Patriot Day sales? Why not? We have Memorial Day sales


On Patriot Day we remember the nearly 3,000 people who died on September 11, 2001.

On Memorial Day we remember the 1.1 million people who have died in America’s wars.

On Patriot Day no sales or barbecues are allowed.

On Memorial Day sales and barbecues are allowed.


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Turkey, Fethullah Gülen, and the CIA

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Fethullah Gülen

“As tanks take up positions in the streets and jets fly overhead in a dramatic coup attempt in Turkey, suspicion has fallen on Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Turkish religious scholar and political enemy of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the strongman Turkish president. Until now, Erdogan had appeared to have crushed the 75-year-old Gulen, who has deep roots in the Turkish political, military, judicial, and media establishments, as well as in Muslim countries around the world. But if, as Erdogan himself has alleged, Gulen or his followers are involved in the putsch, then it demonstrates that he remains a force to contend with, though he has lived for years in seclusion in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania…” Continue reading: A reclusive religious scholar in Pennsylvania may be behind the attempted coup in Turkey

Full Interview: Red Ice Radio – William Engdahl – War in Syria & Manufactured Conflicts via @YouTube

“Why have the CIA and FBI allowed Gulen to wreak havoc and topple secular governments without interruption or intervention?” Read more: World’s Most Dangerous Islamist Alive, Well, and Living in Pennsylvania:

“US Islamization Operations in Central Asia via Gülen started in late 1997, early 1998. That brings me to …Graham Fuller…” Read more: CIA-sponsored Islamic Jihadist operations run through Fethullah Gülen?

“In rural Pennsylvania, a Turkish-born Muslim imam lives in self-imposed exile. The imam, Fethullah Gülen, came to the United States in 1999 due to cited health problems and has stayed in the United States after gaining his visa with help from former CIA officials. The FBI previously resisted granting permanent residency status to Gülen. According to leaked cables, parts of the U.S. government believe that Gülen “is a ‘radical Islamist’ whose moderate message cloaks a more sinister and radical agenda…” Continue reading: Exclusive: FBI Whistleblower and Teacher Expose Islamic Gülen Movement Infiltrating U.S. Through Charter Schools

“However, it must be clearly stated that not only do several factions of the Turkish public feel betrayed and embarrassed by their prime minister, they also do not trust Gülen and consider him to be an ever-treacherous religious huckster, opportunist, and an under-cover CIA agent who covertly is in the toxic embrace of the Zionists. It is the US and her allies, they claim, that have aided and abetted engagement of high level crimes, which will eventually lead to the destruction of the sovereignty of the Turkish nation…” Read more: Fethullah Gülen: Islamic leader or western agent?:


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The Pool of Bethesda

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Bethesda Meeting House – The Church That Named Bethesda

The Pool of Bethesda

“Beth hesda” is Hebrew for “House of mercy”

Interestingly enough, Bethesda, Maryland is named after the old Bethesda Meeting House, which takes it’s name from the Pool of Bethesda story in the Bible.

I used to live and work in Bethesda, Maryland, and I’ve long thought how interesting it is that, today, there are three major medical facilities within walking distance of the old Bethesda Meeting House: National Institutes of Health (NIH), the old Bethesda Naval Hospital, which is now called Walter Reed Military Hospital, and Suburban Hospital.

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Three major medical facilities near the old Bethesda Meeting House (now Temple Hill Baptist Church)

Bethesda Meeting House

“The background of the church and its various congregations is inextricably linked with the history of Montgomery County. In fact, the name of the modern community of Bethesda takes its name from the church. The word refers to a place of healing mentioned in the Bible…” Read more: Bethesda Meeting House

Pastor Jeff Riddle: Should John 5:3b-4 be in the Bible?

“I posted to this evening Word Magazine 39: Should John 5:3b-4 be the Bible? In this episode I weigh the external and internal evidence regarding this controversial passage on the angel stirring the waters at the pool of Bethesda. I conclude that the traditional text, which includes these verses, should be affirmed…” Continue reading: Should John 5:3b-4 be in the Bible?

Jesus Heals at the Pool of Bethesda

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.”

And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

John 5:1-18 (King James Version)


The Pool of Bethesda

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The Ecclesiastical Text

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The Ecclesiastical Text

Now that I’m “Back to the Bible”, so to speak, I’m re-examining some of the textual criticism issues I studied over 20 years ago.

I read Theodore Letis’ book “The Ecclesiastical Text” 20 years ago, and I also learned to read New Testament Greek over 20 years ago, too, so I’m familiar with the Critical Text school of thought, the Majority Text school, and the Textus Receptus school. Although I learned and adopted the methods of the Critical Text school I also agreed with Letis’ thesis that the church, not academics, should determine the text of the New Testament.

I still have my Greek texts, lexicons, concordance, and textual criticism books from 20 years ago, except Letis’ book, which I must have sold when I sold-off most of my books years ago. Now I wish I had Letis’ book, because 1) it’s out of print and 2) used copies are going for over $100.00.

I recently bought a King James Version of the Bible and a copy of the Textus Receptus from the Trinitarian Bible Society, and I’m leaning heavily toward the Ecclesiastical Text (or Confessional Text) position. In fact, I’ve already gone over to that position, because it makes the most sense, to me. In particular, the Textus Receptus school.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on this issue over the past few days, and these are some of the links to articles, audios, and videos I’ve found helpful.

I’ve found the many audios and articles by Pastor Jeff Riddle to be the most helpful.

“We should trust that God provided the necessary text for the church’s theology and life, and consequently that he preserved that text throughout the centuries of the church’s existence. For these reasons, I prefer the Majority Text over the Critical Text. It’s my contention that we should privilege readings which appear in the majority of New Testament manuscripts over those that don’t.” Read more: The Ecclesiastical Text Versus the Critical Text

“The textus receptus demonstrates a much broader textual tradition (in most places), which was in use throughout the majority of the history of the church. If we truly believe that God preserves his Word, shouldn’t this have some theological implications regarding the text that we use?” Read more: We Shouldn’t Exclusively Use the ESV

This Week’s Program: The Ecclesiastical Text and Textual Criticism

Satan Playing the Long Game? What’s the Problem with the Critical Text?

Doug Wilson: Byzantine over Alexandrian Text?

Ecclesiastical Text Issues — James White

Ecclesiastical Text — Response to James White

An Introduction to Textual Criticism: Part 9–“Traditional Text” Positions: The Ecclesiastical Text

Confessional Bibliology: Pericope de Adulterae

Jeff Riddle vs James White

Index: Text Criticism Resources from Jeffrey T. Riddle

Hodges and Farstad On John 8:1-11

Wilbur Pickering on the Pericope Adulterae

London Baptist Confession of Faith: Of the Holy Scriptures

Westminster Confession of Faith: Of the Holy Scriptures

Biblical Preservation: B. B. Warfield and the Reformation Doctrine of the Providential Preservation of the Biblical Text

Why Use the Authorised (King James) Version?

The Excellence of The Authorized Version

English Bible Translations: By What Standard? (.pdf)

Textus Receptus Wiki

What today’s Christian needs to know about the Greek New Testament

Critical Text Onlyism: A New Doctrine

Rev. Jeff Riddle:

Word Magazine (Audio) –

Trinitarian Bible Society:

The Ecclesiastical Text, by Theodore Letis

“This book is collection of essays and papers by Dr. Letis on various aspects of what has happened to the Scriptures in our day. As such it provides not only a good assessment of where we are, but in its historical reviews, also provides a good rear view mirror, to show the reader where we have come from, and therefore what we have lost.

“In the Introduction Dr. Letis deals with the issue of declining educational standards and loss of literacy. He then explains the effect this has had on the translation and especially the marketing of Bibles. The effect of course should have been nil. The Authorized Version of the Scriptures is famous for lifting the level of literacy of the English peoples, rather than being in an exercise in catering to the lack of it. However, the Bible now having broken loose from ecclesiastical control, and having become the plaything of “for profit” commercial publishers, catering to ever declining levels of literacy is now part of the marketing game. The Bible is a tremendously complex and deep book, whose proper study is the labor of a lifetime. A proper translation can pierce the language barriers and present this book in English, but it cannot do more. The Scriptures remains a book that does not yield it truths without much study, prayer, and labor. God does not cast his pearls before swine. Only a corrupting paraphrase can simplify the complex language, rich idioms, and cultural expressions of the original, and offer a shortcut to those who are too spiritually lazy to study what God actually wrote. That this has resulted in a scandalous deluge of competing study Bibles, for every conceivable niche of would be Bible students, is Dr. Letis’ complaint.

“The first, and probably the most important, chapter in this book is also the most interesting. He shows how textual or lower criticism, once the domain of liberal theologians, was imported into Princeton seminary by B. B. Warfield. Tracing the Reformation view from the Westminster divines, through Turretin, and to the Hodges at Princeton, he carefully documents the theological revolution introduced in that institution by Warfield. The key switch was to place inerrancy only in the long lost autographs (the original manuscripts) and fail to defend it in the apographs (our current copies of the original text). Warfield believed that through the “science” of textual criticism the original inerrant texts could be reconstructed giving us an improved Bible over the one the Reformers had defended. Apart from the textual and historical issues involved, as a Calvinist Warfield should have known better than to trust unregenerate liberal textual critics to guide this process objectively to a successful conclusion. After all he was supposed to believe in “total depravity” and that men apart from the grace of God will “suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” As Letis documents the details and the history of this revolution and its ramifications to this day, the fascinated reader is brought to an understanding of how we got where we are today.

“In Chapter Two Letis documents how the Reformers and their heirs, both Lutheran and Calvinist, viewed the apographa, the extent copies of the Scriptures that the church had in their day. This not only defines and documents the historic and Reformed view, but demonstrates the radical nature of the revolution Warfield introduced at Princeton. When he takes this historical review right into the twentieth century and quotes Warfield’s critics this contrast is even heightened. Whatever criticism one may make of Letis’ writings, he does not sound an uncertain trumpet. The battle lines on this issue are clearly drawn.

“Chapter Three deals with issues of Biblical authority, that is the authority of the present day scriptures in the life of the church. First he reviews the traditional view of the absolute authority of the scriptures held by the churches since the Reformation. Then he documents the erosion of this position by theological liberals who subverted it with their higher criticism and attacks on Biblical inspiration and inerrancy. Finally he shows how evangelicals now waffle on this issue since due to their acceptance of the tenets of textual criticism they no longer really believe they have an inerrant Bible. The title of this chapter, “The Language of Biblical Authority: From Protestant Orthodoxy to Evangelical Equivocation” is particularly instructive of our current problems.

“Another issue that is broached is the consequences of our ecclesiology. Dr. Letis accurately demonstrates the Baptist (or Anabaptist as he puts it) nature of American culture. This, he points out, has contributed to the rise of a plethora of translations. He attributes this, at least partially, to the atomistic, individualistic nature of this Baptist culture, and the fractured state of ecclesiastical organizations that it has promoted. He notes that the Reformation model of an established state church gave us a single Bible, the Authorized Version. This is not presented as an argument for the establishment principle, and is merely meant to inform us of the consequences of the path American Christianity has taken over the last two centuries. In point of fact, most Presbyterians would probably agree, and would prefer to see a more consistent Presbyterianism replace the host of para-church organizations that have, along with commercial publishers, co-opted the whole Bible translation and distribution function. As Dr. Letis has argued elsewhere, when these functions cease to be a ministry under ecclesiastical control, and become driven by commercialism and it’s attendant profit motive, then we can expect a deluge of designer Bibles appealing to every niche market, and commercial appeal replaces faithfulness to God’s word, as the driving force for the whole process.

“The book goes on to cover a wide range of issues dealing with the text of scripture. There are eight chapters, four book reviews, and two appendices.

“If you are concerned about the present state of things with respect to the status of God’s word, and would like to have both an insight as to how we got here, and where we need to go from here, this book is good place to start.” (Source)

Theodore Letis Resources:


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Steve Skojec’s Islamophobic echo chamber


Steve Skojec

Steve Skojec’s Islamophobic echo chamber

“We should fear Islam.” ~ Steve Skojec

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 10:28)

Steve Skojec is one of those “Traditional Catholics” who is afraid of Islam, and who spreads his irrational fear of Islam via the internet.

He doesn’t allow any commentary or opinion on his websites and social media accounts that isn’t in agreement with his Islamophobic worldview.

If you try to post something about the CIA radicalizing, funding, arming, and training “radical Islamic jihadists” he will call you names and block you.

Steve’s most recent Islamophobic article: Identity Politics: A Key Ingredient in American Islamic Shootings

My comment, which Steve deleted, on his article (linked above):

Christ is noticeably absent from your article.

No, we shouldn’t fear Islam. We should fear God.

There’s more CIA and MI6 in “radical Islam” than there is Islam.

I ain’t scared.

Steve’s “Traditional Catholic” website: OnePeterFive:

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What is a social media echo chamber?

The Echo Chamber:

Echo Chambers on Social Media

A few articles and videos Steve Skojec needs to take a look at…

Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A.: “The United States has been helping Arab governments and Turkey send arms to the rebels.” Source: Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A. –

Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam: “The story of how Britain has helped nurture the rise of global terrorism has never before been told. ‘Secret Affairs’ shows in extensive detail how Britain and the US have repeatedly sided with radical Islamic forces in the Middle East and elsewhere as counterweights to check the rise of nationalism, as shock troops to bring about pro-Western regime change, and as proxies to fight wars against the West’s enemies.” —>>> Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam –

The Taliban indoctrinates kids with jihadist textbooks paid for by the U.S. government:

Visas for Al Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World: “During the 1980s, the CIA recruited and trained Muslim operatives to fight the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Later, the CIA would move those operatives from Afghanistan to the Balkans, and then to Iraq, Libya, and Syria, traveling on illegal US visas. These US-backed and trained fighters would morph into an organization that is synonymous with jihadist terrorism: al-Qaeda…” Visas for Al Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World: An Insider’s View –

World’s Most Dangerous Islamist Alive, Well, and Living in Pennsylvania: “Why have the CIA and FBI allowed Gulen to wreak havoc and topple secular governments without interruption or intervention?” World’s Most Dangerous Islamist Alive, Well, and Living in Pennsylvania:

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America isn’t becoming more open-minded, it’s collapsing…


America isn’t becoming more open-minded, it’s collapsing…

“And I found in my study that history is cyclic, and everywhere in the world you find this pattern in ancient times: that as a culture begins to decline, you have an efflorescence of transgender phenomena. That is a symptom of cultural collapse. So rather than people singing the praises of humanitarian liberalism that allows all of these transgender possibilities to appear and to be encouraged, I would be concerned about how Western culture is defining itself to the world. Because in fact these phenomena are inflaming the irrational, indeed borderline psychotic opponents of Western culture in the form of ISIS and other jihadists. Nothing better defines the decadence of the West to the jihadists than our toleration of open homosexuality and this transgender mania now.” (Emphasis added) Read more: Paglia: ‘Transgender Mania’ is a Symptom of West’s Cultural Collapse

Singing the praises of humanitarian liberalism…

“Mateen, a U.S. citizen born in New York who’d reportedly sworn allegiance to ISIS, was shooting deep into the heart of an America that is increasingly more diverse, more tolerant and more understanding than it has ever been…” (Emphasis added) Read more: After Orlando, there can be no looking back, no surrender:

America is suffering from tolerance, not intolerance…

“America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance — it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded…” (Emphasis added) Read more: Bishop Fulton J. Sheen – “A Plea For Intolerance” (1931)

Facing moral and political disaster…

“The long-range effects of this [media propaganda] campaign are even now evident. It is producing the ‘spineless citizen’: the man who has no cultural sensibilities; who is incapable of indignation; whose sole mental activity is merely an extension of what he reads in the newspaper or sees on the television screen; who faces moral disaster in his neighborhood, political disaster in his country, and an impending world catastrophe with a blank and smiling countenance. He has only understanding for the enemies of his country. He has nothing but kind sentiments for those who would destroy his home and family. He has an earnest sympathy for anyone who would obliterate his faith. He is universally tolerant. He is totally unprejudiced. If he has any principles, he keeps them well concealed, lest in advocating them he should seem to indicate that contrary principles might be inferior. He is, to the extent of his abilities, exactly like the next citizen, who, he trusts, is trying to be exactly like him: a faceless, characterless putty-man…” (Emphasis added) Read more: Should Hate Be Outlawed? (1959)


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In Christ Alone



In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

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