Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dr. Fauci NEJM Editorial Suggests That COVID-19 Fatality Rates May Be 10x Lower Than Official Projections

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Dr. Fauci, whose guidance to President Trump has resulted in a near total lockdown of the country, recently published an editorial in New England Journal of Medicine that rightly points out serious flaws in his own doom-and-gloom COVID-19 fatality projections.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the guiding force behind President Trump’s recent order to extend social distancing guidelines another 14 days toward the end of April; social distancing guidelines that require maintaining "shelter-in-place" quarantines and extrending the shut down of millions of businesses and livelihoods which have already suffered irreparable and potentially catastrophic consequences.
It has been the president and mainstream media’s seemingly unquestioning confidence in the accuracy of Dr. Fauci’s projections which led Trump to announce on March 15th that he would adopt Dr. Fauci's aggressive strategy of locking down the country for  14-days in order to prevent what he warned could be 1.7 million Americans fatalities from COVID-19 if his advice was not heeded.  
Yet, in a strange turn of events, an editorial authored by Dr. Fauci and published online on February 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine titled, “Covid-19 — Navigating the Uncharted,” points out that, while at present, the currently reported case fatality rate is approximately 2%, these statistics are based on case definitions requiring a diagnosis of pneumonia, i.e., only those who are acutely ill with pneumonia are counted as COVID-19 infected, and not the potentially vast pool of individuals who are asymptomatic carriers or are only suffering from mild symptoms. His paper elaborates further on this point:
 “If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%.” [bold added]
In fact. Dr. Fauci suggests the case fatality rate might be as low as 0.1%.
This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.2” [bold added]
Dr. Fauci’s paper rightly points out the likelihood that there is a massive submerged iceberg of asymptomatic or mild cases of COVID-19 that have gone completely unacknowledged and untested, and that therefore the death toll from COVID-19 is more akin to seasonal influenza at 0.1%. 
It turns out that seasonal flu has far more deaths attributed to it (23,000) than COVID-19 (2,449 as of 3/31/20 according to the CDC). As reported by LiveScience:
"...in the U.S. alone, the flu (also called influenza) has caused an estimated 38 million illnesses, 390,000 hospitalizations and 23,000 deaths this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)." 
Given these facts, how can the dominant narrative any longer be unquestionably maintained, namely, that we are all facing a deadly pandemic that requires the total suspension of all our basic civil liberties to combat, while at the time causing potentially catastrophic effects to the socioeconomic and psychobiological health of hundreds of Americans,  amplified by what is an irrational and media-hyped fear and panic? Learn more and take action at Stand for Health Freedom and their most recent campaign: Could Unchecked Government Power Be More Dangerous than the Threat of Infectious Disease? 
To learn more about the highly confusing and flawed COVID-19 testing methodologies read: Op-Ed: Does the 2019 Coronavirus Exist?

To learn more about the misleading fatality projections, read COVID-19 - Evidence Over Hysteria.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

NIGERIA’S SUPERFICIAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19, BETRAYS UPCOMING GLOBAL GOVERNANCE AGENDA


Personnel of the Nigeria Police making an arrest.        


It is intriguing that the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) should become such a “noisy pestilence” despite not really being anyway extra-ordinarily deadlier than its older and still prevalent cousins in the human coronavirus family, not to talk of other classes of tougher infectious diseases.  Indeed, with respect to mortality or morbidity, COVID-19 could hardly stand in the same class with diseases like cholera, ebola, malaria, Lassa fever,  and a few others – none of which has provoked global socio-economic disruptions anywhere near what COVID-19 has achieved in the past four months.  As explained in a detailed article that has been shared over two million times on the internet, the subtle strength of this novel coronavirus, lies in the fact that the health risk associated with it is more of a systemic nature than personal.  This means that while the direct danger to the regular man on the street might be insignificant, the collective danger to society could be enormous. Assessing and dealing with this type of risk is quite challenging, and is open to a number of subjective non-transparent factors.  In such a circumstance, it is quite possible for top experts to offer even diametrically opposing counsel as the way forward – as we have indeed been seeing all across the globe in this case


In this article, we critique Nigeria’s handling of COVID-19, suggest possible improvements, and taking instruction from the response options being pursued by Nigeria as a key developing country, we proffer our opinion as to where we think the whole ball game is headed.

Italy currently has the largest mortality figure attributed to COVID-19. According to a study by the Italian government, 99% of the mortality is in people already struggling with other medical conditions; and at least 50% of them have been diagnosed with three or more diseases. COVID-19 death, then, was merely the proverbial last straw. In Nigeria, the first death attributable to this coronavirus was reported on 23rd March. However the 67 year old gentleman involved had diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy for multiple myeloma. Yet officially, his death is attributed to neither of these two underlying chronic diseases, but coronavirus!  If the ultimate goal is to save lives at minimum socio-economic costs, it is necessary we examine how our efforts should be weighted and distributed in fighting these two complementary agents of death: COVID-19 on one hand, and underlying chronic medical conditions on the other. Without COVID-19, the patient can still go ahead managing his health condition for a couple more years perhaps; and without the health condition, COVID-19 is virtually innocuous. This subject is extensively critically reviewed on the  Greenmedinfo blog.

Our view in this piece is that such priority-setting decisions require carefully conducted risk assessment, based on local values and sensibilities, rather than policies uncritically imported from elsewhere.  What is optimal in one location and circumstances may not necessarily be the best at another - even while the scientific contents remain unassailable. In our humble opinion, current efforts to fight the novel coronavirus in Nigeria have been directed mainly at pleasing global authorities and getting their commendation rather than what is actually needed to produce desired local results.  And since no one can lightly impugn the intelligence of the folks handling our response, the choices they make is more indicative of an overall philosophical outlook and agenda (global in nature), rather than incompetence or naivety.

In a piece addressed to “COVID-19 deniers”, Arefa Cassoobhoy established the two basic reasons why COVID-19 is deserving of the notoriety it has acquired while further arguing  that no countering measure should be adjudged extreme.  The main strength of COVID-19 is its being contagious in asymptomatic people who may not even know they are harbouring the virus.  They could therefore transmit it unconsciously, ad infinitum, seriously endangering other vulnerable people (both loved ones and strangers) while they themselves remain healthy.  This situation places a heavy moral burden on the vast majority (who won’t be affected by the virus), such that what might have been a chivalrous “I don’t fear the disease, I can risk my life” becomes an ignoble “I am safe, I don’t care for others!”  This invariably provides implicit justification for the lockdowns, and their enforcements even via obnoxious methods.

Secondly, neither vaccine nor proven routine treatment is available at the present time; and being novel, we don’t have any pre-existing immunity to it, as we do to the older coronaviruses. The implication of this is that every symptomatic case (and this could be anywhere between 2%–3% among infected persons aged £19 years, to ≥31% among infected adults aged ≥85 years) could require intensive and specialized medical attention.  Should these present at hospitals in too quick succession, both medical personnel and resources could become overwhelmed, especially in societies where every single life matters and qualifies to receive the best medical attention available.  Thus the basic strategy for combatting the virus involves slowing down the rate of new hospitalizations at all costs, while stepping up efforts to find the cheap routine treatments or vaccine. This goal is referred to as “flattening the curve.”

Management of environment-based health hazards is all about risk management and sustainable development.  Risk management involves balancing the costs and benefits, while sustainable development ensures that the three major dimensions of Environment, Economy, and Society are holistically taken into consideration even as we juggle the balls.  This delicate operation can only be meaningfully implemented by folks familiar with the local terrain and values. A State House Press Release signed by Garba Shehu on 19th March provided a brief report on steps being taken by President Buhari’s administration to “mitigate the effects” of COVID-19 on the Nigerian people.  In the short statement, President Buhari premised his assurance on the appropriateness of measures he was announcing  primarily on the “commendation” already received from the World Health Organisation (WHO). He further added that “what this country is doing has been recommended as a template” - presumably to other countries. Unfortunately, under some conditions, such as a global pandemic, getting the praise of “global authorities” is not necessarily a virtue.  It is an open secret that these Institutions are not (and really, could not) be as independent as they themselves probably would like to be.  They routinely come under tremendous pressure and are forced to push values dictated to them by other clandestine but extremely powerful interests.  We have seen this over the decades, from the operations of the various agencies of the UN and the Bretton Wood institutions whose raison d’etre, anyway, is to maintain global peace - even if it will come at the expense of some “unfortunate” few.  It is remarkable that America’s measures to counter COVID-19 announced on March 11, were applauded neither by the WHO nor by America’s traditional allies in Europe.  As a wise man once said, “self first is not selfishness!”

An especially apt and ongoing example of how risk assessments carried out by an Agency such as the WHO can be seriously flawed and dangerous to an uncritical society is the continued use of mercury-laden vaccines for our children in Nigeria.  According to the reasoning of the eggheads at the WHO, the projected attending increased annual budget of the Agency by up to $333 million and other issues bothering on logistics, tip the scale in favour of the continued use of thimerosal  (mercury) containing vaccines (TCVs) in Nigeria rather than shifting to the alternative products used in the developed nations, since TCVs were proscribed there, decades ago.  Thus, based on the tacit counsel of the WHO to a supposedly resource-challenged nation, we have continued to infuse the brains of our own children with deadly mercury, jeopardizing their future mental and emotional wellbeing. At the same time, we give lie to the basic premise underlying this “scientific risk assessment” as the country continues to squander enormous resources via crap corruption or insane battle for meaningless ethnic or even religious superiority.  There are many other critical examples of us naively swallowing camels prescribed by global bodies while straining out the gnats they fastidiously recommend to us. But none could be as serious as this present issue of our response to COVID-19.

Are the lockdowns, school closures, severe restrictions on the economic, social, and even religious spheres, justified in Nigeria (even without any suspension of the Constitution, declaration of state of Emergency, or even just a courteous presidential address)? Perhaps yes, strange times demand strange measures.  However what is clearly suspect are the dimensions and details of implementation which are totally insensitive to local values; and which most likely would render the entire exercise not only meaningless but futile. As we write this, the report came in that the weekly statutory meetings of the Federal Executive Council, meant to review and steer the affairs of the nation, are being suspended indefinitely, because of COVID-19.  This implies that the country is then to be run as in a state of emergency with Mr Boss Mustapha (head of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19) effectively in control – possibly for the next six months!

In the management of a pandemic, time is the critical element.  The two management options available are first, containment - seeking to limit the spread of infection via lockdowns and social restrictions.  The other option is mitigation, when the bulk of the efforts are directed at providing treatment while awaiting the attainment of herd immunity in society.  Obviously both should go on pari passu, but the crucial point is on the relative weights allotted to each effort.  As clearly spelt out by the WHO itself when advising against border closures on account of COVID-19, the containment option ceased to be viable around February 20, from which time it had become more profitable to direct the bulk of efforts to combat the virus at mitigation. Of course, several individual nations, in exercise of their sovereign rights, chose to ignore that particular counsel. Even right now, more nations are still deciding to close their borders as containment efforts.

Our beef with the current measures adopted by Nigeria to fight COVID-19 is mostly in the details and the spirit behind them.

First, the measures generally lack specificity and convey the impression that not much preceding homework had been done.  For instance, most of the lockdowns announced have been “till further notice” without some indications when they might be reviewed.  In most countries clear timelines are courteously announced to the citizens – with reasonable time to quickly adjust.  For instance South Africa announced days ahead, that a 21 day national lockdown would be commencing on Thursday 26th March.    Also in a similar vein, in prescribing limits for the number of people that could publicly gather, the specifics  in the Nigerian measures have been hazy as well as arbitrary.  For instance in Osun State, Christians went to bed on the night of Saturday 21st March with the instructions that they could meet for worship and prayers in groups not exceeding 50; but overnight there was another directive that no meeting at all would be permitted.  A number of Church meetings were subsequently physically disrupted and the buildings locked up on Sunday, based on just a few hours of prior poorly-disseminated notification! Meanwhile the Presidential Task Force as at March 23 still allows gathering of up to 50 people.

The real problem with these non-specificities is that no one is really sure what informed the measures being announced.  For instance what is the basis for pronouncing a flat maximum attendance figure for a cathedral with regular seating capacity of 10,000 and another Church auditorium that could only sit 100?  With such opacity, citizens are not sure the orders are actually meant to achieve any concrete results or to merely create required news items for the global press. Or perhaps, as we are suggesting here, they are actually meant to please some global elites and further their hidden agenda.

Still on the apparent non goal-oriented nature of the lockdowns, it is also difficult to understand the basis for determining which facilities and sectors qualified for “lockdowns”   and which do not.  While Churches and Mosques were prominently cited, markets which in Nigeria tend to have higher human densities were excluded. Some cosmetic attempts were made to regulate commercial transportation systems.  But even without the customary “overloading” of passengers, the proximity between passengers in a commercial car or bus is far less than what could be obtained in a typical Church meeting. On the same confusing note, the Nigeria Railway Corporation reversed itself (probably on orders from above) and announced it will now continue its services even amidst all the stay-at-home orders.  Imagine the bewildering contradiction: folks who just arrived together in a crowded public transportation are not allowed to subsequently sit together, pray and study the Bible even in a more spacious location!  It is difficult for the public to cooperate with measures that clearly are not meant to achieve anything tangible.

Even then, the restrictions announced in Nigeria are still less baffling than the ones being  announced elsewhere.  In Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo with all candour and gravity announced the proscription of any gatherings in Churches and Mosques for four weeks; but in the same speech, could only advise patrons at “shopping malls, restaurants, Night Clubs, hotels and drinking spots” to kindly ensure they practice social distancing! Does this give a hint about where all this is coming from, and where it might be headed in the not too distant future?

Beyond these technical details however is the question of morality in compelling people to stay at home indefinitely when no provision had been put in place to meet their basic needs of food, water, and probably also required prescribed drugs.  In the developed countries where lockdowns were being pronounced, well-established online supply chains exist.  Sad to note that in Nigeria, a good fraction of our people actually need to go and slug it out virtually every day before they can earn the money needed to bring food to the family table.  Compare this with the reports from the UK, Italy, among others, that government will support private employers in paying salaries for workers who have to remain at home in the lockdown.  Self-employed folks also qualify for a one-time grant.  Various other measures of economic bailouts are being announced by several nations to cushion the financial stress on citizens who are being asked to stay at home. Of course, all these have economic implications for the state, as we shall be mentioning later!

Associated with the non-specificity of details in the lockdowns being pronounced in Nigeria, is the absence of specific measurable indicators to judge success or failure of the measures. In fact it was not only till 24th March that considerable number of diagnostic test kits (donated by Jack Ma and Ali Baba) reportedly arrived in Nigeria, buttressing the stories circulating on social media that many people who observed relevant symptoms in themselves and requested for testing were being rebuffed by the responsible authorities.  As the WHO had earlier affirmed, lockdowns without measurable targets are meaningless and cannot be expected to produce any tangible result on the long run.  According to Mike Ryann, WHO Chief Emergency expert: “The danger right now with the lockdowns is that, if we don’t put in place the strong public health measures now, when those movement restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, the danger is the disease will jump back up.”

In our opinion, “lockdowns” would have been more meaningful, understandable, and implementable if based on movement restrictions within specific geographical entities.  Thus, people might be restricted to their cities, wards, boarding schools, and so on; but allowed to interact freely within that sector in other to provide other extremely important social supports as needed.  Several studies have pointed out the immense health and mental hazards that would certainly follow a blanket mass self-isolation policy in society. The limited resources available for testing and identifying infected people could then be more profitably deployed to checking those who wish to exit or enter those set boundaries.

Furthermore, and probably most importantly, the vulnerable population within each lockdown sector should be scrupulously identified and put on strict but supported self-quarantine. This would be a reasonable easy-to-communicate measure, which the populace would then creatively seek to implement within local contexts.  For instance, strict isolation of the elderly has now become the cornerstone of Israeli’s strategy against COVID-19 after the initial efforts at mass containment. In the words of  Israeli Defence Minister, Naftali Bennet, “The most important thing, more than general social distancing, more than testing testing testing, is to separate old people from younger people.”  In Britain, the vulnerable people recommended for self-quarantine has been identified as “people over 60 years of age,” together with younger people with serious health problems (such as asthma, HIV), as well as pregnant women.   According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, "The (National Health Service) will be contacting these people (1.5 million of them) in the coming days urging them to stay at home for a period of at least 12 weeks."  

In the meantime as counselled by WHO’s Mike Ryann, the period of the “lockdowns” should be used to strengthen our healthcare systems all over the nation with facilities for cheap and fast diagnosis of COVID-19 provided across board.  It could also be a great time to help the citizenry cultivate sound hygienic practices such as handwashing, and perhaps that excellent age-long traditional practice whereby the right hand is dedicated for use for interactions with people, and the left hand reserved for handling bio-hazardous objects and for interactions with non-humans. Imbibing these would be of considerable value in curtailing COVID-19 now and promoting sound health thereafter.

In concluding the technical critique segment of this article, we hasten to emphasize again the importance of exercising caution and holistic discernment as we attempt to draw lessons from situations in other times and climes. For example, many have simplistically attempted to justify apparently half-baked measures being proposed today by citing their presumed effectiveness during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19.  However analysts have warned that such comparisons cannot be glibly made, considering the vast differences in clinical profile, severity, biological signs and the level of knowledge between the two pandemics.  Dwelling on the issue of level of knowledge, French historian Rassmussen pointed out that: “At the time of the Spanish flu, people didn’t know the influenza pathogen, and without this knowledge, it wasn’t possible for them to create a vaccine. Scientists did not isolate the particular virus strain that causes influenza in humans until 1933…..we decrypted the RNA of the coronavirus within a few days...”  One has to be very careful to avoid using comparisons that create more fear than illumination.” he warned. https://www.france24.com/en/20200320-how-does-the-coronavirus-compare-to-the-spanish-flu

Similarly, in copying measures successfully being deployed in countries like Israel and the US in their response to COVID-19, we must learn to go the whole hog and begin to value human life in this country, in general terms, and not only when we are under the scrutiny of international radar – as in a global pandemic.  For instance we may ask if it is really appropriate to use the same parameters to assess risks to COVID-19 in Nigeria as is done in Israel, when we currently have  over two million Nigerians living in squalid pitiable conditions  in IDP camps, years after being unlawfully displaced from their homes.  Who is able to convince these people that the government of Nigeria really cares about them!  On the other hand we see from time to time, how sacrosanct the Israeli government considers the life of each of her citizens.  In fact, on one occasion, it swapped over 1,000 enemy prisoners in exchange for one soldier, Gilad Shalit!  One wonders what could have been the condition today, of that young courageous lady, Leah Sharibu, were she to be an Israeli or American citizen.   Risk assessments have to be holistic and comprehensive, not half-measured and haphazard.  All the current razzmatazz of a response to COVID-19 in Nigeria gives the sinking impression that we are again merely being pushed in certain directions by foreign (specifically globalists), interests.

Why, for instance, do we have to wait endlessly for WHO endorsement before deciding that the well-reported treatment regime of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, could be incorporated under appropriate medical supervision for the treatment of COVID-19 in Nigeria, as some other countries (China, France, US) have reasonably decided – in the face of the enormous socio-economic deprivations already being imposed?  According to UN chief, Antonio Guterres: “We are in an unprecedented situation and the normal rules no longer apply.”

Finally, we hasten to warn that the ongoing health issue is only preparing the way for even more gruesome disruptions in the social and economy sectors! While we envisage that the health-related issues will be resolved as mankind generally achieves herd immunity towards COVID-19, possibly in a couple of months from now; we expect the calamitous impact on the global economy to become apparent soon thereafter.  As averred  by UN chief Antonio Guterres, a global economic recession, “perhaps of record dimensions”, is a near certainty.  Coming from the world’s number 1 diplomat, that’s a very heavy statement indeed! And yet, we believe, even that economic fall-out would be a childplay compared with the monumental fall-outs on the social dimension that would conclude the whole process.

One doesn’t need to be a prophet or professor to discern these forthcoming scenarios. The simple open truth is that the major chess game that has been ongoing between globalists and nationalists for a couple of centuries is now heading towards a sure closure.  When ordinarily brilliant people begin to advocate silly unsupportable positions, it is only indicative of some ulterior agenda at work!  Noting how global health authorities are suppressing information about upcoming efficient treatments for COVID-19, Senta Depuydt  penned  a very insightful article on the Children’s Health Defense blog, with the self-explanatory title: Does the Coronavirus Pandemic serve a Global Agenda? The article beautifully summarized the position to which we (ChurchArise!) have been sensitizing the Church in Nigeria for over two decades.   For example an article  in this 2001 newsletter described ongoing desperate moves to push the global government agenda forward, using the Hegelian principle of Thesis (Create a Problem) –  Antithesis (Generate opposition to the problem – fear, panic, hysteria) – and finally Synthesis (Offer THE Solution to the problem).   As we further highlighted severally, (for example see section II of our Book Behold I come Quickly Vol II), apart from Health, other possible instigators of “global problems” that would require “global solution” in the Hegelian scheme are  Environment, Terrorism, and the Economy. 

It is not likely that the globalists would allow to go “waste,” the opportunities currently being offered them by COVID-19.  We believe the process described above is already irreversibly initiated.  The genie is out of the bottle, the hounds have tasted blood. For instance, it is now demonstrated that Churches all over the world (including militant Nigeria), could be politely asked to close indefinitely; and that the general populace could be restrained from social gathering -  even in a democratic dispensation. Clearly, the path to the scenario described in Rev 13:16-17 is opened, and it is only a matter of time (probably a short time) before the man arrives, who would keep “all, both great and small, rich and poor” under absolute economic and social lockdowns on his terms.

Our confidence as a Christian organization however, is that in all these things our God indeed holds all the aces and all things work together for the good of those who love Him. He is master at catching the wicked in their own conceits and He can well use even our mistakes and imperfections to His glory and our ultimate benefits.  We therefore urge everyone reading this to cooperate, as far as they are able, with the policies being rolled out by the government in Nigeria, albeit with keen discernment. Instead of this being a time to worry endlessly, the ongoing lockdowns could provide physical rest for children of God across board. Instead of the closure of church buildings dousing our spiritual fire, this could be a time to step up personal Bible study and strengthen the koinona house fellowship, as in the early Church.

The ultimate loser will be the fellow who refuses to see the cascading evil and fails to safeguard himself appropriately by taking refuge under the sure shadow of the Almighty God (Proverbs 22:3, Psalms 91).  There is room for everyone under His loving wings, and He has promised never to reject anyone who would approach Him with humility and sincerity. As it is written in the Scriptures, “Draw nigh unto God, and He will draw nigh unto you” (James 4:8). I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me]. (John 6:37 Amplified).


Church Arise!
Ile-Ife, 26th March, 2

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Dr. John C. Whitcomb, Coauthor of The Genesis Flood, Passes Away

One of the founding fathers of the Creation Science movement, Dr John Whitcomb returned back home February 5. He was aged 95. We re-post here an obituary written by Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2020/02/05/dr-john-whitcomb-passes-away/
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Dr. John Whitcomb with his wife Norma and friend Dr. Tim LaHaye+


Dr. John Whitcomb, his wife Norma, and Dr. Tim LaHaye visited the Ark Encounter on its opening day in 2016.

In a Facebook post from Whitcomb Ministries, Inc., it was announced this morning that theologian Dr. John Whitcomb, the co-author of The Genesis Flood and a giant in the modern creation movement, “entered into heavenly glory last night in his sleep.” He was 95 years old. While we grieve the loss of this great man, we’re thankful that he is reaping his heavenly reward for his faithful service to his Maker here on earth.

Dr. Whitcomb greatly impacted my life. During my final year of university studies in 1974, I first obtained a copy of his book The Genesis Flood (co-authored with the late Dr. Henry Morris). This book, along with others I had gotten, gave me biblical and scientific answers to those who attacked the record of the flood in Genesis.

This was one of the first books we sold in the ministry that began in our home in Australia in 1977 that eventually became the Answers in Genesis organization that now impacts tens of millions of people a year around the world. It was a book I showed my father, and he was so thrilled to see answers to the objections so many people in the church raised against taking the flood account literally.

There’s no doubt The Genesis Flood has been significantly used by the Lord as part of the foundation of the modern biblical creation movement. This movement is a worldwide one, and I believe it is having a major impact in helping bring a new and very needed Reformation to call the church back to the authority of God’s Word, beginning in Genesis.

I have met numerous people around the world, including pastors, teachers, professors, and others, who told me that it was The Genesis Flood that saved them from the liberal teaching that was undermining God’s Word in Genesis at their seminary, Christian college, or Bible college. I believe such examples are more than we could ever imagine.

I never thought I would one day meet Dr. Whitcomb but was so thrilled to meet this great man of God after we moved to the United States. I do believe he is one of the greatest theologians this world has seen, and we will so miss him. It was so exciting to have Dr. Whitcomb at the dedication of the land for the Creation Museum in 2000. He prayed a dedication prayer that day, and the Lord has greatly blessed this teaching attraction. Dr. Whitcomb also participated in the opening of the Creation Museum in 2007, and the dedication of the land for the Ark Encounter in 2014.
Dr. John Whitcomb Placing Stone+

In 2016, when we opened the Ark Encounter, Dr. Whitcomb, who had agreed to be on the board of directors for this evangelistic attraction, along with the board members of Answers in Genesis, laid one of the stones of the 12-stones memorial in a ceremony before thousands of people. As I said at the time, the Ark was “our 12 stones, to stand as a memorial to remind generations of the truth of God’s Word and the gospel.”

One of our board members shared,
What a giant of the faith. One of the kindest men I ever met. He was an excellent speaker as well. I heard him speak at several churches, maybe 10 – 15 years ago. He will be missed.
Dr. Whitcomb’s legacy lives on through the ministries of Answers in Genesis, the Ark Encounter, and the Creation Museum, impacting millions and millions of people, directly and indirectly, each year. I can honestly say that we at Answers in Genesis stand on the shoulders of great men like Dr. Whitcomb.
I pray God will raise up others to stand on our shoulders now, as this legacy continues to grow and impact the church and culture.
People will look back on this time in history, and just as we think about greats like Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, George Whitfield, and others, they will talk about Dr. Whitcomb. Truly, one of the greats the Lord raised up for a specific time in history for a great purpose to shine the light of God’s Word brightly. He will never be forgotten.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
Ken

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

BOKO HARAM CAVES IN TO LEAH


The news (assumed true) that Leah Sharibu gave birth to a son for a BH commander on Saturday 25th January, was of course heart-dampening. On the surface.

In reality, it is a confirmation of God’s wisdom in working out His divine unsearchable purposes, even in the midst of the worst of tragedies.

The abduction of a young girl by people, nay vicious beasts, with minds warped by sadist indoctrination is great tragedy indeed.  The worst could be expected.

Serial rape followed by butchering is a regular feature in the perverse world of these heartless savages.  Who can lightly forget the rampage at the Federal College of Education Zaria in 2002;  not to mention the dozens of similar incidents, more recently, in villages and hamlets virtually all over the federation ?

That an abducted girl should refuse freedom with her colleagues from the custody of such evil gang is undoubtedly tantamount to courting trouble.  And when the ground for such refusal is based on her religious conviction – the very fundamental issue pushing the abductors to their beastly actions in the first place  – then she must be asking for serious trouble indeed.  Yet, that was what Leah chose. She would not deny her Lord, come rain, come fire! (Rev. 2:13)

It is therefore a miracle and testimony to the wisdom and goodness of God amidst a terrible tragic situation that Leah’s story is taking the current dimensions.  Of course the main reason she was kept alive and treated like a golden goose initially was the humongous ransom Boko Haram hoped to get on her.  A report said the demand was in the region of 100 billion naira!  

When that expectation failed to yield positive dividends, in the resulting tantrums, a frustrated Boko Haram first shot dead two captive moslem girls who were deemed to have apostatised in agreeing to work for the Red Cross; and simultaneously  pronounced a worse fate for Leah: she would become a slave - a sabbiya or sex slave.  As the terrorists explained, it was now “lawful” for them to "do whatever” they wanted with her. For many of us, that was the saddest period in the entire saga.

So, the latest report, is therefore yet a cause for thanksgiving. How?

Despite her reported undiminished commitment to her Lord and Saviour (as reported by some former co-captives), and even when it was clear she wasn’t going to bring in the hoped for huge resources to further the Islamists’ evil agenda, Leah still found sufficient grace in the eyes of the abductors  to be given as a wife to no doubt one of their most competent young men. Looks like the case of Dinah and the young rapist, Shechem!

With a son for a top commander, the commercial value of Leah to BH has plummeted – would you ask someone to come ransom your own “wife” from your custody?  [Not that we consider the supposed marriage as being valid].  And of course, she now qualifies for the best comfort and protection Boko Haram can provide.  At the end of the day, by God’s great wisdom and mercy amidst a very unpalatable situation, we now we have not just a spirit-filled Christian lady residing in enemy territory like the Ark of the LORD, there is a potential Moses being nursed among them, as well as a Commander whose heart is being flooded by Christ’s goodness and witness daily.  Certainly, this story is only just unfolding.

We urge the grieving Church to please cheer up, and watch how these things would further develop as the LORD shows forth His manifold wisdom and counsel even these dying moments of the end time. In the meantime, we must continue to advocate, ever more vigorously , that the Federal government rise for the release of the only girl left behind to Islamic abductors, after finding resources and political will to negotiate and secure the release of 106 other moslem girls (and a boy) in the same cohort!

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“Leah was told to say some Islamic incantations before she would be allowed onto the truck. But she refused. She said, ‘I will never say it because I am not a Muslim.’ They became angry and told her if she wouldn’t denounce Christ, she would remain with them. Still, Leah refused. We watched Leah being left alone with the other members. We kept crying and waving at her ’til the truck vanished.”
https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/one-year-later-leah-sharibu-remains-in-boko-haram-captivity/


When her classmates were released, Leah was able to pass on a message to her mother: 
“My mother, you should not be disturbed. I know it is not easy missing me, but I want to assure you that I am fine where I am. My God, whom we have been praying to with you, is showing Himself mighty in my trying moment. I know your words to me during our morning devotions: that God is very close to people in pain. I am witnessing this now. I am confident that one day I shall see your face again. If not here, then there at the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  https://www.opendoors.org.hk/en/2019/09/31331/




Friday, January 24, 2020

CAN FINALLY WAKES UP: PRESIDENT ADDRESSES FIERY WORLD CONFERENCE 23RD JANUARY 2020

It's gratifying to note that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has finally woken from her stupor, and apparent morbid fear of Islamists and their grand patron, Major General Mohammadu Buhari.
Highlights of the speech personally delivered by the CAN President himself (unlike the one few days earlier through an official) unequivocally include:
CLEAR IDENTIFICATION OF PREVIOUSLY-CONSIDERED UNMENTIONABLE TABOOS.  CLEARLY CALLING A SPADE BY ITS PROPER NAME! SAMPLES:
  • Although their [Islamists] atrocities did not begin today, .... the attacks being witnessed under the current administration are unprecedented."

  • "The Fulani herdsmen were in Aghatu land in Benue State and other predominantly Christian communities; killing and maiming their victims. .......and to add salt to the injury, it was the Federal Government that was justifying the killings of the citizens by accusing some governors of making laws against open grazing. They claimed that the killings were not genocide against Christians but farmers-herders’ clash.

  • President Muhammadu Buhari has not ceased telling us that the criminals are coming from Libya, as though Nigeria shares borders with Libya. As if that were not enough, the Miyetti Allah the Fulani herdsmen have claimed responsibility for the killings and justifying their actions. ......The Federal Government has never deemed it fit to call them to order, but instead insisted that the herdsmen are stakeholders in the country!

  • It is reprehensible and saddening that each time the government comes out to claim the defeat of the insurgency, more killings of our people are committed. In the light of the current developments and the circumstantial facts surrounding the prevailing upsurge of attacks against the church, it will be difficult for us to believe that the Federal Government under the present administration is not colluding with the insurgents to exterminate Christians in Nigeria, bearing in mind the very questionable leadership of the security sector that has been skewed towards a religion and region!

CAN ASKED SOME DIRECT QUESTIONS FROM THE FG:

  • What is the essence of SIM card registration if the authorities cannot use it to track down these killers who rely on phones as a mean of communication to do their criminalities?

  • Can the government tell us what they did since Rev. Andimì cried out to them for help?

AS WELL AS MADE SPECIFIC CLEAR DEMANDS.  SOME OF WHICH INCLUDE:
  • The President should overhaul the security council with a view of bringing in new heads of all the security agencies and the para-military which no religion or part of the country will dominate.

  • The Federal government should either label the Miyetti Allah Fulani Association a terrorist organisation as being regarded in the terror index.
  • The Federal Government should order the arrest of the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Groups in who are sponsoring and perpetuating the crime of Nigeria and prosecute them for all the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau, and Taraba states, among others.
  • The Federal Government should publish names of all kingpins of the terrorists who are in detention and those who are being prosecuted.
  • The Federal Government should stop releasing the so-called repented terrorists since they are reportedly joining their colleagues in the forest to unleash terror on the land.
  • The Federal Government should reverse the recent controversial Police promotion with a view to balancing religious and ethnic divides in the country.

CAN THAT HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN SHY TO EVEN AS MUCH AS AGREE THERE IS PERSECUTION AGAINST CHRISTIANS, NOW BOLDLY AND CLEARLY CALLS FOR EXTERNAL INTERVENTION:
  • We are almost losing hope in the government’s ability to protect Nigerians especially Christians who have become endangered species under its watch. We once again call on the International Community and the developed world like the US, the UK, Germany, Israel and others to please come to our aid of Nigeria, especially, the Nigerian Church so that we might not be eliminated one by one.

AND FOR A BIG CHANGE, CALLED FOR ALL CHRISTIANS TO GO ON PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION ON A SPECIFIED DATE (SUNDAY 2ND FEBRUARY) ALL OVER THE FEDERATION, AFTER A 3 DAY PRAYER AND FASTING
  • The CAN Leadership has declared Friday, 31st January to 2nd February 2020 as days for Special Fasting and Prayer for Nigeria in all churches, home and abroad, for the gruesome killing of innocent Nigerians to stop and for our government to develop the capacity to overcome the criminals troubling the nation. Sunday 2nd February 2020 is declared a Special Prayer Walk by Christians in all the States of the Federation in the form of a procession to be led by States CAN Chairmen in their CAN Secretariats and pastors of churches in all churches in Nigeria.
  • Churches should process round their area, pray for God’s permanent intervention and help from all over the world so that all of us might not be consumed one by one. It appears our government is completely overwhelmed.

Clearly, these are momentous times for the Church.  All Christians must key in to these struggles to free Nigeria into fulfilling her God-ordained glorious destiny for the endtimes.
Praise the LORD!
The Full Speech is reproduced below:
TEXT OF A SPEECH OF THE PRESIDENT, CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN), HIS EMINENCE, DR SAMSON AYOKUNLE AT THE WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON 23 JANUARY, 2020 AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE, ABUJA.
Gentlemen of the Press.
Let me call for a minute silence in honour of all those killed by the Boko Haram terrorists, Fulani herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers in the country.
“If you have ever lost a loved one, then you know exactly how it feels but if you have not, then you cannot possibly imagine it.”
― Lemony Snicket
You are all aware of the gruesome murder of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi, by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, because he refused to be converted to Islam. Although, the group initially demanded for the sum of N50m and, when against all odds, the ransom was ready, they asked for €2m. It was in the process that they reached out to our people in Adamawa State to notify them that since the gentleman had refused to be converted to Islam, they had decided to behead him. And that was what they did. In the same state, just last Sunday, a clergyman, Rev Denis Bagauri was murdered by unknown gunmen in his residence at Mayo Belwa of Adamawa State, all because he was a Christian.
You are also aware of the beheading of 11 Christians by Islamic State in West Africa on Christmas Day of 2019 in Maiduguri including a bride to be.
Few days ago, four seminarians of the Good Shepherd Catholic Seminary in Kakau, were kidnapped along Kaduna-Abuja Road and we have not heard anything about them.
In Kaduna State, the most recent happenings were those of 35 people killed and abduction of 58 persons when bandits raided 10 communities in the Chikun and Birnin Gwari Local Government areas on January 13, 2020. These criminals are everywhere operating with impunity and they have been stopping commercial and private vehicles asking them to come down and telling them to say what their religion is.
Whoever claims to be a Christian is either killed on the spot or abducted and a demand for a ransom issued. Police, Army officers, and even judges are not exempted. This is reprehensible, unacceptable and unprecedented since Nigeria came into being. Christians have become endangered species in their own country!
Nigeria is under a siege orchestrated by the murderous blood-thirsty and criminally- minded Boko Haram terrorists, Fulani terrorist herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers who are all armed to the teeth, dressed in army uniforms, and gradually overwhelming our security agencies. They have been going around invading predominantly Christian villages and towns, killing and maiming our youths and elders, men and women; raping our women and daughters, decapitating children and disemboweling pregnant women, and subjecting people to coldblooded murder.
Although their atrocities did not begin today, it increased with the advent of democracy, which gave birth to the Sharia Law in some Northern states, an outright violation of the 1999 Constitution. However, the attacks being witnessed under the current administration are unprecedented. Today, the killers are unleashing terror on selected Christian communities, while sometimes our security agencies appear to be looking elsewhere. It is usually after the evil has been done that our soldiers and policemen invade the communities and in many instances, the victims are locked up, while the criminals are left untouched.
From 1980-2019, the Stephanos Foundation’s record shows a total of 1,785 attacks in 32 states of the country. This led to the death of not less than 28, 878 innocent people. In 121 Muslim-riots in 19 states, the death of 9, 451 lives were. Also, Boko Haram militant groups were responsible for 701 attacks that claimed 12,812 lives in 15 states. Again, 963 attacks from Fulani Militant groups in 32 states were responsible for 6,615 deaths.
The hoodlums have been in Southern Kaduna for years, where hundreds have been killed including a highly placed traditional ruler. And up till today, no one has been brought to book. Instead, it was those who cried out that were subjected to state harassment. A few suspects arrested were later freed to continue with their atrocities.
The Fulani herdsmen were in Aghatu land in Benue State and other predominantly Christian communities; killing and maiming their victims. Mass burials have become the order of the day and to add salt to the injury, it was the Federal Government that was justifying the killings of the citizens by accusing some governors of making laws against open grazing. They claimed that the killings were not genocide against Christians but farmers-herders’ clash.
President Muhammadu Buhari has not ceased telling us that the criminals are coming from Libya, as though Nigeria shares borders with Libya. As if that were not enough, the Miyetti Allah the Fulani herdsmen have claimed responsibility for the killings and justifying their actions. In other instances, they disown the killers, telling us that there are other herdsmen who are not their members but who also register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
The Federal Government has never deemed it fit to call them to order, but instead insisted that the herdsmen are stakeholders in the country! This emboldens them and their members who are always attacking predominantly Christian communities in Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba and few states in the South like Enugu. As usual, none of these attackers has been brought to justice to end their atrocities with impunity.
These terrorists have not hidden their goal to Islamize Nigeria and that is what they have in common with the Fulani herdsmen. They have turned the North-East geo-political zone, especially, Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe, into killing fields. One of the cardinal programmes of this government is to put to an end the menace of insecurity and terrorism, but that has not been done.
Although the government often claims to have defeated the terrorists, what we are seeing on a daily basis contradicts that claim. Hundreds of our members, including Leah Sharibu and over 120 Chibok girls are still in the custody of these terrorists and the government has not succeeded in releasing them.
We are not disputing the fact that some Muslims have been killed. However, we boldly state here that their primary targets are Christians. The only exceptions are those who are being killed by the bandits in the North-western states like Zamfara and Katsina. In the words of Carrie Jones, “Losing people you love affects you. It is buried inside of you and becomes this big, deep hole of ache. It doesn’t magically go away, even when you stop officially mourning.”
It is reprehensible and saddening that each time the government comes out to claim the defeat of the insurgency, more killings of our people are committed. In the light of the current developments and the circumstantial facts surrounding the prevailing upsurge of attacks against the church, it will be difficult for us to believe that the Federal Government under the present administration is not colluding with the insurgents to exterminate Christians in Nigeria, bearing in mind the very questionable leadership of the security sector that has been skewed towards a religion and region! Is that lop-sidedness not a cover-up for the operation of the insurgency? If not, why couldn’t the well-equipped security agents of Nigeria get Rev Andimi out of the captivity of his killers who held him captive for two weeks?
Please permit me to ask the Federal government the following questions:
• What is the essence of SIM card registration if the authorities cannot use it to track down these killers who rely on phones as a mean of communication to do their criminalities?
• What has become of Intelligence gathering of our security agencies?
• Is this government and the security agencies still claiming that the war against these criminals been won despite all the killings?
• Is the government sincere in fighting these terrorists or merely paying lip service to the war against the insurgency?
• Is there any hope that our security is guaranteed under this government?
• Can the government tell us what they did since Rev. Andimì cried out to them for help?
• If the security agencies claim the terrorists are operating outside the country, why is it possible for these hoodlums to invade the country, kill, maim, burn and kidnap without any convincing checks on the part of the security agencies?
• Since the government and its apologists are claiming the killings have no religious undertones, why are the terrorists and herdsmen targeting the predominantly Christian communities and Christian leaders?
• If the security agencies are not living up to the expectations of the government, why hasn’t it overhauled them with a view of injecting new visionaries into the security system?
As long as the government continues to live in denial and fail to face reality, these criminals will not stop their criminalities. We are almost losing hope in the government’s ability to protect Nigerians especially Christians who have become endangered species under its watch. We once again call on the International Community and the developed world like the US, the UK, Germany, Israel and others to please come to our aid of Nigeria, especially, the Nigerian Church so that we might not be eliminated one by one.
OUR DEMANDS:
• The President should overhaul the security council with a view of bringing in new heads of all the security agencies and the para-military which no religion or part of the country will dominate.
• The Federal government should either label the Miyetti Allah Fulani Association a terrorist organisation as being regarded in the terror index.
• The Federal Government should order the arrest of the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Groups in who are sponsoring and perpetuating the crime of Nigeria and prosecute them for all the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau, and Taraba states, among others.
• The Federal Government should publish names of all kingpins of the terrorists who are in detention and those who are being prosecuted.
• The Federal Government should stop releasing the so-called repented terrorists since they are reportedly joining their colleagues in the forest to unleash terror on the land.
• The Federal Government should reverse the recent controversial Police promotion with a view to balancing religious and ethnic divides in the country.
• The Federal Government should stop sending delegations to all Islamic international organisations and let our Muslim counterparts be doing so as we are doing in all international Christian religious organisations.
• The Federal Government should stop discriminating against our female Youth corps who refuse to wear the NYSC trousers for religious reasons since they allow their Muslim counterparts to wear hijab.
• The victims of the consistent attacks should be assessed and adequately compensated. The victims in various IDPs be provided with adequate security and enough resources for continual survival.
• It is painful and a betrayal to note that the government gives more attention to so-called repentant terrorists than the victims of their evil with the claim that they are being reinstated and rehabilitated, even into the Nigerian Army. This is a major contradiction.
OUR DECISIONS
The CAN Leadership has declared Friday, 31st January to 2nd February 2020 as days for Special Fasting and Prayer for Nigeria in all churches, home and abroad, for the gruesome killing of innocent Nigerians to stop and for our government to develop the capacity to overcome the criminals troubling the nation. Sunday 2nd February 2020 is declared a Special Prayer Walk by Christians in all the States of the Federation in the form of a procession to be led by States CAN Chairmen in their CAN Secretariats and pastors of churches in all churches in Nigeria.
Churches should process round their area, pray for God’s permanent intervention and help from all over the world so that all of us might not be consumed one by one. It appears our government is completely overwhelmed.
The Brutality of Nigerians is happening unabated daily.
All Bloc Leaders, Zonal and States Chairmen, Leaders of Denominations and all Christians and concerned Nigerians should support and come out en-mass for the program.
The Church is matching on and the gate of hell shall not prevail against it!