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Ray Recommends: Dave Chappelle Sticks and Stones

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The release of the Dave Chappelle’s Sticks and Stones by Netflix unleashed a comedy special so politically incorrect that Vice News wrote a plea to skip Chappelle in a move that upholds the notion of cancel culture. I found this motivating to watch the special, if Vice News said it was bad. But just because, Dave Chappelle Sticks and Stones is politically incorrect, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good. But upon watching the special, I found myself laughing consistently throughout the show at jokes that would not grow old soon, like those in a modern Adam Sandler movie.

Dave Chappelle is the best thing that happened to race relations post 2000, change my mind. In high school I was introduced to reruns of the Chappelle’s Show, a sketch show that brought us the black white supremacist, Clayton Bigsby; the racial draft to solve all racial ambiguities; the deviance of Wayne Brady; the Playa Hater’s Ball; Reparations; the Gay KKK. It’s unlikely this show would be allowed to be produced in 2019. With that said, his comedy special was perhaps the best special I’ve seen out of him since his show. It’s been fifteen years since his show, and Dave Chappelle still has his fastball in Sticks and Stones.

Taylor Hosking at Vice subtitled her PC policing as “The comedian doubles down on misogyny and transphobia in both the special and the hidden bonus scene that follows.” Let’s run through her article because I do not want to spoil or paraphrase Chappelle’s bits, so I will run through what she said in my review of Sticks and Stones.

At one point in his routine, he says he doesn’t believe Michael Jackson molested young children.

This joke was early in the set. I would have thought her rundown would have begun with Chappelle joking about suicide in the very beginning, then joking about cancel culture. This is about the third joke she should be triggered by.

Chappelle also returned to his now-infamous obsession with making fun of trans people

Chappelle has the dark mind of comedians, as he should since that’s his profession. He openly proclaims he can’t stop writing jokes about trannies because the jokes write themselves. He’s right. And he would be remiss if he did not indulge this material.

He also found time to defend fellow controversial comedians Kevin Hart and Louis C.K., painting them as victims of an overzealous callout culture.

I like her euphemism for cancel culture. She’s thinks she’s a hero, or the people who want to destroy Hart and CK were the good guys.

The strange story of camaraderie seemed to highlight the common accusation that Chappelle is only interested in repairing his relationship with marginalized groups if he doesn’t have to change anything about himself.

Chappelle has always been a daredevil comedian willing to take a controversial stance or downplay a serious controversy for laughs, including his early-2000s skits about R. Kelly’s court trials on Chappelle’s Show. But now he chooses to blatantly ignore the historic criticism against his style of comedy and new loud-and-clear criticism from the trans community. His approach comes off like a defiant rejection of change at any cost. As he keeps going down this path, drawing attention to the worst aspects of his important career, the biggest cost will be tarnishing his own legacy.

It’s pressingly obvious Taylor Hosking doesn’t have a sense of humor. Given the success of Chappelle’s Show, the “historic criticism” perpetuated by intersectional feminists, if correct, would have led to comedy specials that were as well received as politically correct comedy routines such as Amy Schumer’s 79% rating on the uncredible Rotten Tomatoes. It the process I must now confront someone on the occasional right at National Review. Kyle Smith, the critic-at-large wrote:

The set mostly misses the mark. And what is that mark? The truth. Chappelle remains one of the most vital, and certainly among the most daring, of standups, but we count on him to say unsayable truths, or to bring us closer to truths most of us hadn’t consciously considered, or at least to restate the truth in a clever way. Chappelle doesn’t often strike a facetious pose or hide behind a character; mostly what he says is what he really thinks, as an especially astute observer of the American carnival. Or at least that’s his brand. Preach, Dave.

He then proceeds to go on a rant listing the jokes he personally found offensive or uncomfortable. Chappelle’s Sticks and Stones makes everyone uncomfortable because this show has no sacred cows and you could be the butt of the joke at any moment. He calls the joke on Michael Jackson a clunker, but Chappelle employs a lot of set up and then drops multiple punchlines that test the limits of what is acceptable to say. There is no free trip to Hawaii.

The truth, it seems to me, is that being molested by your idol probably hurts even more than being molested by a stranger.

This is snowflake garbage being published by National Review.

In Sticks & Stones, Chappelle also does a long, mediocre bit about the “alphabet people”

This was actually an outstanding bit that was preceding by a funny story explaining that you can’t make fun of gay people, and then followed up by a gay clown car seating joke. It was masterful and original, especially as people on the right joke about Rainbow Jihad all the time. For him to deliver fresh jokes on this subject, without relying on a specific topical event, was an achievement. He also lampooned men in women’s sports and the idea of equality, in another hilarious bit

Now Dave Chappelle made a controversial abortion joke. He came out as for abortion in a satirically misogynistic way to much applause by the likely pro-abortion audience. He then got those same people to laugh at a joke that forced them to acknowledge that abortion kills a human being. It was satire that made an impressive pro-life argument we should be making. The title of the article “Dave Chappelle Shouldn’t Defend Michael Jackson” is the epitome of policing comedy that we criticize the Left for doing. He just didn’t like one offensive joke and that tainted his viewing experience for the rest of the set.

Final Thoughts

Dave Chappelle is the comedic Malcolm X. If you are expecting him to affirm your values, you are dumb. That being said, people on the Left can be hilarious, so long as there is no malice, of which, Chappelle doesn’t really bring. After all, he loves white people money. Chappelle is reasonable enough to see that the Left will ruin comedy and is catering to the broader audience of people who want irreverently offensive comedy. It’s clear that Dave Chappelle’s Sticks and Stones is not for the easily offended individuals. For this reason, I strongly recommend.

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Many in Hollywood have gone all-in for an occult transformation in America

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Many in Hollywood have gone all-in for an occult transformation in America

There was a time not so long ago when the biggest worry from Hollywood was leftist indoctrination and the occasional heretical subliminal message they’d work into their productions. Today, the world of the occult is in full-swing in many of Hollywood’s most popular offerings. It’s not subtle. It’s overt and in many ways the most dangerous trend happening in modern media.

A perfect heinous example is the movie, Midsommar, from acclaimed horror director Ari Aster. He crossed the line with his occult-friendly film, Hereditary, and went far beyond it with his most recent release. It’s a blatant attempt to not only highlight occult practices but to mainstream them by including the audience in a participatory role.

In this video from Truthstream Media, they take a deep dive into the horrific messaging and attempts at normalizing the values within this deeply disturbing movie. Whether you’re considering watching it or not, watch this video first.

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Stand against Marxism

As you may have seen, there’s a conference coming up called Stand Against Marxism Conference. Fellow GKer Sam Jones and I will both be speaking at this conference, alongside a long list of speakers, including Trevor Loudon, Janet Mefferd, Judd Saul, Steve Deace, Jon Harris and JD Hall. This two day event will be jam-packed with information from these voices who have chosen to take a stand against the Cultural Marxist infiltration into the church.

There are at least two people that I know of that will be speaking at this conference that are not biblical Christians. One is flat out not a Christian, while the other is Catholic. So how can I be consistent in publicly confronting pastors like John MacArthur for speaking with those promoting a false Gospel when I choose to speak at this conference alongside a Catholic & a non-Christian?

For example, I wrote an article criticizing Pastor MacArthur being scheduled to speak at the NRB Convention. My criticism of him agreeing to speak there was that the premise of the convention was that everyone was unifying around furthering the Gospel. Thus, it’s a blanket endorsement of everyone’s Gospel who was speaking or exhibiting. Well, there were people like Rick Warren, Roma Downy & Mark Burnet, as well as TBN. Why would you agree to speak at an event that was stating for all to see that those people are furthering the Gospel? You see, there might be another context in which it would be ok to speak at the same event as those people. However, it couldn’t be when the premise was furthering the Gospel or some other unifying factor around serious doctrine that we disagree with.

So when it comes to the Stand Against Marxism Conference, am I being a hypocrite by speaking with a non-Christian and a Catholic? I do not believe so. Here’s why:

When Judd Saul asked me to be a part of this conference, I discussed this concern with him. We had a very good talk about it, and the thing that I came away with was that the unifying factor for this conference is combatting Cultural Marxism and Social Justice, which is intentionally infiltrating Christianity. However, this is not a strictly theological issue, although it is compromising the Gospel and the most dangerous threat to the Gospel in our lifetime.

This is a political ideology that is using religion to further its goals, and our own evangelical elite are falling for it hook, line and sinker. You see, the ultimate strategy behind the social justice movement is to usher in the one world religion, one world government and one world currency that we see talked about in Revelation. So what these non-Christian Globalists are doing is trying to use God’s own people for their evil plans. They’ve already infiltrated our government. They’ve already infiltrated the entertainment world. They’ve already infiltrated the education system. Now, the final stand is infiltrating religion. And the most influential religion in the most influential nation in the world is Christianity here in America.

Both non-Christians and Christians can be concerned with this strategy. Non-Christians see this as a communist/socialist attempt to overthrow our American way of life, taking away our freedoms and liberty given to us in the Constitution. Christians see this not only as a political overthrow, but as a flat out compromising of the Gospel, changing biblical theology just enough to motivate acceptance of Social Justice within our churches.

Think about it: Many of these Social Justice Warriors have eschatology that teaches them that they need to establish God’s Kingdom here on earth before Christ can return. So they are so concerned with overtaking politics, education, entertainment and business that they are accepting of these false beliefs of Social Justice, because they are trying to alleviate all of systemic oppression to clear the way for Christ’s return. However, really what’s happening is they have a belief system that is so sinister, that they think they are establishing Christ’s Kingdom, when in reality they are laying the groundwork for the anti-christ’s rule during the tribulation. This is the definition of the term: Useful Idiots.

So when it comes to the Stand Against Marxism Conference, the unifying principle is opposition to Marxism. Both Christians and non-Christians see that the church is the last stand against this sinister movement. If we lose this battle, that’s it. Our way of life is done.

When it comes to the majority of us who are Christians who will be speaking at this conference, we understand theologically and prophetically what is happening here. We understand that we have to take a stand for biblical truth. But we also have to remember that many of those who are on our side in this battle against Marxism are not saved and heading towards eternal punishment in hell. So it’s important that, while we are going to battle against Marxism alongside some that aren’t saved, we must preach the Gospel and not in any way compromise our beliefs. Many of those that are leading the way in this fight need to hear the Gospel themselves.

This is the perfect opportunity for many of us to be clear in our beliefs, but also point back to the necessity of the Gospel. We could win this war against Marxism, but many of those who helped us win are still going to hell. So what’s the point? For us as believers, we cannot get distracted with political battles. We can participate in them, yes. In fact, it’s a good thing to participate in them. But we have to remember our primary goal: Preach the Gospel and point everyone back to Christ.

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

-Mark 8:36

To register for the Stand Against Marxism Conference, please visit standagainstmarxism.com. We’ll see you there!

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Lecrae’s Jordan River baptism is unbiblical

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Lecraes Jordan River baptism is unbiblical

The rapper known as Lecrae posted a baptism video on Instagram and Twitter touting his upcoming album. The social media post sparked conversation on baptism and the merits of getting baptized more than once. Many comments had assumed that Lecrae, who has for years marketed himself as a Christian had already been baptized. Others tout Jordan River baptisms as something Christians do when they visit the Holy Land. There are a number of important biblical questions here that should be discussed. But first, here’s the post:

Believer’s Baptism?

The Bible has examples of baptism all throughout the Book of Acts. We see that in Peter’s Sermon, Peter instructs the convicted audience to repent and be baptized. We can go all throughout the Book of Acts, but my favorite example is is Acts 16, the passage read when I was baptized.

27When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!” 29And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. 33And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household. Acts 16:27-34 NASB

People first believe, then they are baptized, promptly. That is the model throughout scripture with every Christian except the thief on the cross next to Jesus.

Number of Baptisms?

I challenge people to find a scriptural example of someone being baptized more than once. There may be a passage fitting for this question with the baptism of Jesus.

11“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” 

3Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:11-17 ESV

John the Baptist was presumably already baptized, seeing as he was baptizing many others. While one cannot blame him for wanting Jesus to baptize him, Jesus corrects the situation by saying it must be done to “fulfill all righteousness.” As we can see in verse 17, Jesus knew what he was talking about. John the Baptist is not then baptized by Jesus afterwards despite experiencing the awe of the Holy Spirit.

If John the Baptist was not baptized a second time, what scriptural support is there for any believer to be baptized a second time.

Legitimate Second Baptisms

Samuel Sey of Slow to Write wrote a piece on why he’s a baptist. It provocatively begins by stating:

I’ve been baptized twice. I was baptized for the first time two years before I became a Christian. And I was baptized for the second time six years after I became a Christian. But what happened in between that time is why I am a Baptist.

He goes on to explain how he had a meaningless baptism in his youth. Then when he actually became a Christian, his church wrongly disallowed him to be baptized. There are Christians who were baptized either as infants or when they never really believed. For them to be baptized when they are saved is perfectly in line with the scriptural model. Otherwise it is not rooted in the Bible for Christians to be baptized a second time whether they have just gone through something or as a “renewal.” For if it were, what is to stop baptism from being performed a third or fourth time for a believer. And if a believer can be baptized that many times, why then is baptism not practiced to the regularity that Communion is?

Lecrae Responds

So in one tweet, it went from being a baptism to a Mikvah. So after being questioned, he backtracked. His Instagram post delves deeper into explaining how baptism and Mikvah are the same, which further undermines the legitimacy of his defense.

But then after backtracking, he doubled down. He then compared his baptism after already being baptized to Jesus being baptized despite being God, as if the reasons for either are remotely comparable.

Thirdly, Lecrae insists that we “celebrate the heart” as opposed to criticizing him. But plainly put, there is nothing here to celebrate. He is a rich man of privilege vacationing overseas. There is nothing godly about what he is doing: calling a baptism a Mikvah under criticism and telling us to “celebrate the heart” instead of discerning the obvious theological discrepancy that sets a terrible example for believers. No, we should reject his his postmodernist statement of celebrating the heart which the bible says is deceitful. We should instead use our heads, for Christianity is a faith that promotes and enables us to critically think.

Final Thoughts

Can’t be baptized in the Jordan river and make the same old music. This new album is gonna be special.

This stunt is clearly self promotion and that elevates this from being a misunderstanding of scripture to an open mockery of the sacrament of baptism.

This is likely a sign of further decline as he increasingly distances himself from the “Christian” label in favor of going woke. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism (believer’s baptism), and believers ought to take that seriously.

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