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Can we finally stop calling them Liberals?

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Can we finally stop calling them Liberals

Recent events have shown that the nation’s Left only has contempt for Liberty, it is no longer Liberal by any stretch of the imagination.

Quite often that which is concealed is already well-known, and when the pretence is dropped, it signifies a new phase with horrific implications. It’s not the revelation of what’s behind the mask that is shocking but the act itself.

Until this point it should have been patently obvious that there are portions of the nation’s Left that have no interest in Liberty. This was just a ruse by some of them to deceive many an acolyte to their cause on the pretence of their being ‘Liberators’. Their use of the term ‘Democratic’ along with an ideology that is it’s antithesis is following along the same lines.

It’s always the glaring discontinuities or inconsistencies in logic that gives up the game in these matters. Those who disparage liberty cannot be at the same time considered to be Liberal, no matter what kind of linguistic legerdemain employed in the cover-up. Just as it’s not really “Progress” to go back to the ancient ideas of collectivism.

One cannot be a ‘Liberal’ while being an enemy of liberty.

If one cannot explain how that which is defined as ‘favouring individual liberty, free trade’ can suddenly be transformed into collectivism [the antithesis of individual Liberty], then there is something logically incorrect in the supposition. This can be easily illustrated with the question: “Was Stalin a Liberal?”. This was clearly not the case, but he was only a few ideological steps away from certain Leftists, those who still cast themselves as being ‘Liberal’. This logical discontinuity should make obvious that cannot be the case.

The Authoritarian Socialist-Left is dropping the mask.

Now that we’ve all made the first tenuous steps onto the slippery slope of censorship, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CN) is celebrating the event happily running about with a virtual can of WD-40, all in the name of ‘The survival of our democracy’. This from a man who has made his disdain for the common sense civil right of self-defense entirely obvious. Both are assaults on Liberty, no matter what surrogate terms are utilised in the process.

Then there is the story reported in National Review that the advert for Elizabeth Heng, Republican contender for the 16th Congressional District of California was blocked by Facebook because it contained references to a historic event. Apparently, the authoritarians at Facebook though that referring to the Cambodian Genocide was beyond the pale. Of course, we could also ask: “Was Pol Pot a Liberal?”

Then there is the story of a politician in Santa Barbara who had to walk a comment that was far too revealing of the mindset of the Left. In the discussions over a ban on plastic straws, Councilman Jason Dominguez stated that “Unfortunately, common sense is just not common,” he said. “We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.”

Let’s set aside the issue of whether or not the government can assert that level of control, and consider the autocratic mindset of someone who would even think of stating that out loud in a public forum. Later on the Councilman walked back those comments, but it should be obvious that Left’s actions belie it’s collective mindset.

It should be clearly evident that the Socialist-Left is coming out of the authoritarian closet.

Most embracing socialism have little use for the precepts of private property. They no longer view the individual as having any value with their demands for gun confiscation. Lastly, recent events have shown that they have little use for free-speech. Taken together, it should be readily apparent that the Left no longer has a use for Liberty. For them, this was just a ruse to attain power just as they bolted on the deceptive label of ‘Democratic’ onto their collectivist ideology.

The reason for the emergence the Left’s authoritarian tendencies are hard to discern, perhaps it is frustration at being removed from the control over everyone’s life they consider to be their birthright. Never the less, these events should provide a preview of what they will do if they ever attain the power they crave.

So where do we go from here?

Oftentimes Leftists will use a two-step process in attacking Freedom, starting out will the initial demand meant to ‘solve’ the problem at hand. Then implementing part two in calling it ‘a good first step’ followed by resetting the process. This is the case with Senator Chris Murphy (D-CN).

So who will be next to lose their right’s in the Left’s culture war on Liberty? Who will be silenced based on their indefinable standard of ‘Hate speech’? Does anyone think that this will the last we hear about this issue?

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PragerU: Does race really matter?

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PragerU Does race really matter

Leftwing talk about race frightens Dennis Prager and it should frighten you as well. There is a dangerous precedent being set by the left that is creating division where it no longer exists. Unfortunately, it definitely did exist in the recent past, but modern America generally does not look at race as much of an indicator anymore EXCEPT when the left makes it an issue. This is ironic, of course, because in their quest to supposedly eliminate racism, the left tends to make race a bigger issue than it needs to be.

We hear about cultural appropriations, certain races whose lives apparently matter more than others, and the deconstruction of our nation’s history based upon cultural norms from the time that are no longer acceptable now. Yes, many of America’s first people were racist. Some even owned slaves. Even after slavery was abolished, we experienced racial divides that continued through the civil rights movement all the way into modern times. But today, those divides are no longer as prominent. A black President was elected with a strong number of non-black voters behind him. Congress is more racially and sexually diverse than ever in our country’s history. We have more CEOs of major corporations who aren’t just “old white guys” than ever.

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America is making strong strides to effectively eliminate racial inequality, but the push to keep the divide as wide as possible isn’t coming from the general conservative side of the political aisle. Yes, there are white supremacists who claim a portion of the right-leaning mantle, but they are infinitesimal compared to the standard masses of conservatives who have seen beyond race. The real cultural and racial divides are being perpetuated by the left, and in particular by our leaders from the Democratic Party who cannot have a future if they do not play the race card incessantly.

This video by PragerU shows the stark difference between Dennis Prager and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). As she vies for votes by playing the race card, Mr. Prager calls out the real racism in America that’s coming from the left.

 


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What are the spiritual beings in the Bible?

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Most people, even those who haven’t read the Bible, are likely familiar with it enough to know there are two primary groups being discussed: humans and God in his three forms, also known as the Trinity. Those who have read the Bible realize there are other groups of being as well. These are the “spiritual beings” of the Bible – angels, demons, and everything in between.

While I don’t always agree with everything taught by the folks at The Bible Project, most of their perspectives are excellent. More importantly, they’re able to break down the complex elements of the Bible and retell the stories in ways anyone can understand.

They’ve begun a new series focused on spiritual beings that I’m very hopeful will be enlightening and exegetically accurate. This is an important teaching to understand. While I’d recommend reading one of Michael Heiser’s books on the subject, those who aren’t ready for lengthy research should at least take a look at this or other teachings. It’s an important topic, one that gets much less attention than it deserves.

As we continue to work on our Principalities and Powers Podcast, it behooves us that more people are aware of the forces that we don’t necessarily see that are at work around us. This is why we’re hopeful about this new series from The Bible Project.

 


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The Catholic-Mulsim fraternity deal is anti-Biblical

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The Catholic-Mulsim fraternity deal is anti-Biblical

Before I get into the meat of this subject, it’s important to be perfectly clear about one thing. This is not an anti-Catholic perspective. I not only love my Catholic brothers and sisters who follow the Bible and embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I’m actually related to a great deal of them. Yes, the majority of my large family on my mother’s side is Catholic. Spent the day with about a dozen of them yesterday.

With that stated, the leadership of the Catholic Church and the direction of the Vatican are so far off course, it’s odd that so few are actually calling them out for what is arguably the most anti-Biblical action they’ve ever officially taken. As bad as the action was, I’m more concerned that it’s not getting nearly the press it deserves.

I’m referring to the agreement signed by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious seat of learning. In this agreement, the truth of the God of the Bible is intermingled with the falsehood of the god of the Quran, Allah. Moreover, the call for the unification of religions in a fraternity of secular peace is disturbing, not because we’re against peace but because the call to make peace is done with an understanding that or beliefs are supposed to be secondary to the collective good in this world. Lastly and most disturbingly, there’s a line in the document that is drawing some ire, though not nearly as much as Bible-believing Christians might expect:

“The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in his wisdom, through which he created human beings.”

The wording here is very careful. They’re trying not to say God willed other religions as a path to find Him, but when read in context with the rest of the document, that’s exactly what they’re trying to imply. They’ve put Islam on equal footing with the Judeo-Christian religions by insinuating God and Allah are the same entity.

They are not.

Defenses of the document seem to focus on two notions. First, in regards to the controversial line above, they’re saying that religious diversity is similar to sex, race, and other things that are willed by God because many are inherently predisposed to follow the religions of the culture surrounding them. Their second argument is that God wants his children to find Him, and if that path must go through Islam or Hindu or any other religion, so be it.

This is heretical teaching. One must do some pretty aggressive hermeneutical gymnastics to say that since God created everything, and other religions fall into the category of being included in “everything,” then God created the other religions. As a loving God, surely He didn’t limit which people could find Him and live eternal life, right?

The Bible cannot be more clear on one important fact: there is only one way to everlasting life: belief and worship of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The document insinuates Islam is a path to salvation since, hey, they believe that Jesus was a very important prophet, so they’re not totally wrong. If it leads them to Christ through a non-traditional path, so be it.

This is a very dangerous road, one that harms the way the Catholic Church leads its people. It’s time for Bible-believing Catholics to speak out against the heretical teaching their leaders have embraced.

 


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