Daily Archives: July 25, 2018

July 25: The Difficult Issue of the Heretics

2 Samuel 14:1–15:37; 2 Peter 1:16–21; Psalm 141:1–142:7

Distinguishing between correct and false teaching has plagued nearly every church. We ask questions such as, “Are we venturing too far in that direction?” “Is this just my personal theological issue, or is this actually a big deal?” “Should I be concerned about that, or is it simply a matter of individual choice?” Thankfully, the nt clarifies many of these issues for us.

Throughout Peter’s second letter, he addresses the challenge of warding off false teachers; he aims to defend the gospel and explain why the false teachers’ claims are incorrect. To do so, Peter hinges his argument on his own experience—on what he witnessed. In his case, arguing from personal witness makes sense: Peter actually knew Jesus.

He writes, “For we did not make known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ by following ingeniously concocted myths, but by being eyewitnesses of that one’s majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when a voice such as this was brought to him by the Majestic Glory, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’ ” (2 Pet 1:16–17). For Peter, orthodoxy comes down to the foundation of the claims being made about Jesus and whether Christ is being proclaimed as Lord and as God’s Son.

Peter isn’t willing to put up with false prophecy, testimony, or teaching (see 2 Pet 2). To show how absurd the false teachers’ claims are, Peter proclaims, “every prophecy of scripture does not come about from one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke of God” (2 Pet 1:20–21).

Correct and incorrect teaching can be distinguished based on the source of the words being spoken and whether they align with what was taught by eyewitnesses (like Peter). Although this isn’t a complete guide for distinguishing between what God approves and what He doesn’t, it gives us a good start to ward off basic false teachings and focus on the truth instead. Next time we come to the difficult question of “Is this heresy?” we can ask “What would Peter think?”

What issues is your church struggling with? How can you help investigate them in light of the claims made by nt eyewitnesses like Peter?

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.

July 25 Your Incorruptible Inheritance

“… to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away” (1 Peter 1:4).

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Unlike earthly treasures, your eternal inheritance can never be taken away from you.

Despite the benefits of bank accounts, stocks, bonds, and a myriad of other investment opportunities, every earthly inheritance eventually is lost. If someone doesn’t steal it, or if it doesn’t lose its value in a stock market crash or recession, death will separate it from you. It’s inevitable! That’s why Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal” (Matt. 6:19–20).

The influence of sin and corruption doesn’t apply only to finances—it affects everything. Paul said, “The creation was subjected to futility … in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now” (Rom. 8:20–22). Nothing on earth escapes sin’s corruption.

But your eternal inheritance is not like earthly treasures. It is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading (1 Peter 1:4). “Imperishable” means it is incorruptible and unable to decay. The Greek word used describes a land that had never been ravaged or plundered by an invading army. The idea is that your spiritual inheritance is secure and can never be violated by an intruder—not even Satan himself. “Undefiled” speaks of something unpolluted by sin. “Will not fade away” suggests a supernatural beauty that time cannot impair. Peter used the same word in 1 Peter 5:4 to speak of the unfading crown of glory faithful church leaders will receive when Christ returns.

Your inheritance is unique among treasures. No one can steal it, and nothing can corrupt or diminish it in any way. It’s yours to enjoy to its fullest throughout all eternity. Don’t let the pursuit of perishable things distract you from the joy of eternal riches.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask the Lord to help you keep a proper perspective on what is of greatest value in His eyes.

For Further Study: Read Matthew 6:19–34. ✧ Why shouldn’t you worry about the necessities of life? ✧ What priorities should you have?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 219). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

HUGE NEWS! TRUMP Secures Concessions From EU to Avoid Trade War (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

On Wednesday the man Donald Trump labeled a” brutal killer,” the top dog in the European Union, Jean Claude Juncker, took his stuff to the White House.

European Commission spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said Wednesday’s talks between Juncker and Trump, would seek to “de-dramatize any potential tensions around trade.”

For background on this important economic meeting read Ted Malloch’s post from yesterday.

President Trump not only performed – He once again outperformed all expectations.

By Wednesday afternoon the two global leaders who together control over 50% of global commerce came to an agreement.

President Trump secured concessions from the European Union leader to avoid a trade war.

President Trump discussed the new developments at a presser in the Rose Garden at the White House:

via HUGE NEWS! TRUMP Secures Concessions From EU to Avoid Trade War (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

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Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

45 Philip *found Nathanael and *said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip *said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:45-46 (NASB) 

In the passage above, John 1:45-46, we see two of our Lord’s future Apostles, Philip and Nathanael, conversing. Philip finds his friend Nathanael and tells him that he and other friends have has found “him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote.” This is, of course, the Messiah. Then he tells him who he is, “Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” What was Nathanael’s response? He asked a rhetorical question, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” What was Philip’s answer? It was the one…

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The Power of “Unforgiveness” — Fallen Pastor Ministries

When we mess up and need forgiveness, one of the most frustrating things can be when people withhold that forgiveness. Forgiveness is one of those topics I write about a lot because it is one of those things fallen people think about often. Today I want to get into one of the really nasty things that can happen after someone grants a sort of half-hearted forgiveness.

You know what I’m talking about. You’ve sinned against someone and you ask their forgiveness, but when they grant it, the forgiveness only becomes a way to keep you down. They constantly remind you of your former sin, beating you over the head with it. Or, worse, they sarcastically or subtly bring it up at an opportune time to give them a perceived upper hand.

That’s not forgiveness.  I hope that goes without saying. If someone is holding that kind of “forgiveness” over you, it’s not love, grace or kindness. It’s a power trip. And the best thing you can do is simply say, “I realize you haven’t forgiven me for the sin I’ve committed. I’ve been forgiven by God. I hope one day we can talk again about this and you can forgive me. Please let me know when we can discuss it further.

Don’t let people hold sin that God has forgiven you for over your head. And don’t do it to yourself either. The sin is over with and done. Will consequences still be meted out in real life for it? Sure. But there does come a time for grace and understanding. Move on. If others can’t move along with you, be patient with them.

So why do people do this? In one of my most popular blog posts, I give several reasons people don’t forgive. So why do people act like they forgive then drag up our sin before us in a humiliating way?

For some, it seems like a way to exercise power over another. It’s like standing there and saying, “Remember what you did? I can keep you right where I want you because I know what you did.” Guess what kills that? Public confession. When everyone knows what you did, no one person has power over you.

For most of us, we feel better about our own sin when we can compare ourselves to others. When some one else commits a sin, we can always say, “Well, at least I didn’t do that.” I have a happy little theory that many people enjoy crime and reality TV because we like to know that there are people in the world worse than us. But guess what squashes this line of thinking? The ultimate righteousness of God. None of us is as good as Him. And the only one who can meet that standard is Christ.None of us is any better than the other. In fact, we are all great at sinning. Only by the grace of Christ are we all equal. All ground is level at the foot of the cross.

Forgiveness is so awesome. And it took a fall from ministry for me to grasp it fully. It’s so awesome because it brings us to a place where we don’t have to be ashamed. We don’t have to look down on another or feel beholden to anyone else in this world. We don’t have to walk through Wal-Mart with out head down. We don’t have to worry about what others say about us because our best friend, Jesus Christ, loves us no matter what.

And guess what? If Jesus is their best friend too, they shouldn’t care about it either. They’ll treat us like a brother or sister and we’ll eventually get it all figured out.

Forgiveness isn’t the easiest thing, but when it’s accomplished, it’s one of the greatest things.

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Ray Carroll is the author of “Fallen Pastor Crisis Manual: Help for All Those Affected by a Minister’s Fall” and “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” which answer many of the questions I get asked on a weekly basis.

If you are a fallen pastor who needs to talk or you are someone who has been affected by a fallen pastor and would like to contact us privately, please click here. You are the main reason this ministry exists. We are here to help you.

via The Power of “Unforgiveness” — Fallen Pastor Ministries

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Says She Has Been ‘Sent By God’ To Get President Donald Trump As Congregation Cheers — Now The End Begins

After acknowledging the children in the audience, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters ripped into President Trump during a Sunday appearance at First AME Church in Los Angeles

The line between having Trump Derangement Syndrome and actual mental illness is a fine one to be sure, but ‘Crazy Auntie’ Maxine Waters seems to have crossed it. And by a fairly wide margin I would have to say. Speaking at the First AME Church in Los Angeles this past Sunday, Maxine Waters went into a long, rambling and at times incoherent diatribe against Donald Trump, which wound up by saying that she was ‘sent here by God’ to take out President Trump.

We have always said that Donald Trump was put in power by God, and now ‘Crazy Auntie’ Maxine says she was sent by God to take Donald Trump out. Both sides can’t be right, let the games begin.

FROM THE AMERICAN MIRROR: Wanting to address what people are reading on the “social internet,” she said, “We never dreamed we’d have someone in the White House who was divisive, who could not tell the truth, and who was intent on not making America great again, but taking America down.”

She hammered Trump, telling the congregants, “I am in this fight.”  Maxine Waters said there is “an attempt to intimidate, an attempt to frighten, an attempt to make you go away and shut up and be quiet.

“I don’t know shut up!” she said to thunderous cheers. “I don’t know intimidation. I don’t know fear.”

Watch to see what a mental breakdown in progress looks like

She counseled her audience, “Don’t you worry about those who are threatening. Don’t you worry about those who are talking about they’re gonna shoot. I know some of you got a little worried when I said to them, ‘If you’re gonna shoot me you better shoot straight.’

“There’s nothing like a wounded animal.” Maxine Waters told the audience about the difficulties of the “housing crisis” in America. “Jesus! Lord!” on congregant exclaimed. She said she’s pushed back on Democrats who have said to leave Trump alone. “I’ve said that we can walk and chew gum at the same time,” Waters said, and a church goer yelled, “Say it!”

She went on a stem winder about Russia and Trump’s alleged intent to lift sanctions against the foe.

Waters ended her remarks by claiming God has sent her on her mission against Trump.

“You’ve gotta know that I’m here to do the work that I was sent to do, and as pastor said to me when I came in this morning, when God sends you to do something, you just do it!

“So I have a message I’m going back to Washington tomorrow morning, I’m going to tell them pastor told me to come here and just do it!” The pastor then embraced Maxine Waters amid wild applause. source

via Congresswoman Maxine Waters Says She Has Been ‘Sent By God’ To Get President Donald Trump As Congregation Cheers — Now The End Begins

Is the US a Third World country when it comes to infrastructure? RT’s Boom Bust investigates

American infrastructure, not ready for the future?

https://www.rt.com/shows/boom-bust/431873-infrastructure-economy-markets-spending/video/5b3f2b18fc7e9345788b4585

Infrastructure in America is one of the major issues and it affects the lives of millions of people and billions of dollars. Trump campaigned on a $1 trillion dollar infrastructure bill, but ended up asking for way less. So, what does this mean for things like roads and transit? Join us today as we begin a two-part special covering the various aspects of US infrastructure and the future it faces. All this and more on Boom Bust!

Source: Is the US a Third World country when it comes to infrastructure? RT’s Boom Bust investigates


American infrastructure, not ready for the future? Part 2 of 2

JULY 25 “UNFAIR! UNFAIR!”

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth…neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Isaiah 53:7, 9

Christians who understand the true meaning of Christ’s cross will never whine about being treated unfairly. Whether or not they are given fair treatment will never enter their heads. They know they have been called to follow Christ, and certainly the Savior did not receive anything approaching fair treatment from mankind.

In language the word unfair seems altogether innocent, but it indicates an inner attitude that has no place among Christians.

The man who cries “Unfair!” is not a victorious man. He is inwardly defeated and in self-defense appeals to the referee to note that he has been fouled. This gives him an alibi when they carry him out on a stretcher and saves his face while his bruises heal.

It is a certainty that Christians will suffer wrongs; but if they take them in good spirit and without complaint, they have conquered their enemy. They remember that Jesus was reviled—but any thought of His shouting for fair play simply cannot be entertained by the reverent heart!

Lord, remind me to think of Your example whenever I am tempted to complain that “life is unfair.” You suffered the greatest injustice of all; yet You remained silent.[1]


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

In One Year, MSNBC Covered ‘Stormy Daniels’ 455 Times, ‘War In Yemen’ 0

Authored by Adam Johnson via FAIR.org,

Why is the No. 1 outlet of alleged anti-Trump #resistance completely ignoring his most devastating war?

As FAIR has noted before (1/8/18, 3/20/18), to MSNBC, the carnage and destruction the US and its Gulf Monarchy allies are leveling against the poorest country in the Arab world is simply a non-issue.

On July 2, a year had passed since the cable network’s last segment mentioning US participation in the war on Yemen, which has killed in excess of 15,000 people and resulted in over a million cases of cholera. The US is backing a Saudi-led bombing campaign with intelligence, refueling, political cover, military hardware and, as of March, ground troops. None of this matters at all to what Adweek (4/3/18) calls “the network of the Resistance,” which has since its last mention of the US’s role in the destruction of Yemen found time to run over a dozen segments highlighting war crimes committed by the Syrian and Russian governments in Syria.

By way of contrast, as MSNBC was marking a year without mentioning the US role in Yemen, the PBS NewsHour was running a three-part series on the war, with the second part (7/3/18) headlined, “American-Made Bombs in Yemen Are Killing Civilians, Destroying Infrastructure and Fueling Anger at the US.” The NewsHour’s Jane Ferguson reported:

PBS NewsHour (7/3/18) examining the remains of US-made cluster bombs in Yemen.

“The aerial bombing campaign has not managed to dislodge the rebels, but has hit weddings, hospitals and homes. The US military supports the Saudi coalition with logistics and intelligence. The United States it also sells the Saudis and coalition partners many of the bombs they drop on Yemen.”

MSNBC chat show/Starbucks commercial Morning Joe did run one segment (4/25/18) that vaguely mentioned the war on Yemen, but failed to note the US’s role in it at all, much less that Washington is arming and backing the conflict’s primary aggressor. Instead, they did the perverse inversion––previously mastered by Washington Post’s Jackson Diehl (FAIR.org, 6/27/17)—of not only ignoring the US’s major role in killing thousands, but painting the US as a noble haven for refugees. The schlocky segment, an interview with writer Mohammed Al Samawi, was a shallow mixture of “interfaith” pablum, poverty porn and self-congratulations to the US for taking in refugees (without, of course, acknowledging that they’re seeking refuge from a crisis the US has created).

For a bit more context, in the time period of July 3, 2017, to July 3, 2018, MSNBC dedicated zero segments to the US’s war in Yemen, but 455 segments to Stormy Daniels. This isn’t to suggest the Stormy Daniels matter isn’t newsworthy—presidential corruption is per se important. But one has to wonder if this particular thread of venality is 455 stories more important than Trump aggressively supporting a war that’s killing hundreds of people a month, injuring thousands, and subjecting millions to famine and cholera. Did MSNBC editors, poring over the latest academic foreign policy literature, really come to the conclusion Trump’s war in Yemen isn’t important? Or is MSNBC simply fueled by partisan Russia dot-connecting and stories that allow them to say “porn star” as much as possible?

What seems most likely is MSNBC has found that attacking Russia form the right on matters of foreign policy is the most elegant way to preserve its “progressive” image while still serving traditional centers of power – namely, the Democratic Party establishment, corporate sponsors, and their own revolving door of ex-spook and military contractor-funded talking heads (3/26/18). After all, Obama backed the war on Yemen – though not nearly as aggressively as Trump has – and it’s difficult to make a coherent left-wing, anti-war criticism when the current Republican in office is simply carrying out your guy’s policy, but on steroids.

In any event, it’s not like any Yemenis are going to pull ads, turn down appearances, or phone Comcast higher-ups complaining. So, who cares? To be poor and brown—to say nothing of not serving the immediate partisan interests of the Democratic party—is evidently to not matter much in the eyes of MSNBC producers and on-air talent.

Source: In One Year, MSNBC Covered ‘Stormy Daniels’ 455 Times, ‘War In Yemen’ 0

Maxine Waters Believes She is on a Mission From God

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

“Wanting to address what people are reading on the “social internet,” Waters  said,

“We never dreamed we’d have someone in the White House who was divisive, who could not tell the truth, and who was intent on not making America great again, but taking America down.” source

See Waters preaching her hatred in church:

Maxine!  You are finally speaking truth about Barack Obama!  

Oh wait– you were speaking of President Trump!  Your words summed up so brilliantly the 8 years of tyranny under our former Muslim President Obama!

Questions for Maxine Waters:

  • Just how is Trump being divisive?
  • Just how is he not telling the truth?
  • And just how is President Trump taking America down?

Whenever a liberal attacks President Trump – do you notice that they always speak in generalities?  But I don’t let it stop there. I ask for specifics.  What do I generally…

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If you think God is speaking directly today, here is what that means…

The End Time

Women have for at least two generations now, grown up in the faith with famous or celebrity women Bible teachers claiming to have had personal revelations and interactions with Jesus. They say “God told me” or “God laid it on my heart to tell you” or “I want to share some of the messages I have received” or “I heard Him specifically say…” Their persistent claims of direct revelation outside of the Bible has normalized it when it was never even normal in Bible times! Worse, it has accomplished two things:

–de facto declared the insufficiency of the Bible
–made a generation of women illiterate, because why do the hard work of studying the Bible when it can just plop down from the sky?

God is not speaking today to people outside of His word.

Whenever I or any of my friends say this, we receive tremendous push back. We…

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July 25, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump accused China on Wednesday of targeting American farmers in a “vicious” way and using them as leverage to get concessions on trade a day after the administration announced a $12 billion farm aid package.

A candidate backed by U.S. President Donald Trump convincingly won a two-man Republican primary run-off for governor of Georgia on Tuesday in a race that became a proxy battle between the president and the state’s popular Republican governor, Nathan Deal.

A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees a right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense, finding that Hawaii overstepped its authority to regulate firearms possession outside the home.

A U.S. Christian pastor on trial in Turkey on terrorism charges left prison on Wednesday after a court ruled he should be transferred to house arrest, a step that could help reduce tension between the NATO allies.

U.N. human rights experts urged Russian officials on Wednesday to prosecute alleged widespread cases of torture including beatings, electric shocks or burial in snow at labor camps in Siberia.

Heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding in southeastern Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing five children and forcing a thousand people to relocate, including in the Rohingya refugee camps.

Two weeks after their dramatic rescue from a cave in northern Thailand, young members of a Thai soccer team are preparing to be ordained as novice Buddhist monks.

U.S. airlines plan to comply with a Chinese government demand that they revise their website identifications of Taiwan to reflect China’s claim on the island territory, said a person familiar with the discussions.

Rescuers recovered 26 bodies and hundreds remain missing after a dam collapse swamped several villages in southern Laos, as survivors Wednesday questioned why they got little warning of the deluge.

Israel said it shot down a Syrian warplane that crossed into the occupied Golan Heights, but Damascus said the jet was fired on as it took part in sorties against rebels within Syria.

Abortion is already legal under state law in Massachusetts – but that didn’t stop abortion rights advocates from pushing through a bill last week to formally repeal the state’s 173-year-old law against “procuring a miscarriage” that remained on the books.

AP Top Stories

Russia has offered to keep Iranian forces in Syria away from the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights but Israel wants Tehran to completely withdraw.

A string of suicide blasts and raids claimed by the Islamic State group killed more than 180 people in southern Syria, in one of the jihadists’ deadliest ever assaults in the country.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are arresting more undocumented immigrants at their workplaces and conducting more investigations of businesses to see if they employ undocumented immigrants, according to numbers disclosed by the agency on Tuesday.

Oil could be back to US$45 a barrel within 12 months, Citigroup’s commodities chief Ed Morse said, noting that the bullish case for crude is based on a faulty analysis. The top oil forecaster who warned about the 2014 price collapse and also accurately predicted that the OPEC+ club would end its production cut deal earlier than everyone expected, has said that the capital efficiency and technological advancements that have improved oil recovery goes against the bullish scenario, because the better the recovery rate, the more oil that can be produced on the cheap.

The Chilean civil authorities are investigating 36 accusations of sexual abuse against bishops, clerics and lay workers in the Roman Catholic Church, the national prosecutor’s office said on Monday. The investigations are among 144 reports of sexual abuse implicating 158 Church workers made since 2000, it added in a statement.

BBC

Researchers have found evidence of an existing body of liquid water on Mars. What they believe to be a lake sits under the planet’s south polar ice cap, and is about 12 miles across.

Pakistan has been hit by violence on the day of its general elections – with at least 31 dead in the worst attack.

A man accused of dressing as a woman to trick men into having sex with him, and uploading videos of them to the internet, has pleaded not guilty.

Google’s sister-company Waymo has announced a trial in which its self-driving cars will ferry shoppers to and from a nearby Walmart store to pick up their groceries.

Australia’s first openly gay imam, Nur Warsame, counsels Muslims around the world not to feel shame about sexuality. Unable to travel due to security concerns, he set up Marhaba – an online prayer group – five years ago.

Zimbabweans are going to the polls on 30 July – and it will be the first time in 38 years without Robert Mugabe in power.

Democratic Republic of Congo Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga has announced that the Ebola outbreak in the country’s Équateur province is over after 42 days without a new case.

WND

The media watchdog’s 2017-2018 study looked at network news coverage on ABC, CBS, and NBC, and found that over the span of the year and a half, 92 percent of news coverage of the president has been negative.

In Hollywood’s latest attempt to pander to their ultra-liberal base, Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright will be appearing in an episode of CBS’s fifth season of the politically-driven drama “Madam Secretary.”

Kentucky pastor Steve Ayers has reached a milestone that has Christians across the state taking notice: 10,000 baptisms since he arrived at Hillvue Heights Church since 1991.


News – 7/25/2018

Former George Soros Operative Found Dead in Paris
The co-founder of violent anti-Putin feminist protest group Femen has been found dead in Paris. Up until 2014, Femen was heavily funded by billionaire globalist George Soros to incite anti-Putin riots across Russia. In June 2014 Femen opened a branch in Israel with 15 women, and according to a post on their official Facebook page, Soros cut the organization’s funding as a result.

Rothschild’s Ex-Wife Found Dead, Hanging from Doorknob at Home
49-year-old Annabelle Neilson’s body was discovered hanging from a doorknob in the bathroom of her $4.1 million mansion on Thursday, but news of her sudden and tragic death has only just been made public. Police have yet to confirm the cause of her death, and haven’t ruled out drug or alcohol use, but say they are “not treating it as suspicious.” Since splitting with the banking heir, she was in an extremely close relationship with fashion designer Alexander McQueen who also died in eerily similar circumstances to Neilson….In the morning, his housekeeper found him hanging from a doorknob at his home in Green Street, London W1.

Man Who Identifies as Woman Goes on Axe Attack, Hears Demonic Voices to ‘Start the Rise of Hell on Earth’
An Australian man who identifies as a woman who attempted to kill people with an axe at a 7-Eleven store last year while under the influence of drugs says that he heard voices telling him to “kill and maim” and to “start the rise of Hell on Earth.”

Erdogan says will discuss protection of Syria with Russia’s Putin
Erdogan said on Wednesday he will discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin ways to protect Syrians from potential attack in the northern province of Idlib, the largest remaining Syrian rebel-held enclave.

Venezuela heads for GLOBAL MELTDOWN: Inflation to SOAR 1000000% just like 1923 Germany
The projection has been made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is also expecting the country’s economy to plummet by 18 percent in 2018 – up from the 15 percent drop it forecasted in April and the third consecutive year of double digit decline. It cited a significant drop in oil production and “widespread micro-level distortions on top of large macroeconomic imbalances” for this fall.

‘Armageddon’ fire in Greece kills at least 80, many missing
The death toll from a fire which ripped through a Greek coastal town stood at 80 on Wednesday, with dozens of people unaccounted for, as Greece reeled from the horror of victims being burnt alive.

Keith Ellison Calls Borders An “Injustice,” Gets Minnesota Media Blackout
Islamofascist Keith Ellison, now running to become the next Attorney General of Minnesota, this week said that borders create an injustice and more. Where are the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press, MPR and our local television stations? They’re AWOL and by design, by intent, by conscious choice. National outlets covered the story because it was, you know, news. The Washington Free Beacon ran a story as well as Breitbart. There was a decent discussion of this embarrassing fool on social media but those two outlets were the only national ones to cover Ellison, hardly an encouraging sign about the MSM’s lack of bias.

Woman may have passed on Ebola a year after recovery
A new report suggests that people can survive Ebola and still possibly infect others up to a year later. The finding could mean that continued monitoring for the disease is still necessary after a country has been declared Ebola-free, the researchers said. The case study involved a family in Liberia, which had more than 4,800 deaths between 2014 and 2015 during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The country was declared Ebola-free in May 2015, but then there was a cluster of new cases.

Immigrant admits recruiting Muslims for jihad massacres
A 53-year-old Muslim man who was born in Algeria, became a citizen of Ireland and now resides in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to recruiting Muslims in the United States and Europe to engage in violent jihad in Europe.

HIV Up In 50 Countries, Especially Eastern Europe
HIV infections are rising in 50 countries, with some regions seeing up to a 30-percent increase in the disease since 2010, especially in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Israel’s NIS 30 billion plan to thwart missile strikes
The Security Cabinet is set to approve on Sunday a new NIS 30 billion ($8.225 billion) plan to arm the IDF with defense weapons to thwart missile strikes amid the rising tensions on both the northern and southern fronts. The multi-annual plan, which is expected to start in 2019 and end in late 2028, is the most expensive plan in IDF and Israeli security history.

One of the last Holocaust survivors to escape Auschwitz passes away
Herman Shine, who is believed to be one of the last survivors to have escaped Auschwitz, has died. Shine, who worked as a roofer at the Nazi death camp before making a daring escape with his good friend Max Drimmer, died on June 23. He was 96. Fewer than 200 prisoners escaped from Auschwitz. Shine, born Mendel Scheingesicht in Berlin, was arrested in that German city in 1939 and then deported with 1,700 other Polish Jews to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

Syria war: Suicide attacks in the south kill dozens
Suicide bombings and gun attacks in southern Syria have killed at least 50 people, reports say. The attacks took place in and around the government-held city of Suweida on Wednesday, state media and monitors reported. The Islamic State (IS) group has been blamed for the violence. Pro-government forces are reported to be fighting militants east of the city.

Police facial recognition system faces legal challenge
A legal challenge against the use of automatic facial recognition technology by police has been launched by a civil liberties group. Automatic Facial Recognition uses CCTV or surveillance cameras to record and compare facial characteristics with images on police databases. Lawyers for Big Brother Watch argue the use of AFR breaches the rights of individuals under the Human Rights Act.

We Are Seeing Heat And Drought In The Southwest United States Like We Haven’t Seen Since The Dust Bowl Of The 1930s
…At this moment, almost the entire Southwest is in some stage of drought. Agricultural production has been absolutely devastated, major lakes, rivers and streams are rapidly becoming bone dry, and wild horses are dropping dead because they don’t have any water to drink. In addition, we are starting to see enormous dust storms strike major cities such as Las Vegas and Phoenix, and…this one of the worst years for wildfires in U.S. history.

With focus on Mexico, apprehensions grow at Canadian border
While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there’s growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada. People crossing the border between Vermont and Quebec have paid smugglers up to $4,000, usually payable when the immigrants reach their U.S. destination, according to officials and court documents.

Friday’s total lunar eclipse will be longest blood moon visible this century, until 2123
The full moon will turn blood red on July 27 as the longest total lunar eclipse of the century takes place in the skies from Australia through Africa. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s innermost shadow. When this happens, the moon turns rusty orange or deep reed in color and is how it earned the nickname of a blood moon eclipse.

More and More of What We Do Depends on Government Permission
Do you have permit for that? If you want to keep that permit, you’d better do as you’re told. Increasingly, that’s the theme of modern America. More and more of what we do is dependent on permission from the government. That permission, unsurprisingly, is contingent on keeping government officials happy. Rub those officials the wrong way and they’ll strip you of permission to travel the roads, leave the country, or even make a living.

ISIS takes responsibility for terror attack in Toronto
The ISIS terrorist organization assumed responsibility to a terror attack in Toronto earlier this week that killed an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl and injured 13. In a statement quoted by Al Arabiya, ISIS said claimed that the terrorist, 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, “was a soldier of the ISIS and carried out the attack in response to calls to target the citizens of the coalition countries.”

Man Who Identifies as Woman Goes on Axe Attack, Hears Demonic Voices to ‘Start the Rise of Hell on Earth’
An Australian man who identifies as a woman who attempted to kill people with an axe at a 7-Eleven store last year while under the influence of drugs says that he heard voices telling him to “kill and maim” and to “start the rise of Hell on Earth.”

China Built an Army of Influence Agents in the U.S.
The Russians may be getting all the attention for influencing American opinion and policy. But Beijing has been at it for decades. In May, a classified Australian government report revealed that the Chinese Communist Party had spent the last decade attempting to influence every level of that nation’s government and politics. “They put an enormous amount of effort into making sure we don’t talk about what it’s doing.”

Inflating Palestinian Refugee Numbers?
Members of Congress are demanding to see a report that could change the entire Middle East political picture by answering one simple question: Has the attempt to produce a solution to the Israel-Palestinian problem been predicated on inflating the number of Palestinian refugees? And in addition, has the answer been hidden to fuel a multi-billion dollar political agenda, one which gives the Palestinians the upper-hand in peace negotiations?

Erdogan Labels Israel ‘Racist,’ Netanyahu Responds to ‘Turkish Massacres’
Turkish strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being racist and becoming a state based on apartheid, following the passing of the Nation State Bill late last week. In response, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu accused Erdogan of “massacring Syrians and Kurds.”

Russians Arrest NATO Spy Suspects in Probe of Hypersonic Missile Secrets
Russian FSB security and intelligence service agents have arrested two people in the defense industry charged with passing secrets on Moscow’s hypersonic missiles to western intelligence. U.S. intelligence agencies are closely monitoring the mole hunt first disclosed July 20 in news reports in Russia.

The Wealthy Elitists Plan To Survive The Apocalypse And Leave Us Behind
Silicon Valley’s wealthy elitists are preparing for the apocalypse, and their plans for survival don’t include us. When the time comes, those same elitists plan to only save themselves.

If Your Teen Is Vaping With An E-Cigarette Called ‘Juul’, They Could Be Developing A Nearly Unbreakable Nicotine Addiction
The Juul, an e-cigarette that delivers a nicotine hit equal to the amount in two packs of cigarettes, may be one of the toughest addictions to break

3 Children Euthanized in Belgium Since 2016
Three children have been euthanized in Belgium since 2016, according to a report by the country’s FKim photoederal Control and Evaluation Committee, as reported by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC).

Haley on Defending Israel at the UN: US Has ‘a Moral Duty to Take Sides’
…“On the contrary, we have a moral duty to take sides, even when that means standing alone,” she said. Addressing Christians United For Israel’s annual summit, Haley spelled out the Trump administration’s response to anti-Israel bias at the U.N.

Italian Bishop: I Would ‘Turn All Churches into Mosques’ to Save Migrants
An Italian bishop has said that he would be willing to see an end to Christianity and the dominion of Islam if it meant saving migrants’ lives, Italian media reported Monday.

For the first time, a female Ebola survivor infects others
For the first time, scientists have found evidence that a woman can harbor the Ebola virus for more than a year and then infect others.

Cambridge University scientists create artificial embryo from stem cells
Artificial embryos built from scratch using stem cells have been created by scientists.

Louise Brown, world’s first test tube baby backs genetic editing of human embryos
Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube baby has backed the genetic editing of human embryos to cure disease arguing that people also condemned IVF when it was first attempted.

The People to Toronto Mayor John Tory: “Just the Facts, Man!”
In Canada it is all but impossible to legally acquire a handgun.  Is it even remotely possible that John Tory, the mayor of Canada’s largest city, doesn’t know that? One day after the Danforth tragedy that left two innocents dead and 13 others wounded, Tory called for the total disarmament of Toronto— saying nobody needs a gun — in the wake of a gunman’s rampage through its Danforth district.

Laos dam collapse: Hundreds missing after flash floods hit villages
Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number are dead after a dam under construction collapsed in south-east Laos, state media say.

Scientific American confirms: Atrazine herbicide is a “sex-changing weed killer” that turns male frogs GAY
A scientific study has reaffirmed that a popular weedkiller manufactured by Syngenta and used on crop fields all across the United States is so damaging to the endocrine system that it can actually turn natural-born males into females.

Sweden: Migrant Pedophiles Marrying Children to Win EU Passports Under News Law
The introduction of liberal new laws in Sweden has led to grown men marrying terrified young girls in a bid to win EU passports from the government.

G-D’s WRATH: Earthquakes are wreaking havoc on Iran, as the Islamic Republic is enduring hell on Earth
IRAN has been rocked by two strong 5.9 and 5.5 earthquake, leaving more than 250 people injured.

The “global warming” hoax: 30 years of failed predictions that never happened
Once upon a time in the late 1980s, the Left devised a behavioral modification scheme aimed at one thing: Future control of as much of the population as possible.

UAE, Tunisia Stripped of Judo Events For Discriminating Against Israeli Athletes
The International Judo Federation stripped the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia from their hosting rights of two international tournaments because governments in those countries — those Muslim-run countries — failed to guarantee the safety and well-being of Israeli athletes.

Judge smacks down NY AG’s attack on pro-lifers
The prosecution of 13 pro-life protesters by then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman – who stunningly declared this is “not a nation where you can choose your point of view” – has been rebuffed by a federal judge.

National ID Cards Precede Enslavement and Genocide
…Arizona lost its battle against the Real ID card which will soon be required to travel and following that, there is no doubt, it will be required to do business, hold a job, etc. Do the numbers 666 hold any significance for anyone?


Headlines – 7/25/2018

UN Mideast envoy: Israel, Hamas were ‘minutes away’ from war

UN envoy: ‘Devastating’ Israel-Hamas clash averted in Gaza

Liberman urges Gazans to oust Hamas from power

Israel’s UN ambassador: ‘Security Council should condemn Hamas’

IDF strikes Gaza ‘fire balloon’ launchers, three reported hurt

Despite US cuts, Haley accuses world of failing to fund Palestinians

Haley tells UNSC Arab leaders ‘afraid’ to tell Palestinians the truth

Haley on Defending Israel at the UN: US Has ‘a Moral Duty to Take Sides’

Lieberman to Gaza residents: Together we can become Singapore of Mideast

Lapid doesn’t rule out evacuating Jordan Valley settlements for peace

US Ambassador to the UN: ‘Palestinians reject peace plan they haven’t seen’

Russia: Jewish State Law ‘greatly complicates’ Mideast peace

Erdogan: ‘Spirit of Hitler’ apparent in ‘fascist’ Israel’s nation-state law

Israel rebukes Turkey’s Erdogan over ‘Hitler’ comparison

Denmark charges imam with incitement for sermon that called for killing Jews

Israel Stays Mum as Development Work Begins at Giant Cyprus Gas Field

Israel to Boost Missile Defense Systems With $8 Billion Over Decade

For first time since 2011, Syrian regime reaches border with Israel

IDF shoots down Syrian fighter jet that entered Israeli airspace

Netanyahu: Syria jet blatant violation of 1974 agreements, we won’t accept it

Israel tried to contact Syrian pilot before shooting down jet, envoy to UN says

Islamic State said to capture body of downed Syrian pilot

Analysis: Soviet-made Sukhoi downed by IAF exposes Syria’s aging air force

Syria says response to fighter jet’s downing ‘will come soon enough’ – report

UN warns of increasing confrontations between Syria, Israel

‘Heartbroken’ White Helmets say they fled Syria fearing Assad reprisals

Fighting may last months in last IS holdout in Syria, warns French general

Suicide attack hits Syrian city of Sweida, causes fatalities

Dozens dead in attacks on Syria’s Sweida city, villages: health authority

Netanyahu accuses Erdogan of ‘massacring Syrians and Kurds’

Turkey approves security law after state of emergency lifted

Islamic State Makes Comeback in Iraq With Switch to Guerrilla Tactics

Kuwait intervenes to help Iraq through electricity crisis

Russia: Israel has not rejected our proposal to distance the Iranians 100 km from border

Pompeo tell Europe: Time to face facts about Iran’s malevolent regime

After Twitter outburst, Trump says he’s ‘ready to make a deal’ with Iran

Trump Is Pursuing A Totally Incoherent Iran Strategy, Experts Say

It’s not Trump Iranians are worried about – it’s their homegrown crises

Turkey told US it opposes sanctions on Iran

German spy agency says Iran’s growing cyber capabilities pose danger

Iran-backed Houthis ‘Target Saudi Warship’ Off Yemen Coast

Several rockets fired into Kabul, casualties reported

30 killed in suicide bombing at Pakistan polling station

Italian Bishop: I Would ‘Turn All Churches into Mosques’ to Save Migrants

There are 14,500 nuclear weapons in the world: Here are the countries that have them

Report: Russian hackers penetrated networks of US electric utilities

China Detaining Over 1 Million Muslims in Concentration Camps but the World Is Silent, Believer Says

U.S. airlines poised to change Taiwan references as China deadline looms

Trump’s Trade War May Spark a Chinese Debt Crisis

Trump offers $12B in aid to farmers hit by tariffs

Chinese Reversing Big U.S. Real Estate Buying Spree That Had Helped Boost Prices

Southern California home sales crash, a warning sign to the nation

How tech’s richest plan to save themselves after the apocalypse

The left’s embarrassing plea for open borders – The real facts immigration anarchists try to hide from the public

The Memo: Dems grapple with Trump’s resilience

Trump approval tough to pin down as president continues to confound pollsters

Facebook’s outgoing security chief: ‘We need to intentionally not collect data where possible’

Friday’s total lunar eclipse will be longest blood moon visible this century, until 2123

Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years

Mysterious Substance and ‘Devilry’ Blamed for 3-Hour ‘Solar Eclipse’ in Russia

A Solar Storm Is Headed for Earth – Should You Be Worried?

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Gold Beach, Oregon

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Haebaru, Japan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Gold Beach, Oregon

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 12,000ft

Flooding in the Mid-Atlantic is shaping up to be ‘potentially dangerous, even life-threatening’

Laos dam collapse: Many feared dead as floods hit villages

Nineteen dead, more than 3,000 in need of rescue, after Laos dam collapse

NASA analyzes tropical storm Wukong’s strawberry-shape

Tropical Storm Jongdari making a possible direct hit on Tokyo

Japan’s deadly heat wave declared a natural disaster as death toll continues to rise

40 million in West face scorching heat; 30 million under flood watch in East

California Was Warned Months Ago Its Grid Could Buckle In The Heat. Now It’s Happening

Wildfires in Greece kill 74 in deadliest blazes in decades

Smartphones are killing teenagers’ memories, study says

3 Children Euthanized in Belgium Since 2016

Massachusetts moves to protect abortion rights following Kavanaugh nomination

Majority of Israelis back LGBT protests, new poll finds

Where Is Gay Marriage Legal? Cuba Is Set to Become Next Country to Recognize Same-Sex Marital Rights


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LIST: The 35 Criminal and Destructive Acts by the Democrat Party, Deep State, Media and Never Trumpers to Gut America — The Gateway Pundit

Last night Americans experienced another leak and another smear of President Trump from CNN.  This leak is a tape from the President’s lawyer which may have been taped illegally, which may have been initially stolen from the President’s lawyer by the Mueller team (to hell with attorney-client privilege) which  is just another attempt to damage duly elected President Trump. 

As a result of this and all previous illegal activities by the previous administration, the MSM, Never-Trumpers, and absent Attorney General Jeff Sessions, we can now confirm that the US is officially a banana republic.

The US has gradually fallen over time and the past ten or so years have been the worst.   The Obama Administration took the US to new levels of corruption at the very top while ignoring the US Constitution and hurting most the forgotten and hard working men and women of the US.

If you stand up for Americans then you are the enemy of the Obama team of corrupt government workers (the Deep State), the Democrat Party and all Never-Trumpers, the elites who want to control the world because they and their strong arm perpetrators (e.g. Peter Strzok) believe they know what is best, and the MSM.

To hell with laws for the elites, only the commoners are required to adhere to them.  The elites and their gangs of perpetrators are now in charge and they don’t have to abide by the laws demanded upon the rest of us.

If you are a Democrat or a Never-Trumper:

1.) You can have your own server outside of the government system even though government employees are mandated to use the government’s servers and systems.  You can do this to hide your racketeering operation and other unlawful actions.  If caught, you can destroy the server, clean it with a software that will ensure nothing is there, destroy all emails and evidence, and delay any requests while denying any wrongdoing.  No worries, you will be exonerated by the Deep State legal system, its corrupt DOJ and FBI, and its phony judges in their phony courts.

2.) You can use government agencies at your discretion, whether legal or not.  You can target your conservative opponents through the IRS by delaying and eventually denying their requests or targeting them for audits.  You can share their records with all members of the Deep State and nothing will happen to you.

3.) You can run guns across the US border or across the Middle East.  When Americans are killed as a result, you can lie to Congress, no worries.

4.) You can see your Ambassador murdered in Benghazi and blame it on an innocent American in Los Angeles and a video he created that you state caused the outrage that killed Americans.  You can deny them help when under fire and go to sleep so you can make your next day’s campaign fund-raiser.

5.) You can sell 20% of US uranium to the Russian nuclear company in return for $146 million in contributions to your “Foundation”.  When questioned, you can deny wrongdoing and know that your Deep State will never prosecute you for any wrongdoing.

6.) You can hand over the ‘Taliban 5’ to whoever you want along with billions in cash and in return obtain a US soldier captured because he was a deserter and lie about him being a deserter.

7.) You can give billions to Iran, the country responsible for a quarter of US soldiers’ deaths in Iraq.  You can claim it is a good deal and hide from Americans the money provided to get the deal done, even the billion in cash that was transferred overnight on pallets on a plane.

8.) You can donate billions of American tax payer’s dollars to a group of nobody’s in the name of climate change so that they can redistribute it to poor countries like China.

9.) You can spy on your opponents, lie about it, create false stories of their interactions with Russians and push it through your corrupt MSM.

10.) You can back stab the President of the US, even if he is in your party.  You can call out all charges against him, align yourself with the MSM and the Deep State and do all you can to prevent his efforts to ‘Make America Great Again’.

If you are Deep State:

1.) You can make millions supporting your Deep State candidates and hope for cushy government jobs where you can continue to promote your illegal activities because you know best.

2.) You can allow obvious criminals to be set free because of your bias and hopes to someday work for them, even if they destroy evidence, neglect to properly maintain super-secret classified emails, share the information with whomever they want, and lie about the entire cover-up.

3.) You can create a ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ collusion fake news story and throw it on your opponent even though you may have personally delivered uranium to Russians on a European airport tarmac.

4.) You can spy on your opponents and tape their conversations.

5.) You can obtain your politician’s made up phony dossier and present it to the secret FISA court in an effort to obtain a license to spy on your opponent.  You can continue to use this document for a year to spy on him and his team, even after he takes office.

6.) Even though you signed off on a FISA warrant, you can create a phony and corrupt Special Counsel with a team of far-left gangster lawyers and inspectors whose only purpose is to remove your opponent from office and punish his loyal supporters.

7.) You can make up lies about your interviewees lying when pounced on them only a few days after working in the White House.  You can use these lies to create false documents and then force them through gangster tactics to succumb to a guilty plea for lying.  You can use one of your friends, a judge (Contreras) who also works on the secret FISA court to obtain the guilty plea.

8.) You can push your cases through judges appointed by Obama (Amy Berman Jackson) who you know will overturn every plea by those you arrest.

9.) You can throw your indicted enemies in jail using your Obama judge and keep them in solitary confinement even though they have not been tried or convicted.

10.) You can indict them for more phony charges when they fight back since their real crime was representing your opponent as his campaign manager.

11.) You can charge people for not filing forms when their former bosses (the Podestas) did the same but were tipped off to file them in arrears shortly before arresting their former employee (Manafort).

12.) You can grant the individuals aligned with your gang (Rice, Abedin, and now Podesta and others) immunity but never do the same for your opponent’s team members.

13.) You can steal your opponent’s transition team documents and emails even though much of it was protected under attorney client privilege.

14.) You can create ‘fake lawsuits’ against made up Russians and indict them and claim they stole the election even though the Facebook stories aligned to them were in Russian and were never translated to English, by them or your Deep State FBI, DOJ or Mueller Witch Hunt team.

15.) You can leak stories true and not true to the press to damage your opponents, no worries.

16.) You can steal your opponent’s personal attorney’s documents, files and tapes – to hell with attorney–client privilege again.

17.) And now, you can even leak these privileged documents and tapes to your MSM in another attempt to destroy your opponent.

If you’re the liberal mainstream media:

1.) You can do what you’re told and push every phone Russia story you can to destroy your conservative opponent.

2.) You can prevent conservatives from sharing information on your social outlets like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.  To hell with free speech.

3.) You can and will never share any positive stories that can be associated with the current President.  If the stock market reaches record highs, the GDP explodes, Americans get special bonuses due to new tax legislation, or any number of positive economic news, don’t share it.

4.) You will make fun of the President’s meeting with a North Korean dictator and yell out unbelievably inappropriate cat calls during historic events (Jim Acosta).  You will call the historic meeting a big nothing burger and move on back to Russia, Russia, Russia.

5.) You will push every phony and seedy story you can against the current President.

6.) You will only have Democrats, Never Trumpers or Deep State operatives on your shows who disparage the President.

7.) You will promote the fake Russia, Russia, Russia story day in and day out, claiming the President is guilty of collusion with Russia for years with no proof, only false accusations by your politicians and Deep State cronies will be allowed.

If you are duly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions –

You will do nothing while the country, and it’s legal system you have a constitutional duty to protect, burn to the ground.

Yes, unfortunately and finally, due to the lack of a legitimate legal system which was systematically destroyed by years of corruption, the US is officially a banana republic.

via LIST: The 35 Criminal and Destructive Acts by the Democrat Party, Deep State, Media and Never Trumpers to Gut America — The Gateway Pundit

Bethel School Of Spiritual Drunkenness — Famine In The Land

By Rick Becker  25 July 2018

The doctrines and practices emanating from Bethel are as far removed from biblical Christianity as the east is from the west.  Leaders at BSSM channel their students into the dark world of mysticism, vain imaginations, and the demonic.  It takes little discernment to realize that what the BSSM promotes is evil.  The fact that they cannot see this indicates they have rejected truth; they have been given over to a delusion.  Our task is to contend for the faith by warning and praying for those caught up in this deception.

The official Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry School Planting website has recently published an article entitled “Overcoming Obstacles to Physical Manifestations of the Holy Spirit.”  Once again, it reveals the severely deluded state of the BSSM.  In Bethel terms “overcoming obstacles” really means ignoring scripture and taking risks in order to experience something supernatural regardless of the source.  Direct quotes from the article in italics, with my commentary below.

via Bethel School Of Spiritual Drunkenness — Famine In The Land

Trump Admits He Has No Idea Why Evangelicals Keep Supporting Him

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After CNN released a tape of a conversation between Donald Trump and lawyer Michael Cohen discussing how to pay off a Playboy model that might damage his presidential campaign, the President admitted he is “totally baffled” that evangelical support for him has held steady. Trump offered his candid thoughts on Christians staying behind him […]

Source: Trump Admits He Has No Idea Why Evangelicals Keep Supporting Him

Matt Chandler’s “Prophecy” On TBN…Right Where It Belongs — Pulpit & Pen

 

Matt Chandler shares his “prophecy” on James Robison’s TBN show several years ago. Of course, TBN is the central hub of modern day Montanism, so this is actually quite fitting. This is where Chandler first came out of the closet as a Montanist and shared this “prophecy” with the world.

via Matt Chandler’s “Prophecy” On TBN…Right Where It Belongs — Pulpit & Pen

Psalms on Youtube | Willem-Jan de Wit

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Listen to all 150 psalms in various languages and styles. Each of the following numbers leads to a playlist on YouTube for that psalm: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2021, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150.

Listen to the psalms in a specific language. Most of the following links are to YouTube playlists, a few to SoundCloud or another site:

Arabic عربيvariousPsalms of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in EgyptMaher Fayez and ElKarouzTeamCoptic Orthodox chantchant with musical instruments

Dutch: Genevan PsaltervariousNederland Zingt (The Netherlands Sing television program); all 150 Psalms in the 1773 versionDe Nieuwe Psalmberijming (a new Dutch version, site)

Dutch: other: variousPsalmen voor nu (Psalms for Today); The Psalm Project (partly based on the Genevan Psalter, site)

English: various1650 Scottish Psalter;  Anglican chant, all psalms in one videoGenevan PsalterThe Psalm Project (partly based on the Genevan Psalter); Psalm Project Africa

FrenchvariousGenevan Psalter

German: variousHeinrich SchützSchütz 26 psalms in one video

Greek: Greek orthodox

Hebrew: various

Hungarian: variousGenevan Psalter

Indonesian: various

Japanese: Genevan Psalter (Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan)

Latin: various

Polish: various 

Portuguese: variousGenevan Psalter

Spanish: variousGenevan Psalter, site with mp3s

Turkish: Genevan Psalter (Ali Ufki), individual psalms 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13

The Genevan Psalter is a collection of tunes for the psalms. The melodies were composed between 1539 and 1562 in Geneva, Switzerland, at the request of John Calvin. As is clear from the list above, texts (metrical psalms) that can be sung to these tunes have been written in many languages.

Some websites about the Genevan Psalter are: The Genevan Psalter Resource Center, The Genevan Psalter, Psalmboek.nl (Dutch), and Salmos Metrificados (Spanish). For organ compositions to the tunes of the Genevan Psalter, see this playlist or the project Alle Psalmen (playlist, site) by Sietze de Vries. For other instrumental versions, see this playlist (Ernst Stolz Early Music).

Source: https://wjdw.nl/2018/07/25/psalms-on-youtube/

July 25, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Source of Election

according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, (1:2a)

One popular explanation for election by those who cannot accept God’s sovereign choice based on nothing but His own will stems from a faulty understanding of foreknowledge. According to that understanding, the term merely means foresight or supernatural knowledge of the future. Proponents say that God in His omniscience looked down the corridors of time and saw who would believe the gospel and who would not. He then chose for salvation all those He knew would choose to believe and guaranteed that they would reach heaven. But there are at least three reasons such an interpretation of foreknowledge is unscriptural. First of all, it makes man sovereign in salvation instead of God, though Jesus affirmed His and the Father’s sovereignty when He told the disciples, “You did not choose Me but I chose you” (John 15:16; cf. Rom. 9:11–13, 16). Second, it gives man undue credit for his own salvation, allowing him to share the glory that belongs to God alone. The familiar salvation passage, Ephesians 2:8–9, shatters that notion: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (italics added; cf. 1 Cor. 1:29, 31). Third, it assumes fallen man can seek after God. Romans 3:11, quoting from Psalms 14:1–3 and 53:1–3, clearly states, “There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God” (cf. Eph. 2:1). The apostle John accurately defines God’s saving initiative this way: “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10; cf. Rom. 5:8).

Any sort of man-centered definition of foreknowledge is incompatible with God’s absolute sovereignty over all things: “Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’ ” (Isa. 46:9–10; cf. 14:24, 27; Job 42:1–2; Pss. 115:3; 135:6; Jer. 32:17).

The usage of the Greek word rendered foreknowledge in verse 2 also proves it cannot mean simply knowledge of future events and attitudes. Prognōsis (foreknowledge) refers to God’s eternal, predetermined, loving, and saving intention. In 1:20, Peter used the related verb “was foreknown,” a form of proginōskō, in reference to God’s knowledge from eternity past that He would send His Son to redeem sinners. Usage of this verb cannot mean He looked into future history and saw that Jesus would choose to die, so He made Him the Savior. In the same way that God the Father foreknew His plan for Christ’s crucifixion from before the foundation of the world (Acts 2:23; cf. 1 Peter 2:6), He foreknew the elect. In neither case was it a matter of mere prior information about what would happen. Therefore foreknowledge involves God’s predetermining to have a relationship with some individuals, based on His eternal plan. It is the divine purpose that brings salvation for sinners to fulfillment, as accomplished by Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, not merely an advance knowledge that observes how people will respond to God’s offer of redemption.

In the Old Testament, “knowing” someone could indicate a sexual relationship (Num. 31:18, 35; Judg. 21:12; cf. Gen. 19:8). Long before Peter articulated the nature of God’s foreknowledge, “The Lord said to Moses, ‘I will do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name’ ” (Ex. 33:17). Regarding Christ the Servant, Isaiah 49:1–2 declares, “Listen to Me, O islands, and pay attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called Me from the womb; from the body of My mother He named Me. He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me; and He has also made Me a select arrow, He has hidden Me in His quiver.” God had a predetermined relationship with the prophet Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jer. 1:5). Amos wrote about God’s foreknowledge of Israel: “You only have I known of all the families of the earth” (Amos 3:2, nkjv). With all of the foregoing references, the point is not simply God’s having information about someone, but His establishing an intimate relationship with someone. And foreknowledge was God establishing that by divine decree before time began.

In accord with the continuity of Scripture, the Old Testament’s understanding of foreknowledge appears again in the Gospels. Jesus, in making clear the true nature of salvation in His Sermon on the Mount, declared this about the pseudo-elect: “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness’ ” (Matt. 7:22–23). Certainly, Jesus knew who such people were, but He never “knew” them in the sense that He had predetermined a saving relationship with them. That sort of relationship is reserved for His sheep: “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me” (John 10:14; cf. vv. 16, 26–28; 17:9–10, 20–21). Salvation foreknowledge, then, involves God predetermining to know someone by having an intimate, saving relationship, so choosing them from eternity past to receive His redeeming love.

The Sphere of Election

by the sanctifying work of the Spirit (1:2b)

The outworking of God’s choice of the elect made in eternity past begins in time by the sanctifying work of the Spirit. The sanctifying work encompasses all that the Spirit produces in salvation: faith (Eph. 2:8), repentance (Acts 11:15–18), regeneration (Titus 3:5), and adoption (Rom. 8:16–17). Thus election, the plan of God, becomes a reality in the life of the believer through salvation, the work of God, which the Holy Spirit carries out.

Sanctifying work (hagiasmō) refers to separation, consecration, and holiness. First Peter 2:9–10 illustrates the principle: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” At salvation the sanctifying work of the Spirit sets believers apart from sin to God, separates them from darkness to light, sets them apart from unbelief to faith, and mercifully separates them from a love of sin and brings them to a love of righteousness (John 3:3–8; Rom. 8:2; 2 Cor. 5:17; cf. 1 Cor. 2:10–16; Eph. 2:1–5; 5:8; Col. 2:13).

Years earlier, at the Jerusalem Council, Peter expressed the same principle:

After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.” (Acts 15:7–9)

The Holy Spirit by faith cleansed the hearts of the Gentile converts. That underscores again that salvation is the Spirit’s work (John 3:3–8; cf. Rom. 15:16; 1 Cor. 6:11; 1 Thess. 1:4–6; 2 Thess. 2:13; Titus 3:5).

Once the Holy Spirit at salvation separates believers from sin, He continues to make them more and more holy (cf. Phil. 1:6) in the life-long, progressive separation process of sanctification (Rom. 12:1–2; 2 Cor. 7:1; 1 Thess. 5:23–24; Heb. 12:14; cf. Eph. 4:24, 30; 2 Tim. 4:18). Paul says that God chose believers “that [they] would be holy and blameless before Him” (Eph. 1:4). That begins at salvation and is completed at glorification. The sanctifying process is the working out of God’s elective purpose in the earthly lives of Christians (cf. Rom. 6:22; Gal. 4:6; Phil. 2:12–13; 2 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 12:14).

The Effect of Election

to obey Jesus Christ (1:2c)

Obedience to Jesus Christ is the effect or by-product of divine election. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” For one to obey Jesus Christ, then, is the equivalent of being saved. Paul called it “the obedience of faith” (Rom. 1:5). Believers do not obey perfectly or completely (1 John 1:8–10; cf. Rom. 7:14–25), but nonetheless there is a pattern of obedience in their lives as they through Christ become servants of righteousness (Rom. 6:17–18; cf. Rom. 8:1–2; 2 Cor. 10:5b).

Paul was thankful for the believing Thessalonians because he saw in their lives many examples of obedience to Christ.

We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you; for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. (1 Thess. 1:2–10)

All of those examples—their faith, love, and hope in Christ; their imitation of Paul and the Lord; their exemplary behavior before others; their proclamation of the Word; their turning from idols; their waiting for Christ—demonstrated their genuine regeneration. (John’s first epistle makes an even more extensive case for true salvation resulting in obedience to Christ [2:3–5; 3:6–10, 24; 5:2–3].)

In glorification comes the realization of the purpose of election and of the ultimate work of sanctification, when believers become completely conformed to Christ (Rom. 8:29; 1 John 3:2). Until then, obedience is the effect of election.

The Security of Election

and be sprinkled with His blood: (1:2d)

Another profoundly important, practical component of election is security for the believer. That is affirmed in the passage quoted earlier (John 6:37–40), in which Jesus said He would not cast out or lose those who genuinely trust in Him, but raise them all on the final day. God indicates that security in that the elect are sprinkled with His [Christ’s] blood. Peter’s metaphor here looks back to the time in the Old Testament when blood was sprinkled on the people of Israel. That event is significant enough that the letter to the Hebrews mentions it once specifically and once by allusion (9:19–20; 12:24). The following passage in Exodus describes the remarkable event:

Then Moses came and recounted to the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do!” Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. Then he arose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel. He sent young men of the sons of Israel, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as peace offerings to the Lord. Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and the other half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the book of the covenant and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!” So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” (24:3–8)

Moses had just returned from Mount Sinai and orally reviewed to the people God’s law received there. As the text says, they responded very dutifully by pledging to obey all God required. This began the covenant-making agreement between God and His people (cf. Ex. 19:3–20:17). Under the Spirit’s inspiration, Moses recorded all the words of the law just recited. When he finished the next morning, he built an altar at the foot of the mountain to symbolize the sealing of the covenant between God and the people. To represent the entire nation’s involvement, the altar consisted of twelve stacks of stones (pillars), one for each of the twelve tribes. To further provide the people an opportunity to express their determination to obey the Law, Moses offered burnt offerings and peace offerings of young bulls. Moses placed half the blood from the slain sacrificial animals in large basins, and the other half he splashed on God’s altar. Then Moses read for the people the words of the Law he had recorded the previous night and they again pledged their obedience. After that, Moses splattered the people with the remaining blood from the basins, thereby visually and ceremonially making the people’s obedience promise and pledge to God official. Shed blood was a tangible demonstration that two parties had made a binding commitment (cf. Gen. 15:9–18; Jer. 34:18–19). Israel made a promise of obedience to God, mediated through sacrifice. The blood splattered on the altar represented God’s agreement to reveal His law, and the blood sprinkled on the people signified their consent to obey.

The Holy Spirit compares that unique pledge to the inherent covenant in saving faith in Jesus Christ, which entails a similar promise to obey the Word of the Lord. When believers trust in Christ’s atoning sacrifice for them, they are not just accepting the benefit of His death on their behalf. They are also submitting to His sovereign lordship (cf. Matt. 7:24–27; 1 Thess. 1:9; 2:13; James 1:21–23). And Christ’s blood, shed at the cross, acts like a seal to that covenant. In fact, the night before He died, when He instituted the Lord’s Supper, Jesus echoed Moses’ words in Exodus 24:8, “And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins’ ” (Matt. 26:27–28). Inherent in the New Covenant was the promise that the Lord would come and redeem sinners and they would respond by keeping His Word.

Peter states that when believers were spiritually sprinkled with Christ’s blood, they entered into a covenant of obedience. Years earlier, Peter and the other apostles referred to the truth of obedience when they told the Jewish leaders, “He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:31–32).

To recapitulate the Old Testament analogy: the blood sprinkled on God’s altar symbolized His commitment to forgiveness (fully realized in the sacrificial death of Christ), and the blood sprinkled on the people symbolized their intention to obey God’s law (more fully realized when Christians walk in the Spirit and obey the Word). First John 2:3–6 is unambiguous about this submission:

By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

As a coin has two sides, the new covenant has two sides: salvation and obedience. As a result of divine election, God’s children are saved from sin and given the desire to obey Him, and He promises to forgive them when they do not do so. The same blood of Jesus Christ that sealed the new covenant keeps on spiritually cleansing the sins of Christians when they disobey (cf. Heb. 7:25; 9:11–15; 10:12–18; 1 John 1:7).

The Advantages of Election

May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. (1:2e)

The salutations of many other New Testament epistles (e.g., Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3; Gal. 1:3; Phil. 1:2; 2 Thess. 1:2; Titus 1:4; Rev. 1:4) repeat Peter’s wish for his readers. That idea of wishing here derives from the optative mood of the verb plēthuntheiē, may … be … in the fullest measure. The apostle wished for his audience God’s grace and its resultant peace (Rom. 5:1) in maximum allotment or quantity. He wished for them all the best that God can offer believers, and that it would repeatedly increase to their advantage.

Peter wanted the recipients of his letter to experience all the rich and varied blessings of being God’s elect. Today, however, the tendency is usually to avoid election’s profound implications. Christians often justify such an attitude by claiming the doctrine is too deep, too confusing, and too divisive. But believers ought to rejoice over the glorious advantages that an understanding of election provides, and this verse points toward a few of those.

First of all, the doctrine of election is the most humbling truth in all of Scripture. For believers it is most sobering to realize they had absolutely nothing to do with God’s choice of them (John 1:12–13; Rom. 9:16). When properly understood, election crushes one’s moral and religious pride, which is a blessing because God gives grace to the humble (5:5; Prov. 3:34).

Second, election is a God-exalting, worship-enhancing doctrine because it gives all the glory to Him. Election makes it clear that the sinner’s faith, repentance, and ability to obey God come from Him (cf. Ps. 110:3, kjv; Eph. 2:8–9). Only God can grant forgiveness to His people when they sin (Prov. 20:9; Mic. 6:7; Eph. 1:7; 1 John 1:7; 3:5). The psalmist declares, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of your lovingkindness, because of Your truth” (Ps. 115:1).

A third advantage of election is that it produces ultimate joy. Those whom God chooses rejoice because they know they would have no hope for salvation apart from His electing grace (John 6:44; Acts 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:5–6). The elect would ultimately perish forever like all other sinners if God had not chosen them (cf. Rom. 9:29). Psalm 65:4 says in part, “How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts.” It is a supreme joy for the elect to consider that the Lord has loved them with an everlasting love (cf. Luke 10:20), from before the foundation of the world and on into eternity future.

Fourth, election is advantageous because it promises Christians an eternity of spiritual privileges. The apostle Paul’s prayerful expression of praise and gratitude to God, which opens his letter to the Ephesians, is a fitting summary of many of those privileges.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. (Eph. 1:3–14; cf. 1 Peter 2:9–10)

Finally, the doctrine of election is a powerful incentive to holy living. Knowing God has set them apart because of His own special love for them is a most effective motivation for believers to live to the glory of God. That principle was undoubtedly on Paul’s mind when he exhorted the Colossians, “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you” (Col. 3:12–13). Their gratitude to God for His election of them should compel believers to a life of obedience and holiness.

If Christians ignore the doctrine of election, they fail to understand the glories of redemption, they fail to honor the sovereignty of God and Christ, and they fail to appreciate the immense spiritual privileges that are theirs. Present-day believers, just as those in Peter’s time, need not be ignorant of election, because God wants them to know what His grace has provided, and because every scriptural teaching is cause to offer Him the praise He deserves (cf. Pss. 19:7–9; 119:7, 14–16).

Election is such a powerful truth that when Christians understand it, the practical ramifications of election will transform the way they live their daily lives. Knowing the condition of their election (they reside on earth as spiritual aliens to reach those around them), the nature of their election (it is completely the result of God’s sovereign choice), the source of their election (God set His love on them from eternity past), the sphere of their election (it becomes a reality by the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work), the effect of their election (loving obedience to Jesus Christ), the security of their election (the covenant of obedience, which ensures divine forgiveness), and the advantages of their election (the many spiritual blessings and privileges available) produces power in believers’ lives that they would otherwise never be able to fully appreciate.[1]


2 The theme of exile and sojourning, i.e., Diaspora, is incomplete, however, unless it is tethered to another familiar theme in the history of the Jewish people—one that reflects transcendence. The saints are not merely exiles; they are also (and more importantly) the elect of God (eklektoi), chosen by God as his own people (also 2:9; cf. Dt 4:37; 7:8; 10:15; 1 Ch 16:13; Pss 33:12; 105:6; Isa 45:4; Am 3:2). The “choosing” of the saints results from the predetermination of the divine purpose; God moves all things toward a goal, a telos (GK 5465, 1:9). Special status as well as special responsibilities inhere in the reality of divine election. In order for the readers of 1 Peter to fulfill their responsibilities—to persevere in the face of adversity and cultural hostility—they must be anchored in an awareness that they are the elect of God, the recipients of noteworthy grace (1:2; 5:12). In the words of Waltner, 26, “More significant than their ethnic background, social status or place of residence is their relationship to God.”

Exploiting the OT language of election, Peter calls his readers to ethical transformation by means of a Trinitarian formula. He reminds them that they are called “according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,” that this is done “through the sanctifying work of the Spirit,” and that such has as its goal “obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood.” The saints’ election is rooted in the mystery of divine foreknowledge (prognōsis, GK 4590) and thus in God’s eternal purpose (Ac 2:23; Ro 8:29–30; 11:2; Eph 1:4–6, 11–14; 2 Th 2:13). In times that try one’s faith, an awareness of this mysterious reality is reassuring.

The church, then, is no mere voluntary association of like-minded individuals; nor does its origin lie in the will of the flesh. It owes its very being to the eternal counsel of God the Father, who creates and sustains his own creation. God’s fatherhood in 1 Peter is highly qualified: the Father is sovereign (1:2), merciful (1:3; 2:10), creative (1:3; 2:23), holy (1:15–16), impartial (1:17), just (2:23), sustaining (2:23), patient (3:20), faithful (4:19), and gracious (4:10; 5:12).

The second part of the Trinitarian formula calls attention to the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Among other things, 1 Peter is an emphatic call to be holy, to be set apart (1:14–16; 2:9) in the world. This calling, it goes without saying, is critical both to Christian self-understanding and Christian morality. The divine command “Be holy, for I am holy” (1:16; cf. Lev 11:44; 19:2) is fulfillable only to the extent that believers appropriate and submit to the Spirit’s dynamic. It is the Spirit who is the operative agent in conforming the believer to the image of Christ, for he awakens within the desire for holiness, brings conviction of impediments to holiness, supplies empowerment to attain holiness, and gives assurance that God is, in fact, making us holy.

The third and christological affirmation within the Trinitarian formula underscores God’s purpose revealed through the Spirit: obedience to Jesus. The metaphor of “sprinkling by blood,” borrowed from Israel’s cultic life, bespeaks cleansing and consecration. It is fitting for the readers to be reminded that Jesus’ blood, whether in the cultic ritual of the OT or the once-for-all sacrifice that ratifies the NT, is “precious” (1:19), i.e., costly in terms of the price of redemption. Through the sacrifice of Christ, these two realities are actualized in the believer’s life: sins have been cleansed and forgiven, and one is pledged to a life of obedience. Hillyer, 26, summarizes the work of the triune God in the believer’s life: “the Father purposes; the Spirit sanctifies; [and] the Son brings believers into a right relationship with himself.”

The wish extended to the recipients of 1 Peter, following the theologically rich address, is the standard Christian formula appearing in all the Pauline epistles (Ro 1:7; 1 Co 1:3; 2 Co 1:2; Gal 1:3; Eph 1:2; Php 1:2; Col 1:2; 1 Th 1:1; 2 Th 1:2; 1 Ti 1:2 [with “mercy” added]; 2 Ti 1:2 [with “mercy” added]; Tit 1:4; and Phm 3), as well as in 2 Peter and 2 John (1 Clem. has the same salutation as 1 Peter: charis hymin kai eirēnē plēthyntheiē). Peter wishes them “grace and peace” and that both be theirs “in abundance” (plēthynō, GK 4437, also in 2 Pe 1:2; Jude 2). The tandem of grace and peace in all likelihood is an echo of early Christian worship and derives from Jewish liturgy, a practice rooted in the priestly blessing recorded in Numbers 6:24–26: “The Lord … be gracious to you; … and give you peace.”[2]


1:2 / niv adds the words who have been chosen to make it clear that the rest of the verse follows on from “God’s elect” (or “chosen”) in verse 1, and involves the function of each of the three Persons of the Trinity: the Father purposes; the Spirit sanctifies; the Son brings believers into a right relationship with himself.

The divine choice of believers is according to the foreknowledge of God the Father. This includes far more than a divine capacity to foretell the future. It implies God’s intention all along, and his ability to bring his desired end to pass (Acts 2:23; Rom. 8:29).

This divine purpose is fulfilled through the sanctifying work of the Spirit. It is he who sets in motion and will ultimately complete (Phil. 1:6) the process of making believers what God has in mind for them to become, a holy people set apart for himself.

The consequence of the Father’s choice and of the Spirit’s sanctifying work is expressed in the believer’s act of obedience to Jesus Christ in accepting him as Lord of their lives. This new relationship to him is brought about through sprinkling by his blood. The expression alludes to the making of the divine covenant in Exodus 24:3–8, in which the blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled on the people after they had promised to obey the Lord.

Thus, on the human side, obedience expresses one’s response to the gospel’s proclamation of Christ’s saving act. On the divine side, the blood of Jesus Christ, that is, his sacrificial death, results in a new covenant being ratified between God and his people.

Although the status of believers is that of pilgrims—or as the opening verse has put it, strangers with regard to this world—Peter brings his readers comfort with the reminder that all is known to God and has been taken care of in his perfect plan of salvation. He chose them in the first place, and his power will finally bring about the consummation of the divine plan, whatever the particular circumstances of a believer’s life in this world.

The form of the greeting, grace and peace (charis kai eirēnē), is frequent in nt letters. It is often said that it brings together for the first time the usual Greek greeting, grace (charis) and the Hebrew greeting peace (šālōm)—even if the two terms are not mentioned in what we might regard as “chronological” order. But the likelihood is that the phrase grace and peace echoes early Christian worship and derives from the daily Jewish liturgy in the temple, with its priestly blessing of Numbers 6:25–26, “The Lord … be gracious to you; … and give you peace.”

Grace and peace define in a nutshell the extent of the mighty benefits of Christ’s saving acts: grace, the free and undeserved divine gift to the believer in bringing to pass a right relationship with God involving love, mercy, forgiveness, and power; and peace, the soul’s inward rich enjoyment of that divine bounty.

Peter’s prayer is that God’s grace and peace may be bestowed upon his readers in abundance, lit. “may be multiplied,” that is, be appreciated and enjoyed increasingly by each individual. The “multiplication” of peace implies a quality of personal inward peace that is independent of worldly circumstances, because it is God-given, God-inspired, God-created (cf. the abundance of seeds), not some outward peace imposed by human authority, which is frequently to be more accurately described as a stifling of social or political unrest.[3]


1:2. Peter’s initial desire was to give the believers a lift, an encouraging word. His emphasis in these first two verses should most likely be translated: “To the chosen ones who are strangers in the world, scattered … according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.”

Peter linked their scattering to the foreknowledge of God. In other words, the difficulties God’s people face do not surprise God. God the Father knows about everything his chosen people face. He works it all out as part of his plan. According to the foreknowledge of God the Father also suggests that all we go through is “according to God’s fatherly care.” God knew our circumstances of pain before the world began and cares for us in accordance with his fatherly care.

This occurs through the sanctifying work of the Spirit. Even in the midst of pain, the Holy Spirit is molding, shaping, and growing believers. The Holy Spirit is turning every circumstance, every sorrow, every hardship into a tool of spiritual maturing.

In the same sentence Peter spoke of being obedient to Jesus Christ. Obedience conveys the idea of listening and submitting to what is heard. It involves a change of attitude in the believer. In the midst of pain, it is difficult to listen to God, let alone obey him. Yet, since we are chosen of God and are objects of his fatherly care, we are never out of his plan. He is designing our sanctification, our spiritual growth. Knowing that, we can continue, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, to obey the commands of Jesus Christ. That obedience begins with accepting Jesus as personal Lord and Savior and continues by living life each day just as Jesus told us and leads us to live it. We obey the call of Jesus to salvation, the word of Jesus in the Bible, and the encouragement of Jesus found in personal relationship with him each day.

Sprinkling by his blood reflects the language of Numbers 19 and the red heifer purification rites (cf. Exod. 24:4–8; Heb. 9:13–21; 10:22, 29). For Christians, the blood of Christ on the cross covers our sins and brings us salvation.

To people sprinkled with Christ’s blood and obedient to Christ, Peter gave the typical Christian greeting. Peace reflects the Hebrew greeting shalom, wishing wholeness and meaningful life. Grace is the explicitly Christian greeting, placing believers under the blood of Christ to receive God’s free, undeserved grace and hope for living each day.[4]


2. Who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood.

In three separate clauses Peter describes three acts of the Triune God. The Father has foreknowledge, the Spirit sanctifies, and Jesus Christ expects obedience from those whom he has cleansed from sin. These three clauses explain the term elect (v. 1).

Note the following points:

  • Foreknowledge

“According to the foreknowledge of God the Father.” Most translators favor linking the word elect to the three prepositional clauses:

according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,

through the sanctifying work of the Spirit,

for obedience to Jesus Christ

and sprinkling by his blood.

A few translations follow the Greek word order verbatim: “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect who are sojourners of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.” But the force of the sentence focuses attention on the expression elect, because the concept foreknowledge is directly related to election.

What is foreknowledge? It is much more than the ability to predict future events. It includes the absolute sovereignty of God in determining and implementing his decision to save sinful man. The word foreknowledge appears in Peter’s Pentecost sermon, where he declares to his Jewish audience that Jesus “was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge” (Acts 2:23). Peter implies that God worked according to his sovereign plan and purpose which he had made in advance.

Paul also refers to foreknowledge. The verb foreknow occurs in Romans 8:29, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.” Paul indicates that the concepts foreknowledge and predestination go together. Foreknowledge and predestination were acts of God before the creation of this world (see Eph. 1:4–5). The prefixes fore- and pre- in the phrase foreknew and predestined (Rom. 8:29) denote as much.

Returning to Peter’s first epistle, we note that Peter, writing about Christ, mentions the teaching of election when he says, “He was chosen [foreknown] before the creation of the world” (1:20).

With perfect ease Peter weaves the doctrine of the Trinity into the cloth of his epistle. Within the Christian community, that doctrine was accepted and understood, so that the writers of the New Testament had no need to introduce, explain, or defend it against possible Jewish attacks.

Peter speaks of God the Father, the Spirit, and Jesus Christ (see also Eph. 1:3–14). The order he chooses is arbitrary, for he is interested not in sequence but in the function each person of the Trinity performs. God the Father foreknows and chooses the sinner. By describing God as Father, Peter implies that the people God has chosen and whom Peter calls “elect” are indeed God’s children. They are highly privileged because they are parties to the covenant God has made with his people:

“I will be a Father to you,

and you will be my sons and daughters,

says the Lord Almighty.” [2 Cor. 6:18]

Note that God’s elect “have been chosen [elected] according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.” How is man’s election realized? It is effected through the power of the Holy Spirit, who cleanses the elect from sin.

  • Sanctification

Peter writes his epistle to the elect “who have been chosen … through the sanctifying work of the Spirit.” When Peter speaks of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, he delineates the difference between a holy God and a sinful man. The Spirit is at work when he makes man holy and acceptable in the sight of God; sinful man, however, cannot enter the presence of a holy God unless God through his Spirit sanctifies him.

Peter is not alone in teaching the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Paul writes virtually the same thing to the church in Thessalonica: “From the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth” (2 Thess. 2:13).

The original Greek indicates that the sanctifying work of the Spirit is a continuing activity or process rather than a completed act that results in a state of perfected holiness. In this process man does not remain passive while the Spirit is active. Man is also deeply involved. Peter exhorts the believers, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ ” (1:15–16).

  • Obedience and sprinkling

Why does the Spirit sanctify the elect? Peter says that it is “for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood.” He repeats his reference to obedience in subsequent verses of this chapter: “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance” (v. 14); “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth, so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart” (v. 22).

In the Greek Peter actually says, “for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.” With the terms obedience and sprinkling Peter refers to the confirmation of the covenant that God made with the people of Israel (see Exod. 24:3–8). Moses read the Book of the Covenant to the people. “They responded, ‘We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey’ ” (v. 7). Then Moses sprinkled blood on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words” (v. 8). The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews comments that Jesus shed his blood to take away the sins of God’s people (9:18–28; 12:24).

Peter declares that through Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, he redeemed and purchased the elect (compare 1:18–19). Thus, in summary, the Triune God has given them three distinct privileges: God the Father foreknows them, God the Spirit sanctifies them, and Jesus Christ cleanses them from sin through the sprinkling of his blood. Although the shedding of blood has taken place once for all, its significance has lasting effect and is an enduring process. Jesus Christ continues to cleanse us from sin.

  • Greeting

The words “grace and peace be yours in abundance” also appear in 2 Peter 1:2 (and see Jude 2). The greeting is rather typical of New Testament authors who write letters. With variations, Paul, James, John, Jude, and the writer of Hebrews extend greetings and benedictions at either the beginning or the end of their epistles.

The term grace is comprehensive; it encompasses the concepts of mercy, love, and remission of sin. Grace is that which God extends to man. Peace, by contrast, is a state of internal happiness which the possessor expresses externally to his fellow man. In a sense, the concepts grace and peace relate to each other as cause and effect. That is, God’s gift of grace results in peace.

A literal translation of this greeting is “grace to you and peace be multiplied” (NKJV).

Doctrinal Considerations in 1:1–2

Peter, who was an unschooled fisherman (Acts 4:13) from Galilee and the former leader of the Jerusalem church, now writes a letter to Christians living in Asia Minor. He begins his letter with an address in which he teaches the readers basic Christian truths: the doctrine of election and the doctrine of the Trinity.

Peter addresses his epistle to “God’s elect … who have been chosen.” He reveals that election is God’s work, that God wants a people for himself, and that the Triune God cares for his elect.

The doctrine of election provides genuine comfort and enormous encouragement for God’s people. By electing his people, God demands a thankful response from them. He expects them to obey his commands and to do his will. Nevertheless, he knows our weaknesses and frailty and realizes that we fall occasionally into sin. Therefore, he has made available the sanctifying power of the Spirit and the lasting effect of the sprinkling of Christ’s blood.

There is a fountain filled with blood,

Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;

And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,

Lose all their guilty stains.

—William Cowper[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2004). 1 Peter (pp. 19–27). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Charles, D. J. (2006). 1 Peter. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, pp. 298–299). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Hillyer, N. (2011). 1 and 2 Peter, Jude (pp. 26–28). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Walls, D., & Anders, M. (1999). I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude (Vol. 11, pp. 6–7). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Epistles of Peter and the Epistle of Jude (Vol. 16, pp. 35–38). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

July 25 Jesus Challenges the Scribe

Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”—Matt. 8:19–20

Superficially, Jesus’ expression “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” has nothing to do with the scribe’s confident words. In proverbial style He simply wanted to caution the man that even though He was God’s Son, His ministry did not include comfortable living—He actually had fewer amenities than some animals.

Christ wanted the scribe to assess the sincerity of his assertion. It’s easy to make a bold, impressive profession of loyalty, especially if you don’t first think about the cost of commitment. Early in His ministry, our Lord knew that many did not have a genuine faith: He “was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men.… He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man” (John 2:24–25). Many were committed only to the thrill of following Jesus around and seeing miracles performed, not to His Person and saving work. They were examples of the seed that had no root but fell away soon because of adversity (Matt. 13:5–6, 20–21).

Bible commentator R. C. H. Lenski once noted that people with eager but uncertain vows of allegiance to Christianity are like those who view “the soldiers on parade, the fine uniforms, and the glittering arms and [are] eager to join, forgetting the exhausting marches, the bloody battles, the graves, perhaps unmarked.”

ASK YOURSELF

Are we guilty of trying to make Christian faith so attractive that we disguise its demands and difficulties? What are the logical consequences of such a tactic on those who come to Christ without counting the cost?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 215). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

IT’S OFFICIAL: Thanks to Obama, Democrats, Never-Trumpers, the Deep State, MSM, and Jeff Sessions, the US is Now a Banana Republic — The Gateway Pundit

Last night Americans experienced another leak and another smear of President Trump from CNN.  This leak is a tape from the President’s lawyer which may have been taped illegally, which may have been initially stolen from the President’s lawyer by the Mueller team (to hell with attorney-client privilege) which  is just another attempt to damage duly elected President Trump. 

As a result of this and all previous illegal activities by the previous administration, their MSM, Never-Trumpers, and absent Attorney General Jeff Sessions, we can now confirm that the US is officially a banana republic.

The US has gradually fallen over time and the past ten or so years have been the worst.   The Obama Administration took the US to new levels of corruption at the very top while ignoring the US Constitution and hurting most the forgotten and hard working men and women of the US.

If you stand up for Americans then you are the enemy of the Obama team of corrupt government workers (the Deep State), the Democrat Party and all Never-Trumpers, the elites who want to control the world because they and their strong arm perpetrators (e.g. Peter Strzok) believe they know what is best, and their MSM.  To hell with laws for the elites, only the commoners are required to adhere to them.  The elites and their gangs of perpetrators are now in charge and they don’t have to abide by the laws demanded upon the rest of us.

If you are a Democrat or a Never-Trumper –

You can have your own server outside of the government system even though government employees are mandated to use the government’s servers and systems.  You can do this to hide your racketeering operation and other unlawful actions.  If caught, you can destroy the server, clean it with a software that will ensure nothing is there, destroy all emails and evidence, and delay any requests while denying any wrongdoing.  No worries, you will be exonerated by the Deep State legal system, its corrupt DOJ and FBI, and its phony judges in their phony courts.

You can use government agencies at your discretion, whether legal or not.  You can target your conservative opponents through the IRS by delaying and eventually denying their requests or targeting them for audits.  You can share their records with all members of the Deep State and nothing will happen to you.

You can run guns across the US border or across the Middle East.  When Americans are killed as a result, you can lie to Congress, no worries.

You can see your Ambassador murdered in Benghazi and blame it on an innocent American in Los Angeles and a video he created that you state caused the outrage that killed Americans.  You can deny them help when under fire and go to sleep so you can make your next day’s campaign fund-raiser.

You can sell 20% of US uranium to the Russian nuclear company in return for $146 million in contributions to your “Foundation”.  When questioned, you can deny wrongdoing and know that your Deep State will never prosecute you for any wrongdoing.

You can hand over the ‘Taliban 5’ to whoever you want along with billions in cash and in return obtain a US soldier captured because he was a deserter and lie about him being a deserter.

You can give billions to Iran, the country responsible for a quarter of US soldiers’ deaths in Iraq.  You can claim it is a good deal and hide from Americans the money provided to get the deal done, even the billion in cash that was transferred overnight on pallets on a plane.

You can donate billions of American tax payer’s dollars to a group of nobody’s in the name of climate change so that they can redistribute it to poor countries like China.

You can spy on your opponents, lie about it, create false stories of their interactions with Russians and push it through your corrupt MSM.

You can back stab the President of the US, even if he is in your party.  You can call out all charges against him, align yourself with the MSM and the Deep State and do all you can to prevent his efforts to ‘Make America Great Again’.

If you are Deep State –

You can make millions supporting your Deep State candidates and hope for cushy government jobs where you can continue to promote your illegal activities because you know best.

You can allow obvious criminals to be set free because of your bias and hopes to someday work for them, even if they destroy evidence, neglect to properly maintain super-secret classified emails, share the information with whomever they want, and lie about the entire cover-up.

You can create a ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ collusion fake news story and throw it on your opponent even though you may have personally delivered uranium to Russians on a European airport tarmac.

You can spy on your opponents and tape their conversations.

You can obtain your politician’s made up phony dossier and present it to the secret FISA court in an effort to obtain a license to spy on your opponent.  You can continue to use this document for a year to spy on him and his team, even after he takes office.

Even though you signed off on a FISA warrant, you can create a phony and corrupt Special Counsel with a team of far-left gangster lawyers and inspectors whose only purpose is to remove your opponents from office.

You can make up lies about your interviewees lying when pounced on them only a few days after working in the White House.  You can use these lies to create false documents and then force them through gangster tactics to succumb to a guilty plea for lying.  You can use one of your friends, a judge (Contreras) who also works on the secret FISA court to obtain the guilty plea.

You can push your cases through judges appointed by Obama (Amy Berman Jackson) who you know will overturn every plea by those you arrest.

You can throw your indicted in jail using your Obama judge and keep them in solitary confinement even though they have not been tried or convicted.

You can indict them for more phony charges when they fight back since their real crime was representing your opponent as his campaign manager.

You can charge people for not filing forms when their former bosses (the Podestas) did the same but were tipped off to file them in arrears shortly before arresting their former employee (Manafort).

You can grant the individuals aligned with your gang (Rice, Abedin, and now Podesta and others) immunity but never do the same for your opponent’s team members.

You can steal your opponent’s transition team documents and emails even though much of it was protected under attorney client privilege.

You can create ‘fake lawsuits’ against made up Russians and indict them and claim they stole the election even though the Facebook stories aligned to them were in Russian and were never translated to English, by them or your Deep State FBI, DOJ or Mueller Witch Hunt team.

You can leak stories true and not true to the press to damage your opponents, no worries.

You can steal your opponent’s personal attorney’s documents, files and tapes – to hell with attorney–client privilege again.

And now, you can even leak these privileged documents and tapes to your MSM in another attempt to destroy your opponent.

If you’re the MSM (Mainstream Media) –

You can do what you’re told and push every phone Russia story you can to destroy your conservative opponent.

You can prevent conservatives from sharing information on your social outlets like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.  To hell with free speech.

You can and will never share any positive stories that can be associated with the current President.  If the stock market reaches record highs, the GDP explodes, Americans get special bonuses due to new tax legislation, or any number of positive economic news, don’t share it.

You will make fun of the President’s meeting with a North Korean dictator and yell out unbelievably inappropriate cat calls during historic events (Jim Acosta).  You will call the historic meeting a big nothing burger and move on back to Russia, Russia, Russia.

You will push every phony and seedy story you can against the current President.

You will only have Democrats, Never Trumpers or Deep State operatives on your shows who disparage the President.

You will promote the fake Russia, Russia, Russia story day in and day out, claiming the President is guilty of collusion with Russia for years with no proof, only false accusations by your politicians and Deep State cronies will be allowed.

If you duly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions –

You will do nothing while the country, and it’s legal system you have a constitutional duty to protect, burn to the ground.

Yes, unfortunately and finally, due to the lack of a legitimate legal system which was systematically destroyed by years of corruption, the US is officially a banana republic.

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