Lying Wonders

Lying Wonders


Lance Armstrong, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder—high-profile examples of the increasingly bold nature of lying and deceit

There’s lying—and there’s shameless, lying-to-your face deceit, leavened with ego.

Lately we’ve witnessed some high-profile examples of the latter that deserve contemplation.

I have never seen anything quite like the mountain of deranged baloney propagated by Lance Armstrong. For years this man took performance-enhancing drugs and denied doing so. But he went miles beyond simple denial, and at a full sprint. At any accusation of drugging, he rose up in venomous indignation. He swore up and down that he was squeaky clean. He accused, berated, humiliated any who dared speak a word against him—sued them for libel—did everything he could to destroy them. Even though what they said was true.

espn’s Rick Reilly defended the cyclist’s reputation for 14 years based on Armstrong’s insistence of his own innocence. If during an interview Reilly brought up the latest accusation against him, “every time—every single time—he’d push himself up on his elbows and his face would be red and he’d stare at me like I’d just shot his dog and give me some very well-delivered explanation involving a few dozen F words, a painting of the accuser as a wronged employee seeking revenge, and how lawsuits were forthcoming.” He concluded, “And the whole time he was lying. Right in my earpiece. Knowing that I’d hang up and go back out there and spread the fertilizer around some more.”

Watch the footage of his denials and it staggers the mind. It seems impossible that he didn’t believe what he was saying. It is as if he had convinced himself of his own lies. This is like psychopath-level egoism: If I say it’s true, then it’s TRUE! And who are YOU to contradict ME?

I couldn’t help but think about that a couple weeks back when watching footage of the congressional hearings about the Benghazi attack. This is a huge scandal, filled with questions that demand answers. Yet over and over we saw congressmen praising Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her tireless service and dedication, then tiptoeing delicately around the real issues. Finally Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin pressed Clinton on a crucial point: This was clearly a premeditated terrorist strike on America’s consulate—so why did the administration go public with a bogus story about it erupting out of a spontaneous protest over a YouTube video?

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” the secretary snapped back. “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator.”

What difference? This is the point of the inquiry! There looks to be a serious cover-up. Administration officials lied publicly in order to obscure what really happened, and to push a phony, politically correct narrative. Why? This has yet to be answered. And the secretary gets indignant about being asked about it? As if Senator Johnson was somehow out of line?

The secretary essentially said, Who are YOU to question ME? And the senator backed down. “Thank you, Madam Secretary.”

What about the truth?

This idea that somehow an individual’s personal grandeur supersedes their accountability, or that it entitles them to invent reality, is grotesque.

And it is getting more and more common.

I’m reminded of Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony in the Fast and Furious scandal, which was slipperier than escargot in grease. In one example, presented with Department of Justice e-mails blatantly discussing PR strategy on the case and repeatedly mentioning “Fast and Furious,” Mr. Holder asserted that the e-mails weren’t actually about Fast and Furious. Pressed on it, he said boldly, “I disagree with your interpretation.” Reality is all a matter of interpretation, you see.

These are all variations on a bizarre theme we saw at the Democratic National Convention last fall. There, in about a three-minute interview with cnn, the chairwoman of the convention unloaded about half a dozen spectacular lies, the most brazen of which contradicted the results of a verbal vote among the delegates that an entire stadium full of people, along with untold numbers on television, had just personally witnessed. She proclaimed what the “interpretation” of reality would be, and that was that.

When he was campaigning for a second term, President Obama told one crowd, “You know where I stand. You know what I believe. You know I tell the truth.” But actually, the wide gap between the president’s words and his record, between his rhetoric and reality, is growing wider by the day.

The Trumpet’s editor in chief quotes that statement in an extremely important article in the newest Trumpet issue. That article, “The Hidden Cause of Society’s Deadly Decline,” reveals an alarming development in world events of which every reader should be profoundly aware. It is the spiritual reality of there being an evil influence that is gaining momentum and power in our world.

This spirit is the father of liars, and there is no truth in him. He hates truth and gleefully casts it to the ground. He is a master deceiver. Lies are his currency and his trade. He distorts, deludes and dissembles with confidence, boldness, arrogance, a sneer of superiority, utterly without compunction, hesitation or remorse.

As Mr. Flurry points out, we are in the time when this being is growing more wrathful and vindictive—and more successful in his conquests—as his time grows short (Revelation 12:12). This is a defining reality of our day.

Thus, it should come as no shock to see the growing commonness of this aggressive, egomaniacal, shameless brand of deceit.

Rampant Cheating Exposed at Harvard University

Rampant Cheating Exposed at Harvard University


Harvard’s recent cheating fiasco further demonstrates the moral decline in American youth and the sad state of our educational system.

Harvard University officials came forward on February 1 to announce that 60 students would be withdrawn from the school’s classes due to cheating. The announcement was the culmination of months of investigations into tests and records after an instructor had noticed signs of cheating on a take-home exam.

It was the final exam for a spring semester 2012 class called Introduction to Congress. When the results came in from the 279 enrolled students, one of the assistant professors noticed similarities in some of the answers. Thus began the process of checking the exams to determine the scope of the cheating.

Some parents criticized the university for taking so long to finalize the investigation, and to decide what disciplinary action to take. But the sheer size of the scandal rendered the investigation an extensive one.

Of the 279 students enrolled in the class, as many as 125 were found to be involved to some degree. That equates to just short of half the class lying in order to boost grades.

The scandal is stunning not only in scope, but also because of the institution where it took place. National University Rankings consistently names Harvard as the most prestigious university in the United States. The Harvard name is known worldwide, and ubiquitously equated with American ingenuity and accomplishment. Widespread cheating at a university of such renown calls into question how severe the problem is in less exalted educational facilities across the nation.

Introduction to Congress was recognized across campus as an easy class for students to take in order to boost their gpas. What does this say for the intellectual capacity of American youth today? Must students resort to cheating in order to reach the academic requirements of even a class considered to be quite easy? Trends suggest that the distractions bombarding modern society have crippled the ambition and dulled the intellect of the next generation.

But the cheating fiasco exposes a still more sobering truth: A precipitous moral decline is under way in America’s youth. If half of a class is willing to break the rules in a course on government, it’s a good indication that the generation’s moral foundation is broken.

There is a reason for the deplorable condition of the modern student. The Trumpet has long spoken about the alarming trends under way in America’s educational system. For an understanding of why mankind’s educational systems are so deeply flawed, request or download a free copy of Education With Vision.

U.S. Vice President Dotes on Germany, Europe

U.S. Vice President Dotes on Germany, Europe


America is making a fatal mistake inviting Europe to take on more global leadership.

Many people do not take America’s vice president seriously. Nevertheless, his office is neither inconspicuous nor insignificant. Joe Biden works intimately with, takes orders from, and advances the agenda of America’s president. Just as we do with the president, we can get a sense of America’s future by watching and listening to Joe Biden.

The vice president was in Munich last weekend, where he delivered the keynote address to European leaders and statesmen gathered for the annual Munich Security Conference. His message was clear and candid: America needs Europe to take on more global leadership and responsibility, now.

“Simply put,” he said, “President Obama and I continue to believe that Europe is the cornerstone of our engagement with the rest of the world, and is the catalyst for our global cooperation. It’s that basic” (emphasis added throughout).

More specifically, Vice President Biden cautioned Europe against allowing the financial crisis to prevent it from assuming more responsibility internationally:

Believe me when I say that I realize how difficult this is with an economy having slipped back into recession last year and the ever present temptation to back away from commitments on defense spending. But I also know that maintaining our capabilities is what enables us to advance our common global agenda. That’s just one reason why a strong and capable Europe is profoundly in America’s interest, and I might add, presumptuously, the world’s interest.

In short, Europe, beef up your militaries and assume more global power and leadership!

Biden also praised France, Germany and other European states for taking the lead in confronting radical Islam in Mali and North Africa. “Europe remains essential to that entire effort,” he stated. He then affirmed, yet again, that “Europe is the cornerstone of [America’s] engagement with the world, and Europe is the catalyst—our catalyst for global cooperation.”

A few minutes later he stated, “Europe remains America’s indispensable partner of first resort.”

“Partner of first resort”? Really? What happened to Britain and the Commonwealth states? Less than seven decades ago America and the British Commonwealth fought together to defeat Hitler and rescue France and the rest of Europe from the jaws of Nazism. Britain was once America’s “partner of first resort.”

Further on, Mr. Biden stated, “Time and again, when it comes to a search for partners in this extremely complex world, Europe and America still look to each other before they look anywhere else.” Since when?

Mr. Biden’s remarks merely confirm the fact that the current administration no longer values America’s historic and special relationship with Britain.

Here at the Trumpet, where we parse world news in the context of Bible prophecy, Mr. Biden’s warm outreach to Europe, namely Germany, brings to mind an end-time prophecy recorded in Ezekiel 23. This fascinating chapter describes end-time relations between biblical Israel (America and Britain today), and Assyria (Germany) and Chaldea. Verse 5 reads, “And Aholah [referring to biblical Israel, America and Britain] played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians[Germany] her neighbors.”

And what is the outcome of this tryst with Germany and Europe? God reveals the answer in verse 9: “Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.” “Dote” is a somewhat antiquated term. The Oxford Dictionary defines it: “to be extremely and uncritically fond of,” or “to be silly, or feeble-minded.”

What an apt description of America’s ongoing invitation to Germany and Europe to increase military capabilities and take on more global leadership and responsibility!

It may sound politically incorrect and callous—at least here in the West, where “tolerance” prevails and we ignore the realities of human nature and national character—but the history of Europe, and especially Germany, demands great caution and skepticism. Yet, here we are, watching “silly,” “feeble-minded” America abdicating its position at the helm and handing the world over to Europe.

If you study Ezekiel 23, it shows a perverse relationship between these two nations that ends with Germany, after gaining America’s trust and support, fatally betraying the U.S. in a tragic double cross. In 2005, the Trumpet wrote the following about this prophecy: “Over the next few months and years, watch for America to increasingly become ‘lovers’ with Germany, foolishly looking to the greatest war-mongering nation in history for friendship, peace and safety. Fooled by rhetoric, America will lie vulnerable to German betrayal.”

To learn more about this prophecy and its end-time fulfillment, read Chapter 9 of our booklet Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet.

Continue to watch. Just as Bible prophecy states, America’s outreach to Europe will come back to haunt Mr. Biden and his people!

Catholic Church Recognizes Protestant Baptisms in U.S.

Catholic Church Recognizes Protestant Baptisms in U.S.


3.5 million Protestants take an important step in reconciling with Rome.

The Catholic Church will recognize baptisms performed by some of America’s largest Protestant churches, and vice versa, after the groups signed an agreement on January 29.

The Presbyterian Church (usa), the United Church of Christ, the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church in North America signed the “Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism” with the Catholic Church in the first formal baptism agreement the Catholic Church has ever signed with an American group.

Combined, the four Protestant groups have 3.5 million members. The Presbyterian Church is the third-largest mainline Protestant church in the U.S.

The agreement was signed at the opening of the annual meeting of the “Christian Churches Together” group—an association of 36 denominations and seven other groups. The text was distributed to all the groups, to encourage them to join in.

Negotiations over the document took place from 2003 to 2010. Since that time the different denominations have been approving it. Many reform denominations already recognize Catholic baptism, but the Catholic Church has not always reciprocated.

The signing of the document is just part of a push for an even closer relationship with the Catholic Church by the Protestant churches. The document states that the recognition of each other’s baptisms is “the sacramental basis for our efforts to move towards visible unity.”

Catholic Bishop Joe Vasquez said the agreement “is part of our response to Jesus’ prayer that ‘we may all be one.’” The general secretary emeritus of the Reformed Church in America, Wes Granberg-Michaelson, said the agreement is a “significant step of healing and reconciliation, and could open the way toward addressing other issues where we remain painfully divided.”

The groups will continue to examine ways to promote unity. Their talks will build on a report published last year titled “The Church: Towards a Common Vision.”

“Topics that will be addressed include unity and diversity in the church, and the origins and current interpretations of ministry and ordination, and the nature and role of authority and the episcopacy,” said the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in a press release.

The Catholic Church signed a similar agreement with Lutheran, Orthodox, Methodist, Anglican and Armenian-Apostolic churches in Germany six years ago, but the agreement in the U.S. is more historic.

“The Dutch and German Reformed traditions have generally recognized the validity of Catholic baptisms, as have most Presbyterian churches,” wrote Dr. Bryan Cross, academic editor of the Called to Communion blog. “The major exception to this were the Presbyterian churches in the United States since the time of James Henry Thornwell in the mid-19th century, especially in the south. Thornwell argued that Catholic baptisms were invalid because Catholic priests were not ‘lawful ministers of the Word.’”

Now America’s largest Presbyterian Church is leading the way back to an agreement with Rome.

The Trumpet has long forecast that the Catholic Church would work hard to reconcile with its Protestant daughters. This is an important step in that direction for America’s churches. For more information on this forecast, see the chapter “Returning to the Fold” from our free booklet He Was Right.

Hezbollah Bombs Europe

Hezbollah Bombs Europe


Hezbollah being implicated in a bus bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last July is now putting pressure on the European Union to take a tougher stance against the Lebanon-based, Iran-funded “Party of Allah.”

Findings from a six-month probe into the attack, announced Tuesday by Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, found “obvious links” between two of the attackers and Hezbollah.

Hezbollah is a terrorist proxy of Iran—funded, trained and armed by the Iranian government. But like Hamas in Gaza and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, it has attained some political legitimacy in the coalition government in Lebanon.

The United States, Israel and Canada classify Hezbollah as a terrorist entity. Among Europe’s main governments, only the Netherlands labels it a terrorist organization. Britain condemns Hezbollah’s military wing, but not its political party in Lebanon.

The Bulgarian bus bomb investigation is now putting more pressure on the EU to change its standpoint. Essentially, Europe is being urged: You have been hit on your turf. Reconsider your outlook on terrorist entities.

John Brennan, President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, said in a statement: “Bulgaria’s implication of [Hezbollah] underscores the importance of international cooperation in disrupting terrorist threats. We call on our European partners as well as other members of the international community to take proactive action to uncover [Hezbollah’s] infrastructure and disrupt the group’s financing schemes and operational networks.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a similar exhortation, saying, “The attack in [Bulgaria] was an attack on European land against a member of the European Union. We hope that the Europeans learn the proper conclusions from this about the true character of Hezbollah.”

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said in a statement: “We urge the European Union and all partners who have not already done so to list Hezbollah as a terrorist entity and prosecute terrorist acts committed by this inhumane organization to the fullest possible extent.”

The EU, particularly Germany, currently has a mediator role in interactions between Hezbollah and Israel. cnn wrote that “Germany has been especially active in mediating on humanitarian issues. But there have been signals in the past few months from senior figures in Angela Merkel’s coalition that the mood is shifting.

“Last August, the foreign policy spokesman for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, Philipp Missfelder, told the Jerusalem Post it was ‘long overdue to place Hezbollah on the EU’s list of terror organizations.’”

The pressure on Europe to take a stronger stance will rest mostly on Europe’s most powerful nation: Germany. Chancellor Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said on Wednesday that “if the evidence proves to be true that Hezbollah is indeed responsible for this despicable attack then consequences will have to follow.”

Bible prophecy reveals a German-led European empire clashing with radical Islamic powers in the Middle East. It appears, when that clash occurs, it will be seen as a legitimate response to a long-menacing threat. Even today, Germany is being called upon to “match its economic might as Europe’s effective paymaster with military commitments” (The Local, February 1).

Watch for Europe to see a rising need for a military offensive against radical Islam. Study our free booklet The King of the South to understand more.

American Carrier Will Not Deploy to Persian Gulf

The Pentagon canceled plans on Wednesday to send a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf. Budget cuts in defense are forcing the cutbacks. The decision significantly reduces America’s military presence in the volatile region.

The USS Harry S. Truman was set to leave for the Persian Gulf on Friday, but the U.S. Navy cancelled its deployment, leaving only one carrier in the Gulf. The United States has maintained two aircraft carriers in the region since 2011.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke about the military cutbacks on Wednesday at Georgetown University.

SOUNDBITE: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta:

If these cuts happen, there will be serious disruption in defense programs and a sharp decline in our military readiness. We have already begun an all-out effort to plan for how to operate under such a scenario, but it’s also very clear that there are no good options.These steps would seriously damage a fragile American economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crises precisely at a time of rising instability across the globe— North Africa to the Strait of Hormuz, from Syria, to North Korea.

As Panetta points out, America’s economic problems are forcing America to turn inward and retreat from the Middle East.

Roughly 35 percent of the world’s oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which is the entry to and exit from the Persian Gulf. With Iran’s continuing belligerence, and Egypt and Libya falling into the radical Islamic camp, watch for these key sea gates to come under attack.

Watch Gerald Flurry’s recent web exclusive, “Ethiopia in Prophecy,” to see how these events will affect your life.