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Personal Essay: Coronavirus Lockdown Is A ‘Living Hell’

Chinese resident 30 years old, Wuhan, China

March 3, 202010:55 AM ET

A RESIDENT OF WUHAN

Editor’s note: The author of this essay asked for anonymity for fear of reprisals by authorities for speaking critically of the Chinese government.

The government lockdown orders in Wuhan, China, have emptied the city’s streets. Stringer for NPR

As residents of Wuhan, China, my family and I are living in hell.

The city has been locked down for more than a month. Every night before falling asleep I have been confronted by an unreal feeling and many questions:

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I know that coronavirus is the reason for the lockdown — but did life in Wuhan have to become a living hell?

Why were we notified about the city lockdown at 2 a.m. on the second to last morning before the Lunar New Year?

Why have I not been given any instructions from a government officer about how to cope when an entire city is on lockdown?

I’m nearly 30 years old. My family members and I have devoted ourselves to our jobs to build a better life — and we have largely succeeded. There’s only a little more to do before we reach the level of middle class.

But along the way, things did not go exactly as I’d hoped. I have been working hard in school since I was small. My dream was to become a journalist, and I passed the test to enter the best school for journalism in China.

After school, I learned that government supervision of the media meant that telling the truth was not an option.

So I gave up my dream and turned to another career. I kept telling myself that my hard work would reward me in my personal life. And to protect myself, I decided to shut up, to be silent about politics — even when I saw people treated unfairly by the government. I thought that if I followed that path, I would be secure, I would be one of the fortunate ones.

Now I realize that this is an illusion. A secure life is not an option with a political system that does not give us freedom to speak out and that does not communicate with us truthfully.

Now I realize that this is an illusion. A secure life is not an option with a political system that does not give us freedom to speak out and that does not communicate with us truthfully.

Wuhan resident

At the moment when the city was first locked down, I hoped with all my heart that China’s political system, known for concentrating resources to get big jobs done, could save the Wuhanese. But infected patients were treated in the hospital in Wuhan as early as the beginning of December, and for unknown reasons, the government held off informing the public and taking effective action.

So they missed the best window of prevention due to this cover-up. That knowledge has made me fall into desperation.

The order to lock down the city appeared from nowhere on Jan. 23 at 2 a.m., without any sign or explanation to residents — even though everyone knew what was up.

People rushed to shop at 24-hour convenience stores at 3 a.m. to gather necessary food and other items. We tried every method to escape from Wuhan, but the cage was already locked.

On new year’s eve, Jan. 24, I watched the glorious performances from a gala aired on CCTV, Chinese television. But our celebratory meal was sparse, pieced together from the few ingredients I’d been able to buy in that last-minute shopping trip.

Then on the second day of the new year, another order arrived out of the blue, notifying us that the Wuhanese shall not drive. But this order only survived for less than six hours — perhaps because the authorities realized that, with public transportation shut down, cars would be needed to drive medical staffers to work and back home. So community officers called upon residents of Wuhan to provide rides for many of these workers — and to get permits to do this driving. Under the pressure of massive criticism, the government had to revoke this order for residents to provide rides.

Other orders were issued that reflected the chaos. Residents were asked to donate rice and oil to feed the medical staffers at Wuhan’s top hospital since there was not enough food to guarantee meals for them. But we are the taxpayers. Shouldn’t the government be able to provide?

From former schoolmates who now work in the medical profession, I learned that medical workers were not given medical supplies and were exposed to a risk of death. Many people wonder: Why didn’t they go on strike? It is because they were informed that if they went on strike, their licenses to practice medicine would be revoked and their family members’ jobs would be affected.

Before this coronavirus, I always thought it was OK to sacrifice some level of democracy and freedom for better living conditions. But now I have changed my attitude. Without democracy and freedom, the truth of the outbreak in Wuhan would never be known.

Before this coronavirus, I always thought it was OK to sacrifice some level of democracy and freedom for better living conditions. But now I have changed my attitude. Without democracy and freedom, the truth of the outbreak in Wuhan would never be known.

Wuhan resident

What has happened in Wuhan is as if your house caught on fire and all your neighbors knew but forbade you from jumping out of the window. Only until the fire is out of control, and the entire town ablaze, do they slowly begin taking responsibility while highlighting their own heroic efforts.

Not everyone has the same privileges and rights. Because I knew how to get outside of the Great Firewall that blocks the Internet, I was able to obtain masks.

The younger generations, born after 1995 and in the 2000s, have good impressions about the Chinese system, putting the nation before all because they have been living in an era of prosperity and have yet to experience adversity.

The things that happened during this outbreak have greatly surprised those kids. For example, a young man scolded others on Weibo in the early days of the outbreak. He accused them of spreading rumors and argued that if we don’t trust the government, there is nothing we can trust.

Later, he said, when a member of his family was infected with the coronavirus but was unable to get treatment in the overcrowded hospital, he cursed and called for help.

When Li Wenliang, one of the doctors who first reported a mysterious SARS-like illness, died of the disease himself, a student commented on the Internet: “It was just the virus that killed him, so we should focus on the epidemics.” But then the student’s dormitory was appropriated for quarantine patients — and he was shocked and dismayed.

This is the lesson these young people are learning. When someone says we can accomplish something but we must pay a price, do not rush to applaud.

One day you may become the price that is paid.

There is a saying in Chinese that has taken on new meaning in this coronavirus era: “When the stick hits my own head, I finally understand the pain — and why some others once cried out of pain.”

Perhaps it is true that only China can build a hospital in 10 days, only China can mobilize so many people to devote themselves to the anti-epidemic agenda, only China can lock down a city with millions of people at lightning speed.

But people are not thinking critically. They do not understand that if we had human rights, democracy and freedom, we would have learned about what happened in Wuhan one month earlier. And the first whistleblower would not have died for nothing./30

I bumped into this essay by accident. Talking with a Messianic Jewish immigrant from Jamaica to Florida last night, I learned that NPR reported that Covid-19 was a virus smuggled out of China for the express purposes of infecting Chinese enemies. Now this is NPR you know – hardly a right wing news organization. In attempting to check on this, I found this testimony. It had the ring of truth, the disillusionment of the young people. I am so glad I lived in China because I appreciate their real life and understand what they are going through. Please pass this along. My blog is censored by Google, Twitter and Facebook, reducing readership by 3/4ths.

The Difference between Law & Grace

Look this up in a dictionary but you’d still not know the heart of God. There are over 500 verses regarding God’s Law and all of them are positive statements because to obey the law of God is to be blessed. These contain great rewards. But we must pick one for a description.

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Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:

In no way does God need law for Himself. Law is for you and the rest of the human race, to convert the soul This is not about your spirit which has a built in godly nature, even if you do not perceive its presence. But the soul you know.

Three-part Soul

The soul is made up of three parts – mind, emotion, and will. The most important of these is your will. When your will is in line with God’s will then you begin to move forward. That submission to the perfect will of God constitutes the life of a believer. Jesus said, “I come to do thy will.” and Jesus is the perfect person, what the book of Hebrews calls the “pattern” son – the way we all should live, that is, act and react.

In the book of Acts they started calling the Jesus-people “Christians” or “little messiahs.” Do you feel like a baby Messiah? Probably not.

But because we are sinners from the git-go God adds Mercy. Mercy or the love of God in action is greater than the law. The law is set in stone as it were, but the scripture says:

Lamentations 3: 22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

The morning rules

The law is not new every morning. It is set and spoken and over. But you (and I) need a new flood of mercy. Interestingly enough, God tells us He will meet us in the morning. Most Bible teachers tell you to study your Bible first thing. I did this for many, many years.

Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Mercy is the love of God in action. These promises belong to you.

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God’s Promises Have No Pull Date

As the American population gets older and older, there are more and more years where nothing is planned. Government officials suggest that we extend the dates of retirement and social security payments. People in good health develop second careers and because the health care system is so good, the extension of life means that people live longer in good health and ability.

God knows.

If you were called at a young age to be or do something, do not think you can’t be and do that now.

Romans 11:19 God’s gifts and God’s call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded.

We marvel when someone goes back to college at 65 and becomes a doctor or a psychologist, or a missionary. But we should not. Everyone knows that life gets in the way. Health, family, war, economic downturn, or any number of interventions into the business of life can put off a plan. If God called you to that, the call is still there. But you must answer it.

You have a promise

God’s promise to you did not go away – it was simply postponed. This is not the time to be discouraged but to restart your life – your personal re-set button.

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‘All things work together for good’ – even the Coronavirus.

Cover-up did not stay covered up.

China scolds Danish cartoonist for blaming them for the virus epidemic. Chinese communists do not like criticism and truth. Chinese leaders covered up the importance of the virus in January, not wanting to prevent 300 million holiday workers to return home for festivities and travel internationally. This wasted time allowed the epidemic to spread worldwide.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

This verse is frequently misquoted. Others misquote “all things are good.” Clearly that is not true. But God can take a lemon and make lemonade.

Most nations across the globe closed their borders, and the people confined behind those borders are asking questions. Incompetence and failure to provide food, medicine, hospitals, test kits, and the myriad other things one needs in a crisis are now found wanting.

For decades bad governments everywhere blamed “America” for every
thing that went wrong, or President Bush, or now President Trump. But America had no hand in this virus business and they know it. Their own governments now stand exposed, and to blame.

Iran is already unstable

Iran, for example, paid crowds in the street to shout “Death to America” every time there was a crisis. Incompetent leaders hide behind unreachable enemies so they will not be forced to change. This is the national equivalent of a child saying, “My teacher hates me.”

Iran is a major trading partner with China because they have few economic ties to the USA. So the citizens now turn their eyes inward on a religious dictatorship which is rife with corruption and loss of credibility. And that is good.

China requires public goodwill

China is teetering because of the protesting Hong Kongers have not gone away. The Tibetians who staunchly continue to refuse to integrate after their nation was snatched; Mongolians have another additional 70 years of resentment for their lands being taken away as well as the infamous slaughter of Uighurs,  Falun Gong, and Christian religious groups. China’s communist dictatorship promises happiness, prosperity and total control.  But they can’t control this disease. 

The Chinese believe that major unplanned, uncontrollable  events, such as  earthquakes are a sign “from heaven” that the leadership is no longer acceptable to “god” whoever that might be.  Leaders in China claim the mandate of heaven.”  Mao Zedong, the cruel master whose foolish policies resulted in the deaths of 30 million people was ousted after a major earthquake.  We can expect the present leadership to be gone in the future. 

Also gone might be hundreds of China-based American companies who do not want further disruption of the supply chain and bring their companies back home.

(Rumor has it this virus was intended to be spread in the USA to take out China’s main economic foe. Can anyone say “Karma”?)

The virus ended that. I suspect we’ll see the communists attempt to regain power and stumble. The fall of Communism will bless billions of people worldwide.

South Africa has deteriorated

South Africa is near collapse from corruption. The ruling party (ANC) borrowed heavily from foreign governments which cash assets went directly into the pockets of political leaders. Food, jobs, and tools are in short supply, but not looting and crime. Rail links and power plants are all in disrepair.

South African white farmers have been murdered in their homes, even though the killers have no clue how to farm. South Africa is rich in resources but China has been drawing minerals and other precious export materials away for their own industries. China will soon dump South Africa as being unlivable.

South America continues to have troubled areas.

Columbia has a long history of corruption and drugs. Venezuela lost workers, jobs, public confidence and supplies. Yemen and North Korea might as well be death camps. Thailand is completely dominated by Chinese political correctness and there is not a single word coming out from there even though this nation is a popular vacation spot.

Day workers suffer especially

Finally, children and parents are now confined to their homes. Parents find out what the kids are learning in school. They may not be that happy about it. They may even find that home schooling is better. This virus will see worldwide change wave over nation and nation and family after family, with many changes.The poor in the third world nations live day to day and their work has been largely cut off. We’ll see consequences for decades due to this virus.

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There is No “Safe Place”

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100% of all censorship, be it Twitter, Facebook or the Communist Bureaucracy, seeks only to create a safe place for themselves and the people they wish to control by preventing them from learning anything they might use to free themselves from false ideas. These “safe places” simply do not exist. And anything based on fear will not work in the end, because deception leads to decline. Assumptions are self-censorship.

Helicopter parents overprotecting children

Overprotecting parents prevent children from gaining the skills to handle adulthood. Failure is a much better teacher than success. Always sheltering children from failure makes them dependent as adults and cautious about living life. The job of parents is to make sure the failures are not final. My 19 year old cousin died in a motorcycle accident because he was not wearing a helmet. The helmet he needed; he did not need to be told to never ride a motorcycle. That is overdoing it. All learning includes risk.

Mental prisons are all around us, but they are delusional. No one is actually protected from the truth, or for that matter, lies. Either lies or truth are recognized as such or they are given free rein to rule our lives in secret. Then we are forced to blame bad luck, or our stars, or the government, or whomever – there are always a host of people to blame – for our failures.

Safe Places allow the fearful or ignorant to live with others in Multiverse delusion. Colleges now are so over extended financially they create wombs for students lest they lose the income.

Safe Places protect assumptions

The true safe place is hidden where others do not wish to go – the cross of Christ. Behind His word I am protected. My physical body, my being female and old, also protects me. No one expects me to do or be what I am. Once I was in a small group of people when someone started speaking French which I immediately knew. They looked at me as though I had flown in on ET’s bicycle. Assumptions lead us away from reality.

Once in California I played bridge with a group of locals who made fun of me as a “cracker” from North Carolina, assuming I was a hillbilly with not a brain in my head. Not one of them in that room had studied six languages or been accepted in a doctoral program. My daughter was disgusted about the way I was treated asked me, “What did you do?” assuming I disabused them of such notions.

I told her, “I just won all the bridge games!”

Assumptions make us look foolish

The most devastating assumption in the past few years was the “surprise” win of President Donald Trump over the presumed winner, Hillary Clinton. Contrary to all the massive public relations the signs of her loss were evident, but no one was looking. The TV and newspapers ignored the signs.

There is no defense against the truth. It will always come out. And that especially is good truths, not just bad news.

 Twitter’s establishment of a “Trust and Safety Council” packed with left-wing advocacy groups, as well as Islamic research centre the Wahid Institute.” Access more information from Breitbart here: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/02/16/exclusive-twitter-shadowbanning-is-real-say-inside-sources/

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When You Retreat in a War on Evil

Today Jews celebrate the Feast of Purim. A wicked politician leader named Haman devised a scheme to trap and destroy a group of people who refused to worship him. He built a gallows on which to hang one of these enemies and then set his trap. Or so he thought. Through a twist of fate – it’s a “God Thing” – Haman himself ended up on the gallows, a hanging which we celebrate today.

The Book of Esther

A group of men in Washington DC set up a scheme to destroy President Donald J. Trump. It was the Russian Hoax. We await in this country a new gallows because this plot against our president was also exposed.

The same thing happened here in North Carolina this past month. Here is the story.

Of all the lessons I learned recently, the idea that I should walk away from a fight with evil was a surprise. God called His people to be Change Agents, not to allow evil to rule.

The incident involved an acquaintance that I worked with on political campaigns for the better part of ten years. She was running for a national office and a group of people who have s long history of being involved in dirty dealings took an audio tape, doctored it and falsified it to the point she was saying something absolutely untrue.

They maketh and loveth a lie

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

This group put the fraudulent tape on YouTube and distributed to many voters in the district, an area the same size as Rhode Island. Although it is sparsely populated meeting candidates personally is difficult even for the best financed ones. Many people would see this con and believe because they didn’t know the back story.

I no longer live there but of course was incensed that this kind of carefully planned and executed trick should be going on. Furthermore I knew they had done this kind of double dealing now six times for the past 15 years. It is hard to identify their motive – but it seems that first they don’t like women and second they like to be nasty, just for the sake of being nasty.

For 10 days I engaged them on social media, all over Facebook but also I alerted friends all over my state of North Carolina and elsewhere, because I knew they knew voters in that area. Several other people were tracking down where the money came for this and some damning flyers, involving not just this woman but another male candidate. I was called names, told to get off Facebook, and in spite of the first person testimony the ugliness continued. Literally hundreds of people were taking sides.

Finally God told me to stop defending the truth and cease speaking. But why?

God said to stop defending the truth

The reason shocked me. He said that as long as I engaged them in the controversy, and the more they defended their wickedness, the greater the sin and punishment on them in the future.

He reminded me of what they had done wrong. Besides the obvious creation of a lie out of whole cloth and then finding hundreds of dollars to finance flyers and other actions, they had cursed a Christian.

Genesis 12: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

God defends his people. You do not need to be some stellar believer with your name on a church, a traveling evangelist, or an ordained minister, God is still not going to overlook evil behavior against his sons and daughters. That scripture was spoken to Abraham, the father of the faithful, but it includes us on down the line here as Christians many thousands of years as well. God’s word does not drain away with time. He is loyal to his word – regardless. We are also of the family of God.

Then he reminded me of this. This group of people were always cursed. They had been to court with foolish litigation against believers, in fact for all those years all of the victims of this crowd were believers.

Proverbs 3:33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.

Over a period of a decade and a half God had already disciplined them, and He had already blessed and defended the victims. More importantly, if I continued, they would continue to receive more and more judgment for their sins. He was asking me to stop in order to reduce their final sentence. I scratched my head.

This is called mercy

God is so generous and loving that even when He sees you are headed to hell, He puts on the brakes. I will gain nothing by continuing to battle with them. They have chosen a path of deliberate ignorance. What benefit could I get? And I was already exhausted by the nastiness. I told one observer I felt like I had been sprayed with liquid feces.

1 Corinthians 14:38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Thank you God that your mercies are new every morning. You continue to surprise me, Lord.

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The Nature of Fear

Three hundred and sixty times in the King James Bible we are told “Fear not.” So we conclude that fear is a natural, endemic emotion in Christians which God does not want for his people, or for anyone else either.

Fear is a reaction to a perceived threat. Here is a partial list of threats.

  • Fear of New revelation, ideas, processes, people
  • Fear of being wrong
  • Fear of a change of status, either up or down
  • Fear of not knowing how to avoid something
  • Fear of new ideas
  • Fear of exposure
  • Fear of the rejection of friends
  • Fear of loss of finances
  • Fear of change of any kind
  • Fear of losing my job, my position, my self-esteem
  • Fear of failing God

Plus 354 more.

My mother, who was not a Christian, taught me as a small child to stand against fear. It was my enemy meant to control me. I thank God for that kind of teaching for I have seen so many people unhappy because they cannot control their fears.

The opposite of fear is faith

Faith believes what God said. Faith in God is your stance against fears coming against you.

Mark 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

Your faith gets results.

Matthew 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

Faith grows gradually like money in the bank of your heart drawing increased interest for you as you believe day by day.

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Finally Hebrews 11, the faith chapter. Faith pleases God and when He is pleased you will be too, and He blesses those who please him.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

If you have trouble believing, read the Bible aloud to yourself, especially the gospels and the Psalms and as you hear the words, your faith increases.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Someone else’s unbelief and denial of God and His power has no effect on God so do not let it affect you.

Romans 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

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President Dwight Eisenhower speaks on political parties

If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Why Men say They Don’t Understand Women

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We hear this all the time

Men say they don’t understand women and then laugh. Laughter is a sign someone is hiding something or embarrassed, or even lying. (I’ll explain how I know that later.)

Here is what is going on. If someone knows the truth then he is responsible for the information, now he is accountable for acting in concert with the truth. Men do not want to know anything about women so they won’t need to answer to God for what they do. Or, while we are at it, they don’t want to answer to man or the law either.

Women have their own set of tricks which we will also put off for another time.

Standard evasive movement

Nothing is new here. Human beings do not want to answer to God for their behavior, opinions, actions and decisions. In fact if the little drama in the Garden of Eden proves anything it is that human beings want their own will, and if, perchance, they can avoid knowing God’s will, then how can anyone hold them responsible for not doing it?

Ignorance on the Throne

Not knowing now becomes an article of faith, and ignorance is elevated. The Bible speaks about this in the epistles. For example, Peter calls them willfully ignorant.

2 Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant

Paul says, if that is what they want, then leave them alone.

1 Corinthians 14:38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Now about laughter. Here is where Sarah laughed in the Old Testament when she heard she was pregnant. Remember she was a close to 90 years old.

Genesis 18:15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

Sarah laughed because she was caught denying what she knew to be true – same with men saying they don’t understand women. They’ve been exposed. And their laughter does it.

Human beings have all kinds of ways to deny the truth, such as addiction to alcohol, drugs or food, any addiction for that matter which takes over the life and becomes the focal point of life itself.

God wants truth He said “in the inward parts” that is entering your whole being and taking over. You will now be honest with yourself, not guilty or blaming yourself or others but seeing yourself through God’s eyes, and that is not bad. God loves you and wants truth inside you. Then He can make you into an agent for His purposes.

Sarah named the baby Isaac, meaning laughter. Why? Because she had victory and when you laugh, God knows you have the victory.

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Powerless Pastors- Guest Speaker

Some of the most daring and up-front pastors are now black.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/theres-epidemic-of-powerless-worship-leaders-pastor-william-mcdowell-says.html

Sounds like voodoo to me. https://www.christianpost.com/news/tithe-paying-christians-are-protected-from-coronavirus-by-psalm-91-pastor-brian-tamaki-claims.html

Surefire Prayers for Politics

Several years ago a group of Christians decided on this prayer and have persisted in this prayer for a long time.  And it worked.  You will notice this as it reflects the news media.

Luke 12:3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

As the words and actions of criminal enterprises by politicians and their aides continue to be exposed in the government, both here and abroad, you can verify that this prayer really works. Ask God to expose the plans for evil men to do harm. In most cases this will involve money transfers that are against the law. But, as in the case of the Steele Dossier, deliberate complex lies about someone in office or running for office came to light.

Lies supported by PAC money

The same kind of programs are cooked up in small elections which is harder to trace, but if it is done on a large scale is can change the face if the Congress very quickly because no one realizes it. In one case a group of people who oppose everything (no joke) took an audio tape and doctored it so the candidate was saying something she absolutely did not say. Voters have rushed to take sides with threats and vitriol which says more about them than it does about the poor candidate.

Christians have access to the mind of the Holy Spirit

Wise Christians need to examine very carefully this kind of thing because it may be happening in your jurisdiction which means the devil himself is managing the slander. And many candidates may be innocent of this fraud being done behind their backs. In this area we traced money from many other states and sources.

God know where those recording of the words of evil men are kept and He can bring them back to our ears.

A second prayer is also effective. It is the EXPOSURE prayer. Ask God to reveal what is going on.

Matthew 10:26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

For many years church people stayed away from politics but the Bible has another command. There it is in the Bible – a prayer about a cover-up.

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Another word for reproof is rebuke or reprimand. We are not to let them get away with this.

You can consider this the best group of prayers for any election at any time, including those happening in foreign nations. After all, God is god of the whole universe, not just we Westerners.

You have your marching orders.

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How to Pray for Candidates

It is not true that being a candidate for public office is easy. It takes a very different person to be a good candidate as opposed to being a good officeholder. That may be one of the reasons most voters ignore the down-ballot candidates and focus on the House, Senate and Presidency. But in fact, the entire ticket needs our full attention because those people running with the top candidates are as much a part of the team as the leaders.

Pray for leaders is required, expected

This month we had a primary in our state, as you probably will have in yours. The top leaders were an easy call, but to my surprise people I did not know and barely heard of were nominated from my party. Several ones I voted for were way-y-y down the line.

  • 1 Timothy 2 King James Version (KJV)
  • I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
  • For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
  • For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
  • Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Notice Timothy who is speaking to his local congregation, says there is a job to be done first. More often than not it is done last in my church or not at all.

We are to give thanks for all men and these leaders. You know how hard that has been just recently and certainly not done in public. Our leaders of both parties have been cursed publicly, not to mention the cartoons and the flurry of hate mail. Our candidates have had slanderous and libelous publicity about them, deliberate lies paid for by campaign funds.

Good leaders bring Peace

We have had a decade or more of no peace, yet we are to pray precisely for these leaders to bring the kind of peace that allows us to worship in our own way and to bring others into God’s kingdom. The end for us personally is holiness, not that we hear much about that these days, and honest dealings. One day reading the newspapers and watching TV can assure you that honesty is no longer available.

Truth is missing in politics

A peaceful political climate allows men to be saved and come into the knowledge of the truth. Clearly one thing that God wants us to realize is that if our government is not peaceful neither will there be truth. If we look at foreign nations where there is civil war, want, despair, poverty and conflict, there are poor or even evil leaders, and no peace.

Sample prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank you that you have promised me that you would govern our lives, that your goals are peace and honest dealings. I confess I have not been faithful to pray for my leaders and often cursed them, only to see them replaced by others I did not like as well. Please bless the leaders of the country and teach them through the Holy Spirit to listen to you and take seriously their jobs. You said you died for all men. Please enter the arena of government and direct their lives so we may, the world over, have peace.

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The Un-Whitening of Christianity

The Browning of the Faithful

Most American Christians pay no attention to the missionary efforts around the globe, content to enjoy their churches every week and let God take care of the rest of the world. But while Americans slept, the other parts of the world have taken over the church profile.

Twenty years ago the profile of the international Christian believer was ‘female, speaks Spanish, lives near the equator, is poor, and speaks in tongues.’  No one noticed then. Things have changed.

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Muslims in Asia Catholics report conversions in Mongolia which have always been pro-democracy. Mongolia’s famous leader, Genghis Kahn, ran a democratic operation, including women in leadership positions even thought he was ruthless against his enemies. Mongolians were not permitted to attend the 2008 Olympics in China for fear they would bring religious missionaries and political dissidents with them. A popular Mongolian priest has a $60 million price on his head, as Muslims are frightened about his successes.

Communism is god, not God

Communism suppresses Christians because they believe God is more important than the state or the government.

In the Middle East disgust over terrorism and refugee problems have brought in many believers. Most of these new believers are Pentecostal or charismatic, depending on your choice of words.

In Europe refugees flock to nearly dead Christian churches. “At Trinity church in the Berlin suburb of Steglitz, the congregation has grown from 150 two years ago to almost 700, swollen by Muslim converts, according to Pastor Gottfried Martens. Earlier this year, churches in Berlin and Hamburg reportedly held mass conversions for asylum seekers at municipal swimming pools. ” Presumably the pools are for baptisms.

Converts still represent very small numbers but their new freedom will be recognized by relatives who still are under the boot of Islam. Still 900,000 is a large number when compared to the white-ness of Christians in the West.

In China the conversion rate appears small because the entire population is so large – almost five times as many Chinese as Americans. The current number is over 100 million, that is almost one third the entire population of the USA. If America suddenly added the entire Christian population of China it would change the face of the Church overnight.

In South Asia there is still great persecution of believers in Thailand and Malaysia. But both South Korea and the Philippines are heavily Christianized and have been for decades. They are considered the evangelists for the Pacific Rim.

India still persecutes Christians but the faith is showing some progress. The fact that India worships over 30 million gods surely helps when our God is only One.

Will a brown-colored church flock make any difference? Probably not. The basic tenet of the faith is that all men are created equal and most church governance has not be highly structured in the last 50 years.

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Willful Ignorance – God Stopped Winking

The Christian life is lived in the pages of the epistles. Many believers never  read them or understand their impact on daily life. As we move from the early stages of “being saved” we see wide diversions in Christian living and practice. Eventually we learn that many believers are weak, disinterested, lazy and untaught, all at varying levels, and people join groups, change churches, leave churches, change jobs.  Some of these changes come out of rebellion, depression and loss.  Others clearly are following the call of God. 

I’ve seen them lounge in the theological backwaters, repeating their pastors, misquoting the scriptures, mishandling even basic stuff. Not to mention a few charged with a crime, lying and even getting caught in an immoral trap. So I stood back and asked myself what is going on. 

Refusal to change

Recently I saw a distinguished author/scholar on a TV program where he repeated a totally false accusation against a public figure. Since he was a Russian scholar and since the incident involved Russian history I sent him a flyer from a reliable newspaper, there are not that many left, because I believed that he would appreciate having an element of Russian history corrected.  He did not.

Disagreeing with Truth is not an opinion

He wrote back that he did not agree with me.  Agreement had nothing to do with it.  The facts are out there; the truth is out there.  Some of the persons involved have been indicted for their crimes. More indictments are expected. All of that is in the public record. He just did not like that he had made a mistake, or to be required to change.  He was willfully ignorant.

Just where does this come from

Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant

What is the source of deliberate rebellion against the knowledge of God, because the rejection of truth is just that. It may come up in atheism, or many other rejections of truth.

This is not the same thing as Eve being deceived. God winks at that time in your life when you really don’t know anything. We do this with our children. Little Micky steals a cookie and is reprimanded. There is no beating or big to-do about it. It is the first offense. Then when more cookies mysteriously disappear parents become less tolerant and finally the hammer comes down. God does this too.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

God winks at error in the untaught for a while. The idea is to lead you to repentance. Today, across the globe, millions, in fact billions of people do not have a clue about the real God. God is winking at their sin. But it will not last forever.

I think of India which has 30 million gods. It is hard to focus on any god or even take any god seriously with this kind of competition out there. Some worship the badly polluted Ganges River. God will not wink at India forever.

Large Numbers of Muslims now Saved

The wars in the Middle East and the opening up of television and the internet for isolated peoples has demonstrated to them that large numbers of human beings do not live as badly as they do, in violence and dictatorial religious slavery. Now that they have better information, God’s winking is stopping and the truth is being embraced by more and more people. God may want them all saved, but we know that will not happen.

Some will re-harden their hearts towards God and be lost. Having once had enlightenment their hearts go dark.

Ephesians 4:18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;

This past month I and a group of committed citizens investigated a complex slander against a political candidate. In a few days the entire scam was exposed. Some people were alarmed and took it all in. The originators of the folly stuck to their guns; they would not confess their crimes and continued to put out the libel, secure that the overloaded courts would ignore any case against them. Other voters refused to believe this was happening. Everyone took sides. My friends and I did all we could.

I asked God what was his view of this and he said, simply to leave the ignorant alone and move on.

1 Corinthians 14:38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

All failure in man is a refusal to change. Whether you die at 25 or 95, your life will be judged by your ability to change for the better under the hand of the Lord. If not, you wallow in the swamp in the edge of the River of Life.

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Bible Study Lesson 8

The Bible, not denominational teaching, is the foundation of the Faith

Number One: The Bible is God-breathed, not dictated. Timothy 3:16 The word inspire means to breathe into. This explains why the personality of the writer comes through.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Number Two: God watches over His word and sees that it comes to pass, eventually. This may be generations down the road. God promised a savior in Genesis but it was thousands of years later that Jesus arrived. To hasten means God will not be late in getting His will done.

12 Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.

Nowhere does God ever promise to do man’s will.

Number Three: Confirmation of God’s words is verified by two witnesses, at least.

2 Corinthians 13:1 In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

This principle of two witnesses is a part of established law in the Western world. Unfortunately it is not always been followed in court cases. But recently the witness of DNA has been solid proof of rape which otherwise usually did not have two witnesses. Below it is demanded for a murder trial.

Deuteronomy 17:6 King James Version (KJV) At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

The Jews and Romans found two witnesses to condemn Jesus but they did so by misunderstanding his words. Jesus said the temple would be destroyed and raised up in three days. He was referring to his physical body, as God in the flesh, and he would be resurrected in three days. All this actually occurred, but the witnesses misinterpreted his words. This kind if error also happens today in court cases.

Number Four: Understanding the word of God comes by accrual, like your bank savings account. The longer you keep the money in, and adding to it, the balance grows. Your understanding will grow as you persist.

Isaiah 28:9-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “To whom would He teach knowledge,
And to whom would He interpret the message?
Those just weaned from milk?
Those just taken from the breast?
10 “For He says,
[a]Order on order, order on order,
Line on line, line on line,
A little here, a little there.’”

Once again remember to highlight in your Bible these passages.

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