Daily Archives: October 15, 2018

OCTOBER 15 RESOURCES THAT ENDURE

I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

3 John 2

The people of this world have always fussed and argued over this world’s resources—hope for life, health, financial prosperity, international peace and a set of favorable circumstances. These resources are good in their own way, but they have a fatal defect—they are uncertain and transitory! Today we have them; tomorrow they are gone.

It is this way with all earthly things since sin came to upset the beautiful order of nature and made the human race victims of chance and change.

We desire for all of God’s children a full measure of every safe and pure blessing that the earth and sky might unite to bring them. But if in the sovereign will of God things go against us, what do we have left? If life and health are placed in jeopardy, what about our everlasting resources?

If the world’s foundations crumble, we still have God and in Him we have everything essential to our ransomed beings forever! We have Christ, who died for us; we have the Scriptures, which can never fail; we have the faithful Holy Spirit. If worst comes to worst here below, we have our Father’s house and our Father’s welcome!

Lord, Your Word says that everything we have belongs to You (see 1 Chronicles 29:16). You own my possessions; You own me! Enable me and my family to loosely grip the things of this world.[1]


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

OCTOBER 15 THE FILE AND THE FURNACE

But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

—Job 23:10

The file is more painful still, for its business is to bite into the soft metal, scraping and eating away the edges till it has shaped the metal to its will. Yet the file has, in truth, no real will in the matter, but serves another master as the metal also does. It is the master and not the file that decides how much shall be eaten away, what shape the metal shall take, and how long the painful filing shall continue. Let the metal accept the will of the master and it will not try to dictate when or how it shall be filed.

As for the furnace, it is the worst of all. Ruthless and savage, it leaps at every combustible thing that enters it and never relaxes its fury till it has reduced it all to shapeless ashes. All that refuses to burn is melted to a mass of helpless matter, without will or purpose of its own. When everything is melted that will melt and all is burned that will burn, then and not till then the furnace calms down and rests from its destructive fury….

How could Rutherford find it in his heart to praise God for the hammer, the file and the furnace? The answer is simply that he loved the Master of the hammer, he adored the Workman who wielded the file, he worshiped the Lord who heated the furnace for the everlasting blessing of His children. ROR156

Lord, let me, like Job and like Rutherford, see that after the trial is the gold, after the hammer, the file and the furnace is the everlasting blessing of Your children. Amen. [1]


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

October 15, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Monday reiterated that he made no deal with Turkey to lift U.S. sanctions in exchange for the release of an American pastor who had been detained there and who returned to the United States over the weekend.

President Trump, welcoming an American clergyman on his return to the United States after a two-year imprisonment in Turkey, took credit for his release and blamed President Obama for not getting him out sooner.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Florida’s storm-ravaged Panhandle on Monday, the White House announced, in the president’s first tour of the destruction left by the deadly Hurricane Michael.

President Trump said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he was “comfortable” in the White House after almost two years in office, despite political storms over immigration, tariffs and his nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

President Trump said on Saturday that separating migrant families at the border could deter illegal immigration and that he was considering several options to tighten border security.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Wall Street bankers will show up at an elite Saudi investment conference this month despite a growing exodus of top media companies and business leaders after the disappearance of a Saudi journalist.

A Moroccan associate of the Sept. 11 hijackers is being moved from a German prison in preparation for deportation after serving most of a 15-year jail term for helping organize the 2011 attacks on U.S. targets, authorities said on Monday.

The United States still aims to cut Iran’s oil sales to zero and does not expect restored oil sanctions against Tehran to have a negative impact on a market that is well-supplied and balanced, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.

As Canadians prepare for the legalization of recreational cannabis this week, 24 students are becoming the first in the country to get formal credentials in growing pot.

The expanding applications for artificial intelligence have created a shortage of qualified workers in the field. Although schools across the country are adding classes, there are too few potential employees with training or experience.

Prominent members of the world’s business community are dropping out of Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative, a conference that is widely known as the “Davos of the Middle East,” after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist at the Washington Post.

AP Top Stories

Now that the devastating lava eruptions on Hawaii’s Big Island have paused indefinitely, residents are slowly returning to a place that no longer looks like home. That is, if they have a home to return to at all.

Pope Francis has canonized Pope Paul VI and Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, two of the most contested figures of the Catholic Church in the 20th century, who both had a powerful influence over his papacy.

Tens of thousands of people protested racism and discrimination Saturday in Berlin, a demonstration that came amid rising concerns about Germany’s increasingly confident far right. A wide range of groups, including pro-refugee, gay rights and Muslim organizations, backed the “Indivisible” protest in the heart of the German capital under the slogan “solidarity instead of exclusion – for an open and free society.”

An Israeli military official says the opening of a crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria “re-empowers” the United Nations after being driven out of the area by Syrian rebels.

Taiwan has invited Pope Francis to visit the island in a move aimed at deepening ties with the Vatican after the Holy See signed a historic deal with Beijing.

The United Nations and humanitarian workers on Sunday condemned an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen’s Shiite rebels that reportedly killed at least 15 civilians near the port city of Hodeida.

India and China launched a program on Monday to train Afghan diplomats and China’s ambassador said it would likely be followed by joint programs in other fields to help war-torn Afghanistan.

The Air Force and DARPA are now testing new hardware and software configured to enable 4th-Generation aircraft to command drones from the cockpit in the air, bringing new levels of autonomy, more attack options and a host of new reconnaissance advantages to air warfare.

BBC

Sears Holdings – which also owns Kmart – filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday.

Australia’s prime minister has promised to ban religious schools from discriminating against gay students.

At least 180,000 Congolese citizens have crossed the border with Angola since 1 October – most heading to the city of Kamako where they are living in precarious informal camps. Many migrants are saying they were kicked out despite having documentation to live in Angola and there are unconfirmed reports that a number of them have been brutalized and even killed by Angolan forces.

WND

Four people have been diagnosed with typhus in the unincorporated community near South Los Angeles, three of whom were hospitalized, according to health officials.

A company that provides database resources to public schools, including pornography embedded in computer files, is being sued by the Thomas More Society under Colorado’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act for boasting its products are age-appropriate.


News – 10/15/2018

President Trump: Climate Change is NOT Manmade, Scientists Have Political Agenda
Speaking during an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes, the president also accused the scientists behind the data, that suggests Global Warming is manmade, of having a “political agenda.” Trump also clarified his stance on Climate Change – as his critics often accuse him of denying its existence – saying that he doesn’t believe it is a hoax; the Earth’s temperature rises and falls naturally but not due to manmade causes.

Facebook, Twitter, Google, Etc. are Subversive to American Government
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google and other big tech companies are subversive to American government; and what they are advocating is completely illegal in this country? Facebook sells itself as an American online social networking service company. Apparently, it is only for those who are willing to socialize in pushing the same illegal propaganda. For example, they advance homosexuality and sodomy (Jude 1:7). For those who have not taken the time to peruse the United States Constitution and its enumerated laws you may want to do so, that is if you would like to remain a free people (2 Corinthians 3:17). In every state in our Union, homosexuality and sodomy is a felony.

U.S. government begins hunt for military molecules
“The ultimate goal of AMD is to speed the time to design, validate, and optimize new molecules with defined properties from several years to a few months, or even several weeks,” explained Anne Fischer, a manager in the agency’s Defense Sciences Office. “We aim to develop the AI tools, models and experimental systems to enable autonomous design of molecules to quickly meet DoD needs.”

North, South Korea agree to reconnect roads, rail amid U.S. concern over easing sanctions
North and South Korea agreed on Monday to begin reconnecting rail and road links, another step in an improving relationship that has raised U.S. concern about the possible undermining of its bid to press the North to give up its nuclear program.

Congo Ebola Outbreak Nears ‘Tipping Point’ As Death Toll Hits 125
An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is threatening to spiral out of control as overstretched health workers contend with armed rebels and a distrustful local population. Authorities have recorded 200 total cases and 125 deaths since the outbreak began Aug. 1 in the northeastern part of the country, according to World Health Organization figures released Friday.

FBI Has Evidence That ‘Directly Refutes’ Premise Of Trump-Russia Probe, GOP Rep Says
Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe provided Sunday the clearest picture to date of what the FBI allegedly withheld from the surveillance court. what happened here was Department of Justice and FBI officials in the Obama administration in October of 2016 only presented to the court the evidence that made the government’s case to get a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign associate,”…

President Trump says Defense Secretary Mattis is ‘sort of a Democrat’ and ‘may leave’
“He may leave,” Trump said of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, according to an interview excerpt released by CBS News. “I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That’s Washington.” But, Trump added, “it could be” that Mattis is leaving.

Hillary Clinton says husband’s affair was not an abuse of power
Hillary Clinton vehemently denied in an interview Sunday that her husband’s extramarital affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky was an abuse of power and added that former President Bill Clinton was right not to resign amid a scandal that led to his impeachment on perjury and obstruction charges.

Pastor Brunson Prays For President Trump in the Oval Office
Following his incarceration in a Turkish jail on exaggerated political conspiracy charges, Pastor Andrew Brunson returned to the United States. President Trump welcomed the pastor in the Oval Office in the full glare of global media. There was time, however, for Pastor Brunson to pray for the president. (video)

Brooklyn Witches to Hex Brett Kavanaugh
In what is becoming a regular political expression of the left-wing, an occult bookstore in Brooklyn is organizing a gathering to hex newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Israeli Scientists Say Public Genealogy Databases Can Be Used to Identify Everybody
Consumer genomics databases have reached the scale of millions of individuals, say the authors of the report, noting that recently, law enforcement authorities have exploited some of these databases to identify suspects via distant familial relatives. “Using genomic data of 1.28 million individuals tested with consumer genomics, we investigated the power of this technique. We project that about 60% of the searches for individuals of European-descent will result in a third cousin or closer match, which can allow their identification using demographic identifiers,” the report states.

Judicial Watch Uncovers More Classified Material on Hillary Clinton’s Unsecure Email System
Judicial Watch announced today that it received 288 pages of newly uncovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that were transmitted over her unsecure, non-“state.gov” email system, three of which contain classified information. Judicial Watch obtained the documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA. These new classified and other emails appear to be among those that Clinton had attempted to delete or had otherwise failed to disclose.

Yoav Gallant advocates long-term cease-fire with Hamas
Construction Minister and former IDF Southern Commander Yoav Gallant called on Monday for continuing to try to reach a long-term cease-fire deal with Hamas before jumping to war, as some other politicians seem to be pushing for. Speaking from the Maariv Conference in Jerusalem, Gallant attacked those calling for going to war as persons who lack experience and do not really understand war or the limits of IDF power.

Bennett calls to intensify military response to attacks from Gaza
Bayit Yehudi leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that Israel should respond to ongoing attacks from Gaza more aggressively and kill any terrorist who infiltrates Israel. Bennett’s comments come amid a significant escalation in tensions between Israel and Gaza due to ongoing attacks of various kinds from terrorists in the coastal enclave.

Yang Kaili: China live-streamer detained for ‘insulting’ national anthem
A Chinese live-streaming celebrity has been detained for five days for “insulting” the country’s national anthem. Yang Kaili, a 20-year-old with tens of millions of followers, had appeared on camera singing the anthem while flailing her arms around. The live-streaming platform, Huya, had earlier taken down her video and banned her channel.

France weather: Red alert as flash floods kill six in south-west
At least six people have been killed by flash floods in the Aude region of south-western France. Local authorities say several months’ worth of rain fell in just a few hours overnight, leaving roads blocked in some areas. One woman was swept away by the River Aude, local broadcaster BFMTV reports.

Yemen could be ‘worst famine in 100 years’
The United Nations is warning that 13 million people in Yemen are facing starvation. It’s calling on the military coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, to halt air strikes which are killing civilians, and contributing to what the UN says could become “the worst famine in the world in 100 years”.

Exclusive: Vietnam cyber law set for tough enforcement despite Google, Facebook pleas
Vietnam is preparing to strictly enforce a new cybersecurity law requiring global technology companies to set up local offices and store data locally despite pleas from Facebook, Google and other firms, a government document showed. Vietnamese lawmakers approved the new law in June overriding strong objections from the business community, rights groups and Western governments including the United States…

Deepfake Videos Are Ruining Lives. Is Democracy Next?
Seeing isn’t believing anymore. Deep-learning computer applications can now generate fake video and audio recordings that look strikingly real. In a recent video published by researchers…an actor sits in front of a camera moving his face. The computer then generates the same expressions in real time on an existing video of Barack Obama. When the actor shakes his head, the former president shakes his head as well. When he speaks, Mr. Obama speaks as well.

Israel-Syria border crossing reopened after 4 years
The Israel-Syria Quneitra border crossing in the Golan Heights was reopened on Monday morning, four years after it was closed because of the civil war raging in the country. The crossing, which was mostly used by the Druze population in the Golan Heights, was opened to UN observers only. The UN observers had left the Quneitra crossing in 2014 for the first time since deploying there in 1974 to monitor a cease-fire and a demilitarized zone.

North, South Korea agree to reconnect roads, rail amid U.S. concern over easing sanctions
North and South Korea agreed on Monday to begin reconnecting rail and road links, another step in an improving relationship that has raised U.S. concern about the possible undermining of its bid to press the North to give up its nuclear program. The agreement on transport links came during talks in the border village of Panmunjom aimed at following up on the third summit this year between South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, last month.

Honduran migrant group grows, heading for United States
A growing group of more than 1,500 Honduran migrants headed for the United States moved toward the Guatemalan border on Sunday, witnesses and organizers said. The migrants, who included families of adults and children, and women carrying babies, began a march on Saturday from the violent northern city of San Pedro Sula, days after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on Central America to stop mass migration.

Macron popularity plummets at home as he pushes globalism on world stage
French President Emmanuel Macron has presented himself as the international leader defending multilateralism and globalism against the rising forces of nationalism — but at home he is facing a bleaker political outlook and plummeting poll numbers.

Twitter Is Being Formally Investigated Following a GDPR Complaint
Twitter is being investigated by Irish privacy authorities over its refusal to give a user information about how it tracks him when he clicks on links in tweets.

Portugal issues red alert for rare Atlantic hurricane
Hurricane Leslie has left 27 people injured in Portugal, as high winds and rain brought down trees and cut power. It is one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the Iberian peninsula.

Over 17 Inches of Snow Fell in North Dakota and It’s Only October
Over 17 inches of snow fell in parts of eastern North Dakota – the area’s first significant snowfall of the season – when snowstorm swept through the area this week.

New York City Legalizes ‘Third’ Gender ‘X’ on Birth Certificates, Mayor Signs Bill
As of Jan. 1, 2019, the “third” gender, designated as “X” instead of “M” or “F,” will be an officially recognized option for birth certificates in the largest city in the United States.

With new donations, Adelsons close to $100 million for Republicans
Casino mogul and Jewish megadonor Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, have poured at least $25 million more into Republican super PACs to ensure Republican control of the House and Senate after the midterm elections.

Snow warnings issued across eight states as the Rockies brace for record-cold
Winter weather is creeping in early this year as snow storm advisories are issued across eight states. Snow continues to fall in parts of the Rocky Mountains, blanketing Colorado, western Kansas and northern New Mexico reaching up to 12 inches in some areas.

Christian cross destroyed on Greek island because it might offend Muslim invaders
Locals reacted with anger after a Holy Cross was destroyed by unknown vandals earlier in the week on the Greek island of Lesvos.

Switzerland votes overwhelmingly to jail citizens for ‘homophobia,’ ‘transphobia’
By an almost two-to-one vote met with ringing approval by pro-LGBT groups, the National Council of Switzerland voted this month on a measure to criminalize “homophobia” and “discrimination.”

Trump’s Last Stand Against the Communist Take Over of America
In many ways, America is a great nation. America is an amazingly resilient nation. The attempted take down of the United States was formerly announced with the assassination of American president, John Kennedy. For 55 years, the subversive communist influences in America have been engaged in a covert operation to turn America into a communist nation. America still has fight left within her.  It has proven to be a difficult nation to kill, despite the best efforts of the globalists.

Walmart’s Creepy Shopping Carts Invade Your Privacy
Walmart is getting new shopping carts. They are creepy beyond belief. You will not believe what these shopping carts can do.

Rouhani: Trump’s is the most ‘spiteful’ US administration ever to Iranians
Iran’s president on Sunday accused the Trump administration of being the most “spiteful” in its position on Tehran, in the history of American leadership.

Hurricane Michael: Death Toll Rises To 18; More Than 1,000 Still Reported Missing
At least 18 people have died, and more than 1,500 are informally missing as a result of Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in the Florida panhandle on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, carrying sustained winds of 155 mph.

Even the CDC has admitted that flu vaccines don’t work
Vaccines are truly one of modern medicine’s biggest farces. The flu vaccine is one of the best examples of this. After all, if the vaccine really worked the way it was supposed to, why would you need to be vaccinated every year? Well, as Mike Adams reports in a Natural News article, the CDC says, “Vaccines wear off.”

Liberman: Gaza citizens are being held hostages by Hamas on behalf of Iran
Hamas is holding Gaza residents hostage on behalf of Iran, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said in an Arabic Facebook post in which he appealed to Palestinians to overthrow Hamas’ rule of the small enclave. “I call on you, residents of Gaza: Act against the extremist leadership that has taken you hostage in the service of the Iranian Ayatollahs,” Liberman said.

Netanyahu: Hamas should expect a ‘very painful’ response from Israel If Hamas does not stop its violent attacks against Israel, then Israel will stop them through forceful actions, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned… Commenting on the increase in violence along the border fence with Gaza, Netanyahu said that “Hamas has apparently not internalized the message – if they don’t stop the violent attacks against us, they will be stopped in a different way and it will be painful, very painful.”

Aliyah numbers fall in 2018, despite increase from Russia and UK
Jewish immigration to Israel fell slightly in the first eight months of 2018 over the corresponding period last year, despite a 35 percent increase from Russia. The 1 percent overall drop owed to a decrease in immigration from countries with major Jewish populations, notably France and the United States, an interim report by the Jewish Agency for Israel showed.

Storm Leslie: Portugal hit by hurricane-force winds
Hurricane-force winds have struck central and northern Portugal, leaving 300,000 homes without power. The remnants of Hurricane Leslie swept in overnight on Saturday, with winds gusting up to 176km/h (109mph). Civil defence officials said 27 people suffered minor injuries, with localised flooding, hundreds of trees uprooted and a number of flights cancelled.

Italy: Migrants in Riace to be transferred away
Italy’s interior ministry says all migrants in the southern town of Riace, famous for welcoming them, must be transferred away. The migrants will be moved to other migrant centres next week. The move comes days after the arrest of the town’s mayor, Domenico Lucano, over his alleged role organising “marriages of convenience” for immigration purposes.

Thousands line up for zero-down-payment, subprime mortgages
Magdalene Altidor lost her home to foreclosure during the subprime mortgage crisis, but this week she was first in line at a four-day event in Miami where borrowers with poor credit were offered no-down payment, low interest rate loans. “I left home, it was about 4 a.m.,” she laughed. “I’m ready to purchase a home.” The event is one of several being held in cities across America this year, run by…Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, or NACA.

Bear spray, bloody brawls at Patriot Prayer ‘law and order’ march in Portland
A demonstration billed as a march for “law and order” in the streets of Portland descended into chaos as rival political factions broke into bloody brawls downtown Saturday night. Members of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer and their black-clad adversaries, known as antifa, used bear spray, bare fists and batons to thrash each other outside Kelly’s Olympian, a popular bar on Southwest Washington Street.

Hundreds of Hondurans head for US border in mass migration ‘march’: report
Hundreds of Honduran migrants are headed for the United States border, just days after Vice President Pence sat down with the Central American country’s leader, urging him to take a tougher stance on mass migrations.

In some cities, police now take FOUR DAYS to respond to a 911 call… are you armed yet?
The founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment into the U.S. Constitution for a myriad of ancillary reasons, but the primary purpose for recognizing that a free people can and should be armed was personal security.

Hurricane Michael death toll hits 17, officials say it could rise
Three days after Hurricane Michael’s devastating strike, search teams in Florida pressed their hunt for victims into hard-to-reach areas Saturday, as the death toll rose to 17 and officials scrambled to deliver aid to those who lost everything.

‘I love him so much I can hardly explain it’: Evangelical leaders praise Trump after pastor’s release
Evangelical activists say the administration has made good on promises made to the faith voters who lifted Trump into office — a group he will sorely need to turn out again for his 2020 re-election bid.

Discrimination complaint filed over eviction threat for Bible class
A retired pastor who was threatened with eviction for holding a Bible study in his apartment has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Vault 7 bombshell just vindicated every conspiracy theorist: The CIA can spy on anyone through TVs, iPhones, smart phones and Windows PCs
Another deep state bombshell just hit the ‘net with WikiLeaks’ release of over 8,000 pages of once-secret documents from inside the CIA. The release is dubbed “Vault 7.”

Scientists hit alarm button over virus-spreading bugs
…scientists, reports Science magazine, have warned that the program could be viewed “as an effort to develop biological agents for hostile purposes and their means of delivery, which – if true – would constitute a breach of the Biological Weapons Convention.”

Interesting Video #1 – AI’s Google, Alexa, Siri Who Is Jesus?
Credits to pastor Craig for this video. Interesting Video #1 – AI’s Google, Alexa, Siri Who Is Jesus?

Canada pledges $38 million to Palestinian refugee agency defunded by Trump
Canada stepped up aid for Palestinian refugees on Friday, announcing Can$50 million (US$38 million) for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, which is grappling with a financial crisis sparked by US funding cuts.

Andrew Brunson prays, offers praise for Trump in Oval Office visit
P resident Trump welcomed Andrew Brunson to the White House Saturday with jokes and prayers, less than 24 hours after the pastor was freed by Turkey.

Liberal Media Doing Complete Blackout On Abortion Serial Killer Movie ‘Gosnell’ In Hopes No One Will Watch It
Yesterday, ‘Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Greatest Serial Killer’ was released in movie theatres around the country. A movie that the mainstream Liberal media desperately does not want you to watch. Go see it anyway.

San Francisco School Board President Cancels Pledge of Allegiance, Replaces it With Maya Angelou Poem
A black San Francisco school board president has eliminated the Pledge of Allegiance for his meetings and replaced it with a Maya Angelou poem, reports say.

Hurricane Cost May Skyrocket As Billions In Stealth Fighter Jets Unaccounted For; Tyndall AFB “Complete Loss”
“But photos and video from the wreckage of the base showed the distinctive contours of the F-22’s squared tail fins”


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Warren Throckmorton – Does Plagiarism Matter to Christians?

After Failed Hurricane Michael Prophecy “Prophet” Shamp Repeatedly Lashes Out Against “Heresy Hunters”

Beth Moore Anoints Kevin Jones as a Third Adam

Eugene Peterson,  author of The Message Bible  Enters Hospice Care

Son of TBN Founder Paul Crouch Jr. Joins Impact Network

I Am Now the Owner of the Earth, Philippines Pastor Claims

Number of Clergywomen Has Exponentially Increased Over Last 2 Decades, Study Says

Baptist Minister Defends Aborting Her Baby: “God Helped Me Make the Best Decision”

Texas abortionist said to have ‘twisted’ living babies’ heads off their necks

US pastor freed from Turkey prays with Trump in Oval Office

Witches to Hex Justice Kavanaugh in Occult Ritual in NYC

Egypt Sentences 17 Islamic Militants to Death for Coptic Christian Church Killings

Canadian Hospital Unveils Assisted Suicide Plans for Kids, Parents Won’t Know Until Child Is Dead


Headlines – 10/15/2018

US envoy tells Christian media: World secretly respects Trump’s Jerusalem move

Palestinian baby clings to life after heart transplant from Israeli child

Man to be charged with hate crime for beating of New York Orthodox Jewish man

Israel Approves $6 Million Expansion of Hebron Jewish Settlement

Ultra-Orthodox faction signals it won’t topple coalition over enlistment bill

Ministers say no major Gaza military op until at least next week

Security Cabinet decides to continue efforts to achieve calm in Gaza

Terror attack thwarted in northern West Bank

Palestinian shot dead in attempt to stab soldier in West Bank

Israeli Army Hands Demolition Notice to Family of Palestinian Who Killed Two Israeli Co-workers

Liberman praises new Jewish neighborhood in Hebron

Palestine denounces illegal Israeli settlement plan in Hebron

IDF returns F-35s to service after US crash grounded global fleet

Israeli aircraft said to destroy spying device in southern Lebanon

With Goal of Thwarting Hezbollah Attacks, Israel Completes Building of New Wall on Part of Lebanon Border

PM: ‘Without Israel radical Islam would overrun the Middle East’

Putin-Rouhani cut deal to ensure Iran evades US sanctions, Israel said to warn

Rouhani: Trump’s is the most ‘spiteful’ US administration ever to Iranians

Iran dismisses reports of suicide bomb threat at Ankara embassy

Liberman: Israel still active in Syria after downing of Russian plane

Border crossing between Israel and Syria opens for first time in 4 years

How chemical weapons have helped bring Assad close to victory

Syria’s militants give tepid support to demilitarized zone in final opposition stronghold

Syrian FM: After Idlib, our target is east of Euphrates river

Egypt calls for transparent investigation of Khashoggi case

Trump called for plan to remove all US diplomats from Turkey in frustration over detention of American pastor

Turkey, Saudi Arabia to jointly inspect consulate where journalist went missing

Turkish police uncover blatant media inaccuracy in Khashoggi, says expert

Saudi Arabia forcefully rejects ‘threats’ over Khashoggi disappearance as international crisis simmers

Saudi Arabia vows to retaliate if Trump follows through on ‘severe punishment’ threat over Khashoggi

Arab, Muslim leaders voice solidarity with Saudi Arabia

Abbas on Khashoggi: The Palestinian people stand with Saudi Arabia

Bahrain: We stand with Saudi Arabia against attempts to undermine, harm it

Veiled Saudi Threat Boosts Oil Prices Already Moving Toward $100

How much damage can Saudi Arabia do to the global economy?

Yemen on brink of ‘world’s worst famine in 100 years’ if war continues

Houthi militias recruit 23,000 children, deprive over 4 mln from education

Hundreds of Hondurans head for US border in mass migration ‘march’: report

Chinese official finds Trump ‘very confusing,’ says US warships at China’s doorstep building tension

North Korea leader sincere, must be rewarded for move to abandon nuclear weapons: South Korean president

Trump: Putin ‘Probably’ Involved in Poisonings and Assassinations, but ‘Not in Our Country’

Wikileaks founder Assange’s communications to be partly restored by Ecuador

Middleman pleads Fifth as Republicans close in on Clinton-Justice Russia collusion conspiracy

Republicans accuse Democrats of ‘mob’ tactics as midterm races head down to the wire

Patriot Prayer rally in Portland turns violent amid clashes with Antifa

Portland mayor stands by decision to allow antifa to block traffic, hassle motorists

Trump says family separations deter illegal immigration

US stock futures point to fall as sell-off resumes; Netflix and Goldman dip in premarket

Seeds of next global financial crisis being sown, top officials warn

Brexit talks at impasse over differences on backstop, say No 10 sources

Berlin hit by a political ‘earthquake’ after Bavarian election shakes major parties

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits the Southeast Indian Ridge

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Yelizovo, Russia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kobuk, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southeast Indian Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 11,000ft

Mount Etna Is Sliding Into The Sea

Cyclone Titli : Death toll rises to 21 in Odisha

Trump to Survey Hurricane Michael Damage

Hurricane Leslie causes widespread damage in Portugal

Storm Callum: “Worst flooding in 30 years” hits Wales

French Interior Ministry: 13 killed, 1 missing, 5 seriously injured by floods in southwest France

Nine dead on Nepal’s Mt. Gurja after snowstorm, officials say

Utility might shut off power to prevent wildfires as red flag warnings return to California

Senators concerned as Trump official disputes UN climate change warning

Worrying rise in Ebola cases after efforts to contain Congo outbreak become violent

Canada cannabis legalisation: ‘We know the world is watching’

Cannabis could disrupt a $500 billion market, says CEO of top marijuana maker after deal with DEA

Why gene editing could create so many jobs

Study says over half of US citizens can be hunted down with a drop of their DNA

Assisted suicide plans for children unveiled at Toronto’s Sick Kids hospital

Australia: Plan to let religious schools reject gay kids and teachers is dangerous and disgraceful

‘This is only the start’: Nepal blocks 25,000 websites in porn ban

#MeToo setback: Austrian politician convicted of libel for accusing man of sexual harassment on Facebook

Hillary Clinton says husband’s affair was not an abuse of power


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October 15 Daily Help

IT is a happy thing when we can address the Lord with the confidence which David manifests; it gives us great power in prayer, and comfort in trial. “On thee do I wait all the day.” Patience is the fair handmaid and daughter of faith; we cheerfully wait when we are certain that we shall not wait in vain. It is our duty and our privilege to wait upon the Lord in service, in worship, in expectancy, in trust, all the days of our life. Our faith will be tried faith, and if it be of the true kind, it will bear continued trial without yielding. We shall not grow weary of waiting upon God if we remember how long and how graciously he once waited for us.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 292). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Julian Assange’s Communications Not Yet Restored, Will Have Severe Restrictions on His Speech and Writing — The Gateway Pundit

 

Despite numerous reports claiming that the communications of Julian Assange have been restored, they are not yet — and there will be a severe regime of penalties and sanctions on his speech and writing when they are.

The team at WikiLeaks was informed on Friday that his communications would be restored on Monday, October 15, but so far there has not been any change. New developments on the issue are expected shortly.

Reuters had reported on Sunday that his communications had been partially restored, but they have not, according to a source close to the publisher.

When they are restored, his freedom of speech will be trampled. A source told the Gateway Pundit that there is a new ominous sounding protocol including a 10-page regime of penalties and sanctions of restrictions on what he will be able to discuss or report.

The impetus behind the pending de-isolation was the meeting between two senior United Nations officials and Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno on Friday.

Moreno has not been as keen on protecting the publisher as his predecessor was. He has referred to Assange as an “inherited problem” and has been seemingly eager to work out a deal to hand the publisher to the United States.

On March 28, Ecuador caved to pressure from the United States and Spanish governments to isolate Assange by revoking his right to have visitors, make phone calls or use the internet.

The WikiLeaks founder entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on June 19, 2012. Since that time, UK efforts to detain Assange have cost the government some $10 million, though no budget breakdown has ever been provided.

The UK has long refused to acknowledge the findings of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD), which found that Assange is being arbitrarily and unlawfully detained and must be immediately released and compensated. They have also denied him safe passage to a hospital after doctors who examined him called for him to be allowed to go and be treated for his deteriorating health.

Julian Assange’s Communications Not Yet Restored, Will Have Severe Restrictions on His Speech and Writing — The Gateway Pundit

Former Federal Prosecutor: FBI Conduct Against Trump ‘Unprecedented,’ FISA Warrants ‘Specious & Baseless’

Might the IG report on FISA warrant abuses and the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation be released prior to the upcoming midterm election? Watch Gary Lane’s interview with former federal prosecutor Sydney Powell to learn more.

President Donald Trump says he has no intention of intervening in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation. In an interview with CBS “60 Minutes” reporter Lesley Stahl, the president was asked if he would pledge to refrain from interfering.

“There is no collusion. I don’t want to pledge. Why should I pledge to you? If I pledge, I’ll pledge. I don’t have to pledge to you. But I have … I have no intention of doing that,” Trump responded.

No mention was made in the 60 Minutes interview about recent revelations regarding FISA warrants and the Fusion GPS/Christopher Steele dossier that was used by the FBI to secure court permission to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Former FBI attorney James Baker recently told members of Congress that a Democrat-connected lawyer gave him the dossier on Trump. At the time, Baker reported to then-FBI Director James Comey.

The FBI did not reveal the information about the source of the dossier when it obtained warrants from the Federal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

“Unfortunately, the FBI has been full of political operatives for at least the last eight years, probably longer than that and Department of Justice, too,” said former federal prosecutor Sydney Powell, author of the legal thriller, “Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.”

“This is absolutely unprecedented conduct the likes of which we’ve never before, but it’s very real and more and more evidence is coming out about it every day,” she noted.

During an interview on CBN News’, The Global Lane, Powell said the United States has never before seen conduct like this from the FBI and DOJ against a presidential candidate.

She said the bureau and the department worked with private counsel, Christopher Steele, the Clinton campaign and the DNC “all conspiring literally to frame incoming President Trump – first to stop his election and then to set about a course to impeachment him if he won.”

Recent documents and emails received by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence showed the FISA court did not conduct a hearing before it agreed to issue a warrant against Page.

But Powell said courts rarely hold hearings before issuing warrants and that was not an issue because it is normal procedure.

‘The problem with the FISA court is exacerbated in this situation, however, because they sought a warrant against an American national when that shouldn’t even happen absent absolutely compelling evidence that they are acting as a foreign agent,” Powell explained.

“I read the Steele dossier myself and the FISA applications to the extent they were un-redacted,” she said. “They were the most specious and baseless warrant applications I have ever seen. You couldn’t get a warrant against a known drug dealer based on the allegations that were contained in those documents.”

President Trump recently met on Air Force One with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The meeting came less than two weeks after the New York Times revealed that Rosenstein had said he would “wear a wire” to record President Trump and then use the information to invoke the 25th Amendment. The amendment allows for the removal of the president on grounds that he is unfit to carry out his presidential duties.

After the meeting, President Trump said he would not fire Rosenstein for remarks the deputy attorney general claimed were said sarcastically, in jest.

But Powell said there is another important issue that could get Rosenstein fired after the upcoming midterm election – one that proves the deputy attorney general is either “a knowing co-conspirator” against the president or “an absolute idiot.”

She said it is hard to believe that Rosenstein didn’t examine what he was signing before he put his signature on the FISA warrant applications authorizing FBI surveillance of Carter Page.

“Rosenstein signed the FISA application by his own admission without reading it? There’s no way you would sign, any reasonable lawyer at the top of any organization would sign an application against an American citizen without reading the warrant application knowing that it will give access to Bob Mueller in this case of absolutely anything he wants with anybody who contacted Carter Page or other people in the campaign,” Powell said.

Democrats have pledged to end congressional investigations of the FBI, Department of Justice and Clinton 2016 presidential campaign if they regain control of the House of Representatives in next month’s election.

They have also pledged to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“The Democrats have already made it plain that they will shut down the current investigations and open investigations into things just to further impede the president. It would be horrible,” Powell insisted.

“These are the most important midterms this country has ever faced,” she warned.

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GOP chasing down evidence of Clinton-Obama conspiracy

(Washington Times) Congressional Republicans are collecting evidence to show an extensive, election year, anti-Trump conspiracy between Hillary Clinton operatives such as Fusion GPS and Barack Obama appointees at the Justice Department and the FBI.

The investigation took a new turn last week. Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson decided to invoke the Fifth Amendment rather than testify under subpoena before a special House Republican task force.

The Republicans see Mr. Simpson as the key middleman between Justice and the Clinton campaign. He orchestrated the Democrat-financed dossier on which the FBI built its early investigation of candidate Donald Trump. Republicans believe the unproven dossier, with its charge of extensive Trump-Russia collusion, is a sham perpetrated by Democrats and the press.

Is Cultural Marxism America’s New Mainline Ideology? — Christian Research Network

The way toward the rule of the cultural Marxists is the moral corruption of the people. To accomplish this, the mass media and public education must not enlighten but confuse and mislead. The media and the educational establishment work to put one part of the society against the other part. While group identities get more specific, the catalog of victimization and history of oppression becomes more detailed.” 

(Anthony P. Mueller – Mises Institute)  Another name for the neo-Marxism of increasing popularity in the United States  is “cultural Marxism.” This theory says that the driving force behind the socialist revolution is not the proletariat — but the intellectuals. While Marxism has largely disappeared from the workers’ movement, Marxist theory flourishes today in cultural institutions, in the academic world, and in the mass media. …

This “cultural Marxism” goes back to Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) and the Frankfurt School. The theorists of Marxism recognized that the proletariat would not play the expected historical role as a “revolutionary subject.” Therefore, for the revolution to happen, the movement must depend on the cultural leaders to destroy the existing, mainly Christian, culture and morality and then drive the disoriented masses to Communism as their new creed. The goal of this movement is to establish a world government in which the Marxist intellectuals have the final say. In this sense, the cultural Marxists are the continuation of what started with the Russian revolution.

The experience of World War I and its aftermath showed that the Marxist concept of the “proletariat” as a revolutionary force was an illusion. At the example of the Soviet Union, one could also see that socialism could not function without a dictatorship. These considerations brought the leading Marxist thinkers to the conclusion that a different strategy would be required to establish socialism. Communist authors spread the insight that the socialist dictatorship must come in disguise. Before socialism can succeed, the existing culture must change. Control of the culture must precede political control.  View article →

Is Cultural Marxism America’s New Mainline Ideology? — Christian Research Network

October 15, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Positive Proof from the Old Testament

Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations shall be blessed in you.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer. (3:6–9)

Paul’s positive proof that the Old Testament teaches salvation by faith rather than works revolves around Abraham, father of the Hebrew people and supreme patriarch of Judaism.

The Judaizers doubtlessly used Abraham as certain proof that circumcision was necessary to please God and become acceptable to Him. After first calling Abraham to leave his homeland of Ur of Chaldea, the Lord promised, “And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:2–3). Abraham and his descendants were later commanded to be circumcised as a sign of God’s covenant and a constant illustration of the need for spiritual cleansing from sin: “This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised” (Gen. 17:10). (The cutting away of the foreskin on the male procreative organ signified the need to cut away sin from the heart—sin that was inherent, passed from one generation to the next; cf. Deut. 10:16; Jer. 4:4; Col. 2:11.)

Putting those two accounts together, the Judaizers argued, “Isn’t it obvious that if the rest of the world, that is, Gentiles, are to share in the promised blessings to Abraham, they must first take on the sign that marks God’s people, the Jews? If all the nations of the earth will be blessed in Abraham, they will have to become like Abraham and be circumcised.”

“But that doesn’t follow,” Paul replied in effect. Quoting Genesis 15:6, he asked, “Don’t you know that even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness? Had they conveniently ignored the fact that Scripture precisely ascribed righteousness to Abraham by faith and that God commanded Abraham to be circumcised many years after He had reckoned Abraham to be righteous because he believed God?”

When some ten years passed after God’s first promise and his wife, Sarah, was still childless, Abraham prayed, “O Lord God, what wilt Thou give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezar of Damascus?” The Lord then took Abraham “outside and said, ‘Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:2, 5–6). It was at least fourteen years after that occasion (see Gen. 16:16; 17:1) before the command for his circumcision was given.

Paul used the same argument in his letter to the Roman church. Speaking of believers “whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered, … whose sin the Lord will not take into account,” he asked,

Is this blessing then upon the circumcised, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say, “Faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.” How then was it reckoned? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised; and he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all who believe without being circumcised, that righteousness might be reckoned to them, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised. (Rom. 4:7–12)

The Judaizers, like most other Jews of that day, had completely reversed the relationship of circumcision and salvation. Circumcision was only a mark, not the means, of salvation. God established circumcision as a physical sign to identify His people and to isolate them from the idolatrous, pagan world around them during the time of the Old Covenant. Circumcision is an external, physical act that has no effect on the spiritual work of justification. God gave the sign of circumcision to Abraham long after He had already declared him to be righteous because of his faith.

It has always been true that “he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter” (Rom. 2:28–29). Physical circumcision was a matter of earthly, ceremonial identity with God’s people, whereas salvation is a matter of spiritual identity with Him; and if the earthly symbol had no genuine spiritual counterpart it was worthless. Even under the Old Covenant, circumcision itself carried no spiritual power.

Since the Fall, proud mankind has been naturally inclined to trust in himself, including his ability to please God by his own character and efforts. The Jews of Jesus’ day put great stock in circumcision and physical descent from Abraham. When Jesus told a group of them, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” they replied, “We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never yet been enslaved to anyone” (John 8:31–33). Their answer was obviously absurd from a historical standpoint. The Jewish people had been in severe bondage many times throughout their history and were at that time under the iron rule of Rome. Even more foolish, however, was their thinking that mere physical descent from Abraham made them acceptable to God. In one of His most powerful denunciations of bankrupt Judaism, Jesus said: “I know that you are Abraham’s offspring; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.… If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.… You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father” (John 8:37, 39–40, 44).

By counting on ceremonial nationalism, legalistic Jews imagined they were in the spiritual as well as racial heritage of Abraham, whereas they were really in the spiritual heritage of Cain, who, in rejecting God’s way, not only followed his own way but also Satan’s. Jesus’ point on that occasion was that, no matter what physical lineage a person may have, if he does not have faith in God he is not a spiritual descendant of Abraham. Abraham was secondarily the physical father of the Jewish people. He was first of all the spiritual father of everyone, of whatever race or nationality, who believes in God (Rom. 4:11). Just as with Abraham, “to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness” (v. 5).

It should be noted also that Abraham is not only the pattern for justification by faith but for obedient living by that faith.

By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.… By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your descendants shall be called.’ He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead; from which he also received him back as a type. (Heb. 11:8–10, 17–19)

By faith Abraham followed God to an unknown land and by faith he was willing to give back to God the son who alone could be the means of fulfilling the divine promise. Abraham, as every true believer before and after him, understood faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (v. 1). By faith Abraham even looked forward to Christ. Jesus told the unbelieving Jews in Jerusalem, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56).

To reemphasize the absolute importance of what he was saying, Paul added, Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. He was making the same point to the believing Jews in Galatia that Jesus made to the unbelieving Jews in Jerusalem: Only genuine believers, those who are of faith, have any claim to a spiritual relationship to Abraham, or to God. Jews with no faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are not true sons of Abraham, whereas Gentiles who believe in Him are.

Lest Christians think that, because His chosen people have rejected Him, the Lord will reject them, Paul declares unequivocally, “I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be!” Then he repeats the declaration, “God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew” (Rom. 11:1–2). God still has marvelous future plans for the Jews as a people. But at no time of history—before or after His special calling of the Jews—has any person been brought into saving relationship to God by any other means than faith.

Personifying God’s Word, the apostle goes on to say, the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham—which is an exposition of Genesis 12:3: “All the nations shall be blessed in you.” Gospel means “good news,” and God’s good news to mankind has always been salvation by faith alone, prompted by the power of His grace. Salvation by works would not be good but bad news. All the nations, Jews and Gentiles alike, are justified and blessed for the same reason Abraham was justified and blessed: their faith. So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer. To be blessed means to be the recipient of all that divine love, grace, and mercy bestows on those who are in Christ (cf. Eph. 1:3; 2:6–7).

At the Jerusalem Council, James said, “Brethren, listen to me. Simeon [Peter] has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name. And with this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written, ‘After these things I will return, and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen, and I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, in order that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name’ ” (Acts 15:13–17; cf. Amos 9:11–12).

When Gentiles are saved, they are saved as Gentiles, just as Jews are saved as Jews. But no one from either group is saved or not saved due to racial or ethnic identity. Those who are saved are saved because of their faith, and those who are lost are lost because of their unbelief. A Gentile has absolutely no advantage in becoming a Jew before he becomes a Christian. In fact, by expecting salvation through the rite of circumcision, a person, whether Jew or Gentile, nullifies the grace of God and declares, in effect, that “Christ died needlessly” (Gal. 2:21).[1]


Father Abraham Has Many Sons

Galatians 3:6–9

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” (Gal. 3:7–8)

Some of the simplest Bible songs for children contain some of the soundest theology. Consider the chorus taken from Galatians 3:

Father Abraham had many sons,

And many sons had Father Abraham;

And I am one of them, and so are you,

So let’s all praise the Lord!

TheSo let’s all praise ththat—turning into a sort of sanctified “Hokey Pokey”—but its basic theology is profound. It is so profound, in fact, that I had no idea what it meant when I was a child. I first heard the song at camp, and I thought to myself, “Father Abraham had many sons? I thought Jacob was the guy with all the kids!”

Father Abraham was an important figure to the Judaizers, the goody-twoshoes of the apostolic church who believed in justification by faith plus the works of the law. If the Judaizers taught any Bible songs when they went to Galatia, they probably taught one that went like this:

Father Abraham had many sons,

And many sons had Father Abraham;

And I am one of them, but you are not,

So let’s all get together for a little procedure we like to call circumcision.

The Judaizers were serious about this. Belonging to God meant being a child of Abraham. So, for example, when the Jews wanted to prove to Jesus that they were children of God, they said, “We are offspring of Abraham.… Abraham is our father” (John 8:33, 39). Therefore, if the Gentiles wanted to belong to God, they had to become children of Abraham.

The only way to become a true child of Abraham, said the Judaizers, was to be circumcised as he was. This was taught right in the Scriptures. God said to Abraham, “This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised” (Gen. 17:10). What could be plainer? Until the Gentiles were circumcised, they had no right to call Abraham their father—or to call God their Father, for that matter.

The Man of Faith

Undoubtedly the reason the apostle Paul has so much to say about Abraham in Galatians 3 and 4 is that the Judaizers made such a fuss over him. They claimed that Father Abraham and all his children belonged to God, not by faith alone, but by works of the law.

In addition to misunderstanding the gospel, the Judaizers were also guilty of misunderstanding the Old Testament. Therefore, in order to refute their performance-based version of Christianity, Paul had to go back to the Hebrew Scriptures. In verses 1 through 5, his argument for justification by faith alone appealed to experience—the Galatian experience of the Holy Spirit. In verses 6 and following, he argues for faith alone on the basis of biblical history, using Abraham as a test case: “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness” (Gal. 3:6).

Paul’s choice of an Old Testament text was inspired. The Judaizers loved to go back to Genesis 17, where God’s covenant with Abraham was signified by circumcision. But Paul went back even further, to God’s promise of a child in Genesis 15.

God made Abraham quite a few promises in his time: “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you’ ” (Gen. 12:1). Then God promised to make him into a great nation, to bless him, and to make his name great (Gen. 12:2–3). Abraham believed God’s promises. No sooner had he received his instructions than he “went, as the Lord had told him” (Gen. 12:4). In its short biographical summary of this period in Abraham’s life, the book of Hebrews says: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Heb. 11:8–10). So Abraham left the land of his fathers and journeyed by faith to the Promised Land.

Some years later, God came to Abraham with another promise. This time it was the promise of a son. Frankly, it was hard to believe. In the past, God had promised him land, but Abraham still did not own any property. Now he was promised an heir, but he still didn’t have any children. And he wasn’t getting any younger either! In fact, he was pushing one hundred. Abraham, a father, at that age?

To show Abraham what he had in mind, God took him outside and showed him the stars. He said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said, “So shall your offspring be” (Gen. 15:5). What God promised to do for Abraham was impossible. Yet Abraham believed that God would make it so. He took the promise the way every divine promise ought to be taken: by faith. As the Scripture says, “He believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6). Or, as Paul quoted it for the Galatians, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Gal. 3:6).

What Paul emphasized was the result of Abraham’s faith. His faith was “counted” or “credited” (elogisthē) to him as righteousness. When Abraham believed, God reckoned that he was righteous. To put it in financial terms, he accounted him righteous. Trusting God was like opening a bank account. Immediately, God transferred righteousness into Abraham’s account.

This does not mean that Abraham was actually righteous, only that he was declared righteous. He was considered to have a right standing before God. To use the proper theological term, God “imputed” righteousness to Abraham. God is the one who has the legal right to state whether a man is righteous or unrighteous, and in this case, he considered Abraham righteous through his faith.

A good example of what it means to be declared righteous comes from the life of the astronomer William Herschel (1738–1822). As a young boy growing up in Hanover, Germany, Herschel loved listening to military music. Eventually he joined a military band. But when the nation went to war, he found himself marching into battle, totally unprepared for the horrors of war. During a period of intense fighting he deserted his unit and fled from the field of battle. The penalty for desertion was death, so Herschel could no longer remain in Germany. He fled to England to pursue further studies in music and science. Eventually he became a famous man, renowned throughout Europe for his musical abilities as well as his scientific discoveries.

William Herschel had left his past behind him, and for many years he gave little thought to the death sentence that remained over him. But then another German arrived in Britain: George, head of the House of Hanover, crowned King of England. King George knew the secret of Herschel’s past and summoned him to appear before the royal court. With great trepidation, the scientist arrived at the palace, where he was told to wait in a chamber outside the throne room. Finally, one of the king’s servants brought Herschel a document. Anxiously, he opened it and read the following words: “I George pardon you for your past offenses against our native land.”

Herschel had received a royal pardon. The fact of his desertion was not overlooked, yet he was acquitted, and therefore he was justified in the eyes of the law. In a similar way, Abraham received a royal pardon from the King of all kings. He was declared righteous. Unrighteous though he was, his faith was counted for righteousness by God.

Although everyone agrees that Abraham was righteous, not everyone agrees how he got that way. Some Jewish writings—outside the Bible—depict him as a man whose righteousness was a reward for his obedience. His right standing before God was not a gift; it was something he had to earn. According to the book of Sirach (44:19–21), for example, the promises God made were a response to Abraham’s faithfulness. Other rabbis said he had to pass through ten trials in order to merit God’s favor. Thus the first book of Maccabees asks, “Did not Abraham prove steadfast under trial, and so gain credit as a righteous man?” (1 Macc. 2:52). Paul’s answer to this question was a resounding “No!” Abraham was steadfast under trial, true enough, but he never gained any credit from God for his works of obedience. God counted him righteous by faith, and nothing else.

The striking thing about Abraham is that he was justified before he did any works. If Abraham had been justified by works, then he would have had something to brag about. But “what does the Scripture say?” Paul asks in his letter to the Romans. Simply this: “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness” (Rom. 4:3). He was justified not as a worker, but as a believer. Faith was the instrumentality of his justification.

In particular, Abraham did not have to get circumcised to be justified. This is the genius of Paul’s argument against the Judaizers: God counted Abraham righteous before he had even heard of circumcision! In Romans, Paul asks if the blessing of God’s forgiveness is “only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised” (Rom. 4:9). His answer is: “We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised” (Rom. 4:9–10). In other words, the great patriarch was justified while he was still an uncircumcised Chaldean!

Like Father, Like Son

The fact that Abraham was justified as a Gentile made him the perfect example to use for the Galatians, who had been wrestling with two questions: Whom does God accept, and on what basis? For his answer, Paul took Abraham’s history and applied it to their situation, and to ours: “Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham” (Gal. 3:7).

No doubt this statement enraged the Judaizers when they heard it. Their claim to fame was that they were the children of Abraham, while others were not. “We have been circumcised,” they gloated, “so we are the sons of Abraham!” Paul picked up their vocabulary and smacked them with it, declaring that the only real children of Abraham are those who believe. Paul not only taught this; he insisted on it. Grammatically, verse 7 reads like this: “The ones of faith, these are the sons of Abraham.” All who believe—and only those who believe—are children of Abraham. Membership in Abraham’s family is not hereditary. Father Abraham’s true sons and daughters are not the people who keep the law, but the people who live by faith. Their family resemblance is spiritual rather than physical.

Practically speaking, this means that God will accept us only on the same basis he accepted Abraham. Like father, like son. If Abraham was justified by faith, then his children have to be justified by faith too. Therefore, we will never become children of God by what we do, but only by what we believe.

What, then, must we believe? Notice the object of Abraham’s faith: he put his trust in God. “Abraham believed God” (Gal. 3:6), and this was credited to him as righteousness. What Abraham believed was not simply God’s promises, which he could hardly believe, but God himself. Abraham put his faith in the faithful God—the God who made him the promise. When Abraham didn’t know where he was going, or how he was going to get there, he trusted God to get him where he needed to be. When he didn’t have any children, or any reason to think he ever would, he believed that God would make good on his promise. Against all hope and beyond all doubt, Abraham committed himself and his whole life to God. The Scripture says, “No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was ‘counted to him as righteousness’ ” (Rom. 4:20–22).

If we are to become children of Abraham, and therefore children of God, we must have the same faith, and we must put it in the same place. We must trust the God who keeps every promise he has ever made. We trust him for guidance, believing that he will show us the way we should go. We trust him for providence, believing that he will take care of whatever we need. We trust him for deliverance, believing that he will bring us through times of trial. We trust him for everything, just as Abraham did. But most of all we trust him for salvation through his Son. Now that God the Son has come into the world, to believe God is to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ, “receiving and resting upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.”

To have faith is to believe the good news of the cross and the empty tomb. It is to accept what the Bible says about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. It is to trust in “Jesus Christ as crucified,” as Paul said back in verse 1. It is to believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead to give us eternal life.

These are the things we must believe if we want God to accept us the way he justified Abraham: “But the words ‘it was counted to him’ were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Rom. 4:23–25). When we place all our trust and confidence in the God who raised the crucified Christ from the dead, then God credits Christ’s righteousness to our account. He imputes Christ’s righteousness to us, so that we are righteous in his sight by faith. Thus we become true children of Abraham, and of God.

The Same as It Ever Was

This faith is not just for Abraham and the Galatians, but for everyone. In verse 6 Paul proved that justification by faith was God’s plan for Abraham. In verse 7 he showed that people like the Galatians could become Abraham’s children by the same faith. Then in verse 8 he proves that justification by faith alone has always been God’s plan for all people everywhere: “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed’ ” (Gal. 3:8).

This quotation takes us even further back in Abraham’s story, to the very first promise God ever made to him: “And I will make of you a great nation, … and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:2–3). There is also an echo in Galatians from Genesis 18:18, where God said, “Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him.”

By quoting from Genesis in this way, Paul teaches something important about the Bible. The promises in Genesis come from the mouth of God, but for Paul, what the Bible says and what God says are one and the same. So Paul says, “The Scripture … preached” (Gal. 3:8), even though God was the one doing the talking. This is one place where, as the great Princeton theologian Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield (1851–1921) put it, “God and the Scriptures are brought into such conjunction as to show that in point of directness of authority no distinction was made between them.” The Bible is God’s word written. This is why the Scripture is alive. It has the power to announce because God speaks in it with a living and powerful voice. The words on the pages of the Bible come straight from the mouth of God.

Because it was written by God—through human authors, of course—the Bible speaks with one mind and one message. That one message is justification by faith alone. God’s plan of salvation, the covenant of grace, runs from Abraham right through to Christ: “The Scripture … preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham” (Gal. 3:8). What God said to Abraham was nothing less than a proclamation of the gospel. Christians sometimes sing about “the old, old story of Jesus and his love.” The story is older than some people realize. It goes back at least to the days of Abraham. Indeed, it goes all the way back to Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:15), who were the first to hear it. Ultimately, the good news of the Old Testament is the good news about Jesus Christ.

The gospel is the good news about God forgiving sins and granting eternal life. These are the very things Abraham believed. He did not know Jesus Christ by name, but he trusted him nonetheless. He believed that God would forgive his sins and grant him eternal life. He had faith, in other words, in both the atonement and the resurrection.

Consider Abraham’s actions on Mount Moriah, where God told him to offer his beloved son Isaac as a sacrifice. Children love to question their parents about travel arrangements, and Isaac was no exception. As they hiked up the mountain, it dawned on him that something was missing. “Behold, the fire and the wood,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” (Gen. 22:7). Abraham believed that God would provide the atoning sacrifice. So he answered, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son” (Gen. 22:8). Abraham was right: God provided a ram, caught in the thicket, which Abraham offered in place of his son (Gen. 22:13). He had faith in God’s gift of an atoning sacrifice.

Abraham also had faith in the resurrection. Before he went up the mountain with Isaac, he “said to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you’ ” (Gen. 22:5). Abraham went up the mountain, knife in hand, fully intending to sacrifice his son. Yet there was not the slightest doubt in his mind that Isaac would walk back down the mountain with him. How could this be? The Scripture tells us what Abraham was thinking: “He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back” (Heb. 11:19). Father Abraham believed in God’s power over death. He trusted God to forgive sins and grant eternal life. Thus the gospel according to Abraham included both the atonement and the resurrection.

All Abraham’s children believe the same gospel. His true sons and daughters are the people of faith. If the gospel was good enough for Abraham, it is good enough for us. We trust the atoning death and the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, as God planned from the very beginning. His way of dealing with us in our sin is eternally the same.

One of the implications of this is that the doctrine of justification by faith is not some kind of theological novelty. In their fascination with Rome, some evangelical Christians now question the importance of Reformation theology. In particular, they wonder if it was really necessary to divide the church over the doctrine of justification. What does it matter, they wonder, whether I am saved by faith alone or by faith plus works? Who cares whether God makes me righteous or declares me righteous, as long as I am righteous in the end?

To those who doubt the necessity of the Reformation doctrine of justification, we testify—with Paul as well as Abraham—that justification has always come only by faith. Justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone has always been the very heart of God’s plan for the salvation of sinners. Thus Ernst Käsemann has rightly concluded that “justification remains the centre, the beginning and the end of salvation history.”

Paul could not have expressed this point more forcefully than he did in these words: “the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith” (Gal. 3:8). The Old Testament had the foresight to predict the coming of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. The Scriptures not only predicted that he would come, but also prophesied the precise way that he would save. He would justify sinners by faith, exactly as God justified Abraham.

So Let’s All Praise the Lord!

This plan of salvation is for all people everywhere. It is universal. It is for all nations. The blessing of justification was never for the Jews alone; it was always intended for the whole world. In Galatians 3:8 Paul refers to the “Gentiles” and to the “nations.” In fact, these are two different translations for the same term. The word does not refer to political states, but to people groups. Through Abraham, God’s blessing would come to every ethnic community in the world, to every tribe, people, and language. This was the agenda that Jesus established for the church, to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19). It later became Paul’s agenda for world missions. This explains why he went to places like Galatia to proclaim the good news about Jesus Christ that God had first announced to Abraham.

Preaching the gospel to every people group remains the church’s agenda to this very day. To think and to act biblically is to think and to act globally. We preach the whole gospel to the whole world, knowing that it is the will of God for Jesus Christ to stake his claim on every ethnic community on the face of the earth. In the words of another children’s song, which is also profound in its theology:

Jesus loves the little children,

All the children of the world;

Red and yellow, black and white,

They are precious in his sight;

Jesus loves the little children of the world.

If the little children of the world want to become sons and daughters of Abraham, they must come to Jesus Christ by faith. The gospel we preach to the nations is the gospel of justification by faith.

In verse 9 Paul summarizes what he has been saying to this point: “So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith” (Gal. 3:9). This verse speaks of a common blessing. We are blessed with Abraham, so that all his blessings become our blessings. By faith, we become the object of the blessing God promised to Abraham. Thus he becomes our brother as well as our father. This is part of the doctrine of the communion of the saints. God offers one salvation in one Christ, to be shared by one people, Abraham included.

The blessing Paul has in mind is the gospel blessing God announced to Abraham: to be justified, or accepted as righteous in God’s sight. Timothy George asks, “What was it that the Scriptures ‘foresaw’and ‘preached beforehand’ to Abraham? Simply this: the good news of salvation was to be extended to all peoples, including the Gentiles, who would be declared righteous by God, just like Abraham, on the basis of faith.”

Abraham received many blessings from God in his time. He obtained an inheritance in the Promised Land. He was given a child, and through the child, he became the father of many nations. But the greatest blessing he ever received was to be justified.

Earlier I mentioned the pardon that William Herschel was granted by King George of England. There is more to the story. The document the king gave to Herschel began by pronouncing him “not guilty,” but it went on to say that for his outstanding service to humanity as a musician and scientist, Herschel would be granted a knighthood. From that point on he was one of King George’s knights, honored throughout the United Kingdom as Sir William Herschel. When Herschel was justified, not only was he declared righteous, but he also became a friend of the king.

This was Abraham’s experience too, and it can become our experience. We can receive the same blessings that Abraham experienced. We can be made right with God. We can become a personal friend of the Creator of the universe, and live with him for all eternity. All that is required is faith in Jesus Christ. If we want the same blessing Abraham received, we have to receive it the same way. Abraham was justified as a man of faith. He was not justified as a circumcised Jew, but as a believer. Therefore, the legacy of Father Abraham is inherited by faith: “those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith” (Gal. 3:9).

We do not have to be circumcised in order to be justified before God. We do not have to keep the law. We do not have to become culturally Jewish. We do not have to do anything, only believe. It is those who believe in Jesus Christ who receive the blessing God promised to Abraham. Thus it is by faith alone that anyone sings the words of the song, so profound in its theology:

Father Abraham has many sons,

And many sons has Father Abraham;

And I am one of them, and so are you,

So let’s all praise the Lord![2]


A doctrine with a long history (vv. 6–9)

Paul will have more to say about the sanctifying ministry of the Spirit later in his letter. For now, it’s back to justification and the critical role faith has in making that blessing ours. Specifically, in verses 6–9, he would have us understand that justification by faith is no new doctrine but one that has been around for a very long time indeed.

Justification lay, of course, at the heart of the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. Its rediscovery transformed the life of Martin Luther and, in turn, through him and the other Reformers, the face of Europe. But justification by faith is no mere Reformation doctrine. The Reformers were at pains to show that what they were preaching was nothing more than what they had learned from the pages of the New Testament, especially from Paul’s letters to the Romans and the Galatians.

The doctrine wasn’t new, however, even in New Testament times. Certainly, greater light was shed on it through the death and resurrection of Jesus and by the outpouring of the Spirit. But the doctrine itself was already old in Paul’s day—a point clearly established by the quotation in Galatians 3:6 from Genesis 15:6 that refers to Abraham: ‘He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ The event in question had taken place some 2,000 years before. Way back then, Abraham, the father of the Jewish race, had been justified by faith.

The meaning of faith being credited for righteousness has been the subject of debate. And it is no mere academic debate, for, according to Romans 4, faith continues to be credited to believers for righteousness. Is Scripture saying (as some maintain) that faith is itself our righteousness? That, since it is not possible for us to attain righteousness by obedience to the law, God accepts faith as a kind of substitute or equivalent? Paul’s teaching elsewhere about ‘righteousness from God’ that ‘comes through faith … to all who believe’ (Rom. 3:22) and ‘righteousness that comes from God and is by faith’ (Phil. 3:9) points to a different solution. Faith and righteousness are not one and the same thing, but two distinct things, the one being the instrument by which the other is obtained. The righteousness that is credited to the believer is a ‘faith-righteousness’, that is, a righteousness that comes into our possession by means of faith.

Well, this had been Abraham’s experience, and the Galatians needed to lay the lesson of it to heart. It seems that the false teachers had seriously misled them by saying something like this: ‘If you Gentiles want to belong to God, you need to become children of Abraham. You need to get into Abraham’s family line so that the blessings of salvation promised to Abraham’s offspring can be yours. The only way to do that is to be circumcised as Abraham was.’

Paul would have none of it: it is ‘those who believe’ who ‘are children of Abraham’ (v. 7, emphasis added). It was true that Abraham had been circumcised—but not until long after the events of Genesis 15. Abraham’s circumcision had nothing to do with his justification. It was wholly a matter of faith laying hold upon God and his Word. That meant that, if the Galatians shared Abraham’s faith, they were already his children and therefore heirs of all the saving blessing promised to his offspring. It is no different today. Those who enjoy salvation are Abraham’s spiritual children (see Gal. 3:29), and have become such in exactly the same manner by which they have become the children of God: by faith.

A doctrine with a wide geography (v. 8)

Paul reminds us of something foreseen long ago by Holy Scripture: ‘The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you” [a quotation from Genesis 12:3]’ (v. 8).

The New Testament interprets this for us. A Saviour would come in Abraham’s line. In and by the gospel he would be presented to all the nations as an object of saving faith, and people would believe in him and be justified. That is what was foreseen and announced. And it has happened! Justification by faith, the doctrine with a long history, has come to have, as it were, a wide geography. It is being preached in every corner of the globe, and wherever it goes it both announces rich blessing for sinners and communicates it to everyone who believes. It did so in Gentile Galatia. By faith in the Jesus whom Paul preached to them, the Galatians fell heirs to the same blessing of justification that Abraham enjoyed. It is no different today. All over the world, helpless sinners are hearing of a Saviour to whom they can go in their desperate need, a Saviour who pardons them and clothes them with his perfect righteousness the moment they believe in him.[3]


3:7–9 / The rival evangelists were almost certainly using the story of Abraham to contend that unless the Galatians were circumcised they were not true heirs of Abraham. Paul turns this around and says that those who believe are children of Abraham. In Paul’s view his case is clear from the evidence in Scripture, where it was foreseen that God would justify the Gentiles by faith. In other words, Paul asserts that he has Scripture on his side. Implicit in Paul’s use of the passage from Genesis is a warning that those who do not agree with him are outside the circle of blessing. In Genesis 12 God makes this promise to Abraham: to “bless those who bless you; and the one who curses you I will curse.” As Paul is convinced that only those who have faith through his law-free gospel are heirs of Abraham (3:7), it follows that those who are attacking that gospel are attacking also the true heirs of Abraham and so are cursed by God. Paul here infers what he said plainly in the opening of his letter—“if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (1:8; cf. 1:9).

Paul’s exegesis would be seen by the rival evangelists as a misconstrual of the biblical text. In Genesis the promise to Abraham occurs three times, only once prior to the covenant of circumcision (Gen. 12:3). Within ot Scripture the promise is to be understood as a promise that takes for granted the covenant of circumcision, rather than, as Paul presents it, one that is independent of that covenant. The rival evangelists might further have taken issue with Paul on the basis that the word “Gentiles” is not found in Genesis 12 but only in the later passages (Gen. 18:18; 22:18). The precovenant promise in Genesis 12:3 has rather “peoples” (often correctly translated “tribes”), which does not serve Paul’s purpose of making a direct connection between this text and the gospel he preaches to the Gentiles.

Moreover, Paul’s opponents may legitimately have found it hard to understand how Paul could find scriptural support for his contention that the Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith. In Genesis the Gentiles are promised blessing, not justification. And when in other parts of Scripture there is an expressed hope for the inclusion of the Gentiles it is inclusion into the covenant (e.g., Isa. 56:6).

Nevertheless, Paul considers himself to have Scripture on his side. Here as elsewhere, Paul interprets Scripture with the understanding that he has been granted authority to see clearly its meaning since, as he says in 1 Corinthians 10:11, “These things … were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.” In the face of his opponents Paul boldly asserts that those who believe are the descendants of Abraham.

Paul appeals to his converts’ self-perception as those who believe, which later he will use effectively in distinction from those “who rely on observing the law” (3:10). The Greek phrase hoi ek pisteōs, which reads literally “those who are of faith” (the Greek of 3:10, hosoiex ergōn nomou, is literally “those of works of law”) conveys the sense that there is a recognized group of people who distinguish themselves as believers. Earlier in the letter Paul can speak of “the faith” (1:23), expecting his readers’ sympathetic attachment to that word. Paul now works his argument on the basis of his readers’ self-understanding as “those who believe” (see also 3:9, where those who have faith is a translation of the Greek phrase hoi ek pisteōs, which is identical to the one in 3:7, translated “those who believe”). Since his addressees are “those who believe,” they are children of Abraham.

The Greek reads literally “sons of Abraham,” resonating with 3:26 (“sons of God”). The significance of “son” in this context is that it highlights the metaphor of inheritance, since in the ancient world the son was the inheritor of the father’s legacy. The words understand, then should be read imperativally. Paul is commanding the Galatians to recognize what they have already implicitly accepted about themselves and to understand the consequences of such self-understanding: because they are believers they are sons of Abraham.

The curious phrase the Scripture foresaw is a way of saying that God foresaw (cf. Rom. 9:17). Paul, along with other Jews, could refer to Scripture speaking or acting. In the Mishnah (Kerithoth 6:9) it reads: “R. Simeon says: Everywhere Scripture speaks of sheep before goats.… Everywhere Scripture speaks of the father before the mother” (trans. Danby, p. 572). It was understood that when Scripture spoke or acted, God spoke or acted.

In Paul’s interpretation of the Scriptures, Abraham is the first recipient of the gospel that Paul now preaches—a gospel in which “God would justify the Gentiles by faith.” This is a powerful rhetorical move on Paul’s part: he claims Abraham as not only the first one to enact the gospel of justification by faith (3:6) but also as the first one to know about it (3:8). The good news that God declares to Abraham is that all nations will be blessed through you. The Greek reads “in you” (en soi). Being “in Abraham” is to benefit from (be blessed … with [3:9]) Abraham’s character and position. Being “in Abraham” is to be faithful (3:9) and righteous (3:6).

Paul wraps up and pulls together his thought by stating that believers are blessed along with Abraham. By referring to blessing Paul neatly deals with one of the problems his earlier use of the Scripture has caused—that in Genesis the Gentiles are promised blessing not justification. But he makes clear that he understands that the blessing is to be shared along with Abraham, who is the man of faith, the one who believed and so is righteous (3:6).[4]


The Argument from Old Testament Scripture (verses 6–9)

Verse 6: Thus Abrahambelieved God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Paul’s allusion to Abraham was a master-stroke. His Judaizing opponents looked to Moses as their teacher. So Paul went centuries further back to Abraham himself. His quotation is from Genesis 15:6. Let me remind you of the circumstances. Abraham was an old man and childless, but God had promised him a son, and indeed a seed or posterity. One day He took Abraham out of his tent, told him to look up at the sky and count the stars, and then said to him: ‘So shall your descendants be.’ Abraham believed God’s promise, ‘and it was reckoned to him as righteousness’.

Consider carefully what happened. First, God made Abraham a promise. Indeed, the promise of descendants was ‘placarded’ before Abraham’s eyes, much as the promise of forgiveness through Christ crucified was ‘placarded’ before the eyes of the Galatians. Secondly, Abraham believed God. Despite the inherent improbability of the promise, from the human point of view, Abraham cast himself on the faithfulness of God. Thirdly, Abraham’s faith was reckoned as righteousness. That is, he was himself accepted as righteous, by faith. He was not justified because he had done anything to deserve it, or because he had been circumcised, or because he had kept the law (for neither circumcision nor the law had yet been given), but simply because he believed God.

With this promise of God to Abraham Paul now links another and earlier promise. Verses 7–9: So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed.’ So then, those who are men of faith are blessed with Abraham who had faith. Here Paul is quoting from Genesis 12:3 (cf. Gn. 22:17, 18; Acts 3:25). We must examine what this blessing was, and how all nations would come to inherit it. The blessing is justification, the greatest of all blessings, for the verbs ‘to justify’ and ‘to bless’ are used as equivalents in verse 8. And the means by which the blessing would be inherited is faith (‘God would justify the Gentiles by faith’), which was the only way in which Gentiles could inherit Abraham’s blessing since Abraham was the father of the Jewish race. Perhaps the Judaizers were telling the Galatian converts that they should become the sons of Abraham by circumcision. So Paul counters by saying that the Galatians were already the sons of Abraham, not by circumcision but by faith.

Both verses 7 and 9 affirm that the true children of Abraham (who inherit the blessing promised to his seed) are not his posterity by physical descent, the Jews, but his spiritual progeny, men and women who share his faith, namely Christian believers.

All this, the apostle says, the Galatians should have known. They should never have been so foolish. They should never have fallen under the spell of these false teachers. Indeed, they would not have done so, if they had kept Christ crucified before their eyes. They should have realized at once that the Judaizers were contradicting the gospel of justification by faith alone. They should have known it, as we have seen, from their own experience and from the Scriptures of the Old Testament.

We too should learn to test every theory and teaching of men by the gospel of Christ crucified, especially as it is known to us from Scripture and from experience.

Conclusion

  • What the gospel is

The gospel is Christ crucified, His finished work on the cross. And to preach the gospel is publicly to portray Christ as crucified. The gospel is not good news primarily of a baby in a manger, a young man at a carpenter’s bench, a preacher in the fields of Galilee, or even an empty tomb. The gospel concerns Christ upon His cross. Only when Christ is ‘openly displayed upon his cross’ (neb) is the gospel preached. This verb prographein means to ‘show forth or portray publicly, proclaim or placard in public’ (Arndt-Gingrich). It was used of edicts, laws and public notices, which were put up in some public place to be read, and also of pictures and portraits.

This means that in preaching the gospel we are to refer to an event (Christ’s death on a cross), to expound a doctrine (the perfect participle ‘crucified’ indicating the abiding effects of Christ’s finished work), and to do so publicly, boldly, vividly, so that people see it as if they witnessed it with their own eyes. This is what some writers have called the ‘existential’ element in preaching. We do more than describe the cross as a first-century event. We actually portray Christ crucified before the eyes of our contemporaries, so that they are confronted by Christ crucified today and realize that they may receive from the cross the salvation of God today.

  • What the gospel offers

On the ground of Christ’s cross, the gospel offers a great blessing. Verse 8: ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed.’ What is this? It is a double blessing. The first part is justification (verse 8) and the second the gift of the Spirit (verses 2–5). It is with these two gifts that God blesses all who are in Christ. He both justifies us, accepting us as righteous in His sight, and puts His Spirit within us. What is more, he never bestows one gift without the other. Everybody who receives the Spirit is justified, and everybody who is justified receives the Spirit. It is important to notice this double initial blessing, since various people nowadays are teaching instead a doctrine of salvation in two stages, that we are justified at the beginning and receive the Spirit only at a later stage.

  • What the gospel requires

The gospel offers blessings; what must we do to receive them? The proper answer is ‘nothing’! We do not have to do anything. We have only to believe. Our response is not ‘the works of the law’ but ‘hearing with faith’, that is, not obeying the law, but believing the gospel. For obeying is to attempt to do the work of salvation ourselves, whereas believing is to let Christ be our Saviour and to rest in His finished work. So Paul emphasizes both that we receive the Spirit by faith (verses 2 and 5) and that we are justified by faith (verse 8). Indeed, the noun ‘faith’ and the verb ‘to believe’ occur seven times in this brief paragraph (verses 1–9).

Such is the true gospel, the gospel of the Old and New Testaments, the gospel which God Himself began to preach to Abraham (verse 8) and which the apostle Paul continued to preach in his day. It is the setting forth before men’s eyes of Jesus Christ as crucified. It offers on this basis both justification and the gift of the Spirit. And its only demand is faith.[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Galatians (pp. 72–76). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Ryken, P. G. (2005). Galatians. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (pp. 94–105). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[3] Campbell, D. (2009). Opening Up Galatians (pp. 52–55). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[4] Jervis, L. A. (2011). Galatians (pp. 85–87). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book.

[5] Stott, J. R. W. (1986). The message of Galatians: Only one way (pp. 72–75). Leicester, England; Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

To Deal with Leftists, Imagine You’re Confronting Satan — Christian Research Network

“Connedservatives, stop being conned. One of the Left’s tactics, outlined in its devilish “bible” Rules for Radicals (dedicated to Lucifer), is to get the other side (us) to live up to its own rules.”

(Selwyn Duke – RenewAmerica)  If you’re a conned-servative who gets sand thrown in your eyes, your kneecaps kicked off and slashed with a broken bottle, and then still fights the next time by Queensberry rules, this article isn’t for you. But if you’re disturbed by the Left’s behavior these last years and want to know how to handle these people whose “mask has been dropping,” understand this: Behind that mask is the Devil.

If you’re not a person of faith, view this as a thought exercise. But it’s one connedservatives – those nice guys who always finish last – had better embrace fast. Because the behavior of what we call today’s “Left” and what Satan would prescribe are virtually identical.

Truth means nothing to leftists. The ends justify the means and leftists will literally say or do anything to achieve their aims. They’ll use violence – Antifa, BLM, rioting, and attacking Trump supporters – and intimidation (doxxing public officials and confronting them in various public places) while calling conservatives fascists and blaming them for the unrest. They’ll rail against “racism” one moment and then excoriate a race (whites) the next. They’ll preach equality while practicing inequality and discrimination, as with quotas and affirmative action. They’ll claim to care about women victims (Kavanaugh/Ford affair) and then smear women victims (Rep. Keith Ellison case). They’ll say “Do it for the children,” using kids as human props, while abetting the brutal killing of children in the womb. They’ll preach tolerance but then insist this means “safe spaces” excluding conservatives and whites and that opposing views must be squelched. They’ll say it’s un-American to question election outcomes – as Hillary Clinton said prior to Nov. 8, 2016 – but upon losing scream how an election was “stolen,” as leftists did after Nov. 8, 2016. Theirs is the ideology of Anything Goes. View article →

Research:

What Do You Think About All This Satan Stuff? 

Liberals Change Word Meanings With Intent To Deceive

To Deal with Leftists, Imagine You’re Confronting Satan — Christian Research Network

WOW! Boston Globe Update and Correction: Elizabeth Warren Is 1/1,024 Native American… NOT 1/512 — The Gateway Pundit

Elizabeth Warren is very concerned that Americans will not approve of her dishonest scheme to leapfrog over competitors during her academic career.

Elizabeth Warren claimed she was a minority “Native American” to get ahead in her career.

Warren is a fraud and she is concerned it may damage her chances of becoming the next US president.

In 1996 the Harvard Crimson identified Elizabeth Warren as a woman of color and Native American.

In 1998 Harvard bragged Elizabeth Warren, “who is Native American”, was their only minority tenured woman on staff.
Hat Tip Chris

A 1997 article in the Fordham Law Review described Warren as a Harvard law school’s “first woman of color.”

Obviously, Democrats are hoping to clean up Warren’s many lies about her heritage and high cheekbonesbefore the 2020 election comes around.

Now this…
Elizabeth Warren released a DNA studytoday that claims she is 1/512th Native American.
The AP reported:

Responding to years of derision by President Donald Trump and other critics, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday released a report on a DNA analysis that provides strong evidence she does, in fact, have Native American heritage.

The analysis on the Massachusetts Democrat was done by Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante. He concluded Warren’s ancestry is mostly European but says “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”

Bustamante, a prominent expert in the field of DNA analysis, determined Warren’s pure Native American ancestor appears “in the range of six to 10 generations ago.”…

But if her ancestor is 10 generations back, that could mean she’s just 1/512th Native American,according to the report . That could further excite her critics instead of placating them.

UPDATE— The AP issued a correction — The DNA test revealed that Elizabeth Warren is not 1/512Native American, she’s 1/1,024. That’s 0.0009765625.

Most tribes require percentage of Native blood at least 1/16th to claim Native American heritage.

WOW! Boston Globe Update and Correction: Elizabeth Warren Is 1/1,024 Native American… NOT 1/512 — The Gateway Pundit

Four Ways God Has Revealed Himself to the World — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

The skeptical issue in our culture mostly enters into the religious dialogue in the following way: “In the case of God, who isn’t some material object but a divine being, what kind of evidence should we expect to find? There is a tendency to forget that the Bible stresses that sin can dampen the cognitive faculties that God has given us to find Him. Therefore, sin has damaging consequences on the knowing process (Is. 6:9-10; Zech. 7:11-12; Matt. 13:10-13). Christianity, Judaism, Islam, are all theistic faiths in contrast to pantheism (all is God), polytheism (many gods), and atheism (without God).

One of the most important themes of the Bible is that since God is free and personal, that he acts on behalf of those whom he loves, and that his actions includes already within history, a partial disclosure of his nature, attributes, and intentions. (1)

But why the need for revelation? First, we need to know the character of GodHence, we need a clear communication to establish the exact nature of God’s character. Who is God and what is He Like? Also, we need a revelation to understand the origin of evil. Thus, we need to be educated concerning the reasons for where we are at as a human race. Furthermore, without a clear revelation, people might think they are the result of a blind, naturalistic process instead of being created in the image of God. And without a clear revelation we wouldn’t know our destiny.

The skeptic constantly assumes that if they could just see God directly or if God would give them an unmistakable sign that He is there, they would bow their knee and follow Him.  Sadly, this is misguided on several levels. God declares, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live” (Exodus 33:20).  However, there seems to be other texts that indicate  people did see God. Even in Exodus 33:11 Moses speaks to God “face to face.” Obviously, “face to face” is a figure of speech which means they were in close communion or conversation.

Also, in Genesis 32:30, Jacob saw God appearing as an angel. But he did not truly see God. In Genesis 18:1, it says the Lord appeared to Abraham. Obviously, there are other cases where God appears in various forms. But this is not the same thing as seeing God directly  with all His glory and holiness. It is evident that people can’t see God in all His fullness (Exodus 33:20). If they did, they would be destroyed. Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God and he shows the world who God is (Heb. 1:1).

Hence, the acceptance of revelation, therefore, is, of fundamental importance to the Christian faith. The word “revelation” comes from the Greek word ” apokalupsis” which means “an “uncovering,” or “unveiling.”

General Revelation: serves to explain the worldwide phenomenon of faith. Many people are religious, because they have a type of knowledge of God. All people have knowledge of God although it may be suppressed to the extent of being unrecognizable or unconscious. It is still there, and there will be areas of sensitivity to which the message may be effectively directed as a starting point. (2)

What are the mediums that God chooses to reveal Himself to man?
1. General Revelation: Creation: (external manifestation)
2. General Revelation: Conscience: (internal manifestation)
3. Special Revelation: The Messiah: (external manifestation)
4. Special Revelation: A Messenger: (external manifestation)

Medium #1- The Light of Creation

While God predominately revealed Himself to the Jewish people through specific actions in the course of human history, the Jewish people agree that the Torah was the pivotal moment of God’s supreme revelation to them. But what about the Gentile nations? After all, it is Israel that was given the Torah. The good news is God has also taken the initiative to reveal Himself to Gentiles through general or natural revelation. In the case of God, who isn’t some physical object but a divine, invisible being, we have to use induction. Induction is the method of drawing general conclusions from specific observations. For example, since we can’t observe gravity directly, we only observe its effects.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known of God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them. For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse. Because, knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.” (Rom.1:18-21)

In this passage, God’s knowledge is described as “eternal power and divine nature.” Paul lays out the basic principle of cause and effect. Paul says since God is the Designer (God is the cause), His “everlasting power and divinity” are obvious, “through the things that are made” (this is the effect).

Romans Ch1:18: The word “suppress,” means “to consciously dismiss in the mind,”to “hold down”, or to “hold back by force or to dismiss.” However, that which is “suppressed” is not destroyed. As much as humans try to suppress the truth of God’s existence, the human mind is still aware of their moral accountability to Him. In relation to this passage, Paul says God’s revelation says is not hidden or concealed. The reason this revelation is clear is because God shows it to him.

In other words, God makes knowledge of Himself available to man! The creation gives a cognitive knowledge of God’s existence but not saving knowledge. However, according to Romans 1:18-21, man is not left in ignorance about God.

Theologians, philosophers, and apologists have made significant comments in relation to Romans 1:18-21. Here are a few of them:

1. The revelation of God in nature is mediate, but it is so manifest and so clear that it does not necessitate a complex theoretical reasoning process that could be achieved only by a group of geniuses. If God’s general revelation is in fact “general,” in that it is plain enough for all to see clearly without complicated cosmological argumentation, then it may even be said to be self evident. The revelation is clear enough for an unskilled and illiterate person to perceive it. The memory of conscious knowledge of the trauma encounter with God’s revelation is not maintained in its lucid, threatening state, but is repressed. It is “put down or held in captivity” in the unconsciousness. That which is repressed is not destroyed. The memory remains though it may be buried in the subconscious realm. Knowledge of God is unacceptable, and as a result humans attempt to blot it out or at least camouflage it in such a way that its threatening character can be concealed or dulled. (Sproul, R.C, Gerstner, John and Arthur Lindsey. Classical Apologetics: A Rational Defense of the Christian Faith and a Critique of Presuppositional Apologetics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing.1984, 46-59).

2. Former atheist J. Budziszewski:
I am not at present concerned to explore Paul’s general claim that those who deny the Creator are wicked but only his more particular claim that they are intellectually dishonest. Notice that he does not criticize nonbelievers because they do not know about God but ought to. Rather, he criticizes them because they do know about God but pretend to themselves that they don’t. According to his account, we are not ignorant of God’s reality at all. Rather, we “suppress” it; to translate differently, we “hold it down.” With all our strength we try not to know it, even though we can’t help knowing it; with one part of our minds we do know it, while with another we say, “I know no such thing.” From the biblical point of view, then, the reason it is so difficult to argue with an atheist—as I once was—is that he is not being honest with himself. He knows there is a God, but he tells himself that he doesn’t. How can a person explain how he reached new first principles? By what route could he have arrived at them? To what deeper considerations could he have appealed? If the biblical account is true, then it would seem that no one really arrives at new first principles; a person only seems to arrive at them. The atheist does not lack true first principles; they are in his knowledge already, though suppressed. The convert from atheism did not acquire them; rather, things he knew all along were unearthed. ( Geisler, N. L. and Paul K. Hoffman. Why I Am A Christian. Leading Thinkers Explain Why They Believe. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. 2001, 49).

3. Our original knowledge of God and his glory is muffled and impaired; it has been replaced (by virtue of sin) by stupidity, dullness, blindness, inability to perceive God or to perceive him in his handiwork. Our knowledge of his character and his love toward us can be smothered: it can be transformed into resentful thought that God is to be feared and mistrusted; we may see him as indifferent or even malignant. In the traditional taxonomy of seven deadly sins, this is sloth. Sloth is not simple laziness, like the inclination to lie down and watch television rather than go out and get exercise you need; it is, instead, a kind of spiritual deadness, blindness, imperceptiveness, acedia, torpor, a failure to be aware of God’s presence, love, requirements. (Plantinga, A. Warranted Christian Belief. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 2000, 214-215).


Medium#2: The Light of Conscience

“For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.” (Romans 2:12-15).

The Greek word for conscience is “suneidesis” which means “a co-knowledge, of oneself, the witness borne to one’s conduct by conscience, that faculty by which we apprehend the will of God as that which is designed to govern our lives; that process of thought which distinguishes what it considers morally good or bad, condemning the good, condemning the bad, and so prompting to do the former, and avoid the latter.” This type of natural revelation is called intuitive knowledge. It is instantaneously apprehended. The issue of moral knowledge is what C.S. Lewis discusses in The Abolition of Man. Lewis recalls that all cultures, Greek, Hebrew, Egyptian, Babylonian etc. show that natural revelation is true. In Romans 2:15, “suneidesis” stands alongside with the “heart” and “thoughts” as the faculty that allows the pagan world to live a life that corresponds to the Jewish people who have the written law. (3) Before the time of Jesus, and even after Jesus, the Jewish people viewed the heart as the core of the entire personality.

The Hebrew word for the conscience is “lebad,” which is usually translated as the “heart” in the Old Testament. The conscience is so much of the core of the human soul that the Hebrew mind did not draw a distinction between conscience and the rest of the inner person. (4) In the Hebrew Bible, not only is “heart” used to describe as a metaphor to describe the physical organ, but it is also the center or defining element of the entire person. It can be seen as the seat of the person’s intellectual, emotional, affective, and volitional life. In the New Testament, the heart is the psychic center of human affection or the source of spiritual life and the seat of intellect and will. (5)

We see the conscience in Scripture: When Pharaoh hardened his heart (Exodus 8:15), Pharaoh steeled his conscience against God’s will. A tender heart (2 Chronicles 34:27), refers to a sensitive conscience. The upright in heart (Psalm 7:10), are those with pure consciences. When David prayed “Create in me a clean heart, O God, (Psalm 51:10), he was seeking to have his conscience cleansed. (6) The conscience can become dull, or seared (1 Tim 4:2). In other words, people can and do harden their heart towards God! Sadly, a hardened heart can make someone less sensitive to the things of God. Sometimes a hardened heart results from an unforgiving or bitter spirit.

Special/Historical Revelation

Medium #3: Jesus as the Messiah

A few things shall be mentioned here: If you want to study this topic further, there are other articles on this website that deal with the reliability of the New Testament. However, I am starting with these premises and conclusion.
1. The New Testament documents are historically reliable evidence.
2. The historical evidence of the New Testament shows that Jesus is the God of Israel.
3. Therefore, there is reliable historical evidence that Jesus is the God of Israel.

While general revelation manifests God as Creator, it does not reveal Him as Redeemer. The principle of progressive revelation means that God does not reveal everything at once. In progressive revelation, there are many cases where the New Testament declares explicitly what was only implicit in the Tanakh. One of these truths is the Jesus is the long awaited Messiah who takes away not only the sins of Israel, but the entire world (John 1: 29; 3: 16). Although general revelation shows man is under condemnation, it is not sufficient for salvation. The ultimate special revelation that God has given to mankind is the person of Jesus the Messiah.

As Heb. 1:1–2 says, “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son.” Jesus did comment on how people respond to Him by saying, “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light and does not come to the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” But he who practices the truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God” (John 3:19-21).

Furthermore, the New Testament does not reveal Jesus as any ordinary prophet or religious teacher. Rather, it reveals Him as God incarnate (John 1:1; 8:58-59;10:29-31;14:8-9;20-28; Phil 2:5-7; Col 2:9;Titus 2;13; Heb 1:8; 2 Peter 1:1). Furthermore, Jesus is the only possible Savior for the human race (Matt. 11:27; John 1:18; 3:36; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 John 1: 5:11-12).

While Christianity is a Jewish story and salvation is from the Jews (John 4: 22), Paul makes it know that there is no distinction between Jewish and non-Jewish people. Both are under sin and must turn to God through repentance and faith through Jesus the Messiah. (Rom. 3: 9; Acts 20:21). For those who have already rejected Jesus as the Messiah, Jesus states that they already under condemnation (John 3: 16, 18).

Paul: The Need for Faith in Jesus the Messiah

“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

We see: (1) Paul is urgent in his appeal for repentance; (2) According to Acts 14: 26, Paul states there was “a time in which God allowed the nations to walk in their own ways,” but now Paul states in Acts 17: 30, “The times of ignorance is over” – God has given man more revelation in the person of Jesus the Messiah; (3) Paul uses the same language as is used in the Jewish Scriptures about judgment (Psalm 9:9); (4) The judgment will be conducted by an agent, a man who God has appointed; (5) Paul treats the resurrection as an historical fact and he uses it as a proof of God’s appointment as Jesus as the judge of the living and the dead! (7)

Medium #4: A Messenger
The normative way God reveals Himself to all humans is through the proclamation of Jesus as the Messiah by a specific individual who takes the initiative to explain the message of salvation to another. This matches up with the biblical data. There are cases in the Bible where people are sincerely religious but still had to have explicit faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord. For example, in Acts 10, Cornelius is shown to be a God fearer. He worshiped the correct God. However, he received a vision with instructions to send for Peter and awaited his message (Acts 10: 1-6, 22, 33; 11: 14). Because Cornelius ended up responding to special revelation concerning Jesus the Messiah, he attained salvation. In the Bible, people do experience salvation by the explicit preaching of the gospel (Luke 24:46-47; John 3:15-16;20-21; Acts 4:12; 11:14; 16:31; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Heb. 4:2; 1 Pet.1:3-25; 1 John 2:23; 5:12).

One of the largest obstacles in motivating people to obey the Great Commission is a fear of rejection, misunderstanding, or ridicule. Perhaps we forget that Paul wrote to Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Tim. 1:7). The fear of being rejected by people does not come from God. Since the primary role of the Holy Spirit is to magnify the person of Jesus (John 16:12-15), He is faithful to enable us to share the gospel with the people He brings into our lives. The motivation for communicating the gospel is a compassion for people and a desire to bring glory to God. It is incumbent upon each follower of Jesus to ask whether they will make a commitment to obey God.

Sources:
1. Dulles, A.J. Models Of Revelation. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1983, 13.
2. Erickson, M. Christian Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.1998, 199.
2. W.E. Vine, Unger, Merrill F. and William White Jr. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary Of Old And New Testament Words. Nashville: TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1985, 532.
4. MacArthur, J. The Vanishing Conscience. Dallas, TX. Word Publishing.1994, 36-37.
5. Ibid.
6. Ibid.
7. Marshall. I.H., The Acts of the Apostles. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries. Grand Rapids: MI: Intervarsity Press. 1980, 288-290.

Four Ways God Has Revealed Himself to the World — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

Joe Hoft and John Schlafly Discuss The Top 10 Reasons the Mueller Investigation Is Unconstitutional (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

The Mueller investigation is criminal and unconstitutional.  Jim Hoft, the Gateway Pundit, introduced Gateway Pundit guest writer and brother, Joe Hoft, and attorney John Schlafly, from the Schlafly Report, at the Gateway Eagle Council in September to discuss the Mueller ‘witch hunt’.

More than ten reasons that the Mueller investigation is unconstitutional or criminal were presented.  This short video (28 mins)  is an excellent compilation of reasons that the Mueller investigation never should have been set up and should be shut down now.

A post we shared earlier in 2018 with an inventory of 10 the reasons the Mueller investigation is unconstitutional was linked to by the Drudge Report.

Here is our list –

1 No Crimes identified

2 Scope of Special Counsel too wide open

3 – 4 Mueller and his team’s known conflicts of interest

5 Exceeds scope of Sessions recusal

6 A Special Counsel cannot be a substitute AG

7 Rosenstein cannot monopolize supervision of all of Muller actions

8 Rosenstein doesn’t have authority over tax crimes

9 Rosenstein created secret inquisitor

10 Special counsel was not necessary

Below is our discussion on the topic –

Also, listen as Jim discusses how his mother’s prayers helped him and his brother Joe overcome obstacles and thrive to the point where they are today.

Rosenstein’s Mueller investigation is criminal and unconstitutional.  It was not legitimate in its creation and should be shut down now.

Joe Hoft and John Schlafly Discuss The Top 10 Reasons the Mueller Investigation Is Unconstitutional (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

5 Encouraging Truths for When You’re Weary — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Just when you are about to finish one of the letters from the Apostle Paul, he hits you between the eyes with a one-liner that tells you how well he understands your Christian life. Have you ever experienced this?

Take 2 Thessalonians 3:13: “Do not grow weary in doing good.” Both Paul and the Thessalonians were facing hard times and experiencing “affliction” (1 Thess. 1:6; 2:14; 3:1–7; 2 Thess. 1:3–7). He knew how easily suffering can wear believers down, almost to the point of losing heart (2 Cor. 4:1–16).

Perhaps you know that feeling? Disappointments, opposition to your faith at home or work, illness, personal loss—they can all wear you down. So, what is it that prevents us from growing weary in well-doing?

I have been thinking about this recently in various contexts. One of them—as you would understand—is with respect to the ministry and the staff of Ligonier Ministries.

For more than thirty years now, I’ve watched Ligonier grow, overcome many challenges, and become the amazing ministry it now is—reaching literally to the ends of the earth. This is a great testimony to R.C. Sproul’s decades-long commitment to the work. But now, we all—staff, Teaching Fellows such as myself, supporters such as you—feel that we have lost our leader, our father figure, our brother, our friend. It would be easy to be unsure about the answer to the question “what now?” and to begin to lose heart and grow weary in doing good.

Moreover, you yourself may be facing your own situations right now that make it difficult even to think about Ligonier. What medicine is there for potential loss of heart? What can energize us? What helps us?

If you have had any exposure to R.C.’s ministry, and to the resources of Ligonier, I suspect you already know the answer: it is the vision of God, the knowledge of the Holy One, understanding His character and His ways.

How does knowing God and that His ways are perfect make such a difference? Here are five biblical answers that are worth inscribing in our hearts:

  1. Sometimes God leads us through affliction in order to refocus our gaze on Him (Ps. 119:67, 71).
  2. At other times the Lord is pruning us so that we may bear more fruit than ever (John 15:2b).
  3. Or, He may order trials in our lives to touch others through us (2 Cor. 4:10–12).
  4. And, in the mystery of His providence, He sometimes simply wants to show His grace and glory in us in our trials (as in the case of Job).
  5. Then, in every situation, He is working, as the great Presbyterian pastor Samuel Rutherford used to say, “to polish our graces” and to make us more like the Lord Jesus (Rom. 8:29).

We do not always see immediately what the Lord’s purpose is. But we know: “This God—his way is perfect” (Ps. 18:30). I suspect you already know these things. They are all truths that Ligonier has emphasized again and again. We have much to be grateful for! But probably the majority of Christians (not to mention non-Christians) do not yet grasp these truths, or have never been taught them. This is not the time to become weary in doing good.

5 Encouraging Truths for When You’re Weary — Ligonier Ministries Blog

TIL 176 | Suicide — Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

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Dr. Dale Johnson discusses how to care for those who are suicidal as well as how to care for  families who have lost a loved one to suicide with Keith Palmer.

TIL 176 | Suicide — Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Evangelicals, Social Justice, and Schism — Juicy Ecumenism

The “Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel” has crystallized a deep divide among evangelicals on how to view race relations in America. Some evangelical leaders have signed the statement, which now has over 9,000 signatures, yet many prominentevangelical leaders refuse to sign.

When I began to research this piece, I intended to document the major voices and organizations that have crossed swords as this controversy unfolded. Instead, I will only touch on the arguments they have made. Partly, this is to avoid uncalled-for personal attacks. I have shared intimate fellowship with church communities in both camps, and I consider churches and their pastors on both sides to be models of orthodox Reformed teaching and faithful Christian living. More importantly, if this article adds to the division between groups of faithful Christians, then I will have hurt the cause of Christ. Paul rebuked the church in Corinth for following specific teachers instead of finding their identity in Christ alone. Given the popularity of the preachers involved, if I were to name them, I fear I may prompt some readers to espouse similar unbiblical factions. Learning which preachers are on which side is not difficult (especially with links included below), but Christ and his Church should be the emphasis—not men.

What caused the split over social justice?

Evangelical confusion about social justicedates back at least to 2014. One pastor named the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the ensuing race riots as the moment that shattered the evangelical movement. Evangelicals could not agree how to respond, and many began searching for an explanation.

One such explanation that was ready-and-waiting in the secular academy was critical race theory, which would become one of the bogeymen of the Statement on Social Justice. Unfortunately, there is no consensus on what comprises critical race theory; the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas defines it as “a very loose collection of scholars, not all of whom would agree on this or any other platform or set of defining tenets.” However, most critical race theorists would hold to some notion of structural or systemic racism. The Aspen Institute defines structural racism as

“A system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity. It identifies dimensions of our history and culture that have allowed privileges associated with “whiteness” and disadvantages associated with “color” to endure and adapt over time. Structural racism is not something that a few people or institutions choose to practice. Instead it has been a feature of the social, economic and political systems in which we all exist” (emphasis added).

It adds that systemic racism is “mostly synonymous.” Some evangelicals adopted this idea and began criticizing America’s systemic racism problem.” One pastor expanded on this them in an article titled, “We Await Repentance for Assassinating Dr. King.” In the article, he editorialized,

“This is a sick society. … Racism, prejudice, hatred and bigotry is not a cold. It’s a cancer. It mutates. It metastasizes. And despite our protest and insistence otherwise, this sickness gets passed on in a kind of social hereditary action, sometimes unconsciously and unsuspected, sometimes systemically, and sometimes intentionally and virulently.”

As a result, he concluded, “the entire society killed Dr. King. This society had been slowly killing him all along.” He wanted white fellow Christians to “start by at least saying their parents and grandparents and this country are complicit in murdering a man who only preached love and justice” (emphasis in original). Such strong language has prompted even a critic of the Statement on Social Justice to admit that “victimization culture” is “breaking into evangelical circles.”

The notion of systemic racism is similar to individual racism in name only. Individual racism is a sin for which an individual is guilty based upon his or her choice. In contrast, systemic racism relies upon two notions: first, that that an individual can bear collective guilt for choices made by other members of a collective group, without ever assenting to that choice; second, that an individual can bear inherited guilt for choices made by previous generations of their collective group, without ever assenting to that choice.

A pastor instrumental in drafting the Statement on Social Justice responded hotly to this notion of collective, inherited guilt. He preached for an entire month on Ezekiel 18, where God spends an entire chapter clarifying the individual nature of guilt and innocence, so that no one could misunderstand. The chapter’s theme is succinctly stated in verse 20, “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.” In keeping with this scripture, the Statement on Social Justice acknowledged that “families, groups, and nations can sin collectively” (that is, each individual in the group can choose to engage in the same sin), but “subsequent generations share the collective guilt of their ancestors only if they approve and embrace (or attempt to justify) those sins.”

Perhaps evangelicals’ greatest substantive disagreement is over whether there can be such a thing as collective sin (where a group bears guilt for the choice of some of its members), as opposed to individual sin (where each individual bears guilt for his or her own choices, whether singly or in groups).

Why is the Statement on Social Justice so controversial?

Critical race theory didn’t lend itself to evangelical rhetoric without strings attached. It deals with racial discrimination, which the secular culture equates with all discrimination, using a theory called “intersectionality.” “Intersectionality” is a highfalutin academic term from the 1980s that only recently gained traction in popular speech. Merriam-Webster did not provide a definition for intersectionality until April 2017, but now says it is “What happens when forms of discrimination combine, overlap, and intersect.” So this word provides a catch-all excuse for linking any form of discrimination to every other form of discrimination. If only the forms of “discrimination” wouldn’t keep changing every few years!

As a result of the constant redefinition of “discrimination” which dominates our culture, the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel could not limit itself to one issue, and it could not definitively pin down the ideas it sought to oppose. The preamble warned against “an onslaught of dangerous and false teachings that threaten the gospel, misrepresent Scripture, and lead people away from the grace of God in Jesus Christ.” These teachings covered a range of issues under the “broad and somewhat nebulous rubric of concern for ‘social justice,’” including the “areas of race and ethnicity, manhood and womanhood, and human sexuality.” Article I specifically denounced “postmodern ideologies derived from intersectionality, radical feminism, and critical race theory.” In hindsight, it appears that this enterprise bit off more than it could chew and failed to digest it thoroughly.

Often the very vagueness of terms like “social justice” provoked backlash. “They’re so imprecise in the terms that are used and defining those terms. What exactly is meant by social justice?” said one pastor. Another theologian interpreted the statement’s condemnation of social justice as condescension toward all forms of activism. He said he “can’t tell women working at crisis pregnancy centers across the country that they’re distracted” from the Gospel. One critic suspected that white supremacists and racists could hide comfortably behind the sweeping claims in the declaration. Another criticizedthe statement because it did not “lay forth a positive vision of justice.”

The Statement on Social Justice tried to articulate a Biblical position on a range of culturally relevant issues. In the process it tried to define itself in opposition to false, relativistic ideologies creeping in from the secular academy. These ideas are so murky and slippery that they muddied up the whole affair.

What effect will the Statement on Social Justice have on the evangelical movement?

The Statement on Social Justice does present a Biblical vision, but it remains to be seen whether it will have a lasting impact.

The Statement argued that “the primary role of the church is to worship God through the preaching of his word, teaching sound doctrine, observing baptism and the Lord’s Supper, refuting those who contradict, equipping the saints, and evangelizing the lost.” It said “political and social activism” were not “integral components of the gospel or primary to the mission of the church.” At the same time, “believers can and should utilize all lawful means that God has providentially established to have some effect on the laws of a society.”

But there is, and must always be, an order. Christians must prioritize spreading the Gospel through evangelism and discipleship (that is, after all, the Great Commission). Social activism comes afterwards, as part of the “good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”—as part of, and not a replacement to, the fruit of the Spirit. It is not part of the Good News by which we are saved, but it is part of how we demonstrate that salvation. Making social activism our top priority distorts the Gospel and mars our witness—just as if we had abandoned social activism altogether.

At least among churches who faithfully preach the word of God, and submit themselves to Scripture, there will be no racism or prejudice. Why? Because there is only one body of Christ. “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.” This will be true whether the church’s pastor signed the Statement on Social Justice or not.

Ultimately, I believe the two parties still share the same Gospel. As long as that is true, it means they share the same goal—the glory of God. In this age of polarization, if the two sides continue to dialogue, it may be that truth will vanquish error and the two groups will reconcile. It gives me hope that some of the most prominent voices on both sides of this controversy shared a stage back in April at a conference called, “Together for the Gospel.”

In the meantime, we would be wise to do two things. First, “exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Second, “let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” We must never allow our vigilance to lapse.

Evangelicals, Social Justice, and Schism — Juicy Ecumenism

No, the Church is not Immune to Sexual Sin and Gender Confusion — Juicy Ecumenism

The following remarks were delivered by IRD’s Evangelical Action Director Chelsen Vicari on September 21 at Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit during a panel discussion tailored for students, titled: “Restoring A Generation’s Identity.” The panel was moderated by Patrina Mosley, FRC’s Director of Life, Culture, and Women’s Advocacy, and also included Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, author, Longing for Motherhood, and John Reid, FRC’s Director of Social Media.

Is the Church immune to sexuality and gender confusion?

I bet you all know the answer to this question already. Absolutely not. The Church is not immune to today’s sexuality and gender issues. Why not? Because the people who make up the Church—capital “c,” the global body of Jesus Christ—we are not immune to social pressures and we are absolutely not immune to sin.

What is different about sexuality and gender identity confusion, and struggles, and hostile battles happening inside the Church is that there are Christians enthusiastically supporting practicing same-sex behavior and gender reassignment as sanctioned by God.

Perhaps some of your own denominations and local churches are facing pressure to affirm same-sex behavior and gender reassignment.

Are there any Methodists here?

Right now the United Methodist Church is embroiled in this very debate. After a hotly-contested election of a “bishop” who is an openly partnered lesbian, the United Methodist Church will gather this coming February in St. Louis to possibly determine whether or not their denomination will deny their historical Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality and embrace progressive sexual ethics.

Any Episcopalians here?

The Episcopal Church has taken steps to revise their Book of Common Prayer, which could include gender-neutral language for God.

Back in January, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington D.C.—which includes the National Cathedral not far from here—passed resolutions to encourage all parishes to remove any obstacles to full participation of transgender persons in congregational life by making all gender-specific facilities and activities fully accessible.

The organization I work for, the Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD), monitors these liberal trends happening within Christian denominations. We report on them and encourage congregants to speak up and defend traditional Christian sexual ethics.

Every year, the IRD sends a staff member to a liberal Christian conference called the Wild Goose Festival. It’s an open-air gathering that sort of resembles Woodstock or Burning Man. The first year I attended in person, I sat and listened to a Christian man who transitioned into a woman give his testimony. His testimony was quite moving and convincing. But then the man’s son stood as part of the presentation and offered his perspective. Try and he might to affirm his dad’s transition, the son’s pain was evident. He cried over feelings of losing his dad. And I remember thinking to myself that no matter how hard we try to revise God’s Creation, the trickledown effect of sin has harmful consequences that we cannot hide or deny.

Too many Christians think that if we cave to cultural pressures, then the Church will be embraced by the outside world. This will never happen. Christians can bend to cultural pressure, but the result is a hindered public witness of the Church.

Let me give you an example.

About a year ago I spoke with a pastor of a Baptist church in Dallas, Texas that voted to affirm homosexuality. Because of this decision, 250 members left the church. When I asked the pastor if the church’s decision lead to a large number of people joining the church, the answer was not really. At that point, the church had only gained 120 new members. Interestingly, the pastor admitted that the majority of those new members are not LGBTQ. My guess is the new congregants are older white politically liberal locals.

No matter how culturally relative churches like this Baptist church try to rebrand themselves, people are not flocking to join affirming congregations. Most affirming Mainline denominations are in steep membership decline. They’re dying in numbers and influence on behalf of Christ.

Here in Washington, D.C. perhaps you’ve noticed that some of the big beautiful Protestant sanctuaries have rainbow flags hanging outside. These sanctuaries might have 30 people in attendance on an average Sunday morning. But the theologically conservative church plants that rent those sanctuaries on Sunday nights are growing.

This rapid decline in progressive churches tells us that people don’t go to church simply for a like-minded community. People can find community at Soul Cycle or Hot Yoga. I think people are attracted to theologically conservative churches because deep down we all yearn to know Christ’s truth.

Sexual sin is and has always been affecting the Church.

The Church is not immune to adultery, premarital sex, pornography, and sexual assault and harassment. But when do you hear congregations rushing to defend and sanction any of these sins that we all struggle with in some way or another? So why are we expected to embrace sexual sin dealing with homosexuality?

Sexual sin is why my family despondently found a local church, and ultimately meet Jesus Christ. My father’s affairs came to light. My parents’ marriage was broken, seemingly irreparable. My mom wandered into a church close to our house. While my parents were not practicing Believers, my mom knew there was something hopeful about a church. She went in. The pastor agreed to provide premarital counseling and shared the Gospel. Both of my parents were saved…and changed. Not perfect, but transformed and daily sanctified by the grace of God.

Here’s the difference between how the church handled my dad’s sexual sin and how too many Christians are handling the sin of same-sex behavior. No one in the church told my dad it was okay to have an affair. No one said he was born that way or should be able to love whoever he wanted.

The men of the church provided accountability and discipleship and examples of healthy marriages. As a child pained by a parent’s affair, I’m so glad the local church spoke the truth in love to my parents.

And that is the Good News of the Gospel. We are all more than the sum total of our sins.  We are redeemed because of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.  Transformed, made new, and sanctified by God every day. Praise God. This is the Good News the Church is responsible for sharing, and shame on us if we cower to social pressure and call sin good.

One final point that might seem disjointed is that I know of Christians who provide an excellent example of courage in the face of cultural intimidation and bullying. They’re not celebrities. They don’t have their own radio programs or make television appearances.  They are our Christian brothers and sisters who live in the Middle East and Africa and elsewhere around the globe who are persecuted for their faith every day but refuse to hide or diminish Christian teaching to appease their hostile society. Who in the face of imprisonment, rape, and beheading refuse to deny Christ and His message.

May we here in America have an ounce of the Persecuted Church’s courage. Thank you.

No, the Church is not Immune to Sexual Sin and Gender Confusion — Juicy Ecumenism

October 15 Waiting for Heaven

We ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body, for we were saved in this hope.

Romans 8:23–24

Trials in a believer’s life increase his anticipation for heaven. Just as trials create a growing disinterest in the passing world, they also create a greater desire, for example, to be reunited with a loved one who has gone to be with the Lord. If the most beloved people in your life have entered into the presence of our precious Savior, and if you have invested your time and money in eternal things, then you won’t have much tying you to this passing world.

Beyond this life of suffering is a glorious future for the believer that makes us all the more desirous for the fulfillment of salvation. Thus trials give us a greater affection for that which is eternal—they help us long for the eternal city of heaven.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 312). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

October 15 Dead with Christ

“Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.”

Romans 6:8–10

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God frees us from sin through the death of His Son.

As a good teacher, the apostle Paul understood that important truths bear repeating. Thus in today’s passage he repeats and expands on the important truth he presented earlier in Romans 6: believers died with Christ. Through that death, sin’s dominion over us was broken.

The rock–solid foundation of the believer’s forgiveness from sin is Christ’s victory over sin and death. When our Lord rose from the dead, He proved that He had shattered the power of sin and death (Rom. 4:25; 1 Cor. 15:54–57). And since believers are identified with Christ in His death and resurrection (Rom. 6:3–5), we, too, share in His victory.

That Christ was the perfect sacrifice for sin is an essential New Testament truth. The Book of Hebrews expresses that important reality repeatedly, nowhere more clearly and forcefully than in 10:10–14: “By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”

Christ “died to sin” not only to break its power but to pay its penalty—death (Rom. 6:23)—on our behalf. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross,” wrote Peter, “that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

Believers are dead to sin’s power and penalty. “Thanks be to God through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 7:25)!

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Suggestions for Prayer: Praise God for sending His Son to bear your sins (2 Cor. 5:21).

For Further Study: Memorize 1 Corinthians 6:20 to help motivate you to glorify God with your life.[1]


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

Core Christianity | R. C. Sproul: “How Can I Know I Am Saved?”

Editor’s Note:  R. C. Sproul answers the question “how can I be assured that I am among the chosen?” 

How Can I Be Assured That I Am Among the Chosen?

Jesus says in the upper room to Judas, “what you have to do, do quickly. Go do it.” And then, when he talks to Peter, says, “you’re going to deny me.”

[Peter responds] “Oh, no, no, not a chance.”

“Simon, Simon, Satan would have you and sift you like wheat. You’re simple, duck soup for Satan. But I have prayed for you.”

The personal gratification that that gives to my soul is immeasurable. And that’s why we have to understand the work of Jesus, that he not only is King, but that he is our great High Priest who intercedes for us every hour of every day. And when the Lord Jesus Christ prays for his weak disciples, there’s no question of whether or not they’re going to turn. We’re capable of serious and radical falls from grace, but never total and final falls because we’re being preserved by our Savior. And that’s where my assurance comes in.

Listen to the full answer below. 
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