STATEMENT: Promoting homosexual preachers is not loving, biblical, or Baptist

Conservative Baptist Network

STATEMENT: Promoting homosexual preachers is not loving, biblical, or Baptist

Nov. 23, 2021

In a social media post, Nov. 22, James Merritt, Southern Baptist pastor and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) visiting professor, promoted a sermon by his son, Jonathan Merritt, a self-described homosexual man.

Scripture is clear that homosexuality is a grave sin (1 Cor. 6:9-10, Rom. 1:24-28), and that sin separates mankind from God (Isaiah 59:2, Rom. 6:23). To present to Southern Baptists a man living in unrepentant sin as someone to whom they should listen for a sermon that is “faithful to the gospel,” as the elder Merritt tweeted, is wholly illogical and demonstrably dangerous. For one who is employed by a Southern Baptist seminary receiving Cooperative Program tithe dollars to promote an unrepentant sinner—no matter whose son he is—as a trustworthy preaching source is a betrayal of trusting Southern Baptists.

The Conservative Baptist Network calls on SEBTS President Danny Akin and the SEBTS board of trustees to give sincere attention to this grievous situation, which counters Southern Baptists’ commitment to Scripture as inerrant, sufficient, and authoritative and opposes the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. The Network further calls on Southern Baptists to pray for the Merritt family in what is a public and certainly painful situation, and specifically for Jonathan Merritt, that the Lord would bring godly sorrow which “produces repentance leading to salvation” (2 Cor. 7:10). 

Moreover, while some have accused the Conservative Baptist Network of being divisive for suggesting certain SBC leaders have departed from their biblical beliefs, the unbiblical and divisive promotion of Jonathan Merritt by the most recent chairman of the SBC Committee on Resolutions demonstrates the need for the Network all too clearly. And, as in the case of President Ed Litton’s blatant, serial plagiarism of sermons and even personal experiences, many Convention leaders stand united in silence when the offender is one of their friends.

This growing drift from the guardrails of Scripture and from long-held but increasingly-threatened Baptist distinctives demands reform at the top levels of the SBC and demonstrates yet again the necessity of a Conservative Baptist Network.

ADVENT ~ Our Redeemer Is Coming

The weeks leading up to Christmas are full of anticipation for both young and old. As we ready our homes for the excitement of Christmas Day, we also ready our hearts to celebrate the birth of Jesus! 

As we look back at the Scriptures, and see the promises fulfilled in the coming of Jesus, it brings great hope. In the midst of the difficulties that you may have faced this year, and countless pains that plague us this day, we must pause and let the hope given to us this season wash over us.

“O holy night! The stars are brightly shining; it is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.” Journey with us as we orient our hearts to find joy in the magnificence of this most glorious day—a day with a promise that began well before the angel’s announcement to Mary.

All the way back in the Garden of Eden, before Adam and Eve left the perfect place, when sin made its way into creation…the promise was given. 
 
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”  —Genesis 3:15 [ESV]
 
In a just a few words, God sets the foundation for a consistent theme in the Old Testament: Our Redeemer is coming. Just as the curse is embedded into creation, even before Adam and Eve learn of the consequences, God reveals His covenant of grace with mankind. From the beginning of time, God had set a plan into motion to redeem His people. 

Genesis 3:15 reminds us why we celebrate this holiday season. God’s greatest gift to us—a Redeemer—loses its significance if we see no need for His grace. It’s only when we understand the complete picture of man’s unrighteousness and God’s perfect plan of redemption as it’s woven through Scripture that we can see clearly our need for a Savior.

This season, may every twinkling light you see, every carol you sing, and every gift you purchase remind you of the hope that came to us wrapped in a manger, and all of the promises that He fulfills. Share this devotional with friends, family, and even your entire church by forwarding this email, or share on social media by clicking the links below. ShareTweet
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It Begins – Merging Vaccine Passports With Implantable Microchips 

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Breaking News Updates – December 03, 2021
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It Begins – Merging Vaccine Passports With Implantable Microchips
 BY MICHAEL SNYDER/END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM DECEMBER 03, 2021
If you could have a vaccine passport permanently embedded into your hand, would you do it? Amazingly, some people in Sweden are willingly doing this to themselves and they are raving about how convenient this is.

Things are starting to get really weird.  What I am about to share with you sounds very strange, but it is all true.  Before I get into it, let me ask you a question.  If you could have a vaccine passport permanently embedded into your hand, would you do it?  
Amazingly, some people in Sweden are willingly doing this to themselves.  They are putting microchips that contain their vaccine passport information into their hands, and they are raving about how convenient this is.  
You can actually watch a video of this being done to someone right here.  The video is not in English, but you will be able to understand what is happening.

Key the following link to observe a tweet revealing how excited the Swedes are to receive an implanted microchip validating their vaccine passport:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1465327182826332163

I was absolutely floored when I first watched that.
Do they not understand where this could lead?
Society is increasingly being divided into two classes of people, and the class of people that is willingly conforming is being granted many “privileges” that the other group is being denied.
Many believe that this is “just a phase” and that things will eventually go back to normal.
But the truth is that this is not “just a phase” at all.
For a long time, health authorities were promising us that if we all did exactly what they asked that the pandemic would come to an end.
Unfortunately, now they are openly admitting that COVID is going to be with us permanently…
The White House’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, says it’s unlikely that the Covid-19 coronavirus will ever be wiped out, and insists the world is just going to have to start living with it.
During an interview with CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ on Sunday, Fauci said he didn’t believe Covid-19 was ever going to entirely go away. He noted that the world had only ever eliminated one infection completely: smallpox.
“We’re going to have to start living with Covid. I believe that’s the case because I don’t think we’re going to eradicate it,” Fauci told CBS.
If we are “going to have to start living with COVID”, that means that all of the infrastructure that they are now putting in place will be with us from now on.
That means that there isn’t going to be an end to the vaccine passports, the mandates or the injections.
In fact, the CEO of Pfizer says that “we’re going to have an annual revaccination”…
“I think we’re going to have an annual revaccination and that should be able to keep us really safe.”
You are going to keep getting shots year after year after year in order to keep earning the “privileges” that you have been granted.
They want to make their authoritarian measures a permanent part of our lives, and this is what our society is going to look like from now on unless we take a stand.
The good news is that some courts here in the United States are starting to reject the mandates that Joe Biden tried to implement.  On Monday, a federal court blocked Biden’s mandate for health care workers in 10 states, and on Tuesday a different court blocked that same mandate on a nationwide basis…
A federal court has issued a nationwide injunction protecting health care workers across the country from Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate.
Yesterday, in response to a multi-state lawsuit led by Missouri, a federal court barred the Biden administration from enforcing a vaccine mandate for health care workers in 10 states who are employed at federally-funded health care clinics. That means they doctors and nurses can’t be fired for refusing the COVID vaccine despite Biden’s federal mandate requiring them to get it.
Today, a federal court in Louisiana expanded on that ruling and blocked the vaccine mandate nationwide.
But just because they have a legal setback or two does not mean that they are going to stop trying.
Over in Germany, it is being reported that incoming Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to impose a vaccine mandate on every single German starting in February…
Germany’s incoming Chancellor Olaf Scholz is in favor of introducing mandatory coronavirus vaccination for all Germans as early as February, an official close to Scholz said.
During a crisis meeting Tuesday between the outgoing government of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the premiers of the German federal states, Scholz “signaled his sympathy for such a regulation,” the official told POLITICO.
Such a measure would have to be approved by the German Bundestag, the official said, adding that the mandatory vaccination could come “at the beginning of February.”
Other major industrialized nations are considering similar measures.
Once vaccines become mandatory for an entire population, vaccine passports will be absolutely necessary for anyone that still wants to live anything that even resembles a “normal life”.
Whether it is on your phone, on a card that you show or actually embedded in your skin, you will need to take it with you wherever you go in case you are stopped by law enforcement authorities.
Does any of this sound eerily familiar? It should. The Book of Revelation describes a similar system whereby the people of the world are forced to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead. Those who refuse to comply will be unable to buy or sell. They’ll effectively be cut off from society.  Are COVID vaccines the mark of the beast written about in the Book of Revelation? No. The mark of the beast will involve a conscious decision to give one’s allegiance to the Antichrist. No one will accept it by mistake or for purely health reasons alone. 
Nevertheless, vaccine mandates and passports create a social system enabling the mark of the beast. If they are allowed to stand, they will create a mark of the beast system indistinguishable in impact from the true mark of the beast. In doing so, they’ll pave the way for the rise of the Antichrist and the mark of the beast as outlined in the Book of Revelation. 
Now is the time to become familiar with the Book of Revelation and gain a better understanding of where all of this is heading.  We encourage you to check out our “Decoding The Future” Revelation DVD series here.

Sounds like the LAST DRESS REHEARSEL for the Mark of the Beast!

Jesus has His sheep and we know Him. The world has its sheeple.

shee·ple/SHēpəl/Learn to pronounce noun DEROGATORY

  1. people compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, or easily led. “by the time the sheeple wake up and try to change things, it will be too late”

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Is COVID-19 currently surging in the most vaccinated states — and the least vaccinated states are seeing cases drop?

Is COVID-19 currently surging in the most vaccinated states — and the least vaccinated states are seeing cases drop?

If these are the last days of the church age (and they are), as we rapidly approach the Great Tribulation, governments all around the world would be expected to go global, and that is exactly what we are observing. Globalists cannot be trusted and are an immediate red flag to Christians born from above. (John 3:3) The coming New World Order, is all about power, surveillance, population control, and sacrificing our cherished freedom for the sake of global unity. Fake news is the new normal. Check with the Lord before you read the news. The following article is a typical example of today’s convoluted and lying news / information. This news story reveals that our leaders tell us the opposite of the truth. Maranatha, Pastor Steve <><

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PHIL SHIVER November 30, 2021

Many of the most vaccinated states in the U.S. are currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, while the least vaccinated states are seeing their number of cases and hospitalizations trending downward.

The puzzling revelation comes at a time when the Biden administration is urging all Americans over the age of 50 to receive booster shots of the vaccine.

What are the details?

The seven most vaccinated states in the country — Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey — have been hit hard over the past two weeks, according to New York Times tracking data.

In five of the seven states, both cases and hospitalizations are up by double digits. The only two outliers are Vermont and Maine. And in those states, while cases are down over the last 14 days ending on Nov. 29., hospitalizations are up 24% and 19%, respectively.

The reason may be that Vermont and Maine are still in the thick of an outbreak but experiencing a slight let-up in the virus’ spread relative to where things were last week.

In each of the other states, the virus is showing no signs of dissipating. In Rhode Island and Connecticut, where 72% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated, cases are up 44% and hospitalizations are up 30% and 10% respectively.

In Massachusetts, where 71% of the eligible population is vaccinated, cases are up 32% and hospitalizations are up 44%. Finally, in New York and New Jersey, where 68% of the eligible population is vaccinated, cases are up 13% and 39% and hospitalizations are up 18% and 28%, respectively.

What else?

The inverse is true for the least vaccinated states in the country.

According to the Times data, each of the seven states with the lowest vaccination rates — West Virginia, Idaho, Wyoming, Alabama, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Louisiana — are reporting significant declines in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the last 14 days.

Of course, there are outliers to the apparent inverse relationship. In Washington state, where residents are 65% vaccinated, both cases and hospitalizations are down by double digits. Conversely, in both Missouri and Indiana, where just 51% of the population is vaccinated, both cases and hospitalizations are up by double digits.

It could be that the virus is plaguing certain regions of the U.S., such as the Northeast and the Midwest, to a greater degree than the Southeast without regard to the level of vaccination in those areas.

Though if that were true, it would indicate that the vaccine is relatively ineffective at stopping the spread of the virus and bringing down the number of hospitalizations, both of which have been touted as reasons to get the vaccine by public health experts.

The issue of vaccination could face another hurdle in the coming months amid the potential rise of the Omicron variant, which some fear may be resistant to current vaccines.

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Advent Devotion: Mother of Jesus

Luke 1:26–36, NKJV

Mary was just a teenager, some estimates say between 13 and 16 years old, when an angel appeared to her. The Bible says that Mary was “troubled.” The angel even encouraged her with, “Do not be afraid.”

One would expect that Mary would struggle with this abrupt change in her life’s path. Now she would be the gossip of the town. A scandal like an unwed pregnancy would not go unnoticed.

As you enter this Advent season, maybe this year hasn’t gone how you planned. Perhaps you’re even mad at God and blame Him for your circumstances.

It’s okay to be troubled, but I invite you to do as Mary did, and rejoice in the midst of your pain. Lay it all at the feet of the One who came to save you, whose birth we celebrate.

The people we see in the Christmas story experienced things that were never seen before and have not been seen since. In this time of Advent, we’ll look at some of these Bible characters, studying their responses to the birth of the Messiah and how to apply lessons from each to our lives today.

Scripture: Luke 1:26-36, 46-55; Luke 2:1-7, 19-20, NKJV

The following is taken from Will Graham’s book, In the Presence of the King.

It’s hard not to be intrigued and impressed by Mary. She was just a teenager, some estimates say between 13 and 16 years old, when an angel appeared to her. I can just imagine how a teen today would have reacted if an angel of the Lord showed up in their room. My guess is that the immediate response would be fear, screams or crying. The sheer overwhelming nature of the experience would be enough to cause that reaction.

However, when the angel appears and brings a joyful message—“Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”—the Bible says that Mary was “troubled.” The angel even encouraged her with, “Do not be afraid.”

One would expect that Mary would struggle with this revelation and abrupt change in her life’s path. After all, things seemed to be going okay. She was even engaged to a man named Joseph, but now she would be the gossip of the town. A scandal like an unwed pregnancy would not go unnoticed, and answering the critics by saying that an angel visited her would likely cause more questions than answers.

But Mary was clearly no normal teenager!

After her initial response, Mary embraces her calling as the earthly mother of Jesus. In what is called “The Song of Mary” (Luke 1:46-55), we see a young woman who considers herself blessed, who rejoices!

Of course, the story doesn’t end there, and things don’t get any easier. Mary, at the end of her pregnancy, must endure the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem, at the end of which she delivers the Christ child in a manger.

Was she bitter? Did she shout at God, “You did this to me, and now you can’t even give me a decent place to give birth? Not even one room?”

No, as she held her child, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel, she pondered all that had taken place, keeping it in her heart.

As you enter this Advent season, maybe this year hasn’t gone how you planned. Maybe you expected your life to be much different than it is. Perhaps you’re even mad at God and blame Him for your circumstances.

If so, it’s okay to be troubled, but I invite you to do as Mary did, and rejoice in the midst of your pain. Lay it all at the feet of the One who came to save you, whose birth we celebrate. Despite the struggles, Mary considered herself blessed because of what God did for her, and you can too as you ponder how He has blessed you.

Discussion Questions: In what ways has the past year been a struggle? How have you seen God work through your situation? Are you able to worship Jesus in the midst of the challenges?

Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for the gift of Your Son, Jesus, and for the hope that He gives us. Even when our lives take difficult or unexpected turns, we can still find our joy and peace in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture Reference: Luke 1:26-36, 46-55; Luke 2:1-7, 19-20

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.

Luke 1:46-55

46 And Mary said:

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
54 He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”

Luke 2:1-7

2 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:19-20

19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Find peace with God this Christmas season.

Male Students Pressured To Cross-Dress For ‘Wear A Skirt To School Day’

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BY JONATHON VAN MAREN/BRIDGEHEAD.CA NOVEMBER 16, 2021

A primary school in Scotland is asking both girls and boys to come to school wearing skirts for a day as part of the “Wear a skirt to school” campaign to promote inclusivity among the ever-growing population of transgender students.

A couple of years ago, the Independent reported that 40 secondary schools in England had actually banned girls from wearing skirts to school. Other schools, too, were considering a skirt ban as part of a shift to gender-neutral uniforms that could be considered more inclusive of the ever-growing population of transgender students. Non-conforming students could expect the school to conform to their non-conformity.

A primary school in Scotland has taken precisely the opposite approach, asking both girls and boys to come to school wearing skirts for a day as part of the “Wear a skirt to school” campaign. The cross-dressing initiative is modeled on a similar Spanish campaign (“La ropa no tiene género,” or “Clothes have no gender”) which was launched after a 15-year-old male student was apparently referred to a psychologist after wearing a skirt to school.

The campaign was allegedly student-driven (I wonder where they got their ideas about clothes and gender fluidity from?), but teachers enthusiastically participated. One teacher at Castleview Primary tweeted that “P6 have been learning about the importance of breaking down gender stereotypes,” because you’re never too young to join the revolution and get indoctrinated into gender ideology. The same teacher noted that: “We absolutely do not want to force anyone to wear something they’re not happy with but we’re hoping lots of you will be keen to help spread our important message. Trousers under skirts are allowed!”

Parents were, understandably, divided on the campaign, but an Edinburgh Council spokesperson offered their support: “As Scotland’s capital city we are fully committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are keen to increase respect, tolerance and understanding especially in our schools. We want to ensure all our schools are inclusive and Castleview are carrying out a lot of positive work to promote equality across all their year groups.”

While the cross-dressing was not compulsory, school staff very much encouraged it. “Gentle reminder to all @Castleview_PS staff and pupils that tomorrow is Wear a Skirt to School Day,” one teacher tweeted. An email to the parents from Castleview Primary stated that “We want our school to be inclusive and promote equality.” In other words, children were free to not promote equality and not to be inclusive, and that was their right. But the school and staff made it crystal clear that those who did so would be celebrated.

Photos of awkward young boys wearing girls’ skirts soon showed up on social media, prompting general disgust. “Leave the kids alone!” one user tweeted. It was a sad picture–adolescence is confusing enough without boys being pressured into wearing skirts and dresses in order to make adult LGBT activists feel better about themselves. If anyone had said ten years ago that gender ideology would result in primary school boys wearing skirts to school, they would have been accused of being fear-mongering and hateful bigots.

Originally published at The Bridgehead – reposted with permission.

Here’s Why U.S. Supply Chain Problems Will Only Get Worse 

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BY BRANDON SMITH/ACTIVIST POST NOVEMBER 16, 2021

The more economically destitute a population becomes, the more desperate they are. The more desperate they are, the more they tend to submit to control on the promise that they will be secure in the necessities of life. A hungry citizen is a compliant citizen. And a broken supply chain is a great way to inspire such fear.

It is an economic rule which free market philosophers like Adam Smith have tried to explain to governments and monopolists for centuries:
Less liberty and more centralization equals less production and less overall wealth.
Governments and central banks have sought to circumvent this rule by printing money from thin air, thinking that they can create wealth while at the same time suffocating public financial interactions and trade with authoritarianism. This, of course, only leads to inflation or stagflation, and thus wealth is never actually created, it is projected like a hologram in order to trick the masses into thinking that all is well – until everything breaks, that is.
Inflationary policies inevitably lead to speculation
To be sure, capital is concentrated under this system into the hands of a select few, but the currency itself is devalued swiftly and buying power is truncated. Speculative assets and many commodities start to see a burst of activity as the inflation grows out of control.
Some of these assets will implode eventually, especially those that offer no intrinsic value or utility, that were only ever purchased in the hopes of passing them on to a greater fool. Others will explode even higher. Essentially, bizarre bubbles in various sectors are in reality a warning of the inflationary crisis to come.

There are mainstream economists out there arguing that monetary policy decisions and authoritarian mandates have no real world consequences. The inflation is “transitory”, they claim. The public will “adapt” to the new normal and submit to the controls for their own good. Central bank stimulus will defuse all crisis events in the meantime and helicopter money will placate the citizenry. Throw the public a few scraps from the table and they will shut up and happily nibble.
These academic policy-makers and unelected bureaucrats refuse to see these speculative bubbles as what they actually are: Desperate moves to avoid inflation. No one wants to hold dollars when they can watch their purchasing power being destroyed daily, so they seek something, anything else. Eventually, most of these illusory safe-havens will collapse into worthlessness (how much will your Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT be worth next year?).
As I have been saying for many years now, an economic crash in the U.S. simply cannot be avoided, and it can only be hidden from public view for a limited time. And that limit is expiring fast.
Well, guess what? The crash is here now right in front of us and it is becoming obvious even to people who barely pay attention.
The “Everything Shortage” is the beginning of the end
For a while now preparedness advocates like myself have been warning about the incessant bottlenecks and weaknesses within the U.S. supply chain, a system highly dependent on “just in time” freight. It has been saddening to see our warnings go unheeded for so long. Now, the circle of idiocy is nearing completion and large elements of U.S. supply and trade are trapped, waiting on a handful of U.S. ports and a crippled freight network to process billions of tons in product before it can reach wholesalers and retailers.
And, it’s only going to get worse because the causes are not being addressed.

There are a number of reasons for the breaking supply chain, and it would not be fair to place all blame on a single culprit. However, the “perfect storm” we are witnessing is perhaps not as coincidental as it might appear. At the very least, government officials and corporate elites have known about the fragility of our supply chain for quite some time and have done nothing to remedy the situation.
Here are the primary time bombs within the supply chain as I see them…
A shortage of port workers
Labor shortages have been a cancer within our economy for the past 18 months and the ports are no exception. COVID-19 mandates and lockdowns have stifled business operations including those at “essential” services. In particular, it was the COVID-19 unemployment benefits and welfare checks that caused the bulk of our existing problems by paying workers far more to stay home than they would make on the job.
While federal COVID-19 checks have technically “ended”, some benefits are ongoing and state COVID-19 “benefit enhancements” are flowing through various channels such as SNAP. This is on top of regular state unemployment checks. So, even though federal programs have been slowing down, state programs continue which means many more months of labor shortages to come. There are numerous people out there that have not worked a job in over year despite the fact that job openings are ample. In May it was estimated that 30% of the unemployed representing around 9.2 million workers had been jobless for at least 12 months. And why not? Why work when the government pays you to do nothing.
Port worker shortages are ongoing due to a loss of employees at the beginning of the pandemic lockdowns that still has not been remedied. It is important to note that the states with the worst port congestion are the states with the most COVID-19 restrictions (blue states). So much so that red states are taking on extra port traffic to mitigate the congestion in places like California and New York, but they can only do so much.
Truck driver shortages
As with the port workers, trucker shortages are rampant. The industry estimates 80,000 to 100,000 truck drivers need to be hired immediately just to stave off the current backlog of containers at ports. At least 13 cross-country shipments need to be completed for each truck driver working today in the U.S. This means that at the current speed of freight deliveries they will never catch up to the backlog.
Trucks carry about 60% if all goods to retailers across the U.S., not to mention raw materials to manufacturers. If the trucking system shuts down, the economy shuts down.
Vaccine mandates
Now we are getting closer to the root cause of our supply chain dilemma. Biden’s vaccine mandates and the COVID-19 mandates in general have been the primary trigger for the worker shortages. This goes for port workers as well as truck drivers.
Vaccine mandates are forcing workers in important infrastructure positions to make a choice – Stay at work and take a vaccine with no long-term testing to prove its safety, or, refuse and look for work elsewhere. Many are choosing the latter.
The brink of disaster
It is important to understand that in most of these industries a loss of only 10% of the workforce would lead to disaster. Right now, many ports and companies are looking at a worker loss of 30% or more. This would cause the supply chain to grind almost to a halt, and there’s nothing Biden or state government can do about it because most of these jobs are skilled labor requiring years of training and experience. There is no pool of skilled workers waiting in the wings to take these jobs. There is no contingent of national guardsmen qualified to fill them. There is no group of qualified foreign workers they can ship into the country to take up the slack who can also speak English well enough to function. There’s no one.

They might be able to patch together a facsimile of the former supply chain, but it will be a joke in comparison. Biden’s mandates can and likely will cripple U.S. freight and the economy overall, and maybe this is deliberate. Biden’s handlers and cabinet are the true policy writers, and they know full well what the damage will be as the vaccine mandates take effect and millions of workers refuse to comply. Either they don’t care, or, they hope to make hay with the ensuing chaos while blaming the vaccine refuseniks.
I suspect they did not think there would be so much opposition in America to the mandates, so Plan B is to spin the narrative to their advantage by crashing the system a little early and those who remain unvaccinated will be painted as the villains in the short term just for quitting our jobs or being fired for non-compliance.
The inevitable dollar devaluation and stagflation
The bigger problem which almost no one in the mainstream is talking about is the effect of money creation and price inflation on the supply chain. For one, helicopter money through stimulus checks has caused a flood of demand for overseas goods, which dilutes the buying power of the dollar because now there are more and more dollars chasing less and less available goods. The goods are becoming more valuable to foreign manufacturers than the dollars Americans are trying to trade for them.
Stimulus measures in the U.S. have the peculiar benefit of shifting inflationary damage offshore for a time, because the dollar is the world reserve currency (for now). Banks and corporations around the globe continue to hold dollars in reserve for future trade, but this could change quickly.
The Federal Reserve and the government have created at least $6 trillion in new money in the span of a mere 18 months according to official estimates. Foreign holders of dollars are losing buying power the longer they continue to keep these reserves. It’s only a matter of time before they begin to liquidate on a large scale. As this happens, all those dollars held overseas will come flooding back into the U.S. and with them comes crushing price bubbles.
I believe incredibly high shipping prices are in part a representation of dollar devaluation. If I am right, then shipping and container prices will remain relatively high compared to pre-pandemic and pre-stimulus levels even as retail demand falls. The falling dollar might not be immediately visible to the public or markets, but the supply chain burdens and price spikes will be punishing American consumers from now on.
The powers-that-be clearly benefit from economic disaster in the U.S., so applying any practical fix would be contrary to their agenda. The more economically destitute a population becomes, the more desperate they are. The more desperate they are, the more they tend to submit to control on the promise that they will be secure in the necessities of life. A hungry citizen is a compliant citizen. And a broken supply chain is a great way to inspire such fear.

Originally published at Activist Post – reposted with permission.

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One would be wise and prudent to stock up with extra necessities on hand without feeling like a hoarder. Blessings, Pastor Steve <><

National Internet Speech Regulations Coming?

Actually, it is already here. They just need to pound a few more nails in their liberal coffin. Facebook, Twitter, Google, You Tube, Yahoo, and a host of other internet social medias have silenced any conservative view points. I have experienced this first hand on this blog site. I have at least fifteen tags on every article published. The tags are used to promote the article to the forefront of the Google search engine. Google is changing rapidly, and if my conservative articles are found at all, they are several pages from the beginning. Our freedoms are under attack and who does not know that? In Christ, Pastor Steve <><

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Breaking News Updates – November 12, 2021
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BY MICHAEL SNYDER/END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM NOVEMBER 12, 2021

Big tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter have decided that they want to use their power to shape what you think, what you believe and how you view the world. To help them do that they are calling for standardized Internet speech regulations that will allow them to censor you into oblivion without ever having to worry about any legal consequences.

Facebook, Twitter and other big tech companies actually want standardized Internet speech regulations.  In fact, Facebook has been spending millions of dollars on ads that openly call for more government regulation of speech on the Internet.  
At first glance, it may seem odd that Facebook wants more government regulation of the tech industry, but it actually makes perfect sense.  If the federal government is the one making the rules, Facebook and the other big tech companies can legally censor you into oblivion without ever having to worry about any legal consequences.  
And then because all other social media platforms in existence will have to follow the exact same rules, there will be nowhere else for you to turn.  There won’t be any “free speech alternatives” to Facebook and Twitter, because all of those “alternatives” will be forced to apply the same speech standards that Facebook and Twitter and applying.
Right now, Facebook and Twitter are losing millions of users to other platforms, and they want this to stop.
And so they are going to continue to push for national Internet speech regulations that apply equally to everyone.
In the end, Facebook basically envisions that everyone else in the industry will be forced to engage in the sort of extreme censorship that Facebook is already engaged in.  The following are three quotes that come directly from Facebook…
-“Today, we work with more than 80 partners covering over 60 languages around the world to review potentially false content.”
-“We include warnings on posts that are rated false so that you can decide what to read or share.”
-“When third-party fact-checkers label content false, we significantly reduce its distribution so fewer people see it.”
That sounds so noble, doesn’t it?
But of course all of the “third-party fact-checkers” have an agenda, and all of them see the world the same way that Facebook sees the world.
If you are an independent thinker, it is just a matter of time before you are hit really hard by the censor hammer.  The censorship has gotten stricter and stricter with each passing year, and the number of people that Facebook has working in this realm has “quadrupled”…
Facebook is not waiting for regulation. We’re continuing to make progress on key issues. We’ve quadrupled our security and safety teams to 40,000 people and built new privacy tools. We’re also working with tech peers to make it easier for people to move their data between platforms securely.
While we at Facebook are working to make progress, we know that we can’t – and shouldn’t – do it alone. That’s why we support regulations to set clear and fair rules for everyone, and support a safe and secure open internet where creativity and competition can thrive.
They claim that they are relentlessly working to weed out “hate speech”, but their definition of “hate speech” is essentially any opinion that they disagree with.
They also claim that they are fighting “health misinformation” head on, but their definition of “health misinformation” is essentially anything that contradicts the narratives that are being pushed by the big pharmaceutical companies.
Anything having to do with COVID, vaccines or COVID treatments has become such a sensitive area.  The big tech companies have been extremely diligent to censor users when it comes to these topics, but that still isn’t good enough for some Democrats.  A few months ago, two Democrats in the Senate introduced a bill called “the Health Misinformation Act”…
The nicest thing you can say about the Health Misinformation Act, proposed in July by the Democratic senators Amy Klobuchar and Ben Ray Luján, is that it means well. The internet has been a key accelerant of widespread myths, misunderstandings and lies related to Covid-19; Klobuchar and Luján’s bill would force online companies like Facebook to crack down on false information during public health emergencies, or lose immunity from lawsuits if they don’t.
The good news is that this bill probably doesn’t have much of a chance to get through Congress right now, but Democrats will inevitably keep trying.
Meanwhile, over in the EU there are plans to start systematically monitoring text messaging and video chat platforms for “suspicious content”…
A German member of the European Parliament is warning against EU plans to adopt new, wide-ranging mass surveillance rules that he says would seriously jeopardize citizens’ right to privacy by forcing tech companies to give access to encrypted messages to the authorities.
And that is what the laws now in the works in Brussels – that are supposed to replace temporary rules adopted in July – are designed to do, by ordering messaging and video chat providers like WhatsApp and Skype to put tech in place that would provide access to people’s private communications and, thanks to an automated system, monitor chats in real time and report suspicious content.
Of course anything that deviates from the official narratives about the pandemic would be considered to be “suspicious content”.
So what should be done to those that are “guilty” of spreading “health misinformation”?
Well, the CEO of Pfizer says that they should be treated like “criminals”…
People who spread misinformation on Covid-19 vaccines are “criminals” and have cost “millions of lives,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Tuesday.
In a lot of ways, large corporations now have more power over our lives than national governments do, and many of the largest corporations are becoming increasingly authoritarian.
Big tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter have decided that they want to use their power to shape what you think, what you believe and how you view the world.
This week YouTube even announced that it would begin hiding ‘dislikes’ on certain videos to avoid harassment. How viewer feedback in the form of a thumbs down icon represents “harassment” is anyone’s guess, but the immediate response to the announcement from many was that the Google-owned company was merely moving to protect the Biden White House from ridicule.
Biden speeches and White House press briefings receive massive dislike ratios on YouTube, sometimes at a rate of ten to one.  Do we really need YouTube to protect the government from negative ratings – which would be in line with recent polls that indicate support for Biden has plummeted across all demographics.
Personally, I will never submit to such manipulation, and I will continue to do all that I can to share the truth with a lost and dying world.
Many of you feel the exact same way.
Unfortunately, we are in the minority, and the big tech companies are entirely convinced that the world will be a much better place if they can permanently relegate people like us to the outer fringes of the Internet.
Originally published at End Of The American Dream – reposted with permission.

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Gay GOP Leader Attacks Reformation Charlotte, Calls Us “Fringe” For Rejecting “Gay Pride” Movement

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By REFORMATION CHARLOTTE

NOVEMBER 10, 2021

Over the weekend, the Republican Party announced a partnership with the Log Cabin Republicans and called it the RNC Pride Coalition. The coalition is essentially a celebration of the LGBTQ movement and a subversive way to smuggle identity politics into the conservative movement.

According to a report at Fox News:

The announcement came during the Log Cabin Republicans’ “Spirit of Lincoln Gala,” which took place Saturday night at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, and attracted a high-profile group of attendees, including former President Trump and former first lady Melania Trump, who was the event’s guest of honor, and other prominent Republicans, including former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell.

Keep in mind, one of the defining grassroots movements of conservatives within the Republican party is the rejection of identity politics. Just last week, we saw a massive shift toward conservative political candidates all across the country with Republicans winning elections in Democrat strongholds because parents and conservatives are tired of the identity politics of the left–particularly, Critical Race Theory.

“Gay Pride” is nothing more than Critical Theory for the sexually aberrant.

From a political perspective, it is possible for those who identify with the LGBTQ to vote Republican and support the party. But those who desire to advance a celebratory movement of their aberrant lifestyle have embraced something that only belongs in the Democrat party–identity politics. Government should have limited control over what people do in their personal, private lives; but when it is brought into the public square, it must be met with fierce scrutiny.

This is what I did yesterday.

Richard Grenell is a former Trump-appointed National Intelligence Director. Grenell is also a sodomite. While Grenell was performing his duties as National Intelligence Director, there did not appear to be a conflict of interest between his personal life and his job duties. However, Grenell has now come out in full support of this “gay pride” movement within the Republican Party.

Let’s be clear; if Grenell supports a “gay pride” movement in the Republican Party, he will also support a “gay pride” movement in your child’s classroom. Conservatives do not support identity politics, and those who advance them must be purged from the ranks of the conservative movement.

That is what I tweeted yesterday / Surf to bottom to find Richard Grenell Tweet:

After a while, Grenell, himself–who has nearly 700 thousand followers on Twitter–somehow caught wind of my tweet through his probably thousands upon thousands of daily notifications. Why my tweet stood out among others, including Jenna Ellis, who also tweeted something similar, is beyond me. One can only conclude that the reason he singled out my tweet is to make a statement; he wanted to demonstrate that few people agreed with me (I only have around four thousand followers compared to his 700 thousand).

He singled out my tweet and called me “fringe.”


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Lol. 17 hours and 4 likes. @ReformationCLT@MediaRightNews1 are wildly fringe.

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Being that Jenna Ellis–a staunch Donald Trump supporter, one of Trump’s personal attorneys, and someone who has worked alongside Grenell during Trump’s time in office–tweeted something similar which received broad appeal, it’s hardly fair to conclude that my tweet was “fringe.”

The bottom line is that LGBTQ identity politics do not belong in the Republican party. Conservatism isn’t about celebrating minority groups, normalizing aberrant behaviors, or advancing causes. It’s about protecting the individual freedoms of all people and holding all people, individually, equal under the law. Do you think these people–who call themselves conservatives–are going to be okay with you when you speak out against LGBTQ indoctrination in your schools? No, they are not; this is why we can’t be okay with this. This is nothing more than leftists attempting to move the Republican party further to the left.

No conservative, and certainly no Christian, should ever be okay with this.