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The Japanese government has removed restrictions on splicing human DNA with animals to create “chimeras.”
In a stunning announcement, the Japanese government removed a series of regulations that now opens the door for the creation of human-animal hybrids via genetic manipulation. The move, which is already causing alarm among many scientists and bioethicists, harkens back to the first book of the Bible and a time when humanity was the subject of genetic manipulation so severe, that the entire race was on the brink of destruction.
PAVING THE WAY FOR ANIMALS TO BECOME “HUMANIZED”
A pig embryo spliced with human DNA to grow organs for patients on a donor waiting list.
According to reports:
“Japanese regulators have effectively given the green light to research involving human-animal chimera embryos, which are created by implanting human pluripotent stem cells into animals in early development. The revised guidelines, issued in early March, lift a previous requirement to terminate such embryos after 14 days.
The revisions now pave the way for Japanese scientists to study how to grow human organs in animals as an alternative to organ transplantation, and to produce better models to study human development and disease.
However, they also raise some ethical concerns, as a group of Japanese bioethicists at the Kyoto University note in a letter published today (April 4) in Cell Stem Cell. For instance, the guidelines would allow researchers to create chimeras with human cells populating animal brains—something that concerns the Japanese public. They also don’t explicitly prohibit chimera embryos made from human and nonhuman primate cells, which could take experiments into ethically uncharted territory.” (source).
This frightening development has been a concept many scientists have been waiting for legal authority to experiment with. Years ago, Beginning And End reported on scientists in the UK that previously created over 150 animal-human hybrids in a laboratory. Now, Japan has made it perfectly legal to keep these chimeras alive for unspecified amounts of time opening the door for actual humans who are part-animal.
In each case, the stated goal was that it could lead to massive advancements in human health and science. The International Society For Stem Cell research applauded the move:
“The ISSCR supports research using human-animal chimeras conducted under appropriate review and oversight (ISSCR Guidelines Recommendation 2.1.5) and applauds the new Japanese rules enabling research on chimeric embryos. ‘Japan’s new rules will enable a new generation of research that could potentially lead to the production of human organs for transplantation and other advances in the field of regenerative medicine.’” (source).
THE DAYS OF NOAH – ANIMAL GENETIC CORRUPTION
The Book of Genesis details that genetic manipulation first took place in the Days of Noah.
Beginning And End devoted an entire series to covering the account of Genesis 6 and the Nephilim giants – human-angelic hybrids who were the offspring of rebel angels who took human women as wives bringing the near destruction of humanity. This illicit union was the key reason for God ushering in a flood that wiped out all of civilization save for Noah, his wife and his six family members. It was an attempt by the enemies of humanity – Satan and his army of fallen angels, to genetically and spiritually corrupt the human race and prevent the birth of the Messiah who was prophesied in Genesis 3. What is often not discussed in this account is that the corruption that took place from this angelic interference in the gene pool also extended to animals:
“And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth…And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.” – Genesis 6:12-13; 19-20
A depiction of the chimera from Greek mythology which was a hyrbid of several animals.
Notice that in the instructions to Noah The Lord stated two important points: 1) all flesh was corrupted on Earth and 2) the animals brought on he ark were to be “after their kind” or in other words, genetically pure. The sin of the rebel angels of Genesis 6 extended to the animal kingdom and thus in restarting the population after the flood, The Lord was also ridding the Earth of whatever animal monstrosities were created in the days of Noah. A 19thcentury Christian commentary highlights this exact point:
“All flesh, literally “the totality of flesh” had corrupted its way. As the corrupting of their ways resulted in giant forms among men, so a parallel corrupting of the way among the brute creation, may have produced giant beasts. Unnatural mixtures in both respects produced monstrosities. These giant monsters among the animal world would have hastened the filling of the earth with violence, especially with the vast numbers which to judge from their remains, must have filled the earth…But we go a step further, and add that the direction given to Noah to preserve seed of the animals, positively excluded the monster forms, in whatever way originated, from the ark… Noah therefore received no command to take wild beasts or degenerated monsters into the ark. And it cannot surprise us that they have not survived.” – Genesis and Science; Or The First Leaves Of The Bible, John Muehlheisen Arnold, 1875, p. 320-321FORESHADOW OF THE END TIMES:Movie poster for the 2010 film ‘Splice’ in which 2 scientists create a human-animal hyrbrid that eventually impregnates the female scientist.
Jesus Christ predicted that the end times – the final years before the Second Coming of Christ to Earth, society would be living in a manner like the antediluvian era: “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37). Once again, humanity is seeking to “evolve” humanity into something other than human via scientific advancement.
China is already experimenting by splicing human DNA into monkeys to accelerate their intellectual development.
And recently scientific journals started weighing in on the issue suggesting that human- animal chimeras should be granted “personhood” status:
“Thus, an embryo produced using gamete-like cells obtained from human blood or human sperm or eggs produced from a genetically altered mouse would still attain both human and personhood status. Similarly, a human embryo created in vitro from human gametes and transplanted into an artificial placenta or genetically altered animal that contains a human uterus, would still have human status. These technologies are not hypothetical—ectogenesis, or development outside the natural womb, has already been shown to preserve premature lambs, and xenotransplantation biotechnologies used to produce human-pig chimeras could be applied to other animals to generate, say, a cow with a human uterus.
It is interesting that the Bible and the Talmud (the Jewish book of Law) subtly address the role of human gametes and being born from a human as intrinsic definitions of a human being. According to the Bible, Adam, having been created by God, was not born from a human being nor created from human sperm or eggs. Thus, God had to declare this living creation as a “human being.”” (source).
Note that the author cites the Bible and the Book of Genesis to supports its case. Once again, humanity seeks to take the place of God and manipulate creation as we see fit. And in the end times, there could be angelic assistance with this process.
THE LOCUSTS OF REVELATION 9 – HYBRID BEINGS FROM HELL
The “locusts” of Revelation 9 sound eerily similar to the ancient Greek chimera.
Revelation 9 details the release of fallen angelic, grotesque beings who are released from their prison in the abyss:
And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
…And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. – Revelation 9:1-3; 7-10
When these hybrid beings are released on Earth it will not be to advance humanity or foster “human 2.0” It will be to torment the unbelieving world for the constant rebellion against God and desire to usurp God’s own power. Do not be deceived.
PRAY FOR REPENTANCE
Pray for those in the scientific community pushing for human-animal hybrids to repent from trying to alter God’s creation. Yes, there is, of course, a need for breakthroughs in medical research. There is indeed a desperate need for organ donations. But mingling humans with animals and creating hybrid creatures is a step too far that could have disastrous consequences. Satan wanted to do anything in his power to corrupt humanity from being something “other” than image bearers of God. Were it not for The Lord supernaturally intervening, he may have very well succeeded.
If you are a Christian share God’s Word, preach the Gospel of free forgiveness in Jesus Christ, so that the more people can open their eyes to the spiritual implications of man trying to “play God.” Sadly, we may be approaching an age where mankind is taking the lead in bringing on its own corruption.
This is what happens when churches feel just reading the Bible to students is not enough.
In yet the latest example of the nonsensical madness taking place in many contemporary, entertainment-based churches, a disturbing video of a Youth Class in which students were encouraged by the Pastor to spit on, slap him in the face and even cut his bare back with a steak knife in order to “teach them about Jesus”, has gone viral. Not only was this ridiculous stunt potentially traumatic to the children involved, it is yet the latest sign of the end times apostasy – the prophesied falling away in the Church from teaching sound Biblical doctrine in favor of entertainment, person-centered teachings and gimmickry.
According to reports:
“The young people lined up as if they were preparing to receive communion, but instead of accepting bread and wine from the associate pastor at Impact City Church in Pataskala, Ohio, they spit in his face.
Then, they slapped him.
Finally, at least one carved into his back with a steak knife.
The violence unfolded at the pastor’s own encouragement, as an after-school lesson on Monday about the crucifixion — doled out nearly a week before Easter — revealed the perils of trying to reenact scriptural teachings.
The episode at the church was intended as an illustration of love. Instead, it became a parable about the readiness of children to perpetrate violence, sending a disquieting signal of how quickly some young people descend into the sort of savagery fictionalized in William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies.”
“The students were caught off guard,” the lead pastor, Justin Ross, recalled on Monday night. “Some got excited because they never had an opportunity to spit in someone’s face.”
THE PRESSURE TO BE “RELEVANT” – DOWNFALL MANY CHURCHES TODAY
An ad used for the Resurrection Sunday service at City Church in Seattle, Washington.
Impact City markets itself as: “a modern, non-denominational, church that focuses on being both relational and relevant. In simple terms, we want to help connect you with people you enjoy “doing life” with while on your journey of growing closer to God, closer to each other, and closer to your purpose!” (source).
This type of language and terminology is very commonly used in the modern “relevant” and “hip” churches that are laser-focused on church growth over the preaching of sound doctrine itself. Marketing firms, consultants and “toolkits” are used all over America by pastors seeking to make a splash in their “community.” Using catchy phrases, making church as informal as possible and deemphasizing the “scary” parts of the Bible while relying on entertainment, pop culture references and socializing are the foundation. All of this reflects a lack of faith in what is the most powerful gift God has given Christians – His Word.
Many churches today hire consulting firms to help them “build their brand.”
Many contemporary churches are devoid of any belief in the supernatural power of the Bible. Scripture is clear – marketing techniques, light shows, great music and phenomenal entertainment may pack seats, but it does not make a believer in The Lord Jesus Christ:
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” – Romans 10:14-18
Faith comes from hearing the Word of God. It is the power of God’s divinely-inspired Word that brings the Light of God into the heart and mind of an unsaved soul. It’s the preaching of the Word that changes hearts from rebellion against God to humble obedience, repentance and love. Jesus Christ said:
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” – John 6:63
Romans 1:16 says: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” – Romans 1:16-17
Time and time again the Bible stresses that the power of God is in the Word. There is nothing wrong with making church fun. There is nothing wrong with promoting believers to have fellowship, play games or have God-honoring parties. But first and foremost a Pastor’s duty is to preach and teach the Bible – soundly and accurately. When a church is relying on marketing, entertaining and using tactics to try and keep youth engaged and attending, the result is nonsense stunts like that seen at Impact Ohio.
This is not the first example of this. Beginning And End has detailed a number of outrageous behavior by Pastors in the modern “relevant” church:
Almost as disturbing as Impact Ohio’s Youth Torture Party was the response of their lead pastor. In an uncut, unedited video posted by the lead Pastor and the Youth Pastor in question, their apology is given. The video is below:
While we credit Pastor Justin Ross for posting a response to this incident right away, there were still some concerns with the content of his statement.
No emphasis on The Word:
“Each Monday we invite students to come across the street, a place where they can hang out with their friends. We provide activities for them, we feed them. As part of that program we also take five minutes to do a deposit of faith in the students. A chance where we can share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.”
Most youth night programs can run anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours. According to Impact City’s website, they can run from 2:00PM until 5:30. And in this time, the Youth Pastor spends 5 minutes giving a message? Does this sound like a ministry that believes in using the Word as the “power of God?” Does this sound like a youth pastor who is training children up and emphasizing Biblical teaching?
“The reactions are appropriate. Many of you were disgusted, many of you were hurt by this, many of you were very confused. Why this would be taking place in a church, in a youth group? And we agree, it was inappropriate for this audience. And there is really no excuse for why it happened.”
Credit the Pastor for being accountable for this terrible event, acknowledging the outrage of parents and observers and stating there was “no excuse.” This is a fine example of leadership. However, in this segment and one other time the Pastor stated that the torture event was not appropriate for “this audience” – implying that because these were children and teens, they should not have done it. But if this were an adult class, that it would have been permissible.
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Note that in this passage the Apostle Paul (a former Pharisee who was well-trained in the Word of God) repeatedly emphasizes that he did not rely on his “excellency of speech” or “enticing words of man’s wisdom” in order to preach. He stuck to God’s Word and “knew nothing” else. The “crucifixion illustration” is a perfect example of man’s wisdom. Why not just sit the children down and reach the account of the trial and crucifixion of Christ? This is the central story of the entire Bible. If this can’t just be read to children (who must – dare we say it – sit in silence and listen) then what part of the Bible can be taught?
“This part did not get posted on social media. After Jaddeus allowed them to spit on him, slap him and cut him, he sat them down and explained to them about this guy named Jesus who thousands of years ago, he was put on trial for a crime He did not commit.
And he was beaten, he was broken, he was whipped. He was crucified. He died as an innocent man. We believe Jesus had the power at any point to stop them. To stop those that were hurting him. But he chose to allow it to happen … in order to take the payment of our debt that we call sin.”
Interesting that the Pastor used this incident to now state the Gospel quite accurately (though referring to The Lord Jesus Christ as “this guy” is quite irreverent). Praise God that the Gospel was preached. But why could this not have been done in the class? Why did it take a youth Pastor removing his shirt, giving a steak knife to an incredulous group of students and asking them to cut his back? And notice there was no discipline announced. Is this youth Pastor still going to be trusted to teach children?
PRAY FOR REPENTANCE
All churches need to be relevant is the message of for forgiveness of sin through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” – 2 Timothy 4:2-4
Pray for Ohio Impact City Church and the many hundreds of pastors all over the world following this same “growth model” for their own congregations. Being a pastor is an honorable, God-given and very thankless role. It is not easy and the pressures a Pastor endures are exponential to their average congregant. But what sustains them through the trials and spiritual warfare of being the head of a flock of believers is The Word.
It takes an unyielding reliance on God’s Word and prayer-filled life of humility to lead and teach the Church of God. Pray for Pastor Ross to consider reevaluating his approach and making sure men and women who are experienced in The Bible with established doctrinal knowledge take lead of the church and that preaching and teaching form the church’s foundation. The message of the Bible has never been more relevant in human history. All we need are some brave Christians to open the book and share it.
The Church of Saint Sulpice in flames after a church attack in March.
Global headlines have been filled with coverage of the devastating fire that ravaged the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The French landmark has received an outpouring of support for its repair and recovery. However, lost in the coverage has been the much bigger story of the hundreds of attacks on Christian Churches in France over the past few years – a sign of a nation giving itself over to outright hostility towards the Christian faith.
AN OPEN WAR ON THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
Police officers serving as security have become the norm at many historic French churches.
Once one digs into the limited coverage of churches that have been desecrated and attacked in the past few years in France, the facts are startling:
“Across Europe, there has been a growing rise in attacks on churches. Countries like France and Germany have seen a spike in violent vandalism, desecrating cherished churches and Christian symbols in recent months and years.
According to the German news site PI-News, every day in France, two churches are desecrated. They report 1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols like crucifixes, icons, and statues in France in 2018, marking a 17 percent increase from the year before.
“I think there is a rising hostility in France against the church and its symbols,” stated Ellen Fantini, executive director of Observatory of Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe. “It seems to be more against Christianity and the symbols of Christianity.”
“These attacks are on symbols that are really sacred to parishioners, to Catholics.” she added. “Desecration of consecrated hosts is a very personal attack on Catholicism and Christianity, more than spray-painting a slogan on the outside wall of a church.” (source).
A church in Nimes, France was vandalized – one of dozens of attacks where church property has been destroyed.
In February 2019 alone, French authorities reported 47 church attacks. Weeks before the Notre Dame fire, the church of Saint-Sulpice was set on fire following a Sunday midday service. Here is just a sampling of some of the other attacks that have taken place in the past year:
In February, at Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur, congregants found their altar cloth burned and the church’s crosses and statues of saints broken. (source).
At the same time many jihadists celebrated the burning of Notre Dame online. Islamic terror has been rampant in French churches. In 2016, 2 Muslim men stormed a church taking its 88-year old priest and three elderly nuns hostage. The men forced them all to kneel at the altar and performed a ritual (which they recorded on video) before slitting the priest’s throat.
PERSECUTION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH – PROPHESIED IN SCRIPTURE
A young girl prays at the memorial for Jacques Hamel on the steps of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray Church in France.
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.” – John 15:19-22
Jesus Christ predicted that those who followed Him would suffer hatred and persecution from a lost world that at its core was angry with God. Today, nations like France move far from the Bible in their government, schools and daily life. Many of the churches being attacked teach man-made, heretical doctrines. New Age spirituality and Islam have increased exponentially. And as a result, the willingness to brazenly attack and desecrate the Christian faith has seen a dramatic surge. Now more than ever, France needs Christian pastors and believers who are not afraid to boldly proclaim the Biblical Gospel. The city of Paris needs the light of Christ to shine on what has become a spiritually darkened and dangerous metropolis. But will they do it? Are the Bible-believing Christian churches prepared? Are they mobilized to show the love of Christ and truth of God’s judgment on the lost? Time will tell.
PRAY FOR FRANCE
The gold cross at Notre Dame still stands amidst the burning rubble.
If you are a Christian pray for a revival of Biblical Christianity in this nation. Pray for church to lean on God and His Word in this time of increasing hostility and persecution. And pray for peace in the hearts and minds of those who have attacked or are considering attacking Christians and church buildings out of hatred for their faith. As Jesus Christ explained the issue is not with a building. The hatred is not towards a belief. It is truly anger with the true and living God of the Bible – Yahweh. It is sinful rebellion against the God the lost know exist but are at war against because sin has deceived and blinded them from the truth of God’s mercy.
Jesus Christ suffered on His long march to the cross against people filled wit the same hatred. He was battered, spit on and mocked by people filled with animosity towards the Savior. And yet, as He suffered on the cross, He uttered: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34).
Truly there are many people in France and all over the world who do not know or realize that they are inviting the wrath of Almighty God when they attack the Christian faith. Yet they need forgiveness that comes through the Gospel – faith in Jesus Christ who took that pain, torture and death so that He could take the wrath for the sins of humanity and all who believe and trust in His sacrifice can be freely forgiven. Lord willing, the people of France will realize this before they find themselves in eternal flames.
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Sri Lanka’s defense minister Ruwan Wijewardena “blamed religious extremists for what he called the ‘unfortunate terrorist incident.'”
But even in this hour of crisis neither he nor other authorities worldwide will dare to identify exactly what kind of “religious extremists” were involved, even though Indian media has already identified two of them by name: Zahran Hashim and Abu Mohammad.
The jihad advances with impunity, and the powers of the world cower before it, portray Muslims as the true victims, and kowtow to its enablers and allies.
“Sri Lanka blasts: Seven suspects arrested as death toll reaches 190,” 9News, April 21, 2019:
Seven suspects have been arrested over the Easter Sunday terror bombings at churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, that killed at least 190 people and wounded hundreds more.
Sri Lanka’s defense minister Ruwan Wijewardena confirmed the arrests, according to Associated Press.
Eight blasts, thought to have been targeting worshippers and tourists, were reported across the country today, in the worst bout of violence in Sri Lanka since the South Asian country’s bloody civil war ended a decade ago. The death toll is expected to rise.
The government has imposed an island-wide curfew and a social media shutdown.
Earlier, the defense minister blamed religious extremists for what he called the “unfortunate terrorist incident”.
He said those “involved in this unfortunate terrorist incident will be taken into custody as soon as possible.”
About 8.45am local time, six near-simultaneous explosions occurred across three churches and three hotels.
St. Anthony’s Shrine and the hotels, Shangri-La, Kingsbury and the Cinnamon Grand, are in Colombo, the capital, and are frequented by foreign tourists.
The other blasts were at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a majority Catholic town north of Colombo, and at Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa….
And he threatens more: “Behold, the rivers of blood flow! We will return to water the paving stones of their nightclubs/With the blood of the unbelievers we shall meet.”
Meanwhile, Western social media giants and others are on the hunt for “Islamophobia.”
“Jihadi Ideologue Celebrates Notre Dame Cathedral Fire, Threatens Jihad Against France,” MEMRI, April 17, 2019:
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On April 17, 2019, the influential jihadi ideologue Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi, based in Jordan, posted a poem on his Telegram channel celebrating the devastating April 15, 2019, fire which destroyed large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The poem portrays the burning of the cathedral as just punishment for France’s colonial-era crimes against Muslim nations and the Christian Church’s persecution of Muslims, and threatens future jihad against France. The post includes an eight-second video showing the cathedral’s spire, topped with a cross, collapsing in the blaze.
The following is a translation of the poem, whose author is unknown:
“The cross was broken, a sign of good omens
And the building collapsed in a fiery blaze.
Oh accursed Paris, “rejoice” over tidings
Of humiliation, burning, and poverty.
Let me not find a deceiver to lament them
Or one speechless with grief for the ancient monument.
By no means! We rejoice over anything that hurts them,
So beware, oh hypocrites, beware!
The land of Syria has not forgotten their crimes, nor has
Africa forgotten centuries of captivity.
How many mosques, have the cannons erased their traces
In our land, how many ruins of colonialism?
How much have our peoples been degraded in the name of the Church?
Behold, the rivers of blood flow!
We will return to water the paving stones of their nightclubs
With the blood of the unbelievers we shall meet.
France thought it would defeat our Lord,
But he who tries to defeat the Omnipotent one will be defeated.
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I received this email from a French-speaking contact. The tweets at the link are in French, but the summary provided here is sufficient to give you an idea of what is being said. The fact that the Africans pray on site indicates that they are not just Africans, but Muslims, and their hostility to the French may be a result of the contempt that the “best of people” (Qur’an 3:110) often have for “the most vile of created beings,” i.e., unbelievers (Qur’an 98:6).
Does this mean that the Notre Dame fire was an arson jihad attack? Absolutely not. Once again, however, it raises the possibility that it could be, and the question of whether or not the French government has the will even to investigate a possibility that could be so politically explosive, or to tell the truth about what it finds if it shows up its policies in a negative light. Will there be such an investigation? Will the renovation workers at Notre Dame be looked into? Or would the political fallout be too great for the Macron government if something inconvenient was found?
Here is a link to a series of tweets by a French traditional stone carver who worked on different monuments’ sites including Notre-Dame cathedral. He tells of his experience of seeing many African workers hired “who hate us” and “pray on the site”, one attacking him and others physically, that he was fired but not the African attacker, his complaint at the police station where a female police officer started deafeningly screaming after him when he mentioned the attacker was African, that she wore a hand of fatma on a necklace, which is a North African symbol.
Last night I published an article reporting that Summit Church in North Carolina, which is pastored by Southen Baptist Convention President JD Greear, was charging admission to it’s Good Friday service. In less than 24 hours and during a period of typically low weekend readership, that article has already been shared over 700 times. Reaction to Summit’s sale of tickets has, understandably, been almost universally negative on social media. Responding to inquiry about selling tickets to corporate worship, Greear issued the following statement via Twitter.
Both. For sure limited space. & bc this is a choir concert not a worship service, choir has traditionally sold tickets. But every year they pick a mission project to give 100% of proceeds to—usually one of our community ministry partners. This year it is to send singers to SBC.
In his response, Greear manages to make the situation at Summit look even worse.
First and foremost, Greear contradicts himself. In the statement above, Greear claims that tickets were sold because the event is a “choir concert and not a worship service.” Yet, less than 24 hours prior to making this claim, Greear encouraged people to “grab their tickets” for “Good Friday worship.” Greear appears to be tweeting out of both sides of his mouth, calling the event “worship” while selling tickets and then claiming that the event was not a “worship service.” If there is any degree of honesty in Greear’s behavior it’s the tacit recognition that such “worship” events at his church are ultimately a show. Last Christmas, Summit’s singers performedLet it Go from frozen as a part of its holiday concert. That’s a show. Show promoters sell tickets. JD Greear does, too.
Secondly, Greear frames the Good Friday event as a missions fundraiser. He claims that 100% of ticket proceeds will be used for a choir missions project. According to Greear, ticket proceeds will be used to send members of Summit’s choir to the Southern Baptist Convention. This can hardly be called missions. The annual Southern Baptist Convention will be held in Birmingham, Alabama this year; in the heart of the Bible belt. The Convention consists of messengers hand-picked by their individual churches to represent their interests in what amounts to a business meeting (which will he presided over by JD Greear). In other words, Greear is sending his choir to sing for a group of people who already proclaim Christ as Savior in a town full of churches and calls it “missions.”
Lastly and most importantly, there is a clear biblical condemnation for showing preference to the rich over the poor. James wrote:
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called? (James 2:1-7)
After service fees were considered, tickets to Summit’s concert would have cost a family of four $24.04. $5 plus a service fee may come off as a nominal price but it places a bigger burden on large families and those who must pinch every penny. As with any service, Summit could have taken up a love offering to cover fundraising needs. Instead, it chose to use economic maneuvering to manage space concerns.
What’s really sad is that a church as misguided and poorly led as Summit would have to worry about being too full.
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Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is not alone in wanting to abolish the Electoral College. In the 2016 election, this Massachusetts senator favored Hillary Clinton who won the popular vote with a large margin. But Mrs. Clinton lost in her quest to be the first female U.S. president because Donald Trump won more Electoral College votes. When those votes were counted, Trump was the winner by 304 to 222. (Seven electoral votes were cast for others.)
The popular vote total actually showed Ms. Clinton with 2,870,000 more votes than Trump, the largest popular vote margin for a losing presidential candidate in our nation’s history. Hence Elizabeth Warren (and numerous others who identify as Democrats) believe something is terribly wrong. What can be certain, however, is that Warren would hardly be proposing change in the Electoral College system — including its complete abolition — if Ms. Clinton had won the electoral vote and her opponent gained more popular votes. No purist is she.
The unlikely result is 2016 isn’t really that unlikely. In 1888, incumbent Democrat Grover Cleveland won the popular vote with 90,000 more popular votes than Republican Benjamin Harrison. But Harrison won the presidency with 233 Electoral College votes to only 168 for the sitting president.
More recently in 2000, Democrat Al Gore won 540,000 more popular votes than Republican George W. Bush. But Bush won the Electoral College race 271-266 and became president. Partisans for Gore cried foul but the numbers showed that they had no case as long as the Electoral College system was still in place.
What needs to be said here is that our nation’s constitutional system retains the Founders’ abhorrence of democracy. Yes, it’s certainly true that most fellow Americans believe our system of government is — and always has been — democracy. They’re wrong. The truth is that the men who formed the constitutional convention in 1787 gave us a republic, the rule of law, not a democracy, the rule of the majority. The nation would be far better off if that simple fact were taught in the nation’s schools, something that hasn’t been done for many decades.
It’s not terribly difficult to find out why the men who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 created an unusual process for choosing the chief executive for our country. They preferred having the president selected by a few knowledgeable and principled men from each state. They wanted individuals who would choose a partisan for good government, not someone who wins the favor of a swayable mob. The method they chose is reliance on knowledgeable electors.
James Madison, rightly named “Father of the Constitution” due to his invaluable recording of the proceedings during the gathering, expressed his strong detestation of democracy in The Federalist Papers. His colleagues similarly abhorred what their study of history had shown them was a path to chaos. Madison wrote:
Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.
The Founders knew there would be reasons to protect the rights of minorities, even in the small population states. With the system they created, California, New York, and other large population states may indeed tilt the nations toward what Madison and his colleagues feared. But the mid- and small-population states were given a say in every presidential race.
After careful deliberation, the Founders produced the electoral system as their way of avoiding the excesses they expected if the choice of a president were left to the general public. Their system became known as the “Electoral College.” But it’s not a college and, unlike what defines many of today’s democracy-promoting colleges, it has no football team.
What the existing system does have is one way of avoiding what history clearly demonstrates are indeed the ravages of direct democracy. Those who want to discard the existing process, including Senator Warren and many others seeking a nomination and subsequent election to the high office of president, want to abandon the Electoral College. If they are successful, they will endanger everyone’s “personal security and property rights” while creating for our nation “spectacles of violence and contention.”
The Electoral College should not be abolished. Replacing it in the name of fairness will terminate more limitations on government’s always voracious appetite for control over mankind’s freedom.