Not to be confused with Charismatic Christianity, the kind Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Island Barrett chants to during her secret sessions.

“Charismatic Christianity (also known as “spirit-filledChristianity by its adherents) is an apostate sect of Christianity that emphasizes miracles as an everyday part of a believer’s life. Practitioners are often called Charismatic Christians or Renewalists. Charismatic Christianity is generally categorized into three separate groups: Pentecostalism; the Charismatic movement; and the Neo-charismatic movement. The latter two movements are distinguished from Pentecostalism by not requiring alleged acts of speaking in tongues necessary for evidence of baptism with the Holy Spirit. A parareligion (para- “alongside”), the Charismatic movement prefers to characterize its dependency on formally-established churches as being “spread across” so-called “historic Christian Churches.” According to the Pew Research Center, Pentecostals and Charismatic Christians numbered over 584 million, or a quarter of the world’s 2 billion Christians, in 2011.[1]

“The Charismatic Christian movement began in 1960 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Van Nuys, California. Dennis Bennett, the church’s rector, claimed to have felt the Holy Spirit within him, and announced it to his Anglican church.[5]” Source: Edited to remove bias, and for clarity.

“President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court has put the spotlight on so-called Charismatic Christianity, a movement that started in the early 20th century and continues to spread rapidly all over the world. [“Holiness Pentecostalism / Holiness Pentecostal denominations (also known as Wesleyan Pentecostals or Methodistic Pentecostals) believe in entire sanctification (becoming perfect, like Jesus).[64] Inheriting Wesleyan-Arminian theology from the holiness movement within Methodism, Holiness Pentecostals are the original branch of Pentecostalism and these denominations include the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, and the United Holy Church of America.[64][65] For these Pentecostals, entire sanctification is the second work of grace in a series of three distinct blessings that Christians experience. The first work of grace is conversion (the new birth) and the third work of grace is the baptism in the Holy Spirit (which is marked by speaking in tongues). According to church historian and theologian Ted A. Campbell, this three-part pattern is often explained by stating “the Holy Spirit cannot fill an unclean vessel”, so the cleansing of the heart that takes place in entire sanctification is necessary before a person can be filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit. The testimony of those who attended the Azusa Street Revival was “I am saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost” in reference to the three works of grace of Holiness Pentecostals, the oldest branch of Pentecostalism.[64] In contrast, Finished Work Pentecostal denominations, such as the Assemblies of God, reject the doctrine of entire sanctification.[57][66]”

“Barrett, who claims Catholicism, is part of a Charismatic Christian so-called “lay” community called People of Praise, which has fewer than 2,000 members and began in South Bend, Indiana, in 1971.

“What sets Charismatic Christians apart from mainstream Christians is that they claim to perform miracles described in the New Testament; specifically, speaking in tongues; prophecy; and faith healing (so-called “gifts”).” Source: Edited from the original for clarity.

1 a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, most often attached to verbs and verbal derivatives, with the meanings “at or to one side of, beside, side by side” (parabola; paragraph; parallel; paralysis), “beyond, past, by” (paradox; paragogue); by extension from these senses, this prefix came to designate objects or activities auxiliary to or derivative of that denoted by the base word (parody; paronomasia), and hence abnormal or defective (paranoia), a sense now common in modern scientific coinages (parageusia; paralexia). As an English prefix, para-1 may have any of these senses; it is also productive in the naming of occupational roles considered ancillary or subsidiary to roles requiring more training, or of a higher status, on such models as paramedical and paraprofessional: paralegal; paralibrarian; parapolice.

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Positive Christianity
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Flag of the German Christians, a reactionary movement in German Protestantism which was associated with Positive Christianity

Positive Christianity (German: Positives Christentum) was a movement within Nazi Germany which mixed the belief that the racial purity of the German people should be maintained by mixing Nazi ideology with elements of Christianity. Adolf Hitler used the term in Point 24a (of 25 points) of the 1920 Nazi Party Program, stating: “the Party as such represents the viewpoint of Positive Christianity without binding itself to any particular denomination”.[2] The Nazi movement had been hostile to Germany’s established churches. The new Nazi idea of Positive Christianity allayed the fears of Germany’s Christian majority by implying that the Nazi movement was not anti-Christian[3], even though, in 1937, Hans Kerrl, the Nazi Minister for Church Affairs, stated that Positive Christianity was not “dependent upon the Apostle’s Creed”, or on “faith in Christ as the son of God”, upon which Christianity relied. Instead, Positive Christianity was represented by the Nazi Party: “The Führer is the herald of a new revelation”, Kerrl said.[4] To accord with Nazi antisemitism, Positive Christianity advocates also sought to deny the Semitic origins of Christ and the Bible. Based on such elements, Positive Christianity separated itself from Nicene Christianity and, as a result, is considered apostate by all historically Trinitarian Christian churches, regardless of whether they are Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant.

Hitler identified himself as a Christian in a 12 April 1922 speech.[5] Hitler also identified himself as a Christian in Mein Kampf. However, historians, including Ian Kershaw and Laurence Rees, characterize his acceptance of the term, Positive Christianity, and his involvement in religious policy, as being driven by opportunism and a pragmatic recognition of the political importance of the Christian churches in Germany.[3] Nevertheless, efforts by the regime to impose a Nazified “positive Christianity” on a state-controlled German Evangelical Church essentially failed, and resulted in the formation of the dissident Confessing Church which saw great danger to Germany from “the new religion”.[6] The Catholic Church also denounced the creed’s pagan myth of “blood and soil” in the 1937 papal encyclical Mit brennender Sorge.

The official Nazi ideologist Alfred Rosenberg played an important role in the development of Positive Christianity, which he conceived in discord with both Rome and the Protestant church, whose doctrines he called “negative Christianity”.[7] Richard Steigmann-Gall queries whether this made Rosenberg a genuine anti-Christian.[8] Rosenberg conceived of Positive Christianity as a transitional faith; and, amid the failure of the regime’s efforts to control Protestantism through the agency of the pro-Nazi “German Christians”, Rosenberg, along with fellow radicals Robert Ley and Baldur von Schirach, backed the neo-pagan “German Faith Movement,” which completely rejected Judeo-Christian conceptions of God.[9] During the war, Rosenberg drafted a plan for the future of religion in Germany which would see the “expulsion of the foreign Christian religions;” the replacement of the Bible with Mein Kampf; and the replacement of the Christian cross with the swastika in Nazified churches.[10]

Theological and doctrinal aspects
Adherents of Positive Christianity argued that traditional Christianity wrongly emphasized the passive rather than the active aspects of Christ’s life, over-stressing his miraculous birth; his suffering; his sacrifice on the cross; and his supernatural redemption. They sought to replace this doctrine with a “positive” emphasis on Christ as an active preacher, organizer and fighter who opposed the institutionalized Judaism of his day. At various points in the Nazi regime, attempts were made to replace conventional Christianity with its “positive” alternative.

Positive Christianity differed from mainstream Christianity in that it:

Rejected the Jewish-written parts of the Bible (including the entire Old Testament);
Claimed “Aryanhood” and non-Jewishness for Christ;
Promoted the political objective of national unity to overcome confessional differences; to eliminate Catholicism; and to unite Protestantism into a single unitary Positive Christian church[11];
Also encouraged followers to support the creation of an Aryan Homeland.

The New Testament was also altered, by removing the genealogies of Jesus that showed his Davidic descent; Jewish names and places were removed; quotations from the Old Testament were removed unless they showed Jews in a bad light; references to fulfilled Old Testament prophecies were removed; and, Jesus was reworked into a militaristic, heroic figure fighting the Jews using Nazified language.[12]

Origins of the idea
Steigmann-Gall traces the origins of Positive Christianity to higher criticism of the nineteenth century, with its emphasis on the distinction between the historical Jesus and the divine Jesus of theology.[13] According to some ‘schools of thought,’ Jesus as savior-figure of orthodox Christianity was very different from the historical Galilean preacher. While most scholars sought to frame Jesus in the context of ancient Judaism, some reconstructed an ‘historical’ Jesus who corresponded to racialist and antisemitic ideology. In the writings of such antisemites as Emile Burnouf; Houston Stewart Chamberlain; and Paul de Lagarde, Jesus was redefined as an Aryan hero who struggled against Jews and Judaism. Consistent with their origins in higher criticism, such writers often either rejected or minimized the miraculous aspects of Gospel narratives, reducing the crucifixion to a tragic coda to Jesus’s life, rather than its prefigured culmination. Both Burnouf and Chamberlain argued that the population of Galilee was racially distinct from that of Judea. Lagarde insisted that German Christianity must become “national” in character.[citation needed]

Various historians credit the origins of Positive Christianity more to the political acumen and opportunism of the Nazi leadership. Leading Nazis like Himmler; Rosenberg; Bormann and Goebbels, backed by Hitler, were hostile to Christianity, and ultimately planned to de-Christianize Germany;[10] Germany, however, had been Christian for over a thousand years, and Hitler, recognizing the German churches’ political significance, determined that any moves against the churches must be made in stages. According to Paul Berben, Positive Christianity therefore came to be advocated as a “term that could be overlaid with any interpretation required, depending on the circumstances” and the Party declared itself in support of religious freedom, provided this liberty did not “endanger the State or clash with the views of the ‘Germanic Race'”.[14] Source: Edited for clarity.

Some People of Praise member, singing about wanting to be paranormal, and violent revolution. Violent revolution similar to what happened on January 6, but presumably more successful. A form of militant Christianity, not to be specifically confused with the Catholo-terrorist website, Church Militant, a plagiarism of Churches Militant, Penitent, and Triumphant (in Christian theology, the three traditional divisions of the Christian Church).
More People of Prayer members, giving false hope to the sick, poor and elderly, and spouting evidence-less bullshit like covfefe. People of Prayer uses the money it “tithes” from its members (10 percent of annual income) to build private Christian charter schools in low-income areas.
Early life and career
Ernst Eduard Vom Rath was born in Frankfurt am Main to an aristocratic family, the son of a high-ranking public official, Gustav vom Rath. He attended a school in Breslau, and then studied law at Bonn, Munich and Königsberg until 1932, when he joined the Nazi Party and became a career diplomat. In April 1933 he became a member of the SA, the party’s paramilitary unit.[1] In 1935, after a posting in Bucharest, he was posted to the German embassy in Paris. Regarding the “Jewish Question”, which was already resulting in the murder, looting, and forcible displacement and deportation of Jews across Europe, Rath expressed regret that the German Jews had to suffer, but argued that the anti-Semitic laws were “necessary” to allow the Volksgemeinschaft [a German expression meaning “people’s community”] to flourish.[2]
Herschel Grynszpan in Paris just after his arrest (7 November 1938)
Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1988-078-08 / CC-BY-SA 3.0

At 9:45am Grynszpan, 17, identified himself as a German resident at the reception desk, and asked to see an embassy official; he did not ask for anyone by name. He claimed to be a spy with important intelligence which he had to give to the most senior diplomat available, preferably the ambassador. Unaware that he had just walked past von Welczeck, Grynszpan asked if he could see “His Excellency, the ambassador” to hand over the “most important document” he claimed to have.[18] The clerk on duty asked Ernst vom Rath, 29, the junior of the two embassy officials available, to see him. When Grynszpan entered Rath’s office, Rath asked to see the “most important document.” Grynszpan pulled out his gun, and shot him five times in the abdomen. According to the French police account, he shouted right before pulling out his gun: “You’re a filthy boche! In the name of 12,000 persecuted Jews, here is the document!”[19]

Grynszpan made no attempt to resist or escape, and identified himself truthfully to the French police. He confessed to shooting Rath (who was in critical condition in hospital), and repeated that his motive was to avenge the persecuted Jews. In his pocket was the postcard to his parents. It read: “With God’s help. My dear parents, I could not do otherwise, may God forgive me, the heart bleeds when I hear of your tragedy and that of the 12,000 Jews. I must protest so that the whole world hears my protest, and that I will do. Forgive me. Hermann.”[7]

Adolf Hitler personally sent his two best doctors, personal physician Karl Brandt and surgeon Georg Magnus, to Paris to try to save vom Rath’s life. Hours before vom Rath’s death on 9 November at 17:30 (5:30 p.m.), Hitler promoted the embassy junior officer to the rank of Legal Consul, First Class (Gesandtschaftsrat I. Klasse).[6] Kristallnacht was launched within hours.

Vom Rath was given a state funeral on 17 November in Düsseldorf, with Hitler and Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop in attendance. The Nazis used the incident to publicize that the Jews had “fired the first shot” in a war on Germany; in his funeral oration, Ribbentrop declared, “We understand the challenge, and we accept it.”[9]

American journalist Dorothy Thompson reported widely on the case, and raised funds for Grynszpan’s defense at his French trial, which never took place.[10] To Grynszpan’s fury, whereas he wanted to use the “Jewish avenger” defense successfully used by Sholem Schwarzbard at his 1927 trial, Grynszpan’s French lawyer Vincent de Moro-Giafferi asserted as the defense the allegation that Rath was a gay man who had seduced Grynszpan, and that Grynszpan had killed Rath as part of a lover’s quarrel. Under French law, those convicted of murder for political reasons faced the death penalty, but those who committed a crime passionnel were usually given a lesser sentence. The defense worked, and Grynszpan remained in prison in France for nearly two years.

Grynszpan initially escaped from prison when France fell in 1940, but he was captured by the Nazis and taken back to Germany.[11] He was sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp to face a trial there, one that Joseph Goebbels planned to turn into Nazi propaganda about an international Jewish conspiracy; ultimately, to claim it as evidence that the Jews had started World War II.[11][10][12]

However, allegations surfaced that vom Rath had been, in fact, gay, and Goebbels learned that Grynszpan was intending to use this in his defense by alleging vom Rath had seduced him. Grynszpan planned to claim that vom Rath was his pimp, and that he [Grynszpan] had been sent by vom Rath to be with various diplomats (although Grynszpan later stated this to be false in an encrypted letter sent from Sachsenhausen).[13][14]

The homosexuality accusations threatened to humiliate the Nazis.[15] Goebbels wrote that “Grynszpan has invented the insolent argument that he had a homosexual relationship with… vom Rath. That is, of course, a shameless lie; however, it is thought out very cleverly and would, if brought out in the course of a public trial, certainly become the main argument of enemy propaganda.”[16]

According to historian Hans-Jürgen Döscher, Germany’s foremost authority on Kristallnacht, vom Rath was gay, and had met Grynszpan in Le Boeuf sur le Toit, in 1938 a popular haunt for gay men.[15] The French writer André Gide, himself gay, testified in his personal diaries that vom Rath was well-known in the Parisian gay community. There were rumors that occasionally vom Rath was called “Madame Ambassador” and “Notre Dame de Paris.” His brother, Gustav, was convicted of homosexual offences, and there were allegations that vom Rath was treated for rectal gonorrhoea at the Berlin Institute of Radiology.[1][17][18]

The trial was planned for 1942 but never took place, because the Nazis feared it would turn into a gay scandal.[19]

Grynszpan’s ultimate fate is unknown, but he probably died in Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1945.[15]

Sources:, Edited from the originals for clarity.

Kenneth Copeland’s net worth estimated 700 million
Paula White’s net worth estimated 5 million

I’ve just read over Acts 1 and 2 and, not surprisingly, it’s clear that Holiness Pentecostalism is taking the chapters’ messaging fantastically out of context. No, Christians do not become perfect people at any point in their lives, either upon baptism or upon death. The two chapters are discussing alleged supernatural phenomena, in two discrete events, that pertained specifically to Jesus; his Twelve Apostles present; and all of the Israelites, not just the group of them “from all nations” present during the event (the Apostles’ speaking of tongues, after witnessing Jesus for forty days, resurrected). The chapters make it clear that the “God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven” were, at that moment, able to hear the Apostles “declaring the wonders of God” in their native languages. In other words, the Apostles were speaking in not just all of the Jewish dialects, but in all languages that Jews had natively learned, presumably sometimes to the exclusion of Hebrew, in born captivity in every nation under Heaven. They were speaking in every known language on Earth at the time. It was a truly astonishing event. What Holiness Pentecostalists are doing is gibberish, nonsense. Yes, it can probably be inferred from the two chapters that future non-Israelite followers of Jesus receive the Holy Spirit upon baptism, but there is no way to infer that it also means that normal people should be able to start also speaking in tongues. That is an unwarranted leap. Acts 2 does predict that, in “the last days,” (which the Bible asserts in many places no one can know), God will “pour” his Holy Spirit out on all people, not just the Israelites; it then goes on to imply that recipients who have received the Spirit will do miraculous things. If we are to take the wording of the relevant verse in Acts 2 literally, all children of both sexes, and adults of both sexes, will prophesy; all young men will see visions; and all old men will dream dreams. If we are to take the wording more as suggestive hyperbole, more people than observably normal will do these things, and there will probably be some crossover; however, not only does the verse not mandate that those who do any one miracle will be able to perform any other, by a literal interpretation, it in fact states that they they will not be able to (e.g. old men will dream dreams, no one else; young men will see visions, no one else). At any rate, no one is really doing any of that yet in what I would call mass numbers, except in this Pentecostal sect, which, again, cannot scientifically replicate a true understanding of all languages, much less make specific prophecies that come true.

Acts 2 asserts that, even after they’d received the Holy Spirit, still, “Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.” That means only the Apostles were doing the miracles, even though everyone had received the Holy Spirit. And, the baptized and converted were still in awe of the miracles… because they themselves couldn’t do any.

There are other ways to prove it. Holiness Pentecostalism has been around since the early 20th century. If it worked, the whole world should have been healed by now, because people would have knocked on everyone’s doors and gone to the Pentecostal healing service. Scientists and governments alike would have long ago swarmed them and asked them to show them how it’s done. No serious Christian should take it seriously. On the flip side of the coin, any Christian who does take it seriously debases everything else about Christianity in their own mind by definition, since they on some level must know that no real healings are taking place, and that no real tongues are being spoken.

Acts 1-2
New International Version
Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[c] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters,[d] the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”

18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)

20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:

“‘May his place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in it,’[e]


“‘May another take his place of leadership.’[f]

21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”

23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[g] as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[h] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[i]

22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men,[j] put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him:

“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.’[k]

29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”’[l]

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

The Fellowship of the Believers
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 1:5 Or in
Acts 1:5 Or in
Acts 1:12 That is, about 5/8 mile or about 1 kilometer
Acts 1:16 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 6:3; 11:29; 12:17; 16:40; 18:18, 27; 21:7, 17; 28:14, 15.
Acts 1:20 Psalm 69:25
Acts 1:20 Psalm 109:8
Acts 2:4 Or languages; also in verse 11
Acts 2:9 That is, the Roman province by that name
Acts 2:21 Joel 2:28-32
Acts 2:23 Or of those not having the law (that is, Gentiles)
Acts 2:28 Psalm 16:8-11 (see Septuagint)
Acts 2:35 Psalm 110:1

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The lawyer’s argument is absurd. He is trying to reduce her entry to a lone act of trespassing. Never mind that she had an army behind her which had clearly overwhelmed multiple layers of front-line police, and who were using objects to try to bash through the locked doors, breaking windows in the process.

Her actions occurred during a violent insurrection, and don’t qualify under Constitutional protections. If anything, she was a deputized soldier of the U.S. Commander in Chief, obeying his direct orders, from his own mouth to her ears, to march on the capitol; show strength; and fight like hell. She was an adult, she chose to put herself in the forefront of a violent insurrection; break a window of a locked door to the Senate Chamber; and jump into an officer’s drawn gun. Game over, every which way you look at it. She had ample warning, too. Drawn and aimed guns should never be assumed to be bluffs. No one made her do anything except, perhaps, Donald Trump. Her family should sue him. She was his soldier. But, now, Americans are being told to foot the bill for armed law enforcement using his weapon to kill a domestic enemy combatant immediately engaged in insurrection in a federal building.

They want to know who the officer was, when Trump was responsible for sending unmarked police out in vans to bag, and abduct, protesting Americans on the streets of Portland.

It doesn’t matter that she wasn’t armed, if that is even actually true. Her backpack could have been a bomb. She was also shrouded in flag material that could easily have been hiding a compact firearm, and not necessarily a quaint one. With nothing but that information to go on, it was a rational decision made by the officer that a dead Ashli Babbitt was likely safer than a live Ashli Babbitt.

Constitutional rights can’t be violated in an act of insurrection, because there’s no way for officers to ascertain the citizenship of the attackers. It’s called hot pursuit. Effectively, anything goes, because everything is.

There is no reasonable reason for the officer to have assumed that Babbitt was American. Chew on that.

I don’t think there’s much more to be said about the incident. Some people inaccurately wish to turn her into a martyr for some kind of cause. I have every intention of recasting that perception. Her actions were as sane and meaningful as hurling oneself off of a cliff. Fact.. She didn’t need Trump reelected, she needed medication and therapy. She also needed an intervention.

The family’s jackass lawyer claims that “all a rookie cop would have done was arrest her.” Like the police arrested all of the insurrectionists who had come before her, I suppose?


America, don’t fall for dumb arguments.

I’m not sure where I heard, or read, that the events of this scene are based, in part, on the direct statement of fact imparted from God to Moses in Exodus 33:20, which is:

19“I will cause all My goodness to pass before you,” the LORD replied, “and I will proclaim My name—the LORD—in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”b
20But He added, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.”
21The LORD continued, “There is a place near Me where you are to stand upon a rock, 22and when My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. 23Then I will take My hand away, and you will see My back; but My face must not be seen.”

In the movie, the paranormal catastrophe does not begin until it’s clear they have stared into the face of the flying female angel, which immediately transforms from a beautiful woman, to a gruesome, menacing specter.

This scene, like Marcus Brody almost biting into the apple before shortly admonishing Indiana Jones to not go looking for the Ark (a warning which would be duplicated by Sallah in Cairo), portends that the Ark represents danger. A literal interpretation of Exodus 33:20 is that no person alive can perceive, much less be like, God; the vessel is infinitely inadequate to contain the experience. The monkey dying from a poisoned date in the movie is also symbolically significant. Clearly, Spielberg was drawing a clear line between looking into the face of an angel departed from the Ark, and the Biblical account of Genesis of Eve eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, as related.

I don’t think I’m imagining anything. By claiming to speak in tongues, Holiness Pentecostals are without question declaring themselves spiritually perfect.

“Holiness Pentecostal denominations (also known as Wesleyan Pentecostals or Methodistic Pentecostals) believe in entire sanctification.[64] Inheriting Wesleyan-Arminian theology from the holiness movement within Methodism, Holiness Pentecostals are the original branch of Pentecostalism and these denominations include the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, and the United Holy Church of America.[64][65] For these Pentecostals, entire sanctification is the second work of grace in a series of three distinct blessings that Christians experience. The first work of grace is conversion (the new birth) and the third work of grace is the baptism in the Holy Spirit (which is marked by speaking in tongues). According to church historian and theologian Ted A. Campbell, this three-part pattern is often explained by stating “the Holy Spirit cannot fill an unclean vessel”, so the cleansing of the heart that takes place in entire sanctification is necessary before a person can be filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit. The testimony of those who attended the Azusa Street Revival was “I am saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost” in reference to the three works of grace of Holiness Pentecostals, the oldest branch of Pentecostalism.[64]”

Not only is it a wrong interpretation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as described in Acts 1 and 2, it’s an ego-trip, and an ignorant one at that, to think that at any point in one’s life they became spiritually perfect. The above Wikipedia article asserts that the Catholic Church believes in entire sanctification. But, to their interpretation, I’m sure, it’s something bizarrely rare. As rare as, I dare say, canonized saints. It’s completely different than something you get by walking into a church and being baptized. That’s the sales pitch they do for money, and the ego-trip can be deadly. American Christian leaders have gotten people killed, by luring their followers’ attention and resources away from meaningful therapies and life experiences with empty promises of healing. Trump got even more people killed by denying COVID, and did so with the help of a lot of factually-out-of-touch preachers. He got Ashli Babbitt killed, too. I’m not anti-religion. I’m defending religion. No, it’s not a choose-your-own-adventure game. There are some rules to all major world religions, and humility is one of them. So is competence. You don’t become a prophet because you call yourself one.
Caused by human error, and ample warning had been given. The primary whistleblower, who had been overruled in a series of high-level, last-minute discussions, said he couldn’t sleep the night before, and was convinced the shuttle would explode. This is all documented on Wikipedia.