Daily Archives: September 25, 2018

SEPTEMBER 25 WE TRUST GOD’S PLAN

And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Revelation 7:10

We who believe in God’s faithfulness and in the inspired Scriptures are certain that the world’s redemption does not lie in the hands of mankind. I cannot tell you how glad I am that this is at least one thing that we humans cannot bungle!

The plan of salvation and the day of consummation that is coming are in God’s eternal plan. The power in redemption is God’s power. Only the worthy Lamb of God could die in our place. This is God’s way of doing things, not our way!

Millions have feared the threat of worldwide communism with silly, frightened people declaring they would “rather be Red than dead!” But communism cannot prevail because it is raised in a materialistic teaching that there is no God, no Christ, no heaven and no hell. Communism cannot prevail because our God in heaven has His plan and program, not just for this earth, but for all of His vast created universe.

There is no human being and no human philosophy or force able to wrest dominion from our living God. Are we being faithful in our witness and warning of the wrath of the Lamb—the crucified, resurrected, outraged Lamb of God?

Lord, one day Your plan is going to trump every false religion and man-made philosophy. What a glorious, exciting day that will be![1]


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

SEPTEMBER 25 THE DEVOTIONAL MOOD

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous.

—Joshua 1:8

Maintenance of the devotional mood is indispensable to success in the Christian life.

Holiness and power are not qualities that can be once received and thereafter forgotten as one might wind a clock or take a vitamin pill. The world is too much with us, not to mention the flesh and the devil, and every advance in the spiritual life must be made against the determined resistance of this trinity of evil. Gains made must be consolidated and held with a resolution equal to that of an army in the field.

To establish our hearts in the devotional mood we must abide in Christ, walk in the Spirit, pray without ceasing and meditate on the Word of God day and night. Of course this implies separation from the world, renunciation of the flesh and obedience to the will of God as we are able to understand it.

And what is the devotional mood? It is nothing else than constant awareness of God’s enfolding presence, the holding of inward conversations with Christ and private worship of God in spirit and in truth. SOS129

Lord, keep me constantly aware of Your presence as I meditate on Your Word. I abide in You today. Amen. [1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Prenatal Genetic Testing and Abortion (Moreland/Rae)

The Reformed Reader

 Our culture today has very subjective and illogical views on what it means to be a person.  For one of several examples, some say that an unborn baby with Down syndrome is not a person.  In fact, as many of our readers know, pregnant women can have tests to see if their unborn baby has a defect or health issue.  Moreland and Rae explain:

“It is widely assumed that if the couple were to get bad news about their child’s genetic makeup, they would end the pregnancy. But consider what that assumption indicates about the view of a human person. This kind of presumption about prenatal genetic testing suggests that personhood and the attendant rights to life are dependent on the child’s possessing an acceptable genetic makeup.  What constitutes such an acceptable makeup would be entirely up to the subjective preferences of the parents. It is solely the genetic…

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09/25/2018 — Wretched

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•Tim Challies explains how to dispose of a Bible
•The Unattainable Perfectionism of Millennials, according to Gene Veith
•Are Justification and Sanctification like a sandwich?
•Should Todd host a suicide/depression event at a college?
•Michael Woolworth in studio to tell us about Bible League
•Evangelism in the Andes Mountains

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September 25 Daily Help

DOST thou think, O Christian, that thou canst measure the love of Christ? Think of what His love has brought thee—justification, adoption, sanctification, eternal life! The riches of His goodness are unsearchable! Oh, the breadth of the love of Christ! Shall such a love as this have half our hearts? Shall Jesus’ marvellous loving-kindness and tender care meet with but faint response and tardy acknowledgment? O my soul, tune thy heart to a glad song of thanksgiving! Go through the day rejoicing, for thou art no desolate wanderer, but a beloved child, watched over, cared for, supplied, and defended by thy Lord.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 272). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Jim Jordan: Spending Bill that Funds Planned Parenthood and Not a Wall ‘Unacceptable’

It is less than one week until the September 30 deadline to fund the federal government. While many lawmakers think the bill passed by the Senate will fly in the House, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is not one of them.

Source: Jim Jordan: Spending Bill that Funds Planned Parenthood and Not a Wall ‘Unacceptable’

Trump admin will continue almost $100 million of experiments on aborted babies, funded by taxpayers

The administration did cancel a $15,900 contract with baby parts trafficker Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc.

Source: Trump admin will continue almost $100 million of experiments on aborted babies, funded by taxpayers

Relearning the Discipline of Self-Control in a Society of Instant Gratification, Part 1

When we fail to practice self-control, we are like the city of Jericho—open to attacks of the enemy and waiting for destruction. As believers, we face temptation on a daily basis. Self-control is the wall of defense against the sinful desires that wage war against our soul.

Source: Relearning the Discipline of Self-Control in a Society of Instant Gratification, Part 1

RenewAmerica Newsletter for 09/25/2018

September 24, 2018
MATT C. ABBOTT — For the second time this year, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich has unceremoniously removed a pastor with a reputation for Catholic orthodoxy. First, it was Father C. Frank Phillips of St. John Cantius Church (click here if you’re not already familiar with what transpired in that situation)…. (more)

September 24, 2018
If he leaves the Justice Department, that could jeopardize Mueller’s Russia probe
VOX — It looks like Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will stay in his post until at least Thursday, when he’s set to meet with President Donald Trump. Monday was a wild day in Washington, as different news reports gave rise to speculation that Rosenstein had resigned or even been fired. It started when Axios reported on Monday morning that Rosenstein offered to resign in a conversation with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Others, like the Washington Post and CNN, reported the same…. (more)

September 24, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Rod Rosenstein is even a weasel when repudiating his weasel moves. Here (with my italics) is the deputy attorney general’s non-denial denial of a New York Times report Friday that he brainstormed about ousting President Trump in May 2017:… (more)

September 24, 2018
THE WRAP — Actor James Woods was locked out of his Twitter account on Sunday for a tweet from July that the site said was in violation of its rules. According to the Associated Press, Woods was suspended for a July tweet of a satirical meme that encouraged men not to vote in this November’s midterm elections…. (more)


September 24, 2018
Ranking of top media referrals shows portside bias
WORLDNETDAILY — A survey of the percentages of search traffic received by 36 U.S. news sites, including many of the biggest, provides stark evidence that Google, representing nearly 90 percent of the market share of U.S. searches, is playing ideological favorites with those leaning left and most antagonistic to President Trump and the Republican Party near the last stretch of the 2018 mid-term elections that could change the balance of power in Congress…. (more)

September 24, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — Just when you think things couldn’t be more upside down, Hillary Clinton declares that only one side is to blame for the vast cultural divide in America. “There is a tendency, when talking about these things, to wring our hands about ‘both sides,'” she writes in an Atlantic essay adapted from the paperback edition of her book “What Happened.”… (more)

September 24, 2018
NEWSMAX — Iran’s economy is faltering after the U.S. pulled out of a nuclear deal earlier this year and Europeans are deciding not to do business there, said Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The U.S. position remains not to do business with European countries that engage with Iran, and while that means European leaders such as British Prime Minister Theresa May have a decision to make, companies are already acting, Haley said in an interview airing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, one of three scheduled appearances…. (more)


September 23, 2018
Alan Keyes notes judge’s 6th Amendment right to confront accuser
ALAN KEYES — The U.S. Senate should move ahead with the vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Even if his accuser were willing to testify, the vote would be warranted. Recent reports suggest that she is not. This makes taking the vote even more appropriate…. (more)

September 21, 2018
WORLDNETDAILYWired reported earlier this year that special counsel Robert Mueller asserted the Russians he indicted influenced campaigns in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “The indictment recounts a number of instances where events and demonstrations were organized by Russians posing as Americans on social media. These accounts aimed to get people to do specific things. And it turns out – – some people did.”… (more)

September 21, 2018
Joseph Farah charges search giant with violating Communications Decency Act
JOSEPH FARAH — Although Google attempted to hobble and silence WND and the rest of the independent, right-of-center media starting after the 2016 election, we were just a mild annoyance compared with Google’s ultimate target: Donald Trump, the man who had the audacity to run for president in 2016 – – and win…. (more)

September 21, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed the possibility of secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to impeach him in the days following the firing of former FBI director James Comey, the New York Times reported Friday…. (more)

September 21, 2018
Rutherford warns if problems unaddressed, client will be advised about ‘next steps’
BOB UNRUH — A legal team representing a website called The Free Thought Project has charged Facebook has wrongly labeled some of the site’s work as “false” and made it difficult to correct the error. The Rutherford Institute wrote Facebook’s head of Global Policy Management, Monika Bickert, charging the social-media platform’s news “rating” system is unfair and inaccurate, and its appeals processed is biased…. (more)

September 21, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Americans keep dividing into two hostile camps. It seems the country is back to 1860 on the eve of the Civil War, rather than in 2018, during the greatest age of affluence, leisure and freedom in the history of civilization. The ancient historian Thucydides called the civil discord that tore apart the fifth-century B.C. Greek city-states “stasis.” He saw stasis as a bitter civil war between the revolutionary masses and the traditionalist middle and upper classes. Something like that ancient divide is now infecting every aspect of American life…. (more)

September 21, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Cameron Kasky, a survivor of February’s mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., recently left the student gun-control group March for Our Lives and now claims he regrets that he was “propped up as an expert” by the media in the wake of the tragedy. “My whole message is I was propped up as an expert. The whole message was these kids are the real experts,” Kasky told Fox News Radio’s Benson & Harf on Wednesday. “Look, I have some very intelligent friends. Some friends who can intellectually run circles around me, but I’m not the expert in pretty much anything.”… (more)


September 21, 2018
BALTIMORE SUN — A police search warrant team going after a drug dealer targeted the wrong address and burst into the apartment of an innocent man who shot and wounded two officers believing they were home invaders, Prince George’s law enforcement officials said…. (more)

September 21, 2018
Latinos were ‘biggest victims’ of Obama’s ‘low-growth, high-regulation’ policies
ART MOORE — Contending Hispanics were the “biggest victims of the low-growth, high-regulation economy under President Obama,” a Hispanic leader is pointing to new Census Bureau figures indicating median income for Hispanic households grew by 3.7 percent, adjusted for inflation, last year…. (more)

September 21, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — A new Yale study has concluded that the population of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. is close to double the generally accepted estimate. The population of undocumented immigrants is widely thought to be around 11.3 million. But the study, which was conducted by three Yale-affiliated researchers, indicates that the total may be more than 22 million. Even the authors were surprised by their findings…. (more)

September 20, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — Both sides are claiming the FBI can or will get to the bottom of the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault matter. The Kavanaugh accuser’s backers say she wants a full FBI investigation of her charges, and that a former FBI agent conducted a lie detector test that she passed. Kavanaugh’s backers say the FBI has already conducted a background investigation of Kavanaugh…. (more)

September 20, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump said Wednesday that his order to declassify documents about FISA, Carter Page and the Russia probe is a “great service to the country” that could expose the special counsel investigation as a “hoax.” In an interview with Hill.TV, Mr. Trump said the move is all about transparency but hopes to expose “something that is truly a cancer in our country.”… (more)

September 20, 2018
MICHAEL BARONE — ” I did not, and of course I looked for it, looked for it hard.” That was Bob Woodward, promoting his book on the Trump White House, Fear, replying to talk radio host and columnist Hugh Hewitt’s question, “Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research, in your interviews, that sounded like espionage or collusion?”… (more)

September 20, 2018
Aligning with Democrats in ‘desperate mission’ to destroy Trump
BOB UNRUH — A column by Julie Kelly at American Greatness contends the American media are destroying their credibility and are in a death spiral resulting from “we-are-a-collection-of-dishonest-miscreants-who-are-unworthy-of-an-ounce-of-the-American-people’s-trust” behavior…. (more)

September 20, 2018
The key is for the president to be comparatively cautious
CONRAD BLACK — The current standing of the Democrats in the midterm election polls is a levitation. Their record when they had the administration was poor. Their official leader, former president Obama, bombed with his long-winded, self-serving monotone of historical revision at the University of Illinois two weeks ago and its dreary sequels in Orange County, Calif…. (more)

September 20, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The FBI pushed in 2016 to include the discredited dossier into the official intelligence community assessment that Russia interfered in the election to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton, two former senior officials said. The officials told The Washington Times that as the historic ICA, as it is known, was being drafted, the FBI wanted to fold in allegations and observations from dossier writer Christopher Steele…. (more)

September 20, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Project Veritas has caught a State Department bureaucrat on hidden camera proclaiming he is part of the anti-Trump opposition and his job is to “resist everything” at “every level.” Conservative activist and Veritas chief James O’Keefe released the video on Tuesday. He said it kicks off what he promises is wide exposure of the so-called “Deep State” actively working to defeat President Trump from within via media leaks and policy sabotage…. (more)

September 20, 2018
PROJECT VERITAS — DOJ: “These allegations are deeply concerning…referred to Inspector General.” Leaks at Department of Health and Human Services: “It’s kind of like the Nixon, ‘deep throat’ type of thing.” Department of Justice Paralegal Allison Hrabar: “what’s kind of lucky is at the DOJ, we can’t really get fired.”… (more)

 

President Trump At The United Nations Says America Will ‘Never Surrender Its Sovereignty’ To Global Rule, Defends Jerusalem Embassy Move — Now The End Begins

President Trump robustly attacked the “globalist” view of the world — shared by many at the UN and on the political left in the US — and vowed: “America will never apologize for protecting its citizens.”

President Trump stood up at the United Nations, and declared that America will never be ruled by globalists, and that our right of self-determination as a people will never be subject to global governance. He quickly followed that up by defending his move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, and then told the UN to “stop its obsession” with singling out Israel and to hold the Palestinian people to account for their refusal to move the peace process forward.

This is why 63 millions Americans voted for Donald Trump in 2016, and this is also why the Deep State is so anxious to get rid of him. Pray for the health and longevity of our president, speeches like this have a habit of removing years from your lifespan. Just ask President Kennedy about that.

FROM TIMES OF ISRAEL: President Trump said that the UN-backed International Criminal Court has “no jurisdiction, no legitimacy and no authority.” His national security adviser John Bolton earlier went so far as to threaten to prosecute judges from the court in The Hague if they take up accusations against US forces in Afghanistan.

“We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable global bureaucracy. America is governed by Americans,” Trump said.

Trump defended his decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy there.

“The United States is committed to a future of peace and stability in the region, including peace between the Israelis and Palestinians,” Trump told the world body. “That aim is advanced, not harmed, by acknowledging the obvious facts.”

President Trump Speaks At The United Nations General Assembly

Fast-forward to the 1:02:00 mark to hear President Trump’s complete remarks at the United Nations Today.

Taking a shot at analysts who worried the move would harm US-Palestinian relations, make the conditions for resumed negotiations impossible, and possibly instigate violence, Trump derided the “so-called experts who have been proven wrong over the years time and time again.”

Since he announced his Jerusalem decision, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has been at a stalemate, with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refusing to meet with administration officials, whom he claims abandoned their role as honest brokers and sided with Israel.

Israel responded to Trump’s speech with instant approval. Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said in a statement that “the president proves again that the US is on the right side of history.”

“While standing on the side of Israel in the struggle for stability in the Middle East, the United States leads the United Nations into a new era that ends its obsession with Israel, and pushes back against the Iranian regime,” he added. READ MORE

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Trump administration cancels baby parts contract

(LifeNews) The Trump administration has heard the concerns of pro-life organizations and pro-life Americans upset by the news that the FDA had purchased the body parts of aborted babies for research.

As LifeNews reported in August, shocking revelations indicated the Food and Drug Administration signed a new contract to acquire body parts from aborted babies to be transplanted into so-called humanized mice. The grisly experiments allow mice to have a functioning human immune system for research purposes.

Now, the Trump administration has canceled the contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources, a company that buys and sells aborted baby parts from Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses.

Source: Trump administration cancels baby parts contract

Do Smart Phones Make You Dumb?

In the study [mentioned last week, done by psychologist Adrian Ward at the University of Texas, Austin] Ward and his colleagues wanted to find out the impact of cell phones on the performance of more than 500 undergraduates. They evaluated the participants using two different psychological tests of memory and attention. First, the researchers asked the students to set their phones to silent without vibration. Then they asked some of the students to either leave their phones in their bag or put them on their desk. They asked other participants to leave all their possessions, including their cell phone, outside the testing room. They were then able to compare the attention and memory of both groups of students. In the second experiment, they asked the students to do the same thing, but instead of asking them to silence their phones, they asked them to turn them off.

The researchers found that in both experiments the students who left their phones outside the room did the best on the tests. This says the smartphones are affecting the students’ ability to think clearly and evaluate their own situations wisely. This is classic addiction behavior.

[ED. NOTE: The constant use of smartphones (in addition to reducing the constant user’s intellectual capacity) is also dramatically reducing young people’s social interaction/communications skills. Indeed, their communications skills are cratering. Many of those addicted to their gadgets can barely carry on an intelligent conversation with an adult – and this is particularly true of millions of millennials. This will greatly inhibit their value to current and future employers and their future communications within a family (i.e., with spouse and children).

In short, a whole generation is being dumbed down by their addiction to cell phones and social media. It would be interesting to measure the time smartphone addicts spend on their cell phones versus the time they spend reading books. It is probably 10 to 1 and very possibly even as high as 100 to 1!]

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, February 2018)

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

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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said he would not step aside after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct decades ago, with President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans showing no signs of relenting in their push for his Senate confirmation.

Pakistani businessmen whose wives and children are trapped in China’s restive Xinjiang are traveling to Beijing to lobby their embassy, in hopes that the south Asian nation’s new government will pressure its ally for their release.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned leaders on Tuesday that world order is “increasingly chaotic,” trust is at breaking point and shifts in the balance of power may increase the risk of confrontation, though he did not lay blame.

The head of the Catholic Church in Germany apologized on Tuesday “for all the failure and pain” after a report found thousands of children were sexually abused by its clergy, a number an expert said was only the “tip of the iceberg”.

A senior Chinese official said on Tuesday it is difficult to proceed with trade talks with the United States while Washington is putting “a knife to China’s neck”, a day after both sides heaped fresh tariffs on each other’s goods.

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that an Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo could worsen rapidly because of attacks by armed groups, community resistance and the geographic spread of the disease.

Crude oil prices shot to a four-year high on Tuesday, catapulted by imminent U.S. sanctions on Iranian crude exports and the apparent reluctance of OPEC and Russia to raise output to offset the potential hit to global supply.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to continue combatting Iranian “entrenchment” in Syria and coordinating with Russia after the downing of one of Moscow’s planes.

A probe sent into the cosmos by Japan’s space agency has beamed back dazzling photos taken by two rovers that landed on an asteroid. The Hayabusa2 space probe recently arrived to an asteroid known as 162173 Ryugu, where it dropped two landers designed to hop around on the surface of the celestial object as it barrels through space, after being launched almost four years ago.

Pope Francis said on Tuesday that young people around the world were right to feel outrage at the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of its sexual abuse scandals as it grapples with a wave of new cases in countries including Chile and Germany.

Police and supporters of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega clashed in Managua on Sunday with demonstrators calling for the release of people imprisoned during recent protests, leaving at least one person dead, authorities said.

The White House promised Monday to keep exerting “maximum pressure” on Iran and said new sanctions were in the pipeline while insisting that the US was not seeking the overthrow of Tehran’s clerical regime.

European Union envoys are set to agree a new mechanism to punish chemical weapons’ attacks by targeting people blamed for using banned munitions regardless of their nationality.

SpaceX’s Mars-colonizing Big Falcon Rocket spaceflight system will consist of two parts, a spaceship and a rocket booster, standing 118 meters tall at launch, 11 percent taller than their previous design, reports NBC News.

Portugal’s government says it is taking in 10 of the 58 migrants aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea, as part of a deal with France and Spain.

The United Nations said it was investigating “credible reports” that nine members of a family had been killed in an air strike in Afghanistan, but US Forces denied the victims were civilians.

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale to Taiwan of spare parts for F-16 fighter planes and other military aircraft worth up to $330 million, prompting China to warn on Tuesday that the move jeopardized Sino-U.S. cooperation.

Sixty-eight percent of Americans classify as middle class, down from 70% in 2017, according to a new study conducted by Harris Poll. Of the 2,003 American adults surveyed, 32% of respondents said they can see a time when the middle class disappears completely.

Major oil trading houses are predicting the return of $100 crude for the first time since 2014 as the market braces for the loss of Iranian supplies because of U.S. sanctions.

BBC

Sweden’s center-left Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, will have to stand down after losing the support of parliament.

Ethiopia has detained 1,200 people over the deadly political violence that broke out a fortnight ago, police said. These are the first mass arrests since reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in April.

A court in India’s southern state ruled in favor of a lesbian couple who want to live together.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels are taking hostages and committing serious abuses – including torture – against them,. Former detainees told the US-based group that they were beaten with iron rods, whipped, shackled to walls, caned on their feet and threatened with rape.

WND

A Maryland high school is introducing a gender-neutral homecoming court this year to offer students the opportunity to decide for themselves whether they would prefer to be called a “king” or “queen,” regardless of their gender.

Students held a sit-in today at Yale Law School to protest the Kavanaugh nomination while some of their classmates traveled to Washington, D.C. for a similar protest. Classes were canceled to make time for all the protesting.


News – 9/25/2018

Deputy AG Rosenstein offers to resign after comments to secretly wear wire and tape Trump revealed
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has reportedly given verbal notice that he would resign from his job, supposedly in anticipation of being fired by President Trump, after it was revealed last week that he allegedly discussed secretly wire-taping conversations with the President and possibly invoking the 25th Amendment. Axios first reported Monday that Rosenstein “verbally resigned to Chief of Staff John Kelly in anticipation of being fired by President Trump, according to a source with direct knowledge.” And, “per a second source with direct knowledge: ‘He’s expecting to be fired,’ so he plans to step down,” Axios reported.

The Diverse Hatreds of the Democrats
On Saturday, the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s top gay rights lobby, held its 22nd annual dinner. Top speakers included Joe Biden, who bemoaned the lack of acceptance for gay people, Anne Hathaway, who shrieked, “Let’s tear this world apart and build a better one”, and Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, who declared, “The age of bullies and bigots is not fully behind us”. Holder would know. He was last seen posing with Louis Farrakhan at Aretha Franklin’s funeral. The leader of the Nation of Islam is both a bigot and a bully. He also loathes gay people.

Did Russia Just Declare Electronic War on Israel?
In the wake of one of their planes being shot down by Syrian missiles during an Israeli airstrike, Russia announced that within the next two weeks, they will be supplying Syria with the advanced S-300 missile defense system. The Russian change of mind comes as a result of an incident last week when Syrian aerial defenses reacted to an Israeli missile attack and inadvertently shot down a Russian military airplane, killing all 15 people aboard.

Iran warns U.S. and Israel of revenge after deadly parade attack
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday accused the United States and Israel of involvement in the attack which killed 25 people at a military parade and said that Iran would “severely punish” those behind the bloodshed. The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards also said that the attackers had been paid by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and that they should expect a devastating response.

Netanyahu off to New York to meet with Trump, address the U.N.
This will be the fifth time since Trump took office in January 2017 that Netanyahu will meet with the US president. They last met in Washington in March. The crisis with Russia is expected to be one of the issues Netanyahu will discuss with Trump. When the US president met Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, Syria – and Israel’s concerns about Iranian military entrenchment there – was a significant part of the conversation.

Trump: No plans to meet ‘absolutely lovely’ Iranian president
President Trump mocks Iranian leader’s rejection of Trump’s overtures for meeting, but leaves door open for future dialogue. Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!”

WHO extremely concerned about Ebola ‘perfect storm’ in Congo
The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that an Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo could worsen rapidly because of attacks by armed groups, community resistance and the geographic spread of the disease. At least 100 people have died in the outbreak, out of 150 cases in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

Iran video threatens missile strikes on Israel, Gulf states
An Iranian media outlet close to the country’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard published a video Tuesday threatening Israel as well as the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with missile attacks, further raising regional tensions after a weekend militant attack on a military parade in Iran.

World powers to develop mechanisms to continue trade with Iran
European Union along with China and Russia issue a statement saying they are determined to establish a system of payment methods in order to keep business with Iran afloat as US sanctions on Iranian oil near.

Mega-pastor smears God of Jews
It’s the latest shocking suggestion from Andy Stanley, whose suburban Atlanta congregation exceed 34,000 attendees and a national following. He writes in “Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed on the World,” released last week, that the concept of a loving God is a “uniquely Christian idea.”

New accuser walks back claims against Kavanaugh
A woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her when they attended Yale University in the 1980s called former classmates to back up her claims and told some of them that she couldn’t be certain Kavanaugh was the one who did it, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

Vatican Caves To China’s Demand, Recognizes Bishops Appointed By Communist Government
Chinese and Vatican officials announced Saturday that they had signed a “provisional agreement” to the effect that the Vatican would recognize eight bishops appointed by China’s communist government without papal approval and that all of China’s bishops would now be considered in full communion with the church.

World Bank: Gaza economy is collapsing
The Gaza Economy is collapsing, the World Bank warned in a report it issued Tuesday in advance of a top level annual donor meeting — known as the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee — on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York on Thursday. Donor assistance, which is declining, can no longer halt the economic deterioration in the West Bank and Gaza, the World Bank said.

Netanyahu and Sisi expected to talk on the sidelines of U.N. meeting
The Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, the Egyptian daily Akhbar al-Yawm reported on Monday, according to Channel 10. Al-Sisi said that the two-state solution should be part of any American peace plan and that the plan should include principles from previous negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Swedish PM Lofven ousted in no confidence vote
Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven will have to stand down after losing the support of parliament. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) backed the vote to remove him, weeks after a general election that delivered a hung parliament. In Tuesday’s dramatic vote, 204 MPs voted against Mr Lofven while 142 voted in favour.

Iran nuclear deal: Plan put forward to dodge US sanctions
The remaining members in the Iranian nuclear deal say they will set up a new payment system to maintain business with Iran and bypass US sanctions. The system would facilitate oil companies and businesses to continue trading, without relying on the US-led global market and dollar. Exactly how the system would work is still being determined.

The Rise Of The Restaurant Robot
Is the rise of the robot the demise of the restaurant server, chef and bartender? Restaurants like Spyce are leading the way with robots that cook complex meals on-demand. Companies such as OTG reimagined the restaurant airport experience and replaced servers who take customer orders with self-ordering tablets. A study by the Center for an Urban Future found that the automation potential for waiters and waitresses is 77%.

Google releases framework to guide data privacy legislation
Google…released a set of privacy principles to guide Congress as it prepares to write legislation aimed at governing how websites collect and monetize user data. The framework largely consists of privacy principles that Google already abides by or could easily bring itself into compliance with. It calls for allowing users to easily access and control the data that’s collected about them and requiring companies to be transparent about their data practices.

IAF strike in Latakia destroys rocket factory, Iranian aircraft
Satellite images of recent Israeli airstrikes in Latakia, following which a Russian spy plane was shot down leading to an international crisis, show a military rocket factory and a 155 by 35 meters ammunition depot were completely wiped out. In addition, satellite footage of the attack on Damascus International Airport…showing the remnant of an aircraft, apparently Boeing 747 of Fars Air Qeshm…affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards.

Florence: Evacuations Continue as North Carolina Rivers Rise
Hurricane Florence is by no means done with the Carolinas, where some rivers are still rising and thousands of people were told to plan to leave their homes on Monday before rivers reach their crest.

Why Liberal California is Now the Poverty Capital of America
Federal data released this month shows that liberal California has the highest poverty rate in the United States.

George Soros Linked Group To Spend $5 million To Stop Kavanaugh
A new left-wing political advocacy group who vowed to inject 5 million into the effort of stopping judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, has been found to have significant ties to globalist George Soros.

Parents Buying STAB VESTS for Children As Murder Rate Soars In Kahn’s London
Parents in the UK are resorting to buying their children stab-proof vests as London’s stabbing epidemic soars beyond controllable limits.

Vatican Cardinal: Pope Francis Is ‘Ice-Cold, Cunning Machiavellian’
The German progressive weekly Der Spiegel has ended its love affair with the pope, declaring that the Church’s sex abuse crisis is “increasingly about Pope Francis.”

Canadian media is INTENTIONALLY hiding the names of Muslim criminals and sexual offenders as to not further taint the image of Islam within the country
CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, described the suspects of armed robberies as “26-year-old from Brampton” and “25-year-old from Toronto,” ignoring the information provided by the Peel Police who identified the suspects by their names “Aynla Mustafa Hassan” and “Mossab Abdelrahim.

China intensifies its war on Christianity, ripping down crosses, burning bibles and tearing up images of Jesus throughout the country
China’s government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China.

CAIR chief to meet with Turkish, Iranian presidents
The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based group designated a terrorist organization by an Arab Gulf state, has been invited by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to meet with them in New York during this week’s U.N. General Assembly meeting.

We are already living under many forms of Obama’s “martial law” deep state control: It’s time for Trump to restore America
The emergency report (video and article) I posted on Sunday got picked up by InfoWars and received a huge amount of attention, creating quite a stir over my analysis of Trump invoking “martial law” in order to carry out the mass arrests of deep state traitors.

EMERGENCY REPORT: Signed Executive Orders reveal Trump is planning mass arrests, military tribunals for deep state traitors like Comey, Clinton and Obama – UPDATE
As the documents cited here clearly show, President Trump is planning to carry out mass arrests of deep state traitors, including Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, James Comey and even Barack Obama. This is fully covered, with accompanying documentation from the U.S. Federal Register, in the links and video below. (This author is fully supportive of this effort to save America and arrest the traitors.)

Spotify Wants to Create Music Playlists Based on Your DNA
Music streaming service Spotify has partnered with genealogy website Ancestry in order to offer playlists based on a user’s DNA.

OPINION: Reasons To Prevent A Russian-Iranian Offensive In Idlib
The Russia-Iran-Assad-Hezbollah axis is determined to launch an all-out attack on Syria’s Idlib province, a stronghold of anti-Assad rebels. The U.N. has warned of “the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the 21st century,” and President Trump has denounced the assault as a “grave humanitarian mistake.”

Trump Preparing Martial Law Crackdown In California-Social Media Put on Notice-Will Civil War Result?
Although it is true that we are in involved in a socio-cultural, political and economic war, the war has largely been nonviolent. However, this is about to change and change in a very dramatic manner.


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – Socialism and Secular Humanism

Jen Hatmaker: Jesus Came to Affirm the LGBT Community

Bill Johnson & Bethel Church – Encountering God Through Divination

Megachurch Pastor Rodney Washington’s Widow Sues After She’s Fired From Church-Owned Hotel

Priest who burned rainbow flag in ‘exorcism’ ceremony is removed from church

Trump Admin Cancels FDA Contract to Purchase Body Parts of Aborted Babies for Tax-Funded Research

Evangelical Pastor Shot Dead After Killers Call Out, ‘As a Pastor, We Will Only Shoot You Once’


Headlines – 9/25/2018

Abbas said planning UN event on thwarting Trump’s peace plan

UN summit kicks off with appeals against Trump unilateralism

Palestinian said killed, 90 hurt at Gaza rally; balloons spark 9 fires in Israel

Russia throws Israel under the bus – Vladimir Putin has his own agenda for Syria and the Middle East

From Russia with love-hate: Israeli ties with Moscow have always been complex

US: Iran to blame for downing of Russian plane

‘Major mistake’: Israel, US warn Russia against giving S-300 missiles to Syria

Syria faces perpetual war unless Russia extends ceasefire, France warns

As Iran mourns parade dead, US pushes back on ‘ludicrous’ accusations

Mattis dismisses Iran’s revenge threat as tensions climb after attack

US vows ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran but says not seeking regime change

Iran nuclear deal: Plan put forward to dodge US sanctions

Defying Trump, powers agree to evade Iran sanctions, keep nuke deal alive

UNICEF: 500,000 children face ‘immediate danger’ in Libya capital

Six killed in Kashmir, days after India cancels Pakistan talks

Oil at 4-year High After OPEC Rebuffs Trump, Fails to Raise Output

Dow drops more than 150 points on fears Deputy AG Rosenstein is leaving

Gaetz: If Rosenstein Doesn’t Testify on Trump ‘Wire’ Report, I Will Introduce Impeachment Proceedings

‘It’s the culture war on steroids.’ Kavanaugh fight takes on symbolism in divided era.

Kavanaugh: ‘I will not be intimidated into withdrawing’

Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Says He Has Kavanaugh Evidence

Avenatti says more Kavanaugh accusations will go public within 48 hours: ‘I state facts and have evidence to back it up’

Google releases framework to guide data privacy legislation

The Rise Of The Restaurant Robot

Greece uses high-tech drones to fight tax evasion in holiday hot spots

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Super Typhoon Trami explodes in strength on its way toward Taiwan

10 days after Hurricane Florence, fresh chaos in S. Carolina

Monsanto’s global weedkiller harms honeybees, research finds

Children’s hospital drops gender markers from patient wristbands

Bodies of 6-month-old Children Discovered in Mexico Mass Graves


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September 25, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

7 The goodness of God forms a basic tenet of Israel’s faith, particularly celebrated in the psalmic literature whose language is prominent throughout v. 7 (e.g., 2 Ch 5:13; Pss 25:7–8; 69:16; 118:1, 29; 135:3; 136:1; 145:7–9; Jer 33:11). Also as here, it repeatedly forms the basis for the response of faith, expressed in trusting obedience (e.g., Ezr 8:18, 22; Pss 34:8; 73:1; 100:4–5, 106:1–3; 107:1–2; 109:21, La 3:25). Where the goodness of God is successfully impugned, faith soon crumbles (e.g., Ge 3:1–7; Nu 14:3, 27).

In this context, as an expression of covenantal commitment to defend his people, the Lord himself is a “refuge” or stronghold of protection (māʿôz, “strength”; cf. Ne 8:10; Pss 27:1; 31:2, 4; 37:39; Pr 10:29; Isa 25:4; Jer 16:19). He “cares for” (yādaʿ, lit., “knows”; e.g., Ex 33:12; Pss 31:7; 91:14; Jer 1:5; 12:3) the faithful, acknowledging their relationship to him and the claim on his goodness, which is inherent in that relationship. The “trouble” from which he gives protection is graphically illustrated in Judah’s sufferings at the hands of Assyria. It demands a “trust” that is too often missing or misplaced, but it affords one of Scripture’s most dramatic testimonies to the Lord as a “refuge” for those who indeed put their hope in him (Isa 33:2–4; 37:3, 6–7, 29–38; cf. Isa 12:2; 26:3–4). The note of grace sounded here, highlighted by its juxtaposition to the surrounding verses, is already implicit in v. 3, and it foreshadows the theme of Judah’s vindication in the following sections (vv. 12–13, 14; 2:2[3]).[1]


God is with his people (v. 7)

The great nineteenth-century preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, said, ‘Have you read this chapter through? It is a very terrible one; it is like the rushing of a mighty river when it is nearing a cataract. It boils and seethes and flows with overwhelming force, bearing everything before it; yet right in the middle of the surging flood, stands out, like a green island, this most cheering, comforting and delightful text.’

What an oasis of peace it is for the uniqueness of God is revealed here. All people are good some of the time, but he, the Lord Almighty, is good all of the time, as the hymn writer said:

How good is the God we adore,

Our faithful, unchangeable friend,

Whose love is as great as his power

and knows neither measure nor end.

God’s people were rightly fearful. But, in the past, the city of Nineveh had seen the goodness of God on display when he sent the reluctant preacher, Jonah, to them. So none of them could ever accuse him of being unfair now because he had been gracious in the past. The Ninevites had responded to Jonah’s message with repentance and that had brought salvation and blessing to them because God did not destroy them. Tragically, they had forgotten his mercy. Trouble was coming their way and the only way of escape was by seeking safety in the presence of the one true God.

Reminding the people of past events, Nahum says, ‘The Lord is good’, and many people should be able to acknowledge that fact. He then goes on to describe the positive benefit from a living relationship with God.

A refuge required

God is referred to here in a way that the ancient people could readily understand as a ‘refuge in times of trouble’. There were no early warning systems, or ground-to-air missiles to give protection to the population at large. They needed to be in a safe place. Safe cities were specifically designed to cater for large numbers who could take refuge when an enemy was advancing on their land. Here, God is compared by Nahum to a refuge. When people come to him, they find that he is the one who cares for them, not just in their lifetime, but also through death and on into eternity.

The ultimate example of this is the Lord Jesus who, on one occasion, was challenged by the Jews to prove that he really was the Christ. He used a simple, but profound, illustration to impress upon them that he is God. He said about his people, ‘I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.’ Then he probably brought his hands together in a firm clench and said, ‘I and the Father are one’ (John 10:28–30). That is the ultimate refuge, locked into God’s hands, safe and secure, never to slip or fall.

It was as if Nahum were saying, ‘Nineveh, to the world at large, you may appear big brash and brave, but nothing compares to having God as Lord and Saviour, and his covenant people are to rejoice in this great fact.’

The result of faith

Nineveh is reminded that God is the ultimate carer: ‘He cares for those who trust in him.’ He shows grace to all people but especially to those who have put their trust in him. (For a more in-depth study of this great subject see Grace—amazing grace by Brian Edwards.) But there is a great warning issued here for his love will not overlook sin; and to be true to himself, God must punish sin. This is what Nahum sets alongside the grace of God.[2]


1:7. The Lord’s people are reminded that the Lord is good. He will provide a stronghold, a place of safety and protection in the day of their trouble. And God has a personal knowledge of His people who flee to Him for protection: He knows those who take refuge in Him.[3]


1:7 The Lord is good: For the righteous, this is the best news of all. Because we know that the Lord is good, we can endure the tribulations of life.[4]


1:7 In contrast to v. 6, Nahum eased the fury by adding that God was compassionate, a stronghold or fortress (cf. Ps 46:1) to those who put their hope in Him (cf. Is 33:2–4; 37:3–7, 29–38). The verse foreshadowed the vindication of Judah in vv. 12b, 13, 15; 2:2.[5]


1:7 The Lord Delivers Those Who Take Refuge in Him. In contrast to his anger, God is good to his people, blessing those who trust in him. stronghold. The Lord is the never-failing protector of his people. He will keep them safe and rescue them from human and spiritual enemies (e.g., Ps. 27:1; 37:39; Isa. 17:10; Jer. 16:19). God knows his people with love and affection, which results in his benevolent actions.[6]


1:7 good. The term denotes the Lord’s benevolence as the source of all true human well-being and prosperity, and is particularly a confession of His abundant covenant blessings and kindness (Ps. 73:1). The Lord’s people experience His awesome power as holy love. When help is needed He is an impregnable fortress (Ps. 46).[7]


1:7 Verse 7 is the first clue to the primary message the prophet has for Judah. By somewhat indirect means, Nahum is telling Judah to take refuge in their God who is good and a stronghold for his people but a terrible enemy to those who oppose him. Take refuge is one of the many expressions the OT has for faith.[8]


[1] Armerding, C. E. (2008). Nahum. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Daniel–Malachi (Revised Edition) (Vol. 8, pp. 572–573). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Anderson, C. (2005). Opening up Nahum (pp. 36–39). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[3] Boyle, M. J. (2014). Nahum. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 1381). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1083). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Na 1:7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (pp. 1712–1713). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[7] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1303). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[8] Parsons, G. W. (2017). Nahum. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1422). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

September 25 An Inexhaustible Reservoir

You have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren.

1 Peter 1:22

As Christians we have a great responsibility to love others, but how do we fulfill it? By understanding our resource.

Love is available to us, and it’s our fault if we don’t tap the necessary resource. We are to submit to the Spirit and learn how to love. We must purify our hearts by confessing our sin and realize the urgency of attracting others to Christ through our love. We are to make a conscious choice to love others, fellowship with other believers, and concentrate on others rather than ourselves. And we must consider the effect of loving others. Love given is inevitably returned.

When God saved you, He made you a new creation with the capacity to fulfill the debt of love. The reservoir of love is inexhaustible. You have the privilege of representing God in the world by loving others as He loved them and receiving love in return.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 290). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

September 25 The Need for Understanding

“These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will speak no more to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father.”

John 16:25

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Jesus’ teaching in figurative language revealed the need for further enlightenment by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus left His disciples a storehouse of valuable information that would require additional teaching from the Holy Spirit to make it understandable. The “figurative language” our Lord sovereignly used was made up of many veiled but pointed statements, filled with rich meaning. Even Christ’s closest followers, when they first heard Him, often understood only the basics of His teachings.

Jesus used various veiled statements whose deeper meanings were not revealed until the Holy Spirit gave believers special insight. One such statement is John 2:19, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The truth that Jesus was teaching—His death and resurrection—became clearer later on. John 6:53–58 speaks of eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking His blood. Many of the Jews took this teaching literally and did not understand that Jesus was referring to believers’ intimate, spiritual communion with Himself.

In addition to those and other figurative expressions (see John 6:35; 8:12), the Lord knew His disciples would not understand certain truths right away (John 16:12). They were spiritually ignorant and unable to grasp every teaching prior to Christ’s death. But once He died and rose again and the Holy Spirit came, they would understand Jesus’ teaching about His relationship to the Father, as the end of today’s verse indicates.

Whenever Christ used figurative language, it was clear enough to make it meaningful, but veiled just enough so the Spirit could reveal more profound truth later on. Having access to that unveiled truth is the blessed privilege we have today, thanks to the indwelling Holy Spirit who has come as our teacher, just as Jesus promised in John 14:26 and 16:13. We need to take full advantage of the Spirit’s teaching ministry every time we hear the Word expounded or read or study it for ourselves.

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Suggestions for Prayer: When you study the Word, ask the Lord and His Spirit to help you see beneath the surface and understand as much biblical truth as possible.

For Further Study: Read John 6:32–58. What does the Bread of Life provide? ✧ How is it better than manna? ✧ What made some of the Jews stumble at Jesus’ words?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Think Trump’s economy is booming? It’s a corporate debt bubble blowing up – RT’s Keiser Report

US Initial Jobless Claims have hit their lowest level since 1969, with consumer confidence reaching its highest in decades. Things are looking pretty good until you start discussing averages, says Mish Shedlock of MishTalk.com.
— Read on www.rt.com/business/439297-us-economy-bond-bubble/amp/

10 Questions For Those Trying Stop The Release Of Russia Probe Docs — The Federalist

Four congressmen claimed in a Sept. 18 letter to former deputy attorney General Rod Rosenstein that President Trump (remember, he’s the elected Article II head of the executive branch) was about to commit a “brazen abuse of power” by “selectively” disclosing classified information that “he believes he can manipulate publicly to undermine the legitimacy and credibility of the Special Counsel’s investigation.”  They also wrote that release of this information would “grossly violate our system of checks and balances.”

The congressmen claimed to have extracted a promise from the Rosenstein that he would “not provide the White House or any of Trump’s attorneys with access to sensitive information briefed to a small group of designated members” of Congress. This letter raises some important questions about where abuse of power is really happening. Here are ten.

1. How would Robert Mueller’s Russia probe be affected by this release?

The election is over. The Trump campaign is over. Whatever collusion the Trump campaign committed with the Russians to rig the 2016 election (if any) is likewise over. It’s not as though Mueller could construct an undercover sting operation at this point. Trump knows about the investigation.

So why would releasing any of this information impair Mueller’s progress? Investigations are supposed to be a pursuit of truth. Yet after 18 months, Mueller’s Russia investigation seems to be a tool to achieve the opposite.

2. If Trump is not in charge of what’s classified, who should be?

The president and his vice president are the only elected members of the executive branch. If the president does “abuse” his power by releasing this information, then he’s accountable to the voters. If any Department of Justice official intercedes to prevent the public from learning the dubious origins of the investigation, how do voters hold him accountable for defying their elected representatives?

3. Did these congressmen really extract a promise from Rosenstein to withhold classified information from Trump?

If so, then we are in the midst of a constitutional crisis as all of this intelligence is being kept out-of-reach of any official accountable to the voters. It’s as though the congressmen saw Rosenstein as running his own separate un-elected government. If true, on this basis alone, Rosenstein deserves to have been relieved of duty.

4. Why would releasing information undermine the legitimacy of Mueller’s probe?

If there’s secret information that shows the special counsel probe is an illegitimate power grab by Rosenstein or others, then isn’t the probe already illegitimate?

5. Why does the Mueller probe need secrecy to maintain credibility?

If the authors are correct that Trump wants to undermine the credibility of the Russia probe, then how would revealing these documents accomplish that end? If Trump ends up misleading the American public by “selectively” releasing information, the solution is more information, not more secrecy.

6. Why does the Mueller probe need to be perceived as credible?

Mueller is not accountable to the voters, and until Rosenstein leaves his position Mueller is accountable only to him. Eventually, Mueller’s probe is supposed to result in some kind of report that will or will not lead to the impeachment of the president. The evidence relied upon in this report should speak for itself. Mueller’s credibility should be irrelevant.

7. Shouldn’t these congressmen want these documents out?

The documents could dispel conservative “conspiracy” theories that the Justice Department and intelligence agencies used the Russia hoax to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. If the Justice Department didn’t spy on a presidential campaign and selectively leak the existence of the investigation to interfere in the 2016 election, then the American people need to have their confidence restored. Otherwise, embarrassment of bureaucrats is not a basis for maintaining secrets.

8. Exactly what checks and balances would be violated by Trump controlling material within the executive branch?

This is an extraordinarily disturbing claim by a member of Congress — that the Justice Department is a constitutional check on the president. Nowhere in the Constitution do the founding fathers designate the Justice Department or intelligence agencies as separate, or superior branches of government. There are countries where the intelligence or police apparatuses have seized power from the people. But they’re not nice places to live.

9. Who was Rosenstein’s real boss?

It should bother us that the congressmen have been negotiating directly with an unelected official within the executive branch to withhold information from the elected president. Rosenstein was not supposed to be the final authority on this question.

The letter confirms what some already suspect: From the first day of the Mueller probe, Rosenstein appears to have slipped any real constitutional controls. He laughed at and obstructed congressional oversight and ignored the president’s demands to cooperate with Congress. He engineered the recusal of the president’s confirmed U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York for the purpose of launching a raid on the president’s private attorney (which he personally authorized).

This led to the forcible seizure of more than 12,000 privileged attorney-client files. He threatened and intimidated congressional staffers in order to thwart congressional oversight. When those staffers blew the whistle, he escalated by demanding the staffers submit to an investigation.

10. How would they respond to the assertion the Justice Department is just trying to avoid embarrassment?

If this feels like déjà vu, it might be because the current controversy replays the fight earlier this year over the release of the Rep. Devin Nunes memo claiming to expose Justice Department malfeasance. In that instance, Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote the a letter warning that a release of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence memo summarizing Justice Department abuses of the FISA process would be “extraordinarily reckless,” because of the potential “damaging impact that the release of the classified material could have on national security and our ability to share and receive sensitive information.”

The “grave concerns” the Justice Department expressed that the memo would expose “sources and methods” turned out to be totally unfounded and the opposition was clearly exposed for what it was: a ferocious campaign to block revelations of apparent misconduct.

Rosenstein led the charge to block release of the HPSCI memo and it is he that the four congressmen asked to stop this latest release. If he does, he would have been shielding his own actions. He signed one of the applications to the FISA court to spy on Carter Page, which some believe intentionally deceived the FISA court. It would be serious misconduct if Rosenstein was a party to deceiving the FISA court, which is why he shouldn’t have been in charge of deciding whether evidence of this misconduct will be released to the public.

In a republic, the government is supposed to be accountable to the voters for abuses of power. Article II of the Constitution established the elected commander in chief as the final authority over what is best for national security. One can certainly understand why bureaucrats might feel alarmed by the prospect of their misconduct being exposed to public scrutiny.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and the most effective deterrence against the corruption of intelligence and law enforcement for political purposes. History has shown that unaccountable government is the greatest threat to a democratic republic.
— Read on thefederalist.com/2018/09/25/10-questions-congressmen-trying-stop-release-russia-probe-docs/

September 25 Nicodemus’s Doubt

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?”—John 3:9–10

Although he was a renowned, recognized, and established teacher in Israel, Nicodemus was a poor learner. His question “How can these things be?” indicates he had made little progress. Despite Jesus’ further clarification, Nicodemus still could not accept what he was hearing. He could not let go of his legalistic religious system and realize that salvation was a sovereign, gracious work of God’s Spirit.

Because of his position as the teacher of Israel, Nicodemus could have been expected to understand the things Jesus had said. In fact, his lack of understanding was inexcusable considering his exposure to the Old Testament. Jesus found it indefensible that this prominent scholar was not familiar with the foundational new covenant teaching, housed in the Old Testament, regarding the only way of salvation (cf. 2 Tim. 3:15). Sadly, Nicodemus serves as a clear example of the numbing effect that external, legalistic religion has on a person’s spiritual perception—even to the point of obscuring the revelation of God.

Although nothing in this passage suggests Nicodemus was converted that evening (and verse 11 strongly implies that he was not), he never forgot his discussion with Jesus. Later, he boldly defended Him before the Sanhedrin (7:50–51), and helped Joseph of Arimathea prepare His body for burial (19:38–39)—actions that indicate the presence of genuine faith in his life. Somewhere after that memorable evening he spent with Jesus but before the crucifixion, Nicodemus came to understand sovereign grace and experience the reality of the new birth.

ASK YOURSELF

Perhaps there’s someone (or several people) you’ve been talking to and praying for, deeply concerned about their spiritual condition, perhaps even a little perturbed at their stubborn resistance to the gospel. Don’t give up. Don’t quit asking. There is more than one Nicodemus who said no, no, no, before finally succumbing to grace.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 277). Chicago: Moody Publishers.