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"To condone sin is a sin."
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**Most Recent Newsletter***

“The Voice of the Common Man”

Issue #227 August 5, 2019

The Lunacy of the Left

The lunacy of the left was in full display once again last Tuesday and Wednesday night, when all twenty of the Democratic presidential candidates participated in their second debate.

 

Every Democrat presidential candidate told us “climate change” is the biggest threat to this nation.  Some even claim this planet will be destroyed in ten to twelve years, unless we do something right now to save it.

 

Almost all of them are saying we must eliminate the use of fossil fuels by 2029.  And yet they express no concern, that If that were to happen, all of the vehicles we are driving today will be inoperable in ten years . . . Because there will be no gasoline.  That includes cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, trains, airplanes, boats, farm tractors, lawnmowers, etc.

 

It sounds crazy doesn’t it?   But if they have their way, you and I will have no choice but to walk, ride a bike, buy a horse, or purchase a $40,000 electric car that can only travel 200 miles without recharging the battery overnight.

 

Former vice president Joe Biden has unveiled a $5 Trillion climate change proposal that includes spending $750 Billion to build 500,000 more public charging stations nationwide.  Biden proposal doesn’t address what will happen to the 500,000 privately-owned gasoline stations he will put out of business.

 

Nor does Biden seem to be concerned that your family vacation by automobile will now be limited to 200 miles per day.  An automobile trip from Tulsa to Disney World in Orlando would take six days instead of two – and you could no longer fly.  Remember?  Airplanes require fossil fuels . . . and fossil fuels will no longer be allowed.

 

All of these candidates claim millions of new manufacturing jobs will be created in the USA, building new products related to the production of clean-green energy; i.e., wind turbines, solar panels, storage batteries, etc.  They claim these new jobs will come about as a result of the USA capturing the world market for all these products.

 

But how will the USA capture the world market if we’ve eliminated the use of fossil fuels, which is the cheapest source of energy worldwide?  Without fossil fuels, the USA will not be able to compete with China, India, and others who continue to use fossil fuels, and have labor rates that are substantially lower than the USA.

 

In fact, China is building or planning more than 300 coal-fired power plants in places as widely spread as Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt, and the Philippines (see NPR report April 29, 2019).  So it is foolish to believe we can save the planet by eliminating the use of fossil fuels in the USA, while the rest of the world keeps on doing what they are doing.

 

But perhaps their biggest display of hypocrisy is their “phony” concern for little children.  Every one of these presidential candidates has expressed outrage and condemnation of U.S. Border Patrol Agents for separating children from their parents . . . parents who have been arrested for illegally entering the United States.

 

Every candidate has made emotionally charged statements that these “precious little innocent children are being snatched right out of the arms of their mothers” by border law-enforcement personnel – and some have even made the false claim that these children are locked in cages, forced to sleep on the floor, and drink water from toilets.  But truth be known, these are the best living conditions these kids have ever experienced in their lifetime.

 

But the most shameful thing in all is this:  Every one of these Democrat presidential candidates has pledged to protect Roe v. Wade – and publically expressed their full support in protecting a woman’s right to abort her unborn baby, at any time during her pregnancy, for any reason, and be paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

 

Note:  As of this writing, 61,498,215 innocent little babies have been aborted in America since 1973. 

 

Let us pray that the American people will come to their senses and recognize the shameful charade being put on by these presidential contenders – and – demand that this ungodly barbaric practice of abortion be stopped immediately.

Are You Ready To Meet Jesus?

If you are not, you can be saved (born again) right now.  Believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord of All, and pray this simple prayer:

 

“Jesus, I am a sinner, and I am sorry.  Please forgive my sins and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I repent (turn away) from sin and I commit my life to you.  I will study your word, follow your teachings, and obey your commands.  And Lord, show me what you want me to do; what part I can play in furthering your kingdom.  Thank you, Lord, for saving me.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

 

 

Duane Collins

           

Common Man Ministry        PO Box 456         Bixby, OK 74008

www.CommonManMinistry.com

 

 

***News You May Have Missed***

Note: The inclusion of these news articles is to make sure you are aware of the illogical thinking in our world today. These articles bear evidence that people’s minds are being corrupted by demonic, perverted thinking; and this “thinking” is particularly pervasive in our younger generation. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and hope it will soon go away. No! We must take a stand and resist the evil-ones who are promoting this twisted thought process. God’s Word says, “Resist the devil and he will flee.”

LGBT History Taught In Public Schools 8/14/19

Illinois has passed a law requiring “LGBT History” to be taught in all public schools.  Illinois’ Democrat Governor J. B. Pritzker signed House Bill 246 into law on August 9, with the objective of encouraging a more diverse history curriculum. 

 

The new law affects all schools, stipulating they include “the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people” in official textbooks.  Governor Pritzker said, “The LGBTQ community won’t just have a seat at the table, they will be equal partners in the fight to make equality a lived reality for all.”

 

New Jersey, California and Colorado have also embraced the new LGBT school curriculum.  (www.charismanews.com)

 

Comment: To paraphrase God’s Word: These people have no excuse for the bad things they do . . . Their thinking becomes useless because their foolish minds are filled with darkness . . . They say they are wise, but they’ve become fools . . . They’ve traded the truth of God for a lie . . . They know that God’s law says that those who live like this should die.  And yet, not only do they continue to do these evil things, they applaud and encourage others to do the same things (see Romans 1:18-32 NCV).

 

The only remedy is sorrowful repentance, and salvation through Jesus Christ.

 

Cannot Say “Jesus Loves You.” 8/14/19

A Christian realtor, Hadassah Carter, simply put a Bible verse (John 3:16) on her website and included “Jesus loves you” in her email signature.  That prompted a Virginia state agency to contact Ms. Carter’s broker, asking the broker to “watch and report” Ms. Carter’s religious speech at her job.

 

This kind of targeted discrimination against Christians is real.  It is unconstitutional.  It is illegal.  And it cannot stand.  And to make matters worse, there were no actual complaints against Ms. Carter’s posting; the state agency took it upon themselves to intimidate, and silence Ms. Carter.

 

Jay Sekulow’s American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has filed a lawsuit against the Virginia state agency to defend Ms. Carter’s religious liberty.  (www.ACLJ.org)

 

Democrats Threaten Supreme Court 8/14/19

Democrats are concerned that the Supreme Court is becoming more conservative, particularly if President Trump is re-elected in 2020.  So, Democrat Senators have written a letter to the Court asking them to “heal themselves” or face restructuring by the Democrats.

 

Here’s the threat contained in the Democrat’s letter: “The Supreme Court is not well.  And the people know it.  Perhaps the court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’  Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal.”

 

Democrat presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand have also signaled their support for a “restructuring of the Court” by expanding the number of judges sitting on the Court.

 

Comment:  Democrats are afraid the Court might overturn Roe v. Wade, and that could stop the billion dollar business of slaughtering innocent babies, and put Planned Parenthood (one of their biggest financial donors) out of business. 

 

But this only exposes the hypocrisy of the Democrats.  They say they’re concerned about the “influence of politics” on the Court . . . while they themselves are threatening to take “political action against the Court” if the Court doesn’t rule in their favor.  Pretty pathetic isn’t it?

 

Mass Stabbing in California 8/13/19

On August 7th a man went on a crime spree that lasted 3 hours.  According to NBC-LA, the man robbed and stabbed people in eight different locations.  This one-man crime spree, which investigators have classified as an “anger-filled rampage,” left four people dead and two hospitalized from knife wounds.

 

The rampage began at the apartment where the killer lived.  He then proceeded to stab people at a gas station, a bakery, a check-cashing business, an insurance agency, a 7-Eleven convenience store, and a Subway restaurant.  CNN reports the police identified the man as Zachary Castaneda, a known gang member, but they did not say what gang he was affiliated with.

 

Zachary Castaneda was arrested by Garden Grove Police and he has been charged with multiple crimes by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, including four counts of murder. 

 

But the interesting part is this: Zachary Castaneda was out on bail on three separate felony Orange County cases dating back to July 19, 2019, when he was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license, drug possession, and carrying a dirk or dagger.  And there is more: Castaneda was released from prison in January 2016 after having been convicted of multiple criminal counts including drug possession and possession of a firearm, according to Luis Patino, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

 

Comment:  Obviously this man should never have been “set free” and allowed to roam the streets of California. 

 

Our criminal justice system seems to be operating in reverse.  We criticize law-enforcement personnel – and we release criminals from prison – and then we try and implement new laws that will make it harder for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.  Does that make sense to you?

 

It doesn’t make sense to me.  However, God’s Word tells us a time is coming when we will call evil good, and good evil – we will call darkness light, and light darkness – we will call bitter sweet, and sweet bitter – and we will reward the wicked and punish the righteous.  The people will turn away from the law of the Lord, and despised His Word . . . and the anger of the Lord will be kindled . . . and the people will be smitten!  (see Isaiah, chapter 5)

 

From all indications . . . that day is extremely close at hand.  We had better get right with God while there is still time.

 

Texas Trump Donors Targeted 8/7/19

Democrat presidential candidate Julian Castro’s campaign manager tweeted out the names of 44 Texas citizens who donated the maximum amount to President Trump’s campaign . . . and his tweet said those people were “fueling a campaign of hate.”

 

The tweet posted by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex) said: “Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump.  Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as invaders.”  And then his tweet listed the names of forty-four individuals.  Some were business owners, and he also listed the name of their business; some were retirees, and others were just ordinary individuals.

 

Castro has received widespread criticism because his vilifying tweet to thousands of Castro followers could incite his followers to conduct revengeful attacks on these targeted individuals.  But when asked to comment by the Washington Post, a spokesman for Castro defended the tweet - and later Castor commented that his tweet was not a “call to action.”  But then he said, “Donald Trump has put a target on the back of millions.  How about I stop mentioning Trump’s public campaign donors and he stops using their money for ads that fuel hate?”

 

Comment:  This is a stupid, extremely dangerous campaign stunt.  There’s a lot of unstable people out there just looking for a reason to shoot somebody . . . Castro has now given them forty-four targets.  Another example of doing whatever it takes to win a campaign . . . no matter how many people might get hurt in the process. 

 

Refugees Charged With Terrorism 8/7/19

Judicial Watch reports two African refugees living in Tucson, Arizona have been arrested and charged with conspiring with ISIS.  FBI agents arrested 21-year-old Ahmed Mahad Mohamed and 20-year-old Abdi Yemani Hussein after a months-long investigation.  The two men entered the U.S. as refugees from Somalia during the Obama era when hundreds of thousands were admitted and relocated to various locations throughout the U.S.

 

Mohamed is quoted as saying he wants to “behead non-believer of Islam like animals” and has called for “another 9/11.”  Hussein is quoted as saying he wanted to “blow up the White House and Tucson if anyone tries to stop me.”

 

In a similar case last fall, two other “refugees” were arrested by the FBI.  Mohamed Abdirahman Osman, and his wife, Zeinab Abddirahman Mohamed, had been living in Tucson since 2014.  The couple were arrested and indicted by a grand jury for using fake Somalian passports and lying about their ties to the militant Somali group Al-Shabaab.

 

Comment:  How many more are entering the U.S. every day under fraudulent conditions with similar evil intentions?

 

Gun Control 8/7/19

After the shootings in Ohio and Texas over the weekend, Joe Biden said on CNN yesterday, “I would institute a national buyback program.”  Biden is proposing an Australian-style gun buyback program whereby persons owning firearms would sell their weapons to the government at government-determined prices.  Biden said the program would be optional.

 

However, Beto O’Rourke, not to be outdone, says he will implement a mandatory gun buyback program – even though the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the Second Amendment protects a U.S. citizens’ right to possess weapons in “common use.”

 

Australia had mandatory buyback programs in 1996 and 2003.  Both programs were temporary and were financed by increasing Australia’s “Medicare” program by 1.5 to 1.7% (depending on income).  The buyback was estimated to have cost $500 million and resulted in the confiscated of approximately 650,000 gun from Australia citizens.

 

Argentina initiated a voluntary buyback program in 2007 and collected 104,782 firearms, which is about 7% of the total number of privately owned firearms in Argentina.  Argentina also “bought-back” 747,000 units of ammunition.

 

Brazil had similar programs in 2003, 2004, and 2009.  Brazil collected and destroyed over 1.1 million guns – the gun owners were given $100 per gun that they handed in.  Brazil also strengthened their gun laws by making it illegal to own unregistered firearms, and illegal to carry a gun outside of one’s home.  They also raised the minimum age to own a gun to 25.

 

Comment:  Under these government programs, the only people turning in their guns are law-abiding citizens.  The crooks and criminals are not about to turn in their weapons.  In fact, they’re laughing at these policies, because it only makes their jobs safer.    

Democrat Governor Facing Ethics Questions 8/5/19

The Washington Free Beacon reports Gina Raimondo, the Democrat governor of Rhode Island awarded a no-bid $1 Billion gaming contract to a company that is represented by the treasurer of the Democratic Governors Association which is chaired by Governor Raimondo.

 

Governor Raimondo and Democratic state legislators announced in June 2019, an exclusive twenty-year $1 Billion contract with IGT, a British gambling company, to operate the state’s lottery system.  IGT reportedly will receive a 32% stake in the newly-legalized sports betting operation.

 

Critics of the deal claim this was a closed-door-no-bid process negotiated by Donald Sweitzer, the head lobbyist for IGT.  However, Sweitzer at one time owned 60,000 shares in IGT, and he now serves as the treasurer of the Democratic Governors Association which is led by Governor Raimondo. 

 

Campaign finance records indicate IGT has contributed $1.4 million to the Democratic Governors Association since 2003, and an additional $70,000 to Governor Raimondo since 2014.  The Rhode Island Republican Party has filed a complaint with the state’s ethics commission, claiming the close ties between Donald Sweitzer and Governor Gina Raimondo violate state laws.

 

Palestinian Rioters 8/5/19

According to Breitbart News, Palestinian rioters last Friday raised Nazi swastika along with a Palestinian flag during their weekly Gaza border riot.  About 6,000 protesters gathered and threw rocks, firebombs, and explosive devises at Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) at the Gaza/Israel border.

 

On the previous Thursday morning, three Israeli soldiers were injured by a Palestinian gunman who tried to infiltrate the border no-zone area.  The gunman was killed by the IDF and an Israeli officer and two soldiers were evacuated to Soroka hospital in Beersheba – their condition is reported as stable.

 

U.S. Tax Money Used For Afghanistan Drug Treatment 7/31/19

Judicial Watch reports since 2002, American taxpayers have doled out $9 billion to counter drug production in Afghanistan, the world’s top opium producer – and yet opium production has increased 43%.  The money largely flows through the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).  In addition, the United States has spent $50.5 million on dozens of drug treatment programs between 2013 and 2018 for Afghani citizens – 31% of all Afghan households have at least one member who uses drugs – their favorite drugs are opium and heroin.

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Comment:  There are some who believe the people who are refusing to secure our borders, and the people who are calling for open borders, are both being influenced financially by persons closely connected to the poppy farms in Afghanistan (that’s why U.S. troops are still there), and the drug cartels that process, transport and smuggle illegal drugs across our borders every day and distribute them throughout the USA.  And it is also believed that that corruptive influence also extends to the highest levels of the CIA and the U.S. State Department.  Perhaps one day we will know the truth.

 

“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.  What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner room will be proclaimed from the roofs” (Luke 12:2-3 NIV).

 

China Persecutes Christians 7/31/19

Newsmax reports that the Communist Party of China (CCP) is cracking down on religion and has ordered local governments to closely supervise and monitor its resident who believe in God. 

 

“Every day, they ask us how many people in our village believe in God.  If we say there aren’t any believers, they claim that we’re concealing what we know and failing to report it.  If it is determined that we didn’t report the situation truthfully, we will be punished,” an unidentified local official told Bitter Winter, a ChristianHeadlines.com reporter.

 

Student Loan Fraud 7/31/19

The Washington Post reports the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found significant fraud in the program.  Nearly half of these federal loans are being paid by students enrolled in the Income-Driven Repayment plan (IDR).  In this plan, income and family size are used to determine the IDR monthly payment amounts – and the repayment period can go up to 25 years, with the promise of forgiving the balance at the end of that period.

 

In the IDR borrower plan there were 95,100 students who reported no income – and yet, the GAO investigation found that one-third of that group had incomes of at least $45,000 per year, and some even had six-figure salaries.   Those 95,100 students owed nearly $4 billion in outstanding student debt. 

 

The GAO found there were 40,900 IDR borrowers who reported households of at least nine people – an unusually large number for the IDR plan.  Almost 1,200 in that group indicated their families included 16 or more people, and there were 2 borrowers who reported 93 people in their household.  That group collectively owed $2.1 billion.

 

The GAO recommended the Department of Education “do a better job in verifying income and family size” of students applying for the IDR payment plan.  Mark A. Brown, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, agreed with all of the GAO’s recommendations and said the Education Department “plans to shore up its verification policies.”

 

Note: As of January 2019 the outstanding federal student loan debt was $1.4 trillion.

 

Teacher’s Union Endorses Abortion 7/22/19

Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?  But it is true.  The National Education Association (NEA), the largest teacher’s labor union in the United States, with more than 3 million members, approved a New Business Item 56 during their annual conference in Houston, expressing their support for abortion access.  The resolutions states:

 

“The NEA will include an assertion of our defense of a person’s right to control their own body, especially for women, youth, and sexually marginalized people . . . The NEA vigorously opposes all attacks on the right to choose, and stands on the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade.”

 

In 2018, the NEA collected nearly $400 million from its 3 million members according to federal labor filings.  The NEA is also one of the most politically active labor unions in the country, spending $70 million on politics and lobbying in 2017 and 2018.  Nearly all of the union’s political action committee spending went to Democrats during the midterm cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

 

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia was asked to respond to this news report that was released by www.freebeacon.com but no response has been received to date.

 

Comment:  And we are letting these people educate our children?

 

More California Craziness 7/21/19

The Associated Press reports that Berkeley, California must now only speak in gender-neutral terms.  In order to be more inclusive, the City Council has replaced about 40 gender-specific words in the city code. 

 

Here are just a few examples: In the future, manhole covers will be referred to as “maintenance holes.”  In discussing manpower issues, the city must now use the term “human effort” or “workforce.”  And the city cannot refer to city employees as “he, him, his, she, her or hers.”  They must now be addressed as “them.”  Nothing will be man-made in this liberal city – from now on it will be “human-made.”  And students at the University of California in Berkeley can no longer join a fraternity or sorority . . . they have been renamed “collegiate Greek system residences.”

 

Comment:  This is no joke.  The Berkeley City Council approved these changes last Tuesday.  But Berkeley’s craziness does not stop there . . . the City Council has also banned the use of natural gas in new homes and businesses, including restaurants that use natural gas for stoves.  Environmentalists are celebrating this as a major victory, and 50 other cities in California are said to be considering following Berkeley’s lead.  Is there no end to this madness?

 

Actor Portraying Jesus Says He’s Gay 7/22/19

Juan Pablo Di Pace, the 39-year-old actor who was cast as Jesus Christ in the miniseries “A.D. The Bible Continues” publically announced that “he is gay.”  He says when he was growing up, he always struggled with his sexuality, and was often bullied by other kids, so he tried to just fit in.

 

However, Di Pace said while he was hanging on the cross during the filming of the miniseries in Morocco, he asked God, “Are you sure you want me to play your son?  Me?  You could still strike me down with lightning.”  Di Pace said, “I waited, but nothing happened.  I was not struck by lightning.  Instead, what I felt was an overwhelming feeling of love and acceptance and freedom that I could never even put into words.  A message from God?  Maybe.  Words are like universes and we are musicians who can create universes with them.”

 

Comment:  Speaking of not being struck by lightning:  Comedian George Carlin actually believed there was no God, and he was so bold in his comedy routine, that he would often publically dare God to strike him dead.  But God didn’t strike him dead.  Instead, God allowed him to continue to perform for several years.

 

However, Carlin had a history of cardiac problems spanning over three decades.  He had heart attacks in 1978, 1982 and 1991.  In 2003 he had an arrhythmia requiring an ablation procedure, and he twice underwent angioplasty to unblock clogged arteries.

 

In late 2004 he entered a drug rehabilitation facility for treatment of addictions to alcohol and Vicodin.  Then, in late 2005 he had a significant episode of heart failure . . . And then on June 22, 2008, George Carlin died of cardiac arrest at the age of 71.  His death occurred one week after his last performance at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Los Vegas.

 

In a 2008 interview, Carlin stated that using cannabis, LSD, and mescaline helped him in his personal life [he was also known to have used cocaine].  Carlin’s first wife died of liver cancer on May 11, 1997, the day before Carlin’s 60th birthday.  Carlin married his second wife in November 1997, and that marriage lasted until Carlin’s death in 2008 . . . just two days before their tenth anniversary.  (www.wikipedia.org)

 

God didn’t strike George Carlin down with lightning, but instead, gave him opportunity after opportunity to repent, change his life, and get right with God.  God’s desire is for “all people to be saved” (1 Timothy 2:4).  But there are limits on God’s patience (see Romans 2:4-5).  Let’s hope and pray that Juan Pablo Di Pace will come to that realization before it is too late.

 

House Defeats Anti-Israel Bill 7/25/19

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) introduced a bill in the U.S. House to impose an economic boycott against Israel. Omar’s bill claims Israel’s policies toward Palestinians are “racist” and therefore, the United States should initiate an economic boycott against Israel.

 

Rep. Rashica Tlaib (D-Mich) is a stanch supporter of the bill and made an impassioned speech during the floor debate, claiming that her Palestinian parents had been “stripped of their human rights, the right to freedom of travel and equal treatment.”  Rep. Tlaib compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to Nazi Germany’s treatment of Jews in the lead-up to the Holocaust.  Fortunately, the bill was defeated in the Democrat controlled U.S. House by a lopsided vote of 398 to 17.

 

   

 

 Any comments or question?  E-Mail Address:  duane@commonmanministry.com    

 

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