Closing the altars, ordering people to tone it down, and focusing on recovery programs brought a crowd. However, what if that crowd leaves with no power to face our toxic culture?
By Mario Murillo
Right now we are awash in advisory sermons. The titles are similar and predictable: “How to handle fear, uncertainty, finances, relationships, marriage, and children.” We are drowning in whiteboards, blackboards, statistics, PowerPoint presentations, props, and illustrations.
The problem is, with all the anger, division, loud perversion and persecution, teachers find their instructive messages woefully inadequate. What happened? The answer is…life. Life happened and it is gripping believers with fear. This is a new kind of fear coming from the screaming villains, who now have an out-sized influence.
Happy face sermons do not give power over a time like this. What is happening now runs off the over-optimistic maps drawn in pulpits. Tragedies can uproot neat formulas like a palm tree in a hurricane. Hip theories will collapse like a brick house in an earthquake.
Every honest Pastor can report causalities in their church. Many who were once vibrant soldiers, today languish in a shadow existence. They are out of church, disconnected from their former passion and sick in body and soul. The ongoing political debate and demonstrations have only added to the crisis. The conflicting opinions of church leaders leave the army of God baffled and vulnerable.
Leaders have brought a lot of this on themselves. The culture changed dramatically in the last few months. The American pulpit has not.
Why are we surprised that modern believers suddenly need more? The power that could answer a thousand questions and extinguish a myriad of personality ills has been ushered out of church.
Closing the altars, ordering people to tone it down, and focusing on recovery programs indeed brought in a crowd. However, what is the end game if the crowd leaves as weak as they came—and in some cases weaker—without power to face our culture?
Paul’s cure was simple: an undeniable encounter with the fire of God…”that your faith should not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. -1 Corinthians 2: 5.
The answer to fear today is to burn it out! Just for shock value, I’ll use this phrase…perfect love casts out fear but so does perfect fear. No doubt many will think it is crazy to take a wonderful verse like 1 John 4:18 “perfect love casts out fear” and mess it up. But I am not messing it up I am fulfilling it!
PERFECT FEAR DOES CAST OUT FEAR! We have downplayed and even banned something that Christians desperately need.
Go back with me to 758 B.C. Isaiah the prophet enters the Temple in fear for his life. The tide of public opinion has turned against him. The death of his friend and protector King Uzziah has put the finishing touch on 5 years of ministry that was just treading water. His despair is now complete. He is enters the Temple looking for comfort from God.
He kneels in prayer, resting his elbows on the altar seeking solace from the storm. Instead, the building starts quaking, knocking his elbows so that he is now punching himself in the face.
He looks up and sees Seraphim: Angels of fire, fire that burns hotter and brighter than any sun. They tower over him from each end of the altar.
Their voices roar, vibrate, boom and dislodge the mighty beams of the Temple! “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, IS THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. THE WHOLE EARTH IS FILLED WITH HIS GLORY!” Back and forth, again and again, they blast this mighty proclamation until Isaiah could not bear the fright!
The mighty God Himself stands before Isaiah unfurling the indescribable train of His Glory! The prophet convulses beneath weight of glory. From his bone marrow came an all-consuming cry… “WOE IS ME!”
The startling effect of the Glory of God—a wonder working fear—overrules human fear. No threat matters now. This demonstration of Glory conquered his suffering. Isn’t this exactly what Paul meant?: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” -Romans 8:18. Of course Paul is speaking of the final GLORY…but it is a part of our birthright to have earthly collisions of glory: “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”-1 Corinthians 12: 7 An overarching, fear destroying encounter is the legacy of every child of God. “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all
The twelve disciples were gripped by fear of the storm. But when Jesus rebuked the storm their fear of drowning was replaced with an awestruck wonder. They exclaimed: “what manner of man is this that even the wind and the sea obey Him!?”
We are told that General Patton won battles because his men were more afraid of him than the Germans. Again, ours is not a negative fear but the holy awe born from the manifestation of God’s glory.
This truth reinforces the fact that “Perfect love casts out Fear” because love disciplines, love gives us what we need… and what we need today is a subtle pat on the head. We need a fear-killing encounter! Solomon said in Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Why are we blocking people from experiencing the fire of God? Why would we keep this miracle from people? I am talking about fire—fire that keeps them from the evil one—fire that forges a reverence, and turns them into your best soldiers
We should have made room and time for people to be filled to prevailing levels of the Holy Spirit and fire. If we had, we would not be nursing hordes of Christians on life support. We would have an unstoppable army!
There is still time to reverse course. If you have never been drenched by God then obey Him and seek to be overcome by His Glory. If you have received in the past now is the time for FRESH FIRE!
It’s True! Democrats Think Muslims Worse Off Here Than Christians Are In Muslim World. Explain to me what liberalism does to your brain…
Democrats Think Muslims Worse Off Here Than Christians Are In Muslim World
Rasmussen Reports Tuesday, February 07, 2017
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters believe most Christians living in the Islamic world are treated unfairly because of their religion. Just 17% disagree, while 21% more are undecided.
These findings have changed little in surveys since early 2015.
By comparison, 39% feel most Muslims living in the United States are treated unfairly because of their religion. That’s up from 31% last year and is the highest finding in surveys to date. A plurality (46%) still believes Muslims are not treated unfairly because of their faith, while 15% more are not sure.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of Democrats, however, believe most Muslims in this country are mistreated, a view shared by only 22% of Republicans and 39% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Fewer Democrats (47%) think most Christians are mistreated in the Islamic world, compared to 76% of GOP voters and 64% of unaffiliateds.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 2 and 5, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Most voters favor the president’s temporary ban on refugees and on visas for those from seven Muslim-majority countries that the State Department views as terrorist havens. Trump wants to ensure that the government can adequately screen out potential terrorists before letting any more newcomers into the country.
Majorities of voters across most demographic groups agree that most Christians living in the Islamic world are treated unfairly because of their religion.
Women are more likely than men to think most American Muslims are mistreated here but less likely to believe Christians are mistreated in the Islamic world.
Nearly as many voters under 40 think most Muslims are mistreated in America (51%) as think most Christians are mistreated in the Muslim world (57%). Older voters by a two-to-one margin believe the treatment of Christians in the Muslim world is worse than that of Muslims in this country.
A majority of black voters (52%) believe most Muslims here are unfairly treated, compared to 37% of whites and 42% of other minority voters.
Among voters who do not believe Muslims here as mistreated, 76% say most Christians living in the Islamic world are persecuted. Among those who feel most Muslims in America are mistreated, only 56% agree that most Christians suffer in Muslim countries.
The United States remains a majority Christian nation. But 94% of voters also rate freedom of religion as an important right, including 80% who say it is Very Important.
Following the massacre by a Muslim terrorist at an Orlando nightclub last June, only 21% of all voters said the Islamic community in this country has been vocal enough in its condemnation of terrorist attacks. Forty-nine percent (49%) think Islam as practiced today encourages violence more than most other religions, and 71% say Islamic religious leaders need to do more to emphasize the peaceful beliefs of their faith.
Most voters continue to believe the United States is at war with radical Islamic terrorism.
3 Things You Need To Know About Obama’s Pardon Of Chelsea Manning
In a massive slap in the face to both the defense and intelligence communities, outgoing President Barack Obama commuted the sentence for Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking military details to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. Manning has served just seven years of his sentence; he is transgender and has changed his name to Chelsea Manning. Manning wasn’t Obama’s only controversial commutation: he also commuted the sentence of General James E. Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who lied to reporters about leaking information about the Stuxnet virus directed by Israel against the Iranian nuclear program; Obama commuted Oscar Lopez Rivera, an FALN terrorist who was convicted to a 55-year sentence for seditious conspiracy, forced robbery, and firearms charges.
So, what drove Obama to make these decisions? And what is their impact?
1. Obama Hates The National Security Community. Manning revealed documents to WikiLeaks that damaged American national security severely. According to the Associated Press, as The Weekly Standard notes, “The government presented [an] uncontested written statement that former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden asked for and received from an associate the Afghanistan battlefield reports that WikiLeaks published. The material was found on digital media seized in the May 2011 raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, [lead prosecutor Maj. Ashden] Fein said. Bin Laden was killed in the raid.” Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) rightly stated, “I don’t understand why the president would feel special compassion for someone who endangered the lives of our troops, diplomats, intelligence officers, and allies.” And Obama’s other commutations reveal a deep disdain for our allies and our defense community: FALN is a terrorist organization, and the leak of the Stuxnet virus information only helped Iran.
2. Democrats Pretending They Care About WikiLeaks Have A Lot To Explain. Obama and other Democrats have suggested that Donald Trump was elected thanks to the Russians “hacking the election.” What they really mean is that Russia sponsored the WikiLeaks hacking of John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee. And they’ve been fighting mad about it – many top Democrats have used the WikiLeaks stories as a pretext to call the incoming administration illegitimate. But now Obama has commuted the sentence of the man whose information made WikiLeaks famous. So leaks are only bad when they hurt Democrats – when they hurt America’s national security, they’re no big deal, apparently.
3. Republicans Who Like WikiLeaks But Angry About Manning Have A Lot To Explain. Sean Hannity has become quite friendly with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange ever since WikiLeaks helped destroy Hillary Clinton’s campaign. But back when WikiLeaks was pumping out Manning’s material, Hannity wanted Assange prosecuted. Hannity’s not the only one in this situation. Republicans seem deeply upset about the Manning commutation, even while many of them pooh-pooh Assange’s involvement in the election process.
Everybody’s a hypocrite when it comes to leaks these days. The only astonishing thing is how blatant Obama’s hypocrisy is – and how little he cares about exposing Democratic hypocrisy on WikiLeaks to the light of day on his way out.
The proof America is divine is she survived Obama. The testament to his abomination is that she nearly didn’t. He is on his way out so why should I bother to speak out about him anymore? Here is the reason:
He hates America. He hates Israel. He hates Christians. Those three statements are not my reasons for speaking out about him—in fact, they are bait to illustrate my first point.
People will savage those remarks. They will tell me that I am lying. They will boast that there is not a shred of evidence to support what I have said. Aha! There you have it…it’s the extreme delusion of Obama, the media and his followers that provoked me to write this.
Listen to him! In the last days of his debacle. Per him, he did nothing wrong. He is the best president since Lincoln. He did more to protect Israel than any other president. He created millions of jobs. He never lied. He stabilized the Arab world. He improved race relations in America. He would have beaten Donald Trump.
The delusion that Obama did a good job—when he was far and away the worst president ever—is a threat to our future. You see, Obama is not going to go away. He will continue to make mischief because he is at war with us. Now read what I said back in November of 2015.
He is at war with us.
By Mario Murillo November 17th, 2015
The American pastor Saeed Abedini–held hostage by Iran was set to fly to freedom but they had to wait for another plane to arrive from America first. That plane was most certainly carrying $400 million in cash sent from Obama to Iran. There is also great reason to believe that money will end up in the hands of those who would destroy Israel and America.
In an interview about his release Saeed Abedini was asked, “Were they effectively waiting for the money to come in before they then let you take off?” He answered, “Yeah. They didn’t talk about money. They just told us about the — they told me about the plane. … So, the reason that they said you’re here in the airport is — was just because we are waiting for another plane.”
The Wall Street Journal says “But U.S. officials also acknowledge that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.
How can this be happening without criminal charges? Because the White House has rigged the system. Obama is at war with us. Hillary will continue his war on us.
However, this article is not about Obama. He is mentioned in it. He is accused in it—he is the villain of it—but it is not about him. This article is about you and me. It is about facing the most horrible fact—we have had to face—since the Civil War.
The man who occupies the White House is at war with us. He is not at war against ISIS. He is not at war against black poverty. He is not at war against unemployment. He is not at war against anything that threatens you. He is at war with you.
The man who has the most power over Americans is actively working to destroy Americans. That is a bitter pill to swallow—but swallow it we must.
But how do I convince you that he is at war against us? I struggled with this for a long time. Then I found an analogy that explains Obama’s destructive style. He acts like a man that has murdered his wife and is trying to cover it up.
The husband is always the first suspect—no matter what. Detectives use a different set of eyes than you and I. The adoring faithful husband is defended by family, friends and neighbors. He has the perfect alibi. He has no history of violence.
However, the police will not rule him out if he begins to act strangely. Say, he shows little sense of loss. He talks more about himself than he does his dead wife. If she is missing, he seems to be going through the motions of trying to find her.
Obama’s reaction to the mass murder in Paris is a perfect example. It is the same, tired, brain-numbing non response to terror. He is sorry, but not really. He keeps up the appearance of a caring husband who—having done away with his wife—feigns sorrow. He has done this after every terror attack.
Sherlock Holmes said, “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” When you eliminate the impossible about Obama here is what is left: He is motivated by hate. He hates America. He hates Christianity. He hates Israel.
All of his policies carry this one universal criterion: How much it will damage the people I hate. Use that formula and all of the lights will suddenly go on. He blocks energy independence, a secure border, a jobs program or anything else that would better our lives.
His foreign, environmental, economic, immigration, and educational, policies fail by design—not incompetence. He ruined our healthcare; enflames racial division; foments student unrest, and endangers the lives of police officers by design.
He bullies Israel but gives billions to her mortal enemies.
Here is what is really chilling: Even after it was proven that the killers in Paris were Syrian refugees, he will still force us to take in 100,000 Syrian refugees. Is he actually working toward terrorism here at home?
His zeal to end America Israel and Christianity is so great—I seriously believe he would wreak havoc—declare martial law, stay in office beyond his current term—to finish the job.
If you are a true Christian and you want to stop Obama…then stop doing these things:
1.Stop denying that he is at war against you and your children’s future. Face it! How can you do what Christ wants you to do against this evil if you will not admit the evil?
We cannot stop Obama unless we face the fact that he is at war with us. All God-fearing, freedom-loving people must unify against him. The unity and resolve required to stop him can come only after we face the ugly truth.
2. Quit saying all we need to do is pray. No one ever prayed like Jesus. No one ever understood prayer Like Jesus. No one valued prayer like Jesus. And yet, He did not just pray. He went forth in the power of the Spirit. He rebuked the king—He turned over the tables of the money changers and He verbally blistered the Pharisees. He did not just pray—He acted on His prayers.
Well,of course we need to pray. I intercede daily. But to say that all we should do is pray is a cop out. If you believe that the sole response to Obama should be prayer then you are doing a disservice—not only to America—but to prayer. Prayer always ends in acts of obedience.
In Acts 4:29 Peter prayed “Lord look on their threats and grant to your servants that with all boldness we may speak Your Word.” Try this the next time you pray—Ask for boldness and guidance. Ask to know your place in stopping the war on Israel, Christianity and everything that made America great. After you pray…you have to take a stand.
(Special note: I do not believe that the Sunday pulpit should be a constant flow of tirades against Obama. It should be well-placed and relevant to the instruction of the people. It should be done to inform believers about why we believe what we believe so they can answer the persecution of the culture. What I am saying is that it is odd if you do not know where your pastor stands on these issues.)
Your time, talent and money should not be going to the compromised church. Shift your support. Begin to strengthen the arm of those who are risking all to oppose this tyrant.
4. Stop abusing love. It is not hateful to oppose Obama—it is love. To be silent in face of hatred is hatred itself. When we remain silent we do not practice love; we hate God’s Word; we hate holiness; we hate truth; we hate sacrifice and courage.
Stop worrying about what millennials think. Stop worrying about our public persona. When the truth comes out a grateful generation will thank us for intervening against destruction.
5. Quit saying “I am not going to do anything because it won’t make any difference.” Revivals can be traced to a single person. Do not say that great movements cannot begin with small groups in unpromising circumstances. Indeed, that is exactly how all great movements have been born.
You have come to the kingdom for such a time as this. You cannot waste one more moment in fear or self-pity. God can take your simple prayer and willingness and add His amazing power and wisdom to your endeavors.
What if God has been waiting a hundred years for you to come along—discard fear and doubt—take up the sword of the Lord—and plunge it into the heart of darkness?
Today, you’ll hear terrifying things about our government. But it may be a miracle.
By Mario Murillo
In the next few hours you are going to hear some truly terrifying things about our government. Today you will find out things you were never supposed to know. An avalanche of facts will confirm some of our worst fears and God’s great mercy.
Remember when you thought the president was supposed to protect us? Remember when you thought the Department of Justice was supposed to bring justice? Remember when you thought the State Department was supposed to keep us safe?
Well sit down…because here comes the truth: We have not had a democracy for 8 years. We have been led by a junta—a crime family. They have finally been outed.
Here is what you already know:
CNN fed debate questions to Hillary Clinton.
George Soros owns voting machines.
Barack Obama ordered the FBI not to indict Hillary and stopped them from convening a Grand Jury to indict the Clinton Foundation.
The Clinton campaign paid people to start fights at Trump rallies.
Facebook, Google and Twitter conspired to manipulate information to place Hillary in a good light and Trump in a bad light. They lied and censored to advance her campaign.
We know that 65% of all Americans believe Hillary has broken federal law.
We know that 53% believe it was wrong not to indict her.
Today you are going to find out how deep and wide this collusion really is. You get to meet the many tentacled beast.
These people did not merely blur the Separation of Powers Act of the Constitution…they removed it. They formed a legislative monopoly—one that pools power and freely operates above the law.
One of the first to discover this was Bernie Sanders. Only, they scared him so badly that he is terrified to tell us the truth—he even turned on his own supporters.
Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, the Department of Justice, the State Department, the IRS and our mass media, newspapers, magazines and social media including Google, Facebook and Twitter all work together. They collaborate… they plan things.
This was how John Podesta could tell Hillary every move the DOJ was making in advance. Then it all came out in the open.
We now know that at least 5 nations have hacked and now own Hillary Clinton’s emails.
We now know there is a 99% chance that Bill and Hillary Clinton will be indicted for criminal activity involving hundreds of millions of dollars. They are under suspicion for selling influence to enrich themselves. They sold favors to nations that are sworn enemies of the U.S.!
We are still at the tip of the iceberg. James Comey has been aware of this information for almost a year. He has even more information…enough to fill an ocean liner. He finally caved and sent a letter to Congress to announce he was reopening the Clinton email investigation.
Why did Comey brave the wrath of the ruling family? Because “Rogue” FBI agents couldn’t take the filth, lies and abuse of power on the American people anymore. They forced Comey’s hand. These agents are true American heroes.
While I do not condone stealing emails, we must admit that WikiLeaks was key in finding out things we never would have known. If it were not for Fox News you would not see it on television.
Today you will be hearing things even Thomas Wolfe could not put in a scandalous novel. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might as you hear the horrifying reality that God is trying to spare us from. A tidal wave of information will be coming out within hours.
Again, you were never supposed to find out about this. I believe this is an answer to the prayers of the saints. You had better realize you have been given a miracle. If you and I do not seize this miracle, then we deserve all the tyranny that Hillary will hand out.
Today I believe God has had mercy on us to expose this before the election. Time to dump Bill and Hillary like nuclear waste…and drain the swamp.
Gullible Christians are helping to kill America
By Mario Murillo
Satan’s masterstroke of deceiving, dividing and diluting Christians in America is now paying off. He has fooled gullible Christians into helping kill America.
Millions of believers are blind to the disaster a Clinton presidency would be to their jobs, their church and their children.
They have been pickled by preaching that tells them Daddy with take care of everything; America will be okay no matter who you vote for.
Max Lucado tells us God is on the throne and that means that on November 9th, we will be fine. History, the Bible, and the facts about Hillary Clinton refute this.
God was on the throne when Hitler rose to power. God was on the throne when Stalin exterminated untold millions.
God is on the throne as Christians all over the world are being martyred by radical Islam.
God is looking for heroes to rise up, by His power, and intervene to save America. He uses people.
If Hillary wins on November 8th, we will not be fine. The Bible says in Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked person rules, the people groan.” Prepare for years and years of groaning if she wins.
James Riley said: “Texas pastor Max Lucado leads what he calls a ‘red state’ church, but Max has a maxim: ‘I don’t want anybody to know how I vote.’ Max does this to make sure the Democratic voters in his church, the ones who support abortion on demand, Islamo-pandering, and class warfare are not made to feel uncomfortable. However, Max recently broke his neutrality pledge… According to Max:
‘I would not have said anything about Mr. Trump, never — I would never have said anything if he didn’t call himself a Christian. It’d be none of my business whatsoever to make any comments about his language, his vulgarities, his slander of people, but I was deeply troubled … that here’s a man who holds up a Bible one day, and calls a lady “bimbo” the next.’”
Think on that for a moment. Max closes his eyes to another “Christian,” Barack Obama, who stands foursquare for the slaughter of millions of unborn babies, at your expense, but Donald Trump called a lady a “bimbo?”
Evangelist Beth Moore has also decided to help Hillary. “Beth Moore is standing in the gap for Hillary. Beth Moore is breaking away from fellow evangelical leaders/speakers who stand with Donald Trump, saying she can no longer do so after hearing the 2005 recording of his off-the-record conversation with Billy Bush. Moore suggested that Trump’s words from 11 years ago highlight how men are “objectifying” women today, and she made clear that she will not support Trump over it. She issued a number of tweets on the topic, not one of which criticized Hillary Clinton for the way she has treated the women who allege Bill Clinton sexually assaulted them — women like Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick.” -Awr Hawkins, Britebart News.
The fact is, neither Max nor Beth have said anything about Bill and Hillary Clinton. So, where is their Christianity when it comes to protecting America from tyranny?
Beth, what is your opinion of Hillary enabling a rapist? What do you think about her laughing at a 12-year-old girl that was raped? Why aren’t you talking about that? If Hillary wins, Bill Clinton will be immoral in the White House. General Colin Powell said, in an email, that Bill Clinton is still committing adultery. What kind of a role model is that for men?
Max, Hillary said she will force religion to change its beliefs. What are you doing to protect the sheep from that?
Eric Metaxas said, “If Hillary Clinton is elected, the country’s chance to have a Supreme Court that values the Constitution—and the genuine liberty and self-government for which millions have died—is gone. Not for four years, or eight, but forever.”
Instead of raising up an informed electorate who could vote as a moral bloc, the modern pulpit has created gullible Christians—Christians who are about to help Hillary push the nation over a cliff.
Is the motive really about women and love of people? Or is it, once again, political correctness? Are popular leaders wanting to look good to outsiders, hedging their bet that Hillary is going to win and they will escape the wrath of the new order? Are they living in denial about the evil that will befall America once she is in the White House?
One of the most amazing and revealing statements Trump ever made—he made to pastors. He asked them why they let the country get in this condition when—all along—they had the power to get what they wanted.
He told them, “There are 50 million of you, and if you had worked together you could have elected everything from city councilmen, to state Assemblymen, to Congressmen and presidents.” He is painfully correct. That is not just a statement of our influence but of our responsibility.
To the basket of Christian gullibles I say this: NOTHING MATTERS MORE IN THIS ELECTION THAN WHAT HILLARY WILL DO TO AMERICA. SHE WILL FILL THE SUPREME COURT WITH LEFTIST JUDGES—SHE WILL DESTROY OUR ECONOMY—SHE WILL CAUSE A WAR—ALL FORMS OF ABORTION WILL BE LEGAL—AND THE CHURCH IN AMERICA WILL BE SEVERELY CRIPPLED.
We could stop this insanity if we unified against real—not imagined evil. If we could see our real duty in this election, if we could get over our false sensibilities and hurt feelings, we could save the country. The great heroes of our faith who witnessed tyranny would grab us and shake to our core if they saw our apathy and naivete in the face of this threat.