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Bad news for white nationalists and antifa



When white nationalists gather under a banner of “unite the right” and the leftist–really anarchist–antifa counterprotesters show up, violence ensues. This is human nature, as these two tribes have been itching to beat each other to a bloody pulp for quite some time.

They hide under ideological umbrellas and various pseudo-intellectual statements, but in essence, they are no better than the German Weimar gangs Ben Shapiro has been warning about since May (and probably before). It’s the violent communists against the violent fascists. In the end both of the groups end up ruling in a totalitarian state.

America under the Bernie bros–progressive secular humanists with absolute power–would be just as bereft of liberty as America under Richard Spencer’s jackbooted jackasses. In fact, many of the same groups (Jews, orthodox Christians) would suffer the same fate under either.

Shapiro wrote “America isn’t Weimar. Law and order still prevails.” True, but that’s not enough to win. Everything Hitler’s regime did, once he was given power, was legal and in order. The Germans insisted on order–it was (and still is) a cultural imperative for them.

Pluralistic liberty is still a cultural imperative for individualistic America. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be led down the well-worn path of “bread and circuses,” where democracies vote themselves into bondage in exchange for booty, while the booty lasts. We are very much on the verge of some hard choices.

But as my headline blares: I have bad news for antifa and white supremacists. What ancient Rome never had, and Weimer Germany rejected, America still has, in some abundance. I’ll get to that in a minute.

White supremacists (neo-Nazis, really) like Spencer believe that white, European Christianity is America’s culture, and therefore should be elevated to the pinnacle of society–to the point of expelling other races and punishing “race traitors” who value pluralism. They believe that the societal elements of harmony and adaptability give this tribe a leg up on others.

They’ve grasped on especially tightly to Trump’s message of Make America Great Again, not because of the slogan (Reagan used the same slogan in 1980), but because Trump spent years cultivating his siren song to the conspiratorial right. In 2012, he sided with the “birther” movement. He launched his campaign with a broadside against Mexican immigrants. He retweeted the shibboleths of the “alt-right” movement. He tolerated their worship and adoration.

Antifa and the communist, Che-worshipping left, believe in social revolution based on Marxist principles of class warfare. Anarchists hold to the primitive “might makes right” nostrum. He who has the power wields it for their own purposes.

It’s all tribalism.

On one point, the white nationalists are right. Judeo-Christian society, lately of Europe–historically-speaking–is responsible for most societal, industrial, and technological advances since the end of the Dark Ages. Only through civil society based on laws, and specifically the body of common law and inalienable rights (“human rights”) distilled from Biblical morality, has humanity been able to overcome great waves of evil that form when those morals are discarded.

But the white nationalists are terribly wrong about the source of this power to overcome. It’s not in the whiteness or European-ness of society, it’s in the power of the Bible, and the Gospel, supporting it.

The secular humanists also have a point. Great, horrible crimes and injustices have been carried out in the name of Christianity. But again, doing things against the Gospel in the name of the Gospel is what Christ called “a house divided against itself.”

Both tribes miss the essential elements of the human struggle. It’s not a battle of cultures and racial communities. It’s not a battle of capital-owners and the proletariat. It’s a battle of the life-changing Gospel against rebellious mankind.

Christianity is not white, and certainly not American. The Gospel works as well (better!) in Liberia, Nigeria, Brazil, Vietnam, China, and even North Korea, as it does in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Read the story of Joshua Milton Blahyi, aka General Butt Naked (really!). He was a Liberian warlord who committed some of the most heinous crimes imaginable against and using children. Now he’s a preacher of the Gospel, helping those children. Nigerians now plant churches in America.

In fact, a 2013 study found that “of the ten countries sending the most missionaries in 2010, three were in the global south: Brazil, South Korea, and India.” Other countries of note were South Africa, the Philippines, Mexico, China, Columbia and Nigeria.

It’s not white Christian society that advances mankind, it’s Christian society that has blessed all races. The original apostles were sent in all directions. They made it as far as Spain, India, the African continent, and possibly even China. They spread the seeds of the Gospel far and wide. England, then America, for a time, wore the mantle of missionary activities, but now that mantle is moving to other nations.

This is very bad news for both the far-left and the far-right. Their efforts to drain America of the last dregs of Christianity will fail. Therefore, they are doomed to lose.

The tribes will fight each other on various battlefields, and casualties will be claimed by both sides. But the love and compassion infused into our nation by our Judeo-Christian roots, and the power of the Gospel to defeat hate with love, evil with good, will prevail. New institutions and expressions of our American nature will rise up as surely as the Greatest Generation rose up to oppose evil in the last century.

As much as this present darkness now seems to consume us, I am optimistic for our future. As Sen. Ted Cruz wrote, we are better than this.

It’s bad news indeed for the tribes, but very good news for America.

Managing Editor of NOQ Report. Serial entrepreneur. Faith, family, federal republic. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Dr. Michael Brown on Donald Trump fulfilling Bible prophecy with Jerusalem announcement



Dr Michael Brown on Donald Trump fulfilling Bible prophecy with Jerusalem announcement

Many in the Jewish world believe that Jerusalem must be united and a Third Temple built before the Messiah can come. Christians have a similar interpretation of prophecy, except that it pertains to the 2nd coming of the Messiah. Dr. Michael Brown has perspectives on both ideas as a Messianic Jewish believer in Jesus Christ.

In this video, he discusses whether or not President Trump announcing recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel fulfills Bible prophecy. Spoiler: He doesn’t know, but he points to those who believe so. He also points out the hypocrisy of Muslim leaders attacking Jews in Israel for what a gentile in the United States announced.

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Birth of a patriot



Birth of a patriot

Do you remember the first thought that crossed your mind? The fact that our first memory is of some eventful moment years later does not mean that we did not observe and contemplate the environment we were born into. Also, instilled in the human from birth is an instinctive knowledge of right and wrong. This we label as our conscience. I believe our conscience can be fed encouragement during the infant stage of life through receptors that feel the sense of tenderness and love. The flip side of this coin of love is a cold, callous environment where an infant’s emotional receptors languish for lack of nourishment.

Conscience is the strange presence from which we develop scruples and those contentious things called principles. The struggle that we all go through in life is finding a balance between our conscience, as it relates to charitable duty; and providing the basic needs for ourselves and a family; if such be the case.  It is from this conflict that we either emerge somewhat void of our call to duty to do that which our conscience dictates, or we become overwhelmed with the continuous challenge of balancing life’s demands and our desires with the call to duty. When duty calls and is accepted, responsibilities can weigh heavily on the time commitment resulting in a conflict between our desire for pleasures and the sacrifices our resulting responsibilities impose.

Recognizing that we are in constant conflict is the beginning of understanding our intentions when we begin any enterprise requiring thought of future actions. In a sense we are weighing decisions in our mind daily. That is not necessarily the case for those who have buried their sense of duty and neglected to assume responsibilities.

Intent is a forest of many trees. Low lying branches and under brush block our view ahead. Conflicting intentions make each and every action one of indecision. Only the stalwart and pure of heart can formulate actions with perfectly clear intentions. Man being the imperfect creature that he is can seldom produce an outcome that is without evidence of conflicting intentions.

Having said all that, now we need to move on to the intent of this article. The hope is to bring light to some of the constitutional debates that face our nation. Most of these debates on law and constitutionality are decided by the robed figures that were selected to serve on our highest courts. Since the selection of these robed justices were in themselves chosen by imperfect man with agendas dictated by intent, we must admit that their rulings are subject to a measure of scrutiny.

Without taking the effort to provide Biblical proof, I will make the statement that the authors of the books that compile the Bible were the word of God written by mere man inspired by the presence of the Holy Spirit. The holy script reveals the will of God’s natural plan for man with the beautiful revelation of Christ and the liberty of acceptance or rejection.  Thankfully all of humankind are instilled with an inherent conscience. It is up to the family unit and society in general to either feed or starve this emotional receptor.

This finally leads me to the documents pertaining to the forming of Americas government. There are multiple sources one can read and study that lead us to our present Constitution. We had the Articles of Confederation, the many Federalist papers and numerous letters of communication which can all be researched through various sources. Before you begin to have an even cursory look at any of these documents remind yourself of the presence of intent in the mind of any of the authors. We shall make the assertion that, while the authors of the books of the Bible had direct inspiration from God, the inspirations of our founding fathers were taken from the laws conveyed in the Old Testament, the spoken words of Christ and the resulting letters of Christs apostles. Add to that assertion, the fact that the founding fathers were well read pertaining to history of previous cultures and governmental history.

Original intent is a termed coined by many of us that wrestle with all ruling of laws regarding the constitution. One thing we can rest assured of is that the intention of the founding fathers was a patriotic desire to form a government that would be an improvement in the name of individual liberty from the oppressive forms of government that had been ruling their lives before they declared their independence. The Declaration of Independence is a declaration to the world to express the intent and reason for the action of rebellion from oppressive rule. It was a document penned with inspiration and manifest of their intent to restore freedom, liberty and justice to all. It is an excellent example of man taking presence of conscience, moving into the realm of duty and assuming responsibility for their actions.  Behind it all stands intent. If we study the minds of these God-fearing patriotic men and apply that to constitutional considerations, we will come to the conclusion that freedom with a minimal rule of law was their primary intent.

Potential patriots are born every minute. The quality of nutrition through love and encouragement given them at the infant stage will determine the future level of their calling to duty and the responsibilities they assume. The choice to do so is ours, belonging to both parent and society.

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A lesser known sexual abuse scandal regarding a retired justice of Texas and Southern Baptist figure head



A lesser known sexual abuse scandal regarding a retired justice of Texas and Southern Baptist figure

Justice Paul Pressler, who once served on the 14th Court of Appeals in the state of Texas, is no household name but is among the lesser known figures that are being outed for their alleged sexual misdeeds.

A former Bible student under Pressler, Duane Rollins, claims that he was sexually assaulted frequently by Pressler during the late 1970’s and early 80’s which began when he was 14 years of age.  Rollins is now suing Pressler for over $1 million in damages.

Pressler is best known for leading the charge for the so-called “conservative resurgence” in the Southern Baptist Convention and attempting to purge as many liberals and moderates in the SBC as he and others that supported his cause could.  Some felt that without Pressler, the SBC would have become another progressive leftist church body like the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA),  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), United Church of Christ,  American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), or the Episcopal Church of the United States.

Those people might be right.  As much as I like Jonathan Aigner’s push to bring historical worship back to the Christian Church, he is also somewhat progressive in his theology if not all the way.  His other passion is the so-called push for so-called biblical equality and allowing women to serve in church leadership roles that were normally held by men and only for men (Pastors, Priests, Deacons, Elders).  This is based on the interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:12 which calls for women not to teach over the authority of a man.  I will save my thoughts on the ordination of women here and bring them up if needed in a future post.

However, without Rollins, the SBC might have not only ordained women but would have joined the other mainline churches in embracing a progressive gospel over the Biblical Gospel.  Now, if Pressler truly abused Rollins then his sins were found out as warned in God’s Holy Word (Numbers 32:23).  Even if Pressler is found guilty of sexual abuse, that should never be an excuse to acquire a license to sin.  Instead, we should repent and try to do better.  All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23).

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What Exactly Do We Know About Judge Paul Pressler might not know the name Judge Paul Pressler, but you should. Without him, the largest (though currently shrinking) Christian denomination would look quite different.

Pressler is now 87 and retired. He surfaces now and then to endorse GOP political candidates or throw temper tantrums on the convention floor, but he is no longer a vocal leader. That’s why it has been jarring for some to hear the recent allegations that he groomed and raped an assistant of his for years, beginning when the man was 14 and continuing for decades.

Paul Pressler, former Texas judge and religious right leader, accused of sexually assaulting teen for years lawsuit filed this fall alleges that Paul Pressler, a former state judge, lawmaker and leader on the religious right, repeatedly sexually assaulted a young man over a period of decades, beginning when the boy was just 14.

A former Texas state judge and lawmaker has been accused of sexually abusing a young man for several decades starting when the boy was just 14, according to a lawsuit filed in October in Harris County.

Former judge Paul Pressler accused of sexual assault former Texas state judge and lawmaker has been accused of sexually abusing a young man for several decades starting when the boy was just 14, according to a lawsuit filed in October in Harris County.

The lawsuit alleges that Paul Pressler, a former justice on the 14th Court of Appeals who served in the Texas state house from 1957-59, sexually assaulted Duane Rollins, his former Bible study student, several times a month over a period of years. According to the filing, the abuse started in the late 1970s and continued less frequently after Rollins left Houston for college in 1983.

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