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Back in the day when leftists masqueraded as liberals, they’d often say, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Although the aphorism’s meaning was lost on them, it reverberated within their “echo chambers” and gave them the pretense of magnanimity, which they seemed to relish at the time.

Today the leftists have bolted from the closet and have abandoned all pretense of embracing the protection of free speech. They’ve taken off the mask of liberalism, and discarded it along with their “cherished” aphorism. Now they are leading the effort to squelch freedom of speech, demanding that ideas and opinions they deem insensitive and hateful be censored and silenced on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Being hardcore leftists themselves, the CEOs of these social media giants have been more than happy to comply with their wishes.

First Stormfront, a white nationalist, white supremacist, neo-Nazi group lost its web address of more than two decades beginning the “crackdown against hate sites.” Whimpers chimed over the Internet, but not many on the right gave serious attention to what was happening.

Next the social media giants collectively set their sights on Alex Jones, which garnered more attention and brought their assault on free speech to the forefront. Although they saw Jones as an easy target, he was the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” (albeit more Kuku than canary) warning Americans that the social media giants had joined forces and were out to purge the Internet from politically “inappropriate” ideas and “offensive” speech.

But the giants weren’t concerned because they viewed Jones as the tin-foil hat poster boy for offensive, insensitive, and hateful speech. They surmised that the mainstream conservative and evangelical opinion makers would show little sympathy for Jones and wouldn’t make much noise about the violation of his free speech rights. And they guessed right because few of the mainstream talkers and pundits on the right voiced any genuine concern for what was happening to Jones.

As they say, the camel doesn’t stop once its nose is under the tent, so the social media giants went after more undesirable voices that they considered low-hanging fruit. They banned Dennis Prager, Franklin Graham, some lesser known Christian ministries for posting “unsuitable” content on their platforms. And now it’s become a daily occurrenceas more and more evangelicals, conservatives, classic liberals, and patriots are rounded up and shadow banned by Twitter, censored by Facebook, and terminated by YouTube for expressing ideas and opinions that the giants claim violate their community standards regarding bullying and hate speech.

America needs a kid who’s good with a sling shot because the lauded movers and shakers and heralded opinion makers with the loudest voices and biggest megaphones on the right are either intimidated, afraid, or controlled and won’t stand up and fight the giants. They know what’s been going on, yet they constantly promote the social media giants’ platforms on their shows encouraging people to join the platforms and to like and follow them when they go there. They’re appeasers feeding the giants hoping to be the last ones censored and banned.

Conservatives, classic liberals, evangelicals, and patriots on social media find themselves on the horns of a dilemma. If they continue to express contrary thoughts, ideas, and opinions, they will be purged. If they self-censor and stop posting and tweeting their “offensive and hateful” thoughts, ideas, and opinions and go along to get along, some social media friend, social justice warrior, or LGBTQ and sometimes Y-stapo member will uncover something offensive they tweeted or posted years before they got their mind right and they’ll be given a strike or a time out or some other childish reminder that failure to communicate means time in the box.

Yet something must be done to halt the attack on free speech and to keep the giants from purging all their political and religious enemies from their platforms under the pretense of promoting inappropriate ideas and expressing offensive speech. Although the solution may prove to be easier said than done, it will solve the problem, and it doesn’t require government intervention.

If the majority of account-holding conservatives, classic liberals, evangelicals, and patriots on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube would en masse join the giants’ competitors such as Gab, USA Life, and Brighteon.com and ask their friends on social media to join them there, it’s likely Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube would backpedal their censorship and revise their speech code guidelines and community standards.

If the U.S. Constitution, the First Amendment’s freedom of speech and conscience clause, and the Founders’ belief in God-given rights and individual liberty mean anything to conservatives, classic liberals, evangelicals, and patriots in this country, this proposed solution will be easier done than said. What’ll happen next only God knows. “I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. … Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.”

I.M. Kane

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The Gospel

Edited by John W. Robbins

The Gospel is the good news about the person and work of Jesus Christ, the second Adam. In the whole stream of human history there are only two men who have universal significance – Adam and Jesus Christ. Adam was not merely the biological father of the race; he was the legal representative of the whole human race. He acted for all. His sin involved all: “by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners…” (Romans 5:19). 

Consequently, the whole stream of human history has been corrupted by human sinfulness, and all stand under the judgment of the law. None of that history can satisfy the demand of holiness, for even the lives of the best saints fall far short of the glory of God. Into this sinful stream of human history, God sent forth his Son to be our “everlasting Father” (Isaiah 9:6), our second Adam, our new representative. His name was Immanuel – God with us.” 

In Jesus Christ we see God with us in poverty and humiliation, God with us in trial and sorrow, and finally, God with us in suffering and death. More than that, Jesus was “God…for us” (Romans 8:31). What he did in all his glorious acts of goodness was done for his people. It was done in our name and on our behalf, for he was our representative who acted for us before the bar of eternal justice. By his sinless life he fulfilled the precepts of the law for us, and by his death he satisfied the penalty of the law for us. On our behalf he strove with sin and annihilated its power. 

In his human nature he engaged the devil in hand-to-hand combat and destroyed his power. He tasted death and abolished it, “…having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And he has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:14, 15). 

All that Christ did is imputed to his people through faith. His victory is ours. So the apostle says, “By the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life” (Romans 5:18). 

There are three things we must say about this good news of Jesus Christ: 

1. The Gospel is about an historical event. It is about Jesus Christ coming into the world and not about Jesus Christ coming into our hearts. It is historically objective. 

Christianity is the only truly historical religion. It alone proclaims a salvation based on a concrete outside-of-me event. 

Of course, the Gospel has subjective benefits. It has effects and fruits in the hearts of all who believe it. But in the Gospel itself there is not one subjective element. It happened completely outside of you and me. 

The Gospel brings to view a new holy history – the thirty-three years which Jesus Christ lived on Earth. In the death of Jesus Christ, God rejected and punished our sinful history; and having buried it with Jesus Christ, he brought forth that new history. Now he proclaims to us that he accepts us as righteous solely on the basis that he has accepted his Son and our representative, Jesus Christ. 

The Gospel is the good news that the saving deeds have taken place, the redemptive transaction has been sealed by Christ’s blood and attested to by his resurrection from the dead. God’s liberating act has been carried out, and believers are cleansed, accepted, and restored in the person of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is historical. 

2. The Gospel is about a unique history. There is no other event, and can be no other event, like the Christ event. His holy history is unique. In the whole stream of human history, Christ alone is without sin. We must never compromise the unique sinlessness of Jesus Christ. Only one is absolutely righteous in reality and fact. 

The saints can be absolutely righteous only by the merciful reckoning of Christ’s righteousness by faith alone. No one but Christ, the slain Lamb, is able to open the book and look therein (Revelation 5:1-5). 

3. The Gospel is about an unrepeatable history. This is the great emphasis given by the writer of Hebrews. The offering of Christ was once and for all: 

By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:10-14) 

We are never called upon to initiate another redemptive event. Nothing needs to be added to what Christ has already done. Nothing can be added to it. God himself cannot add to it. We say it reverently but decidedly: This is one thing that God could not do again – the giving of and offering of his Son, Jesus Christ. 

Paul tells us that with him God gave us “all things” (Romans 8:32). To suggest that God could do this again is to imply that God did not really give everything the first time. But he emptied all Heaven in one gift. He poured out all the accumulated love of eternity. He kept nothing back, but gave all he had to give. The Gospel is unrepeatable history. 

This unique, unrepeatable event, this holy history of Jesus Christ, is the focal point of Biblical proclamation. These mighty deeds of the incarnate Son, this awesome, effective act of atonement, is the one great pre-occupation of the apostolic message. 

Gospel preaching is the constant exposition of this historical Gospel and the unfolding of its significance for men and women everywhere. All who believe are justified, not on the grounds of their faith, but on the grounds of the saving acts of God already done once and for all in Jesus Christ. 

Here are five five essential truths from the Reverend Adrian Pierce Rogers that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez either doesn’t know or refuses to accept:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the industrious out of it. 

2. You don’t multiply wealth by dividing it. 

3. Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn’t first take from somebody else. 

4. Whenever somebody receives something without working for it, somebody else has to work for it without receiving. 

5. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don’t have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to get the idea that it does no good to work because they don’t get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. 

The two videos linked below present Johnny Cash’s haunting and soul-searching rendition of the folk song, God’s Gonna Cut You Down. Cash presents the song as more of a sermon warning sinners that there’s a limit to their evil and that their Day of Reckoning is coming.

You can run on for a long time

Run on for a long time

Run on for a long time

Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

The first video features a montage of some of American’s most notorious murderers and gangsters along with some Dust Bowl Era images. The compiler of this video did a great job with images of people fleeing the Midwest during the Great Depression.

The second video features clips of several celebrities (see list), with some of them lip-syncing the lyrics that Cash is singing. Featuring celebrities in the music video could suggest that “God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” No evil doer is exempt. No matter how marvelous they look or how important they think they are sooner or later God’ll cut ’em down.

Well, you may throw your rock and hide your hand

Workin’ in the dark against your fellow man

But as sure as God made black and white

What’s down in the dark will be brought to the light

 

List of Celebrities: time they appear and who the are.

0:00 Rick Rubin 0:11 Iggy Pop 0:17 Kanye West 0:21 Chris Martin 0:26 Kris Kristofferson 0:30 Patti Smith 0:34 Terence Howard 0:41 Flea 0:46 Q-Tip 0:48 Adam Levine 0:53 Chris Rock 0:56 Justin Timberlake 1:01 Kate Moss 1:05 Peter Blake 1:08 Sheryl Crow 1:11 Denis Hopper 1:16 Woody Harrelson 1:19 Amy Lee 1:25 Tommy Lee 1:28 Emily Robison 1:29 Natalie Maines 1:30 Martie Maguire 1:31 Mick Jones 1:33 Sharon Stone 1:37 Bono 1:41 Shelby Lynne 1:48 Anthony Kiedis 1:50 Travis Barker 1:52 Lisa Marie Presley 1:56 Kid Rock 2:00 Jay Z 2:05 Keith Richards 2:11 Billy Gibbons 2:13 Corinne Bailey Rae 2:15 Johnny Depp 2:21 Graham Nash 2:24 Brian Wilson 2:37 Rick Rubin and Owen Wilson

Here’s a link to a newspaper clipping of my commentary Educators’ Vision Based on Unrealistic Utopia that appeared in Mainline Newspapers in 1998.

 

This exchange wasn’t even a contest and mercifully ended moments after the opening bell.

In the video clip (or transcript below) taken from a 1979 Phil Donahue interview with Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, Friedman counters Donahue’s feeble, heart wrenching pleas for an egalitarian, socialist society governed by man’s better nature and strikes a clear, succinct blow for why free-market societies thrive and are the only societies that actually improve the lot for the masses.

Donahue conducted the interview at a time when hosts adhered to the principles of propriety and decency and permitted their guests to finish a thought or sentence before offering their comebacks or follow-up questions.

Now, hosts are mandated to follow politically-correct discussion techniques, which means they rudely interrupt, ridicule, or shout-down any guest who disagrees with their established position.

Donahue actually personifies the fool who can’t be separated from his folly, regardless of the facts, logic, and common sense presented. He automatically defaults to his foolish position and rejects Friedman’s position, regardless of the reasoning behind it.

The exchange with Friedman was 40 years ago, and though much older now, Donahue remains none the wiser.

Transcript

Donahue:  You see around the globe the mal-distribution of wealth, the desperate plight of millions of people in underdeveloped countries.

When you see so few haves and so many have-nots, when you see the greed and the concentration of power … did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism, and whether greed’s a good idea to run on?

Friedman:   Well first of all, tell me, is there some society you know that does not run on greed?  Do you think that Russia doesn’t run on greed?  Do you think China doesn’t run on greed?  What is greed?  Of course none of us are greedy; it’s only the other fellow who’s greedy.  The world runs on individuals pursing their self-interest.

The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaucrats.  Einstein did not construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat.  Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way.

The only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about, the only cases in recorded history, are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade.

If you want to know where the masses are worst off, it is exactly in the kinds of societies that depart from that.  So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear, that there is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.

Donahue:  But it [capitalism] seems to reward, not virtue, as much as ability to manipulate the system.

Friedman:   What does reward virtue?  Do you think the communist commissar rewards virtue?  Do you think a Hitler rewards virtue?  Excuse me.  If you’ll pardon me, do you think American presidents reward virtue?  Do they choose their appointees on the basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the basis of their political clout?

Is it really true that political self-interest is more nobler somehow than economic self interest?  You know, I think you’re taking a lot of things for granted.  Just tell me where in the world you find these angels who are going to organize society for us?  I don’t even trust you to do that!

A Newton, Massachusetts neighborhood came together to support a two-year-old girl who was born deaf.

“She was the first deaf person my husband and I had known,” said Glenda Savitz, Samatha’s mother.

When neighbors saw Glenda and Raphi Savitz walking Samatha and talking in sign language, they noticed the girl’s eagerness to communicate with others, and they wanted to find a way to talk with her.

“They came to me and said, ‘Would you mind? We love this course, we love the teacher, would you mind if we hired the teacher and brought him back to the neighborhood?’” Samatha’s mother said.

“‘Can we have your permission?’ I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me? Yeah, you can have my permission,’” she added.

Soon after receiving the Savitz’s blessing, twenty neighbors enrolled in an American Sign Language (ASL) class to learn sign language so they could talk with Samantha.