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The Satanic Nature of the Global Elite, a Christian View

This lives up to its title.  There is a way to understand our word.  It is not easy, but it is possible.  Study people, the right people.  A lot of important questions related to our state.  Man has come up with a lot of dangerous ideas and now he is trying to manage them to a devious selfish godless end.  Is starvation a war tactic?  Will God leave us here to die?  I don’t know; have you been sitting or standing the last few days? I’m sure the elite put a limited time offer on viewing this material.

Roosh uses this stream to introduce his audience to Dyer’s work. Dyer is a popular YouTuber who specializes on manifestations of the occult in American popular culture, especially Hollywood, and Christian apologetics, i.e. arguments that Christianity is true.

One of the reasons it is a good conversation is that both Roosh and Dyer are serious Orthodox Christians, and Roosh is able to ask the right questions to bring out this aspect of Dyer’s work.
The last half of this 2.5 hour stream is devoted to Roosh asking Dyer about his Christian faith and how he came to Orthodoxy, and they discuss Orthodoxy’s merits compared to other Christian denominations. Dyer is Russian Orthodox, converted from Protestantism by way of Trad Catholic, and Roosh is Armenian Orthodox.

The last half hour is devoted to answering viewers’ questions during the live stream, and it is interesting that most of them were about Christianity.

Roosh is a well-known figure from the so-called ‘Manosphere’ who has embraced Christianity over the last two years. Both of these YouTubers have large audiences because they are smart and interesting. You can see Dyer’s recent videos on YouTube here.

Highly recommended.
Seen on 2020-05-12 22:42:26

Truth to Power

The Virus That Afflicts Us Also Afflicts Them

I have told you, maybe more often than you would like to hear, but I am an optimist. I look upon the future from where we stand and I see spring and greenery. We may need to go through a fall and a winter to get there, but spring is coming. It is not coming to stay, but it is coming. It may not be necessarily in our lifetime, but I believe it is coming. It will not mean the elimination of contention, but it is coming. We will fight and we will struggle, but spring is on its way. A spring like the Founders of this country looked upon. A spring that produced a harvest that our fathers reaped abundance. Those seeds that were planted 200 years ago are abundant. They have not rotted. They can be planted today. They can sprout and grow. There is good reason to put your hand to the plow and expect a harvest. The nature of life and God above stand ready.

That being said let it all be set aside for the moment. The virus that afflicts us also afflicts the wicked. If it concerns us, it concerns the evil one. If it strikes us down it also strikes them down. It shows no partiality. As I said before, God is moving the furniture on this planet. His purposes continue to be established. I (I will have you know) want to be in the center of all of that. His judgment has yet to come upon this earth. We have yet to declare, “peace and safety.” Our time has not yet come. God can thwart evil as well as let it thrive.

Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3

Psalms 10 is A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked. Will you pray it with me? Will you hate evil and love righteousness?

Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?

Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?

In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted;

Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire,

And the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord.

The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him.

All his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

His ways prosper at all times;

Your judgments are on high, out of his sight;

As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.

He says to himself, “I will not be moved;

Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity.”

His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression;

Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.

He sits in the lurking places of the villages;

In the hiding places he kills the innocent;

His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.

He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair;

He lurks to catch the afflicted;

He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.

He crouches, he bows down,

And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.

He says to himself, “God has forgotten;

He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”


Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up Your hand.

Do not forget the afflicted.

Why has the wicked spurned God?

He has said to himself, “You will not require it.”

You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand.

The unfortunate commits himself to You;

You have been the helper of the orphan.

Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,

Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

The Lord is King forever and ever;

Nations have perished from His land.

O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;

You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear

To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,

So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.


While preparing this I could not help withholding a beautiful illustration of the battle we are in. It reminds me of Isaiah 5:20.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;

Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;

Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

I was looking for some synonyms for the word “wicked.” This is what appeared.

Play This Song At My Funeral

I just finished watching Maidentrip last night. It was the third in a series of stories of great accomplishments by people who dreamed.

This riveting documentary chronicles the life and adventures of 14-year-old Laura Dekker, who set out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a yearlong battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura explores the world in search of freedom and adventure.

I realized as Laura approached the Cape of Good Hope how much this young girl had accomplished by following her dream.  Many times what I will ever experience and yet she was only 15!  In that light I looked upon my own accomplishments and realized how short I have come to my own standards. When I turned 50 I vowed to pick up the pace. That was nine years ago. I don’t know that my pace has really changed.

This reminds me of this parable that Jesus taught His disciples. He warned them, in a back handed way, against laziness and negligence. He told them what a worthless life consists of.

Matthew 25:14-30

Parable of the Talents

“For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. “To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. “Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. “In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. “But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

“Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. “The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

“Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

“And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. ‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’

“But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. ‘Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. ‘Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’

“For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. “Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Last night a friend of mine sent me this song. He is in his late 30s and recently turned his life around and committed it to serving Jesus Christ. He has since been dealing with enormous obstacles, snares, and consequences of living a life contrary to everything you read about in the Bible. To have this song come from him just amplifies its message and beauty. It is an elegant song that tells you exactly what is in my heart today. It is a song I would like to be played at my funeral. It explains why I run. It is why I write. It is why I do what I do. And this is why I will continue to do what I do all the way through my dying day.

If my heart could tell a story

If my life would sing a song

If I have a testimony

If I have anything at all

No one ever cared for me like Jesus

His faithful hand has held me all this way

And when I’m old and grey

And all my days

Are numbered on the earth

Let it be known in You alone

My joy was found

Let my children tell their children

Let this be their memory

That all my treasure was in heaven

And You were everything to me

I’m still in love

You’re still enough for me

Still all I want

You’re still my everything

By Steffany Gretzinger


Be sure to check out the comments below this article.


With the fear and uncertainty generated by the current COVID-19 pandemic, we consider this series by John MacArthur to be even more timely now than when it was first run eight years ago. The following blog post was originally published on November 6, 2012. —ed.

It should be clear by now that unchecked anxiety isn’t good for you. It’s a sin expressly forbidden by the Lord, so there is the spiritual cost to consider. But it’s also harmful to your health, your productivity, and your relationships. It wreaks havoc throughout your life, and as we saw yesterday, it strangles your mind.

Why then do we find it so easy to worry? It’s a sin that ensnares most believers from time to time—shouldn’t we know better? Moreover, shouldn’t we be able to find the tools in Scripture to conquer our anxiety and guard ourselves from slipping back into worry?

When John Macarthur was recently in studio, we asked him about the nature of anxiety, where it comes from, and what solutions God’s Word has to offer people struggling with worry. Here’s what he had to say:

That emphasis on God’s sovereignty is where we’re headed with this series. Later this week, we’ll look at the sure promises of the Lord’s loving care and provision for His people and how His guarantees in Scripture should dispel our inclination toward anxiety.

Is that a trend you’ve seen in your own life? What calms your heart when you’re tempted to give in to anxiety and worry?

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#1 Mae Ella Jones Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 6:58 AM

When I stop and realize that God is in control of everything, that He allows and disallows everything that comes into my life, I then have peace.

#2 Daniel Wilson Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Reminding myself that let tomorrow worry itself.. Amen, Lord that He is in charge…

#4 Greg Tegman Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Well, this has been a lifelong problem. It easy to blame my upbringing,now I know I cannot blame any longer. Can a fifty five year old man, who has lived with fear and anxiety almost every day of his life become free from that. I even fear the fear. I have answered many of the deeds of the flesh in 1 John. Yet,I don’t have assurance. I do want to obey. I want to be bold. I do not want to sin. I grieve with horror over my sin. I do want the fruit of the Spirit. So, I ask myself what is missing?. Do I have fruit. I cry often with the hope that I may have some sort of assurance. Can this old horse come about?. I ask this as a plea.

#5 Jodi Denning Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:50 AM

I am so thankful for the teachings of John MacArthur! Deepening my understanding of the sovereignty of God has been one of the biggest blessings of my walk with the Lord. There is no peace anywhere else. I am always thankful for any reminder that redirects my focus back on the perfect sovereignty of God on His throne.

#6 Janet McConnell Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

To those suffering “panic/anxiety” attacks and can find no relief even from prayer and study of God’s word, please consider that there may be an underlying physical cause. I was plagued with panic attacks that came out of nowhere with all kinds of frightening symptoms like skipped heartbeats (pvc’s) and tightness in the chest, etc. I would tremble and sweat…it was horrible and I spent several years doubting that God was interested in me or my problems because I could not get relief by “spiritual” means, such as prayer. I spoke with a physician about it (he is a true believer in the Lord) and he recommended thyroid testing. Turned out to be Graves’ Disease (hyperthyroidism). I was treated and those horrible symptoms went away. Women especially are prone to hormone based anxiety symptoms.

I think that medicine is a gift from God and it’s okay to seek help. Jesus told Peter to take care of the physical needs of the flock when He told him to feed His sheep. Couldn’t medical care be included? A famous 19th century evangelist once taught others to tend to the physical needs of the newly converted in order to remove the roadblocks to spiritual growth. Jesus often healed the sick and then told them to repent. I just believe that it’s okay to rule out physical causes when prayer does not seem to provide relief from the suffering.

#7 Chuck Tuthill Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2 ESV)

deal with sin and get your theology right. love it. love it. love it.

straight talk. thank you.

#10 Raul Cruz Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Worry, anxiety and other roadblocks hounded us all in this life. Jesus said “seek first my kingdom and righteousness and all things will follow”. We can do this if we continually read the word of God. If we are well grounded in His word any other road blocks will just stay on the side.

#11 Barry Foster Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Hey Greg,

i have been battling with fear and health anxiety for the last 10 months. i’ve had freedom from it for about 2 out of those 10 months, but i can relate. it’s always a health anxiety and i pray everyday for God’s grace to remove it and help me fully trust in Him and not anything in myself or my health as He provides me everything and i just have to receive and believe that and trust in His goodness to me. the enemy comes at me and says stupid stuff like how much longer can your body continue to function under this load? Would love to chat with you about your struggle. you can feel free to reply to me at

May God continue to bless and encourage you in your walk with Him.


#12 Eugene Mcdonald Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM

This post is a excellent as many Christians, even Born Again “new creatures in Jesus” don’t even look at anxiety as a sin or if they do they think it is not fair, which can be a sin in itself. I did a small article on only one small dynamic of an anxiety causing event which I would like you to look at to see if it would fit in your series on this subject, John. I included the link.

For anyone else reading this blog, if you click on the link please come back to this blog as mine is only a tiny aspect of what John MacArthur is going to share with us. We need his information, not mine. Satan can have a field day manipulating relationships at work, community, church and sadly family. This can cause so much pain and lead to losing Unity. That’s tragic.

Psalm 90: An Ancient Prayer For This Day

Psalms 90:1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.

Moses was an old and much tried man, but age and experience had taught him that, amidst the perpetual changes which are taking place in the universe, one thing at least remains immutable, even the faithfulness of him who is “from everlasting to everlasting God.” How far back into the past may the patriarch have been looking when he spake these words? The burning bush, the fiery furnace of Egypt, the Red Sea, Pharaoh with his chariots of war, and the weary march of Israel through the wilderness, were all before him; and in all of them he had experienced that “God is the Rock, his work perfect, all his ways judgment” (Deut 32:4).

But Moses was looking beyond these scenes of his personal history when he said, “Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations.” (Deut 32:7), and we may be sure that he was also looking beyond them when he indited the song, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Yes; he was casting in his mind how God had been the refuge of Jacob and Isaac, of Abraham, Noah, and all the patriarchs. Moses could take a retrospect of above a thousand years, which had all confirmed the truth.

I can do no more. At this point of time I can look back to the days of Moses and Joshua and David, and descending thence to the days of the Son of God upon earth, and of Paul and Peter, and all the saints of the Church down to the present hour; and what a thousand years avouched to Moses, three thousand now avouch to me: the Lord is the dwelling place of those that trust in him from generation to generation. Yes; and to him who was the refuge of a Moses and an Abraham, I too in the day of trouble can lift my hands.

Delightful thought! That great Being who, during the lapse of three thousand years, amidst the countless changes of the universe, has to this day remained unchanged, is MY God.

— Augustus F. Theluck, in “Hours of Christian Devotion”, 1870 from The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon.

Fire unHoly?

I accept the symbolism, but not the assumed origin. God used miracles to confirm his Word. After given, I bring much skepticism to claimed miracles. If miracles were normal, how would you know when God was speaking? It is still a narrow way to heaven.