Daily Archives: May 20, 2018

May 20: From Concept to Caution to Cause

1 Chronicles 8:1–40; 1 Timothy 5:10–17; Psalm 78:53–72

Some things in the Bible are downright surprising, including several passages in Paul’s letters. Sometimes his words are so personal or they’re addressed to such a specific person our group, that it’s hard to understand why that particular passage is there. But God uses people to do His work, and whatever they show or teach us sets a precedent—like how to deal with difficult people, or how to best help the poor.

Some sections of Paul’s letters are rarely read aloud in church; we simply can’t figure out how to apply them. What application can you draw from a long list of people, or from the very specific details of how to evaluate a widow in need in your community (1 Tim 5)? What if there are no widows in your community? Do you just move on?

First Timothy 5:10–17 sets a good precedent for us as Christians, and it can serve as a standard for applying other passages. We don’t know precisely why Paul told Timothy not to help widows “less than sixty years of age,” but we do know that he was setting criteria for evaluating and helping the poor (1 Tim 5:9). Other than children and previously freed slaves, widows were the most impoverished members of society in biblical times.

Paul provides further criteria that would prevent a handout-based culture, and would also require a widow to have truly been transformed by Jesus’ teachings (1 Tim 5:10). Helping the poor isn’t enough—they need spiritual help, too. Paul also cautions against those who abuse the system (1 Tim 5:11–13), acknowledging that it can actually cause more harm than good when the church helps them.

As the Church, we want to help. But there have been times when we have done more harm than good—both locally and globally, particularly in the developing world—by failing to understanding the power struggles at play in any given situation. This should not stop us from helping; instead, it should encourage us to be both fiscally wise and culturally educated before providing funds. Understanding what people are really going through and how to truly help them is nearly as important as giving.

Who is your community trying to help? How can you better educate yourself on their real needs and how to meet them?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Media compare Michael Curry to Rowan Atkinson in “Four Weddings & A Funeral” and Hillsong take it as a compliment?

THE ‘TRADITIONAL’ CHRISTIANITY THAT PREACHES CHRIST

Along with the rest of the world, many of us watched the live coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. With the rise of liberalism, politically correctness in the Church of England, ‘relevant’ preaching and media hysteria about the wedding breaking traditions, it was not surprising to see a spiritual downgrade on full display at this event.

The wedding service started with an orthodox message of Jesus Christ, the Trinity and the sanctity of marriage between man and woman alongside scripture readings from the Song of Solomon. Although New Testament passages on love such as 1 Corinthians 13 or Ephesians 5 were absent regarding how husband and wife are typologies of Christ and His church, the gospel was present: Christ dying for our sins.

The formal message of Christ and Him crucified came through the traditional marriage service of the Church…

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May 20 Desiring Christ’s Presence (Thomas)

The twelve apostles included “Thomas” (Matt. 10:3).

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The follower of Christ will have an intense desire to be in Christ’s presence.

When you think of Thomas, you probably think of a doubter. But if you look beyond his doubt, you’ll see he was characterized by something that should mark every true believer—an intense desire to be with Christ.

John 10:39–40 tells us Jesus and His disciples left Jerusalem because of threats on Jesus’ life. While they were staying near the Jordan River, Jesus received word that His dear friend Lazarus was sick. He delayed going to Lazarus because He didn’t want merely to heal him, but to raise him from the dead.

Lazarus lived in Bethany—just two miles east of Jerusalem. So when Jesus decided to go there, His disciples were deeply concerned, thinking it would surely be a suicide mission (John 11:8). Despite the danger, Thomas said, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him” (v. 16). That’s a pessimistic attitude, but it also shows his courage and his desire to be with Christ, whether in life or death. An optimist would expect the best, making it easier to go. Thomas expected the worst but was willing to go anyway.

I believe Thomas couldn’t bear the thought of living without Christ. He would rather die with Him than live without Him. That’s also evident in John 14, where Jesus told the disciples He was going away to prepare a place for them. Thomas responded by saying in effect, “Lord, we don’t know where you’re going or how to get there. Please don’t go somewhere we can’t go!” (v. 5). He didn’t understand what Jesus was going to do. All he knew was that he didn’t want to be separated from his Lord.

Can you identify with Thomas? Is Christ such an integral part of your daily decisions and activities that life without Him is unthinkable? Do you love Him so much you long to see Him? That was Thomas’s passion. May it be yours as well.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank the Lord for His presence and power in your life. ✧ Demonstrate your love for Him by communing with Him often.

For Further Study: Read John 14:1–31. ✧ What did Jesus say about His return? ✧ Who would comfort and instruct the disciples in Christ’s absence?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 153). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

This Has Not Aged Well: Jake Tapper Condemns President Trump for Accusing Obama of Spying on His Campaign (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

This didn’t age well.
Jake Tapper lambasted the American public in 2017 for believing Obama spied on Trump.

Jake Tapper: We noticed some numbers that alarmed us today. They appeared in an ABC-Washington Post poll. Showing a shockingly high percentage of Americans believe President Obama intentionally spied on Donald Trump and members of his campaign.

This was after President Trump accused Barack Obama of spying on Trump Tower.

Tapper continued: If McCarthyism is defined as making wild accusations without any evidence, the only thing that were McCarthyism were the president’s tweets.

Of course, now we know that Trump was absolutely correct and that the Obama administration was not only spying on Trump Tower but they even implanted a spy into his campaign.

Sorry Jake Tapper.

Via Ryan Saavedra:

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Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

19 Do not quench the Spirit; 20 do not despise prophetic utterances. 21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (NASB) 

God has called His people to discernment. If you listen to many so-called Christians in our time, you would think the very opposite. In fact, to question the veracity of someone’s teaching is considered the ultimate case of uncouthness in these so-called postmodern times. I find it very interesting that this concept works only in one direction. These who hold to this sort of “ministry” are very quick to point fingers at those of us who do proclaim that God’s Word is The Truth and we are all called to obey Him. We are seen as being immersed in legalism when we draw lines that are precise and unyielding based entirely from clear…

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MAY 20 THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT

This Jesus…being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:32–33

The miraculous events wrought in Jerusalem by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost indicated to the disciples that Jesus Christ, the Messiah Savior, had indeed taken His place at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

With Jewish critics all around, Peter lifted his voice and said that all who were in Jerusalem on that day were seeing the fulfillment of prophecy—the words of Jesus that He would send the Holy Spirit after His death and resurrection and exaltation.

“Therefore,” Peter cried, “let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).

Many, many have failed to note Peter’s Pentecostal emphasis: The important thing in God’s plan was the fact that Jesus had been exalted in heaven, and that His glorification there had been the signal for the coming of the promised Holy Spirit. What a lesson! The Spirit does not have to be begged—He comes when the Savior is honored and exalted!

Father, Your Spirit dwells in all those who receive Your gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. What a power source we possess! Lord, awaken Your Church to this reality today, I earnestly pray![1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

The DOJ/FBI Spying Story Matters Because It’s What Happens In Places Like Venezuela

Did that get your attention?

The traditional, “reputable” news outlets yawn at the prospect of the Obama Administration weaponizing what are supposed to be impartial and independent intelligence agencies to spy on political rivals; or they report on it (because they’re finally forced to thanks to the dogged work of the House Intelligence Committee) but downplay the behavior from spying to investigating for the greater good (or something); or mention it, but only in the context of pointing out how crazy those Republicans are with their conspiracy theories because what’s the big deal, amiright? Politics is a tough game, and toughen up, MAGA heads.

But as Venezuela gears up for its sham election today, it’s worth viewing the “FBI/DOJ was spying on Trump’s campaign” story in relation to that nation’s “democratic” process. With that in mind, here’s why what the Obama administration did (and, let’s face it, the entire Democrat party apparatus) matters: because it’s a pathway to the same thing that Maduro’s doing today.

Here’s a report on Sunday’s election in Venezuela (emphasis mine):

The leaders of the largest of the 20-some parties that make up the opposition coalition claim that electoral conditions are so grossly weighted in Maduro’s favor that voting on Sunday would be pointless.

Most electoral officials are Maduro loyalists who, in past elections, have turned a blind eye to vote tampering and the last-minute relocation of polling places in opposition strongholds.

The government controls most TV and radio stations which transmit a constant stream of of pro-Maduro propaganda. It is also fomenting the notion that the ballot is not secret and that people who vote for the opposition will lose government jobs, public housing, and vital food handouts.

Carlos González, an anti-government activist who heads a Venezuelan business association, says the name on the ballot doesn’t matter: “Jesus Christ could be the candidate and Maduro would still prevail because the system is set up for him to win,” he says.

Does that sound familiar?

If not, here’s Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist deconstructing the New York Times report that came out ahead of the Inspector General’s report (that will ultimately break this thing wide open because presumably speculation will be backed up by documentation) so that a narrative spin could be crafted and sold to the American public.

  • “The story says the FBI was worried that if it came out they were spying on Trump campaign it would “only reinforce his claims that the election was being rigged against him.” It is easy to understand how learning that the FBI was spying on one’s presidential campaign might reinforce claims of election-rigging.”
  • “Now we learn that it wasn’t just Page, but that the government was going after four campaign affiliates including the former campaign manager, the top foreign policy advisor, and a low-level advisor whose drunken claim supposedly launched the investigation into the campaign. The bureau says Trump’s top foreign policy advisor and future national security advisor — a published critic of Russia — was surveiled because he spoke at an event in Russia sponsored by Russia Today, a government-sponsored media outlet.”
  • “The surveillance didn’t just include wiretaps, but also national security letters and at least one government informant to spy on the campaign”

Does it sound familiar now?

And, more to the point, as Larry O’Connor notes in a column for the Washington Times: there’s little doubt the Obama White House knew about the scheme:

After going through these details with National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, a former Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York, I asked him the question that seems to be ignored in the New York Times’ article: Is there any way this kind of counter-intelligence operation would go on without the White House knowing of it or approving it?

No! No. no. Everybody knew about it. The agents’ texts made that clear. The Susan Rice, the memo she wrote, the “CYA” memo she wrote going out the door makes that clear. The White House had to know about this from the start. And look, Larry, it’s the kind of thing… An important thing about counterintelligence… there’s nothing wrong with the president knowing about it. Because, unlike criminal investigations and prosecutions where we don’t want the political people interfering in the four corners of the case,  counterintelligence is done for the president. the purpose of it is to gather intelligence, to gather information to enable the president to carry out his most important constitutional responsibility which is protecting the country from foreign threats to national security.

Running a counter-intelligence operation (not a criminal investigation because, as has been pointed out, you need evidence of illegal activity for that) to infiltrate the campaign of your political opponent to discredit him or ultimately have him impeached, and using the political machine you have at your fingertips because you happen to be sitting in the most powerful seat available within that machine, is the opposite of a how a democratic representative republic functions.

But it does look a lot like how despotic and tyrannical forms of government function. It’s a slippery slope toward one-party rule if you start down that path; a path our media has done a great deal of forging by calling it good.

Thank goodness we caught it in time.

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FLASHBACK=> Barack Obama: I Guarantee There Is No Political Influence in Any Investigation by DOJ or FBI. Full Stop. Period. — The Gateway Pundit

This didn’t age well.

Barack Obama went on with Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday on April 10, 2016.
During the interview the far left president told Chris Wallace there is no political influence in the Obama FBI and DOJ.

“I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this case but in any case. Full stop. Period.”

Obama’s claim first resurfaced in February after text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page revealed Obama’s possible involvement with two FBI investigations near the end of his presidency.

Since that interview the Obama FBI under the leadership of James Comey pardoned hardened criminal Hillary Clinton.
AG Loretta Lynch approved spying on the Trump campaign.
The Obama deep state infiltrated the Trump campaign with spies.
Oh… And the Obama IRS was found guilty of targeting conservative and Tea Party groups.

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The complete timeline of FBI / Obama / Comey / Clinton collusion and treason against Trump

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(Natural News) Over the last two years, you have been witnessing an attempted deep state coup against the United States of America, carried out by what can only be called an organized crime ring of treasonous criminals like Robert Mueller, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, John Brennan and Hillary Clinton.

Now, fearless independent journalism Sharyl Attkisson has put together a complete timeline of the deep state coup attempt against Trump, detailing the multiple layers of criminality, treason and lies that now characterize “the establishment.”

Below, find a full reprinting of the timeline, as published on her website. Be sure to also keep tabs on our own reporting on all this — the most outrageous political conspiracy in the history of our country — by reading the following websites: JamesComey.news | RobertMueller.newsFBIcorruption.news | DeepState.news | Clinton.news

(Natural News) Over the last two years, you have been witnessing an attempted deep state coup against the United States of America, carried out by what can only be called an organized crime ring of treasonous criminals like Robert Mueller, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, John Brennan and Hillary Clinton.

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Once Again=> TRAITOR JEFF SESSIONS IS AWOL As Trump Goes On Offense Against Deep State Campaign Spies! — The Gateway Pundit

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

President Donald Trump announced Sunday afternoon that he will make an official request to the AWOL Attorney General on Monday to investigate the Obama Deep State spies who infiltrated his 2016 presidential campaign.

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

Trump should not have had to do this.
This was the duty of his Attorney General.
But, once again, Jeff Sessions is AWOL.

For months we have argued that Jeff Sessions is dangerous. In November 2017 we called him the modern day Benedict Arnold for not investigating Obama and Clinton’s Uranium One scandal.

Saturday night Judge Jeanine stated that Sessions is the most dangerous person in the corrupt Deep State.

On her weekly show on FOX News, Judge Jeanine in her opening statement said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the most dangerous person in the US government (at the 1:50 mark in video below) –

But what ladies and gentlemen is unmistakable in all of this is that the single most dangerous person to the agenda of President Trump, the Republican Party and ultimately all Americans, is the Attorney General of the United States himself, Jeff Sessions.

The man has done nothing to make anyone responsible for the blatant corruption, the unmistakable perjury, the in-your-face obstruction of our laws that we’ve seen play out every day.  He has fought the release of telling documents that would put an end to this horrible period in America’s political history.  Documents that would make clear that the criminals in this attempt to overthrow an American President.  He’s even argued that he doesn’t want to release records of Hillary because she’s now a private citizen.

This man’s done nothing to create confidence that wrong doers will be accountable, answerable.  He’s done nothing to create confidence on the part of the American people in our system of justice.

In March 2018, we listed the following 12 reasons why AG Sessions should be removed from office now –

1. After accepting the AG job, the next day Sessions recused himself from everything Russia and turned over the US AG Office to the deep state. We now know that the law he quoted to recuse himself was the wrong law and was provided by Obama attorneys.

2. Corrupt and criminal Rod Rosenstein is now running the AG Office, not Sessions. Rosenstein is connected to the Uranium One scandal. When asked, Sessions stated to Congress that Asst AG Rosenstein can investigate himself in a Uranium One criminal probe.

3. It took Sessions months to fire FBI criminal Andy McCabe finally on Friday evening [March 16]. McCabe should have been fired months ago. Maybe he wasn’t fired sooner because McCabe threatened to take others down with him.

4. Corrupt and criminal Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are still employed by the FBI [as of March 18th the date of this initial post – Lisa Page has subsequently resigned from the FBI, but Strzok is still employed]. They have numerous text messages that show criminal and corrupt actions related to the Hillary email scandal, FISA abuse and the Mueller investigation. Most recently, texts were uncovered by Congress that show they had a relationship with the FISA Court judge who sentenced General Flynn and later was recused. They should not be employed, they should be in jail!

5. Robert Mueller’s criminal and corrupt witch hunt is still in place. It was created on a lie and is still in place after millions of wasted tax payer money. The Mueller investigation is criminal but Sessions won’t shut it down. Mueller is best friends with former FBI Director James Comey and he won’t recuse himself. This investigation is a farce.

6. Mueller’s entire team is made up of the likes of Strzok and Page. It’s a witch-hunt. The entire team is corrupt and criminal. They should all be in jail.

7. Hillary is still walking around – in India no less [in March 2018]. Her email fiasco was criminal. Much evidence shows that she was let go before even being interviewed. She destroyed evidence and obstructed justice but she walks free. There is no investigation from AG Sessions to date covering the criminal Clintons.

8. Uranium One and the sale of 20% of US uranium is yet to be investigated by AG Sessions. This is the real Russia collusion and Sessions won’t touch it.

9. Joe Biden and John Kerry are now embroiled in another Obama – Clinton related play for pay scheme with China. The AG is nowhere to be found.

10. James Clapper, the former disgraced NSA Director was allowed to walk this past week [in mid-March 2018] after lying under oath to Congress due to the statute of limitations. His lying was depicted in the movie “Snowden”.

11. The IRS scandal under Obama involved Mueller and yet Sessions has done nothing to address turning the other way rather than seeking justice.

12. Every day the DOJ and FBI are delaying evidence being requested by Congress or Judicial Watch. Names are redacted for no reason other than to cover up Deep State crimes. Sessions allows this and his actions arguably show he is behind it.

The country and the President deserve justice and a strong AG. Jeff Sessions is the opposite. His actions are abysmal and non-existent. America needs justice now. Jeff Sessions must go!

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May 20, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

excluded from righteousness

For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. (5:5–6)

A fourth consequence of trusting in works is to be excluded from the righteousness for which the believer has hope, to forsake the true life of blessing God desires for His children.

The Judaizers’ hope of righteousness was based on adding imperfect and worthless works of law in a vain attempt to complete the perfect and priceless work of Christ, which they assumed to be incomplete and imperfect. We, that is, true believers, Paul says, through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness that is based on God’s grace.

Believers already possess the imputed righteousness of justification, but the yet-incomplete righteousness of total sanctification and glorification still awaits them. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.… The creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Rom. 8:18, 21). In this life, believers are still waiting for the completed and perfected righteousness that is yet to come.

Paul here mentions three characteristics of the godly life, the life that continues to live by the grace through which salvation was received. First of all, it is a life lived through the Spirit rather than the flesh. Second, it is a life lived by faith rather than works. And third, it is a life lived in patient waiting and hope rather than in the anxious uncertainty of bondage to the law.

Nothing that is either done or not done in the flesh, not even religious ceremony, makes any difference in one’s relationship to God. In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything. The outward is totally unimportant and worthless, except as it genuinely reflects inner righteousness.

Life in the Spirit is not static and inactive, but it is faith working through love, not the flesh working through self-effort. Believers are “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). But their working is the product of their faith, not a substitute for it. They do not work for righteousness but out of righteousness, through the motivating power of love. In so doing they “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might” (Col. 1:10–11).

Love needs neither the prescriptions nor the proscriptions of the law, because its very nature is to fulfill the law’s demands. As Paul declares a few verses later, “the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ ” (Gal. 5:14; cf. Rom. 13:8). A person does not, for instance, steal from or lie to someone he truly loves. He certainly does not kill someone he loves. The person who lives by faith works under the internal compulsion of love and does not need the outward compulsion of law.

The story is told of an aspiring artist who was commissioned to do a large sculpture for a famous museum. At last he had the opportunity to create the masterpiece he had long dreamed of. After laboring over the work for many years, he saw it grow not only in shape but in beauty. But when it was finished he discovered to his horror that it was much too large to be taken out a window or door and that the cost for tearing down part of the building in order to remove it was prohibitive. His masterpiece was forever a captive to the room in which it was created.

That is the fate of all human religion. Nothing a person does to earn God’s favor can leave the room of this earth where his self-made works are created.[1]


5–6 Paul’s argument shifts subtly here in vv. 5–6. These two verses must be understood together, as they function at this point of the letter as a tightly packed theological statement that positively recapitulates the whole of Paul’s argument, and “each term and construction of the sentence is significant” (Burton, 279). Paul writes here of the Spirit, implicitly contrasting life in the Spirit with enslavement to law observance. In this way Paul refocuses attention where he began his supportive discussion (3:1–5) of the letter’s propositio (2:15–21) and looks immediately forward to his discussion of life in the Spirit (5:13–18). He writes also about faith, which implicitly recaptures for the Galatians his use of Abraham as the exemplar of justification through faith in the person and promise of God (3:6–18). He states that Christians “eagerly await … the righteousness for which we hope,” which often functions as background to Paul’s thought as an expression of the value of present Christian experience (as, e.g., in Ro 2:5–16; 1 Th 5:8). And he states that, in Christ, there is no soteriological significance to being circumcised or uncircumcised (cf. 3:28), which is the burden of all that Paul has written to this point. All of this is then followed up with and subsumed in the statement that what does matter for believers in Christ is “faith expressing itself through love.”

These verses are intended by Paul as a reminder to the Galatians that “Christ has set [them] free” (v. 1) from slavery to the law. But freedom in Christ does not leave one without a moral compass, as the Judaizers seemingly maintained; there is no necessity for the yoke of the law to guide one’s moral life. Instead, Paul insists here that the operative dynamic for the follower of Jesus is the ethic of love, worked out in one’s life by the Spirit as he enables righteous behavior. This is the proper expression of one’s faith in Christ.[2]


5:5 / Paul distinguishes the path the Galatians are considering from the one they are on. As believers they live in hope of righteousness, a hope that is theirs by faith … through the Spirit. Paul brings together several strands of his argument: the Spirit, which is the evidence that the promise made to Abraham is given to Gentiles (3:14), is the means by which righteousness is given; righteousness is given to those of faith (2:16; 3:6–9), who are those who have received the Spirit (3:2). But, perhaps in recognition of the Galatians’ legitimate and realistic recognition that they do not yet display the traits of righteous people, Paul also nuances his case. He speaks of the righteousness for which we hope, in contrast to his earlier statement that believers are justified through the faith of Christ (2:16). In this he possibly demonstrates respect for the Galatians’ concern that their faith in Christ has not yet made them righteous. After all, the Galatian Christians would not have been attracted to law observance unless they had felt some deficiency in their Christian lives. In response Paul declares that his converts can expect righteousness only through his gospel, which is why they and he may now wait eagerly. The outcome is assured for those “in Christ.”

The phrase “the righteousness for which we hope” can be taken to mean either hope that has righteousness as its object or hope that righteousness produces. Commentators are divided over this matter, depending on whether or not they want to harmonize this phrase with statements in the letter that present righteousness as a present state for believers. For those who think Paul is consistent on this issue the second option is chosen (so Matera, Galatians, p. 182). The first option is the choice of those who think that since righteousness refers both to behavior and standing before God, there is an “already—not yet” aspect to Paul’s view of righteousness for believers (e.g., Burton, Galatians, p. 278). It is also possible that even in those places where Paul is usually interpreted as saying that righteousness is a present reality (2:16 and 3:21), he may be speaking of righteousness as a dynamic state that has begun and will continue to grow. Paul’s subsequent advice about the character of living by the Spirit (5:16) would suggest that he understands righteousness as the new reality into which believers have been transferred and by which they now are being shaped.

5:6 / In Christ … neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The shape of the believer’s life is defined by being in Christ, which is what Paul affirmed earlier in 3:28. The power the believer has is the power of faith, which is effective through love. Paul sets in semantic parallelism being “in Christ” and “faith working through love.” This is another way of saying that it is the faith of Christ that justifies (2:16; see Introduction). As believers share in Christ’s faith, so they share in his love (cf. 2:20). Believers put on Christ (3:27) and so become as Christ, the one who is the epitome of faith working through love.

The phrase “faith expressing itself through love” can also be translated “faith made effective through love,” depending on whether the Greek verb “expressing” (energoumenē) is read as a middle or a passive; “made effective” is the middle form. Since Paul has used this word with the middle sense in Galatians 2:8 and 3:5, it is likely that here it also has that meaning. The verse would then mean that faith comes to expression by means of love. This points to what Paul has said elsewhere: Christ is the one who loves (2:20), and believers in Christ become as Christ (3:27) through participating in the faith of Christ (2:16). For Galatian believers concerned about righteousness and willing to turn to the law as a guarantee this statement hits the mark. Paul states that faith is not abstract but a way of life that is made effective, visibly and daily, through love. Paul has in view the love of Christ in which believers participate through being “in Christ.” This love will be manifest in love of neighbor (5:13).[3]


5:4–6. The third negative consequence of returning to the law is that it removes a person from the sphere of grace. While the legalist is insecure because he cannot know if he has done enough to merit salvation, the believer is secure because he has placed his faith in Christ and will eagerly await righteousness.

When Paul says we eagerly awaitthe righteousness for which we hope, he is referring to one of two possibilities. On the one hand he may be referring to the righteousness that grows in us slowly, day by day, as we live by faith in him. On the other hand, he may be referring to the day when our righteousness will suddenly be complete, the day when Jesus returns (Rom. 8:8–25; Col. 1:5; 2 Tim. 4:8). Both ideas are true and are taught elsewhere in Scripture. Our salvation is past, present, and future. We have been saved by Jesus’ work on the cross in the past; we are saved day by day as the Spirit works within us to bring about daily righteousness, and we will be saved when we see Jesus and receive our glorified body, freed from sin to serve him in unsullied righteousness. What truly matters is the fruit of grace which is faith expressing itself through love (Eph. 2:10; Jas. 2:14–18). To fall from grace is to fall from love. (Falling from grace is discussed more fully in “Deeper Discoveries.”)[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Galatians (pp. 136–137). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Rapa, R. K. (2008). Galatians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 621–622). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Jervis, L. A. (2011). Galatians (pp. 130–132). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book.

[4] Anders, M. (1999). Galatians-Colossians (Vol. 8, pp. 62–63). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

Judge Jeanine on fire: Useless Jeff Sessions is the single most dangerous man in America

Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro called Attorney General Jeff Sessions the “most dangerous man in America” because he refuses to stamp out the corruption festering at the highest levels of the DOJ and the FBI. The upper levels of the DOJ, FBI, and CIA employ numerous Trump-hating Obama holdovers.

“The single most dangerous person to the agenda of President Trump, the Republican Party, and ultimately all Americans, is the Attorney General of the United States himself, Jeff Sessions,” Pirro said. “The man has done nothing to make anyone responsible for the blatant corruption, the unmistakable perjury, the in-your-face obstruction of our laws that we’ve seen play out every day.”

Pirro added: “He has fought the release of telling documents that would put an end to this horrible period in America’s political history — documents that would make clear the criminals in this attempt to overthrow an American president. He has even argued that he doesn’t want to release records of Hillary because she’s now a private citizen.”

Judge Jeanine is furious that Sessions — who as Attorney General oversees the Department of Justice and the FBI — won’t release documents related to the Obama FBI’s secret investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign.

The House Intelligence Committee — which has oversight of the DOJ, FBI, CIA and other U.S.  intelligence agencies — has been stonewalled after requesting the documents multiple times for months.

In a fiery tweet this weekend, President Donald Trump urged the DOJ to stop stonewalling the House Intel Committee, as BizPac Review reported. Judge Jeanine said Sessions, who ironically was appointed by Trump, is allowing the DOJ to obstruct a Congressional investigation.

Former Senator Jeff Sessions applauds former president Obama. (Pool/Getty Images North America)

Meanwhile, officials with the Obama FBI leaked details of the illegal surveillance they conducted on Trump campaign aides to the New York Times and the Washington Post — in defiance of their sworn oath to never leak classified intel.

“This man [Jeff Sessions] has done nothing to create confidence that wrongdoers will be accountable,” Judge Pirro said. “He has done nothing to create confidence on the part of the American people of our system of justice. And with all the power and might of the Department of Justice behind him, he continues to do nothing.”

Jeff Sessions, a former senator who was once a darling of the GOP, is being trashed by many Republicans, who are demanding that he be fired.

Sessions’ recusal from the fruitless “Trump-Russia” investigation led to the hiring of special counsel Robert Mueller, who has still produced no evidence of collusion or obstruction after a $10 million, taxpayer-funded boondoggle.

So why is Sessions pulling punches in fighting corruption in his own department? Do Obama FBI officials have dirt on him? Maybe, if what former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski suggested is correct.

In March 2017, Lewandowski claimed the Obama administration had spied on Jeff Sessions when he was a senator. The plot thickens.

Trump demands DOJ release documents showing the Obama FBI illegally spied on him

Source: Judge Jeanine on fire: Useless Jeff Sessions is the single most dangerous man in America

Dan Gainor: Terrorists, gang-bangers and porn star get good media coverage — Proof of journalism’s decline

The American media gave sympathetic coverage this past week to the terrorist group Hamas, the gang bangers of MS-13 and a porn star – while continuing relentless attacks on the president of the United States.

Source: Dan Gainor: Terrorists, gang-bangers and porn star get good media coverage — Proof of journalism’s decline

Trump Demands DOJ Surrender Documents On FBI Campaign “Infiltrator” To Congress

President Trump has called for the DOJ to “release or review” a cache of documents that will allow Congressional investigators to get to the bottom of revelations that the FBI sent an informant to infiltrate the Trump campaign. That informant, identified as 73-year-old University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, a U.S. citizen living in London who approached four campaign aides during the 2016 US election for purposes of espionage on behalf of the FBI, according to reports last week in the New York Times and Washington Post.

es·pi·o·nage

noun

  1. the practice of spying or of using spies, typically by governments to obtain political and military information.
    synonyms: spying, infiltration;

Halper – a longtime FBI and CIA asset whose former father-in-law was former Deputy CIA Director Ray Cline, notably got caught spying on the Carter administration during the 1980 election, “reportedly under the direction of former CIA Director and then-Vice-Presidential candidate George H.W. Bush,” according to The Intercept.

The plot involved CIA operatives passing classified information about Carter’s foreign policy to Reagan campaign officials in order to ensure the Reagan campaign knew of any foreign policy decisions that Carter was considering. –The Intercept

In a Saturday afternoon tweet, President Trump said “If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal,” adding “Only the release or review of documents that the House Intelligence Committee (also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive answers. Drain the Swamp!

How did we get to Stefan Halper again?

August 22, 2017Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson told Congressional investigators that former MI6 spy Christopher Steele said the FBI had corroborated parts of the salacious and unverified “Trump-Russia’ dossier with “a human source from inside the Trump organization.

March 25 of this year, the Daily Caller exclusively reported that Cambridge professor Stefan Halper had met with Trump aide George Papadopoulos and “two other campaign advisers,” including Carter Page. In September 2016, Halper contacted Papadopoulos and lured him to London for work on a foreign policy paper for the sum of $3,000. Halper reportedly asked “George, you know about hacking the emails from Russia, right?” The Trump aide reportedly told Halper he didn’t know anything about them, and the topic was dropped.

George Papadopoulos, Stefan Halper, Carter Page

May 8, a fierce battle between House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and the DOJ’s Rod Rosenstein over the cache of documents detailing the “human source” came to a head, after The Washington Post reported that Nunes had been denied access to the intelligence – which had already been seen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The White House agreed with the DOJ that the materials were too hot to give Congress – and “could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI.”

May 9, the DOJ reversed course, allowing Nunes and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to receive a classified briefing on the documents (not the documents themselves, as Trump referred top in his tweet).

May 10, journalist Kimberly Strassel, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, penned an op-ed in the WSJ in which she said she knew who the informant was.

May 11, journalist Paul Sperry noted an entry in Stefan Halper’s Wikipedia page that read “He has been exposed as a CIA and M-16 spy behind the FBI Russiagate investigations of the Trump Campaign and is an informant to the Mueller Special Prosecutor investigation” – which was quickly taken down.

Sperry also tweeted “In summer 2016, Brennan with his FBI liaison Strzok, along with help from Kerry @ State, were trying to set Russian espionage traps for minor players in the Trump campaign through cultivated intel assets.”

May 15, the Daily Caller reported that Congressional investigators were reviewing Glenn Simpson’s August 2017 testimony regarding the “human source from within the Trump organization.”

May 16, the New York Times revealed that “at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos.” The Wednesday report also disclosed the existence of “Operation Crossfire Hurricane” – the FBI’s code name for their early Trump-Russia investigation, which they say originated after the Australian diplomat Alexander Downer told authorities that the Trump aide bragged in May 2016 that he knew the Russians had Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Alexander Downer, George Papadopoulos

Given Sperry’s tweet above, it strongly suggests that then-CIA Director John Brennan, FBI agent Peter Strzok and Secretary of State John Kerry were working with the informant (Halper) to set “Russian espionage traps” for members of Trump’s campaign as part of Operation Crossfire Hurricane.

Finally, on Friday, May 18, the Washington Post and New York Times published reports which don’t mention the informant’s name, but included enough detail to easily identify him as Halper even without the Daily Caller‘s article from March.

For example, The New York Times describes the informant as “an American academic who teaches in Britain,” who “made contact late that summer with one campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos.” While The Post reports “For years, the professor has provided information to the FBI and the CIA.

These descriptions corroborate the March report from the Daily Caller which described Halper as a “Cambridge professor with connections to the CIA” who contacted Papadopoulos “Two months before the 2016 election.

Halper has ostensibly been a spook for decades – enlisted by the FBI in the summer of 2016 to spy on members of the Trump campaign. As such, he was probably sweating bullets on November 9, 2016 – the day Hillary was supposed to have won the election.

Meanwhile, the MSM seems to be splitting hairs over the definition of “spy” and “informant,” as they are trying to sell the FBI/DOJ spy operation as simply “helping” Trump by looking out for pesky Russian moles his campaign.

At the end of the day, according to all accounts – the US Intelligence community was categorically, by definition, spying on the Trump campaign no matter how hard the MSM tries to spin things.

And now we wait to see if the DOJ will hand over those documents.

Source: Trump Demands DOJ Surrender Documents On FBI Campaign “Infiltrator” To Congress

Trump Erupts In Angry Tweetstorm: “When Does This Witch Hunt STOP”, Slams Hillary, Podesta

With the “Russian collusion” narrative disintegrating fast, as even the biggest Russiagate cheerleaders exit stage left now that the public’s attention has shifted to the FBI itself for having created the narrative after planting at least one infiltrator – Stefan Halper – in the Trump campaign, overnight the NYT tried to pivot the collusion story away from Russia and toward the middle east, reporting that Trump advisers met with an emissary for two Gulf nations during the campaign, suggesting countries beyond Russia may have offered help.

Erik D. Prince, the founder of Blackwater, arranged the meeting with Donald Trump Jr., George Nader and Joel Zamel

And while the NYT claims that “the meeting was convened primarily to offer help to the Trump team, and it forged relationships between the men and Trump insiders that would develop over the coming months — past the election and well into President Trump’s first year in office, according to several people with knowledge of their encounters” who we assume are more FBI moles in the Trump administration, it quietly admits deep inside the piece, that once again there is no actual evidence of anything improper: “It is unclear whether such a proposal was executed, and the details of who commissioned it remain in dispute

So, in what appears to have been a late start to his usual Sunday morning tweeting, an especially angry president Trump erupted on his favorite social network, lashing out at a variety of recent developments.

First, after late on Saturday the president called on the DOJ to allow members of Congress to review documents related to the FBI spy, saying “If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal,” in his first Sunday tweet, referning the NYT story about “gulf emissaries”, Trump blasted the “failing and crooked NYT” for moving attention to the rest of the world after it found nothing on Russia:

Things are really getting ridiculous. The Failing and Crooked (but not as Crooked as Hillary Clinton) @nytimes has done a long & boring story indicating that the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt has found nothing on Russia & me so now they are looking at the rest of the World!

Following up by an angry outburst, asking “at what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP! They have found no Collussion with Russia, No Obstruction.”…

… At which point Trump pivoted to his old nemesis, Hillary Clinton, asking why “they aren’t looking at the corruption in the Hillary Clinton Campaign where she deleted 33,000 Emails, got $145,000,000 while Secretary of State, paid McCabes wife $700,000 (and got off the FBI hook along with Terry M) and so much more. Republicans and real Americans should start getting tough on this Scam.”

An increasingly irritated Trump then warns that GOP candidates will be hurt in the midterms by the special counsel’s investigation, which it it is now indeed looking at the rest of the World, “they should easily be able to take it into the Mid-Term Elections where they can put some hurt on the Republican Party.” Meanwhile, Trump blasted, “Don’t worry about Dems FISA Abuse, missing Emails or Fraudulent Dossier!

Going back again to Hillary, Trump appropriately asks whatever “happened to the Server, at the center of so much Corruption, that the Democratic National Committee REFUSED to hand over to the hard charging (except in the case of Democrats) FBI?” The same server that was inspected only by the Ukraine-linked cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, whose founder and boss, Dmitry Alpervotich sits on the board of the rabidly anti-Trump, anti-Russia Atlantic Council, and for some reason nobody else has had access to, even though as Trump notes, “[the FBI] broke into homes & offices early in the morning, but were afraid to take the Server?

Trump concluded the 6-part tweetstorm by asking why the “Podesta brother” hasn’t been charged and arrested like others, and whether it is because “he is a VERY well connected Democrat working in the Swamp of Washington, D.C.”

While previously these tweets may have been summarily ignored by the public increasingly habituated to Trump’s angry weekend tweetstorm outbursts, in light of the recent news that the FBI was indeed spying secretly on Trump, which as the president correctly assessed was “really a big deal”, perhaps it is time for the DOJ to finally look at the other side of it aisle for criminality and collusion, especially since as Politico’s Jake Sherman notes, the “justice department is run by a Republican, Jeff Sessions, who the president appointed.”

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Source: Trump Erupts In Angry Tweetstorm: “When Does This Witch Hunt STOP”, Slams Hillary, Podesta

BOOM! Devin Nunes: If FBI Paid to Spy on Trump “It’s Absolute Red Line! It’s Over With!… No Honest American Will Stand for This!” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Rep. Devin Nunes (D-CA) joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures to discuss the latest developments in the Deep State interference in the 2016 US elections.

It has been widely reported that the Obama administration had a spy working inside the Trump campaign.

As previously reported internet sleuths have determined who the FBI spy was inside the Trump campaign.

Jeff Carlson at theMarketswork on Thursday put together a piece where he places an individual by the name of Stefan Halper as a potential FBI spy into the Trump campaign. (Note that some believe that Obama may have had more than one spy on the Trump campaign).

It was a lucrative business for Stefan Halper. Stefan Halper was paid a total of $411,575 in 2016 and 2017 for work with the US government that included his work spying on the Trump campaign.

Devin Nunes told Maria Bartiromo if this is true, “It’s over!”

Rep. Devin Nunes: If any of that is true, if they ran a spy ring or an informant ring and they were paying people within the Trump campaign, if any of that is true that is an absolute red line. There’s not and honest person in this country who could believe that taxpayer dollars going to fund this ring and operate like this what is said in The New York Times that has quite a bit of detail on it, if any of that is true it’s a red line in this country. You can’t do this to political campaigns. According to them this was done in the spring before the counter-intelligence was even open. If that’s true, we need to know about it… If they paid someone it’s an absolute red line and this is over with!”

Via Sunday Morning Futures:

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Records Show FBI ‘Informant’ Stefan Halper Was Paid $282,000 in 2016 For Spying on Trump — And Another $129,280 in 2017 — The Gateway Pundit

 

It has been widely reported that the Obama administration had a spy working inside the Trump campaign.

As previously reported internet sleuths have determined who the FBI spy was inside the Trump campaign.

Jeff Carlson at theMarketswork on Thursday put together a piece where he places an individual by the name of Stefan Halper as a potential FBI spy into the Trump campaign. (Note that some believe that Obama may have had more than one spy on the Trump campaign).

It was a lucrative business for Stefan Halper.

Internet sleuth Jacob Wohl discovered that Stefan Halper was paid $282,295 in September 2016 for “research and development in the social sciences and humanities.”

This is important because Halper enticed young George Papadopoulos to London with the promise of thousands of dollars for his assistance.

Wohl also tweeted that Halper was the same person who invited George Papadopolous to London, where he just so happened to sit down next to that infamous Australian “Diplomat” (who also worked with the Clinton Foundation) and Halper also lured Carter Page into compromising situations involving “Russians”.

Another Twitter sleuth identified a second payment to Halper in the amount of $129,280 making the total payments to Halper more than $400,000 from President Obama’s Administration to spy on the future President of the United States.

Deplorable Lori found that the Deep State paid Stefan Halper made an additional $129,280 in 2017 for additional work.

Stefan Halper was paid a total of $411,575 in 2016 and 2017 for work with the US government that included spying on the Trump campaign.
Being a Deep State spy definitely has its perks.

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TRUMP SUNDAY TWEETSTORM! — POTUS Goes After Criminal Podesta Brothers, Deep State, 13 Angry Democrats, Crooked Hillary… — The Gateway Pundit

President Donald Trump went on an epic Sunday morning tweetstorm today.

This comes after news of the Obama Deep State spying on the Trump campaign in 2016 with paid informants.

 

President Trump went after the Podesta brothers, Crooked Hillary and the corrupt Deep State and Mueller team.

President Donald Trump: If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal. Only the release or review of documents that the House Intelligence Committee (also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive answers. Drain the Swamp! Things are really getting ridiculous. The Failing and Crooked (but not as Crooked as Hillary Clinton) @nytimes has done a long & boring story indicating that the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt has found nothing on Russia & me so now they are looking at the rest of the World! At what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP! They have found no Collussion with Russia, No Obstruction, but they aren’t looking at the corruption in the Hillary Clinton Campaign where she deleted 33,000 Emails, got $145,000,000 while Secretary of State, paid McCabes wife $700,000 (and got off the FBI hook along with Terry M) and so much more. Republicans and real Americans should start getting tough on this Scam. Now that the Witch Hunt has given up on Russia and is looking at the rest of the World, they should easily be able to take it into the Mid-Term Elections where they can put some hurt on the Republican Party. Don’t worry about Dems FISA Abuse, missing Emails or Fraudulent Dossier! What ever happened to the Server, at the center of so much Corruption, that the Democratic National Committee REFUSED to hand over to the hard charging (except in the case of Democrats) FBI? They broke into homes & offices early in the morning, but were afraid to take the Server? And why hasn’t the Podesta brother been charged and arrested, like others, after being forced to close down his very large and successful firm? Is it because he is a VERY well connected Democrat working in the Swamp of Washington, D.C.?

President Trump started his tirade last night.

President Trump continued this morning.

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FBI Spy-Op Exposed, Trump Campaign Infiltrated By Longtime CIA And MI6 Asset

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Following two weeks of mounting speculation over the FBI’s so-called “mole” inside the Trump campaign, the New York Timesand Washington Post published separate accounts on Friday detailing the infiltration of the Trump campaign – a scheme revealed in a Wednesday report by the New York Times in which “at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos.” The Wednesday report also disclosed the existence of “Operation Crossfire Hurricane” – the FBI’s code name for their early Trump-Russia investigation.

Thanks to Friday’s carefully crafted deep-state disclosures by WaPo and the Times, along with actual reporting by the Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross, we now know it wasn’t a mole at all – but 73-year-old University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, a US citizen, political veteran and longtime US Intelligence asset enlisted by the FBI to befriend and spy on three members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 US election.

“It’s Over” – Biggest ‘Russiagate’ Cheerleaders Start Covering Their Tracks

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The best evidence that Russia-gate is sinking beneath the waves is the way those pushing the pseudo-scandal are now busily covering their tracks. 

The Guardian complains that “as the inquiry has expanded and dominated the news agenda over the last year, the real issues of people’s lives are in danger of being drowned out by obsessive cable television coverage of the Russia investigation” – as if The Guardian‘s own coverage hasn’t been every bit as obsessive as anything CNN has come up with.

The Washington Postsecond to none when it comes to painting Putin as a real-life Lord Voldemort, now says that Special counsel Robert Mueller “faces a particular challenge maintaining the confidence of the citizenry” as his investigation enters its second year – although it’s sticking to its guns that the problem is not the inquiry itself, but “the regular attacks he faces from President Trump, who has decried the probe as a ‘witch hunt.'”