After 500 years, is the Reformation still relevant?

On the eve of the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation, an important question must be asked and answered—is the Reformation over? After five long centuries, there have been many changes in theology, culture, and relationships. The question remains, however, is it possible for Protestants today to be both faithful to the gospel and be in sync with the Vatican?

The short answer: no.

While commonalities between Roman Catholics and Protestants do exist and should be celebrated, key issues that were at the heart of the controversy five hundred years ago continue today. Below are eleven important doctrines upon which we agree, followed by two critical teachings upon which there is still disagreement and that make continued separation necessary.

Eleven Doctrines upon Which Protestants and Roman Catholics Agree

  1. The Trinity: God eternally exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  2. The nature of God: God is eternal, everywhere present, all knowing, all powerful, wise, truthful, loving, good, holy, and more.
  3. Divine revelation: God reveals himself through general revelation (for example, creation) and special revelation (for example, Scripture).
  4. The person of Christ: the eternal Son of God became incarnate as the God-man, one person with two natures.
  5. The work of Christ: the incarnate Son lived a sinless life, suffered, was crucified, died, was buried, rose again, and ascended into heaven; and his death was a sacrifice by which he paid the penalty for our sin.
  6. The Holy Spirit: he is fully God and convicts of sin, brings about our new birth, gives assurance of salvation, guides us, and more.
  7. Human beings: we are created in the divine image, and our nature is complex, consisting of a material element (body) and an immaterial element (soul or spirit).
  8. Sin: all human beings are guilty before God and corrupt in nature, and from this fallenness flow actual sins in thought, deed, attitudes, and words.
  9. Salvation is initiated by God: God himself took the initiative in accomplishing our salvation through the work of Christ, and he also takes the initiative in applying salvation to our lives.
  10. The church: the church is the people of God, the body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit.
  11. Living hope: Christ will return, he will judge everyone, there will be the resurrection of the righteous to eternal life and the resurrection of the unrighteous to eternal condemnation, followed by the new heaven and new earth.

Despite this widespread agreement, however, at least two major differences still separate Catholics and Protestants.

 

Two Doctrines about Which Protestants and Roman Catholics Differ Significantly

  1. Ultimate authority: Catholics hold to an authority structure consisting of three elements.

One aspect is Scripture. The Catholic Bible is longer than that of Protestants because it includes the Apocrypha (seven additional writings in the Old Testament and longer versions of our Daniel and Esther). These additional books affirm purgatory and the importance of meriting salvation.

The second aspect of divine revelation is Tradition, the teachings that Jesus communicated orally to his apostles, who in turn communicated them orally to their successors, the bishops of the church. Tradition includes beliefs such as the immaculate conception of Mary (that she was conceived without sin) and her bodily assumption (at her death, her body was immediately raised into heaven).

The third source of authority is the Magisterium, the teaching office of the Catholic Church, consisting of the pope and the bishops. The Magisterium is responsible for deciding which writings belong in the Bible and what its proper interpretation is, and it defines the content of Tradition.

The Protestant principle, by contrast, is sola Scriptura: Scripture alone is our ultimate authority. As the Word of God, it is inspired, sufficient, necessary, clear, truthful, and life transforming. Our pastors have the responsibility of preaching and teaching the Bible and helping us understand and apply it rightly.

  1. Salvation: Catholics believe that salvation is a lifelong process by which God through his grace, and fallen people aided by that grace, work together so people engage in good works and thus merit eternal life. Grace is said to be communicated to people primarily through the sacraments of the Church.

For example, the sacrament of baptism starts the process of infusing grace, and it is applied particularly to infants. Through this sacrament, the baby’s original sin is washed away, the child is born again, and incorporated into Christ and his Church. At about the age of ten, children go through the sacrament of confirmation, by which God’s grace through the fullness of the Holy Spirit renders them full-fledged members of the Church.

The sacrament of the Eucharist is believed to provide Catholics with the very presence of Christ himself. Through transubstantiation, the elements of communion (the consecrated bread and wine) become the actual body and blood of Christ. His sacrificial death on the cross is re-presented as the sacrament is celebrated, so God’s grace is infused through Christ’s real presence.

When a Catholic Church member commits a mortal sin (a very evil sin that is premeditated and void of all concern for God), she forfeits saving grace. Through the sacrament of penance, this grace is newly infused as she confesses her sins to a priest. The priest, in turn, pronounces forgiveness and affirms certain good deeds which must be done to satisfy God’s justice.

Altogether, there are seven sacraments in Catholicism (the other three not listed above are matrimony, anointing for the sick, and holy orders for priests). In contrast to a system of sacraments by which God’s grace is believed to be infused by priests, however, Protestants see that God justifies fallen sinners without any priestly or clerical mediation.

God’s saves sinners purely by his grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. He declares us not guilty but righteous instead, not by infusing grace into us so as to transform us, but by imputing (crediting) Christ’s righteousness to our account. So, we stand completely holy in God’s sight, saved by him without our cooperative efforts, though we will certainly engage in good works out of a thankful, transformed heart.

“God saves sinners not by infusing grace into us so as to transform us, but by imputing (crediting) Christ’s righteousness to our account.”

The Impact of the Reformation on Missions

These two issues—authority and salvation—were at the heart of the controversy five hundred years ago. Because they continue to divide Catholic and Protestants today, the Reformation is not over. The takeaway for evangelism, and particularly for missions among predominantly Roman Catholic peoples, is seeing that highlighting these differences is not uncharitable. Of course, tact is needed when sharing the gospel with anyone. But it is absolutely critical for the gospel to be proclaimed with clarity. Otherwise, it cannot save.

May God use the gracious efforts of faithful, gospel-loving believers to break the chains of tradition that once bound Reformers like Martin Luther and still blind millions today. Five hundred years later, the truth of salvation in Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone, according to Scripture alone, and to the glory of God alone is a truth that must never be compromised. — IMB

ANCIENT TOMB OF SANTA CLAUS DISCOVERED BENEATH TURKISH CHURCH

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Archaeologists in Turkey may be on the cusp of solving a mystery thousands of years in the making after they stumbled on a tomb beneath the ruins of an ancient church they believe contains the remains of Saint Nicholas—known popularly as Santa Claus.

A portion of the site believed to contain the undamaged grave was discovered in St. Nicholas Church, located in Turkey’s southern Antalya province. The Demre district in which the church is found is known to be the revered Christian saint’s birthplace.

The head of Antalya’s Monument Authority, Cemil Karabayram, told the Turkish press the shrine was discovered during electronic surveys that showed gaps beneath the church.

“We believe this shrine has not been damaged at all, but it is quite difficult to get to it as there are mosaics on the floor,” Karabayram told Hurriyet Daily News. In the excavation process, archaeologists will have to loosen each tile from the mosaics and remove them together in a mold.

Turkish experts claim that what was believed to be the original grave of Saint Nicholas (pictured) was in fact the grave of an anonymous priest. They now believe that his undamaged grave was discovered in St. Nicholas Church, in Demre, Turkey.CREATIVE COMMONS

The claims over the 1,674-year-old remains of Saint Nicholas would compete with differing narratives that place the original saint’s relics as far away as Italy and Ireland.

At the time of his death in 343 A.D., Saint Nicholas was interred at the Church in Demre, formerly known as Myra, where he lay undisturbed until the 11th century. Then, according to different accounts from Italy at the time, his remains were taken during the crusades to either Venice or Bari, Italy. One story, less widely believed, places the bones in an abandoned churchyard in southern Ireland after they were brought there by French knights.

Most Catholic and Orthodox Christians accept that the Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, Italy, is the final resting place of Santa Claus’s remains. However, Turkish expertsare now claiming the wrong bones were removed and those taken abroad belong to an anonymous priest.

Karabayram has said he is very optimistic about uncovering Saint Nicholas’s remains. He explained researchers from eight differing fields of study were involved in the process of uncovering the grave.

Santa Claus morphed from the third- and fourth-century Asia Minor bishop Saint Nicholas to the generous figure associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas he is today.

The saint became popularized in 16th century Europe when he became Father Christmas, known for giving presents to young children. Dutch arrivals to the United States called their version of Saint Nicholas ‘Sinterklaas,’ which later became Santa Claus.

Commuting to Nairobi, the Train becomes a Church

Commuting to Nairobi, the Train becomes a Church

his commuter train takes its passengers to work, but the preacher aboard hopes it will also take them to God.

Starting in the suburb of Ruiru, about 19 miles north of Nairobi, the train for the past five years has informally hosted a growing number of self-styled pastors and a makeshift, moving congregation eager to hear the gospel.

At least two coaches turn into “churches” each day, with Christians singing, dancing and clapping as they prepare for a short sermon during the one-hour journey.

Jane Wanjiru, who frequently joins in the worship and occasionally preaches on the train, said many of her fellow passengers may otherwise not find time to pray or attend church.

“In this case, the train fellowship becomes a good alternative,” she said.

As the train picks up passengers in both middle-class neighborhoods and slums, the congregation swells. And by the time it stops at the capital’s Central Railway Station, scores have been touched by Christ or healed, the train preachers say.

Nine pastors minister to the moving flock, many of whom are out of work and looking for employment. Other passengers work as civil servants, traders or casual laborers. The pastors — who hold down other jobs, and for whom the train ministry is an unpaid calling — carefully choose sermons that relate to the struggles of many of their passengers, who suffer poverty, exhaustion and stress, and often have trouble paying the 40-cent fare.

“You must differentiate between true sacrifice and what is not. God wants us to make true sacrifices,” said Pastor Benjamin Mutungi, 34, preaching on a recent train ride. Some of the commuters open their own Bibles to read along with him, as others find the passage on their mobile phones.

He and the other pastors try to schedule their preaching so that they’re not all preaching on the same train at the same time, to reach the maximum number of commuters.

“Many have been helped to manage their problems. We have prayed for the sick. We have also prayed for the unemployed. Some returned to say they have seen a breakthrough,” said Pastor Michael Mbogo, 41, who started preaching on the train  five years ago.

The train preachers decided that they would not have an offering aboard so as not to further burden the many commuters already struggling to earn a living wage.

Benson Ndolo, an accountant who has preached frequently on the train, said his Christian life has been transformed on the tracks. “It has opened doors for me and I am a better person here and at work,” he said.

Julius Dzolo, an office clerk, said the sermons help him cope with stress. “The preaching helps me relax,” he said. “If I had picked a grudge at work, after the sermon, I am able to forgive much easier.”

When Mbogo preaches on the train, he said he is paying God back for saving his life. Five years ago, an accident left him in a coma for two weeks and a wheelchair for six months.

“I made a decision that I will serve him through preaching,” said Mbogo, who, with his fellow preachers has also taken the ministry beyond the train, bringing food and other supplies to a children’s home three times a year.

Before the accident, Mbogo often used the train to get to his work at a Nairobi hotel, where he is a photographer. He had then seen poor commuters riding on the train roof to avoid paying the fare, and then die or suffer serious injuries after falling from their dangerous seats.

“I believed my preaching on the coach would help these people,” he said. “At first, I feared the authorities would kick me out, but when people started joining the worship, they also accepted it.”

Gun control in Europe is almost total. It hasn’t stopped mass shooting attacks like Las Vegas

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The old adage “When guns are outlawed, Outlaws will still have guns is so true

Within hours of the horrible attack in Las Vegas, before we knew most of the relevant facts about the tragedy, gun control advocates were calling for more gun control.  Here is something I would like those advocates to consider: Europe, which has all the gun controls that are being pushed in the aftermath of the Las Vegas carnage, has actually suffered more bloodshed from these types of attacks than the U.S.

You heard that right: Countries such as France may have made all semi-automatic guns illegal, but that hasn’t stopped killers from getting fully automatic machine guns to use in mass shooting attacks. All four of the 2015 mass public shooting in France involved machine guns, including the 130 people killed in November of that year in multiple attacks including one at a concert venue.

In the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Europe saw machine gun attacks in airports and nightclubs by groups such as Black September and the Red Army Faction. In fact, machine guns are commonly used in mass shootings in the rest of the world.

This has not been the case here in the U.S. In fact, Sunday’s attack on a country music festival in Las Vegas – that left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded – may be the first mass public shooting in the U.S. involving a machine gun, if it turns out the killer did use such a weapon. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, is believed to have used at least one fully automatic weapon – weapons that are heavily restricted under U.S. federal law.

It is an attack that is likely to rank 14th in the most deadly mass public shooting in the world since 1970. It is the worst ever in the United States, according to data collected by the Center for Crime Research where I am founder and president.

There were 29 such shootings (four or more fatalities in a public place, according to the FBI’s official definition) in the U.S. during the eight years of the Obama administration; 26 in Europe. The rate at which people are killed is virtually the same in the European Union as in the United States.

Again, many of the facts about what happened in Las Vegas remain unknown at the moment, including exactly what type of firearm the gunman used. But one sad fact that everyone calling for gun control needs to consider is that, as Europe has shown, you can have all the gun control laws you want and you still won’t be able to stop horrors like this from happening.

When God used a hurricane to “relocate” a church

No, I am not referring to Harvey or Irma or any other recent ocean whirlwind that you or your loved ones might remember. I’m talking about a tropical storm that hit the coast of the United States over a hundred years ago, in the year 1876. As far as I know, it was never given a name, but someone should have called it “Faith”—because God used it to move a mountain (well, not literally—but you’ll see what I mean).

I first heard this remarkable account from a worship leader who traveled with me in the ministry. He became aware of the story, because one of his uncles pastored the church for a season—the church that was involved in the amazing miracle I’m about to share.

It was a typical country church—with long, white side-boards and a high steeple—in a quaint coastal community known as Swan Quarter, North Carolina. At some point it was named “Providence United Methodist Church”—I suppose, because of the providential way it finally ‘found’ its place in the world. The people in that region reminisce with travelers who come through the town, calling it, “The Church Moved by the Hand of God.”[i]

Let me give you the details. In 1874, a group of saints in that waterfront area decided to build a new gathering place for their growing congregation. The leadership felt impressed to place the building on a specific lot, prime property in the main area of town owned by a man named Samuel Slader.

Unfortunately, when they approached Mr. Slader, he adamantly refused to sell them the property. So they reluctantly opted for a different and less-desirable location. Then right before their dedication ceremony, the miracle happened. A hurricane came up the coast and about five feet of water surged through their community. The historical account, verified on the Snopes website, reads:

“During September 16-17, 1876, on the eve of the edifice’s dedication, a hurricane blew through the area. Pamlico Sound engulfed Swan Quarter, sweeping the sanctuary off its foundation. A Providence United brochure tells what happened:

A miracle was happening — the church was floating down the road. The church ‘moved by the hand of God.’ It went straight down the road to a corner and bumped into a general store owned by George V. Credle. The corner is now Oyster Creek Road and U.S. 264 Business.

‘Then a curious thing happened! The building took a sharp right turn and headed down the road for about two blocks until it reached the corner of what is now Church Street. Then it moved slightly off its straight-line course, took another turn to the left, crossed the Carawan Canal directly in front of the place where people desired the church to be, and settled exactly in the center of the Sam Sadler property, the site which had been refused.’ . . .

Before it settled, witnesses said it miraculously rotated around to face the street and there it would stay!”[ii]

Needless to say, Mr. Sadler changed his mind and sold them the property—property the church founders felt God wanted them to have at the start. Can you imagine the shouts of praise that went up to heaven when the congregants found out what God had done? The answer to their prayers gave fresh relevance to an age-old prophecy:

     The LORD has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet. (Nahum 1:3)

In the wake of the devastation many have faced over the past few weeks, in the U.S. and the Caribbean islands, we should remind ourselves of this verse and ask God to ease the pain, the loss, the hurt by once again using such a tragedy of nature to somehow further His divine purposes in us.

It may be very difficult for those who have lost so much to see past the piles of soggy sheetrock, throwaway lumber and piled-up, useless furniture, but we must believe that somehow, some way, our loving heavenly Father will providentially move for those who believe. If He did it in Swan Quarter over a century ago, He can do it for you today.

Thousands of Puerto Rican Churches Wrecked by Maria

NHCLC: Thousands of Puerto Rican Churches Wrecked by Maria

Just over a week after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, reports are beginning to reveal its impact on the island’s Christian community, including more than 1 million Protestants.

Approximately 3,000 churches were damaged or destroyed by the Category 4 hurricane, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) estimated. Wanda Rolón, an NHCLC board member and one of Puerto Rico’s best-known pastors, said that she was “not aware of a single church that escaped damage or harm.”

In addition to flooding, downed trees, and buildings ripped apart by 150 mph winds, the storm cut off electricity and communications networks. The Christian TV station, CDM Internacional, as well as several Christian radio stations went off the air. A Bible distribution ministry lost its inventory when its building was hit.

Of about 90 Southern Baptist churches in Puerto Rico, so far the North American Mission Board (NAMB) has heard from a dozen, all of which suffered limited damage, Baptist Press reported.

As relief efforts make their way out from San Juan, local churches serve as a crucial connection point for spiritual and physical support.

“We don’t have buildings right now to have meetings,” evangelist and doctor Luis Paz told CT in Puerto Rico last Sunday. “We are outside, bringing hope to people, the ones that need the most. We have brothers and sisters who don’t have homes right now, but the church is open to them.”

About half of Puerto Ricans go to church at least once a week, according to the Pew Research Center. (Most of the island’s 3.4 million residents are Catholic, and about a third are Protestant.) But some churches haven’t had power since Hurricane Irma hit earlier in the month. Without power, or due to other damage to their buildings, they’re forced to skip regular services or to worship unplugged outside.

The first Sunday after the storm, many Christians opted for impromptu gatherings in houses. In Arecibo, La Iglesia del Centro suffered minimal damage and held one smaller worship gathering. Pastor Gadiel Ríos encouraged members to open their homes for prayer and worship with their neighbors; some in his congregation of 350 have lost everything.

In better-off areas, metal debris and sinuous branches piled up in the streets, soccer fields, and swimming pools; for those who fared worse, the unwieldy piles sit where their houses once stood.

Paz, a minister and medical doctor, traveled to the capital, San Juan, on Sunday—exactly when he’d usually be worshipping with his 1,200-person congregation, Iglesia AMEC Casa de Alabanza—to pick up generators for clinics and request supplies for churches in the northwest.

When Maria made its way through Puerto Rico last Wednesday, he was up at 3 a.m. to do his daily prayers and Bible reading, pausing every few minutes to check the trajectory of the swirling storm.

“We thank the Lord no matter what,” said Paz, who later ended up singing hymns with his family as they scooped water out of their flooded home. “The Lord is not good when Irma started to go out and not good this time [when Maria hit]. The Lord is good all the time.”

The NHCLC partnered with Convoy of Hope to call upon congregation in the United States to sponsor damaged churches in Puerto Rico as well as in Mexico, after its recent earthquake. The NAMB will also facility church partnerships with Southern Baptist congregations, in addition to sending care packages to pastors, Baptist Press reported.

Rolón’s Pentecostal congregation, Iglesia La Senda Antigua, has been collecting and distributing basic necessities like food, formula, and diapers; the church will resume its worship services this Sunday.

Samaritan’s Purse took 200-plus tons of supplies to the Caribbean in September, including cases of water, gas jugs, sturdy blue tarps, and the generators that ended up at Paz’s clinics.

The evangelical relief organization distributes supplies to all who need aid, but coordinates efforts with partner churches. In Puerto Rico, Samaritan’s Purse has connections with congregations that participate in its iconic Operation Christmas Child shoebox program, as well as pastors like Paz who took part in president Franklin Graham’s crusade there in February.

“We know churches are not relief agencies, but they have a role to play when there is suffering and loss,” said Daniel Zeidan, who coordinates partnerships between Samaritan’s Purse and local churches whose communities need aid. “They will be there after we leave. What the church does now will have an impact that will last a long time.”

UK Passengers Evacuate Train after Man Begins Reciting Bible Verses on Sexual Immorality

Passengers Evacuate Train after Man Begins Reciting Bible Verses on Sexual Immorality

A major delay was caused this morning after a man stood up in a subway train and began reciting verses from the Bible.

According to ChristianToday.com, passengers began to self-evacuate the train as it waited outside Wimbledon around 8:30 a.m. A passenger on the train documented the events on Twitter.

“Held up on a train to Waterloo, some nutter starts reciting verses of the Bible, causes a crush and a panic as people fear for their lives,” the passenger tweeted.

“He recited lines about homosexuality and sex outside marriage being a sin,” he continued. “Some idiot woman is outside the train saying to the guard the guy said he had a bomb and was going to kill us all. Said nothing of the sort.

Guard comes to our carriage, a woman said that he said nothing like that and that he was talking about the Lord. Guard says they’re coming to get him off the train, they might have to evacuate the train.”

The British Transport Police’s official report said that no arrests have been made or injuries reported in relation to this incident

Iranian Christians Celebrate New Believers in Mass Baptism

Iranian Christians Celebrate New Believers in Mass Baptism

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for nearly nine years,” said one convert., “This was my wish before I die,” said another.

Being a Christian in Iran is very dangerous. Christian converts face persecution in many forms, but that hasn’t stopped 20 Iranian Christians from recently getting baptized.

CBN News reports that many in the group of Christians converted to Christianity years ago, but have had to wait to be baptized due to the danger it places them in. For that reason, neither the identities of the converts nor the exact location of the baptism has been revealed.

The group of converts reportedly got together to make a pilgrimage to the baptism site which was outside of Iran.

The mass baptism was a joyous event for these fervent believers who ranged in age from teenagers to the elderly.

Nearly all of them have faced consequences and persecution for deciding to put their faith in Christ, but they have persevered.

And although Iran is one of the most dangerous places for Christians and government authorities fear the spread of the Gospel, it is also one of the places where Christianity is growing by leaps and bounds. There are many reports of Muslims encountering Jesus through dreams and visions.

“We have been praying for years that Iranian people believe in Jesus and get baptized. Now, this dream is coming true,” said a Christian convert whose brother was murdered for his faith in 1994.

 

 

Is the Bloody left-wing riots in U.S. ‘just the beginning’

Historian likens antifa, other protesters to Hitler’s stormtroopers
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In one of his many previous careers, Charles Sasser was a police officer in Miami when the 1968 Republican National Convention came to town.

With the convention came nasty riots: Entire city blocks were burned down, and Sasser’s police car ended up with 13 bullet holes in it before the ruckus was over.

But that was, relatively, nothing.

“We’re going to see much worse than that now,” Sasser warned in an interview with “The Hagmann Report.” “This is just the beginning – just the beginning. We haven’t seen anything yet.”

Indeed, the rumblings of social unrest are already apparent. The city of St. Louis dealt with a string of nights of violent protests, while on the campus of U.C. Berkeley, scheduled appearances by conservative speakers have been met with riots by antifa and other leftists.

Sasser thinks the rioters don’t even fully understand the reason they’re rioting.

“It doesn’t matter what they’re protesting. The protest doesn’t matter,” he emphasized. “It’s the fact that they’re out there shutting up people, shutting up the opposition, instilling fear. Hey, these guys are the Brownshirts. These guys are Hitler’s Brownshirts. They’re … Stormtroopers. I mean, this is not new.”

In addition to his four-year stint as a police officer, Sasser is a longtime historian and author. He sees startling parallels between today’s violent left-wing rioters and the totalitarian thugs of yesteryear. It’s a connection he explores in his newest book, “Crushing the Collective: The Last Chance to Keep America Free and Self-Governing.”

 The “alt-left” has been around for decades, but conservatives have remained ignorant. Now, WND takes you inside Antifa with an exclusive special report revealing the origins, motivations, and future of America’s most widespread and active domestic terrorist group. 

Sasser told “The Hagmann Report” audience that while communism and fascism are often thought to be on opposite poles of the political spectrum, they are actually the same thing. They both derive from Marxism.

He pointed out Antonio Gramsci, the well-known Italian Marxist theorist, became a fascist philosopher later in life. Likewise, Benito Mussolini, the notorious Italian fascist dictator, read plenty of Marxist literature and once considered himself to be a Marxist, describing Karl Marx as “the greatest of all theorists of socialism.”

Sasser said the American progressives rioting today arose from the fascist branch of Marxism, not the communist branch.

“What we’re having here is fascist techniques used by Marxists in order to take over and silence people like me and Ann Coulter,” he said.

But it’s not only the so-called Antifa who are showing signs of fascism. Some of the best-known Democratic Party leaders in the U.S. have used language similar to the great fascists of old.

Sasser read a quote from Mussolini: “All is in the state and nothing. Nothing exists or has value outside the state.”

He also quoted the early 20th-century fascist philosopher Giovanni Gentile: “For fascism, the state and the individual are one.”

He then encouraged listeners to compare those two quotes to this line from a video shown at the 2012 Democratic National Convention: “Government is the only thing that we all belong to.”

And this quote from Hillary Clinton: “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”

“Now how close does that resemble quotes by Mussolini or Gentile or some of these other guys?’ Sasser asked. “These are fascist quotes, and they’re extremely dangerous because we don’t understand what is happening.”