Daily Archives: June 3, 2018

June 3: Searching for Justice

2 Chronicles 6:12–8:18; Titus 1:10–16; Psalm 94:1–23

“Do you favor justice or mercy?” Trick question. Both responses are technically incorrect: God’s ways require mercy and justice. Mercy cannot be fully known without perfect justice, and justice without mercy is harsh and graceless.

God’s mercy is a regular topic in Christian communities, but we often shy away from discussing His justice. This leaves us on our own to confront the injustices we commit against Him and others, those committed against us, and our own unjust nature. Carrying out God’s justice feels scary because it requires making large-scale changes in our world. But we can’t carry out His justice if we act only from the right purpose—we must also act in His way.

The psalmist cries out for justice: “O Yahweh, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth. Rise up, O Judge of the earth.… They crush your people, O Yahweh; they oppress your inheritance. They kill widow and stranger, and they murder orphans while they say, ‘Yah does not see’ ” (Psa 94:1–2, 5–7).

In this plea, we see that the psalmist both understands God’s nature and realizes His capabilities. The psalmist exhorts Yahweh to act. In doing so, he cites injustices against those to whom God’s people were called to show mercy (e.g., Deut 14:29; 16:11–12; 24:19–20). The widow, orphan, and stranger are also those whom Yahweh cares for and advocates (e.g., Exod 22:22–24; Deut 10:18). Ultimately, the psalmist is reminding Yahweh of His role.

This request teaches us something fundamental about justice. Although the psalmist plays a role in the cause of justice, he is not the primary actor; Yahweh is. Justice is God’s work.

How can you harmonize your views of justice and mercy? How can you act more justly today?

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.

June 3 Being Quick to Hear

“This you know, my beloved brethren. But let every one be quick to hear” (James 1:19).

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Being quick to hear involves a proper attitude toward God’s Word.

It has been well said that either God’s Word will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from God’s Word. Apparently some of James’s readers were allowing sin to keep them from receiving the Word as they should. God was allowing them to experience various trials so their joy and spiritual endurance would increase, but they lacked wisdom and fell into temptation and sin. James called them back to the Word and to a godly perspective on their circumstances.

James 1:19 begins with the phrase “This you know,” which refers back to verse 18. They had experienced the power of the Word in salvation, and now James wants them to allow that Word to sanctify them. For that to occur, they must be “quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger” (v. 19).

Being “quick to hear” means you don’t disregard or fight against God’s Word. Instead, when trials or difficult decisions come your way, you ask God for wisdom and receive the counsel of His Word with a willingness to obey it. You’re not like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, whom Jesus described as “foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken” (Luke 24:25).

You should be “quick to hear” the Word because it provides nourishment for your spiritual life and is your weapon against all spiritual adversaries. It is the means by which you are strengthened and equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16–17). It delivers you from trials and temptations and engages you in communion with the living God. The Word should be your most welcome friend!

Be “quick to hear,” pursuing every opportunity to learn God’s truth. Let the testimony of the psalmist be yours: “O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day . … I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Thy word. … How sweet are Thy words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Ps. 119:97, 101, 103).

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for His precious Word and for the marvelous transforming work it accomplishes in you.

For Further Study: Read Psalm 19:1–14. ✧ What terms did the psalmist use to describe God’s Word? ✧ What benefits does the Word bring?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 167). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Pope Francis Is Handing Out EZ-Pass Coupons For Catholic Loved Ones To ‘Speed Their Way’ Through Purgatory — Now The End Begins

Participants attending the World Meeting of Families in August can be forgiven their sins or help a Catholic relative speed their way through purgatory.

“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:3,4 (KJV)

Like the character of Nick the Bartender in the Christmas classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life‘, leader of the Catholic religion Pope Francis is ‘giving out wings‘ at the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August of this year. And the ‘wings’ to ‘speed through purgatory’ being given out by the pope are every bit as meaningless and worthless as were the ‘wings’ from Nick the Bartender.

Pope Francis has granted a “plenary indulgence’ for those taking part in the WMOF this year, the BBC reported today. In Catholic doctrine an indulgence frees you from being punished for your previously committed sins or it can be passed on to dead relatives to shorten their time in purgatory. Even those following events on TV and radio can achieve a partial indulgence as long as they recite the Our Father, the Creed and other devout prayers.

Memo to Pope Francis: Better pull up your skirt, your con game is showing.

Paying real money to get out of the imaginary purgatory has been the Vatican’s most profitable hoax

Purgatory, unlike Hell, is an imaginary place that exists nowhere but in the fanciful imaginations of the Roman Catholic harlot. But the Vatican did indeed add this blasphemous lie to their lineup of blasphemous doctrine around the 11th century AD. What exactly is the Catholic doctrine of purgatory, you ask? Let’s let the folks over at CatholicAnswers.com give us the lowdown, don’t want to ‘misquote’ what they teach. But suffice to say, the con game goes like this:

FROM CATHOLIC ANSWERS: The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven,” which is experienced by those “who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified” (CCC 1030). It notes that “this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned” (CCC 1031).  The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still be many impurities in us, specifically venial sins and the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven. source

Now, please turn in your King James Bible and let’s look at the doctrine of purgatory. Umm…no, you’ll not find it in either Testament for it exists only in the teachings of the ‘early church fathers’ in a piece of trash known as the unbiblical Apocrypha. But purgatory exists no where in the Bible.

“As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, The soul from Purgatory springs.’Johann Tetzel

Now after they invented this lie in the 11th century, they dropped the ‘other shoe’ and told Catholics that if your loved one has died and is in Purgatory, the only way to get them out was to have ‘special masses’ said for them. Of course, having a ‘special mass’ said does not come cheap, so the family of the purgatizing loved one had to pony up big bucks, or their homes, or give away their land to the Vatican. Basically, anything of financial value was bartered in exchange for the magical ‘special mass’ to be said.

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Talk about a ponzi scheme, talk about a con game! But seriously, brethren, when you refuse to believe the Bible, you will believe just about anything else. Even doctrine that sounds like it was crafted by old PT Barnum himself.

Now you know where the Vatican billions came from, and how the Vatican grew to be the wealthiest corporation on the face of the earth. But I digress, let’s get back to what the pope will be doing at the WMOF in August.

Pope Francis will be handing out these ‘express line’ tickets for Catholic loved ones in Purgatory, in exchange for ‘climbing Ireland’s holy mountain and pray in the chapel at the top’, ‘pray for the dead on specially-arranged dates’, visiting approved shrines and statues’, and of course, by putting a nice, sizable offering into the collection plate.

The Bible refers to the Catholic Church as MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And so she is. The Bible also has a message of warning to all the followers of the Vatican counterfeit, disregard it at your own eternal peril.

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”Revelation 18:4 (KJV)

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Report: Dozens of FBI Agents Admit Agency Corrupted Hillary Probe, Considering Legal Action

Being subpoenaed to appear in front of a judge is something most people want to actively avoid, but a report regarding the Obama-era FBI suggests dozens of agents want to have their day in court to expose government corruption.

During Sean Hannity’s Fox News program Friday, the conservative host said he has learned that more than two dozen FBI agents want to be subpoenaed in order to testify about widespread abuses and political bias that occurred at the bureau during the Hillary Clinton email scandal.

“We have an (Inspector General) report coming out, and I’m told as many as 28 people that have knowledge of the Clinton email server scandal want to be subpoenaed so they can tell the story of corruption at the highest levels of the bureau at that they love,” Hannity said.

It appears that Hannity isn’t the only one who sees a major rift between top-level FBI figures, like former Director James Comey, and the hardworking agents who want to see justice served.

Source: Report: Dozens of FBI Agents Admit Agency Corrupted Hillary Probe, Considering Legal Action

American Bible Society to Require Church Attendance, Certain Beliefs about LGBT

One of the oldest nonprofit organizations dedicated to distributing Bibles around the world will soon require all employees to adhere to orthodox Christian beliefs and heed a conservative code of sexual ethics.

Source: American Bible Society to Require Church Attendance, Certain Beliefs about LGBT

FBI Spying On Trump Started In London, Earlier Than Thought…

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News Link • FBI https://www.zerohedge.com, By Tyler Durden

A new report from John Solomon of The Hill ties together several loose threads floating around over the genesis of the FBI/DOJ espionage operation against the Trump campaign, who was involved in the “setup” of campaign aides, and how text messages between FBI employees suggest that the Obama White House was not only aware of the operation – but possibly directing it.

Not only is the timeline moved up from the summer of 2016 to spring, Solomon provides clarification on early contacts between the players involved in  DOJ/FBI sting and Trump campaign aides.

The bridge to the Russia investigation wasn’t erected in Moscow during the summer of the 2016 election.

It originated earlier, 1,700 miles away in London, where foreign figures contacted Trump campaign advisers and provided the FBI with hearsay allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, bureau documents and interviews of government insiders reveal. These contacts in spring 2016 — some from trusted intelligence sources, others from Hillary Clinton supporters — occurred well before FBI headquarters authorized an official counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016.

The new timeline makes one wonder: Did the FBI follow its rules governing informants? –The Hill

Here We Go: Homosexual Conference Accused of Pushing LGBT Agenda on Churches

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An LGBT Christian conference scheduled to be held this summer has been accused by some of pushing an LGBT agenda on conservative evangelical churches.

Known as the Revoice Conference, the multiday event is scheduled for July 26–28 at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri, with hundreds expected to attend.

The Conference’s stated mission is to engage in “Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality.”

Revoice has already garnered criticism from some for what is perceived to be an effort to advance an LGBT agenda in churches at the expense of sound Christian teaching.

Stephen Black, executive director of First Stone Ministries, an organization that seeks to help people with what the group calls “sexual brokenness,” is one of the critics.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Black said he took issue with Revoice’s mission statement because he believed the conference was seeking “to manipulate the Church to embrace LGBT+ people as a victimized minority group instead of a group of Christians only.”

Specifically, Black is opposed to the positions that sexual orientation is a fixed identity, that the term “sexual minorities,” which applies to a group identity, should be allowed in Christianity, and that people can be both gay and Christian.

“In viewing the website and workshop descriptions, Revoice promotes their need to bring all things LGBT+ into the Church for complete acceptance as legitimate identities to be embraced. They communicate that a person’s sexual orientation is a fixed nature of human beings,” said Black.

“I completely disagree with this ideology as it is not biblical. A true Christian identity is man and woman, male and female, and found in Christ alone, not in an unclean term of sexual brokenness.”

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Source: Christian Post

Source: Here We Go: Homosexual Conference Accused of Pushing LGBT Agenda on Churches

A Corporate Pilate Tells the Truth About Jesse Duplantis (and Kenneth Copeland) — Messed Up Church – Pirate Christian Media

Jesse Duplantis and Kenneth Copeland are two of the biggest Word of Faith teachers in the world. They both expect their gullible followers to buy them numerous private jets “for the Lord.”

Here’s a very informative video from a lifelong corporate jet pilot who tells the unvarnished truth about these clowns:

Here are some other related articles/videos/podcasts:

Jesse Duplantis Wants You to Buy Him a $54 Million Falcon 7X Private Jet

Ken Copeland: God Gave Us Private Jets Because You Can’t Talk to God in Coach

Word of Faith Superstar Kenneth Copeland Proven 100% WRONG (and Nobody Cares)

SHOCKING REVELATION! Adam Smarter than God, Asserts Jesse Duplantis

Jesse Duplantis’ Disgusting Duplicity

via A Corporate Pilate Tells the Truth About Jesse Duplantis (and Kenneth Copeland) — Messed Up Church – Pirate Christian Media