VIDEO The left’s ‘shut up!’ strategy is working, tragically – Awakening Americans – Denialism

Exclusive: Matt Keener on how Big Tech, Big Media and Democrats successfully silence the right

September 29, 2022

A cultural bomb has imploded in America, something palpable, where people wonder aloud if this is what falling empires look like, or where your parents and friends that are older than you say things like, “I feel bad for the younger generations” and “I am just glad I am older, so I don’t have to see how bad it gets.”

It is clear. “Things are bad, worse than bad, they are crazy,” and it seems some older generations have taken up “dying before things get worse” as a strategy.

The racial and cultural chaos is the culmination of years of often politically motivated efforts by educators, the media and Democrats incessantly beating the drums that America is irredeemably racist, male and – above all, white.

It is almost as if labeling everyone that disagrees with you a bigot, a racist, a fascist or, after January 6th, a terrorist and an extremist is problematic to the long-term health of public discourse in a country.

Andrew Breitbart tried to warn of the goal of political correctness: “What the left has stood for with political correctness is to try to get those with whom they disagree to shut up,” he said before his death in 2012.

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Regrettably, the silencing works. The left teaches conservative America to shut up, and we largely oblige.

Shut up! Do not speak at your kid’s school board meeting, lest you wind up on an FBI watchlist.

Shut up! At work, climbing the corporate ladder of your woke/ESG-following job, do not risk getting fired.

Shut up online! You will get censored, shadow-banned or flagged.

Conservatives hand the left the political discourse in classrooms, workplaces and online – then expect logic to prevail in the voting booth.

The result is steadily moving the needle in the culture war in one direction.

The result is Noella – the world’s youngest trans model.

The media are currently writing glowing articles on “her” like she is some reincarnation of Jackie Robinson, breaking the color barrier, just because people did not want to be mean or labeled a bigot.

Noella is 10.

The left’s strategy has remained the same: label, blacklist, make those that dissent untouchable.

President Joe Biden took it a step further when speaking in Maryland in late August. “It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the – I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism,” he said.

In early September, his account tweeted “MAGA proposals are a threat to the very soul of this country. The agenda represents an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”

Big Tech, Big Media and Democrats now work in concert to silence conservatives – for sharing a true Hunter Biden story, for implying we should not vaccinate the youth, for saying outlandish things like we should not transition teenagers, or for bitterly speaking out in anguish after your son was killed in Afghanistan.

They ban you for having a different opinion. They ban you for telling the truth.

They imply that fascism – authoritarian rule and the merger of state and private sector – is manifesting in the form of MAGA.

The irony is lost on them.

The media shamelessly cosigning Biden’s hateful claims unchecked, celebrating Noella or constantly searching for the next white “hate crime” – regardless if it’s true or not – has resulted in a scenario where we’ve devolved as a society along racial or cultural lines.

When a political game changer and “habitual line stepper” emerged in the form of Donald Trump – a man who would point directly at the media “elite” and call them fake news – journalists and Democrats did not change strategy when it came to coverage; they simply doubled down.

“He is a Russian asset.”

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Social media allowed you to see the hypocrisy.

The identifying of white boogeymen wearing MAGA hats – on a field trip for a Right to Life March in Washington, D.C., yelling “this is MAGA country” outside of a Subway franchise at 2 a.m. during a Polar Vortex in Chicago, or most recently at a Duke vs. BYU volleyball game – consistently outpaces the availability of real ones.

The lie that white supremacy is our biggest threat persists.

Across this once-great melting pot– in semi-fascist Columbus, Ohio – it is Saturday night for the opening weekend of the college football season where the Buckeyes are about to take on Notre Dame in the Horse Shoe in early September.

On the sidelines, LeBron James, who has been worshiped for his basketball prowess for 20 years – walks with his son, Bronny.

James’ presence at the game is local and national news, and after the game he teases NCAA fans about the possibility of his son attending OSU.

When he’s not peddling shoes made in China, leaving Cleveland again for his next best title shot or working on his media empire – LeBron is quick to evoke racial imagery or animosity.

In April 2021, Columbus police arrived at a home to find 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant attempting to stab Shai-onta Craig.

Officer Nicholas Reardon essentially saved another woman’s life when he shot Bryant.

In the immediate aftermath, James tweeted out a picture of Reardon from the scene with the caption “You’re next #accountability” to his 52 million followers.

After January 6th, James referenced the Ku Klux Klan –and used the moment to present one of his common themes, or lies – that blacks are being systemically hunted in America, tweeting:

“DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW?… you still won’t be judge, looked at crazy, chained, beaten, hung, shot to death cause of the color of your skin!!!!” The man who christened the cover of Sports Illustrated as “The Chosen One” at 17 years old. “2 AMERIKKKAS we live in and it was at FULL CAPACITY LIVE IN DIRECT yesterday in our Nations CAPITAL AT THE CAPITOL!!”

Between his ongoing NBA career, his two decades with Nike and his media/movie empire, James is the first actively playing billionaire, with a “B.”

LeBron James of the NBA, where the average player will earn $7.5 million – more than four times in one season of playing basketball what an average wage earner in this country might earn in a lifetime.

He is the closest thing America has to royalty and he has been since before he famously scored his first Hummer in high school. His nickname and his twitter handle are @KingJames.

He often describes an America or Jim Crow Era neither he nor I have ever seen.

When white high school senior 17-year-old Ethan Liming was beaten to death in June near the basketball courts outside of James’ I Promise School, allegedly by three African American males, James does not inject race or inflammatory rhetoric to the conversation, nor does he post pictures of the subjects.

Shortly after the Buckeyes beat the fighting Irish, Netflix announces on Twitter that former President Barack Obama – whom the company has partnered with in a multimillion dollar deal – has just won an Emmy for Outstanding Narrator for the company’s “Our Great National Parks.”

Obama adds it to a list of awards that includes two Grammys, a Nobel Peace Prize and two terms as president of what used to be the most powerful country in the world.

Obama, like James, wants you to know of the oppressive nature of whiteness.

Obama, like James, is an icon.

He is celebrated.

And LeBron James could not be more right – and more wrong – about the “two Amerikkkas.”

‘Democracy is in danger’ translates to: Americans are awakening

Pat Buchanan asserts, our rulers are ‘failing in the most fundamental of duties’

September 29, 2022

Asked, “What is an American?” many would answer, “An American is a citizen of the United States.”

Yet, at the First Continental Congress in 1774, 15 years before the U.S. became a nation of 13 states, Patrick Henry rose to proclaim that, “British oppression has effaced the boundaries of the several colonies; the distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I am not a Virginian, but an American.”

Henry was saying – more than a dozen years before our constitutional republic was established – that America already existed as a nation, and he was her loyal son.

In an 1815 letter to Thomas Jefferson, long after both men had served as president, John Adams wrote:

“As to the history of the Revolution, my Ideas may be peculiar, perhaps Singular. What do We mean by the Revolution? The War? That was no part of the Revolution. It was only an Effect and Consequence of it. The Revolution was in the Minds of the People, and this was effected, from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen Years before a drop of blood was drawn at Lexington.”

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Adams was saying that America was conceived and, as an embryonic nation, grew within the hearts of the peoples of the 13 colonies, two to three decades before the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

In short, our country came to be before our republic came to be, and long before what we today call “our democracy” came to be. A country is different from, and more than, the political system that it adopts.

France was France all through the Bourbon dynasty, the Revolution of 1789, the creation of the First Republic, the Reign of Terror, Napoleon’s First Empire and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy – all the way to the creation of the Fifth Republic by President Charles de Gaulle.

And beneath the carapace of the USSR, the heart of Mother Russia continued to beat. Rightly, during the Cold War, we regarded Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria as “captive nations” and captive peoples.

The point: Neither the regime nor the political system imposed, nor some abstract idea, is the country that predates them and has first claim upon the loyalty of its sons and daughters.

In his famous toast, American naval hero Stephen Decatur declared: “Our country! … May she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong!”

The crisis today for those who incessantly proclaim, “Our democracy is in danger,” is that millions of patriots are coming to see our incumbent regime, “our democracy,” as faithless and failing in its foremost duty – to protect and defend our country and countrymen from enemies foreign and domestic.

Forced constantly by the establishment to choose between them, patriotic Americans may one day come to choose, as did their fathers, the country they love over the crown that rules them.

Consider.

The Biden regime that currently rules us has allowed 3 million migrants to invade our country in two years. These illegals continue to break our laws and cross our border at a rate of 250,000 a month.

Among them are terrorists, robbers, rapists, murderers, cartelists and child molesters. The Biden regime has abdicated its duty to halt the invasion that is changing the ethnic, racial, religious, social and political character and composition of our American family without the consent of the American people, into whose national home these intruders are breaking with impunity.

President Joe Biden is assuring that the future of the nation will be determined by millions of people who have in common only that they broke our laws to get into our country. Vice President Kamala Harris smugly dismisses demands to address the crisis by saying America’s southern border is “secure.”

With this invasion has come a flood of the narcotic fentanyl, which last year took the lives of 100,000 Americans, a number equal to all the U.S. war dead in years of fighting in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Under the Biden party’s policy of softness on crime and indulgence of the criminal class, assaults, robberies, carjackings and “mass shootings,” where four victims are killed or wounded in each episode, have surged in U.S. cities.

With America’s currency and economy in his custody, Biden has, in 18 months, run up inflation, that cancer of America’s currency, to 8%, run up the national debt to where it far exceeds the gross national product, and crashed the stock market, wiping out trillions in wealth.

“The pandemic is over,” Biden told “60 Minutes” in September, a month when more than 400 Americans were dying of COVID-19 every day, a death rate higher than World War II and equal to the bloodiest war in U.S. history, the Civil War of 1861-1865.

The custodians of “our democracy” are failing in the most fundamental of duties of any political system – to protect and defend the people. No failed regime can justify its permanence by claiming some inherent superiority.

5 minutes of ‘election denialism’ now under fire from social media industry

Focuses on what Democrats, liberals said about President Trump’s victory

A new video has been released that shows five minutes of “election denialists,” those personalities and politicians claiming that an election was fraudulent, that the election winner is “illegitimate,” and that Americans’ REAL choice for the presidency was illegally cast aside.

Headlines in the last two years have been replete with reports of such claims by President Trump, and his supporters.

In fact, those claims are based on circumstances that do raise eyebrows, and in an least one case have drawn suggestions that one of those influencing the election outcome be charged criminally.

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That charge, coming from the Center for Renewing America, cited Mark Zuckerberg’s actions to influence the election, and said he should be investigated by the IRS for alleged violations of existing tax laws for “intentionally pouring financial resources into the 2020 election to benefit then-candidate Joe Biden.”

It already was well-known that Zuckerberg had an inordinate influence over the 2020 presidential election when he ordered accurate but very damaging information about the Biden family’s international business operations suppressed in the days before the 2020 vote.

In fact, GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy has accused him of colluding with the FBI to change the victor from President Donald Trump to Democrat Joe Biden. Zuckerberg also, through foundations, handed out hundreds of millions of dollars, outside the regulate election finance system, to influence the 2020 presidential vote.

But the new video doesn’t show Trump or his supporters. It’s all leftists, whether in show business, the media or in politics.

After all, Hillary Clinton, who was a two-time loser in the presidential race after falling to Trump in 2016, repeatedly has propositioned that Trump was an “illegitimate” president.

See the video:

The video was posted by Substack journalist Matt Taibbi, but  demonetized almost immediately by YouTube, and that gave rise to accusations from constitutional expert Jonathan turley that it was the huge corporation’s “latest attack on free speech.”

“YouTube has previously shown open political bias in its censorship and demonetization policies. However, this is remarkably blatant in demonetizing a video that showed how Democrats previously claimed elections of Republicans were stolen — contradicting the narrative maintained in the media and on social media,” he explained.

Tabbi and said the Matt Orfalea video showed “years of audio and video clips, tweets, and headlines in which Democratic Party politicians and media figures describe Donald Trump’s presidency as illegitimate.”

The comments about Trump come from the likes of : “Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Karine Jean-Pierre, Adam Schiff, Rob Reiner, Tom Arnold, and Chris Hayes, among many others,” and none of the statements was censored when originally made.

But now they are.

Taibbi said, to YouTube, “However, the decision to assemble these materials in one place, inviting audiences to consider their meaning, apparently crosses a line. Now we know: you can deny election results on a platform like YouTube as much as you want, you can even promise disruption, but drawing attention to such behavior angers the algorithm. It’s hard to imagine a better demonstration of the double-standard in content moderation.”

Turley said, “Demonetizing a video of what Democrats have previously declared is reminiscent of Twitter blocking of the site LiberalsofTicTok to stop the site from replaying the postings of liberals.

“YouTube and other companies are now openly advancing a political agenda in blocking or demonetizing such postings. This is only likely to get worse as we approach the midterm and 2024 elections. The effort is to actively block resources or access to conservative, libertarian, or contrarians viewpoints.”

At PJMedia, a commentary said, “Democrats are getting nervous about the January 6 Committee and the curious lack of indictments. In short, there haven’t been any and while there have been referrals to the Justice Department, DOJ has other fish to fry when it comes to Trump and his associates.

“The Democrats were hoping that the January 6 Committee would blow the roof off the midterm elections with shocking headlines and famous Republicans doing a perp walk to jail. So far, it hasn’t even been established that anyone broke the law in seeking to ‘overturn’ the election.”

It continued, “As with Ukrainegate and impeachment, and Russiagate before that, polls show January 6th remains low on the list of voter concerns (the cratering economy is first). However, the reason it ‘may be hard for people to understand,’… is that congress has spent too much time blurring lines between election denial and conspiracy to overturn the result. If they just focused on the latter — and they have produced evidence, like Trump asking Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to seize voting machines — the hearings might be more effective, even with Republicans.

“But they haven’t been, for a reason made obvious by Matt Orfalea’s damning video — which YouTube incredibly has already demonetized … Amid sweeping efforts to punish election denial in the Trump context, both criminally and with censorship, an almost exactly similar denial campaign that inspired four-plus years of blue politics has been dropped down a memory hole.”

It said, “The kicker is that the difference between Democratic denial and Republican denial is that Democrats aren’t being flayed alive for their election denial like the GOP.”

In fact, Democrats have been in denial about every Republican victory since the turn of the century in one way or another.


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VIDEO Venezuela’s mining region a hotbed of sex trafficking and violence, UN says – End Human Trafficking

Fact-finding mission reports brutal massacres and sexual slavery in gold-rich arc where armed gangs fight for control

Miners dig in the earth in search of gold in a makeshift camp for illegal mining near Tumeremo in Venezuela's southern Bolívar.
Miners dig in the earth in search of gold in a makeshift camp for illegal mining near Tumeremo in Venezuela’s southern Bolívar. Photograph: Carlos García Rawlins/Reuters

Luke Taylor 30 Sep 2022

Struggling to get by amid Venezuela’s runaway inflation, widespread shortages and rampant unemployment, a young woman left the city of San Félix for the promise of a job deep in the forests of Bolívar state.

A mining crew at work at the illegal “Cuatro Muertos” mine outside Las Claritas, Venezuela.

The offer made on Facebook promised a good salary in exchange for working in a booming mining town.

Once there, however, she quickly realised she had been deceived. Rather than cooking, cutting hair and washing clothes, she was forced by armed men into selling her body to gold miners.

A landmark UN report on human rights abuses in Venezuela’s lawless mining arc has found evidence of widespread sex trafficking and violence against vulnerable women and children in the region. Many victims are lured to the mines with promises of work, and then pressured or forced into sex work.

“The situation in Bolívar state and other mining areas is deeply troubling,” said Patricia Tappatá Valdez, an author of the fact-finding report, which was presented in Geneva this week. “Local populations, including Indigenous peoples, are caught in the violent battle between state and armed criminal groups for the control of gold.”

As Venezuela’s economy has collapsed – forcing nearly 7 million to flee the country – President Nicolás Maduro has used state forces and paramilitary groups to clamp down on dissent and tighten his grip on power.

The gold-rich mining arc, where Colombian and Venezuelan armed groups war for control of its lucrative mines, has become a hotspot for human rights abuses.

Though the mining towns of Bolívar are sites of brutal massacres and are plagued with disease, UN investigators say that rumours proliferate in towns throughout Bolívar that the mines are the route to riches.

Once lured to the region, economically vulnerable women and girls are enslaved by criminal groups who steal their documents or threaten them with violence, rape or public shaming.

While men typically have their hands or fingers cut off for breaking the gangs’ rules, the report found that women are publicly shamed. Sex workers had their hair shaved off or were publicly stripped as a form of humiliation for trying to escape.

One witness told the mission that in September 2021 she saw at least 30 women with scars around their mouths or their ears sliced off. Labelled “the discarded ones”, their faces were cut by the gangs so they would be less attractive to clients.

“Getting into the mines is very easy for women,” another interviewee told the researchers. “The problem is to get out of there in one piece.”

The report found that the region’s bloated military forces are complicit, ignoring sex trafficking, and in some cases were responsible for the human rights violations.

Researchers collected numerous reports of soldiers not allowing women to pass checkpoints unless they performed sexual favours.

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The 70 case studies in the report offer a harrowing illustration of how corruption and impunity have left the country’s most vulnerable groups – women, children and Indigenous populations – open to abuse from state forces.

In return for parcelling off land to armed gangs, Maduro’s inner circle siphons off most of the profits from drugs, gold and sex work, said Cristina Burelli, founder of the advocacy group SOS Orinoco.

“These are not autocrats, these are criminals,” she said. “These armed groups and the political and military power structures are completely enmeshed.”

The anarchic forests of the Orinoco are dangerous for NGOs and journalists to access, which meant the mission could not fully document the scale of the egregious human rights violations, Marta Valiñas, chair of the fact-finding mission told the Guardian.

The UN’s fact-finding mission on Venezuela expires on Friday and a vote on whether to extend the mandate will probably take place next week.

“There’s a high risk that the dynamics of violence are not only perpetuated but actually start becoming normalised, while at the same time impunity and the context of lawlessness ensures that the violations continue, or even worsen, leaving the populations in those regions completely unprotected,” said Valiñas.

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VIDEO Temptation: The Battle For Your Life

September 4, 2022 by Jack Hibbs

Every day, the Christian wakes up to battle. You must be looking for ways to kill the sin in your life before the sin in your life kills you. Find out why overcoming temptation is a life-or-death decision you must be ready to make.

God Wants You To Be Happy

Bronwyn Lea

If church kids over the years learned that the answer to just about any Sunday School question was “Jesus,” scholar and pastor Jonathan T. Pennington says adult church goers often have similar ingrained responses. Like a call-and-response Rorschach test, if Pennington offers the prompt “humanity” to a group of students or parishioners, the association they’re most likely to make is “sinful.” They’re not alone. Raised on a diet of verses like Psalm 53’s, “There is no one who does good, not even one,” Pennington also grew up believing the Bible—and God—had a pretty negative view of humanity. “Our comprehensive anthropology has been ‘all our acts are like dirty rags,’” he explains, quoting Isaiah 64:4.

But a decades-long deep dive into studying the language and themes of the Bible—and particularly the Sermon on the Mount—has convinced Pennington that there’s a better “first word” to describe the way God sees humanity: beautiful. “God created a beautiful and good world, with us the ‘very good’ image bearers at the apex of it” insists Pennington. “Too often, we preach as if the story of our faith begins in Genesis 3 with our sinfulness. But it doesn’t.”

Genesis 1 and 2 provide more than the chronological beginning of the Bible: they provide the theological touchstone for anyone seeking to read the Bible faithfully. “The fundamental nature of all creation and the final goal of all creation is goodness,” he explains, “because it reflects the work and character of God, who is good and light and in whom there is no darkness at all. Everything about him and emanating from him is good.”

Celebrating truth, goodness, and beauty in God’s world does not mean Pennington (or the Scriptures) are treating sin with a light hand. “Yes, the world is broken and marred,” he concedes, “there’s mud on the Rembrandt—but it is still good. The Bible clearly teaches that humanity is sinful and dead apart from new life in Christ. But the Bible also has a great deal to say about beauty, happiness, and human flourishing,” says Pennington, if only we have eyes to see.

Pursuit of Happiness

Perhaps this kind of optimism about Scripture and humanity might seem surprising, given Pennington’s credentials. An associate professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and a regular visiting professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, Pennington runs in circles which tend towards a more serious mien. Yet it is precisely because of his commitment to faithful scriptural interpretation that Pennington has found himself leaning more and more towards preaching, writing, and teaching about happiness and human flourishing in recent years.

“You can fall of the knife edge of the truth on either side,” he explains. “You can fall off the one side by saying, ‘Christianity and the Bible have nothing to do with happiness; it’s about self-sacrifice and self-denial’, but the other risk is to fall off the side of the health and wealth gospel and say ‘it’s all about your happiness’,” says Pennington. Discernment is needed.  “Like a good doctor needs to diagnose his patient to determine what they need, so too we need to diagnose which side people are leaning. In my world, I come across more people who aren’t sure there’s any place for happiness.”

But Pennington’s careful study of the Scriptures have convinced him otherwise: “The Bible very much cares about happiness,” he says, “it just defines it in a different way.” Whereas the world might be tempted to define happiness as freedom from pain and success in all things, the Scriptural vision of happiness is one that also holds space for pain and disappointment, and points to Christ’s redemption rather than our own hustling to find it.

The fundamental human desire to pursue happiness—an ambition expressed plainly even in the American Declaration of Independence—reflects something innate in our makeup. As creatures made in the image of a good God, our desire for good is part of who we are and how we are made, explains Pennington. “Even Greek philosophers agreed that everyone wanted to be happy,” he cautions, “No one disputed the goal, they just diverged on how to go about it.”

So, if our desire for happiness is not—as perhaps we have feared—a reflection of human selfishness but in fact a facet of our imago dei orientation towards goodness; the question remains: what do we do with that? How then shall we live?

Jesus, the Great Philosopher

The question of how to pursue the good life is really a question of wisdom, says Pennington, and one central to the teachings of Jesus, whom he describes as “the Great Philosopher” in his book by the same name.

‘Philosopher’ might not be in the 3 (or even the top 10!) ways we might think of describing Jesus. But Pennington is quick to explain that this word does not—as Inigo Montoya famously warned us—“mean what we think it means.” It’s simply not accurate to think of a philosopher as an abstract thinker sitting on the fringes of society thinking abstract and impractical thoughts: entertaining, perhaps, but certainly not useful. Philosophy, in the truest sense, takes its meaning directly from its word origin: philos meaning “lover of—” and sophia meaning “wisdom.” A philosopher loves wisdom, and teaches those they teach to love wisdom, too. And wisdom—which is more than informational knowledge, but knowledge applied to live well in the world—is the essential ingredient to pursuing human flourishing.

Understood this way, the Word of God does more than give us orthodox knowledge. It also shows us a roadmap to right behavior (orthopraxy) and right desires and emotions (orthokardia). To describe Jesus as a Philosopher does not remove him from the nitty gritty of everyday life; but rather centers him as the anchoring principle, whose teaching and life guide us as we then work out big truths in myriad different daily, practical ways.

The Rich Young Ruler came to Jesus asking him: “Good Teacher, what must I do to gain eternal life?”  (Luke 18:18) And certainly, Jesus answers that. But what Jonathan T. Pennington wants his brothers and sisters in Christ to know is that Jesus can answer another, profound question for us, too: “Teacher, how can I live the good life?”

In both Jesus the Great Philosopher and his more scholarly work, The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing, Pennington hopes to invite the church to engage afresh with a deep, true and beautiful vision of human flourishing and show us how the true path to the good life mapped out in our Bibles.

Start Inside Out

Flourishing and goodness makes for compelling conversation, but the news headlines of wars and global discord as well as the personal tragedies around us demand some reckoning. “What about the person who sits down with you over coffee and is just heartbroken about the brokenness of the world,” I asked Dr Pennington. “How would you help them to wrestle with what’s good in the humanity when there’s so much evidence of the bad?” After all, we study the Bible not just to learn of the world as it was there and then, but to help us to understand and live in the world now.

“My first invitation would be to ask the one wrestling ‘what’s really going on inside?’” says Pennington, “because God sees and cares about our inner person, not just our exterior.” Humans have a tremendous capacity for self-deception, he warns, and “religious people can be some of the most self-deceived.” Cultivating self-awareness of what’s really going on in our hearts and motives is internal soul work that is “always valuable”, says Pennington, “and we need more of that.” Leaning back in his chair with a low chuckle, Pennington observes: “perhaps that’s not the answer you expected from a New Testament scholar. But it’s the answer I have to give from the New Testament, as both a pastor and a priest.”

The encouragement to dig deeper within to discern our desires and emotions has a long biblical history. “The Psalter has been recognized for thousands of years as an absolutely central soul-care book,” explains Pennington, ‘it both validates and invites us to educate and process our emotions.” If we’re going to wrestle with big truths, we’ll have to wrestle honestly as question-askers. Pennington is not just a teacher of these truths, though: he is first and foremost a student of Jesus. “I’ve found the Sermon on the Mount to be incredibly helpful as a diagnostic tool to what’s going on inside of me and of others,” he explains. “(Jesus) touches on so many points and areas where we as humans struggle to be authentic. We struggle with fear and anxiety, or with shame which makes us cover up our behavior.”

Come and See

So what might Jesus, the great Philosopher, say to one who is authentically acknowledging their anxiety or inner anger; and wanted to know what to do next? What’s the next step for the one earnestly hoping to discover—and live—the good life?

“Come and see,” is Pennington’s confident answer. Just as the Psalms invite us to “taste and see that the Lord is good”, and the Gospel of John repeatedly invites the curious to “come and see” what Jesus is about, “church teaching and conversation is always an invitation into Kingdom life as we paint a picture of the beauty and goodness of the Christian life, which includes joy and also tears,” says Pennington.

“Happiness is a combination of both joy and suffering,” he explains, “as the beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount make clear. There are nine statements about happiness, almost all of which are negative. They speak of giving up rights, experiencing poverty or hunger, or about being maligned or misrepresented.” But, as with Pixar’s character Riley discovers in Inside Out, happiness is most meaningful when it’s experienced in a complex and honest reckoning with sadness. “There is some mystery to it,” admits Pennington, “but redemption is better than innocence. Somehow, in the restoration of all things, there’s a beauty that is greater than our original undefiled state.”

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What God invites us to do in Scripture (and what we, in turn, invite others to consider as we talk about life with them), is to “come and see” how the wisdom and goodness of kingdom life is worked out amid the world’s profound beauty, marred as it is by sin. Even if we don’t “have all the answers” to the problem of evil or the minutiae of ethical debates, we can still come to know wisdom over time.

“Knowing is not an acquisition of content,” Pennington is quick to assure us. “Most of our knowing is experiential, like learning to drive ‘stick’ in a car. I can show my kids the mechanics and explain it to them, but you’ll only really start to know what’s involved after you’ve done it a bunch of times and have had to take off on a hill… that’s what you’ll really know it!” This is the kind of wisdom that goes into the Christian life, explains the father who taught all six of his children to drive: it really can only be acquired by practicing it over time.

Gaining wise, practical knowledge “is a slow process of starts and fits, failures and successes, of stumblings and moments of speed,” says Pennington. “Yet it’s a constant invitation to learning to live and flourish. And it’s all based on his incredible, unending, renewing daily grace, because God wants us to flourish and find abundant life.”

It’s a good thing to pursue the abundant life Jesus promised in John 10:10, says Pennington, and we can take Jesus at his word on it. If the essence of sin is “trusting the wrong voice as humans mistrusting the voice of God and following the voice of the serpent instead”; then faith involves heeding God’s repeated calls in Scripture to listen to him and trust his voice once again; one decision at a time, and one day at a time.

 “Do today well, and that’s enough,” is Pennington’s advice. And as we ‘come and see’, and risk trusting his voice enough to obey it, we will find ourselves firmly on the path of wisdom leading to flourishing. A life of Matthew 5’s blessings, even as they are mingled with trials. A life of happiness, even: to be found in this present age even as we long for completion in the next. “Amidst the real challenges and struggles of life with its mistakes and misunderstandings, God’s heart towards us is smiling because he wants us to find life,” says Pennington. And the Scriptures are our faithful guide to get there.   

https://www.biblestudymagazine.com/julaug-2022-cover-story

Operating On Healthy Bodies Defies Surgical Ethics, And Trans People Are No Exception

BY: MICHAEL EGNOR SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

Surgical removal of healthy organs is not a treatment for mental illness. Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychiatric therapy.

As a pediatric neurosurgeon, I have followed the proliferation of surgical procedures for so-called “gender affirmation” with increasing dismay. That public schools now advocate such treatments to young children is particularly alarming. I say this based not on personal opinion but on 35 years of experience as a surgeon and instructor of surgeons.

I teach at a medical school and I am a residency director for neurosurgery in my institution. This means I am in charge of training young neurosurgeons. I emphasize to medical students and resident neurosurgeons that the first and most fundamental responsibility a surgeon has to his patients is to make an appropriate initial decision as to whether to operate and if surgery is in the patient’s best interest.

A well-performed operation is still malpractice (or even assault) if it is not done for valid medical reasons. Operating for marginal (or less) reasons is more common than most of the public realizes — after all, surgeons are paid (quite well) to operate, and they rightly take pride in operating with skill. To be paid handsomely for what you love to do is a privilege, a joy, and a very dangerous temptation. Not every patient who consults a surgeon really needs surgery — often, non-surgical treatment is more effective and less risky.

Thus, when I quiz my students and residents about treatment options for various conditions, I always insist that they begin with a discussion of non-surgical treatments. Honest and conscientious surgeons only do surgery when less invasive options are inadequate and there are clear, justified reasons for surgery. The patient’s health, not the surgeon’s ego, is paramount. This is basic surgical ethics.

So-Called ‘Gender Affirmation’ Surgery Violates Ethics

Surgery for so-called “gender affirmation” or ill-named “sex reassignment” grossly violates the ethical canons I have taught, that were taught to me, and that were taught to all surgeons until very recently. Such surgery entails radical and irreversible operations on normal healthy organs — mastectomy performed on normal breasts, amputation of the normal penis and scrotum (with construction of an opening to imitate a vagina), excision of the normal uterus and ovaries (with construction of a skin-tube to imitate a penis), among other procedures. These procedures are permanently disfiguring and render patients sterile.

What is the ethical basis for such mutilating surgery performed on perfectly healthy organs? It is a basic principle of medical ethics that surgeons are under no obligation to perform surgery on healthy body parts simply because a patient requests it. In fact, a surgeon is generally obligated to refuse to damage a patient’s normal organs or body parts just because the patient wants it done — e.g., it is unethical for a general surgeon to amputate a patient’s normal healthy arm or leg just because the patient requests it (this is a real issue), or remove a patient’s healthy eyes or a healthy part of a patient’s brain, simply because of a patient’s request. There are patients who suffer greatly from Body Integrity Image Disorder, but it is a psychiatric condition, not a surgical condition. Surgical mutilation is not a treatment for psychiatric illness.

Patients with gender dysphoria obviously share much in common with patients with Body Integrity Image Disorder — it may reasonably be understood as a variant of it. Under what circumstances are radical and permanent surgical procedures justified for these patients?

Mental Not Physical Illness

To consider the ethics of surgical treatment for gender dysphoria, I note that these patients are mentally ill. I don’t mean this term in a derogatory sense. I mean it in a medical sense. Patients presenting to a physician for gender dysphoria are certainly ill, in that they are seeking medical help. If they were not ill, they wouldn’t be going to a doctor. And gender dysphoria is a mental, rather than physical illness, because the sexual organs of people with gender dysphoria are functioning normally. There is nothing physically wrong with the penis and testicles of a man who claims to be a woman, or with the uterus and ovaries of a woman who purports to be a man. The illness is mental — the patient does not feel like his or her sex and does not want to be his or her sex. This of course can cause great suffering — it is a real illness — but the suffering is mental, not physical.

The primary justification for radical medical and surgical “treatment” of gender dysphoria is that it reduces the risk of suicide, but this is not supported by the evidence. Furthermore, the assertion, “I’m going to kill myself if doctors don’t mutilate my body,” emphasizes the psychiatric, rather than physical, nature of gender dysphoria illness. There are well-established treatments for suicidal ideation, none of which entail the destruction of normal body parts by hormonal castration or surgical mutilation.

Gender dysphoria is a psychiatric illness, and should be treated by psychiatric therapy, not by hormones or by scalpels. It is to the great discredit of the medical profession that we perform and sanction these radical operations. Surgery for gender dysphoria is profoundly unethical according to generally accepted standards of surgical practice. Surgeons should not deliberately destroy normal organs or body parts.

Patients with gender dysphoria have a psychiatric illness, and our efforts at treatment of this condition should be directed to the psychiatric issues involved, for which there are good and established principles of care. It is to the psychiatric care and social support of people with gender dysphoria that our resources should be devoted.


Dr. Michael Egnor is a professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at the Renaissance School of Medicine in Stony Brook University, New York.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/23/operating-on-healthy-bodies-defies-surgical-ethics-and-trans-people-are-no-exception/


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AUDIO Gideon’s Victorious Army

By Rev Bill Woods

In Judges 6, God’s people are so ravaged by the Midianites they’re hiding in dens and caves.

Judges 6:7-11—So Israel was reduced to starvation by the Midianites. Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD for help.

7  When they cried out to the LORD because of Midian,

8  the LORD sent a prophet to the Israelites. He said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of slavery in Egypt.

9  I rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who oppressed you. I drove out your enemies and gave you their land.

10  I told you, ‘I am the LORD your God. You must not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you now live.’ But you have not listened to me.”

11  Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites.

They prayed for mercy — God gave them Gideon.

4 principles from Gideon’s life that can help us today:

We’re also in a spiritual battle, it’s a fight, a war, and it’s a warzone.

God just needs a few good people.

1. THE PRINCIPLE OF ENCOUNTER.

Judges 6:11 — Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites.

We know Gideon was afraid because of where he was threshing wheat: at the winepress at the bottom of the hill.  The winepress was at the bottom so you could carry the grapes downhill.

Wheat threshing happened at the top of the hill so the wind would drive the chaff away.  Gideon was hiding at the bottom doing the work that should be at the top.

I think it’s hilarious what the angel called him while he was cowering down hiding.

Judges 6:12 — The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!”

God saw potential Gideon didn’t know existed.

Gideon acted cynical, even rude to the Angel of the Lord, showing his ignorance.

He complained and questioned God — Judges 6:13–“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The LORD brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”

Israel had fallen back into idolatry so God let their enemies attack them.

What did they expect?  God had warned them about what would happen!

When we run after the same goals as non-believers, we shouldn’t be surprised when trials come and God doesn’t intervene or answer our prayers.

Isaiah 59:1-2 —“Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. 2 It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

Charles Spurgeon said, “God does not permit His children to sin successfully”.

God’s not a “permissive parent” with a tremendous lack of insight.

Gideon blamed God for the consequences of Israel’s sin.

God responded by announcing (in spite of what He had to work with) His intention were to make Gideon a “mighty warrior”.

Judges 6:14 — Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”

Gideon was an ordinary man, not a prophet, preacher, priest, or king.

Its evident God didn’t select a born leader. Gideon appeared far from heroic, and he readily admitted his lack of qualifications.

He was the last-born, from an insignificant family and tribe.

He wasn’t acting very courageous, but God would prepare him to gradually grow into his valiant role.

“GOD DOESN’T CALL THE EQUIPPED — HE EQUIPS THE CALLED!”

Rather than rest in God’s reassurance, Gideon resisted God’s call by asking for a sign, some tangible evidence,

Judges 6:17-21 — Gideon replied, “If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really the LORD speaking to me.

18  Don’t go away until I come back and bring my offering to you.” He answered, “I will stay here until you return.”

19  Gideon hurried home. He cooked a young goat, and with a basket of flour he baked some bread without yeast. Then, carrying the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot, he brought them out and presented them to the angel, who was under the great tree.

20  The angel of God said to him, “Place the meat and the unleavened bread on this rock, and pour the broth over it.” And Gideon did as he was told.

21  Then the angel of the LORD touched the meat and bread with the tip of the staff in his hand, and fire flamed up from the rock and consumed all he had brought. And the angel of the LORD disappeared.

When fire consumed the offering, Gideon finally got the message he was talking to a Heavenly being — now he thought he was going to die!

Judges 6:22-23 — When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he cried out, “Oh, Sovereign LORD, I’m doomed! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!” “It is all right,” the LORD replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.”

They thought if someone saw an angel it meant they’d die — Gideon thought he’d seen the “angel of death”.

– The angel said he wouldn’t die — Gideon built an altar, which he called “The Lord is Peace.”

2. THE PRINCIPLE OF COURAGE.

Judges 6:12 “Mighty hero…….” God sees potential in you that you don’t know is there!

To prepare Gideon to lead Israel, God told him to destroy a nearby pagan altar

Judges 6:25-32 — That night the LORD said to Gideon, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one that is seven years old. Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole standing beside it.

26  Then build an altar to the LORD your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down.”

27  So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the LORD had commanded. But he did it at night because he was afraid of the other members of his father’s household and the people of the town.

28  Early the next morning, as the people of the town began to stir, someone discovered that the altar of Baal had been broken down and that the Asherah pole beside it had been cut down. In their place a new altar had been built, and on it were the remains of the bull that had been sacrificed.

29  The people said to each other, “Who did this?” And after asking around and making a careful search, they learned that it was Gideon, the son of Joash.

30  “Bring out your son,” the men of the town demanded of Joash. “He must die for destroying the altar of Baal and for cutting down the Asherah pole.”

31  But Joash shouted to the mob that confronted him, “Why are you defending Baal? Will you argue his case? Whoever pleads his case will be put to death by morning! If Baal truly is a god, let him defend himself and destroy the one who broke down his altar!”

32  From then on Gideon was called Jerub-baal, which means “Let Baal defend himself,” because he broke down Baal’s altar.

If God was to save Israel Baal must go!

Gideon’s own family worshiped the false gods of Canaan.                                                      

Before God could use him, Gideon needed to destroy the idolatry in his own household……..

Gideon and his servants worked through the dark night, tearing down the altar to Baal and Ashura.

Gideon’s name means “hewer” or “hacker”, one who cuts down — an appropriate name for him.

The idol worshippers came for their morning devotions and found the damage.

It didn’t take long to find the culprit, and Gideon hid behind his father Joash’s protection.

Joash was custodian of the altar, he told his angry neighbors if Baal’s so powerful he should’ve been able to defend himself!

The town gave Gideon the nickname Jerubbaal, meaning, “let Baal plead his case”, reminding us of God’s power and Baal’s weakness. Gideon, who tested God, cleaned up his neighborhood and passed God’s test.

Now Gideon had to raise an army.

Imagine going to the Post Office and seeing posters: GIDEON WANTS YOU!

Gideon didn’t put up posters; he blew a ram’s horn instead.

The army was assembling and now Gideon decided to ask for a couple more tests.

Judges 6:36-40 — Then Gideon said to God, “If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised,

37 prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised.”

38 And that is just what happened. When Gideon got up early the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out a whole bowlful of water.

39 Then Gideon said to God, “Please don’t be angry with me, but let me make one more request. Let me use the fleece for one more test. This time let the fleece remain dry while the ground around it is wet with dew.” 40 So that night God did as Gideon asked. The fleece was dry in the morning, but the ground was covered with dew.

Gideon used a fleece: wet fleece/dry ground: dry fleece/wet ground.

 This seems a little strange that he’s still testing God after he got the army there!

32,000 men answered Gideon’s call and God said, it’s too many! The Midianites were innumerable!

But God said “No, I just need a few good men. I’ll get the glory when I do more with less!”

God will share anything with us except His glory.

God told Gideon tell any who were afraid to go home.  22,000 packed up and left!

WOW! There’s only 10,000 remaining. God doesn’t use the fearful.

He hasn’t given us the spirit of fear.

3. THE PRINCIPAL OF WISDOM.

Courage needs to be balanced with wisdom.

Judges 7:4-7 — God said there’s still too many!

Gideon’s sweating by now! Doesn’t God know how big the problem is?

The first purging was “all you chickens go home” — 22,000 did!

God said go to the creek and drink — those who lap like a dog — send them home!

Those who drink from their hand — let them stay

It was just a little test — 9700 failed!

Now his army only numbers 300!                                                                                                                          

Gideon must’ve felt like telling the angel, “Why don’t you and I just go down and whip those guys and leave these men here!”

 4. THE PRINCIPAL OF STRENGTH.

Judges 7:9-14 — That night the LORD said, “Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them!

10 But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah.

11 Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack.” So, Gideon took Purah and went down to the edge of the enemy camp.

12 The armies of Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east had settled in the valley like a swarm of locusts. Their camels were like grains of sand on the seashore—too many to count!

13 Gideon crept up just as a man was telling his companion about a dream. The man said, “I had this dream, and in my dream a loaf of barley bread came tumbling down into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent, turned it over, and knocked it flat!”

14 His companion answered, “Your dream can mean only one thing—God has given Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite, victory over Midian and all its allies!”

God told Gideon to hide in the shadows of the enemy camp and see what he’d learn.

This dream showed God doing something extraordinary thru someone who is very ordinary.

It was not Gideon’s strength, but God working through him.

Judges 7:15 — As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the Lord has given the host of Midian into your hand.”

Encouraged, Gideon worshiped God, then roused his army. The army was ready!

Get the picture of how they got ready — these 300 soldiers had to go home and get a pitcher, a torch, and a trumpet!

I can hear their wives saying, “You can’t take that pitcher, it’s my best one and we got it as a wedding gift!”

“No! You leave that candle here! I don’t want to be left in the dark!”

“You can’t take that horn! You know Junior has band lessons!”                                 

“Besides! My Daddy was in the army, and he used swords and spears, not kitchen utensils!  Who ever heard of something so ridiculous?”

Each soldier begged, “Please, Mommy, let me take these! We’re going to fight tonight, and I’ll be the only one without a pitcher!”

Finally, she says, “O, all right, but you bring that pitcher right back — don’t break it and don’t get your good clothes all dirty!”

Judges 7:15-22 — He divided the 300 men into three groups and gave each man a ram’s horn and a clay jar with a torch in it.

17  Then he said to them, “Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do.

18  As soon as I and those with me blow the rams’ horns, blow your horns, too, all around the entire camp, and shout, ‘For the LORD and for Gideon!’”

19  It was just after midnight, after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the 100 men with him reached the edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the rams’ horns and broke their clay jars.

20  Then all three groups blew their horns and broke their jars. They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands, and they all shouted, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!”

21  Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape.

22  When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the LORD caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath.

What a powerful victory story! 300 unarmed men and God taking on a huge army!

See the proud soldier as he marches off with a trumpet in one hand, a torch covered with a pitcher in the other hand.

The trumpet stands for boldness – it announced we’re here and not backing down.

It’s time for Christians in America to stop rolling over and playing dead…let your voice be heard. Say to the elected officials in Washington, if you vote against morality and common sense, we’ll vote you out!

The clay pitcher stands for brokenness – God’s placed His treasure in earthen vessels, but we must be broken before Him.

The torch stands for brightness – “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works…”

It’s time Christians get bold, broken, and bright…and if we did, we could take America back for God!

It only takes a few dedicated people with God’s help to have victory as we lift high the sword of the Lord!

Gideon’s fear turned to faith after hearing the Philistine explain his friend’s dream.

Gideon’s eyes turned from his enemies and focused on God.

We must turn our eyes from our enemies and focus on almighty God!

We can spend our lives looking at the terrorists or the political imbeciles in Washington D.C.

And being afraid or we can turn our eyes to the hills from whence cometh our help!

“Looking unto Jesus!”

“The person that fears God can face any foe.”

DON’T YOU THINK IT’S TIME TO GET BOLD ENOUGH TO DO SOMETHING FOR JESUS? HE USED GIDEON AND HE CAN USE YOU WHEN HE HAS YOU!!

IMAGINE THE THRILL OF SERVING HIM HERE AND SEEING HIM WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN!


PODCAST GIDEON’S ARMY

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There is Still Power in the Blood

Don't believe in the Devil? 

That's exactly where Satin wants you. He and his demonic hosts are working hard to deceive you because he knows his time is running out and he will soon be cast into the bottomless pit. One pastor told me to leave Satin alone because "If we leave him alone will leave us alone." That's dumb because he doesn't intend to leave you or your family alone. You must learn how to stand against him. 

In this book you will find how:

-Demons enter in the first place.

-How to be set free from demonic bondage.

-How to stay free.

-Pit falls Satin hopes you will fall into so he can destroy you and your family.

-How to have a close walk with Jesus Christ and enjoy victory in your life. 

Remember: THERE IS STILL POWER IN THE BLOOD!

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Calm

By David Jeremiah

We live in a dangerous world. On any given day we could face a hurricane, a tornado, an earthquake, a tsunami, a wildfire, a terrorist attack, a crime spree, a breakdown of our electrical and computer grids, a power blackout, contaminated water, a pandemic, a nuclear disaster, a highway disaster, or a medical emergency. Some folks have stockpiled supplies to last years should catastrophic events unfold, determined to outlast any disaster that comes.

We don’t have to be hardcore survivalists or preppers to prepare for emergencies. The Bible says, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself” (Proverbs 22:3). Another verse says, “The wise store up choice food and olive oil” (Proverbs 21:20, NIV). The patriarch Joseph, foreseeing years of famine in Egypt, stockpiled surplus grain during periods of plenty and thus kept his nation alive during the lean years.

Being ready delivers peace of mind.

Yet many people, companies, institutions, and schools aren’t as ready as they should be for unexpected threats. More than half of the businesses in the United States don’t have an emergency preparedness plan, and those who do find it difficult to keep their plans updated.

All of us need emergency preparedness training. According to the book, Emergency Preparedness, every group should ask itself: “What is the worst that could happen?” and plan accordingly. When we plan for worst-case scenarios, we’ll be ready to deal with emergencies as calmly and competently as possible.1

Having an emergency preparedness kit is part and parcel of prudent planning. But dealing with critical moments requires more than flashlights, bandages, and bottled water. We need to be mentally and spiritually calm for whatever comes. We need a spiritual preparedness kit, a toolbox that can help maintain our equanimity in emergencies. Being ready delivers peace of mind.

Create Your Calm Kit

How can we develop a calmer spirit and keep our wits about us in times of trouble? We can assemble an internal emergency preparedness toolbox, a “Calm Kit” of the mind.

FIRST, GATHER SOME SCRIPTURAL PROMISES YOU CAN CLAIM.

When Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, ascended the throne, he began thinking in terms of emergency preparedness. With his father Solomon dead, Rehoboam expected attacks from neighboring enemies, and he wanted to be prepared. “He fortified the strongholds, and put captains in them, and stores of food, oil, and wine. Also in every city he put shields and spears and made them very strong” (2 Chronicles 11:11-12).

Find something good in every situation and thank God for it.

We too should expect attacks from the enemy, and we need to store up Scriptures as shields for our minds and hearts. Proverbs 10:14 says, “Wise people store up knowledge.”

Before Ed Dobson, passed away from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He left behind a little book entitled Prayers and Promises in which he described the weakness he felt during his illness. For years, he had bored into God’s Word like a drill, but now, he said, he found it difficult to read the Bible or even pray. “I could take spiritual truth only in small bites.”

But God gave him a few verses every day that kept him calm and strong, and many of the verses were ones he had previously stored away in the armory of his mind. One of them, Hebrews 13:5-6, helped him more than any other passage in the entire Bible: “He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’”

“Soon after my diagnosis,” Dobson wrote, “I learned to take five-minute time-outs. Whenever fear would begin taking over my life, I would take a time-out and repeat the verses from Hebrews 13…. I would say these words over and over for the entire five minutes…. I wrote these verses on a three-by-five card and placed the card on the mirror by my bed. They are the first words I look at every morning when I get up, and they are the last words I look at when I go to bed.”2

In dealing with his terminal illness, what if Dobson’s toolbox had been empty? What if he hadn’t stored away Scripture like a miser hoarding coins? But his mind was rich with God’s Word, and it made all the difference. I want you to read, study, learn, memorize, and meditate on God’s Word day and night. The Lord will give you verses to store away in your mental silo like Joseph’s grain for times of famine.

SECOND, COLLECT SCRIPTURAL BLESSINGS YOU CAN COUNT.

As you read the book of Psalms, you may notice how many of them were written during crises. David, the principal author of Psalms, encountered one disaster after another. Some of his chapters were written in times of grief, fear, anguish, and desperation. But David also knew how to count his blessings, and he gave us a prime example in Psalm 103: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me bless His holy name!” (verse 1) If you read the entire psalm, you will find that every verse is positive in tone. Every line conveys an atmosphere of gratitude to God, who floods our lives with benefits, forgives our iniquities, heals our problems, redeems us from destruction, and crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercy.

If we cultivate the habit of gratitude and learn to thank God spontaneously throughout the day, we’ll have an invaluable skill in our preparedness toolbox. Learn now to find something good in every situation and thank God for it. Count your blessings.

THIRD, COLLECT SCRIPTURAL ATTITUDES YOU CAN CLAIM.

The Bible teaches that faith, trust, assurance, confidence, and calmness are God-pleasing virtues. Isaiah 7:4 says, “Be careful, keep calm, and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart” (NIV).

Earlier writers called this imperturbability. A cool, calm, and collected person is unperturbed even under strain. One of the advocates for imperturbability was Dr. William Osler, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins. On May 1, 1889, he gave the graduation speech at the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his address has found a place in the history of medical literature.

Osler advised the graduating doctors to develop what he called “imperturbability.” He defined it as “presence of mind under all circumstances, calmness amid storm, clearness of judgment in moments of grave peril…. It is the quality which is most appreciated by the laity though often misunderstood by them; and the physician who has the misfortune to be without it, who betrays indecision and worry, and who shows that he is flustered and flurried in ordinary emergencies, loses rapidly the confidence of his patients.”

“The first essential,” said Osler, “is to have your nerves well in hand.” He went on to call imperturbability a “divine gift, a blessing to the possessor, a comfort to all who come in contact with him.”3

The word imperturbability is not in the Bible, but the related word “calm” is found throughout Scripture. Proverbs 17:27, for example, says, “A man of understanding is of a calm spirit.”

Christians, more than anyone, should be people of understanding, cultivating calm spirits. We are related by the new birth to the God who controls all events, who knows the end from the beginning, who knows all that happens before it occurs. We’ve placed our faith in a King who causes all things to work together for the good to those who love Him. We have instant access to the throne of grace, and we know our God is a very present help in trouble—a mighty fortress.

Why, then, are we so prone to panic? Why indeed?

Create a “Calm kit” and be prepared for whatever the days may bring. As Isaiah said: “Be careful, keep calm, and don’t be afraid.”

Sources:

1Don Philpott, Emergency Preparedness (Lanham, MD: Bernan Press, 2016), 4-5.
2Ed Dobson, Prayers and Promises When Facing a Life-Threatening Illness (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007), 29-30.
3William Osler, Osler’s “A Way of Life” & Other Addresses with Commentary & Annotations, (Duke University Press, 2001), 22-24.

https://www.davidjeremiah.org/magazine/article/calm-286

VIDEO Why do we look for God in a hurricane?

Will Wellman August 29, 2019

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Who will lift this sorrow from our hearts?
Yesterday evening a heavy rain and again today
the covered sky burdens us. Our thoughts —
like the pine needles of yesterday’s downpour
bunched up and useless in front of our doorway —
would build a collapsing tower.

Among these decimated villages
on this promontory, open to the south wind
with the mountain range in front of us hiding you,
who will appraise for us the sentence to oblivion?
Who will accept our offering, at this close of autumn?

— from “Mythistorema,” George Seferis

I am 21 in Trevor’s jacked-up Chevy Silverado crossing the Gandy Bridge from Tampa to St. Pete. We are tossed back and forth by 70-mile-per-hour winds from Hurricane Charley’s outer bands. Trevor is gripping the wheel with all his might, Jones is in the front seat screaming, beer in hand, and I am in the back—no seat belt—staring straight ahead at black sky, screaming, too.

After nearly barreling into the sides of the bridge a hundred times, we arrive at our destination—a small bit of shore on the St. Petersburg side of Tampa Bay, affectionately known as Beer Can Beach. We are young, arrogant, hopelessly brave as we jump out of the truck and confront muscular winds that push back without stop. We dance like idiots behind a news reporter who fights the wind as well, yelling into a clunky microphone. Her cameraman attempts to angle us out.

We are young, arrogant, hopelessly brave as we jump out of the truck and confront muscular winds that push back without stop.

On the way home, my mother calls my cellphone: “What the heck are you doing in St. Pete? Why’d you cross the bridge?” I laugh maniacally, telling her everything is fine. I assure her nothing happened, that we’re almost back. I am 21 and think of nothing but having fun.

•••

Having lived much of my 34 years in Florida, I have faced dozens of hurricanes. In 2004—the year of Charley—we were hit by four major hurricanes, and I came home from college in Gainesville for each one. Tampa became a playground of sorts. I lived through Hurricane Sandy while at seminary in New Jersey. Humongous, wind-knocked trees lay everywhere, and my astounded classmates and I climbed over them, drinking beer, talking theodicy, waiting for the electricity to come on.

Hurricane Irma was different. The normal attitude in Tampa and most of Florida is to buy some water and wait out the storm. Irma, though, brought on the largest emergency evacuation in Florida’s history. Even my most cavalier friends boarded up their windows. I bought five days’ worth of canned food. Grocery stores ran out of water the week before it hit. Gas stations were running out of gas four days before.

The normal attitude in Tampa and most of Florida is to buy some water and wait out the storm. Hurricane Irma was different.

My wife Taylor is from Nashville and had never lived through a hurricane. She became a Floridian quick—knowing the hours the National Hurricane Center put its updates online, following our local weatherman and therapist, Paul Dellegatto, on Facebook for detailed discussions on the path of Irma. She wanted to leave earlier in the week, but I told her the way Irma was tracking we’d be fine. Most of the models had Irma hitting Florida on the East Coast around Miami, then moving northwesterly through the state. So we prepped for what would come, ready to ride it out in the 1926 wood-frame house we had purchased less than a year before.

On Saturday morning, the day before the storm hit, Taylor woke me up, in tears, asking if we could please evacuate. I knew Irma had been tracking west but still felt like we were O.K. Taylor showed me the 8 a.m. National Hurricane Center update: The path was dead-on for Tampa, and Irma was now a Category 5. Tampa is a small peninsula inside of a bay and has been called the worst situated place in the continental United States for a hurricane to hit, worse than Houston or New Orleans.

For the first time in my life, I was evacuating from a hurricane. Taylor and I scrambled to pull inside whatever furniture, bricks, objects in our front and back yard that could become missilized by hurricane winds. We grabbed insurance documents and clothes and toiletries and whatever else came to mind at the time. I was uncharacteristically anxious, yelling are we ready? as I weaved through our suddenly full house—full of outdoor furniture, garden tools, wood, a mower.

On Saturday morning, the day before the storm hit, Taylor woke me up, in tears, asking if we could please evacuate.

I ran across the street to our neighbors to check on their plans. Emily looked at me like I was crazy—You’re going to get on the road? It’ll take you forever to get out of here, and there’s no gas. I told her we’re going to try, we exchanged numbers, and I let her and her husband know they could have some plywood we had bought to board our windows and didn’t have time to put up. We jumped into the car and headed north.

The traffic going north on I-75 wasn’t too bad. Our recently rescued corgi mutt, Lily, was excitedly panting on top of a cooler in the back seat of my Jeep, completely oblivious to what was going on, just excited to be on a car ride. I didn’t know if there would be a house to go back to in a few days. Would it be washed away, would that giant live oak in the backyard fall on it, would those nearly 100-year-old windows just shake till they shattered?

The first hour Taylor and I ran through apocalyptic scenarios and said dammits for the little things we had forgotten. A few miles north of Tampa, Taylor asked if we could pray for our friends and neighbors who stayed, for our house, for our city, for our state.

•••

What brings natural disasters? It seems like a simple question, but visit churches and diners throughout Florida, and you’ll soon overhear folks talking about providence, the hand of God, the evil of man and on and on. We saw this with Katrina (Pat Robertson was quick to blame the hurricane on abortions); we saw it with the earthquake in Haiti; we saw it recently with Hurricane Harvey (Jim Bakker said the flooding was judgment from God).

A few miles north of Tampa, Taylor asked if we could pray for our friends and neighbors who stayed, for our house, for our city, for our state.

While it is easy to dismiss this way of thinking, it has a staying power. Folks from all backgrounds seem to find God’s involvement in disasters to be an explanation they not only can digest but, in some way, need. Is this the tendency in humans to seek out patterns? The need to have some moral structure to the world? The fear that if these events are random, it’s just a quick hop, skip and jump into nihilism?

On our drive to Charlotte, I thought about the reasons why a supernatural explanation for the approaching Irma would be a comforting position. A long history of kidney disease and seminary training had led me to a firm position of being anti-theodicy. I have no doubt in my head and heart that God plays no direct role in any disaster—natural or man-made—and so am disturbed by any talk of God’s involvement in tragedies.

As I imagined a Category 5 sweeping through Tampa, I thought of surging seas drowning the entire city and wondered who would think a benevolent God would want such a thing. Human lives would be lost. Others would be wrecked by the cost of rebuilding and dealing with the lack of flood insurance. And still others would be completely uprooted from their homes. No, God has nothing to do with this—if we were to come home weeks later to a destroyed home or an untouched, still-standing home, God has nothing to do with this.

What brings natural disasters? Visit churches and diners throughout Florida, and you’ll soon overhear folks talking about providence, the hand of God, the evil of man.

So where could God be? I’m no deist, and yet—driving up I-95 through Georgia—I began to wonder if I was. Maybe God just set things in motion billions of years ago and now sits back—an admiring watchmaker. Throughout our many stops to get gas, get food, let Lily pee, Taylor and I discussed these things. She was much more of the mindset that God is involved—not in any malicious way, but in some way, God is involved.

•••

In my first year of seminary I quickly became discouraged with what I found to be the rationalistic approach to theology in the classroom. I came to seminary with no theological training—I had a background in ecology and botany—but a growing fascination with the Christian contemplative tradition. I arrived expecting discussions of Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Avila, John Ruysbroeck, and Catherine of Siena, and late-night bar talks around mystery and life and ecstasy.

My unmet expectations quickly turned to sadness and a spiritual slump—everything felt as dark and lifeless as the New Jersey winter. I have always had a problem keeping my eye on the ball, but this time was particularly challenging—I began to wonder what the heck I was doing in seminary. On top of that, a medication I was on had the unintentional side effect of making me clinically depressed.

Luckily, I am stubborn and stuck it out. Things got better and I found my foothold. I also found a mantra from Job—a high point of biblical literature: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding” (38:4).

God responds to Job from a whirlwind—a tempest, a hurricane.

This is what God says to Job after Job has spent most of the book trying to figure out, alone and with friends, why his life went to rubble. God responds to Job from a whirlwind—a tempest, a hurricane.

The phrase was a snide remark I would say to myself when professors or peers—always males—declared they had figured everything out. More than that, though, it became something that drove me to seek out a path, in and out of the classroom, that sought mystery over rationality, that held paradox as powerful, that knew there were things I did not know.

•••

I do not remember where it was on I-95 when, in my thinking over the supernatural explanations around Irma, I began to wonder why God speaks to Job out of a whirlwind. Of all the things the biblical author could have chosen, a whirlwind. Why? Maybe it is because the author understood the unfathomable depths of God’s mystery. This God was essentially unknowable; of course God would speak from a windy, wet, violent storm.

Driving among the flood of evacuees headed north, I imagined myself inside a hurricane over the sea. The choppy, grey waves like a Winslow Homer painting, the whirling walls of wind and water, the deafening noise. I imagined God within the hurricane—not seen but felt—threshing to life formerly still seas, disturbing the entire water column from surface to sediment, sea life fighting to get away. Amid this blue, grey, white body hovered black clouds fast for the horizon. God in every drop of water that stung my face, in each gust that spun me round, in each cloud that passed.

God is not some petulant deity sending disaster upon those who disobey; God is the God who meets us in disaster.

Throughout the drive, our prayers journeyed geographically further—from Tampa down the coast to Southwest Florida, then past the Everglades and over the Gulf to Key West, and finally out to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands. In some way, Irma broadened my sense of self, my sense of concern. No longer was I simply waving to neighbors but being in a deeper relation of concern and compassion.

God didn’t bring the whirlwind; the whirlwind brought God. God is not some petulant deity sending disaster upon those who disobey; God is the God who meets us in disaster. In these moments we are brought outside ourselves and our own concerns; we are forced to consider the other and, hopefully, help the other just as they help us.

God speaks to Job out of the whirlwind because this is what shakes Job out of his inward theologizing and philosophizing. He is forced to look outward. And what does God do? Give an answer? No. God asks him, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” God then lists a litany of wild animals—none of them domesticated, all outside the bounds of Job’s known world and personal use. Job moves from his singular internal world to the multitudinous external world and so does his concern.

•••

I am 34 in my Jeep, my wife Taylor next to me, escaping Hurricane Irma. Our dog Lily sits atop a cooler in the back, surrounded by our most important belongings and clothes. Taylor grabs my hand, our fingers interlace and squeeze the other’s hand tight. Taylor prays for our escape, our neighbors, our friends and family, for the many strangers south of us in Florida and the Caribbean. My eyes are open to the road and world ahead.


Will Wellman is a poet and essayist based in Tampa, Fla. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a co-founder of The EcoTheo Review. Special thanks to Mike Keeley and Denise Harvey for their permission to include the George Seferis translation as an epigraph.

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2019/08/29/why-do-we-look-god-hurricane


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VIDEO Youngkin Responds to Student Walk Outs Over New Transgender School Policies – Binding Breasts

By Cassandra Fairbanks September 28, 2022

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s office has responded to students walking out of school this week in protest of the new state guidelines for how schools handle transgender issues.

Earlier this month, the state’s Department of Education released new guidelines saying that sports teams should be based on biological sex and focused heavily on parental rights.

The policies are sharply different than the 2021 guidance issued by Democratic Governor Ralph Northam’s administration.

The new guidance asserts that “parents are in the best position to work with their children and, where appropriate, their children’s health care providers to determine (a) what names, nicknames, and/or pronouns, if any, shall be used for their child by teachers and school staff while their child is at school, (b) whether their child engages in any counseling or social transition at school that encourages a gender that differs from their child’s sex, or (c) whether their child expresses a gender that differs with their child’s sex while at school.”

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Previously, schools were told that they could hide students “gender identity” from parents.

On Tuesday, students in Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington and Stafford counties walked out in protest of the new guidance.

Youngkin spokeswoman Macaulay Porter responded to the protests in a statement to Fox News.

“The guidelines make it clear that when parents are part of the process, schools will accommodate the requests of children and their families,”  Porter said. “Parents should be a part of their children’s lives, and it’s apparent through the public protests and on-camera interviews that those objecting to the guidance already have their parents as part of that conversation. While students exercise their free speech today, we’d note that these policies state that students should be treated with compassion and schools should be free from bullying and harassment.”

Gov. Youngkin also defended the new rules during an appearance on Fox & Friends on Wednesday. He stated that he has no intention of reversing the policy.

“We first want to love every kid,” Youngkin said. “And we want to make sure we’re protecting their dignity, and their privacy, and their safety. And the difference in what our policies are really focused on is indeed bringing parents fully in.”

“Biological boys shouldn’t be playing sports with biological girls,” Youngkin said. “It’s just not fair.”

The governor explained that the previous policy excluded parents from the conversation.

“The children don’t belong to the state,” Youngkin asserted. “They belong to families.”

High School Gender And Sexuality Clubs Encourage Teen Girls To ‘Bind’ Their Breasts

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 30 September 2022

More and more American schools are sexualizing children.

They’ve taken it a step further by encouraging teens to bind their breasts, a practice known to pose health risks.

The Daily Caller states, “Schools in Minnesota, Maryland, California, Illinois, and Massachusetts are among the hundreds of schools that offer GSA clubs that promote “chest binding” — the practice of crushing healthy breast tissue — to teenage girls. Some schools, including Waltham High School in Massachusetts, raise money to purchase chest binders for teen girls who cannot afford them.”

Not only are they encouraging breast binders and buying, but organizations are also providing guidelines for girls that can’t wear chest binders, such as wearing two sports bras, according to The Daily Caller. These same guidelines teach girls how to breathe while wearing a chest binder. However, the guidelines acknowledge that it can be dangerous for teens.

The Daily Caller further states, “Chicago Public Schools informed students that ‘using a binder or tucking’ — the practice of concealing male genitalia —

‘during physical education can significantly positively impact student’s mental health.’ In the same guide, the District noted that binding ‘can also pose physical risks or limitations on the student’s body.’”

The Daily Caller points out, “Analysis from the Cleveland Clinic indicates that there is minimal data to determine the safety of chest binding practices. Side effects of chest binding include, but are not limited to, musculoskeletal issues such as “loss of muscle mass, postural changes, rib fractures, and shoulder popping.”

It’s terrific that schools are reaching out to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone. However, they’re out of line when they encourage teenagers to participate in activities that cause shortness of breath, rib bruising, and possible fractures. There are limited studies to determine the long-term effects on posture, too. This decision should be left up to parents, not schools that can’t seem to stop overreaching.

https://www.blabber.buzz/conservative-news/1042946-high-school-gender-and-sexuality-clubs-encourage-teen-girls-to–bind–their-breasts


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VIDEO Chrislam is Now the Official One World Religion – Jesus Rebukes The Scribes and Pharisees

Matthew 7:13 (NKJV)
13  “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.


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Jesus was not timid.. he was gentle yet at the same time, when a rebuke was necessary, he could definitely do it!

CHRISLAM CONFIRMED: Led By Pope Francis, Leaders Of The World’s Religions Formally Adopt Human Fraternity Document At 7th Congress

September 17, 2022 By Geoffrey Grider 

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With the adoption this week by the 7th World Religions Congress of the Human Fraternity document created by Pope Francis and Mohamed bin Zayed, Chrislam is now the official One World Religion.

It’s official, Chrislam has now been codified and ratified, with the approval at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, of the Human Fraternity document created by Pope Francis of the Vatican, and financed and promoted by Mohamed bin Zayed of the UAE. Question – Guess who they forgot to invite to the festivities? Answer – Jesus Christ, His Name appears nowhere and is never mentioned. I wonder who the ‘honored guest” is then? Hmm.

“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:3 (KJB)

Whether or not Pope Francis retires as some are suggesting, or whether or not he will be the biblical Antichrist is, at this point, rather immaterial. Because he has now put into place, and set into motion, the functional political, religious and financial framework on which the One World Religion of Chrislam will operate. Pope Francis could die tomorrow, but what he has created will live on into the time of Jacob’s trouble. Of course, all this prophetic fulfillment could not have taken place without his very generous patron and backer, Mohamed bin Zayed. Is he the “prince of the covenant”? Time will tell, but man oh man, this is a giant (pun intended) step forward. We warned you for the past 13 years Chrislam was coming, now it’s here. Are you ready to fly?

World religious leaders adopt Human Fraternity Document

FROM EMIRATES NEWS: The world religious leaders today adopted the Human Fraternity Document signed by His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, Dr. Ahmed el-Tayyeb, and His Holiness Pope Francis of the Catholic Church, in Abu Dhabi in 2019. This came during the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions which concluded on Thursday.

Some highlights from the 7th World Congress of Religions:

  • We note that pluralism in terms of differences in skin color, gender, race, language and culture are expressions of the wisdom of God in creation. Religious diversity is permitted by God and, therefore, any coercion to a particular religion and religious doctrine is unacceptable.
  • We recognize the importance and value of the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together between the Holy See and Al-Azhar Al-Sharif (adopted by the UN General Assembly in resolution A/RES/75/200 of December 21, 2020), and the Makkah Declaration (adopted in Mecca in May 2019), which call for peace, dialogue, mutual understanding and mutual respect among believers for the common good.
  • We call upon religious leaders and prominent political figures from different parts of the world tirelessly to develop dialogue in the name of friendship, solidarity and peaceful coexistence.
  • We appeal to all people of faith and goodwill to unite in this difficult time and contribute to ensuring security and harmony in our common home – planet Earth.

The closing statement of the congress, which was attended by over 108 religious and world leaders, underscored the historical significance of the Human Fraternity Document, stressing that it helps promote peace, dialogue and mutual respect among people.

Held on 14th and 15th September at the Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan, under the title “The Role of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in the Spiritual and Social Development of Human Civilisation in the Post-Pandemic Period”, the event saw the participation of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kazakhstan, Dr. Ahmed el-Tayyeb and Pope Francis. READ MORE

This is Chrislam Of The One World Religion

Click to see what it looks like when a Chick tract comes to life. If you’re a Roman Catholic, click to minute 24:00 to hear your pope, the “vicar of Christ” give his entire speech on ‘interreligious dialogue’ never mention the Name of Jesus Christ one time. This is one of the many reasons why we say that Roman Catholicism is counterfeit Christianity.  

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