"Politics are at the center of the story of Jesus. His historical life ended with a political execution," Marcus J. Borg said.
Under its new guidelines, Twitter users who are deemed to have peddled false COVID-19 information will be given a strike.
Five strikes and you are out. Banned. Terminated. Forever.
Something is abundantly clear to anyone who has been surveying the rapid and sudden eradication of our freedoms: muzzles have been securely adhered to the mouths of Christians and conservatives. The ungodly decision makers of America are pouncing on the opportunity the recent global pandemic has provided to silence their dissenters.
Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the media have been agitated into a frenzy. They are unapologetically attempting to play God by eliminating anything that threatens their humanistic utopia.
The Threat of Righteousness
Jesus proved to be such an extreme threat to the religious and political system of his day that they paid Judas 30 pieces of silver. Then the bloodthirsty political mob killed him. They were willing to do whatever needed to be done to shut down the "propaganda" and regain control of the narrative.
They failed. An earthquake, several passed-out soldiers, a displaced boulder and a missing body created a new and greater threat. With the authorities desperate to avoid losing power and influence, the "sleeping" guards, just like Judas, were given a large sum of money to stop the threat. A wicked scheme was put into action, and lies were spread to combat the truth of freedom and righteousness.
The body of Jesus was stolen. His disciples were hallucinating. Any excuse would suffice. Even one of their own, Thomas, doubted anything miraculous happened. Jesus was, as the coroner of the land of Oz might say, not only merely dead; he's really most sincerely dead.
We Are at War
We must understand this isn't about ensuring correct information about COVID is being disseminated. It's about cancelling any and all who promote anything that contradicts the personal beliefs of those who control mass communication.
We have truly entered into a time when crafty propaganda is manipulating the thoughts of millions. Social engineering is alive and well. Refusal to comply with tech leaders' ideologies will result in eradication. Jesus was killed because of his message and influence. Today, Christians and conservatives are being eliminated from social media because of our message and influence. Oh, and don't think that we won't also be killed for our message one day. It's coming, even to America.
The Right to Lie
We must have the right to speak, even to the point of speaking what isn't true. I'm not saying we should lie. We need the right to do so, though, because those who are in control of communication in our nation are determining themselves exactly what qualifies for truth and lies.
So, those who are exchanging truth for lies are unilaterally calling good evil and evil good. This means for us to reveal truth, the right to "lie" becomes indispensable.
Should we not, as free Americans, be allowed to communicate our deeply held beliefs no matter who may disagree? Isn't it an American right to speak of conspiracy theories? Are we no longer allowed to suggest aliens crashed at what is now Area 51? Can we not share our views about the illuminati, the assassination of President Kennedy, Bigfoot or Loch Ness Monster sightings, time travel and other debatable topics? Yes we should be able to talk about aliens.
"If I had to say something positive I guess I'm glad Rush Limbaugh lived long enough to get cancer and die," comedian Paul F. Tompkins said.
Does the left not have a right to spew hatred, lies and filth about the recently deceased Rush Limbaugh? It's called freedom of speech. Truth and lies should be aggressively scrutinized while completely free of restriction.
Any suggestion that the election was stolen has been judged to be an untruth by social media giants. These Goliaths will taunt their enemies and restrict any debate that threatens their points of view. Anyone who is intellectually honest must admit the possibility of election indiscretion. There's no way it can be definitively determined that there was no significant fraud. Yet, today's uncircumcised Philistines overseeing mass communication aren't what you'd call intellectually honest. Their truth is the only truth that matters.
So, whether it's COVID or Trump or masks or riots, many of the messages that conservatives and Christians are communicating have been determined to be lies, and subsequently erased from social media. Therefore, we absolutely must support the right to lie. Again, not that we intend to lie, but we do intend to say things they would consider lies. If we don't, it's five strikes, and we are out.
The Gospel to Be Cancelled Next?
Truthfully, much of the Gospel has already been cancelled. Just as cultural leaders frantically attempted to modify the truth of the resurrection before it reached the whole of society, the truth of Scripture is being rewritten to meet the strict guidelines of today's censors.
In fact, the Bible has already been censored or outright outlawed in many places around the world. The living truth it contains is as threatening today as it was to the religious and political leaders 2,000 years ago.
If the Word of God deals with hot topics such as homosexuality in a manner that runs contrary to today's intellectually awakened humanistic gurus, it's cancelled. Not only cancelled, but whoever embraces what the Bible teaches can have their lives destroyed by today's woke mob.
When love speech is called hate speech simply because people are radically resistant to the type of love the Bible reveals, you know we are in trouble as a nation. God and his methods are not only being rejected wholesale in today's ungodly American culture, but those who have decided to follow Jesus are shamed, despised, ridiculed, hated and cancelled.
We shouldn't be surprised. The Bible we believe and the God we serve have made it clear this would happen. Sadly, if things don't change now, it's only going to get worse.
"The brother will deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child. And the children will rise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all men for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved" (Matt. 10:21–22).
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John Burton is a sought-out teacher, prophetic messenger and revivalist. He has authored ten books, is a regular contributor to Charisma Magazine, and directed one of the primary internships at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. He has planted two churches and has initiated two city prayer movements and a school of ministry.
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John Burton has been developing and leading ministries for over 25 years and is a sought out teacher, prophetic messenger and revivalist. John has authored ten books, is a regular contributor to Charisma Magazine, has appeared on Christian television and radio and directed one of the primary internships at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City. A large and growing library of audio and video teachings, articles, books and other resources can be found on his website at www.burton.tv. John, his wife Amy and their five children live in Branson, Missouri.
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