Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Uncertain Times? Not At All! (by Jan Markel)

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By Jan Markell


September 1, 2020



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So many write me expressing shock, and even horror, at the tide of our times here in 2020. They see America crumbling under the weight of sin, debt, violence, immorality, and strong delusion. Right is wrong, black is white, evil is good, and good is evil.


We Are In the Center of the Storm


People of faith are in the bulls-eye so to speak!

Churches are inconvenient. The remnant of true believers is growing smaller while the Laodicea churches are mushrooming! Many churches have not even re-opened yet, and some are saying they won’t until 2021!


Many don’t even know how to think about the future much less plan for it. People write about “uncertainty”. Will things get worse? Probably. How can we plan ahead if the turmoil is going to continue?


A Word Fitly Spoken


Then a pastor sent me this e-mail:


“We don’t live in uncertain times. Not at all! These times are as certain as any time in all of human history, and the God of the universe laid out this time in great detail, point by point, and in fact, with all the detail needed by His people, to live in times of absolute certainty! So no, there’s nothing uncertain about the times we live in to the believer who is seeking to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”


It's All Aligning


He is right! The Bible outlined all the “things to come” in great detail and they are shaping up:


    Global government has to form and it is in the process. All governments will become more authoritarian along the way! With the new CDC report that just 6% of Covid deaths are directly attributed to the virus, the "pandemic" was but the crisis the globalists couldn't let go to waste. 



    God is sending a final warning to a sinful world.



    For the Church, God is shaking us up, trying to wake us up so that we will look up! There is Tribulation stage-setting going on such as today's lawlessness -- a precursor of what is to come when the Church is gone. 



    We are in the predicted last days’ perilous times (II Timothy 3). 



    America is going to lose international power so that the European power player can arise.



    Politics are important but they won’t save America. Government will be quite dysfunctional until Jesus rules from Jerusalem. Only a nation “under God” can be blessed and we have one political party that is at war with God. They want government to be god.



    There are terrible consequences when a nation goes astray and succumbs to a Romans 1 mentality. The Church is still here to put a lid on total chaos and some delusion as well. Just wait until we are gone. 



Are the Pulpits Still Silent?


I have referenced an April LifeWay poll before but it takes on even more meaning now. It revealed that a “vast majority of pastors see end times in our current events.” Are they talking about this from their pulpits and re-assuring their people? I do not think so.


Are they sharing about our glorious future, giving assurance to people? How about talking about the “blessed hope” now that hope in the world is fading?


I am not optimistic that they are! Rather, are they telling people that they can have their best life now? Hasn’t that all been proven to be a lie? Are they giving some end-time warnings?


A whopping 97% of those polled by LifeWay Research believe Jesus Christ will literally and personally return to earth again and 55% expect Jesus to return in their lifetime. This makes for tremendous sermon material! It also calms the mind and soul in troubled times.


Pastors, please don’t be silent! Some people are losing things precious to them: businesses, jobs, even lives or the lives of loved ones. Depression and suicides are at all-time highs.


The Most Certain Times in All of Human History!


Are they, then, re-assuring their people as my pastor friend did? Let me quote him again. He said, “We don’t live in uncertain times. Not at all! These times are as certain as any time in all of human history, and the God of the universe has laid out this time in great detail, point by point, and in fact, with all the detail needed by His people to live in times of absolute certainty. . . .”


A secular talk show host said that "A blanket of darkness has been thrown over us." But the believer cannot and must not think that way! An opportunity has been handed to us! Desperate people are more inclined to listen.


Things really aren’t falling apart. In fact, they are orchestrated. To suggest something is falling apart is to say they are out of God’s control. Nothing could be further from the truth as it concerns the last days. It’s just that your average Christian does not know the road map through the final days even though the Bible spends almost one-third of its pages talking about them!


In fact, everything is falling into place. Stay cool. Look up. The King is coming. It may be today! And you can't throw a blanket of darkness over anyone with an eternal perspective.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Smarting about Tanzania’s common sense response to COVID-19


Below is how the globalist mouthpiece, Devex, reports Tanzania’s response to the coronavirus plandemic.  The report fails to address key issues which it glosses over: such as samples from goats and papaya testing positive to coronavirus, and desperately suggests that people living and enjoying their normal lives, as it was forced to concur, are somehow suffering because they refused to lock down their Churches and businesses. It insisted that local herbal treatments being used have not been shown by “research” to be effective – referring, of course, to globalist’s sanctioned research! Note that the globalists have been known to be at war even with the WHO whenever that organization attempted to show a little autonomy and go against the dictates of globalists “experts”.
In the conclusion, the authors of the article wistfully suggested that even if Magufuli’s government wasn’t going to comply 100%  with the globalists instructions to enforce a lockdown, (which decision they also conceded might have been reasonable), “it could have communicated its decision to avoid a lockdown in a more transparent way;” by which is meant government should have entered into “discussions” with the globalists and negotiate measures to take “while still keeping the economy open.”
Thank God for a bold reasonable African leader in John Magufuli.  May the LORD continue to protect Tanzania even as we know the globalists would be looking for any means to discredit this response that has clearly been of tremendous benefits to the people.
                                                    

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Muddled messaging around COVID-19 complicates response in Tanzania
By Sara JervingAdva Saldinger // 21 July 2020
https://res.cloudinary.com/devex/image/fetch/c_scale,f_auto,q_auto,w_720/https:/lh6.googleusercontent.com/SOxsmQqrtCSH1CcerasYG6qUhzslDaaNdHyLsJo3T5KgovjmWJp2fIQoYkG_oa8cCpECbyeW0ZiDGotu7x5ARx2IWAOScXs4rpT6U92ucJykyH4dZoi2nL5T844t7w389y35J2ZzJohn Magufuli, president of Tanzania. Photo by: Paul Kagame / CC BY-NC-ND
NAIROBI/WASHINGTON — When John Peters, who lives in Dar es Salaam, tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-May, it was about two weeks after the Tanzanian government stopped reporting cases to the World Health Organization.
Others all around him also started getting sick. He personally knows about 25 people who tested positive.
After he received the results — about a week after he was tested — he was not asked for the names of the people he had been in contact with over the past few weeks to enable contact tracing. But Peters, whose name has been changed to avoid retribution from the government, was asked to sign a form saying he would stay home for 14 days.
Around this same time, there were reports of many hospitals in Dar es Salaam becoming overwhelmed, and three members of Parliament died in the span of 11 days of unknown causes — all raising suspicions that the government was covering up its COVID-19 caseload with its decision to not release figures.
WHILE SOME BUSINESSES DID CLOSE, AND THE GOVERNMENT SHUT SCHOOLS AND BANNED MASS GATHERINGS AT WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS, A FULL ECONOMIC LOCKDOWN WAS NEVER IMPLEMENTED.
In recent months, Tanzanian President John Magufuli has repeatedly minimized the risks of COVID-19, and he announced in June that God had removed the coronavirus from Tanzania. This has created a complicated environment for organizations focused on health communications to navigate as they work to educate communities about how to deal with the ongoing pandemic.
“This is a government in denial,” said Judd Devermont, director of the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “If you are an organization that is focused on preventing COVID cases from spreading and the government says there are no more COVID cases or is unwilling to share any information, how do you operate in that space?”
Tanzania has not reported a new case of COVID-19 to WHO for two and a half months — the longest gap in reporting from any country in Africa. The count stands at 509 cases and 21 deaths.
COVID-19 likened to Satan and goats tested
Tanzania, in some ways, started to lay the groundwork for an effective COVID-19 response in the months leading up to the pandemic.
In September, there were unofficial reports of people suffering from Ebola-like symptoms in the country. But while the government said that these people tested negative for the Ebola virus, it refused to provide WHO with requested information to further verify this.

But the risk of Ebola spreading to Tanzania from the outbreak in neighboring Congo led the government to convene its national task force on emergencies to prepare prevention and response mechanisms, including a committee on risk communication and community engagement, according to sources.
WHEN COVID-19 HIT, THESE STRUCTURES WERE IN PLACE, READY TO RESPOND TO THE NEW THREAT. THE GOVERNMENT GALVANIZED TO DISTRIBUTE PREVENTION MESSAGING WITH ITS PARTNERS.
AT THE START, THINGS WERE HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, SOURCES TOLD DEVEX. BUT THEN THE MESSAGING FROM THE TOP OF THE GOVERNMENT BEGAN TO CHANGE.
AT THE END OF MARCH, MAGUFULI ENCOURAGED PEOPLE TO CONTINUE VISITING PLACES OF WORSHIP — A MOVE THAT BUCKED INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS — while comparing the virus to Satan and saying that it “cannot survive in the body of Jesus Christ.”
THEN IN MAY, THE PRESIDENT CAST DOUBT ON THE DATA AROUND CASES BY SUGGESTING THAT PEOPLE WHO TEST POSITIVE MIGHT NOT ACTUALLY BE INFECTED. HE SAID HE SECRETLY TESTED A PAPAYA, A GOAT, AND A QUAIL FOR COVID-19 — ALL TESTING POSITIVE — TO PROVE HIS POINT.
He also questioned the safety of imported masks, stopped the disinfection of public places, AND TOUTED AN HERBAL REMEDY AS A CURE FOR COVID-19, WHICH RESEARCH HAS NOT PROVED EFFECTIVE.
Then on June 9, Magufuli declared that “Corona in our country has been removed by the powers of God.” Celebrations followed.
He reiterated that COVID-19 was eliminated from Tanzania in a speech on Monday.
"OUR ENEMIES WILL SPEAK A LOT, BUT THE REALITY REMAINS THAT TANZANIA IS SAFE AND THAT IS WHY NONE OF US HERE IS PUTTING ON A MASK. DOES IT MEAN WE ARE NOT AFRAID OF DYING? NO, IT IS BECAUSE CORONA HAS BEEN ELIMINATED,” HE SAID.
NOW, LIFE HAS LARGELY RETURNED TO NORMAL IN TANZANIA, SOURCES TELL DEVEX. SCHOOLS HAVE REOPENED, MANY PEOPLE ARE WALKING AROUND WITHOUT MASKS, AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS CLOSED MANY OF ITS COVID-19 CENTERS.
“IF YOU WENT INTO A COMA LAST YEAR AND YOU WOKE UP RIGHT NOW IN DAR ES SALAAM, YOU WOULD THINK THAT LIFE IS NORMAL,” PETERS SAID.
While the government stopped reporting cases to WHO at the end of April, the health agency and other partners continue to provide the Tanzanian government with technical support on its response, including on case management, infection prevention and control, surveillance and laboratory strengthening, risk communication and community engagement, and logistics, according to an email from WHO.
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Confusing narratives, ineffective messaging
The president’s messaging on the pandemic, along with the Ministry of Health’s failure to approve messaging around COVID-19 for groups to use, was a “massive blow” to organizations working to educate populations on protecting themselves from the spread of the virus, said a health communications expert, who wished to remain anonymous due to concerns around publicly criticizing the government.
“The wind is very much out of the sails of the health communications sector,” the expert said. “There is a very steep hill now because there are counternarratives that are more attractive and louder. The population must be just completely confused.”
One of the problems is that the measures that are recommended — washing hands, wearing masks, and social distancing — are inconvenient and can be expensive for people living in poverty. It can be hard to convince a population of the importance of taking these inconvenient measures to combat a disease if they do not understand how many people in the country are infected and their personal risk of contracting the virus, sources said.
Civil society groups are in a tricky position because of the shrinking space for them in Tanzania under Magufuli and the need to act in accordance with government messaging, said Mwanahamisi Salimu Singano, a Tanzanian development expert. Now that the government has said the COVID-19 outbreak is over in the country, they are pressured to accept this.
Some of these groups would have likely played a significant role in an inclusive response to the pandemic that would reach vulnerable communities, such as people living with disabilities, she said.
"There is less conversation now, whether in a civil society space or an individual space, that there is COVID-19 in Tanzania — which makes now the response to be almost impossible," she said. "Most people went back to business as usual. That is where we are at in Tanzania, in my sense."
In the absence of data on case count, it is also difficult for organizations to effectively target their programs, sources told Devex.
“Without guidance, there's no light to guide you in terms of how you allocate limited resources to do the greatest good,” CSIS’ Devermont said.

Balancing risks, improving communication
SOURCES TOLD DEVEX THAT THERE DO APPEAR TO BE FEWER CASES OF COVID-19 IN TANZANIA NOW THAN IN THE INITIAL MONTHS OF THE PANDEMIC.
While it is uncertain whether this is true or why that might be, sources told Devex about some theories. Perhaps people have developed some level of immunity after months of spiking cases — although a growing body of research suggests that any immunity among people who had COVID-19 is short-lived.
There is also speculation that people with COVID-19 symptoms are no longer getting tested, due to the lack of government emphasis and the population’s feeling that the pandemic is under control, Singano said.
AS FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S APPROACH OVERALL, SOME SOURCES TOLD DEVEX THAT THE DECISION TO AVOID A FULL LOCKDOWN MIGHT HAVE MADE SENSE IN THE TANZANIAN CONTEXT.
A LOCKDOWN IS INTENDED TO SPACE OUT THE NUMBER OF INFECTIONS AT ANY GIVEN TIME SO THAT A COUNTRY’S HEALTH SYSTEM CAN COPE WITH THE CASELOAD, SAID RISHA CHANDE, DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY AND ENGAGEMENT AT TWAWEZA, A TANZANIAN ORGANIZATION FOCUSED ON ENHANCING SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT.
“YOU MIGHT EVEN BE FLATTENING THE CURVE FOR 10 YEARS WITHOUT MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR OUR HEALTH SECTOR TO COPE IF OUR CASELOAD AND SEVERITY HAD BEEN COMPARABLE TO THE U.S. AND THE U.K.,” SHE ADDED.
GIVEN THE LIMITED UTILITY OF A LOCKDOWN, THE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES MIGHT NOT BE WORTH IT. BUT EVEN SO, SOURCES SAID, THE TANZANIAN GOVERNMENT COULD HAVE COMMUNICATED ITS DECISION TO AVOID A LOCKDOWN IN A MORE TRANSPARENT WAY. THIS COULD HAVE INVOLVED DISCUSSIONS AROUND PROTECTING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS WHILE STILL KEEPING THE ECONOMY OPEN.
“A coherent line could have emerged, which would maybe not be all that different than the practice in Tanzania, which is to say: ‘Honestly, folks, we're not going to lock down because we have an economy that’s not up to it. But here are some things that you can do in your own lives that can help you to be safer,’” the communications expert, who wished not to be named, told Devex.
Update, July 21, 2020: This article has been updated to include comments made by President Magufuli on July 20.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

LOCKDOWN LUNACY 2.0: Second wave? Not even close. - J.B. Handley


This lucid article, full of facts and figures, is a must-read for everyone who really wishes to understand the course of COVID-19, past, present, and future.  Below are some extracts to whet your appetite.  Please visit the Childrens Health Defense website for the full article.

Joshua



JULY 07, 2020
LOCKDOWN LUNACY 2.0: Second wave? Not even close.
By J.B. Handley, CHD Contributing Writer

Why did politicians ever lockdown society in the first place? Can we all agree that the stated purpose was to “flatten the curve” so our hospital system could handle the inevitable COVID-19 patients who needed care? At that point, at least, back in early March, people were behaving rationally. They accepted that you can’t eradicate a virus, so let’s postpone things enough to handle it. The fact is, we have done that, and so much more. The headlines are filled with dire warnings of a “second wave” and trigger-happy Governors are rolling back regulations to try to stem the tide of new cases. But, is any of it actually true and should we all be worried? No, it’s not a second wave. The COVID-19 virus is on its final legs, and while I have filled this post with graphs to prove everything I just said, this is really the only graph you need to see, it’s the CDC’s data, over time, of deaths from COVID-19 here in the U.S., and the trend line is unmistakable:
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The Herd Immunity Threshold (“HIT”) for COVID-19 is between 10-20%

This fact gets less press than any other. Most people understand the basic concept of herd immunity and the math behind it. In the early days, some public health officials speculated that COVID-19’s HIT was 70%. Obviously, the difference between a HIT of 70% and a HIT of 10-20% is dramatic, and the lower the HIT, the quicker a virus will burn out as it loses the ability to infect more people, which is exactly what COVID-19 is doing everywhere, including the U.S, which is why the death curve above looks the way it looks. Scientists from Oxford, Virginia Tech, and the Liverpool school of Tropical Medicine, all recently explained the HIT of COVID-19 in this paper:
“We searched the literature for estimates of individual variation in propensity to acquire or transmit COVID-19 or other infectious diseases and overlaid the findings as vertical lines in Figure 3. Most CV estimates are comprised between 2 and 4, a range where naturally acquired immunity to SARS-CoV-2 may place populations over the herd immunity threshold once as few as 10-20% of its individuals are immune.”
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Calculations from this study of data in Stockholm showed a HIT of 17%, and if you really love data check out this great essay by Brown Professor Dr. Andrew Bostom titled, COVID-19 ‘herd immunity’ without vaccination? Teaching modern vaccine dogma old tricks. I’m going to share his summary with you, because it’s so good:
Naturally acquired herd immunity to COVID-19 combined with earnest protection of the vulnerable elderly — especially nursing home and assisted living facility residents — is an eminently reasonable and practical alternative to the dubious panacea of mass compulsory vaccination against the virus. THIS STRATEGY WAS SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED IN MALMO, SWEDEN, WHICH HAD FEW COVID-19 DEATHS BY ASSIDUOUSLY PROTECTING ITS ELDER CARE HOMES, WHILE ‘SCHOOLS REMAINED OPEN, RESIDENTS CARRIED ON DRINKING IN BARS AND CAFES, AND THE DOORS OF HAIRDRESSERS AND GYMS WERE OPEN THROUGHOUT.”
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One of the most vocal members of the scientific community discussing COVID-19’s HIT is Stanford’s Nobel-laureate Dr. Michael Levitt. Back on May 4, he gave this great interview to the Stanford Daily where he advocated for Sweden’s approach of letting COVID-19 spread naturally through the community until you arrive at HIT. He stated:
 “If Sweden stops at about 5,000 or 6,000 deaths, we will know that they’ve reached herd immunity, and we didn’t need to do any kind of lockdown. My own feeling is that it will probably stop because of herd immunity. COVID is serious, it’s at least a serious flu. But it’s not going to destroy humanity as people thought.”
 Guess what? That’s exactly what happened. As of today, 7 weeks after his prediction, Sweden has 5,280 deaths. In this graph, you can see that deaths in Sweden PEAKED when the HIT was halfway to its peak (roughly 7.3%) and by the time the virus hit 14% it was nearly extinguished.
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By the way, as a quick aside, and something else the press won’t touch: COVID-19 is a coronavirus, and we have ALL been exposed to MANY coronaviruses during our lives on earth (like the common cold). Guess what? Scientists are now showing evidence that up to 81% of us can mount a strong response to COVID-19 without ever having been exposed to it before:
Many of us have always been immune! If that’s not enough for you, a similar study from Sweden was just released and shows that “roughly twice as many people have developed T-cell immunity compared with those who we can detect antibodies in.” (We kind of knew this from the data on the Diamond Princess when only 17% of the people on board tested positive, despite an ideal environment for mass spread, implying 83% of the people were somehow protected from the new virus.)
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Fact #1: All of the “second wave” states have dramatically increased their testing. This alone causes cases to rise, and is the single biggest reason they have.
Fact #2: Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are up slightly because of how COVID-19 positive patients are tracked. They will be in the number even if they didn’t go to the hospital BECAUSE of COVID-19.
Fact #3: A REAL rise in both cases and hospitalizations perfectly matches the timing of the nationwide protests which included many densely-packed crowds together for many hours and even days. However, the good news about all of this is that there has been no impact on the number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs, which is consistent with the fact that we know younger patients are less impacted by COVID-19, check out this chart:

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In Conclusion

Dr. Michael Levitt and Sweden have been right all along. The only way through COVID-19 is by achieving the modest (10-20%) Herd Immunity Threshold required to have the virus snuff itself out. The sooner politicians—and the press—start talking about HIT and stop talking about new confirmed cases, the better off we will all be. Either way, it’s likely weeks, not months, before the data of new daily deaths will be so low that the press will have to find something new to scare everyone. It’s over.
A quick note:
Haters of this article will post articles about Sweden saying their approach has been a failure. They will point to recent press about Sweden having higher rates of COVID-19 positive tests lately—Sweden has pushed back strongly—so here’s a chart for the haters, it shows positive cases in Sweden, tracked against deaths. There’s no correlation.

For my truly committed readers who made it this far:

“The death rate is a fact; anything beyond this is an inference.”

—William Farr (1807 – 1883)
William Farr, creator of Farr’s law, knew this over 100 years ago. Viruses rise and fall at roughly the same slopes. It’s predictable, and COVID-19 is no different, which is why, after looking at all these death curves, it’s not very hard to declare that the pandemic is over. Oxford’s center for Evidence Based Medicine has a wonderful explanation of Farr’s law, and it’s well worth a read. Some of my favorite quotes:
“Farr shows us that once peak infection has been reached then it will roughly follow the same symmetrical pattern on the downward slope.”
“In the midst of a pandemic, it is easy to forget Farr’s Law, and think the number infected will just keep rising, it will not. Just as quick as measures were introduced to prevent the spread of infection we need to recognise the point at which to open up society and also the special measures due to ‘density’ that require special considerations.”

About the author: J.B. Handley is the best-selling author of How to End the Autism Epidemic. He graduated with honors from Stanford University, and currently serves as a Managing member of Bochi Investments, a private investment firm. He can be reached at jbhandleyblog@gmail.com



Monday, June 15, 2020

Pastor E A Adeboye's One World Religion Comment - Video and Transcript



A portion of the short remark by Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye at a private birthday dinner organized in his honour by the Christ the Redeemer Friends Trust in 2012 has been taken out of context and badly twisted by some fame-seeking folks.  The circulated portion is portrayed as a research scoop from a recent event  organized by globalists, where the revered man of God decided to “come out” and declare his supposedly long-nursed closet support for the One World Religion initiatives of the UN.
Please note the following:

1. This event happened in April 2012, not last week!

2. That Pastor Adeboye’s position is that religious leaders should come together TO CONDEMN violence, terrorism, and other evil acts being perpetrated in the name of religion.  He is not asking religious FAITHS to come together  to evolve a new faith synthesized from the component faiths and stop proselytizing (“soul-winning” efforts) which is the essence of the One World Religion, under the leadership of the catholic Pope – of which we have been warning the Church for over two decades.

3. When the leader of a religious organization is invited to come speak at meetings organized by state actors such as Governors or even the UN, it is hardly reasonable to expect him to turn down the invitation!  What matters is the kind of message such a leader brings to the meeting.  Whereas it is customary for many Christian religious leaders on such occasions to tone down their references to “the Lord Jesus Christ” and choose rather to eulogize the “Creator God”.  Pastor Adeboye is to be commended for his ever readiness to refer generously to “the Lord Jesus Christ” with whom everybody ought to have a personal relationship.  This was the point in our commending his 2009 keynote address at the 68th assembly of the UN.  And that is a point that is also clearly evident in the 2012 speech in question, which is transcribed below.  On the video, the speech began around the 1hr 20 minutes mark.

Of course, there can be no doubting that the One World Religion advocates would love to have Pastor Adeboye in their camp.  Nor that they would continue to stir up all manner of intrigues in order to catch him in their ancient delicate "Caesar versus Christ" controversies.  Indeed every Christian who is committed to defending the values of the Kingdom of God and walk the narrow path to heaven should expect similar snares; and we must all continue to “take heed, watch, and pray,” as the Lord enjoins in Mark 13:33.  Pastor Enoch Adeboye needs our prayer, not our stalking.


Shalom.

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VOTE OF THANKS BY PASTOR ENOCH ADEJARE ADEBOYE AT THE 70TH BIRTHDAY DINNER ORGANIZED FOR HIM BY THE CHRIST THE REDEEMER FRIENDS TRUST AT THE SAVOY HOTEL, LONDON. 15TH APRIL 2012.

I want to start, of course, by thanking the Almighty God for making this day possible.  When I look around, and I see the caliber of people gathered here tonight, I know this can only be God.  I am not where I am today because I have a degree in Mathematics.  If I had continued along the line I chose, I would have become a Vice Chancellor in the University; by now I would have retired and ‘am sure I don’t know of any Vice Chancellor anywhere in the world    who will be marking his seventieth birthday and have delegates from several nations of the world  [applause].

And so, I am what I am today simply because somewhere along the line I met the Lord Jesus Christ, and He changed everything.  And in addition to saying thank you to all of you, my appeal will be that if there is anyone here who hasn’t seriously considered having a relationship with Jesus Christ, they should look at what God is doing here tonight, and think again.  Jesus can make a great difference in your life.  

Having said that, I told my children not too long ago, I said considering the amount of love, that has been poured out on me since I turned 70, the gifts, the best wishes and so on, if I had known that it would be this sweet to be 70 I would have been 70 earlier. And one of my children had made a suggestion that we could arrange it so that I can be 70 more than once. So if you get another invitation next year to come to my 70th birthday, [chuckles] it must be one of those things that my children have arranged.

But seriously speaking, and I told my children in Nigeria, that, I don’t want a celebration.  They said they wanted to celebrate, they wanted to go to town, I told them that my job isn’t finished yet. And you shouldn’t be celebrating when you still have a long way to go.  I have a rough idea of what God sent me into this world to do. And I have not even started.  I am just beginning to scratch the surface.  Yes, He wants me to be an instrument in His hand that will bring the Redeemed Christian Church of God to every nation in the world. He wants me to work so hard that by His grace there will be in every family in the world, at least a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.  But I believe that that is just a small part of my assignment.  I believe a bigger part of the assignment is beginning to surface.

And that’s why you can see here today several people of different faiths gathering together because I believe God wants to use me to bring together religious leaders who will ultimately bring peace to this world [applause].  It is clear that politicians have failed to solve the problems of conflicts, and violence all over the world.  You kill a terrorist today a dozen others are rising up to take his place.  I believe that if we are going to have peace in this world we are going to need religious leaders to come together and speak out against violence. Speak out against those people who under the guise or religion are doing things that God will never approve of.  So I am delighted that by the grace of God, what, the initiative we started at the United Nations some months ago is continuing tomorrow with a Conference here; and you can see already some of my brothers  here from other faith, and we will be gathering together again to think of  what next are we going to do.  I want to ask you please that on this occasion you will join me in prayers that what the politicians have failed to do, God will use us religious leaders to achieve.

I am very very grateful for you coming here to honour God. Because who am I for you to come …[not clear]. I am an ordinary Pastor.  But I have a God Who is to be honoured.  A God so big, so mighty that you can never honour Him enough.

Thank you so much all those of you who have spoken so well about me.  When my wife held a little Christmas breakfast meeting… that brought together several governors, former Heads of States in my country, the people were saying one or two things, and they began to say some very beautiful things about me.   At first I was going to say, “how can these people be lying;” but then I realized that what they were actually saying is not who I am but who they want me to be. And I have learnt my lessons. God will help me.  I will become what you say I am and I will be better.  

Thank you very much. God bless you. 

Monday, June 8, 2020

COVID-19: CHALLENGING THE “ESSENTIALITY” OF THE CHURCH



Image Credit: Facing your Pharaoh.  Praise Assembly of God

Right from the go, we knew COVID-19 would provide globalists their long-awaited opportunity to push hard for a global government.  As aptly described in the second Psalm, the heart cry of this humanism-based global government is to change the existing “old” order, casting off God’s “restraints”, values, and systems.  The intolerable concepts include the insistence that there can be only two discrete stable states allowed for gender (strictly male or female); ascribing superiority to Man over other life forms co-habiting the planet earth; considering the earth itself as an estate made for man’s well-being, rather than a goddess whose well-being trumps man’s existence; and at the bottomline, holding that all of creation is the completed product of the ingenuity  of a benevolent omnipotent Creator-God, rather than a still-evolving self-existing purposeless entity.

The two institutions promoting and tenaciously upholding the values blocking the emergence of the “new world order” are the Church, and somewhere in the wings, the State of Israel.  The battle to supplant the existing godly Judeo-Christian values with those of the New Age movement is therefore a direct conflict primarily with the Church.  Unfortunately very many members of the Church are totally unaware of the magnitude of this unfolding final clash, dulled by a philosophy that sees “nothing new under the sun!”

As soon as the COVID-19 lockdown measures came rolling out, it was clear to us that they had little to do with maintenance of public health but more about asserting authoritarian control over the people, and subtly changing the values by which society is run.  This led us to conclude straightaway that the farcical local rules being churned out in Nigeria (and elsewhere) were inspired by globalist new age agents out to curtail their ancient foe, the Church. We hesitated to make this latter point reasoning that so long as the rules apply uniformly to all the sectors in society, government could be given some benefits of doubt in that regard. 

Now the jury is in.

Having stretched society to breaking point via the various lockdown measures, and having exhausted all options that could somehow be covered by reason, government had no choice but to start opening up the various sectors. While the government in Nigeria adamantly stuck to the timelines specified in the global template, elsewhere various adjustments were being made.  The Ghanaian president for instance threw in the towel after three weeks of partial lockdowns and said his people could no longer bear the draconian “one-size-for-all” measures handed down by globalists. Similarly, mindful of approaching summer and the lucrative tourism industry, Europe also announced that tourists could start flying in as from mid-June.  This is a big quantum jump in the re-opening protocols and brings in view a near normalization of society which is not supposed to happen until, according to the globalists, there has been a COVID-19 vaccine developed and produced for every one of the 7 billion of us living on the planet.

However, as we also warned, it would be na├»ve to expect that the globalists would give in so easily in a battle they had spent decades preparing for, even if things are not turning out exactly according to their well-rehearsed plans. For instance, the World Health Organization (WHO) is currently limping following America’s ongoing withdrawal of her membership (with at least two other countries, Brazil and Madagascar, threatening the same action).  All this will considerably erode the credibility and authority of the organization which is then exposed as essentially just another Bill Gates institution. Similarly the spooky agenda to sneak in mandatory vaccination and with it chip implants, is now out in the public domain, and is being massively denounced all over the world.  Laughably, Mr Bill Gates is averring that the nanochip-based vaccination project ID2020 does not exist.  Yet, launched with boisterous funfair last September, details about the Project are still conspicuously displayed for all to see on the internet  with Gate’s signature all over it!  (https://www.biometricupdate.com/201909/id2020-and-partners-launch-program-to-provide-digital-id-with-vaccines). Another spanner in the wheels of the envisaged new world order would be the report that the COVID-19 virus is disappearing so fast in the UK that Oxford scientists fear they may not have enough infected subjects to trial their vaccine when it eventually becomes ready!  These and many other setbacks for the globalists, yet we knew the battle is still far from ending. Not the least in Nigeria!

We have often explained that Nigeria is the ideal launch-pad and soft target for globalists’ pet new world order projects.  This is predicated on her attractive large population size, weak central government, wavering commitment to nationhood on the part of the component ethnic groups, cynical easy-to-manipulate selfish elites, and not the least, the tremendous influence – formal and informal – Nigeria exerts on other countries on the African continent.  All these mean that there could be no retreat from the desperate plans of the globalists until the battle has been decided in Nigeria. 

And the point we are trying to make here is that this battle in Nigeria is specifically against the Church!


One of the aces in the globalists’ war chest as they systematically prosecute the current conflict is their reserving to themselves the right to ascribe “essentiality” to various sectors in society.  In line with their desired changes in societal values and mores therefore, they declared health (dubiously defined to exclude mental and emotional health) together with such sectors as agriculture and the economy as the high priority ones which must be opened up as soon as possible. Not surprisingly, religion is relegated to the very bottom of the ladder and could as well remain locked down perpetually!  The education sector apparently had to be co-joined with religion so as to douse any outcry from the public on the classification given to the latter.  Moreso that the lockdown in the education sector would bite less on the elites whose children, (where they are at all resident in the country), have continued to receive educational instructions through various online platforms.

So, at long last, it became the turn of the religious sector to be opened up, and the utter contempt with which the globalists and their local pawns hold the Church can hardly be hidden.

It is not at all difficult showing that in Nigeria, the lockdown measures directed at the “religious sector” are actually primarily directed at the Church.  In a video that went viral on social media, a government official was seen respectfully appealing to an Islamic cleric to comply with lockdown measures at his mosque; while in another scene later,  the same government official, who incidentally claimed to be a Christian, was shown lambasting a Pastor caught flouting the same lockdown regulations.  The Pastor was later whisked away for further interrogation.  Stories of such double standard abound here and there, all across the nation.  However making the front pages of several national dailies was the flagrant defiance of the Presidential Task Force’s directives by hundreds of moslems in Kano and Nasarrawa States as they gathered to mark the end of the Ramadan with the traditional prayers on Sunday 24th May. There was no recrimination at all of any sort.

The traditional religions are of course an absolutely off-limits zone for the authorities.  Why, here in Ile-Ife, Osun State, traditional religionists actually gave notice that everybody (presumably including government security agents) should be off the streets while they go around doing their rituals, lasting all day on Thursday April 2. That was right in the midst of a supposed “total lockdown”.  In like manner, it is highly doubtful that the Lodges, Freemasons, and other occult spiritual groups are using Zoom for their meetings and rituals even at this period!

So, the lockdowns against “religion” are actually directed against the Church; and as we approach the climax of the current battle, the camouflages are off, and the bare-knuckled bashing of the Church in Nigeria has begun!

In the newly released guidelines, Churches are now required to buy infra-red thermometers (costing about N25,000) with which they must monitor every one desiring to come worship God.  Even more outrageous is the requirement that anyone with elevated temperature (cited at 38oC) must be turned away and advised to go find a doctor!  Apparently, healings are not to be sought in the Church anymore!  In fact, in handling down the protocols for re-opening religious centres at the FCT, the authorities actually stated that its supposed magnanimity in allowing Churches to re-open is in recognition of “the importance of places of worship in our social and cultural way of life.” Pointedly robbing religion of any claim to spiritual value.

The rules declared that Church services are to be concluded within one hour: worship, prayers, teaching/preaching, fellowship, everything must end within sixty minutes!  Of course, Sunday School is proscribed.  So also are night vigils. The question is what has all this got to do with public health, knowing that the same population who come to Church mix together endlessly in the market, on public transportation, and of course on social visits, as most of them are neighbours!  In the FCT, Pastors are actually “discouraged” to pay “religious visits” to their members in their homes!  Thus, a Pastor may visit in some other capacity, but not as a cleric!

While most states in the federation largely endorsed the bad-enough guidelines from the Presidential Task Force (PTF), the sister Southern states Osun and Lagos felt tougher measures were needed!  Shifting the subject from “public health” to “safety of lives and properties” Lagos insisted that Churches must first be registered with the State Safety Commission before they could be considered for post-coronavirus re-opening.  Then congregation size at any time is pegged at 40% of the building’s approved occupancy limit, and in any case cannot be more than 500 no matter how big the auditorium is.  Under the instructions of her globalist handlers, Lagos State government declared that people under 15 years, and those above 65 years are not to be allowed in Church; eerily replicating Pharaoh’s insistence that Israel could only be allowed to go serve the LORD if they went without their “..young and (their) old” (Exo 10:10-11). 


There are other nauseating conditions in the general guidelines, such as the designation of the “Midweek service” as a “non-worship” activity (Guideline 9a) - which apparently does not apply to Moslems who are recognized as needing to meet for corporate worship 5 times a day, 7 days a week!  Similarly, regulation 9c requiring that “food offerings (communion)” are not to be “shared from common dishes” amounts to a technical proscription of the Holy Communion – a fundamental element of the Christian faith.


The Lagos regulations are to be in place for up to 6 months before they would be reviewed. By that time, the dubious COVID-19 vaccines currently being mass-produced even while testing is only just beginning, would be ready.  If the globalists can get away with the nauseating measures they are ramming down the Church’s throat at the present time, it will require special miracle to stop our folks from rushing to embrace the vaccine in 6 months time, if offered as the single condition for getting back their right to freely worship the Almighty!


It is difficult for the government to convince anyone that all these stifling prescriptions are really meant for public health sake, and not really to please the globalists who are probably wielding both carrot and stick to force government in line.  The earlier lockdown measures for the general society had been full of ingenious absurdities and contradictions.  For instance, following general outcry and tumultuous social situations, government “magnanimously” permitted “lockdown-free days” that permitted unfettered public interactions to be followed by other “full lockdown days” each week.  Did the authorities actually expect that the COVID-19 virus would observe a “ceasefire” on those designated free days simply because government authorized it? Would the feared community transmission of the “deadly pandemic” be suspended even as the masses thronged themselves in over-crowded market places and other public spaces, as they jostle to complete some essential transactions before the “full” lockdown resumed? Of course not!  It’s like bringing out your growing yam for a brief inspection once a week, immediately covering it back with soil thereafter for the rest of the week, and still expecting to get a good harvest after 8 months, simply by citing the number of hours the yam had cumulatively spent in the soil! 

There was actually the hilarious informal report of COVID-19 patients at an Isolation Centre in one of the northern states being released to go celebrate the Eid el Fitr festival at home, and to return to continue their quarantine thereafter!  The story is quite plausible, in the prevailing circumstances. However the global dimension of COVID-19 lockdown hypocrisy is well captured by the factual story of CNN’s Chris Cuomo who took an extended break from his well-advertised COVID-19 lockdown to spend time and drive around with his family at Easter. And the CNN covered for him even while furiously lambasting people who were complaining about the harshness of the lockdowns!

Well, given the above background, isn’t it outrageous that the government in Nigeria would insist, with a straight face, that the “deadly coronavirus” situation, (and presumably government’s utmost concern for the welfare of Church members) has given it the right to prescribe how the Church may now practice her faith?  Yet, what all this boils down to, in our opinion, is that the Church is being challenged to prove that she is essentially different from the other organizations she is being lumped with:  Event Centres, Night Clubs, and others in the “Entertainment Industry”. Donald Trump made the case for the Church in the United States, while John Magufuli did the same in Tanzania.  The Church in Nigeria is being challenged to prove her essentiality!

And this would seem to us indeed a legitimate challenge! As the Prophet Elijah would probably have put it, it is time the Church in Nigeria stopped vacillating between two opinions and settled the question of whether or not she is actually under the commission and authority of the Living God!  If indeed the Church in Nigeria has a Divine Head to Whom she is answerable, then answering the essentiality challenge would be trivial.  Summoned to the king in an insulting manner by an army captain, Prophet Elijah had retorted:  “If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty.” (2 Kings 1:10).

If the Church be a servant of God, truly transforming lives, healing bodies, souls and spirits as well as families and communities; if the prayers of the Church indeed count for anything in holding back the hordes of hell in our nation, then notwithstanding that she is bearing her valuable treasures in “earthen vessels”, we should expect something to break in the coming weeks or even days as the showdown begins.

Naturally, many sections of the Church have already indicated that the Lagos re-opening rules are not acceptable to them.  Church Arise! hopes this situation could be the eye-opener for the Church as she breaks the satanic spells that has kept her divided so far.  As we wrote earlier, one of the tragedies of the Church’s formal representative in Nigeria, the Christian Association of Nigeria, is the abject neglect of the numerous Christian resources that ordinarily should be harnessed to defend and promote the interests of the Church in Nigeria. Being not “Church-based” should not preclude bodies like the Nigerian Christian Elders Forum/Nigerian Christian Social Movement, the Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship, the Intercessors for Nigeria, the Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship, and dozens of other Christian Fellowships – Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers, and so on, from having a formal channel to contribute to CAN’s businesses.   Afterall none of them is spared in the ongoing globalists’ assault on the faith.

Beyond a re-working of the external structure for the Church in Nigeria through a re-engineered CAN however, the ongoing assaults should make the Church re-evaluate her priorities viz-a-viz Kingdom values and the reality of the soon-coming of our Lord and Master, Jesus.  How come Christians should suddenly begin to fear diseases to the point of relinquishing our core values and commission?  Why, we are mandated to destroy all the works of the devil on the planet, while we remain here as salt and light!  Diseases are certainly not excluded from the list.  Similarly, it is disheartening to see the Church considering enslavement as a “prudent” option to avoid bloodshed.  Why do nations go to physical wars if not to preserve their cherished values?  Why did Bishop Andini give his neck to the Jihadists’ scythe if not as a fight for the truth, for liberty and conscience? Why indeed is teenage Leah Sharibu not at home with her parents and peers at the present time if not to maintain her religious convictions?  We make a mockery of these and countless other saints who have and who continue to pay the price for religious liberty, when we go into panic mode over the 324 people who supposedly have succumbed to coronavirus in Nigeria since the beginning of the “plandemic”.  This could be compared with the 790 Nigerians (fathers, pregnant women, babies, and the elderlies) that have been brutally slaughtered during the same period by those who would have us give up our Christian faith and liberties. The same liberties we are about handing over to the globalists on a platter of gold over COVID-19 spell-fueled panic. Presently in the UK, the authorities have conceded that the street protests in sympathy with the human rights violation in far-away United States merits the suspension of COVID-19 social distancing and lockdown regulations.  Here in Nigeria, we are conceding to throw away our most-cherished liberties under the bogus threat of COVID-19. Tragic!

Yes, our faith requires us to be law abiding as much as is possible.  But certainly not at the expense of that faith itself!  The Bible is full of several examples, such as Daniel and his three friends, Mordecai and Esther, and countless others who by clinging to their faith “changed the king’s word (Dan. 3:28), subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, and stopped the mouths of lions” (Heb 11:33).  As the Apostles aptly put it to those trying to shut down the Gospel by appealing to “God-given authorities”:  Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye” (Acts 4:19).


In concluding this article, we emphasize again that though the Church is eminently deserving of a special status on account of the invaluable tangible and intangible contributions she sacrificially makes to Society, she should actually not be asking for such.  Our request should be a call for a level playing field with fixed goal posts, even if we are to be treated as no different from Night Clubs or Shopping Malls.  If for instance, the 30,000 capacity auditorium of the Deeper Life Bible Church in Lagos is not to have more than 500 people at a time (and none outside the 15-65 age bracket) for a maximum of one hour, the same should apply to the Novare Lekki Mall. If it is all about public health and nothing else, what is good for the goose should be ok also for the gander.

As for the question of the Church’s “essentiality”, Church Arise! believes that can safely be left to the Head of the Church to answer.

Church Arise!
Ile-Ife, 8th June, 2020