FITTON: Deep State DOJ Protecting Hillary Clinton – DOJ Objects to Request For In-Person Interview With Obama Hack Ben Rhodes (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Ben Rhodes

The Deep State is protecting Hillary Clinton to help overthrow President Trump, said Tom Fitton.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said on Wednesday that Obama’s former speech writer-turned-Iran-echo chamber Ben Rhodes is no where to be found and appears to be defying a court order to answer questions under oath about the Benghazi scandal.

In January, Judicial Watch submitted a court-ordered discovery plan seeking depositions of Obama-era officials connected to the Benghazi scandal, including Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes.

Ben Rhodes is an Obama-era White House deputy strategic communications adviser who attempted to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy,” Judicial Watch wrote in a blog post last week

Judge Royce Lamberth, who called Hillary Clinton’s use of the private email server “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency,” ordered Ben Rhodes to answer questions about the Benghazi scandal under oath — but he’s defying the order.

Never one to back down, Judicial Watch then sought an in-person interview with Ben Rhodes, but the Deep State DOJ and State Department objected to their requests!

The DOJ is harassing President Trump while providing cover for Obama and Clinton, said Fitton.

“Outrageously, the Justice Department is telling the court that they don’t think that we should be able to depose Ben Rhodes,” Fitton said in a weekly briefing. “In fact, they [DOJ] just filed a brief saying that there should be no video depositions released, they should be put under seal of the government employees who we’re going to be questioning.”

PAGING AG BILL BARR!

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21 MARCH 365 Days with Calvin

Praiseworthy Liberality

He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth forever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. Psalm 112:9

suggested further reading: Mark 12:38–44

The righteous will never lose the fruit and the reward of their liberality, the psalmist says. First, they will be honored for their dispersing. They do not give sparingly and grudgingly, unlike some who imagine that they fulfill their duty to the poor by doling out a small pittance to them. The righteous give as liberally as necessity requires and their means allow; for a liberal heart does not necessarily mean that the person possesses a large portion of the wealth of this world. The prophet’s point is that the righteous are never parsimonious but rather are always ready to give to others as they are able.

Next he says they give to the poor, meaning they do not offer charity at random but with prudence and discretion to meet the needs of the poor. We are aware that unnecessary and superfluous expenditures for the sake of ostentation are frequently lauded by the world; consequently, a larger quantity of the good things of life is squandered away in luxury and ambition than is dispensed in prudent charity. The prophet instructs us that truly praiseworthy liberality does not consist of distributing our goods without any regard to the objects upon whom they are conferred and the purposes to which they are applied, but in relieving the needs of the truly needy and expending money on proper and lawful things.

This passage is quoted by Paul (2 Cor. 9:9), in which he says it is easy for God to bless us with plenty so that we may exercise our bounty freely, deliberately, and impartially. This accords best with the design of the prophet.

for meditation: We can easily fall into a sort of a mechanical habit of giving, lacking the spirit the psalmist talks about here. But we should always have our eyes open for opportunities to give liberally, spontaneously, and quietly to people who are truly in need. Can you think of any such opportunities today?[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 99). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Thursday Briefing March 21, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

How recent actions of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas model the importance of understanding and applying the original meaning of a text

The political left is marching onward, leaving Ronald Sullivan behind: How the Harvard Law School professor became the latest focus of moral outrage

Is social media really social? A new study reveals a correlation between teen loneliness and social media engagement

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March 21, 2019 Morning Verse Of The Day

1:18 — Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ can be our sinless sin-bearer because He alone out of all the human family was born “without sin.” Through the virgin birth, He could be both fully human and unstained by sin.[1]


The Virgin Birth

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. (1:18)

Though it does not by itself prove divine authorship, the very fact that the account of Jesus’ divine conception is given in but one verse strongly suggests that the story was not man-made. It is simply not characteristic of human nature to try to describe something so absolutely momentous and marvelous in such a brief space. Our inclination would be to expand, elaborate, and try to give every detail possible. Matthew continues to give additional information related to the virgin birth, but the fact of it is given in one sentence—the first sentence of verse 18 being merely introduction. Seventeen verses are given to listing Jesus’ human genealogy, but only part of one verse to His divine genealogy. In His divinity He “descended” from God by a miraculous and never-repeated act of the Holy Spirit; yet the Holy Spirit does nothing more than authoritatively state the fact. A human fabrication would call for much more convincing material.

Birth is from the same Greek root as “genealogy” in verse 1, indicating that Matthew is here giving a parallel account of Jesus’ ancestry—this time from His Father’s side.

We have little information about Mary. It is likely that she was a native of Nazareth and that she came from a relatively poor family. From Matthew 27:56, Mark 15:40, and John 19:25 we learn she had a sister named Salome, the mother of James and John (who therefore were Jesus’ cousins). From Luke 3 we receive her Davidic lineage. If, as many believe, the Eli (or Heli) of Luke 3:23 was Joseph’s father-in-law (Matthew gives Joseph’s father as Jacob, 1:16), then Eli was Mary’s father. We know that Elizabeth, the wife of Zacharias, was Mary’s “relative” (Luke 1:36), probably her cousin. Those are the only relatives, besides her husband and children, of whom the New Testament speaks.

Mary was a godly woman who was sensitive and submissive to the Lord’s will. After the angel Gabriel’s announcement that she would be the mother of “the Son of God,” Mary said, ‘Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:26–38). Mary was also believing. She wondered how she could conceive: “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34). But she never questioned the angel was sent from God or that what he said was true. Elizabeth, “filled with the Holy Spirit,” testified of Mary, “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord” (v. 45). Mary’s humble reverence, thankfulness, and love for God is seen in her magnificent Magnificat, as Luke 1:46–55 is often called. It begins, “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.… For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name” (vv. 47, 49).

We know even less of Joseph than of Mary. His father’s name was Jacob (Matt. 1:16) and he was a craftsman, a construction worker (tektōn), probably a carpenter (Matt. 13:55). Most importantly, he was a “righteous man” (1:19), an Old Testament saint.

It is possible that both Joseph and Mary were quite young when they were betrothed. Girls were often betrothed as young as twelve or thirteen, and boys when they were several years older than that.

By Jewish custom, a betrothal signified more than an engagement in the modern sense. A Hebrew marriage involved two stages, the kiddushin (betrothal) and the huppah (marriage ceremony). The marriage was almost always arranged by the families of the bride and groom, often without consulting them. A contract was made and was sealed by payment of the mohar, the dowry or bride price, which was paid by the groom or his family to the bride’s father. The mohar served to compensate the father for wedding expenses and to provide a type of insurance for the bride in the event the groom became dissatisfied and divorced her. The contract was considered binding as soon as it was made, and the man and woman were considered legally married, even though the marriage ceremony (huppah) and consummation often did not occur until as much as a year later. The betrothal period served as a time of probation and testing of fidelity. During that period the bride and groom usually had little, if any, social contact with each other.

Joseph and Mary had experienced no sexual contact with each other, as the phrase before they came together indicates. Sexual purity is highly regarded in Scripture, in both testaments. God places great value on sexual abstinence outside of marriage and sexual fidelity within marriage. Mary’s virginity was an important evidence of her godliness. Her reason for questioning Gabriel’s announcement of her conception was the fact that she knew she was a virgin (Luke 1:34). This testimony protects from accusation that Jesus was born of some other man.

But Mary’s virginity protected a great deal more than her own moral character, reputation, and the legitimacy of Jesus’ birth. It protected the nature of the divine Son of God. The child is never called the son of Joseph; Joseph is never called Jesus’ father, and Joseph is not mentioned in Mary’s song of praise (Luke 1:46–55). Had Jesus been conceived by the act of a man, whether Joseph or anyone else, He could not have been divine and could not have been the Savior. His own claims about Himself would have been lies, and His resurrection and ascension would have been hoaxes. And mankind would forever remain lost and damned.

Obviously Jesus’ conception by the Holy Spirit is a great mystery. Even had He wanted to do so, how could God have explained to us, in terms we could comprehend, how such a blending of the divine and human could have been accomplished? We could no more fathom such a thing than we can fathom God’s creating the universe from nothing, His being one God in three Persons, or His giving an entirely new spiritual nature to those who trust in His Son. Understanding of such things will have to await heaven, when we see our Lord “face to face” and “know fully just as [we] have been fully known” (1 Cor. 13:12). We accept it by faith.

The virgin birth should not have surprised those Jews who knew and believed the Old Testament. Because of a misinterpretation of the phrase “A woman shall encompass a man” in Jeremiah 31:22, many rabbis believed the Messiah would have an unusual birth. They said, “Messiah is to have no earthly father,” and “the birth of Messiah shall be like the dew of the Lord, as drops upon the grass without the action of man.” But even that poor interpretation of an obscure text (an interpretation also held by some of the church Fathers) assumed a unique birth for the Messiah.

Not only had Isaiah indicated such a birth (7:14), but even in Genesis we get a glimpse of it. God spoke to the serpent of the enmity that would henceforth exist between “your seed and her [Eve’s] seed” (Gen. 3:15). In a technical sense the seed belongs to the man, and Mary’s impregnation by the Holy Spirit is the only instance in human history that a woman had a seed within her that did not come from a man. The promise to Abraham concerned “his seed,” a common way of referring to offspring. This unique reference to “her seed” looks beyond Adam and Eve to Mary and to Jesus Christ. The two seeds of Genesis 3:15 can be seen in a simple sense as collective; that is, they may refer to all those who are part of Satan’s progeny and to all those who a part of Eve’s. That view sees the war between the two as raging for all time, with the people of righteousness eventually gaining victory over the people of evil. But “seed” also can be singular, in that it refers to one great, final, glorious product of a woman, who will be the Lord Himself—born without male seed. In that sense the prediction is messianic. It may be that the prophecy looks to both the collective and the individual meanings.

Paul is very clear when he tells us that “When the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman” (Gal. 4:4). There is no human father in that verse. Jesus had to have one human parent or He could not have been human, and thereby a partaker of our flesh. But He also had to have divine parentage or He could not have made a sinless and perfect sacrifice on our behalf.[2]


18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ. Matthew does not as yet relate the place or manner of Christ’s birth, but the way in which his heavenly generation was made known to Joseph. First, he says that Mary was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. Not that this secret work of God was generally known: but the historian mixes up, with the knowledge of men, the power of the Spirit, which was still unknown. He points out the time: When she was espoused to Joseph, and before they came together. So far as respects conjugal fidelity, from the time that a young woman was betrothed to a man, she was regarded by the Jews as his lawful wife. When a “damsel betrothed to an husband” was convicted of being unchaste, the law condemned both of the guilty parties as adulterers: “the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife,” (Deut. 22:23, 24.) The phrase employed by the Evangelist, before they came together, is either a modest appellation for conjugal intercourse, or simply means, “before they came to dwell together as husband and wife, and to make one home and family.” The meaning will thus be, that the virgin had not yet been delivered by her parents into the hands of her husband, but still remained under their roof.[3]


18 The word translated “birth” is, in the best MSS (see Notes), the word translated “genealogy” in 1:1. Maier prefers “history” of Jesus Christ, taking the phrase to refer to the rest of Matthew’s gospel. Yet it is best to take the word to mean “birth” or “origins” in the sense of the beginnings of Jesus Messiah. Even a well-developed Christology would not want to read the man “Jesus” and his name back into a preexistent state (see comments at 1:1). The pledge to be married was legally binding. Only a divorce writ could break it, and infidelity at that stage was considered adultery (cf. Dt 22:23–24; Moore, Judaism, 2:121–22). The marriage itself took place when the groom (already called “husband,” Mt 1:19) ceremoniously took the bride home (see comments at 25:1–13). Mary is here introduced unobtrusively. Though comparing the gospel accounts gives us a picture of her, she does not figure largely in Matthew.

“Before they came together” (prin ē synelthein autous) occasionally refers in classical Greek to sexual intercourse (LSJ, 1712); in the other thirty instances of synerchomai (GK 5302) in the NT, there is, however, no sexual overtone. But here sexual union is included, occurring at the formal marriage when the “wife” moved in with her “husband.” Only then was sexual intercourse proper. The phrase affirms that Mary’s pregnancy was discovered while she was still betrothed, and the context presupposes that both Mary and Joseph had been chaste (cf. McHugh, Mother of Jesus, 157–63; and for the customs of the day, m. Qidd. [“Betrothals”] and m. Ketub. [“Marriage Deeds”]).

That Mary was “found” to be with child does not suggest a surreptitious attempt at concealment (“found out”) but only that her pregnancy became obvious. This pregnancy came about through the Holy Spirit (even more prominent in Luke’s birth narratives). There is no hint of pagan deity-human coupling in crassly physical terms. Instead, the power of the Lord, manifest in the Holy Spirit who was expected to be active in the messianic age, miraculously brought about the conception.[4]


1:18. As Matthew launched the account of Jesus’ birth, note that he was careful to highlight the title Christ—the title he used in the preceding passage that demonstrated Jesus had the right to claim deity. Watch for Matthew’s use of this title throughout his Gospel. His purpose in writing was to make the case for Jesus as the promised king.

To understand the significance of some statements in this passage, it is necessary to understand the Jewish marriage customs of the day. The bride and groom went through a period of betrothal or engagement. In that culture and time, betrothal was virtually as binding as marriage. In this waiting period, Mary was found to be pregnant. Matthew was careful to protect the virtue of Mary and the supernatural origin of Christ.

Why is it so important that the Christ, the promised king, be born to a virgin? The virgin birth is more than a miracle to draw attention to the unique nature of this child. Because Mary was a virgin, only God could have been the father of Jesus, making Jesus the one and only God-Man in all the universe. God’s plan would have been impossible if Jesus had been anything less.[5]


18. What was already implied in the genealogy is here clearly taught: Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened as follows: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they had begun to live together she found herself to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

Mary had been “betrothed”—solemnly promised in marriage—to Joseph. The marriage feast and living together was a matter for later date. Matthew makes his point of departure a moment of time shortly after the betrothal. Betrothal among the Jews must not be confused with present-day engagement. It was far more serious and binding. The bridegroom and bride pledged their troth to each other in the presence of witnesses. In a restricted sense this was essentially the marriage. So also here, as is clear from the fact that from that moment on Joseph is called Mary’s husband (verse 19); Mary is called Joseph’s wife (verse 20). According to the Old Testament regulation unfaithfulness in a betrothed woman was punishable with death (Deut. 22:23, 24). Yet, though the two were now legally “espoused,” it was considered proper that an interval of time elapse before husband and wife begin to live together in the same home. Now it was before Joseph and Mary had begun thus to live together, with all this implies both as to domestic and sexual relations, that Mary discovered her pregnancy. She was still a virgin, and not yet “married” in the full sense of the term. She knew immediately that the cause of her condition was the powerful life-imparting operation of the Holy Spirit. She knew it because the angel Gabriel had told her that this would happen (Luke 1:26–35). She knew that Joseph had not made her pregnant.[6]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Mt 1:18). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 1, pp. 14–17). Chicago: Moody Press.

[3] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, pp. 93–94). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, pp. 99–100). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[5] Weber, S. K. (2000). Matthew (Vol. 1, p. 17). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, p. 130). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

40 Days to the Cross: Week Two – Thursday

Confession: Psalm 32:6–7

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you

at the time for finding you.

Surely at the flood of many waters they will not reach him.

You are my hiding place;

from trouble you preserve me.

With cries of deliverance you surround me. Selah

Reading: Mark 11:12–19

And on the next day as they were departing from Bethany, he was hungry. And when he saw from a distance a fig tree that had leaves, he went to see if perhaps he would find anything on it. And when he came up to it he found nothing except leaves, because it was not the season for figs. And he responded and said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you any more forever!” And his disciples heard it.

And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered into the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple courts, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those who were selling doves. And he did not permit anyone to carry objects through the temple courts. And he began to teach and was saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations,’ but you have made it a cave of robbers!” And the chief priests and the scribes heard it, and began considering how they could destroy him. For they were afraid of him because the whole crowd was astounded by his teaching. And when evening came they went out of the city.

Reflection

We see in the beginning of this passage one of the many proofs that our Lord Jesus Christ was really man. We read that “he was hungry” (Mark 11:12). He had a nature and bodily constitution, like our own in all things, sin only excepted. He could weep and rejoice and suffer pain. He could be weary and need rest. He could be thirsty and need drink. He could be hungry and need food.

Expressions like this should teach us the condescension of Christ. How wonderful they are when we reflect upon them! He who is the eternal God—He who made the world and all that it contains—He from whose hand the fruits of the earth, the fish of the sea, the fowls of the air, the beasts of the field, all had their beginning—He, even He was pleased to suffer hunger when He came into the world to save sinners.

—J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on Mark

Response

The book of Hebrews tells us that we do not have a great high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses. How is it an encouragement to know that Jesus experienced weakness and temptation just as we do?[1]


[1] Van Noord, R., & Strong, J. (Eds.). (2014). 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

March 21 For the love of God (Vol. 2)

Exodus 32; John 11; Proverbs 8; Ephesians 1

 

in greek, ephesians 1:3–14 is one long sentence. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why even the best English translations are a little condensed and not simple to unpack. Here I shall focus on the first part, Ephesians 1:3–10, and reflect on how three themes come together: God’s predestining sovereignty, God’s unqualified grace, and God’s glorious purposes.

The passage is a doxology, a word of praise, “to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”—and the following verses provide the reasons why we should praise this God and why his Son Jesus Christ is integral to his praiseworthy deeds. This God, Paul immediately says, is the One “who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (1:3). The “us” refers to Christians; the blessings we have received are “in Christ”; and the sphere of these spiritual blessings is “the heavenly realms.” In Ephesians, “the heavenly realms” or “the heavenlies” refers to the heavenly dimension of our ultimate existence, experienced in some measure right now. So already we are being introduced to the third theme, God’s glorious purpose.

If the description of God in 1:3 already exposes the reader to at least some of the reason why God is to be praised, the “for” at the beginning of verse 4 introduces the formal reason: even before the world was created, God chose us in Christ (God’s predestining sovereignty) “to be holy and blameless in his sight” (God’s glorious purpose). Indeed, “In love he predestined us” (God’s unqualified grace and his predestining sovereignty) “to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ” (God’s glorious purpose), “in accordance with his pleasure and will” (God’s predestining sovereignty)—all of this “to the praise of his glorious grace” (both God’s glorious purpose and his unqualified grace), “which he has freely given us in the One he loves” (God’s unqualified grace). “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins” (God’s glorious purpose), “in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding” (God’s unqualified grace) (1:4–8).

Read through the rest of this passage and work out these themes (and there are others) for yourself.

The themes hang together in important ways. The more clearly one sees how sovereign is God’s choice, the more clearly does his unmerited grace stand out. But sovereign “predestination” is irrational without a “destination”: God’s purposes in his sovereign sway are thus inescapably tied to his sovereignty and his grace. The more we glimpse God’s wonderfully good purposes, the more we shall be grateful for his sovereign sway in bringing them to pass.[1]


[1] Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God: a daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. (Vol. 2, p. 25). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

03/21/19 And Peter, Too — ChuckLawless.com

READING: Deuteronomy 6-8, Mark 16

I’m always captured by the words of Mark 16:7– “But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see him there just as he told you.’” The angel made it clear that Peter – the fisherman who had denied knowing Jesus – was still in Jesus’ care. Peter had fallen hard and far, but he had not fallen so far that Jesus did not know where he was. Jesus kept His eyes on Peter even when Peter locked his own eyes on himself.*

That the angel singled out Peter is remarkable, indeed. It’s as if he were saying, “I want to make certain that Peter knows that he’s still in the group. Be sure to include him.” It’s hard to imagine how incredibly forgiving God is – and how welcoming He is when we return to Him in repentance and faith. He’s a God worth talking about!

PRAYER: “Lord, I praise You for second chances.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Deuteronomy 9-11; Luke 1:1-38

 

*portions first published in 2018

03/21/19 And Peter, Too — ChuckLawless.com

The Chair Of The Federal Reserve Just Used The Term “Slowdown” To Describe What Is Happening To The U.S. Economy

Now even the Federal Reserve is publicly admitting that the U.S. economy is slowing down.  And that is quite remarkable, because usually the Federal Reserve is extremely hesitant to say that an economic slowdown is taking place.  As I pointed out the other day, in 2008 former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke kept insisting that a recession was not coming, but we found out later that a recession had already begun when he was making those statements.  Normally the Federal Reserve tries very hard to paint a rosy picture of our economic future, and one of the big reasons for that is because they want us to believe that they are doing a good job and that they have everything under control.  So it was quite stunning to hear Fed Chair Jerome Powell use the term “slowdown” to describe what is coming for the U.S. economy on Wednesday…

Citing a more modest outlook for the economy, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday held interest rates steady and signaled it did not plan to raise rates at all this year and would bump them up just once in 2020, providing a road map for a sustained period of easy-money policy.

“The U.S. economy is in a good place,” Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said at a news conference, adding policymakers foresee “a modest slowdown, with overall conditions remaining favorable. We see no need to rush to judgment (by lifting or cutting rates).”

Admittedly, he did only say that it would be a “modest slowdown”, and so to most people that won’t sound that bad.

But this is the very first time that Powell has talked like this, and the truth is that the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow model is currently forecasting that U.S. growth in the first quarter will be less than half a percent.  Fed officials are hoping that growth will be better in the second quarter, but there is also a very strong possibility that the economy will continue to decelerate.

Because the economy is entering a “slowdown”, the Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that it does not anticipate any more interest rate hikes for the rest of the year.

Normally Wall Street would experience a huge surge of euphoria upon hearing such news, but stocks were actually down on Wednesday

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 closed lower on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve’s latest monetary-policy announcement dragged Treasury yields lower, pushing bank shares down.

Goldman Sachs led the 30-stock Dow to end the day down 141.71 points at 25,745.67. The S&P 500 closed 0.3 percent lower at 2,824.23. The Nasdaq Composite eked out a gain, closing 0.1 percent higher at 7,728.97.

This certainly could not have been the reaction that the Federal Reserve was hoping for.

Could it be possible that bad news for the U.S. economy is no longer good news for Wall Street?

Without a doubt, we are witnessing a huge wave of pessimism in the business community right now.  Yesterday, I noted that Federal Express is talking as if a global recession had already started, and other corporate leaders are making similar statements.

For example, just consider what the CEO of banking giant UBS just said

The head of UBS was among the latest to blame the world’s backdrop for weaker-than-expected results. CEO Ermotti told a conference in London on Wednesday that it “one of the worst first-quarter environments in recent history,” Reuters reported. The Swiss bank slashed another $300 million from 2019 costs after revenue at its investment bank plunged. Investment banking conditions are among the toughest seen in years, especially outside the U.S., he said.

And the CFO of BMW told investors on Wednesday that BMW’s earnings may be exposed to “additional risks” from the global economy in the months ahead…

“Depending on how conditions develop, our guidance may be subject to additional risks; in particular, the risk of a no-deal Brexit and ongoing developments in international trade policy,” CFO Nicolas Peter said in BMW’s quarterly earnings report Wednesday.

Last, but certainly not least, the co-CEO of Samsung just said that his company is anticipating “slowing growth in major economies” for the remainder of 2019…

“We are expecting many difficulties this year such as slowing growth in major economies and risks over global trade conflicts,” Samsung Co-Chief Executive Kinam Kim said.

Here in the United States, whoever is in the White House at the time usually gets most of the credit or most of the blame for how the economy is performing.

But the truth is that President Trump did not create the financial bubble that caused the boom on Wall Street.

The Federal Reserve did.

And President Trump is not going to be responsible when that bubble bursts either.

The Federal Reserve has far, far more control over the performance of the U.S. economy than either the president or Congress does.  And since the Federal Reserve was initially created in 1913, there have been 18 distinct recessions and/or depressions, and now we are heading into the 19th one.

If we want to finally get off this economic roller coaster ride permanently, we need to abolish the Federal Reserve.  But this isn’t even part of the national political discussion at this point.

However, that could soon change.  In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, we witnessed a huge backlash against the Federal Reserve system.  Eventually that backlash subsided, but now that we are entering a new crisis, perhaps it is time to start dusting off all of those old “End the Fed” signs.

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Depression rates by age: Young people are experiencing more depression – Business Insider

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Depression rates in the US are soaring.

Over the past decade, more and more people in nearly every age group, financial bracket, and circumstance across the country have reported worrying symptoms. They’re losing interest in life, lacking zest for learning new things, and finding that activities they previously enjoyed feel meaningless.

Suicide death rates are also up 34% across the US since 2000, and the spike is especially pronounced among groups including men working in construction, stay-at-home moms, and students, according to recent Centers for Disease Control data.

But nowhere is this troubling trend more notable than among young people as shown in a study published last week in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Based on eight years of data from more than 600,000 people across the US, the researchers discovered that more young people — particularly those in their early 20s — are going through sustained periods in which they’re losing interest in life and leisure activities, at rates much higher than that same age group did just a decade ago.

These are signs of a major depressive episode; typical symptoms can include feeling depressed, fatigued, worthless, or guilty. People experiencing these episodes often also do not get the right amount of sleep, struggle to concentrate, and may think about death often.

The graph below charts depression trends from a nationwide, anonymous survey that asks participants some straightforward questions about their mental health. (The survey is designed to gain information about people’s drug and alcohol use.) The data clearly shows depression rates soaring among kids as young as 12 and young adults up to 25.

No age group over 25 has a depression rate higher than 10%, but the younger groups all do, and the rate among college-age adults (20-21) has increased the most.

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Lead study author Jean Twenge, who wrote the book “iGen,” told Business Insider that these trends shouldn’t be dismissed as unavoidable generational shifts.

“We have a generation of young people who are suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts at a much higher rate, and we should stop trying to explain that away and recognize that it’s a problem and try to solve it,” Twenge said. “This trend also shows up in suicide. It also shows up in emergency-room admissions for self-harm behaviors, for suicide attempts — behaviors that can’t be explained away by self-reports.”

Depression in teenagers can be especially dangerous

Depression is common: The World Health Organization estimates that on any given day, more than one in every 20 Americans is depressed. A major depressive episode isn’t just a single bad day; rather, psychologists define it as a sustained loss of interest or lack of pleasure in life that affects a person’s regular routines and day-to-day functioning for two weeks or more.

Read more: 4 short L-words can help reveal if you might be depressed

A bout of this kind of depression experienced as a kid, teen, or young adult can set people up for future mental-health troubles. Research shows that people who experience depression in their formative years often have more frequent and more severe depressive recurrences throughout their lives.

“When followed into adulthood, those with adolescent-onset depression (compared to those without) are twice as likely to have a major depressive episode, five times more likely to attempt suicide, and are at increased risk for death by suicide,” the study authors wrote.

‘Face-to-face social interaction has declined’

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One factor that Twenge believes may be behind the spiking depression rates among young people: a decrease in social interaction.

A second study she authored, published Wednesday in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, examined four decades of surveys about how young people spend their time. The results showed that high-school seniors today spend a full hour less socializing in person than teens in the late ’80s did. High-school sophomores aren’t partying like they used to either; they attend 17 fewer parties than the sophomores of the ’80s did.

That’s not because today’s kids are diligently doing more homework or spending more time on extracurricular activities. The extra time away from friends and peers is eaten up by screens, Twenge said. Her findings suggest that as teens spend more time alone on their devices, they’re getting lonelier and feeling more left out.

“Face-to-face social interaction among teens has declined during the digital age, and that has mental-health implications,” Twenge said. “Face-to-face social interaction tends to protect against depression in a way that digital interaction does not.”

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A wealth of studies shows that from day one, human gaze is a crucial ingredient in social interaction. Having high-quality, positive social interactions with family and friends regularly can lower a person’s risk of depression.

According to the Centers for Disease Control’s manual on preventing suicide: “Connectedness and social capital together may protect against suicidal behaviors by decreasing isolation, encouraging adaptive coping behaviors, and by increasing belongingness, personal value, and worth, to help build resilience in the face of adversity.”

Research about the effects of screen time is still new, but some early data suggests that replacing a kid’s early social interactions with more time on devices may hurt their development of emotional understanding and empathy. Screen time can also make it harder to sleep through the night than outdoor playtime.

“We are programmed to respond to other people in real time by looking at each other’s faces, by being able to touch each other and smell each other,” Twenge said. “Digital media interaction is missing a lot of those elements.”

In addition to hanging out with others in person, Twenge said we should all also make time for other activities that boost mental health, like exercise and sleep — out of earshot from the buzzes and pings of phones and other screens.

Although only a trained mental-health professional can diagnose depression or suicide risk, there’s more everyone can do to help each other out. Asking your peers, family, friends, and kids how they’re doing — and really listening to their answers without judgment — is a simple first step.

— Read on www.businessinsider.com/depression-rates-by-age-young-people-2019-3

Never forget CAIR’s dirty deeds – WND

CAIR wants to shut up its critics in the name of “stopping the hate” because it doesn’t want us talking about its dirty, dangerous deeds.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is having a banner month. The militant Muslim group never lets a crisis go to waste. That means Americans should beware. When unappeasable CAIR is ascendant, our free speech rights, religious liberty and national security are at risk.

Following the horrible massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, CAIR flacks were out in full force decrying “Islamophobia” and calling for crackdowns on “hate speech” (by which they mean any and all negative thoughts or words about CAIR or Islam). CAIR executive director Nihad Awad was first out of the gate to blame President Donald Trump; target Fox News hosts Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson, whom the left wants to silence; and renew opposition to White House efforts to tighten our immigration and entrance policies, including the travel ban affecting terror-sponsoring countries upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

One of the most vocal critics of policies to guard American sovereignty is radical Somali-born Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. CAIR leaders and members poured thousands of dollars into her campaign. This weekend, the America-bashing, Israel-deriding congresswoman will headline a sold-out fundraising banquet in Southern California. It will be a triumphant celebration, no doubt, of Rep. Omar’s escape from Democratic leadership sanctions (with an invaluable assist from the CAIR lobby) for her nasty swipes at Republicans, Jews and, of course, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump.

While they drape themselves in the mantle of “civility,” the CAIR brigade speaks viciously and cavalierly about their enemies. Omar says Trump is not “human.” On an Arab-American talk show, she mocked a college professor who treated terrorist organizations al-Qaida and Hezbollah with gravity. She cackled at how he named them with a sternness in his voice and questioned why the words “Army” and “America” are not uttered with equal contempt. I can hear the ululations of agreement at the CAIR banquet now.

Let’s not kid ourselves about these exploiters and sowers of division. They thrive on violence whether Muslims are the victims or the perpetrators. CAIR operatives are first to claim systematic oppression and fear of a “backlash” if bloodthirsty Islamic jihadists slay innocent Americans. It’s always our fault and it’s always our responsibility – to curtail our speech, give up our gun rights, undergo sensitivity training, accept inflated statistics about “hate crimes” and apologize for everything. CAIR wants to shut up its critics in the name of “stopping the hate” because it doesn’t want us talking about its dirty, dangerous deeds.

Never forget: The federal government designated CAIR an un-indicted terror co-conspirator in 2007 in the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation and others for providing support to violent Hamas jihadists. Investigators tied CAIR’s founders to the Islamic Association for Palestine, founded by a senior Hamas jihadist to serve as the terrorist group’s public relations and recruitment arm in America. The Holy Land Foundation, a terror-financing charity, provided seed money for CAIR’s Beltway office.

Never forget: CAIR is a designated terror organization in the United Arab Emirates.

Never forget: Federal law enforcement investigators banned interactions with CAIR to “prevent CAIR from publicly exploiting such contacts with the FBI.”

Never forget: Ghassan Elashi, a founding board member of CAIR’s Texas chapter, was convicted of laundering money for Hamas terrorism. CAIR’s civil rights director Randall Todd Royer trained with the al-Qaida-linked jihad group Lashkar-e-Taiba and was convicted of conspiring to engage in terror activities. Bassem Khafagi, former CAIR community affairs director and a founder of the sharia-promoting Islamic Assembly of North America, was deported back to his home country of Egypt after being convicted for bank and visa fraud.

Never forget: CAIR officials in California rushed in front of cameras after the San Bernardino jihad attack in 2015 to blame American foreign policy instead of the killers. CAIR provided aid, comfort and legal assistance to the mass shooters’ families.

Never forget: Last summer, CAIR stoked a fake hate crime perpetrated by an Odessa, Texas, waiter who falsely claimed he received a customer’s receipt with the message: “We don’t tip terrorist.”

Never forget: CAIR disseminated the fake claims of a deranged Muslim New York teenager who lied about having her hijab ripped off by Trump supporters.

Never forget: CAIR helped manufacture the “Clock Boy” fake hate claim in Texas – after which, Clock Boy jetted off to Qatar to cash in on a Muslim Brotherhood-linked educational scholarship.

Never forget: CAIR has flexed its censorship muscle by squelching critics of Somalia-based jihad group al-Shabab in Minnesota and smearing them as “anti-Muslim” – even if they were Muslim.

Never forget: CAIR works every day to silence Muslim reformers, apostates, Christians, Jews, infidel scholars, border security advocates, anti-sharia activists and investigative independent journalists, on college campuses, TV airwaves and the internet, to prevent us from exposing the truth about Islamic supremacism.

To quote the late and dearly missed Italian journalist and fierce lioness Oriana Fallaci, who faced trial and death threats for “insulting Islam”:

Lan astaslem. “I will not surrender.”

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March 21 For the love of God (Vol. 1)

Exodus 32; John 11; Proverbs 8; Ephesians 1

 

exodus 32 is simultaneously one of the low points and one of the high points in Israel’s history.

Only months out of slavery in Egypt, the Israelites prove so fickle that the delay of Moses on the mountain (a mere forty days) provides them with all the excuse they need for a new round of complaining. Moses’ delay does not prompt them to pray, but elicits callous ingratitude and disoriented syncretism. Even their tone is sneering: “As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him” (32:1).

Aaron is revealed as a spineless wimp, unable or unwilling to impose any discipline. He is utterly without theological backbone—not even enough to be a thoroughgoing pagan, as he continues to invoke the name of the Lord even while he himself manufactures a golden calf (32:4–5). He is still a wimp when, challenged by his brother, he insists, rather ridiculously, “Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!” (32:24). Despite the covenantal vows they had made (24:7), many in the nation wanted all the blessings they could get from Yahweh, but gave little thought to the nature of their own sworn obligations to their Maker and Redeemer. It was a low moment of national shame—not the last in their experience, not the last in the confessing church.

The high point? When God threatens to wipe out the nation, Moses intercedes. Not once does he suggest that the people do not deserve to be wiped out, or that they are not as bad as some might think. Rather, he appeals to the glory of God. Why should God act in such a way that the Egyptians might scoff and say that the Lord isn’t strong enough to pull off this rescue (32:12)? Besides, isn’t God obligated to keep his vows to the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Israel (32:13)? How could God go back on his solemn promises? His final appeal is simply for forgiveness (32:30–32), and if God cannot extend such mercy, then Moses does not want to begin a new race (as angry as he himself is, 32:19). He prefers to be blotted out with the rest of the people.

Here is an extraordinary mediator, a man whose entire sympathies are with God and his gracious salvation and revelation, a man who makes no excuses for the people he is called to lead, but who nevertheless so identifies with them that if judgment is to fall on them he begs to suffer with them. Here is a man who “stands in the gap” (cf. Ezek. 13:3–5; 22:29–30).[1]


[1] Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God: a daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. (Vol. 1, p. 25). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

March 20 The Words of Your Mouth

Scripture reading: Psalm 19

Key verse: Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all diligence,

For out of it spring the issues of life.

The words of your mouth often reveal the contents of your heart. Some people work hard at being in control of what they say. They are careful not to allow any distasteful or deceitful word to be used. However, at some point emotions rise, and the quickness of speech uncovers what is hidden inside.

The psalmist wrote, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Ps. 19:14 nasb). All of us have experienced a time when we have said something that hurt another and we felt badly for doing it. But when your life is fully submitted to Jesus Christ, God will protect your words and teach you how to walk in purity of thought and deed.

In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul addressed the need to renew our minds in Christ. What does this have to do with the words we say? Everything! When our minds are set on Jesus, all that proceeds from us will be laced with love, patience, joy, hope, and kindness. Then even in difficult times, the words we say will reflect an inner peace that comes from the Savior.

Proverbs 4:23 (nasb) is a good reminder: “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” Ask the Lord to forgive anything you have said in thoughtless haste to another. And pray that He will bring you close to Himself.

Lord, forgive me of anything I have said to others in thoughtless haste. Draw me close to You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 83). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

A few further resources on Francis Chan — The End Time

Yesterday I wrote a comprehensive article documenting the slide from orthodoxy in Francis Chan. These things grieve me, but they are necessary to look into. Here is yesterday’s piece:

Francis Chan is Apostatizing Before Our Eyes

I’d mentioned that wise brothers had written about Mr Chan and I respected their opinions.

Here are some of their interpretations of the situation for your reading or listening perusal-

FURTHER RESOURCES

Francis Chan tosses his old church under the bus

A few thoughts on Francis Chan’s step of faith

Francis Chan Defends His Friendship With False Teachers 

Farewell Francis

Video – Wretched radio with Todd Friel: Francis Chan responds to concerns

A few further resources on Francis Chan — The End Time

Anger & Sarcasm at UGA — Wretched

Episode 2465

Anger & Sarcasm at UGA

Segment 1 (00:00) – The Muslim woman takes offense and begins telling Todd that he is a bad representation of Christianity and that he is wrong, simply for stating that they disagree on the subject of salvation. Todd tries to turn the conversation to show her how not a single person can be good enough to be saved.

Segment 2 (09:13) – Todd reiterates that they do disagree, and that there is no need to hate each other. She then brings up how her religion believes in Postmodernism, and the fact that Todd is saying that there is a wrong way is wrong. Todd brings up how the way of submitting to Christ is easier than the burden of doing works to be saved.

Segment 3 (14:50) – In order to have tolerance, there has to be a disagreement. The Muslim girl states that tolerance is actually being respectful to others beliefs, and not telling anyone their wrong in their beliefs. She implies that everyone’s beliefs can be different, and we can still end up at the same conclusion.

Wretched Surprise! (19:46) – Woman claims that Todd is just imposing his view and being judgmental, and that he is not doing what Jesus would have done. Todd points out how she is the one being judgmental.

Anger & Sarcasm at UGA — Wretched

There is none righteous, not even one

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 (NASB)

We live in an evil time. There are large numbers of “Christian” leaders who claim to be ministers of God, but prove by their words and actions to have thrown off the authority of God. They do what is right in their own eyes while claiming that they are only following the leading of the Holy Spirit. The fact that what they say or do is unbiblical seems to trouble very few. When some point out the truth to them, they claim that God has led them to do what they do so it must be okay and those who protest are legalistic, divisive, and haters. 

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Repentance On Our Terms — A Mockery Of God

The Outspoken TULIP

Fear of God

While we must never reduce Old Testament narratives to allegories that we can read ourselves into, these historical accounts instruct us in our own walks with the Lord (see 1 Corinthians 10:6). In reading the book of Numbers, then,  we can learn principles from Israel’s journey to the Promised Land without fancying that we are on a parallel journey.

Sunday I read several chapters of Numbers, going through familiar stories that I’d read many times. Part of my reading covered Chapters 13 and 14, in which Moses records the scouting expedition into Canaan. As God had told them, they found the Land brimming with choice fruits, milk and honey. It was wonderful!

But they also

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Does The Bible Teach Socialism? — The Heidelblog

With the rise of a young, avowedly socialist movement in the USA there is renewed interest in the history, nature, and prospect of Socialism. What is it? There are several definitions or several variants of Socialism. The Oxford Dictionary of English gives the following baseline definition:

a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

This has often been summarized with the slogan: “The public ownership of the means of production.” Of course “public” can mean the people themselves considered as a mass (as in some sort of co-op) or it can refer to the government, that entity with the authority and means to enforce laws and rules by force.

Even to speak of a “publicly owned company” can be confusing since, private companies that issue shares of stock on the Stock Market become, in some sense, “publicly owned,” i.e., owned by share holders. In this case, however, we might think of a water utility that is owned by the citizens of a town. To speak of “state-owned” conjures visions of Fascist governments taking over companies in the 1930s. Of course the Fascists had socialist roots and Benito Mussolini (1883–1945) was a member of the Italian Socialist party and always considered himself a Socialist. Read more»

Does The Bible Teach Socialism? — The Heidelblog

Praise God. Lifeway to Close All Stores! — Pulpit & Pen

Lifeway is the largest retailer of heresy in the world. It is also the retail and sales arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Peddling books from Oneness Pentecostals and other anti-Trinitarians, Roman Catholics, Properity Preachers, New Age mystics, omen-interpreters, Word-Faith Theologians, and even pro-gay activists, this entity of the Southern Baptist Convention has announced today that it is closing all of its retail outlets.

Lifeway received criticism heavily during the Pulpit & Pen inspired #the15movement, which led to many thousands of believers calling Lifeway and its leaders – Thom Rainer and Ed Stetzer – to repentance for shamelessly selling doctrinal material they know to be false.

This movement, #the15, ultimately led to a major worldwide news story we broke, of Alex Malarkey’s Open Letter to Lifeway and Other Retailers. Malarkey’s father had written a book claiming that he had come back from Heaven, and when Alex and his mother notified Lifeway the book was false (both Stetzer and Rainer had been notified), they shamelessly sold the producct anyway.

Now, probably as a result of the downturn in ‘brick and mortar retail,’ Lifeway is scuttling all of its stores in an attempt to remain solvent.

A total of 170 stores are closing nationwide. This follows a plan from January which was only to close certain stores. Thom Rainer has announced that they will all be closing.

While the retailer will still be schilling heresy online, you will no longer have to drive by and see a Lifeway store.

Pray for the employees who have to find new jobs, but praise God that Southern Baptists will no longer have their retail outlet selling heresy on the street corner like drug dealers.

Praise God. Lifeway to Close All Stores! — Pulpit & Pen

BEN SASSE – Q IDEAS-REVOICE RADICALS DEVELOPING THE 2020 NEVER TRUMP MOVEMENT. — thirtypiecesofsilverdotorg

HOW COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT , SOCIAL JUSTICE , GAY CHRISTIANITY ARE CONVERGING  TO ORGANIZE THE “NEVER AGAIN ” TRUMPERS .

By Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                     3/20/2019

Gabe Lyons of Q Ideas /Q Conference forum is no stranger to progressive politics . As reported last year Lyons, “Good Faith” co-author /Barna guy David Kinnaman, and Tim Keller were at the forefront  of evangelical third way compromise during the Obama administration.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/02/19/collapsing-conservative-america/

The Q Ideas Nashville Conference is coming up April 24th-26 and has a revealing mix in its lineup of “Thought Leaders”.

http://conference.qideas.org/

“From the ideas and current issues shaping society, to the truth that transforms the world, you will be informed and gain confidence that God is at work in his mission to renew all things. Education by thought leaders and stories from change-makers will inspire a hopeful way forward. Join us to be equipped for the difficult conversations and extraordinary opportunities that lie ahead.”

Q  SPEAKERS AND Q POLITICS

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Among the speakers is The Gospel Coalition and SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberties political favorite Senator Ben Sasse. Senator Sasse topic is “State of Our Union” which is a predictable topic for a US Senator to speak on. What is far less in keeping with the evangelical target audience is the radical edge of sexual /LGBT+ activist and Revoice supporters who are gathering with Sasse at Lyons event.

BEN SASSE JUST GOT KISSED

Make no mistake SASSE IS the “Never Trumpers” of TGC and the ERLC candidate of choice to lead the evangelical flock. As Billy Graham found himself “kissed by  William Randolph Hearst” media machine years ago in Los Angeles – Ben Sasse is the darling of the progressive evangelical third way. This is political posturing Q / Keller / Moore style. GOP candidates beware. There is more going on in this conversation and christianized “TED Talks” forum .

Q REVOICE

Revoice Speaker Laurie Krieg of Hole in My Heart Ministries is speaking on “My Mixed Orientation Marriage” .

Revoice advocate -speaker -co-organizer Preston Sprinkle is in the Q Ideas lineup speaking on the topic of Sex Gender and Faith. Sprinkle is head of the Center for Faith  Sexuality and Gender which is also a sponsor of the event  along side World Vision, Barna , Made To Flourish and the longtime evangelical progressive organization Leadership Network . Sprinkles organization which promotes LGBT+ Flourishing in the church is endorsed by fellow Q Speaker /TGC leader Matt Chandler .

Revoice organizer and advocate / PCA fringe dweller Scott Sauls is speaking at Q on Irresistible Grace . Perhaps this title reflects  an effort to perhaps appear more orthodox in his reformed circles. Sauls, like Lyons is a close associate of Tim Keller. Sauls spent 12 years on staff as a “preaching elder” at Keller’s Redeemer Church in NYC. Sauls continues to skirt the radical fringes of his conservative PCA denomination in the company of Tim Keller . Against the efforts of their own finely tuned TGC media machine -TGC brand is finally reaping some long overdue scrutiny from real conservative evangelicals. Sauls appears to be a primary Q leader in this Nashville event. Afterall it is his adopted hometown .

Also at Q on the Faith and Sexuality  front is artist and musician Matthew Liu speaking on ” Sex, Gender and Faith”. Liu is a presenter at other events held by Preston Sprinkle’s Digital Leaders Forum.

Conference Speaker Andy Crouch (former editor of Christianity Today ) is recently revealed to be a Revoice Advisory Council Member . Crouch topic at Q Conference is “A Theology of Cyborgs ”

Q TRANSGENDER CHRISTIANITY

In its ongoing effort be appear on the cutting edge -Gabe Lyons Q Ideas is presenting a self identifying “transgender Christian” speaker . Kat Laprairie is also speaking on “Sex Gender and Faith.  This person’s ( pronoun caution taken ) bio reads:

“Kat identifies as a Transgender Christian, who came to Christ once discovering the reckless, boundless love He has for Kat. Through Kat’s story of growing up in church culture amidst wrestling with gender identity, Kat is eager and passionate about sharing God’s good news with others.”

Q QUESTION ?

With the convergence of The Gospel Coalition ERLC and Revoice people at Q and many other events- how much REAL (safe) space exists between the TGC mainstream and the Revoice radical fringe?

Q ANSWER ?- TIME WILL TELL -SOON!

IS BEN SASSE WANTING TO BE KISSED BY REVOICE AND TRANSGENDER FAITH

The better question for Ben Sasse is does he really want his political career to be kissed by TGC / ERLC or his political future  to be determined by the success of Tim Keller and Russell Moores hatred of the Trump White House? Does Sasse realize Keller and Moore’s determination to redefine Evangelicalism altogether?

Careful Ben- these kisses come with even more baggage .

Q FAITH AND WORK

The Faith and Work organizations and  ideologies are well represented among the sponsors including the Tim Keller / Redeemer mentored “Nashville Institute for Faith and Work .  https://www.nifw.org/staff

Scott Sauls and  his Executive Pastor Bob Bradshaw at Christ Presbyterian Church  are on the board of this organization.

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BOB BRADSHAW, ADVISOR

“Bob serves as Executive Director at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Before joining CPC’s pastoral team in August 2012, he served as Executive Director at Southwood Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, AL. Prior to entering full-time ministry, Bob worked as Chairman and CEO of Boston-based MSL Corp. as President and COO of SCI Corp. in Huntsville; as Eastern Region President for Solectron Corp. in Charlotte, and as Senior Executive-Site General Manager for IBM in Charlotte. Bob holds a bachelor’s in math from Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) and is certified in Crown Financial Ministries. Bob co-founded a small creamery business in Charlotte with his wife, Rose. They are the parents of four daughters.”

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SCOTT SAULS, ADVISORY PASTOR

“Scott is the Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN (March 2012–present) and the author of Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides and Befriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgment, Isolation, and Fear. He is a graduate of Furman University and Covenant Seminary, a former Lead and Preaching Pastor at New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and the founding pastor of churches in Kansas City and Saint Louis. Scott is married to Patti and has two daughters, Abby and Ellie.

In short this ideology heralds  the value of promoting the realization of purpose found in merging of faith and work for the common good and human flourishing . The ideology and favored terminology  is right out of the Keller associates and Frankfurt School inspired  UVA   “Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture” . The Princeton based center that bears the name of the Faith and Work branding provides centralized planning for spread of the ideology . Faith and Work is carefully promoting an idealized form of evangelical socialism and socialist economics wrapped in a hyper-thin layer of Hayek ,free-market lingo and Keller’s idiotic  “Theology of Vocation “. Its’ endgame is to harness  next generation Christians hearts minds into collectivist ideologies for harvesting their productivity for the global common good. Sound anything like New Testament Christianity ?”

Q SOCIAL JUSTICE

The Faith and Work and Cultural Engagement organizations on the campuses of most conservative Christian institutions are now the subject of considerable attention as well given their role in and funding for promoting Social Justice as  a”Gospel Issue”. TGC leadership is reeling from the public scrutiny that their MLK/50 conference / Revoice connections and then the anti social justice “Dallas Statement ” have brought. A deep and growing  divide appears to have formed among top tier leaders in TGC. Meanwhile Russell Moore’s rhetoric in the run up to 2020 may cost his position in the SBC if 2016 reactions are repeated. Conservatives can hope and pray for Moore to maintain his brazen posture.

Q BORDER POLICY

Speaker Gena Thomas works for the Covenant College based/ Q Ideas sponsor “The Chalmers Center”  Her topic is “”Children at The Border “. Q likely assumes that Evangelicals must surely be made to care about the Border “crisis”  and be turned against President Trump’s Border Wall . According to her bio  Thomas “served as a missionary in northern Mexico for over four years with her husband, Andrew. She has two children, works at The Chalmers Center, and writes as often as she can. She holds a masters in International Development.” Chalmers Center is schooling young conservative Christians in Christian Community Development ,which also explains the presence of  Russell Moore – friends and mentor -civil rights leader John Perkins in the Q Ideas line up.  Perkins is speaking on “Repairing the Breach “.

Q SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Tim Keller is an exuberant globalist – like his Leadership Network trained pal Rick Warren. However the book of  Revelation reveals a pretty bleak outcome and future for globalism. Still these evangelical leaders are undeterred in their love of  and promotion of globalism and all its anti-christ vision into the church. One speaker in the Q forum lineup  boldly merges the Global Sustainability Goals of the United Nations and other international partners into the church.

Jason Fileta – Q Bio

“Jason grew up in Wheaton, Illinois, the son of Egyptian immigrants. The plight of the persecuted church in Egypt compelled him to commit his life to fighting for a more just world. Since then he launched his career in advocacy focused on ending extreme poverty.”

Fileta’s group Tear Fund is an advocate for Global Warming and Global Sustainable Development Goals . https://www.tearfund.org/2017/05/climate_of_hope/.

It is also part of the Lausanne Movements -“Micah Challenge ” which supports and includes a prayer guide for the “Global Sustainability Goals”. Sound unthinkable ? Think again -it is happening.

 

https://www.scribd.com/document/174219018/PRAYER-STATIONS-GUIDE-ON-THE-MILLENNIUM-DEVELOPMENT-GOALS-MDGS-Pages-143-154

https://web.archive.org/web/20150929090316/http://www.micahchallenge.org.au/assets/pdf/Prayer_Stations.pdf

Q CONFUSION OR Q TRANSFORMATION AND CHANGE ?

Q Ideas is a forum that may confuse some listeners as it mixes these polar opposite ideologies of Christian faith  and progressive social causes together on its’ stage and in its’ events .But make no mistake – Q Ideas is not here to confuse you -but to engage you while it helps you  embrace its’ Third Way worldview and merges it with your faith .

LIPSTICK STAINED REPUBLICANS

Ben Sasse may or may not be aware of whose lipstick will linger on his own political (COLLAR) career  and may not be aware that he is being used.Still he may want to reconsider this path.

In the 2016 election cycle Tim Keller and Russell Moore failed in their big hairy audacious goal of detracting enough of the Evangelical vote from Trump to prevent his  Presidential victory (an elect Democrat Hillary Clinton by default). They continue to this day to shame and belittle evangelical voters for supporting Trump accusing them of everything from hurting the Gospel- alienating the culture -to racism and bigotry. Keller and Moore who serve as mentor figures in TGC and to many of the young idealists in these Q meetings are quickly becoming more Political Pariah than Prophet.

Unless GOP guys like Ben Sasse want their own political message “Revoiced ” by Social Justice, LGBT+ Thriving , Transgender Christianity, Global Sustainability Goals , Climate Change and the like- perhaps they had better choose their evangelical associations more wisely.

Conclusion – The Gospel Coalition and the neo-reformed movement it represents  in the PCA, the SBC, and other smaller denominations and independent churches is NOT a theological movement in the least . It is a progressive political movement wearing a thin veneer of theological orthodoxy . As its brazen left leaning and “Third Way” politics become more and more glaring- so will grow the Evangelical divide it had hoped to bridge. Take a deep breath believers – more shame and confusion efforts await in the rapidly approaching 2020 election cycle. Keep your heads. TGC and their ilk are just a floating object in the progressive floodtide of social change . Stick with your Bible and the Holy Spirit for your convictions .

Proverbs 23

Do not eat the bread of a miser,
Nor desire his delicacies;
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.
The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up,
And waste your pleasant words.

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

10 Do not remove the ancient landmark,
Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;
11 For their Redeemer is mighty;
He will plead their cause against you.

12 Apply your heart to instruction,
And your ears to words of knowledge.

BEN SASSE – Q IDEAS-REVOICE RADICALS DEVELOPING THE 2020 NEVER TRUMP MOVEMENT. — thirtypiecesofsilverdotorg