An American Housewife In Syria

April 7, 2018

This 85 minute video presentation sets the record straight and corrects the fake news of CNN.

https://bit.ly/2IAOgid

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Christianity in Syria vs Christianity in “Rebel” Held Areas of Syria

April 3, 2018

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By: Janice Kortkamp

Date: March 25, 2018

On this Palm Sunday for western churches, allow me to compare and contrast Christianity in Syria vs Christianity in US-backed “rebel” held areas of Syria.

Some of these pics are from my own travels around Syria the past two years.

READ more about how Syria protects Christians. Did you know the head of Parliament is a Christian? The photos are awesome, too!


Militarism and Easter

April 1, 2018

[Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. I liked the following essay by Laurence Vance which I think is quite illuminating for many Christians. Also, don’t forget to view the War Prayer video which is especially relevant today. MW]

On this Good Friday, Christians are focused on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as a propitiation for the sins of the world. But on every other day of the year (expect perhaps Christmas), many Christians are focused on some other people in the Bible.

The Bible on several occasions likens a Christian to a soldier (Philippians 2:25, 2 Timothy 2:3, Philemon 2). As soldiers, Christians are admonished to “put on the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11). The Apostle Paul, who himself said: “I have fought a good fight” (2 Timothy 4:7), told a young minister to “war a good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18).

But it does not follow, as some Christians think, that because Christians are likened to soldiers in the New Testament that it is okay for a Christian to join the U.S. military and bomb, maim, kill, and destroy for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Because aggression, violence, and bloodshed are contrary to the very nature of Christianity, it is sin, the world, the flesh, and the devil that the Christian soldier fights against. The weapons of his warfare are not carnal (1 Corinthians 10:4). He wears “the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14), not a military uniform. His loins are girt about with truth (Ephesians 6:14), not an ammunition belt. His feet are shod with “the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15), not army boots. His shield is “the shield of faith” (Ephesians 6:16), not an armored personnel carrier. He wears “the helmet of salvation” (Ephesians 6:17), not a flight helmet. His sword is “the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17), not an M-16.

The New Testament admonishes Christians to not avenge themselves (Romans 12:19), to do good to all men (Galatians 6:10), to live peaceably with all men (Romans 12:18), and to not render evil for evil (Romans 12:17). There is nothing in the New Testament from which to draw the conclusion that maiming, killing, destroying property, and making widows and orphans is somehow sanctified if it is done in a military uniform or in the name of the state.

Yet, some people—mainly Christian armchair warriors, Christian Coalition moralists, evangelical warvangelicals, Catholic just war theorists, reich-wing Christian nationalists, theocon Values Voters, imperial Christians, religious American exceptionalists, religious military exceptionalists, Red-State Christian fascists, pro-lifers for mass murder, bloodthirsty Christian conservatives, God and country Christian bumpkins, [Christian Zionists], Religious Rightists, and Christians who wear American flag lapel pins in the shape of a cross—still try to justify the actions of Christian U.S. soldiers because, after all, soldiers aren’t condemned in the New Testament. Yes, just like slave owners aren’t.

After reading and hearing scores of Christian apologists for the military over the past ten years defend the role of Christians in the military who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, I have come to the conclusion that they have all drunk from the same corrupt spring. And one of their favorite drinks is the insidious cocktail of “soldiers aren’t condemned in the New Testament.”

Their flawed, illogical reasoning is as follows:

Cornelius the centurion was a just man that feared God—so it is okay for a Christian to join the U.S. military and bomb, maim, kill, and destroy for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A soldier of Cornelius is said to be devout—so it is okay for a Christian to join the U.S. military and bomb, maim, kill, and destroy for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Apostle Paul never instructed Christians to not join the military—so it is okay for a Christian to join the U.S. military and bomb, maim, kill, and destroy for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan.

John the Baptist didn’t tell the soldiers that came to him to leave the military—so it is okay for a Christian to join the U.S. military and bomb, maim, kill, and destroy for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jesus Christ marveled at the faith of a centurion—so it is okay for a Christian to join the U.S. military and bomb, maim, kill, and destroy for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Why would any Christian, unless he had some agenda, unless he subscribed to military exceptionalism, unless he was an apologist for the military, use the fact that soldiers aren’t condemned in the New Testament to justify the actions of Christians in today’s U.S. military?

There are some other soldiers in the New Testament that aren’t condemned either. Yet, no Christian ever appeals to them to justify anything. These soldiers are strippers, smiters, mockers, spitters, gamblers, thieves, liars, scourgers, bribe takers, assaulters, mutilators, and crucifiers.

Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. (Matthew 27:26-35)

And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. (Matthew 28:12-15)

The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. (John 19:31-34)

Although Christ forgave the soldiers who crucified him, no one would ever reason from this that it is okay for a Christian to join the U.S. military and bomb, maim, kill, and destroy for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, the lesson here is just the opposite. Because you never know what you might be told to do in the military, because you never know which country you might have to invade, because you never know which country you might have to bomb, because you never know which country you might have to occupy, because you never know who the enemy might be next week, because you never know whom you might have to kill—the best thing for a Christian to do is to stay out of the military in the first place.

Originally posted on LewRockwell.com.


Famous Saints’ Prophecies About the Future of Russia

March 25, 2018

This article originally appeared on a new site about the Christian renaissance in Russia, called Russian Faith.

Their introductory video is at end of this article.


St. Anatole the Younger of Optina (1917) 

“There will be a storm. And the Russian ship will be smashed to pieces. But people can be saved even on splinters and fragments. And not everyone will perish. One must pray, everyone must repent and pray fervently. And what happens after a storm?

…There will be a calm.’

At this everyone said: ‘But there is no more ship, it is shattered to pieces; it has perished, everything has perished.’

‘It is not so,’ said Batiushka. ‘A great miracle of God will be manifested. And all the splinters and fragments, by the will of God and His power, will come together and be united, and the ship will be rebuilt in its beauty and will go on its own way as foreordained by God.

And this will be a miracle evident to everyone.” [Orthodox Russia, 1970, no. 1, p. 9].

Read MORE at Russia Insider

 


It’s Time to Drop the Jew Taboo

March 22, 2018
Original source here

5000 words.

(The paintings used as illustrations in this article are taken from the website of Ilya Glazunov and can be seen full-size in HD here and here. Russia Insider published a long profile of him and his work in 2016. Much of his work, both paintings and books, dealt extensively with the Jewish role in Russian history.)


A Jewish bolshevik shutting down an Easter midnight service. Detail
from a larger monumental painting from 1999 by Ilya Glazunov.
(Click for full image)

Article updates:

#1:  Here is a very good discussion of this article and its significance on Richard Spencer’s weekly audio roundtable podcast ‘AltRight Politics‘ from January 18, 2018.

#2: (Jan 20, 2018) An excellent translation of the article into Russian has been done by volunteers, and it has been published on several large Russian sites, most prominently on Perevodika.ru, where it had about 30,000 views within a few weeks.

#3:  (March 8, 2018)  Important Announcement: Since its appearance, this article has caused an uproar. It has been republished dozens of times in both English and Russian, gotten over 350,000 views, and several articles have been written about it, both criticizing and supporting it, in roughly equal measure. It continues to be read actively. The almost 2000 comments below are extraordinary in their length, and run to hundreds of pages of text, 20 or 30 times the length of the article itself. They are 90% supportive.

Since announcing this editorial policy, we has published some 40 articles under our new rubric: ‘The Jewish Question‘, which has again, generated 100s of 1000s of views, and 1000s of comments. We have a large backlog of articles which we will be publishing over the coming months – there is an enormous supply of top quality material, more than we can publish.

I have been inundated with letters of encouragement and support, donations, and many submissions. Thanks to all! I’m glad so many people agree with my decision.

If you want to help: Please provide your email address in the form below. It is the only reliable way to reach you, because we are being muted on the Google search, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. I will be reaching out to supporters in the coming months to raise funds and support to produce more high quality journalism on this issue.

If you aren’t intimidated by the bullying, and agree with me that it is time to speak out on this crucial issue, then please sign up!

READ the full article here.


The Russian Spy Poisoning Scam

March 18, 2018

Original source: Real Jew News
Interview With Archbishop Gabriel
By Brother Nathanael Kapner March 15, 2018 ©
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Archbishop Gabriel, born in 1961, serves as the Bishop of Canada with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR).

Upon graduating from Holy Trinity Seminary in New York in 1984, he became an instructor of Russian culture at the Seminary until 1989.

After serving as an assistant to his superiors, he was ordained as a hieromonk and soon consecrated as a bishop in 1996.

Steeped in the history and culture of Russia, Archbishop Gabriel speaks with authority on the religio-political scenario of that nation of which he and his peers call “Holy Russia.”

His “Monarchy Must Come To Russia” reveals a penetrating perspective on world events.
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Brother Nathanael: What do you make of Britain accusing Russia of poisoning the Russian double-spy Sergei Skripal?

Archbishop Gabriel: It’s a circus, another attempt of the West to sully Russia as a rogue state.

And it’s no coincidence that the accusation comes within a week of the Russian elections, which would lead any thinking person to the conclusion that ‘conspiracy theories’ are alive and well. Surely, this is a prime example of a ‘conspiracy’ to demonize Russia and to slap on more sanctions.

Br Nathanael: Why is it significant that the accusation comes on the eve of the elections?

Abp Gabriel: The West will try anything, even far-fetched scenarios, to discredit Putin before his own electorate.

And now that the Olympics are over, of which the Ukrainian agitations were a strategic disrupting influence, the West needs to go to the next stage to discredit Putin and Russia.

So with the new ridiculous and absurd allegation of Russia being behind the poisoning, we can see another attempt to derail the next big sporting event, the World Cup which is being staged in Russia, where there will be even more viewers than the Olympics.

One can imagine what the West fears the most is a successful World Cup being held in Russia with Putin as President which would only enhance his prestige. They would loathe seeing this, so they have planned this ‘conspiracy’ in part.

Br Nathanael: What are your thoughts about the British Royal Family now announcing, as a result of the accusation, of not attending the World Cup?

Abp Gabriel: I don’t think it will upset anyone in Russia.

However, it would’ve been more significant for the members of the Royal Family to come to a more meaningful event planned in Russia this year, and that is the 100th Anniversary of the murder of the Russian Royal Family.

And this is given the fact that the Czar and the Empress are direct relatives of Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and his son.

The irony is that this tragic event, being marked in the town where the Royal Family was killed, Ekaterinburg, will be one of the host cities of the World Cup.

I find it disconcerting that the members of the Royal Family were planning to attend the World Cup of soccer, but apparently had no plans to attend a more poignant event, the 100th Anniversary of the murder of their own relatives.

Br Nathanael: Will the accusation affect the upcoming elections?

Abp Gabriel: No. The more the West tries to demonize Putin the more popular he gets. Those who may have planned to stay home will now rally and run to the voting booths.

It’s similar to the sanctions. The more sanctions the West piles on Russia the stronger Russia gets economically.

What the sanctions have actually done has strengthened Russia’s resolve and has created a more self-sufficient Russia, especially in the agricultural sphere where it was dependent on imports.

Br Nathanael: On what basis is Teresa May blaming Russia for the poisoning?

Abp Gabriel: She accuses Russia of using a military grade nerve agent that’s part of a chemical weapons group known as “Novichok,” that is, “новичок,” meaning, “newcomer.”

Despite Russia’s request to be given a sample, Britain has categorically denied its request, as it did in previous poisonings, like the Litvenenko case, which raises a red flag.

Even if Britain can provide it, it still doesn’t prove it’s of Russian origin since facilities in America and Britain have the potential to make it as well.

So either May is concocting as ‘proof’ that this alleged Russian nerve gas was used, or they have some mock specimens of Novichok at its bio-weapons Porton Down lab, located not far from the poisoning, which raises a whole host of questions.

Br Nathanael: Like what?

Abp Gabriel: Cui bono? Certainly not Russia whose world standing is under constant scrutiny and attack.

The poisoning could have been a ‘false flag’ carried out by the MI6, or any other foreign agency with an interest in discrediting Russia.

Or, it could be members of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi nationalist gang called the Right Sector who would love nothing better than to see Russia discredited in such a way.

And today we learned of a special session of the UN where the usual suspects all jumped in with their accusations without seeing or asking for any proof.

This is called presumption of guilt minus any evidence. It’s like the old KKK lynchings–simply because a man was black he was guilty.

Br Nathanael: What do you make of Teresa May expelling 23 Russian diplomats and calling them ‘undercover’ agents?

Abp Gabriel: It’s yet another pathetic effort to retaliate against an unproven, hyped-up, so-called ‘crime’ allegedly committed by Russia. These kinds of things always backfire, while at the same time, it makes the accusing country look foolish.

What’s missing in all of this is objective journalism, not the kind that we see on CNN and the entire major Western networks where you only hear the accusations but never the Russia side.

It’s a pitiful state of affairs. Even Putin’s press secretary, Dmitri Peskov, when responding to the accusations, told reporters, “Stay clear-headed, stay sober, do not succumb to emotions and lies.”

Br Nathanael: The Western press points to Putin as responsible for the poisoning of Skripal. Is this feasible?

Abp Gabriel: It would be absolutely hair-brained of Putin to do something like this. He has an election coming up and he would not want to jeopardize his standing by fouling the air.

Look. If Putin wanted to eliminate Skripal he would have done it when he was thrown in jail for high treason back in 2004.

Putin had until 2010 to finish him off, but instead, viewing Skripal as a ’second rate,’ swapped him for some Russians arrested by the FBI as alleged spies.

This is why Russia should be considered one of the last to be culpable in this whole affair because they have the least to gain.

Of course, it’s the West with the most to gain, with constant demonizing pushing with relentless pressure…they don’t take the foot off the pedal.

Br Nathanael: The Western Press says nothing happens in Russia or by Russians unless Putin gives the order. Does Putin have this kind of dictatorial power?

Abp Gabriel: This is absurd. There’s no way one man can control some 145 million people who comprise the population of Russia given today’s global environment.

Russia is not a Stalinist country, it’s free. The people are very vocal in expressing their opinions publicly, and even have television and radio stations that openly criticize Putin and glorify the West.

No one touches these stations in spite of all the accusations that Putin is a ‘dictator.’ There’s a lot more diversity in the Russian media, both nationally and privately owned, than in the biased West. The press in the West is totally one-sided. Unbiased coverage in the West doesn’t exist.

Even Putin admitted in the interview with Megyn Kelly that his own press secretary, Dmitri Peskov, said some things on TV that surprised him. “Where did Peskov get that?” Putin voiced out loud.

He added that it would be impossible for him to control all the things different government officials say nor would he want to.

If Putin was such a dictator who allows no competition, why out of the seven candidates running against him, are there at least two who are undeniably anti-Putin in their policies and presentations, this would be Xenia Sobchak and Gregory Yavlinsky. Evidently, there is more political diversity in Russia than in the US.

Br Nathanael: What can we expect after this?

Abp Gabriel: The UK and its Western partners will continue to find ways to demonize Russia and accuse it of similar things.

Yes, derailing a successful World Cup seen by billions is on their agenda, but perhaps more importantly–I say this in reference to one of our earlier interviews–that this is political déjà vu all over again.

One hundred years ago, when Russia was poised to be a World Super Power by 1930, which was projected by the interior minister, Peter Stolypin, who said in 1909 that if Russia was able to live through twenty years of peace, it would grow into the most powerful country in the world, economically, militarily, and in every sphere.

But that was not to be. WW I, and the Revolution, of which the West no doubt had its hand in because it feared a strong, Orthodox Christian Russia, with the Czar at its head.

And now, one hundred years later, we have the same scenario, a rejuvenated Russia, with a strong leader who supports the rebirth of the Orthodox Church, which is poised again to be, not an atheist power, like in the Soviet Era, but a Christian power, the only country that defends Christian teaching, morals, and values.

This, for the dark powers attempting to create their own world order, is the most fearsome thing of all.

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Palestinian Pastor Challenges Southern Baptist Leaders on Jerusalem Move

February 20, 2018

Jamal Bishara, is a deeply respected, Southern Baptist pastor who disagrees with the predominant Christian Zionist, dispensational, theological tenets of the Southern Baptist Convention. Perhaps the most un-Christ like among those deeply held beliefs is the notion that modern-day Israel is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. And, that saying or doing anything against Israel, constitutes a sin against God, and, will somehow, disrupt the end times scenario that Christian Zionists cling to, so dearly. In this article from the Baptist Press, the reactions of  various Southern Baptists to the announcement by President Trump that the US Embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem, are covered. It’s interesting to note that Pastor Jamal is a citizen of Israel and a Palestinian, but is referred to as an Arab Israeli. We have interviewed Pastor Jamal, see: “Palestinian Pastor Confronts his Fellow Southern Baptist Church Leaders.” Also, see: “Southern Baptists Reject Plea By Palestinian Pastor.” [Ed.-TEC]

 


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