Covis 19: Unanswered Questions

KEY POINTS

  • Modern medicine fails to heed call for vitamin D supplementation; deficiency harms dark-skinned individuals who have the lowest vitamin D levels.
  • Where did the forgotten flu go this year? It’s actually 6.2% of respiratory infections.
  • Patients with pre-existing autoimmune diseases should be considered high risk and given nutrients that normalize the immune response (vitamins A, D, resveratrol and zinc).
  • Is COVID-19 coronavirus man-made? The evidence points in that direction.
  • In COVID-19 coronavirus infection the 480 million alveoli in the lung that facilitate transfer of oxygen to the blood circulation are blocked. Therefore, poorly oxygenated blood is in circulation, resulting in heart, brain, kidney problems and micro-clotting in the blood itself. So COVID-19 looks like many diseases but is actually one with consequent multi-organ failure.  Financially-strapped hospitals shift their insurance billings for pneumonia and influenza treatment to COVID-19 for which there is higher reimbursement.
  • In comparison with 1967-68 Hong Kong flu, which killed 6 out of 10,000 Americans, COVID-19 coronavirus is reported to kill 2 out of 10,000. There was no lockdown in 1967-68.

Vitamin D to the rescue not!

Both the WHO and CDC ignored a plea published in the British Medical Journal on February 28, 2020 by researcher Robert Brown, for widespread vitamin D testing and vitamin supplementation to head off a growing pandemic of COVID-19 coronavirus.  It is widely known that dark-skinned people produce far less vitamin D from solar UV radiation.

Brown noted Somalis in Stockholm, Sweden, only represent 0.84% of the population but 40% of the COVID-19 deaths there were among Somalis.

Brown also noted that among hundreds of women age 60-80 years tested in Italy, vitamin D blood levels were lower than 5 nanograms/milliliter blood sample in 27% and lower than 12 nanograms in as many as 76%.  Twenty (20) nanograms is the lowest level of normal.  Italy is a hot-spot for COVID-19 deaths.

His call for urgent action has, so far, gone ignored.   Sunlight is such a strong preventive against infectious disease of any kind that one researcher calls it “heliovaccination.”

ZeroHedge.com published a report showing there are 34 countries where a single case of COVID-19 coronavirus infection has yet to be reported.  Most are island nations near the equator where solar UV intensity is high and therefore vitamin D blood levels are also elevated.

How many more studies have to be published before the obvious becomes health policy?  Screen vulnerable populations (dark skin, nursing home, hospitalized) for vitamin D deficiency and correct with food supplements.

Louisiana State University researchers report 85% of COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit (100% under age 75) were vitamin D-deficient compared to 57% of patients in normal hospital beds.

Sunlight therapy is reported to have reduced deaths among hospital patients from 40 per cent to about 13 per cent in the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.  But this is a forgotten lesson.

Where did the flu go this year?

A Stanford University study answers that question.  The Center For Infectious Disease Research Policy(CIDRAP) cites a Stanford University, published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., mouth swab study of patients that exhibited symptoms (cough, ever, shortness of breath) that revealed among 1217 specimens taken from 1206 patients, only 116 (9.5%) were confirmed to be COVID-19 and 318 (26.1%) for non-coronavirus pathogens (rhinovirus, enterovirus, respiratory syncytial virus and non-SARS coronavirus).  What caused symptoms among the other 64.4% of patients goes unexplained.

In other words, 90.5% of patients with symptoms were NOT COVID-19.  Influenza A&B represented 69 of 1101 symptomatic patients (6.2%).  But one can imagine many of these patients feared they had COVID-19.  These numbers reveal only a small percentage of sick patients have lab positive influenza (6.2%) but over 100 million Americans get flu shots.  COVID-19 is only slightly more prevalent than the flu (9.5% vs. 6.2%).

Autoimmune individuals = high-risk for COVID-19 death

Researchers report autoimmune antibodies were prevalent in 91.9% (10 of 11 cases) of COVID-19 patients who required intensive care unit care, but in only 36.4% (4 of 11) patients with mild symptoms.  Autoimmunity is indicative of severity in COVID-19 cases.  Vitamin AVitamin Dzinc and resveratrol normalize the immune response, contrary to immune suppressant drugs that increase vulnerability to infection.

Is COVID-19 man-made

A frequent question received in my email box is whether the COVID-19 coronavirus is man-made or a natural mutation (act of God)?  Members of the Bioterrorism Preparedness & Response Program list clues that an epidemic is a terrorist attack.  Among the 17 clues are “an unusual or unexplained illness” that affects a “disparate population” with an “unusual pattern of death,” illness in “non-contiguous areas,” (Iran, China, U.S.), with large numbers of death, deadly strains, failure of patients to respond to treatment.  The current pandemic meets all 17 criteria described.

There is record that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated: “This matter is going forward…. We are in a live exercise here to get this right,” referring to a war-game like practice for a pandemic.  The CDC also advertised for “quarantine managers” in November of 2019, months before there was a lockdown in the U.S.   Oddly, by 2004 SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus vanished completely, with no explanation as to why?  The WHO takes credit for this.  Was it being distributed to infect populations and then withdrawn by a bioterrorist?  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s infectious disease specialist, says this coronavirus (COVID-19) “doesn’t just disappear.”  He should know.

Another intriguing online report emanates from American author Nathan Rich, who asks why a mysterious lung syndrome linked with vaping, which has the same symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus symptoms, suddenly boomed the moment COVID-19 cases were reported in the U.S.

Rich wonders if COVID-19 leaked out of a military lab in Maryland, a lab that was closed down by the CDC.  Two nursing homes located nearby the military laboratory reported lung disease deaths in the summer of 2019.  It is a very compelling report.

There is criticism of the World Health Organization of its early handling of the coronavirus outbreak.  No travel bans and no human-to-human transmission (Jan. 14).  But the US allowed Chinese-born U.S. citizens to fly back home to the U.S. and careful monitoring showed the virus didn’t spread beyond immediate family members.  There was confirmation of human-to-human transmission by Beijing on January 20.  The FDA withheld imported testing kits in port and CDC-issued testing kits were contaminated (intentional), so the early stages of COVID-19 spread could not be ascertained.  Intentional?

Everything is COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control guidance, “Where a definite diagnosis of COVID-19 cannot be made, it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate as ‘probable’ or ‘presumed.’  …. “It is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate without this confirmation (testing) if the circumstances are compelling with a reasonable degree of certainty.”

Because, in severe cases of COVID-19 coronavirus lung congestion a gooey substance called hyaluronan is being produced in excess, the forced pressure of oxygen from the ventilator further presses hyaluronan into the alveolar space where oxygen is transferred to the blood circulation.  There are ~480-million of these alveoli.

Once blocked the blood is being pumped without sufficient oxygen which induces small blood clots (disseminated intravascular coagulation) that can then induce strokes, heart and kidney damage.  This phenomenon appears to be puzzling to physicians.  This is not heart, kidney, lung disease per se – it is COVID-19 resulting in an over-healing response in the lungs that blocks entry of oxygen into the circulatory system resulting in damage to these organs.

What appears to be happening is that hospitals are in a world of hurt financially as the public is avoiding hospitalization for fear becoming infected and because elective surgery is not being scheduled.  To make up for this financial crisis, everything is being up-coded to ICD U07.1 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases), a code for insurance billing purposes.  It is cited that hospitals are reimbursed $13,000 for pneumonia and ~$40,000 for COVID-19 when the U07.1 code is documented on the death certificate.

In fine print, the CDC offers this caveat regarding classification of lung disease:

Deaths due to COVID-19 may be misclassified as pneumonia or influenza deaths in the absence of positive test results, and pneumonia or influenza may appear on death certificates as a comorbid condition. Additionally, COVID-19 symptoms can be similar to influenza-like illness, thus deaths may be misclassified as influenza. Thus, increases in pneumonia and influenza deaths may be an indicator of excess COVID-19-related mortality.

I would hope this doesn’t give license for the CDC to play fast and loose with these mortality numbers.  It appears it does.

If this is proven to be true in post-epidemic audits, America is experiencing a great travesty as hospitals plunder insurance pools via diagnostic miscoding in an attempt to survive financially.  The public is then misled into believing a great many people are dying of this COVID-19 monster virus and remain frightened and in self-quarantine for no good reason.

More or less deaths?

Researchers at Yale School of Public Health report increases in death rates from diagnosed pneumonia and influenza are indicative of unreported COVID-19 deaths.  These researchers claim increases in all-cause death are indicative of ~1.5 times higher death rate for COVID-19 than presently reported.

Yes, there is lag time as death certificates are filed late and aren’t immediately compiled by CDC.  Some people may die at home and their death certificate is not immediately forwarded electronically as they are by hospitals.  There just may be a lag in reporting, not in actual deaths.  So much for Yale stoking the coals of fear.

Coronavirus is widely spread but results in only a 3/10ths of one-percent mortality rate (Los Angeles county April 21, 2020),  around the mortality rate of the flu.

Let this almost harmless virus have its way, the healthy infected develop natural antibodies without the need for a vaccine, and we go on living our lives.

Focus on high-risk groups to save lives (blacks, hospital workers, nursing home patients).  For the healthy, infection breeds antibodies and possible life-long protection.  Locking down the entire populace in a futile attempt to spare the lives of high-risk individuals while leaving the masses totally dependent upon an imagined future vaccine to avoid infection is complete folly.  The more lockdown, the greater the chance of COVID-19 returning in November.  The virologists know this.  They are priming the demand for a vaccine.  Don’t be their victim as they experiment with the entire US population.

Hong Kong flu 1967-68

The Hong Kong flu killed an estimated 100,000 Americans out of a population of 175 million (almost 6 out of 10,000) compared to ~60,000 US deaths* for COVID-19 (almost 2 out of 10,000) so far among a population of 327 million.  *Many of these deaths are questioned as to whether they died with or of COVID-19).  There were no lockdowns, no quarantines.

Kent State: The End of the 1960’s and the Beginning of Something Far Worse

 

Shifts in worldviews take time even though single events seem to mark their transition period. Seemingly unrelated events and thoughts work their wizardry to produce unfathomable results. Once the shift has taken place, only a retrospective look will reveal the philosophical ebbs and flows that erode worldview landscapes.

The twentieth century began on an optimistic note but quickly lost its idealism as war engulfed the world. World War I “shattered much of Europe’s already fading optimism, and the advent of Nazis and fascists shook men’s confidence in their present and their past.” [1]

Despite a bloody world war, belief in evolutionary progress had not lost its luster. In 1920, the English novelist H.G. Wells wrote The Outline of History, described as “a song of evolutionary idealism, faith in progress, and complete optimism.” [2] Before too long, Wells began to lose hope in what he believed would be the inevitabilities of evolutionary advancement and social enrichment.

By 1933, when he published The Shape of Things to Come, he could see no better way to overcome the stubbornness and selfishness between people and nations than a desperate action by intellectual idealists to seize control of the world by force and establish their vision with a universal compulsory educational program. [3]

An elite class of social engineers would be needed to force the “good society” on people whether they wanted it or not. “Finally, shortly before his death, [Wells] wrote an aptly‑titled book, The Mind at the End of Its Tether (1945) in which he concluded that ‘there is no way out, or around, or through the impasse. It is the end.’” [4]

The outlook in America was different. A form of secular optimism prevailed after World War II that even a police action in Korea in the 1950s could not dampen. America had never known defeat in war, and her countryside had not been ravaged by incendiary bombs or nuclear fallout. She was on a roll.

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The post‑war optimism continued with the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy in 1960 and dreams of Camelot. “The phenomenon we call ‘the Sixties’ did not begin at 12.01 A.M. on January 1, 1960. It is not a chronological entity so much as a cultural or mythic one. Even if we identify the myth with the decade, it would be more accurate to say that it began on November 8, 1960, with the election of John F. Kennedy, and ended May 4, 1970, on the campus of Kent State” when National Guardsmen killed four students as a crowd gathered to protest escalation of United States military policy in Vietnam. [5]

The students were not only unarmed; most didn’t realize that the guards’ rifles held live ammunition. Four students were killed: Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder. Nine others were injured. After 50 years, we still don’t know why the guard turned and fired.

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Looking back, 50 years later, we can also see clear but less tangible effects. Along with cultural touchstones like the Manson family murders and the concert at Altamont, Kent State marked the symbolic end of the 1960s, stretching from the optimism of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration through the March on Washington to the long hot summers of riots, assassinations and radical activism. If, as the sociologist Todd Gitlin noted, the decade was marked by both hope and rage, then the events of May 4 brought the sober recognition that neither could overcome the will of a militaristic state and a conservative political backlash. (New York Times)

Images of Kent state shooting victims May 4, 1970

Modernism was running full throttle in the early 1960s with its great scientific advances — man was about to conquer the heavens and put a man on the moon — and official judicial statements of atheism with prayer and Bible reading removed from America’s public schools. The theistic house cleaning was now nearly complete. Since 1859, the year that Darwin’s Origin of Specieswas published, modern man had been trying to rid the universe of God and the supernatural. America was about to show the world what man could do without God.

On November 22, 1963, gunfire put an end to the euphoria. As one child of the 1960s put it, “When Kennedy was killed is when America changed.” [6] As if overnight, everything seemed to change. “Tennessee‑born photographer Jim Smith, who describes his experience of the Sixties as ‘having my world view torn apart with nothing to replace it,’ says that ‘the Kennedy assassination really was the trigger.’” [7] The following social chaos was hardly encouraging to an idealistic generation:

Lyndon Johnson’s skillfully and ruthlessly imposed legislative substance — the final culmination of the old Progressive optimism — soon turned to dust in the mouths of his followers. The Vietnam war, race riots, and the deficit‑induced price inflation broke the spirit of the age. Johnson could not be re‑elected in 1968, just four years after he was elected President. [8]

From visions of Camelot to chants of “Hey! Hey! LBJ! How many kids didja kill today?” America was abandoning what little faith it had in the secular religion of modernism. As if tens of thousands of dead young men were not enough to destroy the worldview of modernism, the murder of two cultural icons confirmed the disintegration of society. “With the assassinations of King and Robert Kennedy, we lost our last hope of combating racism or ending the war through the System, and the System lost our consent.” [9]

A crisis of secular faith had emerged. The new generation questioned the orthodoxy of rational neutrality. The guardians of modernism had sent young men and women to the rice paddies of Vietnam, and more than 58,000 of their names grace the Vietnam War Memorial in our nation’s capital. A break with the past was unavoidable. People were calling for “revolution.” They “wanted apocalypse, Utopia,” [10] a world transformed. Transformed by what to what? That was the question.

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Drugs, sexual experimentation, Eastern philosophy, and the occult were all viable options. The counterculture of the 1960s wanted something more than the impersonalism offered by a sterile rationalism. In fact, the best and the brightest of the rationalists had sent America’s youth to Southeast Asia to die. [11] For the first time in her history, America had lost a war. It is no wonder that George Will called the 1960s “the most dangerous decade in America’s life as a nation.” [12]

Postmodernism is the logical outworking of modernism. Stephen Connor says that the “concept of postmodernism cannot be said to have crystallized until about the mid‑1970’s….” [13]Modernism had received some strong criticism, and it was becoming more tenable to assert that the postmodern had come to stay, but it took some time before scholarship really jumped on the bandwagon. [14] Events, violent events, forced the hands of the academic community.

If May 4, 1970, was the day that the war between the generations and classes of white America became a war in earnest, in retrospect it was also the day that war began to end. It was as if the rising tensions had needed to climax in the taking of life. After the strikes in the wake of Kent, the energy of confrontation began to ebb. [15]

But little was resolved. The four young people who were killed at Kent State University by National Guardsmen, through no will of their own, put an end to a misguided revolution. The worldview of modernism was buried with them. The campuses in the 1970s, and even through the 1980s, remained eerily quiet. The silence, however, was not a sign of inaction. A new worldview was being developed without fanfare — a quiet revolution impacting our nation today.

Saul Alinsky, the architect of today’s leftist politics, special interest groups, and the deep State, boldly outlined the needed tactics in his silent revolution primer Rules For Radicals that would establish the New World Order’s marching orders:

Do one of three things. One, go find a wailing wall and feel sorry for yourselves. Two, go psycho and start bombing — but this will only swing people to the right. Three, learn a lesson. Go home, organize, build power and at the next convention, you be the delegates.

Coupled with the earlier directives of Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937) of a “‘long march through the institutions’—the arts, cinema, theater, schools, colleges, seminaries, newspapers, magazines, and the new electronic medium [of the time], radio,” [16] they’ve nearly succeeded.

  1. Gary North, Unholy Spirits: Occultism and New Age Humanism (Tyler, TX: Dominion Press, 1986), 22.[]
  2. Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, [1983] 1993), 2.[]
  3. Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, 2.[]
  4. Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, 2.[]
  5. Annie Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic?: The Second Coming of the 60’s Generation (New York: Random House/Times Books, 1987), 17).[]
  6. Quoted in Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic?, 17.[]
  7. Quoted in Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic?, 18.[]
  8. North, Unholy Spirits, 23.[]
  9. Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic?, 47.[]
  10. Quoted in Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic?, 18.[]
  11. David Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest (New York: Random House, 1972).[]
  12. George Will, “1968: Memories That Dim and Differ,” The Washington Post (January 14, 1988), A27.[]
  13. Stephen Connor, Postmodernist Culture: An Introduction to Theories of the Contemporary (Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell, 1989), 6. The fall of communism in 1989 drove the nail into the coffin of modernism.[]
  14. It is important to distinguish between postmodern and postmodernismPostmodern refers to a period of time, whereas postmodernism refers to a distinct ideology. As Veith points out, “If the modern era is over, we are all postmodern, even though we reject the tenets of postmodernism” (Gene Edward Veith, Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1994), 42).[]
  15. Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic?, 138.[]
  16. Patrick J. Buchanan, Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization (New York: St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books, 2001), 77.[]

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.

The Rise of the Divine State in a Time of Crisis

Apr 27, 2020 by Gary DeMar

A crisis can lead people to make bad decisions. In a time political crisis, the people of Israel chose Saul as their savior-king even after being told what tyranny he would bring on the nation (1 Sam. 8). The Jewish leadership, when given the opportunity to embrace Jesus as their king, the cried out, “We have no king but Caesar” (John 19:15). That choice had a devastating effect on the nation before their generation passed away (Matt. 24:34).

When a great tribulation manifested itself against the Christians in the lead up to the destruction of Jerusalem during Nero’s reign, the were warned not to seek a messianic solution, a new Moses in the wilderness or a savior from the religious establishment from the inner rooms of the temple (24:21-26).

The crisis of the First World War led to the rise of Adolf Hitler. The Great Depression led to the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and increased power and authority of the national government.

Herbert Schlossberg’s masterful study of power in his book Idols for Destruction is both prophetic and frightening:

Rulers have ever been tempted to play the role of father to their people. . . . The state that acts like a wise parent instead of a vindictive judge has been an attractive image to many people. They include ecclesiastical authorities who have completely missed the point of the gospel warning to “call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven” (Matt. 23:9). The father is the symbol not only of authority but also of provision. “Our Father who art in heaven…. Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:911). Looking to the state for sustenance is a cultic act [an act of worship]; we rightly learn to expect food from parents, and when we regard the state as the source of physical provision we render to it the obeisance of idolatry. The crowds who had fed on the multiplied loaves and fishes were ready to receive Christ as their ruler, not because of who he was but because of the provision. John Howard Yoder [1] has rightly interpreted that scene: “The distribution of bread moved the crowd to acclaim Jesus as the new Moses, the provider, the Welfare King whom they had been waiting for.” [2]

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Power is most dangerous in the hands of people who believe what they are doing is for our well being because they contend that their intentions to help the less fortunate are righteous and just. It’s the intention to do good things that matters not the actual results. In J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the power of the ring is not something to be desired even by good people. Even Gandalf and the elves shun the power of the ring. Tolkien is doubtful that any person has the ability to resist the temptation of absolute power promised by the ring, even if that power is used for good. Schlossberg continues:

The paternal state not only feeds its children, but nurtures, educates, comforts, and disciplines them, providing all they need for their security. This appears to be a mildly insulting way to treat adults, but it is really a great crime because it transforms the state from being a gift of God, given to protect us against violence, into an idol. It supplies us with all blessings, and we look to it for all our needs. Once we sink to that level, as [C.S.] Lewis says, there is no point in telling state officials to mind their own business. “Our whole lives are their business.” [3] The paternalism of the state is that of the bad parent who wants his children dependent on him forever. That is an evil impulse. The good parent prepares his children for independence, trains them to make responsible decisions, knows that he harms them by not helping them to break loose. The paternal state thrives on dependency. When the dependents free themselves, it loses power. It is, therefore, parasitic on the very persons whom it turns into parasites. Thus, the state and its dependents march symbiotically [in close union with one another] to destruction. [4]

Once the State gains power, its rulers work relentlessly to maintain power. Since the State gained power by promising the masses security, it must offer more security to maintain its power. Power replaces justice, the true role of civil government:

When the provision of paternal security replaces the provision of justice as the function of the state, the state stops providing justice. The ersatz [artificial and inferior substitute] parent ceases executing judgment against those who violate the law, and the nation begins losing benefits of justice. Those who are concerned about the chaos into which the criminal justice system has fallen should consider what the state’s function has become. Because the state can only be a bad imitation of a father, as a dancing bear act is of a ballerina, the protection of this Leviathan of a father turns out to be a bear hug. [5]

Politicians pick up on the desire for security and dependency and use them for political gain: “The idol state uses the language of compassion because its intention is a messianic one. It finds the masses harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd, needing a savior.” [6]

  1. John Howard Yoder, The Politics of Jesus: Vicit Angus Noster, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1972), 34–35.[]
  2. Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, [1983] 1993), 183.[]
  3. C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock, ed. Walter Hooper (Grand Rapids, MI: Erdmans, 1970), 314.[]
  4. Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, 184.[]
  5. Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, 184.[]
  6. Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, 185.[]

Getting it Right with Government (6)

And the government will rest on His shoulders… (Isa.9:6).

The twentieth century was not a bright one for the general population of nations, all around the world. Why? Governments abused them, and after this century’s 20 years, nothing indicates the pattern’s changed.

Why does this happen? People don’t take much notice of what the Bible says about human nature, and what the Bible says is not flattering. Take this example:

There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one (Ro.3:10-12).

When people think that they can expect their government to somehow be benign, caring and loving towards its citizens, they are believing something that the world has never seen. It just doesn’t happen.

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) commented,

time after time mankind is driven against the rocks of the horrid reality of a fallen creation. And time after time mankind must learn the hard lessons of history; the lessons that for some dangerous and awful reason we can’t seem to keep in our collative memory.

Our problem has not really been with government, it’s been with us. We were the ones who believed wrong things about what government could and should do, and it’s hurt us. It’s still hurting us, because right around the world, people haven’t learned their lesson. Governments of whatever persuasion seem to over-promise and under-deliver, but an ignorant, Bible ignoring populace seems to keep coming back for more of the same, and they get it.

If we really want to get close and personal, it goes deeper than the general population. We in the church have not taken the Bible seriously. In the face of seductive government handouts that most of the church has been bribed by now for generations, we’ve made a terrible error. We’ve said in our hearts,

What counts is the money. Biblical integrity takes the back seat. In fact, it can go out the door. Just keep that cash flowing, Mr Government Man.

The modern church has made Judas look like a rank amateur, and God in heaven has heard it all. He knows where our hearts are. And He has ensured that the church’s authority has been systematically reduced all this time, because where there is no responsibility or integrity, authority ebbs away like the disappearing tide.

But this principle is true:

Where responsibility rests, authority lies.

If we really want to be influential, effective and authoritative in the community again, we have to go back to the basics of Biblical integrity, and doing things God’s way. That’s what Josiah did, when he knew Judah was under judgment for its sins (see II Kings 22-23). Hearing the word of God, he set about removing from Judah those symbols of entrenched idolatry, that had plagued Judah for generations.

North has written,

Mosaic civil law did not compel anyone to offer positive sanctions. Rather, it imposed negative sanctions for evil acts. It should be the ideal for every system of civil law to remove all positive sanctions by the State and impose only those negative sanctions authorized by Biblical law. The State is to impose negative sanctions only: punishing public evil. It is not a wealth-creator; it is a wealth-redistributer. It is not safe to entrust to the State the power of making one man rich at the expense of another. It is also not moral.

God’s way begins with the integrity, obedience and faithfulness of His people to His Word. If those who are supposed to be leaders in the church fail to represent Him, God will get rid of them and institute a whole new set of leaders who will faithfully represent Him. It’s happened before such as in Eli’s era, it was about to happen in Jesus’ day, and it will happen again, because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb.13:8). He warned the church of Ephesus that He’d remove their candlestick unless they repented of their sin (Rev.2:5).

But knowing that’s the easy part. Here’s the question that will separate the sheep from the goats. Will you be a part of the problem, or part of the solution?

God’s requirement is government from the bottom up in terms of His law. It begins with the self-government of the Christian man, with the family as a government, the church, the school, a person’s vocation, society and its various voluntary groups and agencies, and finally, civil government, one government among many.

Conclusion:

No nation will ever be able to get it right with government, apart from getting it right with God. Good government is not a mechanical process. If we really do want good government, God’s people had best begin by seeking the Lord, and going to the scriptures for His solution.

For the Biblical promise (see Isa.55:6-7), is that He will be found.

 

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.

Getting it Right with Government (5)

There are those who believe it is the State’s duty, through its judicial process, to right every wrong. This concept carries human courts beyond the Biblical system of justice. While some might desire such a State function, history shows us that it is impossible and dangerous. Only God can right every wrong, and His chosen means was by Christ’s atoning sacrifice for those who believe in Him, and eternal punishment in Hell for those who do not turn to Jesus in repentance and faith. The State is not God.

Everyone likes the idea of justice, but the means of achieving justice is what has always split humanity. Traditionally, humanistic concepts of justice have led to greater political intervention, higher taxes, less liberty and commonly violence. These were evident as far back as the reign of King Saul in Israel around 1,000 BC, and have been predominant now in the West for two centuries.

But a Christian view of justice requires that we go and ask God for it, and employ Biblical methods to obtain it. And when there is endemic injustice in the community, the Bible teaches us that it is not firstly a political problem; it is related to the attitudes prevalent in that community, which need to be repented of, renounced and changed, individually.

Humanistic attitudes to justice declare that our problems are largely political, with political remedies, but a Christian view declares that our problems begin in the hearts of men, so political change (if required) will be modest indeed. It is men who must change and repent of their sin.

No doubt men could ascribe the changes in Israel in Saul’s time to merely political changes and motivations, but God had a different view. Hundreds of years later, He explained to Israel through the prophet Hosea,

It is your destruction, O Israel, that you are against Me, against your help. Where now is your king that he may save you in all your cities, and your judges of whom you requested, “Give me a king and princes”? I gave you a king in My anger and took him away in My wrath (Hos.13:9-11).

For God was ordaining events in Israel in Saul’s day, not men. He has His views on what constitutes justice, and sinful men have theirs, and these two positions are poles apart, and reflected in the scripture:

By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, all who judge rightly. I love those who love me, and those who diligently seek me will find me. Riches and honour are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, and my yield better than choicest silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice… (Prov.8:15-20).

So whilst men apart from God may acknowledge their need for a Saviour, in their rebellion they seek this saviour through other means, in denial of God. For man to acknowledge God means he has to humble himself which he hates to do, so he seeks a kind of back-door saviour. The most common manifestation of this is the political process, something clearly evident in the era of Saul.

Remarkably, the degeneration then as now, began amongst the leaders of the people of God. The priesthood under Eli had been corrupted (see I Samuel 2), and so Israel as a nation followed suit, politically (see I Samuel 8).

In his 2013 commentary on 1 Samuel, “In the Midst of your Enemies,” Joel McDurmon made reference to this:

1 Samuel addresses, among other things, the direct link between social freedom and God’s Law, national security and God’s Law, as well as specific politic issues such as biblical principles of warfare, kingship, national defence, the right to bear arms, taxation, military conscription, national greatness, political candidacy, political parties, party rivalries, jurisprudence (including biblical “common” law versus arbitrary civil or “statute” law), how to remain faithful under a regime hostile to biblical law, expatriation, political compromise, voting, the lesser of two evils, the surveillance state, and more. And it is simply staggering, once you understand the narratives involved, just how closely Samuel’s and David’s situations parallel our own in many ways, and how often the political expressions of modern Christians more closely align with Saul’s than with David’s (p.x).                                  

And this has been the pattern through history. The Russian Orthodox Church before the Revolution in 1917 had been corrupted for decades with mysticism and unreality, and it was unbelief born out of Darwinism and Higher Criticism that led to the effective sterilisation of the Church in Germany, making room for the rise of Hitler. In both these nations, the leaven of the kingdom of God had essentially departed. So yes, these manifestations of totalitarianism were clearly evil, but the degradation and evil had commenced decades earlier, amongst God’s people. One made room for the other.

It was William Penn who wrote in 1682,

Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad; if it be ill, they will cure it. But, if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavour to warp and spoil it to their turn.

When a nation is in rebellion against God, life gets more and more complex. Government becomes their supposed Saviour, to accomplish everything for them. So government gets bigger, requires more of the people’s taxes, and freedom diminishes. From Saul’s era 1,000 B.C. till today, nothing changes

But when a people turn to God, their political requirements become much easier to accomplish. They can be summed up as: small government-less tax-more freedom.

Conclusion:

Men need a Saviour, but in their sinful rebellion they refuse to acknowledge Him, commonly turning to the religion of politics and the State to solve their problems.

But God will not be mocked. He requires that His people the church, lead the way out of darkness, proclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord of all, including the State and politics. We are the ones required by God to lead the way out of the darkness humanism has gotten us into, into the light of God’s wonderful purpose.

Are you ready for your role in this?