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This article like others about Hillsong reveal the serious issues with this organization. It was built on false theology and the “Sugar” of fame, NOT built on Sound theology and Christian living!

from MSN:

Pastor Darnell Barrett of Hillsong Church resigned on Tuesday after sharing explicit photos to at least one of his followers, a woman, on Instagram, something he claims was a mistake and not an attempt to lure the woman.

The married creative director of Hillsong’s Montclair, New Jersey, chapter is the latest pastor from the celebrity-loved mega church to resign amid a sex-related scandal.

In photos posted by Daily Mail, Barrett, 32, shared pictures two days in a row of him shirtless after a workout wearing Nike Pro Compression Tights that exposed him.

Barrett – who previously appeared on Steve Harvey‘s talk show – wrote that “depression and anxiety got the best of me in the last 30 hours” in text written over the pictures he posted to his Close Friends list on Instagram, saying the gym is what’s been helping him get out of bed, the photos obtained by Daily Mail show.

One unnamed woman – who told the Daily Mail she was a former volunteer at Hillsong – said to the outlet that the father of two had sent her similar photos, before he shared those on his Instagram Stories, claiming it was “an accident.” Barrett told the outlet that sending her those photos was “an honest mistake.”

“Hey! I think I might’ve added you to my close friends list by accident. I’m so sorry. Trying to figure out how the hell to edit it. It’s some real raw s— I send to my friends man. Lol,” Barrett messaged her in screenshots obtained by the Daily Mail.

The woman replied, “Lol rude! I’m NOT a close friend is what you’re saying. Haha that’s alright.”

“Seriously, sorry about that. I guess,” the pastor followed up with, before the volunteer blocked him.

The woman later unblocked Barrett and told him, “For you to go out of your way to make it seem like you ‘accidentally’ added me to your close friends… and then, went out of your way to message me about it KNOWING that would make me go look is bulls—,” messages obtained by Daily Mail show. “Obviously, what you wanted me to see were the shirtless photos and the outline of your d—, let’s not play and act like that wasn’t the point. Your messages to bait me into seeing your ‘raw s—’ are obvious.'”

She also accused him of employing a ” ‘fishing’ scheme” to “see if I will bite.”

“I’m sorry?” Barrett replied, in the messages Daily Mail shared, before she blocked him once more.

Barrett stepped down at Hillsong amid the photo scandal.

Hillsong Church did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Barrett told the Daily Mail outside his New Jersey home that he and his wife “thought it was best for me to move on” amid the social media behavior and that “there was infidelity in my marriage that we’re working through.”

“I was not at all trying to lure her. I get that she, within the context of what’s happening with Hillsong, that she would draw those conclusions,” he told the outlet, presumably referring to Pastor Carl Lentz who was fired in November from Hillsong due to what the church described as past “moral failures.”

Barrett added, ‘This was something that was just an honest mistake and I informed my wife as soon as it happened.”

The pastor’s stepping down comes months after Lentz admitted to being unfaithful to his wife, writing on Instagram that “this failure is on me, and me alone.”

“Today Hillsong Church East Coast advised our congregation that we have terminated the employment of Pastor Carl Lentz,” the church’s founder Brian Houston said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE at the time. “This action was not taken lightly and was done in the best interests of everyone, including Pastor Carl.”

Houston added that Lentz’s firing comes after “ongoing discussions in relation to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.”

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“We are about to find our ability to access, engage and move about in the world dependent on which camp we fall into: those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who have not.“It is the latest status symbol. Flash it at the people, and you can get access to concerts, sports arenas or long-forbidden restaurant tables. Some day, it may even help you cross a border without having to quarantine,” writes Heather Murphy for the New York Times. “The new platinum card of the Covid age is the vaccine certificate.”

from The Rutherford Institute:

“A psychotic world we live in. The madmen are in power.”― Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

For good or bad, COVID-19 has changed the way we navigate the world.

It is also redrawing the boundaries of our world (and our freedoms) and altering the playing field faster than we can keep up.

Owing in large part to the U.S. government’s deep-seated and, in many cases, top-secret alliances with foreign nations and global corporations, it has become increasingly obvious that we have entered into a new world order—a global world order—made up of international government agencies and corporations.

This powerful international cabal, let’s call it the Global Deep State, is just as real as the corporatized, militarized, industrialized American Deep State, and it poses just as great a threat to our rights as individuals under the U.S. Constitution, if not greater.

We’ve been inching closer to this global world order for the past several decades, but COVID-19, which has seen governmental and corporate interests become even more closely intertwined, has shifted this transformation into high gear.

Fascism has become a global menace.

It remains unclear whether the American Deep State (“a national-security apparatus that holds sway even over the elected leaders notionally in charge of it”) answers to the Global Deep State, or whether the Global Deep State merely empowers the American Deep State. However, there is no denying the extent to which they are intricately and symbiotically enmeshed and interlocked.

Consider the extent to which our lives and liberties are impacted by this international convergence of governmental and profit-driven corporate interests in the surveillance state, the military industrial complex, the private prison industry, the intelligence sector, the security sector, the technology sector, the telecommunications sector, the transportation sector, the pharmaceutical industry and, most recently, by the pharmaceutical-health sector.

All of these sectors are dominated by mega-corporations operating on a global scale and working through government channels to increase their profit margins. The profit-driven policies of these global corporate giants influence everything from legislative policies to economics to environmental issues to medical care

Global Disease

The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled us into a whole new global frontier. Those hoping to navigate this interconnected and highly technological world of contact tracing, vaccine passports and digital passes will find themselves grappling with issues that touch on deep-seated moral, political, religious and personal questions for which there may be no clear-cut answers.

We are about to find our ability to access, engage and move about in the world dependent on which camp we fall into: those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who have not.

“It is the latest status symbol. Flash it at the people, and you can get access to concerts, sports arenas or long-forbidden restaurant tables. Some day, it may even help you cross a border without having to quarantine,” writes Heather Murphy for the New York Times. “The new platinum card of the Covid age is the vaccine certificate.”

This is what M.I.T. professor Ramesh Raskar refers to as the new “currency for health,” an apt moniker given the potentially lucrative role that Big Business (Big Pharma and Big Tech, especially) will play in establishing this pay-to-play marketplace. The airline industry has been working on a Travel Pass. IBM is developing a Digital Health Pass. And the U.S. government has been all-too-happy to allow the corporate sector to take the lead.

Global Surveillance

Spearheaded by the National Security Agency (NSA), which has shown itself to care little for constitutional limits or privacy, the surveillance state has come to dominate our government and our lives.

Yet the government does not operate alone. It cannot. It requires an accomplice.

Thus, the increasingly complex security needs of our massive federal government, especially in the areas of defense, surveillance and data management, have been met within the corporate sector, which has shown itself to be a powerful ally that both depends on and feeds the growth of governmental bureaucracy.

Take AT&T, for instance. Through its vast telecommunications network that crisscrosses the globe, AT&T provides the U.S. government with the complex infrastructure it needs for its mass surveillance programs. According to The Intercept:

“The NSA considers AT&T to be one of its most trusted partners and has lauded the company’s ‘extreme willingness to help.’ It is a collaboration that dates back decades. Little known, however, is that its scope is not restricted to AT&T’s customers. According to the NSA’s documents, it values AT&T not only because it ‘has access to information that transits the nation,’ but also because it maintains unique relationships with other phone and internet providers. The NSA exploits these relationships for surveillance purposes, commandeering AT&T’s massive infrastructure and using it as a platform to covertly tap into communications processed by other companies.”

Now magnify what the U.S. government is doing through AT&T on a global scale, and you have the “14 Eyes Program,” also referred to as the “SIGINT Seniors.” This global spy agency is made up of members from around the world (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Israel, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, India and all British Overseas Territories).

Surveillance is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to these global alliances, however.

Global War Profiteering

War has become a huge money-making venture, and America, with its vast military empire and its incestuous relationship with a host of international defense contractors, is one of its biggest buyers and sellers.

The American military-industrial complex has erected an empire unsurpassed in history in its breadth and scope, one dedicated to conducting perpetual warfare throughout the earth. For example, while erecting a security surveillance state in the U.S., the military-industrial complex has perpetuated a worldwide military empire with American troops stationed in 177 countries (over 70% of the countries worldwide).

Although the federal government obscures so much about its defense spending that accurate figures are difficult to procure, we do know that since 2001, the U.S. government has spent more than $1.8 trillion in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (that’s $8.3 million per hour). That doesn’t include wars and military exercises waged around the globe, which are expected to push the total bill upwards of $12 trillion by 2053.

The illicit merger of the global armaments industry and the Pentagon that President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us against more than 50 years ago has come to represent perhaps the greatest threat to the nation’s fragile infrastructure today. America’s expanding military empire is bleeding the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour)—and that’s just what the government spends on foreign wars. That does not include the cost of maintaining and staffing the 1000-plus U.S. military bases spread around the globe.

Incredibly, although the U.S. constitutes only 5% of the world’s population, America boasts almost 50% of the world’s total military expenditure,  spending more on the military than the next 19 biggest spending nations combined. In fact, the Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety. There’s a good reason why “bloated,” “corrupt” and “inefficient” are among the words most commonly applied to the government, especially the Department of Defense and its contractors. Price gouging has become an accepted form of corruption within the American military empire.

It’s not just the American economy that is being gouged, unfortunately.

Driven by a greedy defense sector, the American homeland has been transformed into a battlefield with militarized police and weapons better suited to a war zone. President Biden, marching in lockstep with his predecessors, has continued to expand America’s military empire abroad and domestically in a clear bid to pander to the powerful money interests (military, corporate and security) that run the Deep State and hold the government in its clutches.

Global Policing

Glance at pictures of international police forces and you will have a hard time distinguishing between American police and those belonging to other nations. There’s a reason they all look alike, garbed in the militarized, weaponized uniform of a standing army.

There’s a reason why they act alike, too, and speak a common language of force: they belong to a global police force.

For example, Israel—one of America’s closest international allies and one of the primary yearly recipients of more than $3 billion in U.S. foreign military aid—has been at the forefront of a little-publicized exchange program aimed at training American police to act as occupying forces in their communities. As The Intercept sums it up, American police are “essentially taking lessons from agencies that enforce military rule rather than civil law.”

This idea of global policing is reinforced by the Strong Cities Network program, which trains local police agencies across America in how to identify, fight and prevent extremism, as well as address intolerance within their communities, using all of the resources at their disposal. The cities included in the global network include New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, Paris, London, Montreal, Beirut and Oslo.

The objective is to prevent violent extremism by targeting its source: racism, bigotry, hatred, intolerance, etc. In other words, police—acting as extensions of the United Nations—will identify, monitor and deter individuals who exhibit, express or engage in anything that could be construed as extremist.

Of course, the concern with the government’s anti-extremism program is that it will, in many cases, be utilized to render otherwise lawful, nonviolent activities as potentially extremist.

Keep in mind that the government agencies involved in ferreting out American “extremists” will carry out their objectives—to identify and deter potential extremists—in concert with fusion centers (of which there are 78 nationwide, with partners in the private sector and globally), data collection agencies, behavioral scientists, corporations, social media, and community organizers and by relying on cutting-edge technology for surveillance, facial recognition, predictive policing, biometrics, and behavioral epigenetics (in which life experiences alter one’s genetic makeup).

This is pre-crime on an ideological scale and it’s been a long time coming.

Are you starting to get the picture now?

On almost every front, whether it’s the war on drugs, or the sale of weapons, or regulating immigration, or establishing prisons, or advancing technology, or fighting a pandemic, if there is a profit to be made and power to be amassed, you can bet that the government and its global partners have already struck a deal that puts the American people on the losing end of the bargain.

We’ve been losing our freedoms so incrementally for so long—sold to us in the name of national security and global peace, maintained by way of martial law disguised as law and order, and enforced by a standing army of militarized police and a political elite determined to maintain their powers at all costs—that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it all started going downhill, but we’re certainly on that downward trajectory now, and things are moving fast.

The “government of the people, by the people, for the people” has perished.

In its place is a shadow government—a corporatized, militarized, entrenched global bureaucracy—that is fully operational and running the country.

Given the trajectory and dramatic expansion, globalization and merger of governmental and corporate powers, we’re not going to recognize this country 20 years from now.

It’s taken less than a generation for our freedoms to be eroded and the Global Deep State’s structure to be erected, expanded and entrenched.

Mark my words: the U.S. government will not save us from the chains of the Global Deep State.

Now there are those who will tell you that any mention of a New World Order government—a power elite conspiring to rule the world—is the stuff of conspiracy theories.

I am not one of those skeptics.

I wholeheartedly believe that one should always mistrust those in power, take alarm at the first encroachment on one’s liberties, and establish powerful constitutional checks against government mischief and abuse.

I can also attest to the fact that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

I have studied enough of this country’s history—and world history—to know that governments (the U.S. government being no exception) are at times indistinguishable from the evil they claim to be fighting, whether that evil takes the form of terrorism, torture, drug traffickingsex trafficking, murder, violence, theft, pornography, scientific experimentations or some other diabolical means of inflicting pain, suffering and servitude on humanity.

And I have lived long enough to see many so-called conspiracy theories turn into cold, hard fact.

Remember, people used to scoff at the notion of a Deep State (a.k.a. Shadow Government). They used to doubt that fascism could ever take hold in America, and sneer at any suggestion that the United States was starting to resemble Nazi Germany in the years leading up to Hitler’s rise to power.

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from Got Questions:

Yes, Jesus is the only way to heaven. Such an exclusive statement may confuse, surprise, or even offend, but it is true nonetheless. The Bible teaches that there is no other way to salvation than through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He is not a way, as in one of many; He is the way, as in the one and only. No one, regardless of reputation, achievement, special knowledge, or personal holiness, can come to God the Father except through Jesus.

Jesus is the only way to heaven for several reasons. Jesus was “chosen by God” to be the Savior (1 Peter 2:4). Jesus is the only One to have come down from heaven and returned there (John 3:13). He is the only person to have lived a perfect human life (Hebrews 4:15). He is the only sacrifice for sin (1 John 2:2; Hebrews 10:26). He alone fulfilled the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17). He is the only man to have conquered death forever (Hebrews 2:14–15). He is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). He is the only man whom God has “exalted . . . to the highest place” (Philippians 2:9).

Jesus spoke of Himself as the only way to heaven in several places besides John 14:6. He presented Himself as the object of faith in Matthew 7:21–27. He said His words are life (John 6:63). He promised that those who believe in Him will have eternal life (John 3:14–15). He is the gate of the sheep (John 10:7); the bread of life (John 6:35); and the resurrection (John 11:25). No one else can rightly claim those titles.

The apostles’ preaching focused on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Peter, speaking to the Sanhedrin, clearly proclaimed Jesus as the only way to heaven: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Paul, speaking to the synagogue in Antioch, singled out Jesus as the Savior: “I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin” (Acts 13:38–39). John, writing to the church at large, specifies the name of Christ as the basis of our forgiveness: “I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name” (1 John 2:12). No one but Jesus can forgive sin.

Eternal life in heaven is made possible only through Christ. Jesus prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). To receive God’s free gift of salvation, we must look to Jesus and Jesus alone. We must trust in Jesus’ death on the cross as our payment for sin and in His resurrection. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22).

At one point in Jesus’ ministry, many of the crowd were turning their backs on Him and leaving in hopes of finding another savior. Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” (John 6:67, ESV). Peter’s reply is exactly right: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68–69, ESV). May we all share Peter’s faith that eternal life resides only in Jesus Christ.

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from Gallup:

Americans’ membership in houses of worship continued to decline last year, dropping below 50% for the first time in Gallup’s eight-decade trend. In 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque, down from 50% in 2018 and 70% in 1999.

U.S. church membership was 73% when Gallup first measured it in 1937 and remained near 70% for the next six decades, before beginning a steady decline around the turn of the 21st century.

As many Americans celebrate Easter and Passover this week, Gallup updates a 2019 analysis that examined the decline in church membership over the past 20 years.

Gallup asks Americans a battery of questions on their religious attitudes and practices twice each year. The following analysis of declines in church membership relies on three-year aggregates from 1998-2000 (when church membership averaged 69%), 2008-2010 (62%), and 2018-2020 (49%). The aggregates allow for reliable estimates by subgroup, with each three-year period consisting of data from more than 6,000 U.S. adults.

Decline in Membership Tied to Increase in Lack of Religious Affiliation

The decline in church membership is primarily a function of the increasing number of Americans who express no religious preference. Over the past two decades, the percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religion has grown from 8% in 1998-2000 to 13% in 2008-2010 and 21% over the past three years.

As would be expected, Americans without a religious preference are highly unlikely to belong to a church, synagogue or mosque, although a small proportion — 4% in the 2018-2020 data — say they do. That figure is down from 10% between 1998 and 2000.

Given the nearly perfect alignment between not having a religious preference and not belonging to a church, the 13-percentage-point increase in no religious affiliation since 1998-2000 appears to account for more than half of the 20-point decline in church membership over the same time.

Most of the rest of the drop can be attributed to a decline in formal church membership among Americans who do have a religious preference. Between 1998 and 2000, an average of 73% of religious Americans belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque. Over the past three years, the average has fallen to 60%.

Generational Differences Linked to Change in Church Membership

Church membership is strongly correlated with age, as 66% of traditionalists — U.S. adults born before 1946 — belong to a church, compared with 58% of baby boomers, 50% of those in Generation X and 36% of millennials. The limited data Gallup has on church membership among the portion of Generation Z that has reached adulthood are so far showing church membership rates similar to those for millennials.

The decline in church membership, then, appears largely tied to population change, with those in older generations who were likely to be church members being replaced in the U.S. adult population with people in younger generations who are less likely to belong. The change has become increasingly apparent in recent decades because millennials and Gen Z are further apart from traditionalists in their church membership rates (about 30 points lower) than baby boomers and Generation X are (eight and 16 points, respectively). Also, each year the younger generations are making up an increasingly larger part of the entire U.S. adult population.

Still, population replacement doesn’t fully explain the decline in church membership, as adults in the older generations have shown roughly double-digit decreases from two decades ago. Church membership is down even more, 15 points, in the past decade among millennials.

The two major trends driving the drop in church membership — more adults with no religious preference and falling rates of church membership among people who do have a religion — are apparent in each of the generations over time.

Since the turn of the century, there has been a near doubling in the percentage of traditionalists (from 4% to 7%), baby boomers (from 7% to 13%) and Gen Xers (11% to 20%) with no religious affiliation.

Currently, 31% of millennials have no religious affiliation, which is up from 22% a decade ago. Similarly, 33% of the portion of Generation Z that has reached adulthood have no religious preference.

Also, each generation has seen a decline in church membership among those who do affiliate with a specific religion. These declines have ranged between six and eight points over the past two decades for traditionalists, baby boomers and Generation X who identify with a religious faith. In just the past 10 years, the share of religious millennials who are church members has declined from 63% to 50%.

Church Membership Decline Seen in All Major Subgroups

As would be expected given the 20-point decline in church membership overall, the Gallup data show declines among all major subgroups of the U.S. population beyond age, with some differences in the size of that decline.

Among religious groups, the decline in membership is steeper among Catholics (down 18 points, from 76% to 58%) than Protestants (down nine points, from 73% to 64%). This mirrors the historical changes in church attendance Gallup has documented among Catholics, with sharp declines among Catholics but not among Protestants. Gallup does not have sufficient data to analyze the trends for other religious faiths.

In addition to Protestants, declines in church membership are proportionately smaller among political conservatives, Republicans, married adults and college graduates. These groups tend to have among the highest rates of church membership, along with Southern residents and non-Hispanic Black adults.

Over the past two decades, declines in church membership have been greater among Eastern residents and Democrats. Still, political independents have lower rates of church membership than Democrats do.

The smaller declines seen among conservatives and other subgroups are largely attributable to more modest change among older generations within those groups. For example, conservatives in older generations have shown drops in church membership of between five and 13 points since 1998-2000, compared with the 20-point change among all U.S. adults. However, the influence of generation is apparent, in that church membership is lower in each younger generation of conservatives than in each older generation — 51% of conservative millennials, 64% of conservative Gen Xers, 70% of conservative baby boomers and 71% of conservative traditionalists in 2018-2020 belong to a church.

Hispanic Church Membership

Church membership among Hispanic Americans in 2018-2020 was 37%, among the lowest for any major subgroup. Analysis of changes over time in Hispanic adults’ church membership is complicated by a shift in Gallup methodology to include Spanish-language interviewing in all surveys beginning in 2011. Church membership rates are significantly lower among Hispanic respondents interviewed in Spanish than among Hispanic respondents interviewed in English. Thus, a comparison of current Hispanic church membership to past membership would overstate the decline by virtue of comparing mixed-language Hispanics today to English-speaking Hispanics, alone, in the earlier period.

Implications

The U.S. remains a religious nation, with more than seven in 10 affiliating with some type of organized religion. However, far fewer, now less than half, have a formal membership with a specific house of worship. While it is possible that part of the decline seen in 2020 was temporary and related to the coronavirus pandemic, continued decline in future decades seems inevitable, given the much lower levels of religiosity and church membership among younger versus older generations of adults.

Churches are only as strong as their membership and are dependent on their members for financial support and service to keep operating. Because it is unlikely that people who do not have a religious preference will become church members, the challenge for church leaders is to encourage those who do affiliate with a specific faith to become formal, and active, church members.

While precise numbers of church closures are elusive, a conservative estimate is that thousands of U.S. churches are closing each year.

2017 Gallup study found churchgoers citing sermons as the primary reason they attended church. Majorities also said spiritual programs geared toward children and teenagers, community outreach and volunteer opportunities, and dynamic leaders were also factors in their attendance. A focus on some of these factors may also help local church leaders encourage people who share their faith to join their church.

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I read this and wondered why there were no Christian writers saying the EXACT SAME THING! Social Media has devastated the Christian Community! I cannot count the number of Christians who live their Christian lives on Social Media! They have a sort of singular viewpoint of their Christianity! They pick and choose groups on Social Media that agree with their personal beliefs! Notice I said “personal beliefs” and not one’s that follow Biblical Truth!

Christ’s message was meant to be shared in a personal face to face manner! And Christian fellowship was meant to be done in person! Not via Facebook live streams. You can only have real fellowship and support others in their Christian walk via personal interaction! Social Media is the devils tool to cause the love of Christians to go cold!

from Academia:

Is social media ushering in a new dark age? We suggest there is evidence that a dark age is imminent if not already ushered in. If so, what are the chances it can be stopped? Although chances are slim, there are possibilities if human willpower can be fortified. How? By actively engaging in real body-to-body community living. The desire for community not only runs deep in the human species but is absolutely necessary for survival – as sociologists critically point out. Living a robust communal life minimizes, for example, many negative cultural effects such as American individualism for a host of reasons (Christakis, 2019; Bellah et al., 1985).

If American individualism can be tamed, the dark age effects of social media can be as well. But it will be a difficult process. Social media is designed to trick users into subconsciously believing communal needs have been met in some concrete way and with great ease. In the end, however, online community is only a mirage – the focus of our reflections. We proceed by first discussing the negative impacts of social media and, secondly, physical face-to-face
community as a countermeasure.

Social research has revealed the downsides of social media (Christakas, 2020; Lukianoff and Haidt, 2018), concluding its’ negative impacts far outweigh any positives. The gravest negative impact is the correlation found between social media and teenage suicide (especially girls) but extends into depression, loneliness, anger, narrowing of one’s worldview (dark ages), and others. Andrew Marantz of The New Yorker adds to this disturbing list:

They [social media] seemed to assume, blithely and conveniently, that the marketplace of ideas would take care of itself. This isn’t what happened. Instead, with shocking speed, social media decimated professional media, abraded our
civic life, coaxed us into unhealthy relationships with our phones and with one another, harvested and monetized our personal data, warped our brains and our politics, and made us brittle and twitchy and frail, all while a few entrepreneurs and investors continued to profit from our addiction and confusion (January 15,
2021).

Sociologists observe that humans cannot survive let alone flourish without body-to-body and face-to-face interactions given their ontological status as social beings. Yet, here is social media making every effort to provide its users with community – something it actually cannot provide.

Sociologists have long argued that modernity brought in its wake the decline of community. Concepts such as anomie, alienation, disenchantment, ennui, false consciousness, and individualism have been used to describe this loss of community by a host of thinkers (Durkheim, 1912; Bellah, 1985; Putnam, 2000). We argue similarly in claiming that social media is a social mechanism accelerating the pace of community decline and deterioration even though social media’s creators believed the opposite. The creators, however, like social media users, are sociologically and psychologically naïve about the relationship between human nature and online community because this relationship is merely a mirage. So how does social media manage to construct such a mirage?

One-way social media accomplishes this sleight of hand is by seemingly providing people with instant community – simple computer clicks. It’s as easy as that – click and you have a host of people with whom to socially interact – a community. Important to notice is the fact that this takes very little effort (a mouse click), but this also indicates something is awry. Over time, clicks from a computer mouse become a trigger for dopamine release. This triggered dopamine fixates one’s attention over time to one social platform, eliminating other platforms, and ultimately narrowing one’s worldview (a dark age).

Social media becomes, in other words, psychologically addictive. A kind of mirrored psychology has been transacted in that social media mirrors back to the individual that their single social platform satisfies their communal needs. Unaware of this mirroring, many users begin replacing their physical presence within real communities with online mirage community. Why? One simple reason is because it’s easier. Easier than traveling to meet others, easier than actually talking, and much easier than managing your everyday impressions or prosocial communal behavior. Yet community on social media is sociologically naive because strong human community requires physical proximity, body-to-body and face-to-face contact over long periods of time.

Even those involved in on-line gaming communities know that in a time of crisis it will not be one’s gaming community coming to the rescue. In fact, if a gamer stops playing he/she will probably never hear from other gamers again. Social media users lack a social realism in their naïve ritual-like participation in mirage community, triggering a host of social and psychological ailments.

What solutions might exist to counteract this online naivete? Our suggestions range from a foolproof solution to a specific countermeasure. The foolproof solution is simply to delete all social media from one’s life – complete severance. Given this is unlikely, countermeasures are required. The most effective countermeasure is to get physically involved in a local community. It sounds simple but it’s not, especially in America where the fundamental value of individualism reigns. And this individualism is only exacerbated by social media. This is particularly true for the I- generation (born after 1995 and made early use of the I-phone) who have been exposed to social media at very young ages (Lukianoff and Haidt, 2018).

This generation has not only been exposed to bad ideas on social media but also to the sociologically naive view that online communities fulfill real communal needs. Algorithms are only getting faster and more efficient at generating the communal mirage. Social media’s methodology is to maintain user’s attention by building on a person’s previous clicks. Based on one’s social media activity, the computer algorithms bait one with only those ideas, people, and material items most capable of retaining his/her attention. Doing so generates confirmation bias or the silo effect, diminishing an individual’s willpower to entertain different views as well as more easily falling victim to one’s more sinister side. Given this confirmation bias, willpower becomes an issue, specifically its diminishment.

It has been shown that willpower is reset every day and fades quickly as the day progresses. In the first hour, willpower is at its peak with critical thinking, mental effort, and emotional restraint in-tact. Hours later or after completing a day’s work mental stability progressively wanes. By the end of a rough day, very few are able to mentally temper their emotions being isolated from real people community influences. Depleted willpower makes one vulnerable to social media’s various strands of manipulation, making the adaptation to involve oneself in a real physical community less likely. Social media’s negative socialization techniques are relentless in that its’ algorithms work day and night to create this mirage community. Over time social media produces slave-like users who usher in society wide misinformation (dark age).

From our point of view, social media is a form of narrow communication that tricks people into thinking they have community. Social media is not only a poor mechanism for forming community, it is communication without community (Han, 2020), while real human community is not so easily conjured up. People who move away from their home of 50 or 60 years, for instance, actually believe community will be easily found in their new location, only to be confounded in discovering that community is not so easily established. Finding a new community is easier said than done. Indeed, the community you hope to join, the people whom you hope to become friends with might not, for one thing, “like you.” And even if you do manage to find a friend or a community, how deeply meaningful are these relationships?

Establishing friendships and community takes time, often “lots” of time. But in the age of social media, community becomes just another commodity to itemize and own. It’s not surprising therefore that Americans engage in more fleeting relationships, drugs, criminal activity, and suicide than most other post-modern societies. Yet, here comes social media legitimizing such mobility by arguing the community one just physically abandoned can be maintained online or, even better, simply replaced by a new community online. Thinking one can become a member of a new community so easily reveals a deep sociological naivete and lack of social realism. The solution is to limit one’s time on social media and increase one’s physical interactions with others – literally, join a community and put in the effort – nothing worth having is easy.

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What ALL Christians need to understand: There never is and never has been a visible global Christian “Church”. that is why you see what appear to be “good” sound teachers like Leonard Ravenhill mixing with people and groups who teach and preach concepts and ideas that are diametrically opposed to God’s Word!

Men are inherently weak, and it is why men who rise to a “high seat” or a position of prominence within what is recognized as the “Christian world” start to compromise their beliefs. They either subconsciously rationalize others non-Biblical teachings or views, or they openly ignore them. They do this as they do not want to lose their position, or they rationalize the “good” that is being done, overrides the non-biblical positions that those that they associate with, hold! In the end each Christian must have the mind: No matter what ANYONE else does or believes, I WILL FOLLOW God’s WORD! Even if that means I do it alone!

from U.K. Apologetics Library:

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There are theological differences within his teaches I would not call him an outright heretic but I have been cautious 1) Leonard has taught and recommended Rhanhard Bonki, Bonki was later exposed in faking claims that the dead were raised in South Africa as one of many examples, I have found dubious claims Ravenhill had made about Bonki, means that i believe out of genuine ignorance Ravenhill was speaking in ignorance, but this is not a good move from a bible teacher.,

 https://web.archive.org/web/20030203134422/http://www.cfan.org/offices/usa/testimonies/resurrection/page1.htm

Though I do agree with Leonard Ravenhills teaching on Godly, Righteous hatred and sinners, I do not accept the whole proponent of the Holiness movement through his teaching that gave birth later to Lordship Salvation, Lordship salvation can be traced and rooted in a man who claimed himself to be a mystic Charles Finney

http://www.bodysoulandspirit.net/mystical_experiences/read/notables/finney.shtml

https://www.encyclopedia.com/people/philosophy-and-religion/protestant-christianity-biographies/charles-grandison-finney

I do however regard the doctrine of Lordship salvation as heretical and is a doctrine pushed by neo Calvinists, it was not until Billy Graham had made it popular that since McArthur had made it in recent years accepted amongst many protestant churches that had further encapsulated our unity with the RCC, in which I believe Ravenhill was a key proponent of the ecumenical movement, due to people who had been led into error by Ravenhills promotion of Paul Cain, and Mystic George Fox who was a Quaker.

However, Raven hill is not a false prophet due to never making predictions or putting dates on further as men like Jonathan Khan has done,  on the other hand, Ravenhill has spoken at John Wimber’s Vineyard Church, which was founded by the Late Lonnie Frisby who struggled with homosexuality at the time, Lonnie was never mentioned by Vinyard for obvious reasons.

Leonard Ravenhill has often been promoted by Paul Washer who has been partnering with Roman Catholic backed Martin Bucer Seminary The seminary is presided over by the virulent Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher. Schirrmacher is a premier ecumenical leader and a personal friend of Pope Francis. 

We recently released a video (April 22, 2018) which Highlighted Paul Washer’s slated speaking at the Cross ’19 Conference wherein will be several who routinely partner with Hillsong, Jesus Culture, The Passion Conference and other heretical organizations. Among those listed are Trip Lee, whom Washer calls a personal friend. Trip Lee is a good friend and promoter of both Hillsong and Jesus Culture, and Paul has NEVER publicly addressed this nor does he seem to care. The social justice, Marxist embracing bag of folly that is Thabiti Anyabwile is also scheduled to speak at Cross ’19, as is John Piper, the Rick Warren-promoting, Lectio Divina-practicing friend of Carl Lentz and Louie Giglio the Pope-kisser. The M.O. these days is that of Eli with his sons; simply turn a blind-eye to sin because of “cowardice or self-preservation” (to quote Paul Washer). The various compromises and heresy embracing being propagated by the profiteers at this conference were highlighted, and it had quite an impact.

The latest installment showcases Heart Cry Missionary Society’s open partnership with Martin Bucer Seminary whose president is Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher. For those who have not seen the video, I must implore you to watch it immediately (click the red link above). Thomas Schirrmacher is a personal friend and advocate of Pope Francis and all things both Catholic and ecumenical. In addition to presiding over the Martin Bucer Seminary he is on the senior leadership team of the World Evangelical Alliance and a committee member of the Global Christian Forum, both of which are in partnership with the ever ecumenical and demonic World Council of Churches. The term “demonic” is not used lightly. It must be understood that the three aforementioned organizations are, without question, working in accord with the spirit of antichrist. They are global in nature as all of their names imply and their objective is to usher in a global religion under the guise of “unity.”

Thomas Schirrmacher Loves Pope Francis
its sad that the Ravenhill Rabbit hole has lead to compromise, but as the scriptures say you will know them by there fruits, we know that Ravenhill in the past has promoted Billy Graham.

the end result is many roads lead to rome.

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If we accept what they are doing to us now, they are just going to keep pushing the envelope.  Over the past 12 months, authorities throughout the western world have used the pandemic as an excuse to impose Orwellian measures that we never would have accepted during normal times.  They are promising us that these measures are just “temporary”, but the pandemic has already been with us for a year and there are no signs that it is going away any time soon.  If those governing us are willing to go to such ridiculous extremes during a relatively minor pandemic, what are they going to be willing to do once things start getting really crazy?

Watching the events that have unfolded at a church in Edmonton in recent days has been a breaking point for me emotionally.

Last Wednesday, the RCMP received global attention when it put up a three layer fence around GraceLife Church in an attempt to keep people out.

I don’t know why they decided that one fence would not be sufficient.  Apparently having Christians gather together is so dangerous that three fences were needed.

Needless to say, this draconian move made a lot of headlines, and on Sunday approximately 400 Christians gathered to protest at the church.  Most of them were just singing hymns or reading the Bible, but when a few of them started tearing down one of the fences, 200 heavily-armed riot police moved in.

I would expect to see this sort of a scene in communist China, North Korea or Iran.

This sort of thing was never supposed to happen in Canada.

Out of 4.4 million people living in Alberta, there have only been 2,013 deaths, and about half of those were among people 80 years of age or older.

If it isn’t safe to go to church, why are hordes of Canadians allowed to circulate through retail establishments every single day of the week?

If churches should be shut down, you would think that Wal-Mart, Costco and Canadian Tire should be shut down too.

But they aren’t shut down.

All over the western world, we are being promised that life will finally go back to “normal” once the pandemic is over, and they are telling us that the vaccines will end the pandemic.

But that isn’t happening.  Cases are on the rise again, and thousands are still getting sick even though they have been “fully vaccinated”.

And now Pfizer and Moderna are publicly admitting that their vaccines only provide about six months of immunity

According to new research from Pfizer and Moderna, it looks like COVID-19 immunity will last at least six months in fully vaccinated people, though studies are ongoing. In a statement released by Pfizer-BioNTech on Thursday, immunity against the coronavirus is confirmed to last at least half a year for people who have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer shot.

Most people that are getting shots think that they now have some sort of permanent immunity, but that isn’t even close to accurate.

Meanwhile, variants continue to emerge around the globe that the current vaccines won’t be effective against at all.

I know that a lot of you don’t want to hear this, but the pandemic is with us to stay.

And that means that the Orwellian measures that are being put in place are with us to stay too.

Over in the UK, one recent survey found that a majority of the British population is actually in favor of a permanent vaccine passport system

Another disturbing survey has revealed that a majority of British people are willing to accept vaccine passports in order to engage in basic day to day activities, and that they are willing to go along with the digital ID card system PERMANENTLY.

The London Independent poll, conducted by pollster Savanta ComRes, highlighted the findings, with 56 per cent saying that it would be acceptable to have to prove vaccination or negative COVID status in order to enter a shop.

Fewer than a third, 32 per cent, said that this would be unacceptable, according to the survey.

What in the world has happened to the British?

Here in the U.S., researchers are developing an implantable sensor that can tell if you are sick or not.  If you do not know about this yet, I would highly recommend watching this 60 Minutes report.

In Australia, the Orwellian measures that they have instituted during this pandemic have regularly made headlines all over the globe, and now they are considering doing something that is completely insane.

I had a hard time believing this when I first read it.  According to an Australian news source, the government is actually considering requiring people to provide “100 points of identification” before they are allowed to access social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram…

The Morrison Government will consider a radical measure to prevent online bullying and trolling, but experts say the proposal would involve serious risks for social media users.

The government is considering forcing users of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — as well as online dating platforms like Tinder — to upload 100 points of identification in order to use them.

The recommendation, which has been raised before, is one of 88 recommendations from a parliamentary committee report looking at family, domestic and sexual violence.

This is the direction that our world is headed.

For a long time we enjoyed an Internet that was relatively free and open, but now that era has ended.

Now tyrants all over the globe are seeing that the Internet can be used as a tool of control, and that should deeply alarm all of us.

Over the past 12 months, the pandemic has been used as justification to advance tyranny by leaps and bounds.

If this is what has happened during a relatively minor pandemic, what is going to take place once a true global emergency comes along?

We should all consider that very carefully, because we are moving into very dark times, and government tyranny is only going to get worse.

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from Summit News:

“You put it underneath your skin and what that tells you is that there are chemical reactions going on inside the body”

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on a COVID vaccine that will work on all variants and has developed an implantable microchip that it says will continuously monitor the human body for signs of the virus.

Retired Colonel Matt Hepburn, an army infectious disease physician heading up DARPA’s response to the pandemic, appeared on 60 Minutes to demonstrate the technology.

Holding up a vial of green tissue-like gel, which contains the chip, Hepburn proclaimed “You put it underneath your skin and what that tells you is that there are chemical reactions going on inside the body, and that signal means you are going to have symptoms tomorrow.”

“It’s like a ‘check engine’ light,” Hepburn added, noting that those with the chip “would get the signal, then self-administer a blood draw and test themselves on site.”

“We can have that information in three to five minutes,” Hepburn continued, adding “As you truncate that time, as you diagnose and treat, what you do is you stop the infection in its tracks.”

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Hepburn also declared that DARPA has developed a filter to remove the virus from the blood via a dialysis machine, and that the FDA has approved it, and it has already been used on 300 patients.

The 60 Minitues report also highlights how the pentagon has hundreds of tissue samples from soldiers and sailors infected with pathogens all over the world, including the 1918 Spanish Flu which killed millions globally.

Pentagon scientist Dr Kayvon Modjarrad also highlighted that the military is developing a one size fits all vaccine for COVID, commenting “This is not science fiction, this is science fact.”

“We have the tools, we have the technology, to do this all right now,” he said explaining that the goal is to inoculate people against potentially deadly viruses that have not even appeared yet.

“Killer viruses that we haven’t seen or even imagined, we’ll be protected against,” Modjarrad declared.

It was recently revealed that a third of active duty service members opted out of taking the COVID vaccine, with sources claiming the actual figure is probably closer to half.

The finding prompted the likes of TIME to declare that ‘vaccine hesitancy’ is threatening national security, and that while “These troops may not be co-opted by domestic terrorists, but they are clearly influenced by conspiracy theorists online and they just don’t trust basic science.”

The DARPA announcement of implantable microchip technology tied to the virus and a vaccine will likely only serve to enforce concerns the media continually describes as ‘conspiracy theories.’

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from The Epoch Times:

The Supreme Court late Friday ruled against California, blocking the restrictions ban on in-home Bible studies and other religious gatherings.

The court’s narrow 5–4 ruling was in favor of a group of Santa Clara residents who asserted the restrictions violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

“Applicants are likely to succeed on the merits of their free exercise claim; they are irreparably harmed by the loss of free exercise rights ‘for even minimal periods of time’; the State has not shown that ‘public health would be imperiled’ by employing less restrictive measures,” an unsigned opinion of the court’s majority said in its opinion.

The ruling is the fifth time the nation’s highest court has overruled the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on California COVID-19 fueled restrictions, including a February ruling that saw the court grant a worshipper’s application asking for restrictions on in-person religious services be rolled back.

“It is unsurprising that such litigants are entitled to relief. California’s Blueprint System contains myriad exceptions and accommodations for comparable activities, thus requiring the application of strict scrutiny,” the majority wrote on Friday.

The blueprint system is the statewide criteria for loosening or tightening restrictions based on the level of CCP virus spread.

Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett made up the majority.

Chief Justice John Roberts, another Republican-nominated justice, joined the court’s liberal wing in dissenting, though he did not sign on to the dissenting opinion authored by Justice Elena Kagan.

Kagan said she would have rejected the application for relief because she felt the state complied with the First Amendment in its limiting religious gatherings in homes to three households since the state had the same restrictions on secular gatherings in homes.

“It has adopted a blanket restriction on at-home gatherings of all kinds, religious and secular alike. California need not, as the per curiam insists, treat at-home religious gatherings the same as hardware stores and hair salons—and thus unlike at-home secular gatherings, the obvious comparator here,” she wrote.

The original order in the case denying the application for relief came from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who said that in light of “the unique risks of gatherings in spreading COVID-19; the deaths and serious illnesses that result from COVID-19; and the overwhelming strain on the healthcare system,” enjoining the state and county restrictions on in-home religious gatherings “would not be in the public interest.”

The Ninth Circuit’s panel upheld Koh’s ruling, writing last month that “appellants had not satisfied the requirements for the extraordinary remedy of an injunction pending appeal.”

“Specifically, the panel held that appellants had not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits for their free exercise, due process, or equal protection claims, nor had they demonstrated that injunctive relief was necessary for their free speech claims,” the panel wrote.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs and defense did not immediately respond to requests for comment. California had argued in a brief on Thursday that its policy regarding in-home gatherings applied to all gatherings, no matter their purpose, while also offering the Supreme Court did not need to intervene because the state will relax restrictions later this month.

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I am seeing far too many Christians becoming for all practical purposes addicted to Facebook for their Christian lives. and what’s worse a new type of “Christian” is emerging on Facebook, ones that rank their own opinions devoid of Biblical justification, above what the Bible clearly says!

The latest rage seems to be personal “words from God” and those having priority over God’s written word, even when they clearly conflict with God’s written word, and in addition those “words from God” not being validated by other Christian’s!

There are scores of pseudo-teachers and “prophets” popping up on Facebook, and these people appeal to other’s “itching ears” for personal biases that they may have which are not validated by God’s written word!

One of these areas is in regards to Jews and Judaism, there is a growing element on Facebook from people claiming to be Christian labeling ALL Jews as “The Synagogue of Satan” and blaming them for all of the world’s ill’s. Some have went so far as dredging up the now discredited “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” believe it or not, to justify their views!

Anyone who has a correct understanding of God’s Word knows that the “The Synagogue of Satan” was never used in the Bible to describe all Jews! It was only ever used in God’s word within a context to describe a specific group of Jews at a specific time. It is not a description of all Jews at all times!

I have seen some many well meaning Christians who lack knowledge of God’s Word, on Facebook falling for the horrible ramblings of these pseudo-teachers.

Facebook and social media in general appeals to “self” it in no way helps a person in their Christian walk, it unfortunately makes them selfish, arrogant, and stubborn, refusing even gentle correction.

Facebook draws Christians away from relying on God’s word and in addition draws them away from learning how to “rightly divide” God’s word!

And now I refer back to the title of this post and the picture below. On the surface many un-knowledgeable and “blind” Christians may think it is “cute” but it betrays some very troubling inferences:

  1. That Jesus would wear a mask to prevent spreading the COVID virus
  2. That Jesus would wear a COVID mask to show compliance with the State
  3. That Jesus by wearing the mask was not divine, was not “God come in the Flesh” and therefore had to worry about possibly getting the virus!
  4. If Jesus had to wear a mask to protect himself or others from getting the COVID virus he was not divine and was really just a good human teacher!

For Christians” BEWARE of Facebook and Social Media, they are tools to condition people for “group think”, global Socialism, the Anti-Christ empire, and a False Messiah!

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