Saturday, July 24, 2021

Letter to our Friends - July 23, 2021

P.O. BOX 6458

Leonard V. Johnson

Dearest Friends:

Greetings from Spring Hill, Florida.

YouTube censorship of ‘conservative’ content

YouTube last Tuesday “purged” The Independent Christian Church of God’s view count on their YouTube channel! The view count was in the triple digits for the recent sermons “Spooks” and “Who Are We?” Now the view count is in the double-digit range! Here is what Minister Guy C. LaMar wrote –
“Interesting - My wife told me yesterday day that my view count on my latest YouTube sermon was 100 even. So I looked and it was. Then today I just checked and it says 42 views. Hummmmmm.......I have a sneaky feeling YouTube is a bit of an anti-Christian media platform.”
Indeed YouTube is! They have continued to “purge” and even suspend more and more channels for which they do not care.

Back in 2018 Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse had written –
This Is The Worst Purge Of Conservative Voices In The History Of The Internet

In recent weeks, we have witnessed an unprecedented social media crackdown on conservative voices. YouTube’s war with Alex Jones has gotten the most attention, but literally hundreds of conservative content creators have had their accounts penalized, suspended or deleted by YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants. There appears to be a coordinated effort to target conservative viewpoints, because similar voices on the left are not receiving equal treatment. …

How would you feel if you spent years creating videos and building up a subscriber base only to have all of that work wiped out in a single moment by a leftist YouTube moderator?

Sadly, that is precisely what is happening to dozens upon dozens of conservatives right now…

One of the most disturbing examples of censorship was what happened to the Health Ranger channel. Mike Adams is a personal friend, and I am extremely upset about what YouTube has done to him…
As we reported over the weekend, YouTube terminated the entire Health Ranger video channel on Saturday, wiping out over 1,700 videos and approximately 350K+ subscribers. This was done, of course, as part of the YouTube left-wing PURGE now being carried out against non-establishment speakers who are being targeted for political reasons.

YouTube’s censorship rampage also wiped out all my videos on the donkeys I rescued, the range-free chickens I raise and even the beautiful ice crystals I captured on video over the winter. In its censorship sweep, YouTube is obliterating thousands of videos without cause, violating the civil rights of informative internet users and functioning as a criminal techno-cartel.
There is absolutely no reason for YouTube to do this. Mike Adams has literally helped millions of people through his work, and I am urging all of my readers to contact YouTube and demand that they restore his channel immediately.

Now certainly, these types of “purges” and suspensions from YouTube are not new, however, we are seeing an even greater increase of electronic social-media censorship against ANYONE who does not agree with the mainstream media and/or those who have the conservative views and teachings of God’s living word – the Holy Bible. Or, for that matter, those who quote God’s word!

Also, Google, which owns YouTube, has changed its search parameters in a great many areas to reduce the possibility of certain views or beliefs from showing up on the first page of their search engine query. In our view, this has greatly hurt the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries and our affiliated churches’ YouTube channels.

Now, I say this not so that our people should take some kind of political action – but I say this to witness, announce, and warn our people that Authoritarianism Can Happen Again! – even in a so-called “free” society. And that it will take place more and more as the ‘end of this age’ ends. The reality is – Internet censorship was prophesied to occur in this end-time –
“’ Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of HEARING the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, And from north to east; They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, But shall not find it’” – Amos 8:11-12, NKJV and throughout.
Notice that God’s living word tells that a time is coming when the word of the LORD will not be found – worldwide. Truly, in this 21st-century world, the Internet is accessed by people of every continent, country, nation, province, and state – thus, some type of Internet restriction/suspension/ or removal is coming! And in a few nations, it is already here – i.e. North Korea, China, Libya, South Africa.

Truly, the United States of America no longer has the type of “freedom of religion” or “freedom of speech” which our Founding Fathers wanted. Now, while YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter are not part of the US government, these private entities DO NOT support God or His teachings.

Having and following the views and teachings of God the Father and Jesus Christ as written in Their living word is certainly becoming more problematic in the United States of America!

Sadly, there is soon coming a day when the US government, as well as various private entities, will stop our efforts on the Internet altogether.

We should consider the words of our God –
“Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, For it is an evil time” – Amos 5:13.
Interestingly – yesterday I had told my wife of what I taught upon for this coming Sabbath-day sermon, “Are The Dead In Heaven?” And she responded, “You just keep pushing their buttons, don’t you!?” I answered, “Someone needs to, and we are the only ministries which appear to be doing so!” However, God’s living wisdom tells us that even then – during this soon-coming ‘evil time’ – those that are doing nothing wrong will need to be silent for safety’s sake.

Yet, at this time, while it is still ‘day’ we must, like what the prophet Isaiah was told, - 
“’ CRY ALOUD, SPARE NOT; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins’” – Isaiah 58:1.
This is exactly what we in the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries are doing – along with our affiliated churches!

We are denouncing not only the sins of God’s people – see Jeremiah 50:6-7; Luke 15:3-7; Matthew 10:6 – but a WARNING and telling of the sins of the house of Jacob (the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and her Commonwealth of Nations, Australia, and New Zealand, Canada), and also of this world’s false religion – politics.

Notice that Minister Michael C. Garrett has spoken of (and will continue to speak of) many of the sins prevalent in this 21st century –

Also, notice that Minister Guy C. Lamar of The Independent Christian Church of God has also spoken of (and will continue to speak of) these prevalent sins in this 21st century –

Also, also notice that we here at the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries have (and will continue to) speak of these prevalent sins in this 21st century –

There are a great many in and outside the US government who have devious plans and are watching the Internet with ever-more plans on censorship of material they will someday completely silence.

Notice this from God’s living word –
“Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; Preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows – bitter words, That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.

They encourage themselves in an evil matter; They talk of laying snares secretly; They say, ‘Who will see them?’ They devise iniquities: ‘We have perfected a shrewd scheme.’ Both inward thought and the heart of man are deep” – Psalms 64:1-6.
So, if you think that if you’ve done nothing wrong there is nothing to fear from surveillance, consider that many in the US government consider that NOT supporting the LGBTQ+ agenda, or homosexual “marriage,” etc. are “enemies of the state.” Also, it has been said, that people who believe in a Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ should not be trusted and should be considered as a potential terrorist!

Suggested Sabbath Day Services

Here is our suggested Sabbath day service for our scattered brethren and friends around the world:

● 2 hymns. (a free printable “Old Time Gospel” hymn site is “The Old Time Gospel”).
● Opening prayer.
● Announcements (if any – a great site for announcements is Deacon Robbie Lamb’s Watchman brief insights of world news in relation to biblical prophecies!).
● Suggested Sermon: “Are The Dead In Heaven?” by Leonard V. Johnson. Additional sermons are available HERE!
● Final hymn.
● Closing prayer.


World News Items

The Washington Post and others reported that the documentary which was released last Friday about the life of former celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has a disturbing “deepfaked voice” (See: TWP - The controversy over Anthony Bourdain’s deepfaked voice is a reminder that documentaries aren’t journalism’). Certainly, when one considers these entertainment documentaries real and factual there is a great risk. Consider - I have been mentioning that the majority of documentaries that are on Prime Video are for entertainment purposes only and are greatly skewed with a leftist agenda. The use of technology to produce what they are calling ‘deepfakes’ is certainly a tool in which ‘the god of this age’ – Satan the devil – will continue to utilize in the future. God’s living word warns that “evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” “But,” as the apostle Paul continued, “you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, …” – that being JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF! – 2 Timothy 3:12-14.

More ‘deepfakes’ are coming – do not fall for them!

Because of this “purging” and shadow banning of our YouTube channels we also are utilizing other social media video platforms – like Godtube, BitChute, Brighton, as well as our Soundcloud Radio channel. However, as I had posted in the article “EU Attacking Video Platforms,” BitChute is now being pressured (and has agreed to suppress) anti-LGBTQ+ videos. This, of course, comes as no surprise. This is why – as an example – I have phrased titles and posts in ways not to incite the wrath of Big Tech “Brother”!

However, even this may not be enough very soon. In Poland, LGBTQ+ promoters seemingly consider that advocating traditional family values and of even going to church is none other than prima facie (See: DW - Polish LGBTQ activists refuse to be silenced by lawsuits’). They – just like a relative of mine – do not like being told that God’s living word says that even condoning, without actual participation in this LGBTQ+ agenda, is deserving of death! – cf. Romans 1:18-32.

That being said – and as I just mentioned to my wife this morning; the Trump Administration was but a slight pause; the calm before the storm – much of this world is moving ever-closer towards the final time of the Gentiles (Ezekiel 30:3; Luke 21:24). Truly, the European Union, China, Iran, and Serbia have recently vowed to move closer to the Russian-dominated Eurasian Economic Union (See: Tehran Times - Iranian companies ink MOU for exporting water industry goods to Eurasia’ along with Tehran Times - Iran hails ties with Eurasian Union’ along with Foreign Brief - Serbia-Eurasian Economic Union free trade agreement enters into force’). And also Bloomberg - Putin Warns U.S. May Regret Using Dollar as Sanctions Weapon’). Now, while the EAEU is NOT the prophesied threat against the Anglo-American nations, the stage is being set for the final rise of the Gentiles of the ‘end of this age.’

Concluding Comments

Minister Michael C. Garrett wrote, under the inspiration of God’s Spirit:
Lamentations 1:3 – “Judah has gone into captivity, Under affliction and hard servitude; She dwells among the nations, She finds no rest; All her persecutors overtake her in dire straits.” – now, this did take place in 605 B.C.! THIS WILL HAPPEN AGAIN! So, many prophecies are dual – they have an earlier fulfillment, and they have a much larger, more significant fulfillment in the latter days! And this will be one of those latter days fulfillments. Verse 12 – “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Behold and see If there is any sorrow like my sorrow, Which has been brought on me, Which the LORD has inflicted In THE DAY OF HIS FIERCE ANGER.” – the Day of the Lord!

Chapter 2, Verse 1 – “How the Lord has covered the daughter of Zion With a cloud in His anger! He cast down from heaven to the earth The beauty of Israel, And did not remember His footstool IN THE DAY OF HIS ANGER.” – ‘In the day of His anger’ is the Day of the Lord! Verse 5 – “The Lord was like an enemy. He has swallowed up ISRAEL, … And has increased mourning and lamentation In the daughter of Judah.” Verse 21 – “’ Young and old lie On the ground in the streets; My virgins and my young men Have fallen by the sword; You have slain them in THE DAY OF YOUR ANGER, You have slaughtered and not pitied.’” – now, ‘pray not for this people’ is indeed a Message from the Bible.”

Friends, a major change is prophesied – and it is coming – this world is about to get freight-trained! Let us all get our spiritual house in order NOW (Luke 21:34-36; Zephaniah 2:1-3).

In deep gratitude and love, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior,
Leonard V. Johnson

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