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Blog Monday 23 May 2022 Now that monkey pox has started up, it is worth checking out the background of the current terror show, in a video by Amazing Polly. There is also a follow up video on monkey pox gain of function research by biological warfare scientists.   Thursday 17 March 2022 The American Reformer continues to show improvement. The most recent article, “Is Nationalism Natural?” by Timon Cline, though using legal history rather than theology as the starting point of it’s argument, is a necessary answer to anabaptist, the-church-is-our-nation globalism of such left-Evangelicals as John Piper, or the neo-Tylerite libertarianism sported by some theonomists under a Reformed banner.   Speaking of the fake Reformed, Steve Bannon on his show went after “warmonger” Ben Sasse, the Presbyterian Church in America’s boy in the neo-con globalist cabal.   A discussion with Dr. Scott Jensen, Ivor Cummins, and Bobby Bounds about the fake statistics and politically motivated health policy surrounding COVID is up on Sarah Westall’s site. Jensen is a candidate for Governor of Minnesota. Ivor Cummins, co-author of Eat Rich, Live Long, is a researcher on the causes of chronic disease, and has “presented at the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and also at the Irish National Institute of Preventative Cardiology (NIPC) annual conferences”. Bobby Bounds, of Demand Evidence.us, has been studying New Mexico Death Certificate data, and found exaggeration of the COVID deaths by a multiplication factor introduced into the statistics to increase deaths from the number reported to the state to the number that state thinks there ought to be. Westall, unfortunately, continues to mix interviews with good researchers with those with nutters. The same could be said of Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com. The official experts, in science, journalism, and education, have been relied on in the past to sort sound information from nonsense. Without such help the individual is overwhelmed by the challenge of distinguishing the truth.  This interview by Tucker Carlson with some Cuban in the Congress shows the overwhelming ignorance and recklessness of the Stupid Party. In her own view, this Hispanic-accented woman is a representative of “the browns” in America. These people seems to think of policy as though it were a computer game with no consequences when it is over.   Wednesday 16 March 2022 Dr. Mark Skidmore, of Michigan State University, has published a statistical survey of  “How Many People Died from the Covid-19 Inoculations?” An interview about this study was just released on USAWatchdog.com. He finds about 300,000 inoculation deaths so far in the United States, with at least 1.4 million killed or seriously injured. Also: “The government says 76% have got the inoculation, but in my study, it is closer to 50%.” But: “The FDA and CDC official stance is there has been only 9 fatalities from the inoculation.” Dr. Skidmore’s study does not reference which inoculation batches the deaths and injuries were from, and the ill effects are known to vary greatly depending of the manufacture batch. Also not covered by the study is the effect of an increasing number of injections, such as the so-called boosters.   In a blend of local/national news, the Let’s go Brandon Administration has again told the state of South Dakota that they could not hold a July 4th fireworks display at Mount Rushmore. If you look at the picture at the top of this blog, the fireworks display would have appeared at a location just to the left of what appears in the frame.    The Senate has passed a bill changing what time it is. It now goes to the House. Perhaps the Representatives can add a clause regulating which way the earth rotates during each season of the year.  The Ukraine war has produced a new level of insanity in the “news” media. This is analyzed in an article on the Gateway Pundit. This raises the question of why the media will go all-out on stories that will soon be proved wrong. Is there some policy decision that they are trying to prepare the public to accept? Perhaps they just think that the people are too stupid to notice. One concerning thing is that the ISIS forces, responsible for false-flag chemical attacks in Syria, are now in the Ukraine, on the Ukrainian government side. The Gateway Pundit article has a video which also raises this possibility.   Monday 14 March 2022 The late-to-the-game, conventional people are starting to notice the role of ivermectin and vitamin D as protection against COVID. Dr. John Campbell even says: “This is why I think ivermectin is going to be one of the huge scandals of this, it’s almost as if information has been deliberately suppressed throughout the pandemic. No one is saying it’s true, of course, but it’s almost like that. The evidence just seems so present, powerful and overwhelming.” Ivermectin in Africa and Brazil, and Vitamin D, Strong evidence from Israel.   American Reformer has an interesting article (despite the title) “Jesus and John Wayne among the Deplorables” by Michael Young, touching on “Evangelical writer” David French, but largely uncovering the argumentation of Kristin Kobes Du Mez in her book Jesus and John Wayne. French likes the book because of its claim that Evangelicals are not wimpy enough. He objects to their focus on “rugged, heroic masculinity embodied by cowboys, soldiers, and warriors”. They seem plenty wimpy to me. After all, French is their most prominent political thinker. The gist of the article is that Du Mez ignores actual doctrines and policies, and their objective effects, and replaces this with the motives, agendas and biases that she claims to deconstruct from these. In other words, Evangelicals like Donald Trump because he is so masculine, unlike the effeminate dweebs that Du Mez and French believe Evangelicals ought to prefer. Young does a good good of deconstructing the deconstructors, and his article is worth your attention.   Michael Young is associated in some way with Counterweight, which provides a critique of what they call “Critical Social Justice ideology.”  Saturday 12 March 2022 The nephilim are featuring all over the alternative media sites based on new age and space alien speculation. It seemed important to draw attention to Walter Kaiser’s article on the nephilim. Also in Spanish.   Thursday 10 March 2022 The Official Notice of Evidentiary Findings Related to the Renz Law Covid19 Investigation can be found online. They propose to provide a copy to “every congressperson, governor, state attorney general, and as many other elected officials as possible throughout the nation.”  There is an interview with Dr. Peter McCullough on The Duran about fatal vaccine-induced myocarditis.  Wednesday 2 March 2022 There is a tremendous amount of easily refuted war propaganda issuing from the main steam media, public figures, and even from those who wish to be accepted as alternative news sources to the main stream media. Jordan Sather usefully points out some of this: War Propaganda in the 21st Century. His more interesting observation is that the public is becoming quick and adept at spotting this and pointing it out in comments on social media. Over at The Duran in Proxy Conflict and Media Soft Power, they also recognize a rising skepticism among Americans, while Europeans much more readily accept the European Union’s claims about the Ukraine war.  Andrew Torba, CEO of Gab, has declared: “The Zionist-funded heresy of Dispensational premillennialism is going to be destroyed in my lifetime and I'm going to make sure of that.”  Dispensationalism seems to have entered an unstable phase. Its spokesmen now downplay the Darby theology of changing plans of salvation in favor of Zionism. This has now reached the point of blasphemy in that, while still unwilling to directly condemn Jesus’s proclamations of a coming judgment on Israel, they accuse as antisemitic any one who quotes them. This point is made near the conclusion of this review of William Watson’s recent book Dispensationalism Before Darby. Is there enough evidence yet to project that with time the Dispensationalist movement will exit Evangelicalism?  Tuesday 1 March 2022  The Russians: Good guys (as much of the alternative media says) or bad guys (as MSM says)? For a different perspective see Russian Myths vs. Russian Reality at the Corbett Report.   The Ukraine Crisis: What You Need to Know  Sunday 28 February 2022  The death of Gary North last week seems to have been immediately noted mainly be hateful commentaries from the left. There is, however, an informative obituary by Craig Bulkely on North’s website (also in Spanish). North attempted to apply Christianity to life across the entire spectrum of thought and practice. This issued in a large number of wide ranging and extensive publications, if necessarily a thinness of research. North’s thought is best understood as one endpoint of a series of revisionist philosophies. He applied with modifications the perspective of Cornelius Van Til, of Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia). Van Til, in turn, was a revision of a Dutch Reformed stream of Kuyperian neocalvinism, which as the term ‘neo’ suggests, was an end of the nineteenth-century attempt to revise Calvinism for modern times. North’s effort pulled him in two directions. One was the attempt to add biblical specificity to the Kuyper/Van Til theologies. In fact, at the beginning of North’s Christian Reconstruction circle, they thought of themselves, as James Jordan put it, as Kuyper plus the Bible. This trajectory led North eventually to begin to undercut the foundations of Kuyperianism by, for example, rejecting the doctrine of Common Grace. The other, opposite, direction, was to load onto his theology new modernist theory, namely Austrian economics and libertarian ideology. This, North thought, fit Biblical teaching, in contrast to popular forms of liberalism and socialism that were widely accepted as compatible with Christianity. The effect, though, was to read the Bible though a libertarian filter. The members of North’s own circle at the Institute for Christian Economics largely moved away from his ideas, adopting ecclesiasticism in the form of high-church liturgy and institutions, New Perspectives on Paul theology, synergistic views of justification (for which North himself, as an avid defender of Norman Shepherd, was partly responsible) and similar weirdnesses. Finally, North was an advocate of conspiracy views of history, which currently enjoy an enormous growth in the alternative media, bringing North into step with much that is being said today, though mostly completely discontented from North’s theological framework. (E.g. Schwab’s Global Shapers Network Exposed!) In the crises of 2022, North seems to be growing more relevant, while his erstwhile followers who departed in their own directions are fading away.    Sunday 13 February 2022 Two important interviews were released this weekend. The lawyer Thomas Renz, at X22 Report spoke on the exposure of the damage being done by the COVID shots. The Coverup Phase Has Begun, the Evidence Will Bring Down Big Pharma & Fauci. Rob Kirby was interviewed on Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog, about Financial Atrocities at Core of all Global Problems, and about the protests in Canada.   For those looking for some help for sorting out the grifters and fakes from the information on the alternative media, the occasional Clickbait updates on Jordan Sather’s channel are helpful. Sather had to learn from personal experience about false but seductive narratives, and his English usage is atrocious, but he could save you a lot of time spotting grifters and nutters.   Saturday 12 February 2022 There is now a review of Stephen N. Williams’s Revelation and Reconciliation: An Angle on Modernity, and in Spanish. He argues that modernity arises from a spirit of moral self-sufficiency, rather than the mistake of elevating reason to an undue place. Where the presuppsitionalists of the Van Til type would argue that modern epistemology is the same as moral self-sufficiency, Williams is careful to distinguish them historically.    For those who have read Carl Trueman’s The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, an interesting follow on article is Stop Finding Your Identity in Christ, in American Reformer.   Honduras update by Vladimir Zev Zelenko MD:  In April 2020, I was contacted by President Hernandez and Minister of Health Leonardo Sanchez of Honduras.  I advised them on the Zelenko Protocol. 2 weeks later every doctor in Honduras participated in a national conference and were educated in prehospital early treatment. Honduras has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the world <45% Last month Honduras reported that covid-19 is virtually eliminated from the country. Last week, a new socialist government closely connected with Kamala Harris took power. I predict a sharp increase in vaccination rates, the obstruction of prehospital care with safe and generic drugs, and a sharp increase in death. The leftest globalists leave a path of destruction and death wherever they have power.  Monday 7 February 2022 Barbara F. Walter’s new book How Civil Wars Start and How to Stop Them has already been puffed in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Minnesota Public Radio, Publishers Weekly, … in fact by all the usual suspects. She is a professor at the University of California, San Diego, but the book is an anecdotal, disorganized reissue of Deep State narratives from the Clinton administration onwards, including those based on federal false-flag operations. Today we have a review, (also in Spanish).  Friday 4 February 2022 There are a couple of noteworthy items today about the problem of Evangelicals on the side of evil in the public space. Gateway Pundit has a news story about Dr. Francis Collins of NIH being promoted by Christianity Today to spread the government propaganda line to Christians. According to the Pundit “He pushed his and Dr. Fauci’s scam that COVID was created independently in nature calling those who thought it was built in a lab, conspiracy theorists. Since that time we have uncovered Dr. Collins and Fauci’s lies to Congress on the subject. These doctors didn’t want Americans and Christians to know that COVID was created in a lab in China by the Chinese military using US dollars they gave to aid in the research and development. …  We now also know that Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins were scheming on ways to destroy those who were challenging failed and deadly policies.” The Pundit is relying on an article by Megan Basham on the Daily Wire. Basham’s article is broader. She also highlights Ed Stetzer, dean of Wheaton College for promoting Dr. Collins’s ideas. “Stetzer” she reports “is also the executive director of the Billy Graham Center and the editor-in-chief of Outreach media group. He was previously an editor at Christianity Today and an executive director at LifeWay, one of the largest religious publishers in the world.” Also, “in a livestream event, co-hosted by CT [Christianity Today]. The outlet introduced him as a “follower of Jesus, who affirms the sanctity of human life” despite the fact that Collins is on record stating he does not definitively believe, as most pro-lifers do, that life begins at conception, and his tenure at NIH has been marked by extreme anti-life, pro-LGBT policies.”   The other item is a discussion in an article in American Reformer of the popularity and influence of people such as David French and his promoters. The trigger was a tweet by Ray Ortland that “My friend @DavidAFrench” is a heroic man of honor and principle. Only foolishness denies the obvious.” French is a neocon promoter of the Deep State agenda, and also a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. Ortland is a Dallas Seminary graduate, president of Renewal Ministries and member of The Gospel Coalition. He is associated with Immanuel Church of Nashville. The church’s Who We Are statement on their web site begins: “Immanuel Nashville is built on gospel doctrine and gospel culture.” So culture is important to them. He is also Canon Theologian of the Anglican Church in North America. This is not the big Anglican church, but an offbeat affair designed to attract a broad range of dissidents from mainstream Anglicanism, but where they can still dress up in purple shirts and dog collars and act the part. The Reformer’s article is about how people such as Ortland manage to appeal to normal people. For our purposes we want to point out how these people cluster in organizations designed to make them influencers, and have an affinity for the Deep State and its agenda. Does this reveal the real heart of institutional Evangelicalism?    I am in the midst of reading Stephen N. Williams’s Revelation and Reconciliation: An Angle on Modernity. The first edition came out of Cambridge University Press in 1995, but this second, largely rewritten, edition appeared in the fall of 2021. William’s thesis is that the germ of the rebellion against Christianity that created modernity was not rationalist epistemology but was moral in character, “the collision between what may loosely be called moral self-sufficiency and the Christian claim that God has acted in history for our reconciliation.” The first ninety pages are an engagement with important philosophers of modernity (Descartes, Locke, etc.) and intellectual historians. He has mostly read the right books and noticed the important developments. The last chapters have less to offer. Nevertheless I can recommend the book as a very useful intellectual exercise in spotting the real issues.  Tuesday 18 January 2022 Carl Trueman’s The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self appeared in 2020, so I am only a couple of years late in getting around to reading it. Subtitled “Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution,” it is about what he calls expressive individualism, which more or less grew out of what we can think of in general terms as Romanticism, and the form that this sensibility has recently taken via its shaping by critical theory to become the obsession with sexual identity that we now see everywhere, and which is the form taken by the modern self, that is of identity through self-expression and which is thought to be deepest in sexuality.   The great advantage of this book over others which seek to take on the same phenomena is that it does not get bogged down in the exegesis of texts of the main critical theories, but instead gives Trueman’s own explanation, both of the origin in a broad historical context, and of the culminating theories themselves. This makes it much easier to see and understand the main points, as well has the cultural logic which, given the historical starting point and direction, led to today’s circumstances by what in retrospect seems like inevitability. The starting point includes the project of explaining man and society without God, and the direction includes what Trueman calls deathworks and anticulture; that is the production of cultural works designed to break down Christian values.   As most people do not understand the current culture and how it came about, including many of those promoting it, Trueman’s book is very useful for those troubling to read it.   Friday 7 January 2022 I just finished reading Stephen J. Grabill’s book Rediscovering the Natural Law in Reformed Theological Ethics, which was published in 2006. Including chapters on Calvin, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Althusius and Francis Turretin, he then in his Conclusion considers the rejection of this tradition by the 20th century post-Calvinists. “For Barth, Berkouwer, Dooyeweerd, and Van Til”, he says, “the Protestant Reformers intended to make a clean and total break with Rome, which, if applied as an historical and methodological assumption, renders moot any substantive investigation of continuities and discontinuities in Protestant doctrinal formulation with earlier periods of Christian theology. It also undermines any attempt to recover the catholicity of Protestant doctrinal and ethical formulations in relation to the broader and older Christian traditions of the West and the East.” (p. 187) These post-Calvinists had to rip their purified Reformation out of its historical reality to save it from itself. It would have been more honest of them had they announced their agenda to create a new theological system, though it would have been a disadvantage, perhaps an insuperable one, in carrying out what, at least in the American context, and perhaps also in the Dutch, was a coup against the the orthodox establishment, which was already overwhelmed in its battle against modernism in all the church institutions.   Grabill places the Reformed tradition in the via antiqua philosophical tradition, with the possible exception of Calvin, who Grabill considers to be over-rated in his place in the development of Reformed thought. “Broadly put, Calvin follows the realist tradition (most likely in its Scotist trajectory…) in its affirmation of the ontological status of moral knowledge, meaning that moral precepts are objective, universal, and stable, but differs with it epistemologically, meaning in the degree to which unaided reason can adequately apprehend precepts of the natural law.” He sees Calvin’s “discussion squarely within the scholastic natural-law tradition” and “quite possibly even in the realist trajectory of that tradition.” (p. 92) Duns Scotus was a voluntarist, but also a philosophical realist rather than a nominalist, so he is categorized as belonging to the via antiqua rather than the via moderna. Grabill’s own sympathies seem to fall with the via antiqua, but then that is where the theological tradition which he is detailing resides, so it does not matter much to his discussion.   Later voluntarists, such as William Ames or Perkins, are outside the scope of this book, so the significance of Reformed voluntarism remains unexplored.   Grabill is concerned to give the historical background of the post-Calvinist revolt against the Reformed tradition by a brief narration of the rise to dominance of the Enlightenment mentality which pushed out the scholastic thought underlying Reformed theology. But did the via antiqua inherently run into this dead end, and could a via moderna theology have fared better?  Wednesday 15 December 2021 Thomas Renz has an interview with Sarah Westall in which he urges everyone to send a letter to all the elected representatives, especially the local ones and to the media, “in regards to the unlawful and corrupt actions taken by the healthcare industry, bureaucrats, and media regarding COVID-19”. You can download the letter to print it and mail it yourself.   Sarah Westall has also published a two part interview with Ryan Dawson on the Ghislaine Maxwell affair. Some of you may be wondering why I am referencing Sarah Westall, who is known for promoting a lot of New Agey material. The reason is that the Reformed and Evangelical establishments have abandoned the moral leadership to New Age and Pentacostal personalities.   American Reformer, though, has actually shown shown some gumption by publishing an article, Wide Awoke at Grove City College?, naming names.
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Monday 23 May 2022

Now that monkey pox has started up, it is worth checking out the background of the current terror show, in a video by Amazing Polly. There is also a follow up video on monkey pox gain of function research by biological warfare scientists. Thursday 17 March 2022 The American Reformer continues to show improvement. The most recent article, “Is Nationalism Natural?” by Timon Cline, though using legal history rather than theology as the starting point of it’s argument, is a necessary answer to anabaptist, the-church-is-our-nation globalism of such left-Evangelicals as John Piper, or the neo-Tylerite libertarianism sported by some theonomists under a Reformed banner. Speaking of the fake Reformed, Steve Bannon on his show went after “warmonger” Ben Sasse, the Presbyterian Church in America’s boy in the neo-con globalist cabal. A discussion with Dr. Scott Jensen, Ivor Cummins, and Bobby Bounds about the fake statistics and politically motivated health policy surrounding COVID is up on Sarah Westall’s site. Jensen is a candidate for Governor of Minnesota. Ivor Cummins, co- author of Eat Rich, Live Long, is a researcher on the causes of chronic disease, and has “presented at the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and also at the Irish National Institute of Preventative Cardiology (NIPC) annual conferences”. Bobby Bounds, of Demand Evidence.us, has been studying New Mexico Death Certificate data, and found exaggeration of the COVID deaths by a multiplication factor introduced into the statistics to increase deaths from the number reported to the state to the number that state thinks there ought to be. Westall, unfortunately, continues to mix interviews with good researchers with those with nutters. The same could be said of Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com. The official experts, in science, journalism, and education, have been relied on in the past to sort sound information from nonsense. Without such help the individual is overwhelmed by the challenge of distinguishing the truth. This interview by Tucker Carlson with some Cuban in the Congress shows the overwhelming ignorance and recklessness of the Stupid Party. In her own view, this Hispanic-accented woman is a representative of “the browns” in America. These people seems to think of policy as though it were a computer game with no consequences when it is over. Wednesday 16 March 2022 Dr. Mark Skidmore, of Michigan State University, has published a statistical survey of “How Many People Died from the Covid- 19 Inoculations?” An interview about this study was just released on USAWatchdog.com. He finds about 300,000 inoculation deaths so far in the United States, with at least 1.4 million killed or seriously injured. Also: “The government says 76% have got the inoculation, but in my study, it is closer to 50%.” But: “The FDA and CDC official stance is there has been only 9 fatalities from the inoculation.” Dr. Skidmore’s study does not reference which inoculation batches the deaths and injuries were from, and the ill effects are known to vary greatly depending of the manufacture batch. Also not covered by the study is the effect of an increasing number of injections, such as the so-called boosters. In a blend of local/national news, the Let’s go Brandon Administration has again told the state of South Dakota that they could not hold a July 4th fireworks display at Mount Rushmore. If you look at the picture at the top of this blog, the fireworks display would have appeared at a location just to the left of what appears in the frame. The Senate has passed a bill changing what time it is. It now goes to the House. Perhaps the Representatives can add a clause regulating which way the earth rotates during each season of the year. The Ukraine war has produced a new level of insanity in the “news” media. This is analyzed in an article on the Gateway Pundit. This raises the question of why the media will go all-out on stories that will soon be proved wrong. Is there some policy decision that they are trying to prepare the public to accept? Perhaps they just think that the people are too stupid to notice. One concerning thing is that the ISIS forces, responsible for false-flag chemical attacks in Syria, are now in the Ukraine, on the Ukrainian government side. The Gateway Pundit article has a video which also raises this possibility. Monday 14 March 2022 The late-to-the-game, conventional people are starting to notice the role of ivermectin and vitamin D as protection against COVID. Dr. John Campbell even says: “This is why I think ivermectin is going to be one of the huge scandals of this, it’s almost as if information has been deliberately suppressed throughout the pandemic. No one is saying it’s true, of course, but it’s almost like that. The evidence just seems so present, powerful and overwhelming.” Ivermectin in Africa and Brazil, and Vitamin D, Strong evidence from Israel. American Reformer has an interesting article (despite the title) “Jesus and John Wayne among the Deplorables” by Michael Young, touching on “Evangelical writer” David French, but largely uncovering the argumentation of Kristin Kobes Du Mez in her book Jesus and John Wayne. French likes the book because of its claim that Evangelicals are not wimpy enough. He objects to their focus on “rugged, heroic masculinity embodied by cowboys, soldiers, and warriors”. They seem plenty wimpy to me. After all, French is their most prominent political thinker. The gist of the article is that Du Mez ignores actual doctrines and policies, and their objective effects, and replaces this with the motives, agendas and biases that she claims to deconstruct from these. In other words, Evangelicals like Donald Trump because he is so masculine, unlike the effeminate dweebs that Du Mez and French believe Evangelicals ought to prefer. Young does a good good of deconstructing the deconstructors, and his article is worth your attention. Michael Young is associated in some way with Counterweight, which provides a critique of what they call “Critical Social Justice ideology.” Saturday 12 March 2022 The nephilim are featuring all over the alternative media sites based on new age and space alien speculation. It seemed important to draw attention to Walter Kaiser’s article on the nephilim. Also in Spanish. Thursday 10 March 2022 The Official Notice of Evidentiary Findings Related to the Renz Law Covid19 Investigation can be found online. They propose to provide a copy to “every congressperson, governor, state attorney general, and as many other elected officials as possible throughout the nation.” There is an interview with Dr. Peter McCullough on The Duran about fatal vaccine-induced myocarditis. Wednesday 2 March 2022 There is a tremendous amount of easily refuted war propaganda issuing from the main steam media, public figures, and even from those who wish to be accepted as alternative news sources to the main stream media. Jordan Sather usefully points out some of this: War Propaganda in the 21st Century. His more interesting observation is that the public is becoming quick and adept at spotting this and pointing it out in comments on social media. Over at The Duran in Proxy Conflict and Media Soft Power, they also recognize a rising skepticism among Americans, while Europeans much more readily accept the European Union’s claims about the Ukraine war. Andrew Torba, CEO of Gab, has declared: “The Zionist-funded heresy of Dispensational premillennialism is going to be destroyed in my lifetime and I'm going to make sure of that.” Dispensationalism seems to have entered an unstable phase. Its spokesmen now downplay the Darby theology of changing plans of salvation in favor of Zionism. This has now reached the point of blasphemy in that, while still unwilling to directly condemn Jesus’s proclamations of a coming judgment on Israel, they accuse as antisemitic any one who quotes them. This point is made near the conclusion of this review of William Watson’s recent book Dispensationalism Before Darby. Is there enough evidence yet to project that with time the Dispensationalist movement will exit Evangelicalism? Tuesday 1 March 2022 The Russians: Good guys (as much of the alternative media says) or bad guys (as MSM says)? For a different perspective see Russian Myths vs. Russian Reality at the Corbett Report. The Ukraine Crisis: What You Need to Know Sunday 28 February 2022 The death of Gary North last week seems to have been immediately noted mainly be hateful commentaries from the left. There is, however, an informative obituary by Craig Bulkely on North’s website (also in Spanish). North attempted to apply Christianity to life across the entire spectrum of thought and practice. This issued in a large number of wide ranging and extensive publications, if necessarily a thinness of research. North’s thought is best understood as one endpoint of a series of revisionist philosophies. He applied with modifications the perspective of Cornelius Van Til, of Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia). Van Til, in turn, was a revision of a Dutch Reformed stream of Kuyperian neocalvinism, which as the term ‘neo’ suggests, was an end of the nineteenth-century attempt to revise Calvinism for modern times. North’s effort pulled him in two directions. One was the attempt to add biblical specificity to the Kuyper/Van Til theologies. In fact, at the beginning of North’s Christian Reconstruction circle, they thought of themselves, as James Jordan put it, as Kuyper plus the Bible. This trajectory led North eventually to begin to undercut the foundations of Kuyperianism by, for example, rejecting the doctrine of Common Grace. The other, opposite, direction, was to load onto his theology new modernist theory, namely Austrian economics and libertarian ideology. This, North thought, fit Biblical teaching, in contrast to popular forms of liberalism and socialism that were widely accepted as compatible with Christianity. The effect, though, was to read the Bible though a libertarian filter. The members of North’s own circle at the Institute for Christian Economics largely moved away from his ideas, adopting ecclesiasticism in the form of high-church liturgy and institutions, New Perspectives on Paul theology, synergistic views of justification (for which North himself, as an avid defender of Norman Shepherd, was partly responsible) and similar weirdnesses. Finally, North was an advocate of conspiracy views of history, which currently enjoy an enormous growth in the alternative media, bringing North into step with much that is being said today, though mostly completely discontented from North’s theological framework. (E.g. Schwab’s Global Shapers Network Exposed!) In the crises of 2022, North seems to be growing more relevant, while his erstwhile followers who departed in their own directions are fading away.

Sunday 13 February 2022

Two important interviews were released this weekend. The lawyer Thomas Renz, at X22 Report spoke on the exposure of the damage being done by the COVID shots. The Coverup Phase Has Begun, the Evidence Will Bring Down Big Pharma & Fauci. Rob Kirby was interviewed on Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog, about Financial Atrocities at Core of all Global Problems, and about the protests in Canada. For those looking for some help for sorting out the grifters and fakes from the information on the alternative media, the occasional Clickbait updates on Jordan Sather’s channel are helpful. Sather had to learn from personal experience about false but seductive narratives, and his English usage is atrocious, but he could save you a lot of time spotting grifters and nutters. Saturday 12 February 2022 There is now a review of Stephen N. Williams’s Revelation and Reconciliation: An Angle on Modernity, and in Spanish. He argues that modernity arises from a spirit of moral self-sufficiency, rather than the mistake of elevating reason to an undue place. Where the presuppsitionalists of the Van Til type would argue that modern epistemology is the same as moral self- sufficiency, Williams is careful to distinguish them historically. For those who have read Carl Trueman’s The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, an interesting follow on article is Stop Finding Your Identity in Christ, in American Reformer. Honduras update by Vladimir Zev Zelenko MD: In April 2020, I was contacted by President Hernandez and Minister of Health Leonardo Sanchez of Honduras. I advised them on the Zelenko Protocol. 2 weeks later every doctor in Honduras participated in a national conference and were educated in prehospital early treatment. Honduras has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the world <45% Last month Honduras reported that covid-19 is virtually eliminated from the country. Last week, a new socialist government closely connected with Kamala Harris took power. I predict a sharp increase in vaccination rates, the obstruction of prehospital care with safe and generic drugs, and a sharp increase in death. The leftest globalists leave a path of destruction and death wherever they have power. Monday 7 February 2022 Barbara F. Walter’s new book How Civil Wars Start and How to Stop Them has already been puffed in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Minnesota Public Radio, Publishers Weekly, … in fact by all the usual suspects. She is a professor at the University of California, San Diego, but the book is an anecdotal, disorganized reissue of Deep State narratives from the Clinton administration onwards, including those based on federal false-flag operations. Today we have a review, (also in Spanish). Friday 4 February 2022 There are a couple of noteworthy items today about the problem of Evangelicals on the side of evil in the public space. Gateway Pundit has a news story about Dr. Francis Collins of NIH being promoted by Christianity Today to spread the government propaganda line to Christians. According to the Pundit “He pushed his and Dr. Fauci’s scam that COVID was created independently in nature calling those who thought it was built in a lab, conspiracy theorists. Since that time we have uncovered Dr. Collins and Fauci’s lies to Congress on the subject. These doctors didn’t want Americans and Christians to know that COVID was created in a lab in China by the Chinese military using US dollars they gave to aid in the research and development. … We now also know that Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins were scheming on ways to destroy those who were challenging failed and deadly policies.” The Pundit is relying on an article by Megan Basham on the Daily Wire. Basham’s article is broader. She also highlights Ed Stetzer, dean of Wheaton College for promoting Dr. Collins’s ideas. “Stetzer” she reports “is also the executive director of the Billy Graham Center and the editor-in-chief of Outreach media group. He was previously an editor at Christianity Today and an executive director at LifeWay, one of the largest religious publishers in the world.” Also, “in a livestream event, co-hosted by CT [Christianity Today]. The outlet introduced him as a “follower of Jesus, who affirms the sanctity of human life” despite the fact that Collins is on record stating he does not definitively believe, as most pro-lifers do, that life begins at conception, and his tenure at NIH has been marked by extreme anti-life, pro-LGBT policies.” The other item is a discussion in an article in American Reformer of the popularity and influence of people such as David French and his promoters. The trigger was a tweet by Ray Ortland that “My friend @DavidAFrench” is a heroic man of honor and principle. Only foolishness denies the obvious.” French is a neocon promoter of the Deep State agenda, and also a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. Ortland is a Dallas Seminary graduate, president of Renewal Ministries and member of The Gospel Coalition. He is associated with Immanuel Church of Nashville. The church’s Who We Are statement on their web site begins: “Immanuel Nashville is built on gospel doctrine and gospel culture.” So culture is important to them. He is also Canon Theologian of the Anglican Church in North America. This is not the big Anglican church, but an offbeat affair designed to attract a broad range of dissidents from mainstream Anglicanism, but where they can still dress up in purple shirts and dog collars and act the part. The Reformer’s article is about how people such as Ortland manage to appeal to normal people. For our purposes we want to point out how these people cluster in organizations designed to make them influencers, and have an affinity for the Deep State and its agenda. Does this reveal the real heart of institutional Evangelicalism?  I am in the midst of reading Stephen N. Williams’s Revelation and Reconciliation: An Angle on Modernity. The first edition came out of Cambridge University Press in 1995, but this second, largely rewritten, edition appeared in the fall of 2021. William’s thesis is that the germ of the rebellion against Christianity that created modernity was not rationalist epistemology but was moral in character, “the collision between what may loosely be called moral self-sufficiency and the Christian claim that God has acted in history for our reconciliation.” The first ninety pages are an engagement with important philosophers of modernity (Descartes, Locke, etc.) and intellectual historians. He has mostly read the right books and noticed the important developments. The last chapters have less to offer. Nevertheless I can recommend the book as a very useful intellectual exercise in spotting the real issues.

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Carl Trueman’s The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self appeared in 2020, so I am only a couple of years late in getting around to reading it. Subtitled “Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution,” it is about what he calls expressive individualism, which more or less grew out of what we can think of in general terms as Romanticism, and the form that this sensibility has recently taken via its shaping by critical theory to become the obsession with sexual identity that we now see everywhere, and which is the form taken by the modern self, that is of identity through self-expression and which is thought to be deepest in sexuality. The great advantage of this book over others which seek to take on the same phenomena is that it does not get bogged down in the exegesis of texts of the main critical theories, but instead gives Trueman’s own explanation, both of the origin in a broad historical context, and of the culminating theories themselves. This makes it much easier to see and understand the main points, as well has the cultural logic which, given the historical starting point and direction, led to today’s circumstances by what in retrospect seems like inevitability. The starting point includes the project of explaining man and society without God, and the direction includes what Trueman calls deathworks and anticulture; that is the production of cultural works designed to break down Christian values. As most people do not understand the current culture and how it came about, including many of those promoting it, Trueman’s book is very useful for those troubling to read it.

Friday 7 January 2022

I just finished reading Stephen J. Grabill’s book Rediscovering the Natural Law in Reformed Theological Ethics, which was published in 2006. Including chapters on Calvin, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Althusius and Francis Turretin, he then in his Conclusion considers the rejection of this tradition by the 20th century post-Calvinists. “For Barth, Berkouwer, Dooyeweerd, and Van Til”, he says, “the Protestant Reformers intended to make a clean and total break with Rome, which, if applied as an historical and methodological assumption, renders moot any substantive investigation of continuities and discontinuities in Protestant doctrinal formulation with earlier periods of Christian theology. It also undermines any attempt to recover the catholicity of Protestant doctrinal and ethical formulations in relation to the broader and older Christian traditions of the West and the East.” (p. 187) These post- Calvinists had to rip their purified Reformation out of its historical reality to save it from itself. It would have been more honest of them had they announced their agenda to create a new theological system, though it would have been a disadvantage, perhaps an insuperable one, in carrying out what, at least in the American context, and perhaps also in the Dutch, was a coup against the the orthodox establishment, which was already overwhelmed in its battle against modernism in all the church institutions. Grabill places the Reformed tradition in the via antiqua philosophical tradition, with the possible exception of Calvin, who Grabill considers to be over-rated in his place in the development of Reformed thought. “Broadly put, Calvin follows the realist tradition (most likely in its Scotist trajectory…) in its affirmation of the ontological status of moral knowledge, meaning that moral precepts are objective, universal, and stable, but differs with it epistemologically, meaning in the degree to which unaided reason can adequately apprehend precepts of the natural law.” He sees Calvin’s “discussion squarely within the scholastic natural-law tradition” and “quite possibly even in the realist trajectory of that tradition.” (p. 92) Duns Scotus was a voluntarist, but also a philosophical realist rather than a nominalist, so he is categorized as belonging to the via antiqua rather than the via moderna. Grabill’s own sympathies seem to fall with the via antiqua, but then that is where the theological tradition which he is detailing resides, so it does not matter much to his discussion. Later voluntarists, such as William Ames or Perkins, are outside the scope of this book, so the significance of Reformed voluntarism remains unexplored. Grabill is concerned to give the historical background of the post-Calvinist revolt against the Reformed tradition by a brief narration of the rise to dominance of the Enlightenment mentality which pushed out the scholastic thought underlying Reformed theology. But did the via antiqua inherently run into this dead end, and could a via moderna theology have fared better?

Wednesday 15 December

2021

Thomas Renz has an interview with Sarah Westall in which he urges everyone to send a letter to all the elected representatives, especially the local ones and to the media, “in regards to the unlawful and corrupt actions taken by the healthcare industry, bureaucrats, and media regarding COVID- 19”. You can download the letter to print it and mail it yourself. Sarah Westall has also published a two part interview with Ryan Dawson on the Ghislaine Maxwell affair. Some of you may be wondering why I am referencing Sarah Westall, who is known for promoting a lot of New Agey material. The reason is that the Reformed and Evangelical establishments have abandoned the moral leadership to New Age and Pentacostal personalities. American Reformer, though, has actually shown shown some gumption by publishing an article, Wide Awoke at Grove City College?, naming names.

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