Daily Archives: June 23, 2018

June 23: Discernment and Prayer

Nehemiah 6:1–7:65; 1 John 5:1–5; Psalm 109:16–31

“For all of them sought to frighten us.… And now, God, strengthen my hands” (Neh 6:9).

While God calls us to “love [our] enemies and pray for those who persecute [us]” (Matt 5:44), he also calls us to act with discernment and prayer. Loving others doesn’t mean we should be weak or passive. Part of loving others means discerning their hearts and motives.

“Blessed are the meek, because they will inherit the earth” (Matt 5:5). When Jesus spoke about being meek, He wasn’t referring to weakness. Instead, He was teaching us to focus on others rather than ourselves. That doesn’t mean we should be passive toward those who wish to harm us. Part of practicing meekness is being aware of our enemies and dealing with them cautiously. Doing so successfully takes strength and discernment—necessary components of any godly work.

Nehemiah demonstrates these traits in his interactions with his enemies. When his opponents ask him to meet with them, Nehemiah discovers that they actually wish to hurt him. He resists their attack—even calling them on their deceit (Neh 6:8).

Too often we allow ourselves to live passively. We enter into situations without thinking things through or recognizing that we’re about to be hurt by others. Yet we as Christians are at war against the evil in the world—not just against people, but also the unseen forces of evil (Eph 6:12). When we feel oppression, we must resist the urge to be reactive. Instead, we must appeal to Christ, who can overcome it all. We must refuse to engage unless it’s on our terms, by the power of the Spirit and completely in His will.

What battles are you engaging with that you should disengage from? Which situations in your life need discernment?

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.

FBI Gives Congress Thousands of Requested Documents on Russia Probe, FISA Abuse and Its Use of Informants — The Gateway Pundit

The FBI gave Congress thousands of requested documents on the Russia probe this week, including details on its use of spies and FISA abuse during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

It took several months and threats of contempt and impeachment to get these documents from the FBI and DOJ.

Politico reported:

The FBI turned over thousands of documents to Congress this week, including details about its use of informants to glean information on Russian contacts with President Donald Trump’s campaign, according to letters the bureau sent to three GOP committee chairmen on Friday.

The documents provided this week include details about some of the FBI’s most sensitive programs, including a file on the FBI’s justification to obtain a court-authorized warrant to spy on a former Trump campaign aide in October 2016.

[…]Files continued to arrive on Capitol Hill as late as Friday, according to the bureau, when the FBI submitted a classified letter to the House Intelligence Committee detailing whether the FBI relied on informants on Russian meddling prior to the official opening of its investigation.

Also on Friday, the FBI turned over more than 1,400 pages of documents to the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees relating to senior FBI or Justice Department officials’ requests to review or manage surveillance records that either involve or mention the Trump campaign or Trump administration.

The FBI did not hand over transcripts of summaries of the informants’ (yes, plural) conversations with Trump campaign officials. Instead, the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats was tasked with getting those requested documents to Congress, according to Politico.

So far we know one of the informant’s identities.

The informant, 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.

It was a lucrative business for Stefan Halper.

Hill sources are saying the FBI spy who infiltrated Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, Stefan Halper bled information into Hillary’s phony dossier, reported Paul Sperry.

On May 21st, former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo appeared on Fox News’ Ingraham Angle and dropped a bombshell–he said he was approached by a SECOND informant during the 2016 election.

The DOJ and FBI have been stonewalling on the requested documents relating to the informants, FISA abuse and phony dossier because it is a threat to the phony Mueller witch hunt and exposes the criminals in the Obama administration.

via FBI Gives Congress Thousands of Requested Documents on Russia Probe, FISA Abuse and Its Use of Informants — The Gateway Pundit

June 23 Fulfilling the Royal Law

“If … you are fulfilling the royal law, according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well” (James 2:8).


Love is the only antidote for partiality.

In Matthew 22:36 a lawyer asked Jesus which commandment was the greatest. Jesus answered, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets” (vv. 37–40). Love for God and one’s fellowman summarizes the intent of God’s law and is the measure of true faith.

Jesus wasn’t calling for the shallow, emotional, self-oriented love that is so prevalent in our society, but for a sacrificial quality of love that places the needs of others on par with your own. That kind of love is utterly incompatible with partiality, which seeks only to further its own selfish goals.

Showing partiality breaks God’s law because it violates God’s attributes, misrepresents the Christian faith, ignores God’s choice of the poor, and condones the blasphemous behavior of the rich (James 2:1–7). But when you treat others impartially, you fulfill the royal law. “Royal” in James 2:8 translates a Greek word that speaks of sovereignty. The law was given by God, who is the supreme authority in the universe; so it is authoritative and binding. Love fulfills God’s law because if you love someone, you won’t sin against him.

Apparently not all of James’s readers were showing partiality, so he commended them, saying they were “doing well.” The Greek word translated “well” speaks of that which is excellent. They were doing an excellent thing because they were acting in a manner consistent with God’s impartial, loving nature. That’s God’s call to every believer, for “the one who says he abides in [Christ] ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6). As you do, you fulfill God’s law and thereby prove that your faith and love are genuine.


Suggestions for Prayer:  God’s love is the only antidote for partiality. So pray each day that He will teach you how better to express His love to those around you.

For Further Study: Read the following verses, noting the characteristics of godly love: John 3:16; Ephesians 5:25–29; Philippians 1:9–11; and 1 John 5:1–3.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 187). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

SEDUCING THE VULNERABLE: Exposing the Devilish Doctrines of Bethel Church of Redding CA

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As I am beginning to write this article, I must tell the reader that the Lord showed me how the heretical and satanic practices of Bethel Church and other churches who teach aberrant “doctrines of demons” breaks His heart. When He revealed that to me, my heart broke, and I have been weeping for over an hour.

Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries just finished a two part interview of the parents of a woman who was seduced into this “cult.” These people literally lost their child to Bethel.  Jan asked me if I would write on the interview and expose in depth the practices of Bethel and other NAR churches.

I pray that this article travels far and wide and that the Lord would direct it into the hands of  many who are spiritual prisoners of satan because of Bethel and other NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) churches.

I encourage…

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Drawing a Fine Line Between Faith and Politics — Pulpit & Pen


  1. America is a country of laws. Laws do not change based on twitter campaigns, media spins, or some contrived form of public opinion. Laws change via the elected representatives of the citizenry. It is all spelled out in our U.S. Constitution. (Note: Activist judicial rulings are not binding as a true law of the land. Such precedents defy true Constitutional authority. You can’t legislate from the bench).
  2. Politics is not the place to make Christian converts. You cannot use the force of government to compel people to go to church. You can’t change the human condition via proper legislation. The hearts of men are deceitful and desperately wicked; they can only rebel. However, the moral law of God as written in the hearts of mankind is the eternal blueprint for what is good and lawful. A nation that defies its moral foundation and elects men who dare to circumvent this foundation is bound to implode. Our tendency to rebel does not negate our true accountability before God and man.
  3. The Christian leader, who works collaboratively with secular authorities that not only defy God’s moral foundation but also undermine the very laws they’ve sworn touphold, must step down. These leaders are to relinquish their positions of authority as they have proven themselves unprofitable. You cannot serve both God and man. Whenever the laws and inclinations of the governing authority blatantly conflict with the Word of God, the true Christian can no longer align him or herself with such authorities. And again, we must respect the legislative process and not incite rebellion against laws established and enacted with proper constitutional authority. (Note: The Supreme Court lacks moral authority and justification to redefine marriage and terminate the lives of innocents).

When the links become incestuous, and/or infected and corrupted, they must be wholly severed. See the signs and remain vigilant and faithful: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/06/20/illegal-immigration-and-lax-border-controls-are-the-epicenter-of-the-uniparty/

via Drawing a Fine Line Between Faith and Politics — Pulpit & Pen

Pastor Who Shot Armed Carjacker At Walmart Speaks Out (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

Gateway Pundit readers may recall the story earlier this week of multiple armed citizens shooting a carjacking would-be mass shooter at a Walmart outside of Olympia, WA. The man who led the charge and fired the rounds that ultimately killed the scumbag is now speaking to media.

Seattle based KOMO News reports:

David George, who is an emergency medical technician with the Oakville Fire Department and a pastor at the Oakville Assembly of God, described his harrowing experience at a Wednesday news conference in his hometown.

He said he initially wanted to remain anonymous, not out of shame or regret, but to maintain the “dignity and integrity” of his ministry in Oakville. But he later reconsidered after being cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting of the gunman, who had already injured three people in a series of carjackings and a shooting rampage at the Walmart store before George stopped him.

David George’s complete statement:

“My family and I were at Wal-mart on Sunday afternoon to make an exchange. I was speaking with an employee at the customer service desk while my wife, daughter, and grand-daughter were in a check-out line to purchase additional items.

“I heard shots fired near the back of the store. I am a concealed weapon carrier and permit holder, with significant training in the use of firearms and some of the legalities involved in a defensive encounter. As a volunteer firefighter I have also received active shooter training. In addition, I am also a credentialed range safety officer. I train regularly to be proficient with the firearm I carry and to do so in a safe and responsible manner.

“All that to say, I was sure it was gunshots I heard and I was familiar with how I should respond, while considering mine and the public’s safety in the setting of this large store. I was concerned for my own family and sought to find them and exit the building. My daughter, recognizing gunshots, also gathered her daughter and moved quickly to exit the building.

“I did not see my wife and so I continued to look for her as people began to realize the situation and run out of the building. At no time did I draw my firearm in the building.

“While doing so, the gunman came past me waving and pointing his gun and exited the building. I followed carefully, along with another citizen carrying a firearm, unaware of what the shooter would do next or where he would do it.

“The gunman attempted to get a car and when he failed moved to another screaming at the driver. He then shot two times into the driver’s side of the vehicle. When the driver did not or could not respond to his threats he began to travel in the direction that I thought my family to be.

“At this point I left cover and moved to intercept the gunman. When the gunman began threatening another person for the use of their car, I moved in order to have a safe shot at the gunman. He entered the vehicle, which I considered an even bigger threat and fired to stop the shooter.

“After being hit, the gunman tried to exit the vehicle and fell to the ground. I moved to clear the gunman yelling to him to drop the gun and show me his hands. I determined the gunman was incapacitated and unable to respond at this time.

“It was then that I heard someone associated with the previous gunshot victim yelling for help that her friend/husband had been shot. I directed the other armed citizen to remain with the gunman and retrieved my jump bag/first aid bag from my nearby vehicle in order to render aid to the previous gunshot victim. I am an EMT with Oakville Fire Dept. and I responded as my duty and training instructed.

“I acted on Sunday to protect my family and others from the gunman and his display of obvious deadly intent. This is in accordance with both by training as an emergency responder and calling as a pastor, husband, father and grandfather.

“I am grieved that the shooter’s reckless actions endangered and hurt numerous individuals and demanded that he be stopped before doing more harm. My family, my congregation and I are praying for the gunshot victim’s full recovery and for all those that are suffering as a result of Sunday night’s tragic events, including the shooter’s family.”

Speaking of the victims, the son of one of the victims, Ricky Fievez, has set up a Go Fund Me page to pay medical bills and help the family. As of this writing they are at $21,000 of a $50,000 goal. The Fievez family has thanked George, both for intercepting the gunman and rendering aid, both actions likely saved Fievez’s life

Video of David George’s press conference, courtesy of KING 5 News:

via Pastor Who Shot Armed Carjacker At Walmart Speaks Out (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

We Remember: The Charismatic Day of Infamy, June 23rd, 2008 — Messed Up Church – Pirate Christian Media

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It’s the ten year anniversary of June 23, 2008: “The Charismatic Day of Infamy,” but you are NOT supposed to know about it (or even talk about it). 

If everyone knew about what happened on this day (and stopped making excuses for it) a whole bunch of false teachers would put their tail between their legs, pack up their bags and go home. The “New Apostolic Reformation,” the “Signs and Wonders Movement,” the Hyper-Charismatic Movement (whatever it’s being called at the moment) should not even exist. 

Here’s a video showing part of what happened on live television that day:

The “Super Apostles” were so proud of themselves that day; they could hardly believe that they were even gathered together at the same place. C. Peter Wagner (who does the official “commissioning” here) is the man who made up the name “New Apostolic Reformation” and then appointed himself God’s leader of it. Other important “Super Apostles” on stage were Bill Johnson, Rick Joyner, Che Ahn, John and Carol Arnott, and the Super Star of the whole, messed up day: Todd Bentley.

FreshFireMonday23June08.jpgThese men were all gathered in Lakeland, Florida, to officially “commission” Todd Bentley to become part of the “Super Apostle” club. This is what the founder of the New Apostolic Reformation, C. Peter Wagner, said:

“I take the apostolic authority that God has given me and I decree to you, Todd Bentley:

  • Your power will increase.
  • Your authority will increase.
  • Your favor will increase.
  • Your influence will increase.
  • I also decree that a new supernatural strength will flow through this ministry.
  • A new life-force will penetrate this move of God.
  • Government will be established to set things in their proper order.
  • God will pour out a higher level of discernment to distinguish truth from error.
  • New relationships will surface to open the gates for the future!”
  • And rainbow-colored unicorns will spread golden pixie-dust and shift the atmosphere!! (Okay, I made up that last sentence…)

But within two months Todd Bentley’s “revival” completely fell apart and these men were proven horribly wrong; they were proven to be false prophets on television for all the world to see!

  • Todd Bentley was having an affair with a woman from the church and abandoned his wife and children.
  • He was also found to be a fraud who couldn’t provide any evidence for his claimed “healings” on national television.
  • And, it was revealed that he was showing up to these “revival” meetings drunk, as he went on stage and told elaborate stories about raising people from the dead, kicking people in the face and having regular contact with an angel named “Emma.”

Here’s Bentley telling the audience to call down angels at the Lakeland “Revival:”


ALL of these “Super Apostles” claim to hear directly from God and claim to have special “powers” and “anointings.” They claim that they are part of a new and better church-not like the old, stuffy Bible-focused churches. They claim to “move in the prophetic” and some even claim to be “seers” who can predict the future. Rick Joyner claims to go to heaven on a regular basis-he evens claims to talk to the original (real) apostles, and he claims they wish they were him! Why didn’t God tell any of these people the truth about Todd Bentley?

They were 100% wrong about Todd Bentley, and they were clueless about it! They stood up on that stage like blathering buffoons, talking all about how great Todd Bentley was, and all about the great things that were going to happen. Stacy Campbell even went through the trouble to hiss like a snake as she violently jerked her head back and forth, while she “prophesied over” Todd Bentley:

giphy (48).gifA few years later, Todd’s new wife (the woman he had an affair with) showed that she could hiss and shake her head, too.

giphy (49).gifC. Peter Wagner should have tried to disband this New Apostolic Reformation, but he didn’t; instead, he made excuses for what happened. Rick Joyner and Bill Johnson should have admitted that they don’t really hear directly from God, but instead they decided to take Todd Bentley under their wing and tried to “restore” him to ministry. You can read more about this (and see more videos of the entire bizarre “commissioning”) here: Grace to You.

These men and woman have all proven that they do not know what they’re doing.

They do not know what they’re talking about.

They do not rightly handle God’s Word.

They do NOT speak for God.



“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

— 1 John 4: 1

“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”

— 1 Corinthians 14: 33

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?”

— Jeremiah 5: 30-31

“And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken.”

— Ezekiel 22: 28

“Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity
to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles that are false and misleading.”

— Lamentations 2: 14

“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”

— Matthew 24: 24

Lastly, it needs to said that not all Charismatics and Pentecostals are in agreement with the leaders in these videos (The NAR leaders). They’ve fought against the ideas in “The New Apostolic Reformation” and they are to be commended for that. Unfortunately, their voice is largely being drowned out by the much more prominent and popular leaders who’ve declared themselves the Super Apostles. God help us all to be faithful to His Word, and to ignore the teachings of men.

Here are few more articles about this event:

We Have Had Enough of False Prophets by Marsha West

Three Lessons from Lakeland by David Servant

Are Wagner’s Apostles Leaving? by Michael Fackerell

Here’s recent case where Todd Bentley claims to be raising the dead with absolutely no proof: My Phone Conversation With TMU RE: Bentley’s Resurrection Claim (Audio)

Here are some things the Super Apostles do NOT want you to know: Shocking Stuff You’re Not Supposed to Know

Smart phone prophet” Shawn Bolz and Todd Bentley together at “Azusa Now” in April 2016:

Here’s a recent video showing Bill Johnson endorsing his good friend Todd Bentley:

via We Remember: The Charismatic Day of Infamy, June 23rd, 2008 — Messed Up Church – Pirate Christian Media


But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

James 2:20

I think it is pitiful and rather sad that about the only time you can find a fellow citizen who is not a “phony” is when he is mad. In our kind of society, most people feel that they must always be pretending, continually “putting on a front.”

So, they are never their real selves until they get mad!

When Jesus faced His bitter religious enemies as recorded in John 8:47, there was no pretending, nothing staged for dramatic effect. Jesus confronted them with the words: “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God!”

These were firm and severe words; His enemies answered with angry and insulting words. These men were mad; they were letting go. They had given up pretense. They were acting naturally now, showing what they were within.

As humans, we are what we do! If what we do proves us to be wrong, then it is either despair or obtaining the help we need. Jesus came to change our natures. He came to break old habits of sin, to break and conquer them!

Lord, You have a provocative way of exposing man’s sinful nature. You have a way of cutting to the core of the issue. Have Your way with me, Lord.[1]

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

‘Truly fake news’: White House slams MSM for distorting facts & using unrelated photos

The White House has chastised the media for distorting the facts to discredit the administration’s tough immigration policy. That’s after a major news magazine published an unrelated – but powerful – photo on its cover, to slam Trump.

White Helmets Plotting False Flag Chemical Attack in Southern Syria – Sources

The White Helmets, accused by Damascus and Moscow of being the “media arm” of the Nusra Front terrorist group, have repeatedly been charged with helping stage chemical attacks and blaming the Syrian government to try to prompt Western military intervention in Syria.

Source: White Helmets Plotting False Flag Chemical Attack in Southern Syria – Sources

Do Not Look Away – Bigotry On The Menu: Sarah Sanders Asked To Leave Virginia Restaurant… — The Last Refuge

Liberalism is a mental disorder.  Violence, bigotry, discrimination, hate, these are the underlying principles of shallow progressive conduct. Story Here

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Mrs. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has a conscious orientation to her sense of Cold Anger.

Remember, Do Not Look Away

There’s a level of anger far deeper and more consequential than expressed rage or visible behavior, it’s called Cold Anger.

Cold Anger does not need to go to violence. For those who carry it, no conversation is needed when we meet. You cannot poll or measure it specifically because most who carry it avoid discussion. And that decision has nothing whatsoever to do with any form of correctness.

Cold Anger absorbs betrayal silently, often prudently.

Cold Anger is not hatred, it is far more purposeful.

Cold Anger takes notice of the liars, even from a great distance – seemingly invisible to the mob. Cold Anger will still hold open the door for the riot goer. Mannerly.

Cold Anger evidenced is more severe because it is more strategic.

Cold Anger does not gloat; it absorbs consistent vilification and ridicule as fuel. This sensibility does not want to exist, it is forced to exist in otherwise unwilling hosts – we also refuse to be destabilized by it.

Cold Anger is not driven to act in spite of itself; it drives a reckoning.

Cold Anger receives hate the way a long-term battered spouse absorbs the blow in the hours prior to the pre-planned exit; with purpose.

….. More


via Do Not Look Away – Bigotry On The Menu: Sarah Sanders Asked To Leave Virginia Restaurant… — The Last Refuge

The Epidemic of PTSD—Post Trump Stress Disorder

Canada Free Press

Each day, it gets worse across the world, but especially in our country. The epidemic of PTSD (Post Trump Stress Disorder) is spreading quickly across the American leftist population.  It is easily apparent in a media that is 95% anti-Trump and includes liberal reporters who masquerade as objective journalists. Among the stricken are so-called analysts and who shout offensive questions at the White House Press Secretary at her daily briefings. It also includes CNN and MSNBC hosts, who are all liberal, and who constantly compare the President to Hitler and his policies to Nazism.

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The most hilarious memes mocking TIME’s fake news “screaming migrant girl” magazine cover

(Natural News) By now, everybody knows that TIME Magazine’s “screaming migrant girl” cover photo is yet another blatant media hoax. The girl, who was falsely described by virtually the entire left-wing media as a migrant who was “separated from her mother,” was never separated at all. In fact, she’s part of a relatively wealthy family that had so much money, the mother paid $6,000 in cash to a coyote for transportation to cross the border illegally. (That’s more cash than 75% of American families could come up with, by the way.)

The girl was momentarily crying because she wanted her parents’ attention. Go figure. Little girls and boys sometimes cry… who knew? In the hands of left-wing propagandists, however, one crying little girl becomes a national emergency backed by mass hysteria and seething hatred directed at Trump.

TIME didn’t bother to fact check the photo before making it the cover story for their fake news edition that, once again, attempts to blame Obama’s failed immigration policies on Donald Trump:

Here’s a short collection of some of the most hilarious memes mocking TIME’s pathetic media hoax. Remember, everything the left-wing media pushes aggressively is staged, faked, hoaxed or otherwise engineered in a dishonest, deceptive way. If you want real, honest news from the independent media, check Censored.news regularly (it’s updated in near-real time).

Source: The most hilarious memes mocking TIME’s fake news “screaming migrant girl” magazine cover

How Planned Parenthood defeats parents to get ‘comprehensive sex ed’ into schools. … And what parents can do to counter it! — Christian Research Network

Revealed: Their systematic tactics to deceive, marginalize, confuse, and overwhelm anyone who gets in their way.

(Mass Resistance) Part 1 – For decades the national sex-ed lobby has been using sophisticated organizing tactics to defeat parents and push their radical programs into the public schools. We will show you what those tactics are (in their own words!) and explain how parents can counter them.

What we’ve all seen over the years

Sex education is very different than English, math, history, band, or anything else taught in schools. In 25 years, we have never seen a single school anywhere where it was brought in because there was a demand for it by parents.

In every case, sexuality education (now updated to “comprehensive sex ed” with LGBT components) was brought in through a targeted effort by well-organized special-interest groups affiliated with Planned Parenthood and similar organizations. It was done in a very systematic manner, as quietly as possible, using a great deal of deception to mask its radical and objectionable content.

Starting with a few key faculty members, administrators, and local activists, they would get the school authorities to let them form a formal “health curriculum committee” (or some similar name, such as “Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee” in Fairfax County, VA). They would then add many prominent community members to give it credibility (though no conservatives, of course). But the core group would control the agenda and everything the committee did. The committee would later present the School Board with a “health curriculum” which coincidentally mirrored that of Planned Parenthood and its allies. The School Board would then quietly vote it in – with little dissent or serious questioning by the Board members.

But often during this process, parents would find out what the health curriculum committee was proposing. They would be shocked at the radical and vastly inappropriate sexuality, pro-abortion messages, homosexuality, “gender identity,” and other content of the proposed curriculum. Sometimes they would form a parents’ group voice their concerns.

But when parents would try to stop it or at least get it modified, they would be thwarted at every turn, often publicly attacked and humiliated, and completely defeated. As soon as a conflict became public, there would be a well-crafted PR campaign in the schools and local media to “reach out” to parents about how “healthy” the curriculum really is (cherry-picking the non-objectionable parts), and how “backward” the parents were who objected. It was a horrible experience for parents everywhere.  View article →


Homosexual Agenda

via How Planned Parenthood defeats parents to get ‘comprehensive sex ed’ into schools. … And what parents can do to counter it! — Christian Research Network

We Told You So (on Social Justice), and Why You Should Listen Next Time — Pulpit & Pen

I think we all knew an “I told you so” was obligatory. Nonetheless, we told you so. You can insert all the outrage you want about that, signal your own virtue, and claim that “I told you so” is uncouth, unchristian, or arrogant. But whatever; both we and you deserve it.

We are so incredibly happy to see so many men and women figure out that there is a sinister and wicked cancer spreading from a particular corner of evangelicalism. Some call that corner by different names. We know it comprises The Gospel Coalition and certain elements within Together for the Gospel. We know it comprises the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and that it’s taken over many seminaries. We know it comprises 9Marks and many other parachurch ministries. While everyone else is trying to figure out what to call this Axis of Social Gospel Evil, we gave it a name literally years ago…the Evangelical Intelligentsia.

We warned you. We warned you. We warned you.

We warned you specifically about the specific actors involved on this specific issue years ago and repeatedly on an almost daily basis. We have chronicled its rise and propagation. We have been beaten over the head for it and told we were crazy. Now, we see our material being used (often without proper attribution) in complaints made in articles or blogs all over the world. And now it’s too late to do anything about the dangers of this movement because most didn’t listen until it was too late and until there were more people speaking out.

Don’t get us wrong. We’re thankful for men who’ve been vocal about the mission drift. Phil Johnson was among the first of the “famous guys” to speak up and accuse Thabiti Anyabwile of wandering from the mission. He’s been singing his clarion call on this topic for years. And now others are chiming in. Justin Peters, Mike Abendroth, Voddie Baucham, Brannon Howse, Janet Mefferd, James White, Todd Friel, Josh Buice and others are being bold. Still others, like Tom Ascol, are beginning to whisper a few concerns here and there, but aren’t quite recognizing the threat for what they should just yet (or at least, are still cowering to voice their concerns very loudly). Most of these guys haven’t been directly confrontational with some of the key figures in the Social Justice movement like Albert Mohler, Ligon Duncan, and Mark Dever, but most at least are beginning to confront the parachurch ministries responsible (particularly the ERLC and The Gospel Coalition). Other lesser-known men have also been stalwart in at least calling out the problems and at least some of the problem-causers, like Darrell B. Harrison, David Miller, and Thomas Littleton. Other opponents of the Social Justice movement include Douglas Wilson, Jeff Durbin, Randy White, Jim Fletcher, Gabe Hughes, Andy Woods, Dan Phillips and Ken Ham. Some of those men, like Littleton and Harrison in particular, could write there own “I told you so” posts.

But for most, it seems, they discovered a hostile takeover of Gospel-centeredness yesterday. They’re now woke to being woke. And that’s a good thing, but I’m afraid it’s a day late and a dollar short.

The first time I wrote about Russell Moore’s progressivism I was contacted by Frank Turk, the old blogger at Pyromaniacs, and told that it would ruin me, that no one would ever believe Russell Moore was a leftist because he was a Calvinist. I was warned to leave Moore alone and that it was insane to believe a Calvinist could simultaneously be a liberal. That was going on five years ago, long before I’m aware of anyone criticizing Moore or calling him out for what most people today realize him to be. And yet despite my appreciation for Turk’s work, I know a duck when it walks like a duck and talks like a duck. And Moore’s a leftist-progressive, Democrat duck.

Likewise, when we launched the earth-shaking #the15 – a truly grass-roots social media uprising against these exact same Evangelical Intelligentsia men now propagating Rauschenbuschism (the Social Gospel) – the type and kind of uprising I haven’t seen since, Gabe Hughes of When We Understand The Text (WWUTT) wrote a blog explaining that #the15 was making much ado about nothing. Ed Stetzer and those receiving the bulk of #the15 criticism, Hughes argued, were harmless and meant well. I am 100% grateful to brother Hughes for now grasping the danger these exact same men pose. I’m slightly less grateful that over the last four or so years Hughes has repeatedly admonished Pulpit & Pen for our intensity and placed scare quotes around “discernment” only to go on and say the exact same things we have said and warn about the exact same things we have warned about, only to do so three or more years later when it’s too late to do anything about it. I think it’s true that if you want to know what WWUTT will write about today, just go look at what Pulpit & Pen warned you about four years ago.

Say whatever you want about P&P, but we repeatedly demonstrate that discernment trumps modern “prophecy” every time when it comes to predicting the future. Most discernment, which should be trained with constant practice (Hebrews 5), is learnable and is done mostly by observation. In other words, just by observing trends today you can predict the future (fallibly, of course) tomorrow. In the case of the Social Gospel movement, we have warned you in literally hundreds upon hundreds of posts about these issues going back far enough in time that some of the newly woke-against-woke opponents were the ones calling us crazy. Now they see it. That’s awesome, but it’s too late.

If you think there’s any stopping the Social Justice beast, you’re wrong. The latte mafia controls the IMB, NAMB, ERLC, SBTS, SEBTS, Midwestern, TGC, T4G, the Baptist Press, 9Marks, Lifeway, most of the PCA, RTS, Acts29, and lots of complicit accomplices in the press, like the Washington Post or wherever Jonathan Merritt is busy meeting men in the workplace. You can’t defeat that. Even if they abandoned their hell-bent pursuit of Egalitarianism, or their doubling-down on Critical Race Theory, or their next step to celebrate “sexual minorities” in the church, they would drift away from the Gospel in some other way, focusing on spaying and neutering pets or gluten allergy awareness or perhaps “creation care.” All of the principal figures in this movement, including Russell Moore, Ligon Duncan and Mark Dever, are receiving cash influsions to their institutions by Clinton globalist financier James Riady and Democrat billionaire, George Soros. When Riady is giving millions to RTS and Westminster Philadelphia do you really think they’re going to stop pushing for the dismantling of immigration law? When these figures give dark money to Mohler through SBTS do you really think he’s going to do a complete 180 on his good longtime Democrat friend, Russell Moore?

Our great hope is that John MacArthur will rise up like David and kill Goliath, or like Hercules, he will kill Medusa, or like Lancelot, he will slay the dragon. But I’m afraid a single “Strange Justice” conference isn’t going to do the trick this time around (even though I’m on board with the awesomeness of that idea). I’m afraid – and dare I say it – John MacArthur isn’t going to be enough. Can our elder brother really stop the ShepCon speaking roster of Mohler, Duncan and Dever all by himself? While the list of woke-anti-woke people is growing, our side pales in comparison to theirs. They have spent a decade laying the groundwork to control major denominations and their entities, along with the vast majority of popular parachurch ministries and their conferences. People, it’s not going to happen. We’re going to have to live through this Social Justice (you notice I use the term interchangeably with Social Gospel; that is on purpose) fad and live through to the other side. We have to ride it out and survive it because there’s no stopping it.

If people would have actually listened to all the warnings a half-decade ago, we could have stopped it. But many now who are aware of the dangers presented us were the same ones bolstering the credibility of Russell Moore and The Gospel Coalition while we were warning everyone they weren’t to be trusted. They’ve lent their own credibility to the very ones who have now amassed that power and are (without God) indestructible. When we began to warn about Karen Swallow Prior nearly three years ago, we lost contributors due to the public outrage and – again – people called us nuts. Now, these same folks are now warning about Prior, after they helped grow her fame and popularity and rigorously attacked us for being mean to that “dear Christian woman.” They made the beast, and now are unsure what to do about it.

This “we told you so” is done for the sake of discernment. One day, this fad will be gone and the devil will be off to a new strategy (and because you can only kill monsters with silver bullets and wooden spikes to the heart, that crisis will probably also include Karen Swallow Prior). Be of good cheer, Jesus will wipe this movement into the dustbin of history, just like he did the Emergent Church (although this movement will not die so easily) and the only ones left standing will be those of us who are now being called fundamentalists. The people called “fundamentalists” are always the last ones left standing, by the way, and it has something to do with the foundation of our house not being built on sand. God gives people within his Body discernment for its edification, but if people with this spiritual gifting are treated as lepers or pariahs, the Body will suffer. You may not like discernment ministries, but they’re here for a reason.

The saddest part of all of this is that it could have been prevented if people would have just listened. So, let’s just all thank God that He is sovereign and trust that he’s got it handled.

via We Told You So (on Social Justice), and Why You Should Listen Next Time — Pulpit & Pen

Six Reasons Establishment Media Fabricated a ‘Border Crisis’ — Breitbart News

As you watch our fake news media desperately try to keep this hoax alive about a “crisis” on the border, never forget that this so-called crisis is fabricated. Never forget that this entire “crisis” was invented, created from whole cloth, ginned up, and is a naked act of fake news.

Oh, sure, the policy is real. Illegal alien children and adults were being separated into different detention centers. But this was not only being done for good and humane reasons; it has been government policy for two decades.

Barack Obama separated adults and children; Rachel Maddow never cried, Joe Scarborough never called him a Nazi, Jake Tapper never uttered a single word…

So why did this norm (if you’ll pardon the expression), why did this humane policy that immigration officials have been practicing for two decades suddenly become Auschwitz, the moral crisis of our time?

There are six reasons…

  1. Trump Had an Amazing Week

If you recall, the week prior to the media’s ginning up a “border crisis,” Trump was enjoying a perfect storm of good news. Record numbers were coming out of every sector of the economy, his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un had been a success, and the inspector general’s report on the FBI’s corrupt mishandling of Hillary Clinton’s home-brewed email server was catastrophic not only for the FBI, but for the entire Russian collusion-hoax, which the media are heavily invested in.

Trump’s momentum, which was based on actual foreign and domestic accomplishments, had to be stopped.

Moreover, the media know they must smother the truth about the FBI if there is going to be any hope of keeping special counsel Robert Mueller’s witch hunt viable.

  1. Smother Congressional Hearings into FBI

The inspector general’s report resulted in congressional hearings this week that would have only boosted Trump further — you know, had they received the wall-to-wall coverage this legitimate news story deserved.

These hearings ended up being even more disastrous for disgraced former FBI Director James Comey (a media hero) and his appalling cabal of secret police, and the media are desperate to keep that truth hidden.


People do stupid things when they are frustrated and angry, like, say, this; and Trump’s roaring successes, along with his improving poll numbers, enraged the media. Once again, just as we saw on Election Night 2016, Trump’s effective handling of the economy and North Korea exposed the media as the provincial fools they really are — a media that time and again assured the American people Trump was an oaf, a loser, a mistake, a virus in a healthy system that had to be removed for the good of democracy.

Voters are now starting to see Trump as a “president,” as opposed to The Freak Who Must Never Be Normalized, which is how the media are desperate to keep him defined.

The media are losing badly in their war against Trump, so our livid media pulled out all the stops to manufacture this coordinated narrative, but…

If you look at Trump’s poll numbers, this assault was the media’s Battle of the Bulge. Trump is holding the line. Meanwhile, the bad guys are throwing everything they got, exhausting themselves, exposing themselves as liars and hoaxers, and getting nowhere.

Trump did retreat on the issue of separations, but as the media became even more unhinged, Trump’s retreat is looking strategic, while the media’s tiny victory is looking Pyrrhic.

  1. Midterm Elections


  1. Media Want Illegal Aliens Flooding into America

As we learned from the far-left Washington Post last week, the media’s existential goal when it comes to illegal immigration is to flood America with future Democrats. They want to disenfranchise law-abiding deplorables by canceling out our votes with the votes of illegal aliens.

The first phase of this plan, obviously, is to funnel millions of illegals into our country and then push for citizenship, which comes with the right to vote — which brings me to the most important point…

The ONLY way to keep illegal alien families together — and this is something the media dare not say out loud — is to release them into the American interior, which is what this sudden push against a decades-old separation policy is all about.

When you hear anyone talk about “keeping families together” that is coded language for “reward criminal behavior by releasing illegal aliens into the American interior.”

  1. Incentivize a Flood of Illegal Alien Families

The media do not care about The Children. If they did, they would not incentivize the abuse of children, and any adult (parent or not) who drags a minor child through miles and miles of dangerous desert, is engaging in abuse. (Legitimate asylum seekers fleeing violence are, of course, a different story.)

That little crying girl in the hoax photo on the cover of Time? Her mother dragged that poor kid through the desert hoping to get a job in America. She dragged a child along on a harrowing journey in the mercenary hope of exploiting her own child as a golden ticket into America. And if she were successful, a law-abiding American (or immigrant) would lose whatever job this woman took.

And that is the best case scenario when it comes to these poor kids.

Too many of these minor children are exploited in unspeakable ways by sex traffickers, drug traffickers, human traffickers, and gangs.

But the media do not care that they are incentivizing child abuse, child rape, and kidnapping. All they care about are their political goals, and if that means raped and abused children, so be it.

Source: Six Reasons Establishment Media Fabricated a ‘Border Crisis’

Al Mohler Expresses Concern Over Gay Christian Revoice Conference

Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, has expressed concern about an upcoming conference centered on LGBT Christians.

Source: Al Mohler Expresses Concern Over Gay Christian Revoice Conference

June 23, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The True Character of Christians

Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God. (6:9–11)

Paul’s purpose here is not to give a list of sins that will indicate one has lost his salvation. There are no such sins. He is rather giving a catalog of sinners who are typical of the unsaved. Persons whose lives are totally characterized by such sins are not saved and therefore unrighteous, unjustified. They shall not inherit the kingdom of God, because they are not right with God. They are outside the kingdom, the sphere of salvation.

The application to believers is clear. “Why, then,” Paul asks the Corinthians, “do you keep living like the unsaved, the unrighteous? Why do you keep falling into the ways of your old life, the life from which Christ has saved you? Why are you following the old standards, and having the old selfish, ungodly motives? You are to be separated from the world’s ways, not following them. And specifically, why are you taking your problems to the world’s courts?”

A believer is a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), with a new inner personhood made after God’s own person (2 Pet. 1:4), and there is no longer unbroken unrighteousness. But the flesh can become dominant in the disobedient Christian, so that he may take on the appearance of an unbeliever.

The catalog of sins in verses 9–10 is not exhaustive, but those sins represent all the major types of moral sin, the types of sin that have always characterized ungodly societies and that ought never to characterize the godly society of the redeemed.

Fornicators has to do with sexual immorality in general and to that by unmarried persons in particular. Scripture continually condemns it. The sin is characteristic of our own western society today. It is portrayed and exalted in books, magazines, movies, and television as the norm of human living. But fornication in any form is an abomination to God and should be an abomination to His people. Those who habitually practice and defend it cannot possibly belong to God, for the heirs of His kingdom do not habitually practice and defend sexual immorality. True believers may do it, but no matter how involved and weak they are, deep within them they recognize its evil. (See Rom. 7:15–25 for Paul’s discussion of this conflict.)

Idolators refers to those who worship any false gods and false religious systems, not simply to those who bow down to images. Our society has never been so engulfed by and enamored of false religions and cults as in our day. No belief, claim, or practice seems to be too bizarre to get a following.

Adulterers refers specifically to married persons who indulge in sexual acts outside the marriage partnership. Because marriage is sacred, that is an especially heinous sin in God’s sight. The Old Testament required the death penalty for it. In addition to corrupting the participants themselves it also corrupts the family. It defiles the unique, God-established relationship between husband and wife and it inevitably brings harm to their children. And those may be only the initial effects.

Effeminate and homosexuals both refer to those who exchange and corrupt normal male-female sexual roles and relations. Transvestism, sex change, homosexuality, and other gender perversions are included. God’s unique creation, those created in His own image, were created “male and female” (Gen. 1:27), and the Lord strictly forbids the two roles to be blurred, much less exchanged. “A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God” (Deut. 22:5). The Hebrew terms in that verse indicate more than clothing, and include any tool, implement, or apparatus.

Homosexuality is condemned throughout Scripture. It was so characteristic of Sodom that the term sodomy is a synonym for that sin. The Sodomite men were inflamed with perverted sexual desire, and on one occasion they surrounded Lot’s house and demanded that the two angels (who had come in the form of men) be sent outside so that they could “have relations with them” (Gen. 19:4–5). God completely destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because “their sin [was] exceedingly grave” (18:20). Since that time sodomy has stood for sexual perversion and the phrase Sodom and Gomorrah has stood for moral corruption. For believers the terms also have come to stand for God’s hatred and judgment of moral corruption.

By Paul’s day homosexuality had been rampant in Greece and Rome for centuries. In his commentary on this passage, William Barclay reports that Socrates was a homosexual and Plato probably was. Plato’s Symposium on Love is a treatise glorifying homosexuality. It is likely that fourteen of the first fifteen Roman emperors were homosexuals. Nero, who reigned close to the time Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, had a boy named Sporis castrated in order for the boy to become the emperor’s “wife,” in addition to his natural wife. After Nero died, the boy was passed on to one of Nero’s successors, Otho, to use in the same way.

Confusion of sex roles, like adultery, is particularly evil because it attacks the family. It corrupts the biblical plan for the family, including the standards for authority and submission within the family, and thus retards the passing of righteousness from one generation to the next. The most ungodly societies of history have been plagued by sex role perversions, no doubt because Satan is so intent on destroying the family. Churches who, in the name of love, defend homosexuality and condone homosexual ministers, “marriages,” and congregations not only pervert God’s standards of morality but encourage their members in sin. Encouragement in sin has no part in love. True love of others is not doing for them what they want but doing for them what God wants. “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:2–3). Condoning sin is never an act of love, either for God or for those whose sins we condone.

Thieves and covetous relate to the same basic sin of greed. The covetous person desires that which belongs to others; the thief actually takes it. Greed is a manifestation of selfishness and, like all selfishness, is never satisfied. The greedy demand more and more. In our day it is difficult to find a person, even a Christian, who is satisfied with his income and possessions. But greed is not to characterize the heirs of God’s kingdom. It has no place in the Christian life.

Drunkards is self-explanatory. Like the other sins listed here, it is almost inevitably found to be a serious problem where God’s name and Word are disregarded or despised. Today alcoholism is spreading even to the elementary ages. Preteen and young teen alcoholics are becoming more and more common, as are alcoholics among their elders. The harm that alcohol does to individuals and to families is beyond measure.

Revilers are those who destroy with their tongues; they wound with words. God does not consider their sin to be mild, because it comes from hearts full of hate and causes misery, pain, and despair in the lives of those it attacks.

Swindlers are thieves who steal indirectly. They take unfair advantage of others to promote their own financial gain. Extortioners, embezzlers, confidence men, promoters of defective merchandise and services, false advertisers, and many other types of swindlers are as common to our day as to Paul’s.

And such were some of you, Paul continues. The Corinthian church, as churches today, had ex-fornicators, ex-adulterers, ex-thieves, and so on. Though many Christians have never been guilty of the particular sins just discussed, every Christian was sinful before he was saved. Every Christian is an ex-sinner. Christ came for the purpose of saving sinners (Matt. 9:13). That is the great truth of Christianity: no person has sinned too deeply or too long to be saved. “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Rom. 5:20). But some had ceased to be like that for a while, and were reverting to their old behavior.

Paul uses but (alla, the strongest Greek adversative particle) three times to indicate the contrast of the Christian life with the worldly life he has just been describing. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified. It made no difference what they were before they were saved. God can save a sinner from any sin and all sin. But it makes a great deal of difference what a believer is like after salvation. He is to live a life that corresponds to his cleansing, his sanctification, and his justification. His Christian life is to be pure, holy, and righteous. The new life produces and requires a new kind of living.

Washed speaks of new life, of regeneration. Jesus “saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). Regeneration is God’s work of re-creation. “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17). “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:10). When a person is washed by Christ he is born again (John 3:3–8).

Sanctified speaks of new behavior. To be sanctified is to be made holy inwardly and to be able, in the Spirit’s power, to live a righteous life outwardly. Before a person is saved he has no holy nature and no capacity for holy living. But in Christ we are given a new nature and can live out the new kind of life. Sin’s total domination is broken and is replaced by a life of holiness. By their fleshly sinfulness the Corinthians were interrupting that divine work.

Justified speaks of new standing before God. In Christ we are clothed in His righteousness and God now sees in us His Son’s righteousness instead of our sin. Christ’s righteousness is credited to our account (Rom. 4:22–25). We are declared and made in the new nature righteous, holy, innocent, and guiltless because God is “the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26).

The Corinthian believers had experienced transformation in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God. God’s name represents His will, His power, and His work. Because of Jesus’ willing submission to the Father’s will, His death on the cross in our behalf, and His resurrection from the dead, He has provided our washing, our sanctification, and our justification.

A transformed life should produce transformed living. Paul is saying very strongly that it was unacceptable that some believers were behaving like those outside the kingdom. They were acting like their former selves. They were not saved for that, but from that.[1]

11 In fact, this is precisely what some of the Corinthians have done. The apostle admits that some of them used to live in the lifestyles outlined in vv. 9–10. “But,” he declares, “you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” These three verbs independently and together denote the salvation the Corinthians have experienced through the power of Jesus and his Spirit.

The verb “washed” (apolouō, GK 666) occurs in only one other place in the NT (Ac 22:16), where it refers to Paul’s salvation and his subsequent baptism. Presumably Paul considers the lists of sins he has just cited as filth that needs to be washed away. On the verb “sanctified” (hagiazō, GK 39), see comments at 1:2. “Justified” (dikiaoō, GK 1467) denotes the legal declaration from God that we are righteous in his sight through faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross (cf. Ro 3:21–26). This is the wonder of God’s salvation—that regardless of what our lifestyle may have been, God will forgive us through his Son and make us his special, redeemed children.[2]

6:11 / This verse is the most important statement in this section. From a frank recognition of the character of some of the Corinthians before their conversion, Paul elaborates why they now are, and in turn ought to be, different. They are washed, sanctified, and justified. These terms do not aim at delineating various states of grace or various stages of Christian existence. They are a set of metaphors attempting to describe the indescribably multifaceted experience of God’s transforming grace. With this rich description Paul locates the Corinthians theologically, identifying them in relation to Christ, and recognizes the priority of God in their salvation and in their current conduct. In hearing these words the Corinthians would surely think of their baptism, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and their new, right relationship with God—recalling them as a magnificent and incomprehensible movement of God’s gracious Spirit through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Above all, in the entire dramatic declaration, Paul makes it clear that all this transformation that the Corinthians experienced comes, as the series of passive verbs that Paul employs show, through the work of God’s Spirit in Jesus Christ.[3]

11. And that is what some of you were. However, you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Note the following points:

  • Unclean. “And that is what some of you were.” Jesus says that he came to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance (Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32; 1 Tim. 1:15). The tax collectors and the prostitutes were the sinners in Jesus’ day; they were social and moral outcasts. Jesus called them to repentance and then ate and drank with them in their homes (Matt. 11:19).

When Paul first came to Corinth, he brought the gospel of salvation to some people who lived in sexual and social sins. In his epistle, Paul now speaks not in generalities but notes that only a few Corinthians used to live a degenerate life: “some of you were [degenerates].” Because of their sinful lives they used to be unclean, but through the preaching of the gospel they have received the gift of salvation and are clean.

  • Cleansed. “However, you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified.” Using the strong adversative however, which in the Greek occurs before each one of the three verbs, Paul conveys the message of immense spiritual change. He contrasts the sinful past of the Corinthians with their new life in Christ. In addition, he writes the second person plural you in this particular verse in every verb form. Paul wishes to be acutely personal in his address.

“You were washed.” The washing is thorough and complete. When God forgives a repentant sinner he clears the record of guilt. The verb washed (as translated) and the next two verbs (sanctified and justified) are in the passive voice. The verb to wash appears only twice in the New Testament, here and in Acts 22:16. In the present text Paul refrains from using the verb to baptize, even though the act of washing away sin is linked to baptism. Here he wants to stress the effect of baptism. In Acts, Paul recounts his conversion experience in Damascus, when Ananias instructed him to be baptized and to wash his sins away (Acts 9:17–18). He underscores the act of being cleansed from sin and leaves the impression that we should understand this act figuratively. As Paul himself had experienced the cleansing from his sin of persecuting Christ’s church, so the Corinthians were cleansed from the sins of their former life.

“You were sanctified.” Already at the beginning of his epistle, Paul told the Corinthians that they were sanctified in Christ Jesus (1:2). Now he reminds them that they were made holy. The New Testament teaches that everyone who believes in Jesus is sanctified in him (John 17:19; Acts 20:32; 26:18). Sanctification means that the believer has entered into God’s fellowship (see 1:9).

“You were justified.” In earlier centuries, Protestant theologians debated whether sanctification should precede justification, for elsewhere in this epistle Paul places righteousness before holiness (1:30). Justification is a declarative act of God whereby the believer is pronounced righteous in Christ and is coordinated with God’s act of sanctification. The three verbs (washed, sanctified, justified) are grammatically related. In the Greek, they are in the aorist tense, which describes a single instantaneous action. Paul is saying that at a given moment God declared the Corinthians both holy and righteous. In this context, he is not explaining the distinction between sanctification and justification but is writing a discourse against unrighteousness.32Grace. “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” The last part of this verse reveals an implied trinitarianism, for Paul mentions Jesus Christ, the Spirit, and God. Yet this observation should not be pressed, for in this text Paul does not explicitly teach the trinitarian baptismal formula of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19). Nonetheless, the phrase in the name of occurs at times in connection with baptism (for instance, Acts 2:38; 8:16; 19:5).

The concluding part of the verse must be linked to every one of the preceding verbs (wash, sanctify, justify). The preposition in occurs twice, applies to all three verbs, and must be understood to mean “in relation to.” Let us now consider how these three verbs relate to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God.

First, the washing away of sin is the result of baptism. Believers are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Spirit (e.g., see Matt. 3:11; John 1:33; Acts 10:48). Paul uses Jesus’ full name, “the Lord Jesus Christ,” but he writes “the Spirit of God,” not “the Holy Spirit.” The former word choice is common for Paul, especially in this epistle (2:11, 12, 14; 3:16; 7:40; 12:3).

Next, the act of sanctifying believers is based on the redeeming work of the Lord Jesus Christ and is sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit. Likewise, justification has its basis in Jesus’ atoning work and becomes real to the believer through the Spirit’s powerful testimony.

Last, the act of justifying the believer appears in connection with the power of the Spirit only in this text. True, in the early Christian hymn of 1 Timothy 3:16, Christ is vindicated by the Spirit; but nowhere else in Scripture do we find the Spirit involved in the believer’s justification. The Holy Spirit takes part in the sanctification of the believer, but justification is God’s work based on Christ’s righteousness. Only in the present text is the Spirit linked to the believer’s justification.

Practical Considerations in 6:11

God’s forgiving grace offered to sinners who repent is both overwhelming and thoroughly gratifying. Jesus tells the immoral woman who entered the house of Simon the Pharisee, “Your sins are forgiven.… Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (Luke 7:48, 50). He addresses the woman caught in adultery by saying, “Go now and leave your life of sin” (John 8:11). To one of the criminals crucified with him he remarks, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). And he calls Paul, the persecutor of the early Christians, “my chosen instrument” (Acts 9:15).

The Old Testament reveals the astonishing account of God’s grace extended to Manasseh, king of Judah and son of Hezekiah. Manasseh was born into the family of Hezekiah, who loved the Lord and faithfully served him. Manasseh, however, did evil in the eyes of the Lord. He worshiped the Baals, built altars to the starry hosts in the courts of the temple, sacrificed his own son, practiced sorcery and divination, placed a carved image in God’s temple, led astray the people in his kingdom, and shed innocent blood (2 Kings 21:1–9, 16; 2 Chron. 33:1–9). Yet this king, when he came to himself in captivity, repented. God not only forgave him but restored him as king of Judah (2 Chron. 33:12–13).

Reading this narrative, we are amazed at God’s forgiving grace. We try to fathom the depth of God’s forgiving love, and we boldly ask whether God will forgive any and every sin committed against him. Will he pardon those sins which, as Paul indicates, exclude a sinner from the kingdom of God? The answer is affirmative to every sinner who comes to God, confesses his sin, and pleads for mercy.

Here is Jesus’ assurance, with one qualification:

“Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” [Matt. 12:31–32][4]

6:11 Paul does not imply that these sins were practiced by the Corinthian believers, but he is warning them that such things characterized them before they were saved—such were some of you. But they had been washed and sanctified and justified. They had been washed from their sin and impurity through the precious blood of Christ, and they were being continually washed from defilement through the word of God. They were sanctified by the operation of the Spirit of God, being set apart to God from the world. They had been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God; that is, they had been reckoned righteous before God on the basis of the work of the Lord Jesus on the cross for them. What is Paul’s argument here? It is simply this, as so aptly expressed by Godet: “Such a fathomless depth of grace is not to be recrossed.”[5]

6:11. Some (but not all) the Corinthian Christians had been guilty of the sins listed in verses 9–10, but God had intervened. They were washed … by the Spirit (cf. Titus 3:5), sanctified in the Son (cf. 1 Cor. 1:2), and justified before God (cf. Rom. 8:33). This fact of justification was an appropriate thought for those judicially carping Corinthians.[6]

1 Cor. 6:9–11

Do you ever ask yourself:

•     Have I committed the unpardonable sin?

•     Can I ever be free of the weight of this guilt?

•     Will God forgive every sin?

I have good news for you! Your loving heavenly Father will forgive you of all your sins. You can be released today from your sins if you will do what God says.

The apostle Paul dealt with an instance of gross sexual immorality in the Corinthian church: a man was sleeping with his stepmother. Against that backdrop, Paul wrote, “Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:9–11).

This passage holds three great messages for us.

First, it tells us that sin is sin. God doesn’t differentiate between one type of sin and another. Most of us wouldn’t consider slanderers in the same sin boat as thieves, but sin is sin.

Second, it tells us that sin is a lifestyle, a state of being. Paul declared that sin had been the identity of the Corinthians. Sin had been their all-consuming character. Paul called them former thieves—people who had stolen as a way of life. He didn’t say, “Some of you had one too many drinks on occasion.” He said some in the Corinthian church were drunkards. Sin isn’t just something you do. Rather, sinful is something you are from birth.

Third, it tells us that all types of sin can be forgiven. Paul declared, “And such were some of you.” And then Paul reminded them that they were no longer who they had been, but they had been washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God. The Corinthians—as sorry a group of sinners as ever came together as a church—found a new life and a new identity in Christ Jesus.

Nothing is beyond God’s forgiveness. No sin is too great or too awful for God to forgive. No person is so deep in sin, so ingrained in a wicked lifestyle, so steeped in evil, that he or she cannot be saved.

See the Life Principles Index for further study:

12. Peace with God is the fruit of oneness with God.

26. Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God.[7]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 140–144). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 309). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (pp. 124–125). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, pp. 189–191). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1763). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Lowery, D. K. (1985). 1 Corinthians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 516). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (1 Co 6:9–11). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.