67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a horn[c] of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
May Christmas be real to each one of you as his coming approaches!
And whilst in accusatory mode… As a former follower of the theistic evolution outfit BioLogos for a decade, and indeed having written an article for it long ago, I have previously expressed some misgivings about the apparent role of founder Francis Collins in the gain-of-function studies at Wuhan, and their subsequent cover up by major US players like Peter Daszak and Anthony Fauci. Since then the “mainstream” view has shifted towards a lab leak being more likely than not, making Collins’s involvement even more of an issue.
The Book of Proverbs (18:17) says, “In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.” Imagine how absurd it would be (though in history all too common) for an accuser to say, “That man murdered my baby!” and for the jury to go away to decide if murdering babies is wrong, and if so that the man must be hanged.” But nowadays church leaders seem really good at doing just that.
Here’s an excellent long-form presentation by Dr Shankara Chetty, a South African doctor who has successfully treated over 7,000 patients with COVID, which is on Bitchute (and no prizes for guessing why it’s there and not on You-Tube!).
There’s a well-established and (by that certain percentage of us) well-recognised madness in government policy on COVID, at home and abroad. In the light of Omicron, for example, there’s a push to vaccinate everything that moves with agents that didn’t prevent travellers bringing it from South Africa, and despite the fact though most patients are younger, fully vaccinated individuals. The vaccination is now known to give a week or two of added susceptibility (the same phenomenon that dictates that flu-vaccines are given before, not during, epidemics), so we are guaranteeing a surge in illness at the worst time of year, to prevent a surge in cases at the worst time of year. We are also imposing vaccine passports with plentiful evidence, even from Scotland and Wales, that they do nothing to prevent transmission, and kindly granting the alternative concession of a recent lateral flow test, when it is known that LFTs in Omicron only become positive 24 hours after symptoms appear. All pain, no gain.
Only in the last day or two have COVID test positivity rates started to exceed the rise in testing. The increased testing has already therefore grossly exaggerated Omicron’s effect, and will inevitably do so more as testing mania escalates. But the emphasis on “cases” by the Whittys of this world, the media and most of the public shows that even this elementary bias is not understood, even two years into COVID. Science truly died – together with public understanding – in 2020.
This is the title of Scott Atlas’s new book. But which House? The US White House or the UK House of Commons? The book is about the former, of course, but let’s start with the other.
It seems that every Christmas letter I get speaks of these “strange/confusing/uncertain times” before telling me how the family managed to have a get together between lockdowns, or not. But all confusion and uncertainty is quickly dispelled when one understands that the times are simply evil. Once you appreciate that, the nature of your round robins probably changes. With the latest restrictions, the UK government has crossed a line from incompetence, ineffectualness and harmfulness to pure evil. Which is interesting since a majority support them unthinkingly, even in the churches.
As Boris Johnson’s new baby conveniently arrives so he can take time off from defending his accumulating scandals to be with his family, despite the “national emergency” requiring Plan B, our government remains in full totalitarian mode. As the Mail headline says: “Ministers draw up plans to bring back masks in ALL indoor spaces, scanning at pubs and restaurants and vaccine passports for more venues in New Year.” And this, as I wrote yesterday, whilst nothing actually bad is happening due to COVID. The WHO has yet to report a single death from the Omicron variant.
Another day, another doom and gloom TV conference and another set of COVID restrictions. The press today is full of that news, of “Partygate,” and of the connection between them. There is much talk in the news of the restrictions being another Boris Johnson “Dead Cat” strategy to get his own and his government’s cynical disregard of the devastating and useless regulations, which they themselves imposed on the rest of us last Christmas, off the hook.