Dear KMAG: 20200126 Open Topic


Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise,
and with Thy honor all the day.
Psalm 71:8


This Superlative Sanctuary Sunday Open Thread, with full respect to those who worship God on the Sabbath, is a place to reaffirm our worship of our Creator, our Father, our King Eternal.

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The Storm is upon us.
Please remember to Pray for our President.


AND WHAT TIME IS IT?
TIME TO DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!

Our movement is about replacing a failed and CORRUPT political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American People.
Candidate Donald J. Trump


Also remember Wheatie’s Rules:

  1. No food fights.
  2. No running with scissors.
  3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.


On this day and every day –

God is in Control
. . . and His Grace is Sufficient, so . . .
Keep Looking Up


Hopefully, every Sunday, you can find something here that will build you up a little . . . give you a smile . . . and add some joy or peace, very much needed in all our lives.

“This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.” . . . “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”


Is Your God BIG or little?

Dr. Robert D. Wilson (1856-1930) was a Presbyterian scholar who devoted his life to showing the Hebrew Bible’s reliability. In proving the accuracy of the Old Testament manuscripts, Wilson learned 45 languages, including all languages into which the Scriptures had been translated up to 600 AD. He was a Professor at Princeton Seminary and Westminster Seminary.

Wilson went to hear one of his students (Donald Barnhouse) preach and said, “I came to see if you are a big-godder or a little-godder, then I know how your life and ministry will unfold.” Wilson explained that people with a little god are always in trouble. Their god can’t create or do miracles. He can’t forgive big sins or help people change their lives in big ways. Their little god can’t take care of the Scriptures’ inspiration and transmission to us. He doesn’t intervene for His people or answer prayer. These people have a little god.

Others have the great, awesome, almighty, invincible God—the Lord of the Bible—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This God speaks and it is done; He commands and it stands firm; He shows Himself strong on behalf of those who love, fear, trust, and obey Him. Dr. Wilson said, “You, young man are a big-godder, and the Lord will bless your life and ministry. He will use you for His praise.”

http://wohbm.org/are-you-a-big-godder/


A God Too Small?

November 28, 2019
by Charles R. Swindoll
Scriptures: Exodus 19:1–15

So deep, so profound must be this respect for God’s holy presence that no one was even to touch the mountain. The people were to wait upon God to speak to Moses and hear the Lord’s words through the Lord’s servant.

What a needed reminder! This story makes it clear that we live in a day of pitifully shallow concepts of God. Some of today’s contemporary Christian music leaves the impression that God is our buddy—a great pal to have in a pinch. A film star once said of God, “He’s my great Big Daddy upstairs.” One pop song asks, “What if God were just a slob like us?” That is not the biblical view of God. That is a human being’s feeble attempt to make God relevant.

The Puritans, that rigorous people of old, possessed a solidly biblical concept of God. Do you know why it is so crucial for us to recover such a respectful understanding? Because a shallow view of God leads to a shallow life. Cheapen God and you cheapen life itself. Treat God superficially, and you become superficial. But hold God in profoundest respect, and it is remarkable how deep the roots of your spiritual life grow.

God is holy. Exalted. He is the only wise God, the Creator, the Maker, the sovereign Lord. He is the Master. He tells me what to do, and I have no safe option but to do it. He offers no alternative, no multiple choice. We have but one directive, and that is to do His will. We reaffirm that truth in our times with Him.

But not today. Today He’s our pal, our understanding buddy, our ever-available bellboy. No, He is not! The Lord is our God. He does not bow to our hurried pace, but in silence He waits for us to meet His demands. And once we slow down enough to meet Him, He is pleased to add incredible spiritual depth to our otherwise shallow lives.

What has been your concept of the Lord? Who is your God? Be honest, now. Does He look anything like the God of Mount Sinai?


Psalm 139

1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
5 You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.



O Worship The King

O worship the King all glorious above;
O gratefully sing His power and His love:
Our Shield and Defender, The Ancient of days,
Pavilioned in splendour, and girded with praise.

O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, Whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunder-clouds form,
And dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

This earth, with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, Thy power hath founded of old:
Hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distils in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender! How firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

O measureless Might, ineffable Love,
While angels delight to hymn Thee above,
Thy humbler creation, though feeble their lays,
With true adoration shall sing to Thy praise.

  ~  Robert Grant  1779-1838


586 thoughts on “Dear KMAG: 20200126 Open Topic

  1. Thanks bakocarl!

    Is Your God BIG or little?

    A lot to say about that. So many Christians have a small faith because their conception of God is small. It’s easy to fall into the rut of thinking that because God loves you, that means he’s there to help pick you up and make sure that nothing bad ever happens to you. Then when they go through genuinely tough times they feel like God has abandoned them.

    That’s a childish and immature perspective. Not strictly wrong, because you do have to start somewhere, but it’s inadequate. It’s hard to understand that God’s purposes are so much bigger than anything we can imagine, and that he is so intentionally and personally involved with his creation at every point in time and space.

    Habakkuk was special among the prophets – he was concerned about God’s reputation against the backdrop of Israel’s wickedness. He wanted Israel to be judged and God’s righteousness to be vindicated! So God revealed to Habakkuk his plan: He would judge Israel, and he was going to use Babylon to do it!

    (“I’m going to build a wall, and Mexico is going to pay for it!” Remember that? This is WAY bigger. WAY more shocking.)

    Habakkuk was in shock and wanted God’s reputation for holiness to be protected. God corrected him – that the revelation of his righteousness would cause all the nations to bow before him. Israel would be humiliated, but the Babylonians would be themselves judged. God would restore Israel in a way that no one could have imagined, and no one would be able to say it was humanly possible – it was God’s intervention that restored a faithful Israel.

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  2. From Eric Metaxas:

    Hello, Friends!

    This week I interviewed someone whose story — and whose conversation with me about it — could be the MOST important interview I’ve ever done. I’ve had conversations on other profoundly important topics. But THIS conversation covered things NO ONE ever discusses. I’m talking about my interview with Bobby Lopez (above) — who was sexually abused as a minor by older males, and who fell into a life of male prostitution and drugs. But he got OUT of that life and is talking about it, despite people desperately trying to shut him up. That’s because he doesn’t want other young men to suffer the fate he did. I have no doubt that this subject, like the subject of women and abortion, is something we MUST talk about. If we cannot be open about people’s painful struggles, we are not truly free. So I hope you will watch this video and share it as you are able.

    Eric Metaxas interviews Bobby Lopez about his recent firing from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – under pressure from Russel Moore’s ERLC – because he wouldn’t stop sharing his testimony of how God saved him from the homosexual lifestyle.

    In December, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary lied about Dr. Robert Lopez and the reasons for his termination. Fortunately, Dr. Lopez recorded conversations with seminary leaders that proved the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) complained about Lopez’s conservative stands to Southwestern’s Provost. The Provost was recorded on tape saying “Then, I happen to be around some folks from the ERLC, where your reputation is not good there with those folks.”

    This interview and story is important to understand the depth of depravity of the Evangelical Elites within Big Evangelicalism. Intersectionality and NeoMarxism has invaded their ranks and most of the seminaries. This is a huge moment in the history of the church . . . because this was an insurgency, folks, this was run like an insurgency. This was irregular warfare at its finest, conducted through church politics.

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    1. Interesting. Very interesting. I have several thoughts.

      (1) Counterinsurgency techniques borrowed from our military may work

      (2) Are they using the same techniques as they did against the Catholics? Are they loading GAYS into the seminaries?

      (3) Which side are the YOUNG PEOPLE on? Are they conservative BEFORE going to the seminary?

      (4) What is the source of POWER of the ERLC? Who can CHALLENGE them?

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      1. 1) I agree . . . more insights will be necessary. There is a strong network of citizen journalists covering the SBC and their numbers are growing stronger by the day. The SBC elite are losing control of the narrative.

        2) TBD. Rosarita Butterfield is now known to be compromised. Karen Swallow Prior could be. The ReVoice conference was all about giving a platform to LGBT in the SBC+PCA. I haven’t even scratched the surface talking about that. But virtually all the major seminaries are deep in the compromise. A lot of it dark money funding from the Kern Family Foundation. Links back to Soros. If you see them on the donor list, you know.

        3) Hard to say but indications are they are orthodox before seminary and radicalized as they leave. I’m not as close to that. A lot of it is the subtle NeoMarxism that needs to be dissected. I’ll post a Life Site News one soon with some more comments.

        4) ERLC is funded out of the SBC Cooperative Fund – their big mission program. Some shenanigans got Russell Moore the former Democratic operative in charge. Their power is mostly influence, a strong good old boy network, and that they’ve got their people worked in to the highest levels and committees of the SBC, the seminaries, and of course critically, the boards of trustees for the seminaries are largely compromised.

        I’m still learning as we go (as we all are) . . .

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        1. ‘Haute Theology’ ‘higher criticism’ of Scripture in seminaries spreads doubt and destroys faith the same way and means as the serpent in the garden….”Did GOD really say….”

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      2. I can answer number three for Catholics: for a while, candidates were REJECTED for being too “rigid” which was the code word for orthodox. Recently, Bergoglio has used that word to denigrate the orthodox lay faithful as well as some clergy. Depending on location and who the bishop is/was, some seminaries did actually allow an increase in “rigidity”. Others didn’t.

        Also, there is a blogger who is tracing the origins and hierarchical history of the St. Gallen mafia and the modernists. It goes back quite a ways, prior to the communist seeding. It looks like there was help from the inside.

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      1. The SBC is a “convention” – a voluntary association of Baptist churches. There are other Baptist conventions, and plenty of unaffiliated Baptist churches. Essentially Baptist churches are autonomous entities, in theory the convention does not have authority over them.

        So a “split” in the SBC is not a theological crisis like it might be for other denominations. However it can be perceived as embarrassing. I favor transparency.

        The LGBTQ issues are part of the story, a significant part. But there are more reasons for the split:

        * The SBC was taken over by a leadership coup in 2018, with leftist leadership installed. They did this by destroying Paige Patterson to evict him from the SBC leadership – he lead the conservative elements in the 1970s to regain control of the convention from the liberal/modernists and walked the convention back from liberalism. In many respect this was political payback.

        * The new SBC leadership is trying exercise improper authority over the member churches. The SBC serves the churches, not the churches the SBC. There are no bishops in the SBC, but the ERLC and SBC leadership are developing structures of influence and within the legal structure to exercise control of churches. This is leftism at work undermining the Baptist polity for power.

        * There is a lot of corruption. The connection to Soros’ dark money is being exposed. They took a lot of grant funding to support “immigration” causes (read: illegal aliens) and are the motivation behind the SBC’s push to practice “hospitality” with the “foreigner”. The SBC has been actively lobbying governors to accept refugees. (Greg Abbott refuses to – God Bless Texas!) Remember the SBC is one of the beneficiaries of the Federal grant money to house and care for the illegal alien children.

        * In 2019 the SBC passed a resolution in favor of using Critical Race Theory as a tool for understanding race relations. That woke a LOT of churches up.

        * There is also the Baptist seual abuse scandal and the “WeToo” business. The problem is that the ERLC and their media allies at the WaPo, Houston Chronicle, and others coordinated to create a crisis, that the SBC is now intentionally doing nothing about other than wringing their hands and getting people worried about. Manipulation. They want people upset so they will surrender church autonomy to the SBC and create mechanisms for the convention to control the churches and church leadership. So they can take out the pastors they don’t like and replace them with the ones they do.

        * This is on top of all the other problems in the SBC – giving numbers (they say they are “up” but they are not), the Cooperative Program (a huge problem), the IMB tire fire, the NAMB… The left likes to have “crisis” to exploit and fix

        SBC member churches are already leaving in large numbers. It’s like an iceberg melting rather than a split. Watch the 2020 Orlando Annual Meeting b/c what happens there will likely determine the direction of the SBC – do churches leave or do they fight back.

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        1. Thank you so much for this detailed thoughtful answer. SBC not owning churches/property makes it less easy to take over….less of a target….still, the left have made inroads.

          It’s up to good people like you to refute, reject, refuse to embrace the unBiblical leftist philosophy.

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          1. Al Mohler’s M.O. is to do nothing.

            He will know in advance things are happening.

            He won’t acknowledge it or draw attention to it publicly.

            He will intentionally avoid taking any public action to stop it.

            He will wait until after the action has happened.

            Then afterwards, he’ll go on the record that he was opposed to it.

            Status Quo is His M.O.

            All that matters is platforming bad actors and creating crisis after crisis that can be exploited.

            He makes himself out to the hero but he stands by idly and lets the foxes run the hen house.

            A lot of people buy into the charade, sadly. They look to him to fix the problems that he allowed and ignored.

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              1. Sadly Southern is the farm for seminarians to become trustees, administrators, and profs that they can manipulate thru the good old boy network.

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        2. Michael – if you don’t turn this into a post, I’m going to do it.

          ARTICLES here have vastly more effect than comment answers. The only reason I’m doing almost no articles here now is that I’m under some kind of massive attack on my WordPress sessions, which doesn’t allow me to create discrete, linkable, titled articles, a.k.a. “posts”. I am reduced to COMMENTING to get any information out there.

          THAT is about to change.

          I am about to make some massive moves to get my posting capabilities back. And THEN I’m getting some PAYBACK. I’m going to use my reclaimed abilities like a weapon of mass destruction of the left that will make these treasonous communists CRY OUT FOR MAMA.

          If YOU don’t start doing your long answers as POSTS, I’m going to start turning them into articles MYSELF – and they will have provocative titles like “Why the SBC is Fucked to Hell and Back” – things that will get some attention, trust me.

          Or you can do them as posts yourself. “The Choice Is Yours”. 😉

          But seriously – one of my first MOABS will likely be an attack on the SBC from a “non-Baptist’s comfortably safe position on an adjacent hill, which the flames will not reach”.

          GET YOUR FIRE SUIT ON.

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            1. It was very sneaky how they did it, too. They made it increasingly hard to post, until it became literally impossible.

              What I did to diagnose was to commit some sudden unpredictable excursions from normality that would mess up their likely approach, and observe the effects. Worked like a charm.

              Hope to be back very soon.

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  3. “…the worst case scenario is that Qui, her husband and research students made possible an unauthorized transfer of technology and deadly pathogens to China. They facilitated the theft of research and pathogen strains by China….

    Bottom line?

    China now has samples of the heniparvirus and research from the Canadian National Lab, which may be useful in advancing China’s biological weapons program…”
    https://news.clearancejobs.com/2019/08/15/weaponizing-medicine-chinas-latest-theft-a-potential-biological-weapon/

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    1. That was a fun recap, but not as fun as watch President Trump’s Team shred the DemonRats. unseen was correct it was a very fast two hours. so fast got sucked into the first 40 minutes again and had to tear myself away and I usually don’t like to watch vids. not eve President Trump speaking. I much rather read a transcript.

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  4. Not just rocket boy being brought to heel
    Lonestar @Lonestar
    The Irony of this one. Because of the liberal government of Moon Jae In (S. Korean President) talks over funding are deadlocked. The funds in peril are used to pay S. Korean workers on US military installations. So, Moon is only hurting his own citizens by being obstinate.

    US military warns of service delays, possible furloughs at South Korea base amid cost-sharing deadlock
    https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/us-military-warns-of-service-delays-possible-furloughs-at-south-korea-base-amid-cost-sharing-deadlock-1.616085#.XiyRHSatHog.twitter

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    1. FWIW.

      Japanese government pays the wages and benefits for nearly all Japanese civilian workers on the military bases in Japan that we operate at. Japan also pays for and constructs nearly all infrastructure – buildings, utilities, roads…

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  5. American family making $75K in 2017:

    – Federal taxes: $3,984

    – $332 withheld each month

    – $178 refund

    American family making $75K in 2018:

    – Federal taxes: $1,739

    – A $2,245 tax reduction

    – $200 more added per paycheck

    TAX CUTS ARE WORKING!”

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  6. Vatican publishes new book reducing ‘sin of Sodom’ to ‘lack of hospitality’
    The new volume uses a rhetorical strategy to move the perceived teaching of the Church on homosexuality toward the radical gender ideology of our day.
    Thu Dec 19, 2019 – 5:55 pm EST
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-publishes-new-book-reducing-sin-of-sodom-to-lack-of-hospitality

    ROME, December 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In what many see as an effort to normalize homosexuality in the Catholic Church, the Vatican has released a new book that reduces the “sin of Sodom” (Genesis 19:1–29) to “a lack of hospitality.”

    “The story about the city of Sodom … illustrates a sin that consists in the lack of hospitality, with hostility and violence towards the stranger, a behavior judged to be very serious and therefore deserving to be sanctioned with the utmost severity,” the new book asserts.

    Sources consulted by LifeSite described the book’s treatment of the sin of Sodom as “utter banality” and “obviously ridiculous.” One theologian exclaimed, “Thank God this stuff isn’t magisterial.”

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    1. The key problem here that we see here is that the left is attempting to redefine and align the ancient Christian practice of “hospitality” with a myriad of leftist causes. This is illustrative of the general course and direction of the NeoMarxist insurgency into Christianity.

      Taking a page from Alinsky, the left loves to accuse orthodox Christians of precisely that which they themselves are guilty of. The left’s inhospitality toward the poor, the sick, the outsiders, and the strangers is precisely what they themselves practice.

      “Immigration” is just the obvious starting point, the beginning of their diversion. Never mind that there is nothing loving about the injustice of releasing criminal illegal aliens into the streets and neighborhoods of a nation and turning a blind eye as they commit violent crimes that endanger the lives of citizens, including those who are too weak to defend themselves. There is nothing loving or just about allowing people to steal other men’s jobs and livelihoods. There is nothing loving about allowing lawless gangs to reign unrestrained while the state stands idly by, or worse yet, actively encourages it.

      The next step is the LGBT, by tying “hospitality” to the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. In fact, it is the perfect inversion of the narrative: In essence they are saying that the perverse practices of homosexuality and pedophilia by the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah were perfectly fine and acceptable; the real problem is that they weren’t accepting of the strangers in their midst, even though their intent was clearly perverse relations and not xenophobic sentiment.

      When they say “inhospitable” that’s nothing more than a theological fig leaf for a litany of abusive ad hominems which we are already familiar with: Homophobic, Intolerant, Racist, Sexist, Bigoted, Nativist.

      That’s right, “hospitality” has been hijacked by the left as window-dressing for radical NeoMarxism.

      The next step, of course, is for the left to subtly assert that Christians don’t practice Biblical hospitality. This is done by manipulating the guilt and spiritual inadequacy of believers that they “aren’t doing enough” for the sake of the gospel. This manipulation is an ever-present theme with NeoMarxists who are happy to use the piety of believers against them. The result is that the leftists can, through clever words designed to falsely convict the believer, encourage the believer to participate in actions that he would otherwise consider immoral and ungodly to participate in.

      To the left, “hospitality” – FAKE HOSPITALITY – means ELEVATING the LEFTIST CAUSE above all else: Elevating the LGBT above the gospel, elevating RACE above the gospel, elevating SEXISM above the gospel, elevating POVERTY above the gospel, and rejecting the gospel outright. Elevating SIN above the gospel is the false gospel of the left.

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      1. Not to be confused, poverty is not sin. But ENVY and COVETOUSNESS – the swan song of Marxism – is a sin, and leads to poverty and ruin. Marxism cannot make because Marxism is only about THEFT of others’ wealth.

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        1. I think Any Rand got to the heart of it.

          Envy/Hatred of the Good for Being the Good

          “Envy” is not the emotion I have in mind, but it is the clearest manifestation of an emotion that has remained nameless; it is the only element of a complex emotional sum that men have permitted themselves to identify.

          Envy is regarded by most people as a petty, superficial emotion and, therefore, it serves as a semihuman cover for so inhuman an emotion that those who feel it seldom dare admit it even to themselves. . . . That emotion is: hatred of the good for being the good.

          This hatred is not resentment against some prescribed view of the good with which one does not agree. . . . Hatred of the good for being the good means hatred of that which one regards as good by one’s own (conscious or subconscious) judgment. It means hatred of a person for possessing a value or virtue one regards as desirable….

          …..The primary factor and distinguishing characteristic is an emotional mechanism set in reverse: a response of hatred, not toward human vices, but toward human virtues.

          To be exact, the emotional mechanism is not set in reverse, but is set one way: its exponents do not experience love for evil men; their emotional range is limited to hatred or indifference. It is impossible to experience love, which is a response to values, when one’s automatized response to values is hatred.

          This unreasoning NAKED HATRED for President Trump, for ‘Deplorables’ for Christians and Jews is exactly what she described years ago.

          And because they HATE they strive to DESTROY. The Fabians slowly from within or the Communists fast via Revolution.

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    2. The problem of Sodom was not merely “unnatural sex” – it was a society so grossly promiscuous that RAPE of strangers was mutually tolerated by a completely criminal society.

      CRIME MUTUALLY TOLERATED BY A CRIMINAL SOCIETY.

      HMMMM. Sound like anybody we knew before TRUMP got elected? OH YEAH, THE UNIPARTY! Featuring ALL those CRIME FAMILIES that protected each other from prosecution!

      I think there is a legitimate question of whether “legitimized LGBT” can be part of an orderly, respectful, and even HOSPITABLE society, with “legitimization” being somewhat ill-defined, and we have to figure out what works or doesn’t work. I tend to think that it CAN work (MAGA), but I also believe that we have to have all our traditional American freedoms to even start to make it so. And THAT is the rub, because THAT is where the LEFTISTS want to USE the extremes of LGBTQXYZ***PEDO*** to get rid of – our traditional American freedoms.

      I have confidence that we’ll figure this out, if MAGA stays in the driver’s seat. But ZERO compromise on freedom of speech and thought. GAYS AND TRANS who want to leave have a RIGHT TO LEAVE – and to seek the medical and psychiatric assistance that will HELP THEM LEAVE. The PC view on this is anathema to freedom, and has to go.

      As for PEDO…..

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      1. “I think there is a legitimate question of whether “legitimized LGBT” can be part of an orderly, respectful, and even HOSPITABLE society”

        Society should never legitimize any symptom or any disorder or any disorientation (which same-sex attraction and sexual identity dysphoria definitely are).

        Might as well say alcoholism and drug and porn and gambling addiction are AOK too..

        Scripture, science and statistics stand against normalization of these conditions.

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    3. We knew it was coming – this degradation of Scripture – has been fomented by the Methodists and Episcopalians for decades.

      It is *&^%$@#!!! BLASPHEMY!!!!

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  7. This is a firsthand account by Ann Lindberg of spiritual abuse by Bill Hybels’ Mentor Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian, just published. There is a strong current of clery abuse that very nearly became full-blown seual abuse.

    Bill Hybels’ Mentor, Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian, Accused of Clergy Sexual Misconduct: A Personal Story
    https://spiritualsoundingboard.com/2020/01/25/bill-hybels-mentor-dr-gilbert-bilezikian-accused-of-clergy-sexual-misconduct-a-personal-story/

    This is a tough read. As bad as the behavior was, the cover up by the elders was worse.

    Some very telling points (there are many I’m not going to hi-lite all):

    * Dr. Bilezikian was an early and highly respected egalitarian, publishing Beyond Sex Roles in 1985 affirming roles in ministry traditionally reserved for men.

    * Nota Bene: Egalitarianism is by no means a guarantee of a relationship which is free of seual abuse. There is a certain mythos that “complementarianism” is abusive and “egalitarianism” is not abusive. Sin does not respect theological boundaries.

    * I have a suspicion, in fact, that many people who are guilty of clergy abuse use and espouse “egalitarianism” to cloak their behavior. A parallel I have seen was a workplace bully who in his position intimidated multiple women he supervised, and suddenly became a champion of women in his organization once they were no longer with the company.

    * The elders acted as a good ole boys network to defend their guy and their organization.

    * There was clear misuse of the intent of Matthew 18. The goal is reconciliation, but the organization made it into a checklist. The problem is that like a lawyer operating lawfare style, there is always a “fault” that can be found, that someone is doing something “the wrong way”. At a minimum the elders should have been willing and able to provide healthy guidance through such a process. But reconciliation was not the goal.

    * The church did not use a transparent, Biblical church discipline process. The purpose of church discipline is ultimately to restore a person spiritually and restore them in fellowship to the body of believers. However when churches do not want to follow a transparent process, they use a system of abusive – sinful and carnal – means of enforcing discipline:

    * Implicit threats

    * Elimination from leadership or ministry positions

    * Being the target of gossip, whisper campaigns, slander, and all around sabotage of the person’s reputation

    * Accusations of being “controversial” or “divisive”

    * Being falsely accused of wrong-doing

    * Being treated with suspicion

    * Harassment by church security

    * Maintaining a “file” on members

    * Accepting evidence from her, and lying that the evidence would be returned . . .

    * Destruction of evidence of inappropriate behavior – namely the shredding of several post cards that had been inappropriately mailed to her . . .

    * Lying that they had properly notified the investigations team – when all indications are they gave a limited, incomplete, and factually wrong report.

    They had every opportunity to the right thing . . .

    . . . but they kept doing the wrong thing.

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  8. Man it’s hard to keep up with ozzytrumpster – he posts so fast!

    It’s Too Late, Virginia — the ERA is Dead
    https://stream.org/its-too-late-virginia-the-era-is-dead/

    Congress proposed the ERA in 1972. It set a 7-year deadline for the necessary 38 states to ratify it. When Congress saw that the deadline would not be met, it tried to extend the deadline to 1982. A federal court ruled that this was illegal — that Congress is not permitted to change the ratification process once it has begun.

    No court has ever ruled otherwise. Simply put, there is no serious grounds for suggesting that the beleaguered ERA is anything but dead as a doornail.

    But wait! There’s more! Even supposing that the states or Congress could ignore the original deadline, the ERA would still not be ratified. Why? Because a handful of states that initially ratified it later rescinded their ratifications.

    Thus, as Article V expert Professor Rob Natelson describes it, the ERA campaign would have us believe “That every ratification counts, no matter how late; but that no state rescission counts, no matter how timely.” Sorry, but this doesn’t pass the straight face test.

    ERA advocates can hold their press conferences, dance their victory dances and tie up the courts in frivolous lawsuits, but the ERA is dead. I, for one, am not sorry. The proposal is both unnecessary and poorly-drafted.

    While politicians and special interests continue to beat their long-dead horse, I can only hope that their efforts will result in a new conversation about Article V. Let’s talk about amendments that we really do need in America today, and how we might actually obtain them.

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  9. This is a powerful lecture.

    After Light, Darkness: Michael O’Fallon’s Opening Presentation at the Sovereign Nations Conference
    POSTED ON DECEMBER 23, 2019, 11:23 AM
    https://sovereignnations.com/2019/12/23/after-light-darkness-michael-ofallon-sovereign-nations-conference/

    The declaration of ideological war was sounded from the center of London at the Sovereign Nations and New Discourses co-sponsored conference, Speaking Truth to Social Justice, held at the National Liberal Club’s Gladstone Library.

    At this event, Sovereign Nations Founder Michael O’Fallon joined Dr. James Lindsay, Dr. Peter Boghossian and Helen Pluckrose as they explored the current epistemological and societal challenges that accompany the current “woke” cultural revolution.

    In his presentation, O’Fallon explained that we are currently experiencing an epoch of time where mankind has purposely reverted to non-realities while rejecting objective truth. Mr. O’Fallon’s speech, After Light, Darkness, explored the sad reality that the pursuit of truth that exponentially increased after the reformation and enlightenment was quickly being extinguished:

    “If every man, woman, and child has equal access to the light of knowledge, to the pathways of truth afforded to them through cognitive liberty, how – if you wanted to control the huddled masses – would you try to reclaim some sense of subjugation?

    Well, you would introduce ideas that you would claim to be true that are completely irrational. Utterly insane. Downright mythological.

    And claim that they are true – or at least that they are morally true – under your new mythological moral code

    You would insist that others understand these falsifiable but feel good, half-truths as fertile fallacies

    Fertile fallacies always contain a kernel of truth but at the core are meant to spurn reflexive action as desired by those that seek societal or political change.

    So here is the subtle but destructive twist to destroy the concept of objective truth: radical subjectivism.”

    Please enjoy Mr. O’Fallon’s opening presentation from the Sovereign Nations London conference.

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  10. FINALLY: Missouri Lawmaker Files Bill to Prevent ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ Child Grooming Events
    It would potentially jail librarians who expose kids to “age-inappropriate sexual materials.”
    Published Jan 17, 2020
    By Shane Trejo
    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/finally-missouri-lawmaker-files-bill-to-prevent-drag-queen-story-hour-child-grooming-events/

    A state lawmaker is finally taking aim at drag queen story hour events that allow creeps and weirdos to groom children in public libraries and other formerly wholesome venues.

    Rep. Ben Baker, a legislator from southwestern Missouri, has introduced the “Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act” to provide criminal sanctions against librarians who permit children to be exposed to drag queen story hour events without parental consent.

    “In some places — St. Louis, Kansas City and I think St. (Joseph) — they’ve had these drag queen story hours and that’s something that I take objection to and I think a lot of parents do,” Baker said. “That’s where in a public space, our kids could be exposed to something that’s age-inappropriate. That’s what I’m trying to tackle.”

    The legislation would allow parents to have “recourse” to express that they are “not OK” with drag queen story hour events coming to their community, according to Baker. Libraries would be compelled to create a five-person oversight board to determine whether certain “material,” like pro-tranny books read by cross-dressers at story hour events, is appropriate fr kids.

    Library personnel who refused to comply with these rules would be charged with a class B misdemeanor, facing a fine of $500 and up to a year in jail. The bill author is clear that he does not want to ban any type of literature, only protect children from LGBT indoctrination from events like drag queen story hour.

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    1. Time to de-fund public libraries. Not only are they obsolete, but almost all children have internet access via home computers, laptops, and smartphones. They do not need brick-and-mortar libraries for information – so for what are these libraries being used? Social gatherings? Off-budget school annexes?

      I say they are already re-purposed into leftist/commie indoctrination centers. And YOUR taxes are paying for that, to which I call BULLSCHIFF!

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      1. What are they used for?

        Jobs program. Waste tax dollars. IIRC, a month or so ago, one library had camping gear to check out.

        Libraries need to go away. AND, not use those tax dollars for something else. Don’t spend those tax dollars. Novel concept it is.

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        1. The libraries also don’t stock good, classic children’s books anymore. They only stock the new shiny stuff, and they also push social justice reading lists with revisionist historical literature.

          They love fiction written in historical periods, what they call “integrated learning” where kids can read literature and learn history. Of course it is a highly stilted history, often manufactured – the fiction itself IS manufactured toward leftist ends – with much the same impact as the NYT’s 1619 propaganda project.

          People have not kept an eye on what they are doing. Libraries have long been used to funnel money to preferred causes – they have bloated budgets due to exorbitant licencing fees for services provided by publishers that patrons almost never use. The idea that a library could just stock good books is alien to them.

          Yes, many libraries are only good for their DVD library. They’re doing good business with video since Netflix killed most of the video stores. (No love lost for Blockbuster, though.)

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    1. ^^^ This. Subpoena hussein as a fact witness. Once we get past hussein me, me, me, I, I, I,…he would confirm too slow jjoe was in charge of Ukraine. Inquire about Barisma, Where’s Hunter employment…

      D-Rats WILL STOP asking for witnesses IF hussein subpoena is rightfully in line for a subpoena.

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  11. Shits getting serious
    https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.taiwannews.com.tw%2Fen%2Fnews%2F3863692&data=02%7C01%7C%7Ca3b3c0ef56374369d42108d7a235f2d0%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637156224900169525&sdata=yVP6R%2BEBhI0J0%2BYsjg2jeNAYAzM5X%2BbtJGK7BA0dOLI%3D&reserved=0
    Taiwan bans export of surgical, N95 masks amid China coronavirus outbreak. Those in the know over there all seem to be acting as if this si very, very bad, as if they know something very disturbing which has not yet made it to us.

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  12. We remember the three American firefighters who lost their lives defending Australians against horrific bushfires.

    U.S. Secretary of Defense
    NSW Rural Fire Service
    Defence Australia
    Scott Morrison (ScoMo)

    Thank you from all Australians.

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        1. What happened to the Zika “crisis” (and all your tax dollars)?

          JUNE 17, 2018 BY SHARYL ATTKISSON

          * *https://sharylattkisson.com/2018/06/what-happened-to-the-zika-crisis-and-all-your-tax-dollars/

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    1. ^^^ BEFORE we jump off the cliff over Corona, worth reading link GA/FL posted above.

      Dunno truth about Corona myself as I am not the sharpest tool in the shed AND, we really have limited facts. Me thinks.
      .
      .
      To some degree, these viruses that pop up every five or ten years are sort of like the other hoaxes that pop up in the news…global cooling, global warming, running out of oil, ice age, acid rain, ozone layer…

      Incoming darts and arrows welcome 😉

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      1. Well, I’m not smart enough to calculate the percentages, but I’ll “panic” when more than an INFINITESIMAL percentage of the 7.53 BILLION people on earth have gotten sick and died of coronavirus.

        What are we up to now, fifty? In a third world country like China? I’d bet their medical care sucks.

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        1. With two confirmed cased in the LA and Anaheim CA area plus the homeless camping out and mingling with passengers at LAX, Give it a couple week to a month and we will see what the death rate in Adam Shiff’s district is.

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    1. if in fact, the snakes or bats are the source of the disease, it begs the question, why now?
      I have to imagine the Chinese have been eating these things for a while now…so what happened that caused the virus to be IN the snakes and bats?
      the bats and snakes may be the source for the human infection, but what is the source for the bat/snake infection?

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      1. It’s beginning to look like an ELECTION YEAR Manufactured Useful Crisis.

        China has motive not to want Trump re-elected and so do the Democraps who have exhausted every other of their usual tricks.

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        1. yeah i can see the “cautionary” warnings of avoiding large groups (say the President’s rallies) and staying away from crowds (grocery, other shopping–is this why amazon is delivering food now?) to tank the economy…

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      2. Viri (or viruses for the non-Latin types) mutate exponentially perpetually. Epidemiologists all seem to agree that the animal-human barrier is the “Maginot Line” of viral disease (see rabies). Apparently there are a whole lot (billions?) of viri circulating in animals of all species at any given moment, a small subset of which are lethal humans but then in two hours they mutate and another generation of viri populate with another subset of pathogens. So you can go down two paths here. One is that the “wet market” culture of traditional, backward, unsterile delivery of freshly killed “exotic”, non-domesticated (i.e. cattle, sheep) meat was a disaster waiting to happen. Or you can go with the government was experimenting and it got out. Michael Crichton wrote that story in the ’70s called The Andromeda Strain. (As an aside, Crichton, who died very young at 66, was my cousin’s roommate at Harvard Medical School in the ’70s and both were active anti-war activists). I tend to always gravitate toward the less conspiratorial answer to a question but in the case of China it’s probably a 50-50.

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    1. Having a difficult time getting past her MAJOR facelift to hear her message. I always wonder why these women with unlimited money do not use more subtle “refreshing” procedures instead of the harsh “who is that?” one.
      I remember when Betty Ford did the same.

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    2. This sort of stuff pisses me off.

      McStain wench says everyone knew what Epstein was doing.

      – AND McStain wench did NOTHING.

      – Fawning media does NOT get in McStain wench face asking, WHY she did nothing?

      And McStain bitch and her cheeseburger MeAgain daughter lectures President Trump. UFB.

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  13. awesome job to all who sent a Valentine to the 104 yr old Vet!!! he’s overwhelmed!!

    FTA
    “I wasn’t expecting anything like this,” White said. “It hit me like a ton of bricks. I still can’t get over it.

    “Up until about a week or two ago, I was leading a quiet life … now all of a sudden all Hell has broken loose.”

    The goal of Operation Valentine was 10,000 cards. On Tuesday alone, 28 trays with some 400 to 500 cards in each, about 14,000 total pieces of mail, were delivered by the United States Postal Service to The Oaks, where a vacant apartment near White’s has been turned into a makeshift mail room. In little more than a week, more than 20,000 cards and easily 200 packages have arrived and more are delivered every day.

    https://americanmilitarynews.com/2020/01/tens-of-thousands-of-valentines-and-an-outpouring-of-love-delivered-to-104-year-old-wwii-veteran-bill-white/

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  14. Last night, conservative twitter (somewhere) noted POTUS’ repetitive remark, “The best is yet to come.”

    He’s been saying that over the past year or so. Primarily at his rallies… but, I believe as others reflected last night, that he’s messaging us.

    He isn’t necessarily talking about the good years ahead for the United States, though that too, he’s been telling #MAGA – as recently as the past couple of days, to look up, look ahead, fireworks are going to happen – in our favor.

    IOW, we haven’t seen anything yet. That’s been my thought for some time, and others appear to think similarly.

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    1. The BEST is yet to come . . .

      Our economic growth is just the starting point.

      We’re still ramping up our production and work capacity.

      We’re still inking the trade deals.

      We haven’t received the PEACE DIVIDENDS yet from ending all our STUPID wars, and stopping paying for the security of NATO, Korea, Japan, KSA, etc.

      We haven’t even started our HUGE infrastructure upgrade – needed for ECONOMIC and MILITARY SECURITY.

      We’ve only had a SMALL TASTE of what’s in store.

      Only a SMALL TASTE.

      This is like America in 1984 crawling out of a DEEP economic hole and finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

      The best REALLY IS yet to come!

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      1. Interstate system designed in 1950s for NATSEC needs major uplift.

        Rail networks being overhauled desperately needed more to be done.

        Cracker plants in PA. Moar and bigger needed.

        More LNG export terminals on Atlantic, need ANY on the Pacific.

        New modernized refineries are desperately needed.

        CLEAN SAFE PIPELINES, a huge network of them.

        Outdated Air Traffic Control system.

        Locks, dams, levees, bridges, inland waterways, water management critical needs.

        Superfund sites were not being cleaned up(!) but abused as revenue streams for the government.

        Forest management, logging and prescribed burns to prevent runaway wildfires not done.

        Land rights for ranchers revoked, resulting in the desertification of our beautiful grasslands overseen by the hopelessly incompetent park service.

        ALL NEGLECTED BY DEMS. ALL LEFT TO ROT.

        Then they have the GALL to complain to US about the “crumbling infrastructure” that THEY refused to properly maintain! Graft and diversion to political insiders was more important – they literally sold out America. Katrina DID NOT NEED TO HAPPEN. Flint DID NOT NEED TO HAPPEN. They refuse to take blame for crisis that are THEIR FAULT.

        Dems tried to campaign on it as works projects. But Trump wants to FIX IT and BUILD!!!

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    1. I don’t understand why Christian pastors do not get together and coordinate the ringing of church bells at precisely the same time as the Muslim call to prayer. Let the two faiths debate the matter with bells and whistles.

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