Daily Archives: July 26, 2018

July 26: Courtroom Drama, Daytime TV, and Good Deity

2 Samuel 16:1–17:29; 2 Peter 2:1–11; Psalm 143:1–12

I remember old television courtroom episodes where people beg for forgiveness from a cynical judge when they should seek forgiveness from the person they’ve wronged. Usually these shows take the irony to the next level: The judge shows less mercy to those who beg, viewing their actions as further demonstration of their weak character. Thankfully, God is not this kind of judge, though we often falsely characterize Him that way.

At the beginning of Psa 143, the psalmist remarks, “O Yahweh, hear my prayer; listen to my supplications. In your faithfulness answer me” (Psa 143:1). He then adds, “And do not enter into judgment with your servant, because no one alive is righteous before you” (Psa 143:2). The psalmist’s prayers are well spoken, but are they honest? The psalmist goes on, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; your Spirit is good. Lead me onto level ground” (Psa 143:10). This line demonstrates that he is not spouting rhetoric; he is living in reality.

We’re often determined to convince God to see things our way. Instead, we should be determined to see things His way. God is not a judge in a courtroom drama. Furthermore, His Son has already paid the price for our sins—we have been pardoned through Jesus’ intercession. The only requirement on our part is to enter into a relationship with Him.

We cannot justify our actions, for it is only by God’s goodness that we are able to do good, and it’s only out of severe disobedience and ungratefulness that we act poorly. We need to change our perceptions so that our conversations with God become holistic. We should not just ask; we must act. We should not just speak; we must listen. We should not just petition; we must enter into an honest relationship with God.

In what ways do you falsely characterize God?

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.

Christian Pastor: Facebook Censors Bible Verse “John 3:16” and “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ” — The Gateway Pundit

Popular Christian Pastor Steven Andrew says Facebook has shadow-banned and censored his Bible verse posts.

Pastor Andrew says his posts with “John 3:16” and “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ” were banned by Facebook.

He has lost close to 5 million readers a month since Facebook changed their algorithm.

Pastor Andrew says, “Christianity is not fake news.”

Standard Newswire reported:

A popular pastor said, “Facebook is blocking almost everyone from seeing John 3:16, ‘The Old Rugged Cross,’ the resurrection of Jesus Christ and my other posts.” Pastor Steven Andrew has a sizeable audience, with 467,000 people liking his page. Yet, Facebook showed these posts to only hundreds of people each. (The number will be higher with media coverage.)

Andrew said, ‘I am being silenced by Facebook. Christianity is being silenced!”

“These posts are filled with God’s forgiveness and truth, which are the greatest message of love,” he said.

Andrew is called the “Facebook pastor” and spent thousands of dollars with Facebook advertising to build up the followers. Before the censoring, he reached 5 to 8 million people per month, with an average post going to 30,000 to 60,000 people. Some posts reached a million people. However, after Facebook said they were cracking down on fake news in 2016, they shadowbanned Andrew, blocking about 5 million people per month.

“Christianity is not fake news,”he said.

Andrew contacted Facebook about the censoring earlier, but they did nothing. He also requested Facebook remove the fake accounts impersonating him that scam followers for money, but Facebook refused. There are over 70 impersonating accounts.

Andrew said, “Facebook caused a loss millions of dollars in donations and the ability to grow my website traffic.”

Because of this Andrew is building a new social network called USA.Life so people can share freely about life, liberty and happiness. “There is no censoring of Christianity and our American rights at USA.Life,” he said. Andrew is a Silicon Valley internet leader, who has run multi-million dollar Fortune 500 initiatives.

via Christian Pastor: Facebook Censors Bible Verse “John 3:16” and “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ” — The Gateway Pundit

July 26 Your Secure Inheritance

“… to obtain an inheritance which is … reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:4–5).

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Your eternal inheritance is doubly secure: it is reserved for you, and you are reserved for it.

When Peter wrote his first epistle, attitudes toward Christians in the Roman Empire were not at all favorable. Because they would not worship the emperor as a god or enter into other sinful pagan practices, Christians were looked upon with suspicion and disdain. In addition, Nero had blamed them for burning Rome (an act he himself perpetrated); so anger and hatred toward them was at its peak.

Peter wrote to encourage them—and all believers—to live out their faith amid persecution, just as Jesus had done when He suffered unjustly (cf. 1 Peter 2:21–23). He reminded them that despite the sufferings they might endure in this life, God will reward them with an inheritance that is eternally secure because it is reserved in Heaven for them.

“Reserved” in 1 Peter 1:4 indicates an inheritance that already exists, is presently protected, and will continually be protected. The place of its protection is Heaven, where “neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal” (Matt. 6:20), and where “nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev. 21:27). There is no safer place!

Not only is your inheritance protected for you, but also you are protected for it! That’s what Peter meant when he said that it is “reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:4–5). The omnipotent, sovereign power of God will continually protect you until His work is fully accomplished in your life. Then He will grant you glorification—the fullness of the salvation for which He redeemed you.

You needn’t fear the loss of your inheritance. Instead, rejoice in the protection of our gracious God.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for His protection and for the assurance of your inheritance.

For Further Study: What do the following verses teach about the security of your salvation? Romans 8:31–39; Philippians 1:6; and Jude 24.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 220). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

FACEBOOK DEATH SPIRAL=> FB Loses Over $120 Billion Market Value – BIGGEST ONE-DAY LOSS IN HISTORY — The Gateway Pundit

Facebook’s dramatic death spiraled continued into Thursday after taking a beating Wednesday.

It turns out spying on your users, forcing crappy left-wing propaganda into people’s timelines and eliminating 93% of conservative content isn’t a winning strategy for a ‘social media’ company.

The Drudge Report ran a searing headline Thursday scorching Zuckerberg, “HOW LOW WILL IT GO?”

According to the the Daily Mail, shareholders are plotting to fire Mark Zuckerberg as Chairman of Facebook.

CNBC reported:

Facebook was on track Thursday to post the largest one-day loss in market value by any company in U.S. stock-market history after releasing a disastrous quarterly report.

With less than an hour to go in trading, the social media giant’s market capitalization had plummeted by about $120 billion to about $508 billion as its stock price fell by more than 19 percent. At Wednesday’s close, Facebook’s market cap had totaled nearly $630 billion, according to FactSet.

No company in the history of the U.S. stock market has ever lost $100 billion in market value in just one day, but two came close.

In 2017 Harvard and Columbia Journalism Review found that The Gateway Pundit was the 4th most influential conservative news source in the 2016 election.

Because of this we were targeted and have seen our numbers related to Facebook and Twitter decline dramatically.

In every single Facebook category our numbers are down. In page visits our numbers were skyrocketing before the election. Then in three distinct periods our numbers were cut off.

This is a criminal act. Facebook took our money for advertising and promised a fair playing field. Facebook lied to us and every conservative group in America.

Today despite the fact that we have 635,000 Gateway Pundit Facebook fans. We receive almost nothing from Facebook.

Facebook and Zuckerberg are finally paying for their scandals and dishonesty.

via FACEBOOK DEATH SPIRAL=> FB Loses Over $120 Billion Market Value – BIGGEST ONE-DAY LOSS IN HISTORY — The Gateway Pundit

Chairman Nunes: ‘Redacted Portions of Carter Page FISA Docs Even Worse Than What the American People Can See Today’ — The Gateway Pundit

House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said in an interview with The Hill, which aired on Thursday, that what is redacted in the Carter Page FISA docs is even worse than what the public has already seen.

“What’s in the redactions is equally bad, some would probably say worse than what the American people can see today,” Nunes said.

“So just to be clear, there’s 400, roughly 75 percent of them are blacked out,” he continued. “So people learned over the weekend that the dossier indeed was what led this FISA, so they used that dossier and pieces of that dossier to push that FISA out to Carter Page.”

“I would argue that what’s left in there is really bad, if not worse, but also what’s not in there is even worse than what people can see, what people can’t see.”

On Saturday, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton announced documents related to the FISA warrants on Trump’s former campaign advisor, Carter Page were released by the FBI — and arrived at JW headquarters.

As expected, the documents were heavily redacted.

Obama’s Deep State DOJ and FBI withheld information about Hillary Clinton and the DNC being behind the information used to obtain the FISA warrant.

Obama’s corrupt cronies obtained a FISA warrant on Carter Page in October of 2016 and three subsequent renewals in order to spy on Trump’s campaign and transition team.

Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe and Sally Yates all signed the FISA applications even though Hillary’s fraudulent Russia dossier was used as a pretext to obtain the warrants.

The newly released docs also reveal Peter Strzok did indeed provide information which was used to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page, directly contradicting his previous sworn claims to GOP lawmakers.

We also learned the FBI used anti-Trump media reports from liberal news sites in order to obtain the Carter Page FISA warrants.

The House Intel Committee recently called on President Trump to declassify all Carter Page FISA documents so the American people can see the whole truth.

via Chairman Nunes: ‘Redacted Portions of Carter Page FISA Docs Even Worse Than What the American People Can See Today’ — The Gateway Pundit