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YouTube bans John Piper’s Audiobook ‘Coronavirus and Christ’

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YouTube has censored the audiobook version of Reformed theologian John Piper’s new book, Coronavirus and Christ, claiming it violated “community standards.”

The book offers six biblical answers to the question: What is God doing through the coronavirus?

“This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines,” reads a message on the now blocked video by Piper, the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minnesota and the founder of DesiringGod.org.

The video got over 187,000 views within roughly five weeks that it remained on the platform, according to Disrn. It was released on April 8 and blocked last Friday.

An archived version of the audiobook is still available here and on the Crossway Podcast here.

The censorship came amid a call by 22 military chaplains to “discipline” and possibly court-martial a senior army chaplain for sending nearly three-dozen other chaplains an email containing a copy of the e-book, Coronavirus and Christ.

The 22 military chaplains, some of whom are from the LGBT community, had a problem with the book because it says that “some people will be infected with the coronavirus as a specific judgment from God because of their sinful attitudes and actions.”

Representing the 22, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which advocates for a strict separation of church and state within the U.S. military, urged Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to punish Senior Chaplain Col. Moon H. Kim, the command chaplain of U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in South Korea, the largest U.S. military installation outside of the United States.

The complainants, MRFF said, “do not subscribe to the ultra-conservative/Reformed/evangelical Christian theology of John Piper.”

In a section titled, “Examples of Specific Judgements on Specific Sins,” Piper wrote that one example “is the sin of homosexual intercourse,” citing Romans 1:27 in which the Apostle Paul states that “men committing shameless acts with men” received in themselves “the due penalty for their error.”

“That ‘due penalty’ is the painful effect ‘in themselves’ of their sin,” Piper wrote. “This ‘due penalty’ is just one example of the judgment of God that we see in Romans 1:18, where it says, ‘The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.’ Therefore, while not all suffering is a specific judgment for specific sins, some is.”

A copy of Kim’s email that contained the PDF sent to the chaplains was reviewed by The Christian Post. In the body of the email, Kim wrote to fellow chaplains that he wanted to share the short booklet with them.

“This book has helped me refocus my sacred calling to my savior Jesus Christ to finish strong,” Kim wrote. “Hopefully this small booklet would help you and your Soldiers, their Families and others who you serve.”

MRFF contends that the book was “clearly meant as a full-fledged endorsement and validation of what the book espouses and proclaims.”

Led by Reps. Doug Collins, R-Ga., and Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., they and 18 other Republican House members signed a joint letter asking the Pentagon to protect the religious liberty of service members from the demands of an “anti-religion” group.

Piper also responded to the issue in a 17-minute audio interview posted online.

“I think it would be fair to say that some of my views about what the Bible teaches, even rightly understood, the author of that letter hates. He hates what I think,” Piper said, referring to MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein. “‘They are,’ he says, ‘incendiary,’ ‘bigoted,’ ‘vulgar’ — not just because he misunderstands, but, in part, because he does understand, and that’s how he thinks and feels about some of what the Bible teaches.

“I consider all of those views to be true because they are what the Bible teaches, and therefore, they’re very valuable to know,” Piper stressed. “So I think it’s not just that he misunderstands, but that he gets some things right in those quotes, and he just doesn’t like them.”

Piper said there are three areas where Weinstein seems to misrepresent his stance in either the letter to Esper or an earlier interview with The Christian Post. “For example, when I say that ‘some people will be infected with the coronavirus as a specific judgment from God because of their sinful attitudes and actions,’ he assumes that I know who those people are, or at least what kind of people they are,” Piper said.

“But here’s what I write on page 72. … The coronavirus is … never a clear and simple punishment on any person. The most loving, spirit-filled Christian, whose sins are forgiven through Christ, may die of the coronavirus disease. But it is fitting that every one of us search our own heart to discern if our suffering is God’s judgment on the way we live.”

Sources: Christian Post

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തിരുവനന്തപുരം: പ്രശസ്ത കവിയും ​ഗാനരചയിതാവുമായ അനിൽ പനച്ചൂരാൻ അന്തരിച്ചു. തിരുവനന്തപുരം കിംസ് ആശുപത്രിയിൽ രാത്രി എട്ടരയോടെയായിരുന്നു അന്ത്യം. കൊവിഡ് ബാധിച്ചു ചികിത്സയിൽ ആയിരുന്നു.

ഞായറാഴ്ച രാവിലെ തലകറങ്ങി വീണതിനെത്തുടർന്ന് ആദ്യം മാവേലിക്കരയിലെയും പിന്നീട് കരു​ഗപ്പള്ളിയിലെയും സ്വകാര്യ ആശുപത്രികളിൽ ചികിത്സ തേടി. പിന്നീട് ​ഗുരുതരാവസ്ഥയിലായതോടെ തിരുവനന്തപുരത്തെ ആശുപത്രിയിലേക്ക് മാറ്റുകയായിരുന്നു. ഹൃദയാഘാതമാണ് മരണകാരണമെന്നാണ് പുറത്തുവരുന്ന വിവരം.

ആലപ്പുഴ ജില്ലയിൽ കായംകുളം ഗോവിന്ദമുട്ടത്ത് വാരണപ്പള്ളി പനച്ചൂർ വീട്ടിൽ ഉദയഭാനു- ദ്രൗപതി ദമ്പതികളുടെ മകനായി 1965 നവംബർ 20നാണ് അനിൽ പനച്ചൂരാന്റെ ജനനം. അനിൽകുമാർ പി.യു. എന്നാണ്‌ യഥാർത്ഥ പേര്. നങ്ങ്യാർകുളങ്ങര ടി.കെ.എം. കോളേജ്, തിരുവനന്തപുരം ലോ അക്കാദമി, വാറംകൽ കാകദീയ സർവകലാശാല എന്നിവിടങ്ങളിലായി വിദ്യാഭ്യാസം പൂർത്തിയാക്കി. ഭാര്യ: മായ, മകൾ:ഉണ്ണിമായ.

ലാൽ ജോസിന്റെ അറബിക്കഥ എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിലെ ചോര വീണ മണ്ണിൽ നിന്നു, എം. മോഹനന്റെ കഥ പറയുമ്പോൾ എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിലെ വ്യത്യസ്തനാമൊരു ബാർബറാം ബാലനെ എന്നീ ഗാനങ്ങൾ അനിൽ പനച്ചൂരാനെ പ്രശസ്തിയിലേക്കുയർത്തിയവയാണ്.

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HBO channel ceases broadcasting in India

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WarnerMedia International has announced the cessation of the HBO SD and HD linear movie channels in India and Pakistan, as well as the WB linear movie channel in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Maldives with effect from December 15.

This means that WarnerMedia International will have presence in India through its kids’ channel brands – Cartoon Network and POGO in the South Asia region. The broadcaster said in a statement that it will sharpen focus on the kids’ segment in India, including increasing local animation production in this region.

“After 20 years of successes for the HBO linear movie channel in South Asia and more than a decade with the WB linear movie channel, this was a difficult decision to make. The pay-TV industry landscape and the market dynamics have shifted dramatically, and the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for further change,” said Siddharth Jain, senior vice president and managing director, WarnerMedia’s entertainment networks in South Asia.

He added, “We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all our partners and fans who have made HBO and WB household names. We also owe a debt of gratitude to all our employees who have worked so passionately on these well-loved brands. WarnerMedia has a strong interest in India and are committed to assessing optimal opportunities to serve valued customers here.”

WarnerMedia will continue to have employees based in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore to manage its kids’ channel brands operations, sales and marketing as well as the distribution of CNN International.

The HBO brand will also continue to have presence in India through it content deal with Disney+Hotstar. The video streaming platform houses HBO Original titles like WestWorld, and Game of Thrones.

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