Coronavirus and the Country’s Future (14)

Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people (Prov.28:15).

Wicked rulers exploit poor and defenceless people, for their own ends. They like to use some sort of supposed national “emergency” for those own ends. Hitler did this in Germany in 1933, by manipulating threats of a communist takeover, and the community then was by and large duped. He got increased powers. Very shrewd, and evil.

It was President Obama’s Chief of staff, Rahn Emanuel, who commented that smart political leaders will

never let a serious crisis go to waste.

This happens frequently in politics, and it’s generally for the worse. Godless politicians are opportunists, seizing on an opportunity to enact something that’s in their political interests, and that reduces the community’s liberties, before that community has really understood that this may all be part of an agenda.

In 1996 in Australia, we had a terrible massacre at Port Arthur, and over 30 people died. I’m not convinced that massacre was ever properly investigated.

Immediately, the Prime Minister, John Howard, proceeded with a plan to rid Australia of various weapons. So, truck-loads of weapons were confiscated from the community, and destroyed, at a cost of over a billion dollars. For the good of everyone, you see.

Has it made Australia any safer?

I don’t think so. Women are still being murdered by men. If evil men are bent on vengeance, against a woman, they will commonly defy a Domestic Violence order, break into the place where she is, abuse and sometimes kill her. If they go looking, they can find a gun on the black-market.

If she fears her life’s in danger and goes to a Gun-Shop to buy a gun for self-defence, she won’t be allowed to buy it, because that’s the law, and Mr Howard wanted to get all those weapons out of the community.

So, the defenceless person will remain just that. They may even choose to break the law to save their life, because

A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

That’s why I’m intensely sceptical about government lock-downs, as a result of the coronavirus, internationally. I honestly doubt that any good will come from these, but there have been huge social and material costs, as a result. One of these has been the severe restrictions on individual liberties, including travel.

Do governments suffer?

They’ve increased their powers, along with the number of bureaucrats employed. What could be wrong with that?

Nothing, unless you are a normal member of the community. You have to pay more taxes, and you have less freedom to go where you wish to, both within your nation, and internationally. What’s more, the business climate for you may have completely altered, and you may have lost your job, even your business.

Consider this US case:

When the coronavirus swept across America earlier this spring, Waffle House, which has locations in 25 states, was forced to shut down some 700 restaurants across the country. This put roughly 28,000 hourly Waffle House employees out of work, who became part of the 26.5 million Americans who filed for unemployment that month.

The story of these workers underscores an overlooked reality of the pandemic: lower-income Americans are being harmed the most by lockdowns.

Pew Research studies show that Hispanic women, immigrants, young people, and individuals with less education have been the most likely to lose jobs and the least likely to save income during the pandemic. They’ve also been by far the most likely to say they’ve struggled to pay rent or bills.[1]

This requires that people are not trusting their political leaders. That would be Biblical, for it says,

Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish (Ps.146:3, 4).

If Christians will take scripture seriously, they will be frightened by the notion of increased government powers. They’ll know from scripture and from history, that the innocent will always suffer through these new government powers; that there will be abuse. And the liberties that generations of our forefathers fought for, both in the Reformation period and since, are being threatened. More than that, some of them have gone.

Why should we be surprised at this? Why should we be so foolish as to think it wouldn’t happen to us?

I’m 65. In my lifetime, Australians have always been able to travel around their country, with no restrictions. You could always go anywhere you wanted, day or night, seven days a week. Now, because some clowns have claimed there is a pandemic, there have been people stuck in all sorts of places, unable to get home, or visit a dying relative interstate, or a thousand other things.

And there are still evil people in power, who have the audacity to claim that “It’s for the good of the people.”  The Bible says that

The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbour finds no favour in his eyes (Prov.21:10).

What if the “wicked” is a person with political power? Well, it’s too bad for his “neighbour.”

This is why I hope this coronavirus nonsense will be a warning to believers, anywhere in the world. The fact is, that as Burke said,

Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

Conclusion:

Fallen man’s exercise of power is demonic: it is power for the sake of power, and its goal is ‘a boot stamping on a human face-forever.’[2]

Christians world-wide, need to be both warned and encouraged by the government responses to coronavirus. These things require a response from believers, way beyond passivity. Believers must consider the appropriate forms of Christian resistance to evil governments, and how to sensibly implement these in a community. As Peter explained,

We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29).

The world waits for our lead.


[1] “Waffle House’s Stand against Lockdowns is Exactly what America Needs -Almost.” Foundation for Economic Education, 21/11/2020.

[2] Rousas Rushdoony (quoting from George Orwell,) “The Institutes of Biblical law,” 1973, pp 448, 449.

How Would You Prefer to Spend Your Last Holiday Season?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola, November 12th 2020

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • COVID-19 has a survival rate of 99.99% for those under the age of 40. Even people over the age of 60 who aren’t residents of nursing homes have a survival rate of 98.29%, yet residents in many areas are now told, in great detail, how they can and cannot celebrate their holidays
  • Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, loneliness had reached epidemic levels. In 2018, 54% of American adults over the age of 18 reported feeling lonely. By January 2020, it was 61% and now, nine months into the pandemic, we’ve reached 66%
  • Loneliness isn’t relegated to the elderly. In the 18 to 34 age group, 75% report feeling socially isolated, compared to 61% of those over 50. Among those aged 18 to 34, 19% say they’ve gone as long as two to three months without interacting with another person
  • 10% of 35- to 49-year-olds, 9% of 18- to 34-year-olds and 7% of those over 50 say they’ve not interacted with anyone outside their household or workplace since the pandemic began
  • If safety requires us to indefinitely forfeit the most valuable parts of our lives, what exactly are we trying to save?

Depending on where you live, COVID-19 rules could be putting a damper on holiday festivities this year. California, for example, recently released a long list of killjoy rules for the holidays, which includes:1

At What Price Safety?

Should government be permitted to micromanage how and with whom you spend your holidays? As noted by A.J. Kay in a recent Medium article,2 “If safety requires us to indefinitely forfeit the most valuable parts of our lives, what exactly are we trying to save?”

That’s a question well worth asking. Just how great a price are you willing to pay for the illusion of safety? SARS-CoV-2 has a survival rate of 99.99% for those under the age of 40.3 Even people over the age of 60 who aren’t residents of nursing homes have a survival rate of 98.29%.4

Data5,6 also show the overall all-cause mortality has remained steady during 2020 and doesn’t veer from the norm — in other words, COVID-19 has not killed off more of the population than would have died in any given year anyway — yet residents in many areas are now told, in great detail, how they can and cannot celebrate their holidays. Is it worth it?

“This will be the final Thanksgiving for 2.8 million (the annual all-cause death toll) of our fellow Americans. It could be my last — or yours. That likelihood is significantly higher for our elderly loved ones, too many of whom will not have seen or hugged their family in nine months,” Kay writes.7

“The hard truth is that we do not know who will be around for Thanksgiving next November. What we do have is right now — this moment — today. We aren’t promised one second more …

We’ve already forgone countless once-in-a-lifetime events to mitigate a newly-minted definition of risk which takes only one variable into account. And have neglected to acknowledge that many of our seniors — the most vulnerable among us — don’t even want that kind of ‘safety’ because it costs precious moments with their families …

There’s only one ‘unsafe’ version of Thanksgiving for me and that’s failing to be present with my family, allowing weaponized shame and performative restrictions to keep us apart. God forbid one of us isn’t sitting at that table next year, I can’t imagine grappling with that regret. And if one (or all) of us get COVID, so be it.”

Isolation — A Fate Worse Than Death?

As reported by the Daily News,8 October 19, 2020, forced isolation due to COVID-19 concerns are hurting seniors who struggle with loneliness and depression at ever greater numbers.

The article features the story of Lezrette Hutchinson, a 64-year-old retiree in the West Bronx who in recent days is starting to find herself “heading to bed as early as 5 p.m., exhausted from a host of mounting frustrations,” such as “technological hurdles that came with virtual doctor visits” and “navigating the Social Security website.”

She’s also frustrated from “being alone in a one-bedroom apartment for the better part of seven months.” She’s grown sick and tired of talking to friends on the phone and feels demotivated to do much of anything, which is a hallmark sign of depression.

According to a report9,10 by the AARP and United Health Foundation, social distancing measures have led to an epidemic of loneliness, and this too has significant health and emotional risks. As noted in this report:11

“Defined as having few social relationships or infrequent social contact with others — social isolation is a public health crisis. Studies have found that social isolation can be worse for one’s health than obesity, and the health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.12

For adults who have experienced social isolation during the current pandemic, half (50%) report this social isolation has caused them to lack motivation, slightly more than 4 in 10 (41%) say it has made them feel more anxious than usual and slightly more than a third (37%) report it has made them feel depressed.

Yet, only 11% of adults turned to a medical professional when feeling down or sad, and almost a third of adults 50+ reported that they did not look to anyone for support during the pandemic.

Among the 50+, almost a third of women (29%) report going as long as one to three months not interacting with others outside their home or workplace during the pandemic and are more likely to experience negative emotions than their male counterparts.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, women 50+ are more than twice as likely to report feeling overwhelmed (32% vs. 15% of men 50+), and more women than men 50+ report feeling anxious (46% vs. 36% of men 50+) and stressed (50% vs. 40% of men 50+).

Along with women 50+, the impact to low-income older adults (defined as those who have a household income less than $40K and are 50+) has also been greater compared to older adults with high incomes (defined as those who have a household income $75K+ and are 50+).

Four in 10 low-income adults 50+ report facing challenges accessing various resources during COVID-19, including a fifth who had challenges accessing food and a similar number who had challenges accessing healthcare services.”

No Life Without Human Connection

I wouldn’t be surprised if many people, regardless of their age, would choose companionship over safety from a virus. For argument’s sake, ponder this question.

Which would you choose: Live all alone on an island for the rest of your life, knowing there’s no one around to infect you with COVID-19, or live surrounded by friends and family, knowing you’re taking your chances every time you get near each other?

I know what I choose. As noted in the AARP’s report, “it’s connections, companionship, and a sense of belonging that we need as humans.” Social connection is even more impactful at earlier ages, with poor social connections being strongly associated with poor health and depression among youth.13

So, before you cancel holiday plans with aging parents and grandparents this season, make sure that’s what they really want. Remember, this may be their last Thanksgiving, or their last Christmas. How do you want to spend that time and what memories do you want to make?

Handing out edicts, demanding we eliminate all the things that make life worth living in order to prevent the spread of a survivable virus that most people don’t even know they have unless they get tested is unconscionable and inhuman. But so is following these kinds of unconstitutional government edicts.

I have to say I’m surprised at the sheer number of people willing to surrender their constitutional rights and liberties in return for absolutely nothing. None of the measures — 6-foot social distancing, mask wearingself-isolation and select business shut-downs — actually guarantee anyone’s safety. All we need is one infected person left in the world, and safety for all remains out of reach.

The Loneliness Epidemic Deepens

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, loneliness had reached epidemic levels. In 2018, 54% of American adults (age 18 and older) reported feeling lonely. By January 2020, it was 61%,14 and now, nine months into the pandemic, we’ve reached 66%.15

And loneliness isn’t relegated to the elderly. According to the AARP report, people between the ages of 18 and 34 actually report the highest rates of isolation.16 In the 18 to 34 age group, 75% report feeling socially isolated, compared to 61% of those over 50.

Among those aged 18 to 34, 19% say they’ve gone as long as two to three months without interacting with another person, compared to 16% among those over the age of 35. Ten percent of 35- to 49-year-olds, 9% of 18- to 34-year-olds and 7% of those over 50 say they’ve not interacted with anyone outside their household or workplace since the pandemic began!

The impact of loneliness and social isolation is significant, and will undoubtedly be found to be far greater than the death toll of COVID-19 by the time everything is tabulated.

According to a 2019 study17 by the American Cancer Society that looked at data from 580,182 Americans, social isolation increases mortality from every cause. In other words, social isolation is deadly. Commenting on her team’s findings, public health researcher Kassandra Alcaraz told the American Psychological Association:18

“Our research really shows that the magnitude of risk presented by social isolation is very similar in magnitude to that of obesity, smoking, lack of access to care and physical inactivity.”

Well-Known Effects of Solitary Confinement

While it’s been referred to as “self-isolation” and sold as “staying safe at home,” the lockdowns can rightfully be likened to house arrest, especially in areas where people have only been allowed outdoors for an hour or two a day.

That this kind of self-isolation can be harmful to mental health should come as no surprise, considering psychologists have long known the effects solitary confinement has on prisoners. Even among prisoners, solitary confinement is the worst and most extreme punishment there is. As reported by Endgadget:19

“Take Robert King for example, who spent 29 years in solitary confinement. King spoke at a 2018 neuroscience conference about his experience and how it impacted his cognitive function. He described that, upon his release from prison, he had severe difficulty recognizing faces and had to retrain himself to understand what faces even were and how they worked.

He also had difficulty navigating even simple routes through a city without assistance. Turns out that when your universe is a 6-foot by 9-foot room for nearly three decades, there’s not much need to keep your navigation skills sharp — or even much impetus to keep a firm grasp of reality.

‘For some prisoners … solitary confinement precipitates a descent into madness,’ Dr. Craig Haney, professor of psychology at University of California, Santa Cruz, told the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights in 2012.

Prisoners may experience crushing bouts of anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, and panic attacks. ‘The conditions of confinement are far too severe to serve any kind of penological purpose,’ he concluded.

The reason this happens is because prolonged social isolation physically changes the shape and function of your brain. The hippocampus, the region responsible for learning and memory not only shrinks in size in response to long-term isolation, it loses its plasticity and may eventually shut down altogether.

At the same time the amygdala, which regulates your fear and anxiety response, goes into overdrive. And the longer the confinement lasts, the more pronounced these changes become — even after the inmate’s eventual release.”

Don’t Let a Virus Steal Your Life

Risk is an inevitable part of life, and for all of human history, mankind has accepted this. Now all of a sudden, we’re told we have to give up life in order to prevent the spread of a virus that poses no risk to the vast majority of people. If safety requires us to indefinitely forfeit the most valuable parts of our lives, what exactly are we trying to save? ~ A.J. Kay

Is it worth it? Just how much are you willing to give up for this false sense of security? Are you willing to give up your family? Your friends? For how long? Are you willing to live in solitary confinement for the rest of your days? Because, believe me, the threat of infectious disease will never cease.

I believe the real threat right now is what we’re doing to sabotage the mental, emotional and physical health of people, especially our children, whose development is dependent on social interactions, physical contact and facial expressions. Between mask wearing and social distancing, I fear the impact on children in particular may be long-term, if not permanent.

But it’s clearly taking a cruel toll on the elderly as well, who are nearing the end of their lives anyway. If you knew your days were numbered, how would you want to spend them? Would your main concern be to prevent an infection that might speed up the inevitable, or would you want to spend whatever time you have left surrounded by those you love?

These are significant questions that will guide your choices and thus the course of your life, and they’re more pressing now than ever. So, choose wisely this holiday season, because whatever you choose, you’ll have to live with your choices.

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The New Control Word is ‘Health’

Sep 25, 2020 by Gary DeMar

There are different ways to control people. Rarely do you find a tyrant begin by lining up people in front of a ditch and executing them. Many small steps led to the final solution. At first, the Jews were denigrated by being forced to wear a badge that identified them as Jews. Then they were publicly maligned:

Nazi propagandists exploited pre-existing images and stereotypes to give a false portrayal of Jews. In this false view, Jews were an “alien race” that fed off the host nation, poisoned its culture, seized its economy, and enslaved its workers and farmers… Germans viewed as genetically inferior and harmful to “national health,” such as people with mental illness and intellectual or physical disabilities [were to be eliminated].

For the Nazis, it was all about “national health.” Jews were compared to rats that carry contagious diseases. What do you do with rats? Exterminate them!

Presently in the United States, physical health is being used as a control agent. Long before the news hit about a virus that originated in China, government officials were passing laws to control our health.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg implemented a plan to keep large sugary drinks out of restaurants and other eateries. Sounds harmless. Fortunately, a state appeals court ruled that Bloomberg “had overstepped his authority in trying to impose the ban.”

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Even so, government officials keep trying. (This is why the courts are so important and Trump’s re-election is crucial.)

The latest example of a government using the health argument to control people is coming from Berkeley, California, once the home of the Free Speech Movement in the 1960s. See if you can spot the sinister detail in the new law:

Berkeley is gearing up to become the first city in the nation to ban junk food from the checkout line in grocery stores. In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council passed the “healthy checkout” ordinance.

Come March 2021, when the measure is set to take effect, large grocery stores in the California city will be prohibited from selling food and beverages deemed unhealthy in a 3-foot radius from the checkout. “It’s not really a ban, it’s a nudge,” co-sponsor of the ordinance Councilmember Kate Harrison told FOX Business. “What we have discovered is that this law enforces good behavioral economics and facilitates better choices.”

That last line should send shivers up and down your spine. Do you think the food Nazis in Berkeley will stop with food if they can pass a law that “enforces good behavioral economics and facilitates better choices”? (Fox Business)

Who will ultimately determine what’s “good behavioral economics”? If this can be done with food, then what’s to stop politicians from implementing a system of governance over beliefs and ideologies? Actually, they are already doing this. What we are seeing on university campuses is a curriculum designed to more than “nudge” students to adopt unquestioned ideologies.

Anyone who questions, for example, the operating assumptions of the Marxist ideology of Black Lives Matter, homosexuality, transgenderism, and abortion will rarely if ever secure a teaching position in today’s universities. If an existing professor tweets a contrary opinion on these and other sacrosanct dogmas, he or she will be immediately vilified as something worse than vermin.

Forcing people to wear masks during outdoor gatherings in the name of health when there is no health emergency is a current example. The Mayor of Moscow, Idaho, and the City Council ordered a new mask mandate that continues into January 2021, and there’s no guarantee it will be lifted then. Remember when we were told that we needed two weeks to “flatten the curve”?

When a church group decided to defy the draconian and arbitrary order, those gathered received citations and three people were arrested and taken away in handcuffs.

And just to put an exclamation point on the preposterous frivolousness of all this, the very same deputies who arrested [Gabe] Rench [of Cross Politic] for not wearing a mask were seen by him after his two-hour stint in jail hanging out in the police station — with no concern for social distancing and not a mask worn in sight. (Steve Deace)

Then there’s the incident of a woman with family members not wearing a mask watching her middle school son play football in an outdoor stadium with a sparse crowd who was assaulted, tased, and handcuffed by a very large policeman and hauled off under the control of two police officers, one a woman who was not wearing a mask!

She had every right not to wear a mask since Ohio law states that a person does not have to wear a mask if you are sitting with family members and can maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members. The video shows she was complying.

So, what starts with “we’re only interested in your health” becomes comply or you will be arrested and taken to jail in handcuffs.

If I Caught COVID-19, I Would Do This

Gary North – November 07, 2020

I have a very smart friend who is maniacal about defending against COVID-19. He has done a lot of research. Here is what he said he is doing and would do.

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a) Prophylactic – [Math+ Protocol: covid.us.org summary; covid19.us.org; criticalcare.com; evms.edu]

Take daily to minimize Covid-19 infection BEFORE infected:

1) Zinc 30-50 mg/day [mg means ‘milligram’]
2) Vitamin D3 (w/K2) 5,000 i.u./day [i.u. means ‘international units’]
3) Vitamin C 1,000 mg/day [or 500 mg BID, i.e.2 times/day]
4) EGCG 350+ mg/day
5) Quercetin 500 mg/day
6) Melatonin (optional)
7) Pepcid AC (optional)
8) Aspirin (Enteric) 75-90 mg/day
9) Ivermectin (Stromectol) 1 time 12 mg/80KG (Rx) (adult – optional) [day 1 only]

b) Early infection onslaught (best undertaken 48 hours from symptoms/blood test confirmation):

1) Zinc 220 mg/day
2) Vitamin D3 (w/K2) 5,000 i.u./day (initially 10,000 i.u. day 1)
3) Vitamin C 1,000 mg/day (or 500 mg BID)
4) EGCG 350 mg (or more)/day
5) Quercetin 500 mg/day
6) Melatonin (optional)
7) Pepcid AC (optional)
8) Aspirin (Enteric) 75-90 mg/day
9) Ivermectin (Stromectol) 1 time 12 mg/80KG adult (Rx)

and

10) Hydroxychloriquine (HCQ) 200 mg/day (5 days) (Rx)
11) Azrithromycin 500 mg/day (5 days) (Rx)

See papers at:

1) https://c19study.com/ [summary of 200+ papers worldwide with analysis and graphs]

2) https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202007.0025/v1/download [original Zelenko Protocol]

Notes:

* Quercetin exhibits similar protein binding as HCQ/Ivermectin – and to different virus surface proteins.

* EGCG [green tea flavonoid extract] exhibits broad anti-covid virus properties and “anti-fibrotic effect and in the ability to simultaneously downregulate expression and signaling of many inflammatory mediators” (source: NIH)

* Vitamin D (5,000 i.u) is important
* Zinc (30-50 mg) is important
* Melatonin, Pepcid AC are optional
* Essentially, the HCQ and/or Ivermectin interact in several ways – they bind to multiple (different) proteins on the virus surface and:

1) weaken the virus shell to allow penetration as a Zincophore to allow Zinc to penetrate and destroy virus DNA binding
2) bind to the virus ‘spike’ to minimize the physical virus attachment/puncture of cell walls (the virus “spikes” get covered with ‘sticky stuff’)

* Azrithromycin is a broad-based antibiotic used to minimize opportunistic bacterial infections (such as pneumonia) with some Zincophore activity Goals: Collapse viral multiplication; suppress opportunistic bacterial infection of tract; stop potential Cytokine Storm; eliminate hospitalization requirement – in particular to avoid hospital intubation.

Coronavirus and the Country’s Future (13)

The Australian State of Queensland had an election on Saturday, 31st October, and the Labor government was returned. This was after eight months of utterly unnecessary social restrictions, including border restrictions, “social distancing,” and other constraints that have left many people out of work, and businesses bankrupted. And it continues.

What happened at the election?

The leader of the Liberal National Party, Debra Frecklington, was unwilling to distance herself from the Labor Party’s policies. She indicated she’d go along with the advice of her medical bureaucrats, continuing to restrict people at State borders, along with any other measures they considered to be in the best interests of Queenslanders’ health.

She avoided explaining how these policies were based on a sham argument, that Coronavirus is simply a variant of flu, and that these impositions have and will cost us tremendously, both economically and socially.

In my opinion, this was both unfortunate, and pathetic. This could have been an opportunity for an ostensibly conservative political leader to plainly offer conservative values and policies to the electorate, and to reverse the horrific policies of the Labor government, which have decimated Queensland small businesses, and put thousands out of work.

It also may well have led to a review of the shocking abortion laws that Queensland has, along with the opportunity to deal with Labor’s known policies of euthanasia, which have the potential for all manner of evil, down the track.

This provides a political lesson for anyone who wants to learn. If conservatives want to provide the electorate with a real political choice, apart from institutionalized humanism and all its awful implications, do a proper job of it, and don’t try to do it by halves. Don’t allow any association to be made in the mind of the electorate with awful, failed policies, that have simply been means of political abuse against the community.

Deb Freckington went missing in action. She was unwilling to really take it to the Labor Party ideologically, when there were plainly ideological issues at stake for this election. She could have claimed:

The Labor Party treats Queenslanders like slaves and convicts. Anyone would think we were back in the days of the First Fleet. We want to immediately restore the traditional liberties of the individuals, families, communities and churches, which many Australians historically, have died for!

All these social restrictions on people are utterly unnecessary, and must be removed, immediately. Let’s let Queenslanders get back to work, travel interstate, and do what they want to do, with no fear or intimidation from their government!

Then she could have emphasized the cost to the electorate of having hundreds of police deployed on the NSW border, the rapidly ballooning Qld debt, along with other details. This would have immediately won her points in the community, from the thousands of business people negatively affected by Labor’s abuse of power.

She would have attracted some flak for a bold and firm stand, but people won’t vote to change their government for a leader they perceive as spineless and lacking. Furthermore, the Labor Party was poorly led, and was in my opinion, vulnerable to a bold and confident assault that revealed Labor’s real values, which I think are destructive, abusive and authoritarian.

But you won’t put out a blazing fire with a wet lettuce, so now we may have to wait another three years to replace these scoundrels and evildoers. An opportunity lost.

As they say,No guts-no glory.

Mideast Peace Treaties and Preparation for the Antichrist?

Sep 18, 2020 by Gary DeMar

I knew it was going to happen. On September 16 I did an hour and forty-minute interview with Hank Hanegraaff for his “Hank Unplugged” podcast that is scheduled to air Tuesday, September 22nd. I mentioned that the various peace talks with Israel and Arab nations will be seen by some as an end-time event that will usher in the antichrist.

According to some prominent prophecy writers, the antichrist must be alive somewhere in the world today setting the stage for the rapture of the church and another Jewish holocaust. This was the theme of Dave Hunt’s 1983 book Peace Prosperity and the Coming Holocaust and his 1990 Global Peace and the Rise of Antichrist. On the other hand, if there are “wars and rumors of wars,” these are signs that we are living in the last days. If there is peace in the world, this is also the antichrist’s agenda.

It was in 1970 that Hal Lindsey believed the antichrist was alive somewhere in the world. Lindsey repeated this in a 1977 interview when he stated that it was his “personal opinion” that “he’s alive somewhere now. But he’s not going to become this awesome figure that we nickname the Anti-Christ until Satan possesses him, and I don’t believe that will occur until there is this ‘mortal wound’ from which he’s raised up.” [1] Dave Hunt voiced a similar view in 1990: “Somewhere at this very moment, on planet Earth, the antichrist is almost certainly alive—biding his time, awaiting his cue.” [2]

According to this prophetic view, nothing can be done to stop an end-time slaughter of the Jews. This popular prophecy system claims God is going to redeem His chosen people only after another bloody holocaust. Don’t believe me? Here’s the evidence:

  • Mark Hitchcock writes in his book Could the Rapture Happen Today? (94) that the prophecy found in Zechariah 13:8–9 states that “two parts” of the Jews living in the land of Israel during the post-rapture tribulation period “will be cut off and perish.”
  • Prophecy writer Hal Lindsey describes the judgment against Israel in AD 70 as a “picnic” compared to a super-holocaust that will lead to the slaughter of two-thirds of the Jews living in Israel during the Great Tribulation. [3]
  • Jack Van Impe states in his book Israel’s Final Holocaust that when the prophecy clock starts ticking again after the “rapture,” it “will be traumatic days for Israel. Just when peace seems to have come, it will be taken from her and she will be plunged into another bloody persecution, … a devastating explosion of persecution and misery for Israel….” [4]
  • Thomas Ice writes “that before Israel enters into her time of national blessing she must first pass through the fire of the tribulation (Deut. 4:30; Jer. 30:5–9; Dan. 12:1; Zeph. 1:14–18). Even though the horrors of the Holocaust under Hitler were of an unimaginable magnitude, the Bible teaches that a time of even greater trial awaits Israel during the tribulation. Anti-Semitism will reach new heights, this time global in scope, in which two-thirds of world Jewry will be killed (Zech. 13:7–9; Rev. 12).” [5]
  • In his book The Best is Yet to Come, Charles Ryrie writes that during this post-rapture period Israel will undergo “the worst bloodbath in Jewish history.” [6]
  • John Walvoord follows a similar line of argument: “Israel is destined to have a particular time of suffering which will eclipse anything that it has known in the past…. [T]he people of Israel … are placing themselves within the vortex of this future whirlwind which will destroy the majority of those living in the land of Palestine.” [7]
  • On the September 18, 1991, edition of the “700 Club,” Sid Roth, host of “Messianic Vision,” stated that “two-thirds of the Jewish people [living in Israel] will be exterminated” during a future Great Tribulation. He bases his view on Zechariah 13:8–9.
  • Arnold Fruchtenbaum states that during the Great Tribulation “Israel will suffer tremendous persecution (Matthew 24:15–28; Revelation 12:1–17). As a result of this persecution of the Jewish people, two-thirds are going to be killed.” [8]
  • The authors of Are You Rapture Ready? continue with the Jewish holocaust theme describing it as “Holocaust II” when “66 percent of Israel is wiped out.” [9]

In his book When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really says About Israel in the Plan of God, Joel Richardson’s writes that in the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21) Jesus Himself “spoke of a time of unparalleled tribulation just before” His return that “would indicate that what was to come in Israel could even be worse than the Holocaust. While this certainly seems to be the case,” Richardson writes, “I would suggest that we should not try to quantify the suffering to come or calculate the lives that will be lost.” It will be a time “of such magnitude and horror” that it’s “a pit too deep and terrifying. I cannot bring myself to peer over the edge. The point is that something terrible is coming and we need to get ready.” [10]

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This means that after nearly 2000 years, God is about to redeem His chosen people but only after He lets someone called the antichrist kill millions of Jews. This makes no sense. It doesn’t help that that there were many antichrists in John’s day that served as evidence that “it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18). These antichrists were not political figures; they were religious, most likely unbelieving Jews who were persecuting Christians (Rev. 2:9; 3:9). They denied that Jesus had come in the flesh (2 John 7) by denying “the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22).

The prophecy in Zechariah 13:8–9 describes the period between around AD 30 and 70 when a division was evident between believing and unbelieving Jews. At the siege of Jerusalem by the Romans, more than one million Jews were killed. Jesus warned that this would happen and described how it could be escaped. All someone living in Judea had to do was “flee to the mountains” (Matt. 24:16). For the stragglers, there was one more warning: “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near” (Luke 21:20). Near for that generation not some future generation (21:32: Matt. 24:34).

No such warning is being issued today to Jews living in Israel or planning to live there. In fact, Christians are encouraging Jews to return to the land often not realizing that according to their prophetic belief system that for every three Jews returning to Israel, two will be killed. In the end, however, as I mentioned above, Zechariah 13:8–9 is fulfilled prophecy as are most New Testament prophecies.

Dr. Michael Brown has weighed in on this topic in a recent article. He buys into an end-time scenario that includes an antichrist and prophecies related to Israel. In a debate I had with him, I asked about the Zechariah 13:8–9 prophecy. He did not have an answer. He told me that he would get back with me. He hasn’t.

He points out that “some prophecy-minded evangelicals … say, “Not so fast! After all, there will be no true peace in the Middle East until Jesus returns. Plus, there are prophetic scriptures that speak of a false peace orchestrated by the antichrist that will lull the world to sleep, leading to the slaughter of millions. Beware!”

There is no such “false peace orchestrated by the antichrist.” You will search the Bible in vain to find a verse to support this doctrine. Yes, I know how it’s manufactured, so don’t tell me it’s somewhere in Daniel 9:24–27 because it isn’t.

Dr. Brown uses the following as an example of how a distant future peace treaty with Israel is taught in the Bible. I’m not sure if he believes this or that he’s only presenting what others believe:

Scriptures that would come to mind include 1 Thessalonians 5:3, where Paul wrote, “While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”

In 1 Thessalonians 2 we find the following:

For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Judea that are in Christ Jesus. You suffered from your own countrymen the very things they suffered from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets and drove us out as well. They are displeasing to God and hostile to all men, hindering us from telling the Gentiles how they may be saved. As a result, they continue to heap up their sins to full capacity; the utmost wrath has come upon them (vv. 14–16).

Paul is describing events in his day. It was this group of Jews in Paul’s day who were declaring “peace and safety” all the way up until the hammer was dropped on Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70 when the temple was destroyed and those who did not heed Jesus’ warning were either killed or taken into captivity. They were the “scoffers/mockers” of 2 Peter 3:3–4 (also Jude 18).

Dr. Brown then turns to an Old Testament passage that he believes refers to a yet future event:

Also relevant is Ezekiel 38:11–12, where the hostile nations will say about Israel, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.”

The land at that time was “a land of unwalled villages” (Ezek. 38:11). Compare with Esther 9:19 where the phrase “the rural towns” is used instead of “unwalled villages” in the New American Standard Bible translation. The Hebrew word perazah is used in Esther 9:19 and Ezekiel 38:11. The KJV has “unwalled towns” (Esther 9:19) and “unwalled villages” (Ezek. 38:11). Israel today is a land of walls.

Walls in Israel

Why would today’s nations plunder and loot Israel for “livestock and goods”? Consider Ezekiel 38:13: “to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil.” Israel doesn’t have an abundance of any of these. The prophecy is describing events surrounding the return of the Jews from captivity who brought back the following:

Every survivor, at whatever place he may live, let the men of that place support him with silver and gold, with goods and cattle, together with a freewill offering for the house of God which is in Jerusalem (Ezra 1:4).

The Ezekiel 38–39 prophecy is fulfilled prophecy. See my book The Gog and Magog End-Time Alliance for a detailed study of the prophecy.

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Dr. Brown is not an end-time fanatic. He’s careful in his comments. Like me, he is cautious about any Mideast peace process, as we all should be. “What I do know is that it is better for Israel to have more friends than more enemies. That being said, if sudden and dramatic peace came to the Middle East, I would be both hopeful and cautious.”

  1. “The Late Great Cosmic Countdown: Hal Lindsey on the Future,” Eternity (January 1977), 80.[]
  2. Dave Hunt, Global Peace and the Rise of Antichrist (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 1990.[]
  3. Hal Lindsey, The Road to Holocaust (New York: Bantam Books, 1989), 220.[]
  4. Jack Van Impe with Roger F. Campbell, Israel’s Final Holocaust (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1979), 37.[]
  5. Thomas Ice, “What do you do with a future National Israel in the Bible?”[]
  6. Charles C. Ryrie, The Best is Yet to Come (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1981), 86.[]
  7. John F. Walvoord, Israel in Prophecy (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1962), 107, 113.[]
  8. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, “The Little Apocalypse of Zechariah,” The End Times Controversy: The Second Coming Under Attack, eds. Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2003), 262.[]
  9. Todd Strandberg and Terry James, Are You Rapture Ready? Signs, Prophecies, Warnings, Threats, and Suspicions that the Endtime is Now (New York: Dutton, 2003), 77.[]
  10. Joel Richardson, When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really says About Israel in the Plan of God (Washington, DC: WND Books, 2015), 234.[]

Coronavirus and the Country’s Future (12)

Government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action…. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.[1]

We have a relative who recently discovered she has lung cancer. Not only that, but there is something showing also, on her femur. What could this be? Well, cancer can metastasize. A piece of the original growth can break off, then move through the person’s bloodstream to another part of the body, where it lodges and begins to grow. That’s not good.

But what happens to people can occur with whole nations, too.

What do I mean?

The means by which medical bureaucrats and politicians have successfully advanced their scare campaign in relation to coronavirus, may very well be replicated by other bureaucrats. Now, western societies have been trained to accept that if we have some serious health dangers, that may require vast sums of our monies to deal with, along with further invasions of our civil liberties.

This has been so successful of late, why shouldn’t Defence Department bureaucrats get the message, too? Like this:

This nation’s defences are in tatters. We need more ships, planes, tanks, guns, trained people and bureaucrats! We’ve got to increase our defence spending by at least a multiple of 2, because there are all these imminent threats. We could be at war in a year!

People (both good and evil) like to find examples for what they’re considering, and follow them. The Nazi’s genocide of the Jews had its historical precedents. Nations can get away with a lot under cover of war, and this still happens today.

The Turkish genocide of Armenian civilians in 1915-16, claiming some 1.5 million lives, was quickly public knowledge in Europe. Not only that, but the Soviet’s government’s liquidation of whole communities, beginning in the late 1920’s, in places like the Ukraine, was known to the Germans, too.

Hitler, in his usual contempt for the innocent, hinting of his plans for the Poles, said to his generals in August, 1939:

…Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?[2]

So when the Nazis launched their “Final Solution,” they had historical, relatively recent European precedents for their actions. They were not trail-blazing at all.

This should serve as a warning to the church today, and it requires action on our part.

I’ve been watching crowds protesting today in Melbourne, at the absolutely scandalous treatment their State Premier and government has handed out to them, since February. I wholeheartedly agree with them; they’ve been treated to shocking abuse.

But where are the people of God? Are they protesting too? If not, why not? Isn’t this a matter for Christians to be moved on? And if you thought,

I’ve never done this sort of thing, before,

I would say,

There’s a first time for everything.

And remember this sobering passage:

All those who hate me love death (Prov.8:36).

Socialist governments are implicitly or explicitly, at war with their people. They can only succeed through lies and the misuse of power, when people are duped; for a while.

In 2011, the Gillard Australian Labor government imposed a six week’s ban on live-cattle exports to Indonesia. Every farmer, truck-driver, and every other person employed in that cattle supply chain, had their livelihood removed, overnight. Those who suffered claimed that their own government was at war with them, some went bust, and it took years for others to recover. Only after a protracted Class Action court challenge this year, when the victims were awarded $400 million in compensation, did it appear to be settled.

And what did the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, then decide? He wanted to appeal the case! What sort of a friend was he, to those aggrieved, abused exporters? He had to be talked out of it.

Some 80-90,000 abortions take place in Australia, with State and Federal Health Department sanction. Are those bureaucrats willing to see those babies perish? Yes.

So, we shouldn’t think that abuse and death by government is such a strange thing, and couldn’t happen. There’s nothing new about it at all.

But Jesus warned us,

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men (Mat.5:13).

Conclusion:

Christians in Australia and all over the world have a lot of work to do. Why?

The cancerous growth of coronavirus propaganda, sponsored by governments, will metastasize. If the community is silent and largely submissive, governments will find a way to make it happen.

It’s easy for us to do what Adam did in the Garden: blame someone else for his failures. But God holds us accountable for the state of the nation.

Furthermore, we will pass on before long, leaving an inheritance of some kind to those who follow. What will it be like then, and what will they think of those that went before them?

The time to start is now.


[1] Ludwig von Mises, in “Omnipotent Government.”

[2] Quoted in M. J. Cohen and John Major, “History in Quotations,” 2006, p. 828.

What Did Peter Mean by “The End of All Things is Near”?

Sep 15, 2020 by Gary DeMar

While there has been a dramatic shift in Bible prophecy teaching since I started writing, speaking, and debating the topic when I was in seminary in the mid-1970s, there are still a lot of people who continue to push the belief that we are living in the last days. The following meme caught my attention, especially when there were a lot of “Amens” in the responses:

What “end” was Peter referencing? Certainly not the end of the entire physical universe since dispensationalists and other futurists believe that 1 Peter 4:7 is dealing with events leading up to something called the rapture, and there’s a lot that follows after the rapture. Here’s what I wrote in response to the post:

Peter wrote this nearly 2000 years ago. “Near” (literally: “has drawn near”) in 1 Peter 4:7 does not mean 2000 years. What Peter was describing was the near end of the old covenant order that was in the process of passing away,  a point made by the writer of Hebrews: “When He said, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready [lit. near: ἐγγὺς] to disappear” (Heb. 8:13). That old covenant fully passed away when the temple was destroyed in AD 70. That’s what was near (see Matt. 24:1–434).

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In an unrelated message to me, I was told that “near” to God can mean a very short time, so 2000 years is no problem for someone interpreting 1 Peter 4:7 and Hebrews 8:13 in such a way so that “near” can mean an undetermined amount of time. When someone makes this claim, for me, it’s the end of the discussion since it makes the Bible unintelligible.

“[T]he Greek adverb eggus … means to bring near, to draw nigh, be at hand’ (Liddell & Scott, Greek Lexicon, p. 189)” and “Greek language expert Dr. Joseph Thayer [who] says that when it used in reference to time it is ‘concerning things imminent and soon to come to pass’ (Greek-English Lexicon, p. 164).”

It doesn’t take a Greek scholar to learn that the use of the Greek word ἐγγὺς/engus describes events that are “near”: Matthew 24:323326:18Mark 13:29Luke 19:11John 2:133:236:419237:2Rom. 10:8; etc. Since John is told that the events revealed to him were to take place “soon” (1:1) “for the time is near” (1:3), Revelation is about events that were to happen soon for those living in John’s day, in particular, in events leading up to and including the end of the Old Covenant represented outwardly by the temple and Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem.

The Old Covenant was replaced with a better covenant in the person and work of Jesus Christ who embodies all that the Old Covenant could only represent in temporal (stones) and fallen elements (human priests). Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29), the temple built without hands (John 2:13–22; see Mark 14:5815:29Acts 6:14), the fulfillment of the Davidic kingship (Acts 2:22–36), and “a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man” (Heb. 8:1–2).

There is another component to consider in the interpretive process: audience relevance. How would John’s audience have understood the prophecy? Even today, prophecy preachers turn to the time indicators in Revelation and argue that Jesus is coming soon. But if “soon” means near to the time when we hear a prophecy enthusiast say that Jesus’ coming is “soon,” then why didn’t “soon” mean what we understand “soon” to mean to Revelation’s first readers?

Dave Hunt’s book How Close Are We? includes the following subtitle: “Compelling Evidence for the Soon Return of Christ?” What did Mr. Hunt want his readers to understand by his use of the word “soon”? He certainly didn’t have in mind nearly 2000 years in the future from the time he wrote his book in 1993.

On the Brink is the title of a prophetic work written by Daymond R. Duck. In the introduction Duck tells his readers that his book has “300 Points of Light on the Soon Return of Jesus.” [1] Duck and Hunt want their readers to believe that Jesus’ coming is going to take place soon, and by soon, they mean near, and by near they mean in this generation, and by “this generation,” they mean this one here and now. Why didn’t “soon” and “near” mean “soon” and “near” to those who read these time words in the first century?

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Chuck Smith published The Soon to be Revealed Antichrist in 1976. What did Chuck Smith mean by “soon”? While he says we can’t know who the antichrist is, he does say “God is giving us many signs that we are nearing the last days—the stage is being set.” Smith also stated that “we are living in the last generation, which began with the rebirth if Israel in 1948 (see Matt. 24:32–34).” [2] We get some idea from these comments what Smith means by near.

What did these authors intend for their audience to understand with words like “at hand,” “soon,” and “close”? Does anybody think that these books would have sold well if they carried a title like “We Don’t Know When the Antichrist Will be Revealed So Quit Asking”? The authors purposely chose time words to put readers on the edge of their prophetic seats because they know that “soon,” “close,” and “at hand” mean soon, close, and at hand.

Chuck Smith used these easily understood time references to persuade his 1976 reading audience that they were “nearing the last days” and “this generation” is their generation. So why didn’t Jesus’ audience interpret these words and phrases in the same way and apply them to their time? They did, and that’s the point.

The Bible does not tell us that Jesus would come “at any moment” spread out over several millennia. The New Testament makes it clear that Jesus’ coming was “near,” close at hand, for those living in the first century. Here are some examples:

  • “Be patient, therefore, brethren,until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts,for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door” (James 5:7–9).
  •  “The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer” (1 Peter 4:7).
  • “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond‑servants, the things which must shortly take place” (Rev. 1:1).
  • “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Rev. 1:3).
  • “And he said to me, ‘These words are faithful and true’; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to his bond‑servants the things which must shortly take place” (Rev. 22:6).
  • “And he said to me, ‘Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near’” (Rev. 22:10).

These verses, and others like them, clearly state that Jesus’ return was “near.” Dispensationalists like to claim that Jesus could come at “any moment” to “rapture” His church. There is no such doctrine in Scripture. “That James does not expect the period to be long is clear when he says the parousia of the Lord (cf. 5:7) is near.” [3]

In the closing chapter of Revelation John is told, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near” (Rev. 22:10). This contrasts with what was told to Daniel hundreds of years before: “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the time of the end; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase” (Dan. 12:4; also 8:26, 10:14).

The end that was revealed to Daniel was the end the New Testament describes in great detail without any equivocation that was near for those in Peter’s day.

The following books related to Bible prophecy are available at American Vision:

  1. Is Jesus Coming Soon?
  2. The Gog and Magog End-Time Alliance.
  3. 10 Popular Prophecy Myths Exposed and Answered.
  4. The Rapture and the Fig Tree Generation
  5. The Early Church and the End of the World
  6. Left Behind: Separating Fact From Fiction
  7. Identifying the Real Last Days Scoffers
  8. Prophecy Wars
  9. Jesus v. Jerusalem (McDurmon)
  10. Revelation in the First Century (Gumerlock)
  11. Matthew 24 Fulfilled (Bray)
  12. The Book of Revelation Made Easy (Gentry)
  1. Daymond R. Duck, On the Brink: East-Understand End-Time Bible Prophecy (Lancaster, PA: Starburst Publishers, 1995), 9.[]
  2. Chuck Smith, The Soon to be Revealed Antichrist (Costa Mesa, CA: Maranatha House Publishers, 1976), 3.[]
  3. Peter Davids, Commentary on James (NIGTC) (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1982), 184.[]

Coronavirus and the Country’s Future (11)

Christians should never be complacent about the state of their country. Why?

Because every nation is either moving closer to God, or away from Him. This was Israel’s situation for the 1,500 years from the Exodus, till Jesus came. For about 90% of that period, it was actually moving away from the Lord, finally being handed a terrible judgment in AD 70, by God, via the Romans.

Today, show me a nation that’s moving closer to God? Maybe China is, behind the façade of the Communist government, but the West is going nowhere, fast.

This is why believers ought to be capitalizing on their opportunities to both preach the gospel, and be salt and light in their communities. And that means standing for Christian liberties.

In both Czarist Russia and in pre-Nazi Germany, the church was in an anaemic, compromised and utterly ineffective state. Humanism had made its inroads. The salt and light had essentially gone, and that made those nations ripe for a violent and totalitarian takeover, and that’s what they got. The Lutherans in Germany were a State church, so that Ministers’ wages were paid by the government. How easy was it to control them? In both cases, a weak and silenced church that lacked publicly expressed Biblical convictions, led the way for degenerative and socially destructive revolutions.

Is that what I’m predicting? Well, I hope I’m not.

But look what’s happened with coronavirus? Lockdowns almost everywhere, predicated by a silenced church, which has forgotten the meaning of the term Christian liberty. The politicians have just gone ahead with their social deprivations of the church and the community, and the church has said, “Oh well,” and laid down and taken it.

How easy. If they’d had a bus, they could have driven over us, we were all so silent. I don’t know of an Australian church that has resisted the social restrictions, or even is willing to.

Political leaders know the church is weak, feminized, and a bunch of wimps. They’ve had it confirmed for them in the last eight months.

What will be next? There will be more, because they know they’ll get away with it.

This means we in the church will have to do something a bit radical. We’ll have to grow a backbone, and begin to stand up for the truth, resisting the incursions of government into individual, family, church and community freedoms. We’d better to come to the basic fact, that

Jesus Christ is Lord.

Consequently, scripture should be setting the boundaries for every community, not power-hungry politicians and bureaucrats, intent on forms of social domination.

For this much is clear:

…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (II Cor.3:17).

As for the matter of infectious diseases, scripture laid down how to control these, using quarantine. The priesthood was responsible for this, and they had the power to require separation from the community for leprous people (Lev.13:40-46). The difference was that only the people with the disease were to be separated from the community. Everyone else was free to go about their business, how they pleased, and this is how quarantine has been traditionally handled.

But today, we have “social lockdowns” of everyone, over a flu virus. Really? They are simply a means of oppression by power-hungry political leaders and bureaucrats, and they must be resisted by the church. Don’t we have church leaders who are willing to go to gaol for their faith, anymore?

It hasn’t got to stay this way. It mustn’t stay this way. It’s time for the remnant of God’s people to arise, and make their case for change.

God’s always had a remnant. In the case of the children of Israel after they’d left Egypt, it was two men out of 603,000: Joshua and Caleb. They essentially said,

God’s promised us the land, and we’ve seen it. It’s waiting for us. Let’s go in and inherit it!

They were shouted down, nearly stoned, then ignored. But when all those that opposed them had died, Joshua and Caleb did go in.

Unfortunately, the church’s response to the coronavirus has been neither faithful nor fruitful. When David came up the battlefield with supplies from their father, he discovered the truth. They’d been inactive and afraid, which are not the characteristics of winning soldiers, and his brother Eliab didn’t appreciate his confident attitude. He responded to David,

Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart… (I Sam.17:28).

This may well be the response of most of Christendom today, who resent a challenge been put to them for their fears and inaction. It’s common enough.

Conclusion:

The church must be a catalyst for godly change, and resistance in the community. We’ve ignored this crisis for too long, putting up with the intrusions to our freedoms. Now is the time to speak again of re-gaining our Christian and constitutional liberties, which it seems, a host of political leaders have determined to take from us.

This will mean resistance and disobedience to a host of restrictions, along with refusal to pay fines, and willingness to go to gaol. And the church must lead the way.

Will you be a part of the problem, or part of the solution?

Secular Nationalism is all the Rage

By Gary DeMar, 14th September, 2020

On September 10, I attended and participated in the “‘Get Louder’ Faith Summit: Fighting for the Soul of the Nation” at Liberty University with Mike Huckabee, Eric Metaxas, Mark David Hall, Jay Reynolds, Tom Ascol, Rod Martin, Ralph Reed, Virgil Walker, Aubrey Shines, Charlie Kirk, former U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, Kim Klacik, Jenna Ellis, Kathy Barnette, and many others.

The event was a great success because it ticked off a lot of people, in particular Messiah College historian John Fea who live-tweeted much of the event. Then there was this from Right Wing Watch:

Liberty University’s Falkirk Center held “Get Louder,” a day-long “faith summit” Thursday that included Christian Reconstructionist Gary DeMar among its speakers. DeMar’s presence at “Get Louder” reflects the widespread influence of Christian Reconstructionism and ​contemporary religious-right leaders’ embrace of Christian nationalism.

RWW was nice enough to include a screen shot from the panel discussion I participated in that was led by Eric Metaxas.

Gary DeMar on Panel Discussion at Faith Summit
with Eric Metaxas, Mark David Hall, and Jay Reynolds

If it were only so that the principles of Christian Reconstruction were influentical, except the “Christian nationalism” dig since I don’t know a single person who ever describes Christian involvement in every area of life in such a way. The kingdom of God is not defined by national borders. The United States is not the kingdom of God, but it is bound by God’s law as it applies to the civil magistrate. This is true for all nations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance
 (Psalm 33:12).

The goal of Christian involvement in the civil sphere is to limit the power and authority of civil magistrates. Critics of Christian involvement want to empower the State to dictate and enforce a Secular Nationalism, something we are seeing in states like California, New York, and elsewhere.

For example, in addition to other secular initiatives, California’s legislature passed SB 145, a bill that is being sold as a way to give “judges discretion in cases of voluntary anal and oral sex between a teenager age 14 and 17 and an adult no more than 10 years older.” How many of you remember that a seemingly anti-abortion law was proposed and signed by then Governor Ronald Reagan that included an exception for the “mental health of the mother.”

This was a huge loophole that remains with us today. All a woman had to do to get a legal abortion was declare that going through with the pregnancy would result in her diminished mental health. New York, New Jersey, and Virginia have passed pro-abortion legislation that permits a woman to kill her unborn baby up until birth and in some cases even after.

Men who identify as women are beginning to dominate women’s sports. Try to refuse to make a cake for a same-sex wedding or photograph a same-sex wedding. Heavy fines will greet you with full force. The Secular Nationalists are against freedom of expression and deny simple biology and anatomy, and if you don’t agree with their insanity, you are a bigot, and this coming from those who are all about science.

Consider how the state of California has treated churches by threatening them with massive fines and legal expenses if they open their churches. Pastor John MacArthur is standing up to Secular Nationalism.

The participants at the Summit aren’t looking to swap power and control with those now ruling and ruining our nation. We aren’t seeking power and authority over other people. Personally, I am not working to take over public education and impose my religious beliefs of other people’s children. (That’s what Secular Nationalists are doing.) I want it out of the hands of civil governors and the bureaucrats.

Since the unborn child is a human being, and human beings are persons, therefore, killing a human being is murder. It’s no wonder that the unborn baby must be redefined like black people and Jews were redefined. Modern-day Secular Nationalists have a long history where laws are based on an established elite that redefines everything in terms of human autonomy. In fact, if the Bible had been followed instead of some naturalistic premise based on Aristotelianism in the West where some people are by nature slaves, there never would have been slavery since it’s a form of “manstealing” (Ex. 21:16).

One of my special interests is eschatology. The Summit hardly if ever mentioned that we are living in the “end times” or the “last days. The irony is that the event was held in a building built with Left Behind money. The thing of it is Tim LaHaye would have agreed with nearly everything said at the Summit, although he might not have been thrilled that I was asked to be a participant since I wrote the book Left Behind: Separating Fact from Fiction, critical of the Left Behind theology.

The Room Where the Faith Summit was Held

The pressure secularists are putting on Christians is forcing them to pick sides. We are seeing some bad reasoning from Christians who should know better. Some are calling on Christians to vote for Joe Biden and the Democrats, even though it is the Party of wholesale abortion, failed economic policies, sanctioning same-sex everything that will be forced on their children and grandchildren.

What they are voting for is a form of Secular Nationalism.