Daily Archives: August 28, 2018

August 28: Meaningless Maxims

Isaiah 58:1–59:21; Luke 22:24–62; Job 13:1–12

“Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay” (Job 13:12).

There were bits of truth in the words spoken by Jobs’ friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. Between their blundering interpretations were words that expressed God’s majesty, justice, and sovereignty. Unfortunately, they pieced together their bits of truth and applied them incorrectly to Job’s life.

Job quickly saw through their packaged solution. However, not all those struggling with loss can handle an onslaught of helpful Christians with easy answers. When people go through difficult times and ask for advice—or even if they don’t—it’s tempting to deliver our responses based on our own experiences. Eliphaz argued this way: “Just as I have seen, plowers of mischief and sowers of trouble will reap it” (Job 4:8).

The way we interpret and respond to events in our lives is often Scripture-based and Spirit-led. Though we should readily provide encouragement to those who struggle, we shouldn’t always encourage others toward the same application. Our responses to those in need should be carefully weighed, and they should always guide others to Scripture, the good news, and the work of the Spirit. Ultimately, these are the means through which truth speaks into our experiences. We should never intend for our guidance to be the final authority in others’ lives.

How are you helping others understand their pain and sorrow?

Rebecca Van Noord[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Indwelling sin and beaver dams

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

John Owen’s treatise on indwelling sin is a devastating look at our internal selves, both regenerate and unregenerate. It’s devastating because he draws out the reality of our sin, something, to be honest, most of us would rather just glance at then away, than study for any length of time.

It’s worth it though.

Owen uses the picture of ‘streams’ in several ways when describing sin or grace. Either way, when he uses the word-picture, it’s potent. In his last three chapters, which I believe to be his best, Owen remarks about the situation for the Christian why he at first was fervent but then as time goes on loses his oomph so to speak. Here are a few excerpts.

Decays in degrees of grace caused by indwelling sin

Upon the first conversion and calling of sinners unto God and Christ, they have usually many fresh springs…

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August 28 Holy Hatred

“Hate evil, you who love the Lord” (Ps. 97:10).

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God’s hatred for evil is an extension of His love.

After spending this month exploring fifteen characteristics of godly love, it might seem odd to shift suddenly to the topic of hatred. Additionally, “holy hatred” will sound like a contradiction in terms to those who view all hatred as evil. But love and hate are inseparable. You can’t truly love something and be complacent about the things that oppose or threaten it.

If you love your spouse, you hate anything that would defile or injure him or her. If you love your children, you hate anything that would harm them. If you love good, you hate evil. If you love unity, you hate discord. If you love God, you hate Satan. That’s why Scripture says, “Hate evil, you who love the Lord” (Ps. 97:10) and, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way, and the perverted mouth, I [God personified] hate” (Prov. 8:13).

Unquestionably God is a God of love. First John 4 says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and every one who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. … Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. … And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (vv. 7–8, 11, 16).

How are we to respond to that love? The psalmist wrote, “From Thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. … I hate those who are double-minded, but I love Thy law. … I esteem right all Thy precepts concerning everything, I hate every false way. … I hate and despise falsehood, but I love Thy law” (Ps. 119:104, 113, 128, 163).

Is that your prayer? Do you hate the things that oppose God? Are you offended by what offends Him? Remember, holy hatred is as much a part of godly love as any of its other characteristics. If you love God, you must necessarily hate evil.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God to increase your love for Him and your hatred for evil.

For Further Study: Meditate on Psalm 119:101–104, and commit it to memory.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 253). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Lanny Davis and Michael Cohen have gotten themselves into a big mess trying to damage Trump

I don’t recall seeing a Beltway establishment insider of the standing of Lanny Davis ever walking back two claims he made to media as an anonymous source.

Source: Lanny Davis and Michael Cohen have gotten themselves into a big mess trying to damage Trump

When should the media report on murders by refugees?

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Responsibly reporting on violent crime committed by refugees is one of the hardest things for a news organization to get right. A national broadcaster’s decision not to cover one such murder caused Jörg Luyken to take a closer look.

Do newspapers focus too much on crimes committed by refugees, thus creating an exaggerated public fear of the danger they pose? Or do they too often ignore them out of a misplaced concern that they would be fuelling racism?

Depending on who you talk to in Germany, you will get very different opinions. Left-wingers believe the press over-report, cynically exploiting the fact that refugee crime sells newspapers. The right meanwhile harangue the “politically correct” media for failing to inform the public of a growing crime wave.

As an editor who has to make calls on what does and doesn’t appear on our website, I can say it is a mighty hard call.

I am well aware of the fact that a horrific crime with an asylum seeker as the suspect – such as the rape-murder of a teenage girl in Wiesbaden in June – will bring readers to our website. In a time of declining advertising revenues, news organizations face pressure to maximize their readership.

So are we journalists pushing refugees under the bus to save our own skin? Have we awoken a latent xenophobia in the general public that helps us sell newspapers every time an asylum seeker commits a crime?

That is certainly the conclusion to draw from a statement made by German public broadcaster ARD earlier this month. ARD is publicly financed and therefore free to cover the news without fear that low ratings will drive it into bankruptcy.

On August 16th, its Tagesschau evening news bulletin chose not to mention a grim murder in the central German town of Offenbach. A doctor had been stabbed to death in his practise that morning with no obvious explanation for why. Hours later police arrested his suspected murderer – an asylum seeker from Somalia who arrived in the country in late 2015.

After receiving complaints from the public for its decision not to cover the crime, Tagesschau’s editor-in-chief Kai Gniffke publicly justified the decision.

He explained that Tagesschau only reports on news that has “a societal, national or international relevance – things that are meaningful to the majority of the 83 million Germans.”

Source: When should the media report on murders by refugees?

Russian MoD: White Helmets Preparing to Stage Chemical Attack in Idlib

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Representatives of the White Helmets group have delivered a large shipment of toxic substances to a warehouse used by Ahrar al-Sham militants in Idlib province, Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov, head of the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, said on Tuesday.

Source: Russian MoD: White Helmets Preparing to Stage Chemical Attack in Idlib

Muslim Compound Leaders Planned to Attack Hospital – Why Is the Media Ignoring This Story?

Despite a new revelation that the leaders of a Muslim compound in New Mexico were planning to attack an Atlanta hospital, there has been relatively little recent national coverage.

Source: Muslim Compound Leaders Planned to Attack Hospital – Why Is the Media Ignoring This Story?

President Trump Warns Tech Giants Google, Twitter, Facebook: You’re Moving into “Troubled Territory” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump lashed out at the far left Tech Giants on Tuesday accusing them of bias against conservative Americans.
CNBC reported:

Trump accused Google of altering search results to prioritize negative coverage and left-leaning outlets and warned that the issue “will be addressed.”

Trump said in a tweet that the tech giant’s search engine had “rigged” news story results to show mostly “bad” stories about him and other conservatives.

“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media,” the president said.

“In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out.”

On Tuesday afternoon President Trump doubled down on his attacks warning the tech giants that they are moving into “troubling territory.”

President Trump: Yeah, I think Google is really taking advantage of a number of people and I think that is a very serious thing. It’s a serious charge. I think what Google and others are doing if you look what’s going on at Twitter, if you look what’s going on in Facebook they better be careful because you can’t do that to people. You can’t do it. We have literally thousands and thousands of complaints coming in. And you just can’t do that. So I think that Google and Twitter and Facebook they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It’s not fair to large portions of the population.

via President Trump Warns Tech Giants Google, Twitter, Facebook: You’re Moving into “Troubled Territory” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

FLASHBACK: Facebook Caught Throttling President Trump’s Facebook Page – Engagements Down by 45% — The Gateway Pundit

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/377501134/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-DO5qpqME8Oz1SBtcUE4G&show_recommendations=true

On Tuesday President Trump warned Google about it’s biased practices of hiding conservative content on their platform.

But it’s not just Google that is throttling conservative content.

Facebook also practices censorship of conservative content.
In fact President Trump’s Facebook page is censored by Facebook.

In February Facebook launched a new algorithm to ensure that conservative news would not spread on the social media platform.

This was after Facebook announced it was losing 50,000,000 user hours a day in the previous quarter.

The algorithm change caused President Donald Trump’s engagement on Facebook posts to plummet a whopping 45%.

In contrast, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) do not appear to have suffered a comparable decline in Facebook engagement.

Top conservative Facebook pages with daily traffic in the millions have seen 75% to 95% drop in traffic.

This is how Democrats fight back — Not with better ideas but with smash-mouth fascist tactics to ruin any threats to their total dominance.

Young Cons, Western Journalism, SarahPalin.com, Independent Journal Review, Right Wing News, and several others have seen dramatic loss in traffic.

The Gateway Pundit does not rely on Facebook for our traffic numbers but Facebook is a significant part of every major publication’s strategy today.

Still, we saw a significant drop in Facebook traffic since the beginning  of the year–  .
And in March  Facebook shut down our traffic stream from the social media platform.

Our Facebook traffic went from 33% of our total traffic to 3% of our total traffic since the beginning of 2018.

This is corrupt, if not criminal, behavior.

Meanwhile, liberal sites are doing fine.

A recent report by Outline organization confirmed the conservative publishers were hit the hardest by the recent Facebook news feed changes.

The study also found the The Gateway Pundit was hit the hardest by these changes.

Via The Outline:

Facebook’s January 12 announcement that it would begin to de-prioritize news publishers and their posts in users’ News Feeds has had a surprisingly profound and partisan impact. According to The Outline’s analysis of Facebook engagement data obtained from research tool BuzzSumo, conservative and right-wing publishers (such as Breitbart, Fox News, and Gateway Pundit) were hit the hardest in the weeks following the announcement, with Facebook engagement totals for February dropping as much as 55 percent for some, while the engagement numbers of most predominantly liberal publishers remained unaffected…

…The Outline drew these conclusions after analyzing the Facebook engagement data of 20 publishers from March 5, 2017 to February 28, 2018.

The Gateway Pundit published a report in April that shows how top conservative publishers have been targeted and their content eliminated on Facebook.

The Gateway Pundit report have over 300,000 views.

Facebook Conservative Blacklist With Traffic Graphics– UPDATED by Jim Hoft on Scribd

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/377501134/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-DO5qpqME8Oz1SBtcUE4G&show_recommendations=true

In March Facebook shut down our content. You cannot even share a Gateway Pundit story without getting a warning now.
And this is after we spent tens of thousands of dollars advertising on Facebook.

We are not alone.

In July we released a follow-up study that found that Facebook had elimintated 93% of traffic to top conservative websites.
This document has 130,000 views on Scribd.

Facebook Conservative Blacklist With Traffic Graphics– UPDATED by Jim Hoft on Scribd

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/377501134/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-DO5qpqME8Oz1SBtcUE4G&show_recommendations=true

On Tuesday President Trump warned the tech giants about their war against conservative content.

Let’s hope it’s not too late for the GOP — They should have acted sooner.

via FLASHBACK: Facebook Caught Throttling President Trump’s Facebook Page – Engagements Down by 45% — The Gateway Pundit