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    May 30, 2016

    Facebook’s Bias Against Conservatives and Christians

    Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, recently met with a small group of conservative leaders at the company’s headquarters to address public revelations that the social media giant had suppressed conservative news content.

    The focus of the meeting was the Trending Topics scandal; first reported by the online tech journal, Gizmodo, in which former Facebook workers claim to have routinely suppressed conservative news stories from a list that appears on Facebook.

    The Gizmodo report set off a firestorm of protests from conservatives who have long complained of liberal media bias at Facebook. Zuckerberg and company gave a standard answer that there was no intention to push publishers out or quash anybody’s opinion. Any exclusion of content was to prevent people from supposedly gaming the system.

    Glenn Beck, a conservative radio and TV host, author and founder of The Blaze, attended the meeting and said that the meeting went well:

    “Here’s Facebook, a much larger global corporation, sitting down with conservatives and saying: ‘I think there’s a problem, and one of the problems is you don’t trust us, and we want to work with you to build that trust,’” said Beck.

    Not all conservatives welcomed Facebook’s overtures. The Drudge Report ran a headline titled, “Glenn Beck to Grovel at Zuckerberg’s Feet.”

    The Federalist called the meeting a “textbook con job.” Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC refused to attend. Rush Limbaugh thinks the bias is “Gonna keep happening” and “There’s nothing that’s gonna change it.”

    The reason why liberal organizations will continue to express a bias against conservative and Christian groups is because they have no interest in our welfare. Facebook is just like any other left-wing dominated media outfit which adheres closely to the liberal agenda. Even though the evangelical Christian population is ten times larger than the LGBT community, the latter group gets far more attention.

    Facebook wouldn’t be a $300 billion company if that tiny band of sexual deviants were their primary clients. With over 85 percent of the U.S. population claiming to be believers in Jesus Christ, our interests should be what’s trending. Whenever I see a Christian leader’s name on any news list, there is always a negative reason for that placement.

    The greatest indication of priority imbalance is the fact that over the years I have seen the promotion of religious holidays I didn’t know exist. When December 25th comes along, I commonly see “Happy Holidays” as a vague textual reference to Jesus’ birth. The visual representations are even more mysterious; images of snowmen, decorated stockings or penguins with red hats.

    Liberals are so clueless about the basic elements of Christianity; they make flawed, embarrassing statements about Bible prophecy all the time. During the primary race, a writer for a liberal political website said that a vote for “Rapture Ready” Ben Carson is a vote for a candidate who thinks we’re approaching the end of the world—as we know it. Since Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist, he’s not someone who is looking for the Rapture. (The world coming to an end is another bogus claim based on an assumption.)

    When Carson warned that apocalyptic minded Muslims “would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons if they gained possession of them,” he was accused of Isalamphobia. Immediately after the liberals went after Ben Carson, they proposed that Christians are the ones who are seeking to nudge God into bring about Armaggedon (not the crazed radical Muslim jihadists).

    What has allowed for this bias against conservatives and Christians to flourish is our neglect, and unwillingness to stand up for our rights. If even a tiny portion of the Body of Christ would make known their dissatisfaction with being excluded or—unfairly misrepresented by these dark agents of the devil—Facebook would have no choice but to concede to a backlash. Imagine if we all spoke up! The demons would go running back to their unholy hideouts (for a while, anyway).

    I don’t rely on any social media sites to propagate Rapture Ready’s content because I know the bias against Christians is only going to get worse in the coming days. The key problem is that a great number of believers lack a respect for their own faith. Because too many Christians don’t care about how the world treats them, a liberal minority has taken control of all forms of media. Consequently, we have been pushed aside.

    While we here on earth, our duty is to represent the King of kings. It’s one thing to suffer persecution for being a Christian. It is another thing to have this occur because we foolishly allow it to happen.

    “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also’” (John 15:18-20 NIV).

    --Todd


    Where's the Comfort?

    Pre-Trib belief antagonists are on the rise. Rapture critics, even among those who claim to believe in the eventuality of a Rapture, just not the pre-Tribulation view of that event, purport to present evidence on every side that our times trumpet the obvious: The world is about to enter the Tribulation. Christ's call to believers, they say, just isn't going to happen before Christians suffer at least part of the terrors of that beastly era.

    They offer that anyone with knowledge of issues and events going on should recognize that the New World Order bunch is transforming America and the world into the kingdom of Antichrist. All is about to come together for the Gog-led invasion into the Middle East. As a matter of fact, many hold that World War III has already begun.

    Advanced computer and other control technologies and instrumentalities are in place for locking everyone on the planet into fiscal bondage and physical slavery to the final empire as prophesied by Daniel.

    Those of us who believe there is coming a supernatural Rapture-escape from these judgments on sinful mankind are just living in fantasyland is the collective message I infer from emails and articles that increasingly assault my senses. That I, and all of you, should begin prepping with food, water, gold, silver, and finding a good bunker in which to hunker down during these upcoming days seem to me to be the things these Rapture naysayers are presenting. Seldom do I hear coming from our opponents on the question of the Rapture the admonition to be trying to witness with all our might the gospel of Jesus Christ. I guess there will be plenty of time for that once the Antichrist regime is firmly in place.

    While the Pre-Trib proponent holds at the heart of his effort winning as many souls to Christ as possible so those saved won't go through that time of horrors, many of the anti-Rapture antagonists want to do things to make sure they are more comfortable while trying to survive that hellish time.

    Coincidentally--or perhaps not--these just happen to, in some cases of TV and other ministries who openly disdain the thought of Rapture, offer for sale all of these things for survival. The packaged food items invariably are proclaimed to have shelf lives of three decades or longer. So, we can, if we survive, have these supplies to partake of well into the Millennium, I suppose. This, based upon the general theme that they believe the seven-year Tribulation, not the Rapture, is imminent. There have been over the past few years a number of debates taking place on whether there will be the Pre-Trib Rapture or not. The best I've heard was the one at the Pre-Trib study group meetings when Dr. Mark Hitchcock completely destroyed the anti-Rapture arguments of the Bible Answer Man.

    There are some such debates scheduled for prophecy conferences in the near future. These will perhaps offer new food for thought, but I doubt whether they will change minds on either side of the controversy.

    Personally, I believe the time for debate on this matter is past. It is time now to just offer the assurance of that soon to come exhilarating moment when Christ will say "Come up here!" (Revelation 4:1).

    There are so many scriptural assurances of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture that we could fill many articles with them. As a matter of fact, we have done just that on the Rapture Ready website.

    I wish to mention only one Rapture factor here, because I believe it is the most reassuring of all truth in God's telling His children that they are not appointed to His wrath. Here we interject the question proposed in our title: Where's the Comfort? By that we ask: What comfort is there in the argument that Christians will go through the Tribulation?

    Paul the apostle first assures us of this fact: "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:9). But, it is the next thought from the mind of God that should cause warm reassurance in the spiritual heart of every believer: "Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do." (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

    Get it? We are to "comfort" ourselves, not wring our hands looking for these things to destroy us or to look for Antichrist. We are to be looking for our "blessed hope" (Titus 2:13).

    There is no comfort --nor is there directive in God's Word--to be had in anticipating going through the time of God's wrath and almost certain martyrdom (probably by beheading). There is no comfort in looking for the worst dictator in the planet's history to hunt us down and lop off our heads.

    Here is what God's Word promises instead of the dreaded scenario proposed by the Rapture antagonists: For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18) --

    --Terry