An open letter to my congregation

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“Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, And from the traps of the workers of iniquity” (Psalm 141:9).

This last week the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Reporter, the official newspaper of the LC-MS International Center (https://reporter.lcms.org/) published a statement by Synodical President Matthew Harrison on the challenge modern inoculation technologies present to pro-life communities:

“We live in disturbing times….I want to make a few somewhat personal remarks to you…. This COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the world, as well as us as Christians individually and corporately as a Synod. Attitudes and approaches to the challenge by LCMS individuals, congregations and districts vary. This is due to a variety of factors: the intensity of the disease; cultural and political contexts; and our own varying views on the medicinal, social, political and — to some extent — religious issues involved.“Government intrusion into churches through various regulations — attempted by states and municipalities across the nation — have even sought to regulate our sacred practice of Holy Communion (the holy of holies where government has no place), which has been troubling. In many cases, we have seen governments treating churches unfairly, even closing churches while leaving theaters or clubs open. Local and state governments have taken advantage of COVID-19 to push regulations into our parochial schools, where such state regulation has not existed before. I, for one, am deeply concerned about increasing government overreach into areas of the First Amendment. “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). And I aim to resist this increasing encroachment wherever and whenever I can.

“…Expected presidential mandates that force employees of companies and nonprofits to release or terminate unvaccinated employees will be challenged legally from various directions. I believe — and so do others — that such mandates for churches violate the “free exercise” clause of the First Amendment, because they would force the termination of pastors and called workers in larger church institutions who refuse vaccination. Our military chaplains are increasingly pressured by the LGBTQ agenda of the U.S. military. In addition, those chaplains who have conscientious objections to the vaccine mandate are now faced with the question of continuing to serve or leaving the military. Thus far, free speech protections still remain, thank God.

“…As the other resources note, the vaccines, in various ways (development or testing), made use of stem cells from aborted babies. This is limited to two lines from two babies from 36 and 48 years ago. I was able to obtain the vaccine that is less morally problematic, but it is still problematic. I was present in the White House when President George W. Bush limited research to such lines and ensured that no others would be taken from later or current abortions. We gave thanks for that. But this remains an ethical quandary…”

(You may read the entirety of his commentary here: https://reporter.lcms.org/2021/personal-remarks-from-president-harrison-about-covid-and-vaccines/.) Please be advised that based on the extensive work that I and many others have participated in over the last two years with Mad Christian Mondays (revfisk.com/newsletter) tracking the moving target of inoculation science and the media narratives driven by bizarre misinformation alliance between Silicon Valley and various public voices, regarding death rates, hospitalizations and the effectiveness of the gene therapy technologies many of Harrison’s comments in his fourth paragraph are simply misleading. At worst, they are outright incorrect, as there is significant debate amidst the medical and scientific communities regarding things Harrison claims to “know.” For example, consider this recent interview by Lifesite News with Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of the mRNA inoculation technologies used by both Pfizer and Moderna (https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/744314/).
I broach this with you, firstly, because our Synodical President has. Secondly, because I hope that you will continue to inform yourself, rather than take on assumption the claims of anyone in these matters, whether myself, Governor Pritzger or anyone on your screens. If anything is clear, it is the case that nothing is clear like it used to be. 

Since March 2020, I have striven to keep St. Paul a community that will not be divided over “stories from far away,” where regardless of our various lives, challenges and choices in the misinformation age, we seek our unity in what we can know for certain: the Scriptures of Jesus Christ

As your pastor, I have endeavored to keep many things “that I know” to myself or to private conversations, even though I deeply believe there are many risks to life and livelihood at play, especially for young people. But I also know that I am only one man, and that no matter how certain I may be about what I have seen or learned online, I am as likely to be deceived as you are. The more we all bear with each other in such humility, the more the Truth is certain to reign among us from the sure and certain holy places of our God.

If there is anything I have not been loud enough about, it is the use of aborted baby parts in development and testing of these vaccines, particularly the evident effort of the pharmaceutical community both continue such research and hide its implications from the faithful. I am convinced that our God will forgive us all sins of ignorance as his people. But I am just as convinced that he will not bless the prospect of a nation that builds its future on the exploitation and sacrifice of children, even if it is “only” two babies’ partial bodies kept partially alive in petri dishes since 1973. Christ, have mercy! Such things ought not be!
He is risen! “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). “Trust in the Jesus Christ with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

And remember, Jesus Christ is sufficient to save you from all things, whether pestilence, famine, lies, thefts, false science, election fraud, conspiracy theories and all other works of deceit the Evil One seeks to employ against on you in this age of darkness.

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:115-16.)
And above all, never forget, “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

Rev Fisk

The Third Great War

American casualties have already begun. CDC reports 8000 confirmed inoculation-related deaths. This is an order of magnitude greater than expected by all previous vaccine trials.

The skinny dirt: the toxic goop meant to stay in your shoulder instead flushes your blood for 24 hours, then settles into either your bone marrow and/or ovaries. After that, we’re not sure.

“Antibody Mediated Viral Enhancement” is big words for what all previous corona-style vaccine animal trials discovered: corona vaccines inexplicably prep the host white blood cells to aid the virus. Some say “now today yes!” Others say “now today no!”

What happens when you multiply a black swan to the unicorn power? The potential real fallout is stunning and unimaginable. What shall we say? “Father, save us from the hour?”

No! Father, glorify your name!

Be the forge. Embrace the heat. Smile into the raging pain of the dross burning away. Because if the scroll isn’t about to get rolled up, then this the moment you were born again to be ready for.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Welcome to the EverWar

Nobody else knows it’s here. But you are special. Set apart.

Holy.

In an age of ever more confusing stories, an age of liars and lies built on love grown cold, a time of darkened thought and tyranny we gladly shop for, a place where the shameless sons of primordial Eve voice ever louder boasts nursed on fear and broken inhibitions, on a planet whose inhabitants have shown their backs to the God who made them, no matter how clearly he speaks to us, no matter how tenderly he calls, most people choose not to hear.

Most people choose to be drunk on not noticing.

Most people do not want to receive the discipline of repentance.

ou are special. Set apart. Holy.

And there isn’t a single morning between now and judgment day that it won’t be worth the fight to remember it.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Promo of friends – Fuente de Vida

Iglesia Luterana, Fuente de Vida, Ponce, Puerto Rico

We recently heard from our LCMS mission in the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico that there are people watching and learning about the comfort of confessional Lutheran teaching through Youtube channels like the Mad Christian’s. Rev. James Neuendorf let us know that one Puerto Rican viewer was recently confirmed in one of the new Lutheran Church plants on the island!  If you want to learn more about the LCMS mission in Puerto Rico or connect with the mission down there, you can check out their page at fuentedevidapr.org

Trapped Inside the Dream Machines

If your TV was really brainwashing you, how would you even know?Don’t tell me it wouldn’t make a thrilling movie. I imagine it beginning with MI6 finding the “spark” in a cache of Nazi-tek that they intercepted on its way to Stalingrad and ending somewhere in the throne room of Cthulhu.

Psychological warfare is powered by symbols. The most independent symbols are words. To subject a people without their awareness, replace all their words with pictures. Then they will be unable to speak clearly and will resort to yelling about how everything is obvious and how you should listen to them yell you into agreement about that.

But all that really needs to happen for the demons to keep winning is for us to keep watching movies rather than praying the psalms, reading the proverbs, and pondering the red letters.

Diagnosing the problem over and over again is not a solution.

The Christian thing to do is to plan to die well.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Vaccination is freedom. Ignorance is bliss.

Without over-egging the Orwellian pudding, here’s a few pieces of news that would raise eyebrows if it weren’t 2021…

A federal judge has sided with an Indiana University, saying they can mandate that students are vaccinated. In France, the Eiffel Tower has re-opened after nearly nine months closed. Tourists will need to show proof of vaccination, a recent recovery from COVID, or have negative test result to be admitted. Also in France, protests have erupted over the Macron government’s plan to mandate vaccines for health workers and require “health passports” in public spaces. Update: protests were held across Italy and also in Australia but Israel is trying some emotional blackmail.

If I could change the world: The debate against vaccine passports gained an ally in Eric Clapton. The singer said he reserves the right to cancel performances at venues demanding proof of vaccination. Meanwhile, the Foo Fighters have canceled a “vaccinated-only” concert after a case of COVID was discovered among their crew.

White House staffers have tested positive for COVID. Texas Democrats, who fled their state to avoid voting on changes to election laws there, are the source of the infections with several of the renegades delivering the virus to DC.

In a satisfying moment of straight talk, journalist Mary Katherine Ham educated the news presenters at CNN about why the public doesn’t trust Dr Fauci.

Study: Johnson & Johnson vaccine is less effective against Delta variant.Johnson & Johnson, along with three pharmaceutical distribution companies have offered to pay out multiple lawsuits in a landmark settlement. The group of companies has offered $26BN to be paid to communities and individuals affected by opioid addiction. The companies are accused of “funneling a flood of opioid painkillers” to communities and downplaying the danger of the drugs. The settlement “does not include an admission of liability.”

Correction 07.26.21 While the linked article was correct, we had written that President Biden and Speaker Pelosi had contracted COVID. This was not the case, but only members of their staff.

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An idol is, before all things, a form of self-identification. False worship is, then, nothing more than an effort to imitate the wrong picture. There is no tyranny like a bad idea held as true.

But how to know the difference? In an age of endless imagination, the particular power of the screen lies in making the present moment unthinkable. Until the show is over, reality is outside of the box.

Outside is a good place to start looking for answers. Inside is where the torment lurks.

If you find a spiritual well of oppression bubbling up from the abyss of your basement, you’d be mad not to plug it.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Them’s fightin’ words

Joy Pullman has come out swinging, in a recent article for The Federalist, saying that the time for “aw shucks” conservatism is over. She doesn’t mince her words when she writes “If you say a man is a man and I say a man is a woman, we can’t get anywhere until that is sorted out. Likewise, the insistence that the United States is fundamentally good — not perfect, but good — is wholly incompatible with the new left’s insistence that it is fundamentally evil. You can’t live in a house with a person who wants to burn it down.” She calls on her readers to stand up. “Now is the time for champions to arise, to stop feeding the beasts, and start fighting them. Ask yourself, ‘What would it mean for me to do that where I am?’ And then start doing it.” Mad Christians are here for it.

When you’ve read your Psalms, take some inspiration from Rev Fisk’s current musical cup of Joe. “It’s our resistance, they can’t resist us.”

Time for your booster

AP News has reported that Pfizer is planning to meet with US health officials to discuss a third booster jab of their vaccine to increase antibodies. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine has been slapped with a new warning label by the FDA, after some cases of a rare neurological condition were discovered in vaccinated patients. Moderna is starting to study its vaccine’s affect on pregnancy and miscarriage.

Johnson and Johnson have had a pretty bad week, with several of their sunscreen lines being recalled due to the discovery of traces of carcinogenic compounds.

Protests have erupted in Greece over the banning of unvaccinated people from public spaces. Have they never heard of “bodily autonomy”?

ZeroHedge reported on a tweet thread, which show that cases of COVID are spiking in places with the highest rates of vaccinations. Dr. Robert Malone, a “pioneer in the field of mRNA vaccines” tweeted that “this is worrying me quite a bit.”

South Korean gyms are being instructed by the government to only play music “120bpm or slower” as a condition of keeping their facilities open. The order is supposed to reduce the spread of coronavirus by “prevent[ing] breathing too fast or splashing sweat to other people.” Apart from the fact that lots of customers use their own headphones during a workout, one Seoul gym owner asks the big question: Which has more impact on spreading the virus- “classical music or BTS songs.” Touché

Three’s a crowd

How much barrenness do you want? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (AKA Harry and Meghan) have been awarded for their “enlightened decision” to only have two children. UK-based Malthusian/environmentalist organization, Population Matters said the royal couple are an “example” to other families. They might be disappointed to know that a Texas hospital has broken its record, with more than 100 babies delivered in the space of 91 hours! One OBGYN is quoted as saying he doesn’t think this is an isolated incident. “Seven or eight months from now, we’re going to see lots of … population growth.” Maybe there will be a pandemic baby boom, after all!

cuddlefish shared a helpful article with Us the Chill, outlining the awful side-affects of the contraceptive pill for women. 

The Biden administration has begun rolling out Child Tax Credits as part of the “American Rescue Plan” bill, which passed weeks ago. While the extra money may help families, just be aware that it’s not exactly “extra money.” It is a partial advance on the tax credit you would be paid after filing tax. If you are paid too much now, you will need to repay it then. CNet has advice for those wising to opt out of the payments.