Gilad Atzmon returns to discuss what he sees as a civil war brewing in the United States over dividing lines that are based on identitarian politics. In this educational and informative interview, he elaborates on a recent post of his, It’s Not About Trump or Biden, and he discusses the history of identitarian politics and why the U.S. is so polarized today. He is the author of The Wandering Who: The Study of Jewish Identity Politics and Being In Time: A Post-Political Manifesto. In May 2018 he was on my program that commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Nakba “The Catastrophe” and Palestinian resistance.
I wrote this for the November Beaverton Resource Guide.
This quote comes from thirteenth century mystic, Meister Eckhart: “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
I admit, I do not always feel grateful. If I were forced to keep track, I may find that I pray the “help me” prayer more than the “thank you” prayer (that is when I pray at all). That is a lot to admit but why not be honest? These are interesting times. The last thing any of us might feel is gratitude when our lives have been turned upside-down and our future is uncertain.
Here is the catch. Gratitude is not an emotion. Gratitude is a choice. Gratitude is a discipline. Gratitude is a habit. That is why parents instruct their children in the art of “please and thank you.” Get in the practice and one day it will become second nature.
The cynic in us might respond: What about the injustices and the suffering, mine and others? Do we just be grateful and ignore that? What is the benefit?
Here is the bottom line. Gratitude is about survival. We won’t be able to do anything about injustice and suffering if we do not take a daily inventory of what is positive in our lives. As we make the choice to practice gratitude we will discover that we have many items in our personal inventory to help us face our challenges.
Meister Eckhart knew what he was talking about. Make the choice to be grateful every day and list the specifics. You will discover that it is enough. You have everything you need.
~ John Shuck
John Shuck is an ordained Presbyterian minister having served four congregations since 1992. Learn more at www.johnshuck.com
I wrote this for Stand With Dignity.
Stand With Dignity also produced a few videos in which I spoke about different topics. This is about my trip to Karbala and what Imam Hussain (as) means to me.
What Is the Road to Karbala?
It is a path of mourning for the wounds are deep and the arrows are plentiful that pierce the flesh of Hussain Ibn Ali and his companions on Ashura. On that day Yazid’s army controlled the battlefield. Hard to call it a battlefield, a massacre, really. What do you call 30,000 soldiers against the bravest 72 people who ever lived or ever will live?
It was Yazid’s day. The day of might. The day of brute force. The day of overwhelming numbers. The day of treachery. The day of deceit. The day of control.
“You will do this because we say!”
That is the cry of every authoritarian despot everywhere. Authority rules. Not truth. Not democracy. Not reason. Not love. Not compassion. The authoritarians use those words and make a mockery of them. And they fool the masses. They fool the 30,000. But those who are aware know, the minority, the 72. They know.
They know because their heart knows. Their heart knows because they know the grandson of the Prophet (peace be upon him). They know because they have seen the love and beauty that is Imam Hussain (AS). So few. So few really know. As Hussain told his sister Zainab:
“Falsehood can buy many supporters, but truth has only a few friends.”
But when I walked the road to Karbala in October 2018 I was surrounded by millions. Poor and wealthy alike from around the world, walking to make their visit to the man who opened our eyes to the meaning of justice, of truth, and of sacrifice. They walked mourning, weeping, for Hussain and his family, for their suffering, for their courage, for their commitment to Allah at all costs.
Hussain calls out today to everyone, to Muslims, to me a Christian:
“Hal Min Nasirin Yansurna. Is there anyone to help me?”
Don’t answer lightly, dear mourner of Hussain.
How can I say, “Labbayk Ya Hussain! Here I am Hussain!?”
Do I mean it? Do I mean it, really? Am I really here for Hussain when it means going against the grain, resisting the lies, challenging the powerful, seeking the truth, the real truth?
Honestly, more often than not I don’t really mean it. The cost is too great. I hedge my bet.
Labbayk Ya Hussain! Here I am Hussain! (As long as I don’t have to sacrifice too much).
Here I am Hussain! (As long as it doesn’t take away my comforts).
Here I am Hussain! (As long my life isn’t disrupted by the cry of the suffering).
Here I am Hussain! (As long as I can safely blend in with the crowd).
I mourn for Hussain because I was too late for the battle. I mourn for Hussain because I know I am not like Hussain. I mourn for Hussain because the world is mired in injustice, deceit and cowardice, and I am a part of it. I mourn for Hussain because it is just easier to be on the side of Yazid. I mourn for Hussain because mourning is about all I can do.
What is the road to Karbala?
It is the road, if we let it, to be a road of honesty.
I felt summoned by Hussain when I touched his shrine and I was assisted because I couldn’t quite reach it. A hand took my hand and put it against the grate amidst the surging crowd. It was a moment of unity. A Christian from America welcomed. Hussain is for everyone. I felt summoned by Hussain to seek what is true and just. I felt confident that I could. But following Hussain is not an easy road.
Two years have passed since I made the ziyarat to Imam Hussain (AS). The world has changed dramatically in these two years. It feels as if we are under a spell. Something is very, very wrong and we don’t seem to know what it is. We are being deceived by the powers of this world as Yazid’s army was deceived.
What is the road to Karbala?
It is the road of awakening. It is the road of the free man and the free woman. It is the road of hope for humanity when the odds are so against it all seems lost. Hussain showed the world what it means to be a true, free human being when the world was at its darkest.
“Labbayk Ya Hussain!” is not really about us and what we think we can do. We are too late. But we are bearing witness to a promise. We are bearing witness to the revealing of Imam Mahdi and the return of the Prophet Jesus. It is a matter of faith. We are summoned to trust that Allah has not given up on us.
That may be the hardest task of all—to hope for humanity when humanity is under attack. Perhaps that is what Hussain may be asking of us now. To keep hope alive. Hussain wasn’t defeated at Karbala. He was victorious. Yazid won this world with its deceptions and corruption. Hussain won the world to come with freedom and truth for humanity under the compassionate, watchful eye of Allah.
This world to come is coming soon, inshallah.
John Shuck, a Christian pastor, attended Arbaeen in 2018 thanks to the sponsorship of the Husayniah Society of Seattle and Sister Zahra Abidi. John and his partner, Josh Townsley, made a film about the visit called “For Love of Hussain (AS)” available on YouTube.
I wrote this for the August 2020 Beaverton Resource Guide
I am a spiritual being having a material experience.
I don’t think I have believed that as much as I do now.
In this time of collective high anxiety, we may find the need to practice this belief to calm the raging mind. We are an eternal consciousness choosing to have this experience. Forces of deception cause us to forget who we are. Consciousness is stronger than those forces.
We have bodies but we are not our bodies. We have thoughts but we are not our thoughts. We have feelings but we are not our feelings. We have a deep center of peace that no harm can touch.
This experience will end. It will pass. When the time comes to let it go, we will let it go. We will return to eternal consciousness where we really always are.
This truth is as close as our breath. As we spend time meditating, perhaps by watching our breath, we can create distance from this material experience and we can realize who we are. This gives us the freedom to participate in this experience without identifying with it. We can engage it without being trapped by it because we are spiritual beings having a material experience.
Peace. Peace. Peace. Nothing but peace.
John Shuck is a Presbyterian (U.S.A.) minister. His website is http://www.johnshuck.com
The cruelty. That is what is destroying my soul. The cruelty. The clincher for me that COVID was a psychological operation was when they cancelled March Madness. The students were so excited about the tournament. The ETSU (East Tennessee State University) Bucs finished their best season in decades, perhaps ever, and the news simply announced that the tournament was over. They attacked the young people first. I saw the meanness in that and knew intuitively that this was Satan’s work. The cruelty has abounded since then.
It is more than simply destroying humanity or turning us into robots or reducing the population; it is the excessive amount of cruelty by which it is done that destroys my hope. Oh I weep. God, how I weep. Why? If there is a God, why? I remember as a kid being taught by another kid a few years older than me how to make ants fight to the death. I did it once. The same kid liked to take a magnifying glass and fry them in the sun. What made this fun? He was just a kid. So was I. I think on that and realize that we are nothing more in the minds of our conquerors. We are but ants to them.
I can’t fight this anymore. I have lost all hope. I will be judged for that if there is a judge. Judged for giving up—for abandoning hope. I doubt now that there is a righteous judge. I am thinking that the universe, existence itself, is a cruel joke run by evil. Sometimes I hold out hope that there is Good beyond it, but I am losing that hope daily.
My heroes, my friends, my “conspiracy theorist” pals who take the abuse each day for posting what they see happening to us, keep at it through varying degrees of personal despair. If we can just post the right meme. If we can just dismantle one lie in the delusion. If we can make people see some of the falsehood, even just a little bit, people will awaken. We keep at it. Meanwhile, people cannot awaken because they cannot believe that such cruelty exists. They cannot imagine that those they have been conditioned to trust are so evil. So cruel. The longer it goes on, the more people fear, and the more they trust their authorities, and the more they hate those who challenge that illusion of security provided by these authorities.
In all the movies (ie. Matrix, The Hunger Games), the good people win. But who made the movies? The evil Satanists made the movies. All of this is a movie. It is their movie. They are playing us even through that. They are so far ahead of us, like the consciousness of a human vs. the consciousness of an ant, that even hope, even God in every religion and the Good in every philosophy and practice, is their creation. It is cruelty all the way up and all the way down. Even Goodness is an illusion. There is no pure heart. We are all made in Cruelty’s image. It isn’t that Evil is a distortion of Good, but Good is a distortion of Evil. Not a distortion, really, just a cipher, a rube, a program, in the cruel, sick game.
Is that blasphemy? Am I saying too much? Is there anything worthy of hope? Do I have it wrong?
My friends are fighting. They are warriors. They are not giving up. They fight in the belief that Good can defeat this Evil before total enslavement. The last thing I want to do is to discourage that spirit. That fight is the last remnant of our soul. But I have to ask if we are doing anything more than playing their game?
Maybe. Maybe we are doing something. The USS Liberty did not sink. Israel and the Traitor in Chief, LBJ, tried their best to sink the USS Liberty on June 8th, 1967, but the last torpedo fired that should have sunk it hit a beam in the ship and did not break it in two. The USS Liberty did not sink and its survivors tell her story to this day. That is a sign of hope for me. If Divine Intervention, the Good, saved the Liberty, was it saved for nothing? I meditate on that and I hope yet.
In October 2018, I learned the story of Imam Hussain (as), Hussain Ibn Ali, and his courageous stand against Yazid. I don’t know how that all worked out that I would visit his shrine in Karbala, Iraq. I don’t know what it means that the moment I was about to touch the shrine and I couldn’t reach it, to be assisted, to have my hand pushed against the grate and to look into the eyes of the person who did it. I don’t know what that means. I just know it happened and I felt a summons to speak what I thought was true. Was it a Divine sign? Maybe I am just being played. But I hope yet.
Hope is thin. So thin it rests on a razor’s edge. Hope is so thin that I lose it in the fog. Cruelty is thick. It is a dense fog that covers all. It grows thicker each day. We have no time left. The Cruel plan is unfolding faster and faster. It won’t be long, a few months, a few years on the outside before we are all transformed into an artificial existence. Our humanity is being stripped away from us. It has begun with the masking, the walking in rows, the distancing, the isolating, the destruction of our societies, divide and conquer, but more than that, the inability of the many to see what is happening before their eyes.
How can others not see what I see? It is so difficult to fathom that everyone from former church members to family members to the most aware people I thought I knew not to see that this is all terribly, terribly wrong. Such is the deception. Such is the cruelty. Such is the thickness of illusion. We are under a spell. Can it be broken?
I don’t know. In this thick fog, I still clutch the thin hope that if I can tell my truth at all, then it is not over. Not yet.
We are human.
We are not sick.
We are not diseased.
We are not contagious.
We are being deceived.
If you do not want a vaccine (and you do not), you will need to connect with others like you. Protect each other. Support each other. Those who refuse the vaccine will have lives very difficult to live if not impossible without alternative ways to find food, shelter, travel, employment, and basic health care. Nothing the authorities and the media say is real. They are your enemy. Find your friends.
COVID is not about a killer virus. it is about a killer vaccine. Refuse.
Who Is Bill Gates? A Four-part series by James Corbett of the Corbett Report.
Freedom Cells: Creating Alternative Institutions.
When I saw the photo of Portland protesters on a local TV station’s FB page, I made a comment that COVID was over.
“Is this safe or not safe? Is it assembly or worship? I say it is worship and it is safe! COVID is over! Seize the day! Open up everything. You have the RIGHT.”
Then after a few comments back and forth, I ranted. My rant was in reply to the in-congruency of “Stay home! You are killing Granny!” a month ago to those protesting this lockdown to “The thousands of protesters are fine” and being told that the Portland protesters are all being safe and wearing masks. Here is my rant:
“I know it is awesome. They [the protesters] are human beings who naturally know how to keep from getting sick. Like the rest of the human race who work, go to school, church, synagogue, mosque, restaurant, ballgame, even assembly on the streets to make a grievance against the government. Common sense from millions of years of evolutionary trial and error. For three months we stayed home and worked at home if the job remained, or joined 40 million others in the unemployment line. People were shamed into thinking The Bill of Rights was selfish and didn’t apply in this special circumstance where we were told by experts that we had to shut schools, close children’s playgrounds, shut down churches, sports, life itself and then be shamed into wearing masks, standing on arrows in the supermarket, treated as if we are five years old—“wash your hands.” And we did it because we were told. We were told that scientists were trustworthy and true and standing six feet apart and wearing masks and shutting down hospitals was scientifically verified. The evidence seems pretty sparse. But shame! Shame! “How dare you not trust the doctors, you covidiot!” So we obeyed. People watched their lives crumble, loved ones die without being able to hold a hand, or then attend the funeral, because “be safe” and “Stay the fuck at home!” And the weird thing is that you are not even sick. I don’t know a person who has this whatever it is except celebrities. Then this. Party on! Riot on! Here are some bricks. Cops having a great time smashing shit and beating people. Rioters having a blast throwing bricks that were conveniently stacked for them. What a party! And Portland! Portlandia! Isn’t it special? They choreograph their protests and lie prostrate on the bridge. Beautiful photographs from the eye in the sky media. And for a good cause—the murder and maiming of the Palestinians by the IDF. Good to know the Portland police force is trained by the best. Oh not the Palestinians? Maybe the Syrians who have been terrorized by terrorists paid for by the US and Israel. Or maybe this is about the people of Yemen, 50,000 children die every year thanks to the American planes and intelligence and a wink, wink to the house of Saud. Not them either? You know who this is for? Your masters. You are signaling to them that you will obey. Who am I to judge? Worship how you like. The governors and mayors say “That is just fine. Be careful. Did you pack a snack?” What just happened? Is it the Black Death or not? Is it a Monty Python show? Bring out your dead? No! This is all a sham and these five days of protests are the proof. The elites who orchestrated this COVID lockdown and the bureaucrats who knew better but dutifully obeyed are to blame. You are just as guilty by not thinking critically. Now life is in shambles all over this country. Hopefully, the rest of us are learning something. We all know now. This is bullshit. We are going to rise up. No more distancing. We didn’t decide this. This was imposed. No more masks. Wear one if you are a scared little baby but don’t you dare lecture me that you care about saving lives of others after this stunt. You wear a mask for master. Let that sink in.”
I think what we are experiencing is a long-planned satanic ritual of dehumanization.
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Today is Monday, May 25, 2020. This is Sunday’s sermon. Yes, it is Monday. This really isn’t a sermon, since I have no congregation. Church has been virtual or fake or non-existent since we have been attacked by our governments. So I guess it doesn’t really matter if I preach a fake sermon to a fake congregation on the wrong day.
But if it were Sunday, May 24th, 2020, it would be Ascension Sunday, the Sunday to acknowledge the Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) and his return to heaven. Next week, May 31st, 2020 is Pentecost, when we hear the story of the arrival of the Holy Spirit.
Here are the lectionary readings for May 24th. First, a reading from a translation of the Qur’an. This is from The Message of the Qur’an: Translated and Explained by Muhammad Asad. This is the promise of comfort to those suffering misfortune and hardship.
Qur’an 2:199-200 (The Message of the Qur’an: Translated and Explained by Muhammad Asad)
Do you think that you could enter paradise without having suffered like those [believers] who passed away before you? Misfortune and hardship befell them, and so shaken were they that the apostle, and the believers with him, would exclaim, “When will God’s succor come?”
O, verily, God’s succor is [always] near!
The first lectionary reading is from Acts. This is the story of Jesus’s (pbuh) ascension to heaven.
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ 7He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
The second lectionary text is from First Peter. This reading is most relevant to our current experience, in my opinion. Listen.
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice in so far as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8Discipline yourselves; keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
And finally, the gospel text is from John’s gospel. This is the prayer of Jesus (pbuh) for those who have been given to him.
17After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
6 ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.
I am going to add one more reading. This is saying 18 from the Gospel of Thomas, sayings of Jesus discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt in the 1945, 1600 years after they were buried there.
Gospel of Thomas 18
The disciples said to Jesus: Tell us how our end will be. Jesus said: Since you have discovered the beginning, why do you seek the end? For where the beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who shall stand at the beginning (in the beginning), and he shall know the end, and shall not taste death.
I am a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor. I have been one for 27 years. I am not currently serving a church. I resigned my last call in November 2019 over difference of vision, direction, and understanding of the Gospel. Then the apocalypse hit and all churches shut themselves down, except for a notable few. I mention with gratitude Liberty Fellowship Church in Kalispell, Montana, with Pastor Chuck Baldwin. They did not cave in to the Beast and continued to worship in body. Do check out my interview with Pastor Chuck Baldwin on Progressive Spirit. He and I agree that COVID is a PSYOP. It is not about a virus. It is about control.
Before I talk more about that, I do wish to put this out there. I am looking for a call to serve a church. I wrote this today on my Facebook page.
“I am ready to be called to a church as a pastor. No virtual church. Physical gathering. Singing. Laying on of hands to heal. Communion. Preaching. Intercessory prayer. I realize that we have been so psychologically and spiritually damaged by these misanthropic commands: “social distancing” walking in rows, wearing masks, suspecting everyone of being diseased, that we will have to teach people how to touch again. This is truly diabolical. Time to rise up and be the church again.”
If there are people in the Portland, Oregon area looking for a church, a real church, a flesh and blood gathering, with a real pastor, also flesh and blood, then let me know. I will bring spiritual insights from a variety of places, but it will be centered on the search for what is true and actions that are good. Truth and Goodness. This is from the Presbyterian Form of Government. F-3.0104. This was written in the 18th century:
“Truth and Goodness
That truth is in order to goodness, and the great touchstone of truth, its tendency to promote holiness, according to our Savior’s rule, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” And that no opinion can either be more pernicious or more absurd than that which brings truth and falsehood upon a level, and represents it as of no consequence what a man’s opinions are. On the contrary, we are persuaded that there is an inseparable connection between faith and practice, truth and duty. Otherwise it would be of no consequence either to discover truth or to embrace it. (F-3.0104)
Truth matters. It matters what is actually true. It matters to know what is really going on, what is happening. What is true. One could say, “I don’t care what is true. I am just going to hide in my little world.” Or one could say, “It doesn’t matter what is true. I can do what is good anyway.”
Both of those statements go against the spirit of Truth and Goodness. If you don’t know the truth about what is happening, whatever good you try to do will be misinformed. What you think is good could be actually bad.
You need to know the truth. There is no excuse for not knowing the truth.
People can say to me, “You’re crazy! You’re a conspiracy theorist!”
So. Maybe I am. Calling me names does not excuse you from searching the truth. If you think you can blame your laziness on me, that isn’t going to help you. It isn’t about me. I may be crazy. I may be dead soon. Still truth is at your door waiting for you to open the door. It will be there regardless of your fear, regardless of your indecision, regardless of the messenger.
I am looking to serve a church based on the principles of Truth and Goodness. In this church we will meet physically. There will be some music. We will touch. We will be close. We will pray. We will lay on hands and invoke the power of the healing spirit to enter our bodies and our minds. We will break bread together. We will learn from the Bible, from the Qur’an, and from other ancient and holy texts. We will hear from spiritual leaders, past and present. Pretty much what I have always done for my 27 years. I will be there for pastoral needs and celebrations, a friend to lean upon, a pastor to comfort during times of grief. Those times will be coming. As it says in 1 Peter:
“12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice in so far as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.”
This Church will embody the joy of sharing Christ’s sufferings. Let me say that again.
This Church will embody the joy of sharing Christ’s sufferings.
You can’t get more spiritual than that. We need each other, physically. We need to be here for each other. We need to share Christ’s sufferings. Satan has ripped us apart. Satan, the adversary, the devil, the roaring lion has done this. The serpent. COVID is not about a virus. It is the fiery ordeal brought upon us by Satan and promoted through the media.
We resist by being the church. This virus is a lie. It is deception. It is a PSYOP. It is fake. Real people die. More will die. They will not die from a natural virus. They will die because they were murdered by the transnational agencies and personalities that have engineered this PSYOP.
This is an attack. That is the truth as I see it. If it is true that we are under attack, then we should respond with goodness that is inseparably connected to this truth. Otherwise we are responding as those who are attacking us want us to respond. If we are under attack, we need to find out who is doing it and how and defend ourselves. That is what the church needs to be. We need to equip ourselves, and help each other defend against these attacks.
We are being stripped of our humanity. We are giving up our rights. We are being de-programmed and re-programmed. We are being de-programmed to deny our basic humanity and its needs and being re-programmed to become robots. What do you think all of this is about? Six feet apart, walking up and down rows, following arrows, treated as if we are five years old, denied being able to work, to worship, to congregate, to fellowship, to protest, to go to the beach of all things!
Last week I drove to Montana. Signs flashing throughout the state read: “Non-essential out of state visitors must observe a mandatory 14-day quarantine.” Yeah, well I am essential. We are all essential. No one is non-essential. That humiliating designation, that division of people between essential and non-essential is part of the attack. This is an attack on our very humanity with the excuse, the false flag, of a virus.
I am not sick.
You are not sick.
We are not diseased.
We are not contagious.
We are being deceived.
Let us breathe.
According to the statistics, about 100,000 Americans have supposedly died of COVID. 300,000 worldwide. Think about that for a second. Why of all the deaths globally, that a third are Americans? Americans make up about four to five percent of the world’s population. Why does COVID kill Americans more than any other? Think about it. This is not an attack from another nation. This is an attack on Americans by transnational entities and personalities. Destroy America, the rich, free country, and you destroy the world.
T.S. Eliot’s last stanza of his 98 stanza poem, “Hollow Men” may be the most quoted of all of Eliot’s poetry, says Wikipedia.
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
That is how I feel about our end, the end of humanity, which will happen before this decade ends unless there is a literal, supernatural intervention. That is how I see it. They have destroyed us with fakery and deception.
Humanity put on its mask, isolated, distanced, and decided that its basic rights and freedoms were selfish and gave them up. Humanity denied everything that had at one time defined it, because they believed a lie, a lie so well-crafted that they believed they were doing the right thing by doing what was against their very nature, what humans have done as long as they have been around. Humanity gave up its own power of healing that it had known since humanity began, allowing the clever powers to take it and tell humanity what was best for it.
We allowed ourselves to be tricked. In Genesis, it was a trick by the serpent that started it all.
The serpents who run this game are watching, waiting, for their impeccable plan to run its course. No need to fire a shot. No need for tanks or martial law. No need for a bang. We submit with a whimper, perhaps not even that. The whimper won’t come until it is far too late. Perhaps we will never whimper because we may never know that we were ever deceived. Maybe that will be a mercy.
Facebook told me my last sermon went against its community standards and prevented it from being shown to my followers. This is war. Are you feeling it, yet? What do they have to do to you? What do you have to suffer before you understand this is an attack on you?
You won’t get answers from the television. Stop watching it. It is bad for your health. The constant 24/7 messaging is literally a PSYOP. When we fly over countries that we bomb, we send leaflets first telling them a bunch of lies in order to weaken their spirits. That is what the 24/7 media is. All channels. Radio. TV. News. Hollywood movies. TV shows. Netflix. And of course, advertising. All of it. It is the enemy’s propaganda. It is deception. They are lying to you about a virus that exists in mythology.
Those numbers I mentioned about 100,000 deaths in the U.S. They are exaggerated to say the least. Probably all fake. Even if 100,000 died of something, it is what happens now and then. People die. 40,000 die on American highways every year. 30,000 die from suicide every year. How many die from heart disease or alcoholism?
Even if the numbers were accurate of 100,000 dead Americans due to COVID, it would never justify destroying the society and through all of these nonsensical measures! Now with 34 million unemployed because of the lockdown, how many are going to die now? It is just beginning.
The narrative is fake. Think about it. This isn’t real. What is real is what you see and experience. No one is dropping dead of a virus around you. People are losing their jobs and their livelihoods. That is real. As much as you want me to be wrong, I would like to be wrong, too, it doesn’t matter. Because what’s real is what’s real. It is happening. This is the Apocalypse. This is an attack from the wealthiest .0001 % upon all of humanity. They control perception.
The numbers are exaggerated by the way. Doctors are paid to write COVID on death certificates regardless of what killed them. There is no real test for this. So the diagnosis is simply made up when people say that have symptoms. Hospitals are empty. Nursing staff are being laid off. This is not real.
I am assuming if you are still listening to me, you hopefully are aware that this isn’t right.
This is a spiritual attack. This is a controlled demolition of the economy. This is the making of a new world order that is engineered by the billionaires who control the wealth of this planet. We are being enslaved. This has been planned for decades if not generations.
So what do we do? I am a pastor.
So we need to deal with the spirituality of this.
We need to get our churches back and not give them up again. This goes for mosques, temples, synagogues and other places of worship. Since most religious people are Christian in the United States, the church is the primary place to resist. We need to open up churches whether or not we have “state approval” to do so. This is spiritual war.
This is the “fiery ordeal” that is talked about in First Peter. We are the persecuted church. We are also the world’s defense. We defend by being human and by discerning what God is saying to us.
Spirituality conquers deception in a few important ways.
First: Do Not Fear.
Fear is not from God. Fear is from the Deceiver. These Serpents feed off of our fear. There is nothing to fear. They can kill us. That’s it. They can kill the body, not the soul. We will die anyway at some point. Let us die for Christ. Let us die for Allah. Let us die because it is better to die than be a slave. Banish fear from your life. When you feel afraid, find your Bible. Find your Qur’an. Pray. Breathe. Breathe in and out.
“I am not afraid. God is near.”
From the Qur’an:
Do you think that you could enter paradise without having suffered like those [believers] who passed away before you? Misfortune and hardship befell them, and so shaken were they that the apostle, and the believers with him, would exclaim, “When will God’s succor come?”
O, verily, God’s succor is [always] near!
From the Psalm 46:
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
Feeling afraid? Pray it. Doesn’t seem to work? Pray it again. Pray away the fear.
Second: Stay away from the media.
It is programming designed to mess you up. Know that. It is enemy propaganda. Purify yourself from it. It is everywhere. Social media is controlled by the enemy, too. All of it belongs to the enemy. All media. Don’t spend too much time on the screens. We have to use it, but it belongs to the enemy. Know that. Be careful. Don’t spend so much time in it that you get burned. Don’t listen to the smooth-talking celebrities or politicians, no matter how much you like them. They are tools of the enemy. This is all deception. Rule of thumb that I mentioned last week. Anyone who is unable to be truthful about 9/11 cannot be trusted. They either haven’t done the research or they are lying about it or they are so deceived that they are worthless.
Three: Instead, spend your time researching what is real.
Here are some names to search through Duck Duck Go on your Brave browser. There are more than this list. There are people out there searching for what is true and reporting it to you. These are a few that I know.
This is not an exhaustive list. They are people I know.
Watch their videos. Read their articles. I post a lot of stuff on my Facebook page from different sources. I will do so until it is deleted and until I am deleted.
We are being erased. However, the truth is rising. We need truth warriors.
Don’t believe everything. Discern for yourself. Be strong.
Four: Know who your friends are and who the enemy is.
This is war. Be careful. Know who your friends are. They are few. Know who the enemy is. Most people are computer programs. The government presses ENTER and people stand in line, put on a mask, and snitch on their neighbors. They work for the enemy. The enemy is the one who imposed this lockdown. Remember, we did not ask for this. We did not discuss this. This was imposed upon us.
Five: Know that you have a purpose.
It is no accident that you are here now. It is no accident that you are hearing this or watching it or reading it. This is the apocalypse. You are alive in the midst of it. You need to be strong. You need to be a warrior.
Six: Take risks. Take the risks you can to live like a human being. I cannot tell you what to do. You will have to figure that out. But meeting with a community can help.
1) Do Not Fear.
2) Stay Away from the Media.
3) Research What is Real.
4) Know Your Friends and Your Enemy.
5) Know You Have a Purpose.
6) Take Risks
You didn’t sign up for this. I get it. This got dumped on us.
The best I see it is that you and I are Eternal Consciousness having a particular experience. When we identify so closely with the experience that we cannot free ourselves from our emotions, we need to remember who we are spiritually. We need to meditate, pray, journal, exercise, do whatever it takes to realize that we have a body but we are not our body. We have emotions but we are not our emotions. We have thoughts but we are not our thoughts. We can step back from them and realize that reality. We are from above. We are part of the eternal. We are of God. One day we shall return. We will ascend like Jesus (pbuh).
One of the practices that has been taken from us, perhaps the most important practice, is to gather physically and share our experience. We have to take that back. Get together physically, with people you love, and be human. Touch. Hug. Embrace. Pray. Weep. Laugh.
That is the church, the Greek word is ekklesia, the physical gathering of people.
Let us be that again. Now.
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Peace be with you and with your loved ones.
May you find hope and faith in the revealing of Imam Mahdi and the return of Prophet Jesus the Christ (Peace be Upon Them).
This is my sermon for Sunday, May 17, 2020.
I am John Shuck. My website is http://www.johnshuck.com
This is a reading from a translation of the Holy Qur’an. This is from Al-Baqara, the Cow. Chapter 2, verses 151 through 157.
“Even as We have sent unto you an apostle from among yourselves to convey unto you Our messages and to cause you to grow in purity, and to impart unto you revelation and wisdom, and to teach you that which you knew not: so remember Me, and I shall remember you and be grateful unto Me, and deny Me not. O You who have attained to faith! Seek aid in steadfast patience and prayer: for, behold, God is with those who are patient in adversity.
And say not of those who are slain in God’s cause, “They are dead”: nay, they are alive, but you perceive it not. And most certainly shall We try you by means of danger, and hunger, and loss of worldly goods, of lives and of labor’s fruits. But give glad tidings unto those who are patient in adversity—who, when calamity befalls them, say, “Verily, unto God do we belong and, verily, unto Him we shall return.” It is they upon whom their Sustainer’s blessings and grace are bestowed, and it is they, they who are on the right path!”
That is from The Message of the Qur’an: Translated and Explained by Muhammad Asad.
And from the same translation, Chapter 33, verse 70:
“O you who have attained to faith! Remain conscious of God, and always speak with a will to bring out only what is just and true.”
This next reading is from Imam Ali (peace be upon him) the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him and his progeny). This is from a collection of Imam Ali’s writings called The Peak of Eloquence. This is a commentary on “the fear of Allah” which is taqwa. P. 477:
“Certainly, fear of Allah is the key to guidance, provision for the next world, freedom from every slavery and deliverance from all ruin. With its help the seeker succeeds and he who makes for safety escapes and achieves his aims.”
Finally, from the New Testament book of Revelation. The full title is The Revelation (or Apocalypse) of Jesus Christ to John. This is chapter 20 verse 4:
“Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.”
And this is an ancient Christian prayer discovered in the 20th century at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. It is in a collection of texts that had been buried for over 1400 years. It is the Prayer of Thanksgiving.
This the prayer that they spoke:
“We give thanks to You! Every soul and heart is lifted up to You, undisturbed name, honored with the name ‘God’ and praised with the name ‘Father’, for to everyone and everything (comes) the fatherly kindness and affection and love, and any teaching there may be that is sweet and plain, giving us mind, speech, (and) knowledge: mind, so that we may understand You, speech, so that we may expound You, knowledge, so that we may know You. We rejoice, having been illuminated by Your knowledge. We rejoice because You have shown us Yourself. We rejoice because while we were in (the) body, You have made us divine through Your knowledge.
“The thanksgiving of the person who attains to You is one thing: that we know You. We have known You, intellectual light. Life of life, we have known You. Womb of every creature, we have known You. Womb pregnant with the nature of the Father, we have known You. Eternal permanence of the begetting Father, thus have we worshiped Your goodness. There is one petition that we ask: we would be preserved in knowledge. And there is one protection that we desire: that we not stumble in this kind of life.”
When they had said these things in the prayer, they embraced each other and they went to eat their holy food, which has no blood in it.”
My dearest friends, we are at the end of days. The Beast is rising. Satan has cast his shadow over the world. Now is the time for the faithful to seek protection, to speak what is true and just, to love, to be faithful, and through that, conquer.
Before I say more about spiritual things, we do need to talk about some earthly things.
What is happening to us?
That is the question we should all be asking. What is really going on? You will not, I repeat, you will not get the answer to that question from the television screens, the 24/7 propaganda. You will not get it from most alternative media either.
One rule of thumb is to look for those who are being censored, banned, and de-platformed. The wise person will search those voices out and listen to what they have to say. It doesn’t mean everything they say is true, or anything they say is true, for that matter. You must discern. You must decide on your own. You must know there is a reason people are censored and it is not for the reason the censors give. People are not banned by the powers for speaking falsehoods. They are banned for saying things too close to the truth.
But that does not mean you can be lazy. Deception abounds. The most important thing you must do is to determine who your true friends are and who the enemy is. You must do this if you have any hope of survival as a free person. You must do this to protect your soul.
Another rule of thumb in regards to the media. Any media source, personality or journalist, or any politician or authority that is unable to tell you the truth about what happened on September 11th, 2001, cannot be trusted to tell the truth about what is happening now with this COVID PSYOP. That narrows it down quite a bit.
Those who do not get that 9/11 was a false flag to blame Muslims for a crime they did not commit, and set us on a path of endless war abroad, and the curtailing of our rights and freedoms at home, under the lie of a so-called war on terrorism, will not be able to understand what is happening now. These powers are the masters of deception. The serpent in Genesis is their model.
COVID is a false flag against nature. It is blaming a natural virus for all the stuff that has happened to us. What has happened?
We have lost our right to worship, to privacy, to assembly, to commerce, to travel. We have been shut up in our homes. We have been isolated from others. People are being arrested for not wearing a mask. Others are arrested for trying to reopen their businesses. People are arrested for attending worship. 34 million Americans are now unemployed. This lockdown will kill millions of Americans over the course of time. A virus did not cause this. Perpetrators have caused this. I believe they are the same transnational agencies and personalities that were behind 9/11 and so many of the other crimes against humanity.
We can call them archons or we can use the term used in Revelation, the Beast. The Beast is rising. Now masks, which are nothing more than signs of submission are becoming mandatory. They are being pushed for so-called health reasons. There is nothing healthy about masking ourselves when there is absolutely nothing wrong with us. We are not diseased. We are not sick. The masking, the standing in rows, six feet apart, following the arrows taped to the floor, unable to congregate, unable to meet even in another’s house, this is not about health. We are being socially conditioned and spiritually conditioned to lose our humanity. Then we will be easily controlled.
What is coming are mandatory vaccinations that again have nothing to do with a virus. These will be shots of poison and who knows what else, possibly microchips for surveillance. We are being massively surveilled and spied upon on the excuse of limiting the spread of a virus. President Trump says we will all receive this mark of the beast, and he will mobilize the army to do it. President Trump is not your friend. Biden isn’t either. None of them is a friend. It doesn’t matter that politicians fight with one another. It is part of the stage show. They are all puppets of the beast. The beast wishes to control all of humanity and to transform all of humanity into his minions, his image.
It is not hard to explain what is happening. Our population is eight billion. It was 3 billion when I was born in the early 1960s. It was around 1 billion when my father was born in 1918. The human population’s exponential rise is connected directly with the production of oil that made it possible. In oil we live and move and have our being. The problem is that oil is a finite source. Its production has peaked and we are collapsing as Peak Oil researcher after researcher after researcher has been trying to tell us for years. It isn’t just Peak Oil. It is Peak Everything. It is overshoot. Our infinite growth economy cannot sustain itself on a finite planet. I consider myself new to this even as I have been writing about this for fourteen years. We have hit the limits. They have been telling us this is coming. Now it is here. No one listened. Including the media. What most of the Peak Oil researchers didn’t understand is the nature and power and presence of evil.
All along in the shadows, the archons, the beast, the serpents, the global elite, the puppeteers, have been planning for this. They knew. This is an engineered collapse, a controlled demolition of the economy. They are reducing the population to a manageable size, for them.
We have decided none of this. We made none of these decisions. These lockdowns were imposed upon all of us. Everything is imposed. Imposed with deception.
It makes perfect sense. People are easily manipulated by media. Tell them it is a virus, make them terrified, and they’ll do whatever you want, even when it is against our very nature. It is truly diabolical. And the thing is that very, very few will even come close to understanding what is happening.
You might be different. If you are still listening to me, you probably are. But that would require of you great discernment. You would have to recognize that evil exists and is at work and has been for ages. But we are deceived. Deception is that nature of the beast.
There are people who do get this. They are desperately trying to tell others. They are on social media platforms loading articles and memes. Videos are being loaded on youtube from real doctors who actually care about truth showing the official stories to be wrong. Those videos are deleted. It is hard. It is despairing. It is painful to me to see many of my colleagues in ministry simply caving to the beast. It can be despairing.
I am telling you, you who are trying your hardest to communicate truth and being attacked for it, you are, regardless of your religion or if you have any, are the seekers, the faithful, the beloved of God. You are bearing witness.
You need to know something else. You cannot sustain this by yourself. You need to make sure you are caring for yourself spiritually. I am speaking to myself as much as to anyone else. I cannot sustain this spiritually and emotionally. Yet we need to keep bearing witness.
This is the long game. If we think that success means convincing the masses, we will not be successful. Remember, it is stacked against us. We are using the media of the enemy. We are playing slots against the house. The house lets you win once in a while so you keep playing. The beast owns this game. The media is the message when you own the media.
At some point we will be forced underground.
We will not defeat the beast by ourselves. It will require divine intervention.
What are we doing? Taqwa. An Arabic word that means many, many things. Often translated as Fear of Allah. It is like the first and second step in AA. We admit we are powerless and only a power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity. We are seeking to be centered in the sovereignty of God. This is a spiritual test. You are being tested. We are all being tested. I am not going to engage in all kinds of debates about how one stays within this protection. There are many spiritual teachers. It is up to you decide to seek Allah’s protection and then be open to where Allah leads you in order to carry it out.
I am not talking about a particular religion. I am not saying this religion is right and this one is wrong. I am saying find the depth of the spirituality that is Allah, God, Christ, Consciousness, whatever name points to the highest power for you. I am also saying don’t be childish and obstinate. Don’t play games with this.
By the grace of God, I had the opportunity two years ago to visit the shrine of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) in Karbala, Iraq. I was changed by that. I didn’t change to a different religion, I was changed spiritually to understand a deeper sense of my own faith, to be confronted by the sacrifice of Hussain for what is true and just. I discovered that Jesus and Hussain are brothers. They are one. If we are going to be faithful against this evil, we must all be one.
It is not time to fight over which religion is right. It is time to deepen the relationship with God in your life. Taqwa. Fear of Allah. Seek the protection of God. Seek the protection of your soul. Pray to God that the beast will not touch your soul.
Pray that you will not stumble in taqwa.
We are under attack. This is a spiritual attack.
You need to put on the armor of God. This is from Ephesians, chapter 6:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.”
We are now in chaotic times. Friends you have known for years have put on their masks, followed orders and have obeyed the beast. They think you are crazy and dangerous now. People who you thought you would never befriend are now in common cause with you. Now we discover who we really are. Truth changes things. Truth is the common cause. No one owns it. No one has it. But the faithful do seek it. Truth is the fruit of taqwa, the fear of Allah, the fear of God. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. All the faiths teach this at the deepest level.
Seek what is true and good. Don’t give up.
But take care. It is not all about you. The burden of awakening the world is not yours. It is God’s burden. Take time for God. Take time for prayer. Take time for breath. Test your spirit. Test your emotions. Don’t feed your anger or your fear. Notice those emotions but know that they are not you. Ask God to purify your anger and your fear. Whatever happens, your deepest self, your soul, your heart, is in the protection of God.
And bear witness to God.
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
You are beloved.
You belong to God.
Dr. Chuck Baldwin is pastor of Liberty Fellowship Church in Kalispell, Montana. He has extensive biography that you can find on the church’s website www.libertyfellowshipmt.com.
I started following Pastor Baldwin on Facebook when another Facebook friend told me that Pastor Baldwin talked about things like the 9/11 deception and other crimes against humanity. The church’s bookstore has Christopher Bollyn’s book, The War on Terror: The Plot to Rule the Middle East for sale. Pastor Baldwin has spoken out about the perpetual “war on terror” and the damage it has inflicted in the Middle East and in America.
Then when this COVID thing started, I saw a presentation by Dr. Annie Bukacek that she gave at Liberty Fellowship challenging the way COVID 19 has been exaggerated on death certificates. I interviewed her about that on Progressive Spirit. Then I saw another presentation also at the church by Ronald Kukal, USS Liberty survivor. So I had Ron Kukal on my program. Ron Kukal is one of the co-authors of the 2017 book, Remember the Liberty! Almost Sunk by Treason on the High Seas. That book is also available at the Liberty Fellowship Church website www.libertyfellowshipmt.com
In this interview I speak with Dr. Chuck Baldwin about this COVID Operation, PSYOP, Movie, whatever we’ll call it. It is not about a virus, in my opinion. It is about something else. We will hear Dr. Chuck Baldwin’s insights about the lockdown.