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The fate of western civilization really does rest on our shoulders



The fate of western civilization really does rest on our shoulders

I’ve always felt that deep down, most Americans are conservatives at heart. They want lower taxes. They want less government intervention. They want freedoms to be defended. They want law and order to triumph. Most importantly, they want the exceptionalism that America has displayed for the last century or so to continue unabated. Unfortunately, these feelings are often so far below the surface that even the people themselves forget to call on those feelings when making choices in their lives.

Politically, we are a nation that embraces liberty. Religiously, we are a nation that embraces the Judeo-Christian faiths. But both pillars of western civilization are under attack in ways that leave many floundering for a way to fight. The reason for this is a predominant ideological premise that often has the power to upend rational thought. This ideology is one that embraces cultural norms above common sense. It is allowed to overpower the logic and therefore the personal behavior of those who would love for things to be better but who aren’t willing to put in the effort to make them better.

In short, our sensibilities are overpowered by the strong desire to not be demonized.

To understand this more clearly, let’s look at a few examples of how this is in play today.

Example 1: Discrimination at Ivy League schools

Do you remember all the outrage at the office you’ve heard over the past few months about how Harvard admissions officers rate Asian-American students as “unlikable” even if they’ve never met or interviewed them? No? Perhaps that’s because Asian-Americans aren’t considered to be oppressed minorities the way other minorities are considered by modern society.

Imagine if a school rejected black students based solely on the fact that they were black. Do you think you’d hear about it then? What if they did it to Hispanic students? Muslim students? Female students?

The sad reality is that any discrimination targeting whites or Asian-Americans is never viewed as equivalent to discrimination over other races or protected groups. More people would be outraged to learn that over half of the qualified applicants at Harvard were rejected solely because they were a minority… unless that minority was Asian-American. In that scenario, we’ve been programmed to disregard the discrimination.

This has been demonstrated to be happening at Harvard, but it’s conspicuous that all other Ivy League schools have similar admissions numbers.

Those who call it out do not get the same response they’d get if the action were taken against other races.

Example 2: Transgender advantages

If someone is born as a male and decides to transition to becoming a female, they do not suddenly lose the physical advantages males have. This isn’t part of some anti-feminist rant, nor is it a subdued attack on transgenderism. It’s biology.

Nevertheless, society has deemed it acceptable for former boys to compete with biological girls in sporting events. We saw this last week in Connecticut at the state championship track event in which two student athletes who placed #1 and #2 happened to be the two transgender athletes. They were born male. They have the physical advantages of being male even if they now claim to be females. It’s no wonder that they not only won the race but also set the record for fastest times in the state, ever.

The girl who would have been moving on to the next stage of the national championships had there not been two transgender athletes competing expressed a sentiment that should strike every American who hears the story.

“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” she said. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”

The advantages do not just happen in sports. They happen in other areas that may not seem important at all, but in the whole scheme of things they are. In some places, the rules for bathrooms are not equal. Men must use the men’s room. Women must use the women’s room. But transgenders may use whichever room makes them feel more comfortable at that particular moment. In fact, they can switch their restroom of preference at will. Again, this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it represents a bigger problem. Should transgender people have “better” rights than biologically parallel genders?

I must believe in my heart that thoughtful Americans realize the silliness of letting those who were biologically born as males compete in female events. I must believe that Americans want equal rights, not better rights for certain people. But I’m also very aware that most Americans would never speak out about such things because doing so would subject them to being demonized by acquaintances at the least and possibly in public, depending on how loud they were with their protests.

They’ve been jammed.

Example 3: It’s okay if socialists are rich politicians or entertainers

There’s a growing number of people embracing the tenets of socialism in modern society today. Much of this is due to Bernie Sanders nearly winning the 2016 Democratic nomination. Even more can be attributed to the rise of popular politicians and celebrity activists who are calling on the rich to fund the nation with socialist programs designed to “help” the country such as Medicare-for-All or the Green New Deal.

They call out Amazon, Walmart, and Apple. They demonize those who have wealth. The exception, of course, is that the socialists themselves, many of whom are also rich, get a pass. People cheer when Bernie Sanders scolds people for having a yacht. The same people say nothing when it’s pointed out Sanders has three homes and is a millionaire. I guess the believe he’ll give it all away when his initiatives are made into law.

There’s a cognitive dissonance rampant among socialists who look to the rich and powerful in order to fight the rich and powerful. They have turned successful people into their enemies and unless they’re willing to wholeheartedly adopt a socialist mentality, as many in Hollywood claim to have done, they will continue to be demonized.

What this means

Does this mean we need to fight for new rules in sporting events, more equality in college admissions, and more Clint Eastwoods in Hollywood. No. These examples are simply demonstrations that the hyper-leftist progressives are having their way with so many aspects of our lives, it’s no wonder we can’t repeal Obamacare or give power back to the states. All too often, conservatives fight the ideological battles while allowing the little battles below us to be lost without even noticing them.

There was a time not too long ago when the battle between the right and left was a battle of ideas. That’s no longer the case. The left lost. Their ideas have not and cannot work. But that doesn’t mean they’re willing to give up on those ideas because doing so would make them lose power. The left would rather keep power and nurture bad ideas than lose power and allow good ideas to guide America. This is why socialism is gaining in popularity at a time when it should have been completely eradicated from rational thought.

Now is the time for conservative-minded Americans to fight smarter, fight harder, and never allow the indoctrination machines to get hold of us or anyone we know. It’s time to spread the messages and expand on the tenets of conservative principles. NOQ Report wants to help any way we can, but we need your help in order to do that.

Great civilizations rarely collapse purely through the influences of outside forces. The threats from within brought down the Roman Empire, splintering it to the brink of oblivion. America is faced with similar challenges today. The difference is that forces that took down Rome took decades to gain traction. The forces that could take down America are moving at the speed of years, even months.

America is the keystone of western civilization. If we fall, the whole world falls with us.

Conservatives and Christians are being confronted by a nation in which over half of the people are against us. We are part of this nation, but our influence is waning. It’s imperative that we stay the course before suffering the fate of Rome.


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2 Thessalonians 3:5 – ‘patient waiting for Christ’



2 Thessalonians 3:5 patient waiting for Christ

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV)

This is a very straightforward verse, but with a subtle undertone that must be understood. We are flawed creatures who cannot do well nor even have faith in God without God’s intervention. In verse 2 and 3, it is clear that men have no faith but the Lord is faithful. That is why He directs our hearts to love Him and gives us patience to carry on until Christ’s return. Even faith requires what God has put in our hearts.

This should be comforting, especially to those who are unsure whether or not they truly have faith. The faith we have is not our own but given to us by God. If it is given to us by Him, we can be certain it will be true.

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The biggest threat to Christians is the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture



The biggest threat to Christians is the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture

In many scriptures of the Bible, there is a “falling away” or discussion of great deceptions that are coming to the world. It has been hard for believers in Christ to comprehend the possibility of the masses falling away from Christianity because faith has been a powerful part of society for nearly two millenniums, but we are seeing it today. Moreover, we are seeing the spreading of a seed that will cause further apostasy among believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior: the myth of a pre-tribulation rapture.

Most who have gone to church in the last hundred years have likely considered the possibility at the very least that the rapture of the church will occur before the tribulation that is spoken of in many books of the Bible, including the Book of Revelation. Some estimates put it at 90% of the Christian church believes in a pre-tribulation rapture. The vast majority of popular churches teach that believers will be called up to Heaven before the tribulation. Simply stated, the Bible does not support this claim.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Jesus will come in the clouds and call up those who are believers. This will not happen prior to the tribulation. The sun and moon will be darkened, and then He shall return. The majority of churches that teach Imminency, the concept that Jesus will return at any moment and His people will be raptured at that time, point to one verse to counter the argument of signs that will precede His second coming:

Matthew 24:36

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

This is obviously a true statement. It is also one that is completely misunderstood. The fact that we nor anyone else can know the day or the hour does not mean that He can come at any time. Throughout the Gospels and the writings of Paul, we hear of things that must happen before His return. It is not for us to know the day or the hour, but the season will make itself very evident. We will see certain events occur. One of those series of events are known as the Great Tribulation.

Why it is believed

The simply answer when asking why so many people, even “educated” church leaders, is that we want to believe it. It’s human nature to want to avoid persecution, war, sickness, and beheadings, all of which are spoken of as parts of the tribulation. If someone of authority tells us that we will not have to go through these things as long as we believe, it’s a message that can resonate. Those who hear the truth, that we may be living in the end times and that as a result many of us will go through great suffering due to our faith – it’s just not as positive of a message.

The not-so-simple answer is that Satan is pushing this as part of his agenda. It is Satan that rules the earth. His goal is to pull as many people away from the faith as possible, which is why he and his minions began deceiving Christians at their core starting in the early 19th century with the doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture. He has brought about and continues to bring about waves of deceptions to pull people away from even considering the Word of the Bible, but this particular deception is to attack those who are wanting to be strong in their faith. It’s designed to shake the spirits of the believers to the point of non-belief.

Think about it. If you make people believe that they are not going to face suffering, that they are “special” and will avoid all of the troubles that will engulf the world, then they are weakened as a result. They will not be ready. When the tribulation does begin and they’re still on this planet going through it, they will begin to question their own faith. They will not be prepared to fight against persecution. They will be more willing to be deceived in order to save their lives. They will be more open to deceptions of the Anti-Christ. They will be more likely to worship the false messiah to take his mark in order to buy and sell. They will see the formation of the one world government, the one world economy, and the single world leader and they will do so more willingly than those who have their eyes open.

This is arguably the greatest deception that Satan has pulled off thus far.

Why churches teach it

Building a church is not as black and white for most as it is for others. It’s much easier to build one with a happy message than to try to build one through promises of fire and brimstone, persecution and suffering. There are those sitting in the seats of church leadership who realize that a pre-tribulation rapture is not correct but they continue to preach it in fear that their congregation will shrink or disappear altogether if they go against the grain.

As with any man-made organization, the Christian church world has a “club” among the leaders. There are those who are in the club and those who are not in the club. Those who are in the club are able to speak at events, sell books, build up an online following, and prosper as a church. Those who are not in the club have a much harder time finding relevance in this world. Today, the club is made up of pre-tribulation rapture teachers. If you’re not preaching a pre-tribulation rapture, you can’t be in the club.

It’s a catch-22 for many. Not all do it because of ignorance or greed. There are those who teach it because they feel that a message that can resonate with more people is better than a message that alienates many. In other words, they realize that they are not teaching this particular issue properly but if they can misinterpret this one little point, they’ll be able to get the other important messages out to more people. It’s a misguided attempt at an honorable sentiment that is actually more dangerous than not reaching the people at all. We believe there is a likelihood that many people will fall away in the last days, but others will open their eyes as well. If they open their eyes and start reading the Bible, they will see what they had missed their whole lives and will have an opportunity to head down the right path before it’s too late. If, however, they are weakened by expectations of a pre-tribulation rapture, it will be more difficult to bring them back to the truth.

Debating the Issue

It is sad when I read some of the assertions of those who continue to fight the truth of post-tribulation rapture. They are often excellent writers or orators fighting from a misguided perspective. For example, in the book Triumphant Return by Grant Jeffrey, he states:

Several incorrect premises have caused some to reject the pretribulation Rapture and accept the position called the “postribulation Rapture.” The first premise is an emotional contention that it would be unfair for the modern Church to escape to heaven scot free to escape the martyrdom that other believers have experienced.

In all of our studies of those promoting a post-tribulation rapture, I have never heard this premise before. It’s appalling that Jeffrey would lead with such a poor premise, as if trying to mislead the readers into believing that the post-tribulation doctrine is so weak that those who believe in it are emotional and ignorant simpletons.  Below, you will see videos of people who have formed their doctrine based solely on the Word of the Bible, who make it crystal clear that a post-tribulation rapture is without a doubt the reality, and that the theory of a pre-tribulation rapture is damaging to those to which it is taught.

The Words of Jesus Christ should be the resounding end of any debate that He will return before the tribulation:

Matthew 24:29-31

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

There are other verses that also make it clear, but this is obviously the most specific. There are those who will say this is referring only to the Jews. There are those who will use charts and graphs to convince you of a pre-tribulation rapture. They will point to interpretations by Darby, Ephraem the Syrian, and Scofield as proof. Do not be misled.

Rather than point to the evidence or attempt to debate the concept, I will defer to a few people who have done more research on the subject than me. Please take the time to watch these videos and share this article. It’s important that believers are prepared for what’s to come. Whether it’s today or in a thousand years, we cannot allow people to be guided down a path that can lead them to be part of the falling away the Jesus spoke of in His ministry. We must open our eyes, see the truth, and spread it to all that we can.

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Liz Wheeler to Catholic girls: ‘Stop pretending you’re a victim because you broke the rules and rolled up your skirt’



Liz Wheeler to Catholic girls Stop pretending youre a victim because you broke the rules and rolled

Students at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego are protesting their dress code. This isn’t an uncommon occurrence; there have been plenty of protests over the years, especially by feminists, in opposition to school dress codes that require girls to wear skirts. But this protest is different. The students are protesting because girls are no longer allowed to wear skirts.

Principal Kevin Calkin, the principal at Cathedral Catholic High School, changed the dress code in the most recent iteration of policy. Now, it states: “The most significant change is that skirts will no longer be an option for girls. Dress code is a perennial challenge. The dress code exists for at least three good reasons: to foster unity, to encourage modesty, and to minimize pressure to conform to particular styles or clothing brands. Basically we hope to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learning and not on outward appearances.”

But students brought signs and demanded the old policy be put back in place. Signs had various messages from “My body, my choice” to “Even Jesus wore one.”

The policy was put into place after the principal and others on staff had handed out “hundreds of hours of detention” to girls who would break the knee-length minimum for skirts, especially by rolling up their skirts to reveal more of their lower bodies.

One America News host Liz Wheeler lambasted the students, who apparently can’t tell the difference between rights and privileges. Only in America can students feel so victimized because they can’t wear skirts to school.

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