Daily Archives: June 9, 2018

Justitification and original sin

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. Romans 5:12-14 (NASB) 

I am a Monergist, that is, I firmly believe that our salvation is God’s work from beginning to end, totally undeserved by all. There is not one person derserves it nor can they do anthing to earn it because of the fall of man from Gensis 3, therefore, it is a gracious gift from God and, these things being Biblically true, those who hold to them…

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June 9: When God Doesn’t Act

2 Chronicles 21:1–23:21; 1 John 1:1–4; Psalm 102:1–28

“When Jehoram ascended to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself and murdered all his brothers with the sword, and even some of the princes of Israel.… And he did evil in the sight of Yahweh. But Yahweh was not willing to destroy the house of David on account of the covenant that he had made with David and since he had promised to give a lamp to him and to his descendants forever” (2 Chr 21:4, 6–7).

Biblical stories like this teach us not only about God’s actions, but also about His decisions not to act. It must have been difficult for those suffering under Jehoram’s ruthless reign to understand why God would allow him to stay in power over them, His people. Yet God knew there was something even larger at stake: long-term, righteous reign over His people—and salvation itself. The people’s suffering could not outweigh the importance of preserving the line of David, which held the hope of God’s people. Salvation comes through David’s line, as Jesus, the great Savior of the world, is David’s heir (Matt 1:1).

Eventually, John the evangelist was able to testify, “What was from the beginning [and thus existed even during the times of suffering we endured], what we have heard [being all that has been promised], what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched [because John actually knew Jesus and met Him in His resurrected form], concerning the word of life [being Jesus—God as both His Word and as His personhood].… [Now] our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:1, 3). John saw the day when God would ultimately lift the suffering of His people and place it on His Son so that His Son could die as the ultimate sufferer for us (compare Isa 53:10–12; Psa 22).

God does not cause suffering, but there are moments when—as much as it hurts Him—He allows it. If He has a saving act at work among us in the midst of these moments, they’re worth it. God will always make good on His promises, and He will always far exceed our expectations.

What do you think can be accomplished through your current sufferings? Is there a hurting person in your life you could come alongside to offer them the hope of Christ?

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 9 Avoiding Spiritual Delusion

“Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (James 1:22).


It’s a delusion to think you can hear God’s Word, then disobey it without cost.

Matthew 7:21–23 records the tragic results of spiritual delusion. Jesus says, “Not every one who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father, who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”

Jesus made a clear distinction between those who merely claim to be Christians and those who truly are. The difference is, true believers do the will of the Father. In the words of James, they are doers of the Word, not merely hearers who delude themselves.

“Hearers” in James 1:22 translates a Greek word that speaks of auditing a class. Auditing students attend class and listen to the instructor but don’t do any work. Consequently, they don’t receive credit for the course. The phrase “delude themselves” speaks of being victimized by one’s own faulty reasoning.

People who listen to God’s Word but never obey it are spiritual auditors who delude themselves by thinking that hearing the Word is all God requires of them. Unfortunately, many churches are full of such people. They attend services and hear the sermons, but their lives never seem to change. They’re content to hear the Word but never apply it. Like those whom Jesus condemned in Matthew 7, they’ve chosen religious activities over true faith in Christ.

How tragic to think you’re saved, only to hear, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matt. 7:23). That will never happen if you’re a doer of the Word.


Suggestions for Prayer:  Take advantage of every opportunity to respond to the Word in specific ways. Ask God for His grace to keep you faithful to that goal.

For Further Study: Read Matthew 7:13–29. ✧ How did Jesus describe false prophets? ✧ How can you discern a false from a true prophet? ✧ To what did Jesus liken those who hear His words and act on them? Why?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 173). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Christian feminism coming home to roost: Retrospective from 6 years ago

The End Time

Today in evangelical circles we are dealing with an unthinkable situation: serious discussions of the possibility of a female President of the Southern Baptist Convention, and it’s Beth Moore of all people. I don’t think it will actually happen, but the trail has been blazed. The tweets have been sent. News articles have been written. The discussions have been significant. The possibility has been raised and not rejected. Next time the discussions will go further. That is the nature of sin.

We are reading news articles like this:
The Case for Electing Beth Moore President of the SBC

and seeing tweets like this:

russell moore

And we wonder, how did we get here? Slowly, incrementally, just as all sin happens. Sin has been tolerated, and once the camel has his nose under the tent, soon he enters fully.

Back in 2012 I wrote about how this creeping feminism would affect and harm…

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George Soros is Now Whining: “Everything That Could Go Wrong – Has Gone Wrong”

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Though the years, I have written numerous articles about George Soros.  I have called him the most evil man on our planet.

In a mini tantrum, Soros is now whining and saying these words:

“What Could go wrong, has gone wrong.”  Are we to believe him? Or is it a ploy to catch us off balance?   I’m not quite sure.

Soros’s dream of the One World Government coming to fruition in his lifetime was interrupted  by the election of Donald Trump.  Soros counted on a Hillary victory.

I will place my articles about this man for those who have not read them:

George Soros: The EU Must Regulate the Social Media to Crush Populism

ISIS, Antifa, George Soros and Hitler

George Soros, A College Student, A College Professor and Political Correctness Gone Wild

The People of Europe Rise up Against George Soros

The Beginning of the End for George…

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Democratic Party Accused of Illegally Funneling Millions of Dollars to Clinton Campaign

State parties may or may not have had a role in the plan – because all the transfers were made by the Clinton campaign or DNC.

Up to 40 state Democratic Party operations may have colluded with the Clinton campaign in the most recent presidential election to attempt an end run around campaign finance laws, according to a new lawsuit. As a result, up to $84 million may have been funneled to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign,

— Read on www.westernjournal.com/funneling-millions-clinton-campaign/amp/


That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Ephesians 3:19

Why should a Christian “settle down” as soon as he has come to know the Lord?

I blame faulty exposition of the New Testament for stopping many Christians dead in their tracks, causing them to shrug off any suggestion that there is still spiritual advance and progress beckoning them on.

It is the position of some would-be teachers that everyone who comes into the kingdom of God by faith immediately obtains all there is of God’s spiritual provision.

I believe that such a teaching is as deadly as cyanide to the individual Christian life. It kills all hope of spiritual advance and causes many believers to adopt what I call “the creed of contentment.”

I am sure you agree with me that there is always real joy in the heart of the person who has become a child of God. Sound teaching of the Word will then hold out the goal of moving forward, emulating the Apostle Paul’s desire to become a special kind of Christian!

Lord, there are several areas in my spiritual life in which I would like to move forward. Guide me in this process through Your Word and through Your Church.[1]

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

Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 06/09/2018

Convicted Felon and Admitted Pedophile Running for Congress Wants to Legalize Incest   Jun 05, 2018 08:12 am
CATLETT, Va. (WUSA9) — A Northern Virginia candidate running for Congress has some shocking, and dangerous views about children and women. Nathan Larson, an accountant who lives in Fauquier County, thinks it’s okay for adults to have sex with children. He is running as an Independent for Virginia’s 10 Congressional District. And he wants to make it…

Teacher Fighting for Job After Refusing District’s Demands to Call Students by ‘Transgender’ Names   Jun 06, 2018 01:27 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (USA Today) — A teacher is fighting for his job after he says the district forced him to resign over its so-called transgender student policy. John Kluge, the former orchestra teacher at Brownsburg High School in Indiana, said the school district’s requirement that teachers call transgender students by their preferred names, rather than those given…

Supreme Court Rules for Colorado Baker Who Refused to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cake   Jun 04, 2018 11:32 am

WASHINGTON — While not completely solving the issue at large, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who was at the center of a case involving his right to decline to decorate cakes for events such as same-sex celebrations when doing so would violate his religious convictions, finding that he was wrongfully subjected to hostility by…

Supreme Court Throws Out Immigrant Teen Abortion Ruling as Moot as Baby No Longer Alive   Jun 04, 2018 01:27 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling that let a pregnant illegal immigrant minor held in federal immigration custody to obtain an abortion last year at age 17 over the objections of President Donald Trump’s administration. The action by the justices provided a legal victory to Trump’s administration even…

Appeals Court Rejects Atheist’s Attempt to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From American Currency   Jun 04, 2018 10:55 am

CINCINNATI, Ohio — A federal appeals court has rejected an atheist’s continued attempts to have the motto “In God We Trust” removed from American currency, concluding that the printed phrase is not compelled speech and agreeing with a lower court ruling that the complainants in the case have ample alternatives to cash if the motto bothers them that…

Pew Research Shows Most Nominal ‘Christians’ in Western Europe Do Not Practice Their Profession   Jun 04, 2018 07:54 am

(Evangelical Focus) — Most self-identified Christians in Western Europe do not practice their profession. This is one of the main conclusions of the newest Pew Research report on religion entitled “Being Christian in Western Europe.” According to the research conducted in 15 European countries, about 18% of the population are church-attending Christians. 46%…

Ministry Sends Shipping Container of Bibles, Books to Zambia, Belize   Jun 04, 2018 09:40 am

Photo Credit: Mission Cry (Mission News Network) — Mission Cry just sent one shipping container to Belize and another to Zambia. But what makes these massive crates so special? “Those are filled with about a half million dollars worth of used Bibles and Christian books ranging anywhere from Bibles to seminary books by Christian authors for Christian…

RenewAmerica Newsletter for 06/08/2018

June 7, 2018
WES VERNON — In this century, as our nation appears on the verge of a (mostly so far) non-shooting civil war brought about by cultural battles and an attempt to overthrow a sitting president, Americans wonder: How did we get into this mess? It’s axiomatic that one of the best ways to find one’s way out of a bad predicament is to understand how we got there in the first place. Herewith comes an information-loaded analysis titled Betrayal At Bethesda…. (more)

June 6, 2018
SIENA HOEFLING — It was a decision that tossed a crumb to religious liberty with one hand, while it took the whole cake away with the other. The “cake-baker case,” properly called Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, convinced conservatives they had won a battle in the culture war…. (more)

June 6, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — I must respectfully disagree with the editors regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop. Professor Steve Vladek is right: The decision is “remarkably narrow.” One cannot help but be struck by the majority’s reticence from the outset: “Whatever the outcome of some future controversy involving facts similar to these, the Commission’s actions here violated the Free Exercise Clause.” Mind you, this is from the pen of Anthony Kennedy, a judicial supremacist who ordinarily interrupts his liberty bender only to scold the People – – formerly known as the sovereign – – to pipe down and quit grousing once the Robed Nine have spoken…. (more)

June 6, 2018

NEWSMAX — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators are reportedly asking witnesses to turn over their personal phones so agents can examine private conversations on messaging programs like WhatsApp, Confide, Signal, and Dust. Fearing a subpoena, the witnesses have complied with the request, CNBC reported, citing unnamed sources…. (more)

June 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow predicts that the U.S. economy, the fastest growing among industrialized nations, is on the path to even greater prosperity under President Donald Trump. “The United States now has the fastest growing economy in the world, according to the OECD, or at least the fasting growing economy among the industrialized nations,” Kudlow told reporters at a White House press conference…. (more)

June 6, 2018
And Congress says? ‘No. Nothing. No response. That’s what’s stunning’
GREG COROMBOS — Social Security and Medicare are on the path to insolvency sooner than previously thought, and Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., is frustrated that Congress won’t act to stave off fiscal disaster when the solution seems obvious to him…. (more)

June 6, 2018

NATIONAL REVIEW — The Obama administration helped Iran utilize sanctioned oil revenue stranded in a foreign bank account in 2016 while actively misleading Congress about the cooperation, according to the results of a Republican led Senate investigation released Wednesday night…. (more)

June 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — New York billionaire George Soros and other wealthy donors appeared to come up short in California’s primary races Tuesday, as voters appeared to reject liberal candidates they backed in three local races for district attorney…. (more)

June 6, 2018
Town would have no problem with a library or museum
WORLDNETDAILY — A city has banned a Christian church and now is facing a court fight over its decisions. The action was filed this week by the Alliance Defending Freedom over the action by the city of Monroe, North Carolina, to not allow a church to have worship services at its newly rented and renovated building. That’s even though another church had been in that space previously…. (more)

June 6, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Watchdog groups say the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in China is at its most intense since the Cultural Revolution, as churches are shuttered, Bibles confiscated and believers arrested at rates not seen in decades…. (more)

June 6, 2018

NEWSMAX — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., suited up and returned to the baseball field – – a year after he was seriously wounded while practicing for a congressional charity baseball game, CBS News is reporting…. (more)

June 6, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Thursday marks the beginning of a pivotal 72 hours in the nation’s capital for the Faith & Freedom Coalition, the 1.8 million-member grass-roots nonprofit that will stage its annual “Road to Majority” gathering. The three-day event features a startling number of lawmakers and power players, including coalition chairman Ralph Reed and Vice President Mike Pence – – the keynote speaker for a Saturday night “Patriot’s Gala” at a historic hotel north of the White House…. (more)

June 6, 2018

CNBC — Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China’s government, the social media company said on Tuesday…. (more)

June 5, 2018

NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Tuesday announced a new website, titled “Promises Kept,” where voters can log on and see “each and every promise” the president has made in his tenure so far…. (more)

June 5, 2018

NEWSMAX — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is seeking immunity from the Senate Judiciary Committee for his upcoming testimony on the Hillary Clinton email probe, CNN reported Tuesday…. (more)

June 5, 2018

NEWSMAX — A shocking new book has torn away the curtain from the secret, subversive “Deep State” and exposed the plotting and tactics of those trying to destroy the Trump Presidency. “The Plot to Destroy Trump: How the Deep State Fabricated the Russian Dossier to Subvert the President,” written by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, CEO of The Roosevelt Group, with a forward by leading Republican political consultant Roger Stone, is a hard-hitting book that rips the lid off of how the Deep State tried to use a phony dossier to spy on Donald Trump’s campaign, smear him and block his election…. (more)

June 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Veteran Democrat political operative Patrick Caddell finds the idea that the FBI had informants and electronic surveillance operating within the Trump campaign is “incredible and unheard of and frightening.” He also said the actions of the Justice Department would have been noted int he articles of impeachment if they had occurred under Richard Nixon…. (more)

June 5, 2018

WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump campaign unveiled Tuesday night an online platform to chronicle President Trump’s accomplishments and “counter the errors” of the mainstream media. Campaign manager Brad Parscale said the web site, PromisesKept.com, will serve to tell a different story from the mainstream media “which distort, underreport, and lie about the president’s remarkable record since taking office.”… (more)

June 5, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — MSNBC host Chris Matthews said on Tuesday’s Morning Joe that the Democratic party’s level of elitism is “outrageous.” “There’s too many elitists. There is so much elitism in the Democrat party, it’s so outrageous,” Matthews said. “Too many galas. People are tired of it.”… (more)

June 5, 2018
PHILIP KLEIN — The U.S. is now closer to the insolvency of the Social Security than to the attacks of Sept. 11. Trustees for the retirement and disability program revealed on Tuesday that Social Security will no longer be able to meet its obligations to beneficiaries starting in in 2034, or 16 years from now – – which is less time than has elapsed since terrorists slammed airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001…. (more)

June 4, 2018
ALAN KEYES — In an article last week, I lament the ongoing elitist faction assault on the presidency. To write it, I revisited, as I often do, good arguments from America’s founding generation. Its leading lights often proved to be deeply thoughtful individuals. This thoughtfulness showed itself in a reliable “reverence for the laws…inculcated by the voice of enlightened reason” (James Madison, Federalist 49)…. (more)

June 4, 2018

NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE — Disability rights activist Karen Gaffney has swum the English Channel, holds an honorary doctorate, and is a nationally acclaimed speaker. In short, Karen, who has Down syndrome, has an amazing list of accomplishments on her resume…. (more)

June 4, 2018

THE HILL — A Democratic congressman hammered Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, following a report that the company is sharing large amounts of its users’ data with other companies. “Sure looks like Zuckerberg lied to Congress about whether users have ‘complete control’ over who sees our data on Facebook,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) tweeted on Sunday…. (more)

June 4, 2018
In 7-2 decision, Supremes scold Colorado for hostility to ‘deep and sincere religious beliefs’

BOB UNRUH — The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled in favor of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to lend his artistry to a wedding cake for a same-sex duo, scolding state officials for violating the U.S. Constitution by showing hostility to religion…. (more)

June 4, 2018
EDITORS OF NATIONAL REVIEW — The word of the day, according to the media, is “narrow.” Describing the Supreme Court’s 7–2 holding that the state of Colorado violated baker Jack Phillips’s right to free exercise of religion by ruling that he violated the state’s public-accommodation law when he refused to bake a custom cake for a gay wedding, the New York Times said that the majority “relied on narrow grounds.” CNN legal analyst Steve Vladeck called the decision “remarkably narrow.” NPR’s Nina Totenberg wrote a story headlined “In Narrow Decision, Supreme Court Decides In Favor Of Baker Over Same-Sex Couple.”… (more)