Daily Archives: June 20, 2018

The Leftwing Liberal Media is Seriously Making You Stupid

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

“Did she say stupid?   Uh…….YES she did.

Definition of “Stupid”



Having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense.

Ever since November of 2016, ALL I hear from the Liberal is HATE-filled garbage about Donald Trump.  They call him a fascist.  The call him a nazi. They call him crazy.
And ever since November of 2016, the headline news on Leftist media is all about Russia, Russia and more Russia; and the deeper they dig into their fantasies, the more people are getting in trouble on their side!  Why?
Because they are STUPID.
Let’s take a look at what President Trump has accomplished in less than two years:
  •  American Economy is Booming
  •  Jobless rate is the Lowest in decades
  •  First President to Meet with Kim Jong-un to discuss denuclearization
  • Trump is addressing Attacks on Freedom of Religion
  •  Trump is Pro-Israel and declared Jerusalem its…

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June 20, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

1Discipline, its acceptance. Those who are wise listen to instruction and respond properly to discipline. Driver (“Hebrew Notes on Prophets and Proverbs,” 174) suggests the reading meyussār, “allows himself to be disciplined.” The point of this antithetical saying is teachability. The “scorner” (lēṣ; “mocker,” NIV; GK 4370) is the highest level of a fool. He has no respect for authority, reviles religion, and because he thinks that he knows what is best, is not teachable (Whybray, 77). The use of geʿārâ (“rebuke”) shows that the mocker does not respond to any level of discipline.[1]

13:1 / Antithetic. Literally, verse la exhibits juxtaposition: “a wise son—a father’s discipline” (see the Additional Notes). In any case, the emphasis is on docility and openness to learning.[2]

13:1 Both in physical and spiritual development, there is a normal process of development. A baby, for instance, must crawl before he walks or talks. In the spiritual realm, a convert must listen and learn before he launches forth in service. A wise son submits to the discipline of instruction. The scoffer won’t have it; he thinks he has all the answers, and refuses to be corrected.[3]

13:1 Introduction. V 1 is a similar opening to those of previous sections, implicitly urging the hearers to attend to the wisdom of this chapter (cf. 10:1). It does not go on, however, in the style of the earlier introductions. As we move through the chapters, righteousness and wickedness decrease in prominence and in this chapter God’s involvement quite disappears, though it becomes increasingly prominent in the chapters that follow. The focus here is thus on wisdom itself (see vs 13–20).[4]

13:1 A wise son listens to instruction (10:1, 17) and is better off than the scoffer—the worst kind of fool (Ps. 1:1). Some fools are naive and inexperienced, but open to suggestions; sometimes even those established in folly may rethink their position. But scoffers laugh at righteousness. Such people are impervious to rebuke.[5]

13:1. Verses 1–3 each refer to talking. A wise son (cf. 10:1) is receptive to parental instruction (cf. comments on 12:1). The word heeds, though not in the Hebrew, is implied. The opposite of a wise, teachable son is a mocker (cf. 14:6; 15:12; 17:5; 19:29; 21:11; 22:10; 24:9; 30:17) who refuses to listen to and profit from a rebuke (see comments on 1:23).[6]

[1] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 126). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Murphy, R. E., & Carm, O. (2012). Proverbs. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (p. 64). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 821). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Goldingay, J. E. (1994). Proverbs. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 596). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 757). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] Buzzell, S. S. (1985). Proverbs. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 932). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

MTV Apologizes For Briefly Airing Something Other Than Mindless Trash — The Babylon Bee

NEW YORK, NY—A spokesperson for MTV has finally apologized after the cable channel aired Chris Pratt’s brief acceptance speech at the MTV Movie & TV Awards earlier this week, stating that the content of his address was not totally vapid, mindless trash, and as such wasn’t in line with the network’s usual programming standards and…

via MTV Apologizes For Briefly Airing Something Other Than Mindless Trash — The Babylon Bee

A modest proposal for dealing with illegal immigrants at the border


Net annual cost of illegal immigration Net annual cost of illegal immigration: 116 billion per year (Source: FAIR)

I want to write about Christian apologetics and moral issues, but all the news is about illegal immigration. So I feel that I must address some of the endless stream of lies and misrepresentations of the problem coming from the mainstream media.

Here is a helpful article from the Daily Signal that corrects four of the myths:

During the White House press briefing Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said: “This is a very serious issue that has resulted after years and years of Congress not taking action.”

Here’s a look at four of the more questionable claims made about the enforcement action.

“The Democrats forced that law upon our nation,” Trump asserted last week.

Democrats, backed by some media commentators, counter that it’s not the law but a Trump administration policy.

Actually, experts say, the situation is…

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Helping America’s Children — The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

Countless Americans are expressing outrage at the separation of almost 2,000 children from their parents who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in a recent six-week period. Leading Republicans have joined the chorus of Democrats who are denouncing this policy. Columnist Ross Douthat labeled the policy “the wickedest thing the Trump administration has done so far.” Former first lady Laura Bush, writing in The Washington Post, compared the policy to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, calling it cruel, immoral, and heart-breaking. Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine declared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the policy is “traumatizing to the children, who are innocent victims” and contrary to American values.

The American Psychological Association lambasted the policy as “needless and cruel” and a threat to “the mental and physical health of both the children and their caregivers.” “The longer that children and parents are separated,” the APA asserted, “the greater the reported symptoms of anxiety and depression for the children. Negative outcomes for children include psychological distress, academic difficulties and disruptions in their development.”

The Trump administration has argued that it is simply enforcing the law. Trump tweeted that the Democrats’ “horrible and cruel legislative agenda” is to blame for separating children from their parents. White House chief of staff John Kelly insists that this policy will help deter families from trying to cross the border illegally and that the children will be placed in foster care. Congress will vote on two immigration bills this week that can clarify and hopefully rectify this situation.

While many Americans are outraged about this situation and sometimes about other events and government policies that harm children, we are doing little to remedy the larger problem of the millions of children in our country who are suffering because of inadequate parenting, nutrition, healthcare, and education.

One of out of five children in America lives below the poverty line. According to a recent UNICEF report, the child poverty rate in the U.S. is higher than 36 of the world’s 41 wealthiest countries.

Education is a key to success in life, but today almost 60 percent of all fourth and eighth grade public school students and more than 80 percent of African-American and nearly 75 percent of Latino children in those grades cannot read or compute at their grade level. This problem begins earlier. By age three, most children who grow up in poor families are substantially behind their middle- and upper-class peers in verbal and intellectual development, and the gap normally widens if they do not go to preschool. By age four, children in low-income families have typically heard 30 million fewer words than children in affluent families. Poor preschoolers are less likely than their wealthier peers to be able to identify letters, write their first names, or count to 20. By age five, a two-year achievement gap exists between many rich and poor children.

There are many things we can do through programs, churches, community organizations, and our individual actions to help our nation’s children. Consider a few examples. Former U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan contends that creating a national early education program focusing on birth to age five could “transform the life chances of children and strengthen families in important ways.”  Another remedy is to create more high-quality after-school programs to provide classes, tutoring, and help with homework to enable poor children to improve their school performance.

Reducing “summer slide” is also important. Because of their lack of books and intellectual enrichment at home, many low-income children regress during the summer. “Summer slide” typically accounts for two of the average three-year gap that exists between low- and high-income children by eighth grade. Creating summer camps to help improve children’s reading skills and prodding parents to teach their children during the summer is crucial.

Providing more role models, counselors, and big brothers and sisters for low-income children to help them deal with developmental, relational, and academic issues is also essential. Many businesses have created programs that enable current or retired employees to work in schools and mentor children. One organization that is doing excellent work is Communities in Schools. Founded in New York City in the 1970s, CIS currently works in 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Through this organization, thousands of Americans tutor children in reading and math and help them prepare to take standardized tests at the end of the school year.

Congregations can partner with one of the nation’s 45,000 public schools that has a high percentage of low-income students to supply food, tutor students, collect books, and hold literacy classes for parents. Ensuring that teenagers graduate from high school is critical. School dropouts are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested than high school graduates and eight times more likely to be incarcerated.

We can also give more generously to help children. If all American Christians gave 10 percent of their post-tax income to churches and charities, sociologists Christian Smith and Michael Emerson argue in their book “Passing the Plate,” they could accomplish “massive and unprecedented spiritual, social, cultural, and economic change.”  Sadly, however, surveys indicate that only 3 to 8 percent of Americans donate 10 percent or more of their income.

Hopefully, the separation of children from parents who have entered our country illegally will soon end. The bigger issue, however, is: Will we take action through government, houses of worship, and humanitarian organizations to end the larger tragedy of the millions of American children whose intellectual, physical, and emotional development is stunted, whose education is of poor quality and ends too early, and whose potential is not fully realized.

via Helping America’s Children — The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

Abnormal, Unnatural Trans Ideology Becoming the New Normal?

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

Celebrated by most media, by Hollywood, the National Education Association, People Magazine, and a vast number of other publications, transgender TV star and teen role model, Jazz Jennings is preparing to undergo what is being called, “gender confirmation surgery” next week on June 26. Jazz is a seventeen year-old male – and surgeons are creating female parts for him.

This is the wacky world kids are growing up in today, and activists are pushing to make it the new normal. In fact, things are quite upside down. For instance, I do believe that too many kids are obsessed with video games, but the World Health Organization now says being transgender is no longer a mental disorder – but playing video games is! Wow.

So with full support from his parents, Jazz Jennings started using hormone blockers at age 11 so he never went through puberty. The blocker was…

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Rush Limbaugh: Drive-By Media Bombarding Americans With ‘Manufactured Crises’ to Distract from IG Report, Robust Economy (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

The liberal media has been manufacturing crises ad-infinitum to divert the public’s attention away from the Trump administration’s tremendous achievements and the Democratic establishment’s corruption, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh warns.

While Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s damning report proves the FBI colluded with the Hillary campaign to exonerate her in the email investigation, Democrats are bombarding Americans with fabricated propaganda about Trump’s “heartless” immigration policy, which consists of the president enforcing the already established laws, Limbaugh explained Tuesday.

“We are smack dab in the middle of another manufactured media crisis about the supposed ‘Donald Trump, that purposely, wontedly, separates young families who are simply seeking a better life by crossing the border of the United States illegally,” he said. “Trump is the first president, in I don’t know how long, actually enforcing the law. That’s what has everybody so shocked. If you really want to do the humane thing, you stop them from coming, you tell them not to come and when they arrive you turn them away.”

Pro-amnesty Democrats, who are adamantly against building a wall along the US, Mexico border do not sincerely care about the welfare of unaccompanied illegal children or they would support legislation that secures the border and disincentives immigrants from entering the United States illegally, Limbaugh argued.

“If your heart is breaking and if it’s gut-wrenching — this whole idea of separating families — then what you must support is the denial of entry illegally into the country and the deportation. That’s the solution to the problem, don’t come, don’t show up and try to get into the country illegally right now because the president, his administration have made it plain, they are going to enforce the law.”

“The reason why all of this is happening is because these people are attempting to get in the country illegally,” he continued. “If you want to end the problem, if that is really what the objective is –  It isn’t by the way, all of these people wringing their hands and crying about separated families, they don’t care about that. That’s not what this is about. Because if it were there’s a simple way to stop it. Stop trying to get into the country illegally, knowingly.”

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen explained during the the White House briefing Monday that the vast majority children who are presently in the care of HHS, 10,000 of the 12,000, were sent here alone by their parents.

The United States government is not separating children from their families, Limbaugh noted, their parents are.

“All of these unaccompanied minors  – their parents force them out of the house in Guatamala, El Savador wherever, put them on the trains, put them on the bus and send them unaccompanied to the United States on a journey where they could be severely injured or killed. Nobody is separating these people in the United States, their own parents are separating themselves from their kids when they put them on this train, when they put them on the flatbeds, when the put them on the buses, or the mule backs or whatever else they are using to get them in.”

But Democrats and their accomplices in the media don’t care about the truth or the children because they are “manufacturing a crisis out of something that has been going on for years” to vilify Trump, distract from the IG report and the booming economy Trump has fostered, Limbaugh argued.

“Remember it used to be Stormy Daniels. The drive-bys were totally devoted to a porn star. They were converting a porn star into a credible spokeswoman against Donald Trump — where is that mouth trap lawyer of hers, Avenatti– done and been there, used up, spit out and moved on,” he said. ‘Remember, before that it was David ‘camera’ Hogg and the students at the school in Florida and they occupied a crisis involving guns, for how many weeks did that go on? At various stages it has been the Russian Trump collusion story. It’s just one manufactured crisis after another.”

“One of the reasons that this exists is to take the IG report off the table. To provide mechanisms whereby they don’t have to report on the great and robust economic news, or anything else positive regarding the Trump administration,” he continued. “They lost, they’re the losers in the last election. Their voters and their side represents a minority of thinking. And yet they get away with going on offense with this never ending accusatory journalism against us, Trump. Thank God for Donald Trump, not backing down at all. In fact, he is doubling down.”

via Rush Limbaugh: Drive-By Media Bombarding Americans With ‘Manufactured Crises’ to Distract from IG Report, Robust Economy (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

June 20 Of Dogs and Swine

Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.—Matt. 7:6

It is clear from this verse that Jesus doesn’t exclude every kind of judgment—here He commands a specific type. But to obey His command, you need to know who the dogs and swine represent.

In biblical times dogs were largely half-wild mongrels that acted as scavengers. They were dirty, greedy, snarling, and often vicious and diseased. No responsible Jew would ever throw to a dog a piece of holy meat that had been consecrated as a sacrifice in the temple. Since no man was allowed to eat this meat, how much less should it have been thrown to wild, filthy dogs.

Swine were considered by the Jews to be the epitome of uncleanness. Like the scavenging dogs, those swine were greedy, vicious, and filthy.

Dogs and swine represent those who, because of their great perversity and ungodliness, refuse to have anything to do with the holy and precious things of God except to trample them under their feet, turning and tearing God’s people to pieces.

Jesus’ point is that certain truths and blessings of our faith are not to be shared with people who are totally antagonistic to the things of God. Such people have no appreciation for what is holy and righteous. They will take that which is holy, the pearls of God’s Word, as foolishness and an insult. We need not waste God’s holy Word on those who both reject it and mock it.


What are some specific situations in your own daily experience where the wisdom of this statement really comes into play? What should you watch for in others to see whether they’re perhaps becoming receptive to Christ and His Word? Until then, what’s the best way to stay true to your faith in their presence?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 180). Chicago: Moody Publishers.


Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son: and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.


What God in His sovereignty may yet do on a worldscale I do not claim to know; but what He will do for the plain man or woman who seeks His face I believe I do know and can tell others.

Let any person turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days! Any man who by repentance and a sincere return to God will break himself out of the mold in which he has been held, and is willing to go to the Bible itself for his spiritual standards, will be delighted with what he finds there.

Let us say it again: The universal Presence is a fact.

God is here!

The whole universe is alive with God’s life, and He is no strange or foreign God, but the familiar Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose love has for these thousands of years enfolded the sinful race of men.

Always He is trying to get our attention, to reveal Himself to us, to communicate with us! We have within us the ability to know Him in increasing degree as our receptivity becomes more perfect by faith and love and practice.[1]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Former CNN, CBS journalist calls out media hypocrisy on Trump fact-checking | TheBlaze

Mainstream media outlets have devoted a great deal of energy and resources to fact-checking President Donald Trump since he took office in January 2016, but one journalist has compiled a long list of instances that media have gotten it wrong in their zeal to diminish Trump or his administration.

On her website, Sinclair television host Sharyl Attkisson compiled “50 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era,” in what she calls a definitive list. Attkisson has worked for CNN and CBS as a correspondent and an anchor at different times over the last 25 years.

“Politicians are often fact-challenged,” Attkisson wrote in her post. “But for us in the media— our whole business is in facts. And we’ve played too fast and loose with our own.”

What are examples of inaccurate coverage?

Attkisson’s list of the media’s errors in Trump coverage includes anonymously sourced stories that proved false, quotes taken outside of their full context, and blatantly incorrect information.

For example, when Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Dallas in April, numerous outlets jumped on the fact that guns were not allowed at the event, claiming the NRA was hypocritically enforcing a gun-free zone at its own meeting. In reality, the gun ban was required by the Secret Service.

I appreciate the AP correcting this. Thank you for this transparency. To be clear, guns are not banned. Secret Service assumes jurisdiction during their speeches only. https://t.co/eHpX4pednX

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 30, 2018

In May, in the midst of a heated debate about the treatment of illegal immigrants who are detained, journalists from the New York Times and CNN shared photos of caged immigrant children as if they were the result of Trump administration policies. However, the photos were actually from 2014, during former President Barack Obama’s administration.

Correction: this link, which was going around this morning, is from 2014. Still disturbing, of course, but only indirectly related to current situation. My bad (and a good reminder not to RT things while distracted w family on the weekend). https://t.co/zbM4I0woUF

— Jake Silverstein (@jakesilverstein) May 27, 2018

Attkisson also cited the report early in Trump’s term that he had removed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. Zeke Miller of Time was the first to report that, but it turns out he simply couldn’t see the bust because it was allegedly “obscured by an agent and the door.”

This writer’s perspective

Formally trained and educated journalists are taught to check their bias at the door before they begin to report a story. To the best of their ability, a reporter must put aside his or her opinions and research and observe the facts of a situation.

The worst thing a reporter can do is decide on a narrative and then seek evidence that fits within that narrative. That will only lead the reporter to miss or ignore any facts that contradict it.

This list of journalistic errors shows what can happen when reporters eagerly seek confirmation of their opinions rather than objective truth.

If you want Trump to be racist, you might be quick to tweet out that a bust of MLK has been removed without looking more carefully or asking someone about it. If you want Trump to be the source of all of America’s immigration problems, then you will assume that a photo of detained immigrant children must have been taken during his administration, and not the previous one.

Many journalists now decry the perceived war on media that Trump is waging. But the first thing they all need to do if they want that war to end is to stop giving him ammunition.
— Read on www.theblaze.com/news/2018/06/19/former-cnn-cbs-journalist-calls-out-media-hypocrisy-on-trump-fact-checking

4 Things The Media Won’t Tell You About The Border Crisis — The Federalist

The images and stories now being reported from the southern border—families torn apart, children crying for their parents, parents with no idea where their children are—are disturbing and heartbreaking

The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy has obviously created chaos along the border, tasking already overburdened federal agencies with the seemingly impossible job of taking into custody everyone—men, women, and children—caught crossing the border illegally. The number of children taken from their parents and placed in federal custody climbed to about 2,000 from April 19 through May 31, according to figures from the Department of Homeland Security. With border facilities overwhelmed, some teenagers are now being housed in temporary shelters outside El Paso.

But the reporting from the border has also been incomplete, misleading, and at times biased and emotionally overwrought. It’s no secret the mainstream media disagrees with Trump’s push to crack down on illegal immigration and tighten border security, but that shouldn’t excuse the lack of nuance and granularity in much of the reporting we’ve seen over the past week or so.

Illegal immigration and its attendant problems along the U.S.-Mexico border are vastly complex and defy easy solutions. With that in mind, here are four key aspects of the border crisis that the media has failed to report or adequately explain.

via 4 Things The Media Won’t Tell You About The Border Crisis — The Federalist

Coming to our Senses and Coming Home

Unfathomable Grace

My friends, what are we thinking? The sandals, robe, ring, and feast await. Let us come back to our home. Let us come back to our family. Let us come back to our position as sons. Let us come back to our Father. How much longer will we wander away from Dad and wallow in the mud with the swine? It is time for us to come back to our senses.

Luke 15:11–24     And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine…

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A Whopping ‘435% Increase’ in Families Entering US Illegally’: White House Unveils Shocking Immigration Stats | CBN.com

The Department of Homeland Security reports a 325 percent increase in “unaccompanied alien children” and a 435 percent increase in “family units” entering the country illegally.
— Read on www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2018/june/a-whopping-435-increase-in-families-entering-us-illegally-white-house-unveils-shocking-immigration-stats

June 20 God’s Standard

You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

Leviticus 11:45

The Christian life could be summed up in this one statement: be mimics, or imitators, of God. Jesus said, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matt. 5:48). The apostle Peter reiterated that high standard when he said, “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’”

The more you know God, the more you’ll under–stand who He wants you to be, so the primary pursuit of any believer is to know God (Phil. 3:10). That can be achieved only when we study God’s character as it is revealed in Scripture.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 189). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Wednesday Briefing June 20, 2018 – AlbertMohler.com

What exactly is a pregnant man? The Christian mandate of clarity in the wake of mass delusion

New York Times (Denise Grady) — A Family in Transition

Looking for the light that shines through even the deepest confusion

Too important to be excluded? Moral relativism on display as remains of Stephen Hawking interred in Westminster Abbey

New York Times (Stephen Castle) — Stephen Hawking Enters ‘Britain’s Valhalla,’ Where Space Is Tight
— Read on albertmohler.com/2018/06/20/briefing-6-20-18/

The Courage to Be Reformed — Ligonier Ministries Blog

When we come to grasp Reformed theology, it’s not only our understanding of salvation that changes, but our understanding of everything. It’s for this reason that when people wrestle through the rudimentary doctrines of Reformed theology and come to comprehend them, they often feel like they have been converted a second time. In fact, as many have admitted to me, the reality is that some have been converted for the very first time. It was through their examination of Reformed theology that they came face-to-face with the stark reality of their radical corruption and deadness in sin, God’s unconditional election of His own and condemnation of others, Christ’s actual accomplishment of redemption for His people, the Holy Spirit’s effectual grace, the reason they persevere by God’s preserving grace, and God’s covenantal way of working in all of history for His glory. When people realize that ultimately, they didn’t choose God, but He chose them, they naturally come to a point of humble admission of the amazing grace of God toward them. It’s only then, when we recognize what wretches we really are, that we can truly sing “Amazing Grace.” And that is precisely what Reformed theology does: it transforms us from the inside out and leads us to sing—it leads us to worship our sovereign and triune, gracious, and loving God in all of life, not just on Sundays but every day and in all of life. Reformed theology isn’t just a badge we wear when being Reformed is popular and cool, it’s a theology that we live and breathe, confess, and defend even when it’s under attack.

The Protestant Reformers of the sixteenth century, along with their fifteenth-century forerunners and their seventeenth-century descendants, did not teach and defend their doctrine because it was cool or popular, but because it was biblical, and they put their lives on the line for it. They were not only willing to die for the theology of Scripture, they were willing to live for it, to suffer for it, and to be considered fools for it. Make no mistake: the Reformers were bold and courageous not on account of their self-confidence and self-reliance but on account of the fact that they had been humbled by the gospel. They were courageous because they had been indwelled by the Holy Spirit and equipped to proclaim the light of truth in a dark age of lies. The truth they preached was not new; it was ancient. It was the doctrine of the martyrs, the fathers, the Apostles, and the patriarchs—it was the doctrine of God set forth in sacred Scripture.

The Reformers didn’t make up their theology; rather, their theology made them who they were. The theology of Scripture made them Reformers. For they did not set out to be Reformers, per se—they set out to be faithful to God and faithful to Scripture. Neither the solas of the Reformation nor the doctrines of grace (the five points of Calvinism) were invented by the Reformers, nor were they by any means the sum total of Reformation doctrine. Rather, they became underlying doctrinal premises that served to help the church of subsequent eras confess and defend what she believes. Even today there are many who think they embrace Reformed theology, but their Reformed theology only runs as deep as the solas of the Reformation and the doctrines of grace. What’s more, there are many who say they adhere to Reformed theology but do so without anyone knowing they are Reformed. Such “closet Calvinists” neither confess any of the historic Reformed confessions of the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries nor employ any distinctly Reformed theological language.

However, if we truly adhere to Reformed theology according to the historic Reformed confessions, we cannot help but be identified as Reformed. In truth, it’s impossible to remain a “closet Calvinist,” and it’s impossible to remain Reformed without anyone knowing it—it will inevitably come out. To be historically Reformed, one must adhere to a Reformed confession, and not only adhere to it but confess it, proclaim it, and defend it. Reformed theology is fundamentally a confessional theology.

Reformed theology is also an all-encompassing theology. It changes not only what we know, it changes how we know what we know. It not only changes our understanding of God, it changes our understanding of ourselves. Indeed, it not only changes our view of salvation, it changes how we worship, how we evangelize, how we raise our children, how we treat the church, how we pray, how we study Scripture—it changes how we live, move, and have our being. Reformed theology is not a theology that we can hide, and it is not a theology to which we can merely pay lip service. For that has been the habit of heretics and theological progressives throughout history. They claim to adhere to their Reformed confessions, but they never actually confess them. They claim to be Reformed only when they are on the defensive—when their progressive (albeit popular) theology is called into question, and, if they are pastors, only when their jobs are on the line. While theological liberals might be in churches and denominations that identify as “Reformed,” they are ashamed of such an identity and have come to believe that being known as “Reformed” is a stumbling block to some and an offense to others. Moreover, according to the historic, ordinary marks of the church—the pure preaching of the Word of God, prayer according to the Word of God, the right use of the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the consistent practice of church discipline—such “Reformed” churches are often not even true churches. Today, there are many laypeople and pastors who are in traditionally Reformed and Protestant churches and denominations who, along with their churches and denominations, left their Reformed moorings and rejected their confessions years ago.

Contrary to this trend, what we most need are men in the pulpit who have the courage to be Reformed—men who aren’t ashamed of the faith once delivered to the saints but who are ready to contend for it, not with lip service but with all their life and all their might. We need men in the pulpit who are bold and unwavering in their proclamation of the truth and who are at the same time gracious and compassionate. We need men who will preach the unvarnished truth of Reformed theology in season and out of season, not with a finger pointing in the face but with an arm around the shoulder. We need men who love the Reformed confessions precisely because they love the Lord our God and His unchanging, inspired, and authoritative Word. It’s only when we have men in the pulpit who have the courage to be Reformed that we will have people in the pew who grasp Reformed theology and its effects in all of life, so that we might love God more with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves. That is the theology that reformed the church in the sixteenth century, and that is the only theology that will bring reformation and revival in the twenty-first century. For in our day of radical progressive theological liberalism, the most radical thing we can be is orthodox according to our Reformed confessions, yet not with arrogance but with courage and compassion for the church and for the lost, all for the glory of God, and His glory alone.

This post was originally published in Tabletalk magazine.

via The Courage to Be Reformed — Ligonier Ministries Blog

June 20 Wednesday: A Love Better Than Life

By James Boice on Jun 20, 2018 12:00 am

About a thousand years after these words were written, David’s greater descendant Jesus Christ said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7). David did not know these specific words, of course. But he did know the reality of them since he elaborates this idea in the next section (vv. 2-8).

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June 20, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

43:1 Thus says the Lord emphasizes the Author of the prophecy and the certainty that it will be fulfilled (49:8; 50:1; 56:1). The words created and formed allude to the creation of the human race in Gen. 1; 2. The Hebrew verb translated created means “to fashion anew”—a divine activity, and is the same key word used in Gen. 1:1 (40:26; 41:20; 45:12, 18; 57:19; 65:17, 18). The second verb formed means “to shape,” to fashion as a potter, and is used in Gen. 2:7 of God fashioning the body of the man from the dust of the earth. The use of these verbs here suggests that the Lord’s creation of Israel as a people was as decisive an act as His creation of human beings at the beginning. In the same way, the NT describes Christians as new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:10). by your name: The Lord’s use of name demonstrates His intimate relationship with the Israelites. He had revealed His name to the people (Ex. 6:2–8) and declared their name to Pharaoh (Ex. 4:22).[1]

43:1 formed. The only explanation for the ongoing existence of the nation of Israel is God’s sovereign grace, which brought her into existence from nothing (cf. Dt 7:6–11) and sustains her. Since she was God’s creation, she could find comfort in knowing that no one or nothing can destroy her, not even her own wickedness (cf. 43:18–25; Ro 11:1, 2, 25–27). Jacob … Israel. This double designation (cf. Ge 32:28) for God’s chosen nation is used by Isaiah 21 times, 16 of them in chaps. 40–49 (9:8; 10:20; 14:1; 27:6; 29:23; 40:27; 41:8, 14; 42:24; 43:1, 22, 28; 44:1, 21, 23; 45:4; 46:3; 48:1, 12; 49:5, 6). This speaks of the Lord’s special attachment to Abraham’s physical seed. Do not fear. The Lord repeated His word, relieving Israel’s fear (35:4; 41:10, 13, 14; cf. 7:4). redeemed. God’s redemption of His people from exile is not to be complete until His Servant returns to reign over the faithful remnant in the land of Israel who have believed on Jesus Christ (cf. Zec 12:10–13:1; Ro 11:25–27; Rev 11:13). The limited return from Babylon only typified the final return. See note on 43:14.[2]

43:1 Fear not. Knowing what they deserve, the people should fear; but hearing of their Redeemer’s choice and promise, they should not fear. redeemed. See note on 41:14. you are mine. What defines them is not their guilty blindness (42:18–25) but the grace of the One who says, “You are mine” (cf. Ex. 6:7).[3]

43:1 he who created you, Jacob Yahweh is responsible for both Israel’s creation as living beings and their formation as a nation. Isaiah uses creation language to emphasize God’s power as Creator and His special attention to His chosen people.

I have redeemed you God already identified Himself as their Redeemer in 41:14. Now, He reminds them of the relationship between Redeemer and redeemed. The exiles have no reason to fear, because salvation is assured.

Compare Exod 6:6–7 where Yahweh similarly promises to redeem Israel and take them as His people.

I have called you by your name Isaiah’s speeches throughout this section emphasize Yahweh’s special choice of Israel (see Isa 41:8–9; 45:3–4).[4]

43:1 God claims Israel as His own on the basis of four factors: (1) creation, (2) formation, (3) redemption, and (4) naming, which according to Oriental custom signified ownership (cf. Rom. 8:29, note).[5]

43:1 Calling a person by name indicates a high level of familiarity. The phrase might even hint at the fact that God gave them their names, an act to indicate superiority and perhaps even ownership. God gave Israel its name when he changed the name of the patriarch Jacob to Israel (Gn 32:28). The intention of this pronouncement is expressed clearly at the start (Do not fear; see also 43:5). God informed his people about their coming deliverance to keep them from caving in to fear.[6]

[1] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 851). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Is 43:1). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (pp. 1317–1318). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Is 43:1). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Is 43:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Longman, T., III. (2017). Isaiah. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (pp. 1103–1104). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

Russiagaters aim high and miss again with fresh attempt to link RT to election interference campaign

Democratic lawmakers have finally managed to expose RT’s extensive efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election — by releasing a list of advertised tweets, most of which actually had nothing to do with the election.

Obviously, RT did everything it could to try and keep its nefarious campaign of interference under wraps, but the day of judgement is finally upon us.

In fairness to him, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), who is one of the leading Russiagate conspiracy theorists in Congress and the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, did his very best to make a mountain out of a molehill here, so let’s give credit where it is due.

Nonetheless, we have just a few little problems with his approach.
— Read on www.rt.com/usa/430246-democrats-rt-promoted-tweets/amp/

Border Patrol Agent Sets CNN Anchor Straight on Deadly Horrors Parents Put Their Migrant Kids Through — The Gateway Pundit

Chris Cabrera, a Border Patrol agent and spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, appeared on CNN Tuesday afternoon with anchor Brooke Baldwin to talk about the immigration crisis at the Southern border. Cabrera spoke from McAllen, Texas.

Baldwin tried to get Cabrera to concede to her liberal viewpoint on the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on illegal immigration but Cabrera wasn’t playing her game. Baldwin played the tape of the crying migrant children and tried repeatedly to get Cabrera to condemning the Trump administration’s enforcement of immigration law but Cabrera demurred.

Instead, Cabrera gave Baldwin and CNN viewers an education on the deadly horrors migrant children are forced to experience because of the parents or others who use and abuse them to illegally cross the border.

CNN video posted to YouTube. Below the video is the complete transcript from CNN. (H/t Benny Johnson, Daily Caller.)

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