The Platinum Fool

By johninnc

Matthew 7:12: Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

The concept Jesus taught in Matthew 7:12 is commonly referred to as “the golden rule.” A lot of people don’t think Jesus got this quite right, so they have come up with their own worldly, philosophical twist and dubbed it “the platinum rule.”

I first heard about the platinum rule from a friend of mine who was being taught this concept where he works as an employee of a major Wall Street Bank.

I did an internet search for “the platinum rule” and got 53.6 million results. I settled on an article from Inc. entitled “How the Platinum Rule Trumps the Golden Rule Every Time.” Following are excerpts from the  article:

We’ve all heard of the Golden Rule, which goes something like this: Do unto others as you would have them do to unto you. In other words, treat other people–in business and in life–the way you yourself would want to be treated.

Well, Dave Kerpen, author of the book The Art of People says that following the Golden Rule is all wrong. Instead, we should follow what he calls the Platinum Rule.

Says Kerpen, “We all grow up learning about the simplicity and power of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would want done to you. It’s a splendid concept except for one thing: Everyone is different, and the truth is that in many cases what you’d want done to you is different from what your partner, employee, customer, investor, wife, or child would want done to him or her.”

So Kerpen came up with the Platinum Rule: Do unto others as they would want done to them. Says Kerpen, “The Golden Rule, as great as it is, has limitations, since all people and all situations are different. When you follow the Platinum Rule, however, you can be sure you’re actually doing what the other person wants done and assure yourself of a better outcome.”

The problem with the platinum rule, is that it is really a rebranding of selfishness as selflessness and false virtue. As such, it can be translated as “do unto me what I would have you do unto me.” 

The people pushing this “platinum rule” think Jesus got it wrong, and we see this manifest itself in all sorts of ways.

When it comes to COVID theater, it works something like this: we need to keep others safe. It is therefore incumbent upon us to show our love for them by wearing masks and getting COVID shots. After all, that is what they want from us. It is irrelevant whether their desire for this “safety” has been fomented by an ongoing government/media terror campaign. It is irrelevant whether the cost of the measures outweighs the benefits. It is irrelevant whether they have based their wants on truth, or if their wants have been burnished by lies, censorship, and coercion. They want it. So, roll up your sleeves and give it to them!

The Christian leaders who are pushing the vaccines often appeal to this “platinum rule,” whether they realize it or not, and are thereby undermining the word of God.

What they are spouting as love is actually far from it. They are teaching their flocks to accept political movements couched in pseudoscience that does not hold up to even the most superficial of scrutiny. In so doing, they are enabling unjustified fear, and even worse, they are aiding and abetting tyrannical people in throwing their fellow citizens – including brothers and sisters in Christ – under the bus. And, if the shots prove to have consequences that they didn’t anticipate, their complicity will make it almost impossible for them to ever acknowledge the truth.

This isn’t “loving your neighbor.” It isn’t “loving your neighbor” to stand by and say nothing as they lose their livelihoods. It isn’t “loving your neighbor” to say nothing as they are driven out of social and commercial life. It isn’t “loving your neighbor” to shrug your shoulders while they are ruined by these tyrannical mandates. It isn’t loving your neighbor to tell them that if they wish to avoid all of these negative consequences, all they have to do is surrender their bodily autonomy to the state.

Here are two facts that make vaccine mandates nonsensical and prove they are not really about health:

1.ANYONE (vaccinated or not) can catch COVID; and

2. ANYONE (vaccinated or not) can transmit COVID to others.

If the golden rule were followed, people would be forced to ask themselves some questions: Would I want to have to make a choice between feeding my family and getting shots that I don’t want? Are my actions pushing others toward having to make this choice? What about my inactions? Are they likely to contribute to my neighbor being ravaged?

The word “philosophy” only shows up once in the new testament, and not in a flattering light.

Colossians 2:8: Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

In my opinion, most of the cajoling from “Christian leaders” to get the COVID jabs comes from ignorance, conformity, or even worse, from chucking the word of God aside in favor of vain philosophies, such as the platinum rule.


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31 responses to “The Platinum Fool

  1. Holly, you’re probably right about LS and other false doctrine turning off a lot of people. There’s just no good news in false gospels.

    The communicable disease analogy is really good.

  2. Holly Garcia Held

    I think the lordship doctrine crowd along with some of the people identifying as Christian have turned a lot off. Especially the ‘repent from sin or die’ signs at the parades and such. The repent from sin sign has given me some ‘in’s’ with some to discuss what repent means and to share what He has done. But some have literally jumped back like you just told them you have an active case of something communicable.

  3. Holly, yeah, their solution – more “vaccines.”

    It is really sad that so many people seem disinterested in even hearing about how to have eternal life.

  4. Holly Jason

    Johninnc, I’m sure you’re aware Bill Gates got the V, and also got Covid as well as another celebrity who has supposedly gotten Covid repeatedly. As I’ve heard said over and over, I knew they would be thankful they got the Vaccine and the boosters. Such blindness, but then again, people are heading straight for the precipice of eternal death, not aware, blinded, deaf, unwilling to hear of the only true salvation out there.

  5. Holly Garcia Held

    Paul, welcome. Many of us have been blessed by the clarity and Biblical wisdom found here.

  6. Paul, I am glad that you have found this ministry to be a blessing. It is great that you are free of the bondage of LS!

    I appreciate your offer of financial support, but there is little financial cost to maintaining the site.

  7. Outstanding article. May God overwhelmingly bless you, John, for keeping this site going. I first stumbled across it a few years back, and God used the content to help set me free from the bondage of LS. Words can’t say what that means to me, but it pleases me greatly knowing you have treasure waiting for you in heaven for it.

    Is there anywhere we can donate on here to help the cause? Again, Lord bless you and thanks again from the heart!

  8. Yerbae, unfortunately all of the ‘conservative’ news sources we can see have joined forces with those we would avoid. Sadly, even some of the grace teachers have compromised stating that they’re getting the gospel out, but they’re doing it without letting people know these ‘ministries’ are unsound. I know God can use anyone, good or evil, to accomplish His purposes. We see the end drawing near. To me it seems for sure it can be any moment. I don’t know how God has been so longsuffering.

  9. Yerbae’, the supporters of the previous films by this same filmmaker include a lot of people/organizations that corrupt the gospel.

    There are a lot of “hurry up and believe a false gospel, before it’s too late” messages out there.

  10. I have a trial subscription to Epoch Times, and this morning when I went on the site, they had a banner advertising a feature film, put out by Epoch TV, called “Interview with the Antichrist”. It looked interesting, until I read the synopsis, and then red flags galore. Here is the info:

    Interview with the Antichrist | Feature Film
    Synopsis: AFTER THE RAPTURE, also known as the end of the world, Alex Carter interviews the Antichrist in the final year of the Great Tribulation (the year prior to Jesus’ anticipated return) before a live audience of 2 billion.

    “Maybe the most important movie you’ll see in your lifetime…” – IMDB reviewer

    In the film, the Antichrist is peppered with stark questions including instant death squads, media domination, John MacArthur, the ACLU, Netflix, the Democrats, Mike Pence, mass shootings, 911, Saudi Arabia, and even Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

    THIS IS A MUST-SEE FILM. Over 20,000 shared the recent Facebook post with over 3,000 comments on the movie! The movie is that ELECTRIFYING. This film received an IMDB rating of 8.8 with it’s incredible twists and stunning ending. It also got 3,000 reviews on its Facebook page before being permanently banned! It previewed in 79 countries across the world with stellar reviews.

    Freedom of speech is closing fast in America in these last days. The antichrist spirit is everywhere if you haven’t noticed.

    Filmmakers have been supported in their previous films by Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru), Calvary Chapel, Pastor Greg Laurie, NACC, Baptist Press, Christian Cinema, NRB, Kay Arthur, The Fish Radio, Rebecca St. James, David Reagan, Christ inProphecy, Lamb & Lion Ministries, et al.

  11. Holly, I have both prayed for God to thwart the plans of the evildoers who have stolen our country and our freedoms, and also pray for some of those same people.

  12. Chas and Johninnc,

    Firstly, I’m so with you on any decent or courageous person taking a stand and even speaking. I’m floored by those who stay silent. They get me more than the ones that are just foolishly arguing the typical narrative.

    The Platinum rule is just the ac rule. The enemy, always wanting to be above the Lord, befitting he should choose platinum over gold based on worldly standards of value.

    So called Christians have long gravitated towards this type of lust of the flesh and eyes and the pride of life. Our leaders want power, money, rule, and these wolves are no different. And these evil people working together to force people to take this vaccine that they also financially profit off of. Disgusting. And they think they will somehow escape judgment…

    I cannot always help think on what is in store for those who do not change their minds.

    seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. 2 Thess 1:6-10

  13. Chas, it is jaw-dropping.

    I hadn’t seen it explicitly used for pushing COVID jabs, but more implicitly, based on the specious logic employed.

  14. I checked out the book “The Art of People” by this Kerpen guy. The subtitle of the book is “11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want.” Sounds real “other oriented” all right. Anyway, the book was published in 2016, which makes Kerpen very late to the party with his Platinum Rule nonsense.

    I’m surprised to see this issue come up now. I first encountered the Platinum Rule way back in the ’90s while doing audio for a real estate training video. I remember sitting in the audio booth, my jaw hitting the floor when I heard them tout this travesty. “WHAT? Platinum rule? They’re claiming Jesus got it wrong? THEY know better? Who are these people?” I looked through the double-paned window into the production booth and glared at the guy who hired me for the gig. He was part of management of the studio, and also a Christian. As I recall he turned, looked at me with a wide-eyed stare, as if to say “Yeah, I know…” And here I thought I had hired on to do a simple, innocent training video.

    Overtly anti-Christ nonsense like the PR has been hitting the business community for decades, apparently. This is the first I’ve seen the PR surface since the last century, though. I guess the Jab pushers are scraping the bottom of the barrel to find more rationales for getting “vaxxed”.

  15. Holly, since so many pastors are wolves, it isn’t surprising to find them on both sides of this issue.

    It is my view that anyone with any decency and courage would stand against the monstrous assault on our humanity from these mandates, but most are sitting on their hands.

  16. Holly, I know. Burr is a disgrace and should have been removed from office long ago.

  17. Holly Garcia Held

    I’m surprised Burr is still in office. I thought they frowned on insider trading?

  18. The positive I see in this? People who still have common sense are wondering about these pastors who are pushing it. The negative is there are pastors who are standing against it who sadly are wolves too.

    The confusion and lies, and deaths have the smell of sulfur all over it and many don’t blink an eye.

  19. Holly, I have prayed for your daughter.

    It is so sad what is happening, and as you said, every person of good will should speak out in opposition to this.

    I sent an e-mail to my “republican” senators in NC. Senator Richard Burr basically said that the EEOC has said that employers can require vaccines, but he made no mention that many employers are doing so under coercion from the president. Burr also said that he thinks vaccines are the way out of the pandemic.

  20. Sam, Phil, John, Frying pan, etc., I agree. Trial run. Conditioning. Seems amazing that some Christians seem oblivious. I do believe the Word gives us discernment (Heb 5:12-14). God bless you all, and help you through these times. He’s always provided, I believe He will still.

  21. Johninnc, I am in agreement with you.

    They do not have basic decency, and their complicity is helping enable the loss of our freedom in so many areas. I watched the man who is called President, and marveled that he hasn’t been laughed out of office. He is not able to remember where he is part of the time. Given over…

    Many are listening to these pastors. One pastor friend of mine was asking sincere questions at the start of the vaccine. He presumably did not take it. Someone used him as an example, stating that ‘anti-vaxxers’ could be complicit in his brethren’s death. I didn’t bother to say much more than ‘how dare you’… and added a little and asked the admins to deal with it. I was so angry.

    Right now, it’s a struggle for me, I am praying for all, but there is no excuse in my mind for ALL not speaking out against this coercion and people losing their jobs.

    At my daughter’s work today, they brought in her replacement for her to train. I won’t say what she should or will do, just don’t want it out there, but personally speaking, no way I would do it.

  22. Re the trial run idea, the Holy Spirit had me in sync with these very same thoughts earlier today, around the time you posted, Sam.

    Interesting how that works. So grateful for this blog and the constant reminder that we’re not given over to a spirit of fear . . .

  23. I agree, if this is a trial run, then we believers will already have been translated and risen (raptured) when the real thing comes in the Tribulation. We will be surrounding God’s glorious throne worshiping Him beyond what we have experienced here on Earth. (1 Thes 4:13-18; Rev 4 and 5).

  24. Sam, I’m with you in being for freedom.

    I also think this seems like a trial run, and that Christians will be gone before the great tribulation.

    Regarding pastors, most are LS, so most on any side of this issue will be LS.

  25. I’m for freedom and I think everyone should be free to choose if they want this so called vaccine. I personally am not getting it even though I’m in the senior age group. I think this is a precursor or a trial run on globalization and mark of the beast where nobody will be able to buy and sell. ( note don’t think believers will be here then) As far as the pastors standing for freedom there’s a few of them not many that I’ve heard about and they teach a lordship (works) gospel. I’m surprised that this country has deteriorated so fast but I still love my country and have my Faith which give me peace. Love you all

  26. Holly, the people pushing this are not even decent citizens, much less decent pastors.

    They are politicians, who have allied themselves with those who have declared WAR on me and my family. They are wrapping their vile, evil acts in saccharin godspeak that tickles the ears of the brainwashed masses.

    It is their lack of basic decency and complicity in helping evil people institute authoritarianism that has enabled the erosion of personal liberty, including the concept of informed medical consent.

    They have to know that lies, coercion, and censorship can never be packaged for good, including “the greater good.”

    Even if a pastor had perfect theology, he and I would split if he went along with this.

  27. Well, lost my comment. But I am thankful you are expressing this. I do not understand someone standing by and being silent, as brethren are forced to take something they may disagree with or feel unsafe regarding. What ever happened to not offending their conscience at the very least?

    How wicked to stand by and approve. They have a garen’t of violence even as they pretend to understand loving their neighbor.

  28. LD, agree that messaging has been erratic, and is therefore hard for me to take seriously. And, most Christian leaders, rather than trying to help maintain human rights, are either passively or actively undermining them.

  29. Very true.
    Just following along with the narrative set up by the CDC, gov’t, and those who consider themselves “elite.”
    – At one point, face mask was not effective in preventing covid as stated by CDC. Later on, face mask is suddenly considered very effective.
    – After getting 2 doses, people can stop wearing their mask. Several days later, vaccinated people are told to wear the mask as mandated by CDC and gov’t due to vacc. people being able to get and spread covid. Nothing different from unvacc. people.
    Foolishness is what it is.
    The golden rule is best.
    Great article Johninnc! Stay safe in Christ.
    Hope everyone else here are doing well.

  30. fryingpan, thanks! I have been toying with doing an article on the platinum rule since I first heard about it. But, I hadn’t seen it manifest itself in such a grievous way until recently.

  31. Magnificent as always, John. Really powerful. If you hadn’t dubbed it the Platinum Fool, I’d have suggested it.

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