A Return to the Ancient Paths: A House Divided :: By Bill Wilson

Given the already nasty nature of the current political climate and the mind-boggling issues facing the United States, the outcome of the upcoming elections is going to have a pivotal impact on the future of our nation and our families. Unfortunately, there are few who will stand up for what is right; and when they do, the news media, the cancel culture, and the political opposition cry loud and hard. It is arguable that we have become a nation where morality, common sense, respect for others, and kindness have been replaced by moral relativism, political intolerance, and ideological bigotry. Given, however, the immense challenges we face as a people, many wonder if we can survive as a nation.

Christ said in Matthew 12:25, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.”

He later says in verse 39, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”

Politicians are trying to consolidate their power by pitting class against class, black against white, liberal against conservative, have nots against haves, women against men, and children against parents. They are trying to divide rather than unite. If you do not understand, just look at the television ads for anything from politics to humanitarianism. Little is being said about how to unite together to fix problems. A lot of finger-pointing.

Many believe with good reason that this nation is on the verge of a civil war. Everybody has an opinion, but there are few solutions. Those who have an opinion are marginalized as hate-mongers or extremists or both. This kind of divisive rhetoric only further drives wedges into disagreement. But the problem is far deeper than the ranting of political opponents. Informed citizens should be able to discern between truth and lies. The real problem is what Christ said that “he that is not with me is against me.” The nation as a whole is not with Christ. So many memorialize sodomy, abortion, covetousness, idolatry, lies, and false teachings by “judging not lest we be judged.” Using the Bible to justify abomination.

We need to get back to finding what God wants for us. The first part of Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask about the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls…” This is good advice. If we as a people could find it in ourselves to find the good way on the ancient path, we would be on the way to healing ourselves, our families, our communities, and our nation. Unfortunately, like in Jeremiah’s time, our nation is so divided, the resolve of the people is as in the second part of Jeremiah 6:16, “But they said, We will not walk in it.”

The new normal is that America is divided and, in my opinion, it’s because she is separated from her true Savior, Christ.

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The Terrible Deception :: By Bill Wilson

The Old Gray Lady, AKA, The New York Times, continues its downward spiral with fake news and editorializing passed off as news. It is now surfacing that the story the NYT wrote that the Bush family—the former president and his brother—were not going to vote for the reelection of President Trump is patently false, made up, fabricated.

Speaking of the end of days, the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

Christ told his disciples in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”

There is deception all around us. We are in the midst of deception, living in a post-truth world where facts and truth and justice have fallen in the streets.

When the NYT story broke, a myriad of other news organizations, including Drudge, The Hill, The Independent, The Week, the mainstream media television networks, and others parroted and discussed the Times story ad nauseum without checking a single fact. These so-called reputable news organizations failed to look into the flimsy sourcing by the NYT, which quoted unnamed sources who were “familiar” with how the Bush family thinks. Ignored in the virtual trash can was a complete denial from spokesman for former president Bush, Freddy Ford, who told the Texas Tribune, “This is completely made up. He is retired from presidential politics and has not indicated how he will vote.”

As reported by The American Spectator, “Ford reiterated this statement to the Times, indicating that the former president would stay out of the election and speak only on policy issues, yet America’s “newspaper of record” has yet to correct the story.”

A tweet from President Trump thanked George P. Bush [son of former governor Jeb Bush] for his endorsement posted by The Hill: “George P. Bush says he’ll vote for Trump: “Only thing standing between America and socialism.””

Quoting unnamed sources, and sources familiar with the situation, or knowledgeable sources may be OK for sports reporting, but it’s not a good optic for politics. If someone doesn’t want to put their name to it, it’s probably suspect.

The problem is that when a fake news story is published and many news outlets just cut and paste and post it, it becomes fact immediately. This is when the newness of the “news” is at its peak. It circulates and settles in the minds of those who read it or hear about it. Then, days later, when the facts come out, the facts have far less impact and are seen or believed by far less people, so the damage is done even if there is a retraction.

This is why discernment is so desperately needed. It’s getting to the point that you cannot believe anything that you read from the news media, and probably not much of what you hear or see on television. These so-called “journalists” are liars and deceivers, deceiving and being deceived. Recognize the signs such as no named sources. Check things out for yourself.

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