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Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor: Pastor Rafael Cruz Inspires Patriots at Calvary Chapel in Santa Ana, California

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“You are the light of the world.  A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.”  —Jesus, Matthew 5:14-16

 

Dispelling Darkness

Pastor Rafael Cruz, father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, took to the pulpit in Santa Ana, California, on Saturday, May 2nd.  Cruz had an important message to share.  He wanted to motivate the faithful to increase their efforts in promoting biblical morality in the public sphere.  Too many, according to Cruz, are hiding their lights.  This invites darkness.  And darkness must be dispelled.

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Sharing a Burden

Pastor Cruz started his talk by sharing a burden, informing his audience that a large percentage of evangelical Christians are not registered to vote.  And, of those who are registered, only half of them vote!  “The character of Christ,” Cruz asserted, “is a life of contribution.”  He clarified his meaning, adding, “Invest your life into the lives of others.”  He meant, of course, that we must teach others how to live as responsible citizens.

 

Losing Our Safety to Act

Rafael CruzNot enough has been done to pass wisdom on from one generation to the next.  This is causing the erosion of America’s worship communities, a dangerous trend.  Cruz made reference to Psalms 11:3: “If the foundation is destroyed, what can the righteous do?”  Churches across America, Cruz maintained, “are trying to attract the world by being more like the world, and they lose their impact.”

 

A New God

By not promoting an agenda that is different from that of popular culture, these institutions fail to shine the light of God that would give spiritual seekers a reason to show up for services.  And the religious platform, from which meaningful action can be safely staged, is being slowly washed away.  And thus we lose ground to calls for more socialism in America, which means government dependency and a mentality that “government is God.”

 

Filling the Void

People need to fill the spiritual void they find in life, and, if the churches and synagogues will not do it, the government surely will.  Instead of asking for God’s help, people will ask, more and more, for the helping hand of government to be extended to them.  People will find something to fill the void.  The only question remains: Who will fill it—God or government?

 

America Is Unique

“America is unique,” Cruz proclaimed, “because it was formed on the word of God!”  Invoking the Constitution, Cruz insisted that freedom to act according to one’s religious conscience is guaranteed in public, as well as in private.  And religious people need to take advantage of this fact.

 

A One-Way Wall

Cruz raised the issue of Thomas Jefferson’s Wall-of-Separation Letter to the Danbury Baptists, because this letter contains a reference to a “wall of separation between church and state” which has become famously misapplied, ever since Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black’s twisting of its meaning beyond the limits of its original context, in the 1947 case Everson v. Board of Education.

Black’s malappropriation of Jefferson’s “wall-of-separation” metaphor has, unfortunately, become much-used shorthand for referring to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution, while, in all actuality, the clause is there solely for the purpose of restraining the federal government from infringing the right of “We the People,” and not the other way around.

The Establishment Clause reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. . . .”  All can see that only the government is restrained by this clause.  Justice Black, however, seems to have preferred the “wall-of-separation” metaphor to the legal clause, because it could be recontextualized to impose his own two-way concept of religious restraint—potentially shutting down all freedom of religious expression.

According to Pastor Rafael Cruz, it is time for patriots to reestablish Jefferson’s original idea of a “one-way wall.”   But this will not likely occur, unless religious people decide not to be intimidated by the politically-correct crowd.

 

The Light of the World

Cruz encouraged his listeners by quoting Matthew 5:14, saying “You are the light of the world.”  He then exhorted his audience to “take the church outside the four walls and into a dying world.”  Those who sit idly by, choosing not to cast their lights, enable the darkness to grow.  Cruz alluded to Proverbs 17:15 to help make his point: “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, are both an abomination to the Lord.”  Cruz then asked, “Aren’t those who say nothing justifying the wicked?”

 

Let the People Rejoice

Once lost, a just world is difficult to regain.  And happiness is lost to future generations, as well as to those living in the present, for, as Proverbs 29:2 states, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man bears rule, the people groan.”

 

Choosing the Right Leaders

In order to decrease injustice, good leaders must be chosen.  So who qualifies as a good leader?  According to Jethro, in Exodus 18:21, the right leaders are “able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness.”  Pastor Cruz advises that, in order to best judge these qualities in our candidates for leadership, it is time to stop listening to what they say and to start watching what they do.  Jesus, in Matthew 7:16, advises, “You shall know them by their fruits.”

 

Pastor Warriors

Bunker Hill“Every grievance listed in the Declaration of Independence, ” continued Cruz,  “was first preached against from the pulpit.”  Cruz recounted some history, unknown to most Americans today, that it was a Christian pastor named Jonas Clark who stood with five dozen of his minuteman congregants of the Church of Lexington, on Lexington Green next to the church where they worshipped, on Sunday, April 19, 1775.  Eight of his men were shot down by a British contingent of 800 men, whereupon they returned fire, beginning the American Revolutionary War.

John Peter Muhlenberg was pastor of a Lutheran flock in Woodstock, Virginia.  After Bunker Hill, Muhlenberg held forth on Ecclesiastes 3 from the pulpit: there was “a time for war and a time for peace,” he preached.  In conclusion, Muhlenberg said there was “a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away.”  Then the pastor declared, “There is a time to fight, and that time has now come!”  Pastor Muhlenberg removed his vestments, displaying his colonel’s uniform.  He marched to the back of the church, where he asked, “Who among you is with me?”  And 300 men stood up and joined him.  (Read more about America’s pastor warriors here: http://www.dailypaul.com/308117/jonas-clark-the-pastor-who-started-the-revolution.)

 

Benjamin Franklin and the Power of Prayer

The Framers of the US Constitution were about to fail in their task, when Benjamin Franklin stood and asked, “[H]ow has it happened . . . that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our understandings?”  Upon conclusion of Franklin’s remarks, a motion was passed that daily prayers be said for the remainder of the Constitutional Convention.  These prayers took place and led to a successful result.  Praying for our country is important.

 

From God to the People

Pastor Cruz reminded listeners that “authority flows from God to the people to the government; not from God to the government to the people.”  The fact that many in the press are trying to change this means that we have failed to properly teach an entire generation of Americans.  “If the press lacks moral discrimination,” claimed Cruz, “the pulpit is responsible.”  For too long, pastors have stood idly by, failing to comment or to act against repeated abuses and moral failings in our nation.  We must work hard to change things, before it is too late and we are left with a country wherein  “the wicked elect the wicked. ”   We must stop being passive.

 

Who Has a Pulpit?

While trained pastors have the greatest responsibility, it is also true that every American has a  “ pulpit. ”   Everyone has a place where their circle of family and friends might be addressed and influenced.   And everybody must enlighten others.   No one can chance abdicating one’s individual responsibility.   This is the only way the darkness can be dispersed.

 

Our Lives, Our Fortune, and Our Sacred Honor

At the end of his sermon, Pastor Rafael Cruz called upon everyone present to work to banish the darkness.  Among other promises made by audience members, in a group effort to bring enlightenment to America, we all agreed to “mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

So help us God!

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Rapper Who Bragged in Video About Ripping Off Unemployment Arrested by Feds

Rapper Nuke Bizzle who rapped about ripping off unemployment benefits was arrested him for the fraud.

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Rapper Nuke Bizzle thought he was the fo shizzle by rapping about how he was ripping off unemployment benefits, but apparently the feds were not amused and arrested him for the fraud.

According to a Department of Justice statement, the rapper, whose real name is Fontrell Antonio Baines, “boasted in a YouTube music video about getting rich from committing unemployment benefits fraud.”

The government alleges that the Los Angeles-based Bizzle and several of his buddies used fake addresses to defraud the agency of up to $700,000 in unemployment benefits.

He was arrested on Oct. 16 “pursuant to a criminal complaint alleging a scheme to fraudulently obtain unemployment insurance benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.”

Authorities were alerted to the fraud by people who saw and reported the rapper’s own videos.

In one of the videos, for instance, Bizzle bragged about “go[ing] to the bank with a stack of” unemployment cards.

The government added:

The affidavit further alleges that Baines bragged about his ability to defraud the EDD in a music video posted on YouTube and in postings to his Instagram account, under the handles “nukebizzle1” and “nukebizzle23.” For example, Baines appears in a music video called “EDD” in which he boasts about doing “my swagger for EDD” and, holding up a stack of envelopes from EDD, getting rich by “go[ing] to the bank with a stack of these” – presumably a reference to the debit cards that come in the mail. A second rapper in the video intones, “You gotta sell cocaine, I just file a claim….”

Bizzle faces a maximum of 22 years in prison related to the charges if he is convicted.

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Young Black Voters No Longer Loyal to the Democrat Party

More and more, Gen Z black voters are questioning why blacks should be loyal to the Democrat Party that they see as severely lacking in appeal.

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More and more, Gen Z black voters are questioning why blacks should be loyal to the Democrat Party that they see as severely lacking in appeal.

According to a report at Politico, many of these young blacks born after 1990 are wondering just why they should be all fired up about the Democrats when every single Democrat-run city in America is an absolute, bankrupt mess.

Certainly, blacks in the U.S. are still holding onto the outmoded idea that the Democrat Party is the “party of civil rights,” a false notion that gained steam in the 1970s. But things seem to be on the verge of changing.

A 2019 Pew Research Center study, for instance, found that liberals make up a majority of the Democratic voting bloc, but blacks are not so ready to claim to be liberal. 43 percent of them said they identified as moderate and 25 percent even identified as conservative.

Some of these blacks who consider themselves more conservative are realizing that the Democrat Party stands against families, for one. And that activism against traditional marriage and families is detrimental to the black community.

Many of these young black conservatives are organizing and talking amongst themselves about how bad the Democrat agenda has been for them.

As Fox News noted:

For example, Congress’ 1994 Crime Bill is being scrutinized anew by Gen Zers across the country. Many feel the bill, which Biden co-authored, disproportionately affects Black communities — even though the ban on assault weapons was popular among Black lawmakers almost 30 years ago.

Young Black conservatives say their support for Trump is based on policies that work for them: the First Step Act, the FUTURE Act and economic success leading to historically low Black unemployment numbers.

This growing movement is important for Republicans. Because, even though the Democrats have been able to count on the near total, blind support of blacks in the past, with elections often as close as they have been recently, even if 10 to 30 percent of blacks stray from the Democrats, it could hurt the leftist party’s chances of winning elections.

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Trump Was Right-Harvard Admits Patients Over COVID Have ‘Long-Lasting Immunity’

Twitter censored what it called “Trump’s false claim” that he has immunity from COVID-19, but now even Harvard is admitting that Trump may be right.

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On Wednesday, social media giant Twitter censored what it called “Trump’s false claim” that he has immunity from COVID-19, but now even Harvard is admitting that Trump may be right.

“A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!” Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday.

But Wednesday, Twitter had added a warning label that claimed that Trump’s tweet “violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”

Twitter’s operatives — who are now apparently posing as scientists and doctors when not a one of them are either — took it upon themselves to “correct” the president of the United States.

But now, even Harvard University is admitting that Trump was on to something with his claims of immunity.

In an October 8 posting, the university noted that “people who survive serious COVID-19 infections have long-lasting immune responses against the virus.”

“The study, published in Science Immunology, offers hope that people infected with the virus will develop lasting protection against reinfection. The study also demonstrates that measuring antibodies can be an accurate tool for tracking the spread of the virus in the community,” the story added.

So, who the hell does Twitter think they are censoring the president when actual doctors and scientists have said that Trump is probably right. He does have an amount of immunity now that he has come through the coronavirus.

Ah, but Twitter knows better.

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Texas Grand Jury Indicts Netflix For Exploitation Of Children Over ‘Cuties’ Movie

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Texas Grand Jury Indicts Netflix For Exploitation Of Children Over ‘Cuties’ Movie

A Tyler County grand jury has indicted Netflix Inc. in connection with a controversial movie titled Cuties. The grand jury indicted the California-based streaming service on a charge of the promotion of lewd visual material depicting a child.

State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, tweeted the text of the indictment on Tuesday. He also included the hashtags #Cuties and #txlege.

“Netflix indicted by grand jury in Tyler Co, for promoting material in Cuties film which depicts lewd exhibition of pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 yrs of age which appears to the prurient interest in sex,” Schaefer said in his tweet.

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A Texas Grand Jury indicted Netflix for ‘knowingly’ promoting material in the film “Cuties” which depicts “the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age.” More

The text of the indictment states that Netflix knowingly promotes “visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex and has no serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value… “

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CNN Analyst And Former FBI Agent “We Have A Biological Terrorist In The White House”

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CNN Analyst And Former FBI Agent “We Have A Biological Terrorist In The White House”

Asha Rangappa, an analyst for CNN and a former FBI special agent tweeted: “We have a biological terrorist in the White House.” This follows President Trump’s return to the White House on Monday evening after treatment for the Coronavirus.

Defending her claim, Asha Rangappa cited a Justice Department memo stating back in March that the novel Coronavirus “appears to meet the statutory definition of a biological agent” and that those who engage in the “purposeful exposure and infections of others” could be charged for terrorism-related offenses.

While there are allegations that he knew about his positive diagnosis significantly earlier than he had announced it on Thursday evening, there is no certifiable evidence that he knowingly exposed officials and staffers to the virus.

Twitter took aim!

Vile Democrats joined in with her:

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Disgusting Democrats Cheer In Response To President Trump And Melania Testing Positive For Coronavirus

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Early this morning President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania have tested positive for the coronavirus.

In what will likely come as a surprise to absolutely no one, disgusting Democrats began to cheer in response to the news.

Here’s a sampling of the sickening responses on Twitter:

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Washington Councilwoman’s ‘Good Reminder’ for Rioters to Use Firebombs in ‘Protests’

A Snohomish councilwoman has stirred controversy by posting a notice to remind “protesters” to use firebombs during their rioting.

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A Snohomish councilwoman has stirred controversy by posting a notice to remind “protesters” to use firebombs during their rioting.

Snohomish County, Washington, Councilmember Megan Dunn, a 2nd County District Democrat, posted a very offensive Facebook entry that she tried to delete not long after facing a backlash, KTTH reported.

Dunn had posted a cross stitched project with a message that said, “Be the light you want to see in the world.” Along with the message was a Molotov cocktail like the ones used to firebomb police.

Posting a photo of a Molotov cocktail was bad enough, but the Democrat added her own comment to the cross stitching saying, “No my stitch project but a good reminder.”

In other words, she was reminding “protesters” to throw firebombs at the police.

The Everett Police Officers Association was not amused at Dunn’s “good reminder” to toss firebombs at police.

The EPOA called on her to apologize and resign, adding, “Promoting violence/murder against our LE professionals and destruction of our communities is NOT acceptable from anyone. It is a crime.”

The leftist dolt councilwoman later tried to pretend that posting a “good reminder” about Molotov cocktails was not about violence. Because, you know, how could anyone think that posting pictures of firebombs was promoting violence… or … something.

“My post of a counter-culture cross stitching project was in no way intended as a call for violence or encouraging violence, it does not reference police or violence against police and has no imagery of police,” Dunn exclaimed. “I have removed the post, which was on my personal Facebook page and is not representative of the Council as a whole or of my sentiments towards law enforcement officials.”

She claimed that the Molotov cocktail was just a metaphor to mean you should “strive for systemic reforms and being brighter than a candle for the change you want to see in the world.”

What a load of garbage that is.

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