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Do not move the ancient boundary or go into the fields of the fatherless, for their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their case against you (Prov.23:10, 11).

People who abuse their authority are going to have to face God and give an account, because all authority is delegated by God. Whatever people may claim, they are not free agents in this world. God will hold them to account, at some point.

It doesn’t matter in what form they have their authority. It may be as a husband, a father or mother, a business owner, a school Principal, a Minister in a church, or a political leader.

The scriptural warning above, is found elsewhere. The next chapter of Proverbs says,

Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, oh hold them back. If you say, ‘See, we did not know this,’ does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work (Prov.24:11, 12).

Tyrants ignore such warnings, to their peril. They invite God’s judgment, and they’ll surely get it. And the Bible plainly speaks to political and judicial leaders, in many places. Such as,

Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him! (Ps.2:10-12).

With this background, we must consider the church’s response around the world to governmental interventions with the coronavirus. And we can say with confidence that blind, unquestioning obedience to human authorities is firstly, manifestly unbiblical (as we consider the First Commandment-“You shall have no other gods before Me”-Ex.20:3), secondly blasphemous, and thirdly, very dangerous.

As a rule, God’s people historically have not accepted this foolish notion. Nothing could be more riddled with insurmountable problems that this. Are we the servants of God, or servants of men?

There is no doubt in my mind that the church was deliberately panicked into its response, to be obedient. That’s what evil rulers do: come up with some sudden “crisis” or “emergency,” which purportedly requires an immediate response of obedience from the community, then they railroad social institutions into that obedience. Then they say, “Problem solved!”

But let’s face it: God’s people have been dealing with tyrants who’ve hated them, since the Exodus. Pharoah was a kidnapper and a murderer (Ex.1:15-22), until the day that God drowned him in the Red Sea (Ex.14). In those circumstances, they quickly learned how to be imaginative, creative and deceptive, to avoid coming to harm from this tyrant (see Ex.1-2).

Furthermore, God plainly helped them in their deceptions, as they sought to preserve the lives of innocent children.

In the case of the prophet Samuel, in his relationship with king Saul, who was degenerating quickly, God gave him a successful strategy of deception, so that Samuel could go and anoint David as the next king (I Sam.16:1-3), and not be murdered.

The Psalmist spoke of a scenario like this. He wrote,

The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts (Ps.119:110).

Every challenge we face should drive us to the scripture, but I regret to say, I doubt this has happened with the coronavirus. We’ve chosen compliance/pragmatism: never a good idea. Now, we have the opportunity to back-track, to reconsider. What are we to do, now?

Let’s be blunt about it. Godless political leaders are never neutral, because people are never neutral. They want to deal with or control their opposition, and they know that the church is generally going to be part of that opposition. And they want to neuter us; get rid of us, because we constitute a threat. This whole “social distancing” thing has merely been a ploy, gaining more power for bureaucrats and politicians. Don’t they love it?

So, the proper response in the midst of this is resistance on the part of believers, to the crude political attempts at control. Resistance could be passive, or active.

By passive, I mean that believers choose to meet together privately on Sundays. Instead of in a public venue, the church quickly divides, meeting “house to house” (Acts 2:46), for worship, prayer, the preaching of scripture and fellowship, with possibly a meal together.

Depending on the size of the church, it could be in three homes, or fifty. That way, we get off the public radar, but continue to be obedient to the Lord in regularly meeting, and doing what we want to do, amongst the people of God.

By active resistance, we just go to church as we would normally, and simply defy social distancing rules. We openly challenge the regulations, and publicly take on the system that’s been imposed.

Which one do we choose? That depends on how much fight there is in the church, and how much opposition/adversity/reprisal we’re prepared to deal with. This is a matter for the church’s leaders to assess and decide on, in consultation with their people.

But decide we must, because procrastination in the face of evil attempts to control us, is simply moral weakness. It doesn’t honor the Lord.

Conclusion:

All authority is delegated by God, and to be used in a God-honoring manner. Christian obedience to civil authorities must never be unconditional, because that makes authorities like God: a wholly blasphemous idea.

Despite what civil authorities may have claimed, their punitive and crude attempts at social control, purportedly for health reasons, have been attempts to control the community, furthering an unnecessary and dictatorial level of control. This requires a resistant response from God’s people: passive or active.

Believers are obligated to obediently follow Jesus Christ, not the foolish dictates of political leaders and bureaucrats, who are more interested in usurping authority and flexing their muscles, than working amongst a peaceful, freedom-loving community. And what we think and do in response, is an important example for others around us.

What will you do?

The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion (Prov.28:1).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Go through, go through the gates, clear the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, remove the stones, lift up a standard for the peoples. Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth, say to the daughter of Zion, “Lo, your salvation comes; behold, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him (Isa.62:10, 11).

Christians, with all the promises of God in scripture, ought to be confident, outgoing people, who have faith in God and trust in His word. This should be normal for us.

On the day that David came up to visit his brothers on the battlefield, you’d think that the opposite was true. The Bible says that

When all the men of Israel saw the man [Goliath], they fled from him and were greatly afraid (I Sam.17:24).

What had happened? Did they have a sacred/secular dichotomy going, where they took one set of attitudes to church, but another set to everything else they were attending to? The confidence they could have taken from God’s word to Joshua,

Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go (Joshua 1:7).

This confidence had evaporated, in the face of Goliath. Yes, he was a threatening, very big man. And he had a lot to say concerning the men of Israel, and no one was willing to go after him.

It seems to me as if the church has done the same in the face of the coronavirus. There’s been a great deal of noise and threat concerning it, coming out of politicians and medical bureaucrats, but so what?

It’s another flu variant. People sometimes die from it, as they do from any flu, but if we consider the flu’s demographics, the fatalities resulting from it in the West (the last time I checked), are around four people in every thousand of those who contract it, and those four will probably be frail, elderly people.

Why has coronavirus become another Goliath? The Philistines wanted to intimidate Israel using Goliath: to dominate them. It seemed to be working, until David arrived with supplies for his brothers, and heard the big man’s shouts.

David wasn’t impressed. He didn’t believe in this sacred/secular dichotomy nonsense, because it had nothing to do with God’s Word. Rather, he chose to believe in the scriptures, and act upon them. He thought this intimidation tactic needed to be confronted, so he volunteered to do it.

The fact that he hardly seemed to be prepared for the kind of action that’d be required, seemed of little consequence to him. He thought he had God on his side: what more could he need?

What’s more, David had some form behind him. He told Saul that there’d been a lion and a bear before, that had taken a lamb, but he’d risen to the occasion then, and killed them. What should distinguish Goliath? (I Sam.17:34-37).

He went forth, found 5 smooth stones, and his leadership led to a great victory for Israel.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had almost nothing to do with public health and almost everything to do with separating, impoverishing, and disconnecting people inclined to vote against the ruling class.[1]

Let’s stop kidding ourselves: the vast majority of political leaders today internationally, are infected with Leftist dogma, so they are utterly hostile to God and His Word; they are His “enemies.”

Sometimes, Leftist politicians let their true colours show, but they commonly try to conceal them. Being a socialist, Hitler scorned the church, but he didn’t want his attitude to be known. He said of the German Protestants,

You can do anything you want with them…they will submit…they are insignificant little people, submissive as dogs, and they sweat with embarressment when you talk to them.[2]

When Christians trust that their political leaders will always have their best interests at heart, we only display our abysmal ignorance, both of scripture and history. For most of the church’s history, it’s relationship with governments has been uneasy, at best. It’s all a matter of,

Who is Lord? Christ or Caesar?

Historically, the biggest intruder and violator the family, the church and a free society has confronted, has been the State. It was the State under Pharoah that kidnapped the Hebrews and murdered their babies, and sought to kill Moses (see Exodus 1-2). It was the State that murdered Jesus’ forerunner John, that tried to kill Jesus as a baby (see Mat.2), then murdered Him around AD 33. Not content with this, it then attacked His church (Acts 12:1-3; Rev.13:1-7).

It’s plain to me that the political leaders who’ve been willing to impose lockdowns on communities, and doing things like closing State borders, compelling a multitude of retail outlet closures for months on end, and forcing people to wear masks and restricting community movement, are not the slightest bit concerned about their community’s welfare. They are concerned (like all tyrants) to maintain and develop their personal power. The issue of oppression or the hardship of the needy, is of no consequence to them.

In fact, they see this as a challenge being put to them, for them to win. They want to put their thumbs down on those idiot people! Well, those “idiot people” will do well to realise what scripture says:

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

The longer the lockdowns persist, the more entrenched the public health bureaucrats will become. They will not surrender authority. They will demand budget increases.[3]

Conclusion:

Goliath’s appearance demanded a response. For forty days, he got none, till David turned up. His brave, faith-filled and godly leadership suddenly changed things that day: wow!

Right now, we have merchants of death ruling us, scorning us and making demands of us, in what we thought were democratic nations. What’s to be done?

God’s people must raise a standard of resistance. Isn’t this a Christian duty?

Will we do it? There will be a reward.


[1] Gary North (www.garynorth.com), “Is the 2020 Election the Point of no Return?” 16/10/2020.

[2] Found in Rauschning, “The Voice of Destruction,” p.54, quoted in William Shirer,” The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” 1968, p.329.

[3] Gary North (www.garynorth.com), “No Unlockdowns This Year, or Next,” 16/10/2020.

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Boris Johnson is proof positive that British politics is in the tar pits of government deficit spending. But, then again, so is American politics, French politics, and all politics in southern Europe. Only the Germans seem to be able to avoid the lure of welfare state rhetoric. They have a massive welfare state, but at least the government balances the budget. The German government ran a surplus in 2019.

It is clear that Boris Johnson believes that the Conservative Party’s members are as committed to the welfare state as the Labour Party is.

In the English-speaking world, there is no national leader who is openly committed to the principles of limited government, free market economics, and surplus national budgets. There is not one national leader who is publicly committed to paying off his nation’s national debt. There is not one national leader who is committed to a full gold coin standard.

We can be sure of this much: under these conditions, economic growth is going to slow.[1]

Christians have to realise today that the church has been in a downhill spiral, since Darwin and his “Origin of the Species,” in 1859. When it was published, the vast majority of the church was silent, hardly knowing what to do. If we were to set aside the scriptures, it had some ostensible credibility, so the vast majority of the church then, being concerned after all about public credibility, decided to acquiesce and go along with Mr Darwin. That was a big mistake.

Someone once said that

Error’s half-way around the world before truth gets his boots on.

Since that time, we’ve had World War I, Communism, the Great Depression and World War II; in total, five significant events of history, which have all (directly or indirectly) been damaging to the church, along with the community. Both World Wars were preceded by political ineptitude and blunders on a grand scale, and the second ended with two vengeful attacks on militarily insignificant targets with atomic bombs, by a nation that called itself Christian.

Each of these events contained elements of political propaganda, and not merely directed towards a nation’s enemies. Political leaders wanted their own people to believe certain things about what’s taken place in history, but this will only be a portion of the truth, assuming its even the truth at all.

Just now, Julian Assange is on trial in an English court, for publicly revealing what the US government and its army were actually doing in Baghdad.

What were they doing?  Murdering civilians.

Some people, like Hillary Clinton, have wanted him dead, and said so. After all, criminals don’t want their evil deeds publicised around the world. Now, the governments of Great Britain and the US want him locked up for good or dead, and the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, has washed his hands of him, and thinks he should “face the music.” A comforting assurance from a purportedly Christian leader, indeed.

And I should mention the coronavirus. It hasn’t been a disaster, because actually, it’s been pretty much like any other flu virus in terms of its fatality rates. It’s difference has been that it’s been turned into an opportunity for a massive political manipulation internationally, by bureaucrats and political leaders. This has been going on for many months, dominating the news.

The harm that’s been done has had little to do with the virus, at all. It’s been all to do with what has essentially been a fake pseudo campaign of opposition. Suddenly, medical bureaucrats and politician stole the limelight with all manner of lockdowns, and similar oppressions of the public, all with a view of ensuring “public health.” For what?

There was no pandemic in most of the world, but there’s certainly been a manufactured one, and everyone’s supposed to be in fear of it.

We know from scripture (see Jn.11:47-53) that ruthless rulers utilise political expediency to get their way, and we should know there are plenty of expedient political leaders around. Has there ever been a shortage of them?

They rarely let the facts get in the way of a desired goal, but they do all they can to stop those facts ever seeing the light of day. I suspect that they’ve colluded with medical bureaucrats in propagating the notion of a pandemic, then worked out ways to manage this, that give power to both groups.

Naturally, the electorate would have to pick up the tab for all of this, so governments (such as in Australia this week) have shown their utter contempt for the electorate. Governments act as if they were hosts at a five year old’s birthday party, handing out gifts of fizzy drink and lollies. But this big-spending approach will only drive the country way further into debt, limiting economic growth.

Changing this analogy to a more sinister one, the drug dealer hands out more heroin to the pathetic addicts crowding his doorway, even though both parties know this is a foolish, short-term and highly destructive habit to engage in. What will they do when the fix wears off?

Be back there again? And what’s the outcome, long-term?

It’ll be painful, but for now, many people with unlimited goodies available from government, will logically conclude that the government will ever look after them. So why go to work, why be responsible? Why make sacrifices for the future? Why save?

Conclusion:

With all this around us, and lies and nonsense labelled as the truth, we would do well to listen to the word of the Lord to Jeremiah. When Jeremiah was struggling to cope with his opposition, and people cursing him, God encouraged him that

…if you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman …(Jer.15:19).

It is upsetting having to realise how governments have attempted to deceive the electorate. But Christians should take heart, even in the midst of a so-called “pandemic,” which probably isn’t one at all. There will be in the future, a multitude of opportunities for Christian service. Our faithfulness to God will be appreciated by multitudes, who never understood the nature of what was happening in these days.

And here’s my final question, and challenge: what will you be: a part of the problem, or a part of the solution?


[1] Gary North (www.garynorth.com), “Spend Brittania! Boris Johnson Morphs into Jeremy Corbyn,” 9/10/2020.

Coronavirus and the Country’s Future (5) – Will the Church Stand Up?

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning. The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will designate. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God (Isa.62:1-3).

Right around the world, the church’s response to the Covid 19 “Pandemic” has not been one that’s glorified God.  Why do I say that?

With the exception of John Macarthur of Grace Church in California, almost every Christian leader’s response has been one of compliance. The church has run up the white flag of obedience to the state on the matter of a so-called health “pandemic,” which has been no pandemic at all.

And if you should ask,

Haven’t people died by the thousands?

I would say, “Yes, they have.” But every year around the world, this is the normal response to flu variants. Flu kills millions of the world’s population annually. Covid 19 has essentially displaced other flu viruses in the statistical analysis, but it’s impact was wildly exaggerated.

Who’s to blame for this?

We can begin with medical bureaucrats, who seized on a piece of half-baked analysis from the Imperial College in Britain. The writer of that document already had a reputation for exaggerating predictions of pandemics, and with Covid 19, he was perfectly consistent. So, medical bureaucrats around the world got off on the wrong foot, accepting a catastrophically inaccurate prediction of fatality rates, which has proven to be about 15 times greater than Covid really was.

When the politicians heard the bad news from their bureaucrats, they panicked. They rushed into the race of compliance, so that with a few exceptions like Sweden, political leaders worked in tandem with medical bureaucrats to enact highly restrictive rules on communities around the world, which have been highly restrictive on personal freedoms, onerous and punishing. So we’ve had “social distancing:” people prevented from travel internationally, and from gathering in groups, even in private homes, and even from visiting their neighbor, or their elderly, sick loved one.

And all on the basis of a falsely predicted fatality rate, that’s proven to be catastrophically inaccurate, out by a multiple of 15.

It’s easy for me to say this. I’m not a church leader. I don’t have responsibility for a large group of people. But church leaders anywhere and at all times, are obligated to ensure that their church is “…the pillar and support of the truth” (I Tim.3:15), not necessarily of government policy.

Do I believe that the whole Covid 19 debacle has been a conspiracy by the Chinese, or by the Imperial College, or medical bureaucrats, or governments around the world?

I haven’t made my mind up on this, but I do know this much: governments rarely care about the freedoms and protections for the individual. It simply isn’t on their radar. What is, is getting elected, next time around.

They will crawl over broken glass to try to ensure reelection happens, and if that happens to mean they are crawling over the smashed lives of individuals, their families and their businesses, well that’s life, for them.

This is how it’s been since Moses originally confronted Pharaoh. He responded to Moses, saying,

Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go (Ex.5:2).

When I look back at what governments in Australia have done in my lifetime, there have been precious few occasions when the community has really benefitted, but there have been a multiplicity of times when we’ve suffered as a result of deliberate government policy, and we still do. What’s changed?

The church has an obligation under God to guard individuals and families, and this immediately involves economics and business. If you’re not sure of that, think of “Thou shalt not steal” (Ex.20:15). If governments had any sense, they’d realize that society benefits as a whole when individuals, families and businesses do well. We call it “economic growth.”

I regret to say that church leaders haven’t done their job, and obeyed scripture. Whether its been intimidation, or a failure to understand their Biblical role, church leaders have not stood up, as they should have. And there have been serious and painful consequences, both for the church, and society.

And now, governments have been emboldened to continue with any socially restrictive policies, if they perceive it’s in their best interests to do so, and they can get away with it. For when the church is silent and obedient to the state while individuals and families are being steadily violated, the church simply asks for more of the same.

And without a fundamental change of attitude to how we think about the state, before long we’ll certainly get it.

Coronavirus and the Country’s Future (4)

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming (Eph.4:11-14).

From a Christian perspective, leadership is merely a form of servanthood. It should never be an opportunity or reason to put burdens on people, and this ideal can never be restricted to narrow aspects of secularity, but is to be across the board in every area of life.

Jesus was extraordinarily confronting with Israel’s religious leaders. In a chapter that is one of the severest condemnations of any group of people in history, he said of the scribes and Pharisees that

They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger (Mat.23:4).

When Solomon died, he was succeeded by Rehoboam. Solomon had been wise, but his latter years were his worst, and taxation had increased in Israel, so there was some ill-feeling in Israel, and pressure for taxation reduction. Consequently,

…Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, “Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, and we will serve you (I Kings 12:4).

This led to a debate among those who advised Rehoboam. The older men counseled him to reduce the burden of taxation, saying that

If you will be a servant to this people today, and will serve them and grant them their petition, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever (I Kings 12:7).

But the younger men who “…grew up with him…” (I Kings 12:10), and may have had a conflict of interest in the outcome, advised him to say to the people,

“…My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins!…I will add to your yoke…” I Kings 12:10-11).

In an illustration of the power of peer pressure, Rehoboam went with his peers. The Bible says,

The king answered the people harshly, for he forsook the advice of the elders which they had given him, and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men…so the king did not listen to the people; for it was a turn of events from the Lord… (I Kings 12:13-15).

Consequently, Rehoboam lost most of his kingdom. Is this relevant to Australia in 2020?

The Prime Minister Scott Morisson, along with the six State Premiers and territory Chief Ministers were advised by the nation’s medical bureaucrats to deal with the coronavirus “pandemic” using partial lockdowns. The PM knew there would be a cost to the nation for this, which could be $150 billion or more, and this would be borne by the taxpayer.

Now, this “pandemic” has thankfully proven to be a fizzer, at least in Australia. The pandemic worldwide has had great variations in impact, and this has been influenced by latitude, temperature, demographics, populations density, the health of individuals, and the capacity of health systems to cope with the virus.

In my opinion, every day that has passed since we heard of it, seems to have made our national response to the “pandemic” look ridiculous, heavy-handed, ill-chosen and frightfully expensive. It has also been accompanied by a huge impact on civil liberties, especially people’s employment. Churches have been required to close their doors, along with many hundreds of businesses serving the public.

Not only that, but the government has had a one-eyed viewpoint, failing to understand that the theoretical modelling provided to them by bureaucrats for the virus was significantly inaccurate in the Australian context, where we’ve had a very low fatality rate. At one point it was 4 Australians in 1,000 who were infected who had died, which is astonishingly similar to the rate for influenza, anyway.

The economist Jorg Guido Hulsmann has recently written,

it is fundamentally wrong to put the entire economy at the service of a single goal and to commit to a single solution. Human action always involves weighing up different goals and different means. Of course, maintaining health can be of paramount importance in the short run. But even then, it is never the sole goal and there are always different means. Free competition is essential, particularly when it comes to the efficient selection of ways and means. I therefore believe that the countries that respond best are those which give citizens and families the greatest possible freedom and responsibility, and which also do not centralise political responsibility.[1]

And there has been more. A focus on vaccinations as the best response to the virus has overlooked some readily available and cheap means of preventative care, which have nothing to do with “social distancing.” Overseas patients have been treated with great success with Vitamin A and C (if necessary, intravenously) and D, along with Zinc supplements, all of which have made a huge difference for many, making big inroads into coronavirus fatality rates.

In fact, a significant proportion of the population seems to be deficient in these vitamins, which pre-disposes them to many illnesses, anyway. And all of this information is readily available on the net to anyone, for free.

So, what are the medical bureaucrats up to? Have they bothered to notice that the difference between Sweden and Finland’s fatality rates from the virus have been slight, while Sweden had no enforced lockdown? If they haven’t noticed, why not?

What bureaucrats have done, has been to come up with novel ways to aggravate the community, and succeeding brilliantly. One refused to agree to four bi-planes flying over Brisbane one weekend, because she didn’t want rules of social distancing to be compromised by crowds potentially gathering to watch them. A terrible thought, indeed.

Politicians want to direct teachers when schools must be opened again, or cannot be, if they can play golf, or not, or even go shopping, “but only for clothes or shoes.” But this sounds like Prohibition Politics, of people with power relishing the opportunity to control people, and feeling so important in the process. But it’s merely the relishing of power over people, and it will be short-lived.

And the actual welfare of the community? Well, that went out the back-door months ago, because we’re up to 10% unemployment, and the cost could be $150 billion, and all for what? A variant of influenza.

If that’s the case, it will make our earlier Labor Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, with their Treasurer Wayne Swan, all look like Ebenezer Scrooge.

Conclusion:

Jesus promised us that “…My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Mat.11:30), and wise leaders in every context would do well to learn from His example, in their dealings with people.

The Bible repeatedly makes it clear that leadership is an opportunity for service, but never for egotism. Nor should it ever be a means of laying unnecessary burdens on people, especially when these burdens are based on unproven theoretical models, dropped on an unsuspecting electorate.

Those who think they can deal in a heavy-handed way with those they lead, do so at their peril. In a free country, the electorate can reward them as they wish.

And wouldn’t that be a good thing?

 

 

[1] Jorg Guido Hulsmann, in Gary North (www.garynorth.com), “What About Europe’s Economy?” 1/5/2020.

Coronavirus and the Country’s Future (3)

The economic collapse has not been caused by the coronavirus. It has been caused by [US] governors across the nation and legislators around the world who have shut down their economies. It is big government that has done this, not the coronavirus.[1]  

 I’ve never felt this kind of astonishment before. Perhaps you’re like me. We seem to be witnessing political leaders worldwide, going from one level of craziness to another, over the last two months. They do this, because in my opinion, they don’t have a proper grasp of what is really happening with the coronavirus, and consequently, are easily panicked into making rash decisions of the worst possible kind.

National leadership is an important responsibility for anyone; that much is obvious. And what is just as obvious is getting the proper information to deal wisely with a problem. And this is where life gets very challenging, particularly when it’s an entirely new challenge to face, for an individual, or a community.

The Christian person should always turn to God and His Word for advice on all matters, and there is Biblical advice available on issues such as contagious diseases. We find this in the 116 verses of Leviticus 13 and 14. The person who, having been examined by a priest has leprosy,

…shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp (Lev.13:46).

These verses give us the origins of the notion of quarantine, 1,500 BC. The infected person was isolated from the community, until they recovered. Furthermore, no obligations or restraints were placed on healthy community members. Paul explained to us that concerning Israel’s history,

…these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come (I Cor.10:11).

Few people are taking much notice of Leviticus, when it comes to the coronavirus today. But it explains clearly, what needs to be done with a contagious disease. And because of the very low fatality rates we’ve witnessed in Australia, should a “pandemic” have even been declared, anyway? 75 deaths (as of 24/4/2020) from coronavirus in Australia is not many at all for influenza, which can take thousands of elderly people in this country, annually.

Consequently, we have these astonishing displays of “Lockdown,” in many parts of the world, including Britain, most of the US and Europe, and to a lesser degree, Australia. “Lockdown” has been embraced at the advice of medical bureaucrats, but the social and economic implications of lockdowns are shocking, and extraordinarily destructive in any community.

Politicians should never have accepted them, but how many political leaders read and believe the scriptures? Jesus gave us a commentary on such people. He said (concerning the Sadducees),

…You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God (Mat.22:29).

The lesson is: Ignore the Bible-make bad and costly mistakes.

But there’s more to this ignominious political saga. Would you believe corruption, and public figures with a conflict of interest? Consider this:

In 2009 the world went crazy after the WHO [World Health Organisation] declared the H1N1 influenza pandemic. This resulted in billions being spent on very expensive H1N1 vaccines and antiviral treatments although it turned out the pandemic was indistinguishable from seasonal flu.

The only people who benefited from pointless vaccines and unnecessary medication were the manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline, Roche and Novartis. Each of these pharmaceutical corporations were among the largest voluntary contributors to the WHO in 2008/2009 financial year.

With an $84 million investment, the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche were the largest single contributor into the WHO’s coffers that year. Luckily, as it turned out, they could afford it because sales of their unnecessary Tamiflu H1N1 medication rocketed to more than £3 billion following the WHO’s declared H1N1 pandemic. Which was just a coincidence.

The whole debacle resulted in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) launching an investigation into the WHO to look into the issue of ‘falsified pandemic.’ [2]

Conclusion:

I’ve never liked the idea of top-down solutions to people’s problems. The key for individuals is to find the solutions to their problems, then make their own decisions, for everyone is different. But “solution by imposition” is to me, always a suspicious bag of tricks, because it reeks of control and devious agendas being used to manipulate a population.

That’s why I oppose the whole notion of the “lockdown,” from a religious, ideological, political and economic perspective. It’s consequences have been disastrous everywhere it’s been embraced, and we’ll be paying for it for decades.

Now its time to tell the community.

 

 

[1] Gary North (www.garynorth.com), “Earthday Celebrates 50 years in Lockdown,” 21/4/2020.

[2] Iain Davis, “Coronavirus and what You are not Being Told,” Part 2, 20th April, 2020.