anyone’s “health plan,” not even health plans for the American people.  And if it is unconstitutional, and more to the point, immoral for the federal government to use tax dollars to pay Americans’ doctor bills, how much more is it unconstitutional and immoral for the federal government to use tax dollars taken from the American people to pay medical bills for foreigners who have violated America’s immigration laws?

So, ask yourself this question:  If you tell people to go ahead and break America’s immigration laws and we’ll reward you with fabulous cash and prizes, do you think you will get more immigration law-breaking or less immigration law-breaking? If you said, “more immigration law-breaking,” go to the head of the class.    

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Queen Athaliah Orders The King’s Children to be Killed by Harmen Jansz Muller, Hadrianus Junius, and Gerard De Jode.

And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

  • II Kings 11:1

Today I’d like to wrap up our look at Jehoiada’s righteous interposition on behalf of the legitimate Davidic line of kings and the people of Judah.

As we’ve discussed so far, the purpose of this series is to look at an important but largely ignored Biblical doctrine known as the doctrine of the lesser magistrate.  Last week we defined the doctrine of the lesser magistrate using Matthew Trewhella’s book The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates.  In his book, Trewhella gives the following definition of this doctrine,

The lesser magistrate doctrine declares that when the superior or higher civil authority makes unjust/immoral laws or decrees, the lesser or lower ranking civil authority has both a right and duty to refuse obedience to that superior authority.  If necessary, the lesser authorities even have the right and obligation to actively resist the superior authority (1).

It’s important to define and discuss this doctrine because Christians in the West find themselves in situations where more and more they live under governments that are openly hostile to them.  Good is now evil and evil is now good.  In some places, Christians can find themselves prosecuted for quoting what the Bible says about homosexuality, while satanic transgender activists are free to recruit kids for their perverted cause. 

Here in the United States, we have a situation much like what Judah faced under Queen Athaliah, an illegitimate government that goes out of its way to implement evil policies.  Athaliah was a murderess and promoter of Baal worship.  Joe Biden works tirelessly to implement the Vatican’s globalist agenda via his climate change policies, unprecedented illegal immigration, attacking the Americans’ Second Amendment rights, fanning the flames of war in eastern Europe, the promoting sexual perversion, and accusing patriotic, Christian Americans of sedition when they speak out against his evil.

When faced with evil government dictates, some Christians will point to Romans 13:1 – Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities – and argue that there is no legitimate or almost no legitimate reason for Christians ever to push back against evil government commands. If a governor says that you have to shut down your church due to Covid, you shut down your church due to Covid, and that’s just that.  Anything else is unrighteous rebellion.  That this is a widespread opinion can be seen by the number of churches that bent their knee when told to close their doors “to stop the spread.”

On the other hand, there are some people who hold that primate rebellion is a justified response against a tyrannical government.  There are several instances where the kings of Judah and Israel were murdered by political opponents.  Oddly, young king Joash, whom Jehosheba and Jehoiada saved, would later be murdered by his servants.  But the murder of Joash, even though Joash had clearly deviated from the paths of righteousness later in life, is clearly condemned in the Scriptures.     

So we see that neither blind obedience nor private rebellion is the Christian answer to dealing with tyrannical governments.  The Christian answer is the doctrine of the lesser magistrate.  A doctrine we see modeled quite well by the righteous high priest Jehoiada.  Jehoiada hid the young, rightful heir to the throne of Judah for six years.  After that period had elapsed, he organized a military guard, brought the seven-year-old Joash out in public, and made him king.   

That’s where we left off last week.  Let us now consider the beneficial effects of Jehoiada’s actions and what lessons American and other Western Christians can take from his example.

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Tammany Hall as a ferocious tiger killing democracy by Thomas Nast, Harper’s Weekly.

“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

Last week brought with it a couple of major events, neither one of them good for America.  In the first place, there was the passage of the comically, propagandistically names Inflation Reduction Act, an Act guaranteed to increase, not decrease inflation.  Not to mention an Act that sics 87,000 new IRS agents on the American people – more specifically, it sics them on the middle class and small businesses that don’t have the legions of tax lawyers and accountants to fight back against the IRS – an Act that implements parts of the liberty destroying, World Economic Forum, Vatican approved Green New Deal, and an Act that manages to extend Obamacare subsidies passed as part of Covid relief.   

In short, it’s another unconstitutional boondoggle that will do exactly the opposite of what it claims it will do. 

Then there’s the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Florida home, Mar-a-Lago.  Many writers have rightly compared this raid to the sort of thing one would expect in a banana republic.  Given the disturbing trend of both the Democrats generally, and the Biden Regime in particular, to politicize justice, this raid must be seen as a continuation of their attempts to outlaw their political opponents. 

One can find many articles in the mainstream and even alternate conservative and libertarian press denouncing both the Inflation Reduction Act and the raid on Mar-a-Lago.  But none of them, in this writer’s opinion, get to the heart of the matter. 

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Adam Schiff and Liz Cheney of the J6 Committee.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

  • Exodus 20:16

As much as I try not to let it happen, the constant drumbeat of lies promoted 24/7 from every corner of our civilization gets to me from time to time. 

And I really find it is the constant lying about everything all the time by everyone in official positions of power that gets to me the most.

Politicians, CEOs, university presidents and professors, schoolteachers, school administrators, and school boards, federal government officials, state and local officials, legacy media outlets, churches, doctors, hospitals and medical officials, law enforcement, lawyers and judges, entertainers, athletes and professional sports leagues, bankers, and tax-exempt foundations.  In short, every institution in America has become a lie factory dedicated to deceiving us all and promoting a false view of the world.

But the Bible commands Christians not to lie and deceive others.  In the Ten Commandments, we are told, “Thou shalt not bear false witness.”  Paul repeated this idea in his epistle to the Ephesians, writing, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour.”   The Lord Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  The devil, Scripture tells us, is the father of lies.  And as imitators of Christ, his people are called to walk in the truth.  And no lie is of the truth.

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A message for Americans” YouTube video by Gonzolo Lira, 6/18/2022

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