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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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Haitian migrants use a dam to cross to and from the United States from Mexico to Del Rio, Texas on Friday.
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“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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“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, 1884

Many Americans, if they have ever heard the quote about “rum, Romanism and rebellion,” have little or no idea about the context in which it was said or the object to which it was applied.  It had something to do with someone at some time way back when.

Those who know of the origin of the quote and the object at which it was directed – it was the Democrats that Burchard, a Presbyterian minister, tagged as the party of rum, Romanism and rebellion – mostly consider it to have been an impolitic gaffe that cost Republican presidential candidate James G. Blaine the 1884 election in which he was running against Democrat Grover Cleveland. 

When reading contemporary commentary on Burchard’s famous alliterative triad, what one finds universal condemnation of it.  No one, at least no one that this author has read, seems to consider the possibility that Burchard was right.

But he was right in 1884 and he is right today. 

The Democrats have been and are the party of rum, Romanism and rebellion.  In the opinion of this author, they proved it once again earlier this month with massive election rigging that, when the dust has all settled, may leave them in control of the House, the Senate and the White House. 

Over the past few weeks, there has been a great deal of commentary on various ways the Democrats may have cheated.  On the other hand, there are those, not all of them Democrats, who claim that there was no cheating, or at least no cheating that made any real difference, in the 2020 election results, that Joe Biden is the legitimate winner, and that those who say otherwise are making baseless claims and are peddling conspiracy theories. 

It is the aim of this and subsequent posts to lay out the reasons this author believes that the 2020 presidential election was rigged by the Democrats, that Joe Biden is not the winner, and that Donald Trump rightfully won the White House.   

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Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.”

  • 1 Kings 1:5

Strange times these are we live in. 

It wasn’t very long ago that this author never imaged he would live to see a real-life coup attempt in his own country.  But that’s where we stand five days after the 2020 presidential election. 

There’s a great deal of noise and confusion in the media.  One says this, another says that.  For Christians, it is important to get one thing straight:  the Democrats are attempting a coup d’état

Just so we’re clear on our terms, Webster’s Seventh Collegiate Dictionary give this as the definition of coup d’état: a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics; esp: the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group.   Some may take issue with my calling what the Democrats are doing a coup, because it is not obviously violent.  I would respond by asking, what do you call the last six months or rioting, burning down cities, threatening the innocent, beating up and even killing them?  Is that not violent revolution? 

According to a September story in the Federalist, a report was released that estimated the damage caused by riots over the past several months amounts to $2 billion.  If true, this would make the riots of 2020 the most expensive in U.S. history. 

But going back before that, what about the threats, and actual acts of, violence unleashed on Trump supporters and conservatives during the 2016 presidential election and throughout the last 4 years?

This doesn’t even being to address the obvious Deep State resistance to Trump during his 2016 campaign, the period prior to his taking office, and since day 1 of his administration.  Don’t believe it?  Here’s a headline from the Washington Post dated 1/20/2017, Trump’s inauguration day.  It reads “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”  Or how about this story where Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow recounts the many statements by House Democrats, who began calling for his impeachment even before he took office.

In his Trinity Review “Why Heretics Win Battles,” John Robbins gave four reasons why dishonest, unbelieving men oftentimes win doctrinal battles in the church.  While Robbins comments are focused on matters of Christian doctrine, he comments have application beyond these issues.

I’d like to briefly focus on the last one: Christians are slow to recognize error and slower to take the necessary action to defend the truth.  Writes Robbins,

Fourth, and most important, those who believe the truth tend to be slow to recognize error and even slower to take the actions necessary to defend the truth. They lack both discernment and courage. This is the crucial matter. Christians cannot help the fact that the sons of this world are more shrewd than they are, or that false brethren do things subtly, surreptitiously, and coercively. But Christians can help how they understand and respond to such doctrinal and ecclesiastical subversion. Their lack of discernment stems from a lack of knowledge of Scripture, and their lack of courage comes from a lack of belief in the promises of Scripture.

It seems to me that may Republicans, Trump supporters and conservatives fall into the category of those who are slow to recognize the Democrats’ coup for what it is and are slower to call for the actions needed to put a stop to it.

There is a whole school of thought among conservatives that seems to say, “well, Trump lost the election, but at least the Dems didn’t get the ‘blue wave’ they all thought was coming their way; let us take solace in that.” 

Nonsense!

Tuesday’s election results were the most blatantly fraudulent thing this author has witnessed in his entire life.  And writers who write things of this sort are useless when it comes to defending freedom.  They fail to recognize the enormous election fraud and treason taking place right before their eyes.  And one wonders, were to see it, would they even be willing to admit it to themselves and others?

Ben Shapiro is one example of this.  His column “No Matter the Outcome, the Woke Lost” is a hopeless bit of feel-good for Republicans, who, if the Democrats’ coup succeeds, may never again hold the White House.  A Biden victory would be a devastating blow to the nation, even if he won honestly.  How much more when there is abundant evidence of widespread election fraud of the sort that is a specialty of the party of rum, Romanism and rebellion.        

In thinking about how Christians should react to the fraudulent election results, it seems to this author that there is at least one good example in Scripture of a coup that was thwarted before it got very far.  The attempt by David’s sone Adonijah to claim his father’s throne for himself.

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So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

  • Acts 14:23

They’re almost here.  The most fraught elections in living memory.  Maybe in the history of our nation.

With so much at stake, it seemed good to me to set in order my thoughts on Tuesday’s elections.

Should Christians Vote?   

“If voting made any difference, it would be illegal.”  One hears this quote from time to time.  In my case, it pops up occasionally in Libertarian authors whose works I’ve read.  But this is not a Christian idea.  It seems to contain the idea that no matter whom you vote for, you’re going to get the exact same result.  Admittedly, there is at least some truth to this.  But to dismiss all voting as a useless exercise is, in my opinion, a major mistake.  Voting is the Christian way of choosing men to fill government offices.  This is true in both church government and civil government.

In Acts 14:23 we read, “So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.”  The Greek word translated “appointed” is kīrotonēsantes, which means to vote or to approve by show of hands.  Commentator Simon Kistemaker notes,

In Greek, the term to appoint actually means to approve by a show of hands in a congregation meeting. With the approval of an assembly, individuals were appointed to serve in a particular office.  In other words, the showing of hands was equivalent to choosing officials, in this case to serve in the government of the local church (New Testament Commentary, Acts, 525).

John Gill, commenting on this passage wrote that the election of elders and deacons was done by the members of the local congregation, “who by joint suffrages declared their choice of them by the stretching out, or lifting up of their hands, as the word [kīrotonēsantes] here used signifies, and not the imposition of them.”

Now both church government and civil government are creatures of God – as Paul notes in Romans 13, civil magistrates are “appointed by God” and are said to be his ministers – and as God has seen fit to establish republican government in both church and state, it seems a good and necessary inference to conclude that, not only does the Bible permit Christians to vote in the election of civil magistrates, but perhaps even that it is their civic duty to do so.  For if God has established a means of selecting officers, whether in the church or in the state, he has done so for the good of his people.  If we ignore God’s provision, we ignore it at our own peril. 

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