A Fearless Church

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

If we are fearful over something that kills 0.03% of people then I tremble at the thought of what will happen when the National Sunday Law comes. I don’t think that we as a Church will all of a sudden gain any new resolve or muscles or confidence when the threat becomes 10% or 20%.

But let’s not focus on the data and what the health people are saying.

Church folk were doing little before the pandemic, and now do I think we’ll do more after it? I pray so, but I fear it will be directed towards areas that won’t make the Church grow but stagnant in it’s complacency and misdirected along with the rest of society.

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Millions Will Die – Open Up America

Someone asked me if Jesus would support the saving of one life for unusually high unemployment numbers for a temporary amount of time, after much thought, I don’t think He would. Jesus would understand the economy and how value is created and how millions of lives are depending upon the economy being open.

“We cannot let the Cure be worse than the Virus” is something that the President of the United States said, but on closer inspection….is that true? Does it affect something more than Government Expansion and the suspension of our rights?

On this episode I explore how millions of people are projected to die as a result of governments around the world shutting down as a response to the Wuhan Coronavirus. There are hundreds of thousands of more deaths of children that will result from the economies of the world being shut down, many many times more than are projected to be killed due to the plague.

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Stand Up For What You Believe In

In the past, my pastor would say something that was just a little bit too liberal or factually incorrect or incoherent and I would just say “This isn’t the main point of the message” and ignore it. But today he made a number of statements where I knew it was wrong. And usually I would talk to him about it after the sermon. And I take notes of nearly every sermon I hear from people because I actually enjoy how preachers put together their sermons.

But today something different happened. Pastor made the claim that the story of Ruth had some racism in it. Then he made the claim that because the majority of people affected by the coronavirus have been black in Detroit, it was due to RACISM.

IF it was acceptable in Church to stand up and say “Hey now pastor how did you come to that conclusion?” I would.

But this is Zoom.

And the social norms for Church on Zoom haven’t been. Set in stone yet!

So I used the chat to say that it’s because of co factors that black people are affected more. Not because of government or Trump. (He didn’t say Trump but the implication is that Trump is a racist)

It’s because black people and other minorities tend to have worse health outcomes due to cultural factors1. We have more Asthma and COPD. We tend to use food as confront and become obese.

As Adventists, we know how to fix these things.

We know what God desires for us to eat and how to get there.

The Health Message should be preached in our circles.

And even though I’m not a big fan of it, I do know that it’s the right arm of the Gospel! When you heal someone physically, they are MUCH more open to be healed spiritually.

I got texts saying that it was distracting from the sermon. I recognize this.

I also recognize that injecting politics, ESPECIALLY bad politics that reinforces the majority viewpoint in sermons is DISTRACTING.

And what is sad is that I get texts saying “you’re right Spencer” and these people don’t speak up.

It’s like being a Christian or a Republican at work. You are there. Others like you are there. But it’s the Atheists and the Democrats who are “Allowed” to speak their mind freely at work about subjects without any type of backlash. It’s like assumed almost. But most people are too afraid to speak up because they don’t want to be labeled or outed.

But I’m not most people.

I’m Spencer.

And I speak my mind regardless of how much of your feelings it hurts (unless you’re not a Christian and I’m trying to get you to see Jesus in a redemptive manner, then I do care about how you feel)

And I not only speak it, I invite debate. Discussion. Opportunity for anyone to point out how I’m wrong. Because when we openly talk about how we feel and see the world then we can get more data and make better choices. This is a great thing to do at work because then the organization moves quicker and more effectively and is not weighted down by unnecessary baggage, and when you’re working with people and everyone is on the same page, you tend to do better even if everyone is not in agreement.

But if we in the Church are afraid of speaking up, then what are we going to do when the National Sunday Law comes?

When the Churches are Closed?

When the majority takes away rights from then minority?

When they make guns illegal?

When they take your business?

Are we then going to go out and protest? To try to explain to people things when we didn’t develop that muscle earlier when times were good?

Why isn’t the Church doing anything about the hundreds of thousands of people murdered by Planned Parenthood? Who has and will kill many more times than this virus ever did.

A growing majorly of young people are not believing in Free Speech.

Let that not be counted among Seventh-Day Adventists.

Our message of Protest has to live strong among us. We have to be a people who can debate and effectively argue for what we believe in and WHY we believe it. We are PROTESTANTS we should be the Kings of Speaking UP and Speaking OUT! A Protestant is one who protests against the Roman Catholic Church. This means that we are by nature going to be disagreeing with people.

When our boss wants us to work on Sabbath we have to say NO! And we have to be persuasive about it!

Some say that I’m fanatical,
Some say that they don’t like the way I communicate.
Some say that we can’t be offensive.

That if China disagrees then we should comply for the sake of not hurting others feelings.

I’m not going to abuse the chat feature on Zoom but if they turn it off then I’m going to point out that this is what leftist ideology does and we need to root it out of our Churches.

I’m not a go along to get along kind of guy and maybe that is a fault of mine.

But I’m going to stand at the watchtower and point out enemies both foreign and domestic, in Love.

References:
1. Egede L. E. (2006). Race, ethnicity, culture, and disparities in health care. Journal of general internal medicine, 21(6), 667–669. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.0512.x

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Las Vegas Mayor Goodman vs Anderson Cooper

The Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman (I) wants to reopen Las Vegas in a Clean way while Anderson Cooper clearly thinks that is a bad idea. Anderson Cooper thinks that the Mayor doesn’t care about the 150 dead in her city and is more geared toward the “Casino Owners” than the people of her city. Mayor Goodman is clearly trying to make the best of the situation and did not expect to be in the lions den. Does she make a good point? At what point is it okay for California and Las Vegas to begin opening up from a Pandemic that we did not think was as bad as first reported?

Watch her interview here: On YouTube

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Misdirection

At some point, somebody, somewhere will say that we should have a mark that distinguishes people from each other that will affect how we worship.

Is the “Herd Mentality” caused by the COVID-19 Corona-virus Pandemic shifting peoples attitudes in a way to prepare the way for the Mark of the Beast?

My Pastor, Ira Barksdale presents his view of how the changes in our political and economic arena has affected the suppression of our people.

Why can’t people simply follow the directions the government is giving to how we worship?

How does Socialism/The Collective relate to Worship?

Is Freedom a Uniquely Christian Value?

Is it Ethical for Christians to meet during the time of a pandemic?

How should Christians value their life?

How Important is Prayer?

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Out of Bread: Socialized Healthcare with the Wuhan Flu?

Wuhan Flu Part 2: Socialism vs Capitalism and Healthcare.

The Chinese Wuhan Virus has caused people to run to the store to buy things like Bread and Toilet Paper. When stores run out of these things, it causes one to wonder…what would happen if we lived in a socialized society? This episode takes the current pandemic and talks through what would happen if we lived under a socialized society in which the profits of the healthcare system were controlled by the government via heavy taxation. Bernie Sanders wants to take profits away from people and corporations and give control of it to the government. Could that work? How about we take that same model and apply it to something as simple as Bread?

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Wuhan Virus: Big Government And Religious Liberty

Aaron Bandler (@bandlersbanter) a writer for the Jewish Journal on antisemitism and Justin Wilson from the Adventist Hermes talk with Spencer about:

  • Is it racist for saying the Virus came from China?
  • Was the Corona Virus Manufactured by Globalist and Released in China?
  • Did the Chinese create the Virus?
  • How does the Virus affect Trump? Is he to blame for the situation in the United States?
  • Is the Corona Virus leading up to the New World Order?
  • How should conservatives think about the expansion of Government under a pandemic?
  • Is it the job of the Federal Government to protect its Citizens from Foreign Diseases?
  • Is the Government doing things behind the scenes in order to gain more power?
  • Was Closing off the Nation’s Borders a Good Thing?
  • Is this just a preparation for an EMP or a Bomb to measure how Americans will react to a larger crisis?
  • Should the Government have the power to tell people not to go to Church due to public Health?
  • Does the Separation of Church and State still apply during a pandemic?
  • When Martial Law Hits, Is the Constitution Irrelevant?

How should conservatives, and religious people, think about whats going on? Does my right to worship end when fear abounds? Where do we draw the line?

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Does Conservatism Require Belief In God?

I have two good friends
Each different in their own way.

We both come together at Turning Point USA Student Action Summit and we talked about a very key question:

Does Conservatism Require Belief In God?

If you talk to most atheists, they are coming from the Left. That’s normal and expected. What isn’t expected is an atheists who claims to be conservative.
Does that make sense?
Thomas is my friend who is an Atheist. He is perhaps my ONLY friend who is an Atheist who claims to be conservative.
So we define these terms in this podcast episode of Eyes of Reason!

We cover the following Major Questions!

  • Are Atheists Hijacking the Conservative Movement?
  • Can Atheists Be apart of the Republican Party?
  • Why do Atheists believe that Abortion is Wrong?
  • Does Atheism Produce Leftism?
  • When TPUSA has people up on stage who may be Atheists, or Gay, should they be faulted for it?
  • Is it possible to have freedom FROM religion?
  • Are Atheists and Conservatives Allies?
  • Is there an Objective standard of Morality?
  • Could we call TPUSA A Conservative Organization?
  • Is Libertarian ideology taking over the Conservative Movement?

This was at TPUSA’s Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach Florida, December 2019.

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Hanukkah: Be The Wall

Yitz Tendler the Co-Founder/Director of Young Jewish Conservatives,  speaks at TPUSA’s Student Action Summit 2019 on Sabbath in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Hanukkah is sui generis (one of a kind) as a Jewish Holiday. Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Greeks. It is also known as the Festival of Lights. Continue reading Hanukkah: Be The Wall

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Avoid Collectivism

A lady at the State of the Union watch party said that she was about to curse after seeing Nancy Pelosi With that look on her face. I then said to her that we must Love our enemies. She then told me that it was hard.

Now I’m not a fan of the Democrats. I don’t like their support for #Abortion, their denial of God, their wanting to grow government to take over people’s lives and choice. I have many things to say about them.

But what we must do is to not fall into the idea of collectivism. One of the main differences between the Left and the Right is that the Left sees group identity as more important than individual identity. They see the world as black, white, gay, female, Democrat and Republican.
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